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Operating the navigation route will start in October, the ministry said, adding that it will serve six countries along the Red Sea and Indian Ocean, in addition to landlocked countries in Africa.

The shipping lines work to transport goods, provide logistical services to exporters and importers and promote internal Egyptian trade as well as trade between Egypt and the African countries.

Furthermore, the government is thinking of reviving the notion of establishing a shipping trade line between Egypt and Europe via Ro-Ro deal with Turkey, an official at the ministry told Egypt Today.

In February 2012, Egypt’s state-owned newspaper of El-Gomhoria reported that Egypt and Turkey launched RoRo shipping line to transport Egyptian products to Europe via Port of Mersin in Turkey. However, Egypt has suspended RoRo deal due to the political difference with Ankara in 2015.

Additional reporting by Abdel-Halim Salem

5/20/2019 5:52:26 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian Amb. to Serbia talk Egypt's role in int'l Relations amid 21st Century challenges ]]>
The Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt to Serbia, Amr Aljowaily, spoke at the University of Belgrade at a lecture entitled "The Role of Egypt in International Relations in the Context of the Challenges of the 21st Century" organized by the Center for International Public Policy, attended by graduate students from different disciplines.

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Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt to Serbia, Amr Aljowaily during lecture entitled "The Role of Egypt in International Relations in the Context of the Challenges of the 21st Century".

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Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt to Serbia, Amr Aljowaily during lecture entitled "The Role of Egypt in International Relations in the Context of the Challenges of the 21st Century".

Aljowaily reviewed the most important changes in international relations in the last two decades of the 21st century, including the dynamics of interaction of the major powers, the ramifications of the ICT revolution, the globalization of terrorist networks, their impact on the stability of countries, including on promoting sub-national identities in the Middle East.

The Ambassador of Egypt in Belgrade highlighted the continued regional and international role based on the cumulative identity of Egypt within its immediate foreign policy constituencies, anchoring national state institutions, promoting counter-terrorism policy from a holistic perspective that takes into account the intellectual dimensions, adopting comprehensive approaches to the peaceful settlement of international disputes, ranging from peacekeeping to sustainable peace-building, harnessing the capabilities of multilateral organizations globally and regionally.

Aljowaily also stressed Egypt’s keenness to pursue balanced relations with all major countries and its approach to sustainable development diplomacy resting on the mega projects being developed at the national level.

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Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt to Serbia, Amr Aljowaily during lecture entitled "The Role of Egypt in International Relations in the Context of the Challenges of the 21st Century".

President of Centre for International Public Policy Mr. Aleksandar Klaric, presented the "Development of Friendly Relations" award to Ambassador Aljowaily, marking the first time that the Center has presented this shield to any of the accredited ambassadors accredited in Serbia. He expressed his appreciation for participation in the World Youth Forum in Sharm el-Sheikh last November, noting that there is a great interest among young Serbs to participate in the next session this year.

Prof. Zoran Krstic, Head of Master program of Belgrade University expressed his hope to develop student exchange programs between Egypt and Serbia, bringing the two peoples even closer, especially among the youth.]]>
5/20/2019 4:36:07 PM
<![CDATA[Fintech in Egypt: lots of work ahead ]]>
Significance of Fintech

Fintech is any technological innovation in the financial sector. Its scope includes several services such as cryptocurrency, digital cash, cybersecurity, smart contracts and blockchain technology which is a distributed ledger technology (DLT) maintaining records on a network of computers without a central ledger.

It also consists of open banking whereas third-parties get access to bank data in the purpose of building applications that create a connected network of financial institutions and third-party providers.

Insurtech facilitates the insurance industry. Regtech helps financial service firms meet industry compliance rules such as those pertinent to anti-money laundering and fraud fighting. Robo-advisors utilize algorithms to automate investment advice.

Unbanked/underbanked services target individuals ignored or underserved by traditional banks or mainstream financial services companies. Fintech is used by banks, corporates, small businesses, and consumers.

Founder and Director of AUC Venture Lab and Abdul Latif Jameel Endowed Chair of Entrepreneurship Dr. Ayman Ismail told Business Today Egypt that finance need specific expertise or knowledge and that Fintech is about either replicating a business model in a digital way or invent.

"There is more complicated rationale behind enabling technology than e-commerce," Ismail explains saying that basic financial knowledge of Fintech is crucial in addition to a very high understanding of regulations.

Current Performance of Fintech in Egypt

Only 14 percent of the Egyptian adults have bank accounts while the rest are unbanked. According to a paper titled “FinTech in the Middle East,” the most mature sectors within Fintech in Egypt are payment services, mobile cash, and smart wallets. The country has more than nine million wallets as 200,000 to 300,000 wallets being opened every month.

As for payments, there is a growing need for digital peer-to-peer transfer, bill payments, microfinance, payroll, pensions, social-security payments, merchant purchases, online purchases, and local and international remittances.

CBE is eager to move towards a cashless economy. Banks can apply to provide mobile wallets and to act as an issuing bank to take cash deposits in exchange for issuing electronic money, according to the report published in Clifford Chance.

Fawry is a Fintech pioneer when it comes to serving consumers. It was launched in 2008 providing payment solutions through ATM machines, mobile wallets, and retail points.

The World Bank Group and its partners selected Egypt, China and Mexico as the three pilot countries for its “Financial Inclusion Global Initiative”. The aim of the three-year scheme is to advance research in digital finance and accelerate financial inclusion in developing countries.

Opportunities and Market Needs

As for how to bark into the industry, the assistant professor highlights that the challenge is not in getting funding but in providing assistance for startups to achieve progress. Currently, the biggest opportunity is in mobile payments apps, Ismail clarifies.

That is because of the presence of a suitable infrastructure so that now the country has more than 10 million mobile wallets. "Fintech in Egypt is much outside the banking system than other countries. Mobile wallets would increase in Egypt within two years than bank accounts," Ismail states.

The expert says that the country would witness an expansion in digital products, credits and financial services by mobile operators. Ismail describes payments as first stage, while he anticipates that once regulations are set the second stage would include crowdfunding, digital lending, and micro-insurance.

However, the first stage still has a big room for growth. "Retailers want to expand their reach serving more customers as there is growing demand. Thus, there will be an increase in e-commerce and large retailers would resort to Fintech. Then, there would be a trickle down," the AUC Venture Lab founder explains saying that it hard to predict when the society would become cashless giving the example of WeChat which acquired more than one billion users in four years only.

Ismail recommends startups to "innovate and not replicate" stressing that "if real value is delivered to users - whether merchants or consumers - they would switch to Fintech."

Managing Director of Egypt for Information Dissemination (EGID) Maher Asham concurs that mobile payments apps lie on the top and that those who buy products online are likely banked.

"In rural areas, post offices located in towns are the only means to transact money. Fintech can give unbanked people valuable services such as paying back their loans and transferring money through kiosks spread everywhere," the expert suggests.

"China is way more ahead. Street vendors use QR code payments. When you travel there you have to put cash into mobile app to pay," Asham says highlighting that "Egypt falls behind in comparison with African countries like Kenya" where Fintech is not just exclusive to payments but extends to lending platforms as well.

Vice-president of Intercap Capital and Managing Director of Cartilage Capital Bassem Fouad suggests that Fintech can expand in savings and investment products. However, the former would surpass the latter.

The reason is that many citizens are unbanked not because they have low income but because they consider banks' interests as religiously invalid and because of thinking banks are unsafe fearing that their money can be confiscated. As a result, online saving can be more appealing.

Fouad further argues that citizens between the ages of 18 and 25 do not have the culture of saving suggesting it can be promoted via Fintech. He views that although payments are the most common service by Fintech in Egypt, savings should surpass them.

The financier complains that startups' mentality in Egypt is limited to payments. In addition, the country can enjoy a platform similar to Monzo, the first online bank worldwide having deposits £2 billion. Fouad suggests that if the concept is applied in Egypt, unbanked users can transfer their salaries into the account number. Given that people in Egypt are used to get high interest rates, e-banks can purchase T-bills to provide interests for their users.

As for investments, the expert suggests introducing digital equity funding such as the UK's most popular Seedrs and Crowdcube. Crowdfunding is highly needed by start-ups in Egypt, so that investment through Fintech can be made possible so as the platform would indicate the total sum needed and the minimum amount that should be invested. The share can cost as little as LE200. However, platforms should be filter well companies that need funding.

"The market shares of very established equity firms are being shrunk by Fintech startups working in equity crowdfunding," Fouad says. Banks also have fear of digital banking so they started to acquire Fintech platforms in that sector, he clarifies.

Fouad stresses that Fintech platforms should never fall in the trap of partnering up with banks, as they are their direct competitor. Examples in the UK are Seedrs and Crowdcube.

In Egypt, Fintech start-ups can work under the supervision of a governmental body in the launching phase, Fouad suggests saying that Revolut - a digital banking alternative service - has been operating under the supervision of the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) in the UK to ensure that the venture learnt anti-money laundering techniques.

"People can be encouraged to invest in start-ups," the financier suggests saying that citizens in the UK can enjoy tax reliefs when they invest in small, early-stage companies under the Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS), and the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS)

Reforms Needed

"Egypt has highly qualified people who can work in that industry. However, around 10 to 15 percent of start-ups succeed. Funds surpass the number of innovators," Asham reveals.

The expert explains that funding is not a problem and that incubators require participants to spend all their days in training sessions which may not be convenient for those who work full-time and do not afford to dedicate all their time to start-ups.

Fouad disagrees on the first point saying that funding in MENA is very limited as the great majority of Fintech startups in Egypt replicate others founded abroad and they are of poor quality, Fouad said.

Asham, who worked for 11 years at Reuters being its MENA business development manager and runs subsidiaries of EGX and Nasdaq, highlights that high transaction fees are a deterrent to e-commerce. A case in point is the 2.5 percent charged by banks to merchants for card payments. He also shed light on the fact that Egypt prohibits purchasing watches and jewelry online in prevention of money laundering.

Asham stipulates the necessity of setting regulations necessary for providing services such as digital insurance, and online currency exchange which would eliminate the black market highlighting that Fintech businesses operating in the country are both local and foreign and that they can expand to other countries in the region.

"Egyptian society society will go cashless but that will take long. It can be accelerated by putting barriers against cash. For instance, a person can get arrested in the United States for carrying more than $2,000 in cash," Fouad says.

5/20/2019 4:19:52 PM
<![CDATA[Gross makes promises to Zamalek fans ]]>
Zamalek players were on the verge of returning to Egypt with a draw but a late goal from Berkane’s Togolese striker, Kodjo Fo-Doh Laba, secured the victory for the home side.

“I am so sad because of the loss and the late goal we conceded but we are able to return in the game at the second leg.” Gross told press after the game.

Zamalek will miss Hamdi Naguez and Omar El Said for suspension at the second leg but their first choice goalkeeper, Mahmoud Gennesh, who missed the first leg for suspension will return to the squad.

Gross added “We will do everything to win the title for our fans. I promise the fans and the board that we will fight at the second leg to win.”

Zamalek fans, who are expected to pack Borg El Arab Stadium at the second leg, hopes to see their players lift the cup and put an end to a 17 year drought from African titles. ]]>
5/20/2019 4:10:00 PM
<![CDATA[Algeria's army chief says elections are best way out of crisis]]>
After two decades in power, President Abdelaziz Bouteflika quit last month under pressure from protesters and the army, but demonstrations are still pushing for political reforms and the removal of all officials belonging to the old guard.

Lieutenant-General Ahmed Gaed Salah, speaking on state television on Monday also called for more speed in forming a committee to supervise the election, without mentioning a date for the vote.

A presidential election has been scheduled for July 4 but a source said on Friday it might be postponed.

Algeria has been shaken by protests, mostly by young Algerians, demanding to end the dominance of the elite that has been in charge since independence from France in 1962.

Analysts say the army is concerned the crisis will continue at a time when instability is worsening in neighboring Libya, where rival forces are fighting over the capital Tripoli.

On Friday, protesters gathered again in Algiers to call for the resignations of the interim president, Abdelkader Bensalah, and Prime Minister Noureddine Bedoui, appointed by Bouteflika days before he stepped down.]]>
5/20/2019 3:49:00 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt studies establishment of monorail line in Sharm El Sheikh]]>
The project aims to serve tourists in Egypt, the statement said, adding that Secretary-General of South Sinai governorate Nader al-Ashmawi ordered forming a technical committee from all concerned bodies to study the offer.

In January 2019, Deputy Minister of Transport Amr Shaat announced that the government offered a tender to set up two monorail lines; a 52-km-long line linking the New Administrative Capital with East Cairo and downtown and a 35-km-network connecting 6th October City with Giza. He added that three international companies [Canadian, Chinese, and Malaysian] submitted their bids for the project.

Bilateral relations between Egypt and China have recently witnessed an improvement. President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi discussed ways of enhancing ties with the Asian country during the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation (BRFIC) held in Beijing in April. Egypt discussed economic development efforts with China to attract more investments and build new megaprojects across the country, including the Suez Canal Corridor, logistic industrial zones, and new ports on the Red Sea and the Mediterranean Sea.

Chinese exports to Egypt hit $11 billion in 2018 against imports worth just $1.8 billion. Also, the Cairo Chamber of Commerce received in April a delegation from Tong'an City, China, including more than 22 specialized companies in various fields of technology, mobile and electronic industries.

Additional Reporting by Noha el Tawil

5/20/2019 3:46:46 PM
<![CDATA[Arab League circulates Saudi call for urgent summit]]>
The step comes under Article 3 of an appendix related to holding such a summit upon a call from a member state, said the source.

The Saudi-requested summit will be held in Jeddah on May 30 to probe attacks on ships sailing in the Gulf off the UAE and drone attacks by Houthi rebels on two oil pumping stations in Saudi Arabia.]]>
5/20/2019 3:44:09 PM
<![CDATA[AUC’s CIMUN receives highest number of awards in its history]]>
That is the highest number of awards in the history of the program at AUC. The students also received the Outstanding Delegation Award - the highest award at the conference - for the 10th consecutive year.

As for AUC’s Cairo International Model Arab League (CIMAL), the delegation received the Overall Distinguished Award as well as awards in four out of eight councils at the U.S. National University Model Arab League conference held recently at Georgetown University. AUC continues to be the sole representative of Egyptian and Middle Eastern universities in that conference. The CIMAL team won awards in the Palestinian Affairs Council, Joint Defense Council, Economic Affairs Council and Social Affairs Council.


“The performance of our students this year by the recognition of all was amazing. I could not have asked for more,” Political Science Professor and Faculty Adviser to both CIMUN and CIMAL at AUC Walid Kazziha says. “It definitely crowned our 29 years of continuous participation in the NMUN in New York. A standard has been set, which I imagine will be difficult to follow in future years. However, our students never fail to surprise me,” Kazziha adds.

Two CIMUN teams made up of 39 AUC students from different academic disciplines represented the University and competed with more than 3,000 delegates from over 50 countries. The conference was made up of two teams: one team represented the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire, and the other represented Malta.


This year, the top delegations are honored with awards in three categories; Position Paper, Outstanding Delegate and Outstanding Delegation, the most prestigious award. Only 10 out of 130 universities taking part in the simulation exercise were awarded the outstanding ranking. AUC also won 12 Position Papers awards based on individual and group efforts, as well as five Outstanding Delegate awards given to individual students who represent their countries in UN organizations.

"It has been a long and exhausting journey, from selecting our delegates and logistical challenges to training sessions and the actual conference," 31st CIMUN Graduate Adviser Ziyad Rushdy, class of 2018, says. "We had full confidence in the abilities of our team but did not expect to come back with this many awards. We are very proud of our team and confident that this achievement will be replicated throughout the coming years and even exceeded."

"We would like to thank Dr. Kazziha, the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Office of Student Life, and hope that we can garner more support and assistance in the years to come so that we may continue to achieve great results and bring more awards in the name of AUC," Rushdy notes.

Kazziha asserts, "Our students distinguished themselves in both areas of individual and collective effort. Our focus is always on cooperation and teamwork, without stifling the individual. We have succeeded in both, and we deserve to be proud as an AUC community in the achievements of our students."]]>
5/20/2019 3:41:57 PM
<![CDATA[3.7% growth in trade exchange with South Africa: ECS]]>
Egypt's exports to South Africa have increased to 105.4 million dollars during 2018 compared with 98.7 million dollars in 2017, with an increase of 10 percent, according to a report submitted by the ECS office in South Africa's capital of Pretoria.

Despite some logistic problems, Egypt's exports to the African country met the targeted increase planned for Egyptian exports by the Ministry of Trade.

Asphalt, or bitumen, topped Egypt's exports to South Africa with a notable increase of 512 percent followed by non-woven fabric that stood at 128 percent.

While Polymer accounted for 67 percent of Egypt's exports to South Africa, Calcium carbonate (CaCO₃) exports represented 52 percent of the exports.

Egypt's imports from South Africa rose by two percent in 2018 reaching 182.4 million dollars against 178.8 million dollars in 2017.

Imports from South Africa are topped by bituminous coal, armored vehicles, copper wires and frozen meat, the ECS said. ]]>
5/20/2019 3:37:19 PM
<![CDATA[ARADO to launch 1st "Arab Government Excellence Award" in Cairo Thursday]]>
The award is sponsored by Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

The event will witness the inking of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the organization and the UAE Ministry of Cabinet Affairs and the Future, Director General of ARADO Nasser Al Qahtani said in a statement.

A press conference is also expected to be held jointly by UAE Minister of Cabinet Affairs and the Future Abdullah Al Gergawi and Qahtani after the inking ceremony.

The award seeks to bring forth significant improvement in the government performance of all Arab countries and stimulate competitiveness and knowledge sharing among Arab government institutions, Qahtani pointed out.

Secretary General of the Arab League Ahmed Abul Gheit and Saudi Minister of Civil Service Abdullah Al-Hamdan will attend the ceremony along with a host of ambassadors of several Arab states.]]>
5/20/2019 3:22:30 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian-Italian Fabio Abraham competes in Casablanca Festival with 2 films]]>
Through his participation, Abraham aims to compete for the Best Film and Best Actor awards during Casablanca Festival.

Abraham stated to MENA that he received an official invitation from the management of Casablanca International Film Festival for short films and documentaries to participate in the festival's events that will be held from July 23 to 27.

He further noted that he was honored at the tenth edition of the Casablanca International Film Festival in 2015 for being considered as a successful Arab representative abroad. Abraham thanked the president of the festival and the members of jury.

Also, the Egyptian-Italian actor explained that he completed filming four short films in London, pointing out that he received several offers from a number of iconic directors in London to participate in new films and TV series.

The latest film in which Abraham participated was “Aladdin”. He performed a voice over of all the Arab characters participating in the film.

It is noteworthy that Abraham immigrated in 2002. The star faced numerous difficulties with cinema and television in England at the beginning of his acting career.

However, in 2015, Abraham was labeled the “Actor of the year” by Joe Bol Exquisite magazine. The actor was also honored at Casablanca International Documentary Film Festival with Mostafa Shaaban and Wafaa el-Hakim.

5/20/2019 3:14:23 PM
<![CDATA[Dina el-Wedidi to perform in Cairo Opera House on May 21]]>
Wedidi will perform a blend of music that mixes traditional and heritage tunes such as “Sera el-Helaliya” with folklore singing and contemporary music.

Dina el-Wedidi is a young singer who performs in a distinguishable way. She had her singing debut in 2008 with "Warsha” band (Workshop). The rising singer founded her own band in 2011.

Wedidi presented several performances with a group of distinguished musicians including Fathy Salama, Masar Egbar (Forced way) band, Hany Adel and others.

The singer held several concerts in various cultural places in Egypt and succeeded in achieving a fan base that appreciates the genre of music she offers.

Wedidi is also a guitarist, daf player, actress, composer and a storyteller.
5/20/2019 3:00:09 PM
<![CDATA[Noble Energy contemplates boosting investments in Egypt ]]>
Stover praised Egypt’s ambitious vision to achieve economic development and the current positive investment environment. The Noble Energy chairman affirmed that Egypt possesses all the necessary factors for developing the oil and sector, which is a priority for the country at present. Those include the geographical location, the recent discoveries, and the infrastructure embodied in the transfer pipes networks and liquefaction plants.

The president commended the international high reputation of the company, its professionalism, and its implementation of global standards when executing its projects. President Sisi also pointed out to the cooperation relations and the strategic partnership between Egypt and the United States. The president expressed Egypt’s eagerness to strengthen those relations in a way that accomplishes the mutual development goals.

The president directed Egyptian officials to cooperate with Noble Energy to boost gas exploration works in Egypt.

The meeting was attended by Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources Tarek El Molla, and senior managers at the company. Noble Energy, Inc. operates in the sector of hydrocarbon exploration, and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

In 2015, the biggest gas field in the Mediterrenean, Zohr, was discovered in Egyptian waters. Zoher holds about 30 trillion cubic feet of gas, and was inaugurated in January 2018. By September of the same year, the production of Zohr increased six times to become 2 billion cubic feet per day.

Egypt joins major gas-exporters' club

CAIRO - 17 March 2019: Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company (EGAS) tendered to sell four cargoes of liquefied natural gas (LNG) for loading in April, people with direct knowledge of the matter told Bloomberg. The sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity because details of the process are confidential, added that the bids are due on Monday and are valid until March 25.

In March, Italian Oil Company Eni announced a new gas discovery under evaluation in the Nour exploration prospect located in the Nour North Sinai Concession, in the Eastern Egyptian Mediterranean, about 50 km North of the Sinai peninsula.
5/20/2019 2:55:18 PM
<![CDATA[Bourse loses EGP 7.7 bn]]>
The market capital lost about EGP 7.7 billion, registering EGP 733.7 billion, after transactions that totaled EGP 411.2 million.

The EGX 30 benchmark decreased 1.05 percent, closing at 13,379.46 points.

The broader EGX 70 index of the leading small and mid-cap enterprises (SMEs) went down 0.32 percent, standing at 599.42 points.

The all-embracing EGX 100 index also dropped 0.54 percent, recording 1,518.91 points.]]>
5/20/2019 2:46:22 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt hosts large number of migrants: Head of IOM]]>
This came on the sidelines of an IOM Iftar attended by Ambassador Moushira Khattab. Boek said that the event demonstrates the strength of the partnership and friendship between the organization and the Egyptian state.

The ceremony was attended by representatives of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), including project development officerCharles de Leon,and a number of foreign ambassadors in Egypt, including ambassadors of Indonesia, Albania, Argentina, Ireland, Australia, Belgium, Finland, Peru, Panama, Afghanistan and Thailand.Representatives from the Foreign Ministry, International Cooperation Ministry, Planning Ministry, and Justice Ministrywere also in attendance.
5/20/2019 2:41:34 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt's FDHR unfolds Qatar's human rights violations]]>
Discussing Qatari human rights situation is being conducted for the third time since the ICHR adopted a relevant mechanism in 2008. All member states of the ICHR and non-governmental organizations are scheduled to attend the Wednesday meeting.

The information in the report is based on the national report provided by the state, the reports of human rights experts and the independent expert groups and other relevant human rights bodies and civil society organizations.

The Forum for Development and Human Rights Dialog reported serious violations of human rights in Qatar, including the remarks of the rapporteur concerned with the independence of the judiciary and lawyers in the United Nations. As a result, 33 judges resigned because of what they described as continuous interference in their work.

The forum's report pointed to the regime's ignorance of the recommendations of the United Nations for the establishment of more transparent and impartial criteria concerning the appointment of the judges. The regime also ignored complaints about inequality between Qatari and non-Qatari judges in terms of social benefits and allowances.

The report referred to three Qatari laws that it described as "notorious" whose provisions violate the basic human rights principles including Law No. 17 of 2002, which allows the interior minister to detain persons for up to one year and extend detention after the approval of the prime minister. The detention decision can only be appealed by the prime minister.

It also commented on Law No. 3 of 2004, which authorizes a prosecutor to detain persons for a period of six months before the trial and Law No. 5 of 2003, which allows the detention of persons accused of crimes that threaten the state's security for a period of one month before they can appear before the public prosecution.

Concerning migrant workers, the report criticized Qatar's disregard for the UN's warnings of the need to end the suffering of migrant workers in light of the non-transparent procedures and the expensive court fees that can reach $200, which can prevent such persons from obtaining judicial assistance.

According to the Qatari Constitution, the Consultative Assembly of Qatar consists of 45 members, two thirds of whom are elected while 15 members are appointed by the emir. However, since 2006, the emir appoints all members of the assembly, the report said, which means that the executive authority is violating the powers of the legislative authority.

The foreign workers involved in the construction of buildings and stadiums for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar were subject to grave violations and ill-treatment, which caused death in some cases, while salaries of some workers were unpaid, the forum said.

Hans-Christian Gabrielsen, Leader of Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions, was quoted by the Mirror saying: "If we were to hold a minute of silence for every estimated death of a migrant worker due to the constructions of the Qatar World Cup, the first 44 matches of the tournament would be played in silence," the report mentioned.

Qatar has an immigrant labor force of about 2 million people, which make up about 95 percent of the total labor force, the report said, noting that about 40 percent or 800,000 of them work under high temperature, which can lead to fatal diseases, especially in the absence of sufficient breaks.

In 2013, health authorities reported 520 deaths among workers, 385 people of whom died due to unexplained reasons, the forum said.

Qatar has reduced the salaries of hundreds of workers in infrastructure projects established in preparation of the 2022 World Cup which is set to be hosted by the 11,571 square kilometer country, a high-level source told Egypt Today.

The peninsula has cut the workers' salaries despite increasing their working hours, a decision that violates the international labor law and human rights covenants, the source added.

The report said that the Qatari death courts are staffed by workers from Nepal, India and the Philippines, under the auspices of Mercury Mena Engineering Company, which operates in Qatar, with a salary of €1700 each, stressing that this amount represents for some of these workers the salary of ten months.

The report stressed that there is blatant discrimination against naturalized persons in Qatar according to article 12 of the Qatari Nationality Law No. 38 of 2005, which affirms that naturalized persons enjoy less protection, as Qatari citizenship can be withdrawn from them at any time.

According to Article 16, there is inequality between citizens of Qatari origin and citizens by naturalization. Naturalized Qataris do not have the same political rights as nationals of Qatari origin,as they cannot be elected, nominated or appointed by any legislative body.

He pointed out that the Qatari regime intentionally discriminates between men and women regarding granting the citizenship to children. He added, "As a result of this discrimination, Qatari women suffer to educate, care for their children and provide them with access to employment opportunities ."

The report also highlights the state of international concern about child rights violations, where Qatari law defines the age of criminal responsibility for a child by 7 years, and the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child has also expressed concern about the children between the ages of 16 and 18 years .

With regard to human trafficking inside Qatar, the report drew attention to the international warnings expressed by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the prevalence of domestic and sexual violence against women in Qatar, especially on female migrant domestic workers levels. When these women try to Report the attacks, they are subjected to major obstacles to access justice.
"Women migrants find themselves in a state of extreme vulnerability where they are subject to severe discrimination due to their sex and because of their status as immigrants," a report submitted by the Rapporteur to the International Council for Human Rights in its session read.
5/20/2019 2:40:25 PM
<![CDATA[ Canadian Senate speaker lauds Sisi's counter-terror efforts]]>
During his visit to Egypt on Sunday and his meeting with President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, Furey also lauded the president's role in achieving security and stability, which strengthened Egypt's active role in promoting stability and security in the region and Africa, Radi said.

Furthermore, Furey highlighted Egypt's central role in the Middle East.


The meeting reviewed Egypt's efforts to combat terrorism and extremism and reform religious discourse.

President Sisi stressed Egypt's keenness to consolidate the culture of pluralism and acceptance of others. He pointed out that Egypt is a role model for peaceful coexistence in the region, which contributes to the efforts of bringing together different peoples and cultures.

During his visit to Cairo, Furey met with Egypt's Parliament Speaker Ali Abdel Aal, who praised the level of cooperation between the two countries. Abdel Aal also announced establishing an Egyptian-Canadian parliamentary friendship association to promote bilateral relations between the two countries.

Furey's visit comes after a long period of preparation between Egyptian Ambassador to Canada Ahmed Abu Zeid and some officials from Egypt and Canada, the Egyptian Parliament said in a statement.

5/20/2019 2:36:09 PM
<![CDATA[Selim el-Ansari saves Arab petroleum ministers from assassination]]>
However, six young Mujaheddin were able to enter the hotel in a sporty outfit acting like they want to use the hotel's swimming pool and gym. In fact, the men were affiliated to one of the terrorist organizations that planned the assassination of the Arab ministers.

The terrorist group also planned to record a video and broadcast it on the internet. The video would require each Arab minister to give a word about dispersing gas turbines in order to protect corrupt regimes.

Selim el-Ansari (Amir Karara) sensed danger and told Sameeh (Mohamed Ali Rizk) to keep an eye on those men- the mujahedeen. As Sameeh watched the group of men he saw them enter a room in the hotel’s ground floor. Ansari rushed into the room finding them getting ready to blow up the hotel. He killed them all on the spot.

During the course of the episode, two young mujaheddin infiltrated the meeting hall from a secret corridor. They were able to enter the meeting hall where the ministers convened and terrorized them. One of the terrorists wore an explosive belt and threatened to blow up the place if security forces entered. The two terrorists demanded the release of other terrorists held in the Egyptian prisons and made a list with their names.

Salim el-Ansari, Major General Galal Khattab and Abdullah - the Kuwaiti star Mohammed al-Haddad- discussed the matter together and decided to reach the terrorists and enter the meeting room through the same corridor the terrorists used. Selim el-Ansari and his colleagues managed to carry out the risky plan and managed to shoot the terrorists dead.

"Kalabsh P III" (Handcuffs P III) is written by Baher Deweidar and directed by Peter Mimi. It is the production of Synergy. The series is broadcast on ON E during the month of Ramadan. The series is starring Amir Karara, Ahmed Abdel Aziz, Hisham Selim, Yousra el-Lozy, Hala Fakher, Ahmed el-Awady, Omar el-Shenawy, Islam Gamal, Amira el-Aidi, Ahmed Imam, Mohamed Ali Rizk, among others.

5/20/2019 2:30:57 PM
<![CDATA[Seven Local Startups to Represent Egypt in GES 2019]]>
“These seven Egyptian companies were selected because of their drive, vision, and readiness to meet the challenge of scaling up regionally and globally to maximize their impact. We look forward to these startups showcasing their accomplishments on the world-wide stage of GES,” said the U.S. Charge d’Affaires in Egypt Thomas Goldberger during a Monday press conference held by the American Chamber of Commerce.

While in the Netherlands, representatives of the seven firms will have opportunities to network with over 1,000 other entrepreneurs and over 300 investors from around the world.

The annual GES conference brings together top entrepreneurs, investors, thought leaders, corporate partners, and policy makers. This year’s Global Entrepreneurship Summit will focus its activities on five critical areas: Agriculture/Food, Connectivity, Energy, Health, and Water.

The following Egyptian startups were selected:

- SWVL, an app that allows Egyptians to book fixed-route buses between neighborhoods for a fixed fare and without surge pricing.

- Elves, an artificial intelligence powered personal concierge app that can do everything from getting items delivered to your front door to booking flights or restaurant reservations.

- SmartCare, a startup that focuses on corporate health care insurance products.

- Breadfast, a food delivery services company that delivers fresh food overnight and to your doorstep.

- Al-Mouneer, Egypt’s first specialized diabetic eye care clinic that helps preserve the vision of Egyptians through specialized quality services and secure electronic health records.

- Chitosan, a company focusing on developing an organic, safe, and high quality supply of marine based chitin and chitosan, which are used in a variety of industries including pharmaceuticals to treat high cholesterol and obesity.

- Agrimatic Farms, a startup commercializing an innovative approach to farming not requiring soil.]]>
5/20/2019 2:05:34 PM
<![CDATA[Experts warn of blistering heat wave; temperature to hit 44°C]]>
A gradual increase in temperature will be witnessed starting on Tuesday, recording highs of 39°C and lows of 21°C. Cairo will see highs of 42°C on Wednesday.

Egypt's Head of the Meteorological Authority's Analysis Center Mahmoud Shaheen warned of the heat wave, advising citizens to drink abundant amount of water and liquids during the Iftar (breaking the fast meal) and the suhur (pre-dawn meal), avoid direct exposure to the sun, salty foods and to cover their heads outdoors to avoid sun strokes.

Temperature degrees went high during the past week, recording up to 40°C -42°C during the day in Cairo. The weather then relented over the past couple of days with the temperature dropping by 4°C-5°C.
5/20/2019 1:04:15 PM
<![CDATA[Messi increases goal haul as Barca draw with Eibar]]>
Eibar went ahead in the 20th minute with a strike from Barca’s on-loan midfielder Marc Cucurella which squirmed under keeper Jasper Cillessen but Messi levelled in the 31st after sneaking into the box to meet a pass from Arturo Vidal.

Messi struck again a minute later, racing through the middle unchallenged to latch on to a pass from Ivan Rakitic and calmly chip the outstretched keeper Marko Dmitrovic.

