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The report, issued by the UAE Central Bank, showed that the amount of foreign workers' remittances hit AED 87.9 billion in the first half of 2018, versus AED 43.5 billion in the first quarter of the same year

The Egyptians' remittances reached AED 2.4 billion in the second quarter of 2018, the report added.]]>
9/20/2018 5:41:22 PM
<![CDATA[Delegation led by min. of culture to attend Amman Book Fair ]]>
Egypt's Ambassador in Amman Tarek Adel declared during a press conference held on Wednesday, September 19, that Egypt’s participation as a guest honor in the Amman International Book Fair confirms the high level of cooperation between the two countries.
Around 360 publishing houses from 17 countries will participate in this year’s edition, titled “Jerusalem is Palestine’s Capital”.

Jordanian Minister of Culture Basma Nsour said during the press conference that the fair is considered the most prominent cultural and intellectual event in Jordan as it enables visitors from different countries to get acquainted with local, Arab and international cultural scenes and attend seminars and activities.

Nsour added that the fair allows publishers and writers to present their works to the public, engage with partners and meet with governmental and private cultural institutions.

On August 21, Chairman of the General Egyptian Book Organization, Haitham al-Haj Ali, held a meeting to prepare for Egypt’s participation in the 18th edition of the Amman International Book Fair as a guest of honor, official sources told Egypt Today.

The Jordanian Publishers Union (JPU) Chairman Fathi al-Biss had announced in his speech to the opening session of the 2017 fair on Oct. 5, 2017 that Egypt was selected as the guest of honor for the fair’s 18th edition.

In its 17th edition, the Amman International Book Fair, organized by the Jordanian Publishers Union (JPU) in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture, selected the United Arab Emirates as the guest of honor. ]]>
9/20/2018 5:01:46 PM
<![CDATA[Geneva: Al-Ghufran holds press conference demanding rights, presenting evidence for claims]]>
During the seminar, which saw a number of witnesses coming forward and speaking of the violations they suffered at the hands of the Qatari regime, the EOHR stressed its support of the Al-Ghufran tribe. “EOHR is responsible for helping Al-Ghufran tribe in their just war towards peace,” stated the EOHR.

Giving the floor to the victims of these violations, the victims brought up a multitude of violations that they suffered from, including the consequences of the revocation of their Qatari citizenship, a move that caused them great psychological, physical, social and material pains and difficulties.

The first speaker was the respected Jabir bin Saleh Al-Ghufrani, a tribe elderly, and a much trusted man among tribe members. He started off by saying, “As a leading member of Al-Ghufran, I would like to speak a little but about what happened to us in Qatar. Al-Ghufran tribe was subject to injustice treatment by the Al-Ghufran tribe.”

They have taken away our social, political and economic rights, explained Al-Ghufrani in a sad tone. Shacking his head, he recalls tribe members leaving home, moving to different countries and being deprived of their basic human rights.

“Removed from their jobs, deprived of medical treatment and other social things like electricity, Ghufrani have suffered a lot. We, Al-Ghufran tribe, are subject to a very difficult life in Qatar from 1996 to the deportation in 2005,” Al-Ghufrani explained.

“This started because a group of soldiers wanted to bring back Sheikh Khalifa… they were about 118 officers, all of whom were captured by the existing government by Qatar. … Only 21 Ghufrani officers were selected to be jailed or sent to court, the others were released and after being in jail for only a year, they started deporting all Ghufranis.”

Some of them stayed away, he said, “they elected to stay in Qatar and hide themselves.” Most of them left, however, but a few could not leave their home; they could not imagine living anywhere else, he explained.

“Something is wrong with my government. They are doing something that no one has done before... It has never happened in the gulf states.”

“We came here to Geneva and to this place to try to explain and bring to light what happened to us. Myself, I left on a vacation in 1996, around the second of February, I left my home but I could not go back to my country. Never. I can go to any place on this earth but no my home, not Qatar,”

“They put the Al-Ghufran last name on the boarder so we could never come back,” sadly, Al-Ghufrani stated.

The second witness was Hamad Khaled Al-Araq, a younger member of the Al-Ghufran tribe, but one that had much to say about their current situation.

“Before I start, I would like to start with a tip that people say, “If you do not know the language, you can talk with people with the language of the hearts,” I will explain it with my heart and hopefully you will get it,” Al-Araq said hopefully, with a smile that suggests optimism and pride.

“When we go back to 1996, and at the time, this is my picture [he showed his picture], and this is a certificate from the United Arab of Emirates when my country, unfortunate, kicked me out. … They wrote my estimated age, I was about 10, and they say in Citizen: Qatari. This is my certificate when I was in elementary school, it has the Qatari stamp on it.”

Al-Arq then went on to demand his rights, he explained that all he wishes for is to have his rights as a citizen, stating that he will not stop until he has his rights back, and neither will his tribe.

“I ask for my rights. Our people have been asking for our rights for a very long time now and no one has even explained to us why this is happening to us.”

He then presented clear-cut evidence of his Qatari citizenship: A passport of his grandfather who was born in Doha, Qatar in 1922.

“It is a very complicated thing when you are trying to get your rights, and we have told this [our] story over and over again and we are still unable to reach our rights.”

With listeners already on the edge of their seats, Jaber Hamad Al-Araq, another member, spoke of the great injustices they have seen.

“My story is not much different from that of others; it is similar but a bit different. It happened in 1999, 2003 and the last one in 2005. I was born in Qatar in 1977 and here is my passport and my nationality is Qatari. This is the same passport for Mr Hamed and this is my father’s passport, this is my son’s passport and his birth certificate.”

“We left in 2005 but before that we faced many obstacles from the Qatari government…. I joined Qatar Petroleum two times, in 1995 and 2003, both of these jobs, I received a letter from criminal information after two months of enrolling as a trainee, I received a letter that you are terminated and there is no reason except that you are from Al-Ghufran tribe. And in my contract, the reason for termination, which you can see and zoom, [it is the same].”

The consequences of revoking our citizenship came in many waves, he explained, they took away healthcare, education and public services. They took away all the tools that would allow them to live in Qatar with dignity, as human beings, he explained.

Building on this, Jaber Mohamed Al-Ghufrani, yet another member of the tribe, explained the depression he went through as a result of being continuously rejected from jobs just because of being a ‘Ghufrani’.

“I was rejected many times from jobs because of the injustice that we face. They would reject me, the Criminal Information and Interior ministry office would reject me just from being from the tribe.”

“We are marginalised, without value and left on the sidelines in our country.”

“I am responsible for my family, consisting of my wife and children, we faced many injustices that led us to have psychological trauma.”

“We have suffered enough.”

Al-Ghufrani, whose children were expelled from school for being ‘Ghufranis’ have been dealing with emotional distress, due to the vile systematic discrimination they are facing.

Abdul Hadi Jaber Al-Ghufrani, a member, said, “All members of the Al-Ghufran tribe without exceptions suffered from the decision to revoke their nationality.”

“Those who remained. They are unable to work, travel, or act like normal human beings, they cannot trade, they cannot even give their identity.”

“Those who were expelled and forcibly displaced. They live in exile. They cannot apply or work in any job where they can get money for they rpasic needs, and most of them have no office identity papers. They can no longer see their families and loved ones.”

Some abuses were also acted against the Al-Ghufran tribe. They were humiliating and against the Qatari Constitution, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and other international conventions; these violations let to the dispersal of families because the men col not return and the women could not travel except if they turn over their papers, Al-Ghufrani explained.

“The children lost education years,” he said.

“We are here to demand our rights and we will not stop until we get our rights. From today to the next 20 years, we will not stop until we get our rights.”

Similarly, Mohamed Abdul Hadi Al-Ghufrani, a member, spoke of his feeling when he had his nationality dropped.

“My nationality was stripped before I turn 13. It was dropped and with it my psychological state declines.”

“I was expelled from school. They said that I have no identity, before the age of 13. I was only 12 when they told me I have no identity, I have no nationality. I went to hospitals too and they told me that they cannot give me medicine because I have no identity.”

“Was I not a child when they expelled me and said I have no identity.”

He then presented plenty of documents to support his case and his Qatari nationality.

“If it is expected that it is okay for a child to face this, then what kind of consequences do you expect. The consequences were psychological, physical, material and so much more.

In similar vein, Jaber Abdul Hadi Al Marri said, “My dad lost his job when I was young because they revoked our nationality.”

“I have three brothers and sisters who were born in UAE. When we went to the Qatari embassy, they would ask us to come back in a month and this went on for 7 years; they would kick us out.”

“We could not go to college or university… we have faced a bad time since we were kicked out of Qatar,” Al Marri said, explaining that had he been given the chance to go to school and have higher education, he would have been able to speak in much better English. Still, he ended by saying, “I hope my language is good and thank you so much.”

Saleh Bin Aamer Al-Araq, a member, urged the international community to understand the grave situation at hand.

“Without thinking of their humanitarian states, Ghufranis were treated badly, they had their nationality, healthcare, education and much more taken away from us. This simply happened because we from the Al-Ghufran tribe.”

“They lived in different parts of the Arabian Gulf, without a home, without a house, without proper jobs or proper lives.”

“Those who did bad things, who committed crimes against the tribe, should be held accountable,” he said.

Finally, the youngest member of the delegation that spoke at the seminar, Mohammed Ali Amer Al-Ghufrani Al-Marri, said a few words.

Al-Marri started off by thanking those present for being here and for listening to his rightful demands.

“My nationality was revoked when I was younger than a year,” he said, presenting his passport, along with that of his father and grandfather.

“I did not have the right to grow up in my country, I was not given the right to stay in my nation. I could not be in my country. I wish to return to my country and enjoy my right as a citizen.”

Earlier Thursday the EOHR released a memorandum on Qatari violation, it read:
EOHR’s memorandum on Qatari violations of International Human Rights law
The Ghofran tribe has been subjected to a series of horrendous violations by the Qatari State. A number of fundamental rights and international human rights instruments have been blatantly violated by the Qatari authorities contradicting their international obligations and moral responsibitly as a state. The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) decided to adopt the case of Al Ghofran to publicize their just case and help them in reclaiming their stolen rights. EOHR in this report lists a number of the major violations of international human rights law that the Qatari state has committed against thousands of members of Al Ghofran tribe.
Right to nationality:
Article 15 of the Universal declaration of human rights (UDHR) states:
(1) Everyone has the right to a nationality.
(2) No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his nationality nor denied the right to change his nationality.
The UDHR is one of the most important human rights documents and is the founding element of international human rights law. UDHR is morally binding to all states including Qatar. The Qatari government since 1996 has exercised a form of collective punishment against Al Ghofran tribe due to the support some of its members have voiced to Emir Khalifa Al Thani when his son and successor Hammad bin Khalifa toppled him from the throne. The collective punishment entailed the revoking of the nationalities of 800 Ghofrani nuclear families (more than 6000 people). All of them were denied citizenship rights and their properties were confiscated. Such a form of arbitrary deprivation from nationality and citizenship rights cannot go unchecked as thousands of Ghofranis remain stateless within Qatar and in neighbouring states in the Gulf area.
Forced displacement:
Forced deportation or displacement of populations on a wide scale is considered a crime against humanity under article 7 of the Rome Statute. The Qatari state since 1996 has stripped the nationalities of at least 6000 Ghofranis and expelled them from the country after confiscating their property. Expelling 6000 Ghofranis out of around 8000 in Qatar can only be deemed as an act of systematic forced displacement. EOHR considers these policies as criminal actions that making the culprits eligible for legal accountability.
Violations of the Convention on the rights of the child
Article 8 of the Convention reads:
1. States Parties undertake to respect the right of the child to preserve his or her identity, including nationality, name and family relations as recognized by law without unlawful interference.
2. Where a child is illegally deprived of some or all of the elements of his or her identity, States Parties shall provide appropriate assistance and protection, with a view to re-establishing speedily his or her identity.
The state of Qatar who happens to be party to the convention has deprived thousands of Ghofrnai children from the rights to identity and nationality stipulated by article 8. Qatar’s revoking of the nationalities of Ghofrani children is a violation of their treaty obligation and his has to be reported and documented by Committee of the Convention so that action can be taken.
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9/20/2018 4:49:25 PM
<![CDATA[Eni, Tharwa to dig Noor Field within 1 week]]>
In August, Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources Tarek el-Molla signed an oil agreement with Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company (Egas), Tharwa Petroleum Company and Italian Company Eni in Noor marine area in the Mediterranean Sea to drill two wells with a total investment of $105 million.

Egypt has recently signed several oil agreements for the exploration of oil and gas in several areas, including the Mediterranean, Western desert, Nile Delta and the Gulf of Suez.

The number of signed petroleum agreements reached 88 new agreements since 2014 and the authority is working on signing 13 new agreements.

In fiscal year 2018/2019, the targeted investments in petroleum sector are estimated at LE 145.6 billion ($8.12 billion), marking 15.5 percent of the total investments of the year.
Natural gas investments represent 91 percent of petroleum investments which amount to LE 132.8 billion.

Egypt aims to invest LE 145.6B in petroleum sector during 2018/19

CAIRO - 29 August 2018: In fiscal year 2018/2019, the targeted investments in petroleum sector are estimated at LE 145.6 billion ($8.12 billion), marking 15.5 percent of the total investments of the year. Natural gas investments represent 91 percent of petroleum investments which amount to LE 132.8 billion.




Egypt’s production of natural gas increased in December 2017 to reach 3.4 million tons, up from 2.7 million tons in December 2016.

Egypt’s gas production currently stands at 5.5 billion cubic feet a day, after adding some 1.6 million cubic feet as a result of starting production from the recent projects.

The country's total natural gas consumption is about 6 billion cubic feet per day, of which roughly 65 percent goes to the electricity sector.
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9/20/2018 4:38:23 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt passes new law fighting manipulation in used cars market]]>
The 35th article of the new law assigns the seller to submit a technical report about the vehicle’s exact condition and defects, issued by a licensed service center. In addition, if any defect that is not reported by the seller or the service center is detected, the seller will be fined LE10,000-500,000 or the exact price of the vehicle (whichever is greater), and the service center will be closed for about six months, according to the 64th article of the same law.

Moreover, if hiding a vehicle’s defect led to a permanent disability or chronic illness for the buyer, the seller will be punished by imprisonment and a fine of LE 100,000-1 million, or the equivalent value of the sold vehicle. Also, if the infraction led to the death of one person or more, the seller will be punished by life imprisonment and a total fine of LE 200,000-2 million or the equivalent value of the sold vehicle (whichever is greater).

The new law is supposed to eliminate the overpricing phenomenon, confirmed Atef Yaqoub, the president of Consumer Protection Agency during an interview with Misr radio station on April 21, 2018, stressing that the reservation of a new car will be through a receipt in which the car's specifications and price are clarified.

Yaqoub pointed out that the Consumer Protection Agency always puts cars section into consideration, as it simultaneously works to assign corporations to repair, replace, or refund cars in which industrial defects are identified, and that those companies which refuse to implement the agency’s decisions are referred to the Economic Court, which in turn decides whether those companies should pay the fine or not.

Law No. 181 of 2018 was approved by the Parliament on April 17, 2018 to be applied after being approved by the presidency, according to the 5th article of the same law.
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9/20/2018 4:35:48 PM
<![CDATA[Cabinet denies closure of Al Hussein mosque on Ashura]]>
In a fact-finding report, the center said that it contacted the Awqaf Ministry, which described these reports as baseless.

The ministry asserted that the mosque doors are open to worshipers, the report said.

The ministry warned against breaching the sanctity of mosques in this occasion, saying it will take necessary legal measures against violators, the report added.

It appealed to all media outlet to seek accuracy before spreading such false news to avoid agitating public opinion.

Ashura is the tenth day of Muharram in the Islamic calendar and it commemorates the death of Hussien bin Ali, the grandson of Prophet Muhammad. ]]>
9/20/2018 4:29:00 PM
<![CDATA[EU leaders keep up pressure on May to take Brexit deal]]>
On a second day of summitry in Austria, May’s European Union peers rammed home their message on her plea for them to ease up on a “backstop” plan dealing with the border between the British province of Northern Ireland and EU member state Ireland.

The backstop would keep Northern Ireland under EU economic oversight if London and Brussels cannot agree a trade pact to keep UK-EU borders open after a transition period ends in 2020 — an idea that May and a small party in the province that props up her minority government oppose.

“We have very clear principles regarding the integrity of the single market and regarding precisely the Irish border,” French President Emmanuel Macron told reporters at the summit in Salzburg. “We need a UK proposal precisely preserving this backstop in the framework of a withdrawal agreement.”

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar had his own early morning meeting with May, after she had asked the summit over dinner the previous night not to ask her effectively to divide the United Kingdom. But Varadkar warned that Dublin was gearing up for the talks to collapse without a deal if London refuses to budge.

“We’re ready for that eventuality, should it occur. But I think we need to double our efforts over the next couple of weeks to make sure that we have a deal,” he said.

Leaders had listened politely to May for a few minutes around the summit dinner table, laid in the Salzburg theatre used in the finale of the film “The Sound of Music”.

After dining on Wiener Schnitzel and wrangling over Europe’s migrant problem, May was given the floor and tried to win over her 27 peers by asking them what they would do if they were asked to agree a “legal separation” of their countries.

She maintains that the backstop would divide Northern Ireland from the rest of the United Kingdom in terms of customs if it were ever necessary to invoke it — even though both sides say they are determined to keep all their borders open to trade.

Maintaining a united front that refuses to let May bypass the talks run by EU negotiator Michel Barnier, the 27 leaders did not respond to her. They discussed the issue among themselves over lunch on Thursday, following a briefing from EU negotiator Michel Barnier.

Barnier hopes the Salzburg summit can set the process on to a countdown to a deal in two months — diplomats said leaders agreed to hold their diaries for a possible final Brexit summit in Brussels on the weekend of Nov. 17-18.

However, French officials questioned the need to rush to set such a target date and others involved are bracing for May to haggle down to the wire — some time around the year’s end. That could help her sell any deal back home as the best she could get without risking ending up with no deal at all, come March.]]>
9/20/2018 4:11:59 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt's cabinet approves several draft resolutions on US-Egyptian grant deals]]>
This is the third amendment to the grant deal.

The 200-million-dollar grant comes as part of the US-Egypt Higher Education Initiative.

Under the initiative, the US provides educational opportunities for high-achieving Egyptians to learn skills that will better meet the needs of the 21st century's economy.

The cabinet also approved a draft resolution introducing amendment to the US-Egyptian grant deal.

After the amendment, the grant will be 20 million dollars.

The grant comes as part of the Egyptian-US cooperation for science and technology.]]>
9/20/2018 4:08:02 PM
<![CDATA[Oil and gas company SDX Energy confirms talks with BP to buy assets in Egypt]]>
London-listed SDX said the acquisition would constitute a reverse takeover. ]]>
9/20/2018 4:01:04 PM
<![CDATA[Danske Bank hit with new money laundering probe]]>
At the centre of a financial scandal that has made headlines since last year, Danske Bank on Wednesday said it was unable to determine how much money was allegedly laundered through the branch between 2007 and 2015.

"We are reopening the investigation into the bank that we closed in May," Jesper Berg, head of Denmark's Financial Supervisory Authority (FSA), told broadcaster TV2 on Thursday, a day after Danske Bank's chief executive resigned over the scandal.

"When we receive new information, we can look at it and see if there is anything else we need to examine," Berg added.

In May, the FSA denounced "serious shortcomings" at Danske Bank's Estonian branch and ordered it to raise its capital requirement by five billion kroner (670 million euros) due to increased risks.

The bank launched an internal probe into the 200 billion euros of transactions that had transited its Estonian branch through the accounts of 15,000 non-resident clients.

But it was unable to explain exactly where the money came from, saying only that 23 percent of the incoming funds were from Russia.

"A large part of the flow (transactions) is suspicious," said Ole Spiermann, a partner in the external law firm that carried out a probe for Danske Bank.

In early August, the Danish state prosecutor's office for serious economic and international crime said the bank was being investigated over the alleged laundered money, most of which came from Russia and other former Soviet republics.

Danske Bank risks heavy fines.]]>
9/20/2018 3:56:22 PM
<![CDATA[EU to enter talks with Egypt to stem flow of African migrants to Europe ]]>
“Egypt has proven that it can be efficient in stopping people leaving its coast for Europe in search of better and safer lives,” Kurz said.

Kurz and EU Council President Donald Tusk visited Cairo in the weekend for talks with President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi. Kurz and Tusk praised Sisi for stopping people from leaving Egypt's coast for Europe.

Tusk said that “no migrants are leaving Egypt at the moment." Meanwhile, Kurz asserted, “Egypt is now prepared possibly to deepen cooperation with us in talks,” adding that the EU “should use that.”

"Egypt is the first country in North Africa that is ready to intensify talks with the European Union," Kurz added.

On Sunday, Sisi met with visiting President of the European Council Tusk and Chancellor of Austria Kurz, in the presence of Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry and Head of the General Intelligence Directorate Abbas Kamel, as well as the head of the EU mission in Cairo and Austria's ambassador in Cairo.

Spokesman of the presidency Bassam Rady said the meeting dealt with consultations on a number of issues of mutual interest including illegal immigration.

Rady explained that Sisi underlined efforts exerted by Egypt to combat illegal immigration by securing sea and land ports, in light of the instability in the neighboring countries.

Sisi underscored that Egypt's efforts have contributed to addressing the illegal immigration of refugees across the Mediterranean, as there has not been a single case recorded in Egypt from 2016 until now, Rady said.

The president explained that Egypt hosts millions of refugees of different nationalities on its territory and offers them decent livelihoods without isolating them in refugee camps or shelters, as they enjoy equal treatment with Egyptian citizens, Rady added.

Rady pointed out that the president also stressed the need to address the main reasons behind illegal immigration by reaching political solutions to crises in the region and restoring stability and security.

The meeting also tackled a number of other issues, such as the Libyan and Syrian crises, as both sides have similar views concerning these crises, urging the need to continue to work to reach political settlements in order to eliminate the illegal immigration.

The two sides agreed on the need to intensify the Arab-European coordination to face regional challenges and threats, underlining that the proposed EU and Arab countries summit in the coming period serves as an opportunity to consult, exchange views, and boost cooperation between both sides on regional issues.
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9/20/2018 3:44:03 PM
<![CDATA['Support Egypt' majority bloc to utilize ideas of all MPs]]>
"I emphasize very clearly that my main mission in the next period is to gather all powers in the House of Representatives for the best interest of Egypt and the people," Qasabi stated.

He urged parliamentarians to adopt the same policy, and to prioritize the needs of the citizens and the preservation of the country's earnings, stressing that there is no room for disputes and side conflicts.

Qasabi won by acclamation to succeed engineer Mohamed al-Sewedi, as nobody ran in the election against him. Qasabi is also the head of the Parliament's Social Solidarity committee, and deputy head of the Nation's Future Party comprised by the Parliamentary coalition.

Sewedi, who was also elected by acclamation in September 2017, revealed the reason why he decided not run in the election, saying that handing over posts to others helps increase the number of leading figures and achieves better results.


Sewedi affirmed the importance of the refreshing presence of youth inside the coalition, allowing the continuous exchange of posts, giving the opportunity to others and achieving consensus among members.

Sewedi also said that he decided not to run for head of any of the parliamentary committees.

Support Egypt coalition was formed in late 2015 by former-General Sameh Seif el-Yazal. Parties comprised by the coalition include the Free Egyptians, Future of a Nation, Homeland Defenders, Republican Peoples and Conference parties.

Support Egypt coalition holds around 400 of 597 seats in Parliament, representing two thirds of the Parliament members.

The coalition has always been known to support the country's current leadership.

In January, MP Taher Abu Zeid, deputy chairman of the coalition, said that supporting incumbent President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi for a second term in the March election is a message of gratitude for his first term achievements.

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9/20/2018 3:42:00 PM
<![CDATA[Is Barbie a real threat?]]>
Young girls are raised in a society where “Barbie” portrays perfection; at this tender age, they are influenced by external stimuli, and throughout the years they become unconsciously convinced that being Barbie is a goal to be able to fit in the society.


In 2009, Dallas cowboy cheerleader Barbie was given the worst toy of the year award. Furthermore, Dr Susan Linn, the director of CCFC, said that it embodies a host of harmful expectations about what girls are supposed to be like, noting that it is an unattainable goal as it is not even realistic.

Studies showed girls who play with Barbie have lower self-esteem and greater desire to be thin, while girls who play with regular sized dolls ate a more reasonable amount of food.

Girls who play with Barbie thought they should be ideal and have the same body, hair and facial features as their doll or they shouldn’t be living at all.

That study might answer the parents asking why their children have low self-confidence and are drowning in their insecurities. They think that their faces, bodies and hair are ugly as they don’t suit the Barbie goal, a parent added on Barbie official page.



Unfortunately, this happens every day. Children start starving themselves, obliging themselves to throw up, thinking about doing severe plastic surgeries, and suffering from eating disorders in order to achieve this fake ideal image in their minds.

It is worth mentioning that the average age at which girls start dieting is now eight! Isn’t that hilarious?

To overcome this threat, parents have to monitor their children’s use of toys, and make sure they teach their kids the potential damaging results of being a copy of someone or something. Also, parents should help their children look up to real role models and have real achievable goals.

On the other hand, some people disagreed with the abovementioned opinion on Barbie and stated that it positively affects their children as it entertains and encourages girls to believe that they can be anything they want to be.

Barbie came in various versions, including the president Barbie, the rock star Barbie, the doctor Barbie, the gymnast Barbie, and the astronaut Barbie, teaching children to use their imagination and dream big.
Barbie also sends an anti-racism message through Barbie's Asian, black, Latina friends who come from all walks of life and their differences are never a problem.


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9/20/2018 3:23:20 PM
<![CDATA[EGX ends week in red, market cap. loses LE 5.5B]]>
The benchmark EGX30 dropped 0.20 percent, or 28.84 points, to close at 14,069.72 points.

The equally weighted index EGX50 declined 1.75 percent, or 38.62 points, to reach 2,171.16 points.

The small and mid-cap index EGX70 fell 1.70 percent, or 11.80 points, reaching 682.72 points, and the broader index EGX100 drew back 1.61 percent, or 28.54 points, closing at 1,739.65 points.

Market capitalization lost LE 5.5 billion, recording LE 780.12 billion, compared to LE 785.65 billion in Wednesday’s session.

The trading volume reached 301.27 million shares, traded through 31,233 transactions, with a turnover of LE 1.4 billion.

Egyptians Real Estate Fund Certificates, T M G Holding, and Dice Sport & Casual Wear were top gainers of the session by 7.17 percent, 4.92 percent and 4.68 percent, respectively.

On the other hand, Alexandria Pharmaceuticals, El Obour Real Estate Investment, and Wadi Kom Ombo Land Reclamation were top losers of the session by 9.94 percent, 9.92 percent, and 9.86 percent, respectively.

Egyptian investors were net sellers at LE 352.24 million, while Arab and foreign investors were net buyers at LE 72.49 million and LE 279.75 million, respectively.

Egyptian, Arab and foreign individuals were net sellers at LE 88.69 million, LE 19.88 million, and LE 10.76 million, respectively.

Egyptian organizations sold at LE 263.55 million,while Arab and foreign organizations bought at LE 92.36 million, and LE 290.51 million, respectively.

EGX ended Wednesday session in red, as EGX30 declined 3.79 percent, EGX50 inched down 4.98 percent, EGX70 dropped 3.65 percent, and EGX100 decreased 3.88 percent.
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9/20/2018 3:16:45 PM
<![CDATA[Presidents of the two Koreas cap summit with trek up Mount Paektu]]>
After the two leaders pledged new steps aimed at salvaging nuclear talks on Wednesday, Moon and Kim decided to use the final day of their three-day summit to go up the symbolic mountain on the Chinese border together.

Moon is known for his love of mountain climbing and has trekked in the Himalayas at least twice. The president has long stated that he would love to one day visit Mount Paektu, which is also sometimes spelled Baekdu.

“I have a dream that I have not been able to fulfil for a long time, which is trekking Mount Paektu and the Kaema Plateau,” Moon said during a banquet after his first summit with Kim in April, which took place at the demilitarised zone separating the two neighbours.

“I believe Chairman Kim will make that dream come true for sure.”

Moon flew separately to the region before joining Kim and taking a cable car together to Heaven Lake, a caldera at the top of the mountain, and walked around the area along with other officials from both sides, Moon’s office said.

As the highest peak on the Korean peninsula at about 2,750 metres (9,000 ft) above sea level, Mount Paektu is the mythical origin of the Korean people, featured in South Korea’s national anthem and various North Korean propaganda.

Although Mount Paektu straddles the North Korea-China border and can be reached from China, where it is known as Changbai Mountain, Moon had never visited it before.

That is because when he goes up Mount Paektu, he wants to go “stepping on our soil,” Kim Eui-kyeom, spokesman for the presidential Blue House, told reporters before the trip on Wednesday.

Sacred mountain of revolution

An active volcano, Mount Paektu is dotted with secret camps and historical sites from Korea’s guerrilla war against the occupying Japanese in the 1930-40s, in which Kim’s grandfather, Kim Il Sung, played a leading role.

North Korea says Kim’s grandfather and father, Kim Jong Il, were born at Mount Paektu, a centrepiece of the North’s idolisation and propaganda campaign to highlight the sacred bloodline of the ruling Kim family.

A copy of an article of the North’s official newspaper Rodong Sinmun dated Dec. 26, 1980 calls Mount Paektu a “sacred mountain of revolution” spearheaded by Kim Il Sung “in the flames of the arduous 20-year anti-Japan struggle.”

“State media and ideological indoctrination was setting the stage” for Kim Jong Il’s power succession that took place in 1980, said Michael Madden, a North Korea leadership expert at the Stimson Centre’s 38 North in Washington.

Kim Jong Un, too, has visited the mountain around major developments in North Korea, such as before he executed top officials including his uncle Jang Song-thaek in late 2013, and following North Korea’s fifth nuclear test in 2016.

He last went there in December, after declaring North Korea had completed its goal of becoming a nuclear state, according to state media.

“(Moon) would add much legitimacy to Kim, who had never had any summit with a foreign leader until early this year,” said Seo Yu-suk, a research manager at the Institute of North Korean Studies in Seoul. “It’s a diplomatic coup for him.”

Moon’s parents fled the North during the 1950-53 Korean War, shortly before Moon was born in South Korea in 1953.

A former human rights lawyer, Moon said in a 2017 book published months before his election as president that he wanted to “finish his life” in his mother’s North Korean hometown doing pro-bono service.

“When peaceful reunification comes, the first thing I want to do is to take my 90-year-old mother and go to her hometown,” Moon wrote in the book.]]>
9/20/2018 3:14:07 PM
<![CDATA[Communications min. probes with Indian amb. luring investments]]>
The meeting took up supporting investments of the Indian firms working in designing and manufacturing electronics and providing the suitable atmosphere to them in Egypt via the new technological regions serving the Middle East, said a statement issued by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT).

The minister referred to the measures taken by the State to lure foreign investments, the statement read.

Talat pointed out to a number of existing projects targeting developing the communications and IT sector within the strategy of the State to transform the society into a digital one.

The minister further referred to Egypt's attention paid to the domains of technological innovation, entrepreneurship and developing technological incubators.

For his part, Kulshreshth pointed out to the confidence of the Indian investor in the Egyptian economy as Indian investments in the country reached $3 billion in 2017.

The two sides agreed to promote bilateral cooperation in the field of training via organizing training courses.

Talat invited his Indian counterpart to visit Egypt to probe boosting joint cooperation in fields of mutual interest, the statement added.]]>
9/20/2018 3:08:59 PM
<![CDATA[UNICEF representative hails Egypt's successful efforts to protect children of human trafficking]]>
Addressing the first regional conference of the general prosecutors and attorneys of Africa and Europe, Maes said there are more than 60 million immigrant children worldwide according to the 2016 statistics.

Maes underlined the importance of partnership with the government, noting that there are 233,000 refugees in Egypt, including 85,000 children.

The three-day conference opened in Sharm El Sheikh on Tuesday with the participation of lawyers and chief prosecutors of 24 African countries, three European states and six international organizations.

The get-together focuses on ways to fight smuggling and human trafficking and the role of international and regional authorities in exchanging informatio]]>
9/20/2018 3:01:19 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt seeks promoting historic ties with Sudan - diplomat]]>
This remark came during a ceremony held on the occasion of Shaltout's end of his tenure in the presence of the Saudi ambassador here and the staffers of the Egyptian Embassy.

Shaltout asserted that the relations between the two countries are considered a safety valve for both of them.]]>
9/20/2018 2:55:12 PM
<![CDATA[Cabinet approves coop. protocol with ILO on developing private sector in Egypt]]>
The protocol will be inked between Egypt represented by the Investment and International Cooperation Ministry and the International Labor Organization (ILO) via its office in Cairo during 2018-2021.

The draft resolution targets benefiting from the accumulated technical experience of the ILO in supporting the investments of the private sector in Egypt in various economic fields besides backing entrepreneurs and honing the skills of small producers and businessmen especially in rural areas in line with the Sustainable Development Strategy: Egypt Vision 2030.]]>
9/20/2018 2:49:31 PM
<![CDATA[SLA injects EGP 278.2 million into state treasury after settling several lawsuits]]>
In a statement on Thursday, SLA Deputy Head Abdel Rehim Ali said the authority settled 1.117 million lawsuits, thus saving the state treasury from paying millions of pounds in foreign disputes during the aforementioned period. ]]>
9/20/2018 2:35:24 PM
<![CDATA[BSA: Egypt sees software piracy drop by 2%]]>
The study, a copy of which was obtained by the Information and Communication Technology Outsourcing (ITIDA), also showed a decline in the use of unlicensed software to hit USD 64 billion in 2017, compared to USD 157 million in 2015.

Such fall in the usage of unlicensed software could contribute to increasing the sales of software companies, according to the study.

The study was conducted through a survey to determine the value of unlicensed software across 32 countries.

The survey was answered by consumers and employees who used their PC either at home or work.

Results showed that Egypt (59 percent) had surpassed counties such as Morocco (64 percent), the Philippines (64 percent), Vietnam (74 percent), and Sri Lanka (77 percent) in achieving lower piracy rates.

Those results reflect the great progress made by Egypt in combating the illegal use of software.

The Egyptian government has exerted increasing efforts to upgrade the legislative structure, with the aim of improving the business environment in the area of information technology and telecommunications, as well as passing the cyber-crime law to face cyber threats. ]]>
9/20/2018 2:24:36 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt to sell around $5B in foreign currency bonds in coming months ]]>
“We are going to sell bonds in the coming months in the market. It could be $5 billion plus or minus,” Finance Minister Mohamed Ma'it told reporters.

Finance minister said the government would evaluate the method of remaining state company sales in January after five share offerings planned before the end of this year.

“The five companies we decided to work on, we decided to see how it would go,” Finance Minister Mohamed Ma'it said, adding that Egypt would then see whether it could work with strategic investors for further sales.

Egypt is so far dealing well with the consequences of emerging market turbulence, he said.

“Until now our economy is able to deal with the consequences of this negative effect,” he said.
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9/20/2018 2:12:12 PM
<![CDATA[Dollar price stable at major Egyptian banks]]>
The dollar exchange rate settled at LE 17.78 for buying and LE 17.88 for selling at the National Bank of Egypt.

At Banque Misr, the dollar registered LE 17.79 for buying and LE 17.89 for selling.

At Banque du Caire and the Commercial International Bank (CIB), it recorded LE 17.86 for buying and LE 17.96 for selling.

At the Arab African International Bank, the dollar price stood at LE 17.85 for buying and LE 17.95 for selling.

At Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank, the price stood at LE 17.87 for buying and LE 17.97 for selling.

At the National Bank of Greece, the dollar prices went up one piaster to stand at LE 17.85 for buying and LE 17.95 for selling.

At Alexandria Bank, the dollar prices rose one piaster to stand at LE 17.86 for buying and LE 17.96 for selling.]]>
9/20/2018 2:09:38 PM
<![CDATA[Gulf Arab states should be party to proposed Iran treaty talks: UAE official]]>
Brian Hook, U.S. special envoy for Iran, said on Wednesday the United States is seeking to negotiate a treaty with Iran to include Tehran’s ballistic missiles and its regional behavior.

Iran has rejected U.S. attempts to hold high-level talks since President Donald Trump tore up a nuclear deal between Tehran and six world powers earlier this year.

Anwar Gargash, United Arab Emirates Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, described Hook’s comments as “important”.

“It is essential that the Gulf Arab states be a party to the proposed negotiations. It is prudent for Tehran to avoid sanctions and to take these proposals seriously,” he tweeted.

The UAE, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain swiftly backed Trump’s decision in May to withdraw from the nuclear accord and reimpose sanctions on Tehran. The Sunni Muslim-ruled states are at loggerheads with Shi’ite Iran, fighting a proxy war that has influenced conflicts in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Yemen.

The Gulf Arab states were not party to the nuclear accord, and while they were consulted by Western powers during the talks that led up to it, they played no direct role in those negotiations.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo listed a dozen demands in May that he said could make up a new agreement, although Hook referred to a treaty, which would have to be approved by the U.S. Senate.

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9/20/2018 1:58:21 PM
<![CDATA[20 tombs unearthed in Aga Khan site, Aswan, since 2014]]>
Director of Aswan and Nubian Antiquities, Abdel-Moneim Saeed, said that the uncovered tombs vary in their architectural styles, inscriptions and drawings on sarcophaguses, statues and mummies.

Saeed referred that a committee was formed to examine the condition of the artifacts to be exhibited in different museums.

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Egyptian archeological mission working at the Aga Khan site in Aswan’s west bank since 2014 has discovered 20 tombs-Ministry of Antiquities'official Facebook Page

The most recent discoveries, found by the mission during excavation works carried out near the Aga Khan mausoleum on Aswan's west bank, was a tomb dating back to the late period of ancient Egypt. The tomb contained a sculpted sandstone sarcophagus with a well-preserved mummy wrapped in linen among other things, the Egyptian archeological mission announced on Tuesday, September 18.

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Egyptian archeological mission working at the Aga Khan site in Aswan’s west bank since 2014 has discovered 20 tombs-Ministry of Antiquities'official Facebook Page

Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mostafa al-Waziri added that three other tombs were found in the area where remains of clay sarcophagi were unearthed, some of which have paintings while others are inscribed with hieroglyphic texts.

Saeed further remarked that during the archaeological cleaning of the tomb the mission found a collection of mummies haphazardly buried, suggesting that the tomb was used as a communal burial.

He pointed out that the head of an unidentified sandstone statue was also uncovered along with a collection of amulets made of faience.

This comes as part of several discoveries made in Aswan, particularly in the Temple of Kom Ombo. Ahmed Sayed, general manager of Kom Ombo antiquities sector, referred that since the Egyptian archaeologists started draining water from the Temple of Kom Ombo on October 18, many artifacts have been uncovered.

The most recent artifact was the sandstone sphinx likely dating to the Ptolemaic era, according to Ministry of Antiquities on September 16.

Furthermore, two ancient pieces were discovered in the Temple of Kom Ombo, Aswan. The two pieces are made of sandstone and belong to King Ptolemy XII; one of them is dome-shaped and topped with a sun disk bearing the image of Ptolemy XII and his wife Cleopatra V with their daughters. The piece contains 29 lines of hieroglyphic writing.

The other piece has the image of Ptolemy XII holding a whip in one hand and a prisoner in the other before the triad of Kom Ombo. The piece also features two texts; 29 lines of hieroglyphic writing and 33 lines of Demotic writing. ]]>
9/20/2018 1:50:30 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s exports to Germany hit €717M in H1 2018]]>
The minister noted that Egypt’s imports from Germany decreased 44 percent during the first six months of 2018 to hit €1.47 billion, compared to €2.63 billion in the same months of 2017.

This came during Nassar’s meeting with a delegation of the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development, including Head of Development Cooperation for the Middle East, Asia, South America and South Eastern Europe Claudia Warning.

Nassar reviewed with the delegation the future of the bilateral economic relationship and ways to activate joint cooperation programs in the fields of trade, industry and small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

Nassar referred to the development of the SMEs sector, being on top of the ministry’s priorities during the current period, as it represents the main structure of the Egyptian economy and the biggest sector offering job opportunities to youths and women.

The Trade Ministry seeks to cooperate with the German side in implementing vocational training to youths, which helps in creating qualified workforce capable of dealing with technology and digital equipment.

Nassar pointed out that the ministry is keen to take advantage of the untapped industrial capacities in the factories, and to establish new industrial zones in different provinces.

For her part, Warning said her country attaches great importance to strengthening economic relations with Egypt as it is one of the most important economic and trade partners to Germany in the Middle East region.

She also highlighted the importance of providing government support for all development cooperation projects implemented by Germany in Egypt with the aim of accelerating their pace to achieve the best results as soon as possible.

Warning pointed out that Germany is keen to provide more training and technical support programs in Egypt in the fields of SME development, technical education and vocational training, which will contribute to the development and modernization of the industrial sector in Egypt and will provide more employment opportunities for young people.

On Wednesday, Minister of Investment Sahar Nasr said German investments in Egypt reached $641.4 million through 1,103 companies in the sectors of chemicals, petroleum, telecommunications, gas, car industry, and iron and steel.

Nasr clarified that Germany ranks the 20th in the list of countries investing in Egypt, aiming to upgrade its position to be among the top 10 investing countries.

Trade exchange between Egypt and Germany rose 5 percent in 2017, reaching €5.81 billion, compared to €5.57 billion in 2016, Nassar said earlier.

Total Egyptian investments in Germany recorded $35.5 million in the fields of finance, medicine, furniture, appliances, medical supplies, tourism and trade, the minister added.

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9/20/2018 1:40:28 PM
<![CDATA[Presidential decree approves grant to apply int'l standards on EEHC financial reports]]>
The agreement was inked in Cairo between the Investment and International Cooperation Ministry and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) on August 6, 2017.

The grant is worth $1,969 million.

The decree was published in the official gazette on Thursday. ]]>
9/20/2018 12:14:01 PM
<![CDATA[Planning minister chairs AIBK general assembly meeting]]>
The get-together comes upon Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouli's decision on authorizing the planning minister to preside over the bank's ordinary and extraordinary meetings.

At the beginning of the meeting, Saeed thanked AIBK Chairman Hani Seif el Nasr for the unique achievements attained via developing and upgrading the activities of the financial institution.

Seif el Nasr underlined that the bank managed to surpass challenges over the past years. He reviewed the report of the board of directors on the bank's activities in 2017.

He further pointed out to the tough decisions and challenges witnessed during 2017 when the economic reform policies were implemented, adding that the AIBK managed to achieve the difficult equation of increasing production and using the provided resources besides expansion and attaining growth.

There has been a labor reshuffle in the bank via honing the skills of the employees at all levels in order to achieve sustainable development for the bank, Seif el Nasr asserted, noting that the small and medium enterprises are among the priorities of the financial institution. ]]>
9/20/2018 12:11:37 PM
<![CDATA[FEDCOC to submit feasibility studies on logistic centers to cabinet next week]]>
In statements to MENA on Thursday, Ezz said the feasibility studies include costs of establishing and operating logistic hubs, adding that a timetable will be set in line with priorities.

The studies tackle the volume of consumption and size of population in each governorate, its imports from the neighboring governorates and abroad in addition to its exports and the existing industries, he affirmed.

Ezz further underscored that a logistic hub will be established in each governorate, adding that other centers will be constructed on the borders with Libya and Sudan.

There will be also logistic centers in Jordan, Eurasia and Africa, he reiterated.

A meeting with bodies concerned was held to probe a suggestion on establishing logistic centers within 18 months by the State to uproot bureaucracy of plots of land allocation, Ezz underlined, adding that contracts will be inked with the State to operate these centers or buy them.]]>
9/20/2018 12:05:57 PM
<![CDATA[EU-Arab summit in Cairo to review cooperation issues]]>
Ahmed Abu Zeid said the venue of the summit has been set in advance in line with Resolutions no 147 and 148 of the Arab League Council and Resolution 691 of the 2017 Arab summit which was held in Jordan's Dead Sea.

Abu Zeid made the remarks in response to questions by diplomatic editors about recent statements by High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Maria Mogherini and European Council President Donald Tusk in this regard
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9/20/2018 11:45:43 AM
<![CDATA[PM reviews initiative for encouraging using hybrid vehicles]]>
This came during the premier's meeting with Trade and Industry Minister Amr Nassar.

Madbouli stressed that the country was paying a special attention to develop the auto industry and offer more incentives to encourage it locally.]]>
9/20/2018 11:43:07 AM
<![CDATA[CBE issues LE 16.7B in T-bills Thursday]]>
The T-bills are to be offered in two installments, with the first valued at LE 8.5 billion with a 357-day term and the second worth LE 8.2 billion with a 182-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 investors’ 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 from 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 for 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.
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9/20/2018 11:34:37 AM
<![CDATA[Egyptian Industries Federation hosts 1st WTO celebration ]]>
The federation clarified in a statement that the celebration will be organized by the Egyptian Export Council for Handicrafts and the Egyptian Chamber of Handicrafts, under the auspices of the Egyptian Federation of Industries.

The event comes as part of Egypt's participation in the international celebration of the launch of the Charter of Fair Trade, which coincides with the three-year launch of the United Nations for the goals of sustainable development 2030, which takes place in several capitals of the world.

The ceremony will also include the announcement of the first batch of Egyptian handicrafts companies that have become members of the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO) through a program organized by the Export Council to increase the export of handicrafts as the organization opens new international markets for these products.

“This event is important to Egypt as it is working towards increasing exports through the implementation of its National Strategy for Sustainable Development (Vision 2030),” Vice-Chairman of Export Council for Handicrafts and Member of the Board of Directors of the Union of Egyptian Industries Hesham el-Gazzar.

