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We note our deep concerns about the ongoing attempts by terrorist groups to exploit the security vacuum in the country, call on all parties to the Tripoli conflict to dissociate themselves from all such terrorists and individuals designated by the UN Sanctions Committee and renew our commitment to see those responsible for further instability held accountable, the statement published by the UK government read.

We fully support the leadership of UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General Ghassan Salamé as he works to stabilize the situation in Tripoli, to restore confidence in order to achieve a cessation of hostilities, expand his engagement throughout Libya, promote inclusive dialogue, and create the conditions for the resumption of the UN political process. We need to re-energize UN mediation, which aims to promote a transitional government representing all Libyans, prepare for credible parliamentary and presidential elections, enable a fair allocation of resources, and advance the reunification of the Central Bank of Libya and other Libyan sovereign institutions.

We also call on all UN member states to fully respect their obligations to contribute to Libya’s peace and stability, prevent destabilizing arms shipments, and safeguard Libya’s oil resources in accordance with Security Council resolutions 2259 (2015), 2278 (2016), 2362 (2017), and 2473 (2019). Finally, we remind all Libyan parties and institutions of their responsibility to protect civilians, safeguard civilian infrastructure, and facilitate access to humanitarian supplies.
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7/16/2019 7:37:29 PM
<![CDATA[Coaching staff is responsible of this failure: Mostafa Hajji]]>
Morocco entered the tournament and they were one of the strongest candidates to win the title, but they left the competition from the 16th round against Benin.

“We offered, as a coaching staff, everything to Herve Renard but he had the final decision,” Hajji said to Moroccan Radio.

Morocco lead their group after winning all the three matches against Ivory Coast, South Africa and Tanzania.

The 2019 AFCON will come to an end on Friday when Algeria faces Senegal in the Final match at Cairo stadium.

It’s worth to mention that Tunisia will meet Nigeria on Wednesday in the match that will decide the 3rd place.

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7/16/2019 7:29:12 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s host is brilliant: Riyad Mahrez]]>
"I thank Egypt for the amazing organization, the excellent atmosphere, the organization and the stadiums at the highest level," Mehrez told the tournament's organizing committee.

"Let's not deceive ourselves, I do not know what awaits us in the future, we certainly want to reach the last point, after beating Nigeria and reaching the final we want to win the title," Mahrez stressed.

"Of course, Guardiola is a great coach, he is a coach at the highest level. He always cares about all the details and all the players benefit from him and improve a lot with him," Riyad said.

The 2019 AFCON will come to an end on Friday when Algeria faces Senegal in the Final match at Cairo stadium.

It’s worth to mention that Tunisia will meet Nigeria on Wednesday in the match that will decide the 3rd place.

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7/16/2019 7:20:04 PM
<![CDATA[North Africa in the environmental context of Ecomondo and Key Energy 2019 (Italy) ]]>
Thanks to the support of high-profile scientific committees, chaired by Professor Fabio Fava (Ecomondo) and Mr. Gianni Silvestrini (Key Energy), among the top experts in their respective disciplines in Italy and abroad, the two expos are incubators of innovation for businesses.

At Ecomondo 2019 a meeting between Italy and Egypt organised in partnership with the Embassy of Italy in Cairo will be held, regarding sustainable development and green technologies; a session of meetings, seminars, and conferences on the treatment of water, waste and mobility following the first stage of the Ecomondo Business Forum which was successfully held last year in Egypt.

Opening the Key Energy expo will be "Renewable energy sources, efficiency and mobility in the context of the Energy and Climate Plan", the international event on renewable energy sources and the evolution of sustainable electric mobility, involving influential experts such as Davide Crippa Vice-Secretary of Ministry of Economic Development (MISE), Professor Vittorio Chiesa Director, Energy Strategy Group of the Polytechnic of Milan, Federico Testa President of Enea, Roberto Moneta, CEO of GSE, Luigi Ferraris CEO of Terna, Alessandro Marangoni, CEO of Althesys.

The workshop "The Internationalisation of the Italian renewable energy sector in order to favour investments in Africa" by Res4Africa & Res4Med will illustrate the prospects and opportunities regarding investment in Africa for private companies operating in the sector. The theme of the event is the integrated approach to development of sectors of energy, water and food in Africa and new financial instruments to accelerate investment in the renewable energy sector in Africa.

Among the events, there are also conventions organised by the Wind Europe Association, the wind energy association in Europe with over 400 active members in more than 35 countries. The meetings will develop upon issues related to the Proposal for an Integrated National Plan for Energy and Climate (PNIEC) on the European front and on the development of the wind energy sector, starting from the importance of Italy in this context.

The program, which is constantly updated, is available at https://en.ecomondo.com and https://en.keyenergy.it


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7/16/2019 6:11:51 PM
<![CDATA[World Bank report highlights outcomes of economic reforms ]]>
The conference was attended by Minister Sahar Nasr, World Bank Country Director Marina Wes, and Senior Economist at the World Bank Hoda Youssef.

The report stated that the Egyptian government has been executing a crucial economic reform program since 2016 to accomplish economic stability and restore trust in the Egyptian economy. The most important reforms are enhancement of the investment climate, attraction of private investments, and legislative reforms embodied in new investment laws pertinent to restructuring, and bankruptcy.

The report highlighted that the second batch of economic reforms will consist of stabilizing the economy, enlarging the role of the private sector, creating more jobs, qualifying more labor with the necessary skills, and improving the quality of life of citizens.

The report underlines that the economic reform program made investments and net exports the main drives for GDP growth instead of consumption. The outcome is that the economy grew by 5.3 percent in FY2017/2018 compared to 4.2 percent in FY2016/2017. The average GDP growth rate between 2013 and 2016 is 3.5 percent. In the first half of the last FY2018/2019, the GDP grew by 5.4 percent.

The report indicated that for the first time since FY2008/2009 the private sector has become the main drive for economic growth in FY2017/2018. The shares of the private sector and total investment in that growth are 1.3 percent and 2.4 percent, respectively.

The report estimates that the GDP growth will continue rising until it records 6 percent in 2021. It also estimates that private investments will continue to increase as a result of the prospective reforms relevant to the investment climate. It estimates the same for public investments, particularly in the infrastructure sector.

Exports are expected to rise gradually, if the revenues of tourism and the Suez Canal continue to surge. That is in addition to the expected huge increase in oil exports. Also, FDI is expected to continue rising until it hits 3 percent in 2021.

The report highlighted that there are many unexploited growth opportunities in the Egyptian economy, particularly in the export sector in light of the many trade agreements Egypt is part of.

Minister Nasr affirmed the strong relation Egypt has had with the World Bank over the past period pointing out to the partnerships the country has with the World Bank with regard to the economic reform and the development of education and healthcare.

The minister clarified that the bank is contributing to the presidential initiatives on investment in human capital and infrastructure. The minister stated that there are talks with the bank on the “Doing Business Report” it will issue in a few months.

The minister declared that there are talks with the bank on ways to attract more investments. That is because Egypt is trying to take benefit of the views of the international organizations to improve the investment climate and bolstering the participation of the private sector in mega projects such as Benban Solar Park, which got the World Bank’s Best Project Award.

World Bank Country Director Marina Wes affirmed that the bank will continue to work with the Ministry of Investment and International Cooperation. Wes stated that the report presents the Egyptian government’s achievements and the World Bank’s vision for the sustainability of such accomplishments.

Wes affirmed that Egypt has achieved a lot when it comes to sustainable development and economic growth which has become among the highest in the world. She pointed out that the report focuses on the opportunities available to ensure the continuity of the economic growth and the increase of exports.

Senior Economist at the World Bank Hoda Youssef presented the report that showed a decline in unemployment, the positive response of economic indicators to the economic reforms undertaken, and the rise of Egypt’s credit ratings.

For the social safety network, the report showcased the monetary subsidies programs targeted at poor families, and the efforts deployed by the government to achieve financial inclusion. The report finally highlighted that executive policies and social programs have been put to boost expenditure on education, healthcare, social safety programs, and expansion in public services offered through efficient spending.
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7/16/2019 5:46:34 PM
<![CDATA[Commander of Thunderbolt Forces during War of Attrition dies]]>
The War of Attrition started on July 1, 1967 after Israel had occupied Sinai through the Six Day War that took place in June of the same year. A ceasefire took effect on August 7, 1970.

Through October 6, 1973 War, the Egyptian Army restored 15 kilometers of Sinai’s land. The rest was recovered through a peace treaty signed in 1979; except for Taba that Egypt retrieved by international arbitration in 1988. The Israeli withdrawal from Sinai occurred in stages that ended in 1982.

Major General Nabil Shokry was born on October 24, 1930 in Cairo. He joined the Military Academy in 1948 and graduated in 1950. Shokry had first joined the sixth Infantry Division. Later, he was part of the paratrooper forces until he became a commando.

Under his command the Thunderbolt Forces carried out 42 operations and the Armed Forces was able to build missile launch facilities to stop Israeli raids, and that was one of the preparations for 1973 War.

The operations included reconnaissance, planting landmines, incursion into enemy strongholds and positions, setting up ambushes, and abduction of Israeli soldiers.

Shokry submitted his resignation when Egypt was getting ready for October 6 War but late President Anwar al-Sadat rejected the resignation.

In 1978, Shokry led the Larnaca Airport Operation, where Egyptian Commando Forces arrested the assassins of late Minister of Culture and author Youssef al-Sebai who was shot dead while attending a conference in the Cypriot capital, Nicosia.
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7/16/2019 3:49:25 PM
<![CDATA[Montpellier keeper Lecomte joins Monaco]]>
Lecomte, 28, who was part of coach Didier Deschamps' most recent France squad in June but did not feature has played 194 Ligue 1 matches since his debut for former club Lorient.

According to sources the fee could rise to 13 million euros ($14.64 million) with different bonuses.

Following an injury to ex-Croatia keeper Danijel Subasic, Lecomte is expected to be Monaco manager Leonardo Jardim's number one for the coming season.

Lecomte is Jardim's second summer signing. Gelson Martins joined on a permanent deal after spending the last half of last season on loan from Atletico Madrid.

Monaco narrowly avoided relegation from Ligue 1 finishing two points above 18th-placed Dijon who won a play-off with Ligue 2's Lens to retain their top-flight status.




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7/16/2019 3:48:39 PM
<![CDATA[South African ex-footballer Batchelor shot dead outside home]]>
"He was driving to his house and he was accosted by two guys on a motorcycle," police spokesman Lungelo Dlamini told AFP.

"They fired shots at him and he died in his vehicle and the suspects drove away without taking anything,"

"This happened outside his house in Olivedale (northern Johannesburg)."

Police said the motive of the attack was unknown and that no arrests had yet been made.

Local media carried photographs showing his bullet-riddled car window.

Batchelor, 49, played for the South Africa's two largest rivals teams Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs as well as Mamelodi Sundowns, Moroka Swallows and Supersport United.

He had a long-running feud with Paralympic sprint star Oscar Pistorius who was convicted of murdering Reeva Steenkamp in 2013.

Batchelor claimed the sprinter threatened to break his legs in a dispute over a girlfriend.
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7/16/2019 3:46:28 PM
<![CDATA[Aswan governor: Work is underway to turn Philea Temple area into tourist attraction]]>
The governor spoke on Tuesday during his tour of Philea Temple area and several streets in the governorate to follow up the renovation work.

The new vision depends on making use of the mountainous areas with the aim of developing the surroundings of the Temple of Philea and setting up a hotel in accordance with the Nubian architectural style in addition to bazaars and cafeterias, Ibrahim said.

A museum will be established in the area to show the story of the Philea Temple so as to provide tourists with all needed archaeological information, Ibrahim added.

He called for achieving traffic control and ensuring that drivers are abiding by the new transportation fare. ]]>
7/16/2019 3:43:34 PM
<![CDATA[British PM May hosts victorious England cricket team]]>
England ended their 44-year wait for a first 50-overs world title by beating New Zealand in a nailbiting final Super Over on Sunday.

May, a keen cricket fan, was at the match and, after the win, posted a video clip on Twitter of herself dancing.

The prime minister, who is due to stand down next week, greeted the players in front of her residence and posed for pictures with the team and the trophy.

“When the odds were against you in the biggest game of your lives, you simply and stubbornly refused to lose. It is that determination, that character, that has made you world champions. But, more than that, you have made history,” May told the players during the drinks reception, according to remarks released by her office.

“You have helped the nation fall in love with cricket once again,” she said, adding that the match was “a final for the ages”.

Since being unceremoniously dumped out of the 2015 edition of the tournament in Australia, the England side have reinvented themselves as one-day cricket specialists and had headed into the World Cup as overwhelming favourites.

The match, which England won by the thinnest of margins after a tie-break Super Over, was watched by more than 8 million people in Britain.

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7/16/2019 3:43:16 PM
<![CDATA[SIS issues publication on "Egypt and Africa"]]>
A new publication titled "Egypt and DR Congo" issued by SIS indicated that the two countries share the same values of peace and stability and the desire to achieve progress and development.

The publication is issued in Arabic and French and is part of a series of books on "Egypt and Africa" on the occasion of Egypt's chairmanship of the African Union.

These publications are giving information about the African countries to enhance understanding among the African peoples. ]]>
7/16/2019 3:40:56 PM
<![CDATA[Hamilton expects struggling Vettel to come back stronger]]>London- 16 July 2019: Formula One leader Lewis Hamilton is backing Ferrari rival Sebastian Vettel to shrug off a run of poor form and mistakes after another nightmare weekend in Britain.

While Mercedes driver Hamilton took his record sixth British Grand Prix on Sunday, Vettel rear-ended Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, was handed a 10-second penalty for causing a collision and finished 16th.

The German, a four-times world champion, has been beaten in the last three races by 21-year-old team mate Charles Leclerc and is 100 points behind Hamilton in the overall standings after 10 rounds.

The speculation about the German’s future at Ferrari, the team he joined from Red Bull in 2015, and even his possible retirement from Formula One refuses to die down despite Vettel’s assurances he is committed and staying.

“I loved competing against Ferrari last year. I wish that the battle today was with the Ferraris, it’s different when you’re racing within a team,” said Hamilton after a one-two finish with team mate Valtteri Bottas at Silverstone.

“I much prefer it when you’re racing against Red Bull and Ferrari but currently that’s how it is. I absolutely believe he will rebound.

“He’s had a difficult race today but he’s a four times world champion. He will recover, he will redeem himself if he feels he needs to, and he will come back stronger in the next race. That’s what great athletes do.”

The next race is Vettel’s home German Grand Prix at Hockenheim.

Vettel and Hamilton, now heading for his sixth title, developed something of a “bromance” in 2017 and 2018 when they were the top two and fighting for the world crown.

The two champions made much of their mutual respect, defending each other in public and emphasizing how much they enjoyed the rivalry.

Vettel has been a shadow of his old self this year, with Leclerc drafted in to replace 2007 champion Kimi Raikkonen as the face of the future for the sport’s oldest and most successful team.

The 21-year-old Monegasque now looks like the face of the present, taking on a leading role with more poles, more podiums and more fastest laps than the 32-year-old German and only three points behind.

Leclerc has racked up four podiums in a row, while Vettel has not featured in the top three for the past three races.

Where Vettel hit Verstappen, the Monegasque lit up the race with lap after lap of precision wheel-to-wheel battles with the Dutchman, also 21.

Vettel’s last win was in Belgium in August 2018, an anniversary fast approaching, but on current form Leclerc has looked the more likely to take Ferrari’s first victory of the season.

The German could have won in Canada after starting on pole and finishing first but made a mistake that triggered a penalty, with Hamilton winning instead. Since then, Vettel has not qualified in the top five.

“I’m sure he’s as frustrated as we are,” said Red Bull boss Christian Horner of the accident with Verstappen.

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7/16/2019 3:39:52 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt, Russia discuss ME peace process, regional issues]]>
According to a statement issued by the Russian Foreign Ministry, the two sides exchanged viewpoints on the situation in the Middle East and North Africa with a focus on the settlement of the Syrian crisis and the recent developments in Libya.

Moscow and Cairo agree that regional disputes should be settled peacefully and through diplomatic means, added the statement. ]]>
7/16/2019 3:37:46 PM
<![CDATA[PM reviews report on provided services to N. Sinai's residents in May]]>
The report comes within the framework of the continuous follow-up and implementation of President Abdel Fattah El Sisi's directives.

Madbouli stressed the state's institutions' keenness on offering full support to the inhabitants of North Sinai to ensure that all aid and services are being delivered to them.

A sum of EGP88,900 was spent in aid and grants in May, according to the report.

The Social Solidarity Ministry paid more than EGP7.5 million to 11,941 families in the governorate.

Also, up to 5,319 people went to hospitals there, the report said. ]]>
7/16/2019 3:33:41 PM
<![CDATA[Georges Wassouf to perform in Iraq on July 19]]>
The iconic singer will present a selection of his most popular songs during the concert, including “Youm el Wadaa” (The day of farewell), “Enta Gheirhom” (You are different), “Lesa el Donia Bekheir” (There is still good in the world), among others.

Wassouf recently uploaded his latest song “Seket el-Kalam” (No more to say) on his official Youtube channel. The song achieved huge success. “Seket el Kalam” is written by Atef Younis, composed by Shaker el-Mogy, distributed by Tony Saba, and directed by Ahmed al-Munajjid.

The clip featured scenes for Syrian artists Abed Fahad, Milad Youssef and Tatiana Moreeb. The idea of the clip revolves around a dramatic framework, where Abed Fahad played the role of a friend sitting next to Wassouf at the beginning of the clip.

Georges Wassouf - Seket EL Kalam [Official Music Video] (2019) / جورج وسوف - سكت الكلام

Georges Wassouf - Seket EL Kalam [Official Music Video] (2019) / جورج وسوف - سكت الكلام Directed By: Ahmad Al Mounajed Composer: Chaker Elmouji Lyrics By: Atef Younes Arranged & Recorded By: Tony Saba Mastering By: Mohammad Al Makhour Produced By: Eamar Music Lyrics | كلمات سكت الكلام ما عدش




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7/16/2019 3:18:46 PM
<![CDATA['The Lion King' to screen in Egypt starting July 17]]>
The film is a photorealistic computer-animated remake of the original cartoon released in 1994, which achieved unprecedented success at the time. "The Lion King" is Disney's second project this year- after "Aladdin"- to remake one of its classics. The revenues of "Aladdin" totaled up to nearly $1 billion worldwide.

"The Lion King" follows the story of Simba, the young cub who seeks to recover his throne as the king of the jungle after his father was killed by his younger brother. Simba faces many situations to learn the true meaning of courage and responsibility.

Golden Globe winner Donald Glover plays the sound performance of Simba, James Earl plays Mufasa and Chutel Egyofor plays Scar. Additionally, three-time Golden Globe nominee Beyonce plays Nala, and two-time primetime award nominee Billy Eisner plays Timmons.

The much-anticipated film is expected to achieve unprecedented success in Egypt and globally.


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7/16/2019 3:09:45 PM
<![CDATA[Hamaki to perform in North Coast on July 26]]>
Hamaki will perform the concert in one of the beaches of the North Coast, accompanied by his band. This is Hamaki’s first summer concert.

The concert is expected to witness a huge public presence due to Hamaki’s popularity and his well-liked songs.

Hamaki performed three successful concerts in Saudi Arabia, precisely in the city of Jeddah, amid thousands of his fans. Tickets for the three concerts were “sold out” in a record time.

Hamaki’s concerts came under the sponsorship of the Entertainment Authority of KSA headed by Turki al-Sheikh

Earlier in 2019, Hamaki released his new album “Kol youm men da” and achieved great success, especially after his collaboration with many poets and composers, including Ayman Bahgat Amar, Amir Taaima and others.


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7/16/2019 2:43:39 PM
<![CDATA[Khaled Galal launches 'Cinema Masr' on July 15]]>
The play stars the second batch of graduates of the department of acting in the Center of Artistic Creativity. The play tells the history of the Egyptian cinema through different scenes from the most prominent Egyptian films. The scenes featured artists with multiple talents in acting, singing, dancing and performing arts.

خالد جلال يكرم الفنانه سميرة أحمد في مسرحية "سينما مصر"

خالد_جلال #سميرة_احمد #وزيرة_الثقافة افتتح المخرج خالد جلال مسرحيته الجديدة بعنوان " سينما مصر " وهي عرض تخرج الدفعة الثانية " قسم تمثيل " بمركز الإبداع الفني والتي استحضر فيها تاريخ مصر السينمائي عبر مشاهد مختلفة من روائع الافلام المصرية لكبار النجوم ويقدم تلك المشاهد فنانين صاعدين بقوة يمتلكون مواهب متعددة في التمثيل والغناء والرقص وكل فنون الاداء .




Galal and his cast decided to honor Egyptian filmmakers by selecting a group of their works to include in the play, beginning with the minister of culture, who was honored as a musician and a flute player in several films by late iconic director Youssef Chahine.
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Also, veteran artist Samira Ahmed was honored with a scene from her film “El Shimaa”. Omar Abdel Aziz, director of "El Shaka men Haq el Zouga" (The apartment belongs to the wife), was also honored during the play by a scene from his popular film.
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Furthermore, late writer Ahmed Bahgat, the author of the film “Ayam el Sadat” (Days of Sadat), was also honored; his son Khaled Bahgat received the honoring. Late artist Riyad al-Qasabji, also known as "Shawish Attieh”, was among the honorees.
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In addition, Producer Hisham Sulaiman was honored as a pioneering film producer who made numerous films.
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"Cinema Masr" is presented and directed by Khaled Galal, written by Emad Abdel Mohsen, composed by Manar el-Shazly and produced by the Cultural Development Fund.

The play is starring Iman Ghoneim, Ghada Talaat, Amr Kamal Badair, Basma Maher, Rabab al-Qaid, Rabiaa Rafia, Maia Maher, Reham al-Shanwani, Shaimaa Abbas, Mohammad Abdo, Hala Marzouq, Ahmed Fawzi, Marwa Eid and Bahr el-Nuweihy, among others.













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7/16/2019 2:41:36 PM
<![CDATA[Italian government invests in human capital in Egypt: Italian Amb.]]>
The ambassador pointed out that innovation is one of the areas that will benefit from the concessional loan agreement signed by Egypt and Italy in December 2018, which will provide €45 million to support small and medium scale enterprises.

He added that the Italian Embassy is working to foster creativity and innovation among Egyptian youth, in cooperation with the Egyptian authorities.

He further noted that this is the second activity to be held as part of a series of activities that were launched in April under the title "emerging talented youth".

This came at a meeting with Egyptian entrepreneurs in the field of communication and information technology within the framework of activities aiming at raising the profile of talented young Egyptians.

The activities are held in cooperation with the Egyptian online publication E7kky.com.


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7/16/2019 2:36:17 PM
<![CDATA[Madbouli praises Egyptian-American cooperation in trade and industry]]>
This came during his meeting with Myron Brilliant, the executive vice president and head of International Affairs at the US Chamber of Commerce, in the presence of Investment Minister Sahar Nasr and Trade Minister Amr Nassar.

According to a statement issued by the cabinet spokesperson Nader Saed, the premier also reviewed the giant infrastructure projects accomplished by Egypt over the past 5 years.

For his side, Brilliant said Egypt is at the limelight of American companies seeking to promote their business in the Middle East region, especially in view of the positive outcome of the economic reform program.

Brilliant added that there are several domains for promoting cooperation in the coming period, especially in the energy and health domains.

The statement notedthat Brilliant's visit to Egypt falls within the framework of the chamber's interest in enhancing economic and trade cooperation.
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7/16/2019 2:32:51 PM
<![CDATA[AU holds Sustainable Forest Management Workshop ]]>
The framework established in 2015 has been characterized by broad based stakeholder engagement; an extensive desk review, sample visits to Member States, surveys and feedback.

Despite their prominent contribution to the development of Africa and the realization of the AU’s Africa Agenda 2063, as well as the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, forest resources are threatened and are under siege due to a number of factors including illegal exploitation and trade, conflicting policies at national and sub-regional levels, competing land uses, climate change and poverty.

In an effort to address these challenges, the Heads of State and Government of the African Union adopted – at the 23rd Ordinary Session of the AU Assembly in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, in June 2014 – the Malabo Declaration on Accelerated Agricultural Growth and Transformation for Shared Prosperity and Improved Livelihoods. The Declaration directed the AUC, in collaboration with African ministers responsible for forestry and energy, to put in place the Sustainable Forest Management Programme (SFMP) to assist AU member states and Regional Economic Communities (RECs) to sustainably manage and develop their forest sectors for socio-economic development and environmental protection.

The SFM Framework was validated at the July 9-10, 2019, workshop which, was opened by Mr. Harsen Nyambe, the African Union Commission Head of Division for Environment, Climate Change, Water and Land Management.

He stressed the importance of the African Union Sustainable Forest Management Framework, as important for providing strategic guidance to the sector, serving as a basis for addressing forestry related challenges on the continent including illegal exploitation and trade of forest resources, and serving as a basis for partnerships.

Mr. Nyambe further called upon the delegates to ensure that the framework was aligned to Africa’s development blueprint, the AU’s Agenda 2063, which calls for all forests to be fully conserved and sustainably used by 2063.

Delivering a statement on behalf of the FAO, Ms. Nora Berrahmouni, Senior Forestry Officer at the FAO Sub-Regional Office for Africa, emphasized FAO’s commitment to continue supporting the development of the SFM framework and forestry development in Africa.

Ms. Berrahmouni also expressed gratitude for the collaboration between the FAO and the African Union Commission, which culminated into developing the African Union Sustainable Forest Management framework.

Agenda 2063 outlines “The Africa we Want,” which is “integrated, prosperous and peaceful.” To achieve this strategic vision, Africa needs to harness domestic natural resources and citizens in order to take full charge of the continent’s destiny. Forest resources are a critical factor for the welfare of Africa and for financing the development of the continent. Trees and non-timber forest resources have significant economic and ecosystem services including contribution to food security, conservation of genetic resources, provision of habitat for biodiversity and reduction of emissions that cause global warming.

The workshop was attended by 43 African Union member states, most of which were Directors responsible for Forestry and other Senior Forestry experts, 5 Regional Economic Communities (RECs), Representatives of the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), and partner organizations.]]>
7/16/2019 2:01:31 PM
<![CDATA[Netflix's new Arabic original 'Dollar' to launch Aug.8]]>
Advertising mastermind, Tarek (Adel Karam), is tasked with coming up with a million dollar idea for the launch of a new bank. He’s got it, but will only share his idea with the CEO. Something’s off, and the bank’s hard-hitting young CFO, Zeina (Amal Bouchoucha), can sense it. But can she put the pieces of the puzzle together before things get out of hand?

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Netflix’s latest Arabic original 'Dollar' - Photo courtesy of Netflix


DOLLAR is directed by renowned Syrian director, Samer Berkawi, the mastermind behind several regional award-winning hit shows including Al Hayba and Half Day. The show is produced by “Cedars Art Production - Sabbah Brothers”, the leading Production Company from the Middle East, and written by Hisham Hilal.

DOLLAR, the latest Middle Eastern drama is set to join Netflix diverse and growing slate of Arabic productions, with a unique format of 15 episodes which aims to capture the attention of a newer and younger generation of audiences in the Middle East. DOLLAR will mark the return of the Oscar nominee Adel Karam to Netflix, as well as the brilliant and talented Amal Bouchoucha.

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Netflix’s latest Arabic original 'Dollar' - Photo courtesy of Netflix


Talking about his second collaboration with Netflix, the director Samer Berkawi said, “I’m truly excited to be working with Netflix on our new series DOLLAR and am confident that the show will appeal to Netflix’s audiences worldwide. This project is an exciting one, bringing together themes of suspense and drama that showcase Amal Bouchoucha’s onscreen talents, as well as Adel Karam’s versatility beyond the comedy that he is known and loved for.”

DOLLAR will be streaming on Netflix from August 8, subtitled in 20 languages to 148 million members in over 190 countries.

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Netflix’s latest Arabic original 'Dollar' - Photo courtesy of Netflix


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Netflix’s latest Arabic original 'Dollar' - Photo courtesy of Netflix
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7/16/2019 1:54:43 PM
<![CDATA[Sitting On A Gold Mine]]>
At present, gold production is concentrated in three sites across Egypt’s Eastern Desert: Sukari Mountain, Hamash and Wadi al-Alaqi, while the Egyptian Mineral Resources Authority (EMRA) says the precious metal is present in 120 ancient sites, from old mines to other areas all in the Eastern Desert. Nevertheless, Egypt has few gold mining activities, with only one gold producing mine currently under operation: the Centamin- owned Sukari mine.

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Centamin’s Sukari mine in Red Sea governorate - Photo courtesy of Youssef el-Raghy, chairman of Centamin


Extracting this precious metal from the earth via traditional mining ways is very expensive and unaffordable for the Egyptian government; hence, a move to attract foreign investments to the sector has proven essential. In 2014, Egypt replaced a 60-year-old outdated mining law with a new bill; however, it failed to satisfy investors and was blamed for restrictive commercial terms.

For Egypt, gold is part of the Central Bank’s foreign exchange reserves alongside internationally recognized currencies, as it helps provide commodities, pay foreign debt and interests, and face exceptional economic crises.

On a smaller scale, Egyptians have used the glowing metal not only for decorations, but also resorted to a foolproof strategy to keep their savings in gold rather than in hard currency. The strategy has been preferable, particularly after the 2016 floatation of the Egyptian pound as the latter’s value rendered unstable against the US dollar.

The country’s reserves and exports of the yellow metal recorded an increase during the first quarters of the current fiscal year. According to Trade Economics, Egypt’s reserves of gold reached an all time high in the second quarter of 2019, hitting 78.60 Tonnes from 78.40 Tonnes in the first quarter of the year. Gold Reserves in Egypt averaged 75.81 Tonnes from 2000 until 2019.

Quarterly official gold reserves
Quarterly official gold reserves in Egypt - Trade Economics


Below, we unpack the setbacks of the 2014 bill, and the possibilities of attracting investors after a recent bid by the government to amend the current legislation.


Auditing current legislation

Gold mining is a high-risk industry and a long- term investment, which is not relevant to oil and natural gas exploration processes, investors argue. Meanwhile, mining in Egypt has acted under the same rules and regulations by which the petroleum and gas industry operates. “While these policies have worked well for [petroleum and oil], different capital costs and business structures in mining require a unique set of regulations and policy,” notes the official website of Aton Resources, a renowned mining company in Egypt. Aton was awarded its Abu Marawat Concession in 2007, with operations beginning in 2009.

The current law is often criticized as gold agreements are based on the concept of production sharing or profit share, where the government obtains a share of the concession’s production rather than setting royalty fees in lines with the technique adopted worldwide.

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Centamin’s Sukari mine in Red Sea governorate - Photo courtesy of Youssef el-Raghy, chairman of Centamin


“Mining companies pass through several phases, and spend a very long time to extract the metal with economic feasibility. They spend lots of money without a guaranteed revenue in return, in addition to the high cost of mining equipment and drillers. We cannot treat gold mining the same way we treat petroleum exploration,” Youssef el-Raghy, chairman of Centamin, tells Business Today Egypt. Centamin’s Sukari is the only operating gold mine in Egypt, with its exports representing 2% of Egypt’s total ex- ports. Although Centamin claims it is capable of pumping projects 20 times the size of Sukari mine, it has announced that it will not participate in any upcoming tenders as the current law does not encourage tapping into new projects.

“Agreements should be based on taxes, rent and royalties, which will benefit the state as well, because the investor will pay the rent or royalty fee on day one of the production, with- out the need to wait for the investor to return his money. This is how the mining process goes everywhere around the world,” Raghy says.

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Centamin’s Sukari mine in Red Sea governorate - Photo courtesy of Youssef el-Raghy, chairman of Centamin


The law, in its current shape, is reportedly unattractive to gold investors who are currently more keen on other markets in Europe and Africa. “We, ourselves, started heading to Africa, where concessions are more flexible, al- though Egypt has its advantages like safety and resources, but unfortunately does not attract investors,” explains Raghy.

According to Centamin chairman, the current mineral resources law does not adequately meet investor ambitions, but rather companies with no mining expertise win tenders. Raghy blames the government for solely focusing on prospective investments rather than expertise in mining field.

Foreign investments in minerals are governed by individual concession agreements, such as Centamin’s deal with the government to operate the Sukari mine as declared in Egyptian Law 222 of 1994. But the deal was criticized as a failure for the government.

Sukari mine’s production started in 2010, and so far, it has made $4.2bn in revenues, of which EMRA received $384.2 million, including $130.7 million in royalties, and $253.5 million in revenues.


Seeking over-arching themes

Although little is known about the draft amendments, which were passed by the cabinet and will soon be out, the announced new clauses attracted different reactions by experts and officials.

According to local media outlets, clauses introduced to the law seek to control the mining process, prevent random drilling and protect the country’s resources from stealing.

Geologist and mining expert Abdel Aal Attiya criticizes one of the amended clauses that allows EMRA to issue licenses for mining materials, navigators, research and exploitation, while stipulating a ratification from the minister or governor or the new Urban Communities Authority. “The draft law should have assigned to a sole authority concerned with regulating the mineral resources, instead of several bodies having the final say on licensing mines, which would hinder investments,” Attiya tells Business Today Egypt.

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Centamin’s Sukari mine in Red Sea governorate - Photo courtesy of Youssef el-Raghy, chairman of Centamin


Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources Tarek el-Molla explained to the media that the amendments aim to attract reliable investments, as they seek the separation of exploration process from the utilization stage in a way that promotes the guarantee of state’s rights, and stimulates investment in the mining sector. Mohamed el-Zeiny, undersecretary of parliament’s Industry Committee, tells Business Today Egypt that the new draft “will guarantee Egypt’s biggest share in the future deals in a way that serves the national interest and grows income through international tenders like the one held in 2017.”

In April 2017, four companies won a gold ore exploration tender offered by the Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Re- sources; however, they have not yet begun their investments as they still await their concessions. “Mineral mining is not at the same levels as petroleum in Egypt, but the new draft will address scientific methods in drilling, non-random setting of royalties to quarries’ excavations, and encourage investors to tap into the industry,” Zeiny adds.
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7/16/2019 1:42:01 PM
<![CDATA[AISF press conference set for Aug. 1]]>
The festival’s new edition is expected to bring together surprising singers and honorees for the first time.

It is worth mentioning that famed singer Asala participated in the opening ceremony of the festival’s 15th edition and Samira Saeed concluded the14th edition.


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7/16/2019 1:28:13 PM
<![CDATA[How Turkish police violated human rights, beat mothers, kill 7-week-old baby]]>
One of these violations, as announced by Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) Kocaeli MP Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu, is the mistreat of prisoners, especially females and pregnant inmates.

Gergerlioğlu is also a member to the Human Rights Investigation Commission of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey (TBMM).

A press statement by Gergerlioğlu has stressed that pregnant and ill inmates do not receive proper treatment as prison authorities do not transfer them to hospitals or at least less crowded prisons.

HDP Hakkari MP Leyla Güven, who went on a hunger strike for more than 90 days, demanding an end to the isolation imposed upon Kurdish People’s Leader Abdullah Ocalan, also stated that by February 301 inmates as well as 19 other politicians and activists have been on an irreversible hunger strike.

Despite being cut off from the outside world, Ocalan, the jailed Kurdish militant leader labelled the “nemesis” of the Turkish state, remained a highly influential figure.

Turkey captured Ocalan on February 15, 1999 after a relentless hunt. In 1978, Ocalan and a group of fellow students founded the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) to struggle for Kurdish autonomy.

But apparently, even going on a hunger strike is not a right to protest, however, Güven stressed that inmates who are on a hunger strike are being systematically violated.

