Egypt tightens restrictions on media, social networks
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's top media regulator on Tuesday put into effect tighter restrictions that allow the state to block websites and even social media accounts with over 5,000 followers if they are...
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's president appointed a military officer to lead the country's transportation ministry on Sunday, less than two weeks after its minister resigned over a deadly train crash in...
CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian actor known for his criticism of President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi's government said Thursday a military court has sentenced him in absentia to eight years in prison in two...
CAIRO (AP) — Dozens of Egyptian activists, rights defenders and journalists have been targeted by digital phishing attacks in the last two months, likely by their own government, an international...
CAIRO (AP) — A prominent Egyptian photojournalist was released after five years in prison and returned home Monday to hugs from family and friends, pledging to continue working despite severe...
CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian military appeals court on Sunday upheld a five-year sentence against the country's former auditor for disseminating false news about the military, his lawyer...
Turkey slams EU for attending summit hosted by Egypt
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has condemned European Union leaders for attending a meeting hosted by Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, days after the country...
Egypt’s leader says Europe cannot ‘teach us’ about rights
SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) — Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi defended on Monday his country's widely-criticized human rights record and warned the nations of Europe not to lecture the...
EU, Arab leaders vow to boost security, migration ties
SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) — Leaders from European Union and Arab League countries pledged Sunday to boost cooperation in the fight against terrorism and to tackle unauthorized migration at a...
Suicide bombing kills 3 policemen near Cairo’s famed bazaar
CAIRO (AP) — The death toll from a late-night suicide blast near Cairo's famed tourist market rose to three on Tuesday after a police officer died of his wounds, Egypt's Interior Ministry...
Egypt detains, expels NY Times reporter entering at airport
CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian authorities have detained and expelled a New York Times journalist upon his arrival at Cairo international airport, the latest move in the country's crackdown on free speech...
Egypt lawmakers approve possible 3-decade rule by president
CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian lawmakers voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to extend term limits for President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi until 2034, part of a package of constitutional amendments also set to further enshrine the military's role in politics that will now face a national referendum.
A look at proposed amendments to Egypt’s constitution
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's Parliament on Thursday approved amendments to the constitution that could see President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi stay in power until 2034.
The amendments, backed by 485 lawmakers in the 596-seat chamber packed with el-Sissi supporters, include several other changes to the 2014 charter, which was adopted six months before el-Sissi was first elected.
The Latest: Egypt’s Parliament extends president term limits
CAIRO (AP) — The Latest on developments in Egypt (all times local):
Egypt's Parliament has overwhelmingly approved constitutional changes to remove term limits for President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, allowing him to stay on power possibly until 2034.
The changes are part of a package of amendments that will be further examined before final approval in the chamber and a national referendum.
On Thursday, 485 lawmakers in the 596-seat body backed the amendments.
Egypt’s Parliament to vote on extending president’s term
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's Parliament began deliberations Wednesday over constitutional amendments that could allow President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to stay in office till 2034 — 12 more years after his current, second term expires in 2022.
Egypt accelerates efforts to extend el-Sissi’s rule
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's parliament is accelerating the process of passing constitutional amendments that would allow President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to stay in office well beyond the end of his current term in 2022.
Lawmakers will decide Wednesday on whether to send the amendments to the legislative committee, a vote that was initially scheduled for Feb. 17, parliament spokesman Ahmed Saad el-Din said late Sunday.
Egypt opposition rejects move to extend el-Sissi’s rule
CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian opposition parties have formed a coalition against proposed changes to the constitution that would allow President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to stay in office well beyond the end of his current term in 2022, two opposition leaders said on Wednesday.
Egypt's parliament has given its preliminary approval to the changes, after two-thirds of the general committee endorsed the proposed amendments on Tuesday.
Egypt debates motion to extend presidential term limits
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's parliament advanced a proposal on Tuesday to amend the constitution in a way that could allow President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to stay in office well beyond the end of his current term in 2022.
France’s Macron raises human rights on visit to Egypt
CAIRO (AP) — 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.
Egypt pardons Briton jailed for smuggling pills
CAIRO (AP) — A British woman who was sentenced to three years in prison for bringing hundreds of painkillers into Egypt was included in a recent pardons list, Egyptian security officials said Monday.
