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  1. Top Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood cleric dies

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    A prominent Egyptian Muslim cleric, Youssef al-Qaradawi, has died aged 96.

    He was considered one of the spiritual leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood.

    The former chairman of the International Union of Muslim Clerics was born in Egypt but was later based in Qatar.

    Youssef al-Qaradawi published numerous books on Islam.

    A television programme hosted by him on al-Jazeera was watched by tens of millions of people worldwide.

  2. Tunisians protest against high food prices

    BBC World Service

    Image caption: President Kais Saied has been criticised for failing to tackle inflation

    Anti-government demonstrations have taken place in several suburbs of the Tunisian capital, Tunis.

    Marchers criticised the administration of President Kais Saied for failing to tackle inflation and rising prices for staple goods.

    Videos on social media from the Douar Hicher district show supermarket customers scuffling over packets of sugar.

    In one district on the outskirts of Tunis riot police fired tear gas to disperse protesters who had blocked roads and were throwing stones at officers.

    The demonstrators were angry at the suicide of a local man who had allegedly been harassed by police for selling fruit without permission.

  3. Egyptians mourn prominent actor Hisham Selim

    Youssef Taha

    BBC World Service News

    Image caption: Hisham Selim had a 50 year career

    Egyptians have been mourning prominent film, television and stage actor Hisham Selim, who died of lung cancer at the age of 64.

    Selim's father was a famous footballer turned actor, and like him, he was a chain smoker.

    Selim's career spanned five decades and saw him make his debut film in 1972 beside the legendary star Faten Hamama.

    He was in two classic films by the world-renowned Egyptian director, Youssef Chahine, including the epic Return of the Prodigal Son with the Lebanese superstar Majida al-Roumi.

    She called him her soulmate in her affectionate tribute, which has been the most shared online.

    He won a new following two years ago when he spoke openly and warmly about his transgender son - an issue that remains taboo in Egypt.

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