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Cairo: Capital of Egypt
Cairo is the capital of Egypt and the largest city in the Arab world. Its metropolitan area, with a population of over 20 million, is the largest in Africa, the Arab world, and the Middle East, and the 15th-largest in the world. Cairo is associated with ancient Egypt, as the famous Giza pyramid complex and the ancient city of Memphis are located in its geographical area. Located near the Nile Delta, modern Cairo was founded in 969 AD by the Fatimid dynasty, but the land composing the present-day city was the site of ancient national capitals whose remnants remain visible in parts of Old Cairo. Cairo has long been a centre of the region's political and cultural life, and is titled "the city of a thousand minarets" for its preponderance of Islamic architecture. Cairo is considered a World City with a "Beta +" classification according to GaWC.


Egypt orders release of Turkish news agency employees in Cairo after raid

Egypt's public prosecutor's office said on Thursday it had ordered the release of five people detained following a raid on Turkey's state-owned Anadolu news agency office in Cairo, and the company..
Reuters - Published

Egypt, Ethiopia, Sudan to finalize Blue Nile dam agreement this month

Ministers from Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan have agreed to reconvene in Washington later this month to finalize an agreement on a giant hydropower dam on the Blue Nile that sparked a diplomatic crisis..
Reuters - Published

▶ Videos for Cairo

Egypt unveils cache of mummified animals [Video]Egypt unveils cache of mummified animals

Egyptian antiquities authorities uncovered a large cache of mummified animals and what they say is the world's largest scarab beetle at the ancient Saqarra necropolis, south of Cairo on Saturday. Emer..

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Egypt forms a new team to investigate the death of Italian student

Egypt formed a new team to investigate the death of an Italian student who was tortured and murdered in Cairo in 2016, Egypt's public prosecutor's office said on Wednesday.
Reuters - Published

Turkey says Egyptian security forces raid news agency in Cairo

Turkey summoned a senior Egyptian diplomat on Wednesday to protest what it said was a raid by Egyptian security forces on the Cairo office of Turkey's state-run news agency, in which four people were..
Reuters - Published

Turkey summons Egyptian envoy over raid of its state news agency office in Cairo: anadolu

Turkey summoned the Egyptian charges d'affaires in Ankara to the foreign ministry on Wednesday over a raid of its Anadolu state news agency office in Cairo, the agency reported.
Reuters - Published

Egyptian security raids Turkish news agency office in Cairo: agency

Egyptian security forces raided the office of the Turkish state-run Anadolu news agency in Cairo on Thursday and detained four of its staff, the agency said on Twitter.
Reuters - Published

U.S. confirms 'avoidable' death of Egyptian-American Kassem in custody

The United States on Monday confirmed the death of Egyptian-American Moustafa Kassem in a prison in Egypt where he had been in custody since 2013, and vowed to continue raising concerns over Cairo's..
Reuters - Published

Slain student caught in 'web' spun by Egyptian security services: Italian prosecutors

Giulio Regeni, an Italian student tortured and murdered in Cairo in 2016, was ensnared in a "spider's web" spun by the Egyptian security services in the weeks leading up to his death, Rome prosecutors..
Reuters - Published

Almost half of land sold for first phase of Egypt's new capital

Egypt has sold almost half of the land earmarked for the first phase of a huge project to develop a new capital 50 km east of Cairo, an official at the state-owned company building it said.
Reuters - Published

Egypt animal mummies showcased at Saqqara near Cairo

The mummies, including cats, crocodiles, cobras, were found at the Saqqara necropolis near Cairo.
BBC News - Published

U.S. warns Egypt against Russia warplanes deal, says working with Cairo on defense needs

The United States is working with Egypt to deter it from going ahead with a deal to buy Russian warplanes, threatening the Cairo government with sanctions if it does, a senior State Department official..
Reuters - Published

Britain lifts advisory against flying to Egypt's Sharm el Sheikh resort

The British government has removed its advisory against flying to Egypt's Sharm el-Sheikh resort, the British embassy in Cairo said in a statement on Tuesday.
Reuters - Published

African refugee women report surge of sex attacks in Egypt

The 17-year-old South Sudanese refugee finally managed to escape after three months as a prisoner in a Cairo apartment where she was repeatedly gang raped, only to realize that she had become pregnant..
Reuters - Published

Egypt denounces Ethiopia for moving ahead with Nile dam amid water: shortage fears

Egypt denounced Ethiopia on Wednesday for moving forward with building and operating a hyropower dam on the Nile, which Cairo worries will threaten already scarce water supplies.
Reuters - Published

Egypt's security forces move to block anti-Sisi protests

Egyptian police mounted a huge show of force in central Cairo and closed off entrances to Tahrir Square on Friday after calls for protests against President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi following opposition..
Reuters - Published

Egypt tightens security after call for repeat protests

Egyptian security forces closed off entrances to Cairo's Tahrir Square on Friday and deployed police reinforcements after a call for a second week of rare anti-government demonstrations.
Reuters - Published

