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Catastrophe in Cairo's historic Al-Muizz Street contained - Islamic - Heritage - Ahram Online

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Egypt's Christians celebrate Christmas amid fears - World Wires - MiamiHerald.com

Egypt's Christians celebrated Saturday their first Christmas after the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak, amid tight security and a display of national unity to allay fears of the growing power of Islamists.
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Egypt rights groups condemn raids on their offices

Egypt rights groups condemn raids on their offices | Egypt | Scoop.it
Several Egyptian rights groups are accusing the country's ruling military council of using "Hosni Mubarak-era repressive tools" in waging an "unprecedented campaign" against pro-democracy organizations.
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Tens of houses flooded in Aswan's Abu Simbel village - Politics - Egypt - Ahram Online

Tens of houses were flooded in Abu Simbel village in Aswan governorate on Wednesday due to a rift in the Wadi Nakra canal.

The rift was caused due to a power outage in one of the power stations at Wadi Nakra canal near Abi Sambel village. No human losses have been recorded so far as the locals left their houses due to the flood.

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Luxor News - Jane Akshar: Saidi (Upper Egyptian) Music in front of Luxor temple

Luxor News - Jane Akshar: Saidi (Upper Egyptian) Music in front of Luxor temple | Egypt | Scoop.it

The crowds enjoy the the music.

Egyptian musicians from Upper Egypt play a form of folk music called saidi (Upper Egyptian). Metqal Qenawi's Les Musiciens du Nil are the most popular saidi group, and were chosen by the government to represent Egyptian folk music abroad. Other performers include Shoukoukou, Ahmad Ismail, Omar Gharzawi, Sohar Magdy and Ahmed Mougahid.

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Egyptian women protest against army attacks on female demonstrators - Telegraph

Egyptian women protest against army attacks on female demonstrators - Telegraph | Egypt | Scoop.it
Hundreds of Egyptian women marched through the streets of Cairo in protest
against attacks by the Egyptian army on female protesters after video was
published showing a woman being stripped and beaten by soldiers.
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Breaking: Al-Wasat Party rep resigns from advisory council over army's crackdown on Cabinet protesters - Politics - Egypt - Ahram Online

Breaking: Al-Wasat Party rep resigns from advisory council over army's crackdown on Cabinet protesters - Politics - Egypt - Ahram Online | Egypt | Scoop.it
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Egypt Islamists offer vision for sin-free tourism

Egypt Islamists offer vision for sin-free tourism | Egypt | Scoop.it
CAIRO: Islamists are dominating Egypt's elections and some of them have a new message for tourists: welcome, but no booze, bikinis or mixed bathing at beaches, please.

That vision of turning Egypt into a sin-free vacation spot could spell doom for a key pillar of the economy that has already been badly battered by this year's political unrest.

"Tourists don't need to drink alcohol when they come to Egypt; they have plenty at home," a veiled Muslim Brotherhood candidate, Azza Al-Jarf, told a cheering crowd of supporters on Sunday across the street from the Pyramids.

"They came to see the ancient civilization, not to drink alcohol," she said, her voice booming through a set of loudspeakers at a campaign event dubbed "Let's encourage tourism." The crowd chanted, "Tourism will be at its best under Freedom and Justice," the Brotherhood's party and the most influential political group to emerge from the fall of Hosni Mubarak.

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holmesesq's comment, December 28, 2011 7:29 AM
I have toured Egypt many times and led tour groups in Egypt. I have seen vulgar displays of clothing (or lack of) by tourists, particularly western women and I have also experienced the abuse of alcohol. I therefore have some sympathy with the views expressed by Azza Al-Jarf. The introduction of laws aimed at tourists however will only keep tourists away. A program of education is required whereby every travel agent or tour organizer explains what it means to respect the rules and standards of the host nation while they are guests in the country. Some visitors may still flout local convention, but I believe most would accept it.
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Protesting Egypt tour guides fear Islamist rise | Reuters

CAIRO (Reuters) - Around 1,000 Egyptians rallied near the ancient pyramids on Friday to protest against what they said were threats by Islamic radicals to undermine tourism, one of the country's biggest...
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How to Get Rid of Flies in Egypt | Solo Travel Blog - Tales and Tips to Entertain and Inspire

How to Get Rid of Flies in Egypt | Solo Travel Blog - Tales and Tips to Entertain and Inspire | Egypt | Scoop.it

Can eating a delicious meal at a lovely seaside outdoor restaurant be totally spoiled by a dozen flies landing on your plate? I can only guess the answer is yes. Thankfully I am not positive because when I and the aforementioned flies were dining on a delicious meal after I snorkeled in the Blue Hole outside of Dahab, Egypt, an Egyptian man named Mokhtar saved the day.

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Live updates: Elections get underway | Al-Masry Al-Youm: Today's News from Egypt

Voting begins today in the first stage of Egypt's first post-Hosni Mubarak parliamentary elections.
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Egypt's Economy Suffers With Latest Outbreak Of Political Violence

Egypt's Economy Suffers With Latest Outbreak Of Political Violence | Egypt | Scoop.it
CAIRO -- Drivers passing Tahrir Square in downtown Cairo curse the protesters.

On radio shows, callers question whether the youth activists and others involved in the new wave of demonstrations over the past week are nationalists, selfish children or saboteurs.

Political differences aside, what has become clear is that the latest clamor against Egypt's military rulers is pummeling the country's already flailing economy at a crucial time when many hoped winter tourism would pick up. A financial crisis is looming, say analysts.

