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November 30, 2015

Egypt has yet to recognize a systemic problem of torture by police officers, and instead refers to incidents as "individual mistakes." (AFP/File)
18:00 GMT
Reports of police brutality and torture have stirred public outrage among the Egyptian public.
Egypt imported oil from Iran prior to the 2012 sanctions. (Al Bawaba/File)
16:51 GMT
A senior oil official says Iran is ready to resume crude exports to Egypt which used to transport Iranian oil through the Suez Canal and internal pipelines before 2012 sanctions on Tehran dried them up.
The exemptions were made based on a court ruling regarding Banque Misr. (AFP/File)
16:29 GMT
A total of six banks were exempted from applying the maximum wage on their employees after the judicial ruling issued last week for employees of Banque Misr.
A voter in Egypt's parliamentary elections holds up an ink-stained finger. (AFP/File)
15:30 GMT
After 34 candidates made various appeals about election violations, Mansoura city will render the current results null and have another runoff election.
An Egyptian national living in Oman casts her ballot during the first phase of parliamentary elections October 17, 2015. (AFP/File)
15:00 GMT
Some ambassadors expect turnout to increase later on in the day.
"Set in a Turkish village, the film revolves around five orphaned sisters who are raised by their grandmother and put under the restrictions and gaze of traditional Turkish society." (Facebook)
12:56 GMT
The movie's depiction of five girls' struggles against traditional Turkish rural society resounded powerfully with Egyptian audiences.
Egyptian journalists have faced unprecedented barriers and harassment this year. (AFP/File)
11:00 GMT
Ismail Alexandrani, an investigative journalist and Sinai expert, remains in custody at the Hurghada airport after over 18 hours of questioning.
The wind power station was signed in 2008 but was delayed by the 2011 uprising.  (Shutterstock)
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The $286M EU and German-funded wind farm in Gabal Al-Zeit will save 175,000 tons of equivalent oil to generate electricity.
Angham clearly loves rockin' the stage. (Facebook)
06:00 GMT
Angham is all Egypt is talking about these days with her album release a hit, and now a stellar concert at the Misr Opera House last night.
Egyptian security forces patrol the street in military combat gear. (AFP/File)
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The suspects were detained in security raids following a drive-by shooting that killed four policemen.

November 29, 2015

The New Suez Canal opened on August 6, 2015. (Al Bawaba/File)
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President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi decreed on Saturday that the area of the Suez Canal Axis Development project has been made an economic zone.
Egyptian women march in Cairo on International Women's Day. (AFP/File)
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The move is part of an effort to appoint female judges in a male-dominated field.
Cairo Opera House has made it easier for fans to attend events. (Image Archive)
15:35 GMT
The Cairo Opera House has made booking tickets so much easier with a new online option.
Carson ignited controversy last week when he compared Syrian refugees to "rabid dogs. (AFP/File)
15:30 GMT
In an interview with the Telegraph, Ben Carson said he believed ousting Hosni Mubarak in 2011 was a mistake.
A tourist walks past beach chairs at the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh. (AFP/File)
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While French authorities have not placed a travel ban to the Sharm, citizens have been advised against all but necessary travel there.
Pope Tawadros II. (AFP/File)
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While Pope Tawadros II is in Jerusalem for a funeral, he refused to travel to Ramallah in solidarity with the Coptic travel ban.
Clockwise from left, Onsi Sawiris and his sons Naguib, Nassef and Samih
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Onsi Sawiris and his three sons are Egypt's leading private sector investors in the construction, hotels, telecom, and media sectors.
The motive for the killing of the Egyptian guard at a Madaba farm is unknown. (Shutterstock)
09:34 GMT
An Egyptian guard at a farm in Jordan was killed by a group of men on Saturday.
Bassem Youssef shines as Emmy Awards' first Arab host. (YouTube)
08:38 GMT
Bassem Youssef shines as Emmy Awards' first Arab host.
A gathering of Sinai Province members. (AFP/File)
07:34 GMT
Sinai Province claims the shooting of four policemen in Giza.

November 28, 2015

The unknown gunmen opened fire at the Sakkara Road checkpoint. Image used for illustrative purposes. (Al Bawaba/File)
09:35 GMT
Unknown gunmen shot dead four members of the Egyptian security forces on a road near the Giza pyramids Saturday.

November 27, 2015

Egyptian singer Angham's latest song "Ahi Gat" is a hit on YouTube. (Facebook)
21:07 GMT
Egyptian singer Angham's latest song "Ahi Gat" is a hit on YouTube.
An Egyptian official inspects boxes containing ballot cards before the first stage of Egypt's parliamentary elections. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
Candidates from individual system constituencies make up the majority of people participating in Egypts runoffs next week.

