Features/Interviews

Egypt's first female tahteeb instructor smashes gender barriers in ancient game

Rania Medhat, first female tahteeb instructor
30 Apr 2017
Born and raised in Egypt's conservative southern province of Assiut, Rania Medhat is challenging sexist barriers and restrictive notions about female participation in sports and their athletic abilities by becoming the first ever...
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Clashes renew between IS, North Sinai tribes, killing 6

Rafah checkpoint
29 Apr 2017
Clashes renewed on Friday between tribesmen and terrorist elements of Ansar Bayt al-Maqdes (the "Islamic State" militant groups of northern Sinai) in southern Rafah city, killing 6 people from both sides. The Tarabin tribe is...
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Eman's weight loss journey turns to ugly spat as sister accuses Indian doctors of lying

Iman after undergoing weight loss surgery in india 
25 Apr 2017
The sister of Eman Abd El Aty, an Egyptian woman thought to have been the world's heaviest, has accused doctors in India of lying about her weight loss, and using her sister's case as a tool for media propaganda, after doctors said...
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7 controversial issues Sisi and Salman should discuss to mend fences

23 Apr 2017
President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi arrived in Saudi Arabia on Sunday, upon invitation from King Salman bin Abdelaziz, against the backdrop of months of undeclared disputes between the two countries. Salman invited the President in the hopes of...
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Conciliation attempt between State Council and Parliament over Judicial Authority bill

State Council
20 Apr 2017
In the wake of a clear refusal of the Judicial Authority bill, currently under discussion by the Parliament, the Member of the Parliament's (MP) legislative committee, Mostafa Bakry, asserted that attempts are underway to reach...
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Why does Egypt's largest Muslim beacon, Al-Azhar, refuse to declare IS 'apostate'?

14 Apr 2017
After the Islamic State (IS) militant group declared its responsibility for Palm Sunday's deadly attacks that targeted two Coptic churches in Egypt's Delta and Alexandria city, several media figures and organizations launched...
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Does Parliament have the authority to give Red Sea islands agreement the kiss of life?

Protest at the Lawyers Syndicate on Apr. 14, 2016 against the transfer of the Red Sea islands Tiran and Sanafir to Saudi Arabia.
12 Apr 2017
Directly following the declaration of an emergency state in Egypt in the aftermath of the violent church attacks on Sunday, the Parliament's Legislative Committee were obliged to discuss the controversial Red Sea islands maritime...
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Got a leak? Om Bassem takes a peek as Egypt’s female plumber

Egypt's female plummer, Om Bassem (Screenshot from Associated Press video).
07 Apr 2017
When Om Bassem first told her children she was going to start working as a plumber, they felt so ashamed -- to the extent that her son wanted to change his name and her daughter wanted to commit suicide. But the resilient 62-year old...
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Egyptian Rafale fighter pilots outperform Qataris: French Aviation Magazine

© AFP / Anne-Christine Poujoulat | A French Rafale fighter aircraft is catapulted off aircraft carrier Charles-de-Gaulle off the coast of Toulon, southern France, on January 16, 2015
 
06 Apr 2017
As part of the bilateral military co-operation between Egypt and France, Dassault Aviation, a multinational Rafale fighter manufacturing company named based in France, delivered three Rafale fighters to Egypt on Wednesday which represents...
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In DC visit, Sisi to test 'chemistry' with Trump

Sisi meets Trump in the US
03 Apr 2017
Making his first official visit to Washington, Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi's meeting this week with US President Donald Trump would be a significant step in the international rehabilitation of the general-turned-politician who was kept out of...
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