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Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman will begin a tour that is set to include Egypt, UAE, and Bahrain on Friday, Nov. 23 before heading to Argentina to attend the G20 summit, an Arab diplomatic source in Riyadh told German news agency dpa on Tuesday, Nov. 20.

Saudi Arabia and the three Arab countries have agreed to boycott Qatar since June 2017 for several reasons, including interference in other countries’ “domestic affairs.” They are also members of the Saudi-led Arab coalition fighting in Yemen in support of the Yemeni national army against the Houthi rebels.

Bin Salman will discuss the latest developments in Yemen and ways to face terrorism and Iranian threats during his visit to the three brotherly countries, the source said. He will also review the peace process in the region, and discuss ways to enhance bilateral ties with the three countries, the source added.

Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih announced Monday that the Saudi Crown Prince will travel to Argentina as part of a foreign tour he will embark on. Falih, however, did not reveal which countries the crown prince will visit.
11/20/2018 4:52:14 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian short movie ‘Hayden’ to premiere in London]]>
The film which takes place in 1951, after World War II, starts with a big ceremony organized by the rich French lady, Hayden, who is used to make an annual party for the elite at her palace.

During the ceremony many incidents occur between the guests who are weapons dealers, businessmen and public figures. The incidents reveal the nature of the society at that time; then suddenly Hayden reveals her illness.

Hayden is a French-English-speaking movie, filmed in Egypt. Hayden is played by Egyptian actress Engy Abou Zeid, written and produced by Tarek Abdel Gaffar, directed and coproduced by Ammar Galal.

Galal previously participated with two of his short movies in Cannes International Film Festival after completing his masters in London in 2014.
11/20/2018 4:50:00 PM
<![CDATA[Celebrating the Tunisian heartthrob birthday ]]>
Her versatile performance skills have garnered her a huge pan-Arab following in a short period of time, winning her impressive accolades —she is the youngest-ever actress to walk away with the Faten Hamama award—like being named the most influential Arab actress by Forbes Middle East.

Celebrating her 39th birthday Egypt Today will give its readers a glimpse about the Tunisian heartthrob.

Born in 1979 in Kebli, Tunisia, Sabry studied law and completed a master’s degree in intellectual property and copyright law in 2004; but by then, she had already been acting for about a decade.

She started her acting career in 1994 with the Tunisian film Samt El Qosour (The Silence of the Palaces) and starred in The Season of Men in 2000; both movies were directed by Moufida Tlatli.

She was then introduced to the Egyptian cinema scene by Inas El Deghedy in 2001 with the film Mozakerat Morahka (The Diary of a Teenager), co-starring alongside Ahmed Ezz.

Over the years she’s worked on movies and dramas tackling the difficulties and stigma facing people, especially women, and she serves as the World Food Program’s regional ambassador.

The starlet has received numerous awards for her cinematic career, artistic achievements and her role in tackling key social issues, including an award by the America Abroad Media organization in Washington.

Sabry got married in 2008 and has been blessed with two daughters, Alia and Laila, who are now 6 and 4, respectively.

The WFP ambassador and the beautiful inside out Sabry gets up close and personal with Egypt Today about a more intimate, softer side of her and chats about her work, daughters and just how she manages to perfect it all.

Sabry will join the cast of "El-Feel el-Azraa" part 2 (The Blue Elephant) which will be released in summer 2019. The cast will start shooting in November.

"El-Feel el-Azraa" is one of the highest-grossing Egyptian films in the last 10 years. The film grossed more than LE 35 million during Eid Al Adha season in 2014, achieving wide acclaim.

"El-Feel el-Azraa" received a rating of 8.6 on IMDb with more than 21,000 votes by users, making it the highest rated Arabic film on IMDb. The film is still one of the most watched films on TV and VOD platforms.

Director Marwan Hamed adapted writer Ahmed Mourad's best-selling book of the same name that was released in 2012. The novel was shortlisted for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF) in 2014.

11/20/2018 4:38:58 PM
<![CDATA['El Kenz' part 2 to be released by the mid of 2019 ]]>
“El Kenz” part one grossed LE 19 million ($1.1 million) after an 80-day stint in Egyptian cinemas.

The storyline spans over the Pharaonic, Abbasid, Ottoman and modern day periods, ending in the 1970s. The movie revolves around corruption and the mixing of religion with politics, it portrays religious figures using their authority as a means of gaining political power.

The veteran Egyptian director, Sherif Arafa, is one of the most important figures in Egyptian cinema, known for his captivating stories and high quality filmmaking.

The movie boasts a dazzling cast of Egyptian superstars and actors such as Mohamed Ramadan, Amina Khalil, Sawsan Badr, Mohy Ismail, Mohamed Saad, Hend Sabry, and Ahmed Rezk.
11/20/2018 4:28:29 PM
<![CDATA[UK invests in Egypt’s future generation with new education agreements]]>
The Al-Azhar MOU will enable positive religious voices and leadership in Egypt and the world. Building on Al-Azhar’s historic role at the heart of Islamic learning and the British Council’s longstanding work in English Language training at Al-Azhar and across Egypt, the Religious Studies Scholarship renews and deepens the UK and Egypt’s partnership for the 21st century.

The Minister also announced the funding of Her Majesty’s Government for a UK-Al-Azhar scholarship for the academic year 2019/2020. The scholarship allows Al-Azhar students to pursue their dreams of completing PhDs in the UK’s leading universities.

The British Minister also participated in an engaging interfaith dialogue with Muslim and Christian leaders, aiming to bridge cultural gaps and open the doors to multicultural religious discussions.

Minister of State and the Prime Minister's Special Envoy on Freedom of Religion or Belief Lord (Tariq) Ahmad of Wimbledon said: “I am pleased that the UK and Al-Azhar are taking their partnership forward. With this MOU, the UK renews its commitment to this country’s future leaders and invest in tomorrow’s generations, who will play an active role in building their country.”

British Ambassador to Egypt Sir Geoffrey Adams said: “The UK is proud to support Al-Azhar’s historical role in educating young religious leaders who aim to spread the humanitarian values of peace and tolerance, and to combat the evil of terrorism.”

Elizabeth White, director of the British Council in Egypt, said: “We are proud of our partnership with Al-Azhar which has been running for more than ten years – indeed we were even teaching at the institution in the 1940s. By engaging with this prestigious Islamic institution we can help its students engage in global conversations about Islam and religion through the use of the English language.”
Minister of State and the Prime Minister's Special Envoy on Freedom of Religion or Belief Lord (Tariq) Ahmad of Wimbledon signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Undersecretary of Al-Azhar Saleh Abbas Saleh - Press photo
Minister of State and the Prime Minister's Special Envoy on Freedom of Religion or Belief Lord (Tariq) Ahmad of Wimbledon signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Undersecretary of Al-Azhar Saleh Abbas Saleh - Press photo

11/20/2018 4:11:30 PM
<![CDATA[Moderate weather on Tuesday, Cairo 26 °C]]>
Mist will affect visibility over the northern parts and in Upper Egypt in the morning. Winds are mostly northeasterly and moderate in strength.

Waves in the Mediterranean Sea will be light to moderate and will range between 1 to 1.5 meters, accompanied by southeasterly and southwesterly winds on the surface, while waves in the Red Sea will be moderate, ranging between 1 to 1.5 meters, with northwesterly wind on the surface.

Temperatures are expected to be as follows:

Cairo: 26°C- 15 °C
Alexandria: 25°C - 14°C
Damietta: 23°C - 16°C
Luxor: 29°C - 12°C
Aswan: 30°C - 14°C
Qena: 28°C - 12°C
Ismailia: 26°C - 13°C
Port Said: 24°C - 17°C
Fayoum: 26°C - 13°C
Zagazig: 25°C - 15°C
Hurghada: 29°C - 19°C
Sharm El-Sheikh: 28 °C - 19°C
Al-Minya: 26°C - 10°C
Taba: 25°C - 18°C
Beni Suef: 26°C - 13°C
Marsa Alam: 28°C -18°C
Suez: 25°C - 14°C
Halayeb: 26°C - 18°C
Shalateen: 28°C - 20°C
Ras Sudr: 26°C - 17°C

11/20/2018 3:25:10 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt to host 12th round of Egyptian-Russian joint committee in April]]>
The meetings will be held under trade ministers of both countries and will take up means of bolstering cooperation between Egypt and Russia in the fields of trade, industry, health, tourism, education, information technology, customs, agriculture, transport, energy and investment.

This came during extended talks with Russian Minister of Trade and Industry Denis Manturov during Nassar's visit to Russia.

The talks tackled furthering cooperation in the economic domain during the coming stage and mechanisms and timelines set for the different projects.

In a statement on Tuesday, Nassar said that a Russian mission is to visit Egypt in December during hosting Intra-African Trade Fair 2019.

The mission will hold meetings with senior officials of the government and the private sector to discuss investment opportunities in the Russian industrial zone to be established in SCZone, he said. ]]>
11/20/2018 2:51:40 PM
<![CDATA[Nasr, WB mission confer on Upper Egypt development program]]>
The Ministry of Investment funded the program with 500 million dollars in Sohag and Qena.

The mission apprised Nasr of the results of their visit to both governorates.

The mission also lauded the progress done in implementing the projects according to a fixed timetable.

The bank is fully supporting the infrastructure projects in Egypt especially the program that targets developing Upper Egypt, the mission asserted.

The mission praised the recent economic legislation in Egypt which contributed to improving the business atmosphere and made the Upper Egyptian governorates in particular investment-attractive.

Nasr asserted the importance of quickly implementing the program of developing Upper Egypt.

Nasr added that Sohag includes 27 projects and Qena includes 19 others that serve 8.2 million people in both governorates and contribute to creating more job opportunities for youth and women in the more needy places.

Nasr said that the State is keen on financing the most needy governorates to improve the services presented to the citizens. ]]>
11/20/2018 2:33:49 PM
<![CDATA[Bayern Munich 2017-18 turnover up slightly to 657 million euros]]>
Bayern won their sixth successive league title last season but European success eluded them again as they crashed out of the Champions League in the semi-finals, losing twice to eventual winners Real Madrid.

Turnover was up from 640 million euros the previous season while EBITDA stood at 136.5 million, down from 149 million in 2016-17. Net profit was also down to 29 million euros from 39 million.

"Bayern Munich can be very satisfied with the financial results for 2017-18," club CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said in a statement.

"Apart from the sporting success with victory of the German league title and the good run in the Champions League, these results are proof that Bayern also had a good year in financial terms."

The Bavarians have not had the best start to their current domestic campaign, lying in fifth place in the Bundesliga, seven points behind leaders Borussia Dortmund. However, they are all but through to the Champions League knockout stage, top of Group E with two matches remaining. ]]>
11/20/2018 2:18:24 PM
<![CDATA[Assar signs MoU on energy cooperation with Slovenian ambassador ]]>
According to a statement issued by the ministry, Assar said the MoU will help Egypt benefit from the Slovenian experience in the energy and new industrial fields.

For her side, the Slovenian ambassador emphasized the importance of cooperating with Egyptian military production companies because of the quality of their products, and their technological and industrial capabilities.

Miskova further asserted her trust in the success of the two parties to implement national development projects that serve both sides in many fields, including the energy field.

Assar also called on the Slovenian defense companies to participate in the first international exhibition of defense and military industries, "Idex 2018", organized by the Egyptian Ministry of Defense under the auspices of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and held at the Egyptian International Exhibition Center from December 3-5, 2018.

He explained that the exhibition represents an important opportunity to learn about the potential of Egyptian defense industries on the ground and to establish new partnerships with the participating countries.]]>
11/20/2018 2:18:00 PM
<![CDATA[Hield, Kings spoil Westbrook's return to Thunder]]>
Hield's late treys helped the Kings overcome a strong finish from the Thunder's Russell Westbrook, who scored 13 of his game-high 29 points in the fourth quarter.

It was Westbrook's first game since Nov. 5, when he sprained his left ankle late in a win over the New Orleans Pelicans. Westbrook missed six consecutive games, for both the injury and the birth of his twin daughters over the weekend.

Westbrook hit four 3-pointers at Sacramento, the first time he sank multiple 3-pointers in a game this season.

After the Kings let an early 19-point lead slip away in the second half, Sacramento took the lead for good with just more than seven minutes remaining on Bogdan Bogdanovic's 3-pointer that broke a 91-91 tie.

With less than five minutes remaining, Hield started his hot streak that ultimately put Sacramento up 107-98 with 3:36 to go.

Iman Shumpert added 23 points for the Kings, with all of his scoring coming in the first half. Shumpert missed all three of his second-half shots -- all 3-point tries -- after going 9 of 15 from the floor before half.

Bogdanovic scored 16 points, and Marvin Bagley Jr. had 15 points and 13 rebounds for Sacramento.

Westbrook also grabbed 13 rebounds and handed out seven assists. Paul George added 27 points, Hamidou Diallo scored 18, and Steven Adams had 11 points and 15 rebounds for Oklahoma City.

It was just the Thunder's second loss in the past 12 games.

About four minutes into the second half, Westbrook and Willie Cauley-Stein got into a bit of a shoving match after Westbrook's hard foul on Cauley-Stein under the basket.

Cauley-Stein and Adams were both assessed technical fouls on the play after a lengthy review.

Sacramento dominated early, scoring the game's first 10 points and leading 27-8 just 6:05 into the game.

Shumpert scored 13 of his points in that initial push before the Thunder started cutting into the lead.

Oklahoma City was without both Alex Abrines and Terrance Ferguson for the second consecutive game.]]>
11/20/2018 1:49:59 PM
<![CDATA[Late goals earn Dutch spot in Nations League finals]]>
Virgil van Dijk struck a superb close-range volley in stoppage time to equalise for the visitors after Quincy Promes had cut the deficit in the 85th minute with the Germans having led through early goals from Timo Werner and Leroy Sane.

Switzerland, England and hosts Portugal had already qualified for the four-team finals in June.

The Dutch, on the road to recovery under new manager Ronald Koeman after failing to qualify for the last two major tournaments, topped League A Group 1 despite finishing level on seven points with France due to a better head-to-head record.

"This is the reward for our hard work," central defender Van Dijk told reporters. "It was good to get the equaliser and qualify. After a moderate first half we wanted to come out stronger after the break. We showed character tonight."

The Germans, who suffered a shock first-round exit at the World Cup in June and lost a German record six times this year, finished in last place with just two points after what has become a familiar lack of focus this year.

However, their quick young frontline, nicknamed 'the moped gang', looked promising and lived up to their tag as 22-year-olds Werner and Sane, plus Serge Gnabry, 23, frightened the Dutch defence with their speed, especially in the first half.

They had already shown their potential in a 3-0 friendly win over Russia on Thursday as coach Joachim Loew made changes after Germany's World Cup flop and Nations League relegation.

"I am a bit disappointed by the result but overall I saw more positives than negatives," Loew told reporters. "We played a very good first half and should have scored a third in the second half to finish the game.

"But this kind of thing seems to be the story of our entire year," he said, in reference to his side's disappointing season.

The Germans took the lead after nine minutes when Werner controlled a pass with his head and then fired a precise low shot into the corner of the net from 20 metres.

Sane finished an almost identical move in the 20th, latching onto a deep Toni Kroos pass and drilling in the second goal of the evening with a deflected shot from the edge of the box.

Gnabry almost got a third with a glancing header in the 40th and Werner outsprinted his marker only to fire wide on the hour as the Dutch struggled to contain their opponents and remained toothless up front until Promes got them back in the game.

They then earned a last-gasp equaliser through Van Dijk to book their spot in the new competition's finals in Portugal.]]>
11/20/2018 1:43:57 PM
<![CDATA[Juventus head Agnelli denies Super League involvement]]>
Earlier this month, German magazine Der Spiegel reported that plans for a European Super League were back on the agenda after several previous discussions came to nothing.

Der Spiegel and European Investigative Collaborations, a network of international media, citing leaked documents, reported that a fresh plan had recently been drafted by Spanish company Key Capital Partners for Real Madrid.

The plan foresees 11 top European clubs creating a Super League in 2021 when the current agreement on the Champions League format and revenue sharing ends.

Juventus were named as one of 11 prospective founders for the closed breakaway league but Agnelli told the BBC that the Italian club had not been involved.

Agnelli, who is also chairman of the European Club Association, which represents more than 200 European clubs, said: "I can confirm we have never seen, never discussed, never been involved in the creation of this document.

"We are fully engaged with UEFA in shaping the game going forward," he added.

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin told the BBC that European soccer's governing body continued to look at new ideas for its club competitions but that a Super League was ruled out.

"The Super League will not happen. It is in a way a fiction now or a dream," said Ceferin.

"We have some ideas. All I can say is that any Super League is out of the question. Participation stays. And everybody will have an opportunity to compete in every European competition," he added.


UEFA currently runs Europe's elite Champions League club competition and the second-tier Europa League, while it is expected to vote for a new third competition next month.

Ceferin said UEFA needed to make sure that emerging football markets were able to tap in to their tournaments.

"We have to think about Poland with 60 million people. We have to think about (countries like) Turkey, we have to think about Russia," added the Slovenian.

"Fans can rest assured that if we put our hands to making a new product it's because we want to make sure that fans across Europe engage."

Agnelli said that any expansion of European football, in terms of a new structure for the Champions League, could see less domestic football.

"Evidently if you want to have an overall rebalancing of European football and more international (European-wide) football all that would have to go hand in hand with a reduction of domestic games," said the Juventus chairman.

"There's a whole system of anomalies that have to be addressed. It might mean in certain leagues increasing the amount of games. It's not just about reducing, it's about making it a level playing field, which is very important." ]]>
11/20/2018 1:40:34 PM
<![CDATA[Tahrir’s Egyptian Museum receives guests for free on Tuesday]]>
During the ceremony organized by the ministry on Monday at the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir square, Anani said that the Egyptian Museum is the first reference to all archaeological museums in the world, as it contains over 160,000 unique and varied artifacts, noting that the museum will not be affected by the transfer of the Tutankhamun collection to Giza’s Grand Egyptian Museum, which is currently under construction.

Thepresence of as many as 31 ministers and over 34 ambassadors and cultural advisers confirms the Egyptian state's interest in history and civilization and its strong support for heritage, Anani said.

Anani said that the Antiquities Ministry began to implement a plan of development of the Egyptian Museum, which includes exhibiting antiquitiesthat will replace the collection of Tutankhamun, as about 4,500 objects were already transferred to Giza’s new museum.

The development process is funded by a grant from the European Union for a period of seven years, Anani said, adding that the plan is implemented by the Ministry of Antiquities and an association of the directors of five European museums, including the Turin’s Egyptian Museum in Italy,London’s British Museum, the Louvre Museum in Paris, and the Egyptian Museum of Berlin.

Sabah Abdel Razek, director general of the Egyptian Museum of Liberation, said Monday that the celebration of the 116th anniversary of the opening of the Egyptian Museum coincides with the presentation of rare relics of the royal tomb, Yuya and Tuya.

In an interview with al-Youm on dmc, Abdel Razek said that the archaeological collection has replaced the Tutankhamun collection, which was moved this year to the Grand Museum.

She explained that the artifacts of theYuya and Tuya tomb werecompletely discovered in 1905, about three years after the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir was officially inaugurated.

The Egyptian Museum

The Egyptian Museum is home to the largest collection of ancient Egyptian antiquities in the world. It displays 120,000 artifacts. The museum was first build in 1835 near Al-Azbakeyah Garden and in 1855 it was moved to the Cairo Salaheddin Citadel.

In 1855, the Egyptian government gave Archduke Maximilian of Austria many of the artifacts that are now in the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna.

In 1858, following the establishment of Egypt’s Antiquities Service under the direction of French archaeologist August Mariette, a new museum was established at Boulaq's Nile bank.

But regretfully in 1878, the building suffered significant damage from the Nile River flooding. In 1892, the collections were moved to a former royal palace in Giza where they remained safe until 1902 when the museum in Tahrir Square was built.

Additional reporting by Egypt Today Staff
11/20/2018 1:39:49 PM
<![CDATA[Altras receives Chinese ambassador, signs protocol on scientific research]]>
This comes within the framework of the organization's efforts to boost cooperation with sisterly countries and attract foreign investment, especially after the latest visit of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and the newly signed agreements with China.

“Egypt is safe and stable and this urges the international companies to invest in Egypt. We are keen to benefit from the Chinese experts," Altras stated.

Moreover, Altras signed a protocol on scientific research to limit importation and increase the Egyptian citizens’ trust in national products. He also encouraged financing sustainable development researches and the participation in conducting studies on artificial intelligence projects.
11/20/2018 12:34:03 PM
<![CDATA['Fantastic Beasts' enchants North American box office]]>
This second Harry Potter prequel came in slightly behind the first "Fantastic Beasts" movie, which earned $74.4 million in its opening three-day weekend, but it has already scored an impressive $253.2 million overseas. Warner Bros. plans three more "Beasts" movies.

Written by Rowling and directed by David Yates, "Grindelwald" stars Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander as he works with Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) to take down the evil Gellert Grindelwald, played with typical panache by Johnny Depp.

In a rare weekend when neither horror nor superhero movies dominated, second place went to family-friendly "The Grinch" from Universal, which tallied $38.6 million.

The ever-popular Dr. Seuss tale has Benedict Cumberbatch voicing the ill-tempered green title character, with support from Rashida Jones, Kenan Thompson and Angela Lansbury.

In third spot, with $16 million in ticket sales, was Fox's "Bohemian Rhapsody," the foot-stomping biopic about Freddie Mercury and rock group Queen. Rami Malek has drawn strong reviews for his portrayal of the British singer/songwriter.

Fourth went to new Paramount release "Instant Family," starring Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne as a married couple who take in three foster kids over the holidays. It earned $14.5 million and has drawn an "A" rating from audiences polled by CinemaScore.

In fifth was Fox's "Widows," at $12.4 million. Directed by Steve McQueen of "12 Years a Slave" fame, it stars Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez and Elizabeth Debicki as a group of women who try to pull off a heist after their husbands are killed in a botched robbery.

Rounding out the weekend's top 10 were:

"The Nutcracker and the Four Realms" ($4.8 million)

"A Star Is Born" ($4.3 million)

"Overlord" ($3.8 million)

"The Girl in the Spider's Web" ($2.5 million)

"Nobody's Fool" ($2.2 million)]]>
11/20/2018 12:11:14 PM
<![CDATA[French President Macron to visit Egypt in 2019: Amb.]]>
The visit will include holding discussions on the economic affairs, the possibility of having new investments, and will tackle international and regional affairs, Roumtier declared during his participation in Egypt-France Health Forum.

Moreover, the French ambassador denied any sort of competition between France and Italy regarding the Libyan crisis, stressing the importance of Egypt’s role in unifying the Libyan Army, supporting the Libyan presidential election and drafting a new constitution.

“France has a lot to give to Egypt in the healthcare and treatment sector and we are ready to receive new missions to train them and raise their qualifications,” Roumtier affirmed.

He added that: “France and Egypt have the political will to improve the bilateral relations, which fulfills the mutual interests of the two countries.”
In October 2017, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi visited Paris and discussed with Macron joint efforts to combat terrorism, the Middle East peace process and the situation in Libya.

11/20/2018 12:05:56 PM
<![CDATA[New dispute inside Egypt's liberal nationalist Wafd party]]>CAIRO – 20 October 2018: Problems continued to emerge in the New Wafd Party even after the new leader of the party took post on March this year. Since the last days for the term of the party’s former Chairperson Al-Sayed al-Badawi, Egyptian media could spot numerous disputes inside the party.

Only few days after a high-level election took place inside Egypt's 40-year old New Wafd, candidates who lost ballots announced filing grievances to the chairman of the party over the election results.

On November 11, 55 members won the party's "supreme authority elections".

The losing leaders decided to postpone their press conference scheduled for Monday, Nov. 19 to enable the party leader to receive the grievance from the court after he refused to receive it from the party secretariat.

The complaining leaders of the party own many documents proving the invalidity of the election result due to a number of violations that took place during the election process, said Yasser Qora, a member of the party's supreme authority and one of the candidates complaining about the election result.

The party decided to use all available means to convey grievance to the party leader, Qora said, adding that this is a sign ofrespect and appreciation of the history of the Wafd Party.

"Attempts aiming to obstruct the party's path"

Wafd's leader Bahaa al-Din Abo Shoka, on the other hand, said that attempts to distort the image of the party's supreme authority election is unacceptable, pointing out that the elections ran under the full supervision of the National Council for Human Rights.

In a press statement, he affirmed the transparency of the sorting process and the announcement of the final result which he said were carriedout before all candidates or their representatives,assertingthatEgyptian and Arab media also followed up on the process.

AboShoka said that there is "a very few"people who ran in the election but did not succeed; theyare trying to show there are splits within the party which he said is not the real situation.

He added that their attempts aim at obstructing the path of the party, and distorting the democratic image ofthe election.He added that the early election for the party's supreme authority came at the request of 37 members froma total of 42 during a meeting of the supreme authority on October 10.

The head of the Wafd Party said that recent attempts to issue illegitimate statements from inside the party's headquarters were "illegal" and "incompatible" with the law and regulations.

Wafd is believed to be Egypt’s oldest national liberal party and always played a significant role in the Egyptian political scene. It is sometimes called “the New Wafd Party” because it is the extension of the original one which was dismantled after the 1952 Revolution. The New Wafd was established in 1978.

Wafd’s history dates back to the beginning of party life under the monarchy, making it the oldest among existing Egyptian political parties.

11/20/2018 12:01:29 PM
<![CDATA[Al-Ahly squad for Al-Wasl clash revealed ]]>
Ahmed el-Sheikh returned to the squad beside Nasser Maher, Mohamed Sherif and defender, Ahmed Alaa.

Carteron’s announced squad for the game consists of:
Goalkeepers: Sherif Ekramy, Mohamed el-Shennawy, Ali Lotfi
Defenders: Ahmed Alaa, Salif Coulibaly, Saad Samir, Ayman Ashraf, Sabry Rahil
Midfielders: Hossam Ashour, Hesham Mohamed, Akram Tawfik, Karim Nedved, Islam Mohareb, Ahmed Hamoudi, Walid Soliman, Mohamed Sherif, Ahmed el-Sheikh, Nasser Maher
Forwards: Salah Mohsen, Marwan Mohsen, Walid Azaro

Meanwhile, Amr el-Solia, Mido Gaber, Ahmed Fathi, Ali Maaloul, Mohamed Hany and Junior Ajayi were ruled out of the squad for injury.

The first leg ended in Egypt with a 2-2 draw and Al-Ahly needs to achieve victory or a draw with more than two goals to reach the second round.

Al-Ahly players hope to make it up for their fans after they lost the CAF Champions League final to Tunisian giants, Esperance.

11/20/2018 11:52:57 AM
<![CDATA[Salah hopes to follow Okocha's steps ]]>
Salah was shortlisted alongside his Senegalese teammate in Liverpool Sadio Mane, Moroccan defender Medhi Benatia, Senegal’s Kalidou Koulibaly and Ghanaian midfielder Thomas Partey.

Salah clinched the award last season and he could be the second player in history to win it twice in a row following Nigeria’s Jay-Jay Okocha who won the award in 2003 and 2004.

Nigeria’s Nwankwo Kanu and Ivorian midfielder Yaya Toure also won it twice but not in consecutive years.

Salah has had an amazing 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 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.

This season, Salah suffered a frustrating start with his team but he regained his form and scored six goals at the league for Liverpool.

11/20/2018 11:50:39 AM
<![CDATA[Aguirre wants team to play 3 friendly games ahead of AFCON ]]>
The manager also asked for the team to play three friendly games in that period, including a game against one of the continent's giants like Ghana, Nigeria or Ivory Coast.

Egypt defeated Tunisia 3-2 on Friday night at the African Cup of Nations qualifiers thanks to a late goal from Mohamed Salah. This victory allowed Egypt to share the top position of their group alongside Tunisia, with 12 points each.

Egypt still has one game to play at the qualifiers when they travel to Niger to face their national team in March.

Aguirre was appointed as national team manager in August after the Egyptian Football Association decided to put an end to the era of national team manager Hector Cuper following the poor performance of the team at the World Cup.

Aguirre has won the hearts of Egyptian football fans after the national team's amazing results at the qualifiers.
11/20/2018 11:48:35 AM
<![CDATA[Egyptians celebrate Prophet Mohammad's birth but miss sugar dolls]]>
Generations of children eagerly anticipated the annual arrival of the dolls at marketplaces throughout the country, enthusiastically breaking them into pieces in order to indulge in the sweet taste.

But in many shops the edible sugar doll has been replaced with a plastic version, especially in larger cities.

Whether made of sugar or plastic, the dolls are dressed as brides.

Yet, for Mohamed Sayed Farag, who makes dolls in the traditional way, the two are not the same.

“Mawlid without sweets? That can’t be,” he said, adding that he makes a sugar doll, called “Zefaf”, Arabic for wedding, which wears a four-layer dress.

The Mawlid al-Nabi holiday, which starts on Tuesday, is an important occasion for many Egyptians, marked by making traditional sweets that are sold in shops and street markets.

Prophet Mohammad was born in Mecca, Saudi Arabia in the year 570 AD. Muslims around the world celebrate Mawlid, or his birth, each year on the 12th day of Rabi’ al-Awwal, the third month of the Islamic calendar.]]>
11/20/2018 11:39:09 AM
<![CDATA[Sisi greets Egyptians on Prophet Birthday]]>
The president also praised the conduct and traits of the great prophet and wished all the best for the Egyptian people.

A celebration was held Nov. 19 in the occasion of the birthday of Prophet Mohammed and attended by President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, ministers, and clerics. The speeches in the event focused on Sunna which is all statements and actions by the prophet.

During the celebration, Grand Imam of al-Azhar Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb refuted the discourse doubting Sunna, and its tellers. He said that the idea had first appeared in India in the 19th century by individuals who were affiliated with the British Colonization, and others who ended up by either claiming to be prophets or calling for discarding Sunna altogether.

The Grand Imam asserted that many clerics concluded that Sunna constitute 75 percent of the religion. As Sunna determines how to perform prayers, when one of those who call for deserting Sunna was asked how Muslims should pray, he replied that the ruler should develop a method for prayers. The Grand Imam stated that example expressing his dismay.

“That idea was introduced in Egypt by a doctor in Torra prison as he published two articles on the topic in Al Manar magazine harnessing support by some writers. What is common among those (individuals) is doubting tellers of Sunna, and disregarding their massive efforts,” the Grand Imam said.

The Grand Imam stressed that “Isnad theory,” which is the method in which Hadith was passed down through generations and referenced, is “exclusive to Islam” citing the praise of some “orientalists.”

“The prophet is the only one (among God messengers) whose life details were documented,” the Grand Imam affirmed. Tayeb cited a “valid” Hadith in which the prophet warned that some “rich people” would initiate in the future such calls. “That’s a miracle and a proof of his prophecy,” Tayeb concluded.

Additional Report with Noha al-Tawil]]>
11/20/2018 11:17:02 AM
<![CDATA[Trump likely to give U.S. troops authority to protect immigration agents]]>
Ahead of U.S. congressional elections earlier this month, Trump denounced the approach of a caravan of migrants as an “invasion” that threatened American national security, and he sent thousands of U.S. troops to the border to help secure it.

Currently, the troops do not have authority to protect U.S. Customs and Border Patrol personnel. The new authority could be announced on Tuesday, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

U.S. officials briefly closed the busiest border crossing from Mexico early on Monday to add concrete barricades and razor wire amid concerns some of the thousands of Central American migrants at the border could try to rush the crossing.

Northbound lanes at the San Ysidro crossing from Tijuana to San Diego, California, were temporarily closed “to position additional port hardening materials,” a U.S. CBP spokesperson said.

A Department of Homeland Security official, who requested anonymity, told reporters on a conference call that U.S. officials had heard reports some migrants were intending to run through border crossings into California.

The closing was rare for the station, which is one of the busiest border crossings in the world with tens of thousands Mexicans heading every day into the United States to work or study.

“Today was a lost day of work. I already called my boss to tell her that everything was closed and I did not know what time I would be able to get in,” said Maria Gomez, a Mexican woman who crosses the border every day for work. “I cannot believe this is happening.”

Trump had remained mostly silent about the caravan since the Nov. 6 vote, but on Monday he posted a photo on Twitter showing a fence that runs from the beach in Tijuana into the ocean now covered with razor wire.

Critics charged that his talk of a migrant “invasion” was an effort to rouse his political base ahead of the elections.

Officials have stressed that the 5,900 active-duty U.S. troops on the border are not there in a law enforcement capacity and that there are no plans for them to interact with migrants.

Instead, their mission is to lend support to the CBP, and they have been stringing up concertina wire and erecting temporary housing.

The commander of the mission told Reuters last week that the number of troops may have peaked, and he would soon look at whether to begin sending forces home or shifting some to new border positions.

About 6,000 Central Americans have reached the border cities of Tijuana and Mexicali, according to local officials. More bands of migrants are making their way toward Tijuana, with around 10,000 expected.

Hundreds of local residents on Sunday massed at a monument in a wealthy neighborhood of Tijuana to protest the arrival of the migrants, with some carrying signs that said “Mexico first” and “No more migrants.”

Last month, thousands of Central American migrants began a long journey from Honduras through Mexico toward the United States to seek asylum.

Other bands of mostly Salvadorans followed, with a small group setting off on Sunday from San Salvador.]]>
11/20/2018 11:10:14 AM
<![CDATA[Putin says Russia will retaliate if U.S. quits nuclear missile treaty: agencies]]>
Putin discussed possible Russian retaliation with top Russian Defence Ministry officials and added that the Kremlin was ready to discuss the INF treaty with Washington.

The Cold War-era treaty, which rid Europe of land-based nuclear missiles, has come into question against a backdrop of renewed tensions between the West and Russia, most notably over Moscow’s 2014 annexation of Crimea and role in eastern Ukraine.

U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration has accused Russia of non-compliance with the 31-year-old missile accord and warned it will pull out of the deal as a result. The Kremlin denies violating the pact.

NATO and Russian envoy addressed the dispute during rare talks on Oct. 31, with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg urging Moscow to make quick changes to comply in full with the treaty. He said Russia’s development of the land-based, intermediate-range SSC-8 cruise missile posed “a serious risk to strategic stability”.

European leaders worry any collapse of the INF treaty could lead to a new, destabilizing arms race.]]>
11/20/2018 11:08:01 AM
<![CDATA[Policeman stabbed in central Brussels, police say motive unclear]]>
The attacker wounded the officer outside the city’s main police station at around 5.30 a.m. (0430 GMT), a police spokeswoman said. The attacker was then shot and wounded by another officer, she added.

Belgian newspaper DH cited unnamed sources as saying the attacker shouted “Allahu akbar” (God is greatest).

“It is too early to say now what the motive was of the attacker. The investigation is underway,” the police spokeswoman said.

The police officer and his attacker were taken to hospital, but neither sustained life-threatening injuries, she added.

The attack came during a two-day visit to Belgium by French President Emmanuel Macron.

Belgium, home to European Union institutions and NATO, has been on alert since suicide bombers killed 32 people at Brussels airport and on the city’s metro in 2016, although the national threat level was reduced to two from three on a four-point scale in January.]]>
11/20/2018 11:06:31 AM
<![CDATA[Train derails in north Spain, killing one, 44 hurt]]>
A landslide triggered the crash between the northeastern towns of Terrassa and Manresa just after 6 a.m. (0500 GMT), a spokeswoman for the train company, Renfe said. The train carried 131 people.

Rescue workers were trying to free passengers trapped in the wreckage, Spanish television reported.

The north of Spain has suffered heavy rains in the last few days causing flooding and landslides.

In 2013, 79 people were killed and about 140 injured when a train travelling from Madrid to northwest Spain came off the tracks. It was Spain’s worst train wreck for decades.]]>
11/20/2018 11:05:16 AM
<![CDATA[Pakistan summons U.S. envoy to protest Trump's criticism]]>
Trump’s comments over the last few days have angered Pakistan, including Prime Minister Imran Khan, who on Monday hit back at Trump by saying on Twitter that few allies have sacrificed or helped the United States as much as Pakistan in its war on terror.

The friction threatens to further worsen already fragile relations between Islamabad and Washington, on-off allies who have repeatedly clashed about the war in Afghanistan and Pakistan’s alleged support for Islamist militants.

“The Foreign Secretary called in the U.S. CdA Ambassador Paul Jones to register a strong protest on the unwarranted and unsubstantiated allegations made against Pakistan,” Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Over the weekend, Trump said in an interview Pakistan doesn’t “do a damn thing” for the United States despite billions of dollars in U.S. aid, and alleged Pakistani officials knew former al Qaeda leader bin Laden’s location before his killing by U.S. troops in a raid inside Pakistan in 2011.

On Monday, Trump tweeted again and doubled down on those claims.

“Rejecting the insinuations about OBL, Foreign Secretary reminded the US CdA that it was Pakistan’s intelligence cooperation that provided the initial evidence to trace the whereabouts of OBL,” the ministry said, adding that “baseless rhetoric about Pakistan was totally unacceptable”.]]>
11/20/2018 11:04:19 AM
<![CDATA[China's Xi visits Philippines as Duterte pressed to take tougher line]]>
Xi’s visit comes two years after Philippine counterpart Rodrigo Duterte declared he was reorienting his foreign policy away from the United States and toward China, despite decades of mistrust and bitter maritime disputes with Beijing.

In a commentary in Monday’s Philippine Star newspaper, Xi praised Duterte and described ties as being “a rainbow after the rain” and repeatedly called for the “proper handling” of rows over the South China Sea.

But Duterte’s style of handling has frustrated nationalists, who say he has been submissive in refusing to criticize China’s military buildup, or seek its compliance with a 2016 arbitration award that invalidated its claim to almost the entire waterway.

Public opinion is largely supportive of Duterte’s presidency but surveys consistently show reservations about his China policy and disdain for the United States.

A Social Weather Stations survey released late on Monday showed 84 percent of Filipinos felt it was wrong not to oppose China’s militarization of its manmade islands, and 86 percent believed it was right to strengthen the Philippine military, especially the navy.

The poll of 1,200 people conducted in late September also showed trust in the United States remained “very good”, but China was considered “poor”.

A small protest was held outside China’s embassy in Manila on Tuesday.

