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‘American’ Middle East universities sit vulnerable
The attack on the American University of Kabul opens a new chapter on impeding access to liberal education in Afghanistan. It is a chapter that could be opened in as many as 18 American universities across the Middle East and …
-1 points by Las Vegas Sun | Afghanistan George W. Bush Middle East Cairo North Africa Egypt American University in Cairo Washington D.C.
Egypt's annual inflation hits 15.5 percent in August
CAIRO — Egypt's annual inflation rate in urban areas reached 15.5 percent in August, a surge of nearly two percentage points over the previous month, according to data released Thursday by the state statistics bureau.It said food and beverages prices, the single largest component in the basket of goods and services used to gauge inflation, rose to 19.3 percent in August compared to last year and by 1.6 percent over July.The rise is mostly attributed to the Egyptian pound's depreciation and last month's hike in charges for domestic electricity use.
-1 points by Boston Herald | Egypt Inflation Hosni Mubarak Egyptians Inflation rate Subsidy Egyptian Arabic Egyptian language
Mosul Offensive to Begin in Coming Weeks, General Says
Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend, the new commander of the U.S.-led military coalition against Islamic State, says fight to retake the jihadist-held city will be long and difficult.
1170 points by The Wall Street Journal | Islam Iraq Fertile Crescent Egypt Israel Arabic language Ottoman Empire Turkey
Syrians on haj pray for peace; Damascus says Riyadh plays politics
MECCA, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) - Syrians from territory held by opposing sides in the civil war prayed together for peace as they flew to Mecca for the haj, even as President Bashar al-Assad's government accused Saudi Arabia of politicizing the annual Muslim pilgrimage.
32 points by Reuters | Syria Mecca Iraq Lebanon Damascus Muhammad Saudi Arabia Egypt
Is this the world's oldest obituary?
A 1,700-year-old obituary, which is unlike anything researchers say they have seen before, has finally been translated.
2397 points by CNN | Woman Ancient Egypt Israel Religion Christianity Middle Ages Egypt Childbirth
French president calls for an 'Islam of France'
French President Francois Hollande called for the creation of "an Islam of France" and the removal of foreign-trained extremist imams in a key speech Thursday on the challenges radical Islam poses to democracy.
1039 points by CNN | Islam France Jihad Islamic terrorism Central Intelligence Agency Terrorism Islamic fundamentalism Egypt
Man charged in Minneapolis mosque threat
Federal prosecutors have charged a 57-year-old man with threatening a Minneapolis …
-1 points by Las Vegas Sun | Federal Bureau of Investigation Lawyer United States United States Department of Justice U.S. state Egypt September 11 attacks Law enforcement agency
RT visits sites of ISIS executions in area freshly liberated by pro-govt Libyan fighters (EXCLUSIVE)
Reporting from the front line, RT’s William Whiteman tracked signs left by Islamic State’s long grip on the city of Sirte in Libya. A mosque from a propaganda video and a shore where a mass execution occurred now serve as eerie reminders of atrocities. Read Full Article at RT.com
559 points by Russia Today | Egypt Libya Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria Politics of Libya Islam Jihad Terrorism Al-Qaeda
Holy ink: 700-year-old tattoo tradition
For 700 years, Christian pilgrims have sought out the Razzouk family for their specialist skills.
586 points by CNN | Tattoo Christianity Israel Egypt Christian cross Tattooing Santiago de Compostela Family
5 killed in train derailment in Egypt
AL-AYAT, Egypt — A train went off the tracks south of Egypt’s capital, Cairo, on Wednesday, killing five people, according to the Health Ministry. Ministry spokesman Khaled Megahed said 27 people were injured in the accident in the al-Ayat area, about 31 miles south of Cairo. The cause of the accident was not immediately known,...
