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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.
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 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.
Egypt arrests activists after commemoration of uprising
CAIRO (AP) — 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 toppled longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak. Security is especially tight around the anniversary of the Jan. 25 uprising and public commemorations of it are largely banned.
Egypt arrests 54 accused of uprising anniversary plots
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt says it has arrested 54 alleged members of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group who were plotting to foment chaos on the anniversary of Egypt's 2011 Arab Spring uprising.
The Interior Ministry said Tuesday the individuals were arrested over the past weeks in different locations. It released images of old desktop computer towers and crude weapons like steel caltrops and spiked metal balls, which allegedly belonged to the group.
Egypt’s 2 ex-presidents appear in the same courtroom
CAIRO (AP) — Two former Egyptian presidents appeared Wednesday in the same Cairo courtroom, with Hosni Mubarak testifying in a retrial of Mohammed Morsi on charges related to prison breaks at the height of the 2011 uprising that toppled Mubarak.
Egypt acquits 43 NGO workers on illegal funding charges
CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court on Thursday acquitted 43 people, including German and U.S. nationals, of charges they illegally received funding for their local and foreign non-governmental organizations, a move that Amnesty International described as a step in the right direction.
The verdict ended a seven-year legal battle that rattled civil society groups just months after a 2011 uprising forced autocrat Hosni Mubarak to step down after 29 years in power.
Egypt restricts yellow vests sales to avoid copycat protests
CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian authorities have quietly introduced restrictions on the sale of yellow reflective vests, fearing opponents might attempt to copy French protesters during next month's anniversary of the 2011 popular uprising that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak, security officials and retailers said Monday.
Egypt unveils pharaonic tomb found in Luxor
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt says archeologists have found a pharaonic tomb in Luxor housing the mummies of a priest and his wife from the 13th century B.C.
Antiquities Minister Khaled el-Anani said Saturday the tomb contains decorative sarcophagi, a thousand statuettes, as well as other treasures.
The tomb, which is on the West Bank of the Nile near the Valley of the Kings, also contains several colorful paintings of pharaonic royalty.
Egypt’s newly discovered tombs hold mummies, animal statues
SAQQARA, Egypt (AP) — A top Egyptian antiquities official says local archaeologists have discovered seven Pharaonic Age tombs near the capital Cairo containing dozens of cat mummies along with wooden statues depicting other animals and birds.
Mostafa Waziri told reporters Saturday that the discovery at Saqqara also includes mummies of scarabs, the first ever to be found in the area.
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 court upholds corruption conviction of Mubarak, sons
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's highest appeals court on Saturday rejected a motion by former president Hosni Mubarak and his two sons to overturn their conviction on corruption charges.
Egypt court orders release of former president’s sons
CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court on Thursday ordered the release from detention of former president Hosni Mubarak's two sons, overturning a ruling by another court whose judge surprisingly told police to arrest them and send them to prison.
Egyptian court sends Mubarak’s 2 back to prison
CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian officials say police have detained the sons of former president Hosni Mubarak in connection with insider trading charges.
They said the arrests were ordered Saturday by judge Ahmed Aboul-Fetouh before he adjourned the hearings until Oct. 20.
Egypt, US special forces hold drills on combating terrorism
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's military says its special forces have held drills with special forces from the United States to exchange expertise on combating terrorism.
The announcement was made in a Thursday statement by Egypt's armed forces.
The anti-terrorism drills come ahead of the "Bright Star" exercise on Sept. 8-20, which will involve additional countries including Greece, Jordan, Britain, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Italy and France.
Egypt to host war games with US for second straight year
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's military says it will host war games with U.S. troops next month for the second straight year.
Thursday's statement from the military's spokesman says the "Bright Star" exercise will run from Sept. 8-20.
U.S. Central Command said in a Thursday statement that approximately 800 U.S. troops will participate.
CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian authorities have detained the head of the country's customs authority on corruption charges.
The Administrative Control Authority, Egypt's highest anti-graft agency, said Monday that Gamal Abdel-Azim was arrested while taking bribes from an unnamed businessman.
The statement says Abdel-Azim faces accusations of bribery, profiteering and squandering public funds. It did not elaborate.
CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian prosecutors say they have ordered a prominent activist and blogger known for criticizing the government detained for 15 days pending an investigation, the latest episode in Egypt's media crackdown.
The Supreme State Security Prosecution said Thursday that Wael Abbas is suspected of disseminating false news and joining an outlawed group.
Police arrested Abbas on Wednesday after raiding his house in a Cairo suburb.
CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian activist and blogger known for documenting police abuse was detained Wednesday, security officials said in the latest in a new wave of arrests following elections earlier this year.
