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Israeli foreign minister arrived in Egypt for Gaza ‘permanent ceasefire’ talks

Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi arrived in Cairo on Sunday to discuss with his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry the establishment of a “permanent ceasefire” between Israel and Hamas, the group that governs the besieged Gaza Strip. Ashkenazi tweeted in Arabic, English and Hebrew that his Cairo trip is “the first formal visit of an Israeli […]

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Egypt begins work to double Suez Canal to allow two-way traffic

The Suez Canal Authority (SCA) started dredging work to extend a second lane that allows for two-way traffic in a southern section of the canal near to where a giant container ship got stuck for six days in March. The SCA earlier announced it was planning to extend a second canal lane that opened in […]

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After Ever Given fiasco in the Suez Canal, Japan finds alternative routes to Europe

When the Ever Given container ship lost control in the midst of a dust storm and high winds on March 23, and became wedged across the Suez Canal, it rekindled Japan to find alternative routes to Europe. The canal is one of the most important arteries in global trade, and was completely blocked for six […]

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Egypt shop 30 French Dassault Rafale planes for $4.8 billion

France said on Tuesday it will begin delivering 30 Dassault warplanes to Egypt from 2024 in a deal valued at $4.8 billion, as it strengthens ties with a partner it considers vital in fighting Islamist militants. In December, President Emmanuel Macron drew criticism from rights groupswhen he said he would not make the sale of […]

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11 dead, 98 injured after train derails in Egypt

Eleven people were killed and 98 injured after a train derailed near Egypt’s Toukh city, north of Cairo on Sunday. More than 50 ambulances were dispatched by the Ministry of Health to rescue the injured from the crash. The Egyptian Railways Authority said it was still investigating why the train, which was heading from Cairo […]

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Bus and truck collision kills at least 20 people in Egypt

A bus has overturned while trying to pass a truck on a highway in southern Egypt, causing a collision that killed at least 20 people and injured three others. The bus was travelling from Cairo when it turned over and was hit by the truck on a road in the southern governorate of Assiut, 320km […]

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3,000-year-old ‘lost golden city’ of Luxor found buried in the sands

A 3,000-year-old city that was lost in the sands of Egypt has been hailed as one of the most important archaeological finds since Tutankhamun’s tomb. Egyptologist Zahi Hawass announced the discovery of the “lost golden city” near Luxor on Thursday. He said the find was the largest ancient city, known as Aten, ever uncovered in […]

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Egypt parades royal mummies through Cairo on way to new museum

A grand parade of 22 ancient Egyptian royal mummies in special capsules across the capital Cairo on Saturday to a new museum home where they can be displayed in greater splendour. The convoy transported 18 kings and four queens, mostly from the New Kingdom, from the Egyptian Museum in central Cairo’s Tahrir Square to the […]

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Suez Canal Crisis: Backlog of 442 ships cleared a week after Ever Given floated free

All the 442 ships stranded by the grounding of the giant container ship Ever Given passed through the canal by Saturday, ending the backlog caused by the blockage, Suez Canal Authority (SCA) said. Osama Rabie, chairman of the SCA, said 85 ships were expected to pass the canal from both sides on Saturday. They include […]

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Suez Canal blockade could create disruptions in the shipping industry for months

The stranding of a container ship in the Suez Canal has created disruptions in the global shipping industry that could take weeks and possibly months to clear, top container shipping lines said. Around 30 percent of the world’s shipping container volume moves through the 193 km Suez Canal daily. Empty containers, which Asian factories need […]

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Supermoon freed the stuck container ship blocking Suez Canal, not tug boats or cranes

To get the giant container ship blocking the Suez Canal unstuck, engineers needed the stars to align. Actually, the sun, Earth and moon. Ever Given partially re-floated after running aground last Tuesday in the crucial global shipping waterway. The salvage team pinned their hopes on this week’s full moon, when, beginning Sunday, water levels were […]

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Suez un-Blocked: Crew members of ‘Ever Given’ ship may face criminal charges

The all Indian crew of the ‘Ever Given’ ship that became stuck in the Suez Canal for six days may face legal charges. The 25 crew members could be placed under house arrest until an investigation is completed into the cause of the accident. The ship management, however, has not explained anything about the legal […]