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Number of hunger-strikers grow

Egyptian- American activist Mohammed Soltan has been on hunger strike since 26 January


Tanta prisoner Diaa al-Mahdi joins activists in refraining from food

Egypt will never oppose development of Nile basin countries: Water minister

An Egyptian delegation in Khartoum engaged in its second day of tripartite talks on Tuesday

(Photo Handout from the Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation)

Irrigation ministers discuss how to implement the recommendations of their International Panel of Experts Committee

Renowned human rights lawyer Ahmed Seif El-Islam passes away

El-Islam passed away on Wednesday.
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Human rights advocate and lawyer Ahmed Seif El-Islam passed away on Wednesday afternoon

Egypt, Ethiopia, Sudan tripartite talks end with agreements

TA study on the effects of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam will be completed in six months, but less than one year, and will be binding
(AFP File Photo)

This is the fourth round of talks for the trio in the past year after previous efforts had failed

Egypt’s NGOs under threat: rights groups

Civil society groups say their attempts to register have been refused or ignored

Militants claim to behead 4 in Sinai

Screenshot of a video reportedly of Sinai based militant group Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis beheading four people (screenshot  from YouTube)

Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis claims to have beheaded four men it claims gave information to Mossad

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Building and Development party condemns dissolution of Islamist parties

The Building and Development Party Logo (Photo - Facebook Fan Page)

Islamist leaders fear removing Islamist parties from politics might give way to a new wave of fundamentalism

Egypt to train Libyan police and army forces

Illegal weapons will be collected, while terrorist groups will be crushed, Libya Military head

OIC secretary general, Shoukry discuss Gaza situation

Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met with Head of the Arab Parliament Ahmed Mohamed Al-Jarwan to discuss ways to enhance the joint cooperation between Egypt and the Arab Parliament to address the current regional situation.

(Photo Ministry of Foreign Affairs Handout)

Foreign minister met with Madani to discuss recent developments in the Middle East

Open-ended Gaza ceasefire reached

Open-ended Gaza ceasefire reached

(Photo Handout from the Palestinian Ministry of Interior in Gaza)

Hamas claims victory, Israel claims military pressure forced Palestinian factions into agreement

US holds Egypt, UAE responsible for Libyan airstrikes

Libyan and Egyptian Foreign Ministers deny any interference

The Neo-Jihadist phenomenon: Contesting old depictions

Dam Al Ghazal (Gazelle's Blood) sheds light on a thug in one of Cairo's slums who seeks revenge from another thug by joining a jihadist group.
(Photo Public Domain)

With the rise of Jihadist rhetoric in the Middle East, Egypt's cinematic depictions of the terrorist character remain controversial

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International conference to revive Downtown as heritage area via presidential commission

The government is set to hold an international conference, commissioned by President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, to revive Downtown Cairo as an important Middle Eastern heritage area ...

New ‘quartet committee’ to regulate financing and implementation of Suez Canal project

Government seeks to complete the development of the Suez Canal on schedule within its efforts to increase resources and reduce unemployment

Transportation minister inaugurates Egypt-Sudan Qustul Border Crossing

The inauguration of the Qustul Border Crossing represents a starting point for Egyptian products to begin entering the Sudanese market as well as the markets of ...

Al Qalaa targets 25% revenue growth, $700m from noncore industries’ exit: Hisham El-Khazindar

Company expected to announce details on new exit before the end of 2014, according to co-founder and managing director

Finance minister forms committees to receive appeals on property tax value

The number of members of the appeal committee will be reduced to three instead of five, ministry says

Social Fund for Development spends 70% of allocations in 2014

The fund hopes to lend EGP 2bn this year in order to provide 185,000 work opportunities.
(AFP Photo)

Fund hopes to generate 185,000 work opportunities by end of 2014 by providing EGP 2bn in loans to small and medium enterprises

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Egypt has 18th slowest broadband in the world: Ookla

Egypt has 18th slowest broadband in the world: Ookla.