November 26, 2015

Egyptians protest the government's targeting of journalists in its crackdown on dissent. (AFP/File)
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Egypt's draconian protest law has essentially made any form of protest illegal.
Egyptians hold pictures of Islamist Sayed Bilal, who died in detention, during a demonstration demanding justice on January 6, 2012, in Cairo, on the first anniversary of his death. (AFP/Mohammed Abed)
15:00 GMT
Four Luxor officers are being questioned over the death of Talaat Shabib, who died two hours after being arrested on suspicion of drug possession. Relatives believe he was killed and torture by police.
Pope Tawadros II, the leader of Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox Christian Church, during his enthronement ceremony at Saint Mark’s Coptic Cathedral in Cairo. (AFP/File)
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The Egyptian Coptic Pope is going to a funeral in Jerusalem, but maintains a ban on pilgrimages to the Holy Land under Israeli rule.
Hotel Intercontinental in Aqaba. (Dari Tour)
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Jordan's Red Sea port of Aqaba is hoping for a tourism revival as Russian flights start arriving; Hungarian low-cost flights are in the pipeline.
Forensics experts are currently investigating if the man killed in police custody was subjected to torture prior to his death. (AFP/File)
12:30 GMT
Police violently dispersed and arrested the relatives of a 47-year-old man who died in custody as they gathered outside a Luxor police station to protest his death.
Ballots sit on a table as polling station officials count the votes at the end of the second round of voting for Egypt's parliamentary election in the capital Cairo on November 23, 2015. (AFP/File)
11:00 GMT
The highest participation rate was in South Sinai, where 41.6 percent of eligible voters took part.
The agreement aims to enhance cooperation in Islamic affairs, in order to increase religious and Islamic cultural awareness. (Islampos)
10:40 GMT
Egypt's leading Sunni Islamic institute has signed an agreement to open the Al Azhar College for Islamic Science and Dawaa in the UAE.
Ghalia Benali singing her soul out. (Facebook)
08:00 GMT
Ghalia Benali has joined the 16-day "Silence is not Acceptance" campaign against gender-based violence with her track. Check it out.
The expansion will include the building a new unit for electricity generation using steam inside the West Cairo Power Station. (Shutterstock)
08:00 GMT
The Saudi Fund for Development loans supplement grants by the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development, to help meet Egypt's growing energy needs.
Royal Savoy Hotel and Villas, Sharm El Sheikh. (Sharm News)
06:06 GMT
Local operators in Egypt are complaining that foreign holiday packages are better value when compared to the high costs of domestic air travel.
Earlier this month, Yehia Zakaria was arrested and tortured by Egyptian authorities, prompting anger and criticism over the treatment of Sudanese nationals in Egypt. (Twitter)
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Increasing reports of Sudanese nationals suffering torture and arrest from Egyptian authorities has drawn criticism to their government.
Egyptian election officials sit in an empty polling station during the second day of the first stage of parliamentary elections October 19, 2015. (AFP/Khaled Desouki)
06:00 GMT
A watchdog agency recorded 60 cases of interfering with journalists during the recent round of elections in Egypt.
A young Egyptian woman casts her vote at a polling station in the capital Cairo on November 23, 2015, on the second day of the final round of the country's parliamentary elections. (AFP/Khaled Desouki)
05:00 GMT
The Egyptian Center for Women’s Rights said 19 women will compete for seats in the runoffs for Egypt's second phase of parliamentary elections.
Mohamed Ramadan is already working on films for 2016
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Mohamed Ramadan is meeting daily with "Gawab E'teqal" movie makers right now as they prepare for the actor's next big gig.