He added that Vision 2030 stipulates that the new Egypt has a competitive, balanced and diversified economy based on innovation, knowledge, justice, social integration and participation with a balanced and diverse ecology system that invests the genius of the place and human to achieve sustainable development and improve the quality of life for Egyptians.

Upon Vision 2030, Egypt launched Strategy 2020 in November 2016. It includes five main axes: industrial development, small and medium enterprise (SME) development and entrepreneurship, export development, training and technical education development, and corporate governance and development.

The strategy aims at increasing exports in the first place after strengthening the local industry.
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9/20/2018 11:24:28 AM
<![CDATA[German investments in Egypt records $641M through 1,103 companies]]>
Nasr clarified that Germany ranks the 20th in the list of countries investing in Egypt, aiming to upgrade its position to be among the top 10 investing countries among its markets.

This came during Nasr’s meeting with a delegation of the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development including Head of Development Cooperation for the Middle East, Asia, South America and South Eastern Europe Claudia Warning, and Head of Development Cooperation with the Middle East Klaus Kramer.

The meeting took place in the presence of Ambassador of Germany to Egypt Julius Geroge Loe, Senior Advisor to the Minister for Economic Affairs Shehab Marzban, and Responsible for German Relations in the Ministry Darren el-Sayed.

They discussed ways to enhance joint cooperation between the two countries in various economic fields in the future.

The German delegation stressed the keenness of their country to increase its support for Egypt during the next phase on the economic level, praising the economic reform measures that the Egyptian government is working on.

They noted that the economic reforms will reflect positively on the development cooperation between Egypt and Germany and improving the investment environment which encourages German companies to increase their investments in Egypt, stressing the strategic and deep relationship between Egypt and Germany.

Nasr pointed out that the ministry supports the private sector to pump more investments, so legislative reforms were made to facilitate investors such as investment law and its executive regulations and amendments to the law of companies and the capital market.

During the meeting, they discussed Germany's support for several new projects in the fields of energy, environment, education, entrepreneurship and youth skills development, arrangements for holding the Egyptian-German bilateral committee in October and signing a number of agreements for financial and technical cooperation between the two countries.

For her part, Warning expressed her country's aspiration to increase cooperation with Egypt to be at a distinguished level, which enjoys strong strategic relations between the two countries.

She pointed out the success story of Assiut Barrage Project, which was supported by the German Construction Bank with a value of €302 million.

She also praised the services presented by investors’ service center which helps in increasing investments in Egypt.

Germany is keen to support Egypt in energy, environment and education projects, according to Warning.

Minister of Industry and Foreign Trade Amr Nassar said earlier that trade exchange between Egypt and Germany rose 5 percent in 2017, reaching €5.81 billion, compared to €5.57 billion in 2016.

Total Egyptian investments in Germany recorded $35.5 million in the fields of finance, medicine, furniture, appliances, medical supplies, tourism and trade, the minister added.
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9/20/2018 11:17:15 AM
<![CDATA[Oil rises on U.S. crude stock draw, supply concerns]]>
Benchmark Brent crude LCOc1 was up 20 cents at $79.60 by 0740 GMT, its third day of gains. U.S. light crude oil CLc1 was 40 cents higher at $71.52 a barrel, after rising nearly 2 percent on Wednesday.

U.S. crude oil stockpiles fell for a fifth straight week to 3-1/2-year lows in the week to Sept. 14, while gasoline inventories also showed a larger-than-expected draw on unseasonably strong demand, the Energy Information Administration said on Wednesday. [EIA/S]

Crude inventories fell by 2.1 million barrels, compared with expectations for a decrease of 2.7 million barrels.

“The bulls are back in charge,” said Stephen Innes, head of trading for Asia-Pacific at brokerage OANDA.

U.S. sanctions on Iran’s oil exports come into force on Nov. 4 and many buyers have already scaled back Iranian purchases.

It is unclear how easily other producers such as Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Russia can compensate for lost supply.

The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and other producers including Russia meet on Sunday in Algeria to discuss how to allocate supply increases to offset the loss of Iranian barrels.

“The current market betting line suggests price levels rather than global supply levels will be the key determinant on turning on the oil taps,” Innes said.

OPEC sources have told Reuters no immediate action is planned and producers will discuss in Algeria how to share a previously agreed output increase.

Reuters reported two weeks ago that Saudi Arabia wanted oil to stay between $70 and $80 a barrel for now, as it sought a balance between maximizing revenue and keeping a lid on prices until U.S. congressional elections.

But on Tuesday, Bloomberg cited unnamed Saudi sources as saying the kingdom was comfortable with oil above $80 per barrel, at least for the short term, helping push prices higher.

Brent has been trading below the psychologically important $80 level for the last week but could now move higher, Reuters markets analyst Wang Tao said.

If Brent can break resistance at $79.68, it could climb towards $81.06 or even higher, he said, citing wave analysis on price charts.]]>
9/20/2018 11:10:26 AM
<![CDATA[Dollar stuck near seven-week low as trade war worries fade]]>
After a knee-jerk reaction to new tariffs announced by Washington and Beijing on Tuesday, currency markets are settling down and expecting the fallout will take some time to show up in corporate earnings and not produce a sharp global shock.

The dollar, which has tended to gain as tensions escalate between the world’s two largest economies, dipped 0.2 percent to 94.410 .DXY, near its seven-week low of 94.308 touched on Tuesday.

Traders also noted that U.S. macro economic data has remained strong so far despite trade disputes since early this year.

The dollar’s more risk-sensitive rivals held firmer.

Emerging-market currencies strengthened, led by the Indian rupee after China said it would not retaliate with competitive currency devaluations.

Despite its weaker tone on Wednesday, some market participants still see strength for the dollar.

“It is the champion reserve currency and it has the risk-free Fed funds rate. So the currency with the lowest risk is offering the highest yield in G10,” said Andreas Koenig global head of FX at asset manager Amundi.

“As long as this abnormality holds you can’t strategically sell the dollar.”

Investors were also awaiting next week’s Federal Reserve meeting. The U.S. central bank is expected to raise its benchmark rates and shed light on the path for future rate hikes.

Markets were closely watching a European Union summit where Prime Minister Theresa May appealed to fellow EU leaders on Wednesday to drop “unacceptable” Brexit demands that she said could rip Britain apart.

Sterling climbed 0.2 percent against the dollar, having erased most early gains after The Times reported on Wednesday that May had rejected an improved offer from the EU on the Irish border issue.

Economists expect Norway’s central bank on Thursday to deliver the first rate hike since 2011 and say the focus will be on the bank’s interest rate projections.

The Norwegian crown on Thursday approached a seven-week high versus the dollar of 8.1405 crown NOK=D3.

Elsewhere, the Swiss central bank is expected to leave monetary policy unchanged, with markets keeping a close eye on its assessment of the currency.

“Short term the SNB might be able to prevent franc appreciation with the help of interventions, but no doubt it would not manage to do so long term,” said Commerzbank currencies strategist Ulrich Leuchtmann.

“But the likelihood of [long-term] franc appreciation is slim because the euro zone crisis would have to boil up quite significantly for that to happen, and that seems unlikely at present,” he said.

The euro was 0.2 percent higher against the dollar at $1.17 EUR=EBS

The Australian dollar, a proxy for China-related trades as well as a barometer of broader risk sentiment, held at three-week highs, having gained 1.5 percent so far this week. It stood at $0.7268 AUD=D4.

The yen traded at 112.23 to the dollar JPY=D3, staying close to a two-month low of 112.445 touched on Wednesday.

The yen has pulled back slightly this week as investors reassessed the impact of the Sino-U.S. trade war.

The New Zealand dollar jumped after data showed its economy grew at the fastest pace in two years in the second quarter.

The kiwi rose as much as 0.6 percent to a three-week high of $0.6653 and last stood at $0.6651. NZD=D4

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9/20/2018 11:05:33 AM
<![CDATA[Facebook must comply with EU consumer rules by end-2018 or face sanctions: EU]]>
European Justice Commissioner Vera Jourova also said on Thursday that Airbnb had made the necessary changes after being told to do so three months ago, confirming a Reuters story on Wednesday.

“My patience has reached its limit. While Facebook assured me to finally adapt any remaining misleading terms of services by December, this has been ongoing for too long,” Jourova said in a statement.

“It is now time for action and no more promises. If the changes are not fully implemented by the end of the year, I call on consumer authorities to act swiftly and sanction the company,” she said.

Jourova had in February told the company and other social media platforms to toe the line.]]>
9/20/2018 11:00:54 AM
<![CDATA[Canada PM urges some U.S. flexibility in NAFTA, talks seen slow]]>
Ottawa is pushing back against increasing pressure by the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump and its allies to make the concessions they say are needed for the trilateral North American Free Trade Agreement.

“We’re interested in what could be a good deal for Canada but we’re going to need to see a certain amount of movement in order to get there and that’s certainly what we’re hoping for,” Trudeau told reporters in Ottawa.

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland met U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer for their fourth set of talks in four weeks in Washington with the two sides still disagreeing on major issues.

Freeland, leaving their afternoon meeting, told reporters the talks had been constructive and said she would meet Lighthizer again on Thursday.

“We are a country that is good at finding compromises and that’s a talent our negotiators certainly demonstrate. At the same time, our core objective ... is to defend the national interest,” she said earlier on Wednesday.

Trump has already wrapped up a side deal with Mexico and is threatening to exclude Canada if necessary. Canadian officials say they do not believe the U.S. Congress would agree to turn NAFTA into a bilateral treaty.

An influential Canadian private sector union leader, in Washington for consultations with Freeland’s team, on Wednesday played down the chances of an imminent agreement.

“Do I believe there will be a deal this week? I don’t think so,” Unifor boss Jerry Dias told reporters, saying the United States would need to move on some major files.

Trump and Trudeau spoke by telephone late on Tuesday and discussed NAFTA, the Canadian prime minister’s office said in a brief statement.

The Republican chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee, Kevin Brady, told CNBC on Wednesday that “Canada needs to really step up here this week” to meet the Oct. 1 deadline set by Washington.

But U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Thomas Donohue said it would be extremely complicated, if not impossible, for the administration to pull off a Mexico-only agreement.

“If Canada doesn’t come into the deal there is no deal,” Donohue told a media breakfast in Washington.

The Chamber, the most influential U.S. business lobby, wants NAFTA to be renegotiated as a tri-lateral agreement, citing how highly integrated the three member nations’ economies have become since the pact came into force in 1994.

Officials are arguing over cultural protections, dispute resolution, and a U.S. demand for more access to Canada’s protected dairy market.

Dias said negotiators had spent much of the last day talking about the agricultural sector. Sources say Ottawa has made clear it is prepared to make dairy concessions, which would anger the influential industry lobby.

“For American farmers the Canadian market is a drop in the bucket. For us it’s our livelihood,” Dairy Farmers of Canada vice president David Wiens told reporters in Ottawa. Concessions in past trade deals had already hurt Canadian farmers, he said.]]>
9/20/2018 10:56:29 AM
<![CDATA[El Gouna International Film Festival announces attendees]]>
The stars will attend the festival at different times and at different stages of the festival’s program, according to the invitation they receive by the management.

The list of attendees is as follows:

• Yasmeen Raes
• Sherine Reda
• Mohamed Mahmoud
• Ahmad Dawood
• Dina El Sherbiny
• Arwa Gouda
• Maya Diab
• Laila Elwi
• Jamila Awad
• Mai Selim
• Salma Abu Deif
• Rania Youssef
• Carmen
• Dima Al-Jundi
• Anoushka
• Suzan Najm
• Lobna Abidar
• Maged El Masry
• Mostafa Khater
• Ingy El Mokadem
• Salwa Mohamed
• Nadia al-Gendi
• Rogina
• Ashraf Zaki
• Fatma Nasser
• Lebleba
• Basel Khayat
• Tara Emad
• Hany Adel
• Dalia Beheiry
• Hassan El Raddad
• Amy Samir Ghanem
• Nisreen Tafesh
• Sabry Fawwaz
• Soulafa Maamar
• Dorra
• Souhir Ben Amara
• Naglaa Badr
• Diamand Bou Abboud
• Abed Fahd
• Hala Said
• Maha Abou Aouf
• Hatem Ali
• Mohamed Farag
• Yosra El Lozy
• Elham Shahin
• Eyad Nassar
• Jamal Soleiman
• Hana Sheha
• Dhaffer L’Abidine
• Sayed Ragab
• Mervat Abou Aouf
• Hany Ramzy
• Razan Moughrabi
• Bassem Samra
• Hussein Fahmy
• Ahmad Fahmy
• Amr Abdel Gelil
• Sherif Ramzy
• Ezzat Abou Aouf
• Hanan Metaweh
• Mohammad Bakri
• Ahmad Falawkas
• Reem Mostafa
• Nahed El Sebai
• Reiham Abdel Ghafour
• Carmen Bsaibes
• Carol Aboud
• Maxim Khalil
• Yasmine Sabri
• Nadia Kounda
• Ahmad Hatem


Actress Mona Zaki has assured her presence during the festival this year, along with artist Saba Mubarak, as they will be part of the festival’s judging committee. Veteran comedian Adel Imam is also going to attend this year as well.

Furthermore, the following Western stars attending the festival:

• Patrick Dempsey
• Andrew Wilson
• Owen Wilson
• Clive Owen
• Lisandra Silva, who also attended the festival’s first round.]]>
9/20/2018 10:53:32 AM
<![CDATA[China urges U.S. to show sincerity, correct behavior in trade actions]]>
China added $60 billion of U.S. products to its import tariff list on Tuesday to hit back at U.S. duties on $200 billion of Chinese goods that go into effect from Sept. 24.

Some analysts and American businesses are now concerned China could resort to other means of retaliation such as pressuring U.S. companies operating in China.

Alibaba’s billionaire co-founder Jack Ma, a known advocate for globalization, this week expressed his growing pessimism over the dispute, saying it would be a “mess” for all parties involved.

U.S. President Donald Trump has threatened further retaliation if Beijing takes aim at U.S. agricultural or industrial workers as he accused China of trying to sway U.S. elections by targeting farmers.

“China has been forced to take retaliatory measures, and they are entirely meant to protect China’s own interests,” commerce ministry spokesman Gao Feng said at a weekly news briefing in Beijing.

“They are also meant to protect global free trade order, and have nothing to do with domestic politics in the United States.”

He did not directly reply to questions asking if there will be a fresh round of trade talks between Beijing and Washington, which had appeared to be in the works prior to the latest tit-for-tat tariffs.

The deepening rift between China and the United States has stoked concerns about job losses on both sides of the Pacific as tariffs threaten to erode trade flows and economic growth.

“The current economic situation is indeed not good, and that could go on longer than people think,” said Jack Ma, the billionaire co-founder of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (BABA.N).

“On China-U.S. frictions, people should make preparations for the next 20 years,” Ma reiterated at the World Economic Forum in the northern Chinese port city of Tianjin.

Ma met Trump two years ago and laid out Alibaba’s plan to bring small U.S. businesses onto its platform to sell to Chinese consumers. The Chinese billionaire also promised to create 1 million jobs in the United States.

Alibaba can no longer meet that promise, Ma told Chinese news agency Xinhua on Wednesday.

“The current situation has already destroyed the original premise. There is no way to deliver the promise,” he said.

Chinese firms with factories in the United States would also face higher costs as they ship U.S.-assembled products back home.

Chinese white goods firm Haier Group, which acquired General Electric’s home appliances businesses two years ago, has halted plans to sell products made in the United States by the GE Appliances brand in China, Financial Times cited the group’s chief executive Zhang Ruimin as saying.]]>
9/20/2018 10:52:07 AM
<![CDATA[Min. of Culture: Gamil Rateb will forever be remembered through his works]]>
The minister stated that the artist was one of the few talents that remained from the golden age. The death of the veteran artist is considered a great loss for Egypt, not just the film industry. The minister further stated that the artist left us physically, but will always remain with us through his works and enriching career.

Actresses Dorra, Mona Zaki, Ghada Abdel Razek and Hend Sabry were the first to mourn the late legendary artist.

Gamil Rateb was an Egyptian-French actor; he appeared in television and film productions and briefly in theatre throughout his 65-year career. He was known for numerous villainous roles and for his appearance in “Lawrence of Arabia”. Being born in 1926 in Cairo to an Egyptian family known for their love of arts, he was soon sent to study arts in Paris. His love for performance came from French theatre, which he studied at the University of France, before making his film debut in 1945. He was a much awarded actor in both his native Egypt and in France, having worked in both countries, including being given the legion of honor.

The late artist spoke both fluent Arabic, English and French. Rateb used to act in French plays during his stay in France. The late artist was a candidate for the role of "Khalid Safwan" in "El-Karnak" movie, but due to his accent he got deprived to perform the role, and eventually performed by late artist "Kamal El-Shenawy". Rateb also worked in the Tunisian and French cinema.

The following are some of the movies in which the late artist participated and starred in:

- “Lawrence of Arabia” (1962)
- “A Summer in La Goulette” (1996)
- “The Baby Doll Night” (2008)
- “Adieu Bonaparte” (1985)
- “Shafika and Metwali” (1979)
- “The Aquarium” (2008)
- “El Keif” (1985)

The French Embassy in Egypt has officially expressed their deep condolences and sorrow for Rateb’s loss.]]>
9/20/2018 10:48:27 AM
<![CDATA[Sisi discusses notable health topics, Dyarb Negm's crisis]]>
This came on the sidelines of the inauguration of Menoufia Military Hospital on Wednesday.

Hepatitis C test

Sisi called on Egyptians Wednesday to test themselves for Hepatitis C once the campaign launches next October, within the framework of the state’s initiative to eliminate HCV.

Sisi affirmed Egypt’s ambitions to carry out tests for all Egyptian citizens above 18 years, adding that the government is seeking testing school students as well.



Sisi called for honoring the doctors of the National Hepatology and Tropical Medicine Research Institute for the efforts they exert to eliminate the virus that many Egyptians have suffered from severely over the last 40 years. Sisi hopes Hepatitis C will be eliminated in Egypt within two years.

Presidential spokesman Bassam Radi said earlier in September that Egypt will launch the "largest medical campaign in the world" next October to detect and treat Hepatitis C for 50 million citizens.

In August, Rady said during a phone interview on "Salet al-Tahrir" TV show that the ministry is conducting the scan as a prelude to the new health insurance project. The scan includes 50 million citizens in order to spot any patients with Hepatitis C virus and other diseases such as hypertension and diabetes.

The scan is expected to take place from October 2018 until April 2019 in all Egyptian governorates.

Waiting lists

President Sisi said that the number of Egyptian hospitals do not suffice to treat all people on the waiting lists.

Sisi said that the number of people on the waiting lists has reached 40,000 in two months, since the state’s initiative to end waiting lists was launched, adding that the money allocated to treat waiting lists’ patient will likely be insufficient for this new number.


Upon instructions from President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, the Health Ministry announced in July launching the national health insurance project at a cost of LE 18.2 billion.

President Sisi asserted his keenness to improve the health sector and related services nationwide, especially those provided to low-income brackets, as well as his eagerness to finalize the health insurance system project.

The first phase has included eliminating patients’ waiting lists within six months, developing 47 hospitals nationwide and maintaining strategic stocks of vaccines, and infant formula.

During his meeting with Health Minister Hala Zayed and Director of El-Galaa Medical Complex Bahaa Eldin Zidan, Sisi ordered putting an end to patients' waiting lists for surgeries as soon as possible within the framework of an integrated system, instructing them to continue the project for three years to avoid any new waiting lists.

Dyarb Negm’s incident

President Sisi called on Zayed to speak about the incident taking place few days ago, when three citizens died in Dyarb Negm public hospital, while undergoing dialysis. The cause of death has not yet been officially announced.


Zayed said that the case was referred to the Public Prosecution for legal procedures, adding that the ministry does not accept any human or non-human errors in the provision of medical services.

Listening to Zayed’s review of the case’s updates, Sisi said that sending governors to supervise hospitals is not an intervention in the job of the hospitals’ managers, adding that such a decision aims to enhance supervision, and prevent similar incidents from happening in the future.
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9/20/2018 10:31:36 AM
<![CDATA[New York Review of Books editor departs after outrage over #MeToo essay]]>
Nicolas During, a spokesman for the literary magazine, told AFP on Wednesday Buruma "is no longer the editor" but would not confirm whether he had resigned or been fired.

The 66-year-old's departure followed a wave of controversy surrounding an article written by the Canadian former broadcaster Jian Ghomeshi, who lost his high-profile job with CBC after more than 20 women accused him of sexual misconduct.

Ghomeshi was subsequently acquitted of sexual assault in a criminal trial in 2016, but signed a "peace bond" that required him to apologize to a former co-worker he had harassed.

In the essay -- titled "Reflections from a Hashtag" and published online since Friday before it is due to go to print -- Ghomeshi muses on his life after the allegations, his pariah status among former friends and colleagues, his feelings of remorse and thoughts of suicide.

The article was immediately slammed by one of his accusers, Linda Redgrave, who underlined the gravity of the accusations against Ghomeshi and accused him seeking sympathy. The controversy quickly spiraled on social media.

In an interview with Slate, Buruma defended his decision to publish, telling the website: "I'm no judge of the rights and wrongs of every allegation. How can I be? All I know is that in a court of law he was acquitted, and there is no proof he committed a crime."

"The exact nature of his behavior —- how much consent was involved -— I have no idea, nor is it really my concern," he said.

"My concern is what happens to somebody who has not been found guilty in any criminal sense but who perhaps deserves social opprobrium, but how long should that last, what form it should take, etc."

Despite the departure of its editor, the article will still appear in its next edition, said During.

Buruma took over the editorship of the New York Review of Books in September 2017 following the death of its co-founder Robert Silvers.

Before joining the magazine, the Dutchman had worked for the Far Eastern Economic Review in Hong Kong, and The Spectator in London. He is the author of more than 20 books.]]>
9/20/2018 10:19:34 AM
<![CDATA[A mirror or a car?]]>
This black car looks like a mirror after being washed. from r/mildlyinteresting



The picture was taken from an angle which made it hard to see the vehicle from the first glance; without noticing the front tire, it is impossible to notice the car itself.

Social media users recalled the movies where the idea of optical illusion was well presented, such as the well-known action movie "Predator", where the alien managed to make itself invisible.

Also, some users claimed that the image is entirely fake, as they thought it was impossible to take such a photo without carefully editing and retouching it to appear like that. Up until now, there is no confirmation from the person who captured this photo that it is real by posting another photo of the same vehicle or by revealing how he could capture this photo.
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9/20/2018 10:09:00 AM
<![CDATA[Millennium fortune: Han Solo jacket up for auction in London]]>
More than 600 costumes and props from much-adored films and television series, including Marty McFly's hoverboard in "Back To The Future Part II", are being auctioned by Prop Store at the BFI IMAX complex.

The film memorabilia seller has held the annual auction since 2014, and expects this year's collection to fetch a record £3.5 million ($4.6 million, 3.9 million euros).

The big-ticket item is the jacket worn by actor Harrison Ford as smuggler Solo to dodge asteroids and shoot at Darth Vader in "Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back".

It is expected to be the highest-selling lot and fetch up to £1 million in the sale, which gets underway at 1100 GMT.

"It is a relatively simple jacket," said Brandon Alinger, Prop Store's chief operating officer, explaining how "Star Wars" creator George Lucas wanted workaday-looking clothes rather than flashy costumes that might distract attention.

"There's some very cool stylised elements, like this triple-stitch banding on the sleeves."

Alinger noted the jacket's grey colour, explaining how getting clothes to appear the correct shade of blue on film can be difficult.

"This colour hasn't changed. This is exactly what the colour is for 'The Empire Strikes Back'."

Meanwhile Ford's fedora hat in the Indiana Jones franchise debut "Raiders of the Lost Ark", and his bullwhip from 1984's "The Temple of Doom" are also featured.

Signed by Ford on the inner sweatband, the rabbit-felt hat is set to sell for up to £300,000.

The fedora was "sat upon, wrung repeatedly and treated with bleach and dust" ahead of filming to achieve a worn look, according to the auction catalogue.

Another hot item is the hoverboard ridden by actor Michael J. Fox's character Marty McFly in the "Back to the Future" trilogy.

The board, expected to fetch £30,000 to £50,000, "is outfitted with neon-green and pink-coloured Velcro on top, and includes a furry pink foot strap," the catalogue says.

For potential buyers on a lower budget, a piece of the Death Star from the "Star Wars" saga is listed at £1,000.

Items from the "James Bond", "The Godfather", "Harry Potter", "Batman", "Aliens", "Star Trek", "Blade", "Tomb Raider" and "Men in Black" series are also up for grabs.

Other classic movie items available include the robe worn by Brad Pitt's Tyler Durden character in "Fight Club", a Wonka bar from "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" and Johnny Depp's unique costume in "Edward Scissorhands".

Prop Store acquires its wares from movie studios, crew members and other collectors around the world.]]>
9/20/2018 10:02:13 AM
<![CDATA[Sudanese defense min. highlights importance of relations with Egypt]]>
This came during the minister's meeting today with Egypt's Ambassador to Khartoum Osama Shaltout who has concluded his tenure in Sudan.

During the meeting, Auf called for economic and political integration and ensuring the national security of the two brotherly states.

Shaltout voiced his deep appreciation to the Sudanese government and people for their cooperation during his five-year tenure in Sudan.

Ibn Auf visited Cairo in August 2017, where he discussed with President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and the former Minister of Defense Military Production Sedki Sobhi ways to boost bilateral relations, especially in the military domain.

The media attache in the Sudanese embassy in Egypt, Rashed Abdul Rahim, said earlier in September that presidents, Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and Omar al-Bashir are eager to expand the cooperation between Egypt and Sudan.

Abdul Rahim said in a phone call with “Ra’ai Aam” (Public Opinion) TV show, broadcasted by Ten Satellite channel, that both presidents set a time schedule for more than 20 joint projects to enhance the strategic relations between both States and exchange interests.

President Sisi and Sudanese counterpart discussed in the Chinese capital of Beijing the bilateral ties, particularly the preparation of the Higher Joint Committee between Egypt and Sudan due to convene in the near future

Last month, Sisi paid his first visit to the Sudanese capital of Khartoum, where he met with his Sudanese counterpart Omar al-Bashir.

The two presidents discussed several issues regarding boosting bilateral relations between the two countries and cooperation on all levels. Moreover, Bashir visited Cairo on March 19 where both leaders discussed the outstanding issues of mutual interest, based on the agreement reached at the recent Addis Ababa tripartite summit.

Many politicians asserted that the two parties agreed to lower the intensity of disputes in the coming period. They asserted that the relations between the two countries are on the right track.

Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and his Sudanese counterpart Mohamed Ahmed held a meeting on August 29 to discuss mutual security interests. The meeting was followed with a press conference, during which they stressed the importance of coordination between Egypt and Sudan to maintain the security of both countries.

Shoukry said that the discussion tackled achieving the common interests of Egypt and Sudan and stressed the importance of the partnership between the two countries.
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9/20/2018 2:30:00 AM
<![CDATA[MB elements fail to disrupt protest against Qatari regime in Geneva]]>
Outlaws, illegal residents and Muslim Brotherhood members from Algeria, Tunisia and Libya tried to attack the participants in the rally, which was held to denounce terrorism and raise the issue of the Qatari al-Ghufran Tribe.

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Swiss police thwarts a plot by the terrorist Muslim Brotherhood group and the Qatari regime to spoil an anti-terrorism rally outside the UN headquarters in Geneva

The Swiss security force managed to control the situation and arrested one of the attackers, who was bearing no IDs.

The rally was held to denounce Qatar's decision to revoke citizenship of al-Ghufran tribesmen and its support of terrorism in Syria, Libya, Iraq and Yemen.

The protest was organized by the Ecumenical Alliance for Human Rights and Development, Forum for Development and Human Rights Dialogue, and attended by number of activists from Egypt, Yemen, Syria and members of al-Ghufran tribesmen.

3 Swiss police thwarts a plot by the terrorist Muslim Brotherhood group and the Qatari regime to spoil an anti-terrorism rally outside the UN headquarters in Geneva

Al-Ghufran tribe is one of the biggest tribes in Qatar, which has been subject to systemic discrimination at the hands of the Qatari authorities, which took further steps when confiscated the properties of the members with the revoked citizenship, following the call with a systematic persecution against all the clans belonging to the large tribe, such as al-Ghufran clan.

The Qatari regime has also revoked the citizenship of another senior tribal leader, Sheikh Shafi Nasser Hamoud al-Hajri, a senior member of Shaml Al-Hawajer tribe, which is connected to the famous tribe of Qahtan. Along with the famous Qatari poet Mohammed Al-Marri who belongs to Al Murrah tribe.

4 Swiss police thwarts a plot by the terrorist Muslim Brotherhood group and the Qatari regime to spoil an anti-terrorism rally outside the UN headquarters in Geneva

Later, Qatari tribe al-Ghufran declared that 6,000 of its members were forcibly displaced after the Qatari regime deprived them of their Qatari nationality and their national rights.

Egypt, alongside Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and UAE have imposed a blockade on Qatari regime in May 2017, due its support to terrorist group.

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Al-Ghufran Tribe delegation submits petition on Qatari human rights violation to UNHRC

GENEVA - 17 September 2018: A delegation representing Al-Ghufran tribe, one of the biggest tribes in Qatar, which has been subject to systemic discrimination at the hands of the Qatari authorities, handed a letter to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, discussing their deteriorating situation.




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9/20/2018 12:10:00 AM
<![CDATA[2019 Aston Martin in Cairo before any other market outside Europe at business capital park Sheikh zayed]]>
The heart of the Vantage is the new alloy, 4-liter twin-turbo V8 engine. Set low and as far back in the chassis as possible for optimal center-of-gravity and perfect 50:50 weight distribution. With a dry weight of 1530 kg this gives the Vantage formidable power-to-weight and torque-to-weight ratios - something vividly demonstrated whenever the throttle is squeezed. Detailed tuning of the induction, exhaust and engine management systems has given the Vantage a truly intoxicating character and soundtrack. The Vantage deploys its impressive power and torque to the rear wheels via a rear-mounted ZF eight-speed automatic transmission.

Aston Martin’s brand manager, Mohamed El Fakhoury simply stated, “I’m enormously excited and wanted the arrival of the all new Aston martin Vantage to be first displayed to the public at the Capital Promenade to best feature this car and showoff its amazing stance. I displayed the white exterior with black interior with a base value of EGP 5.4 million to EGP 5.9 million for the Egypt market”.

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2019 Aston Martin Vantage lands in Cairo before any other market outside Europe

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Vantage 2019 Aston Martin Vantage lands in Cairo before any other market outside Europe
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9/19/2018 10:21:41 PM
<![CDATA[ Value of industrial commodity production hit LE189.9bn ]]>
According to the annual bulletin issued by CAPMAS on industrial commodity production for 2016/2017, the value of the metal products, machinery and equipment, except for transport equipment, hit LE 16.6 billion during 2016/2017, compared with LE 9.7 billion in 2015/2016 with an increase of 70.6 percent.

The value of beverages and tobacco production registered in 2016/2017 hit LE 8.3 billion, compared to LE 6.3 billion in 2015/2016 with an increase amounting to 31.8 percent.

The value of essential chemicals and other chemical products along with industrial synthetic fibers reached LE 7.3 billion during 2016/2017, against LE 9.2 billion in 2015/2016, with a 20.3 percent decrease.

The value of paper production recorded during 2016/2017 reached LE 650 million, against LE 504 million in 2015/2016 with a 29 percent increase. ]]>
9/19/2018 5:36:24 PM
<![CDATA[EGX chief, 19 regional finance corporations probe enhancing investment in bourse]]>
The bourse said in a statement that Farid expounded to the investors the brave economic reform measures taken by the Egyptian government.

The structural amendments done to financial, monetary, investment and legislative policies will be the main incentive for the return of direct long-term foreign investments, Farid said, adding that he is looking forward to more investments through the stock market.

Activating the program on expanding ownership of government companies through the stock market will support the market by increasing the demand and therefore increasing the size of trading and improving their potentials by adhering to governance standards. This would also lead to more follow-up of the performance of these companies by the government, he added.]]>
9/19/2018 5:17:40 PM
<![CDATA[18 unpublished Naguib Mahfouz’s short stories to be released soon ]]>
Um Kulthum said in a statement that the short stories were discovered by journalist Mohamed Shoair while working on a book about the controversy surrounding Mahfouz’s novel, "Awlad Haretna" (Children of our Avenue).

While researching in archives, books, magazines, and newspapers to document the publishing history of the novel, Shoair came across a file of 50 short stories written by Mahfouz titled “for publishing 1994”.

Written in the mid-90s, some of these 50 short stories were published in Nisfeldunia magazine, issued by Al-Ahram, before the failed assassination attempt of Mahfouz in 1994. Yet, Shoair and Um Kulthum found that 18 of them were never published.

Mahfouz’s daughter is currently working for the publisher of the new collection.

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 a new generation of writers, artists, and readers through an informal seminar, 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 after 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 towards Rushdi.

This incident however directed attention to Mahfouz’s controversial novel “Awlad Haretna” (The Children of Our Avenue). It 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, appointing the dark son Adham to run the business instead of Idris the eldest son, relaying the story of Adam and Satan, then the quarrel between Satan and God, and later mentioning 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, 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; his novels were informative and showed the development of Egypt in the 20th century.

Mahfouz’s first novel was “Khufu’s Wisdom” and he also 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.

Additional report by Osama Fatim ]]>
9/19/2018 4:07:38 PM
<![CDATA[Veteran Egyptian actor Gamil Rateb dies at age 92]]>
Rateb's funeral prayer will be held on Wednesday afternoon at Cairo's Al-Azhar Mosque.

After getting his treatment in France, he returned to Egypt to be under the medical observation at the Anglo American Hospital.

His business manager Hany el-Tohamy revealed that the prominent actor had entirely lost his voice.

Rateb was known for the countless roles he played in the French, American and Egyptian cinema.

Born in 1926 in Cairo, He began acting when he was a student and in the 1940s he was titled the best actor in Egyptian and foreign schools.

He had his acting debut in 1946 in the movie “I am the East”, and then went to France to continue his studies in theatre.

After returning to Egypt in the mid-seventies, he began to appear in the Egyptian cinema and starred in many films, including "Kafany Ya Kalb", " La Azaa' Lel Sayedat" (No Consolation for Women), "Hob Fel Zenzana" (Love in the Prison), "El-Bedaya" (The Beginning), and "Toyoor el-Zalam" (The Birds of the Dark).

Rateb also played unforgettable roles in a number of TV series such as "Yawmiat Wanees", "El-Raya al-Bayda", "Al-Asdekaa", and "Wajh el-Qamar".

Furthermore, the iconic actor appeared in French and Tunisian cinema and took part in many distinguished international movies such as “Lawrence of Arabia”, “Trapeze” and “To Commit a Murder”, among others.

He was honored during the seventh edition of the Luxor African Film Festival that took place on March 16-22, 2018 as well as in the 29th edition of the Cairo International Film Festival.]]>
9/19/2018 4:04:51 PM
<![CDATA[Min. of culture inaugurates Sculpture Salon at Cairo Opera House ]]>
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Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem inaugurated on Sept. 18 the second edition of the international Sculpture Salon at Cairo Opera House's Art Palace-Press Photo

The inauguration was attended by Head of the Fine Arts sector Khaled Sorour and the high committee organizing the salon.



The salon includes sculptures of 57 international professional and youth artists, who were nominated to present their works in the salon because of their previous participation and their spectacular artworks that affect the Egyptian contemporary sculpture scene.

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Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem inaugurated on Sept. 18 the second edition of the international Sculpture Salon at Cairo Opera House's Art Palace-Press Photo

The artworks were diversified both at the artistic and the raw materials levels. The raw materials used in the sculptures included granite, iron, bronze, polyester, wood and gypsum.

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Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem inaugurated on Sept. 18 the second edition of the international Sculpture Salon at Cairo Opera House's Art Palace-Press Photo

The committee decided to honor three artists during this year’s edition; Kamal Obaid, Abdul Hadi al-Washahi, and Farouk Ibrahim.

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Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem inaugurated on Sept. 18 the second edition of the international Sculpture Salon at Cairo Opera House's Art Palace-Press Photo
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9/19/2018 3:58:58 PM
<![CDATA[Khaled Ali handed down suspended 3-year-jail term over indecent act]]>
He had been sentenced to three years in priosn in September last year and slapped an EGP 1,000-bail to suspend the sentence to file an appeal.

During a demonstration last year to protest against a court ruling in a case connected with border maritime demarcation between Egypt and Saudi Arabia, Ali committed an indecent act using his fingers.

The demonstration took place following the ruling on Tiran and Sanfir islands which had been handed by Egypt to Saudi Arabia. ]]>
9/19/2018 3:58:16 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian artist portrays unique beauty, power of African women ]]>
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Aya el-Emam tries through her paintings to shed light on the uniqueness of African women's beauty-by Aya el-Emam

“Some think that the beauty of a woman is defined by her straight hair and white skin. Through my paintings I want to break down this kind of stereotype and show that an African woman has a unique beauty and inner power,” Emam told Egypt Today.

It all began when Emam, a fresh graduate of the Faculty of fine arts, started to portray what attracts her in African cultures, such as the Nubian culture with its vivid colors.

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It all began when Emam, a fresh graduate of the Faculty of fine arts, started to portray what attracts her in African cultures, such as the Nubian culture with its vivid colors-by Aya el-Emam

“At the beginning, I only meant to reflect what attracts me in the African culture on my portraits, but then people admired the artworks when I posted them and asked to purchase them.”

Emam's portraits reflect the originality and beauty of the African and tribal culture.
“Their original culture with its colorful patterned clothes and accessories shows unique and bold beauty and provides massive inspiration for endless artworks.”

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It all began when Emam, a fresh graduate of the Faculty of fine arts, started to portray what attracts her in African cultures, such as the Nubian culture with its vivid colors-by Aya el-Emam

She delves into African culture, featuring the beauty of African women, which does not only come from their outside looks but also from their inner power.

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Aya el-Emam tries through her paintings to shed light on the uniqueness of African women's beauty-by Aya el-Emam

Looking at the African women portrayed in ink and water colors in Emam's portraits with their black eyes, chocolate colored lips, beautiful natural hair and dark skin, and feeling the tranquility, love, and pride expressed on their faces, conveys how powerful and resilient they are in the face of all struggles and stereotype.

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Aya el-Emam tries through her paintings to shed light on the uniqueness of African women's beauty-by Aya el-Emam

Believing that art could contribute in a positive change in societies, Emam referred that artists break stacks of bricks with one swoop of their hands.

“Artists have the freedom to focus on various topics from different perspectives in their artworks, spreading positive messages that can change the way people think. Art can reach people everywhere, even on streets like graffiti, so artists have a real chance to break negative stereotypes,” she added.

Emam revealed that her favorite artist is Taher Abdel Azeem, a professor in the interior design department, Faculty of Fine Arts.

“He is my favorite artist because he managed to create his own technique of drawing, which no one could ever duplicate. When you see one of his paintings you can easily recognize that he is the painter even before noticing the signature.”

Emam concluded that the first artwork she has drawn is her favorite one in the collection as it is a set of portraits, showing the same African woman in different poses. “I tried so hard to draw each of them with the same spirit and style so that when people look at each portrait separately, they can recognize it is for the same artist.”

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The first artwork Aya el-Emam has drawn is her favorite one in the collection as it is a set of portraits, showing the same African woman in different poses- by Aya el-Emam
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9/19/2018 3:49:23 PM
<![CDATA[Europeans still open to refugees, three years after crisis]]>
At a time when anger over migration has fueled a rise in eurosceptic, anti-immigrant parties across Europe, the survey, conducted between May and July of this year, showed that over 80 percent of adults in Spain, the Netherlands, Germany and Sweden favor taking in refugees who are fleeing violence and war.

At over 70 percent, support was also high in France and the United Kingdom. Even in Greece and Italy, the main entry points for migrants into Europe, the survey showed that a majority of respondents still favor accepting refugees.

The European country with the lowest acceptance was Hungary, at 32 percent, well below Poland at 49 percent.

The survey also showed many Europeans are critical of how the EU has handled the influx.

The crisis of 2015 exposed deep divisions within the EU, with frontline countries like Italy and Greece frustrated with eastern European countries that have refused to accept refugees, and others, including Sweden and Germany, taking on a disproportionately large share.

Some 92 percent of Greeks, 78 percent of Italians and 66 percent of Germans and British expressed disapproval with the EU’s handling of the issue.

Outside of Europe, Mexico, Canada and Australia all showed high refugee acceptance rates of over 70 percent, while the United States and Japan both stood at 66 percent.]]>
9/19/2018 3:45:50 PM
<![CDATA[EGX retreats Wednesday, market cap. loses LE29.3B]]>
The benchmark EGX30 dropped 3.79 percent, or 555.35 points, to close at 14,098.56 points.

The equally weighted index EGX50 declined 4.98 percent, or 115.77 points, to reach 2,209.78 points.

The small and mid-cap index EGX70 fell 3.65 percent, or 26.30 points, reaching 694.52 points, and the broader index EGX100 drew back 3.88 percent, or 71.41 points, closing at 1,768.19 points.

Market capitalization lost LE 29.3 billion, recording LE 785.65 billion, compared to LE 814.96 billion in Tuesday’s session.

The trading volume reached 270.05 million shares, traded through 27,435 transactions, with a turnover of LE 966.64 million.

Egyptians Real Estate Fund Certificates, GB AUTO, and Oriental Weavers were top gainers of the session by 5.54 percent, 2.44 percent and 1.68 percent, respectively.

On the other hand, TransOceans Tours, Amer Group Holding, and Gulf Canadian Real Estate Investment Co. were top losers of the session by 14.29 percent, 10 percent, and 9.96 percent, respectively.

Egyptian investors were net sellers at LE 111.64 million, while Arab and foreign investors were net buyers at LE 55.86 million and LE 55.78 million, respectively.

Egyptian, Arab and foreign individuals were net sellers at LE 112.57 million, LE 10.19 million, and LE 3.34 million, respectively.

Egyptian, Arab and foreign organizations bought at LE 928,319, LE 66.05 million, and LE 59.12 million, respectively.

EGX ended Tuesday session on mixed note, as EGX30 rose 0.02 percent, while EGX50 inched down 0.46 percent, EGX70 dropped 0.37 percent, and EGX100 decreased 0.21 percent.
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9/19/2018 3:31:32 PM
<![CDATA[Al-Ghufran tribe organizes sit-in by Broken Chair to protest Qatar regime’s crimes]]>
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The tribe called on the international community to take a decisive stand on the Tamim regime, whom, they claim, have violated a number of international conventions and treaties through its racist policy against the Al-Ghufran tribe.

The sit-in comes as part of a wider move by the tribe on the sidelines of the 39th session of the UN Human Rights Council.

Created by Daniel Berset, the Broken Chair simpolises the struggeles of mine victims.

After a treaty (known as the Ottawa Treaty or the Mine Ban Treaty) to ban the use of anti-personnel mines was signed and came into action in 1997, Handicap International NGO commissioned the Swiss artist to create a piece of art that would draw attention to the victims of landmines to encourage nations to sign on to the treaty and stop using them.

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Al-Ghufran's efforts at justice in Geneva

The delegation also held a protest Tuesday to urge the United Nations to investigate the Qatar regimes’ crimes against humanity, including stripping them of Qatari nationality

“Our issue with the Qatar regime is purely humanitarian and not political, this is why we came here to present our case and our demands to the United Nations Human Rights Council. Our demands are clear: The Qatar regime should be held accountale for the crimes that it has committed against us and other Qataris, and the restoration of our rights,” Hamad Khaled Al-Marri, a member of the tribe, who took part in the stand, stated.

A delegation from the Al-Ghufran tribe called on the UN Human Rights Council to take serious action towards investigating their complaint, submitted Monday, against the Qatari regime’s human rights violations against the tribe.

The comments of the Al-Ghufran tribe came during a seminar titled, ‘Human Rights in Qatar: The Tragic tale of the Al-Ghufran Tribe’. The seminar was organized by the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR).

Members of the tribe who participated in the seminar stressed that they have taken international action against the Qatari regime after it has deprived them of their nationality, as well as their legitimate and undetachable rights as citizens of the state.

Members also spoke of their great sorrow and sadness at what they have suffered from humiliation to forced displacement to torture at the hands of the regime, all while the regime is dishing out Qatari nationalities to extremists, especially Islamic extremists, who have led to the shedding of blood in Egypt, Syria, Libya and Iraq.

Abdel Aziz al-Khamisi, a journalist who participated in the seminar, stated that members of the tribe, in cooperation with the EOHR, has called on the UN Human Rights Commission to investigate the injustice suffered by the tribe members at the hands of the Qatari regime, from revoking their nationality and forced displacement.

Al-Khamisi added that the delegation has also provided the UNHCR with evidence from some individuals’ cases who live in Qatar and have had their nationality revoked.

Building on this, Gaber Salah Al-Erq, a member of the Al-Ghufran tribe, said, “All those who have had their nationality stripped away from them have done nothing and do not even working in the political sphere. He said that most of them were dismissed from his job with an official letter and then has their nationality stripped away and possessions confiscated.”

He added that the issue with the Qatari regime is purely humanitarian and not political, this is why the case and demands were presented to the United Nations Human Rights Council.

He stated that the delegation had come to Geneva in peace to ask for the help of the international community.

A delegation representing Al-Ghufran tribe, one of the biggest tribes in Qatar, which has been subject to systemic discrimination at the hands of the Qatari authorities, handed a letter to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, discussing their deteriorating situation.

The tribe representatives, who had previously submitted a complaint to the Commissioner on September 21, 2017, asked the UN office to stop Qatari authorities’ continuous, systematic discrimination against them, and to protect the tribe’s members, restore their lost rights and to punish the Qatari regime for human rights violations.