Asked on Tuesday about the survey, presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo, said Duterte’s strategy was to avoid a potential “inferno” of conflict while reaping the rewards of improved business.

“They are not aware of the real geopolitics in the region. The president is a very cautious diplomat,” Panelo told news channel ANC.

“Rather than provoke, he’d rather talk with them and get some trade relations that will benefit this country.”

Panelo accepted that those benefits, including $24 billion of pledged loans and investments, were yet to materialize, but said Duterte was not scared to speak up.

“This is the best time for the president to exert pressure on the Chinese president,” he said. “Knowing the man, he’ll do that, he’s that kind of person.”

Duterte has heaped praise on Xi for his support for his infrastructure program, although just three of dozens of such planned projects have broken ground.

Some analysts say Duterte risks appearing as if he has been duped into making concessions.

Other Philippine experts say delays in securing Chinese credit could be a blessing given the potential debt burden, echoing a warning delivered by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence.]]>
11/20/2018 11:01:56 AM
<![CDATA['Egypt Can 4': Resumption of developmental series in various fields]]>
This edition focuses on education as part of Egypt's 2030 strategy to achieve sustainable development by benefiting from the experiences of the Egyptian migrants, which coincides with President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi's announcement of 2019 as the education year.

Ambassador Nabila Makram, Egyptian minister of immigration, said that the fourth edition of the "Egypt Can" series of conferences will be devoted to education, pointing out that the conference aims to benefit from experts abroad.

In an interview with al-Hayah al-Youm, Makram said on Sunday evening that 25 professors and education experts will attend the conference.

She explained that the "Egypt Can" series of conferences also aims to link Egyptians abroad to the Egyptian state.

"Egypt Can 3"

The third edition of the National Conference was held in February in Upper Egypt's Luxor Governorate, with the participation of 23 experts from Egyptian expats who have achieved great successes in the fields of agriculture and water resource management.

Egyptian scientists abroad were invited to simplify and reach solutions for the water shortage crisis the country faces, said Makram.

The conference came out with several recommendations, most notably:

1- Using low cost irrigation techniques to improve field irrigation in the old agricultural areas.

2- Assigning the state media and educational institutions to inform citizens of the strategy of sustainable development and to disseminate water awareness.

3 - Localizing technology and industries necessary to implement the state's investment plans in the water sector.

4- Developing mobile phone applications to support farmers in increasing the efficiency of water resources management and increasing agricultural productivity.

5. Expanding the development of the use of non-conventional water resources such as dew water, seawater desalination, collecting rainwater, and treating wastewater.

"Egypt Can 2" Taa Marbouta

Former Prime Minister Sherif Ismail opened on July 2, 2017, “Egypt Can (Taa Marbouta)” conference that shed light on the role played by Egyptian women abroad.

The two-day event was organized by the Ministry of Immigration in cooperation with the National Council for Women (NCW). It came in conjunction with Sisi’s announcement of 2017 as the year of Egyptian women.

The second version came with the participation of 31 Egyptian women who have achieved great accomplishments abroad.

The most notable recommendations of the second edition were:

1 - The establishment of an association for Egyptian engineers to attract girls to work in the fields of engineering, science and mathematics.

2 - Preparing databases for experts and specialists in various fields to benefit from their expertise in achieving sustainable development.

3 - Inviting the second and third generations of Egyptians abroad to a special session to acquaint them with the efforts exerted in Egypt to develop their motherland.

4- Launching an initiative to enhance the role of media and culture in building and developing the country and establishing the values of loyalty, belonging and self-reliance.

In October, 2016, the NCW and the United Nations launched an earlier version of the “Taa Marbouta” campaign in a celebration held at the Cairo Opera House, with the aim of promoting Egyptian women’s social, political and economic rights.

Multiple Egyptian women, including Olympic champions, government officials, and activists against sexual harassment, participated in the campaign.
11/20/2018 10:55:52 AM
<![CDATA[Practice Makes Perfect— And So Can Disappointment]]>
Most of these people actually wanted to learn French but ended up hating it due to a bad experience. Indeed, it is in the teachers’ hands to make the course interesting or not, to make it easy or not; however, there is more in your hands than in theirs. Let me share with you my personal experience with a teacher that could have made me hate one of my favorite subjects.

Ever since I was a little kid, I always wanted to be a physician. I would play doctor and patient with my siblings and I would even steal my mother’s stethoscope. Until my senior year in high school, I aced all biology classes. Until grade 12. My grades wouldn’t exceed 7 out of 20. I would study harder and harder, but still, I would get similar grades.

I didn’t know what was wrong and it was driving me crazy. And when I asked my teacher, she told me that I was lacking knowledge and that she was actually being generous with me, and that most of the time I deserved a lower grade! I was shocked and started losing hope, but I kept going. I kept studying even if I always ended up disappointed by the grade.

Until, surprisingly, on the day of the French baccalaureate results, I was checking my grades—knowing that exams are anonymously corrected, and by teachers from other schools—and I got 19 out of 20. Highest grade in biology! I knew I deserved it; I worked hard for this and I knew my persistence wouldn’t be in vain.

Moral of the story? Do not give up. Do not let anyone bring you down. Not your teacher, not your friends, not even your family. Fight for what you want and work hard to earn it. Because the road to success is bumpy and full of obstacles.

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11/20/2018 1:00:00 AM
<![CDATA['Sad' Trump visits fire-wracked California, blames mismanagement]]>
"This is very sad," Trump said after surveying the remains of Paradise, where nearly the only people out on the road were emergency services workers, surrounded by the twisted remains of a community incinerated by the flames.

"They're telling me this is not as bad as some areas; some areas are even beyond this, they're just charred," he added after looking at a street lined with melted cars, tree stumps and the foundations of wrecked houses.

The deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California's history, the so-called Camp Fire, has now claimed 76 lives after authorities on Saturday confirmed five more victims.

The blaze has devoured an area roughly the size of Chicago, destroying nearly 10,000 homes and more than 2,500 other buildings.

In Chico, near Paradise, Trump met with firefighters and other first responders at a makeshift headquarters.

Senior fire officials recounted how quickly the blaze spread, complicating evacuation efforts, as Trump studied a huge map spread across a table showing where fires continue to burn.

Reviving an earlier controversy, Trump repeated his claim that California had mismanaged its forests and was largely to blame for the fires.

"I'm committed to make sure that we get all of this cleaned out and protected, (we've) got to take care of the forest, it's very important," Trump said in Paradise.

Days ago Trump threatened to cut federal funding to California over its alleged "gross mismanagement" of forests.

- Fire haze -

Brian Rice, president of California Professional Firefighters, called Trump's earlier remarks "ill-informed", noting the federal government had cut spending on forest management.

Asked if he believed climate change had played any role in the fires, Trump again pointed to the forest "management factor" and insisted that his "strong opinion" remained unchanged.

Trump has long been skeptical of man's role in global warming despite mounting scientific evidence that the burning of fossil fuels is heating the planet and leading to more extreme weather.

The inferno erupted November 8, laying waste to Paradise in the northern foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains and sending thousands fleeing.

The Camp Fire and another huge blaze have created a serious smoke problem across vast areas of the country's largest state. When Trump stepped out of Air Force One at Beale Air Force Base north of capital city Sacramento, the sun struggled to cut through haze so dense it covered the base like a fog.

More than 1,200 people were listed as missing from the Camp Fire, according to a list issued Saturday by the Butte County Sheriff.

Sheriff Kory Honea has said there could be duplicate names and some people who had escaped could be unaware they were listed as unaccounted for.

More than 300 people recorded as missing have already been found.

The Republican president was accompanied on his visit by son-in-law Jared Kushner and chief of staff John Kelly.

- Living in tents -

They were met on the tarmac by Governor Jerry Brown and Governor-elect Gavin Newsom, both of them Democrats in a state that leans strongly that way.

As they drove through the state, several signs thanked Trump for coming but one called him a "moron".

Roslyn Roberts, 73, who fled from her home in Paradise, said she voted for Trump but disagreed with his views about forest management.

"I would tell him that this fire has nothing to do with forest mismanagement. Thousands and thousands of homes got destroyed with no trees around," she said at a shelter set up by the American Red Cross in a church.

In Chico, volunteers had erected a tented encampment for evacuees.

The Camp Fire has burned 149,000 acres (60,000 hectares) and was 55-percent contained late Saturday, California's fire service said.

Authorities said 47,200 people had been evacuated because of the fire and nearly 1,200 were living in shelters.

Much of the work is now focused on Paradise, where many retirees were unable to get out in time.

Rescuers with sniffer dogs have been conducting house-to-house searches.

Three other people have died in southern California in a blaze dubbed the Woolsey Fire, which engulfed parts of Malibu and destroyed the homes of several celebrities.

That inferno, about two thirds the size of the Camp Fire, was 84 percent contained Saturday as Trump surveyed the damage at well-to-do homes there.

California's tragedy touched the heart of Pope Francis in Rome, where on Sunday he sent out "a special prayer... to those affected by the fires that are ravaging California."]]>
11/19/2018 10:45:00 PM
<![CDATA[Bosch announces expansion with fourth showroom in Egypt]]>
The opening of the new showroom in Cairo’s east side will allow customers to immerse themselves in Bosch quality, sophisticated design, innovations, and try out its latest appliances such as the Series 8 and 6 gas hobs with FlameSelect, and Bosch’s Series 8 ovens in addition to many other highlights and technologies (e.g. I-Dos, ActiveOxygen, XL/XXL fridges, perfectly drying dishwashers). Currently, Egyptian consumers can purchase a range of Bosch appliances at Hyper One, Btech, Aswak Abdelaziz, Smart Homes and other Bosch brand stores in Salah Salim Street, Mohandiseen and Dokki.

Bosch will also inaugurate its first customer service centre in Egypt with their distributor MTI- MM Group in Obour Buildings, Salah Salim Street, Cairo where fourteen certified service technicians will be on the ground, taking up to 50,000 customer orders per year.

“The expansion of our stores and opening of our customer service centre in Egypt further highlights our commitment to the market,” said Saif Khan – BSH VP of Sales and Marketing North Africa. “At Bosch, it is our priority to continue to provide intelligent, reliable and appealing solutions to make the consumer’s life easier, and we are consistently looking to create technology that always serves a purpose. For this reason, we are proud to announce the opening of a new store that will offer Egyptians access to our high-quality, energy-efficient products in the market.”

Egypt is the bridge between North Africa and the Middle East, offering a plethora of opportunities for growth. Bosch’s headquarters in Cairo aims to support economic development and infrastructure, as well as local talent training as it continues to create local jobs.]]>
11/19/2018 8:15:10 PM
<![CDATA[Finance min., AIIB members probe economic reform program, investment]]>
During a meeting with members of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) here, the minister said investments should be increased and all potentials directed to improving the investment environment including flexible laws and regulations, facilitating procedures and eradicating bureaucracy. All this has been taken into consideration in the new investment law, he said.

The minister reviewed the economic reforms and projects carried out by the state recently in a number of vital files, mainly education and health, a statement by the ministry said.]]>
11/19/2018 5:13:17 PM
<![CDATA[WB official: Enhancing private sector, human element pillars of sustainable development]]>
Addressing the inaugural session of the Arab Week on Sustainable Development in its second edition on behalf of Head of the World Bank Group for Middle East and North Africa Affairs Farid Belhaj, Khanna said every country in the region has its priorities and special challenges.

He made it clear that Arab countries need to provide 300 million job opportunities for youths in the coming years, a matter which requires enhancement of the private sector to be able to grow faster, adding that achieving this would not be possible without securing a digital infrastructure and relevant laws.

The WB official also asserted that the World Bank would continue supporting sustainable development projects in all Arab countries, adding that the World Bank is keen on extending all financial and technical support needed to the Arab reform programs.]]>
11/19/2018 5:10:27 PM
<![CDATA[Molla, Fannon discuss boosting oil, gas cooperation]]>
In a statement on Monday, Molla said the talks tackled the positive development in the Egyptian economy, especially in the petroleum sector, under the economic reform program.

He also reviewed the measures adopted over the past four years within the framework of the petroleum action strategy in order to encourage international companies to inject more investments into Egypt.

He highlighted ongoing efforts to turn Egypt into a regional center for petroleum and natural gas trade, considering as pivotal the private sector's role in this regard.

He spelled out the measures adopted to further cooperation with neighboring countries, citing the inking of a cooperation deal with Cyprus to establish a natural gas pipeline.

He also noted that the Eastern Mediterranean Natural Gas Forum will hold its first meeting in Cairo in January as agreed during a recent trilateral Crete summit between Egypt, Cyprus and Greece.

He said the ministry is looking forward to encouraging American companies to invest in the petroleum industrial domain.

US' ExxonMobil - the world's largest publicly traded international oil and gas company - has been engaged in a successful partnership with the oil sector for about 115 years, he said, referring also to investments of Honeywell UOP, formerly known as UOP LLC or Universal Oil Products.

Meanwhile, Fannon stressed his country's keenness on enhancing cooperation with Egypt, expanding oil and natural gas projects and supporting regional cooperation in the eastern Mediterranean region.

He lauded the positive development in oil and natural gas sectors over the past years, especially the record time in which Zohr gas field project was accomplished]]>
11/19/2018 4:42:29 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt, Eurasian Union to start negotiating free trade agreement]]>
The document was signed by Egypt’s Minister of Trade and Industry Amr Nassar and Minister for Trade of the Eurasian Economic Commission Veronika Nikishina.

The Egyptian minister noted that this agreement came as a result of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi’s visit to Russia in October, where he agreed with Chairman of the Eurasian Economic Commission Tigran Sargsyan on speeding up the negotiations related to the free trade between both sides.

According to Nassar, both sides agreed to hold a joint business forum during the first half of 2019 to boost the economic and trade partnership between businessmen of both sides and stressed on the necessity to complete a free trade agreement between Egypt and the Union’s countries in 2019.

Nassar said that this document targets to generate continued talks and negotiations about the bilateral economic and international cooperation between both sides and to enhance the economic and trade relationship as well as the liberalization of trade between them through the establishment of a long-term and stable institutional legal framework.

He explained that this agreement will contribute to the enhancement and development of the joint relations between Egypt and the Eurasian countries, including Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Armenia and Kyrgyzstan.

The minister pointed out that Egypt is a major hub for the Union’s exports to various African and Arab markets and other economic blocs,with which Egypt has free trade agreements. The Eurasian countries also represent a distinct window for Egyptian exports in North and Central Asia as well as Europe.

Trade exchange between Egypt and Eurasian Union countries hit $6.78 billion in 2017, in which $6.24 billion represented Egypt’s imports and $544.7 million went for exports, according to the minister.

Nassar said that this agreement is expected to raise the trade volume between both sides to reach $15.7 billion, and to upgrade Egypt’s exports to the Union’s countries to $1.9 billion.

The minister referred that the most important Egyptian exports to Eurasian countries are agricultural commodities, machinery, equipment and pharmaceutical products, while the main imports to Egypt include wheat, minerals, chemical products, plastic products, cars and tractors.

He reiterated the need to encourage the business community and industrial companies from the Eurasian countries to increase their investments in Egypt during the coming period, especially in light of the Egyptian government's adoption of a number of mega projects, including the New Administrative Capital project,the development project of the Suez Canal and the Russian industrial zone in Egypt.

Nassar also emphasized the importance of the role played by the private sector in enhancing trade and investment relations between Egypt and the union’s countries.
For her part, Nikishina said that Egypt is one of the most important markets in the Middle East and Africa, and is a focal point for the transit of the products of the union countries to African countries.

She pointed out that the next phase will witness more cooperation between the two sides, especially after the signing of the Free Trade Agreement, which will make a quantum leap in the level of trade and economic relations Between Egypt and the Eurasian Union.
11/19/2018 4:37:00 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt's bourse gains EGP 8.1 billion]]>
In spite of the contraction, the market capital gained EGP 8.1 billion to reach EGP 799.5 billion, amid transactions that hit EGP 1.38 billion.

The EGX 30 benchmark index dropped by 0.45% to close at 13,906.31 points.

The broader EGX 70 index of the leading smaller and mid cap enterprises (SME) decreased by 1.33% to register 689.02 points, and the broader index EGX-100 went down 1.11% to reach 1,733.13 points.
11/19/2018 4:07:01 PM
<![CDATA[A cleric must have a comprehensive approach: President Sisi ]]>
Criticism of Sunna Doubters

Grand Imam of al-Azhar Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb refuted the discourse doubting Sunna, and its tellers. He said that the idea had first appeared in India in the 19th century by individuals who were affiliated with the British Colonization, and others who ended up by either claiming to be prophets or calling for discarding Sunna altogether.

The Grand Imam asserted that many clerics concluded that Sunna constitutes 75 percent of the religion. As Sunna determines how to perform prayers, when one of those who call for deserting Sunna was asked how Muslims should pray, he replied that the ruler should develop a method for prayers. The Grand Imam stated that example expressing his dismay.

“That idea was introduced in Egypt by a doctor in Torra prison as he published two articles on the topic in Al Manar magazine harnessing support by some writers. What is common among those (individuals) is doubting tellers of Sunna, and disregarding their massive efforts,” the Grand Imam said.

The Grand Imam stressed that “Isnad theory,” which is the method in which Hadith was passed down through generations and referenced, is “exclusive to Islam” citing the praise of some “orientalists.”

“The prophet is the only one (among God messengers) whose life details were documented,” the Grand Imam affirmed. Tayeb cited a “valid” Hadith in which the prophet warned that some “rich people” would initiate in the future such calls. “That’s a miracle and a proof of his prophecy,” Tayeb concluded.

Religious Discourse Modernization

The prophet emphasized that all humans deserve a decent life regardless of their race, religion and gender, and that Quran stated that all “peoples” should understand each other, the president said. The prophet stated that “there should be no obligation in religion,” President Sisi added saying that some by contrast have adopted extremism breaching the teachings of Quran and Sunna.

“It’s important to rectify wrong (religious) concepts. Let’s restore our values embodied in tolerance, and devotion to work in order to confront those promoting extremism and terrorism,” President Sisi stressed highlighting that “development is a strategic goal of the state.”

“We need to review our cultural legacy in an illuminated way and extract what fits our life. Let’s save minds from their bewilderment, and souls from their oblivion. Let’s give up hatred, violence, and grudge,” President Sisi emphasized.

“Let’s restore the position of our homeland as a center of science and culture to all humanity, and let’s revive decency and virtue in our country,” President Sisi said.

“The current dilemma worldwide is not about following Sunna or not. It is about the wrong understanding of our religion. Are those calling for the abandonment of Sunna more wrongful than those who misinterpreted our religion? How is Muslims’ reputation globally?,” President Sisi commented in Egyptian Arabic after finishing his formal speech. The president also criticized those who label modernization calls “conspiracy.”

“Religion is about manners. I encounter bizarre things while ruling the country,” President Sisi stated questioning the absence of “honesty, respect, mercy, and work ethics.”

“The sources of knowledge influence the way of thinking. Those having religious, economic, or legal backgrounds have different ways of thinking. A cleric must have a comprehensive approach. However, clerics think in one direction,” President Sisi said.

“We train youth in the National Academy (for Youth Training and Rehabilitation) to think about all aspects of matters. You need to think about those (points),” President Sisi concluded.

The president awarded a number of clerics for their outstanding achievements in the preaching field including the muftis of Uganda, and Kazakhstan.


Minister of Endowments Mohamed Mokhtar Gomaa highlighted that the prophet said that thanking people for their help and cooperation is a way of expressing gratitude to God, and that he urged Muslims to share their “blessings” with others.

The minister thanked the president for his call to modernize the religious discourse saying that such task is a dynamic process requiring the contributions of intellects and clerics.

The official highlighted that clerics distinguished the difference between religious teachings by the prophet directed to his companions, and general religious teachings whose interpretation is determined by the time, and place of a given state.

The minister revealed that the establishment of an academy to train male and female preachers is underway. The cost of the project is LE100 million ($5.6 million) and will be built over an area of 11,000 square meters in 6th of October City. It will have translation, and computer labs as well as dorms.

The official said that LE350 million ($20 million) of endowments revenues went to charity in 2018. That is double the precedent year. He explained that LE100 million were contributed to the “Decent House” initiative by the Ministry of Solidarity targeting poor families.

The same amount was donated to education, while LE25 million were used to purchase “Aman” insurance for “breadwinning women” who are in full charge of the financial responsibilities of their families. The rest was used to build residential units in rural areas including 4,920 units in Aswan governorate.

The minister handed the president copies of the most recent books published within the framework of religious discourse modernization. Those are titled “Understanding the Meaning of the Prophet’s Sunna” and “The Critical Thinking between Legacy and the Present.”
11/19/2018 3:49:08 PM
<![CDATA[Ben Ali to participate for 1st time as an actress in CIFF ]]>
"Fatwa" recently won the Golden Tanit award from Carthage International Film Festival.

Ben Ali studied art in Belgium and then found herself mesmerized by the multiculturalism of the Middle East.

She grew up listening to the voices of Umm Kulthum and other Arab legends, and watching Arabic films that later contributed to her understanding of the multiple Arabic cultures and philosophies.

She embarked on her artistic journey and released her first album in the late 1990s. Her album “Ghalia Benali Sings Om Kalthoum”, released in 2010, attracted many Arab youth to enjoy the classical strong lyrics of the famous Umm Kulthum and discover ben Ali.

Ben Ali participated in Citybeats Music Festival which kicked off on June 4 in Paris.

Being the first Arab music festival in Paris, Citybeats Music Festival hosted in its first edition three Arab music stars: Tunisian Ghalia ben Ali, Egyptian Maryam Saleh and Palestinian-Jordanian singer El-Farei.

The 40th round of the Cairo International Film Festival will run from November 20 to November 29.

CIFF head Mohmamed Hefzy previously announced that many developments will take place in the upcoming edition which come as part of the festival’s plan to pay more attention to the sound and image of the presented films, in addition to screening a number of films using the 4k technique.

Furthermore, the festival will present for the first time in its history 14 or 15 international film premieres.

11/19/2018 3:39:36 PM
<![CDATA[Saad, Ali, Hamed garnered National Cinema Festival awards ]]>
Famed Egyptian actor Amr Saad won the Best Actor award from the National Cinema Festival for his role in "Mawlana" (The Preacher).

"Mawlana" was awarded the Best Film prize at Luxor African Film Festival and Saad was awarded the Best Actor prize. Saad was also crowned Best Actor at Tetouan Film Festival.

"Mawlana", adapted from a novel by renowned journalist Ibrahim Eissa, revolves around an influential religious preacher turned TV celebrity whose credibility is shaken when he gets close to politicians and security agencies.

The movie gained praise from both audience and critics despite the controversy surrounding it.

The movie stars Amr Saad, Dorra Zarrouk and Ahmed Magdy and is written by Ibrahim Eissa, directed by Magdy Ahmed Aly and produced by telecom tycoon Naguib Sawiris.

Moreover, Egyptian actress Heba Ali won the Best Actress award for her role in “Akhdar Yabes” (Withered Green) movie.

The movie focuses on a woman, Iman, living in an oriental society; she tries to convince her uncles to meet her sister’s suitor in place of their deceased father.

The protagonist is very traditional and strict. However, Iman receives medical news that causes her to rethink her life and question her beliefs.

The movie’s director, Mohammed Hammad, was the first Egyptian to win the Muhr Award for Best Director in the Narrative Feature Competition at the Dubai International Film Festival.

He also won a Golden Palm Award for Best Director in the Narrative Feature Competition at the Mexico International Film Festival.

The film participated in 45 international film festivals, including the Hamburg International Film Festival, Festival de Cannes and Stockholm International Film Festival.

“Akhdar Yabes” is written and directed by Hammad and stars beside Heba Ali, Asmaa Fawzi, Ahmed Alaidy, and John Ekram Hanna.

Meanwhile, the Best Director award went to acclaimed Egyptian director Marwan Hamed for his film "Al -Aslyeen" (The Originals).

The movie tells the story of a man who loses his job to a younger employee.

He is beset by anxiety and depression, something he has never experienced before. One day, he is given a cell phone and finds out that he has been spied on since the day he was born.

The spies, known as “The Originals”, ask him to work for them. He agrees because he is unemployed and needs the money. He plans in the end to leave them and start his own business.

"Al -Aslyeen" stars Maged al-Kedwany, Menna Shalaby, Khaled el-Sawy, Kinda Alloush, Mohamed Mamdouh, Ahmed Fahmy, and rising stars Layla Fawzy and Khaled al-Zahaby.

The movie was written by acclaimed Egyptian novelist and scriptwriter Ahmed Mourad and directed by famous Egyptian director Marwan Hamed.

It is worth mentioning that Hamed won the Best Director award from Fantasporto Film Festival in Portugal.

11/19/2018 3:32:46 PM
<![CDATA[Children make up 40.1 percent of Egyptian population: CAPMAS]]>
There are 20.1 million boys in Egypt, representing 51.7 percent of the child population, and 18.8 million girls, accounting for 48.3 percent.

The largest group is of those who are four years old and under, accounting for 33.98 percent of children, while the smallest group is of the 15-17 year old, which makes up 14.52 percent of children.

Enrollment in kindergarten in the 2017/18 school year was almost equal between both genders, with 27.7 percent of males and 27.8 percent of females aged four to five years old.

Enrollment in primary education was at a far higher rate for both genders, with 95.4 percent of six to 11 year old females enrolled in school, and 93.2 percent of males.

In preparatory education, 85.3 percent of females were enrolled, along with 79.9 percent of males.]]>
11/19/2018 2:24:03 PM
<![CDATA['122', 1st Egyptian movie to use 4DX technology to be released Jan.3]]>
The movie is directed by Iraqi director Yasser el-Yassery.and stars Amina Khalil, Tarek Lotfy, Ahmed el-Fishawy, Mamdooh Mohammed, Gihan Khalil, and Mohammed Dawood.

The movie revolves around a couple that faces a catastrophe inside what appears to be a hospital. They try to escape and run for their lives, but that won’t be easy as they face a lot of obstacles along the way.

Some expect that the movie will be a great success while others don’t expect much from it.

“122” is written by Salah el-Johainy. Johainy previously wrote “Al-Khaleya” (The Cell) and “Awlad Rezk” (Rezk’s Sons); both movies gained great success at the time of their release.

“122” is the first Egyptian film to use the 4DX technology, which allows the observer to literally “live” the film while watching as it combines many sensory factors.
11/19/2018 2:00:00 PM
<![CDATA[Elsewedy Electric records profit of LE 3.58B in 9 months ]]>
The indicators showed that gross profit during the nine months hit LE 4.18 billion, compared to LE 6.93 billion during the same period of the prior year.

As per the consolidated profits of the third quarter of 2018, the company accomplished profits of LE 1.16 billion, compared to LE 1.57 billion during the same quarter of 2017, with a decrease of 26.34 percent.

Moreover, the company’s standalone profits decreased 25.74 percent to LE 1.91 billion during the first nine months of 2018, from LE 2.57 billion during the same months of 2017.

The standalone profits in the third quarter of the current year hiked 38.76 percent, reaching LE 889.46 million, compared to LE 641.01 million during the same three months of 2017.

The share of the company lessened 2.79 percent at 12:55 p.m. (Cairo time) to reach levels of LE 16.75 per share, after trading on 2.39 million shares with a turnover of LE 40.12 million.

Elsewedy Electric recoded net profit of LE 6.48 billion in 2017, compared to LE 3.9 billion in 2016.

Elsewedy Electric operates within the capital goods sector focusing on electrical components and equipment.

It has 37 subsidiaries operating across Northern Africa, Eastern Africa, Middle East and Southern Europe.

11/19/2018 1:42:37 PM
<![CDATA[New traffic law to combat driving under the influence]]>
Violators will be imprisoned for six months or less, and will be fined not less than LE 4,000 ($223) and not more than LE 8,000 ($447), according to the new law, or they will face one of the two penalties, a security source said, adding that five points will also be deducted from the violating driver.

The source said that the law will also help limit the speed of truck drivers who exceed the allowed maximum speed, adding that new crimes have been introduced in the law with new financial sanctions imposed on violators.

He also revealed that the law prohibits wearing masks and other things that can hide the driver's face.

The law also obliges the driver to take care of the wounded in case he commits a traffic accident and to transfer them to the nearest place to be hospitalized, the source revealed. The law regulates taxes and duties on vehicles with dates and exemptions, he added.

Parliament's Transport Committee deputy chair, Mohamed Abdullah Zain, said in August that the new law will combat road accidents through the penalties it imposes on violators.

Thousands of Egyptians die on the road every year due to traffic accidents. Egypt recorded 11,098 traffic accidents in 2017, a 24.6 percent decrease compared to 14,710 accidents in 2016, according to a statement by the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS.)

Those accidents resulted in the death of 3,747 people, the injury of 13,998, and the damage of 17,201 vehicles, according to the 2017 report released by CAPMAS.

Development of the national road network helped decrease road accidents in 2017, according to the state’s official agency.

Seventy-two percent of traffic accidents in Egypt occur due to human error, according to statistics released by CAPMAS on car and train accidents in 2016.

The country is among the 10 states enrolled in a UN program that aims to half the rate of road deaths by 2020. Since 2014, Egypt launched a number of projects and campaigns to monitor road safety, including building new roads, maintaining dilapidated bridges and carrying out random drug tests on drivers.
11/19/2018 1:34:51 PM
<![CDATA[Lost In Time]]>
“Lost in Time” is the title of their collaborative project, which manages to perfectly channel the era through Le Mosen’s nostalgic mood photography. “We can’t step into a time machine,” Darnell once said, “but we can put on clothes from the 20s, the 30s, the 40s and experience at least a bit of what it was like to live in that era.”

While Darnell lived out her passion for the era through fashion, Othman found his through photography. “I’m horrible with words—that’s why I take photographs,” says Othman, who explains he was inspired by the “beauty of this era when everything was simple and elegant, a time when Egypt was known for its trademark fashion sense and appreciation of art and Vogue magazine fashion shoots. Once I saw Colleen’s style and her attitude I contacted her. I had to give it a try and when she wrote back and said she was very excited about the project I dropped everything, even canceling a trip to Aswan for the shoot because I felt was going to be a game changer for me.”

Othman’s images are captivating and full of stories waiting to be told. From the flowing of her dress lifted by the breeze to the sunlight playing off Darnell’s skin, the photographer manages a perfect balance between the awe-inspiring pyramids in the background captured from the Marriott Mena House and the subject herself: a woman who has traveled through time and refuses to give in to norms.


The end result is somewhat reminiscent of Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris where a man who is out of place in his life takes a risk one night while on vacation with his fiance in Paris and hops into a car with total strangers. The passengers end up at a party with Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, characters iconic of the roaring 1920s. To the viewer this is what the shoot feels evokes, a time machine going back to what were troubled times equally full of art, love, fashion and music.

Darnell’s love for vintage fashion and the 20s began when she realized how liberating the era was for women. As the First World War raged across Europe, women found themselves filling the roles of men. They began working, playing sports, taking part in excavations and finally they were given their right to vote. Jazz music came out of the shadows of New Orleans and started to become popular all around the world, and Hollywood’s influence on the public was at its starting point. The Prohibition had forced communities into underground clubs as nightlife and crime were embraced by all classes. Everyone was dancing the Charleston, while the prevailing flapper lifestyle became the new cool with its own slang.

With all of these changes women were also beginning to find freedom through fashion. Skirt lengths went up from ankle to mid-calf, eventually making it all the way up to the knee. The start of the Art Deco era could be felt in the changes of the fashion silhouettes, leaving behind the Victorian-era corsets and crinolines which had been en vogue for over six decades years. Art Deco went on to inspire everything from art, architecture, furniture and typography seen on the covers of magazines like Vogue and in fashion the movement gave rise to the birth of Chanel.

The roaring 20s dropped the waistlines in dresses, and championed the two piece with a cardigan belted around the waist. Beads and fringes decorated gowns, cut from satin, velvet, chiffon, fur, lace or comfortable jersey. Pleated skirts wears matched with Mary Jane heels or T-straps. Winter coats tended to have large buttons and the inside fabric would match the dress.


Bobbed hair, pencil-thin eyebrows and kohl-lined eyes framed features, while the Cupid’s bow was always the highlight of the lips. Headwear was also very popular with the Cloche hats, which would be decorated with feathers and jewels.

To Darnell the 20s were all about being chic and luxurious. In this exclusive interview she talks more about her love for the era, her work as an architect and the “Lost in Time” collaboration.

What made you want to become an Egyptologist?

I have wanted to be an Egyptologist ever since I was a child. One part of ancient Egypt that especially fascinated me as a child was hieroglyphs, and the ability to translate ancient Egyptian is one of my favorite aspects of being an Egyptologist. Ever since I first traveled to Egypt in 1998, I have loved both ancient and modern Egypt, especially working alongside my Egyptian colleagues.

Where did your love for 1920s fashion begin?

My husband, John, and I have always enjoyed historical fashion, and I enjoy the aesthetic of the 1920s and 1930s in particular.

Why did you begin dressing up on excavations and what were the reactions from people working onsite?

Onsite during an excavation, I wear practical and more recent vintage, such as 1970s and 1980s khaki skirts, sometimes paired with a 40s or 50s jacket. For visits to tombs and temples, I often wear flapper dresses or jodhpur pants with boots. I hope that by combining Egyptology and vintage fashion—from a time when Egyptology and Egyptian designs, both ancient and modern, were popular throughout the world—I can encourage more people to be interested in all things Egyptian, and to travel to Egypt. By wearing the clothing of the early modern period, and attempting to understand how it feels to wear and work in the clothes of 100 or so years ago, I also gain some feeling for understanding the different clothing and the lives of the ancient Egyptians.

You’re a vintage fashion collector, how did that begin and where do you find such beautiful pieces?

John and I both collect vintage fashion, and we have fun shopping together, both online and in vintage stores around the world. Our collecting began several years ago, and we have gotten to know some great vintage sellers, so forming connections like that really helps find the best pieces. Vintage fashion shows and vintage fashion stores—both physical storefronts and online shops—are now more easily located thanks to the internet, and some specialize in particular periods and types of clothing.

What is your absolute favorite piece in Egypt?

We love so many places in Egypt, for so many different reasons, that this is a difficult choice. I suppose I would have to say that my favorite monument in Egypt is the tomb of Seti I—the carvings and surviving painted details are exquisite, and since John and I recently finished a complete translation of the Netherworld Books, I love going into the tomb and knowing how all of the texts and scenes fit together. The site of Bir Umm Tineidba, with its early rock inscriptions, Protodynastic burials, and Late Roman settlement, is a special place as well, with so much undiscovered material all together on an ancient road, and it is a site that John and I discovered together recently.

What is your opinion of the local fashion scene, what do you want to see more from Egyptian designers?

I am impressed by the work that Egyptian designers are doing, not only in fashion, but also jewelry. Some vintage-inspired collections—creating new twists on Egyptian revival fashion or expeditionary wear—would be really interesting. Egypt has so many great periods of history with so many traditions of fashion from which to take inspiration that Egyptian designers could easily present important new fusions of earlier and more recent styles for many years to come.

Tell us about your collaboration with Le Mosen.

Le Mosen reached out to me via Instagram, and we were able to plan a shoot at the Marriott Mena House Hotel in May. When I looked at Le Mosen’s amazing fashion portraits on Instagram, I assumed he was a photographer who had been in the profession for a while. I was surprised that he is so young—he already has the talents of a well-established photographer. Le Mosen was incredible with the art direction during the shoot, and he was great at communicating what he needed for the perfect shot.

How do you feel about the outcome?

I was blown away by how incredible the final photos looked. The composition of each image is stunning—in a way that evokes the past, both for ancient Egypt and vintage fashion—and I am so honored to be able to collaborate with Le Mosen.
11/19/2018 1:26:22 PM
<![CDATA[First phase of Palm Hills’ offering oversubscribed by 80.7%]]>
The company clarified in a filing to the Egyptian Exchange (EGX) that the subscription reached LE 1.24 billion, excluding issuance expenses of LE 18.6 million.

This offering comes as part of the company's process to increase its capital by about LE 1.54 billion, distributed over 769 million shares, with a nominal value of LE 2 per share.
According to the filing, the company will announce the second phase of the initial public offering (IPO) after receiving the official approvals.

The shares will be issued in a form of subscription rights within the authorized capital of LE 10 billion, the company stated.

The company targets to increase the issued capital to LE 6.16 billion from LE 4.62 billion after the IPO is completed.

In September, the extraordinary General Assembly of Palm Hills Development Company approved the increase of issued capital by LE 1.5 billion by inviting shareholders to subscribe.

The board of directors also agreed to increase the authorized capital from LE 6 billion to LE 10 billion and the issued capital from LE 4.6 billion to LE 6.16 billion.

On August 6, EFSA approved thatthe company starts the procedures to increase its issued capital.

The increase is set to be achieved through inviting shareholders to subscribe through 769.6 million shares at a nominal value of LE 2 per share, in addition to issuing expenses.

Palm Hills accomplished profits of LE 439.9 million during the first six months of 2018, compared to LE 349.3 million during the same period of 2017.

Palm Hills operates within the real estate sector focusing on real estate development.

It has 25 subsidiaries operating across the United Kingdom, Singapore, Egypt and Saudi Arabia. Palm Hills is based in Giza, Egypt and was established in January 2005.
11/19/2018 1:19:17 PM
<![CDATA[Stolen Picasso resurfaces in Romania six years later]]>
In one of the art world’s most dramatic heists, thieves made off with seven paintings, worth millions of euros, by Picasso, Matisse, Monet and others.

While the Romanian ringleader and his accomplices were convicted of the theft in 2013, none of the artworks had been recovered and Romanian experts believed at least three of them had been burned in an attempt to destroy evidence.

“Anti-organized crime prosecutors are investigating the circumstances under which a painting signed by Picasso worth roughly 800,000 euros ($913,440) was found on Saturday evening in Tulcea county,” they said in a statement, adding the painting is being authenticated.

They said two Dutch citizens arrived at the Netherlands Embassy in Bucharest with the painting saying they had found it in the southeastern Romanian county.

Security camera footage released at the time of the theft showed a gang entering through a back door of the museum and disappearing from view. Seconds later they reappeared carrying bulky objects.

