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Syrian actors in a play about refugees’ love of life

Syrian actors in a play about refugees’ love of life

In a one-act play of tragedy and comedy, six Syrian actors are huddled in a small vessel headed for Europe on a “Love Boat” journey to escape the conflict that has ravaged their homeland. The vessel mounted on a stage in the Jordanian capital, breaks what its director calls the “three biggest taboos in Arab […]

The effects of the Red Sea deal between Egypt and Saudi Arabia

The effects of the Red Sea deal between Egypt and Saudi Arabia

Egypt’s parliament is expected to review the deal aimed to draw the maritime borders between Egypt and Saudi Arabia. Egypt’s decision to hand over the two Red Sea islands, Tiran and Sanafir, to Saudi Arabia caused a lot of controversy among Egyptians. The deal left the MPs divided, as some of them agree that the […]

Saudi-Egyptian deal sparks controversy

Saudi-Egyptian deal sparks controversy

King Salman bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia arrived in Egypt on a five-day visit, his first to Egypt since ascending to the throne in January 2015. International cooperation minister Sahar Nasr said that Cairo and Riyadh signed final agreements during the king’s visit worth over $24 billion, including $22 billion to finance Cairo’s energy needs […]

New project to showcase Egypt’s military history

New project to showcase Egypt’s military history

Egypt’s Minister of Antiquities Khaled El-Enany announced a major project to retell the country’s military history from the ancient Egyptian era to the present day through the opening of several historical sites to tourists as well as the setting up of new museum displays. The project involves the restoration of the ancient Horus Military Road in […]

Iran to resume hajj discussions with Saudi Arabia

Iran to resume hajj discussions with Saudi Arabia

According to Iran’s Tasnim news agency, Iran plans to send a delegation to Saudi Arabia to discuss new hajj arrangments, in the first official visit by either side after the ties between the two countries were severed in January 2016. The head of Iran’s hajj organisation, Saeed Ohadi, said Saudi authorities had invited Tehran to […]

Egypt celebrates its fourth “India by the Nile” festival

Egypt celebrates its fourth “India by the Nile” festival

Egypt celebrates its annual “India by the Nile” festival for the fourth year in a row, bringing different aspects of the Indian culture to the Egyptian audience. The festival will take place from 23rd April to 7th May, and India’s ambassador to Egypt, Sanjay Bhattacharya, has said that this year’s edition will see new activities […]

The world sings for peace in Costa Rica

The world sings for peace in Costa Rica

“I INTERNATIONAL COSTA RICA Songwriters Festival 2016” (FICA 2016) announces its first international competition, urging songwriters and musicians to participate. Susana Poveda Solorzano, the chairman of International songwriters festival in Costa Rica, invites songwriters to participate with original songs. Health Without Borders Foundation, through its “SaludArte” Program, announced they will hold an event titled “INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL […]

Lebanese campaign to raise awareness against mines

Lebanese campaign to raise awareness against mines

Mines have become a daily suffrage for Lebanese, which led to a national day to raise awareness against mines, held every 4th April, ever since the general assembly in the United Nations announced it on 2005. On 4th April, Lebanese took to different social media using the hashtag ‘#TogetherAgainstMines,” which was initiated by the official […]

Egyptian writer sentenced to 3 years in jail for ‘contempt of religion’

Egyptian writer sentenced to 3 years in jail for ‘contempt of religion’

Egyptian writer Fatima Naoot was sentenced three years in jail and a LE20,000 ($2550) fine, after being found guilty of contempt of religion and blasphemy, reported Al-Ahram. The misdemeanor court rejected an appeal by Naoot’s defence team against the sentence, upholding the sentence and the fine. While on Wednesday 30th March, Naoot said on her […]

Omar Souleyman, Western idol unknown to Arabs

Omar Souleyman, Western idol unknown to Arabs

KOKO, one of London’s most iconic music venues, is celebrating a fresh talent from Syria. Omar Souleyman, a 49-year-old father of 9, escaped Syria and his life as a farmer to turn into an electronic-music singer.  He performs on stage as in his “jalabiya” and “keffiyeh,” traditional Arab garments, along with his aviator shades. His […]

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