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Muslims mark Eid al-Adha holiday in pandemic's shadow

Jul. 20, 2021 14:42 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Muslims around the world were observing Tuesday yet another major Islamic holiday in the shadow of the pandemic and amid growing concerns about the highly infectious delta variant of the coronavirus. Eid al-Adha, or the “Feast of Sacrifice,” is...

Egypt lets journalists, activists go after US concerns

Jul. 19, 2021 08:09 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian authorities released three activists and three journalists Sunday after months in pre-trial detention, officials and lawyers said. The releases came after U.S. officials, among others, expressed concern over the arrests and harassment of rights advocates and critics of...

Egypt court upholds life sentences for 10 Islamists

Jul. 12, 2021 00:51 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's highest appeals court on Sunday upheld the life sentences of 10 leaders of Egypt’s outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, including the group's head, the state-owned MENA news agency reported. In 2019, a Cairo criminal court had convicted all 10, including...

Widow of former Egyptian President Anwar Sadat dies in Egypt

Jul. 09, 2021 12:30 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Jehan Sadat, widow of former Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, the first Arab leader to make peace with Israel, died in Egypt on Friday. She was 87. In recent weeks, Egyptian media press reported that she had been hospitalized and was battling cancer. Last...

Ethiopian PM says massive dam inflicts no 'significant harm'

Jul. 09, 2021 11:49 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Ethiopia’s prime minister on Friday sought to reassure Egypt and Sudan that the filling of his country's massive new dam on the Nile River “will not inflict any significant harm” on the two nations that are seeking international help to resolve a dispute over the...

Egypt, Sudan urge UN action on Nile dam, Ethiopia says 'no'

Jul. 09, 2021 10:49 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Egypt and Sudan have urged the U.N. Security Council to undertake “preventive diplomacy” and call for a legally binding agreement to resolve a dispute with Ethiopia over the availability of water from its dam on the Nile River, but Ethiopia insisted the matter can...

Jehan Sadat, 87, widow of former Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, has died in Egypt

Jul. 09, 2021 05:22 AM EDT
CAIRO (AP) — Jehan Sadat, 87, widow of former Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, has died in Egypt.

Russia allows flights to Egypt resorts stopped since 2015

Jul. 08, 2021 13:52 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia on Thursday said its airlines can resume charter flights to Egyptian resorts, which had been banned for more than five years after the suspected bombing of a Russian airliner in which 224 people died. President Vladimir Putin cancelled his order...

Egypt urges UN to back call for binding deal on Ethiopia dam

Jul. 07, 2021 20:10 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Egypt’s foreign minister said Wednesday he will urge the U.N. Security Council to require Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia to negotiate a binding agreement within six months on the contentious issue of water availability from the dam that the Ethiopians are building on the...

Italian lawmakers want citizenship for jailed Egyptian

Jul. 07, 2021 14:06 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italian lawmakers on Wednesday formally called on the government to grant citizenship to an Egyptian student and human rights activist enrolled at an Italian university, who has been jailed in Cairo for nearly 1 ½ years. Egyptian courts have repeatedly...