But Eibar’s Pablo de Blasis levelled right before halftime with a superb one-touch strike from long range after the ball fell into his path following a desperate header away from Cillessen, who looked in shaky form ahead of next week’s Copa del Rey final against Valencia.

“When you have nothing at stake you are always less keen in a game, in the end we drew but I think we have ended the season well,” said Barca coach Ernesto Valverde.

“We have been champions for a while now, we were very consistent throughout the campaign. We had a few difficulties early in the season, but we overcame them.”

Malcom and Gerard Pique missed second-half chances for the champions while Cucurella spurned an even better opportunity to snatch a winner for Eibar, who have still never managed to beat Barca in the top flight.

Messi had a difficult chance to score again and complete a hat-trick but sent his shot well over the bar.

The Argentine still finished the campaign as La Liga’s top scorer for a third year in a row, the first player to do so since Hugo Sanchez of Real Madrid in 1987.

He also joined the late former Athletic Bilbao striker Telmo Zarra as the only players in the league’s history to be top scorer six times.

Messi scored 15 goals more than his nearest challengers, Barca team mate Luis Suarez and Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema who both netted 21 times.

Barca, who clinched an eighth title in 11 seasons with three games to spare, finished the campaign on 87 points, 11 clear of runners-up Atletico Madrid and 19 ahead of Real Madrid in third.

Their focus now turns to beating Valencia in next week’s Cup final in Seville to complete a second consecutive domestic double.

Their season, however, is still likely to be overshadowed by their Champions League semi-final elimination to Liverpool.]]>
5/20/2019 1:00:00 PM
<![CDATA[Game of Thrones reaches its end, with one or two shocks left]]>
The last episode of the medieval fantasy based on the novels of George R.R. Martin ran roughly an hour and 20 minutes to conclude the storyline of more than a dozen characters and intertwining plots.

The fierce competition for the fictional Iron Throne - the seat for the show’s ruler, made of hundreds of swords - ended with a death and an unexpected choice to rule the fictional kingdom of Westeros.

The series had become the cornerstone of HBO’s primetime offerings, but its final season was also its most divisive, with both fans and critics finding specific plot twists, particularly the handling of one primary character, troubling.

HBO says the record-breaking final season drew 43 million viewers on average for each episode in the United States alone, an increase of 10 million over Season 7 in 2017.

Most notable in fans’ criticism was the malevolent turn by Emilia Clarke’s Daenerys Targaryen, the “Dragon Queen,” who used her dragon to lay waste to the show’s fictional capital after her enemies had surrendered.

The move angered fans, as the episode, titled “The Bells,” now garners the weakest ratings of all episodes in the eight-season run on Rottentomatoes.com, which aggregates critics’ reviews.

Brutal acts by Clarke’s character in previous seasons were similar to those of other leaders, but many viewers saw the decision to kill tens of thousands of innocent people as too drastic, based on her previous actions.

The final episode features her death at the hands of Jon Snow, her lover (and nephew, among numerous incestuous relationships portrayed), played by Kit Harington, who kills her, fearing her tyranny merely mirrors that of predecessors.

Her last living dragon then burns the Iron Throne, melting it down with his fiery breath.

Without a ruler, numerous members of the show’s noble houses eventually make an unexpected choice of king, settling on Brandon Stark, played by Isaac Hempstead Wright.

In the premiere episode in 2011, Brandon was pushed from a high tower, crippling him, but awakening mystical powers that eventually allowed him to see the past and the future.

Some critics viewed the Sunday episode’s choice as odd, since Stark’s abilities implied he foresaw the events, including the deaths of thousands, that would leave him ruler.

“He’s got the whole history of Westeros stockpiled in his head, so how is he going to be able to concentrate on running a kingdom?” wrote Rebecca Patton on Bustle.com.

From its ragged beginnings - its original pilot was never aired, instead undergoing substantial re-shoots and recasting of several characters - the series became a cultural phenomenon.

Its budgets grew, with the last season’s cost running as high as $15 million per episode, Variety says. It also won numerous primetime television Emmy Awards, including three for “Best Drama.”

It became known for unexpected, nerve-wracking moments, including the first season’s death of Eddard Stark, the nobleman played by Sean Bean, highlighted in a marketing campaign, and Season 3’s “Red Wedding,” a massacre in fictional wars that author Martin based on medieval Scottish history.

HBO, owned by AT&T’s WarnerMedia, is already planning a prequel series, set thousands of years earlier, while creators Dan Weiss and David Benioff are scheduled to make the next series of “Star Wars” films.]]>
5/20/2019 12:35:45 PM
<![CDATA[Argentine political twist could provide balm for troubled markets]]>
Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner – a former president who has an ardent support base but is unloved by global investors – surprised locals and international observers alike on Saturday by saying she would run as vice president alongside former cabinet chief, Alberto Fernandez, a veteran political operator who has both backed and criticized her in the past.

Economists said the move could temper the self-styled populist’s more contentious policies, even if it was also a clever ploy to return to power after struggling to win over the more moderate wing of the broad Peronist opposition.

That would likely be a balm for markets ahead of elections in October. The reemergence of the divisive ex-president, who had been climbing in the polls as incumbent Mauricio Macri stumbled over a biting recession and high inflation, had hammered the peso currency and caused bond yields to spike.

“I think the market will react well because this is basically a recognition of weakness on the part of Cristina Kirchner,” said Ilya Gofshteyn, a senior emerging markets strategist at Standard Chartered Bank in New York.

“She wouldn’t be running as a vice president if she thought she could win as president.”

Cristina Fernandez is considered by investors to be a riskier prospect because of her past populist policies. She introduced currency controls and tax increases on farm exports while in office between 2007 and 2015.

Alberto Fernandez criticized her management after he resigned from her administration in 2008 and forged ties with other factions of Peronism opposed to her ruling party.

J.P. Morgan said in a note that past criticism could actually help the running pair if it assuaged people’s fears that the lower-profile Alberto Fernandez would simply be a figurehead with his deputy holding the real power.

“In a government it is the president who makes the decisions,” Alberto Fernandez told local media on Saturday, responding to suggestions he would be a puppet of the former leader who still commands raucous crowds.

Others, however, said that if markets sensed a political upheaval, even one without Cristina Fernandez at the helm, it could create volatility.

“There will be some negative reaction with an upward exchange rate and some stocks and bonds dropping,” said Argentine economic analyst Gustavo Neffa at Research for Traders. “However, the election race is still very open so there can be changes.”

The unexpected ticket could also win support from more moderate Peronists who may not have voted for Cristina Fernandez herself. And with annual inflation at above 55%, job losses mounting and a tumbling peso, hard-hit voters are open to change.

“[Cristina Fernandez] is aiming to capture that more moderate segment that does not approve of Macri’s management,” Mariel Fornoni, a political analyst for Argentinian consultancy Management and Fit, told Reuters.

Macri, a free-market advocate, has worked to boost economic activity in the previously closed economy, but is struggling to reverse an economic crisis. He negotiated a $56.3 billion financing deal with the International Monetary Fund last year.

The crisis has contributed to uncertainty among investors, who feared political upheaval if Macri lost to Cristina Fernandez, opening the door to defaults and debt restructuring.

Gofshteyn said there was still time for a strong third candidate to emerge, but he didn’t believe investors would give the same weight to Cristina Fernandez’s vice presidential candidacy as they would to her as a potential president.

“There is this idea that you can somehow transfer your popularity to another candidate, but that’s just not the way it works. Name recognition matters a lot,” he said.]]>
5/20/2019 12:25:58 PM
<![CDATA[Putin has no plans to congratulate Zelenskiy on inauguration: Kremlin]]>
He said that Putin would congratulate his newly-elected counterpart if Zelenskiy makes progress in settling the conflict with pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine and mending relations with Russia.]]>
5/20/2019 12:24:17 PM
<![CDATA[Banks have agreed in principle on capital for new fund: Czech PM]]>
Babis has proposed the fund as an alternative to calls from his junior ruling partner to implement a sector tax on banks, which he has opposed.]]>
5/20/2019 12:22:41 PM
<![CDATA[Oil rises after OPEC+ says to keep output cuts]]>
Brent crude was up by 34 cents to $72.55 a barrel by 0928 GMT, having earlier touched $73.40, the highest since April 26.

U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude was up 24 cents at $63 a barrel, after hitting a three-week high of $63.81.

Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih said on Sunday there was consensus among the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and allied oil producers to drive down crude inventories “gently” but he would remain responsive to the needs of a “fragile market”.

United Arab Emirates Energy Minister Suhail al-Mazrouei earlier told reporters that producers were capable of filling any market gap and that relaxing supply cuts was not the right decision.

OPEC data indicates oil inventories in the developed world rose by 3.3 million barrels month-on-month in March, and were 22.8 million barrels above their five year average.

A gathering of the so-called Joint Ministerial Monitoring Committee (JMMC) in Saudi Arabia over the weekend did not make any solid recommendations, leaving a decision on policy for a meeting of OPEC and its allies next month in Vienna.

“While not explicitly mentioned in the statement (of the JMMC), uncertainty on how many Iranian and Venezuelan oil barrels will be lost due to U.S. sanctions was probably the main reason the group kicked the can down the road,” UBS analyst Giovanni Staunovo said.

OPEC, Russia and other non-member producers, an alliance known as OPEC+, agreed to cut output by 1.2 million barrels per day (bpd) from Jan. 1 for six months to try to prevent inventories from increasing and weakening prices.

Adding to the bullish sentiment is rising tensions in the Middle East.

U.S. President Donald Trump threatened Tehran on Sunday, tweeting that a conflict would be the “official end” of Iran, while Saudi Arabia said it was ready to respond with “all strength” and it was up to Iran to avoid war.

The rhetoric follows last week’s attacks on Saudi oil assets and the firing of a rocket on Sunday into Baghdad’s heavily fortified “Green Zone” that exploded near the U.S. embassy.

Another bullish signal for crude was a second week of declines in U.S. drilling operations, with energy companies cutting oil rigs to the lowest since March 2018.

The rig count, an early indicator of future output, fell by 3 to 802, General Electric Co’s Baker Hughes energy services unit said on Friday.]]>
5/20/2019 12:21:33 PM
<![CDATA[Huawei will continue security support for Android smartphones]]>
But it did not say what would happen with phones it would sell in the future, which are unlikely to have access to Google’s popular services including gmail, YouTube and Chrome unless a special license is obtained.

“Huawei will continue to provide security updates and after-sales services to all existing Huawei and Honor smartphone and tablet products, covering those that have been sold and that are still in stock globally,” a Huawei spokesman said by email.

“We will continue to build a safe and sustainable software ecosystem, in order to provide the best experience for all users globally,” said Huawei, which is the world’s second-biggest smartphone maker after Samsung and aspires to the top position.

Huawei’s devices in its home market do not have Google apps, but the move will hugely damage the brand’s appeal to consumers outside China.

Almost half of the 208 million phones Huawei shipped in 2018 went to outside mainland China, and Europe is the most important overseas market where its devices currently have 29% market share, according to technology research firm IDC.

Google said it would enact restrictions on Android updates to Huawei after U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday added the Chinese company to a trade blacklist, making it extremely difficult for it to do business with U.S. counterparts.

“We are complying with the order and reviewing the implications,” a Google spokesman said.

A source told Reuters: “Huawei will only be able to use the public version of Android and will not be able to get access to proprietary apps and services from Google.”

Google, owned by Alphabet Inc, said its Google Play app store and the security protections from Google Play Protect would continue to function on existing Huawei devices.]]>
5/20/2019 12:17:27 PM
<![CDATA[ Egypt applies to host African Free Trade Agreement's executive office]]>
In a training course organized by the AU legal adviser's office in Cairo, Negm said that the AfCFTA will enter into force in May after 22 states have approved it.

The AU Commission formed a committee to evaluate the preparations of each of the countries applying to host the agreement, Negm said.

In 2018, Egypt was elected as chair of the African Union Assembly of Heads of State and Government for a one-year term in 2019.

The African Union Commission will fully cooperate with President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi as chairman of the AU to solve African issues and achieve remarkable progress in the sustainable development agenda, AU Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat said in February.

Faki thanked Sisi for providing a clear-cut and comprehensive review of the continent's issues. He also praised the choice of 2019 as the year of refugees and displaced people in Africa, calling for uprooting the reasons of the file.

He also hailed the serious discussions held during the sessions of the summit, particularly the ones on peace and security in the continent.

Parts of the reporting were taken from MENA
5/20/2019 11:45:16 AM
<![CDATA[Three Egyptian Vultures brought to the Bulgarian Rhodopes]]>
The vultures spent a little more than two months in a special adaptation aviary.

An adaptation aviary is basically a large bird cage where they have the opportunity to fly.
Two days ago the birds were tagged with GPS-GSM transmitters from a team of the Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds and Green Balkans, according to Novinite.

Through the transmitters, experts will monitor their behavior in nature as well as their adaptation.

The three vultures were hatched last year and are part of an experimental work aimed at finding the best bird-removal approach to re-establish the Balkan species.

Vultures are exempted under one of the three approaches adopted for testing under the species recovery program.

In this method, they are kept for about eight months after hatching and then accommodated in adaptation aviary in the wild.

“It is believed that releasing them next season will help them with better adaptation and provide them with enough experience and time to cope with their first migration, which is the most deadly challenge for young Egyptian vultures in the Balkans,” Novinite said.

The method was first applied in Bulgaria last spring, when four young birds were released through the same adaptation aviary.

Thanks to the broadcasters, the LIFE project "New Hope for the Egyptian Vulture" has the opportunity to track their adaptation and migration. Route information is available to everyone.

5/20/2019 11:42:00 AM
<![CDATA[IRGC chief says Iran not afraid of war]]>
The newly appointed chief commander of the Guards was quoted by the Fars news agency as saying “fear of war” is what distinguishes Iran from the United States and adding, “America is afraid of war and does not have the will for it”.

The remarks came during a ceremony to introduc new commanders for the IRGC departments.

On Saturday, Salami taunted the Trump administration with 9/11 imagery, making a cruel reference to the attacks on the 2001 World Trade Center.

“The US political system has an apparently huge body, but suffers from osteoporosis,” Revolutionary Guard head Gen. Hossein Salami told the Fars news agency. “In fact, the US is like World Trade Building that collapses with a sudden hit.”

The remark came as tensions between Iran and the United States escalated.

While the U.S. dispatched additional naval and air power to the Gulf region earlier in May to send a “signal” to Iran, two attacks took place that intensified tensions and raised the alarms of an impending clash.

Four civilian ships were attacked in the Gulf of Oman and Yemeni Houthi drones hit Saudi oil installations.

Nevertheless, in recent days both sides have somewhat mellowed their rhetoric and emphasized that war is unlikely.
5/20/2019 11:38:21 AM
<![CDATA[Police raids 2 terrorist hideouts in Cairo suburbs ]]>
The forces found in the former four firearms, a birdshot shotgun, R-salt, nitrates, electrical circuits, and other materials used to manufacture explosives. In the latter, the police confiscated five shotguns, three shotgun magazines, and four explosive devices.

The first cell belongs to the terrorist organization, Hasm, while the second is affiliated with the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood. The National Security Sector at the Ministry of Interior that Hasm had received orders from the armed branch of the brotherhood abroad to carry out hostile operations in the country.
5/20/2019 11:29:10 AM
<![CDATA[Berkane’s manager expects a tough second leg in Egypt ]]>
“We did everything we can to win but Zamalek goalkeeper saved all our chances. I want to thank our fans who supported us from the first minute and did not lose faith in us during the game.”Jaouani said after the game.

Zamalek players were on the verge of returning to Egypt with a draw but a late goal from Berkane’s Togolese striker, Kodjo Fo-Doh Laba, secured the victory for the home side.

Jaouani added “We still have another game in Egypt and I am sure it will not be easy to win the title there so we needed this goal to have a slight advantage during the second leg.”

Zamalek will miss Hamdi Naguez and Omar El Said for suspension at the second leg but their first choice goalkeeper, Mahmoud Gennesh, who missed the first leg for suspension will return to the squad.

Zamalek fans, who are expected to pack Borg El Arab Stadium at the second leg, hopes to see their players lift the cup and put an end to a 17 year drought from African titles. ]]>
5/20/2019 9:30:00 AM
<![CDATA[Netherlands retain their U-17 European title ]]>
Sontje Hansen opened the score for Netherlands after 20 minutes and his teammate, Naoufal Bannis, doubled the score 10 minutes later.

Netherlands scored the third goal seconds before the half time thanks to a strike from Ian Maatsen and the players went to the half time with a hand on the title.

At the second half, Italy’s performance improved and they scored their opening goal in the game by Lorenzo Colombo who gave the Italian fans hope to return in the game.

However, Naci Ünüvar scored the fourth to Netherlands to secure their victory over the Italian team who scored their second goal by Colombo seconds before the final whistle.

Netherlands became the first nation to win the title four times and the first to retain U 16 and U 17 title twice.

France’s Adil Aouchiche won the tournament’s top goal scorer after he netted 9 goals during his team’s campaign that ended with a 2-1 loss to Italy during the semi-final.

The Republic of Ireland hosted 16 European teams at the tournament between 3 and 19 May. ]]>
5/20/2019 8:18:33 AM
<![CDATA[Zamalek loses in Morocco ]]>
Zamalek players were on the verge of returning to Egypt with a draw but a late goal from Berkane’s Togolese striker, Kodjo Fo-Doh Laba, secured the victory for the home side.

Zamalek entered the game with a 4-3-3 formation as Mahmoud Alaa, Mohamed Abdelghany, Hamdi Naguez and Abdallah Gomaa formed a solid defensive line that broke all the hosts’ attempts to score during the whole game.

Zamalek’s third choice goalkeeper, Omar Salah, started the game following the suspension of the team’s first choice goalkeeper, Mahmoud Gennesh, and the injury of the second choice goalkeeper, Emad El Sayed.

Salah saved many clear chances from Berkan’s strikers and he was the best player from the Egyptian side.

Zamalek’s attacking line of Omar El Said, Mahmoud Kahraba, Youssef Obama and Ahmed Zizo had clear chances during the game but they failed to convert these chances to goals.

Zamalek fans, who are expected to pack Borg El Arab Stadium at the second leg, hopes to see their players lift the cup and put an end to a 17 year drought from African titles. ]]>
5/20/2019 7:38:47 AM
<![CDATA[Atalanta on brink of Champions League spot after Juventus draw]]>
Josip Ilicic profited from some dozy defending to tap in the opener for the visitors during the first half, but Juve substitute Mario Mandzukic equalised with 10 minutes remaining.

The victory elevated the Bergamo side to third, level on 66 points with Inter Milan but ahead on head-to-head record.

Gian Piero Gasperini’s side will be assured of a top four finish if they beat Sassuolo in their final game of the season next weekend.

“It’s a positive result,” Gasperini told Sky Italia.

“Now we need to reach the finish line, so much work has been done and now we must go for it against Sassuolo. We still need to give everything.”

Juventus, who clinched an eighth successive Serie A title almost a month ago, announced this week that Allegri would leave the club at the end of the season.

The home crowd bid farewell to the coach after five trophy-laden years, while veteran defender Andrea Barzagli also took to the Allianz Stadium pitch for the final time.

Juventus’s form has dipped dramatically since they secured the title and they have now gone four league matches without a win for the first time since 2012.

Cristiano Ronaldo squandered a chance early on by blasting over the bar from a good position and they were made to rue that miss when Ilicic tapped in Atalanta’s 100th goal of the season in all competitions after 33 minutes.

Barzagli, who will be retiring after more than eight years at the club, was given a guard of honour by his team mates before the game and that was followed by a standing ovation when he was substituted in the second half.

Juve drew level when Mandzukic slid in to meet Juan Cuadrado’s looping cross at the back post and struck the ball into the net through Pierluigi Gollini’s legs.

The hosts were reduced to 10 men in stoppage time when Federico Bernardeschi was sent off for a rash challenge.]]>
5/20/2019 7:07:41 AM
<![CDATA[Real Madrid end campaign with 12th league defeat]]>
With Gareth Bale, Toni Kroos and Thibaut Courtois all sitting on the bench, Betis forward Loren Moron put the visitors in front in the 61st minute, completing a sweeping counter-attack by slamming the ball into the roof of the net from close range.

Former Madrid forward Jese Rodriguez tapped into the net unmarked in the 75th to seal the victory for Betis, who finished the season 10th in the standings but have earned away victories at the Nou Camp and the Santiago Bernabeu.

The win proved to be Quique Setien’s last stand as a statement from Betis after the game said he would be leaving the club by mutual consent.

Madrid ended the campaign third in the standings on 68 points, their lowest total since the 2001/02 season, while they lost 12 league games for the first time since the 1998/99 campaign.

They finished eight points behind runners up Atletico Madrid and 19 adrift of champions Barcelona, who drew 2-2 at Eibar.

“We started the season badly and we’ve finished it badly,” said Madrid defender Marcelo.

“We didn’t want the season to be like this at any stage, we wanted to be in finals competing for trophies, it’s been a tough season, one of the hardest on a personal level, we tried to sort things out but now we’re just looking to next season.”

Madrid’s only good opening in another dismal display fell to top scorer Karim Benzema, who struck the post from inside the box in the first half.

Betis dominated the play and would have scored earlier had it not been for some impressive saves from Keylor Navas, who was given a rousing reception from supporters in what was believed to be his last game for the club.]]>
5/20/2019 6:56:52 AM
<![CDATA[Kompany to leave Man City and join Anderlecht as player-manager]]>
“We’ve just seen the close of an incredible season. My 11th as a Blue. And I cannot believe I’m writing this but ... also my last as a Blue,” the City captain wrote in an open letter to fans on his Facebook page (www.facebook.com/pg/vincentkompany/).

“Man City has given me everything. I’ve tried to give back as much as I possibly could. How often does someone get the chance to end such an important chapter, representing a club with such great history and tradition, in such a great fashion?”

“The time has come for me to go now.”

The 33-year-old central defender said in the second part of his letter released shortly afterwards that he would take up the role of player-manager at Belgian club Anderlecht.

“I choose to be grateful for the past but remain ambitious and driven for the future. For the next three years, I will take up the role of player-manager of RSC Anderlecht,” he added.

“It’s the most passionate yet rational decision I’ve ever made. As a footballer, I was born and raised at Anderlecht. Since the age of six, I have been one with that club. A history of 34 league titles, they are second to none.

“I want to share my knowledge with the next purple generations. With that, I will also put a bit of Manchester in the heart of Belgium.”

City crushed Watford 6-0 in the FA Cup final on Saturday to complete the unprecedented treble of league championship and both domestic cups, after which Kompany said they were the best team in the world.

Kompany scored with a thunderous long-range strike to decide their penultimate league match of the season against Leicester City, a key moment in their retaining the Premier League title.

“It’s cliche to say it but it’s also so true: without my team mates I would have never been here today,” he added.

“We fought many battles together. Side by side. In good times and in bad. So to all of you, from the 2008-2009 squad to today’s domestic Treble winners: I owe you guys!

“A special word also to (manager) Pep (Guardiola) and the backroom staff: you’ve been superb. You’ve followed me through so much hardship. You made me come back stronger every time. Thank you so much.”]]>
5/20/2019 6:53:30 AM
<![CDATA[Tourism Minister escorts South African tourists to Pyramids]]>
The tourists were targeted earlier today by an explosion at Al Remaya district in Giza governorate

Al-Mashat visited the hospital where the tourists were checked to be treated from minor injuries due to the explosion, escorted a group of them to visit the Pyramids and the Great Sphinx.

The tourists received a brief on the history of the monuments from the director of Giza Pyramids area. The minister was keen to escort the tourists to their hotel where she met the South African ambassador to Egypt.

An explosion has targeted a bus carrying 25 tourists from South Africa and a private car carrying four civilians in Al Remaya area, Giza.

Injured people were reported; they suffered minors injures due to shattered glass of bus windows.
5/20/2019 1:11:03 AM
<![CDATA[Sisi holds Iftar for citizens from different governorates]]>
Earlier, the president invited several citizens from various governorates, including Cairo, Fayyoum, Minya, Assiut, South Sinai, Beni Suef and New Valley to join him in an Iftar meal at his place of residence.

The president's move comes out of his constant keenness to stay in touch with Egyptian citizens to listen to their views and whatever concerns them.

The president hailed social cohesion prevailing among the different spectra of the Egyptian people.

Posting on his social media accounts, the president said he was happy to host an Iftar banquet today with a group of citizens, expressing his admiration of their ideas and views that show they are aware of the reality of the country and their hopes to see a better future for Egypt.
5/20/2019 12:50:00 AM
<![CDATA[Video: Sisi unveils 2019 Africa Cup of Nations mascot]]>
The president inspected also preparations for the African tournament such as the ticketing system and issuing football fan ID cards in the presence of Youth and Sports Minister Ashraf Sobhi.


He listened also to an explanation about the tournament's ticketing system, said presidential Spokesperson Bassam Rady.

President Sisi has been keen on posing for a photo-op with the youth tasked with issuing the fan ID cards, the Spokesperson reiterated.

5/19/2019 11:48:30 PM
<![CDATA[Multilingual customer service for fans during AFCON ]]>
The application provides services in Arabic, English and French to make the fans’ mission easier.

The committee revealed earlier the AFCON 2019 Mascot; The child "Tut" followed by the Pharaoh King Tutankhamun.

Egypt won the rights to host the tournament after being selected over South Africa.

The 2019 African Cup of Nations was initially scheduled to be hosted by Cameroon. However, Cameroon was stripped of hosting the tournament for serious delays in preparations.

Egypt is the most successful nation in the history of the competition as Egypt has won a record of seven titles including three in a row between 2006 and 2010.
5/19/2019 11:13:39 PM
<![CDATA[2019 AFCON FAQ: All you need to know about Matches & Tickets]]>CAIRO – 19 May 2019: The Organizing Committee of the 2019 African Cup of Nations revealed the AFCON 2019 Mascot; The child "Tut" followed by the Pharaoh King Tutankhamun. It also revealed the Official website of AFCON Tickets & Fan ID, Tazkarti.

Tazkarti is your way to enjoy TOTAL AFCON, Egypt 2019 from stadiums. It is a portal that allows fans to register themselves to get a Fan ID by which they can book tickets and attend matches.


Q 1. Which stadiums will host the matches?
- Cairo Stadium
- 30 June Stadium
- Al Salam Stadium
- Alexandria Stadium
- Ismailia Stadium
- Suez Stadium

Q 2. How much is the ticket?
Ticket prices vary according to the match and the category of the ticket.

Q 3. How can I book a ticket and pay for it?
- Sign in to your account.
- Go to Matches, and search for the match you want.
- On the matches list, for the required match, click Book Ticket.
- Select your favorite team and specify the number of tickets you want to book for your preferred ticket categories. Then click Proceed.
- Specify for whom you book each ticket, whether yourself or your approved dependents. You can also assign tickets for others; just enter the Fan ID of the person you want to assign the ticket for, and then click Add Another Fan.
- If you want to book tickets for another match, click Book Another Match, and follow the previous steps to add the tickets to your cart.
- When you finish adding the tickets to your cart, click Proceed to Checkout.
- Review your order details, and if required, add or delete tickets for the same match, or book tickets for another match.
- To place your order, click Pay Now, and then specify the payment options as follows:
- Determine if you want to receive your tickets via home delivery or from an authorized outlet, and then click Continue.
- Specify the Shipping Info, if required, and then click Continue.
- Choose how you want to pay, whether by credit card or through Fawry network. Enter any required information depending on your choice.
- Click Confirm when you finish.

*Note that if you choose to pay through Fawry network, you have to complete the payment within the allowed time period to avoid canceling your ticket application.

Q 4. Can I book tickets for others?
Yes, you can book tickets for others who already have Fan IDs, whether they are your dependents or other persons, and you can pay for them too.
To book a ticket for another person, follow these steps:
- Sign in to your account.
- Go to Matches, and search for the match you want.
- On the matches list, for the required match, click Book Ticket.
- Select your favorite team and specify the number of tickets you want to book. Then click Proceed.
- Specify for whom you book each ticket. To assign tickets for others; just enter the Fan ID of the person you want to assign the ticket for, and then click Add Another Fan.
- Complete booking tickets and paying for them as usual.

Q 5. How can I get my tickets?
You can receive your tickets only after completing the payment process either by credit or through Fawry network. You have the following two options to receive your tickets.
You can collect your tickets from any authorized outlet. Visit the Authorized Outlets page for more information.
You can receive your ticket via home delivery if you select this option when you pay for the booked tickets. You should receive your tickets within 5 to 10 working days.

Q 6. How can I track my home delivery shipment?
You can track your shipment through Egypt Postal Services website:
Or call the Call Centre at 15355.

Q 7. Can someone else collect my tickets?
Yes, you can authorize someone else to collect your tickets from an authorized outlet, whether this person has a Fan ID or not.
To authorize someone to collect your tickets, do the following:
- Sign in to your account, and then click My Profile.
- Click Authorize Friend to Collect.
- Specify how to identify this person, whether by National ID or Fan ID, and then enter the person’s full name and ID number, or Fan ID number.
- Click Authorize.
- This person can receive your tickets from authorized outlets after presenting his or her proof of identity.

Q 8. I don’t want my ticket anymore; can I cancel it and get my money back?
Unfortunately, you cannot get a refund for your purchased tickets; however, you can transfer these tickets to other registered Fans ONLY ONCE.
To transfer your ticket, do the following:
- Sign in to your account, and then click My Tickets.
- For the required ticket, click Transfer.
- Enter the Fan ID of the person you want to transfer your ticket to.
- Click Transfer.
*Note that you cannot transfer the ticket to someone who already has a ticket for the same match.
- When you enter the Fan ID of the person to whom you want to transfer the ticket, the initials of the fan name appear to ensure that this is the intended person. If in doubt, do not transfer the ticket as you cannot undo this action. Once the ticket is transferred, it is removed from your tickets and you cannot get it back.

Q 9. When can I receive my tickets?
You can receive your tickets from any of the authorized outlets directly after completing the payment process.

Q 10. Can I give my ticket to someone else to attend the match?
Yes, you can transfer your tickets to other registered Fans.
To transfer your ticket, do the following:
- Sign in to your account, and then click My Tickets.
- For the required ticket, click Transfer.
- Enter the Fan ID of the person you want to transfer your ticket to.
- Click Transfer.

*Note that you cannot transfer the ticket to someone who already has a ticket for the same match.

When you enter the Fan ID of the person to whom you want to transfer the ticket, the initials of the fan name appear to ensure that this is the intended person. If in doubt, do not transfer the ticket as you cannot undo this action. Once the ticket is transferred, it is removed from your tickets and you cannot get it back.

For any further information or inquiries contact Tazkarti hotline 15355.]]>
5/19/2019 10:53:29 PM
<![CDATA[2019 AFCON FAQ: How to get your FAN ID for Africa Cup of Nations?]]>Tazkarti
is a ticket marketplace with a mission to provide a safe and secure marketplace for ticket buyers to find and purchase event tickets on the secondary market.

Tazkarti aims to unite buyers like you with thousands of reputable ticket sellers. We attempt to use new technology to guarantee your safety and easier use. The tickets are all authentic.

You can access Tazkarti through the following: [




Tazkarti is your way to enjoy TOTAL AFCON, Egypt 2019 from stadiums. It is a portal that allows fans to register themselves to get a Fan ID by which they can book tickets and attend matches.

After AFCON tournament, Tazkarti will sell tickets all over Egypt for different events: live events, theaters, sports events and more.

About Fan ID

Q 1. What is a Fan ID?
A FAN ID is a unique identification document used to identify a fan registered in Tazkarti system.

Q 2. Why do I need to register for a Fan ID?
Fans MUST apply for a FAN ID to be able to book tickets and attend matches.

Q 3. How much does a Fan ID cost?
It’s free, but you can receive your Fan ID ONLY after purchasing your first ticket.

Q 4. How can I get my Fan ID?
In order to print or receive your Fan ID, you MUST first purchase a ticket. Afterwards, you can receive your Fan ID with your first ticket from any of the authorized outlets.

Q 5. Can I order my Fan ID and receive it via home delivery?
Yes, you will receive your Fan ID in the same way you select to receive your ticket. In case of selecting to receive your ticket via home delivery, you will receive your Fan ID with it too.

Q 6. Where can I receive my Fan ID?
You can receive your Fan ID from any of the authorized outlets.
Visit the Authorized Outlets page for more information.

Q 7. In case of home delivery, when should I expect to receive my Fan ID?
You should receive your Fan ID before the 16th of June.

Q 8. What if I lost my Fan ID?
In case of losing your Fan ID, you can reprint it ONLY ONCE from any of the authorized outlets after presenting your valid National ID or passport.

Q 9. Can someone else receive my Fan ID?
Yes, you can authorize someone else to receive your Fan ID from an authorized outlet, whether this person has a Fan ID or not. However, you have to purchase your first ticket to be eligible for a Fan ID.

