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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...

FILE - In this May 9, 2019 file photo, provided by Egypt's presidency media office, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, right, walks with military commander Khalifa Hifter, the head of the self-styled Libyan National Army, in Cairo, Egypt. Diplomats and intelligence officials from Egypt arrived in Libya’s capital, Tripoli on Sunday, Dec. 27, 2020, the most senior Egyptian delegation to visit the western part of the north African country in years. Egypt views the instability in neighboring Libya as a national security threat and has backed Hifter who controls eastern and southern Libya, and attempted to seize Tripoli in a campaign collapsed earlier this year after Turkey's heavy military support to his rivals in Tripoli. (Egyptian Presidency Media office via AP, File)

Egypt delegation visits Libyan capital, meets Tripoli gov't

Dec. 27, 2020 1:07 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian diplomats and intelligence officials arrived in the Libyan capital of Tripoli on Sunday, Libyan officials said, the most senior Egyptian delegation to visit the western part of the conflict-stricken country in years. The Egyptian delegation was headed by Ayman Badea, the deputy chief...

Egyptian court acquits men accused of abusing Coptic woman

Dec. 18, 2020 1:51 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian criminal court acquitted three Muslim men accused of stripping naked an elderly Coptic Christian woman and parading her through the streets of a village in southern Egypt in 2016, the state's official news agency reported. The three had been sentenced to 10 years in absentia in...

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...

FILE - In this April 24, 2016 file photo, Amnesty International activists stage a flash mob asking for truth on the death in Egypt of Italian student Giulio Regeni, in front of Milan's city hall, Italy. Italian prosecutors on Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020 formally put three high-ranking members of Egypt’s national security force and one police officer under investigation in the 2016 kidnapping, torture and killing of an Italian youth doing doctoral research in Cairo.  (AP Photo/Luca Bruno, file)

Italy puts 4 Egyptians under investigation in torture death

Dec. 10, 2020 3:00 PM EST

ROME (AP) — Italian prosecutors on Thursday formally put four high-ranking members of Egypt’s security forces under investigation over the 2016 kidnapping, torture and killing of an Italian doctoral research student in Cairo. Rome prosecutor Michele Prestipino told a special parliamentary...

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...

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...

FILE - In this 2018 file photo taken in London, Karim Ennarah and his now-wife Jess Kelly pose for a photo after graduating from the School of Oriental and African Studies. On Sunday, Dec. 6, 2020, an Egyptian court upheld a prosecutor's decision to temporarily freeze the assets of three members of the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, including its executive director Gasser Abdel-Razek, criminal justice director Ennarah and administrative director Mohammed Basheer. The three were arrested last month after the EIPR hosted foreign diplomats for 13 Western countries to discuss the human rights situation in Egypt. They were freed Thursday, Dec. 3. (Courtesy of Jess Kelly via AP, File)

Egypt court upholds asset freeze for 3 human rights workers

Dec. 6, 2020 1:41 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court on Sunday upheld a prosecutors’ decision to freeze the assets of three senior staff members at one of the country’s most prominent human rights groups. The three rights workers were freed Thursday after being arrested last month and slapped with...