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October 31, 2014

The Molotov attack follows two attacks in Sinai last week, whose 31-soldier casualty represented the deadliest violence since Morsi's ousting in 2013. (AFP/File)
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Masked men attacked an Egyptian police station with Molotov cocktails Friday, following a violent trend that's rocked the country's government and police facilities with heightened aggression this year.
Cyprus, a member of the European Union, is anxious to develop the gas reserves in its so-called exclusive economic zone -- an offshore region lying south of the island.
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The governments of Egypt, Greece and Cyprus urged Turkey on Wednesday to stop trying to chart gas deposits in areas of the east Mediterranean claimed by Cyprus, saying the work was illegal.

October 30, 2014

Movie on top: The Island 2 was the most-watched film this Eid! (Image: Facebook)
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Every film makers nightmare has come true for producers of "Al Jazeera 2". The Egyptian box office hit has been pirated.
Maali Zayed's smiling here, but her health could be better. (Image courtesy of www.aljarida.com)
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Gossipers suggest that the Egyptian leading lady is suffering from cancer. She went to the hospital, so clearly it's the worst case scenario, right?
The report prepared by the ‎committee tackles controversial issues such as the ‎protest law, sexual harassment, violations of human ‎rights in Sinai Peninsula and prison custody.‎ (AFP/File)
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A national committee led by transitional justice and house of representatives affairs minister Ibrahim El-Heneidy will meet Thursday to make a final review ‎of a report about the situation of human rights in Egypt ‎over the last four years.

October 29, 2014

Ramy Essam is hanging in Sweden. (Image: Facebook)
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Revolutionary artist Ramy Essam has left his homeland after being harassed by the police.
Nina performing at The Nile Project. (Image: Facebook)
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Dina El-Wedidi, releases her first album titled 'Turning Back' with a Norwegian label in a concert that took place at the Greek Campus last Friday.
Egypt's universities have witnessed hundreds of protests by students since 2011. (AFP/File)
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Egyptian police have arrested 34 students following clashes at the country’s universities.
Marwan Khoury is bringing his cool self to Egypt for a festival performance. (Image: Facebook)
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He loves him some Lebanon, but Marway Khoury is cruisin' over to Egypt to sing for his fans at the 23rd Annual Arabic Music Festival.
Unnamed Islamist websites encouraged attacks against American or international schools across the Middle East (File/AFP)
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US officials issued strong security warnings for American schools in the Middle East against potential terrorist attacks after an extremist website threatened to target Western educational facilities.

October 28, 2014

Soliman pulling Rashwan's shirt in a scene that angered Al Ahly's management
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Ahly winger Walid Soliman has been handed a four-match suspension and a LE 5000 fine after remonstrating angrily with the referee during the Reds' scoreless stalemate at Assiouty Sport, the Egyptian Football Association announced on its website.
Egypt will create a 20-meter channel along the border with Gaza as a security precaution (File/AFP)
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Egyptian authorities announced plans to create a buffer zone along the border with Gaza following a suicide bombing that killed 30 soldiers in the Sinai Peninsula.
Youssef has been cast to play the role of Wentworth Miller in the Arabic version of the US TV show "Prison Break." (Image: Cairo Scene)
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Egyptian heartthrob Amro Youssef is preparing himself for the role of a lifetime as the Middle East sees Prison Break adapted into Arabic.
UN chief Ban Ki-moon paid a surprise visit to Libya this month urging an end to perpetual turmoil. “Let me be clear: if violent confrontations do not cease immediately... prosperity and a better life will be a distant dream”, said Ban. However, as head of a "toothless tiger" organization, how much impact can Ban's urging have?
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Is Libya becoming a failed state? With so much focus on the Islamic State, it's easy to forget about Libya within the region. Here are 19 things you need to know about Libya’s forgotten conflict.
What is Sherine Abdel Wahab thinking after the verdict came out?
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Sherine is pretty zipped lipped either for legal reasons or due to shell shock after she was sentenced to six months of jail in court.
"The Price" marks Saba's third participation in an Egyptian film. (Image: Facebook)
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Jordanian actress Saba Mubarak and Egyptian actor Amro Youssef deliver a humanitarian message in their new film "The Price."
NGOs in Egypt have faced heavy security surveillance and pressure by authorities for decades. (AFP/File)
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Egyptian airport authorities have barred a Danish Institute for Human Rights official from entering the country over "suspicious training” for Egyptian youth.
Ahlam and Somaya have recently been very praiseful of one another! (Image: Facebook)
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Ahlam has a new fan: Somaya al Khashab!

