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Troops man a checkpoint in the Sinai. (File photo)
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At least 20 people, including civilians, were killed in a series of militant attacks involving car bombs and mortar rounds in Egypt's Sinai peninsula.
An Egyptian demonstrator shouts slogans during a women's demonstration in Cairo on January 29, 2015 protesting the killing of Shaima al-Sabbagh, who was killed in clashes with Egyptian police during a rare left-wing protest in central Cairo on January 25, 2015. (AFP/Mohamed El-Shahed)
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Protesters held signs commemorating Shaimaa Al-Sabbagh and Sondos Abu-Bakr, both of whom were killed by police forces during demonstrations.
Affording a home and getting married is still difficult under Sisi for many young men unable to make a living.
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Facing grim economic prospects at home, desperate young Egyptians are seeking jobs in Libya, a country sliding into lawlessness.
The United Nations figures point to 136,717 refugees registered with the organisation in Egypt.
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Textual and visual representations of the Syrian refugee crisis have flooded international media outlets and the press releases of aid organisations since the Syrian uprising first erupted on March 2011.
Carmen is confident in the work she presents and isn't bothered by Dounia's comments. (Image: Albawaba file)
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Carmen Suleiman finally responds to Dounia Batma's criticisms of her!
An Egyptian riot police man stands guard in a street in the Egyptian city of Port Said.
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Three were injured in an explosion in a bus station in Port Said in the early hours of Thursday, Aswat Masryia reported.
It's unclear what will happen to Rico's career following his drug arrest. (Image:
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Egyptian folk singer Rico decided to take heroin... but that didn't work out for him when police caught him red-handed!

January 28, 2015

The two documentaries will be shown at 1st of February at Zawya Cinema. (Image: Zawya Facebook page)
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To break that taboo, Egypt's Zawya Cinema’s screens will feature new Yemeni films to be shown to the public and open to discussion the behind-the-scenes actions with their makers.
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They are loving them some Arab and French cinema at the third edition of the Luxor Egyptian and European Film Festival right now.
DJ Ahmed “Zo’la” Mohsen was shot in the head by Egyptian police. (Image: Egypt Independent)
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On the fourth anniversary of the 2011 Eguptian uprising, DJ Ahmed “Zo’la” Mohsen was killed by Egyptian police.
"Saraya Abdeen 2" is coming in May! (Image:
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The cameras have almost completed rolling for the sequel for the hit TV series "Saraya Abdeen".
Faten and Omar remained close friends despite their divorce. (Image:
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Egyptian actor Omar Sharif sadly missed his ex-wife Faten Hamama's funeral this month, and here he explains why!
Since the deal with Hoegh was finalised, Egypt has signed a deal with Algeria for six LNG cargoes and expects to complete an agreement with Russia's Gazprom later this month.
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Egypt's state gas board has awarded a $2.2 billion tender to import 75 cargoes of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to four international firms.

January 27, 2015

There remains an active black market in the pound that is used by businesses and individuals, and the gap between this and the official rate has been widening for months.
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Egypt's pound weakened to 7.43 per dollar from 7.39 at a central bank auction on Monday, the weakest level it has been allowed to reach.
He added that the aim of the suspension is not to save import money, but rather that it was for security goals, eliminating slums and traffic incidents
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Tuk-tuk prices increased due to the decision to ban importing tuk-tuks to provide $800m and reduce theft and looting crimes carried out by some tuk-tuk drivers.
Waked is now cast for the upcoming blockbuster Geostorm, starring Gerard Butler. (Image: Facebook)
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Egypt's "Hollywood" actor Amr Waked will be starring in a new Hollywood blockbuster with US actor Gerard Butler.
It's still unknown how long Dina will have to wait before she can act again. (Image: Albawaba file)
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Bye bye acting career? Dina Sherbini is still banned from acting following her release from jail on drugs charges.
Yousra has a lot going on right now. (Image: Facebook)
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Egyptian actress Yousra has officially announced which drama she will be shining in this coming holy month marathon.
Demis Roussos' music career goes way back. The man was a legend! (Image: AFP)
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The cabaret music turned star was born in Alexandria, Egypt in 1945, and he died in Athens, Greece on Sunday.
The video comes just days after protests on the fourth anniversary of Egypt's 2011 revolution left at least 18 mainly-peaceful demonstrators dead across the country when security forces fired into the crowd. (AFP/File)
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Sinai-based militant group Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis, who recently pledged allegiance to Daesh and renamed itself "Sinai Province," released a video on Monday depicting what they said were images of Egyptian security forces mistreating Muslim female protesters, followed by footage of captured police captain Ayman El-Desouki's kidnapping and execution at the hands of the group.
Egypt suffered a severe economic crisis after an uprising in 2011 led to the overthrow of two presidents.
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Egypt can expect economic growth "easily north of 4 percent" in fiscal year 2014-15, which ends in June, boosted by rising confidence and a windfall from lower oil prices.