The other stolen works were Matisse’s “La Liseuse en Blanc et Jaune”, Monet’s “Waterloo Bridge, London” and “Charing Cross Bridge, London”, Gauguin’s “Femme devant une fenêtre ouverte”, Meijer De Haan’s “Autoportrait” and Lucian Freud’s “Woman with Eyes Closed”.]]>
11/19/2018 1:18:13 PM
<![CDATA[British official arrives in Egypt to enhance British-Egyptian partnership ]]>
During his visit, Ahmed will meet with Grand Mufti Shawki Allam, Deputy of Al-Azhar Sheikh Saleh Abbas and Bishop Mounir Hanna Anis, president of the Anglican Church in Egypt and North Africa.

Earlier in November, the British government pledged to launch a campaign worth about £12 million ($15 million) to promote freedom of religion worldwide.

“I look forward to meeting with Al-Azhar students and religious leaders in Egypt as part of the ongoing efforts to promote the relations between different cultures and religions,” Ahmed added, according the statement.

11/19/2018 1:00:43 PM
<![CDATA[France's Vinci officially offers to construct metro tunnel ]]>
The offer includes a soft loan of 300 million euro from France, Tarek Aboul Wafa, head of the Central Administration of Planning at NAT, told Egypt Today.

The total cost would correspond to the prices of 2014, when the same group executed part of Phase 4 of Line 3 from Haroun Station until Nozha Station in Heliopolis.

The group has requested five years to finish the project, but NAT would not accept duration longer than three years including the time needed for studies and design, Aboul Wafa said, adding that the decision will be made by the end of 2018.

About Wafa explained that the government had planned the construction to begin at the beginning of 2019, but the date was postponed because the French group was late in delivering its official offer.

The French group, however, has the edge of having its giant excavator in Egypt already after having finished the 2014 project recently, otherwise Cairo would purchase and ship another excavator, costing million of Egyptian pounds.

The tunnel to be established by the group, led by Vinci Construction, constitutes a part of Phase 4 of the Metro Line 3. It stretches over 6.65 kilometers from Heliopolis Station to the airport with five tunnel stations. The entire Line 3 will be the Middle East’s longest with 48 kilometers.

11/19/2018 12:26:29 PM
<![CDATA[Abul Gheit urges launching real, fruitful partnership between gov'ts, private sector]]>
Addressing the opening session of the Second Arab Week for Sustainable Development, Abul Gheit said the challenge we face is to set up a successful equal partnership between governments and the private sector in a way that guarantees governments would not take the place of the private sector or discourage it.

He underlined the importance of the private sector's role in providing necessary funds to achieve the agenda of sustainable development.

Development remains a key to achieving security and stability in the Arab countries and experiments show that economic development has helped many countries in the Arab region to face terrorism, violence and extremism.

Arab communities have tremendous potentials and unlimited chances to achieve development but they need to choose the right development model that suits their circumstances, Abul Gheit added.

The second week kicked off earlier in the day with the participation of Minister of Planning, Follow-up and Administrative Reform Hala el Saeed and under the title of "Launching for Work".

The event is organized by the Ministry of Planning, Follow-up, Administrative Reform and the General Secretariat of the Arab League.

The week's sessions focus on sustainable financing and issues related to putting an end to all forms of hunger and malnutrition which is one of the goals of the sustainable development plan 2030.

The sessions also tackle achieving a balance between rural and urban development.

They take up issues related to soft powers and their role in illuminating communities.]]>
11/19/2018 12:22:47 PM
<![CDATA[In Pics: 10 American bloggers promote tourism in Egypt]]>
The bloggers were invited in collaboration with the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) in Egypt as their visit took place on Nov.11 - 17. The bloggers’ instagram posts had the hashtag #egyptunveiled.

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11/19/2018 12:21:41 PM
<![CDATA[Box Office: 'Fantastic Beasts 2' charms with $62 million debut]]>
The wizarding world created by J.K. Rowling returns to the big screen this week with "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald," and its dark themes are grounded firmly in the real world.

Set in 1927, some 70 years before Rowling's best-selling "Harry Potter" books and movies, "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald" is the second in a spinoff movie series that explores the fight between good and evil, and between tolerance and acceptance.

"The thing that has always been extraordinary about (Rowling's) work is people relate to aspects of it, whether it is specific character traits or vulnerabilities or a political climate," said Eddie Redmayne, who plays Scamander.

"Yet she shrouds it in this world that is so magical and sort of wonderful that you don't feel like you're being hit by it until you start thinking about it afterwards," the actor told Reuters Television.

Rowling has said that the rise of populist politics in modern times was on her mind when she began writing the screenplays for the first two movies, but she has not said if she had a specific person or country in mind.

The new film's 1927 setting sees Grindelwald, played by Johnny Depp, address huge rallies that incite his followers to violence.

"One of the things that Grindelwald does so well is that he has an insane goal. But... he makes it sound so reasonable," said Alison Sudol, who plays mind-reader Queenie Goldstein in the movie.

Zoe Kravitz, who plays Scamander's love interest Leta Lestrange, said she thought the Grindelwald character could be modeled after any kind of person with seductive power.

Whatever the inspiration, Depp was a good choice to play him, Kravitz said.

"He is so charismatic and intelligent and I think he's the perfect person to play a villain like this. He's so kind of seductive in a way," she said.
11/19/2018 12:19:39 PM
<![CDATA[Lights, camera, factions: Stars at Chinese-language 'Oscars' split over Taiwan]]>
At Saturday’s ceremony, held in Taipei, documentary film maker Fu Yue called for Taiwan to be recognized as “an independent entity”, sparking off a live sparring match between mainland and Taiwanese stars at the glitzy show.

Mainland actor Tu Men, while presenting an award, referred to Taiwan as “China Taiwan”, while the chair of the awards committee, Oscar award-winning director Ang Lee, told reporters after the show that everyone was allowed to say what they wanted to say on stage.

However, he added: “We hope that art can be art, and that no political issues will interfere with it because art is very pure.”

Taiwan is self-governed and has a democratically elected leadership, but China claims the island as a breakaway province and has not ruled out the use of force to ensure unification. The question of Taiwanese independence is one of Beijing’s most sensitive political concerns.

Tensions between China and Taiwan have grown since pro-independence President Tsai Ing-wen took power in 2016. Taiwan is now preparing for local elections on Saturday, seen as a bellwether for the ruling party’s performance in the 2020 presidential race.

Tsai herself weighed into the debate on Sunday saying that Taiwan had never accepted being called “China Taiwan”.

“We can’t accept this term. Taiwan is simply Taiwan,” she said on Facebook, adding she was “proud” of the awards ceremony which “highlighted that Taiwan was different from China, that being in our freedom and diversity”.

“Taiwan is a democratic and open society,” she said. “No one here will be silenced or disappeared because they have different views. We have no sensitive words that will be censored online.”

Social media users also left close to 20,000 comments on Fu’s Facebook account after the show, with some criticizing her support for Taiwan independence while others praised it. Some said she should not have politicized the ceremony.

In a separate statement on Monday, Taiwan’s ruling Democratic Progressive Party said the criticism of Fu was an attempt at “election interference from outside forces”.

The Golden Horse Awards was one of the most discussed topics on China’s Twitter-like Weibo platform on Sunday, with a number of mainland stars also posting supportive posts about China’s claims over Taiwan.

Among them was A-list Chinese movie star Fan Bingbing, who earlier this year vanished for months from public view sparking widespread rumors about her whereabouts. She was fined for tax evasion last month and in her apology said her achievements were inseparable from the Communist Party.

Her Weibo post was her first since she issued her apology last month.

“China cannot be reduced even just a tiny bit,” she wrote, alongside a map of Chinese territory, including Taiwan.]]>
11/19/2018 12:16:19 PM
<![CDATA[CBE to issue $1.7B in T-bills Sunday]]>
On Sunday, CBE issued LE 18 billion in T-bills, which was offered in two installments; the first installment is valued at LE 9.5 billion with a 91-day term and the second is worth LE 8.5 billion with a 266-day term.

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 the Egyptian government debt instruments recorded $23.1 billion by the end of March 2018, up from about $20 billion in December.

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. ]]>
11/19/2018 12:12:11 PM
<![CDATA['Star Wars' producer Kennedy wants new movie voices 'to bring world to its senses']]>
Honored with her producer husband Frank Marshall, Kennedy was the first woman to receive the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ annual Irving. G. Thalberg award.

In 2012, Kennedy became president of LucasFilm, reviving the sci-fi saga and producing multi-billion dollar movies “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” that have made her one of the most powerful executives in Hollywood.

“I am very proud to be the first woman to accept this award. But I am also not the first to deserve it and I am 100 percent sure I am not the last,” Kennedy said to wild applause at a gala dinner attended by studio executives and many of Hollywood’s biggest actors and directors.

Kennedy and Marshall co-founded Amblin Entertainment with director Steven Spielberg in 1981 and produced of blockbusters including “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “Jurassic Park” and “E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial.”

Kennedy said recent efforts to improve diversity in Hollywood and give women better roles in front of and behind the camera must be embraced.

“It is my hope that with the inclusion of these powerful new voices, we might just bring the world back to its senses and maybe, just maybe, shatter a few glass ceilings along the way,” Kennedy said.

Veteran actress Cicely Tyson, who turns 94 in December, was presented with an honorary Oscar for lifetime achievement, along with Argentinian musician Lalo Schifrin, the composer of scores for “Dirty Harry” and “Mission: Impossible,” and publicist Marvin Levy, who has worked with Spielberg for more than 40 years.

New York-born Tyson, who has appeared in numerous films, television shows and stage plays, was praised by record producer Quincy Jones for her “grace, dignity and class” and for focusing on roles that highlight the struggles of African-Americans.

Filmmaker Tyler Perry noted that Tyson began her career in 1950 “when black people weren’t allowed to come in through front doors.”

She became known for playing strong black women in TV series such as “Roots” in the 1970s, the 1972 movie “Sounder” and more recently “The Help.” “She is a queen to us,” Perry said.]]>
11/19/2018 12:11:51 PM
<![CDATA[Dollar bulls wary after biggest weekly drop in two months]]>
Against a basket of its rivals, the greenback was broadly steady at 96.48 after falling nearly half a percent last week, its biggest weekly drop since late September.

The dollar has been the surprise winner of 2018, having risen nearly 10 percent from April lows thanks to a combination of interest rate hikes and strong data. But the growing view that U.S. economic growth may have peaked has begun to eat away at these gains.

“Dovish Fed comments on Friday gave some encouragement to investors to take profits on dollar positions which have risen in recent weeks,” said Jane Foley, head of FX strategy at Rabobank based in London.

Richard Clarida, the Fed’s newly appointed vice chair, cautioned about a slowdown in global growth, saying “that’s something that is going to be relevant” for the outlook for the U.S. economy.

Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas President Robert Kaplan, in a separate interview with Fox Business, also said he is seeing a growth slowdown in Europe and China.

Their comments come at a time when long dollar positions have swelled to their biggest levels in nearly two years despite a modest decline last week, according to futures data.

Latest U.S. Treasury holdings data also weighed on the dollar. China and Japan, the two biggest foreign U.S. creditors, cut their U.S. Treasury holdings further in September as foreign appetite for Treasuries declined.

Despite the dollar’s weakness, the euro failed to rally significantly above the $1.14 levels as concerns over negotiations between Brussels and Rome over Italy’s budget plans sapped broader appetite. It was changing hands at $1.1422.

Elsewhere, sterling remained in the spotlight with the currency expected to remain under pressure until the market gets more clarity on the progress of the Brexit deal.

It was 0.2 percent firmer against the dollar at $1.2864 after a 1 percent drop last week as British Prime Minister Theresa May’s draft EU divorce deal has met with stiff opposition with several ministers resigning.]]>
11/19/2018 12:05:33 PM
<![CDATA[Sterling edges higher as May battles to save her Brexit deal]]>
After a week in which a slew of ministerial resignations rocked May’s government, a confidence vote in her leadership has yet to materialise and she is clinging to power.

“GBP looks bid this morning, possibly due to short sellers last Friday disappointed by the lack of a leadership vote to be called yet,” said Jordan Rochester, an FX analyst at Nomura.

The pound rose 0.2 percent versus the dollar to $1.2865. That takes sterling away from last week’s lows of $1.2725 hit last week, but the British currency was as high as $1.3176 earlier this month before the UK draft deal struck with the EU triggered a wave of resignations.

Sterling also rose 0.2 percent to 88.85 pence per euro.

Rochester said sterling was likely to rise as May’s campaign to promote her deal continues. But any headline confirming a sufficient number of letters had been received to trigger a confidence vote, or another resignation, would send the pound lower.

May must convince sufficient colleagues of her plan to get it through parliament, a formidable task given the broad criticism.

She will defend her deal in a speech to the CBI business lobby group’s annual conference on Monday, saying Britain would embark on an intense week of negotiations to try to thrash out the details of its outline future relationship with the EU, its largest trading partner.

“The leadership challenge to PM May is still some way off securing the 48 names required, with most observers assuming there’s no way they’ll get the 150+ votes required to unseat her. Equally there seems little chance of PM May getting her Withdrawal Agreement through Parliament,” ING analysts said in a note to clients.

The EU is due to hold a summit to discuss the deal on Nov. 25.]]>
11/19/2018 12:03:49 PM
<![CDATA[Japan, South Korea plan to resume Iran oil imports from January: sources]]>
The unexpected resurgence in Iranian oil imports due to the waivers has helped push spot prices for Middle East crude and condensate to their lowest in more than a year.

The United States in November granted exemptions to eight countries, allowing them to import some Iranian crude for another 180 days. Japan and South Korea were among the top five buyers of Iranian crude and condensate before they stopped imports in the third quarter ahead of the sanctions.

South Korean refiners are set to hold their Iranian oil imports at zero until the end of the year, and they may resume shipments in late January or early February as buyers are in talks with Iran to sign new contracts, industry sources said.

“They are seeking to get the best price and are in talks with Iran,” said a source with direct knowledge of the matter.

Most tankers are booked until December, so South Korea may load Iran oil shipments in January at the earliest, he said.

It takes about 25 days for oil shipments from Iran to arrive at South Korea. Iran also has the option of selling oil from storage in Dalian, China, which would shorten delivery time.

Last week, a South Korean delegation was in Iran to negotiate for 2019 supplies of mainly South Pars condensate.

“There are some issues to be cleared like payment. We are not able to buy it at the moment and are not rushing,” a second source said. “Iran is also trying not to sell it cheaper. We ... won’t import Iran oil until perhaps after January.”

The sources declined to be named due to the sensitivity of the matter.


Fuji Oil Co, one of Japan’s top Iranian oil buyers, plans to resume Iran crude liftings from January as well, and is also looking to buy condensate.

Fuji Oil was considering whether to sign a new contract for Iranian crude, its top executive said last week, adding that oil from Iran is competitively priced against rival grades.

Japan’s largest refiner, JXTG Holdings, said earlier this month it may resume Iranian oil loadings from December.

But while Japanese buyers are likely to buy Iranian oil through February loadings, they may not take the crude from March onwards, as they wait for the government to extend sovereign ship insurance into the new financial year that starts on April 1, industry sources familiar with the matter said.

Started in 2012 to counter sanctions on Iranian oil, Japan’s sovereign insurance scheme covers any shortfalls from Protection & Indemnity (P&I) insurance for ships carrying crude from Iran to Japan.

The Japanese government has declined to give information on the volumes of Iranian imports that would be allowed under the 180-day exemption period.

Some sources said the sanctions waiver may allow Japan to buy around 100,000 barrels per day (bpd) of Iranian oil. That marks a significant reduction for buyers that took about 165,000 bpd of Iranian oil in January-September.

Japan joined South Korea in temporarily halting Iranian oil loading around mid-September.]]>
11/19/2018 11:57:06 AM
<![CDATA[Oil climbs 1% on prospect of OPEC, Russia supply cut]]>
Front-month Brent crude oil futures were at $67.41 per barrel at 0746 GMT, up 65 cents, or 1 percent, from their last close.

U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures, were up 76 cents, or 1.4 percent, at $57.22 per barrel.

“Oil prices continued to recover...(as) the market will be watching closely for the possible impact of a (supply) cut.” said Sukrit Vijayakar, director of Indian energy consultancy Trifecta.

The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), de facto led by Saudi Arabia, is pushing for the producer group and allies to cut 1 million to 1.4 million barrels per day (bpd) of supply to adjust for a slowdown in demand growth and prevent oversupply.

Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said on Monday that Russia, which is not an OPEC member, was planning to sign a partnership agreement with the group, and that details would be discussed at OPEC’s Dec. 6 meeting in Vienna.

Despite Monday’s gains, crude prices remain almost a quarter below their recent peaks in early October, weighed down by surging supply and a slowdown in demand growth.

This comes in part after Washington granted Iran’s major oil customers, mostly in Asia, unexpectedly broad exemptions to sanctions it re-imposed on Tehran in November.

Japanese refiner Fuji Oil is set to resume Iranian crude purchases after Japan received one of those waivers, industry sources familiar with the matter said.

Japan had ceased all purchases of Iranian oil prior to receiving the waiver in early November.

Despite that, markets remained wary amid deep trade disputes between the world’s two biggest economies, the United States and China, after the pair could not find a solution to their spat at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) last weekend.

Hussein Sayed, chief market strategist at futures brokerage FXTM said U.S. comments from APEC “suggest that a deal between President Trump and President Xi is unlikely to see the light when the leaders meet at the G20 Summit later this month”.


Meanwhile, oil production in the United States is surging.

U.S. energy firms added two oil rigs in the week to Nov. 16, bringing the total count to 888, the highest level since March 2015, a weekly report by energy services firm Baker Hughes said on Friday.

The rising drilling activity points to a further increase in U.S. crude oil production, which has already jumped by almost a quarter this year, to a record 11.7 million bpd.

Put off by a surge in supply and the slowdown in demand, financial markets have become increasingly wary of the oil sector, with money managers cutting their bullish wagers on crude futures and options to the lowest level since June 2017, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) said on Friday.

The speculator group cut its combined futures and options positions on U.S. and Brent crude during the week ended Nov. 13 to the lowest since June 27, 2017.]]>
11/19/2018 11:54:46 AM
<![CDATA[APEC fails to live up to its name amid U.S., China acrimony]]>
The weekend’s Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Port Moresby was one of open disagreement, led by disputes between the United States and China over trade, security, and who would be the better investment partner for the region.

As APEC approaches its 30th anniversary, the failure to agree on a communique for the first time calls into question its relevance in a crowded summit calendar and as the Trump Administration makes clear its aversion to multilateralism.

“It does mark the death of APEC’s founding trade vision,” Euan Graham, executive director of La Trobe Asia at Australia’s La Trobe University, said on Twitter, adding APEC was the “most disposable of the regional summits”.

Rather than cooperation, the theme seemed to be conflict and containment as Beijing and Washington directly criticized each other’s policies and staked their claims as to why they were the security and investment partner the Pacific should choose.

“It’s not even supposed to be binding, it’s APEC,” said one diplomat involved in negotiations for the communique, surprised that the members couldn’t agree on what is usually a humdrum summary of issues discussed.

“China and the U.S. hijacked the APEC spirit, I suppose.”

The United States even preferred its own terminology of Indo-Pacific, which it defines as running from “the western shores of Latin America to the furthest reaches of the Indian Ocean”, with Pence mentioning APEC five times and Indo-Pacific 41 times in his APEC speech on Saturday.

Speaking in Beijing on Monday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said the United States attended APEC in a “blaze of anger”, causing disputes and disagreements and damaging the “harmonious atmosphere” of the meeting.

“APEC is a platform to deepen cooperation, not a place to criticize each other. China attended to promote cooperation and seek consensus, not to get into a boxing ring,” Geng told reporters.


Founded in 1989 with a view to fostering trade and economic ties around the Pacific Ocean, it operated at a ministerial level until 1993 when U.S. President Bill Clinton established the annual leaders meeting. Each meeting had produced a joint statement at its conclusion, until Sunday.

“This is very concerning from a systemic perspective. The WTO faces similar challenges,” said Charles Finny, a Wellington-based trade consultant and a former New Zealand government trade negotiator.

In an editorial, Chinese state-run tabloid the Global Times said the absence of a communique was “not a big deal”, and placed more significance on an upcoming meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping.

The two leaders are expected to meet at the G20 summit, which starts in Argentina next week.

“It is hoped Washington makes serious preparations for the summit and not pin its hopes on exerting pressure,” said the tabloid, which is known for its nationalistic stance.

Still, there did seem to be some Chinese concern over the communique, with officials rebuffed on Saturday when they tried to meet PNG Foreign Minister Rimbink Pato on the issue.

Pato confirmed to Reuters that Chinese officials had wanted to see him, but said they had not made “necessary arrangements”.

As the APEC host it was Papua New Guinea’s (PNG) role to produce a communique. But the hostility and conflicting visions on display meant few blamed the group’s poorest country for being caught between two feuding superpowers.

“In these times, chairing a gathering such as the leaders that we had over the last few days is no easy task,” Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said, adding Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O’Neill had shown great integrity and leadership.


Indeed, one big change was long-forgotten Pacific nations found themselves aggressively courted by the two big-spending superpowers competing for influence in the strategically important ocean.

Pence said the United States would join Australia to help PNG build a navy base on its Manus Island, which was a U.S. base in World War II, after China had emerged as a possible developer of the deep-water port.

Analysts had said a Chinese presence on Manus could have impacted the West’s ability to navigate in the Pacific while offering China a site close to U.S. bases in Guam.

And the United States, Japan, Australia and New Zealand unveiled a $1.7 billion plan to bring electricity and the internet to much of PNG, a collective counter-attack to the lure of Beijing’s flagship Belt and Road program.

“Whatever concepts have been raised by the United States or China or Australia doesn’t necessarily mean that these are the same concepts for Papua New Guinea,” Wera Mori, PNG Commerce and Industry Minister, told Reuters by phone.

“We have our own situations and our own priorities to focus on.”]]>
11/19/2018 11:52:26 AM
<![CDATA[Stocks turn mixed, dollar faces rate hike uncertainty]]>
MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan dithered either side of flat through a sluggish session. Chinese blue chips manage to add 0.5 percent, as did Japan’s Nikkei.

But E-Mini futures for the S&P 500 slipped 0.36 percent and spread betters pointed to modest opening losses for the major European bourses.

Wall Street had firmed on Friday after U.S. President Donald Trump said that he may not impose more tariffs on Chinese goods after Beijing sent a list of measures it was willing to take to resolve trade tensions.

The comment stoked speculation of a deal when Trump meets Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of a G20 summit in Argentina later this month.

However, Sino-U.S. tensions were clearly on display at an APEC meeting in Papua New Guinea over the weekend, where leaders failed to agree on a communique for the first time ever.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said in a blunt speech that there would be no end to U.S. tariffs on $250 billion of Chinese goods until China changed its ways.

“The comments from Trump were seen as offering a glimmer of hope that further tariff action could be held in abeyance,” said NAB’s head of FX strategy, Ray Attrill.

“The exchange of barbs between Pence and Chinese President Xi Jinping in PNG on the weekend continues to suggest this is unlikely.”


Also uncertain was the outlook for U.S. interest rates.

Federal Reserve policymakers are still signaling rate increases ahead but also sounded more concerned about a potential global slowdown, leading markets to suspect the tightening cycle may not have much further to run.

“Fed officials are having an easier time showing a slightly less hawkish leaning by noting the emerging global slowdown,” said Deutsche Bank’s macro strategist Alan Ruskin.

“It’s undercutting expectations of rate hikes moving above ‘neutral’,” which the Fed has nominated as between 2.5 and 3 percent. “This shift in tone is subtle, but fits with the more bullish bond market tone of late, and is starting to have a material impact on the dollar.”

That will focus attention on an appearance by New York Fed President John Williams later on Monday to see if he echoes the same theme.

Investors have already lengthened the odds on further hikes, with a December move now priced at 73 percent, down from over 90 percent. Futures imply rates around 2.74 percent for the end of next year, compared to 2.93 percent early this month. <0#FF:>

Yields on U.S. 10-year paper have duly declined to 3.06 percent, from a recent top of 3.25 percent.

The dollar followed to hover at 96.509 against a basket of currencies, down from a peak of 97.693. The euro was parked at $1.1400, while the dollar backed off to 112.72 yen.

Sterling remained vulnerable at $1.2826 after political turmoil over Brexit caused steep losses last week.

British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Sunday that toppling her would risk delaying Brexit as she faces the possibility of a leadership challenge from within her own party.

With both pro-EU and pro-Brexit lawmakers unhappy with the draft agreement, it is not clear she will be able to win the backing of parliament, raising the risk Britain leaves the EU without a deal.

In commodity markets, gold found support from the drop in the dollar and held at $1,1220.19.

Oil prices suffered their sixth straight week of losses last week, but have found some aid from expectations the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries would cut output.

Brent crude was up 54 cents at $67.30 a barrel, while U.S. crude gained 70 cents to $57.16.]]>
11/19/2018 11:49:28 AM
<![CDATA[Bitcoin sinks to new 13-month low]]>
Bitcoin was last down 5.2 percent at $5270. The cryptocurrency, and other lesser coins including ethereum and XRP, endured a sell-off last week, with some blaming fears that a “hard fork” in bitcoin cash, where the smaller coin that split into two separate currencies, could destabilize others.]]>
11/19/2018 11:47:09 AM
<![CDATA[France ready to develop Egypt's health sector: amb.]]>
France has a distinguished health system and so it is ready to help Egypt in this regard, the ambassador said during the opening of the Egyptian-French health forum.

The diplomat said France is willing to offer all needed medical assistance to Egypt and train doctors at the Egyptian hospitals.

He said France fully understands the importance of the health file for Egyptians, especially as this topic figures high on President Abdel Fattah El Sisi's agenda during his second presidential term.

The Egyptian-French health forum kicked off earlier in the day with the participation of the ministers of finance, investment, health and higher education.

The forum, held under the auspices of the ministries of Health and Finance, is one of the most important events in the Egyptian-French cooperation, as it provides a good opportunity to establish a strong bilateral partnership in the health field.

The two-day forum is co-organised by a group of French companies working in the Egyptian health sector – in cooperation with the French Embassy, and with the support of the French Development Agency, in partnership with Al Ahram Hebdo newspaper.

The forum aims at "building an ever stronger Franco-Egyptian partnership in the health sector... these two days will allow French companies to promote concrete solutions to support the Egyptian authorities in the reform of the health and social protection sector," a statement by organizers of the forum read.]]>
11/19/2018 11:16:18 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt enjoys decent performance despite emerging market crisis: ambassador]]>
During a seminar organized by the German-Arab chamber for industry and commerce, Georg Luy lauded, in particular, the Egyptian banking sector's approach in tackling the crisis, as it had a plenty of liquidity and strong infrastructures.

The ambassador urged the policymakers to support financing schemes for small and medium caps, which seen as the real driver for growth in the coming period, and revitalize laws encouraging the private sector and creating jobs.

Egypt is interested in boosting its ties and investments with Germany, which encouraged a giant company as Lufthansa to increase its flight to Egypt by 40 percent, the ambassador said.

Trade exchange between Berlin and Cairo hit six billion Euros through 1000 projects, he added.]]>
11/19/2018 11:14:04 AM
<![CDATA[S. Korean judoka suspended over military service claim]]>
Nearly every able-bodied South Korean man aged 18 to 28 owes 21 months of military service by law, but Olympic medal winners and Asian Games champions are granted special exemptions.

However they are still required to complete basic military training of up to 60 days, as well as 544 hours of sports-related community service.

An Ba-ul, who won silver at the 2016 Rio Olympics, submitted documents purporting to show he had completed 300 hours of community service between November 2016 and July this year.

But South Korea's YTN news channel reported discrepancies: An said he carried out community service at a school on the same day he attended an open training session at the national training centre.

The Korea Judo Association (KJA) said it had expelled An from the centre and barred him from representing South Korea at a Grand Slam event in Osaka, Japan this week.

"We still need to review the case for further measures," a KJA official told AFP.

An has yet to comment on the issue.

Earlier this month, South Korean footballer Jang Hyun-soo was banned from the national team for life by the Korea Football Association for submitting false documents for his military exemption.

South Korea has recently hinted at a possible reform of its controversial military service exemption programme, which critics say unfairly rewards athletes and artists for their one-off achievements.]]>
11/19/2018 11:06:11 AM
<![CDATA[Short goodbye: Cahill's Socceroos swansong limited to five minutes]]>
Cahill, 38, will earn his 108th and final cap in Tuesday's friendly against Lebanon in Sydney, but coach Graham Arnold has thornier matters at hand ahead of Australia's Asian Cup defence in January in the United Arab Emirates.

Arnold said on Monday that Cahill, the former Everton forward, would be restricted to a five-minute cameo as the Socceroos aim to make the most of valuable match practice.

"The first 85 minutes is all about our performance," Arnold told Fox Sports, ahead of Australia's final outing before regrouping in late December for their Asian Cup preparations.

"There (are) no friendly games -- the last five minutes can be for Timmy."

The move echoes last week's somewhat controversial goodbye for England's record scorer Wayne Rooney, who came out of international retirement to make his final appearance as a substitute against USA.

While England have come on leaps and bounds without Rooney, reaching this year's World Cup semi-finals, Australia haven't found Cahill so easy to replace.

The talismanic Cahill, known for his prodigious leap and knack of scoring important goals, has hit the net 50 times for his country, playing in four World Cups.

New-look Australia's lack of goals was apparent in Saturday's 1-1 stalemate against South Korea, when the hosts dominated but had to wait until stoppage time for Massimo Luongo's equaliser.

Arnold, who took charge after this year's disappointing World Cup campaign, said the problem was so acute that he had ordered his forwards to do extra "finishing practice" at their clubs.

"We will set the players' programmes after this game, especially the strikers, that when they go back to club-land where we can't control what they do at their clubs, that they work on a lot of finishing practice," Arnold said.

"Goal-scoring becomes a habit. It is about not only putting the ball in the back of the net, but it's also about having the confidence and the belief to score goals. It's also something that becomes natural for a player."

Among the starters is set to be South Sudanese refugee Awer Mabil, who plies his trade with Denmark's Midtjylland.

The winger shone for the Socceroos off the bench against Korea, and Arnold hinted strongly the 23-year-old could be in the starting line-up.]]>
11/19/2018 11:04:25 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt to benefit from French expertise in developing healthcare system: Min.]]>
Talks were held after opening the Egyptian-French Health Forum earlier in the day.

Zayed, during the opening of the forum, said Egypt will draw on the French expertise in the application of its new comprehensive health insurance system and developing emergency and intensive care services at public hospitals.

She said the French side is willing to help Egypt develop its healthcare system.

A number of French companies operating in the health domain are taking part in the two-day forum in addition to the economic department at the French embassy, Business France agency, Al-Ahram Hebdo and the French Agency for Development.

As part of the forum, three round-table meetings will be held to discuss the new comprehensive medical insurance system in Egypt and reforms of the pharmaceutical sector.

On the sidelines of the forum, a delegation representing the Movement of the Enterprises of France (MEDEF) will arrive in Egypt on a two-day visit for talks on enhancing cooperation with Egypt in the health domain.

Head of the Syndicate of Journalists Abdel Mohsen Salama and French Ambassador in Cairo Stéphane Romatet on Monday inaugurated the Egyptian-French health forum, in the presence of the ministers of finance, investment, health and higher education.

The forum, held under the auspices of the ministries of Health and Finance, is one of the most important events in the Egyptian-French cooperation, as it provides a good opportunity to establish a strong bilateral partnership in the health field.

The two-day forum is co-organised by a group of French companies working in the Egyptian health sector – in cooperation with the French Embassy, and with the support of the French Development Agency, in partnership with Al Ahram Hebdo newspaper.

The forum aims at "building an ever stronger Franco-Egyptian partnership in the health sector... these two days will allow French companies to promote concrete solutions to support the Egyptian authorities in the reform of the health and social protection sector," a statement by organizers of the forum read. ]]>
11/19/2018 10:56:26 AM
<![CDATA[MP agrees to draft law regulating commercials]]>
Din pointed out that outdoor advertisement in Egypt has become a complete mess due to the fact that individuals put advertisements up on the street without the approval of the relevant parties.

Din asked to establish a higher committee, under the auspices of the prime minister, to regulate commercials’ affairs. He assured that the lack of censorship distracts the attention of passersby, especially on the high ways, which increases the rate of accidents.

The deputy to the Transportation Committee added that the local administration approved commercials based on monetary benefits rather than other important factors. Commercials included the display of huge banners, inappropriate images, improper jokes and a way to exchange apologies among lovers, all of which are improper, he added.

Thus, setting strict definite rules and instructions are a must, Din clarified. In addition to setting standards to renew the Ads’ license and imposing harsh punishments on the companies and agencies that violate these rules and provisions.

11/19/2018 10:50:24 AM
<![CDATA[UK prepares report revealing danger of Brotherhood’s activities]]>
Kholy pointed out that that France and Germany are also reviewing the Brotherhood's status, adding that the world is recognising Egypt’s role more and more and its active efforts in protecting the region from the MB’s danger.

Kholy assured Egypt’s support to political diversity, stressing that the Brotherhood was akin to a thorn in Egypt’s development before it was plucked.

Since June 2013, the terrorist Muslim Brotherhood group targeted the Egyptian Christian community with a number of orchestrated assaults with the ultimate goal of creating an internal religious conflict between Egyptians.

The group’s leaders incited their followers, or sent their operatives, to persecute people in their homes, shops, schools, and even within the sacred confines of churches throughout the country.

According to statistics, since the beginning of the Muslim Brotherhood's full-scale campaign of terror against civilians, some 42 churches and Christian properties were attacked across Egypt, leaving tens of Egyptian Christians killed or injured and destroying dozens of churches and other valuable buildings.
11/19/2018 10:46:55 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s industrial index reaches LE 168.5B in Q1 2018]]>
The production index of food industries contributed to the industrial index by 23 percent, followed by steel, iron and metal industries by 19.2 percent, according to the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS).

CAPMAS added that the production index of chemicals, fibers and fertilizers registered 9.8 percent of the index.

The production of food industries reached a value of LE 38.7 billion during the first quarter of the current year, compared to LE 33.3 billion during the same quarter of 2017.

The production index of ready-to-wear clothes hit $4.3 billion in the first three months of 2018, compared to $2.9 billion in the same period of 2017, marking a 47.3 percent uptick.

The value of production for the computer, electronic, optical products and medical devices industry declined to LE 1.5 billion for the first quarter of 2018, compared to LE 1.6 billion for the first quarter of 2017, with a decrease of 9.9 percent.
11/19/2018 10:44:06 AM
<![CDATA[Remittances from Egyptian expats reach $5.9B in Q1 2018/19]]>
According to CBE data, remittances of expatriates hit $1.8 billion during September, compared to $1.5 billion during the same month of the prior year, with an increase of $298 million, or 20.4 percent.

CBE announced earlier that remittances from Egyptian expatriates increased by about $4.6 billion (21.1 percent) during fiscal year 2017/2018.

In the period from June to April 2017/2018, remittances jumped 16.1 percent to stand at $7.0 billion, compared to $6.0 billion in the same period of the previous year.

Remittances from expatriate Egyptians increased to $26.4 billion since floating the Egyptian pound in November 2016 and until November 2017, compared to $22.3 billion in the same period a year earlier, previous data showed.

Remittances are one of Egypt’s main foreign currency sources, which have been on the rise since Egypt floated its local currency in November 2016.

11/19/2018 10:38:53 AM
<![CDATA[Toktok: Egypt's 14-year controversy ]]>
Toktoks have been seen as double-edged swords. People inhabiting slums, humble regions and even some classy districts think they are comparatively cheap, fast, widespread and available. Although this can all be real, others still believe they are dangerous as the majority of toktoks have been so far unlicensed.

Hamdy Arafa, a professor of local administration and consultant for the development of slums, said that the "republic" of toktoks in the North African country consists of 2.9 million toktoks, adding that only 111,000 toktoks are licensed.

This came during an interview with Wael al-Ebrashi on ON E TV on Saturday.
Commenting on the growing number of toktok drivers, Arafa said that there are 730,000 diploma graduates of commerce, industry and agriculture schools annually, adding that he thinks their university curricula were not linked to the labor market, so most of them go for other jobs.

MP Mamdouh al-Husseini, a member of the Parliament's Local Administration Committee, said that some of the toktoks' drivers have resorted to such unlicensed vehicles for kidnapping, theft, bullying and terrorism.

He appealed to officials to reduce the costs of licensing toktoks, affirming that the cost of a tokTok's license exceeds LE 7,000 ($394). The price of new tok-toks can range between LE 29,000 ($1,632) to LE 32,000 ($1,801), according to 2018 vehicles' prices, which means that a toktok driver has to pay about 21 percent of his vehicle's price to license it.

During the same interview, Major General Emad Mahrous, Parliament's Transportation and Communications Committee's member, said that toktoks have become indispensable for people in some places.

Defending toktok drivers' rights, Mahrous said that toktoks have become legitimate in some of other countries, adding that the state until now allows the import of the three wheel vehicle.

A toktok is a common form of urban transportation. It is a development of the still available two-wheeled pulled rickshaw by which a runner draws a cart with a seat for one or two people. It is believed the pulled rickshaw was invented by Japan in the 19th century. Rickshaws then appeared in India, China and other big cities in Asia.

Bad record

Secretary of the Parliament’s Transportation Committee, Khaled Abdel Azeem, criticized the government in February for not taking actual steps to stop toktoks from plaguing Egyptian communities and turning them into slums.

The government could not set up an integrated plan to face the unjustified spread of toktoks, according to Abdel Azeem, although the government has warned repeatedly of the dangers toktoks pose to society.

Abdel Azeem wondered why the government has not applied the Industry Ministry’s 2014 decision to stop importing toktoks so as to take the first step towards ending the phenomenon. The ministry had decided in 2014 to ban toktoks for a year as it had been used in crimes and terrorist attacks, according to the government.

In November, 2017, a toktok caused the death of seven students when it plunged off a road into a conduit in Beheira governorate, Delta.

In September of the same year, while a police force was patrolling a town in Assiut, it suspected three people on a toktok, the ministry said in a statement. The three men opened fire at the force when it stopped them, according to the ministry. The force returned fire, killing one and wounding another. The third fled.

In the same month, a girl was killed and two others were severely injured after a toktok collided with a passenger train in Dishna, Qena, while trying to pass a railway crossing.

