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A man enters a smuggling tunnel along the Sinai-Gaza border, September 2013.  (AFP/Mahmud Hams)
15:32 GMT
The Egyptian army has destroyed 521 tunnel openings along the Gaza border in the last six months, said an army spokesman.
The Egyptian government plans to negotiate a $6 billion loan with the IMF to close the financing budget gap for the fiscal year. (AFP/File)
15:00 GMT
The Egyptian government plans to negotiate a $6 billion loan with the IMF to close the financing budget gap for the fiscal year.
Defendants stand trial in Egypt for allegedly supporting the Muslim Brotherhood.  (AFP/Khaled Desouki)
12:49 GMT
Leading Brotherhood member Mohamed al-Falahgi died in prison Monday just one day before a scheduled retrial.
Stephan El Shaarawy
12:47 GMT
The Italy international has been buoyed by ending his six-month goal drought in the Rossoneri's much-needed win over Torino
Enas al Dughaidi had her first kiss at 16! (Watan 24)
10:28 GMT
Egyptian director Enas al Dughaidi shared a story about her first kiss on the TV show "Mafateeh."
Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi with his ministers following the swearing in ceremony of the new Egyptian cabinet at the presidential palace in Cairo. (AFP/File)
09:26 GMT
The cost of shoring up public finances will be pushed onto people less able to afford it, the IMF said Sunday.
Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri told state news agency MENA that the meeting hopes to address "combating terrorism" and illegal immigration. (YouTube)
05:00 GMT
Egypt, Algeria and Libya will hold talks on the situation in the region in a meeting in Cairo next month.

May 24, 2015

Gümüş is a Turkish melodrama, which became a pop-culture phenomenon when it was dubbed into Arabic and aired across the Arab world as "Noor" in 2006. (Deviant Art)
17:46 GMT
Turkish documentary film "Kismet" links parts of the former Ottoman country in an attempt to shed light on the deep relationship of love between women and Turkish soap operas.
An Egyptian criminal court sentenced a Muslim Brotherhood member to death on Sunday on charges of joining an outlawed group. (AFP/File)
17:30 GMT
An Egyptian criminal court sentenced a Muslim Brotherhood member to death on Sunday on charges of joining an outlawed group.
People will be able to travel from Egypt into Gaza but not the other way around. (AFP/File)
15:45 GMT
Egypt will open the Rafah border crossing with Gaza on Tueday and Wednesday to allow passengers to cross from Egypt into Gaza.
Bassem's father passed away on Saturday night. (Elhawanem)
11:22 GMT
Bassem Youssef's father has passed away on Saturday.
The country's main index EGX30 jumped 8.25 percent this week after the government put a hold on a new tax on capital gains. (Shutterstock)
10:35 GMT
The country's main index EGX30 jumped 8.25 percent this week after the government put a hold on a new tax on capital gains.
Egyptians inspect the damage after twin bombs struck police posts near Cairo University. (AFP/File)
10:12 GMT
A 67-year-old man was killed when a bomb exploded in a road tunnel.
Ramez posted a picture with Paris from behind-the-scenes of his prank show "Ramez in Control." (Veto Gate)
09:31 GMT
Ramez Galal is back with a vengeance, and this year Paris Hilton was one of the prankster's victims!
Palestinian protesters take part in a demonstration organised by the Islamic Movement against the death sentence to Egypt's ousted president Mohamed Morsi, in the town of Kfar Kana, in northern Israel, on May 23, 2015. (AFP/Ahmad Gharabli)
08:00 GMT
Thousands of Palestinians marched in northern Israel to protest the death sentence of former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi.

May 23, 2015

Omar's son Tarek says that his father has been showing signs of Alzheimer's disease since 2013. (File photo)
19:02 GMT
Tarek El-Sharif claims that his father Omar Sharif is suffering from Alzheimer's disease.
Morsi was removed from power in 2013. (AFP/File)
16:40 GMT
Egypt's ousted president, Mohamad, Morsi is standing trial for insulting the judiciary in the country. He is on trial along with 25 other people.
A Sudanese protester carries an poster of former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi. (AFP/Ashraf Shazly)
07:43 GMT
Hundreds of Sudanese have rallied outside the office of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in the capital, Khartoum, to denounce a death sentence handed down to Egypt’s ousted President Mohamed Morsi.