January 26, 2015

Stephen El Shaarawy
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The Italy international's injury piles on the misery for Milan and under-fire coach Filippo Inzaghi
Ahmad Al Sakka
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Things have been in motion for awhile to get Egyptian star Ahmad Al Sakka's new show ready for Ramadan, but the cameras are officially rolling now, Baby!
These movies eerily predict January 25th revolution.
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These films both predicted and paved the way for the January 25th revolution.
 A file picture taken on June 2, 2012 shows Alaa (R) and Gamal Mubarak, sons of ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, standing inside a cage in a courtroom during their verdict hearing in Cairo on. (AFP/File)
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Ousted President Hosni Mubarak's sons were released from prison after having already served the maximum pre-trial detention period of 18 months.
Sinai-based militants have carried out numerous attacks in the region in recent months. (Photo: AFP)
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Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab has extended a curfew in parts of North Sinai by another three months, Al-Ahram Arabic website reported.

January 25, 2015

DJ Eskalob performing at 3alganoobfestival last year. (Image: Instagram)
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The music scene on the Sinai is hoppin', and the new music festival Oshtoora is one example.
Youssef Chahine is one of the most-acclaimed Egyptian directors in Egyptian cinema history. (Image: Google screenshot)
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Google Doodle celebrates Youssef Chahine’s 89th Birthday!
A female demonstrator was killed during clashes with Egyptian police in central Cairo Saturday, the eve of the anniversary of the 2011 uprising against Hosni Mubarak. (AFP/MOHAMED EL-RAAY)
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A bomb was detonated outside a sports club in Cairo's Heliopolis area.
Umm Kulthum was and still is one of the Arab world's timeless musical icons. (Image:
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Timeless musical icon Umm Kulthum was honored with a performance by Rehab Omar during the Muscat Chamber Music Series.
Shaimaa El-Sabag was allegedly shot and killed at a march in Tahrir Square. (Photo: Courtesy of the Socialist Popular Alliance Party )
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A woman was killed as security forces dispersed a march by the Socialist Popular Alliance Party on Saturday in central Cairo.

January 24, 2015

Mohamed Salah
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The 22-year-old will move to Italy temporarily, though the Serie A club have the option to make the move permanent for €17 million
Almost 13 million people watched Yasmina's audition in just three weeks. (Image: YouTube still)
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The new season of Arabs Got Talent has some serious contenders, but Yasmina is the one act everyone needs to watch out for!

January 23, 2015

Mohamed Salah
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Chelsea have told Roma they will only allow winger Mohamed Salah to leave this month on a permanent deal worth over £11m.
Mohammad Ramadan at the 2010 Dubai International Film Festival (Image:
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Despite the fact that his very name is Ramadan, Mohammad won't be included in this year's drama marathon. name includes the Ramadan 915-626-5303 Mohammad Ramadan

January 22, 2015

Mohamed Salah
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The Egyptian has turned down the chance to be part of a deal to bring Juan Cuadrado to Stamford Bridge and is now set for Stadio Olimpico
Mai Ezz El Din is back on Instagram! (Image: Instagram)e
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For sad fans unable to stalk Egyptian actress Mai Ezz El Din's every social media move, they'll be excited to know she's back in the sharing action.
Shadia's fame goes way back. (Image: Al Bawaba archive)
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We haven't seen her on the screen for decades, but Shadia has popped up in the spotlight again after being admitted to the hospital for a fall.
The sons of ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, Gamal (L) and Alaa (R) behind the defendants' cage during their retrial at the Police Academy in Cairo. (AFP/Khaled Desouki)
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An Egyptian court has ordered the release of the two sons of the ousted dictator, Hosni Mubarak.
Miss Egypt strikes a pose for a photo with Miss Israel. (Image:
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Miss Egypt took a series of photos with fellow Miss Universe contestant Miss Israel, who was just involved in a selfie "war" with Miss Lebanon!
The 45 men from the Gaza Strip had been in Egyptian custody for several months. (AFP/File)
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Egyptian authorities released 45 Palestinians from Gaza for attempting to travel by sea to Europe without any travel documents.

January 21, 2015

Karam Mourad (Image: cropped from Facebook)
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Thursday night at the B. Art Gallery will be happenin' place as Nubian singer Karam Mourad takes the stage with his oud.
Elham attending the Doha Tribeca Film Festival. (Image: Facebook)
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What is Elham Shahin doing on the Egyptian 25 January Revolution? Premiering her new film of course!
Helmy briefly went missing off Facebook for no apparent reason! (Image: Facebook screenshot/Albawaba edit)
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Ahmed Helmy's fans have been looking for him on Facebook... where did he go?

