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Decision to refer Presidential Elections Law to SCC due 29 April

Constitutional expert believes it is near impossible for the law to be reconsidered

Al Jazeera trial resumes

Australian journalist Peter Greste (C) of Al-Jazeera and his colleagues stand inside the defendants cage during their trial for allegedly supporting the Muslim Brotherhood at Cairo's Tora prison on March 5, 2014. The high-profile case that sparked a global outcry over muzzling of the press is seen as a test of the military-installed government's tolerance of independent media, with activists fearing a return to autocracy three years after the Arab Spring uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak.  


Sixth court session for Al Jazeera journalists underway at Tora Prison

Incarcerated 6 April leader calls for international review of Protest Law conviction

Egyptian prominent activicts Mohamed Adel stands in the accused dock during his trial on December 22, 2013, in Cairo. An Egyptian court sentenced three activists, Mohamed Adel, Ahmed Maher (unseen), the founder of the April 6 youth movement that led the revolt against former president Hosni Mubarak, and Ahmed Douma (unseen), all accused of spearheading the 2011 uprising against Mubarak to three years in jail for organising an unlicensed protest, judicial sources said. It was the first such verdict against non-Islamist protesters since the overthrow of president Mohamed Morsi in July, and was seen by rights groups as part of a widening crackdown on demonstrations by military-installed authorities. AFP PHOTO/STR

Demand is “satirical response” to interim president Adly Mansour’s statement that the Protest Law is in line with international standards

Anti-harassment campaign intervened in 17 harassment cases during Easter

Egyptian protesters hold up placards and shout slogans during a demonstration in Cairo against sexual harassment on February 12, 2013. 
(AFP Photo)

I Saw Harassment calls for swift issuance of legal text criminalising sexual harassment

Syrians arrested while attempting to illegally emigrate

The Syrian crisis affects Egyptians AFP/File, Miguel Medina

Arrested group include 2 underage Egyptians, 18 Syrians

Port Said Massacre retrial hearing postponed

Ultras Ahlawy march from Al Ahy club in Gezeira to Tahrir Square demanding justice for those who died at the Port Said stadium disaster Hassan Ibrahim

The retrial of 11 defendants will resume on 18 June

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More video evidence presented as Al Jazeera trial resumes

Australian journalist Peter Greste (C) of Al-Jazeera and his colleagues stand inside the defendants cage during their trial for allegedly supporting the Muslim Brotherhood at Cairo's Tora prison on March 5, 2014. The high-profile case that sparked a global outcry over muzzling of the press is seen as a test of the military-installed government's tolerance of independent media, with activists fearing a return to autocracy three years after the Arab Spring uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak.  


Journalists briefly dismissed from Tora prison courtroom for interacting with defendants

Palestinians play down threat to dismantle Authority

A handout picture released by the Palestinian president's Press Office shows Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas (C-R) meeting with the delegation of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) in the West Bank city of Ramallah on April 22, 2014, ahead of its departure to Gaza for talks with Hamas. A senior Cairo-based Hamas official crossed yesterday from Egypt into the Gaza Strip ahead of a new attempt to reconcile the militant Islamist movement and its Palestine Liberation Organisation rivals. AFP PHOTO / PPO / THAER GHANAIM

Palestinian negotiators had warned that they may hand responsibility for governing the occupied territories back to Israel if peace talks remain stalled,

Morsi and Brotherhood leaders appear in court for espionage trial

A supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood and of ousted president Mohamed Morsi holds his poster during a rally in Cairo on November 4, 2013 (AFP FilePhoto)

Trial of Brotherhood leadership for espionage is postponed to next week

EU calls for speedy implementation of Ukraine accord

People attend on April 22, 2014 the funeral ceremony of men killed in a gunfight on April 20, 2014, in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk. US Vice President Joe Biden met Ukraine's new pro-Western leaders on April 22 to offer firm American backing as Washington and Mos

“We call on all sides to respect the terms and conditions of the agreement in Geneva,” a spokesman for EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton said

North Korea ‘may be close to nuclear test’ warns Seoul

A North Korean soldier looks on at the South side at the truce village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarised Zone dividing the Korean peninsula on12 March 2014 (AFP Photo/Jung Yeon-Je)

North Korea has conducted three nuclear tests – in 2006, 2009 and 2013 – all at the Punggye-ri site in the northeast of the country

MERS death toll hits 81 in Saudi

Health minister sacked

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SODIC announces EGP 229m in net profits in 2013

Real estate company was impacted by one-off cancellations and a 100% impairment of its investment in Syria

Egypt, UNIDO in $2.9m cooperation for development of medical, aromatic plants: Industry minister

Cooperation will include founding and activation of “first quality organisation for the production, trading and manufacturing of medical and aromatic plants”, says minister

Government preparing environmental standards for coal power: Minister of Industry

Coal the “fastest” solution to rescue cement factories that have closed due to a natural gas shortage, Mounir Fakhry Abdel Nour says
(AFP File Photo)

Coal the “fastest” solution to rescue cement factories that have closed due to a natural gas shortage, Mounir Fakhry Abdel Nour says

Hurghada and first phase of Safaga ports to open in June: Ministry of Transportation

Projects will be implemented in the Hurghada port in order to transform it to an international touristic port
(Photo from the Ports Authority website)

95% of ongoing developmental projects in Hurghada port have been completed, RSPA head says

Dubai’s Emaar properties posts 55% rise in Q1 profit

Reuters - Dubai’s Emaar Properties reported a 55% rise in first-quarter net profit on Tuesday, as the region’s economic recovery brought consumers back to its malls ...

