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April 24, 2014

Cairo no longer wields the same leverage it once did when upriver sub-Saharan countries were too poor to build such huge projects themselves.
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Egypt, which has claimed exclusive right to control the river’s waters for generations, is fuming. Cairo worries the dam will reduce the flow on which it has depended for drinking water and irrigation for thousands of years.
Athar Al Hakim has spoken, and Haifa Wehbe and the Lebanese are NOT happy about it (Image: Facebook).
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Haifa Wehbe has way more outspoken haters these days after her controversial role in "Halawet Rouh".
The U.S. says the aid will be used for Egyptian authorities for "limited purposes" such as counterterrorism, border security and nonproliferation (Mohammed Al Shahed/AFP)
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Washington will release $650 million in funding as it begins to ease its partial aid suspension against Cairo that began last year.
Ahmed Ezz's ship might finally be sinking as Zeina says she's the official documents to prove they are married. (Albawaba edit)
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Ahmed Ezz's ship might finally be sinking as Zeina says she's the official documents to prove they are married.
Rania said that she doesn't like using Twitter and interacts with her fans through Facebook alone. (Image: Albawaba edit)
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Someone's loving Rania Farid Shawki more than they're supposed to; it's her Twitter impersonator!
Jowan Safadi strumming the strings at Cairo Jazz Club (Image: Facebook).
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Performing live before a small holiday crowd at Cairo Jazz Club, Jowan Safadi doesn't want be a voice of the Palestinian cause to gain acceptance of Arab audiences.
Omar will be performing at the Cairo Opera House for three nights in April. (Image: Facebook)
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Renowned Egyptian composer and pianist Omar Khairat will perform with his group at the Cairo Opera House on the last three April evenings.

April 23, 2014

The court found the defendants guilty of organizing street protests and provoking violence. Here, Brotherhood supporters are seen in Cairo in August 2013. (AFP/File)
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An Egyptian court has sentenced 19 anti-government protesters to ten years in prison each, judicial sources say.
Mai Izz El Din is in deep pain after sustaining an arm injury (Image: Facebook).
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Despite the doctor's orders, Mai Izz El Din tried to push through the pain and kept filming "Spoiled Girls" only to find that wasn't so wise after all.
Should Khaled Saleh and company switch the title of their upcoming drama? (Image courtesy of mahatetmasr.com)
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With the release not exactly going smoothly for the film named "Halawet Rouh", the upcoming TV show of the same name might should change its title.
Attacks against police officers have increased since the former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi was overthrown last summer. (AFP/File)
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A car bomb killed one policeman on the outskirts of Cairo Wednesday.
Emad Hamdy (left), Ashraf Sharara and Eman Samy (right). (Image: The International Music Centre's promotional material)
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The monthly concert of the International Music Centre will present three Egyptian musicians on Sunday 27 April.
Washington has been critical of Egypt's crackdown on dissent, but is planning to restore military aid nonetheless (Mahmoud Khaled/AFP)
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The U.S. will lift its freeze on military aid to Cairo and deliver Apache helicopters to Egypt.
Ansar Beit al Maqdis claimed responsibility for an attack on a Korean tourist bus in Sinai. (AFP/File)
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Ansar Beit al Maqdis has grabbed headlines recently because of increased attacks in Egypt, but much is still unknown about this relatively new terrorist organization.
Earlier this month, Egypt's cabinet approved a new investment law that includes a clause preventing third parties from challenging contracts made between the government and investors
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Egypt’s government has faced 37 cases worth LE100 billion ($14.3 billion) brought by investors in both international and domestic arbitration centres in the three years since the 2011 uprising,

April 22, 2014

Mohamad Morsi stands accused of espionage and spying for Hamas (File/AFP)
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Ex Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi will stand trial again along with 34 Muslim Brotherhood leaders on April 28.
The Port Said massacre was the bloodiest day in Egypt's football history (File/AFP)
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Eleven defendants who stand accused of participating in the Port Said football massacre, which left 72 fans dead, have had their trial adjourned.
Najwa Fouad takes back high praise of Haifa and supports ban of her film (Image: Facbook).
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In a confusing twist, "Halawit Rouh" guest of honor Najwa Fouad is in full support of the Egyptian government's ban of the film.
Posing for a selfie at his Ras Sadr concert (Image: Facebook).
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Keepin' it real at his Ras Sadr city concert, Mohammad Hamaki took selfies with fans and asked for favors from the crowd.
Marwa is here to make some more music, y'all! (Image: Facebook)
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It's spring time in Egypt, and the music biz is bustling as Lebanese singer Marwa made her way into the concert season lineup.
The brand's communication director Craig Smith said the store opening was "a fantastic opportunity." (Image via Tedbakerblog)
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One of the biggest British "high street" brands Ted Baker, celebrated opening its first store in Africa on Monday in Cario Festival City Mall.
Saudi Arabia: No surprises here! The oil-rich Kingdom took the lead 39 names on the list with Al-Waleed Bin Talal holding on to the throne (and that libel case he brought against Forbes for “underestimating” his wealth).
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There may always be money in the banana stand but where's the money in the Middle East really coming from? Al Bawaba has dissected the Forbes rich list to help show you where the Middle East's richest men are from.
Sisi has the support of Ghada and her hubby Fouda. (Image: Albawaba edit)
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Egyptian actress Ghada Abdel Razek joined her hubby Mohammad Fouda in to a Sisi-campaign event this week.
It came as a shock but Mounir has finally gotten hitched! (Image: Facebook)
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Yes. It's shocking but true: Mohamed Mounir has tied the knot!
Meanwhile, in March, Dimian described the energy subsidies system as “high and unreasonable”, adding that it would not continue “in the current form”
03:55 GMT
Mehleb pointed out that the government would not suspend its commodities and services subsidies; instead it is working on “redistributing and offering it to those who deserve help”.

