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Attempts to annul presidential term limits

An Egyptian court has scheduled a hearing later this month on a petition demanding constitutional changes that would allow President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to seek re-election beyond his second term, state news agency MENA reported on Friday. Speculation has been rife that Egyptian authorities will seek changes to the constitution, …

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Uber launches bus service in Egypt

Uber Technologies Inc has launched a bus-booking service in Cairo, the company’s chief executive said on his first visit to Egypt on Tuesday, as the company aims to tap a sprawling low-income market. The company also announced a new Uber Lite app that, from early next year, will allow users …

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Egypt opens offshore sector to US oil firms

Egypt sees increasing interest from U.S. energy companies in developing its offshore oil and natural gas resources and expects them to participate in two bidding rounds due before year-end, Petroleum Minister Tarek El Molla said. Egypt has emerged as an attractive destination for foreign energy firms following a string of …

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Nationwide strike in Tunis in protest over IMF cuts

About 650,000 public sector workers went on strike and thousands protested across Tunisia on Thursday over the government’s refusal to raise wages amid threats from international lenders to stop financing Tunisia’s tattered economy. Schools, universities, municipalities and ministries were shut and hospitals were on emergency staffing only in the nationwide walkout …

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