(AFP Photo)

In February, thousands of Egyptian attempted to start an “internet revolution”, protesting against poor services and high prices

Tablets remain ‘untapped market’ in Egypt: Nielsen

Tablets remain ‘untapped market’ in Egypt: Nielsen

(AFP Photo)

Ages of tablet users vary between 20 and 55 years old, consumer behaviour firm noted

Unified licence to be launched in September: Communications ministry

The unified licence would allow communication operator Telecom Egypt (TE) to offer mobile services and the three mobile operators, Mobinil, Etisalat and Vodafone, to offer landline services.

(Photo by Aaron T Rose)

The three mobile service operators have agreed to the licence’s terms for offering landline services

Supply service call centre to be inaugurated Thursday: MCIT

Supply service call centre to be inaugurated Thursday.

(AFP Photo)

Hotline to be established to receive complains from citizens and keep them informed of their ration supplies, said MCIT

Experts – a Threatened Species?

An expert is not defined by his ability to predict or answer a question but actually ask the right questions

Communication ministry discusses ‘Electronic Engineers Syndicate’

Atef Helmy says ministry will provide technological services to the syndicate and its premises under its Technology Homes Programme

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The food explorer

Fish at a market in Alexandria

(Photo Courtesy of Mostakshfood)

Cairene sets out to find and review Egypt's best eats on new website "MostakshFood"

Are youth more vulnerable to mental health problems?

20% of the world’s population of youth between 14 and 24 suffer from mental health conditions, according to a UN report

AUC students aim to turn ‘Trash into Cash’ in Cairo slum

Two AUC students are drawing on lessons from Cairo's Zabaalin community, which has managed to create a system to recycle about 80% of the neighbourhood's trash, for a new trash disposal program

(Photo by Elizabeth Stuart)

Project draws inspiration from a similar recycling model applied in the Zabaalin community, which has managed to create a “self sustaining recycling system” that recycles approximately ...

Making a living on the street

92% of Egypt's 5 million street vendors operate without a license

AIDS-related deaths double in Egypt

Less than 20% of infected Egyptians have access to treatment, according to a new report from UNAIDS

One year after Rabaa dispersal, Egyptians wrangle psychological trauma

In the aftermath of violence, people are more prone to isolation, depression, sleep disorders or even substance abuse, experts say

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The Egyptian state: ‘The only leader’

The state maintains its control on mosques through unifying the Friday Khutba and selecting preachers of the most important mosques.
(Photo by Marwa Morgan)

State policy in managing mosques presumes Muslim unity on ‘the official Islam of the state’, according to study

Second round of literary festival attracts thousands of young Egyptians

Dar Dawen publishing organises the second round of the Young Writer’s Festival.
(Photo Courtesy of Dar Dawen publishing)

Eighteen writers share their stories and experiences with the readers’ community at Sawy Culturewheel

Gezira club cat killings spark widespread anger

Members gather to demonstrate against the mass killing of cats Tuesday

Women on wheels, breaking taboo

After Walaa Zohair posted photos of herself riding her scooter on Facebook, her friends started asking her for advice about convincing their parents to let them ride 

(Photo Courtesy of Girls on Wheels)

All-female scooter clubs set to challenge social norms and encourage independence

‘7 Billion Moments’ recorded

Ahmed Belal from Cairo joggles between playing Candy crash and reading.

(Photo Courtesy of 7 Billion Moments)

An amateur photographer starts photography project encouraging people around the world to document their daily routine at a given moment

246 rare pieces of jewelry returned to state

Princess Fawzeya’s name carved in one of the pieces preserved in Royal Jewelry Museum in Alexandria.

(Photo Public Domain)

The pieces originally belonged to the former ruling family of Mohamed Ali and his descendents

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Trade between two unequal partners

Participants at a ministerial meeting on the margins of the EU-Africa Summit in Brussels. 

