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Opposition leader urges election boycott

Egypt’s leading democracy advocate made a forceful call Monday for the nation to boycott November’s parliamentary election, saying they were certain to be rigged and urging his young supporters to be patient and plan for a lengthy struggle. Nobel laureate … read more

Egypt fights Islamists with TV drama

Television drama has become the latest weapon used by Egypt’s authorities in their confrontation with the Muslim Brotherhood, the banned group that represents the largest opposition force in the country. Independent candidates affiliated to the Brotherhood won 20 per cent … read more

Egypt says ‘Jewish state’ concerning

Egypt has expressed concern over Israel’s insistence on being recognized as a “Jewish state,” saying this would endanger the fate of Israel’s Arab minority. “Israel wants to call itself a Jewish or Hebrew state. This is worrying,” Egyptian Foreign Minister … read more

Egyptian officials to be tried in Van Gogh theft

Eleven culture officials from Egypt’s government have been formally charged in last month’s theft of a Vincent van Gogh painting from a Cairo museum that had no functioning security alarms. The public prosecutor says he has referred the eleven Culture … read more

Ramadan demand prompts rise in food prices

Sharply rising meat prices in the Arab world have hit celebrations for the holy month of Ramadan, during which tradition dictates that families host large meals, and prompted concerns over food price inflation across the region. EDITOR’S CHOICE In depth: … read more

Egypt’s political battle lines drawn on the web

A web page casting doubt on the religious credentials of the family of Egyptian presidential hopeful Mohamed ElBaradei has become the latest focus of an online battle for votes. The creators of a Facebook page carrying images of ElBaradei’s daughter … read more

Egypt journo faces trial for ‘insult’

A prominent opposition journalist is to go on trial for allegedly libelling Egypt’s foreign minister in a newspaper, a judicial source said on Sunday. Hamdi Qandeel could face prison or a fine if found guilty of the charge of “insulting … read more

US to increase education aid to Egypt

US Ambassador to Egypt, Margaret Scobey said she hopes negotiations between the Palestinians and Israelis will continue until a peaceful solution is reached, emphasizing the need to create two states that can live side by side in harmony. Speaking at … read more