May 21, 2015

Daesh is urging attacks on judges in retaliation for the recent execution of six militants who were active in Sinai. (AFP/File)
17:47 GMT
Daesh is urging its followers in Egypt to attack judges and court officials for cracking down on militants in the Sinai Peninsula.
Islamic laws haven't stopped this group of atheists from producing their own secular programming. (YouTube)
14:26 GMT
Islamic laws haven't stopped this group of atheists from producing their own secular programming.
Rami Sabry, before and after. (Al Rai News/Al Bawaba edit)
14:05 GMT
The Egyptian singer unveiled his new look on his Facebook page - what do you think?
Talks with Egyptian officials on reducing the charges of Lebanese goods shipped by sea have made progress. (AFP/File)
12:01 GMT
Talks with Egyptian officials on reducing the charges of Lebanese goods shipped by sea have made progress.
Sama was facing a six month prison sentence over the alleged insult. (Facebook)
11:34 GMT
Egyptian belly dancer Sama al-Masry is acquitted for insulting Zamalek Club Chief Mortada Mansour on satellite tv. Maybe hold your tongue next time?
Female migrants from sub-saharan Africa. (AFP/Mahmud Turkia)
10:20 GMT
African migrants seeking refuge in Egypt often find an equally dire situation as domestic workers.
Ezz's appeal to the Family Court has been rejected twice. (File photo)
09:58 GMT
Oh, Ahmed Ezz, things don't seem to be going well for you in court at all!
The Sinai-based Ansar is Egypt's most notorious militant group; it claimed responsibility for the majority of militant attacks carried out in the Sinai Peninsula since July 2013. (AFP/File)
09:52 GMT
Clashes broke out in the city of al-Arish, located in the northern Sinai.
Multi-award winning Khaled Abol Naga is no stranger to tackling difficult human rights and conservation issues. (Photo courtesy of Ol Pejeta)
08:16 GMT
Egyptian hottie Khaled Abol Naga joins model/actress Nargis Fakri in a celebrity-fuelled fundraising effort to save the world's last male white rhino.
A similar court order banning online pornography was issued in 2009. (Shutterstock)
04:00 GMT
Egyptian court orders PM to move towards censoring online pornography, contradicting a 2013 verdict allowing the websites.

May 20, 2015

Dorra's got her mind on Ahmed Ezz. (Edited for illustrative purposes)
14:37 GMT
Troubled singer Ahmed Ezz has found another fan in the form of Tunisian songstress Dorra, who admits to having a crush on the artist.
The $500 million power plant comes as part of the state's five-year plan to provide environment-friendly electric energy. (AFP/File)
13:00 GMT
The $500 million power plant comes as part of the state's five-year plan to provide environment-friendly electric energy.
90 percent of companies in the Middle East are family businesses, according to a report. (Pixabay)
07:20 GMT
Family-run SMEs are the heart of Egypt, but need nurturing through the generations to survive, according to KPMG.
Journalists and photojournalists hold banners as they demonstrate in front of the journalist’s syndicate in Cairo against repeated attacks on members of the press in Egypt on April 4, 2014. (AFP FILE PHOTO / MAHMOUD KHALED)
07:12 GMT
The Editor-in-Chief of al-Bayan newspaper was arrested yesterday on charges of publishing false news. He has since been released on bail pending the investigation.
Egyptian police guard the constitutional court in Cairo. (Al Bawaba/File)
05:00 GMT
An Egyptian court on Tuesday postponed hearing a lawsuit calling to halt implementation of death sentences handed down against six people convicted of joining a "terrorist organization" – two days after the sentences were carried out.

