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Egyptian Author, Ahmed Khaled Tawfik Dies at the Age of 55. 

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Egyptian Author, Ahmed Khaled Tawfik Dies at the Age of 55.

In shock, young Egyptian readers shared their condolences on social media for the loss of Ahmed Khaled Tawfik at the age of 55. Tawfik is considered the first contemporary Arab Sci-Fi and Horror author. His writings formed the imaginative mind of an entire generation; it’s no surprise he has been named the godfather.

Tawfik always refused to abandon his home city, Tanta, where he was born in 1962 to move to Cairo. Not many know that Tawfik graduated from Tanta University’s medical school in 1985.He attained a PhD in 1997 and actually worked as professor of medicine at Tanta University, Egypt.  This explains why he was the first Arab writer to explore the medical thriller genre.

In January 1993, Tawfik introduced Arab readers to a new world in his first published saga of  horror/thriller series Ma Waraa Al Tabiaa (‎The Supernatural).Not only he wrote faciniating novels, he also wrote different periodical articles for journals and web-based magazines.

His writing style has appealed to Arab readers, gaining him popularity in the Middle East. Some of his most famous works are:

– Ma Waraa Al Tabiaa (‎in English: The Supernatural) series started in 1992 and its last volume was          Oustorat Alasateer ( The legend of the Legends) published 2014.

– Fantasia series started publishing in 1995.

– Safari series started publishing in 1996

– (Egyptian pocket novels)series which provided translated international novels.

– Ragfat ALkhouf: series of Arabic translations for horror novels.

– WWW. Another series by Tawfik started publishing in 2006.

– Kous Kazah ( Rainbow)  a collection of short stories published 2005.

– Mosoaat AL Thalam ( The Darkness Encyclopedia)2006, a 220 pages dedicated foe horror made with collaboration with Sanad Rashed Dakheel.

– Kosasat Kabela Lelhark (Inflammable Scraps) 2007.

– ALaan Naftah ALsondok ( Now We Open The Box)2007 a collection of stories.

– Akl Bela Jasad (Brain with no Body) 2008 a collection of stories.

– An Arabic translation of Chuck Palahniuk’s novel Fight Club.

– Utopia a fictional, political-minded novel, translated into English by Chip Rosetti.

-Al-Singa (The Knife) is a politically-flavored novel.

– Just Like Icarus is a fictional political-minded novel

People who touch our hearts never die; their memory lives within us. Rest in peace, godfather.

 

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Egypt Chosen to Lead the African Network of National Human Rights Institutions

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Mohamed Fayek, president of the National Council for Human Rights, declared yesterday that Egypt has officially been chosen as the president of the African Network of National Human Rights Institutions.

The Network of African National Human Rights Institutions (NANHRI) is a non profitable regional umbrella organization that brings together 44 National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) in Africa. It was funded back in 2007 and is registered under Kenyan laws as an independent legal entity.

The announcement was made during Fayek’s speech in the twelfth periodic conference of the Network of African National Human Rights Institutions.

The conference that saw the participation of 44 African countries, all of whom are members of the commission, in addition to representatives of regional, local and international human rights bodies in Egypt.

Fayek also highlighted that this conference is the first event to be organized in Cairo, and that the theme chosen for the conference stresses on the ‘Global Compact for Migration.’

The Network of African National Human Rights Institutions aims at achieving human right endeavors in all of the African countries, with principles that are in line with Paris’.

 

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Lebanese Protesters Form A Peaceful Human Chain Across the Country

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Thousands of Lebanese protesters have formed a human chain that extended from the south all the way to the north of the country, in an impressive attempt of symbolizing national unity.

People of Lebanon joined hands from Tripoli to Tyre, making a 170 KM human chain, that passes through the capital, Beirut. This marks a historic moment where Lebanese people unit together, hand in hand, despite their ethnic, religious, or social differences.

Those who joined the chain began in the early afternoon of Sunday and by 4 PM, the chain has been completed with the participation of 170,000 protesters.

Even with such a massive chain, protesters made sure they didn’t cut through any of the major roads in Lebanon to avoid disturbing the rest of citizens, the chain was formed along the main coastal highway of Lebanon but it was certainly an organized and peaceful form of protest.

 

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Egypt’s largest Metro Station in The Middle East Inaugurated

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Heliopolis metro station, Egypt’s largest station in the Middle East, has been inaugurated this morning and is ready to receive commuters.

The station is built on a space of 10,000 square metre which makes it the biggest station in the Middle East region, according to the transportation ministry

The construction of the station has began back in 2015 and the station will connect to Cairo International Airport and Al-Salam city.

The new metro station will help reduce around two million commutes above ground, which in return will reduce the traffic congestion. Also, citizens will save the cost of more expensive mean of transportation.

Another point worth mentioning is that the station will include automated machines to purchase tickets directly, in addition to a digital signage system to guide passengers.

 

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