- Kenya protests dogs, slaves reference by Egyptian diplomat Updated: May-31-16 11:56 am
NAIROBI, Kenya - A Kenyan diplomat has written to the dean of the Africa Diplomatic Corps to protest what she calls "uncivilized, undiplomatic, irresponsible, degrading and insulting behavior" by an Egyptian diplomat who is alleged to have called sub-Saharan Africans "slaves and dogs."
- Egyptian girl dies during female circumcision Updated: May-31-16 11:50 am
CAIRO - A 17-year-old girl has died while undergoing female circumcision in Egypt, prompting health authorities to shut down the hospital and refer doctors for prosecution, a senior health official said Tuesday.
- Roadside bombs kills 6 soldiers in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula Updated: May-31-16 5:51 am
EL-ARISH, Egypt - Egyptian security and hospital officials say a roadside bomb has struck a military armored vehicle in the restive northern part of the Sinai Peninsula, killing six soldiers.
- Correction: Egypt story Updated: May-31-16 5:35 am
CAIRO - In a story May 30 about the referral to trial of the head of Egypt's Journalists union and two of its board members, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the three did not post bail. A statement from the prosecution office states that they did
- Libyan forces advance in push on Islamic State strongholds Updated: May-30-16 2:14 pm
CAIRO - Libyan forces loyal to the U.N.-brokered government advanced on Monday against two key Islamic State strongholds, with several officials saying the troops had taken a town from the extremists.
- Egyptian court sentences 36 Islamists to life in prison Updated: May-30-16 6:58 am
CAIRO - An Egyptian court has convicted and sentenced 36 Islamists, including a top leader of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, to life imprisonment.
- Fiji pulls some peacekeepers from Egypt amid security fears Updated: May-29-16 3:49 am
WELLINGTON, New Zealand - Fiji said Sunday it's bringing home about 65 of the 300-plus peacekeepers it has stationed in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula and has closed remote bases there as the security situation deteriorates.
- Palestinian leader wants time cap for any talks with Israel Updated: May-28-16 12:31 pm
CAIRO - The Palestinian president said Saturday that if an upcoming Paris conference succeeds in relaunching the long-stalled Palestinian-Israeli negotiations, it should also set a time cap and mechanisms to implement their resolutions.
- Egypt says search for crashed EgyptAir plane narrows Updated: May-27-16 12:40 pm
CAIRO - The search for the EgyptAir plane which crashed last week killing all 66 people on board has narrowed to a 5-kilometer-wide area in the Mediterranean Sea, based on signals from the craft's emergency beacon, Egypt's chief investigator said.
- France sending search ship to find EgyptAir black box Updated: May-26-16 6:17 pm
PARIS - A French naval ship specialized in underwater searches will help search for the black box flight recorders of the EgyptAir flight that crashed in the Mediterranean last week, killing all 66 aboard.
- Egypt: Muslim mob attacks Christians, parade naked woman Updated: May-26-16 2:21 pm
CAIRO - An armed Muslim mob stripped an elderly Christian woman and paraded her naked on the streets in an attack last week in which seven Christian homes were also looted and torched in a province south of the Egyptian capital.
- Lawyer for Egyptian hijacker says client "tortured" in past Updated: May-26-16 9:10 am
NICOSIA, Cyprus - An Egyptian man who admitted hijacking an EgyptAir passenger jet and diverting it to Cyprus in March had been tortured by Egyptian authorities in the past, his lawyer said at an extradition hearing Thursday.
- Egypt deports French journalist amid crackdown on the media Updated: May-25-16 9:09 am
CAIRO - Egypt deported a French journalist without explanation on Wednesday, the reporter and his newspaper said, the latest move in an ongoing crackdown by President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi's government on freedom of expression and the media.
- Israel's new defense minister could clash with his soldiers Updated: May-25-16 7:30 am
JERUSALEM - Israel's incoming defense minister once called for bombing Egypt, suggested just weeks ago that Israel kill Hamas' leader in the Gaza Strip and opposed the prosecution of a soldier accused of killing a wounded Palestinian. These are just a few of the positions that could put former bar bouncer Avigdor Lieberman at odds with a military he is now to command.
- Investigators search wreckage of EgyptAir plane, test DNA Updated: May-23-16 4:12 pm
CAIRO - A French ship joined the international effort to hunt for the black boxes and other wreckage of EgyptAir Flight 804 Monday, searching for clues to what brought the plane down, as Greek and Egyptian authorities diverged on what happened to the plane during the crucial final minutes before it crashed into the Mediterranean, killing all 66 people on board.
- The Latest: EgyptAir plane had overheated engine in 2013 Updated: May-23-16 1:40 pm
PARIS - The Latest on the investigation into EgyptAir flight 804, which crashed into the Mediterranean Thursday, killing all 66 on board (all times local):
- Pope embraces Al-Azhar imam in sign of renewed relations Updated: May-23-16 9:35 am
VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis on Monday embraced the grand imam of Al-Azhar, the prestigious Sunni Muslim center of learning, reopening an important channel for Catholic-Muslim dialogue after a five-year lull and at a time of increased Islamic extremist attacks on Christians.
- Israel returns sarcophagus covers to Egypt as relations warm Updated: May-22-16 2:31 pm
JERUSALEM - Israel has returned two looted ancient Egyptian sarcophagus covers to Egypt amid warming relations between the countries.
- Islamic State group leader urges attacks in Europe and US Updated: May-22-16 9:32 am
CAIRO - An Islamic State group spokesman has urged sympathizers in Europe and the U.S. to launch attacks on civilians there if they are unable to travel to the group's self-declared caliphate in Syria and Iraq.
- The Latest: First audio from EgyptAir flight released Updated: May-21-16 8:35 pm
CAIRO - The Latest on the crash of EgyptAir Flight 804 (all times local):
- Despite high-profile disasters, air safety steadily improves Updated: May-21-16 8:19 am
NEW YORK - Since the start of 2014, more than 1,600 people have died in commercial aviation disasters. That rate is up from the preceding three years and results in part from some shocking incidents, including a pilot suicide and the downing of a passenger jet over Ukraine by an anti-aircraft missile.
- Airports EgyptAir traveled through before crash Updated: May-20-16 5:38 pm
PARIS - The EgyptAir plane that crashed in the Mediterranean had flown through five airports in the 48 hours before it disappeared off radar screens. As authorities try to determine what went wrong, here's a look at airport security and safety at those five sites:
- Passengers on EgyptAir flight included businessmen, parents Updated: May-20-16 2:54 pm
PARIS - The 66 people lost aboard EgyptAir Flight 804 included a businessman adored by his colleagues, a language and history scholar and a mother caring for a daughter with cancer. A look at the lives of the dead:
- France has tightened Paris airport security since attacks Updated: May-19-16 3:12 pm
PARIS - French authorities have tightened security at Paris airports since last year's attacks in the city with thousands of border police officers, custom personnel, soldiers and private guards patrolling daily in the three airports serving the French capital.
- Egypt arrests rights activist; Amnesty condemns move Updated: May-19-16 2:47 pm
CAIRO - Egyptian authorities arrested on Thursday a well-known advocate for the rights of Egypt's Coptic Christians from his home in Cairo, his lawyer said, the latest in the government's crackdown on rights activists and dissidents.