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Artist's rendering of the Capital Cairo project
Artist's rendering of the Capital Cairo project
Mostafa Mohie

CAIRO — Questions abound in the wake of Egyptian Prime Minister Ibrahim Mehleb's announcement that the government will build a 700-square kilometer business and administrative center called The Capital Cairo.

Topping the list of queries is whether Egypt, which has millions of vacant property units as it stands, even needs this type of project. The developers, the Housing Ministry and UAE-based Capital Partners, expect the venture to cost some $45 billion. That's a lot of money, especially in a country that has already tried its hand, with less than stellar results, at building entire new cities of this kind.

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War In Ukraine, Day 89: First Russian Found Guilty Of War Crimes, Gets Life In Prison

Vadim Shishimarin had confessed to shooting an unarmed 62-year-old man in northeast Ukraine shortly after the invasion began.

Vadim Shishimarin in court

Meike Eijsberg, Anna Akage and Emma Albright

On Monday, Vadim Shishimarin became the first Russian soldier to be convicted of war crimes since the Russian invasion three months ago, found guilty of shooting an unarmed 62-year-old man in northeast Ukraine shortly after the invasion began.

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Shishimarin, 21, who confessed to the shooting and asked the victim’s wife for forgiveness, was sentenced by a Kyiv court to life in prison.

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