April 21, 2014

Hamdeen Sabbahi is Sisi's only opponent in the upcoming presidential elections. (AFP/File)
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Egyptian presidential hopeful Hamdeen Sabbahi accused Sisi's campaign of bribing citizens.
The Egyptian press took Hashima’s side and called on news outlets to carefully research their stories before publishing further rumors about him. (Image: Facebook)
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Some are accusing Egyptian businessman Ahmad Abu Hashima of being behind the withdrawal of his ex-wife Haifa Wehbe's "Beauty of the Soul" from Egyptian cinemas.
Egypt's government will allegedly make a "bigger push" to distribute smart cards for fuel to subsidize the price of gasoline for citizens (File Archive)
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Egypt is attempting to restructure its energy subsidies "without affecting poor and low income segments," but can the new strategy work if the government is still undecided on whether or not they will raise petrol and fuel prices?
Egypt's tourism sector contributes 11 percent to the country's GDP (File Archive)
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At least 26,000 tourists came to Egypt for the Easter holiday weekend in what was welcomed as a much-needed spike for the country's ailing tourism sector.
Khaled is filming four different TV dramas this year, which is taking up 20 hours of his day! (Image: Facebook)
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Khaled Selim has signed up for four TV projects at the same time this year, and we ain't complaining!
Sisi will only face Sabahi in the polls. (AFP/File)
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Egypt's election commission says only two candidates, one of them former army chief and Defense Minister Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, will run in next month's presidential election.
Will Ghada's film face the same fate as Haifa's "Beauty of the Soul"? (Image: Albawaba edit)
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Ghada Abdel Razek is terrified that her upcoming film will be deemed too sexual and get banned like Haifa Wehbe's latest movie.

April 20, 2014

When Egypt's protest law was put forward in November 2013, the Muslim Brotherhood vowed to defy it, a move that has resulted in the arrest and sentencing of many of their members. (AFP/File)
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A Cairo misdemeanor court has sentenced 30 supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi to three-and-a-half years in jail for rioting and illegal protesting.
Sherine clearly thinks very lowly of fellow singer Haifa! (Image: Albawaba edit)
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Sherine Abdelwahab accuses Haifa Wehbe of giving sexual favors. Haifa's victim? Ricky Martin!
The Egyptian government has jailed numerous journalists, including a handful of prominent journalists from Al Jazeera. (AFP/File)
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Egyptians must demand media reform if they truly desire a free society.
Ahmed proved that he's as loyal to his fans as they are to him! (Image: Facebook)
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Ahmed El Sakka's most loyal fans were treated to a private lunch with the generous star!
The recent bomb attack in Cairo was recently claimed by jihadist group Ajnad Misr (Mohamed Al Shahed/AFP)
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At least two policemen were killed by armed attackers on the road between Cairo and Suez Saturday shortly after a small jihadist group claimed attack for the Cairo bombs that struck Egypt's capital last week.
What will happen now that Haifa's film has been pulled from cinemas in Egypt? (Image: Facebook)
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The head of Egypt's censorship board was not happy about pulling Haifa Wehbe's latest film from Egyptian cinemas.

April 19, 2014

Haifa appeared too sexual in her film "Beauty of the Soul." (Image: Facebook)
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It took what seemed like forever to get past Egypt's censorship process, but after finally making it through and into cinemas for viewing, the interim Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab ordered it to be withdrawn from theaters.
Who's telling the truth: Did Marwa really commit that horrible crime? (Image: Al-madina.com)
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Egyptian actress Marwa Abdelmonem is being accused of killing her housemaid. Is it true?
The group Islamic Jihad was founded in 1987 and receives major funding from Iran. (AFP/File)
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Recent disagreements between Hamas and the Islamic Jihad are deepening the divide between the two organizations.

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)
12:51 GMT
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)
16:46 GMT
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)
11:56 GMT
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)
11:40 GMT
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)
07:33 GMT
Egyptian troops have allegedly killed a prominent Sinai Peninsula militant this weekend.
Amnesty International have slammed Egypt's controversial counter-terrorism law. (AFP/File)
07:25 GMT
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.