Cairo upgrades battered taxis, cleans up image

Grimy old Fiats and Ladas have long been a defining feature of Cairo’s creaking taxi fleet, clogging the city’s streets and sputtering out fumes. Now the scruffy black-and-white cabs are giving way to metered, air-conditioned cars assembled in Egypt using … read more

Egyptian man dies after setting himself alight

A man has died after setting himself on fire in Egypt’s northern port city of Alexandria. Officials say the 25-year-old unemployed man – Ahmed Hashem el-Sayed, who had suffered third-degree burns – died in hospital. Earlier on Tuesday, another man … read more

Egypt’s court overturns telecom news monitoring

A Cairo court on Saturday overturned the Egyptian telecoms regulator’s decision to monitor news feeds on mobile phones ahead of elections, Egypt’s official news agency MENA said on Saturday. The court also cancelled another decision by the telecoms regulator requiring … read more

Egypt election: Security on alert

Egyptian security forces were on high alert on Saturday, on the eve of a general election, after activists clashed with police at the end of a campaign marred by violence and a crackdown on the opposition. Thousands of activists demonstrated … read more