TIME Egypt

Violent Protests Mark Tahrir Square Uprising Anniversary in Cairo

At least 18 killed over weekend of unrest

Protests continued in the streets of Cairo on Sunday, following the death of a socialist activist who was shot and killed at a rally Saturday marking the fourth anniversary of the Tahir Square uprising that overthrew Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak.

At least 18 were killed in protests across the city as police officers opened fire, according to the New York Times. Security forces had been deployed across the city in an attempt to prevent a repeat of the dozens of deaths during last year’s anniversary.

[Reuters]

TIME Egypt

Egyptian Activist Shot and Killed During Peaceful Protest in Cairo

Shaimaa al-Sabbagh was marching to commemorate the hundreds of demonstrators killed during the Arab Spring uprising of 2011

A protester was shot and killed by police in Cairo on Saturday when officers opened fire on a socialist rally near the capital’s Tahrir Square, according to local media reports.

Shaimaa al-Sabbagh, a leading member of the Socialist Popular Alliance Party, suffered shotgun pellet injuries, apparently at close range, while standing outside the Air France-KLM office close to Tahrir Square. She was rushed to hospital but died en route.

In a statement, her party said that their only intention was to place flowers at the iconic public space on the eve of the fourth anniversary of the Jan. 25 revolution. Other demonstrators were also reportedly injured in the melee.

Government officials initially denied that the police had fired any shots, further angering the protesters.

TIME Innovation

See The Incredibly Goofy Evolution of Virtual Reality Headsets

Inventors have been experimenting with virtual reality headsets in a variety of sometimes wacky ways, from virtual roller coasters to virtual surgery

TIME celebrity

These Incredibly Realistic Celebrity Portraits Were Made Entirely With Emoji

See Kim Kardashian made of pigs and hamburgers and Miley Cyrus made of basketballs and cookies

Most Emoji enthusiasts would agree that selecting the right one is an art form — and rapper Yung Jake is truly taking that idea to the next level.

Using a new site called emoji.ink, he’s been creating impressively lifelike portraits of celebrities ranging from comedy icons like Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld to rappers like Wiz Khalifa and Cam’ron. It may sound like a silly gimmick — but these portraits actually incorporate a striking attention to detail and a clear sense of creativity.

Naturally, when we reached out to Yung Jake for more information about his artistic process, his response was riddled with Emoji:

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See some of the best portraits above and check out the rest on Yung Jake’s Instagram.

TIME portfolio

The Best Pictures of the Week: Jan. 16 – Jan. 23

From escalating violence in eastern Ukraine and a thousands strong march in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma, Ala. to priests photographing Pope Francis in the Philippines and a surprising, glowing seascape in Hong Kong, TIME presents the best pictures of the week.

TIME Economy

See the State With the Cheapest Gas in the U.S.

Gas prices in Missouri plummeted to $1.58 in January

At first look, the collapse in oil prices over the past year, from $107 per barrel in June to below $50 a barrel today, seems like the proverbial free lunch for American consumers. The decline in prices is the equivalent of a $125 billion tax cut. And it’s effectively a progressive one, since the biggest beneficiaries will be working- and middle-class people who spend a disproportionate amount of their income on gas for their cars and heating fuel for their homes. American households with oil heat could save $767 each this winter. That cash can now be spent on a new car—or a washing machine, an electronic gadget, clothes or a few dinners out.

That should boost spending, and …

Read the full story, which appears in the Feb. 2, 2015 issue of TIME, here.

TIME Kenya

Witness Kenyan Police Use Tear Gas on Protesting Schoolchildren

Students protested an alleged land grab after a barrier was erected around their playground by a private a developer; at least five children received medical treatment

Students and teachers returned to a Nairobi-area school from a break to find that a barrier had been erected around their play area by a private developer in an apparent sale of the land.

The Nairobi city council has not commented on the legality of the sale of the land it says is public, the BBC reports, though some protesters allege it was an unlawful land grab. Around 100 students, mostly between the ages of 8-13, along with teachers and activists, knocked over the wall and were met by about 40 armed police officers, some of whom fired tear gas canisters at the demonstrators, the Telegraph reports. At least five children received medical attention.

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