The U.S. Embassy in Colombo warned its citizens who were visiting Sri Lanka in June 2017 to avoid travelling alone in toktoks after a spate of sexual harassment complaints.

"The U.S. Embassy Colombo has been made aware of an increase in incidents involving toktok drivers in the Colombo area inappropriately touching female passengers," the embassy said in a statement.

Additional reporting by Egypt Today Staff
11/19/2018 10:33:51 AM
<![CDATA[New Salvadoran migrant caravan forms; hundreds wait at U.S.-Mexico border]]>
Guarded by police officers, the men, women and children of the gathering caravan marched through San Salvador's streets to Guatemala-bound buses, loaded with heavy backpacks, water and the knowledge of an arduous 2,700-mile (4,300-km) trek ahead to the U.S. border.

The group from El Salvador was at least the fourth caravan to set off since a first, large-scale mobilization in neighboring Honduras, which departed on Oct. 13 from the crime-wracked northern city of San Pedro Sula.

That caravan quickly grew to thousands as it moved north on daily 30-mile (50-km) treks. Many of its members were still winding their way on Sunday through Mexico toward the U.S border, where hundreds of early arrivals have been waiting since last week to cross.

Ahead of the Nov. 6 midterm U.S. congressional elections, President Donald Trump denounced the large caravan as an "invasion" that threatened American national security and sent thousands of active-duty U.S. troops to the border with Mexico. Trump has not publicly focused on the caravan since the election.

Inspired by the public spotlight on the larger caravan, Salvadorans organized themselves on social networks and the WhatsApp application to launch the latest effort.

Among them was Manuel Umana, a 53-year-old farmer from the town of San Pedro Masahuat, who said he decided to join Sunday's caravan to escape MS-13, a brutal criminal gang that controls large parts of El Salvador and neighboring Honduras.

"We are already threatened by the gangs where we live," said Umana, pointing to scars on his face he said gang members had inflicted five years ago. "We no longer can live with these people."

His motives echoed dozens of migrants in the earlier caravans who told Reuters they were abandoning their homes to escape a toxic mixture of violence, corruption and economic insecurity.

El Salvador and Honduras compete for the highest homicide rates in the world, according to official figures. Both countries rank among the poorest in the Americas.

"It is very dangerous but we have no other alternative. We are determined to do what we need to do," said Umana, before leaving with the rest of the caravan from the Salvadoran capital's central Plaza Salvador del Mundo.

Far to the north on Sunday, in the city of Tijuana that abuts California, hundreds of people from the larger caravan braced for planned protests from local Mexicans both in favor and against them.

Just over the northern border, nearly 6,000 U.S. troops in recent days have stretched barbed wire to dissuade illegal entries.

U.S. immigration authorities, meanwhile, barred passage to dozens of the migrants who in recent days formed orderly lines to enter through the San Ysidro Port of Entry connecting Mexico to San Diego.]]>
11/19/2018 5:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Jordan's parliament passes IMF-backed tax law to reduce public debt]]>
A majority of deputies in the chamber approved a series of amendments in the 36-article bill that included raising family exemptions to mitigate its impact on middle class income earners.

Jordan's Prime Minister Omar al Razzaz earlier warned deputies the kingdom will pay a heavy price if parliament failed to approve the legislation, a main plank of austerity measures to ease a fiscal crunch and spur stagnant growth hovering at around 2 percent in recent years.

The bill will still need to go to the upper house or senate for approval before it is enacted as law. It is expected to be effective early next year, officials said.

Razzaz told deputies who were debating the legislation that failure to approve the bill would mean the kingdom would have to pay even higher interest rates on its substantial foreign debt.

Razzaz said the law promotes social justice by targeting the wealthy and combats long-time corporate tax evaders, but opposition deputies argue it will hurt the already stagnant economy and diminish middle-class incomes.

"The individuals who will be affected are the top 12 percent income earners, it won't affect middle and low income earners," Razzaz told deputies.

The government sent the bill to parliament in September after withdrawing an earlier draft submitted by a previous government that triggered protests over the summer.

Earlier this year, Jordan increased a general sales tax and scrapped a subsidy on bread as part of a three-year fiscal plan agreed with the International Monetary Fund, which aims to cut public debt of $37 billion, equivalent to 95 percent of gross domestic product.

The debt is at least in part due to successive governments adopting an expansionist fiscal policy characterized by job creation in the bloated public sector, and by lavish subsidies for bread and other staple goods.

Razzaz said rejection of the tax legislation would have pushed higher the cost of servicing over 1 billion dinars ($1.4 billion) of foreign debt due in 2019, raising the prospect of rating agencies downgrading Jordan's credit ratings.

"We will pay a heavy price if we don't approve this law," he said before the vote.

The government has also echoed IMF concerns that without these reforms public external debt will spiral.

Debt service would peak in 2019-2020 at about 6.5 percent of GDP with the Eurobonds that will be due.

The country's economic growth has been hit in the last few years by high unemployment and regional conflict weighing on investor sentiment and as demand generated from Syrian refugee receded, according to the IMF.

Economists said Jordan's ability to maintain a costly subsidy system and a large state bureaucracy was increasingly untenable in the absence of large foreign capital inflows or injections of foreign aid, which have dwindled as the Syrian crisis has gone on. ]]>
11/19/2018 4:50:00 AM
<![CDATA[Macron says strong Europe needed to prevent global 'chaos']]>
Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have used a series of war anniversaries to project unity as they push back against populist and nationalist forces in Europe and Trump's isolationist "America First" stance.

With half a year until European Parliament elections in which far-right forces look to make gains, Macron made a passionate plea for stronger backing from Merkel on a range of reforms to strengthen Europe.

"Europe, and within it the Franco-German couple, have the obligation not to let the world slip into chaos and to guide it on the road to peace," Macron told the German parliament.

"That's why Europe must be stronger... and win more sovereignty," he said at a ceremony to honour the victims of past wars and dictatorships.

Macron said it was Europe that had led the drive for green energy and against climate change and was now most strongly pushing multilateral approaches to trade, security, migration and environmental policy.

The first French president to address the Bundestag in 18 years, Macron called for greater European unity in order for the bloc to meet future challenges in an uncertain world.

He said Europe must not "become a plaything of great powers, must assume greater responsibility for its security and its defence, and must not accept a subordinate role in world politics".

- 'At crossroads' -

Merkel said she agreed with Macron's assessment that Europe stands "at a crossroads", before the two headed into a meeting to discuss a range of policy challenges -- from a joint eurozone budget to migration policy and taxing Internet giants.

The German leader reiterated that she backed Macron's proposal for a future European army as a symbol of a united continent -- an idea that has raised Trump's hackles.

Last week the American president mocked the plan by tweeting that "it was Germany in World Wars One & Two - How did that work out for France?"

But German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen insisted Sunday that a joint military force would need not just common equipment and training but also "the political will to resolutely defend European interests when a conflict breaks out".

And France's Minister for European Affairs, Nathalie Loiseau, told the Journal du Dimanche "it is not a question of being against the United States but of taking our destiny into our own hands to no longer count on others".

- Weaker leaders -

Macron's Berlin visit came a week after world leaders met in Paris to commemorate the end of World War I a century ago.

Macron has repeatedly invoked the war's horrors to drive home the message that rising nationalism is again destabilising the world.

In a Berlin meeting with youths, Macron warned that forgetting history means "to repeat the mistakes of the past".

While strong on symbolism, the Franco-German partnership and European reform push have been plagued by policy differences and the domestic troubles of the two leaders.

Since a Franco-German joint cabinet meeting on Europe in June, challenges have piled up with Brexit nearing and a budget conflict escalating between Brussels and Italy.

Macron also addressed German hesitation on major reforms such as a large common budget for the eurozone, saying that "this new stage is scary".

He said it would require giving up some decision-making powers and pooling funds but asked pointedly, "is it better to remain locked in standstill?"

The meeting came as both leaders are politically weakened, reducing the traditional driving power at the heart of the bloc.

As Trump gleefully tweeted days ago, Macron's once stellar approval ratings have dropped off into the mid-twenties.

He now faces a wave of protests over high fuel prices by so-called "yellow vest" demonstrators who charge that Macron, a former investment banker, is neglecting the lower and middle classes.

And Merkel, after 13 years in power, recently announced the beginning of the end of her reign by declining to stand again as leader of her centre-right Christian Democrats (CDU).

She has vowed to serve out her fourth term, which runs until 2021, but many observers expect Merkel could be brought down earlier by infighting within the CDU or the unhappy three-party coalition she leads.]]>
11/19/2018 4:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Macron's popularity dips as French fuel tax revolt simmers]]>
Only 25 percent of those questioned in an Ifop poll between Nov. 9 and 17 said they were satisfied with Macron, down from 29 percent in October, according to the survey of almost 2,000 people published in the Journal du Dimanche (JDD).

Macron, who came to power 18 months ago vowing to reshape the economy and overhaul institutions, has brushed off slumping ratings to push through a series of reforms, including a loosening of laws governing hiring and firing.

His government introduced fuel tax hikes to encourage drivers to embrace less-polluting cars, touching a nerve with voters in rural areas in particular as the extra cost began to bite in October when global oil prices surged.

Angry motorists and other demonstrators, many accusing Macron of being out of touch with ordinary people, blocked roads across France on Saturday in a grassroots campaign dubbed the "Yellow Vests" that drew nearly 288,000 protesters.

More than 400 people were injured, 14 of them seriously, Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said, with some frustrated drivers trying to ram through blockades, and at least 157 people were taken into police custody.

A woman protester died when she was accidentally hit by a panicked driver at one blockade.

Some maintained protests on highway slip-roads, tolls and roundabouts on Sunday.

In another Ifop poll in the JDD on Sunday, 62 percent of those surveyed said the government should prioritise policies to help household incomes even if it meant advancing more slowly on measures to fight climate change.

Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, who said on Sunday he was sensitive to the sense of abandonment expressed by some protesters, stressed that the government would not back down on its fuel tax plans.

These are set for another hike in January including on diesel, the most commonly used fuel in France.

"The path we've set out on is the right one and we're going to stick to it," Philippe told France 2 television. He said workers would ultimately have less of a tax burden by the end of Macron's mandate, with some measures already feeding through this year, such as reduced housing tax bills.

Macron's popularity has sunk to as low as 21 percent in other polls recently, after a torrid summer marked by a scandal over the violent conduct of his former security adviser and the departure of several ministers.

In another poll released on Sunday, by OpinionWay, Macron's approval ratings were unchanged in November from a month earlier at 29 percent.]]>
11/19/2018 2:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Republican Scott wins Florida U.S. Senate seat after manual recount]]>
In the recount of the Nov. 6 election, Scott won by 10,033 votes out of 8.19 million cast statewide, Florida elections officials said on Sunday. Scott took 50.05 percent, compared with 49.93 percent for Nelson, the officials added.

Nelson, first elected to the Senate in 2000, became the latest incumbent Democratic senator toppled in the midterm congressional election in which President Donald Trump's fellow Republicans expanded their majority in the Senate but lost control of the House of Representatives.

Other incumbent Democratic senators defeated in the election include Joe Donnelly in Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp in North Dakota and Claire McCaskill in Missouri.

Scenes of thousands of people across the state reviewing ballots during the recount process had brought back memories of Florida's 2000 presidential recount, which ended only after the U.S. Supreme Court stepped in, effectively handing the presidency to Republican George W. Bush.

"I just spoke with Senator Bill Nelson, who graciously conceded, and I thanked him for his years of public service," Scott said in an emailed statement.

The statement ended, "Let's get to work."

Nelson's office said he will issue a statement later on Sunday.

Scott, who was prevented by state law from running for a third term as governor, emerged from the vote with a lead of less than 0.5 percentage points, which prompted a recount of the ballots. Republicans including Trump made allegations, without offering evidence, that the process was marred by fraud.

The battle between Nelson and Scott and the race to replace Scott as governor both were closely watched contests in which Democrats had hoped to topple Republicans. On Saturday, Democrat Andrew Gillum conceded to Republican rival Ron DeSantis, an ally of Trump, in the governor's race, which also went to a recount.

Scott, 65, entered politics from the business world, having amassed a personal fortune as a healthcare executive. He dipped into his wealth to help finance his campaigns, winning the governorship in 2010 and 2014 by about 1 percent of the vote.

Nelson, 76, has been a fixture in Florida politics since he won a seat in the state legislature in 1972. He then served in the U.S. House of Representatives and has held state Cabinet posts.]]>
11/19/2018 12:40:00 AM
<![CDATA[Netanyahu urges coalition partners not to bring down government]]>
Netanyahu, head of the right-wing Likud party, has been making last-ditch efforts to avoid the collapse of the government, weakened by the resignation of his defence minister. Political pundits predict a snap vote could come as soon as March, instead of November as scheduled.

"I spoke with all the coalition heads. I told them this is the time to show responsibility - don't bring down the government, especially not at this security-sensitive time," he said in televised remarks.

Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman's resignation, announced on Wednesday over what he described as the government's lenient policy towards an upsurge of cross-border violence with Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip, left the government with a majority of only one seat in parliament.

That put the fate of Netanyahu's coalition at the mercy of its partners, who have seen the four-term prime minister's popularity take a rare hit in an opinion poll that showed Israelis were unhappy with him over Gaza.

Earlier Netanyahu met with his finance minister, Moshe Kahlon of the centre-right Kulanu party, who has urged setting an early election date.

Hitting back at criticism of his decision to accept a ceasefire with Gaza's rulers Hamas, Netanyahu dropped heavy hints about a future Israeli military offensive.

"We have an entire year until the election. We are in the midst of a campaign and you don't pull out in the middle of a campaign or play politics. State security is beyond politics," he said. "I will not say this evening when we will act and how. I have a clear plan. I know what to do and when to do it. And we will do it."


Kahlon said on Saturday that governing with a one-seat majority was unsustainable.

His call was echoed by members of the nationalist Jewish Home whose head, Naftali Bennett, asked to succeed Lieberman as defence chief but was turned down by Netanyahu who kept the job for himself.

Minutes before Netanyahu's speech, Jewish Home announced that Bennett and another minister from his party would make an announcement in parliament on Monday, raising speculation they would resign and strip the prime minister of his majority.

A poll published on Wednesday by Hadashot TV news showed Likud falling to 29 from 30 parliamentary seats after months of polls that have shown it gaining power.

Only 17 percent of respondents were happy with Netanyahu's policy toward Gaza, where he agreed to a ceasefire - dubbed by Lieberman as "surrender" - after militants from its ruling Hamas group launched almost 500 rockets into Israel on Monday and Tuesday and Israel carried out dozens of air raids.

Netanyahu's re-election chances could also be affected by a series of corruption cases against him in which Israel's attorney-general is weighing his indictment.

An election would complicate promised moves by the United States towards reviving Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts that collapsed in 2014. The Trump administration has said it would unveil a peace plan soon.]]>
11/19/2018 12:20:00 AM
<![CDATA[Egyptians falconers celebrate falconry heritage in Alexandria]]>CAIRO – 18 November 2018: Egyptian falconers have gathered in the heart of the golden desert of Alexandria to mark the 6th edition of the World Falconry Day (WFD).

Falconers arrived in Borg El Arab, north of Cairo, as they carefully watched his falcons soaring through the skies and diving down rapidly to catch little pigeons.

The event, which is being marked annually on Nov. 16, is meant to spread awareness about birds of prey through carrying out a number of activities.


The World Falconry Day celebrates the tradition, art, culture and heritage of falconry which has been practised around the world for over 4000 years.

Mohamed Mowafy, a member of the club, said falconry in Egypt dated back to the ancient Egyptians' worship of the falcon-headed god Horus.

The celebration brought together falconers from across Egypt and included a competition that featured more than 10 types of birds of prey, including a two-year-old golden eagle owned by Yasser al-Khawanky.

Egyptian peers and falconry clubs adopt the principles of the International Association for Falconry (IAF) which are dedicated to the preservation of the ancient art of falconry.

Sayed al-Sayed, one of the organizers and admin of "Egyptian Sniper" falconry group on Facebook, said the event is co-organized by four falconry clubs in Egypt.

11/18/2018 9:59:07 PM
<![CDATA[Four more countries qualify for African Nations Cup finals]]>JOHANNESBURG – 18 November 2018: Morocco and Nigeria added their names to the list of African Nations Cup qualifiers after Saturday's preliminaries, with Mali and Uganda also booking their place at next year's finals.

Nigeria made sure of the point they needed by drawing 1-1 away against South Africa in Johannesburg while Morocco qualified without kicking a ball as Malawi lost in the Comoros Islands.

Uganda secured top place in Group L with a 1-0 home win over the Cape Verde Islands while Mali are sure of a top two finish in Group C as they beat Gabon 1-0 away with an early goal from French-based striker Moussa Doumbia.

The top two teams in the 12 groups qualify except Group B which includes already-qualified tournament hosts Cameroon, so only one other team will go through.

Morocco were confirmed in that place after Malawi, the only team who could catch them, were beaten 2-1 in Moroni.

South Africa defender Buhle Mkhwanazi put the ball into his own net to give Nigeria the lead after nine minutes at Soccer City. However, South Africa responded with an equaliser from Strasbourg forward Lebo Mothiba in the 24th minute, his fourth goal in five internationals.

Nigeria have 10 points from five games at the top of Group E, with South Africa second on eight points, two ahead of Libya with one fixture remaining.

The South Africans face Libya in March knowing should they avoid defeat, they will seal their place at the finals next June.

Libya defeated Seychelles 8-1 in the other group match earlier on Saturday.

Namibia and Guinea Bissau played out a goalless draw in Windhoek to keep the outcome in Group K still in suspense while in Group A, already qualified Senegal won 1-0 away in Equatorial Guinea thanks to an own goal.

Egypt, Madagascar and Tunisia also qualified last month and Sunday's batch of fixtures could see several more teams added to the expanded 24-squad field.

11/18/2018 6:47:03 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt, Ethiopia to discuss outstanding dam differences: PM]]>CAIRO – 18 November 2018: Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly said Egypt would hold talks with Ethiopa over the next two weeks to resolve the outstanding differences regarding the Grand Renaissance Dam.

Madbouly met with his Ethiopian counterpart, Abiy Ahmed, on Sunday as they agreed to initiate bilateral talks to settle the pending points.

(L to R) - Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly shaking hands with Ethiopian counterpart Abiy Ahmed on the sidelines of the 11th Extraordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union (AU) on Nov. 18, 2018 – Egypt Today/Solieman Al-Otaifi

Madbouli said in statements during the 11th Extraordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union (AU) that Egypt supports the process to reform the organizational structure of the AU.

He also affirmed that Egypt plays a major role in the restructuring of the AU Development Agency.

FILE PHOTO: A cloud of dust rises from a dynamite blast, as part of construction work at Ethiopia's Grand Renaissance Dam, March 31, 2015. REUTER/Tiksa Negeri/File Photo

“A joint fund should also be established by Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan after governors of their central banks probe the issue,” Madbouli added.

The two countries and Sudan have held a series of meetings over the $4 billion hydroelectric Grand Renaissance Dam, but have yet to reach a deal on managing flows and other issues.

FILE PHOTO: Construction workers erect rebars at a section of Ethiopia's Grand Renaissance Dam, March 31, 2015. REUTER/Tiksa Negeri/File Photo

The dam was scheduled to be finished by 2020, but Ahmed said in August that it would be delayed for several more years.

Egypt has voiced concerns that the scheme may restrict the waters coming down down from Ethiopia's highlands, through the deserts of Sudan, to its fields and reservoirs. Ethiopia, on the other hand, says it will have no such impact.

Ahmed also said he is personally keen on maintaining Nile rights of Egypt and all African countries along the river.

11/18/2018 6:36:56 PM
<![CDATA[Orange purchases 9.238 million shares amid strategy to retire securities]]>
In similar news, on November 30, 2018, Global Telecom Holding agreed to extend the maturity date of the $100 million revolving credit facility from VION, a three-month extension under the same terms and conditions. They also agreed to amend Articles 17 and 48 of the company’s statute.

The EGX announced that Tuesday, November 2018, will be an official holiday in observance of Profit Mohamed’s Birthday (Mawlid el-Nabawy); business will resume as usual Wednesday.
11/18/2018 6:20:38 PM
<![CDATA[Kareem Abdel Aziz rejects 'Al-Ragol el-Mostahel' ]]>
The film is written by screenwriter Ahmed Mourad and directed by Marawan Hamed.
Abdel Aziz is preparing for two coming films: "El-Feel el-Azraa" part 2 (The Blue Elephant) and “El-Fares” (The Knight).

Abdel Aziz will start shooting "El-Feel el-Azraa" in November; the crew includes director Marwan Hamed and screenwriter Ahmed Mourad, as well as stars Hend Sabry and Nelly Karim. The film is produced by Synergy Production Company headed by famed Egyptian producer Tamer Mursi.

After shooting “El-Feel el-Azraa”, Abdel Aziz will start preparing for “El-Fares” that will be released in 2020. "El-Fares" is directed by Mohammed Sami, and stars Nelly Kareem, Khaled el-Sawy, and Mohamed Rageb.

Abdel Aziz has just finished shooting “Nadi El-Regal El-Serri” (The Secret Club of Men) that will be released in 2019. The film is written by Ayman Watar, directed by Khaled el-Halfawi and stars Ghada Adel, and Maged el- Kadwani.

11/18/2018 6:07:51 PM
<![CDATA[USAID supports initiation of Egypt’s first women entrepreneurs network]]>CAIRO – 18 Novembre 2018: The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has cooperated with a number of Egyptian organizations to launch the Women Entrepreneurs Network (WEN), the U.S. embassy in Cairo said in a Sunday press release.

This cooperation comes as an affirmation to the U.S. government’s support for entrepreneurship in Egypt in general and as part of the U.S. Embassy’s long-standing commitment to economic development in Egypt.

The United States Agency for International Development is an independent agency of the United States federal government that is primarily responsible for administering civilian foreign aid and development assistance.

“The Network will provide training in financial literacy, connections to online marketplaces, and assistance in general to Egyptian women who want to start and manage their own businesses,” the statement said.

The Network was launched on Nov. 18 by USAID in cooperation with the National Council for Women, Federation of Egyptian Industries, Alexandria Business Women Association, Business Women of Egypt 21, Entreprenelle, Etijah, Flat6Labs, and Nile University.

It will act as a platform for women entrepreneurs, associations, service providers, and other stakeholders to ensure that more women across Egypt receive services essential to their entrepreneurial success, according to the statement.

Aspiring women entrepreneurs as they learn to create business plans and present their ideas to potential investors - Courtesy of the U.S. Embassy in Egypt

At the launch, which was attended by more than 200 women entrepreneurs, businesswomen, and actors in the entrepreneurial ecosystem, USAID/Egypt Mission Director Sherry F. Carlin said, “We are confident that the Women Entrepreneurs Network will be a dynamic force in helping members achieve success by creating linkages among relevant stakeholders and services.”

Since 1978, USAID has invested nearly $30 billion in the people of Egypt through projects that promote a healthy, educated, and employed population.

The Women Entrepreneurs Network is part of a comprehensive package of technical assistance from the American people that promotes job creation, economic recovery, private sector business growth, and a stronger trade and investment environment.

11/18/2018 5:29:30 PM
<![CDATA[EFSA receives tender offer from Orascom to purchase Sarwa Capital shares]]>
OTH’s offer comes to buy a non-controlling interest in the company.

The offer includes either the acquisition of 216 million shares of Sarwa Capital at a price of LE 7.36 or the acquisition of 144 million shares to 216 million shares at LE 6.62 per share, 10 percent less that the public offering price.

The bidder has the right to accept or reject the deal in the event that the number of shares is less than 144 million shares.

We hope to obtain the approval of the Financial Supervisory Authority to submit the offer and to follow the necessary legal procedures for that, OTH explained.

Earlier Sunday, Sarwa Capital announced the purchase of 28.4 million of the company’s shares at a public offering price of LE 7.36 during a trading session Sunday, as part of the company’s strategy to stabilize the company’s stock prices.

The Egyptian Stock Exchange (EGX) had announced earlier that the transactions that occurred with the aim of stabilizing the financial investment company had reached 28.44 million shares.

On October 4, the company announced that its private offering was oversubscribed around 10.83 times, recording a strong demand of c.LE 21 billion ($1.2B), with demand coming from over 280 institutional and high net worth investors.

The company added that the final price of its public offering was set at LE 7.36 per share after the success of the book-building process for the institutional offering of 265.65 million ordinary shares.

The company will allocate LE 700 million of the yields of public and private offerings to increase its capital by LE 95.11 million, in a closed subscription of selling shareholders at the offer price (LE 7.36).

“Based on the offer price, the company’s post money market capitalization is LE 5.3 million,” Sarwa stated.

In October, Sarwa also announced that it will offer around 295.17 million shares, representing 47.2 percent of the total issued share capital, on the Egyptian Exchange (EGX).

The statement added that the indicative price for its IPO ranges between LE 7.04 and LE 8 per share, with an expected offering size in the range of LE 2.1 billion to LE 2.4 billion.

The shares are offered in two tranches consisting of: (i) a retail offering of 29.52 million shares to individual investors, representing 10 percent of the offering (the Retail Offering), (ii) a private offering of 265.65 million shares to qualified institutional investors, representing 90 percent of the offering (the Institutional Offering).

Beltone Investment Banking is acting as Sole Global Coordinator and Bookrunner, and Marouk Bassiouny is acting as counsel to the issuer.

In August, Sarwa Capital announced its intention to issue IPO on the EGX.
Sarwa Capital is a provider of consumer and structured finance solutions in Egypt.
11/18/2018 5:10:14 PM
<![CDATA[Sarwa Capital buys 28.4 million shares at public offering price]]>
The Egyptian Stock Exchange (EGX) had announced earlier that the transactions that occurred with the aim of stabilizing the financial investment company had reached 28.44 million shares.

On October 4, the company announced that its private offering was oversubscribed around 10.83 times, recording a strong demand of c.LE 21 billion ($1.2B), with demand coming from over 280 institutional and high net worth investors.

The company added that the final price of its public offering was set at LE 7.36 per share after the success of the book-building process for the institutional offering of 265.65 million ordinary shares.

The company will allocate LE 700 million of the yields of public and private offerings to increase its capital by LE 95.11 million, in a closed subscription of selling shareholders at the offer price (LE 7.36).

“Based on the offer price, the company’s post money market capitalization is LE 5.3 million,” Sarwa stated.

In October, Sarwa also announced that it will offer around 295.17 million shares, representing 47.2 percent of the total issued share capital, on the Egyptian Exchange (EGX).

The statement added that the indicative price for its IPO ranges between LE 7.04 and LE 8 per share, with an expected offering size in the range of LE 2.1 billion to LE 2.4 billion.

The shares are offered in two tranches consisting of: (i) a retail offering of 29.52 million shares to individual investors, representing 10 percent of the offering (the Retail Offering), (ii) a private offering of 265.65 million shares to qualified institutional investors, representing 90 percent of the offering (the Institutional Offering).

Beltone Investment Banking is acting as Sole Global Coordinator and Bookrunner, and Marouk Bassiouny is acting as counsel to the issuer.

In August, Sarwa Capital announced its intention to issue IPO on the EGX.
Sarwa Capital is a provider of consumer and structured finance solutions in Egypt.
11/18/2018 4:56:52 PM
<![CDATA[Eastern Company anticipates 20% hike in revenues]]>
In a filing to the Egyptian Exchange (EGX), the company, headed by Managing Director Hany Aman, explained that it anticipates that the increase will come through hike in exports and local sales.

With regards to the Finance Ministry’s decision to increase the storage of tobacco to two years instead of one year, the company said that this decision will have five benefits.

First, it protects the company from fluctuations in the fumes markets, especially as all countries that planet tobacco depend mainly on rain in agriculture.

Second, some kinds of tobacco need to be stored to improve their smoking characteristics (stage of aging), especially Eastern fumes, according to the statement.

Tensions and wars were the third benefit cited in the statement, as they are one of the reasons behind increasing prices of tobacco.

According to the statement, the negotiation center will be supported by having a stock in their warehouses during the various tenders for global smoke markets.

Finally, the decision will help in seizing appropriate opportunities to buy from financial markets at lower prices than usual and the two-year period helps to capture these opportunities.

The company accomplished a profit of LE 991.18 million during the first three months of 2018, compared to LE 1.04 billion during the same quarter of 2017.

Eastern Co. is a public company, listed on EGX since September 1995. It operates within the food, beverage and tobacco sector focusing on tobacco. It was established in July 1920.
11/18/2018 4:33:43 PM
<![CDATA[APEC fails to reach consensus as U.S.-China divide deepens]]>
Competition between the United States and China over the Pacific was also thrown into focus with the United States and its Western allies launching a coordinated response to China’s Belt and Road program.

“You know the two big giants in the room,” Papua New Guinea (PNG) Prime Minister Peter O’Neill said at a closing news conference, when asked which of the 21 members of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) group could not agree.

O’Neill, who was chairman of the meeting, said the sticking point was over whether mention of the World Trade Organization and its possible reform should be in the Leaders’ Declaration.

“APEC has got no charter over World Trade Organization, that is a fact. Those matters can be raised at the World Trade Organization.”

The multilateral trade order that APEC was established in 1989 to protect is crumbling as Chinese assertiveness in the Pacific and U.S. tariffs strain relations in the region and divide loyalties.

A Leaders’ Declaration has been issued after every annual APEC leaders’ meeting since the first in 1993, the group’s website shows.

O’Neill said that as APEC host, he would release a Chairman’s Statement, though it was not clear when.

U.S. President Donald Trump did not attend the meeting and nor did his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence attended instead of Trump.

Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived to great fanfare on Thursday and was feted by PNG officials. He stoked Western concern on Friday when he met Pacific island leaders to pitch his Belt and Road initiative.

The United States and its allies, Japan, Australia and New Zealand, countered on Sunday with a $1.7 billion plan to deliver reliable electricity and the internet to PNG.

Pacific Theater

Wang Xiaolong, a senior economic official with China’s APEC delegation, said of the failure to agree on a joint statement that it was “not exactly a sticking point between any particular two countries”.

Most members affirmed their commitment to preserving the multilateral trading system and supported a robust and well-functioning WTO, he said.

“Frankly speaking, we are in a very early stage of those discussions and different countries have different ideas as to how to take that process forward,” Wang said.

One diplomat involved in the negotiations said tension between the U.S. and China, bubbling all week, erupted when the Chinese government’s top diplomat, Wang Yi, objected during a leaders’ retreat to two paragraphs in a draft document seen by Reuters.

One mentioned opposing “unfair trade practices” and reforming the WTO, while another concerned sustainable development.

“These two countries were pushing each other so much that the chair couldn’t see an option to bridge them,” said the diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity.

“China was angered that the reference to WTO blamed a country for unfair trade practices.”

Pence said in a blunt speech on Saturday there would be no end to U.S. tariffs on $250 billion of Chinese goods until China changed its ways. On Sunday, as he left the PNG capital of Port Moresby, he listed U.S. differences with China.

“They begin with trade practices, with tariffs and quotas, forced technology transfers, the theft of intellectual property. It goes beyond that to freedom of navigation in the seas, concerns about human rights,” Pence told reporters.

Pence also took direct aim at Xi’s signature Belt and Road initiative, saying in his speech countries should not accept debt that compromised their sovereignty.

“We do not offer a constricting belt or a one-way road,” he said.

Center of Attention
The Belt and Road plan was first proposed in 2013 to expand land and sea links between Asia, Africa and Europe, with billions of dollars in infrastructure investment from China.

APEC host PNG is home to 8 million people, four-fifths of whom live outside urban areas and with poor infrastructure, and found itself feted by superpowers.

Xi opened a Beijing-funded boulevard, while Pence talked of a 400-year old King James Bible in the PNG parliament that he had played a role in bringing to the country.

Australia, a staunch U.S. ally, has for decades enjoyed largely unrivalled influence among Pacific island nations. China has recently turned its attention to the region with a raft of bilateral financing agreements to often distressed economies.

PNG Foreign Minister Rimbink Pato said his country did not need to pick sides.

“For us, we welcome Chinese investment, we welcome U.S. investment. Our foreign policy is to be friends of all, enemies of none.”
11/18/2018 4:26:54 PM
<![CDATA[Exclusive: U.S. shale firms offer $100 million to aid Texas, New Mexico]]>
Chevron, EOG Resources, Exxon Mobil and Royal Dutch Shell are among 17 companies backing the Permian Strategic Partnership, as the consortium is called, Don Evans, a former U.S. government official and energy executive helping launch the group, told Reuters on Saturday.

The group seeks to address labor and housing shortages, overtaxed health care and traffic congestion caused in part by companies descending on the Permian Basin, the nation’s largest oilfield, where they hope to pump billions of dollars’ worth of oil and gas in coming decades, experts said.

“It’s a significant amount of money, but these are huge challenges,” said Evans, a former U.S. Secretary of Commerce who lives in Midland, Texas, the epicenter of the shale oil revolution. “We don’t have enough teachers. We don’t have enough doctors.”

The group aims to work with regional and federal officials, companies, nonprofit groups and educators in New Mexico and Texas, said Evans, who started in the Permian and became CEO of producer Tom Brown Inc before joining the administration of former President George W. Bush.

The group is assembling plans to hold meetings in communities across the region, so “everyone have a voice” in the undertaking. There is no timetable or plan for how the initial contribution will be spent. The group is recruiting staff and searching for office space, he said.

In the last decade, the region’s many pockets of oil and low production costs have led to gold rush-like conditions in the Permian. Companies are pouring staff and equipment into the oilfield, which is expected to pump 3.7 million barrels of oil per day by December, four times its rate in 2010, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

That boom has local employers, including restaurants and school systems, under pressure from staff leaving for oilfield jobs. Midland’s unemployment rate was 2.1 percent in October, compared to the nation’s 3.7 percent rate.

The last decade’s shale boom also has led to school overcrowding, soaring traffic fatalities, drug abuse and strains on the power grid because of the activity.

“Our roads are not designed to handle the amount of truck traffic we have,” said Jeff Walker, transportation training coordinator at New Mexico Junior College in Hobbs.

Drug charges in Midland more than doubled between 2012 and 2016, to 942 from 491, according to police data. Traffic accidents also jumped 18 percent between 2016 and 2017 in Midland County, and 29 percent in nearby Ector County, according to Texas Department of Transportation data.

“They all agree that scaling up infrastructure is going to be a huge challenge,” said Bob Peterson, a partner at consultancy Arthur D. Little who advises producers. “There’s a common agreement that there’s a whole bundle of problems.”]]>
11/18/2018 4:26:44 PM
<![CDATA[Nearly half of German firms expect growing trade strains with U.S.: survey]]>
Thirty-four percent do not see trade ties growing more strained, RND reported.

It said 41 percent of firms surveyed considered it unlikely that the United States and the European Union would reach agreement on a transatlantic trade agreement.

11/18/2018 4:25:10 PM
<![CDATA[Zaki: A celebration of legendary actor and 'King of the Third Class']]>
Zaki is considered one of the most prominent actors in the history of Egyptian cinema. He was born in Zagazig as the only son in his family.

His father died when he was young, and when his mother remarried he was raised by his grandfather. During his school years, his headmaster encouraged him to work on his acting talent after Zaki presented a dazzling performance in one of the school's productions.

This production saw the attendance of many artists from Cairo, and he was advised to join The High Theater Institute, from which he graduated in 1973. After graduating first in his class, he worked in many commercially successful plays, including: “Madraset El-Moshaghbeen” (The School of Mischief), “Awladna Fi London” (Our Children are in London), “El-Eyal Kebret” (The Children Have Grown), “Hello, Shalaby” and “Al-Qahera fi Alf A'aam” (Cairo in 1,000 Years).

Many of his films are considered stepping stones in his acting career, such as: “Ahlam Hend we Kamilia” (The Dreams of Hend and Kamilia), “Oyoon La Tanam” (Eyes that Don’t Sleep), “El-Baree” (The Innocent), “El-Hob Fawk Hadabet Al-Haram” (Love on Top of the Pyramid) and “Ard El-Khouf” (The Land of Fear).

In efforts to reflect the values and identity of Egyptian society, Zaki has perfectly portrayed low and middle class society in roles such as the guard in “El-Beh El-Bawab” (The Gentle Guard). He also played the role of a simple photographer in “Edhak El-Sora Tetlaa’ Helwa” (Smile, the Picture will Come Out Fine), and the role of the driver in “Sawaq El-Hanem” (The Madame’s Driver).

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Ahmed Zaki in a scene from “El Beh El Bawab” (The Gentle Guard) movie - Youtube

Six of his films are listed on the best 100 Egyptian films based on a selection by a number of Egyptian critics. Zaki has also introduced many of the most valuable biographical films, such as Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser’s biography, “Nasser 65”, and Egyptian President Anwar Al Sadat’s biography, “Ayam El-Sadat”.

He also depicted prominent Egyptian author, Taha Hussein, in “Al Ayam” (Days) series. Zaki’s last movie was a depiction of Egyptian singer, Abdel Halim Hafez, in a biography film titled “Halim,” which was released in 2005.

Zaki portrayed historical figures brilliantly, and it drove most of the audience to feel that their souls were instilled in Zaki’s soul. Furthermore, many of his colleagues, and the actors who followed him, admitted that they were inspired by his genuine performances and that they consider him one of the greatest actors in the Egyptian cinema history.

"To the dear soul of the great artist Ahmed Zaki, I dedicate to you my performance in 'Wahet El-Groub' soap opera. May God rest your soul in peace; you will always be an acting pedagogue," said a voice note from the famous Egyptian actor, Khaled Nabawy, on his Twitter account.

Famed scriptwriter, Wahid Hamed, said that Zaki was distinguished and strongly dedicatedl to his job to the point that it caused him some major problems in his personal life.

He added that Egyptian cinema is full of stars that are not less talented than Zaki, but what makes Zaki different is that he used his talent to master his profession, and that he paid attention to every single detail pertaining to his acting career.

Hamed said that they had shared a profound friendship since the mid-seventies, and that he knew Zaki as the person behind the actor.

Zaki’s power as an actor also lies in the fact that he was one of the first darker-skinned actors to grace Egyptian screens, challenging an unspoken color barrier that had previously existed. He paved the way for other non-conventional actors to realize that they too have a place on the cinema screen.

