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A worker wearing a mask to protect against the coronavirus walks past space themed displays promoting an online service in Beijing, China on Monday, Aug. 3, 2020. An outbreak in China's far northwestern region of Xinjiang is continuing to subside. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

The Latest: Mainland China, Hong Kong report fewer new cases

Aug. 3, 2020 11:00 PM EDT

BEIJING — Both mainland China and Hong Kong reported fewer new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday as strict measures to contain new infections appear to be taking effect. Mainland China announced 36 new cases across the country, down from 43 the previous day. Of those, 28 were in the northwestern region of...

A tomb from the early 20th Century stands partially demolished amid construction of a new highway through the Northern Cemetery in Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, July 26, 2020. Dozens of graves have been partially or fully destroyed as the government builds two large expressways through the City of the Dead, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Authorities say no registered monuments have been harmed, but preservationists have raised alarm that graves of historical value are being lost and that the multilane highways tear apart the fabric of a historic necropolis that has remained intact for centuries.(AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

Highways raise alarm in Cairo's historic City of the Dead

Jul. 31, 2020 2:08 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — For centuries, sultans and princes, saints and scholars, elites and commoners have been buried in two sprawling cemeteries in Egypt’s capital, creating a unique historic city of the dead. Now in its campaign to reshape Cairo, the government is driving highways through the cemeteries,...

FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2019, file photo, Egypt's President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi addresses the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly. Egypt’s president has approved new legal amendments that further exclude any serious competitors from elections and give the military greater control over civilian affairs, a leading rights group said on Thursday, July 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Rights group: Egypt's new laws entrench el-Sissi's rule

Jul. 30, 2020 7:18 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s president has approved new legal amendments that further exclude any serious competitors from elections and give the military greater control over civilian affairs, a leading rights group said on Thursday. The amendments, published earlier this week in the country’s...

This satellite image shows the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on the Blue Nile river in the Benishangul-Gumuz region of Ethiopia on Tuesday, July 28, 2020. Ethiopia's prime minister on Wednesday, July 22, 2020 hailed the first filling of the massive dam that has led to tensions with Egypt, saying two turbines will begin generating power next year. (Maxar Technologies via AP)

Sudan PM, Egyptian official meet amid tensions over Nile dam

Jul. 28, 2020 4:08 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Sudan's prime minister met Tuesday with Egypt's intelligence chief in the Sudanese capital, the government said, as tensions rise over a colossal hydroelectric dam being built on the Blue Nile. Sudan’s government gave scant details about the one-day private meeting between Prime...

Egypt releases news editor after over 2 years in detention

Jul. 28, 2020 5:44 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian authorities released the editor of an independent news website after more than two years in pre-trial detention, the head of Journalists’ Union said. Diaa Rashwan said Adel Sabri, editor of the Masr al-Arabia website, was freed late on Monday, after he had been held for the...

This combination image made from satellite images taken on Friday, June 26, 2020, above, and Sunday, July 12, 2020, below, shows the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on the Blue Nile river in the Benishangul-Gumuz region of Ethiopia. New satellite imagery shows the reservoir behind Ethiopia's disputed hydroelectric dam beginning to fill, but an analyst says it's likely due to seasonal rains instead of government action. (Maxar Technologies via AP)

Ethiopia's leader hails 1st filling of massive, disputed dam

Jul. 22, 2020 7:35 AM EDT

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia’s prime minister on Wednesday hailed the first filling of a massive dam that has led to tensions with Egypt, saying two turbines will begin generating power next year. Abiy Ahmed’s statement, read out on state media outlets, came a day after he and the...

This satellite image taken Sunday, July 12, 2020, shows the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on the Blue Nile river in the Benishangul-Gumuz region of Ethiopia. New satellite imagery shows the reservoir behind Ethiopia's disputed hydroelectric dam beginning to fill, but an analyst says it's likely due to seasonal rains instead of government action. (Maxar Technologies via AP)

Ethiopia, Egypt reach 'major common understanding' on dam

Jul. 21, 2020 3:46 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Ethiopia’s prime minister said Tuesday his country, Egypt and Sudan have reached a “major common understanding which paves the way for a breakthrough agreement” on a massive dam project that has led to sharp regional tensions and led some to fear military conflict....

FILE - In this Feb 13, 2019 file photo, Egypt's Parliament meets in Cairo Egypt. The Egyptian Parliament is likely to vote Monday, July 20, 2020, to authorize the country's president to deploy troops to war-torn Libya if Turkey-backed forces allied with the U.N.-supported government in Tripoli move to retake the strategic coastal city of Sirte. The House of Representative, packed with the president's supporters, is highly likely to vote in favor of sending troops. Egypt has been backing the east-based Libyan forces in the conflict while Turkey backs the forces in Tripoli, in the west. (AP Photo, File)

Egypt approves Libya deployment, risking clash with Turkey

Jul. 20, 2020 2:56 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s parliament on Monday authorized the deployment of troops outside the country, a move that could escalate the spiraling war in Libya after the president threatened military action against Turkish-backed forces in the oil-rich country. A troop deployment in Libya could bring...

Egypt’s parliament approves the deployment of troops to Libya and elsewhere to protect 'national security'

Jul. 20, 2020 1:09 PM EDT
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s parliament approves the deployment of troops to Libya and elsewhere to protect 'national security.'

The Latest: China eases restrictions on domestic tourism

Jul. 15, 2020 12:12 AM EDT

BEIJING — China is further easing restrictions on domestic tourism after reporting no new local cases of COVID-19 in nine days. A directive from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism dated Tuesday said that tourist sites should allow 50 percent of their daily visitor capacity, up from 30 percent, and that...