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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Three New Ancient Tombs Discovered in Egypt - National Geographic

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Three New Ancient Tombs Discovered in Egypt
National Geographic
The Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities has announced the discovery of three rock-cut tombs in northeast Egypt, each more than 2,000 years old. The trio of tombs were found about 125 miles south of Cairo, in an area called El-Kamin El-Sahrawi near the ...
2000 year old tombs discovered in EgyptThe Independent
Archaeologists have uncovered a 2000 year-old cemetery in EgyptQuartz
Archaeologists find ancient tombs in EgyptThe Straits Times
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Egypt archaeologists discover tombs dating back 2000 years | SunStar - Sun.Star

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Egypt archaeologists discover tombs dating back 2000 years | SunStar
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EGYPT. This undated photo released by the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities shows a sarcophagi in a Ptolemaic tomb in an area known as al-Kamin al-Sahraw, in the Nile Valley province of Minya south of Cairo. Egypt's antiquities ministry says that ...

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Two killed on Gaza-Egypt border in confrontation between Hamas and rival Islamist militant - Firstpost

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Two killed on Gaza-Egypt border in confrontation between Hamas and rival Islamist militant
Firstpost
Gaza: A Hamas security man and a member of a rival Islamist militant group were killed on Thursday in a confrontation in the Gaza Strip near the Palestinian enclave's border with Egypt, security sources said. Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip, has ...
Hamas Border Guard Killed in Suicide Attack on Gaza-Egypt BorderHaaretz
Gaza Strip: Hamas guard killed in suicide bombing near Egypt borderi24NEWS
Egypt opens the Rafah crossing in both directionsMiddle East Monitor
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US to participate in biennial military exercise with Egypt for first time since Arab Spring - CNN

CNN

US to participate in biennial military exercise with Egypt for first time since Arab Spring
CNN
Bright Star was carried out every other year since -- until 2012, when the exercise was canceled due to instability in Egypt after Mubarak's ouster. Then-President Barack Obama canceled the exercise in 2014 over allegations of human rights abuses by ...

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Egypt gets it right second time around - MEED (subscription)

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Egypt gets it right second time around
MEED (subscription)
The signing of contracts under the second round of Egypt's feed-in-tariff (FiT) renewable energy programme shows that Cairo has managed to get it right the second time, ironing out issues which plagued the first round of its ambitious 4,300MW scheme.



Egypt's 'iron lady' keeps up decades-old tradition - The Star Online

The Star Online

Egypt's 'iron lady' keeps up decades-old tradition
The Star Online
ALEXANDRIA, Egypt: In a narrow alleyway in the heart of Egypt's coastal city of Alexandria, Ebtesam Mohamed is busy working on a decades-old Egyptian tradition of ironing clothes using her feet. Unlike in regular ironing, she smoothes out creases by ...

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Why Was an Italian Graduate Student Tortured and Murdered in ... - New York Times

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Why Was an Italian Graduate Student Tortured and Murdered in ...
New York Times
The strange twists in the case of Giulio Regeni's disappearance in Cairo.

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Egypt extends detention of Al Jazeera's Mahmoud Hussein - Aljazeera.com

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Egypt extends detention of Al Jazeera's Mahmoud Hussein
Aljazeera.com
A court in Egypt has extended the detention, without charge, of Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein for another 45 days. Egyptian authorities announced the seventh extension on Thursday since Hussein was arrested in December last year. Hussein, an ...



Egypt Weighs $4 Billion Eurobond Sale in January, Official Says - Bloomberg

Bloomberg

Egypt Weighs $4 Billion Eurobond Sale in January, Official Says
Bloomberg
Egypt plans to return to the international debt markets in January to raise as much as $4 billion to fund the budget deficit, a Finance Ministry official said. The ministry may approach investment banks to select advisers for the possible sale within ...
Egypt jobless rate slips below 12%Oman Tribune

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Girl, 7, suffers horrific burns from henna tattoo whilst on Egypt - ITV News

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Girl, 7, suffers horrific burns from henna tattoo whilst on Egypt
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A seven-year-old girl suffered horrific chemical burns after being given a henna tattoo whilst on holiday. Madison Gulliver's entire arm was left blistered and scarred days after receiving the design whilst on holiday in Hurghada, Egypt, with her ...
Seven-year-old girl suffers chemical burns from temporary henna tattooNEWS.com.au

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