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Egypt bans SNL Arabia over 'sexual phrases and insinuations'

Latest season of satirical show with same format as US Saturday Night Live had just ended

Egypt has banned broadcasts of a homegrown version of the US satirical television show Saturday Night Live for using “sexual expressions that are inappropriate for viewers”.

Egypt’s supreme council for media regulation issued the decision late on Sunday, a day after the latest season ended.

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Egypt launches massive operation targeting Islamic militants in Sinai

Abdel Fattah al-Sissi orders military to ‘clear Egpyt’s territory of terrorist element’

Egypt has launched a massive offensive against Islamic militants in the Sinai peninsula, seeking to end a bloody conflict that has killed hundreds of civilians and soldiers in recent years.

A military spokesman said the operation would cover large parts of Sinai plus parts of the Nile delta and the western desert, where other militants have waged attacks.

Egypt’s president, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, a former general, ordered the military to defeat militants in north Sinai within three months after an attack on a mosque in November killed 300 people, the deadliest such incident in the Arab world’s most populous country.

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US will back two-state solution if both sides agree – Mike Pence

US vice-president, visiting Egypt, tries to reassure key Arab ally over Israeli-Palestinian impasse

US vice-president Mike Pence has told Egypt’s leader that the US would support a two-state solution for Israelis and Palestinians if the two sides agreed to it, seeking to reassure a key Arab ally over Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Pence was in Egypt on Saturday on the first leg of a three-country tour that includes stops in Jordan and Israel.

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Tourist killed in Egypt hot air balloon crash

A South African was killed and 12 other people injured when their balloon ‘landed too forcefully’ near the ancient city of Luxor

A South African tourist was killed and 12 other people injured when a hot air balloon crashed near Egypt’s ancient city of Luxor on Friday, a health ministry official said.

Sharif Wadie, the assistant health minister in charge of emergency services, said there were no other fatalities but did not elaborate on the extent of the passengers’ injuries. The nationalities of the injured were not immediately clear.

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