‘Lucky donkey’ sold and moved from Egypt to Switzerland

Monday, 23 October 2017

The "Lucky donkey" is a trending hashtag in Egypt as well as “Saqqara donkey” and the reason is rather strange. A group of Swiss tourists visited the Pyramids and coincidentally saw an Egyptian man beating his donkey leaving marks on his body. The tourists sympathized with the donkey and entered into verbal quarrels with his owner. Then, they offered to buy his donkey for 800 euros. The tourists raised the price and offered the man an additional 500 euros but he finally ...

VIDEO: Car chase shows Egyptian family running after kidnappers of Syrian man

Monday, 23 October 2017

A video capturing a Hollywood-like car chase as an Egyptian family attempted to save a young Syrian man from his masked kidnappers has gone viral on social media. The incident reportedly took place earlier this week at Cairo’s Nasr City when an Egyptian woman and her family riding their own car noticed masked men in a nearby vehicle and “glimpsed someone kicking in the back seat”. The woman, Yara Alaadinne, said in a Facebook post that the person they saw seemed in need of ...

A theoretical execution of Bachir Gemayel’s assassin

Monday, 23 October 2017

Misleading slogans were popular at the beginning of the 1980s that marked the worst turns in the region’s history and led to the political deterioration which has lasted until today. If terrorism had been contained during that phase, it may have not given birth to groups like al-Qaeda and ISIS. Eleven months after the assassination of Egyptian President Anwar al-Sadat, Lebanese president-elect Bachir Gemayel was killed in Beirut. Bachir was 34 years old. He was an ambitious and frank ...

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Egyptians are saluting on social media in solidarity with the police force

Sunday, 22 October 2017

Social media platforms in Egypt have been filled with a hashtag that was launched by actor Asser Yassin in solidarity with the police officers who were recently killed in a deadly terror attack that took place last Friday in the Western Desert that left 18 policemen dead. A number of artists interacted with the military salute campaign, including actors Bayoumi Fouad and Tariq Sabry, who published photos of themselves on their personal accounts on Facebook saluting the victims. “Salute ...

Egypt court sentences 11 people to death for ‘terrorism’

Sunday, 22 October 2017

An Egyptian court sentenced 11 people to death Sunday on accusations they joined a “terrorist organization” and attempted to kill two police officers, a judicial official said.The court sentenced 14 others to life in prison -- 25 years in Egypt -- and a juvenile to 10 years in prison, the official said.They were accused of participating in “terrorist operations” and attempting to kill two officers in 2014, and of possession and manufacturing explosive material.Of the ...

Egypt says Bahrain, Kuwait and UAE to lift ban on its agriculture exports

Sunday, 22 October 2017

Bahrain, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates have agreed to lift a ban on imports of Egyptian agricultural products, Egypt said on Sunday, as the country works to step up exports to narrow its budget deficit. The agreement came after a series of meetings and negotiations held between an Egyptian delegation and the Gulf countries, the Egyptian agriculture ministry said in a statement. The series of bans, which were said to have been on concerns over pesticide residues, had come at a time where ...

Hamas says its rapprochement with Egypt has angered Qatar

Sunday, 22 October 2017

Hamas leader in Gaza Yahya Sinwar said on Friday that Qatar does not support the rapprochement between Hamas and Egypt particularly in terms of the efforts to reconcile between it and Fatah. This comes after Doha’s previous unsuccessful intervention in Palestinian reconciliation efforts. Asked whether it’s possible for Hamas to communicate with Qatar to pay the wages of its employees in Gaza until a judicial committee agreed on in Cairo is created, Sinwar said: “Qatar is ...

Details emerge of attack between police, extremists in Egypt’s Western Desert

Saturday, 21 October 2017

The Egyptian security forces continued their operations to hunt down extremists involved in the deadly attack on police forces in Egypt’s Western Desert which resulted in the deaths of 55 officers on Friday.According to Egyptian security sources who spoke to Al Arabiya, security forces are currently combing all the areas adjacent to Okar, where the extremists were hiding and tracking their operations in the vicinity of Friday’s incident.On the other hand, security forces tightened ...

ANALYSIS: Is Egypt’s religious tourism industry ready for Christian pilgrimages?

Saturday, 21 October 2017

Tourism in Egypt has been hit by successive blows that have driven several countries to warn their citizens of traveling there and have even led some, including Russia, to take strict measures towards the implementation of such warnings. Pope Francis’s visit to Cairo in April, which went without incident, unlike many anticipated, inspired a new way out of the impasse. Aside from beaches and historic landmarks, religious tourism would attract a different crowd and that was how the revival ...

Death toll rises in attack on Egyptian police officers in Giza

Friday, 20 October 2017

Security sources say at least 55 police officers killed in shoot-out with suspected militants in Giza, southwest Cairo The officers were killed on Friday during a raid on a suspected militant hideout in Egypt’s Western desert. The sources said authorities were following a lead to an apartment thought to house eight suspected members of Hasm, a group which has claimed several attacks around the capital targeting judges and policemen since last year. The exchange of gunfire took place on ...

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