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Egypt Today's world news brief

Fri, Dec. 29, 2017
CAIRO – 29 December 2017: Egypt Today brings you the latest top of the hour news from around the world over the past 24 hours in this round-up.

Middle East

IS moves with 'impunity' in Syria regime-held areas: coalition

The international coalition against the ISIS on Wednesday accused Syrian President

Bashar al-Assad

of allowing the jihadists to move through territory he controls "with impunity."

"They seem to be moving with impunity through regime-held territory, showing that the regime is clearly either unwilling or unable to defeat Daesh within their borders," Major General Felix Gedney of the British army told journalists, using an Arabic acronym for IS.

Gedney indicated that the coalition does not plan to pursue IS fighters into regime-held areas, instead calling on Assad to do so.

© AFP | Syrian soldiers walk past a portrait of President Bashar al-Assad during a government celebration marking the first anniversary of the retaking of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo

MPs refute US congress bill on Copts

Egyptian Parliament’s foreign affairs committee headed by

Tarek Radwan

held a hearing session on Wednesday over the consequences of the US congress bill on Egyptian Copts.

The session included the head of Egypt's State Information Service (SIS), Diaa Rashwan, Head of Free Egyptians Party’s Parliamentary committee Alaa Abid, head of Parliament’s Human Rights committee, Kamal Ami and head of parliament’s defence, National Security committee, Karim Darwish and other officials.

FILE - Parliament General Assembly

Qatar receives another batch of Turkish troops

The Qatari Defense Ministry announced on Tuesday, December 26 the arrival of a new batch of Turkish armed troops to

Al Udeid Air Base

, as Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani continues to receive foreign troops on Qatar’s soil to defend his regime.

According to a Qatari Ministry of Defense statement published on its Twitter account, the new batch of Turkish troops is scheduled to back up and "join the Turkish forces currently stationed at the Tariq Bin Ziyad Mechanic Battalion military camp, within the framework of the joint military agreement between the state of Qatar and the Republic of Turkey."

Turkish Troops land in Doha, Qatar, 28 December 2017-Egypt Today

Audio leak discloses Qatari allegations against Al-Murrah

Ghanem al-Qubaisi, the director of


State Security (QSS), the Qatari Intelligence Service, denationalized Al-Murrah Qatari tribe in an audio leak broadcasted by Qatarileaks.

"If they like Saudi Arabia, they should stay there since they are originally Saudi nationals. Qatari nationals can protect their territories. I have nothing to do with the Turkish and their descendants; Qatari rulers and politicians are fully aware of the interests of this country. Al-Murrah grew ungrateful for this country; they did not exist in this country 50 years ago but now they forgot the prestigious jobs, high salaries, and luxurious houses they got from Qatar.

Al-Qubaisi stripping Al-Murrah tribe off their Qatari nationality, 28 December 2017 - Egypt Today


Putin says St. Petersburg supermarket bombing was terrorism

Russian President

Vladimir Putin

said a bomb blast in a St Petersburg supermarket on Wednesday was an act of terrorism, and that security forces whose lives were threatened by terrorist suspects should shoot to kill if necessary.

Putin was speaking on Thursday at an awards ceremony in the Kremlin for Russian personnel who served in Syria.

“You know that yesterday in St Petersburg a terrorist act was carried out,” Putin told the audience, referring to the explosion that injured 13 shoppers in a branch of the Perekrestok supermarket chain.

Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech during a state awards ceremony for military personnel who served in Syria, at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia December 28, 2017. REUTERS/Kirill Kudryavtsev/Pool

United States

US charges Romanians with hacking police cameras before Trump inauguration
The United States has charged two Romanian nationals, alleging that they hacked the Washington police department's surveillance cameras days before U.S. President Donald Trump's Jan. 20 inauguration, the Department of Justice said on Thursday.

Mihai Alexandru Isvanca and Eveline Cismaru were arrested in Romania on Dec. 15 over the incident, which compromised Washington's Metropolitan Police Department camera computers as part of a ransomware scheme, the Justice Department said in a statement.

The United States has charged two Romanian nationals, alleging that they hacked the Washington police department's surveillance cameras days before Trump's inauguration - Reuters

Former Trump campaign manager Lewandowski accused of sexual harassment

U.S. President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski has been accused by a singer of slapping her buttocks without her consent at a party in November.

Joy Villa, a vocal Trump supporter who wore a dress bearing the president’s “Make America Great Again” campaign slogan to the Grammy Awards this year, said on Tuesday she had contacted police in Washington on Sunday to file charges.

Villa told news website Politico and television channel CNN this week that Lewandowski touched her against her will while they posed for photographs at the Trump International Hotel.

Villa’s representative has not responded to a request for comment.

Former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski waits for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump to arrive for a rally at a car dealership in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, U.S. October 15, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

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