To authorize someone to receive your Fan ID, do the following:
1- Sign in to your account, and then click My Profile.
2- Click Authorize Friend to Collect.
3- Specify how to identify this person, whether by National ID or Fan ID, and then enter the person’s full name and ID number, or Fan ID number.
4- Click Authorize

This person can receive your Fan ID, and your tickets as well, from authorized outlets after presenting his or her proof of identity.

FAN ID Registration

Q 1. I’m Egyptian, what are the conditions to register for a Fan ID?
You must:
- Be above 16 years old.
- Attach a personal photo with white background.
- Have a valid National ID.
- Have a mobile number.

Q 2. I’m not Egyptian, what are the conditions to register for a Fan ID?
You must:
- Have a valid passport.
- Attach a personal photo with white background.
- Have a personal email address.

Q 3. I’m Egyptian, how can I register for a Fan ID?
To register for a Fan ID, follow these steps.

1. Click Register.
2. Click Egyptian.
3. Select your preferred language of communication, and enter your email. The emails and SMS messages you receive are written in the preferred language of communication you select.
4. Select the checkbox to accept the Terms and Conditions.
5. Select the I’m not a robot check box, and then select the images as required to proceed.
6. Enter your mobile number, and then click Send. A code is sent to the mobile number that you have entered.
7. Enter the verification code, and then click Verify.
8. Click Proceed, and then enter your personal information as per your National ID and birth certificate.
9. Click Proceed, and then attach the image of your National ID and your personal photo. The personal photo will be printed on your Fan ID.
10. Click Proceed, and wait till the information you have entered is verified.
If verified, your registration request is sent to the authorized parties to review it. If accepted, you will receive an SMS and email with your Fan ID number and password to sign in to your account, start booking tickets, and get your Fan ID.
Otherwise, you will receive a Request Code to update the request and resubmit it.

Q 4. I’m not Egyptian, how can I register for a Fan ID?
To register for a Fan ID, follow these steps:
1. Click Register.
2. Click Other Nationalities.
3. Select your country of nationality, select your preferred language of communication, and enter your mobile number. The emails and SMS messages you receive are written in the preferred language of communication you select.
4. Select the checkbox to accept the Terms and Conditions.
5. Select the I’m not a robot check box, and then select the images as required to proceed.
6. Enter your email address, and then click Send. A code is sent to the email address that you have entered.
7. Enter the verification code, and then click Verify.
8. Click Proceed, and then enter your personal information as per your passport.
9. Click Proceed, and then attach the image of your passport and your personal photo. The personal photo will be printed on your Fan ID.
10. Click Proceed.

Your registration request is sent to the authorized parties for review. If accepted, you will receive an email with your Fan ID number and password to sign in to your account, start booking tickets, and get your Fan ID.

Otherwise, you will receive a Request Code to update the request and resubmit it.

Q 5. I’m under 16 and I want to book a ticket; what should I do?
You cannot register for a Fan ID by yourself as you are underage. However, you can ask an adult from your family to register for a Fan ID and after approving the request, he or she can add you as a dependent. After approving the dependent request, he or she can book tickets for you.

Note that this person must have a valid National ID in case you are Egyptians, or both you and this person must have valid passports in case you are from another country.

Q 6. My registration request is rejected; what should I do?
If your registration request is rejected, you will receive a request code via SMS and email.
Use this code to update your registration request and submit it again to be reviewed.
Follow these steps to update your request.

Q 7. I don’t have a personal photo that matches the required criteria; what should I do?
You can use your mobile camera to capture an image of you. It’s preferred to ask someone else to capture the image. However, the captured image has to meet the same required conditions.

Q 9. I have not received any response from you regarding my request; what should I do?
Contact the Customer Service at 15355, or send a message through the Contact us page.

My Account

Q 1. I’ve received my Fan ID number and password; what shall I do next?
Use your Fan ID number and password to sign in to Tazkarti to start your experience with TOTAL AFCON, Egypt 2019.
After signing in for the first time, you are requested to create a new password for your account and to provide some additional information.
Afterwards, you can add your dependents and book tickets.

Q 2. Can I update my registered information?
In case your request is rejected, you can update only information that you are required to update. However, after accepting your request, you cannot edit any of the personal information you have provided; you can edit only your account information, such as your password and language of communication.

Q 3. I have forgotten my password; what should I do?
You can either contact the Customer Service at 15355 or request a new password that you can use to sign in to your account.
To request a new password, do the following:
1. Click Sign in, and then click Forgot Password?
2. Enter your Fan ID number and the last 4 digits of your National ID or passport number.
3. Select the I’m not a robot check box, and then select the images as required to proceed.
4. Click Reset Password. A new password is sent to you via SMS or email.
Use the new password to sign in to your account.

Q 4. How can I change my password?
1. Sign in to Tazkarti.
2. Go to My Profile, and then in the Account Information part, click Update.
3. In the Password box, enter a new password, and re-enter it again in the Confirm Password box.
4. Click Save.

Q 5. How can I change the language of the emails and SMS messages I receive?
You receive emails and SMS messages written in the language of communication selected when you registered; however, you can change it.
1. Sign in to Tazkarti.
2. Go to My Profile, and then in the Account Information part, click Update.
3. In the Language of Communication box, select the language you want for the SMS and emails you will receive.
4. Click Save.

Family and Friends

Q 1. I want to bring my family to the match; what should I do?
Each of your family members who is above 16 years has to register for a Fan ID, and after approving the registration requests, you can book tickets for them.
However, you can add your family members who are between 3 and 16 years as dependents, and you can book tickets for them.
To add a new dependent, follow these steps.
1. Sign in to Tazkarti, and then click Dependents.
2. In the Dependents page, click Add New Dependent, enter the required information, and upload the required documents.
3. Click Proceed to submit the request and wait till the request is approved.
You have to repeat these steps to add each of your dependents who are under 16. Note that if the request is rejected, you can update and resubmit it.

Q 2. My request to add one of my family members as a dependent is rejected; what should I do?
You can update the request and resubmit it again. Note that if this family member is above 16 years, he or she has to register for a separate Fan ID.
To update a rejected request, do the following:
1. Sign in to Tazkarti, and then click Dependents.
2. On the Dependents list, find the rejected request, and then click Update Request.
3. Edit your request, and then click Proceed.
The request is sent for review again. Note that the National ID or passport number will be blocked if the request is rejected for three times.

Matches and Tickets

Q 1. Which stadiums will host the matches?
- Cairo Stadium
- 30 June Stadium
- Al Salam Stadium
- Alexandria Stadium
- Ismailia Stadium
- Suez Stadium

Q 2. How much is the ticket?
Ticket prices vary according to the match and the category of the ticket.

Q 3. How can I book a ticket and pay for it?
1. Sign in to your account.
2. Go to Matches, and search for the match you want.
3. On the matches list, for the required match, click Book Ticket.
4. Select your favorite team and specify the number of tickets you want to book for your preferred ticket categories. Then click Proceed.
5. Specify for whom you book each ticket, whether yourself or your approved dependents. You can also assign tickets for others; just enter the Fan ID of the person you want to assign the ticket for, and then click Add Another Fan.
6. If you want to book tickets for another match, click Book Another Match, and follow the previous steps to add the tickets to your cart.
7. When you finish adding the tickets to your cart, click Proceed to Checkout.
8. Review your order details, and if required, add or delete tickets for the same match, or book tickets for another match.
9. To place your order, click Pay Now, and then specify the payment options as follows:
a. Determine if you want to receive your tickets via home delivery or from an authorized outlet, and then click Continue.
b. Specify the Shipping Info, if required, and then click Continue.
c. Choose how you want to pay, whether by credit card or through Fawry network. Enter any required information depending on your choice.
10. Click Confirm when you finish.
Note that if you choose to pay through Fawry network, you have to complete the payment within the allowed time period to avoid canceling your ticket application.

Q 4. Can I book tickets for others?
Yes, you can book tickets for others who already have Fan IDs, whether they are your dependents or other persons, and you can pay for them too.
To book a ticket for another person, follow these steps.
1. Sign in to your account.
2. Go to Matches, and search for the match you want.
3. On the matches list, for the required match, click Book Ticket.
4. Select your favorite team and specify the number of tickets you want to book. Then click Proceed.
5. Specify for whom you book each ticket. To assign tickets for others; just enter the Fan ID of the person you want to assign the ticket for, and then click Add Another Fan.
6. Complete booking tickets and paying for them as usual.

Q 5. How can I get my tickets?
You can receive your tickets only after completing the payment process either by credit or through Fawry network. You have the following two options to receive your tickets.
1. You can collect your tickets from any authorized outlet. Visit the Authorized Outlets page for more information.
2. You can receive your ticket via home delivery if you select this option when you pay for the booked tickets. You should receive your tickets within 5 to 10 working days.

Q 6. How can I track my home delivery shipment?
You can track your shipment through Egypt Postal Services website:
Or call the Call Centre at 15355.

Q 7. Can someone else collect my tickets?
Yes, you can authorize someone else to collect your tickets from an authorized outlet, whether this person has a Fan ID or not.
To authorize someone to collect your tickets, do the following:
1. Sign in to your account, and then click My Profile.
2. Click Authorize Friend to Collect.
3. Specify how to identify this person, whether by National ID or Fan ID, and then enter the person’s full name and ID number, or Fan ID number.
4. Click Authorize.
This person can receive your tickets from authorized outlets after presenting his or her proof of identity.

Q 8. I don’t want my ticket anymore; can I cancel it and get my money back?
Unfortunately, you cannot get a refund for your purchased tickets; however, you can transfer these tickets to other registered Fans ONLY ONCE.
To transfer your ticket, do the following:
1. Sign in to your account, and then click My Tickets.
2. For the required ticket, click Transfer.
3. Enter the Fan ID of the person you want to transfer your ticket to.
4. Click Transfer.
Note that you cannot transfer the ticket to someone who already has a ticket for the same match.
When you enter the Fan ID of the person to whom you want to transfer the ticket, the initials of the fan name appear to ensure that this is the intended person. If in doubt, do not transfer the ticket as you cannot undo this action. Once the ticket is transferred, it is removed from your tickets and you cannot get it back.

Q 9. When can I receive my tickets?
You can receive your tickets from any of the authorized outlets directly after completing the payment process.

Q 10. Can I give my ticket to someone else to attend the match?
Yes, you can transfer your tickets to other registered Fans.
To transfer your ticket, do the following:
1. Sign in to your account, and then click My Tickets.
2. For the required ticket, click Transfer.
3. Enter the Fan ID of the person you want to transfer your ticket to.
4. Click Transfer.
Note that you cannot transfer the ticket to someone who already has a ticket for the same match.
When you enter the Fan ID of the person to whom you want to transfer the ticket, the initials of the fan name appear to ensure that this is the intended person. If in doubt, do not transfer the ticket as you cannot undo this action. Once the ticket is transferred, it is removed from your tickets and you cannot get it back.

For any further information or inquiries contact Tazkarti hotline 15355.
]]>5/19/2019 10:51:10 PM<![CDATA[Step by step: Get your FAN ID, Book your matches tickets]]>
The AFCON starts on June 21 and ends on July 19. The tournament takes place with the participation of 24 teams in six groups for the first time in the history of the African competition.

Visitors can enter the official website, www.tazkarti.com, then fill their data to get "Fan ID" as well as buy tickets for all matches electronically.
Step-by-step, Egypt Today reviews how the site works to book tickets for the 2019 AFCON.
- First: Get Your Fan ID
Step 1
Once you enter the official website, choose "Get Fan ID" then you will be directed to a page asking you whether you are Egyptian or Other Nationalities.


Step 2
The User will fill his data which includes; Country of Nationality, Language of Communication and Email Address. Then he must enter his Mobile Number to get the Activation code via SMS.

Step 3
After filling your Mobile Number & getting the Activation Code, you will be directed to the next page where you must fill you First, Middle & Last Names, also you should fill your Mother's full name, Blood type & Gender.


Step 4
The user must fill also his Identity Number which is written in his National ID/Passport, and his Photo.


And this is the last phase in getting your FAN ID stage which will allow you to Book your Tickets.

- Second: Book your Tickets
Step 1
The matches will be played in the Cairo, Air Defense, Al Salam, Alexandria, Suez and Ismailia stadiums. The Cairo Stadium will host the opening match and final match.
Once you enter the official website, www.tazkarti.com , you can press 'Purchase Tickets' which will direct you to the next page showing the matches, stadiums & dates.

Step 2
In this step, the site will review the matches on each stadium and press the 'Book Ticket' specified in green and follow the steps.

Step 3
When you press 'Book ticket', the website will demand entering FAN ID & Password.

Egypt won the rights to host the tournament after being selected over South Africa.

The 2019 African Cup of Nations was initially scheduled to be hosted by Cameroon. However, Cameroon was stripped of hosting the tournament for serious delays in preparations.

Egypt is the most successful nation in the history of the competition as Egypt has won a record of seven titles including three in a row between 2006 and 2010. ]]>
5/19/2019 10:47:00 PM
<![CDATA[In steps: Book your 2019 African Cup tickets online via 'Tazkarti']]>
Egypt, in January, was handed the responsibility to host the tournament, after it was stripped from Cameroon for delays in preparations.

Steps of registration

Fans willing to book tickets have to hand their data and get Fan IDs; this identification document, besides the matches tickets, allow its owner to access the stadiums during the tournament.

First, users have to paste the URL "www.tazkarti.com," and then choose "register," to get their Fan IDs. The system would ask for the user's mobile phone number, and would then send a text message to this number containing the activation code of the registration which the user has to enter in the box shown on the screen.

The system would then request the personal data of the fan, according to his/her national ID card, along with a personal picture and a scan of the ID card.

Then the system would start operating to verify the data provided by the user, a step which has been adopted by global systems for the management of world championships such as the FIFA World Cup to ensure the safety of the fans in stadiums.

Finally, the registered fan would shortly receive a new text message or an email containing the number of his/her Fan ID and a password.

The fan would then be able to use the Fan ID and the password to choose the games, the categories of the tickets, and the place where he/she wants to sit. The system also allows users to choose from several electronic payment methods.

Fans can then print their Fan IDs and tickets from one of these outlets:

Outlets to get first-class tickets:

Orange branches in Heliopolis, Nasr City, The Fifth Settlement, Al-Rehab, Dokki, Downtown, Zamalek, Mohandessin, Al-Manial, Abbasia, Shoubra, 6th of October City, Haram, Maadi, Mokattam, Alexandria, Ismailia and Suez.

Outlets to get second-class and third-class tickets:

Giza's Gezira Youth Center, Maadi's The Olympic Center for Training National Teams, Suez Sporting Club - Sheikh Zayed Youth Center in Ismailia - 6th District Youth Center in the 6th of October City, Horses Owners Club in Alexandria's Smouha, and Shams Club in Cairo.

Tazkarti sets up a hotline number (15355) for further inquiries.]]>
5/19/2019 6:18:38 PM
<![CDATA[Check out Eid el Fitr Movies: 'El Kenz P II', 'El Mammar']]>CAIRO - 19 May 2019: “El Kenz P II” (The treasure) resumes from the conclusion of the first part which portrayed tales of Hatshepsut during the Pharaonic era and Ali al-Zaibaq during the Ottoman era.

“El Kenz” part one grossed LE 19 million ($1.1 million) after an 80-day stint in Egyptian cinemas.The storyline spans over the Pharaonic, Abbasid, Ottoman and modern day periods, ending in the 1970s. The movie revolves around corruption and mixing religion with politics; it portrays religious figures using their authority as a means of gaining political power.

Veteran Egyptian director, Sherif Arafa, is one of the most important figures in Egyptian cinema, known for his captivating stories and high quality film making. The movie boasts a dazzling cast of Egyptian superstars and actors such as Mohamed Ramadan, Amina Khalil, Sawsan Badr, Mohy Ismail, Mohamed Saad, Hend Sabry, and Ahmed Rezk.

The second part of the film also portrays Beshr el-Katatny’s (head of State Security Investigations Service) struggles in romance and work. Katatny tries to lead his son Hassan to find the treasure. “El Kenz P II” is directed by Abdel Rahim Kamal and Sherif Arafa. The film is starring Mohamed Ramadan, Mohamed Saad, Hend Sabry, Amina Khalil, Rubi, and Ahmed Rizk.

"El Mammar" (The Passage)

The film revolves around the heroic Egyptian Commandos during the war of attrition, headed by the leader of Group 39 martyr Ibrahim al-Rifai. The film discusses the time period from the 1967 war to the early times of the war of attrition. “El Mammar” is directed by Sherif Arafa and written by Sherif Arafa and Amir Teima. The film is starring Ahmed Ezz, Amir Karara, Hend Sabry, Ahmed Rizk, Asma Abul Yazid, Eyad Nassar, Sherif Mounir, Mohamed Farag, Ahmed Falawkas, Inaam Salousa, among others.

Also, veteran musician Omar Khairat began composing the movie’s soundtrack, which illustrates one of the most heroic battles ever fought by Egyptian soldiers. “El Mammar” (The passage) is a massive production and is expected to be released during the Muslim celebrations of Eid el-Fitr.

5/19/2019 3:59:16 PM
<![CDATA['Blue Elephant P II' to be released in summer ]]>
Actor Karim Abdel Aziz uploaded a picture uniting him with the film’s cast, commenting: “Last day of filming the 'Blue Elephant P II'... Summer 2019.” The "Blue Elephant P II" brings together a large number of stars and guests of honor, including Zafer Abdeen, Eyad Nassar, Asma Sherif Mounir, among others. The film is also an investment for the success of the first part, which achieved great revenues at the time of its release in 2014.

The second part of the "Blue Elephant" features the same cast of the first part, led by director Marwan Hamid and author Ahmed Murad. The film is starring Karim Abdel Aziz and Nelly Karim. Tunisian actress Hend Sabry also joins the cast. Jordanian star Eyad Nassar participates as a guest of honor playing a significant role.

The first part of the film tells the story of Dr. Yehya, who returns after 5 years of elective isolation to work at Abbasiya Mental Health Hospital in the section that observes the mental health of criminals. Yehya -Karim Abde Aziz- ends up meeting an old friend who carries a very dark past which he tries hard to forget. Yehya encounters numerous surprises that turn his life over, changing his efforts to find the truth about his friend into a journey of discovering himself.

5/19/2019 3:55:25 PM
<![CDATA[2019 AFCON Mascot revealed]]>

The AFCON starts on June 21 and ends on July 19. The tournament takes place with the participation of 24 teams in six groups for the first time in the history of the African competition.

The Egyptian national team was put in an easy group in the draw which was held in Egypt on Friday.

Egypt came in Group A with the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda and Zimbabwe in the 2019 African Cup of Nations.

Egypt won the rights to host the tournament after being selected over South Africa.

The 2019 African Cup of Nations was initially scheduled to be hosted by Cameroon. However, Cameroon was stripped of hosting the tournament for serious delays in preparations.

Egypt is the most successful nation in the history of the competition as Egypt has won a record of seven titles including three in a row between 2006 and 2010.
5/19/2019 3:44:46 PM
<![CDATA[BREAKING: Explosion targets bus carrying 25 tourists in Giza]]>
Injured people were reported; they suffered minors injures due to shattered glass of bus windows.
5/19/2019 3:25:32 PM
<![CDATA[The Critical Status of Egypt’s R&D]]>
Yet Egypt’s investment in R&D, a critical element for expanding and developing manufactory of capital goods and technologies compatible with the country’s infrastructure, remains quite low despite the fact that balance of payments (BOP) deficit would gradually decrease or even be eliminated, and different goods would be available at reasonable prices for consumers if we invested more in R&D.

The US National Science Foundation (NSF) defines three types of R&D: basic research, applied research and development. The first is gaining further knowledge of the subject under study without specific commercial objectives. The second is developing a means to fulfill a recognized need with specific market objectives. The third is the “systematic utilization of the knowledge or understanding gained from research toward the production of useful materials, devices, systems, or methods, including design and development of prototypes and processes.”

It is safe to say that Egypt is lacking on all three fronts, across several key industries, and there is generous room for improvement.

“R&D in Egypt is almost non-existent,” Bahgat El Dahesh, a member of Localization Committee at the Federation of Engineering Industries, says. He lists three reasons why the segment is weak; the first is the lack of self-confidence, despite the great know-how Egypt has embodied in open-minded engineers and labor. That makes manufacturers resort to replicating ready-made products designed abroad. He adds that there is a gap between the industrial sectors serving market needs and the outstanding academic research that the country produces.

A second issue is spending, epitomized in the unwillingness to pay for highly qualified calibers to conduct R&D and train others. Finally, the state does not provide incentives for manufacturers running R&D departments, although it does for manufacturers that export.

Houssam Abdel Aziz, a board member at the Chamber of Engineering Industries, adds that a key issue is the decline in education, as it has been outdated and “not able to produce technical qualifications for 2018.” Back in the 1960s, the Nasr Company for Cars used to produce complete and assembled engines, but that ceases to be the case, he argues.

During the same period, Egypt designed, validated and manufactured ships, aircrafts, air conditioners, sewing machines, and rail coaches. Egyptian companies even overhauled sugar factories locally as well as in Sudan and Iran. “In the 1980s, Egypt manufactured a heavy truck from scratch, outsourcing only the engine and gearbox,” Abdel Aziz clarifies.

For Egypt to go back to its golden years, Abdel Aziz argues, the society’s condescending view of technical education must change to increase youths’ interest in technical education.

“There is no manufacturing without R&D. That is why many factories shut down two or three years after launching. When they export, they are not able to adapt their products upon the clients’ requests because they just assemble products instead of creating products from scratch,” El Dahesh explains, highlighting that Chinese producers, on the other hand, study the markets they want to penetrate and fulfill their needs through R&D.

El Dahesh stresses the importance of promoting R&D culture as it is a key factor for innovation, controlling quality, and consumer price, praising some manufacturers in Egypt for reverse engineering, which he considers “a step forward for development.” He gives an example of an Egyptian company that used to produce stabilizers for high-quality refrigerators, partnering with a European company. However, after the end of the partnership, no care was given to R&D, so their clients switched to importing stabilizers from South Korea as they proved better in terms quality, price and suitability.

But there seems to be some hope for the sector. El Dahesh is happy that some Egyptian manufacturers have started to create engineering departments to work on the implementation phase of R&D; the last of four stages that include the esthetic design, engineering the design and coming up with a prototype. Designing from scratch, however, is still largely lacking in the market, despite some reverse engineering attempts. The aesthetic stage is the outer design, which should match the dominant market tastes. The engineering phase consists of structure and function, and the prototype phase includes testing the usability through simulations, 3D printing, verification and validation, as well as developing software programs and control panels.

Abdel Aziz is optimistic about how reverse engineering has spread, enabling manufacturers to be more cost efficient while developing their products’ features. “Reverse engineering would lead to the development of the country’s feeding industries,” Abdel Aziz maintains.

He also argues that we should keep our expectations in check as the localization of components would be a milestone to help decrease imports and boost designing locally. He explains that developing countries are not expected to frequently come up with innovations. Instead, they should follow the pace of China, which succeeded in producing existing goods at lower costs and with simpler features.

Yet despite an overall state of stagnation, R&D advancement differs from one sector to the other; so while Egypt just saw its first smartphone, other sectors aren’t investing as much in the segment.


Pharmaceuticals constitute a strategic sector that has taken a major hit in Egypt following the currency flotation in November 2016. Chairman Consultant for Quality Affairs at Sigma Pharmaceuticals Group Hussein El Dars says that R&D helps the sector in Egypt fulfill the goals of manufacturing raw materials and formulations, making drugs more effective and available at reasonable prices.

Pharmaceutical companies worldwide produce either molecules (formulas in pharmaceutical terms), formulations or raw materials, but not the two or three together.

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Egypt has 160 factories, of which seven are government-run while the rest belong to the private sector. Yet only the seven government-run companies, such as El Nasr, produce raw materials, El Dars explains, and they produce limited types because only mass production makes raw materials cost effective. They are, moreover, normally only produced by shareholding companies. With the cost of imported raw materials increasing post the currency float, companies have been struggling.

“To change the source of the raw material is a problem, since it is part of the drug registration process,” he adds. This has kept many companies in Egypt from switching to lower-cost raw materials after the floatation.

Pharmaceutical companies in Egypt receive patents from the Ministry of Health for different formulations and combinations of molecules developed abroad after providing the reference (original) product that has been tested and approved in one of 21 designated countries, El Dars explains. He adds that no Egyptian company currently invents new molecules.

The formulation can be different from one country to another to ensure drug stability, which is the ability of the pharmaceutical dosage form to maintain the physical, chemical, therapeutic and microbial properties during the time of storage and usage by the patient. These are all factors that make it easier and more time efficient for local companies to invest in R&D to be able to customize formulas according to their needs.

“We have to take into consideration storage and expiration dates. The packaging is designed according to the temperature and humidity levels. The other element to consider is [the human aspect],” El Dars says, clarifying that these factors are considered by Egyptian companies when manufacturing drugs for both local consumption and exportation. A case in point is his company, Sigma, which exports to eight to 10 countries.

El Dars believes the major and almost only obstacle hindering R&D in the Egyptian pharmaceuticals sector is how it will affect the prices of medicine. Medicine prices have to be approved by the Central Administration for Pharmaceutical Affairs at the Ministry of Health, which not only minimizes the companies’ profits, but also often leads it to incurring losses. That means that with the hike in costs of raw materials after the float, which are predominantly imported, the budget allocated for R&D has become minimal to refrain from drastically increasing the prices of medicine. El Dars adds that production of some medicines have even stopped altogether because of the increasing costs.

He explains that giant companies worldwide do not develop new drugs and that they just buy the molecules from research centers, specifically those located in Japan. He explains that they can buy 10 medicines, and only two would work, adding that drugs worldwide are protected by a patent for a specific period of time, before they become generic so they can be produced without a permit or license. This explains why treatments are first introduced at high prices before eventually becoming cheaper.

“The pharmaceuticals sector in Egypt is old. We have qualified people in quality control, formulation, stability and R&D. We have very experienced people as well as research and training centers. We are up to date [and] participate in different conferences. Academic centers sometimes develop new molecules and discover shortcomings of existing molecules,” El Dars adds, giving the example of a drug called Shelalageen, which was developed by Egyptian pharmaceutical companies to treat liver and bladder diseases using a plant only grown in Egypt called Khela, which was exported during the sector’s peak in the 1940s and 1950s. But for the sector to further develop or go back to its glory days, however, it will need far more funding.


“R&D in the electronics sector faces the same obstacles as R&D in all other industries in Egypt; [the lack of] funding and the small number of manufacturers,” Chairman of the company that launched the first Egyptian smartphone, Egyptian Silicon Industries Co. (Sico) Mohamed Salem says. The country does not have research centers because of the low local demand for innovations serving the manufacturers’ products. Salem explains that the size of the business is one important determinant for whether it would have an R&D department or not.

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However, Egypt is rich in “expertise,” such as pioneers in designing electricity cycles, Salem says. He adds that a key advantage allowing Egypt to develop its R&D segment is the availability of good know-how, including “very talented engineers who have worked for companies in China, France and Japan.”

Salem adds that Sico resorted to foreign research centers to help with the design of the smartphone it launched few months ago, and that the company is trying to bring them to operate in the country as it seeks to cooperate with them in the upcoming period. Sico is currently self-dependent in its manufacturing process to produce devices on the same level of quality as China’s.

Salem mentions that a good opportunity for manufacturers seeking funding for technological innovation is the Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA). The entity, affiliated with the Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Technology, would study the idea and cost to evaluate the talent needed to design the product. “If successful, ITIDA would provide funding ranging from 60 to 85% of the research project’s cost,” he adds.

White Goods

Abdel Aziz highlights that a considerable number of the local producers have departments that perform internal product verification and validation. What the industry lacks, however, is globally accredited laboratories. This would reduce the validation cost and time for all industry players. Even member countries of Egypt’s Free Trade Agreements are enforcing non-tariff trade barriers, like Saudi Arabia’s SASO (Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization), which aims to validate products’ quality. This affected Egypt’s exports to one key market. It would take time for manufacturers to re-validate their products in overseas, third-party laboratories to re-penetrate the market and win back lost market share. The Egyptian white goods sector has a good presence in the Arab market and an interest in further penetrating the African market for the increase in consumers’ purchasing power and growth.

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Abdel Aziz concludes that such expansion in African markets would be facilitated by the Tripartite Free Trade Area comprising the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), Southern African Development Community (SADC), and Eastern African Community (EAC).


“There is not enough R&D in Egypt. Producers just replicate what is invented in research centers abroad,” Managing Director of Unilever Mashreq Ahraf Bakry says, adding that local manufacturers do not spend enough on R&D because they lack the right mindset.

As for multinationals, R&D is centralized, but they have R&D departments in their local subsidiaries to make formulations they receive from abroad compatible with legal approval regulations as well as with available technology and market needs.

“There are two types of R&D. The short-term one is called progressive and it is about enhancing the product having little return. The other is innovative. It takes a long cycle, but it becomes a hit when accomplished,” Bakry explains.

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The Unilever manager reveals that many foreign companies have been massively exporting from Egypt, which has turned into a very competitive manufacturing base post-flotation. What also helps boost exports is that goods are becoming increasingly standardized on the global scale.

“There is no need to customize. However, if there is a need, we can do it,” Bakry says, stipulating that Egypt has “great scientists” who have been able to “replicate well” and who highly succeeded abroad.

R&D Around the World

Expenditure on R&D rose to 2.2% of world’s GDP in 2015 from 1.972% in 1996. As for Egypt, R&D expenditure more than doubled during the same period to become 0.72% of GDP instead of 0.21%, according to the World Bank.

World gross expenditure on research and development (GERD) outpaced the global economy in terms of growth between 2007 and 2013, as the rates have been 30.5% and 20.1% respectively, according to the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

“This was largely because the private sector in wealthier countries maintained or increased its own level of spending on R&D over this period, even though public commitment to R&D declined in many of these countries in the context of austerity budgets,” UNESCO reported.

High-income economies contributed 69.3% to GERD in 2013, down from 79.7% in 2007. On the other hand, the share of low and middle-income countries grew to 11.1% in 2013 from 10.1% in 2007. The United States, which gives tax incentives for corporations to conduct R&D, contributed the most to GERD at 28.1%.

China’s share of global GERD rose to 19.6% in 2013 from 10.2% in 2007. Around 84.6% of research spending in China is channeled to experimental development, according to 2013 data.

“Experimental development is systematic work, drawing on existing knowledge gained from research and/or practical experience directed to producing new materials, products or devices; to installing new processes, systems and services; or to improving substantially those already produced or installed,” notes the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) glossary of statistical terms.

China’s expenditure on R&D made up 2.07% of its GDP in 2015. Companies spent 1.09 trillion yuan out of the 1.42 trillion yuan ($206.05 billion) spent on R&D in that year, according to Reuters. The percentage allocated to R&D of the total 35 OECD countries’ GDP reached 2.38% in 2016. Many studies indicated that significant expenditure on R&D leads to economic growth, reflected on GDP in varying degrees.

However, what matters most is not the amount of expenditure on R&D, but linking it to well-defined market needs and business goals to deliver customer value. Since Egypt has a large domestic market and a high return on investment (ROI), R&D investment can be quite profitable for the private sector.

5/19/2019 3:21:05 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt thwarts smuggling antiquities of Muhammad Ali's family]]>
The seized antiquities include clothes, personal belongings, copper products and utensils, a security statement said, adding that the archaeological committee in the airport found that they include two objects dating back to the family of the Albanian commander.

The person accused of smuggling the objects lives inCairo and has the nationality of a foreign country.

In April, Cairo International Airport authorities managed to foil an attempt to smuggle a number of real bullets, cold weapons, ancient swords and gemstones, in violation of the Egyptian relevant laws.

The authorities could seize 13 bullets of a Grenov machine gun, eightpocketknives, 22 coins dating back to the Abbasid Caliphate's era, twoancient swords related to late kings of Abyssinia (now Ethiopia), and around 2 kilograms of gemstones, according to security reports.

The smuggled objects were in the possession of an Arab passenger who was travelling from Jeddah to Cairo.


5/19/2019 3:01:00 PM
<![CDATA['Hekayti': Will Farida retaliate against Dalida's actions?]]>th episode of “Hekayti” (My story) started with the insistence of Farida (Wafaa Amer), the owner of the tailor shop where Dalida (Yasmine Sabry) works to steal Dalida’s designs.

Farida then participates in a fashion festival using Dalida’s designs to receive the first prize. The events escalate when Dalida snatches the microphone from Farida to announce that she had stolen her designs and that she does not deserve the award.

By the end of the episode, Farida calls Dalida and tells her that she is no longer mad at her and wants her to come back to the atelier and continue working for her.

Meanwhile, Farida calls Adham (Ahmed Hatem) to get rid of Dalida as a way of retaliation.

What is going to happen to Dalida? Will Farida harm her? What will Adham do to her? Stay tuned for the 14th episode to find out!

