Egypt FM warn Ethiopia over Nile River dam

File photo showing boats sail on the river Nile near Cairo. (Reuters)
Updated 19 April 2018
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Egypt FM warn Ethiopia over Nile River dam

CAIRO: Egypt’s foreign minister has delivered a warning to Ethiopia over a dam it is building on a Nile River tributary.
Sameh Shoukry says in TV comments aired Thursday that all parties “should know that Egypt will not accept the status quo ... and continues to defend the interests of its people regarding the Nile by several means.”
He did not elaborate.
Earlier in April, the foreign ministers of Sudan, Egypt and Ethiopia met in Khartoum but talks ended with no deal on the lingering dispute of access to the Nile’s waters. Egypt has called for another meeting in Cairo.
Egypt is alarmed the so-called Renaissance Dam that Ethiopia is completing will drastically impact its share of the Nile’s waters.
Ethiopia and Sudan are expected to benefit from the construction.


Egypt arrests activist Hazem Abdel-Azim, former El-Sisi supporter

Updated 27 May 2018
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Egypt arrests activist Hazem Abdel-Azim, former El-Sisi supporter

  • Egyptian security officials say a prominent activist has been detained

CAIRO: Egyptian security officials say a prominent activist has been detained, the latest in a new wave of arrests since presidential elections earlier this year.
The officials say Hazem Abdel-Azim was taken from his home in a Cairo suburb late Saturday on accusations that include disseminating false news and belonging to an outlawed group.
Abdel-Azim has been known for his harsh criticism of the government since he left President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi’s campaign in the 2014 elections.
The officials spoke Sunday on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to speak to media.
Egypt has arrested a number of secular activists since El-Sisi was re-elected in March in a vote in which he faced no serious challengers.
The latest arrests come amid a wider crackdown on dissent in which thousands of people have been jailed.