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US, UN stand by Egyptian ceasefire proposal

Ban Ki Moon, Kerry head to Cairo for Gaza ceasefire talks.

(Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AFP/Getty Images)

Both push for ceasefire, hope it will be followed by dialogue on causes of the crisis

No change to Egyptian ceasefire proposal: Egypt FM

Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry held a joint press conference with UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon in Cairo on Monday.

Gaza is an open wound and Band-Aid won’t help, says Ban Ki Moon

Dozens more killed in Israel’s Gaza operation

Palestinian death toll breaks 600, while 25 Israeli soldiers and 2 civilians have been killed

Civil society groups criticise ‘unregulated’ decision to provide emergency cases with free medical treatment

Prime minister issued the decision; groups fear it will not be carried out due to ambiguity of its nature

2 tribal leaders killed in North Sinai

Unidentified gunmen kill tribal leaders in separate incidents on same day

EU Election Observation Mission presents final report

Chief Observer Mario David presenting the final report of the European Union Election Observation Mission at a press conference on Tuesday. (Photo by Ali Omar)

Chief observer recommends Egypt “rebuild confidence” in political process

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Hamas has fundamental choice to make: Kerry

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry 
(Getty Images/AFP//File, Alex Wong)

Kerry discusses Gaza and ceasefire efforts with Egypt's president and foreign minister

Death toll rises on both sides in Gaza as fighting enters third week

The Palestinian death toll surpassed 500 on Monday since Israel's airstrikes and ground operation in Gaza.

(Handout from the Palestinian Ministry of Interior )

Over 100,000 Gaza residents flee their homes in mass displacements as the strip faces increasingly grim conditions

El-Raml Police Station trial postponed

ANHRI calls for release of Mahienour El-Massry and all Protest Law detainees

(Photo courtesy of Free Mahienour)

ANHRI calls for release of Mahienour El-Massry and all Protest Law detainees

Coptic Orthodox Church condemns targeting of Iraqi Christians

Scores of Christians flee Mosul amid continued prosecution by Islamist extremists

Hamas ‘keen’ on Egyptian role in Gaza ceasefire talks

Turkey, Qatar and Arab League presented with Hamas terms for ceasefire

Security Council calls for ceasefire, Gaza death toll rises

UN Security Council expresses “concern” over Gaza crisis, Palestinian death toll surpasses 500

(Photo Palestinian Interior Ministry Handout)

UN Security Council expresses “concern” over Gaza crisis, Palestinian death toll surpasses 500

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Returns on treasury bills rise, negative impact on economic growth expected

CBE raised interest rates to combat inflation, which threatens inflation of the cost of government debt, given that the state is the largest borrower from the bank.

(DNE Photo)

Prices jumped 1% for returns on treasury bills in the hours after central bank raised the interest rates by same amount

Saudi company SCDC takes on tourist residential project in 6th of October City

Dispute also settled with New Urban Communities Authority (NUCA) over land for the project by paying EGP192m

Tourism ministry to launch campaign to encourage Europeans to visit Egypt

During the first half of 2014, incoming tourists decreased by 25% compared to the same period last year. 

(AFP photo)

Tourism authority official says lifting travel warning important step to restore tourism from Europe

Maximum wages announced, regulations show no exemptions

Judicial positions, police forces, holding companies, authorities and economic bodies all included in maximum wage plan

Cairo Nile Shuttle contracts fibreglass company to manufacture Nile taxis

Manufacturing costs of a taxi units that accommodates 10-passengers to cost EGP 100,000.

(Photo Courtesy of Nile Taxi’s Facebook page)

The River Transport Authority is considering the possibility of issuing an experimental operating license for river taxi activities in cooperation with other government bodies involved with ...

EIPR criticises state budget as ‘unfair to the poor’

EIPR breakdowns government’s increases in potential tax gains compared to FY 2013/2014

(Photo Courtesy of EIPR)

Personal rights organisation expresses concerns about the status of the poor in light of approved FY 2014/2015 state budget

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UAE to establish space agency and send the first Arab spaceship to Mars by 2021

The probe will take nine months to make the more than 60m kilometre journey to Mars and will mark UAE out as one of only nine ...

Use of electronic payments to pay taxes increases GNP by 0.75% per annum: eFinance study

Converting 10% of the country’s total payments into electronic payments within increases GNP by 1%. 

(AFP Photo)

Electronic payments for taxes increase GNP by 0.75% per annum due to more liquidity available in the country, the study says

YallaKora.com sees 135% more daily visits than market average

YallaKora becomes the best performing website during the World Cup.

(Photo courtesy of YallaKora )

Around 47% of Arab online football viewers visited YallaKora.com, according to the sports’ website

Environment ministry and Microsoft discuss developing monitoring systems

Minister of Environment Khaled Fahmy held talks Tuesday with computer software giant Microsoft on applying electronic information systems for environmental monitoring to observe violations.

(Photo Ministry of Environment Handout)

Minister of Environment Khaled Fahmy seeks development of monitoring system for process of transferring coal and vehicle exhaust emissions

2.5m smartcards for petroleum products distributed so far: EGPC chairman

Egypt has suffered from diesel shortages over the last two years, and the government has recently announced fuel prices hike for some industrial factories. (AFP\Photo)

About 11,000 smartcard machines have been placed at gas stations in order for customers to use their cards to access fuel at the subsidised price.

