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A statement released by the Foreign Ministry on Saturday expressed Egypt's solidarity with the people and government of Mali to combat terrorism and achieve stability in the Sahel region.

At least 23 Malian soldiers were killed in the attack. ]]>
3/23/2019 2:25:51 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s Olympic team calls Paris St. Germain U-19 player]]>
Egyptian Football Association sent an e-mail to the French club to call the Egyptian young player.

Omar plays with PSG a match in the French league U-19 and after then he can join the Egyptian team on Monday.

Omar Yassin is the younger brother to Abdallah Yassin, other Egyptian player who plays for PSG’s second team.

Egypt’s Olympic team defeated USA in a friendly match on Friday in Spain where the training camp is being held. Egypt is set to meet Netherlands on Tuesday in another friendly game.

Egypt will host AFCON U-23 next November which qualifies for the TOKYO Olympic Games in 2020.

Egypt's Olympic team faced many teams in the past year including UAE, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Algeria and Russia.
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3/23/2019 2:17:48 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt faces Niger in 2019 AFCON qualifications]]>
Egypt have already secured their spot at 2019 African Cup of Nations as they share the top of the Group with Tunisia with 12 points each, on the top of winning the rights to host the tournament last January.

Mostafa Mohamed, Mohamed Nabil Dunga, Ahmed Aboul-Fotouh, Ahmed Ayman Mansour, Ammar Hamdy and Abdulrahman Magdy will wear the national team jersey for the first time.

The coaching staff of the Pharaohs managed by Javier Aguirre settled on the starting line-up and the expected starting 11 players against Niger will be:

GK: Ahmed El Shenawy,
DEF: Ali Gabr, Baher Mohammadi, Karim Hafez, Mohamed Hany,
Midfielders: Amr Soleya, Ali Ghazal, Nabil Dunga, Amr Warda, Ammar Hamdi
ATT: Ahmed Hassan Koka

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3/23/2019 2:08:12 PM
<![CDATA[EgyptAir flight returns after takeoff due to crew member illness ]]>
Captain Tamer Gamal, the pilot of the flight no. 759, flying to Denmark on Saturday, decided to return to the runway at the airport after a crew member fainted.

The flight resumed to its destination after the sick crew member was taken to the quarantine at the airport.
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3/23/2019 2:06:56 PM
<![CDATA[Messi injured on return as Argentina lose 3-1 to Venezuela]]>
Messi showed flashes of brilliance but it was not his night as Venezuela put three past their more illustrious rivals for the first time with goals from Salomon Rondon, Jhon Murillo and Josef Martinez. Lautaro Martinez got Argentina's consolation.

Messi finished the match but felt some pain in his groin and will sit out Tuesday's friendly against Morocco in Tangier, the Argentine Football Association said after the game.

The injury, described as a flare up of an existing problem, was not thought to be serious. Midfielder Gonzalo Martinez will also miss the Morocco match with a thigh strain.

Messi took a sabbatical after his country's last-16 exit from the 2018 finals in Russia but he returned with a clean shaven new look to captain the side in the all-South American affair at Atletico Madrid's Metropolitano stadium.

Venezuela had only beaten Argentina once in 23 previous encounters, but they got the perfect start after five minutes when Rondon brought down a long pass inside the box and crashed a shot past keeper Franco Armani.

Rondon should have made it two with a header in the 40th but the second goal was only moments away as Murillo took advantage of a quick free kick to scamper to the edge of the box and curl a lovely right-foot shot into the far corner of the net.

Lautaro Martinez finished off a superb counter attack to pull Argentina back into the game after 59 minutes but their hopes were short lived and Venezuela's Josef Martinez made it 3-1 from the penalty spot with a quarter of an hour remaining.

"In the first half we created chances but they scored twice when we made mistakes," said Lautaro Martinez. "In the second half we did well and moved the ball about but they got that penalty. We need to keep improving."

Argentina face Morocco in Tangier on Tuesday, while Venezuela's next face Catalonia in Girona on Monday.]]>
3/23/2019 1:36:25 PM
<![CDATA[Sterling bags hat-trick as England thrash Czechs]]>
A mood of optimism swept around a large Wembley crowd before the Group A game kicked off and England responded with a display full of pace and panache to send the fans home happy.

Sterling opened the scoring from Jadon Sancho's cross in the 23rd minute and Harry Kane's penalty put England in complete control on the stroke of halftime.

There was a brief flurry from the Czechs at the start of the second half but normal service was soon resumed as Sterling curled home his second of the night just past the hour.

The Manchester City forward was unstoppable and he completed his first hat-trick for England seven minutes later with a deflected drive past Czech keeper Jiri Pavlenka.

Sterling was substituted to huge applause soon after as manager Gareth Southgate gave Chelsea teenager Callum Hudson-Odoi his first senior cap while West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice also came off the bench to win his first England cap, weeks after switching allegiance from Ireland.

The Czechs' misery was complete when Tomas Kalas bundled in an own goal in the 84th minute.]]>
3/23/2019 1:34:47 PM
<![CDATA[Wilson nets debut goal as Angola seal Cup of Nations return]]>
Wilson, a former Portugal junior international, netted midway through the first half to ensure his side’s passage to the continental championships in a game that was delayed for 30 minutes after halftime by a partial floodlight failure.

Angola have missed the last two Nations Cup tournaments, but secured their passage as Group I winners having leapfrogged Mauritania, who lost 1-0 at Burkina Faso but had already sealed their place in Egypt before the final round of qualifiers.

Bertrand Traore scored the first-half winner for the Burkinabe, who needed Angola to slip up at bottom side Botswana.

Nigeria clinched top spot in Group E with a 3-1 home victory over the Seychelles with a below-par performance that was maybe due to them having already qualified for the finals.

Odion Ighalo put the Super Eagles ahead with a penalty after 35 minutes but the Indian Ocean islanders equalised before the break when a mistake by goalkeeper Francis Uzoho saw the ball fall kindly for Roddy Melanie to sidefoot into the empty net.

Henry Onyekuru restored Nigeria's lead with a close-range header after the break and Moses Simon added a late third.

South Africa must avoid defeat by Libya in neutral Tunisia on Sunday to come second or the Libyans will qualify instead.

Morocco, who will be among the favourites at the finals, were held to a 0-0 draw away to Malawi in Group B in Blantyre where their substitute Rachid Alioui struck the post with two free kicks in the 81st minute and in stoppage time.

In Group A, Equatorial Guinea's Emilio Nsue scored two first-half goals in a 4-1 away victory in Sudan, a meeting of two teams already out of the running for a place in Egypt. ]]>
3/23/2019 1:33:37 PM
<![CDATA[Liverpool as champions the stuff of nightmares for Rooney]]>
Rooney, who began his career with Liverpool's Merseyside rivals Everton before moving to Manchester United, said he would rather defending champions Manchester City won the league instead.

Liverpool are top of the table with two points more than second-placed City, who have a game in hand.

"It's a great reason to be out the country when those two are going head-to-head for the title," Rooney, who now plays for Major League Soccer side DC United, told talkSPORT.

"I hope Man City get over the line before Liverpool. I couldn't bear to see them win it, it would be a nightmare for any Evertonian.

"I remember in 2005 (Liverpool) won the Champions League and they're still talking about it now so it would be another 10 or 15 years of that."

Liverpool have not won a league title in 29 years and ending that drought this season would allow them to move to 19 title wins in the English top flight, one behind United's record.]]>
3/23/2019 1:28:53 PM
<![CDATA[World Cup 2022 only target for new UAE coach Van Marwijk]]>
The 66-year-old former Netherlands, Saudi Arabia and Australia coach was unveiled as the successor to Italian Alberto Zaccheroni on Thursday.

"I'm only here for one thing and that's to qualify for the World Cup," he told reporters in Abu Dhabi after signing a three-year deal with the option of another two years.

"It takes a long time and the first thing we have to deal with is the first qualification round and that's why I'm here."

Van Marwijk was in the stands later on Thursday as the UAE beat his former team Saudi Arabia 2-1 in a friendly, the fifth time he had watched the two sides clash over the last four years but the first not as coach of the Green Falcons.

"I'm looking forward to having this job," he said. "I know the Emirates, I know the team because with the Saudis we played four times against each other, so I know the strengths also.

"I heard there were some young talents so I'm anxious to know how good they are."

Chief among those talents is playmaker and former Asian Player of the Year Omar Abdulrahman, who missed the UAE's surprise run to the semi-finals of the Asian Cup in January because of injury.

They were thrashed by neighbours and eventual champions Qatar in that semi-final with Zaccheroni departing immediately after the match.

Van Marwijk took the Dutch to the World Cup final in 2010 but more importantly for the Emiratis, also led Saudi Arabia to qualification for last year's finals, their first trip to soccer's showpiece event since 2006.

The former Feyenoord, Borussia Dortmund and Hamburg SV manager was let go by the Saudis before the finals after a row over terms and conditions, however, and he ended up leading Australia to a first-round exit in Russia.

The UAE has only qualified for the World Cup finals once in 1990 but could end up hosting some matches in the 2022 tournament if a political and economic rift with Qatar is healed and FIFA decides to hold a 48-team tournament.

Part of his falling out with the Saudis before the last World Cup was their insistence that he live in the country, something he was again not prepared to commit to with the UAE.

"I was also the coach of Holland and I will do exactly the same as I did there," Van Marwijk said.

"I will be here when I'm needed to be here."

Asian qualifying for the 2022 World Cup begins in September.]]>
3/23/2019 1:27:38 PM
<![CDATA[Petroleum min.: Great leap achieved in oil transportation system]]>
The minister made the remarks during a general assembly meeting of the Nile Company for Petroleum Marketing to endorse the business outcomes for 2018, the ministry said in a statement on Saturday.

Molla asserted that the transportation and distribution system of petroleum products has witnessed a quantum leap nationwide over the past few years, which he said has contributed to the oil market stability.

Meanwhile, the minister urged taking all security, safety and environmental protection measures while transporting and unloading fuels from warehouses to supply stations. ]]>
3/23/2019 12:49:51 PM
<![CDATA[Tutankhamen exhibition to be opened for public on Mar.23]]>Egyptian minister of Antiquities Khaled Anany inaugurated the temporary exhibition “King Tut: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh” in Paris along with the French minister of Culture, the famed Egyptian archaeologist Zahi Hawass and Egyptian ambassador in Paris Ihab Badawy.

Anany expressed his great happiness inaugurating such important exhibition in Paris. The Egyptian minister of Antiquities invited all the attendees to visit Egypt, to know its great civilization and enjoy its museums, adding that the Grand Egyptian Museum will be Egypt’s gift to the whole world.

‘’I am proud to be Egyptian, part of the greatest civilization in the whole world’’ Anany said.



Meanwhile photos of the collection have caught the front pages and covers of all French newspapers and magazines.

The temporary exhibition “King Tut: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh” was transferred from the California Science Center to grand Lafayette Hall in Paris, France, from March 21, 2019, to Sept. 30, 2019.

This move aims to promote the cultural ties between Egypt and the world, while also boosting international tourism in Egypt.


Artifacts from King Tutankhamen's tomb have been shown at an exhibit since March 24, 2018. The exhibit’s date has coincided with the 100th anniversary of the discovery of King Tutankhamen's tomb.

The Ministry of Antiquities approved holding the exhibition of Tutankhamun in 10 cities of seven European countries.

The Ministry of Antiquities announced that the revenues of the temporary exhibition “King Tut: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh” which was launched in California Science Center on March 24, 2018 amounted to $5 million. The exhibition was visited by about 700,000 visitors, and the ministry takes $4 for each ticket.

Sydney, Australia, will host in 2021 the largest exhibition of King Tutankhamun, entitled "King Tut: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh", according to ABC News.


Hence, the New South Wales Government previously announced that the museum will carry out a $50 million upgrade to be able to accommodate the Golden Pharaos' artifacts.

“The significant upgrades to the Australian Museum will ensure we have world-class museum exhibition spaces for visitors,” NSW Minister for the Arts Don Harwin previously said.

Forty percent of Tutankhamun’s objects will leave Egypt to tour the world before returning to Egypt for a permanent display in the Grand Egyptian Museum, which is currently under construction.

Around 800,000 are expected to visit the exhibition during its six-month accommodation in Sydney.

The exhibition will include 60 artifactsout of the 150 pieces that have never been seen outside Egypt, according to Australian Museum director and chief executive, Kim McKay.

The most famous ancient Egyptian king’s tomb was discovered in 1922; more than 3,000 years after his death.

The 150-artifact collection exhibited at the California Science Center is the biggest collection of artifacts from King Tutankhamun’s tomb to be shown outside of Egypt.

The artifacts were displayed for 10 months before being transferred to Europe to be shown there in January 2019.

The Golden King exhibition is scheduled to be held in France, Japan, US, Canada, Australia, and South Korea, where foreign exhibitions help increase the resources of the ministry in particular and the government in general.

Tutankhamun was born in the 18th Dynasty around 1341 B.C. and was the 12th pharaoh of that period. Tutankhamun did not accomplish much himself; he was placed on the throne when he was a child, and Egypt’s prosperous era was beginning to decline with the rise of Pharaoh Akhenaten and his new cult.

Sir Howard Carter, British archaeologist and Egyptologist, had made it his life’s quest to find the tomb of King Tutankhamun.

When Carter had begun to work in Egypt in 1891, most of the documented Pharaohs had their tombs discovered. One, however, proved to be elusive; King Tutankhamun, whose resting place had yet to be found and who Egyptologists knew very little about.


With the end of World War I, Carter made it his goal to be the first to uncover the tomb of Tutankhamun. Carter had worked in Egypt for 31 years since he was 17, using his skills as an artist to copy inscriptions from walls.

He would then become appointed inspector-general of monuments in Upper Egypt. In 1907, he started to work for George Herbert, the fifth earl of Carnarvon, who would aid him in his quest to uncover the lost tomb of Tutankhamun.

Carter was certainly dedicated, spending massive amounts of money and time in order to track down where the tomb might lie.

With Lord Carnarvon as his sponsor, they began working earnestly at excavating the Valley of Kings. Alas, even after five years of work, Carter wasn’t able to report back on anything substantial.

He refused to give up however, tirelessly working to fulfil his quest, and soon enough, Carter would be rewarded beyond his imagination.

The discovery of steps beneath the sand on November 1, 1922 was a breakthrough for Carter. At long last, his tireless search for Tutankhamun would finally bear fruit.

Carter announced the discovery on November 6, and it took three weeks until he could begin work on excavating into the tomb.

Workers exposed all of the steps and the sealed doorway into the tomb, which at one point had been broken in by tomb robbers but resealed again, leading to hope that the contents had not been plundered.

Carter finally entered on November 25, finding evidence of resealed holes but noting that it had likely been thousands of years since anyone had entered again.

When Carter made a hole inside the sealed door and peeked inside, he was left astounded. Gold flooded his senses, and animal statues, rich perfumes, piles of ebony, childhood toys and the Pharaoh himself adorned the room alongside countless other treasures.

It was a bounty of riches the likes of which had never been seen before; Carter couldn’t have anticipated this finding in his wildest dreams.
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3/23/2019 12:28:05 PM
<![CDATA[D-CAF to hold press conference on Mar.24]]>
D-CAF will kick off from March 29th to April 21th , 2019.

This edition will house 40 events and several workshops from global acclaimed artists.

D-CAF schedule this year contains 10 performing arts events, 7 music concerts, 4 urban vision performances, 2 new media program, 2 film programs, 7 special events/workshops from Denmark, Hungary, France, US, UK, Germany, Iran, Syria, and Egypt.

Since 2012, D-CAF is Egypt's only international, multidisciplinary arts festival that showcases performances ranging from theatre, to film, to music.

D-CAF was the first contemporary arts festival to introduce Cairo audience and professional/amateur artists to a notable group of arts performances from all over the world.

The hip hop dance, which is part of the identity of the city of Casablanca, will be presented by eight pioneering hip-hop dancers, who will highlight the culture of this vibrant Moroccan city through their creativity.

The show will be held during the closure of D-CAF in Cairo on April 18 and in Alexandria in the Bibliotheca Alexandrina on April 20.


Coming back for another round of remarkable shows, ranging from dance to music, film, literature and visual arts, the seventh edition of D-CAF has displayed an array of performance that ran from March 9 to March 29, 2018, with a special “women-dedicated” edition and cutting-edge performances that shed light on the ever-developing Arab arts.

Among the special performances that took place last year was the street performances Urban Visions (Trolleys, Dedicated To, Square one, and Shapers) by Shaun Parker & Company who toured D-Caf after receiving a grant funding from the Council for Australian – Arab relations of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

For the very first time, Egypt’s only multi-disciplinary, international contemporary arts festival was inaugurated outside the downtown Cairo area, with the opening music concert that took place at Al-Azhar Park.

And as it sat off on International Women’s Day, last year’s event has been planned as a special women’s edition.
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3/23/2019 12:10:10 PM
<![CDATA[Al-Azhar slams US statement Golan Heights]]>
In a statement, the highest Islamic Sunni institution said such words represent a green light for occupation authorities to usurp Arab lands and defy UN resolutions which stressed that Golan Heights are occupied lands.

All the Israeli measures related to Golan are illegal, it added.]]>
3/23/2019 11:59:35 AM
<![CDATA[Mozambique death toll rises to 417 after cyclone - minister]]>
Cyclone Idai lashed the Mozambican port city of Beira with winds of up to 170 km per hour (105 miles per hour), then moved inland to Zimbabwe and Malawi, flattening buildings and putting the lives of millions at risk.]]>
3/23/2019 11:52:57 AM
<![CDATA[Death toll rises to 64 in E. China chemical plant explosion]]>
One person was rescued alive on Saturday morning thanks to an around-the-clock search, about one and a half days after the devastating blast. But 28 people are still unaccounted for, Cao Lubao, mayor of the city of Yancheng, said at a press conference.

Among the dead, 26 people have been identified, and their next of kin have been notified and offered with comfort and assistance, Cao said.

The blast also left 94 people with severe injuries, including 21 in critical conditions.

Sixteen hospitals in Yancheng have accepted 617 injured people so far, 523 of which have minor injuries.

The explosion happened at about 2:48 p.m. Thursday following a fire that broke out in a plant owned by Jiangsu Tianjiayi Chemical Co. Ltd., in a chemical industrial park in Xiangshui County in the city of Yancheng. ]]>
3/23/2019 11:46:14 AM
<![CDATA[Ashraf Zaki, the new head of the Actors’ syndicate by acclamation]]>CAIRO – 23 March 2019: Egyptian actor، Dr. Ashraf Zaki was elected as head of the Actors’ syndicate by acclamation on Friday, March 22.

On September 2, 2018, Minister of Culture Enas Abdel Dayem officially appointed Zaki as the new president of the Academy of Arts, after Dr. Ahlam Younis, the former president of the academy, retired.


Zaki has a wide extended educational/academic experience, which he gained from teaching in the Higher Institute of Theatrical Arts for over 25 years, until he became the dean of the institute. During his teaching career, Zaki educated numerous super stars such as Ahmed el-Sakka, Mohamed Sa’ad, Ramez and Yasser Galal.

Zaki’s exposure and communication with the youth in the Higher Institute of Theatrical Arts for many decades gave him exceptional academic knowledge.

He organized numerous theatrical shows for his students that competed in numerous festivals. In addition to that, Zaki founded El-Nahar Theatre, in which numerous students of the institute who suffer unemployment, performed.

Due to Zaki’s success as the head of the Actors’ Syndicate in Egypt and his continuous communication with artists to solve their problems, he managed to gain the appraisal of artists and became popular among them.

He managed to perform numerous tasks simultaneously, proving that he is active and multi-tasking and seeks to serve the art industry in Egypt. He carried out all the previously mentioned roles, all while performing as an actor in numerous drama works.
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3/23/2019 11:43:22 AM
<![CDATA[Polish zoo p-p-picks up an albino penguin]]>
The three-month-old does not have a name, as Gdansk Zoo does not yet know if it is male or female.

“It is shy and a little bit scared... We didn’t want to put it through a stress of a thorough medical examination,” marketing head Emilia Salach said.

Staff have kept it separated from most of the rest of the flock, fearing the other birds will reject it because if its unusual appearance.

“Every misfit in a flock is more exposed to rejection and harm ... We can see already it hasn’t been accepted yet by most of our little penguin family,” said Salach.

It currently lives with its parents and two of the zoo’s most placid penguins.]]>
3/23/2019 11:37:12 AM
<![CDATA[EgyptAir Cargo operates 1st flight to India's Mumbai]]>
In a statement, Gohar added that Mumbai flight was the fourth of new scheduled flights recently operated after Johannesburg, Riyadh and Beirut.]]>
3/23/2019 11:33:10 AM
<![CDATA[Six-way meeting among Egypt, Jordan, Iraq to be held Saturday in Cairo]]>
Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and head of the General Intelligence Service Abbas Kamel will represent Egypt at the meeting.]]>
3/23/2019 11:29:50 AM
<![CDATA[Cairokee launches "The Ugly Ducklings" on Youtube.]]>
The album contains 8 tracks that are "Benkhaf'' ( We are Afraid), ''Kan lak Ma’aya'' ( You Have with me) , ''Ya abyad ya eswed'' ( Either White or Black), ''Hatlena bel ba’y leban'' ( Buy Gum with the Rest of Money), ''Yalla neghany'' ( Lets Sing) , ''Ana el segara'' ( I am the Cigarette), ''Ma’aad sagheran'' and ''Ana el sout” ( I am the Voice).



All tracks' compositions and music arrangements are by Cairokee except for "Ma aada Sagheran" that was arranged by “Sary Hany” and all the tracks' lyrics were written by Amir Eid except for "Benkhaf" by Mohamed Shafaay, "Hatlna Bel Ba’y Leban“ By Atwa ,”Ma’ad Sagheran" By Dr.Ahmed Khaled Tawfiq and" Ana el sout " by Nour AbdAllah .

The Ugly Ducklings is the album were Cairokee tried to handle many human fears and challenges such as anger, loss and rebel to direct many messages to all those who were defeated and rejected by others and by life itself! those who lost hope and who are suffering from any kind of discrimination.

Cairokee hits back the market after the massive success of their last album "No’ta Beida" A drop of white. That their viewership on Youtube has exceeded over 170 million views on Youtube.

The whole album was filmed as music videos in a single location, except for their track “El Dinosaur”. The album was made in their style along with different twists that their audience was not used to, but were well-received.


Cairokee is one of the most successful bands in Egypt; they are well-known for their folk and indie rock music, as well as their lyrics that tackle social and political issues in the country.

The band was founded in 2003, but their hit "Soot al-Horreya" (Voice of Freedom), launched online in 2011, took them to another level of fame and placed them among pop stars.




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3/23/2019 11:16:27 AM
<![CDATA[Iraqi PM arrives in Cairo to discuss regional issues with Sisi]]>
Sisi and Mahdi will hold a press conference by the end of their talks.

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Iraq’s Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi received by Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly on arrival in Cairo - Press photo


Iraqi Prime Minister Mahdi said the main aim of his anticipated visit to Egypt is to serve the interests of his country and to discuss conditions in the region.

It was difficult to postpone the visit in spite of the sinking of a ferry in Mosul, AlSumaria news channel reported, citing a statement by the Iraqi prime minister.

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Iraq’s Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi received by Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly on arrival in Cairo - Press photo


Work has been underway for more than two months to complete preparations for the visit, he said.

The statement noted that Abdul Mahdi is set to participate in a tripartite meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi and Jordanian King Abdullah II during the visit.


MENA contributed to this report
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3/23/2019 11:10:17 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s Min. of Migration attends mass funeral of New Zealand shootings victims ]]>
During the Friday prayer last week, a gunman, who was later identified as Australian citizen Brenton Tarrant (28), opening fire randomly at worshippers inside Al Noor Mosque in the city of Christchurch, killing dozens; and then he went to another mosque to kill more Muslim worshippers. The shooter strapped a GoPro camera to his head and broadcast his massacre live on his twitter account, which is now suspended.

Egypt announced four nationals are among the 50 victims of the mass shootings.

The Egyptian Minister has delivered Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb’s condolences for the loss of the victims, according to a statement from the Egyptian Ministry of Migration on Friday March22, 2019.

The mass funeral was attended by thousands of people and took place near Al Noor mosque. New Zealand has asked female attendants to wear Hijab during the mass funeral in solidarity with the Muslims. Meanwhile, Adhan [Islamic call for performing prayers] was telecast on the state’s T.V. and Radio during Friday prayer. The Friday sermon was given in both Arabic and English languages.

New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced on Thursday that the semi-automatic rifles that were used by the shooter in his attacks at the payers will be banned in New Zealand under new tougher laws, Reuters reported.

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3/22/2019 6:13:23 PM
<![CDATA[408 inmates released per presidential pardon]]>
The released group is part of a total of 6,925 prisoners and detained debtors, who were granted their freedom on January 25, 2019. Egyptians celebrated the eighth anniversary of the uprising that ended the 30-year rule of former President Hosni Mubarak. The uprising was staged on the Egyptian Police Day on January 25, 2011 to protest against the ministry’s crackdown on civilians during Mubarak’s era.

On March 14, a total of 413 inmates were released and another group of 620 prisoners was also released on February 28. The first released group of 585 walked out of jail on February 14.

According to the constitution, the president has the right to issue pardons for convicted prisoners after consulting with the Cabinet.

In October 2016, President Sisi announced the formation of a presidential pardon committee, headed by political thinker, Osama al-Ghazaly Harb, for pardoning detainees with charges pending further investigation.
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3/22/2019 5:06:51 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt thwarted 1.7K illegal migration attempts over 4 years: Cabinet]]>
In February, Egypt announced that no illegal migration case crossed the Mediterranean Sea to Europe from its shores since 2016, boosting Egypt’s efforts of combating this phenomenon in the eyes of the European countries.

During the first Arab-European summit in Egypt’s Sharm el-Sheikh resort in February, heads of the member states of the Arab League and the European Union had tackled ways of curbing the illegal migration phenomenon as it was reported by Financial Times and Anadolu Agency.

On January 18, 2019, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi received a phone call from Tusk, discussing ways of combating illegal migration to European countries, according to a statement from the Egyptian Presidency.

Both Tusk, and Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, whose country holds the current presidency of the EU, paid Egypt a visit in September 2018.

In his speech with Austrian Chancellor Kurz in Vienna on December 17, 2018, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi said that Egypt prevented a total of 11,000 refugees from migrating to Europe in 2018.

President Sisi added that his country is hosting more than 5million migrants and refugees, registered and unregistered.
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3/22/2019 4:50:19 PM
<![CDATA[Sherine Abdel Wahab banned from singing over insulting Egypt]]>
Egyptian lawyer Samir Sabry submitted a complaint against the Egyptian super star to the Egyptian general prosecutor accusing her of insulting Egypt during her recent concert in Bahrain. ‘’ I can talk here with complete freedom, in Egypt anyone who talks freely is going to be jailed’’ said Abdel Wahab during the concert.

Earlier this year Sabry submitted a complaint against Abdel Wahab to the Egyptian general prosecutor accusing her of insulting Egypt during her new year eve concert.

Abdel Wahab said “ Egypt doesn’t deserve me” which is considered inappropriate joke.

Abdel Wahab is not only famous for her melodious voice, she is famous as well for her controversial actions that put her in embarrassing situations in front of her fans.

Sherine’s dispute with Sherif Mounir

Abdel-Wahab was accused on Saturday, August 16, 2014, of damaging the apartment of her neighbour, actor Sherif Mounir.

Abdel-Wahab's air conditioner leaked water onto the balcony of Mounir, who lives in a lower apartment in the same building located in the Mokattam district. A block of marble fell from Abdel-Wahab's balcony and almost injured Mounir’s daughter.

Mounir spoke to Abdel-Wahab to complain about the incident and instead of calming him down she shouted at him. Mounir has charged Abdel-Wahab of defamation, claiming that she insulted him and tried to attack him. The matter that drove Mounir to file a case against Abdel-Wahab.

Abdel-Wahab was sentenced by a Cairo court to six months in jail and fined LE 500. Later she apologised to Mounir who withdrew the case.

Her dispute with Amr Diab

Abdel-Wahab was invited to Amr Youssef and Kinda Alloush’s wedding party where she got on stage and indirectly insulted Amr Diab’s old age. Sherine was filmed on the stage at the wedding without her knowledge while telling jokes about herself and the Syrian singer Assala.

After she started to talk about the Egyptian music industry saying: “We don’t have singers, except only those two (she pointed at Tamer Hosny and Mohamed Hamaki), and I want to say that, his time has passed.

The other one is now too old,” right before Youssef takes away the microphone to stop her from continuing. It was clear that she meant to talk about Diab.

Diab’s fans got offended by Abdel-Wahab’s comments and started a hashtag spreading that Sherine was drunk #شرين_سكرانه (#Sherine_is_drunk) along with the video and pictures of Amr Diab’s many music awards.

Sherine posted an official apology after the video went viral, to all those she has wronged at the wedding party saying that she was only joking and did not filter her “joking” appropriately as she was in a private event.

She announced through Amr Adeeb’s TV programme that she decided to donate to charity organisations to apologise for her inappropriate criticizing Diab.
Sherine insulting her home country.

Al-Mokattam’s Court of Appeals scheduled Abdel Wahab’s appeal session for April 10; in the case where she was charged with insulting Egypt for a “bad joke” she made during a concert in Lebanon.

The Egyptian Court had sentenced Abdel Wahab to six months’ imprisonment and a fine of LE 5,000 on Tuesday.

The singer made an ill-humored joke when one of the fans asked her to perform “Mashrebtesh Min Nilha” (Have You Drank from Egypt’s Nile?), to which Abdel Wahab replied that she would contract Schistosomiasis if she drank the water, a phrase seen as inappropriate by many social media users.

“We will continue drinking the Nile’s water and will stop listening to Sherine’s songs,” was the name of the hashtag that launched immediately in response to her joke. The Hashtag topped trends in Egypt for the few hours that followed Abdel Wahab’s declaration.

The Health Ministry previously released a statement that contended the singer’s allegations. The statement stated that Egypt has fought Schistosomiasis and reduced its prevalence to 0.2 percent.

The Egyptian Musicians Syndicate decided, after conducting the necessary investigations, on banning Abdel Wahab from singing in Egypt for two months. This period ended on January 14, 2018.

“There are some envious people who seek to harm Sherine and ruin the great accomplishments she achieved in the past few years. She will come to the syndicate to defend herself and clear her position,” Reda Ragab, the Deputy Head of the Musicians Syndicate recounted previously.

“We should turn this page and be all fully dedicated to support our country culturally and artistically at this current historic stage to achieve the aspirations of the great Egyptian people,” the renowned Egyptian singer and the syndicate Head Hani Shaker previously stated, commenting on the syndicate's decision to ban Abdel Wahab from singing.

Abdel Wahab, 37, is a popular Egyptian singer who was born in 1980. She started her career in 2000. Two years later, the music producer Nassr Mahrous who strongly believed in Abdel Wahab paired her with Tamer Hosny on the same music album.

The album achieved booming success; Abdel Wahab and Hosny became mega stars.
Abdel Wahab released a lot of successful songs such as “Masha’aer’’ (Emotions), "Albi Leek" (My heart is for you), “Garh Tany” (Another wound), “Lazem Ayesh” (I have to survive), “Batmenak” (I am Reassuring you) among others.

She acted in one movie along with the Egyptian mega star Ahmed Helmy entitled “Mido Mashakel” (Mido always makes problems). Her soap opera “Tare’y” (My path), released in 2015, achieved great success.

Abdel Wahab is famous for her emotional, melodious voice that has a significant touch of intimacy. She is consistently hailed as one of the most talented and successful singers of her era, being dubbed as “The Queen of Emotions” for her popular romantic ballads.


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3/22/2019 3:54:39 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt, Poland sign MoU on production of portable cabins]]>
The MoU comes within the framework of the Military Production Ministry's strategy to cooperate with international companies with the aim of transferring modern technology to its affiliate companies in various manufacturing fields.

The cooperation aims at establishing a joint entity between both sides to produce cabins to be used in various medical, military and civil purposes with an aim to meet export demands and those of the domestic market]]>
3/22/2019 3:50:20 PM
<![CDATA[Number of victims of Iraq's ferry disaster hits 120]]>
Search operations for the missing are underway, AlSumaria news channel reported, quoting the source as saying.

On Thursday, dozens of citizens were killed and others missed after the ferry sank.

Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi declared national mourning across the country over the victims of the ferry disaster. ]]>
3/22/2019 3:47:35 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt, Argentina agree on boosting economic cooperation]]>
The two ministers agreed on fostering bilateral cooperation, particularly in economic fields, as well as means of boosting mutual investments and joint projects, the Ministry of Investment and International Cooperation said in a statement Friday.

They also probed ways of benefiting from the free trade agreement signed by Egypt and South American trade bloc Mercosur to increase the volume of trade exchange.

The agenda of the meeting also included bolstering bilateral cooperation in the fields of agriculture and livestock, in addition to Argentine’s cooperation with African states in lights of trilateral cooperation and Egypt’s chairmanship of the African Union. ]]>
3/22/2019 3:43:33 PM
<![CDATA[AASTMT discuss developing industrial sector, Industry minister]]>
Nassar praised competencies that AASTMT was enjoying, stressing that the ministry spared no effort for benefiting from any scientific and research potentials, which could serve the interest of the industrial and export in the country.

This came during the minister’s meeting with AASTMT president Ismail Abdel Ghaffar, where they reviewed using the academy potentials to support the country’s economy]]>
3/22/2019 3:41:01 PM
<![CDATA[Lebanon's Berri tells Pompeo Hezbollah sanctions hurt Lebanon]]>
U.S. efforts to put pressure on the heavily armed, Iran-backed Hezbollah are high on the agenda for Pompeo as he meets Lebanese political leaders in a Middle East trip angled at promoting Washington's hard tack against Tehran.

The long-serving speaker Nabih Berri, a political ally of Hezbollah, told Pompeo that Hezbollah's "resistance" against Israel was a result of continuing Israeli occupation of Lebanese territory, his office said in a statement.

Hezbollah has a large militia but the Shi'ite Muslim group is also represented in Lebanon's parliament and in the coalition government of Sunni Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri.

Israel regards Iran as its biggest threat and Hezbollah as the main danger on its borders.

Pompeo on Thursday said he would be "very clear" in his Beirut meetings that "Lebanon's success depends on the Lebanese people (demanding) that a terrorist organisation not be in control of their government and not drive policies".

State Department deputy spokesperson Robert Palladino said Pompeo and Berri had discussed the need to maintain calm along the Israeli-Lebanese border.

Pompeo highlighted "U.S. concerns about Hezbollah's destabilising activities in Lebanon and the region and the risks posed to Lebanon's security, stability and prosperity," Palladino said.]]>
3/22/2019 3:32:26 PM
<![CDATA[Soccer-Falcao penalty for Colombia earns Queiroz debut win over Japan]]>
Falcao's 33rd goal for his country came after a penalty was awarded for a handball by Japan's Takehiro Tomiyasu in the 64th minute in Yokohama.

Colombia's triumph was a small measure of revenge for the defeat they suffered by Japan in the group stage of last year's World Cup and gives former Iran boss Queiroz the perfect start to his tenure.

After Sebastian Villa struck the crossbar in the fourth minute for the visitors, it was Japan who were the better team in the first half, having a host of shots without really testing Colombia goalkeeper Camilo Vargas.

However, Colombia looked more comfortable with Queiroz's system after halftime and had two goals disallowed, the first for handball and the second for offside, either side of Falcao's winner.

Falcao celebrated his goal by raising a shirt bearing the name of team mate Juan Fernando Quintero, who injured his anterior cruciate ligament playing for River Plate last weekend.

