Egyptian parents could face jail over ‘western’ names

June 15, 2017 1 comment

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Parents in Egypt could be sent to prison if they give their children “western” names. A Parliamentary committee is currently debating legislation which would put such a policy in place. Under this law, parents who choose foreign names for their children would face a fine between LE1,000 and LE5,000 (Egyptian pounds) or up to six…

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Egyptian women ‘most likely to hit husbands’

February 15, 2017 3 comments

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Egyptian women are the most likely of any nation in the world to be violent towards their husbands according to UN findings. Crime statistics from the North African nation show not only slapping and hitting but also the frequent use of household implements during violent outbursts, including belts, pins, shoes and pots and pans. Family…

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Egyptian divorce reforms rejected

February 6, 2017 0 comments

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The Egyptian President’s call for the country’s divorce laws to be reformed has been rejected by senior clerics. Members of the Council of Senior Scholars said that verbal divorce was a practice Muslims had settled upon during the time of the prophet Muhammad in the 7th Century. The Council is a 40-member group of clerics…

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Egyptian president alarmed by 40% divorce rate

January 25, 2017 0 comments

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The President of Egypt has expressed alarm at the country’s high divorce rate. On Tuesday, President Abdel-Fatteh el-Sissi delivered a televised address to mark Police Day, a national holiday in Egypt held in remembrance of the officers who resisted British demands to hand over their weapons in 1952. In his speech, el-Sissi said he had…

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Marriage stipend hoax causes rush of enquiries

September 19, 2016 1 comment

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Rumours that the government of Iceland had offered to pay foreign men to marry local women recently caused a rush of confused enquiries in Egypt. The Danish Embassy in Egypt – which also represents Iceland – was forced to fend off a flood of enquiries from local men who believed they would receive $5,000 a…

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Egyptian wife wants to divorce overweight husband

September 8, 2016 1 comment

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An Egyptian woman applied for a divorce at the family courts in Cairo this week, saying her husband had become a “disgusting person” since their marriage. She claimed he had started to put on weight within months of their marriage but still insisted that she stayed slim. “If I don’t go to the saloon weekly…

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Husband collapses in court during divorce hearing

April 27, 2016 1 comment

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A divorce hearing between an Egyptian couple came to an abrupt end when the man collapsed from a heart attack. His wife had demanded a divorce, claiming her husband was mean with money despite owning a chain of furniture shops. At a hearing in Cairo, the judge had just asked the mother of four to…

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