“Hekayti” is broadcast on CBC, ON E and DMC during the holy month of Ramadan.

The screenplay stars Yasmine Sabry, Wafaa Amer, Ahmed Hatem, Ahmed Salah Hosny, Ahmed Bedeir, Edward, Gamal Abdel Nasser, Nahed Roshdy, Islam Gamal, Hanadi Mihanna, Ahmed Gamal Said, Tamer Shaltout, Ahmed Halawa, Nehal Anbar, Sara el-Tunsy, Donia el-Masry, among others.

The series is written by Mohamed Abdel Moty, directed by Ahmed Samir Farag and produced by Synergy.]]>
5/19/2019 2:53:18 PM
<![CDATA[Messe Frankfurt studies holding international textile exhibition in Egypt]]>
“The exhibition will be an important platform for bringing together exporters and importers from around the world to exchange experiences and views in this field,” the statement read.

The exhibition comes in light of Egypt’s strategic plan to be a trade hub serving the African countries, the ministry said, noting that the country aims to be an international center for all international exhibitions.

Member of the Executive Board of Messe Frankfurt GmbH Uwe Behm said that the company has been cooperating with Egypt for 100 years, adding that the company aims to hold this big international exhibition due to Egypt’s distinguished and strategic geographic place in Africa and in the Arab World.

5/19/2019 2:34:34 PM
<![CDATA[Over 950 Syrian refugees returned to Syria during past 24 hours]]>
"During the past 24 hours, about 967 Syrian refugees returned to Syria, including 408 from Lebanon, who came back through the two border crossings of Jadida Yabous and Tel Kalakh, besides 559 who returned from Jordan through Nasib border crossing", Sputnik reported, quoting the Russian Reconciliation Center for Syria as saying.]]>
5/19/2019 2:18:01 PM
<![CDATA[Kuwait approves electronic linkage with Egypt]]>
According to the memorandum of understanding, an Egyptian-Kuwaiti technical committee will be formed grouping three experts in information systems, overseas employment and foreign relations, the source said.

The committee is to be tasked with making any changes it deems necessary and ironing out hurdles obstructing the implementation of the memo that will help select qualified laborers needed by the Kuwaiti market. Authorities in both Egypt and Kuwait will be notified with lists of the names of workers that will cross into the other side.

In April, Deputy Director of the General Authority for Manpower Sultan el-Shalaani said the memo awaits the approval of the Kuwaiti Cabinet to come into force.
5/19/2019 2:15:07 PM
<![CDATA[CAPMAS: Industrial output up 27.6% in 3rd quarter of 2018]]>
In the quarter annual bulletin, the CAPMAS said the industry of iron, steel, precious metals and foundries contributed the lion's share to the industrial output in the third quarter of 2018.

The food industries contributed by 16.1 percent to the industrial output.

The industry of chemical products' contribution stood at EGP 28.8 billion in the aforementioned period, while the furniture industry contributed EGP 0.8 billion. ]]>
5/19/2019 2:06:06 PM
<![CDATA[Dollar price stable at major Egyptian banks]]>
At the National Bank of Egypt, Banque Misr, the National Bank of Greece, the Bank of Alexandria, the Commercial International Bank and the Arab African International Bank, the dollar exchange rate settled at EGP 16.99 for buying and EGP 17.09 for selling.

The dollar price stood at EGP 17.00 for buying and EGP 17.10 for selling at the Egyptian Gulf Bank and the Housing and Development Bank.]]>
5/19/2019 2:00:18 PM
<![CDATA[Rawda Abdullah to perform in Cairo Opera House on May 20]]>
Abdullah explained that the musical project combines new musical productions with Tunisian music heritage. The performance is a continuation of the show "Secrets" (Asrar) that was presented in 2014 and won the Best Tunisian Music Award at the third edition of Carthage Musical Days Festival. The Tunisian singer further added that the show was the result of a workshop that brought her together with Mona Shaturu. In the workshop, they both tried to determine the artistic features of the show and create a musical direction that distinguishes it from the prevailing concerts through presenting songs that translate their concerns and thoughts.

Rawda stated that the musical performance is inspired by African tones and rhythms. She added that she drew the project's vocabulary, poetic expressions and ideas from childhood memories and life adventures and worked to create songs with modern music arrangement that addresses youth, allowing them to interact with the music and lyrics.

Rawda’s band includes musicians with high expertise and mastery of numerous instruments who are open to different cultures, musical styles and dialects. The band includes Salim Arjoun (Pianist), Mona Shaturu (Oud), Hamad bin Salha and Marwan Sultana. This musical group seeks to present distinguished musical colors originating from the heart of Tunisian and North African cultures.

5/19/2019 1:57:33 PM
<![CDATA[UK's opposition will not back 'fundamentally' unchanged Brexit bill]]>
“We haven’t seen whatever the new bill is going to be yet but nothing I’ve heard leads me to believe it is fundamentally any different from the previous bill that has been put forward so as of now we are not supporting it,” Jeremy Corbyn told the BBC’s Andrew Marr show on Sunday.

May said in the Sunday Times she would present a “new bold offer” to lawmakers with “an improved package of measures” in a final attempt to get the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement Bill through parliament before she leaves office.]]>
5/19/2019 1:57:29 PM
<![CDATA[China's central bank says to keep yuan stable, in balanced range]]>
Pan Gongsheng, deputy governor of the People’s Bank of China (PBOC), told the PBOC-run Financial News in an interview that the central bank was confident in its ability to maintain stable operation of China’s foreign exchange market.

The PBOC will also make the necessary counter-cyclical adjustments and strengthen macro prudential management according to changes in the situation, as well as combating illegal and irregular behavior and safeguarding good order on the foreign exchange market, said Pan, who is also director of the State Administration of Foreign Exchange.]]>
5/19/2019 1:56:14 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi updated on ongoing preparations for 2019 Africa Cup of Nations championship]]>
Egypt has been granted the hosting rights of the 2019 African Cup of Nations after winning a majority of votes in a January meeting of the executive committee of the CAF.

Egypt obtained 16 out of 18 votes, with only one vote going to sole rival South Africa, while the remaining voting country abstained.

The 2019 AFCON is scheduled to take place from June 15 to July 13, having been moved from January/February to avoid club-versus-country clashes.

Egypt has already hosted four editions of the cup: in 1959, 1974, 1986 and 2006.

The Pharaohs have won the prestigious competition seven times.]]>
5/19/2019 1:11:44 PM
<![CDATA[World states mark International Day of Biological Diversity Wednesday]]>
The theme of this year’s International Day for Biological Diversity is “Our Biodiversity, Our Food, Our Health”—which focuses on biodiversity as foundation for food and health, and a key catalyst to transforming food systems and improving human health.

A new report from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) warned that nature is declining globally at rates unprecedented in human history – and the rate of species extinctions is accelerating, with grave impacts on people around the world now likely.

The report assesses changes over the past five decades, providing a comprehensive picture of the relationship between economic development pathways and their impacts on nature. It also offers a range of possible scenarios for the coming decades.

The report finds that around 1 million animal and plant species are now threatened with extinction, many within decades, more than ever before in human history.

The average abundance of native species in most major land-based habitats has fallen by at least 20%, mostly since 1900. More than 40% of amphibian species, almost 33% of reef-forming corals and more than a third of all marine mammals are threatened. The picture is less clear for insect species, but available evidence supports a tentative estimate of 10% being threatened.

At least 680 vertebrate species had been driven to extinction since the 16th century and more than 9% of all domesticated breeds of mammals used for food and agriculture had become extinct by

When first created by the Second Committee of the UN General Assembly in late 1993, December 29 (the date of entry into force of the Convention of Biological Diversity), was designated The International Day for Biological Diversity.

In December 2000, the UN General Assembly adopted May 22 as IDB, to commemorate the adoption of the text of the Convention on 22 May 1992 by the Nairobi Final Act of the Conference for the Adoption of the Agreed Text of the Convention on Biological Diversity.

This was partly done because it was difficult for many countries to plan and carry out suitable celebrations for the date of December 29, given the number of holidays that coincide around that time of year.]]>
5/19/2019 12:38:37 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi orders further studies to maximize Waqf assets, investment returns]]>
Meeting Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli and Awqaf Minister Mohamed Mokhtar Gomaa, the president said such studied should be made in cooperation experts and specialists taking into account the legal and sharia controls, presidential spokesman Bassam Rady said in a statement.

The meeting also reviewed efforts made by the Awqad Ministry in the fields of advocacy, translation, publishing, training imams, especially regarding to correct misconceptions and spread the jurisprudence of state building and patriotic character.

Activities of the Ministry of Awqaf in the service of the community were also reviewed.

Sisi tasked the Awqaf Ministry with maximizing specialized training programs for imams, expanding translation and publishing projects and developing the sacrifice vouchers (Adahi Sukuk) project. ]]>
5/19/2019 12:28:30 PM
<![CDATA[Britain's Prince Harry, queen attend Windsor Castle royal wedding]]>
Queen Elizabeth’s first cousin once removed, Gabriella, a 38-year-old freelance writer and daughter of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, tied the knot with financier Thomas Kingston, 40, at the castle’s 15th Century St George’s Chapel.

The wedding, attended by the monarch, 93, and her 97-year-old husband Prince Philip, marks the third royal nuptials in a year at Windsor Castle.

In a televised ceremony watched by millions around the world, Harry, the queen’s grandson, wed U.S. actress Meghan Markle there on May 19, 2018. His cousin Princess Eugenie married Jack Brooksbank in the chapel in October.

Following the May 6 birth of Harry and Meghan’s son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, Gabriella is 52nd in line to the throne. Her father is Queen Elizabeth’s cousin.

The marriage ceremony was conducted by the Dean of Windsor, David Conner and other attendees included the queen’s sons Prince Andrew and Prince Edward and daughter Princess Anne.

Gabriella wore a lace embroidered dress by designer Luisa Beccaria.]]>
5/19/2019 12:16:51 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt has never seen leader like Sisi: Pope Tawadros]]>
"Throughout its history, Egypt has never seen a leader like him," the Pope added in a meeting with a raft of Coptic expatriates in Germany's Altena.

The Church is making great efforts in Asia, Africa and Europe, the pontiff said.

Discussions are made with other churches to install the Easter on the third Sunday of April, the Pope also said.

Changing dates has nothing to do with the doctrine, he added.

Pope Tawadros II is currently a pastoral journey to Germany. ]]>
5/19/2019 12:09:19 PM
<![CDATA[Saudi Arabia to convene Arab leaders over recent attacks]]>
The meetings are set for May 30 in Mecca, the ministry said on Twitter.

Four commercial ships were sabotaged off the coast of the United Arab Emirates on Sunday, and two days later drones attacked oil installations west of the Saudi capital Riyadh.]]>
5/19/2019 12:07:40 PM
<![CDATA[Pope pays tribute to journalists who were killed; says press freedom vital]]>
In an address to the Foreign Press Association in Italy, he urged journalists to shun fake news and continue reporting on the plight of people who no longer make headlines but are still suffering, specifically mentioning the Rohingya and Yazidi.

“I listened in pain to the statistics about your colleagues killed while carrying out their work with courage and dedication in so many countries to report on what is happening in wars and other dramatic situations in which so many of our brothers and sisters in the world live,” he said.

Francis had just heard the association’s president, Patricia Thomas of Associated Press Television, talk about journalists killed, imprisoned, wounded or threatened in their line of work.

She mentioned Lyra Mckee, who was shot dead while covering a riot in Northern Ireland, Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, who died in a car bomb in 2017, and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last year.

“Freedom of the press and of expression is an important indicator of the state of a country’s health,” the pope said. “Let’s not forget that one of the first things dictatorships do is remove freedom of the press or mask it, not leaving it free.”

Francis did not mention any countries in his address to about 400 members of the foreign media and their families.

“We need journalists who are on the side of victims, on the side of those who are persecuted, on the side of who is excluded, cast aside, discriminated against,” he said.

In an apparent reference to the media’s role in investigating the Roman Catholic Church’s sexual abuse crisis, Francis said: “The Church holds you in esteem, also when you put your finger in a wound, even if the wound is in the Church community.”

Francis urged the media to not lose interest in tragedies even when they no longer make headlines.

“Who is talking about the Rohingya today? Who is talking about the Yazidi today? They have been forgotten and they continue to suffer,” he said.

Nearly one million Rohingya Muslims from mostly Buddhist Myanmar have fled to Bangladesh, most following a Myanmar military-led crackdown in 2017 that U.N. investigators have said was conducted with “genocidal intent”. Myanmar has denied almost all allegations of atrocities.

Two Reuters journalists jailed in Myanmar after they were convicted of breaking the Official Secrets Act walked free from prison earlier this month after more than 500 days behind bars.

Reuters has said the two men did not commit any crime and had called for their release. They were released under a presidential amnesty for 6,520 prisoners.

Islamic State militants in Iraq shot, beheaded, burned alive or kidnapped more than 9,000 members of the minority Yazidi religion, in what the United Nations has called a genocidal campaign against them.

5/19/2019 12:06:26 PM
<![CDATA[ECB's Knot says euro zone inflation is not where ECB wants it]]>
Euro zone prices rose by 1.7 percent year-on-year in April from 1.4 percent in March, according to EU statistics agency Eurostat. The acceleration offered some mild relief to the European Central Bank, which targets inflation of just below 2 percent in the 19-nation euro zone.

Knot, the Dutch central bank governor, said the current situation was “not full convergence to below but close to 2%, I think. We have a figure in mind that is clearly closer to 2% than the number we have seen over the last five, six years or so.”

According to an English transcript of his interview published on the Italian daily’s website, Knot said: “The only thing that we can do is to keep the pressure up, to make sure the economy continues to perform at high levels of capacity utilization and the economy continues to print GDP numbers in excess of potential growth.”

“At some point this chain of events will also lead to higher prices.”

The Dutch central banker said that the process through which prices rise has slowed and become more uncertain because of globalization and economic shocks, but that it has not broken down.

“First quarter euro area GDP growth seems to have rebounded to a very nice level, 0.4% is slightly above potential already,” Knot said. If the economy continues to rebound, the ECB’s policy is “on the right course,” he added.

The Dutch central banker also said there was a case for more public investment in Europe but added this should not be done by increasing public deficit or debt.

Speaking about Italy, which has the second-largest debt-to-GDP ratio in the euro zone but also a high level of private wealth, Knot said the country had a redistribution problem and that wealth tax would be the standard textbook solution.

But he said he stopped short of giving advice and that this was not his role.

Rome should be more disciplined regarding public debt, which is well above EU limits and it is also creeping up, Knot said.

“With 130% debt to GDP level compared to a 60% threshold, the gap (for Italy) is simply too large. Even more so, as it goes up,” he said according to the transcript.]]>
5/19/2019 12:03:36 PM
<![CDATA[ Saudi Arabia does not want a war, but respond firmly to any threat:Jubeir ]]>
In a news conference, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir accused Iran of committing "countless crimes" including seeking to destabilize the region.

He urged the international community to take responsibility to stop Iran from doing so.

"Our security and religion are a red line," Al-Jubeir said. His statement comes following last week's attacks on Saudi oil tankers in the Arabian Gulf and installations within the Kingdom.

Iran’s foreign minister was quoted by the state-run IRNA news agency on Saturday as saying his country is “not seeking war” even as the chief of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard said Tehran was in a “full-fledged intelligence war with the US.“

"Within this framework, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia responded to a distress call from an Iranian oil vessel in the Red Sea and immediately provided the necessary assistance to the vessel and its crew. The Iranian crew still receive the necessary care from the Kingdom, in compliance with its int'l, humanitarian and environmental responsibilities.

At a time, when two Saudi oil tankers in the Arabian Gulf were attacked and two East-West Pipeline were targeted too," Al-Jubeir added.

He stressed that the Iranian regime is not looking for security and stability in the region, adding that the problems in the region began since the arrival of the Iranian regime in 1979, whose constitution is based on exporting revolution and interfering in the internal affairs of other countries.

"The Iranian regime has directly and through its proxies sought to provoke unrest and supported terrorist and extremist groups and organizations. Over the past decades, the countries of the region have suffered from the crimes of the Iranian regime and its interventions which are crimes too numerous to count," Al-Jubeir said, citing a number of Iranian terrorist acts against the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Al Jubeir said Iranian regime can spare the region the dangers of war by adhering to international laws and covenants, by stopping its interference in the internal affairs of other countries of the region, by stopping its support for terrorist groups and militias, and immediately halting its missile and nuclear weapons programs.

"Saudi Arabia stresses that its hand is always extended to peace and seeks to achieve it, and believes that the peoples of the region, including the Iranian people, have the right to live in security and stability and to move towards development," he said.

"We want peace and stability and we want to focus on the Kingdom's Vision 2030 which will enrich Saudi people’s lives," he added.

Jubeir also urged Qatar, an estranged member of the GCC to stop supporting extremists and terrorists and return to the fold.

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the UAE and Egypt severed trade and diplomatic ties with Qatar in 2017, charging Doha of siding with terror groups that have been destabilizing the region.

With regard to the Saudi and GCC stance on deployment of US troops in the Gulf, the Minister of the State for Foreign Affairs said that the GCC states have agreements with the United Sates, which is an allay and friendly state, stressing the importance of maintaining the security and stability of this very important and sensitive region, which is the main source of oil, to the international economy.

Regarding the Russian stance of this escalation, Al-Jubeir announced that the Russian position calls for restraint and non-escalation.

"Russia has interests in the region and does not want instability in it and calls for adopting policies in line with international laws and norms and abandoning sabotage or aggressive policies or interference in the affairs of other states," Al-Jubeir concluded.]]>
5/19/2019 12:01:45 PM
<![CDATA[23 Egyptian players take part in British squash tournament this week]]>
Twelve Egyptian players are participating in the men's edition of the championships, including Aly Farag, the world's number one and Mohamed el Shorbagi, the world's number two.

Eleven Egyptian players are participating in the women's edition, including Raneem el Weleily, the world's number one and Nour el Sherbini, the world's number two.

The championships will last until May 26.

The British Open Squash Championships is the oldest tournament in the game of squash. It is widely considered to be one of the two most prestigious tournaments in the game, alongside the World Squash Championships. ]]>
5/19/2019 11:58:31 AM
<![CDATA[Sisi asserts Cairo's solidarity with Riyadh in addressing security challenges]]>
Meeting with Saudi Ambassador in Cairo Osama Nugali, President Sisi confirmed the strong brotherly ties and well-established relations binding Egypt and Saudi Arabia.

Sisi said the current joint challenges dictates the need for close coordination with an aim to address all threats targeting the Arab national security and regional stability.

During the meeting, the president asked Nuqali to convey his greetings to Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, presidential spokesman Bassam Rady said.

Meanwhile, the Saudi ambassador handed over Sisi an invitation from King Salman to attend the 14th session of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) summit, set to be held in late May in Mecca city.

Nugali as well voiced his country's deep appreciation for the Egyptian firm stance in support of the kingdom against the recent attacks that targeted two Saudi oil pumping stations in Riyadh.]]>
5/19/2019 11:56:15 AM
<![CDATA[UAE FM blames Iran for raising regional tensions]]>
The minister’s remarks came during an interview with CNN aired Thursday.

He said a sabotage attack against four oil tankers off the Emirates’ coast had come at a “sensitive and difficult period in the region.”

“We are where we are largely because of Iran behaviour,” Gargash said. “This is a behavior that is not new to the region. This is a behavior that has been basically compiling and clearly right now that – American sanctions on Iran are biting.”

The attacks on the tankers came amid escalating rhetoric between the US and it Gulf allies on one side and Iran on the other. The US has deployed an aircraft carrier and B-52 bombers to the Gulf in response to an unspecified Iranian threat.

Saudi Arabia said Iran-backed Houthi rebels on Tuesday attacked an oil pipeline in the Kingdom with drones.

The investigations into the tanker attack were on going, Gargash said, adding that in a few days “we should know what took place.”

“We are collaborating with France, and the United States, and other friends are also offering their help,” he said. “Clearly this is a very, very serious incident because it affects maritime commerce, and it comes also at a very very, what I would call a very sensitive and difficult period in the region.”

The minister said all parties have an interest in deescalating the situation and “dealing with things in a mature, rational way.”

But he added the onus was on Iran, not Washington, to deescalate the situation.
“Iranian behavior over the last decade or two has led us to where we are today,” he said. “There’s very little trust in the region.”
5/19/2019 11:53:41 AM
<![CDATA[Canadian Senate speaker to visit Egyptian Parliament Sunday]]>
The statement reported that the Canadian Senate speaker will meet with the speaker of the House of Representative Ali Abdel Aal, members of the Parliament and a large number of top government officials.

The two sides will discuss a number of issues regarding boosting bilateral cooperation on the legislative level in political, legislative, economic and security terms, in addition to discussing several aspects of relations between Canada and Egypt.

Furey's visit comes after a long period of preparation between Egyptian ambassador to Canada, Ahmed Abu Zeid and some officials from Egypt and Canada, the statement added.

It is worth mentioning, Egyptian ambassador to Canada met on November 2019 with the chairman of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development at the House of Commons of Canada, Michael Levitt within the framework of the Egyptian embassy's contacts with the circles of influence in the political, economic and cultural fields in Canada.

Following the meeting, the Egyptian diplomat said that Levitt expressed his keenness on opening channels of communication with the Egyptian House of Representatives to shore up the Egyptian-Canadian ties in various domains.

The two sides reviewed a flurry of regional and international issues of mutual interest, as well as Egypt's vision on these issues, topped by the conditions in the Middle East, efforts to fight terrorism and means to promote peace and stability at the international level.]]>
5/19/2019 11:51:12 AM
<![CDATA[Zidane the boss as Bale set for final game at Real Madrid]]>
Bale fell out with Zidane towards the end of the Frenchman's first spell in charge and their relationship has quickly soured again, with the Wales attacker starting just five times since the coach's return in March and left out completely for Real's last two matches against Villarreal and Real Sociedad.

Zidane said Bale would be in the squad against Real Betis on Sunday but, asked by reporters if it would be his last game for Madrid, he said: "I don't know, I can't tell you. It's the season finale and next year there are going to be changes. But I don't know what is going to happen."

Madrid face Betis at the Santiago Bernabeu in their final match of a campaign that will see them finish third, behind both Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, and trophyless after being knocked out of the Copa Del Rey by Barca and the Champions League by Ajax.

Zidane has pledged to make changes once the campaign is over, with several players including Bale expected to be sold, and defended his right to make the big calls.

"It's my decision," Zidane told reporters. "That is clear as water. I'm the coach and I will always do what I want to do. If not, I'll leave.

"For signings and those sorts of things we have people who work on them but we work together."

Zidane took charge with Madrid's season all-but over and their performances have fizzled out in recent weeks.

Their defeat by Real Sociedad last weekend means they have lost two of their last three matches and won only three of their last eight.

"The message is clear, it is the last game and we want to say goodbye to the fans with a good game and a victory," said Zidane.

"It has been a complicated year and I want to convey that we are looking ahead to next season and to show the fans that we will return with enthusiasm to make them proud of the team again."]]>
5/19/2019 10:11:00 AM
<![CDATA[Griezmann whistled as Atletico come back to draw with Levante]]>
Griezmann received whistles at the City of Valencia Stadium from the visiting fans, who were also heard chanting "out, out, out" before goals from Sergio Camello and Rodrigo ensured Atletico at least ended the season with a draw.

Diego Simeone has dismissed fears of a mass exodus, despite both Diego Godin and Griezmann already announcing their departures, with the likes of Rodrigo, Juanfran and Filipe Luis all expected to follow.

If this was to be their farewell outing for Atletico, it was an underwhelming finale as Levante, who only secured safety from relegation last weekend, claimed a deserved point.

They might have been disappointed not to take all three after leading 2-0 at half-time thanks to goals from Erick Cabaco and Roger Marti before then playing against 10 men for the best part of 40 minutes after Angel Correa was sent off.

But Atletico fought back, Rodrigo firing into the top corner before 18-year-old substitute Camello scored his first goal for the club, finishing at the back post.

Griezmann was unable to add to his tally of 133 goals in 257 games across all competitions in what became a bitter end to his five successful seasons for the club.

Godin was given a rousing goodbye ceremony at the Wanda Metropolitano last weekend but the timing of Griezmann's announcement, perhaps deliberately, meant he avoided a last meeting with the Atleti fans.

But those that made the trip to Valencia were determined to make their displeasure known and it was noticeable that Griezmann made a swift exit after the final whistle.

Camello, born in Madrid and a product of Atletico's academy, delivered a more positive message for the future and a timely reminder of Atletico's ability to endure in recent years, despite the departures of their biggest stars.

Levante took the lead through a brilliant opener from Cabaco, who flicked in with the back of his heel after a header back from Ruben Vezo.

Roger doubled the advantage shortly before half-time, intercepting a loose pass from Thomas Partey before skipping over Rodrigo and firing past Antonio Adan, who was standing in for the injured Jan Oblak.

Atletico's task became more difficult when Correa was sent off for a petulant kick on Chema but Rodrigo gave them hope with a stunning strike into the top corner, before Koke's shot fell kindly for Camello at the back post.]]>
5/19/2019 9:13:00 AM
<![CDATA[Real Madrid sign Jovic for 60 million euros - report]]>
Jovic, 21, scored 10 goals for the German side in their run to the Europa League semi-finals where they were knocked out by Chelsea on penalties and has netted 17 times in the Bundesliga.

Spanish newspaper AS said Madrid would officially announce the signing next week after the Bundesliga season ends.

Jovic, who has made 13 appearances for Serbia, is expected to be the first of several high-profile players to join Real Madrid as the deposed European champions look to respond to a disappointing campaign on all fronts.]]>
5/19/2019 8:10:00 AM
<![CDATA[Sylvinho to be named Lyon coach - reports]]>
The former Barcelona and Arsenal player was named Brazil’s Under-23 team coach for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in April.

However, L’Equipe reported on Friday that the 45-year-old has already been released from his duties with the national team and will succeed Bruno Genesio in charge of the Ligue 1 side.

Genesio is set to leave Lyon at the end of the current campaign after three-and-a-half seasons at the helm and L’Equipe reported Sylvinho is certain to replace him after agreeing terms on Friday.

The Brazilian will be given a two-year contract, according to RMC Sport, after being chosen by his compatriot Juninho, who will take over as sporting director.

Sylvinho has never coached a club at senior level, but has had spells as an assistant with the Brazil national team, Inter Milan and Corinthians.

Lyon are third in Ligue 1 with two games of the season remaining.]]>
5/19/2019 6:09:00 AM
<![CDATA[Spurs boss Pochettino spared touchline ban for Champions League final]]>
Pochettino’s punishment — deferred for a probation period of one year — means the Argentine will be on the touchline when Tottenham face Liverpool in an all-English Champions League final on June 1 in Madrid.

UEFA also fined Spurs 10,000 euros (8,764.9 pounds) for the offence, while charges against the north London club also included “improper conduct of officials”.

UEFA’s control, ethics and disciplinary body also warned Ajax coach Erik ten Hag for his involvement in the late kick off in London.

Meanwhile, Barcelona were fined 20,000 euros for “insufficient organisation” during their 1-1 group stage draw with Spurs at Camp Nou in December last year.

Ajax were hit with a fine of 52,500 euros by UEFA after being found guilty of crowd disturbances, throwing of objects and blocked stairways in their Champions League quarter-final home leg against Juventus last month.]]>
5/19/2019 4:07:00 AM
<![CDATA[Fernandinho in, Moura out for Brazil in Copa America]]>
Fernandinho was blamed in some circles for Brazil’s elimination from the 2014 and 2018 World Cups, but he has enjoyed an excellent Premier League season under Pep Guardiola and retains the confidence of the Brazil manager.

“Fernandinho knows what we expect, he knows his responsibility,” Tite told reporters, saying he was mature enough to cope with past criticism.

“Choosing two holding midfielders between Casemiro, Fernandinho and Fabinho is hard,” Tite added.

“Fabinho is going through a great moment, it was very difficult ... All three are playing at the top level and it hurts a coach to choose but that’s my job.”

Moura, meanwhile, lost out despite scoring the hat-trick that took Spurs into the final of the Champions League.

Up front Tite opted for Neymar, David Neres, Richarlison, Roberto Firmino, Gabriel Jesus, and Everton, one of three home-based players in the squad.

“It was the hardest list I have had to put together. I had sleepless nights,” the coach said.

The coach refused to speak about Neymar’s disciplinary problems or whether the Paris St-Germain player would retain the captaincy. Tite said he would talk to the player personally before announcing his decision.

Neymar was banned for three games earlier this month for hitting a fan after the French Cup final. He was also reportedly involved in a dressing room fracas after berating PSG team mates.

Brazil host the Copa America between June 14 and July 7, kicking off against Bolivia before facing Venezuela and Peru.

All 10 South American nations will participate, along with guests Qatar and Japan.

Argentina, with Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero expected to attend, are hoping to end a 36-year trophy drought at the home of their fiercest rivals, while Chile, champions in the last two tournaments, aim to defend their title.

Brazil are also among favorites for a tournament they have not won since 2007. They will play friendlies against Qatar and Honduras before the Copa begins.]]>
5/19/2019 2:06:00 AM
<![CDATA[Aspects, drafting process of proposed new NGOs law]]>
The current law was promulgated in June 2017; however, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi announced in November 2018 during his participation in the second edition of the World Youth Forum (WYF) that the bill will be amended. The president had agreed to form an official committee that holds social dialogues on articles of the law and conducts relevant studies.

In November 2016, the House of Representatives passed the law after two thirds of members had voted in favor of the draft. Nevertheless, the law was enacted after the endorsement of the president the following year to substitute law no. 84/2002.

Main Aspects of the Draft

Minister of Social Solidarity Ghada Wali told media that the draft law ensures control and follow-up, promotes transparency, and does not include custodial penalties. It allows the establishment of associations of resident foreign communities, and guarantees the right of associations to establish and contribute to charitable companies and funds.

Wali added that the new draft law increased the participation of foreigners in the boards of associations to 25%, and allowed the establishment of associations of resident foreign communities in Egypt. As well as the possibility of opening branches of associations abroad after licensing them, and opening branches and offices within the notification, and allows the establishment of companies or investment funds and contribute to charity.

The law grants associations the right to receive cash from inside Egypt from natural or legal persons of Egypt or foreign non-governmental organizations authorized to operate inside Egypt. The associations are allowed to receive donations from natural or legal persons inside or outside the country after notification to the administrative authority, and the absence of a reply will be taken as consent. Wali also pointed out that the draft law supports the principle of transparency and emphasizes the need to publish budgets and the final account in detail with the commitment to governance, and obliged them to open a bank account in one of the banks subject to the supervision of the Central Bank.

The new law consolidates the authorities responsible for overseeing the civil society institutions in one area, and the foreign non-governmental permission to practice one or more of the activities of associations and NGOs subject to the provisions of the law. Wali pointed out that the new law exempts the built-up properties of the association from all real estate taxes, exemption from customs tariffs, and other fees imposed on imported devices, machines, equipment, and supplies of production and cars. The new law enacts voluntary work by opening a door for volunteering.

The Drafting Process

The law-making journey included the use of 18 laws from 18 countries and community dialogue tours involving more than 1,000 civil associations representing all governorates of Egypt.

Wali stated that the committee held more than 20 meetings to the conclusion of the necessity of drafting a new law, and not just amendments to Law 70 of 2017.

That is because the current stage needs a new philosophy that opens the doors to wide participation in nation-building, and to provide opportunities to participate in the establishment of civil associations and create the space for existing institutions for further work as well as encouraging volunteer values and protecting volunteers.

Seven tours of community dialogue were held, four of which were held in different governorates of Egypt such as Cairo, Alexandria, and Ismailia.
The Upper Egypt associations participated in a dialogue in Menia governorate; four major associations implemented these dialogues in cooperation with the Ministry of Social Solidarity and the General Federation of Societies. In which 1164 associations took part, in addition to central dialogues held at the Ministry of Social Solidarity, attended by opinion leaders, experts and civil society leaders, and more than 70 international organizations licensed to work in Egypt participated in another dialogue.

The end of the rounds of community dialogue organized by the National Training Academy and included a number of diverse youth streams. In addition to informing the law preparation committee of similar international experiences, where the use of 18 laws from 18 countries in implementation of the mandate of the president, which included access to international experiences in the organization of civil work.

Wali said that the law opens the floodgates to participate in nation building, organizes volunteerism, protects volunteers, allows new activities and fields, regulates the activities of foreign communities, and regulates professional certification, noting that all custodial articles have been abolished, except for financial and administrative penalties.

Wali also pointed out that the presidential support was not limited to calling for the amendment of the legislation in a way that provides a supportive atmosphere, but at the level of actual empowerment, it directed the government to fund projects implemented by the associations to participate in human development and nation development.
5/18/2019 5:47:16 PM
<![CDATA[Eradication of Muslim Brotherhood to give chance to moderate Islam: thinker]]>
According to his website, Hamid was once a member of the Jamaa Islameia (JI) in Egypt along with Ayman Al Zawahiri, leader of al-Qaeda. Hamid who joined the group 25 years ago has renounced extremist thought and became an expert on radicalism. He authored a book titled “Inside Jihad.” He is Chair for the Study of Islamic Radicalism at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies.

