Hisham Ashmawi has been on the Egyptian authorities' radar over a number of deadly terrorist attacks in the country in recent years. After coordinating several more attacks in Egypt whilst hiding in Libya, he has been transferred by Libya back to Cairo for interrogation following his arrest in October last year.
Former major cotton exporter Egypt seeks to overcome major challenges to compete with US and Brazil. Cotton was once Egypt's main source of wealth in the 19th century, as the Nile Delta provided fertile grounds for the crop, however, fierce competition has diminished the crops returns.
Earlier this month the Egyptian Supreme Judiciary Council decided to promote 16 female judges. While women have been latecomers to the Egyptian judiciary, they have been inching toward key posts in waves.
Farmers in Egypt were appalled by the government’s decision to start importing rice and limiting the areas allocated for rice cultivation as part of its strategy to contain the water crisis. Despite the Government's claim that this will break the rice market monopoly, farmers say they are the ones most affected.
After the appointment of two new female ministers on Thursday, the current Egyptian cabinet is made up of 8 female ministers. This results in a quarter of the Egyptian cabinet being occupied by female ministers.
As Ethiopia is working on completing a massive upstream dam, Egypt fears the Renaissance Dam will cut into its share of the river. Sudan is taking Ethiopia's side in the negotiations with Egypt over the status of the Nile River.