Crackdown widens after call for new protests in Egypt

At least 1,900 people have been detained since protests against President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi began in Cairo and other Egyptian cities last Friday, the head of a rights monitoring group said on..
Reuters - Published

Egypt protests: 'Hundreds held' after rare anti-government unrest

Protests against alleged government corruption erupted in Cairo and other cities over the weekend.
BBC News - Published

Small but rare protests in Egypt after online call for dissent

Hundreds of protesters gathered in central Cairo and several other Egyptian cities late on Friday shouting anti-government slogans, responding to an online call for a demonstration against government..
Reuters - Published

Egypt resumes Nile dam talks with Ethiopia, Sudan

Egypt's foreign minister said Cairo had resumed talks with Sudan and Ethiopia over a $4 billion dam Addis Ababa is building on the Nile which had been suspended for over a year.
Reuters - Published

UN postpones conference on torture after rights groups' criticism

The United Nations has postponed a conference in Cairo on torture that was to take place in September following criticism from rights groups that say torture is rampant in Egypt.
Reuters - Published

Egypt to reopen historic Baron Empain Palace after $6 million restoration

Egypt will soon reopen the century-old Baron Empain Palace after a $6 million renovation of the Indian-inspired mansion built by a wealthy Belgian engineer in the upmarket Heliopolis district of the..
Reuters - Published

Rights groups criticize U.N.decision to hold conference on torture in Egypt

Human rights activists on Thursday criticized a United Nations decision to hold a conference in Cairo on torture with an Egyptian state organization.
Reuters - Published

Egypt identifies perpetrator behind Monday's hospital car bombing

Egypt's interior ministry said on Thursday it has identified the perpetrator behind a car bombing outside Cairo's main cancer hospital this week that killed more than 20 and injured dozens.
Reuters - Published

Twenty dead as car explodes outside Cairo hospital

Twenty people were killed and 47 injured when a car packed with explosives intended for a militant attack blew up outside Cairo's main cancer hospital on Monday, the interior ministry said.
Reuters - Published

Car involved in Cairo blast contained explosives: interior ministry

A car involved in an explosion in central Cairo that killed 20 people contained explosives and was to be used in a terrorist operation, the Egyptian interior ministry said on Monday.
Reuters - Published

Explosion outside central Cairo hospital leaves 19 dead

A car travelling the wrong way crashes into oncoming vehicles, causing an explosion that kills 19.
BBC News - Published

Nineteen dead in explosion due to Cairo car crash: ministry

Nineteen people died and 30 were injured in an explosion resulting from a car crash in central Cairo, Egypt's health ministry said on Monday.
Reuters - Published

British Airways to resume Cairo flights after security review

The airline suspended flights to the Egyptian capital last week as a "security precaution".
BBC News - Published

British Airways to resume flights to Cairo on Friday

British Airways, part of International Airlines Group , will resume flights to Cairo following a suspension over security concerns, the airline told Reuters on Friday.
Reuters - Published Also reported by •BBC News

EgyptAir executive says no 'logical reason' for British Airways cancellations to Cairo

An executive of state-owned EgyptAir said on Tuesday that British Airways' decision to suspend flights to Cairo, the Egyptian capital, for several days was "without a logical reason."
Reuters - Published

EgyptAir executive says Cairo airport is safe

An EgyptAir executive said on Tuesday that British Airways' decision to suspend flights to the Egyptian capital for several days was "unexpected completely, and without a logical reason."
Reuters - Published

Egypt expresses dismay to UK envoy over British Airways flight suspension

Egypt's aviation minister on Sunday expressed his dismay over British Airways' decision to suspend flights to the Egyptian capital to the UK's ambassador to Cairo.
Reuters - Published

Air France, Emirates maintain Cairo flights after British Air suspension

Air France , Emirates and Etihad Airways are continuing to operate flights to Cairo after British Airways and Lufthansa suspended services to Egypt's capital.
Reuters - Published

Air France to keep flying to Cairo

Air France is maintaining its flights to Cairo, a spokesman for the airline said on Sunday, following the decision by rivals British Airways and Lufthansa to suspend flights to Egypt's capital over..
Reuters - Published

Cairo flights: Lufthansa resumes services but BA cancellations continue

But British Airways says flights from Heathrow to the Egyptian capital remain cancelled.
BBC News - Published

British Airways suspends flights to Cairo for seven days as security 'precaution'

Airline says it would never operate an aircraft 'unless it was safe to do so'
Independent - Published

Africa Cup of Nations: Algeria beat Senegal to win final

Algeria win the Africa Cup of Nations for the second time as a freak early goal secures a 1-0 win against Senegal in Cairo.
BBC News - Published

Trekking 10,000km across Africa for a football match

A Zimbabwean football fan travels from Cape Town to Cairo by road and finds "Africa is not friendly to Africans".
BBC News - Published

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