11/18/2018 3:31:31 PM
<![CDATA[Facebook is back after error for several hours]]>
Facebook users received a message on Sunday morning: "Sorry, something went wrong. We're working on it and we'll get it fixed as soon as we can," and the hashtag "Facebook Down” became a trend on Twitter.

Facebook users were unable to see new stories or news during the outage which lasted for 2 hours. The outage was not the first of its kind; Facebook suffered another outage two months ago.
11/18/2018 2:53:58 PM
<![CDATA[UN lauds Egypt's role in peacekeeping operations]]>
In press statements on the sidelines of the high-level regional conference on developing the performance of peacekeeping operations, the UN official said the conference provides a chance to express recognition of Egypt's efforts in peacekeeping operation and expand cooperation between the UN and contributing countries.

He said his visit to Cairo aims at probing ways of fostering cooperation between Egypt and the UN.

He reiterated UN support of all efforts aiming at boosting African capabilities especially as regards fighting terrorism and achieving peace.]]>
11/18/2018 2:47:42 PM
<![CDATA[Young Turk storms to Valencia GP victory]]>
The ecstatic winner is so young that he was not allowed to celebrate with champagne on the winner's podium and was instead showered with it by the runner up Jorge Martin and third placed Briton John McPhee.

"It's incredible. I have no idea what is going on," said the long-haired Oncu.

"I hope this will get me back here next year," said Oncu, whose team manager may have raised an eye-brow when Oncu pulled a huge, high speed 'wheelie' to cross the line.]]>
11/18/2018 2:38:58 PM
<![CDATA[Ethiopian PM stresses keenness on maintaining Egypt Nile rights]]>
In a meeting with Moustafa Madbouli of Egypt Tuesday, the premiers agreed to start bilateral talks within two weeks to settle pending points.

A joint fund should also be established by Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan after governors of their central banks probe the issue, Madbouli said in statements on the fringe of the 11th extra-ordinary conference of AU heads of state and government, currently taking place here.

Egypt supports the process to reform the organizational structure of the AU, Madbouli reiterated.

He said Egypt plays a major role in the restructuring of the AU Development Agency.

During his meeting with Abiy, Madbouli also delivered a message from President Abdel Fattah El Sisi, in which he expressed keenness on implementing what had been agreed during their meeting in Cairo in June.]]>
11/18/2018 2:35:50 PM
<![CDATA[More than 400 hurt in French fuel price protests: minister]]>
The injury toll, more than double the last tally provided on Saturday, followed a "restive" night in 87 locations around the country where protesters had blocked roads to express their anger at a series of hikes in petrol tax.

The injured, 409 in total, included 28 members of the police, military police, and fire brigade.

Castaner told RTL radio about 288,000 people had taken part in Saturday's protests at 2,034 locations countrywide. About 3,500 stayed out overnight, he added.

Police questioned 282 protesters in total, 73 during the night, of which 157 were taken into custody.

"Last night was restive... There were assaults, fights, stabbings," Castaner said. "There were fights among 'yellow vest' protesters. There was a lot of alcohol at certain venues, which led to this idiotic behaviour."

Protest organisers have called for the continuation of demonstrations Sunday at about 150 locations countrywide, the minister added.

On Saturday, groups blocked roundabouts, major highways and thoroughfares to express anger over tax rises on fuel, arguing it has shrunk personal spending power under President Emmanuel Macron.

Tempers flared at times as some drivers confronted the protesters or tried to force their way through the barricades.

In the eastern Savoie region, a woman trying to get her daughter to a doctor panicked after protesters surrounded their car and banged on the roof, accelerating into the crowd and killing a 63-year-old woman.

The protesters are nicknamed "yellow vests" for the high-visibility jackets they wear.]]>
11/18/2018 2:03:45 PM
<![CDATA[Hend Sabry to join ‘El-Feel el-Azraa' part 2 cast]]>
"El-Feel el-Azraa" part 2 brings together the same crew of part 1, including director Marwan Hamed and screenwriter Ahmed Mourad, as well as stars Karim Abdel Aziz and Nelly Karim.

"El-Feel el-Azraa" part 1 revolves around Yehia, the young psychiatrist, who returns to work in Abbaseya Mental Health Hospital after spending five years in isolation where he encounters an old friend who brings back bitter memories that he tried hard to forget.

Attempting to unravel the mysteries of his friend, Yehia embarks on a journey exploring his inner self, or the shattered remnants of it.

The new film also features the crew members who contributed to the success of the first film: DOP Ahmad Al Morsy, editor Ahmed Hafez, costume designer Nahed Nasrallah, music composer Hesham Nazih and production designer Mohamed Attia.

Getting ready for the shooting, Synergy Films hosted a celebration for the cast. During the celebration, Synergy announced that star Hend Sabry will join the cast.

Commenting on this step, Producer Ahmad Badawy said, "Synergy Films has been in the business for 15 years, presenting successful productions that started with exceptional TV dramas. The company has been bringing the best talents and techniques to present both commercially and artistically successful films."

"El-Feel el-Azraa" is one of the highest-grossing Egyptian films in the last 10 years. The film grossed more than LE 35 million during Eid Al Adha season in 2014, achieving wide acclaim.

"El-Feel el-Azraa" received a rating of 8.6 on IMDb with more than 21,000 votes by users, making it the highest rated Arabic film on IMDb. The film is still one of the most watched films on TV and VOD platforms.

Director Marwan Hamed adapted writer Ahmed Mourad's best-selling book of the same name that was released in 2012. The novel was shortlisted for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF) in 2014.
11/18/2018 1:58:36 PM
<![CDATA[LIVE: France's Macron speaks at German parliament]]>
As World War I is remembered, which ended a century ago this month, Macron has repeatedly invoked its horrors to drive home his message that rising nationalism is again destabilising the world.

He has suggested building a future European army as a symbol of a united continent.

11/18/2018 1:58:26 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian investments in Algeria reach $3.6B: Prime minister]]>
This came during a meeting between the Egyptian prime minister and his Algerian counterpart on the sidelines of the 11th extraordinary session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union taking place in Ethiopia's Addis Ababa on November 17 and 18. Madbouli attends the session on behalf of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi.

Madbouli hoped Algerian investments in Egypt increase to take advantage of the available investment opportunities and possibilities, particularly in light of the strong performance indicators of the Egyptian economy, which is witnessed by economic organizations and international financial institutions.

He praised the cooperation between Egypt and Algeria in various fields, referring to the outstanding participation of young Algerians in the World Youth Forum recently held in Sharm el-Sheikh.
The prime minister said Egypt is looking forward to Algeria’s participation in the meetings of Invest in Africa Conference, which will be held in December in Sharm el-Sheikh.

Regarding the regional situation, he affirmed the importance of boosting coordination between both countries on various regional issues, particularly the crisis in Libya, praising the important role played by Algeria and Egypt in restoring stability.

Madbouli also stressed on the importance of speeding up procedures for granting visas to citizens of both countries, which will have a positive impact on enhancing cooperation and increasing tourism exchange.

For his part, Prime Minister of Algeria, Ahmed Ouyahia, confirmed the participation of a large Algerian delegation in Sharm el-Sheikh conference.

He said that his country looks forward to establishing joint investment companies between Egyptian and Algerian investors, which will have a positive impact on facilitating the work of these companies in the Egyptian and Algerian markets.]]>
11/18/2018 1:39:52 PM
<![CDATA[Pioneers Holding offers to acquire 100% of Egyptian Electric Cable Company]]>
Pioneers Holding Company and its subsidiaries own 48.5 percent of Egyptian Electric Cables Company. The capital of Electric Company reaches LE 711.45 million.

The company clarified in a statement that this decision comes as part of the group’s strategy to increase its capital by LE 1.08 billion to consolidate the investments by adding and increasing direct investment in existing restricted or unrestricted investments to be reflected on the return of these investments.

In June, the extraordinary general assembly approved to raise the company's issued and paid-up capital to LE 4.68 billion from LE 3.6 billion, and agreed to increase its capital of LE 1.08 billion to be distributed over 216.1 million shares at a nominal value of LE 5 per share.

Pioneers' 2nd phase oversubscribed 2.56 times

CAIRO - 23 October 2018: Pioneers Holding Company for Financial Investment announced Tuesday, Oct. 23 that the second phase of raising its issued capital was oversubscribed by 2.56 times. The company clarified in a filing to the Egyptian Exchange (EGX) that the subscription was on 11.4 million shares, with 39 percent as stock allotment.

The board of Pioneers Holding approved in April to invest LE 2.9 billion in a year.

Pioneers marked a gross of 5.3 percent in its annual profits to reach LE 1.14 billion before minority, compared to LE 1.08 billion in 2016. Pioneers Holding is a public company, listed on the Egyptian Exchange (EGX) since June 2008.

It operates within the diversified financial sector focusing on investment banking and brokerage, with a capital of LE 3.6 billion, distributed over 708.4 million shares at a par value of LE 5 per share.

It has 34 subsidiaries operating across North America, North Africa and the Middle East. Pioneers Holding is based in Cairo, Egypt and was established in March 2007.
11/18/2018 1:38:11 PM
<![CDATA[Madbouli forwards message from Sisi to Ethiopian PM]]>
The two sides convened on the fringe of the extraordinary African summit in Addis Ababa.

The talks tackled expediting the activation of a trilateral investment fund and arranging a meeting among the governors of central banks of Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan soon.

Meanwhile, the Ethiopian premier commended the wisdom and insight which President Sisi enjoys, adding that this helped him to realize stability and development in Egypt.]]>
11/18/2018 1:33:53 PM
<![CDATA[With 'my wife,' Justin Bieber confirms marriage to Hailey Baldwin]]>
“My wife is awesome,” Bieber wrote on his Instagram account, next to a picture of himself and Baldwin walking and holding hands.

The Canadian singer is one of the world’s biggest-selling musical acts. Since releasing his last studio album in 2015, he has been featured on hits by other artists, including Major Lazer’s “Cold Water” and a remix of Luis Fonsi’s global sensation “Despacito,” in which Bieber sang in Spanish.

This summer, it was reported that Bieber was engaged to Baldwin, 21, the daughter of actor Stephen Baldwin, and in September media outlets reported they had obtained a marriage license in the United States.

The Arizona-born model has changed her name on Instagram to Hailey Bieber.

Justin Bieber, 24, was the second person after singer Katy Perry to reach 100 million followers on Twitter, and his millions of fans have taken a keen interest in his romantic life. He dated pop singer and actress Selena Gomez off and on for years.]]>
11/18/2018 12:58:26 PM
<![CDATA[Marilyn Monroe's Golden Globe sells for record $250,000 at auction]]>
The 1961 award statue for World Film Favorite Female from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association made history as the highest selling Golden Globe sold at auction.

Monroe’s raven black two-seater, 1956 Ford Thunderbird, which was auctioned for the first time, fetched $490,000 at Icons & Idols: Hollywood, which took place Friday and Saturday.

Monroe, one of the most collectible celebrities, was pictured driving in the car with her husband, playwright Arthur Miller, shortly after their June 1956 wedding.

The movie star owned the vehicle for six years until shortly before her death in 1962.

Darren Julien, president of Julien’s Auctions, said the car was “not only part of automotive history but comes with an aura of glamour, romance and tragedy of a true Hollywood legend.”

Monroe gifted the Thunderbird to the son of her acting coach, Lee Strasberg, in 1962.

Rare Mickey Mouse posters up for auction on anniversary
The current owner, who wishes to remain anonymous, tracked the vehicle down through registration and other documents. The car has undergone restoration but retains many original parts.

Monroe’s copy of Playboy’s first issue with her on the cover, signed by publisher Hugh Hefner, sold for $32,000 along with almost a dozen other items owned by the iconic actress.

The auction also included items from other celebrities including pop stars Tina Turner and Cher.]]>
11/18/2018 12:51:15 PM
<![CDATA[Mickey Mouse, the icon of an animation empire, celebrates 90th birthday]]>
On Sunday, Mickey Mouse, the brainchild of cartoonist Walt Disney that eventually came to symbolize a global entertainment empire, celebrates his 90th birthday.

The iconic rodent, whose easily recognizable silhouette consists simply of a big circle and two little ones for ears, launched his celluloid career in “Steamboat Willie,” at New York’s Colony Theater on Nov. 18, 1928.

In the eight-minute-long, black-and-white cartoon, Mickey pilots a steamboat and entertains his passenger, Minnie Mouse, by making musical instruments out of the menagerie on board, according to IMDB.com.

Mickey Mouse, whom the Walt Disney Co calls its global ambassador, also starred in Disney’s critically acclaimed 1942 animated film “Fantasia,” and would go on to launch a franchise with “The Mickey Mouse Club,” the 1950s television series that was a favorite of American baby boom kids.

His image appeared on T-shirts, lunch boxes and watches, and the telltale mouse ears are still worn by kids visiting Disney theme parks today.

To mark his birthday, Disney opened a 16,000-square-foot art exhibition in Manhattan, called “Mickey: The True Original Exhibition,” featuring original art, larger-than-life photo ops and, of course, commemorative merchandise. The exhibition runs until Feb. 10.

After all, reaching one’s 90th birthday is a milestone for anyone, but especially for a mouse, which the pest control company Teminix estimates has a normal lifespan of no more than three years.]]>
11/18/2018 12:49:03 PM
<![CDATA[Shoukry: Sisi attaches great importance of building strong infrastructure in Africa]]>
According to a statement on the fringe of his participation in the official delegation to the 11th Extraordinary Summit of the African Union, Shoukry explained that development efforts in Africa could benefit the African fellows as well as Egypt, asserting that integration and interaction among African states are included on the African Agenda of 2036.

Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli, head of the Egyptian delegation to the summit, is attending the summit on behalf of President Sisi.

Shoukry said Madbouli's participation in the summit and his address reflected that Egypt vision comes in line with that of the Africa states regards various issues floated at the summit.

He said the Egyptian policy towards the south African states and trade and cooperation among them could benefit all parties involved despite the differences in their growth rates.

He also underlined the importance of continuing the reform program of the African Union and enhancing the capabilities of the African Commission through reviewing its mechanisms and outlining a new framework for implementing its actions.

Concerning the issue of the African Free Trade Zone and choosing the venue of its premises, Shoukry said Egypt will be among countries that will present its proposal to host the Free Zone mechanism, adding that the hosting country should have a powerful administrative body and the ability to lure in experts in this domain.

On the decision of establishing a permanent higher committee for human rights, Shoukry said the committee will address the latest developments in the human rights field as well as mechanisms devised in dealing with them locally and internationally.

He added that the concerned committee will highlight the main progress achieved in Egypt on ground as well as efforts to empower women, youth and relevant political, economic and social rights.

The committee will be tasked with dealing with all objectivity with the human rights conditions in Egypt as well as societal development and upgrading of civil society organizations working in the field, he added.

The new committee will be also tasked with enhancing cooperation with the National Council for Human Rights and other concerned state bodies to clarify facts about the human rights situation in the country away from any allegation or false reports. It will also draw up a unified vision to be promoted in international and regional forums.

Egypt's Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly decided Tuesday to establish a permanent higher committee on human rights.

The new body will also compile Egypt's report that is submitted to the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) mechanism of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC), and follow up on the implementation of the recommendations that Egypt accepts.

It will be also assigned to follow up on the implementation of Egypt's existing international obligations in respect of human rights.]]>
11/18/2018 12:18:04 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt renews commitment to role in peacekeeping missions]]>
Cairo has also sought to develop peacekeeping missions and terms both during its last UN Security Council membership, Loza added.

The senior diplomat called for an effective UN role in all stages of peace keeping and peace-building, using all available means of the world organization.

"There is a need to move forward with this commitment and we must aim a framework that promotes integration and harmony by all actors in peacekeeping missions," Loza said in a speech before the gathering, organized by the Cairo International Center for Conflict Resolution, Peacekeeping and Peace-building (CCCPA).

He reviewed the role played by Egypt in this regard as one of the seven largest countries participating in peacekeeping missions.

Jean-Pierre Lacroix, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, voiced pleasure over participating in the conference, hailing its organization. He also thanked Cairo for the hospitality he received.

He asserted that the restoration and preservation of peace has become a growing challenge, especially in conflict situations where actions are extended, leading to organized crime and terrorism.

The complexities of countries must be addressed to restore peace, he also said.

He reviewed the UN peacekeeping missions in Africa, including the one in Congo, where personnel from Malawi have been killed.

Also in Congo which is witnessing an Ebola outbreak, there are missing peacekeepers, he said.

He called for developing peacekeeping missions, expressing appreciation for countries contributing to these operations.

Lacroix expressed gratitude for Egypt, as it is one of the largest seven contributors in the missions.]]>
11/18/2018 12:14:17 PM
<![CDATA[Immigration min. visits family of Egyptian pharmacist killed in Jizan]]>
Makram stressed the need to preserve the dignity of Egyptians abroad, pointing out that she contacted the Egyptian ambassador to Saudi Arabia to follow up the return of pharmacist Ahmed Taha's body to Egypt.

The body of the Egyptian pharmacist will arrive within three days, Makram said, stressing that the return of the body to be buried in Egypt is his family's most important concern currently.

Ahmed Taha Hassan Mahmoud was stabbed to death in the port city of Jizan, Egyptian government's news agency MENA said. Taha got seven stabs including five in the chest and the abdomen, according to the Jeddah-based Okaz newspaper.

The Saudi police managed to arrest the perpetrator after collecting evidence and fingerprints from the crime scene and watching the surveillance footage which shows the killer while committing the crime. Eye witnesses said the perpetrator suffers from a psychological disorder, according to Okaz.

The Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement Friday, November 16, saying that it is following up investigations into Taha's murder.

Assistant Foreign Minister for Consular Affairs Yasser Hashim said the ministry assigned the Egyptian consulate in the kingdom to follow up the probe.
11/18/2018 12:10:17 PM
<![CDATA[Hasan double keeps Zealand to 133-4 in first Test]]>
The right-arm bowler dismissed Ross Taylor for 19 with the first ball of his eighth over and then had opener Jeet Raval for 46 to bring Pakistan back in the match at Sheikh Zayed Stadium.

At the break BJ Watling was 15 not out and Henry Nicholls was unbeaten on 13 with New Zealand 60 runs ahead with six wickets intact after conceding a 74-run lead in the first innings.

Hasan, who had opener Tom Latham yesterday, trapped a dangerous looking Taylor leg-before with a sharp incoming delivery and then had Raval caught behind with a ball that left the batsman and caught the edge to wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed.

Hasan has figures of 3-21.

Raval had added 86 for the second wicket with Kane Williamson who made 37. Raval hit five boundaries in his 120-ball knock.

Resuming at 56-1 New Zealand had pinned hopes on their skipper Williamson. But it was Raval who smashed two boundaries and then took a single off Mohammad Abbas to take New Zealand into the lead.

But just 12 runs into the lead Williamson was bowled by leg-spinner Yasir Shah to a ball that beat the batsman's push and removed the bail.]]>
11/18/2018 11:57:10 AM
<![CDATA[Legal state of Monufia governor after being sentenced to 10 years ]]>
The two other defendants in the case were found not guilty and the money seized from them was returned.

Egypt Today monitors the legal state of the governor in light of the developments of the case:

The verdict against the governor is a first-degree ruling. The court will disclose the reasons for its verdict in the next few weeks.

The Court of Cassation shall set a hearing session to hear the appeal of the defendant if the appeal is accepted, but in case the appeal is rejected, the judgment shall be rendered final.

The three defendants were charged with taking bribes worth LE 27 million, LE 450,000 of which were in exchange for implementing a set of projects under the government’s supervision.

Abdel Baset and two businessmen were arrested in January 2018 after the Administrative Control Authority (ACA) managed to record phone calls proving the governor agreed to take LE 2 million as a bribe in return for land licenses.

According to security sources, the governor was under the ACA’s surveillance until he was detected to be involved in a number of corruption cases. The ACA then referred the governor to public prosecution for investigation.

President Abdel Fatah Al-Sisi always asserted on applying strict measures within the government institutions to crack down any violation. He hailed the role played by the ACA in different occasions.

Egypt ranked 117th out of 180 countries on Transparency International’s 2017 Corruption Perception Index, scoring 32 points, down two points compared to 2016. A score of zero is highly corrupt while 100 is very clean.

Transparency International, the leading civil society organization fighting corruption worldwide, released its annual Corruption Perceptions Index in February.
11/18/2018 11:54:18 AM
<![CDATA[Taiwan's "notebook boy" commits his memories in writing]]>
Nine years ago, Chen seriously damaged his hippocampus, a part of the brain associated with forming memories, in a traffic accident.

The 26-year-old has lost the ability to make and retain short-term memories. Instead, he painstakingly records his days in lined notebooks, crammed with entries in blue ink.

“I use the notebook to remember who I helped today, how much farm work I did, whether there was rain ... the notebook is my memory,” said Chen, who lives with his stepmother, Wang Miao-cyong, 65, in a remote village in Hsinchu County, northwestern Taiwan.

"I once lost one of my notebooks. I was so sad that I was crying and asked my dad to help me find it."

Since his father died four years ago, Chen and his stepmother have lived on a government disability allowance and a small income they get from farming fruit and vegetables, which they barter with neighbors, some of whom call Chen “notebook boy”.

Dr Lin Ming-teng, head of the psychiatry department at Taipei Veterans General Hospital, said Chen has made remarkable progress despite his extensive brain damage.

“From the X-ray, we can see a large part of his brain in black - these are the sections that were operated on after the traffic accident,” Lin said.

“After losing such a substantial portion of his brain, it is quite amazing for him to achieve what he is doing now,” Lin said, adding that Chen could only remember things he had done in the last five to 10 minutes.

Lin said the damage had also affected Chen’s ability to receive and process information.

“This has an effect on his relationship with his mother, too, as sometimes his mother cannot get over the fact that he forgets things,” Lin said.

Wang longs to go back to her hometown in Indonesia, but she feels she cannot leave Chen alone.

“If I leave, who will take care of my son? I can’t imagine his future after I die.”

For now, Chen’s notebooks allow him to preserve some semblance of order in his life.

“October 26 go to Beipu alone, Chen clan organization, go find phone, go Catholic church, Citian Temple, 10:38 ZZZ”, reads one poignant note about a day he spent searching for, and praying to find, his lost mobile phone.

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Ten days later, he found his phone, documenting the find in his notebook, of course.]]>
11/18/2018 11:50:17 AM
<![CDATA[Nigerian millennials fuel domestic tourism]]>
She is one of a growing number of Nigerian holiday-makers keen to explore their country, one whose unenviable reputation for violent crime and corruption largely deters international travelers.

Nigeria thus loses out on tourism revenues to other countries perceived to be safer such as Kenya, Ghana and the Gambia.

Small, social media-savvy companies like Social Prefect Tours (SPT) and TVP Adventures are hoping young professionals like Akeju will form a burgeoning market of tourists wanting to discover the natural beauty and culture in their own backyard.

“At first you would not think there are this many exciting places here, but when you travel you realize that ... there are a lot of fun places, so it is a very good experience to see the beauty of the country,” said Akeju, 23, who works in IT insurance.

From lush forests sheltering waterfalls and warm springs in the west to the Alpine-like mountains of the east, from festivals to historical sites, attractions are in no shortage in the west African country.

But unlike African tourist destinations such as Kenya, South Africa and Tanzania, Nigerian governments have invested little in nurturing the industry.

“The government is more focused on other sources of income and has not really developed the tourist sector,” said Chiamaka Ntia, SPT’s founder.

“People as well are not really informed that there are places that they can go to for leisure, for holiday and also, these places are not properly taken care of, they are not up to standard when you compare ... to those other African countries.”


Nigeria brought in $1.09 billion from international tourism in 2016, the latest year available, according to the World Bank. By comparison, Kenya received $1.62 billion that year, Tanzania got $2.16 billion and South Africa $8.81 billion.

Information and Culture Minister Lai Mohammed has said the government has implemented policies - including the introduction of visas on arrival last year and efforts to improve the ailing power, road and rail infrastructure - to make Nigeria more attractive for overseas travelers.

“There is no doubt that Nigeria is fast becoming a destination of choice for international tourists,” he said in August. His ministry, however, said an uptick in tourist numbers was based on anecdotal evidence since it lacks data.

Despite the minister’s assertion, problems persist for Nigeria’s tourism industry.

“The downside will be the roads, not so good roads, they are not that great at all,” said Chinedu Ahanonu, a Lagos-based training consultant in her thirties, also on the SPT tour.

Infrastructure is a major challenge: as well as decrepit roads, trains are a rarity and flights are notorious for delays and cancellations.

Travel can also be dangerous. Many roads are plagued by kidnappings and accidents, police are more likely to ask for money than offer a service and deadly communal clashes have erupted across much of Nigeria’s hinterland states, particularly this year.

Despite those hurdles, the travel firms say they focus on safe, accessible spots. For Ahanonu, the effort is worth it.

“It is so much richer, because, you know, it is like finding a diamond inside the rough, in your own place,” she said.]]>
11/18/2018 11:48:06 AM
<![CDATA[Relentless California wildfires leave 79 dead, nearly 1,300 others still missing]]>
The two monstrous blazes which both ignited last week have claimed a total of 79 lives while laying waste to a total area of nearly 400 square miles, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Officials said that 63 of the remains have been positively identified so far.

A vast majority of the deaths were due to the Camp Fire in Northern California's Butte County, making it the deadliest and most destructive wildland fire in the state's history.

The number of people missing or unaccounted for in Butte County grew to 1,011 by Friday, and 1,276 by late Saturday, though those figures may continue to fluctuate as authorities track down the names on the list, according to Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea.

President Donald Trump arrived in California on Sunday to survey the devastation and meet with firefighters, alongside California Gov. Jerry Brown and the state's governor-elect, Gavin Newsom.

The president stopped first in Paradise, where he called the damage "total devastation."

"We've never seen anything like this in California," Trump said.

The president later visited Malibu to tour devastation from the Woolsey Fire.

Meanwhile, the smoke from the flames has descended across the Golden State and choked the air in major cities, including San Francisco. Officials have advised residents in the affected areas to remain indoors and wear a protective mask outside.

The National Weather Service issued a red flag warning for California through Sunday as humidity drops and wind gusts could get up to 40 mph in the Camp Fire zone. ]]>
11/18/2018 11:45:18 AM
<![CDATA[Endowments Ministry launches global initiative to combat terrorism]]>
The Endowments Ministry will inaugurate soon an international academy for training clerics in foreign languages. These clerics will widen the ministry’s influence across the world.

Mokhtar Gomaa, endowments minister, paid several visits to European countries where he gave speeches about coexistence and tolerance.

The ministry invited 70 foreign countries to attend in a few weeks a global conference under the slogan “Building a National Character and Influence in Developing Countries”.
The 29th Conference for the Endowments Ministry will take place on Jan. 19-20, 2019.

European Islamic institutions from France, Switzerland, Germany, Italy, the Americas, Brazil, Greece and Russia will participate.

In a related context, Court of Cassation previously upheld death penalties against 20 defendants and life sentences against 80 defendants over charges of breaking into Kerdasa Prison and killing 14 policemen including the police sheriff.

The court session was headed by Counselor Mamdouh Youssef, Mohamed Hassanein, Mohamed Hassan, Essa Abbas, Yehia Mansour, Ayman al-Sawy, Magdy Shabana, Mahmoud Akef, Refaat Sanad and Al-Sayed Helal.

11/18/2018 11:39:35 AM
<![CDATA[In Pics: Pope leads Mass marking 50th anniversary of construction of Abbasiya's Cathedral of St. Mark]]>
A host of priests, bishops and Copts attended the event.The surroundings of the cathedral was intensely secured.

The church was closed for three years for renovations that were carried out by senior engineers.

Located in the Abbasiya district of Cairo, the cathedral has experienced many splendid and groundbreaking moments.

The cornerstone of the new edifice was laid on 24 July 1965 in a ceremony attended by late president Gamal Abdel Nasser who personally contributed several thousand pounds to the construction of the Cathedral.

Nasser also attended the inaugural ceremony in June 1968, together with Ethiopian emperor Haile Selassie and other political and ecclesiastical dignitaries from around the world. The new Cathedral in Cairo then became the seat of Shenouda III, the then Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria.
11/18/2018 11:32:08 AM
<![CDATA[Madbouli: Egypt seeks narrowing gap among Africans for talks with EU]]>
Addressing an extraordinary session of the ACP on behalf of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi in Addis Ababa, he highlighted the importance of building on the gains attained under the cooperation deal.

The EU and 79 countries in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP) group are negotiating on the future of their cooperation after 2020. The ambition is to transform today's partnership into a modern political framework geared to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals.

The countries in the EU and the ACP represent more than half of all UN member countries and unite over 1.5 billion people. The current partnership, governed by the Cotonou agreement, is one of the longest-standing and most comprehensive framework for cooperation between the EU and developing countries. The current agreement expires in 2020. ]]>
11/18/2018 11:26:48 AM
<![CDATA[CBE to issue LE 18B in T-bills Sunday]]>
The T-bills will be offered in two installments; the first installment is valued at LE 9.5 billion with a 91-day term and the second is worth LE 8.5 billion with a 266-day term.

T-bills are issued every Sunday and Thursday.

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 the Egyptian government debt instruments recorded $23.1 billion by the end of March 2018, up from about $20 billion in December.

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.

11/18/2018 11:22:22 AM
<![CDATA[Pope Tawadros consecrates three altars, icons at Abbasiya Cathedral]]>
The cathedral - which marks the 50th anniversary of its construction - was closed for three years for renovation.

A host of priests, bishops and Copts attended the event which was held under tight security.

The cornerstone of this edifice was laid on 24 July 1965 in a ceremony attended by late president Gamal Abdel Nasser.]]>
11/18/2018 11:19:23 AM
<![CDATA[Winner of Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature will be announced Dec.11]]>CAIRO - 18 November 2018: The American University in Cairo will announce the winner of the 2018 Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature on on his birthday Tuesday, 11 December 2018, in Oriental Hall at 6:00 PM.

The newly discovered short stories written by the Egyptian Noble Laureate Mahfouz, will also be published on, December 11, 2018.

The newly discovered short stories were found by the late writer's daughter, Um Kulthum Naguib Mahfouz, and culture journalist Mohamed Shoair.

The short stories collection will be published by Lebanese publishing house Dar Al-Saqi under the title “Hams El-Nogoom” (Whispering of the Stars).

Dar Al-Saqi announced it acquired the rights to publish Mahfouz’s short stories from his daughter.

Author of 34 novels, over 350 short stories, five plays and dozens of movie scripts, Mahfouz was by all means the most disciplined writer ever.

He wrote for one hour daily throughout his 70-year career, smoked three cigarettes per day and walked by the Nile every morning.

He met weekly with the new generation of writers, artists, and readers through an informal seminar, which is a habit he developed in the 1950’s.

At the age of 82, Mahfouz was stabbed in the neck in 1994 by an Islamic extremist in an assassination attempt following a huge wave of hatred that followed the fatwah (Religious statement) issued by Ayat Allah Khomeini of Iran against Arab/English author Salman Rushdi over his famous book “Satanic Verses”.

Khomeini decreed that Salman Rushdi should be killed for writing that novel. Naguib Mahfouz, in spite of considering the novel disrespectful to Islam, took a position against inciting violence against Rushdi.

This incident however directed attention to Mahfouz’s controversial novel “Awlad Haretna” (The Chidren of Our Avenue), which was deemed as one of the most famous novels in the history of Arabic literature.

The novel spoke about God, the prophets and creatively explained the philosophy of religion.

The controversy came from his design of the character of Gebelawi, a wealthy landowner and a harsh father who is negligent to his descendants, leaving them in poverty and misery, and appointing the dark son Adham to run the business instead of Idris the eldest son.

The novel relays the story of Adam and Satan, then the quarrel between Satan and God, and later mentions the story of Kane and Abel where he kills his brother and the grandfather refuses to interfere.

The stories of the prophets of the main religions, Moses, Jesus and Mohamed, continue. He changes the names brilliantly with clear hints to which religious personality he is handling in each new chapter.

He avoids the miracles, and humanizes the struggles in efforts to make the story about fighting for the rights of the poor who are all sons of Gebelawi and have equal rights to wealth.

Mahfouz was blunt in expressing his ideas; he discussed politics, history and philosophy in his novels. He covered a lot of subjects such as socialism, homosexuality, and God. Mahfouz's novels were informative and showed the development of Egypt in the 20th century.

Mahfouz’s first novel was “Khufu’s Wisdom”. He wrote 35 novels afterwards and 15 collections of short stories alongside with “Echoes of an Autobiography” in 1994, according to an article by AUC Press.

The iconic literary author did not only abide by writing short stories and novels, but also took the initiative to work on 25 film screenplays that featured specific writing techniques such as flashbacks.

The Egyptian cinema has created over 30 Egyptian films that were based on Mahfouz’s novels and literary works.

He also wrote weekly columns in state-owned newspapers Al-Ahram and Al-Ahram Weekly in 1971, including “Naguib Mahfouz at Sidi Gaber: Reflections of a Nobel Laureate 1994- 2001”.

Mahfouz was honored by the government; he received the Egyptian State Prize twice for his writings.

Promoting great collections of Arabic narratives locally and internationally, Mahfouz received other countless awards including one from the American University in Cairo and an honorary doctorate in 1995.

He was chosen as an honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Institute of Arts.

Following his death, Mahfouz’s works further resonated in the Egyptian literary scene. AUC Press became his main English language publisher and agent of all translation rights.

The agreement was signed with Mahfouz prior to his death and there are now around 600 editions in
11/18/2018 10:45:41 AM
<![CDATA[EGX ends Sunday in green, market cap. gains LE 11.8B]]>
The benchmark EGX30 rose 2.10 percent, or 287.13 points, to close at 13,968.8 points.

The equally weighted index EGX50 hiked 1.95 percent, or 42.5 points, to reach 2,225.48 points.

The small and mid-cap index EGX70 inched up 0.47 percent, or 03.3 points, reaching 698.34 points, and the broader index EGX100 increased 0.84 percent, or 14.6 points, to close at 1,752.58 points.

Market capitalization gained LE 11.8 billion, recording LE 791.46 billion, compared to LE 779.66 billion in Thursday’s session.

The trading volume reached 266.41 million shares, traded through 28,868 transactions, with a turnover of LE 1.88 billion.

Foreign investors were net sellers at LE 63.78 million, while Egyptian and foreign investors were net buyers at LE 63.45 and LE 340,126, respectively.

Egyptian, Arab and foreign individuals were net sellers at LE 355.94 million, LE 850.49 million and LE 7.49 million, respectively.

Foreign organizations sold at LE 56.29 million, while Egyptian and Arab organizations bought at LE 419.39 million and LE 56.29 million, respectively.

Delta for Printing & Packaging, Wadi Kom Ombo Land Reclamation, and El Ahram Co. For Printing and Packing were top gainers of the session by 10 percent, 9.96 percent and 8.11 percent, respectively.

Meanwhile, Sabaa International Company for Pharmaceutical and Chemical, Golden Coast Company, and Obour Land for Food Industries were top losers of the session by 3.44 percent, 2.25 percent, and 2.12 percent, respectively.

The EGX ended Thursday session in mixed note, as EGX30 rose 1.44 percent, EGX50 hiked 0.60 percent, and EGX100 increased 0.12 percent, while EGX70 decreased 0.06 percent.
11/18/2018 10:35:00 AM
<![CDATA[MIFE 2018 kicks off hosting around 38,000 franchises]]>
Those belong to Egypt, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United States, the United Kingdom, Lebanon, Turkey, Malaysia, Singapore, and China for the first time.

Chairman of the Egyptian Franchise Development Association (EFDA) Tarek Tawfik said in the opening that franchise is about trade, industrial, commercial, and social activities.

Executive Director of the French Franchise Federation Chantal Zimmer highlighted that franchise contribute in the elimination of unemployment, and the promotion of entrepreneurship in the society.

“Many franchises in Egypt are in good health,” Zimmer stated adding that franchising can help export concepts, and is considered a “strong and professional strategy” to promote enterprises in targeted countries. Zimmer concluded saying that “franchising is a way to achieve peace.”

The representative of the American Association of Franchisees and Dealers (AAFD) explained that EFDA deploys efforts to promote franchising in Egypt by drafting a law regulating that type of business, and by introducing the Certified Franchise Executive (CFE) designation offered by the International Franchise Association (IFA).

The representative added that the program offers a comprehensive discipline of franchising on the professional and ethical levels.

“A franchise is a trademark that needs patience, attention, time, and friendship. If you are not a franchisee, you can create a franchise,” Chairman of Turkish Franchise Association (UFRAD) Mostafa Ayden said.

The Honorary Chairman of EFDA Moataz Al Alfy said that franchising prospered before the January 25 Revolution as it experienced a decline but currently it is “back on track.” Al Alfy added that franchises in Egypt were able to create 300,000 jobs for just 2018.

There are 800 franchises operating in Egypt creating 800,000 direct jobs and 1.6 million indirect jobs. The size of their investments and sales are respectively LE 80 billion ($45 billion) and LE 14 billion ($8 billion).

11/17/2018 6:50:48 PM
<![CDATA[Aboul Fotouh imprisonment renewed for another 45 days pending investigation]]>
On February 12, an Egyptian lawyer submitted an official complaint to the public prosecutor calling for the arrest of former presidential candidate Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh, after he appeared on an Al-Jazeera television show from London. Lawyer Samir Sabry accused Aboul Fotouh of “spreading fake news” and demeaning Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi.

Leader of the Strong Egypt Party, Aboul Fotouh was then arrested on February 14 over six charges, including incitement, and he has been ordered detained for 15 days following an investigation by the National Security prosecution.

The list of charges included “inciting against the state and the constitution, calling for boycotting the upcoming presidential election in March, being a member of a law-labeled terrorist group and communicating with fugitives, destabilizing Egypt’s stability and security aiming to topple the current regime, calling for chaos and spreading rumors, and finally hindering the state’s organizations from practicing their role regarding stabilizing and securing the country.”

According to a statement by the Interior Ministry, the State Security Department intercepted communications between the banned international Muslim Brotherhood organization and Aboul Fotouh.

On February 20, the Cairo Criminal Court added Aboul Fotouh and 15 others to a list of “wanted terrorists”, which includes deposed President Mohamed Morsi, Muslim Brotherhood spiritual guide Mohammed Badie and other leaders of the group.