October 27, 2014

Adel's got nothing against Khaled.
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Here's what Adel has to say about the rumors going around that he and Khaled Yousif are on the outs.
Around 30 soldiers were killed following militant attacks in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula on Friday (File/AFP)
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Peace talks with Israel were put on hold due to the attacks in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, the head of Palestine's ceasefire delegation team said.
One of the images captured by Yosra of Beyoncé on her Mrs Carter Show World Tour. (Image: Yosra El-Essawy/Invision)
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Superstar Beyonce posted verses from the Quran on her Instagram account yesterday. What's all that about?
Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi called the deadly Sinai attacks an "existential war" (File/AFP)
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Egyptian officials are due to meet foreign ambassadors in Cairo to ask for support in the country's battle against terrorism.
"The Island 2" was the most-watched film this Eid! (Image: Facebook)
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With the Eid cinema season in the dust, it's time to look back and review the roles men have played in recent films and those in the past.

October 26, 2014

Algerian health authorities have mobilized medical workers, medicine and equipment to their southern border to counter the spread of Ebola. There is a dedicated isolation unit at Si Haoues Hospital of Tindouf, and thermal detection devices have been set up at border crossings and Tindouf Airport. There have been no cases of Ebola in Algeria.
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How the Middle East is managing the Ebola menace
Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas addresses a conference in Ramallah, September 11, 2014 (File/AFP)
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Egyptian officials postponed Gaza ceasefire talks between Palestine and Israel which were scheduled for Monday.
President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi said on Saturday that the attacks were carried out with "foreign support." (AFP/File)
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The Egyptian military launched fresh air strikes in North Sinai on Sunday, killing five suspected militants.
King Abdullah condemned the recent terrorist attacks in Egypt, which killed dozens of soldiers this weekend (File/AFP)
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King Abdullah on Saturday offered his condolences to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi following two terrorist attacks in the Sinai Peninsula.

October 25, 2014

"There was foreign assistance for carrying out this operation," al-Sisi, flanked by top army brass, said in a speech on Saturday. (File/AFP)
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Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi said Saturday that "foreign assistance" was behind a deadly bombing that killed several army troops in the Sinai Peninsula one day earlier.
Security forces have been battling militants who have killed hundreds of soldiers and police since the army toppled Mursi last July. (File/AFP)
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Egypt has declared a three-month state of emergency in parts of the Sinai Peninsula after some of the worst anti-state violence since President Mohamed Mursi was overthrown last year.

October 24, 2014

At least 27 soldiers were injured in the attack (AFP/ File Archive).
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At least 10 soldiers were killed in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula on Friday by a car bomb.

October 23, 2014

A bomb aimed at policemen stationed outside of Cairo University went off, injuring six police and five civilians. (File/AFP)
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Militant group Anjad Misr claimed responsibility for a blast at Cairo University on Wednesday.
Angham has been in hiding lately after the Ahmed Ezz marriage doc surfaced.
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Angham was mysteriously absent at the recent Alexandria International Song Festival where the songstress was to accept an honorary award for her accomplishments throughout her career.
Ehab is sadly mourning the death of his beloved mother. (Image: Facebook)
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Egyptian singer Ehab Tawfiq's mother has passed away on Wednesday.
Khaled Abol Naga is seriously displeased his film wasn't picked for the Oscars. (Image: Facebook)
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The Egyptian actor is displeased that his film didn't get picked as the Egyptian entry into the Oscars.
Universities across Egypt have been witnessing mass protests by angry students in recent weeks. (AFP/File)
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A bomb outside Cairo University injured 10 people.

October 22, 2014

During his time in power, Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi has led a paradoxical campaign about Islam. (AFP/File)
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When his fans hail him as the new Ataturk, they're ignoring some key details about Egypt's al-Sisi
Bushra is willing to sell her Paris-made wedding gown for a good cause.
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The Egyptian actress is calling all celebs to join her charitable campaign of donating personal items for a cause.
Militants in the Sinai have staged cross-border attacks in the past, but have not claimed responsibility for today's shootings. (AFP?Said Khatib)
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IDF spokesman Peter Lerner said in an Twitter statement Wednesday that two IDF soldiers, one male and one female, had been wounded by shots fired from Egypt.
So long, no silver screen for Yousra. (Image: Facebook)
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When it rains it pours for Yousra because she'll be filming the "Saraya Abdeen" sequel scenes at the same time as this new film.
How well will Hamaki do as a first-time actor? (Image: Facebook)
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Egyptian singer Mohamed Hamaki's upcoming acting project has been brewing for a while now, but he's in no rush to cook it up yet!

