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Egypt to sign contracts for nuclear power plant during Putin’s visit

Monday, 11 December 2017

Egypt will sign contracts with Moscow during Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to Cairo on Monday for the country’s first nuclear power plant, three senior sources told Reuters on Sunday.The construction of the 4,800 megawatt (MW) capacity plant, which is supposed to be built at Dabaa in the north of the country, is expected to be completed within seven years, added the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.Egyptian ...

Turkish plane makes Sudan emergency landing after bomb scare

Thursday, 30 November 2017

A Turkish Airlines jet carrying 107 passengers from Nairobi to Cairo made an emergency landing in Khartoum on Thursday after a passenger reported a bomb threat, a Sudanese aviation official said. “Turkish Airlines flight 606 made an emergency landing after a passenger on board said he received an email saying there was a bomb on board,” civil aviation authority spokesman Abdelhafiz Abdelrahim told AFP. “All 107 passengers have been safely evacuated.” He said that when the ...

Egyptian company launches women-only buses to deter harassment

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

A new experiment by a private Egyptian transportation company is seeking to solve issues of harassment in public transportation.The buses are dedicated for women only, driven by female drivers as well.The bus company’s vice president told Al Arabiya the trial has so far been a successful one but that they still face the lack of female drivers as an issue.“This new idea is an attempt to provide a distinguished, comfortable and safe transportation service for women and diminish ...

Is Cairo the ‘most dangerous megacity in the world’ for women?

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Cairo is the most dangerous megacity in the world for women, according to a poll conducted by the Thomson Reuters Foundation. In the first poll to be conducted on the conditions of women in cities whose population exceeds 10 million people, and which included 19 cities, Cairo was deemed worst in terms of sexual harassment.While the results of this poll were far from surprising, especially for women rights activists and Egyptian women in general, they were labelled inaccurate by parties that ...

Anger in Egypt over school principal accused of raping three KG students

Thursday, 2 November 2017

An Egyptian school principal has been referred to investigation after he was accused of sexually assaulting three kindergarten students this week, triggering a massive wave of anger on social media. Principal Ashraf A.B. is being accused of raping three pupils -- two girls and a boy-- at a Cairo-based private school. The incident currently being probed by the education ministry started when one of the victim’s told their parents what the principal had done to them. The mother was quoted ...

Egypt’s news agency: 12 militants killed in western desert

Friday, 27 October 2017

Egypt’s state-run MENA news agency says that security forces have killed 12 militants in a shootout in the country’s western desert.The report quoted an unnamed Interior Ministry official as saying that the exchange of fire took place on Friday about 175 kilometers, or 109 miles, southwest of Cairo.No policemen were reported killed. The area is near the region where 16 policemen were killed a week ago in a brazen ambush by militants.MENA says that firearms and ammunition were also ...

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 ...

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