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April 18, 2014

1,400 people have been killed in political clashes since July 2013 according to Amnesty International (File/AFP)
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Interim President Adly Mahmoud Mansour rejected calls to pardon three anti-regime activists, saying he did not want to interfere in judiciary affairs.

April 17, 2014

It's still unclear whether Hala will change the name of her show or keep it as it is. (Image: Facebook)
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Hala Sarhan under fire for the name of her new TV show!
The peace treaty between Israel and Egypt - signed by Anwar Sadat and Menachem Begin and witnessed by US president Jimmy Carter in 1979 - turned 35 last month. (Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)
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Should Sisi be elected as president of Egypt as is generally assumed, he will have to decide whether to go along with the cold peace or to take the bold decision to promote cooperation with Israel for the greater benefit of both countries.
Multiple confrontations between students and Egyptian police have taken place at Azhar University in Cairo. (AFP/File)
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Egyptian riot police have clashed with students once again at Cairo's al Azhar University.
Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi is well on his way to contend in Egypt's elections (File/AFP)
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Presidential candidate Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi received over half a million recommendations, well over the 25,000 requirement, according to his campaign's legal advisor.
Dimian noted that the annual meeting between Egypt and the IMF will be scheduled after the presidential elections, slated to take place in May.
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The interim government is currently preparing a new economic stimulus package that will focus on the industrial, housing and construction, communication and tourism sectors.

April 16, 2014

If realised, this would not only revive output at Idku but also mean that Israel's first LNG exports would take place from an Egyptian plant.
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"Ultimately Egypt and Turkey need energy, and the fact that we have it is creating a regional convergence of interests," an Israeli diplomatic source told Reuters.
Since the military’s return to the top political table in July 2013, it seems to have accelerated its economic activities and intensified its hold on the country.
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Egypt's generals the economy to develop along lines of their choosing and have taken the opportunity not just to entrench their business activities even further, but upscale and expand them.
A recent U.N. report found that 99.3% of Egyptian women have experienced some form of sexual harassment. (AFP/File)
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A new report issued Wednesday by a coalition of feminists and human rights groups blames the Egyptian government for not doing enough to stop sexual violence in Egypt.
53 people were killed last year during a pro Morsi protest. (AFP/File)
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An Egyptian court sentenced 120 Morsi supporters to three years in prison on Monday.
Assi Helani singing his heart out for kids with cancer at the Cairo Opera House earlier this week (Image: Facebook).
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Lebanese superstar Assi Helani showed he's not just a talented musician, but he's a humanitarian at heart too!
Will Yousra join Hakim on his latest entertainment venture? (Image: Albawaba edit)
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Egyptian folklore singer Hakim wants Yousra to be on the judging panel of his latest show “Najm Al Sha’ab” (Star of the People).
Talks are due to take place after Egypt's upcoming elections (File/AFP)
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Relations with the IMF soured when Egypt suspended negotiations over a loan worth billions in 2013, but this may improve with upcoming discussions.
Ezz's trial against Zeina isn't going as well as he'd hoped. (Image: Albawaba edit)
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The Ahmed Ezz-Zeina trial is ongoing and they're both having a bad time in court!
Egyptian celebs were open about wanting Sisi to win the Presidential elections. (Image: Albawaba edit)
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Egyptian celebs are taking on the political stand and announcing Sisi as their fave to win.
Reggae band Meshwar is coming alongside several other musicians to make "3al Ganoob" (To the South) great. (Imageg: Facebook)
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The three-day festival, stretched between Friday 18 April and Monday 21 April, is attracting nearly 1000 visitors and 19 artists who will be performing at various points of the day, right on the beach.

April 15, 2014

529 Muslim Brotherhood members were sentenced to death by Egypt's courts last month (File Archive/AFP)
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An Alexandria court banned all members of the Muslim Brotherhood from running for election in the upcoming presidential polls.
Egypt has been experiencing power cuts since 2008 and faces bigger energy problems due to political unrest (File/AFP)
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Political unrest has seen gas exports fall in Egypt while electricity consumption went up by almost a third. Will it be an expensive summer?
According to immediate reports, two police officers were injured in Tuesday's blast. (AFP/File)
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Two policemen were injured in a bomb attack that struck central Cairo on Tuesday morning, state television reported.
Yasmine Hamdan was one of this year's D-CAF performers (Image: Facebook).
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Performances, public space and the future of the Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival in Cairo are explained here.
Could someone as sweet as Hind really be mad at anyone? (Image: Facebook)
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It's rumored that Hind Sabri is furious with Yasmin Abdulaziz for stealing her "marriage" show idea!
Activists and lawyers have defied the new law, suspecting the government of foul play.
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Prominent lawyer and former 2012 presidential candidate Khaled Ali went as far as to describe the amended law as "legalised thuggery".