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Qatari tribe Al-Ghufran declared that 6,000 of its members were forcibly displaced after the Qatari regime deprived them of their Qatari nationality and their national rights. - Egypt Today

“In the previous complaint we summarized the tragedy of the Al-Ghofran clan of the tribe of Bani Mura in Qatar, from 1996 to 2004 to the time of the writing of this petition they were savagely subjected to the worst crimes of racial discrimination, forced displacement, denial of return to their homeland, imprisonment and acts of torture that led to psychological damage and death within the Qatari intelligence prisons,” stated the representatives, whose families continue to face the toughest living situation in Qatar.

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The tribe representatives had previously submitted a complaint to the Commissioner on September 21, 2017 - Egypt Today

In reaction for Al-Ghufran tribe’s opposition to the Regime’s destabilizing policies in the region and its dispute with the neighboring Gulf States, in August, Qatari authorities revoked the citizenship of Sheikh Taleb Bin Lahom Bin Shreim and 54 members of his family who belong to Al Murrah tribe in a step considered as an arbitrary act by various Human Rights organization.

The Arab Federation for Human Rights (AFHR) described the Qatari call as a “revenge” against the members of the tribe for using their natural rights to freedom of expression and movement.

The Qatari authorities took further steps when it confiscated the properties of the members with the revoked citizenship, following the call with a systematic persecution against all the clans belonging to the large tribe, such as Al Ghufran clan.

The Qatari regime has also revoked the citizenship of another senior tribal leader, Sheikh Shafi Nasser Hamoud al-Hajri, a senior member of Shaml Al-Hawajer tribe, which is connected to the famous tribe of Qahtan. Along with the famous Qatari poet Mohammed Al-Marri who belongs to Al Murrah tribe.

Later, Qatari tribe Al-Ghufran declared that 6,000 of its members were forcibly displaced after the Qatari regime deprived them of their Qatari nationality and their national rights.

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These heinous crimes are believed to be well-known to Qatari authorities at all levels. “We assure you that the Qatari authorities, ranging from the Emir of Qatar, the Prime Minister, the Attorney General, the President of the National Committee for Human Rights, senior security officials and dignitaries, are aware of the discrimination members of Al Ghofran clan are subjected to and those senior officials are deeply involved in this crime,” the delegation stated, continuing, “Qatar officials are working to hide his crime from the eyes of international justice and human rights organizations, and the deliberately intimidate those trying from within Qatar to raise complaints to International bodies and human rights organizations.”

Fearing for their lives and their ability to voice their opinions or “demand their rights through the National Human Rights Committee in Doha” due to security personnel traching and monitoring their actions, which they say they have evidence off, the delegation spoke of the evidence they have of Qatari authorities treating their people with the utmost levels of brutality and monstrosity.

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Labelling them as “brutal methods that batter human dignity,” the delegation explained that “authorities deliberately change the facts and blur a lot of evidence, taking advantage of the ignorance of the victims of their rights, the lack of free local media channels and the absence of the possibility of recourse in the courts of Qatar. The victims of these violations and their families have a right to take legal action against the Qatari officials responsible.”

Revealing the crimes against humanity committed by Qatari authorities towards the tribe—some of which, like deprivation of healthcare or unfair detention, were revealed during the September 2017 Qatar global security and stability conference organized by exiled Qataris in London—the tribe called on the UN Commissioner’s office, recalling its mandate, to help them regain their rights.

“Through your unique mandate to promote and protect human rights, we ask your esteemed commission to see and stand up to the suffering of our citizens who have been deprived of their citizenship in Qatar and to the crimes committed against them and to alleviate the conditions and suffering of our displaced people in the villages and deserts of border areas in neighboring countries. We hope that your intervention will result in achieving human justice on the ground through your objective and impartial treatment of this suffering, and not to only depend on the National Human Rights Commission of Qatar which has unfortunately became an obstacle in our struggle for justice by covering up evidence and spreading false information,” the delegation petitioned.

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“We would like to draw the attention of the Office of the High Commissioner to the fact that the fear of oppression and abuse of the afflicted by the authorities of Qatar is what compels our people to remain silent and prevents many of the forcibly displaced from speaking up as they fear that their parents and relatives will be persecuted inside Qatar. The evidence is abundant and available, but the policy of muzzling mouths used by the authorities of Qatar is the obstacle that people fear to try to overcome unless supported by the High Commission by stern protection that enables them to voice their peaceful demands to restore their rights and the appearance of those who have violated their them before fair international justice, and we implore you to refer this complaint to them in light of the absence of the possibility of litigation in the courts of Qatar.”

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A delegation representing Al-Ghufran tribe, one of the biggest tribes in Qatar, handed a letter to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, discussing their deteriorating situation. - Egypt Today

The pain of the Al-Ghufran tribe has been felt throughout the region, with many calling on human rights organizations and the UN Human Rights Commissioner to protect tribe member.

In September 2017, the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) announced its total solidarity with the case of Al Ghofran clan. “Since 1995, the Qatari authorities have pursued a policy of collective punishment against the tribe of Ghofran that entailed the revoking of the nationality of more than 6000 its tribesmen and many of them were expelled from the country after their property and personal funds were confiscated. It is noteworthy that the tribe of Al Ghofran belongs to the tribe of Bani Mura, which make up about 40 percent of the people of Qatar making them indigenous to this country. EOHR has decided to adopt their cause for several reasons, including the international community’s and human rights organizations’ overlooking of this tragic issue and EOHR's belief in the universality of human rights principles and the need to establish and maintain them in the Arab region,” said Hafez Abu Seada, Egyptian human rights activist and Chairman of the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR).

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Moreover, Al-Ghufran tribed had filed an official complaint to the Arab Federation for Human Rights about the violations committed by the Qatari regime against its members. It called on the federation to refer the complaint to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights.

Hence, in a letter addressed to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, President of Arab Federation Ahmad al-Hamli called on the commission to protect the tribe’s members, restore their lost rights and to punish the Qatari regime for such violations.

This was the second complaint filed by the tribe to the UN Human Rights Councils to call on the international community to protect and secure their rights.

The World Aid Organization for Human Rights in New York also declared its complete solidarity with the Arab Federation for Human Rights, which adopted Al-Ghufran’s case.

In its report, the World Aid Organization said that it will cooperate with the Arab Federation and all human rights organizations to highlight this collective tragedy and raise the international community's awareness about it to shoulder the humanitarian and social responsibility and follow up with the tribe members' status.

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Previously, the Manama Center for Human Rights also demanded that the international society assign a United Nations envoy specialized in human rights to Qatar to prevent any further violations of human rights.

According to a statement from the center on March 9, 2018, the international mechanisms to preserve human rights should interfere in the Qatari situation and investigate the Qatari violations against its citizens and foreign workers.

The statement also claimed that the Qatari National Committee for Human Rights is not a fair independent organization anymore, as it works for the regime's interests.

The center described the Qatari violations as “a first” in international law and policy.
According to Sky News, Ghufran already issued a first complaint against Doha last September in which they explained how Qatar violated their rights. “We wonder about the reason behind ignoring our first complaint,” the Qatari tribe’s spokesperson, Jaber Abdel Hady, told Sky News on Friday.

With all this, and much more in mind, Abu Saeda ended the complaint by saying, “The Egyptian Organization calls upon the High Commissioner for Human Rights, her excellency Mrs. Michel Bachelet, to open an extensive investigation into this tragedy. EOHR also calls upon Mrs. Bachelet to assist it in its efforts to restore the rights of the clan of Al Ghofran as indigenous inhabitants who have been robbed of their nationalities and forcefully displaced enmasse for political reasons, in violation of all international human rights instruments. Finally EOHR expresses its readiness to provide any documents or evidence that the honorable Commission may need in any of the efforts we hope it will take to stop the suffering of the people of forgiveness.”

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The tribe asked the UN office to stop Qatari authorities’ continuous, systematic discrimination against them, and to protect the tribe’s members, restore their lost rights and to punish the Qatari regime for human rights violations. - Egypt Today

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9/19/2018 3:04:15 PM
<![CDATA[French investments in Egypt hit €4B: Minister]]>
This came during Nassar’s meeting with Head of the Egyptian side of the Egyptian French Business Council Fouad Younis to review ways to activate the role of the council in boosting the economic French- Egyptian relationship and expand cooperation between both sides in trade and industry.

Nassar noted that the main role of the council is based on main two axes which are attracting French investments to Egypt and increasing the Egyptian exports to French markets.

He also referred that France is one of the most important trade partners to Egypt within the European Union countries.

The meeting also focused on the preparation details of the Egyptian fashion week in 2020, which contributes to promoting the Egyptian brands in the Arab and foreign countries.

According to the trade minister, Egypt targets to restore its position in readymade garments, textile and weaving fields through upgrading the designs, textile industries and Egyptian clothes.

Member of Egyptian French Council Mary Louis said that arrangements are carried out with the French side to allocate a permanent headquarters for Egypt at the French Premiere Tizon, noting that there has been huge cooperation between Egypt and France in the design field for more than 10 years.

For his part, Younis said that the council exerts extensive efforts to launch a navigation line linking Alexandria port with Marseilles port in France to serve inter-trade movement between the two countries.

Former Trade Minister Tarek Kabil announced earlier Egypt’s exports to France increased 36.4 percent in 2017 to record €572 million, compared to €420 million in 2016.

Kabil added that trade exchange between Egypt and France rose 21.8 percent in 2017 compared to the prior year.
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9/19/2018 3:01:23 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt's amb. probes with Kuwaiti assistant FM joint coop.]]>
In a statement to MENA, Koni said that the meeting took up mechanisms of bilateral cooperation including the meetings of the joint committee to be held in Kuwait before the end of this year.

The Egyptian diplomat underlined that the get-together tackled issues of mutual interest besides the latest developments in the regional and international arenas.]]>
9/19/2018 2:57:13 PM
<![CDATA[Houthi shell strikes Dhahran, Yemen]]>
The shell was coming from Yemen’s direction and fell on a small village in southern Dhahran; it resulted in some losses without resulting in any injuries or deaths, according to the spokesperson.

Assami also revealed that the Directorate of Civil Defense in Asir received a notification that the shell caused damages to a mosque, a house, and an agricultural well.
Up until now, the Houthi movement has not claimed responsibility for the attack.
This came after Saudi’s interception of Houthi’s armed ballistic missile towards Saudi Aramco oil refinery on September 14, 2018.

Saudi Arabia faced numerous attacks from the Iran-aligned Houthi movement, especially after its leadership of the Arabian alliance in Yemen in 2015 to back the internationally recognized government, in response to a request from President of the Republic of Yemen Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi.
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9/19/2018 2:56:01 PM
<![CDATA[American rapper Flo Rida enjoys Giza Pyramids]]>
The Tourism Promotion Authority’s official Twitter account “ExperienceEgypt” said that 39-year old Tramar Lacel Dillard, professionally known as Flo Rida, visited the Giza Plateau as well as the Sphinx and the Great Pyramids.




Gorgeous American singer Alicia Keys also arrived in Egypt last week for summer vacation with her husband, music producer Swizz Beatz, and their two children Gensis Ali Dean and Egypt Daoud Dean, named after the ancient land.

Commenting on one of the photos taken during their trip to an ancient temple, Alicia said, “There’s so much to see. There’s so much to know... So much to uncover... So many ways to grow.”

Tourism Minister Rania al-Mashat warmly welcomed Alicia and her family to Egypt. “It’s a pleasure welcoming the Grammy award-winning musician and iconic singer Alicia Keys in Egypt! We hope you and your family enjoy your visit and experience with us,” Mashat wrote on Twitter.

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9/19/2018 2:48:42 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s FM sends condolences to Nigeria over flood victims]]>
In a statement issued on Sept. 18, the ministry affirmed the Egyptian government's full support to the ‘friendly’ country facing this crisis. The statement added that Egypt is completely confident that Nigeria is capable of overcoming this ordeal soon.

Ten Nigerian states have been reportedly swept by floods until now, causing tens of injuries and casualties.

Earlier in August, at least 19 people were reported killed, according to Reuters, in an Islamist militant attack on a village in northeast Nigeria. The militants attacked the village of Mailari in the Guzamala region of Borno state at around 2 a.m., according to the survivor, Abatcha Umar. He said he had not been able to tell whether the attackers belonged to the Nigerian Islamist insurgents of Boko Haram or to the Islamic State in West Africa.

Umar said he had counted 19 people killed. An aid worker at a camp that received the survivors, who declined to be identified, put the death toll at 63.
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9/19/2018 2:46:32 PM
<![CDATA[716 inmates released per presidential pardon]]>
Regarding presidential pardons, they are customary to national and religious occasions. According to article 155 of the constitution, the president is allowed to issue pardons only after a final ruling is issued.

However, the perpetrators of certain crimes are not eligible for pardon. These crimes comprise arms trafficking, terrorism, drug trafficking of more than 10 kilograms, “heroin” trade regardless of the quantity, and revenge killing.

Previously, a total of 2,110 prisoners were released on June 15 per a presidential pardon, while 677 others were out on conditional release, marking the first day of Eid El-Fitr (a religious feast celebrated by Muslims worldwide, marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan).

The batch of released prisoners included also 690 debtors, as part of a presidential initiative called “Prisons without Debtors” aiming to release all debtors landing behind bars by paying off their debts.

In May, the Interior Ministry's prison department pardoned 447 prisoners on the occasion of Sinai Liberation Day.

The Interior Ministry said in a statement that the prison department also found that 473 inmates are qualified for release on parole. The Egyptian government frequently pardons prisoners during national celebrations.

Also in May, President Sisi pardoned About 332 prisoners. The pardon list included youths and prisoners with health problems.

In October 2016, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi announced the formation of a presidential pardon committee, headed by political thinker, Osama al-Ghazaly Harb, for pardoning detainees with charges pending further investigation.

In November 2016, Sisi declared the first presidential pardon list, pardoning 82 detainees, including TV presenter and religious thinker Islam al-Behery, who was charged with “contempt of Islam.”

A second pardon list was declared in March 2017, pardoning 203 detainees. The list included five journalists, according to Masrawy news outlet. In June 2017, Sisi announced pardoning 502 detainees.

On the anniversary of October 6 War, 244 Egyptian prisoners regained their freedom after receiving a pardon by a presidential decree.
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9/19/2018 2:43:11 PM
<![CDATA[UK minister says new Brexit vote possible if parliament rejects May's plan]]>
Britain's narrow 2016 vote to exit the EU still divides public opinion with less than seven months until the country is due to leave the bloc. Prime Minister Theresa May is struggling to win support at home and in Brussels for her exit plan.

May has rejected the idea of a second referendum on leaving the EU, but one of her ministers said it could still happen if her negotiating strategy is rejected.

"Those to the right of the party - the pro-Brexit wing - will be very concerned that if that deal doesn't prevail, they'll end up in the situation where we could have a second referendum and we could end up not leaving the EU altogether," said Mel Stride, a minister in Britain's finance ministry.

"There is a danger of that happening," he added.

Stride's comments were contained within remarks setting out why he thought eurosceptic and pro-EU factions of May's party would ultimately come together to approve a deal with Brussels. He also argued that pro-EU lawmakers would back the outcome of negotiations to avoid leaving the bloc without any deal.

In a report co-authored by the man who drafted the EU treaty clause Britain is using to exit the bloc, the People's Vote campaign said parliament would have a series of opportunities to encourage or force the government to hold a referendum.

"The die is not irrevocably cast, there is still time," said John Kerr, who wrote the Article 50 exit clause of the EU's Lisbon Treaty that May used in March 2017 to set a two-year countdown running on Britain's departure.

The campaign cited polling data from YouGov showing more people would back a second vote than oppose one. Most opinion polls show a slight shift away from voting for Brexit, but overall opinion remains basically split down the middle.

The report set out six scenarios under which parliament could fight the government - ranging from technical procedures that would turn a planned vote in parliament on approving her deal into a one calling for a public vote, to the collapse of her government and a new election.

All rely to some extent on May, who does not have an outright majority in parliament, failing to win over sceptical lawmakers within her own party.

"The combination of parliament having meaningful votes, together with the government’s lack of a reliable majority, means that MPs (Members of Parliament) will play a central role in scrutinising any deal and could yet reject it," the report said.

The government has agreed to let lawmakers vote on whether to accept any deal May is able to negotiate with Brussels. But her negotiating plan is unpopular within her divided party, and it is not clear that she will be able to win a vote on it.

Nevertheless, May said that if her deal is rejected by parliament, Britain will leave the bloc without any deal - an outcome that many economists, including the International Monetary Fund, say would damage the economy.

Some pro-Brexit lawmakers argue that the dangers of leaving without a deal are being hyped up to generate fear, while both May's government and the EU have published no-deal contingency plans to try to mitigate any impact. ]]>
9/19/2018 2:41:59 PM
<![CDATA[Dollar prices stable at major Egyptian banks]]>
The dollar exchange rate settled at LE 17.78 for buying and LE 17.88 for selling at the National Bank of Egypt.

At Banque Misr, the dollar stood at LE 17.79 for buying and LE 17.89 for selling.

At Banque du Caire, the Commercial International Bank (CIB) and the National Bank of Greece it recorded LE 17.86 for buying and LE 17.96 for selling.

At Alexandria Bank and the Arab African International Bank the dollar price stood at LE 17.85 for buying and LE 17.95 for selling.

At Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank, the price went up by one piaster recording LE 17.87 for buying and LE 17.97 for selling.]]>
9/19/2018 2:39:57 PM
<![CDATA[Judicial cooperation conference continues for 2nd day]]>
Addressing an international conference of chief prosecutors on global judicial cooperation, which kicked off on Tuesday, he added that the Sudanese law and constitution prohibit human trafficking and slavery along with illegal migration.

For his part, Ethiopian Assistant Attorney General Aydankatso Werko said that his country is exerting much efforts for fighting human trafficking.

He noted that challenges are hampering these efforts including lack of funding that is needed to train officials in charge of combating trafficking, pointing out that his country is cooperating with several international organizations for enhancing the skills of these officials. ]]>
9/19/2018 2:23:57 PM
<![CDATA[Solidarity minister confers with Australian amb. in Cairo on cooperation on social care programs]]>
During the meeting, Wali reviewed efforts exerted by her ministry to achieve a social protection umbrella for the most needy categories citing the model of "Takaful and Karama" program which aims at alleviating the burdens of low social categories.

She also briefed the Australian envoy on the projects sponsored by the ministry to provide social care for the poor and most needy families under the slogan of "Two is enough" to work on curbing the population growth.

During the meeting, the two sides agreed on starting the implementation of several joint projects in the field of women empowerment and improving their living conditions.

The Australian ambassador, for his part, praised the efforts of the Social Solidarity Ministry in providing services to various social categories.]]>
9/19/2018 2:18:28 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt refuses to build refugee camps: Foreign Ministry]]>
This came on the sidelines of the first International Conference of Parliamentarians held in Sharm El-Sheikh.

Sihi said human trafficking and illegal migration costs the country a huge budget, stressing that any country cannot combat the phenomenon of human trafficking and illegal migration without cooperating with competent organizations.

Egypt had signed several agreements to eliminate the main causes of human trafficking and illegal migration, she explained. Sihi called on all countries receiving migrants to launch development projects to provide them with job opportunities.

The first regional conference of the prosecutor-general and general attorneys of Africa and Europe continued sessions on Wednesday for the second day with the participation of lawyers and chief prosecutors of African and European countries.

The first-day sessions tackled measures to fight organized crime, human trafficking as well as the immigration of refugees.

Wednesday's sessions are set to tackle fighting smuggling and human trafficking and the role of international and regional authorities in exchanging information.

In the same context, Minister of Local Development Abu Bakr el-Gendi announced late February that no illegal migration boats were recorded to have set off from Egyptian shores since 2016.

The Egyptian Parliament approved in October the illegal-immigration and smuggling law that entails tough penalties on whoever assists and/or facilitates a process of illegal immigration. The law was drafted by the Cabinet in 2015 and was sent in June 2016 to the Parliament for discussion.

During the ninth Euro-Mediterranean Association session, Minister of Local Development Gendi contended that the Egyptian government has adopted a comprehensive strategy to combat illegal immigration on the legal, military and cultural fronts.

Gendi pointed out the necessity of supporting the countries that are considered exporters of migrants by providing their youth with decent job opportunities to encourage them to stay in their homelands rather than seek employment overseas.

Offering another effective method for confronting terrorism, the minister of local development suggested that countries open their doors to youth that are seeking quality education. He also praised the efforts of the Euro-Mediterranean regional and local communities in disseminating the culture of expertise exchange, strengthening economic activities in the region, and promoting political dialogue and the practice of democracy.

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) announced that over 3,200 migrants died while trying to cross the Mediterranean in 2016.

Additional report with Jehad al-Sayed ]]>
9/19/2018 2:13:17 PM
<![CDATA[War crimes prosecutor begins examining alleged Rohingya deportations]]>
The decision by Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda follows a ruling at the court earlier this month that it has jurisdiction over alleged forced deportations and related crimes because, while Myanmar is not a member of the court, Bangladesh is. ]]>
9/19/2018 2:09:07 PM
<![CDATA[Messi and Dembele shine but work still to do for Barcelona]]>
It was his eighth treble in the competition, taking him above the record of seven he shared with Cristiano Ronaldo to sit unmatched at the top of the list.

Messi marked other milestones too. He has now scored in 14 different Champions League campaigns, with only Raul and Ryan Giggs ahead of him on 15 and 16 respectively. Three times, Messi has hit hat-tricks in his opening game.

"He makes the extraordinary look ordinary," said Barcelona's coach Ernesto Valverde.

"Messi is a man of his word," wrote Marca. "He said he wanted this Champions and he led by example."

The first goal was impressive enough. Ousmane Dembele had earned a free-kick, the reward for a weaving run forward, a yard outside of the penalty area and slightly right.

PSV's wall edged forward, desperate to close the gap, but Messi arced the ball over all of them, spinning it away from Jeroen Zoet's left hand and into the top corner.

"He has an incredible left foot," Ivan Rakitic said. "A lot of the time when he takes free-kicks you may as well go directly to the place where you?re going to celebrate them."

Marca described it as a "Maradonian touch". Eight free-kicks converted this year, another personal record broken.

If the World Cup proved anything, however, it is that Messi cannot do it alone and Barcelona will need others to shine if they are to end their Champions League hiatus.

After three straight quarterfinal exits, the last a humbling collapse against Roma, this was a clean slate, a chance, at least to start to put things right.

- Turbulent debut season -

Andres Iniesta has gone but he was not too much missed on this occasion at the Camp Nou, where Philippe Coutinho sparkled and could have had his own hat-trick had his shooting been more precise, while Dembele might have been man of the match before Messi stole the show.

With a turbulent debut season, blighted by injury, behind him, Dembele looks like a player back on track.

He won the free-kick for Messi but his goal was a peach too. Turning between two PSV midfielders, he drove into the space and curved the ball into the bottom corner from 25 yards.

"In a team there is room for everyone, good passers and also for those that can break through," said Valverde. "That's where we need Dembele."

The 21-year-old has five goals, already one more than his total last term. "He was dazzling," wrote AS. "Those five goals in six games have buried the worst year of Dembele's life."

Messi, Dembele, Coutinho, and Luis Suarez too, caused havoc but four goals still flattered Barcelona. "4-0 is too heavy," PSV's coach Mark van Bommel said afterwards, and he was right.

They had three good chances to take the lead and Hirving Lozano might have equalised in the second half too, had Gerard Pique not made a scrambling last-ditch block.

Too easily opened up on the counter-attack, Barca will be punished by better teams later in the tournament. For now, this was an important win, to expunge the memories of Rome, and for morale.

"We're still not 100 percent," Rakitic said. "We keep working."]]>
9/19/2018 1:55:10 PM
<![CDATA[Kremlin praises steps by Korean leaders to resolve nuclear crisis]]>
Speaking at a joint news conference, Kim and Moon said earlier on Wednesday they had agreed to turn the Korean peninsula into a “land of peace without nuclear weapons and nuclear threats”.

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9/19/2018 1:51:15 PM
<![CDATA[North Korea's Kim agree to inspections in bid to salvage nuclear talks]]>
Speaking at a joint news conference in Pyongyang, Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in said they agreed to turn the Korean peninsula into a “land of peace without nuclear weapons and nuclear threats”.

They said the North was also willing to close its main nuclear complex if the United States took unspecified “reciprocal action.”

The pledges Kim and Moon made at their third summit this year could inject fresh momentum into the stalled nuclear negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang and lay the groundwork for another meeting Kim recently proposed to U.S. President Donald Trump.

“I don’t think President Moon got everything he was seeking from these interactions, but Kim Jong Un gave Moon some tangible things for which he can take credit,” said Michael Madden, an analyst at the Stimson Centre’s 38 North think tank in Washington.

“These are good-faith gestures which will likely facilitate further and more substantive negotiations,” Madden said, adding a second summit between Kim and Trump was “highly probable”.

Kim pledged to work toward the “complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula” during his two meetings with Moon earlier this year and at his historic June summit with Trump in Singapore.

But discussions over how to implement the vague commitments have since faltered. Washington is demanding concrete action towards denuclearization, such as a full disclosure of North Korea’s nuclear and missile facilities, before agreeing to key goals of Pyongyang - declaring an official end to the 1950-53 Korean War and easing tough international sanctions.

Trump‏ called the latest pledges “very exciting”.

“Kim Jong Un has agreed to allow nuclear inspections, subject to final negotiations, and to permanently dismantle a test site and launch pad in the presence of international experts. In the meantime there will be no rocket or nuclear testing,” Trump wrote on Twitter.

Kim said he would visit Seoul in the near future, in what would be the first-ever visit to the South’s capital by a North Korean leader. Moon said the visit was expected to take place by the end of the year.

The leaders of the two Koreas also announced a series of steps to deepen bilateral exchanges in the economy, culture and sport.

VERIFICATION

Kim’s latest promises come days before Moon meets Trump in New York on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly next week. Seoul officials hope Moon will be able to convince Trump to restart nuclear talks with Pyongyang, after he canceled a trip by his secretary of state to Pyongyang last month, citing lack of progress.

Though North Korea has unilaterally stopped nuclear and missile tests, it did not allow international inspections of the dismantling its only known nuclear test site in May, drawing criticism that its action was for show and could be easily reversed.

As a next step, North Korea will allow experts from “concerned countries” to watch the closure of its missile engine testing site and launch pad in the northwestern town of Dongchang-ri, according to a joint statement signed by Moon and Kim. The facilities were a key test center for its intercontinental ballistic missiles designed to reach the United States.

The North also “expressed its readiness” to take additional measures, such as a permanent dismantlement of its main nuclear facilities in Yongbyon should there be unspecified corresponding action from the United States.

Those U.S. steps could include an end-of-war declaration, South Korea’s national security adviser, Chung Eui-yong, told reporters.

The neighbors remain still technically at war because the Korean War ended in armistice and not a peace treaty.

North Korea has consistently refused to give up its nuclear arsenal unilaterally, and stressed that the United States should first agree to a formal declaration ending the war.

Satellite images and other evidence in recent months have suggested North Korea is continuing to work on its nuclear program clandestinely.

Seo Yu-suk, a research manager at the Institute of North Korean Studies in Seoul, said the facilities at Dongchang-ri and Yongbyon are “almost obsolete” and the North has mobile missile launchers that are easier to use and harder to detect, while there are likely covert sites elsewhere.

SANCTIONS BUSTING?

The two Koreas agreed to begin construction to reconnect railways and roads linking the countries within this year. They will also work to restart a joint factory park in the North border city of Kaesong and tours to the North’s Mount Kumgang resort, when conditions are met.

But some experts worry those projects could constitute a violation of U.N. Security Council sanctions aimed at drying up resources for Pyongyang’s weapons programs, and upset Washington.

The two Koreas also agreed to pursue a bid to co-host the 2032 Summer Olympic Games, and actively work together in other international competitions including the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Later on Wednesday, Moon is scheduled to watch the North’s signature “Brilliant Fatherland” Mass Game, with a formation of glowing drones, lasers and stadium-sized gymnastics shows designed to glorify the country.

On Thursday, the last day of his three-day visit, Moon plans to visit Mount Baektu in North Korea with Kim before returning home.

North Korea says Kim’s grandfather and father were born at Mount Baektu, a centerpiece of the North’s idolization and propaganda campaign to highlight the ruling family’s sacred bloodline.]]>
9/19/2018 1:47:11 PM
<![CDATA[Britain cannot accept UK separation in any Brexit border proposal: source]]>
Asked about a report by the Times newspaper that Prime Minister Theresa May was set to reject an improved offer from the European Union, the government source said:

“We welcome the commitment to finding a solution, as the proposal put forward by the Commission in March was unacceptable. We have been very clear that what we cannot accept is Northern Ireland being separated off from the UK customs territory.”]]>
9/19/2018 1:44:29 PM
<![CDATA[Wild celebrations as ousted Pakistan PM Sharif and daughter freed from jail]]>
The Islamabad High Court suspended the 10-year sentence for Sharif and the seven-year term handed down to his daughter, Maryam, over corrupt practices linked to his family’s ownership of upscale London flats.

“Justice has been served and I congratulate Nawaz Sharif’s supporters,” former foreign minister Khawaja Asif, a staunch Sharif ally, said outside the courtroom where Sharif’s supporters were seen celebrating wildly.

The Sharifs’ convictions are still under appeal with the same Islamabad High Court, but a judge on Wednesday ruled they should be freed immediately while the case continues.

Three-time prime minister Sharif was ousted and disqualified from holding office by the Supreme Court in July 2017 and jailed earlier this year in absentia. He was arrested on July 13 upon returning from London, where his wife was receiving treatment before her death this month.

Sharif has repeatedly called the cases against him politically motivated, suggesting collusion between the powerful military and courts to destabilize his Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party and throw him out of power.

“The prosecution has failed to show the properties belong to Nawaz Sharif. It also failed to prove how was Maryam Nawaz sentenced under the same charge sheet which convicted Nawaz Sharif,” Justice Athar Minallah told the court.]]>
9/19/2018 1:42:31 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt, Cyprus sign deal to link Aphrodite's gas to liquefaction plants]]>
The agreement is considered a general framework to establish a direct sea gas line between both countries, according to spokesman of the Petroleum Ministry Hamdy Abdel Aziz.

The agreement was signed between Egyptian Minister of Petroleum Tarek el-Molla, and Minister of Energy, Industry, Tourism and Trade of Cyprus Yiorgos Lakkotrypis, in the presence of Ambassador of Egypt to Cyprus Mai Taha Khalil, and a representative of the European Commission for Energy that regulates the general framework of the agreement between the two countries.

Both countries were planning to link Aphrodite field with Egypt's liquefaction plants in Idku and Damietta after President Abdel Fatah al Sisi visited Cyprus, and discussed the construction of a pipeline to deliver gas to Egypt from Cyprus’s Aphrodite field in November.

Molla said that the Egyptian-Cypriot agreement is not only for the implementation of a sea pipeline, but will also contribute positively to the supply of gas to the European Union.

In April, Egypt signed a Memorandum of Understanding for a strategic cooperation in Energy with the European Union, stipulating to update the energy sector cooperation between both sides and implementing a clean energy transition.

He referred to the agreement as one of the main axes to support the economic relationships between both countries and an important step to maximize the benefits of Cypriot gas discoveries.

Petroleum Minister Molla emphasized the importance of the Egyptian role in the future of gas in the Middle East region with its strategic location, strong infrastructure and mega gas discoveries.

Egypt is moving towards self-sufficiency in gas and becoming the Middle East’s energy hub, with expectations to stop importing liquefied gas in 2018, after the production of its giant gas field, Zohr, began in December 2017.

The Italian energy company Eni discovered in 2015 Zohr gas field in the Shorouk concession with around 850 billion cubic meters of gas.

Egypt’s gas production currently stands at 5.5 billion cubic feet a day.

Meanwhile, Egypt signed a deal in 2013 with Cyprus, allowing both states to explore oil and gas in their economic zones.

In 2017, Cyprus and Egypt agreed to start discussions on an agreement to build a gas pipe from a Cypriot natural gas field to Egypt, followed by signing an agreement between Egyptian Minister of Petroleum Molla and Cyprus' Minister of Energy Lakkotrypis to transport gas from Cyprus to Egypt via a maritime pipeline.

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9/19/2018 1:38:25 PM
<![CDATA[Dairab Negm’s case referred to Public Prosecution: Min.]]>
Zayed added that the ministry does not accept any human or non-human errors in the provision of medical services.

On September 16, the prosecution of Sharqia's Zagazig ordered the detention of 15 people working in a public hospital.

In the same context, Egypt's prime minister and health minister affirmed that those responsible for the incident will be severely punished.

The prime minister also affirmed that the authorities will deal assertively with those found guilty by the investigations, adding that the government will not allow similar incidents to take place in the future.

Health Minister Zayed also affirmed taking the legal measures against those behind the incident. Although nobody has been officially accused yet, Zayed revealed further critical details about the probable cause of the victims' death.

Zayed indirectly accused the company responsible for the maintenance of the dialysis unit inside the hospital, saying that this company has carried out maintenance for six months. However, this time, complications took place directly after the maintenance of the unit.

Zayed also added during her speech that the most important things that plague the Egyptian families are the waiting lists, which comprise more than 18,000 cases. She pointed out that the Central Bank pumped LE 980 million in support of the waiting lists.

In light of the efforts to eliminate virus C, Zayed said in her speech that Egypt will launch the "largest medical campaign in the world" in October to detect Hepatitis C virus and treat 50 million citizens upon President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi’s orders.

The medical campaign will start on October 1 and will run for two months in nine governorates.

President Sisi inaugurated Wednesday the Military Hospital in Menoufia to serve both civilians and military personnel, according to a statement issued by presidential spokesperson Bassam Rady.

Rady’s statement added that the hospital includes state-of-the-art devices as well as a building for outpatient clinics. The hospital is considered the latest medical service offered to the residents of Delta governorates.

The president also inaugurated other development projects via video-conference.
Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouli, Defense Minister Mohamed Zaki, House of Representatives Speaker Ali Abdel Aal and other senior officials are attending the opening ceremony.
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9/19/2018 12:26:58 PM
<![CDATA[Trade exchange between Egypt, Italy hit $2B in six months ]]>
The minister made the remarks during his participation in an Egyptian-Italian dialogue forum, organized by the ministry's maritime transport sector in cooperation with the Italian Embassy in Cairo and the Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport.

Addressing the forum, Arafat termed Italy as a "strategic partner", adding that the European country was currently occupying the fifth position on the list of the investing countries in Egypt.

The forum is of great importance as it would help revive mutual cooperation in the maritime field, he added.

Meanwhile, Italian Ambassador to Egypt Giampaolo Cantini thanked the Egyptian minister for his participation in the forum.

Cantini said this forum provides a great opportunity to develop and strengthen relations between Egyptian and Italian companies in the field of maritime transport.]]>
9/19/2018 11:37:23 AM
<![CDATA[Belgian builds musical bridge across the Bosphorus]]>
Now he is helping build a musical bridge for others, working with refugees arriving from the east to help preserve and develop their musical culture in European exile.

"Sometimes you choose your fate, sometimes fate chooses you," Driessens told AFP, explaining how he came to master the oud, the oriental lute, and become artistic director of Refugees for Refugees.

This group brings together refugees who have fled to Belgium from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and as far as Tibet to play concerts and record new music together in Brussels.

A record, named "Amerli" after an Iraqi town besieged by the Islamic State jihadist group, was released in May 2016 by the world music educational association Muziekpublique.

A portion of the sales of the recording was invested in two Belgian NGOs working with refugees from the conflicts in the Middle East, Globe Aroma and Synergie 14.

Driessens, a 36-year-old Belgian oudist already leads several successful groups: Lamekan Ensemble, Seyir Trio, Soolmaan Quintet and La Compagnie d'Elias.

But he did not impose his own vision on the refugee ensemble, trying to draw music from their talents, traditions and life experience, and to guide it towards forming a whole.

"There are so many rich personalities," Driessens told AFP.

Among the group are Dolma Renqingi, a Tibetan singer, Asad Qizilbash, a Pakistani who plays the sarod, another form of lute, Afghan troubador Aman Yusufi and "musicians who have such important experiences, as refugees and as human beings, in the realm of music".

At Muziekpublique, Driessens teaches Turkish music, but he invited his new colleagues to share all "their baggage, their musical tastes and their technique."

"From there, I put together a rundown," he explains. "I spot the pearls... to create something of relevance, but for me this group is first and foremost a human adventure."

A second Refugees for Refugees album is due out next year.

- Apprentice to giants -

Driessens also owes his musical calling to a journey, albeit not a forced one.

Between the ages of 15 and 17, the young oud player roamed Spain with his mother, living and travelling in a gypsy caravan pulled by two horses.

There he discovered musical traditions drawn from both the Sephardic Jews and Arab Andalucia.

"It shaped how I saw the world and allowed me to meet many artists at a very young age," he said.

The oud is often associated with Arabic music, but Driessens' next encounter was with learned Turkish performers, virtuosos like Yurdal Tokcan and Necati Celik, whom he sees as "a father, an anchor."

The young Belgian's formal guitar and piano training had been in the Western tradition, but Turkish classical music would open the door to eastern styles.

"The power of expression that can be contained in a simple oriental melody fascinates me," he said.

For just over a decade he has made regular pilgrimages to Istanbul, the city on the Bosphorus, bridge between Europe and Asia to sit at the feet of masters.

"It's a cord that I can't cut, a second home," he said. "Whether it's to make a recording, attend an artist in residence or just drink Turkish coffee with my master. I was formed in this city."

- 'From master to disciple' -

Turkish classical music draws on an oral tradition, sometimes with a written score serving as an aide-memoire to its complex, even arcane, melodies.

Driessens did not want to pretend to master it in a few months or even years.

"It's a music that is passed from master to disciple," he said, describing long informal sessions with his guides, copying and imitating their playing until the underlying music revealed itself.

The music of the Ottoman court has influenced western players since the 15th century.

Moldovan prince Dimitrie Cantemir was an adept in the early 18th, a successor to the 17th century Pole Wojciech Bobowski, alias Ali Ufki.

Sufi and Dervish influences also fed back into the tradition, which spread throughout the diverse corners of the sultan's empire, and now, with Driessens, the Turkish foundation mixes with other influences.

Alongside his work with refugees, he is recording tunes influenced by western European folk melodies and modern jazz with musicians from Armenia, Bulgaria and elsewhere.

"I'm not trying to pass myself off as a Turk," Driessens insisted. "I'm Tristan Driessens, born in Belgium to Belgian parents -- but blessed with multiple identities."]]>
9/19/2018 11:30:31 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt purchases 475K tons of Russian, Ukrainian wheat]]>
Upon an international bid held earlier in the day, Egypt will import 120,000 tons of wheat from Russia and 60,000 tons from Ukraine, GASC deputy head Ahmed Youssef said in a statement.

About 295,000 tons of Russian wheat will be imported as per a second tender, he added. ]]>
9/19/2018 11:23:15 AM
<![CDATA[Lawsuit demands collective dismissal of Muslim Brotherhood members]]>
Lawyer of the Cassation Court Tarek Mahmoud said that Prime Minister Hesham Qandil of the Muslim Brotherhood regime issued several decrees to give the members of the Islamist group access to leading positions at different ministries and government organizations.

He claimed that the majority of such people were appointed illegally, only to control the administrative skeleton of the state at ministries like the Education, Transport, Higher Education, and at town councils.

Their sole goal, according to Mahmoud, is to make state policies, which aim to facilitate daily procedures of citizens, futile so as to create a gap between Egyptians and the authorities.

The lawyer added that the Islamists who were appointed in such way still occupy their positions although they belong to a terrorist organization per a judicial decree.
Mahmoud demanded the Interior Ministry to embark on a database, along with the Central Agency for Organization and Administration, for all state personnel to dismiss those who are proved to be members of the “terrorist” group.
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9/19/2018 11:13:34 AM
<![CDATA[Iran film for Oscars stirs debate on home front]]>
The Farabi Cinema Foundation tasked with selecting Iran's contestant for the best foreign-language film category has announced its choice of "No Date, No Signature", which won best director and best actor at the 2017 Venice Film Festival.

Vahid Jalilvand's film, which has scooped a host of other awards aboard, tells the tale of two men tormented by guilt over the death of a boy in a road accident, set against a background of social injustice.

"Every year the same debate surfaces over whether or not to submit a film" for the contest in Hollywood, Farabi said last Friday while naming its choice.

The US decision to pull out of the nuclear accord with the Islamic republic and to reimpose sanctions this year has "led certain parties to propose a boycott of the Oscars", it said, referring to Iran's conservative camp.

Defending its participation, the foundation said that members of the Academy which organises the event were among leading critics of "the populist government of (President Donald) Trump and of its policies tainted with racism and unilateralism".

The choice of "No Date, No Signature" was vindicated by its success abroad and "the efforts of its distributor" to bring the movie to screens in the United States, Farabi said.

- 'Golden opportunity' missed -

But the ultra-conservative press was unimpressed.

"Like the strategy used by Trump in interviews and tweets to depict Iran as a nation abandoned by hope and mired in poverty and misery, 'No Date, No Signature', a most bitter and dark film, has been chosen for the Oscars," Javan newspaper said in a commentary.

It said the foundation had squandered "a golden opportunity" to enlighten the outside world on the values of Iran by nominating another movie, "Damascus Time", on its battle against jihadists in Syria.

Director Ebrahim Hatamikia's film, funded by the Revolutionary Guards, the country's ideological army, has been a hit at the Tehran box office.

After three films were shortlisted from a 110-strong field, "the decisive factor that made 'No Date, No Signature' the best choice was its professional and effective foreign distributor which the others did not have", said Houshang Golmakani, a critic with "Film Magazine", a monthly on Iranian movies he co-founded.

The subject matter makes it "a caustic film" as regards its portrayal of life in Iran, he told AFP. "But art is not a matter of touting for your country."

In 2017, Iranian director Asghar Farhadi won his second Oscar for best foreign movie with "The Salesman", but he boycotted the awards ceremony in Los Angeles in protest at Trump's controversial policies on immigration.]]>
9/19/2018 11:10:58 AM
<![CDATA[Napoleon's imperial barge on the move again]]>
Since World War II the 18-metre (60-foot) craft has held pride of place at the National Naval Museum in Paris, its ornate crown topped by a cross and supported by four cherubim perched on the vessels roof.

Using chains attached to scaffolding, workers carefully lifted the crown and placed it on a cross of wooden beams, before slowly depositing it on the floor of the museum, just across the Seine river from the Eiffel Tower.

The imperial canoe, as it is called on the museum's website, is set to undergo a full restoration before going on display in Brest on France's western coast in late 2019.

A huge hole will have to be knocked through one of the museum's outer walls to remove the vessel -- the same procedure used to get it inside in 1943 when it was brought from Brest.

"To keep it safe they decided to transfer it to Paris to avoid the bombings" of the port city by Allied forces, Annie Madet-Vache, a museum spokeswoman, told AFPTV.

It was a much simpler version which bore the emperor on his first and only trip aboard, during an 1810 visit to his fleet and his recently built armoury in Antwerp accompanied by a young Empress Marie-Louise.

After his abdication in 1814 the barge was sent to Brest, where his nephew and heir Napoleon III added the crown and other imperial flourishes like the gold statue of Neptune with his trident on the bow.]]>
9/19/2018 11:08:41 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt implements 6 petrochemical projects with investments of $2B]]>
This came during the General Assembly of the Egyptian Holding Company for Petrochemicals headed by Molla to approve the results of fiscal year 2017/2018.

“The entry of these projects into action is a strong addition to the petrochemical industry, which works with the petroleum sector to develop its investments as a vital target for reaching economically distinct revenues and providing raw materials for the local market,” Molla added.

He affirmed that the discoveries and development projects of natural gas fields contribute high payments to the Egyptian petrochemical industry and open new horizons for investment in this vital industry, which achieves the added value of oil wealth and gives a higher return on investment.

He pointed out that the development and improvement of the petrochemical system is one of the main axes of the national project to transform Egypt into a regional energy center.

Head of the Suez Canal Authority and SCZone, Mohab Mamish, signed a contract to establish the largest petrochemical complex in the Middle East with Carbon Holdings CEO, Basil el-Baz.

The petrochemical complex will be built at a cost of $10.9 billion in investments in the economic zone at the Suez Canal, including 11-factories on an area of 5 million square meters, and providing 48,000 jobs to Egyptian youth.

“The project is funded by international institutions to comply with the petrochemicals strategy and represents an added value to the Egyptian industrial sector,” the statement read.

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9/19/2018 11:08:41 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s exports of chemicals, fertilizers to hit $6B by end of 2018]]>
Abul Makarem emphasized the importance of pumping more investments during the upcoming period in order to add new production lines and increase the productive capacity to meet domestic and foreign demands.

“Most of the factories are currently operating their full capacities,” he added.

The chairman of the council said that the closest and perfect solution to increase production is to push internal investment through the provision of some incentives and advantages, noting that we are now in an important transition stage in which incentives are needed for rapid internal industrial growth.

Furthermore, he revealed arranging a visit of a delegation of plastic manufacturers to China to participate in the exhibition "Shinabik" from October 11 to 14, hold a series of meetings with the world's largest suppliers of marketing products and embark on field visits to a number of factories to contract the purchase of equipment and machines.

He added that a promotional mission is being arranged before the end of this year for a number of African countries, pointing out that the Committee of Exhibitions and Promotional Missions in the council arranged for this visit.

Egypt’s chemical exports dropped 9 percent to $376 million in May 2018, compared to $415 million in the same month of 2017.

Abul Makarem said earlier that the council aims at increasing its exports during 2018 by 20 -25 percent to record about $5.5 billion and become the largest export sector in the economic sectors.

“The exports of the first five months of the year marked positive indicators, as they increased 26 percent, recording $2.1 billion from January to May 2018, compared to $1.7 billion during the same period of 2017,” he added.