Laura Plummer, 34, was arrested in October 2017 on arrival at Hurghada, a Red Sea resort, and was accused of attempting to smuggle hundreds of Tramadol tablets, which are legal in Britain but banned in Egypt.
French president in Egypt to boost ties, raise human rights
CAIRO (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron aims to speak out stronger than in the past about human rights issues while in Egypt, where France seeks to reinforce strategic ties with a country he considers a key regional partner, he told reporters on Sunday.
Egypt’s president hosts Sudan’s embattled leader
CAIRO (AP) — 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.
Egypt el-Sissi inaugurates cathedral, mosque in new capital
CAIRO (AP) — 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.
Fatah withdraws officers from Gaza-Egypt crossing
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The Palestinian Authority says it is withdrawing its officers from a key crossing point between the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip and Egypt.
The announcement on Sunday came amid rising tension between the Islamic militant movement, which took control of Gaza in a 2007, and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah party.
CBS: El-Sissi says Egypt, Israel cooperate against militants
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's president has told CBS that his country and Israel, with whom it fought four wars, are cooperating against Islamic militants in the Sinai Peninsula, a startling and potentially damaging acknowledgment that could explain the Egyptian government's request that the network not air the interview.
El-Sissi denies fat-shaming Egyptians after weight-loss call
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's president is denying that he fat-shamed his own people after his recent calls for Egyptians to lose weight prompted a torrent of jokes online.
In televised comments Wednesday, President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi said "How can I shame my own family? Egyptians are my family. How can I watch them (putting on weight) and stay quiet?"
He noted the "incredible" number of jokes in response to his call and, chuckling, suggested people "take it easy with the jokes at my expense."
El-Sissi’s call on Egyptians to lose weight creates a stir
CAIRO (AP) — 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 shouldn't let presenters or guests on the air if they are overweight.
Egypt names new military intelligence chief
CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian officials say the director of the powerful military intelligence agency has been replaced by his deputy.
They said Sunday that the new head of the agency, Maj-Gen. Khaled Megawer, a career soldier who commanded the 2nd Army and served as military attache in Washington.
The outgoing director, Maj-Gen. Mohammed Farag el-Shahat, was named an assistant to the defense minister.
After delays, Egypt’s new mega-museum set to open in 2020
CAIRO (AP) — 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.
Egypt releases prominent activist blogger
CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian authorities have released a prominent activist and blogger who had criticized the government after more than seven months of detention.
Lawyer Gamal Eid says his client, Wael Abbas, was freed late Tuesday, more than a week after a court ordered his conditional release. Eid says Abbas must report to a nearby police station every two days.
Egypt lawyer files case to change president’s 2-term limit
CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian lawyer said Saturday he and others have filed a court case to force the country's parliament to debate amending a constitutional clause that bars President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi from running for a third term in 2022.
The lawyer, Ayman Abdel-Hakim Ramadan, told The Associated Press that a Cairo court will hold its first hearing in the case Dec. 23.
Egypt puts on show of support for Saudi crown prince
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt on Tuesday put on a show of support for Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, doing its part as an ally and recipient of Riyadh's largesse to help the young royal weather the international outrage he faces over the killing and dismembering of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
The Latest: Saudi prince gets warm welcome in Egypt
BERLIN (AP) — The Latest on the slaying of journalist Jamal Khashoggi (all times local):
Egypt's president and Saudi Arabia's crown prince have held talks in Cairo, the latest stop on Mohammed bin Salman's first foreign tour since the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
The prince arrived and was met at the airport by President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, a close ally and recipient of generous Saudi aid, on Monday evening.
Saudi crown prince visits Egypt, meets with president
CAIRO (AP) — Saudi Arabia's crown prince is visiting Egypt as part of his first tour abroad since facing international outrage over the killing of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi.
Egyptian state media say Mohammed bin Salman arrived in Cairo on Monday and was welcomed by President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi.
Saudi Arabia is one of Egypt's chief economic backers and both nations are taking part in a boycott against Qatar.
Egypt creates new human rights watchdog - to protect itself
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt has created a new high-powered human rights watchdog agency, but its primary mission isn't to protect Egyptians from violations. Instead, the body is foremost aimed at protecting the government from allegations of rights abuses and defending it on the international stage.