13 points by New York Post | Egypt Islam Eid ul-Fitr Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria City Hajj Naguib Mahfouz Islamic holy days
Mubarak, Egypt's toppled Pharaoh, is free after final charges dropped
CAIRO (Reuters) - Hosni Mubarak, the Egyptian president overthrown in 2011 and the first leader to face trial after the Arab Spring uprisings that swept the region, was freed on Friday after six years in detention, his lawyer said.
-1 points by Reuters | Ali Abdullah Saleh Muammar al-Gaddafi Egypt Egyptians Syria Cairo Zine El Abidine Ben Ali Muslim Brotherhood
Former Egyptian President Mubarak Is Released From Yearslong Detention
Ousted President Hosni Mubarak is back at home, free following his release from custody after legal proceedings that took years during which the country witnessed major upheavals, according to a security official.
18 points by The Wall Street Journal | Hosni Mubarak Egypt English-language films American films Force President of Egypt Torque Egyptian Arabic
World briefs: Hundreds of migrants feared dead
The bodies of five people were found near two capsized dinghies off the coast of Libya on Thursday, and the aid organization that recovered the bodies said it feared that more than 200 migrants may have drowned.
-1 points by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Egypt Cyprus Federal government of the United States Terrorism Donald Trump Iraqi insurgency Europe President
Former Egyptian president Mubarak freed, six years after overthrow
CAIRO — Six years after baying crowds ousted him at the peak of the Arab Spring, former President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt was freed on Friday from the Cairo hospital where he had been detained, capping a long and largely fruitless effort to hold him accountable for human rights abuses and endemic corruption during his three decades of rule.
-1 points by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Egypt Hosni Mubarak Anwar El Sadat Egyptians Cairo Gamal Abdel Nasser Arab World Muslim Brotherhood
Ex-Egyptian leader Mubarak released from detention
Ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was freed from custody Friday morning after years of legal proceedings that frustrated activists who had hoped he would face justice for the deaths of hundreds defying his rule.
-1 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | Egypt Hosni Mubarak Cairo President of Egypt Muslim Brotherhood Gamal Abdel Nasser Security Appeal
Egypt official: Ousted President Hosni Mubarak freed from detention
he 88-year-old Mubarak was acquitted by the country’s top appeals court on March 2 of charges that he ordered the killing of protesters duri...       
-1 points by USA Today | Hosni Mubarak Egypt United States Cairo Appeal Associated Press English-language films Trial
Hassan Fathy: Why is Google inspired by his works?
Fathy believed architecture was for the people. He designed houses to meet the needs of the families living in them.
-1 points by Al Jazeera English | Aga Khan IV Egypt Aga Khan World Heritage Site Abdul Sattar Edhi Architecture Aga Khan Development Network World Monuments Fund
Roadside bombs kill 10 Egyptian soldiers
At least 15 ISIL fighters also die during a raid in the volatile Sinai peninsula, Egyptian military says.
-1 points by Al Jazeera English | Egypt Israel Gaza Strip Military History of Egypt Soldier Western Asia Police
Airline electronics ban: What you need to know
The US and UK have banned people flying from much of the Middle East and North Africa from carrying laptops, tablets and other large electronic devices in the airplane cabin because of concerns about terrorism.
-1 points by CNN | Middle East North Africa Asia Islam Jordan Arabic language Egypt Iran
Ex-officials: Israeli leader spurned secret peace offer
JERUSALEM — Israel's prime minister turned down a regional peace initiative last year that was brokered by then-U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, former American officials confirmed Sunday, in apparent contradiction to Benjamin Netanyahu's stated goal of involving regional Arab powers in resolving Israel's conflict with the Palestinians.
-2 points by Boston Herald | Israel Jordan Proposals for a Palestinian state Egypt Two-state solution Mahmoud Abbas Benjamin Netanyahu Palestinian National Authority
Omar Abdel-Rahman, the 'Blind Sheik' whose mosque followers bombed WTC in 1993, dies
Convicted of plotting terror attacks in the U.S. in the 1990s, he died Saturday in a federal prison.       
