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Egypt passes bill to block popular social media accounts

Jul. 18, 2018 11:06 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's parliament has passed a bill targeting popular social media accounts that authorities accuse of publishing "fake news," the latest move in a five-year-old drive to suppress dissent and silence independent sources of news. The legislation was adopted late on Monday by the staunchly...

Libyan coast guard rescues some 160 Europe-bound migrants

Jul. 17, 2018 4:49 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Libya's coast guard says it has intercepted some 160 Europe-bound African migrants, including dozens of children and women, in the Mediterranean Sea near its shores. Spokesman Ayoub Gassim says a boat carrying 158 passengers including 34 women and nine children was stopped Monday off the coast...

Egypt draft bill to immune senior military officers

Jul. 16, 2018 2:33 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's parliament has passed a draft bill that could immune senior military officers from future prosecution related to violence following the 2013 overthrow of an elected but divisive Islamist president. The draft bill, which gained legislators' approval on Monday, gives President...

Egypt's parliament passes contentious bills regulating media

Jul. 16, 2018 12:55 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's parliament has passed three controversial draft bills regulating the press and media. The draft bills, which won the parliament's approval on Monday, will also regulate the Supreme Media Regulatory Council, the National Press Authority and the National Media Authority. The bills still...

Egypt lawmakers decry bill 'selling' foreigners citizenship

Jul. 16, 2018 12:23 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's parliament on Monday passed a draft bill that grants foreigners citizenship if they deposit the sum of at least 7 million Egyptian pounds, or about $391,000, in a local bank, save it there for five years and reside in the country during that period, among other criteria. The draft...

Cease-fire holds after day of intense Israel-Hamas fighting

Jul. 15, 2018 11:29 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military lifted its restrictions along the Gaza border Sunday, indicating it had accepted an Egypt-mediated cease-fire that ended a 24-hour round of fighting with Hamas militants that had threatened to devolve into all-out war. The military had shut down a popular beach and...

Young Nubians revive dream of returning to land in Egypt

Jul. 15, 2018 6:00 AM EDT

ASWAN, Egypt (AP) — The world of their parents and grandparents was turned upside down more than 50 years ago when they were evacuated from villages along the Nile River to make way for the High Dam. Now a younger generation has revived the long-dormant cause of Egypt's Nubians, campaigning for a return to...

Group: Egypt uses counterterrorism laws to prosecute critics

Jul. 15, 2018 4:37 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — An international rights group is accusing Egyptian authorities of using counterterrorism and state-of-emergency laws and courts "to unjustly prosecute journalists, activists, and critics for their peaceful criticism." A statement from Human Rights Watch on Sunday says Egyptian police have...

Egypt's young Nubians revive dream of return to homeland

Jul. 15, 2018 2:56 AM EDT

ASWAN, Egypt (AP) — Siham Othman was born decades after her grandparents were forced to evacuate from their homes on the banks of the Nile River along with tens of thousands of their fellow Nubians. But she has a lifelong bond with her ancestral homeland. Her grandfather became a merchant sailor and...

Two communities show Nubians' past, a version of the future

Jul. 15, 2018 2:43 AM EDT

WADI KARKAR, Egypt (AP) — With a mix of nostalgia and sorrow, Egypt's Nubians look back at their lives in ancestral lands in southern Egypt as a peaceful era tied intimately to the Nile River. Since their eviction in the 1960s to make way for the giant lake behind the Aswan High Dam, they have lived in...