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November 25, 2014

Egyptian rescue workers and residents remove a body from the rubble of a collapsed building on November 25, 2014 in Cairo's northern district of Matariya (AFP)
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Rescue workers and family members tried to free others trapped in the rubble after the building collapsed. Investigators suspect illegal construction as the cause.
Ahmed is still refusing to get that DNA test done, even though the court has ordered him to do so! (Image: Albawaba edit)
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So Egyptian actress Zeina's lawyer has "challenged" Ahmed Ezz to undergo a DNA test to prove that he is or isn't the father of her twins. Seriously? This is NOT the Ice Bucket Challenge!
Helmy is back home and recovering well in Egypt. (Image: Facebook)
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Egyptian comedian actor Ahmed Helmy is back in Egypt following the removal of his cancerous tumor in the US.
Saudi Arabia is one of the foremost investors in Egypt, with investments exceeding $26bn.
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Egypt suffers from legislative chaos, lack of legal reforms: Saudi businessmen.

November 24, 2014

The conference aims to profile investment opportunities in Egypt's various sectors.
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Dubai-based business intelligence tool MEED will host an "Invest in Egypt" conference.

November 23, 2014

Egyptian military forces killed seven militants and arrested 67 others in north Sinai on Thursday and Friday. [AFP]
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Egyptian military forces have killed 10 militants during an operation in the violence-plagued Sinai Peninsula of the North African country.
Attieh sang especially for the Middle East on Lebanon's Independence Day. (Image: Facebook)
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Joseph Attieh released a new single that speaks of the sorrow and sadness in his region, first and foremost his own country Lebanon - who incidentally just skipped Lebanese Independence day Saturday.
Hamaki is celebrating being number one in the Middle East! (Image: Facebook)
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Egyptian singer Mohamed Hamaki claims the title for most-watched singer in the Arab world on YouTube,
Militant attacks in the Sinai Peninsula have increased dramatically over the past year. (AFP/File)
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Seven alleged militants were killed by the Egyptian army over the weekend while 67 were arrested in the Sinai Peninsula.
 
Total cost would be between $1.5-$2 billion, the company said, and supplies to Egypt would start flowing in 2017
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Israel's offshore Tamar gas field may get a $1.5-$2 billion upgrade, including the construction of an underwater pipeline to an export plant in Egypt.

November 21, 2014

Bishr served as minister of local development under deposed president Mohamed Morsi. (Image courtesy Ahram)
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Mohamed Ali Bishr is accused of "spying for foreign states."
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi may be considering a pardon for jailed Al Jazeera journalists. (AFP file photo).
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The five journalists were convicted of threatening Egypt's national security by allegedly producing "fabricated" news stories and footage with a view to tarnishing Egypt's image abroad.

November 20, 2014

An investment conference will be held in Egypt in December, to attract businessmen and investors.
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Disney World shows in Egypt sends an important message to domestic and international investors to Egypt.
Mahinour El-Masry had been jailed for six months for "illegal protesting" and was detained again Wednesday. (Image: Ahmed Arab)
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Egyptian security forces released human rights activist Maheinour El-Masry after she was detained for several hours.
Amr Diab is coming to you "Tonight", Cairo! (Image: Facebook)
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Yes, we're talking about his song "Tonight", but the artist also literally has a concert this evening at 8 p.m.
Still from Melbourne winner of the Golden Pyramid award for Best film at the Cairo International Film Festival. (Image: Al Ahram)
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The 36th Cairo film festival featured two Iranian films, a documentary on censorship in Iran and a Moroccan tribute to Iranian cinema. Through them, audiences sampled the challenges facing filmmakers in the Islamic republic.
Tunisia's forward Kharzi (13) vies with Egyptian forward Alniny (17) during the 2015 AFCON qualifying match between Tunisia and Egypt
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A 2-1 defeat to Tunisia dashed the hopes of the tournament's most successful side while Mali booked their place

