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Activist abducted while collecting signatures for reform

State security forces abducted, activist Abdullah al-Saadawi, from the Imbaba district inCairo while he was collecting signatures during door knocking in support of the chartered seven demands for reform. A police officer from the Imbaba precinct seized Saadawi confiscating the petition with citizens’ signatures. … read more

HRW tells Egypt to stop shooting migrants

Human Rights Watch urged Egypt on Friday to stop shooting foreign migrants who try to cross into Israel, as the African country began chairing the United Nations’ refugee agency. The New York-based rights group said Egyptian border police have killed … read more

Egypt to deport detained Tunisian fans

Egypt’s public prosecutor has ordered the deportation of 14 Tunisian football fans arrested last week after clashes at the end of a continental club match in Cairo. The group would be deported to Tunisia on Sunday so that “Tunisian authorities … read more

Muslim Brotherhood confirms poll participation

The opposition Muslim Brotherhood has confirmed it will take part in next month’s legislative elections in Egypt, the official MENA news agency reported on Saturday. The group plans to field candidates for 30 percent of the 518 seats in parliament, … read more

Opposition calls for boycott of elections in Egypt

Twenty current and former members of the Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamist political opposition group, have released a statement urging the organisation’s leadership to boycott parliamentary elections next month. The petition adds to the continuing confusion surrounding the Brotherhood’s position on … read more

Schools in Egypt will drop sex education

The Egyptian government has decided to remove all sex education from the school curriculum. This means that biology students between 16 and 17 years of age will no longer cover the topic of reproductive health. And science text books for … read more

Dissident editor says sacked over policy

The editor of an Egyptian opposition newspaper has said he was sacked for refusing to bring the paper more into line with government policy, prompting a small protest on Wednesday. Ibrahim Eissa, the former editor-in-chief of al-Dustor, said he was … read more

Egypt’s education system needs an overhaul

Sawsan Gomaa, 18, thought memorising vocabulary and grammar from the ministry textbook would be enough to ace Egypt’s yearly national language exam for high school graduates, the main gateway to university. After all, that’s how everyone did it. But this … read more