According to Güven, a disciplinary investigation has been launched against all inmates who have started hunger strikes in Bandırma No. 2 Type T Prison in Çanakkale.

Also, director of the Gebze Women's Closed Prison threatened hunger strikers with interfering in their strikes in case they continued their protests.

Özlem Söyler, one of the prisoners on hunger strike in Gebze Women's Prison for 98 days said in a letter to the press that it is hard even to talk among prisoners, as an ‘objectionable’ sentence could lead to a disciplinary punishment.

“Instead of living under the threat of death imposed on us, we are knowingly and deliberately going towards death. This is a matter of honor,” Söyler’s letter added.

Ocalan’s image can be widely seen in areas controlled by the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in northern Syria. Turkey says the US-backed YPG militia is a “terrorist” offshoot of the PKK.

Syria’s permission for Ocalan to seek refuge there caused major friction between Damascus and Ankara, and political pressure forced him out in 1998.

He tried to seek political asylum across Europe, including in Greece, but in 1999 Turkish secret agents nabbed him in the Kenyan capital Nairobi outside the Greek embassy.

He was swiftly sentenced to death for treason, which was commuted to life imprisonment when Turkey abolished capital punishment in 2002.

With Ocalan in custody, Turkey believed the head of the PKK had been cut.

But even behind bars, he continued to exert control over the movement by issuing instructions to his lawyers and the Kurdish MPs who visited him.

Following Ocalan’s arrest, the PKK had said it would strive only for cultural rights rather than an independent Kurdish state.

Families of prisoners decided to organize a sit-in in front of the Gebze Prison, but were quickly stopped by the police.

According to press reports, the police issued fines for the vehicles parked outside the prison and forced the families to leave the area. They also confiscated footage from the journalists, but this did not stop the families from resisting,

As after two weeks of a sit-in that aimed at drawing attention to the hunger strike of thousands of prisoners against the isolation of Ocalan; families of prisoners were attacked brutally by the police.

The people gathered in the Kiziltepe Freedom Square to protest the police’s attack were also attacked by the police and 2 unidentified young men were detained there.

Peace Mothers Assembly members were to hold a press statement and sit-in before the police surrounded them and argued that they would not let the statement be made. During the talks, the police forcibly confiscated the signs the Peace Mothers were holding.

When the mothers protested the confiscation, the police tried to drown out their voice by playing police sirens.

Peace Mother Hevlet Oncu started to read the statement despite the police intervention and said they have no patience for another body to come out of a prison.

Oncu was still speaking when the police attacked the group with sticks, pepper spray and water cannons.

The police also dragged Hevlet Oncu on the ground after she fell. HDP District Co-chair Sirin Obek was lightly wounded by a blow to her face.




In his speech, Gergerlioğlu also pointed out to female prisoner Gülden Aşık in Bandırma Prison who suffered a delays in transfers to the prison’s medical facility, leading to having abortion of her 7-week old fetus.




“The blood of this child is on the hands of the Justice and Development Party,” he added.]]>
7/16/2019 1:27:59 PM
<![CDATA[Q&A on case of 2011 prison break]]>
How many sessions have been held for the case?

The court has held 85 sessions, starting from Feb. 26, 2017 until July 13, 2019, where presiding judge Mohamed Sherin Fahmy announced Aug. 10 as the date for his decision on the case.

Who deliberates the high-profile case?

District 11 of the terrorism section at South Cairo Criminal Court deliberates the case, presided by Fahmy and assisted by judges Essam Aboul Ela, Hassan al-Sayes and judicial secretary Hamdy al-Shennawy.

Who are the most prominent witnesses who testified in the case?

Former President Hosni Mubarak, his Interior Minister Habib al-Adly, his former head of the State Security department Hassan Abdel Rahman, former Interior Minister Mahmoud Wagdy, who took control of the ministry after Adly in 2011, former head of Prison 430 in Natrun Valley, Major General Essam Lotfy, former assistant to the interior minister for the Central Security department in Sinai, Major General Maged Nouh.

What are the most important events witnessed during the long trial?

- General-Secretary of the Freedom and Justic Party Mohamed Beltagy requested changing the judges, but the Appeal Court refused.

- Videos were shown to the court, showing the sabotage of Natrun and Marg prisons.
Mubarak testified before the court.

- The prosecution demanded a billion pounds as temporary compensation from the defendants.

- The prosecution presented the names of convicts who escaped from prisons in 2011.

- The prosecution demanded the maximum penalty against the defendants.

- The prosecution delivered the death certificate of former President Mohamed Morsi, a defendant in the case, after he passed away during another trial.

The defendants are charged with storming the Egyptian borders, attacking security institution, plotting with Hamas and the international organization of the Muslim Brotherhood, and Hezbollah to create chaos in Egypt to bring down the authorities, as well as having the Iranian Revolutionary Guards train groups in Egypt to sabotage military targets in the country, including prisons.

The first trial resulted in sentencing Morsi, Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie, his deputy Rashad al-Bayoumi, member of the Guidance Bureau of the Islamist Group Mohyee Hamed, former parliamentary speaker Saad al-Katatni, and vice chairman of the Freedom and Justice Party Essam al-Erian to death. Twenty others were sentenced to life in prison.

The new judgment may also be appealed, and if the appeal is accepted, the Cassation Court will deliberate the case and issue the final verdict.

Prominent members of the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas and Hezbollah escaped during the 2011 prison break, including Morsi. Many believe they escaped with assistance from Iranian and Palestinian elements who infiltrated into the Egyptian borders with Gaza.

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7/16/2019 12:37:44 PM
<![CDATA[Japan won’t send troops to Middle East, says defense minister]]>
The US plan follows attacks on two oil tankers near the Strait of Hormuz last month, with one of them operated by a Japanese shipping firm. Iwaya said there have been no more similar attacks and that threats against Japan in the area are deemed to be “in a temporary lull at present”.

Due to restrictions by its pacifist Constitution, the hurdle remains high for Japan to send troops to the region. The Strait of Hormuz is a key corridor through which major oil exports flow to the world.

The minister declined to comment on whether Washington has sounded Tokyo out about the coalition plan.

“We have been regularly communicating closely with the US side, but we should refrain from divulging specific exchanges,” Iwaya said at a press conference.

He underlined the importance of continuing diplomatic efforts to ease tensions in the Middle East, where US forces were on the verge of taking military action against Iran following the downing of an unmanned American drone by the country’s paramilitary Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps in late June]]>
7/16/2019 11:46:35 AM
<![CDATA[Cairo to witness scorching weather Wednesday, records 42°C ]]>
The heat wave will hit the eastern coasts, and is expected to relent gradually, where the temperature decreases in the western parts of the country.

Other governorates will be affected by the hot weather differently as follows:

Alexandria: highs of 32°C and lows of 25°C
Marsa Matrouh: highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C
Sohag: highs of 45°C and lows of 29°C
Qena: highs of 45°C and lows of 29°C
Aswan: highs of 45°C and lows of 30°C ]]>
7/16/2019 11:38:18 AM
<![CDATA[Sisi witnesses new batch of non-commissioned officers graduation ceremony]]>
Prime Minister Mostafa Madboli, Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces and Minister of Defense and Military Production Colonel General Sedqi Sobhi, Chief of Staff Mohamed Farid, a number of ministers and senior government officials attended the ceremony.

Following Sisi's arrival at the venue of the ceremony, held at El Tal El Kebeer non-commissioned officers institute in Ismailia governorate, the national anthem was played and the ceremony kicked off.

The ceremony included activities presented by 1,300 graduates, including a military parade on the techniques of using weapons as well as their combat capabilities.

Students also presented a physical exercise show as they used state-of-the-art appliances to show their high standards and fitness skills.

The shows included a series of fighting techniques and martial arts of the Karate and Kung Fu exercises.]]>
7/16/2019 10:50:06 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s economic steps successful, steady: JICA’s Middle East division director]]>
During an interview held at JICA’s headquarters’ in Tokyo, TAKESHITA said that they cannot representthe Japanese government as a whole; however, JICA itself, which shares a strong relation with the Egyptian government along with a number of officials, shares the opinion of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank which indicates that the Egyptian economy is showinggood indicators of improvement.

He added that that the total figures achieved by the Egyptian economy are satisfying; however, the employment rates are still to be considered as one of the main challenges that face the country.

He pointed out that Egypt still needs to work on creating more job opportunities, especially that the country has a steadily growing population that should be used as a privilege. He assured that the country’s population is one of the positive sides that should be exploited in the best ways.

Regarding the current cooperation projects between Egypt and JICA, TAKESHITA affirmed that all signed and agreed upon projects between the two countries will continue as planed; however, Japan is aiming in the future to allow the Egyptians to be more able to run all their projects on their own without any need of an external help from other countries including Japan.

“We preferred to see Egypt as a completely independent country, able to run all of its projects by Egyptian cadres, plans and strategies,”TAKESHITA said.

We appreciate Egypt's leadership for AU: Japan's MOFA

Tokyo - 8 July 2019: Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed appreciation of Egypt's leadership for the African Union. Shigeru Ushio, director-general for African Affairs department and assistant minister in Japan's Foreign Affairs described Egypt's role as "wonderful". "We strongly appreciate Egypt's leadership for the African union.




In April 2019, the IMF issued a report saying that “Egypt’s macroeconomic situation has improved markedly since the initiation of the authorities’ reform program in November 2016.”

The report, published on IMF website, added that the liberalization of the foreign exchange market, prudent monetary policy, and ambitious fiscal consolidation have helped stabilize the macroeconomic environment.

“Growth has accelerated; external and fiscal deficits have narrowed; international reserves have risen; and public debt, inflation, and unemployment have declined. Fiscal savings were in part deployed to enhance social protection and ease the burden of adjustment on the poor. Furthermore, ongoing structural reforms aim at promoting private sector-led inclusive growth and job creation,” the report read.

Ongoing cooperation between Egypt and Japan
Education, culture and tourism are the main sectorsfor the current cooperation projects between Egypt and Japan. Nearly 100 schools are planned to open during the upcoming years, whose number hasnot yet been accurately identified. "However,they are all planned to be established in the coming years,"TAKESHITA stressed.

Around 35 schools have already opened their doors and received Egyptian students for the academic year 2018/2019.Five more schools are expected to open during the next year, according to JICA's Egypt Office Chief Representative Yoshifumi Omura during an interview with Egypt Today inJune 2019.

“In 2018, we opened 35 and next year we are planning to open five more, which means that the total number will reach 40 schools,”Omura said.

“And of course, we expected to face some difficulties and problems in the beginning because the whole idea is new. But so far, I can say that the experience is pretty much successful, despite everything that happened during setting up the process last year,”Omura added during his statements.

He pointed out that the Japanese schools in Egypt will be just about changing the educational system not the materials, because materials “are based on the country itself.”

“For example, what President Sisi admired when he visited the elementary schools in Tokyo was how the students were very clean and organized, and so he said, 'this is a walking Quran'.. Which means this is exactly what the Quran told us to do. Then he asked us to coordinate with the Egyptian government on this regard,”Omura said.

TAKESHITA alsotold Egypt Today that Japan has dispatched deletions from Japan to train Egyptian teachers on the Japanese special Educational System, especially what is known as “TOKKATSU.”

Moreover, Japan has tendency to support Egypt in the technology and innovation part which will be under the focusof Japan and most of the African countries, including Egypt, during the 2019 Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD7) set to take place in August.

The Egyptian-Japanese cooperation in The Egyptian Grand Museum (GEM) project was one of the most successful models for cooperation between Egypt and Japan. The museum will help create more job opportunities inside the Egyptian market,according to TAKESHITA. Also, it will help promote tourism, which is one of Egypt’s main economic resources.

TAKESHITA stressed that the cooperation between Egypt and Japan is not just governmental, but also on the private sector level, as nearly 50 to 60 Japanese companies are operating in the Egyptian market at the meantime. He added that the current cooperation between Egypt and Japan depends on the ODA loans, which is being pushed to succeed in Egypt in order for all of the projects to achieve success.

TAKESHITA pointed out that the Egyptian government should be considering facilitating the Japanese and foreign companies' operation in Egypt.

The cooperation between Japan and Egypt even extended to the medical sector, agriculture, transportation and infrastructure. In total, JICA has provided around a $1.5 billion grant aid, and financed 42 projects with ODA loan, which accumulates nearly $6.5 billion. Technical cooperation amounted to around $800 million.

Currently, JICA is working on 11 ongoing ODA loan projects, including Energy Control System Upgrading Project in Upper Egypt, Gulf of El Zayt Wind Power Plant Project, Electricity Distribution System Improvement Project, Electricity Sector Rehabilitation and Improvement Project, Borg El Arab International Airport Extension Project (II), Greater Cairo Metro Line 4 Phase I Project, construction of New Dirout Group of Regulators (DGR), improvement of the Water Distribution System, the Grand Egyptian Museum construction, Hurghada Photovoltaic Power Plant construction, EJEP: Human Resource Development Project, and EJEP: Egypt-Japan School Support Program.

This is in addition to two grant projects, including the project for introducing clean energy by the solar electricity distribution system, and Cairo University Special Pediatric Hospital’s Outpatient Facility.

More cooperation and talks are expected to be taking place between the Egyptian and Japanese officials during TICAD7, which will be held in Yokohama city, August 28 to 30, with the participation of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, and most of the African presidents and leaders.

How African, Japanese relations evolved since TICAD 1993

CAIRO - 26 June 2019: During the Cold war, most of the powerful countries were interested to invest in Africa to increase their influence and enhance their authority in the region which was an indirect war area same as the whole world back then.




Could developing agriculture in Egypt's Delta be part of TICAD's agenda?

TOKYO - 5 July 2019: With a tendency to start conducting research on Egypt's Delta and contribute to preserving food security and raising its quality, Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Science (JIRACAS) explained that several challenges have prevented it from expanding its research in Africa, including the limited budget allocated for research and lack of Human Resources.




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7/16/2019 10:41:16 AM
<![CDATA[After taking it to Egypt, a look on ‘Tokkatsu’ in Japan]]>
Moreover, we talked about the Tokkatsu activity which has been recently applied by Egypt in the Japanese schools.

“Normally we have five to six classes per day; each class lasts for 20minutes followed by a short period of rest. Our classes include math, art, music, social studies and history. We only take one English class per week starting from the fourth grade,” the students said.

Enjoying their lunch which was previously prepared by the school chefs, they added that they normally take one to two Tokkatsu activity classes during the week. In case one of them forgot to do the homework or showed any kind of aggressive behavior, teachers normally direct the students to apologize.

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Asakawa elementary school, July 2019- Egypt Today Aya Samir


The grades system in the Japanese schools usually depends on regular tests, and music and arts are taken seriously.

What is Tokkatsu?

As identified byAsakawa elementary school Principal, Ms. Hiromi Shimizu, Tokkatsu is a kind of student activity which builds the students’ characters to make them more independent and positive.She said that studies have been conducted on students’ behavior before and after applying the Tokkatsu activities, and showed significant transformation in students’ behaviors. Students turn into more engaging and open individuals who are willing to participate in discussions without fear.

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Asakawa elementary school Principal, Ms. Hiromi Shimizu during a presentation about Tokkatsu activity, July 2019- Egypt Today Aya Samir


The Japanese schools have strict rules regarding the students'looks and attitude. For example,female students are not allowed to wear artificial nails or hair. They are also highly selective about the food cooked in schools as they attach great importance tostudents’ nutrition and health.

Ms. Shimizu said that her experience at this school which started nearly a year ago was not her first. Basically, she participated in applying Tokkatsuin other Japanese schools, along with other Asian schools and recently the Egyptian schools.

Tokkatsu has no specialized books that can be taught to teachers or students, it is more like an inherited legacy and culture that senior teachers pass to new ones to apply on students. “Tokkatsu is a spoken science,”according to Shimizu.

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Asakawa elementary school, July 2019- Egypt Today Aya Samir

She believes that Tokkatsu,which was discovered and applied more than 60 years ago, can be applied in any country and with any culture.It is a heritage of no boundaries.

However, Tokkatsu can be given the right way or the wrong way, as there is no text book tobe used as a reference. We have to make sure that teachers understand Tokkatsu. By implementing Tokkatsu and enhancing the students’ personality, they become effective members of the society, and feel the value they can add to it.

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Asakawa elementary school, July 2019- Egypt Today Aya Samir


Replying to Egypt Today's question about training the Egyptian teachers in the current version of the Japanese schools in Egypt, Shimizu said that many Egyptian teachers came to Japan to take the Tokkatsu training, and that she met and trained some of them, and that some of them became her friends.

“We understand that we have an education system different from the on
e in Egypt, or any other country; however, Tokkatsu is not just about learning, it is also about building personalities,”Shimizu said.

By the end of the academicyear, teachers will have to fill a form to check if all of the Tokkatsu goals have been achieved during the year. This is the only aspect throughwhich they can check if Tokkatsu was successful or not.

“Tokkatsu can be applied anywhere around the world. Eventually,Tokkatsu is about changing people’s mind sets to be more motivated to participate in the society even more,” Shimizu said.

Nearly 35 schools have opened their doors and received Egyptian students for the academic year 2018/2019. Five more schools are expected to open during the next year, according to JICA's Egypt Office Chief Representative, Yoshifumi Omura, during an interview with Egypt Today inJune 2019.

“In 2018, we opened 35 and next year we are planning to open five more, which means that the total number will reach 40 schools,” Omura said.

“And of course we expected to face some difficulties and problems in the beginning because the whole idea is new. But so far, I can say that the experience is pretty much successful, despite everything that happened during setting up the process last year,” Omura added during his statements.

He pointed out that the Japanese schools in Egypt will be just about changing the educational system not the materials, because materials “are based on the country itself”.

“For example, what president Sisi admired when he visited the elementary schools in Tokyo was how the students were very clean and organized, and so he said, 'this is a walking Quran'.. Which means this is exactly what the Quran told us to do. Then he asked us to coordinate with the Egyptian government on this regard,” Omurarecounted.


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Egypt Today reporter with Asakawa Elementary school students at their fifth grade class, July 2019/Egypt Today

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7/16/2019 10:40:33 AM
<![CDATA[Hong Kong leader says protesters in latest clashes can be called 'rioters']]>
Lam made the comments at a hospital where she visited three police officers injured in violent disturbances on Sunday between police and demonstrators angry about an extradition bill.

Hong Kong has been rocked by large and sometimes violent street protests over the past month against the extradition bill, which many city residents see as a threat to their freedoms, plunging the former British colony into its biggest political crisis since it was handed back to China in 1997.

“We thank the police officers for maintaining social order loyally and professionally, but they have suffered in attacks from those rioters - they can be called rioters,” she said.

With more protests expected in coming days and weeks, her comments risk raising tension.

Some activists have been demanding that the government avoid using the term “riot” to refer to the protests. A conviction for rioting in the financial hub can carry a 10-year prison sentence.

Tens of thousands of people attended Sunday’s protest which ended in chaos in a shopping mall, with scores of protesters threw umbrellas, hard-hats and plastic bottles at police who fired pepper spray and hit out with batons.

Lam said more than 10 police were injured with six hospitalized.

The government information office said 28 people, including police, were injured.

Police Chief Stephen Lo said late on Sunday more than 40 people were arrested on charges including assaulting police and illegal assembly.

Security chief John Lee said the government was concerned at an apparent escalation of violence by activists who threw bricks and iron bars.

“We found that people who attacked the police were very organized ... they are well-planned and there are plans to deliberately do damage and disrupt social stability,” Lee said as he visited the hospital with Lam.

POLICE SAFETY
Their comments come as the city’s biggest police union is urging police chief Lo and his top brass to better protect rank-and-file staff as they brace for more violence.

The Junior Police Officers’ Association said in a letter to police force management on Sunday it wanted guarantees that Lo and his senior managers could ensure their “safety and mental health”.

Force chiefs should not dispatch staff to dangerous situations “unless the management has confidence in the conditions, including tactics and equipment”, the association said in the letter, a copy of which was seen by Reuters.

Hong Kong returned to Chinese rule in 1997 under a “one country, two systems” formula that guarantees freedoms for 50 years that are not enjoyed in mainland China, including the right to protest and an independent judiciary.

But many residents worry about what they see as an erosion of those freedoms and a relentless march toward mainland control. Beijing denies interfering in Hong Kong affairs.

The extradition bill that has sparked the protests would have allowed criminal suspects in Hong Kong to be sent to China to face trial in courts controlled by the ruling Communist Party.

Critics say that would threaten Hong Kong’s rule of law and its place as an Asian financial hub.

Demonstrations have drawn hundreds of thousands of people into the streets since early June.

Under pressure, Lam suspended the bill in mid-June and last week declared it “dead”, but opponents say they want to see its formal withdrawal from the legislative process.

Protesters have recently seized upon the widespread anger over the bill to draw attention to a litany of other grievances, including the territory’s relative lack of democracy and mainland traders, blamed by Hong Kong residents for fuelling inflation.

The protesters have also taken their campaign out of the main business and government district on Hong Kong island to other spots around the territory, including the town of Sha Tin where the protest march and clashes happened on Sunday.

China has condemned the protests in Hong Kong as an “undisguised challenge” to the formula under which the city is ruled, and as a threat to its prosperity.

Chinese state media has accused Western forces of instigating the unrest as a way to put pressure on the central government.

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7/16/2019 10:20:00 AM
<![CDATA[Italian farmers oppose EU-Mercosur trade deal: Italy's agriculture minister]]>
“We express a strong concern,” Centinaio told reporters in Brussels. He said he believed the Italian government would oppose the deal, which requires a majority vote from EU states to be approved.

He said the deal was like a “gun aimed at the head” of Italy’s farm sector, as it offered no guarantees. “There will be an invasion of products,” said Centinaio, who is a close ally to the far-right deputy prime minister Matteo Salvini.]]>
7/16/2019 10:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Sisi: New capital to provide better quality of life, job opportunities]]>
This came during the president's meeting on Monday with Head of the Armed Forces Engineering Authority Maj. Gen. Ihab Al-Far and Presidential Adviser for Urban Planning Amir Sayed Ahmed.

Sisi also stressed the need to complete NAC projects on time, citing a high standard of living, better services and job opportunities the new capital will provide.

The meeting took up the latest progress on the construction projects in new capital, especially in the government district, to which the premises of several ministries and state bodies will be relocated, Presidential Spokesman Bassam Rady said.

Al-Far briefed the president on the progress on a project to improve the road and bridge networks in Heliopolis - Masr El Gedida, as part of an integrated modernization plan that covers all the suburb, the spokesman added.

Several executive directors representing the companies undertaking the construction process in the new capital were also present at the meeting. ]]>
7/16/2019 9:53:12 AM
<![CDATA[Chandrayaan-2: Indian Space Launch Delayed An Hour Before Commencing]]>
According to the Indian Space Agency, the countdown was blocked 56 minutes before the launch, after “a technical snag was observed in the launch vehicle system.” Chandrayaan-2 was scheduled to launch on Monday, from Sriharikota space station on India's eastern coast; however, due to the setback of the launch, a new launch date will be released.

K Sivan, chief of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), stated that “this was the most complex space mission to be undertaken by the agency.”
For the people in India, the Chandrayaan-2 space program is a demonstration of India’s emerging technological capabilities. Chandrayaan-2 is the first space mission to conduct a soft-landing on the moon’s south pole, a region of the moon that has never been explored by any country before.

Chandrayaan-2’s mission is to demonstrate the ability to soft-land on the lunar surface, and operate a robotic rover on the surface. Costing over $150 million, the Indian space project is set to study lunar topography, mineralogy, elemental abundance, lunar exosphere, and signatures of hydroxyl, and water ice.

Chandrayaan-2’s space team consists of over 1000 engineers and scientists, but for the first time the ISRO has chosen women to lead a preliminary expedition. Two women are driving India’s journey to the moon,navigated by RituKaridhal. Doctor Sivan said, “Women power is powering India’s Moon ambitions.” He also added that at ISRO, “women and men are all equal. Only talent matters – not the gender.”

Despite the fact that if Chandrayaan-2 is to be successful, India will be the fourth country in the world to soft-land on the moon,critics have established that they would prefer to see India’s poverty tackled instead.
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7/16/2019 9:50:58 AM
<![CDATA[Pollution endangers natural fisheries, raises prices]]>
Hussein Abdul Rahman Abu Saddam, the allocated general commander of the farmers, stated that the natural fisheries in Egypt include “the Nile River, the canals, the banks and the lakes.”

He also explained that pollution would correspondingly affect the fish, which would consequently lead to a low fish supply. This, in turn, would force prices to elevate – due to the lack of fish. Abu Saddam emphasized that fish farming is inclined to specific dates, where tilapia is bred on the first of April, and fishing takes place in October and November every year.

It was reported that residues of aliphatic and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) were found in some fish species collected from Temsah Lake, near Ismailia, Egypt. Another study in Suez Canal region proved the presence of 17 β-estradiol (P <0.05), which initiated a global concern over the existence of esterogenic residues in aquatic ecosystems. Contaminated fish leads to a decrease in biodiversity, and severely affects ecosystems and food chains.

According to the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights, approximately 38 million Egyptians drink polluted water. This sheds light on the fact that Egypt’s water pollution does not only affect fish, but also humans. The consumption of polluted water leads to infectious diseases, such as cholera, and typhoid.

Egypt has made significant progress in fish farming, with its production reaching 1.8 million tons, over 80 percent being fish farming. According to Minister of Agriculture and Land Reclamation, Ezz El Din Abu Steit, Egypt ranked first in Africa and eighth in the world in the fish farming sector.]]>
7/16/2019 9:50:49 AM
<![CDATA[Retailers cash in on Amazon's 'free marketing' on Prime Day]]>
Walmart Inc, Target Corp and eBay Inc all run their own special promotions to coincide with the annual sale, which this year Amazon has stretched to two days.

Target announced deal days which will run on the same days as Prime Day - July 15 and 16. Walmart offered promotions from July 14th-17th, while eBay announced a July 15 “crash sale.”

“As the awareness of this shopping moment continues to build, we see this as a great opportunity to showcase our competitive advantage on price and inventory,” an eBay spokesperson said.

Amazon’s break-neck pace of growth, which has seen increasing numbers of shoppers ordering online instead of going to brick-and-mortar stores, is pushing other retailers to respond as they seek to remain competitive.

“There is this enormous halo effect to Prime Day,” said Jaysen Gillespie, head of analytics and data science at ads firm Criteo, adding that non-Amazon retailers should experience large increases both in traffic to their websites and in sales.

“The rest of the industry is taking advantage of the free marketing that Jeff Bezos is providing, and they should really send him a thank you card saying, ‘Hey, thanks for the awareness marketing - we’ll take care of the conversion and close the deal now on our websites.’”

Some retailers also flaunted no membership fees.

Customers have to join Amazon Prime to get discounts during the 48-hour event. U.S. members of the club pay $119 per year for benefits including one-day shipping, and they tend to buy more goods, more often from Amazon.

The mid-summer shopping event is estimated to bring in $5.8 billion in sales this year for Amazon globally, compared to $3.9 billion last year, according to Coresight Research. Amazon does not disclose figures for revenues generated during Prime Day shopping events.

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group reported sales of $30.8 billion during its 24-hour online retail frenzy Singles’ Day in 2018.

Last year, when Prime Day lasted 36 hours and faced technical glitches, online shoppers bought more than 100 million products worldwide, at the time recording the largest daily sales for Amazon’s own-brand Echo range of smart speakers, while the Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote and Echo Dot were the best-selling devices.

Other top-selling products around the world were table salt in India, Coke Zero and Kleenex tissues in Singapore and electric toothbrushes in China.

Pop star Lady Gaga announced a line of beauty products exclusively for sale on Amazon earlier this week, which will be available for pre-order during the promotional event.

“It’s Christmas in July,” said Tom Caporaso, CEO of loyalty platform Clarus Commerce, citing company research that shows roughly 50% of consumers say they search other retailers to find the best price on Prime Day.

“That’s telling you that consumers are definitely in the buying mode but are not 100% loyal to Amazon,” he said.

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7/16/2019 9:50:00 AM
<![CDATA[Shoukry calls for increasing US investment in Egypt]]>
Shoukry's speech came during his meeting with Executive Vice President and Head of International Affairs at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Myron Brilliant, who expressed appreciation for the role played by the chamber to boost trade and economic cooperation between the two countries.

According to a statement issued by spokesperson of the Foreign Ministry Ahmed Hafez, Brilliant paid tribute to the ambitious economic reforms implemented in the past period as well as the major national projects being launched in Egypt.

Brilliant stressed the importance of continuing to work in this direction in order to achieve economic prosperity for the Egyptian people.

The meeting between the two sides also tackled means of boosting economic and trade cooperation between Egypt and the United States of America.
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7/16/2019 9:42:18 AM
<![CDATA[Parl't approves NGOs law canceling 2017 bill]]>
The legislative department will revise the bill as part of measures taken before it is passed into law. The draft law cancels the controversial law issued on NGOs in 2017.

The bill includes nine issuance articles, including an article preventing NGOs placed on terrorist lists to legalize its presence.

All NGOs, including regional and foreign organizations, have to operate while committing to their basic regulations, activities and funding, in a way that respects the provisions and principles of the Egyptian Constitution and laws and international conventions ratified by Egypt, according to the law.

All non-governmental organizations and associations, and regional and foreign non-governmental unions, organizations and entities exercising civil work in light of the law shall adjust their conditions in accordance with its provisions within a year since the date of implementing the executive regulations of the law; otherwise, the specialized court will dissolve them.

In order for any of the NGOs to legalize its presence, it has to notify the competent ministry of all the data of the organization or entity, and define its activities, sources of funding, programs, protocols and memoranda of understanding. It also has to amend its regulations to ensure compliance with the provisions of this law.

In case they are dissolved, their funds would be transferred to the national fund tasked with supporting the projects of civil institutions and associations. Also, the activities of the dissolved entities would be stopped by the power of law.

In all cases, civil institutions and entities included on the lists of terrorist entities or those that participated in terrorist crimes cannot legalize their presence in case final rulings against them were issued, according to the law.

The draft law stipulates that the prime minister shall issue the executive regulations of the annexed law within six months from the date of its publication. Until such regulations are issued, the executive regulations and the existing resolutions shall continue to be implemented in a manner that is consistent with the provisions of this law and the annexed law.

This law shall be published in the Official Gazette and shall come into force on the day following the date of its publication.

In June 2017, Egypt's President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi signed law no. 70/2017 on NGOs and their operation in Egypt, as an annulment to the previous law no. 84/2002, after being passed by two-thirds of the Parliament in November 2016.

However, in November 2018, Sisi agreed to form an official committee to discuss the law issued in the previous year.

During his participation at the second edition of the World Youth Forum, the Egyptian leader said the law might be amended after several studies and discussions took place regarding its articles. ]]>
7/16/2019 9:41:42 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt economy is doing well with int'l recognition: PM]]>
The progress achieved by Egypt's economy is attributed to the ambitious economic reforms carried out by the government, Madbouli said during a meeting with Finance Minister Mohamed Maait and senior officials at the Finance Ministry.

The meeting aims at following up economic indicators and reviewing the government's plan for 2019/2020 budget.

The finance minister expounded the most important financial and economic indicators in the country.

Maait expected that Egypt's budget deficit would decline as well as the debt coverage ratio.

He said that the government plans to increase public investments as part of efforts to improve public services and develop the infrastructure.

It also seeks to increase non-petroleum exports and foreign investments, he added.

At the end of the meeting, Madbouli called for crystallizing all ideas floated at the meeting to present them to President Abdel Fattah El Sisi to start their implementation]]>
7/16/2019 9:40:00 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt-Jordan trade balance jumps to $408.6M in 4 months]]>
The balance of trade between the two countries in four the months recorded a surplus worth $325.6 million in favor of Egypt, a report issued by the Egyptian Commercial Office in Amman said on Sunday.

Egyptian exports to Jordan in the first four months of 2019 soared by 126.4 percent jumping from $162.4 million in 2018 to $367.1 million in 2019, according to Jordan's Department of Statistics' data.

Orange, cheese, TV sets, chicken stock and frozen french fries topped the list of Egypt's exports.

Egypt's imports from Jordan increased by 22.7 percent in the first four months of 2019 to reach $41.5 million.]]>
7/16/2019 9:30:00 AM
<![CDATA[Libyan MPs vow to resolve current crisis]]>
The members of the delegation- more than 70 members of parliament- stressed that the Libyan parliament must have a key role in solving the country’s crisis since its members were elected to represent the people’s will.

The delegation members vowed to preserve the unity of the Libyan state, the civil ruling, the democratic course and the peaceful transition of authority as per the constitution.

The delegation called the rest of the parliament members to participate in the discussions to peacefully solve the current crisis.

The delegation members visited the Egyptian parliament and met with the national committee responsible for following up the Libyan issue.

The meeting tackled how to enable the Libyan parliament to play its respective role and solve the current Libyan crisis.

The delegation stressed that the Libyan crisis should be solved through the Libyan House of Representatives in its capacity as the only legitimate authority elected by people, reiterating that Libya is a civil state.

The delegation members thanked Egypt’s president, parliament, government and people for the warm hospitality.
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7/16/2019 8:42:41 AM
<![CDATA[Libyan lawmakers emphasize Libya's civilian status, democratic transition]]>
According to the concluding statement of their meetings, led by the Egyptian National Committee on Libyan affairs, the delegation reiterated maintaining the civility of the Libyan state, and its democratic path.

“We affirm Libya’s unity, and sovereignty over all its territories,” read the statement.

Cairo talks highlight Libyan Parliament's role in achieving stability

CAIRO - 14 July 2019: More than 80 Libyan lawmakers have gathered in Cairo, where discussions kicked off Saturday to reach a solution to deter foreign interference in the Libyan affairs. The meetings, led by the Egyptian National Committee on Libya, is part of a series of talks hosted in Cairo to bring together different Libyan parties for the sake of achieving stability and security in the war-torn state.




The statement further praised the important role played by Egypt, represented in its president, Parliament, government and people inthe Libyan crisis.

Egypt is a leading a mediator in the Libyan crisis, seeking to achieve stability and unify the military of its western neighbor, which represents a strategic depth of Egypt’s national security.

Libyan hopes pinned on Egypt to combat Turkish intervention: lawmakers

CAIRO - 13 July 2019: A number of Libyan lawmakers meeting in Cairo have praised Egypt's "wise leadership" in mediating talks between various Libyan factions, pinning their hopes on Egyptian role to combat Turkish intervention in Tripoli.




Thus, Egypt has mediated talks between the Libyan National Army (LNA) led by Khalifa Haftar and controls most of Eastern Libya, and the Libyan troops of the internationally-recognized government led by Prime Minister of the Government of National Accord Fayez al-Sarraj.

In August 2016, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi decided to create the National committee on Libyan affairs, led by the armed forces’ chief of staff Mahmoud Hijazi, aiming to hold talks between all Libyan sides.

Libya has been inundated with civil war since the 2011 uprising that overthrew former Libyan longtime ruler Moammer el-Ghaddafi. The country has been at the center of the world’s attention for its importance as a major conduit for African migrants and refugees fleeing to Europe.
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7/15/2019 6:35:30 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt to launch shipping lines in Africa: Mamish ]]>
Mamish made the announcement when he received a delegation of African media people who are visiting Egypt to learn about the mega and development projects being established in the country.

Later on, a documentary was aired to give an overview on the recent projects accomplished in the Suez Canal Axis. Those include the New Suez Canal, and the SCzone that now houses $20 billion of investments, which are targeted to be $55 billion within 15 years. That is in addition to the inauguration of a vocational training center to qualify labor working in the SCzone plants. The center cost €22 million.

