Egypt

German Summer Bookings for Turkey, Egypt, Tunisia Drop 40 pct

By Maria Sheahan FRANKFURT, March 4- German travellers’ bookings for summer holidays in Egypt, Tunisia and Turkey have dropped around 40 percent compared with a year ago, reflecting tourists’ concern over security, German travel association DRV said on Thursday. Once-popular destinations such as Egypt and Tunisia have suffered a series of attacks including the suspected

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Egypt Parliament Expels MP for Dining With Israeli Ambassador

CAIRO, March 3- Egypt’s parliament voted on Wednesday to expel an independent lawmaker who invited the Israeli ambassador in Cairo for dinner, drawing widespread criticism and prompting a fellow deputy to attack him with his shoe. Speaker Ali Abdelaal announced that 465 lawmakers, out of 490 who attended the session voted to expel Tawfik Okasha

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Egyptian Lawmaker Attacked With Shoe for Dining With Israeli Ambassador

CAIRO, Feb 28 – Egyptian lawmaker Tawfik Okasha was attacked in parliament on Sunday, with one colleague hurling a shoe at him and others demanding he be suspended after he invited the Israeli ambassador for dinner. Egypt was the first of a handful of Arab countries to recognize Israel with a United States-sponsored 1979 peace

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Egypt Migrant Departures Stir New Concern in Europe

By Francesco Guarascio BRUSSELS, Feb 28  – The European Union fears Mediterranean migrant smuggling gangs are reviving a route from Egypt, officials told Reuters, putting thousands of people to sea in recent months as they face problems in Libya and Turkey. “It’s an increasing issue,” an EU official said of increased activity after a quiet

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Italian Killing Highlights Assault on Academic Freedom in Egypt

By Lin Noueihed CAIRO, Feb 26 – When a colleague in Holland asked historian Pascale Ghazaleh this month whether to send a group of students to Egypt, her response was a resounding ‘No’. “I said I don’t think we should because besides all the misunderstandings that can traditionally potentially happen, the harassment which is par

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Egypt Puts on Trial Policeman Who Shot Driver Dead in the Street

CAIRO, Feb 21 – Egypt’s prosecutor referred a policeman who shot dead a driver in a busy street to trial for murder, state news agency MENA reported on Sunday, in the latest case to highlight public concerns about police brutality. Sergeant Mostafa Abdel Karim is accused of shooting a driver in the head after a

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Egypt Jails Author For Two Years Over Sexually Explicit Novel

CAIRO, Feb 21 – An Egyptian court has sentenced an author to two years in jail for public indecency after excerpts of his sexually explicit novel were published in a literary newspaper. A chapter from Ahmed Naji’s novel Istikhdam Al Hayat, or Using Life, was serialized in a state-owned literary newspaper and a case was

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Hundreds Protest in Cairo Over Police Brutality

CAIRO, Feb 19 – Hundreds of protesters gathered in front of the Cairo security directorate on Thursday night after a policeman shot dead a man in the street, in the latest outburst of anger over alleged police brutality in Egypt. A statement from the Cairo security directorate said the policeman had shot dead a driver

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Egypt Struggles to Get Subsidized Food to Poor Amid Dollar Crisis

By Ali Abdelaty and Lin Noueihed CAIRO, Feb 19 – “Any rice?” says the woman, leaning into a shop in Cairo and brandishing a green smartcard that carries her family’s food credits. The shopkeeper shakes his head: “Only sugar.” Behind him, more than half the shelves are empty. Rice and cooking oil are nowhere to be

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