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Some Muslims find Egypt a colder place

CAIRO, Egypt — It was graduation night. Sarah el-Sirgany had just wrapped up her studies at the prestigious American University in Cairo, and she was ready to celebrate with friends. Sirgany, from a well-to-do Egyptian family, made her way to the center of town, a veil — or hijab — wrapped loosely, yet carefully, around her head. She walked the gangplank of one of the Nile’s posh boats and asked the manager of the restaurant inside to lead her to her friends’ table.

A World of Trouble: Is the nightmare over?

With signs of economic recovery finally emerging, here's where things stand in 20 countries.

Egypt’s long, hot summer just got hotter

CAIRO, Egypt — It’s hardly been a miserable summer by Egyptian standards. The heat, usually scorching, has been bearable. The humidity, which has a tendency to appear several times each summer, has largely stayed away. But things are about to heat up. Ramadan, as of Saturday, Aug. 22, is officially underway, with all of its ancient traditions, modern twists, and — this year — the addition of midsummer heat.

Egyptian history a foreign concept

CAIRO — Beaches along Egypt’s north coast were jammed. It was a long weekend, and vacationers of all socioeconomic stripes had decided to soak in the rays by the Mediterranean. Cairo felt empty. Trains to the north coast were sold out. The highway was bumper to bumper. But in the middle of the cheek-by-jowl working class beaches and the posh resorts stretching for hundreds of miles along the Egyptian coast, the hills over El Alamein stood empty.

Meet the economic gangsters

The dismal science of economics is, by most definitions, about finding the most efficient allocation of resources. And that goes for individuals, companies, governments and — yes — criminals. Edward Miguel is an expert on that last category. He's the co-author, with Raymond Fisman, of “Economic Gangsters: Corruption, Violence and the Poverty of Nations.” Published in late 2008, the authors use new data, innovative number-crunching and various pattern recognition models to plumb the worlds of kleptocrats, corruption, black marketeers and violence.

Who owns the Nile?

CAIRO, Egypt — Egypt, these days, seems to be defying gravity. While Iraq, situated at the delta of the Euphrates, has suffered water shortages at the hands of Turkey and Syria, which siphon off what they please, leaving only the dregs for the battered Babylonians, Egypt by contrast has turned the natural order on its head. The Nile is one of only a handful of rivers on earth that flow north, meaning the North African country lies downstream of 10 other Nile-fed nations.

What Israeli warships in the Suez mean for Iranian nuclear ambitions

American op-ed pages have been littered for months with recommendations to U.S. and Israeli policymakers over what to do with the Iranian nuclear problem.

All-star political cast gathers in Egypt

CAIRO — It has a star-studded cast and a backdrop to make a Hollywood set designer drool. And when the curtain went up on this year's Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit in the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Shiekh on Wednesday, the lead actors didn't disappoint. First up to the microphone, one of the veteran leaders of the not-so-free world, Egyptian president, and incoming NAM chairman, Hosni Mubarak.

From gods to garbage dwellers

From gods to garbage dwellers

CAIRO, Egypt — Drivers swerve to hit them. Frustrated landlords poison them. Their distinctive bodies — gray and spotted, slender and wiry — litter the streets of the capital. It is an inglorious end for these once revered animals. They are members of the world's oldest breed of domesticated cat, the mau, once worshipped as a god and the pet of choice for Egyptian pharaohs.
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