Islamic finance body IIFM eyes first sukuk standard

Reuters - The Bahrain-based International Islamic Financial Market (IIFM) will develop its first standard contract template for sukuk (Islamic bonds), and aims to double the number ...

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New Egyptian satellite launched into orbit over Kazakhstan

Satellite will serve industrial, agricultural, mineral, planning and environmental fields in Egypt, says cabinet spokesman

Tech giants look to skies to spread Internet

Google bought Titan Aerospace, a maker of solar-powered drones that can help boost Internet access to remote areas 

(Photo courtesy of Titan Aerospace)

Google took a step in that direction this week with the acquisition of Titan Aerospace, a maker of solar-powered drones that can help boost Internet access ...

Samsung executive says Galaxy S5 to outsell S4, sees second quarter rollout for Tizen phone

A Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone is displayed at a store in Seoul on April 11, 2014. 

(AFP Photo)

A smooth launch is crucial for Samsung, which reported its second straight quarter of profit decline earlier this month as margins in the key smartphone business ...

TE Data launches M3ak service for the disabled

TE Data, the internet service provider by Telecom Egypt (TE), launched a new, free service titled M3ak (Arabic for “with you”) to help customers with hearing disabilities.

(Photo from TE Data)

The company hired 10 employees with hearing disabilities to serve similarly disabled clients

MCIT, MOI sign protocol to integrate new technology into transportation sector: Communications ministry

Minister of Communication and Information Technology Atef Helmy attended the signing of a joint cooperation protocol with the Ministry of Interior, aimed at integrating technology into the transportation sector to monitor urban streets
(Photo from Ministry of  Communication and Information Technology)

Protocol will ensure quick response to traffic emergencies, improve transportation system, Helmy says

Ministry of Finance launches blog to communicate with the public

The aim of the blog is to communicate with the public regarding the country’s economic situation, the ministry says

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Bodylicious: Homemade body butters and scrubs

Peach, vanilla and mint scrubs are among client favourites 

All of the ingredients in Bodylicious products are 100% Egyptian and natural

Ted Baker opens its first store in Egypt

Ted Baker offers sleek and modern designs inspired by spring florals
Ted Baker

Festive opening included a fashion show of the current collections

India by the Nile’s Food Fiesta brings its cuisine to life

Fragrant spices are an integral part of the delectable cuisine on offer

The festival wants to showcase all aspects of India’s culture and it says a big part of that is its world famous cuisine

Retreat for PTSD survivors on the Nile now open

The Nile itself is part of the healing process participants will experience in Fekra
Karina Al Piaro

Fekra is a new Nile retreat that offers alternative healing practices for PTSD survivors

Take a dip in Cairo’s pools



Summer is here; take refuge at the pool

TEDxCairo returns to AUC

TEDxCairo is expecting about 800-900 participants for the 2014 edition

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Hyakutome’s dissonant sounds elicit lukewarm reaction from audience

Photo from Takao Hyakutome Facebook page

Violin virtuoso’s skills were well-received by the audience but the pieces performed were not aligned with the general expectation


Proudly Colourful 
By M. Elmahdi, published through Momentography

Abdelwahab hopes to redirect attention to landscapes

Palm Sunday around the world


Christians of all denominations celebrated the start of the Holy Week

D-CAF ends on good note with final performance

Nass Makan is one of the only groups left performing traditional Zar music

La Voix est Libre included a diverse mix of artists across different genres and was greatly enjoyed by the audience

Women From Egypt: A new exhibition by Helmy El Touni

Al-Hilaly’s take on the Mona Lisa.
Photo by Thoraia Abou Bakr

Helmy El Touni depicts Egyptian women going about their daily lives

Palm Sunday starts Christian Holy Week

An Egyptian Orthodox Christian uses palm leaves to make a cross during the Palm Sunday procession in Cairo in 2013. 
AFP / Photo / Khaled Desouki

Palm Sunday marks the beginning of many religious ceremonies for both Western and Eastern Orthodox Christians

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Dutch youth debate Egypt issues, path to democracy

In Utrecht, The Netherlands, the student organisation Utrecht University Model United Nations (UUMUN) organised the ‘Race to Cooperation’

The following articles are written by groups of Dutch students as part of a yearly event for students in their last year of high school. This ...

