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Egypt’s presidential aspirant Sami Anan detained in military prison

The former Egyptian chief-of-staff, who recently announced his bid to run for presidential elections, is being held at a military prison, according to his lawyer.

Saudi Arabia to launch $1bn Sharia-compliant fund

The Saudi Arabia-based Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD) aims to raise $1 billion for a new sharia-compliant fund that will focus on infrastructure projects across Africa.

Egypt rights lawyer latest presidential hopeful to quit race

Egyptian presidential hopeful and rights lawyer Khaled Ali on Wednesday quit the race, becoming the latest would-be candidate who either bowed out or was forced to abandon a challenge to President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi in the March election.

Ex-Egypt military chief Sami Anan calls off campaign following detention

Former military chief of staff, Lt.-Gen. Sami Anan, the last challenger seen as a potential threat to the re-election of Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi, abruptly ended his campaign on Tuesday, a source said.

Egypt presidential hopeful calls for neutrality in elections

Egypt's former military chief of staff, who announced he would run for president in March elections, has called on state institutions to maintain neutrality toward all candidates.

Ethiopia rejects call for World Bank arbitration in dam dispute

Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has rejected a call by Egypt for World Bank arbitration in a dispute over a hydroelectric dam Addis Ababa is building along its share of the Nile.

US VP Mike Pence in Cairo on four-day Middle East tour

Vice President Mike Pence has arrived in Cairo on Saturday on his first visit in a four-day tour to the Middle East. Pence plans to visit Amman and Jerusalem as well. This is the first U.S. high-profile official visit to the region after the American recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in December.

US embassy will move to Jerusalem within a year – Benjamin Netanyahu

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday said that the U.S. will move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem within a year.

Sudan deploys more troops to Eritrea border

Sudan says it has sent more troops to its eastern border with Eritrea as tension in the Red Sea region continues to rise.

Gunmen kill Christian in Egypt’s Sinai

Egyptian security officials say gunmen have shot dead a Christian man in the turbulent north of the Sinai Peninsula, the latest attack to target members of the country's Christian minority.

Ex-army chief to run in Egypt’s presidential elections

A top politician says that a former Egyptian army chief of staff will contest the upcoming presidential elections in March, as other candidates have faced heavy pressure to drop out.

Eritrea, Egypt presidents meet amid Red Sea tensions

Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki has met with his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in Cairo as political tension in the Horn of Africa and Red Sea regions continues to escalate.

Egypt building water purification plant in face of shortages

Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi says the country is constructing its largest water purification plant to better face future threats of shortages.

Sudan protests to UN over Egypt hold on border territory

Sudan has renewed a complaint at the United Nations demanding Egypt hand over control of the “Halayeb Triangle” border territory, the Foreign Ministry said.

Ahmed Shafik pulls out of Egypt presidential race

Ahmed Shafik, a former Egyptian prime minister, has said he will not stand for president in the country's upcoming presidential elections.

Arab League aims to nullify Donald Trump’s Jerusalem move

Arab foreign ministers are calling for international recognition of a Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital, aiming to nullify a controversial US decision on the holy city's status.

Egypt’s Sisi attends Christmas Mass amid tight security

In a show of solidarity with Egypt's embattled Christians, President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi Saturday made a symbolic appearance at an Orthodox Christmas Mass in a new cathedral as tens of thousands of soldiers and police deployed outside churches across the country in anticipation of possible attacks by Islamic militants.

Egypt tightens security ahead of Coptic Christmas

Tens of thousands of soldiers and police have been deployed across Egypt to protect minority Christians and their churches on the eve of Orthodox Christmas.

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