Blinken Meets Leaders of Egypt and Jordan on Rebuilding Gaza

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met with the leaders of Egypt and Jordan to discuss rebuilding war-ravaged Gaza, largely avoiding talk of a long-term Israeli-Palestinian agreement.

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Blinken Hopes to Solidify Hamas and Israel’s Cease-Fire

The secretary of state will also use his trip to the region this week to work on humanitarian aid for Gaza but has no plans to pursue full-fledged peace talks.

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Arab World Condemns Israeli Violence but Takes Little Action

By saying it is defending Jerusalem, Hamas has made it harder for Arab countries not to denounce Israel. But in a changed region, the response so far has been rhetorical only.

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Egyptology Is Having a Big Moment. But Will Tourists Come?

Tourism in Egypt has been buffeted by political instability and terrorism. But the pandemic has dealt the industry its biggest blow in years.

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22 Mummies Are Moved in a Glittering Display in Cairo

But the made-for-TV spectacle also underlined the jarring divide between Egypt’s celebrated past and its uncertain present.

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A Decade On, Silence Fills Egypt’s Field of Broken Dreams

In 2011, Tahrir Square was at the vanguard of popular uprisings known as the Arab Spring. But hopes for a democratic Egypt were crushed and the historic square given a sterile new look.

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Egypt Denied an Oxygen Failure Killed Covid Patients. We Found That It Did.

For many Egyptians, a video offered a rare and uncensored view of the coronavirus’s real toll at the peak of Egypt’s second wave of the pandemic.

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Biden Says He Wants to Stand Up for Democracy. Here’s Where to Start.

The United States has been far too lenient against Egypt’s brutal dictator.

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Egypt Frees Human Rights Workers Amid Rising International Pressure

The arrest of the civil rights advocates received international attention, as Western policymakers, celebrities and the incoming Biden administration pressed for their release.

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Gasser Abdel-Razek, Egyptian Human Rights Activist, Is Jailed

Before his recent arrest, Gasser Abdel-Razek had no illusions about the risks in being a leading rights advocate under the increasingly repressive el-Sisi regime.

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Trump’s ‘Favorite Dictator’ Imprisoned My Husband — to Test Joe Biden

President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt is using human rights activists in a game of geopolitical brinkmanship. What will the new administration do about it?

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Egypt Arrests Human Rights Leader, Continuing Crackdown on Dissent

The head of a human rights group and two of its other staff members have joined thousands of opposition figures, protesters and activists already in prison.

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Corporations and Foreign Nations Pivot to Lobby Biden

Lobbyists and consultants are highlighting their ties to the incoming president, which have become lucrative.

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Sisi Promised Egypt Better Health Care. Virus Exposed His True Priority.

President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi vowed to put improved health care “at the heart” of his agenda. It hasn’t worked out like that in a country where the military’s needs always come first.

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The 22-Year-Old Force Behind Egypt’s Growing #MeToo Movement

In a moment of rage, Nadeen Ashraf created an Instagram page naming a man accused of being a sexual harasser. Within a week, it had 70,000 followers.

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Remembering the Presidency of Donald Trump

I wish it were a fever dream in my Covid-clouded mind. But, no, our president believes empathy, like patriotic sacrifice, is for suckers.

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As Seasonal Rains Fall, Dispute over Nile Dam Rushes Toward a Reckoning

After a decade of construction, the hydroelectric dam in Ethiopia, Africa’s largest, is nearly complete. But there’s still no agreement with Egypt, which calls the structure a national security threat.

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Cairo Badly Needed a Detox. Lockdown Supplied One, at a Steep Price.

Three months of lockdown slowed its pulse, stripped its grit and exposed a new side to a weary city. But without the noise, bustle and grind, was it really Cairo?

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Arrested for Waving Rainbow Flag, a Gay Egyptian Takes Her Life

Charged with “inciting debauchery,” Sarah Hegazi was jailed and tortured.

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Libyan Commander Backed by Russia Says He’s Ready for Talks to End War

Khalifa Hifter saw the collapse this week of his 14-month campaign to capture Tripoli from a government backed by the U.N. and Turkey.

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Coronavirus Rips Into Regions Previously Spared

As the West settles into a grinding battle with the disease, the virus surges across the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and South Asia.

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In Egypt, Images From American Protests Evoke a Lost Revolution

Memories of 2011’s Arab Spring, and its fragile hopes, have been revived in the minds of many Egyptians as they’ve watched a strikingly similar dynamic play out in the United States.

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F.B.I. Once Investigated Trump Campaign Adviser’s Ties to Egypt

Investigators scrutinized ties between Walid Phares and the Egyptian government. He was never charged with a crime.

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Outside Egypt, Critics Speak Freely. Inside, Families Pay the Price.

Egyptian officials have jailed the relatives of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi’s loudest critics in exile. It is his latest effort to silence all opposition.

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After 301 Days in Egyptian Prison, an American Teacher Flies Home

Under pressure from the Trump administration, Egypt released Reem Desouky, an arts teacher from Pennsylvania who was jailed over a Facebook page critical of the country’s authoritarian president.

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Filmmaker Who Mocked Egypt’s President Dies in Prison

Shady Habash had been held without trial at a maximum-security prison for two years. His lawyer said the cause of death was unknown.

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Concerns of a Coup Stir in Sudan as Capital Braces for a Virus Lockdown

Civilian and military leaders are jostling for power as the capital, Khartoum, begins a three-week lockdown on Saturday.

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