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Egypt, Sudan seek to bolster ties after yearslong tension

Jul. 20, 2018 11:34 AM EDT

KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — The leaders of Egypt and Sudan have agreed to mend ties, frayed by repeated failures to reach a deal over an upstream Nile dam being built by Ethiopia, and the revival of a longstanding dispute over a border territory held by Cairo and claimed by Khartoum. In a two-day visit to...

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...

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...

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...

Human rights group denounce France's military sales to Egypt

Jul. 1, 2018 11:46 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Human right groups alleged in a report Monday that the French government and several private companies have supplied military and surveillance equipment that the Egyptian government uses to silence its citizens. The Paris-based International Federation for Human Rights and three other groups...

4 years on, Egypt's president urges patience over reforms

Jun. 30, 2018 11:02 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi urged citizens on Saturday to further endure economic reforms and austerity measures, including a recent wave of steep price hikes on fuel, electricity and drinking water. His televised address comes on the fifth anniversary of the June 30 mass protests...