November 25, 2015

The suicide rate for children in Egypt has risen dramatically in 2015. (AFP/File)
19:30 GMT
At least 44 Egyptian children have committed suicide in 2015 - and the number is rising.
Egypt exported €9M ($9.56M( worth of fruits, vegetables, and juices in the past nine months. (Twitter)
18:29 GMT
Over the past period, Egyptian-German commercial relations witnessed growth despite the problems facing the Egyptian economy.
Brazilian coach Paqueta close to take charge of Egypt's Zamalek
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Brazilian manager Marcos Paqueta said on Tuesday he is close to taking charge of Egyptian champions Zamalek following the sudden departure of Portuguese coach Jesualdo Ferreira.
The Tunisian bus bombing is the latest a string of Daesh-affiliated attacks in MENA. (AFP/Fethi Belaid)
18:00 GMT
Hezbollah condemns the recent bombings in Egypt and Tunisia, and calls for solidarity against terrorism.
Tunisia is currently in a state of emergency after a bus bombing killed a dozen people Tuesday. (AFP/Fethi Belaid)
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Egypt shows solidarity and sympathy for Tunisia after a bus bombing killed a dozen guards on Tuesday.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu and officials discuss the Russian MetroJet crash over Egypt's Sinai. (AFP/Sputnik/Alexei Nikolsky)
13:45 GMT
Following his two-day visit to Cairo, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu has confirmed Egypt's request to purchase arms in a rumored $1B deal.
Guards outside an Egyptian court. (AFP/File)
13:25 GMT
A Giza court received a bomb threat the day after a deadly bombing on the hotel of polling judges.
Tourism in Egypt is expected to drop by 13 percent in 2015/2016 compared to the previous year. (AFP/Eric Peirmont)
13:00 GMT
British Airways and EasyJet will not offers flight to Sharm el-Sheikh until January 2016 following government advice.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi stands beside his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin during joint military exercises. (AFP/File)
12:45 GMT
The announcement follows President Sisi's meeting with Russia's defense minister on Tuesday.
The basis for negotiations is an estimated supply of not more than 4 BCM (billion cubic meters) of gas annually for 10-15 years. (Shutterstock)
12:40 GMT
US Noble Energy and the partners in the Leviathan gas discovery have signed a letter of intent with Egypt's Dolphinus Holdings
Bassem Youssef and his wife on the Emmys' red carpet in NYC. (Instagram)
12:29 GMT
43rd International Emmy Award winners announced.
A US helicopter flies over Afghanistan's Jalalabad Airport. (AFP/File)
10:16 GMT
A Taliban spokesman said around five Afghan troops were killed during a shootout following the crash.
Google celebrates late Syrian Egypt-based singer on her 103rd birthday. (Google)
10:10 GMT
Google celebrates late Syrian Egypt-based singer on her 103rd birthday.
Security at Cairo International Airport has been the subject of much scrutiny following the deadly crash of a Russian passenger plane in October. (AFP/File)
08:58 GMT
Explosives had been previously detected in two US bound DHL packages at Cairo International Airport.
The 8th Panorama of the European Film opens on Wednesday with French-Italian production titled 'My Mother.' (
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The 8th Panorama of the European Film opens on Wednesday with French-Italian production titled 'My Mother.'
Egypt is hoping to formalize an additional $1.5B in loans from the World Bank and African Development Bank by the end of the year. (Shutterstock)
07:11 GMT
The Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development have agreed to a five-year financing agreement that will boost housing and power projects.
The United States has asked Egypt not to send packages or mail on passenger aircraft destined for the US. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
The parcels weighed about 10 kg and were loaded with explosive substances.
Khaled Youssef well-supported by Egyptian men. (Facebook)
05:11 GMT
Khaled Youssef is best known for his bold films, but he's got a new claim to fame after winning a seat in Egypt's House of Representatives.

November 24, 2015

Migrants from Africa often pass through Egypt's Sinai desert to reach Israel. (AFP/File)
18:00 GMT
On Monday Egyptian border guards killed five Sudanese nationals who were attempting to cross into Israel.
The investment will be used to produce oil equipment locally in Egypt. (Al Bawaba/File)
17:22 GMT
China Petroleum and Technology Development Corporation (CPTDC) intends to invest approximately $10m in Egypt, Li Qitang, Egypt’s chief office representative, told Daily News Egypt.
Egyptian film 'Abl Zahmet al-Seif' to screen at Dubai Film Festival. (
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Egyptian film 'Abl Zahmet al-Seif' to screen at Dubai Film Festival.
Sinai Province has conducted a series of attack in northern Egypt. (AFP/File)
13:08 GMT
Sinai Province, the same group who downed the Russian passenger jet in October, claimed responsibility for today's car bomb in Al Arish.
Egypt's Defense Minister, Sedqi Sobhi, met the Russian Defense Minister in Cairo on Monday. (AFP/File)
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The Russian and Egyptian Defense Ministers met late Monday, as part of a series of talks about Egypt and Russia collaborating on military movements.
An Egyptian woman displays an ink-stained finger after voting in parliamentary elections that have been marked with violence. (AFP/Khaled Desouki)
08:57 GMT
Two bombs exploded at a hotel holding Egyptian election judges the day after parliamentary polls closed.
Industry experts are moving quickly to seal deals with Egypt. (Shutterstock)
06:16 GMT
Egypt's major gas discovery may lead to future self-sufficiency, but in the immediate term, Israel may still meet Cairo's needs.
An Egyptian policeman walks with a dog in front of the French embassy in Cairo on November 15, 2015. (AFP/Khaled Desouki)
05:00 GMT
Egyptian national Salah Emad al-Gebaly was one of 130 victims killed in the November 13 Paris attacks.