April 14, 2014

Haifa appeared too sexual in her film "Beauty of the Soul." (Image: Facebook)
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Qatari cinema lovers aren't happy about Haifa Wehbe's latest film "Halawet Rouh" (Beauty of the Soul) being shown in their theaters!
Ghali served under Hosni Mubarak until he was overthrown in January 2011. (AFP/File)
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Interpol arrested Youssef Boutros Ghali on Monday as he arrived in Paris.
Egyptian construction tycoon Nassef Sawiris, the youngest among the Sawiris siblings, was the first Egyptian and the fourth on the list with a total worth of $6.7bn.
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The first spot went to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which had 39 names on the list, while third went to the United Arab Emirates, which had 14.
16,000 people have been detained since Mohamed Morsi was ousted in July 2013 (File/AFP)
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A student loyal to ousted president Mohamed Morsi was shot dead by Egyptian security forces as clashes took place in Cairo University, also leaving two journalists injured.
Yusra will be starring in a new film about the Egyptian revolution and its consequences from the past three years. (Image: Facebook)
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Egyptian actress Yusra Al Lawzi will be starring in a new film about Egypt!
Ezz is having to deal with another woman claiming to be engaged to him! (Image: Facebook)
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Things are going from bad to worse with Ahmed Ezz as now another actress claims to be engaged to him.
Sisi is widely expected to win the upcoming presidential elections. (AFP/File)
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Abdel Fattah al Sisi's lawyer handed in the required documents Monday for Sisi to run for president.
Event image collage courtesy of Al Ahram Online.
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So much to do, so much to see this week in Egypt.

April 13, 2014

There is a significant split within the MENA regions when it comes to respondents’ evaluation of the economy in their country of residence.
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In Egypt, 16% reported that their financial position has improved in the last six months, while 34% claimed there has been no change, and 42% reported a decline.
Active role: Young Egyptians need support in urban areas (File/AFP)
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Much of Egypt remains derelict, but development is rising as the population increases. Agriculture and urbanization of the country will be a key factor in the upcoming elections.
Hanan is now the proud Mama of a baby girl! (Image: Sayidaty.net)
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Hanan Turk had given birth to an adorable a baby girl!
You're just going to have to wait that little bit longer to listen to Amr and Tamer's new music albums! (Image: Albawaba edit)
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Some key events in the Arab world are causing superstars Amr Diab and Tamer Hosny to work differently!
Sama Al Masri knows how to make the brotherhood go mad! (Image: Facebook)
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Always earnestly in search of a way to get under the skin of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, Sama Al Masri made a rumor go around about her wearing a hijab.
The U.S. recently listed Ansar Beit Maqdis as a terrorist group (File Archive/AFP)
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Egyptian troops have allegedly killed a prominent Sinai Peninsula militant this weekend.
Amnesty International have slammed Egypt's controversial counter-terrorism law. (AFP/File)
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Amnesty International issued a statement this weekend denouncing a counter-terrorism law drafted by the Egyptian government, saying that it must be scrapped or fundamentally revised.

April 12, 2014

One person was killed after demonstrators clashed with Egyptian police in Alexandria. (AFP/File)
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Clashes between anti-government protestors and security forces have left one dead in Alexandria.
Highly-anticipated: Macadi will be performing in Cairo this month. (Image: Soundcloud)
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Macadi Nahhas returns to Cairo's Al-Genaina Theatre on Friday 18 April as part of the venue's early spring programme.
Fighting between Egyptian security forces and Muslim Brotherhood supporters is the biggest obstacle for peace in the country (File/AFP)
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At least two Muslim Brotherhood members have been killed by security forces in an exchange of gunfire on Friday.

