News & Politics

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Egyptian Woman Who Was Considered ‘Heaviest in the World’ Passes Away

Egyptian Woman Who Was Considered ‘Heaviest in the World’ Passes Away

Eman Ahmad Abdul Atti, who was once the world’s heaviest woman, passed away on yesterday — only weeks after her 37th birthday.     Over the last few months, however, there had been great signs of improvement. From being able to raise her arms, to managing to hold and carry things, and even feeding herself. […]

Egyptian TV Presenter Actually Believes She Changed the Course of Hurricane Irma

Egyptian TV Presenter Actually Believes She Changed the Course of Hurricane Irma

This Egyptian TV presenter is, apparently, claiming that she is Storm from X-Men! I’m not quite sure where to start, but buckle up because your brain cells are in for a ride.     “A friend of mine called me to ask for help before Hurricane Irma hit as she lives in Florida. Thank God, […]

You Need to Watch This Powerful Speech by Jordan’s Prince Hussein at the UN General Assembly

You Need to Watch This Powerful Speech by Jordan’s Prince Hussein at the UN General Assembly

by Marwa Khalifa

  During the UN General Assembly in New York, Jordan’s 23-year-old Crown Prince Hussein made a speech about the “integrity” of his country.   Jordan is now home to at least 1.3 million Syrians. The prince spoke to the crowd and said: “Jordan, today, is one of the largest hosts of refugees in the world. We […]

What Germany’s Election Results Mean for the Refugees

What Germany’s Election Results Mean for the Refugees

For the first time in 60 years, an overtly nationalist party sits in the Bundestag. The far-right, anti-immigration AfD made a historic breakthrough, winning 13.5% of the vote and projected 87 seats in the latest German elections.     The party’s performance marks a major shift in Germany’s postwar politics that is likely to produce […]

Mashrou’ Leila Has Been Banned from Performing in Egypt

Mashrou’ Leila Has Been Banned from Performing in Egypt

by Karim Galal

We have some bad news for Mashrou’ Leila fans in Egypt! The Lebanese indie band has been allegedly banned from performing in Egypt by the Syndicate of Musical Professions, following the Music Park concert in New Cairo last weekend.     A photo of the crowd raising a rainbow flag in support of the LGBTQ […]

Women Were Allowed to Enter This Saudi Sports Stadium for the First Time in History

Women Were Allowed to Enter This Saudi Sports Stadium for the First Time in History

  Saudi Arabia celebrated the 87th anniversary of its foundation last weekend with a big program of concerts and performances, including a pageant operetta on Saturday evening that witnessed something historic. It allowed women to enter the King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh for the first time ever.   “It is the first time I […]

This Picture of Yoda next to King Faisal Is from an Actual History Book in Saudi Arabia

This Picture of Yoda next to King Faisal Is from an Actual History Book in Saudi Arabia

  “Do or do not, there is no try,” Yoda, the legendary Jedi Master who is stronger than most in his connection with the Force, have said these inspiring words. He also has been accidentally included in a Saudi Arabian history book.   The Ministry of Education in Saudi Arabia is recalling all copies of […]

Wife Exposes Her Syrian Husband’s Fake Kuwaiti Citizenship

Wife Exposes Her Syrian Husband’s Fake Kuwaiti Citizenship

After being fed of up her significant other criticizing Kuwaitis, a wife got so angry that she revealed her husband’s fake Kuwaiti citizenship and got him arrested.   Little did she know that not only her husband but also her children will lose their Kuwaiti citizenship, according to the Kuwaiti law.     In her […]

Cairo Metro Authorities Announce Special Rates for Students and Seniors

Cairo Metro Authorities Announce Special Rates for Students and Seniors

Most, if not all, large metropolitan centers and cities possess comprehensive subway systems. Similarly, most of these city centers have special packages for different age groups. Students, young children, and senior citizens often get discounted rates, and/or special prices on annual and/or monthly subscriptions to the subway.   Engineer Ahmed Abd Elhady- Cairo Metro’s Official […]

Saudi Arabia to Lift Ban on Internet Calls

Saudi Arabia to Lift Ban on Internet Calls

VoIP (Voiceover Internet Protocol) services in the Middle East, are often a touchy topic. Indeed, some countries often possess laws that make the status/legality of such services a very murky and unclear territory.     One Middle Eastern country that has specifically become infamous for its fights with Internet messaging and calling applications/services is Saudi […]