On February 25, Aboul Fotouh was held in custody for 15 days pending investigations.

In addition, Egypt’s Attorney-General Nabil Sadek ordered the confiscation of assets belonging to Aboul Fotouh and 15 others, according a statement from his office.

The decision was based on the state’s national security investigations, which revealed that the defendants were “using their money for terrorist activities,” the statement added
11/17/2018 3:37:40 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi : Egypt attaches importance to biological diversity]]>
Addressing the inauguration ceremony of the 14th Biological Diversity Conference,Sisi added that Egypt has outlined a development track that is aimed at achieving sustainable development and social justice at the same time.

He asserted that Egypt is attaching great importance to biological diversity to achieve sustainable development and that that Egypt has been working for preserving its natural resources for the coming generations.

“Egypt is aware of biological diversity based on its value as a basic factor for achieving sustainable development and preserving natural resources for the coming generations”, he said.

“Man since the dawn of history has realized the importance of biological resources and their role in achieving prosperity,” Sisi stated.

Egypt, added the president, will work with all parties to guarantee the success of the conference through achieving its goals atop of which comes preserving the biological diversity on earth.

Minister of Environment Yasmine Fouad stated during her speech at the Conference that Sisi is the is the first Egyptian president to attend such an international conference on the Egyptian land

After Egypt received officially the chairmanship of the conference for the coming two years, she added that this dream has been achieved thanks to the president's support for ecological issues to guarantee a clean environmental context for the Egyptian people.

Fouad added that Africa is the most continent enjoying biological diversity.

The Egyptian political leadership will work in the coming two years for getting all parties concerned outline a road map for sustainable development in an effort to stop the deterioration of biological diversity, she added.

She explained that her ministry managed to stop pollution of lakes in Egypt, such as Manzala lake and to preserve the River Nile against pollution.

The conference is scheduled to last for four days; it was preceded by several African ministerial meetings that discussed its work plans.

According to Radi's statement, Egypt is the first Arab and African country to host that conference. "The event is the biggest international conference in the field of preserving ecological and biological diversity," read the statement.

The conference is important for enhancing cooperation and partnership for boosting awareness about the importance of biological diversity, added the spokesman.

The Conference on Biological Diversity, chaired by Egypt, is one of the largest United Nations conferences.

During the conference, Egypt is set to launch an initiative to promote the use of ecosystems, to better handle the shortage in biodiversity, climate change and land degradation.

In the same context, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification Monique Barbut said in her speech that ecological crises are linked to food security.

She warned of the bad impact of climate change on a massive area of the world, pointing out that losing agricultural lands causes the loss of 3 percent from the gross domestic product in Africa.

Furthermore, Environment Minister Yasmine Fouad underlined the efforts exerted by Egypt to draw up roadmaps that go in harmony with the United Nations agreements.

11/17/2018 2:57:25 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt's textile exports reach $ 678 mln during 9 months]]>
The textile exports constituted 3.66% of Egypt's total non-petroleum exports during the above-mentioned period.

The General Organization for Import and Export Control said in a foreign trade bulletin, of which MENA obtained a copy, that Turkey topped the countries which imported textile products from Egypt with $208.34 million followed by Italy and Algeria.]]>
11/17/2018 1:33:31 PM
<![CDATA[Environment minister: President Sisi supports ecological issues]]>
After Egypt received officially the chairmanship of the conference for the coming two years, she added that this dream has been achieved thanks to the president's support for ecological issues to guarantee a clean environmental context for the Egyptian people.

Fouad added that Africa is the most continent enjoying biological diversity.

The Egyptian political leadership will work in the coming two years for getting all parties concerned outline a road map for sustainable development in an effort to stop the deterioration of biological diversity, she added.

She explained that her ministry managed to stop pollution of lakes in Egypt, such as Manzala lake and to preserve the River Nile against pollution.]]>
11/17/2018 12:54:13 PM
<![CDATA[Grime star Stormzy announced as Glastonbury's first headline act]]>
Held annually on a dairy farm in Somerset, southwest England, Glastonbury took a so-called fallow year in 2018 to give the land and local residents a break. It will take place from June 26-30, with a host of big names expected to take to the stage, entertaining thousands of revelers.

In a post on the festival website on Thursday, organizers said Stormzy, who has performed twice at Glastonbury, would return to the stage, this time as a headline act.

“He’s one of the most exciting British artists to come along in years and after seeing him play here in 2017 we knew next time he had to come back and headline the Pyramid,” festival co-organizer Emily Eavis said.

Organizers said they announced the performer by putting up posters in Oxfam charity shops in Glastonbury as well as in the south London area of Streatham, near to where the award-winning MC grew up.]]>
11/17/2018 12:41:08 PM
<![CDATA[Viacom signs multi-picture film deal with Netflix]]>
“Our priority is to expand our role as a major global content supplier. As such, we’re exploring various new revenue streams in addition to our traditional theatrical releases as a producer of first-run films and television for other media platforms,” Gianopulos said on a conference call with analysts.]]>
11/17/2018 12:39:36 PM
<![CDATA['Eighth Grade,' 'Beale Street' land Indie Spirit nominations]]>
“We the Animals,” a film about three biracial brothers, led all movies with five nods, including one for best first feature from director Jeremiah Zagar.

“Eighth Grade” was in the running for the top prize alongside “First Reformed,” “Beale Street,” “Leave No Trace” and “You Were Never Really Here.”

The best female lead category included nominations for Glenn Close for “The Wife” and Toni Collette for “Hereditary.” Joaquin Phoenix was nominated for best male lead for his performance in “You Were Never Really Here” and was up against “First Reformed” star Ethan Hawke, among others.

The Spirit Awards, to be held on Feb. 23, and hosted by the Film Independent organization, celebrate artistic films made for under $20 million at an informal lunch on the Santa Monica, California beach the day before Hollywood’s glitzy Academy Awards ceremony.

In four of the past five years, the best feature winner at the Independent Spirit Awards has gone on to win best picture at the Oscars. Those winners were “Moonlight,” “Spotlight,” “Birdman” and “12 Years a Slave.”]]>
11/17/2018 12:38:06 PM
<![CDATA[LIVE: Anti-Macron ‘yellow vests’ block roads across France]]>
11/17/2018 12:35:49 PM
<![CDATA[Ambassadors of Music]]>
Dina el-Wedidi, Youssra el-Hawary and Karkade were nominated and selected for the fourth edition of the cultural exchange program Center Stage, which gives participants the opportunity for a month-long individual tour across the US that kicked off early September and runs through October.

“It is a very good opportunity for us as . . . many of the audi- ence members did not know much about the new generation of musicians in Egypt,” el-Wedidi tells us.
As part of the tour, the artists take workshops, visit schools, and run question and answer sessions with the audience.

Dina el-Wedidi and her band perform at J.F. Kennedy Center in Washington as part of Center Stage program - Photo by Nourhan Magdi/Egypt Today

“What is great about the program is that the schedule has other events, besides the performances. So, we talk with chil- dren about Egypt, the history of music in our country, and our instruments,” Karkade’s Mohammed Abozekry says.

Karkade's founder AbuZekry performs at Flynn Center for the Performing Arts in Burlington, Vermont in United States - Photo by Nourhan Magdi

“I wish I can give them this honest image about a woman my age living in Cairo, my thoughts, my dreams, what I like to change, and what I am experiencing on a daily basis in Cairo,” el-Hawary says.

Youssra el-Hawary performing at Globalquerque festival in New Mexico - Photo by Nourhan Magdi

Cultural ambassadors

Launched in 2012, Center Stage has brought a range of 154 artists in 24 ensembles from nine different countries.

Organizing the tour is an almost two-year process of coordi- nation and preparations, says Lisa Booth, the general manager of Central Stage program. Booth adds that the Department of State first proposes their country preferences to participate each season, and then nominations come next, followed by the final selection, made by music industry experts.

“We believe that each [Egyptian artist and band] selected has something to offer for the American public; they seemed eager when we met them to engage with the Americans,” says Booth. “We felt that their work and personalities would make for a suc- cessful exchange.”

Lisa Booth, the general manager of Central Stage program during orientation session to Dina el-Wedidi's band - Photo by Nourhan Magdi/EgyptToday

The US Embassy’s Press Attaché Samuel Werberg adds, “Each group chosen from Egypt to participate this year brings some- thing unique that American audiences would not normally be exposed to...The groups are also chosen based on their level of professionalism, their ability to sustain a lengthy tour across America, and their potential to move to a much higher level of international recognition through this program.”

The Center Stage program aims to expand the audience of the participating artists globally, and to expose US audiences to different types of music and cultures from around the world.

“We are very excited to have Egypt featured at Center Stage,” says Jay Raman, the director of the Cultural Programs Division at the U.S. State Department in Lyons. “I think it reflects the very rich culture that Egypt has that we want to share with American public, and also to show Egyptian artists what is it like to perform in America.”

From Nebraska to New Mexico: The universal language of music

As part of the tour, ensembles get to perform at different ven- ues across the US.
In Washington DC’s Tropicalia Lounge, el-Wedidi and el- Hawary performed breathtaking informal concerts with their bands, and the crowd of Egyptians and Americans cheered throughout the night.

Audience chanting as Dina and Youssra rock the stage at club gig in Washington DC-Egypt Today/Nourhan Magdi

“I found out about this amazing concert on Facebook, I came here with my friends to support Egyptians in the industry, and it really was a phenomenal experience,” says Hanan Fawzy, an Egyptian who has been living in Washington DC for 30 years. Other members of the audience expressed their admiration of the music and the rhythm, even if they couldn’t understand the lyrics performed.

All Center Stage ensembles, including Karkade, also per- formed on The Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, one of the most prestigious venues in Washington D.C. Founded in 1971, the Kennedy Center hosts a wide range of different performances, including theater, dance, ballet, jazz, popular and folk music. The center provides live streaming of the concerts it hosts through their website.

Alicia Adams, the vice president of the international programming and dance at the Kennedy Center, tells Egypt Today that the center has a very different mission from other cultural institutions in the US in that it brings the best of different cultures to its stage. She adds that the Kennedy Center has held different festivals, including one in 2009 called “Arabesque,” bringing in some 800 artists from 22 Arab countries, including Egyptian musicians and literary figures.

Alicia Adams, vice president of the international programming and dance at the Kennedy Center - Photo by Nourhan Magdi/Egypt Today

Dina el-Wedidi and her band perform at J.F. Kennedy Center in Washington as part of Center Stage program - Photo by Nourhan Magdi/Egypt Today

“It was a different feeling, and I was glad to perform at Kennedy Center. The sound, the venue and the audiences’ interaction with us were all great. I also liked that we had the chance to meet our Middle Eastern fans coming to us in Tropicalia,” el-Wedidi says.

Arriving in Albuquerque, New Mexico on September 20, el-Hawary and her band recharged their energy to give exciting concerts at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, which hosts the fourth New Mexican World Music Festival “Globalquerque.” The Egyptian band shared the stage with a Hispanic- American band called Ladama, a group of four women from different countries, and who like to be identified as sisters in song, rhythm and spirit.

Youssra el-Hawary performing at Globalquerque annual festival in New Mexico - Photo by Nourhan Magdi

A young girl dancing to the music at Globalquerque festival - Photo by Nourhan Magdi

The kids attending the show expressed their excitement about the Egyptian music played at the festival, with some speaking about their knowledge of Egypt’s hot summers, hieroglyphic language and Mohamed Salah. Armed with an accordion, el- Hawary tells us how happy and excited she was about the response she got to her music from the children, who asked for her signature after the show.

Children attending different concerts as part of a school field trip to Globalquerque festival - Photo by Nourhan Magdi

Tom Frouge, one of co-founders of Globalquerque festival, says that “seeing a woman leading the band, and the music fused with different global elements speak volumes.”

He adds that the goal of such events is “to recognize our similarities and celebrate our differences, and I think Youssra [el-Hawary] and her band captured that.”

Before Albuquerque, the band stopped in the small town of Lyons, Nebraska. “It was truly beautiful. I was very impressed with the talent and personality of Youssra [el-Hawary] and the band. I have little experience listening to Egyptian music, however, after experiencing it first-hand ,I think I’ll research more artists of the genre,” says Corbin Wheaton, a resident of Lyons and an event coordinator.

El-Wedidi likes to define music as a healer to her country’s issues, and says that it transcends language barriers. “We were surprised by the number attendees coming to us to ask about how we played a certain track,” she adds.

Karkade perform at Union Episcopal Church in Claremont, New Hampshire in United States - Photo by Nourhan Magdi

Abuzekry also points out how the American audience “reacted amazingly to the music, and I felt the people’s surprise with the different rhythm. It’s beautiful that we perform a classical music piece, which is takht, and we still get this enormous applause.”]]>
11/17/2018 12:33:02 PM
<![CDATA[Therapy through song: Choir helps Hungarian lung patients breathe more easily]]>
The “Breathing for the Soul” choir, which was formed this spring, gave its second performance on Thursday in the ball room of a Budapest Hotel.

Its members, many seriously ill with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and drawn from hospitals across Hungary, say the singing has improved the quality of their lives.

“I’ve never thought in my life that I would ever sing,” Maria Aranyi, 74, who has been suffering from serious asthma for a decade.

“After the grey days, there is a place where I feel good ... after singing I noticed that I could also breathe more easily.”

Many lung disease patients become inhibited in their daily lives and get increasingly isolated. Singing in a choir has brought them new friends.

Doctor Katalin Vardi came up with the idea of forming the choir after learning that similar patients in other countries had found singing beneficial.

She said introducing concerts had given a new sense of purpose to people who have to cope with the thought that their symptoms could get worse as the disease progresses.

“We upped the stakes for them, in order to change their own image of themselves,” Vardi said.

“With this community ... they can show their talent to the world and the fact that they work together for this, is a hugely positive feeling for them.”

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The songs were chosen to showcase the patients’ abilities by conductor Gyorgy Philipp, who said the concert was a huge challenge for people who had never been on stage.

“We select songs that make it possible for patients to be able to perform longer lines, more difficult tunes and they can develop through that system,” he said.]]>
11/17/2018 12:31:32 PM
<![CDATA[One sentenced to death, six to 10 years in 'Tanta Terrorist Cell' case]]>
The six other defendants who are also involved in the same case were sentenced to 10 years in jail.

In September 2016, the North Cairo Criminal Court handed down death and imprisonment sentences against the seven defendants.

They face charges of forming a terrorist cell with the aim of targeting army personnel and police troops in Gharbiya governorate.

Investigations also revealed that the cell aims to obstruct the constitution and law, prevent State institutions and authorities from performing their duties as well as endangering national unity and social peace.]]>
11/17/2018 11:59:22 AM
<![CDATA[Nassar, Japan's SARAYA chief to set up world's largest cosmetics complex in Ain Sokhna]]>
The meeting was held on the sidelines of the 14th international Biological Diversity Conference in Sharm el Sheikh, the ministry said in a statement on Saturday.

The meeting touched on the current investments of the Japanese company in Egypt which amount to about 10 million dollars pumped in an industrial complex that includes three factories.

The first phase of the complex is currently under-establishment. It will be implemented in Ain Sokhna on an area of 20,000 square meters.

The project will be the world's largest complex for manufacturing cosmetics and pharmaceutical industries.

Nassar voiced his ministry's keenness on offering all forms of support to foreign investors who are willing to pump investments in Egypt.

For his part, Saraya asserted that Egypt will represent a major industrial and marketing hub for the company's products on both regional and continental levels. ]]>
11/17/2018 11:57:36 AM
<![CDATA[Cairo sees moderate weather Sunday, records highs of 25°C]]>
Meteorological experts said that low visibility will be witnessed due to the morning mist on the northern parts of the country.

While for temperature degrees, Cairo is expected to record highs of 25°C and lows of 14°C; Alexandria will see highs of 24°C and lows of 14°C; Matrouh will reach highs of 23°C and lows of 13°C and Aswan will see highs of 30°C and lows of 14°C.
11/17/2018 11:47:16 AM
<![CDATA[California fire death toll hits 71]]>
The high number of missing people probably includes some who fled the blaze and don't realize they've been reported missing, Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said. He said he's making the list public so people can see if they are on it and let authorities know they survived.

"The chaos that we were dealing with was extraordinary," Honea said of the early crisis hours last week. "Now we're trying to go back out and make sure that we're accounting for everyone."

Some 52,000 people have been displaced to shelters, the homes of friends and relatives, to motels - and to a Walmart parking lot and an adjacent field in Chico, a dozen miles away from the ashes. ]]>
11/17/2018 11:36:08 AM
<![CDATA[Madbouli arrives in Addis Ababa to participate in AU summit]]>
The summit activities will start later on Saturday and will wrap up on Sunday.

The PM's delegation includes also Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry.

Along with 45 African leaders, Shoukriwill attend the Executive Council Meeting of the Extraordinary Session which is set to be held on November 14 and 15, and the General Assembly set to be held on November 17 and 18, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

The extraordinary session is set to address updates of the AU Institutional Reform process, including the AU Commission’s reform that started in 2016 in Kigali Summit, Foreign Ministry spokesman Ahmed Hafez said.

Financing of the African Union and the mandate of the AU Development Agency are also set to be discussed during the session. Moreover, Shoukriwill also hold talks with many African foreign ministers on the sidelines of the session, Hafez said.

Additional Report with MENA]]>
11/17/2018 11:33:31 AM
<![CDATA[Pence vows no end to tariffs until China bows]]>
In a bluntly worded speech at an Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) summit in Papua New Guinea, Pence threw down the gauntlet to China on trade and security in the region.

“We have taken decisive action to address our imbalance with China,” Pence declared. “We put tariffs on $250 billion in Chinese goods, and we could more than double that number.”

“The United States, though, will not change course until China changes its ways.”

The stark warning will likely be unwelcome news to financial markets which had hoped for a thaw in the Sino-U.S. dispute and perhaps even some sort of deal at a G20 meeting later this month in Argentina.

U.S. President Donald Trump, who is not attending the APEC meeting, is due to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping in Argentina.

Pence’s warning on Saturday contrasted with remarks made by Trump on Friday, when he said he may not impose more tariffs after China sent the United States a list of measures it was willing to take to resolve trade tensions.

Trump has imposed tariffs on $250 billion worth of Chinese imports to force concessions on a list of demands that would change the terms of trade between the two countries. China has responded with import tariffs on U.S. goods.

Washington is demanding Beijing improve market access and intellectual property protections for U.S. companies, cut industrial subsidies and slash a $375 billion trade gap.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence speaks during the APEC CEO Summit 2018 at Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, 17 November 2018. Fazry Ismail/Pool via REUTERS
“China has taken advantage of the United States for many years. Those days are over,” he told delegates gathered on a cruise liner docked in Port Moresby’s Fairfax Harbour.

He also took aim at China’s territorial ambitions in the Pacific and, particularly, Xi’s Belt and Road Initiative to expand land and sea links between Asia, Africa and Europe with billions of dollars in infrastructure investment.

“We don’t offer constricting belts or a one-way road,” said Pence.

While not referring directly to Chinese claims over various disputed waters in the region, Pence said the United States would work to help protect maritime rights.

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“We will continue to fly and sail where ever international law allows and our interests demand. Harassment will only strengthen our resolve.”

Just minutes earlier, Xi had spoken at length about his initiative and the need for free trade across the region.

“It is not an exclusive club closed to non-members, nor is it a trap as some people have labeled it,” Xi said of his brainchild project.

He also called protectionism a “shortsighted approach” that was “doomed to fail”.

“History has shown that confrontation, whether in the form of a Cold War, hot war, or trade war will produce no winners,” said Xi.]]>
11/17/2018 11:25:02 AM
<![CDATA[Canada set to get most refugee claims in nearly three decades]]>
Despite cooler weather, the number of refugee claimants jumped past 6,000 in October, the highest monthly tally this year, the data released on Thursday showed.

That takes total claims in the first 10 months of 2018 to 46,245, putting the country on track to surpass last year's record even as the quasi-judicial body that adjudicates claims struggles to work through a 64,000-person backlog.

The Immigration and Refugee Board started tracking refugee claimant data in 1989.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government faces a widely held belief that Canada has been overwhelmed by immigrants pressing asylum claims, even though it receives far fewer than many other countries. The government has struggled to balance Canada's reputation as a haven for those fleeing persecution with warnings that filing refugee claims is no "free ticket" to remain in the country.

The governing Liberals have come under fire for their handling of the more than 37,000 people who have walked across the Canada-U.S. border seeking asylum since January 2017 -- many of whom told Reuters they did not feel safe in President Donald Trump's United States.

About 1,400 crossed the frontier in October, down from 1,600 the month before. But most refugee claimants enter the country by other means, and their numbers are growing.

"There are 65 million refugees in the world, and there are many desperate people trying to find safety and refuge in western countries," said Toronto-based lawyer Lorne Waldman. "I think we're going to see 50,000-plus (refugee claims annually) for the foreseeable future."

A spokesman for Immigration and Refugees Minister Ahmed Hussen noted that this year's budget included an additional C$74 million ($56 million) for the Immigration and Refugee Board "to speed up the processing of asylum claims." The hiring of 248 new staff "is under way," spokesman Mathieu Genest wrote in an email.

About 56 percent of refugee claims finalized in the first three quarters of 2018 were accepted, according to the Immigration and Refugee Board, with lower acceptance rates for border-crossers.

Border-crossers from Nigeria and Haiti, who made up the largest groups of border-crossers, had relatively low acceptance rates compared with other nationalities, at 29.3 percent and 11.6 percent, respectively.

Canada's government is trying to hasten the deportations of border-crossers whose refugee claims are not successful, classifying them with criminals as a top deportation priority.

The government should also prioritize integration of successful applicants, said Canadian Council for Refugees head Janet Dench, and ensure that tens of thousands of people are not left waiting years for permanent resident status.

"The longer you keep people in this limbo state, the longer before they can contribute fully to Canadian society."]]>
11/17/2018 11:23:48 AM
<![CDATA[Foreign ministry follows up probe into murder of Egyptian in Saudi Arabia]]>
Assistant Foreign Minister for Consular Affairs Yasser Hashim said on the ministry has assigned the Egyptian consulate the kingdom to follow up the probe.

The national, identified as Ahmed Taha Hassan Mahmoud, was stabbed to death in Jizan city.

The consulate, in turn, has tasked its legal adviser to go to Jizan to get acquainted with the prosecution's investigations into the case.

The mission has also contacted the legal medicine department and the health directorate in the Saudi city to finish measures required to return the deceased's body to Egypt.]]>
11/17/2018 11:18:01 AM
<![CDATA[Body of Brigadier General Satea al-Nu'mani arrives home ]]>
Several security and police commanders and the family of the martyr received the body at the airport. It is set to be buried later in the day.

Nu’mani, the former officier of Bulaq Dakror, was injured and went blind while facing the Brotherhood's riots in Bein El-Sarayat, Giza in 2013.

The former officer was honored by Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi in the graduation celebration of the new class of the Police Academy.
11/17/2018 11:12:08 AM
<![CDATA[Sisi inaugurates 14th Biological Diversity Conference ]]>
The conference is scheduled to last for four days; it was preceded by several African ministerial meetings that discussed its work plans.

According to Radi's statement, Egypt is the first Arab and African country to host that conference. "The event is the biggest international conference in the field of preserving ecological and biological diversity," read the statement.

The conference is important for enhancing cooperation and partnership for boosting awareness about the importance of biological diversity, added the spokesman.

The Conference on Biological Diversity, chaired by Egypt, is one of the largest United Nations conferences.

During the conference, Egypt is set to launch an initiative to promote the use of ecosystems, to better handle the shortage in biodiversity, climate change and land degradation.

In the same context, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification Monique Barbut said in her speech that ecological crises are linked to food security.

She warned of the bad impact of climate change on a massive area of the world, pointing out that losing agricultural lands causes the loss of 3 percent from the gross domestic product in Africa.

Furthermore, Environment Minister Yasmine Fouad underlined the efforts exerted by Egypt to draw up roadmaps that go in harmony with the United Nations agreements.

MENA contributed to this report ]]>
11/17/2018 11:08:45 AM
<![CDATA[Ranieri wants Fulham to fight like pirates to stay up]]>
The 67-year-old Italian, who took rank outsiders Leicester City to a famous 2016 title, said the immediate focus had to be plugging the West Londoners' leaky defence and securing safety.

Fulham are last in the league with five points from 12 games and a goal difference of minus 20, with 31 conceded. Only Macclesfield, bottom of League Two, have a worse goal difference in English soccer's top four divisions.

Ranieri, who has called West London home since he was Chelsea manager from 2000-04, said he watched Fulham play well but lose 2-0 to Crystal Palace in the first home game of the season.

"When I watched some matches I said this team has enough quality to be saved. Now I repeat: I need fighting spirit," he told reporters. "Quality with the fighting spirit (and) we can do a good job.

"If there is only quality, without organisation, defensive tactics, it’s difficult to help the players to maintain the clean sheet.

"For me it’s important to put in the brain of my players this philosophy. Play football, play well, but when you lose the ball I want to see you like pirates," he added, biting on his fingers for emphasis.

Ranieri, who was appointed on Wednesday after Fulham sacked Slavisa Jokanovic, said it was important to forget the past and focus on the future.

He expressed sympathy for Jokanovic, who played for him when Ranieri was Chelsea manager, but said change was needed when things went badly -- as happened to him also at Leicester in 2017.

At Leicester Ranieri promised the players pizza when they kept clean sheets, one of many memorable soundbites during his tenure, but on Friday he said Fulham needed something more substantial -- maybe burgers.

"That was a bonus, a fairytale. Forget it. Now it is important to not think about miracles," he said of his title-winning exploits at Leicester.

Ranieri recalled how he took over Parma when they were in a similar position in Serie A at the end of February 2007 and kept them up.

"Fulham conceded a lot of goals, and I am an Italian manager, and for us Italians it’s important to maintain the clean sheet," he said. "When you play the defensive way, from the strikers, it’s important everyone is involved." (Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Toby Davis)]]>
11/17/2018 8:07:00 AM
<![CDATA[Rockets thrash 'banged up' Warriors, Nuggets bounce back]]>
The Rockets took full advantage of the absence of Warriors sharpshooter Stephen Curry, who missed his fourth straight game with a groin injury.

They posted their sixth victory in eight games after a 1-5 start and climbed to .500 at 7-7 in the still young season.

Draymond Green returned for the Warriors after serving a one-game suspension meted out by Golden State after his confrontation with teammate Kevin Durant.

The Rockets coped with their own upheaval as shortly before the game general manager Daryl Morey confirmed they parting ways with 10-time All-Star Carmelo Anthony, who had played in just 10 games since arriving as a free agent prior to the season.

Whether Curry's absence or continuing tension between teammates played a role, the Warriors endured a horrendous shooting night, connecting on 42.1 percent of their shots from the field and just 22.2 percent from three-point range.

Not a single Warriors starter made a three-pointer -- a first since March of 2013. The Rockets, up 47-41 at halftime, pulled away relentlessly -- putting the game out of reach with a 21-2 scoring run to open the fourth quarter.

"We're banged up a little physically and we're banged up spiritually -- there's no getting around that," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. "We've got to fill up our cup, get our spirit back, get our energy back, and we're going to. It's a long season."

Green, Durant and Klay Thompson combined to shoot 0-for-9 from beyond the arc while neither Andre Iguodala nor Damian Jones attempted a three-pointer.

Durant led the Warriors with 20 points and Thompson added 10 -- not enough as Iguodala and Jones combined for 10. Green came away with zero points, but Kerr liked what he saw from him.

"Draymond may not have had his best night tonight, but I liked his approach," Kerr said. "He was genuine out there. He was competing.

"Now the rest of the team we've got to all lift our spirits up and get back on the saddle."

James Harden led Houston with 27 points. James Ennis added 10 while Chris Paul and Clint Capela chipped in 10 apiece, Paul adding five rebounds, seven assists, three steals and two blocked shots.

"I just thought our guys right from the start were locked in defensively," said Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni. "They did a great job.

"You don't beat these guys like this unless everybody plays well."

- Nuggets dominate -

In Denver, the Nuggets halted a four-game skid in decisive style, routing the Atlanta Hawks 138-93.

Juancho Hernangomez scored a season-high 25 points and Paul Millsap and Gary Harris scored 18 each as seven Denver players scored in double figures.

It was a welcome return to form for a Nuggets team that was off to its best start in four decades before hitting the skids with four straight defeats.

"We needed the win," said Hernangomez after the Nuggets' most lopsided victory of the season. "We were just playing with freedom. Everybody played hard. Everybody matched up on defense. Off of our defense, it was easy to run get back to who we are."

The Los Angeles Clippers held off the determined San Antonio Spurs 116-111 to notch a third straight win.

Lou Williams's 23 points off the bench for Los Angeles included a go-ahead three-pointer with 40 seconds remaining as the Clippers followed up overtime wins over Milwaukee and Golden State with another close victory.

The Clippers led by as many as 10 in the fourth quarter, but San Antonio knotted it at 107-107 with 1:13 to play on two free throws by LaMarcus Aldridge.

Williams responded with his three-pointer that gave Los Angeles the lead for good, Danilo Gallinari producing four clutch free throws in the final 30 seconds to help seal the win.

Despite 34 points from DeMar DeRozan, the Spurs lost their third straight.]]>
11/17/2018 8:06:00 AM
<![CDATA[Japan promoter says Mayweather bout with kickboxer back on]]>
The bout between Mayweather and Tenshin Nasukawa, first announced earlier this month, was abruptly scrapped by the American boxer shortly after he revealed his plans to take on the kickboxer.

But on Friday, the CEO of mixed martial arts promotor RIZIN said the fight planned for New Year's Eve was back on.

"Misunderstanding with Floyd Mayweather has been resolved," Nobuyuki Sakakibara tweeted on his account.

"He will face off against Tenshin Nasukawa on December 31, New Year's Eve."

"I will talk about the details at a press conference when I return to Japan," he added, alongside a picture of himself, Mayweather, and a third man.

The tweet comes after Mayweather told the US website TMZ Sports on Wednesday in California that the fight would go ahead.

"We're going to make it happen," he reportedly told the site.

"It's a no-brainer."

When the fight was first announced, it was unclear what rules would govern the match-up between the retired welterweight boxer and Nasukawa, an unbeaten kickboxer.

But Mayweather told TMZ Sport the face-off would involve "no kicking."

"Rules? It's going to be a little boxing exhibition," he said.

"I'm moving around with the guy for nine minutes, and of course it's going be the highest paid exhibition ever," he added.

The unbeaten 41-year-old, who won world titles in five different weight divisions, made headlines earlier this month when he announced on his Instagram page that he was coming out of retirement for the fight.

"I want to give the people what they want -- blood, sweat and tears," he told a news conference in Tokyo afterwards.

But just two days later he posted a lengthy statement on his social media accounts saying he had been "blindsided" by organisers of the bout and had "never agreed" to the fight.]]>
11/17/2018 6:57:00 AM
<![CDATA[Juventus apologise for China 'suicide' condolence message]]>
The Serie A giants issued a message of condolence on China's Twitter-like Weibo in response to a post on the platform claiming that a fanatical supporter had committed suicide following a row online about striker Cristiano Ronaldo.

However, it transpired that Weibo user "Juventus changing room cleaning lady" -- whose real name has not been reported -- was alive and unharmed after Chinese media and police tracked her down.

The case has drawn about 40 million views and generated thousands of comments in recent days on Weibo, where many European football clubs and players connect with their Chinese followers.

Juventus's post to its 725,000 followers mourning the supposed suicide triggered several days of criticism and shrill calls for the club to apologise.

In a statement to AFP, the club said: "The agency in charge of Juventus social media accounts on Chinese digital platforms did a mistake by believing in what has then been revealed to be fake news, and we apologise for this."

The apology is unlikely to placate everyone.

"Yes, you were also fooled," wrote one Weibo user, hitting out at the Italian club.

"But if you have this title ("Juventus"), at least understand that every word you say represents the image of the club."]]>
11/17/2018 5:56:00 AM
<![CDATA[Trophies will define Liverpool's season, not stats - Wijnaldum]]>
The Merseyside club are second in the league after 12 matches with 30 points, two behind defending champions Manchester City.

It is Liverpool's joint best start to a league season since the inception of the Premier League in 1992 and their unbeaten run has been built on solid foundations at the back.

The team has conceded five league goals -- the joint-best defensive record in the competition alongside Manchester City.

Wijnaldum, however, wants Liverpool, who have not won the league title since 1990 and whose last silverware came when they lifted the League Cup in 2012, to convert these milestones into tangible success.

"It is good to hear, of course, but we are not playing for statistics -- we are playing to win games and at the end of the season, we hope we can win something," he told the club website https://www.liverpoolfc.com/news/first-team/325448-georginio-wijnaldum-liverpool-interview.

"Of course it is something good when you don't concede goals because that makes it easier to win games and also suggests that we have defended well but I think you also need a little bit of luck.

"Of course, those figures say something about our defensive qualities, particularly at home, but we have to make sure that we continue that now and go on a new run."

Wijnaldum has hailed fellow Dutchman Virgil van Dijk for marshalling the defensive unit, which has kept seven clean sheets this season.

"I think Virgil has made a difference in the last line because he is a good defender, a big defender. He is an extra man who can defend set-pieces as well," he said.

"He is a leader in the last line who not only helps himself with his quality but also the players next to him and so he really helps the team." (Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru Editing by Toby Davis)]]>
11/17/2018 4:55:00 AM
<![CDATA[Pressure mounts on Spain's De Gea as Kepa waits in the wings]]>
De Gea has been Spain's number one since Euro 2016 but he has struggled to consistently replicate his impressive Manchester United club form and was criticised for not closing down Croatia forward Andrej Kramaric, who scored the opener in Zagreb.

"The Croat did what most people who have taken a shot at De Gea have done in the past year: found the back of the net," Spanish soccer journalist Diego Torres wrote in El Pais.

Tomas Roncero of sports daily AS has been critical of De Gea since Spain's disappointing last 16 exit at the World Cup in July and said it was time for a change.

"We all saw what happened at the World Cup and nothing's changed," Roncero wrote.

"He just stands there, he doesn’t come out of his goal for their first two – this is a guy who is two metres tall! He could have even pushed the ball away for a corner for the third instead of straight to their player."

De Gea, 28, has been named in the Premier League Team of the Year for the last four seasons by his peers and is United's reining player of the season but he, like others in the red half of Manchester, have struggled this season.

United are eighth in the table on 20 points, 12 behind leaders and rivals Manchester City, having conceded 21 goals in 12 Premier League games so far. Last season, De Gea conceded 28 times in 37 league appearances.

The dip in form comes as his international backup Kepa Arrizabalaga has made a strong start to his Chelsea career following a 80 million Euro ($90 million) transfer from Athletico Bilbao - a world record fee for a goalkeeper.

Kepa has conceding eight times in his first 12 Premier League appearances as Chelsea remain unbeaten in the league.

The 24-year-old has made two appearances for Spain, the last coming in a 4-1 win over Wales last month. Spain host Bosnia in a friendly on Sunday.]]>
11/17/2018 2:53:00 AM
<![CDATA[Salah catches Carthage Eagles, snatches late victory for Egypt]]>
The Pharaohs shined against Tunisia presenting amazing performance, especially in the second half, crowned by Salah’s last minute goal which gave Egypt an important three points sharing the group leadership alongside Tunisia with 12 points.

Egypt’s three goals were through the winger, Mahmoud Hassan Trezeguet, Baher el-Mohammady and Mohamed Salah. While Tunisia appeared in the game through Naim el-Seliti’s brace.


Naim el-Seliti took the lead for Tunisia in the 13th minute before Trezeguet equalizes the score for Egypt in the 32nd minute. Baher el-Mohammady doubled the score in the 60th minute through a brilliant header.

El-Seliti scored Tunisia’s second goal in the 72nd minute before Salah’s last minute goal came in an amazing way.

The Pharaohs deserved to win after a strong performance and offensive game led by the Mexican coach, Javier Aguirre, and only individual mistakes gave Tunisia their two goals.


The two teams met at Borg el-Arab stadium and their first match at Rades Stadium ended by a 1-0 victory for Tunisia through Taha Yassin Khneisi in June 2017.

The match was a good opportunity to push a number of new players who have joined the team during the current camp, or who have not had a chance in previous matches like the midfielder, Mohamed Mahmoud, and the striker, Taher Mohamed.

Aguirre continued his amazing run with the national team as he achieved four victories in four official games since he was appointed national team manager following Egypt’s world Cup early exit.

Egypt and Tunisia secured qualification for the tournament since the last round after Egypt achieved an away 2-0 victory over eSwatini, while Tunisia defeated Niger 2-1 in Niamey.

11/16/2018 8:21:30 PM
<![CDATA[UK PM May must weigh parliamentary procedure carefully before big EU vote ]]>
May's draft Brexit agreement with the European Union has triggered an uprising against her within her own party and the resignation of two senior ministers. The prime minister has vowed to see through her plan.

But even if she survives the internal rebellion, May's strategy must be approved by a parliament where she has no clear majority and a dwindling number of allies.

The so-called "meaningful vote" is the most serious threat to May's leadership and her plan to end more than 40 years of European integration by executing the British public's 2016 referendum decision to quit the EU.

Ministers need parliament to approve a motion setting out the Brexit strategy or else the deal may not be ratified. The exact format of the vote is seen as something which could have a major impact on its outcome.

On Thursday, the panel of parliamentary experts which advises the government on such matters recommended that the vote should be held using normal protocols - something the government has said is fraught with legal risk.

The Procedure Committee said that before the motion is put to a final vote, parliament should have a chance to change the wording via votes on amendments, for example to make ratification conditional on a second referendum.

If adopted, the committee recommendations mean the earliest any vote would happen, assuming a deal is signed off at an EU summit planned for Nov. 25 and a minimum five-day debate, is Monday, Dec. 10.

The committee's recommendations are not binding, but carry weight in government decision-making and will be hard for ministers to ignore. The final format is proposed by the government ahead of a debate and must be approved by parliament.

The government had asked the committee also to consider a reverse structure for the vote, which would have meant its own wording was voted upon first, and any amendments potentially considered later.

That was proposed because ministers fear that if any amendment wins the support of parliament, the legal requirements to ratify the withdrawal agreement may not be met - effectively, if any amendment passes, the government may have already lost its case even before the final vote.

