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Body of slain Hamas engineer returned to Gaza

Apr. 26, 2018 11:45 AM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The body of a Hamas scientist who was gunned down in Malaysia last week was returned to the Gaza Strip on Thursday for burial. Relatives, Hamas leaders and other political faction chiefs greeted the body of Fadi al-Batsh as it entered Gaza through Egypt. Al-Batsh's family said...

Egyptian president offers sympathy after heavy rains

Apr. 26, 2018 11:01 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has expressed sympathy with people affected by the rare heavy rains over the past two days. The downpour had caused flash floods on the streets, leaving parts of the capital, Cairo, and other parts of Egypt impassable. Footage on social media showed...

Heavy rains pummel Cairo and parts of Egypt

Apr. 25, 2018 2:05 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Rare heavy rainfall pummeled the Egyptian capital and other parts of the country for a second day Wednesday, with showers flooding roads and a new, leafy suburb east of Cairo. The downfall, which began late Tuesday, forced authorities to close highways connecting Cairo to other provinces, the...

Egypt's parliament passes law to fine aggressive touts

Apr. 25, 2018 10:24 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — In efforts to revive its tourism sector, Egypt passed a bill this week imposing fines on overly aggressive touts. The law approved this week could see anyone found pestering tourists "with the intention of begging or promoting, offering or selling a good or service" fined up to 10,000 Egyptian...

Egypt says 3 troops killed fighting militants in Sinai

Apr. 25, 2018 5:54 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The Egyptian military said Wednesday that three officers were killed in the last week in the restive northern Sinai Peninsula, where it is battling an Islamic State-led insurgency. Another two troops were wounded, Col. Tamer el-Rifai, a military spokesman, said in a statement posted on...

WORLD CUP: Salah can rouse Egypt after 28-year wait

Apr. 24, 2018 2:33 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Mohammed Salah has the ability to light up any team, including Egypt. The Liverpool striker has been in superb form this season, but playing at the World Cup will be a new experience for him. Egypt qualified for the tournament for the first time in 28 years, and its chances in Group A against...

Mysterious mummy found in Iran could be father of last shah

Apr. 24, 2018 2:09 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Construction workers in Iran may have unearthed the mummified remains of Reza Shah Pahlavi, the father of the country's last monarch, nearly four decades after the Islamic Revolution toppled the dynasty. The recent find of the gauze-wrapped body has triggered intense...

Egypt sends former anti-graft chief to prison for 5 years

Apr. 24, 2018 12:19 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian military court on Tuesday convicted the country's former anti-graft chief of insulting the armed forces and sentenced him to five years in prison, according to two defense lawyers. Hesham Genena was arrested in February following incendiary comments he made in a television...

Archeologists open burial chambers in Sudanese pyramid

Apr. 24, 2018 10:33 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Sudan's official news agency says archeologists have reopened burial chambers in an ancient pyramid north of the capital, Khartoum. SUNA says Tuesday the chambers are located at a depth of 10 meters (about 33 feet) under a pyramid in the Meroe area. The UNESCO world heritage site is home to...

Correction: Egypt-Nile story

Apr. 24, 2018 9:08 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — In a story April 23 about Egypt's water conservation efforts in response to an Ethiopian dam, The Associated Press reported erroneously that parliament voted to ban water-intensive crops like rice and bananas. The new law would allow the government to ban such crops in some areas, but not in...