Rights groups call on US, EU to pressure Egypt on ‘farcical’ elections

Rights groups call on US, EU to pressure Egypt on ‘farcical’ elections

Fourteen human rights organizations, including the global Human Rights Watch NGO, have called on Western governments to speak out against presidential elections in Egypt they describe as “farcical.” “The United States, European Union, and European states, which provide substantial financial assistance to the Egyptian government, should consistently integrate human rights…

Paleontologists find new dinosaur species in Sahara

Paleontologists find new dinosaur species in Sahara

Scientists say they’ve discovered a new species of dinosaur in the Sahara Desert that will help to fill in gaps in the African fossil record that have long frustrated paleontologists. The new species, Mansourasaurus shahinae, is named after the Mansoura University in Egypt, whose team led by Dr. Hesham Sallam…

In Egypt, another blow as Sisi challengers bow out of presidential race

As yet it’s still unclear exactly what happened to Egyptian politician Hisham Geneina on Saturday, but the country’s opposition leaders say it’s another attempt at intimidation by President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi as he pushes for a second term. Widely circulated images of the former auditor, who served a brief jail sentence last…

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

With MP approval, Egypt’s space and satellite plans move ahead

Egyptian lawmakers on Monday approved a long-awaited law formally establishing the nation’s space agency, while announcing a planned research satellite launch with partners Japan and China. Khaled Abdel-Ghaffar, Egypt’s Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, showed MPs a model of the satellite and said its components will be built…

China’s foreign minister says 2018 to bring new cooperation with Africa

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi says 2018 will bring more cooperation with African nations, and investments in both African initiatives and the diplomatic relationships that support them. Wang, speaking in Beijing at this weekend’s opening ceremony of the Symposium on International Developments and China’s Diplomacy in 2017, gave a comprehensive review…

Sudan, Egypt send condolences as Iraq-Iran quake toll passes 500

The governments of Egypt and Sudan joined the international community in extending condolences to Iraq and Iran following a devastating 7.3-magnitude earthquake that struck a border region Sunday. Sudan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the country stands in “solidarity and sympathy” with both nations, and “with the people of Iran…

Mahmoud Fikri, WHO regional director in northern Africa, has died

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced Tuesday that Dr. Mahmoud Fikri, the WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean, died suddenly while en route to a global health summit in South America. Fikri had served since February as the regional director of a challenging territory that includes Djibouti, Egypt, Libya,…