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Mubarak to visit France on Sunday

President Hosni Mubarak is set to visit France on Sunday for talks with French President Nicolas Sarkozy, his second visit to the European country in two months, state agency MENA said. Mubarak, 82, will then travel to the United States … read more

Tycoon offers reward for stolen Van Gogh painting

Egyptian telecom tycoon Naguib Sawiris has offered a 140,000 euro reward for information leading to the recovery of a stolen masterpiece by Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh, according to broadcaster Europe1. Sawiris is the first businessman to have publicly offered … read more

Egypt’s Unusual Political Pair

Two of the biggest opposition players in Egyptian politics have joined forces as unofficial campaigning kicks off for parliamentary polls later this year—though neither will be on the ballot. Mohamed ElBaradei, former head of the United Nations nuclear watchdog and … read more

Culture ministry closes museums in wake of Van Gogh theft

The Egyptian government on Thursday announced its decision to close several more Egyptian museums following the theft of Vincent Van Gogh’s famous masterpiece, “Poppy Flowers,” from Cairo’s Mohamed Mahmoud Khalil Museum earlier this week. Minister of Culture Farouk Hosni said … read more

Power cuts amid Ramadan heat wave

Cities across Egypt have been hit by daily blackouts during the past two weeks, sparking protests and calls for the electricity minister to be sacked. The power cuts – the worst in decades – come amid sweltering temperatures during the … read more

Egypt Discovers 3,500-Year-Old Oasis Trading Post

Egypt’s antiquities department announced Wednesday the discovery of a 3,500-year-old settlement in a desert oasis, showing the existence of vibrant desert trade routes that stretched from the Mediterranean down into Sudan from the early days of the Egyptian civilization. The … read more

Ruling Party Ready to Back Mubarak

Egypt’s ruling party said Wednesday that it will back 82-year-old Hosni Mubarak if he decides run for another term as president in 2011, even though Mr. Mubarak has yet to say whether he will seek another term. Egypt’s state-run MENA … read more