Ethiopia sets 2022 for Nile dam’s completion amid delays
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia's controversial Nile River dam will not be completed until 2022, more than four years behind schedule, because of possible defects with the hydro-electrical plant's equipment, an official said Thursday.
The dam's construction managers have concerns about the quality of the electro-mechanical works that were handled by the country's military-run Metal and Engineering Corporation.
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 says security forces kill 9 ‘terrorists’ in Nile raid
CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian security forces killed nine "terrorists" in a raid on a cave hideout along the Nile River at dawn on Monday, the Interior Ministry said.
The raid in central Egypt targeted men who were planning attacks on vital installations, resulting in a shootout that led to their deaths, it said in a statement.
The statement did not mention if there were any survivors or if any wounded were taken prisoner, or if security forces suffered any casualties.
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — The construction manager of a controversial dam being built on the Nile River in Ethiopia has been shot dead, police said Thursday, while the country's prime minister said he was "utterly shocked."
Semegnew Bekele was discovered inside his car at Meskel Square in the capital, Addis Ababa, state broadcaster ETV reported.
ASWAN, Egypt (AP) — The world of their parents and grandparents was turned upside down more than 50 years ago when they were evacuated from villages along the Nile River to make way for the High Dam. Now a younger generation has revived the long-dormant cause of Egypt's Nubians, campaigning for a return to their lands and struggling to preserve their culture.
ASWAN, Egypt (AP) — Siham Othman was born decades after her grandparents were forced to evacuate from their homes on the banks of the Nile River along with tens of thousands of their fellow Nubians. But she has a lifelong bond with her ancestral homeland.
Her grandfather became a merchant sailor and travelled the world. Yet when he told her stories, they were only about Nubia.
"He is the one who planted the dream of return in me," said the 30-year-old Osman.
WADI KARKAR, Egypt (AP) — With a mix of nostalgia and sorrow, Egypt's Nubians look back at their lives in ancestral lands in southern Egypt as a peaceful era tied intimately to the Nile River.
Since their eviction in the 1960s to make way for the giant lake behind the Aswan High Dam, they have lived in desolate towns further north, often on the edge of the desert. Many in the community yearn to return to lands along the banks of Lake Nasser.
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan announced Wednesday they have made progress in talks on what will be Africa's largest hydroelectric dam.
The foreign ministers of Egypt and Ethiopia and Sudan's water resources minister said they will set up a scientific study group to consult on the filling of Ethiopia's $5 billion Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on the Nile River. They also confirmed that leaders from the three nations will meet every six months for consultations.
Egypt FM warn Ethiopia over Nile River dam
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's foreign minister has delivered a warning to Ethiopia over a dam it is building on a Nile River tributary.
Sameh Shoukry says in TV comments aired Thursday that all parties "should know that Egypt will not accept the status quo ... and continues to defend the interests of its people regarding the Nile by several means."
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt has criticized reports blaming it for the failure of recent talks with Ethiopia and Sudan to reach an agreement over Ethiopia's massive dam under construction on a Nile River tributary, and called for a new round of talks to be held in Cairo.
CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian Foreign Minister has arrived in Sudan for a two-day visit to discuss a massive dam that Egypt fears will cut into its share of the Nile.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid said Sameh Shoukry arrived Wednesday at the meeting being attended by chiefs of intelligence and ministers of foreign affairs and irrigation in Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia.
Egypt courts punish singers for ‘insults’ and ‘debauchery’
CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian courts have sentenced two singers to prison time for seemingly tame behavior deemed threatening to society in a country growing increasingly repressive on all fronts.
Egyptian singer sentenced, fined over Nile remarks
CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court has sentenced a famous Arab singer to six months in prison and fined her over a video clip in which she advises a concert fan against drinking from the Nile River.
Sherine Abdel-Wahab, widely known by her first name, was accused of insulting the state by suggesting the Nile is polluted. The Abdin misdemeanor court sentenced her in absentia on Tuesday and fined her 10,000 Egyptian pounds ($560). She remains free on bail and can appeal the ruling.
