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January 25, 2015

DJ Eskalob performing at 3alganoobfestival last year. (Image: Instagram)
11:58 GMT
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)
09:06 GMT
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)
09:04 GMT
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 )
07:27 GMT
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
07:44 GMT
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)
07:00 GMT
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
18:31 GMT
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
18:05 GMT
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
16:46 GMT
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)
16:23 GMT
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)
14:06 GMT
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)
10:06 GMT
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)
12:45 GMT
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)
10:37 GMT
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)
09:55 GMT
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)
14:45 GMT
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)
13:03 GMT
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)
11:17 GMT
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)
10:16 GMT
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)
09:47 GMT
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)
08:34 GMT
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)
07:36 GMT
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.
04:55 GMT
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.
10:41 GMT
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
10:31 GMT
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)
07:37 GMT
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.
04:55 GMT
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
15:45 GMT
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)
11:07 GMT
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)
10:30 GMT
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)
10:07 GMT
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:
08:54 GMT
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.
08:40 GMT
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)
08:32 GMT
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)
06:00 GMT
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)
22:56 GMT
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)
19:21 GMT
A look into the restive nation's increasingly troubling relationship with those who don't believe.

January 15, 2015

Nadia in one of her daring film scenes with Egyptian actor Farouq el Fishawi. (Image:
10:34 GMT
Kuwaiti journalist May al Aydan was prosecuted for referring to Egyptian actress Nadia al Jundi as a "sex expert"!
Saed in a scene from his popular comedy film "Atata and Limbi." (Image:
08:31 GMT
Rumor has it that Mohammad Saed can't get an actress to stick around at any of his film projects. Hmmm!
A spike in Islamist militant insurgency in the Sinai has taken Egypt by storm over the last year, where militant group Ansar Beit al-Maqdis has claimed responsibility for killing at least a dozen people by decapitation. (AFP/File)
07:36 GMT
Three more decapitated bodies were found in the restive North Sinai governorate Wednesday, according to one security source, following a troubling trend of brutal Islamist militant insurgency in the area.

January 14, 2015

Layla Elwi is bringing drama to the drama. (Image: cropped from Facebook)
19:53 GMT
She's taking forever to sign the contract for the show she had verbally agreed to star in, and now the makers of the drama are in crisis. Here's why.
Mohamed Hassan Ramzy has passed. (Image:
15:34 GMT
Egypt's well known producer Mohamed Hassan Ramzy passed away in London on Monday.
Sisi made the ban based on a law stipulating that “the cabinet has the right to ban publications offensive to religion or publications promoting erotica in a way that can disturb the public peace.” (AFP/File)
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President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi banned all foreign publications that insult religion in light of recent Charlie Hebdo publication.
Half of Egypt's population lives in informal slum areas, according to statements from urban development and slum areas.
13:53 GMT
Consecutive Egyptian governments have vowed to develop the informal areas where millions of Egyptians live without basic services such as clean water and sewage.
Egypt's deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi waves from inside the defendant’s cage during his trial at the police academy in Cairo on Jan. 8. (AFP)
11:03 GMT
A committee established to assess the funds of the banned Muslim Brotherhood ordered the confiscation of two medical charity associations for their alleged affiliation to the group.
The Egyptian army has been battling a jihadist insurgency for almost a decade in the restive Sinai Peninsula. (AFP/File)
09:50 GMT
On Tuesday, the army announced that a kidnapped police captain had been found dead.
Public opinion seems to be firmly behind President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi. (AFP/File)
08:19 GMT
In Egypt, indicators of public opinion suggest large chunks of the population came to view their rulers with suspicion over the last two decades. But it appears this has changed since the election of President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi last summer via a clear landslide and a massive tide of popularity firmly behind him.
The crossing remained closed following the abduction of an Egyptian security officer by Sinai militants. (AFP/File)
07:21 GMT
Egypt continued to keep the Rafah crossing closed for Palestinians following the killing of a security officer this week.
The minister previously announced that the issuance of the bonds will occur during the first quarter of 2015.
04:55 GMT
The collection of $1.5bn through the issuance of international bonds is expected by April.

January 13, 2015

Britain has launched a trade mission to Egypt with more than 40 companies received in Cairo.
20:10 GMT
Britain has launched a trade mission to Egypt with more than 40 companies received in Cairo, the largest such effort in over a decade by the top foreign investor in the Arab world's most populous country.
Abdel Wahab's music will be presented across the world. (Image:
16:20 GMT
Late legendary composer and inventor of the Arabic film-musical Abdel Wahab's music will come back to life worldwide through “The Wahab-Project."
Mubarak is seen leaving court on a stretcher due to his poor health. (AFP/File)
12:33 GMT
It was announced that Hosni Mubarak will remain in police custody until retrial or until the courts order for his release.
Up to 3,000 militants loyal to the Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis group remain in Egypt's volatile Sinai Peninsula. (AFP/File)
10:15 GMT
Militants from the Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis group killed a security officer in Sinai Tuesday after he was kidnapped a day earlier.
Egypt's former president Hosni Mubarak (R) is pictured with his son Gamal sitting behind bars during a court hearing in the capital Cairo. (AFP/File)
08:52 GMT
Egypt's lower court overturned Mubarak's three-year jail sentence and granted him a retrial.

January 12, 2015

El-Ott (The Cat) stars Farouk El Fishawy, Sarah Shaheen, Salah A. Hanafy, Amr Farouk and Salma Yakout alongside Waked. (Image:
22:28 GMT
Why did City Stars, a mega mall that houses multiple movie screening halls, refuse to screen Egyptian superstar Amr Waked's El-Ott?
Ahmad Al Sakka has a lot going on right now in both his athletic and acting careers!
20:00 GMT
He won't tell us much except that he's super pumped to do a show on his love and passion for soccer.
Homosexuality is not technically illegal in Egypt but those accused of such acts are tried under the umbrella of "debauchery." (AFP/File)
12:00 GMT
Twenty-six Egyptian men were found innocent of debauchery after being arrested for allegedly holding gay orgies in a Cairo bath house.
Samira Said looking super glam. (Image: Facebook)
10:09 GMT
You'd think she was their BFF the way they celebrated Samira Said's recent birthday. Her adoring fans were all about her big day.
"Exodus: Gods and Kings" should be made available to Egyptian viewers, alludes Farouk Hosni.
09:32 GMT
Farouk Hosni spoke out against his country having banned the Hollywood blockbuster "Exodus: Gods and Kings” based on alleged historical inaccuracies. Leave it to the media to refute the history, and the audience to critique the film.
Khaled Al-Qazzaz was arrested alongside Morsi and eight other senior aides in July 2013. (AFP/File)
08:02 GMT
Khaled Al-Qazzaz, a former Morsi aide, was surprisingly released from jail on Sunday after being arrested in July 2013. Sources suggest that it was due to health issues.