Afterwards, the delegation went on a cruise in Suez Canal and visited the tunnels extending beneath the Canal to connect the eastern and western shores of the Canal.

The African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) was officially launched in the extraordinary African Union (AU) summit that took place earlier this month. Egypt is currently chairing the AU.
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7/15/2019 6:29:09 PM
<![CDATA[Security delegation arrives in Kuwait to escort 8 fugitives back to Egypt]]>
The detection of the cell affiliated to the Muslim Brotherhood - which is outlawed in Egypt - is a result of the interrogation of terrorist Hisham Ashmawi carried out by the Libyan and Egyptian authorities, who was handed over to Egypt earlier this year, a source revealed.

The Kuwaiti authorities are still conducting investigations to unveil the accomplices of the cell members and if they are foreigners or natives.

Collective escape of Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood members in Kuwait
Around 300 Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood members fled from Kuwait in the last period, sources stated to “Al-Qabas” Kuwaiti newspaper.

The fugitive members headed to Turkey, Australia, Britain, and another Arab country in fear of extradition due to their conviction in several cases in their homeland.

The collective escape occurred before the Kuwaiti’s Ministry of Interior’s announcement on Friday 12th of July that it had arrested eight members of a Muslim Brotherhood cell. Those were sentenced to prison terms in Egypt for committing terror attacks, including the assassination of the Egyptian Attorney General, Advisor Hisham Barakat in 2015.

Ibrahim Rabie, a former brotherhood leader, affirmed that there is a state of fear and anxiety among the group members abroad, due to the great anticipation in handovers to leaders internationally, which consecutively leads to a confusion within the terrorist group externally.

The Muslim Brotherhood, also known as the Society of Muslim Brothers, are a transnational Sunni Islamist organization founded in Egypt by Islamic scholar and school teacher, Hassan Al Banna in 1928. In April, 2018, Egyptian Prime Minister Sharif Ismail issued a law to regulate the procedures of custody, administration and disposal of the Muslim Brotherhood’s funds as a means of control due to its terrorist operations in Egypt.
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7/15/2019 6:23:59 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt offers 250 feddans for private ICT investors in NAC ]]>
The Knowledge City is planned to house the headquarters of all companies operating in the information and communication technology (ICT) sector as well as a university and colleges specialized in the field.

Constructions in Knowledge City started in 2018 with the aim of accomplishing the first phase in 3 years. The initial investments are estimated at LE 12 billion to prepare some areas of manufacturing, data design, software and applications.

The ministry announced in June 2019 that the ICT recorded an average growth of 15 percent during the previous nine months, exceeding the expected rate by 3 percent.

12 ICT projects executed in 2018 at LE1.3B: report

CAIRO - 6 January 2018: Throughout 2018 the Egyptian government succeded to execute 12 projects in the information and communications technology (ICT) sector at a total value of LE 1.3 billion, said a statement released by the Cabinet's media center on Saturday.







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7/15/2019 5:11:59 PM
<![CDATA['Bent Arabi' illustrates struggles of people with special needs]]>
Head of the Theatre Art House Ismail Mokhtar explained that the show reflects the daily grind of those with special abilities amid the difficulties of life, in addition to their frustration and self-denial, portraying in the end a world full of justice, beauty and tolerance.

Mokhtar further explained that their main goal is to integrate creative individuals with special needs, describing them as "glittering stars in the houses of Egypt", which illuminates our theaters today, and pointing out that they will perform together with professional actors/actresses.

Furthermore, Mokhtar thanked the supporters of this theatrical play for embracing the children who are in great need of support and encouragement. He also thanked Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem, who is one of the most supportive and inspiring decision makers, according to Mokhtar.

Actress Wafaa el-Hakim mentioned that their goal is to shed light on this marginalized group, referring that this is a societal goal, and stressing that the message of art is to discuss the human concerns.

Hakim continued by explaining that the play supports people with special needs and that all members of society are equal, demanding the need to change the mindset of some people and their stance from people with disabilities.

Director of the play Hisham Ali revealed that the play portrays a mythical form for all the members of society that may seem “different” to some. Ali pointed out that more than 45 artists take part in the play, along with the stars of the national circus, live animals, praising the support of great actress Samiha Ayoub.

The play is starring Alaa Qoqa, Maher Mahmoud, Nihad Abdel Fattah, Mohamed el-Saadawy, Hani Abdel Hay, Yasmin Farag and Sherif Ghanem. The play's songs will be performed by Omar Farhan, with the participation of Hip-Hop dancers, and in addition to people with special needs and stars of the national circus.







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7/15/2019 4:32:57 PM
<![CDATA[Prepaid electric meters to replace traditional ones in 6 years]]>
The ministry installs 2 million prepaid electric meters per annum. The spokesperson highlighted that demand for those meters is rising because the ministry introduced easier ways to charge the prepaid cards. The most recent of which is a mobile app. Previously, cards could be recharged at electricity distribution companies existing everywhere all over the country or through Fawry services for bill payments.

Prepaid meters were first introduced in 2014. They were installed for 3.75 million consumers by North Cairo Electricity Distribution Company by 2017.

Prepaid meters also serve in detecting informal businesses as they cut electricity when consumption exceeds the adequate capacity of 80-Ampere-devices installed in households. Electricity is permanently cut if this occurs for the third time until the company fixes the problem.

Those meters also cut electricity when attempts of opening the device forcefully take place.
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7/15/2019 4:28:53 PM
<![CDATA[JadaL launches International Summer Festival’s 17th edition]]>
The Bibliotheca Alexandrina (BA) said in a press statement on July 15 that the arts center of the Cultural Communication Department of the library will organize the festival, which runs until August 31. The festival aims to spread culture and artistic taste, support artistic quality and revive artistic and cultural heritage.

Jordanian musical group, JadaL, is scheduled to open this year's festival, which will be attended by many distinguished Egyptian artists, including Ali el-Haggar, Omar Khairat, Medhat Saleh and Khaled Selim, along with some young artists such as Nesma Abdel Aziz, Mohamed Mohsen, Nuran Abu Talib, Nesma Mahjoub, Syrian artist Tariq Suwaidan and Bashir.

Also, the play "Amin and Partners" by Ahmed Amin will stage in the opening ceremony. The opening ceremony will also include poetry citing by Amr Hassan and Amr Qatamesh and a stand-up comedy show by Mohamed Helmi.

The festival program includes - in addition to musical performances - special performances, where "Naghama Horra" (Free tone) competition for local independent teams, a symposium on the formation of musical ensembles in Egypt, workshops on rhythm development, playwriting, music compositions, voice training and artistic workshops for children will take place.

Most performances will stage on the Grand Theater, the Small and the External Plaza at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina.

JadaL (Controversy) is a Jordanian Arabic pop, and rock band, formed in 2003 by Mahmoud Radaideh, a composer, songwriter, guitarist, music producer and vocalist.
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When JadaL released their re-arranged cover single "El-Tobah", a famous song by the legendary Abdel-Halim Hafez, their musical style was immediately coined as Arabic rock, and was described as groundbreaking due to its unique blend of rock and Arabic rhythms.

JadaL then released their first original single "Salma", a song which Radaideh wrote and composed for his niece, which quickly became a radio hit and gained many followers; thus cementing JadaL as one of the most successful Arabic rock bands in the whole region.
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In 2009, JadaL released their debut album, "Arabic Rocks". With its 14 songs, the album was not only a huge success, but also an important production that reaffirmed their music signature and confirmed their principles. It moved them to the front lines of the local and regional independent music scene.
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"Arabic Rocks", written mainly by Radaideh, also featured Palestinian Hip-hop band DAM on the track "Ya Bani Adam" (You, Human Being).

The second album, "El Makina" (The Machine), was released in December 2012, and was composed, written and produced by Mahmoud Radaideh. The album marked another era of tremendous success and unexpected spread out far beyond the Levant’s borders.

Since then JadaL’s popularity has been on the rise, and they’ve been touring in several Arab countries including Palestine, Egypt and Morocco.






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7/15/2019 4:21:19 PM
<![CDATA[Box Office: 'Spider-Man: Far From Home' crushes 'crawl,' 'stuber']]>
The superhero tentpole collected another $45 million, boosting domestic grosses to $274 million. This weekend’s haul represents a 50% decline in ticket sales from its inaugural outing, a stronger hold compared to its predecessor, 2017’s “Spider-Man: Homecoming.”

The 23rd adventure in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has crossed the $800 million mark worldwide, with box office receipts at $847 million. It’s now the biggest “Spider-Man” film internationally with $572 million.

“Crawl” secured the best start among fresh offerings, but neither newcomer managed to pack theaters. Paramount’s disaster thriller landed in third place, biting into $12 million when it debuted in 3,170 theaters.

The studio shelled out $13.5 million in production fees. Directed by Alexandre Aja, “Crawl” follows a father and daughter (Barry Pepper and Kaya Scodelario) who are forced to escape a pack of hungry alligators after a massive hurricane hits their Florida town.

A majority of ticket buyers were between the ages of 18 and 44. Overseas, “Crawl” pulled in $4.8 million from 20 international markets for a global start of $16.8 million.

Falling not far behind is “Stuber,” Disney’s first R-rated release since inheriting Fox’s film assets. The buddy comedy pulled in $8 million from 3,050 venues, on par with expectations but a lackluster start for a film that cost $16 million to produce. In “Stuber,” Nanjiani plays an Uber driver who unwittingly becomes part of a his passenger’s (Bautista) arrest operation. Males accounted for 56% of opening weekend crowds, while 65% of audiences were over the age of 25.

A number of holdovers filled out domestic box office charts. In second place, Disney’s “Toy Story 4” stayed strong, generating another $20 million during its fourth weekend in theaters for a North America tally of $346 million.

Rounding out the top five is Universal’s Beatles musical “Yesterday.” Directed by Danny Boyle, the romantic comedy made $6.7 million in its third outing, bringing its domestic total to $48 million.]]>
7/15/2019 3:57:59 PM
<![CDATA[Prosecution challenges Habib al-Adly’s acquittal in corruption case ]]>
The prosecution submitted the challenge before the Cassation Court to abolish the acquittal ruling that was issued in May by the Criminal Court, according to anonymous sources that were quoted by Egyptian private newspaper, Al-Watan.

Sources added that the challenge was handed to the Cassation Court within the definite time of submitting the notice of appeals.

In case the appeal was approved, the Cassation Court will cancel the acquittal ruling, and instead issue a new ruling, or correct the appealed ruling. But if the challenge was rejected, the court will uphold the acquittal ruling, which will be non-appealable.

The defendants, who used to work in the Interior Ministry, faced charges of stealing the ministry funds during the period of their assignment, which ran from the year 2000 to 2011.

The Criminal Court changed the accusation to be “unintentional negligence,” and acquitted Adly and seven other defendants off the corruption charges; they were all fined L.E. 500. The court sentenced another defendant called Nabil Khalaf in the same case to 3 years in prison, and fined him similarly. Per the ruling, Khalaf is obliged to pay L.E. 62,120,000.
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7/15/2019 3:52:28 PM
<![CDATA[770 breaches committed by social housing beneficiaries ]]>
The fund’s Executive Director Maye Abdel Hamid gave the following breakdown:

124 breaches in Menoufia
16 breaches in Sharqiya
4 in Ismailiyah
14 in Asyut
49 Daqahliyah
29 in BeniSuef
5 in Kafr El Sheikh
10 in Menya
45 in the New Valley
60 in Cairo
61 in Port Said
27 in Aswan
17 in Giza’s Hadyek October
25 in Alexandria’s Borg Al Aarb
84 in Cairo’s Badr City
9 in New BeniSuef
67 in Cairo’s 10 of Ramadan City
123 in New Asyut City
1 in New Menya City

Abdel Hamid said that the complaints are being verified before any measures are taken. The types of breaches indicated in the law are resale, rent, change of the purpose of the unit from residential to commercial, and not residing in the unit. Citizens filed 444 complaints while inspectors reported 326 breaches.

The fund has launched a hotline and a website that can be used by citizens to report breaches. The number of inspectors working for the institution is 186.
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7/15/2019 3:52:16 PM
<![CDATA[Madbouli follows up Egyptian delegation's visit to World Health Organization]]>
This came during his meeting with Health Minister Hala Zayed and a number of officials to review an array of key health files.

According to the report, the Egyptian delegation viewed the government and the Ministry of Health's effort in the field of health and in the comprehensive Health Insurance Program. Madbouli also followed up the results of different health initiatives.

In a meeting, the Egyptian delegation called Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tidros Adhmanum for attending the World Celebration that will be held by Egypt to announce the success of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi's initiative to eradicate the C virus and to detect non-communicable diseases, the report added.

During the meeting, Egypt's request for supporting the initiative of President Sisi to treat 1 million African from HIV virus was approved by the organization.

The organization also approved Egypt's request to support the Egyptian approach to eradicate the virus in a number of countries such as Nigeria and Pakistan by transferring Egyptian expertise to these countries.

The report also pointed out that the Egyptian delegation held another meeting at the headquarters of the International Vaccine and Immunization Alliance, where a presentation was given by the Egyptian side on the importance of facilitating and providing zero doses of B-virus to children in Africa, especially in countries suffering from the spread of B virus, as one of the most important factors preventing the spread of the disease and eliminating it.

The WHO chief promised to back the Egyptian initiative to treat one million Africans from Virus C, Health Minister Hala Zayed also said.

Zayed added that Egypt agreed with the GAVI to extend its Hepatitis Virus B initiative to a number of countries. The two sides agreed to start with Nigeria and Pakistan.

The report reviewed the campaign of women's health that implements the directives of President Sisi to provide a set of health services aimed at supporting women's health, such as early detection of breast cancer, non-communicable diseases, common tumors, as well as supporting healthy nutrition for different age groups, and improving family planning programs.

The Egyptian delegation also pointed out that the Ministry of Health has prepared to implement the presidential initiative for the early detection of breast cancer set to be implemented on three stages to test 28 million women and provide free treatment.

Each of the three stages is set to last for two months. The first phase of the national campaign is conducted by trained and specialized medical committees in 1,030 health units in nine governorates. The first phase is set to last until August 30, and includes the governorates of Alexandria, Port Said, Beheira, Qalyubia, Damietta, Matrouh, South Sinai, Fayoum, and Assiut.

The second phase is set to last from September 1 to October 30, andincludesCairo, and the governorates of North Sinai, Red Sea, Ismailia, Suez, Kafr El-Sheikh, Menoufia, BeniSuef, Sohag, Luxor, and Aswan. The third stage will start on November 1, and will include Giza, the New Valley, Gharbia, Dakahlia, Sharqia, Minya and Qena.

Madbouli also followed up other reports such as the availability of medicine, the prevention of shortages, the maintenance and support of the national industry; he also followed up the implementation of the health insurance system in Port Said governorate.
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7/15/2019 3:52:13 PM
<![CDATA[Irrigation deals firmly with violators of rice cultivation rules]]>
Head of the Irrigation Department Mahmoud al-Saadi praised the cooperation and coordination between the ministries of agriculture and irrigation, especially in the development of crop varieties to save water through research centers in both ministries, saying "dry rice was planted in experimental areas in the governorates authorized for rice cultivation this year."

In April 2018, Egypt's Parliament passed a law banning the cultivation of some crops that require a large amount of water, amid fears that building the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) would cut the country's share of the Nile. The Parliament also approved the government's request to amend some provisions in Agriculture Law No. 53 of 1966.

Article 1 in the Agriculture Law refers that the minister of agriculture shall determine the areas to cultivate certain crops, and shall ban other crops in certain areas. Hence, the draft law to amend Article 1 of the Agriculture Law stipulates that the minister of agriculture, in coordination with the minister of irrigation, shall issue a ministerial decree to ban the cultivation of some crops in certain areas that have low amounts of water, in order to rationalize water usage.

Egypt depends entirely on the Nile water for drinking and irrigation purposes, reiterating consistently its "historical right" to the river guaranteed in the 1929 and 1959 Nile agreements, which granted the country 87 percent of the Nile water and the right to veto or approve irrigation projects in the upstream countries.

Egypt annually needs at least 105 billion cubic meters of water to cover the needs of more than 90 million citizens. However, it currently has only 60 billion cubic meters, of which 55.5 billion cubic meters come from the Nile and just less than 5 billion cubic meters coming from non-renewable subterranean water in the desert. The remaining 80 billion cubic meters are covered by the reuse of wastewater.

In 2011, Ethiopia started the construction of the 6,000-megawatt Renaissance Dam over the Blue Nile River, one of the major sources of water that forms the Nile River downstream. Concerns have risen in Cairo and Khartoum over the negative impact the Ethiopian dam will have on their historic Nile water shares.

Since 2014, the three countries (Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia) have held several tripartite meetings and agreed on the Declaration of Principles. However, the disagreement among the countries is related to the filling and operation period of the dam; Egypt demands that this period be seven to 10 years, while Ethiopia insists on a maximum of three years.
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7/15/2019 3:42:05 PM
<![CDATA[Bourse loses EGP 2.6 bn]]>
The market capital lost about EGP 2.6 billion, registering EGP 727.7 billion, after transactions that totaled EGP 742.6 million.

The EGX 30 benchmark decreased 0.32 percent, closing at 1,3627.89 points.

The broader EGX 70 index of the leading small and mid-cap enterprises (SMEs) went down by 0.04 percent, standing at 538.81 points.

The all-embracing EGX 100 index declined by 0.05 percent, recording 1,389.99 points.]]>
7/15/2019 3:37:14 PM
<![CDATA[Belmadi praises Cisse ahead of AFCON final ]]>
“Cisse is a very good friend of me and facing him is going to be interesting. The difference between us is that he is working with Senegal since 4 years, I have barely been here for a year. He is a very good coach and doing a great job with Senegal” Belmadi said on Monday.

The Desert Warriors, led by Manchester City’s star, Riyad Mahrez, showed a wonderful performance in front of Algerian and Egyptian fans who packed the stadium to witness Algeria’s 2-1 victory over Nigeria.

Algeria opened the score minutes before half time from an own goal but Nigeria equalized the score 15 minutes before the final whistle from the penalty spot.

During the last minute of the game, Mahrez granted his team a victory when he scored an amazing free kick that sent Algeria to their first final since 1990.

Belmadi added “We are facing an opponent who always wants to win the cup, so it’s going to be a very tough game. Now we will have some rest and then we will start preparing”

Algeria face Senegal on Friday night at Cairo Stadium. ]]>
7/15/2019 2:40:13 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt keen on maintaining strong relations with Italy: governor]]>
The governor pointed out to the depth of historical and cultural relations binding the two countries.

He made the remarks during his meeting with the Cardinal of the Italian city of Agrigento, Francesco Montenegro, on the sidelines of his visit to the Italian, Rome, along with a number of cities in Sicily Island.

Egypt's Ambassador to Italy Hisham Badr was present at the meeting, according to a statement issued by Alexandria Governorate on Monday.

"Alexandria city embraces the Coptic Orthodox Church," governor Konsowa said, pointing out to progress achieved under the rule of President Abdel Fattah El Sisi in disseminating the cultures of citizenship, religious tolerance as well as acceptance.

He invited cardinal Montenegro of Agrigento and church members to pay a visit to Alexandria for talks on the measures of initiating the first Italian pilgrimage trip by Christian devotees from the island of Sicily to Egypt.

Cardinal Montenegro, for his part, highlighted the key role played by both Egypt and Italy in building communication bridges and reviving the old Mediterranean cultures.

The cardinal conveyed the greetings of Pope Francis to Egypt, its people and leadership, noting that the pontiff asserted - during their last meeting - the importance of preserving the profound friendship and ties with Egypt in a way that contributes to supporting the cultures of dialogue and coexistence.

Ambassador Badr, meanwhile, underlined the importance of the meetings held by the governor during his visit to Italy as well as the twin-ship agreement which was signed with Catania city.]]>
7/15/2019 2:37:12 PM
<![CDATA[Blailey thanks Egyptian fans for supporting Algeria ]]>


"The Algeria people deserve everything, Thanks God. It was a tough game, but we will give the championship to our people,” Blailey said after the match.

The Desert Warriors, led by Manchester City’s star, Riyad Mahrez, showed a wonderful performance in front of Algerian and Egyptian fans who packed the stadium to witness Algeria’s victory over Nigeria.

Algeria opened the score minutes before half time from an own goal but Nigeria equalized the score 15 minutes before the final whistle from the penalty spot.

“Thanks to the Egyptians who supported us, and God bless our martyrs," said Tunisia Esperance Sportive player.

During the last minute of the game, Mahrez granted his team a victory when he scored an amazing free kick that sent Algeria to their first final since 1990.

Algeria will face Senegal on Friday night at Cairo stadium at 09:00 p.m.]]>
7/15/2019 2:24:25 PM
<![CDATA[Having luck is a must to win tournaments: Sadio Mane]]>
“It was a very difficult game; we expected this scenario. If you want to win this trophy you must have victories like this,” Sadio Mane said to CAF.



The game extended till the extra time and the referee gave a penalty to Tunisia but then he pulled back his decision as Video Assistant Referee denied.

“You should also have some luck,” Mane added.

Senegal’s only appearance in the final was in 2002 in Mali and their current manager, Aliou Cisse, was the national team’s captain during the tournament.

Senegal lost the final to Cameroon by penalty shootouts and Cisse was one of the three players who missed a penalty.

Senegal players are expecting a tough final against Algeria on Friday night at Cairo Stadium and they hope to be Senegal’s first generation to win the AFCON title. ]]>
7/15/2019 2:14:36 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt seeks deal to localize protective devices technology ]]>
Assar had first presented the manufacturing, technical and technology capabilities of the factories and companies affiliated to the ministry. Later, the Trayal Corporation general manager affirmed that the firm will work on localizing the technology of manufacturing protective equipment for chemical warfare in the ministry’s companies and plants.

Trayal is a Serbian corporation that produces pyrotechnical devices, explosives, tires, protective devices and rubber goods.

Earlier this month, Minister of Military Production Mohamed al-Assar signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with a Saudi company called Newton to localize IT technology used in the sectors of marketing, logistics, technical support and maintenance.

The MoU is considered a first step towards signing a contract between the National Organization for Military Production and Newton. Through such partnership, both would supply products and spare parts to the GCC and Middle East countries, introduce new production lines, and offer maintenance and training services.
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7/15/2019 2:02:39 PM
<![CDATA[This generation is better than mine, Cisse ]]>
“I feel very proud. We haven’t reached the final since 17 years. This is the fruit of a long time preparation. Those players worked hard for five full years and now we get the fruit of this hard work” Cisse said after the game.

Senegal’s only appearance in the final was in 2002 in Mali and Cisse was the national team’s captain during the tournament.




Senegal lost the final to Cameroon by penalty shootouts and Cisse was one of the three players who missed a penalty.

Cisse’s generation is considered the golden generation of Senegalese football as they led the country to 2002 World Cup quarter finals. However, Cisse believes that these group of players are better than the players from 2002.

“I have unlimited trust in my players and I felt they want to achieve something. They did all what is needed to win. This generation is better than the 2002 one. My players told me they will be better than us, and they did.” Cisse added.

Senegal players are expecting a tough final against Algeria on Friday night at Cairo Stadium and they hope to be Senegal’s first generation to win the AFCON title. ]]>
7/15/2019 2:01:41 PM
<![CDATA[55 financial fraud cases worth LE200M unravel in 1 month]]>
The crimes varied from bribery and administrative corruption to illegal currency trade, money laundering and tariff evasion.

The lawsuits include 25 illegal currency trade and smuggling cases worth LE67 million and 3 million of foreign currencies, particularly dollars and euros. The perpetrators were involved in currency trading on the black market, collecting expats’ remittances and delivering their equivalent to their families in Egypt while using the money in Forex trading.

Twenty-seven cases classified as bribery and administrative corruption worth LE118 million were unraveled. The number of tax and tariff evasion cases is 5,094. The value of those is LE8 billion. The breakdown is 857 income tax evasion cases worth LE6 billion and 500 VAT evasion cases worth LE2 billion.

Furthermore, 90 businesses operating in the informal sectors have been registered so they would be taxed.

The police confiscated smuggled cigarettes, vehicles and other goods filing a total of 234 lawsuits. However, 196 of those were settled. Also, 733 out of 3,438 real estate tax evasion cases were settled.
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7/15/2019 2:00:39 PM
<![CDATA[ Inas Abdel Dayem witnesses final rehearsals of Folklore Ensemble]]>
The festival is set to be launched on July 12 and run until July 16, offering a huge artistic program. The ensemble will also participate from July 17 to 30 in the Carolina Festival in the United States of America.

The band, led by Dr. Mahmoud Sabry, will present a wide range of artistic tabloids including “El Agouz”, and “Om el Kholoul”, among others.

The rehearsals were also attended by director Khaled Galal, the head of the Cultural Production Sector, the head of the Central Administration of the Art House for Popular and Performing Arts, the former President of the Academy of Arts, and the director general of the cultural and artistic activity in the cultural production sector, among others.


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7/15/2019 1:56:23 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian Coptic Festival inaugurated in Toronto ]]>
The Egyptian Coptic Festival opening ceremony took place in the presence of thousands of members of the Egyptian community in Canada and the president of the Canadian Conservative Party.

The launching ceremony was also attended by the prime minister of the Government of Ontario and the Provincial Parliament and a representative of the prime minister of Canada.

Abu Zeid delivered a speech at the opening of the festival, in which he stressed the great importance of holding this festival every year, as it shows the various components of Egyptian culture, arts and civilization on the Canadian scene, highlighting the influential and effective role of the members of the Egyptian community in Canada.

The Egyptian ambassador congratulated the festival’s organizing committee on the great picture it conveyed during the festival, which reflects the value of collective action in the success of such efforts and initiatives.

Egyptian singer Hisham Abbas performed during the festival in addition to violinist Azmi Magdy and the National Folkloric Ensemble, which is set to perform in Toronto and Ottawa this week in events organized by the Egyptian Embassy in Canada and the Ministry of Culture.





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7/15/2019 1:53:52 PM
<![CDATA[Huda Naguib Mahfouz: “I dedicated the museum over 1000 books”]]>
The museum is located in Tkeit Abu el-Dahab in Al Azhar district. The daughter of the late novelist thanked the Ministry of Culture and the current and former officials for their efforts to bring the museum to light.
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“I am very happy with the place,” said Mahfouz. The daughter of the legendary writer further stated that she dedicated 1000 books to the Ministry of Culture. The books held the signature of her father, or were dedicated to him.

Mahfouz also dedicated to the ministry some of the awards and honorings he received during his lifetime, his personal office and a few of his personal belongings such as his glasses, his headset and some of his clothes, among others.

Mahfouz further stated that she was worried about losing her dad’s personal belongings, especially after the difficult circumstances the country faced following the January revolution.
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Mahfouz explained that she felt reassured after watching the personal belongings of her father displayed in a dazzling way in the museum. The minister of culture was promised by Mahfouz that she will dedicate her father’s last coat to the museum in the near future.

“He (Naguib Mahfouz) did not expect to be given a museum, and such an idea never crossed his mind. My dad was ascetic," stated Huda Mahfouz.
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Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem honored Umm Kulthum with the ministry's shield and a certificate of appreciation. This came during the official opening of Naguib Mahfouz Museum, in the presence of a large number of diplomats, ambassadors and representatives of States, in addition to a group of officials from the Ministry of Culture and prominent public figures.

Naguib Mahfouz Museum consists of two floors, the first hosts halls for seminars, a visual/ sound library, a public library and a library of critical research, including the most important researches and studies on the work of Naguib Mahfouz.

The second floor includes a suite of decorations and certificates obtained by the late writer, and another for his personal belongings with some papers written in his own handwriting, in addition to the Hall of Literature, which includes all the works of Naguib Mahfouz in their old and new prints, along with all the writer’s translated works next to a cinema hall and several other halls.



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7/15/2019 1:50:53 PM
<![CDATA[No-deal Brexit will leave UK at mercy of France, Hammond warns]]>
The warning came as a senior member of Jeremy Corbyn’s shadow cabinet said Labour is “likely” to go into the next general election as a Remain party offering a second referendum on EU membership, The Independent reported.

Hammond said there would be a limit to the amount of influence the government could exert in the event of no deal, despite having spent more than £4bn on preparations.

Many of the levers are held by others – the EU27 or private business,” he said. “We can seek to persuade them but we can’t control it.

"For example, we can make sure that goods flow inwards through the port of Dover without any friction but we can’t control the outward flow into the port of Calais," he said.

“The French can dial that up or dial it down, just the same as the Spanish for years have dialled up or dialled down the length of the queues at the border going into Gibraltar.”

Hammond – who said earlier this month that a disorderly Brexit could cost the Exchequer up to £90bn – has long warned against the dangers of leaving without a deal with Brussels.]]>
7/15/2019 1:41:49 PM
<![CDATA[RT Arabic's bias towards Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood unveiled]]>
On Friday, the Kuwaiti security forces announced capturing eight Egyptian nationals, who are facing sentences of up to 15 years in prison for joining a terrorist cell and plotting terrorist attacks in Egypt, according to a statement from the Kuwaiti Interior Ministry.

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The cell is believed to be linked to Muslim Brotherhood group. RT Arabic has republished a statement by the Muslim Brotherhood who has defended their arrested members, while claiming that the group never sought to destabilize Kuwait, and calling on the Kuwaiti authorities not to extradite the arrestees to Egypt.

RT Arabic has also published a statement regarding internal affairs of the Muslim Brotherhood group, which has been designated by the Egyptian authorities as a terrorist group since 2013. The statement claimed that the group has changed some of its priorities based on internal review.

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The Russian news website has been obviously active in publishing the Muslim Brotherhood statements, including a statement that it copied from the group's Facebook website.

Moreover, RT Arabic has published some news about an Iranian oil tanker that was allegedly stopped in Egypt's Suez Canal. RT Arabic referenced to the pro-Muslim Brotherhood Al-Araby Al-Jadeed (The New Arab) media outlet, while citing Egyptian sources as saying. A high-level official in the Suez Canal Authority later denied the news.

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The New Arab was founded by Palestinian Azmi Bishara, a former Knesset member, and an alleged adviser to the Qatari emir. Bishara has denied in 2017 being an adviser to the emir in an interview with the London-based Al-Araby TV network.

Russia Today has also referenced to rights groups and international organizations known for publishing reports that are hostile to the Egyptian regime, and are believed to be politicized and funded by hostile governments, including the Amnesty International.

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The reason behind the Russian news website's recent bias toward the Muslim Brotherhood group against the Egyptian state has been unknown so far. However, the possibility that it expresses the Russian government's opinion about the updates in Egypt is still ruled out.

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7/15/2019 1:41:10 PM
<![CDATA[In pics: Benghazi residents protest Turkish interference in Libya ]]>
Pictures of protesters carrying pro-Libyan National Army (LNA) banners, and calling for the unity of their country spread in several media outlets.

Protesters demanded Turkey to stop supporting the forces affiliated with the Government National Accord (GNA) with weapons, arguing it “helps militias strengthen their control on Tripoli.”


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In pics: Benghazi residents protest Turkish interference in Libya


A number of Libyan lawmakers, currently meeting in Egypt as part of the Cairo-sponsored discussions between Libyan factions, have called for Egypt to combat the Turkish intervention in Tripoli.

During a Cairo-hosted conference for Libyan powers last month, former Libyan Interior Minister Saleh Ragab accused Turkey and Qatar of smuggling weapons to terrorist groups and militia in Libya to keep fighting against the Libyan National Army (LNA) in Tripoli.

The evolution of the Turkish logistic support of militias in Libya has been discussed in a press statement by the Libyan National Army, referring to the “[Turkish] use of military aircrafts to transport mercenaries, as well as ships carrying weapons, armored vehicles and ammunition to support terrorism in Libya.”

Aguila Saleh, the president of the Libyan House of Representatives since 2014, has recently announced a state of mobilization and alert across the Libyan territories in response to the Turkish threats to Libya.

Libyan hopes pinned on Egypt to combat Turkish intervention: lawmakers

CAIRO - 13 July 2019: A number of Libyan lawmakers meeting in Cairo have praised Egypt's "wise leadership" in mediating talks between various Libyan factions, pinning their hopes on Egyptian role to combat Turkish intervention in Tripoli.




Libya has been inundated with civil war since the 2011 uprising that overthrew former Libyan longtime ruler Moammer el-Ghaddafi. The country has been at the center of the world’s attention for its importance as a major conduit for African migrants and refugees fleeing to Europe.

There have been several international and regional attempts to achieve stability and peace in the country that has witnessed prolonged conflict among rivals controlling different parts of it.

Based in Tobruk is the Libyan National Army (LNA) led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, which controls the east and much of the south of Libya, and is spearheading a campaign towards Tripoli.

In 2015, a UN-brokered agreement has installed the Government of National Accord (GNA) led by Fayez el-Sarraj in Tripoli.


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In pics: Benghazi residents protest Turkish interference in Libya

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7/15/2019 1:27:06 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian, Iraqi FMs discuss bilateral ties]]>
Both ministers affirmed that the solution to regional issues should be sought by peaceful means and via dialogue between disputed parts to maintain stability in the whole region, the statement added.

In April 2019, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi received a phone call from Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi and affirmed Egypt’s full support to the Iraqi government and people.

Sisi and Abdul-Mahdi tackled ways of boosting bilateral relations and other regional issues.

On the sidelines of the Arab-European Summit in Sharm El Sheikh late February 2019, President Sisi received his Iraqi counterpart Barham Salih in Cairo as they discussed Arab and regional affairs of mutual interest and agreed to intensify coordination.


Additional reporting by Noha el-Tawil
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7/15/2019 1:24:30 PM
<![CDATA[1st phase of breast cancer early detection campaign ends late August ]]>
The first phase was launched on July 1 for women over 18 years of age for free in nine governorates, including Alexandria, Port Said, Matrouh, Qalyubia, Beheira, Assiut, Fayoum, South Sinai and Damietta.

The medical check aims to detect breast tumors, blood pressure, diabetes and obesity for women. Furthermore, medical awareness campaigns will be launched on methods of prevention.

About 5 -10 percent of breast cancer cases are thought to be hereditary, meaning that they result directly from gene defects.

During the Egyptian Women's Day ceremony held in March, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi proposed establishing a fund to address the challenges faced by the Egyptian women after he reviewed with the health minister the possibility to screen and treat women nationwide for breast cancer.
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7/15/2019 1:13:01 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi, Macron to meet in G7 Summit next month]]>
“France has great ambitions in the relations between the two countries. This is what President Macron proposed during his meeting with President Sisi last January when he visited Cairo, and this is what he will say again when receiving President Sisi in France at the end of August,” he said.

Ambassador Roumtier shed light on aspects of cooperation between Egypt and France in many fields such as education, infrastructure, and energy.

On January 28, 2019, Macron paid Egypt a three-day visit, during which the bilateral relations, as well as the crises in Syria, Libya, Palestine, and Africa were discussed.

President Sisi stated that he discussed with his French counterpart coordination on regional and international affairs as well as economic and cultural matters, explaining that the strategic partnership would help remedy deficiencies in the Egyptian economy.

“French companies are welcome to participate in mega projects and benefit from opportunities in Egypt,” President Sisi said. He also highlighted that 2019 is the year of French-Egyptian culture in the country

Macron announced launching a joint electric cars project, and cooperation on infrastructure, railways, roads, healthcare, culture, upbringing, and academic cadres training, promising to be more committed to teaching the French language in Egypt.

Macron also highlighted the need to increase the French presence in the Egyptology sector, museum exchange programs, and joint work on Islamic artifacts.