April 11, 2014

Egypt has come under scrutiny for detaining journalists (File/AFP)
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Journalists under fire: A reporter for a pro-Muslim Brotherhood website has been jailed for allegedly posting leaked videos of military officials.
Do you want to dance like Dina? You've got your chance now, Egypt! (Image: Facebook)
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It's been criticized by conservatives and claimed to not be coming at all, but now it appears that the new talent show will bring a set of belly dancing hopefuls on screen after Ramadan.

April 10, 2014

The majority of the government approved clerics were trained at Al Azhar University. (AFP/File)
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The Egyptian government is adopting measures to expand control over mosques.
The Trial Saga continues....
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It makes a funny story, but an untrue one, according to Zeina's lawyer at least.
Cyrine Abdelnour has to step it up a notch to stand next to Khaled Salim (Image: Facebook)
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Cyrine Abdelnour gets silly with her co-star behind the scenes of "Love Story".
Nabila said that her role as head of the judging committee at the festival was “very exhausting." (Image: Omanfilm.net)
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Veteran actress Nabila Obeid talks about heading the judging committee at the Muscat International Film Festival.
Egypt is planning to hold elections for the presidency at the end of May (Khaled Desouki/AFP)
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Anti-Morsi actors in Egypt are accusing the Muslim Brotherhood of trying to "infiltrate" the upcoming parliamentary elections.
A 2013 United Nations study found that 99.3 percent of Egyptian women have been sexually harassed. (AFP/File)
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A UN report shows that in 2013, 99.3 percent of Egyptian women experienced some form of sexual harassment.

April 9, 2014

Human rights groups around the world criticized the Egyptian ruling. (AFP/File)
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The men were sentenced for wearing women's clothing and organizing sex parties.
Previous hearings for Morsi's cases have been delayed for protests, lack of evidence, and even weather (File Archive/AFP)
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An Egyptian appeal court ruled Wednesday that the original judges hearing two cases on former president Mohammed Morsi are not allowed to be replaced in future hearings.
Oh the drama that divides Ahmad Ezz and Zeina!
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After getting battered with accusations, Zeina tugged on Ahmad's memory with this unbelievable stunt.
Does this face look familiar? You'll be seeing more of it on a new talent show (Image: Facebook).
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Never one to be left out, dicey diva Haifa Wehbe has kept up with her colleagues by agreeing to host MBC's new talent show "Your Face Sounds Familiar" alongside Egyptian actor Ahmad Al Sakka.
"Children of the Black Duck" combines acting, singing and storytelling. (Image: Albawaba Edite)
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El-Mesaharaty Lab, in cooperation with Doum Cultural Foundation, will be performing 'Welad El-Batta El-Soda' (Children of the Black Duck) at Cairo's Hanager Theatre starting 14 April.
Egypt security forces have been deployed to Aswan in an effort to end the clashes (Ahmed El Moghrabi/AFP)
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Inter-tribal clashes in Egypt's Aswan has now left 26 dead as of Tuesday and an additional 56 injured.
A still of Haifa and Hakim taken from the video from their new film "Beauty of the Soul." (Image: Facebook)
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A video of Haifa Wehbe dancing sexually to a song by Hakim has taken YouTube by storm.
According to the report, 80% are concerned with the unemployment level in the country.
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Around 71% of young Egyptians feel that individuals belonging to their generation are more likely to start a business compared to their older counterparts.

April 8, 2014

"Halawat Roo" is out! (Image: film poster from Haifa's Facebook page).
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It's taken many a moon and many a scene delete to get this bad boy past the Egyptian censorship committee and onto the cinema screen, but "Halawet Roo" is finally in theaters now.
Tamer has become even more popular in Morocco after marrying a Moroccan woman. (Image: Albawaba edit)
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Tamer Hosny is coming to Morocco this April.
Safinaz finally has a reason to smile! (Image: Facebook)
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After serving some jail time and being sued by Al Nabila Hotel for breach of contract, Safinaz can finally breathe easy because she's no longer under an exclusive contract with the hotel.
Discussion over Sisi's platform for the future of Egypt has received little attention in the media thus far (File Archive/AFP)
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We know former military chief Abdel Fattah Al Sisi is running for president, but what is his vision for the future of Egypt, and who is "the mastermind" behind this vision?
Adel Imam's the man! He's what has Liqa Swaidan most excited this year.
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With three shows on the docket this year, Liqa Swaidan has a seriously full slate. One drama in particular has her head over heels.

