The controversial rule is part of austerity measures the government is imposing to lower its debt. That includes rationing baby formula, which costs this nation $51 million annually in scarce foreign currency reserves.
Washington has no credibility on human rights, Egyptian officials said after the recent killings by police. But an Amnesty International report levels disturbing accusations about Egypt's own oppression by law enforcement.
Five members of an Egyptian group whose satirical videos have mocked President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi have been arrested. Last week, they posted a video online that criticized the crackdown on anti-Sisi demonstrations and journalists.
It's been five years since the Arab Spring started, with hopes for tremendous change for residents of dictatorships throughout the region. Most of those protests failed, though two authors say it's too soon to judge.
The drama has been intense on the field during the World Cup... and then there have been the games. The Wall Street Journal tallied up the theatrical moments of feigned injuries — and Brazil is the clear winner. At least in Brazil, women can attend the matches. Not so in Iran. And the US warns travelers away from visiting much of Africa, all in today's Global Scan.
Dozens of Palestinians with US passports or legal residency in the US have managed to get out of the Gaza Strip since the most recent violence began, but there are dozens more still there. And it's not clear if or when they will be able to leave.
If only passports could talk, they would have stories to tell. By digging into the historical aspects, the dates and the travel stamps, passport collector Tom Topol has made some interesting discoveries.
Coptic Christians across the world are responding to the news from Libya and the apparent beheading of 21 members of their faith. Some though, can't bring themselves to watch the new, and horrific, ISIS video.
With the cease-fire holding in Gaza, both sides are now facing the difficult task of negotiating a lasting truce. This involves huge political issues. But also some very mundane issues, which could de-rail any settlement. For instance, cement. Cement is obviously needed for reconstruction. But Israel doesn't want Hamas to re-build its tunnels.
Weeks after Donald Trump welcomed him to the White House and praised his good work, Egypt's Abdul Fattah al-Sisi quietly gave himself new powers that judges and rights groups say threaten whatever Egyptian court independence remains.
When Jay Z dropped "Big Pimpin'" in 1999, he thought he had permission to sample its iconic Middle Eastern hook. But years later, the heir of the man who composed the original song is taking Jay Z and producer Timbaland to court.