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FILE - In this March 29, 2020 file photo, Egyptian security forces cordon off roads during curfew hours as prevention measures due to the coronavirus outbreak, in Cairo, Egypt. Coronavirus infections are surging in the country of 100 million, threatening to overwhelm Egyptian hospitals. Egypt has the highest death toll in the Arab world. Yet even as authorities fight the swelling outbreak, they have also tried to stifle nearly all criticism about the government’s handling of the health crisis. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty, File)

Egypt arrests doctors, silences critics over virus outbreak

Jul. 9, 2020 2:59 PM EDT

A doctor arrested after writing an article about Egypt’s fragile health system. A pharmacist picked up from work after posting online about a shortage of protective gear. An editor taken from his home after questioning official coronavirus figures. A pregnant doctor arrested after a colleague used her...

FILE - In this Dec. 24, 1956 file photo, Egyptian civilians climb on the statue of Ferdinand de Lesseps, the French diplomat who was behind the construction of Egypt's Suez Canal, in Port Said, prior to blowing it up. A proposal to bring back the statue has stirred controversy in Egypt with many saying it would be a salute to colonial times and a “humiliation

Plan to bring back Suez Canal statue stirs debate in Egypt

Jul. 7, 2020 7:10 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — A proposal to bring back the statue of a French diplomat behind the idea to build the Suez Canal has stirred controversy in Egypt, with many saying it would be a salute to colonial times and a “humiliation” to the memory of tens of thousands of Egyptian laborers who died building...

In this image provided by the Freedom Initiative Mohamed Amashah is greeted by family members upon arrival at Dulles International Airport in Dulles, Va., on Monday, July 6, 2020. The American medical student detained without trial in an Egyptian prison for nearly 500 days has been freed and returned to the United States, the U.S. State Department said on Monday. (Bushra Soltan/Freedom Initiative via AP)

American student released after 486 days in Egyptian prison

Jul. 6, 2020 7:30 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — An American medical student detained without trial in an Egyptian prison for nearly 500 days has been freed and returned to the United States, the U.S. State Department said on Monday. The release of Mohamed Amashah, a dual Egyptian-American citizen from Jersey City, New Jersey, followed...

Egypt's top court upholds 15-year-sentence for activist

Jul. 4, 2020 12:36 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s highest criminal court Saturday upheld a 15-year sentence for one of the leading activists behind the country’s 2011 uprising who was convicted of taking part in clashes between protesters and security forces. The Court of Cassation also confirmed a fine of 6 million...

President of the Chamber of Deputies Roberto Fico, left, and Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte leave after listening to ISTAT's (Italian National Institute of Statistics) annual report, in Rome, Friday, July 3, 2020. One of Italy’s highest institutional leaders has slammed Egypt’s stance in a probe to bring to justice the torturers and killers of an Italian doctoral student in Cairo. Roberto Fico, president of the Parliament’s lower Chamber of Deputies, told Italian state TV on Friday that lack of satisfactory cooperation from Egyptian prosecutors amounted to a ‘’punch in the face″ of Italy.  (Mauro Scrobogna/LaPresse via AP)

Italy slams Egypt's stance on killing as 'punch in the face'

Jul. 3, 2020 2:48 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — The president of the lower house of Italy's Parliament has slammed Egypt’s stance in a probe to bring to justice the torturers and killers of an Italian doctoral student who disappeared in Cairo while researching labor movements in Egyt. Chamber of Deputies President Roberto Fico told...

Noha, an Egyptian engineer, who was chosen to be among the U.S. government's roughly 50,000 visa lottery winners this year, speaks during an interview near her home in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, June 30, 2020. While visas for Noha and her children came in February, Ahmed, her husband, has not arrived and now they fear it may never come. President Donald Trump in June halted visas from being issued outside the United States through the end of the year. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

Visa lottery winners feel cheated by Trump's visa ban

Jul. 2, 2020 12:48 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Noha, an Egyptian engineer, should feel lucky after winning a visa lottery that randomly selects people from a pool of more than 14 million applications for about 55,000 green cards that would let them live permanently in the United States. But the hopes she and her husband had of moving with...

Health officials disinfect an area around a hospital after one of the hospital's patients tested positive for the new coronavirus in Gwangju, South Korea, Wednesday, July 1, 2020. South Korea is considering including religious facilities on the same list with nightclubs, hostess bars and karaoke rooms as

The Latest: South Korea worries as virus resurgence spreads

Jul. 1, 2020 10:41 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea says it has confirmed 54 more COVID-19 cases as the coronavirus continues to spread beyond the capital region and reach cities like Gwangju, which has shut schools and tightened social restrictions after dozens fell sick this week. The figures reported Thursday brought the...

Travelers push their luggage at the departure terminal of the Rafik Hariri International Airport in Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, July 1, 2020. Beirut's airport is partially reopening after a three-month shutdown and Lebanon's cash-strapped government is hoping that Thousands of Lebanese expatriates will return for the summer, injecting dollars into the country's sinking economy. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

Countries eager for tourists, Tokyo Disneyland reopens

Jul. 1, 2020 4:29 PM EDT

The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed. Following are developments Wednesday related to the national and global response, the work place and the spread of the virus. ________________________ RETAIL STRUGGLES: Capri Holdings, which runs the Versace, Jimmy...

FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2018 file photo, a priest leads prayers prior to Christmas Eve Mass at the Virgin Mary church, in Cairo, Egypt. Egypt’s highest court Wednesday, July 1, 2020 upheld a death sentence for a former monk convicted of killing an abbot in a desert monastery north of Cairo in 2018. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)

Egypt high court upholds death sentence for former monk

Jul. 1, 2020 11:27 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s highest court Wednesday upheld a death sentence for a former monk convicted of killing an abbot in a desert monastery north of Cairo in 2018. The Court of Cassation also reduced a death sentence against another former monk to life in prison. The two were convicted of killing...

Egypt hospital fire kills 7 coronavirus patients

Jun. 29, 2020 6:49 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — An intensive care unit at an Egyptian hospital caught fire on Monday, killing seven COVID-19 patients, according to the country’s public prosecutor. The blaze erupted in the coronavirus ward of a private hospital in Alexandria, along Egypt’s north coast. Six men and one woman...