237 points by USA Today | Osama bin Laden Al-Qaeda Ayman al-Zawahiri Islamic terrorism September 11 attacks Egypt Sudan Jihad
Blind cleric jailed for 1990s terror plots dies in U.S. prison
Omar Abdel-Rahman, the so-called Blind Sheik convicted of plotting terror attacks in the United States in the 1990s, died Saturday in a federal prison where he was serving a life sentence. He was 78.
2 points by The Denver Post | Osama bin Laden Al-Qaeda Ayman al-Zawahiri Islamic terrorism September 11 attacks Egypt Sudan Jihad
Exploring the world's digital future
What countries or region will lead the next wave of innovation?
12 points by Al Jazeera English | United Arab Emirates Middle East Africa Cisco Systems History of the Internet Egypt North Africa Israel
WTC bombing 'plotter' Omar Abdel Rahman dies in US jail
As Omar Abdel Rahman, convicted of several terrorism charges, dies, his son tells Al Jazeera the US 'killed him slowly'.
1957 points by Al Jazeera English | Hosni Mubarak Gamal Abdel Nasser Egypt Supreme Court of the United States United States Coronary artery disease New York Federal Bureau of Investigation
'Blind Sheik' Abdel-Rahman, whose mosque followers bombed WTC in 1993, dies
Convicted of plotting terror attacks in the U.S. in the 1990s, he died Saturday in a federal prison.         
-2 points by Arizona Republic | Osama bin Laden Al-Qaeda Ayman al-Zawahiri Islamic terrorism September 11 attacks Egypt Sudan Jihad
Some involved in Omar Abdel-Rahman's case had own notoriety
Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman, a blind Egyptian cleric who died in prison Saturday, was convicted in 1995 along with nine followers of a conspiracy to blow up the United Nations, FBI offices, highway tunnels and other New York-area landmarks in a…
-2 points by Arizona Daily Star | George W. Bush Hosni Mubarak New York City American Jews Egypt Meir Kahane El Sayyid Nosair Omar Abdel-Rahman
Blind cleric imprisoned for conspiring to blow up New York City landmarks has died
Omar Abdul Rahman, the so-called Blind Sheik convicted of plotting terror attacks in the United States in the 1990s, has died. He was 78. Kenneth McKoy of the Federal Correctional Complex in Butner, N.C., said Abdul Rahman died at 5:40 a.m. He suffered from diabetes and coronary artery disease...
33 points by Los Angeles Times | Gamal Abdel Nasser Egypt Al-Qaeda Osama bin Laden Cairo Islam Taliban Islamic terrorism
Blind cleric jailed for 1990s terror plots dies in US prison
Omar Abdel-Rahman, the so-called Blind Sheik convicted of plotting terror attacks in the United States in the 1990s, died Saturday in a federal prison where he was serving a life sentence. He was 78.
-2 points by Arizona Daily Star | Egypt Sudan Omar Abdel-Rahman United Nations Coronary artery disease Cairo World Trade Center New York City
Blind cleric jailed for ‘90s terror plots dies
Abdel-Rahman was a key spiritual leader for a generation of Islamic militants        
-2 points by The Detroit News | Osama bin Laden Al-Qaeda Ayman al-Zawahiri Islamic terrorism September 11 attacks Egypt Sudan Al-Gama'a al-Islamiyya
Blind Islamic cleric jailed for 1990s terror plots in U.S. dies in federal prison
Omar Abdel-Rahman, the so-called Blind Sheik convicted of plotting terror attacks in the United States in the 1990s, died Saturday in a federal prison where he was serving a life sentence. He was 78. Abdel-Rahman died at 5:40 a.m. after suffering from diabetes and coronary artery disease, said...
-2 points by Chicago Tribune | Egypt Osama bin Laden Al-Qaeda Cairo Islamic terrorism Gamal Abdel Nasser Ayman al-Zawahiri Sudan
'Blind sheikh' convicted in 1993 World Trade bombing dies in U.S. prison
(Reuters) - Omar Abdel-Rahman, the extremist Muslim cleric known as "the blind sheikh" convicted of conspiracy in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and planning more attacks as part of a "war of urban terrorism" in the United States, died on Saturday in a North Carolina prison, authorities said.