May 19, 2015

The actor passed away after a severe heart attack left him hospitalized two weeks ago. (AFP/File)
20:32 GMT
After the iconic Egyptian star passed away Tuesday, Twitter filled with RIPs and videos of his legacy.
Egyptian police reportedly assault women in order to compel their husbands or fathers to confess to a crime. (Al Bawaba/File)
18:12 GMT
An international human rights group has accused Egyptian security forces of using sexual violence on a massive scale against anti-government detainees to “eliminate public protest.”
Attacks in the Sinai region of Egypt occur on a near daily basis. (AFP/File)
16:30 GMT
Two separate attacks occurred in the city of Sheikh Zuweid, located in the northern Sinai.
Deported from Libya for attempting illegal immigration, 194 Egyptian workers returned to the Cairo International Airport. Image used for illustrative purposes. (AFP/File)
13:00 GMT
Deported from Libya for attempting illegal immigration, 194 Egyptian workers returned to the Cairo International Airport.
Zeina has a friend in her former lover. (Facebook)
11:44 GMT
Egyptian actor Tamer Abdel Moneim surprised viewers on ET Arabic about his relational past with Zeina.
Saudi aid to Egypt represented nearly 2.3 percent of Egypt's GDP. (Shutterstock)
11:02 GMT
The IMF has released a report with details of the direct aid given to Arab nations by Saudi Arabia.
Tamer Hosny proudly waving the Egyptian flag. (Facebook)
10:47 GMT
Tamer Hosny for the win! The Egyptian singer's album "180 Degrees" has been purchased more than any other Rotana record over the last year.
Egypt's deposed president Mohamed Morsi raises his hands from behind the defendant's cage as the judge reads out his verdict sentencing him and more than 100 other defendants to death at the police academy in Cairo on May 16, 2015. (AFP/Khaled Desouki)
10:28 GMT
The US and UN expressed deep concern about the death sentences handed down in Egypt for more than 100 alleged Muslim Brotherhood supporters.
Cotton textiles are one of Egypt's largest exports. (Shutterstock)
10:12 GMT
Egypt seeks an expansion of the Qualifying Industrial Zones (QIZ) trade agreement, which would allow more of its products to enter the US duty-free.
Imam celebrated his 75th birthday on Sunday. (File photo)
09:21 GMT
Egyptian actor Adel Imam received a top-of-the-range car for his 75th birthday!
Mustafa was one of Egypt's most well-known and beloved actors. (elcinema)
08:32 GMT
Veteran Egyptian actor Hasan Mustafa sadly passed away on Tuesday.
“Closed Doors” is a 13-minute movie created last February as a film school assignment, the first from promising director Amr Fouad. The digital production is the story of a young girl from a conservative family whose life takes a dramatic turn when she meets a new friend. Whatever could be in store for her?
07:18 GMT
Nine Egyptian short films will be featured at the Cannes Film Festival 2015. Does this signal a resurgence in Egyptian filmmaking?
Three bombs blew up an electricity pylon near Aswan in Upper Egypt on Monday. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
Three bombs blew up an electricity pylon near Aswan in Upper Egypt on Monday.

May 18, 2015

Zebeida Tharwat said in a recent interview that her father had rejected her marriage to legendary Egyptian singer Abdel Halim Hafez. (File photo)
22:12 GMT
Who's the Egyptian actress whose dad wouldn't let her marry Abdel Halim Hafez?
Egyptian security forces stand guard outside the police academy during the trial of Egypt's deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi on May 16, 2015 in the capital, Cairo. (AFP/Khaled Desouki)
18:03 GMT
The death penalty in Egypt have been met with widespread criticism.
The government hopes to preserve the competitiveness of Egypt's financial market and investments. (AFP/Andrew Burton)
11:37 GMT
The government hopes to preserve the competitiveness of Egypt's financial market and investments.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (C) walks after the Victory Parade marking the 70th anniversary of the defeat of the Nazis in World War II at Red Square in Moscow on May 9, 2015. (AFP/Alexander Zemlianchenko)
10:42 GMT
Dissenters resort to humor to criticize Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's crackdown on democratic practices.
Amy and Hassan look super happy in this snapshot together! (Instagram)
10:04 GMT
A new cosy picture of Amy Samir Ghanem and Hassan Raddad fuels love relationship rumors.
Dunia angered many of her fans by posting a picture of this anti-God tattoo. (Al Watan Voice)
09:15 GMT
Young Egyptian actress Dunia Masoud should have known better than to offend her fans with a "tattoo against God"!
High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini criticized on Sunday the recent court decision to refer ousted Egyptian President Morsi to the Grand Mufti for the death sentence. (AFP/Emmanual Dunand)
06:00 GMT
The EU, which denounces capital punishment, criticized on Sunday the recent court decision to refer ousted Egyptian President Morsi to the Grand Mufti for the death sentence.