Egypt accepts delay of Ethiopia dam meeting as protests rage
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's Foreign Ministry says it accepts Ethiopia's request to delay a meeting about a dam that Ethiopia is building on the Blue Nile River, after Addis Ababa declared a state of emergency amid the worst anti-government protests in decades.
The meeting, which was to discuss contentious issues over the dam, which Egypt fears could reduce its share of the Nile waters, was to include Sudan and take place in Khartoum on Feb. 24-25.
Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan leaders met over Nile dam impasse
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — The leaders of Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan met in Addis Ababa Monday to discuss contentious issues related to the dam that Ethiopia is building on the Nile River.
Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi and Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir met on the sidelines of the African Union summit. The meeting comes after the Ethiopian and Egyptian leaders met less than two weeks ago in Cairo.
Ethiopia refuses World Bank arbitration over Nile River dam
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia's leader has rejected arbitration by the World Bank on a disagreement with Egypt over the hydroelectric dam that Ethiopia is building on the Nile River.
Egypt: Sudan recalls its ambassador to consult amid spat
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt says neighboring Sudan has recalled its ambassador in Cairo for consultations, the latest sign of rapidly deteriorating ties between the onetime allies.
The Foreign Ministry says it learned of Khartoum's decision through its embassy in the Sudanese capital.
The ministry said Thursday that Egypt is "comprehensively assessing the situation with a view to making the appropriate response." It did not elaborate.
Egypt wants World Bank to help on Ethiopia dam impasse
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Egypt said Tuesday the World Bank should be brought in to resolve tensions with Ethiopia over a massive dam on the Nile River that Egypt says threatens its water security.
Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry spoke in Addis Ababa after a 10-month impasse over technical negotiations for the dam, which will be Africa's biggest hydro-electric plant. The talks also involve Sudan.
Egyptian singer faces trial after mocking the Nile
CAIRO (AP) — A famous Arab singer will stand trial next month in her native Egypt over a video clip in which she advises a concert fan against drinking from the Nile River, officials said Wednesday.
The clip shows Sherine Abdel-Wahab, widely known by her first name, saying "You are better off drinking Evian," a reference to a French brand of mineral water.
The fan had asked her to sing one of her hit songs, named for an Egyptian saying, that one who drinks from the Nile is bound to return.
Dam upstream leaves Egypt fearing for its lifeline, the Nile
CAIRO (AP) — The only reason Egypt has even existed from ancient times until today is because of the Nile River, which provides a thin, richly fertile stretch of green through the desert.
Now, for the first time, the country fears a potential threat to that lifeline, and it seems to have no idea what to do about it.
Existing only from the Nile, Egypt fears disaster from a dam
CAIRO (AP) — The only reason Egypt has even existed from ancient times until today is because of the Nile River, which provides a thin, richly fertile stretch of green through the desert. For the first time, the country fears a potential threat to that lifeline, and it seems to have no idea what to do about it.
CAIRO (AP) — The Latest on events in Egypt (all times local):
Egypt's Health Ministry says one person has been killed and 19 injured in clashes between police and residents of a Nile river island in Cairo.
Sunday's clashes began when police attempted to remove illegal buildings on state land on al-Waraq island on Cairo's northern fringes.
CAIRO (AP) — Archaeologists in Egypt have discovered more than 1,000 statues and 10 sarcophagi in an ancient noble's tomb on the west bank of the Nile River in Luxor.
The Antiquities Ministry said Tuesday that the tomb was built for a judge during the New Kingdom period, from roughly 1,500 to 1,000 B.C.
South Sudan’s second city scorched by renewed fighting
MALAKAL, South Sudan (AP) — This used to be South Sudan's second largest city, a bustling center on the White Nile River of more than 120,000 people, many employed in the oil fields nearby.
Egypt denies Ethiopian allegations it supports rebels
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's president has vehemently denied Ethiopian allegations that his country supported outlawed rebels in the East African nation.
President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi said in a televised speech on Thursday that Egypt has never supported the opposition in Ethiopia and has no intention of doing so.
On the top deck of the cruise ship River Tosca, the swimming pool was cool and inviting in the afternoon heat. Below, the fabled Nile River was wide and blue and calm. Palm trees dotted the shoreline where farm animals grazed.
And I had the deck of the 236-foot ship all to myself.