-2 points by Reuters | Hosni Mubarak United States New York City Egypt Al-Qaeda New Jersey Jihad U.S. state
Death toll hits 59 in Baghdad car bombing claimed by Islamic State
A police officer and medical sources say the death toll from a car bomb attack in a southern Baghdad neighborhood has reached 59 with 66 more injured.  The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack.  The Islamic State, in a statement issued early Friday, said its fighters detonated...
1 points by Los Angeles Times | Israel Jordan Islam Egypt Arab League Middle East Jerusalem Iraq
Central Florida zoo welcomes arrival of rare baby antelope
MELBOURNE, Fla. (AP) — Zoo-goers in central Florida can get a look at a rare baby antelope.
-2 points by Arizona Daily Star | Africa Zoo North Africa Egypt Sudan Libya Desertification Sub-Saharan Africa
Russia, Iran Need Each Other, Despite Disagreements
Any deal making it worthwhile for Moscow to upend its deepening ties with Iran would be exceedingly hard for President Donald Trump to deliver, writes Yaroslav Trofimov.
-2 points by The Wall Street Journal | Middle East Asia Iran Arabic language Islam Islamic Golden Age Central Asia Egypt
Egypt's NGO law aims to 'erase civil society'
The law is part of a wider crackdown on human rights groups, activists say.
36 points by Al Jazeera English | Human rights Civil society Non-governmental organization Amnesty International Law Torture History of Egypt Egypt
Is the two-state solution dead?
A veteran Israeli negotiator once quipped to me that someone or something could just be dead -- or dead and buried.
175 points by CNN | Israel Jordan Jerusalem Palestinian National Authority Proposals for a Palestinian state Arab League Two-state solution Egypt
What happened to Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood?
Internal ideological and political disagreements might lead to the break-up of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.
1384 points by Al Jazeera English | Muslim Brotherhood Political philosophy Sociology Politics Egypt Islam Religion Gamal Abdel Nasser
Aoun, Hariri's Hezbollah comments lay bare Lebanon's political divide
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanon's Prime Minister called Hezbollah's arms illegitimate on Tuesday after its President said the group's military wing was vital to its security, spelling out the country's political divisions more clearly than at any time since they took office.
-2 points by Reuters | Lebanon Bashar al-Assad Syria Beirut Iraq Lebanese Civil War Reuters Egypt
Libya rivals in Cairo to discuss political settlement
CAIRO (AP) - The head of Libya's U.N.-brokered government and the country's most powerful army commander, who is allied with rival authorities, are expected to meet to discuss a political settlement. A spokesman for the unity government said Tuesday that Fayez Serraj's meeting with Field Marshal Khalifa Hifter could lead ...
-2 points by The Washington Times | Muammar al-Gaddafi Egypt Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria Libya Tripoli Political philosophy Idris I of Libya 1986 Berlin discotheque bombing
Berlinale: Lebanon’s Abbout Prods. to Shoot First Arab Zombie TV Series (EXCLUSIVE)
Lebanese producer Georges Schouair’s Abbout Prods. is set to shoot groundbreaking skein “Ghoul,” touted as the first zombie TV series out of the Arab world. The eight-episode skein, in which eight strangers from different corners of the Middle East face the outbreak of a zombie plague, has been developed by Abbout — which is among... Read more »
168 points by Variety | Middle East Jordan Israel Film Egypt Arabic language United Arab Emirates Lebanon
How Do Saudis Celebrate Valentine's Day? Very Carefully
On February 14, it’s best to keep the red roses and helium balloons on the down low; strict laws and religious police keep a tight lid on romance
1305 points by The Wall Street Journal | Sharia Islam Saudi Arabia Iraq Egypt Christianity Pakistan Middle East
Hamas Puts Militant in Charge of Gaza
Hamas has elected a former militant commander as its political leader in the Gaza Strip, indicating the growing influence of the group’s armed wing in the Palestinian enclave.
