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Egypt workers fight for pay, not against the state

Striking Egyptian workers are unlikely to escalate demands for better conditions into a political challenge to the government, but stoppages will make state assets less attractive to investors.Worker frustration with rising prices and shortages of subsidised bread flared into two … read more

Egypt holds 26 over suspected Qaeda plot on Suez

Egyptian security forces have arrested 26 suspected Al-Qaeda loyalists on charges of plotting attacks on foreign ships passing through the Suez Canal, the interior ministry said on Thursday.The suspects, 25 Egyptians and a Palestinian, were in contact with the Al-Qaeda-linked … read more

Egypt reports five more cases of A/H1N1 flu

Egypt reported five more cases of influenza A/H1N1 on Sunday, bringing the total number of the flu in the populous country to 97, according to the Ministry of Health.     The first case was a 27-year-old Indian man who just came … read more

Tragic Symbol: Egypt’s Headscarf Martyr

The murder of Marwa al-Sherbini, a 32-year-old Egyptian pharmacist stabbed to death in a German courtroom last week, has stoked growing anger in Egypt, where the local press has taken to referring to Sherbini as the “headscarf martyr.” But with … read more

Pig farmers clash with police

Clashes erupted in Cairo on Sunday between Egyptian police and pig farmers who were trying to prevent their animals being taken away for slaughter, an AFP correspondent said. Egypt began a mass cull of the nation’s 250,000 pigs on Saturday, … read more

Bardot slams planned pig cull

French animal rights activist and former actress Brigitte Bardot has written to Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, slamming the decision to slaughter the country’s pig population in the wake of swine flu. “Taking advantage of the global hysteria over the propagation … read more

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