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Egypt says lower oil prices to slash energy subsidies bill by 30 pct

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22 Dec 2014
Egypt expects to slash its energy subsidies bill by 30 percent in the 2014-15 fiscal year if global oil prices remain low, the oil ministry said on Monday, potentially lightening the burden on the cash-strapped country's finances....
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Al Jazeera Mubasher Misr ceases broadcasting

Al Jazeera Mubasher Misr logo
22 Dec 2014
Al Jazeera Mubasher Misr, a Doha-based broadcaster owned by the Al Jazeera Media Network, has ceased broadcasting today based on the Egyptian-Qatari reconciliation. The broadcasting was initially launched following the outbreak of 25...
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Electoral Commission:Essebsi wins Tunisia’s presidential election with 55.68% of vote

Beji Caid Essebsi, the head of Nidaa Tounes party, casts his vote at a polling station in Tunis, 26 October 2014.
22 Dec 2014
Beji Caid Essebsi's wins Tunisia’s presidential election with 55.68% of vote (electoral commission), according  to  France24 TV. Essebsi took 39 per cent of votes in the first round ballot in November with Marzouki...
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Residents: Clashes in south Tunisia after Essebsi claims victory

Police stand guard during a re-election campaign event of Tunisia's President Moncef Marzouki in Sidi Bouzid December 17, 2014.
22 Dec 2014
Tunisian police fired teargas on Monday in a southern city to disperse hundreds of youths who burned tyres and blocked streets to demonstrate against an official from the old guard who declared he had won Sunday's presidential vote,...
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Tagamu, Ghad, Conference parties withdraw from Egyptian Front alliance

Voters line up to cast their ballot in People's Assembly elections, Cairo, November 28,2011. Parliamentary elections' first phase, which started Monday, includes 17.5 million voters.The poll took place at nine governorates: Cairo, Alexandria, Kafr al-Sheikh, Assiut, Port Said, Fayyoum, Luxor, Red Sea and Damietta.
22 Dec 2014
The Tagamu Party, Ghad Party and Conference Party withdrew from the Egyptian Front, an alliance of political parties that will run in the 2014 parliamentary elections, after they failed to agree on candidate lists.   Sources said the...
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February set for verdict against prominent activist over Alexandria riots

Political activist Mahinour al-Masry
22 Dec 2014
Alexandria’s Al-Raml Misdemeanor Court on Monday set 9 February for its verdict on activist Mahinour al-Masry and nine others over charges of rioting outside the district’s police station.   Prosecutors had accused the...
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Study: 44% Egyptians have negative views of Brotherhood political role, 43% disagree

22 Dec 2014
A US poll has concluded that 44 percent of Egyptians have a negative opinion of the Muslim Brotherhood’s role in the country, while 43 percent believe the contrary.   A poll carried out by US-based Zogby Research Services...
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Israel denies downing of drone southwest of Syria

22 Dec 2014
The Israeli army has denied news over downing an Israeli drone in Quneitra province, southwest of Syria. Voice of Israel radio quoted on Monday spokesperson of the Israel Defense Forces as saying it was “unaware of any unmanned...
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Former PM Abdel Aziz Hegazy dies at 91

Former Prime Minister Abdel Aziz Hegazy
22 Dec 2014
Former Prime Minister Abdel Aziz Hegazy, head of Nile University board of trustees, has passed away at the age of 91 years old. A funeral will take place at Omar Makram mosque, located downtown. Hegazy led the government under rule of...
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Egypt to allow limited number of fans at league matches

Dozens of Ultras Ahlawy protest in front of headquarters of Sports Ministry, 2 October 2012, against return of the Premier League football season.
22 Dec 2014
Egyptian authorities will partially lift a ban on supporters at domestic stadiums, ending three years of league football being played in empty arenas, the country's football association announced. There had been a blanket ban on...
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