November 23, 2015

Egypt is considered to be at turning point, as President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi faces economic issues, criticism for his repression of speech, and human rights violations. (AFP/File)
17:31 GMT
The second phase of elections in Egypt received a higher turnout than the infamous low attendance to voting in the first phase.
An Egyptian man casts his vote at a polling station in the capital Cairo on November 23, 2015. (AFP/Khaled Desouki)
16:25 GMT
Several journalists reported being banned from taking photographs of polling stations.
Men line up to vote at a polling station in Cairo on November 22, 2015. (AFP/STR)
14:00 GMT
The second day of parliamentary polling for 13 of the governorates in Egypt has seen some violence.
The initiative provides scholarships to 2000 Egyptian students. (Twitter)
14:00 GMT
The first 250 out of a projected 2000 trainees have graduated from the online initiative, which aims to empower Egyptian youth while boosting Arabic online content.
The Sinai Peninsula, where Egyptian authorities are battling a jihadist insurgency, is a major route for African migrants trying to reach Israel. (AFP/Menahem Kahana)
13:30 GMT
Five Sudanese migrants were killed in a shootout between Egyptian security forces and traffickers in Rafah.
An Egyptian man shows his ink-stained finger after casting his vote at a polling station in the capital Cairo on November 22, 2015, on the first day of the second and final round of the country's parliamentary elections. (AFP/File)
09:24 GMT
This is the last day of polling before run-off elections on 1 December and 2 December.
Yemen is the lowest-ranked country on the index, but Egypt has not shown any improvement in the political empowerment of women since 2006. (Pixgood)
09:04 GMT
Can you guess which MENA country nabbed a spot among the worst countries for women's empowerment?
Egypt and Russia are hailing the signing of an agreement for Egypt's first nuclear facility, but citizens aren't really convinced. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
Egypt and Russia are hailing the signing of an agreement for Egypt's first nuclear facility, but citizens aren't really convinced.
An Egyptian official checks boxes containing ballot cards in the capital Cairo on November 21, 2015. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
Voting processes went smoothly in all polling stations except in Saudi Arabia and Jordan.

November 22, 2015

Manuel Gesualdo Ferreira
23:51 GMT
Zamalek Sports Club has issued a statement in response to Portuguese coach Manuel Gesualdo Ferreira’s decision to suddenly terminate his contract with the club on Saturday.
The 37th Cairo International Film Festival has closed its curtains. (
17:38 GMT
Get the highs, lows, and everything in between on the 37th Cairo International Film Festival.
Egyptian women queue at a polling station in the Sandyoun village in Qaliubia, some 40 kms north of the capital Cairo, on November 22, 2015. (AFP/File)
17:26 GMT
Outdated information and delayed openings at polling stations made up most of the complaints.
Egyptian men queue at a polling station in the capital Cairo on November 22, 2015. (AFP/File)
14:15 GMT
The extended curfew in effect in Sinai has been eased, and now begins at 11pm.
Egyptian band Cairokee and Huawei Technologies collaborate together. (Facebook)
13:11 GMT
Egyptian band Cairokee and Huawei Technologies collaborate in celebration of the band's 12th anniversary.
Raja’a Al Jeddawi says Facebook and WhatsApp are among the causes of infidelity. (
12:35 GMT
Raja’a Al Jeddawi: Facebook and WhatsApp among causes of infidelity.
Egyptian women queue at a polling station in the capital Cairo on November 22, 2015, on the first day of the second and final round of the country's parliamentary elections. (AFP/Khaled Desouki)
11:00 GMT
In the final round of parliamentary elections, more than 2,800 candidates are competing for 222 seats in the 596-seat legislature.
Political graffiti lines the walls of Mohamed Mahmoud Street in Cairo. (AFP/Khaled Desoukis)
10:00 GMT
Egyptian authorities detained nine protest organizers on the anniversary of the deadly Mohamed Mahmoud protest.
Egyptian singer Hani Shaker will take to the Cairo Opera House stage in 2016. (Facebook)
09:38 GMT
Egyptian singer Hani Shaker will take to the Cairo Opera House stage in 2016.
The US TSA committee banned the transportation of commodities on passenger airplanes and mandated commodities to remain in Cairo Airport for 48 hours and in the transit country for another 48 hours. (Google+)
06:35 GMT
EgyptAir will prohibit the transport of goods on its passenger aircraft to London and the US, in a move prompted by the US Transport Security Administration after the Russian air crash.
A model rendering of the completed Grand Renaissance Dam. (
06:03 GMT
The 10th round of negotiations between Egypt, Sudan, and Ethiopia have been pushed back again, as construction presses ahead.
Saleh Al-Jabali went to Paris to find work. He died in the Paris attacks last week. Image used for illustrative purposes. (Al Bawaba/File)
06:00 GMT
A funeral took place in Egypt for one of the victims of last week’s attacks in Paris. Saleh Al-Jabali was among the 130 people who lost their lives.