Abul Makarem noted that the target was to achieve $5.2 billion, pointing out that the targeted increase may exceed $5.5 billion by the end of the year.


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9/19/2018 11:05:41 AM
<![CDATA[Oil prices edge up as supply concerns outweigh U.S. stockpile gains]]>
Brent crude futures were up 16 cents at $79.19 per barrel at 0658 GMT, after rising 1.3 percent in the previous session.

U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were up 20 cents, or 0.29 percent, at $70.05 a barrel, having climbed 1.4 percent the day before.

Prices rose on Tuesday amid media reports that Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest oil exporter, was comfortable with prices climbing above $80 a barrel.

Reuters reported on Sept. 5 that Saudi Arabia wants oil to stay between $70 and $80 a barrel to keep a balance between maximizing revenue and keeping a lid on prices until U.S. congressional elections.

The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC)and non-OPEC producers, including the world’s biggest producer Russia, are meeting on Sept. 23 in Algeria to discuss how to allocate supply increases within their quota framework to offset the loss of Iranian oil supply.

U.S. sanctions affecting Iran’s petroleum sector will come into force from Nov. 4, though many buyers have already curbed their purchases, raising questions about how the market will make up the lost supply.

“(Traders took the Saudi comments) as a sign that they (Saudi Arabia) won’t be aggressively responding to the rise in prices with supply increases of its own,” ANZ bank said in a note on Wednesday.

“It may also suggest they don’t have the ability to make up for the losses that are already stemming from impending U.S. sanctions on Iran.”

OPEC and non-OPEC producers Russia started withholding oil supplies in 2017 to end a global glut and prop up prices.

The producer group said in June that it would agree to some supply increases starting in July, though the specific targets were not announced at the time.

However, the country’s oil exports fell to 7.12 million barrels per day (bpd) last month from 7.24 million bpd, according to figures from the Joint Organizations Data Initiative.

The supply concerns outweighed an increase in oil inventories in the United States reported late on Tuesday.

U.S. crude inventories rose by 1.2 million barrels to 397.1 million in the week to Sept. 14, according to the American Petroleum Institute (API).

Stockpiles of distillate fuels, which include diesel and heating oil, climbed by 1.5 million barrels, the API data showed.

Official inventory data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration will be released on Wednesday.

“Traders are ignoring today’s API data ... while focusing on news from the Middle East,” Stephen Innes, head of Trading for APAC at OANDA wrote in a note.

“Overnight chatter suggests that the Saudis are more than happy with a Brent price above $80 or that OPEC, more generally, is not considering raising output.”]]>
9/19/2018 11:03:25 AM
<![CDATA[Dollar at two-month highs against yen on trade war relief]]>
Risk appetite held up across markets. Emerging-market currencies firmed, led by the Indian rupee after China said it won’t retaliate with competitive currency devaluations.

“The main reason the dollar hasn’t jumped after the latest measures is that this was widely expected and the final amount of tariffs in the region of 5-10 percent is lower than what markets had feared,” said Richard Falkhenhall, a senior FX strategist at SEB in Stockholm.

China and the United States plunged deeper into a trade war after President Donald Trump levied tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods. Beijing retaliated with duties on about $60 billion worth of U.S. goods.

But Washington’s new duties were set at 10 percent for now, before rising to 25 percent by the end of 2018, rather than an outright 25 percent.

Against the yen, the dollar rose to its highest since July 20 at 112.42 yen after the Bank of Japan left interest rates unchanged and reiterated its desire to boost consumer inflation to 2 percent

Commodity-linked currencies extended their gains with the Australian dollar rising to its highest in more than three weeks at $0.7255.

The renminbi gained for a third day while stocks finished in the black after Premier Li Keqiang said Beijing will not engage in competitive currency devaluations.

Sterling held firm on hopes about progress towards a Brexit deal ahead of an informal European Union summit in Salzburg on Wednesday and Thursday.

The pound hit a high of $1.3175, its highest level in almost eight weeks and last stood flat at $1.3169. It hit a seven-week high of 0.8865 pound per euro.]]>
9/19/2018 11:00:53 AM
<![CDATA[China's Alibaba doubles down on chips amid cloud computing push]]>
The Chinese firm said at an event in Hangzhou on Wednesday that the new subsidiary would make customised AI chips and embedded processors to support the firm’s push into fast-growing cloud and internet of things (IoT) businesses.

Alibaba’s aggressive drive to develop its own semiconductors comes as China’s government looks to raise the quality of home-made chips to help propel high-tech domestic industries from cutting-edge transport to AI healthcare systems.

In April, Alibaba bought a Chinese microchip maker Hangzhou C-SKY Microsystems to help bolster its cloud-based “internet of things” (IoT) business.

Jack Ma, Alibaba co-founder and chairman, said then that China needed to control its “core technology” like chips to avoid over-reliance on U.S. imports, something which has been put in the spotlight by whipsawing trade tensions.]]>
9/19/2018 10:57:56 AM
<![CDATA[Renault, VW and Fiat Chrysler sales surged before stiffer EU emissions tests]]>
Registrations across Europe rose to 1.17 million cars, well above usual levels for the slow month of August and the 902,870 achieved in the same month last year, Brussels-based ACEA said on Wednesday.

The tougher new Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test (WLTP) became mandatory on Sept. 1, forcing carmakers including Renault and Volkswagen to halt deliveries of some model versions that had yet to be re-certified for emissions.

Ahead of the deadline, many boosted financial incentives and registrations of their own new vehicles to be sold on the used car market, analysts have said.

“Some auto manufacturers offered pre‐WLTP vehicles at extremely attractive prices,” ACEA said. “As a result, double-digit percentage gains were registered in many EU countries.”

The numbers published on Wednesday for the European Union and four European Free Trade Association (EFTA) countries reveal that France’s Renault posted the steepest increase in regional sales, with a 56.4 percent gain. Its alliance partner Nissan’s sales rose 46.3 percent.

VW Group sales jumped 39.3 percent, while Fiat Chrysler registrations rose 38.9 percent, with sales by its Jeep brand leaping by 158 percent.

Forecasters expect the market surge to be offset by a sales slowdown in the remaining months of the year, in which the August discounters are likely to come off worse.

By contrast, Peugeot maker PSA Group and Japan’s Toyota, which both had WTLP-compliant line-ups before the deadline, recorded August sales gains of 17-18 percent.]]>
9/19/2018 10:55:48 AM
<![CDATA[Nestle, Unilever, Coke make bids in $4B-plus GSK India sale]]>
Initial bids were due on Monday and the three consumer goods giants are seen as frontrunners for a business that offers a significant footprint in a fast-growing emerging market.

Even though Indian shoppers have lately been pressured by a currency devaluation and goods and service tax, the country’s growing population and rising wealth make it attractive for companies trying to offset weak growth in Western markets. It was not clear which other companies were bidding, although Reckitt Benckiser (RB.L), a company eager to build up its consumer health operation, did not make an offer, two sources said.

GSK, Nestle, Reckitt and Unilever declined to comment. Officials at Coca-Cola were not immediately available.

Horlicks is a malt-based drink dating back to 1873, when two British-born men, James and William Horlick, founded a company in Chicago to manufacture it. It was taken to India by soldiers who had fought with the British Army in the First World War.

Sold as a bedtime drink in Britain, Horlicks has been developed into a much bigger brand by GSK in India. But the drugmaker started a review of that business and some smaller products, after buying Novartis (NOVN.S) out of their consumer healthcare joint venture for $13 billion in March.

GSK Chief Executive Emma Walmsley, who took over last year, is looking to sharpen the focus of what is one of the world’s more diversified pharmaceuticals companies.

The main asset on the block is GSK’s 72.5 percent stake in its Indian subsidiary GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare (GLSM.NS), which is famous for Horlicks but also makes products including the chocolate-flavored malt-based drink Boost. One source said Nestle was particularly well-suited to buy the business, as the world’s biggest packaged food company already owns rival malt drink Milo and has a big presence in India, which bodes well for synergies.

Nestle has told GSK privately of its interest in Horlicks on several occasions over the years, people familiar with the matter told Reuters earlier this year.

For Coke, buying the Horlicks business would mark another multibillion-dollar acquisition, following a deal to buy Costa Coffee for $5.1 billion last month.

GSK is being advised by Morgan Stanley and Greenhill.

The company sold its much smaller UK Horlicks business to Aimia Foods earlier this year for an undisclosed amount.]]>
9/19/2018 10:52:33 AM
<![CDATA[Asia rises as stimulus hopes lift Chinese stocks amid trade row]]>
Spreadbetters expected European stocks to follow Asia’s lead and open higher, with Britain’s FTSE rising 0.15 percent, Germany’s DAX adding 0.2 percent and France’s CAC gaining 0.2 percent.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 0.95 percent. Global equities have been on a steady footing this week as investors looked past the latest escalation in the U.S.-China trade feud, seen by some market participants as less severe than expected.

Hong Kong’s Hang Seng was up 1.3 percent and the Shanghai Composite Index rose more than 1 percent following a surge of 1.8 percent the previous day.

Economists at Bank of America Merrill Lynch wrote China was likely to step up policy easing as a buffer against the negative effects of higher tariffs.

“In our view, both monetary and fiscal easing will likely be rolled out to boost domestic demand and stabilise financial market sentiment,” they said.

Australian stocks added 0.5 percent, South Korea’s KOSPI was little changed and Japan’s Nikkei rose 1.3 percent.

The Trump administration said on Monday it will implement new tariffs of 10 percent on $200 billion of Chinese products on Sept. 24, with the tariffs to go up to 25 percent by the end of 2018.

China hit back, saying it will levy tariffs on about $60 billion worth of U.S. goods, as previously planned, but cut the tariff rates.

“There was relief as the United States set the initial tariffs at 10 percent, rather than the expected 25 percent, seen by some as a gesture that it was buying time for further negotiations,” said Masahiro Ichikawa, senior strategist at Sumitomo Mitsui Asset Management in Tokyo.

While global market reaction to the latest phase of the trade dispute has been relatively limited, the U.S.-China row was expected to heat up - a major worry for investors.

“In reaction to China’s latest retaliatory move, Trump is now highly likely to hit back by adding tariffs to another $267 billion of Chinese goods. The trade war will only escalate,” said Yoshimasa Maruyama, chief market economist at SMBC Nikko Securities in Tokyo.

“It remains to be seen if China holds back its anger and still holds negotiations with the United States. But if it opts not to, we’ll have to brace for the trade conflict dragging on into 2019.”

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin last week invited top Chinese officials to a new round of talks, but speculation has risen that Beijing would decline to attend after Washington fired its latest trade salvo.

LONG-TERM U.S. YIELDS AT 4-MONTH HIGHS

China’s yuan was up 0.15 percent at 6.8504 per dollar in onshore trade, supported by comments from Premier Li Keqiang that Beijing would not weaken its currency to boost exports.

The Australian dollar, seen as a gauge of risk sentiment, stretched its overnight rally and rose to a near three-week peak of $0.7255.

Safe-haven U.S. Treasuries were sold and their yields rose on the back of improved investor risk appetite.

The benchmark 10-year Treasury yield stood at 3.049 percent after touching 3.059 percent overnight, its highest since May 23.

The rise in yields in turn propped up the dollar, which climbed to a two-month high of 112.43 yen.

The yen showed little reaction to the Bank of Japan’s well-anticipated decision on Wednesday to keep monetary policy steady.

The BOJ also maintained its 10-year Japanese government bond yield target at around zero percent.

The euro inched up 0.05 percent to $1.1674.

The pound shook off modest overnight losses and rose to $1.3175, its highest since July 26. Growing confidence that Britain and the European Union can secure an agreement has encouraged investors to buy sterling.

Crude oil prices consolidated after rallying the previous day on signs that OPEC would not be prepared to raise output to address shrinking supplies from Iran, and as Saudi Arabia signalled an informal target near current levels. [O/R]

Brent crude futures was nearly flat at $79.04 a barrel following a rally of 1.25 percent on Tuesday.]]>
9/19/2018 10:48:19 AM
<![CDATA[China won't weaken currency to boost exports, premier says]]>
Addressing a World Economic Forum event in the port city of Tianjin on Wednesday, Li did not directly mention the trade conflict but he said talk of Beijing deliberately weakening its currency was “groundless.”

“One-way depreciation of the yuan brings more harm than benefits for China,” he said. “China will never go down the road of relying on yuan depreciation to stimulate exports.”

China will not do that to chase “thin profits” and “a few small bucks”.

Li went on to say that the world’s multi-lateral trading system should be upheld, and that unilateral trade actions will not solve any problems.

His remarks gave a lift to the yuan, which has lost about 9 percent of its value since mid-April amid the ongoing trade war.

On Tuesday, Beijing added $60 billion of U.S. products to its import tariff list in retaliation for U.S. President Donald Trump’s planned levies on $200 billion of Chinese goods.

The United States has so far imposed tariffs on $50 billion of Chinese products to pressure China to make sweeping changes to its trade, technology transfer and high-tech industrial subsidy policies, with China responding with similar scale tariffs.

The new U.S. tariffs will begin on Sept. 24 at 10 percent and will increase to 25 percent by the end of 2018, with Bank of America Merrill Lynch forecasting a 0.5 percentage point decline in Chinese gross domestic product (GDP) growth for 2019 to 6.1 percent.

Oxford Economics said in a note that its baseline forecast for Chinese GDP in 2019 could fall well below 6 percent, and said prospects for near-term easing in tensions were low.

“But the likelihood of de-escalation will rise over time as the increasing economic impact in the U.S. will make the Trump team less combative, and China realises that it will be hard to integrate more into the global economy without some concessions regarding its specific economic model,” the note said.

Investors were relieved that the latest escalation was less severe than some market participants had expected, with Asian stocks rising on Wednesday and U.S. Treasury yields near four-month highs.

FIGHTING TALK

China remains unafraid of the “extreme measures” taken by the United States, the People’s Daily newspaper said in a front-page article in its overseas edition on Wednesday.

“To deal with the trade war, what China really should do is to focus on doing its own thing well,” the newspaper, which is published by the ruling Communist Party, said.

“(China) is not worried that the U.S. trade counter measures will raise domestic commodity prices by too much but will instead use it as an opportunity to replace imports, promote localisation or develop export-oriented advanced manufacturing,” it said.

The Global Times tabloid, which is affiliated to the People’s Daily, said the trade war was a chance to pursue greater global recognition of its financial markets and that it could open its A-share market more to listings by Western firms.

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9/19/2018 10:42:26 AM
<![CDATA[Anger management: ruffled Azarenka posts Tokyo win]]>
The Belarusian, who has tumbled down the rankings following a messy custody battle over baby Leo, ironed out the glitches just in time with Nara threatening to force a deciding set in Tokyo.

Currently ranked 63rd and contesting the tournament as a wildcard, Azarenka smashed her racquet on the court in fury at her wastefulness before converting her fourth match point with a thumping cross-court backhand after an hour and 52 minutes.

"It was definitely a little tougher than it should have been," said Azarenka.

"I had so many opportunities to close the match earlier but she's a great fighter," added the former Australian Open champion, who blew a kiss to Leo and promised to bring him to Tokyo next year.

"But a win is a win so I'm happy."

Earlier, Croatia's Donna Vekic took advantage of a litany of errors from American Sloane Stephens, the tournament's fifth seed, to topple last year's US Open champion 6-4, 6-4.

Johanna Konta showed glimpses of the form that made her a top-five player last year by crushing Canada's Gabriela Dabrowski 6-2, 6-0.

The Briton reached a career-high fourth in the world last year when she reached the Wimbledon semi-finals but has since slipped to 43rd in the rankings after a wretched run of form.

"It was a tough match, the scoreline didn't show the quality of it," insisted Konta, although she was fooling nobody after an embarrassingly lopsided contest.

"She definitely played really well in parts and I had to really raise my level to come through that."

Australia's Ashleigh Barty ousted American Coco Vandeweghe, who partnered her to the US Open doubles title earlier this month, the seventh seed coming through 4-6, 6-3, 7-5.

Eighth seed Barbora Strycova negotiated a potentially tricky opener against Kazakhstan's Zarina Diyas with a solid 6-4, 6-4 victory, sealed with a fifth ace belted down the centre line.

Elsewhere, American Alison Riske upset fellow qualifier Eugenie Bouchard of Canada 6-4, 6-4 to reach the last 16 of a tournament whose list of former champions includes tennis greats Martina Navratilova, Steffi Graf, Kimiko Date and Martina Hingis.]]>
9/19/2018 10:41:10 AM
<![CDATA[WYF urges youth to participate under the slogan ‘don’t miss the chance’]]>
The forum twitter account posted


The forum is scheduled to be held on November 2-6. The forum's administration urged youth to share their ideas and opinions, ensuring them that “their ideas are heard and taken into consideration.”

Furthermore, there has been an obvious, global interaction from youth who have showed significant enthusiasm to attend the WYF. The forum's administration declared that they launched an official registration site on August 18, and received more than 35,000 applicants from 156 countries until now.

Surprisingly, the Arab youth represent 30 percent of the applicants, while western youth represent 70 percent. This unexpected percentage is considered a reflection of the world youth's eagerness to attend the forum.
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9/19/2018 10:34:53 AM
<![CDATA[Plan set to achieve digital country]]>
This initiative comes as part of the government’s plan to transform Egypt into a digital country.

Minister of Communication and Information Technology Amr Talaat told Egypt Today that the information infrastructure of the new health insurance system includes a unified health file for each patient, who visits medical units and laboratories, as well as the statistical reports and database necessary for decision-makers at the health sector.

He added that this will enable the government to follow up the patients' health registry, develop an integrated database of the chronic diseases and establish a secure information network to exchange information and services among the medical units.

“The project aims to automate the comprehensive social health insurance system and deploy it in accordance with the plan of the Ministry of Health and Population, aiming to serve all citizens, provide medical care for those who cannot afford health coverage and improve the delivery of health services,” according to the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology.

During the second day of the National Youth Conference held on July 29, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi urged the Administrative Control Authority to transform Egypt into a digital country within four years to improve the services offered to citizens in all fields.

He referred that the National Information Infrastructure Project will help the state reach poor families.

Hence, the Ministry of Communication plays a vital role in implementing the government’s plan through providing technical advisory to ministries to provide Egyptians with electronic services through different channels.

Talaat revealed that one of the projects that the ministry works on is the electronic smart cards for Egypt's farmers to control the agricultural sector.

The electronic cards will store information, including farmers' names, identification number and agricultural land holdings, to eliminate administrative corruption within the Ministry of Agriculture, ensure that subsidies reach the proper recipients and help the government keep track of land holdings and the types of cultivated lands.

The ministry will also establish a vast database and provide precise information for state agricultural planning and design purposes.

As for education, around 2500 schools have access to the internet service, and by the beginning of the new academic year all schools across Egypt will have internet access, which is a part of the plan to develop the educational system.

On the other hand, the minister of communication said that an agreement was signed with the Ministry of Immigration to implement the “international remittances” service to facilitate for Egyptians abroad the remittances service through enabling them to instantly send their remittances to their relatives in Egypt through their cell phones.

As for the digital economy, President Sisi referred during meeting with the CEO of Visa International Alfred Kelly on April 4 that Egypt seeks to enhance cooperation with the digital payment company Visa International and to increase its investments in Egypt.

Presidential spokesman Bassam Radi said that the president referred to the government’s efforts in upgrading the system of financial services, which will help encourage investment and stimulate the economy.

The president said the government is working to achieve financial inclusion through merging different segments of the society into the financial services system.
The meeting also touched on discussing means of cooperation with Visa in implementing Egypt’s strategy to transform into digital economy.
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9/19/2018 10:32:15 AM
<![CDATA[Sisi inaugurates military hospital in Menoufia governorate ]]>
Rady’s statement added that the hospital includes state-of-the-art devices as well as a building for outpatient clinics. The hospital is considered the latest medical service being offered to the residents of Delta governorates.

The President also inaugurated other development projects via video-conference.

Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouli, Defense Minister Mohamed Zaki, House of Representatives Speaker Ali Abdel Aal and other senior officials are attending the opening ceremony.

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9/19/2018 10:23:00 AM
<![CDATA[How to pack a healthy lunchbox for your kid! ]]>
Healthy lunches and snacks are essential for children’s health in order to keep their vitality during the school day. Egypt Today has prepared for you a cheat sheet on what to pack for your kids.

- Fresh fruits; avoid dry food as it contains high levels of sugar.

- Green vegetables (mixed vegetables such as cherry tomatoes, carrots, cucumbers and lettuce).

- Food rich in protein such as meat or boiled eggs.

- Avoid chips and packs of crisps, as they are high in fat and calories which can raise the risk of obesity.

- Dairy products such as cheese, grated cheese, milk or yoghurt.

- Don’t provide them with fruit yogurt regularly, as it is high in sugar.

- Include starchy food like bread and crackers in the box.

- Advise them to drink reasonable amounts of water.

A balanced lunchbox should contain a variety of nutritious foods from each of the five food elements: grains, fruits, vegetables, dairy and protein.

Variety ensures that children obtain important nutrients that are essential for their growth and development, and that keep them alert throughout the school day.

Also, one of the most important things to keep in mind is the material from which the boxes are made. Boxes that have the number “5” incised on the bottom are safe for keeping hot and cold foods fresh and should be kept in refrigerators not freezers.

1- Search for the “BPA FREE”; it means that the box is free of “Bisphenol A” which can transfer plastic to the food inside.

2- The boxes should be easy to clean.

3- Keep an ice cube alongside the lunchbox to keep the food fresh.

4- Choose a lunchbox that can be used in microwaves.

5- Avoid using plastic bags especially with hot food.
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9/19/2018 10:05:42 AM
<![CDATA[Trump says U.S. considering permanent military presence in Poland]]>
Poland has repeatedly requested a permanent U.S. military presence on its soil, offering up to $2 billion in funding for such a base.

The United States currently rotates troops through Poland temporarily but permanently stationing forces there would be expensive because of costs that can include housing for families, schools and hospitals.

Moscow expressed concern in May over reports about Poland's request, saying NATO’s expansion towards Russia’s borders undermined stability in Europe.

On Monday, Polish President Andrzej Duda made a direct appeal to Trump for a permanent U.S. base when they met in Washington. Duda said at their joint news conference that he would name the base "Fort Trump," and that it would serve as a bulwark against what he considers a threat from Russia.

Trump said he shared Duda's concern about Russia but that Russia respects strength and that the United States has strengthened its military under his leadership.

"I am with the president. I feel that he is right," he said.

Meeting Duda earlier in the Oval Office, Trump said Poland's request was under consideration.

"We're looking at it very seriously, I know Poland likes the idea very much, and it's something that we are considering, yes," he said.

Poland joined NATO in 1999 along with Hungary and the Czech Republic, and since then other former communist states, including Baltic republics bordering Russia, have joined despite Moscow’s strong opposition.

Warsaw could offer up to $2 billion in funding for a U.S. military base, according to a Polish Defense Ministry proposal reported by Polish media. A government source in Poland confirmed to Reuters that such a proposal had been made.

Trump and Duda also expressed shared concerns about Russia's Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline which they said could make Europe overly reliant on Moscow for energy and expose it to the risks of what Duda called "political blackmail" with shipments.

But Trump said the United States was not looking to sanction companies that participated in the project with Russia. "We just think it's very unfortunate for the people of Germany that Germany is paying billions and billions of dollars a year for their energy to Russia," he said.

Trump also said the United States was considering a visa waiver program for Poland.
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9/19/2018 7:30:00 AM
<![CDATA[EU working to "improve" Irish Brexit border proposal to UK -Barnier]]>
"We are ready to improve this proposal," Barnier told reporters after briefing EU ministers on his talks ahead of a summit of EU leaders in Salzburg on Wednesday and Thursday.

"Most checks can take place away from the border, at company premises, or the market," Barnier said of customs and regulatory checks on goods that might move from the British mainland to Northern Ireland, which the EU has offered to keep inside the EU economic space after Brexit to avoid border friction.

Aware that British Prime Minister Theresa May has ruled out a new "border" between the province and the British mainland, Barnier said he was looking at a broad range of ways in which the EU could be sure that Britain did not use Northern Ireland's special status to sidestep EU controls on British goods.

Insisting that it was only "an insurance policy" which might never be used if Britain and the EU succeed in negotiating the close trading relationship both sides want, Barnier repeated that he was keen to "de-dramatise" the effects of Britain's withdrawal from the Union.

But, aware of Irish worries about a possible political fudge on the issue, he stressed that the backstop must be "legally operational" and said a summit in Brussels on Oct. 18 would be a "moment of truth" for whether a deal was possible before Britain leaves the EU, deal or no deal, next March.
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9/19/2018 7:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Syria's Idlib spared attack, Turkey to send in more troops]]>
The deal unveiled on Monday by Russian President Vladimir Putin, Assad's most powerful ally, and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan will create a demilitarised zone from which "radical" rebels must withdraw by the middle of next month.

Damascus also welcomed the agreement but vowed to continue its efforts to recover "every inch" of Syria. Iran, Assad's other main ally, said that "responsible diplomacy" had averted a war in Idlib "with a firm commitment to fight extremist terror".

The agreement halted a threatened Syrian government offensive. The United Nations had warned such an attack would create a humanitarian catastrophe in the Idlib region, home to about 3 million people.

The Idlib region and adjoining territory north of Aleppo represent the opposition's last big foothold in Syria. Assad has recovered most of the areas once held by the rebels, with decisive military support from Iran and Russia.

But his plans to recover the northwest have been complicated by Turkey's role on the ground. It has soldiers at 12 locations in Idlib and supplies weapons to some of the rebels.

Erdogan had feared another exodus of refugees to join the 3.5 million already in Turkey, and warned against any attack.

In striking the deal, Russia appears - at least for now - to have put its ties with Turkey ahead of advancing the goal of bringing all Syria back under Assad's rule.

That goal is also obstructed by the presence of U.S. forces in the quarter of Syria east of the Euphrates that is held by an alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias, and at a base near the borders with Jordan and Iraq.

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis played down any notion the Turkey-Russia agreement had resolved the situation in Idlib.

"Idlib is one of the most complex problems in a complex theatre (of conflict) right now. So I'm quite sure it's not all sorted," Mattis told reporters at the Pentagon.

Analysts cautioned that implementation of the deal faced big challenges, notably how to separate jihadists from other rebels - a goal Ankara has been struggling to achieve.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said the "moderate opposition" would keep its weapons and the "region will be cleared of radicals". Turkey would "make additional troop deployments" and its 12 observation posts would remain.

The deal was "very important for the political resolution in Syria". "If this (Idlib) had been lost too, there would be no opposition anymore," he said.

Mustafa Sejari, a Free Syria Army (FSA) official, said the deal "buries Assad's dreams of imposing his full control over Syria".

Yahya al-Aridi, spokesman for the opposition Syrian Negotiations Commission, expressed hope a government offensive was now off the table for good.

The Syrian government, in a statement published by state media, said it welcomed any agreement that spared blood. It also said the deal had a specific time frame, which it did not detail.

"I see it as a test of the extent of Turkey's ability to implement this decision," Ali Abdul Karim, Syria's ambassador to Lebanon, said in an interview with Lebanon's al-Jadeed TV. "We do not trust Turkey ... but it's useful for Turkey to be able to carry out this fight to rid these groups from their weapons."

'CATASTROPHE' AVERTED

Moscow said the deal "confirmed the ability of both Moscow and Ankara to compromise ... in the interests of the ultimate goal of a Syrian settlement by political and diplomatic means".

"Is this merely a stay of execution? Or is it the beginning of a reprieve?" U.N. aid chief Mark Lowcock asked during a monthly meeting of the U.N. Security Council on Syria.

The demilitarised zone will be monitored by Russian and Turkish forces, the countries' leaders said.

Neither Russia nor Turkey has explained how it plans to differentiate "radically minded" rebels from other anti-Assad groups. It was also not immediately clear how much of the city of Idlib fell within the zone.

Putin said the decision was to establish by Oct. 15 a demilitarised area 15 to 20 km (10-12 miles) deep along the contact line between rebel and government fighters.

Naji Abu Hufaiza, spokesman for the National Front for Liberation, said he did not have details of the agreement, but added that while he saw it as a success for Turkish diplomacy, his group did not trust Russia to uphold it.

Idlib is held by an array of rebels. The most powerful is Tahrir al-Sham, an amalgamation of Islamist groups dominated by the former Nusra Front - an al Qaeda affiliate until 2016.

Other Islamists, and groups fighting as the Free Syrian Army banner, are now gathered with Turkish backing under the banner of the "National Front for Liberation".

The area is also the last major haven for foreign jihadists who came to Syria to fight the Alawite-led Assad government.

Putin said that, at Erdogan's suggestion, by Oct. 10, all opposition heavy weapons, mortars, tanks, rocket systems would also be removed from the demilitarised zone.

Earlier this month, Putin publicly rebuffed a proposal from Erdogan for a truce when the two met along with Iran's president at a summit in Tehran.
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9/19/2018 6:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Cassation Court requests UN commissioner to be 'neutral, professional']]>
The Egyptian judiciary “provides all guarantees to any defendant to practice his right to defense and follow all constitutional and legal procedures that assure this concept,” the General Assembly said.

Reiterating the statements of the Foreign Affairs Ministry, the State Information Service and the Parliament, all of which condemned the stance of UN Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, in separate statements, the General Assembly emphasized the independence and integrity of the judiciary, rejecting any interference in it affairs.

Bachelet lamented the death sentences handed down to 75 people on Sept. 8, including jailed Islamist leaders Essam el-Erian and Mohamed Beltagi. Many of the convicted people were sentenced in absentia.

The charges include orchestrating the 2013 Rabaa sit-in, believed by the authorities to have been armed, as well as many violent attacks and protests in the aftermath of its dispersal.

The Cassation Court asked the UN Commissioner to “correct its course” for future feedback, noting that Egypt's judiciary stipulated some of the earliest laws worldwide that entrench human rights and are taught at universities and international fora.
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9/19/2018 5:50:00 AM
<![CDATA[U.S.'s Pompeo to host U.N. Security Council meeting on North Korea]]>
"That meeting will give the secretary a chance to update the Security Council on our efforts toward the final, fully verified denuclearization of North Korea as well as underscore the need for all member states to enforce existing sanctions," Nauert told a media briefing.
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9/19/2018 4:30:00 AM
<![CDATA[Mattis dismisses reports he may be leaving Pentagon]]>
"How many times have been through this, now, just since I've been here? It will die down soon, and the people who started the rumor will be allowed to write the next rumor, too," Mattis told reporters at the Pentagon.

"Just the way the town is," he said. "Keep a sense of humor about it."
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9/19/2018 3:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Trump says U.S.-South Korea trade deal may be signed at U.N.]]>
"The trade deal with South Korea has been fully renegotiated and is ready for signature," he told a news conference. "We may sign it at the United Nations or shortly thereafter. It was a terrible deal for the United States, now it's a fair deal."
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9/19/2018 12:25:14 AM
<![CDATA[Late Firmino strike gives Liverpool 3-2 win over PSG]]>
PSG had come back from two goals down with Mbappe equalising in the 83rd minute, but then Firmino, who started on the bench due to an eye injury, drilled home a low shot in the final seconds.

Daniel Sturridge, in for Firmino, had opened the scoring for an impressive Liverpool in the 30th minute with a fine header from an Andy Robertson cross.

Six minutes later last season's Champions League runners-up doubled their lead when PSG defender Juan Bernat tripped Georginio Wijnaldum in the area and James Milner slotted home the penalty.

The Parisians got themselves back into the game though five minutes before the break when Robertson failed to clear and Thomas Meunier drove home a first-time effort.

Then Mbappe stunned the raucous Anfield crowd with a clinical finish only to see Firmino grab the glory.
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9/18/2018 11:23:56 PM
<![CDATA[Al-Ghufran tribe calls on UN to seriously investigate ‘crime’ of stripping them of Qatari nationality]]>
The comments of the Al-Ghufran tribe came during a seminar, held on the sidelines of the 39th session of the UN Human Rights Council, titled, ‘Human Rights in Qatar: The Tragic tale of the Al-Ghufran Tribe’. The seminar was organized by the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR).

Members of the tribe who participated in the seminar stressed that they have taken international action against the Qatari regime after it has deprived them of their nationality, as well as their legitimate and undetachable rights as citizens of the state.

Members also spoke of their great sorrow and sadness at what they have suffered from humiliation to forced displacement to torture at the hands of the regime, all while the regime is dishing out Qatari nationalities to extremists, especially Islamic extremists, who have led to the shedding of blood in Egypt, Syria, Libya and Iraq.

Abdel Aziz al-Khamis, a journalist who participated in the seminar, stated that members of the tribe, in cooperation with the EOHR, has called on the UN Human Rights Commission to investigate the injustice suffered by the tribe members at the hands of the Qatari regime, from revoking their nationality and forced displacement.

Al-Khamis added that the delegation has also provided the UNHCR with evidence from some individuals’ cases who live in Qatar and have had their nationality revoked.

Building on this, Gaber Salah Al-Erq, a member of the Al-Ghufran tribe, said, “All those who have had their nationality stripped away from them have done nothing and do not even working in the political sphere. He said that most of them were dismissed from his job with an official letter and then has their nationality stripped away and possessions confiscated.”

He added that the issue with the Qatari regime is purely humanitarian and not political, this is why the case and demands were presented to the United Nations Human Rights Council.

He stated that the delegation had come to Geneva in peace to ask for the help of the international community.

A delegation representing Al-Ghufran tribe, one of the biggest tribes in Qatar, which has been subject to systemic discrimination at the hands of the Qatari authorities, handed a letter to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, discussing their deteriorating situation.

The tribe representatives, who had previously submitted a complaint to the Commissioner on September 21, 2017, asked the UN office to stop Qatari authorities’ continuous, systematic discrimination against them, and to protect the tribe’s members, restore their lost rights and to punish the Qatari regime for human rights violations.

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Qatari tribe Al-Ghufran declared that 6,000 of its members were forcibly displaced after the Qatari regime deprived them of their Qatari nationality and their national rights. - Egypt Today

“In the previous complaint we summarized the tragedy of the Al-Ghofran clan of the tribe of Bani Mura in Qatar, from 1996 to 2004 to the time of the writing of this petition they were savagely subjected to the worst crimes of racial discrimination, forced displacement, denial of return to their homeland, imprisonment and acts of torture that led to psychological damage and death within the Qatari intelligence prisons,” stated the representatives, whose families continue to face the toughest living situation in Qatar.

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The tribe representatives had previously submitted a complaint to the Commissioner on September 21, 2017 - Egypt Today

In reaction for Al-Ghufran tribe’s opposition to the Regime’s destabilizing policies in the region and its dispute with the neighboring Gulf States, in August, Qatari authorities revoked the citizenship of Sheikh Taleb Bin Lahom Bin Shreim and 54 members of his family who belong to Al Murrah tribe in a step considered as an arbitrary act by various Human Rights organization.

The Arab Federation for Human Rights (AFHR) described the Qatari call as a “revenge” against the members of the tribe for using their natural rights to freedom of expression and movement.

The Qatari authorities took further steps when it confiscated the properties of the members with the revoked citizenship, following the call with a systematic persecution against all the clans belonging to the large tribe, such as Al Ghufran clan.

The Qatari regime has also revoked the citizenship of another senior tribal leader, Sheikh Shafi Nasser Hamoud al-Hajri, a senior member of Shaml Al-Hawajer tribe, which is connected to the famous tribe of Qahtan. Along with the famous Qatari poet Mohammed Al-Marri who belongs to Al Murrah tribe.

Later, Qatari tribe Al-Ghufran declared that 6,000 of its members were forcibly displaced after the Qatari regime deprived them of their Qatari nationality and their national rights.

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Al-Ghufran Tribe delegation submits petition on Qatari human rights violation to UNHRC - Egypt Today

These heinous crimes are believed to be well-known to Qatari authorities at all levels. “We assure you that the Qatari authorities, ranging from the Emir of Qatar, the Prime Minister, the Attorney General, the President of the National Committee for Human Rights, senior security officials and dignitaries, are aware of the discrimination members of Al Ghofran clan are subjected to and those senior officials are deeply involved in this crime,” the delegation stated, continuing, “Qatar officials are working to hide his crime from the eyes of international justice and human rights organizations, and the deliberately intimidate those trying from within Qatar to raise complaints to International bodies and human rights organizations.”

Fearing for their lives and their ability to voice their opinions or “demand their rights through the National Human Rights Committee in Doha” due to security personnel traching and monitoring their actions, which they say they have evidence off, the delegation spoke of the evidence they have of Qatari authorities treating their people with the utmost levels of brutality and monstrosity.

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Al-Ghufran Tribe delegation submits petition on Qatari human rights violation to UNHRC - Egypt Today

Labelling them as “brutal methods that batter human dignity,” the delegation explained that “authorities deliberately change the facts and blur a lot of evidence, taking advantage of the ignorance of the victims of their rights, the lack of free local media channels and the absence of the possibility of recourse in the courts of Qatar. The victims of these violations and their families have a right to take legal action against the Qatari officials responsible.”

Revealing the crimes against humanity committed by Qatari authorities towards the tribe—some of which, like deprivation of healthcare or unfair detention, were revealed during the September 2017 Qatar global security and stability conference organized by exiled Qataris in London—the tribe called on the UN Commissioner’s office, recalling its mandate, to help them regain their rights.

“Through your unique mandate to promote and protect human rights, we ask your esteemed commission to see and stand up to the suffering of our citizens who have been deprived of their citizenship in Qatar and to the crimes committed against them and to alleviate the conditions and suffering of our displaced people in the villages and deserts of border areas in neighboring countries. We hope that your intervention will result in achieving human justice on the ground through your objective and impartial treatment of this suffering, and not to only depend on the National Human Rights Commission of Qatar which has unfortunately became an obstacle in our struggle for justice by covering up evidence and spreading false information,” the delegation petitioned.

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Al-Ghufran Tribe delegation submits petition on Qatari human rights violation to UNHRC - Egypt Today

“We would like to draw the attention of the Office of the High Commissioner to the fact that the fear of oppression and abuse of the afflicted by the authorities of Qatar is what compels our people to remain silent and prevents many of the forcibly displaced from speaking up as they fear that their parents and relatives will be persecuted inside Qatar. The evidence is abundant and available, but the policy of muzzling mouths used by the authorities of Qatar is the obstacle that people fear to try to overcome unless supported by the High Commission by stern protection that enables them to voice their peaceful demands to restore their rights and the appearance of those who have violated their them before fair international justice, and we implore you to refer this complaint to them in light of the absence of the possibility of litigation in the courts of Qatar.”

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A delegation representing Al-Ghufran tribe, one of the biggest tribes in Qatar, handed a letter to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, discussing their deteriorating situation. - Egypt Today

The pain of the Al-Ghufran tribe has been felt throughout the region, with many calling on human rights organizations and the UN Human Rights Commissioner to protect tribe member.

In September 2017, the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) announced its total solidarity with the case of Al Ghofran clan. “Since 1995, the Qatari authorities have pursued a policy of collective punishment against the tribe of Ghofran that entailed the revoking of the nationality of more than 6000 its tribesmen and many of them were expelled from the country after their property and personal funds were confiscated. It is noteworthy that the tribe of Al Ghofran belongs to the tribe of Bani Mura, which make up about 40 percent of the people of Qatar making them indigenous to this country. EOHR has decided to adopt their cause for several reasons, including the international community’s and human rights organizations’ overlooking of this tragic issue and EOHR's belief in the universality of human rights principles and the need to establish and maintain them in the Arab region,” said Hafez Abu Seada, Egyptian human rights activist and Chairman of the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR).

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Members of the delegation in Geneva - Egypt Today

Moreover, Al-Ghufran tribed had filed an official complaint to the Arab Federation for Human Rights about the violations committed by the Qatari regime against its members. It called on the federation to refer the complaint to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights.

Hence, in a letter addressed to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, President of Arab Federation Ahmad al-Hamli called on the commission to protect the tribe’s members, restore their lost rights and to punish the Qatari regime for such violations.

This was the second complaint filed by the tribe to the UN Human Rights Councils to call on the international community to protect and secure their rights.

The World Aid Organization for Human Rights in New York also declared its complete solidarity with the Arab Federation for Human Rights, which adopted Al-Ghufran’s case.

In its report, the World Aid Organization said that it will cooperate with the Arab Federation and all human rights organizations to highlight this collective tragedy and raise the international community's awareness about it to shoulder the humanitarian and social responsibility and follow up with the tribe members' status.

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Al-Ghufran Tribe delegation submits petition on Qatari human rights violation to UNHRC - Egypt Today

Previously, the Manama Center for Human Rights also demanded that the international society assign a United Nations envoy specialized in human rights to Qatar to prevent any further violations of human rights.

According to a statement from the center on March 9, 2018, the international mechanisms to preserve human rights should interfere in the Qatari situation and investigate the Qatari violations against its citizens and foreign workers.

The statement also claimed that the Qatari National Committee for Human Rights is not a fair independent organization anymore, as it works for the regime's interests.

The center described the Qatari violations as “a first” in international law and policy.
According to Sky News, Ghufran already issued a first complaint against Doha last September in which they explained how Qatar violated their rights. “We wonder about the reason behind ignoring our first complaint,” the Qatari tribe’s spokesperson, Jaber Abdel Hady, told Sky News on Friday.

With all this, and much more in mind, Abu Saeda ended the complaint by saying, “The Egyptian Organization calls upon the High Commissioner for Human Rights, her excellency Mrs. Michel Bachelet, to open an extensive investigation into this tragedy. EOHR also calls upon Mrs. Bachelet to assist it in its efforts to restore the rights of the clan of Al Ghofran as indigenous inhabitants who have been robbed of their nationalities and forcefully displaced enmasse for political reasons, in violation of all international human rights instruments. Finally EOHR expresses its readiness to provide any documents or evidence that the honorable Commission may need in any of the efforts we hope it will take to stop the suffering of the people of forgiveness.”

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The tribe asked the UN office to stop Qatari authorities’ continuous, systematic discrimination against them, and to protect the tribe’s members, restore their lost rights and to punish the Qatari regime for human rights violations. - Egypt Today

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Al-Ghufran tribe asked the UN office to stop Qatari authorities’ continuous, systematic discrimination against them, and to protect the tribe’s members, restore their lost rights and to punish the Qatari regime for human rights violations. - Egypt Today
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9/18/2018 8:15:59 PM
<![CDATA[Al-Ghufran tribe calls on UN to take serious steps against Qatari regime violations]]>
The comments of the Al-Ghufran tribe came during a seminar, held on the sidelines of the 39th session of the UN Human Rights Council, titled, ‘Human Rights in Qatar: The Tragic tale of the Al-Ghufran Tribe’. The seminar was organized by the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR).

Members of the tribe who participated in the seminar stressed that they have taken international action against the Qatari regime after it has deprived them of their nationality, as well as their legitimate and undetachable rights as citizens of the state.

Members also spoke of their great sorrow and sadness at what they have suffered from humiliation to forced displacement to torture at the hands of the regime, all while the regime is dishing out Qatari nationalities to extremists, especially Islamic extremists, who have led to the shedding of blood in Egypt, Syria, Libya and Iraq.

Abdel Aziz al-Khamisi, a journalist who participated in the seminar, stated that members of the tribe, in cooperation with the EOHR, has called on the UN Human Rights Commission to investigate the injustice suffered by the tribe members at the hands of the Qatari regime, from revoking their nationality and forced displacement.

Al-Khamisi added that the delegation has also provided the UNHCR with evidence from some individuals’ cases who live in Qatar and have had their nationality revoked.

A delegation representing Al-Ghufran tribe, one of the biggest tribes in Qatar, which has been subject to systemic discrimination at the hands of the Qatari authorities, handed a letter to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, discussing their deteriorating situation.

The tribe representatives, who had previously submitted a complaint to the Commissioner on September 21, 2017, asked the UN office to stop Qatari authorities’ continuous, systematic discrimination against them, and to protect the tribe’s members, restore their lost rights and to punish the Qatari regime for human rights violations.

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Qatari tribe Al-Ghufran declared that 6,000 of its members were forcibly displaced after the Qatari regime deprived them of their Qatari nationality and their national rights. - Egypt Today

“In the previous complaint we summarized the tragedy of the Al-Ghofran clan of the tribe of Bani Mura in Qatar, from 1996 to 2004 to the time of the writing of this petition they were savagely subjected to the worst crimes of racial discrimination, forced displacement, denial of return to their homeland, imprisonment and acts of torture that led to psychological damage and death within the Qatari intelligence prisons,” stated the representatives, whose families continue to face the toughest living situation in Qatar.

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The tribe representatives had previously submitted a complaint to the Commissioner on September 21, 2017 - Egypt Today

In reaction for Al-Ghufran tribe’s opposition to the Regime’s destabilizing policies in the region and its dispute with the neighboring Gulf States, in August, Qatari authorities revoked the citizenship of Sheikh Taleb Bin Lahom Bin Shreim and 54 members of his family who belong to Al Murrah tribe in a step considered as an arbitrary act by various Human Rights organization.

The Arab Federation for Human Rights (AFHR) described the Qatari call as a “revenge” against the members of the tribe for using their natural rights to freedom of expression and movement.

The Qatari authorities took further steps when it confiscated the properties of the members with the revoked citizenship, following the call with a systematic persecution against all the clans belonging to the large tribe, such as Al Ghufran clan.

The Qatari regime has also revoked the citizenship of another senior tribal leader, Sheikh Shafi Nasser Hamoud al-Hajri, a senior member of Shaml Al-Hawajer tribe, which is connected to the famous tribe of Qahtan. Along with the famous Qatari poet Mohammed Al-Marri who belongs to Al Murrah tribe.

Later, Qatari tribe Al-Ghufran declared that 6,000 of its members were forcibly displaced after the Qatari regime deprived them of their Qatari nationality and their national rights.

