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Window closes on presidential candidacy applications; Al-Sisi and Sabahy alone in race

Egyptians walk past a poster bearing a portrait of retired army chief and presidential candidate Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on April 12, 2014 in the capital Cairo. Sisi is expected to win the May 26-27 presidential election riding on a wave of popularity for having removed the divisive Islamist president Mohamed Morsi after mass protests demanding his resignation. AFP PHOTO / MOHAMED EL-SHAHED

Supreme Electoral Commission approves requests by six international NGOs to monitor upcoming elections and is still processing requests by local ones

War breaks out

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[caption id="attachment_186172" align="alignright" width="200"] Philip Whitfield[/caption] By Philip Whitfield Before conniptions consume, inhale the acronyms. FAG: (For/Against Government), ...

Journalists in Egypt ‘have become a target from all sides’: Rights groups

1-1	Mourners pray over the body of Egyptian journalist Mayada Ashraf during her funeral in Estanhaa village at El-Monofia, 70 km north of Cairo, on Saturday

(AFP PHOTO / AHMED MAHMOUD)

Two rights groups release statements condemning ongoing attacks on journalists

One student dead, two journalists wounded at Cairo University

Egyptian students, supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, demonstrate outside Cairo University, on April 9, 2014 

(AFP Photo/Mahmoud Khaled)

Reports indicate live ammunition was used during dispersal; Ministry of Interior denies claims

Arab youth environmental conference kicks off in Hurghada

SESCO representative Youssef Kreshan, Red Sea Governor Ahmed Abdallah, Arab Federation for Youth & Environment Technical Committee Head Magdy Allam, Head of Arab Network for environment and development Emad Adli at the opening session of The sixth environmental conference for university youth .

(Photo by Aya Nader)

Red Sea to become a green governorate, says governor

IED goes off across the street from Dokki Police Station

An explosion was reported in Greater-Cairo’s middle class neighbourhood of Dokki on Tuesday at 715am.

(Photo by Ahmed Al-Malky)

Blast injures noncommissioned police officer, conscript

Politics View All →

Egypt, Saudi Arabia, to sign 2 new agreements to facilitate trade

The agreements will help both countries fight smuggling, says president of Egyptian Customs Authority

Clashes erupt at SAC protest at Al-Azhar dorms

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Student group had been protesting SCU Eight weeks long semester concludes the school year and upset students

Detained 6 April members go on hunger strike

6 April held symbolic protest in front of the Press Syndicate earlier this month 
(Photo by Ali Omar/DNE)

NGOs also to hold protest against detention of journalist in Washington DC

Two police officers, conscript killed in two separate attacks

Bomb in Lebanon Square kills one, shootout in Suez kills two

Saudi sentences five to death over 2003 Qaeda attacks

A Saudi officer looks at the wreckage of the devastated Al-Hamra expatriate housing compound in Riyadh in 2003. (AFP photo)

Dozens of Saudis and expats were killed and wounded that year in car bombings

Biden heads to Ukraine as Russia accuses Kiev of violating accord

A man hangs the flag of the so-called "People's Republic of Donetsk" outside the regional administration building seized by separatists in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk on April 21, 2014. US Vice President Joe Biden was to begin a two-day visit to Ukraine amid Russian "outrage" over a deadly weekend shootout in the rebel east that shattered a fragile Easter truce. Washington has warned Moscow that time is running out for the implementation of an accord signed along with Ukraine and the European Union in Geneva that was meant to ease tensions in the crisis-hit country. AFP PHOTO/KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV

Russia accused Ukraine of flouting an international accord meant to diffuse the crisis over its separatist east

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Energy subsidies reform to take effect in July: PM

The Ministry of Electricity and Energy plans to add 3,400 megawatts (MW) to the national grid to handle the demands of summer 2014
(Photo by: Hassan Ibrahim)

Mehleb says interim government has yet to decide whether it will increase fuel and diesel prices

Egypt to lift natural gas prices for homes, businesses

Price hike only affects users connected to gas grid, most citizens not connected to grid

Philips Lighting installs second Community Light Centre

Philips Egypt’s CEO says the company is introducing the first generation of solar powered LED lighting solutions for Egypt and Africa

Industry minister orders restructuring of 16 export councils

Abdel Nour says export councils in question had failed to achieve past targets

Egypt estimates local wheat crop at 9 million tonnes

Reuters - Egypt estimates its local wheat crop at 9 million tonnes, according to a state newspaper that cited a government report, lower than the 9.5 ...

Kuwait’s Zain says sued for $4.5bn over Iraq Telco buy

Reuters - Zain is being sued for $4.5bn over its 2007 acquisition of an Iraqi telecom operator, the Kuwaiti firm said in a bourse statement on ...

Technology View All →

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

Take a dip in Cairo’s pools

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Summer is here; take refuge at the pool

TEDxCairo returns to AUC

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

Kayan: A quaint eatery in Zamalek

The fresh sandwich, served with soup and salad in a glass, makes for a satisfying meal

Zamalek finally gets a café that offers good food and mellow ambience

Tabla LUNA serves delicious South American food

Chilli Nachos as served at Tabla LUNA

(Photo by Adel Heine)

The new restaurant brings you the flavours of Latin America

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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

Momentography

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Abdelwahab hopes to redirect attention to landscapes

Palm Sunday around the world

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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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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

Syria’s cultural priorities

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Culture as a major component of the Syrian transition

EU-Africa summit: Investing in people, prosperity and peace

The podium used for the signing the Treaty of Lisbon on 13 December 2007

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Building on the spirit of their 2007 Joint Strategy, Africa and the European Union will discuss as equal partners how to deepen cooperation under these three ...

Tourism View All →

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 
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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: Egypt policemen sentenced to 10 years for blogger death

Stand alone: Yarmouk Camp humanitarian disaster

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AFP Infographic: Top 15 military budgets in 2013

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Exploring Sakkara on horseback

Where does Egypt stand? Rankings 2013/2014

In Pictures: Portraits of Al Sisi in Cairo

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In Pictures: Clashes erupt between SAC and security forces in Al-Azhar University

In Pictures: Cairo University protests

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