109 points by The Wall Street Journal | Hamas Gaza Strip Palestinian National Authority Israel Palestinian territories Egypt Yasser Arafat Palestine Liberation Organization
From hiccups to slip-ups: A rundown of the biggest national anthem fails (VIDEOS)
In light of the super-awkward national anthem faux pas at the Fed Cup tennis tournament in Hawaii on Saturday, when part of the German national anthem from the Nazi era was sung, RT examines other embarrassing moments when national anthems went wrong. Read Full Article at RT.com
154 points by Russia Today | Vladimir Putin National anthems Egypt The Star-Spangled Banner National anthem Livin' la Vida Loca Ricky Martin Kazakhstan
Egypt Risks Middle-Class Ire as Cost of Living Soars
The cost of living in Egypt accelerated to its highest level this decade due to a weaker currency and slashed state assistance, escalating concerns about the economic health of the Arab world’s most populous nation.
131 points by The Wall Street Journal | Sudan Egypt Arab World Israel Inflation Africa United Arab Emirates Middle East
UPI Almanac for Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017
By United Press International On Feb. 11, 1990, Nelson Mandela, leader of the movement to end South African apartheid, was released after 27 years in prison.
24 points by UPI | Winston Churchill President of the United States Franklin D. Roosevelt Robert Mugabe Soviet Union Egypt Chattanooga Choo Choo Nelson Mandela
Friends' Central students protest cancellation of Palestinian speaker

-2 points by The Philadelphia Inquirer | Middle East Jordan Israel West Bank Palestinian National Authority North Africa Egypt Arabic language
Islamists, neo-Nazi terrorists ‘nationwide problems’ in Germany – intel official
Radical Islamist cells are spreading all across eastern German states while terrorism-related tip-offs emerge on daily, says the head of Thuringia’s domestic intelligence agency, adding that the right extremist underground is becoming “a nationwide problem.” Read Full Article at RT.com
1149 points by Russia Today | Jihad Islam Islamism Hamas Egypt Terrorism Germany Muslim Brotherhood
Airstrike on Gaza Strip tunnel kills two Palestinians
Two dead and five wounded near Gaza-Egypt border after missile slams into a tunnel defying Israeli blockade.
3128 points by Al Jazeera English | Israel Egypt Gaza Strip Six-Day War Second Intifada Palestinian National Authority Hamas Rafah
U.S. Weighs Terror Label on Iran Guard, Muslim Brotherhood
The Trump administration is considering executive actions that would designate Iran’s Revolutionary Guard and the Muslim Brotherhood, an influential movement across the Middle East, as terrorist organizations.
227 points by The Wall Street Journal | Egypt Islam Caliphate Middle East Asia Near East Hamas Iran
Cleveland Clinic to provide update on Sudanese resident denied entry into U.S. under Trump's immigration order
The Cleveland Clinic will hold a news conference this afternoon to discuss a Sudanese internal medicine resident who was denied entry into the U.S. per President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration. Dr. Suha AbushammaSubmitted  CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The Cleveland Clinic will hold a news conference this afternoon to discuss a Sudanese internal medicine resident who was denied entry into the U.S. per President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration. The news conference will be held at 1 p.m. Exactly what the Clinic will be addressing was not immediately clear, as an email from a spokeswoman only said that the Clinic would provide an update on the status of Dr. Suha Abushamma. Abushamma, 26, was detained at an airport in New York on Jan. 28 when she arrived in the U.S. after a trip to Saudi Arabia. The doctor is from Sudan, one of seven Muslim majority countries named in Trump's order limiting travel. This story will be updated.
-2 points by The Plain Dealer | United States Arabic language Sharia President of the United States Petroleum Saudi Arabia Pakistan Egypt