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Egypt: UK holidaymakers cut their holidays short

Scores of British holidaymakers in Egypt have cut short their holidays and returned home, as claims circulated of food poisoning and poor hygiene standards at the hotel where a British couple died under mysterious circumstances last week. According to a spokeswoman of the UK tour operator Thomas cook, about half the Britons at the hotel […]

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Egypt: Security forces round up several regime critics

In Egypt, prominent political activists and opposition figures have been arrested on Thursday after they called for a referendum on Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s government. The house of the former Assistant to Egyptian Foreign Minister Masoum Marzouk, has been stormed by Egyptian security forces who took the diplomat to an undisclosed location, according to activists on […]

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Egypt: Cairo continues facelift with old buildings demolished

Egyptian authorities are demolishing a historical 19th century neighborhood in Cairo to make way for high-end housing and business development, angering residents in the North African nation. The Maspero neighborhood — named after French Egyptologist Gaston Maspero who helped found the Egyptian Museum — has fallen into decay. While some of the old architecture remains, […]

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Egypt: 52 jihadists killed in Sinai

Egypt’s security forces have killed about 52 suspected militants in recent days in the restive northern Sinai Peninsula, the military said in a statement on Sunday. At least 49 suspected militants have been also arrested during the operation, it said According to the statement, the airstrikes destroyed 32 vehicles containing weapons and ammunition in the […]

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Egypt increases gas prices by 75%, part of austerity measures

The Egyptian government on Saturday raised gas prices for households and businesses by between 33.3 and 75 percent, the latest move in an IMF-backed austerity program signed in 2016 to revamp the North African nation’s ailing economy. The tough austerity measures have won praise from economists and business leaders but have come as a heavy […]

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Sudan: Egypt denies entry to opposition leader

Egypt authorities have denied entry to Sudan’s leading opposition figure who was on his way back from Berlin where he attended a conference of Sudanese opposition groups. Sadiq al-Mahdi’s National Umma Party indicated Sunday that its leader was repelled at Cairo international airport. Al-Mahdi has been living in self-imposed exile in Egypt since 2014 following […]

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Africa’s World Cup Dream Ends

The 2018 World Cup dream ended Thursday night for Africa, after a particularly destructive first phase for the participating five African nations. No African team will participate in the knockout stages, a first since the 1986 World Cup. Senegal, Africa’s last hope in the tournament, was eliminated from the World Cup after it lost 1-0 […]

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Ethiopia, Egypt mending ties

Ethiopia and Egypt agreed to elevate their countries’ relationship to a strategic level of mutual trust, cooperation and support. This came during the two-day visit Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed paid to Cairo. The two sides also reiterated their commitment to set up a joint fund for infrastructure development, according to the chief of staff […]

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Egypt’s Prime Minister Sharif Ismail resigns

Egypt’s cabinet has resigned on Tuesday following the swearing-in of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi for a second term, presidential spokesman Bassam Rady wrote on his official Facebook page. The government of Prime Minister Sherif Ismail will continue to perform its duties and responsibilities until a new government is formed, a presidency statement read. Ismail has […]

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Egypt’s President to visit Sudan amid diplomatic thaw

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is set to visit Sudan in October to seal several bilateral deals amid diplomatic tensions. The visit comes a year after Khartoum banned the import of Egyptian farm produce over alleged use of pesticides. The two neighbors also have a long-standing dispute over a territory in Egypt’s south that Khartoum […]

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