May 17, 2015

In a measure similar to one introduced in December for men, Egyptian women aged 18-40 must obtain security clearance before traveling to Turkey.  (AFP/File)
18:44 GMT
In a measure similar to one introduced in December for men, Egyptian women must obtain security clearance before traveling to Turkey.
An Ultras member works in the dark to provide light for the rest of his group
16:26 GMT
An Ultras member works in the dark to provide light for the rest of his group. He does not care about himself or his career because all what he cares for is his club.
Egyptian singer Um Kulthoum's legend lives on (Ahot.tumblr.com)
14:45 GMT
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the legendary artist's passing, and France's Arabesque Festival for Arab World Art dedicate this year's event to Um Kulthoum
Cairo Opera House played some fun movie music. (Facebook)
14:35 GMT
Sound of Egypt Orchestra strayed for the classical norm and played music from well known Egyptian movies on May 8.
Egyptian judge Shaban el-Shamy (C) reads out the verdict sentencing deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi and more than 100 other defendants to death at the police academy in Cairo on May 16, 2015. (AFP/Khaled Desouki)
11:30 GMT
The prisoners were tried over connections with the Sinai-based Islamist militant group Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis.
Egypt's deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi raises his hands from behind the defendant's cage as the judge reads out his verdict sentencing him and more than 100 other defendants to death at the police academy in Cairo on May 16, 2015. (AFP/Khaled Desouki)
07:24 GMT
Morsi supporters condemned the sentence while his detractors celebrated it as a victory.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called Saturday's death penalty ruling against ousted Egyptian president Morsi a "capital punishment against the ballot box."  (AFP/Adem Altan)
06:00 GMT
The Turkish president called the ruling a "capital punishment against the ballot box."
Egypt's finance minister welcomed a revision of ratings provider Standard and Poor, saying the change will encourage financial institutions to offer further funding. (AFP/Mohammed Abed)
04:00 GMT
Egypt's finance minister welcomed a revision of ratings provider Standard and Poor, saying the change will encourage financial institutions to offer further funding.
Egypt's market plunged after MSCI's decision to exclude Telecom Egypt from its emerging markets index. (AFP/File)
00:10 GMT
Egypt's market plunged after MSCI's decision to exclude Telecom Egypt from its emerging markets index.

May 16, 2015

Ultras groups banned by court order
20:35 GMT
The Cairo Court for Urgent Matters banned Saturday ultras football fan groups and ordered that they should be dissolved.
An Egyptian soldier on patrol in the Sinai, the location of attacks by Daesh-alligned Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis group.  Gunmen from the group shot dead three judges in response to Morsi's death penalty verdict Saturday. (AFP/File)
14:34 GMT
Gunmen from Sinai-based militant group Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis killed three prosecutors and a driver Saturday, reportedly in response to death penalty sentence handed down to ex-president Mohamed Morsi.
Hamas spokesman Sami Bu Zuhri called the Egypt court's death verdict against Hamas members "politicized" following the decision Saturday to refer defendants to a grand mufti to consider the death penalty.  (AFP/File)
14:30 GMT
Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas denounced as "politicized" an Egyptian court's death verdict for members who participated in a 2011 prison break.
Grand Mufti to consider death penalty sentence for ousted Islamist president Morsi and 128 other defendants in mass prison-break trial.  (AFP/Tarek el-Gebass)
10:45 GMT
Grand Mufti to consider death penalty sentence for ousted Islamist president Morsi and 128 other defendants in mass prison-break trial.
Court to deliver verdict Saturday in trial of Morsi, who faces spy, jailbreak charges and could receive death penalty.  (AFP/File)
06:53 GMT
Court to deliver verdict Saturday in trial of Morsi, who faces spy, jailbreak charges and could receive death penalty.

May 14, 2015

Both defendants were charged with attempted murder and inciting unrest. (AFP/File)
11:21 GMT
A Cairo court sentenced two people to life imprisonment for their roles in clashes with Egyptian forces from November 2013.
As the country's largest landowner, the Egypt government is benefitting from the housing crisis as property prices continue to skyrocket. (AFP/File)
11:00 GMT
As the country's largest landowner, the Egypt government is benefitting from the housing crisis as property prices continue to skyrocket.
Although the image is blurry, "Kenzy" looks super cute in the picture. (Facebook)
10:25 GMT
Khaled Selim becomes a father for the second time since 2012!
Zeina's heart warming Instagram.
09:37 GMT
Zeina went for the sympathy vote while Ahmed Ezz got some unsolicited praise from Asala. Either way, these two are working hard to improve their reps.
Farid Ismail was sentenced to seven years in Pirson in July 2014. (Photo: Ikhwan Web)
08:30 GMT
The former MP and leading Muslim Brotherhood figure died after suffering from a stroke.
Mona Hala's shocking interview.
06:39 GMT
Homosexuals are being persecuted in Egypt, but actress Mona Hala isn't happy about it.
Egyptian riot policemen stand guard during a demonstration outside the high court in central Cairo on Jan. 30, 2013. (AFP/Khaled Desouki)
06:00 GMT
Egypt's Court of Cessation accepted a policeman's challenge of a prison sentence handed to him for killing a suspect, ordering a retrial.