November 19, 2014

Fifi Abdo has said see ya to MBC and hello to Al Tahrir. (Image: Facebook)
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Fifi Abdo might be returning to TV hosting.
Hani Ramzi and Nelly Karim are headed "Back to School"
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Egyptian stars Hani Ramzi and Nelly Karim are coming to the " Back to School" set with TV host Amro Yousif on the satellite channel
Ahmed Helmy celebrating that his cancerous tumor is gone. (Image: Facebook)
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Ahmed Helmy had a farewell party, but it was far from sad. The Egyptian actor was celebrating that his cancerous tumor was gone!
You need to know exactly where (and when) to go in the UAE since just a fraction of its coastline offers decent waves. Gulf surf is mainly wind-driven. Fierce gales fuel epic waves near Qatar and Iraq, which barrel down the Gulf to the UAE. Warm water temps and easy access offset unpredictable surf conditions, so it’s still worth a visit.
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Bedouin Beach Boys: Surf’s Up in the Middle East. Everybody's going surfing -- from Gaza to the Gulf.
Ghada has finally been put in her place by Mohammad Sami! (Image: Facebook)
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The long feud between director Mohammad Sami and Ghada Abdel Razek has finally come to an end!
Egypt's army launched an extensive campaign against militants amid increasing violence in the Sinai Peninsula. (AFP/File)
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Seven civilians and three militants were killed after a mortar shell hit a home in Egypt's volatile Sinai Peninsula, a security source said.
Al-Azhar University and Cairo University were scenes of some of the worst student-led violence during last year's academic terms. (AFP/File)
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Police stormed Al-Azhar University on Tuesday afternoon after student protesters torched a faculty member's car on the Cairo campus.
Fans have started looking through pictures from Ahmed's latest film "Made in Egypt" to see if the tumor was present.
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Ahmed Helmy recently shocked fans with the disheartening news of his spinal cancer, and now circulating pictures from his latest film reveal that his tumor was present at the time of shooting.

November 18, 2014

Elsalamawy said that he was unable to confirm the figures but stated that “Solar energy does not constitute a significant portion of the energy in Egypt”.
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Egyptian electricity production generated from solar energy dropped by 48% in 2012/13 compared to the year 2011/12.
Abbott versus Putin: who would win in a shirtless face off? Both men boast sizeable pecs and larger than life egos, but would Putin really stand a chance against Abbott’s Iron Man trained bod? And it takes a real man to pull off a hot pink swim cap.
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Putin and Abbott turned the G-20 Summit into a 6-Pack Parade so Albawaba dives into the Middle East to dig out some shirt-less men. Not for the faint-hearted! A parade of 6 packs from Russia to the Arab world.
Images from some of the characters Nadia played in three of her many famous films. (Image: Albawaba edit)
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This year, Cairo International Film Festival honored one of Egyptian cinema's great beauties, Nadia Lutfi. Inside is an intriguing interview with her from 1975.
A shot from the festival's activities on Nov 13. (Image: JPost)
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The oud (Middle Eastern lute) was represented, in the Oud Festival’s Egyptian music concert last week, and it was nothing less than very charming.
Egypt’s university campuses have witnessed regular anti-government demonstrations since the military ouster of Morsi. (AFP/File)
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Egyptian university students have held fresh protests, slamming unabated security crackdown by the government forces.

November 17, 2014

Egypt's foreign ministry released a statement Monday condemning the ISIL killing of American Peter Kassig, the fifth beheading of a Western hostage by the militant group. (AFP/File)
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Egypt's foreign ministry released a statement Monday condemning the killing of American aid worker Peter Kassig by ISIL militants.
Jordan’s only golf course is a 9-hole gem just a short drive south of Amman (play off 18 tees to gain a different perspective on the second time around!). The Bisharat Golf Course offers challenging hillside terrain with putting “browns” sited within forested wadis. Enjoy a cold beer and spectacular views from its cozy clubhouse patios.
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Golf in the Middle East: eat, pray, golf! 17 Middle East golf courses to grip it and rip it!
The CIFF runs from 10-20 November. (Image: Medafricatimes.com)
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Ahram Online looks at four films screened during the Cairo Intl Film Festival - Dancing with Maria, Los Hongos, Magic Arena and Red, Blue, Yellow - as different takes on the artists' lives and practice.
Political parties in Egypt have raised concerns about the country's controversial protest law during meetings with the PM. (AFP/File)
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Egypt's Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab met with Egypt's political group, Independence Current, as part of a series of sessions with political groups in preparation for the upcoming parliamentary election.

