Egypt discovers 40 mummies in ancient chambers in Minya

World 02/02/19, 07:28

Egypt says it has discovered a number of ancient burial chambers containing some 40 mummies in the desert province of Minya, south of Cairo.Officials told reporters on Saturday at the site that the chambers, which were cut out of rock, belonged to a middle-class family who probably lived during the ...

Egypt arrests activists after commemoration of uprising

World 01/30/19, 08:36

Egypt has rounded up at least six activists in the last couple of days in a wave of arrests coinciding with the anniversary of the 2011 uprising, a rights lawyer said Wednesday.Authorities have waged a sweeping crackdown on dissent in recent years, reversing freedoms won in the popular uprising that ...

France’s Macron raises human rights on visit to Egypt

World 01/28/19, 15:02

French President Emmanuel Macron said he encouraged respect for human rights when he met Monday with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, a military man seen as a bulwark against Islamic extremists who has led an unprecedented crackdown on dissent.Speaking after the two met during a state visit that's been light on ...

Egypt’s president hosts Sudan’s embattled leader

World 01/27/19, 11:06

Egypt hosted embattled Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir on Sunday, saying it supports stability in the country undergoing popular demonstrations against al-Bashir's 29-year rule.After meeting with President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to discuss deepening relations and improving economic ties, the two leaders gave a joint televised address to underline their continuing cooperation.El-Sissi said ...

Amnesty says Egypt detained 113 in 2018 for their views

World 01/24/19, 13:18

Amnesty International said Thursday that Egyptian authorities detained at least 113 people in 2018 for peacefully expressing their views, saying the country has become more dangerous than at any time in recent history for anyone openly criticizing the government.In a statement, the London-based rights group said those who dared criticize ...

Sudan gripped again by a day of anti-al-Bashir protests

World 01/24/19, 11:32

Thousands of people were out on the streets Thursday at several locations in Sudan's capital, Khartoum, calling on the country's longtime ruler to step down, according to videos circulating online and activists.The demonstrations are the latest in a wave of unrest that began Dec. 19 across most of Sudan, first ...

Egypt says archaeologists find ancient tombs in Nile Delta

World 01/23/19, 09:43

Egypt says archaeologists have uncovered ancient tombs dating back to the Second Intermediate Period, 1782-1570 B.C., in the Nile Delta.The Antiquities Ministry said Wednesday that archaeologists also found 20 burial sites dating back to the Predynastic Period in Kom al-Kholgan archaeological site, about 140 kilometers (87 miles) north of Cairo.Mostafa ...

Weather front brings sandstorms, hail, rain to Middle East

World 01/16/19, 08:34

A harsh weather front brought sandstorms, hail and rain to parts of the Middle East, with visibility down in the Egyptian capital as an orange cloud of dust blocked out the sky and pedestrians covered their faces from the wind gusts.Dusty winds whipped through Israel and the West Bank as ...

UNHCR urges more aid to developing nations hosting refugees

Europe 01/14/19, 13:56

Wealthy countries should do more to help developing nations fund local refugee management, the head of the U.N. refugee agency urged Monday, saying that he himself would do "anything" to escape if he was stuck in a squalid camp such as those in war-torn Libya.Speaking to reporters after meeting with ...

Egypt launches regional gas forum, including Israel in fold

World 01/14/19, 13:09

Egypt hosted its first ever regional gas forum on Monday, with several regional delegations attending alongside the Israeli energy minister, the first such visit by an Israeli Cabinet member since its 2011 Arab Spring uprising.Speaking after attending the closed meeting in Cairo, Yuval Steinitz applauded the Egyptian initiative, saying that ...

Egypt el-Sissi inaugurates cathedral, mosque in new capital

World 01/06/19, 13:41

Egypt's president on Sunday inaugurated a new cathedral for the Coptic Orthodox Church and one of the region's largest mosques in a highly symbolic gesture at a time when Islamic militants are increasingly targeting the country's minority Christians.Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, a general-turned-president, has made sectarian harmony a cornerstone of his rule, ...

Egyptian policeman killed while defusing bomb outside church

World 01/06/19, 09:38

Egypt's Interior Ministry said a policeman was killed as he was trying to defuse an explosive device near a church in a residential Cairo district.The ministry said the blast late on Saturday also wounded the commander of the bomb squad and another policeman. The device was in a suitcase concealed ...

Egypt says its security forces killed 40 militants

World 12/29/18, 11:31

Egypt said Saturday its security forces have killed 40 militants in raids on their hideouts in the Sinai Peninsula and the Greater Cairo area, just hours after a roadside bomb targeted a tourist bus in the capital, killing three Vietnamese tourists and their Egyptian guide.In a Saturday statement, the Interior ...

Pope prays for victims killed by roadside bomb in Egypt

Europe 12/29/18, 08:42

The Vatican says Pope Francis is praying for the victims of a roadside bomb that hit a tourist bus in Egypt.In a condolence telegram sent Saturday by the Vatican secretary of state to Egypt's president, Francis was said to be "deeply saddened" by the attack near the Giza Pyramids. Three ...

Egypt ‘s 2 ex-presidents appear in the same courtroom

World 12/26/18, 09:19

Two former Egyptian presidents appeared Wednesday in the same Cairo courtroom, with Hosni Mubarak testifying in a retrial of Mohammed Morsi over charges related to prison breaks at the height of the 2011 uprising that toppled Mubarak.The 90-year-old Mubarak, whose nearly three-decade rule was ended by a popular uprising in ...

El-Sissi’s call on Egyptians to lose weight creates a stir

World 12/25/18, 01:42

President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi is demanding Egyptians lose weight.In televised comments earlier this month, the general-turned-president railed about the number of overweight people he sees and told Egyptians they must take better care of themselves. He said physical education should become core curriculum at schools and universities and suggested TV shows ...

After delays, Egypt’s new mega-museum set to open in 2020

World 12/23/18, 01:42

On the Giza Plateau outside Cairo, thousands of Egyptians are laboring in the shadow of the pyramids to erect a monument worthy of the pharaohs.The Grand Egyptian Museum has been under construction for well over a decade and is intended to showcase Egypt's ancient treasures while drawing tourists to help ...

PHOTOS: Editors’ picks for 2018 from the Middle East

World 12/18/18, 01:29

In 2018, Associated Press photographers in the Middle East, Afghanistan and Pakistan captured searing images from relentless armed conflicts, but they also found moments of levity and offered a glimpse into daily life in a constantly changing region.In this July 26, 2018 photo, Afghan musicians Hakim Ebrahimi, left, and Soraya ...

Egypt announces discovery of 4,400-year-old tomb

World 12/15/18, 07:51

Egypt has announced the discovery of a private tomb belonging to a senior official from the 5th dynasty of the pharaohs, which ruled roughly 4,400 years ago.Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Anani announced the find at the site of the tomb in Saqqara, just west of Cairo, which is also home to ...

Egyptian novel explores Christians under controlling church

World 12/13/18, 01:10

Shady Lewis Botros says his recently published novel — "Ways of the Lord" — can be broadly viewed as an attempt to answer one question: What it's like to be a Christian in Egypt?The answer, given in stories narrated by the book's chief character, is complex and often disheartening. It's ...

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