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  • The sun sets on the minarets and the Great Pyramids of Giza in Old Cairo
    Egypt limits air conditioning in mosques as power shortages worsen Reuters - 21 hours ago

    Egypt, facing the worst energy shortages for years, has set limits for electricity use at mosques as part of government efforts to ease the impact of power cuts … More »Egypt limits air conditioning in mosques as power shortages worsen

    The sun sets on the minarets and the Great Pyramids of Giza in Old Cairo

    Egypt, facing the worst energy shortages for years, has set limits for electricity use at mosques as part of government efforts to ease the impact of power cuts already affecting homes and factories. The religious endowments minister has ordered mosques not to run air conditioners before May 15 and after that date to use …

  • A general view of an electricity company in Cairo
    Egypt battles energy crunch with ban on too-cold air conditioners Reuters - Mon, 14 Apr, 2014

    Egypt, grappling with an energy crunch, will enforce a ban on the production and import of air conditioners that can be set lower than 20 degrees Celsius, aiming … More »Egypt battles energy crunch with ban on too-cold air conditioners

    A general view of an electricity company in Cairo

    Egypt, grappling with an energy crunch, will enforce a ban on the production and import of air conditioners that can be set lower than 20 degrees Celsius, aiming to reassure citizens and industry hit with power cuts and fuel shortages. The failure of successive governments in Cairo to develop sound energy policies has …

  • Ultra-Orthodox Jews collect water to make matza during the Maim Shelanoo ceremony at a mountain spring, near Jerusalem, Sunday, April 13, 2014. The water is used to prepare the traditional unleavened bread for the high holiday of Passover which begins Monday.(AP Photo/Dan Balilty)
    Israel prepares for Passover, holiday that celebrates exodus from Egypt over 3,000 years ago The Canadian Press - Mon, 14 Apr, 2014

    JERUSALEM - Smoke wafted through the air in Jerusalem on Monday morning as Jews burned scraps of bread and added the final touches to weeks of meticulous preparations … More »Israel prepares for Passover, holiday that celebrates exodus from Egypt over 3,000 years ago

    Ultra-Orthodox Jews collect water to make matza during the Maim Shelanoo ceremony at a mountain spring, near Jerusalem, Sunday, April 13, 2014. The water is used to prepare the traditional unleavened bread for the high holiday of Passover which begins Monday.(AP Photo/Dan Balilty)

    JERUSALEM - Smoke wafted through the air in Jerusalem on Monday morning as Jews burned scraps of bread and added the final touches to weeks of meticulous preparations for Passover, the holiday in which the biblical story of the Exodus of the Jewish people from ancient Egypt is retold. Israel sealed off the West Bank, barring …

  • Egypt arrests alleged 'terrorist' who fought in Syria Reuters - Sun, 13 Apr, 2014

    Egypt has arrested a veteran of the Syrian civil war on suspicion of planning terrorist acts inside Egypt, the state news agency reported on Sunday. The Egyptian … More »Egypt arrests alleged 'terrorist' who fought in Syria

    Egypt has arrested a veteran of the Syrian civil war on suspicion of planning terrorist acts inside Egypt, the state news agency reported on Sunday. The Egyptian prosecutor's office in Suez City ordered the arrest of Wael Ahmed Abdel Fattah for 15 days, MENA reported, adding that he was suspected of working with Islamist …

  • A man holds his smart card and some coins at a bakery in Port Said
    Egypt to introduce smart card for subsidised bread by July Reuters - Sun, 13 Apr, 2014

    Egypt will introduce a smart card system for subsidised bread nationwide by July, in an attempt to curb corruption and smuggling, Supplies Minister Khaled Hanafi … More »Egypt to introduce smart card for subsidised bread by July

    A man holds his smart card and some coins at a bakery in Port Said

    Egypt will introduce a smart card system for subsidised bread nationwide by July, in an attempt to curb corruption and smuggling, Supplies Minister Khaled Hanafi said on Sunday. "The new system will ... save the subsidies allotted for bread, which cost 22 billion Egyptian pounds ($3.15 billion) a year, from being wasted …

  • A general view of an electricity company in Cairo
    Preventing summer blackouts in Egypt is "impossible" -minister Reuters - Sat, 12 Apr, 2014