The committee said the government motion should be published five days when parliament is sitting before it is debated. The debate itself should then last a further five days or more, it added.
11/16/2018 6:21:22 PM
<![CDATA[Indonesian woman who lost fiance in Lion Air crash pleads for safe planes]]>
Intan Indah Syari had been due to marry her high-school sweetheart, Rio Nanda Pratama, who was a doctor, on November 11.

Photographs of Syari wearing her white wedding dress, alone, on the day of their planned ceremony went viral on social media with thousands of likes and an outpouring of sympathetic comments from around the world.

"I want him, now that he is on the other side, to know that I'm happy. This was to pay him my last respects," Syari said, explaining her decision to wear the dress and how her fiance's last wish had been to see photos of her in the gown.

"We had been waiting for this moment for 13 years, including six years in a long distance relationship, but at the end I lost my fiance," she told Reuters, speaking softly.

Syari said she had kept calling his mobile phone on the days immediately after the Oct. 29 crash, clinging to a faint hope that he might be still alive.

His body was later identified and search officials found his shoes, as well as a bag and paperwork belonging to him.

Indonesian investigators are due to publish a preliminary report on the crash later this month in a bid to explain why the nearly new Boeing Co 737 MAX jet slammed violently into the sea during clear weather.

Pratama's father has filed a U.S. lawsuit against Boeing, alleging it did not adequately warn Lion Air or its pilots of an unsafe design condition. Boeing is headquartered in Illinois

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) warned airlines last week that erroneous inputs from the system’s sensors could lead the jet to automatically pitch its nose down even when autopilot is turned off, making it difficult for pilots to control.

Urging regulators to prevent any recurrence of such a crash, Syari said that all her hopes and dreams had been shattered.

"Please improve the regulation of the aviation industry, in terms of safety and inspections, before a flight takes off," she said. "If a flight is not fit to fly, please do not let it leave."
11/16/2018 6:15:35 PM
<![CDATA[Algeria shelves subsidy reforms before presidential elections]]>
The North African oil producer country had said at the start of the year subsidies for fuel and other products would be lowered from 2019 to rein in spending following a fall in oil revenues from 2014 to 2017. It gave no specifics.

But its draft budget for next year includes a 7 percent increase in subsidy spending, accounting for 21 percent of the budget. The rise will be used to subsidise basic food items including milk and cereals as well as housing, officials say.

The government had also approved this year higher and new taxes for some products and increases in subsidised fuel prices for the third straight year. But no new such hikes are planned for next year, according to the draft.

Analysts said a rise in oil prices this year had made officials confident of being able to postpone cuts in subsidies, part of welfare spending to discourage dissent, without straining public finances.

Speaking to Reuters, central bank governor Mohamed Loukal noted that the 2019 budget assumes oil prices at $50 a barrel, whereas benchmark crude prices are around $67, and hit $87 last month.

Finance Minister Abderrahmane Raouia signalled the change in tack this month. "Our subsidy policy will be maintained because Algerian citizens still need it," he said, without giving details.


Algeria has avoided upheaval like other Arab countries but riots broke out in 2011 over a rise in sugar and cooking oil prices.

This year doctors and teachers went on strike for months over work conditions, while the unemployment rate remains at around 11 percent. Youth unemployment is believed to be higher.

"(The) next elections require a stable social policy. It would be wrong to upset people (by cutting subsidies)," said economics professor Abderrahmane Aya.

eek a fifth term in the election in April. The 81-year old, in office since 1999, has not yet said whether he would stand.

The economy has improved in recent months. Oil and gas revenues, which account for 60 percent of the budget and 94 percent of export revenues, rose by 15 percent in the first nine months from the same period in 2018.

The economy is expected to grow by 4 percent this year after 2.2 percent last year.

But diplomats and business leaders say backtracking on curbing subsidies might give investors the impression the government is not serious about reforms and opening up the state and oil dominated economy.

Officials have repeatedly said they wanted to boost the small non-energy sector to reduce the import bill and create jobs.

Ali Haddad, head of the country's largest business association, Algerian Business Forum, said Algeria needed to encourage private investment. "This ... requires bold reforms," he said.

Another prominent businessman, Boualem Merakech, head of the Algerian Confederation of Employers (CAP), recently complained about "difficulties faced by business leaders seeking to invest in a calm environment and a clear economic vision".

Some diplomats said the shelved subsidy plan will add to confusion among investors trying to figure out economic policies in a secretive country.

They point to three different rules applied in the past two years to reduce imports.

"I think that this kind of changes (of the import rules) makes it difficult for firms to make plans and understand the environment in which they will work in six or 12 months," U.S. ambassador John Desrocher told reporters. "Attracting more investment requires more transparency, more predictability and better access to markets."
11/16/2018 6:00:47 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt takes part in 1st 'Dialogue of Civilizations' in China']]>
Greece and India also participated in the two-day forum, which is organized by Chinese CGTN TV.

Deputy Egyptian ambassador Naglaa Naguib, Cultural Counselor in Beijing Hussein Ibrahim, in addition to the Greek and Indian ambassadors to China also attended the forum.

The old civilizations, including the ancient Egyptian civilization, have made great contributions to mankind and brought prosperity to the whole world, Ibrahim said.

He stressed the importance of mobilizing international efforts, especially by countries enjoying deep history of civilizations, to face enormous challenges across the globe.

Dialogues among civilizations and people of different races, languages and beliefs are the only way to renaissance and prosperity, he added]]>
11/16/2018 5:31:03 PM
<![CDATA[Germany's Schroeder warns against demonising China]]>
Known for his close ties to Russia, Schroeder is also a long-time advocate of a closer relationship with China. He visited Beijing frequently as chancellor, championed its entry into the WTO and controversially pressed the EU to lift an arms embargo it imposed after China's Tiananmen Square crackdown.

Speaking to Reuters in his office overlooking the Russian embassy on Unter den Linden avenue in Berlin, Schroeder pushed back against a wave of scepticism towards China sweeping across western capitals.

"We need to think about who our allies are, who has similar interests. And of course I think about China," said Schroeder, whose staunch opposition to the looming U.S. invasion of Iraq helped secure his re-election in 2002.

"Those countries that are affected by conflicts emanating from the United States will have to get closer. We can't become part of an American trade war with China."

Despite booming business for German companies in China, industry here has been unsettled by what it sees as growing state control over the economy under President Xi Jinping and unfair competition from Chinese rivals.

Concern about Chinese takeovers in Europe is rising. Germany is soon expected to lower the threshold at which it can vet foreign investments. In Brussels, EU member states are finalising an agreement to ensure closer scrutiny of such deals.

Schroeder questioned that approach, saying Chinese investors were preferable to American "locusts", a term coined by his party colleague Franz Muentefering to describe U.S. private equity firms and activist hedge funds.

He rejected the exclusion of Chinese firms like Huawei from building Germany's next-generation mobile networks. The United States and Australia have introduced such bans on security grounds, and some in Berlin are pushing for similar action here.


Schroeder, 74, enacted reforms credited with ending Germany's economic malaise in the early 2000s. But the reforms divided his Social Democrats, where he is now a controversial figure, in part due to his closeness to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Within months of his defeat to Angela Merkel, he took a job as chairman of Nord Stream AG, a consortium led by Russian state-owned gas giant Gazprom. Last year he was denounced by SPD colleagues when he became chairman of Russia's biggest oil producer Rosneft.

Still, his views on China and Russia are shared by some members of his party and pockets of the German political establishment.

Asked about detentions of China's Uighur minority, Schroeder echoed the language of Chinese officials who have described eye-witness reports of camps as "gossip".

"I'm not sure. I'm very cautious about this discussion because I don't have any information," Schroeder said, rejecting the idea of sanctions against China in response to the camps, an idea being floated in Washington.

"I don't think much of a values-based foreign policy," Schroeder said. "Our interests should drive our foreign policy."
11/16/2018 5:18:55 PM
<![CDATA[Pope Tawadros II meets with Moscow Patriarch’s envoy in Cairo ]]>
The pontiff welcomed them at the papal HQ, and praised the deeply-rooted ties binding the two churches, spokesman for the Coptic Orthodox Church Polis Halim said in a statement.

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev stressed on October 17 that Egypt is Russia's main partner in the Middle East.

During his meeting with President Abdel Fatah al-Sis, Medvede referred to the deep relations between the two countries and pointed out that the volume of trade between the two countries increased by one-third from last year.

The two countries are partners in large projects, the PM said, expressing hope that Sisi's visit will lead to more projects between Egypt and Russia.

Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi arrived on Monday in Russia to hold talks with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.

The summit will tackle boosting bilateral relations and other issues of mutual interest.

The talks come as part of a strategic partnership between the two countries.

Sisi also held talks with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and other senior officials on boosting economic cooperation.

Sisi delivered a speech before the Russian Federation Council, the upper house of the Federal Assembly. This is the first time for a foreign leader to deliver a speech at the council.

On December 11, 2017, Putin visited Egypt for the second time since Sisi was sworn into office in May 2014; the visit came upon President Sisi's invitation in September 2017.

In February 2015, the Russian president visited Egypt and attended the signature of a number of deals between Cairo and Moscow. ]]>
11/16/2018 5:18:40 PM
<![CDATA[Airbus planning for 'no-deal' Brexit as 'baseline' scenario -memo]]>
Europe's largest aerospace group on Thursday welcomed a draft divorce agreement between London and Brussels, but said there needed to be more clarity to allow businesses to plan.

With Prime Minister Theresa May facing a battle to get her draft agreement on the terms of Britain's departure from the European Union through parliament, and a potential revolt from members of her party, Airbus vowed to pursue contingency plans.

"The draft agreement is certainly encouraging but we must remember it is subject to parliamentary approvals," the head of the company's internal Brexit task force told staff.

"For the teams working on preparing for Brexit we must stay focused and keep working at full speed from a baseline of no deal."
11/16/2018 5:15:14 PM
<![CDATA[Port Said to host Mediterranean Handball Championship in February]]>
The Port Said governor welcomed hosting such major sport event in the governorate, saying that he has assigned all executive bodies to offer all support and facilities needed for the success of the championship which will be held in the governorate for the first time.

Ghadban asserted that Port Said is completely ready to host all local and international championships, thanks to its high standard sports infrastructure, citing the governorate’s Sports City.

The championship represents a great opportunity for promoting tourism in the governorate at the international arena, as delegations from 11 countries from world continents will participate in the event.

The Mediterranean Handball Championship will see the participation of the largest number of teams for the first time throughout its history with 11 countries taking part including France, Turkey, Montenegro, Italy, Romania, Tunisia, Morocco and Greece along with Saudi Arabia and the UAE which will take part in it at the invitation of the Mediterranean Handball Confederation and the organizing committee. (MENA)]]>
11/16/2018 5:13:13 PM
<![CDATA[Belarus awards Abdel Aal title of honorary professor]]>
This came during his four-day visit to Belarus, where he had talks with Rector of the Belarusian State University Andrey Korol on means of boosting bilateral cooperation in the education field.

Following their meeting, they headed to the conference hall at the university where Korol bestowed the title of honorary professor upon Abdel Aal.

Belarusian State University located in Minsk city. It was founded on October 30, 1921.]]>
11/16/2018 5:12:07 PM
<![CDATA[Urban ranching: A socialist commune's response to Venezuela's crisis]]>
The leaders of the Apacuana commune, devotees of socialist President Nicolas Maduro, drove six hours to purchase 11 450-kilo (992-lb) cows. They set them to graze behind their 2,000-square meter (21,528 square-foot) home, donated by the state-owned telecommunications company two years ago.

The government began transferring billions of dollars to a network of more than 70,000 such community groups under the administration of late President Hugo Chavez, who supported the communes as an alternative to a capitalist economic model. Maduro has called communes "the epicenter of solidarity."

Leaders of the commune, who also grow fruits and vegetables, say the arrangement is simply a way to get cheaper meat. They do not graze the cattle for long, and have already slaughtered several inside their home.

With Venezuela's oil-reliant economy in a fifth year of recession and inflation nearing 1 million percent, securing staple goods is a daily struggle for many.

Just 40 percent of families can afford beef and nearly two-thirds of the population reported losing weight last year, by 11 kilos (24 lb) on average, according to a study by three universities.

Western economists and the domestic opposition blame Maduro's heavy-handed policies and economic mismanagement for the crisis. However, the government and its supporters attribute Venezuela's struggles to U.S. sanctions and hoarding by businesses trying to undermine socialism.

"This experience shows the resolve of the people to push back against the economic war," said commune leader Sulimar Pedrozar, as two cow heads boiled in a pot over a wood fire and a group cleaned out a cow stomach for a soup.

The group has slaughtered seven cows and sold a small amount of meat to several hundred people at 560 bolivars per kilo, or about $2 at the black market exchange rate.

That was well above the government-set price of 90 bolivars. But with supply scarce, many butchers in Caracas sell beef for more than 10 times that amount, or more than half a monthly salary at the official minimum wage.

In 2016, Maduro launched a "Great Agro-Venezuela Mission" to encourage city-dwellers to grow fruits, vegetables and herbs in their backyards, noting that he and his wife harvested pumpkins on their patio. Earlier this year, a government minister said people should breed and eat rabbits, arguing they are not just "cute pets."

On Thursday evening, several dozen neighbors of the commune gathered to protest the ranch next door, complaining about the foul smell, flies, and health risks.

"It is the first time in my life I've seen cattle being raised in a house," said Luisa Ferro, a resident of the Los Chorros neighborhood. "You see stuff like that in the country, but never in a city."

Pedro Méndez, a local opposition leader, said he would report the urban ranch to Venezuela's health ministry, but doubted the government would stop it given Maduro's support for such communes.

Pedroza said the commune would continue raising livestock. "There is resistance to this idea but those who want to let people die of hunger are crazier," Pedroza said.
11/16/2018 5:10:28 PM
<![CDATA[Rooney says farewell as England beat United States]]>
England's all-time top scorer Rooney came on as a 58th-minute substitute, to roars from the crowd, with the team 2-0 up thanks to excellent first-half strikes from Jesse Lingard and Trent Alexander-Arnold with his first goal for his country.

The game, played in front of a well-below capacity crowd of 68,155, had been billed as a tribute match to Rooney and he was given a guard of honour by both sets of players and received a presentation from the Football Association before kick-off.

Rooney retired from England duty in August, 2017 but the FA decided to turn the friendly into a tribute game for the Liverpool-born player.

The 33-year-old former Manchester United and Everton forward, who now plays in the U.S. for Major League Soccer team D.C. United, did not have a major impact on the game but forced goalkeeper Brad Guzan into a save in stoppage time.

A 54th goal for England would have been the perfect way to bow out but it was typical of Rooney's modest approach to the match that he never tried to create chances for himself, instead showcasing, for a final time at Wembley, his passing ability.

"Tonight was great, a great way to finish my international career, I thought the lads played great. Unfortunately I couldn't get a goal but I'll remember it for a long time," Rooney said.

"I've had my time, I can sit back and watch them now and it's my opinion that England are in very safe hands from what I've seen this week".

Callum Wilson, the Bournemouth striker making his England debut, made it 3-0 in the 77th minute to complete a fine night for the debut starters.


Jadon Sancho, the 18-year-old Borussia Dortmund winger, was impressive in his first start, setting up Alexander-Arnold with a well-timed weighted pass for the Liverpool full-back, who drilled home with a fine low shot.

Lingard, one of the few England regulars to start, put in a good performance and his 25th minute goal, a perfect curling shot into the top corner, was a carbon copy of his strike against Panama at this year's World Cup.

England, who face Croatia in a winner-takes-all shootout in the Nations League at Wembley on Sunday, rested a number of regular starters such as striker Harry Kane.

England can top Group 1 in League A with a victory over the Croatians that would take them above Spain into top spot and secure a place in the four-team final tournament next June.

England manager Gareth Southgate said he was pleased with his team's display and with the send-off for Rooney.

"From our point of view, we are talking about respecting the shirt and those who have gone before and all of the players did that this week. We gave Wayne a week that he deserved.

"It would have been perfect for him to score but we saw some moments of real quality from him." (Reporting by Simon Evans, editing by Ed Osmond and Ken Ferris)]]>
11/16/2018 4:46:50 PM
<![CDATA[Jedvaj double gives Croatia dramatic 3-2 win over Spain]]>
Spain stayed top of the group with six points from four games but their fate is no longer in their own hands as England and Croatia, who have four each from three matches, clash at Wembley on Sunday.

The winners would finish top and reach the 2019 final four while only a draw would see the Spaniards retain top spot.

Victory avenged Croatia's 6-0 drubbing by Spain in the reverse fixture and their coach Zlatko Dalic feels confident his World Cup runners-up can win the group.

"We have to enjoy it and give it our best shot as I am sure we have it in us to beat England," he told Croatian media.

"It was a great match. Five goals, a rollercoaster and in the end we deserved to win. The lads went all out for a win, they all went forward in the dying minutes and the gamble paid off handsomely.

"The best of this new-look team is yet to come," said Dalic, who oversaw Croatia's 2-1 World Cup semi-final win over England in July.

Jedvaj emerged as Croatia's hero with his first two international goals, sending the home crowd into raptures with his second after Spain had twice come from behind.

Striker Andrej Kramaric fired the hosts ahead in the 56th minute, only for Dani Ceballos to equalise with his first goal for Spain barely two minutes later.

Jedvaj restored Croatia's advantage with a close-range header before Sergio Ramos converted a penalty to bring Spain level again 12 minutes from time.

Croatia started fast and missed two good chances while Isco went close for Spain with a fierce shot.

Spain fell behind after a calamitous error by Sergi Roberto, who gave the ball away to Ivan Perisic and the winger released Kramaric to beat David de Gea with a crisp finish from eight metres.

Croatia's joy was short-lived as Ceballos swept the ball home from six metres after good work by Isco and Iago Aspas.

Jedvaj, playing in an unfamiliar position as he is normally deployed on the opposite flank, made it 2-1 with a far-post header after an inch-perfect cross by Luka Modric.

Spain equalised after Sime Vrsaljko twice handled the ball and Ramos sent goalkeeper Lovre Kalinic the wrong way from the spot.

Croatia forced the final twist when De Gea could only parry substitute Josip Brekalo's low shot and Jedvaj popped up again to hammer in the rebound.]]>
11/16/2018 4:44:59 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt vs Tunisia, a classic African-Arab clash to watch]]>
Egypt hosts Tunisia at Borg el-Arab stadium on Friday night, at 06:00 p.m. in the 2019 African Cup of Nations qualifiers.


Egypt and Tunisia secured qualification for the tournament since the last round after Egypt achieved an away 2-0 victory over eSwatini, while Tunisia defeated Niger 2-1 in Niamey.

Tunisia leads the group with 12 points from four consecutive victories, three points ahead of Egypt that comes second, while Niger and eSwatini share the bottom with one point each.

The most important part of the game is to know how the team will appear in front of the first strong opponent to play against since the World Cup.

Aguirre hopes to continue his amazing run with the national team as he achieved three victories in three official games since he was appointed national team manager following Egypt’s world Cup early exit.


The match will also be a good opportunity to push a number of new players who have joined the team during the current camp, or who have not had a chance in previous matches.

Aguirre previously announced the 11 foreign based players who will support the national team. They are: Mohamed Salah, Mohamed Awad, Ahmed Hegazi, Mohamed el-Neny, Sam Morsy, Aly Ghazal, Ahmed el-Mohamady, Amr Warda, Amr Tarek, Hussein el-Shahat and Mahmoud Hassan known as Trezeguet.

He chose also 16 players who are playing in the Egyptian league:

Al-Ahly: Mohamed El Shenawy (GK), Ayman Ashraf, Mohamed Hany, Salah Mohsen, Marwan Mohsen and Amr El Soleya.

Zamalek: Gennesh (GK), Mahmoud Hamdy El Wensh, Tarek Hamed

Other: Baher El Mohammady (Ismaily), Ahmed Ayman Mansour and Mohamed Hamdy (Pyramids), Mohamed Mahmoud (Wadi Degla), Islam Gaber (Al Dakhliya), Taher Mohamed Taher (Al Mokawlon)


Today's game is the 40th game in the history between the two teams, including 6 matches in the Olympics qualifiers, which are not approved in the international list, each team won two, and two games ended in a draw.

They also met in 15 friendly international matches; Egypt won 5 times while Tunisia decided 6 games and 4 friendly matches ended in a draw.

Officially, they met in 18 matches, with 9 matches in the African Cup of Nations qualifiers. Tunisia won 4 matches in return for a single win for the Pharaohs and 4 matches ended in a draw.

They also met twice in the African Nations Cup; each team won had a victory.

They played 6 matches in the World Cup qualifiers; the Egyptian team won two while the Tunisian team won 3 times and a draw only.

There was a single match in the Arab Cup in 1988, the Pharaohs won 1-0.

11/16/2018 4:08:26 PM
<![CDATA['Yomeddine' wins the Silver Tanit Award at CIFF]]>
“Yomeddine” is directed by Abu Bakr Shawky, and produced by Dina Emam; a real former leprosy patient played the lead role. It tells the story of Beshay, a former Coptic Egyptian patient in the Leprosy Colony. He was lucky enough to be cured, unlike his late wife.

After his wife’s death, Beshay decides to leave the colony and search for his family with his friends; a donkey and a child. Beshay’s journey takes him to the past and to the future as well, exploring how society deals with his disease and highlighting the suffering of leprosy patients in the colony.

The Cinematic Professions Syndicate chose “Yomeddine” to represent Egypt in the 2019 Oscars list for Best Foreign Language Film.

The Oscars will not be the first recognition “Yomeddine” gets, as it was awarded the Francois Chalais Prize at the Cannes International Film festival. The 71st Cannes Film Festival held a press conference with the Egyptian filmmakers of “Yomeddine” after its screening at the festival on May 9.

The screening was attended by many international actors, including Julianne Moore, Louise Bourgoin and Kiko Mizuhara. All the attendees praised the movie’s construction and drama line, as well as the directing technique adopted by Shawky in his debut feature.

“Yomeddine” is the first time for a debut movie for an Egyptian director to participate in Cannes Film Festival's main competition.

The movie managed to grab the attention of all those who watched it. International media platforms were keen to put the spotlight on “Yomeddine”, writing extremely positive reviews about the movie, which presents an innovative mixture of tragedy, comedy, and condensed shots of emotions and sentiments.

“A man who has recovered from leprosy goes in search of the father who abandoned him in a sentimental drama that infantilizes its lead character,” wrote Peter Bradshaw in The Guardian.

“Recalling about a thousand other titles, with the Lynch films ‘The Elephant Man’ and ‘The Straight Story’ definitely near the top of the list, this is a picaresque road movie about two mismatched characters, with rookie director A.B. Shawky offering a motley and not entirely smooth cocktail of drama and melodrama, a dash of social critique and insight, some chuckles and a few tugs at the heartstrings, mainly by virtue of its near-virtuoso score,” wrote Boyd van Hoeij in The Hollywood Reporter.

It is expected that the nominations for the 2019 Oscars will be released on Jan. 22, 2019 as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the ABC Television Network announced.

Yomeddine recently won the best Foreign Language Contender Award at the Heartland Film Festival in Indiana
11/16/2018 3:39:30 PM
<![CDATA['Youm lel Setat', 'Balash Tebosny' participate in IAFFZ]]>
The festival which will continue till November 18 will host 40 movie screenings. The two Egyptian movies ‘’Balash Tebosny’’ ( Kiss Me Not) and ‘’Youm lel Setat’’ ( A Day for Women) will be screened at Zurich festival.

“Balash Tebosny” was screened at vox cinemas in Dubai on July 12 for one week. The movie was screened for the first time in Egyptian cinemas on February 28.

The film revolves around a director, Tamer, who struggles to deal with an actress who refuses to partake in a kissing scene and quits the whole film industry after she decides to wear a veil (hijab).

The film stars Yasmine Raies, award-winning director Khairy Beshara, Sawsan Badr and honorary cameos from late renowned director Mohammed Khan. “Balash Tebosny” is directed by Egyptian-American writer and director Ahmed Amer.

The movie’s first screening was at the Dubai International Film Festival in December 2017. “Balash Tebosny” was screened in the cinemas of Morocco's Tangier on September 5.

The story of ‘’Youm lel Setat’’ movie takes place in one of the underprivileged Egyptian districts, where the three main heroines of the movie, Azza, Shaimaa and Laila, live. One day, a new swimming pool opens in their neighborhood with a day designated for women only; Sundays.

The first Sunday witnessed the gathering of all the women in the area who come from diverse backgrounds. Azza has long dreamed of wearing swimsuits, Shaimaa finally finds someone who listens to her when she talks about her private life and Laila tries to overcome her grief over her late son.

The movie stars Elham Shaheen, Nelly Karim, Ahmed al-Fishawy, Mahmoud Hemeida, Eyad Nassar, Nahed al-Sebaie, Hala Sedky and Ahmed Dawoud. “Youm lel Setat” is written by Hanaa Attia and directed by Kamla Abou Zekri.

The movie screened at the 11th edition of the Gli Occhi dell’Africa in Pordenone, Italy, on November 14, 2017, and was included in a program dedicated to presenting the best African movies to Italian audiences.

"Youm lel Setat" won the Best Feature Movie Award at the 37th Verona International Film Festival; it also won four awards at six international film festivals in October 2017.
Moreover, "Youm lel Setat" won the Best Movie Award at the Arab Film Festival in Rotterdam, and the movie’s heroine, Elham Shaheen, was honored for her artistic career.

In addition, the movie previously won the Best Film Award at the 20th Khouribga African Film Festival in Morocco, and was granted the award in the closing ceremony of the festival, which took place on September 16, 2017.

It is also worth mentioning that Shaheen shared the Best Actress Award with Karim at the 13th Kazan International Muslim Film Festival in Russia for their roles in the movie on September 11, 2017. “Youm lel Setat” was the only Egyptian movie participating in the festival.
11/16/2018 2:50:22 PM
<![CDATA[Absence of medical assistance in Syria's Rukban camp left 100 people dead ]]>
According to the Russian Health Ministry, the disastrous sanitary and epidemiological situation in the camp, an outbreak of infectious diseases was likely, while refugees almost did not receive medical assistance.

"All these circumstances lead to a high mortality rate. Over the past month alone, more than 100 people died in Rukban. I confirm the difficult, disastrous situation in Rukban," Grabchak said.]]>
11/16/2018 2:44:31 PM
<![CDATA[U.S. to oppose U.N. Golan resolution, wins Israeli praise]]>
The Golan Heights form a buffer between Israel and Syria of about 1,200 square km (460 square miles). Israel captured most of it from Syria in the 1967 Middle East war. It annexed the territory in 1981, a move not recognized internationally.

The United States has abstained in previous years on the annual “Occupied Syrian Golan” resolution, which declares Israel’s decision to impose its jurisdiction in the area “null and void”, but Washington’s U.N. envoy Nikki Haley said it would vote against the resolution in Friday’s vote.

“The United States will no longer abstain when the United Nations engages in its useless annual vote on the Golan Heights,” she said in a statement on Thursday.

“The resolution is plainly biased against Israel. Further, the atrocities the Syrian regime continues to commit prove its lack of fitness to govern anyone.”

Her comments came after the U.S. ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, said in September that he expected Israel to keep the Golan Heights in perpetuity, in an apparent nod towards its claim of sovereignty over the territory.

Since early in Donald Trump’s presidency, Israel has lobbied for formal U.S. endorsement of its control of the Golan. Trump has recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, breaking with other world powers, though his national security adviser John Bolton told Reuters in August a similar Golan move was not under discussion.

In the past two years, Trump has twice ordered U.S.-led air strikes against targets in Syria in response to what Washington called the use of chemical weapons against civilians by President Bashar al-Assad’s forces.

Israeli officials praised the U.S. move.

Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan called it “extremely important”, saying on Twitter that “no sane person can believe that it (the Golan) should be given to Assad & Iran”.

Tehran has supported Assad during the civil war and Israel has been warning against Iranian military entrenchment in Syria.

Israel has closely monitored the fighting in Syria, where just across the Golan frontier battles have raged in clear view.
11/16/2018 2:03:00 PM
<![CDATA[The first musical carnival of its kind in Egypt to kick off on Friday]]>
The opening ceremony of the festival will witness for the first time the participation of the most popular Egyptian bands such as Masar Egbari, 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 will perform on one stage in the longest continuous musical day that will last 12 hours under the media auspices of Youm 7.

Massr Egbari is an Egyptian rock band founded in Alexandria in 2005. Massr Egbari 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).


Black Theama was founded in 2004 by Amir Salah el-Deen, originally a member in Karisma theatrical troupe, the three-member band presents a wide range of music styles, including Nubian rhythms, reggae, hip-hop, R&B and African music. The band infuses traditional Nubian folk songs with modern beats.

Over the years, the band collaborated with many other bands and musicians such as Massar Egbari and Cairokee.

Black Theama represented Egypt in different international competitions; they were nominated at the 2013 World Music Awards for the Best Group, Best Live Act, Best Song and Best Video Clip awards for the song "Fi Belad Al-Ayy Haga".

black theama

In 2012, Ahmed Bahaa, Mohamed el-Arkan and Ezz Shahwan got together & formed Sharmoofers; since then they’ve been impacting the world’s youth with positive groovy music.

Starting off online, the band’s music has managed to reach millions, and they have more than 588,000 followers on Facebook and are growing more popular on social media.

They first performed on Bassem Youssef's “Bernameg” show in 2013 and then performed live at a concert at Al-Azhar Park in 2014.

Sharmoofers are known for using unique lyrics, far away from the traditional common lyrics fans got used to. The Egyptian band is known for their spontaneous and funny ways of performing. Sharmoofers caused a state of havoc with their latest song “Zamba” which promotes breaking the daily routine and enjoying jolly music to avoid negativity and be happy no matter what.

The band chose the name “Zamba” for their video clip. Red Indian style costumes with really shiny and bizarre colors were chosen for the clip.

Sharmoofers surprised their fans recently after releasing their first romantic song, titled “Moftaked el Habiba” (I Miss a Lover), including a video featuring famous Egyptian actress Yasmine Raeis.

The clip of "Moftaqed el-Habiba" was directed by Hady el-Bagory. Sharmoofers already won the following awards in their short career:

• MEMA Awards
• Digital Media Presence Award
• ACA Awards nomination

Band Members:

-Ahmed Bahaa: Vocalist
- Moe el-Arkan: Bassist
- Ahmed Aly: Percussionist
- Mostafa Kerdani: Drummer
- Mohamed Labib: Saxophonist
- Islam Ali AKA Solly: Trumpeter
- Adel Mohamed: Percussionist

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Wust El Balad band was founded in 1999 creating soft rock tunes, blending traditional Arabic sounds with modern and western tunes. They released successful albums such as ‘Wust El Balad’ in 2007, ‘Rubabekya’ in 2011 and ‘Karakib’ in 2014.

Wust El Balad consists of Adham al-Saeed, Hany Adel, Ahmed Omran, Ahmed Omar, Asaad Nessim, Ehab Abdel Hameed (Bob) and Mohammed Gamal al-Din (Mizo).

Karakeeb band was established in Alexandria in 2012, and released popular hits, such as Om Al Shaheed (Mother of the Martyr), and Rawa’ Balak (Calm Down).

The band has also shared the stage with a number of leading Egyptian singers. They tackle a number of political and social issues through their Pop Rock tunes intertwined in Arabic lyrics. Karakeeb comprises Alaa al-Qady, Morad Soukar, Maged Mohamed, Shrief Ghaly, and John.

Disco Misr is one of the bands remixing oriental heritage with disco and funk sounds.

11/16/2018 2:01:27 PM
<![CDATA[Tunisia confirms its stance supporting Palestinian cause]]>
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in a statement, underlined that Tunisia will continue its efforts at the regional and international levels calling for resuming the peace process in a way that achieves just peace on the basis of international legitimacy resolutions.

The ministry urged all international parties and the United Nations Security Council to shoulder their responsibility for stopping Israeli aggression against the Palestinian people, added the statement.]]>
11/16/2018 1:32:40 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi to attend celebration marking Al Mawled Al Nabawi - Awqaf Ministry]]>
On this occasion, President Sisi is set to deliver a speech to the nation on the current issues and the lessons learned from the biography of Prophet Muhammad, according to the ministry.

The ministry said in a statement that the president will honor six religious, administrative and preaching leaderships at the ministry and young scholars along with two other non-Egyptian scholars who enriched the Islamic world with their moderate ideologies.

The celebration falls within the framework of the ministry's international campaign Entitled "The Messenger of Humanity".

11/16/2018 1:17:13 PM
<![CDATA[Hosny, Vendetta to perform in a massive concert on Nov.23]]>

Hosny previously announced that he almost recovered from the vocal cords inflammation that he recently suffered from.

Sources close to Hosny revealed that he exerted much effort recently in the preparation for his latest album "Eish Beshoqak" (Live with Your Passion) and performed a lot of concerts, the matter that strained his vocal cords. Hosny’s song "Eish Beshoqak" amassed millions of viewers 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.

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 reached more than LE 50 Million. He plays in the movie 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 Egyptian cinema history.

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 which 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.

Hosny headed to Los Angeles and had his handprint and footprint permanently engraved on the Forecourt of the Stars at Hollywood's iconic Chinese Theatre in August 2017.
11/16/2018 1:07:10 PM
<![CDATA[Tally of missing in California's deadliest blaze surpasses 600]]>
At least 63 people have been confirmed dead in the Camp Fire, which erupted a week ago in the drought-parched Sierra foothills 175 miles (280 km) north of San Francisco and now ranks as one of the most lethal single U.S. wildfires since the turn of the last century.

Authorities attributed the high death toll in part to the staggering speed with which the wind-driven flames, fueled by desiccated scrub and trees, raced with little warning through Paradise, a town of 27,000.

Nearly 12,000 homes and buildings, including most of the town, were incinerated last Thursday night hours after the blaze erupted, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) has said.

What was left was a ghostly, smoky expanse of empty lots covered in ash and strewn with twisted wreckage and debris.

Thousands of additional structures were still threatened by the blaze, and as many as 50,000 people were under evacuation orders at the height of the blaze. An army of firefighters, many from distant states, labored to contain and suppress the flames.

The revised official roster of 630 individuals whose whereabouts and fate remained unknown is more than double the 297 listed earlier in the day by the Butte County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Kory Honea said nearly 300 people initially reported as unaccounted for had been found alive. He said the list of missing bit.ly/2BaiYxy would keep fluctuating with names being added and others removed, either because they turn up safe or are identified among the dead.

The higher confirmed death toll, and rising number of those unaccounted for, were revealed at an evening news briefing by Honea, who said the remains of seven more Camp Fire victims had been located since Wednesday’s tally of 56.

The sheriff has asked relatives of the missing to submit DNA samples to hasten identification of the dead. But he acknowledged some of those unaccounted for may never be conclusively found.

The Butte County disaster coincided with a flurry of smaller blazes in Southern California, including the Woolsey Fire, which has been linked with three fatalities and destroyed at least 500 structures in the mountains and foothills near the Malibu coast west of Los Angeles.

The latest blazes have capped a pair of calamitous wildfire seasons in California that scientists largely attribute to prolonged drought they say is symptomatic of climate change.

The cause of the fires are under investigation. But two electric utilities have said they sustained equipment problems close to the origins of the blazes around the time they were reported.

The White House said on Thursday that President Donald Trump, who has been criticized as having politicized the fires by casting blame on forest mismanagement, plans to visit the fire zones on Saturday to meet displaced residents.

Cal Fire said that 40 percent of the Camp Fire’s perimeter had been contained, up from 35 percent, even as the blaze footprint grew 2,000 acres to 141,000 acres (57,000 hectares). Containment of the Woolsey fire grew to 57 percent.

But smoke and soot spread far and wide. Public schools in Sacramento and districts 90 miles (145 km) to the south, and as far away as San Francisco and Oakland, said Friday’s classes would be canceled as the Camp Fire worsened air quality.

Those who survived the flames but lost homes were moving in temporarily with friends or relatives or bunking down in American Red Cross shelters.

At a shelter set in a church in nearby Oroville, a bulletin board was plastered with dozens of photos of missing people, along with messages and phone numbers. Church officials posted lists of names they received in phone calls from people searching for friends and family. Evacuees are asked to check the boards to see if their names appear.

Many others found haven at an encampment that sprang up in the parking lot outside a still-open Walmart store in Paradise, where dozens of evacuees pitched tents or slept in their cars. Part of the lot was roped off as a distribution center for clothes, food and coffee. Portable toilets were also brought in.

Evacuees milling in the parking lot faced morning temperatures that dropped to just above freezing and many wore breathing masks for protection from lingering smoke.

Nicole and Eric Montague, along with their 16-year-old daughter, showed up for free food but have been living with extended family in the neighboring city of Chico, in a one-bedroom apartment filled with 15 people and nine dogs.

They recounted being stunned at how swiftly the fire roared through Paradise the first night.

“We didn’t have any time to react,” Eric said. “The news didn’t even know the fire was coming. It just happened so quick.”

Nicole said she fled once her home’s mailbox caught fire and neighbors’ propane tanks began exploding. Facing walls of flames and traffic gridlock, her evacuation with her daughter was so harrowing that she called her husband to say farewell.

“I called him and said, ‘Honey, I’m not going to make it. I love you,’” Nicole said.

11/16/2018 1:05:35 PM
<![CDATA[Easter Island delegation heads to British Museum to lobby for statue return]]>
The seven-foot (2.13 m) tall basalt figure, known as “Hoa Hakananai’a,” meaning “lost or stolen friend” in the local language, was among 900 statues or “Moai,” meaning “ancestors,” carved by islanders between 1100 and 1600 A.D.

The Hoa Hakananai’a was taken from the island, located 2,480 miles (3,990 km) west of the Chilean capital Santiago, in 1868 by Richard Powell, the captain of HMS Topaze, and presented to Queen Victoria who passed it on to the British Museum.

The statue is one of many artifacts British explorers and dignitaries acquired from around the globe that are displayed in the British Museum. But a number of these treasures have become the subject of intense debate and requests for their return by their countries of origin.

Among these are the Grecian antique sculptures known as the Elgin Marbles and the Benin Bronzes from modern-day Nigeria.