According to an American legal bill known as the Patriot Act, which was promulgated in 2001, an organization can be put on terror list for aiding terror groups such as Hamas and not necessarily for committing an act of terror against the United States, Hamid explained.

Hamid highlighted that “the American authorities have studied the group for years, and realized that its members go through different phases that end up with extremism. The first is Daewa followed by participation. Both are peaceful. The last two are confrontation, and empowerment. The West grasped that it would not be wise to wait until reaching a point where terror attacks are launched against it. The West is now aware of the necessity of controlling the group from the inside since it is a global ramified organization.”

Hamid underlined that the Obama Administration was close to the Muslim Brotherhood and let the Islamic State grow. He added that the former U.S. president admitted his mistake with regard to the latter.

Responding to claims that the Muslim Brotherhood is a moderate Islamist group, Hamid questioned how it is possible that one of its major scholars, Said Kutb, argues that Muslims must use armed force against the rest of humans worldwide if they do not convert to Islam.

“Al Qaradawi stated that suicide bombings targeting innocent people and children does not contradict with religion as long as they are launched upon the directives of the groups perpetrators are affiliated to and not based on personal decisions,” Hamid added.

The thinker also shed light on a statement by brotherhood member in Egypt Mohamed El Beltagy as he said that all terrorism happening in North Sinai would end when former President Mohamed Morsi is reinstated as president. Beltagy told media this while taking part in Rabaa sit-in after Morsi, who is an a brotherhood member, was toppled over pass protests in 2013.

“I think the designation of the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization will be beneficial for Muslims because the political segment that interfered with religion and ruined it will be removed. We are talking about the brotherhood that want to revive the Caliphate state. Was that state a superb example of democracy and humanitarianism... Should that be a goal for us? Omitting the Muslim Brotherhood’s doctrine from the Islamic thought will give a chance to moderate Islam that is not deformed, and that is rational and merciful,” Hamid asserted.

“The Muslim Brotherhood does not believe in the concept of homeland. They believe in the destruction of the nation states to gain control over them through the Caliphate state,” Hamid concluded affirming that Turkey backs the Muslim Brotherhood.

The brotherhood is outlawed in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and Russia. U.S. President Donald Trump has been pushing to designate the group a terrorist organization.
5/18/2019 4:56:34 PM
<![CDATA[Gulf nations approve US request to deploy troops in Arabian Gulf]]>CAIRO – 18 May 2019: A request from Washington to deploy military forces in the waters of the Arabian Gulf was approved by a number of GCC nations, including Saudi Arabia, according to a report by Al-Sharq Al-Awsat newspaper.

According to sources, the main objective of the move is to allow Washington and Gulf nations to work together to deter any aggression or military threat from Iran against its neighbors or US interests in the region.

Tensions have escalated following attacks this week on a Saudi oil pipeline and a number of cargo ships in the Arabian Gulf off the coast of Fujairah in the UAE.

The sources reportedly said a number of Arab nations also plan to hold a summit on the sidelines of the Islamic summit scheduled to take place in Makkah during the last 10 days of Ramadan.

They added that the countries involved “are united by principles and visions that are consistent with regional and international developments,” according to the report.
On Thursday, UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash stressed during an interview with CNN that Iranian behavior has led to the current heightened tensions in the region.

He said a sabotage attack against four oil tankers off the Emirates’ coast had come at a “sensitive and difficult period in the region.”
5/18/2019 4:30:43 PM
<![CDATA[Hope you enjoyed your visit to Egypt: Man Utd to Martial]]>
Martial posted a photo, on his official Instagram account, of himself infront of the Great Pyramids.

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Martial scored 10 goals in the Premier League season with Manchester United and finished sixth in the standings to stay out of the Champions League next season.

Manchester United official Arabic Twitter account posted a photo of Martial infront of the Pyramids saying: “ We wish you a special time in Egypt and enjoy the civilization of Umm El-Donia, Martial”

5/18/2019 4:21:03 PM
<![CDATA[‘Lord of the Rings’ visible in Egypt’s sky during Ramadan]]>CAIRO – 18 May 2019: Saturn will be visible in the sky of Egypt and Arab countries during the holy month of Ramadan, the Jeddah Astronomy Society said in a statement.

Saturn, aka the Lord of the Rings, will be visible as a shining spot in the sky by unaided eye, while gazers can see its rings via telescopes, the statement added.

The Lord of the Rings will appear in the south-eastern part horizontally at midnight and will be on the left side of Jupiter, the statement continued.

According to NASA, Saturn was known for its rings since 2004, although Galileo was the first person to see the rings in 1610. Saturn is located 900 million miles away from the sun in our Solar System; its whole trip around the sun takes 29 Earth years.]]>
5/18/2019 3:39:22 PM
<![CDATA[Google doodle honors Omar Khayyam]]>
His full name was Ghiyath al-Din Abu'l-Fath Umar ibn Ibrahim Al-Nisaburi al-Khayyami. He studied philosophy at Naishapur.

Khayyam considered the problem of finding a right triangle having the property that the hypotenuse equals the sum of one leg plus the altitude on the hypotenuse.

This problem made Khayyam to succeed in solving the cubic equation x3 + 200x = 20x2 + 2000 and he found a positive root of this cubic by considering the intersection of a rectangular hyperbola and a circle.

An approximate numerical solution was then found by interpolation in trigonometric tables. Khayyam states that the solution of this cubic needs the use of conic sections and that it cannot be solved by ruler and compass methods, a result which would not be proved for another 750 years.

Khayam transferred to Samarkand in Uzbekistan in 1070, one of the oldest cities of Central Asia. Khayyam was much backed by jurist of Samarkand, and this allowed him to write his most famous algebra work, ‘’Treatise on Demonstration of Problems of Algebra.’’

The book housed a complete classification of cubic equations with geometric solutions found by means of intersecting conic sections.

In fact, Khayyam gives an interesting historical account in which he claims the contributions by earlier writers such as Al-Mahani and Al-Khazin were to translate geometric problems of the Greeks into algebraic equations, something which was essentially impossible before the work of Al-Khwarizmi.

However, Khayyam himself seems to have been the first to conceive a general theory of cubic equations.

Another achievement in the algebra text is Khayyam's realisation that a cubic equation can have more than one solution.

He demonstrated the existence of equations having two solutions, but unfortunately he does not appear to have found that a cubic can have three solutions.

Also in his algebra book, Khayyam refers to another work of his which is now lost. In the lost work, Khayyam discusses the Pascal triangle but he was not the first to do so since al-Karaji discussed the Pascal triangle before this date. In fact we can be fairly sure that Khayyam used a method of finding nth roots based on the binomial expansion, and therefore on the binomial coefficients.

Khayyam is best known as a result of Edward Fitzgerald's popular translation in 1859 of nearly 600 short four line poems the Rubaiyat.

Khayyam's brilliance as a poet has caused some to forget his scientific inventions which were much more important. The best known of his poems is the following:

The Moving Finger writes, and, having writ,
Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit
Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line,
Nor all thy Tears wash out a Word of it.

5/18/2019 2:43:21 PM
<![CDATA[Cairo sees drop in temperature after heat wave]]>
Despite the significant drop in temperature in most areas, the weather is still very hot especially in Upper Egypt, which requires citizens to avoid direct exposure to the sun during the day hours, the head of EMA Ahmed Adel told Egypt Today.

The gradual decrease in temperature will start from Sunday morning, going down by two-three degrees, while Cairo will see highs of 31°C.

Cairo recorded highs of 36 °C and lows of 18°C on Saturday.

Temperature degrees went high during the past week, recording up to 40°C -42°C during the day in Cairo.

Sunday expected temperature comes as follows:

Cairo: 21 - 15 °C
Alexandria: 27-15°C
Mersa Matruh: 28- 18 °C
Sohag: 37-20 °C
Qena: 38-21 °C
Luxor: 39-22 °C
Aswan: 39-23 °C]]>
5/18/2019 2:42:43 PM
<![CDATA[PM follows up efforts to improve gov. unified complaints system]]>
He also asserted the need to strictly deal with any complaints about encroachments on state land, urging the authorities concerned to show no leniency on that score.

The premier made his remarks during a meeting at the cabinet's premises to discuss a report prepared by the Unified Government Complaints System on the government's efforts to deal with citizens' complaints from July 1, 2018 to April 30, 2019.

"Thanks to the government's efforts to improve the complaints system, more citizens started to use it," Director of the Unified Government Complaints System Tarek el Refaei told the prime minister during the meeting, noting that these efforts aimed to ensure a higher level of responsiveness to citizen's complaints.

The total number of complaints submitted through the system during the above-mentioned period amounted to 435,239 compared to 270,582 in the same period in the previous fiscal year, registering an increase of 84%, Refaei said.

This increase clearly demonstrates citizen's confidence in the government's electronic system, he added, noting that 17 principal bodies and 422 affiliates have been electronically merged into the system, bringing the total number to 99 principal bodies and 2,074 affiliates.]]>
5/18/2019 2:39:55 PM
<![CDATA[In Pics: Copts have Iftar, inaugurate Grand Mosque in Assuit]]>
A group of priests and Coptic Christians share Ramadan Iftar inside the newly-inaugurated mosque in Assuit governorate- Egypt Today/Mahmoud Agamy

In an atmosphere charged with national unity, the Coptic priests and Christians shared Muslim clergymen and prayers’ iftar meal, the breakfast Muslims worldwide have after fasting from dawn to sunset during the holy month of Ramadan. The Iftar banquet was held inside the inaugurated Grand Mosque.

A priest and Islmic clergyman greeting each other after inaugurating the Grand Mosque in Assuit- Egypt Today/Mahmoud Agamy

The inauguration ceremony was attended by dean of the Faculty of Islamic Theology at Asst Al-Azhar University Mohamed Abdel-Malek, bishop of the Evangelical Church in Assyut Amgad, Vice-President of the Church Diocese of The Blessed Virgin Mary and Archangel Michael in Dayrout Ibram Tharwat, and Judge Tareq Azizi, representatives of Egyptian State Lawsuits Authority’s branch in Assuit.

A group of priests and Coptic Christians and Muslims pose for a photo inside the Grand Mosque in Dayrout - Egypt Today/Mahmoud Agamy

The Grand Mosque in Dayrout - Egypt Today/Mahmoud Agamy

Additional reporting by Mahmoud Agamy

5/18/2019 2:24:46 PM
<![CDATA[Breazeale heavier for Wilder showdown]]>
Breazeale tipped the scales at 255 1/4 pounds (115.77 kilos) on Friday as he prepares to take on unbeaten champion Wilder.

Wilder meanwhile weighed in at 223 1/4 pounds, meaning Breazeale will have a 32-pound weight advantage when the two men face off.

Wilder's weight was nearly 11 pounds heavier than his last outing, when he was held to a draw in a thrilling battle with Tyson Fury in Los Angeles last December.

Both Wilder and Breazeale faced off without incident in Friday's weigh-in, which took place at the Long Island University Athletic Center.

Wilder (40-0-1, 39 KOs) is strongly tipped to retain his title against mandatory challenger Breazeale (20-1, 18 KOs).

The build-up to the fight has been marked by a series of macabre threats from Wilder, who has spoken of his willingness to cause a fatality in the ring.

"His life is on the line for this fight and I do mean his life," Wilder said of Breazeale. "I am still trying to get me a body on my record.

"Dominic Breazeale asked for this. This is the only sport where you can kill a man and get paid for it at the same time... If he dies, he dies."

Wilder's comments have appalled many in boxing, while WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman has vowed to hold a hearing into the remarks.

"I have seen Deontay Wilder's comments which are regrettable and completely against the spirit of our sport," Sulaiman said Thursday.

"His metaphors are against the WBC code of ethics and will be addressed in a hearing."

5/18/2019 2:20:42 PM
<![CDATA[Bucks rout Raptors to take 2-0 NBA Eastern Conference finals lead]]>
The top-seeded Bucks, who rallied to win game one of the best-of-seven series, never trailed and led by as many as 28 points to double their lead in the series, which moves to Toronto for games three and four on Sunday and Tuesday.

"Mentally, we were ready for this game," Antetokounmpo said. "Once the game started, we did a great job setting the tone. We knew Toronto was going to come and try to play hard and try to get one at our place."

Antetokounmpo played a key role in setting that tone -- with a dunk, an emphatic block on Raptors center Marc Gasol and another dunk in the opening minute of the contest.

"I know every night when the game starts my teammates are looking at me," Antetokounmpo said. "I think it definitely gave the team a lot of energy."

The Bucks made sure the Raptors never got a sniff, roaring to an 18-point lead in the first quarter on the back of nine quick points from Nikola Mirotic and a 12-0 scoring run late in the period.

Milwaukee led by 25 points, 64-39, at halftime, with Ersan Ilyasova contributing 15 of his 17 before the break and Malcolm Brogdon 12 of his 14 off the Bucks' bench in the first half.

Overall the hosts' reserves out-scored Toronto's 31-11 in the first half and 54-39 overall.

Six Bucks players scored in double figures, and coach Mike Budenholzer said it all started with Antetokounmpo.

"I think everybody fed off of Giannis and how he started the game," Budenholzer said.

Kawhi Leonard led the Raptors with 31 points. He came out firing in the third quarter but despite his aggression the Raptors never got the deficit below 13.

Kyle Lowry finished with 15 points, connecting on just four of 13 shots from the field. Norman Powell added 14 off the bench, but they were the only Raptors to score in double figures.

"We didn't play very well tonight," Raptors coach Nick Nurse said. "We were just a step too slow. We settled in with some space and gave them some confidence early, and you just can't do that."

- MVP finalist -

Milwaukee notched their sixth straight win in these playoffs and their sixth post-season victory by at least 20 points -- tying an NBA record.

The Bucks' only defeat this post-season came in game one of the second round against the Boston Celtics.

Antetokounmpo was one of three finalists for the NBA Most Valuable Player award announced on Friday along with Houston's James Harden and Oklahoma City's Paul George.

But he said the honor was far form his thoughts -- despite the chants of "MVP! MVP!" that fans rained on him in the fourth quarter after he drove for a layup, drew a foul and converted the free throw with 5:51 to play.

"I don't care about that right now," said Antetokounmpo, who scored 11 points in the fourth quarter. "I care about going to Toronto and focusing for game three."

That's exactly what the Raptors plan to do, too.

"They've done what they were supposed to do and protected their home court," Nurse said. "Now we've got to go and do the same."]]>
5/18/2019 2:19:19 PM
<![CDATA[Djokovic survives scare, Nadal coasts into Rome semi-finals]]>
But Swiss star Roger Federer and women's world number one Naomi Osaka both pulled out injured from the last warm-up tournament before the French Open starting in just over a week.

Djokovic saved match points in the second set tie-break before winning through 4-6, 7-6 (8/6), 6-4, sealing victory with an ace on his first match point after a three-hour battle.

"I had luck in the decisive moments in the second set tiebreak," said the 31-year-old.

"Towards the end of the first set he just started hitting the ball really well from both corners.

"Also backhand side, backhand down the line. He was playing really well. Gave me a lot of trouble. But I never lost faith," the four-time Rome winner said.

"I'm just really pleased to overcome."

Del Potro had pulled out of Indian Wells and Miami with a knee injury, but matched Madrid Open winner Nadal shot for shot, wrapping up the first set 6-4 in just over an hour.

The world number nine received treatment on a bloodied big toe after Djokovic levelled one-set all.

But he kept up the pressure with Djokovic again needing to save three break points on his serve in the fourth game of the final set before breaking for 3-2 as the momentum swung his way.

The 15-time Grand Slam winner next plays Argentine Diego Schwartzman, who eliminated Japanese sixth seed Kei Nishikori 6-4, 6-2.

- Nadal, Tsitsipas rematch -

Eight-time Rome champion Nadal eased through 6-4, 6-0 against fellow Spaniard Fernando Verdasco to set up a rematch with Greek rising star Stefanos Tsitsipas for a place in the final.

Tsitsipas advanced after Federer -- returning to clay after a two-year absence -- retired with a right leg injury before their game.

For 32-year-old Nadal it is his fourth straight semi-final on clay this season, but he has not managed to go further before his bid for a 12th French Open title at Roland Garros.

Tsitsipas stunned Nadal in last week's Madrid Open semi-finals before falling to Djokovic, but lost to the Spaniard in the Australian Open semis earlier this year.

"After a lot of years here, I know what happened last week, and I'm going to try to do it better tomorrow," said 17-time Grand Slam winner Nadal.

Reigning US and Australian Open champion Osaka withdrew with a stiff right hand giving Madrid Open winner Kiki Bertens a ticket to the semi-final.

"I woke up this morning and I couldn't really move my thumb," the 21-year-old said.

"I'm not mad, but between sad and disappointed," added Osaka, who still hopes to compete at Roland Garros.

Sixth seed Bertens now goes through to meet Britain's Johanna Konta, who battled past Czech Marketa Vondrousova 6-3, 3-6, 6-1.

- Raging Pliskova returns -

Federer, a quarter-finalist in Madrid, was playing in the Italian capital to prepare for his return to the French Open for the first time since 2015.

"I am not 100 percent physically and after consultation with my team, it was determined that I not play," he said.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion had been on court for nearly four hours on Thursday, saving two match points to win through in three sets against Borna Coric after earlier easing to a straight sets win over Portugal's Joao Sousa.

The former world number one had been a late addition to the Rome tournament as he sought clay-court practice ahead of his bid to add to his lone French Open title from 2009.

In a battle between former women's world number ones, Karolina Pliskova won through against Victoria Azarenka 6-7 (5/7), 6-2, 6-2.

The Czech fourth seed next plays Maria Sakkari of Greece who also needed three sets to get past France's Kristina Mladenovic 5-7, 6-3, 6-0.

Pliskova and Sakkari last met in the second round at the Foro Italico when the Czech, furious at a line call, smashed a hole in the umpire's chair after losing in three sets.]]>
5/18/2019 2:17:08 PM
<![CDATA[De Bruyne has no sympathy for Liverpool over narrow title miss]]>
The 27-year-old Belgian midfielder says simply his side were better than Liverpool.

City, who face Watford in the FA Cup final on Saturday chasing a historic domestic treble, retained their title by a point from Liverpool.

De Bruyne says no one would have felt sorry for City when they lost to Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League quarter-final.

"No," he said this week when asked did he have sympathy for Liverpool.

"It's a remarkable effort but it means that we were just better than them in the end.

"I don't feel sorry for them because I don't think they'd feel sorry for us.

"I don't think anybody felt sorry about the way we went out of the Champions League."

He played a less influential role than in City's 2017/18 title triumph, starting just 11 league matches with bit parts in eight others due to two serious knee injuries and then a hamstring problem.

De Bruyne, who had a superb 2018 being named City's player of the 2017/18 season and then sparkled for Belgium as they finished a best ever third in the World Cup, says Liverpool feeling sore is understandable.

"I know how they feel because you’re going to feel disappointed," said De Bruyne, who is fit for selection for the Cup final.

"We'd feel the same if it happened to us. But we're still competitors. We want to win as much as they do but I can understand the feelings they have."

De Bruyne, whose high point in what he admits has "not been the most fun season" has come off the pitch with his second son being born, is a great believer in football being played through emotions.

However, he says the introduction of VAR -- it was that which cost City victory over Spurs in the Champions League as Raheem Sterling's late goal was ruled out for offside -- is removing that ingredient from the game.

"For me football is still a game of emotions," he said.

"I don't like how people try to take emotions out of the game, because what it's about is having fun, enjoying.

"If you win you're happy, if you lose you are sad. And that's what it's all about.

"That's why I also don't like the new things like VAR because it takes, for me, all the passion out and it becomes more –- you need be more like a robot these days."]]>
5/18/2019 2:15:28 PM
<![CDATA[Pope Tawadros inaugurates Archangel Michael church in Germany]]>
The pontiff inaugurated four churches during his current pastoral trip to Europe; Virgin Mary Church in Germany's city of Düsseldorf, Saint Mary and Saint Verena Church in Switzerland's Zürich, Saint Athanasius the Apostle Church in the German city of Bitburg and Archangel Michael Coptic Orthodox Church in Altena.]]>
5/18/2019 2:07:22 PM
<![CDATA[Samsung launches All-New M Series Line-up Exclusively on Souq.com]]>
“Online consumers is a growing and important segment and Samsung has actively grown the presence in online space. We are launching Galaxy M series exclusively on online platforms. The genesis of Galaxy M series lies in detailed consumer research undertaken by Samsung. From these insights, we have designed devices that cater to the needs of theonline buyers and what they look for in their devices.The M series provides meaningful innovations based on our knowledge of this audience,” Said Mr. Ahmed Samir - Head of Online Business in Samsung Electronics Egypt, commenting on the release from Samsung’s side.

Samir stressed the company’s intentions to keep enhancing its online presence that contributes to the consumers’ user experience at the same time of strengthening the existing offline channels as well.

Omar Elsahy, General Manager Egypt, SOUQ.com, added: “At SOUQ.com, our customer is always the focus. We work tirelessly to provide our customers in Egypt with best-in-class selection, great prices and a convenient and fast shopping experience. We succeed when our partners succeed, therefore we are delighted to partner with Samsung to exclusively offer the new Samsung M Series line-up directly on SOUQ.com so customers can buy their favorite smartphone effortlessly and quickly”.

Wide View, Wide Experience

Designers of the M series has taken into consideration what millennials care about the most and at a time when photos and videos are the most important characteristics of the era, Samsung supported the M10 sports a dual rear camera, with ultra-wide angle feature.Galaxy M10 comes with a 13MP primary rear camera with F1.9 aperture. The secondary rear camera supports a 5MP 120° ultra-wide feature. The ultra-wide mode lets users capture more expansive photos with comfort. It is perfectly suited for capturing landscapes, cityscapes, group photos, etc. when users want to fit a lot into one single frame.

Additionally, the M10 is equipped with the best-in-class low-aperture lenses, which assists users creating clearer photos even in low light, providing a closer semblance to human sight whilst presenting blissful experience of Live Focus Mode. The camera can even capture clear and bright photos with both wide-angle shots and close-up portraits. Furthermore, The Galaxy M series comes with a new Samsung Experience version 9.5 UX, which is optimized for a fast and smooth user experience, providing easy-to-understand information visually and one-hand navigation as well as the night mode.

Wider Screen and Innovative Infinity-V Display

Galaxy M10 comes with WidevineL1 certification for seamless streaming of HD content through a range of popular apps. That is why the device supportsa 6.2 FHD+ TFT infinity-V display that ensuresa true immersive viewing experience ideal for gaming, watching videos, multi-tasking/browsing and more.

Powerful Performance and Expandable Storage

Samsung’s latest Exynos 7904 octa-core 1.6 GHz processor that provides an essential user-experience and enhanced multi-media powers the Galaxy M10 and enables an excellent network speed, smoother multitasking and lower power consumption.

Furthermore, a 3400mAh fast charging battery enhanced with an advanced power management feature helps boast multi-layered technology system that is aimed at lowering the power consumption of the device. That battery performance also allows the user to enjoy non-stop streaming of music and video.

Galaxy M10 comes with dedicated storage slot expandable to 512GB and has dual SIM VoLTE support.
Aesthetics and Security come hand in hand
Samsung tailored the Galaxy M10 to the needs of the millennials that is why the outer design reflects bold futuristic lines enhanced with the dynamic colors the device is available in; Ocean Blue and Charcoal Black.
Focusing on the design did not make the Galaxy M10 miss out on the security features as it comes with fingerprint as well as Face Unlock features that enhance data security.
Price and Availability
The M10 device is available in the Egyptian market on Souq.com at the price of EGP 2,040.

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung inspires the world and shapes the future with transformative ideas and technologies. The company is redefining the worlds of TVs, smartphones, wearable devices, tablets, digital appliances, network systems, and memory, system LSI, foundry and LED solutions. For the latest news, please visit the SamsungNewsroom at http://news.samsung.com.

5/18/2019 1:39:53 PM
<![CDATA[‘Zelzal’, ‘Hekayty’, ‘Hogan’ are on the top of YouTube]]>1- ‘’Zelzal’’
Achieved the highest viewership on youtube. For the first time DMC channels managed to translate ‘’Zelzal’’ ( Earthquake) series using sign language to be easy for deaf and dumb people to follow the series.

This step comes because of DMC willingness to support people with special needs, in an attempt to engage deaf and dumb with Egyptian drama. ‘’ Zelzal’’ is the first but not the last for DMC as it will repeat this experience with other series in the coming period.

The series, starring megastar Mohamed Ramadan, Hala Shiha, Hanady Mehana, Maged el Masry Ahmed Seyam, Nesrine Amin, Youssef Osman, among others. Shiha is returning back to acting after a long hiatus of 12 years.

In "Zelzal", Ramadan performs the role of both the father and son, an experience he previously succeeded in, in the series “Nesr El Saeed” which gained great success in Ramadan 2018.

The events of the series take place in 1992 when a devastating earthquake struck Egypt. A man buys a house in instalments and the last instalment is due; the owner of the house demands that the house be registered in his name and his ownership is renounced.

The seller decides to wait and prolongs the process until the devastating earthquake strikes. The buyer dies and the house collapses post the destructive force of the earthquake.

The seller then refuses to hand over the piece of land on which the house was built to the heirs of the deceased, creating a clash between him and the son of the deceased.

Despite the fact that there is a love story between the daughter of the seller and the son of the deceased, the girl's father stands between them.

The series is directed by Yasser Samy and written by Abdul Rahim Kamal. “Zelzal” is the production of Synergy.

2- ‘’Hogan’’
‘’Hogan’’ series claimed the second rank on Youtube. Hogan series revolves around a young man nicknamed "Hogan" as he has supernatural capabilities. The young man pulls cars, pins metal coins with his fingers and mouth, and happily eats glass without getting hurt.

Hogan becomes famous and rich after being a man who lives in a shabby neighbourhood.

The series is written by Mohamed Salah el-Azab and directed by Sherine Adel.

The series stars popular star Mohamed Imam, Karim Mahmoud Abdel Aziz, Omar Mustafa Metwali, Asmaa Abul Yazeed, and Abeer Sabry, among others. The series is the production of Synergy.

3- ‘’Hekayty’’

The third rank on Youtube goes to ‘’Hekayty’’ series. Yasmine Sabry plays her first leading role in the series “Hekayty”. Wafaa Amer, Edward, Ahmed Salah Hosni, Ahmed Hatem, Ahmad Bedair, Maha Abu Auf, Islam Gamal, Ahmed Gamal Said, Dunia el-Masry, Gamal Abdel Nasser and Mustafa Darwish will be starring alongside Sabry.

The series is a social drama written by Mohamed Abdel Moty and directed by Ahmed Samir Farag. The social drama revolves around the success journey of a girl who starts with nothing but acquire a lot of ambitions and dreams. The determined girl eventually reaches her dreams by overcoming numerous obstacles.

“Hekayty” series is the production of Synergy. Artistic critics in Egypt anticipate the series will achieve great success.

5/18/2019 1:38:12 PM
<![CDATA[Danone is the First Company in Egypt to receive the B CorpTM Certification]]>
It recognizes the company’s ambition to act beyond financial profit and put purpose at the heart of itsbusiness strategy. Danone aspires to nourish a healthier and happier Egypt by making a positive contribution to the Egyptian community with services and access to health-related products.

Henri de l’Epine, Managing Director for Danone North East Africa commented: “We are very proud of this B CorpTM certification. It is a recognition of the daily attention paid by our 1,545 Danone employees to drivepositive social and environmental impacton the Egyptian community.”

Danone Egypt has a dual commitment towards business success and social progress: from working with some of the smallest members in the value chain - farmers, milk collectors and micro distributors - to providing access to nutritional education for consumers.

B CorpTM Certification is a mark of trust: a promise that a company is doing business in a way that meets rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, and is certified by B Lab®, a third-party non-profit.

Nathan Gilbert, Executive Director of B Lab Europe commented: “We are very excited that more multinational subsidiaries, like Danone Egypt, have undertaken this significant effort to become certified. We hope it will inspire other companies and multinationals operating in Egypt and the region to follow, accelerating this global culture shift to define success in business and build a more inclusive and sustainable economy."
Certified B Corporations®are accelerating a global culture shift to redefine success in business and build a more inclusive and sustainable economy.

About Danone Egypt
Danone Egypt is a subsidiary of Danone company with headquarters in Cairo operating with a leading position on essential dairy category (Danone Yogurt, Danette, Activia, DanUp and Dango) and early life nutrition (Bebelac and Aptamil). Danone Egypt’s 1,500 employees are driven by the ambition to nourish a healthier and happier Egypt. Danone is proud to make a positive contribution to Egypt with great tasting, healthier and top-quality products for infants, children and families; and services which support healthy lifestyles for all Egyptians. Danone Egypt has a plant in Obour and a world class dairy farm in Nubariya, the second largest in Egypt.

About B Lab® (www.bcorporation.net)
B Lab® is a nonprofit organization that serves a global movement of people using business as a force for goodTM. Its vision is that one day all companies will compete to be best for the world and that society will enjoy a more shared and durable prosperity. B Lab® drives this systemic change by: (1) building a global community of Certified B Corporations; (2) promoting Mission Alignment using innovative corporate structures like the benefit corporation to align the interests of business with those of society; (3) helping tens of thousands of businesses, investors and institutions Measure What Matters, by using the B Impact Assessment and B Analytics to manage their impact — and the impact of the businesses with which they work — with as much rigor as their profits; and (4) inspiring millions to join the movement through compelling storytelling.
Press contact
Doaa Farag
Communications Manager
5/18/2019 1:26:09 PM
<![CDATA[Glimpse into the life of Omar Al Khayam in 971st anniversary]]>
Al Khayam’s birth name is Ghiyath Al Din Abou Al Fath Omar bin Ibrahim El Khayam (Quatrains of Al Khayam). Much of his popularity is rooted in his poems known as Rubaiyat Al Khayam. His poetry reflects he adopted Sufism.

As a mathematician, Al Khayam authored “Treatise on Demonstration of Problems of Algebra” where “he gave a systematic discussion of the solution of cubic equations by means of intersecting conic sections,” according to Britannica.

Al Khayam also discovered how to extract nth roots of numbers for arbitrary whole numbers n. He was tasked by the Seljuk Sultan Malik Shah to assume astronomical observations necessary for the reform of the calendar. His efforts gave rise to the Jalālī calendar, which is a solar calendar, based on making eight of every 33 years leap years.

Al Khayam also produced the theory of proportion, and fundamental critiques of Euclid’s theory of parallels. The theory of proportion suggests enlarging the notion of number to include ratios of magnitudes.

Al Khayam was the student of Father of Medicine Ibn Sina known in the West as Avicenna. His childhood friends were scholar and vizier of the Seljuk Empire, Nizam al-Mulk, and founder of the Assassins Order, Hassan-e Sabbāh.
5/18/2019 1:21:18 PM
<![CDATA[Bahgaga to perform at El Sawy Cultural Wheel on May.30]]>
The band aims to revive the art of monologue, developing its composing style and music.

Bahgaga brings back the art of monologue through their own unique comedic and dramatic performances, tackling human struggles through humor.

The band is comprised of four girls; Asma Abulyazeid, Weam Essam, Raghda Galal and Samar Galal.

Monologue is a theatrical performance in which the singer/ actor expresses his/her own thoughts and beliefs in their own artistic creative approach.

In efforts to interact with the current Egyptian reality, Bahgaga doesn’t depend on heritage monologues but they compose and write their own monologues about human, political and societal conflicts.

Most of Bahgaga’s monologues are inspired by the ideas and lyrics of the band's members.

Bahgaga's performances depend on diverse instruments such as guitar, oud, keyboard and other percussion instruments that altogether create a modern effect.

The band targets entertaining audiences by breaking the routine and light-heartedly tackling societal and political issues which was clear in their monologue “Kalo Fel Hekam” in which different types of authoritarian individuals, who are now accepted by society, were depicted.

Also, the band composed a monologue during the 2012 presidential election shedding lights on some controversial political situations at that time.

5/18/2019 12:59:38 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi to attend Ramaphosa’s inauguration in Pretoria]]>
“The president [Ramaphosa] invited heads of governments of SADC countries and the presidents who chair economic blocs like ECOWAS (the Economic Community of West African States), and the president who is chairing the AU,” the Minister said in a press conference on the preparation for the inauguration on Thursday.

Being the head of the African Union (AU) in 2019, President Sisi will head a high-profile delegation, in light of enhancing the bilateral relations. In a phone call on May 12, President Sisi congratulated President Ramaphosa for his new term in presidency.

