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In Egypt, 2 die as truck slides off ferry, plunges into Nile

Jan. 11, 2022 06:05 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — At least two people died and eight were still missing Tuesday after a small truck they were riding in slid off a ferry and plunged into the Nile River, said authorities in Egypt. The accident happened just outside of Cairo on Monday, in the town of Monshat el-Kanater...

Expelled Egyptian-Palestinian activist arrives in Paris

Jan. 08, 2022 12:55 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — Egyptian-Palestinian human rights activist Ramy Shaath arrived in Paris and reunited with his wife on Saturday, after Egyptian authorities released him from prison and deported him. An overjoyed Shaath, the son of a prominent Palestinian politician, walked out of the...

At least 16 killed in car crash in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula

Jan. 08, 2022 04:41 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — A traffic accident Saturday involving a microbus and a larger bus left at least 16 people dead and 18 others injured in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, health officials said. The crash took place when a microbus collided with a public transportation bus on a road liking the...

US man charged with secretly aiding Egyptian interests

Jan. 06, 2022 17:03 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A New York man has been arrested on charges that he worked as a secret and unregistered agent of the Egyptian government, including by sharing information with American law enforcement officials about political opponents of President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi, the Justice Department...

Groups call for protests against Libya's poll cancellation

Dec. 24, 2021 12:15 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Hundreds took to the streets in several Libyan cities to protest the cancellation of Friday's long-awaited presidential election, a blow to hopes of ending a decade of chaos in the oil-rich North African country. Several parliamentary candidates and political groups...

Prominent Egypt activist free after completing her sentence

Dec. 23, 2021 10:38 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — A prominent Egyptian human rights activist was released Thursday after serving her sentence on charges of spreading false news and insulting a police officer, her lawyer and family said. Sanaa Seif, who hails from a renowned family of activists, had been behind bars...

Egypt's leading activist gets 5 years; 2 others get 4 years

Dec. 20, 2021 10:21 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt on Monday sentenced one of the country's most prominent activists to five years in prison on charges of spreading false news, a defense lawyer said. The activist's former attorney and another activist were sentenced in the same case, each to four years. Alaa...

Stormy weather prompts Egypt to close some classes, ports

Dec. 20, 2021 07:02 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Stormy weather has prompted Egyptian authorities to suspend classes Monday in the capital of Cairo and a handful of other provinces as a precautionary measure. Authorities also closed the ports in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria and the Suez Canal cities of Port...

Egypt announces its first cases of omicron variant

Dec. 18, 2021 03:52 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian health authorities said they have identified the country’s first cases of the highly transmissible omicron variant of the coronavirus. Three people were found to have the variant among 26 travelers who tested positive for coronavirus at Cairo International...

Israeli foreign minister in Cairo to strengthen ties

Dec. 09, 2021 09:33 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Israel's foreign minister arrived in Cairo on Thursday on a diplomatic visit aimed at strengthening ties and shoring up a tenuous cease-fire between Israel and Gaza's militant Hamas rulers. Foreign Minister Yair Lapid met with Egypt's president, Abdel Fattah el-Sissi,...