Egypt condemns eight to death over police station attack

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

An Egyptian court on Tuesday sentenced eight people to death for allegedly killing three officers during the storming of a Cairo police station in 2013, a judicial official said.The court also handed life sentences to 50 other defendants, the official said, and jail terms of between five and 10 years to 10 more.The incident at the centre of the trial took place on August 14, 2013 as security forces violently dispersed two protest camps in Cairo, in an operation following the military’s ...

Egypt imam accused of marrying off underage girls

Monday, 2 October 2017

An imam in Egypt faces a disciplinary hearing over accusations that he married off 27 underage girls, the administrative prosecution authority which monitors civil servants including imams said on Monday. Egyptian law prohibits the registered marriage of men and women under 18, although it does not prohibit informal marriages that are not officially registered. "The crime comes under the category of human trafficking cases," said Mohamed Samir, spokesman for the authority. The imam was ...

Muslim Brotherhood leader Badie gets another life sentence

Thursday, 28 September 2017

An Egyptian court has sentenced 16 people, including the head of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, to life in prison on violence-related charges. It’s the latest of several life sentences for Mohammed Badie, who has also been sentenced to death in separate trials since his 2013 arrest. Charges have including inciting violence and planning attacks against the state. The court on Thursday also sentenced 77 other defendants to 15 years imprisonment on the same charges, which include a 2013 ...

Sipping knowledge, serving tea: Egyptian studies at work to earn degree

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Sayed Ismail, 30, a back office staffer at Cairo University, managed to acquire his Bachelor degree in Arabic language and Islamic Studies this academic year. Dr. Ola Hafez, Chair (academia) of The Department of English Language and Literature at Cairo University, shared on Wednesday photos celebrating Sayed’s achievement. The photos show Sayed surrounded by the professors at the staff room of the English department. In an interview with Al Arabiya English, Sayed said that he had very ...

Photos emerge of Egyptian star footballer working as fruit-vendor in Cairo

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

In 2012, Egypt’s Tarek Jazzar was awarded Best Footballer at Italy’s World Cup games for the deaf and mute. Now, he sells fruit and vegetables for a living in Cairo. Pictures of Jazzar selling fresh produce at a stall in Giza Square were widely shared on social media, leading to him becoming a trending topic on Tuesday. Many Egyptians vented their anger at how Jazzar should be appreciated by the state as an athlete who once boosted the country’s sporting image abroad.   ...

Disabled Egyptians make prosthetic limbs for poor

Saturday, 12 August 2017

An Egyptian development organization that manufactures products for the disabled has opened a workshop in Cairo to make prosthetic limbs for the poor, staffed by workers with disabilities who could otherwise struggle to earn a wage. The Coptic Evangelical Organization for Social Services aims to foster social and cultural development in Egypt and has been given $91,000 in funding by the Japanese government. Its prosthetic limbs department, which has been operating for six months, aims to produce ...

Emaar Misr considers investment project in Egypt’s al-Alamein

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Egypt’s investment and housing ministers met Egyptian property developer Emaar Misr on Saturday to discuss future investments by prominent Emirati businessman Mohamed Alabbar, the investment ministry said. Alabbar founded and has led Emaar Properties of Dubai, Emaar Misr’s parent company, since its inception in 1997. The UAE investor was meant to lead a mega-project to build a new capital 45 km east of Cairo, but Egypt and Alabbar failed to close a deal in 2015. Investment Minister ...

Masrah Masr to tour Egypt

Friday, 4 August 2017

Egypt’s answer to Saturday Night Live will be performing shows all across the country for the first time. The satirical comedy show, Masrah Masr, will be touring all of Egypt’s provinces starting from September. The show’s creator, Egyptian comedy veteran Ashraf Abdel Bagy, said in a YouTube announcement that the first show outside of Cairo will be in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria, at the Library of Alexandria, during Eid al Adha. The show, broadcast on MBC Masr, has ...

Egypt’s new capital among world’s ‘top urban mega-projects’

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Egypt’s new capital mega-project has been listed as one of the biggest eight urban projects that will transform cities across the world by 2030, according to a recent report. The Business Insider listed the project to establish a “New Administrative Capital” on the outskirts of Cairo among eight mega-projects globally that are worth billions of dollars, and are expected to transform the world’s greatest cities by 2030. Alongside projects in China, New York, Paris and ...

Al-Azhar takes up anti-terrorism fight through kiosk on Cairo metro station

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Two elderly sheikhs have set up shop at a kiosk in one of Cairo’s busiest underground stations, ready to dole out religious advice to commuters queueing outside. It is the latest attempt by Al-Azhar university, Egypt’s highest religious authority and one of the world’s most eminent seats of Sunni Muslim learning, to touch base with the wider public and counter the appeal of militant Islam. “We are saving (people) energy, time and effort by placing this desk in this ...

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