Wael Abbas was taken from his home in a Cairo suburb on accusations that include disseminating false news and joining an outlawed group, the officials said. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to media.
Sudan protests Egyptian serial about terrorists
CAIRO (AP) — Sudan has summoned Egypt's ambassador to complain about a TV series that it says portrays Egyptian terrorists living in the neighboring country.
Sudan's Foreign Ministry said in a statement late Saturday that the Ramadan serial, titled "Abu Omar al-Masry," is "insulting to Egyptians living in Sudan" and called on Egypt to "stop attempts at disturbing the interests of the two countries."
CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian police detained an activist known for his harsh criticism of the government on charges including insulting President Abdel-Fatah el-Sissi, a rights lawyer said Tuesday.
Fatima Harb, the wife of Shady el-Ghazaly Harb, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that prosecutors summoned her husband for an investigation into accusations of disseminating false news and insulting the president, among other charges.
CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian rights lawyer says police have arrested a young comedian who was working for a popular satirical television program.
Azza Soliman told The Associated Press on Monday that plainclothes policemen raided Shady Abu Zaid's house in a Cairo neighborhood early on Sunday and arrested him. She says Abu Zaid's whereabouts are unknown.
His sister, Roula Abu Zaid, has confirmed the arrest in a Facebook post.
Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, Egypt’s president, tempted to expand term after crushing victory
CAIRO President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has vowed repeatedly to respect the limits on his power outlined in Egypt's 2014 constitution.
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's official news agency says the country is planning to hold local council elections next year, the first since the country's 2011 the uprising that toppled longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak.
The state-run MENA agency quoted the parliamentary spokesman Wednesday as saying the elections will take place in the first half of 2019 after a local administration law was passed by legislators.
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Egypt vote overshadowed by missing contenders
CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi is running virtually unopposed in this week's elections after a series of potentially serious candidates were arrested or withdrew from the race under pressure.
The vote will be the least competitive of the three presidential elections held in Egypt since the 2011 uprising ended Hosni Mubarak's 29-year reign and raised hopes of democratic change.
CAIRO (AP) — Here are some key events from more than seven years of turmoil and transition in Egypt, leading up to presidential election on March 26-28:
—Feb. 11, 2011: Autocrat Hosni Mubarak steps down after 18 days of nationwide protests against his nearly 30-year rule. The military takes over, dissolving parliament and suspending the constitution after the uprising leaves hundreds of protesters dead in clashes with security forces.
CAIRO (AP) — Here are some key events from more than seven years of turmoil and transition in Egypt leading up to presidential elections on March 26-28:
Feb. 11, 2011: Autocrat Hosni Mubarak steps down after 18 days of nationwide protests against his nearly 30-year rule. The military takes over, dissolving parliament and suspending the constitution after the uprising leaves hundreds of protesters dead in clashes with security forces.
Portraits of Egypt’s leader fill iconic Cairo Square
CAIRO (AP) — Seven years ago, Cairo's Tahrir Square was filled with tens of thousands of Egyptians demanding change. Now it is plastered with portraits of the president, vowing continuity.
Egypt slams McCain criticism of el-Sissi’s ‘backwards’ Egypt
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's Foreign Ministry has expressed its "absolute rejection" of a statement by U.S. Sen. John McCain criticizing the country's crackdown on human rights and democracy under President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi.
Thursday's statement came on the seventh anniversary of the Jan. 25, 2011 popular uprising that toppled Egypt's longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak, ushering in years of instability punctuated by military and Islamist rule, and el-Sissi's rise to power.
Egypt says 2 policemen to stand trial over detainee’s death
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's state news agency says two policemen will go on trial next month on charges of killing a detainee.
Dozens of people attacked a police station in Cairo's Mokattam neighborhood on Jan. 6 after a young detainee held on drug-related suspicions died in custody. Police arrested 43 protesters.
The state-run MENA news agency said the two policemen will go on trial Feb. 15. No date has been set for the protesters.
Mubarak’s security boss wins appeal against graft conviction
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's highest appeals court has overturned the conviction on corruption charges of former President Hosni Mubarak's longtime security chief.
Habib el-Adly, who served as interior minister in charge of police under Mubarak, was sentenced last April to seven years in prison. He went into hiding following his conviction and only turned himself in to authorities last month.
Egypt detains 2 police after detainee death sparks clashes
CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian officials say two policemen have been taken into custody after the death of a detainee sparked clashes in the capital.
Dozens of protesters tried to storm a police station in Cairo's Mokattam neighborhood on Saturday after a detainee held on drug-related suspicions died in custody. Police arrested 43 protesters.
Egyptian former PM not to run in 2018 presidential elections
CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian former prime minister says he will not run against President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi in elections due later this year.