Tomiyasu had a great chance to make amends for his handball 13 minutes from the end but headed straight at Vargas.

The ever-lively Shoya Nakajima, one of the players to shine for Hajime Moriyasu's side, also went close, clipping the crossbar with a long-range effort.

Colombia substitute Luis Diaz also hit the bar in stoppage time but it didn't matter as they secured victory to continue their preparations for the Copa America in Brazil in June.

They next play South Korea on Tuesday, while Japan, as one of the two invited nations for the Copa, will have another chance to test themselves against South American opposition when they take on Bolivia.

They are without captain Maya Yoshida and striker Yuya Osako, who are being rested as some European clubs have raised concerns about the amount of football their Japanese players have been participating in.

The loss to Colombia was their 13th match since going out to Belgium in the last 16 of the World Cup in Russia.]]>
3/22/2019 3:29:29 PM
<![CDATA[Returning to London, Britain's May faces mammoth task to change minds on Brexit]]>
After a bruising day in Brussels, May secured a two-week reprieve to try to get the deal she negotiated in November through parliament at a third attempt or face a potentially chaotic departure from the European Union on April 12.

But while the Brexit deadline has moved - from an original March 29 deadline - parliament has not.

In fact, incensed by comments from May that pinned the blame for Britain's Brexit chaos on them, many lawmakers have hardened their resistance to the deal she will bring back before them next week.

In an appeal to the very same lawmakers she criticised on Wednesday, May said in the early hours of Friday: "I know MPs (members of parliament) on all sides of the debate have passionate views, and I respect those different positions."

"Last night I expressed my frustration. I know that MPs are frustrated too. They have difficult jobs to do. I hope we can all agree, we are now at the moment of decision."

She needs to change the minds of 75 more lawmakers to get her deal through after it was overwhelmingly rejected twice before.

EU leaders were keen to increase the pressure on Britain's parliament, which is also expected next week to try to wrest control of the Brexit process from May's government.

DOUBTS

Arriving for a second day of the EU summit on Friday, Belgium's prime minister said he hoped for a rational decision by British lawmakers, while warning that preparations for a no-deal, in which Britain would face sudden trade barriers and restrictions on business, were still underway.

"This is perhaps the last chance for Britain to say what it wants for the future," Charles Michel told reporters. "More than ever, this is in the hands of the British parliament."

Several leaders said they doubted whether May could get her deal through parliament, which like the country itself is deeply split over how, or even if, Britain should leave the EU after a 2016 referendum in which 52 percent backed Brexit and 48 percent voted to remain.

Parliament will start next week with another vote on Brexit, which may open the way for lawmakers to be able to vote on alternative options for Britain's departure.

With parliament deadlocked, the lack of certainty is forcing some Britons to try to influence politicians from the streets or over the Internet.

Hundreds of thousands of Britons are expected to march through central London on Saturday calling for a second Brexit referendum, while an online petition demanding May revoke the so-called Article 50 negotiating period and stop Brexit altogether has received more than 3 million signatures.

Luxembourg's Prime Minister Xavier Bettel said he believed May had a 50:50 chance of getting the deal through the House of Commons. "Hope dies last with me," Bettel said.

But French President Emmanuel Macron told the summit that before coming to Brussels he had thought May had only a 10 percent chance of winning the vote. After listening to the prime minister, he said, he had cut his estimate -- to five percent.

Seven hours of summit brainstorming on Thursday kept a host of options open for the EU leaders, who say they regret Britain's decision to leave but are eager to move on from what they increasingly see as a distraction.

A first-ever leaders' dinner debate over the EU's China policy at the summit got delayed until Friday.

May, who addressed leaders on Thursday but missed out on the dinner because the 27 were forced to focus on Brexit rather than China, was kept in the loop by summit chair Donald Tusk, the European Council president, who shuttled back and forth.

Tusk explained the leaders' thinking to May and secured her acceptance for the plans, officials said.

LOOSE ENDS

May originally wanted to be able to delay Britain's departure until June 30 to tie up legislative loose ends.

But now, a May 22 departure date will apply if parliament rallies behind the British prime minister next week. If it does not, Britain will have until April 12 to offer a new plan or decide to leave the European Union without a treaty.

"We wanted to support May and we showed that," German Chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters. "It was an intensive, but successful evening."

A senior EU official said the key achievement was to shift the focus of responsibility to London from Brussels.

But the details of exactly how and when Britain would leave on or after April 12 are still somewhat vague.

It might leave abruptly at midnight (2200 GMT) on that Friday night. But EU officials said it could also agree a date with the EU to leave later, deal or no deal.

That could give some weeks to make a no-deal exit somewhat less chaotic, though the EU will refuse attempts to try and emulate the smoothness of the withdrawal treaty.

It would also try for Britain being out by May 22 to avoid problems over the EU election on May 23-26, but some leaders indicated they could cope with Britain leaving any time until June 30 - before the new European Parliament convenes on July 2.

In the case of a longer extension, the main idea is for one-year, EU officials said. That would give Britain time to hold an election, and possibly a second referendum if it chose to, and avoid a longer delay that would complicate negotiations for a new long-term EU budget. ]]>
3/22/2019 3:25:58 PM
<![CDATA[Thousands of Algerians rally to demand Bouteflika quit]]>
Defying heavy rain, the protesters brandished Algerian flags and pamphlets as they gathered in the same spot in the capital where a wave of demonstrations first erupted a month ago against Bouteflika's 20-year rule.

Police trucks were deployed but there were no reports of any clashes between the protesters and security forces.

"Rain will not prevent us from continuing pressure," said student Ahmed Khoudja, 23, in a square in central Algiers.

The protests had been expected to swell further after Friday prayers, as has happened on the four previous Fridays during this wave of demonstrations that kicked off on Feb 22.

"We stay here until the whole system goes," said Mahmoud Timar, a 37-year old teacher.

Bouteflika, 82, rarely seen in public since suffering a stroke five years ago, bowed to the protesters last week by reversing plans to stand for a fifth term and promising an inclusive politics in Algeria, a major oil and gas producer.

But he stopped short of quitting and said he would stay on until a new constitution is adopted, effectively extending his present term. The move further enraged Algerians, and many of Bouteflika's allies, from ruling party members to trade union leaders to tycoons, turned against him.

"We are close to victory. The system is divided," said restaurant owner Rachid Zemmir, 55, at Friday's rally.

"No to (term) extension," chanted the protesters.

So far the protests have been peaceful. People sold Algeria's green, white and red flags on pavement, as residents brought couscous for lunch.

ARMY, RULING PARTY BACK PROTESTS

Bouteflika has a track record of consolidating power by outmanoeuvring anyone seen as a threat. Last year he dismissed about a dozen top military officers.

But in the most significant development in a month of demonstrations, Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Ahmed Gaed Salah on Wednesday threw the army's weight behind the protesters, saying they had expressed "noble aims".

"The people and the army are brothers," protesters chanted.

Soldiers have stayed in their barracks through the unrest but the army has traditionally deeply influenced politics.

The generals have intervened in the past at momentous times, including cancelling an election which Islamists were poised to win in 1992, triggering a civil war in which an estimated 200,000 people were killed.

Some members of the ruling National Liberation Front party, known by its French acronym FLN, have also sided with the protesters.

In the past, Bouteflika and his inner circle of fellow veterans of the 1954-1962 war of independence against France, FLN officials and the military skilfully managed crises.

Algerians complain that Bouteflika, who joined the struggle against French colonial rule in the 1950s at the age of 19, and other veterans are out of touch and living in the past.

When the "Arab Spring" revolts toppled autocrats in neighbouring countries, Bouteflika used oil revenues to secure loyalty -- offering housing and low-interest loans.

But the price of crude oil has dropped over the years and the young are desperate for jobs, an end to corruption and nepotism and a say in how the North African country is run.

Algerians who credited Bouteflika with negotiating an end to the civil war in the 1990s were eager for stability, even though they shared the same frustrations which triggered revolts elsewhere.

Bouteflika said in a speech in 2012 that it was time for his generation to hand over to new leaders. Many Algerians believe his brother Said is now effectively running the show.

Even if Bouteflika quits, it is not clear if the swelling protest movement can take on the deep state - a secretive network of ruling party leaders, business tycoons and army generals long regarded as omnipotent.

These figures, may be happy to see Bouteflika go but are likely to resist any major changes, as they have done before.]]>
3/22/2019 3:22:25 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt: Golan Heights are Syrian Occupied Lands]]>
“Egypt affirmed its upright stance towards Syrian Golan Heights as an Arab occupied territory in on the basis of the international legality, on top of which is the UN Security Council Resolution No. 497 (1981), which annulled laws imposed by Israel on the occupied Golan Heights,” said the Egyptian Foreign Ministry in statement on Friday.

Cairo also called on the international community to abide by the international laws and not allowing the seizure of territories, the statement added.

On his Twitter account, President Trump said that the United Stated should change its strategy and recognize Israel’s sovereignty over Syrian Golan Heights, a move stirred the Arab and international community’s discontent.





Trump’s remarks were welcomed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, thanking Trump for his stance.




Despite Syria did not issue an official response, an official at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs told Syrian News Agency SANA that Syria strongly condemned the irresponsible comments stated by the U.S. President, saying “such comments affirmed U.S.’s blind bias towards the occupying Zionist entity.”

Before a dinner with Netanyahu, US Secretary of State Pompeo said that Trump had made a decision to recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan.





Remarks rejected globally

The Arab League, European Union, Germany, Turkey, France, and Syrian President Al-Assad’s allies of Russia, and Iran rejected US decision, saying that such decision violates the international laws.

Arab League Secretary General Ahmed Abu el-Gheit said the US decision is “illegal and groundless Germany described Trump’s remarks as “unilateral steps.”

Golan Heights, which locate in western south of Syria, were occupied by Israeli forces during Arab-Israel War in 1967. Syria attempted to restore its lands in the 1973 war, but its attempt had not succeeded. However, one year later, a truce was signed between Israel and Syrian and UN peacekeeping forces were deployed in the area.

In 1981, Israel announced the annexation of Golan Heights to its lands, the move has not recognized yet by the International Community and annulled by the UNSC resolution.




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3/22/2019 2:11:44 PM
<![CDATA[LAFF concluded its eighth edition on Mar.21]]>
The Ghani movie ‘’ Dafn Kojo” ( The Burial of Kojo) won the Nile prize for best feature film. LAFF which paid a special tribute to Tunisian cinema screened 385 films from Africa and other continents, and had 102 movies competing in its different competitions.

Press conferences were held for number of films, such as Egyptian feature '’Immobilia Crime Story’', ‘'Night/exterior'’, Mozambique/Portugal movie '’Mabata Bata’’, Tunisian documentary ‘'Ghzela'’and Moroccan short film '’Ales'’among others.

While paying a special tribute to Tunisian cinema, LAFF honoured a number of renowned African filmmakers including Egyptian actress Lebleba, Chadian director Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, Egyptian actor Asser Yassin, Burkinabé director Fanta Régina Nacro, Egyptian director Omar Abdel-Aziz and Sudanese singer Faiza Amseeb, Tunisian producer Dorra Bouchoucha, Malmö Arab Film Festival director Mohamed Qabalawy, and others, in addition to a special tribute for Egyptian actor Mohamed Sobhi and a celebration of late Egyptian-Greek musician Andre Ryder.

The eighth edition of LAFF was held from March 10 to 21, 2019 and bears the name of Burkinabé filmmaker Idrissa Ouédraogo.

LAFF higher committee consists of LAFF Executive Director Azza al-Husseini, LAFF President Sayed Fouad, writer Yusuf al-Qaid, producer Jabi Khouri, Egyptian actress Salwa Mohamed Ali, and actor Sabry Fawaz; the committee reviews the eighth edition’s technical plan and events.

Veteran actor Mahmoud Hemeida was the honorary president of the eighth edition.

In the same context, Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem previously stressed the importance of the festival in boosting links between African countries and Egypt through cinema and culture. The South Valley University and Luxor African Film Festival extended the festival to be held in the university located in Qenna.


Vice President of the university Mohammed Badran announced that the artistic forum in Qenna came in conjunction with the festival’s events in Luxor.

A series of short and feature films screened at the open theatre of the university for students of different universities participating in the artistic forum, which runs from March 16-21.

Numerous workshops and artistic symposiums were held by the festival’s president, Sayed Fouad, in the faculties of Tourism and Hotels, Fine Arts, Computer and Information Sciences, Alsun, Antiquities, in South Valley University in Luxor.




The Luxor African Film Festival was founded by the Youth Artists Foundation under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Tourism, Luxor governorate and the Film Syndicate.

In its seventh edition, LAFF was held from March 16-22 under the auspices of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi at the Temple of Deir al-Bahri in Luxor.

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3/22/2019 1:03:03 PM
<![CDATA[Abul Leif to record two new songs]]>
Both songs will be part of the new much anticipated album. On the other hand, the popular singer is currently participating in the play "Araby Manzara" (Araby, the show off) alongside Shams, Tarek Galal, Emy Talaat Zakaria, veteran actress Nadia Shoukry, Ahmed el-Halawany, and Hani Hassan el-Asmar. The play is written by Tarek Ramadan and directed by Hesham Atwa.

Abul Leif previously performed in a play entitled “King Kong” held on Balloon Theater. The play revolved around a group of individuals who survive a devastating earthquake and are searching for a new land to reside but disagree on several issues. The play starred alongside Abul Leif Mohsin Mohiuddin, Magdy Abdul Halim, Karam Ahmed, and Wafaa Suleiman, among others. The play was written by Selim Kutshiner and directed by Mohamed Hassan.
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3/22/2019 12:41:42 PM
<![CDATA[Syria says Trump position on Golan ignores international law]]>
Trump on Thursday called the Golan -- a strategic area seized from Syria in 1967 and annexed in a move never recognised by the international community -- "of critical strategic and security importance to the State of Israel and Regional Stability!"

The Syrian government denounced his comments, saying they flagrantly disregarded international law.

"The American position towards Syria's occupied Golan Heights clearly reflects the United States' contempt for international legitimacy and its flagrant violation of international law," a foreign ministry source told the official SANA news agency.

The source said Trump's comments showed the extent of his administration's bias towards Israel.

They "once again confirmed the United State's blind bias in favour of the Zionist occupation forces and its unlimited support for their aggressive actions."



The source accused the US of stoking tensions and threatening international stability, and urged members of the international community to stand against such positions and act in accordance with international law.

"The statements of the US president and his administration on the occupied Syrian Golan will never change the fact that the Golan was and will remain Arab and Syrian," the source said.

- Arab League condemnation -

The Arab League echoed the Syrian government's position.

Trump's comments recognising Israel's annexation are "completely outside international law", League secretary general Ahmed Aboul Gheit said on Monday evening.

"It is a recognition that, if applied, creates no rights, carries no obligations and lacks any legal value."

Following a long period of calm along the armistice line on the Golan since the Arab-Israeli conflict of 1973, tensions flared after civil war broke out in Syria in 2011.

Israel provided medical assistance to wounded rebel fighters and repeatedly struck government positions in response to stray fire across the ceasefire line.

It also launched a bombing campaign against suspected positions of Iran and its Lebanese ally Hezbollah, which have both intervened militarily in support of President Bashar al-Assad.

An Iranian general was among the dead in a January 2015 strike across the armistice line.

Since the Syrian government decisively defeated rebel fighters near the armistice line on the Golan Heights last year with Iranian and Hezbollah support, Israel has vowed repeatedly to prevent its arch enemies from establishing a long-term military presence.

Trump's recognition announcement was swiftly welcomed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who faces a tough reelection battle next month and visits Washington next week.

"At a time when Iran seeks to use Syria as a platform to destroy Israel, President Trump boldly recognises Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights," the right-wing prime minister wrote on Twitter. "Thank you President Trump!"

Trump handed a previous major concession to Israel in 2017 when he recognised Jerusalem as its capital and moved the US embassy to the disputed city despite angry Palestinian opposition.


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3/22/2019 11:46:30 AM
<![CDATA[India bursts with color in celebration of Holi]]>
For many, the festival, also known as the “festival of colors” or the “festival of love,” which began on Wednesday, is a time to laugh, forgive and mend broken relationships.

During the festival, participants sing and dance and shower each other with flower petals and brightly colored powders of pink, yellow, blue and green.

Smiling college students smear their faces with green, yellow and red powder, some in a trance-like state under a cloud of pink.

Inside their temples, priests spray pink and gold colors at hundreds of Hindu devotees with their arms raised in prayer as they sing religious hymns.

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3/22/2019 11:41:04 AM
<![CDATA[Daimler taps Goldman to raise China BAIC shareholding sources]]>
A deal would be only the second since the world’s biggest auto market relaxed foreign ownership rules last year.

Daimler’s rival BMW became the first to take advantage of the changes when it agreed in October to buy control of its venture with Brilliance China Automotive Holdings Ltd for 3.6 billion euros ($4.08 billion).

Caps on foreign ownership previously prevented overseas carmakers from controlling any Chinese maker or joint venture with foreign peers. Last year those limits were removed for firms making fully electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles, which will be followed in 2020 by the removal of limits on makers of commercial vehicles such as trucks and buses.

In 2022, the limits will be lifted on the wider car market. BMW’s deal with Brilliance China will only take effect then.

Daimler’s discussions with BAIC are at an early stage and its plan to increase the stake in BAIC’s Hong Kong-listed entity has not been finalised and could change later, cautioned the people, who declined to be identified as the information is confidential.

Daimler holds 30.4 percent of BAIC’s Hong Kong-listed shares, representing a 9.55 percent overall stake in its Chinese partner, according to BAIC’s June 2018 interim report.

State-owned BAIC Group and steel giant Beijing Shougang owns 42.6 percent and 12.8 percent of BAIC through its non-tradable domestic shares, respectively.

It is not clear whether Daimler would seek a majority stake in BAIC, which has a current market capitalisation of $4.9 billion.

Daimler declined to comment on speculation about its partnerships. Beijing-based BAIC did not respond to a request for comments. Goldman declined to comment.

Daimler owns 49 percent in Beijing Benz Automotive Co, its main JV with BAIC, as well as a 3.93 percent stake in Beijing Electric Vehicle Co., a subsidiary of BAIC. It also has a smaller JV with new energy vehicle maker BYD.

It is also setting up a ride-hailing JV in China with Geely Group, Reuters reported in October. Geely bought a 9.69 percent stake in Daimler in early 2018 and demanded an alliance.


Daimler sold 653,000 cars in China last year, its biggest sales market in the world.

Two separate people with knowledge of the matter said Daimler would still like to raise its 49 percent stake in Beijing Benz Automotive. It held talks with BAIC last year but those petered out earlier this year, said one of them.

BAIC denied a Bloomberg report in early December that Daimler had raised the prospect of increasing its stake in Beijing Benz to at least 65 percent.
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3/22/2019 11:34:52 AM
<![CDATA[Royal but regular: Will Harry and Meghan seek 'normality' for their baby?]]>
Now with the birth of his first child expected next month, Queen Elizabeth’s grandson and his wife Meghan will have to decide how “normal” a life they want the future seventh-in-line to the British crown to have.

“I don’t think there’s been a member of the royal family that hasn’t said they want their children to have a normal upbringing,” Ingrid Seward, editor of Majesty Magazine told Reuters.

“Even the queen said she wanted her children to have as normal an upbringing as possible. But with the media attention it’s actually not possible to have a totally normal upbringing.”

Harry is all too familiar with the attention that comes with being a British royal.

The disintegration of the marriage of his parents - heir-to-the-throne Prince Charles and his late first wife Diana - was played out in the public glare and his mother was killed in a Paris car crash in 1997 as the limousine carrying her and her lover Dodi al-Fayed crashed as it fled chasing paparazzi.
In the last two years, Harry has spoken openly of his mental anguish at the loss of his mother when he was just 12 and how in the years that followed he struggled with his royal status.

“I didn’t want to be in the position I was in, but I eventually pulled my head out of the sand, started listening to people and decided to use my role for good,” he said in a 2017 interview with Newsweek.

“Is there any one of the royal family who wants to be king or queen? I don’t think so, but we will carry out our duties at the right time.”

Diana had been keen that her two sons should be brought up away from the stuffy confines of royal palaces and their traditions. She took them on trips to the cinema, to McDonald’s, and to a theme park.

“Thank goodness I’m not completely cut off from reality. I am determined to have a relatively normal life, and if I am lucky enough to have children, they can have one too,” said Harry.

But how realistic is Harry’s wish? Polls suggest he is one of the most popular British royals, vying with the 92-year-old queen and his elder brother William for top spot, and his marriage to a glamorous Hollywood actress has only increased the media and public fascination.

“I can’t see this child being raised in any other way than pretty traditionally and with a great dollop of privilege,” said Robert Jobson, author of “Prince Charles at 70: Our Future King”.

Meghan, whose rift with members of her own family has provided great fodder for tabloids, giving her a clear insight into the baggage that being a royal brings, has not made any public statement about the possible upbringing for the baby.

But, speeches made by Harry since the pregnancy was announced have hinted how they do not want their child not be valued on their royal background.

“You don’t judge someone based on how they look, where they’re from, or how they identify,” Harry told 12,000 students at London’s Wembley Arena in March.

As well as his own upbringing, Harry and Meghan can look to the experiences of other royals. William has fiercely sought to defend the privacy of his children, George, Charlotte and Louis and so far the media have generally abided by requests to leave them alone.

“In reality, they can do normal within the royal confines,” said Claudia Joseph, author of “How to Dress Like A Princess”.

“We’ve seen that William and Kate have brought up George, Charlotte and Louis out of the public eye and both William and Harry were left alone to a certain extent until they left university.”


Royal author Jobson said whatever Harry and Meghan’s aims, it will be almost impossible for their child to completely escape his or her background.

“I believe this child probably won’t have to serve as a member of the royal family but will certainly be a celebrity for a very, very long time.”

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3/22/2019 11:29:59 AM
<![CDATA[Yasmine Sabry continues shooting for 'Hekayty' in Alexandria]]>
Fifteen scenes will be filmed along three consecutive days on the beaches and cafés of Alexandria. Yasmine will be accompanied by stars Ahmed Salah Hosni, Wafaa Amer and Hanadi Hany Mhanna. Other stars participating in the series will continue filming their scenes for no more than two weeks. Sabry is about to complete filming her scenes that took six weeks.

The series “Hekayty” is Sabry's first leading role. Wafa Amer, Edward, Ahmed Salah Hosni, Ahmed Hatem, Ahmad Bedair, Maha Abu Auf, Islam Gamal, Ahmed Gamal Said, Dunia el-Masry, Gamal Abdel Nasser and Mustafa Darwish will be starring alongside Sabry. The series is a social drama written by Mohamed Abdel Moty and directed by Ahmed Samir Farag.
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3/22/2019 11:25:06 AM
<![CDATA[Generation Alpha: focus of Egypt's journey towards developing education]]>
Generation Alpha is the group of people born between 2010 and 2025.

This came during a panel discussion held on Thursday, in the presence of the higher education minister, Director of London School of Economics and Political Science Minouche Shafik, and British Ambassador to Egypt Geoffrey Adams.

Abdel Ghaffar reviewed the state's efforts to face current educational challenges, including establishing eight new technological universities, and developing infrastructure such as implementing the National Digitization Program. He said that the state seeks to implement new programs in its faculties of medicine, engineering, and integrated learning.

He also viewed some footage for the construction work of many new universities, including al-Galala, King Salman, Al-Alamein, and the Canadian universities.

Abdel Ghaffar affirmed that the Egyptian law prevents privatization of the Egyptian public universities, as the constitution obliges the state to bear the cost of higher education programs.

"We are committed to providing free education," the minister stated.

However, universities have to upgrade their resources in order to be able to support the sector, he said, adding that we cannot depend only on the state's allocated budget. Abdel Ghaffar said that the state is expanding the educational programs inside the universities. He explained that currently the universities in Egypt have about 210 educational programs.

The second axes, which is set to approved by the Parliament in the upcoming days, allows the public universities to open separate public branches with higher fees than the original public ones, but very much cheaper than the fees of the private and international universities.

Abdel Ghaffar said that the ministry cannot interfere in the academic freedom of a university, as to oblige a university to hold a certain curriculum, to give up another, or to tell a university how to spend the money allocated for it from the state budget.

He complained of the shortage in the number of doctors in the country. The total number of High School students who join the faculties of medicine was found to be about 9,000, while 7,000 of them graduate from the faculties.

"We found that each 10,000 people in Egypt have 10 doctors. The universal rate says 23 doctors [should be there] per 10,000 people," the ministry stated.

He said that, on the other hand, statistics found that as many as 17,000 pharmacists graduate from the relevant faculties, which means that the country has 24 pharmacists per 10,000 people, while the universal ranking require only eight pharmacists for the same number of people.

For her part, Shafik, who also serves as the governor of the National Institute for Economic and Social Research, said that university students should be assessed by their overall performance, and skills they have learned during their study years, not for the final exam.

She added that students should not be evaluated based on their ability to memorize information. Instead, they must be trained on critical thinking.

Universal ranking

The government's mid-year report said in March, that Egypt has spent LE 19.9 billion ($1.15 billion) to support scientific research, adding that the North African country managed to raise the number of published international research to 20,000.

The number of patents issued for Egyptians and foreigners reached 108 patents, and 975 patent applications, according to the report.

The 111 year-old Cairo University has achieved 100 percent progress, according to the British QS World University Rankings, President of Cairo University Mohamed al-Khosht said earlier in March.

According to the ranking, Cairo University remains the top university in Egypt in 2019, ranked in 20 subject tables. Also, Cairo's Ain Shams University raised its representation from one department ranked in 2018 to as many as nine departments in 2019.

The university recorded 30.8 percent in academic reputation, and 55 percent in employer reputation. In the Arab region, Cairo University ranks 11th in the QS rankings.

In an interview with ON E, Khosht said that the university has ranked 101st worldwide in the fields of pharmacy, pharmacology, structural engineering and civil engineering.

He added that the university's magazine will become an international magazine, while efforts will be exerted in order for the university's Faculty of Mass Communication to become one of the best 500 colleges in the world in terms of different sections.

Cairo University, the mother university in Egypt, was established in 1908 in Egypt's Giza. The university has over 25 faculties and institutions in different scientific disciplines, with about 250,000 students enrolled.

Mahmoud el-Metiny, dean of Ain Sham's Faculty of Medicine, said that the faculty has jumped 50 places in the fields of biology and science.

QS Stars Rating system provides a detailed look at an institution in specific topics, including program strength and graduate employability. The QS World University Rankings is published annually, and is among the three most-widely read university rankings.
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3/22/2019 11:21:24 AM
<![CDATA[Massar Egbari to perform in Jordan on Mar.22]]>The Egyptian band is going to celebrate their third album entitled ‘’ El Album’’ with their Jordanian fans.

Massar Egbari participated in the events of the Arab Youth Festival that kick off on March 19.

Massar Egbari was the only Egyptian band performing in the festival which presents a blend of different fusions of Arabic music in a series of mass concerts that will continue until April 9 at the Martyr Park in Kuwait.

The band’s third album consists of ten songs which have been filmed as video clips; the album is considered different than the band’s two previous albums.


'Massar Egbari’’ is an Egyptian rock band founded in Alexandria in 2005. The band released their third album "Mosawamat" (Bargains) last July which brought them back to the music scene three years after releasing their album "Toqa’a w tqom" (Fall & Rise).

‘’Massar Egbari’’ was awarded the title of Young Artist for Intercultural Dialogue between the Arab and Western worlds’’. UNESCO honoured Massar Egbari in 2011 in Paris.


‘’Massar Egbari’’ recently partcipated in Black and White Music festival which kicked off on Friday, November 16, 2018, in Family Park at Al Rehab city.

The opening ceremony of the festival witnessed for the first time the participation of the most popular Egyptian bands such as, Black Theama, Sharmoofers, Wust El Balad, Karakeeb, Disco Misr.

Black and White Music festival is considered the first musical carnival of its kind in Egypt, the most famous 6 Egyptian bands performed on one stage in the longest continuous musical day that lasted 12 hours under the media auspices of Youm 7.

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3/22/2019 10:29:24 AM
<![CDATA[EGX ends Thursday in green, market cap. gains LE 2.47B]]>
The benchmark EGX30 hiked 0.40 percent, or 58.41 points, to close at 14,782.81 points.

The equally weighted index EGX50 increased 0.57 percent, or 13.66 points, to reach 2,405.87 points,

The small and mid-cap index EGX70 rose 0.19 percent, or 1.33 points, to close at 685.53 points, and the broader index EGX100 inched up 0.25 percent, or 4.39 point, to 1,740.72 points.

Market capitalization gained LE 2.47 billion, recording LE 820.78 billion, compared to LE 818.31 billion in Wednesday’s session.

The trading volume reached 111.31 million shares, traded through 17,001 transactions, with a turnover of LE 662.66 million.

Foreign investors were net sellers at LE 61.75 million, while Egyptian and Arab investors were net buyers at LE 28.66 million and LE 33.1 million, respectively.

Arab and foreign individuals were net buyers at LE 9.44 million, and LE 9.57 million, respectively, while Egyptian individuals were net sellers at LE 7.35 million.

Egyptian and Arab organizations bought at LE 36 million and LE 23.65 million, respectively, while foreign organizations sold at LE 71.33 million.

Cairo for Investment and Real Estate Development, Six of October Development & Investment (SODIC), and Global Telecom Holding were top gainers of the session by 5.05 percent, 3.86 percent and 3.85 percent, respectively.

Meanwhile, October Pharma, Cairo Oils & Soap, and Wadi Kom Ombo Land Reclamation were top losers of the session by 9.99 percent, 2.58 percent, and 2.27 percent, respectively.

EGX ended Wednesday’s session on mixed note, as EGX30 rose 0.54 percent, EGX100 increased 0.02 percent, while EGX50 inched down 0.15 percent, and EGX70 dipped 0.02 percent.]]>
3/21/2019 6:24:51 PM
<![CDATA[Parliament discusses constitutional amendments]]>
As per the constitutional amendments, the presidential term would be extended for 6 years instead of 4 years and heads of the judicial bodies would be appointed by the president.

The new amendments also call for allocating 25 percent of the Parliament seats for women. Other judiciary officials asked for extending the presidency of the judicial bodies for 6 years instead of 4 years.

One fifth of parliament members submitted a proposal to conduct constitutional amendments in line with Article 226 of the constitution and Article 140 of Parliament’s internal by-laws. They asked for extending the presidential term to six years from four, “as the current circumstances have proven the step essential,” according to a statement issued by the Parliament on February 3, 2019. The amendments also tackle appointing the heads of judicial bodies by the president.

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3/21/2019 6:21:55 PM
<![CDATA[New Year - New Witch - New Boyfriend? First look at Sabrina]]>
Part 2 finds Sabrina exploring her darker side, curious to learn more about her heritage, while struggling to maintain her friendships in the mortal world.

Romantically, Sabrina is caught in an unholy love triangle with between sexy warlock Nicholas Scratch and salt-of-the-Earth mortal Harvey Kinkle. Meanwhile, The Dark Lord, Madame Satan, and Father Blackwood continue to conjure chaos in the Spellman household and the town of Greendale. And they aren’t the only ones trying to raise hell.

Everything is in question…relationships, identity, true intentions…when the devil’s work is at hand.]]>
3/21/2019 6:19:13 PM
<![CDATA[Cairo Opera House celebrates Mother’s Day]]>CAIRO - 21 March 2019: On the occasion of Mother's Day, the Egyptian Opera House headed by Magdy Saber; organized a concert for Children Choir and Youth classes on March 21 at 8 p.m.

The concert is set to take place on the theater of the Institute of Arabic Music under the supervision of musician Abdul Wahab al-Sayed.

Led by Maestro Mohamed Abdel Sattar, the concert’s program includes a selection of songs to celebrate the occasion as well as a number of national songs such as “Hayo el-Alam” (Greet the flag), “Al-Bedaya” (the beginning), “Tazim Salam”, “Alameno fe Madrasetna” (They taught us at school), among others.

The Talent Development Center aims to raise the artistic taste and support talented individuals in various fields of arts. The center consists of a group of qualified academics to discover and refine talents, and hold concerts for students at the end of each academic semester to encourage them to excel and appreciate their effort during the semester.

The center also participates in numerous distinguished events in the Egyptian Opera House.


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3/21/2019 5:05:17 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt leads Africa towards more integration - UN official]]>
Steiner, speaking on the sidelines of a high-level UN conference concerned with cooperation among southern countries in Buenos Aires, lauded the legislative and economic reforms carried out by Egypt and its social protection program.

He said the program supported Egypt to improve its national economy.

Investment and International Cooperation Minister Sahar Nasr hoped that strategic partnership between the African Union and the UN development Program would take place during the Egyptian presidency of the AU.

She said Egypt is keen on setting up partnerships with different UN institutions to lure more investments to the African continent.]]>
3/21/2019 4:55:52 PM
<![CDATA[Deputy transportation minister resigns, reason unclear]]>
Sources said that the resignation has been accepted, according to media reports, while the reason behind Shaat's decision to resign has not been revealed yet.

This comes about a month after a horrible blaze took place in Cairo's Ramses Railway Station, killing 20 people according to official reports.

Shaat has served since February 2017, as an assistant transport minister for railways and metro affairs, which coincided with the appointment of Hesham Arafat, who resigned late in February following the Ramses blaze. He had then served as a deputy transportation minister, after he sworn in before President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi in August 2018.

Beside his job as deputy minister, Shaat had also served for three months as the head of the National Authority for Tunnels, before he was succeeded by Ahmed Fouda.

In late February, a train, with no driver on board, was seen moving at an extremely high speed and crashing into the platform's buffer stop at Cairo's busiest and main railway station, located in Ramses district.

The collision caused the explosion of the fuel tank and triggered a huge blaze. Police ordered taking DNA samples from the dead to know their relatives.

According to the initial investigations, the driver of the crashed train locomotive is mainly responsible for the accident.]]>
3/21/2019 4:43:23 PM
<![CDATA[New strategy set up for General Authority for Cultural Palaces' productions]]>
The authority aims to motivate young creative talents and enrich theatrical movement in various provinces across Egypt.

The plan includes 302 shows in cultural houses, culture palaces, and theatrical clubs of Cairo and other provinces as well as numerous specialized workshops.

Chairman of the General Authority for Culture Palaces Ahmed Awad stated that attracting young people and discovering new talents is one of the most important and fundamental roles that the Culture Palaces Authority plays.

Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem called for creating opportunities for promising innovators in the various aspects of theatrical arts, within the production plan set to be implemented in various provinces across Egypt. The plan includes presenting the creations of youth as well as showcasing important works of Egyptian and international theatrical performances.

Director of the Theater Department in the General Authority for Culture Palaces Adel Hassan noted that the production plan focuses on the quality of the scripts which shed light on serious societal issues.






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3/21/2019 4:40:35 PM
<![CDATA[Fitch upgrades Egypt’s IDR to B+ with stable outlook]]>
“Egypt has made further progress in implementing economic and fiscal reforms, which are driving improved macroeconomic stability, fiscal consolidation and stronger external finances,” Fitch clarified in a report, noting that the authorities will complete the three-year IMF Extended Fund Facility (EFF) in 2019.

According to Fitch, these reforms will continue to generate better economic outcomes beyond the IMF agreement as general government debt/GDP is on a downward path, underpinned by structural improvements to the budget and the emergence of primary budget surpluses.

It expected spending on wages, subsidies and interest to fall by almost 5 percent of GDP from June 2016 to June 2020. “Monetary policy is targeting single-digit inflation and international reserves have risen to six months of current external payments.”

It also anticipated the budget deficit to decline to around 8.6 percent of GDP in fiscal year 2018/19, with a primary surplus of 1.6 percent of GDP, close to the government target of 2 percent of GDP.