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Al-Ghufran Tribe delegation submits petition on Qatari human rights violation to UNHRC - Egypt Today

These heinous crimes are believed to be well-known to Qatari authorities at all levels. “We assure you that the Qatari authorities, ranging from the Emir of Qatar, the Prime Minister, the Attorney General, the President of the National Committee for Human Rights, senior security officials and dignitaries, are aware of the discrimination members of Al Ghofran clan are subjected to and those senior officials are deeply involved in this crime,” the delegation stated, continuing, “Qatar officials are working to hide his crime from the eyes of international justice and human rights organizations, and the deliberately intimidate those trying from within Qatar to raise complaints to International bodies and human rights organizations.”

Fearing for their lives and their ability to voice their opinions or “demand their rights through the National Human Rights Committee in Doha” due to security personnel traching and monitoring their actions, which they say they have evidence off, the delegation spoke of the evidence they have of Qatari authorities treating their people with the utmost levels of brutality and monstrosity.

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Al-Ghufran Tribe delegation submits petition on Qatari human rights violation to UNHRC - Egypt Today

Labelling them as “brutal methods that batter human dignity,” the delegation explained that “authorities deliberately change the facts and blur a lot of evidence, taking advantage of the ignorance of the victims of their rights, the lack of free local media channels and the absence of the possibility of recourse in the courts of Qatar. The victims of these violations and their families have a right to take legal action against the Qatari officials responsible.”

Revealing the crimes against humanity committed by Qatari authorities towards the tribe—some of which, like deprivation of healthcare or unfair detention, were revealed during the September 2017 Qatar global security and stability conference organized by exiled Qataris in London—the tribe called on the UN Commissioner’s office, recalling its mandate, to help them regain their rights.

“Through your unique mandate to promote and protect human rights, we ask your esteemed commission to see and stand up to the suffering of our citizens who have been deprived of their citizenship in Qatar and to the crimes committed against them and to alleviate the conditions and suffering of our displaced people in the villages and deserts of border areas in neighboring countries. We hope that your intervention will result in achieving human justice on the ground through your objective and impartial treatment of this suffering, and not to only depend on the National Human Rights Commission of Qatar which has unfortunately became an obstacle in our struggle for justice by covering up evidence and spreading false information,” the delegation petitioned.

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Al-Ghufran Tribe delegation submits petition on Qatari human rights violation to UNHRC - Egypt Today

“We would like to draw the attention of the Office of the High Commissioner to the fact that the fear of oppression and abuse of the afflicted by the authorities of Qatar is what compels our people to remain silent and prevents many of the forcibly displaced from speaking up as they fear that their parents and relatives will be persecuted inside Qatar. The evidence is abundant and available, but the policy of muzzling mouths used by the authorities of Qatar is the obstacle that people fear to try to overcome unless supported by the High Commission by stern protection that enables them to voice their peaceful demands to restore their rights and the appearance of those who have violated their them before fair international justice, and we implore you to refer this complaint to them in light of the absence of the possibility of litigation in the courts of Qatar.”

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A delegation representing Al-Ghufran tribe, one of the biggest tribes in Qatar, handed a letter to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, discussing their deteriorating situation. - Egypt Today

The pain of the Al-Ghufran tribe has been felt throughout the region, with many calling on human rights organizations and the UN Human Rights Commissioner to protect tribe member.

In September 2017, the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) announced its total solidarity with the case of Al Ghofran clan. “Since 1995, the Qatari authorities have pursued a policy of collective punishment against the tribe of Ghofran that entailed the revoking of the nationality of more than 6000 its tribesmen and many of them were expelled from the country after their property and personal funds were confiscated. It is noteworthy that the tribe of Al Ghofran belongs to the tribe of Bani Mura, which make up about 40 percent of the people of Qatar making them indigenous to this country. EOHR has decided to adopt their cause for several reasons, including the international community’s and human rights organizations’ overlooking of this tragic issue and EOHR's belief in the universality of human rights principles and the need to establish and maintain them in the Arab region,” said Hafez Abu Seada, Egyptian human rights activist and Chairman of the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR).

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Members of the delegation in Geneva - Egypt Today

Moreover, Al-Ghufran tribed had filed an official complaint to the Arab Federation for Human Rights about the violations committed by the Qatari regime against its members. It called on the federation to refer the complaint to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights.

Hence, in a letter addressed to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, President of Arab Federation Ahmad al-Hamli called on the commission to protect the tribe’s members, restore their lost rights and to punish the Qatari regime for such violations.

This was the second complaint filed by the tribe to the UN Human Rights Councils to call on the international community to protect and secure their rights.

The World Aid Organization for Human Rights in New York also declared its complete solidarity with the Arab Federation for Human Rights, which adopted Al-Ghufran’s case.

In its report, the World Aid Organization said that it will cooperate with the Arab Federation and all human rights organizations to highlight this collective tragedy and raise the international community's awareness about it to shoulder the humanitarian and social responsibility and follow up with the tribe members' status.

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Al-Ghufran Tribe delegation submits petition on Qatari human rights violation to UNHRC - Egypt Today

Previously, the Manama Center for Human Rights also demanded that the international society assign a United Nations envoy specialized in human rights to Qatar to prevent any further violations of human rights.

According to a statement from the center on March 9, 2018, the international mechanisms to preserve human rights should interfere in the Qatari situation and investigate the Qatari violations against its citizens and foreign workers.

The statement also claimed that the Qatari National Committee for Human Rights is not a fair independent organization anymore, as it works for the regime's interests.

The center described the Qatari violations as “a first” in international law and policy.
According to Sky News, Ghufran already issued a first complaint against Doha last September in which they explained how Qatar violated their rights. “We wonder about the reason behind ignoring our first complaint,” the Qatari tribe’s spokesperson, Jaber Abdel Hady, told Sky News on Friday.

With all this, and much more in mind, Abu Saeda ended the complaint by saying, “The Egyptian Organization calls upon the High Commissioner for Human Rights, her excellency Mrs. Michel Bachelet, to open an extensive investigation into this tragedy. EOHR also calls upon Mrs. Bachelet to assist it in its efforts to restore the rights of the clan of Al Ghofran as indigenous inhabitants who have been robbed of their nationalities and forcefully displaced enmasse for political reasons, in violation of all international human rights instruments. Finally EOHR expresses its readiness to provide any documents or evidence that the honorable Commission may need in any of the efforts we hope it will take to stop the suffering of the people of forgiveness.”

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The tribe asked the UN office to stop Qatari authorities’ continuous, systematic discrimination against them, and to protect the tribe’s members, restore their lost rights and to punish the Qatari regime for human rights violations. - Egypt Today

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Al-Ghufran tribe asked the UN office to stop Qatari authorities’ continuous, systematic discrimination against them, and to protect the tribe’s members, restore their lost rights and to punish the Qatari regime for human rights violations. - Egypt Today

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9/18/2018 7:48:57 PM
<![CDATA['Lived Here' to raise awareness about Egyptian icons]]>
The press conference for the project was set to be in Salah-Eddin Citadel, according to Abu Sa’da. “The project’s implementation was difficult yet interesting, as scientific research and meeting with the families of late influential people that once ‘lived here’ were very enriching,” Abu Sa’da continued.

According to the head of the National Organization for Urban Harmony, 200 influential individuals have already been chosen, and the search for more continues.

Former Minister of Culture and member of the project’s committee, Emad Abu Ghazy, stated that he hoped that the project will cover the entire country eventually, shedding light on all influential persons in arts and politics.

The project is not going to be easy to implement, especially that a huge poster will be hung on the influential person’s home. The poster is connected to an app that connects the person to the project's URL on the web.

It is worth noting that writer Kamil Zuhayri previously aimed to create a cultural network for Egypt, in which information is shared and exchanged. The idea was not applied at the time and hence Abu Sa’ada adopted it and started to implement it.

Furthermore, Abu Ghazy confirmed that Egypt is in dire need of a project that raises awareness about all the influential individuals that once lived in the country.
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9/18/2018 6:34:49 PM
<![CDATA[Press Syndicate accuses MP Agina of insulting journalists]]>
The Syndicate in a statement, called on the Parliament Speaker Ali Abdel Aal to take measures against Agina to restore the journalists’ dignity, saying that tolerating such action is considered an insult to the Parliament.

Agina denied the claims, saying that he had an altercation with a microbus driver, adding that a journalist intervenedand another journalist claimed that Agina insulted journalists.

In an interview with Masrawy, Agina said that what happened was a result of the sudden intervention of a journalist during his altercation with the driver, which “provoked” him, stressing that he was “in a state of extreme anger.”

Agina expressed respect and appreciation of the Press syndicate, referringthat he will not be happy in case he has a dispute with the syndicate. Agina highlighted that he has many rivals and that such false news aims to cause him trouble. Agina represents Balqas area in Dakahlia.

Slaming Agina’s remarks, Hussein al-Zanati, a member of the Press Syndicate board, ruled out the possibility that a journalist claims something that dishonors him, affirmingthe syndicate’s insistence to escalate the issue to the General Prosecution.


MP Agina has been known for his controversial statements since the Parliament held its first session in January 2016.

Virginity test

In late 2016, General Prosecutor Nabil Sadek received numerous reports accusing Agina of discrediting Egyptian girls, as he earlier called for conducting virginity tests for girls before they join university.

Agina said it was just a proposal he said when a journalist was asking about the reasons behind the increasing rate of ‘urfi marriage taking place in schools and universities. Agina said that his proposal aimed at eliminating the phenomenon.

‘Urfi marriage is commonly known as an Islamic marriage contract which is not registered with state authorities.

Backing female circumcision

In early 2017, Parliament’s Values Committee called for dropping the membership of Agina, over his controversial remarks that back female circumcision, which is illegal in Egypt.

Agina justified his support to the female mutilation, saying that many Egyptian men suffer from sexual dysfunction, asserting that Egypt is one of the states with the highest consumption of aphrodisiacs (substance increasing libido).


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9/18/2018 5:24:15 PM
<![CDATA[Agriculture minister: $26bln volume of trade with EU]]>
Trade exchange between the two sides hit more than 26 billion dollars last year while the volume of the European investments in Egypt amounted to 15 million, he said.

The minister's statements came in a speech read out by Mona Mehrez, deputy minister of agriculture for animal wealth, at a workshop to review the requirements of EU countries to import Egyptian crops in cooperation with the European Commission.

Minister Abu Steit said the ministry is interested in exporting safe and healthy agricultural products to the European Union.]]>
9/18/2018 4:21:10 PM
<![CDATA[Splendid nights at Kennedy Center: Dina, Youssra, Karkade explore different US venues ]]>
Both artists are currently in D.C. for one month as part of their participation in the fourth edition of the cross-cultural program, Center Stage, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.


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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



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Youssra el-Hawary and her band perform at J.F. Kennedy Center in Washington as part of Center Stage program - Photo by Nourhan Magdi/Egypt Today

Last week, Mohamed Abo Zekry, the founder of Karkade, and the third Egyptian participant in this season of Center Stage, performed at Kennedy Center as part of his individual tour.

Founded in 1971, the Kennedy Center serves as a living memorial to President John F. Kennedy, and it hosts a wide range of different performances including: theater, dance, ballet, jazz, popular and folk music.

The center provides live recordings of the concerts it hosts so audience can tap into the website and check the live streaming.

The Eisenhower Theatre where the artists performed includes seats for dozens of attendees placed not close to the stage.

Although different from the acoustic and engaging environment experienced Saturday at Tropicalia, a neighborhood club and bar, the Kennedy Center still had its splendid reflection on the two bands.

There is no shortage of free theater in Washington, DC, from shows with no admission charge to events and concerts. Some of the city’s most prestigious venues offer free opportunities, including the Kennedy Center, most notably, its Millennium Stage.

Having performed on the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center, Dina and Youssra said they were proud of the experience and happy with the audience who actively reacted to their songs. Although some of the attendees said they only understood a little bit of the songs, they enjoyed the music and the rhythms, proving that music can go beyond language barriers.

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Audience amused by Youssra el-Hawary's band performance at Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. - Photo by Nourhan Magdi/Egypt Today

One of Youssra’s songs that she likes to sing on the program and gets huge engagement from the audience is called “Jessica”. She usually starts by telling the audience the story of the beautiful Italian girl named Jessica that everyone fell in love with.

On her experience singing in different venues in Washington, Dina said: "It was a different feeling and I was glad to perform in 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 East fans coming to us in Tropicalia."

Alicia Adams, the vice president of the international programming and dance at the Kennedy Center, told Egypt Today Monday that the center has a very different mission from other cultural institutions in the United States in that it brings the best of the different cultures to its stage.

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Alicia Adams, vice president of the international programming and dance at the Kennedy Center - Photo by Nourhan Magdi/Egypt Today


“The Kennedy Center has a long history of doing international festivals and it is part of our way of meeting our congressional mandate to put on our stage the best in terms of the performing arts and education… we bring people from all over the world to perform here at the Kennedy Center,” Adams said.

According to Adams, 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.

“We introduce our traditional audiences to new work that they may never get to see in their life time unless it is here at the Kennedy Center,” she added.

Adams is also an advisory member of the Center Stage program and she helped selecting artists participating in some seasons, “so that every program that comes to the US performs at the Kennedy Center before going off to other parts of the country, and we are proud to do this,” she said.

All Center Stage ensembles perform on The Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, which offers free performances at 6 p.m. every day of the year.

The fourth edition of the US-sponsored cultural-exchange program, Center Stage, marks the first Egyptian participation, with three music ensembles from Cairo set for one month-long individual tours across the US.

The public diplomacy initiative launched by the US Department of State in 2012, bringing to American soil, a range of 154 artists in 24 ensembles from nine different countries.

From Egypt, the bands participating in the fourth season are: Dina el-Wedidi, Youssra el-Hawary and Karkade.


Dina el-Wedidi

Dina el-Wedidi became an international icon for her delicate fusion of local and global styles of music that allowed her to gain a leading spot among the underground musicians in her country, Egypt.

Wedidi’s voice caught the sentiments of Egyptian, Arab and foreign audiences, with her lyrics, music and performance on stage.

It all started for Dina in 2008, when she decided she had to explore the beauty of music.

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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

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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


Youssra el-Hawary

A mix of innovative original music in content and style, a charismatic charm and lithe composition paved Song-writer and accordionist Youssra el-Hawary's way to fame.


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Youssra el-Hawary and her band perform at J.F. Kennedy Center in Washington as part of Center Stage program - Photo by Nourhan Magdi/Egypt Today

Hawary first started with playing the accordion, and then she began singing about real-time events that influenced her. Hawary is visiting the US for the first time as part of her participation in Center Stage’s fourth season.

Her music was greatly inspired by the 2011 Revolution in Egypt. In 2012, she released her first hit single “El Soor” (The Wall), which was a satirical, political take on the Egyptian situation then.

Karkadé

Choosing to call his band “Hibiscus Tea”, a widely enjoyed drink on Egyptian streets, puts fragrance to the group’s attractive oriental music. Mohamed Abo Zekry founded his five-member band in December 2015, and released their first album in 2016.

Abo Zekry is a composer and musician who studied at Beit El-Oud and was a member of El-Sharq Orchestra, led by the famed Nasseer Shama.

Center Stage brings Abo Zekry to the US for the first time, where he will get the chance to introduce his classical music mixed with Sufi calls to different audiences.

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9/18/2018 4:04:32 PM
<![CDATA[EGX loses LE794M of market capitalization Tuesday]]>
The benchmark EGX30 rose 0.02 percent, or 2.94 points, to close at 14,653.91 points.

On the other hand, the equally weighted index EGX50 declined 0.46 percent, or 10.85 points, to reach 2,352.55 points.

The small and mid-cap index EGX70 dropped 0.37 percent, or 2.68 points, reaching 720.82 points, and the broader index EGX100 inched down 0.21 percent, or 3.79 points, closing at 1,839.60 points.

Market capitalization lost LE 793.98 million, recording LE 814.96 billion, compared to LE 815.75 billion in Monday’s session.

The trading volume reached 209.34 million shares, traded through 24,662 transactions, with a turnover of LE 706.28 million.

Cairo Poultry, El Ezz Porcelain (Gemma), and Golden Coast Company were top gainers of the session by 6.25 percent, 5.36 percent and 4.91 percent, respectively.

On the other hand, Alexandria Cement, El Obour Real Estate Investment, and Wadi Kom Ombo Land Reclamation were top losers of the session by 9.02 percent, 8.76 percent, and 8.26 percent, respectively.

Foreign investors were net sellers at LE 42.59 million, while Egyptian and Arab investors were net buyers at LE 37.9 million and LE 4.69 million, respectively.

Egyptian, Arab and foreign individuals were net sellers at LE 5.97 million, LE 10.96 million, and LE 7.42 million, respectively.

Egyptian and Arab organizations bought at LE 43.87 million and LE 15.65 million, respectively, while foreign organizations sold at LE 35.17 million.

EGX ended Monday’s session in red, as EGX30 declined 0.71 percent, EGX50 inched down 0.91 percent, EGX70 dropped 1.38 percent, and EGX100 decreased 1.13 percent.
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9/18/2018 3:57:15 PM
<![CDATA[Shares shrug as Trump fires off $200 billion of China tariffs]]>
The response to U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to go ahead next week with collecting 10 percent tariffs on another $200 billion of Chinese goods, ratcheting up to 25 percent in January, was unusual and unexpected on Tuesday.

It initially hit U.S. stocks, Treasuries and the dollar while stirring a rally in Chinese equities [.SS] and the yuan.

China then confirmed it would retaliate but still traders refused to flinch.

European stocks inched toward a third day of gains, futures pointed to a rebuond from Wall Street ESc1[.N] and even copper and the Aussie dollar AUD=D3, which have been highly sensitive to the trade tensions, held firm.

“In a way it is remarkable that the market is holding up so well,” said Rabobank’s Head of Macro Strategy Elwin de Groot.

“This is clearly a further ratcheting up of the trade war and we are now getting close to a situation where you can almost speak of a full-fledged trade war. Clearly that is not positive.”

One theory for the becalmed reaction was that the $200 billion U.S. move had been largely priced in to markets following weeks of reports and social media speculation.

Chinese shares had initially dipped as Asia digested the details but then rallied to the point where the blue-chip CSI index .CSI300 closed up 2 percent. Some locals were betting that Beijing will step up infrastructure investment to keep the economy humming.

Japan's Nikkei .N225 also ended 1.4 percent higher and MSCI's 24-country emerging market index was up for the fourth day in the last five as 1 percent gains in Poland .WIG20, Russia .IRTS and Turkey .XU100 added to Asia's rebound.

Trump’s announcement “is largely consistent with the claims made earlier,” Citi analysts said in a note, estimating a 33 basis point drag on China’s economic growth from the 10 percent tariff.

Dutch bank ING, meanwhile, estimated that 2.5 percent of world trade was now affected by the tariffs and will be 4 percent if Trump carries out a threat to put them on the remainder of Chinese imports unless Beijing meets his demands.

“Although this percentage may seem small, the tariffs will disrupt Sino-American supply chains, and may, therefore, triple the effects on world trade,” ING warned.

China’s promise to respond to the new U.S. tariffs also came as The South China Morning Post newspaper reported Beijing was reviewing plans to send a delegation headed by Vice Premier Liu He to Washington for trade talks.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told a daily news briefing later that the U.S. steps had brought “new uncertainty” to talks between the two countries.

“China has always emphasized that the only correct way to resolve the China-U.S. trade issue is via talks and consultations held on an equal, sincere and mutually respectful basis. But at this time, everything the United States does not give the impression of sincerity or goodwill,” he added.

In currencies, the dollar was broadly flat at 94.438 .DXY although on an individual basis it was a fraction firmer against the Japanese yen at just shy of 112 JPY=.

At the same time it was down slightly against the Chinese yuan in 'offshore' markets CNH=D3. The sensitive Australian dollar AUD=D3 also moved up 0.4 percent to $0.7212 having also initially been hit when the tariff details broke.

With FX participants wary that Beijing authorities may quickly step in to markets at any point, investors were “spontaneously” liquidating their short yuan positions said a trader at one Chinese bank.

“China is likely to reject the invitation from the U.S. Treasury for the new round of trade talk,” OCBC Bank also said in a note on Tuesday.

Oil prices fell on worries rising trade tensions could dent global demand for crude.

U.S. crude futures CLc1 fell 21 cents to $68.70 a barrel while international benchmark Brent futures LCOc1 lost 35 cents to $77.70 per barrel.

Gold was weaker too, with spot prices XAU= down 0.1 percent at $1,199.2 an ounce.]]>
9/18/2018 3:27:00 PM
<![CDATA[Speaker: Sustainable development is long process]]>
The remark was made in his speech that was read out by MP Tarek Radwan at a regional conference on sustainable development and gender equality.

He added that woman is one of the most important contributors to achieving sustainable development.

The three-day conference is organized in cooperation with the Inter-Parliamentary Union, the Egyptian parliament and the Library of Alexandria.

The conference is aimed at highlighting opportunities and challenges regarding the achievement of sustainable development and allowing the participants to exchange expertize on this score.]]>
9/18/2018 3:11:51 PM
<![CDATA[Min. of irrigation visits inspector general of Egyptian Irrigation in Sudan]]>
This comes as a part of his official visit to Sudan to attend the first meeting of the 58th session of the Permanent Technical Authority for Nile Water.

During his visit, he met with Egyptian and Sudanese workers of the Egyptian Irrigation Mission and inspected the works done at the headquarters of the inspector general of the Egyptian Irrigation in El-Shagara Area, Khartoum.

This was followed by his visit to the Egyptian Irrigation Museum and the kindergarten established for the children of Sudanese workers at El-Shagara area.

Ayman Abdel Salam Shedid, head of the Central Administration of Egyptian Irrigation in Sudan, said that the Egyptian Irrigation Mission works in harmony with the brotherly Sudanese people to implement the tasks entrusted to them to upgrade the buildings and facilities for the Egyptian Irrigation in Sudan.

Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation Abdel Ati arrived on Tuesday morning in Khartoum, Sudan, to participate in the first meeting of the 58th session of the Permanent Technical Authority for Nile Water.

Abdel Ati was received by Sudanese minister of water resources, irrigation and electricity, Egyptian ambassador to Sudan and the head of Egyptian irrigation mission in Sudan.

It has been agreed to “continue implementing the outcomes of the Addis Ababa-held Egyptian-Sudanese-Ethiopian tripartite summit on the Renaissance Dam to carry out the Declaration of the Renaissance Dam Principles Charter that was signed on March 23, 2015 in Khartoum,” said President Abdel Fatah al- Sisi in a joint press conference with Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir in March.

Egypt has voiced its concern over Ethiopia’s dam construction, as it would affect Egypt’s 55 billion cubic meter share of the Nile water. However, Addis Ababa sees the dam is necessary for its development and will not negatively affect the downstream countries (Egypt and Sudan).

Egypt suffers from a water deficit of 30 billion cubic meters; it annually needs at least 90 billion cubic meters of water to cover 90 million citizens’ needs. However, it currently has only 60 billion cubic meters, of which 55.5 billion cubic meters come from the Nile and just 5 billion cubic meters come from non-renewable subterranean water in the deserts.

Further decrease in Egypt's water resources is expected amid the construction of the
Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), which could have a negative impact on Egypt’s Nile water share.

Despite the latest negotiations between Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan to resolve the technical issues of the dam, Egypt is keen to look for new sources of water and to rationalize its usage to overcome any water scarcity problems in the future.

Agriculture in Egypt depends heavily on the Nile River, and it consumes 84 percent of Egypt’s water resources; therefore, the state is working on maintaining the country's water security through taking procedures that may help rationalize the use of water.

The government has taken procedures aiming to rationalize water consumption through preventing the cultivation of crops that need large amounts of water.

Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources Abdel Ati decided to reduce the rice agriculture area in Egypt from 1,700,000 feddans to 724,200 feddans (1 feddan = 1.038 acres).

According to the ministry, this decline will save 3 billion cubic meters of water. Simultaneously, the ministry is working on launching campaigns to raise farmers’ awareness and rationalize water usage.


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9/18/2018 3:07:24 PM
<![CDATA[Britain's new ambassador in Egypt arrives in Cairo]]>
The British ambassador headed to his residence before starting his work in Cairo.

This came after the British Embassy's announcement to replace former Ambassador John Casey with Geoffrey Adams on September 5, 2018.

Adams worked as Britain’s ambassador in The Hague, Netherlands from 2013 to 2018 after working as Britain’s ambassador in Tehran, Iran from 2006 to 2009.

In addition, he worked as a political director in the British Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a director of the FCO in the Middle East and North Africa. Moreover, Adams worked as vice ambassador in Egypt from 1998 to 2001.
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9/18/2018 3:01:28 PM
<![CDATA[What was Bushra’s Message Prior to El Gouna Film Festival?]]>
After uploading a picture on her official Facebook account showing her present in last year’s festival, the star commented “A few days hold us back from the great event, in which I hope the festival and all those working on it all the best”.

The festival is due on 20 September and aims to provide all the participants and film makers with real professional opportunities. The festival also aims to support the Egyptian film industry and help it thrive.

Bushra is an Egyptian actress. She earned the Best Actress award at the Dubai International Film Festival for her role in “678”. She is considered an Egyptian actress, singer,producer and a multi-talented, influential artist in Egypt and the Arab world.

She is also the COO and founder of El Gouna Film Festival, one of the important festivals that were established to underscore the role film plays in promoting cultural interaction, fostering an awareness of different cinematic voices through encouraging dialogue and by building bridges of creative intellect.

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9/18/2018 2:57:46 PM
<![CDATA[6 tips for better travel experience]]>
Luggage carts

Do not pay for luggage cart services. Instead, you can ask and look for the place where workers usually place those carts. Some workers know that passengers cannot find those carts easily, so they offer help but definitely not for free.

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Luggage

Egyptians usually bring overweighed bags or even oversized handbags. So, you may need to carefully check your airline’s rules and regulations concerning the allowed weight and luggage.

Baggage check-in

Do not check-in your bags very early before the time of your flight, or you will have to wait very long to get them after your arrival at your destination. You should try to check-in your luggage as late as you can to be the first to get your luggage. But of course don’t be too late as you definitely do not want to miss your flight.

Liquids

Usual airport security regulations prohibit passengers to carry liquids before boarding on the plane, so make sure that you empty your water bottle and put it in your handbag before going through the final security check phase to avoid buying a new expensive one from the airport. Afterwards, you can ask anyone to fill it from the first class lounge.

The Customs

If you usually get gifts for your relatives and friends when you come back home, make sure that you have carefully removed the clothing price tag for clothes or have sealed off new electric devices. Then, you can re-put those parts when you return home, or otherwise you will pay customs to pass these new products.

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An Ivanka Trump-branded blouse is seen for sale at off-price retailer Winners in Toronto, Ontario, Canada February 3, 2017. REUTERS/Chris Helgren. '

Transportation from the airport

After arriving in the destination country, look for limousine services provided by tourism companies under governmental supervision and have background information about their pricings, and then you can compare those prices with local taxi services and UBER/Careem services, then you can choose the best and safest alternative.

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Reuters. Taxis block a main road in Budapest's city centre

In conclusion, you might need to double check the rules and regulations of the airport you are heading to and the airline you are flying with to avoid unnecessary troubles.

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9/18/2018 2:44:56 PM
<![CDATA[Cairo Uni.’s international branch to establish joint programs with foreign universities]]>
On June 21, Khosht laid the foundation stone of Cairo University's International Branch at 6th of October City as part of the government’s plan to make a global leap for Egyptian universities.

To achieve a cross boundary education, it has been confirmed that the New Administrative Capital will include six international universities from the United States, Britain, Hungary, Canada, Sweden and France, said Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Khaled Abdel Ghaffar early November 2017.

This was during the International Education Conference held in the United Kingdom on Nov.1, 2017, entitled “Cross Boundary Education in Egypt and the Chances of Investment in the Higher Education”.

“The universities will improve our educational system, as they will qualify graduates for competing internationally,” Abdel Ghaffar stated, adding that the universities' role will not be limited to education only, as part of the budget will be spent on scientific research.

The Egyptian government is concerned with providing all the necessary needs of the Egyptian youth regarding higher education through inserting different fields in both governmental and private universities, as well as providing international education in Egypt.

Egypt seeks to restore its position among high education centers in the Middle East and Africa and to double the number of overseas students. This would increase its national income, attract foreign investments in the higher education sector and help establish branches of international universities in the New Administrative Capital.

During his speech, Abdel Ghaffar stressed on the good relations between Egypt and the U.K., particularly in the scientific and cultural fields and the partnerships promoted between Egyptian and English institutions.

Abdel Ghaffar reviewed Egypt’s 2030 vision, asserting that this vision requires a strong infrastructure and human personnel qualified for growth and development.
Located 45 kilometers east of Cairo, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi inaugurated Egypt’s new administrative and financial capital on October 11.

The New Administrative Capital’s business park will encompass 20 towers, including the tallest tower in Africa at a height of 345 meters. Construction of the residential district started in May 2017 to include 25,400 units, including residential apartments, villas and commercial units.

Egypt is looking forward to having dozens of cities like the New Administrative Capital, President Sisi said during his speech at the inauguration ceremony of the new city’s first phase.
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9/18/2018 2:19:15 PM
<![CDATA[Minister: Relations between Egypt, Kuwait excellent]]>
In statements to MENA, she added that the two countries are cooperating for solving any problem facing Egyptian workers in Kuwait.

She added that the number of Egyptian workers in the Kuwaiti private sector reached 445,000 out of a total foreign workforce of 1.697 million.

Egypt ranks second after India on the list of foreign workers in the Kuwaiti private sector, she added.

Kuwait is a state of law that preserves the rights of all workers, she pointed out.

She pointed out that relations between the labor ministries in both countries are excellent.]]>
9/18/2018 2:17:16 PM
<![CDATA[A scam on the roof of the world]]>
Hundreds of thousands of visitors flock to Nepal each year, drawn by the Himalayas. The scam that I uncovered affects them all: huge numbers of trekkers are being pressured into expensive helicopter rescues that they don’t need so that a coterie of middlemen can cash in on the insurance payout. Some are even being made deliberately ill for the scammers’ profit.

When I first arrived in Kathmandu in November 2016 to head up the Nepal bureau, I made it my business to get to know as many people as possible linked to the lucrative Everest industry, which nets the impoverished country millions of dollars a year. The spring climbing season, when hundreds of mountaineers gather at the foot of Everest with their sights set on reaching its 8,848 metre summit, is our busiest time in the bureau. Each year records are broken as men and women push themselves to the limits of human endurance. Many fail. Some pay the ultimate price, losing their lives on the flanks of the world’s highest peak.

As a journalist, Everest had me hooked. It has all the ingredients of an amazing story: big personalities, big money, and an even bigger mountain.

But as a ‘civilian’ (and an avid trekker myself), the Everest circus horrifies me. In many ways it represents the worst of humankind: greed, corruption, and man’s desire to control and conquer Mother Nature.

The helicopter rescue scam, which primarily targets trekkers hiking to Everest’s base camp, but also has links to climbers trying to reach its summit, is probably the most brazen example of fraud and corruption linked to the industry. And for me, it has come to typify Nepal’s mercenary attitude towards its greatest attraction, Everest.

It’s like the goose that laid the golden egg. We all know how that story ends.

A strangely lucrative helicopter business

Not long after I arrived in Nepal I started hearing rumours of middlemen profiting from the insurance payouts linked to unnecessary helicopter rescues of tourists. But it was two stats that initially spurred my investigation: first, that 20 new Airbus B2 and B3 choppers had been delivered to Nepal in five years. And second, that private helicopters in Nepal wrack up more flying hours per year than anywhere else in the world. Those two figures suggested to me that Nepal’s helicopter business was disproportionately lucrative compared to the size of the market.

I started digging.

Many of the people I first spoke to tried to tell me that the fraud was an old problem. It had been brought under control years ago. No story here. That type of reaction was something I frequently came up against during my investigation as people tried to dismiss my questions, telling me that I didn’t understand Nepal.

But being brushed off like that is a red flag to most journalists. I soon realized that the scam had evolved, becoming harder to prove – and even more lucrative – in the process.

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A helicopter comes in to land at Mong La village near Namche Bazar, April 17, 2018.

Rewind four years. There were a handful of helicopter operators and their brokers charging insurers exorbitant and inconsistent rates for chopper rescues. I saw the invoices: a rescue from near Everest billed at $10,000 and then a few days later a similar rescue billed at $12,000. Another might come in at a bargain $6,000. The true cost of the flight was closer to $4,000 but the insurance companies were coughing up and the difference was being spread between the helicopter company, trekking guide and the broker.

At that point, a few forward-thinking brokers waded into the market. They realised that insurers were catching on to the scam because of the inconsistent billing. So they did two things -- they negotiated a unified price grid with some helicopter companies at the start of the main trekking seasons (spring and autumn) so prices were fixed. And they built relationships with international insurance companies to allay any other concerns they may have.

As a result, prices came down, so the insurers were happy. So were these shrewd brokers who had priced in a per flight cut for themselves.

Trekkers and porters walk along a path in the Everest region, April 17, 2018.
(AFP / Prakash Mathema)

And that’s where the new scam took off. Instead of charging crazy rates for a few flights, these brokers pushed guides to have as many people as possible rescued, often with multiple tourists crammed into one chopper (each trekker’s insurance company would be billed for the full flight). In return, they would get a cut.

Most trekking guides make Rs2,500 per day ($22) during the two short trekking seasons, but can make up to $500 in kickbacks from a single rescue. The broker with a charter company and the trekking agency managers in Kathmandu pocket even more in commission from the hospital.

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Nepalese porters walk up a path high above the north-eastern town of Namche Bazar, April 18, 2015. (AFP / Roberto Schmidt)

Soaring number of rescues

The number of rescues happening in Nepal’s Himalayas have soared.

Precise numbers are hard to come by. There is no central dispatch unit for helicopter flights and the ten private helicopters companies were unwilling or unable to give me the details of how many rescue flights they carry out each year. A few of them told me that if their competitors knew how many rescues they were doing, they would be targeted and undercut.

So, I turned to TripAdvisor.

I spent hours scouring reviews of Nepal-based trekking companies for references to helicopter rescues and messaging the review writers. It was through these conversations that I began to get a true sense of the scale of the problem: groups of tourists where more than half of them had failed to complete their trek and had instead been evacuated in a chopper.

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A helicopter delivers goods to Everest base camp, April 24, 2018.

Helicopter highway

While there were a few angry reviews by people who felt that they had been pressured into a rescue and suspected a scam, the vast majority of people were full of praise for their guide who organised a chopper to swoop in and save them from a bout of the squits at Everest’s base camp.

I found this naivety quite difficult to get my head around. Who honestly believes that it’s necessary to be rescued by a helicopter for a common cold? Or thinks that getting on a helicopter is safer than walking to a lower altitude? Walking down is the standard medical advice if you start experiencing first symptoms of Acute Mountain Sickness, like headaches, shortness of breath, loss of appetite, nausea. The symptoms disappear as if by magic the lower you get.

I have since managed to get my hands on more data and estimate that eight percent of tourists trekking in the Everest region this spring were rescued by helicopter – that’s up to 17 flights per day. Everest’s Khumbu Valley has become a helicopter highway.

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Trekkers walk along a suspension bridge near Labja Dorhan on their way to Namche Bazar, April 17, 2015.

The reason this scam works so well is that most altitude-related symptoms will disappear when the patient reaches Kathmandu, which lies at just 1,400 metres above sea level. In most cases, doctors can’t prove if a patient had potentially life-threatening altitude sickness before they got on that helicopter. They say there is little they can do to police the unnecessary rescues, as it’s their duty to give the benefit of the doubt to the patient. Though some hospitals and doctors are also in on the scam.

This leaves it up to the guides (few of whom even have first aid training) to make a decision about who needs a helicopter evacuation.

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Patients wait to see a doctor at the Everest ER tent clinic at Everest Base Camp, April 24, 2018.

I saw this play out right in front of me.

After months of interviews in Kathmandu, I laced up my hiking boots and headed to the Everest region. Me and AFP’s Nepal photographer Prakash Mathema were aiming for Everest base camp – an eight-day trek from Lukla, a small town with an even smaller airstrip that serves as the gateway to Mount Everest.

A few days in, we arrived in the small village of Mongla at lunchtime. Within moments of ordering tea, we heard a helicopter was on its way to rescue a trekker. I went to find her.

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Nepali porter Milan Rai, 14, rests as he makes his way up a rocky path high above the north-eastern town of Namche Bazar, April 18, 2015.

Sunita, a student nurse from London, was tired. She was feeling nauseous. Climbing the steep slope to Mongla had just been too much, she said. She wanted to go home.

Why not walk back or hire a pony for the return journey, I asked.

No, she wanted a helicopter and her guide had assured her she could get one through her travel insurance.

As we continued to talk, I could see her guide becoming visibly agitated by my questions. He interrupted on a few occasions, taking her outside to talk away from me. She came back more convinced that a helicopter was needed.

Then she said something that set off the alarm bells: she admitted that she had only brought travel insurance the previous day.

Some insurers do let you buy coverage mid trip, but most – including hers, I later confirmed – have a 72-hour grace period, during which time you cannot use it unless you need assistance linked to an accident.

But her guide continued to assure her that his company had confirmed that a helicopter rescue would be covered by her insurance.

About an hour later, a helicopter turned up and Sunita disappeared back to Kathmandu.

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Trekkers walk along a path at the Everest region, some 140 km northeast of Kathmandu, on April 17, 2018.

We communicated by email after that. The last email I received from Sunita, about three weeks after the rescue, said she still believed her insurance company was going to pay. She then stopped replying.

I don’t know if Sunita lied to her insurer and told them that she had been involved in an accident, which would mean she committed insurance fraud. Or if her insurer refused to pay and she got landed with a large bill for a helicopter rescue she probably didn’t need. Her guide denied that he got a cut – but he was wearing a cap with the logo of a trekking company that I later connected to another fraudulent rescue.

Sunita had paid $950 for a 10-day trek to the Gokyo Valley, she told me. (The Gokyo Valley neighbours Everest and from its high reaches you get the best views of the world’s highest peak.) That amount is below the cost price for the trek, I confirmed with multiple industry sources. And 10 days does not allow enough time for acclimatization days, which are essential to get used to the thin air at altitude and avoid being hit by Acute Mountain Sickness.

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Mount Ama Dablam (6812 metres) as seen from the Pangboche village in the Everest region, April 27, 2018. (AFP / Prakash Mathema)

Beware of cheap treks

Trekking agencies selling cheap treks, often with no acclimatization days, are at the heart of this scam. They attract customers with low prices, knowing they will make a profit if just one of the group gets rescued. They increase the chances of a tourist needing a rescue if they push them to high altitudes without the proper acclimatization. Meanwhile, some guides told me they were given quotas: get at least a third of the group choppered out. To make the quota, some would slip baking soda – a laxative – into trekkers’ food to give them diarrhoea.

I decided to pose as a tourist to see how easy it was to buy a trek for below cost price and without acclimatization days. I donned my scruffiest jeans, flip flops and grabbed the elephant-patterned cloth bag I’d picked up the last time I was in Sri Lanka, and headed for Kathmandu’s tourist district, Thamel.

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A busy street in Kathmandu's Thamel tourist district, September, 2018. (AFP / Prakash Mathema)

As I negotiated Thamel’s narrow potholed streets for once I didn’t bristle when approached by hawkers trying to sell me tourist tat. Thamel is a maze of alleys crammed with cupboard-sized trekking agencies with faded maps and photos of the famous Himalayan peak peeling off the walls.

I walked into a few at random. Each time I gave them the same story: me and 5 friends wanted to go to Everest base camp. After getting the price for a standard 12-day trek (the highest price I was quoted was $1,050 and the lowest $650), I asked if we could do it in 10 days so me and my fictional friends could also squeeze in some extra sightseeing during our Nepal sojourn. Only one out of the five companies I spoke to refused my request and warned me that it was unsafe to climb to Everest base camp’s 5,364 metres without acclimatizing properly.

I asked some of the trekking agencies what would happen if me or my friends got ill while trekking. They all assured me that a helicopter could be there to save us within moments.

“After you get back to Kathmandu, we get on the phone together to your insurance company and you tell them ‘I needed a rescue, I didn’t want to die’,” one told me.

“This is my volunteer service to tourists,” he added.

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Mount Everest is seen beneath some prayer flags, April, 2018.

Nepal’s tourism industry is vital to the country’s economy. In terms of cash and the numbers employed, it is probably second only to Nepal’s export of men to the Gulf’s construction sites (remittances from foreign labour account for over a third of GDP). But between poverty and a lack of opportunity, poor regulation and a weak government, unchecked growth and the lure of quick cash, it is easy to see how -- and even why – mountain tourism in Nepal has become such a dirty business.

Veterans of Nepal’s trekking and climbing industry often blame the scams and unscrupulous business practices on outsiders who have muscled in on the mountain tourism. They say its businessmen from other parts of Nepal, not the natives of Nepal’s high Himalayas who are responsible. In some ways it is driven by jealousy that those born in the Himalayan foothills have been lucky to benefit from an industry that has grown up around them. The Khumbu region, which is home to Everest and the Sherpa ethnic group who have become synonymous with mountain guiding, is wealthier than other parts of Nepal thanks to tourism.

While Sherpa continue to guide people to Everest’s summit, few are employed in the less lucrative trekking business. Many trekking guides don’t even come from the mountains, but Nepal’s lowlands where more than half the country’s people live.

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Kathmandu's busy Thamel commercial tourist area, September, 2018.

An expected part of doing business

The Everest industry – both climbing and trekking – has become a victim of an aggressive race to the bottom on pricing, with cost -- not the quality of service -- defining the market. The price of a trek to Everest base camp has stayed roughly the same for the last 20 years, while the cost of an expedition to the summit has halved. With razor thin profit margins, fraudulent helicopter rescues represent low hanging fruit in terms of potential cash. Many also blame the 2015 earthquake, which devastated swathes of the country, for scaring away tourists, forcing travel agencies to compete for a smaller pool of potential customers.

The commission chain that underpins the scam is an accepted part of doing business in Nepal, an attitude that will be difficult to change. Salaries are low and kickbacks are expected to boost earnings: a taxi driver dropping off a tourist at a hotel will usually receive a small payment. A doctor can boost her income considerably on the small commission she gets from the private lab where blood tests are sent. The ambulance driver will also be paid by the hospital where his drops a patient.

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A Nepalese porter carries a load in the Kumbh region of northeastern Nepal, April, 2015.

On top of that, the tourism industry is built on a web of close connections, the same names cropping up as board members and shareholders of trekking agencies, helicopter companies and hospitals. I found one particularly well-connected man who owns a helicopter company and a charter company. He is also a founding member of a second helicopter company and a hospital, as well as being the managing director of two trekking companies and the executive chairman of an airline.

These same people also sit on the board of the civil aviation authority or head up the Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN), which is somehow meant to be both an industry regulator and a lobby group. This conflict of interest is costing Nepal the opportunity to build a sustainable tourism industry.

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Climbers make their way to the summit of Mount Everest, May 16, 2018.

A similar attitude pervades the government. The Tourism Ministry launched its own probe into the scam in early June, just weeks before I published my article after more than six months of work. It wrapped up in six weeks with threats of action against 15 companies. However, the government appears more concerned by the untaxed dollars linked to the huge insurance payouts than actually holding anyone to account for the massive fraud. In the final investigation report, there is no mention of the commission payments that are fuelling the scam.

I sat down recently with a senior government figure closely connected to the probe. He started by blaming the tourists. “They demand the rescues,” he told me. That is the same argument used by the trekking companies I’ve linked to the fraud. He then told me that some new guidelines and a code of conduct for the trekking agencies were going to stamp out the scam.

As I left, I passed members of TAAN who were there for a meeting with the same government official. I wondered if they were there as lobbyists or regulator.

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Agence France-Presse reporter Ammu Kannampilly (2R), and Nepalese guide Pasang Sherpa (R) stand on a ridge over a valley leading north into the Khumbu region as they try to get a clear view of Mt. Everest on April 18, 2015. (AFP / Roberto Schmidt)
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9/18/2018 2:16:55 PM
<![CDATA[Parliament summons health minister over death of dialysis patients]]>
In an interview with al-Youm on DMC, Emari said Monday that the health committee is following up on the updates of the incident that took place in Dairab Negm public hospital in Sharqia to disclose the cause of death and punish those behind the incident.

Emari said that Parliament Speaker Ali Abdel Aal approved the information request set to be submitted to the health minister concerning the incident.

The prosecution of Sharqia's Zagazig ordered Sunday the detention of 15 people working in a public hospital where three people died while undergoing hemodialysis, with the cause of the incident being partially unclear to the public.

In the wake of the death of three patients and the injury of others while undergoing dialysis Saturday in Al-Sharqia's Dairab Negm, Egypt's prime minister and health minister affirmed that those responsible for the incident will be severely punished.

Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly affirmed the authorities will deal decisively with those found guilty by the investigations, adding that the government will not allow similar incidents to take place in the future.

Health Minister Hala Zayed also affirmed taking legal measures against those behind the incident. Although nobody has been officially accused yet, Zayed revealed further critical details about the probable cause of the victims' death.

Zayed indirectly accused the company responsible for the maintenance of the dialysis unit inside the hospital, saying that this company has carried out maintenance to the unit for six months. However, this time, complications took place directly after the maintenance of the unit.
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9/18/2018 2:02:08 PM
<![CDATA[Nasr visits investor services center in Alex.]]>
Nasr followed up the operation of the center and made sure that it was electronically connected with the main center in Cairo.

She underlined the necessity of solving all problems facing investors and promoting investment opportunities in Egypt.

She also decided increasing the number of staffers in the center for extending high quality service for investors.

