Egypt lion tamers hold shows from home during pandemic | AFP

With the circus closed during Egypt’s lockdown, lion tamer Ashraf al-Helw ultimately decided to bring the lioness “Joumana” home for live streamed performances during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Here are the top stories for Saturday, May 9th: Trump says ‘no rush’ on more aid as jobless crisis grows; Russia, Belarus mark Victory Day in contrasting events; Egypt’s president expands powers; Roy Horn of Siegfried & Roy dies from coronavirus at 75.

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Here’s the latest for Saturday April 25th: Navy admiral advises reinstatement of fired carrier captain; US companies step up to make masks; Russian cargo ship docks at ISS with supplies; Muslims mark a subdued Ramadan in Egypt.

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A sad Ramadan for Egyptians amid virus lockdown | AFP

“We do not feel the joy of Ramadan” says a customer at a Cairo market selling traditional “Fanous” lanterns as Egypt enforces a tight lockdown to curb the pandemic.

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Coronavirus: Egypt lights up the Great Pyramids with ‘Stay Home’ message | AFP

The Great pyramids is lit up with blue light and projected with a laser message “Stay Home” on the Giza plateau outside the Egyptian capital of Cairo on the World Heritage Day, as the country fights against the spread of the COVID-19.

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Here’s the latest for Tuesday, April 14th: Trump asserts total authority on economy; China to work with Russia to prohibit illegal border crossings; China approves two COVID-19 vaccine candidates; Egypt sees rise in abandoned pets.

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Egypt postpones opening Grand Egyptian Museum in Giza due to coronavirus | AFP

Egypt has postponed the opening of the Grand Egyptian Museum in Giza on the outskirts of Cairo until next year, as the country tries to halt the coronavirus spread. The museum complex sits beside the Giza Pyramids and houses thousands of archaeological treasures, and took more than a decade to built.

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Virus pandemic deals heavy blow to Egypt’s working poor | AFP

In Cairo, day labourers line up for food parcels after losing their main source of income, as Egyptian authorities enforce a nationwide curfew to tackle the coronavirus. The country has recorded nearly 1500 cases so far.

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Coronavirus: Gaza restaurant prepares meals for quarantined Palestinians | AFP

A restaurant in Gaza City prepares meals for Palestinians in quarantine centres as thousands of Palestinians who have returned to Gaza via Egypt have been quarantined as a precautionary measure. So far 12 cases have been confirmed, all of them placed under quarantine.

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Coronavirus: Artist calls on Gazans to ‘stay home’ with sand sculpture | AFP

Dergham Krakeh, a Palestinian artist, calls on Gazans to “stay home” with sand carvings on a beach in Gaza City. So far, 12 cases have been confirmed in Gaza, all of them placed under quarantine. Thousands of Palestinians who have returned to Gaza via Egypt have also been quarantined as a precautionary measure.

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Coronavirus: ‘Stay safe’ beamed on Egypt’s Great Pyramid | AFP

Egypt’s Great Pyramid is emblazoned with messages of solidarity with those battling the coronavirus the world over on Monday evening. “Stay safe”, “Stay at home” and “Thank you to those keeping us safe,” flashed in blue and green lights across the towering structure at the Giza plateau, southwest of the capital Cairo.

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Coronavirus: Egypt disinfects the pyramids of Giza | AFP

Egyptian municipality workers disinfect the Giza pyramid complex on the southwestern outskirts of the capital Cairo as part of protective measures against the spread of coronavirus.

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Egypt holds a funeral for ousted autocrat Mubarak in Cairo | AFP

Egypt holds a military funeral for former president Hosni Mubarak, whose three decades of strong-arm rule ended in the Arab Spring protests of 2011. The government of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi declared three days of mourning for Mubarak, who died aged 91 in a Cairo military hospital on Tuesday after years spent in relative seclusion.

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Helicopter carrying the body of Mubarak arrives ahead of his funeral in Cairo | AFP

Helicopter carrying the body of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak arrives to al-Mosheir mosque, east of the capital Cairo, where a military funeral. Egypt’s former president Hosni Mubarak, who ruled for three decades before he was ousted amid the Arab Spring protests in 2011, died Tuesday at age 91. IMAGES

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Mourners of former Egyptian president gather ahead of his funeral in Cairo | AFP

Mourners gather outside al-Mosheir mosque, east of the capital Cairo, where a military funeral will be held for the former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak. Egypt’s former president Hosni Mubarak, who ruled for three decades before he was ousted amid the Arab Spring protests in 2011, died Tuesday at age 91. IMAGES

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Egyptians react to former president Hosni Mubarak’s death | AFP

Egyptians in Cairo react to the death of Egypt’s former president Hosni Mubarak who ruled with an iron fist for 30 years before being deposed amid street protests, defending his chequered reign to the end.

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Smoke, soot and sweat: Egypt’s charcoal workers | AFP

To fuel Egyptians’ love for shisha pipes and barbeques, Said Mahrous and his men toil in an open-air furnace, inhaling thick plumes of smoke day in, day out. Covered in soot and sweat, their faces blackened, they labour in a village near Cairo over burning mounds of charcoal, without gloves, facemasks or health insurance.

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Boris Johnson meets with Egypt president al-Sisi | AFP

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi arrives at Downing Street to meet with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. IMAGES

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Israeli museum explains the emojis of ancient Egypt | AFP

How does an academic explain the importance of ancient hieroglyphics to modern audiences glued to their phones? Through the cunning use of emojis. The Israel Museum in Jerusalem this week opened the “Emoglyphs” exhibition, comparing the pictograms of antiquity to those of today.

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The power of dams | AFP AnimΓ©

Videographic illustrating the role played by the world’s dams in renewable energy. Ethiopia’s construction of a massive power dam on the Blue Nile is raising tensions with Egypt, which depends on the river for 90 percent of its water supply.VIDEOGRAPHICS

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Pompeo calls on Egypt to respect press freedom after crackdown | AFP

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo calls on close ally Egypt to respect freedom of the press after a crackdown that followed protests. SOUNDBITE

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