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President Sisi deploys army to tackle Egypt’s economic woes

Huge trucks loaded with baby milk rolled out of Alexandria port emblazoned with pictures of a smiling baby and a message for Egyptian parents: “Don’t pay more than 30 pounds. With the compliments of the armed forces.” The trucks then fanned out across Egypt, distributing the imported infant formula to be sold at half the price charged by retailers — ...

Sisi, slurs and diplomatic stirs: How the G20 summit went down

Sisi’s hand was left unshaken, Obama was called a rude word and Putin didn’t get the attention he wanted. The G20 in full colour It was meant to be a G20 summit held under the theme of international cooperation. Instead, diplomatic snubs dominated the agenda – including Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s rather “colourful” description of his US counterpart Barack Obama. The meeting ...

Egypt reverses Saudi-Egyptian Red Sea Islands transfer

Exclusive to The Middle East Online Edited by Nelly Tawil An Egypt’s highest administrative Court in Cairo has reversed its decision to hand over two Red Seas islands to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday.  The verdict declare void a maritime border accord with Saudi Arabia, which would have seen Egypt surrender control of the Tiran and Sanafir islands at the mouth ...

Egypt reopens Rafah crossing for four days

Exclusive to The Middle East Online Edited by Nelly Tawil Wednesday saw Egypt reopen its border with the Israeli-blockaded Gaza Strip –in both directions – for the second time in a month to “humanitarian cases” and Palestinians stranded on the Egyptian side of the crossing. The Rafah crossing will be open for four non-consecutive days according to Gaza’s border authority, ...

African diplomats accuse Egyptian official of calling them “Dogs and Slaves”

Exclusive to The Middle East Online Edited by Nelly Tawil African diplomats accused an Egyptian official of referring to “dogs and slaves” in remarks about sub-Saharan Africa at a United Nations conference in Nairobi. The accusation was not received kindly by Egypt who has become entangled in an argument with the African diplomats. Disagreements at the meeting arose after a ...

Egyptian Authorities hire recovery team to assist in search of black box

Exclusive to The Middle East Online Edited by Nelly Tawil Egyptian Authorities hired a deep ocean survey and recovery company to join the hunt for wreckage of the EgyptAir jet that went down over the eastern Mediterranean last week as new satellite evidence emerged to help narrow down the likely crash site. The country’s civil-aviation ministry signed a Deep Ocean ...

Egyptian authorities expel French journalist amidst media crackdown

Exclusive to The Middle East Online Edited by Nelly Tawil The Egyptian authorities expelled a French journalist this week further highlighting the crackdown on press freedoms by the government of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, Egyptian and French officials said on Wednesday. Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry told his French counterpart, Jean-Marc Ayrault, that the journalist, Rémy Pigaglio, was blocked for ...

Egyptian Submarine joins search for Missing Flight MS804

Exclusive to The Middle East Online Edited by Nelly Tawil President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said on Sunday that Egypt has sent a robot submarine to join the hunt for an EgyptAir plane, which crashed in some of the deepest waters of the Mediterranean Sea with 66 people on board. Personal belongings, debris and body parts from the Airbus 320 have ...

EgyptAir crash: Officials suspect terrorism killed 66

Exclusive to The Middle East Online Edited by Nelly Tawil EgyptAir says the wreckage of its missing plane with 66 people on board has not been found, despite earlier announcing debris had been located in the Mediterranean Sea. Egyptian officials released the information quickly after the incident on Thursday; eager to avoid the criticisms they faced in the aftermath of ...

Egypt: Eight police killed in Ambush

Exclusive to The Middle East Online Edited by Nelly Tawil Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the deaths of eight Egyptian police officers in the Helwan district south of Cairo on Sunday. The assailants were in a pickup truck, which blocked the path of the policemen who were travelling in a minivan when the incident occurred. The assailants then sprayed ...