The center is serving up to 15,000 investment companies in Alexandria, Marsa Matrouh and Beheira, she stated. ]]>
9/18/2018 1:56:01 PM
<![CDATA[Russia summons Israel's ambassador over downed military plane]]>
The aircraft was shot down by Syrian anti-aircraft systems but Moscow said Israeli air force jets flying in the same area had put the Russian plane in the line of fire. Israel's government has not yet commented.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on social media that the Israeli ambassador had been called into her ministry in connection with what had happened near Syria.]]>
9/18/2018 1:28:53 PM
<![CDATA[Qalaa Holdings invests LE 18.6B in Egypt through 2017/18]]>
This came during a press conference to announce the success stories of more than 25 companies investing in Egypt in 2017/2018 in the presence of Minister of Investment Sahar Nasr, Minister of Environment Yasmine Fouad and CEO of the General Authority for Investment and Free Zones (GAFI) Mosen Adel, as well as members of GAFI.

Hekal clarified that the group investments came in the fields of energy, refining and solar energy in Bonyan, in addition to gas delivery to houses and the inauguration of 10 fuel stations.

He also revealed the company's plans to pump investments worth LE 30 - 32 billion in various fields during the upcoming period.

Lately, the company announced its first investment in generating solar energy through its subsidiary, Taqaa Arabia, in partnership with Hassan Allam Holdings through photovoltaic (PV) cells, at an investment cost of LE 1.35 billion.

The company clarified in a statement that Taqaa Arabia owns 60 percent of the solar power project, while Hassan Allam holds 40 percent of the project.

It further added that the revenues are expected to reach $10.8 million annually.

According to the statement, five international funding organizations headed by the International Finance Corporation (IFC) funded the project.

Qalaa Holdings recorded a loss of LE 183.95 million including minority rights in the first three months of 2018, compared to LE 596.08 million during the same months of 2017.

In 2017, Qalaa recorded consolidated losses of LE 5.9 billion, compared to LE 5.6 billion in 2016.

Founded in 2004, Qalaa Holdings operates within the diversified financial sector focusing on asset management and custody banks. It has companies operating across North America, the Caribbean, Northern Africa and Eastern Africa.
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9/18/2018 1:24:45 PM
<![CDATA[Sunny yellows shine on gold carpet at TV's Emmy awards]]>
Actresses Alison Brie, Judith Light and Tatiana Maslany all chose sunny yellow for the television industry’s highest honors, which were being handed out in a downtown Los Angeles theater on a hot late-summer day.

Bucking the heat, Light wore a slim, long-sleeved, yellow gown with a turtleneck. “Orphan Black” star Maslany wore a custom pant suit with a yellow one-shouldered top, black pants and a yellow sash cascading from her waist to the floor.

They walked a carpet that was colored gold instead of the traditional red to celebrate the Emmys 70th anniversary.

White also was popular, the pick of Kristen Bell and Scarlett Johansson. “The Sinner” star Jessica Biel wore a strapless white gown with a scallop pattern and full skirt.

Men on the carpet followed suit. Sixteen-year-old “Stranger Things” star Gaten Matarazzo donned a gold jacket, and “This is Us” actor Milo Ventimiglia’s tuxedo jacket was white. “Barry” actor Henry Winkler accented his black tux with a yellow tie.

Some of the top nominees stood out in bright colors. Actresses Rachel Brosnahan and Sandra Oh shined in red, while Elisabeth Moss wore traditional black.

Jennifer Lewis, an actress on “black-ish,” sported a red-and-black Nike sweatshirt with a sparkling silver swoosh logo, which she said was a show of support after the brand featured NFL star Colin Kaepernick in a new ad campaign. Kaepernick was the first NFL player to kneel during the national anthem as a protest against racism.

“The artist’s duty is to reflect the times,” she said. “I stand up for what I feel is right.”

The late-summer heat hung over the carpet. “I’m just looking for water,” said “Barry” star Bill Hader, dressed in a black-and-white tuxedo.

“Black-ish” star Tracee Ellis Ross picked one of the most daring outfits - a hot pink gown with a full pleated skirt and large puffy top. Ross said she spotted the Valentino gown on a runway in Paris.

Tiffany Haddish also stood out with a striped blue, red, yellow and green dress.

“Seven Seconds” star Regina King wore a bright yellow, sleek strapless gown, and comfortable shoes.

“I have on vintage Guccis that are mine,” King said. “They are broken in. They are dancing shoes.”]]>
9/18/2018 12:18:18 PM
<![CDATA[Youth minister receives women squash team after retaining World Team Squash Championship]]>
Egypt defeated England in the final match of the championship that was held in China.

This is the fourth time for the Egyptian team to snatch the title.

Egyptian world's sixth-ranked squash player Nouran Gohar played in the opening match against England’s Alison Waters.

Gohar raced to a two-game lead, but Waters bounced back to level the match.

It took just 55 minutes Gohar to win 11-9, 11-9, 6-11, 7-11, 11-7 for Egypt’s opening point.

In the battle of former World No 1s, Egypt’s Raneem El Welily defeated Laura Massaro 11-3, 11-8, 9-11, 11-3 in 36 minutes for the title. ]]>
9/18/2018 12:05:58 PM
<![CDATA[Pope visits St Mark Coptic Church in Rochester, NY]]>
The pope expressed happiness for visiting this church and was briefed by Bishop David of the Coptic Orthodox Diocese of New York and New England on the services and charities offered by the church.

Pope Tawadros arrived in the US on Thursday on a month-long pastoral visit to parishes and dioceses of the North Eastern United States.

It is his second pastoral visit here since becoming pope The first papal pastoral visit to the US was in 2015 when he toured the parishes in the southern part of the US and attended celebrations marking the 20th anniversary of the consecration of the southern US Coptic diocese.]]>
9/18/2018 12:01:14 PM
<![CDATA[Mulla: New oil findings will push up petrochemical industries]]>
Addressing the general assembly of the Egyptian Holding Company for Petrochemicals, he added that it will also help attract new investments to this vital sector.

Upgrading the petrochemical industries in Egypt is one of the most important elements of the national projects for turning Egypt into a regional energy hub, he added, in a released statement on Tuesday.

New petrochemical projects are now under implementation at a cost of two billion dollars, he added.]]>
9/18/2018 11:59:18 AM
<![CDATA[Chief prosecutor, EU envoy inaugurate conference on judicial cooperation]]>
The three-day event will discuss international cooperation for fighting human trafficking and illegal migration crimes.

The conference will also take up anti-human trafficking laws and experiments of different countries to minimize those crimes.

Lawyers and chief prosecutors of African and European countries are attending the event.]]>
9/18/2018 11:57:42 AM
<![CDATA[Salama proposes imposing tax on internet users to fund media platforms]]>
In an interview with Ra'y Aam (Public Opinion) on TeN TV, Salama said that all media platforms are in danger because of social media, adding that sources of fund have to be sought in order for media platforms to continue working.

Salama said that the United Kingdom imposes taxes on Television, adding that Egypt will not be the last stop of such measure in case Egypt manages to ratify this law successfully. He also expressed hope that the Parliament discusses and approves the measure.

Salama affirmed the role played by media platforms in conveying true information, condemning the spread of rumors on the internet. He asserted that Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook, said that his platform cannot be a source of information.


Editors' August meeting

Head of Egypt's National Press Authority (NPA) Karam Gabr said that the Wednesday meeting of the boards of national newspapers and editors of private press institutions suggested raising the prices of publications.

Salama revealed that the cost of printing papers has recently increased from $540 to $979, calling on the state to subsidize such costs, including papers and ink cost, which are all imported.

During the meeting, Salama said that the rise in newspapers’ prices will not exceed LE 1 ($0.056), adding that it is a temporary solution.


Nabil Zaki, CEO of the four-decade old newspaper Al-Ahali published by the National Progressive Unionist Party, said that the future of the partisan newspapers in Egypt is uncertain if the state did not intervene to support them.

Apparently confirming Salama’s remarks, Yasser Qoura, assistant head of Al-Wafd party, affirmed that the printed press industry is not limited to partisan newspapers. National and private newspapers also suffer the same crisis due to the increase in the cost of printing papers globally.

Decreasing circulation rates

The circulation rates of the Egyptian printed newspapers have decreased from over a billion in 2010 to 534.6 millions in 2016, according to Egypt’s official Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS).

Although circulation rates of printed newspapers have increased from 2005 to 2010 by 14.5 percent, according to CAPMAS, they have continuously decreased since 2011.

The circulation rates also decreased from 2015 to 2016 by 4.6 percent, according to the official agency.


Additional reporting by Amr Mohamed Kandil ]]>
9/18/2018 11:54:34 AM
<![CDATA[Min. of irrigation arrives in Khartoum on Tuesday ]]>
Abdel Ati was received by Sudanese minister of water resources, irrigation and electricity, Egyptian ambassador to Sudan and the head of Egyptian irrigation mission in Sudan.

It has been agreed to “continue implementing the outcomes of the Addis Ababa-held Egyptian-Sudanese-Ethiopian tripartite summit on the Renaissance Dam to carry out the Declaration of the Renaissance Dam Principles Charter that was signed on March 23, 2015 in Khartoum,” said President Abdel Fatah al- Sisi in a joint press conference with Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir in March.

Egypt has voiced its concern over Ethiopia’s dam construction, as it would affect Egypt’s 55 billion cubic meter share of the Nile water. However, Addis Ababa sees the dam is necessary for its development and will not negatively affect the downstream countries (Egypt and Sudan).

Egypt suffers from a water deficit of 30 billion cubic meters; it annually needs at least 90 billion cubic meters of water to cover 90 million citizens’ needs. However, it currently has only 60 billion cubic meters, of which 55.5 billion cubic meters come from the Nile and just 5 billion cubic meters come from non-renewable subterranean water in the deserts.

Further decrease in Egypt's water resources is expected amid the construction of the
Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), which could have a negative impact on Egypt’s Nile water share.

Despite the latest negotiations between Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan to resolve the technical issues of the dam, Egypt is keen to look for new sources of water and to rationalize its usage to overcome any water scarcity problems in the future.

Agriculture in Egypt depends heavily on the Nile River, and it consumes 84 percent of Egypt’s water resources; therefore, the state is working on maintaining the country's water security through taking procedures that may help rationalize the use of water.

The government has taken procedures aiming to rationalize water consumption through preventing the cultivation of crops that need large amounts of water.

Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources Abdel Ati decided to reduce the rice agriculture area in Egypt from 1,700,000 feddans to 724,200 feddans (1 feddan = 1.038 acres).

According to the ministry, this decline will save 3 billion cubic meters of water. Simultaneously, the ministry is working on launching campaigns to raise farmers’ awareness and rationalize water usage.
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9/18/2018 11:53:06 AM
<![CDATA[OFID offers 2 grants to Egyptian organizations for $380K]]>
OFID said in a statement that its Director-General Suleiman J Al-Herbish signed both grant agreements in Egypt.

The first grant agreement was signed with RCREEE for $180,000 with RCREEE Director-General Ahmed Badr during the graduation ceremony of RCREEE’s 10th Arab Program for Sustainable Energy Youth (APSEY).

The statement clarified that this grant came as support for the upcoming 11th round of students.

“The eradication of energy poverty requires effective synergies and partnerships, while capacity building is key to achieving development in any sector. This grant is an important milestone as it supports much needed intervention in the Arab Region,” Al-Herbish said.

APSEY is a regional sustainable energy internship program targeting young professionals and post graduate engineering, economy and law students from the Arab region. OFID supported the 9th and 10th rounds of RCREEE’s APSEY program with two grants totaling $250,000, according to the statement.

The second agreement was with the Director of Egypt’s Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Mostafa el Feki, for $200,000.

Under the second agreement, OFID’s funding will support a project titled ‘The Arabs’ Memory’, which documents, preserves and digitizes Arab heritage.

Inaugurated in 2002, Bibliotheca Alexandrina is a major library complex and cultural center in Alexandria, Egypt, housing books in Arabic, English and French. OFID previously extended two grants to the Bibliotheca Alexandrina totaling $250,000, according to the statement.

Herbish described Bibliotheca Alexandrina as “a place of dialogue, learning and understanding between cultures and peoples.”

In April, Egypt signed a public sector loan agreement with OFID for $53.2 million to finance rehabilitation and irrigation, and drainage pumping stations project phase II.
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9/18/2018 11:46:33 AM
<![CDATA[Economic reform program behind rise of established, expanded companies ]]>
This came during a press conference to announce the success stories of more than 25 companies investing in Egypt during 2017/2018 in the presence of Minister of Environment Yasmine Fouad and CEO of the General Authority for Investment and Free Zones (GAFI) Mosen Adel, as well as members of GAFI.

Nasr clarified that the reform program included the issuance of laws of investment and bankruptcy, the organization of financial leasing and privatization, amendments to the capital market law and companies, in addition to a number of ministerial decisions contributing to the creation of an appropriate environment for investment, and the expansion the investor’s service centers.

The new investment law provides investors with several incentives and treats men, women, Egyptian and foreign investors equally.

The law also stipulates that foreign employees should not exceed 20 percent of the total number of workers on projects established by non-Egyptian investors.

Moreover, the bankruptcy law regulates financial and administrative restructuring for failed projects and companies, eliminating prison sentences in bankruptcy cases and limiting punishments to a monetary fine.

It also aims to minimize the need for companies or individuals to seek legal settlement as well as simplifying post-bankruptcy procedures.

The minister clarified that the number of established companies reached 20,000 firms, with an increase of 29.1 percent compared to previous year, with a jump of the issued capital from established companies of 64.4 percent, recording LE 49 billion compared to LE 29.8 billion in 2016/17.

According to the minister, the Greater Cairo region allocated the biggest percentage of established firms, accounting for 65 percent of the issued capital of new companies, while the Upper Egypt region occupied second place with 22.6 percent of the issued capital.

As per the expanded companies, their number hiked 61.6 percent compared to the prior year, reaching 3,478 companies.
Arab Companies

The statement noted that investments in Arab companies included the Kuwaiti Kharafi Company, which pumped investments of LE 100 million during 2017/18, and the UAE Canal Sugar Company invested $20 million to establish a factory in the Minya governorate.

The investments of Alrajhi Saudi Group increased LE 150 million and it plans to pump LE 2 billion during the upcoming five years.

Lebanese GLC Company said that it invested LE 120 million during 2017/2018 and is mulling expansion plans during the upcoming period, while Yemen’s Arama Company upped its investments by LE 560 million.

Also, Chairman of Egyptian Steel Company said that the investment law encouraged his company to expand by LE 18 billion to build eight factories.

European Companies

The European companies that invested in Egypt last year included Britian’s Unilever, which pumped $10 million last year, while Germany’s Wannauff and Porcelain invested $30 million.

French Schneider increased its investments by €20 million and upraised the plant’s capacity by 100 percent, while L'Oreal allocated €50 million to establish a factory in Cairo.

The investment by Italy’s Edison amounted to $2.8 billion in Egypt and $250 million was pumped last year. Greece’s Andredding invested LE 1.5 billion last year.
The Norwegian Company Scatec Solar invested by $500 million so far and intends to pump company $200 million in 2019.

US Companies

Mars expanded its investments by $1 billion, while Uber injected $20 million worth of new investments.

Moreover, Cargill Company pumped $150 million in the Egyptian market and Mexico's Simex raised its investment by $80 million.

Asian Companies

China’s Joshi pumped investments worth $150 million during 2017/2018, Indian Sanmar increased its investment in Egypt by $280 million and the expansions of Korean LG reached $80 million.

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9/18/2018 11:44:35 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt cancels T-bonds bills for 3rd time in 2018]]>
In the beginning of this month, the Ministry of Finance cancelled t-bonds bills for the second time this year.

“The required return rates were not within logical limits and did not reflect the good economic and financial performance or the improvement of Egypt’s credit rating, but were affected by the risks associated with the emerging markets,” the ministry noted upon the second cancellation.

The statement added that the cancellation decision came to prevent the state treasury from carrying an unjustified service charge for a period of three to seven years.

The Central Bank of Egypt (CBE), on behalf of the Ministry of Finance, issued LE 3.5 billion in treasury bonds on Monday.

The T-bonds were offered in two installments, with the first valued at LE 1.5 billion with a seven-year term and the second at LE 2 billion with a three-year term.

Earlier in July, the ministry had to cancel bids to sell three- and eight-year bonds worth LE 3.5 billion as investors and banks demanded high interest rates.

Egypt targets average interest rates on the government’s debt instrument reaching 14.7 percent in the current budget, compared to an expected average of 18.5 percent in 2017/2018 budget.

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

Egypt needs to fund the 2018/2019 budget by LE 714.64 billion; LE 511.21 billion will be provided from 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 financial assistance for Egypt’s implementation of an economic reform program.

Upon the board's approval in November, Egypt floated its currency, losing around 50 percent of its value under the economic reform program which imposed taxes, including the value-added tax (VAT), as well as cut energy subsidies, all with the aim of trimming the budget deficit.

The Central Bank of Egypt’s Monetary Policy Committee kept interest rates unchanged for the third time this year during August meeting, setting the overnight deposit rate and the overnight lending rate at 16.75 percent and 17.75 percent, respectively.

On March 29, the committee set the overnight rate and the overnight lending rate at 16.75 percent and 17.75 percent, respectively. In February, the committee lowered the interest rates by 1 percent for the first time since the flotation of the Egyptian currency in November 2016, after inflation rates slowed down.
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9/18/2018 11:42:37 AM
<![CDATA[“In the Memory of Arabs”: Bibliotheca Alexandrina New Initiative]]>
This initiative became possible after an agreement between Bibliotheca Alexandrina and OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID). Moreover, the manager especially greeted Suleiman Herbish, the general Manager of OFID, for his role in preserving Arab culture and heritage. Herbish received his academic education in Egypt and views it as his second home.

Herbish further explained that Egypt has a special spot in his heart. He says he dearly loved all his friends, family and colleagues which he met in Egypt throughout his lifetime. He further stated that Egypt is the leading country in the region in all aspects, and has always inspired developing countries to take steps for reform.

Furthermore, Herbish revealed that the OFID works together with countries in the region in order to achieve sustainable development through combating poverty, ignorance and poor healthcare systems. The man further stated that preserving and protecting any nation’s culture/heritage is considered as the fourth pillar by which sustainable development is achieved.

The project/initiative labeled “In the memory of Arabs” includes an electronic website, printouts, scientific conferences and a network for researches to share and document any information regarding Arab heritage.
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9/18/2018 11:30:00 AM
<![CDATA[Russia says Israel indirectly to blame for downing of plane over Syria]]>
Russia’s Defence Ministry said the Il-20 reconnaissance aircraft, with 15 Russian service personnel on board, was brought down by anti-aircraft batteries of Moscow’s ally, Syria, in a friendly fire incident.

But the ministry said it held Israel responsible because, at the time of the incident, Israeli fighter jets were mounting air attacks on Syria targets and had only given Moscow one minute’s warning, putting the Russian aircraft in danger of being caught in the cross-fire.

“We view the actions of the Israeli military as hostile,” Russian Defence Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov told Russian state television. “As a result of the irresponsible actions of the Israeli military, 15 Russian service personnel perished.”

Kremlin says it is extremely concerned by downing of Russian plane over Syria
Israel’s military declined to comment, as did the prime minister’s office and the Foreign Ministry.

Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu spoke to his Israeli counterpart, Avigdor Lieberman, and told him Moscow held Israel wholly responsible for the shooting down of the plane, Russian news agencies reported. The Israeli Defence Ministry confirmed the call but declined to give any further details.

Moscow said its plane disappeared from radar screens as it was coming in to land at the Hmeymim air base in western Syria late on Monday, just as Israeli jets and French naval vessels were mounting air strikes on targets in the same area of Syria.

France denied launching any missile strikes.

According to the ministry, the Israeli F-16 jets carrying out the air strikes used the Russian plane as cover to allow them to approach their targets on the ground without being hit by Syrian anti-aircraft fire.

“Hiding behind the Russian aircraft, the Israeli pilots put it in the line of fire of Syrian anti-aircraft systems. As a result, the Il-20 ... was shot down by the (Syrian) S-200 missile system,” Konashenkov said.

He said the Israeli pilots “could not have failed to see the Russian aircraft, as it was coming in to land from a height of 5 km (three miles). Nevertheless, they deliberately carried out this provocation,” Konashenkov said.

The spokesman said: “This absolutely does not correspond to the spirit of Russian-Israeli partnership.”

“We reserve the right to take commensurate measures in response,” Konashenkov said, without giving details of what those measures would be.

The Kremlin was extremely concerned by the incident and President Vladimir Putin expressed his condolences for those who were killed, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.

Several countries have military operations under way around Syria, with forces on the ground or launching strikes from the air or from ships in the Mediterranean. In some cases, those countries are backing opposing sides in the Syrian conflict.

Foreign powers involved in the conflict — including Israel and Russia — operate hotlines to exchange operational details to avoid one side accidentally attacking the other’s forces.

However, diplomats and military experts have warned that the risk of inadvertent strikes is high.

Relations between Russia and Israel have been cordial over the past few years, with Moscow trying to act as a mediator between Israel and its biggest regional adversary, Iran.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was the guest of Russian President Vladimir Putin at a military parade on Moscow’s Red Square in May this year.]]>
9/18/2018 11:29:30 AM
<![CDATA[Sterling rises on Irish border hopes, weak dollar before EU summit]]>
The United Kingdom is due to leave the EU on March 29 but no full exit agreement has been reached and some rebels in Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservative Party have threatened to vote down a deal if she clinches one.

But sterling has benefited recently from reports on behind-the-scenes efforts to work out how to manage the Irish border if Britain also leaves the single market and customs union.

A report published by The Times on Monday said EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier is working on a plan to minimise physical checks at the border between the two Irelands by tracking goods using barcodes on shipping containers.

The first of three summits on the terms of Brexit will be held this week, and EU leaders hope a deal can be struck by November. The talks could determine how orderly Britain’s March 2019 withdrawal will be and what kind of economic impact it and its neighbours face.

“Sterling could out-perform this week if the EU decide to adopt a more flexible stance on Brexit at the EU summit,” said Chris Turner, head of foreign exchange strategy at ING. The pound could rise to 88.50 pence against the euro, he said.

Sterling on Monday traded up 0.6 percent at $1.3157, its highest since August. It was flat against the euro at 88.91 pence..

The pound has reversed nearly all its losses against the dollar in August, when fears of a no-deal Brexit surged and last week it gained 1.2 percent.

Other analysts expressed caution, though.

“The moderate recovery of sterling we saw over the past weeks is justified. But for all those who have to manage their sterling risks beyond the Brexit date, the problem of how to plan ahead persists, of course,” said Ulrich Leuchtmann, a currency strategist at Commerzbank in Frankfurt.

Despite growing confidence Britain can land a Brexit deal, domestic political uncertainty remains high.

Recent signals from Brussels have buoyed hopes that the United Kingdom and the EU can agree a proper divorce arrangement, but the biggest obstacle to a compromise might be hard-line Brexiters in May’s own party.

Britain’s opposition Labour party will vote against May’s Brexit plans, a senior Labour lawmaker told the Financial Times last week.

International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde said on Monday that failure to get a deal would make the economy shrink. The economy will grow around 1.5 percent this year.

“I very much hope and pray that there will be a deal between the European Union and the UK,” she told reporters.]]>
9/18/2018 11:10:32 AM
<![CDATA[Dollar falls for second day as trade war escalates]]>
While the greenback has benefited from safe-haven flows amid the escalating Sino-U.S. trade conflict in recent months, investors are starting to worry about the broader impact of the tariffs on the U.S. economy and have pushed the dollar below a key technical level.

With Beijing keeping a firm grip on the Chinese renminbi in the aftermath of the latest measures and refusing to let it weaken below a Jan. 2017 low of 6.93 yuan per dollar hit last month, sentiment was more optimistic towards emerging currencies.

“China is playing a steady hand on the currency front and the news flow out of Europe continues to be positive which is helping European currencies,” said Alvin Tan, a currency strategist at Societe Generale in London.

The dollar index had popped up to 94.607 earlier in the early Asian session but quickly gave up its gains to turn lower on the day and fell 0.2 percent to its lowest since end-July at 94.35.

“The dollar’s knee-jerk reaction has subsided somewhat as some equity markets are managing to rise despite the trade news. It appears that a consensus had already been formed beforehand on what the trade announcement would be,” said Shusuke Yamada, currency and equity strategist at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in Tokyo.

Sweden’s first rate hike since July 2011 is inching closer, with the central bank’s board giving broader backing for policy tightening in the months ahead, according to minutes published on Monday, while Norway is set to raise interest rates this week.

Against the euro, the greenback fell 0.1 percent to $1.1717 while the Swiss franc was trading at a six-month high against the dollar at 96.05 cents before a central bank rate decision this week from Switzerland where markets expect policymakers to hold rates.

On technicals, the outlook is cautious for the dollar after it fell below a 100-day moving average for the first time in six months overnight, or roughly around the time period when concerns about trade wars hit the spotlight.

China’s yuan traded in the offshore market was a shade stronger at 6.8931 per dollar, though Chinese stocks managed slim gains. [CNY/]

Emerging market currencies including the Turkish lira, South African rand and the Mexican peso were broadly steady.]]>
9/18/2018 11:07:57 AM
<![CDATA[‘Dream Away’ to participate at GIFF, BFI London festival]]>
‘’Dream Away’’ tackles the struggles of some youth from modest backgrounds working in the tourism sector at the resort town Sharm El-Sheikh. Some find the freedom and independence they aspire for, while others view holidaymakers’ lifestyles as sinful.

The film is directed by Egyptian director Marouan Omara and German director Johanna Domke. This is the second cooperation between both Omara and Domke since their previous documentary, ‘’Crop.’’

In 2017, ‘’Dream Away’’ participated in the Final Cut workshop programme of the Venice Film Festival in Italy.

‘’Dream Away’’ is Omara’s first feature-length documentary. Omara studied filmmaking at the Higher Institute of Cinema. He directed several short and mid-length films and documentaries entitled ‘’Azziara’’ and ‘’One Plus One Makes a Pharaoh’s Chocolate Cake.’’

Domke is a visual artist and filmmaker whose work was featured in France, Denmark and Germany, among other countries. In 2006, she received the International Video Art Forum prize in Hamburg.

The El Gouna International Film Festival management announced that the famed American star Patrick Dempsey will be the guest of honor at the festival’s second edition.

In addition, Dempsey will bring over his latest TV series, which has not yet aired, to the festival. For the first time, El Gouna Film Festival will showcase a glimpse of Dempsey’s new TV series with MGM entitled, “The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair.”

“The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair” series is based on a novel bearing the same name. El-Gouna International Film Festival will take place September 20-28, while BFI London Film Festival will be held between October 10 and 21.

GIFF management previously announced that they will grant the Creative Achievement Award to iconic Egyptian director Daoud Abdel Sayed and Tunisian producer Dora Bouchoucha.

This year’s jury includes world-renowned Arab actor Ali Suliman, Egyptian film star Mona Zaki, acclaimed Moroccan director Ahmed el-Maanouni, Croatian producer Cedomir Kolar, Palestinian director Rashid Masharawi, film programmer Ally Derks and three-time Green Oscar winning Indian filmmaker Mike Pandey.

The jury also includes Georgian director Ana Urushadze, whose film "Scary Mother" won GIFF’s Golden Star in 2017, Jordanian actress Saba Mubarak, Austrian programmer Doris Bauer, and Palestinian actor Kamel el-Basha, who won the Best Actor Award at the 2017 Venice Film Festival.

GIFF’s management continues its cooperation with international entities, including its partnership with Variety. During the festival, Variety will present their annual Arab Talent Award, which was given to Lebanese director Ziad Doueiri last year.
El Gouna International Film Festival management announced that famed American star Patrick Dempsey will be the guest of honor of the second edition of the festival.

Dempsey will bring over his latest TV series, which has not yet aired, to the festival. El Gouna Film Festival will highlight inaugural scenes from Dempsey’s new TV series with MGM entitled “The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair”.

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9/18/2018 11:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[What you need to know about consumer protection law Sisi ratified]]>
First, the law prohibits carrying out practices that violate basic rights of consumers, including the right to get products that are not harmful for their health.

The law also guarantees the consumers' right to have comprehensive and correct information about the services introduced to them and products they consume.

The main information provided about the product has to include the source of the product, its price, nature, main characteristics besides other information determined by the law's executive regulations.


- Executive regulations should be issued by a decision of the prime minister within three months.


Suppliers are also obliged by the law to ensure that all messages to the consumer including ads, data, information, documents, bills, and receipts are written in Arabic or in two or more languages including Arabic. In addition, they have to be written in a clear, easily read font.

Moreover, the product's information has to include the supplier's identifiable information, mainly including his address, contact information, and trade mark if available, all in Arabic as well.

Praising the law, Chairman of the Consumer Protection Agency, Radi Abdel Ati, described the ratification of the law as a "victory" for Egyptian citizens and consumers.

In an interview on Sunday with Salat al-Tahrir on Sada al-Balad, Abdel Ati said that the law helps protect the rights of citizens by obliging suppliers to commit to health and safety procedures.

Abdel Aati added that the law protects consumers from monopoly and misleading ads. He also explained that the law levies fines up to LE 2 million ($111,500) on violators.

According to MENA, the law also stipulates that the economic courts are entrusted to adjudicate in civil and commercial disputes, while the administrative courts are responsible for adjudicating administrative disputes resulting from putting the new law into force.

The 56- article law was approved by the Egyptian Parliament last April.


MENA contributed to the report

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9/18/2018 10:52:50 AM
<![CDATA[Legendary Ibrahimovic scores his 500th goal]]>
The Los Angeles Galaxy player scored his goal in a match against the Toronto team in the 43th minute before the half time, when the 36-year-old player got a long and high pass from his teammate right before performing an eye-catching flying kick with his heel, resulting in him scoring the first goal for his team during the match versus 3 goals from Toronto.

However, Los Angeles Galaxy lost the match with a final result of 3-5.

“I'm happy for Toronto, because they’ll be remembered as my 500th victim,” Ibrahimovic told the press after the match. He also stated that his number of goals exceeded the total number scored by players during the last match.

As a reaction to his achievement, David Beckham congratulated Ibrahimovic through his official Twitter account, saying that “500 goals! That makes you really, really old!”





Paul Pogba, a French footballer at Premier League club in Manchester United, congratulated his ex-teammate for his achievement through Pogba’s official Instagram account. “I tell you to play football and you watch too much Jackie Chan, Jet Li and Bruce Lee,” Pogba commented on Ibrahimovic’s last goal.



Ibrahimovic is the 28th player to score over 500 goals during his career, and the third player running player to score 500 goals after Cristiano Ronaldo (678 goals) and Lionel Messi (648 goals).
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9/18/2018 10:44:49 AM
<![CDATA[Top Emmys moments: A proposal, the Fonz and.. a diversity song?]]>
The following are a few key moments from the 70th Emmy Awards in Los Angeles:

- Marry me -

Emmys organizers were looking for ways to boost declining audience ratings but they could have never have planned for this: one of the winners asked his girlfriend to marry him from the stage as he accepted his award.



Glenn Weiss, who took the prize for best director of a variety special ("The Oscars"), stunned viewers when he proposed to Jan Svendsen, who was sitting in the audience.

"You wonder why I don't like to call you my girlfriend? Because I want to call you my wife," he said to cheers, applause and a few teary-eyed actors in the audience.

Weiss explained that his mother had passed away just two weeks ago, adding poignancy to a moment that brought the audience of A-listers to their feet.

The ring he offered Svendsen? The one his father gave his mother 67 years earlier.

- 'The Fonz' is back -


AFP / Robyn BECK
An exultant Henry Winkler held his first Emmys high -- it was more than four decades in the making
Henry Winkler, a household name in the 1970s when he brought Arthur "The Fonz" Fonzarelli to TV screen on nostalgic 1950s sitcom "Happy Days," finally brought home his first Emmy.

The 72-year-old actor was named outstanding supporting actor in a comedy for his portrayal of an acting coach in HBO's dark comedy "Barry."

Winkler had previously been nominated three times for his breakout role as the Fonz and once for a guest spot on legal drama "The Practice" in 2000.

"Oh my God, oh my God," said the elated actor as he accepted the award, joking that he had written the speech "43 years ago."

Winkler said he had been told years back that if he persevered in the game long enough, "the chips come to you."

"Tonight, I got to clear the table," he added to joyous applause from his peers.

- 'We Solved It' -



The opening song at the Emmys set the tone for the rest of the show as "Saturday Night Live" cast members Kate McKinnon and Kenan Thompson cheekily declared that the thorny issue of diversity in entertainment had been solved.

"Seriously? So diversity is not a problem in Hollywood anymore," McKinnon asked before her co-star responded, "Nope, we solved it."

The pair were then joined on stage by other stars including Kristen Bell, Tituss Burgess, Sterling K Brown, John Legend and RuPaul, who embarked on a humorous song-and-dance number on the subject.

The performance included a pithy comment from nominee Sandra Oh, the first woman of Asian descent nominated for a lead actress Emmy, who quipped: "Thank you, but it is an honor just to be Asian."

"We solved it! We've gotten with the times, there's room for all our voices, but mostly Shonda Rhimes," they sang, name-checking the powerhouse African American female creator of top shows like "Grey's Anatomy" and "Scandal."

- Standing ovation for Betty White -



Comedy legend Betty White was greeted with a standing ovation at the Emmys as she was honored for her more than 80 years in showbiz.

"Somebody said something the other day about the 'First Lady of Television'," the 96-year-old actress told the audience. "And I took it as a big compliment.

"And then I heard her talking to her daughter a little later. She said 'First lady -- yes, she's that old. She was the first one way, way back'."

White, who has starred in hit shows such as "The Golden Girls," and "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," couldn't resist a quip about Emmys producer and "Saturday Night Live" creator Lorne Michaels.

"I want to thank Lorne Michaels for doing not only this tonight, but all the wonderful things he's done with me -- no, for me," she said to laughter.

White said she felt lucky to still be acting. She has worked on several shows in recent years including "Hot in Cleveland" and "Bones." A documentary about her life premiered on PBS last month.

"It's incredible that you can stay in a career this long and still have people put up with you," she said.

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9/18/2018 10:44:35 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt receives $13.5M grant to protect cities vulnerable to climate change]]>
The granted funds will be allocated for an eco-friendly dike system, a sheet of rock formed in a fracture of a pre-existing rock body, to create a 60km-long wall in front of the shores of Delta governorates, Water Resources Minister Deputy for Shore Protection Affairs Taha el-Erian told Egypt Today on Monday.

Egypt, which is signatory to the 2016 Paris Climate Agreement aiming to keep global warming “well below” two degrees celsius, is implementing its long-term plan at a cost of LE 3 billion ($168.4 million) in investments, to protect all coastal areas vulnerable to erosion in the Nile Delta, the statement read.

Egypt’s Delta forms 50 percent of the country’s economic activities in fields of agriculture, industry, tourism, and fisheries, said Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation Mohamed Abdel Atti said in the statement, noting that Delta’s governorates of Port Said, Damietta, Dakahlia, Kafr el Sheikh, and Beheira are the most vulnerable to climate change risks, particularly the sea level rise.

Due to increasing sea tides that resulted in floods and drowning of some low-lying areas annually, the exploitation of the resources of some areas - north of the International Road along the Delta governorates - became a tall order, the Minister added.

Egypt’s Central Administration at the Shore Protection Authority (ASP), which is affiliated with the Ministry of Water resources, is already working on the dike system starting from from Burullus City to Rosetta in the governorate of Kafr El-Sheikh with a total length of 46 kilometers, Salwa Abdel-Basset, head of the administration told Egypt Today in previous remarks.

A 514-year-old citadel of Qaitbay in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria partially collapsed due to rising sea levels and erosion.

In case you missed it…

Holding Down the Fort

CAIRO - 15 September 2017:Walking down the Alexandria Corniche, you can't help but gaze over to the historical castle that stood witness to the city's rich history for over 500 years. Qaitbay Citadel was built in 1477 by Sultan Ashraf Sayf al-Din Qaitbay on the original site of the Alexandria Lighthouse, once one of the Seven Wonders of the World, to guard against Ottoman invasions.



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9/18/2018 10:42:13 AM
<![CDATA[Finally: 'Americans' star Matthew Rhys wins best drama actor Emmy]]>
Some industry pundits have called it the "Jon Hamm factor," as both actors won their lone Emmys for defining roles in their final year of eligibility.

Rhys bested a tough field that included last year's winner Sterling K. Brown ("This is Us"), Ed Harris ("Westworld"), Milo Ventimiglia ("This is Us"), Jeffrey Wright ("Westworld") and Jason Bateman ("Ozark").

"Parts like these come along so rarely," Rhys told the audience at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, thanking show creator Joe Weisberg. "What you created and risked, I will be forever in your debt."

The 43-year-old Rhys starred for six seasons as Philip Jennings, part of a husband-wife team of Soviet sleeper agents posing as Americans -- and living next door to an FBI agent.

"We had a cast and show we could only wish for in a fairy tale," he said.

His now real-life partner, Keri Russell, plays his wife Elizabeth on the show. She too was nominated for an Emmy, and he joked about what the job had brought them.

Addressing Weisberg, he quipped: "Your good self not only gave me the part and opportunity of a lifetime, you also gave me a son. I just hope the little bugger is asleep."

He thanked Russell, but explained that as opposed to the earlier on-air proposal by Oscar director Glenn Weiss, "she said, 'If you propose to me, I'll punch you clean in the mouth'" -- a distinct possibility, given her fighting chops seen on the show.

Until Monday's gala, "The Americans" had only won two Emmys -- both for guest actress Margo Martindale, who plays the spy couple's handler Claudia.

But now they have four, as Weisberg and Joel Fields also won a statuette for outstanding drama writing.

Rhys, a native of Cardiff, was trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.

He first came to the attention of US viewers when he starred alongside Sally Field in ABC's family drama "Brothers and Sisters."

Other notable roles include a turn in last year's journalism drama "The Post," in which he played Daniel Ellsberg, the man who released the Pentagon Papers to The New York Times, The Washington Post and other papers.

Upcoming projects include "Mowgli," a live-action film based on "The Jungle Book," and thriller "The Torture Report."]]>
9/18/2018 10:40:37 AM
<![CDATA[PM follows up on construction works in Rawdat al-Sayedah housing project]]>



Rawdat Al-Sayeda, formerly Tal Al-Akareb, covers about 7.5 feddans (1 feddan = 1.038 acres). It had been a slum area before the government demolished houses there to replace them with residential buildings, in line with the state’s initiative to redevelop slums.




During his meeting with representatives of the construction company responsible for the project, Madbouly called for accelerating efforts to complete the project, saying that the government has paid the company all its dues.

Madbouly also affirmed the completion of the project's water, waste water, electricity and natural gas infrastructure, adding that the project is part of the state’s keenness to provide a good living for those living in unsafe areas.

Assem al-Gazar, the deputy minister of housing, said that the project is 85 percent completed, adding that the project contains 815 housing units and 344 trade units.

In April, Madbouly rebuked the project’s directors for not adding side windows to the project’s new buildings, necessary for hanging laundry.

Madbouly previously called for adding side windows to the project’s units in order to allow residents to hang their laundry. Residents would otherwise use the front windows, which would disfigure the area.

Hanging laundry on balconies is prohibited in many Arab countries, including Morocco and Kuwait, and fines have been levied on violators. In Dubai, a fine of AED 500 ($136) is issued to offenders.




Hani Younis, the Housing Ministry spokesman, said on Sunday that the government has spent LE 100 billion ($5.57 billion) to establish 600 thousand units in social housing projects.
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9/18/2018 10:38:53 AM
<![CDATA[Emmy winners in key categories]]>
OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES: "Game of Thrones"

OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES: "The Marvelous Mrs Maisel"

BEST LEAD ACTOR, DRAMA: Matthew Rhys, "The Americans"

BEST LEAD ACTRESS, DRAMA: Claire Foy, "The Crown"

BEST LEAD ACTOR, COMEDY: Bill Hader, "Barry"

BEST LEAD ACTRESS, COMEDY: Rachel Brosnahan, "The Marvelous Mrs Maisel"

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR, DRAMA: Peter Dinklage, "Game of Thrones"

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS, DRAMA: Thandie Newton, "Westworld"

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR, COMEDY: Henry Winkler, "Barry"

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS, COMEDY: Alex Borstein, "The Marvelous Mrs Maisel"

OUTSTANDING LIMITED SERIES: "The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story"

BEST LEAD ACTOR, LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE: Darren Criss, "The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story"

BEST LEAD ACTRESS, LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE: Regina King, "Seven Seconds"

BEST VARIETY SKETCH SHOW: "Saturday Night Live"

Programs with seven or more wins:

"Game of Thrones" - 9

"Saturday Night Live" - 8

"The Marvelous Mrs Maisel" - 8

"The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story" - 7

Platforms with most overall wins:

HBO: 23

Netflix: 23

NBC: 16

FX Networks: 12

CNN: 8

Amazon Prime: 8]]>
9/18/2018 10:38:07 AM
<![CDATA[EgyptAir launches 1st direct flight to Hong Kong]]>
According to statement issued by EgyptAir, two flights via Airbus 300-330 aircraft will be scheduled on Mondays and Fridays from Cairo to Hong Kong.

A 25 percent discount is offered by the airline company on all tickets to Hong Kong through to September 30.

Chairman of EgyptAir Holding Company Ahmed Adel said in statements to media outlets last week that the company is always seeking to open up new markets, highlighting that destinations in the Far East are viewed as promising markets in the aviation and air transport fields.

Along with reaching to new destinations around the world and offering a high-quality service during high seasons and holidays, EgyptAir usually announces new direct flights between Cairo and other cities upon high demand.

Last April, EgyptAir announced that three new flights will operate weekly between Kuwait and Egypt, including two flights to Sohag and a third to Cairo as part of the company's plan to provide more services to its customers.

Last August, the flag carrier company said that it increased domestic flights to 200 during the Eid Al-Adha holiday. The breakdown is 61 for Sharm El-Sheikh, 52 for Hurghada, 42 for Aswan, 32 for Luxor, nine for Borg Al-Arab, and four for Marsa Alam.

Official statistics issued by the Red Sea governorate showed that the number of tourists who visited cities in the Red Sea in July reached 505,710 tourists, marking an increase of more than 130,000 tourists compared to June.

EgyptAir previously operated 17 flights to carry a total of 3,675 Egyptian Muslims to Saudi Arabia's Mecca to perform pilgrimage rituals (Hajj).

Nine flights flew to Jeddah from Cairo and Sharm El- Sheikh, while eight others left for Medina, stated the state-owned news agency MENA.

A total of 325 flights carrying 62,000 pilgrims flew to Saudi Arabia, including pilgrims from Mali and Palestine for the 2018 Hajj season.

EgyptAir began operating pilgrims’ flights as of August 1, when pilgrims from both North and South Sinai arrived at Jeddah International Airport. However, the first flight to Medina took off on August 2, carrying pilgrims from Giza and Port Said governorates, according to Chairman of the national carrier company Sherif Ezzat.

The hajj, a five-day ritual retracing the journey of Prophet Mohammad that took place 14 centuries ago, is a religious duty that Islamic teachings require for every able-bodied Muslim who can afford it.

It is the world's largest annual Muslim gathering, with over 2.3 million people participating this year. The faithful come from nearly every country in the world, speaking dozens of languages and sometimes practicing Islam in different ways based on local customs or traditions.


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9/18/2018 10:36:55 AM
<![CDATA['Mrs. Maisel,' 'Game of Thrones' win on night of Emmy upsets]]>
Dystopian female show “The Handmaid’s Tale” and FX’s surreal hip-hop comedy “Atlanta” were the biggest losers, taking none of the most prestigious awards and making a disappointing night for stars Elisabeth Moss and Donald Glover.

HBO’s (T.N) medieval fantasy “Game of Thrones” won a total of nine Emmys, including technical awards for special effects and stunts, and was named best drama series for a third time, beating last year’s champion “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

Netflix, which had a leading 112 nominations going into the Emmys, ended up tying HBO for the most wins, with 23 apiece.

Amazon’s (AMZN.O) “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” about a 1950s housewife who turns to standup comedy, took home the Emmy for best comedy series. “Mrs. Maisel” also won a total of seven other awards, including best actress for Rachel Brosnahan.

Claire Foy beat Moss to win for her quiet but formidable portrayal of Queen Elizabeth in Netflix (NFLX.O) drama “The Crown.””This wasn’t supposed to happen,” said a surprised Foy.

Matthew Rhys took his first best drama actor Emmy for playing a conflicted Russian spy in the final season of the FX (FOXA.O) Cold War series “The Americans.”

“Saturday Night Live” won, as expected, for variety sketch series, taking its lifetime Emmy total to a record-setting 72 wins since 1975.

Emmy hosts Michael Che and Colin Jost from “Saturday Night Live” sprinkled the evening with skits and jokes about diversity on television, sexual misconduct in the entertainment industry, and the power of streaming services like Amazon and Netflix.

“It is an honor to be here sharing this night with the many, many talented and creative people in Hollywood who haven’t been caught yet,” Che said, alluding to the dozens of men who have been fired or forced to resign in the past year because of sexual harassment allegations.

“We solved it!” sang a line-up of celebrities, giving themselves a tongue-in-cheek pat on the back for the strides television has made for women, people of color, and gay men and women behind and in front of the camera.


But despite one of the most ethnically diverse array of nominees, only Regina King (“Seven Seconds”) Thandie Newton (“Westworld”) and RuPaul (“RuPaul’s Drag Race”) made it to the winners podium.

“I don’t even believe in God, but I am going to thank her tonight,” Newton said.

Other big winners included “The Assassination of Gianni Versace,” for best limited series and actor Darren Criss, who played the gay serial killer who murdered the Italian designer in Miami in 1997. Creator Ryan Murphy dedicated the Emmy to the LGBT community.