October 21, 2014

The government has begun taking steps to convert Egypt into a global logistics centre for the handling and storage of grain and food commodities according
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Mehleb says the project is as important as the Suez Canal expansion
Shoukry believes that, besides the GCC, Jordan represents approximately 80% of total Arab tourism to Egypt.
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The Ministry of Tourism is aiming for regional tourism to account for 20% of the total inbound tourism to Egypt, according
Paramedics carry the bodies of those killed, following a fierce gun battle between security forces and militants in the village of Arab Sharkas, March 19, 2014 (File/AFP)
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An Egyptian court handed down death sentences to seven men found guilty of terrorism offenses Tuesday following a raid in March where two military officers were killed.
Private security guards check student IDs as they enter their universities. (File/AFP)
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Egypt bolstered private security at universities due to increased anti-government protests at the start of the academic year.
Ahmed "the adventurer" with his wife Maha. (Image: Facebook)
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Egyptian actor Ahmed el Sakka was surprised to come home to a large crowd of angry protesters gathered outside his house. What did the action hero do?
When will we see Maali on our screens again? (Image: Facebook)
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We haven't seen her in the cinema for quite some time, and it looks like we'll still have to wait to see Maali Zayed in the movie theater.
Then and now: Amr Diab's still got the same cute face he had in 1961. (Images: Facebook)
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Count those candles! Amr Diab made quite the cute 8-year-old birthday boy. Do you think his looks have carried on 45 years later?
On 31 January 2011, Moody’s downgraded the government bond rating for Egypt from BA2 to BA1, and changed the outlook from stable to negative
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International rating agency Moody’s has changed Egypt’s outlook from negative to stable, attributing the upgrade to the stabilised political and security situation.

October 20, 2014

 Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (R) shaking hands with his Sudanese counterpart Omar al-Bashir after a press conference in Cairo on October 19, 2014 (Egyptian Presidency/ AFP).
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Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi said Sunday his country will work with Sudan to support Libya’s military against Islamic militants.
The green figure-hugging dress Somaya wore showed off every inch of her assets. (Image: Alkhabarpress.com)
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Egyptian actress Somaya el Khashab may be approaching 49, but her mother still dresses her to this day!
Ahlam will be receiving her Alexandria International Song Festival award in person! (Image: Facebook)
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She may have many haters, but UAE singer Ahlam is much liked by the Alexandria International Song Festival!
Work your magic for your man, Ruby! (Image: Facebook)
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Fresh from their honeymoon, Egyptian singer and actress Ruby and her new husband are getting a new kind of action.
Over 500 students have been expelled for protesting. (AFP/File)
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Egyptian students have launched a week-long campaign to protest security forces on campuses.
Amal Maher is in the studio! (Image: Facebook)
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She's got a new album on the way, but Amal Maher needs her fans to help choose its title.

October 19, 2014

Mohammad better sort out the disputes before Ramadan lands on our doorsteps in 2015! (Image: Albawaba edit)
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Egyptian actor Mohammad Ramadan has been temporarily banned from acting.
Tamer received an honorary plaque from the Canadian University in Cairo. (Image: Facebook)
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The Canadian University in Cairo's students were treated to a rocking concert by Egyptian superstar Tamer Hosny this week.
The high percentage increases are indicative of the depths to which occupancy and RevPAR had plunged.
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The number of tourists arriving in Egypt increased by 15.8% in July compared with the same month a year ago.
Hamada and Mervat star in the new comedy film My Mother-in-Law Loves Me. (Image: Facebook)
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Most actors would argue over minor things in their work, but when it comes to Egyptian singer-turned-actor Hamada Hilal, Mervat Amin comes first!
Malala Yousafzai, the world’s most recognized schoolgirl, won this year’s Nobel Peace Prize (shared with an Indian activist who battled child labor). The survivor of a Taliban assassination attempt, Malala advocates for education. She is the second Pakistani to be awarded the prize, and - at 17-years-old - the youngest.
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Take that Maher! Malala's Nobel Peace Prize helps to prove how wrong Bill Maher's comments about Islam were. Here are more Muslim Nobel Laureates that prove him wrong!
Celebs celebrating May Salim's daughter's bday. (Image: Twitter)
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Egyptian actress May Salim sent a social media shout out to her celebrity pals Tamer Hosny and wife Basma Bosil, thanking them for attending her daughter's birthday party.
Ahmed Ezz has been told to "hit the road" by his not-so-friendly neighbors over Zeina drama! (Image: Albawaba edit)
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Ahmed Ezz has been told to "hit the road" by his not-so-friendly neighbors over Zeina drama!
Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis, a jihadist group based in Sinai, has claimed responsibility for several attacks against Egypt's security forces.
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Walid Attalah is suspected of orchestrating a recent RPG attack in North Sinai, which killed three policemen and injured seven others.
Citigroup announced that it intends to exit its consumer business in Egypt, along with its businesses in other 10 countries.
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It said that these steps will focus on the markets that have the “greatest scale and growth potential”.