The report stated that during the first half of fiscal year 2018/2019, spending on subsidies and social benefits was flat in nominal terms, expecting subsidies and social benefits spending to fall by 1.1 percent of GDP in 2018/2019.

It added that interest spending continued to limit consolidation, but was in line with budgeted amounts. Overall, revenue grew by 28 percent annually and expenditure by 17 percent annually.

As per the proposed budget of 2019/2020, the report reviewed that the budget targets a primary surplus of 2 percent of GDP and a budget deficit of 7.3 percent of GDP.

“The consolidation will mostly come from lower interest payments because of the disinflation trend, lower interest rates and lower debt as well as another round of subsidy reforms, including the introduction of an automatic fuel tariff adjustment mechanism. Further moderation of the wage bill/GDP and continued efforts to improve the tax administration will also contribute,” the report clarified.

“In FY20 we expect wages and compensation to fall below 5 percent of GDP, down from an average of 8 percent in FY15-FY16, underpinned by the civil service law. We expect subsidies and social spending to fall to 5.3 percent in FY20, from 8 percent in FY17, following several rounds of tariff hikes across utilities and other regulated prices,” it said.

“Interest payments are likely to peak in FY19 at 10.2 percent of GDP, before falling by at least 1pp of GDP in FY20. The main risk to policy slippage would be a return of political instability and/or a negative shock to economic growth,” the report read.

Moreover, it forecasted average inflation of 12 percent and 10 percent in 2019 and 2020, respectively, building in another round of subsidy reforms in June-July 2019.

“We forecast that real GDP growth will remain robust at 5.5 percent in FY19 and FY20, with risks tilted slightly to the downside,” the report noted.

It also projected Egypt's external debt service to average around $10 billion or 12 percent of current external receipts in 2019-2020, in line with the current 'B' peer median.
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3/21/2019 4:36:12 PM
<![CDATA[Housing Ministry signs 3 contracts with investments of LE90B]]>
The minister pointed out that the volume of investments in these contracts amounts to LE 90 billion, accommodate 160,000 jobs and open up more areas in the real estate market.

Gazzar added in a press conference at the Council of Ministers that these agreements come within the framework of efforts to achieve urban development and start projects faster to benefit all parties.

He noted the benefit is achieved in terms of issuing licenses and facilitating procedures, stressing that the more the operations implemented, the more the state benefits.

He further explained that there will be a meeting with the World Bank to involve real estate developers in housing projects.

The contracts included the signing of a partnership with three companies for the development of real estate; the first is between Al-Ahli Real Estate Development Company and the authority for an integrated urban project on an area of 144 feddans in the city of October.

The contracts also included the signing of a partnership agreement between the Urban Communities Authority and Arkan Real Estate Investment Company for an integrated urban project covering 205 feddans in Sheikh Zayed City.

The third partnership agreement was signed with SODIC for an integrated 500-feddan urban project in Sheikh Zayed.
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3/21/2019 4:04:57 PM
<![CDATA[EXPLAINER-Bouteflika at bay: Why protesters are taking on Algeria's ruling system]]>
He postponed an election originally set for April and announced that experts would oversee a transition to a "new system" in coming months. Protesters say this is not enough.

WHAT CAUSED THE PROTESTS?

The immediate cause was Bouteflika's candidacy. Calls for protests spread after it was confirmed on Feb. 10. Mass rallies began on Feb. 22, and numbers rose over the following two Fridays. After Bouteflika abandoned plans to stand but stopped short of stepping down -- raising the prospect that he would stay in power for the rest of the year -- the protests swelled.

More broadly, protests drew on frustration among millions of Algerians who feel politically and economically excluded, and resentment against an ageing and secretive elite that has controlled Algeria since independence from France in 1962.

President since 1999, Bouteflika became a symbol of an independence generation that clung to power. He oversaw a return to stability after a civil war in the 1990s but in his second decade in power was incapacitated and mostly absent from public life, fuelling a sense of drift and decline.

Plans to diversify the economy away from oil stalled in a sclerotic system many saw as corrupt and riven with cronyism.

HOW DID BOUTEFLIKA SURVIVE SO LONG?

Major Islamist groups were discredited by the 1990s war and along with a liberal opposition were coopted or excluded when it ended. As the ruling National Liberation Front (FLN) reasserted itself, political apathy set in and election turnouts dropped.

When uprisings swept the region in 2011, Algeria used a heavy security and oil money to curtail demonstrations.

There were frequent local protests, but these demanded state resources, not political change. Factional battles played out in the domestic media, relatively free by regional standards. Then, as now, neither ruling elite factions nor Bouteflika and his entourage appeared able to agree on a succession plan.

WHO HAS BEEN RUNNING THE COUNTRY?

Bouteflika has rarely been seen in public since suffering a stroke in 2013, but by then he had already sidelined or outlived the generals who brought him to power. General Mohamed "Toufik" Mediene, head of military intelligence and the man widely seen to be the real centre of power in Algeria, departed in 2015.

While the army remained Algeria's most powerful institution, an informal clique around the presidency amassed more influence, including Bouteflika's younger brother Said. An emerging business elite profiting from surging oil income also benefited.

WHAT ARE THE POSSIBLE SCENARIOS NOW?

Bouteflika announced that an "independent and inclusive" national conference would draft and new constitution and set a date for elections, and should conclude its work by the end of the year. An interim, technocratic government is being formed.

But this plan has been cast into doubt as Bouteflika's position has weakened. Protesters want him to step down when his five-year term ends in April and say their goal is sustain pressure and prevent infiltration from "Bouteflika's system".

Chief of staff Gaed Salah has said the army should take responsibility for solving the crisis but so far it has been waiting in the wings. The army is more reluctant to intervene directly than in the past. Its decision to cancel parliamentary elections in 1992 that Islamists were poised to win triggered the conflict that left up to 200,000 people dead.

Islamism is in decline, and a new leader may come from the political mainstream. Ahmed Benbitour, a former prime minister, and Mustapha Bouchachi, a rights activist and lawyer, are among those emerging as protest leaders.

WHAT CHALLENGES DO PROTESTERS FACE?

Protesters are trying to remain peaceful. From the start, they have worried that factions within the security forces may provoke violence to discredit protesters, or that demonstrations could turn violent when protesters' demands are not met.

Another challenge is to find leaders with enough experience and broad support -- those who served under Bouteflika may be discredited in the eyes of protesters.

Protesters fear that factions holding power and associated patronage networks will look to survive even as they abandon Bouteflika. Most observers believe that while Bouteflika and his clique will leave power, the system around them will remain.

WHAT'S AT STAKE?

Algeria is Africa's biggest country by landmass and has a population of more than 40 million. It is a major oil and gas producer and OPEC member, and a top supplier of gas to Europe.

Western states see Algeria as a counter-terrorism partner. It is a significant military player in North Africa and the Sahel, and diplomatically involved in crises in Mali and Libya.

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3/21/2019 4:02:47 PM
<![CDATA[LaLiga appointed United Nations Goodwill Ambassador on Migration]]>
Under the auspices of the Ministry of Sports of Egypt, LaLiga today, signed a collaboration agreement with IOM, the official UN Migration Agency as a UN Goodwill Ambassador on Migration.

Present at the ceremony were the following senior officials; Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports, Dr. Amr Al Haddad; Deputy Head of Mission of Spain to Egypt, Pablo Barbara, Head of the UN Migration in Egypt, Laurent de Boeck, and Juan Fuentes, LaLiga’s delegate in Egypt.

The signing ceremony was also attended by several ambassadors of the countries that have a player of their nationality currently representing a LaLiga club, as well as United Nations officials and several figures from the world of sport such as Eng. Khaled Mortagy and Mohamed Serag, board members of Al Ahly SC.

Coinciding with the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, LaLiga and the UN agency showed their commitment to eradicating racist behaviour, both in the wider world and in sport.

Through this agreement, LaLiga will contribute to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the 2030 agenda, which includes such aims as fighting against inequality.

Thanks to this agreement, it is expected that initiatives will be established across the world, as LaLiga delegates will be in contact with the IOM Chiefs of mission in different countries.

IOM, the International Organization for Migration, works to integrate migrants within their destination countries.

LaLiga is a truly global competition with 50 different nationalities represented among its players, nine offices and 45 delegates around the world.

"There’s no doubt that football is a tool that can help us to achieve our goals, given that it is a leading sport to which everyone pays attention," said Laurent de Boeck, IOM's Chief of Mission in Egypt.

"LaLiga has been working for years in the fight against any type of racist or violent behaviour, specifically in football but also in the wider world of sport. We are pleased to collaborate with IOM on this agreement as it is an important step to help raise awareness about our role within society, and how we hope to further educate our community on issues such as migration," added Juan Fuentes, LaLiga’s delegate to Egypt.

Among other initiatives, LaLiga organization has launched training projects such as lectures and activities in schools, workshops on integrity and the prevention of violent and racist behavior in the dressing rooms of LaLiga clubs, and has compiled a variety of informative literature for fans.
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3/21/2019 4:02:43 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian potatoes enter Turkish markets: Minister]]>
Head of the Central Administration of Agricultural Quarantine Ahmed al-Attar said in a statement that the export of potatoes to Turkey will begin effectively from Thursday after all the necessary procedures and technical conditions have been met.

Attar stressed that the ministry is seeking to open new markets in all countries of the world to Egyptian agricultural exports, which will contribute to increasing the country's resources of foreign currency and the value added to national output.

The minister of agriculture said that the agricultural quarantine also succeeded three months ago in opening Turkish markets to the Egyptian onions, and expected that 2019 will witness unprecedented increase in the Egyptian agricultural exports.

Previously, Attar said that 2018 witnessed a boom in the export of Egyptian agricultural products which exceeded 5.2 million tons and 2019 is expected to witness further increase thanks to the cooperation between the Agriculture Ministry and relevant ministries as well as the Export Council for Agricultural Crops.

Attar added that the Egyptian agricultural exports during 2018 saw an increase of 500,000 tons compared to the previous year.

Egypt’s agricultural exports recorded about $1.2 billion during 2017/2018, according to Chairman of Export Council of Agricultural Crops and Member of the House of Representatives Abdel Hamid Demerdash.
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3/21/2019 3:52:55 PM
<![CDATA[In Photos: Anany inaugurates Tutankhamen exhibition in Paris]]>
Anany expressed his great happiness inaugurating such important exhibition in Paris. The Egyptian minister of Antiquities invited all the attendees to visit Egypt, to know its great civilization and enjoy its museums, adding that the Grand Egyptian Museum will be Egypt’s gift to the whole world.

‘’I am proud to be Egyptian, part of the greatest civilization in the whole world’’ Anany said.

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Paris welcomed the exhibition of the golden pharaoh Tutankhamen after more than 50 years of absence since 1967 when more than 1.2 million visitors were gathered to admire the treasures of King Tutankhamen.
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Banners and posters showing the face of the boy king as well as objects from his treasured collection are wide spread over Paris streets. They were installed on buildings, shops, street lamps, metro and bus stations.
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Meanwhile photos of the collection have caught the front pages and covers of all French newspapers and magazines.

The temporary exhibition “King Tut: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh” was transferred from the California Science Center to grand Lafayette Hall in Paris, France, from March 21, 2019, to Sept. 30, 2019.

This move aims to promote the cultural ties between Egypt and the world, while also boosting international tourism in Egypt.


Artifacts from King Tutankhamen's tomb have been shown at an exhibit since March 24, 2018. The exhibit’s date has coincided with the 100th anniversary of the discovery of King Tutankhamen's tomb.

The Ministry of Antiquities approved holding the exhibition of Tutankhamun in 10 cities of seven European countries.

The Ministry of Antiquities announced that the revenues of the temporary exhibition “King Tut: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh” which was launched in California Science Center on March 24, 2018 amounted to $5 million. The exhibition was visited by about 700,000 visitors, and the ministry takes $4 for each ticket.

Sydney, Australia, will host in 2021 the largest exhibition of King Tutankhamun, entitled "King Tut: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh", according to ABC News.


Hence, the New South Wales Government previously announced that the museum will carry out a $50 million upgrade to be able to accommodate the Golden Pharaos' artifacts.

“The significant upgrades to the Australian Museum will ensure we have world-class museum exhibition spaces for visitors,” NSW Minister for the Arts Don Harwin previously said.

Forty percent of Tutankhamun’s objects will leave Egypt to tour the world before returning to Egypt for a permanent display in the Grand Egyptian Museum, which is currently under construction.

Around 800,000 are expected to visit the exhibition during its six-month accommodation in Sydney.

The exhibition will include 60 artifactsout of the 150 pieces that have never been seen outside Egypt, according to Australian Museum director and chief executive, Kim McKay.

The most famous ancient Egyptian king’s tomb was discovered in 1922; more than 3,000 years after his death.

The 150-artifact collection exhibited at the California Science Center is the biggest collection of artifacts from King Tutankhamun’s tomb to be shown outside of Egypt.

The artifacts were displayed for 10 months before being transferred to Europe to be shown there in January 2019.

The Golden King exhibition is scheduled to be held in France, Japan, US, Canada, Australia, and South Korea, where foreign exhibitions help increase the resources of the ministry in particular and the government in general.

Tutankhamun was born in the 18th Dynasty around 1341 B.C. and was the 12th pharaoh of that period. Tutankhamun did not accomplish much himself; he was placed on the throne when he was a child, and Egypt’s prosperous era was beginning to decline with the rise of Pharaoh Akhenaten and his new cult.

Sir Howard Carter, British archaeologist and Egyptologist, had made it his life’s quest to find the tomb of King Tutankhamun.

When Carter had begun to work in Egypt in 1891, most of the documented Pharaohs had their tombs discovered. One, however, proved to be elusive; King Tutankhamun, whose resting place had yet to be found and who Egyptologists knew very little about.


With the end of World War I, Carter made it his goal to be the first to uncover the tomb of Tutankhamun. Carter had worked in Egypt for 31 years since he was 17, using his skills as an artist to copy inscriptions from walls.

He would then become appointed inspector-general of monuments in Upper Egypt. In 1907, he started to work for George Herbert, the fifth earl of Carnarvon, who would aid him in his quest to uncover the lost tomb of Tutankhamun.

Carter was certainly dedicated, spending massive amounts of money and time in order to track down where the tomb might lie.

With Lord Carnarvon as his sponsor, they began working earnestly at excavating the Valley of Kings. Alas, even after five years of work, Carter wasn’t able to report back on anything substantial.

He refused to give up however, tirelessly working to fulfil his quest, and soon enough, Carter would be rewarded beyond his imagination.

The discovery of steps beneath the sand on November 1, 1922 was a breakthrough for Carter. At long last, his tireless search for Tutankhamun would finally bear fruit.

Carter announced the discovery on November 6, and it took three weeks until he could begin work on excavating into the tomb.

Workers exposed all of the steps and the sealed doorway into the tomb, which at one point had been broken in by tomb robbers but resealed again, leading to hope that the contents had not been plundered.

Carter finally entered on November 25, finding evidence of resealed holes but noting that it had likely been thousands of years since anyone had entered again.

When Carter made a hole inside the sealed door and peeked inside, he was left astounded. Gold flooded his senses, and animal statues, rich perfumes, piles of ebony, childhood toys and the Pharaoh himself adorned the room alongside countless other treasures.

It was a bounty of riches the likes of which had never been seen before; Carter couldn’t have anticipated this finding in his wildest dreams.

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3/21/2019 3:43:56 PM
<![CDATA[Hazard praises Salah]]>
“Mo Salah is one of my good friends and he is doing something incredible. "I try to look at this player and I try to reach that level." Hazard said on Thursday.

Both players shared the same dressing room for a year in Chelsea when Salah joined the Blues during his first spell in the Premier League.

Salah has been one of the big names in football after he joined Liverpool from AS Roma in 2017 and since then he established himself as one of the best players in the World.

Salah has had an amazing debut season with Liverpool as he led his team to UEFA Champions League Final against Real Madrid but he only played 25 minutes and left the pitch after suffering an injury and followed his team’s 3-1 loss from the stands.

The Egyptian scored 44 goals last season at all competitions, including 32 goals at the league that granted him the Premier League Golden Boot award.
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3/21/2019 3:38:42 PM
<![CDATA[In Pics: Spring Flower exhibition opens in Orman Park]]>
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The 86th Spring Flowers exhibition at al-Orman Park in Giza - Egypt Today/Hossam Atef


Ministers of Agriculture Ezzal-Din Abu Steit, Minister of Youth Ashraf Sobhy and Minister of Interior Trade and SupplyAli Moseilhy inaugurated the exhibition. Some 180 exhibitors display their creative products in this spring carnival.


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The exhibition is one of the largest flower exhibitions in the Middle East, stated Minister of Agriculture Abu Steit, adding that it encourages the producers of flower and ornamental plants to trade their products.

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The exhibition is held annually on a 14-feddan piece of land in Orman Park, and lasts for 45 days.

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The Ministry of Agriculture has announced that the 2019 exhibition aims to target more than 1 million visitors.

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3/21/2019 3:34:38 PM
<![CDATA[Trump will regret changing his mind about Qatar: Foreign Policy]]>CAIRO – 21 March 2019: A Foreign Policy report has warned that U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration’s recent flip-flop on Qatar has increased the chances of conflict in the Middle East.


The report highlighted how the feud started when Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Barhain decided to cut diplomatic ties with Qatar for its role in supporting and financing terrorism and having close ties with regional foe, Iran.


Then the coalition issued a number of demands, including that the country deport to Egypt Yusuf al-Qaradawi, a spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, and Khaled Meshaal, the leader of Hamas.


According to the report, Qatar was also expected to end all financial and political support of the Brotherhood, its affiliated movements, and terrorist groups across the Arab world, including Hamas in Palestine and al Qaeda’s Nusra Front in Syria, and cease all military and strategic ties with Iran.


Qatar crisis hits 100 days, Doha policies remain unchanged

CAIRO - 14 September 2017: One hundred days have passed since countries decided to take a step against the tiny emirate of Qatar and its policies that financed and backed terrorism, contributed in destabilizing the region, drove wedges between neighboring countries and spread chaos to achieve its own schemes and agendas.



The blockade was only the latest in a series of confrontations between the countries. The first crisis occurred in 2014 when Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain, followed by Egypt, withdrew their ambassadors from Doha over Qatar’s support for the Muslim Brotherhood during the Arab Spring.


The administration of U.S. President Barack Obama stayed neutral, as it did throughout the rest of the president’s tenure.


Unlike his predecessor, according to the report, Trump initially opted to support Saudi, Egyptian, Emirati, and Bahraini pressure on Qatar, calling Doha a “funder of terrorism at a very high level.”


Yet despite his previous support, the president has now come full circle. Earlier this spring, Trump hosted Qatari Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani at the White House and called him a “friend of mine” and a “very big advocate” in the war on terror.


Likewise, in a visit to Riyadh in April, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reportedly told the Saudi-led coalition to end the embargo and concentrate on more important matters, such as achieving stability in Iraq, Syria, and Yemen; carrying out operations against the Islamic State and al Qaeda; and containing Iran. Nevertheless, sanctions against Qatar still stand.


“The Trump administration is making a strategic mistake, and perhaps a very grave one,” Foreign Policy said.


The report further added that beyond its ties to Iran, Qatar’s support for the Muslim Brotherhood is at least as troubling, if not more so.


Since 2011, Brotherhood-linked groups have sown chaos from Egypt to Libya to Syria. For example, Brotherhood-linked terrorists are believed to have been behind the 2015 murder of Egyptian Public Prosecutor Hisham Barakat, who referred many Muslim Brotherhood leaders to trial. There have been countless other such attacks in recent years.


The group is also seen by some as being close to al Qaeda and the Islamic State. A few months ago, for example, the al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri appeared in a recording in which he defended the Muslim Brotherhood against accusations of terrorism.


He has also extensively praised one of its ideological founders, Sayyid Qutb, for “igniting the Islamic revolution against the enemies of Islam.” Al Qaeda’s former leader, Osama bin Laden, was likewise an acolyte and admirer of the Brotherhood, as documents seized from his Pakistani compound after his death revealed.


The Muslim Brotherhood may have a connection to the Islamic State as well. In a 2013 interview, Qaradawi, currently the most important cleric in the Brotherhood’s global community, whom the Qatari leadership has long backed, revealed that Islamic State chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was a member of the Iraqi Muslim Brotherhood as a young man. He went on to say that “ISIS leaders lured him after being released from prison,” and that “young people from Qatar and other countries joined this group.”


Qatar’s engagement with the Muslim Brotherhood goes beyond the Middle East; At home, Qatar’s media is also permeated by influence from the Muslim Brotherhood. The Al Jazeera network, based in Qatar and owned and run by its government, has long provided a global platform for Brotherhood leaders and terrorist supporters like Qaradawi. During the Iraq War, the network repeatedly aired videos of al Qaeda leaders calling for violence against the United States. Last year, the network broadcast a eulogy for Omar Abdel-Rahman, aka “the blind sheikh,” who was a leader of Gamaa al-Islamiyya, an Egyptian terrorist group responsible for hundreds of deaths, including the 1997 massacre at Luxor.


Doha attains zero-credibility level among anti-terror quartet

CAIRO - 29 July 2017: Oddly enough, Doha believes the anti-terror quartet of Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain can trust its commitments. Qatar has brought its credibility level to a zero-trust level with its own hands, as it repeatedly broke a number of agreements and commitments.



The Muslim Brotherhood presents a threat to the region and the United States. As the former British ambassador to Saudi Arabia, John Jenkins, wrote in 2017, “for the Saudis, the MB has come to represent a profound ideological threat to the basis of their state. For them, it is a secretive, partisan and divisive organization dedicated to a self-defined renewal of Islam and the establishment of a transnational Islamic state through incremental but ultimately revolutionary political activism, using tactical violence if necessary.”


For the United States, too, such “revolutionary political activism” represents a profound danger. If the Brotherhood’s long-term objective really were to build a fundamentalist Islamic society free of Western influence, that would be devastating to the United States’ strategic posture and standing in the Middle East and the wider Muslim world.


It is therefore important to get Qatar to end its support of the Brotherhood—perhaps even more important than getting the country to distance itself from Iran. Yet this cannot be done without credible pressure from the country’s neighbors, of the kind meted out in the recent Saudi-led embargo. By having apparently thrown its weight behind Qatar, though, the Trump administration has hurt the standing of its main Arab friends, weakened the seriousness of their threats, and damaged their chances at persuading Qatar to choose another route.


The United States has a long-established strategic relationship with Qatar. Al Udeid, a U.S. joint airbase, sits outside Doha and serves as the command center for U.S. air operations over Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and Yemen. It is also the ultimate guarantor of Qatari security. In short, the United States has the tools to help put Qatar back on the right path, but only if Trump reverses his reversal and joins the Saudi-led coalition in applying pressure.In recent years, it has been accused of giving more than $175 million to Brotherhood-linked groups in Denmark, France, Italy, and the United Kingdom.

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3/21/2019 3:07:29 PM
<![CDATA[US envoy says Houthis are to blame for Yemen peace deal delays]]>CAIRO – 21 March 2019: U.S. ambassador to Yemen Matthew Tueller has blamed the Iran-backed Houthi militia for the stalling of the UN-led peace deal in the main port of Hodeidah and said the group's weapons pose a threat to other countries in the region.


The Saudi-backed Yemeni government and the Houthis reached a ceasefire and troop withdrawal deal for Hodeidah, which is under Houthi control, at talks in Sweden in December, however, the Houthis did not keep their word on the ceasefire.


"We are greatly frustrated by what we see as delays and stalling on the part of the Houthis in implementing what they agreed to in Sweden, but I have great confidence in the UN envoy and what he is doing," Tueller told a televised news conference in the southern port of Aden, where the internationally recognized government is based.


"We are willing to work with others in order to try to implement these agreements and see whether the Houthis can in fact demonstrate a political maturity and start to serve the interests of Yemen rather than acting on behalf of those who seek to weaken and destroy Yemen," he said.


Tueller said he had "not given up hope" that the deal would be implemented in Hodeidah, where thousands of Yemeni forces backed by a Saudi-led coalition are massed on the outskirts.


Tens of thousands of people have been killed in the war, which pits the Houthis against other Yemeni factions backed by the Saudi-led coalition loyal to the government of Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.


The United States has sided with the Yemeni government against the Houthis and provides military support to the Saudi-led coalition, including help with targeting for Saudi air strikes against the Houthis.


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3/21/2019 2:54:28 PM
<![CDATA[35 additional artifacts transferred to Grand Egyptian Museum]]>
Director General of the Preliminary Restoration and Transportation of Heavy Antiquities at the Grand Egyptian Museum Issa Zeidan explained that among the most important pieces received is a wooden box personally used by King Tut, coated with ivory and seashells, in addition to a boat with a pair of paddles and a colorful frontal cabin with natural colors. A collection of sculptures made of colored wood depicting everyday life in ancient Egypt was also among the transferred artifacts.

Zeidan further pointed out that before packaging and transferring the artifacts, preliminary repairing and strengthening of the boat and other artifacts were completed. It took 12 days to restore, package and transfer the artifacts.

The restoration and transfer team also transported 35 large wooden artifacts after the completion of its preliminary restoration works, documentation and three-dimensional photography. Thus, the total transferred wooden artifacts from Khufu’s second ship to the Grand Egyptian Museum are 784 pieces.

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3/21/2019 2:54:10 PM
<![CDATA[8 workers killed in gas tank explosion in phosphate factory]]>
The explosion occurred when the workers were conducting a pilot operation of the tank. Immediately, civil protection forces transferred the explosion victims to Suez General Hospital, and investigations were launched.

On February 27, around 23 people were killed and more than 40 others were injured when a train locomotive collided with the buffer stop at platform number six of Ramses Railway Station, causing a huge explosion.

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3/21/2019 2:02:38 PM
<![CDATA[Lawyer submits complaint accusing Zumur of planning terrorist attacks in Egypt]]>
According to the complaint, Mahmoud said that Zumur, a fugitive conspirator who travels between Qatar, Libya and Turkey, is leading groups of armed militias abroad, with material and logistical support from the Qatari and Turkish intelligence, to carry out terrorist attacks on Egypt and target Egyptians.

He added that Zumur coordinates with the leaders of terrorists fleeing abroad in order to spread chaos and threaten national security.

The complaint reported that Zumur, who was sentenced to prison for his involvement in terrorist attacks in Egypt, is still planning terrorist attacks targeting Egyptians people from abroad through meetings with armed militias and terrorists to carry out his criminal plot against the Egyptian state.

In his complaint, Mahmoud demanded that Zumur is included on the check-in lists of the INTERPOL and handed over to the Egyptian authorities to be referred to an urgent criminal trial.

In October 2018, Cairo Criminal Court placed the names of 164 individuals, all belonging to Al-Jamaa al-Islamiya movement and the Building and Development Party, the movement's political wing, on Egypt's terror list.

The names enlisted included Asim Abdel Maged, Tarek al-Zumur, Mohammed al-Islambouli and Safwat Abdel Ghani, who are all accused of supporting and financing hostile activities in Egypt.

Zumur has been accused by Egyptian authorities of funding terrorist activities in the country following July 2013.

The Cairo Criminal Court sentenced Zumur and Abdel Maged to death during its session last September in the case known in media as "Rabaa sit-in dispersal" over violence that took place following the ousting of Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated former President Mohamed Morsi.

In October, Egypt’s High Administrative Court adjourned a trial to dissolve the Building and Development Party to February, amid Parliament’s attempts to dissolve all political parties formed unconstitutionally on religious bases.

The Egyptian authorities sent several requests to the INTERPOL to extradite wanted terrorists, including those in Qatar and Turkey like Zumur.

Zumur was imprisoned in 1984, along with his cousin Abboud al-Zumur, over an accusation of assassinating former Egyptian President Mohamed Anwar al-Sadat
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3/21/2019 1:58:04 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt upholds sentences of imprisonment against 268 convicts in Nahada sit-in case]]>

Other 109 co-defendants were acquitted, the court stated. All convicts were fined LE 137, 000, the costs of damages caused during the 2013 sit-in to the Giza Zoo, Cairo University, Orman Park, and Giza governorate.


The defendants were accused of organizing protests in Giza’s Al-Nahda square to intimidate citizens, of jeopardizing people’s lives, disturbing public security, and resisting police forces during the dispersal of the sit-in.

They also face murder charges as well as charges that include storming and deliberately damaging public property and buildings, blocking roads and depriving citizens from moving freely.

The upheld sentences of imprisonment had been stated on January 9, 2019 by a Giza Criminal Court. However, Court of Cassation’s ruling is final and unchallengeable.



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3/21/2019 1:53:11 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt to collect taxes from banks on debt instruments quarterly]]>
This comes in accordance with the new tax treatment of treasury bills and bonds issued in February, as part of the amendments to the Income Tax Law, which aims to separate the proceeds of the treasury bills and bonds in an isolated container.

The source added that the first tax collection according to the new tax treatment will be in May, indicating that the amendment of the maturity date was intended to ease the burden on banks.

In November, the Cabinet approved a bill amending certain provisions of the Income Tax Act, allowing the separation of proceeds from the public treasury bills and bonds into a separate pot from the rest of the income.

On a different note, the source said that the government is working with the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) to encourage greater activity on the Egyptian Exchange’s (EGX) secondary bond market and allow bonds to be traded in the EGX.

He clarified that this move will raise the treasury flows from taxes by LE 15-20 billion.

Minister of Finance Mohamed Ma'it revealed earlier that the reason behind the financial treatments of T-bills’ taxes is that it is one of the rights of the treasury.

Financial modifications on T-bills save treasury rights: Min.

CAIRO-2 December 2018: Minister of Finance Mohamed Ma'it revealed the reason behind the financial treatments of T-bills' taxes, saying that it's one of the rights of the treasury. Ma'it notes the share of the treasury from the taxes wasn't collected before.




Egypt targets an average interest rate on the government debt instrument of 14.7 percent in the current budget, compared to an expected average of 18.5 percent in 2017/2018 budget.]]>
3/21/2019 1:48:18 PM
<![CDATA[Global stocks wilt as Fed shift sparks stampede into bonds]]>
World markets’ reaction to a super-dovish Fed was not unlike the response to the European Central Bank’s equally easy stance earlier this month – the benefits of a reduced interest rate horizon came laced with doubts.

Banks suffered their usual worries about low borrowing rates to drag the pan-European STOXX 600 down 0.2 percent, though London’s FTSE edged up as its miners were lifted by higher copper and metals prices.

The real action was in the bond markets.

With investors rushing to price in the prospect of U.S. rate cuts later this year, benchmark Treasury yields dived to their lowest since early 2018 and those on German Bunds - Europe’s benchmark - to the lowest since October 2016.

Ten-year Bund were offering buyers virtually nothing again at just 0.048 percent interest. Alongside widespread ‘curve’ flattening - where shorter and longer-term borrowing costs converge - there were alarm bells ringing

Rabobank strategist Philip Marey said the worry is that, having cut rates to the bone and already tried full-scale money printing, many central banks are now low on traditionally ammunition to fight recessions.

“The Fed has the most leeway because it has raised rates nine times so it could cuts rates nine times,” Marey said. “But it will be much more difficult for other central banks which haven’t even started to hike yet.”

The Fed’s swerve had sent the dollar sliding as far as 110.47 yen, with its 0.6 percent loss overnight the biggest drop since the flash crash of early January.

The euro flew to a seven-week peak before things started to reverse in Europe. It was last trading at $1.1410, a world away from its recent low of $1.1177 while Brexit woes kept the pound down at $1.3175.

That all left the dollar at 96.100 against a basket of currencies, having lost 0.5 percent overnight. It was also poised precariously on its 200-day moving average, and a sustained break would be taken as technically ‘bearish’.

“The downward pressure on U.S. yields continues to support our outlook for a weaker U.S. dollar this year,” said MUFG analysts in a note.

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MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was up 0.5 percent.

Chinese blue-chips, which spent the morning swinging between small losses and gains, were up 0.4 percent in afternoon trade, while Seoul’s Kospi also added 0.4 percent as regulators announced plans to cut the stock transaction tax this year.

Australian shares ended flat after see-sawing throughout the day. A drop in the jobless rate tempered market expectations of a rate cut.

Markets in Japan were closed for a public holiday.

Gains in the broad Asian index followed a wobbly session on Wall Street, after a move toward risk taking sparked by the Fed’s dovish shift was overtaken by growth and trade concerns.

U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday warned that Washington may leave tariffs on Chinese goods for a “substantial period” to ensure Beijing’s compliance with any trade deal.

China-U.S. trade talks are set to resume next week.

Global growth worries extended to commodity markets, where oil prices, which had jumped Wednesday on supply concerns, retreated.

U.S. crude fell 0.1 percent to $60.17 a barrel after touching four-month highs on Wednesday. But Brent crude regained some ground, adding 0.15 percent to $68.60.

Weakness in oil prices is seen to be limited by efforts led by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) to curb supply. Widely watched U.S. data also showed supplies were tightening.

Gold and copper gained though on the weaker dollar, with spot gold adding about 0.5 percent to $1,318.94 per ounce. Copper rose 0.9 percent to $6,517 a tonne, having touched a near three-week high earlier in the session.]]>
3/21/2019 1:47:36 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt targets unemployment rate of 9.1% in 2019/20]]>
Saeed added that the government aims to lower the unemployment rate to 9.1 percent, in conjunction with tightening the population growth rate, stating that the population growth rate improved to hit 2.3 percent instead of 2.5 percent.

She added that investments funded by the State's treasury increased by 30 percent, noting that this is a very powerful message as the State is working on adjusting the expenses to reduce the debt.

This came during the meeting of the economic ministerial committee, headed by Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli, in the presence of Governor of the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) Tarek Amer, Finance Minister Mohamed Ma’it, Tourism Minister Rania el-Mashat, Trade Minister Amr Nassar, and Public Enterprise Sector Minister Hesham Tawfik.

Ma’it referred that the new budget aims at increasing allocations for economic productive activities through increasing governmental investments, which will be reflected on the growth rate and the provision of job opportunities.

The committee also reviewed the vision of the advancement of the Egyptian exports as it aims during the next five years to improve Egypt’s ranking from 54 to be within the biggest 40 exporting countries.

It also targets to double exports from $24.8 billion, to $55 billion by 2025, which will contribute to improving trade balance, increasing exports of industrial investments and increasing the value added of the Egyptian exports.

The vision also includes increasing the number of industrial and trading companies, and the expansion of the current companies' activities.

Amer expressed the CBE’s willingness to help in a way to push the industry and to contribute to doubling the Egyptian exports.]]>
3/21/2019 1:45:49 PM
<![CDATA[Brexit delay concerns bubble up in FX derivative markets]]>
Risk reversals in the pound maturing in two weeks, a gauge of demand for the currency through calls to puts, fell to their lowest levels since mid-December.

Risk reversals maturing over one to three months registered bigger declines, falling to their lowest levels since November, even as broader spot markets stabilised around the $1.3160 levels.]]>
3/21/2019 1:44:32 PM
<![CDATA[CBE to issue LE 18.25B in T-bills Thursday]]>
The T-bills will be offered in two installments; the first installment is valued at LE 8.75 billion with a 182-day term and the second is worth LE 9.5 billion with a 357-day term.

T-bills are issued every Sunday and Thursday.

The Monetary Policy Committee of the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) cut the overnight deposit rate and the overnight lending rate at 15.75 percent and 16.75 percent, respectively, during 2019's first meeting.

CBE cuts interest rates at 15.75%, 16.75% in February

CAIRO - 14 February 2019: The Monetary Policy Committee of the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) cut the overnight deposit rate and the overnight lending rate at 15.75 percent and 16.75 percent, respectively, during 2019's first meeting.




