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Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi was re-elected in March, when he racked up 97 percent of the vote in a contest that human rights monitors and others said was an authoritarian referendum rather than an honest ballot. (Associated Press/File)

Egyptian president tempted to expand term after crushing electoral victory

President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has vowed repeatedly to respect the limits on his power outlined in Egypt’s 2014 constitution, but many believe he might try for an extended stay in office, with some of his supporters egging him on.

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A U.S. Predator drone flies over Kandahar Air Field, southern Afghanistan, on a moon-lit night. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)

'Buy America': Trump approves direct overseas sales of armed U.S. drones

- The Washington Times

The Trump administration on Thursday rolled out an even bigger "Open for Business" sign, streamlining the federal policies to approve arms sales to foreign governments and announcing a "manager's special" of military drones that U.S. arms companies can for the first time hawk directly to overseas buyers without the Pentagon's approval.

Mike Pompeo. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

The Democratic terror of a miracle in North Korea

- The Washington Times

Trying to spark a new romance, or even arrange a weekend tryst, is not always easy. It's impossible with the help of spectators eager to throw things, not orange blossoms but sticks and stones with sharp edges. But that's how Washington tries to conduct diplomacy, circa 2018.

In this Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, file photo, lawyer and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani speaks at a press conference after appearing in court to call for the dismissal of a lawsuit filed against video game giant Activision by former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega outside Los Angeles Superior Court in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

Rudy Giuliani to join Trump's legal team 'immediately'

- The Washington Times

Former New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani will join President Trump's legal team "immediately." Mr. Giuliani will be involved in handling matters related to Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe of possible collusion between Russia and Mr. Trump's presidential campaign.

Secretary of State-designate Mike Pompeo pauses while speaking during the Senate Foreign Relations Committee confirmation hearing on his nomination to be Secretary of State, Thursday, April 12, 2018, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) ** FILE **

Former Obama officials blast Mike Pompeo in social-media ads

- The Washington Times

A political action group run by former Obama administration officials and insiders from Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign launched a series of digital ads slamming CIA Director Mike Pompeo's nomination to be secretary of state Thursday, adding fuel to an increasingly fiery fight over the nomination on Capitol Hill.