One of the biggest shocks came when presumed front-runner Glover lost the comedy acting category to Bill Hader’s hitman-turned-struggling actor in HBO’s (T.N) showbusiness satire “Barry.”

“Barry” also brought honors for veteran Henry Winkler, winning a standing ovation and his first-ever Emmy for his supporting role as a self-important acting teacher

Yet the warmest applause came when Glenn Weiss used his acceptance speech for directing the televised 2018 Academy Awards show to propose to his girlfriend in the audience, Jan Svendsen. She said yes.


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9/18/2018 10:34:34 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt is keen to resolve Italian student Giulio Regeni’s murder case: President Sisi]]>
This was during the meeting held between President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and the Italian Chamber of Deputies Roberto Fico on Monday as a part of his two-day official visit.

Presidential spokesman Bassam Rady remarked that Sisi issued directives to remove any obstacles faced by the ongoing investigations to resolve the case, find the perpetrators and provide them before the court, pointing out cooperation between the Egyptian Public Prosecution and its Italian counterpart.

Fico notes his country’s appreciation for the president’s directives and Egypt’s strong determination to resolve the case and seize the perpetrators in cooperation with Italy, which will have a positive effect on Italian public opinion and will contribute to promoting bilateral cooperation between the two countries.

Sisi highlighted to Egypt’s interest in intensifying cooperation with Italy in different fields based on historic ties and relations between the two countries, expressing his aspiration to deepen parliamentary relations and intensify bilateral visits.

Sisi further explained that the Fico’s current official visit is the fourth high-level Italian visit to Egypt within less than two months, remarking that these visits are good opportunities to provide further impetus for bilateral cooperation and exchange view points between the two sides in different fields.

In the same context, the president of the Italian Chamber of Deputies expressed his pleasure with his visit to Egypt, stressing that historical ties between Egypt and Italy particularly on the economic and commercial fronts.

In this regard, he expressed his aspiration for promoting parliamentary cooperation between the two countries, which will contribute to achieving new momentum in bilateral relations.

Additionally, Rady mentioned, the meeting tackled several common files such as illegal immigration, as Sisi confirmed that Egypt is a credible pioneering partner in combating illegal immigration and taking effective economic and legislative measures to secure borders and control the coasts, which has resulted in halting illegal migration flows from Egyptian coasts since 2016.

In this regard, The Egyptian-Italian relationship is expected to improve significantly in 2018, following the signing and concluding of several new deals and projects between Cairo and Rome, ending the political crisis which occurred after the murder of Italian PhD student Giulio Regeni in 2016.
Fruitful economic phase in Cairo-Rome relationship

In 2018, Italian aid in Egypt will amount to €35 million, of which €20 million are soft loans and €15 million are grants. The Agenzia Italiana per la Cooperazione allo Sviluppo (AICS) is one of the major contributors on a global scale. These initiatives aim to maintain Italian support for Egyptian private and agricultural sectors, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) included, already provided in the last few years.

At the same time, new areas will also be involved, such as agribusiness, and new recipients such as disabled people and the young generation will benefit. Deliverables include measures targeting illegal immigration.

In the field of investments, the meeting between Cantini and Nasr was dedicated to the new Investment Law – specifically, the final regulations to put it into force - and the contribution that Italian companies can give. The Italian side raised specific initiatives in which some Italian companies are involved.

On January 20, 2018, Minister of Military Production Mohamed el-Assar met with Italian Ambassador Cantini to discuss industrial cooperation between Cairo and Rome.

The meeting focused on the cooperation between military production companies in Egypt and Italian firms. They particularly discussed cooperation in agricultural mechanization technology and software industry, as well as the defense industry.

Giulio Regeni’s Murder

On January 24, 2018, Egypt’s general prosecution said that the letter attributed to the head of Egypt's intelligence service on the arrest of Italian student Giulio Regeni prior to his death in Egypt is untrue.

An unknown person had sent the letter to the Italian Embassy in Bern, Switzerland.
The general prosecution received a letter from the Italian prosecution dated January 22, 2018 containing a fabricated letter dated January 30, 2016 and attributed to the head of Egypt’s intelligence service, the prosecution said in a statement on Wednesday.

The letter claims that Egypt’s security bodies arrested Giulio Regeni before his death in Cairo.

Italian prosecution demanded that Egypt’s investigation authorities do whatever necessary in order to check the authenticity of the letter in compliance with judicial cooperation between the two countries on Regeni’s murder, according to the statement.
Investigations conducted by Egypt’s prosecution revealed that the letter is completely untrue and forged, read the statement.

The prosecution added that it informed the Italian side about the outcome of investigations within the framework of fruitful bilateral cooperation.

Meanwhile, the prosecution said it followed up with deep regret the reports circulated by several Italian media outlets and social media pages on the matter, noting that such reports harm judicial cooperation between Cairo and Rome.

On that score, the prosecution urged the media to check the authenticity of such news and their effect on public opinion.

Italy’s prosecutor-general has paid several visits to Cairo in order to investigate Regeni’s death alongside the Egyptian authorities.
Additional reporting by Nawal Sayed
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9/18/2018 10:33:39 AM
<![CDATA[Sunny yellows shine on gold carpet at TV's Emmy awards]]>
Actresses Alison Brie, Judith Light and Tatiana Maslany all chose sunny yellow for the television industry’s highest honors, which were being handed out in a downtown Los Angeles theater on a hot late-summer day.

Bucking the heat, Light wore a slim, long-sleeved, yellow gown with a turtleneck. “Orphan Black” star Maslany wore a custom pant suit with a yellow one-shouldered top, black pants and a yellow sash cascading from her waist to the floor.

They walked a carpet that was colored gold instead of the traditional red to celebrate the Emmys 70th anniversary.

White also was popular, the pick of Kristen Bell and Scarlett Johansson. “The Sinner” star Jessica Biel wore a strapless white gown with a scallop pattern and full skirt.

Men on the carpet followed suit. Sixteen-year-old “Stranger Things” star Gaten Matarazzo donned a gold jacket, and “This is Us” actor Milo Ventimiglia’s tuxedo jacket was white. “Barry” actor Henry Winkler accented his black tux with a yellow tie.

Some of the top nominees stood out in bright colors. Actresses Rachel Brosnahan and Sandra Oh shined in red, while Elisabeth Moss wore traditional black.

Jennifer Lewis, an actress on “black-ish,” sported a red-and-black Nike sweatshirt with a sparkling silver swoosh logo, which she said was a show of support after the brand featured NFL star Colin Kaepernick in a new ad campaign. Kaepernick was the first NFL player to kneel during the national anthem as a protest against racism.

“The artist’s duty is to reflect the times,” she said. “I stand up for what I feel is right.”

The late-summer heat hung over the carpet. “I’m just looking for water,” said “Barry” star Bill Hader, dressed in a black-and-white tuxedo.

“Black-ish” star Tracee Ellis Ross picked one of the most daring outfits - a hot pink gown with a full pleated skirt and large puffy top. Ross said she spotted the Valentino gown on a runway in Paris.

Tiffany Haddish also stood out with a striped blue, red, yellow and green dress.

“Seven Seconds” star Regina King wore a bright yellow, sleek strapless gown, and comfortable shoes.

“I have on vintage Guccis that are mine,” King said. “They are broken in. They are dancing shoes.”]]>
9/18/2018 10:29:59 AM
<![CDATA[Trump directs FBI to declassify information related to Russia investigation]]>
He has also directed the Justice Department to publicly release text messages relating to the Russia investigation without redaction from former FBI Director James Comey, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, as well as other former and current Justice Department officials, including recently fired FBI agent Peter Strzok who has come under fire for sending texts disparaging Trump as a presidential candidate.
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9/18/2018 7:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[U.S. to sharply cut cap on refugees to 30,000 for 2019]]>
"We proposed resettling up to 30,000 refugees under the new refugee ceiling as well as processing more than 280,000 asylum seekers," Pompeo said at the State Department.
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9/18/2018 7:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[NHC says Florence becomes post-tropical cyclone]]>
Some strengthening is forecast on Tuesday and Wednesday as Florence transitions into an extratropical cyclone, the Miami-based weather forecaster said.

The system is located about 85 miles (125 km) west-southwest of Morgantown, West Virginia with maximum sustained winds of 25 miles per hour (35 km per hour), the NHC said.

Catastrophic flooding continues over the Carolinas while flash flooding could develop across parts of the Delmarva into Pennsylvania on Monday, it said.
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9/18/2018 4:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Saudi-led coalition strikes navy school in Yemen's Hodeidah- al-Masirah TV]]>
No comment from the coalition was immediately available.

The Red Sea city is the country's main port and a lifeline for millions of Yemenis.
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9/18/2018 1:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Al-Ghufran tribe organizes Protest in Geneva to demand accountability for Qatar regime’s human rights violations]]>
The tribe called on the international community to take a decisive stand on the Tamim regime, whom, they claim, have violated a number of international conventions and treaties through its racist policy against the Al-Ghufran tribe.

“Our issue with the Qatar regime is purely humanitarian and not political, this is why we came here to present our case and our demands to the United Nations Human Rights Council. Our demands are clear: The Qatar regime should be held accountale for the crimes that it has committed against us and other Qataris, and the restoration of our rights,” Hamad Khaled Al-Marri, a member of the tribe, who took part in the stand, stated.

The protest a wider move by the tribe on the sidelines of the 39th session of the UN Human Rights Council.

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A delegation representing Al-Ghufran tribe, one of the biggest tribes in Qatar, which has been subject to systemic discrimination at the hands of the Qatari authorities, handed a letter Monday to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, discussing their deteriorating situation.

The tribe representatives, who had previously submitted a complaint to the Commissioner on September 21, 2017, asked the UN office to stop Qatari authorities’ continuous, systematic discrimination against them, and to protect the tribe’s members, restore their lost rights and to punish the Qatari regime for human rights violations.

“In the previous complaint we summarized the tragedy of the Al-Ghofran clan of the tribe of Bani Mura in Qatar, from 1996 to 2004 to the time of the writing of this petition they were savagely subjected to the worst crimes of racial discrimination, forced displacement, denial of return to their homeland, imprisonment and acts of torture that led to psychological damage and death within the Qatari intelligence prisons,” stated the representatives, whose families continue to face the toughest living situation in Qatar.

In reaction for Al-Ghufran tribe’s opposition to the Regime’s destabilizing policies in the region and its dispute with the neighboring Gulf States, in August, Qatari authorities revoked the citizenship of Sheikh Taleb Bin Lahom Bin Shreim and 54 members of his family who belong to Al Murrah tribe in a step considered as an arbitrary act by various Human Rights organization.

The Arab Federation for Human Rights (AFHR) described the Qatari call as a “revenge” against the members of the tribe for using their natural rights to freedom of expression and movement.

The Qatari authorities took further steps when it confiscated the properties of the members with the revoked citizenship, following the call with a systematic persecution against all the clans belonging to the large tribe, such as Al Ghufran clan.

The Qatari regime has also revoked the citizenship of another senior tribal leader, Sheikh Shafi Nasser Hamoud al-Hajri, a senior member of Shaml Al-Hawajer tribe, which is connected to the famous tribe of Qahtan. Along with the famous Qatari poet Mohammed Al-Marri who belongs to Al Murrah tribe.

Later, Qatari tribe Al-Ghufran declared that 6,000 of its members were forcibly displaced after the Qatari regime deprived them of their Qatari nationality and their national rights.

These heinous crimes are believed to be well-known to Qatari authorities at all levels. “We assure you that the Qatari authorities, ranging from the Emir of Qatar, the Prime Minister, the Attorney General, the President of the National Committee for Human Rights, senior security officials and dignitaries, are aware of the discrimination members of Al Ghofran clan are subjected to and those senior officials are deeply involved in this crime,” the delegation stated, continuing, “Qatar officials are working to hide his crime from the eyes of international justice and human rights organizations, and the deliberately intimidate those trying from within Qatar to raise complaints to International bodies and human rights organizations.”

Fearing for their lives and their ability to voice their opinions or “demand their rights through the National Human Rights Committee in Doha” due to security personnel traching and monitoring their actions, which they say they have evidence off, the delegation spoke of the evidence they have of Qatari authorities treating their people with the utmost levels of brutality and monstrosity.

Labelling them as “brutal methods that batter human dignity,” the delegation explained that “authorities deliberately change the facts and blur a lot of evidence, taking advantage of the ignorance of the victims of their rights, the lack of free local media channels and the absence of the possibility of recourse in the courts of Qatar. The victims of these violations and their families have a right to take legal action against the Qatari officials responsible.”

Revealing the crimes against humanity committed by Qatari authorities towards the tribe—some of which, like deprivation of healthcare or unfair detention, were revealed during the September 2017 Qatar global security and stability conference organized by exiled Qataris in London—the tribe called on the UN Commissioner’s office, recalling its mandate, to help them regain their rights.

“Through your unique mandate to promote and protect human rights, we ask your esteemed commission to see and stand up to the suffering of our citizens who have been deprived of their citizenship in Qatar and to the crimes committed against them and to alleviate the conditions and suffering of our displaced people in the villages and deserts of border areas in neighboring countries. We hope that your intervention will result in achieving human justice on the ground through your objective and impartial treatment of this suffering, and not to only depend on the National Human Rights Commission of Qatar which has unfortunately became an obstacle in our struggle for justice by covering up evidence and spreading false information,” the delegation petitioned.

“We would like to draw the attention of the Office of the High Commissioner to the fact that the fear of oppression and abuse of the afflicted by the authorities of Qatar is what compels our people to remain silent and prevents many of the forcibly displaced from speaking up as they fear that their parents and relatives will be persecuted inside Qatar. The evidence is abundant and available, but the policy of muzzling mouths used by the authorities of Qatar is the obstacle that people fear to try to overcome unless supported by the High Commission by stern protection that enables them to voice their peaceful demands to restore their rights and the appearance of those who have violated their them before fair international justice, and we implore you to refer this complaint to them in light of the absence of the possibility of litigation in the courts of Qatar.”

The pain of the Al-Ghufran tribe has been felt throughout the region, with many calling on human rights organizations and the UN Human Rights Commissioner to protect tribe member.

In September 2017, the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) announced its total solidarity with the case of Al Ghofran clan. “Since 1995, the Qatari authorities have pursued a policy of collective punishment against the tribe of Ghofran that entailed the revoking of the nationality of more than 6000 its tribesmen and many of them were expelled from the country after their property and personal funds were confiscated. It is noteworthy that the tribe of Al Ghofran belongs to the tribe of Bani Mura, which make up about 40 percent of the people of Qatar making them indigenous to this country. EOHR has decided to adopt their cause for several reasons, including the international community’s and human rights organizations’ overlooking of this tragic issue and EOHR's belief in the universality of human rights principles and the need to establish and maintain them in the Arab region,” said Hafez Abu Seada, Egyptian human rights activist and Chairman of the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR).

Moreover, Al-Ghufran tribed had filed an official complaint to the Arab Federation for Human Rights about the violations committed by the Qatari regime against its members. It called on the federation to refer the complaint to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights.

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Hence, in a letter addressed to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, President of Arab Federation Ahmad al-Hamli called on the commission to protect the tribe’s members, restore their lost rights and to punish the Qatari regime for such violations.

This was the second complaint filed by the tribe to the UN Human Rights Councils to call on the international community to protect and secure their rights.

The World Aid Organization for Human Rights in New York also declared its complete solidarity with the Arab Federation for Human Rights, which adopted Al-Ghufran’s case.

In its report, the World Aid Organization said that it will cooperate with the Arab Federation and all human rights organizations to highlight this collective tragedy and raise the international community's awareness about it to shoulder the humanitarian and social responsibility and follow up with the tribe members' status.

Previously, the Manama Center for Human Rights also demanded that the international society assign a United Nations envoy specialized in human rights to Qatar to prevent any further violations of human rights.

According to a statement from the center on March 9, 2018, the international mechanisms to preserve human rights should interfere in the Qatari situation and investigate the Qatari violations against its citizens and foreign workers.

The statement also claimed that the Qatari National Committee for Human Rights is not a fair independent organization anymore, as it works for the regime's interests.

The center described the Qatari violations as “a first” in international law and policy.

According to Sky News, Ghufran already issued a first complaint against Doha last September in which they explained how Qatar violated their rights. “We wonder about the reason behind ignoring our first complaint,” the Qatari tribe’s spokesperson, Jaber Abdel Hady, told Sky News on Friday.

With all this, and much more in mind, Abu Saeda ended the complaint by saying, “The Egyptian Organization calls upon the High Commissioner for Human Rights, her excellency Mrs. Michel Bachelet, to open an extensive investigation into this tragedy. EOHR also calls upon Mrs. Bachelet to assist it in its efforts to restore the rights of the clan of Al Ghofran as indigenous inhabitants who have been robbed of their nationalities and forcefully displaced enmasse for political reasons, in violation of all international human rights instruments. Finally EOHR expresses its readiness to provide any documents or evidence that the honorable Commission may need in any of the efforts we hope it will take to stop the suffering of the people of forgiveness.”
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9/18/2018 1:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[EOHR presents Doha's crimes of discrimination to UN OHCHR]]>
The EOHR organized the meeting to give the chance for the Qatari clan to present their case to the international organizations. Abu Seada announced his organization’s total solidarity with the case of Al Ghofran clan, whose members were subjected to some of the "worst forms of human rights violations for over 20 years."

According to the EOHR, Qatari authorities have, since 1995, pursued a policy of collective punishment against the tribe of Ghofran that entailed the revoking of the nationality of more than 6,000 of its tribesmen, many of who were expelled from the country after their property and personal funds were confiscated.

"It is noteworthy that the tribe of Al Ghofran belongs to the tribe of Bani Mura, which make up about 40 percent of the people of Qatar making them indigenous to this country," the EOHR explained, adding that it has decided to adopt their cause for several reasons, including the international community’s and human rights organisations’ overlooking of this tragic issue and EOHR's belief in the universality of human rights principles and the need to establish and maintain them in the Arab region.

Al Ghofran representatives noted that from 1996 to 2004, the clan was "savagely subjected to the worst crimes of racial discrimination, forced displacement, denial of return to their homeland, imprisonment and acts of torture that led to psychological damage and death within the Qatari intelligence prisons.

The clansmen said that Qatari authorities, "ranging from the Emir of Qatar, the Prime Minister, the Attorney General, the President of the National Committee for Human Rights, senior security officials and dignitaries," are fully aware of the discrimination against members of Al Ghofran clan, and that these senior officials "are deeply involved" in these criminal acts.

In reaction to the Al Ghufran tribe’s opposition to the Qatari regime’s destabilising policies in the region and its dispute with the neighbouring Gulf states, Qatari authorities revoked the citizenship of Sheikh Taleb Bin Lahom Bin Shreim in August. It did the same for 54 members of his family who belong to the Al Murrah tribe in a step considered to be an arbitrary act by various Human Rights organisations.

The Qatari tribe Al Ghufran declared that 6,000 of its members were forcibly displaced after the Qatari government deprived them of their Qatari nationality and their national rights.

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Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Than


Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani has stripped the nationality of some Qatari tribal leaders and frozen the assets of others, including Sheikh Sultan; Sheikh Talib bin Mohamed Bin Lahoum Bin Sherim, leader of Al-Murra tribe; and Sheikh Abdullah bin Ali Al-Thani, a member of the Qatari royal family.

Qatari opposition members have taken further steps to voice their concerns and show their refusal of the Qatari regime’s policies with its neighboring Arab countries. Opposing voices to Qatari regime have even grown at home.

About a year ago, Qatar was hit by its biggest diplomatic crisis after multiple Arab nations, including Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain cut ties with Qatar, accusing it of destabilizing the region with its support for Islamist groups.

The Arab quartet halted all land, air and sea traffic with Qatar, and withdrew their diplomats and ambassadors from the Qatari peninsula. The Arab quartet issued 13 demands to Doha – then shortened to six principles - including closing Al Jazeera television, curbing relations with Iran and shutting down a Turkish military base.

The four Arab countries severed relations with Doha over what they say was its close links to Iran, which has been accused of interfering in Arab countries’ affairs and being behind terrorist plots. Doha restored full diplomatic relations with Tehran amid the crisis.

One major disagreement between Qatar and its neighbors has been the former’s support for the Muslim Brotherhood, which has been outlawed as a terrorist group by the boycotting countries.

Since the eruption of the crisis, Qatar showed no intention of solving the strife. However, Qatar placed several people and entities on its terrorism list in March, including several Qatari nationals already blacklisted by the Arab quartet that accused Doha of supporting militants. Qatar’s issuance of a terror list of 19 individuals and eight entities has done little to impress decision-makers in the four Arab countries.
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9/18/2018 12:13:34 AM
<![CDATA[Saudi CP phones Sisi on latest regional developments]]>
The talks covered recent regional developments and ways coordinate joint efforts on issues of common concern to serve the interests of both brotherly countries and the Arab nation.

Presidential spokesman Bassam Radi said the two sides also discussed ways to boost bilateral cooperation in the various fields.
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9/18/2018 12:09:17 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt offers condolences to US on hurricane victims]]>
At least 17 people were killed in North and South Carolina due to the disaster, on top of inflicting major losses on the two states.

The statement also hoped for a speedy recovery of all those injured.
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9/17/2018 6:39:41 PM
<![CDATA[LE130B allocated for supply sector development program during 2018/19]]>
In a statement released on Monday, Saeed said the program aims at enhancing the role of market monitoring agencies across the country along with raising the quality of services offered by supply offices in a way that could reduce commercial cheating practices.

She made it clear that the targeted plan included channeling EGP 74.2 million's worth of investments to complete the projects of developing the ministry's supply directorates in all governorates.

Saeed also pointed out that a program has been outlined to support the supply of strategic commodities and ensure that food subsidies reach the actual targeted beneficiaries.

Meanwhile, a sum of LE 28 billion has been funneled for investments in the wholesale and retail trade sector in the plan of fiscal year 2018/2019 with the objective of increasing trade growth rate to 4 percent compared with 3.2 percent growth in FY 2017/2018, according to the statement.

The minister also noted that the supply and internal trade sector has a key target of securing a safe stock of strategic commodities at affordable prices for citizens, increasing the contribution of internal trade to the economic growth rates in addition to countering any random dealings in the sector at the local market.]]>
9/17/2018 4:38:08 PM
<![CDATA[All that I wish for is to live with dignity in Qatar: Child from Al-Ghurfran tribe]]>
The child, who looks no older than 15 years of age, started his speech by saying, “I am Mohamed Bin Gazer…, small is age but old enough in my demands to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.”

The child, who spoke elegantly and brought the room to a near standstill, went on to say that he wishes for his, and all the tribe members’, return “home”.

He heartbreakingly spoke of the difficulty he and others face by having to stay away from their home, from their country, and wished that he would have his Qatari citizenship back and that he could return home; a place he feels emotionally attached to.

“All I demand in front of the UN Commisioner and the office of human rights, as well as all international human rights organizations, is that they help me to return my citizenship. I repeat my demand: All that I wish for is the return of my citizenship,” the child spoke.

He continued to urge Qatari human rights organizations to help the tribe out, reminding them that Qatar signed the International Convention of Human Rights in 1995.

“All that I wish for is to live with dignity in Qatar.”

“I want to end with a line from a famous poem: “My Country is dear even if it oppresses me … my family is precious even if they disavow me.”

A delegation representing Al-Ghufran tribe, one of the biggest tribes in Qatar, which has been subject to systemic discrimination at the hands of the Qatari authorities, handed a letter to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, discussing their deteriorating situation.

The tribe representatives, who had previously submitted a complaint to the Commissioner on September 21, 2017, asked the UN office to stop Qatari authorities’ continuous, systematic discrimination against them, and to protect the tribe’s members, restore their lost rights and to punish the Qatari regime for human rights violations.

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Qatari tribe Al-Ghufran declared that 6,000 of its members were forcibly displaced after the Qatari regime deprived them of their Qatari nationality and their national rights. - Egypt Today

“In the previous complaint we summarized the tragedy of the Al-Ghofran clan of the tribe of Bani Mura in Qatar, from 1996 to 2004 to the time of the writing of this petition they were savagely subjected to the worst crimes of racial discrimination, forced displacement, denial of return to their homeland, imprisonment and acts of torture that led to psychological damage and death within the Qatari intelligence prisons,” stated the representatives, whose families continue to face the toughest living situation in Qatar.

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The tribe representatives had previously submitted a complaint to the Commissioner on September 21, 2017 - Egypt Today

In reaction for Al-Ghufran tribe’s opposition to the Regime’s destabilizing policies in the region and its dispute with the neighboring Gulf States, in August, Qatari authorities revoked the citizenship of Sheikh Taleb Bin Lahom Bin Shreim and 54 members of his family who belong to Al Murrah tribe in a step considered as an arbitrary act by various Human Rights organization.

The Arab Federation for Human Rights (AFHR) described the Qatari call as a “revenge” against the members of the tribe for using their natural rights to freedom of expression and movement.

The Qatari authorities took further steps when it confiscated the properties of the members with the revoked citizenship, following the call with a systematic persecution against all the clans belonging to the large tribe, such as Al Ghufran clan.

The Qatari regime has also revoked the citizenship of another senior tribal leader, Sheikh Shafi Nasser Hamoud al-Hajri, a senior member of Shaml Al-Hawajer tribe, which is connected to the famous tribe of Qahtan. Along with the famous Qatari poet Mohammed Al-Marri who belongs to Al Murrah tribe.

Later, Qatari tribe Al-Ghufran declared that 6,000 of its members were forcibly displaced after the Qatari regime deprived them of their Qatari nationality and their national rights.

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Al-Ghufran Tribe delegation submits petition on Qatari human rights violation to UNHRC - Egypt Today

These heinous crimes are believed to be well-known to Qatari authorities at all levels. “We assure you that the Qatari authorities, ranging from the Emir of Qatar, the Prime Minister, the Attorney General, the President of the National Committee for Human Rights, senior security officials and dignitaries, are aware of the discrimination members of Al Ghofran clan are subjected to and those senior officials are deeply involved in this crime,” the delegation stated, continuing, “Qatar officials are working to hide his crime from the eyes of international justice and human rights organizations, and the deliberately intimidate those trying from within Qatar to raise complaints to International bodies and human rights organizations.”

Fearing for their lives and their ability to voice their opinions or “demand their rights through the National Human Rights Committee in Doha” due to security personnel traching and monitoring their actions, which they say they have evidence off, the delegation spoke of the evidence they have of Qatari authorities treating their people with the utmost levels of brutality and monstrosity.

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Al-Ghufran Tribe delegation submits petition on Qatari human rights violation to UNHRC - Egypt Today

Labelling them as “brutal methods that batter human dignity,” the delegation explained that “authorities deliberately change the facts and blur a lot of evidence, taking advantage of the ignorance of the victims of their rights, the lack of free local media channels and the absence of the possibility of recourse in the courts of Qatar. The victims of these violations and their families have a right to take legal action against the Qatari officials responsible.”

Revealing the crimes against humanity committed by Qatari authorities towards the tribe—some of which, like deprivation of healthcare or unfair detention, were revealed during the September 2017 Qatar global security and stability conference organized by exiled Qataris in London—the tribe called on the UN Commissioner’s office, recalling its mandate, to help them regain their rights.

“Through your unique mandate to promote and protect human rights, we ask your esteemed commission to see and stand up to the suffering of our citizens who have been deprived of their citizenship in Qatar and to the crimes committed against them and to alleviate the conditions and suffering of our displaced people in the villages and deserts of border areas in neighboring countries. We hope that your intervention will result in achieving human justice on the ground through your objective and impartial treatment of this suffering, and not to only depend on the National Human Rights Commission of Qatar which has unfortunately became an obstacle in our struggle for justice by covering up evidence and spreading false information,” the delegation petitioned.

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Al-Ghufran Tribe delegation submits petition on Qatari human rights violation to UNHRC - Egypt Today

“We would like to draw the attention of the Office of the High Commissioner to the fact that the fear of oppression and abuse of the afflicted by the authorities of Qatar is what compels our people to remain silent and prevents many of the forcibly displaced from speaking up as they fear that their parents and relatives will be persecuted inside Qatar. The evidence is abundant and available, but the policy of muzzling mouths used by the authorities of Qatar is the obstacle that people fear to try to overcome unless supported by the High Commission by stern protection that enables them to voice their peaceful demands to restore their rights and the appearance of those who have violated their them before fair international justice, and we implore you to refer this complaint to them in light of the absence of the possibility of litigation in the courts of Qatar.”

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A delegation representing Al-Ghufran tribe, one of the biggest tribes in Qatar, handed a letter to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, discussing their deteriorating situation. - Egypt Today

The pain of the Al-Ghufran tribe has been felt throughout the region, with many calling on human rights organizations and the UN Human Rights Commissioner to protect tribe member.

In September 2017, the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) announced its total solidarity with the case of Al Ghofran clan. “Since 1995, the Qatari authorities have pursued a policy of collective punishment against the tribe of Ghofran that entailed the revoking of the nationality of more than 6000 its tribesmen and many of them were expelled from the country after their property and personal funds were confiscated. It is noteworthy that the tribe of Al Ghofran belongs to the tribe of Bani Mura, which make up about 40 percent of the people of Qatar making them indigenous to this country. EOHR has decided to adopt their cause for several reasons, including the international community’s and human rights organizations’ overlooking of this tragic issue and EOHR's belief in the universality of human rights principles and the need to establish and maintain them in the Arab region,” said Hafez Abu Seada, Egyptian human rights activist and Chairman of the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR).

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Members of the delegation in Geneva - Egypt Today

Moreover, Al-Ghufran tribed had filed an official complaint to the Arab Federation for Human Rights about the violations committed by the Qatari regime against its members. It called on the federation to refer the complaint to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights.

Hence, in a letter addressed to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, President of Arab Federation Ahmad al-Hamli called on the commission to protect the tribe’s members, restore their lost rights and to punish the Qatari regime for such violations.

This was the second complaint filed by the tribe to the UN Human Rights Councils to call on the international community to protect and secure their rights.

The World Aid Organization for Human Rights in New York also declared its complete solidarity with the Arab Federation for Human Rights, which adopted Al-Ghufran’s case.

In its report, the World Aid Organization said that it will cooperate with the Arab Federation and all human rights organizations to highlight this collective tragedy and raise the international community's awareness about it to shoulder the humanitarian and social responsibility and follow up with the tribe members' status.

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Al-Ghufran Tribe delegation submits petition on Qatari human rights violation to UNHRC - Egypt Today

Previously, the Manama Center for Human Rights also demanded that the international society assign a United Nations envoy specialized in human rights to Qatar to prevent any further violations of human rights.

According to a statement from the center on March 9, 2018, the international mechanisms to preserve human rights should interfere in the Qatari situation and investigate the Qatari violations against its citizens and foreign workers.

The statement also claimed that the Qatari National Committee for Human Rights is not a fair independent organization anymore, as it works for the regime's interests.

The center described the Qatari violations as “a first” in international law and policy.
According to Sky News, Ghufran already issued a first complaint against Doha last September in which they explained how Qatar violated their rights. “We wonder about the reason behind ignoring our first complaint,” the Qatari tribe’s spokesperson, Jaber Abdel Hady, told Sky News on Friday.

With all this, and much more in mind, Abu Saeda ended the complaint by saying, “The Egyptian Organization calls upon the High Commissioner for Human Rights, her excellency Mrs. Michel Bachelet, to open an extensive investigation into this tragedy. EOHR also calls upon Mrs. Bachelet to assist it in its efforts to restore the rights of the clan of Al Ghofran as indigenous inhabitants who have been robbed of their nationalities and forcefully displaced enmasse for political reasons, in violation of all international human rights instruments. Finally EOHR expresses its readiness to provide any documents or evidence that the honorable Commission may need in any of the efforts we hope it will take to stop the suffering of the people of forgiveness.”

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The tribe asked the UN office to stop Qatari authorities’ continuous, systematic discrimination against them, and to protect the tribe’s members, restore their lost rights and to punish the Qatari regime for human rights violations. - Egypt Today

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Al-Ghufran tribe asked the UN office to stop Qatari authorities’ continuous, systematic discrimination against them, and to protect the tribe’s members, restore their lost rights and to punish the Qatari regime for human rights violations. - Egypt Today
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9/17/2018 4:29:01 PM
<![CDATA[Gastec, Eni sign agreement to establish fuel stations]]>
A statement released by the Ministry of Petroleum on Monday said the ministry seeks to expand fuel stations at vital areas and encourage people to transform their vehicles to use natural gas as fuel.

The agreement includes using the trade mark Eni, which holds shares in Gastec, to establish fuel stations that provide various services to vehicles at the highest standard, Minister Tarek el Molla said.]]>
9/17/2018 4:25:11 PM
<![CDATA[Foreign Ministry to host permanent committee meetings on Egypt-Africa ties]]>
The committee has been formed upon a decision by the Prime Minister to coordinate efforts by various ministries to enhance Egypt's presence in the African arena with the participation of the private sector.

A number of documents and studies have been prepared with the various bodies to take part in the committee meetings to activate Egypt's presence, Deputy Foreign Minister for African Affairs Hamdi Sanad Luza said Monday.

The ministry, through Egypt's embassies in the African countries, made a survey of the names of Egyptian companies that are operating in Africa, whether through investments or exportation of products, or wish to be present in the African markets so as to offer them any support they need to be be able to operate effectively and successfully., he added.]]>
9/17/2018 4:12:22 PM
<![CDATA[EGX goes on with setbacks for 2nd session, market cap. loses LE 9.3B]]>
The benchmark EGX30 dropped 0.71 percent, or 104.66 points, to close at 14,650.97 points.

The equally weighted index EGX50 declined 0.91 percent, or 21.46 points, to reach 2,336.40 points.

The small and mid-cap index EGX70 dipped 1.38 percent, or 10.11 points, reaching 723.50 points, and the broader index EGX100 inched down 1.13 percent, or 21.12 points, closing at 1,843.39 points.

Market capitalization lost LE 9.3 billion, recording LE 815.75 billion, compared to LE 825.08 billion in Sunday’s session.

The trading volume reached 170.81 million shares, traded through 20,901 transactions, with a turnover of LE 576.32 million.

Pyramisa Hotels, Egyptians Real Estate Fund Certificates, and AJWA for Food Industries Company Egypt were top gainers of the session by 8 percent, 6.78 percent and 5.51 percent, respectively.

On the other hand, Modern Shorouk Printing & Packaging, El Ahram Co. for Printing and Packing, and Sinai Cement were top losers of the session by 9.98 percent, 9.82 percent, and 9.65 percent, respectively.

Foreign investors were net sellers at LE 20.56 million, while Egyptian and Arab investors were net buyers at LE 2.18 million and LE 18.38 million, respectively.

Egyptian and foreign individuals were net sellers at LE 41.76 million and LE 1.79 million, respectively, while Arab individuals were net buyers LE 4.91 million.

Egyptian and Arab organizations bought at LE 43.94 million and LE 13.47 million, respectively, while foreign organizations sold at LE 18.77 million.

EGX ended Sunday’s session in red, as EGX30 declined 3.61 points, EGX50 inched down 3.79 percent, EGX70 dropped 1.23 percent, and EGX100 decreased 1.87 percent.
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9/17/2018 3:45:29 PM
<![CDATA[Paul McCartney scores US No. 1 after nearly four decades]]>
"Egypt Station" -- a confident 16-track album in which McCartney experiments with a younger rock feel in addition to his classic Beatles sound -- marked the first time that he has ever debuted as a solo artist on top of the benchmark US Billboard chart.

The English legend -- who at 76 retains a hectic touring schedule -- spared no promotional effort for the album, appearing on US late-night shows and livestreaming an invite-only concert inside New York's Grand Central Station.

Surprisingly, McCartney did not replicate the feat in his native Britain, where "Egypt Station" debuted at number three, with veteran US rapper Eminem's surprise album "Kamikaze" reigning for a second week.

"Egypt Station" sold the equivalent of 153,000 copies in the United States in the week since its release on September 7, tracking service Nielsen Music said.

Unusually for a chart-topping album in recent years, virtually all of the sales were traditional purchases rather than through streaming or individually downloaded tracks.

McCartney, who last topped the chart as a solo artist in 1982 with "Tug of War," achieved the second largest gap between number-one albums for any artist.

Johnny Cash holds the record with a break that was seven months longer than McCartney's when the country great posthumously hit number one in 2006.

Since "Tug of War," McCartney has also reached number one four times in the United States with Beatles anthologies.

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9/17/2018 3:33:16 PM
<![CDATA[Minister: We focus on reforms of companies]]>
In a press conference on Monday, the minister said 73 companies achieved profits estimated at LE 15 billion while 48 companies working in the fields of metallurgy, textiles, chemicals and pharmaceuticals suffered losses estimated at LE 7.5 billion.

Minister Tawfik pointed out that his ministry will focus during the coming months on plans of reforming the ailing companies to make them profitable.

He stressed the importance of backing the Cotton & Textile Industries Holding Co. to bring back the glory of the textile industry to Egypt, pointing out that an agreement was reached with the Ministry of Agriculture on producing short-staple cotton for the first time alongside the famed long-staple cotton to resuscitate the national textile industry]]>
9/17/2018 3:29:06 PM
<![CDATA[Omar Khairat to perform 2 concerts at Cairo Opera House ]]>
The Egyptian virtuoso musician performed a dazzling concert at the Mariinsky Theatre in the cultural city of Saint Petersburg on June 18 in celebration of the Egyptian national football team’s participation in the World Cup after 28 years of absence.

The massive concert, which was presented by Egyptian star Sherif Mounir, witnessed the attendance of a large number of Egyptian fans, celebrities and public figures such as Ashraf Salman, former minister of investment and the current chairman of the concert organizer, AUR Capital Company; famed writer Khaled Salah, the editor in chief of Youm 7, the concert media sponsor; famed TV presenter Sherihan Abul Hassan; Egyptian director, Amr Arafa; famed actors, Ahmed Rezk; Ashraf Zaki; Rogina; and famed Egyptian businessman Ahmed Abou Hashima, among others.

AUR Capital managed to secure an agreement with the Russian Mariinsky Theatre to host the concert. Salman previously told Egypt Today that the concert was set to hit several goals; presenting a respectable image of Egypt through one of its most talented musicians is on top of these goals. Salman added that Khairat was chosen for his global reputation as a magnificent musician.

“Mariinsky Theatre was picked to host the concert for its worldwide fame; it is considered as one of the three most important theatres in the international cultural field,” said Salman.

The concert was also organised to boost tourism and spread awareness about the Egyptian culture.

The renowned composer and pianist was born in Alexandria and raised in a family of musicians. He began his career in 1959 as a pianist.

Khairat was a member of the Egyptian band Les Petits Chats, founded in 1967. They presented Italian, French and English songs. The band was immensely popular in the late 1960s and the early 1970s.

Khairat is influenced by different genres of music such as Arabic, European classical, Egyptian, African, Jazz, Pop, and Blues. He won the Best Musician award in 1989 from the Egyptian Society for Cinema.

Khairat is a composer that can blend the style of international symphonies with Egyptian music masterfully. He has composed many successful music pieces, such as “Dameer Abla Hikmat” (Abla Hikmat’s Conscience), “Wagh el-Kamar” (The Moon's Face) and “Leilet el-Kabd ala Fatma” (The Night Fatma was Arrested), among others.

It is worth mentioning that Khairat performed his first concert in London at the Concert hall in St. John’s Smith Square on December 1, 2017. This concert aimed to collect donations for charity and raise public awareness about street kids and orphans in Egypt.


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9/17/2018 3:25:13 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt to offer extra shares in five state companies this year]]>
“We will offer another block of companies over a period of between six and nine months after the end of the first phase of five company offerings,” Tawfik added.

The government will also sell land from 11 cotton gins worth 27 billion Egyptian pounds ($1.5 billion), after reclassifying the companies’ legal purpose from industrial activity to real estate.

Egypt is working on selling shares in at least 23 state-owned companies over the next few years across several sectors to help boost public finances.

The finance minister has said that in October Egypt will begin selling an additional 4.5 percent of cigarette maker Eastern Company’s shares, as well as a 20 percent stake in Alexandria Mineral Oils Company (AMOC).

The state owns vast swathes of Egypt’s economy, including three of its largest banks along with much of its oil industry and real estate sector.]]>
9/17/2018 3:22:45 PM
<![CDATA[France empties streets for pedestrians on car-free day ]]>
The streets were fully cleared from running vehicles from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. GMT, except for emergency vehicles, customized cars of the disabled, tour buses, and taxis.

The activity’s main objective is to “make public spaces less polluted and more comfortable and quiet,” according to Paris municipality’s official website.

A Day Without Cars, means a day WITH cleaner air, less noise, more cyclists, pedestrians, fun and smiles; the street is ours,” tweeted Anne Hidalgo, the mayor of the capital city, on her official Twitter account.



Moreover, “the center of the capital will be dedicated to pedestrians, soft traffic and public transport one Sunday per month,” the municipality stated through its official website, adding that the decision will be applied on the first, second, third and fourth districts.

In addition, there is a noticeable reduction in car movements throughout Paris reaching 6 percent from 2017 to 2018, and air pollution rates were also decreased by a “similar percentage”, according to the Presidency of the Capital’s Municipality.

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People walk on the car-free Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris, France, May 8, 2016. — Reuters pic
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9/17/2018 3:21:25 PM
<![CDATA[Heikal: Newspapers to vanish soon due to price hike]]>
Heikal added that news became the main player in the press equation, in reference to the readers’ current ability to reach the news at the exact moment of its occurrence due to the ongoing media development.

In addition, the chairman of the Egyptian Media Production City Company stressed that paper press agencies must put analysis and research into consideration, especially when it comes to tackling what is behind the news, which in turn can attract the readers to get more in-depth information about their interesting topics, as readers usually seek further details about news.

“There is no profession in the world without supervision,” said Heikal, stating that there are newspapers operating with 300 journalists and distributing 70 copies, to invite news agencies to sell fewer newspapers or even to distribute them for free.

The salon took place on Sunday, September 16, at businessman Hassan Rateb’s home in the presence of Professor of International Law and former Minister of Higher Education Mufid Shehabuddeen, journalist and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Youm 7 Khaled Salah, and his wife Sherihan Abul Hassan. Also, the media writer Mohamed Fouda, and a number of scientists and intellectuals were present during the meeting.
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9/17/2018 3:04:46 PM
<![CDATA[Merkel starts one-day visit to Algeria]]>
The German chancellor is due to hold talks with Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika and the prime minister who will hold a press conference with Merkel at the end of their talks.

The last visit by Merkel to Algeria took place in 2008, said Algeria's news agency, pointing out that there are more than 200 German institutions working in Algeria in various domains.

Germany imported goods from Algeria worth 1.9 billion dollars over the first seven months of this year.]]>
9/17/2018 2:34:02 PM
<![CDATA["Bright Star 2018" drills continue at Mohamed Naguib military base]]>
A statement released by the Armed Forces on Monday said the participating troops carried out a project to set up a joint training command center which involved several military activities, joint training, decision-making skills as well as a number of scenarios for handling urgent and emergency circumstances on the ground.

The drills reflected the skills of the combat troops from various countries and highlighted their abilities for cooperation, exchange of expertise and information, as well as making a record timing in responding, in a collective action, to counter any possible aggression, added the statement.

Elements from the Naval Forces also carried out joint drills on countering non-conventional threats and implementing out day and night rescue operations.

Their training included making naval formations and firing at targets with live ammunition.

Meanwhile, the Special Naval Forces carried out drills on raiding of suspected ships, emergency evacuation and ship inspection as well as submarine detection.

Also, Special Troops Units continued their training on storming terrorists' armed hideouts with the involvement of naval and Saaqa forces and parachuters.

The aim of these exercises is to share experiences, coordinate work among the forces, standardize concepts, develop training in counter-terrorism work, plan for administrative and medical support, and train for both joint air operations and maritime security work.

Bright Star also includes projects of joint command centers, lectures to exchange experiences among countries, and tactical projects involving shooting with live ammunition.

Bright Star first began in October 1980, as a result of the US-brokered peace treaty between Egypt and Israel. The joint maneuvers are held in autumn every two years on Egyptian soil.]]>
9/17/2018 2:31:42 PM
<![CDATA[Environment minister: Climate change is not environmental issue but developmental]]>
Addressing the 10th meeting of the consultative council on climate change, Fouad said Egypt will host in November the biggest environment conference in its history under the name of "Convention on Biological Diversity".

She pressed the need for outlining an initiative by the countries participating in the conference to address biological diversity and climate change issues especially in the developing countries. The minister also asserted that the Egyptian people are fully aware of the climate changes taking place in the African continent.

On November 17-29, 2018, the United Nations will call on decision makers from more than 190 countries to step up efforts to halt the biodiversity loss and protect the ecosystems that support food and water security and health for billions of people. The UN Biodiversity Conference (14th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity - COP 14) will be held in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt.

The UN Biodiversity Conference is the governing body of the Convention on Biological Diversity, and advances implementation of the Convention through the decisions it takes at its periodic meetings.

In addition, on the margins of the UN Biodiversity Conference, pledges and commitments in support of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 will be made by governments, business, NGOs and intergovernmental organizations, cities and subnational authorities, indigenous peoples and local communities, youth and civil society.]]>
9/17/2018 2:28:57 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian government borrowing volume reaches LE 2.5T in 7 years]]>
Ma’it said the time of repayment has come, referring to the importance of lowering deficit and debt rates.

The 2018/2019 budget aims to record a budget deficit of 8.4 percent, or LE 438.58 billion, down from 9.7 percent estimated for 2017/2018.

He also said that tax yields represent 14 percent of domestic product, expressing the desire to raise it to the international levels.

Finance Minister Ma'it added that raising tax yields to global levels require reforms of tax policies, including implementing a number of tax regulations.

“Around 100,000 tax disputes have been enclosed,” he said.

According to the minister, the ministry has launched a global tender for automating the work cycle within the Egyptian Tax Authority.