Previously, Ministry of Finance announced financial treatments on treasury bills and bonds, Finance Minister Mohamed Ma’it revealed that the reason behind the financial treatments of T-bills' taxes, saying that it's one of the rights of the treasury.
Ma'it notes the share of the treasury from the taxes wasn't collected before.

Financial modifications on T-bills save treasury rights: Min.

CAIRO-2 December 2018: Minister of Finance Mohamed Ma'it revealed the reason behind the financial treatments of T-bills' taxes, saying that it's one of the rights of the treasury. Ma'it notes the share of the treasury from the taxes wasn't collected before.




For the current fiscal year, the budget deficit is estimated to record LE 438.59 billion, or 8.4 percent, planned by the ministry to be financed through treasury bills and bonds and through international and Arab loans.

Foreign investments in Egyptian treasuries hit $15.8 billion during February 2019, according to Minister of Finance Mohamed Ma’it.

Foreign investments in government treasuries record $15.8B in Feb.

CAIRO - 6 March 2019: Foreign investments in Egyptian treasuries hit $15.8 billion during February 2019, according to Minister of Finance Mohamed Ma'it. Ma'it elaborated that this increased figure came as a result of the development of the Egyptian economy; in addition to the investors and financial institutions' trust in the Egyptian market and the continuous progress represented in the improvement of all financial indicators.




Egypt needs to fund 2018/2019 budget by LE 714.64 billion; LE 511.21 billion will be provided by domestic debt instrument and the rest will come from foreign financing through the issuance of bonds and the IMF loan.

In November 2016, the Executive Board of the IMF approved a $12 billion loan as a financial assistance to Egypt to support the Egyptian economic reform program.

Upon the board's approval in November, Egypt floated its currency, losing around 50 percent of its value, as part of the economic reform program which imposed taxes, including the value-added tax (VAT), and cut energy subsidies, all with the aim of trimming the budget deficit.]]>
3/21/2019 1:42:26 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s FM praises Sultan Qaboos' wise vision]]>
During an interview with Oman News Agency on Wednesday, Shoukry described Sultan Qaboos' role in many national and international issues as “positive and effective”.

Regarding the Egyptian-Omani relations, Shoukry said that both countries enjoy brotherly and historical relations. He affirmed that Egypt appreciates Oman’s stances which reflect Sultan Qaboos' wise vision.

Shoukry also pointed out to the special cooperation between the two countries in many fields, which is expected to hugely expand during the coming period.

In February 2019, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi sent a message to Sultan Qaboos. Egypt's Ambassador in Muscat Mohamed Ahmed Fahmy handed over the message to Omani Minister of the Diwan of Royal Court Khalid bin Hilal bin Saud al-Busaidi. During their meeting, they discussed bilateral relations in several fields.

In February 2018, Sultan Qaboos asserted his country’s support of Egypt in its battle against terrorism during his summit with President Sisi.

The sultan asserted he values Egypt’s role in enhancing the Gulf’s stability and security, confirming the depth of the Egyptian-Omani relations, according to presidential spokesperson Bassam Radi. Sultan Qaboos expressed hope that Sisi visits Oman to boost bilateral relations between the two countries, Radi added.

Sisi expressed Egypt’s appreciation of the sultanate’s stances, affirming that he is looking forward to enhancing the bilateral relations.
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3/21/2019 12:03:10 PM
<![CDATA[In Pics: Min. of immigration honors her teacher on Mother’s Day]]>
Minster Makram wore the school’s uniform and spent the whole day at the school, according to a Wednesday statement issued by the ministry. She affirmed during the visit that she appreciates the effect Sœur Pauline had on her character, as she became more open to accepting others.

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In March 2018, Makram visited Saint Anne School to present roses to her teacher, Sœur Pauline.

“Le cœur chaud” or [warm-hearted] was how Sœur Pauline described the feeling of seeing her student. “It’s the feeling of a mother who sees her daughter after a long time. I’d like to thank her for all she has done for me, and for coming here on Mother’s Day,” Sœur Pauline said.

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Nuns' schools in Egypt are known to be amongst the most disciplined schools; they enjoy an excellent reputation of producing educated and well-behaved students. Many families choose such schools for their children, knowing that they will receive a quality education.

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Returning to former schools with simple gifts, such as roses, to be presented to teachers is known to be a tradition in Egypt, particularly among female students. Some schools organize special celebrations to honor mothers on Mother’s Day in order to express gratefulness for everything they do.
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3/21/2019 12:00:04 PM
<![CDATA[Mourad unveils coming movies (part II)]]>
Tell me more about the film project "Adham Sabri" that is based on the novel “Al-Ragol Al-Mostaheel" (The Impossible Man)?
I contacted "The Producers" production company to write a script based on the novel. It is a huge project that we are still working on.

What about the "Assassins"?
It revolves around the life of Hassan al-Sabah, the founder of what is known as the Nizari Ismaili sect; it is a huge historic project that needs massive research and a huge budget. I have already written a set of drafts which are being assessed to be produced by foreign production agencies.

Your literary works have been translated into four languages; do you consider your foreign reader while writing or do you agree with Naguib Mahfouz’s quote "go deeper in nationality to reach internationality"?
I do not write for translation but rather for human beings because if I write for translation, I will be restricted by certain standards. I prefer to go deeper in human beings to write everlasting novels.

How can you estimate your literary works and yourself?
I cannot estimate myself; this question is so hard to answer. Yet, I await the novel after which I can say "I am done." Up until now, I still have lots of comments on every novel I write.

Tell me more about the night when you decided to make a career shift.
I am an Aquarius and my Chinese sign is the Horse. I hate restrictions. I am like a wild horse. I was totally fed up and I went to one of my close friends who is a famed filmmaker. I showed him a draft of my writing and told him "let's do a fantastic movie" but he responded, "Ahmed, you are not talented at all. You are not a writer and will not be. Please, give it up and just focus on Photography because you are a brilliant photographer."

I got depressed but my wife told me, "Why do you believe people who tell you that you are not talented enough to write? I believe you can do it." My wife’s words encouraged me because there are two kinds of criticism; one drives you to do miracles and the other destroys you. I started writing in February. I ended the novel in June, and it was published by the production company, Merit, on August 25.

What is the worst experience you went through during writing a novel?
None of them was bad because all the experiences that seemed bad turned out to be good. For instance, I was infected by H1N1 flu virus and I lost 12 kilograms while I was revising "Diamond Dust". It seemed fatal but now I recount this experience proudly.

Arthur Miller had lots of clashes with his wife Marilyn Monroe due to her belief that he wrote about her in his literary works; to what extent does this apply to your life?
My wife always searches for herself in my novels; if a tiny feature of her is tackled in my works, she immediately asks "is that me?" But that is normal. People do believe in literature. After publishing "The Blue Elephant", people believed that I am a womanizer and an addict. After publishing "The Season of Hunting Deer", everybody said you are Nadeem (the protagonist of the novel).

Do you believe in metaphysics?
I am so practical and materialistic. I always need to see things to believe them. Hence, metaphysics is science fiction to me. However, I apply it in my works. I get weird dreams. Actually, all Yehia Rashed's dreams at the movie are mine.

What trait did you acquire from the following writers: Ahmed Khaled Tafiq, Nabil Farouk, Ihsan Abdel Quddous, Youssef Edriss, and Youssef Zeidan?
Ahmed Khaled Tawfiq: Boredom is the common trait we share. He used to stand up while writing. He was the best. I cannot believe that he passed away.

Nabil Farouk: Perseverance and investing in a certain idea.

Ihsan Abdel Quddous: He tackled women's issues through the lens of man. He taught me how to put myself in women's shoes when I write about them.

Youssef Edriss: Freezing time and cohesion. He taught me how to pause and focus on a certain radical moment. Edriss is like a photographer who knows when to capture a photo.

Youssef Zeidan: he is so stylistic; he uses language as if it is a human being.

How do you choose the themes of your novels?
Obsession. It might be issues that are not tackled in literary works or tackled in a way that I don't like; sometimes it might be tackled brilliantly to a degree that I want to compete. Briefly, it is all about enjoyment.

Do you extract most of your characters from reality?
Not exactly, but my characters are compiled from reality. I gather tiny features from different people to create a new character. Movies, people, reading and life inspire me.

Can you become an actor one day?
No, I am not an actor. I play all the roles I write in my novels so I do not need to act.

What are your habits during writing?
I write anywhere. I just need a laptop, headphones, favorite soundtracks or the sound of sea waves and that is it. I write early and never write at night.

What is your daily routine?
I wake up very early at 6:30 a.m. I write from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. I give writing courses, read, present a radio program and then I meet my friends before going to bed at 2 a.m.

Who are your favorite singers, actors, actresses and what are your favorite places and dishes?
My favorite singers are Abdel Halim Hafez, Amr Diab and Michael Jackson.
My favorite actors are Majed al-Kedwani, Karim Abdel Aziz, Asser Yassin and Mahmoud Morsi

My favorite actresses are Hind Sabri, Menna Shalaby, and Faten Hamama.

My favorite place is Al-Sayeda Zeinab, where I was born. I feel comfortable there. And my favorite dishes are French fries and vine leaves.

What was the piece of advice that you got from a fan?
I cannot remember a specific piece of advice, but I usually benefit from professional writers because their comments are much more precise. For example, writer Son'allah Ibrahim, writer Ahmed Khaled Tawfiq and director Marwan Hamid's comments have always been so effective and beneficial.
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3/21/2019 11:54:14 AM
<![CDATA[NZ bans semi-automatic and assault rifles after mass shooting]]>
Ardern said she expects the new law to be in place by April 11 and buy-back scheme will be established for banned weapons.

"Now, six days after this attack, we are announcing a ban on all military style semi-automatics (MSSA) and assault rifles in New Zealand," Ardern said.

“Related parts used to convert these guns into MSSAs are also being banned, along with all high-capacity magazines."]]>
3/21/2019 4:45:07 AM
<![CDATA[Zamalek face Hassania Agadir at CAF Confederation Cup]]>
Zamalek reached the quarter finals after the team topped group D with 9 points despite the poor start at the group stage with a loss to Gor Mahia in Kenya and two draws at home against NA Hussein Dey and Petro Atletico of Angola.

Zamalek bounced back at the remaining games and defeated Petro Atletico 1-0 in Angola before achieving a 4-0 victiory over Gor Mahia in Egypt while their last game in Algeria ended with a draw.

On the other hand, Hassania Agadir reached the quarter finals as the runners-up of their group after gaining 8 points with three points behind the group leaders, RS Berkane.

Agadir is a tough team when they play at home as they achieved two victories at the group stage at home and their third game ended with a draw.

The winner will face the winner between Sudan’s Al Hilal and Tunisian club, Etoile Du Sahel.

The draw also resulted in two tough clashes as Gor Mahia will face RS Berkane of Morocco while CS Sfaxien face Zambia’s Nkana.
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3/20/2019 10:43:34 PM
<![CDATA[It is an early final, Abdel Hafiz ]]>
“It is an early final for us and we expect a tough clash against the South African giants. They have the same motivation to reach the semifinals.” Abdel Hafiz told Filgoal after the draw.

Abdel Hafiz was among Al-Ahly squad that wo CAF Champions League title in 2001 after defeating the South African team 4-1 on aggregate at the final and Abdel Hafiz scored Al-Ahly only goal at the first leg in South Africa.

Al-Ahly reached the quarter finals after the team topped group D with 10 points from three victories at home over Tanzania’s Simba, Algerian club, JS Saoura and AS Vita Vlub from Congo and they lost two games in Congo and Tanzania while their game against JS Saoura in Algeria with a draw.

On the other hand, Sundowns reached the quarter finals as the runners-up of group A after they gained 10 points, the same as the leaders, Wydad Casablanca of Morocco, but the Head-to-head away goals rule granted the the Moroccan team the leadership.
The winner will face the winner between Horoya of Guinea and Wydad Casablanca.

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3/20/2019 10:41:33 PM
<![CDATA[A tough draw for Al-Ahly at CAF Champions League ]]>
Al-Ahly reached the quarter finals after the team topped group D with 10 points from three victories at home over Tanzania’s Simba, Algerian club, JS Saoura and AS Vita Vlub from Congo and they lost two games in Congo and Tanzania while their game against JS Saoura in Algeria with a draw.

On the other hand, Sundowns reached the quarter finals as the runners-up of group A after they gained 10 points, the same as the leaders, Wydad Casablanca of Morocco, but the Head-to-head away goals rule granted the the Moroccan team the leadership.

The winner will face the winner between Horoya of Guinea and Wydad Casablanca.

The draw also resulted in two tough clashes as CS Constantine from Algeria will face Espérance de Tunis while Simba will face Mazembe.

Al-Ahly failed to achieve their ninth title at the competition as they lost the last two Champions League Finals to Wydad Casablanca and Esperence, respectively.
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3/20/2019 10:37:29 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s Ministry of Interior honors wives and mothers of martyrs]]>
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The ministry organized the ceremony held at the police officers social club in Zamalek in accordance with Minister’s directions to show appreciation for the families of the police officers who sacrificed their lives to preserve citizens’ security and safety.

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The ministry honored the families of police martyrs as the ceremony reflects the appreciation of the police apparatus of the sacrifices and patriotic stances of its martyrs.

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The ceremony included top police ranks and several celebrities keen to provide needed care to the families of martyrs in recognition of their sacrifices.


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3/20/2019 10:07:11 PM
<![CDATA[Liverpool's Van Dijk backs Salah to rediscover scoring touch]]>
Salah, who scored 44 goals for Liverpool last season and helped them reach the Champions League final, has notched 20 goals in 41 games in all competitions, with 17 of them coming in the league.

"People can say all they want but I think all the teams in the Premier League would love to have him in their side," defender Van Dijk told the club website https://www.liverpoolfc.com/news/first-team/342301-van-dijk-salah-liverpool-form-goals.

"The goals will come. That's something for a striker that is maybe going to be in your head but we tell him every time: you just need to keep working, keep going and you will be fine."]]>
3/20/2019 5:40:57 PM
<![CDATA[U.S. Embassy to light up in blue for World Water Day]]>
“At 6:30 in the evening, in recognition of World Water Day, we will light the U.S. Embassy in blue! We are doing this to highlight the partnership between the United States and Egypt to combat the global challenge of water scarcity,” the statement stated.

World Water Day has been held annually on March 22 every year since 1993 when the UN General Assembly chose the day to recognize the importance of the sustainable management of freshwater resources.

The U.S. added in its statement, “The Nile River has given birth to the remarkable achievements of ancient and modern Egyptian civilization. It continues today to sustain the farms and factories crucial to Egypt’s food security and economic development. The Nile supplies 97 percent of Egypt’s domestic natural water resources, and 95 percent of modern Egypt’s population of 100 million people lives proximity to the river.”

According to the statement, this year’s World Water Day's theme is, “Leaving No One Behind.” The United States envisions a water-secure world, in which people and nations have clean, safe water to be healthy, prosperous, and resilient.

Over the past four decades, the United States has invested more than $3.5 billion in partnership with the Government of Egypt to help bring clean drinking water and sanitation services to the Egyptian population.

Current USAID projects are expanding access to drinking water and wastewater services in Upper Egypt and North Sinai, and are supporting the Government of Egypt to improve the quality and sustainability of services. They also support work to raise awareness in communities about water quality and shoreline health.
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3/20/2019 5:28:02 PM
<![CDATA[Syrian refugee tells his escape through a video game]]>CAIRO – 20 March 2019: A 23-year-old Syrian game developer has started working on a new PC game that tells his escape story from war-torn Syria to Austria.


In 2014, Abdullah Adnan Karam crossed the border into Turkey then started his journey across Europe.


After one year since his arrival to Austria, he met games developer Georg Hobmeier in Salzburg and the pair started working on what would become the PC/Mac game "Path Out".


"What the player is kind of playing is part of my story, let's say. My (personal) story had more action in it," Karam told Reuters Television.


Karam provided the story and Hobmeier's company Causa Creations, alongside Vienna-based firm Wobblersound and Austrian-American graphic designer Brian Main, worked on the technical side.


Players can choose different routes and meet different fates. "Remember guys, don't get me killed," Karam says in a promotional video.


The story starts before the war, letting players move Karam through his home, meeting friends and relatives, before the scene degenerates into a battlefield.



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3/20/2019 5:13:47 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian-European coop. in renewable energy field: AOI]]>
This comes within the framework of the presidential directives on enhancing cooperation with Germany, he noted.

These remarks came during Taras' meeting with the CEO of Misr Bank-Europe GmbH Gerald Bumharter to discuss new prospects of joint cooperation in the fields of renewable energy, water desalination, railways, smart systems and electric-car production.

Bumharter reiterated that the cooperation is a pioneering step for the AOI to settle modern technology, adding that German firms seek to enhance cooperation with Egypt which reflects their confidence in the Egyptian investment atmosphere. ]]>
3/20/2019 5:03:02 PM
<![CDATA[US: Iran destabilizing region, heightens risks of arms race]]>CAIRO – 20 March 2019: Yleem Poblete, assistant secretary of state for arms control, verification, and compliance, said on Wednesday that Iran's missile program is destabilizing the Middle East and raising the risk of a "regional arms race.”


In a statement to the UN-sponsored Conference on Disarmament in Geneva, the senior U.S. arms control official said Iran’s missile program is a key contributor to increased tensions and destabilization in the region.


"Iran must immediately cease activities related to ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons, and halt the proliferation of missiles and missile technology to terror groups and other non-state actors,” he added.


Poblete specifically cited Iran's support for Houthi rebels in Yemen and the Hezbollah militant group in Lebanon.


The United States has urged the United Nations Security Council to impose sanctions on Iran over its recent ballistic-missile test and launches of two satellites, saying they violate the world body's resolutions.


The United States has reimposed sanctions against Iran after withdrawing from a landmark 2015 agreement under which Tehran agreed to restrictions on its nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief.


President Donald Trump said that Tehran was not living up to the “spirit” of the accord because of its support of militants in the region and for continuing to test nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles.


Poblete further said that Iran has provided ballistic missiles to the Houthis, who on several occasions fired them into Saudi Arabia.


"We are committed to aggressively countering Iran's regional proliferation of ballistic missiles and its unlawful arms transfers," she added.


Iran has denied it supplied the missiles to the rebels despite evidence presented by Washington and Riyadh indicating it had.

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3/20/2019 4:48:45 PM
<![CDATA[Iran's Rouhani urges Iranians to 'put curses' on Israel, US]]>CAIRO – 20 March 2019: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has called on the Iranian people to curse the United States, Israel and Saudi Arabia.


“Put all your curses on those who created the current situation.” He said, referring to President Trump’s decision to walk away from the Nuclear treaty with Iran for its continuous violations.


Rouhani argued the US, Saudi Arabia and “the Zionists”, referring to Israel, were to blame for the Islamic Republic's ongoing economic problems.


In a speech broadcast live on state television, Rouhani said that U.S. sanctions had created difficulties including a weaker currency that has fed into higher inflation.


Rouhani came to power in 2017 promising to improve the economy and foster more open relations with the world, but instead, Tehran continued its policy of meddling in the internal affairs of some Arab countries and financing armed militias such as Hezbollah in Lebanon and the IMIS in Iraq.


The international treaty, which was signed by the U.S. under former President Barack Obama as well as by the United Kingdom, France, Germany, the European Union, Russia and China, gave Iran sanctions relief in exchange for it curbing its nuclear program.


Rouhani’s speech came to merely deflect criticism of his performance amid spiraling economy and protests for government corruption, lack of services and harsh living situations.


The crisis has hurt ordinary Iranians and emboldened Rouhani's critics to openly call for his ouster. Rouhani, who first came to power in 2013, was re-elected for a second term in 2017, promising to improve the economy and foster more open relations with the world.


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3/20/2019 4:41:29 PM
<![CDATA[Morsi pardoned 1,303 criminal inmates in 2012: security reports]]>
Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated Mohamed Morsi and many members of the MB group, Palestine's Hamas and Lebanese Hezbollah are accused in the case.

Concerning presidential pardons submitted by Morsi during his 1-year ruling, the prosecution handed the court six pardon lists issued by Morsi through 2012 only, pardoning a total of 1,303 people.

The lists carry the numbers 1996, 122, 157, 155, 75, and 57.

The pardoned inmates did not face the same charges. However, according to the prosecution, the charges included murder, forgery, drug trafficking, possessing explosives, theft, drug abuse and other charges.

During the session, the prosecution presented security reports, indicating that the cost of damaged properties of the Egyptian prisons, after they were stormed in January 2011, reached LE 209,446,745 ($12.1 million).

Morsi and other defendants face charges of damaging and setting fire to prison buildings, murder and attempted murder, and looting prison weapons depots while allowing prisoners from the Hamas, and Hezbollah, as well as jihadi prisoners and other criminals to break out of jail.

The charges are linked to the escape of more than 20,000 inmates from three Egyptian prisons during the early days of the 2011 revolution.

Other defendants accused in the prison break case include senior Brotherhood leaders Mohamed Saad el-Katatni, Essam el-Erian and Mohamed el-Beltagy.

In December 2018 and for the first time, former presidents Mohamed Hosni Mubarak and Mohamed Morsi faced each other at the Egyptian Criminal Court, as Mubarak testified at the trial of Morsi.

During the trial, Mubarak declined to answer several questions concerning national security in the lawsuit known as “the illegal crossing of eastern borders” unless he obtains permission from the Egyptian Armed Forces and President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi.

Questions Mubarak declined to answer without permission

CAIRO - 27 December 2018: Former President Mohamed Hosni Mubarak, who ruled the country for 30 years, gave testimony on Wednesday in one of the most sensitive national security cases.

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3/20/2019 4:35:14 PM
<![CDATA[Pompeo to encounter Iran's influence during Middle East tour]]>CAIRO – 20 March 2019: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said his main focus during a visit to Kuwait, Israel, and Lebanon will be to counter Iran’s influence in the Middle East region.


Pompeo arrived late Tuesday in Kuwait on top of a delegation for the 3rd session of the US-Kuwait Strategic Dialogue.


“On each stop of his trip, the Secretary will encourage leaders to expose Iran’s activities and stop the regime’s corrupt and destabilizing actions,” Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino said in a statement ahead of Pompeo’s departure on Sunday.


“The Iranian regime is the single greatest threat to stability in the Middle East,” Palladino said.


During his visit to Kuwait, Pompeo seeks to bolster Kuwait’s efforts to end the rift between the Anti-Terrorism Quartet, in which Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the UAE have split with Qatar for supporting and financing terrorism, after turning to Iran and Turkey for support.


The Trump administration has been pushing ahead with a bid to create a new security and political alliance with six Gulf Arab states, backed by Egypt and Jordan, in part to counter Iran’s expansion in the region, according to U.S. and Arab officials.


The White House wants to see deeper cooperation between the countries on missile defense, military training, counter-terrorism and other issues such as strengthening regional economic and diplomatic ties, four sources said according to Reuters.


The plan to forge what officials in the White House and Middle East have called an “Arab NATO” of Sunni Muslim allies will likely raise tensions between the United States and Shiite Iran.


Pompeo has told reporters “We will spend a lot of time talking with the Lebanese Government about how we can help them disconnect from the threat that Iran and Hezbollah present to them.”


As for the Iranian Militias in Iraq and Syria (IMIS), which exists in Iraq, Pompeo added, “We’re trying to help Iraq become an independent, sovereign state, disconnected from any other country.”


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3/20/2019 4:32:52 PM
<![CDATA[Ismailia Film Festival for Documentaries and Shorts kicks off April 10]]>
Ismailia International Film Festival for Documentaries and Shorts is scheduled to run from April 10 to 16 under the chairmanship of film critic Essam Zakaria.

Abdul Jalil stated that the new edition is a great challenge for the festival’s management and the National Center for Cinema, especially after the appraisal received by the previous edition on the artistic and organizational levels.

Abdul Jalil pointed out that the current edition of the festival celebrates the Egyptian-African year.

According to Abdul Jalil, a program that comprises a collection of African documentary and short films has been created in a way that does not interfere with Luxor Film festival, and a prominent African personality will be honored by the festival.

In addition, a celebration will be held on the occasion of the Egyptian-French Year, celebrating the French cinematic works.

For the first time, the main focus of the festival's 21st edition is the production of documentary and short films, where light will be shed on the entire process from production to distribution and marketing.

For his part, critic Essam Zakaria exposed that a number of Egyptian, Arab and international pioneers in the field of documentary and short film production will be honored.

Zakaria declared that, for the first time, two major judging panels will be set up for the festival, one for long feature films, and another for short feature and animation films, to alleviate the pressure on the judging panel of the festival.


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3/20/2019 4:10:37 PM
<![CDATA[Police kills citizen after shooting 7 civilians, 2 policemen in Giza]]>
While exchanging fire with the armed citizen, known to be a drug abuser, two policemen, including an officer, were also injured.

Police reports found that Mahmoud had a fight with his wife before he came out to randomly shoot a number of citizens who were present at the scene, using an automatic weapon.


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Police killed Mahmoud S., 36, in a fire exchange, after he shot seven people in Giza's Awsim - press photo

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Police killed Mahmoud S., 36, in a fire exchange, after he shot seven people in Giza's Awsim - press photo

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Police killed Mahmoud S., 36, in a fire exchange, after he shot seven people in Giza's Awsim - press photo

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Police killed Mahmoud S., 36, in a fire exchange, after he shot seven people in Giza's Awsim - press photo
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3/20/2019 4:08:17 PM
<![CDATA[Minister: Russian companies encouraged to invest in Egypt]]>
Talaat and Russian Minister of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media Konstantin Noskov presided over on Wednesday a forum to boost cooperation and explore chances of partnership between Russian companies and their Egyptian counterparts in the communication and information technology sector.

Talaat said in a statement that an agreement was reached with his Russian counterpart to offer facilities and logistic support to encourage Russian companies to invest in Egypt.

For his part, the Russian minister expressed his country's readiness to contribute to carrying out the proposed projects as the minister, along with minister Talaat, listened to the representatives of the companies about investment opportunities.

The forum was attended by representatives of more than 15 Russian companies and about 30 Egyptian companies to exchange viewpoints on means of boosting trade exchange. Russian Ambassador to Egypt Sergei Kiribchenko was also present.

On Tuesday, Talaat reviewed Egypt's ICT strategy which is based on two axes; achieving the digital transformation in cooperation with the state's institutions and building the Egyptian human being, according to a statement by the Communications Ministry on Tuesday.

The minister stressed the importance of cooperation with Russia in the fields of cyber-security, data science, and artificial intelligence, adding that he had agreed with his Russian counterpart to visit Moscow to get acquainted with Russia's ICT projects.
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3/20/2019 3:57:24 PM
<![CDATA[Tuna el-Gebel excavation findings to be displayed in the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir]]>
Director of the Egyptian Museum Mohammed Ali stated that the exhibition will include a collection of pottery vessels, statues of Alabaster and a number of statues of the goddess Sekhmet, in addition to a collection of different statues, which will be presented to the public, after the completion of the temporary exhibition currently held in the museum.

The temporary exhibition in the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir comprises the findings of the excavation works of the French-Italian mission, which was launched by Minister of Antiquities Khaled al-Anani on February 4 and is set to be complete by April 4.

The French-Italian mission’s findings include 200 pieces found during excavation works in Umm al-Burajat area in Fayoum; the pieces were discovered over a span of thirty years starting 1988.

One of the most important monuments in the city is the cemetery of Petosiris, the cemetery of Azadura, the goddess of Thoth, the vaults and the Roman passageway.

Tuna el-Gebel was the necropolis of Khmun (Hermopolis Magna). It is located in Al-Minya Governorate.

The oldest monument in the area is the Boundary Stelae of Akhenaten, up in the cliffs, protected by a glass 'booth'. This makes it quite difficult to see properly, but prevents further erosion.

Later, catacombs were dug under the necropolis; these were used to store thousands of sacred mummies of falcons, baboons and ibises.

Near to the modern entrance to the catacombs is the tomb of the fourth century high priest Petosiris. This sepulcher is constructed to look like a temple, resembling Dendera. The outside is decorated in typical Late Period style, whereas the outer court is ornamented in a Greek style.

The tomb was constructed around the time of the conquest of Egypt by Alexander the Great, and seems to have been decorated like this to build relations with the new Ptolemaic rulers.
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3/20/2019 3:52:03 PM
<![CDATA[Mohamed Ramadan performs 1st concert on March 29]]>
Ticket prices, as announced by Ramadan on his official Facebook account, are LE 250, LE 500 and LE 1,500. Ramadan further surprised his fans by commenting “Anyone born on the concert’s date will enter for free!”

It is expected that the star will perform a selection of his songs that were filmed as video clips, such as “Ana Mafia” (I am Mafia), “Virus”, “No. 1”, “Ana el-Malek” (I am the King) among others.

It is worth mentioning that Ramadan uploaded his most recent song “Virus” on his official YouTube channel on March 19, amassing nearly 2 million views on the first day.

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Mohamed Ramadan - Virus [ Official Lyrics Video ] / محمد رمضان - أغنية ڤيرس

حصريا اغنية "محمد رمضان" الجديد "فيرس" 2019 Subscribe To: http://bit.ly/MohamedRamadan إشترك علي القناة Listen To : http://bit.ly/2QNorQX اقوى اغاني محمد رمضان Follow Mohamed Ramadan on : - Facebook: http://bit.ly/2weRTpq - Instagram: http://bit.ly/2MrcJgj - Twitter: http://bit.ly/2BtHWKx




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3/20/2019 3:49:39 PM
<![CDATA[Nassar: Ministry seeks help of int'l export agencies to promote for SMEs]]>
The minister's remarks were made during his participation in a symposium organized by the Egyptian-Canadian Business Council in cooperation with the Egyptian Business Council for International Cooperation under the title of "Industrial Development..Between Opportunities and Challenges".

Nassar also said a study is currently underway to establish a national company for promotion of Egyptian products in international markets, citing the experience of Japan in this regard with 97 percent of its economy depending on the micro and small-scale projects.

The minister asserted that the government is deeply interested in supporting any new programs to promote for increasing exports with special focus on beefing up the local industry and increasing the value-added tax.
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3/20/2019 3:46:04 PM
<![CDATA[EGX shows mixed performance Wednesday]]>
The benchmark EGX30 hiked 0.54 percent, or 78.87 points, to close at 14,724.4 points, and the broader index EGX100 rose 0.02 percent, or 0.3 point, to 1,736.33 points.

On the other hand, the equally weighted index EGX50 decreased 0.14 percent, or 3.31 points, to reach 2,392.21 points, and the small and mid-cap index EGX70 dipped 0.02 percent, or 0.15 points, to close at 684.2 points.

Market capitalization gained LE 275.05 million, recording LE 818.31 billion, compared to LE 818.03 billion in Tuesday’s session.

The trading volume reached 134.37 million shares, traded through 17,956 transactions, with a turnover of LE 717.87 million.

Foreign investors were net sellers at LE 20.2 million, while Egyptian and Arab investors were net buyers at LE 12.85 million and LE 7.35 million, respectively.

Egyptian and Arab individuals were net buyers at LE 36.34 million, and LE 1.84 million, respectively, while foreign individuals were net sellers at LE 9.4 million.

Egyptian and foreign organizations sold at LE 23.49 million and LE 10.79 million, respectively, while Arab organizations bought at LE 5.5 million.

Upper Egypt Flour Mills, MM Group for Industry and International Trade, and Sabaa International Company for Pharmaceutical and Chemical were top gainers of the session by 3.74 percent, 3.54 percent and 2.94 percent, respectively.

Meanwhile, El Arabia Engineering Industries, Arab Pharmaceuticals, and ARAB POLVARA SPINNING & WEAVING CO. were top losers of the session by 5.85 percent, 4.18 percent, and 4.12 percent, respectively.

EGX ended Tuesday’s session in red, as EGX30 declined 1.78 percent, EGX50 decreased 1.73 percent, EGX70 inched down 1.56 percent, and EGX100 dipped 1.59 percent.
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3/20/2019 3:25:38 PM
<![CDATA[Al Azhar mourns victims of Cyclone Idai]]>
The cyclone displaced about half million persons in the three African countries.

In a statement on Wednesday, Al Azhar extended condolences to the presidents and people of Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe, wishing a speedy recovery to the wounded.]]>
3/20/2019 2:38:46 PM
<![CDATA[Hani Salama, a murderer in 'Qamar Hadi']]>CAIRO - 20 March 2019: The Egyptian star Hani Salama plays the role of a murderer in his upcoming series "Qamar Hadi" set to be released in Ramadan 2019.

Mohsen Mohieddin plays Salama's elder brother who reports his crime to the police. The series stars Dalia Mustafa, Yousra el-Lozi, Mohsen Mohieddin, Nourhan, Maryam Hassan, Hadi el-Gayyar and Hamza al-Ali among others.

The series is written by Islam Hafez and directed by Raouf Abdel Aziz. “Qamar Hadi” is the production of Synergy.

The series is the third cooperation between Salama and Abdel Aziz after previously working together in “Fook el-Sahab” (above the clouds) and “Taqet Noor”, both achieving great success during the time of their release.



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3/20/2019 2:35:10 PM
<![CDATA[Google celebrates Gamila el-Alaily’s 112th birthday]]>CAIRO - 20 March 2019: Today’s Doodle celebrates the life and legacy of Egyptian poet and essayist Gamila el-Alaily on the occasion of her birthday anniversary.

Born in Mansoura, Dakahlia on March 20, 1907, Alaily was one of the leading women of Egypt’s modern art renaissance. A passionate writer, she became the sole female member of the Apollo Society, an influential group of poets, writers, and artists, who came to represent the first wave of modernism in Arab literature.

Inspired by the work of pioneering poet May Ziadah, Alaily relocated to Cairo and began contributing poetry to the Egyptian literary journal Apollo, which was launched in 1932 by Ahmed Zaki Abu Shadi.

The publication was named after the Greek god of poetry, truth, prophecy, healing, light, and the sun—a fitting symbol of the society’s universal vision as well as Alaily’s Apollonian verse.

After consistently contributing to the highly regarded journal, she published “The Echo of my Dreams”, the first of her three volumes of poetry, in 1936. Drawing inspiration from nature, her poetry addressed the themes of love and longing as well as contemplation.

In addition to poetry, Alaily went on to write a regular column for over a quarter century in her monthly newsletter, addressing ethics, values, and ideals, and including her views on the role of women in society.

In this respect, as well as in her prolific poetic output, she broke new ground for women in the Arab world, inspiring generations of writers to come.

Happy 112th birthday, Gamila el-Alaily!

All you need to know about the legendary poet

Who was Gamila El Alaily ? - Everything You Need to Know about Egyptian Poet Gamila El Alaily.

Who was Gamila El Alaily ? - Everything You Need to Know about Egyptian Poet Gamila El Alaily. Jamila Al-Alayli was born on March 20, 1907 and died on April 11, 1991. She was an Egyptian poet. El Alaily moved to Cairo and began contributing poetry to the Egyptian literary journal Apollo, which was launched in 1932 by Dr. Ahmed Zaki Abu Shadi.




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3/20/2019 2:13:33 PM
<![CDATA[Human trafficking gang handed imprisonment sentences of up to 16 yrs]]>
The case has been known in media as the "biggest"human trafficking case.

In May 2018, Egypt’s Attorney General, Nabil Sadek, referred the 40 defendants to the Criminal Court on charges of human trafficking and smuggling immigrants.

The Public Funds Prosecution initiated an investigation into information provided by the Administrative Control Authority (ACA). The ACA said that an employee in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is exploiting his position to orchestrate human trafficking and smuggling of immigrants.

The employee conspired with others to introduce minor females into the world of prostitution according to the authorities’ investigations. He also faced charges of embezzlement, bribery and forgery.

According to the investigation,the gang managed to gain financial benefits from sexual exploitation of girls, as one of its members recruited needy girls and involved them in several illegal relationships.

