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85-year-old woman still works hard, carries sacks on her shoulder

Poor families at the village of Abaadiya, Fayoum
27 Mar 2015
Her wrinkles, her chapped hands and her elusive eyes tell of the hardship that 85-year-old Soad Ragab has endured.   She sits silents in her shop in Nasr City, waiting for a customer to come and buy a kilo of gypsum or a sack of...
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Arabs inch closer to old dream of joint Arab force

27 Mar 2015
Arab leaders meeting this weekend in this Egyptian Red Sea resort are moving closer than ever to creating a joint Arab military force, a sign of a new determination among Saudi Arabia, Egypt and their allies to intervene aggressively in...
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Authorities work to minimize damage from tourist visa cancelation

Tourists arriving in Egypt
26 Mar 2015
According to official sources at the Tourism Ministry, the government is currently working to reduce the negative consequences that would result from a recent decision that requires foreigners to obtain a visa before coming to Egypt,...
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Egypt, Emirati developers tout nebulous plan for new capital

A model of a planned new capital for Egypt is displayed for investors at the opening of the Egypt Economic Development Conference (EEDC) in Sharm el-Sheikh, in the South Sinai governorate, about 550 km (342 miles) south of Cairo, March 13, 2015. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh
 


 
 

 
21 Mar 2015
The idea is colossal: building an eco-friendly city the size of Singapore in the desert outside Cairo, a sleek new capital fit for the 21st century where a diverse slice of society will live in harmony. Of the projects unveiled at the...
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Upper Egypt woman raises daughter disguised, working as man for 43 years

Upper Egypt mother dressed in men's clothes to raise her daughter 
21 Mar 2015
After becoming a widow in Upper Egypt with no breadwinner, life swept back into the eyes of six-month pregnant Sisa Gaber Abu Douh, now 64, who at a young age bravely decided to disguise herself in men clothes to save her own daughter from...
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What can $300 billion buy in Egypt? A new capital or a pipedream

A model of a planned new capital for Egypt is displayed for investors at the opening of the Egypt Economic Development Conference (EEDC) in Sharm el-Sheikh, in the South Sinai governorate, about 550 km (342 miles) south of Cairo, March 13, 2015. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh
 


 
 

 
19 Mar 2015
It is a project as ambitious as Egypt's ancient pyramids. Built from scratch to escape Cairo's choking pollution, a planned new capital will feature an airport larger than London's Heathrow, a building taller than Paris's...
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Butane gas cylinder shortage brings back primus stoves

An Egyptian woman carries an empty gas cylinder to be refilled at a warehouse in Cairo on April 4, 2013. 
18 Mar 2015
The shortage of butane gas cylinders has brought back the primus stoves that our grandmothers used. Al-Masry Al-Youm went to the Taht al-Rabea area in Old Cairo to talk to people in the trade. It is the only place left in Egypt that still...
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Regime rhetoric could be inadvertently inciting vigilantism

Aftermath of police, Muslim Brotherhood clashes in Matariya, 25 January 2015
18 Mar 2015
People in a Daqahlia village set fire on Monday to houses owned by supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood, the banned group that security authorities suspect of perpetrating the murder of a police officer and his uncle in a drive-by shooting...
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Families of stadium massacre victims: We know the killer

18 Mar 2015
“God wanted my son to go to the match to die there. Only God is able to avenge him,” says Emad al-Sayyed, father of Abdel Rahman, one of the 20 people killed outside a Cairo stadium last month. On Sunday, the prosecution...
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Critics: Canceling visas to individual tourists 'catastrophic'

Iranian tourists in Luxor
18 Mar 2015
The Foreign Ministry's decision to cancel visas for individual tourists has raised controversy within the tourism industry which calls it "catastrophic."   The Foreign Ministry issued a statement on Tuesday limiting...
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