Additional reporting by Noha el-Tawil and Engy Magdi
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7/15/2019 1:10:25 PM
<![CDATA[Ahmed Megahed to run for EFA despite corruption, battery allegations]]>
In a Monday police report, the volunteer said Megahed attacked her verbally and physically during the Sunday match between Algeria and Nigeria, where she was responsible for organizing the VIP area in the stands at Cairo Stadium. The police at Nasr City station requested from One Day Surgeries Hospital a forensic examination to determine injuries inflicted on the woman.

Also on Monday, the prosecution began investigating reports filed by multiple lawyers against the EFA after Egypt’s early exit from the African Cup of Nations 2019. The reports accuse the EFA of corruption, squandering public funds, influence peddling, and other charges.

The entire EFA, including Megahed, resigned after Egypt’s loss following public backlash; however, he said he will run for a seat in the board whether the election would be held in three months or in 2020, the year in which the original term of the board ends.

Megahed, head of obscure Mega Sporting Club in Dakahlia governorate, said he is coordinating with the General Assembly of the EFA to be included in their list of nominees. He was a member of the EFA in 2012-1026 and again in 2016-2020.
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7/15/2019 1:04:28 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi urges working to reduce public debt, budget deficit]]>
The budget deficit is a financial loss that takes a place when expenses exceed revenues in a certain period of time.

During a meeting with a number of ministers and the governor of the Central Bank of Egypt, Sisi urged carrying out such reforms in order to enhance confidence in the Egyptian economy, maximize its ability to face regional and international challenges, and attract local and foreign investments.

The meeting was attended by Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli, Minister of Investment and International Cooperation Sahar Nasr, Minister of Planning Hala al-Saeed, Minister of Finance Mohamed Maeet, Minister of Trade and Industry Amr Nassar, Minister of Public Business sector Hisham Tawfik, and Governor of the Central Bank of Egypt Tarek Amer.

The meeting reviewed the indicators of economic and social performance during the year 2018/2019. In this regard, President Sisi urged keeping on promoting production sectors, especially industry, export and investment, which maximize the sustainability of economic growth rates and employment, and attract more foreign exchange, which will improve the balance of payments.

Sisi referred to the given positive indicators, saying that they have been achieved due to the patience and awareness of the great Egyptian people, a statement read.

Egypt achieved the world’s third largest economic growth rate at 5.6%, Presidential Spokesman Bassam Rady said.

The indicators showed a decrease in the annual inflation rate to 8.9% for June 2019 compared to 13.8% for the same month last year, Radi said, adding that this indicates a steady positive evolution of the credit rating of the Egyptian economy by specialized international institutions.

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On Sunday, Prime Minister Madbouli issued a decision to form the board of trustees of the central unit tasked with simplifying the procedures of the Egyptian Initiative for the Reform of the Business Environment (IRADA).

The board will be chaired by the prime minister and will include the ministers of investment and international cooperation, planning, finance and trade and industry as members.

The board will also include the deputy governor of the Central Bank of Egypt, head of the Financial Regulatory Authority, head of the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and head of the Federation of Egyptian Industries.

The central unit is tasked with re-considering all laws and decisions related to the Egyptian Initiative for the Reform of the Business Environment (IRADA) to filter them and annul whatever contradicts with government plans to improve the business atmosphere.


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7/15/2019 1:01:09 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi lauds positive indicators of Egypt’s economic performance]]>
Sisi on Sunday met with members of the ministerial economic committee.

The committee submitted a report to the president on the indicators of economic performance in 2018/2019, noting that Egypt achieved the world’s third largest economic growth rate at 5.6%, Presidential Spokesman Bassam Rady said.

The report pointed out that the annual inflation rate went down from 13.8% in June 2018 to 8.9% in the same period this year.

The report added that the credit rating of Egypt’s economy has been praised by respective international institutions. ]]>
7/15/2019 12:25:13 PM
<![CDATA[South Africa's Zuma to face corruption inquiry]]>
Zuma, ousted by the governing African National Congress (ANC) in February 2018, will be asked to respond to allegations that he allowed cronies to plunder state resources and influence senior government appointments during his nine years in power.

He has consistently denied wrongdoing, saying the allegations against him are politically motivated. His lawyer said in a letter to the inquiry last month that Zuma believed it was prejudiced against him.

Zuma is expected to give evidence from Monday to Friday, testimony that will be broadcast live on South African television to millions of viewers.

It is a rare example of an African leader being brought to book soon after losing power.

Zuma, 77, has also been in court on several occasions over the past year to answer corruption charges linked to a deal to buy military hardware for the armed forces in the 1990s.

He set up the corruption inquiry in his final weeks in office under pressure from rivals in the ANC, including his successor, Cyril Ramaphosa, who feared scandals surrounding Zuma could tarnish the party’s reputation indelibly.

Zuma had avoided establishing the inquiry since a 2016 report by the country’s anti-corruption watchdog, the public protector, instructed him to do so to investigate allegations that three Gupta brothers had been able to influence ministerial appointments and had won state contracts improperly.

The Gupta family, business friends of Zuma, denied the accusations and left South Africa around the time that Zuma was ousted.

Ramaphosa, Zuma’s former deputy, has made sweeping personnel changes in government and state-owned companies as part of an effort to curb corruption and revive the stagnant economy.

However, he has been hampered by the lingering influence that Zuma and his allies exert over the ANC’s top decision-making bodies, as well as by the scale of the problems he inherited.

The inquiry, headed by South Africa’s deputy chief justice, Raymond Zondo, held its first hearing in August and is due to finish next year.]]>
7/15/2019 12:11:09 PM
<![CDATA[Oil prices nudge up on Chinese economic data]]>
Brent crude futures LCOc1 rose 40 cents, or 0.6%, to $67.12 a barrel by 0923 GMT, while U.S. crude CLc1 was up 19 cents, or 0.32%, at $60.40 a barrel.

Both contracts last week posted their biggest weekly gains in three weeks on cuts in U.S. oil production and diplomatic tensions in the Middle East.

Asian and early European trading was boosted by the more positive Chinese economic data, which may indicate early success in government stimulus efforts and potentially more oil demand in the world’s number two economy.

Analysts at ANZ bank said China’s crude oil imports year-to-date still looked impressive, even as imports fell in June for a second straight month.

“We believe additional crude oil quota (given) to private refiners should keep imports upbeat in H2 2019,” they said.

China’s crude oil throughput rose to a record of 13.07 million barrels per day in June, up 7.7% from a year earlier, following the start-up of two new, large refineries, official data showed on Monday.

Still, economic growth of just 6.2% in the second quarter of 2019 — the worst in 27 years — signaled the impact of trade tensions with Washington and raised the possibility that more incentives might be needed to jumpstart the economy.

Despite a truce agreed between the Chinese and U.S. presidents last month, the trade war remains unresolved.

The Paris-based International Energy Agency said in its monthly report on Friday that abundant output and sluggish growth would leave oil markets increasingly over-supplied going into 2020.

“As far as 2019 is concerned, the more cautious demand stance is now well established in the market and across most forecasters,” consultancy JBC energy said in a note.

Refineries in the path of Tropical Storm Barry continued to operate, although the storm has slashed U.S. Gulf of Mexico crude output by 73%, or 1.38 million barrels per day.

In the Middle East, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said in a televised speech on Sunday that Iran is ready to hold talks with the United States if Washington lifts sanctions and returns to the 2015 nuclear deal it quit last year.

Meanwhile Britain has offered to facilitate the release of the detained Iranian oil tanker Grace 1 if Tehran gave guarantees that it would not go to Syria.

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7/15/2019 11:47:31 AM
<![CDATA[93rd session of Arab permanent media committee kicks off]]>
The committee will tackle an 18-pronged agenda in preparation for addressing the issues raised at the 11th session of the executive office of the Arab Information Ministers Council on Tuesday and the 50th session of the Arab Information Ministers Council on Wednesday.

The talks will review the Palestinian cause and the Israeli intransigence as well as the ratification of the Arab media code of honor.

The conferees will also discuss the Arab media strategy and the Arab media role in combating terrorism.]]>
7/15/2019 11:45:36 AM
<![CDATA[Partial lunar eclipse to be witnessed in Egypt Tuesday, Wednesday]]>
It will be the last eclipse this year, but the only in 2019 that will be visible to sky watchers in Egypt.

This eclipse will occur as the month of Dhu al-Qadah of the Hijri year 1440 nears its end.

During a lunar eclipse, the Earth casts a shadow on the Moon. This shadow has a central and outer shadow called umbra and penumbra, respectively.

A penumbral lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon does not fall in the umbra at all and is always present in the penumbra. Naturally, a partial lunar eclipse always starts off as a penumbral lunar eclipse.

In Egypt, people will be able to witness the penumbral lunar eclipse starting Tuesday at 8:42 p.m. Cairo local time and ending at 2:19 a.m. on Wednesday.]]>
7/15/2019 11:44:15 AM
<![CDATA[Civil Aviation Ministry ready for AFCON final]]>
In a statement Sunday, Younis urged all the airport and EgyptAir staff to do their best to serve the African fans in a way which suits Egypt's position.

The final match will be played Friday at the Cairo International Stadium.]]>
7/15/2019 11:31:57 AM
<![CDATA[Israeli forces target Palestinian fishermen in northern GS, storm eastern Rafah]]>
Palestinian sources said 11 Israeli bulldozers stormed eastern Rafah city and scooped up farmlands. None was harmed.

Meanwhile, Israeli gunboats targeted Palestinian fishing boats with a hail of gunfire off the shore al-Sudanyeh, three miles northwest of Gaza.

Israeli occupation forces are regularly targeting Palestinian fishermen and farmlands on the border area with Gaza.

The Israeli army attacks against Palestinian fishing boats in the Gaza Strip coincide with the suffocating restrictions imposed to prevent the fishermen from sailing and fishing.

According to human rights activists, the Israeli authorities do not commit to the limited fishing area of 20 nautical miles sanctioned by the 1993 Oslo Agreement.

They accuse the Israeli authorities of intentionally harming the fishermen's livelihoods by decreasing their fishing zone to between 3-6 nautical miles thus denying them access to fish breeding areas.]]>
7/15/2019 11:29:11 AM
<![CDATA[State Council legislative department to revise NGOs bill after House approval]]>
The legislative department will revise the bill as part of measures taken before it is passed into law.

A committee will be formed to do the job, said deputy chairman of the State Council Abdel Razeq Mahran in a statement.

The bill consists of 97 articles that need to be revised, Mahran noted.]]>
7/15/2019 11:09:11 AM
<![CDATA[Telecom Egypt, Etisalat Misr ink 4 agreements]]>
The agreements determine the legal and trade relations between the two companies.

Etisalat Misr will be able to offer landline service for its customers through its branches nationwide, according to licenses obtained from Telecom Egypt.]]>
7/15/2019 11:08:05 AM
<![CDATA[IDA: Industrial investment map to be available online in two months]]>
He said local and foreign investors will have access to the investment map with all needed data about land prices and needed documents which can be sent online.

He said over 1,000 industrial plots will be available for investment as a preliminary step.

In a statement on Monday, he said the authority put out to tender 31 square million industrial lands with its utilities in three years within the framework of the 2020 strategy of the Ministry of Trade and Industry and the IDA.

The strategy is meant to secure 60 million square meter industrial lands with utilities for investments.

The ministry will also set up 13 new industrial complexes for small and medium sized industries, he said, noting that two industrial complexes will be put out to tender soon for small investors.

He referred to laws which were enacted recently to encourage industrial investments, including facilitating industrial licenses measures.

Concerning mechanizing IDA services, he said the first two stages of mechanizing IDA services were accomplished.]]>
7/15/2019 11:07:05 AM
<![CDATA[Japanese women are running for parliament in record numbers, but face many obstacles]]>
“I was asked to pour sake, make flattering conversation and act in a way men wouldn’t dislike,” Isogai, 45, a mother of two teenage girls, told Reuters. “It was like being a bar hostess.”

Such traditional campaign practices - heavy on face-to-face interaction and personal ties - are among many barriers women face when trying to enter Japan’s male-dominated politics, candidates and experts say.

Other hurdles include a lack of role models, social norms discouraging women from speaking out, and the burden of an intense, full-time job in a society where women are expected to be responsible for housework, child rearing and elder care.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has made bringing more women into the workforce a policy pillar. But politics remains male-dominated.

Since Abe took office in December 2012, Japan’s global ranking of women in parliament has fallen to 164th from 122nd among 193 countries. His Liberal Democratic Party has a smaller percentage of female lawmakers than its main opposition party.

A July 21 upper-house election will be the first national poll since passage of a gender parity law that set non-binding targets for parties to field equal numbers of male and female candidates. A record 28% of candidates are women.

But only 15% of LDP candidates are women, compared with 45% for its main opposition, the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ).

Sakura Uchikoshi, a Tokyo-based lawyer making her first foray into politics in the rural district of Niigata, is among the opposition candidates.

Niigata has a tradition of strong female politicians, including outspoken former foreign minister Makiko Tanaka. And it currently has three female opposition MPs.

NETWORKS AND NAMES

Uchikoshi, who unlike many men in the party, did not rise through the ranks, suffers from an image as an outsider. She was born in Hokkaido and pursued her career in Tokyo.

That’s a stark contrast with her LDP rival Ichiro Tsukada, a Niigata-born incumbent whose father was also an MP.

“My lack of name recognition is the bottleneck,” Uchikoshi told Reuters in an interview before a rally.

“Male candidates have networks and ... the lack of that for rookie female candidates makes it difficult,” she said, adding she was grateful for support from the three incumbent women.

Politicians, especially in the LDP, typically rise through the ranks from local assemblies to parliament, creating their base along the way. That path can be tough for women, who are expected to raise families rather than shake hands.

“Individuals have to cultivate networks themselves,” said Sophia University professor Mari Miura. “Many women, who have to interrupt their careers for child-rearing and struggle with work-life balance, can’t afford such energy.”

Uchikoshi’s backers hope she stands out as a fresh alternative to Tsukada, said Hiroshi Sasaki, a university professor and civic activist advising her campaign.

Tsukada’s reputation was dented when he bragged about securing a highway project in southern Japan as an unsolicited favor for Abe and Finance Minister Taro Aso. He resigned as deputy cabinet minister over the fuss.

“Usually, I vote for the LDP, but this time I think they are making fools of us and I’m angry,” said 63-year-old Niigata retiree Susumu, who declined to give his last name.
Uchikoshi’s husband, a lawyer, and their teenage son are living in Tokyo for the duration of the campaign, which officially kicked off on July 4.

“My son didn’t seem to realize I’d have to stay in Niigata,” she said.

By contrast, experts and politicians say, men don’t tend to see family duties as a barrier to entering politics.

“If a woman is a full-time housewife and her husband runs for office, she can take care of the home,” CDPJ leader Yukio Edano told Reuters. “Unfortunately, the burden of child-rearing is heavier for women so the cost of running is bigger.”

Isogai, who lost her bid for Niigata’s prefectural assembly and is supporting Uchikoshi, said she often felt guilty for leaving her teenage daughters to campaign.

“When I saw them with a button missing, I felt sorry,” said Isogai, who moved to Niigata from Fukushima after the March 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster. Her husband, often away for work, wasn’t used to household chores, she said.

“When it comes to campaigning, it is overwhelmingly easier for men,” she said.
Proponents say more female lawmakers would help Japan focus on key policies such as child care, education and welfare.

“I’m a working mother myself and the issues of child care and elderly care are very personal,” Uchikoshi said. “To prioritize such issues, we need more women legislators.”
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7/15/2019 10:55:30 AM
<![CDATA[Goethe Institute in Alex launches competition on environment protection]]>
The competition is open for applicants aging between 18 to 25 years and applications are accepted till July 27.

The applicants are required to express their ideas in photographs about means of protecting the environment and a jury committee will choose ten projects whose owners are to float their ideas at a workshop in the presence of a number of environment experts.

The subjects of the participating projects should cover the issues of renewable energy, urban gardens, climate change, waste of resources and plastic recycling.]]>
7/15/2019 10:30:00 AM
<![CDATA[Toxic employers face jail as South Korea tackles workplace bullying]]>
Her situation is not unusual in South Korea, where employees have traditionally been expected to turn a blind eye to abusive behaviour by those in power -- a phenomenon so commonplace that locals have coined a word for it, "gabjil". But that could soon change thanks to a revised labour law.

The new legislation that comes into effect on Tuesday will criminalise business owners who unfairly dismiss employees harassed at work.

A recent government survey found that two-thirds of workers had experienced harassment on the job, while 80 percent had witnessed it.

In one of the most high-profile cases, an heiress to the Korean Air fortune threw a temper tantrum at cabin crew after being served nuts in a bag instead of a bowl in 2014 -- earning instant "nut rage" notoriety.

Rigid company hierarchies, intense competition for jobs and deference to status all contribute to toxic work environments in an economy dominated by family-run conglomerates.

In Jung's case, her harasser was the CEO's father.

"He once told me the building was shaking whenever I walked -- because I was 'too fat'. Another time he tried to follow me to the women's bathroom. And another time he abruptly groped my stomach in his office," the 37-year-old told AFP.

"But when I brought up the issue, the management accused me of being a man-hater and a liar."

Jung finally approached the labour ministry last year, but was told her situation did not count as workplace bullying because the aggressor was not her superior and was not employed by the company, even though he came to the office "virtually every day", she said.

Brutal work culture

The new law will subject owners of companies that "unfairly demote or dismiss" workers who allege harassment to three years imprisonment or a fine of up to 30 million won ($25,000).

Employees ordered to write essays for their manager's children, perform "sexy dances" for executives or even pluck out their boss's grey hairs are among the examples documented by labour rights group Workplace Gabjil 119 and other non-profits.
Violent behaviour has also been reported. In 2016, a university professor was jailed for abusing his former student and employee, beating him with a baseball bat for taking short breaks and forcing him to eat human faeces.

Nursing is notorious for its harsh training and so-called "burn-to-ashes" brutal work culture, with two recent suicides sparking debate about the sector.

And after the South Korean women's curling team, nicknamed the "Garlic Girls", stole the show at last year's Winter Olympics, they too raised allegations of abuse and exploitation by their coaches.

The issue is present in almost every sector, from K-pop and film to healthcare and academia. But with a weak social safety net and rising unemployment, it is often hard for victims to speak up, as they fear losing their jobs or being demoted.
When one victim complained to his company's management about bullying, he was told: "Then just leave. Can you actually find a job elsewhere? Oh, perhaps at McDonald's?"

'Meaningful step'

Park Jeom-gyu, an activist at Workplace Gabjil 119, told AFP that even with the new law the South "still has a long way to go, since it does not directly criminalise the bullies", only employers who penalise victims for speaking out.

"But it's still a meaningful step towards change, as more will feel relatively safer to report when they face harassment at work," he said.

Michael Hurt, a sociologist at the University of Seoul, says the obsession with hierarchy is a legacy of the wartime militarism of former colonial ruler Japan, later adopted by the South's authoritarian leaders.

In this power structure, "gabjil in the workplace is a way to prove to oneself and others his or her social worth," he told AFP.

For many Korean workers, including Jung, the new measures have come too late.
Instead of receiving an apology from the perpetrator, she was fired by the CEO who later sued her for defamation and libel.

The cases were never brought to trial, but Jung said the disputes at one point made her suicidal.

"Those at my ex-employer didn't treat me like a human being -- it was as if I were one of their disposable commodities."




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7/15/2019 10:22:40 AM
<![CDATA[China 2nd quarter GDP growth slows to 27yr low as trade war bites, more stimulus seen]]>
While more upbeat June factory output and retail sales offered signs of improvement, some analysts cautioned the gains may not be sustainable, and expect Beijing will continue to roll out more support measures in coming months.

China’s trading partners and financial markets are closely watching the health of the world’s second-largest economy as the Sino-U.S. trade war gets longer and costlier, fuelling worries of a global recession.

Monday’s growth data marked a loss of momentum for the economy from the first quarter’s 6.4%, adding to expectations that Beijing needs to do more to boost consumption and investment and restore business confidence.

The April-June pace, in line with analysts’ expectations, was the slowest since the first quarter of 1992, the earliest quarterly data on record.

“China’s growth could slow to 6% to 6.1% in the second half,” said Nie Wen, an economist at Hwabao Trust. That would test the lower end of Beijing’s 2019 target range of 6-6.5%.

Cutting banks’ reserve requirement ratios (RRR) “is still very likely as the authorities want to support the real economy in the long run,” he said, predicting the economy would continue to slow before stabilizing around mid-2020.

China has already slashed RRR six times since early 2018 to free up more funds for lending, and analysts polled by Reuters forecast two more cuts by the end of this year.

Beijing has leaned largely on fiscal stimulus to underpin growth this year, announcing massive tax cuts worth nearly 2 trillion yuan ($291 billion) and a quota of 2.15 trillion yuan for special bond issuance by local governments aimed at boosting infrastructure construction.

The economy has been slow to respond, however, and business sentiment remains cautious.

Trade pressures have intensified since Washington sharply raised tariffs on Chinese goods in May. While the two sides have since agreed to resume trade talks and hold off on further punitive action, they remain at odds over significant issues needed for an agreement.

Despite the trade dispute, net exports accounted for a striking 20.7% of the first-half GDP growth, as Chinese exporters had rushed to sell ahead of higher U.S. tariffs and imports had weakened more sharply amid sagging domestic demand.

For June, both exports and imports fell, and an official survey showed factories were shedding jobs at the fastest pace since the global crisis a decade ago..

“Due to the global slowdown and impact from the trade war, our exports will continue to fall and it’s possible they may post zero growth for the year,” said Zhu Baoliang, chief economist at the State Information Centre, a top government think-tank.

The contribution from net exports will decline as domestic demand gradually recovers, Zhu told the official Financial News ahead of the Q2 data, adding that he expects economic growth to slow to 5.8% next year.

MORE SUPPORT ON THE WAY

A string of downbeat data in recent months and the sudden escalation in the trade row had sparked questions over whether more forceful easing may be needed to get the economy back on steadier footing, including some form of interest rate cuts.

China has “tremendous” room to adjust policies if the trade war worsens, the central bank governor was quoted as saying in June.

Premier Li Keqiang said this month that China will make timely use of cuts in banks’ reserve ratios and other financing tools to support smaller firms, while repeating a vow not to use “flood-like” stimulus.

Analysts believe room for more aggressive monetary policy easing is being limited by fears of adding to high debt levels and structural risks.

Moreover, June industrial production, retail sales and fixed-asset investment data all beat analysts’ forecasts, suggesting that Beijing’s earlier growth-boosting efforts may be starting to have an effect.

Industrial output climbed 6.3% from a year earlier, data from the National Bureau of Statistics showed, picking up from May’s 17-year low and handily beating an expected 5.2%.

Daily output for crude steel and aluminum both rose to record levels.

Retail sales jumped 9.8% - the fastest since March 2018 - and confounding expectations for a slight pullback to 8.3%. Gains were led by a 17.2% surge in car sales.

Mao Shengyong, a spokesman at the National Bureau of Statistics, told a briefing that he expected the benefits of policy measures will be more obvious in the second half.

Some analysts, however, questioned the apparent recovery in both output and sales.

Capital Economics said its in-house model suggested slower industrial growth last month, while the jump in car sales may have been partly due to a one-off factor.

Car dealers in China are offering big discounts to customers to reduce high inventories that have built up due to changing emission standards. Motor vehicle production actually fell 15.2%, the 11th monthly decline in a row, suggesting automakers don’t expect a sustained bounce in demand any time soon.

INVESTMENT ALSO SLOWLY PICKING UP

Fixed-asset investment for the first half of the year rose 5.8% from a year earlier, compared with a 5.5% forecast and 5.6% in the first five months. Infrastructure expanded 4.1%, with railways continuing to grow in the double digits.

Real estate investment, a major growth driver, also quickened in June, rising 10.1% on-year, Reuters calculated. But new home sales shrank for a second month.

“The monthly data were better than expected... (But) we are skeptical of this apparent recovery given broader evidence of weakness in factory activity,” said Julian Evans-Pritchard, senior China economist at Capital Economics.

“Looking ahead, we doubt that the data for June will mark the start of a turnaround.”


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7/15/2019 10:15:06 AM
<![CDATA[Trump tells Democratic congresswomen to 'go back' to 'fix' countries they came from]]>WASHINGTON 15 July 2019: U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday told a group of mostly American-born Democratic congresswomen to “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came,” a comment that was condemned by Democrats as racist.

“So interesting to see ‘Progressive’ Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe... viciously telling the people of the United States... how our government is to be run,” Trump said in a series of three comments on Twitter.

While he did not mention names, Trump appeared to be referring to first-year Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan - a group known as “the squad” that has been very critical of Trump and also of the current Democratic leadership of the House.

Only Omar, whose family left Somalia as refugees and arrived in Minneapolis in 1997, was born outside the United States.

“Mr. President, the country I ‘come from,’ and the country we all swear to, is the United States,” Ocasio-Cortez, like Trump a native of New York City, responded on Twitter. “You are angry because you can’t conceive of an America that includes us. You rely on a frightened America for your plunder.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat, has feuded with the group in an increasingly bitter intra-party fight, but came to their defense Sunday along with other Democratic colleagues. She called Trump’s comments “xenophobic.”

“When @realDonaldTrump tells four American Congresswomen to go back to their countries, he reaffirms his plan to ‘Make America Great Again’ has always been about making America white again,” she said on Twitter.

“Do I fit into the President’s category?” U.S. Senator Dick Durbin on Illinois, said on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” mentioning his family’s Lithuanian heritage.

“Thanks goodness,” he said of Omar’s journey from refugee to one of only two Muslim women elected to Congress, along with Tlaib, a native of Detroit. “That is what America holds as a dream. The president should not diminish it.”

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7/15/2019 10:02:54 AM
<![CDATA[logistics diploma introduced in Egypt's vocational education]]>
In statements on Sunday, Bahi said Egypt needs qualified logistic cadres to serve in giant national projects, such as the Suez Canal axis.

He noted that the three-year diploma was first launched in two schools in Egypt in 2016.

The education ministry launched the diploma in tandem with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through its program Workforce Improvement and Skills Enhancement (WISE).

WISE is meant to improve technical secondary education to meet the needs of the job market, benefiting vocational school students and teachers as well as the private sector.]]>
7/15/2019 10:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt's embassy congratulates Algeria on qualifying for Afcon final]]>
Algeria beat Nigeria 2-1 in their semi-final match Sunday night.

The Egyptian Embassy, on its facebook page, called it a well-deserved victory and wished the Algerian football team best of luck in the final match with Senegal on Friday.
"Vive l'Algerie .. Vive l'Egypte," it said.
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7/15/2019 9:57:44 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt takes great interest in Libyan crisis: expert]]>
Addressing a forum held under rubric "Libya's future: opportunities and challenges of building national state", Okasha pointed out that Egypt's vision is based on a conviction that building the Libyan national state should be the main option to get out of such quagmire, adding that there is no viable or real solution could be imposed from foreign or regional parties.

All what the regional and international parties could do is merely providing the suitable context or situation to bridge the gap among the inter-Libyan factions in order to overcome their disputes, he added.

A Libyan delegation of lawmakers, currently on a visit to Cairo, was present during the forum.
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7/15/2019 9:51:49 AM
<![CDATA[Culture minister opens Naguib Mahfouz museum]]>
She opened the museum on behalf of Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli in the presence of Antiquities Minister Khaled Anany and writers, among others.

Mahfouz's daughter Om Kolthom was also present at the opening ceremonies.

The minister praised the construction of the two-storey museum to honor the iconic Egyptian writer and shed light on his great history and works
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7/15/2019 9:47:10 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt urges enhancement of anti-ISIS efforts]]>
The 2-day meetings wound up on Sunday in Washington, where the Egyptian delegation was chaired by Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ahmed Hafez.

Hafez placed emphasis on the necessity to continue to exert further efforts to combat all forms of terrorism after the field victories over Daesh.

He reiterated that terrorism can only defeated finally through adopting an international approach for an all-out confrontation of terrorist groups on all levels and face the extremist thoughts of Daesh and all terrorist activities.

Hafez cited the initiative launched by President Abdel Fattah El Sisi to renew religious discourse, praising the role played by Azhar and Dar al Iftaa to counter terrorism.
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7/15/2019 9:45:27 AM
<![CDATA[Saudi clubs want Tarek Hamed, Mortada Mansour denies]]>
Saudi Arabia's newspaper, Ukaz, reported on Saturday that there was an offer from Saudi Arabia's Al Ahly’s Jeddah to include the player for a season on loan. It was reported that both sides reached an agreement but Zamalek’s president, Mortada Mansour, denied it.

Al Madina Saudi newspaper revealed that Al Ahly Dubai has entered the line of negotiations with Tarek Hamed.

The reports said that Zamalek would leave the player only on loan not for a permanent leave. It also revealed that the player don’t mind staying in Zamalek but preferred to have more money.


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7/15/2019 8:25:17 AM
<![CDATA[6 arrested for attempting to sell state land at fraction of price]]>
The suspects include an employee at 6 of October City Authority, another at the New Urban Communities Authority, two managers of a real estate brokerage company, and two owners of a real estate development firm. The Public Prosecution ordered their detention for four days pending investigation.

Earlier this month, Public Prosecutor Nabil Sadeq referred to Cairo Criminal Court five defendants charged with committing larceny and forgery to unlawfully acquire buildings possessed by the Ministry of Interior in Cairo's Shubra neighborhood.

The buildings are a National Security office, a fire station, a civil registration office, and a supply police office. The buildings stretch over 4,000 square meters and are worth LE 170 million. The defendants include four officials at the Real Estate Registration Authority, and are accused of facilitating the unlawful acquisition by the fifth defendant.

The Supreme State Security Prosecution interrogated last week a judge of October Court of Appeal over bribery charges. In the wake of receiving information on the bribery charges, the prosecution ordered an audio recording for him before he was arrested.

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7/15/2019 8:22:24 AM
<![CDATA[Five new players will join the team after Al Ahly’s match: Mortada Mansour]]>
“Zamalek signed some very good players; but we will not announce them now,” Mortada said.

“The announcement of signing new players will be after Al Ahly’s match in the Egyptian league,” Mortada said to Al Mehwar channel.

Zamalek faces Al Ahly in the last match of the Egyptian League on July 28th at Borg el Arab stadium.

“Zamalek new deals will please the fans; they are five new players include two foreign players will join the team,” he added.

Zamalek are in the 3rd place with 68 points from 31 games. Zamalek have to win all the three matches in order to achieve the league title.

The White knights will face El Gouna then Ismaily before meeting Al Ahly.

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7/15/2019 8:17:13 AM
<![CDATA[Senegal are better than us: Badra]]>
“They are better than us in all aspects but everything will be decided on the pitch.” Badra said.

Badra was Tunisia's national team captain when they won their only Africa Cup of Nations title in 2004 at home after defeating Morocco 2_1 at the final.

In 2004, Tunisia faced Senegal at the tournament's quarterfinals and won the game 1_0 thanks to Jawhar Mnari's goal.

“We were not the favorites to win the game in 2004 but we were the better side on the pitch and reached the semi_finals,” Badra added.

After a frustrating start at the competition, Tunisia regained their best form at the knockout stage, defeating Ghana and Madagascar respectively to reach the semi-finals.

Tunisian players, led by Zamalek's Ferjani Sassi, aim to continue their run at the competition to win their second title.


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7/14/2019 11:36:06 PM
<![CDATA[Muslim Brotherhood revives political survival strategy]]>
The brotherhood has been following the same strategy throughout its history since it was founded by Hassan al-Banna in order to evade bans.

A video posted recently on a Facebook page run by Muslim Brotherhood elements has supported that fact. The video is titled “Documentary on Haj Farag al-Naggar from the Brotherhood First Generation.”



The video indicated that Naggar was the personal bodyguard of Hassan al-Banna, and an elite member of the brotherhood. The group commanded him to join the Egyptian Communist Party so he did and climbed the ladder until he became second to the party’s leader. It’s worthy to mention that the Egyptian Communist Party was one of the main parties that ideologically had no congruence with the Muslim Brotherhood.

The group stood behind many terror attacks that targeted civilians, police and military personnel and properties following the overthrow of former President Mohamed Morsi over mass protests on July 3, 2013. Morsi was a member of the Guidance Bureau, which is the brotherhood’s top entity.

The terror wave struck many governorates across the country. However, it is now confined to North Sinai. Since 2013, terrorism took the lifes of hundreds of martyrs and destroyed hundreds of security vehicles.

MB leader Morsi dies in court after trial session

CAIRO - 17 June 2019: Leader of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood Mohamed Morsi died on Monday in court after the conclusion of a trial session as he was charged of espionage for Hamas. Morsi had asked to talk and the judge gave him the permission, as reported by Extra News.



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7/14/2019 6:28:02 PM
<![CDATA[Cairo talks highlight Libyan Parliament’s role in achieving stability ]]>
The meetings, led by the Egyptian National Committee on Libya, is part of a series of talks hosted in Cairo to bring together different Libyan parties for the sake of achieving stability and security in the war-torn state. The committee invited around 80 Libyan lawmakers representing the west, south and east parts of the North African state.

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Libyan parliamentarian delegation visits Egypt’s House of Representatives - Hazim Abdel Samad/Egypt Today

Set to conclude Monday, the committee's discussions aim to unify Libyan powers, and consolidate the Libyan Parliament’s role in restructuring the oil-rich country. A final statement will be released by the committee by the end of the meetings on Monday.

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Libyan parliamentarian delegation visits Egypt’s House of Representatives - Hazim Abdel Samad/Egypt Today

“Libyan parliamentarians are coming to Cairo to listen to the advice of their Egyptian peers, who have experience in parliamentary work and democracy, as Libya is still at the beginning of its democratic path. I am optimistic about the discussions held in Cairo,” Libyan Member of Parliament Ali el-Saeedy told Egypt Today on the sidelines of Saturday's meeting.

Deteriorating conditions in South Libya

Speaking about the situation in south Libya, Saeedy described the living conditions as “deteriorating”, blaming the militias controlling parts of the south for what he explained as “the failure of the Libyan Presidency Council to improve services in Libya amid the control of the Muslim Brotherhood and Libyan militias that seize the Libyans’ wealth.”

Member of the Defense and National Security Committee at the Libyan Parliament, Tareq el-Goroushy, underscored the importance of the current meetings in Cairo “to discuss the role of the Libyan Parliament in building a modern state, and to combat foreign interference in Libyan affairs.”

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Libyan parliamentarian delegation visits Egypt’s House of Representatives - Hazim Abdel Samad/Egypt Today

Eissa el-Erieby, head of the Energy Committee at the Libyan Parliament, said that Egypt is a prominent country in the region, and plays a vital and leading role, expecting major contributions from the Egyptian side in the Libyan crisis, especially after the Egyptian chairmanship of the African Union.

During Sunday’s morning session at the Egyptian Parliament, Spokesperson Ali Abdel Aal reiterated Egypt’s supportive stance to the Libyan issue, saying “we will never allow Libya’s security to be tampered with.”

The Egyptian Parliament speaker added that some countries in the region have agendas regarding Libya, saying that “they must wake up and drop their ambitions because Egypt will not allow any infringement on Libya's security.”

In a TV statement Saturday, LNA spokesperson Ahmed el-Mesmary accused Turkish President Ragab Tayyib Erdogan of tampering with Libyan security “by sending explosives, weapons and funds to terrorist groups in Libya.”

On Thursday, at least three car explosions went off in Benghazi’s Al-Hawari cemetery, killing at least four soldiers of the east-based army and injuring 32 others.

