Africa

Egypt: Suez Canal ship case adjourned for settlement talks

An Egyptian court on Sunday adjourned until July 4 the case of a hulking cargo vessel that blocked the Suez Canal for nearly a week earlier this year. The decision came after both legal teams of the Suez Canal and the vessel’s owners asked for more time for negotiations that …

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Egypt plans to resettle millions in Sinai amid anti-terrorism operations

Egypt announced a plan to attract 3 million Egyptians with the aim of resettling them in the Sinai Peninsula, as part of a more comprehensive plan to reconstruct Sinai and fight terrorism. The Egyptian army has yet to officially announce the end of the anti-terrorism operation it launched in the …

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Egypt mobilizes Arab support in Nile dam dispute with Ethiopia

The foreign ministers of the Arab League called on the UN Security Council to urgently convene and discuss the dispute over Ethiopia’s controversial dam on the Nile River. A few days before Ethiopia starts the second-round filling of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, scheduled for July 1, Egypt has once …

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Trump’s ‘Favorite Dictator’ Is Getting a Chilly Reception From Biden

In recent weeks, Egypt has released a handful of high-profile political prisoners, including three journalists, Khaled Dawoud, Solafa Magdy and Hossam el-Sayyad. Dawoud, who had become a leader in the opposition al-Dustour, or Constitution party, was arrested in 2019 following the outbreak of brief anti-government protests. Magdy and Sayyad, who …

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Libyan unity PM declares coast road open but eastern forces still block it

The head of Libya’s unity government on Sunday declared the main coast road across its inactive front line reopened, but eastern-based forces allowed no traffic through, underscoring unresolved divisions that threaten a fragile peace process. Prime Minister Abdulhamid Dbeibeh used a mechanical digger to remove the earth roadblock at the …

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Algeria’s election reinforces political divisions

The June 12 election for the National Assembly, the lower house of the Algerian parliament, shows that the country is stuck between, on the one side, a political system led by President Abdelmadjid Tebboune and backed by the army that rejects deep change and, on the other side, a population …

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Algeria Announces Parliamentary Election Results

Algeria’s electoral authority on Tuesday published the results of Saturday’s controversial parliamentary elections, which were largely boycotted by the general public and drew a paltry 23% turnout. The National Liberation Front preserved its position as the nation’s largest party despite a significant dip, garnering 105 of the 407 parliamentary seats. …

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Palestinian Authority perturbed about Egypt-Hamas rapprochement

The Egyptians are said to be outraged by Abbas’s alleged attempt to obstruct Cairo’s effort to contribute to the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip. The Palestinian Authority is unhappy with the recent rapprochement between Egypt and Hamas, Palestinian sources said Monday. The PA is also worried about Egypt’s continued support …

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Egypt’s Al-Azhar clerics speak out against Ethiopia on Nile dam crisis

Al-Azhar weighs in on Egypt’s dispute with Ethiopia over the Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam. On June 4, Egypt’s Al-Azhar stepped into the controversy of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam. During a speech, to mark the United Nations’ celebration of the World Environment Day, Al-Azhar Grand Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb said that …

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Egypt expands role in Iraqi reconstruction by building bridges in Mosul

Egypt is seeking to expand its participation in the reconstruction of Iraq amid a growing alliance between Baghdad, Amman and Cairo. An Egyptian state company announced May 28 the restoration of four bridges in the Iraqi city of Mosul. The rehabilitation of the bridges was put up for international bidding, …

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