ITIDA signs EGP 35m agreements with governmental institutions

The board of directors at the Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA) signed on 29 June EGP 35m three-year cooperation agreements with several government institutions. The authorities ...

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New app fights black market pharmaceuticals

A group of young Egyptian programmers, who call themselves GENU, has developed a smartphone application that can differentiate between genuine and fake drugs

Ramadan beneath the surface: Fish at Farag since Farouk times

Grilled shrimp temptation at Farag Fish Restaurant
Mohamed Anis
Grilled shrimp temptation at Farag Fish Restaurant

(Photo by Mohamed Anis)

Ramadan provides an annual opportunity for restaurants to show off their best meals for the hungry, fasting crowd. The food business thrives as customers line up ...

Deaths from cancer and heart disease climb

Teenagers smoke in Cairo's Al-Darb Al-Ahmar neighborhood 

(Photo by Marwa Morgan)

Because of political uncertainty, Egypt is struggling to address the issue on nearly every level, from "commitment to action to implementation”, WHO officials say

Cinnamon baasto and gingered coffee

Somali pasta and pineapple juice

(Photo by Mohamed Anis)

Ramadan provides an annual opportunity for restaurants to show off their best meals for the hungry fasting crowd. The food business thrives as customers line up ...

Ramadan beneath the surface

Photo by Mohamed Anis

We, a meat-loving Egyptian and a flexible vegetarian foreigner with a shared love of food, go on a culinary quest through the streets of Cairo to ...

Syrians come to Egypt seeking refuge, bring shawerma

Civil war in Syria has led to an increase in Syrian restaurants in Egypt

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The art of fighting sexual harassment

Qahera, the hijab-clad super heroine fights harassers and protects women.

(Photo handout from Qahera- the Superhero Facebook page.)

“Shout Art Loud,” an interactive web documentary produced by the international non profit “Index on Censorship”, explores how art tackles the topic of sexual harassment ...

New resurgence of Papyrus plant poses potential ecological benefits

Ecologist John Gaudet, author of the new book, "The Plant that Changed the World", which outlines papyrus's past and future in Africa

(Photo Courtesy of John Gaudet)

The plant, most famed for its uses in Ancient Egypt as paper, is seeing a resurgence of late due to its environmental benefits

A survivor of ‘restriction attempts’, Al-Fan Midan receives monthly culture ministry grant

Eskendrella band performing at Al-Fan Midan

(Photo Handout from Eskenderella)

Just three months after festival organisers were arrested, accused of violating the Protest Law, Al-Fan Midan has secured funding from the Ministry of Culture

Gamal Abdel Nasser museum to open in 2015

Ministry of Culture to convert former president’s residence into museum displaying furniture, military awards and draft speeches

With no words, master mime says it all

Ahmed Nabil, Egypt’s first pantomime artist, has been ranked among the best 20 mimes in world

(Photo Courtesy of Ahmed Nabil)

Nabil, Egypt’s first pantomime artist, has been ranked among the best 20 pantomime artists in the world.

‘As if I brought it on myself’

An actress performs a monologue addressing gender issues in Egypt during one of BuSSy's theatre performances

(Photo Courtesy of BuSSy)

Egyptian women share stories of gender discrimination, harassment, and abuse on BuSSy's new blog

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Hunting for Eurobonds

Joseph Stiglitz, a Nobel laureate in economics and Columbia University professor worries about “excessive borrowing” over the long term

Views split on sub-Saharan Africa’s debut in the international markets

Central African Republic: killings in the time of transition

A World Food Programme cargo plane arrives at the airport in Bangui where a camp for internally displaced persons has been set up.  

(Photo: UNHCR/ B.Ntwari)

Peace eludes nation in a rocky political transition

Rising from the ashes

Happy schoolboys, beneficiaries of Rwanda’s high primary school enrollment.  

(PYMCA/Alamy/Mischa Haller)

Twenty years after genocide, Rwanda makes huge development strides

Survey analysis on street vendors

Street vendors occupy marked out stall positions near Talaat Harb Street in Downtown Cairo in August 2012
(Photo by: Mohamed Omar)

By the Federation of Economic Development Associations (FEDA), With the Support of the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)

The special court for Sierra Leone rests – for good

The Sierra Leone Special Court ended operations in 2013 after trying former Liberian leader Charles Taylor (pictured) and other key figures in the Sierra Leonean civil war

(AFP File photo)

The court, ruling in April 2012, found Mr Taylor guilty of five counts of crimes against humanity, five counts of war crimes and one count of ...

One Year of Crackdowns



Since the 3 July military-backed ouster of former president Mohamed Morsi, the judiciary has been busy with a seemingly unending flow of high-profile trials, and arrests ...

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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

Hotels chamber demands property tax to be based on replacement value

Hotels have been suffering from the drop in tourism since 2011. 

(Photo from the Marriott Hotel website)

Using replacement value method would reduce property tax for Cairene hotels by 90%, says deputy chairman

Decision to not revoke licenses for floating hotels welcomed by industry’s chamber

Cruise prices to double due to diesel price hike.
(Photo from the Marriott Hotel website)

Chairman of Chamber of Floating Hotels says 90% of floating hotels have not worked for the past 3 years

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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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In Pictures: Demonstrators rally against sexual harassment

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