The inauguration will be attended by the heads of Southern African Development Community (SADC) member states, which includes Angola, Botswana, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eswatini, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

Ramaphosa had paid Egypt an official visit on April 22, during which he discussed with president Sisi the ways of enhancing the bilateral relations and African development strategies in light of Egypt’s chairmanship of the African Union, according to a statement from the Egyptian presidential spokesperson Bassam Radi.

5/18/2019 12:57:39 PM
<![CDATA[Cannes idol Gomez says social media 'terrible' for her generation]]>
Speaking after her politically charged zombie flick, Jim Jarmusch's "The Dead Don't Die", opened the Cannes film festival, Gomez said the tools that helped make her famous were destructive in the wrong hands.

"I think that our world is going through a lot obviously. What Jim (Jarmusch) gestured to in the film is that social media has really been terrible for my generation," Gomez, 26, told a news conference.

Her comments come as a Malaysian teenager took her own life after posting a poll to Instagram poll asking if she should live or die.

The 16-year-old from Kuching in eastern Sarawak state died after posting the poll Monday on the Facebook-owned platform.

Gomez also warned about the fake news rampant on social media.

"I understand that it's amazing to use your platform but it does scare me when you see how exposed these young girls and young boys are," she said.

"They are not aware of the news. I think it's dangerous for sure if people aren't getting the right information sometimes."

- 'It scares me' -

Gomez said pervasive internet bullying "scares" her and left many young people "devastated".

In light of her own massive social media presence, Gomez was asked what celebrities and the industry's biggest companies could do to make the online world less toxic.

She set out a bleak picture in front of her co-stars Adam Driver, Bill Murray, Chloe Sevigny and Tilda Swinton.

"I think it's pretty impossible to make it safe at this point. There's no blocking anything, they're exposed to it immediately," she said.

Gomez said she was "grateful" to "have a platform" and tried to use it to "share things that I'm really passionate about".

"I also don't do a lot of pointless pictures. I like to be intentional with it," she said.

On her own internet use, Gomez said less was more.

"It can be great in moments but I would just be careful and allow yourself some time limits when you use it and when you shouldn't."

Jarmusch's film, a tribute to the George Romero monster movies of the 1960s and 70s, depicts a small town in Trump-era America facing an infestation of flesh-eating zombies, including one played by Jarmusch friend Iggy Pop.

The siege is triggered by polar fracking which scientists say has "knocked the Earth off its axis", even as the government's energy secretary and large gas corporations insist it's safe.

Gomez plays a "big city hipster" visiting the small town who falls victim to an ambush of zombies, who moan for the creature comforts they craved in life including "wifi", "Xanax" and "chardonnay".]]>
5/18/2019 12:57:32 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt's exports of fruits, vegetables rise to 2.7M tons]]>
Head of the Central Department of Agricultural Quarantine at Ministry of Agriculture Ahmed al-Attar stressed that these shipments were exported to the European Union in accordance with international export quality standards, affirming that the Egyptian agricultural products were exported to various countries without any obstacles.

He explained that the Ministry of Agriculture is applying strict measures on all exports of vegetables and fruits to maintain the reputation of the Egyptian agricultural exports.

In May 2018, Egyptian agricultural exports of vegetables and fruits to various countries of the world increased, amounting to about 2.88 million tons, according to a report by the Agriculture Ministry's Central Administration for Agricultural Quarantine.

Egypt has succeeded in opening new markets for agricultural crops in a large number of countries, especially in China, the European Union and East Asian countries. That is in addition to Egypt's success in lifting the ban on Egyptian agricultural exports in some countries, which confirmed the safety of Egyptian procedures and the quality of their agricultural crops, former Minister of Agriculture and Land Reclamation Abdel Moneim el-Banna said.

Egypt's exports of citrus fruits increased to reach $502 million during 2017-2018, compared to $446 million dollars during 2016-2017.]]>
5/18/2019 12:53:35 PM
<![CDATA[Government takes early lead in Australia's election count]]>
The coalition is leading the national two-party count against center-left Labor by 51.7% to 48.3% with just over 15% of the vote counted, according to Australian Electoral Commission data (AEC).

The early results contrast with pre-election polls, which had predicted Labor would win, and mean a winner may not be known on Saturday.

The vote trend, however, is not uniform, and vote-counting on the country’s west coast has not started.

The Scott Morrison-led government is polling strongly in Queensland and Tasmania, according to AEC figures, although the early results are more mixed in the heavily populated states of New South Wales and Victoria.

Former conservative prime minister Tony Abbott is at dire risk of losing his Sydney beaches seat of Warringah to high-profile independent Zali Steggall. Media analysts projected the seat had been lost with more than one-fifth of the votes counted.

The major parties are vying for a majority share of the 151 lower-house seats to form a government.

There are also 40 of 76 Senate spots contested in the election, the outcome of which will determine how difficult it will be for the next government to enact policy.]]>
5/18/2019 12:51:47 PM
<![CDATA[Austrian government revamp looms over video of far-right leader]]>
Chancellor Sebastian Kurz was due to meet Vice Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache at 11 a.m. (0900 GMT) after a crisis meeting with senior figures in the government on Friday night, news agency APA said citing sources.

Strache will make a statement at 1000 GMT, the Freedom Party said without providing further detail.

A spokesman for Strache could not be reached by Reuters for comment on the threat to the coalition, which has blown up just a week before Austria votes in elections for the European Parliament.

Kurz, who has distanced himself from the far right to protect his image when lesser scandals have emerged, was also due to make a statement later on Saturday. The opposition called for Strache to resign.

“This is huge. This has to be the end of Heinz-Christian Strache,” political analyst Thomas Hofer said, adding that even a snap election was possible.

The Freedom Party is preparing for Transport Minister Norbert Hofer to replace Strache as vice chancellor, APA news agency said, citing party sources. The 48-old engineer ran for president in 2016 and only narrowly lost.

The Kurier newspaper, without citing its sources, said Kurz preferred to call a fresh election rather than continue to govern with a partner whose image had been tarnished by the affair.

Kurz’s party still leads opinion polls but far short of a majority. The only other party with enough seats for a majority is the Social Democrats, with which Kurz, an immigration hardliner, has difficult relations.

Strache has headed the Freedom Party since 2005, bringing it back to mainstream electoral success not seen since it was led by the charismatic Joerg Haider. It secured 26 percent of the vote in 2017’s parliamentary election.

The video was reported on Friday by two of neighboring Germany’s leading media - weekly Der Spiegel and newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung - purportedly showing a meeting in Ibiza between Strache, another party official and a woman purporting to be the niece of a Russian oligarch.

Strache did not reply to a request for comment about the video. Reuters was not able to verify the authenticity of the footage independently, and the German newspapers did not say how they obtained it.

The newspaper reports said the video appeared to be a sting operation.

The Freedom Party (FPO) co-chairman, Christian Hafenecker, said on Friday the party’s lawyers were evaluating the material.

Neither Strache nor the FPO ever received or granted any benefits from the persons concerned, Hafenecker said in a statement.

“Since the video was obviously recorded illegally, we are also preparing appropriate legal steps.”

The footage, recorded in July 2017 - months before the election that brought this government to power - showed Strache talking to the woman.

In it, he appeared to offer to direct inflated construction contracts to a company in exchange for support for his party, though he also said he wanted everything to be done legally.

Vienna prosecutors said they would study the reports and decide whether there was sufficient cause to open an investigation, a spokeswoman for the prosecutors said.

“The FPO is finished,” ran the headline in the tabloid Kronen Zeitung, which featured in the video since the woman said the oligarch wanted to buy a stake.

It remains unclear who was behind the recording.]]>
5/18/2019 12:46:36 PM
<![CDATA[EgyptAir carries 3K pilgrims to Saudi Arabia]]>
EgyptAir is expected to transfer around 100,000 pilgrims during the Umrah season in the holy fasting month of Ramadan.

Umrah is the non-mandatory pilgrimage to Mecca, which may be performed at any time of the year.

EgyptAir has carried a total of 10,700 Palestinian pilgrims to Saudi Arabia to perform Umrah from March 4 until May 17. The Egyptian flag carrier said it operated 44 flights for this purpose.

Authorities of Cairo airport coordinated with the national airliner to finalize the arrival procedures of pilgrims who came through Rafah Border Crossing.

According to a cooperation protocol signed between EgyptAir and the Palestinian authorities, about 13,000 Palestinian pilgrims would be carried via 56 flights from March 4 till June 5.]]>
5/18/2019 12:40:07 PM
<![CDATA[Grumpy Cat, whose scowl launched a million memes, dies age 7]]>
Despite care from top professionals, Grumpy died on Tuesday from complications after a recent urinary tract infection, the family said on Twitter.

Grumpy, whose real name is Tardar Sauce, became an internet sensation after her owner Tabatha Bundesen posted a picture of her scowl six years ago. She went on to appear on magazine covers, television advertisements and even starred in her own movie “Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever.”

“Grumpy Cat has helped millions of people smile all around the world - even when times were tough,” the family said. “Her spirit will continue to live on through her fans everywhere.”

Tribute memes poured in at hashtag #GrumpyCat.

“I’m actually bummed about this,” read one with a picture of Grumpy scowling into the sunset.]]>
5/18/2019 12:23:44 PM
<![CDATA[New banking bill to be referred to parl't before end of May: CBE]]>
The bill comprises 240 articles, the source told MENA on Saturday.

The cabinet's economic committee reviewed last week the final version of the bill in the presence of CBE governor alongside the ministers of investment, immigration, manpower, planning, administrative reform, tourism, fniance, trade and public business sector.

CBE Governor Tarek Amer has said earlier that drafting a new banking law falls within the framework of legislative reforms introduced by the state to cope with the fast-paced global financial developments.

The proposed law is meant to support the basis of the legal framework on which the central bank governance should rest, that is independence, accountability and transparency, Amer said, noting that it regulates cooperation between the central bank, government and authorities tasked with monitoring the financial sector.

The banking draft law ensures the adoption of best global practices and laws imposed by respective supervision authorities across the world, as well as making a leap in Egypt's banking activities and subsequently realizing financial inclusion, the CBE source said.

The main objectives of the law are topped by protecting the banking system during times of crisis, keeping pace with global developments, along with upgrading governance of the CBE and other banks operating in Egypt, the source noted.

Redressing the cash-strapped banks alongside regulating supervision over payment services and financial technologies are among the main targets of the draft law, the source stated.

While attaching special importance to major global technological developments at the economic level, the articles of the draft law outlined legal frameworks for regulating the trade of digital currencies in the country.

Also, it set rules for fair competition, monopoly prevention and protection of the rights of customers in the banking sector.

The source went on to say that the draft law is based on recommendation by world bankers and experts, as well as proposals submitted to the CBE by other banks and bodies concerned in this regard. ]]>
5/18/2019 11:50:02 AM
<![CDATA[Libyan army supporters arrested by militias in Tripoli: LNA]]>
Around 180 people have been detained at a farm known as “al-Majdoub” on Sudra road by Misurata militias, according to the media office of the LNA.

The farm also hosts an operation room for some of the militias, the LNA said, adding that this is not the first time forces affiliated with the GNA have arrested people only for their support of the army.

The LNA launched a campaign on April 4 to “liberate Tripoli from terrorists.” However, the GNA has fiercely resisted the LNA’s advance thus far.]]>
5/18/2019 10:49:21 AM
<![CDATA[IMF experts agree to final tranche of $12b loan to Egypt]]>
An IMF delegation headed by Subir Lall visited Egypt May 5-16, where a staff-level agreement was signed with the Egyptian authorities to receive the final batch of a $12-billion loan that has been disbursed over three years. The agreement awaits the approval of the IMF Executive Board.

“Going forward, the main priorities include raising tax revenues for much needed spending on health, education and social programs,” the delegation said in a Friday statement.

The statement favorably mentioned targeted social and business initiatives such as Takafol and Karama, Forsa, Sakan Karim and Mastura.

The delegation commended the Egyptian government for ambitiously following the reform plan, culminating in a GDP growth, unemployment decline, account deficit reduction, international reserves increase.

The efforts Central Bank of Egypt were also highlighted in the statement, with inflation decrease, investment in infrastructure, and reduction of non-tariff trade barriers.

As the review is the IMF’s last in Egypt, the delegation said key reform areas include: improving access to finance; improving industrial land allocation; enhancing competition; strengthening transparency and management of state-owned enterprises; and fighting corruption.]]>
5/18/2019 10:45:52 AM
<![CDATA[Al Nasr wins Saudi Professional League]]>
The club finished the league on 70 points, one point ahead of their arch rivals, Al Hilal.

On the other hand, Al Hilal defeated Al Shabab 3-2 but their victory did not help the team to win the title after Al Nasr’s victory.

“I am so happy to win the title after a tough race with Al Hilal. We suffered during the game against Al Baten but I was sure that we will win and make our fans happy.” Al Nasr defender, Omar Hosawi told press after the game.

Moroccan striker, Abderrazak Hamdallah, scored twice to lead his team to victory and he reached 34 league goals to win the league golden boot award.

Al Nasr winger, Yehia Shahri, praised Hamdallah and the other International players, saying “We have a great squad with many amazing International players that led the team to win the league title.”

Al Nasr won their first title since 2015 and put an end to Al Hilal dominance over the title. ]]>
5/18/2019 10:44:03 AM
<![CDATA[Allegri to leave Serie a champions, Juventus ]]>
“Massimiliano Allegri will not sit on the Juventus bench in the 2019-2020 season.” Juve statement said.

The manager joined the club in 2014 and led them to win five Serie a titles, four Italian Cups and two Italian Super Cups.

Allegri, 51, led Juventus to two UEFA Champions League Finals in 2015 and 2017 but they lost both finals to Barcelona and Real Madrid respectively.

Juventus fans criticized the manager after being knocked out of UEFA Champions League quarter finals against Ajax after losing 2-1 at home despite having Cristiano Ronaldo who joined the club last summer from Real Madrid.

Rumors linked Juventus with many top managers to succeed Allegri especially Tottenham Hotspus manager, Mauricio Pochettino who led the team to 2019 UEFA Champions League Final.

Allegri will join the club president, Andrea Agnelli, in a press conference on Saturday at Allianz Stadium.

5/18/2019 10:42:20 AM
<![CDATA[Egyptian embassy in Washington hosts 'Opera Aida' show]]>
The event is the first of its kind, Egypt's Ambassador to the US Yasser Reda said, noting that it was organized in tandem with Washington Opera Society that showed eagerness to co-organize this grand production that sheds light on Egypt's ancient and contemporary civilization.

Two large halls were dedicated to accommodate over 400 attendees who were served Ramadan beverages and Egyptian food, ambassador Reda told MENA.

As of June, EgyptAir airline is due to operate direct flights between Washington and Cairo, the ambassador told the attendees.

He further revealed that Washington's National Geographic Museum will host an exhibition for ancient Egyptian queens.

Aida is based on a story written by French Egyptologist Auguste Mariette, commissioned by the Khedive Ismail Pasha. It was first performed at the Khedival Opera House in Cairo on 24 December 1871.

Aida has special thematic and historic significance in Egyptian culture and is one of the most popular operatic works performed in Egypt. Aida is also among Verdi's most known works, staged worldwide by opera companies.]]>
5/18/2019 10:22:41 AM
<![CDATA[Available easily on Apple, Google Play stores; WATCH IT offers one-month free]]>
Earlier, Watch It said in a press statement that it will provide its services free of charges during May.

Watch It management further added that platform received thousands of subscription applications during the soft opening at the same time it was subject to digital piracy that targeted the information security, that’s why the platform was blocked to elevate the information security system.

Many experts have spoken about the need to pay attention to digital content and digital media services; subsequently, the Watch It platform was launched.

To use the application on smart screens or the web browser interface, the user registers by his/ her email and cell phone number before receiving a message on the provided number to complete registration in one step.

Upon registration, the platform will give the subscriber a seven-day free trial, allowing the user to identify the content and learn how to use the application. The digital platform also enables users to subscribe using either credit cards or cash payment.

As the month of Ramadan coincides with the launch of Watch It digital platform, its creators contacted the satellite channels to acquire digital rights to the dramatic content and programs broadcast on the channels in Egypt during Ramadan and make it available for the users of the application.

The new digital platform is therefore full of new dramatic content. The creators will also acquire various other digital rights to add new contents serving different categories.
“Most of the global content producers have for some time aimed at protecting the intellectual property rights of the content. The content is therefore not available on free platforms in the high quality required by modern viewers; however, it can be available on specialized digital platforms,” previously commented Tamer Mursy, CEO of Egyptian
Media Group.

“The new platform will seek a lot of media rights in different areas to entertain the viewers,” concluded Mursy.

It is noteworthy that the Egyptian Media Group is the co-owner of On TV, Al Hayat, DMC and CBC channels that provide various media services.

5/17/2019 11:22:13 PM
<![CDATA[IMF team reaches staff-level agreement on the 5th review for Egypt’s EFF]]>
In a Friday statement, IMF said that an International Monetary Fund (IMF) team led by Mr. Subir Lall visited Egypt on May 5-16, 2019 to conduct the fifth and final review of Egypt's economic reform program supported by a three-year Extended Fund Facility.

"The IMF staff team and the Egyptian authorities have reached a staff-level agreement on the fifth and final review of Egypt's economic reform program, which is supported by the IMF's Extended Fund Facility (EFF) arrangement. The staff-level agreement is subject to approval by the IMF's Executive Board," Lall said in his final statement.

And here is IMF full statement:

The IMF mission reached a staff-level agreement with the Egyptian authorities for the completion of the fifth and the final review of Extended Fund Facility.

• Prudent monetary and fiscal policies and a flexible exchange rate have underpinned macroeconomic stabilization and strengthened Egypt’s resilience to external shocks, while social protection measures have helped ease the burden of adjustment on the population.

• Looking ahead, we welcome the authorities focus on structural reforms as it needs to be deepened to facilitate inclusive growth and job creation for all.

An International Monetary Fund (IMF) team led by Mr. Subir Lall visited Egypt on May 5-16, 2019 to conduct the fifth and final review of Egypt’s economic reform program supported by a three-year Extended Fund Facility. At the end of the visit Mr. Lall issued the following statement:

“The IMF staff team and the Egyptian authorities have reached a staff-level agreement on the fifth and final review of Egypt’s economic reform program, which is supported by the IMF’s Extended Fund Facility arrangement. The staff-level agreement is subject to approval by the IMF’s Executive Board. Completion of this review would make available SDR 1,432.76 million (about US$2 billion), bringing total disbursements under the program to about US$12 billion.

Over the last three years the Egyptian authorities have carried out an ambitious home-grown reform program which has aimed to correct significant external and domestic imbalances, promote inclusive growth and job creation, and strengthen social spending.

The authorities’ efforts have been successful in achieving macroeconomic stabilization, a recovery in growth, and an improvement in the business climate. GDP growth accelerated from 4.2 percent in 2016/17 to 5.3 percent in 2017/18; unemployment declined from 12 percent to below 9 percent; and the current account deficit narrowed from 5.6 percent of GDP to 2.4 percent. Gross general government debt is expected to decline according to our estimates to about 85 percent of GDP in 2018/19 from 103 percent of GDP in 2016/17. International reserves increased from US$17 billion in June 2016 to US$44 billion in March 2019. As a result, Egypt has become more resilient to the elevated uncertainty in the external environment.

“The Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) has modernized its monetary policy framework, which focuses on inflation as its primary objective under a flexible exchange rate regime. Its monetary policy stance has been appropriately calibrated, helping to reduce inflation from 33 percent in July 2017 to 13 percent in April 2019 despite occasional supply-side shocks and excessive volatility in some food prices. Addressing food supply bottlenecks by investing in logistics, storage facilities, and transport infrastructure, and reducing non-tariff trade barriers are important measures that would reduce this volatility. The CBE aims to reduce inflation to single digits in the medium term. This would help to further strengthen macroeconomic stability, reduce interest rates, and attract investment. The CBE’s commitment to exchange rate flexibility ensures that that the Egyptian pound reflects economic fundamentals, protects international reserves, and enhances the economy’s resilience to external shocks. The CBE has also established itself as a credible guardian of financial sector stability.

“Egypt is on track to achieve its three-year fiscal consolidation objective of 5.5 percent of GDP in the primary balance. The primary surplus target of 2 percent of GDP in 2018/19 is within reach, and the authorities intend to maintain this level in the medium term to keep general government debt on a steadily declining trajectory. The fuel subsidy reform is nearing a successful completion, which will be a significant accomplishment. This reform has played a critical role in creating space for spending on better targeted social programs that help the most vulnerable and in achieving the program’s fiscal objectives, supported by measures to mobilize more resources and streamline current spending.

Going forward, the main priorities include raising tax revenues for much needed spending on health, education and social programs. We welcome the authorities’ plans to preserve the fiscal consolidation gains achieved during the program, further strengthen the capacity for debt and fiscal risk management, improve spending efficiency, and enhance the transparency and accountability of public finances.

“ We commend the authorities for implementing a social protection package, which eases the burden of adjustment on the vulnerable. This package was critical in garnering broad public support for difficult reforms. The reduction in regressive and inefficient fuel subsidies has provided the financial means for it. The pension increases and targeted initiatives such as Takafol and Karama, Forsa, and Sakan Karim aim to support the poorest and deliver public services to the most underserved groups.

Mastura provides microfinancing to women to increase female employment. The measured increases in public sector wages and progressive tax credits have benefited the middle class. Efforts are ongoing to further improve targeting and expand the coverage of the social safety net.

“The objective of structural reforms is to generate higher and more inclusive growth and create jobs for Egypt’s young and growing population. Steady progress is being made in implementing measures that aim to increase productivity, remove barriers to investment and trade, improve governance and reduce the role of the state in the economy. The key reform areas include: improving access to finance; improving industrial land allocation; enhancing competition; strengthening transparency and management of state-owned enterprises; and fighting corruption. Timely completion of the planned measures would yield significant dividends in terms of higher investment, inclusive growth, and job creation. Staff welcomes the authorities’ strong commitment to maintain the reform momentum beyond the program, which expires in November.

“We would like to thank the Egyptian authorities, including the technical teams for their collegiality, candor, and hospitality. We look forward to our continued close cooperation and policy dialogue.

5/17/2019 10:27:17 PM
<![CDATA[Microsoft, Sony partner on streaming games, chips and AI]]>
The deal is in its early stages, with many specifics yet to be determined. But the owners of two major consumer interactive entertainment franchises — Microsoft’s Xbox platform and Sony’s PlayStation — would collaborate to stream games and content to consumers and offer game makers new development tools.

“For many years, Microsoft has been a key business partner for us, though of course the two companies have also been competing in some areas,” Sony Chief Executive Kenichiro Yoshida said in a statement. “I believe that our joint development of future cloud solutions will contribute greatly to the advancement of interactive content.”

Sony shares jumped nearly 11 percent as Asian markets opened. Microsoft’s stock closed up 2 percent on Thursday.

Sony’s deal with Microsoft comes at a time when the Japanese firm’s gaming business is losing some steam as its PlayStation 4 (PS4) console nears the end of its life.

Analysts widely expect Sony to launch a next-generation console in 2020 to replace the five-year old PS4, but for this year at least Sony has flagged a drop in profit.

For Microsoft, the deal bolsters its Azure cloud computing business, which helped push its market value past $1 trillion last month. It also helps the Redmond, Washington-based company counter cloud-market leader Amazon.com Inc’s Amazon Web Services.

Amazon has also jumped into the gaming market, offering game makers new technology tools, and with its nearly $1 billion acquisition of Twitch, a major destination for gamers to watch other players competing in the e-sports market.

Japan’s Sony is also a major supplier of camera chips for smartphones and other devices.

Sony and Microsoft said they will potentially develop new image sensor chips that use Microsoft’s artificial intelligence (AI) technology for business customers. The two companies did not specify how the chips would be used.

Intelligent cameras are currently being used in applications such as spotting defective items coming off manufacturing lines with greater accuracy than human inspectors.

Sony and Microsoft said they would explore how to use Microsoft’s AI tools in Sony’s consumer products “to provide highly intuitive and user-friendly AI experiences.”

Microsoft’s technology for tasks like recognizing images and understanding human speech is widely believed to be competitive with better-known rivals such Alphabet Inc’s Google, but its focus on business customers has left it fewer outlets for technology that consumers touch. Sony, by contrast, makes a wide range of televisions, phones and other consumer devices.

“Sony has always been a leader in both entertainment and technology, and the collaboration we announced today builds on this history of innovation,” Microsoft Chief Executive Satya Nadella said in a statement.

5/17/2019 2:15:50 PM
<![CDATA[Turkey court hands life sentences to 14 over 2016 attack]]>
Forty-seven people were killed in the attack near the Vodafone Arena when a car bomb hit a police vehicle and a suicide bomber blew himself up after a football match for one of Istanbul’s biggest clubs, Besiktas.

The Kurdistan Freedom Falcons (TAK), a radical Kurdish group with ties to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), claimed responsibility.

A court in Silivri on the outskirts of Istanbul sentenced four defendants to aggravated life sentences on charges of “a planned murder and bombing,” and 10 others on charges of “aiding murder,” Anadolu said.

Aggravated life sentences carry harsher prison conditions.

Four other defendants received prison sentences of up to 15 years for “membership in a terror organization,” it added.

Turkey suffered a wave of attacks in 2016 by Kurdish separatists following a breakdown in peace talks with the government — a time when it was also hit by a number of attacks by ISIS terrorists.
5/17/2019 1:54:47 PM
<![CDATA[Adel Emam: 50 years of artistic leadership]]>
The legendary actor is Egypt’s biggest actor for over four decades of box office hits, series, plays under his belt.

In theatre what made his stardom was his immortal role in ‘’Madrasat El-Mushaghebeen’’ ( Rioters school) play as Bahgat el Abaseiry this loser funny student, who is the leader over his other loser friends.

After he performed a number of sucessful roles in plays like ‘’Shahed Mashafsh Haga’’ ( A witnesser who didn’t see anything), El-Wad Sayed El-Shaghal ( the servant named Sayed), El-Zaiim ( The Leader) and ‘’Body Guard’’.

His cinematic repertoire include a number of movies like ‘’ Ehena Betoaa el Autobees” (We Are The Bus People). El-Avocato ( The Lawyer), El-Irhab Wel-Kabab ( Terrorism and Kebab), “Bakhit We Adeela”, “Amir El-Zalam” ( Prince of Darkness), “Aris Men Geha Amneya” ( A bridegroom from a security place), El-Sefara Fel Omara ( The Embassy in the Building), “Alzheimer” , “Bobos” among others.

His TV debut was in 1978 through “ Ahlam El-Fata El-Taer” then “Domou fi Oyoun Waqeha” ( tears in slut eyes) on 1980.

After a long hiatus he returned back to TV drama in 2012 through " Fer’et Naji Atallah " (Naji Atallah’s group) , continuing his annual presence in the Ramadan marathon every year through a number of successful series such as " El Araf” (The fortune teller), “Saheb el sa’ada” (His highness), “Afaret Adli Alam”(Adli Alam’s Ghosts), and "Awalem Khafeya” (Hidden Worlds) in 2018.

Imam has won seven awards, including two from the Cairo National Festival for Egyptian Cinema for Best Actor for his roles in “El-Irhabi” (The Terrorist) “Omaret Yacoubian” (The Yacoubian Building).

The Yacoubian Building also earned him an International Jury Award at the São Paulo International Film Festival and a Special Mention for Actor in a Narrative Feature from the Tribeca Film Festival.

The Dubai international Film festival awarded him twice the Lifetime Achievement Award, in 2005 and 2008. Emam was awarded as well the Golden Star in 2014 at Marrakech International Film Festival, the Golden Tanit in 2016 at the Carthage Film Festival and the Career Achievement Award from the first edition of El Gouna Film Festival.

Despite being the most important comedian in the history of Egyptian cinema he later performed serious dramatic works while maintaining his comedic style, reflecting ordinary citizens struggles with powerful social or political pressures.

Adel Emam by every sense of the word is an unrepeatable artistic actor, not only on the top of the artistic pyramid but he claimed the first rank inside the hearts of millions of his fans in Egypt and the whole world.

Emam is the only actor in the history of Egyptian art who remained number one all these years. The Happiest birthday to the one who draws the smile on our faces, made us laugh from the bottom of our hearts.

5/17/2019 1:51:13 PM
<![CDATA[Zamalek put final touches before important African Final]]>
Zamalek is set to face RSB Berkane in the first leg of the CAF Confederation Cup Final on Sunday, May 19 in Morocco.

Swiss coach Christian Grosse held a motivational and technical session with the players before the start of the training session, assuring his confidence in presenting good performance and good result in the meeting.

And he demanded that they should be as responsible as they were previously, according to the official website of the White Team.

The White knights reached the CAF Confederation Cup Final after knocking Hassania Agadir & Etoile du Sahel in the quarter-finals and semi-finals respectively. Zamalek beat both teams 1-0 on aggregate.

It’s worth to mention that Zamalek goalkeepers, Mahmoud Gennesh and Emad El Sayed, will be absent from the important clash as the first was suspended in the semi-final and the second was injured in the Egyptian League.

5/17/2019 1:49:43 PM
<![CDATA[AFCON Organizing committee announces tickets prices]]>
The AFCON starts on June 21 and ends on July 19. The tournament takes place with the participation of 24 teams in six groups for the first time in the history of the African competition.

The Egyptian national team was put in an easy group in the draw which was held in Egypt on Friday.

Egypt came in Group A with the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda and Zimbabwe in the 2019 African Cup of Nations.

Egypt won the rights to host the tournament after being selected over South Africa.

The 2019 African Cup of Nations was initially scheduled to be hosted by Cameroon. However, Cameroon was stripped of hosting the tournament for serious delays in preparations.

Egypt is the most successful nation in the history of the competition as Egypt has won a record of seven titles including three in a row between 2006 and 2010.

Tickets prices for all Egypt matches, which will be at Cairo Stadium, are as follows:

Main Cabin: 2500 LE
First class/ Right: 800 pounds
First class: 600 LE
First class/ Upper: 500 LE
Second class: 400 LE
Third class: 150 LE
5/17/2019 1:48:24 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt sends 25 tons of medicine to Sudan: Health min.]]>
Zayed also noted during a meeting with Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli that the ministry sent medicine for the treatment of Malaria and transferred Egyptian expertise to African countries to treat Malaria, Hepatitis C and AIDS.

AIDS (aka stage 3 HIV) is a condition that may be developed when the HIV virus manages to cause serious damages to the immunity system.

Egypt announces ambitions, plans to eliminate AIDS by 2030

CAIRO – 5 September 2018: Egyptian Minister of Health announced Tuesday a national plan to eliminate the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV/AIDS) in Egypt by 2030.

The ministry also sent medical teams to prepare for the establishment of Hepatitis C treatment centers; these teams visit four African countries every month, Zayed said.

The ministry established in Chad an eye treatment center equipped with a modern device to treat cataract, a dialysis machine and a device to treat Hepatitis C, Zayed said. Also, the ministry sent 1,000 children's glasses and 1,000 adult glasses.

Moreover, a medical team was sent to Somalia to train Somali cadres in the field of childhood and motherhood, in preparation for helping Somalia establish a center for motherhood and childhood at the request of the Somali government.

In 2018, Egypt has been elected as chair of the African Union Assembly of Heads of State and Government for a one-year term in 2019.

In March, President Abdel Fatah al Sisi announced a new initiative to eliminate Hepatitis C among 1 million African citizens.

"The Health Ministry is establishing 13 centers to treat African people from Hepatitis C (HCV)," spokesperson for the Health Ministry Khaled Megahed told Egypt Today in April.
5/17/2019 1:45:24 PM
<![CDATA[Army kills 47 takfiris in Sinai, arrests 158 criminals, suspects]]>
The forces arrested 158 wanted criminals and suspects, the statement read, adding that legal proceedings are underway.


Military engineers discovered and detonated 385 explosive devices that were planted to target the Armed Forces. They could also discover and destroy two tunnel openings in cooperation with border guard forces.

The forces destroyed a number of 33 vehicles and eight motorcycles having no number plates, which were used by terrorist elements during raids.

The Air Force destroyed 97 four-wheel drive vehicles on different strategic directions.

Concerning the seized weapons, the statement announced seizing 585 rifles of different types, two submachine guns, 80 automatic rifle saves and 2088 bullets of different types.

The army announced seizing 646 kilograms of hashish, 7,707 kilograms of hemp, and 10 kilograms of opium. It also managed to seize 633,000 prohibited drug pills and destroy 102 feddans of poppy and hemp and 257 kilograms of seeds of poppy and hemp.


Moreover, the army could thwart the attempt of 1048 people of different nationalities to illegally immigrate through different strategic borders.

In February 2018, under the title "Comprehensive Operation Sinai 2018", Egypt's Armed Forces launched a comprehensive military operation targeting the hotbeds of terrorists in Northern and Central Sinai.


Egypt’s President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi authorized the army chief of staff to use “brutal force” against terrorism.
5/17/2019 1:42:31 PM
<![CDATA[US ends Turkey's preferential trade agreement for ineligibility]]>
Ankara earlier said the move to terminate the treatment is against the $75 billion target for mutual trade laid out by President Donald Trump and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan.

