Egypt

Country Egypt
Capital Cairo
Continent Africa
Currency Egyptian pound(EGP)
Languages Arabic

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Introduction

The regularity and richness of the annual Nile River flood, coupled with semi-isolation provided by deserts to the east and west, allowed for the development of one of the world's great civilizations. A unified kingdom arose circa 3200 B.C., and a series of dynasties ruled in Egypt for the next three millennia. The last native dynasty fell to the Persians in 341 B.C., who in turn were replaced by the Greeks, Romans, and Byzantines. It was the Arabs who introduced Islam and the Arabic language in the 7th century and who ruled for the next six centuries. A local military caste, the Mamluks took control about 1250 and continued to govern after the conquest of Egypt by the Ottoman Turks in 1517. Following the completion of the Suez Canal in 1869, Egypt became an important world transportation hub, but also fell heavily into debt. Ostensibly to protect its investments, Britain seized control of Egypt's government in 1882, but nominal allegiance to the Ottoman Empire continued until 1914. Partially independent from the UK in 1922, Egypt acquired full sovereignty with the overthrow of the British-backed monarchy in 1952. The completion of the Aswan High Dam in 1971 and the resultant Lake Nasser have altered the time-honored place of the Nile River in the agriculture and ecology of Egypt. A rapidly growing population (the largest in the Arab world), limited arable land, and dependence on the Nile all continue to overtax resources and stress society. The government has struggled to meet the demands of Egypt's growing population through economic reform and massive investment in communications and physical infrastructure.

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Egypt's Food Price Crisis: 'How Are We Supposed to Eat?' - The Wire

The Wire

Egypt's Food Price Crisis: 'How Are We Supposed to Eat?'
The Wire
Cairo, Egypt: “[Cooking] oil is more expensive, the sugar too, and now the bread.. how are we supposed to eat?” said 60-year-old Ali El Sayed. The former accountant is having a hard time making ends meet. “The worst thing is to be unable to feed your ...



Egyptian court jails 56 over migrant boat shipwreck - The Sydney Morning Herald

The Sydney Morning Herald

Egyptian court jails 56 over migrant boat shipwreck
The Sydney Morning Herald
Rashid, Egypt: An Egyptian court has sentenced 56 people to up to 14 years over the capsizing of a boat that killed more than 200 people, one of the deadliest disasters in the dangerous Mediterranean crossings of migrants to Europe. The boat capsized ...

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Egypt is Middle East's newest ski destination as slope opens at ... - Fox News

Fox News

Egypt is Middle East's newest ski destination as slope opens at ...
Fox News
Housed inside the newly opened $700 million, 1.8 million-square-foot Mall of Egypt on the outskirts of Cairo is Ski Egypt - Africa's first man-made indoor ski ...
Desert ski slopes lay tracks for Egypt's consumer-led revival ...gulfnews.com

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Egypt: 'The Lion Is Back in His Den' - AllAfrica.com

Al-Monitor

Egypt: 'The Lion Is Back in His Den'
AllAfrica.com
Earlier this month, the 88-year-old was acquitted by Egypt's highest appeals court in the final verdict in a long-running case that originally resulted in him being sentenced to life in prison in 2012 over the deaths of 239 people in Arab Spring ...
Mubarak's release draws mixed reactions in EgyptAl-Monitor
Egypt's Mubarak Set Free After Last of Charges Droppedlegal Insurrection (blog)

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Egypt Media Roundup (March 27) - Jadaliyya

Jadaliyya

Egypt Media Roundup (March 27)
Jadaliyya
[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Egypt and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Egypt Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each ...
Sisi meets Bahraini king to 'diffuse Egypt-Saudi tensions'The New Arab
Egyptian president meets with US Jewish leader ahead of White House tripThe Times of Israel

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Israel urges citizens to leave Egypt's Sinai, citing IS threat - Reuters

Reuters

Israel urges citizens to leave Egypt's Sinai, citing IS threat
Reuters
JERUSALEM Israel on Monday urged citizens vacationing in Egypt's Sinai peninsula to leave immediately, saying the threat of attacks inspired by Islamic State and other jihadi groups was high. The advisory was issued ahead of the Passover holiday, when ...
Israel Urges its citizens to immediately leave Egypt's Sinai, Warns of ISEgyptian Streets
Israel issues travel warning for Turkey, Jordan and EgyptYnetnews
Security threat may lead to closure of Israeli border with EgyptCitizen
Breitbart News
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THIS country has MORE pyramids than Egypt but NO tourists - Express.co.uk

Express.co.uk

THIS country has MORE pyramids than Egypt but NO tourists
Express.co.uk
The pyramids of Egypt are the single most lucrative tourism attraction in the Middle Eastern nation. Largest of them all, the Pyramid of Khufu in Giza, is the only Seventh Wonder of the Ancient World that still exists. The number of tourists flocking ...

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Egyptian court jails 56 people over boat disaster that killed 200 - The Guardian

The Guardian

Egyptian court jails 56 people over boat disaster that killed 200
The Guardian
The boat sank in the Mediterranean off Burj Rashid, a village in Beheira province, northern Egypt, where the sea and Nile river meet. It had been carrying Egyptians, Sudanese, Eritreans and Somalis, and was believed to be heading for Italy. A month ...
World Briefs: Egypt court jails 56 over capsized boatThe Straits Times
Egypt convicts 56 over migrant boat sinking that killed 200BBC News
Egypt sentences 56 over migrant boat disasterDeutsche Welle
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3800-Year-Old Intact Tomb Found in Egypt - Archaeology

Archaeology

3800-Year-Old Intact Tomb Found in Egypt
Archaeology
ASWAN, EGYPT—According to a report in Ahram Online, an intact tomb dating to the 12th Dynasty has been discovered in the necropolis at Qubbet El-Hawa by the Spanish Archaeological Mission. Alejandro Jiménez-Serrano of the University of Jaen said ...
Mummy of Ancient Egyptian Nobleman Discovered Along Nile RiverLive Science
Ancient Rock Carvings Depicting Masked People Discovered in EgyptYahoo Singapore News
Rock Art Discovered in Egypt Predates the Rise of the PharaohsNew Historian

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Egypt hands journalists one-year suspended jail sentence - News24

News24

Egypt hands journalists one-year suspended jail sentence
News24
Cairo - An Egypt appeals court on Saturday handed the former head of the journalists' union and two members a suspended one-year jail sentence for "harbouring fugitives", a judicial source said. Yahiya Kallash, Gamal Abd el-Rahim and Khaled Elbalshy ...