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Sudan deploys troops to Eritrea border amid tension with Egypt

By Mohammed Amin In Summary Sudanese Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour cited security threats on its eastern border. Earlier this month, Sudan closed its border with its eastern neighbour and sent the army to the frontier amid reports that Egypt had deployed troops in Eritrea. Sudan and Egypt have had long-running disputes over a border

Egypt Opens Criminal Inquiry Over New York Times Article

By Declan Walsh Egypt’s prosecutor general has ordered a criminal investigation over a New York Times article that described a covert effort by Egyptian intelligence to sway public opinion in favor of accepting President Trump’s decision recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The article “undermines Egypt’s security and public peace, and harms the country’s public interest,”

‘Water war’ escalates between Egypt, Sudan

So far, 2018 has been a negative year for Egyptian-Sudanese relations. On Jan. 4, Sudan recalled its ambassador from Egypt. Without providing further details, Sudan’s Foreign Ministry stated that Ambassador Kamal al-Din Hassan Ali was recalled for consultations. Egypt’s Foreign Ministry is weighing how to “take appropriate action.” This diplomatic

Revealed: How Egypt backs Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem

  There are indications that Egypt might be secretly backing U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. This followed a leak of an audio clips of phone conversations where influential Egyptians were being convinced to support Trump’s idea. While the Arab world publicly decried Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as

The eight African elections to watch out for in 2018

By Abdi Latif Dahir For many African countries, 2017 was the beginning of a new era. Long-term rulers departed in Zimbabwe, Angola, and the Gambia; internal dissent, economic challenges, and increasing unemployment rates pressured many countries including Ethiopia and Nigeria; and a divided ruling party in South Africa showed an electorate disenchanted with liberation movements. Some of

Suspected Militants Kill 235 in Sinai Mosque Attack

By VOA News Egyptian security officials said 235 people were killed Friday by suspected militants in an attack on a packed mosque in the volatile northern Sinai Peninsula. The government's MENA news agency said extremists targeted the al-Rawdah mosque in Bir al-Abed, west of the provincial capital, el-Arish. A man claiming to have

Egypt unites Palestinian groups Hamas, Fatah

The Palestinian group Hamas says it has reached an agreement with rival group Fatah, ending a decade-long rift. Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, said details of the deal would be released later on Thursday. Fatah has not commented. According to BBC, Egypt has been brokering reconciliation talks in Cairo. Palestinians in Gaza

Egypt to host war games with US after 8-year hiatus

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