Washington said it was appropriate to terminate Turkey's eligibility to participate in the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program, based on its level of economic development.

The US Trade Representative (USTR) in early March said Turkey was no longer eligible to participate.

It had begun reviewing the NATO ally's status in the program last August when the two countries were embroiled in a diplomatic row.

The White House said on Thursday that it was reducing the 50 percent tariff, doubled last August, to 25 percent.

During a spat in 2018, Trump had imposed higher tariffs on imports of Turkish steel and aluminum to put economic pressure on NATO member Turkey to force it to release Andrew Brunson, an American pastor who was detained there over terrorism charges.

Trump’s move last year had then caused the Turkish lira to lose value against the US dollar. Since then, the ties between the two countries have remained tense over disagreements ranging from Ankara's planned purchase of a Russian S-400 missile defense system to diverging interests in Syria.

During that time, the US and Turkey imposed reciprocal tariffs on a number of goods, including Turkish steel and aluminum.
5/17/2019 1:35:03 PM
<![CDATA[Robben, Ribery set for bench in Bayern farewell]]>
Bayern need to avoid defeat against Frankfurt if they are to secure a seventh successive Bundesliga title, and Kovac suggested on Thursday that pragmatism may come before sentimentality when it comes to Robben and Ribery.

“As a coach you always have to be a coach on the one hand and a human being on the other, and they are not always compatible,” said Kovac.

At a press conference on Tuesday, Robben had voiced his hope of making one final start for Bayern at the Allianz Arena, and joked that he would score two goals if he played 90 minutes.

“Of course Arjen wants to play,” said Kovac.

The Bayern coach said he had already spoken to both Robben and Ribery about their roles on Saturday, but refused to confirm whether they would be in the starting lineup.

“I am going to leave you in the dark on that one,” he told reporters.

Kovac confirmed that James Rodriguez would be unavailable against Frankfurt, and said Thiago and Joshua Kimmich hoped to return to full fitness in time to play.

Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, who has been out with a calf injury since April, is also expected to miss out.

Bayern hope to wrap up a league and cup double in the next two weeks, but their success has not stopped questions about Kovac’s future.

Amid speculation he may be fighting for his job, the Bayern coach made an emotional plea for more empathy in football on Thursday.

“I have learned how difficult it is to stay a normal person,” he said of his first season at Bayern. “We have to learn to have more empathy.”

“If I slap you, then the pain will fade after a while, but it will be worse for the soul,” he told reporters.

“We have to see the person in front of us and not just pile in all the time.”]]>
5/17/2019 1:20:44 PM
<![CDATA[PM follows Cairo Stadium preparations to host 2019 African Cup of Nations]]>
This summer will see the first-ever 24-team Nations Cup. Egypt will kick off the tournament by playing Zimbabwe on 21 June, with the final scheduled on 19 July.

Egypt is seeking to win the prestigious title for the first time since 2010, the last of their record seven victories.

The Prime Minister took a tour at the stadium to follow up on the latest upgrades and developments, including new locker rooms, guest areas, new seats, electronic gates, internet network, lights and digital monitors.

The Supreme Committee of the Africa Cup of Nations has announced racing time to complete the development of stadiums ahead of the tournament scheduled to take place in Egypt between June 21 to July 19, 2019.

Minister of Youth and Sports Ashraf Sobhy said he was following up on preparations at the stadiums that will host the Africa Cup of Nations, namely the Cairo, Air Defense, Alexandria, Suez, and Ismailia stadiums.

Sobhy stressed that all development work will close during the month of May so that pilot operations can be conducted in the stadiums before the start of the tournament in June.

The Cairo Stadium’s official capacity is 73,200 and has 60 entry and exit gates.
5/17/2019 1:16:42 PM
<![CDATA[What happened in episode 11 of "Lams Aktaf"?]]>
After this phone call, in episode 11 Hamza decided to help Adham to escape from the security forces.

On the other hand we see how Camilia who is Hamza’s wife plotted with Abdelmongy to get rid of her husband because she believe that he drove her father to bankrupt and caused his death.

Famed Egyptian actor Yasser Galal embodies the role of a boxer named Adham, who gets involved in criminal acts, and later decides to repent and live a secure and stable life. However, Adham faces hardships as he is chased by gang members.

Galal went through rigorous training in order to appear in a certain body shape suiting the role he is playing.

The series is starring Fathy Abdel Wahab, Hanan Metaweh, Eman el-Asy, Samar Morsy, Donia Abdel Aziz, Mohamed Ezz, among others. “Lams Aktaf” is directed by Hussein al-Nabawi.

The series is the third leading role for Yasser Galal in a television drama after "Zel el-Raes" and "Rahim". “Lams Aktaf” is produced by Synergy.

5/17/2019 12:49:57 PM
<![CDATA[Iranian missiles can easily reach US ships in the Gulf: Revolutionary Guards deputy]]>
Quoted by the semi-official news agency Fars, Jokar further added that the United States could not afford a new war.

Iran-US tensions have escalated, with increasing concern about a potential conflict as Washington has ratcheted up sanctions and political pressure on Tehran and built up the US military presence in the region.

5/17/2019 12:48:05 PM
<![CDATA[Al-Azhar condemns Niger terrorist attack]]>
Al-Azhar said in a statement that the perpetrators of this terrorist attack were stripped of their humanity, calling for uniting the efforts to eliminate terrorism.

ISIS has said it was behind the ambush but there has been no confirmation of this claim by the authorities.

Militants belonging to affiliates of al-Qaeda are also active in the region.

They are most active in neighboring Mali, where French troops intervened in 2013 to prevent them from advancing on the capital, but they often stage cross-border raids.

Without providing any evidence, the Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the attack via its news agency Amaq. According to the statement, 40 were killed and injured, although the government has said that the death toll was 28.

On Thursday, Al Azhar strongly condemned a drone attack on two Saudi oil pumping stations on Tuesday in Dawadimi and Afīf cities in Riyadh.

It also called on the international community to intensify efforts aimed to fight all forms of terrorism.
5/17/2019 12:27:34 PM
<![CDATA[Smith congratulated Arab and Islamic nations on the advent of Ramadan]]>

Smith along with Egyptian-Canadian actor Mena Massoud and Naomi Scott are promoting to their movie ‘’Aladdin’’ which is scheduled to screen in Jordan on May 24.

Massoud, Smith and Scott attended the premiere of the live-action remake of the 1992 classic ‘’ Aladdin’’ in London on May 9.

"I am so incredibly blessed to be sharing this experience w/ this amazing group of human beings. London - thank you. You left me #Speechless. #Aladdin" Massoud wrote on Twitter and Instagram while at the star-studded event in Leicester Square.

Aladdin’s tale itself was born and characterized by a European colonial view of Asia.

Aladdin had no known source before French writer Antoine Galland stuck it into his 18th-century translation of 1001 Nights, claiming to have heard it from a Syrian storyteller.

The original story of Aladdin was set not in the Arabic world, but in China, and was gradually transformed into a Middle Eastern tale by storytellers.

Disney announced earlier that the movie includes new songs as well as re-recordings of the original songs written by Alan Menken and lyricists Howard Ashman and Tim Rice.

The trailer features snippets of the songs included in the original movie, including “Friend like me” and “A whole new world.”

Massoud was chosen by director Guy Ritchie to play title role of Aladdin. He was born in Cairo, Egypt to Egyptian Coptic Christian parents before immigrating to Canada when he was three-years-old. He was amid hundreds of actors who auditioned for the role.

He prepared for his Aladdin role by getting more into fitness staring from 2016. This is clear in the photos he added to his Instagram account , showing the tough training he went through at the gym to get that six pack.
5/17/2019 12:12:45 PM
<![CDATA[EgyptAir carries more than 10,000 Palestinian pilgrims to Saudi Arabia]]>
The Egyptian flag carrier said it operated 44 flights for this purpose.

Authorities of Cairo airport coordinated with the national airlines to finalize the arrival procedures of pilgrims who came through Rafah Border Crossing.

According to a cooperation protocol signed between EgyptAir and the Palestinian authorities, about 13,000 Palestinian pilgrims would be carried via 56 flights from March 4 till June 5. ]]>
5/17/2019 11:59:00 AM
<![CDATA[Iran urges 'friends' to save nuclear deal]]>
On a visit to Beijing, Zarif said he would also talk with Chinese officials about “bilateral ties and the very dangerous issues that are ongoing in our region today,” according to a video published on the Iranian foreign ministry website.

Amid rising tensions in the Gulf, Iran on Thursday rejected negotiations with the US and said it was showing “maximum restraint” after Washington sent extra military forces to the region against what it claimed was an imminent threat from Tehran.

Zarif called on the international community to save the JCPOA, or Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

The landmark 2015 deal between Iran and world powers including the EU and the United States offered sanctions relief to Iran for scaling back its nuclear program.

In May 2018 President Donald Trump withdrew the US from the deal and reinstated unilateral economic sanctions.

“If the international community and other JCPOA member countries and our friends in the JCPOA like China and Russia want to keep this achievement, it is required that they make sure the Iranian people enjoy the benefits of the JCPOA with concrete actions,” Zarif said.

Zarif said last week that only Russia and China had supported Iran and helped it keep the nuclear deal going, and accused other parties to the agreement of letting Tehran down.

China was one of the eight global buyers — India, Turkey, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Italy and Greece — that was allowed to import Iranian crude oil before the US ended waivers in early May.

Zarif’s China trip comes after visits to Turkmenistan, India and Japan in the past week.

Despite Washington’s campaign of “maximum pressure” against Iran, the Islamic Republic has vowed to keep selling oil to its main customers, especially China, even if it takes using indirect means.

On May 8, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Iran would stop observing restrictions on stocks of enriched uranium and heavy water agreed under the nuclear deal in retaliation for the US withdrawal and the reimposition of sanctions.

In his announcement, Rouhani threatened to go further if the European members of the deal failed to start delivering on their promises to help Iran circumvent US sanctions within 60 days.

China in response called on all parties to uphold the nuclear deal in what it called a “shared responsibility.”

5/17/2019 11:58:19 AM
<![CDATA['Watch It' apologizes for technical difficulties]]>
Watch It management further added that platform received thousands of subscription applications during the soft opening at the same time it was subject to digital piracy that targeted the information security, that’s why the platform was blocked to elevate the information security system.

Many experts have spoken about the need to pay attention to digital content and digital media services; subsequently, the Watch It platform was launched.

This platform can be accessed either by through www.watchit.com or by installing the online app from the Google Play Store or Apple Store.

To use the application on smart screens or the web browser interface, the user registers by his/ her email and cell phone number before receiving a message on the provided number to complete registration in one step.

Upon registration, the platform will give the subscriber a seven-day free trial, allowing the user to identify the content and learn how to use the application. The digital platform also enables users to subscribe using either credit cards or cash payment.

As the month of Ramadan coincides with the launch of Watch It digital platform, its creators contacted the satellite channels to acquire digital rights to the dramatic content and programs broadcast on the channels in Egypt during Ramadan and make it available for the users of the application.

The new digital platform is therefore full of new dramatic content. The creators will also acquire various other digital rights to add new contents serving different categories.

“Most of the global content producers have for some time aimed at protecting the intellectual property rights of the content. The content is therefore not available on free platforms in the high quality required by modern viewers; however, it can be available on specialized digital platforms,” previously commented Tamer Mursy, CEO of Egyptian Media Group.

“The new platform will seek a lot of media rights in different areas to entertain the viewers,” concluded Mursy.

It is noteworthy that the Egyptian Media Group is the co-owner of On TV, Al Hayat, DMC and CBC channels that provide various media services.
5/17/2019 11:38:10 AM
<![CDATA[Quds Force's Soleimani told militias to 'prepare for proxy war']]>
A report published by The Guardian on Friday revealed that two senior intelligence sources said Qassem Suleimani, leader of Iran’s Quds force, summoned the militias under Tehran’s influence three weeks ago, amid a heightened state of tension in the region.

Suleimani has met regularly with leaders of Iraq’s Iranian militia groups over the past five years, however, this time, the nature and tone of this gathering was different. “It wasn’t quite a call to arms, but it wasn’t far off,” one source said.

The meeting has led to a frenzy of diplomatic activity between US, British and Iraqi officials who are trying to banish the spectra of clashes between Tehran and Washington.

Fears are rising that Iraq might become a conflict zone.

The gathering partly informed a US decision to evacuate non-essential diplomatic staff from the US embassy in Baghdad and Erbil and to raise the threat status at US bases in Iraq.

The USS Abraham Lincoln, recently dispatched to the Gulf. Photograph: ONOSPHG/AP

Over the past 15 years, Suleimani has been Iran’s most influential powerbroker in Iraq and Syria, leading Tehran’s efforts to consolidate its presence in both countries and trying to reshape the region in its favor.

The US has become increasingly vocal about the activities of Iranian proxies in the Middle East.

On Sunday, four ships – two of them Saudi oil tankers – were reportedly sabotaged off the UAE coast. The following day, drones launched by Iranian-allied rebels in Yemen attacked two Saudi pipelines. Saudi state media on Thursday called for “surgical strikes” against Iranian targets in response and its senior officials have told Washington that they expect it to act in its interests.

5/17/2019 11:07:21 AM
<![CDATA[232 inmates given presidential pardon, journalist Abdel Halim Qandil released]]>
One of the inmates is journalist Abdel Halim Qandil who was sentenced in 2017 to three years for insulting Egypt’s judiciary along with another five, including activist Alaa Abdel Fattah, who got released in March.

Journalist Abdel Halim Qandil

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

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

In October 2016, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi announced the formation of a presidential pardon committee, headed by political thinker, Osama al-Ghazaly Harb, for pardoning detainees with charges pending further investigation.]]>
5/17/2019 10:23:39 AM
<![CDATA[BNA lauds King Khalifa's visit to Egypt]]>
Khalifa’s visit aimed to boost the two countries' joint efforts and the mutual cooperation between them on all fronts.

During the visit,President Abdel Fatah al Sisi and the Bahraini king affirmed their willingness to solve all suspended problems in the region.

The committee stressed the significance of king Khalifa’s meeting with President Sisi that came within the framework of the historical brotherly relations between the two peoples and as part of a set of visits recently paid by Khalifa to Egypt.

“The Bahraini leadership appreciates Egypt's role in supporting Arab and regional issues,” Bahraini News Agency (BNA).

BNA further stressed the significance of the bilateral relations between Bahrain and Egypt on the political front where the kingdom represents a strategic axis to Egypt and vice versa.

Furthermore, Khalifa and Sisi discussed different ways to boost economic relations between the two countries, bearing into account the successful Bahraini firms in Egypt and the limitless opportunities the Egyptian national projects offer to Bahraini companies to broaden their investments in Egypt.

Also, President Sisi and King Khalifa agreed on the necessity of unifying their utmost efforts to combat terrorism and illegal immigration.
5/16/2019 5:41:01 PM
<![CDATA[Ramadan Cultural Nights Festival kicks off on May 15]]>
The shows of the festival will also include a collection of exhibitions of traditional arts and crafts as well as various art shows all taking place at the northern Cairo wall.

The northern Cairo wall is a fortified wall built by Commander of the armies under the Fatimid Caliph al-Mustansir Bellah, Badr al-Jamali, in 1092 AD. It was built outside of Cairo to be the fortress of the city. It is connected to the ancient wall built by Gawhar al-Sicily.

The wall consists of two gates; one for entry and another for exit. Al-Nasr gate is located in the north-east of the wall of the fort. It is 24.20 meters in length, 21.63 meters in width and 21 meters high. Bab el-Futuh is located on the north-west side of the northern fence. It consists of two rectangular towers, 22.33 meters high, with a 22.85-meter round façade.

FILE - Part of the attendees
5/16/2019 4:25:33 PM
<![CDATA[Galal: Ramadan 10 is an example of patience and pride]]>
The celebration was held in commemoration of the Ramadan 10 (October 6) victory at Al-Maidan Theater of Hanager Center for Arts.

In his speech, veteran director Khaled Galal said, "Today we celebrate the victory of Ramadan 10. In this victory, which is an example of patience in times of hardships,our Armed Forces destroyed the myth of the Bar Lev Line.”

“Today we honor the poets who made special national songs that we used to greet our heroic victorious soldiers when they returned from the battle with the Egyptian flag high up in the sky. We also honor today the symbols of the Egyptian army who participated in this glorious war. All respect to them and to everyone who sacrificed for the sake of Egypt and glory to the martyrs who lost their lives for the beloved land of Sinai,”added Galal.

The ceremony was attended by Ashraf Zaky, President of the Egyptian Opera House Magdy Saber, Head of the Theater Art House Ismail Mokhtar and Chairman of the General Authority for Culture Palaces Ahmed Awad, among others.

The concert was performed by the iconic singer Mohamed Tharwat, where he sang a selection of the most famous national and religious songs including “En Kan Al Hob Mafish Ghairek” (I love no one but you), “Lagl el Naby” (For the sake of the Prophet), “El Qalb yaashek kol Gamil” (The heart loves everything beautiful), “Aash eli qal” (Long live those who said), among others.

5/16/2019 4:13:13 PM
<![CDATA[Remarkable events take place in 10th episode of 'Hogan']]>
Hogan-Mohammed Emam- did not find any job; thus he began to sell vegetables and fruits.

Meanwhile, Warda got divorced from Bahloul-Salah Abdullah- after she proved that she is still virgin although she has been married to him for10 years.

Bahloul tried to smuggle monuments after he saw Lotafi al-Haraa hiding large boxes of monuments and treasures.

The episode's events hit a climax when Hogan fought with a group of street vendors, leading Riad el-Khouli to ask Hogan to work with him. So, Hogan undergoes martial arts and fire shooting training to get ready for the job.

"Hogan" is broadcast exclusively on Hayat TV channel at 10:30 p.m.

The series is starring Kareem Mahmoud Abdul Aziz, Salah Abdullah, Riad el-Khouli, Aida Riad, Mirna Nour el-Din, Arafa Abdul Rasool, Asma Abu Al Yazid, Hajar Ahmed and Os Os. The series is written by Salah el-Azzab, directed by Sherine Adel and is the production of Synergy.

5/16/2019 3:46:28 PM
<![CDATA[Numerous cultural, artistic events to be held on May 16]]>
Egypt today sheds the light on the numerous activities set to be held on May 16 (Ramadan 11).

In Cairo Opera House’s open theater, lovers of the Sufi recitals meet Moroccan vocalist Jawad al-Shari at 9:30 p.m.

In the Fine Arts Sector, Saad Zaghloul Cultural Museum is opening an exhibition of Arabic calligraphy at 8 p.m. The exhibition runs until June 2. In addition, the Ramattan Cultural Center will present at 8:30 p.m. the “Dialogue of the Arts Ramadan” which presents religious songs and folk arts.

Furthermore, the Cultural Development Fund Sector will hold a number of activities, including the exhibition of “Egyptian hands” of traditional crafts from a number of governorates around the country. The exhibition will be held in the Center of Traditional Crafts in Fustat and will run until Ramadan 13.

In the House of Suhaime in the historical Muezz Street, a concert will be performed by the band of the National Center for Theater at 9:30 p.m.

At the Horreya Center for Creativity in Alexandria, an oriental night for Yasser el-Sharkawy and his band will be performed at 9:30 p.m.

At the Hanager Center for Arts, a musical concert by el-Nour wal Amal Orchestra (Light and Hope orchestra) will be presented at 9p.m.

Moreover, El-Sebaeya band will perform a selection of religious recitals and a performance by the Ismailia Folklore band will take place at 9 p.m. as part of the activities of the northern wall of Cairo.

In the Al Shaer Theater of Al - Muezz Street, a concert will be performed by the New Valley Folklore Band at 9 p.m.

At the Syndicate of Journalists, El Arish Folklore Ensemble will present a show at 9 p.m. In Helwan Mental Health Hospital, another show will be performed by the Beni Suef Folk Arts Ensemble at 9 p.m.

As part of Faisal International Book Fair activities, an artistic show of the Oriental Folk Art Ensemble will be performed at 9 p.m.

5/16/2019 3:39:24 PM
<![CDATA[Real Madrid conduct initial talks with Salah: CANAL+]]>
The French channel hasn't pointed to any results from these talks with the Egyptian international.

"After Eden Hazard, does Real Madrid want to include another Galacticus?" said Philippe Caraillon, a journalist for the French channel.

"We are in the initial negotiations between Real Madrid and Mohamed Salah." He added.

Caraillon added that Real Madrid wanted to form a strong offensive trio with Hazard and Gareth Bale, so the club wants Salah as a "primary goal."

Liverpool Egyptian winger, Mohamed Salah, led his team to finish second at the English Premier League after a fierce title race with defending champions, Manchester City.

Liverpool finished with 97 points after losing only one game during the league campaign but they finished one point behind Pep Guardiola's Manchester City who retained their league title.

5/16/2019 3:24:49 PM
<![CDATA[Al Ahly faces Enppi to maintain League leadership]]>
Al Ahly faces Enppi in a postponed game from the 30th round of the Egyptian league at Petrosport stadium at 10:00 p.m.

Al Ahly enters the game with 70 points in the lead, four points above Pyramids and Zamalek. The Reds played 30 games, Pyramids played 32, Zamalek 29 games.

Enppi is at risk, with 36 points in 10th place, but only two points from 16th-placed Petrojet.

Egypt Today expects Martin Lasarte's line-up that will play Enppi's game:

Goalkeeper: Mohamed El Shenawy

Defense: Ahmed Fathi - Yasser Ibrahim - Ayman Ashraf - Ali Maaloul

Midfield: Amr Sulayya - Hamdi Fathi - Ramadan Sobhi - Saleh Gomaa - Hussein Al Shahat

Attack: Walid Azaro
5/16/2019 3:22:38 PM
<![CDATA[Dollar exchange rate continues downward trend at Egypt's major banks]]>
At the National Bank of Egypt, Banque Misr and the Arab African International Bank, the dollar rate went down by two piasters recording LE 16.99 for buying and LE 17.09 for selling.

At the National Bank of Greece, the dollar rate registered LE 17.00 for buying and LE 17.10 for selling.

The dollar price recorded LE 17.05 for buying and LE 17.14 for selling at the Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank.]]>
5/16/2019 3:08:48 PM
<![CDATA[During its 4th red session, EGX loses LE 6.78B of market cap.]]>
The benchmark EGX30 dropped 1.08 percent, or 149.73 points, to close at 13,659.73 points.

The equally weighted index EGX50 declined 1.12 percent, or 23.16 points, to reach 2,053.34 points.

The small and mid-cap index EGX70 lessened 1.06 percent, or 6.52 points, to close at 608.98 points, and the broader index EGX100 decreased 1.11 percent, or 17.4 point, to 1,546.43 points.

Market capitalization lost LE 6.78 billion, recording LE 748.95 billion, compared to LE 755.73 billion in Wednesday’s session.

The trading volume reached 78.04 million shares, traded through 13,386 transactions, with a turnover of LE 399.33 million.

Foreign investors were net sellers at LE 37.04 million, while Egyptian and Arab investors were net buyers at LE 19.7 million, and LE 17.33 million, respectively.

Egyptian, Arab and foreign individuals were net buyers at LE 5.1 million, LE 14.41 and LE 3.57 million, respectively.

Egyptian and Arab organizations bought at LE 14.61 million, and LE 2.92 million, respectively, while foreign organizations sold at LE 40.62 million.

El-Nile Co. for Pharmaceuticals and Chemical Industries, Egyptian International Pharmaceuticals (EIPICO), and Cairo for Investment and Real Estate Development were top gainers of the session by 9.98 percent, 7.20 percent and 6.05 percent, respectively.

Meanwhile, Pyramisa Hotels, Arabian Food Industries DOMTY, and Alexandria Pharmaceuticals were top losers of the session by 9.98 percent, 9.94 percent, and 9.82 percent, respectively.

On Wednesday, EGX ended trading in red, as EGX30 dropped 1.35 percent, EGX50 dipped 2.33 percent, EGX70 declined 0.89 percent, and EGX100 decreased 0.99 percent.
5/16/2019 2:18:35 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt sends humanitarian aid to cyclone-hit Malawi]]>
An Egyptian plane carrying food, medical assistance and tents for shelter arrived on Wednesday in Malawi's capital of Lilongwe. Also, another plane carrying medical aid is set to reach Malawi on May 18.

Egyptian Ambassador to Malawi Hassan Shawki and other members of the embassy were present to receive the plane. Moreover, Malawi's Minister of Homeland Security Nicholas Dausi and a number of Malawian high-level officials were present.

The Egyptian aid comes within the framework of Egypt's commitment to support Malawi's people especially in times of crises and as part of Egypt's responsibility to support the efforts of both the government and the United Nations and help people affected by the cyclone, Shawki said.

The cyclone caused the death of around 60 Malawi citizens and displaced thousands others, Shawki said, reiterating the solidarity of Egypt's leadership, government and people with Malawi.

For his part, Dausi thanked Egypt on behalf of the president of Malawi for the country's continuous support for the development process in Malawi through sending experts and providing training courses in many vital fields.

He also affirmed his country's confidence in Egypt as the chairman of the African Union this year and in Egypt's ability to develop mechanisms to deal with the challenges facing the continent and to maintain the unity and integration of African stances.

Earlier in May, Egypt sent two military planes carrying humanitarian assistance to Mozambique's Maputo. ]]>
5/16/2019 2:04:36 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s exports to Japan hit $247M in 2 months]]>
Clothes and dried vegetables came at the top of Egypt’s exports to Japan.
Egypt’s imports reached $837 million in 2017, compared to $1.1 billion in 2016. In 2016, Egypt’s exports to Japan recorded $141 million.

Moreover, the non-petroleum exports recorded $65 million in 2017.

The Egyptian exports to Japan were various and included LNG, petroleum products, ceramics and garments, carpets, floor coverings, aromatic plants, cotton, dried vegetables especially onions, and food products including jam frozen strawberries and processed potatoes.
5/16/2019 1:56:05 PM
<![CDATA[Foreign cash flows record $24.76B since January]]>
The US dollar exchange rate continued its downward trend at the close of transaction at major banks on Wednesday.

At the National Bank of Egypt, Banque Misr and the Arab African International Bank, the dollar rate went down by two piasters recording LE 17.1 for buying and LE 17.10 for selling. The dollar price stood at LE 16.99 for buying and LE 17.09 for selling at the Commercial International Bank.

The dollar exchange rate has declined 86 piasters since January 2019, backed by foreign cash flows from several sources.

In April, Governor of the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) Tarek Amer said foreign cash flows from different sources have recorded $130 billion since the Egyptian pound exchange rate liberation in November 2016.

The exchange rate in Egyptian banks is determined according to the mechanism of supply and demand, and the more dollar supply is and the less the demand is, the lower the dollar is.
5/16/2019 1:46:33 PM
<![CDATA[Suez Canal Bank net profit rises 12% in Q1 2019]]>
The rise is attributed to some core operations, including a 36 percent increase in fees income, Suez Canal Bank Chairman and Managing Director Hussein Refaai said Wednesday in a statement, of which MENA received a copy.

The bank’s loan portfolio soared five percent, to hit LE 14.2 billion in March 2019, up from LE 13.5 billion in December 2018.

In the meantime, Refaai announced the launch of the smart wallet service (SCB E-WALLET), which provides innovative and swift payment solutions for customers. ]]>
5/16/2019 1:39:51 PM
<![CDATA[Parliament approves Min. of Manpower draft budget of 2019/2020]]>
The Ministry of Manpower recommended reviewing Article number 12 of the ministry’s budget related to visas that have been suspended for 3 months and will be resumed in the coming three months; thus preventing the completion of vocational training.

The ministry explained that each trainee is paid LE 20 a day and is offered a set of free services, assuring that the ministry's main resources come from the foreigners’ licenses, through which the ministry achieves revenues away from the state's budget.
The ministry's request to increase the budget allocated for establishing a building for the Manpower Directorate in Cairo to move from its current place in Mogamma El Tahrirto LE 11 million was also approved.

In a similar vein,the Ministry of Manpower signed an agreement with the Ministry of Military Production to create a network connecting all governorates. This development process will cost more than LE 100 million and will be divided to phases.

Moreover, the Ministry of Manpower launched a developing program to upgrade 12 bureaus and facilitate electronic connection with the Egyptian expatriates.
For her part, Parliamentarian Solaf Darwish said that development cannot be divided to stages as technology is upgraded daily, stressing that this will increase the cost of the development process.
5/16/2019 1:36:30 PM
<![CDATA[Lessons from the first lady? Brigitte Macron to return to classroom]]>
Macron, a French and drama teacher until 2015, has accepted a supervisory and teaching role for two schools being built, one in a suburb of Paris and another in a rural area of southeast France.

On Monday, she visited the first of the schools by the "Institut des Vocations", which is also backed rap star Ben J and celebrity chef Thierry Marx and is being financed by French luxury giant LVMH.

The school in the poverty-wracked Clichy-sous-Bois suburb in northeast Paris will open its doors in September along with another facility near Valence in southeast France, offering courses to around 50 school dropouts aged 25-30 every year.

"It won't be like the lessons that I gave to pupils before, but more in the Anglo-Saxon style, interactive," the 66-year-old, who taught at prestigious private schools in her home town of Amiens as well as in Paris, told reporters.

She said the school aimed to give its students, who will be paid 1,000 euros (1,100 dollars) a month, "the foundations to be able to enter the workplace.

"We know they need to know the four operations in maths, to know how to write French, to express themselves, to construct arguments in a written text. I want to give them a taste for literature," she added.

Brigitte met Emmanuel Macron, 41, while he was a student in her school in Amiens and began a relationship with him while he was still a teenager, causing a minor scandal locally and anger in their families.

The mother-of-three said that other private companies were interested in following the example of LVMH and sponsoring other adult schools, which are designed to tackle France's chronic high unemployment rate.

"We are going to duplicate it," she said, adding that oil group Total had expressed an interest in investing in others.

Brigitte Macron has kept a low public profile since her husband's election victory in May 2017, accompanying him for major state events but giving few interviews.

She became entangled in an early public row shortly after he took office over plans to create a formal public position of first lady, which would have given her an office and a budget -- an idea Macron abandoned under pressure.

The lover of theatre and literature, who remains political advisor to her husband behind the scenes, had announced that she intends to devote her time to her twin causes of education and helping the handicapped.

Rapper Ben J -- real name Fabien Loubayi -- said the new schools aimed to provide opportunities "to the invisible, people I see during my concerts. It's important to offer them a hand up, to give them confidence in themselves."]]>
5/16/2019 1:36:00 PM
<![CDATA[Dollar exchange rate continues downward trend at Egypt's major banks]]>
At the National Bank of Egypt, Banque Misr and the Arab African International Bank, the dollar rate went down by two piasters recording LE 17.1 for buying and LE 17.10 for selling.

The dollar price stood at LE 17 for buying and LE 17.10 for selling at the Alexandria Bank.

At the National Bank of Greece, the dollar rate recorded LE 17.03 for buying and LE 17.13 for selling.

The dollar price stood at LE 16.99 for buying and LE 17.09 for selling at the Commercial International Bank. ]]>
5/16/2019 12:36:26 PM
<![CDATA[CBE to issue LE 18B in T-bills Thursday]]>
The T-bills will be offered in two installments; the first installment is valued at LE 8.7 billion with a 182-day term and the second is worth LE 9.2 billion with a 357-day term.

T-bills are issued every Sunday and Thursday.

The ministry announced earlier that it will auction treasury bills (T-bills) in May with a 91-day term, 182-day term, 273-day term and 364-day term worth LE 34.25 billion, LE 35.25 billion, LE 34.25 billion, and LE 37.25 billion, respectively.

During the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2018/2019, the ministry will auction treasury bills and bonds at a total value of LE 478.5 billion, t-bills come with matures of a 91-day term, 182-day term, 273-day term and 364-day term worth LE 750 billion, LE 110 billion, LE 250 billion, LE 114 billion, LE 111 billion, LE 750 billion, and LE 120 billion.

Finance Ministry to auction LE478.5B in T-bonds, bills in Q4

CAIRO - 28 March 2019:The Ministry of Finance will auction treasury bills and bonds at a total value of LE 478.5 billion during the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2018/2019.

The Monetary Policy Committee of the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) kept the overnight deposit rate and the overnight lending rate at 15.75 percent and 16.75 percent, respectively, during March meeting.

CBE keeps interest rates unchanged during March

CAIRO - 28 March 2019: The Monetary Policy Committee of the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) kept the overnight deposit rate and the overnight lending rate at 15.75 percent and 16.75 percent, respectively, during March's meeting.

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

Ma'it notes the share of the treasury from the taxes wasn't collected before.

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

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

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

Foreign investments in treasury bills (T-bills) recorded LE 210.21 billion ($11.71 billion) by the end of October, compared to LE 234.52 billion ($13.06 billion) by the end of September, according to data from the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE).