Libya turmoil

Libya has been inundated with civil war since the 2011 uprising that overthrew former Libyan longtime ruler Moammer el-Ghaddafi. The country has been at the center of the world’s attention for its importance as a major conduit for African migrants and refugees fleeing to Europe.

There have been several international and regional attempts to achieve stability and peace in the country that has witnessed prolonged conflict among rivals controlling different parts of it.

Based in Tobruk is the Libyan National Army (LNA) led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, which controls the east and much of the south of Libya, and is spearheading a campaign towards Tripoli.

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LNA forces started military attacks on internationally-recognized government in Tripoli since April. (File/AFP)


In 2015, a UN-brokered agreement has installed the Government of National Accord (GNA) led by Fayez el-Sarraj in Tripoli. Although the UN has been working hard for several years to reinforce the GNA’s legitimacy, it could not achieve national consensus, with the Libyan House of Representatives considering it with no mandate, arguing that the Libyan court did not grant the GNA any legitimacy, as per the Libyan constitution.

The Libyan House of Representatives is considered the sole legislative authority in the country, with Aguila Saleh as its spokesperson, rendering Libyan lawmakers’ participation in the reconciliation talks in Cairo important to unify Libyan powers.

Additional reporting by Nourhan Magdi and Ahmed Gomaa ]]>
7/14/2019 4:18:05 PM
<![CDATA[Chinese investors to establish hypermarket in Cairo ]]>
The Chinese delegation underlined that the new investment laws and the incentives they provide have driven them to enter the Egyptian market. The investors highlighted their wide experience in the retail and wholesale sectors as they own hypermarkets in China, Dubai, and soon Lebanon.

On his side, the governor presented the investment opportunities in Cairo, which is close to the seaports of Alexandria and Suez linking Asia, Africa, and Europe. Abdel Aal vowed to facilitate all measures for the investors, expressing his optimism about the cooperation with the Chinese side.
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7/14/2019 4:12:55 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian director Tamer Mohsen to give workshops in Hollywood]]>
The workshops are held as part of the Middle East Media Initiative (MEMI), a Hollywood training and mentorship program, which brings Arab screenwriters together with top American screenwriters to exchange ideas and learn about the 'Writers' Room' format that is widely used in the U.S. television industry.

Mohsen was also selected to take part in this program's workshop for television scriptwriters that was held in Cairo, Egypt, last January.

Learning from Hollywood's top TV showrunners, the Middle East Media Initiative (MEMI) program aims to boost the careers of Arabic TV writers and producers from Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Lebanon and Saudi Arabia. The program hosted 10 writers and seven producers last summer.

Held in collaboration with Birthmark Scenario, Tamer Mohsen was selected to be part of a weeklong-series of workshops for television screenwriters last January.

These workshops were led by top Hollywood names, including Producer and Screenwriter David Isaacs, who received an Emmy Award for his comedy TV series, Cheers, and co-produced the TV hit, Mad Men, Producer Larry Balmagia (M*A*S*H), Producer Larry Andries (Six Feet Under), and Producer Terri Kopp (Law & Order).]]>
7/14/2019 4:11:54 PM
<![CDATA[Masar’s Exhibition Contemporary Views XII opens July 1]]>
As The exhibition will showcase works by Artist Nagdi dated from 1960 to 2015 and a wide selection of recent Paintings and Sculptures by the gallery's fine artists, thus giving the opportunity to collectors and art lovers to walk through the thriving artistically interpretations of artist’s different inspirations being innovated in varies expressionism, defining the identity of our eminent Egyptian artists.

The featured Artworks depicts traces of each artist's own life and experience in Egypt and abroad, from its beautiful scenery to Egyptian figures and faces whose features express unspoken words and emotions to surrealism and divine abstraction.

Such Egyptian identity is portrayed by each artist's style and approach. The artists' artworks are nothing but truthful depictions of their surroundings and a representation of the soul of Egyptian Art as a whole. The exhibition features the artwork of some Eminent and renowned Modern and Contemporary Egyptian artists of Al Masar.


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7/14/2019 3:56:52 PM
<![CDATA[Abdel Dayem to inaugurate Naguib Mahfouz Museum on July.14]]>
The opening of the much anticipated museum comes in conjunction with Egypt’s celebrations of the June 30 revolution, in the presence of the veteran writer Yusuf Al-Qaid, head of the Cultural Development Fund Dr. Fathi Abdel Wahab and head of the Civil Coordination Authority Mohamed Abu Saada.

Abdel Dayem previously stated that the Ministry of Culture faced many challenges until the completion of all the works and equipment of the Naguib Mahfouz Museum; stressing that what has been achieved is a pride for all Egyptians, as it also embodies the nation's belief in the need to preserve the historical vocabulary that formed its soft power through its prominent writers throughout history.

The Minister of Culture also referred to re-shaping and beautification of the area facing the museum through a mural carried out by the National Authority for the coordination of civilization in cooperation with the province of Cairo.

The Naguib Mahfouz Museum consists of two floors, the first hosts halls for seminars, a Visual/ sound library, a public library and a library of critical research including the most important researches and studies on the work of Naguib Mahfouz.

The second floor includes a suite of decorations and certificates obtained by the late writer, and another for his personal belongings with some papers written in his own handwriting, in addition to the Hall of literature, which includes all the works of Naguib Mahfouz in their old and new prints, along with all the writer’s translated works next to a cinema hall and several other halls.

It is worth mentioning that a total of 50 newly discovered short stories written by the Egyptian Noble Laureate Mahfouz, were published on December 11, 2018.

The newly discovered short stories were found by the late writer's daughter, Um Kulthum Naguib Mahfouz, and culture journalist Mohamed Shoair.

The short stories collection were published by Lebanese publishing house Dar Al-Saqi under the title “Hams El-Nogoom” (Whispering of the Stars).

Dar Al-Saqi announced it acquired the rights to publish Mahfouz’s short stories from his daughter.

Author of 34 novels, over 350 short stories, five plays and dozens of movie scripts, Mahfouz was by all means the most disciplined writer ever.

He wrote for one hour daily throughout his 70-year career, smoked three cigarettes per day and walked by the Nile every morning.

He met weekly with the new generation of writers, artists, and readers through an informal seminar, which is a habit he developed in the 1950’s.

At the age of 82, Mahfouz was stabbed in the neck in 1994 by an Islamic extremist in an assassination attempt following a huge wave of hatred that followed the fatwah (Religious statement) issued by Ayat Allah Khomeini of Iran against Arab/English author Salman Rushdi over his famous book “Satanic Verses”.

Khomeini decreed that Salman Rushdi should be killed for writing that novel. Naguib Mahfouz, in spite of considering the novel disrespectful to Islam, took a position against inciting violence against Rushdi.

This incident, however, directed attention to Mahfouz’s controversial novel “Awlad Haretna” (The Chidren of Our Avenue), which was deemed as one of the most famous novels in the history of Arabic literature.

The novel spoke about God, the prophets and creatively explained the philosophy of religion.

The controversy came from his design of the character of Gebelawi, a wealthy landowner and a harsh father who is negligent to his descendants, leaving them in poverty and misery, and appointing the dark son Adham to run the business instead of Idris the eldest son.

The novel relays the story of Adam and Satan, then the quarrel between Satan and God, and later mentions the story of Kane and Abel where he kills his brother and the grandfather refuses to interfere.

The stories of the prophets of the main religions, Moses, Jesus and Mohamed, continue. He changes the names brilliantly with clear hints to which religious personality he is handling in each new chapter.

He avoids the miracles, and humanizes the struggles in efforts to make the story about fighting for the rights of the poor who are all sons of Gebelawi and have equal rights to wealth.

Mahfouz was blunt in expressing his ideas; he discussed politics, history and philosophy in his novels. He covered a lot of subjects such as socialism, homosexuality, and God. Mahfouz's novels were informative and showed the development of Egypt in the 20th century.

Mahfouz’s first novel was “Khufu’s Wisdom”. He wrote 35 novels afterwards and 15 collections of short stories alongside with “Echoes of an Autobiography” in 1994, according to an article by AUC Press.

The iconic literary author did not only abide by writing short stories and novels, but also took the initiative to work on 25 film screenplays that featured specific writing techniques such as flashbacks.

The Egyptian cinema has created over 30 Egyptian films that were based on Mahfouz’s novels and literary works.

He also wrote weekly columns in state-owned newspapers Al-Ahram and Al-Ahram Weekly in 1971, including “Naguib Mahfouz at Sidi Gaber: Reflections of a Nobel Laureate 1994- 2001”.

Mahfouz was honored by the government; he received the Egyptian State Prize twice for his writings.

Promoting great collections of Arabic narratives locally and internationally, Mahfouz received other countless awards including one from the American University in Cairo and an honorary doctorate in 1995.

He was chosen as an honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Institute of Arts.

Following his death, Mahfouz’s works further resonated in the Egyptian literary scene. AUC Press became his main English language publisher and agent of all translation rights. The agreement was signed with Mahfouz prior to his death.
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7/14/2019 3:50:00 PM
<![CDATA[CineGouna Platform - submission deadline for films in post-production]]>
The submission deadline has been extended and interested filmmakers now have more time to submit their films in post-production to CineGouna Platform. Films in post-production may be submitted by midnight of July 17, 2019.

CineGouna Platform is an industry-oriented event created to support and empower Arab filmmakers, helping them find artistic and financial support.

CineGouna Platform presents the CineGouna SpringBoard and the CineGouna Bridge, programs that provide opportunities for sharing and learning.

CineGouna SpringBoard is a project development and co-production lab that enables Arab film directors and producers with projects in development or films in post-production to find creative and financial support.

Valid submissions received on or before the deadline mentioned above will be reviewed by a committee of experts appointed by El Gouna Film Festival, and selected on the basis of their content, artistic vision, and overall financial feasibility.]]>
7/14/2019 3:10:26 PM
<![CDATA[Medhat Saleh to perform at Roman Theater in Alexandria on July 23]]>
Saleh was born in 1960 in Cairo's Shobra district. He started his musical career directly after he graduated from Cairo University.

He released his first song, entitled “Akeed” (Sure), in the 1980s.

He performed his song “Ya Greed el-Nakhl el-Aly” (O High Palm Leaves) in front of former Egyptian President Hosny Mubarak in the mid-1980s, and the song achieved booming success, placing Saleh among the top singers at that time.

Throughout his career that extended for more than 30 years, Saleh is famous for performing the songs of the most successful movies such as "Habiby Ya Ashek" in “Short w Fanla w Cap” (Shorts, a T-shirt and a Hat) movie, "El Nour Makano Fel Qoloob" (Light Belongs to the Hearts) from “Amir el Zalam” (The Prince of Darkness) movie, and “La Hatakhod Eih” (What Will You Gain?) from the movie "Mafia", among others. ]]>
7/14/2019 3:10:00 PM
<![CDATA[Azhar association: Our message to world calls for discarding violence]]>
At the end of a training course the association organized for Ethiopian imams and preachers, he called on Ethiopian graduates to be ambassadors for Al Azhar and help Ethiopian people know the upright teachings of Islam which calls for moderation away from extremism.

For his part, the deputy board chairman of the association Osama Yasin praised the role of the association in spreading Al Azhar's correct thoughts through training courses and activities to spread moderate concepts.

Head of the association in Ethiopia Ahmed Awal thanked the government and people of Egypt and Al Azhar grand Imam for organizing the training course in Egypt.]]>
7/14/2019 2:49:05 PM
<![CDATA[European leaders join Macron for Bastille Day parade]]>
After riding down the iconic Champs Elysees boulevard in a military vehicle escorted by motorcycles and a cavalry procession, Macron joined leaders also including Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa for the parade, which began with a display of tech innovations.

The attractions included drones, miniature autonomous vehicles, soldiers armed with anti-drone guns, and what looked like a “flying soldier” - a man swishing in the air on a flyboard, drawing cheers from the leaders and spectators.

Bastille Day commemorates the storming of the Bastille prison in 1789, one of the key events of the French Revolution. The day has become a national holiday in France.

Some 4,300 soldiers, around 200 vehicles and more than 100 aircraft, some from other European countries, are taking part in the parade that was opened by Spanish troops.

In a Bastille Day message to the French people published before the parade, Macron said he wanted to highlight France’s irrevocable commitment to consolidate French and European security.

“Never since the end of the Second World War has Europe been so necessary. The construction of a Europe of defence, in connection with the Atlantic Alliance ... is a priority for France. It is the theme of this parade,” Macron said.

“Acting together and strengthening our ability to act collectively is one of the challenges that the European Intervention Initiative, along with other key European projects, wants to address,” he added.

The European Intervention Initiative is a 10-country coalition of European militaries ready to react to crises. The French-led initiative, which includes Germany, Belgium, Britain, Denmark, Estonia, the Netherlands, Spain and Portugal, was launched last year.

While the parade ended without glitches, a French police source and a court source said some ‘yellow vest’ protesters and their leaders were detained near the Champs Elysees as they tried to stage a protest.

Authorities had banned all yellow vest protests around the area, but several demonstrators managed to get on the avenue and turned their backs, booed and whistled while President Macron was riding by at the start of the parade.

Weekly demonstrations by yellow vest protesters - named after the high-visibility jackets they wear and mostly over the cost of living - have dwindled to just a few hundred people over the past few weeks from around 300,000 nationwide in November.

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7/14/2019 2:09:35 PM
<![CDATA[EBRD investments in Egypt since 2012 hit $5B ]]>
Most of those investments - whose number is around 50- are in the sector of tourism. Heckman revealed that the bank is funding a big project worth $12 million in Ismailiyah. She underlined the importance of establishing a decent infrastructure that would attract tourists along with a robust marketing program for tourism in Egypt.

Heckman revealed that the bank’s investments eastern the Mediterranean has reached $150 million directed at developing hotels and resorts like projects in Jordan.

Heckman’s statements came during the eighth Euro Mediterranean Tourism Forum (MEDITOUR) that took place in Alexandria. That forum is held every two years in a Mediterranean city by the Association of the Mediterranean Chambers of Commerce and Industry (ASCAME) in collaboration with a local chamber of commerce.

This edition of the forum was organized by the Alexandria Business Association (ABA). The forum is also supported by EBSOMED, which is a project funded by the EU to enhance organizations backing businesses.

The forum was attended by 300 tourism investors from Egypt and the Mediterranean countries, ambassadors and consuls, and representatives of different international organizations concerned with the sector.

The EBRD planned to finance the construction of a green shopping and entertainment mall eastern Cairo with $200 million. The mall expected to be inaugurated in September is called City Centre Almaza and spans over 103,000 square meters, according to MENA.

“The shopping mall is designed to include cutting edge green technologies for power efficiency and rationalizing water consumption as well as lowering carbon emissions. The mall is planned to include a training centre to get new vendors qualified for the retail and hospitality sectors, a move expected to create more jobs among the youth,” MENA reported.

EBRD cooperates with FRA to introduce short-term instruments

CAIRO - 22 December 2018: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) worked with Egypt's Financial Regulatory Authority (FRA) on the introduction of the new short-term debt instruments (STDIs), which were approved last week.




In August 2018, a €205 million ($238 million) deal was inked between the Egyptian government and EBRD to renovate the oldest line of Cairo’s metro system extending from Marg to Helwan.

The development works of the first line is divided into two phases. As per the agreement, the first phase costs €751 million: €205 million from EBRD and €350 million from the European Investment Bank (EIB); €50 million from the French Development Agency (AFD) and €146 million will be funded locally. While the second phase of the renovation includes purchasing mobile units at a cost of €650 million.
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7/14/2019 2:09:19 PM
<![CDATA[AfDB: $3.3B offered for Egypt national projects since 2015]]>
The projects covered fields including power, energy, irrigation, agriculture and SMEs, said the AfDB in a statement released after a workshop organized by the bank in Cairo.

Director of AfDB's Country Office Malin Bloomberg, who chaired the event, reviewed the projects undertaken by several ministries and state bodies, including the ministries of investment and international cooperation, finance, electricity, agriculture.

She said that Egypt is endowed with all human and natural resources that enable it to occupy a unique position at the commercial and industrial levels.

AfDB's Country Program Officer Samuel Kamara lauded the Egyptian government's strong performance and commitment, which have been maintained in the execution of the joint under-construction projects.]]>
7/14/2019 1:33:00 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt hosts 6th meeting of Egyptian-Sudanese Military Committee]]>
The meeting includes a set of important talks on military and security cooperation as well as coordinating stances in various fields. The get-together comes as part of the regular meetings held between the two countries. The latest joint session was held in Khartoum in August 2018.

In April 2019, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi phoned Head of Sudan's Transitional Military Council, Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, to offer his support. Sisi affirmed "Egypt's full support for the security and stability of Sudan and its support for the will and choices of the Sudanese people," according to a statement issued by presidential spokesperson Bassam Rady.

In August 2018, following years of frosty relations between the two neighboring countries, Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry asserted that Egyptian- Sudanese relations are “holy”, emphasizing their strength. In a press conference with his Sudanese counterpart Mohamed Ahmed, Shoukry asserted the importance of enhancing cooperation between the two countries.

In October 2018, Sisi paid his first visit to the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, where he met with former Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir.

The two presidents discussed several issues regarding boosting bilateral relations between the two countries 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. They asserted that the relations between the two countries are on the right track.



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7/14/2019 1:30:17 PM
<![CDATA[PM to form board of trustees to simplify business environment]]>
The board will be chaired by the prime minister and will include the ministers of investment and international cooperation, planning, finance and trade and industry as members.

The board will also include the deputy governor of the Central Bank of Egypt, head of the Financial Regulatory Authority, head of the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and head of the Federation of Egyptian Industries.

The central unit is tasked with re-considering all laws and decisions related to the Egyptian Initiative for the Reform of the Business Environment (IRADA) to filter them and annul whatever contradicts with government plans to improve the business atmosphere. ]]>
7/14/2019 1:19:35 PM
<![CDATA[Armed Forces warn students of con to join military colleges]]>
According to a statement issued by military spokesperson Tamer al-Rifai on his Facebook page, the Armed Forces urged law-abiding citizens to immediately report to the concerned authorities information they might have about these scammers to bring them to justice.


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7/14/2019 1:15:38 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian expats to visit Suez Canal, Galala City]]>
The field trips will begin Sunday with a visit to the Suez Canal Axis so that the expatriates’ representatives see the new canal and the SCzone, where certain factories have started operation, while further investments will be launched soon.

SCzone houses 167 enterprises: chairman

CAIRO - 1 June 2019: SCzone houses 167 enterprises, Chairman of the Suez Canal Authority Mohab Mamish stated on Friday, according to Daily News Egypt. TEDA Chinese Industrial city received 13.5 square kilometers southern the canal in 2015. Chinese investors finished the infrastructure, and established 65 logistic entities and 33 industrial entities including Jushi, the largest fiberglass factory in the world.




The following destination will be Galala City, which is a major tourism project located on the western shore of the Red Sea near Al Ain Al Sokhna resort town.

All you need to know about El-Galala Plateau

CAIRO - 21 December 2018: Covering 19,000 feddans on the "al-Galala al- Bahareya", which lies 700 meters above sea-level in the Red Sea area between Ain Sokhna and Zafarana, the Armed Forces Engineering Authority and more than 100 local civil companies are establishing an integrated city on the El-Galala Plateau.



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7/14/2019 1:07:59 PM
<![CDATA[9.7% rise in foreigners in Egypt's private, investment sectors]]>
Workers from non-Arab Asian nations ranked first in such sectors (45.2% of the total number of foreign workers), followed by those from European countries, making up 23.9%.

The number of Arab workers reached 3,165 representing 21.4%, followed by foreigners from the Americas and Australia representing 7.5%, according to the agency. Workers from non-Arab African countries represented only 1%, it said.]]>
7/14/2019 1:06:44 PM
<![CDATA[Germans represent one third of tourists to Egypt]]>
In the same context, Ghaly stressed the necessity to expand training programs targeting workers in the tourism sector in Egypt.

Ghaly’s statements came during the Eighth Euro Mediterranean Tourism Forum (MEDITOUR) that took place in Alexandria. That forum is held every two years in a Mediterranean city by the Association of the Mediterranean Chambers of Commerce and Industry (ASCAME) in collaboration with a local chamber of commerce.

This edition of the forum was organized by the Alexandria Business Association (ABA). The forum is also supported by EBSOMED, which is a project funded by the EU to enhance organizations backing businesses.

The forum was attended by 300 tourism investors from Egypt and the Mediterranean countries, ambassadors and consuls, and representatives of different international organizations concerned with the sector.
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7/14/2019 1:05:00 PM
<![CDATA[Draft bill to end debt conflict between Treasury, Social Insurance ]]>
The key features pertinent to conflict resolution are:

The Treasury Authority pays to the National Social Insurance Authority a sum that increases annually by 5.7 percent for 50 years and that starts with LE 160.5 billion.

The sum paid monthly will start with LE 13 billion and will increase by 5.7 percent.

That is to pay back the debt worth LE 642 billion owed by the Treasury Authority to the National Social Insurance Authority. The breakdown includes LE 367.4 worth of bonds, and LE 216 worth of debts.

On the other hand, the National Social Insurance Authority fulfills the Treasury Authority’s present and future duties owed to pensioners, and covers the annual pension increase.
If the Treasury Authority fails to pay the due amount by the end of each month, it will have to pay interest. In case of default for three consecutive months, the matter is raised to the Cabinet.

Also, the Ministry of Finance has to declare its commitment to pay back the overdue amount in a report submitted with the annual draft budget to the House of Representatives. Otherwise, it would not be possible to pass the draft.

The Social Insurance Fund has to conduct a new actuarial study that determines if the value of the aforementioned installments over 30 years will be sufficient to pay back the debt.

In case the National Social Insurance Authority fails to pay the amounts due to pensioners, the Treasury Authority has to fulfill its duties instead as long as the former institution pays back later. That should be upon an agreement among the chairpersons of each authority, the minister of finance, and the prime minister.
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7/14/2019 1:02:55 PM
<![CDATA[Kuwait to extradite 8 fugitives from justice to Egypt]]>


On Friday, the Kuwaiti security forces announced capturing eight Egyptian nationals, who are facing sentences of up to 15 years in prison for joining a terrorist cell and plotting terrorist attacks in Egypt, according to a statement from the Kuwaiti Interior Ministry.

The arrested people have confessed crimes committed inside Egyptian territories, the statement added.

In August 2018, the Egyptian security forces arrested seven alleged militants suspected of involvement in a foiled church bombing outside Cairo.

A statement revealed the identity of the suicide bomber, and announced the arrest of six others involved in the case, including two women.

Islamist militants carried out two deadly bombings on Palm Sunday in April 2017 and a blast at Cairo's largest Coptic cathedral in December 2016 that killed 28 people, in addition toa church shooting in December 2017 that killed 11 people.

Egypt has fought an insurgency led by the Islamic State in the Sinai Peninsula that has killed hundreds of soldiers and policemen in recent years.


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7/14/2019 12:58:53 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt seeks to expand African transport network: official]]>
He made the remarks in press statements on Sunday on the fringe of a workshop organized by the Egyptian Agency of Partnership for Development - which is affiliated to the Foreign Ministry - in tandem with Al Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies.

Hanafi underlined the importance of the Agreement on Rules of Origin for the African Continental Free Trade Area.

He noted that EgyptAir currently operates flights to Rwanda's Kigali and Cameroon's Douala.

He pointed out that efforts are under way to establish an African maritime company.

He underscored the key role of African media in following up development projects in the continent in order to disseminate the right information about them away from the distorted and incomplete reports of foreign media. ]]>
7/14/2019 12:56:02 PM
<![CDATA[Huawei named one of world’s 50 Smartest Companies in US Massachusetts Institute of Technology]]>
US Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)Review’s 50 smartest companies list is based on evaluation of the companies' core competence with emerging technologies as well as breakthroughs and innovation the companies have achieved. Huawei was included in the list this year for its outstanding capabilities in innovation.

William Xu, Huawei's Director of the Board and President of the Institute of Strategic Research, speaking at the 50 Smartest Companies 2019 China Summit said, "Over the past 30 years, Huawei mainly achieved technical and engineering innovations as well as innovative solutions based on customer needs: which we call Innovation 1.0. In the future, Huawei will pursue Innovation 2.0, which refers to theoretical breakthroughs and inventions driven by vision. Huawei sticks to open innovation and inclusive development.

Open innovation means innovating together with global experts. In this process, resources and capabilities are shared. Inclusive development means the fruits of any innovation should be shared and used by all humanity and industries. This can lighten the future of the world and industries."

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7/14/2019 12:07:29 PM
<![CDATA[U.S. offers to hold working-level nuclear talks with N Korea this week]]>
The US made the proposal through a diplomatic channel and is awaiting a response, they said.

The offer came after US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un agreed to resume working-level denuclearization negotiations when they held a surprise meeting at the inter-Korean border on June 30.

The nuclear talks have been stalled since February's no-deal summit between Trump and Kim.

After last month's impromptu meeting between Trump and Kim, US officials said they expect the nuclear talks to resume in two to three weeks.

In Washington, Kim Hyun-chong, deputy chief of Cheong Wa Dae's National Security Office, also told reporters that the North has not responded to the dialogue offer yet.

"We will have to wait and see," he said when asked if the nuclear talks will resume this month.

The US hopes to resume working-level negotiations by next week at the latest to lay the groundwork for high-level talks that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho could hold on the sidelines of a regional security forum set for early next month in Bangkok.

Sources said that the US has not proposed any specific venue for working-level talks, leaving the decision up to the North. Possible venues include the inter-Korean border village of Panmunjom, Pyongyang and Sweden.

Special Representative for North Korea Policy Stephen Biegun will represent the US in the working-level talks, while his North Korean counterpart is expected to be former North Korean Ambassador to Vietnam Kim Myong-gil. ]]>
7/14/2019 11:46:01 AM
<![CDATA[Amazon plans to open new warehouse, create 2,800 jobs in Germany]]>
That will bring Amazon’s total staff in Germany to more than 20,000 across more than 35 sites by the end of 2019, the retailer said in a statement on Sunday.

It added that its 13th warehouse in Germany would be in the western city of Moenchengladbach.

Amazon has faced a long-running battle with unions in Germany over better pay and conditions for logistics workers, who have staged frequent strikes since 2013.]]>
7/14/2019 11:44:19 AM
<![CDATA[Israeli forces storm Bab al Rahma prayer area]]>
Before Fajr prayers, Israeli police stormed the prayer area, moving all wooden barriers and shoe racks out of the area and putting them meters away, Firas el Debs, public relations official at the Islamic Awqaf Department, said.

This is a cowardly act, he added.

Last week, Israeli forces barged into Bab al Rahma prayer area in a bid to provoke worshipers and force its re-closure.

The prayer area was re-opened in February after a 16-year closure by Israeli occupation authorities.]]>
7/14/2019 11:12:40 AM
<![CDATA[Hong Kong protesters resume chorus of opposition to extradition bill]]>
Demonstrators marched in heat of about 32 degrees Celsius (89.6°F) in Sha Tin, a town between Hong Kong island and the border with China that has previously been a battleground for those upset by the flood of Chinese day-trippers.

“I never missed a march so far since June,” said a 69-year-old man who gave only his surname, Chen, referring to a wave of protests that has drawn millions to the streets of the Asian financial hub, plunging it into turmoil.

“I support the youngsters, they have done something we haven’t done. There is nothing we can do to help them, but come out and march to show our appreciation and support.”

A few protesters waved British and American flags, with banners calling for independence for Hong Kong flying from makeshift flagpoles. Some marchers beat drums and others carried banners that read, “Free Hong Kong.”

Chants of “Carrie Lam go to hell,” rang through the crowd, referring to the city’s embattled leader.

The protests have fueled the former British colony’s biggest political crisis since China regained control of Hong Kong in 1997 and pose a direct challenge to authorities in Beijing.

The focus of the rallies has veered occasionally from the extradition bill, which would allow people to be sent to mainland China for trial, to broader issues fuelling tension between Hong Kong people and mainland Chinese.

On Saturday, a largely peaceful demonstration in a town close to the Chinese border turned violent, as protesters hurled umbrellas and hardhats at police, who retaliated by swinging batons and firing pepper spray.

Critics see the now-suspended bill as a threat to the rule of law in Hong Kong. Chief Executive Carrie Lam has said it is “dead”, but opponents say they will settle for nothing short of the bill’s formal withdrawal.

They are also demanding that Lam step down and seeking an independent investigation into complaints of police brutality.

Hong Kong returned to Chinese rule 22 years ago under a “one country, two systems” formula that allows its people freedoms not enjoyed in mainland China, including the liberty to protest and an independent judiciary.

Beijing denies interfering in Hong Kong affairs, but many residents worry about what they see as an erosion of those freedoms and a relentless march toward mainland control.

More than 23.6 million mainland Chinese visited Hong Kong in the first five months of this year, government data show, up 17.5% from a year earlier, and equivalent to at least three times Hong Kong’s population of 7.4 million.

The government condemned violent acts during Saturday’s protests against so-called “parallel traders” from the mainland who buy goods in bulk in Hong Kong, to carry into China for profit.

It said that during the last 18 months it had arrested 126 mainland visitors suspected of contravening the terms of their stay by engaging in parallel trading, and barred about 5,000 mainland Chinese also suspected of involvement.

Earlier on Sunday, hundreds of journalists joined a silent march to demand better treatment from police at protests.]]>
7/14/2019 11:11:39 AM
<![CDATA[1,500 Algerian fans arrive in Egypt to attend Algeria-Nigeria match]]>
The football match will be played at Cairo Stadium Sunday evening.]]>
7/14/2019 10:51:46 AM
<![CDATA[Last Volkswagen Beetle drives into the sunset]]>
Serenaded by a mariachi band and surrounded by proud factory workers, the final units of the retro, rounded compact were celebrated at a VW plant in Mexico’s central Puebla state more than 80 years after the model was introduced in Germany.

The Puebla factory, which already produces VW’s Tiguan SUV, will make the Tarek SUV in place of the Beetle starting in late 2020, Volkswagen de Mexico Chief Executive Steffen Reiche said. The bigger vehicles are more popular in the United States, the main export market for the Mexico factory.

The last Beetles will be sold on Amazon.com (AMZN.O) in a move symbolizing the company’s embrace of the future, Reiche said.

“Today is the last day. It has been very emotional,” he said. The current design was the third version of the Beetle after two earlier cancellations and revivals of the marque.

The “bug,” as the Beetle was nicknamed, debuted in 1938 as an affordable vehicle commissioned by Adolf Hitler to promote car ownership among Germans.

With its funky design and inexpensive price, the car became a success story over subsequent decades and was one of the top-selling models of all time as well as the best-selling import in the United States in the 1960s, according to auto publications.

In the 1960s, the Beetle was a small-is-beautiful icon of the postwar Baby Boom generation. The 1968 movie “The Love Bug,” which featured a zany anthropomorphic vehicle, stoked Beetle fever.

Despite its place in popular culture, sales of the Beetle have been lackluster in recent years. The German automaker announced in September that the Beetle would go extinct.]]>
7/14/2019 10:50:03 AM
<![CDATA[ILO, FEI hold meeting Monday to discuss supporting women entrepreneurs]]>
In a statement released on Sunday, the ILO office said the meeting is expected to witness the submission of a position paper by the FEI on the development of women entrepreneurship.

This paper focuses on the six conditions set in an evaluation carried out in 2016 about the development of women entrepreneurship in Egypt.

These conditions include establishing a legislative system that takes into account gender equality considerations and promotes the economic empowerment of women, as well as enhancing coordination for backing women entrepreneurs and facilitating their access to financial services, markets and technology.

In a related context, Director of ILO Cairo Office Eric Ochlan said the event is due to discuss policies, legislation and strategies related to gender equality, besides determining the link between gender and access to financial services, commercial markets, technology and business development support services.]]>
7/14/2019 10:50:00 AM
<![CDATA[Egyptian Coptic Festival celebrates Egypt's culture in Canada]]>
"The second edition of the festival succeeded in winning further popularity and influence across the outskirts of Toronto where the Egyptian community heavily intensifies," the ambassador said in statements to MENA.

The Egyptian Coptic Festival is a cultural event that celebrates Egyptian Culture, history and arts in the public square for the purpose of creating awareness about Coptic Canadians, their heritage and role in society.

The event brings some 10,000 people together from within and from outside the Coptic community in Canada for family fun, music, shows, documentaries, kids activities and traditional food.]]>
7/14/2019 10:45:57 AM
<![CDATA[Cairo governorate launches campaign to plant rooftop gardens]]>
The governor made the remarks during a meeting with a delegation of 'Leaders of Sustainable Development' and 'Homeland acknowledgement 2030' initiatives that were established to back the country's strategy for sustainable development, Egypt Vsion 2030.

Youth members of both initiatives will moderate awareness symposiums on methods and importance of the gardening of roofs of buildings.

Residents of the buildings will not bear the cost of planting their rooftop gardens, instead the government will do so and their only responsibility will be to preserve the gardens, the governor said.]]>
7/14/2019 10:20:00 AM
<![CDATA[Going Green ]]>
If the earth’s climate changes at the rapid pace that scientists expect, given rising levels of global warming, it would have drastic consequences for global welfare, consumption and unemployment. Although some businesses are less concerned than others about the need for green business, it is certainly important for ensuring sustainability.

What to Know on Green Business

“Green business is an enterprise that has a minimal negative impact on the global
and local environment, community, society or economy. The main idea is decreasing
the negative impacts [of the business],” Professor of Strategic Management and
Entrepreneurship, and Founding Director of Entrepreneurship Unit at the American
University in Cairo Tarek Hatem tells Business Today Egypt.

Tarek Hatem
Professor of Strategic Management and
Entrepreneurship, and Founding Director of Entrepreneurship Unit at the American
University in Cairo Tarek Hatem


“A green business is a business that strives to achieve what we call the PPP. That is an acronym for Profit, Planet, and People,” the professor elaborates.

“Profit is the only way to sustain the business and grow. Planet is not just the environment but also the resources. We should minimize the harm that can affect people who are either part of the organization like workers and employees or outsiders such as customers, the community, and the public,” Hatem explains.

“A green business should not offer products that are harmful to health or that pollute the environment. It should also protect workers from any harm and treat them in a humane way,” Hatem adds.

In the service sector, the professor suggests that organizations more widely go paperless, using less plastic and resorting to recycling.

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Paperless work desk with an iPad, iMac and a MacBook - CC via Wikimedia Commons/FirmBee

As for whether being green can be impossible in certain industries, Hatem suggests
lean manufacturing as a solution. The concept evolved in Japan, with the core value
of eliminating waste, and is more widely becoming common practice in manufacturing
as well as in start-ups.

One of the benefits of being green is attracting more customers, given the growing
conscious movement and support for fair trade.

“It will become more popular in Egypt and the Arab World. There is a rise in green activities such as philanthropic work, NGOs, businesses doing CSR. That is part of the
green economy, which is really booming in Egypt. [I expect] that the concept will
resonate with the culture and grow,” Hatem highlights.

While going green might seem to entail an immediate cost, such as when factories
install filters to reduce pollution, the government could offer incentives for such efforts, Hatem suggests. He also suggests that benefits are granted to countries that do decrease emissions. On the long run, the transition to green business eliminates costs.

“It’s like when we talk about the green government, which is not just thinking
about the people of today but also about future generations. A business has to balance
between the needs of current customers and future ones,” Hatem says.

Profitably Green

Third-generation Owner and Chairman of Almotassem Zein Marble and Granite Factory Tamer Zein El Abedin tells Business Today Egypt that his factory follows an environmentally friendly policy when it comes to waste disposal. The plant located in Abu Rawash manufactures stone tiles and products, engineered and cut-to-size projects for local and foreign markets, and produces two types of waste.

