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Prime Minister bans Egyptian movie for risqué scenes

Halawet Rouh movie, starring Haifa Wahbe
17 Apr 2014
Egypt’s Prime Minister Ibrahim Mehleb has decided to ban the recently-premiered movie “Halawet Roh”, or “Sweetness of Soul”, from public screening in the first direct intervention from the Cabinet in film...

Counter-terrorism draft law ready for president's approval

Local Development Minister Adel Labib
06 Apr 2014
Major General Adel Labib, Minister of Local Development, said after the Cabinet's Thursday meeting the Cabinet would submit the counter-terrorism draft law to the president for approval after it has been revised by the State Council....

Investors believe Sisi presidency will bring stability

20 Mar 2014
Egyptian Army chief Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi may not look like a model democrat, but foreign and local businessmen believe he can deliver stability to open up investment opportunities in the most populous Arab nation.   Sisi...

New animated film paves way for health awareness

17 Mar 2014
In an effort to combat Egypt's high prevalence of pneumonia infections, Healthy Egyptians Association for Development has released a short computer-animated film to convey a health, educational message to children as well as parents in...

Khaled Ali will not run for president, says election is farce

Khaled Ali Campaign
16 Mar 2014
Former presidential hopeful and leftist activist Khaled Ali announced Sunday in a press conference he would not run for president, describing the upcoming elections as a farce.    Ali called on army generals to stay away from...

Egyptian militants outwit army in Sinai battlefield

A Palestinian works inside a smuggling tunnel flooded by Egyptian forces, beneath the Egyptian-Gaza border in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip in this 19 February 2013 file photo.
16 Mar 2014
Egypt's army says it is crushing Islamist militants in the Sinai Peninsula, but in the region's villages and towns a victory for the state feels a long way off. In a rare visit to eight villages in Northern Sinai last week, a...

The Oscar selfie: Was it really spontaneous?

06 Mar 2014
The 2014 Oscar’s most retweeted selfie taken by comedian and host Ellen DeGeneres has surprisingly managed to stir crticism for the use of a Samsung Galaxy phone, especially since the company was a big sponsor of the Oscars.  ...

Oscar-winning Cate Blanchett began career in Egypt

04 Mar 2014
As the world yesterday watched Cate Blanchett win her second Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role, what people might not know is that she began her acting career here in Egypt.   Back in 1990, Blanchett was 21 years old and...

Police killers of Khaled Saeed sentenced to 10 years in prison

03 Mar 2014
The Alexandria Criminal Court has sentenced on Monday two policemen to ten years in jail for torturing Khaled Saeed to death in 2010.   The 28-year-old Saeed is labeled as the iconic figure of the Egyptian revolution whose murder was...

Cabinet resignation sparks controversy

Egypt's Army Chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi attends a meeting with Egypt's interim President Adly Mansour, Russia's Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (not pictured) at El-Thadiya presidential palace in Cairo, 14 November 2013.
24 Feb 2014
Prime Minister Hazem El-Beblawy has announced his cabinet’s resignation on Monday, according to an official statement aired on the state-run TV. Many analysts have interpreted the move as a prelude to Field Marshal Abdel Fattah el-...