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Egypt’s Al-Sisi congratulates Putin on re-election

President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi of Egpyt on Monday congratulated incumbent Russian leader Vladimir Putin on winning a re-election and expressed hope that bilateral ties would develop. According to a statement, Al-Sisi wished Putin every success and expressed hope in “further developing and promoting cooperation on behalf of the two friendly nations.” On Sunday,

Africa’s Most Challenging Elections in 2018

By Dorina Bekoe Ediror's note: Twenty countries in Africa will hold national elections in 2018. This analysis reviews countries facing unique challenges to holding peaceful elections on the continent. In 2018, 20 countries in Africa will hold presidential and parliamentary elections. Past experience indicates that 20 percent of African elections have experienced violence resulting

Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan dicuss Nile dam dispute

The leaders of Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan met on Monday in a bid to break a deadlock in negotiations over a hydroelectric dam Addis Ababa is building along its share of the Nile river, two official sources said on Sunday. Cairo - solely dependent on the Nile for its water -

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

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