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Egypt set to release Lebanese tourist jailed over Facebook post

Egypt set to release Lebanese tourist jailed over Facebook postA Lebanese tourist who was sentenced to eight years in prison for posting a video on Facebook the authorities claimed had insulted the country is set to walk free after a court cut the prison term and suspended it, the state-run MENA news agency said on Sunday. A Cairo court in July found Mona el-Mazboh guilty of deliberately spreading false rumors that would harm society, attacking religion, and public indecency. El-Mazboh was arrested at Cairo airport in June at the end of her stay in Egypt after a 10-minute video in which she was complaining of sexual harassment and conditions in Egypt using explicit language went viral on social media.



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Egypt, Ethiopia agree to settle differences over Nile mega-dam

Egypt, Ethiopia agree to settle differences over Nile mega-damThe leaders of Ethiopia and Egypt vowed on Sunday to iron out their differences over a dam Addis Ababa is building on the Nile River that Cairo fears threatens its water supplies. Talks over the Grand Renaissance Dam, Ethiopia’s $ 4 billion hydroelectric project, have been deadlocked for months. Ahmed, speaking in his native Amharic language, said Ethiopia was committed to ensuring Egypt’s share of Nile water.



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Egypt says no hidden rooms in King Tut's tomb after all

Egypt says no hidden rooms in King Tut's tomb after allCAIRO (AP) — New radar scans have provided conclusive evidence that there are no hidden rooms inside King Tutankhamun's burial chamber, Egypt's antiquities ministry said Sunday, bringing a disappointing end to years of excitement over the prospect.



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A timeline of key events in Egypt since the 2011 uprising

A timeline of key events in Egypt since the 2011 uprisingCAIRO (AP) — Here are some key events from more than seven years of turmoil and transition in Egypt leading up to presidential elections on March 26-28:



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Saudi Crown Prince to make three-day Egypt visit

Saudi Crown Prince to make three-day Egypt visitSaudi Arabia’s Mohammed bin Salman is to visit Egypt on Sunday to meet President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in his first public foreign trip since becoming crown prince last year, Sisi’s office said on Friday. The three-day visit will start on March 4, with the Saudi crown prince then traveling to London on March 7 and the United States, Riyadh’s closest Western ally, on March 19. Egypt and Saudi Arabia have strengthened ties since Sisi took power after ousting the Muslim Brotherhood in 2013.



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Egypt hits Sinai targets, killing 16 and arresting dozens

Egypt hits Sinai targets, killing 16 and arresting dozensCAIRO (AP) — Egypt's military has destroyed dozens of targets, killed 16 militants and detained over 30 suspects as part of its latest operation against Islamic militants in the restive northern Sinai Peninsula, the army said on Sunday.



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Egypt says 4,400-year-old tomb discovered outside Cairo

Egypt says 4,400-year-old tomb discovered outside CairoCAIRO (AP) — Archaeologists in Egypt have discovered a 4,400-year-old tomb near the country's famed pyramids at the Giza plateau just outside Cairo, the Antiquities Ministry said Saturday, the latest discovery that authorities hope will help revive the country's staggering tourism sector.



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Egypt unveils tomb of ancient priestess

Egypt unveils tomb of ancient priestessEgyptian archaeologists on Saturday unveiled the tomb of an Old Kingdom priestess adorned with well-preserved and rare wall paintings. Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Enany told reporters that the tomb on the Giza plateau near Cairo was built for Hetpet, a priestess to Hathor, the goddess of fertility, who assisted women in childbirth.



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Egypt says it does not want war as tension grows with Sudan

Egypt says it does not want war as tension grows with SudanPresident Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said on Monday Egypt is not conspiring against its neighbors and has no intention to fight, a reference to growing tension with Sudan. Relations have deteriorated in recent weeks, including over a Sudan-Turkey naval agreement that angered Cairo and an ongoing dispute over a dam Ethiopia is building on the Nile river that runs through all three countries. In the latest move, Sudan recalled its ambassador to Egypt without saying when he might be back.



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Egypt Copts mark Christmas Eve after bloody year

Egypt Copts mark Christmas Eve after bloody yearCoptic Orthodox Christians packed Egypt’s newly built Nativity of Christ Cathedral on Saturday for a Christmas Eve mass after a bloody year for a minority repeatedly targeted by jihadists. Police had bolstered security around the country’s churches for days, especially at the cathedral east of Cairo where President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi came to pay his respects to the ancient community. Sisi said the cathedral, in a new administrative capital Egypt is building, was a “message to the world, a message of peace and a message of love”.



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