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Sisi with Trump in New York. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

Egypt's parliament has passed a constitutional amendment that would allow President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, who took power following a 2013 military coup, to remain in office until 2030.

Details: The amendment would change the length of presidential terms from 4 to 6 years and includes a provision that would extend Sisi's current term and allow him to run once more before facing term limits. The changes must be approved in a referendum, though that might not be too difficult — Sisi won a sham presidential election last year with 97% of the vote.

Why it matters: Sisi rules Egypt as a dictator, and his brutal crackdowns on dissent have seen thousands jailed. He remains a close U.S. ally, however, and President Trump called him a "great president" during a White House visit earlier this month.

The big picture: Elsewhere in North Africa, dictators are falling. Sudan's Omar al-Bashir and Algeria's Abdelaziz Bouteflika are out following mass protests. Egypt's Hosni Mubarak was toppled in the Arab Spring of 2011, but 8 years later another Egyptian dictator is settling in for a long rule.

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1 hour ago - Health

Standardized testing becomes another pandemic victim

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National standardized reading and math tests have been pushed from next year to 2022, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) announced Wednesday.

Why it matters: There’s mounting national evidence that students are suffering major setbacks this year, with a surge in the number of failing grades.

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European countries extend lockdowns

A medical worker takes a COVID-19 throat swab sample at the Berlin-Brandenburg Airport. Photo by Maja Hitij via Getty

Recent spikes in COVID-19 infections across Europe have led authorities to extend restrictions ahead of the holiday season.

Why it matters: "Relaxing too fast and too much is a risk for a third wave after Christmas," said European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.

2 hours ago - Health

Africa CDC: Vaccines likely won't be available until Q2 of 2021

Africa CDC director Dr. John Nkengasong. Photo: Mohammed Abdu Abdulbaqi/Anadolu Agency via Getty

Africa may have to wait until the second quarter of 2021 to roll out vaccines, Africa CDC director John Nkengasong said Thursday, according to the Associated Press.

Why it matters: “I have seen how Africa is neglected when drugs are available,” Nkengasong said.