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Egypt’s Al-Azhar university scraps expulsion of student over hug

Egypt's Al-Azhar university on Monday overturned a decision to expel a female student who was filmed hugging a male colleague, after the country's top Muslim cleric intervened in her favour. In a video widely circulated earlier this month, a man was seen carrying a bouquet of flowers kneeling before a woman and then hugging her in what was to be a marriage proposal. Al-Azhar decided on Saturday to expel the young woman, but two days later the institution's grand imam, Ahmed al-Tayeb, urged the disciplinary board to…

Grand imam of Egypt’s Al-Azhar University cancels meeting with US Vice President

CAIRO: Al-Azhar University's Grand Imam Ahmed al-Tayeb cancelled a meeting with US Vice President Mike Pence after President Donald Trump's move to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, Al-Azhar said Friday. In a statement, Al-Azhar, Egypt's highest educational institution, said Tayeb had reversed his previous decision to meet Pence, who is due to travel to Egypt and Israel in the second half of December. Trump’s decision to reverse decades of U.S. policy and recognize Jerusalem has been met by days of protests…