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20.1% of Egyptians are illiterate, says new report

Some 20.1 per cent of Egypt’s total population are illiterate, the state-run Central Agency for Public ‎Mobilisation and Statistics (CAPMAS) announced yesterday in a new report. Marking International Literacy Day, CAPMAS said that in 2016 some 14.3 million Egyptians above the age of ten years could not read and write; …

Sisi looks to Africa to boost Egypt’s standing in Nile dam dispute

With the objective of advancing his country’s interests in the African continent, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi paid visits to Tanzania, Rwanda, Chad and Gabon on Aug. 14-17. The agenda included issues related to Egyptian national security, most prominently the Nile water dossier, and the military and technical support in …

Egypt sets up national council to fight terrorism

Egypt established a national council for combating terrorism today, giving it broad authority to set policies aimed at “fighting extremism”, a presidential decree stated.

Egypt’s secret police revived and back on the streets

With Egypt already under a nationwide state of emergency in the aftermath of two deadly attacks that targeted churches in Tanta and Alexandria, Interior Minister Magdy Abdel Ghafar issued instructions for secret police to be deployed in Egypt’s streets and public squares to monitor and curtail any instances of criminal …