The Egyptian economic reform program succeeded in reducing total deficit rates to about 9.8 percent of GDP on June 30 and aims to reduce the deficit to 8.4 percent during the current fiscal year.

Taxes and tariff yields allocate LE 770.3 billion to the new budget’s revenues, which are projected to reach a total of LE 989.2 billion.

Tax revenues in 2017/18 reached LE 248.8 billion, Ma’it said earlier.

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9/17/2018 2:19:57 PM
<![CDATA[Foreign Ministry welcomes peace deal between Ethiopia, Eritrea]]>
The deal was signed on Sunday by Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki in Saudi Arabia's Jeddah; it is the second peace deal signed between the two states since July.

The deal was signed in the presence of the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, King Salman, and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

The Foreign Ministry said that the deal reached between the two countries represents a significant progress to the Horn of Africa region and to the whole continent, as it contributes to ending the old dispute between the two countries.

The leaders of Ethiopia and Eritrea re-opened crossing points on their shared border for the first time in 20 years, Asmara said, clearing the way for trade between the former foes after a stunning reconciliation.

Ahmed and Afwerki opened the frontier at Bure, a region that saw some of the fiercest fighting during their 1998-2000 war.

In July, the two leaders signed a joint declaration of peace and friendship, a day after a historic summit marked a start to the normalization of ties between the longtime foes.

In a statement, the Foreign Ministry praised the “historic visit” of Ethiopian Prime Minister Ahmed to Eritrea’s capital of Asmara, affirming that the outcome of this visit will certainly contribute to turning the page and starting a new era between the two countries.


The nations went to war and cut ties in 1998, but in June, Ahmed offered an olive branch to Eritrea, kicking off a rapid rapprochement that has stunned the region and delighted the citizens in both states.

Ethiopia and Eritrea also agreed to re-open embassies in each other's capitals, Ahmed said in July, after a day of talks with Eritrea's President Afwerki, The New York Times reported.

The two nations were engaged in a war that took place between 1998 and 2000 over the border town of Badme. The war resulted in tens of thousands of casualties. Although a peace deal has been signed by both countries in 2002, none of them complied with it.

However, Ethiopia's new reformist prime minister promised earlier in June to comply with the outcome of the 2002 deal, which grants Eritrea the town of Badme and other disputed territories.
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9/17/2018 2:19:32 PM
<![CDATA[Mendy misses Man City match due to knee problem]]>
The left-back missed much of last season with a knee ligament injury sustained against Crystal Palace last September.

He returned to action in April, in time to make France's squad for their World Cup-winning campaign in Russia, where he played once, in the final group match against Denmark in Moscow.

But Guardiola revealed that Mendy, 24, missed Saturday's 3-0 win at the Etihad with a knee problem.

"I don't know how many days he will be out," said the Spaniard, whose side play Lyon in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Guardiola said Mendy could be missing for "weeks or days and maybe longer," according to the Metro newspaper.

The manager is demanding improvement from City despite the victory against Fulham that keeps them on the coat-tails of Premier League pacesetters Chelsea and Liverpool.

The City boss's frustration was evident throughout the game as he showed his irritation on the touchline with what he saw as sloppy play.

"When a guy has a simple ball but they make an extra pass, an extra dodge and they miss the pass, I'm angry, I'm upset with my players," said Guardiola. "They know that, we spoke many times.

"If they miss the goals or assists, I don't care. If they are dribbling and lose the dribbling it doesn't matter."]]>
9/17/2018 2:10:01 PM
<![CDATA[Local development min. reviews Sinai development strategy]]>
This comes within the state's keenness on supporting the Sinai Peninsula's development plans and following up the pace of under-construction developmental projects there which cover a wide range of sectors including the industrial, agricultural, mining, tourism, etc.

Investment Minister Sahar Nasr held talks recently with a World Bank mission to accelerate steps for finalizing the measures necessary for extending $1 billion grants to support the Sinai Integrated Development Program and back the private sector as well as small and medium-sized enterprises in Sinai.

Arab funds; the Saudi Fund for Development, the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development and the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development, have already contributed $2.5 billion to various Sinai development projects.]]>
9/17/2018 2:01:47 PM
<![CDATA[50 schools to be established in New Administrative Capital]]>
Chairman of New Administrative Capital Company Ahmed Zaki Abdeen told Egypt Today that the 40,000-feddan first phase of the new capital will include 50 schools, which will be finished within a year, referring that the government seeks to create real social mobility inside the capital.

Abdeen stressed that a public school will be established inside the new capital at the expense of the company for the categories that cannot afford to register in private and international schools, in addition to an experimental school and four Japanese schools.

Additionally, six international universities as well as the Knowledge City, which will host branches of foreign universities, research, innovation and entrepreneurship centres and a science park, will be founded, Abdeen added.

With an area of 170,000 feddans (176,460 acres), the new capital will include 20 residential areas expected to accommodate 6.5 million people and a 650-kilometer road network. The capital will include an international airport and an electric train to link it with the 10th of Ramadan and El-Salam cities.

It will feature 1,250 mosques and churches, a 5,000-seat conference center, nearly 2,000 schools and colleges, over 600 medical facilities, and a park that is projected to be the world’s largest.

It has been confirmed that the New Administrative Capital will include six international universities from the United States, Britain, Hungary, Canada, Sweden and France, said Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Khaled Abdel Ghaffar early November 2017.

This was during the International Education Conference held in the United Kingdom on Nov.1, 2017, entitled “Cross Boundary Education in Egypt and the Chances of Investment in the Higher Education”.

“The universities will improve our educational system, as they will qualify graduates for competing internationally,” Abdel Ghaffar stated, adding that the universities' role will not be limited to education only, as part of the budget will be spent on scientific research.

The Egyptian government is concerned with providing all the necessary needs of the Egyptian youth regarding higher education through inserting different fields in both governmental and private universities, as well as providing international education in Egypt.

Egypt seeks to restore its position among high education centers in the Middle East and Africa and to double the number of overseas students. This would increase its national income, attract foreign investments in the higher education sector and help establish branches of international universities in the New Administrative Capital.

During his speech, Abdel Ghaffar stressed on the good relations between Egypt and the U.K., particularly in the scientific and cultural fields and the partnerships promoted between Egyptian and English institutions.

Abdel Ghaffar reviewed Egypt’s 2030 vision, asserting that this vision requires a strong infrastructure and human personnel qualified for growth and development.
Located 45 kilometers east of Cairo, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi inaugurated Egypt’s new administrative and financial capital on October 11.

The New Administrative Capital’s business park will encompass 20 towers, including the tallest tower in Africa at a height of 345 meters. Construction of the residential district started in May 2017 to include 25,400 units, including residential apartments, villas and commercial units.

Egypt is looking forward to having dozens of cities like the New Administrative Capital, President Sisi said during his speech at the inauguration ceremony of the new city’s first phase.
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9/17/2018 1:46:01 PM
<![CDATA[FEDCOC mulls economic cooperation with D-8 member states]]>
Wakil highlighted the importance of cooperation among member states to face the global economic challenges, laying an emphasis on the need to remove any inter-trade barriers and surmount obstacles to the flow of trade among the organization members.

Egypt is undergoing an economic revival thanks to the state-adopted economic reform program that aims at pushing up growth rates and luring more investments, Wakil said.

He also noted that the country is currently boasting one of the most investment-friendly markets in the region.

The D-8, also known as Developing-8, is an organization for development cooperation among the following countries: Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan and Turkey. It has its headquarters in Istanbul, Turkey.

The organization objectives are to improve member states’ position in the global economy, diversify and create new opportunities in trade relations, enhance participation in decision-making at international level and improve standards of living.

The organization establishment was announced officially through the Istanbul Declaration of Summit of Heads of State/Government on June 15, 1997]]>
9/17/2018 1:35:55 PM
<![CDATA[Ministers of military production, health confer on establishing factory for tumor medicines]]>
The factory will be built by “We Can” company in cooperation with the Ministry of Military Production, Vacsera Company, Tahya Misr Fund and Pharco Company along with a number of international companies.

The meeting tackled issues that aim at transferring technology to the tumor medication manufacturing sector, fulfilling the needs of the local market and exporting cancer medicines to neighboring and African countries.

The cooperation between the Ministry of Military Production and the Health Ministry comes as part of the state's keenness on providing the best possible medical services to the citizens via local manufacturing of tumor medications, Assar said.

Meanwhile, Zayed said that the cooperation between both ministries activates the plan of the Health Ministry to present quality health care to citizens.

She said her ministry is keen on cooperating with the Military Production Ministry and benefiting from the potentials available to implement a number of local industrial projects that are important for providing better public health services.]]>
9/17/2018 1:33:39 PM
<![CDATA[Pope Tawadros arrives in Buffalo, New York]]>
The pope is accompanied by Bishop David of the Coptic Orthodox Diocese of New York and New England.

They were welcomed by a large number of priests and congregation members.

Pope Tawadros arrived in the US on Thursday on a month-long pastoral visit. It is his second pastoral visit here since becoming pope to visit parishes and dioceses of the North Eastern United States.

The first papal pastoral visit to the US was in 2015. He then visited the parishes in the southern part of the US and attended celebrations marking the 20th anniversary of the consecration of the south US Coptic diocese.]]>
9/17/2018 1:31:43 PM
<![CDATA[UK duchess Meghan backs cookbook to help project set up after deadly London fire]]>
The Hubb Community Project was created last summer by women seeking somewhere to cook fresh food for their families and friends following the blaze which engulfed the 24-storey social housing block in west London.

The new book, “Together: Our Community Cookbook”, a collection of 50 recipes from the diverse users of the communal kitchen at the Al Manaar Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre, will be used to allow the project to expand and open for up to seven days a week.

“I immediately felt connected to this community kitchen; it is a place for women to laugh, grieve, cry and cook together,” Meghan, who first visited the kitchen in January and has made other private visits since, wrote in a foreword.

“Melding cultural identities under a shared roof, it creates a space to feel a sense of normalcy – in its simplest form, the universal need to connect, nurture, and commune through food, through crisis or joy – something we can all relate to.”

Meghan’s support for the project is her first solo venture since becoming a member of Britain’s royal family after marrying Queen Elizabeth’s grandson Prince Harry in May.

The Grenfell fire was Britain’s deadliest fire on domestic premises since World War Two and there was criticism that the authorities were slow to provide new permanent accommodation for many of the survivors.

One of the contributors to the book, Munira Mahmud, 34, said she and her friends had approached Al-Manaar to ask if they could use the kitchen there and the Hubb project - hubb means love in Arabic - arose out of it.

“Last summer, we were placed in a hotel and I had no kitchen to cook for my family,” Mahmud wrote. “It was very emotional for me to get in the kitchen. The moment I started cooking I was in tears. I didn’t know why though. I was just excited to be back in the kitchen again.

“Word started to spread – the mums from my son’s school came along and they told their friends, too. Soon there were women from different cultures all cooking, swapping recipes, talking and laughing together.”

The duchess is photographed on the front of the of the book helping out and Mahmud said the royal had been happy to join in.

“She wore an apron,” she wrote. “I can’t believe I made her wash rice! After we said that we could only use the kitchen twice a week due to funding, she mentioned, ‘How about sharing your recipes with other people?’. And that’s how it happened.”

Meghan will host an event at Kensington Palace, where her home with Harry is located, on Sept. 20 to launch the cookbook with the Royal Foundation administering proceeds from sales to the Hubb project.]]>
9/17/2018 1:16:09 PM
<![CDATA[Railway Authority signs agreement to modernize 91 locomotives]]>
Minister of Transport Hisham Arafat witnessed the signing between Head of Railway Authority Ashraf Raslan and Vice President and Strategic Advisor to the Executive Office at Caterpillar Billy Ainsworth.

Under the agreement, Caterpillar Company will modernize and reform 91 rail locomotives, provide 15-year maintenance for 141 rail locomotives after the parties sign an executive agreement, and deliver 50 electro-motive diesel tractors.

In this regard, Arafat referred that this agreement comes as part of the Ministry of Transport’s plan to modernize rail locomotives to provide a better service to passengers and use the railway as a mean of transportation for goods, reducing road burdens and increasing the railway’s financial returns.

Hence, he added, the ministry works on purchasing new tractors, rehabilitating the old ones and providing spare parts through signing contracts.

In 2016, 1,249 accidents were reported on the Egyptian railway network, according to the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS).

A total of 13,539 train accidents occurred between 2004 and 2016, reports CAPMAS, citing numbers released by the National Railway Authority of Egypt.

The Egyptian government decided to focus on the railway sector and worked on rolling out new accident prevention measures to promote rail safety.

Minister of Transport, Arafat, remarked in a press statement issued in April that Egypt has a comprehensive plan to upgrade all the aspects of Egyptian railway system, including the infrastructure, tractors, signals and train carriages, with a total cost LE 55 billion in a five-year overhaul programme.

Infrastructure

Egypt’s Railway Authority is currently upgrading 156 train stations with a total cost of LE 1 billion to improve the services, install the necessary electrical and firefighting equipment, build ramps for people with special needs, deploy civil safety personnel and restructure tracks.

Furthermore, Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly signed on August 7 a supply and maintenance contract with Austria’s Plasser & Theurer Company to provide Egypt with a Track Recording Car EM100U to measure and analyze defects in Egypt’s railway system and upgrade it.

Madbouly confirmed that signing the contract comes as part of the major steps taken by the government to promote the railway service and scale up the safety of Egypt’s railway.

He referred that the total cost of the contract is €6.8 million, including the required spare parts, and a contract to maintain tracks for five years.

He added that the new track recording car is one of the most developed trucks in the geometry measuring system, which will replace the old tracks owned by the Egyptian Railway Authority (ERA) for 40 years.

He further explained that the car uses ultrasound and video recordings to detect tracks and rails' flaws and analyze the recorded data to give reports and set plans for the railway’s maintenance and renovations to achieve the necessary safety requirements.

In addition, due to the old locomotives of the ENR fleet, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) delivered a €290 million financing to supply 100 locomotives to provide the customers with higher quality services.

The EBRD will help ENR provide technical assistance to develop and implement a comprehensive freight reform program to separate the freight operations from trains transporting people.

The Egyptian Ministry of Transport and a coalition of Chinese firms signed on August 8, 2017, an agreement worth $1.24 billion to build a light rail transit in new districts around Cairo.

In June 2017, Egypt signed a $575 million agreement with the US-based General Electric Co to provide 100 multi use locomotives, 15-year technical support and spare parts as well as maintenance and upgrade for 81 trains.

To construct new rail lines, Arafat discussed with a delegation from China's AVIC international and China Railway Group Limited (CREC) an offer by the two companies to build Ain Sokhna-Al Alamein railway line.

The two sides reviewed the proposed route of the line, which comprises five main stations; namely Ain Sokhna, New Administrative Capital, 6th of October, Alexandria and Al-Alamein, as well as six sub stations.

The minister asked the Chinese delegation to make some adjustments to the proposed project so that the speed would be increased to 250 km/h instead of 160 km/h and an Alexandria/Borg El-Arab line would be added to the first phase and transformed into a double electric line, according to MENA.
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9/17/2018 12:48:11 PM
<![CDATA[EGAS provides 2.1T cubic feet of gas to local market in 2017/18]]>
The Egyptian natural gas industry has recently witnessed a significant progress, which is demonstrated by the increase in local gas production and the new major gas discoveries, said Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources Tarek el Mulla at an EGAS general assembly meeting held to endorse a report on the budget of the previous fiscal year.

There has also been an increase in the amount of gas supply to mega power stations in the New Administrative Capital and other new urban areas across the state, the minister noted, adding that the industrial sector’s gas consumption constituted 22 percent of overall consumption.

The ministry gave priority to fulfilling the local market’s needs of gas supply to drive up the economic development process and maximize the added value, a goal which the energy sector plays a principal role in its achievement, Mulla said.

The ministry has also been maximizing its efforts in the Household Natural Gas Connection Project that aims at increasing household access to reliable, lower cost and grid connected natural gas supply in accordance with the directives of President Abdel Fattah El Sisi in this regard, the minister added.]]>
9/17/2018 12:48:09 PM
<![CDATA['Game of Thrones' battles with 'Handmaid's Tale' for Emmys glory]]>
Both shows have already picked up some Emmys hardware: HBO's blood-spattered smash hit won seven statuettes in technical categories at the Creative Arts Emmys a week ago, while Hulu's "Handmaid" scooped up three.

And both are likely to add to that haul at the Primetime Emmys, television's answer to the Oscars, at the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles.

But will "GoT" -- which was ineligible last year -- reclaim the best drama series throne, or will "Handmaid" -- the first streaming series to take the coveted prize -- be a repeat winner?

For Tim Gray, the awards editor and senior vice president of top entertainment news outlet Variety, "Handmaid" -- a bleak portrait of a future dystopian America where women are brutally oppressed -- has the edge.

"I just feel like 'Handmaid's Tale' is, kind of, of the moment as it addresses a lot of concerns that people have now," Gray told AFP. "I just think it's their year."

The show, based on Margaret Atwood's 1985 novel, seems especially timely in the age of #MeToo, a movement that erupted shortly after last year's Emmys.

Others in the best drama race include dark horse pick "The Americans" -- the gripping FX thriller about Soviet sleeper agents in the United States that has been a favorite of critics and fans, but not the 22,000-plus Emmy voters, for years.

HBO's futuristic western "Westworld," Netflix favorites "The Crown" and retro sci-fi mystery "Stranger Things," and NBC family saga "This is Us" round out the field.

On the comedy side, FX's "Atlanta" -- a quirky look at the rap scene in the Georgia capital -- is squaring off with Amazon's "The Marvelous Mrs Maisel" for top honors.

- TV history in making -

In 2016, "Game of Thrones" -- the tale of noble families vying for the Iron Throne -- made history, picking up 12 awards and becoming the most decorated fictional show since the Television Academy first handed out prizes in 1949.

With its seven Creative Arts Emmy statuettes this year, "GoT" -- which will return in 2019 for an abbreviated eighth and final season -- now has 45 Emmys overall.

On Monday, beyond the best drama trophy, cast members Lena Headey, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Peter Dinklage are nominated, along with the show's directors and writers.

But "Handmaid's Tale" is also well placed in the acting races, with last year's winners Elisabeth Moss and Ann Dowd again in the running.

Other major contenders include FX's "The Assassination of Gianni Versace," which racked up 18 nominations.

Darren Criss is the favorite to win the star-studded race for best actor in a limited series or movie for his searing portrayal of Versace's killer Andrew Cunanan -- but the field also includes Antonio Banderas and Benedict Cumberbatch.

In the emerging battle of traditional networks vs new platforms, streaming giant Netflix ended HBO's 17-year streak of leading the Emmy nominations, with 112 to the premium cable network's 108.

After last week's Creative Arts Emmys, HBO has won 17 statuettes to Netflix's 16.

- Politics and ratings -


Show regulars Michael Che and Colin Jost will host the Emmys, to be broadcast on NBC, and series creator Lorne Michaels will produce the event for the first time in 30 years.

With awards show audiences dwindling in the age of Twitter, can the "SNL" team breathe new life into the format?

Jost has said he wants the Emmys to be "less political than normal" -- but that seems unlikely only a week after CBS chairman and CEO Les Moonves left in a cloud of sexual misconduct allegations.

Stay tuned -- the Emmys begin at 5:00 pm Monday (0000 GMT Tuesday).
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9/17/2018 12:48:04 PM
<![CDATA[UK PM May's spokesman: We are confident of reaching Brexit deal]]>
"We have set out that we are confident of reaching a deal with the European Union and that we are making progress ... but you also heard from the prime minister this morning ... that our best days are ahead of us. We are putting in place plans which will allow the UK to succeeded in all scenarios," the spokesman told reporters. ]]>
9/17/2018 12:44:15 PM
<![CDATA[FRA, EGX review mechanism of stock loans]]>
An agreement has been reached so that this is done before the end of this year, an FRA statement said Monday.

This entails amendments to the trading regulations ahead of activating the new mechanisms.

Under the deal, the range of price limits should be expanded to 20 percent daily, according to the statement.

Temporary suspension of restricted securities should be 10 percent instead of 5 percent, it added.

Margin trading has also been allowed under that agreement, read the statement.]]>
9/17/2018 12:42:32 PM
<![CDATA[Telecom Egypt acquires MENA Cable from Orascom Investment for $90M]]>
“The total enterprise value of MENA Cable is $90 million of which $40 million represent the equity value of MENA Cable and the remainder represent its outstanding debt,” the company clarified in a filing to the Egyptian Exchange (EGX).

It also noted that EFG Hermes acted as the brokerage company for executing the transaction on Telecom Egypt’s side.

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Telecom Egypt Ahmed el-Beheiry said that this transaction came in line with the company’s strategy to expand its international connectivity to enable Egypt’s vision to become a digital route.

“The decision to acquire MENA Cable is a result of our vision to achieve a short-term return from this transaction, capitalizing on the growing data demand from India,” Beheiry added.

In August, Telecom Egypt signed with India's Airtel Company a memorandum of understanding to enhance cooperation in the maritime cable domain.

As per the memo, the Indian company will get IRUs (Indefeasible Right of Use) on Middle East, North Africa Submarine Cable (MENA Cable) and TE North Cable Systems. In addition, Airtel will take large capacities in two new hi-tech Cable Systems (SMW5 & AAE1) on a long-term basis.

Beheiry said that his company expects to formalize the partnership with Airtel into an agreement soon, which will enable Telecom Egypt to recover all its investment in MENA Cable.

Airtel’s global network portfolio includes ownership of i2i submarine cable system connecting Chennai to Singapore, consortium ownership of SMW4 submarine cable system connecting Chennai and Mumbai to Singapore and Europe, and new cable system investments like Asia America Gateway, India Middle East & Western Europe, Unity, EIG and East Africa Submarine System.

On a different note, the company’s consolidated results slipped 18.2 percent during the first half of 2018, recording LE 2.06 billion, compared to LE 2.52 billion during the same period of 2017.

Telecom Egypt operates within the telecommunication services sector focusing on integrated telecommunication services.

It has 17 subsidiaries operating across British Islands, Western Europe, Northern Africa and Middle East. Telecom Egypt is based in 6th of October, Egypt.
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9/17/2018 12:36:17 PM
<![CDATA[Al-Ghufran Tribe delegation submits petition on Qatari human rights violation to UNHRC]]>
The tribe representatives, who had previously submitted a complaint to the Commissioner on September 21, 2017, asked the UN office to stop Qatari authorities’ continuous, systematic discrimination against them, and to protect the tribe’s members, restore their lost rights and to punish the Qatari regime for human rights violations.

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Qatari tribe Al-Ghufran declared that 6,000 of its members were forcibly displaced after the Qatari regime deprived them of their Qatari nationality and their national rights. - Egypt Today

“In the previous complaint we summarized the tragedy of the Al-Ghofran clan of the tribe of Bani Mura in Qatar, from 1996 to 2004 to the time of the writing of this petition they were savagely subjected to the worst crimes of racial discrimination, forced displacement, denial of return to their homeland, imprisonment and acts of torture that led to psychological damage and death within the Qatari intelligence prisons,” stated the representatives, whose families continue to face the toughest living situation in Qatar.

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The tribe representatives had previously submitted a complaint to the Commissioner on September 21, 2017 - Egypt Today

In reaction for Al-Ghufran tribe’s opposition to the Regime’s destabilizing policies in the region and its dispute with the neighboring Gulf States, in August, Qatari authorities revoked the citizenship of Sheikh Taleb Bin Lahom Bin Shreim and 54 members of his family who belong to Al Murrah tribe in a step considered as an arbitrary act by various Human Rights organization.

The Arab Federation for Human Rights (AFHR) described the Qatari call as a “revenge” against the members of the tribe for using their natural rights to freedom of expression and movement.

The Qatari authorities took further steps when it confiscated the properties of the members with the revoked citizenship, following the call with a systematic persecution against all the clans belonging to the large tribe, such as Al Ghufran clan.

The Qatari regime has also revoked the citizenship of another senior tribal leader, Sheikh Shafi Nasser Hamoud al-Hajri, a senior member of Shaml Al-Hawajer tribe, which is connected to the famous tribe of Qahtan. Along with the famous Qatari poet Mohammed Al-Marri who belongs to Al Murrah tribe.

Later, Qatari tribe Al-Ghufran declared that 6,000 of its members were forcibly displaced after the Qatari regime deprived them of their Qatari nationality and their national rights.

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Al-Ghufran Tribe delegation submits petition on Qatari human rights violation to UNHRC - Egypt Today

These heinous crimes are believed to be well-known to Qatari authorities at all levels. “We assure you that the Qatari authorities, ranging from the Emir of Qatar, the Prime Minister, the Attorney General, the President of the National Committee for Human Rights, senior security officials and dignitaries, are aware of the discrimination members of Al Ghofran clan are subjected to and those senior officials are deeply involved in this crime,” the delegation stated, continuing, “Qatar officials are working to hide his crime from the eyes of international justice and human rights organizations, and the deliberately intimidate those trying from within Qatar to raise complaints to International bodies and human rights organizations.”

Fearing for their lives and their ability to voice their opinions or “demand their rights through the National Human Rights Committee in Doha” due to security personnel traching and monitoring their actions, which they say they have evidence off, the delegation spoke of the evidence they have of Qatari authorities treating their people with the utmost levels of brutality and monstrosity.

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Al-Ghufran Tribe delegation submits petition on Qatari human rights violation to UNHRC - Egypt Today

Labelling them as “brutal methods that batter human dignity,” the delegation explained that “authorities deliberately change the facts and blur a lot of evidence, taking advantage of the ignorance of the victims of their rights, the lack of free local media channels and the absence of the possibility of recourse in the courts of Qatar. The victims of these violations and their families have a right to take legal action against the Qatari officials responsible.”

Revealing the crimes against humanity committed by Qatari authorities towards the tribe—some of which, like deprivation of healthcare or unfair detention, were revealed during the September 2017 Qatar global security and stability conference organized by exiled Qataris in London—the tribe called on the UN Commissioner’s office, recalling its mandate, to help them regain their rights.

“Through your unique mandate to promote and protect human rights, we ask your esteemed commission to see and stand up to the suffering of our citizens who have been deprived of their citizenship in Qatar and to the crimes committed against them and to alleviate the conditions and suffering of our displaced people in the villages and deserts of border areas in neighboring countries. We hope that your intervention will result in achieving human justice on the ground through your objective and impartial treatment of this suffering, and not to only depend on the National Human Rights Commission of Qatar which has unfortunately became an obstacle in our struggle for justice by covering up evidence and spreading false information,” the delegation petitioned.

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Al-Ghufran Tribe delegation submits petition on Qatari human rights violation to UNHRC - Egypt Today

“We would like to draw the attention of the Office of the High Commissioner to the fact that the fear of oppression and abuse of the afflicted by the authorities of Qatar is what compels our people to remain silent and prevents many of the forcibly displaced from speaking up as they fear that their parents and relatives will be persecuted inside Qatar. The evidence is abundant and available, but the policy of muzzling mouths used by the authorities of Qatar is the obstacle that people fear to try to overcome unless supported by the High Commission by stern protection that enables them to voice their peaceful demands to restore their rights and the appearance of those who have violated their them before fair international justice, and we implore you to refer this complaint to them in light of the absence of the possibility of litigation in the courts of Qatar.”

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A delegation representing Al-Ghufran tribe, one of the biggest tribes in Qatar, handed a letter to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, discussing their deteriorating situation. - Egypt Today

The pain of the Al-Ghufran tribe has been felt throughout the region, with many calling on human rights organizations and the UN Human Rights Commissioner to protect tribe member.

In September 2017, the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) announced its total solidarity with the case of Al Ghofran clan. “Since 1995, the Qatari authorities have pursued a policy of collective punishment against the tribe of Ghofran that entailed the revoking of the nationality of more than 6000 its tribesmen and many of them were expelled from the country after their property and personal funds were confiscated. It is noteworthy that the tribe of Al Ghofran belongs to the tribe of Bani Mura, which make up about 40 percent of the people of Qatar making them indigenous to this country. EOHR has decided to adopt their cause for several reasons, including the international community’s and human rights organizations’ overlooking of this tragic issue and EOHR's belief in the universality of human rights principles and the need to establish and maintain them in the Arab region,” said Hafez Abu Seada, Egyptian human rights activist and Chairman of the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR).

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Members of the delegation in Geneva - Egypt Today

Moreover, Al-Ghufran tribed had filed an official complaint to the Arab Federation for Human Rights about the violations committed by the Qatari regime against its members. It called on the federation to refer the complaint to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights.

Hence, in a letter addressed to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, President of Arab Federation Ahmad al-Hamli called on the commission to protect the tribe’s members, restore their lost rights and to punish the Qatari regime for such violations.

This was the second complaint filed by the tribe to the UN Human Rights Councils to call on the international community to protect and secure their rights.

The World Aid Organization for Human Rights in New York also declared its complete solidarity with the Arab Federation for Human Rights, which adopted Al-Ghufran’s case.

In its report, the World Aid Organization said that it will cooperate with the Arab Federation and all human rights organizations to highlight this collective tragedy and raise the international community's awareness about it to shoulder the humanitarian and social responsibility and follow up with the tribe members' status.

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Al-Ghufran Tribe delegation submits petition on Qatari human rights violation to UNHRC - Egypt Today

Previously, the Manama Center for Human Rights also demanded that the international society assign a United Nations envoy specialized in human rights to Qatar to prevent any further violations of human rights.

According to a statement from the center on March 9, 2018, the international mechanisms to preserve human rights should interfere in the Qatari situation and investigate the Qatari violations against its citizens and foreign workers.

The statement also claimed that the Qatari National Committee for Human Rights is not a fair independent organization anymore, as it works for the regime's interests.

The center described the Qatari violations as “a first” in international law and policy.
According to Sky News, Ghufran already issued a first complaint against Doha last September in which they explained how Qatar violated their rights. “We wonder about the reason behind ignoring our first complaint,” the Qatari tribe’s spokesperson, Jaber Abdel Hady, told Sky News on Friday.

With all this, and much more in mind, Abu Saeda ended the complaint by saying, “The Egyptian Organization calls upon the High Commissioner for Human Rights, her excellency Mrs. Michel Bachelet, to open an extensive investigation into this tragedy. EOHR also calls upon Mrs. Bachelet to assist it in its efforts to restore the rights of the clan of Al Ghofran as indigenous inhabitants who have been robbed of their nationalities and forcefully displaced enmasse for political reasons, in violation of all international human rights instruments. Finally EOHR expresses its readiness to provide any documents or evidence that the honorable Commission may need in any of the efforts we hope it will take to stop the suffering of the people of forgiveness.”

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The tribe asked the UN office to stop Qatari authorities’ continuous, systematic discrimination against them, and to protect the tribe’s members, restore their lost rights and to punish the Qatari regime for human rights violations. - Egypt Today

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Al-Ghufran tribe asked the UN office to stop Qatari authorities’ continuous, systematic discrimination against them, and to protect the tribe’s members, restore their lost rights and to punish the Qatari regime for human rights violations. - Egypt Today
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9/17/2018 12:27:40 PM
<![CDATA[Cairo Steps; Cairo Jazz Festival's closing surprise]]>
This concert will be their first after their big Jazz Music Award win last April for their latest joint Album with the German band Quadro Nuevo, “Flying Carpet”. Basem Darwisch, the ensemble’s founder and composer, is the first Oud player to win this prestigious prize in Egypt and the Arab world.

Cairo Steps broke the records of album selling as “Flying Carpet” sold more than 10,000 copies in Germany alone, 5,000 in Egypt and 3,000 in different regions in Europe. The awarding institution celebrated this achievement by a special golden Vinyl LP, especially with the album approaching 20,000 sellers and getting the Platinum shield.

Amro Salah, the pianist, music composer and the festival head, stated that Cairo Jazz Festival aims to present an international musical and cultural event that contributes in enhancing tourism in Egypt by hosting international stars. He also added that he is proud to have Cairo Steps in the festival after the well-deserved win in Germany.
Cairo Jazz Festival presents 20 different concerts of artists from 14 different countries. Among the most prominent Arab representations are the Syrian Lynn Adib, Nouran Abu Taleb, Hawidro band and Baghdadi Big Band.

The festival also includes European Jazz stars like the Portuguese Rita Maria, the Austrian David Helbock and the Czech Dan Bárta, in addition to the Hungarian star Ester Fakaza, the significant Jerome Klein from Luxemburg and Aki Rissanen from Finland.


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9/17/2018 12:18:27 PM
<![CDATA[Emmys night: a few fun facts]]>
Here are some fun facts, figures and quirky details about the gala at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, the small-screen equivalent of the Oscars:

- Monday night gala -



Monday is hardly a traditional night for Hollywood parties, but NBC -- which has the broadcast rights to the annual Emmys gala -- shifted it from Sunday night to avoid a clash with its popular National Football League telecast.

The last time the Emmys occurred on a Monday was in 2014.

Some industry watchers say the switch could sink already low ratings for the event, as TV fans stray from the long ceremony in favor of checking winners and watching key moments on social media.

- Emmys records and firsts -


Comedy stalwart "SNL" broke its own record for the most nominations for a single program -- with the 21 nods it snapped up this year, the long-running NBC late night laugh fest now has an overall total of 252.

The 2018 slate of contenders includes a number of first-time nominees, among them pop stars (Ricky Martin, Sara Bareilles), Oscar winners (Penelope Cruz) and even a onetime Doctor Who (Matt Smith, "The Crown".)

- Three new EGOTs -

A week before the main event, the Television Academy handed out dozens of awards in secondary categories -- the so-called Creative Arts Emmys for technical and artistic achievement.



NBC's musical "Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert" raked in five awards, including one for best live variety special.

That honor allowed singer John Legend and theater giants Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice to claim a rare title -- all three now have coveted EGOT status, with individual Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony wins.

The trio served as executive producers on the musical, in which Legend starred as Jesus. He is also up for an Emmy for best actor in a limited series or movie, an award to be presented at the main event on Monday.

Only 12 people had achieved the feat before them, including Hollywood legend Mel Brooks, American composer Richard Rodgers, and actresses Whoopi Goldberg, Rita Moreno and Audrey Hepburn.

"So amazed to be in such rarefied air. #EGOT," tweeted Legend, the first black man to achieve the lofty goal.

- Notable nominations -



Allison Janney could tie Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Cloris Leachman for most Emmys won by a female performer at eight if she earns another trophy Monday for her role as a recovering alcoholic on comedy "Mom."

The Fonz himself, veteran actor Henry Winkler, could take home his first Emmy for best supporting actor in a comedy for his work on HBO's caustic tale of a hit man-turned-actor, "Barry."

And Sandra Oh, the longtime "Grey's Anatomy" star, could make history if she wins as best lead actress in a drama for BBC America's "Killing Eve" -- in July, she was the first woman of Asian descent nominated in a lead actress category, drama or comedy.

- Emmys, 'SNL'-style -



"SNL" regulars Colin Jost and Michael Che got the call from their home network NBC to host this year's Emmys. It doesn't hurt that "SNL" creator Lorne Michaels is producing the show for the first time in 30 years.

Jost and Che host the faux "Weekend Update" newscast on "SNL" -- so viewers should expect a lot of lightning-quick gags and off-the-cuff remarks.

The Emmys begin at 5:00 pm Monday in Los Angeles (0000 GMT Tuesday).



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9/17/2018 12:00:42 PM
<![CDATA[Dollar prices stable at major banks in Egypt]]>
The dollar exchange rate settled at LE 17.78 for buying and LE 17.88 for selling at the National Bank of Egypt.

At Banque Misr, the dollar stood at LE 17.79 for buying and LE 17.89 for selling.

At Banque du Caire, the Commercial International Bank (CIB) and the National Bank of Greece it recorded LE 17.86 for buying and LE 17.96 for selling.

At Alexandria Bank and the Arab African International Bank the dollar price stood at LE 17.85 for buying and LE 17.95 for selling.

At Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank, the price went down by one piaster recording LE 17.86 for buying and LE 17.96 for selling.]]>
9/17/2018 11:56:40 AM
<![CDATA[Box Office: 'The Predator' Bites Off $24 Million Bow]]>
Shane Black’s “The Predator” launched with a tepid $24 million from 4,037 North American locations. That was easily enough to top the weekend box office, but not enough to land a franchise-best debut. That distinction still belongs to 2010’s “Predator” with $24.7 million (not including the two “Alien vs. Predator” crossover films). Overseas, “The Predator” earned $30.7 million for a global start of $54.7 million. It will need to generate big business internationally to justify its $88 million production budget.

Warner Bros. “The Nun” dropped to second place, picking up $18 million in its second weekend for a domestic tally of $85 million. Meanwhile, Lionsgate’s “A Simple Favor” debuted at No. 3 with $16 million on 3,102 screens. Another new offering, Matthew McConaughey’s “White Boy Rick,” along with “Crazy Rich Asians” rounded out the top five.

Though “The Predator” opened at the lower end of estimates, it doesn’t seem surrounding controversy tainted the sci-fi film. Prior to its premiere, “The Predator” drew ire after 20th Century Fox announced it deleted a scene featuring registered sex offender Steven Wilder Striegel. The studio said it was “not aware” of Striegel’s background when he was hired. Black has since apologized for casting Striegel, who is a friend of his.

Chris Aronson, head of domestic distribution at Fox, said the scandal didn’t influence weekend numbers. “I don’t think it dissuaded anyone who wasn’t predestined to go. I think it had minimal, if any, impact,” he said.

The fourth installment — starring Olivia Munn, Boyd Holbrook, Trevante Rhodes, Jacob Tremblay, Keegan Michael Key, and Sterling K. Brown — has generated mediocre reception. It holds a bleak 34 percent average on review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes, along with a C+ CinemaScore.

Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively, and Henry Golding star in “A Simple Favor,” which fared well with females and adults. Women accounted for 67 percent of audiences, while 86 percent were 25 or older. Paul Feig, known for his work on “Freaks and Geeks” and “Bridesmaids,” directed the neo-noir mystery drama.

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Sony and Studio 8’s “White Boy Rick” will battle it out with Warner Bros.’ “Crazy Rich Asians” for fourth and fifth place. Sunday estimates show “Crazy Rich Asians” pocketing $8.7 million in its fifth outing, while “White Boy Rick” generated $8.8 million. Those numbers could easily fluctuate before the final tally comes in on Monday. To date, “Crazy Rich Asians” has made $149 million in North America.

The weekend’s final new offering was Pure Flix’s “Unbroken: Path to Redemption.” It just barely cracked the top 10 with $2.2 million from 1,620 locations. The movie is a “spiritual” sequel to Angelina Jolie’s 2014 film “Unbroken,” though neither Jolie nor Universal Pictures are involved in the latest installment.

At the specialty box office, Roadside Attractions’ “Lizzie” premiered with $45,000 in four venues. The biographical drama about axe murderer Lizzie Borden stars Chloe Sevigny and Kristen Stewart.

A24 opened “The Children Act” with Emma Thompson in three locations, earning $20,362. Meanwhile, Nicolas Cage’s horror film “Mandy” grossed $250,000 from 92 locations.
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9/17/2018 11:55:29 AM
<![CDATA[British-Egyptian novelist Omar Hamilton wins Arabic Literature Award ]]>CAIRO – 17 September 2018: “The City Always Wins”, written by British-Egyptian novelist Omar Robert Hamilton, won the Arabic Literature Award for the French version of the book, translated by Sarah Gurcel and published by prominent French publishing house, Gallimard.

The novel was praised by writer and head of L'Orient littéraire who described it as "a powerful first novel, perfectly mastered, which plunges us into Egypt at the time of the 2011 revolution and which paints moving portraits of young Egyptians engaged in their fight for freedom.”

The prize is awarded by Jean-Luc Lagardère Foundation and the Institute of the Arab World in Paris, and is granted to Arabic literature translated into French. The prize was originally founded in 2013. Faber published the novel for the first time in English in 2017. The novel revolves around overthrowing Mubarak’s regime and the incidents that took place in Maspero in October 2011.

The Arabic version of "The City Always Wins" is set to be released soon.
Hamilton will receive his award on October 24, 2018 at 7 p.m. at the Arab World Institute. Jack Lang, president of the Jean-Luc Lagardère Foundation and Pierre Leroy, managing director of the Jean-Luc Lagardère Foundation, will be present. The prize worth €10,000 was awarded to Lebanese novelist Jabbour el-Douaihy in 2013, Egyptian novelist Mohamed el-Fakharany in 2014, and Sinan Anton from Iraq in 2017.

Born in London in 1984, Hamilton is an award-winning filmmaker and writer holding dual British/Egyptian citizenship. He has written for the Guardian, the London Review of Books, Mada Masr and Guernica. He is a co-founder of the Palestine Festival of Literature and the Mosireen media collective in Cairo.

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9/17/2018 11:30:00 AM
<![CDATA[PM directs officials to swiftly finalize Asmarat 3 project in Cairo]]>
The premier was accompanied by Cairo Governor Khaled Abdel Aal, Deputy Housing Minister Asem el Gazzar and Head of Informal Settlements Development Fund Khaled Seddik.

During the tour, Madbouli urged the officials to swiftly finalize the third phase of Asmarat project that includes the establishment of 7,304 housing units at a cost of LE 1.8 billion.

Seddik noted that the establishment process of the second phase of the Together to Develop Slums in Al Salam 2 district in Cairo is working as scheduled, adding that the project will include 3,312 housing units in which 78 percent of them were established.

Also, Cairo governor added that the Mahrousa 1 and 2 projects in Nahda city of Al Salam 2 district are currently being established where 4,900 housing units will be build.]]>
9/17/2018 11:16:16 AM
<![CDATA[Sisi directs speeding up refining projects to narrow gap between supply, demand]]>
Sisi’s remarks came during his meeting with Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli and Petroleum Minister Tarek el Molla.

The president also ordered them to build more refining projects in different governorates such as Alexandria, Assuit, and Suez in order to provide the petroleum products via local refineries and optimize Egypt’s natural resources, presidential spokesman Bassam Radi said.

The president stressed the significance of following the scientific approach for developing the energy sector and enhancing the skills of its employees.

The president told the ministers to abide by the work plan aiming at developing Zohr gas field to reach the maximum production, after it hit two billion cubic feet per day.]]>
9/17/2018 11:13:00 AM
<![CDATA[Sisi approves Consumer Protection Law]]>
The law stipulates that the economic courts are entrusted to adjudicate in civil and commercial disputes while the administrative courts are responsible for adjudicating administrative disputes resulted from putting the fresh law into force.

Executive regulations should be issued by a decision of the prime minister within three months.

The fresh law cancels the previous one, issued under No. 67 of 2006.]]>
9/17/2018 11:09:40 AM
<![CDATA[12 people injured in train accident]]>
The injured were transferred to Shebin Al-Koum educational hospital, said Nassif Hefnawi, undersecretary of the Ministry of Health in Menoufya.

Minister of Transport Hisham Arafat ordered to form a committee, headed by Head of the Railways Authority Ashraf Raslan, to find out the causes of Shebin Al-Kom train accident.

“The incident resulted in the injury of 11 passengers and the driver” stated Abdul Khalek Omar, chairman of the Future Association for the Dissemination of Insurance Brokerage, confirming that all victims in railway accidents have the right to receive a compensation of LE 30,000 each in case of death, injury, partial or total disability.

In July, eighteen people were injured in a train derailment at Marazeeq Station, Western the Agricultural Road in Giza.

In March, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi said that upgrading Egypt’s railways require huge funds, ranging from LE 200 billion ($11 billion) to LE 250 billion ($14 billion).

During the inauguration of the first phase of the New Alamein City, Sisi stated that there is not enough money for the rehabilitation of rail lines, adding that he will raise money from passenger rail networks to be able to develop network lines.
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9/17/2018 11:05:07 AM
<![CDATA[70% of children aged 13-15 in Egypt are bullied]]>
UNICEF stands for the United Nations Children Fund
In an interview with Al-Hekaya program on MBC on Saturday, Abu Khatwa said that this high percentage does not mean that children in Egypt are hostile. However, they are just not aware of the dangers of bullying that may lead a bullied person to commit suicide.

Abu Khatwa also said that bullying is a common phenomenon worldwide among 50 percent of children.



Bullying is a type of violence intentionally and repeatedly exercised by a child on another child in person or online, ranging from physical harm to verbal and psychological abuse which can lead to exclusion, depression and sometimes suicide. It is a terrible phenomenon against which several actors have decided to join hands.

Under the auspices of the National Council for Childhood and Motherhood (NCCM), Egypt’s first national campaign calling to end peer-to-peer violence was launched in partnership with the Ministry of Education and Technical Education (MOETE) in cooperation with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and funded by the European Union (EU).

No child should experience the anxiety and hurt that bullying puts them through, which – just as all types of violence against children – is likely to impair healthy brain development, cause low self-esteem and in severe cases can lead to suicidal feelings,” stated Dr. Azza al-Ashmawy, secretary general of NCCM.

“This campaign urges children, parents and caregivers to speak up against bullying in educational and non-educational settings, and seek guidance from trained professionals through the national Child Helpline 16000 that provides 24/7 support, and is also an active channel to report severe cases, in which the safety of a child is at risk,” Ashmawy added.

A study conducted by NCCM and UNICEF in 2015 on three governorates showed that the highest level of violence facing children occurs at home, followed by school, with 29 to 47 percent of children (aged 13-17) reported that physical violence among peers was commonplace.
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9/17/2018 11:02:55 AM
<![CDATA[CBE issues LE 3.5B in T-bonds Monday]]>
The T-bonds were offered in two installments, with the first valued at LE 2 billion with a three-year term and the second worth LE 1.5 billion with a seven-year 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.

Egypt targets an average of interest rate on the government debt instrument to reach 14.7 percent in the current budget, compared to an expected average of 18.5 percent in 2017/2018 budget.

Foreign investors’ 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 from 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 for 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.]]>
9/17/2018 10:56:49 AM