The General Department of Public Funds Crimes' Investigation Police also found that some of the defendants smuggled a minor girl to an Arab country under a marriage contract.

The defendants reportedly admitted the crimes they committed when confronted with the results of the investigations.]]>
3/20/2019 2:05:57 PM
<![CDATA[Petroleum Min. aims to implement 4 projects atinvestment of $1.5B]]>
Molla pointed during a general assembly meeting of the Egyptian Ethylene and Derivatives Company (ETHYDCO) to his ministry’s keenness on developing the petrochemical industry and increasing its production capacity, noting that it will also help increase the value added of oil products.

He added that it will also translate into more foreign reserves coming from petrochemical exports.“A developed petrochemical sector will also help support the balance of payments and the national economy,” he stressed.

Molla also asserted the importance of implementing projects in a timely manner to increase the production capacity of petrochemicals, which will accordingly contribute to an optimal use of Egypt's surplus of natural gas.

Molla announced earlier that Egypt aims at attracting investments of $10 billion in the petroleum sector during the current year.

Molla added that the first international tender for natural gas exploration in the Red Sea will be floated very soon, pointing out that Egypt's gas production amounts to around 6,400 million cubic feet per day.

Previously, an official source at the Petroleum Authority said that the volume of joint foreign investments that were pumped during 2018 in the petroleum sector recorded $5.7 billion.

The source clarified that $3.2 billion were invested in operations to explore oil and gas, in addition to developing fields, adding that the operating cost reached $1.6 billion.

Also, an official source at the Petroleum Authority said that seven agreements were signed to explore petrol and gas with minimum investments of $162 million during 2017/2018.

The source elaborated that procedures of 10 new agreements were completed during July and August 2018, noting that 19 contracts were signed to develop the discovered fields until August 2018 in order to support the targeted plans to increase the production of petrol and gas.
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3/20/2019 1:56:48 PM
<![CDATA[Benban solar park wins WB best project award]]>
This is the first time Egypt has won the WB award, said Investment Minister Sahar Nasr in a statement Wednesday, noting that the solar energy project in the Upper Egyptian city reflects the comprehensive strategic partnership between the two sides.

It comes as part of WB support for Egyptian economic reform programs and government plans to enhance the role played by the private sector in achieving comprehensive development, Nasr added. ]]>
3/20/2019 1:54:44 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt targets growth rate of 6.1% in 2019/20]]>
Ma’it added that the government aims to achieve a primary surplus of 2 percent of gross domestic product, in addition to lowering debt rates and increasing expenses on investments.

The minister affirmed that financial and tax reforms done by the government attracted investment, which in return reflected on the growth rate.

The Finance Ministry has recently adopted a number of taxes’ initiatives to support the economy and alleviate the burdens of the tax community, including the law exempting taxpayers from fines imposed upon delaying the payment of the full tax amount, which recorded a total of LE 14 billion pounds.

The law allowed the collection of LE 7 billion for the State's treasury, while financiers were exempted from LE 7 billion of fines and benefits of delay.

The minister also referred to the issuance of the$4 billion international bonds in February that were five times oversubscribed.

The dollar-denominated bonds came with maturities of five, 10 and 30 years in a sale and will be offered at high revenues, as the subscriptions exceeded $21.5 billion.

The ministry announced earlier that the State's budget deficit hit LE 222.5 billion from July to January of 2018/2019, accounting for 4.2 percent of the GDP.

Moreover, Ma’it announced in the beginning of March working on a new plan to manage the debt which aims at reducing the public debt of gross domestic product (GDP) to 80 percent by 2022.

Ma’it stated that this step comes in light of the State's success to reduce the debt ratio of budget instruments (domestic and foreign) to domestic product to reach 97 percent of GDP in June 2018 instead of 108 percent of GDP in June 2017 and 103 percent in June 2016.

Finance Ministry starts working on reducing public debt to 80%

CAIRO - 7 March 2019: Minister of Finance Mohamed Ma'it announced the start of working on a new plan to manage the debt which aims at reducing public debt of gross domestic product (GDP) to 80 percent by 2022.



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3/20/2019 1:42:13 PM
<![CDATA[Video: Korean band B.I.G performs '3 Daqat']]>
The video shows the band members shaking their heads in a comical manner to the rhythm of the song before they begin to sing.

The YouTube video uploaded by B.I.G marks the launch of the band’s global project to perform songs from different parts of the world, according to their official account on Instagram.

The video amassed 500,000 views since its upload and received numerous positive reactions from Arab fans who praised the performance of the singers.

The band's care for their fans in the Arab world is reflected in their performance of Arabic songs as well as in their efforts to learn the Arabic language. In Jan. 2019, the band published pictures of its members carrying papers with their names written in Arabic.

The band commented to Arab followers: “Salam Alaikum. Today we enjoyed studying Arabic a lot. To all the Arab fans, we love you so much.”

B.I.G performing 3 Daqat

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3/20/2019 1:26:54 PM
<![CDATA[Two-minute silence on Friday to honor the dead in New Zealand]]>
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern made the announcement during a visit to Christchurch today.

In a separate event, state broadcasters Radio NZ and TVNZ will also play the Islamic call to prayer.

Two minutes' silence was chosen over the usual one minute because of the magnitude of the tragedy; a two-minute silence also took place to commemorate the Pike River explosions in 2010.

The first burial of those who died took place today - two refugees from Syria - and Ardern said they should have been safe in New Zealand.

She confirmed 30 of the 50 bodies of those who died had now been returned to their families.

Many families have expressed frustration at the length of time it has taken for bodies to be returned, and Ardern said she shared that frustration.

That had nothing to do with a lack of resources, she said, but the complex process of identification.]]>
3/20/2019 1:05:53 PM
<![CDATA[Awqaf Min. calls for withdrawing driving licenses of drug abusers ]]>
According to a statement issued by the ministry, Gomaa added the government should apply strict measures on drug abusers and addicts in order to protect the Egyptian citizens.

The minister pointed out that the matter should not stop at the end of the abuser's service as a government employee because the damage will continue to exist even if he worked as a private driver or drove his own car.

"I suggest that an obligatory medical test should be taken whenever drivers are issuing or renewing their driving license," he added.

Numerous accidents have recently taken place in Egypt due to drivers using drugs, most notably the Ramses Station accident.

The driver of the train locomotive that killed 20 people in February in Cairo's Ramses Railway Station after crashing into the platform was a drug addict, according to deputy head of the Parliament's Transportation Committee Mohamed Zain.

"The head of the Egyptian National Railways (ENR) told me that the driver, who caused the locomotive explosion, was suspended from his work for six months due to drug addiction but he returned after servicing the [administrative] punishment," Zain told Egypt Today, adding the driver should now be referred to the prosecution.


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3/20/2019 1:01:09 PM
<![CDATA[Foreign Min. mourns death of 3 Egyptians in Kuwait's mosque collapse]]>
The incident, which occurred in Al-Nahda district, left three Egyptian workers dead and eight others wounded, the statement reported.
The statement noted that the Foreign Ministry is following up the health condition of the injured Egyptian workers.

The deceased workers are Ahmed Youssef Ahmed el-Baga, Abdel Sattar Gadallah Rashid and Mohamed Mohamed el-Sakka.

The Egyptian Consulate in Kuwait City finalized all measures related to returning the three bodies home, the statement added.
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3/20/2019 11:58:22 AM
<![CDATA[Asian shares slip from 6-month high ahead of Fed policy decision]]>
European stocks were expected to open lower, with futures tracking Britain’s FTSE, France’s CAC and Germany’s DAX indexes down between 0.5 percent to 0.7 percent in early trade.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan dropped 0.2 percent, weighed down by Australia and South Korea.

Japan’s Nikkei climbed 0.2 percent while mainland Chinese blue-chip shares were flat.

Wall Street shares were narrowly mixed on Tuesday, with the S&P 500 losing 0.01 percent and the Nasdaq adding 0.12 percent.[.N]

Some market players said selling was triggered by a report of U.S. concerns that China is pushing back against American demands in trade talks.

Still, on the whole, many market players held on to hopes of a trade deal between Washington and Beijing as officials from both sides remained locked in negotiations.

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin plan to travel to China next week for another round of trade talks with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He, a Trump administration official said on Tuesday.

“China is eager to come to an agreement so I’m not too worried. As long as they are holding meetings, many things will work out,” said Wang Shenshen, strategist at Tokai Tokyo Research Center.

Confidence among Asian companies remained near three-year lows in the first quarter as the U.S.-China trade dispute dragged on, pulling down a global economy that is already on a downward path, a Thomson Reuters/INSEAD survey found.[ASIATOPCO/]

Companies in the survey listed the global trade war as the top business risk, followed by higher interest rates and the slowing Chinese economy.

The Federal Reserve is widely expected to keep rates steady later in the day, putting the main market focus on its policymakers’ rate projections for the next few years.

Since the beginning of year, Fed Chairman Jerome Powell has said the central bank would be patient - interpreted as code word for holding off on a rate hike - on signs of slowing economic growth in the United States and many parts of the world.

Financial markets have gone even further by pricing in a rate cut this year. Fed funds futures point to about a 30 percent chance of a cut by the end of year.

The Fed is also expected to lay out a plan to stop shrinking its $4 trillion balance sheet, or so-called quantitative tightening. Many policy makers have suggested the Fed is likely to conclude the process and stabilize its bond holdings by the end of this year.

“I think market consensus centers around an end in September but we expect the Fed to end its balance sheet rolloff in June, at around $3.85 trillion yen, based on our calculations on the amount of excess reserves the Fed will need,” said Shuji Shirota, head of macroeconomic strategy at HSBC Securities in Tokyo.

Expectations of a more cautious Fed have dented the U.S. dollar, which has already been under pressure this year after Powell all but signaled a pause to the tightening cycle at the previous meeting.

The dollar’s index against a basket of six major currencies hit 2 1/2-week low of 96.288 on Tuesday and last stood at 96.445.

The euro traded little changed at $1.1347, near Tuesday’s two-week high of $1.1362.

The dollar fetched 111.54 yen, down slightly on the day and below Friday’s nine-day high of 111.90.

The Australian dollar dipped 0.1 percent to $0.7080, as the country’s bond yields extended their breakneck decline to multi-year lows on expectations of a domestic rate cut.

It was not helped by 6-percent fall in China’s iron ore prices on expectation of higher supply as Vale SA is set to resume work at its largest iron ore mine in Minas Gerais state.

The British pound remained hostage to headlines on Brexit.

Prime Minister Theresa May is expected to ask the European Union to delay Brexit by at least three months after her plan to hold a third vote on her deal was thrown into disarray by a surprise intervention from the speaker of parliament.

May had earlier warned parliament that if it did not ratify her deal, she would ask to delay Brexit beyond June 30, a step that Brexit’s advocates fear would endanger the entire divorce.

On the other hand, the EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, has said an extension would only make sense if it increased the chances of May’s deal being ratified by Britain’s House of Commons.

Sterling last stood flat at $1.3257, off its nine-month peak of $1.3380 hit a week ago.

Oil prices held close to four-month highs on expectations that OPEC would continue production cuts through the end of the year and after data from the American Petroleum Institute (API) showed a surprise draw-down on crude inventories.

U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) futures was pretty much flat at $59.02 per barrel after touching their highest since November at $59.57 on Tuesday.
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3/20/2019 11:54:01 AM
<![CDATA[Dollar gains on trade war jitters before Fed]]>
Volatility in foreign exchange markets has plummeted due to a dovish shift by major central banks including the U.S. Federal Reserve.

The negative impact on the dollar from the pause in the Fed’s interest-rate-hiking cycle has been blunted somewhat by a cautious European Central Bank faced with a struggling euro zone economy.

The Fed is due to make its rate announcement at 1800 GMT on Wednesday and is expected to keep its benchmark overnight interest rate unchanged.

Bets on an interest rate cut have increased after weaker-than-expected manufacturing data on Friday.

Despite the gloomy outlook, the dollar on Wednesday gained against the Australian dollar the Canadian dollar and the Japanese yen.

That was partly due to its appeal as a safe-haven asset, analysts said, pointing to a Bloomberg report published late on Tuesday that said some U.S. officials expressed concern that China was pushing back against U.S. demands in trade talks.

The Aussie dollar, a proxy for China risk because of Australia’s dependence on Chinese demand for its exports, slipped a quarter of a percent to $0.7070.

Against a basket of key rival currencies, the dollar was 0.1 percent higher at 96.454 after hitting its lowest level since March 1 at 96.291 in overnight trading.

Most currencies remain within well-trodden trading ranges before the Fed decision.

Some analysts said the dollar might not decline significantly on the Fed meeting since investors have already priced in the central bank scaling back its interest rate outlook.

“The markets look to be very much positioned in expecting a benign FOMC outcome confirming a continued pause,” said MUFG’s head of European market research, Derek Halpenny.

On Wednesday, the euro was a shade lower against the dollar at $1.1344.

More positive signs were evident in Germany as a survey by the ZEW research institute indicated the mood among German investors improved more than expected in March, as a potential delay to Britain’s exit from the European Union helped lift sentiment.

Sterling was 0.3 percent lower at $1.3220. It had pared gains overnight on concerns that British Prime Minister Theresa May’s request for delaying Brexit was running into complications with the European Union.]]>
3/20/2019 11:52:05 AM
<![CDATA[Fed's balance sheet plan, economic outlook under microscope]]>
The U.S. central bank since early this year has signaled a “patient” approach to increasing borrowing costs, drawing an end to a gradual, three-year cycle of monetary tightening marked by nine rate hikes, including seven during the 2017-2018 period.

Investors now put a 75 percent probability on the likelihood the Fed won’t raise its overnight benchmark interest rate, or federal funds rate, any more this year, according to CME Group’s FedWatch tool. The fed funds rate is currently set in a range of 2.25 percent to 2.50 percent.

New quarterly economic and rate projections to be released with the latest Fed policy statement at 2 p.m. EDT (1800 GMT) will show how closely policymakers align with that view. The Fed’s December projection called for two hikes this year, but that is widely expected to be cut to a single increase at the conclusion of the two-day policy meeting on Wednesday.

It would take a downward move by seven policymakers to bring the median expected number of hikes to zero for the year, a full half-percentage-point change that has happened only once since the Fed began making its “dot plot” of projections public in 2012.

The more intense focus among investors may be on the balance sheet, and the Fed’s plans to stop reducing its holdings of Treasury bonds and mortgage-backed securities each month by as much as $50 billion.

Details of that plan are also expected to be released on Wednesday, providing investors with a sense of how much longer the drawdown will continue, and what will likely be left in the Fed’s portfolio of assets when it stops.

Minutes of the Fed’s policy meeting in late January showed officials wanted “to announce before too long a plan to stop reducing ... asset holdings later this year,” a statement many have construed to mean an endgame for the balance sheet would be revealed this week.

Fed Chairman Jerome Powell is due to hold a press conference half an hour after the release of the policy statement.

STEADY REDUCTION

Fed officials have generally pointed to the rundown ending sooner rather than later, with perhaps just a few more months to go before the central bank hits a level where it is comfortable stopping.

“Assuming the shrinking process stops in October ... the balance sheet should end up in the $3.75 trillion region,” Cornerstone Macro analyst Roberto Perli wrote in a preview of this week’s Fed meeting.

That is more than triple the size of the Fed’s holdings before it began three rounds of quantitative easing in which it purchased trillions of dollars of Treasuries and mortgage-backed securities in response to the 2007-2009 economic crisis and recession.

Having built up its balance sheet during the crisis and its aftermath, the Fed began to “normalize” its holdings in October 2017 with a steady reduction of up to $50 billion per month.

Having studied the reaction of financial markets to the reductions, as well as the use of reserves held by financial institutions at the Fed, the central bank concluded the most effective way of managing interest rates moving forward was to keep the supply of reserves “ample,” and pay interest on any excess kept at the Fed beyond the statutory minimums required, for example, to meet customer withdrawal demands.

With banks now demanding more reserves for a variety of uses, coupled with growth in the amount of cash in circulation and other items, the Fed feels it is close to an appropriate size for its balance sheet.

The preferred final mix of assets and how to reach it is still being debated.]]>
3/20/2019 11:50:44 AM
<![CDATA[Japan government downgrades economy view as U.S.-China trade war bites]]>
The Cabinet Office, which helps coordinate government policy, said on Wednesday the economy is in gradual recovery, but exports and output are showing signs of weakness.

The monthly economic report for March was a downgrade from February, when the Cabinet Office simply said the economy is in gradual recovery.

The March report gave a pessimistic outlook, saying this bout of weakness could continue for some time in the future.

The downbeat assessment could fuel calls for the government to delay a nationwide sales tax hike scheduled for October, and increase speculation that the Bank of Japan (BOJ) will take some steps to bolster economic growth.

Exports fell for a third straight month in February and industrial output in January saw its sharpest decline in a year as tit-for-tat tariffs between Washington and Beijing slowed China’s economy and reduced demand for mobile phone parts and chip-making equipment from Japan.

The Cabinet Office downgraded its assessment of industrial production for the second consecutive month, saying it has shown signs of weakness and flatlined.

Despite the damage from the trade war, Japan’s economy should continue to grow moderately because consumer spending and capital expenditure are holding up, a Cabinet Office official told reporters at a briefing.

For March, the government left unchanged its assessment that consumer spending is recovering and capital expenditure is increasing.

However, there are concerns that companies will start cutting capital expenditure plans for fiscal 2019 in April due to uncertainty about global trade policy.

Japan’s manufacturing sector is exposed to the trade war because it sends electronic parts and capital goods to China, where they are used to make finished products destined for the United States.

The government is scheduled to raise the nationwide sales tax to 10 percent from 8 percent in October, but there are concerns this will weaken consumer spending and harm growth.

The BOJ last week cut its view on exports and output, but left its radical easing policy unchanged.]]>
3/20/2019 11:48:30 AM
<![CDATA[Oil majors rush to dominate U.S. shale as independents scale back]]>
Workers at its Remuda lease near Carlsbad - part of a staff of 5,000 spread across New Mexico and Texas - are drilling wells, operating fleets of hydraulic pumps and digging trenches for pipelines.

The sprawling site reflects the massive commitment to the Permian Basin by oil majors, who have spent an estimated $10 billion buying acreage in the top U.S. shale field since the beginning of 2017, according to research firm Drillinginfo Inc.

The rising investment also reflects a recognition that Exxon, Chevron, Royal Dutch Shell and BP Plc largely missed out on the first phase of the Permian shale bonanza while more nimble independent producers, who pioneered shale drilling technology, leased Permian acreage on the cheap.

Now that the field has made the U.S. the world’s top oil producer, Exxon and other majors are moving aggressively to dominate the Permian and use the oil to feed their sprawling pipeline, trading, logistics, refining and chemicals businesses. The majors have 75 drilling rigs here this month, up from 31 in 2017, according to Drillinginfo. Exxon operates 48 of those rigs and plans to add seven more this year.

The majors’ expansion comes as smaller independent producers, who profit only from selling the oil, are slowing exploration and cutting staff and budgets amid investor pressure to control spending and boost returns.

Exxon Chief Executive Darren Woods said on March 6 that Exxon would change “the way that game is played” in shale. Its size and businesses could allow Exxon to earn double-digit percentage returns in the Permian even if oil prices - now above $58 per barrel - crashed to below $35, added Senior Vice President Neil Chapman.

Exxon’s 1.6 million acres in the Permian means it can approach the field as a “megaproject,” said Staale Gjervik, the head of shale subsidiary XTO Resources, whose headquarters was recently relocated to share space with its logistics and refining businesses. The firm also recently outlined plans to nearly double the capacity of a Gulf Coast refinery to process shale oil.

“It sets us up to take a longer-term view,” Gjervik said.

The majors’ Permian investments position the field to compete with Saudi Arabia as the world’s top oil-producing region and solidifies the United States as a powerhouse in global oil markets, said Daniel Yergin, an oil historian and vice chairman of consultancy IHS Markit.

“A decade ago, capital investment was leaving the U.S.,” he said. “Now it’s coming home in a very big way.”

The Permian is expected to generate 5.4 million barrels per day (bpd) by 2023 - more than any single member of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) other than Saudi Arabia, according to IHS Markit. Production this month, at about 4 million bpd, will about double that of two years ago.

Exxon, Chevron, Shell and BP now hold about 4.5 million acres in the Permian Basin, according to Drillinginfo. Chevron and Exxon are poised to become the biggest producers in the field, leapfrogging independent producers such as Pioneer Natural Resources.

Pioneer recently dropped a pledge to hit 1 million bpd by 2026 amid pressure from investors to boost returns. It shifted its emphasis to generating cash flow and replaced its chief executive after posting fourth quarter profit that missed Wall Street earnings targets by 36 cents a share.

Shell, meanwhile, is considering a multi-billion dollar deal to purchase independent producer Endeavor Energy Resources, according to people familiar with the talks. Shell declined to comment and Endeavor did not respond to a request.

Chevron said it would produce 900,000 bpd by 2023, while Exxon forecast pumping 1 million barrels per day by about 2024. That would give the two companies one-third of Permian production within five years.

SMALLER PRODUCERS GET SQUEEZED

At first, the rise of the Permian was driven largely by nimble explorers that pioneered new technology for hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and horizontal drilling to unlock oil from shale rock, slashing production costs.

The advances by smaller companies initially left the majors behind. Now, those technologies are easily copied and widely available from service firms.

Surging Permian production has overwhelmed pipelines and forced producers to sell crude at a deep discount, sapping cash and profits of independents who, unlike the majors, don’t own their own pipeline networks.

Even as the majors have ramped up operations, the total number of drilling rigs at work in the Permian has dropped to 464, from 493 in November, as independent producers have slowed production, according to oilfield services provider Baker Hughes.

Shell, by contrast, plans to keep expanding even if prices fall further, said Amir Gerges, Shell’s Permian general manager.

“We have a bit more resilience” than the independents, Gerges said.

In west Texas, the firm drills four to six wells at a time next to one another, a process called cube development that targets multiple layers of shale as deep as 8,000 feet.

Cube development is expensive and can take months, making it an option only for the majors and the largest independent producers. Shell has used the tactic to double production in two years, to 145,000 bpd.

The largest oil firms can also take advantage of their volume-buying power even if service companies raise prices for supplies or drilling and fracking crews, said Andrew Dittmar, a Drillinginfo analyst.

“It’s like buying at Costco versus a neighborhood market,” Dittmar said.

The majors’ rush into the market means smaller companies are going to struggle to compete for service contracts and pay higher prices, said Roy Martin, analyst with energy consultancy Wood Mackenzie.

“When you’re sitting across the negotiating table from the majors, the chips are stacked on their side,” he said.

REBIRTH

The revival of interest in the Permian marks a reversal from the late 1990s, when production had been falling for two decades.

“All the majors and all the companies with names you’ve heard left with their employees,” said Karr Ingham, an oil and gas economist. “Conventional wisdom was this place was going to dry up.”

Chevron was the only major that stayed in the Permian. It holds 2.3 million acres and owns most of its mineral rights, too, but until recently left drilling to others.

But this month, Chief Executive Mike Wirth called the Permian its best bet for delivering profits “north of 30 percent at low oil prices.”

“There’s nothing we can invest in that delivers higher rates of return,” Wirth said this month at its annual investor meeting in New York.

‘HUNGER AND FEAR’

Matt Gallagher, CEO of Parsley Energy Inc, calls the majors’ investments “the best form of flattery” for independents operating here.

Parsley holds 192,000 Permian acres - most of which was snatched up on the cheap during oil busts - and sees its smaller size as an advantage in shale.

“We’re not finished yet,” Gallagher said. “We can move very quickly.”

The majors have greater infrastructure, but independents continue to innovate and design better wells, said Allen Gilmer, a co-founder of Drillinginfo.

“Nothing is a bigger motivator than, ‘Am I going to be alive tomorrow?’” Gilmer said. “Hunger and fear is something that every independent oil-and-gas person knows - and that something no major oil-and-gas person has ever felt in their career.”]]>
3/20/2019 11:46:18 AM
<![CDATA[Justice Min. trains some real state employees to use sign language]]>
The training comes as part of a cooperation protocol signed January between the Justice Ministry and the National Council for Disability Affairs.

The efforts made by the ministry and the council aim to provide various services to the disabled citizens, in accordance with article 5 of the minister of justice's decree of 2013 and article 32 of Law No. 10 of 2018, which stipulates the necessity to issue a law to guarantee the rights of the disabled.

During the course, employees will be trained on how to deal with citizens with hearing disabilities and ways to remove the obstacles they face while they are in the offices of the real estate departments.

Moreover, Egypt's Minister of Manpower Mohammed Saafan is set to hand 299 disabled people employment contracts for jobs provided by private sector companies.

In January, Egyptian Parliament gave a final approval on a draft law submitted by the government to establish the National Council for People with Disabilities, away from the National Council for Disabled Affairs (NCDA).

According to the draft law, the new Disabilities Council is an independent body that aims to promote, develop and protect the rights of persons with disabilities and their constitutional dignity.

The council shall enjoy technical, financial and administrative independence in performing its activities, functions and competences.

Concerning administration, the council shall consist of a president, a vice-president and 17 members with disabilities in addition to public figures with experience.

The formation decree shall be issued by Egypt's president based on the decision of the majority of members of the Parliament within three months from the date of promulgation of the law.

In December, Egypt's President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi allocated LE 80 million ($4.46 million) of the Tahya Misr Fund in support of people with special needs.

The president made the announcement while attending a celebration marking the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. "People with special needs in Egypt represent 9-10 percent of the total population", Sisi said.

In July 2018, President Sisi announced establishing a technical center for services for disabled persons, to be the first of its kind in Africa. The center will enable people with hearing or speech related disability to use technology to communicate through mobile phones.

During the inauguration of the seventh International Conference on Information Technology Convergence and Services for People with Disabilities (ICT4PwDs), Sisi also announced establishing an initiative that aims to enable disabled people to get services and information introduced by online websites of governmental institutions.

Ending the Year of People with Special Needs: A look at Egypt, disability

CAIRO – 9 December 2018: Eyes closed shut on a single bed in a small apartment, the ‘invisible man’ slept. The air smelt of abandonment and solitude. Life could not have visited this place in a long time; joy never stayed here.

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3/20/2019 11:30:58 AM
<![CDATA[Wazir, Assar discuss rates of implementing joint projects to develop railways]]>
In a statement released by the Ministry of Military Production, Assar asserted that cooperation between the two ministries reflected the integration among state's institutions to meet the needs of citizens and promote the systems of transportation.

Meanwhile, Wazir asserted that the meeting aimed at outlining a swift mechanism to increase the rates of implementation in the joint projects between the two ministries.

He noted that construction works of some 295 level crossings should be finalized in March 2020, control systems are expected to be completed in June 2020, while upgrading of 86 railways stations are due this year.

Aslo, the Military Production Ministry is expected to finish the duality of Sohag desert road at a length of 15 kilometers, Wazir added.

The two sides asserted the necessity of accelerating technical works in fixing around 20 motors and around 120 locomotives.

The Ministry of Transport has already reached an agreement to purchase 100 new locomotives with a fund from the European Reconstruction and Development Bank.]]>
3/20/2019 11:28:11 AM
<![CDATA[Health wrap-up: Madbouli, Zayed talk initiative to treat 1M African HCV patients]]>
President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi's initiative, announced during the Arab and African Youth Platform recently held in Aswan, also includes refugees residing in Egypt, Madbouli affirmed during the meeting.

Zayed reviewed her ministry's plan to implement the initiative, noting that embassies will be notified of hospitals conducting the HCV test to inform their nationals in Egypt.

Some 7 million refugees should undergo the HCV test, the minister said, noting that two hospitals in each governorate will be conducting the examinations.

The Health Ministry is also acting to send medical convoys to African states to run the HCV tests, Zayed told Madbouli.

Zayed also explained the progress the ministry could achieve concerning the elimination of waiting lists and performing surgeries. She pointed out that the number of surgeries has increased from 12,000 a month to 11,600 in 11 days only.

The minister also affirmed the availability of medicines and medical supplies. She pointed out that 6 million milk bottles for children are stored; this amount is enough for the next 4 months.

Polio, parasitic worms

About 16 million children with ages ranging from 1 day to 5 years were vaccinated in February against poliomyelitis (polio), said Zayed, explaining that the ministry has carried out several initiatives to protect the health of children and Egyptians in general.

Zayed also launched the second phase of the national campaign to eliminate intestinal parasite infection among Egyptian children. The minister headed to al-Kasr al-Einy school in Cairo to give the treatment dose to the students herself.

The second phase will end on March 28, targeting supplying 4 million students with Mebendazole (an anti-worm medication).

The 11 Egyptian governorates targeted in the second phase include Cairo, Suez, Ismailia, Kafr El-Sheikh, Menoufia, Beni Suef, Sohag, Luxor, Aswan, Red Sea, and North Sinai.

Breast cancer

Suheir Abdel Hamid, head of the General Authority for Health Insurance, told Egypt Today that medical check-ups targeting the early detection of breast tumors continue in the governorates of Luxor, Alexandria and Cairo in six hospitals. She added that another two phases will be launched soon.

The medical examination for all the cases is free of charge, Abdel Hamid said, adding that surgeries to remove tumors are also performed for free.The General Authority for Health Insurance is providing chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatment, if required, for free, Abdel Hamid noted.

A number of 1,400 women have been examined so far, including 15 cases that tested positive for breast cancer, Abdel Hamid said.

She added that the authority has allocated the hotline 106 for advance booking for the breast cancer tests in its hospitals in Luxor, Alexandria and Cairo for citizens falling under the umbrella of health insurance.]]>
3/20/2019 11:26:52 AM
<![CDATA[Australian PM slams Erdogan's statements after New Zealand massacre]]>
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison summoned the Turkish ambassador to a meeting after Erdogan appeared to threaten antipodean tourists who visit Turkey’s Gallipoli peninsula.

Speaking to reporters on Wednesday in Canberra after meeting with the Turkish ambassador, Morrison said he did not accept the “excuses” offered for the comments and that “all options are on the table” should Turkey’s government not retract them.

“Remarks have been made by the Turkish President Erdogan that I consider highly offensive to Australians, and highly reckless in this very sensitive environment,” Morrison said. “The comments also completely misrepresent the very strong position taken by the Australian and New Zealand governments in our response to the extremist attack in New Zealand that was committed by an Australian.”

Morrison said Australia is reviewing its travel advisory for Turkey, and “people should exercise common sense in relation to their travel plans.”

New Zealand has expressed alarm that Erdogan used footage of the Christchurch rampage filmed and live-streamed by the assailant at a televised rally in Antalya to galvanize supporters. That was criticized by Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters, who will visit Turkey to attend a special ministerial meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation in Istanbul later this week.

“This important event will allow New Zealand to join with our partners in standing against terrorism and speaking up for values such as understanding and religious tolerance,” Peters said in a statement on Tuesday. “We are very clear that the terrorist attack in Christchurch, committed by a person who is not a New Zealander, is utterly contrary to our core beliefs.”]]>
3/20/2019 11:23:26 AM
<![CDATA[Noha Fekry to perform in Garden City on March 23]]>
Fekry will perform a musical combination of her most recent musical project "Noha Fekry Cuarteto" with three musicians, pianist Rami Attallah, saxophone player Mina Nashaat and bass player Ihab Badr.

El 3esh2 7ala

العشق حالة El 3esh2 7ala

"العشق حالة" أول سينجل لفرقة چَنان كلمات: بلال فاروق ونهى فكري الحان: أسامة سعيد ونهى فكري توزيع: چَنان




Noha Fekry is an Egyptian singer, songwriter, musician and voice actress. Her music varies from jazz to alternative rock with a wide range of influences.

Fekry released her first duo Jazz album entitled "A Conversation" in 2015 together with Egyptian pianist Rami Attallah. Her second album “Janan” performed with her alternative rock band was released in the fall of 2018.

Fekry's every year witnesses collaborations with numerous artists both nationally and internationally as she connects with people from all over the globe through music.

Fekry is also one of Disney's Arabic voices; she sang and acted in numerous films, including "The Muppet Show", "The Smurfs", "The Lost Village", "Ferdinand", "Trolls", "Tangled" (the series), and "The Lion Guard" (series) to name a few.
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3/20/2019 11:20:11 AM
<![CDATA[Total public investments in Egypt hit LE 1.5T during 4 years]]>
Saeed clarified that LE 175 billion of these investments flowed in the first half of fiscal year 2018/2019, with an increase of 12 percent compared to the same period of the previous year.

During her speech at the Suez Canal Economic Zone (SEZ) regional conference held Tuesday on enhancing the quality of investment in infrastructure, the minister said that investment in infrastructure and improving its quality is one of the most important structural reforms that contribute to increasing output, enhancing the idea of containing income and increasing economic opportunities.

"Evidence from international experience suggests that investment in infrastructure generates short and long-term benefits. Increasing public investment by 1 percent of GDP leads to a 1.5 percent rise in output over the medium term,” she said.

Saeed noted that, therefore, many countries can benefit from an enabling financing environment to improve the quality of their current infrastructure balance and implement new projects. “The priorities vary in this area but often include the development of land and sea transport as well as the improvement of infrastructure technology (railways, ports, and communications).

On the rate of growth of Suez Canal activity, the minister said that it rose by about 10 percent during the period of 17/2018 compared to the same period last year, adding that the Suez Canal revenues increased 17 percent in the same period, compared to 16/2017.

During the first half of the current fiscal year 18/2019, 1,133 projects were implemented with an investment cost of LE311 billion in 20 sectors, which contributed to increasing sectoral growth rates and improving indicators of sustainable development in all fields, she said.

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3/20/2019 11:18:43 AM
<![CDATA[Ministry of Finance: No extra fees on new digital bill system]]>
“News about imposing extra fees on citizens to apply the new digital bill system is fabricated and has nothing to do with reality. These rumors spread to distract the public,” the PM’s press office stated.

The new digital bill system targets abolishing the traditional way of payment of phone, internet, electricity, water and gas bills; all bank transactions will also be digitalized.

Moreover, the new system will oblige all retailers to submit digital bills to their customers and accept visa payment without adding extra fees.

Also, the ministries of finance and immigration denied that a decision was made to exempt Egyptian expatriates from car taxes, assuring that no actions were taken to eliminate or reduce car taxes.

“Egypt has no intention to exempt Egyptian expatriates from car customs,” the PM’s press office reported.

The ministries of immigration and finance resolute to exempt Egyptian expatriates from taxes on used personal luggage and furniture.


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3/20/2019 11:17:09 AM
<![CDATA[Observatory: Western churches' stance reveals innocence of religions from terrorism]]>
The report added that those who commit heinous acts are fanatical terrorists who do not represent their religions but rather represent the logic of ideological and spiritual distortion and bankruptcy.

This came after a terrorist attack on two mosques in New Zealand's third largest city on March 15; the attack killed more than 50 worshipers.

The observatory’s report added that terrorism is a psychological and social disease that is widespread in societies around the world, and has nothing to do with religions and tolerant heavenly beliefs.

The report revealed that it has monitored various forms of solidarity from ecclesiastical institutions worldwide, including the words of the Pope: "I pray for the victims, the wounded and their families. I am close to our Muslim brothers in their religious and civil communities. I renew the call to unite for prayer for peace and to renounce hatred and violence. Let us pray for our Muslim brothers who have been killed."

Pope Tawadros II also condemned the New Zealand mosque attack, considering the perpetrators as souls suffering from the diseases of intolerance, extremism and hatred; the Council of Churches of Egypt condemned the attack, stressing that it is neither Christian nor human.

Furthermore, The New York Jewish community announced the closure of the synagogue for the first time in history after the incident in solidarity with the victims. The Baptist Church of Auckland in Auckland, New Zealand, said on its official Facebook page that it opened its doors to Muslims because the mosques were closed after the terror act.