November 21, 2015

Mohamed Salah
00:21 GMT
Mohamed Salah not among CAF player of the year shortlist? Are you serious? Report: #ASRoma

November 20, 2015

23:45 GMT
Egypt's Olympic team scored a 2-1 victory over Cameron in a friendly match.
 Mohamed Salah
19:03 GMT
The Frenchman has tipped Juan Iturbe and Iago Falque to step up in the absence of the former Chelsea winger, who injured his ankle in the derby against Lazio

November 19, 2015

El-Leila El-Kebira screened at the 37th Cairo International Film Festival. (
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An interview with the film "El-Leila El-Kebira"'s director Sameh Abdelaziz prior to the screening.
A plane was grounded in Bulgaria after a passenger told the crew there was a bomb aboard. (AFP/File)
09:29 GMT
A plane traveling from Poland to Egypt was grounded in Bulgaria after a passenger told the crew about a potential bomb.
Daesh published this image online from its magazine "Dabiq" on Oct. 18, 2015, purporting to show the improvised explosive device used to down the Metrojet flight in Egypt's Sinai region. (Aswat Masriya)
08:28 GMT
Daesh published photos in their magazine "Dabiq", purporting to show the method of exploding a Metrojet airline late last month in Egypt's Sinai region.

November 18, 2015

Egyptian President Sisi reshuffled the CBE board just before the expiration of the existing board on November 26. (Al Bawaba/File)
22:17 GMT
President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi issued a decree to reshuffle the Board of the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE), before the expected expiration of the current board on 26 November.
Jordan's Tourism Board hopes to attract Russian tourists to Aqaba and other destinations in Jordan.
17:06 GMT
In the aftermath of the Russian plane crash in Sinai, Jordan hopes to promote the Red Sea city of Aqaba to Russian and British tourists.
Debris from the crash site of the Russian passenger plane that crashed in Sinai October 31 2015. (AFP/File)
15:59 GMT
Daesh on Wednesday released a photo claiming to show the explosive device used to bring down the Russian A321 passenger jet that crashed in Sinai.
Egyptian President Sisi and Russian President Putin stand next to each other during joint military exercises. (AFP/File)
15:30 GMT
The presidents of Egypt and Russia had a phone call on Wednesday to discuss international cooperation against extremism.
Hamdan was named by CNN network as “one of the eight most influential figures in Lebanese culture." ()
14:56 GMT
A renowned electro-music composer and producer, Lebanese musician Zeid Hamdan exhibits his talent in his most recent project, Halawella.
Actress Nelly Karim and her husband Hani Abou Al Naja are no longer together. (File photo)
14:36 GMT
Actress Nelly Karim and her husband Hani Abou Al Naja are no longer together.
Egyptian journalists protesting the recent increase in intimidation and arrests. (AFP/Mahmoud Khaled)
13:54 GMT
Egyptian security forces raided the home of another journalist for an independent newspaper.
Russian tourists awaiting evacuation from Sharm El Sheikh airport. (AFP/Mohamed El Shahed)
13:39 GMT
The majority of Russian tourists have been repatriated from Sharm El-Sheikh following the deadly Metrojet crash, with under 2,500 remaining, according to Russia's transport minister.
The plane's wreckage is examined by investigators. (AFP/File)
10:58 GMT
The report suggests the bomb may have been placed under the passenger seat by the window.
Egypt riot police detain a female student during a protest in support of the Muslim Brotherhood in Cairo December 30, 2013. (AFP/File)
08:41 GMT
The Freedom Seekers Movement has recorded 245 student deaths, 487 instances of forced disappearance, and 5,032 detentions of students on behalf of Egyptian security forces.