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A demonstrator gives the victory sign during a protest, in Khartoum, Sudan, Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020.  Protests in Sudan’s capital and across the country are demanding a faster pace to democratic reforms, in demonstrations that are marking the two-year anniversary of the uprising that led to the military’s ouster of strongman Omar al-Bashir. (AP Photo/Marwan Ali)

Sudanese protesters rally, demand detention centers closed

Jan. 14, 2021 11:42 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Dozens of Sudanese rallied in the capital, Khartoum, on Thursday to demand the closure of illegal detention centers following the alleged torturing and killing of a man by a paramilitary force whose members once formed the backbone of a militia accused of war crimes in Darfur. The death of...

From left to right, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, takes a photo with his mobile of journalists, during a meeting with Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, and French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, ahead of a press conference at Tahrir Palace, in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

Egypt, Germany, France, Jordan meet to revive Mideast talks

Jan. 11, 2021 1:33 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt on Monday hosted the foreign ministers of Germany, France and Jordan to discuss ways to revive peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, a week before President-elect Joe Biden takes office. In a joint statement, the ministers called for practical steps to launch “credible...

Sudanese Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok, right, welcomes US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to the Cabinet Building, in Khartoum, Sudan, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021. The U.S. and Sudan have agreed to settle the African country's debt to the World Bank. The move comes after Mnuchin arrived in Sudan, the first visit by a senior American official since President Donald trump removed Sudan from the list of state sponsors of terrorism. (AP Photo)

Sudan says it signs pact on normalizing ties with Israel

Jan. 6, 2021 11:40 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Sudan on Wednesday said it had signed an agreement with the United States that paves the way for the cash-strapped African nation to normalize relations with Israel and help clear some of its massive debt to the World Bank. Justice Minister Nasredeen Abdulbari signed the deal with visiting...

FILE - In this June 28, 2013 file photo, construction work takes place, at the site of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam near Assosa, Ethiopia. Officials said Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan resumed their years-long negotiations over a controversial dam Ethiopia is building on the Blue Nile. The resumption Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021, came six weeks after Sudan boycotted talks in November.  (AP Photo/Elias Asmare, File)

Egypt's leader meets US treasury chief ahead of Sudan visit

Jan. 5, 2021 2:57 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s president met Tuesday with U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin in Cairo, ahead of Mnuchin’s first visit to Sudan since the end of Khartoum’s pariah status. The office of President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi said in a statement the president and Mnuchin...

Palestinian foreign minister urges Israel to return to talks

Dec. 19, 2020 3:28 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — The Palestinian foreign minister on Saturday urged Israel to return to talks based on a two-state solution for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, ahead of the transition to a new U.S. administration. Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki's comments came in a joint statement with...

FILE - In this Jan. 18, 2011 file photo, a protestor faces riot police officers during a demonstration against the  party of Tunisian ruler Ben Ali, in the center of Tunis, Tunisia. Ten years ago, an uprising in Tunisia opened the way for a wave of popular revolts against authoritarian rulers across the Middle East known as the Arab Spring. For a brief window as leaders fell, it seemed the move toward greater democracy was irreversible. Instead, the region saw its most destructive decade of the modern era. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)

After Arab Spring, a decade of upheaval and lost hopes

Dec. 15, 2020 1:08 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Was it real? It’s all been erased so completely, so much blood has been shed and destruction wreaked over the past decade. The idea that there was a moment when millions across the Middle East wanted freedom and change so much that they took to the streets seems like romantic...

Corrado Augias, a longtime journalist for La Repubblica daily and onetime European Parliamentarian for Italy’s center-left, left, shows reporters his French Legion of Honor award prior to returning it to  French embassy to Italy, in Rome, Monday, Dec. 14, 2020. Augias returned his Legion of Honor award to France to protest that Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi was given the prize despite his government's human rights abuses. (Mauro Scrobogna/LaPresse via AP)

Italians return French Legion awards after el-Sissi gets one

Dec. 14, 2020 2:27 PM EST

ROME (AP) — Two prominent Italian intellectuals announced Monday they were returning their Legion of Honor awards to France to protest that Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi was given the prize despite his government's human rights abuses. Corrado Augias, a longtime journalist for La Repubblica...

A woman holds a placard as she stages a protest against the Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi by the National Assembly in Paris, Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020. French President Emmanuel Macron acknowledged Monday

Protesters demonstrate against el-Sissi's visit to France

Dec. 8, 2020 2:32 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — French protesters and human rights activists demonstrated outside the National Assembly in Paris on Tuesday in opposition to the state visit of Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi even though he wasn't inside. El-Sissi's visit is in its second and final day. The protesters, who carried...

FILE - In this Feb. 19, 2020 file photo, a mural depicting detained Egyptian human rights advocate and student at the University of Bologna in Italy Patrick George Zaki, being hugged from behind by Italian researcher Giulio Regeni, who was murdered in Cairo in 2016, is displayed on a wall near a park, in Rome. An Egyptian court extended the detention of Zaki, an activist and researcher who previously worked for the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, or EIPR, one of the country’s most prominent rights groups, the group said on Monday. Writing in Italian at top reads:

Rights group: Egyptian court extends activist’s detention

Dec. 7, 2020 12:48 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court extended the detention of an activist and researcher who previously worked for one of the country’s most prominent rights groups, the group said on Monday. Patrick George Zaki, 28, a human rights advocate and a student at the University of Bologna in Italy, was...

French President Emmanuel Macron, right, and Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Siss gesture upon el-Sissi arrival at the Elysee palace, Monday, Dec. 7, 2020 in Paris. Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi is paying a state visit to France for talks on fighting terrorism, the conflict in Libya and other regional issues, amid criticism from human rights groups over the Egyptian leader's crackdown on dissent. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

Egypt's El-Sissi, France's Macron at odds over human rights

Dec. 7, 2020 12:07 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron acknowledged Monday “disagreements” with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi over human rights, but said it will not prevent France from reaching economic and defense deals with the North African country, which has seen the heaviest crackdown...