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Chairman of Almotassem Zein Marble and Granite Factory Tamer Zein El Abedin

One type of waste is crushed marble, which can be used for landscaping applications
or as aggregates in construction such as concrete. The second type is marble powder, the by-product through the filtration of the water used during marble processing.
The filtered marble powder, which is primarily calcium carbonate, is used to manufacture fertilizers and as filling material for bricks. On average, the factory recycles
up to 5,000 liters of water per minute.

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Crushed marble - Pixinio

Zein El Abedin says that in the beginning, the main driver behind recycling was economic, but he later began to appreciate the importance of managing waste efficiently to create less of an environmental impact.

“In this industry, marketing ourselves as a green business may not matter most of
the time. However, it is significant when exporting to big companies,” he states.

El Abedin is the CEO of the Flora Ranches eco-friendly residential compound located
15-minutes east of Smart Village. The compound encompasses approximately 30
ranches, each of which contains one energy efficient house powered by solar energy, as
well as a geothermal cooling and heating system. The geothermal system is a network
of pipes positioned several meters below the ground, where the temperature maintains
a constant 24°C throughout the year. The stable 24°C air is then pumped into
the house through the ventilation system, providing the house with year-round stable,
pleasant temperature.

Also, each ranch is provided with an organic kitchen garden, a pet zone that can
be used to raise farm animals (e.g. chickens, ducks, or horses), as well as ample
space to plant fruit and citrus trees. “The compound ensures sustainability, serenity,
security, and can provide the residents a way for their property to generate an income,
if they choose to,” Zein Al Abedin explains.

Ranches range in size from 4,400 m2 to 10,100 m2, and include an intelligently designed house with an approximate footprint of 90 m2 to 200 m2 for a total area of
180-450 m2.

Al Abedin adds that the goal is to have all types of waste, including plastic, as well as recycled and organic waste composted to be used as a fertilizer in the ranch’s ecosystem.

State Initiatives

Chairman of the Central Administration for Environmental Impact Evaluation
Mahmoud Alam tells Business Today Egypt that the entity assumes environmental evaluation to issue licenses for new businesses in accordance with the law. The evaluation ensures that the business will not pollute the environment, and that the waste is recycled to rationalize the use of raw material and resources.

As for existing businesses, each submits a plan to reform its business to eliminate
pollutants and comply with the required standards, Allam explains. Businesses can
receive soft loans from banks as well as technical assistance to become more environmentally friendly. The project is dubbed the Egyptian Pollution Abatement Program (EPAP), and is currently in its third phase. Funding and technical assistance are provided by a number of foreign and international organizations, as well as the Egyptian government. The duration of each phase is around four to five years, the official states.

Going green on a global scale in the sectors of food and agriculture, cities, energy
and material, health and well-being may save at least $12 trillion by 2030. Those sectors
represent 60% of the real economy, according to a report published by the Business and Sustainable Development Commission.

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7/13/2019 6:51:34 PM
<![CDATA[Northwestern coast development plan displayed to PM]]>
The committee consists of the Ministry of Housing, Utilities, and Urban Areas, Matrough Governor, the National Centre for Planning State Lands Usage (NCPSLU), the Tourism Development Authority (TDA), and the General Authority For Investment and Free Zones (GAFI).

Representatives of the housing ministry presented the status of the area including the possible uses of lands, the existing built-up areas, the existing and potential land reclamation zones, and the water, mineral and tourism resources.

The officials discussed the potential areas to build new cities - like the case of New Alamain that is still under construction - and to establish tourist projects. The goals of that strategic plan are job creation, attraction of residents and investments, achieving development for citizens living in that part of the country, and taking advantage of the resources available there while preserving the environment.

One major goal of the plan is narrowing the economic and social gap between the urban areas stretching on the shore and the bedouin communities dwelling the desert zones. The plan is part of Egypt 2030 Vision and 2052 Vision aimed at achieving development in all realms.
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7/13/2019 5:18:10 PM
<![CDATA[We will do our best to make our fans happy: Ebeid ]]>
Algeria reached the semi-finals for the first time since 2010 after they knocked out Ivory Coasy by penalty shoot-outs.

“We will do our best to make our people happy. I was born in France but I am 100% Algerian.” Abeid told press on Saturday.

Algeria will face Nigeria on Sunday night at the competition’s semi-finals and they will play at Cairo Stadium for the first time in this tournament as they played their group stage games at 30 June and Al Salam stadiums.
They faced Guinea at the round of 16 at 30 June Stadium before heading to Suez to face Ivory Coast.
Algerian fans are expected to pack the stadium to support their team.

Abeid added “Nigeria are a great team with many talented players but we are ready to challenge them.”

The game starts on Sunday at 9:00 PM.
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7/13/2019 4:47:12 PM
<![CDATA[We need to be more clinical: Rohr]]>
“We still have things to improve, for example if we have chances to score a second goal we need to be more clinical.” Rohr said.

Nigeria face Algeria on Sunday night at the semi-finals and Nigeria manager hopes to repeat their victory over the Algerian team at 2018 World Cup qualifiers but he believes that Algerian team has totally changed under the command of their manager, Djamel Belmadi.

Rohr added “Belmadi has done a very professional job. They were shaky at the time. We beat them 3-1 and they made lots of individual errors and defensives mistakes that made it easier for us to win.”

Algerian team has had a fantastic run during the tournament after achieving three wins at the group stage and producing a magnificent football at the knockout stage.

Rohr continued “We know they're a good side but we have a strong team too. We can reasonably hope to win based on our last two performances but we're wary because of our opponents.”
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7/13/2019 4:45:20 PM
<![CDATA[We hope this year will be the right one: Cisse ]]>
Senegal’s best achievement at the competition was playing the final in 2002 against Cameroon when they lost by penalty shootouts.

“We're close to the goal, in the sense of us being in the semi-finals. Having got to this stage here we have hope. But we know the hardest is yet to come.” Cisse said.

Cisse, Senegal’s captain at the time, missed a vital penalty for Senegal during the shoot-outs.

The manager continued “We hope this year will be the right one. We're two steps away, which is both a long way and not that far at the same time."

Senegal reached the semi-finals for the first time since 2006 when they lost 2-1 to the hosts, Egypt and they hope for a different destiny this time.

Senegal will face Tunisia at 30 June Stadium on Sunday at 6:00 PM.
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7/13/2019 4:43:23 PM
<![CDATA[I can tell everyone to come to Egypt and enjoy their stay: Iwobi ]]>
Iwobi, who plays for English giants, Arsenal, revealed that he is enjoying his stay in Egypt and he is impressed with the tournament’s organization.

“This is not my first time in Egypt. It’s a beautiful country and people are just awesome and very helpful. The organization is very good and everyone here is treating us in a friendly way.” Iwobi said.

Nigeria spent the first stage of the competition in Alexandria where they played the group stage games and the round of 16 clash against Cameroon.

They left to Cairo to play the quarter final game against South Africa at Cairo Stadium and they won the game 2-1 and they hope to continue their journey at the competition when they face Algeria on Sunday night.

Iwobi added “I can tell everyone to come to Egypt and enjoy his stay here. For me the AFCON organization is amazing. Everything is available and we are very happy here.”
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7/13/2019 4:41:26 PM
<![CDATA[Libyan hopes pinned on Egypt to combat Turkish intervention: lawmakers ]]>
This comes on the sidelines of the one-week meetings sponsored by Cairo to bring different parties from east, west and south of Libya for talks held the Egyptian National Committee on Libyan Affairs. The talks are part of a series of meetings held by the committee to achieve stability and unity of the Libyan army.

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Libyan parliamentarian delegation visits Egypt’s House of Representatives - Hazim Abdel Samad/Egypt Today


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Libyan parliamentarian delegation visits Egypt’s House of Representatives - Hazim Abdel Samad/Egypt Today


The Libyan parliamentarian delegation has arrived in Cairo for the reconciliation meetings, and embarked their trip with a visit to the Egyptian House of Representatives.

“Egyptian people have historical stances with its Libyan counterpart…both countries are geographical partners…and when the [Libyan] crisis ends, we will return the favor,” said Libyan lawmaker Abdel Moteleb Thabet.

Thabet went on saying that “he looks up for Egypt to play a role against Turkish expansion in the region as it reaches its final station in Tripoli,” adding that Turkey’s attempts to interfere in the region were foiled several times, “with the collapse of the Muslim Brotherhood group in both Egypt and Syria.”

Libyan PM Thabet further said that “Erdogan is supporting all terrorist groups with weapons and logistic equipment.”

In 2013, Egypt designated the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization, and Libyan followed suit along with other Arab countries.

“The Libyan parliamentarian designated the Muslim Brotherhood as a terror organization, and whoever deals with it [the Brotherhood] will know that it serves foreign agenda,” Thabet added.

He explained that the delegation’s visit aims to support the road map in Libya, assuring that the talks tackle Libya’s stability, support for military institution led by Maj. Gen. Khalifa Haftar, and enhancing the role of the Libyan Parliament, which is the sole legislative body in the North African state.

In the same context, Libyan lawmaker Ebtesam el-Rabeiy said that “the shady role of Turkey in Libya, as it supports militias with weapons and funds, has become familiar to everyone, as it causes deaths, and negatively affects Libya’s security and stability.”

She continued, “Our priority lies in eradicating terrorism in Libya. We, as parliamentarians, look up for Egypt’s role in supporting us [Libyans] on the international and African levels."

Turkish interference

During a Cairo-hosted conference for Libyan powers last month, former Libyan Interior Minister Saleh Ragab accused Turkey and Qatar of smuggling weapons to terrorist groups and militia in Libya to keep fighting against the Libyan National Army (LNA) in Tripoli.

The evolution of the Turkish logistic support of militias in Libya has been discussed in a press statement by the Libyan National Army, referring to “[Turkish] use of military aircrafts to transport mercenaries, as well as ships carrying weapons, armored vehicles and ammunition to support terrorism in Libya.”

As a result, the Libyan Army has released instructions to air forces to target Turkish ships and boats inside regional waters.

On the 1st of July, Libyan National Army has announced that Turkish unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) targeted the Libyan town of Tarhuna, southeast of Tripoli, in conjunction with Libya’s warnings to Turkey against acts threatening Libyan nationals.

Tarhuna is a prominent city hosting the Libyan armed forces east the country. The unmanned aircrafts are said to be operated remotely by Turkish officers in Tripoli.

Aguila Saleh, the president of the Libyan House of Representatives since 2014, has recently announced a state of mobilization and alert across the Libyan territories in response to the Turkish threats to Libya.

Egypt’s role in Libya

Egypt is a leading a mediator in the Libyan crisis, seeking to achieve stability and unify the military of its western neighbor, which represents a strategic depth of Egypt’s national security.

Thus, Egypt has mediated talks between the Libyan National Army (LNA), led by Khalifa Haftar and controls most of the Eastern Libya, and the Libyan troops of the internationally-recognized government led by Prime Minister of the Government of National Accord Fayez al-Sarraj.

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Libyan parliamentarian delegation visits Egypt’s House of Representatives - Hazim Abdel Samad/Egypt Today


In August 2016, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi decided to create the National committee on Libyan affairs, led by the armed forces’ chief of staff Mahmoud Hijazi, aiming to hold talks between all Libyan sides.

Egypt aims its concerted efforts to unify the Libyan army would prompt the UN to lift the seven-year long UN arms embargo on the Libyan army.

Egypt has participated actively in all international and regional forums on Libyan affairs, stressing on the need to adhere to a set of principles to reach a solution, namely to respect unity, independence, territorial integrity and to reject any interference in the internal affairs of Libya.

With the aim to restore state authority and build Libyan institutions, Egypt is leading an international endeavour to put the issue of the reconstruction of Libya on the top of the international interest and work on effectively involving the international community and contributing positively to building the future of Libya.]]>
7/13/2019 4:39:44 PM
<![CDATA[Bounedjah is one of the best strikers in the world: Belmadi]]>
“He is one of the best strikers in the world. He is very important for us and he scored many goals during the qualifiers. Missing the penalty against Ivory Coast is not the end.” Belmadi said on Saturday.

Bounedjah, 27, missed a penalty during the first minutes of the second half when Algerian players were leading the game 1_0.

Ivory coast equalized the score 10 minutes later to send the game to extra time and penalty shootouts which decided the game for Algeria.

Belmadi added “ We are only two steps from the title and we have to be ready.”

Algeria will play at Cairo Stadium for the first time in this tournament as they played their group stage games at 30 June and Al Salam stadiums.

They faced Guinea at the round of 16 at 30 June Stadium before heading to Suez to face Ivory Coast.
Algerian fans are expected to pack the stadium to support their team.

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7/13/2019 4:39:34 PM
<![CDATA[Parl. ratifies amendments to Protection of Intellectual Property Rights for UPOV membership]]>
The amendments came upon a request by the International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV) to make the law more compatible for the 1991 UPOV Convention (UPOV 91).

By doing this, Egypt will be qualified to become a UPOV active member.

The amendments allow the Egyptian Plant Varieties Protection Office to have an authority to conduct inspections and research new species.

Limiting the right to use the naming of registered species freely, whether during the exercise or termination of the right of the breeder.

Temporary measures shall be taken to protect the interests of the breeder during the period between the filing date of the application and the grant of protection. Such measures shall apply only to persons notified by such deposit.

Derivative species may be obtained mainly by the selection of a natural or induced mutation, transgenic plant tissue changes, selection of a heterogeneous plant of the original variety, reverse transduction, or conversion by genetic engineering.

The office also publishes a monthly newsletter that includes on the applications for the certificates and proposed and approved names of the species.

The UPOV is an intergovernmental organization with headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

The objective of the Convention is the protection of new varieties of plants by an intellectual property right. By codifying intellectual property for plant breeders, UPOV aims to encourage the development of new varieties of plants for the benefit of society.
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7/13/2019 4:36:43 PM
<![CDATA[After 54 years Anany inaugurates King Snefru, Alkaa pyramids]]>CAIRO – 13 July 2019: After 54 years Egyptian minister of Antiquities Khaled Anany inaugurated the Bent Pyramid of the Pharaoh King Sneferu and Alkaa Dogmatic pyramid in Giza’s Dahshur archaeology area.

Anany said in his speech that now the two pyramids are opened for public for the first time since 1965. The inauguration ceremony was attended by a notable group of foreign ambassadors and representatives from UNESCO.

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During the ceremony Anany announced new discovery of an ancient winding wall that extends about 60 meters to the east of Amenemhat II pyramid. This wall is considered an important architectural element that dates back to the Middle kingdom era.

A number of stone, pottery and wooden coffins were also found, some of which had mummies which were uncovered in good condition, in addition to a number of wooden masks some of them are incomplete and a set of tools that were used in cutting and polishing.

The Middle Kingdom era is called the era of economic prosperity because of many economic projects, such as irrigation, trade, industry and agriculture.

Among the most famous kings of the Middle Kingdom were King Mentuhotep II, who restored the unity of the country and spread security after the chaos that plagued Egypt in the era of the Old Kingdom, and King Senusret III, who was one of the greatest kings of Egypt. Senusret III took care of the army to protect Egypt and led many campaigns to secure its borders.

He also ordered the digging of the Sesostris Canal to link the Red Sea and the Nile, as well as building a dam to protect the land in Fayoum from the flood.

The Sesostris Canal was the source of the idea to build the Suez Canal to connect the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea, which became the most important navigational channel in the world and an important source of income for Egypt.

King Amenemhat III ruled from c. 1860 BCE to c. 1814 BCE. He was interested in agriculture and irrigation, and he ordered the building of the first pyramid at Dahshur, the so-called "Black Pyramid", near Fayoum.

Around the 15th year of his reign, the king decided to build a new pyramid at Hawara, as well as a huge temple called “Labyrinth,” named so due to the large number of rooms, roads and corners inside it, making it difficult for any visitor to exit.

Unfortunately, as a result of the kings’ weaknesses and greed, chaos spread in the country, which allowed the Hyksos, who came from Asia, to occupy Northern Egypt.
The Hyksos abused the Egyptians very much and destroyed many temples and several ancient antiquities.

The Egyptians were determined to fight and expel the Hyksos from their country. The struggle started from Upper Egypt, led by Seqenenre Tao, who was martyred in the war with the Hyksos, but his wife Ahhotep encouraged the Egyptians to continue the struggle. She urged her eldest son, Kamose, to continue the struggle, but he was also martyred in one of the battles. Then, the army was taken over by the younger son of Seqenenre Tao, Ahmose I, who continued to fight the Hyksos until they were expelled from Egypt. He then ruled the country.

One of the greatest civilizations throughout history is the ancient Egyptian civilization, which has stunned the entire world for ages. During the Middle Kingdom era, when Egypt was at the highest degree of culture and development, and kings were interested in projects of benefit to the people, handicrafts were developed and literature and art flourished.


Anany said in his speech that now the two pyramids are opened for public for the first time since 1965. The inauguration ceremony was attended by a notable group of foreign ambassadors and representatives from UNESCO.
During the ceremony Anany announced new discovery of an ancient winding wall that extends about 60 meters to the east of Amenemhat II pyramid. This wall is considered an important architectural element that dates back to the Middle kingdom era.

A number of stone, pottery and wooden coffins were also found, some of which had mummies which were uncovered in good condition, in addition to a number of wooden masks some of them are incomplete and a set of tools that were used in cutting and polishing.

The Middle Kingdom era is called the era of economic prosperity because of many economic projects, such as irrigation, trade, industry and agriculture.

Among the most famous kings of the Middle Kingdom were King Mentuhotep II, who restored the unity of the country and spread security after the chaos that plagued Egypt in the era of the Old Kingdom, and King Senusret III, who was one of the greatest kings of Egypt. Senusret III took care of the army to protect Egypt and led many campaigns to secure its borders.

He also ordered the digging of the Sesostris Canal to link the Red Sea and the Nile, as well as building a dam to protect the land in Fayoum from the flood.

The Sesostris Canal was the source of the idea to build the Suez Canal to connect the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea, which became the most important navigational channel in the world and an important source of income for Egypt.

King Amenemhat III ruled from c. 1860 BCE to c. 1814 BCE. He was interested in agriculture and irrigation, and he ordered the building of the first pyramid at Dahshur, the so-called "Black Pyramid", near Fayoum.

Around the 15th year of his reign, the king decided to build a new pyramid at Hawara, as well as a huge temple called “Labyrinth,” named so due to the large number of rooms, roads and corners inside it, making it difficult for any visitor to exit.

Unfortunately, as a result of the kings’ weaknesses and greed, chaos spread in the country, which allowed the Hyksos, who came from Asia, to occupy Northern Egypt.
The Hyksos abused the Egyptians very much and destroyed many temples and several ancient antiquities.

The Egyptians were determined to fight and expel the Hyksos from their country. The struggle started from Upper Egypt, led by Seqenenre Tao, who was martyred in the war with the Hyksos, but his wife Ahhotep encouraged the Egyptians to continue the struggle. She urged her eldest son, Kamose, to continue the struggle, but he was also martyred in one of the battles. Then, the army was taken over by the younger son of Seqenenre Tao, Ahmose I, who continued to fight the Hyksos until they were expelled from Egypt. He then ruled the country.

One of the greatest civilizations throughout history is the ancient Egyptian civilization, which has stunned the entire world for ages. During the Middle Kingdom era, when Egypt was at the highest degree of culture and development, and kings were interested in projects of benefit to the people, handicrafts were developed and literature and art flourished.


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7/13/2019 4:15:13 PM
<![CDATA[Qatar to fully pay for expansion of Al Udeid Air Base, Emir buys protection with money]]>
During a speech that Trump delivered amid a dinner banquet organized on the occasion of an official visit conducted by the Emir of the tiny emirate, Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, he said Qatar will pay for the expansion of the air base.

Trump further stressed that his country will not pay anything, noting that Qatari investments in the US are considered the largest.

Al Udeid is home to scores of aircraft, including fighters, bombers, tankers and reconnaissance planes.

The boycott of Qatar by Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Bahrain took place for its policies of supporting terrorism and meddling in its neighbors’ internal affairs.

Qatar crisis hits 100 days, Doha policies remain unchanged


Observers and political experts see the move by the Qatari Emir as an attempt to purchase protection against the anger of Qatari citizens after neighboring Arab countries cut ties with Qatar for its devious schemes and support of terrorism.

The U.S.-Qatar military relationship expanded rapidly in the 1990s and early part of the 21st century, as the Qataris built Al Udeid and encouraged the United States to use it.

It is pertinent to mention that the Pentagon moved its air operations center there from Saudi Arabia in 2003, after Riyadh denied the United States permission to use its Prince Sultan Air Base to attack Iraq.

The U.S. has spent about $450 million in construction at Al Udeid since 2003, expanding the facility from an expeditionary airfield in which many U.S. troops lived in tents to the more permanent structures there today.

Qatar calculates it has spent $8 billion there to support U.S. operations.

Qatar is a major customer for the U.S. defense industry, including last 2017’s purchase of $12 billion worth of F-15s.

Other recent purchases include $20 million worth of Javelin guided missiles, $700 million in logistics support services and equipment, and an estimated $200 million in weapons systems.

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7/13/2019 3:59:44 PM
<![CDATA[A number of stone, pottery and wooden coffins were uncovered near Amenemhat II pyramid]]>

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A number of stone, pottery and wooden coffins were also found, some of which had mummies which were uncovered in good condition, in addition to a number of wooden masks some of them are incomplete and a set of tools that were used in cutting and polishing.

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The Middle Kingdom era is called the era of economic prosperity because of many economic projects, such as irrigation, trade, industry and agriculture.

Among the most famous kings of the Middle Kingdom were King Mentuhotep II, who restored the unity of the country and spread security after the chaos that plagued Egypt in the era of the Old Kingdom, and King Senusret III, who was one of the greatest kings of Egypt. Senusret III took care of the army to protect Egypt and led many campaigns to secure its borders.

He also ordered the digging of the Sesostris Canal to link the Red Sea and the Nile, as well as building a dam to protect the land in Fayoum from the flood.

The Sesostris Canal was the source of the idea to build the Suez Canal to connect the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea, which became the most important navigational channel in the world and an important source of income for Egypt.

King Amenemhat III ruled from c. 1860 BCE to c. 1814 BCE. He was interested in agriculture and irrigation, and he ordered the building of the first pyramid at Dahshur, the so-called "Black Pyramid", near Fayoum.

Around the 15th year of his reign, the king decided to build a new pyramid at Hawara, as well as a huge temple called “Labyrinth,” named so due to the large number of rooms, roads and corners inside it, making it difficult for any visitor to exit.

Unfortunately, as a result of the kings’ weaknesses and greed, chaos spread in the country, which allowed the Hyksos, who came from Asia, to occupy Northern Egypt.
The Hyksos abused the Egyptians very much and destroyed many temples and several ancient antiquities.

The Egyptians were determined to fight and expel the Hyksos from their country. The struggle started from Upper Egypt, led by Seqenenre Tao, who was martyred in the war with the Hyksos, but his wife Ahhotep encouraged the Egyptians to continue the struggle. She urged her eldest son, Kamose, to continue the struggle, but he was also martyred in one of the battles. Then, the army was taken over by the younger son of Seqenenre Tao, Ahmose I, who continued to fight the Hyksos until they were expelled from Egypt. He then ruled the country.

One of the greatest civilizations throughout history is the ancient Egyptian civilization, which has stunned the entire world for ages. During the Middle Kingdom era, when Egypt was at the highest degree of culture and development, and kings were interested in projects of benefit to the people, handicrafts were developed and literature and art flourished.

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7/13/2019 3:45:09 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt's Consul General: Egypt looks forward to boosting cooperation with Australia]]>
At a reception held marking the anniversary of the July 23 Revolution, attended by several Australian officials, Abed said "We are celebrating the July revolution anniversary only a few days after the anniversary of the June 30 Revolution which restored the homeland to the Egyptians."

He noted the assistance offered by the Egyptian community in Sydney to Egypt.

A documentary on the positive developments in Egypt and the successful mega projects was aired during the celebration.]]>
7/13/2019 3:19:26 PM
<![CDATA[8th Mediterranean Tourism Forum to kick off in Alexandria on Saturday]]>
The event takes place under the patronage of the Minister of Tourism Rania el-Mashat.

The Mediterranean hosting 32% of international arrivals and receiving 30% of revenue, is the most important tourist region in the world.

Experts predict 420 million tourists in the Mediterranean region in 2020 due to excellent natural conditions and a well-developed tourism infrastructure.

In order to secure this potential and to be able to use it for sustainable development in the future, the most urgent issues such as Digital Tourism Marketing and Sustainable and Green Tourism must be tackled.

MEDITOUR 2019 is hosting tourism experts on these topics to highlight the latest trends and provide interactive exchange opportunities to the participants.

MEDITOUR 2019 is targeting tourism agencies, tour operators, governmental and private tourism stakeholders from the Northern and Southern Mediterranean, as well as provider of digital solutions, green tourism labels and much more.

The conference is organized in the frame of the EU-funded EBSOMED project, a four-year project of the MedAlliance consortium, coordinated by BUSINESSMED (Union of Entrepreneurial Associations in the Mediterranean) as part of a consortium of six partners.

EBSOMED aims to stimulate the business ecosystem in the Mediterranean and to promote inclusive economic development in developing countries. In addition, investment and job creation in developing countries should be promoted by strengthening enterprise support organizations. ]]>
7/13/2019 3:16:09 PM
<![CDATA[Trial of Alaa, Gamal Mubarak in stock market manipulation case delayed to Aug. 3]]>
The court had approved a request to assign the case to another circuit.

Gamal and Alaa, the sons of former president Hosni Mubarak, stand trial in the case along with seven former officials and members of the board of directors of El Watany Bank of Egypt, on charges of making illicit gain via selling the bank assets, squandering public funds and causing heavy losses to the national economy.

They are also indicted for destroying the country's banking system through manipulating the stock exchange.

The prosecution charged the defendants with obtaining a sum of EGP 493.6 million; the value of selling the bank, in violation of the provisions of the Capital Market Law and the Central Bank of Egypt regulations.

It said in its indictment sheet that investigations proved that the defendants collaborated together to control the shares of the bank by forming a controlling stake through the purchase of closed investment funds and selling them without disclosing their identity on the stock exchange. (MENA)
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7/13/2019 2:40:28 PM
<![CDATA[Hong Kong protesters, police clash as demonstrations target Chinese traders]]>
The demonstration in the Hong Kong territorial town of Sheung Shui, not far from the Chinese city of Shenzhen, began peacefully but devolved into skirmishes and shouting. Protesters threw umbrellas and hardhats at police, who retaliated by swinging batons and firing pepper spray.

Later in the day Hong Kong police urged protesters to refrain from violence and leave the area.

The protest was the latest in a series that have roiled the former British colony for more than a month, giving rise to its worst political crisis since its 1997 handover to China.

Sometimes violent street protests have drawn in millions of people, with hundreds even storming the legislature on July 1 to oppose a now-suspended extradition bill that would have allowed criminal suspects in Hong Kong to be sent to China to face trial in courts under ruling Communist Party control.

Critics see the bill as a threat to Hong Kong’s rule of law. Chief Executive Carrie Lam this week said the bill was “dead” after having suspended it last month, but opponents vow to settle for nothing short of its formal withdrawal.

Protests against the bill had largely taken place in Hong Kong’s main business district, but demonstrators have recently begun to look elsewhere to widen support by taking up narrower, more domestic issues.

In Sheung Shui, protesters rallied to oppose small-time Chinese traders who make short trips into the territory to buy goods that they then haul back to China to sell.

The demonstrators chanted demands in Mandarin, China’s official language, for the Chinese traders to go home. Many street-level shops were shuttered during the march.

The traders have long been a source of anger among those in Hong Kong who say they have fueled inflation, driven up property prices, dodged taxes and diluted Sheung Shui’s identity.

“Our lovely town has become chaos,” said Ryan Lai, 50, a resident of Sheung Shui, where so-called “parallel traders” buy bulk quantities of duty-free goods to be carried into mainland China and sold.

“We don’t want to stop travel and buying, but please, just make it orderly and legal. The extradition bill was the tipping point for us to come out. We want Sheung Shui back.”

When Britain returned Hong Kong to China 22 years ago, Chinese Communist leaders promised the city a high degree of autonomy for 50 years. But many say China has progressively tightened its grip, putting Hong Kong’s freedoms under threat through a range of measures such as the extradition bill.

DEMOCRACY DEFICIT
Hong Kong’s lack of full democracy was behind the recent unrest, said Jimmy Sham of the Civil Human Rights Front, which organized protests against the extradition bill.

“The government, Carrie Lam, some legislators in functional constituencies are not elected by the people, so there are many escalating actions in different districts to reflect different social issues,” he said. “If political problems are not solved, social well-being issues will continue to emerge endlessly.”

One protester said Saturday’s scuffles started when demonstrators charged the police after the latter came to the assiatcne of mainland traders who had assaulted demonstrators.

“Some people were attacked and got injured in a stampede. I tried to save some girls so I was also attacked by pepper spray by police. Now I feel so bad. The cops are dogs,” said the man, who would only give the name Ragnar.

Protesters ripped up median barriers and fences to set up roadblocks and defenses.

A young man was treated for a bloody head wound meters from where surrounded police were hitting activists armed with umbrellas. A baton charge by police in riot gear cleared the street minutes later to free trapped officers.

“We have no weapons and we were peaceful. When we saw them taking photos of us in the crowd we had to react,” said another protester, surnamed Chan, who declined to give his full name.

“We are all scared now. How can they hit us with batons?” he said, staring at a pool of blood where one of his peers was treated.

Last week nearly 2,000 people marched in the Tuen Mun residential district to protest against what they saw as the nuisance of brash singing and dancing to Mandarin pop songs by middle-aged mainland women.

On Sunday, tens of thousands marched in one of Kowloon’s most popular tourist shopping areas, trying to persuade mainland Chinese tourists to back opposition to the extradition bill.

“We want to raise awareness in Washington that the United States has to do more now to help Hong Kong become fully democratic,” said a resident of the nearby town of Fanling, who was one of five people in Saturday’s crowd carrying U.S. flags.

“They are the most important power left that can stand up to China,” added the 30-year-old man, who gave his name only as David.

Anti-extradition protesters plan another demonstration on Sunday in the town of Sha Tin, in the so-called New Territories between Hong Kong island and the border with China.]]>
7/13/2019 2:11:37 PM
<![CDATA[An hour with Egyptian rising starlet Salma Khattab]]>
The picky director strongly believes in Khattab’s talent who, unlike other actresses, chose the toughest path and decided to launch her career on the stage, directly facing the audience, and depending only on her strong acting talent.

"Theater is my ultimate passion. Despite how scary it is to directly face the audience, the audience applauds and praises my performance on the spot, which makes me forget all about that fear.

Unlike the rest of her generation who chose the easy path through TV series or movies, Salma preferred to launch her career on the theater stage and managed to achieve a notable success because of her strong acting capabilities and her passion with the direct interaction with audience.

The theatrical actor gets the honest feedback they deserve. If you are a good actor, you will be praised; if not, you will be criticized. That’s why it is easy for the theatrical actor to act in a TV series or a movie, while the opposite is very hard," Khattab said.

Salma spent one and a half year in Galal’s workshop. According to Salma, Galal could help her express emotions and perform in a way she never knew she could. Salma managed to achieve a notable success because of her strong acting capabilities and her passion with the direct interaction with the audience.

"Khaled Galal is by all means a one of a kind director. His theatrical school strongly depends on improvising, as he gives us the main theme and the dialogue depends mainly on our improvisation, which triggers our creativity," Salma recounted.

During their drills, Galal used to ask Salma about a character that is so hard to perform, and made her perform it. "He wants to accentuate my confidence that I am a strong actor who can perform any role, and teach me new acting techniques. Khaled Galal usually adds a new glow to the actor," Salma said.

"Cinema Masr" starrs the new batch of the Art Creativity Center, where Salma is one the main stars. The first show will take place on Sunday, July 14 and will be attended by prominent stars and artists.

"Cinema Masr" focuses on the local cinema and the artists who enriched it throughout their careers. Galal chose a wide selection of scenes from Egyptian films of the golden era to be performed by Salma’s batch of the Creativity Center.

Numerous scenes are inspired by late actress Soad Hosny in “Khali Balak Mn Zozo” (Take Care of Zozo), late artist Taheya Karyoka in “Shabab Imra’a” (The Youth of a Woman ), late artist Fouad el-Mohandes, late international artist Omar Sharif, late actress Faten Hamama and many other legendary Egyptian artists that enriched the local cinema with their inspiring works and talents.

In "Cinema Masr", I perform different roles like Karima’s role in "El Shaka Men Haa’ el-Zoga" (The apartment is for the wife) which was performed by late great actress Maaly Zayed. I also perform a mother's role, in addition to comic characters that I perform for the first time," Salma added.

Khattab's acting talents first appeared when she was at school where she performed in some school plays as well as two short movies in the university. "My last play was ‘Hal el-Dafayer’ (Untangled) which achieved booming success," Khattab said.

Khattab honed her talent with workshops and studies as she took six acting workshops with big acting coaches like Khaled Galal and Marwa Gebriel, in addition to the Acting Syndicate workshop which contained an exam that khattab passed and managed to take the syndicate's license.

Besides being an actress, Khattab is a public relations expert and social media influencer. "I worked in about six ads as a model; it was a lovely experience because modeling depends on acting and I enjoy everything related to my main passion, which is acting."

Salma added that "Cinema Masr" will present about 200 shows. "The Egyptian theater is gradually returning to its old glow despite suffering in the past period from doldrums. After working with Galal and presenting 'Cinema Masr', I feel I have achieved my theatrical goals for now, and I will focus on TV drama and cinema in the coming period," Salma concluded.

In 2018, Salma made her debut in the series "Ladayna Akwal Okhra" (we have other testimonies) with Egyptian star Yousra, performing a role that grabbed the attention of the audience and achieved a well-deserved success.
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7/13/2019 2:09:57 PM
<![CDATA[652 complaints on pricing violations raised amid final fuel subsidies cut ]]>
Head of the Unified Complaint System Tarek al-Refai indicated in a report raised to Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly that 466 of the total complaints are about private transport drivers not abiding by the official fares, and 139 complaints about retailers selling butane gas cylinders in prices higher than those announced by the government.

Thirty-five complaints were raised by citizens even before the cut took place, as some gas stations abstained from selling gasoline to citizens so they would later offer it in higher prices. Also, some retailers had raised the prices of butane gas cylinders before the cut took effect.

Refai said institutions in charge have been following up on such complaints and taking the necessary measures against violators. He added that the municipal authorities have been checking on service providers to ensure they are abiding the prices and fares set by the government.

After the rise in fuel prices, the municipal authorities of governorates put banners indicating fares at bus stations and stuck them on the vehicles.

Refai mentioned in the report that the system received 357 inquiries July 5-9 about the fares of certain lines, and the new prices of fuel, butane gas cylinders, and natural gas used by households and commercial units. Of those, 105 inquiries were received on the first day.

Compared to 2018, the number of complaints raised after this year’s energy subsidy cut is 29 percent lower as it was 867 last year while the number in 2019 is just 617. ]]>
7/13/2019 1:27:30 PM
<![CDATA[2nd batch of Egyptian doctors train in London on family medicine ]]>
Candidates will be introduced to the universal health insurance system, mechanization, medical referral, and fundamentals of family medicine. After their return, instructors from the United Kingdom will come to Egypt to train medical staff at hospitals as indicated in the protocol signed with the British side. The total number of doctors who will receive training in London is 300.

