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Akhbar Braille: Egypt’s first magazine for the blind

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CAIRO: In a long-awaited achievement, Egypt now has its first magazine in Arabic Braille, offering visually challenged people an opportunity to work in journalism.  Akhbar Braille is published by Akhbar El-Youm, a semi-official daily newspaper in Arabic, and has columns on culture, art, sports, technology and politics. The Braille reading and writing system represents letters by raised dots. The editor ... Read More »

Egypt closes Gaza border after rare opening

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GAZA CITY: Nearly 2,500 people left Gaza during a three-day humanitarian opening of the border with Egypt, a rare opportunity for Gazans to leave the blockaded enclave, authorities in the Palestinian territory said Tuesday. Hamas said 2,439 people left the territory over the three days, while 1,122 entered and 334 were turned back by Egyptian authorities. The border was closed ... Read More »

Egypt: No proof ‘terrorist’ attack downed Russia jet

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CAIRO: Egypt said Monday it still has no evidence to back up Moscow’s analysis that a “terrorist” attack had downed a Russian passenger plane at the end of October in the Sinai. The Daesh group said it smuggled a bomb on board that blew up the Russian jet on Oct. 31, killing all 224 people on board. On Nov. 17, ... Read More »

Cairo backs Russia’s strikes in Syria

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CAIRO: Russia’s intervention in Syria will curtail the spread of terrorism and help deal a fatal blow to Daesh in the war-torn country, Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry has said. “Russia’s entrance, given its potential and capabilities, is something we see is going to have an effect on limiting terrorism in Syria and eradicating it,” Shoukry said in a televised ... Read More »

Egypt summons British envoy over Al Jazeera trial criticism

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CAIRO: Egypt’s Foreign Ministry on Sunday summoned the British ambassador over his criticism of prison sentences handed to three journalists from Qatari broadcaster Al-Jazeera. “What counts is the Egyptian people’s confidence in the transparency and independence of the Egyptian judiciary,” the ministry said, calling ambassador John Casson’s comments “unacceptable interference.” It said: “Egypt needs lessons from no one.” A Cairo ... Read More »

Libya to get electricity from Egypt

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TRIPOLI: Libya will import electricity from Egypt and Tunisia and rent generators as it struggles with power outages that have plunged its main cities into darkness, the Tripoli-based prime minister said. Four years of fighting following the ousting of leader Muammar Qaddafi has hobbled Libya’s oil industry and power grid, with damaged plants and foreign firms reluctant to deliver spare ... Read More »

Egypt to inaugurate $8.2bn Suez canal extension today

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CAIRO: Egypt will open an expansion to the Suez Canal amidst great fanfare on Thursday, the centerpiece of President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi’s plans to revitalize the country’s economy after years of damaging political turmoil. Some analysts and economists however, say that the mega-project may fail to meet the great expectations. The Suez extension was announced by El-Sisi a year ago ... Read More »

Cairo furniture factory fire kills 25

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CAIRO: At least 25 people died in a fire that gutted an Egyptian furniture factory north of Cairo on Tuesday, a health ministry official said. Twenty-two more workers suffered from burns and smoke inhalation in the blaze in the Al-Helw factory on the outskirts of the capital, health ministry spokesman Hossam Abdel Ghaffar said. Security officials said the fire raged ... Read More »

Egypt begins first trial run of ‘new Suez canal’

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CAIRO: Egypt began today the first trial run of its "new Suez canal," officials and state media said, ahead of the formal inauguration of the new shipping route next month.  Dubbed the Suez Canal Axis, the new 72km project is aimed at speeding up traffic along the existing waterway by reducing the waiting period of vessels, as well as boosting ... Read More »

Festival turns bloody in Egypt as clashes kill 6 MB supporters 

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CAIRO: Six supporters of Egypt’s outlawed Muslim Brotherhood were killed in clashes with police near the Giza pyramids in Cairo on Friday, security sources said, as Egyptians marked the holiday of Eid Al-Fitr. Security forces intervened and arrested 15 armed Brotherhood members, the state news agency MENA quoted an Interior Ministry source as saying. Twenty Brotherhood members were arrested in ... Read More »

Egypt bids farewell to Omar Sharif

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CAIRO: Cinema legend Omar Sharif, who will be forever remembered as the eponymous “Doctor Zhivago,” was buried Sunday in his native Egypt after a funeral service at a Cairo mosque. Sharif, 83, died on Friday of a heart attack in an upmarket Cairo clinic after a struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. The funeral service was held at Mushir Tantawi mosque in ... Read More »

Car bomb kills Egypt’s top public prosecutor

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CAIRO: Egypt’s top public prosecutor died on Monday of wounds sustained in a car bomb attack on his convoy as it was leaving his Cairo home on Monday in a marked escalation of militant attacks on the judiciary. Judges and other state officials have increasingly been targeted by radicals opposed to President Abdel Fattah El-Sissi and angered by hefty prison ... Read More »

Germany detains Al-Jazeera reporter on Egypt warrant

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BERLIN: A renowned Al-Jazeera journalist was being held in German police custody Sunday pending a court decision on his further detention on an arrest warrant issued by his native Egypt. Ahmed Mansour, 52, a senior journalist with the Qatar-based broadcaster’s Arabic service, was detained at Tegel airport on Saturday on Ahmed Mansour, 52, a prominent journalist with the Qatar-based Al-Jazeera ... Read More »

Egypt opens Rafah crossing into Gaza

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GAZA: Egypt opened the Rafah border crossing on Saturday to allow Palestinians to travel in and out of the Gaza Strip for the first time in three months, in a possible sign of easing tension between Cairo and Gaza’s dominant Hamas movement. Gaza, a small impoverished coastal enclave, is under blockade by neighboring Israel, and Egypt has kept its Rafah ... Read More »

Court sentences 11 to death over Egypt soccer violence

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CAIRO: A court sentenced 11 men to death on Tuesday for their part in Egypt’s worst violence at a soccer stadium, in which more than 70 fans were killed in 2012. Many of the dead were crushed when panicked fans tried to escape from the Port Said stadium after a post-match pitch invasion by supporters of the local side Al-Masry. ... Read More »

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