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Egypt slashes industrial licensing approval time from 600 to 30 days

Egypt on Sunday issued executive regulations for its Industrial Permits Act, making it a law to slash bureaucracy and decrease the waiting time for new projects in the North African nation. The executive regulations will reduce the waiting period for obtaining industrial licenses to establish new facilities from 600 days to seven-30 days, Trade and […]

Egypt: Head of railway department steps down following train collision

Medhat Shousha, Head of the country’s railway department resigned Sunday after two trains collided Friday on the outskirt of Alexandria killing over 40 people and wounding at least 170 passengers. The resignation was announced by Transport Minister Hesham Arafat at a press conference following a cabinet meeting. Eight other railways officials have been suspended following […]

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Egypt: parliament Okays creation of independent electoral commission

The Egyptian parliament on Tuesday passed a law creating the National Electoral Commission that will be responsible for all elections by 2024 in the North African nation. Two-thirds majority in the parliament voted the law and agreed to create the National Electoral Commission (NEC) as an independent authority that will be solely responsible for holding […]

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Egypt extends state of emergency

The Egyptian government has approved President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s proposal to extend the state of emergency amid an on-going militant campaign against the Christian minority in the North African nation. According to the cabinet’s statement read on national TV on Thursday, the country would extend the measure for three months. Lawmakers in Egypt unanimously approved […]

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Chad, other African countries cut ties with Doha

Chad’s president Idriss Deby has recalled its ambassador from Qatar for consultations, the foreign ministry said on Thursday. “The Chadian government calls on all concerned states to privilege dialogue to solve this crisis and asks Qatar to respect its commitments by ceasing any attitude likely to harm cohesion of states in the region and peace […]

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Algeria: four security forces injured in IS-linked attack

The Islamic State group (IS) has claimed responsibility of the Wednesday attack in Blida on a patrol of the Algerian gendarmerie in which four security forces were “slightly” injured, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) reports. SITE jihadist monitoring service announced the information carried on by MEMO. IS through its media outlet, Amaq indicated that its fighters […]

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Sudan-Egypt diplomatic row escalates

Sudanese foreign minister, Ibrahim Ghandour, on Sunday cancelled a trip to Egypt as President Omar al-Bashir’s declarations last week triggered a major diplomatic row between the two countries. “We told our brothers in Egypt about the postponement of the visit due to internal issues and it would take place later,” Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour said […]

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Egypt: Three policemen killed in militant attack in Cairo

The Egyptian Interior Ministry announced Tuesday that three policemen were killed by militants in Cairo late on Monday. The three policemen, according to security officials, were killed in a gun battle with the militants in capital Cairo. The shooting took place at an intersection of the ring road, a busy Cairo expressway, in the city’s […]

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Egypt: 13 terrorists arrested for plotting attacks against amid Easter celebration

The Egyptian interior ministry announced Sunday the arrest of 13 terrorists across the country accused of plotting terror attacks against state officials, institutions and Christians one week after two subside bombings killed at least 45 people. The terrorists according to the ministry were arrested in four provinces, including Alexandria where a subside bomber killed several […]

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Egypt: Pope Francis decries Palm Sunday terrorist attacks

Catholic Holy Father Pope Francis on Sunday condemned bomb attacks on two Coptic churches which left at least 45 dead in Egypt. The pontiff who is due to visit Egypt later this month expressed his “deepest condolences” to all Egyptians and to the head of the Coptic Church, who is due to be one of […]

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