The pilot stage of the universal health insurance system, under which the family medicine mechanism will be applied, was launched in Port Said on July 1. It includes 11 general and specialized hospitals and 32 healthcare units.

New health insurance system offers high-quality medical services: Health Ministry

CAIRO, July 1 (MENA) - Egypt's new comprehensive healthcare insurance system guarantees offering high-quality medical services to all segments of the society without any discrimination, the Health Ministry said in a statement on Monday.




Governor of Port Said Adel al-Ghadban told the press that medical staff at the governorate’s hospitals and health units are being trained by Japanese and Indian doctors. The governor added that the doctors of the first batch that went to London have already started working at the governorate’s medical facilities as well.

Ghadban added that the number of the governorate’s residents that got registered in the system in two weeks since the launch of the system has recorded 60,000.
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7/13/2019 1:06:41 PM
<![CDATA[Opera Aida at Hatshepsut Temple Oct. 26-28 in huge performance]]>
Luxor launched marketing campaign for this show in a number of European and Asian countries.

Opera Aida consists of four acts that embody the conflict between duties and passion through telling the love story of the Ethiopian prisoner Aida and the Commander of the Egyptian Army Radamis.

Radamis is sentenced to death after the Pharaoh knows that he was trying to escape with Aida to Ethiopia.

Manuscripts of Opera Aida were found in the Nile Valley, written by the French Egyptologist Auguste Mariette, who was commissioned by Khedive Ismail Pasha.

Giuseppe Verdi composed “Opera Aida” for 150,000 gold francs in 1870, while Khedive Ismail Pasha had the Khedivial Opera House built in only six months to host the Opening of the Suez Canal celebrations.

But due to the late arrival of the decorations and clothes of the performance from Paris, the show was not held, and instead “Opera Rigoletto” was performed in the celebrations by an international Italian troupe.

There is a popular belief that, at the beginning, Verdi refused the Khedive’s offered commission to compose “Aida”. It is also believed that he changed his mind after knowing that the Khedive had decided to offer that commission to another composer, according to San Francisco Opera Association’s official website.

Although “Aida” is based on a love story that took place in the Egyptian Pharaonic era, it successfully attracted opera fans from all over the world. “Opera Aida” has unique human, artistic and historical values that led the international opera community to hold this opera in special regard.


“Aida” shows how love can be forbidden when the beautiful Ethiopian Princess Aida gets stuck between her love for the Egyptian leader Radamis and between her love for her father and country.

The Egyptian king’s daughter, who also loves Radamis, imprisons Aida to be her slave. Led by Aida’s father, Egypt’s Ethiopian enemies head to invade the country, which led to the father’s imprisonment to meet his daughter in prison.

According to Aida’s father’s demand, Radamis leaks a military secret, which leads to his burial while still alive. Yet he is shocked when he finds Aida in the tomb, waiting to die with him.





Through painting a portrait of brutal war between love and duty, Verdi explores the different aspects of a work in which individuals’ destinies are being shaped.

It may seem that, in this opera masterpiece, Egypt’s history is the only major target to be personified. Verdi infuses the main characters with a pitiful humanity, highlighting many human factors, such as passions, forced destinies, gods, ego and bad luck.

By premiering first in Milan specifically and by choosing the right voices, Verdi succeeded in exploring emotions in depth through his convincing music.

Studying Egypt’s history, music and geography, Verdi composed varied Egyptian melodies harmonically, which was clear in the opening of the third act with the Nile scene. The composer had developed an extraordinarily clever ear for orchestral effects and theatrical atmosphere.

Although “Aida” portrays a significant stage in Egypt’s history, Verdi was very much affected by the political change in Italy, in which nationalists were fighting to unify the country. Verdi was known for reflecting the political instabilities all over the world in his operas, becoming the “Composer of the Revolution”.

Also at the time of “Aida”, Napoleon III launched a war on the German kingdom, which led to the loss of the regions of Alsace and Lorraine.

After premiering in Egypt and Milan, “Aida” premiered in many countries starting from 1873, such as Argentina, the U.S., Germany, Spain, Austria and Poland, among numerous other countries.

Verdi is an acclaimed Italian composer; his first opera, “Oberto”, premiered at La Scala in Milan and was well established. During this period known as his “galley years”, Verdi created most of his remarkable works, such as “Rigoletto” (1851), “Il Trovatore” (1853) and “La Traviata” (1853), which remain remarkable pieces of opera history today.

He ended his artistic journey by composing two plays by Shakespeare – “Otello” (1887) and “Falstaff” (1893) – which successfully premiered, leaving a significant print in international opera history.



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7/13/2019 12:49:26 PM
<![CDATA[UN resolution highlights Egypt's WYF contributions]]>
The UN resolutions is the first of its kind which points to the contributions of the first and second editions of Egypt's World Youth Forum, held in Sharm El Sheikh in 2017 and 2018.

Permanent Representative of Egypt to the UN Ambassador Alaa Youssef said that the Egyptian statement during the session stressed that Egypt believes that the increase in youth percentage worldwide, especially in the developing states, is related to enormous challenges and opportunities including offering the suitable climate for them to enjoy full human rights.

Youth will be the main beneficiary from the outcomes of 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, Youssef noted.

The Egyptian delegation reviewed World Youth Forum's emergence as a platform for youth to support their ideas and freely express their opinions without restrictions as well as recommending initiatives for decision makers.

The delegation pointed out that about 5,000 youth from all over the world partook in the latest edition in 2018 to express their opinions about the global challenges faced by the world, the ambassador added.]]>
7/13/2019 12:19:51 PM
<![CDATA[Russia delivers more air defense equipment to Turkey]]>
The ministry said a fourth Russian cargo plane landed at the Murted air base near the Turkish capital Ankara, a day after three huge Russian air force AN-124 planes offloaded equipment at the base.

Washington has tried for months to prevent the deal, arguing that the Russian S-400 air defense system is incompatible with NATO systems. It also says that if the S-400s are deployed near U.S. F-35 jets, which Turkey is buying and helping to produce, they would undermine the stealth fighter planes’ defenses.

U.S. officials had warned that Turkey would be thrown off the F-35 program if it took delivery of the S-400s, and would also face sanctions under U.S. legislation seeking to prevent countries from buying military equipment from Russia.

Turkey says S-400 is a strategic defense requirement, above all to secure its southern borders with Syria and Iraq. It says that when it made the deal with Russia for the S-400s, the United States and Europe had not presented a viable alternative.

The dispute between the countries with the two largest armies in NATO marks a deep division in the Western military alliance, which was forged after World War Two to counter Moscow’s military power.

Reaction from Washington was limited on Friday, with acting Defense Secretary Mark Esper saying the U.S. stance had not changed. Esper later spoke with Turkish counterpart Hulusi Akar.

“Minister Akar told his U.S. counterpart that Turkey remains under a serious air and missile threat and that purchase of S-400 defense systems was not an option but rather a necessity,” a Turkish Defence Ministry statement said.

Investors in Turkey have been unsettled by the deal and the prospect of sanctions, a year after a dispute with Washington over the trial of a U.S. pastor in Turkey contributed to a financial crisis which drove Turkey’s economy into recession.

The Turkish lira weakened as much as 1.6% to 5.7780 against the dollar on Friday, before recovering somewhat.

Russia’s TASS news agency quoted an unnamed military-diplomatic source on Friday as saying that a further delivery – of 120 guided missiles – would be carried out by ship at the end of the summer.]]>
7/13/2019 12:17:19 PM
<![CDATA[IMF to ship $5.4 billion to Argentina under standby loan deal]]>
The latest installment is part of a $57 billion IMF financing agreement approved last year that included unpopular spending cuts that have hammered households and businesses already struggling with recession and high inflation.

“The Argentine authorities continue to show a strong commitment to their economic policy program, meeting all the applicable targets under the Fund-supported program,” the IMF said in a statement.

The fresh cash could help embattled President Mauricio Macri as he seeks to calm markets and boost investor confidence ahead of the first round of presidential elections in October, in which Macri is seeking a second term.

The government says the outlook for Latin America’s No. 3 economy is improving. Earlier on Friday, officials said Argentina had posted a surplus of $710.9 million in the first half of 2019, surpassing a key benchmark set by the IMF.

“While it has taken time, these policy efforts are starting to bear fruit,” the Fund said in the statement. “Financial markets have stabilized, the fiscal and external positions are improving, and the economy is beginning a gradual recovery from last year´s recession. The Fund is strongly supportive of these important policy efforts.”

Macri´s government has said it expects inflation to end this year under 40.3%. The rate over the 12 months through May clocked at 57%.]]>
7/13/2019 12:15:07 PM
<![CDATA[Immigration min. prioritizes communication with Egyptian expats]]>
Addressing a conference of Egyptian entities abroad, Makram reviewed her ministry's efforts in this regard.

The two-day gathering is among conferences organized by the ministry to get acquainted with the problems and opinions of the Egyptian communities, she said.

She noted that the strength of Egyptians abroad lies in refuting all rumors and correcting the false images on the Egyptian state.]]>
7/13/2019 12:01:19 PM
<![CDATA[2.7-magnitude earthquake hits Cairo, no casualties reported]]>
Badawi added that the quake hit at 11.37 pm local time, saying that there is no reports on casualties or damages due to the quake were immediately reported.

Also, In July 6, the National Seismic Network recorded a quake in the same area with 1.8 on the Richter scale.

In 2018, A magnitude four earthquake shook Egypt at 11:35 am. The earthquake’s center point was located in the al-Katameya area of Cairo, Badawi pointed out, adding that it did not result in any causalities.
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7/13/2019 11:57:10 AM
<![CDATA[Fitch downgrades Turkey's debt after central bank chief dismissal]]>
The firing of Murat Cetinkaya last weekend for failing to follow government instructions "risks damaging already weak domestic confidence," Fitch said in a statement quoted by France 24 channel on Saturday.

It also could jeopardize foreign investment which the country needs and create "worsening economic outcome."

Erdogan has repeatedly railed against high interest rates and called for them to be lowered to stimulate growth. ]]>
7/13/2019 11:41:52 AM
<![CDATA[Pics: Sisi promises 'new fighter generation' at Military Academy]]>
President Sisi's speech came during his visit the Military Academy on Saturday, according to statement issued by Presidential spokesperson Bassam Rady.

Rady's statement reported that the president Sisi shared the academy cadets their morning sports activities.

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7/13/2019 11:39:38 AM
<![CDATA[Pics: Libyan lawmakers visit Egypt’s House of Representatives]]>
The delegation met with Egyptian parliamentarians, visited the parliament's museum and stood for a group photo outside the Egyptian House of Representatives.

Since late Thursday, flocks of Libyan parliamentarians began to arrive for the Cairo-sponsored talks that aim to unify Libyan parliamentarians’ visions towards a political solution that will be adopted by the Libyan parliament.

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Libyan parliamentarian delegation visits Egypt’s House of Representatives - Hazim Abdel Samad/Egypt Today


The committee meeting will be led by the head of the Arab Affairs committee in the Egyptian parliament Ahmed Raslan, member of the committee Saad el-Gamal, and member of Foreign Affairs committee Mohamed el-Oraby, who is also former Egyptian foreign minister.

The Libyan attendees represent geographically different political currents from east, south and west Libya.

The talks are set to last for one week, where the Libyan parliamentarians are scheduled to meet with Egyptian political leaders to reach a solution to exit the current political standoff in Libya, achieve stability and support Libyan institutions, atop of them the parliament and the Libyan National Army (LNA).

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Libyan parliamentarian delegation visits Egypt’s House of Representatives - Hazim Abdel Samad/Egypt Today


Egypt is a leading a mediator in the Libyan crisis, seeking to achieve stability and unify the military of its western neighbor, which represents a strategic depth of Egypt’s national security.

Thus, Egypt has mediated talks between the Libyan National Army (LNA), led by Khalifa Haftar and controls most of the Eastern Libya, and the Libyan troops of the internationally-recognized government led by Prime Minister of the Government of National Accord Fayez al-Sarraj.

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Libyan parliamentarian delegation visits Egypt’s House of Representatives - Hazim Abdel Samad/Egypt Today


In August 2016, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi decided to create the National committee on Libyan affairs, led by the armed forces’ chief of staff Mahmoud Hijazi, aiming to hold talks between all Libyan sides.

Egypt aims its concerted efforts to unify the Libyan army would prompt the UN to lift the seven-year long UN arms embargo on the Libyan army.

Egypt has participated actively in all international and regional forums on Libyan affairs, stressing on the need to adhere to a set of principles to reach a solution, namely to respect unity, independence, territorial integrity and to reject any interference in the internal affairs of Libya.

With the aim to restore state authority and build Libyan institutions, Egypt is leading an international endeavour to put the issue of the reconstruction of Libya on the top of the international interest and work on effectively involving the international community and contributing positively to building the future of Libya.]]>
7/13/2019 11:25:45 AM
<![CDATA[Cairo to bring 10 gas-powered buses into service on Saturday ]]>
The Authority announced in December operating four new locally manufactured buses fueled by natural gas as part of the country’s efforts to solve traffic problems in Cairo.

The authority's head Rizk Ali said that the experimental operation of the four buses comes as part of preparations to operate about 130 buses in the capital.

He added that tickets of the natural gas-fueled bus will cost LE 4 ($0.24) each, adding that the rest of the buses will be operated following the success of the experimental phase.

Kastour Egypt, which manufactured the new buses fueled with natural gas, earlier proved its success after it introduced air-conditioned double-decker buses to the Egyptian streets.

The first batch of the double-decker buses operated in March 2018. It included 12 buses running in two transport lines through the densely-populated capital. Tickets for the new 71-seater buses cost LE 5 ($0.3)

In an interview with Egypt Today in March, former Cairo Governor Atef Abdel Hamid stated that the operation of these buses in the streets of Cairo is considered the start of the cultivation leap witnessed by the Public Transport Authority for the first time in its history and that the cost of the first batch of buses is estimated at LE 28 million ($1.68million(.

The new double-decker buses are part of the company's LE 1 billion ($60.17 million) plan to bring a total of 180 buses and mini buses into operation along 18 lines across Cairo in its first phase, Kastour company said in a statement.
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7/13/2019 11:16:45 AM
<![CDATA[In 'Harry Met Sally' tribute, New York deli invites contestants to 'have what she's having']]>
In the 1989 movie “When Harry Met Sally,” actor Meg Ryan’s loud rendition of a woman faking an orgasm while seated at a New York deli stands as one of the most memorable moments in film history.

Katz’s, the deli where the scene took place, ran a contest on Friday to mark the 30th anniversary of the movie’s release, inviting anyone who wants to “have what she’s having” to sit at the same table in the Lower East Side landmark and imitate Ryan’s famously feigned frenzy.

Popular with New Yorkers since it opened in 1888, the family-run business specializing in enormous corned beef and pastrami sandwiches became an international tourist spot after the film.

Competitors in Katz’s contest, whatever their gender identity, will have to record their performances, post the videos online, and wait for a panel of social media influencers to pick a winner who will be announced next week, the deli said.

Among the contenders on Friday was Shauna Mogan, 31, a high school teacher from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, who nibbled a pickle and moaned in a mounting crescendo that culminated in screams and drew applause from the crowded restaurant.

Mogan, who in the midst of her performance knocked a baseball cap off her friend, Zack Yarborough, 33, said the experience was particularly satisfying because Katz’s looks the same as it did in the movie 30 years ago.

“It’s such a classic scene - and in a place that still exists!” said Mogan, who said it wasn’t her first fake orgasm, just the first in public.

Unfortunately, the contest excludes the scene’s most famous line, when another deli customer, a middle-aged woman who watches Ryan’s table-pounding performance in awe, tells a waiter: “I’ll have what she’s having.''

The line, delivered by director Rob Reiner’s late mother Estelle Reiner, ranks No.33 in the American Film Institute’s list of all-time top 100 movie quotations. (The No.1 line was Rhett Butler’s immortal line from “Gone With The Wind”: “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.”)

The appeal of Ryan’s performance is the way her character humbles her over-confident companion Harry, played by Billy Crystal, who insists women had never faked orgasms with him.

“It’s just that all men are sure it never happened to them and most women at one time or another have done it, so you do the math,” Ryan’s character says.

When Harry insists he surely would have been able to tell the difference, she begins fake moaning, building to loud cries of feigned ecstasy.

“Meg Ryan was so convincing - like an ego-busting butcher,” Ben Mankiewicz, a host on the Turner Classic Movies television channel, told Reuters in an email. “Men everywhere stopped kidding themselves after experiencing that scene.”

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7/13/2019 11:14:35 AM
<![CDATA[Sarah Sobhy named Commercial Manager of Hilton Cairo Zamalek Residences ]]>
Tarek Zaki, Hotel Manager, Hilton Cairo Zamalek Residences, said, “I am confident that with Sarah’s sales expertise in the Cairo market, our commercial performance would sail through successfully to farther horizons”.

Sarah Sobhy is bringing along a wealth of knowledge and expertise from the sales arena given her long service with Hilton for over 12 years. Sarah started-off with Hilton as Regional Sales Manager – SharmEl Sheikh Cluster, then Regional Senior Sales Manager - Cairo Cluster and most recently occupying the role of Director of Sales at Conrad Cairo, where she has proven to be instrumental in driving the business up and particularly building a strong base from the leisure segment.

Hilton Cairo Zamalek Residencesprovides guests with complement of services and amenities, including number of guest suites and rooms, square feet of meeting rooms space, outdoor swimming pool “heated in winter”, fitness centre, spa and restaurants.

Hilton Cairo Zamalek Residencesis also part of Hilton Honors, the award-winning guest-loyalty program for Hilton's 14 distinct hotel brands. Members who book directly have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose nearly any combination of Points and money to book a stay, an exclusive member discount, free standard Wi-Fi and the Hilton Honors mobile app.

Hilton Cairo Zamalek Residencesis located at 21. Mohamed Mazhar Street, Zamalek, Cairo, Egypt 11211 For reservations, visit Hilton Cairo Zamalek Residencesor call +202 27370055

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7/13/2019 11:14:35 AM
<![CDATA[Yemeni forces capture key military sites from Houthis in central Yemen]]>
According to Yemeni news outlets, the armed forces launched an attack on the Houthi militiamen and managed to liberate a number of key military sites in the mountainous areas in Natea front located to the north of al-Bayda province."

According to the government statement revealed by Saba, "the battles with Houthis rebels are still ongoing amid large on-ground progress achieved by the army forces in al-Bayda."

Around 10 of the Houthi rebels were killed and several others injured as a result of the ongoing fighting in al-Bayda, said the statement.

Residents based in the area said that warplanes of the Saudi Arabia-led coalition bombed Houthi controlled sites and caused hug explosions in al-Bayda.

On Thursday, hours of intense armed confrontations between the pro-government forces and the Houthi rebels in Qanya in the east of al-Bayda left seven government soldiers dead.

Yemen has been locked into a civil war since the Iran-backed Shiite Houthi rebels overran much of the country militarily and seized all northern provinces, including the capital Sanaa, in 2014.

Saudi Arabia has been leading an Arab military coalition that intervened in Yemen in 2015 to support the government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi after Houthi rebels forced him into exile.

The United Nations has listed Yemen as the country suffering the world's top humanitarian crisis, with 7 million people on the brink of famine.

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7/13/2019 11:10:00 AM
<![CDATA[Putin, Abbas highlight Egypt’s role in Palestinian reconciliation]]>
This came in a phone call between both leaders. During the phone conversation, Abbas hailed the Russian stance, supporting the international legitimacy, WAFA reported.

Abbas also briefed Putin on the the latest political developments in the Middle East, including the position towards the two-state solution, and the routinely Israeli violations, especially those in Al Quds, as well as the continuous expansions in settlements, and freezing Palestinian funds.

Putin told Abbas that economic support may not come as an alternative to a political solution of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

Putin was referring to the recent US-sponsored Manama Workshop and the Donald Trump peace initiative, better known as the "deal of the century".

He added that a solution of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict can only be achieved through the resolutions of the international community, but said he was keen to continue working with the United States and Israel to reach a two-state solution]]>
7/12/2019 5:39:04 PM
<![CDATA[Chad's president hails EgyptAir decision to operate 3 weekly flights]]>
In a statement released on Friday, the national flag carrier said the move comes as part of its efforts to boost cooperation between Egypt and Chad and the government's keenness to achieve development in Africa, especially in light of Cairo's presidency of the African Union for 2019.

EgyptAir's office representatives in Chad took part in an international conference of the Francophone community to discuss child education and the role of women in society, in the presence of the Chadian leader.]]>
7/12/2019 5:36:35 PM
<![CDATA[Eight Egyptian terrorists captured in Kuwait ]]>
The terrorists are expected to be extradited to the Egyptian authorities after investigation.

Last August, Egyptian security forces have arrested seven alleged militants suspected of involvement in a foiled church bombing outside Cairo.

A statement revealed the identity of the suicide bomber, and is said to have arrested six others involved in the case, including two women.

Islamist militants carried out two deadly bombings on Palm Sunday in April 2017 and a blast at Cairo's largest Coptic cathedral in December 2016 that killed 28 people, while a church shooting in December 2017 killed eleven.

Egypt has fought an insurgency led by the Islamic State in the Sinai Peninsula that has killed hundreds of soldiers and policemen in recent years
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7/12/2019 4:34:59 PM
<![CDATA[Gov't denies intention to found a ministry for happiness ]]>
The sources further affirmed that remarks by Government Complaints Officer Tarek Al-Rifai during his interview with TV presenter Hamdy Rezk in Sada el Balad TV channel were misinterpreted.

They also stressed that Rifai’s remarks were about launching a ‘system’ to raise satisfaction and happiness rates among Egyptians, rather than founding a ministry.

This system includes new mechanisms and procedures that aim at improving and facilitating public services and better communication with citizens, as according to Rifai, the government seeks to rise the quality of the services provided to citizens.

In March 2018, the United Arab Emirates, ranked the happiest country in the Arab world in the 2018 World Happiness Report, launched an initiative to export happiness to a number of neighboring Arab countries.

Dubbed “Happiness A-Z,” the initiative aims to “instil the culture of positivity, tolerance, and happiness in the behaviour of individuals in order to transform happiness to a behaviour and a habit,” according to a statement by its co-founder Tahani al-Terry.

Though the project is not directly linked to the UAE's Ministry of Happiness and is an "individual" effort, it is following the country's plans.


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7/12/2019 4:17:42 PM
<![CDATA[Go Clean: Pioneering Household Recycling]]>
The secret behind Go Clean’s quick success is that clients are offered something in return for their recyclables. The company has marketed itself as a way to increase one’s income; where all you have to do is separate your plastic, paper and metal recyclables. Then, you contact them to pick up your items whenever you are free. Your recyclables are weighed and you get to choose whether you want cash in return, make a donation or swap for household cleaning products.

Go Clean bins make the separation process easier for the consumers, also using biodegradable plastic bags for each type of recyclables.



All items are then sent to certified factories to be recycled. Paper is deinked and turned into lesser quality paper or cardboard. Cans are melted and turned back to aluminum. As for plastic, it is broken down and turned to polyethylene terephthalate (PET) or polypropylene.

Go Clean founder Hamdy believes that consumers’ buying and waste habits in Egypt are on the right track. “People are so encouraged to help our environment by recycling and are really so supportive of our initiative as we get so many daily orders from householders, universities, schools, cafes, restaurants, factories, and more,” he says, adding, “so many companies and huge entities contact us to help them go clean and green. We also get many volunteers who are willing to help us in any activity just to help save their environment and country. People share and report our content to spread the word and allow everyone to know about Go Clean. Finally, we receive so many motivational messages that really help and leave us wanting to achieve more and more.”



Concerning where Egypt’s waste-free and up-cycling industries stand today, Hamdy says, “Egypt has been struggling with waste disposal problem for years. But we think that Egypt is trying to take actual steps towards recycling and towards a cleaner Egypt.” He notes that the Environment Minister Yasmine Fouad has expressed the government’s aim to recycle 80 percent of garbage within seven years, and that Egyptian MP Anisa Hassouna submitted a proposal to the Egyptian Cabinet in June to ban single-use plastic bags. “So hopefully, we can watch the results come in soon!” Hamdy says.



The Go Clean founder also shared with us some tips on how to minimize waste. “You can avoid buying frozen foods because their packaging is mostly plastic; even those that appear to be in cardboard are coated in a thin layer of plastic, Hamdy says, advising to always choose cardboard over plastic bottles and bags and to opt out of using plastic straws. “Simple choices can greatly impact our environment,” he says.



Speaking on where Egypt’s waste-free and up-cycling industries stand today, Hamed says, “Egypt has been struggling with a waste disposal problem for years. But we think that Egypt is trying to take actual steps towards recycling and towards a cleaner Egypt, as the Environment Minister Yassmin Fouad stressed that her ministry seeks to recycle 80 percent of garbage within seven years. Also, Egyptian MP Anisa Hassouna has submitted a proposal to ban single-use plastic bags to the Cabinet of Egypt, along with the Ministry of Foreign Trade, Minister of Environment and Industry, on Monday 10 June. So hopefully we can watch the results come in soon!”

Discussing consumer’s buying and waste habits, we ask Hamed believes we are we on the right track. “As people are so encouraged to help our environment by recycling and they are really so supportive to our initiative as we get so many orders daily from householders, universities, schools, cafes, restaurants, and factories. A lot of people support our work, which keeps us driven to achieve more and more.”



Expansion is the Go Clean founder’s goal, and he seeks to eventually reach anyone and everyone. “We are now covering Cairo, Giza and Alexandria and more governorates are definitely in our future plan… We are also designing a Go Clean application to make everything easier and faster for our clients,” Hamed says.

GoClean operates all over Alexandria. In Cairo they pick up from Heliopolis, Ain Shams, Sheraton, Nasr City, Gisr El-Suez, Moqattam, Abassia, New Cairo, Sherouk, Madinaty, Sixth of October Sheikh Zayed, Haram, Maadi, Zamalek, Mohandessin, Dokki, Dontown, Manyal, Shobra and Maahad Nasser.



For more information call +20106 666 6555, Whatsapp +20106 666 6555 or email: info@gocleaneg.com
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7/12/2019 3:00:00 PM
<![CDATA[Armed Forces denies ownership of ride-hailing service 'Dubci']]>
The statement further demanded media outlets and journalists to check the accuracy of news and refer to official sources while covering topics regarding the armed forces.

It is noteworthy that the new application has stirred wide controversy since its promotional campaign, especially after the company announced that Mohamed Samir, the former Egyptian armed forces spokesperson, is among the executive management of the company.

Samir, however, posted on his Facebook profile that he apologized from taking the position in Dubci for not being able to find enough time for a full-time commitment.

Previously, Samir denied media reports that he would be Dubci’s CEO, affirming that he would only be responsible for the development of the company’s human capital.



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7/12/2019 2:41:09 PM
<![CDATA[24 dead after train collision in Pakistan]]>
One woman has died of her wounds and bodies of a child and a man were found beneath the rubble earlier today, according to Geo TV.

Pakistani President Arif Alvi expressed his heartfelt grief over the loss of human lives.]]>
7/12/2019 2:36:22 PM
<![CDATA[4 people, 749 villages affected as heavy rain continues in India's Assam]]>
Dhemaji and Lakhimpur in Upper Assam and Bongaigaon and Barpeta in lower Assam are the worst-hit districts.

The Brahmaputra and five other rivers in the state are flowing above the danger level.

At least 749 villages across the state have been inundated and nearly 17 thousand hectares of cropland are under flood waters.]]>
7/12/2019 2:27:31 PM
<![CDATA[US envoy: Iran enemy of peace, security in region]]>WASHINGTON - 12 July 2019: US President Donald Trump's Middle East Envoy Jason Greenblat said on Friday Iran is the enemy of peace, security and stability in the region.

He raised the alarm over risks posed by Tehran that jeopardize Gulf countries.

"Iran become the main enemy of the region, not the Palestinian-Israeli conflict solely," Greenblat said during an interview with Alhurra news channel.

The envoy called for seizing that timing to reach a settlement for the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

As for the White House Middle East peace plan, the envoy voiced trust that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas would appreciate it and eventually seek negotiations in order to put it into effect shortly.]]>
7/12/2019 2:22:57 PM
<![CDATA[Cairo Opera House troupe performs 2 concerts in Italy ]]>
The first concert was performed at the Egyptian Embassy in Italy while the second took place at the Egyptian Academy of Art in Rome.

Egyptian soprano Eman Mostafa, mezzo-soprano Jolly Hefzy and tenor Hisham el Gendy performed in the two concerts.



The Egyptian Revolution of 1952 was effectively a coup d’état by a group of army officers known as the “Free Officers.” The revolution is alternately known as the “23 July Revolution.”

The goal of the revolution was to overthrow King Farouk and his son, to remove any remnants of British influence in the government, and to end the monarchy and create a republic in Egypt.

The "Free Officers Movement" was created by Gamal Abdel Nasser, the second President of the Arab Republic of Egypt, succeeding General Mohammed Nagib, who was only president briefly.

Anwar Sadat, who succeeded Nasser, was one of the Free Officers and gave the first statement of the revolution over the radio, announcing the cancellation of the monarchy in Nagib’s name.

The 1952 Revolution is known for its redistribution of land rights. One of the new government’s first acts was to issue a land reform law, which said landowners could not hold more than 200 acres of land. It decreed that the rest of their estates should be divided among Egypt’s poor, in an attempt to end the feudal system. ]]>
7/12/2019 2:06:46 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi urges decent life for individuals on World Population Day]]>
"Today we celebrate together the World Population Day, which is a great annual event aimed at raising awareness among all the peoples of the world about issues related to population, health and the family, and exerting efforts at the international level to provide a decent life for every human being as the most precious thing in existence."

Sisi noted that Cairo hosted the International Conference on Population and Development in 1994, which contributed to the promotion of international efforts in the field of reproductive health, due to its direct impact on the life of the family and the community and the provision of care and sound education.

"Today, we reiterate, in the 25th anniversary of the Cairo Conference, the importance of exerting more efforts to make health a reality for all, through the formulation of a comprehensive vision to overcome the challenges facing different countries in this regard at different levels of development," Sisi stated.

President Sisi also met on Thursday with Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli and Minister of Social Solidarity Ghada Wali to review social protection programs, according to presidential spokesman Bassam Radi.

The meeting reviewed the activities of the Ministry of Social Solidarity and social protection programs, including the projects and plans in this regard.

The President emphasized the need to strengthen the dynamics of social protection programs to ensure that these programs reach the targeted persons, and focus on helping the neediest people in order to be able to turn to work and production as the basis for puliing from poverty.

He also highlighted the need to endorse the concept of comprehensive social protection in an effective practical way by addressing the fields of education, health and infrastructure.

Based on human development measures, Egypt is one of the countries where certain social segments are caught in the poverty trap, often due to overpopulation.

UNICEF estimates the poverty rate in Egypt to be at around 27.8% in 2015, this translates into millions of children having no access to healthcare, clean drinking water and secondary education.

The poverty line in 2015 was set at an income of below LE 482 ($29) monthly, but the figure is projected to rise to LE 800 ($48) to reflect the currency’s new value after the float, compared to an international rate of around LE 1,000 ($60).

Moreover, the new, adjusted poverty rate is estimated at around 35%, according to economics professor Heba El Laithy. The rate in some areas are even higher; numbers in Upper Egypt reach 50%, according to official figures. A 2017 report by Egypt’s official statistics agency CAPMAS shows that 57.8% of the population live in rural areas, where poverty rates tends to be higher.


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7/12/2019 1:40:19 PM
<![CDATA[Spain updates travel advice on Egypt’s Sharm el sheikh]]>
The update came following a visit paid by a delegation from the embassy in Cairo to Sharm el Sheikh in June, where they checked the latest security measures taken by the Egyptian authorities, an official at the embassy told Egypt Today on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to brief the media.

The delegation praised the improvement of the touristic destination infrastructure, the official said.

It is expected that Spanish Iberia airlines could resume its flights to Egypt following several yeas of hiatus; the Spanish airlines announced that directs flights from Egypt to Spain would operate on March 2, 2020, the official said.

Early May, the Canadian government updated travel advice for its citizens, asking them to exercise a high security caution while travelling to Egypt after being avoided for non-essential travel, said Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a statement on Thursday.

Several European countries’ flights to Egypt were suspended at the end of 2015 after a bomb downed a Russian flight carrying holidaymakers from the Red Sea resort of Sharm El-Sheikh, killing all 224 people on board, mostly Russian tourists. The attack was claimed by the Islamic State terrorist group.

Since the crash, Egypt has been implementing new, tighter security measures at all of its airports to meet demands necessary for the resumption of flights.
Additional reporting by Engy Madgi



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7/12/2019 1:02:57 PM
<![CDATA[Negotiations between Aston Villa, Kasimpasa to include Trezeguet]]>
Many reports have linked Trezeguet to move to the English Premier League this summer. There are three teams that have wanted to include him according to recent media reports - Everton, Watford and Aston Villa.

Turkey's Haber Global reported Thursday morning that Aston Villa had made an official offer to Kasim Pasa for Trezeguet for 11 million euros to begin official negotiations between the two clubs.

According to the Sun newspaper report last week, Trezeguet's performance at the African Nations Cup with our national team has impressed the Scouts of the English Premier League.

Trezeguet scored the only goal in the opening game against Zimbabwe, before assisting a goal in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and ended the group stage with a win over Uganda, but wasted two chances at the South Africa meeting that saw the Pharaohs bid farewell to the tournament.
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7/12/2019 1:00:47 PM
<![CDATA[Zamalek represent Africa in Handball World Club Championship]]>CAIRO - 12 July 2019: The International Federation of Handball announced the participation of 10 clubs in the 13th edition of the World Club Championship to be held in Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia will host the tournament from August 26 to September 1 with the participation of 10 teams for the first time instead of 8.

Zamalek are Africa’s representative, being the African Super Cup champion, after winning over Al Ahly 38-35 at extra time.

There are three clubs from Europe: Barcelona, defending champions, European Champions, RK Vardar from Macdeonica, and the German champions THW Kiel by the invitation card.

Another three Arab teams participate in the tournament; Qatar's Al-Duhail, who holds the AFC Champions League and Saudi Arabia's Al Wehda, the host, and by invitation card, Saudi Arabia’s Moder.

Zamalek faces the winner from Germany’s Kiel and Australia’s Sydney.

Zamalek’s best achievement in the tournament was the third place in 2010.

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7/12/2019 12:58:51 PM
<![CDATA[I would be responsible for the match if we lose: Baghdad Bounedjah]]>
Algeria beat Cote d'Ivoire by penalties shoot-out 4-3 after the full time has ended by a 1-1 draw.

During the game, at the 2nd minute of the second half, Algeria was leading the game 1-0 and earned a penalty. But, Baghdad Bounedjah missed the penalty and later has been substituted by Islam Solimani.

"The fans have moved my heart and, God willing, I will make it in the semi-finals and do my utmost to please our fans," said Bounedjah.

"I was very scared, because if we lost, I would be responsible for this after missing the penalty kick," he said.

"We missed a few chances against Côte d'Ivoire, who were able to decide the game for us in the 90 minutes," he said.

Algeria are set to face Nigeria on Sunday at Cairo Stadium in the AFCON Semi-final.


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7/12/2019 12:56:40 PM
<![CDATA[Ferjani Sassi named Tunisia vs Madagascar Man of the Match]]>
Tunisia thrashed Madagascar 3-0 on Thursday at Al Salam stadium to qualify to AFCON semi-finals.

Zamalek’s player, Ferjani Sassi, scored the first goal after a deflected shot. Youssef Msakni scored the second goal before Naim Sliti’s third goal in the last minute.