The Archbishop of Canterbury called on churches to campaign for solidarity and raise funds for the victims of the attack; $400,000 were collected. The Coptic Orthodox Church in New Zealand also rang its bells of sadness for the victims of the terrorist attack.

A joint prayer for the three monotheistic religions was held at the Cathedral of the Virgin Mary for Catholics and the Coptic Church of St. John the Baptist of Sydney; the prayer was attended by the prime minister of Australia, opposition leaders and government officials.

Moreover, the report pointed out that the majority of European people recognize the importance of coexistence and peace as contemporary European societies are based on diversity and public freedoms for all without discrimination on the basis of color, sex or religion.

The observatory's report confirmed that the solidarity visits paid by a number of European Christians or Jews to Al-Nour Mosque or Sheikh Zayed Mosque in New Zealand were a powerful blow to the terrorist and his bankrupt and perverted ideas.
The report concluded by stressing the need to invest in the stance of moderate Europeans and Christian and Jewish religious institutions rejecting all forms of violence and terrorism.]]>
3/20/2019 11:12:42 AM
<![CDATA[HUAWEI Mate X Ushers a New Age of Foldable 5G Smartphone]]>
Showcased for the first time at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona 2019, the Falcon Wing Hinge mechanism was highlighted as a standout aspect of its beautiful design and its impressive performance was greatly admired. HUAWEI Mate X received 31 awards from the media’s best tech review platforms and won the GLOMO Award for Best New Connected Mobile Device at MWC19 Barcelona.

Falcon Wing Foldable Design

• Both a Smartphone and a Tablet
The Falcon Wing Mechanical Hinge supports movement, folding and unfolding of the device and contributes to the overall blend between technology and aesthetics. It acts like a falcon’s pair of wings and hence comes the naming. Because it unfolds into a tablet mode that measures 8 inches, it doubles the viewing area for phone users and allows them a better and bigger entertainment experience. But if is folded or closed, HUAWEI Mate X smartphone measures 6.6-inch with a FullView display.

• New Interstellar Blue
With the HUAWEI Mate X, Huawei is debuting the new color Interstellar Blue. The inspiration is drawn from a sky glittering with stars. The back is also made of a new material – hard to tell what it is – but it looks bright and clean.

Flexible Display

HUAWEI Mate X has a dual OLED display which measures 6.6 inch and is truly a FullView display. It transforms into a full flat 8-inch tablet and 5.4 mm thick when it is unfolded or open, and it is bezel-less with no holes or notches so users get an extraordinary viewing time. Additionally, Huawei has supported it with an advanced heat dissipation to make this secure and in full swing.

Whole New Experience between User and Device

• Massive Display and Dual-Screen Multitasking
Moving between tablet and phone modes brings a new experience to users. The FullView display on HUAWEI Mate X is flexible and OLED panel. Because it opens and closes, that contributes to productivity and entertainment scenarios. For example, a bigger screen allows consumers to have a massive viewing area when they read a book or edit a document. It also comes handy in situations when someone wants to drag images from a photo gallery to the emails in split-screen mode.

• New 2-in-1 Camera System, Co-engineered by Huawei and Leica
It is known that Huawei smartphones come with powerful cameras and inside HUAWEI Mate X’s slim body we found three Leica cameras that play the role of both front and rear cameras. Plus taking photos and recording video, this phone has a feature that is likely to be unprecedented in a smartphone and Huawei names it Mirror Shooting. When it is folded and in the smartphone mode, HUAWEI Mate X shows a view finder on both sides, so even persons being photographed can see how their pictures would look like before a picture is snapped.

• Fingerprint Power Button
The power button here has a double role for both powering and unlocking the handset. The integrated button authenticates user identity when powered up—to keep the device safe and secure.

5G Modem Chipset

HUAWEI Mate X is equipped with Huawei’s latest chipset the 7nm 5G multi-mode modem Balong 5000, which supports 2G, 3G, 4G, and 5G on a single chip and provides ultra-high 5G download speeds, at 4.6Gps on the Sub-6GHz band (theoretical). Balong 5000 also supports both standalone (SA) and non-standalone (NSA) network architectures for 5G. With non-standalone, 5G network architecture is built on top of legacy 4G LTE networks, whereas standalone 5G, as the name implies, will have its own independent architecture.

4,500 Battery and 55W HUAWEI SuperCharge

A 4,500mAh battery is packed inside HUAWEI Mate X. It utilizes AI smart power saving technology to rationale energy consumption and fulfill the demands for bigger battery performance in the 5G era. 55W HUAWEI SuperCharge tops the battery up to 85 percent in just 30 minutes, ridiculously good for those who prefer a fast-paced lifestyle.

HUAWEI Mate X is a new breed of smartphones that will combine 5G with a foldable screen and a new interfacing mode for a completely-new user experience. It would not have happened without Huawei’s vested and dedicated investments in R&D, where the company spent $13.5 billion between 2017 and 2018, and has promised a further USD600 million on 5G research.

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3/20/2019 11:01:40 AM
<![CDATA[Magnitude 5.6 quake hits western Turkey, no casualties]]>
There were no immediate reports of casualties, according to mayors and administrators of districts at and around the epicenter of the tremor, speaking on broadcaster NTV.

Turkey's Kandilli Observatory said the earthquake, which stuck at 9:34 a.m.(0634 GMT), was 5 km (3 miles) deep and followed by four aftershocks between 4.2 and 3.4 magnitude.

The United States Geological Survey said it was 5.7 magnitude while the European monitoring service measured it at 6.4 magnitude.

"This is the biggest quake that I felt, I was outside but it was shaking very much," Sahin Agah, 30, resident of the town of Acipayam near the epicentre, told Reuters by phone.

"I saw some roof tiles, bricks and solar water heaters fell from the roofs. There are some cracks in buildings. I did not see any building collapsed. Everyone is outside," Agah said.

Administrators from the districts of Ucari and Yenikoy, the epicenter of the quake, said on NTV some 20 buildings and houses were damaged. Officials were still assessing the damage.

Yenikoy resident Muharrem Gezi said there was minor damage in his village. "I saw some chimneys broken and roof tiles falling on the streets. Some garden walls collapsed as well. Everyone is scared and outside. No one is injured," he told Reuters. ]]>
3/20/2019 10:22:03 AM
<![CDATA[Young German squad needs to feel our trust - Loew]]>
Coach Joachim Loew has unexpectedly dropped world champions Mats Hummels, Jerome Boateng and Thomas Mueller, opting to rejuvenate his squad after their first-round exit in the 2018 World Cup in Russia and their shock Nations League relegation.

"We are now face a new time, a new challenge. I have to give the team the feeling that we fully trust them," Loew told a news conference on Tuesday.

"We have to give them the chance to develop, take over more responsibilities and also during a rough patch offer them solutions when they make mistakes so they have the trust to go into the next months."

Eight of his 23-man squad are still eligible for national youth teams, including 19-year-old Kai Havertz, Loew said.

Only four have earned 30 caps or more, including the three 2014 World Cup winners left in his squad -- keeper Manuel Neuer, Matthias Ginter and Toni Kroos.

One of Germany's rising stars, Serge Gnabry, will not be fit for the game against Serbia in Wolfsburg, but Loew said the Bayern Munich winger will be available for the match against the Netherlands on Sunday in Amsterdam.

The coach, under mounting pressure following Germany's worst World Cup result in 80 years, promised a faster team with better finishing - virtues that were missing last year.

"What is important is to have more tempo, more dynamism, more focus up front."

"I know how to deal with pressure. I can feel what it means in the current position. We have learned from setbacks. We now need to have a completely different attitude from the year 2018." ]]>
3/20/2019 10:20:00 AM
<![CDATA[ISIS fighters pinned on Syrian riverbank, warplanes fly above]]>
Defeat there would signal the end of the ultra-hardline Islamist movement's control in eastern Syria, having held more than a third of Syria and Iraq at one point in 2014 as it sought to carve out a huge caliphate in the region.

On Tuesday, the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said they had driven the remaining Islamic State fighters in the town of Baghouz from a makeshift encampment that had represented most of its remaining territory.

But while the capture of Baghouz, close to the Iraqi border, would mark a significant milestone in Syria's eight-year war and in the battle against the jihadist group, Islamic State remains a threat.

Some of the group's fighters are still holed up in the central Syrian desert and others have gone underground in Iraqi cities to wage an insurgent campaign to destabilize the government.

Mustafa Bali, a spokesman for the SDF, said late on Tuesday that clashes with the militants at the Euphrates were continuing "in several pockets". ]]>
3/20/2019 10:15:26 AM
<![CDATA[Google to prompt Android users to choose preferred browsers]]>
The European Commission last year handed Google a record 4.34 billion euro ($4.9 billion) fine for using the market power of its mobile software to block rivals in areas such as Internet browsing. By pre-installing its Chrome browser and Google search app on Android devices, Google had an unfair advantage over its rivals, EU enforcers sai according to Reuters.

Google will now try to ensure that Android users are aware of browsers and search engines other than its own services, Kent Walker, senior vice president of global affairs, said in a blog.

“In the coming months, via the Play Store, we’ll start asking users of existing and new Android devices in Europe which browser and search apps they would like to use,” he wrote without providing details.

The company, which introduced a licensing fee for device makers to access its app marketplace after the EU sanction, does not plan to scrap the charge.

Google could be fined up to 5 percent of Alphabet’s average daily worldwide turnover if it fails to comply with the EU order to stop anti-competitive practices. ]]>
3/20/2019 9:59:43 AM
<![CDATA[Skipper Morgan extends Leicester deal until 2020]]>
The 35-year-old Morgan, who lifted the Premier league title in 2016, has been captain for nearly seven years and made his 700th senior appearance in the 2-1 win at Burnley on Saturday.

"It means a lot to me," Morgan said in a statement. "We've been through so many ups and downs together as a football club, and I’ve been right at the heart of it from the very beginning.

"So to extend my time here means very much to me and I'm very happy. I can see a very, very bright future for Leicester City," added the Jamaican centre-back.

Morgan, who signed for the Midlands outfit in 2012, played in every minute of their title-winning campaign in the 2015-16 season and was named in the Premier League team of the year.]]>
3/20/2019 9:40:00 AM
<![CDATA[Robots compete with child jockeys in Egyptian camel races]]>
Organizers fielded around 20 robots - child-sized devices with a whipping arm that can be triggered at a distance - alongside dozens of real children as part of a trial run.

"God willing, in a year, there will be no human jockeys, except for some adults for the sake of tradition," said Eid Hamdan Hassan, head of the Egyptian Camel Federation, which organized the festival in the Sarabium desert of Ismailia.

Several Gulf countries have banned child jockeys from the traditional Bedouin sport after rights groups said the youngsters were often injured and some had been abducted or sold by their families.

Owners at last week's Egyptian event said the bans had prevented them from fielding teams in Gulf festivals - and they hoped the move to robots would help them get in.

Esam el-Din Atiyah, president of the African Camel Racing Federation, which includes Egypt, acknowledged that child riders were sometimes injured. "Human rights organizations have said that this is child exploitation," he said.

He personally wanted Egypt to move to robot-only events, but the transition was costly and would take time, he added.

Young jockeys at the event - local children mostly aged 6-13 - defended the tradition and their participation.

Sayed Mohamed, 11, said children were better than robots at steering.

"The camel might lean sideways. We (the children) are better at riding leaning camels so that we can straighten its route.

"The robot works well with camels that don't tend to lean."

Around 150 camels competed in eight categories over distances from five to 15 km, cheered on by more than 1,000 spectators.

Local tribes prepare their best camels with a special diet of beans, barley, date paste and milk.

Victory raises a camel's value. "When a camel wins, you sell it for a good price - from 150,000 to 200,000 Egyptian pounds($8,700-$11,600)," said camel owner Mohamed Mostafa. "The camel that doesn't win is sold for only 10,000."]]>
3/20/2019 9:24:37 AM
<![CDATA[Netanyahu's main election rival sidesteps Palestinian statehood]]>
Gantz, a centrist candidate, said in an interview with Hadashot TV news that Israel has a moral obligation to "strive for peace."

"I will talk to anyone I can in order to advance a diplomatic solution," Gantz said.

When asked whether the ultimate goal would be that of a Palestinian state, Gantz did not give a definitive answer although he did suggest that eventually Israel should separate from the Palestinians.

"At the end of the road there is a Jewish, democratic, safe and strong state with a solid Jewish majority and what happens on the other side would be an outcome of what happens at negotiations."

Palestinians want to establish a state in East Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, territories that Israel captured in the 1967 Middle East war. The last round of peace talks between the sides broke down in 2014.

The United States is widely expected to unveil a new peace proposal after the April 9 Israeli election. The Trump administration has wavered over whether it would endorse a Palestinian state, saying the final outcome will be up to the sides to determine, but both sides will have to compromise.

The Palestinians on their part have boycotted the Trump administration since it announced it recognised Jerusalem as Israel's capital and opened a new U.S. embassy there last year. Washington has also cut hundreds of millions of dollars of aid to the Palestinians.

Gantz's Blue and White party has slipped in opinion polls recently, although it still has a slight lead over Netanyahu's Likud in most surveys. However, Netanyahu still appears likely to win the most support from allied parties, allowing him to form a coalition of right-wing and religious factions similar to one he now heads.

After the attorney-general announced on Feb. 28 he plans to indict Netanyahu in three corruption cases, Gantz ruled out joining a Netanyahu government.

But in leaked recordings aired on Israeli Reshet News on Monday, Gantz said that things could change if Trump's peace plan is put forward.

In Tuesday's interview he said he would not join a Netanyahu government if charges are indeed filed against the prime minister.

Netanyahu, who denies any wrongdoing, will have the chance to persuade the attorney-general to scrap the charges at a hearing expected after the election.]]>
3/20/2019 8:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Brazil's Bolsonaro says he will visit China later this year]]>
Bolsonaro, who during last year's presidential campaign sharply criticized Chinese investments in Brazil, made the comment in Washington a few hours after he met with U.S. President Donald Trump.
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3/20/2019 6:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Dates for FA Cup semi-final fixtures confirmed]]>
City, who are chasing a quadruple of trophies, will take on Brighton in the first semi-final on the Saturday at 1730 GMT while Watford face Wolverhampton Wanderers a day later for a 1600 kickoff.

The FA said each club will be allocated approximately 33,000 tickets for their fans and tickets are priced in the range of 30 pounds ($39.83) to 80 pounds.

The final is scheduled for May 18.]]>
3/20/2019 5:30:00 AM
<![CDATA[Pochettino picks Barcelona as favourites to win Champions League]]>
United have rediscovered their verve under interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who took over from Jose Mourinho in December, and has guided the club to 14 wins in 19 games.

Pochettino, however, feels United still have a lot of work to do to compete with Barcelona, who are 10 points clear at the top of the La Liga standings.

"If there is one favourite team to win Champions League it is Barcelona," former Espanyol boss Pochettino told reporters.

"(Ernesto) Valverde is doing a great job. They have players of extraordinary level, and then they have Lionel Messi.

"I think the Manchester United team that has been built during the past few years was built to win big things. But I think Barcelona are one step higher than Manchester United."

Spurs will face domestic rivals Manchester City in the quarter-finals, with Pochettino indicating Pep Guardiola's reigning English champions are built to win Europe's elite trophy.

"It is clear that Manchester City are a team designed to win and with an obligation to win," he added.

"We will try to compete. We know that in short tournaments the fitness of the team at the time is very important. We have the incentive that we have a new stadium and we will play with 62,000 spectators. That will create a special energy."

Tottenham will complete the move to their new 62,000-seater stadium before they host City on April 9.]]>
3/20/2019 5:20:00 AM
<![CDATA[Top Trump officials set for new trade talks in China next week -U.S. official]]>
The resumption in face-to-face talks, the first since U.S. President Donald Trump delayed a March 1 deadline to raise tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports, was first reported by the Wall Street Journal.
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3/20/2019 3:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Trump adviser Bolton says British establishment failing on Brexit]]>
Prime Minister Theresa May's divorce deal with the EU has been rejected by lawmakers twice already and the government is considering asking the bloc to delay its set departure date beyond March 29.

"The people of Britain have voted. When is the political class going to give effect to that vote?" Bolton told Sky News. "The president has been clear that he wants a resolution of this issue that allows the United States and Britain to come to trade deals again. He sees huge opportunity if Britain's status can be resolved."
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3/20/2019 1:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Plane catches fire at Tehran airport; 100 passengers evacuated unhurt ]]>
Pir-Hossein Kolivand said the fire broke out after the aircraft's landing gear did not open properly, and was later brought under control.
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3/19/2019 10:27:00 PM
<![CDATA[WE delivers SIM cards of education tablets ]]>
The SIM cards delivery takes place on March 18 - 21.

SIM cards are only given to Secondary 1 students and teachers who received the tablets from the Ministry of Education and Technical Education, and whose names are indicated on the list submitted by the ministry.

WE will send delegates to schools to deliver the SIM cards.

Teachers should show their national ID, and submit a copy.

If the student has a national ID, they should show it and submit a copy.

If the student does not have a national ID, they should submit a copy of their birth certificate, and a copy of their guardian’s national ID. The guardian should show the real ID as well.

Both teachers and students should have their codes.

The SIM card will be activated within 48 hours after the contract is signed by the teacher, students or guardian.

The subscription provides 1 GB of free internet in the first month.

Later on, users will pay LE5 per month for the first GB. Extras will be paid for in accordance with the packages selected by each student and teacher.

The delivery of tablets to freshmen students at high schools has started since the beginning of the current academic year. The new system is first introduced in this year’s classes of Primary 1 and Secondary 1.

Students will keep the tablets which are their responsibility in case of damage or loss. The new system aims to get rid of textbooks, and expand into digitization so that even exams will be taken online. That is in addition to modernizing the curricula and teaching methods. The tablets can only be used for educational purposes as irrelevant websites are blocked on the devices. ]]>
3/19/2019 5:23:10 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt, Russia to cooperate in ICT sector, Africa ]]>
The meeting was attended by Minister of Communications and Information Technology Amr Talaat and tackled the activation of an MoU signed by the communications ministries of both countries in those sectors.

The prime minister highlighted that Egypt is achieving progress in shifting to the e-government model and mechanizing services which will be further enhanced when governmental institutions move to the New Administrative Capital (NAC) in 2020.

Madbouly stated that Egypt aspires to cooperate with Russia in the sectors of cybersecurity and AI to keep up with the developments of the fourth industrial revolution.

On his side, the Russian minister expressed his country’s openness to cooperate with Egypt in telecommunications technology, cybersecurity, and smart cities. Noskov added that Russia had a successful experience with using technology to secure the World Cup in 2018.

Noskov is accompanied with the representatives of 12 companies operating in the sectors of telecommunications technology and cybersecurity. Those officials expressed admiration of the development Egypt has achieved in the sector and its modern infrastructure viable for the ICT sector.

Minister Talaat stated that he had agreed with his Russian counterpart to cooperate in Africa as Egyptian cadres will introduce the Russian technology in the continent.
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3/19/2019 5:19:21 PM
<![CDATA[Hakim cooperates with Islam Chipsy in his new songs]]>
After the great success of Hakim’s song “Ala Wadaak”, Chipsy revealed that he completed the distribution of three new songs for the popular singer, set to be released as singles. Chipsy further exposed that Hakim is yet to decide on the titles of the songs.

A new video clip will also be released soon, but the details of the clip are yet tobe exposed, according to music distributor Chipsy.

The much anticipated songs will re-establish musical collaboration between Hakim and Islam Chipsy after previously distributing many of Hakim’s songs including, "Abu el-Rogola", "Am Salama" and "Ala Wadaak".

Ala Wadaak

Hakim | Ala Wadaak [Official Music Video] حكيم | على وضعك

أغنية على وضعك - حكيم اسمعوا على أنغامي: https://www.anghami.com/song/24086733 كلمات: ياسر عليم ألحان: تامر حجاج توزيع: إسلام شيبسي - ميدو مزيكا هندسة صوت: أحمد جودة التسجيل بإستوديوهات رسالة إنتاج شركة: Lion of Egypt D O P and Director: Jonathan Guy Weyland Digital Distribution: DigiSay Follow Hakim | تابعوا حكيم: ◀ Official Website | الموقع الرسمي http://www.hakimmusic.com ◀ Facebook | فيسبوك http://www.facebook.com/HakimHakimPage ◀ Twitter | تويتر http://www.twitter.com/HakimMusicEgypt ◀ Instagram | انستجرام http://www.instagram.com/HakimOfficial ◀ YouTube | يوتيوب http://www.youtube.com/Hakim ◀ Google+ | جوجل بلس http://plus.google.com/+Hakim




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3/19/2019 4:45:49 PM
<![CDATA[Tamer Hosny to perform in El-Mansoura on Mar.28]]>
Also, Hosny performed in the opening ceremony of Abu Dhabi 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games representing Egypt on March 14. Hosny performed alongside renowned Syrian singer Assala, Emirati star Hussein al- Jasmi, Puerto Rican star Luis Fonsi and Canadian pop star Avril Lavigne.

The song was a motivational animated performance entitled “Right where I'm supposed to Be”; it was performed in English, Spanish and Arabic.

Hosni and Fonsi met at the Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi amidst a group of fans. The two stars sat together and talked about their future projects.

Hosny revealed to Egypt Today that he was proud to represent Egypt in such an important event which is considered the most important Arab event in the current period.

It is worth mentioning that Hosny's “Naseny Laih” amassed almost 30 million views on his official YouTube channel in less than two weeks.“NasenyLaih” is written by Tamer Hussain, distributed by Tamer Ali and Wesam Abdel Moneim. Hosny chose the idea of the song’s video clip which is directed by Said al-Marouk.

Hosny's most recent album is "Aish Beshouak"; the album has achieved great success.
Hosny announced that he will release his upcoming movie "Kol Sana W Enta Tayeb" during Eid El-Fitr season.

The movie stars Zeina, Khaled el-Sawy, Aicha Ben Ahmed, Ahmed Fathy and Mohamed Sarwat. "Kol Sana W EntaTayeb" is written by Mohamed Abdel Maty and directed by Said el-Marouk.

Hosny is a singer, songwriter, composer and actor. He began his musical career in 2002 when he released his first album. His romantic music has made him "the Star of the Generation", a name given to him by his fans.

Hosny won many awards, such as Best Selling Album in 2002 from the Nile Variety channel, Best Arab Artist at Murex D’Or in 2014 and 2016, and Best Arab Artist at the Middle East Music Awards in 2015. He is also the first Arab artist to receive more than 100 million views on Anghami.

Hosny recently performed a series of concerts in the Middle East, including a concert in Jordan at Arena Theatre and another one in Abu Dhabi.

His latest movie “El-Badla” (The Suit) which was released in Eid El-Adha achieved high revenues that exceeded LE 50 million. In the movie, he plays the role of a police officer who finds himself involved in a number of critical situations due to the nature of his job.

“El-Badla” stars Amina Khalil, Maged el-Masry, Dalal Abdel Aziz, Hassan Hosny, and Mai Kassab, among others. The movie is written by Ayman Bahagat Kamar and directed by Mando el-Adl. Hosny announced that “El-Badla” achieved the highest revenues in the history of Egyptian cinema.

Hosny was the first Arab pop singer to perform a concert in Jeddah city in Saudi Arabia on March 30. The concert witnessed the attendance of thousands of Saudis, about 90 percent of whom were women.

Hosny performed on an especially made massive stage where all audience seats were red, white or black, the three colors of Egypt’s flag.

The concert was held under the auspices of the Saudi General Entertainment Authority, which stated that Hosny was chosen to perform such a huge concert because of his popularity among all Saudis.

In August 2017, Hosny headed to Los Angeles and had his hand print and footprint permanently engraved on the Forecourt of the Stars at Hollywood's iconic Chinese Theatre.

Hosny’s song "Eish Beshoqak" also amassed millions of views directly after it had been released on his official channel on YouTube. "Eish Beshoqak" was composed by Mostafa Hassan, distributed by Hany Mahrous and Bilal Sorour and directed by Hadi el-Bagoury.

The video clip of "Eish Beshoqak" shows Hosny meeting with people in the streets and trying to draw a smile on their faces despite of the problems they face daily.

Hosny hit the one-billion views mark on all his songs on his YouTube channel on September 2.

“A billion thanks for the more than 1 billion views on Tamer Hosny’s official YouTube channel,” stated Hosny on his official Facebook page. ]]>
3/19/2019 4:03:48 PM
<![CDATA[Sherine Abdel Wahab to perform at the Global Village in Dubai on Mar.29]]>
Abdel Wahab recently performed at the 14th edition of the Bahraini festival Spring of Culture on March 14.

Abdel Wahab is an Egyptian singer, actress, TV host and a former judge on MBC's “The Voice” talent show. She is considered one of the most prominent female artists locally and in the Pan-Arab region.

Abdel Wahab was born in 1980 and started her career in 2000. Two years later, music producer Nassr Mahrous, who strongly believed in Abdel Wahab, paired her with Tamer Hosny on the same music album.

The album achieved booming success; Abdel Wahab and Hosny became mega stars.

Abdel Wahab has released a plethora of successful songs, including “Masha’aer’’ (Emotions), "Albi Leek" (My Heart is For You), “Garh Tany” (Another Wound), “Lazem Ayesh” (I Have to Survive) and “Batamenak” (I Am Assuring You) among others.

She acted in only one movie, “Mido Mashakel” (Troublemaker Mido), alongside Egyptian megastar Ahmed Helmy. Her only soap opera, “Tare’y” (My Path), was released in 2015 and achieved great success.

Abdel Wahab is famous for her emotional, melodious voice that has a significant touch of intimacy. She is consistently hailed as one of the most talented and successful singers of her generation, often dubbed as “The Queen of Emotions” for her popular romantic ballads.

Abdel Wahab released her latest album “Nasai” (Forgetful) on October 8, which marks her birthday.


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3/19/2019 4:00:54 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s exports of strawberries record 22.4K tons in 3 months]]>
Attar added that all exports of fresh strawberries are subject to all the procedures and requirements of quarantine, adding that the procedures for exports of agricultural products, especially for vegetables and fruits, are continually stressed to be enforced in all markets of the world.

For his part, Head of the Central Department of Horticulture and Agricultural Crops at the Ministry of Agriculture Mahmoud Atta said that since the beginning of the season of strawberry exports, there has been a mandate for all technical committees to follow up the state of the strawberry crop in various governorates, within the plan of the Ministry of Agriculture to increase exports of strawberries as one of the most popular agricultural exports.

The Agriculture Ministry, represented by the Central Administration of Agricultural Quarantine, continues to expand the opening of new markets within the framework of the efforts to increase agricultural exports in accordance with international export quality standards, and to apply export traceability systems during the stages of agriculture, production, packaging and exportation.

In April, the Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA) lifted the ban on exports of Egyptian strawberries and peppers to Saudi Arabia, after the implementation of the new system in accordance with the European requirements and the approved limits for pesticide residues and Codex standards, raising the quality of Egyptian agricultural products, whether for domestic consumption or export.

Previously, Attar said that 2018 witnessed a boom in the export of Egyptian agricultural products which exceeded 5.2 million tons and 2019 is expected to witness further increase thanks to the cooperation between the Agriculture Ministry and relevant ministries as well as the Export Council for Agricultural Crops.

Attar added that the Egyptian agricultural exports during 2018 saw an increase of 500,000 tons compared to the previous year.

Egypt’s agricultural exports recorded about $1.2 billion during 2017/2018, according to Chairman of Export Council of Agricultural Crops and Member of the House of Representatives Abdel Hamid Demerdash. ]]>
3/19/2019 3:56:07 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt, Nissan cooperate in establishing new automobiles factory]]>
According to the minister, the ministry asked the Japanese company to use Nasr auto-assembling factory and turn it into an export hub through exporting around 50,000 cars annually.

This came during the minister’s speech at the opening session of the fourth edition of the Portfolio Egypt Conference 2019, titled “Opportunities Blunted by Risks” and organized by al-Mal GTM. More than 500 firms, investment banks and businessmen participated in the conference.

He added that Egypt has two tire factories that, together, manufacture some 990,000 tires annually, most of which are agricultural tractors’ tires.

He pointed out that the ministry is indeed facing a real crisis in terms of marketing, adding that they are working to establish a marketing entity to promote their products at home and abroad.

Earlier this month, Nissan Motor Corporation affirmed its desire to consolidate its presence in the Egyptian market and cooperate with the Egyptian government in carrying out its ambitious plans for the development of the local auto industry to place Egypt among the leading countries in the field of making and exporting automobiles.

In an official meeting between Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli and Senior Vice President of Nissan and Chairman of its Management Committee for Africa, Middle East, and India Peyman Kargar, Madbouli said that his government is ready to offer all possible incentives to encourage serious companies like Nissan to expand their businesses and pump more investments in the Egyptian market.]]>
3/19/2019 3:54:02 PM
<![CDATA[Travel, tourism contribute to Egypt’s GDP by 11.9%]]>
The report elaborated that this contribution amounted to LE 528.7 billion ($29.6 billion), adding that the travel and tourism sector grew 16.5 percent during 2018.

The sector provided 2.48 million jobs, representing 9.5 percent of total employment, with expectations to jump to 3.222 million in 2029.

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In November, Egypt’s Minister for Tourism Rania al-Mashat, said at a WTTC panel that she hopes to create “at least one opportunity for one person in every household in the country.”

For her part, WTTC president and chief executive Gloria Guevara, said: “We’re delighted to see the strong recovery of the Egyptian travel sector – a sector crucial to national economic growth and a key provider of jobs."

According to the report, tourists spent LE 218.1 billion (12.2 billion) in Egypt during the previous year. It also expected the number of tourists to increase to 11.7 million during the current year.

Tourists from Germany ranked at the top of the arrivals list with 13 percent, followed by Russia (12 percent), United Kingdom (7 percent), then Saudi Arabia came fourth by 6 percent, and Italy by 3 percent.

The report also showed that leisure spending allocated 86 percent in 2018 while the remaining 14 percent went to business spending. Also, international spending accounted for 55 percent and 45 percent went to domestic spending.

Regarding global data, it said that while the global economy grew by 3.2 percent in 2018, travel and tourism further grew by 3.9 percent.

The total GDP global contribution reached 10.4 percent, and provided 319 million jobs. ]]>
3/19/2019 3:52:19 PM
<![CDATA[Taba's return to Egypt anniversary, Reuters marks Camp David talks]]>
Despite its small area, Taba’s return to Egypt remains a pivotal point in Egyptian-Israeli relations.

Former President Mohamed Hosni Mubarak raised the Egyptian flag on Taba on March 19, 1989, declaring the return of the town to Egypt.

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FILE - Egyptian President Anwar Sadat acknowledges applause during a Joint Session of Congress in which President Jimmy Carter announced the results of the Camp David Accords - Library of Congress - Warren K. Leffler/Handout Via Reuters

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Jimmy Carter and Anwar Sadat have a discussion the next day on the Aspen patio - Courtesy of Jimmy Carter Library - Handout Via Reuters
Reuters published some photos for the Camp David accords between Egyptian late President Anwar al-Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister at the time Menachem Begin in Washington, upon an invitation by U.S. President Jimmy Carter in 1978.

The 13-day negotiations later produced two accords including a framework for peace in the Middle East, and another framework for the conclusion of a peace treaty between Egypt and Israel; the latter was signed on March 26, 1979, paving the way for the first peace treaty between Egypt and Israel.

When the Israeli and Egyptian governments finalized the negotiations for the return of the entire Sinai Peninsula to Egypt on January 19, 1982, according to the first treaty of peace between Israel and Egypt, the former tried to prevaricate to change the situation on the ground.

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A meeting at Camp David with (l-r) Aharon Barak, Menachem Begin, Anwar Sadat, and Ezer Weizmann,1978 - Courtesy of Jimmy Carter Library - Handout Via Reuters

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Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin acknowledge applause during a Joint Session of Congress in which President Jimmy Carter announced the results of the Camp David Accords - Warren K. Leffler

Israeli negotiators claimed that Taba should remain with Israel. They justified their claim by saying that the description of Taba as the administrative border between Palestine and Egypt in October 1906 accord was ambiguous and did not clearly state if Taba falls within Egypt or Palestine. Israel even took a further step to enforce a de facto situation by constructing two Israeli hotels within Taba after spring 1982.

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President Anwar Sadat and his wife, Jihan Sadat, accompanied by Jimmy Carter and his wife and Israeli Prime Minister Begin and his wife - Courtesy of Jimmy Carter Library - Handout Via Reuters
According to article 7 of the 1979 peace treaty, any side can resort to international mediation if direct negotiations fail to resolve such differences. Therefore, Egypt requested the formation of an international arbitration team, a request which the Israeli cabinet did not agree to until January 13, 1986.

Hence, a panel was formed and empowered to decide on the location of the boundary pillars as of 1948, the date when the Palestine Mandate ended, and it was agreed on by all sides that the panel’s decision would be final and binding to both parties.

Two years later in 1988, being presented by strong evidence from the Egyptian side, the panel ruled in favor of Egypt and Israel was forced to evacuate Taba on March 19, 1989, ending nearly 15 years of Israeli control over the peninsula since 1967. Taba became the last part of Egyptian lands to be liberated from Israel.

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Signing of the Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty with Sadat, Jimmy Carter, and Begin - Handout Via Reuters

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Additional reporting by Fatma al-Wahaidy, Amr Kandil
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3/19/2019 3:30:16 PM
<![CDATA[EGX ends Tuesday in red, market cap. loses LE 11B]]>
The benchmark EGX30 declined 1.78 percent, or 265.25 points, to close at 14,645.53 points.

The equally weighted index EGX50 decreased 1.73 percent, or 42.08 points, to reach 2,395.52 points.

The small and mid-cap index EGX70 dipped 1.56 percent, or 10.86 points, to close at 684.35 points, and the broader index EGX100 lessened 1.59 percent, or 27.98 point, to 1,736.03 points.

Market capitalization lost LE 11 billion, recording LE 818.03 billion, compared to LE 829.04 billion in Monday’s session.

The trading volume reached 200.62 million shares, traded through 23,944 transactions, with a turnover of LE 969.28 million.

Foreign investors were net sellers at LE 103.83 million, while Egyptian and Arab investors were net buyers at LE 50.95 million and LE 52.88 million, respectively.

Egyptian, Arab and foreign individuals were net buyers at LE 41.46 million, LE 6.98 million, and LE 86,264, respectively.

Egyptian and Arab organizations bought at LE 9.48 million and LE 45.9 million, respectively, while foreign organizations sold at LE 103.92 million.

Alexandria Pharmaceuticals, Qatar National Bank Alahly, and Egypt Aluminum were top gainers of the session by 2.46 percent, 2.27 percent and 1.67 percent, respectively.

Meanwhile, Egyptian Satellites (NileSat), Egyptians Abroad for Investment & Development, and Sabaa International Company for Pharmaceutical and Chemical were top losers of the session by 8.89 percent, 5.80 percent, and 5.26 percent, respectively.

EGX ended Monday’s session in red, as EGX30 declined 0.82 percent, EGX50 decreased 0.79 percent, EGX70 inched down 0.35 percent, and EGX100 dipped 0.41 percent.
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3/19/2019 2:58:00 PM
<![CDATA[Avon Partners with Entreprenelle to Support Women Empowerment on International Women’s Day]]>
SHE CAN is the leading women entrepreneurship event in Egypt – and coming soon to the MENA region – with a mission to empower society by enhancing the women’s entrepreneurship skills by connecting them to businesses across Egypt. This year, the event will be held under the theme Successful Failures in a series of talks, panel discussions, mentoring sessions, pitching competitions, recruitment opportunities and exhibition and child care services. High profile businesswomen and businessmen will discuss topics such as challenging norms, learning from failure, and entrepreneurship taboos.

