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Ethiopian PM arrives in Egypt for talks on sharing Nile

Jan. 17, 2018 8:54 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has arrived in Cairo for a two-day visit to discuss a massive dam that Egypt fears will cut into its share of the Nile. Egypt's Foreign Ministry announced Wednesday's visit in a statement that only made passing mention of the dam among other...

Egypt's leader seeks to defuse tension with Sudan, Ethiopia

Jan. 15, 2018 11:30 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's president on Monday sought to defuse tensions with Ethiopia and Sudan, reassuring them that his country was not meddling in their internal affairs or planning to go to war against them. Egypt has expressed mounting alarm over a soon-to-be-completed upstream dam in Ethiopia that Cairo...

Former Egyptian lawmaker pulls out of presidential race

Jan. 15, 2018 10:22 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — A former Egyptian lawmaker said Monday he will not run in the March presidential election, saying the political "climate" wasn't conducive to campaigning. Mohammed Anwar Sadat, nephew of Egypt's late leader Anwar Sadat, told reporters his decision was partially taken to protect his campaign...

Egypt: 2 presidential hopefuls take aim at el-Sissi's rule

Jan. 14, 2018 11:48 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Barely a week after authorities set a date for Egypt's presidential elections, two hopefuls have launched their campaigns with criticism of general-turned-president Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi's rule, with one promising to end "repression" if elected and the other claiming the incumbent is...

Ex-army chief to run in Egypt's presidential elections

Jan. 12, 2018 1:28 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — A former Egyptian army chief of staff will contest the upcoming presidential elections in March, said a top aide on Friday, as other candidates have faced heavy pressure to drop out and pave the way for a sweeping re-election victory for the army-chief-turned-President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi....

Majority of Egypt's lawmakers want president to run again

Jan. 11, 2018 5:31 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — More than 500 of Egypt's 596 lawmakers have signed "recommendations" supporting a re-election bid by President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, even before he has formally announced his candidacy, according to news reports published Thursday. El-Sissi is considered virtually certain to run in the March...

Egyptian prosecutor orders probe into New York Times' report

Jan. 11, 2018 12:12 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's chief prosecutor has ordered an "urgent" investigation into a New York Times' report about recordings purportedly of an intelligence officer instructing TV talk show hosts and a famous actress to downplay President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital. A...

Mubarak's security boss wins appeal against graft conviction

Jan. 11, 2018 11:39 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's highest appeals court has overturned the conviction on corruption charges of former President Hosni Mubarak's longtime security chief. Habib el-Adly, who served as interior minister in charge of police under Mubarak, was sentenced last April to seven years in prison. He went into...

Egypt, Eritrea leaders meet as Nile tensions rise

Jan. 9, 2018 12:25 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's president and his Eritrean counterpart met in Cairo on Monday amid heightened tensions with Sudan and Ethiopia over border disputes and the construction of a massive upstream Nile dam. Egypt fears the soon-to-be completed dam in Ethiopia could cut into its share of the river, which...

Pence to visit Middle East this month following postponement

Jan. 8, 2018 4:18 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence will travel to Egypt, Jordan and Israel this month after postponing a trip to the Middle East in December following President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, the White House announced Monday. Pence's trip to the Middle East...