May 13, 2015

Antiquities theft is a persistent problem for Egypt, which is rich in ancient Egyptian and Greco-Roman artifacts.(AFP/File)
19:00 GMT
The conference is an attempt to raise awareness for the cultural heritage in the Middle East.
Abeer Sabri get verbally attacked in store. (File photo)
16:18 GMT
Abeer Sabry was shopping in the UAE when a woman starts calling her and Egyptian actress Ferial names for their revealing outfit. The outburst was captured on video, which has since gone viral.
Haifa Wehbe wows in sexy green dress backstage of "Mariam". (Instagram)
15:58 GMT
Haifa Wehbe will play "Mariam" this Ramadan, and she's got another pic to prove it.
Mohammad Abu Trika
15:29 GMT
Egyptian authorities have rejected an appeal by football giant Mohammad Abu Trika against seizing his assets over alleged links to the now-outlawed Muslim Brotherhood.
Mohammed Assaf and his new award. (Facebook)
15:03 GMT
Mohammed Assaf was warmly welcomed in Egypt, as shown by the award he can now add to his collection!
Ashibah's painting the town red tonight. (Facebook)
13:01 GMT
Talented singer and DJ Ashibah will be rockin' her sultry tracks tonight at The Tap in Cairo.
Egyptian police inspect cars at a checkpoint in North Sinai on Jan. 31, 2015. (AFP/File)
12:44 GMT
Four civilians inside a car were killed in a blast in North Sinai on Wednesday, a security source said Wednesday.
Egypt expects to invest $30 billion in the coal industry as the country continues to face an energy crisis. (AFP/File)
10:11 GMT
Egypt expects to invest $30 billion in the coal industry as the country continues to face an energy crisis.
Mohammed during his visit to Cairo's Virgin Megastores. (Facebook)
08:27 GMT
The Palestinian superstar revealed his plans for a new Egyptian single!
Egypt received international criticism conducting mass trials and sentences. (AFP/File)
07:28 GMT
The alleged Morsi supporters were charged for taking part in rallies against the incumbent military-backed government last year.
Saudi Arabia is the second largest internet market in the Arab world. (Shutterstock)
07:00 GMT
Payfort's recent report names Egypt as the largest internet market in the Arab world, and projects promising growth in the e-commerce market.

May 12, 2015

One of Amer Group's luxury destination resorts, the Porto Marina beachfront on the Mediterranean shore.
18:00 GMT
The Egyptian real estate company's Q1 profits rose more than seven times the previous year's.
Salah leads Fiorentina to overcome Empoli
16:44 GMT
Important win today boys, thanks god for everything, let's do it Thursday..
In April, “The Trace of the Butterfly” won the Audience Award in the International Women’s Film Festival Dortmund. (Swr.de)
13:17 GMT
“The Trace of the Butterfly” won the Audience Award in the International Women’s Film Festival Dortmund.
Somaya al-Khashab modeling the world's most expensive gown (Facebook)
09:26 GMT
Diamonds are a girls' best friend, and Egyptian actress Somaya al-Khashab wore the world's most bedazzled and expensive dress on the market.
Mohamed Fahmy was jailed for over 400 days before being released on bail in February. (AFP/File)
07:55 GMT
Mohamed Fahmy who was jailed with two other colleagues by Egyptian authorities in 2013, said he plans to sue Al Jazeera for $100 million in damages.
Youssef will be the first person from the Middle East to host the Emmys. (File photo)
07:47 GMT
It's the first time someone from the Middle East is to host the awards ceremony.
A new amendment hands 80 percent of the national telecom entity to the government, and 20 percent to telecom companies. (Shutterstock)
05:30 GMT
The Egyptian defense ministry will have a 60% share in a national body that controls the country's telecoms infrastructure.
Some 350,000 people with limited income are expected to benefit from the homes. (Shutterstock)
05:00 GMT
50,000 social housing units were delivered to the Egyptian government, to help alleviate the country's housing crisis.

May 11, 2015

Egypt's foreign minister and Djibouti president discussed security developments in Yemen and the Horn of Africa, where part of the route connects to the Suez Canal. (AFP/File)
18:09 GMT
Egypt's foreign minister and Djibouti president discussed security developments in Yemen and the Horn of Africa, where part of the route connects to the Suez Canal.