News & Politics

We scoop up the latest news buzzing all over the world – from breaking stories to behind-the-scenes analysis, above-the-fold headlines to offbeat news, we’ve got you covered in the region and beyond.

VIDEO: Air Cairo Passengers Almost Suffocate During Delayed Takeoff

VIDEO: Air Cairo Passengers Almost Suffocate During Delayed Takeoff

  Another day, another moment gone bad and caught on social media. Egypt’s low-fare airline, Air Cairo, is this week’s latest Facebook victim. A video has gone viral of passengers fighting with the air crew inside a plane.   The flight was supposedly scheduled to take off at 1 PM from Kuwait to Burj El […]

Jordanian Man Jailed in Dubai for Sending Colleague Porn on WhatsApp

Jordanian Man Jailed in Dubai for Sending Colleague Porn on WhatsApp

  While sexting has always sounded like a bad idea, sending porn to your colleague at work in a country such as the UAE, with zero nonsense policies, sounds like a horrible idea. A Jordanian finance manager just lost his appeal after a court upheld his three-month suspended imprisonment. The boss was accused of sending […]

Iraqi Man Tortured and Killed for Being ‘Too Beautiful’

Iraqi Man Tortured and Killed for Being ‘Too Beautiful’

  The Middle East has been cursed by nonacceptance and intolerance for anything other than mundane and expected. If you dress, act, talk or express your desires differently, then it is definitely bad news for you.   Another hate crime took place in Iraq that ended with the death of Karar Noshi, a Baghdad University graduate, […]

Egypt Might Not Remove Jan 25 and June 30 Revolutions From History Curriculum

Egypt Might Not Remove Jan 25 and June 30 Revolutions From History Curriculum

  According to the state-owned newspaper Al-Ahram last month, Egypt’s Ministry of Education announced that mass protests that took place on January 25 and June 30 will be removed from the high school curriculum. The omission was meant to be implemented starting 2017/2018, after the history exam included the question, “What if El-Sisi never gave […]

Homeless Girl Found Under Abbasiya Bridge Belongs to Wealthy Egyptian Family

Homeless Girl Found Under Abbasiya Bridge Belongs to Wealthy Egyptian Family

When people spotted a young girl sleeping under Abbasiya bridge in worn-out clothes, they took her for a homeless person. It wasn’t until a passerby took a photo of her and posted it online that people started recognizing her.     Salwa, 20, apparently belonged to a wealthy Egyptian family in Al Mahalla, Al Arabiya […]

US Lifts Electronics Ban From Etihad Airways Flights

US Lifts Electronics Ban From Etihad Airways Flights

Written By: Abdulhameed Afifi

  American officials have just exempted Etihad Airways from a ban on laptops and other types of electronics on some flights bound for the United States, restrictions instituted in March because of concerns that Daesh was developing a bomb that could potentially be hidden in portable devices.   The Abu Dhabi-based airline’s “electronics ban” was lifted after it implemented […]

9-Year-Old Boy Gets Brutally Attacked by Stray Dogs in Rehab City

9-Year-Old Boy Gets Brutally Attacked by Stray Dogs in Rehab City

Just recently, a young boy lost his life in Maadi after falling in a deep pit while being chased by stray dogs. Today, we hear of yet another sad incident that left a 9-year-old boy in the hospital.     Rehab Union Facebook page just released a statement about Hamza, who was found by two […]

Egypt Raises Gasoline 92 Price to EGP 5/Liter

Egypt Raises Gasoline 92 Price to EGP 5/Liter

  We’ve been hearing rumors for a while about an expected insane increase in fuel prices, but what we woke up to this morning is pretty painful. The Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation (EGPC) have given us yet another reason to carpool.   The fuel prices have raised from EGP 2.35 to 3.65/liter for gasoline 80, EGP 3.5 to […]

Om Hassan Restaurant Releases Footage of Alleged Harassment Incident

Om Hassan Restaurant Releases Footage of Alleged Harassment Incident

by Karine El-Tantawy

  For the past three days, one of Egypt’s favorite restaurants, Om Hassan, has been under fire for allegedly insulting and harassing customers for simply wearing niqab. The story without sounded fishy, considering the fact that this is a local restaurant that doesn’t have a specific dress code or guest list. It is a very […]

VIDEO: Jordan’s King Abdullah Helped Extinguish a Fire near His Palace

VIDEO: Jordan’s King Abdullah Helped Extinguish a Fire near His Palace

  When a fire broke out in the green mountains near one of his palace, King Abdullah of Jordan did not just sit around and do nothing, in fact, he did quite the opposite. His majesty joined the rescue teams to help extinguish the fire.   The 55-year-old royal thanked the various entities that helped […]