April 7, 2014

Egypt’s foreign reserves rose to $17.414bn in March from $17.307bn in February, the Central Bank said on Monday.
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Egypt aids are lifted by billions and billions of Gulf aid.
Minister of Foreign Trade, Industry and Investment Mounir Fakhry Abdel Nour announced earlier this week that the US Congress has recently approved a $120m initiative to support investment in Egypt.
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Since the ouster of former president Mohamed Morsi, financial support has been provided by a number of countries and international institutions. Assistant packages varied from cash, grants and loans to deposits and fuel products
Roughly 16,000 Egyptians have been jailed for protesting over the past few months. (AFP/File)
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An Egyptian court has upheld prison sentences for three political activists and ruled Monday that each would be fined 50,000 Egyptian pounds.
Interim Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab, along with Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim, visited Aswan to mediate a truce. (AFP/File)
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The Bani Helal and Daboudiya clans in southern Egypt have agreed to a three-day truce.
Clashes between Bani Helal and Daboudiya began last Wednesday over the harassment of a girl and offensive graffiti (Radwan El Najar/AFP)
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Fourteen people were arrested Monday for Friday's tribal clashes in Egypt's Aswan that left 25 dead.
It's either Elissa or nobody in the region for a duet with Mohammad Hamaki.
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Mohammad Hamaki bares all on his documentary "Hamaki Wal Hayat".
Ahmed Helmy's making dreams come true, one talented little girl at a time.
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During season three of Arabs Got Talent, Ahmed Helmy promised a little girl that she could star in his upcoming film "Made in China". Now the talent show judge and comedian is holding true to his word.
Nadia and Mukhtar are good at working creatively together. (Image: Albawaba edit)
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Nadia Al Jundi is returning back to the small screen with her ex-hubby after an absence of three years.
Nelly Karim explains what's behind the filming delays for "A Day for Women".
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Nelly Karim combats rumors that her upcoming film "A Day for Women" has been halted due to financial issues.
Smoke billows from buildings in the southern city of Aswan on April 6, 2014 following fighting between the Bani Hilal, an Arab tribe, and the Dabudiya, a Nubian family. (AFP)
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At least two more people were killed on Sunday in the southern governorate of Aswan, renewing deadly tribal clashes that have killed almost two dozen people in three days of fighting.
Heikal made his comment while discussing a government scheme to use coal in cement factories in order to reduce subsidies, despite criticism from campaigners and the environment ministry
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Sawiris then retweeted a post saying: "Like father like son… He pretends to be a socialist after the first 50 million," a clear reference to Heikal, who is widely believed to be living in London.
He added that the ministry would make also smartcards available for the citizens, which would allow them to save points to be used in exchange for other commodities, such as milk, yoghurt, lentils and beans
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Ministry of Supply provides smart ration cards to citizens to meet their needs of bread and other commodities

April 6, 2014

Halima is going to be the latest face of "Al Mihwar" TV. (Image: Twitter)
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Halima Poland is set to become the latest face of Egyptian TV channel "Al Mihwar."
According to Nabih, Haifa is fully Egyptian without any Lebanese roots! (Image: Facebook)
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Lawyer Nabih Al Wahsh has revealed a few hidden secrets about Haifa Wehbe and her family.
Wafa Amer is alive and well. (Image: Facebook)
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Wrong again! Egyptian satellite channel falsely announced the death of actress Wafa Amer, causing her mother to experience a nervous breakdown.
‘The Magic of Indian Weaves,’ the exhibition is a tribute to the craftsmanship and skills of countless Indian spinners and weavers, showcased through saris woven in seven of India’s states. (Image: Indian Embassy in Cairo)
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This week is marked by closing of the D-CAF festival while the India by the Nile festival takes over Cairo and Alexandria stages. This topped with film screenings, concerts, theatre performances and more.
Salah earns Mourinho praise after Stoke strike
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The Blues boss feels his club did great business in selling Juan Mata and bringing in the Egyptian during the January transfer window

April 5, 2014

Protests have erupted frequently in Egypt in response to the government's crackdown on journalists. (AFP/File)
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Egyptian journalists went on a one-day strike to protest the killing of reporters covering the anti-government protests.