Rights group: Egypt tortures, disappears children
CAIRO (AP) — An international rights group said Tuesday that Egypt has committed "shocking violations" against children, including torture and enforced disappearances.
Amnesty International said it has documented at least six children, including a 12-year-old and a 14-year-old, who were tortured in custody, and 12 who were subjected to enforced disappearances since 2015. It did not give the ages of the other children.
Egyptian sentenced to death for killing Christian doctor
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt has sentenced an alleged Islamic State supporter to death for stabbing and killing an 82-year-old Christian doctor in Cairo.
The September 2017 killing took place when the 40-year-old, pretending to be a patient, requested to see the doctor. He started stabbing the doctor as soon as he was shown into the clinic's examination room, and stabbed the physician's assistant when she intervened to try and stop the attack.
Egypt sentences ex-governor to 10 years for bribery
CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court has sentenced a former governor to 10 years in prison for accepting bribes to award public works contracts.
In announcing the sentence Monday, the court said Hisham Abdel Basset accepted some $1.5 million in bribes while serving as governor of Menoufiya province, 60 kilometers (40 miles) north of Cairo. He was fined 15 million Egyptian pounds ($840,000).
Egypt’s leader faults media coverage of Khashoggi slaying
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's president says media coverage played a "negative role" in the case of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was killed in the Saudi consulate in Turkey last month.
Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi told reporters Tuesday "we need to stop and wait for the relevant authorities and judicial bodies (in Saudi Arabia) to announce the outcome of the investigations."
Egypt wants ‘formal agreements’ on Ethiopia’s dam
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt wants "formal agreements" that Ethiopia will not reduce Cairo's share of the Nile during the filling of what will be Africa's largest hydroelectric dam.
President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi told reporters Tuesday that "we need to turn Ethiopia's goodwill into formal agreements" and ensure the dam is not used for "political purposes." He did not elaborate, saying only that Egypt has seen "positive signs" from Ethiopia's government.
Egypt’s leader says Arab Spring uprising was ill-advised
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's president says the 2011 Arab Spring revolt was an ill-advised attempt at change whose chaotic aftermath posed an existential threat to the nation.
Addressing an international youth conference late Sunday, Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi said those behind the revolt had good intentions but had "opened the gates of hell."
Egypt releases author, publisher held over book on economy
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt has released an economist and his publisher more than a week after their arrest over a book that challenged President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi's economic policies.
Abdel-Khaleq Farouq said Tuesday that a court ordered him and the publisher, Ibrahim el-Khateib, to be released pending an investigation into accusations of publishing "fake news."
Sudan lifts ban on Egyptian imports amid effort to mend ties
CAIRO (AP) — Sudan has lifted a ban on agricultural imports from Egypt, the latest sign of mending relations between Cairo and Khartoum.
The announcement by President Omar al-Bashir came during a joint press conference Thursday with Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi who was on a visit to Khartoum.
Al-Bashir said: "Our main mission is to remove obstacles in the movement of goods and citizens between both countries."
Egypt arrests author, publisher over book on economy
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt has arrested an economist and his publisher over a book that challenged President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi's economic policies, a lawyer said Tuesday, the latest in a wave of detentions in recent years targeting all forms of dissent.
Egypt’s Olympic body ratifies sanctions on Zamalek chief
CAIRO (AP) — The general assembly of the Egyptian Olympic Committee has ratified a two-year suspension of the chairman of Zamalek, one of Egypt's top soccer clubs.
Comprising national sports federations, the assembly decided Saturday to write to Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi about the "illegal" use of parliamentary immunity by Murtada Mansour — in order to escape legal proceedings over alleged financial irregularities and verbal abuse of sports figures.
Egyptian ex-lawmaker goes missing, may have been detained
CAIRO (AP) — A former Egyptian lawmaker went missing nearly three weeks ago and may have been detained by security forces, his wife said in a request sent to authorities seeking information about her husband's whereabouts — the latest reported incident to highlight worrying incarceration practices.
Russian and Egyptian presidents sign partnership treaty
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin and Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi signed a strategic cooperation treaty Wednesday that is intended to bolster trade and other ties between the two nations.