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Egypt orders slaughter of all pigs over swine flu

 Egypt began slaughtering the roughly 300,000 pigs in the country Wednesday as a precautionary measure against the spread of swine flu even though no cases have been reported here yet, the Health Ministry said. The move immediately provoked resistance from … read more

Police on strike alert

Egypt ordered its police on alert to foil a nationwide strike planned by pro-democracy activists for Monday. Sunday’s order from the Interior Ministry came a day after police arrested 28 activists of the April 6 Movement, which has called for … read more

Couple jailed for swinging

A Cairo court has sentenced a man to seven years and his wife to three years in prison for setting up a swingers’ club, the press reported on Sunday, in a case that has angered conservative Egyptian society. Tolba Abdel … read more

Egypt village mob torches Bahai homes

Egyptian villagers have set fire to Bahai homes after a member of the religion said on television the village was “full of Bahais,” the latest incident to reflect religious tensions in the country. Furious villagers rampaged through Sharoniyah, near Sohag … read more

Egypt skips key Arab summit on unity

Egypt’s president will skip a key Arab summit this week, the country’s foreign minister announced Saturday, in a move highlighting divisions within the group. President Hosni Mubarak will not attend the Arab summit in Qatar on Monday, although Egypt will … read more

Egypt releases detained blogger

Egyptian authorities have released a 22-year-old Egyptian blogger and activist after nearly seven weeks in detention, an Egyptian human rights group said on Saturday. Police detained Diaa Eddin Gad on February 6 outside his home in the Nile Delta province … read more

Egypt confirms yet another human bird flu case

The Egyptian ministry of health Thursday confirmed that an Egyptian girl has contracted the deadly H5N1 strain of avian influenza. According to a spokesman for the ministry, the girl is the 60th case of the virus infecting the human population. … read more

Pyramids to go dark for “Earth Hour”

The Pyramids and the Sphinx, normally bathed in the golden glow of high-powered floodlights, will go dark for an hour on Saturday, in a symbolic statement Egyptian environmentalists hope might indirectly save the Nile Delta from inundation. The World Bank … read more

Egypt and Israel ponder 30-year peace

In Cairo, the 30th anniversary of the signing of the peace treaty between Israel and Egypt is seen by many as a moment for regret, not celebration. “It’s a celebration for Israel – not for Egypt, not for the Arabs, … read more