The holy month of Ramadan for the hijri year 1438 will come on May 27, according to Hatem Ouda, the head of the National Research Institute for Astronomy and Geophysics. Speaking to the official MENA news agency on... Thursday, 23 February, 2017 - 16:51
Night view of Cairo
Cairo and Alexandria were among the top 10 African cities for quality of life, according to a recent Swiss survey published this week. The survey took into consideration 100 of the continent’s capitals and major... Thursday, 23 February, 2017 - 15:48
A customer exchanges US dollars to Egyptian pounds in a foreign exchange office in central Cairo, Egypt December 27, 2016 (Mohamed Abd El Ghany / Reuters).
US dollar exchange rate recorded its highest increase at the Egyptian-Gulf Bank, out of 23 banks operating in Egypt, to reach LE15.79 for purchasing and LE15.89 for selling, according to Al-Borsa website. The purchase... Thursday, 23 February, 2017 - 14:36
Euro, Hong Kong dollar, U.S. dollar, Japanese yen, British pound and Chinese 100-yuan banknotes are seen in a picture illustration, in Beijing, China, January 21, 2016. REUTERS/Jason Lee
Individuals will be able to obtain foreign currency from banks without restrictions by the end of 2017, Aswat Masriya reported a senior official at the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) as saying on condition of anonymity.... Thursday, 23 February, 2017 - 13:10
Night view of Cairo
A customer exchanges US dollars to Egyptian pounds in a foreign exchange office in central Cairo, Egypt December 27, 2016 (Mohamed Abd El Ghany / Reuters).
Euro, Hong Kong dollar, U.S. dollar, Japanese yen, British pound and Chinese 100-yuan banknotes are seen in a picture illustration, in Beijing, China, January 21, 2016. REUTERS/Jason Lee

Egypt

Tourists were evacucated from a touristic boat by Aswan security services on Thursday, after smoke was discovered coming...
Tourist inflow to Egypt rose by about 25 percent in December 2016, compared to December 2015, to stand at around 551,000...
EgyptAir is partnering with Egypt's Tour n' Cure medical tourism campaign, which aims to draw 120,000 patients 
EgyptAir will be offering discounts on flight tickets for medical tourists seeking treatment for Hepatitis C in Egypt as...

Middle East/North Africa

Egyptian-American community activist Rana Abdelhamid demonstrates how to hold one's fist for an attack punch during a self-defense workshop designed for Muslim women in Washington, DC, March 4, 2016 in this handout photo provided by Rawan Elbaba. Picture taken March 4, 2016....
 
Turkey's military has changed its regulations to allow female officers to wear headscarves while on duty, defense...
US-backed Iraqi security forces closing in on the Islamic State-held western half of Mosul launched a major offensive on the...
UN mediator Staffan de Mistura said on Wednesday he did not expect an immediate breakthrough when Syria peace talks...

World

Former IMF chief Rodrigo Rato was handed a jail sentence of four years and six months Thursday for misusing funds when he was the boss of two Spanish banks. 
Former IMF chief Rodrigo Rato was handed a jail sentence of four years and six months for misusing funds when he was the...
Asylum seekers from various countries wait to be registered inside a hall, used by German police as a makeshift reception centre for migrants, in Passau, Germany July 29, 2015.
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The number of people applying for asylum in Britain in 2016 was just over 38,500, falling for the first time in six years,...
Muslim Americans have helped raise more than US$91,000 to repair vandalized headstones at a Jewish cemetery in St. Louis,...

Business

Oil prices rose on Thursday after US data showed a surprise decline in inventories, suggesting that a global glut may be...
Germany posted a record budget surplus last year helped by rising tax revenues and employment and low debt costs,...
International Cooperation Minister Sahar Nasr
Minister of International Cooperation Sahar Nasr met on Wednesday with a delegation from the Industrial and Commercial Bank...

Science

Astronomers have found at least seven Earth-sized planets orbiting the same star 40 light-years away, according to a study published Wednesday in the journal Nature. The findings were also announced at a news conference at NASA Headquarters in Washington (artist's renditions via CNN).
Astronomers have found at least seven Earth-sized planets orbiting the same star 40 light-years away, according to a study...
Could constant stress be making you fat? To find out, English researchers compared stress levels and body weight of more...
Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Anany inaugurated the Museum of Archaeological Excavations on the Elphantine island, west of...

Arts

Journalists attend a preview of a new exhibition of dresses worn by the late Princess of Wales Diana, at Kensington Palace in London, Britain February 22, 2017 (Peter Nicholls / Reuters).
Gowns worn by Princess Diana for everything from meeting diplomats to dancing with movie stars feature in an exhibition...
George and Amal Clooney are expecting twins. Matt Damon confirmed the news of the first children for the couple, who married in 2014.
George Clooney is ready for his next challenge -- parenthood. The actor opened up for the first time since news broke that...
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt
American actress Angelina Jolie, 41, recently said that her breakup with her husband Brad Pitt was difficult. Jolie is...

Living

Norwegian Air Shuttle Boeing 737-800 is seen in the air near Oslo Airport, Gardermoen in this July 17, 2009 (Kyrre Lien / File Photo / Reuters).
Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA on Thursday announced plans to offer transatlantic flights on 10 new routes between the United...
Every Sunday, the gymnasium along Beirut's airport highway echoes with the shouting and laughter of dozens of Syrian...
"What will they say about you?" is a rhetorical question with which many women and girls in the Middle East are...