November 16, 2014

Khaled Al Sawi shows his game face. (Image: Twitter)
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So what if he has been diagnosed with a disheartening disease, Khaled Al Sawi is determined to kick some serious Hepatitis C in the booty.
Do you find the gown as daring as they say?
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Tsk-tsk, Ms. Wehbe. The Lebanese diva draws more negative attention her way with a scandalous gown on set the talent show "Star Academy". She's clearly doing her part to provide Kardashian equivalent entertainment for the Middle East!
Two Egyptian Navy vessels maneuver on an exercise in 2009. (Wikimedia Commons)
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The Russian ship was seized and taken to the northern entrance of the Suez Canal.
Dina in the company of friends in her first appearance since leaving jail! (Image: Anazahra.com)
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Now that her jail sentence is done and dusted, Dina el Sherbini makes her first appearance... on Facebook!
Ahmed and his wife are still together, according to the actor!
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Don't you just hate it when rumors make you divorced in the cyber world? Well, Ahmed el Sakka is still married in real life!

November 15, 2014

North Sinai has witnessed intensifying activity of the armed forces after a major militant attack. (AFP/File)
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Egyptian armed forces killed 10 and arrested 54 "terrorists" in North Sinai.
Ahmed is recovering well following his back cancer surgery in the US. (Image: Facebook)
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Ahmed Helmy shocked his fans after revealing the true reason behind his recent trip to the US: Cancer treatment.

November 14, 2014

Omar Khairat is coming back to Cairo Opera House. (Image: Facebook)
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He's shown his skill on many a piano across the world, but the place that knows him best will be graced with his presence again soon. Cairo Opera House welcomes Omar Khairat back to the keys.
The border town of Arsal has been the site of fierce clashes between militants and the Lebanese army in recent months, sparking high tensions between Syrians refugees and Lebanese host communities. (AFP/File)
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A bomb hit a Lebanese military vehicle Friday in the outskirts of Arsal's northeast region, according to a security source, wounding two soldiers.

November 13, 2014

Ruby's husband and Zeina are most likely collaborating together on the new film The Big Night. (Image: Albawaba edit)
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Egyptian actress Zeina has been offered a tempting role in Ruby's husband's new film The Big Night!
Good friends: Tamer and Issam chilling together. (Image: Facebook)
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Ahmad Issam celebrated his birthday with a host of celebs including Tamer Hosny!
Despite her friends' warnings, Ghada will be filming a new movie with Ezz soon. (Image: Albawaba edit)
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Egyptian actress Ghada Abdel Razek is all for sticking to her friends through thick and thin, and that's exactly what she's doing for Ahmed Ezz!
Navy vessels patrol the coast of Egypt's Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, February 17, 2011. (AFP/File)
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Five servicemen were injured and eight others remain missing after "armed assailants" attacked an Egyptian vessel Wednesday.
Militants in the Sinai frequently target Egyptian security forces. (AFP/File)
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Five Egyptian conscripts were shot dead in attacks in North Sinai on Thursday.
It is unclear who was responsible for the bombing. (AFP/File)
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At least four persons suffered injuries in a bomb blast on Cairo's underground train.
The law might be utilized in the highly publicized case of Al Jazeera journalists. (AFP/File)
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Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi issued a decree on Wednesday giving him the authority to transfer non-Egyptian defendants on trial or already convicted to be sent to their countries to be tried or serve their sentences.
Egypt has been rocked by numerous bombings and hundreds of anti-government protests since the overthrow of Mohamed Morsi last year. (AFP/File)
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Clashes between anti-government protesters and police forces have left at least two demonstrators dead and several others wounded in the Egyptian province of Giza.

November 12, 2014

Maali Zayed showing her Egypt patriotism.
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In a now sacred television show interview just before her death, the late Egyptian actress shares her sadness about the state of her country.
A-Azhar University has been a hotbed of dissent in Egypt. (AFP file photo)
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This is the latest in a series of expulsions at the prestigious Islamic university.
Ahmed with his wife of 15 years Maha al Soghayyar. (Image: Facebook)
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It's a sad time for love... Yes, Ahmed el Sakka and his wife Maha al Soghayyar have separated!
Exciting times: Mervat has just completed filming her new movie Cairo Timing in Egypt! (Image: Facebook)
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Egyptian actors Noor al Sharif and Mervat Amin are back together after 15 years of absence!
The government declared a three-month state of emergency in parts of North Sinai in October. (AFP/File)
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Ten civilians were injured in a bomb blast in Egypt's Sinai.