Live updates | UN Climate Summit
SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt — (AP) — The Latest on COP27, this year’s annual UN summit on climate change. LONDON — Environmental activists blocked traffic on England’s busiest highway on Tuesday, demanding an end to fossil fuel use as world leaders confront the growing threat from climate change at a UN-sponsored summit in Egypt. Sunak said he raised Abdel-Fattah’s case in his meeting Monday with President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi of Egypt. Sunak said he would continue to “press for progress” in Abdel-Fattah’s case, according to Downing Street. ___Follow AP's climate and environment coverage at https://apnews.com/hub/climate-and-environment___Associated Press climate and environmental coverage receives support from several private foundations.wftv.com
Live updates | UN Climate Summit
SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt — (AP) — The Latest on COP27, this year’s annual UN summit on climate change. If Alaa dies you too will have blood on your hands,” she said in a video message on Facebook. Sunak said he raised Abdel-Fattah’s case in his meeting Monday with President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi of Egypt. Sunak said he would continue to “press for progress” in Abdel-Fattah’s case, according to Downing Street. ___Follow AP's climate and environment coverage at https://apnews.com/hub/climate-and-environment___Associated Press climate and environmental coverage receives support from several private foundations.wftv.com
Serbia, Egypt agree to boost cooperation amid war in Ukraine
Serbia Egypt Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, left, shakes hands with his Serbian counterpart Aleksandar Vucic at the Serbia Palace in Belgrade, Serbia, Wednesday, July 20, 2022. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic) (Darko Vojinovic)BELGRADE, Serbia — (AP) — Egypt and Serbia on Wednesday agreed to boost political, economic and other cooperation as the two countries look for ways to deal with the global impact of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi was in Serbia on a three-day visit this week — the first in more than three decades by an Egyptian president. “Egypt expects stronger cooperation in all fields.”Vucic said Serbia will export grain, primarily wheat, to Egypt, which has been hit hard by the price hikes caused by the war in Ukraine. Both leaders said the war in Ukraine was among the topics discussed at their meeting Wednesday.wftv.com
Egypt frees 3 as president appears to reach out to critics
Egypt FILE - Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi delivers a speech during the One Ocean Summit, in Brest, Brittany, Feb. 11, 2022. The head of a journalists’ union said May 1, 2022, that Egyptian authorities have freed three journalists — the latest in a string of releases as el-Sissi appears to be reaching out to critics of his administration. (Ludovic Marin, Pool via AP, File) (Ludovic Marin)CAIRO — (AP) — Egyptian authorities freed three journalists early Sunday, the head of a journalists’ union said, the latest in a string of releases as President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi appears to be reaching out to critics of his administration. Diaa Rashwan, head of the Journalists’ Union, posted images showing the three journalists wearing white jail uniforms and embracing their families in the street. Their release came a few days after authorities freed 41 detainees — including several prominent writers and activists — who had been held for months also without trial.wftv.com
Blinken set to see Israelis, Arabs wary about Iran, Ukraine
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken will try to use his three-nation tour of the Middle East and North Africa to reassure wary Israelis and Arabs that the Biden administration is committed to the region’s security at a time when Washington is confronting multiple foreign policy challenges.
US halts Egypt military aid over rights after huge arms sale
(AP Photo/Amr Nabil) (Amr Nabil)WASHINGTON — (AP) — The Biden administration said Friday it is cancelling $130 million in military aid to Egypt over human rights concerns. The announcement comes just days after the administration approved a massive $2.5 billion arms sale to the country. The State Department said Friday that Egypt had not met the conditions to receive the $130 million in foreign military financing that has been on hold since September. Therefore, after January 30, the secretary intends to reprogram the $130 million to other national security priorities.”Asked about the apparent inconsistency, U.S. officials have said the military aid and the arms sale are unrelated. Congressional Democrats who had urged Blinken not to approve the $130 million were pleased with Friday's decision, but did not address the arms sale that dwarfs the amount of the withheld assistance.wftv.com
Greece vows to link Egypt's energy grid to European Union
Greece Cyprus Egypt Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi makes statements during a joint news briefing with Greece's Prime Minister Kyriakos MItsotakis and Cyprus' President Nicos Anastasiades, not pictured, in Athens, Greece, Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis) (Yorgos Karahalis)ATHENS, Greece — (AP) — Greece pledged Tuesday to link Egypt to the European Union’s energy market with an undersea cable that would carry electricity across the Mediterranean. “(Egypt’s) link to Europe will be Greece,” Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said after talks in Athens with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi. Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades also joined the Athens meeting, marking the ninth round of talks between the three countries’ leaders. Earlier this year, Greece completed an energy link by undersea cable between its southern Peloponnese region and the island of Crete.wftv.com
Blinken claims progress in effort to boost Gaza truce
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken has wrapped up a two-day Mideast mission, winning valuable diplomatic support and hundreds of millions of dollars of pledges from Arab allies as he moved to shore up the cease-fire that ended an 11-day war between Israel and the Gaza Strip’s militant Hamas rulers.
Egypt plans Suez Canal expansion after vessel was grounded
Egypt on Tuesday announced plans to widen and deepen the southern part of the Suez Canal where a hulking vessel ran aground and closed off the crucial waterway in March. The head of the Suez Canal Authority, Lt. Gen. Osama Rabe, announced details of the plan in a televised ceremony in the canal’s city of Ismailia. The plan includes widening the canal’s southernmost stretch by about 40 meters (yards) to the east, on the side of the Sinai Peninsula, Rabei said.news.yahoo.com
Rights group: Egypt arrested 10 reporters since virus hit
CAIRO The Egyptian government has arrested at least 10 journalists since the coronavirus was detected in the country, a local human rights group said, accusing authorities of seizing on the pandemic to accelerate a long-running campaign against dissent. Egypts public prosecution released a postmortem report saying he mistakenly poisoned himself by drinking hand sanitizer in his cell. The rights group outlined cases of 10 journalists recently caught up in President Abdel Fattah el-Sissis sweeping crackdown on the press. Earlier this week, security forces detained Lina Attalah, the editor of Egypts most prominent investigative media outlet when she was conducting an interview. Journalist and photographer Sameh Hanin, the group said, was also arrested this week and accused of helping a terrorist group, a frequent charge leveled at all sorts of critics of el-Sissis government.