Avon’s sponsorship of and participation in the SHE CAN event coincides with the launch of the company’s global stand4her initiative, a global plan to tackle some of the greatest barriers that are holding women back from achieving their full potential.

The multi-faceted initiative was developed in response to new research commissioned by Avon with input from Oxford Economics which shows that despite the global increase in flexible working patterns, women still feel they are held back from running their own businesses. The stand4Her global plan includes several dynamic and multi-faceted components including the Avon Fair for Her Programme, the Avon Foundation for Women Scholarship Programme, The Avon Breast Cancer Promise, The Avon Promise to Help End Violence Against Women and Girls, and Avon’s Global Women’s Employee Strategy. Details on these initiatives can be found at:

https://www.avonworldwide.com/supporting-women

As part of the stand4her campaign, Avon will launch a beauty pack to support the campaign. For every pack sold, the Avon Foundation will make a donation to a new Freedom Fund to help women across the globe access learning and development opportunities to achieve their potential.

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“Around the world, millions of girls are still unable to fulfil their dreams due to economic, social and political barriers. Yet, despite this difficult reality, many are breaking down boundaries, shattering stereotypes and standing up for their causes,” said Barbara Castioni, Marketing & Sales Support Avon Egypt & Business Integration Manager, Avon Egypt and Saudi Arabia. “At Avon, our plan is to create a better world by positively impacting the lives of 1 million women every year by advancing their earning potential through the power of beauty, and their ability to live a safe and healthy life. By partnering with organizations such as Entreprenelle to support important events like SHE CAN, we’re all one step closer to helping empower women right here in our own community.”
With a shared mission and vision, Avon and Entreprenelle are partnering on SHE CAN to provide women with support to network with business people, and gain knowledge and awareness of the players in the entrepreneurship ecosystem, as well as opportunities and capital sources.

Avon is also participating in the event with talks by Mohamed Farouk, Avon Country Manager for Egypt and KSA; Lucy Moufarreg, Area Sales Manager, as well as two Avon Area Sales Manager and Divisional Sales Manager who will share their stories and how the company helped empower them to take control of their lives and provided them with a financial earning opportunity.

Avon has a strong record of supporting women empowerment in Egypt. Annually, Avon Egypt provides thousands of women of every social strata with a reliable and supported earning opportunity as Sales Representatives, regardless of their status or education, empowering them to achieve their targets no matter how big or small. On top of the daily commitment, last year Avon launched a sponsorship deal with the Gazelle Rally team lead by Yara Shalaby in addition to the company’s sponsorship with the Transforma Rugby team for Girls. Avon Egypt has also established a strategic alliance with Pink Taxi, founded by entrepreneur Reem Fawzy, which is an online taxi service dependent solely on female drivers to empower women to access the tourism sector as in Egyptian market.

With millions of Independent Sales Representatives, and one of the biggest corporate supporters focused on female causes, Avon is more than a beauty company – it’s a global network of women. Since 1886, Avon has been empowering women to live on their own terms by offering them an alternative to achieve economic independence at a time where they were not even able to vote in most of the countries. SHE CAN and stand4her is another step in the company’s mission of inspiring and creating a world with more empowered women.

About Avon:

Avon is the company that for 130 years has stood for beauty, innovation, optimism and, above all, for women. Avon products are sold through 6 million active independent Avon Sales Representatives worldwide. Product line includes color cosmetics, skincare, fragrance and fashion and home, featuring such well-recognized brand names as Avon Color, ANEW, Avon Care, Skin-So-Soft, and Advance Techniques. Learn more about Avon and its products at www.avoncompany.com.

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3/19/2019 2:57:50 PM
<![CDATA[1st Tuwaiq International Sculpture Symposium kicks off in Riyadh]]>
The symposium is the first festival of its kind to be hosted in the Kingdom and is one of the most significant cultural and artistic events organized by the General Authority of the Diplomatic District in Riyadh.

The festival is held under the auspices of Minister of Culture and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the General Authority of the Diplomatic District Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan.

The authority said in a statement that the importance of this event lies in the number and diversity of the participants. A total of 23 artists are set to participate, including 20 artists from around the world and three from Saudi Arabia.

The authority further stressed that holding such events is of great importance and artistic value, given the significance of the participating artists and their status in the countries they represent. The event will contribute to enhancing the expertise and sustainability of this artistic field.

It is worth mentioning that the General Authority of the Diplomatic District in KSA aims at developing the embassy district and providing its needs of public facilities and services in the construction, economic, social, cultural, historical and environmental fields.]]>
3/19/2019 2:57:44 PM
<![CDATA[Borg El Arab Stadium to host Cairo Derby ]]>
EFA also announced that the game between Smouha and Wadi Degla, which was scheduled to be played in Borg El Arab, will be played in Haras El Hedoud Stadium.

Al-Ahly and Zamalek revealed that they want to play the game in Cairo because of the bad condition of Borg El Arab Stadium but EFA decided to play the game in Alexandria.

“The stadium will not host any game until the derby to be ready to host the game” The head of competitions committee at the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) Amer Hussein told Filgoal on Tuesday.

Zamalek are leading the Egyptian League table with 52 points from 21 games and they are 2 points ahead of the defending champions, Al-Ahly who played 22 games. ]]>
3/19/2019 2:49:11 PM
<![CDATA[Cabinet denies reports on performing random drug tests on citizens]]>
In a statement, the center said it contacted the Ministry of Social Solidarity which on its part denied the news, saying no decision was taken in this respect.

The statement added the tests will be only performed for civil servants to make sure that do no take illegal drugs which affect the performance of the state machinery, pointing out that drug tests had been performed on school bus drivers and vocational drivers on motorways and found that some of already took drugs.

The ministry appealed to social users to be accurate in publishing such reports and contact officials before posting them.]]>
3/19/2019 2:43:45 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi visits NBE pavilion at youth platform]]>
The pavilion includes an integrated model of the electronic service branches, the latest achievements by the bank in terms of banking services.

The bank's information technology sector youths have developed all software of the interactive screens in these branches, a statement by the bank said.

The president was welcomed by the bank's CEO Hisham Okasha, Deputy Board Chairman Yehia Abul-Foltouh and other bank officials.]]>
3/19/2019 2:36:38 PM
<![CDATA[Al Wehda sack Mido ]]>
Mido managed the club in 13 games at the Saudi Arabian League; he led them to win 6 games and 3 games ended with a draw while he lost 4 games.

The Egyptian manager thanked the club board, the fans and the players for supporting him during his time with the club.

The club did not announce the reasons behind the decision but reports claimed that the decision was made after an argument on Twitter between the manager and one of the club fans.

Al Wehda Egyptian goalkeeper, Mohamed Awad, backed Mido saying “Mido is the best manager I have ever worked with. He won the best manager twice during his time at the best league in the region.”

Al Wehad comes sixth in the League with 36 points, four points behind the fifth placed, Al Ahli. ]]>
3/19/2019 2:12:39 PM
<![CDATA[PM follows up implementation of Sisi HCV initiative in Africa]]>
Sisi's initiative also includes refugees residing in Egypt, Madbouli said in a meeting with Health Minister Hala Zayed Tuesday.

Zayed reviewed her Ministry's plan to implement the initiative, noting that embassies will be notified of hospitals conducting the HCV test to inform their nationals in Egypt.

Some seven million refugees should have the HCV test, the minister said, noting that two hospitals in each governorate will be conducting the examinations.

The Health Ministry is also acting to send medical convoys to African states to run the HCV tests, Zayed told the premier.]]>
3/19/2019 2:10:20 PM
<![CDATA[Van Dijk backs Salah against Criticism ]]>
"People can say all they want but I think all the teams in the Premier League would love to have him in their side," Van Dijk told Liverpool official website.

Salah failed to score for his team Liverpool at the last seven games as his last goal came against Bournemouth on 9 February when Liverpool won at home 3-0.

Van Dijk added “The goals will come. That's something for a striker that is maybe going to be in your head but we tell him every time: you just need to keep working, keep going and you will be fine."

Egypt national team manager, Javier Aguirre, decided to rest Salah during the International duty in March and he is ruled out of Egypt clashes against Niger and Nigeria.

Liverpool returned to the Premier League top and they are leading the table with 76 points, two points ahead of Manchester City who still have a postponed game. ]]>
3/19/2019 1:58:26 PM
<![CDATA[Switzerland's injured Shaqiri out of Euro qualifiers]]>
"The attacking midfielder is suffering from a painful inflammation in the groin," the FA announced on its website https://www.football.ch/SFV/Nationalteams/A-Team/News/xherdan-shaqiri-faellt-verletzt-aus.aspx.

The 27-year-old Liverpool player missed training on Monday and was instead examined in a Zurich hospital.

Switzerland coach Vladimir Petkovic will name a replacement on Tuesday for their opening Euro qualifiers away to Georgia on Saturday and at home to Denmark three days later.]]>
3/19/2019 1:49:59 PM
<![CDATA[FA to pay Wembley tribute to Christchurch attack victims]]>
Fifty people died in the attack on two mosques in New Zealand. Australian Brenton Harrison Tarrant, 28, a suspected white supremacist, has been charged with murder over the shootings.

"We will pay tribute to the victims of the tragedy in New Zealand at the England v Czech Republic match on Friday 22 March," the FA said in a statement.

"We will remember everyone affected by the terrible events in Christchurch." ]]>
3/19/2019 1:48:37 PM
<![CDATA[Abraham targets first-team action on return to Chelsea]]>
Abraham is on loan at the second-tier Championship club until the end of the season and he is their leading goal scorer with 21 league goals, three behind the division's top marksman Teemu Pukki of Norwich City.

"As a young kid, I've always believed I will play for Chelsea, I always believe that," Abraham told Sky Sports.

The 21-year-old, who has also had loan spells at Bristol City and Swansea City, has made two Premier League appearances for Chelsea - the same number of international caps he has for England - and is aiming to significantly add to that tally.

"That's the aim going into next season," Abraham added. "I think I have the ability to. I just have to, when I get the opportunity, grab it with two hands."

Sixth-placed Villa are vying for promotion to the top flight through a Championship playoff spot with eight games to go and host Blackburn Rovers on March 30. ]]>
3/19/2019 1:45:31 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt thwarts infiltration of 87 migrants to Libya through Salloum]]>
The migrants were caught while trying to cross the border through some desert routes. They were arrested and detained until they are criminally and politically examined, according to the reports.

The Libyan Coast Guard picked up in November last year, 315 migrants in the Mediterranean Sea, including Egyptians, aboard inflatable boats on their way to Europe.

According to Coast Guard spokesman Ayoub Qassem, the picked up migrants included 32 women and eight children.

Over the years, migrants, especially those whose countries witness long-lasting crises, have used the western coast to leave their countries for Europe.

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi has exerted extensive efforts since he took post in 2014 to secure the Egyptian coasts and fight illegal immigration, which is probably the reason behind Egyptians’ resorting to Libya for illegal immigration.

During the World Youth Forum held in the Red Sea city of Sharm El-Sheikh, Sisi addressed illegal immigration and unemployment, asking if those developed countries that suffer from illegal migrants are ready to offer job opportunities to youth in countries with high unemployment rates.

Earlier, during his visit to Berlin, Sisi has also reviewed Egypt’s “remarkable” success in halting illegal immigration to Europe since September 2016. ]]>
3/19/2019 1:32:33 PM
<![CDATA[Rock 'n' roll pioneer Jerry Lee Lewis in rehab following stroke]]>
However, the health setback has forced Lewis, 83, to cancel some upcoming appearances, including an April 28 date at the New Orleans Jazz Festival, a May 18 show at the Tennessee Theater in Knoxville, Tennessee, and a June 8 engagement at the Birchmere in Alexandria, Virginia, spokesman Zack Farnum said.

Farnum quoted the performer’s neurologist, Dr. Rohini Bhole, as saying the prognosis for Lewis was promising, two weeks after being hospitalized for a stroke.

Jerry Lee is expected to fully recover with aggressive and intensive rehab,” Bhole said. “From what I have seen thus far, he is heading in the right direction.”

Farnum said the hospital and rehab center were both in Memphis, about 20 miles (32 km) north of Lewis’ current ranch home in Nesbit, Mississippi.

It was in Memphis that Lewis got his big start in the recording business at Sun Records in the 1950s, with the likes of Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash.

Lewis, nicknamed “The Killer,” was among the very first class of musicians inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and his raucous piano style on such hits as “Great Balls of Fire” and “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” was essential in shaping the early sound of rock.

But his career has also been overshadowed by scandal, including a marriage, in his early 20s, to his 13-year-old cousin, his accidental shooting of his bass player in 1976 and costly battles with the Internal Revenue Service.

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3/19/2019 1:29:06 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt hopes to transfer its experience with youth, development to Africa: Spox]]>
He added in statements to the national television that Egypt aspires to enhance its cooperation with Africa on several levels including youth and development.

"President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi prioritizes youth as they aspire to establish a prosperous future," Radi explained.

He added that Egypt established more than one model of youth conferences. "Three years ago, we called for organizing local youth conferences in different cities and governorates all over the country; then we established the World Youth Forum in November 2017 for the first time, and finally we witnessed inaugurating the Arab and African youth Forum in 2019," Radi said.

The Arab and African youth forum comes in light of carrying out the recommendations of the second edition of the World Youth Forum (WYF), which was held in Sharm El-Sheikh in November 2018. At the closing ceremony of the WYF, President Sisi named Aswan the capital of African Youths in 2019.

At the 32nd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union in Addis Ababa on February 10, President Sisi, who is currently heading the African Union, invited heads and presidents of African countries to attend the forum.

President Sisi has commissioned the National Academy for Training and Rehabilitation of Youth with setting executive mechanisms for training the African youth in the economic, political and social levels, said Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli in a statement on December 2, 2018.]]>
3/19/2019 1:28:28 PM
<![CDATA[PM, Parliament speaker visit national projects, enjoy landscape in Aswan]]>
Both officials were accompanied by a number of ministers, including Hala al-Saeed, the minister of planning.

This tour came after the Arab-African Youth Forum ended. The forum kicked off on Saturday, Mar. 16, with the participation of 1,500 youths, and ended on Monday.

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Parliament Speaker Ali Abdel Aal, Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly and Hala el-Saeef during a tour in Aswan after the Arab-African Youth Forum ended - Press photo


The Arab-African Youth Platform was launched with a ceremony that celebrated Egypt's chairing of the African Union and shed light on Egypt's position as a meeting point between the Arab and African civilizations.

The opening ceremony gathered a number of senior officials, representatives and public figures from Africa such as Mariam al-Mansouri, the UAE's first female fighter pilot; Moussa Faki, the African Union Commission chairperson; Nelson Mandela’s grandson; Syrian journalist and anchor Zaina Yazigi and Ahmad Ahmad, president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF).

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Parliament Speaker Ali Abdel Aal, Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly and Hala el-Saeef during a tour in Aswan after the Arab-African Youth Forum ended - Press photo


A set of Arab and African countries contributed in the AYF including Nigeria, Djibouti, Chad, Ghana, Burundi, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Gambia, Sudan, Gabon, Iraq, Palestine, Guinea and Mozambique.

The forum tackled topics such as the future of scientific research and health care, and the impact of advanced technology and innovation in Africa and the Arab region. ]]>
3/19/2019 1:07:17 PM
<![CDATA[In pics: Egypt names 32 women 2019 ideal mothers ]]>
The ministry announced Monday the names of Egypt's ideal mothers, including a mother with disability and a mother of a son with special needs from different governorates including: Cairo, Giza, Assyut, North Sinai, New Valley, Qena, Matrouh, Alexandria, Kafr el-Sheikh, Aswan, Fayoum, Red Sea, Qaluybia, Sharqia, Port Said, Gharbiya, Beni Suef, Menoufia, Beheira, Sohag, South Sinai and Suez.

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Egypt honored 32 women across the country and named them 2019 ideal mothers - Karim Abdel Aziz/Egypt Today


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Egypt honored 32 women across the country and named them 2019 ideal mothers - Karim Abdel Aziz/Egypt Today


Amira Helal, an honored mother from North Sinai, said that she is a pensioner; she retired from her work as a deputy head of a school in Arish city. She bore the responsibility of bringing up her two children after her husband died of cancer in 2000.

Honoring ideal mothers in Egypt is a tradition that takes place every year to appreciate their role in bringing up their children into good citizens who serve their homeland. The mothers are granted medals in a ceremony marking Mother's Day.

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Egypt honored 32 women across the country and named them 2019 ideal mothers - Karim Abdel Aziz/Egypt Today


It is said that the ideal mother competition starts in January, where applications are submitted with nominations.

Egypt celebrates Mother's Day on March 21 every year.

The Mother's Day is a celebration to honor mothers, motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers on the society. It is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world, most commonly in March or May.]]>
3/19/2019 1:00:15 PM
<![CDATA[3 Egyptian workers killed in ceiling collapse in Kuwait City]]>
The deceased are identified as Ahmed Youssef Ahmed el Baga, Abdel Sattar Gadallah Rashid and Mohamed Mohamed el Sakka, an official Interior Ministry source told MENA.

The Egyptian Consulate in Kuwait has contacted the construction company where the three worked to ensure that their families receive all the financial and compensation rights.

The consulate is also handling flying the three bodies home.

Minister of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs and Minister of State for Municipality Affairs Fahad Al Shola called for the need to accelerate investigations into the accident and to hold those responsible accountable.

In a statement, the minister expressed his deepest condolences to the families of the three victims.]]>
3/19/2019 12:22:31 PM
<![CDATA[Oil prices hover close to 2019 highs on OPEC output cuts, U.S. sanctions]]>
U.S. sanctions against oil producers Iran and Venezuela are also boosting prices, although traders said the market may be capped by rising U.S. output.

U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) futures were at $59.14 per barrel at 0746 GMT, up 5 cents from their last settlement and close to the 2019 high of $59.23 reached the previous day.

Brent crude oil futures were up 20 cents at $67.74 per barrel, also close to this year’s peak of $68.14 marked late last week.

In China, Shanghai crude futures, launched in March last year, bounced 4.5 percent from their last close to 468.2 yuan ($69.71) per barrel, also near 2019 highs of 475.7 yuan a barrel hit during a brief spike in February.

In dollar-terms, this pushed Shanghai crude into a premium over Brent.

The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) on Monday scrapped its planned meeting in April, effectively extending supply cuts that have been in place since January until at least June, when the next meeting is scheduled.

OPEC and a group of non-affiliated producers including Russia, known as OPEC+, started withholding supply to halt a sharp price drop in the second-half of 2018, when markets came under pressure from surging output as well as an economic slowdown.

“The OPEC+ deal has brought stability to crude prices and signs of an extension have taken crude higher,” said Alfonso Esparza, senior market analyst at futures brokerage OANDA.

Prices have been further supported by U.S. sanctions against oil exports from Iran and Venezuela, traders said.

Because of the tighter supply outlook for the coming months, the Brent forward curve has gone into backwardation since the start of the year, meaning that prices for immediate delivery are more expensive than those for dispatch further in the future, with May Brent prices currently around $1.20 per barrel more expensive than December delivery Brent.

Outside OPEC, analysts are eyeing U.S. crude oil production, which has soared by more than 2 million barrels per day (bpd) since early 2018, to around 12 million bpd, making the United States the world’s biggest producer ahead of Russia and Saudi Arabia.

Weekly output and storage data will be published by the Energy Information Administration (EIA) on Wednesday.

On the demand-side, there is concern that an economic slowdown will erode oil consumption.

Bank of America Merrill Lynch said in a note that economic “risks are skewed to the downside” and that “we forecast global demand growth of 1.2 million bpd year-on-year in 2019 and 1.15 million bpd during 2020”.

The bank said it expected “Brent and WTI to average $70 per barrel and $59 per barrel respectively in 2019, and $65 per barrel and $60 per barrel in 2020.”]]>
3/19/2019 12:06:45 PM
<![CDATA[Asian shares steady as Fed looms, May's Brexit deal in chaos]]>
European shares were expected to open slightly lower, with financial spread-betters seeing Britain’s FTSE, France’s CAC and Germany’s DAX ticking down between 0.03 and 0.12 percent each.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was virtually flat, easing back from its highest level since Sept. 4 hit earlier in the session.

Japan’s Nikkei average and Australian stocks both dipped 0.1 percent.

In China, the benchmark Shanghai Composite slipped 0.2 percent and the blue-chip CSI 300 fell 0.4 percent, while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng was almost flat.

All three major Wall Street indexes rose overnight, lifted by the bank and tech sectors, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average, the S&P 500, and the Nasdaq Composite adding between 0.3 and 0.4 percent each. [.N]

“Speculators appear to be betting on a rise in stock prices on the back of a dovish Fed. The Fed is unlikely to kill such hopes. Yet there is a risk the Fed could tone down its dovishness,” said Masanari Takada, cross-asset strategist at Nomura Securities.

With global economic growth appearing to slow, traders were focused on the Fed, which kicks off a two-day policy meeting later in the day, for clues about the likely path of U.S. borrowing costs.

Investors will particularly look to see whether policymakers have sufficiently lowered their interest rate forecasts to more closely align their “dot plot”, a diagram showing individual policymakers’ rate views for the next three years.

Also expected is more detail on a plan to stop cutting the Fed’s holdings of nearly $3.8 trillion in bonds.

“A key focus is when the Fed will omit the word ‘patient’ from its statement, as that would be a pre-requisite for a rate hike,” said Toru Yamamoto, chief fixed income strategist at Daiwa Securities.

In currency markets, sterling found some footing after slipping to as low as $1.3183 in the previous session as lawmakers cast doubt on Prime Minister Theresa May’s third attempt to get parliament to back her Brexit deal. [GBP/]

May’s Brexit plans were thrown into further turmoil on Monday when the speaker of parliament ruled that she could not put her divorce deal to a new vote unless it was re-submitted in fundamentally different form.

May has only two days to win approval for her deal to leave the European Union if she wants to go to a summit with the bloc’s leaders on Thursday with something to offer them in return for more time.

Meanwhile, senior diplomats said the European Union leaders could hold off making any final decision on any Brexit delay when they meet in Brussels later this week, depending on what exactly May asks them for.

The dollar index against a basket of six major currencies eased 0.1 percent to 96.450 , hovering close to a two-week low. The index has lost 1.2 percent after hitting a three-month high of 97.710 marked on March 7.

The Japanese yen inched up 0.1 percent to 111.28 yen to the dollar, while the euro was almost flat at $1.1347 .

Oil prices were near 2019 highs, supported by supply cuts led by producer club OPEC. U.S. sanctions against oil producers Iran and Venezuela are also boosting prices, although traders said the market may be capped by rising U.S. output. [O/R]

U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) futures eased 0.1 percent to $59.01 per barrel, close to the 2019 high of $59.23 reached the previous day, while Brent crude futures were little changed at $67.58, also not far from this year’s high of $68.14.]]>
3/19/2019 12:05:08 PM
<![CDATA[AL Chief, Spain's king to probe regional, international issues: Spox]]>
The Arab League chief left for Madrid upon an invitation from the Spanish government, According to a statement issued by Arab League Secretary General Spokesman Mahmoud Afifi.

The visit will include important meetings with senior Spanish officials for talks on Arab-Spanish ties, taking into account that Spain is one of the key states in the European Union and an active one on the international relations arena, the statement reported.

Talks between Abul Gheit and the Spain's monarch are expected to tackle the latest regional and international developments particularly in the Middle East besides means of enhancing economic, trade and investment relations between the two sides in the coming period, he pointed out.]]>
3/19/2019 11:57:18 AM
<![CDATA[Immigration minister vows eased measures for serious investors]]>
This is part of a government plan to achieve sustainable development by 2030, Makram said in a meeting Tuesday with Sherif Younis, CEO of the logistics zone project in Tanta and CEO of Vernbro Global Investment.

She invited him to attend the fifth edition of an "Egypt can through investment" conference later this year.

Makram was happy with Younis' serious intention to invest in Egypt and greatly appreciated the idea to establish a logistics zone in the Delta city of Tanta.

The project would help achieve a quantum leap in services provided in Gharbiya governorate as a whole, the minister noted.

She stressed support for the project and vowed to communicate with parties concerned to ease any obstacles that might stand in the way, especially in terms of infrastructure.]]>
3/19/2019 11:49:27 AM
<![CDATA[New Zealand PM vows never to say gunman's name]]>
"He sought many things from his act of terror, but one was notoriety - that is why you will never hear me mention his name," Ardern said in an emotional address at New Zealand's parliament.

Last Friday's shootings at two mosques left 50 people dead and dozens wounded.

Australian Brenton Tarrant, 28, a self-described white supremacist, has been charged with murder. ]]>
3/19/2019 11:40:07 AM
<![CDATA[NOMP, EG GATE sign deal to market civilian products]]>
The deal aims at marketing and selling civilian products of companies and units affiliated to the Military Production Ministry at the local and international levels.

The deal falls within the framework of the Military Production Ministry's policy to achieve integration among all ministries and companies of the private sector as part of the "Sustainable Development Strategy (SDS): Egypt Vision 2030."]]>
3/19/2019 11:24:54 AM
<![CDATA[4th Al-Mal GTM’s Portfolio Egypt Conference 2019 to kicks off ]]>
The conference is opened by both Minister of Investment and International Cooperation Dr. Sahar Nasr and Minister of Public Enterprises Hesham Tawfik.

Among major participants are: Mohsen Adel, Chairman of the General Authority for Investment and Free Zones (GAF), Mohamed Farid Saleh, Chairman of the Egyptian Exchange and Reda Abdel Moaty, Deputy Chairman of Financial Regulatory Authority (FRA).

The conference examines opportunities for non-banking financial activities, which have become one of the most salient investment destinations at the current phase. This is manifested in attempts to expand existing entities, and the emergence of new operators as well as introducing legislation and regulations, which enhance opportunities for growth.

A wide range of senior officials of investment banks, insurance and non-banking financial services firms as well as listed companies on the Egyptian Exchange will speak in the conference.

Keynote speakers include: Mona Zulficar, chairperson of the Egyptian Federation of Microfinance, Sherif Samy, Chairman of National Asset Management and Investment Company, Basel Al-Hini, Chairman of Misr Insurance Holding Company, Gamal Muharram, Chairman of the Egyptian Factoring Association, Mostafa Gad, Co-Head of Investment Banking at EFG, Fadel Marzouk, Deputy Chairman of Giza Spinning and Weaving, Radi El Helw, Managing Director, Arqaam Capital, Rana Adawi, Chairperson of Acumen Asset Management and Mohamed Aboulghait, Head of Investment Banking at Pioneers Holding.

Other brilliant speakers include: Dr. Adel Mounir, Secretary General of Federation of Afro-Asian Insurers & Reinsurers (FAIR), Hamed Mabrouk, Head of North Africa of Willis Towers Watson, and Peter Magdy, Managing Director of Sarwa Life Insurance Company.

Major participants include: Abdallah El Ebiary, the Chairman of Egyptian Association for Direct Investment, Hatem Samir, Chief Executive Officer of Global Leasing Company, Walid Hassouna, CEO of EFG Finance Holding, Amr Abouesh, Chairman and CEO of Tanmeyah Micro Enterprise, Bassel Rahmy, CEO and Managing Director of Sandah Microfinance, Hossam Heiba and CEO of Vitas Egypt for Microfinance.

It should be recalled that Al Mal GTM, a related company to the economic daily Al-Mal, is the most proactive national firm in conference organizing and think tank. CEOs Thoughts Conference, Real Estate Debate Conference and Portfolio Egypt Conference are the most salient features of the Al-Mal GTM’s successes.
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3/19/2019 11:09:57 AM
<![CDATA[Meetings of Egyptian-Omani committee kick off in Muscat]]>
Oman News Agency reported that these meetings come in light of the brotherly relations between the Sultanate of Oman and Egypt.

The joint committee will discuss all aspects related to the development of the existing cooperation between the two brotherly countries in the economic, trade and investment fields.

A number of senior officials from the two countries representing the various relevant governmental bodies and institutions will be in attendance, the Omani news agency said on Monday.
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3/19/2019 11:03:24 AM
<![CDATA[Screen Buzz Launches in Riyadh in Partnership with Rotana ]]>
Top Hollywood writers and producers will lead sessions on both screenwriting for TV and scriptwriting for features in this unprecedented workshop in Saudi Arabia. Riyadh will be the newest location to play host to the unique workshop series which has previously taken place in cities throughout the region, including Amman, Jordan; Beirut, Lebanon; and most recently, Cairo, Egypt.

While the workshop will target burgeoning Saudi creative talents, anyone from the Arab World is eligible to apply.

Launched in 2018, Screen Buzz is an innovative series of creative workshops bringing top Hollywood writers, directors and producers to the Arab world to support local storytellers in the creation of original, purpose driven content for global audiences.

The workshops provide access to leading Hollywood experts to help develop the most promising Arab writers, directors and producers in the entertainment industry. The curriculum includes interactive sessions which encourage professional collaboration between the Hollywood mentors and local participants, critical thinking and the exchange of ideas.

In addition, the workshop participants have the opportunity to attend one-on-one meetings with the mentors to pitch their scripts.

Assem Badr, director of operations at Rotana, said, “Discovering up-and-coming talent is one of Rotana’s top priorities. We are proud to foster the entertainment industry in the KSA and partner with Screen Buzz to launch this unique screenwriting workshop in Riyadh. The script is the cornerstone of any content creation process in the world and we believe in order to develop the best content for film and television we must work with the leading experts in the field."

Aaron Lobel, founder and president of AAM, commented, "AAM is excited to partner with Rotana to bring leading Hollywood talent to Riyadh for this workshop as part of our Screen Buzz initiative. Through Screen Buzz, we aim to support purpose-driven content and amplify local voices across the Middle East, and we’ve been delighted with the reception to our workshops around the region. We believe there is tremendous, untapped creative talent in the KSA and an incredible number of rich stories waiting to be shared with the world."

Previous Screen Buzz mentors include, director Jack Bender (Game of Thrones |The Sopranos); executive producer Lindsay Goffman (The Good Doctor); writer and producer Mark Goffman (The Umbrella Academy | The West Wing); and writer and producer Daniel Knauf (Carnivàle| The Black List). The most recent workshop in Cairo, Egypt, was led by Mark Goffman; screenwriter Samuel Baum (HBO's The Wizard of Lies | Lie to Me); and writer and producer Jessica Mecklenburg (Netflix’s Stranger Things | Gypsy) as part of the 40th Cairo International Film Festival.

Screen Buzz workshops are held under the supervision of a Middle East Advisory Council, which includes the most prominent Arab figures in the film and TV industry: H.E. NouraAl Kaabi, UAE Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development (UAE); HRH Princess Rym Ali, Founder of the Jordan Media Institute and Board Member of the Royal Film Commission (Jordan); actress and director Nadine Labaki(Lebanon); actress and producer Saba Mubarak (Jordan); actress Yousra (Egypt); actress Hend Sabry (Tunisia); and actress Nelly Karim (Egypt).

Screen Buzz partners with the Arab Cinema Center and MAD Solutions handles its distribution in the region.

The submission window to apply for the Screen Buzz workshop in Riyadh is open now through Sunday, April 7, 2019.

Apply here: http://screenbuzz.org/rules_regulations.php

Rotana is one of the oldest and largest media companies in the Arab world. The Rotana group comprises several specialized and general TV channels and owns the biggest film and television archive in the Arab world. The company has several online platforms, including rotana.net.

AAM champions global storytelling through the power of entertainment. Their vision is to bring together the best of Hollywood with the creative community in the Middle East to empower a new generation of storytellers in the region to produce original content that promotes positive change and shared universal values.






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3/18/2019 5:15:52 PM
<![CDATA[Investment min. lauds strong Egypt-Oman ties]]>
The minister on Monday met with representatives of major Omani companies in Muscat to follow up the results of President Abdel Fattah El Sisi’s visit to Oman last year.

Nasr highlighted the major investment facilities and opportunities available in the Egyptian market represented in the huge national projects currently carried out.

She urged Omani companies to make use of such opportunities with further investments that would reflect the good and strong ties between the two countries.

She said only 88 Omani companies were operating in Egypt.

The representatives said they are keen on increasing investments in Egypt under the latest legislation reforms that have led to improving the climate of investment.

They stressed that Egypt is the main pillar of security and stability for Gulf and Arab countries.

The Ministry of Investment said in a statement that the meeting was part of preparation meetings of the Egyptian-Omani joint committee, which kicked off on Monday under the foreign ministers of the two Arab countries.

The committee will tackle means of boosting economic, trade and investment cooperation between Cairo and Muscat. ]]>
3/18/2019 4:57:10 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt's amb. visits families of expats killed in New Zealand'sshootings]]>
Wassimy delivered the condolences of Egypt's President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, who earlier condemned the attack, and Foreign Minister SamehShoukri, to the families of the victims. He also stressed Egypt's readiness to transfer their bodies to the homeland immediately.

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Egypt's ambassador in New Zealand visited the families of the Egyptian expatriates killed in the terrorist attack in Christchurch – press photo



The ambassador also visited the injured Egyptians in the attack to follow up on their health condition and make sure the required health care is provided to them. He explained that they are currently in good health after they underwent some surgical operations, adding that they left Christchurch hospital.

During the visit, Wassimymet with members of the Egyptian community in Christchurch to check on their condition, support them, and listen to their requests. He also checked the victims of the Arab and Muslim communities injured in the incident.

Australian Brenton Tarrant, 28, opened fire at two mosques in New Zealand, while packed with worshippers attending Friday prayers, killing so far 50 people, and injuring 50 others.

The suspected gunman was charged with murder.

Egypt's Immigration Minister Nabila Markam is set to head to New Zealand on Tuesday to visit the 11 Egyptians who were injured in the deadly mass shootings. During the visit, Makram will meet with representatives of the Egyptian community in New Zealand.

On March 16, Egyptian Top Prosecutor Nabil Sadek ordered to open investigations into the terror attack that resulted in the killing of dozens of worshipers, including six Egyptians.

President Sisi said that this "brutal attack which targeted worshipers" forces the international community to counter terrorism and exert more efforts to confront violence decisively.



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Egypt's ambassador in New Zealand visited the families of the Egyptian expatriates killed in the terrorist attack in Christchurch – press photo

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3/18/2019 4:49:50 PM
<![CDATA[Death sentence for 'murderer' father in Mansoura referred to Mufti]]>
According to the Egyptian law, capital sentences must be referred to the Grand Mufti, the country's highest Islamic legal official, for consultation before they can take place. The Mufti's decision is non-binding though.

Nazmihas been accused of killing his two children; Rayan, 5, and Mohamed, 3, inAugust last year. However, this is the first time he admits killing them before the court.

"I who killed my children … yes sir (the judge) I did it," Nazmi said. Also, the prosecution said that the defendant has reenacted the crime, and penned a letter to his wife to admit it, adding that experts have verified that it was his handwriting.

His lawyer, Abdel Sattar Gad, said that his client committed the crime while under the influence of drugs. He added that Nazmi underwent a drug test after he was arrested, and it was found that he abuses hashish and tramadol.

Once he was arrested in August, Nazmi admitted killing his two children, adding that he wanted to "relieve them" from suffering.

“I killed my children and [I] threw them in the sea to relieve them from me and from the suffering they will witness in life because of me,” he stated in his first confession.

On August 22, which marked the second day of Muslims’ Eid El-Adha feast, the bodies of Rayan and Mohamed were found floating in a watercourse in Damietta governorate’s Faraskur.

Nazmi said he killed them to guarantee they will go to paradise as they are still young and have not committed any sin in their life. Mahmoud called for quick execution, saying that he regrets his crime. “I don’t want to live after [their death],” he stated.

The Ministry of Interior published a video on its official Facebook page for Nazmi while admitting his crime and disclosing its circumstances.