This is considered Tunisia’s first victory. Tunisia didn’t achieve any victory in the tournament till this match; four straight draws.

Tunisia have never reached the semi-final since 2004 when they hosted the tournament.

Following the early exit, the Egyptian media started new campaigns for Egyptian fans to attend the remaining games at the competition.


On the other hand, Zamalek fans do not need campaigns as they announced from the early days that they will attend the Tunisian national team games during the competition to support their beloved Tunisian star, Ferjani Sassi.
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7/12/2019 12:53:42 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian national team choices not convincing: Hossam Ashour]]>
Egypt was eliminated from the 16th round of AFCON as South Africa won the game 1-0 thanks to a late goal from their winger, Thembinkosi Lorch.

"Without any doubt, there are a lot of players who deserved to be on the list," Ashour told Al Ahly channel during his interview at his team's camp in Spain.

"How all those players didn’t join the national team? Ramadan Sobhy, Amr El-Soleya, Mohamed Hany, Abdullah Gomaa and Mahmoud Abdel Moneim ‘Kahraba’” Ashour questioned.

"The choices were wrong from the start, and at the end what happened didn’t please the fans." he said.

The Egyptian fans packed Cairo Stadium on Saturday to support Salah and his teammates against South Africa.

Egypt failed to dominate the game against the South African players who stopped all the Egyptian attempts to score.

Koka missed the game against South Africa as he suffered an injury against at the last round of the group stage.

Following the game, Egyptian Football Association President Hany Abo Rida sacked the Egyptian national team coaching staff on the early hours of Sunday.

Abo Rida, as well as many board members, resigned from their position.
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7/12/2019 12:50:30 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s trade deficit records $3.87B in April]]>
In its monthly bulletin on foreign trade data, CAPMAS said that exports rose 0.5 percent to reach $2.58 billion in April 2019, compared to $2.57 billion during the same month of 2018.

The bulletin attributed the increase of exports to the rise in the exports of petroleum products by 231.1 percent, crude oil by 35 percent, ready-made garments by 4.8 percent, and plastics by 8.8 percent.

Meanwhile, exports of some other commodities witnessed a decline in April such as fertilizers which decreased by 3.1 percent, Pasta and various food preparations by 3.4 percent, dairy products by 21 percent and furniture by 28.2 percent.

As per imports, the bulletin showed an increase of 4.2 percent to hit $6.46 billion in April of the current year, compared to $6.20 billion in April 2018.

CAPMAS ascribed this increase to the rise in imports of raw materials of iron or steel by 8.4 percent, wheat by 22.3 percent, plastics by 4.8 percent, and pharmaceuticals and pharmaceutical preparations by 54.8 percent.

On the other hand, imports of other commodities showed a drop such as petroleum products by 6 percent, organic and non-organic chemicals by 13.1 percent, soybean by 7.1 percent, and motor vehicles by 24.3 percent.

In March, Egypt’s trade deficit rose 10.1 percent, recording $4.15 billion, compared to $3.77 billion in the same month of 2018.
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7/12/2019 12:48:00 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian embassy in Washington celebrates National Day]]>
Attending the event were Egyptian Minister of Tourism Rania al Mashaat and US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and a large number of Arab and foreign diplomats.

Egyptian Ambassador Yasser Reda said in his address at the ceremony that July 23rd revolution is an important event in Egypt's history as it paved the way for achieving independence.

July 23rd revolution of 1952 also inspired other liberation movements in Africa and Latin America, he added.

The Egyptian economy is achieving progress in different sectors, he said, adding that success of investments in Egypt is attributed to the efforts exerted by the army and police for establishing peace and security.]]>
7/12/2019 12:45:15 PM
<![CDATA[Cinema critic Youssef Sherif Rizqallah dies at 77]]>CAIRO - 12 July 2019: Cinema critic Youssef Sherif Rizqallah died on Friday at the age of 77.

Rizqallah was the art director of Cairo International Film Festival. He also held the post of chief editor of news bulletins in the Egyptian Radio and TV Union (ERTU).

He held the post of head of the Nile TV International channel from 1997 to 2002.

The late critic was a TV presenter of several cinematic programs in the Egyptian TV.

He participated in many film festivals arbitration committees in France, Italy and the Netherlands.]]>
7/12/2019 12:38:54 PM
<![CDATA[New 'Lion King' movie lands with a critical whimper]]>

“The Lion King,” Walt Disney Co’s latest remake of its own beloved animated films, shows off advanced techniques that blend virtual reality, live action and digital imagery to bring a hyper-real feel to the animals and African settings.

But early reviews said the overall result was a letdown, although most critics conceded the movie will perform well at the box office where some analysts are predicting an opening weekend of around $150 million when it arrives in North American theaters on July 19.

“Everything here is so safe and tame and carefully calculated as to seem predigested. There’s nary a surprise in the whole two hours,” wrote Todd McCarthy for The Hollywood Reporter.

McCarthy predicted, however, that the film “will be duly gobbled up by audiences everywhere like the perfectly prepared corporate meal it is.”

The new version, starring Beyonce and Donald Glover as the voices of lions Nala and Simba, is a faithful, sometimes shot for shot, recreation of the 1994 film, including much of the original dialogue and Elton John’s hit songs.

“That raises the inevitable question of, ‘Why bother?’,” wrote Variety critic Peter Debruge, calling the film “undeniably impressive but incredibly safe.”

“The answer can be spelled in dollars,” Debruge wrote.

“The Lion King” starts its international rollout in China on Friday and arrives in the rest of the world in the middle of next week. The 1994 film was a $968 million global smash that spurred a long-running Broadway stage show and more than 20 international productions.

Despite the hyperrealism of the new version, some critics found the film lacking in emotion and said the life-like singing and talking lions, hyenas and warthog felt odd.


Some reviews were unusually harsh. Alissa Wilkinson at culture website Vox.com said the movie lacked magic, calling it a “bloated retread without a reason.”

“Be prepared for a crushing disappointment,” wrote Scott Mendelson at Forbes.com.


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7/12/2019 12:28:03 PM
<![CDATA[R&B singer R. Kelly arrested in Chicago on federal sex crime charges: media]]>
R&B singer Kelly, 52, was arrested on Thursday by New York police detectives and investigators with the Department of Homeland Security, and is expected to be taken to New York City, the agency said.

Early on Friday, the Chicago Sun-Times said Kelly faces a 13-count sex crime indictment, citing the U.S. Attorney’s office.

The R&B singer has vehemently denied abuse allegations for decades. In 2008, he was tried on child pornography charges and found not guilty.

The Sun-Times said Kelly’s attorney Steve Greenberg, on Thursday confirmed the arrest, but declined to give details.

Greenberg was not immediately available for comment to Reuters.

Chicago police referred all questions on the matter to the U.S. attorney’s office or New York police, but representatives were not immediately available for comment.

In June, Kelly pleaded not guilty to 11 felony counts of sexual assault and abuse at a Chicago court hearing after prosecutors expanded an indictment against him.

Those counts, unveiled in late May in an indictment by a Cook County grand jury, involve alleged abuse of a victim between the ages of 13 and 16.

The accusations center on someone identified only as J.P. and the crimes are alleged to have taken place between May 2009 and January 2010.

Kelly could face up to 30 years in prison if convicted on those charges.

In February, Kelly pleaded not guilty to charges that he sexually assaulted three teenage girls and a fourth woman.



The charges were brought after seven women, including his ex-wife, appeared on a Lifetime television documentary and accused him of emotional and sexual abuse.

The singer, known for such hits as “I Believe I Can Fly” and “Bump N’ Grind,” spent a weekend in jail on the sex charges before being released on $100,000 bail on Feb. 25.

It was not immediately clear if the new federal charges against Kelly were related to previous cases. It was unclear where he was being held or when he would appear before a judge on the new charges.


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7/12/2019 12:23:21 PM
<![CDATA[Sharmoofers to perform at North Coast on July 12]]>


Sharmoofers recently released their latest album “Enfesam” (Schizophrenia). In 2012, Ahmed Bahaa, Mohamed el-Arkan and Ezz Shahwan got together & formed Sharmoofers; since then they’ve been impacting the world’s youth with positive groovy music.

Starting off online, the band’s music has managed to reach millions, and they have more than 588,000 followers on Facebook and are growing more popular on social media.

They first performed on Bassem Youssef's “Bernameg” show in 2013 and then performed live at a concert at Al-Azhar Park in 2014.

Sharmoofers are known for using unique lyrics, far away from the traditional common lyrics fans got used to.

The Egyptian band is known for their spontaneous and funny ways of performing. Sharmoofers caused a state of havoc with their latest song “Zamba” which promotes breaking the daily routine and enjoying jolly music to avoid negativity and be happy no matter what.

The band chose the name “Zamba” for their video clip. Red Indian style costumes with really shiny and bizarre colors were chosen for the clip.

Sharmoofers surprised their fans recently after releasing their first romantic song, titled “Moftaked el Habiba” (I Miss a Lover), including a video featuring famous Egyptian actress Yasmine Raeis.


The clip of "Moftaqed el-Habiba" was directed by Hady el-Bagory. Sharmoofers already won the following awards in their short career:

• MEMA Awards
• Digital Media Presence Award
• ACA Awards nomination

Band Members:

-Ahmed Bahaa: Vocalist
- Moe el-Arkan: Bassist
- Ahmed Aly: Percussionist
- Mostafa Kerdani: Drummer
- Mohamed Labib: Saxophonist
- Islam Ali AKA Solly: Trumpeter
- Adel Mohamed: Percussionist


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7/12/2019 12:17:04 PM
<![CDATA[Karim, Yassin appointed as goodwill ambassadors for IOM ]]>
From engineering classes at the American University in Cairo (AUC) and onto the university’s stage, Asser Yassin was spotted by director Khairy Beshara.

But he has come a long way from AUC productions, and has since become one of the leading Egyptian actors on both the small and the big screens.

Through a diverse portfolio, Yassin has proved he is an artist of many talents, from one of his first challenging roles in "Zay El Naharda" (Like Today) in 2008, where he played the role of a drug addict who made us both love and hate him, and all the way to his latest series "30 Youm" (30 Days), where he so meticulously showed us the drastic changes of his character throughout the month.

In between, he perfected a stutter in "Rasayel El Bahr" (Messages from the Sea) in 2010 and then showed us his comic abilities in "Bebo w Beshir" in 2011.

Always a hard worker seeking new challenges, Yassin has also been assuming the director’s chair, working first in 2016 on the video clip of Abu’s "Ahwak" (I Love You) song, featuring a retro vibe evoking old Agamy days on the beaches of North Coast’s Marassi, and now the video clip for the latest Wust El Balad song "El Ekhtelaf El Motalef" (Our Familiar Differences).

His latest work as a director has created quite the social media buzz, featuring an unconventional storyline and a rather quirky vibe. Yassin's latest movie "Turab el Mass" (Diamond Dust) achieved a huge success.

Nelly Karim is a strong independent and intellectual woman, a one of a kind genuine actress, an exquisite ballerina, and an outstanding mother and pure hearted person.

Born on December 18, 1974 in Alexandria to a Russian father and Egyptian mother, Karim starred in 17 Egyptian films and nine TV series.

She has a number of respectable awards under her belt; Best Actress award at Cairo International Film Festival for her role in Enta omry (You are My Life) movie, Special Award from Cairo National Festival for Egyptian Cinema for her role in Wahed-Sefr (One-Zero) movie, Best Actress award at the Arab Film Festival for her role in 678 movie, among others.

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7/12/2019 11:23:01 AM
<![CDATA[Casablanca: The triangle of friendship, betrayal and greed]]>CAIRO - 12 July 2019: Casablanca movie claimed the first rank in Eid el-Fitr movies marathon, achieving the highest one day revenues in the history of Egyptian cinema.

The film stars Amir Karara, Ghada Adel, Eyad Nassar, Amr Adel Jalil, Mahmoud al-Bezzawy, Ahmad Dash, Jihane Khalil, Mohamed Moftah, International Turkish actor Halit Ergenç, among others.

Casablanca is written by Hesham Helal, directed by Peter Mimi and produced by Synergy.

The action movie revolves around Omar El-Mor (Amir Karara) and an adventure in Casablanca. The plot tackles the life of three Alexandrian men who despite being pirates, have a touch of humanity.

The three performed nautical theft, where El-Mor was arrested but refused to inform the police about his partners, who are Oraby ( Amr Abdel Gelil) and Rasheed ( Eyad Nassar).

On the aftermath of his release he discovered that Orabi betrayed them and travelled to Morocco to start a new life there and changed his name to Haroun and kidnapped El-Mor’s brother Zakaria ( Ahmed Dash), so El-Mor and Rasheed decided to cooperate together to grab their right from Oraby and return Zakaria back.

Casablanca is a different type of action movie because it is shot across different cities such as Marrakech, Casablanca, Safaga and Alexandria, so it contains different pictures on screen that were executed with the latest cinematic techniques.


‘’ El Araka law Ebtadet Hatez’al’’ ( If the fight started you are the one who will going to be annoyed) this is the sentence that El-Mor always says before any fight showing off his strong physical strength.

There is nothing distinguished in this sentence to go that viral but the charisma of Karara and his wide popularity turns this sentence to be the slogan of the both the movie and the trailer.

The film huge success was guaranteed and expected for many reasons we will go through later in this article, but the main reason that was mentioned by the movie star Amir Karara in his previous interview with Egypt Today is simply god’s will and that huge appeal he planted in the hearts of audience towards Karara, the director Peter Mimi and the rest of the cast , the appeal that god gives to certain people for a reason he only knows it.

The prove on that is the movie promo that amassed 1 million views within three hours of its release, a record in the history of Egyptian cinema, does a promo that last for one minute and 55 seconds -less than two minutes- is an indicator to the quality of the movie?
This is the main reason why the competition was won by Casablanca before the start of Eid el-Fitr movies marathon.



Casablanca is the director’s peter Mimi eighth feature. Mimi is a director that knows quite well what people want, that’s why his movies achieve high commercial success despite in some cases their mediocre artistic quality, he masters creating the synthesis that is attractive to the audience but not much appealing to the film critics.

In Casablanca Mimi presented his normal synthesis to meet people taste but he paid more attention to the formation of the characters and came up with more catchy and original ideas as in his previous movies he used to some extent to inspire ideas and themes from other foreign movies or at least get influenced with them.

Casablanca’s characters have well drawn traits, history and targets which built a strong link and bridge between these characters and the audience, without any huge focus on the movie main character played by Karara. The balance between the movie characters contributed much to Casablanca success.

The credit goes here to the smart karara who didn’t use his stardom as a pressure card on the director to pay more attention to his role as he was brainy enough to realise that the film success is much more important than appearing on the screen for extra more minutes, because at the end the success of the movie will be mainly attributed to him and its failure too.

The movie plot written by Hesham Helal is a good one, it contained fresh comedy and action lines that were well executed on the screen by Mimi.

Casablanca is an action movie in the first place, the main themes of its plot is friendship, betrayal, brothers’ love, greed and a small touch of romance.

These themes causes upside downs, surprises and major shifts in the characters’ stances throughout the movie. These shifts takes us inside the movie from chapter to the other, from confrontation to the other and definitely from fight to the other.

The comedy line in the movie is emphasised in separated sentences, not heavy comedy dosage in order not to distract the audience from the action dosage presented in the movie.

The comedy line presented by Abdel Gelil was suitable to be included in an action movie like Casablanca.

Regarding what we describe as the action-comedy line this wasn’t presented in Casablanca, all the movie action scenes were purely serious ones and this was a good decision from the movie makers because for the action scenes to be more credible it should be based on serious confrontations.

The formation of the action scenes consists of chapters that hold nothing new, but was well executed to lead to the other ideas of the movie.

There is no exceptional physical efforts exerted from the actors the matter that added the quality of the action scenes mainly on the shoulders of the director, director of photography and the editor.

The quality of the action scenes in Casablanca was very high, the only defect was fastening and slowing the picture according to the camera movement, this add more elegance to the picture but at the same time distracted the audience from the action mood a little bit.

But this defect was fixed by the brilliant employment of the songs in the background of the scenes. Casablanca’s director of photography was one of the main success keys of the movie, he succeeded in highlighting the nature of the different cities where the movie was shot whether in Alexandria and Morocco.

The action scenes of Casablanca contained brilliant fresh ideas. On the drama side the movie was doing well until the few scenes that preceded its end which were a little bit weak.

Because they were full of extra intrigues, upside downs in addition to a number of good and bad decisions that interlocked together and dispersed the attention of the audience, causing momentum of events.

Casablanca brilliantly emphasised its themes that we mentioned above especially brothers’ love despite nothing new in it. The romantic line was like an intruded theme to the extent that if it was omitted from the movie nothing would have changed.

The triangle of friendship, betrayal and greed presented by El-Mor, Rasheed and Oraby was very attractive especially with the great performance of the trio Karara, Nassar and Abdel Gelil.

Unlike my previous expectations I got from the trailer Nassar especially exceeded my expectations and stabilized more his place as a veteran actor who can convince you with any role he plays, his performance was both smooth and energetic in all his scenes, whether action, tragic and even comedy.

Regarding karara’s performance it was great, meeting my expectations in karara, nothing surprising, but with even more radiance than his performance in his previous movie Harb Karmooz ( Karmooz War), one of the main reasons is that Omar el Mor character is not an ideal one, it is a contradicted character full of good and bad things at the same time the matter that provoked Karara’s acting capabilities.
I will use only very few words to describe Abdel Gelil performance, a one of a kind brilliant actor, as simple as that.

The participation of the famous Turkish actor Halit Ergenic was a fruitful one presenting the role of a villain guy who despite having a group of principals, he is not a good guy at the end. He is a diligent actor who exerted much effort in performing his character despite it is not a big role.

I previously mentioned that brothers’ love was the theme that was presented the best comparing to the other themes, the success of this theme was because of the performance of both Karara and his brother in the movie the young uprising actor Ahmed Dash.

Dash without any kind of exaggeration performed zakaria’s role in a brilliant way. He shared a scene with karara were he gave us a purely credible emotions that really touched us all, a scene where he wasn’t acting, just conveying to us the exact meaning of brothers love.

And as I mentioned before that the romantic theme is the weakest among all the themes, Ghada Adel role was the weakest as well without any blame to Adel, she performed her role according to the script so we can’t blame her because the theme itself was irrelevant.

The end of Casablanca was an open one to pave the way for part 2 from the movie which I expect will achieve more success because of the excitement included in the sequence of the events.
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7/12/2019 11:10:37 AM
<![CDATA[UN urges Yemen Houthi court to review 30 death sentences]]>
It urged the Appellate Court in the Houthi-held capital of Sanaa, which is due to review the ruling, to take into account the serious allegations and violations of their right to a fair trial.

The specialized first instance criminal court handed down the death sentences on Tuesday, UN human rights spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani said.

Most of the 30 men are academics, students and politicians “affiliated with the Islah party that has been critical of the Houthis”, she told a news briefing. She was referring to an Islamist party that is part of the Saudi-backed government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

“At no point were they given a proper chance to present a defense,” Shamdasani said.

Houthi officials did not respond immediately to a Reuters request for comment.

The men were arrested in 2016 and charged in April 2017 with allegedly participating in an organized armed group intending to carry out attacks on or assassinations of security personnel and popular committees affiliated with the Houthis, and providing intelligence to other parties, Shamdasani said.

“There is a high likelihood that many of these charges are politically-motivated. There are very credible allegations of torture and mistreatment, our teams have been able to speak to families,” Shamdasani said.

“Any politically-motivated charges should be dismissed and international fair trial standards fully complied with,” she said.

Amnesty International, in a statement this week, denounced what it called a “sham trial” where the 30 men faced “trump-up charges including espionage for the Saudi Arabia-led coalition.”

Detainees include Youssef Al-Bawab, a linguistics professor and political figure who was held in incommunicado detention amid allegations of torture and lack of access to legal counsel and medical care, the London-based group said.

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7/12/2019 11:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Sisi orders full preparations for new academic year]]>
Sisi, during his meeting with Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouli and the higher education minister, underlined the importance that university curricula would cope up with requirements of modern age.

The meeting comes as part of State's efforts to develop higher education mechanism and upgrade academic level of universities and institutes, Presidential Spokesman Bassam Radi said.

Talks covered progress in carrying out under-construction national projects in the educational system and efforts to set up new government and international universities.]]>
7/11/2019 7:59:39 PM
<![CDATA[CBE keeps interest rates unchanged during July]]>
The overnight deposit rate and the overnight lending rate were kept at 15.75 percent and 16.75 percent, respectively, during the fourth meeting of 2019.

During May and March meetings, CBE kept the overnight deposit rate and the overnight lending rate at 15.75 percent and 16.75 percent, respectively, after cutting the rates during their first meeting in February.

Analysts and experts anticipate that interest rates will be held unchanged during July's meeting in a step to test the impact of recent subsidy cuts despite the sharp decline of inflation rate in June, recording the lowest levels in 3 years.

The Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) announced that Egypt’s annual consumer price inflation rose to 8.9 percent in June 2019, compared to 13.8 percent in June 2018.

Egypt’s annual core inflation rate, which discounts or strips out certain categories that are considered more volatile, declined to 6.4 percent in June 2019, from 7.8 percent in May 2019, according to CBE.

Capital Economics also expected the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) to keep interest rates unchanged during July’s meeting, despite the decline of inflation rates during June, pointing out that policymakers will wait for a clarification about the impact of recent subsidy cuts, although the inflation declined to a three-year low of 9.4 percent on a year-on-year basis.

“A rate cut is more likely at August’s meeting,” it noted in a research.

Also, HC Securities & Investment expected the CBE to keep interest rates unchanged at its next July 11, 2019 Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting.

Head of macro and financials at HC Research Sara Saada noted that yearly inflation figures will be largely influenced by favorable base effect in the coming few months (from June–October 2019).

“Falling inflation, coupled with the dovish shift among central banks around the globe, increases the chances of an interest rate cut. But we think that the CBE will want to assess the impact of electricity and fuel price hikes that took effect this month,” Capital Economics noted, expecting the overnight deposit rate to be unchanged at 15.75 percent.

Capital Economics also anticipated the easing cycle to resume if inflation continues to inch down during the rest of the year, penciling a 500-base-point cut by the end of the next year, taking the overnight deposit rate to 10.75 percent.

Shuaa’s senior economist Israa Ahmed said: "Despite the much lower than expected inflation figure for June, we keep our view on unchanged interest rates in July's meeting."

She believed that CBE will prefer to wait, until the inflationary wave of fuel products re-pricing fades away, adding that although such a wave is not expected to be high, CBE would be cautious about second-round effects.

"That is, we believe the CBE might wait for a better timing, especially if the global scene becomes more helpful," she noted.

In a survey conducted by Reuters, 14 out of 15 economists said the bank’s Monetary Policy Committee was unlikely to change its overnight rates, with deposits at 15.75 percent and lending at 16.75 percent.
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7/11/2019 6:32:52 PM
<![CDATA[Bloomberg predicts slight impact on Egypt's inflation rate after fuel price raise]]>
"The Arab world's most populous country, whose high interest rates have made it a carry-trade darling, has been on a mission to tame inflation stemming from a 2016 devaluation of the pound and the IMF-backed economic overhaul. Annual price growth rocketed to well above 30 percent before the pace of increases cooled, reaching 9.4 percent in June," the US-based news agency said in a report on Thursday.

Egypt's central bank may prefer to "wait at least two inflation readings to ensure the absence of the second-round effect," said Mohamed Abu Basha, head of macroeconomic analysis at Cairo-based investment bank EFG-Hermes. He predicted the first cut of 100 to 200 basis points would come September at the earliest.

The monthly inflation rate decreased in June by 1 percent in comparison to May, the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) said on Wednesday.

The annual-based inflation rate went down last month recording 8.9 percent in comparison to the same month in 2018 as it recorded 13.8 percent, CAPMAS reported.

CAPMAS said that the monthly rate decreased due to the decrease in prices of food by 2.3 percent last month in comparison to the previous month.]]>
7/11/2019 5:31:23 PM
<![CDATA[Parliament passes law granting citizenship to foreigners]]>
The amended Article No. 2 stipulates that the prime minister has the right to grant the Egyptian citizenship for any foreigner who bought a state-owned property or a private property, or established an investment project in accordance with the Egyptian Investment Law, or deposited money in hard currency.

As per the new amendments, the Cabinet shall form a unit tasked with considering the applications of granting the citizenship. The unit consists of representatives of ministries of foreign affairs and interior, investments and international cooperation.

The applicants shall submit their forms online and pay $10,000 in fees or its equivalence in Egyptian pound. Then, the unit shall consider the application within only 3 months.

The latest amendments conducted to the Egyptian Nationality Law were approved on September 21, 2017 by the Parliament, stating that “The Egyptian citizenship will be withdrawn from individuals found guilty of participating in a terrorist act, communicating with terrorists or gathering information for terrorists.”

On June 10, 2019, the Defense and National Security Committee of the House of Representatives approved new amendments.

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7/11/2019 4:59:08 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s trade deficit records $3.87B in April]]>
In its monthly bulletin on foreign trade data, CAPMAS said that exports rose0.5 percent to reach $2.58 billion in April 2019, compared to $2.57 billion during the same month of 2018.

The bulletin attributed the increase of exports to the rise in the exports of petroleum products by 231.1percent, crude oil by 35 percent, ready-made garments by 4.8 percent, and plastics by 8.8 percent.

Meanwhile, exports of some other commodities witnessed a decline in April such as fertilizers which decreased by 3.1 percent, Pasta and various food preparations by 3.4 percent, dairy products by 21 percent and furniture by 28.2 percent.

As per imports, the bulletin showed an increase of 4.2 percent to hit $6.46 billion in April of the current year, compared to $6.20 billion in April 2018.

CAPMAS ascribed this increase to the rise in imports of raw materials of iron or steel by 8.4 percent, wheat by 22.3 percent, plastics by 4.8 percent, and pharmaceuticals and pharmaceutical preparations by 54.8 percent.

On the other hand, imports of other commodities showed a drop such as petroleum products by 6 percent, organic and non-organic chemicals by 13.1 percent, soybean by 7.1 percent, and motor vehicles by 24.3 percent.

In March, Egypt’s trade deficit rose10.1 percent, recording $4.15 billion, compared to $3.77 billion in the same month of 2018.
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7/11/2019 3:54:31 PM
<![CDATA[Foreign organizations selling pushes EGX into red Thursday]]>
The benchmark EGX 30 lessened 1.43 percent, or 199.7 point, to close at 13,813.56 points.

The equally weighted index EGX 50 decreased 1.39 percent, or 28.82 points, to close at 2,040.99 points.

Moreover, the small and mid-cap index EGX 70 dipped 0.41 percent, or 2.25 points, to close at 543.49 points, and the broader index EGX 100 declined 0.61 percent, or 8.62 point, to 1,403.32 points.

Market capitalization lost LE 8.7 billion, recording LE 738.18 billion, compared to LE 746.88 billion in Wednesday's session.

The trading volume reached 649.33 million shares, traded through 19,888 transactions, with a turnover of LE 3.24 billion.

Foreign investors were net sellers at LE 809.22 million, while Egyptian and Arab investors were net buyers at LE 450.36 million, and LE 358.85 million, respectively.

Egyptian, Arab and foreign individuals were net buyers at LE 152.45 million, LE 62.55 million, and LE 373,662, respectively.

Egyptian and Arab organizations bought at LE 297.92 million, and LE 296.29 million, respectively, while foreign organizations sold at LE 809.59 million.

El Nasr For Manufacturing Agricultural Crops, Raya Holding For Financial Investments, and Cleopatra Hospital Company were top gainers of the session by 9.16 percent, 6.46 percent and 5.82 percent, respectively.

Meanwhile, Dice Sport & Casual Wear, Misr National Steel - Ataqa, and Ezz Steel were top losers of the session by 7.93 percent, 7.43 percent, and 7.25 percent, respectively.

EGX ended Wednesday's session on mixed note, as EGX30 declined 0.60 percent, EGX50 decreased 1.24 percent, while EGX70 inched up 0.43 percent, and EGX100 hiked 0.22 percent.
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7/11/2019 3:53:16 PM
<![CDATA[MLCU head: We play vital role in countering illegal migration]]>
Delivering a speech at the Union Of Arab Banks (UAB's) conference currently held in Sharm El Sheikh, Khalil underlined that most countries do not have accurate statistics about the amount of cash spent on the crimes of human trafficking and migrants' smuggling.

He added that combating these illegal activities requires close cooperation between local and international actors, including law enforcement agencies, judicial and legislative authorities, financial investigation units and civil society organizations.

The MLCU head pointed out that organized criminal groups are greatly active in the field of human trafficking and migrants' smuggling, as they get huge financial returns.

For his part, Chairman of the National Bank of Egypt Hisham Okasha said the bank is closely following up the impact of technological developments on the banking sector.

Also, he stressed the significance of preventing data leak in the wake of the high surge in cyber attacks in the world.

In this regard, Okasha said the Central Bank of Egypt urges banks to cope with the technological developments to be able to face challenges and counter cyber crimes.]]>
7/11/2019 3:16:46 PM
<![CDATA[Parl. Labor Committee ratifies unemployment allowances draft law]]>
The new draft law includes the issuance of unemployment allowances, in accordance with certain procedures and rules.

Unemployment benefits are generally given only to those registering as unemployed, and often on conditions ensuring that they seek work and do not currently have a job, and are validated as being laid off and not fired.

These benefits, or doles, according to the law, will be provided to the unemployed under certain conditions, including that the unemployed should be below 60 years old.

Citizens who work in temporary jobs including construction workers, seasonal workers, stevedores, dockers, land transport workers, farmers and fishermen will be excluded from the dole system.

Unemployment allowances are being determined based on specific percentages of the last contributions fee; 75% for the first four weeks, 65% for the second four weeks, and 55% for the fourth four weeks.

The law stipulates that the beneficiary shall be a participant in social insurance system for at least one year, and shall benefit from it for a maximum of 28 weeks depending on the period of his insurance contribution.

It also says the right to receive a dole shall be waived if the unemployed person refuses to accept a job that the Labor Office sees appropriate especially if the new work equals at least 75% of the unemployed’s dole.

Also, unemployment insurance shall be funded by the share that the employer commits at the rate of 1% of the insured's wages to the unemployed monthly.

If a dispute arises over the reason for termination of service, the unemployment benefit shall be paid at 40% of the last wage for four weeks, during which the competent labor relations office shall express its opinion on the dispute, in accordance with the procedures specified by a decision of the Chairman of the Commission in agreement with the Ministry of Manpower.
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7/11/2019 3:09:36 PM
<![CDATA[Arab bankers hail Egyptian efforts to combat e-crimes]]>
Despite the efforts exerted by the Arab central banks, money laundering and terror finance are still representing a major obstacle in the face of economic development.

They made the remarks during a three-day banking forum which opened on Thursday and was organized by the Union Of Arab Banks (UAB).

UAB Secretary General Wessam Fattouh extolled the outstanding efforts exerted by the Egyptian unit for confronting money laundering and terrorism finance.

He said that the UAB cooperates with Arab and regional organizations to develop ways of fighting e-crime and tracking down hackers.

He underlined the importance of non-stop upgrading of cyber crime laws.]]>
7/11/2019 3:08:33 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt elected as IATA executive committee member]]>
The three-year membership will expire in 2022.

In a statement on Thursday, the Civil Aviation Ministry said Captain Ahmed Adel, head of EgyptAir Holding Company, was chosen by members of the board of the governors for the post.

The election came in recognition of the pioneering role played by EgyptAir in the Middle east and North Africa, the statement added.

This is the first time that one of the leaderships of EgyptAir is chosen in this post.

In earlier statements, Captain Adel expressed happiness for being picked for that post, saying this is a new accomplishment that will be added to EgyptAir and the Egyptian civil aviation sector.

The executive committee is tasked with monitoring the performance of IATA, offering necessary recommendations and directives to IATA chief executive officer and advisory councils and following up policies regulating air cargo industry.

The IATA groups 290 airlines representing 120 countries. Carrying 82% of the world’s air traffic, IATA members include the world’s leading passenger and cargo airlines]]>
7/11/2019 3:00:51 PM
<![CDATA[Al Azhar committee launches anti-vendetta awareness campaign]]>CAIRO, July 11 (MENA) - Al Azhar higher committee for blood feud reconciliation, under former Al Azhar undersecretary Abbas Shoman, called on the Islamic Research Complex to adopt awareness programs on the jeopardy of blood feuds and feelings of vengeance on the community's safety.

The anti-vendetta awareness campaign should be launched in coordination with authorities concerned, especially the ministries of interior, social solidarity, and local development as well as the Media Supreme Council.

This came during a meeting held Thursday at the Islamic Research Complex to review the efforts and achievements of the reconciliation committee throughout the past period.]]>
7/11/2019 2:58:02 PM
<![CDATA[MLCU head: We play vital role in countering illegal migration]]>
Delivering a speech at the Union Of Arab Banks (UAB's) conference currently held in Sharm El Sheikh, Khalil underlined that most countries do not have accurate statistics about the amount of cash spent on the crimes of human trafficking and migrants' smuggling.

He added that combating these illegal activities requires close cooperation between local and international actors, including law enforcement agencies, judicial and legislative authorities, financial investigation units and civil society organizations.

The MLCU head pointed out that organized criminal groups are greatly active in the field of human trafficking and migrants' smuggling, as they get huge financial returns.

For his part, Chairman of the National Bank of Egypt Hisham Okasha said the bank is closely following up the impact of technological developments on the banking sector.

Also, he stressed the significance of preventing data leak in the wake of the high surge in cyber attacks in the world.

In this regard, Okasha said the Central Bank of Egypt urges banks to cope with the technological developments to be able to face challenges and counter cyber crimes.]]>
7/11/2019 2:56:44 PM
<![CDATA[House approves extending state of emergency 3 more months]]>
The decree, which saw over two thirds of the house lawmakers voting in favor of it, is due to come in force as of 1 am on Thursday, July 25, 2019.

The parliament received on July 4 a presidential letter regarding prolonging the state of emergency, speaker Abdel Aal said at the start of the session.

While the first article of the decree stipulates extending the emergency as declared in the decree no. 208/2019, its second article states that the Armed Forces and police would assume the responsibility of taking necessary measures meant to eliminate the risks of terrorism and its funding and protect homeland security and the lives of citizens and public and private property.

The third article stipulates that the prime minister will be entrusted with carrying out tasks of the president mentioned in law no. 162/1958 with regard to the state of emergency.

Those disobeying orders issued by the president will be punished by prison sentences under the provisions of law no. 162/1958, the fourth article read.

The fifth article entails putting into effect the president's decree after the approval of a parliamentary majority, which constitutes two thirds of the lawmakers.

Under article six of the decree, the decision should be published in the gazette.]]>
7/11/2019 2:54:41 PM
<![CDATA[Al Ahly deny any negotiations with Herve Renard]]>
Morocco's African Nations Cup title winner favorites were knocked-out by Benin in penalties from AFCON 16th round.

A source inside Al Ahly club denied these claims.

"All the news that have been spread are incorrect," A source inside Al Ahly said to Filgoal website.

"There is confidence and conviction that Martine Lasarte will continue to coach next season and there is no intention to change him." He continued.

"Lasarte is already in the process of preparing the team for the next season," he said.

"There is a full focus on supporting the coach and meeting his demands,” He concluded.

Al Ahly team are in a camp in Spain in preparation for the resumption of league matches scheduled for July 21 and will end on July 28. Al Ahly will face Arab contractors & Zamalek.


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7/11/2019 2:52:28 PM