January 20, 2015

Actor Ahmed El Sakka stood up when President El-Sisi addressed actors. (Image: TV still)
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Egyptian President Sisi wants actors to make films that inspire people!
She's so coy, she won't spill whether the leaked song will be on her album. (Image: Facebook)
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Will it be in her new album or no? Samira Said's new song "Last Chance" has already been leaked online.
Hassan El Raddad (Image: Facebook)
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It's meant to be good luck to wish an actor to "break a leg" before a performance, but actor Hassan El Raddad got a little too close for comfort to the real deal on set his new film "Al Sitah Tabtah".
The canal generated some $5.2 billion in revenues during the 2012/2013 fiscal year. (AFP File)
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A section of the channel Egypt is building parallel to the Suez Canal suffered leaks in the early hours of Monday, causing no injuries.
Mervat Amin stars in "Cairo Time" (Image: still from film courtesy of Dubai International Film Festival website)
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It's a beautiful film really. It's just odd that it comes to an end abruptly.
A figure of the golden age of Egyptian cinema, Hamama’s career reached its pinnacle in the 1940s and 1950s. (Image: Google)
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We go back down memory lane in remembrance of Faten Hamama's journey to stardom.
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi assures the public that he is not "targeting" young people. (AFP/Mohammed Abed)
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The Minister of Interior is in the process of identifying wrongly accused youth to be released before January 25th, 2015.
Qatar’s support for former Egyptian Islamist President Mohamed Mursi and the Muslim Brotherhood created tensions with Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.
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Qatar’s emir will attend an economic summit due to take place in Egypt in mid-March, sources from both countries said on Monday, in a sign of easing political tension between the Arab states

January 19, 2015

Sharif Muneer is so sad over the loss of his friend.
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Egyptian producer Mohammad Hassan Ramzi passed away last Tuesday, and his actor friend Sharif Muneer is taking it hard.
Egypt's pound hits weakest official level since December 2012
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The central bank let the Egyptian pound depreciate on the official market for the first time since July, allowing it to reach 7.19 pounds per dollar, its weakest level since auctions began in December 2012.
Hamama began her career at the age of 7 after being discovered via a school talent contest. (Image: The Daily Star)
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It was a sad Sunday for Egypt as thousands gathered to say goodbye to Arab cinema's timeless actress Faten Hamama.
The high interest in buying investment certificates for the Suez Canal project was part of the reason why Egypt witnessed stabilisation in 2014, the report said.
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Egypt gained notable improvements in confidence, exports and manufacturing, according to the World Bank’s report in January , which highlighted 1.2% growth for 2014.

January 18, 2015

'He can't leave' - Mourinho on Salah future
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The Egypt international has slipped down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge and has been heavily linked with a move away, but the Blues boss expects to retain the winger
Dalia Al Buhairi looks good in blonde. (Image: Facebook)
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It's a new year and a new look for Dalia Al Buhairi. She's got some golden locks for 2015.
The "offensive" Facebook picture that landed Ahmed in hot water with Haifa's fans. (Image: Facebook)
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Young Eyptian actor Ahmed el Fishawi is in hot water for grabbing Lebanese superstar Haifa Wehbe's "ass"!
Screenshot from Sharmoofers' music video "Ot w Far". (Image: YouTube)
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Sharmoofers new music video "Ot w Far" (Cat and Mouse) has more than 150k hits on YouTube.
Yusri passed away on Friday evening after a long struggle with kidney failure. (Image:
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Egyptian actor Yusri Mustafa died on Friday evening after a losing battle with kidney disease.
Abe said the Middle East is very important to Japan, which provides support to the region’s stability, especially its war against terrorism and extremism.
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The financial aid will include other sectors such as infrastructure and technology, part of a total aid package for the Middle East amounting to $2.5bn.
Carole has officially stepped down from The X Factor in season 2. (Image: Facebook)
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Will this Egyptian young talent be able to fill Carole Samaha's shoes in season 2 of The X Factor?

Egypt has cracked down on the underground smuggling of goods and weapons to Gaza in recent weeks. However, army intelligence believes tunnels as long as three kilometers in length may still remain. (AFP/File)
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Egyptian armed forces found and destroyed a 1,200 meter smuggling tunnel running from Sinai to Gaza. The tunnel held a large quantity of explosives and mortar shells.
In Egypt, there is less emphasis on vocational education which is usually frowned upon by society as far interior to university learning.
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Education in Egypt has been further dented by the unrest that has engulfed the country since the start of the Arab Spring in January 2011.

January 17, 2015

Hamama was one of Egypt’s most prominent actresses in the 1950s, 1960s and early 1970s. (Image: Al Ahram)
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Legendary Egyptian actress sadly passed away on Saturday, much to the dismay of her Arab fans.

January 16, 2015

An August report by the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights documented 36 cases, or 63 citizens, being charged with 'blasphemy' from 2011 to the end of 2012 under a shady law from the country's 1982 penal code. (AFP/File)
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A look into the restive nation's increasingly troubling relationship with those who don't believe.