Sandrine Treiner welcomes Alaa El Aswany, known as the author of The Yacoubian Building, an allegorical tale about an old building in Cairo, a metaphor for Egypt's history. Alaa al-Aswani backs Mohamed ElBaradei's candidacy for the presidential elections next year in Egypt.
International donors are in Cairo for a one-day conference on Sunday with the aim of raising two billion dollars for reconstruction in Sudan's Darfur region, devastated by war for the last seven years.
Egyptian President Hosni Moubarak has named Sheikh Ahmed El-Tayeb (pictured) as the new leader of the prestigious al-Azhar, one of the foremost institutions of Sunni Islam learning in the Muslim world.
In this edition: Sunnis speak out about Iraq's election; we ask if the whole Israeli government were out to embarrass Joe Biden with two big settlement announcements during his visit, or just part of the cabinet; and a forced career makeover for Gaza's male hairdressers.
In today’s culture show, we talk about Egypt with our guest, the award- winning journalist Christophe Ayad. He spent seven years in Cairo and has since published many works on the country. We then talk about the film "Desert Flower", which tells the story of how Waris Dirie became a supermodel, a Bond girl, a U.N. special ambassador and a best-selling writer.
Virginie Herz welcomes Rashika El Ridi, professor of Immunology in the department of Zoology of the Faculty of Science in Cairo University, and the laureate for Africa and the Arab States in the 2010 L’OREAL-UNESCO awards for women in science.
An Egyptian court has overturned the conviction of magnate Hisham Mustafa (left), who was sentenced to death for the murder of his ex-lover, Suzanne Tamim (right). A former policeman, accused of killing Tamim in Dubai, will also be retried.