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News from The Associated Press

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CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt's state television says the Cabinet has submitted its resignation to the ruling military council but will stay on to run the nation's day-to-day affairs until a decision is made.

The resignation of the Cabinet on Monday came amid widening protests against the ruling military. Protesters are demanding that the military quickly announce a date for the handover of power to a civilian government. At least 24 protesters have been killed in the past three days.

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Egypt: Egyptian extremists against Copts, two wounded, houses burned and churches attacked | Spero News

The Salafis attack the religious minority to prevent them from voting. In the raid-Rahmaniya Kebly a boy was hit by a bullet, one man has facial injuries. Police and firefighters intentional delay their intervention.
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Artists we lost in 2011 - Stage & Street - Arts & Culture - Ahram Online

Artists we lost in 2011
2011 was not easy on the arts scene. Many renowned artists, painters, filmmakers, actors and singers passed away, many of them too young

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Egypt police raid four civil society groups - source

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egyptian justice officials and police raided offices of four civil society organizations on Thursday as part of an investigation into foreign funding of such groups in Egypt, a security source said.
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Nothing To Do With Arbroath: Egyptian man cut off and buried his penis in protest against the decline in tourism

Nothing To Do With Arbroath: Egyptian man cut off and buried his penis in protest against the decline in tourism | Egypt | Scoop.it

A resident of Luxor cut off and buried his penis at a cemetery in protest against the deplorable state of the tourism industry, which until recently was the country's major source of income.

Before the overthrowing of President Mubarak, Luxor was considered the "tourist capital" of Egypt. In the southern city contains a large number of ancient monuments, and most of its inhabitants were engaged in servicing tourists.

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Egyptian military 'strongly regrets' thrashing of female protesters

The Egyptian military has said that it "strongly regrets transgressions" against female protesters.

"The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces expresses its strong regret to the great women of Egypt over transgressions that occurred during recent incidents in the protests outside parliament and the cabinet," the army said in a statement.

The comments came following a march in Cairo's Tahrir Square by thousands of women protesting against the abuse by troops, the Telegraph reports.

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The Last and Gloomy Pages of Egypt's Revolution - Salem-News.Com

The Last and Gloomy Pages of Egypt's Revolution - Salem-News.Com | Egypt | Scoop.it
Thomas Merton said, “The truth that many people never understand, until it is too late, is that the more you try to avoid suffering the more you suffer because smaller and more insignificant things begin to torture you in proportion to your fe.....
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Egypt's seculars desperate to balance Islamists

Egypt's seculars desperate to balance Islamists | Egypt | Scoop.it
Overwhelmed by Islamists in parliamentary elections, the secular and liberal youths who were the driving force behind Egypt's uprising are scrambling to ensure their voices are not lost as a new constitution and government take shape.
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Egypt 'not a threat for tourists'

Egypt 'not a threat for tourists' | Egypt | Scoop.it
EGYPT'S Islamist parties have moved to reassure tourists that the country is not threatened by religious fanatics.
The Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) - the political arm of the influential Muslim Brotherhood - announced a conference in Cairo entitled "Let's encourage tourism" that brought together industry leaders and party members.
Meanwhile, Al-Nur, the ultra-conservative party representing followers of the fundamentalist Salafi brand of Islam, said it was launching a conference to promote the industry in the southern city of Aswan.

Read more: http://www.news.com.au/world/egypt-not-a-threat-for-tourists/story-e6frfkyi-1226219497574#ixzz1gJZeF4Gb

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Protest at Abydos Temple in Sohag suspended - Ancient Egypt - Heritage - Ahram Online

Protest at Abydos Temple in Sohag suspended - Ancient Egypt - Heritage - Ahram Online | Egypt | Scoop.it
Following almost two days of blocking the entrance gate of Abydos Temple in El-Balyana village near the upper Egyptian town of Sohag, protestors suspended their demonstration, left the site and allowed visitors to enter the temple.

The suspension came after Sohag Governorate’s secretary general met the protestors and promised them to meet all their demands.

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Molotovs and gun shots rain down near Tahrir - Politics - Egypt - Ahram Online

Molotovs and gun shots rain down near Tahrir - Politics - Egypt - Ahram Online | Egypt | Scoop.it
Minutes past 10pm, Mohamed El-Badry, a member of the General Secretariat of the Revolution, told Nile TV , which is carrying live footage from the square, that scores of what appeared to be armed men were launching an attack on the square from the direction of Abdel Moneim Riad.

"I can see molotov thrown into the square and I hear gun shots fired," El-Badry said. "There are also people standing on top of 6 October bridge which overlooks the square, and they are throwing stones at protesters," El-Badry said.

"Two people have been shot in the eye and ambulances have transferred them to one of the field hospitals in the square at Omar Makram mosque for emergency treatment," El-Badry added.

 

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Mona Eltahawy Recounts the Real Story of Egypt Revolution - Salem-News.Com

Mona Eltahawy Recounts the Real Story of Egypt Revolution - Salem-News.Com | Egypt | Scoop.it
“She is an award-winning columnist and an international public speaker on Arab and Muslim issues and she is now based in New York.” … With those words Mona Eltahawy introduces herself to the reader of her elegant website.
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Egypt Revolution Relaunched: Live updates of 'Martyrs' Friday' - Politics - Egypt - Ahram Online

Egypt Revolution Relaunched: Live updates of 'Martyrs' Friday' - Politics - Egypt - Ahram Online | Egypt | Scoop.it

A blow-by-blow account of Friday protests across Egypt, calling for a swift transfer of power from military rule to a civilian government after a week of bloody clashes

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