    Egypt's minister of electricity and renewable energy said that the government will not be able to prevent power cuts this summer, an acknowledgment of the severe … More »Preventing summer blackouts in Egypt is "impossible" -minister

    A general view of an electricity company in Cairo

    Egypt's minister of electricity and renewable energy said that the government will not be able to prevent power cuts this summer, an acknowledgment of the severe energy crunch facing the most populous Arab country. "Eliminating blackouts and reducing loads this summer is impossible," Mohamed Shaker said in comments published …

  • Egypt violence kills three; group names suicide bomber Reuters - Fri, 11 Apr, 2014

    By Tom Perry CAIRO (Reuters) - Two members of the Muslim Brotherhood were killed in an exchange of gunfire with Egyptian security forces in the Nile Delta on Friday, … More »Egypt violence kills three; group names suicide bomber

    By Tom Perry CAIRO (Reuters) - Two members of the Muslim Brotherhood were killed in an exchange of gunfire with Egyptian security forces in the Nile Delta on Friday, the Interior Ministry said, and the Islamist group said another of its supporters was shot dead in Alexandria. Attacks on the security forces have become …

  • Two Brotherhood members killed in Egypt shoot out - MENA Reuters - Fri, 11 Apr, 2014

    Two members of the Muslim Brotherhood were killed in a shoot out with security forces in the Nile Delta north of Cairo, the state news agency reported on Friday. … More »Two Brotherhood members killed in Egypt shoot out - MENA

    Two members of the Muslim Brotherhood were killed in a shoot out with security forces in the Nile Delta north of Cairo, the state news agency reported on Friday. The MENA news agency said they were part of a group that had opened fire on police on a road between the cities of Tanta and al-Mahalla al-Kubra in the Nile Delta …

  • File photo of a masked student throwing a Molotov cocktail at riot police and residents during clashes outside Cairo University
    Egypt's Tahrir Square dream fades as Sisi builds power Reuters - Fri, 11 Apr, 2014

    By Samia Nakhoul CAIRO (Reuters) - In a courthouse near Cairo, a peremptory message hangs above the judge presiding over one of a series of trials involving Egypt's … More »Egypt's Tahrir Square dream fades as Sisi builds power

    File photo of a masked student throwing a Molotov cocktail at riot police and residents during clashes outside Cairo University

    By Samia Nakhoul CAIRO (Reuters) - In a courthouse near Cairo, a peremptory message hangs above the judge presiding over one of a series of trials involving Egypt's briefly powerful and now almost impotent Muslim Brotherhood. A metal cage held 33 members of the Brotherhood - outlawed as a terrorist organization after …

  • Al-Jazeera English bureau chief Mohamed Fahmy, center, producer Baher Mohamed, center left, and correspondent Peter Greste, second right, stand in a courtroom along with several other defendants during their trial on terror charges, in Cairo, Egypt, March 31, 2014. The family of Mohamed Fahmy says the man is getting "fed up" at being held on a "ridiculous" set of charges. Mohamed Fahmy was working for Qatar-based satellite news broadcaster Al-Jazeera English when he was arrested on Dec. 29 along with his colleagues. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP - Sarah El Deeb
    Canadian journalist held in Egypt calls his trial 'a joke' The Canadian Press - Thu, 10 Apr, 2014

    Shouting from behind the bars of a cage in which he and his co-accused colleagues were kept, Mohamed Fahmy said he didn't understand the reason for the trial, which … More »Canadian journalist held in Egypt calls his trial 'a joke'

    Al-Jazeera English bureau chief Mohamed Fahmy, center, producer Baher Mohamed, center left, and correspondent Peter Greste, second right, stand in a courtroom along with several other defendants during their trial on terror charges, in Cairo, Egypt, March 31, 2014. The family of Mohamed Fahmy says the man is getting "fed up" at being held on a "ridiculous" set of charges. Mohamed Fahmy was working for Qatar-based satellite news broadcaster Al-Jazeera English when he was arrested on Dec. 29 along with his colleagues. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP - Sarah El Deeb

    Shouting from behind the bars of a cage in which he and his co-accused colleagues were kept, Mohamed Fahmy said he didn't understand the reason for the trial, which marks what's thought to be the first time journalists have been charged with terrorism-related offences in Egypt. Fahmy was working for satellite news broadcaster …

