Egypt

How Egypt’s most famous jailed couple celebrated Valentine’s Day

It’s not unusual for a woman to receive a bouquet of roses from her husband on Valentine’s Day. What is unusual is to receive them in a court holding cell after a couple has spent months apart in separate jails. The wife and husband in this instance are Aya Hegazi and Mohamed Hassanein, the founders of the Belady Foundation, an ...

Despite the failed revolution, Egypt’s iron-fisted ruler won’t last

Egyptians have always been ill-served, at best, and brutalized, at worst, by their leaders, whether Ottoman, British, Nasserist or under President Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year rule. So instead of asking why Egypt’s revolution of five years ago failed, let’s point a finger at the sorry parade of post-revolutionary leaders who have presumed to lead but failed just as their predecessors did. ...

Bunge wants resolution on Egypt wheat shipment

High quality global journalism requires investment. Please share this article with others using the link below, do not cut & paste the article. International food commodities trader Bunge said it still intended to deliver a cargo of wheat to Egypt after the government rejected it in a case closely watched in the grain market. The New York-listed company this week ...

Thousands of doctors in Egypt protest after police accused of attack on two medics

Thousands of doctors in Egypt have staged a rare protest against police abuses after accusations that two doctors were beaten up by policemen in a Cairo hospital. The doctors’ union also voted to offer free services in public hospitals and to call a partial strike in two weeks time unless the officers involved are held accountable, measures are taken to ...

Teen tourist who scaled a pyramid banned from Egypt for life

A German tourist who illegally scaled an ancient pyramid to take death-defying selfies has been banned from the country for life. Andrej Ciesielski caused outrage when he climbed the 4500-year-old Cheops pyramid at Giza on the outskirts of Cairo. His intention was to take photos on the top of the ancient tomb, which he did, and posted to his Instagram account. “It ...

Egypt fills its prisons, but don’t worry, it’ll make more

Egypt’s worsening human rights abuses are not going unnoticed. People are being assaulted on many fronts, from travel restrictions and false imprisonment to limits on freedom of expression, torture and killings. In an example of this trend, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi issued a presidential decree Jan. 13 designating 100 acres of land for construction of the new Giza Central Prison, a huge ...

Ancient 4,500-year-old boat discovered in Egypt

Archaeologists from the Charles University in Prague have unearthed a 4,500-year-old 59-foot boat at a site in Egypt. While working at the site of the Abusir necropolis near Cairo the archaeologists discovered 4,500-year-old wooden planks that formed part of the boat. The boat’s size, alongside additional clues such as a bowl bearing the name of king Huni of the Third ...

Egypt hotel attack: One attacker killed, other wounded

Two men with knives attacked at least three guests and threatened others at a hotel in the Egyptian coastal city of Hurghada, the country’s Ministry of Interior said Friday. Security forces stationed at the hotel confronted the men as they tried to escape, killing one and seriously wounding the other, according to the ministry’s Facebook page. Previous reporting indicated the ...

Gunmen Shoot Egypt University Dean

Masked men on a motorcycle shot and wounded the dean of an Egyptian university on Thursday outside his home, police said. Abdel Hakim Nur al-Din, head of the Zagazig University, was shot in the leg as he waited for his driver in the northern province of Sharqiya. Police said the unidentified gunmen had fled. Their motive was unclear. Militants have ...

Egypt: No evidence that terrorism caused a Russian jet crash

Egyptian investigators say they have so far found no evidence that terrorism caused a Russian jet to crash in the Sinai in October, killing 224 people. The plane came down en route to Russia from the resort of Sharm el-Sheikh. A group linked to so-called Islamic State (IS) said it bombed the plane. Nearly all the victims were Russians. Russia ...

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