(Photo from European External Action Service)

Africa and Europe search for an elusive agreement

Food crisis in Cameroon

Out of Cameroon’s 21 million people, 8 million people live below the poverty line, according to the World Food Programme. 

(Photo from  Africa Renewal)

The country ranks 150 out of 186 countries on the 2013 UNDP's Human Development Index, which measures countries based on income, life expectancy and education.

Tanzania: Rural areas to have better telecom services

The project is expected to commence as soon as possible and it will cover 16 regions in Tanzania.

(Photo from Africa Renewal)

The project is expected to commence as soon as possible and it will cover 16 regions in Tanzania, including Arusha, Tabora, Iringa, Kagera, Manyara, Dodoma, Lindi, ...

In sub-Saharan Africa, primary school teacher shortage on the horizon

A teacher in Namibia. 

(Photo By World Bank)

Analysts believe this rate could enable the country to meet the challenges of a future shortage. Cameroon, Namibia and Lesotho have also taken steps to ...

What future awaits Egypt’s political parties?

Courtesy of Arab Reform Initiative

Analysing new legislation for the House of Representatives

Big dreams for Rwanda’s ICT sector

Rwandan children learn computers in class.  

(Photo by One Laptop per Child (OLPC) )

Success story is grabbing global attention

Tourism View All →

History, culture, and scenic grandeur on Mount Catherine

Mountain view of Saint Catherine village in Sinai.

(Photo by Eduard Cousin)

Besides the beautiful landscape of mountains, wadis and canyons, the traditional Bedouin society is a large part of the beauty of Saint Catherine.

Eid travel: Discover something new this year

The views from atop the Temple of the Oracle are also well worth seeing. You can look out over the palm trees in all directions and see the beautiful landscape surrounding Siwa

(Photo by Joel Gulhane)

Here are a few ideas to help you relax and a hide away from the crowds

Once-leading Red Sea oceanography institute now lifeless

Two meter mummified turtle.

(Photo by Aya Nader)

Tourism restrictions, legal dispute keep visitors from discovering mermaid mysteries and underwater secrets

Walking with the Bedouins

Photo Courtesy of The Bedouin Way

Sleep under the starry heavens and get to know the desert dwellers

Tourism Assistance Fund aiming for 25% annual returns: Investment manager

Egypt’s Tourism Assistance Fund is looking for annual returns of 25% on investments, or $250m in the first phase of underwriting, according to Amr Askar, investment ...

Tax Authority agrees with tourism industry to divide new tax into installments: chairman

Installments will be based on each company’s circumstances

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Egypt Cup goes to Al-Zamalek, Smouha left empty-handed

Alexandria’s Smouha mourns after league loss; miss out on cup title, beaten by Cairo giant Al-Zamalek in final

Egyptian football roundup: Smouha and Al-Zamalek in Egypt Cup final

Premier League winners Al-Ahly eliminated in semi-finals by Alexandrian side Smouha

Egyptian football roundup: Al-Ahly and Al-Zamalek in Egypt Cup semi-finals

After narrow victories in quarterfinals, Cairo giants meet Smouha and Wadi Degla in semis

Germany crowned world champions in Brazil

Players of Germany lift the World Cup trophy after the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Final match between Germany and Argentina at Maracana on July 13, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 

(Photo by Lars Baron - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

Extra time goal Götze stuns Argentina and delivers Die Mannschaft fourth World Cup title

World Cup 2014 – Brazil’s dream turns into 7 goal nightmare

David Luiz of Brazil reacts as Mesut Oezil of Germany looks on after Germany's 7-1 win during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao on July 8, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. 

(Photo by Felipe Dana - Pool/Getty Images)


First semi-final produces shocking result to send Germany through to the final

Egyptian football roundup: Al-Ahly triumph earns 8th successive title

Red Devils extend their list of trophies winning 37th league title after 0-0 draw with Smouha

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