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The New Old Wafd


Egypt’s oldest nationalist party, the Wafd Party, is facing a deep and challenging internal conflict. Despite intervention by Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, a new internal election, and a formal announcement that the crisis is over, the party’s internal problems are unlikely to heal soon.

On the surface, the party appears to be divided between two camps. The first is led by party leader El-Sayid El-Badawy, while the second supports leading member, Fouad Badrawy, who hails from a family with strong Wafd roots.

Badrawy lost by a small margin in the party’s leadership elections in April, 2014. He received 956 of the votes, while current leader, Badawy, received 1,183. Earlier this month, following a decision by over 1,000 members to withdraw confidence in Badawy, the current leadership suspended Badrawy and seven other members of the party’s high board. Together the suspended members refer to themselves as the Wafd’s Reform Front…

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Caribbean Health Authorities Sound Alert about Zika Virus

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The Caribbean Public Health Agency, known as CARPHA, said Thursday that authorities in the region should be alert to the possible spread of the Zika virus, which is transmitted by the same mosquito that carries dengue fever and Chikungunya, the Latin AMerican Herald Tribune reports.

“The symptoms of Zika virus are very mild but have a few symptoms similar to Chikungunya. Most people do not realize they had Zika virus. Both are transmitted by the bite of a mosquito and Aedes aegypti, which is responsible for our dengue and Chik epidemics has been reported to transmit Zika,” CARPHA’s Christian Frederickson told Efe Thursday.

The Jamaican government announced earlier this week that it is working on a public education campaign to raise awareness about the Zika virus.

A health ministry spokeswoman told Efe the decision responds to an alarming rise of confirmed Zika cases in Brazil, where more than 16 people…

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‘Low-carb diets are crazy’: a master baker shares his secrets for making and eating bread | Life and style | The Guardian

“All the people, they can buy bread, a good piece of bread. Sometimes it’s a little more expensive but it’s not a lot. So when I go to a bakery and I see the morning that the homeless can buy our bread and they are happy to eat that, I’m just happy because I think you need to find a way [to feed all the people] and all the people need to be happy with that. So we have two different types of customer in our shop. It’s just beautiful.”

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