  • Egypt woman professor targets young in bid to save Brotherhood Reuters - Thu, 10 Apr, 2014

    By Michael Georgy CAIRO (Reuters) - With a spare bed always ready for friends on the run, Wafaa Hefny is not your average English literature professor. In her … More »Egypt woman professor targets young in bid to save Brotherhood

    By Michael Georgy CAIRO (Reuters) - With a spare bed always ready for friends on the run, Wafaa Hefny is not your average English literature professor. In her spare time, the 47-year-old veiled academic is trying to save the Muslim Brotherhood, the outlawed group that Egypt's army-backed authorities brand a "terrorist …

  • A vendor stands next to his fruit stall as he waits for customers near a mosque in Cairo
    Egypt's core inflation quickens to 9.9 pct yr/yr in March Reuters - Thu, 10 Apr, 2014

    Egypt's annual core inflation, which strips out subsidised goods and volatile items including fruit and vegetables, increased to 9.9 percent in March from 9.7 percent … More »Egypt's core inflation quickens to 9.9 pct yr/yr in March

    A vendor stands next to his fruit stall as he waits for customers near a mosque in Cairo

    Egypt's annual core inflation, which strips out subsidised goods and volatile items including fruit and vegetables, increased to 9.9 percent in March from 9.7 percent in February, the central bank said on Thursday. Egypt's economy has been hit by three years of political turmoil since the 2011 uprising that swept veteran …

  • The sun sets over the minarets of mosques during the holy fasting month of Ramadan, in Old Cairo
    Egypt steps up campaign to control mosques Reuters - Thu, 10 Apr, 2014

    By Tom Perry CAIRO (Reuters) - The Egyptian government has stepped up a campaign to curb Muslim Brotherhood influence over mosques, saying it has licensed more … More »Egypt steps up campaign to control mosques

    The sun sets over the minarets of mosques during the holy fasting month of Ramadan, in Old Cairo

    By Tom Perry CAIRO (Reuters) - The Egyptian government has stepped up a campaign to curb Muslim Brotherhood influence over mosques, saying it has licensed more than 17,000 state-approved clerics to give Friday sermons to stop places of worship falling "into the hands of extremists". The military-backed authorities have …

  • Egypt's Citadel Capital says rights issue fully subscribed Reuters - Thu, 10 Apr, 2014

    Egypt's Citadel Capital has finalised its equity capital increase to a total of 8 billion Egyptian pounds ($1.15 billion) with its 3.64 billion-pound ($522 million) … More »Egypt's Citadel Capital says rights issue fully subscribed

    Egypt's Citadel Capital has finalised its equity capital increase to a total of 8 billion Egyptian pounds ($1.15 billion) with its 3.64 billion-pound ($522 million) rights issue fully subscribed, it said on Wednesday. Two months ago the private equity firm said it had completed a 3.7 billion-pound programme of buying additional …

  • A vendor stands next to his fruit stall as he waits for customers near a mosque in Cairo
    Egypt urban annual inflation steady at 9.8 pct in March vs February Reuters - Thu, 10 Apr, 2014

    CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt's annual urban consumer inflation rate stood at 9.8 percent in March, unchanged from February, the country's official statistics … More »Egypt urban annual inflation steady at 9.8 pct in March vs February

    A vendor stands next to his fruit stall as he waits for customers near a mosque in Cairo

    CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt's annual urban consumer inflation rate stood at 9.8 percent in March, unchanged from February, the country's official statistics agency CAPMAS said on Thursday. Annual inflation had reached its highest rate in nearly four years in November but has been falling back since then. Egypt's …

  • U.S. targets Egypt militant group Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis Reuters - Wed, 9 Apr, 2014

    The United States has designated Egypt's most active militant group, Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, a foreign terrorist organization, officials said on Wednesday, making … More »U.S. targets Egypt militant group Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis

    The United States has designated Egypt's most active militant group, Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, a foreign terrorist organization, officials said on Wednesday, making it a crime to support the group. The Sinai-based group, formed in the wake of the 2011 uprisings in Egypt, has claimed responsibility for several high-profile …