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 ...

regrets Yemeni Pulitzer winner did not receive visa

U.S. 05/29/19, 18:43

The Associated Press expressed disappointment that its Yemeni reporter was unable to attend the ceremony to collect his Pulitzer Prize because he was not granted a U.S. visa.Maad al-Zikry, Maggie Michael and Nariman El-Mofty were awarded a Pulitzer Prize for international reporting on Tuesday for their coverage of the war ...

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 ...

Bomb hits tourist bus near Egypt’s Giza Pyramids, wounds 17

Africa 05/19/19, 10:20

A roadside bomb hit a tourist bus on Sunday near the Giza Pyramids, wounding at least 17 people including tourists, Egyptian officials said. The officials said the bus was travelling on a road close to the under-construction Grand Egyptian Museum, which is located adjacent to the Giza Pyramids but is not ...

Researchers: Iran-linked disinfo effort had personal touch

Politics 05/14/19, 01:04

When an attractive young Middle Eastern woman contacted Saudi dissident Ali AlAhmed over Twitter last November, he was immediately suspicious. The Associated Press was on the verge of publishing a story about how AlAhmed, who is based in the Washington area, had been targeted by hackers posing as a female journalist. ...

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 ...

Gaza quiet after Israel, Hamas agree to cease-fire

World 05/06/19, 13:06

The Israeli military lifted protective restrictions on residents in the south on Monday, while Gaza's ruling Hamas militant group reported a cease-fire deal had been reached to end the deadliest fighting between the two sides since a 2014 war.The escalation had killed 25 on the Gaza side, both militants and ...

Under heavy rocket fire, Israeli reprisals kill 4

Asia & Pacific 05/04/19, 18:28

Palestinian militants on Saturday fired over 200 rockets into Israel, drawing dozens of retaliatory airstrikes on targets across the Gaza Strip in a round of intense fighting that broke a month-long lull between the bitter enemies. Four Palestinians, including a pregnant mother and her baby daughter, were killed, while three ...

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 ...

4 Palestinians killed, 2 soldiers wounded in Gaza flare-up

Asia & Pacific 05/03/19, 17:43

Four Palestinians, including two Hamas militants, were killed in an Israeli airstrike and protests Friday as gunshots from the Gaza Strip wounded two Israeli soldiers, officials said, in a new flare-up that shattered a monthlong easing of hostilities that was mediated by Egypt.The calm along the Gaza-Israel frontier was in ...

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 ...

Rights group denounces ‘unfree and unfair’ Egyptian vote

Africa 04/24/19, 06:14

An international rights group says the referendum approved by Egyptian voters that would allow President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to extend his rule to 2030 was held in an "unfair and unfree" environment and has "no pretense to legitimacy."Human Rights Watch says the three-day vote, which concluded Monday, was "marred by serious ...

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 ...

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