The Hoa Hakananai’a is unique among the Moai because it is made of basalt, while the larger statues that still populate Easter Island were hewn from blocks of compressed volcanic ash. It also bears figures associated with the Tangata Manu, or “bird man”, cult carved on its back.

The delegation will offer to swap the Hoa Hakananai’a for another Moai carved from stone by the contemporary local sculptor Bene Tuki.

Felipe Ward, Chile’s heritage minister who will accompany the delegation to the meeting in London on Tuesday, said he had “a glimmer of hope because they are wiling to discuss it.”

“The best place for this Moai is where it was created,” he told Reuters in an interview in Santiago this week. “Rapa Nui is an open air museum so the conditions for protecting it are perfect.”

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A spokesman for the British Museum told Reuters it was always willing to consider loaning out objects from its collection “subject to the usual conditions.”

“We believe that there is great value in presenting objects from across the world, alongside the stories of other cultures at the British Museum,” the spokesman said.

“Hoa Hakananai’a is free to view and is among the most popular and most photographed exhibits with our 6 million visitors each year.”]]>
11/16/2018 1:03:00 PM
<![CDATA[Cabinet denies reports about cancelling free education]]>
In a statement, the center said it contacted the Ministry of Education which denied the reports and asserted that offering educational services for free to the Egyptian citizens is a constitutional right.

The ministry confirmed that the political leadership in Egypt is very much interested in upgrading education, the statement indicated.

All reports on this score are rumors that are meant to incite the anger of the Egyptian public, added the statement.]]>
11/16/2018 12:33:41 PM
<![CDATA[David Hockney pool painting soars to $90 mln, record for living artist]]>
With Christie’s commission, “Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures),” surpassed the auction house’s pre-sale estimate of about $80 million, following a bidding war between two determined would-be buyers once the work hit $70 million.

The previous record for a work by a living artist was held by Jeff Koons’ sculpture “Balloon Dog,” which sold for $58.4 million in 2013. Hockney’s previous auction record was $28.4 million.

The 1972 work by the 81-year-old British artist, one of Hockney’s most famous paintings which depicts a man in a pink jacket looking down on another figure swimming underwater in a pool, was reported to have been consigned by British billionaire currency trader Joe Lewis.

Christie’s did not identify the seller or the successful bidder, who was bidding via telephone during a nearly 10-minute contest for the work.

Morgan Long, senior director of art investment house Fine Art Group, hailed “a great result for Christie’s,” saying it achieved its predicted $80 million price “through a combination of clever marketing and what looked like sheer determination on the part of (a) phone client to take the painting home.”

In a virtually unprecedented move for such a valuable painting, “Portrait of an Artist,” which was on exhibition at Tate Britain, the Pompidou Centre and New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art over the past two years, was sold with no reserve, the minimum price at which the consignor agrees to sell a piece.

The price went far to boost the success of Christie’s post-war and contemporary art auction, which took in a total of $357.6 million, roughly the middle of its expected range, with 41 of the 48 lots on offer finding buyers.

“What we have learned from this week is that demand for great art remains global, with strong participation from American bidders and good activity from Europe and Asia,” Chief Executive Guillaume Cerutti said after the sale.

Other sale highlights included Francis Bacon’s “Study of Henrietta Moraes Laughing,” which sold for $21.7 million against a pre-sale estimate of $14 million to $18 million, and Alexander Calder’s “21 Feuilles Blanches,” which more than doubled its high estimate, selling for just under $18 million.
11/16/2018 11:18:01 AM
<![CDATA[Beyoncé buys out clothing venture from UK's Philip Green]]>
“After discussions of almost a year, (Beyoncé’s) Parkwood has acquired 100 percent of the Ivy Park brand,” Ivy Park said in a statement.

It said Green’s Topshop and Arcadia businesses will fulfill existing orders to Ivy Park. No financial details were disclosed.

Ivy Park sells items such as hoodies and leggings, part of a trend toward so called athleisure. Beyonce, who is married to rapper Jay-Z, has a six-year-old daughter called Blue Ivy.

Green’s representative referred to the Ivy Park statement, without further comment. A representative of Beyoncé could not be reached for additional comment.

The deal was first reported in the Financial Times.

Green, one of Britain’s best known businessmen, was named in parliament last month as having taken legal action to prevent publication of allegations of sexual harassment and racial abuse of staff.

In a statement last month Green denied having broken the law and said his businesses fully investigated employee grievances.]]>
11/16/2018 11:11:20 AM
<![CDATA[Apple partners with Oscar-winning movie studio A24 for feature films]]>
Apple, which had allocated an initial $1 billion for programming, earlier inked deals with Hollywood celebrities including Oprah Winfrey and ordered two seasons of a series starring Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston to bring in more content for its users.

Other projects Apple had announced include a remake of Steven Spielberg’s 1980s science fiction anthology series “Amazing Stories,” based on Isaac Asimov’s influential “Foundation” science fiction novels, and a drama from “La La Land” movie director Damian Chazelle.

New York-based A24’s Academy Award nominations include “Lady Bird” and “Room”.

The deal comes at a time when top online streaming service providers including Netflix Inc (NFLX.O), Amazon.com Inc’s (AMZN.O) Prime Video and Time Warner Inc’s TWX.N HBO are spending billions to create original content.

11/16/2018 11:05:35 AM
<![CDATA[Thai child fighting culture sparks debate after 13-year-old's death]]>
Centuries-old Muay Thai -- known as the art of eight limbs for the different ways opponents can strike each other with knees, fists, kicks, and elbows -- is the country's de facto national sport and remains a source of immense pride.

But new research within Thailand suggests that the earlier Muay Thai boxers begin, the more prone they are to a range of injuries.

Lawmakers under the country's military leaders have also drafted revamped legislation that would bar children under 12 from competing in the contact sport.

The push has gathered new momentum in light of the death of 13-year-old Anucha Tasako, who died from a brain haemorrhage after his similarly aged opponent struck him with multiple blows to the head at a Saturday charity fight near Bangkok.

Anger erupted on social media where footage of the critical moments of the bout was uploaded.

Deputy prime minister Prawit Wongsuwan instructed the sports ministry to review the legislation, which also requires parental consent for those between 12 and 15 and "physical safety measures".

"The competitions must have appropriate, protective gear from the arena manager," Prawit said according to a spokesperson.

- Brain cell damage -

It is common for Muay Thai fighters to start young and Anucha embarked on his career when he was eight years old.

He grew up in the northeastern province of Kalasin and after his parents parted ways he spent time with a relative who had a Muay Thai gym.

Gripped by the sport, Anucha moved to Bangkok to stay with an uncle and train.

By the time he got to the charity match in Samut Prakan on Saturday he had fought 170 times, according to local media reports.

Critics point to alleged child exploitation as gamblers bet on bouts or promoters shave off prize money.

But it is the unseen health consequences that have received the most attention.

A five-year study from 2012 by the Child Safety Promotion and Injury Prevention Center at Ramathibodi Hospital carried out MRI scans on the brains of 335 child boxers and compared them with 252 non-boxers of the same ages.

Hospital director Adisak Plitponkarnpim said it was "clear" that child boxers suffered more brain cell damage and ruptures, and also had lower IQs.

"Their young age increases the damage because their skull and muscles are not yet fully developed."

He said that accumulative injuries could put them at higher risk for Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases as adults.

- 'Chance to dream' -

Coaches, gym owners and older fighters have mixed feelings about the draft legislation.

Thailand's champions who have climbed out of Muay Thai and into success in western boxing circles also honed their skills as youngsters.

Wanheng Menayothin, the WBC minimumweight champion who surpassed Floyd Mayweather's 50-0 record this year, moved to Bangkok at age 12 to train.

Tawee Umpornmaha also started fighting at 12 and went on to win a 1985 Olympic silver medal.

Some also feel the discussion around Muay Thai unfairly stigmatises a sport that is easier to access for the South East Asian nation's impoverished youth than more expensive sports such golf or tennis.

"For a lot of children, Muay Thai is a path out of poverty," said a Muay Thai gym owner who did not want to be named because of the sensitivity of the issue.

Besides giving children a sense of purpose, the owner said it also offers them "the chance to dream of a future far beyond the sport".

The tensions are embodied in Anucha's coach, Somsak Deerujijaroen, who runs a gym and trains his son.

"If the laws fully prevent child boxing, Thailand will not have Muay Thai masters. It will be the end of it. We will pass on the championships to foreigners," he said at the funeral for Anucha, adding that rules on protective headgear for youth made more sense.

But he feels conflicted after the incident on Saturday and blames himself.

"I don't want do the boxing gym anymore," Somsak said, standing near Anucha's coffin, where the young boxer's favourite black-and-red boxing shorts were slung over a chair.

"One of my own kids who is eight years old has also been trained. But after this, I don't want him to do it anymore."]]>
11/16/2018 9:41:00 AM
<![CDATA[Ribery apologises in video message for reportedly slapping TV pundit]]>
"I had a meeting with Patrick Guillou yesterday in Munich," Ribery said in a video posted on Bayern's website in German.

"We spoke for a long time about what happened after the game in Dortmund, it was wrong what I did and I was very emotional after the match.

"I apologised to Patrick and his family, I hope the matter is now over and it was important for me, and for him too, to have this conversation."

According to reports, Ribery "made abusive remarks and then physically attacked" Guillou, a commentator for sports channel beIn, on the Bayern team bus after Saturday's 3-2 loss at Bundesliga leaders Dortmund.

According to accounts, the 35-year-old Ribery hit Guillou three times in the face before pushing him in his chest.

German daily Bild claim Ribery was annoyed by Guillou's critical comments about the veteran winger's performance in the defeat, which left Bayern fifth in the league table seven points behind leaders Dortmund.

Ribery's wife Wahiba had sent the winger a message on Instagram saying Guillou was "very tiring and useless".]]>
11/16/2018 7:39:00 AM
<![CDATA[Man Utd remain on course to hit financial targets]]>
The 20-time English champions expect revenue of 615-630 million pounds and adjusted earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) of 175-190 million pounds for 2018-19.

"Our financial strength enables us to continue to attract and retain top players and to invest in our academy, as we look to drive the success on the pitch that the club and our fans expect," Executive Vice Chairman Ed Woodward said in a statement.

United, whose squad features French World Cup winner Paul Pogba and Spanish goalkeeper David de Gea, are currently eighth in the Premier League, already 12 points behind leaders and cross-town rivals Manchester City.

Revenue for the three months ended Sept. 30 came in at 135 million pounds ($173 million), compared with 143.7 million pounds a year earlier, the club said on Thursday.

Matchday revenue fell 27.2 percent to 16.3 million pounds, as the team played two fewer games at Old Trafford than at the same stage last year. ($1 = 0.7804 pounds) (Reporting by Shashwat Awasthi in Bengaluru; Editing by Keith Weir)]]>
11/16/2018 6:38:00 AM
<![CDATA[Bayern's James out for weeks with knee ligament injury - club]]>
The 27-year-old Colombia international sustained the injury in training on Tuesday, the club said, and will now need at least 10 days before being able to start therapy and his recovery.

"Bayern will have to make do without James Rodriguez for the coming weeks," it said in a brief statement.

The injury could not have come at a worse time for Bayern, who have dropped to fifth in the Bundesliga following their 3-2 loss to leaders Borussia Dortmund last week.

The Bavarians are already without injured midfielders Corentin Tolisso and Kingsley Coman. The Bundesliga resumes next week after an international break. (Reporting by Karolos Grohmann; Editing by Jan Harvey)]]>
11/16/2018 3:35:00 AM
<![CDATA[Man City's Mendy has knee surgery]]>
City gave no timescale for the player's return, but British media reported that Mendy, who missed the majority of last season with a ruptured cruciate ligament in his right knee, would be sidelined for several weeks.

City said in a statement that Mendy, who played the full 90 minutes in their 3-1 win over rivals Manchester United on Sunday, had travelled to join up with the France squad before withdrawing.

"The 24-year-old defender attended Dr. Cugat’s clinic in Barcelona where scans revealed that surgery was required," the City statement said.

"That surgery was conducted on Wednesday evening and everyone at Manchester City wishes Benjamin a speedy recovery."

City top the Premier League table with 32 points from 12 games, two points clear of Liverpool in second.

France play the Netherlands in a Nations League match on Friday, before playing Uruguay in a friendly four days later. (Reporting by Toby Davis, editing by Pritha Sarkar)]]>
11/16/2018 1:32:00 AM
<![CDATA[US embassy, INJAZ open door for Startup Egypt’s 2019 applications ]]>CAIRO – 16 November 2018: The U.S. Embassy in Cairo and INJAZ Egypt announced this week the launch of Startup Egypt, one of the largest entrepreneurship pipelines in the country.

This week is marking the Global Entrepreneurship Week, where startups around the world celebrate their successful projects that emerged from simple ideas. Moreover, that is what Start Up Egypt is looking for as it opens the door for youth aged between 21 and 30 years old from any field of study to tap into 2019 applications.


“For us at the US embassy, this is now the 11th year that we are celebrating and commemorating innovation entrepreneurship. We want to be part of the solution in Egypt,” said the Embassy’s Deputy Chief of Mission Dorothy Shea on Tuesday. “Through training, mentorship, and networking, Startup Egypt 2019 will get businesses off the ground and support the growth of Egypt’s private sector.”

Shea further added, “We think that this is a great way for us to show our partnership for the government and the people of Egypt, and we love to work with these young people who are very enthusiastic to bring their ideas to the marketplace.”

Answering Egypt Today’s question on the selection process of the participating start-ups, Shea said that they have partners who know young people who have promising ideas, and they can take them to the next level.

In her speech at an event marking the global day, Shea encouraged more young people to actually apply for the program, to prove themselves to INJAZ Egypt, and to go through the process.


“We are so proud that this program has helped launch 65 startups, and most of them have gone on to create extremely successful businesses locally, regionally and internationally,” said Founder of INJAZ Dina El Mofty.

During the event, successful models of projects that were supported by INJAZ were displayed, including: Excuse My Content, which was presented by its co-founder Mostafa Sharara.

Sharara, whose major pharmacy, decided to shift his career, and challenge social pressure and stereotypes to pursuit his hobbies in filmmaking and photography.

Thus, he established his video content agency, which is specialized in “creating advertisements to tell stories that add value to life rather than selling fake content,” he said.


The application process consists of three stages, through which applicants have to pass each one to be elevate to the next stage. The stages are: Ideation, Validation and Incubation.

For selection criteria, INJAZ listed six points for applicants to make sure they fulfill before registering, including: being an Egyptian citizen; the age range should be between 21 and 31 years old; individual applicants are not accepted, they should be a team with a minimum number of two members and a maximum of 5; applicants should not have received any previous investment; commitment to the proposed project should be evident and candidates should have relevant experience to their projects.

Following the incubation period, the most successful applicants through Start-Up Egypt will be invited to the United States to then be exposed to the entrepreneurship ecosystem in Silicon Valley and other places.

11/16/2018 12:07:59 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt reaffirms trust in Saudi investigation into Khashoggi case: FM]]>The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Thursday that it has been paying close attention to Saudi Arabia’s investigation into the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Saudi Arabia's top prosecutor announced Thursday that the kingdom is seeking the death penalty for five suspects charged with ordering and carrying out the killing of dissident Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi at the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul.

“Egypt appreciates the procedures that Saudi Arabia takes in this regard and hopes all the parties concerned with the case to adhere to the current course of investigation, away from politicalization and overbidding,” the ministry’s statement said.

Khashoggi, a prominent critic of Saudi policy, was killed in the country's Istanbul consulate on Oct. 2, after a struggle, by a lethal injection dose and his body was dismembered and taken out of the building, deputy public prosecutor and spokesman Shaalan al-Shaalan told reporters.

Egypt further reaffirmed its full trust in the Saudi investigations and the progress it made so far with utter integrity and credibility.

11/15/2018 9:06:10 PM
<![CDATA[CBE keeps interest rates on hold in November]]>
MPC set the overnight deposit rate and the overnight lending rate at 16.75 percent and 17.75 percent, respectively.

During the meetings of September, August, June and May, MPC also kept the interest rates unchanged after lowering them twice earlier this year by 1 percent each time.

The experts’ predicted keeping the rates on hold due to the high rise of inflation rates during October, the continuity of events in emerging markets, and the global rise of US dollar, in addition to the postponement of the state’s initial public offering program.

CBE to keep interest rates unchanged in November

CAIRO - 15 November 2018: The Monetary Policy Committee of the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) is expected to keep interest levels at its levels during November's meeting. This comes amid high rise of inflation rates during October, the continuity of events in emerging markets, and the global of dollar currency, in addition to the postponement of the state's initial public offering program.

Emerging markets were affected by an exit wave of foreign investments in government debt instruments during the second quarter of 2018 as the US dollar rose, raising fears from the economies of these markets, especially after the crises of Turkey and Argentina.

The acquisition of foreigners in government treasury bills fell to $13.1 billion at the end of September from a record of $21.1 billion in March, head of research at Pharos Radwa el- Swaify told Enterprise.

Egypt had witnessed the exit of $8.4 billion between April and September, she added.

CBE announced earlier that foreign investments in treasury bills declined in July to LE 269.1 billion, compared to LE 299.1 billion in June.

As per inflation, the annual inflation rate hit 17.5 percent in October 2018, compared to 31.8 percent in October 2017. Egypt’s annual core inflation rate rose to 8.86 percent in October 2018 from 8.55 percent in September 2018, according to a report.

Moreover, Egypt delayed listing some shares of state-owned companies on the Egyptian Exchange, as it should have listed about 4.5 percent of Eastern Company in October.

The government attributed the delay to the global market volatility, noting that if the shares were floated, they would have failed to be covered at proper valuation.

In 2016, Egypt announced the launch of the government’s IPO program to offer shares over three to five years in several state-owned companies in fields such as petroleum, services, chemicals and real estate.

Previously, HC Securities & Investment expected that the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) will keep rates unchanged in the fourth quarter of 2018, with anticipations that inflation will hit 14.8 percent from September to December.

Banking expert Mohamed Abdel Aal told a local newspaper that the growth of some factors, such as the rise of inflation rates in October, the decline in the net foreign exchange assets in banking sectors, retaining the attractiveness of the Egyptian currency, and keeping the flow of remittance from expatriates, attract foreign investors and help face fierce competition from some countries which raised interest rates.

He noted that all these factors should push MPC towards raising interest rates by 100 or 200 basis points but within the pressure of the coordination requirements between monetary policy and finance, where the Ministry of Finance aims to reduce the deficit in the local budget, especially as any increase in interest rates by 1 percent increases the state budget deficit by an average of LE 35 billion.

The banking expert expected MPC to keep interest rates at their levels.
11/15/2018 8:16:57 PM
<![CDATA[Kuwaiti MP crisis shows deep Egypt-Kuwait relationship: Min.]]>
She said, in a phone-in on Wednesday evening to Wael al Abrashy's program on ON E, that the recent crisis reflects the deeply-rooted relationship between Egypt and Kuwait.

Furthermore, Makram stressed that she read a number of articles supporting her view of the crisis written by Kuwaiti journalists and writers. She added, “I called them all to assure them that it was an individual case; we all know the history of Kuwait, and we all are one big family, one people.”

Moreover, Makram sent a voice message to all the Egyptians abroad urging them to keep silent, especially after the Kuwaiti parliamentarian's statement.

The crisis began when an Egyptian woman living in Kuwait recorded a video to complain about being assaulted by five people while she was having a walk with her husband and children. Subsequently, Egyptian Immigration Minister Nabila Makram defended the expat, saying that “the dignity of Egyptian citizens and Egyptian women in specific is a red line. However, we respect Kuwaiti authorities and judiciary.”

Makram’s remarks seemingly angered Safaa al- Hashim, the only female member to be elected to the Kuwaiti Parliament. Hashim blamed Makram for speaking about dignity, saying that “we have been generous to those people you are talking about that some of them [started] to cross the red line [against] the Kuwaiti citizen.”

11/15/2018 6:26:38 PM
<![CDATA[‘Estadat’ to manage and market 16 stadiums in Egypt]]>
‘Estadat’ company’s owner, Mohamed Kamel, signed a contract on Thursday with the Ministry of Youth and Sports in the framework of the company's plan to develop all stadiums and to make the most commercial use of them and develop their environment to suit the Egyptian fans.

The stadiums acquired by ‘Estadat’ Company are: Ismailia, Portsaid, Shebin El Koum, Sharkia, Damanhour, Mansoura, Banha, Kafr El Sheikh, Minya, Aswan, Damietta, Fayoum, Sohag, Alexandria and Suez.

Presence Sports, which I am honored to lead, is becoming more and more powerful after several years efforts, making great financial gains. I invite all Egyptian investors in all fields to invest in sports. I am ready to partner with any party and invest in sports,” Mohamed Kamel, the owner of Presentation and Estadat, spoke to the media in a press conference on Thursday.
11/15/2018 6:23:57 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt announces accession to Kigali agreement’s principles]]>
Egypt’s decision is based on the country’s belief in the leading role of the UN peacekeeping operations in achieving peace, security and stability and its commitment to achieving peace in the African continent, where most UN peacekeeping operations take place, an official statement read.

Egypt is currently ranked seventh in the world among the largest states concerning the provision of military and police forces to these operations. Egypt comes second concerning the provision of military experts.

Egypt is currently involved in six UN peacekeeping missions in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mali, the Central African Republic, Darfur and other peacekeeping missions.

Egypt’s first contribution to UN peacekeeping goes back to 1960 in the Congo. The Congo operation was the first large-scale peacekeeping operation, with nearly 20,000 military personnel. A total of 250 UN personnel died while serving in that operation, including then-Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold.

Since then, Egypt has contributed to 37 UN operations with over 30,000 peacekeepers deployed in 24 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe, serving under the flag of the UN. According to the Cairo Center for Conflict Resolution and Peacekeeping in Africa, 28 Egyptian peacekeepers lost their lives while serving in peacekeeping operations.

In Africa, Egypt participates in all UN peacekeeping operations through contributing elements from the Armed Forces and police, including observers. The total number of contributed Egyptian personnel reached 2,809 in March 2016.

“Since 1948, more than a million women and men have served in the UN peacekeeping forces,” the UN wrote on Twitter in April, adding that Egypt participates in the peacekeeping missions with over 3,200 troops and policemen.

Additional reporting by Fatima al-Wahaidy
11/15/2018 6:15:22 PM
<![CDATA[This place is the pits: China opens luxury hotel in quarry]]>
Preventing the 88-metre-deep (290 feet) pit from flooding was among the chief challenges for engineers working on the swanky 336-room InterContinental Shanghai Wonderland -- part of a $288 million (S$396 million) development that also includes a theme park.

The hotel, which is one of a growing number of bold architectural designs springing up in China, hugs one side of the pit wall, with a waterfall cascading down the opposite face.

The subterranean 17-floor hotel is about an hour's drive from the centre of Shanghai, with room charges starting at 3,394 yuan ($490) a night.

There is a floor of suites below the water level, but don't expect to gaze directly into the depths of Shenkeng Quarry -- the windows are instead buffered by large fish tanks.

"Why do we say there is nothing in the world that compares to the quarry hotel project?" Chen Xiaoxiang, chief engineer with the real estate giant, Shimao Property, said to AFP.

"It's a project that's completely new, a project we have never encountered before.

"There were no references, cases or experience we could learn from to solve all the difficulties," he said.

That meant engineers were met with unexpected problems.

Before construction started in 2013, for example, heavy rainfall caused a nearby river to overflow into the quarry, filling half of it.

"If something like that had happened after construction was complete, it would have been a devastating blow," Chen said.

Designers built an embankment around the edge of the pit to prevent that happening in future, when hundreds of well-heeled guests are sipping cocktails on the deck far below.

A pump house is used to help regulate water levels.


The waterfall is one of the development's most eye-catching features. Adventurous guests can also indulge in rock climbing.

The project's masterminds talk up its environmental bona fides, saying abandoned quarries often become landfills.

"This was a totally unique idea, to really do something special with a site that was forgotten and nobody knew what to do with, and to give it new life," said Martin Jochman, a British architect with the project since it started 12 years ago.

"I never lost my belief that it would be done one day, but it is here now, and I am really excited and amazed by the whole thing," he said.

China's rapid economic growth has been accompanied by a construction boom that often throws up outlandish designs.

The Beijing headquarters of state broadcaster China Central Television has been nicknamed "The Big Underpants" because it resembles a giant pelvis.

A skyscraper built this year in southwestern China features a 108-metre waterfall tumbling down one side.
11/15/2018 6:05:31 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s Olympic team beats Tunisia in a friendly game]]>
Tunisia’s Idris el-Mizoury took the lead at the 17th minute after a mistake from the Egyptian defense.

Egypt revived through Mostafa Mohamed who scored the equalizer at the 26th minute from a double kick.

Mostafa shined again in the 27th minute to score the second goal, for himself and for Egypt.

In the second half, Egypt waited till the 90th minute to score the third goal through Karim el-Iraqy. The fourth goal came at the 92nd minute through Nasser Mansy.

Egypt’s Olympic team plays friendly games in preparation for the Afrian Nations Cup for locals U-23. It will be hosted by Egypt on November 2019.

The top four in the African cup will qualify to the Olympic Games 2020 which will be hosted by Tokyo.
11/15/2018 6:04:59 PM
<![CDATA[EFG Hermes accomplish profits of LE 767.16B in 9 months ]]>
Hermes financial indicators showed that the company reached standalone profits of LE 190.89 million, compared to LE 178.12 million, with an increase of 7.2 percent.

Hermes accomplished net profits of LE 279 million during the third quarter of 2018 with revenues of LE 1.03 billion, compared to LE 237 million during the same quarter of 2017 with revenues of LE 834 million.

“EFG Hermes is approaching the end of 2018 with strong momentum. The firm has delivered excellent top-line gains and these have translated into a flourishing bottom-line,” EFG Hermes Group CEO Karim Awad said.

“Our investment banking team has managed to close a record number of deals across multiple geographies in the quarter, despite the challenging markets. EFG Hermes has now maintained its top position in MENA equity capital markets as ranked by transaction fees for the seventh consecutive quarter, an unprecedented success,” Awad added.

“Management’s efforts to diversify the group’s offerings are yielding ever-increasing benefits. The premiere Non-Bank Financial Institutions (NBFIs) platform is delivering rapidly growing returns and is contributing a larger share to the group’s profitability,” Awad added.

“Although the market is yet to realize its true value and long-term growth prospects, we are committed to seeing our diversification strategy through to its logical conclusion by exploring new avenues for growing our NBFIs’ platform. The group’s factoring operations have had a highly encouraging start and we expect to report positive results on that front soon,” he noted.

Hermes clarified in a press release that NBFI platform maintained its remarkable rate of expansion, growing at 81 percent Y-o-Y to post revenues of LE 286 million in Q3 18, with Tanmeyah Micro Enterprise Services (Tanmeyah) being the main contributor to the increase. Revenues from NBFIs contributed approximately 28 percent to the group’s top-line in Q3 18, up from 19 percent during the same quarter last year.

During the first quarter of 2018, the company’s consolidated profit marked an increase of 6 percent on a year on year basis, during the first quarter of 2018, recording LE 249 million ($14.04 million) after tax and minority interest.

Egyptian Financial Group Hermes Holding (EFG Hermes) is a public company, listed on the Egyptian Exchange (EGX) since February 1999.

It operates within the diversified financial sector focusing on investment banking and brokerage. It has 36 subsidiaries operating across the Caribbean, Northern Africa and Middle East. EFG Hermes is based in 6th of October, Egypt, and was established in January 1984.

11/15/2018 5:50:19 PM
<![CDATA[Rooney to wear 10 shirt, captain's armband in England farewell]]>
"The players are very keen that Wayne wears the number 10 and we believe that is a fitting tribute," Southgate told a news conference on Wednesday.

"All of our group have huge respect for Wayne and they feel that it is fitting that his last game should in the number 10," added the England manager.

Rooney, who now plays in Major League Soccer for D.C United, will start on the bench before entering the field for his 120th and final cap in the international at Wembley Stadium.

Southgate did not want to fix a time in the game when Rooney would come on but said he had discussed it with the 33-year-old.

"We will give him enough so that I think it is fitting... but we also want to make sure we get the balance of looking at younger players, giving them the right amount of time and making sure our preparation for Sunday is right is another priority."

England face Croatia in a Nations League match on Sunday.

"But I have to say it's very important for all of us as a group that he gets a good send off," added Southgate who said Rooney had looked sharp in training.

"He is in good form, we knew he was in good form with his club coming into this. In training, he has fitted in perfectly."


Manchester City's Fabian Delph will captain England against the U.S. but will give the armband to Rooney when he enters.

"When I first came into the England set-up, Wayne was captain, he welcomed me and put his arm around me and made me feel at home. As soon as he comes on I will give him the armband back," said the midfielder.

"We're going to be giving him a guard of honour. It is going to be a huge night for Wayne and it is important we honour him for all of his achievements throughout his career."

The decision to make the friendly a tribute night for Rooney has divided opinion with some pundits saying recalling a player who has retired from the national team devalues an England cap.

Southgate was saddened that Rooney had faced such questions.

"It's been disappointing to see him (Wayne) almost have to defend his inclusion. But that is where we are. The most important thing is that within the England group we value what he has done and what he has given," he said.

"We are delighted to have him with us. Hopefully he has felt that warmth from all of us and I know the reaction of the supporters will be very special to him," added Southgate. (Reporting by Simon Evans; Editing by Ken Ferris)]]>
11/15/2018 5:28:00 PM
<![CDATA[Belgium's Lukaku to miss Iceland clash with injury]]>
The 25-year-old came on as a substitute during United's 3-1 Premier League defeat by Manchester City on Sunday, winning a second-half penalty for his team, but missed the previous two matches against Bournemouth and Juventus with the same injury.

Lukaku has not scored for United in 10 games, but netted twice for Belgium against Switzerland in the Nations League last month.

Roberto Martinez's Belgium host Iceland at the King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels on Thursday before travelling to Switzerland on Sunday. (Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru Editing by Toby Davis)]]>
11/15/2018 5:23:08 PM
<![CDATA[Premier League to turn to VAR from next season]]>
The top leagues in Spain, Italy and Germany are already using VAR, which allows disputed incidents to be reviewed with the use of video replays, and the technology was used at the World Cup in Russia this year.

The English clubs were provided with an update on this season's VAR trials, with key examples of its use in the FA Cup and League Cup discussed in detail.

"The League will now formally make a request to the International Football Association Board and (world body) FIFA to use VAR next season," the Premier League said in a statement.

The League has been using goal line technology since 2013.

The decision comes after contentious refereeing decisions overshadowed a 1-1 league draw between Southampton and Watford last weekend.

Southampton striker Charlie Austin demanded the introduction of VAR after his goal was disallowed by referee Simon Hooper, who deemed Maya Yoshida to have interfered with the ball from an offside position.

The introduction of the technology comes after clubs voted unanimously against its use in England's top flight during the 2018-19 campaign, instead agreeing to continue testing of the system.

"The Premier League's non-live testing programme will remain in place for the rest of this season, with a continued emphasis on those Saturday afternoons which have several matches being played concurrently," the League added. (Reporting by Alan Baldwin Editing by Alexandra Hudson and Keith Weir)]]>
11/15/2018 5:15:54 PM
<![CDATA[Video: Egypt’s Cabinet reviews ‘1st smart parking in Middle East’]]>
Maged Zarif, the operating manager of the Roxy Garage, said that the parking is the largest in the Middle East in terms of area and is the world’s largest garage regarding capacity as it can accommodate as many as 1,700 vehicles. The first phase will accommodate 900 cars, Zarif added.

The Roxy Garage consists of four underground floors with an area of 10,000 square meters each, he said.

The parking operates automatically without human interference, Zarif said. Clients will put their cars inside elevators for parking and then use smart cards to restore them, he explained, adding that each of the two operations does not take more than three minutes.

Ebrahim Saber, deputy Cairo governor, said that the first phase of the Roxy Garage has been completed and is ready to operate, revealing that the current expense of the parking amounts to LE 230 million ($12.8 million).

The Roxy Garage is part of the government’s plan to resolve traffic congestion, especially that Korba is one of Egypt’s most crowded areas.

According to a study published by the World Bank in 2013 titled “Cairo Traffic Congestion", traffic congestion costs Egypt LE 50 billion ($8 billion) a year, which is four percent of Egypt’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

This loss is caused by the productivity wasted when citizens spend most of their time held up in traffic rather than at work, the fuel wasted and the pollution caused by vehicle emissions.
11/15/2018 4:49:24 PM
<![CDATA[EGX adds LE6.7B to market Capitalization Thursday]]>
The benchmark EGX30 rose 1.44 percent, or 194.47 points, to close at 13,681.67 points.

The equally weighted index EGX50 hiked 0.60 percent, or 12.95 points, to reach 2,182.98 points, and the broader index EGX100 increased 0.12 percent, or 2.1 points, to close at 1,735.88 points.

On the other hand, the small and mid-cap index EGX70 dropped 0.06 percent, or 0.43 points, reaching 695.04 points.

Market capitalization gained LE 6.72 billion, recording LE 779.66 billion, compared to LE 772.94 billion in Wednesday’s session.

The trading volume reached 224.21 million shares, traded through 23,835 transactions, with a turnover of LE 881.61 million.

Arab investors were net sellers at LE 101.03 million, while Egyptian and foreign investors were net buyers at LE 23.06 and LE 77.96 million, respectively.

Egyptian and Arab individuals were net sellers at LE 21.12 million, and LE 4.66 million, respectively, while foreign individuals were net buyers at LE 2.55 million.

Arab organizations sold at LE 96.37 million, while Egyptian and foreign organizations bought at LE 44.18 million and LE 75.41 million, respectively.

Wadi Kom Ombo Land Reclamation, Cairo Pharmaceuticals, and Al Tawfeek Leasing Company were top gainers of the session by 10 percent, 7.73 percent and 6.19 percent, respectively.

Meanwhile, Arab Aluminum, Dice Sport & Casual Wear, and Saudi Egyptian Investment & Finance were top losers of the session by 6.76 percent, 6.24 percent, and 4.09 percent, respectively.

The EGX ended Wednesday’s session in red, as EGX30 lessened 0.42 percent, EGX50 declined 0.63 percent, EGX70 decreased 0.23 percent, and EGX100 inched down 0.36 percent.
11/15/2018 3:53:37 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt to continue efforts to reach cooling off in Gaza Strip]]>
Addressing a meeting by the Arab League council on the Israeli aggression on Gaza, Egypt's delegate to the Arab League Yasser el Atwi said Egypt is following up with concern what is taking place in the coastal enclave, warning of the seriousness of this volatile situation.

He called on Israel to immediately end all air raids and the use of excessive military force.

He called for avoiding any acts that jeopardize the already deteriorating humanitarian situation in the Palestinian territories.

He urged the international community, especially the UN and the Security Council, to shoulder their responsibilities towards the Palestinians and activate resolutions aiming at restoring Palestinians' rights.

At the end, he reiterated Egypt's commitment to all legitimate Palestinian rights.

The fighting - the most intense since the 50-day war in 2014 - erupted after Israel carried out a special undercover operation in Gaza on Sunday which left seven Hamas commanders dead.

Late on Monday, Palestinian resistance groups in Gaza launched a barrage of rockets at Israel.

In response, the Israeli army launched air raids targeting positions of Hamas and Jihad that left some Palestinians dead and many others wounded. ]]>
11/15/2018 3:10:00 PM
<![CDATA[Environment min. probes with Japanese counterpart joint coop.]]>
The meeting took up ways to enhance cooperation ties in the domains of biological diversity protection and managing natural reserves in cooperation with local communities.

They reviewed the Satoyama Initiative on biological diversity protection and the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 besides means of benefiting from environmental system in encountering natural crises.

Egypt hosts the 14th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 14) from November 17-29 in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el Sheikh.]]>
11/15/2018 3:06:05 PM
<![CDATA[AL Council observes minute of silence over Gaza martyrs]]>
Palestine's Ambassador in Cairo and delegate to the AL Diab Allouh read out the names of the 14 martyrs killed in Israel's aggression on the Gaza Strip.

The average age of the martyrs is about 25, the Palestinian ambassador said, before asking the attendees to observe a minute of silence.]]>
11/15/2018 2:57:31 PM
<![CDATA[409 Egyptians back home from Libya]]>
Matrouh security chief Hesham Nasr said in a statement on Thursday that 50 of the returnees had illegally traveled to Libya.

In the meantime, travel procedures for 839 persons, including 261 Egyptians and 578 Libyans, have been finalized, he added.

Also, 153 trucks were allowed into Egypt from Libya.]]>
11/15/2018 2:53:08 PM
<![CDATA[PM inspects sewage treatment plant in El Gabal El Asfar]]>
During an inspection tour of the site, Madboli said that the project serves more than half of Cairo's residents, adding that the dry run has been finalized.

The project is to generate electrical energy that amounts to 60% of the total energy needed to operate equipment in the plant via using biogas produced from treating the sewage water, the premier also said.

Accompanied by Qalubiya Governor Alaa Abdel Halim, Madboli was expounded about the ongoing work at the place.

Deputy Housing Minister Randa el Minshawy said that modern electro-mechanical equipment in the field of sewage water purification have been installed in the project.

The objective of the project is to increase the capacity of wastewater treatment of El Gabal El Asfar Wastewater Treatment Plant in the north east of greater Cairo, the center of the population in Egypt, and appropriately keep up with the increasing of wasetewater flow through population growth, thereby contributing to improving the environment of water and sanitation in the greater Cairo.]]>
11/15/2018 2:49:25 PM
<![CDATA[Luxor governor discusses with French consul means of cooperation]]>
The governor welcomed the French diplomat, stressing that France is a friendly and supportive country to Egypt.

Alham confirmed that Luxor welcomes tourists from various nationalities who come to visit its archaeological sites and enjoy the monuments of the ancient Egyptian civilization.

For his part, the French consul expressed his pleasure for visiting Luxor, affirming that French people have a unique relationship with the Nile Valley and the ancient Egyptian civilization.

He pointed out that he is set to visit a number of the archaeological sites in the East and West banks, and will meet with the members of the French archaeological missions and the French people living in the city.

The meeting was also attended by French Honorary Consul in Luxor Marie-Christine Gerber.]]>
11/15/2018 2:36:35 PM