Egypt’s ousted president Morsi dies in court during trial

Asia & Pacific 06/17/19, 17:16

Egypt's first democratically elected president, Islamist leader Mohammed Morsi who was supported by Obama and ousted by the military in 2013 after a year in office, collapsed in court while on trial Monday and died, state TV and his family said. The 67-year-old Morsi had just addressed the court, speaking from ...

Libyan commander hands over prominent militant to Egypt

Africa 05/29/19, 07:14

A prominent Egyptian militant wanted for scores of terror attacks in his country was handed over by Libyan forces loyal to a commander pushing to take the capital of Tripoli and flown back to Egypt on Wednesday.Egyptian TV networks aired footage of a blindfolded Hisham el-Ashmawi, a former army officer ...

Egypt says security forces kill 16 militants in Sinai

Africa 05/21/19, 07:45

Egypt says its police forces have killed 16 militants in raids in the restive northern part of the Sinai Peninsula.An Interior Ministry statement Tuesday says security forces exchanged fire with Islamic militants as they stormed insurgent hideouts in the Mediterranean coastal city of el-Arish.No casualties were reported among the police.Tourists ...

Egypt says after bus attack, 12 militants killed in Cairo

Africa 05/20/19, 03:51

Egypt says security forces killed 12 members of a militant group with suspected links to the now-outlawed Muslim Brotherhood in shootouts in Cairo, just hours after a roadside bomb struck a tourist bus near the Giza Pyramids, wounding at least 17.The Interior Ministry says seven of the militants were killed ...

As Sudan uprising grew, Arab states worked to shape its fate

Africa 05/08/19, 01:22

As the popular uprising against Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir gained strength earlier this year, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia began reaching out to the military through secret channels to encourage his removal from power, according to Egyptian and Sudanese officials.The three Arab states are ruled by autocrats ...

Egypt says ancient cemetery found at Giza famed pyramids

Africa 05/04/19, 10:12

Egypt's Antiquities Ministry says archaeologists have uncovered part of an ancient cemetery near the country's famed pyramids on the Giza plateau just outside Cairo.Mostafa Waziri, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, says Saturday the cemetery houses burial shafts and tombs of top officials and a fine limestone statue ...

Egypt court sentences 2 monks to death for abbot’s killing

Africa 04/24/19, 08:49

An Egyptian court has sentenced two monks to death for killing an abbot in a desert monastery north of Cairo last year.The Damanhur Criminal Court, north of Cairo, announced the verdict Wednesday for two defrocked monks identified as Isaiah and Faltaous. They can appeal.The two were convicted of killing of ...

Egypt voters approve referendum extending president’s rule

Africa 04/23/19, 13:09

Voters in Egypt approved constitutional amendments allowing President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to remain in power until 2030, election officials said Tuesday, a move that critics fear will cement his authoritarian rule eight years after a pro-democracy uprising.El-Sissi led the military overthrow of an elected but divisive Islamist president amid mass protests ...

Egyptian voters urged to allow el-Sissi rule until 2030

Africa 04/21/19, 02:30

Egyptian pro-government media are urging a "Yes" vote on the second day of a nationwide referendum that would allow President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to stay in power until 2030.Polls reopened at 9 a.m. (0700 GMT) Sunday. Voting will continue through Monday to allow maximum turnout, which the government hopes will lend ...

Egypt votes on referendum extending el-Sissi’s rule to 2030

Africa 04/20/19, 04:29

Egyptians voted Saturday on constitutional amendments that would allow President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to stay in power until 2030 and broaden the military's role — changes blasted by critics as another major step toward authoritarian rule.The referendum came amid an unprecedented crackdown on dissent in recent years. El-Sissi's government has arrested ...

Egypt lawmakers pass amendments now headed to referendum

World 04/16/19, 12:25

Egypt's parliament on Tuesday passed amendments to the constitution that could see President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi remain in power until 2030.The vote, which sends the amendments to a national referendum, was seen by critics as another step back to authoritarianism, eight years after a pro-democracy uprising ended autocrat Hosni Mubarak's three-decade ...

UN says 120 killed since fighting broke out in Libya

Africa 04/14/19, 07:20

More than 120 people have been killed since a Libyan military commander launched an assault on the capital 10 days ago, igniting clashes with rival militias, the U.N. health agency said Sunday.The self-styled Libyan National Army, led by Field Marshal Khalifa Hifter, launched a surprise offensive against Tripoli on April ...

Salah’s Egypt faces Congo, Uganda & Zimbabwe at African Cup

Soccer 04/12/19, 15:50

Mohamed Salah and host Egypt will face Congo, Uganda and Zimbabwe in the group stage of an historic African Cup of Nations this year, the first time the tournament will field 24 teams and be held in the European summer.As host, Egypt was one of six seeded teams for Friday's ...

Update: Sudan officials: President forced to step down

Africa 04/11/19, 03:05

The Latest on developments in Sudan (all times local):9:50 a.m.Two senior Sudanese officials say that the army has forced longtime President Omar al-Bashir to step down but the circumstances of the apparent ouster remain unclear.The officials say the military is now in talks about forming a transitional government. The officials, ...

Egyptian pro-democracy activist free after 5 years in prison

Africa 03/29/19, 04:52

A leading Egyptian pro-democracy activist was freed from prison early Friday after serving a five-year sentence for inciting and taking part in protests, his family and lawyer said. The terms of his release, however, require that he report to a police station every day for the next five years.Alaa Abdel-Fattah ...

Egypt releases prominent photojournalist after 5-year term

Africa 03/04/19, 04:24

A prominent Egyptian photojournalist was released after five years in prison and returned home on Monday to hugs from his family and friends, pledging to continue working despite having to spend the nights at a police station nearby.Mahmoud Abu Zaid, popularly known as "Shawkan," was convicted of involvement in a ...

Gazans resume minor pilgrimage after years of Egyptian ban

Africa 03/03/19, 09:51

Palestinians in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip resumed a minor pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia, known as the "umrah," on Sunday after nearly five years of an Egyptian ban.The first convoy of 800 Palestinians passed into Egypt through Gaza's Rafah crossing. Airplanes will carry the Palestinians from the Egyptian capital to Mecca, ...

Update: Egypt: Death toll at Cairo train station at 20

Africa 02/27/19, 05:00

The Latest on the deadly fire at the Egyptian capital's main train station (all times local):11:55 a.m.Egypt has raised the casualty toll from a major fire that erupted in Cairo's central train station, saying there are 20 dead and more than 40 injured so far.The country's general prosecutor has ordered ...

Egypt rejects UN criticism of trials for hanged convicts

Africa 02/24/19, 09:32

Egypt has rejected criticism from a U.N. human rights body about a recent spike in executions allegedly involving confessions made under torture, saying Cairo categorically rejects any infringement into the affairs of its judiciary.In a Sunday statement, the foreign affairs ministry said the nine death sentences carried out Wednesday of ...

Egypt executes 9 over 2015 assassination of top prosecutor

Africa 02/20/19, 07:29

Egypt on Wednesday executed nine suspected Muslim Brotherhood members convicted of involvement in the 2015 assassination of the country's top prosecutor, security officials said.The nine were found guilty of taking part in the bombing that killed Hisham Barakat, the first assassination of a senior official in Egypt in a quarter ...

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