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Egyptian singer detained over racy video clip
Security officials say prosecutors have ordered an Egyptian female pop singer detained for a week on accusations of promoting debauchery in a racy video clip. Shaimaa Ahmed, a 25-year-old singer better known by her stage name Shima, appears in the video in her underwear singing while suggestively ea
Egypt says gas discoveries can be EU's new energy source
Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi adjusts his translator headphones as Cyprus' President Nicos Anastasiades talks to the media during a press conference at the presidential palace in the Cypriot capital Nicosia Monday, Nov. 20, 2017. El-Sissi's visit aims to forge closer ties with Egypt's neig
Hey Arnold!: The Jungle Movie Premieres This Friday
A brand-new Hey Arnold! movie is premiering this Friday on Nickolodeon, titled as "Hey Arnold!: The Jungle Movie". The movie will reportedly "follow the kids on the field trip of a lifetime, where Arnold and his friends embark on a quest to achieve his dream of finding his missing parents", and will
The Ultimate Bath Detox
The cliche about putting the oxygen mask on yourself first is a cliche because it has to be repeated so strenuously, and so often. Giving to others is nourishing, absolutely, but it is the moment of self-nourishment that enables all the rest: Before we can finish that work project, cut up whatever'
Egyptian singer arrested for music video with a banana
Early on Saturday, Egyptian authorities arrested singer Shimaa Ahmad, also known as Shyma, after a racy music video of her song "I Have Issues," sparked outrage in the country, Egypt Independent reported. The singer will be held for "four days pending an investigation on charges of incitement to de
Keeping it in the Fahm(il)y. Egyptian follows father's footsteps to CAF top job
November 20 - It was only a matter of time. Following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, Egypt's Amr Fahmy has been appointed general secretary of the Confederation of African Football in the latest move by the regime of Ahmad Ahmad to bring in his own people. The 34-year-old Egyptian r
Can the Trump Administration Help an Israeli Held by Hamas?
Palestinian security forces loyal to Hamas stand guard outside the Rafah border crossing with Egypt in November 2017. MAHMUD HAMS/AFP/Getty Images Three years ago, Avera Mengistu, a mentally ill Israeli, scaled a wall at the Gaza order, and was promptly taken prisoner by Hamas. In Israel, the case
2018 withdrawals lands Gabon and Djibouti bans from 2020 CHAN
November 20 - Gabon and Djibouti have been banned from qualifying for the 2020 African Nations Championship (CHAN). The Confederation of African Football took the decision after both nations withdrew from the 2018 qualifying campaign after it had got under way. This year's edition will be staged in
No regrets over hosting World Cup, says Qatar 2022 chief
Doha (AFP) - Qatar's most senior World Cup official said Monday there were no regrets in bidding for the 2022 tournament, despite the "abuse" it claims it has received since being chosen as host. Speaking at a press conference to mark the eve of the five-year anniversary before the tournament starts
American troop spike in Mideast; USAF increasingly focused on space; US helps hunt for missing Argentine sub; Ukraine shows off armed drone; and just a bit more...
U.S. military presence in the Middle East grew 33% in the past four months, Chatham House's Micah Zenko writes this morning on Twitter after glimpsing a new quarterly report from the Pentagon (which excludes data for Afghanistan). The increase: 40,517 troops and Defense Department civilians grew to
Egypt Reopens Rafah Border Crossing in Gaza Strip
For the first time since 2007, the Egyptian border crossing at Rafah, into the Gaza Strip, has opened. There is hope that it will remain open for regular operation going forward, and many Gazans are seeking admission into Egypt. Right now, the crossing will be opening thrice weekly, but since it's n
Is AFCON qualifier postponement good news for Nigeria?
On Thursday, the Confederation of African Football approved a proposal by Amaju Pinnick, President of the Nigerian Football Federation, to postpone March's Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers involving the continent's five World Cup representatives. Among the fixtures to be rescheduled are Nigeria's aw
Israeli Soldier Injured by Gunfire at Egypt Border
The Times of Israel reports: An Israeli soldier was lightly injured when an army vehicle traveling along the border with Egypt came under fire early Monday morning, the army said. The soldier was taken to the Soroka Medical Center in Beersheba for treatment. The IDF suspects that the gunfire was "sp
40 Years Ago: When Jimmy Carter Tried to Stop Peace from Coming to Israel
On March 26, 1979, the peace treaty between Israel and Egypt was signed in Washington, D.C. But the peace treaty almost never happened because U.S. President Jimmy Carter tried to scuttle the talks at their origin- when Anwar Sadat said he would visit Jerusalem. But Sadat went anyway and arrived at
In 1956, Russia Came Close to Starting a Nuclear War against Israel, Britain and France
The damage to the West was immense. U.S.-British relations were damaged, and Soviet prestige enhanced. Eden resigned as prime minister, while the British resigned themselves to no longer acting as an imperial power. The West Germans noted that the Soviets had threatened to attack Western Europe, and
'Sunken Cities' will take visitors on deep dive into Egyptian art
North American debut of 'Sunken Cities: Egypt's Lost Worlds' will be once-in-a-lifetime chance to see recently excavated treasures. ST. LOUIS, Nov. 20 - The Saint Louis Art Museum next year will present "Sunken Cities: Egypt's Lost Worlds," an exhibition showcasing antiquities from one of the greate
UN warns of conflict in Gaza if Cairo talks fail
United Nations (United States) (AFP) - Conflict is likely to once again engulf Gaza if a deal on the return of the Palestinian Authority to the Hamas-controlled enclave fails, the UN envoy for the Middle East warned Monday. Addressing the Security Council on the eve of talks in Cairo between Palesti
Cte D'Ivoire, Egypt, and Togo lead Africa on development progress
A map of Africa. Photo by: Pixabay NAIROBI - The rate of progress on human development has slowed over the past five years, according to the 2017 Ibrahim Index of African Governance, released today. The report found that progress in education has "nearly ground to a halt" and the public is also losi
Palestinian factions head to Cairo for reconciliation talks
Gaza City (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) - Leaders of various Palestinian factions headed for the Egyptian capital Cairo on Monday ahead of talks aimed at moving forward with a reconciliation agreement. Senior figures from 13 different political factions - including Gaza's rulers Hamas and the West
Israel Moves to Deport 40,000 African Migrants
The fate of 40,000 African migrants in Israel remains unclear after lawmakers approved a proposal to deport them. The Cabinet in Jerusalem voted unanimously Sunday to close the isolated Holot detention facility in the Negev Desert. Holot houses thousands of Africans who entered Israel illegally. The