Egypt

Egyptian Man Grows ‘Beard of Bees’, Hopes to Promote Apian Benefits

By Amr Abdallah Dalsh SHIBIN EL KOM, Egypt, Dec 4 – Mohamed Hagras stands bare chested as dozens of honeybees congregate around his face, eventually forming what he calls the “Beard of Bees”. To attract the insects he has a box housing their queen’s hormones strapped to his chin. The 31-year-old engineer-turned-beekeeper has been doing this

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Egypt Refers Two Officials to Court for Migrant Boat Capsizing

CAIRO, Dec 3 – Egypt has referred two maritime inspection officials to trial for their role in the capsizing of a migrant ship that led to the death of over 200 earlier this year, state news agency MENA reported on Saturday. A boat carrying about 450 people capsized off Egypt’s northern coast in September. Some

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Egypt’s Top Constitutional Court Upholds Law Restricting Street Protests

CAIRO, Dec 3 – Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court upheld on Saturday a law that effectively bans protests, settling a years-long court battle and protecting the law from further challenges. The law was passed in 2013 amid persistent demonstrations calling for the reinstatement of Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Mursi after the military overthrew him following mass

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Egyptian Activists Raise Alarm Over Expanding NGO Crackdown

By Ahmed Aboulenein CAIRO, Nov 24 – An Egyptian bill regulating non-governmental organisations is so restrictive it effectively bans human rights work and makes it harder for charities to operate, activists and development workers say. The bill, passed by parliament last week but subject to a final vote, restricts NGO activity to developmental and social

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Egypt Refers Militants Charged in Sisi Death Plot to Military Judiciary

CAIRO, Nov 21 – Egypt’s public prosecutor has brought before the military judiciary 292 suspected Daesh militants, some of whom are accused of plotting to assassinate President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef. The suspects are accused of belonging to 22 cells and carrying out 19 attacks in total, including

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Egypt Journalist Unionists Get Two Years’ Jail for Harboring Colleagues

CAIRO, Nov 20 – An Egyptian court sentenced the head of the journalists’ union and two board members to two years in prison on Saturday for harbouring colleagues wanted by the law and spreading false news, judicial sources and their lawyer said. Amnesty International condemned the sentences as “a new stage of a crackdown on

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Cafe Riche: An Ode to a Bygone Cairo

By Salma Islam Photos by Hany Maher The wooden door opens and a smart looking gentleman in a grey suit and a black briefcase in tow walks in, greets the staff, and makes a beeline for an empty table near the back of the long, narrow restaurant. He doesn’t wait long. He is soon joined by

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