Ahmed Shafiq, who served under autocrat Hosni Mubarak, ousted in the 2011 popular uprising, says he isn't the "ideal person" to lead the nation at this point. His statement was posted on social media on Sunday.
Egyptians attack police station after detainee’s death
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's official news agency says dozens of protesters have attacked a Cairo police station over reports that a detainee died in custody.
State-run MENA quoted an unnamed security official Saturday as saying that protesters set a police car ablaze, hurled stones and tried to storm the station. The official said the detainee was charged in a drug case, without elaborating.
The official said security forced fired tear gas and arrested several people. The clashes wounded several people.
Former Egyptian PM to ‘further study’ presidential run
CAIRO (AP) — A former Egyptian prime minister who had declared his intention to run for president next year says he needs to "further study" his plans before he makes a final decision.
Ahmed Shafiq, the last prime minister to serve under ousted ruler Hosni Mubarak, ended more than five years of exile in the United Arab Emirates when he flew home Saturday.
Egypt presidential hopeful returns home, whereabouts unclear
CAIRO (AP) — There has been no official word yet as of Sunday evening on the whereabouts of an Egyptian presidential hopeful who flew home from the United Arab Emirates a day earlier.
Ahmed Shafiq, a career air force officer who served as the last prime minister under ousted ruler Hosni Mubarak, flew to Cairo from the Emirates Saturday night, ending more than five years of exile in the Gulf Arab nation.
The Latest: Egypt presidential hopeful arrives in Cairo
CAIRO (AP) — The Latest on the return of an Egyptian presidential hopeful to Egypt (all times local):
Cairo airport officials say an Egyptian presidential hopeful living in the United Arab Emirates has arrived in Egypt from Abu Dhabi.
They say former government minister and air forces commander Ahmed Shafiq landed in Cairo on Saturday amid tightened security. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief the media.
Ex-Egypt premier says he’ll run in 2018 presidential vote
CAIRO (AP) — A former Egyptian prime minister living in the United Arab Emirates says he will return to his country to contest the 2018 presidential elections.
Ahmed Shafiq, a former air force general who briefly headed a government after longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak was ousted in a 2011 uprising, says in a video posted to YouTube Wednesday that he was "honored" to present himself for the next four-year term.
Egypt accepts leading activist’s appeal of life sentence
CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court has granted a re-trial to one of the leading activists behind the 2011 uprising, who was sentenced to life in prison for taking part in a violent protest months later.
Ahmed Douma was sentenced on charges of illegal protesting, possession of weapons, assaulting security personnel and attacking government buildings. The Court of Cassation accepted his appeal Thursday.
Egypt to host war games with US after 8-year hiatus
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt will host war games with U.S. troops this month for the first time in eight years, but the American contingent will be much smaller than in previous exercises, officials said Tuesday.
Army Spokesman Col. Tamer el-Rifai said the 10-day military exercises, known as "Bright Star," would begin Sept. 10 and include anti-terrorism training.
Ex-head of Alexandria library convicted of corruption
CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian misdemeanors court has sentenced the former head of Alexandria Bibliotheca to three years in prison after convicting him on corruption-linked charges.
The court convicted Ismail Serrag Eddin of squandering public funds. The verdict, reported Tuesday by Egyptian media, can be appealed.
Egypt says suspected militant killed in shootout
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt said Tuesday a member of a violent group suspected of links to the now-banned Muslim Brotherhood has been killed in a shootout with security forces, the latest in what appears to be a stepped-up crackdown on militants across the country.
Egypt census workers detect another baby boom
CAIRO (AP) — Census workers going door to door in Egypt's teeming neighborhoods and crowded towns are discovering a new country — of more than 20 million people born in the last decade alone.
Family planning efforts have lapsed over the past decade, particularly during the chaotic years following the 2011 uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak. Today the government is mainly focused on combatting Islamic militancy and repairing the tattered economy.
Egypt arrests dozens ahead of proposed protests
CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian police on Thursday stormed the homes of political opponents of a disputed 2016 agreement to transfer control of two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia, arresting dozens in raids in Cairo and at least 10 provinces across the country, according to two rights lawyers.
Egypt lifts limit on foreign currency transfers
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt has lifted a $100,000 annual cap for foreign currency transfers abroad in a move that signals progress toward easing a dollar shortage and potentially strengthening investor confidence.
The decision, announced Wednesday, applies to individual bank transactions.
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's inflation rate fell to 29.7 percent in May from 31.5 percent in April, the first decline since the currency was devalued seven months ago, data showed Thursday.
The figures, published by the central bank, also showed that year-on-year core inflation declined to 30.5 percent in May, down from 32.1 percent in April. Core inflation excludes volatile commodities such as food and energy.