All eyes on $1 trillion

A cocoa farmer shows his cocoa farm in the village of Adwenpaye, between Takoradi and Kumasi, Ghana, June 21st 2006.  Ghana and Nigeria already account for two thirds of the world’s cocoa 

Jonathan Ernst/World Bank

African agribusiness is set for a huge leap, according to a World Bank report

Egypt’s military economy: Money is power, power is money

In this photo released by the office of the Egyptian presidency, Egyptian troops demonstrate their skills at a graduation ceremony in Cairo in July 2012. 
(Photo courtesy of the Egyptian Presidency)

Egypt’s military controls not only the political levers of power, but also the economic ones, and its involvement is getting even deeper

Arab integration: A 21st century development imperative- Part III

Protesters in Tunis demanding the release of detainees in January 2011
(AFP File Photo)

DNE publishes the third and final part of ESCWA's Arab Integration Report: A 21st century development imperative

Arab integration: A 21st century development imperative Part II

A Palestinian man holds up a sign in support of the Palestinian request for UN membership during a protest at an Israeli army checkpoint in the centre of the divided West Bank city of Hebron, on 14  September  2011
(AFP File Photo)

DNE publishes the second part of ESCWA's Arab Integration Report: A 21st century development imperative

Breaking the glass ceiling: Women agricultural scientists

Professor Segenet Kelemu, 2014 L'Oréal-UNESCO Awards Lauréate for Africa and the Arab states, working in the lab.  
Photo: Julian Defort/L'Oréal Foundation

African Women in Agriculture Research and Development (AWARD) is turning things around for Africa's female agriculturalists

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An alternative Sham El Neseem

The one thing you have to do is to go to the park really early to avoid crowds and high temperature 
Bianca Spelt/AFP/Getty Images


When you stay in town this long weekend there are many fun things to do

NDP land to go to Egyptian museum

The old headquarters seen next to the Egyptian Museum in Cairo

(Photo by Ahmed Al-Malky)

After an anonymous petition a decision has finally been taken about the land of the former headquarters

Indian artists put on a show at Cairo International Airport

Rajasthan Josh Folk music group set to perform at the India on the Nile festival

(Phhoto from IndiaOnTheNile.com)

The India by the Nile festival seeks to improve cultural understanding and encourage tourism between the two countries

Tourism down 17.9% year on year in 2013: CAPMAS

Empty reclining chairs are seen on the beach in the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh 

(Photo / AFP / Khaled Desouki)

9.5 million tourists visited Egypt in 2013, according to the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics

Ministry of Tourism celebrates Earth Hour

The Mohammed Ali mosque at the Salaheddine Citadel before and during Earth Hour in 2010

(Photo / AFP/ Khaled Desouki)

The Ministry of Tourism turned lights off at major monuments around the country

Egyptian tourism will return to its prime: World Tourism Organisation

Secretary General of the World Tourism Organisation Taleb Al-Refai

(Photo Screengrab from UNWTO.org)

Refai said Egypt is a prime tourism destination and the sector will overcome the challenges it faces

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Paralympic weightlifters bring home four world records

The Egyptian Paralympic weightlifting team won four gold, six silver, and two bronze medals and broke four world records at the Dubai 2014 IPC Power lifting World Championships

(Photo from Egyptian Paralympic Committee)

Egyptian team ranked second at the Dubai 2014 IPC Power lifting World Championships, winning four gold, six silver, and two bronze medals

Egyptian hopes dominate El Gouna quarterfinal draw

Defending champion Ramy Ashour in action during his 3-0 victory over Simon Rosner in El Gouna

(Photo from SquashSite/Steve Cubbins)

Five Egyptians reach last eight on home turf

Al-Ahly go top through late winner

Al-Zamalek are looking to play catch up in Group 2 when they face Al-Minya on Thursday

Ashour leads home hopes into second round at El Gouna

Egyptian squash superstar Ramy Ashour remains on course to retain his EL Gouna International Squash Open title after romping to a 3-0 victory over Finnish challenger Olli Tuominen in his opening match in the 2014 event.

(MARK GRAHAM/AFP/GettyImages/ File Photo)

Egyptian No.1 stays on course to retain El Gouna International title

Ga Sabry shakes up El Gouna International

Egyptian qualifier Mazen Hesham Ga Sabry (L) pulled off a shock 3-1 win over French World No.22 Mathieu Castagnet. Courtesy of SquashSite/Steve Cubbins

Ga Sabry, whose only previous appearance in the main draw of a PSA World Series event was a first round exit in the 2013 World Championships, ...

El Sherbini triumphs in Texas

Nour El Sherbini with the Women’s Champion Fiberglass Texas Open trophy. Martin Langley

Egyptian teenager Nour El Sherbini claimed the biggest Women’s Squash Association World Tour title of her career

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In Pictures: Ultras White Knights members dispersed after interior ministry bars fans from match

In Pictures: Egypt policemen sentenced to 10 years for blogger death

Stand alone: Yarmouk Camp humanitarian disaster

Deserted Naama Bay

In Pictures: African asylum seekers protest in Tel Aviv

AFP Infographic: Top 15 military budgets in 2013

In Pictures: World marks International Women's Day

Exploring Sakkara on horseback

Where does Egypt stand? Rankings 2013/2014

In Pictures: Portraits of Al Sisi in Cairo

In Pictures: Egyptian journalists protest attacks

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In Pictures: Cairo University protests

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