Nazmi, a farmer, told the police on August 21 that he lost his two children in a park in Meet Salseel in Dakahlia.

He said that he ran into someone in the park who pretended to be his colleague many years ago; once the man left, Nazmi figured out that the kids disappeared.

However, the father, who claimed that he lost his children in the park, was seen by eye witnesses leaving the park with his children in the car, according to the police reports.

Surveillance cameras also showed Mahmoud heading to Faraskur Bridge over the watercourse where the children's bodies were found.

Attempting to confuse the police, Mahmoud said that he had a dispute with a number of antiquities traders, and that he has naked photos for a lady he used to threaten.

During his confession published by the ministry, Mahmoud said that he killed the children because they were disturbing him.

Seven lawyers defending Mahmoud refused to continue advocating him after they heard his confession, according to media reports.

However, later in October, Nazmi denied the accusations saying "I did not kill my children," after his lawyer said that Nazmi decided to withdraw his earlier confession.


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3/18/2019 4:41:01 PM
<![CDATA[Min. of culture launches 1st Artistic Excellence Award]]>
The award aims to encourage young talents and stress the importance of supporting them.

Zaky stated that the Artistic Excellence Award is granted to the best student of the different academic institutes in Cairo. Winners will get to spend a month in Rome and visit museums, cultural and artistic institutions and academies, in addition to attending numerous lectures on the management of cultural institutions and cultural diplomacy.

Head of the Academy of Arts in Rome Jihane Zaky stated that 2019 marks the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Academy of Arts in Rome, which, since 1929, has been embracing the young artists and intellectuals and providing support for Egyptians talents, contributing to the production of a generation of significant Egyptian artistic innovators, such as; Yusif Kamel, Abdel Kader Rizk, and Mohamed Nagy, among others.


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3/18/2019 4:38:09 PM
<![CDATA[Dubai Metro Music Festival Kicks off March 17]]>
The festival's organizers stated that the festival is hosting a distinguished group of Emirati and Arab talents, offering performances that combine unique classical compositions and modern musical styles.

Director of Creative Projects in Dubai Shaimaa al-Suwaidi declared that the festival, which is set to run until March 23, will be held at five metro stations.

The shows will start at 6 a.m. and will include performances for numerous talents, including Emirati Khadija Selem, Talia Lahoud from Lebanon, Medhat Mamdouh from Egypt, Taher el-Bahrani from KSA, among others.

"We were very pleased with the amount of people that showed interest in the festival on its first day. The majority of the attendees were Metro commuters, as well as others who came specifically to the stations to watch the shows,” stated Suwaidi.

Suwaidi further explained that the organizing committee of the festival was keen to select a group of remarkable Arab and international talents that reflect through their creative work different musical styles representing many countries.



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3/18/2019 4:30:31 PM
<![CDATA[FEI: Egypt produces 83M tons of cement annually]]>
Bakr made her statements at a two-day Coaltrans conference, which kicked off on Monday in Cairo in the presence of cement producers from all over the world.

She said that Egypt has 48 production lines nationwide, noting that the country has depended on coal-based cement production after the industry suffered lack of natural gas supply between 2011 and 2014.

Bakr added that the cement sector provides jobs for some 50,000 of direct labor and 200,000 of indirect labor working in 20 foreign investment companies, which constitute 52% of the sector.]]>
3/18/2019 4:04:39 PM
<![CDATA[In Pics: Several marine discoveries made in Marsa Matrouh]]>
The survey was performed at B’gosh Harbor on the North West Coast, near the city of Marsa Matruh, under the supervision of the Central Department of Submerged Antiquities of the Ministry of Antiquities.

Head of the Central Department of Submerged Antiquities Ehab Fahmy explained that the anchors discovered were made of stone, iron and lead and dated back to the Hellenistic era up until the 20th century.

In addition, a number of pottery vessels from North Africa, Egypt, Greece, Italy, Spain and Palestine were also discovered by the archaeological mission, which indicates intense marine activity in that region through the different ages and reveals that B'gosh Harbor has been used by ships for more than 2,000 years.

Fahmy affirmed that the mission will resume its work to conduct a careful study on these discoveries to highlight the development of marine activities in Egypt.


The discoveries:

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201915-الاكتشافات-(7)
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3/18/2019 4:03:29 PM
<![CDATA["Investment without Challenges" initiative launched to communicate with investors]]>
The initiative is part of an all-encompassing system established to ensure timely follow up, accelerate problem-solving for investors, complement efforts to facilitate the investment process and eliminate hurdles faced by businessmen, said a statement released by the Investment Ministry on Monday.

An email address (support@miic.gov.eg) and hotline (16035) have been dedicated to this purpose to ensure effective response and speedy communication with investors.

The ministry solved 1,569 problems for investors out of 1,874 received, of which 43 concerned large companies, in the sectors of industry, tourism, agriculture, trade, real estate development, transportation, mining and health, with investments worth EGP 13 billion. ]]>
3/18/2019 4:01:42 PM
<![CDATA[Suarez sidelined for two weeks ]]>
“Suarez will be out for 10-15 days and now undertake his recovery with the FC Barcelona medical team, having been withdrawn from the Uruguayan national team squad.” Barcelona statement said.

Barcelona star, Lionel Messi, had a magical night on Sunday and led his team to defeat Real Betis 4-1 at the Spanish League at Benito Villamarín Stadium.

The Argentinean star opened the score from a free kick and doubled the score minutes later after a fine play with his teammate, Luis Suarez.

Suarez added the third goal for Barcelona at the second half while Messi highlighted his magic night with a brilliant goal that led Real Betis fans to applaud the performance of the Argentinean.



Messi’s hat-trick made Barcelona close than ever to the Spanish League title as Barcelona increased the gap at the top to 10 points with 10 games remaining.



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3/18/2019 3:59:21 PM
<![CDATA[Klopp trusts Salah despite his goal drought ]]>
Despite the goal drought, Liverpool manager, JurgenKlopp, still trusts his winger and praised his performance during Liverpool 2-1 victory against Fulham.

“It is completely normal and any striker could face a situation like that. I am completely happy with his performance with the team.” Klopp said.

Salah’s last goal with Liverpool was against Bournemouth on 9 February when Liverpool won at home 3-0.

Klopp added “It's our life sometimes you score and sometimes not. He needs a break and I am sure that everything will be fine after the break."

Egypt national team manager, Javier Aguirre, decided to rest Salah during the International duty in March and he is ruled out of Egypt clashes against Niger and Nigeria.

Liverpool returned to the Premier League top and they are leading the table with 76 points, two points ahead of Manchester City who still have a postponed game.

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3/18/2019 3:57:42 PM
<![CDATA[Know how Egypt improved score in Global Innovation Index]]>
This came as part of the a mid-year report submitted by Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli's government, concerning efforts made by the state during the first half of the fiscal year 2018/2019 to improve the technological and research system.

According to the Global Innovation Index (GII) for 2018, Egypt ranks 16th among the 30 lower-middle income economies in the index, and 17th among the 19 countries in Northern Africa and Western Asia.

The GII gives detailed metrics about 126 countries representing 90.8 percent of the world's population, according to the GII website, concerning the innovation performance of these countries. The index is published by New York-based Cornell University, the international business school of INSEAD, and the World Intellectual Property Organization.

According to GII 2018, "Egypt proves to be highly efficient in translating its innovation inputs into outputs, as demonstrated by this ratio."

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The government's mid-year report said that Egypt has spent LE 19.9 billion ($1.15 billion) to support scientific research, adding that the North African country managed to raise the number of published international research to 20,000.

The number of patents issued for Egyptians and foreigners reached 108 patents, and 975 patent applications, according to the report.



The 111 year-old Cairo University has achieved 100 percent progress, according to the British QS World University Rankings, President of Cairo University Mohamed al-Khosht said earlier in March.

According to the ranking, Cairo University remains the top university in Egypt in 2019, ranked in 20 subject tables. Also, Cairo's Ain Shams University raised its representation from one department ranked in 2018 to as many as nine departments in 2019.

The university recorded 30.8 percent in academic reputation, and 55 percent in employer reputation. In the Arab region, Cairo University ranks 11th in the QS rankings.

In an interview with ON E, Khosht said that the university has ranked 101st worldwide in the fields of pharmacy, pharmacology, structural engineering and civil engineering.

He added that the university's magazine will become an international magazine, while efforts will be exerted in order for the university's Faculty of Mass Communication to become one of the best 500 colleges in the world in terms of different sections.

Cairo University, the mother university in Egypt, was established in 1908 in Egypt's Giza. The university has over 25 faculties and institutions in different scientific disciplines, with about 250,000 students enrolled.

Mahmoud el-Metiny, dean of Ain Sham's Faculty of Medicine, said that the faculty has jumped 50 places in the fields of biology and science.

QS Stars Rating system provides a detailed look at an institution in specific topics, including program strength and graduate employability. The QS World University Rankings is published annually, and is among the three most-widely read university rankings.
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3/18/2019 3:56:17 PM
<![CDATA[Messi on Betis’ fans applause, "I am very grateful”]]>
The Argentinean star opened the score from a free kick and doubled the score minutes later after a fine play with his teammate, Luis Suarez.

Suarez added the third goal for Barcelona at the second half while Messi highlighted his magic night with a brilliant goal that led Real Betis fans to applaud the performance of the Argentinean.



“I'm very grateful, it's never happened to me before. They always treat us very well, regardless of whether we're rivals." Messi told press after the game.

Messi’s hat-trick made Barcelona close than ever to the Spanish League title as Barcelona increased the gap at the top to 10 points with 10 games remaining.

Messi added “It's a very important victory today.Goals are important as they allow us to take three points, and we took advantage of a very good opportunity."

Barcelona, who won the domestic double last year, are main contenders to win the treble this season as they reached the Spanish Cup Final and they are leading the League with 10 points.

At Champions League, Barcelona reached the quarter finals and they will face Manchester United.
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3/18/2019 3:55:28 PM
<![CDATA[Indian diplomat asserts importance of boosting tourist cooperation with Egypt]]>
This came in Bahade's word during the inauguration of a tourism promotion seminar on Sunday under the rubric "know India" which is organized by the Indian Embassy in Egypt in cooperation with the Indian Tourism Office in Dubai.

Representatives of travel agencies and tourist operators from India and Egypt along with officials from the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism attended the seminar which addressed cooperation opportunities.

India and Egypt boast great ancient civilizations and their great variety of tourist attractions and magnificent historical landmarks are a magnet to tourists from all over the world, Bahade said.

Meanwhile, tourism minister's adviser Nora Salem said that the Ministry of Tourism is proud of the strong ties with India.
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3/18/2019 3:53:55 PM
<![CDATA[International Forum for High Education and Scientific Research to be held in April]]>
Minister of High Education and Scientific Research Khaled Abdel Ghaffar announced on Monday that participating countries include France, Greece, Finland, Portugal, Poland, Italy, Germany, Slovenia, Belgium, Switzerland, Montenegro, United States, Canada, China, India, Kazakhstan, Australia, Nigeria, Chad, Somalia, Zambia, Mauritania, Togo, Tanzania, Morocco, Iraq, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Palestine, United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Sudan, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon.

The total number of universities and educational establishments' representatives attending is 1,500 including those of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the Binational Fulbright Commission in Egypt (BFCE), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the European Union (EU), the British Council, the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum Foundation, African Development Bank, UNESCO, Quacquarelli Symonds that publishes QS World University Rankings annually, the Association of Arab Universities, and the Association of African Universities.

The topics to be discussed include the return on investment (ROI) of high education, scientific research and innovation, the challenges facing the sector on the global scale in light of the accelerating development of IT and digital transformation, AI, job opportunities and qualifying students for labor market, ensuring quality in educational and scientific establishments, expanding in modern research fields, importance of international rankings, the different criteria used in rankings, modernization of curricula to meet development requirements, and capacity-building of students and faculty members in the realm of scientific research and education.
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3/18/2019 3:43:50 PM
<![CDATA[14 Egyptians detained in Uganda deported to Egypt ]]>
The minister thanked Egypt’s Ambassador to Uganda Tarek Sallam for his efforts to resolve the situation.

Ugandan authorities had earlier announced the arrest of 14 Egyptians who were staying in the country using forged residency documents and selling products on the streets without permits.

Egyptian Ambassador to Uganda Tarek Sallam affirmed that four visits were paid to the police department where the Egyptian citizens are detained to follow-up on the investigations and make sure they are well.

The ambassador stated that there were attempts to convince Ugandan authorities to not transfer them to prison, and let them remain in the police department until the case is solved.

The 14 detainees refused to unveil the identity of individual(s) involved in providing them with the fake documents, according to the Ugandan authorities.

The ambassador clarified that Ugandan laws allow the army to check the residency documents and verify the identity of anyone on Ugandan territories.

Minister of Immigration and Expatriate Affairs Nabila Makram was following up on the case with Ambassador Sallam.
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3/18/2019 3:41:08 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian Organizations’ selling pushes EGX into red zone Monday]]>
The benchmark EGX30 declined 0.82 percent, or 122.7 points, to close at 14,910.78 points.

The equally weighted index EGX50 decreased 0.79 percent, or 19.37 points, to reach 2,437.6 points.

The small and mid-cap index EGX70 dipped 0.35 percent, or 2.46 points, to close at 695.21 points, and the broader index EGX100 lessened 0.41 percent, or 7.22 point, to 1,764.01 points.

Market capitalization lost LE 3.4 billion, recording LE 829.04 billion, compared to LE 832.47 billion in Sunday’s session.

The trading volume reached 188.87 million shares, traded through 24,177 transactions, with a turnover of LE 982.56 million.

Egyptian investors were net sellers at LE 13.72 million, while Arab and foreign investors were net buyers at LE 9.69 million and LE 4.03 million, respectively.

Egyptian and Arab individuals were net buyers at LE 65.52 million, and LE 10.55 million, respectively, while foreign individuals were net sellers at LE 12.22 million.

Egyptian and Arab organizations sold at LE 79.24 million and LE 857,226, respectively, while foreign organizations bought at LE 16.24 million.

Cleopatra Hospital Company, Egyptian International Pharmaceuticals (EIPICO), and Arabian Food Industries DOMTY were top gainers of the session by 7.02 percent, 6.63 percent and 3.89 percent, respectively.

Meanwhile, ARAB Polvara Spinning & Weaving CO., Wadi Kom Ombo Land Reclamation, and Maridive & oil services were top losers of the session by 7.07 percent, 7.03 percent, and 6.36 percent, respectively.

EGX ended Sunday’s session on mixed note, as EGX30 rose 0.28 percent, EGX50 increased 0.12 percent, EGX100 inched up 0.01 percent, while EGX70 declined 0.04 percent.
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3/18/2019 3:27:11 PM
<![CDATA[Alexandria International Book Fair to kick off on March 25]]>
The Alexandria International Book Fair will host more than 50 local publishers. Four Arab countries will also participate in the event; those are Kuwait, UAE, Syria and Palestine.

The fair will host numerous distinguished departments related to government entities, including the Ministry of Antiquities, the National Mental Health Council and the National Center for Translation.

Moreover, the book fair will create a platform for different cultural activities suitable for the entire family.

The Bibliotheca Alexandrina organizes several cultural festivals for literature enthusiasts, not only in Alexandria, but also in Egypt and the Middle East.

The book fair’s cultural program includes 14 workshops for children, including workshops for storytelling and writing. A special lecture will be given by former Minister of Culture Farouk Hosni during the festival’s seminar.




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3/18/2019 3:25:05 PM
<![CDATA[Akon to perform in Saudi Arabia on Mar. 22]]>
Aliaune Damala Badara Akon Thiam is an American-Senegalese singer, songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur, philanthropist and actor who was born on April 16, 1973.

He rose to fame in 2004 after releasing "Locked Up" which was the first single from his first album, "Trouble".

He has since founded two successful record labels, Konvict Muzik and Kon Live Distribution.

The labels served as a stepping stone for many soon-to-be successful stars, most notably Lady Gaga, T-Pain, R. City, Kardinall Offishall and Red Café, among others.

His second album "Konvicted" received three nominations for the Grammy Awards in two categories, Best Contemporary R&B Album for "Konvicted" and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for "Smack That" and "I Wanna Love You".

He is the first solo artist to hold both the number one and two spots simultaneously on the Billboard Hot 100 charts twice.

Akon has had four songs certified as 3× platinum, three songs certified as 2× platinum, more than 10 songs certified as 1× platinum and more than 10 songs certified as gold in digital sales.

Akon has sung songs in other languages including Tamil, Hindi, and Spanish.
He was listed by the Guinness Book of World Records as the #1 selling artist for master ringtones in the world.

It is worth mentioning that Egyptian star Amr Diab will perform on the same day and in the same place in Saudi Arabia.

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3/18/2019 3:22:23 PM
<![CDATA[Immigration min. to visit injured Egyptians in New Zealand's mosque attack]]>
During the visit, Makram will meet with representatives of the Egyptian community in New Zealand.

A terror attack hit two mosques in New Zealand. This act of violence targeted congregants and resulted in the death of 49 people.

Makram is set to visit Australia next week to launch an initiative on cooperation among the different communities.

Coming in the wake of terrorist attacks on foreign communities, the initiative is meant to promote solidarity and reject violence and terrorism.

On March 16, Egyptian Top Prosecutor Nabil Sadek ordered to open investigations into New Zealand’s terror attack that resulted in the killing of dozens of worshipers, including six Egyptians.

Earlier, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi strongly condemned the attack, saying that this "brutal attack which targeted worshipers" forces the international community to counter terrorism and exert more efforts to confront violence decisively.

Egypt’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed sincere condolences to the families of the victims. Also, Egypt’s religious institutions – Al-Azhar and the Coptic Church in New Zealand - condemned the deadly attack.

“The attack is a dangerous indication of the serious repercussions of escalating hatred speech and xenophobia and the increasing Islamo-phobia in several countries,” Al-Azahr said in a statement on Friday.

Egypt's Council of Churches also extended condolences for the victims' families, saying that such an act does not represent any religion.

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3/18/2019 2:54:15 PM
<![CDATA[1st local composite structures competition to be held in July ]]>
The duration of the course was 10 days and 194 students of 20 universities participated.

The participants were divided into 30 teams as they will contest in the first local competition for advanced composite structures to be held on July 27 - August 1.

A protocol was signed by the Military Technical College and the Academy of Scientific Research and Technology to carry out joint research projects, and qualify human cadres through educational and training programs.

That is in addition to supporting and marketing innovations and technology as well as patents, entrepreneurship, and promoting the concept of property rights.

The Cabinet indicated in its mid-year report to the Parliament that the expenditure on scientific research rose to LE 19.19 billion over the past six months as part of the Development of High and University Education System Program.
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3/18/2019 2:43:37 PM
<![CDATA[In pics: Sisi visits Philae Temple with AYF participants ]]>
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President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi paid a visit to the Philae Temple in Aswan on Monday morning as the Arab-African Youth Forum hosted in the Upper Egyptian city comes to an end - Press photo

President Sisi toured the archaeological site along with some cabinet ministers and a number of participants of the forum.

At the end of the tour, President Sisi, the participants and tourists at the site posed for pictures.

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President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi paid a visit to the Philae Temple in Aswan on Monday morning as the Arab-African Youth Forum hosted in the Upper Egyptian city comes to an end - Press photo

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President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi paid a visit to the Philae Temple in Aswan on Monday morning as the Arab-African Youth Forum hosted in the Upper Egyptian city comes to an end - Press photo


The forum kicked off on Saturday, Mar. 16 with the participation of 1,500 youths, and is set to end on Monday, Mar. 18.

The Arab-African Youth Platform was launched with a ceremony that celebrated Egypt's chairing of the African Union and shed light on Egypt's position as a meeting point between the Arab and African civilizations.

The opening ceremony gathered a number of senior officials, representatives and public figures from Africa such as Mariam al-Mansouri, the UAE's first female fighter pilot; Moussa Faki, the African Union Commission chairperson; Nelson Mandela’s grandson; Syrian journalist and anchor Zaina Yazigi and Ahmad Ahmad, president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF).

A set of Arab and African countries contributed in the AYF including Nigeria, Djibouti, Chad, Ghana, Burundi, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Gambia, Sudan, Gabon, Iraq, Palestine, Guinea and Mozambique.

The forum tackled topics such as the future of scientific research and health care, and the impact of advanced technology and innovation in Africa and the Arab region.

Additional reporting by Amr Kandil


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President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi paid a visit to the Philae Temple in Aswan on Monday morning as the Arab-African Youth Forum hosted in the Upper Egyptian city comes to an end - Press photo

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President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi paid a visit to the Philae Temple in Aswan on Monday morning as the Arab-African Youth Forum hosted in the Upper Egyptian city comes to an end - Press photo
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3/18/2019 2:29:46 PM
<![CDATA[SVREICO Hosts Faisal Islamic Bank of Egypt new office in Smart Village]]>
The new office of Faisal Islamic Bank is set to be in Building B143, which is one of SVREICO’s integrated business complexes in Smart Village that includes eight buildings so far. Located in the heart of Cairo’s Smart Village, at walking distance from Multinational Headquarters and Egypt’s top companies, SVREICO targets small and medium enterprises, multinational and local corporations by offering offices that start from 70 square meters up to 1000 square meters.

Hisham El Far, CEO of SVREICO, expressed his happiness with the confidence of companies, banks and all customers who chose SVREICO as a privileged place to embrace their business. He added "We have sold more than 100 offices, which reflects the confidence of Egypt’s biggest companies in the services we offer within our projects”. It’s worth mentioning that Faisal Bank’s CIO, Dr. Ismail El Mallawany, came to SVREICo’s premises and signed the contract with Mr Hisham El Far SVREICO’s CEO. The office is due to start operating by the end of this year.

The Smart Village combines industry players and business entities into one place, creating a conducive environment for any growing company. So SVREICO was keen to build up its integrated complexes in Smart Village, providing them with the latest technological and security means.

Smart Village Real Estate Investment Company “SVREICO”, is a joint stock company established in 2007 with shareholders RECAP, Egyptian Export Development Bank, Ahly United Bank and Misr Bank. SVREICO is a subsidiary of Naeem Holding Company, a real estate private equity firm which primarily focus on investing in high-end real estate facilities. The company core business is to develop institutional facilities in Smart Village that can cater corporate and prominent operators. SVREICO has also built and developed 6 complete integrated office buildings and are now rented to various reputable organizations in Smart Village.]]>
3/18/2019 2:26:19 PM
<![CDATA[Youth come on top of President Sisi’s priorities: Spox]]>
Radi added that the president hopes to transfer Egypt’s experience with youth, development and the fight against terrorism to the African continent.

He also said that the meetings held in Egypt during the past years received strong interaction and participation from youth from all over the world, pointing out that the Forum of Arab and African Youth witnessed bright and brilliant models.

Sisi stressed that the restoration of peace and security is an essential element for achieving development in the African continent, asserting that one of the most important calls of the forum held in Aswan is the establishment of mutual funds to finance specific projects in Africa.

The Arab African Youth Forum is held in Aswan on March 16-18 under the auspices of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi.

The forum comes in light of the recommendations of the second edition of the World Youth Forum (WYF), which was held in Sharm El-Sheikh in November 2018. At the closing ceremony of the WYF, President Sisi named Aswan the capital of African Youths in 2019.
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3/18/2019 2:22:49 PM
<![CDATA[EGX to witness 3 private offerings in 2019]]>
Farid added during his speech at the American Chamber (AmCham) that three private firms expressed their desire to enter the market, noting that the procedures of the offering have started.

He noted that the market value of the first company reaches LE 8 billion and the second one hits LE 6 billion, while the third one is still under evaluation.

About the timing of the offerings, he clarified at Egypt’s real estate industry conference that one of them will finish the procedures of the listing during the first half of 2019, and the other two will be floated in September or November 2019.

Farid stressed on Monday morning that offering the shares of a number of public companies on EGX is important to revive the market.

Farid added that the delay of listing the shares is not related to the bourse but to the companies themselves and their vision about the timing and the importance of the offering to reflect positively on them.

The chairman of EGX hoped for the completion of the companies' offerings in different sectors on EGX.

By the end of February, Egypt floated a stake of Eastern Company on EGX, and the public and private offerings on the bourse were completed Wednesday, March 6, with a total value of LE 1.72 billion.

Offering public companies' shares revives EGX: Farid

CAIRO - 18 March 2019: Offering shares of a number of public companies on the Egyptian Exchange (EGX) is important to revive the market, Chairman of EGX Mohamed Farid said.



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3/18/2019 2:20:55 PM
<![CDATA[Stock market ready to finance expansion of real estate companies]]>
This sector is very important for boosting economic growth, creating jobs and improving living conditions, Farid said at the conference organized by the American Chamber of Commerce.

Now, there are 36 real estate companies registered in the Egyptian bourse at a capital of LE 85 billion.

He noted that those registered real estate companies carried out 109 transactions to increase their capital.]]>
3/18/2019 2:19:30 PM
<![CDATA[FRA decides to form committee to elect board of federation of securities]]>
The committee will also be tasked with outlining measures for FRA accredited companies to conduct any of the activities related to securities, Omran said in a statement Monday.

It should also prepare for a first general assembly meeting of the federation, he added.

Decisions of the committee are only endorsed in the presence of the majority of its members, Omran made it clear. ]]>
3/18/2019 2:16:57 PM
<![CDATA[Electricity Transmission Company establishes 4 transformers]]>The contracts were signed by Chairman of EETC Sabah Meshaly to establish four electricity transformers.

The first contract stipulates to establish the New Zagazig transformer with a voltage of 500/220/66/11 kilovolts, and a total cost of about LE 725.8 million, funded by the company itself. The transformer is gas-isolated switchgear (GIS).

The second one is called the second economic transformer with a voltage of 500/220/66/22 kilovolts, worth LE 716.2 million, and funded by the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development. It is also a GIS that will be implemented in 12 months from the date of signing the contract.

The third contract is funded by the European Investment Bank with LE 49.17 million to supply and supervise the installation of two 125 MVA transformers with a voltage of 220/66/11 kilovots and two transformers of 40 MVA of 66/11 kilovolts at the Gamasa transformer station to be implemented within 14 months from the date of signing the contract.

With a cost of LE 206 million, the fourth contract will be funded by EETC to supply and install 11 transformers with a voltage of 175 megavolt ampere to different stations. This contract will be implemented on two levels; the first one will include two transformers in Beni Suef with 220 KV, two transformers in West Fayoum with 220 KV, and two adapter connectors in Aswan with 220 KV.

The second level will include two transformers in Old Zagazig with 220 KV, one transformer in Old 10th of Ramadan with 220 KV, and two transformers in Temay El Amdeed with 220 KV.
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3/18/2019 2:15:26 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt's first lady calls for encouraging talents of Arab, African youth]]>
This came during her participation in the three-day Arab and African Youth Forum held in Aswan.

“We all have to join hands to empower the youth and provide opportunities to encourage them and develop their skills,” the first lady posted on her official Facebook account.

She asserted that she has witnessed the enormous talents of the continent’s youth during the forum's activities.





The three-day forum comes in light of carrying out the recommendations of the second edition of the World Youth Forum (WYF), which was held in Sharm el Sheikh City in November 2018; at the closing ceremony of the WYF, President Sisi named Aswan the capital of African Youths in 2019.

At the 32nd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union in Addis Ababa on February 10, President Sisi, who is currently heading the African Union, invited heads and presidents of African countries to attend the forum.

Luxor and Aswan are probably the two most popular and important touristic destinations in Egypt. However, to arrive in Luxor, tourists had to first land in Cairo International Airport and then take another internal flight to Luxor. Egypt needed a faster, direct route to Luxor so that tourists are encouraged to come.

President Sisi has commissioned the National Academy for Training and Rehabilitation of Youth with setting executive mechanisms for training the African youth in the economic, political and social levels, said Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli in a statement on December 2, 2018.
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3/18/2019 1:26:51 PM
<![CDATA[10 arrested over joining ‘terrorist’ group, spreading rumors ]]>
The prosecution drew a list of charges against the defendants including: participating with a terrorist group in its actions, receiving fund for terrorist purposes; gathering and using social media to commit crimes punished by law in an attempt to disrupt the public discipline.

Two weeks ago, a new draft law was introduced before the Parliament aiming to impose penalties on people and groups spreading rumors to destabilize the Egyptian state.

Soliman Wahdan, deputy Parliament speaker, said that these "terrorist" groups assign a number of research centers to study rumors and spread them across the country.

"We need to issue an urgent legislation to face the information warfare the outlawed groups and individuals have launched," Wahdan said in a statement.

He added that social media platforms and some media channels are used by terrorist groups to spread chaos and incite strife between the Egyptian people and their government.

The planned draft law will impose heavy penalties on people spreading rumors about the country's economic situation and military institutions, with the aim of destabilizing the state, he said, adding that in case rumors resulted in the death or injury of citizens, the violators will, according to the law, receive tougher punishment.

Read more on the Anti-cybercrime law

New draft law to impose tougher penalties for spreading rumors

CAIRO - 8 March 2019: Soliman Wahdan, deputy Parliament speaker, said that he is working to introduce a draft to put an end to rumors issued by some people and groups to destabilize the Egyptian state. He said that these "terrorist" groups assign a number of research centers to study rumors and spread them across the country.





Additional reporting by Amr Kandil ]]>
3/18/2019 1:09:46 PM
<![CDATA[Box Office: 'Captain Marvel' conquers again with $69 million]]>
Marvel’s first comic-book tentpole to spotlight a female superhero surpassed $265 million in ticket sales domestically. Overseas, “Captain Marvel” crossed $494 million for a massive global haul of $760 million. In less than two weeks, “Captain Marvel” has eclipsed the lifetime sums of numerous superhero adventures, including “Ant-Man and the Wasp” ($623 million), “Iron Man 2” ($624 million), “Thor: Dark World ($645 million), and “Captain America: Winter Soldier” ($714 million). It’s already the 22nd-biggest comic-book release ever.

After a sluggish start to 2019, it has been “Captain Marvel” to the rescue. Ticket sales are up over 3 percent from the same weekend in 2018, according to Comscore. As a whole, the domestic box office is still struggling to match last year’s record with receipts pacing 19 percent behind 2018.

Paramount Pictures’ “Wonder Park,” an animated adventure set in an amusement park based on the imagination of a young girl, bowed in second place and had the best start among new releases. It arrived ahead of industry expectations with $16 million when it launched in 3,838 locations, though it will need to pick up steam to justify its healthy budget. Paramount spent nearly $100 million to produce the film, not including marketing and distribution costs. Since the PG-rated “Wonder Park” appeals to a younger crowd, the studio anticipates moviegoing will gain traction as students will be out of school for spring break.

As expected, families accounted for 62 percent of “Wonder Park’s” opening weekend audience. “Wonder Park,” featuring the voices of Jennifer Garner, Matthew Broderick, John Oliver, and Mila Kunis, was not well received among critics. Audiences were slightly more enthusiastic, giving it a B+ CinemaScore.

Landing at No. 3 is CBS and Lionsgate’s “Five Feet Apart,” a romantic drama about two teenagers who meet and fall in love while being treated for cystic fibrosis. Directed by “Jane the Virgin” actor Justin Baldoni, “Five Feet Apart” generated $13 million from 2,803 venues, a sizable start considering it carries a $7 million price tag. Starring “ The Edge of Seventeen” and “Split” actress Haley Lu and Cole Sprouse, the film catered mostly to young females. Women represented 82 percent of opening weekend crowds, while 45 percent were under 18 years old.

Lionsgate has three films in the top 10 this weekend. The studio’s “Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral” nabbed fifth place, adding $8 million for a domestic tally of $59 million. From Lionsgate’s Pantelion Films, “No Manches Frida 2” placed in sixth, earning $3.8 million from 472 theaters. That result is on par with the first film, “ No Manches Frida,” which debuted with $3.6 million before ending its box office run with $11.5 million.

Other new releases include Focus Features and Participant Media’s “Captive State.” The fantasy thriller placed seventh on box office charts, debuting with a disappointing $3 million from 2,547 theaters. Directed by “The Rise of the Planet of the Apes” filmmaker Rupert Wyatt,” “Captive State” was poorly received by both audiences and critics. It carries a C- CinemaScore, along with a 43 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

Universal’s “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” secured fourth place, picking up $9.3 million from 3,727 locations. That takes the conclusion of the animated trilogy past $135 million in ticket sales in North America.

At the specialty box office, Focus Features’ “The Mustang” amassed $76,000 when it debuted in four theaters, averaging out to $18,950 per venue. The feature directorial debut of French actress Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre, which follows a convict who participates in a rehabilitation program that involves training wild mustangs, skewed toward women as females made up 66 percent of its opening weekend audience. The studio is expanding it to 50 theaters next weekend.

Meanwhile, Fox Searchlight’s “The Aftermath” opened on five screens, earning $57,000 over the three days ($11,500 per location). The war drama stars Keira Knightley, Alexander Skarsgard, and Jason Clarke.

March looks to cap off a solid month at the domestic box office with Jordan Peele’s “Us” arriving next weekend and Disney’s remake of “Dumbo” hitting theaters shortly after. Both films are expected to debut with over $35 million in ticket sales.]]>
3/18/2019 12:54:42 PM
<![CDATA[Offering public companies’ shares revives EGX: Farid]]>
In a conference at the American Chamber, Farid added that the delay of listing the shares is not related to the bourse but to the companies themselves and their vision about the timing and the importance of the offering to reflect positively on them.

The chairman of EGX hoped for the completion of the companies' offerings on different sectors on EGX.

By the end of February, Egypt floated a stake of Eastern Company on EGX, and the public and private offerings on the bourse were completed Wednesday, March 6, with a total value of LE 1.72 billion.

Meanwhile, Minister of Petroleum Tarek el-Molla told local media earlier that Egypt is expected to float a stake of Oil Company Engineering for Petroleum and Process Industries (ENPPI) on the Egyptian Exchange (EGX) in the first half of 2019, or before the Holy month of Ramadan.

In 2018, Egypt delayed listing shares of state-owned companies on the Egyptian Exchange, such as the 4.5 percent stake of Eastern Company slated for October. The government attributed the delay to volatility in the global market, noting that if the shares had been floated, they would have failed to be covered at proper valuation.

In 2016, Egypt announced the launch of the government’s IPO program offering shares over three to five years in several state-owned companies in fields such as petroleum, services, chemicals and real estate.

As part of the economic reform program, the government targets offering 15-30 percent of stakes in state-owned companies on the stock exchange (EGX) to increase funding to Egyptian companies, maximize the benefit from state assets, and attract local and foreign capital flows to Egypt.
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3/18/2019 12:43:00 PM
<![CDATA[Several injured in shooting in Dutch city of Utrecht]]>
The Utrecht police said a square at a tram station outside the city centre had been cordoned off as emergency services were at the scene.]]>
3/18/2019 12:40:51 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt condoles with Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe for flood victims]]>
The floods also left hundreds of people injured and thousands displaced.

Egypt stands by the side of the governments and peoples of Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe in theses crises, wished the injured a speedy recovery, the statement added.]]>
3/18/2019 11:59:42 AM
<![CDATA[French President Macron considers banning protests on Champs Elysees - official]]>
On Saturday, protesters related with the "yellow vest" movement burned down the famous Fouquet's restaurant on the Champs Elysees as well as several newspaper stands, a Longchamp luxury goods shop and vehicles.

Following Saturday's riots, that were reminiscent of violent clashes last December on the Champs Elysees between protesters and police, Macron summoned a meeting with the interior and justice ministers on Monday.

Macron has promised to take "strong measures" as soon as possible to prevent riots happening again next Saturday.

Since mid-November, the "yellow vests" protesters - a group that originally demanded fuel tax cuts but has since morphed into a general opposition movement against the government - have held demonstrations every Saturday in the French capital.]]>
3/18/2019 11:55:11 AM