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In this 2018 photo taken in London shows Karim Ennarah and his now-wife Jess Kelly posing for a photograph after they graduated from the School of Oriental and African Studies.  The acting director of a prominent Egyptian rights group says its three staffers, Ennara, Executive director Gasser Abdel-Razek and Mohammed Bashir, who were arrested last month have been freed on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020.  They were arrested in November after EIPR hosted foreign diplomats to discuss the human rights situation in Egypt. They were charged with terrorism and spreading false information. (Courtesy of Jess Kelly via AP)

Rights group says Egypt has freed 3 of its arrested staffers

Dec. 3, 2020 3:53 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Three Egyptian rights workers who were arrested and slapped with terrorism-related charges last month were freed on Thursday after an outcry over the government’s crackdown on one of the last rights groups still operating in the country. The government of President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi...

Acting director of prominent Egyptian rights group says its three staffers arrested last month have been freed

Dec. 3, 2020 1:45 PM EST
CAIRO (AP) — Acting director of prominent Egyptian rights group says its three staffers arrested last month have been freed.

Building collapses in Egypt; officials say at least 6 dead

Dec. 2, 2020 5:32 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — An apartment building collapsed in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria, killing at least six people Wednesday, Egyptian officials said. Rescue workers were looking for any survivors trapped under rubble of the three-story building in the Moharam Bek neighborhood, an official said. The bodies...

Stephanie Williams, Acting Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Support Mission speaks during a news conference in Tunis, Tunisia, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020. Libya's warring sides have agreed to hold nationwide elections in December next year, the top U.N. official for the North African country said Friday in a sign of progress from the U.N.-brokered peace talks underway in Tunisia. (AP Photo/Walid Haddad)

UN: 20,000 foreign fighters in Libya are a 'serious crisis'

Dec. 2, 2020 12:56 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — The top U.N. official for Libya said Wednesday there are at least 20,000 foreign fighters and mercenaries in the war-torn nation, and warned of a “serious crisis” as weapons continue pouring into the North African country. “That is a shocking violation of Libyan...

Egypt slams Italy’s push for trial in 2016 scholar's killing

Nov. 30, 2020 3:14 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian prosecutors on Monday slammed their Italian counterparts’ push to have five Egyptian police and intelligence officers stand trial in Italy over the 2016 abduction, torture and killing of an Italian researcher in Cairo. Italy has for years pressured Cairo to identify and...

FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2020 file photo, Turkey's research vessel Oruc Reis is anchored off the coast of Antalya on the Mediterranean Sea in Turkey. In a tweet Monday, Nov. 30, 2020, Turkey’s energy ministry said the Oruc Reis had returned to port in Antalya after completing two-dimensional seismic research in the Demre field. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici, File)

Turkish research ship in port after Mediterranean survey

Nov. 30, 2020 11:31 AM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — The Turkish research vessel at the heart of a Mediterranean Sea energy dispute between Turkey and Greece is back in port in an apparent bid to ease tensions ahead of a European Union summit where potential sanctions against Ankara will be discussed. In a tweet Monday, Turkey’s energy...

Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, center-left, and South Sudan's President Salva Kiir, center-right, stand for national anthems after el-Sissi's arrival at the airport in the capital Juba, South Sudan Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020. The Egyptian president is on a one-day visit to discuss bilateral relations. (AP Photo/Maura Ajak)

Egypt leader in 1st South Sudan visit talks Nile, stability

Nov. 28, 2020 11:50 AM EST

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — In the first visit by an Egyptian president to South Sudan, President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi said he and President Salva Kiir discussed regional security and the usage of Nile waters, but he didn’t mention the country currently at the heart of either issue, Ethiopia. The...

Body of former Sudan's prime minster Sadiq al-Mahdi arrives to Khartoum, Sudan, Friday, Nov. 27, 2020. Al-Mahdi, Sudan's last democratically elected prime minister and leader of the country's largest political party, has died of COVID-19 in a hospital in the United Arab Emirates (AP Photo / Marwan Ali)

Thousands come out for funeral of former Sudan PM al-Mahdi

Nov. 27, 2020 9:48 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Thousands of Sudanese came out Friday in the city of Omdurman for the funeral of the country's last elected prime minister and prominent political party leader Sadiq al-Mahdi, who died of COVID-19. Al-Mahdi's body arrived earlier in the day from Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, where he...

FILE - In this April 11, 2005 file photo, former Sudanese Prime Minister and head of the National Umma Party, Sadiq Al-Mahdi attends a US-Islamic World Forum meeting held in Doha, Qatar. Al-Mahdi, 84, died of COVID-19 late on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020, at a hospital in the United Arab Emirates, his party said. (AP Photo, File)

Sadiq al-Mahdi, Sudan former prime minister, dies of virus

Nov. 27, 2020 12:00 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Sadiq al-Mahdi, Sudan’s last democratically elected prime minister and leader of the country's largest political party, died of COVID-19 Thursday in a hospital in the United Arab Emirates, his party said. He was 84. Al-Mahdi was taken to Abu Dhabi for treatment in early November. His...

Egyptian celeb faces backlash over photo with Israeli singer

Nov. 24, 2020 9:30 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian celebrity has sparked an uproar after a photo of him with an Israeli pop star was posted online, prompting angry rants from newscasters and the actor-singer's suspension from a stage and film professionals’ union. The outcry over Mohamed Ramadan’s photograph with...