Foreign investments in T-bills hit LE210.2B by end of October

CAIRO - 28 November 2018: Foreign investments in treasury bills (T-bills) recorded LE 210.21 billion ($11.71 billion) by the end of October, compared to LE 234.52 billion ($13.06 billion) by the end of September, according to data from the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE).

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

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

Upon the board's approval in November, Egypt floated its currency, losing around 50 percent of its value, as part of the economic reform program which imposed taxes, including the value-added tax (VAT), and cut energy subsidies, all with the aim of trimming the budget deficit.

5/16/2019 12:27:53 PM
<![CDATA[2K MW of solar, wind energy added to Egypt’s national network: NREA head]]>
The country has adopted the strategy of incorporating renewable energy in the mix a few years ago to reduce the reliance on traditional energy resources through expanding in solar, wind and hydraulic power projects in cooperation with the private sector.

Executive Chairman of New and Renewable Energy Authority (NREA) Mohamed el-Khayat said that the renewable energy has become remarkably abundant on the national network with the total generated amount hitting 6,000 megawatts, including 2000 megawatts from solar and wind power.

Khayat noted that a total of 20 solar power plants from Benban mega project in Aswan have been added to the national network with a capacity of 900 megawatts, adding that the total number of stations sought to be built is 32 with a capacity of 1,465 megawatts.

The construction of all solar plants in Benban, Aswan is expected to be finalized by October, he continued. As per the wind energy, Khayat said that the construction of a new plant with a capacity of 250 megawatts in Suez Gulf will be finalized by July.

“Egypt has attracted lots of investments in the renewable energy sector, which resulted in flourishing the economy, especially as all projects deal in foreign currencies,” Khayat explained.

Egypt sets a binding target of 20 percent of final energy consumption from renewable sources by the year 2020.

5/16/2019 12:23:22 PM
<![CDATA[EGas turns into profitability in Q1 2019]]>
EGas' financial indicators revealed that the company reached revenues of LE 606.94 million by the end of March, compared to LE 397.33 million during the compared period of the previous year.

In 2018, the company recorded profits of LE 35.16 million, compared to LE 25.6 million in 2017.

Egypt Gas was established in September 1983 and listed on the Egyptian Exchange in April 1992. It operates within the gas utilities sector focusing on utilities.
It has subsidiaries operating across Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Germany and Canada.
5/16/2019 12:15:19 PM
<![CDATA[Talaat Mustafa records consolidated profits of LE 374.7M in Q1 2019]]>
The financial indicators showed that the total real estate activity income increased during the first quarter of 2019 to reach LE 467.686 million, compared to LE 368.584 million in the same period of the prior year.

As per standalone results, the company accomplished profits of LE 31.53 million, compared to LE 10.63 million during the compared period of the previous year.

Initial indicators showed Tuesday that the company's net profits hit LE 361.2 million in the three-month period that ended in March, compared to LE 309.35 million in the compared period in 2018.

In 2018, the company reached profits of LE 1.77 billion, compared to LE 1.32 billion in 2017, including minority shareholders’ rights.

Talaat Moustafa Group Holding is a public company, listed on the Egyptian Exchange (EGX) since November 2007.

TMG Holding operates within the real estate sector focusing on real estate development. It has 13 subsidiaries operating across Egypt.

The company’s capital is LE 20.63 billion that are dividend on 2.06 billion shares with a nominal value of LE 10 per share.

5/16/2019 12:12:26 PM
<![CDATA[Pound at three-month lows as May's fate, Brexit deal hang in balance]]>
May will face calls later in the day from her Conservative Party to set a clear date for standing down and could be warned that she faces a confidence vote next month. She is hoping to again put to parliamentary vote her thrice-rejected Brexit agreement but chances of it passing appear low.

Eurosceptics in her party and its Northern Irish allies as well as opposition Labour lawmakers are expected to reject the deal, with a Labour spokeswoman knocking down speculation the party might abstain.

“What we’re seeing is the market pricing in a higher probability of an exit without a deal,” Adam Cole, chief currency strategist at RBC Capital Markets, said, noting the growing risk that the bill would fail to pass and May depart before parliament goes into recess in late-July.

“It looks increasingly likely she will be replaced by a pro-Brexit PM with no election, and that automatically increases the chances of a no-deal Brexit.”

Britain’s deadline for leaving the EU is Oct. 31.

Sterling was down for the ninth straight session, touching a three-month low of $1.2821 while against the euro slipped 0.13% to 87.4 pence, the lowest since February 19.

May’s failure to reach a compromise on the Brexit deal with Labour has also seen implied sterling volatility tick higher, with the one-month contract rising to 7.4 vols, a five-week high. That’s a rise of one vol since the start of May.

The currency is also being undermined by the global risk-off mood, with tariff tensions between China and the United States threatening to degenerate into a full-scale trade war.]]>
5/16/2019 11:59:05 AM
<![CDATA[Emerging stocks stall as Huawei sanction revives trade fears]]>
The MSCI index of developing world stocks, down 6 percent in a renewed global sell-off of riskier assets this month due to the conflict, eased 0.23 percent on the back of sharp falls for South Korea, Taiwan and Philippines.

China’s stock markets , however, rose on hopes that Beijing will roll out fresh stimulus to shore up an economy showing signs of strain from the trade war.

The U.S. Commerce Department said on Wednesday it was adding Huawei Technologies Co Ltd and 70 affiliates to its “Entity List” - a move that bans the company from acquiring components and technology from U.S. firms without government approval.

“Certainly the news shows there are structural tensions between the United States and China that are far from being resolved and there is scepticism on both sides,” said Jakob Christensen, head of EM research at Danske Bank.

“It’s too early to call calmness.”

China strongly opposed the move, adding Washington should avoid further impacting Sino-U.S. trade relations.

A report from the Institute of International Finance showed capital flight from emerging markets in recent weeks is the strongest since the start of a broad correction in global stock markets last October.

Chinese stocks saw outflows of $1.5 billion on Monday, after investors took $2.5 billion off the table last week, the report said.

The yuan held steady against the dollar amid market talks that Chinese authorities could sell more U.S. Treasuries as an effective retaliatory measure against Washington’s latest tariff hikes.

South Korea’s won earlier hit a 28-month low after a senior finance ministry official told Reuters that “authorities are closely watching the foreign exchange market”, usually taken by dealers as a warning on the currency.

The Turkish lira weakened again as U.S. officials on Wednesday asked Anakara to delay its decision to buy the S-400 missile defences.

Tensions between Turkey and the United States have run high over Ankara’s decision to buy the Russian missile defences, sending the lira sliding nearly 12 percent this year.

The Mexican peso was largely steady before its central bank meeting, where policymakers are seen holding interest rates steady amid signs of weakness in the economy.

The Bank of Mexico’s main rate has been at 8.25 percent since Dec. 20.]]>
5/16/2019 11:57:31 AM
<![CDATA[Alibaba beats revenue expectations on cloud boost]]>
A man stands near the logo of Alibaba Group at the company's newly-launched office in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia June 18, 2018. REUTERS/Lai Seng Sin
Alibaba has invested in new business lines such as cloud computing as a boom in its core e-commerce has peaked and its top line growth is slowing.

It reported a 51 percent increase in group revenue for January-March from a year earlier to 93.50 billion yuan ($13.6 billion), beating estimates of 91.58 billion yuan, according to IBES data from Refinitiv.

Sales excluding revenue from consolidated businesses grew 39 percent year-on-year.

While still solid, Alibaba’s top-line growth rates have slowed sharply from a few years ago, as have those of domestic rivals such as JD.com, which last week reported its slowest quarterly revenue growth since it listed in 2014.

Alibaba said it expects its revenue for the full fiscal year ending in March 2020 will top 500 billion yuan, which would be a 33 percent increase on the previous year.

Its shares were up 1.7 percent at $177.55 in New York trade by 1451 GMT, after its fourth-quarter results release.

The group said its net income attributable to ordinary shareholders rose in the quarter to 25.83 billion yuan, from 7.56 billion yuan in the same period a year earlier.

Alibaba has made money primarily by selling advertising and promotional services to third-party merchants that list products on Taobao and Tmall, two of its e-commerce sites, but has in recent years invested heavily in cloud computing as well.

It also opened 135 supermarkets in China under its Hema division, according to its earnings release.

Revenue from the company’s cloud computing business rose 76 percent in the fourth quarter, it said.

It is still a relatively small part of Alibaba’s overall business, accounting for 8 percent of group revenue in the fourth quarter. However, the company is now the world’s third-largest cloud service provider, after Microsoft Corp and Amazon.com Inc, and the largest in China with a market share of over 40 percent, according to data from IDC.

Selling analytics technology to offline retailers and expanding its AliExpress e-commerce sites are other initiatives it is taking further.

Most of Alibaba’s new initiatives are still losing money. Steven Zhu, senior analyst at Pacific Epoch, said that e-commerce growth, while slowing, remains strong enough to support these new investments.

Managing the group’s transition to new areas of business is Daniel Zhang, who was tapped by Chairman Jack Ma to be Ma’s successor in September 2018 and will formally replace him later this year.

An accountant by training, Zhang is soft-spoken and pragmatic, in contrast to Ma’s flamboyance.]]>
5/16/2019 11:55:18 AM
<![CDATA[U.S. sanctions on Huawei send stocks reeling; yields fall]]>
An index of European shares fell as much as 0.5 percent in early European trading with the German stock index down 0.4 percent. U.S. stock futures were down 0.4 percent, pointing to a weak start on Wall Street.

The broad weakness in European markets was somewhat offset by small gains in Chinese and Hong Kong stock indexes leading to only marginal losses on a global stock index as investors expected state authorities to step in to support the market and stabilize sentiment.

“Chinese stocks are up as markets expect authorities to intervene to support sentiment but this kind of activity is not sustainable and unless we see a clear resolution in the China-U.S. trade conflict, overall sentiment will remain weak,” said Neil Mellor, a senior FX strategist at BNY Mellon in London.

While benchmark indexes in China and Hong Kong were up between 0.3-0.8 percent at the close of trading, bond markets were signalling more pain for risk appetite.

Core German government bond yields were flirting with their lowest level in nearly three years while Dutch bond yields were about to dip into negative territory, a phenomenon not seen since October 2016.

Late on Wednesday, the U.S. Commerce Department said it was adding Huawei Technologies Co Ltd and 70 affiliates to its “Entity List” - a move that bans the company from acquiring components and technology from U.S. firms without government approval.

The move took global markets by surprise as sentiment had steadied somewhat in the previous session on news that U.S. President Donald Trump was planning to delay tariffs on auto imports after a swathe of weak U.S. and Chinese economic data.


As trade tensions have made a reappearance on investors’ radars, weak U.S. data has also ratcheted up market expectations of a U.S. interest rate cut in the coming months.

In the United States, retail sales unexpectedly fell in April as households cut back on purchases of motor vehicles and a range of other goods, while industrial production fell 0.5 percent in April, the third drop this year.

Yields on 10-year U.S. Treasury bonds eased to 2.366 percent, near a 15-month low of 2.340 percent touched on March 28.

Fed funds rate futures are fully pricing in a rate cut by the end of this year and more than a 50 percent chance of a move by September.

“The markets are inching step by step in pricing in a rate cut. That is a sea change from a year ago when the consensus was three to four rate hikes a year,” said Akira Takei, bond fund manager at Asset Management One.

Falling U.S. yields have eroded support for the greenback with the dollar down 0.1 percent against a basket of its rivals.

Oil prices gained on the prospect of mounting tensions in the Middle East hitting global supplies despite an unexpected build in U.S. crude inventories.

Brent crude rose 0.3 percent to $71.99 a barrel, while U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude fetched $62.26, also half a percent higher.

Gold edged up to $1,296.9 per ounce.]]>
5/16/2019 11:53:22 AM
<![CDATA[Al Jazeera shows staggering hypocrisy in attacking Alabama abortion law]]>
The Facebook video describes abortion legislation, H.B. 314, the state’s governor signed into law Wednesday. “People are going to die,” Helmi Henkin, an abortion rights activist, said in the video posted Wednesday.

Al Jazeera did not portray a person in favor of H.B. 34 in the video.

Al Jazeera is based out of Doha, Qatar, a country where abortions are not permitted in almost all cases. Qatari law mandates that women who procure abortions “without medical necessity” be sentenced up to three years of prison time.

Men or doctors who procure abortions for Qatari women can be sentenced to 10 years of prison time.

A Syria policy adviser for the charity Help Refugees, Oz Katerji, responded in a tweet. “In Qatar, abortions are only legal if the pregnancy threatens the life of the mother. Women who receive an ‘unauthorized’ abortion face 5 years in jail,” Katerji said.

“I respect a lot of the work AJ do, and I think it is crucial that people unite in condemnation of this barbarism taking place in US states, but the hypocrisy here is staggering,” Katerji continued.

The Alabama Senate passed H.B. 314 Tuesday, a near-total ban on abortions that makes no exceptions for victims of rape or incest. Republican Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed the bill into law. The law, which will take effect in six months, is the most restrictive abortion law in the U.S.

The only exception is for when “abortion is necessary in order to prevent a serious health risk,” according to the bill’s text. All other abortion procedures are classified under the new law as Class A felonies, punishable by up to 99 years in prison. The abortion provider would be charged with the felony, but the mother would not be charged.

According to the article, Al Jazeera did not respond to The Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.
5/16/2019 11:47:01 AM
<![CDATA[High winds force SpaceX to postpone first launch of Starlink satellites]]>
Launch of the mission, aimed at placing the initial stage of Musk’s space-based global internet network into low-Earth orbit, was rescheduled for 10:30 p.m. on Thursday (0230 GMT Friday) from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, SpaceX said.

In a call with reporters before Wednesday’s countdown was halted, the high-tech entrepreneur praised the “fundamental goodness” of his ambitions to expand internet connectivity globally but cautioned that success was far from guaranteed.

Musk said he expects revenues from rocket launch services provided by his privately held Space Exploration Technologies, known as SpaceX, to top out at about $3 billion per year. That makes Starlink key to generating the cash that SpaceX needs to fund Musk’s larger dream of developing new spacecraft capable of flying paying customers to the moon and eventually trying to colonize Mars.

“We think this is a key stepping stone on the way towards establishing a self-sustaining city on Mars and a base on the moon,” said Musk, who is also the chief executive officer of automaker Tesla Inc.

Each satellite in the first Starlink launch weighs 500 pounds (227 kg), making this the heaviest SpaceX payload to date.

It will take at least 12 launches of additional satellites to achieve Musk’s goal of providing constant internet coverage for most of the world, he said. Starlink is only authorized for operations in the United States.

Musk faces stiff competition. In February, Airbus SE-backed OneWeb launched its own clutch of satellites, while LeoSat Enterprises and Canada’s Telesat are also working to build data networks.

All consist of tiny satellites that orbit closer to Earth than traditional communications satellites, a radical shift made possible by leaps in laser technology and computer chips.

Musk has faced other challenges. Frustrated with the pace at which Starlink satellites were being developed, he fired at least seven members of the program’s senior management team at a campus in Redmond, Washington, outside Seattle, Reuters reported.

Musk said SpaceX has “sufficient capital” to make Starlink operational but would potentially need to raise money if things go wrong with the multibillion-dollar endeavor, which he called “one of the hardest engineering projects I’ve ever seen done.”

Musk said SpaceX would begin approaching customers later this year or next year. As many as 2,000 satellites will be launched per year, he said. But he wavered on the timeline for placing as many as 12,000 satellites into orbit as the company had previously described.]]>
5/16/2019 11:34:10 AM
<![CDATA[Iran says exercising restraint despite 'unacceptable' escalation of U.S. sanctions]]>
Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif made the comments in a meeting with his Japanese counterpart in Tokyo as tensions rise in the Middle East, fuelling concern that the United States and Iran are heading for conflict.

Iran is exercising “maximum restraint in spite of the fact the United States withdrew from (the) JCPOA last May,” Zarif said at the beginning of his meeting with Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono.

He was referring to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action signed in 2015 by the United States, Iran and other countries, under which Iran curbed its uranium enrichment capacity and won sanctions relief in return.

President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the agreement last year and is ratcheting up sanctions on Iran, aiming to strangle its economy by ending its international sales of crude oil. Japan was a major buyer of Iranian oil for decades before the sanctions.

An attack on four oil tankers in the Gulf on Sunday, for which no one has claimed responsibility, and Saudi Arabia’s announcement on Tuesday that armed drones hit two of its oil pumping stations have compounded worries about war.

The United States withdrew staff from its embassy in Iraq on Wednesday out of apparent concern about threats from Iran, with U.S. sources saying they believe Iran encouraged the attacks on the oil tankers.

Trump is sending an aircraft carrier group, B-52 bombers and Patriot missiles to the Middle East to counter what the United States calls a heightened threat from Iran to U.S. soldiers and interests in the region.

“We believe that escalation by the United States is unacceptable and uncalled for,” Zarif told Kono in front of reporters before they met privately.

Nevertheless, Iran has relaxed restrictions on its nuclear programme and threatened action that could breach the nuclear deal, although the initial moves do not appear to violate the agreement.

“I’m concerned that the situation in the Middle East is becoming very tense,” Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told Zarif in a later meeting.

Kono said it was essential to maintain the nuclear agreement and urged Iran to keep implementing it, echoing other countries.

Asian shippers and refiners have put ships heading to the Middle East on alert and are expecting a possible rise in marine insurance premiums after the attacks on the Saudi oil tankers and pipeline facilities, industry sources said on Tuesday.

5/16/2019 11:31:07 AM
<![CDATA[Jeff Koons 'Rabbit' sculpture sets $91.1 million record for a living artist]]>
The playful, stainless steel, 41 in (104 cm) high rabbit, regarded as one of the most celebrated works of 20th-century art, was sold for more than $20 million over its pre-sale estimate.

Christie’s said the sale made Koons the highest-priced living artist, overtaking the $90.3 million record set last November by British painter David Hockney’s 1972 work “Portrait of an Artist (Pool With Two Figures.)”

The identity of the “Rabbit” buyer was not disclosed.

The shiny, faceless oversized rabbit, clutching a carrot, is the second in an edition of three made by Koons in 1986.

The sale follows another record-setting auction price this week. On Tuesday, one of the few paintings in Claude Monet’s celebrated “Haystacks” series that still remains in private hands sold at Sotheby’s in New York for $110.7 million - a record for an Impressionist work.
5/16/2019 11:27:57 AM
<![CDATA[Police detain 40 over violence at Bulgarian Cup final]]>
The ministry said that 19 were held when skirmishes broke out in downtown Sofia before the match, in which Lokomotiv Plovdiv beat bitter local rivals Botev 1-0 to claim their first trophy since winning the league in 2004.

The fixture has a long history of associated violence. The 2014 league match at Lokomotiv was abandoned in the first half due to crowd trouble and five years earlier a mass brawl involving players and coaching staff marred Botev’s 1-0 league win.
5/16/2019 11:24:50 AM
<![CDATA[China opposes unilateral sanctions against entities, as U.S. blacklists Huawei]]>
The United States should avoid further impacting Sino-U.S. trade relations, spokesman Gao Feng told reporters at a weekly briefing.

The U.S. Commerce Department said on Wednesday that it was adding Huawei Technologies Co and 70 affiliates to its so-called “Entity List” in a move that bans the Chinese telecommunications giant from acquiring components and technology from U.S. firms without prior U.S. government approval.

President Donald Trump separately on Wednesday signed an executive order barring U.S. firms from using telecom equipment made by companies deemed to pose a national security risk.

The order did not specifically identify any country or company, but U.S. officials have previously labeled Huawei a “threat” and lobbied allies not to use Huawei network equipment in next-generation 5G networks.

“China has emphasized many times that the concept of national security should not be abused, and that it should not be used as a tool for trade protectionism,” Gao said.

“China will take all the necessary measures to resolutely safeguard the legitimate rights of Chinese firms.”

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said Trump backed the decision to “prevent American technology from being used by foreign owned entities in ways that potentially undermine U.S. national security or foreign policy interests.”

In response, Huawei, which denies its products pose a security threat, said it was “ready and willing to engage with the U.S. government and come up with effective measures to ensure product security.”

It said restricting Huawei from doing business in the United States would “limit the U.S. to inferior yet more expensive alternatives, leaving the U.S. lagging behind in 5G deployment and eventually harming the interests of U.S. companies and consumers.”

The crackdown on Huawei came as U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said he would visit China soon for more trade talks.

The outlook for further negotiations had been thrown into doubt after the world’s two biggest economies increased tariffs on each other’s goods in the past week.

Trump softened his trade rhetoric on Tuesday and insisted talks had not collapsed. He has also announced plans to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping at a G20 summit in Japan late next month.

Gao, when asked if Trump and Xi must meet to resolve the trade dispute, said that was not true.

But he added that he had no information on any plans for a U.S. trade delegation to visit China at present.

As negotiations toward resolving the U.S.-China trade war stalled last week, the United States ramped up the pressure by raising tariffs on a list of $200 billion worth of Chinese imports to 25% from 10%.

China retaliated with higher tariffs on a revised list of $60 billion worth of U.S. products.

Trump has threatened to launch 25% tariffs on another $300 billion worth of Chinese goods.

China has said it would not bow to pressure, and that the United States should not underestimate its resolve to safeguard its interests.]]>
5/16/2019 11:21:27 AM
<![CDATA[Trump sure Iran will seek talks ‘soon’]]>
"I’m sure that Iran will want to talk soon," Trump wrote on Twitter on May 15 without elaborating.

Trump’s remarks follow comments he made on May 9 when he said he did not rule out a military confrontation with Iran. But he added, "What I would like to see with Iran, I would like to see them call me."

Iranian leaders responded by rejecting any talks with Washington.

Tensions have risen since Trump in May 2018 pulled the U.S. out of the 2015 nuclear deal that Iran signed with six world powers. The accord provided Tehran with relief from sanctions in return for curbs on its nuclear program.

In pulling out of the agreement, Trump said the terms were not tough enough to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons and did not address Iran's missile program or Tehran's alleged support for militants in the region.

Iran denies it supports insurgent activity and has said its nuclear program is strictly for civilian energy purposes.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said during a visit to Tokyo on May 16 that Tehran was showing "maximum restraint" despite the U.S. withdrawal from the nuclear accord and he accused Washington of an "unacceptable" escalation of the crisis.

Trump has ordered a beefing up of U.S. military assets in the Middle East and Arabian Gulf, citing possible threats from Iran. The State Department also ordered the evacuation of all nonessential personnel from the U.S. Embassy in Iraq, citing tensions with neighboring Iran.

Meanwhile, Trump blasted media reports that of discord in the White House over the president’s policies toward Iran.

"The Fake News Washington Post, and even more Fake News New York Times, are writing stories that there is infighting with respect to my strong policy in the Middle East,” he wrote on Twitter.

"There is no infighting whatsoever."

”Different opinions are expressed and I make a decisive and final decision -- it is a very simple process,” he added.]]>
5/16/2019 11:16:48 AM
<![CDATA[UN notified of ships targeted in UAE waters]]>
In a written statement, the trio jointly said the attack “posed a threat to the safety and security” of international shipping and maritime navigation. It said no one was injured, but the hulls of at least three of the four ships were damaged.

Two of the vessels were Saudi-owned, one was Norwegian and the fourth was an Emirati oil tanker.

Details around the alleged acts of sabotage off the coast of the UAE’s port of Fujairah remain unclear. The joint statement does not say who they suspect was responsible. It said the three countries, working with international partners, are investigating.

While Gulf officials have declined to say who they suspected was responsible, the attack demonstrated the raised risks for shippers in a region vital to global energy supplies as tensions are increasing between the US and Iran over its unraveling nuclear deal with world powers.

Earlier, the US has warned sailors of the potential for attacks on commercial sea traffic, and regional allies of the United Arab Emirates condemned the sabotage as the tankers were off the coast of the UAE port city of Fujairah.

A US official in Washington, without offering any evidence, told the AP that an American military team’s initial assessment indicated Iran or Iranian allies used explosives to blow holes in the ships. The official, who was not authorized to discuss the investigation, agreed to reveal the findings only if not quoted by name. The US Navy’s 5th Fleet, which patrols the Mideast and operates from a base in Fujairah, has repeatedly declined to comment.

The US already had warned ships that “Iran or its proxies” could be targeting maritime traffic in the region. America is deploying an aircraft carrier and B-52 bombers to the Arabian Gulf to counter alleged, still-unspecified threats from Tehran.]]>
5/16/2019 11:15:48 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s Sisi discusses regional issues with Abu Dhabi crown prince ]]>
Sisi’s remarks were made during his meeting with Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, who arrived in Cairo earlier on Wednesday.

The president lauded the close historical ties binding the two countries, affirming his keenness to continue upgrading cooperation with the UAE in all fields, Presidential Spokesman Bassam Rady said in press statements.

Meanwhile, Abu Dhabi crown prince said the UAE is keen to continue developing mechanisms of bilateral cooperation with Egypt in different fields in a way that helps achieve mutual interests of the two countries' peoples.

The spokesman noted that the two sides discussed the latest regional developments, particularly with regard to the sabotage attack that targeted four ships near the UAE coasts, in addition to the drone attack that hit two oil pumping stations in Saudi Arabia.

In this regard, President Sisi expressed Egypt’s full solidarity with the UAE and Saudi Arabia to combat all attempts seeking to undermine the two countries’ security and stability.

Sisi also stressed Cairo’s firm stance about the security of the Arab Gulf region, which he said is an integral part of Egypt’s national security.

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan left Cairo later on the same day.

5/16/2019 5:41:18 AM
<![CDATA[Unemployment rate records 8.1% in Q1 2019]]>
During the fourth quarter of 2018, Egypt’s unemployment rate declined 2.4 percent to 8.9 percent, compared to the same quarter of 2017.

The report revealed that the size of the workforce reached 27.968 million people.

CAPMAS said that the number of jobless people reached 2.267 million, with a decrease of 827,000 on a year on year basis and 224,000 on a quarter on quarter basis.

In the third quarter of 2018, the unemployment rate declined 1.9 percent, compared to the same quarter of 2017, and in the first quarter, it decreased 1.4 percent, compared to 12 percent in the same period of 2017.

Head of the Sustainable Development Unit at the Ministry of Planning, Howaida Barakat, stated in September that Egypt's unemployment rate witnessed an unprecedented decline, recording 11.3 percent in 2017/2018. She added that this rate is expected to reach 8.4 percent in 2022.

Finance Ministry also said that the unemployment rate is anticipated to reach 7.1 percent in June 2022, down from 9.9 percent in June 2018.

Egypt’s budget seeks to lower the unemployment rate to 10.4 percent with an inflation rate of 13 percent.

Egypt 2030 Vision aims to reduce unemployment from the current percentage to 4 percent.

Planning Minister Hala el-Saeed previously said that Egypt aims to provide about 750,000 job opportunities in 2018/2019 by developing the absorptive capacity of the labor market to gradually provide 870,000 opportunities in 2021/2022.

In 2017, Egypt’s unemployment rate slipped to 11.8 percent, compared to 12.5 percent in 2016.
5/15/2019 5:33:10 PM
<![CDATA['Mahadesh shaf Mohamed Hussein?‘to be released during Eid el-Fetr]]>
The mafia chases the poor driver who becomes accused of killing a famous painter (Samir Sabri) living in France. The world class artist has many art exhibitions displaying his paintings in Paris.

The driver gets arrested to be questioned because he was the only one seen at the crime scene before the artist gets murdered.

From there the events escalate and the search for the real killer begins.

The film is written by Sherif Adel and directed by Mohamed Ali and Samir el-Bari. The film is starring comedian Mohamed Saad, Inaam Salousa, Feryal Yusuf, Mohamed Tharwat, Samir Sabri, Mai Selim, among others.

The film is expected to achieve great success and is set to be released during Eid el-Fitr (Muslim feast).


5/15/2019 5:24:54 PM
<![CDATA[Mostafa Khater sentenced to death in 'Talket Haz']]>
Salwa (Ayten Amer), Abdel Sabour’s wife, is trying to hire a lawyer for her husband, who has pawned their house to pay the lawyers' money. During the episode, a graffiti drawing of world star football player Mohamed Salah was seen in the neighborhood where Abdel Sabour’s family reside.

Abdel Sabour’s wife and sisters were fighting with the people of the neighborhood because of his accumulating debts.

The episode ended with Abbass being sentenced to five years in prison, while Abdel Sabour's papers were transferred to the Mufti to gain approval for a death penalty.

“Talket Haz” is written by Ihab Beleibal and directed by Ahmed Amin. It is the production of Synergy. The screenplay is starring Mostafa Khater, Ayten Amer, Heba Magdy, Mohamed Anwar, Khaled Anwar, Emmy Salem, Mirna Nour el-Din, Rania Shaheen, Yasser el Tobgy, Ahmed Maher, Inaam Salousa, Mahmoud Hafez, Hosny Sheta and Mahmoud Fares.

The series is broadcast on Al Hayat, ON, DMC and CBC channels during the holy month of Ramadan.

5/15/2019 5:22:10 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian Museum in Tahrir celebrates International Museum Day]]> 161337-قطعة-الشهر-فى-المتحف-المصرى-بالتحرير-(3)
The Egyptian Museum in Tahrir will hold this celebration under the title "The role of Museums in Maintaining Customs and Traditions" as set by the International Organization of Museums.

Director of the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir Sabah Abdel Razek explained that the selected pieces include a collection of cosmetics that were used in ancient Egypt that comprise utensils to preserve essential oils, cosmetics' spoons made of wood and stones as well as mirrors, wooden combs and cosmetic blades made of bronze.
Abdel Razek further stated that the museum will organize on May 18 free guided educational tours in the Egyptian Museum and the Children's Museum to highlight the customs and traditions of ancient Egypt.

5/15/2019 5:15:54 PM
<![CDATA[Getafe’s sensational campaign at LaLiga ]]>
When José Bordalás took over as coach at Getafe on September 27th, 2016, the club was in crisis and sitting second-bottom of Spain’s second tier LaLiga 1l2l3.

Now, two and a half years later, the Azulones enter the final weekend of the 2018/19 LaLiga Santander season in with a very real chance of qualifying for the Champions League for the first time in their history.

Sitting in fifth, behind Valencia in fourth only on the head-to-head rule, Getafe would book a place in Europe’s top competition by bettering Valencia’s result on the final day of the season.

From 2017 to 2019: the ‘Bordalas effect’

It’s been an incredible journey since the autumn of 2017 and Bordalás deserves much of the credit. The coach who had previously achieved promotion for Alavés was able to resuscitate Getafe when he came in, defibrillating them out of the relegation zone by installing some defensive discipline and earning back-to-back-to-back clean sheets in his first three matches in charge. Once they had stabilised, he led them on a promotion push that had seemed so unlikely and they went up by defeating Huesca and Tenerife in the play-offs.

The momentum carried on into LaLiga Santander the following campaign. Getafe earned some very impressive results on their way to an eighth-place finish, defeating Valencia twice, drawing away at Sevilla and again away at Barcelona. They missed out on Europa League qualification by just three points, but crucially proved they weren’t a one-season wonder.

Working the transfer market to their advantage

In spite of working with a very small budget and having lost important players such as goalkeeper Vicente Guaita, centre-back Juan Cala and midfielder Fayçal Fajr in the transfer market, they recruited exceptionally well.

Goalkeeper David Soria, centre-back Leandro Cabrera, left-back Vitorino Antunes, central midfielders Mauro Arambarri and Nemanja Maksimovic and striker Jaime Mata were all signed to permanent deals in 2018 and have all featured on the list of the 10 most-used players at Getafe for the 2018/19 season.

This current side is a very new one, then. While Cabrera, Antunes and Arambarri had all been on loan previously, Soria, Maksimovic and Mata were completely new signings and have been plugged straight into the starting line-up. And they’ve worked out well, for which credit has to be given to Bordalás and also to Nico Rodríguez, the sporting director at the time who later left the club in March.

One of the best forward lines in Spanish football

Mata has proven to be an especially good find. The Madrid native had never played in the top flight of Spanish football before but headed into his debut season for the club on the back of a whopping 33 goals in LaLiga 1l2l3 with R. Valladolid in 2017/18. Few believed the 29-year-old would make the jump to top-flight football so seamlessly, but he’s quickly blossomed into one of LaLiga Santander’s top marksmen and has even earned his first Spain cap.

With his 14 goals, Mata is one of three attacking talents at Getafe to have already celebrated his 30th birthday, along with 37-year-old Jorge Molina who has 14 LaLiga goals and 32-year-old Ángel Rodríguez who’s picked up eight. The trio have combined for an incredible 36 of Getafe’s 46 goals this campaign (78%).

A foundation of defensive solidity

In combination with experienced strikers capable of scoring all kinds of goals, the foundation for Getafe’s charge towards Europe has also been their defence; for most of the season it has been the second-stingiest in LaLiga Santander, behind only Diego Simeone’s Atlético de Madrid.

So, the Getafe success story this season cannot be attributed to a single factor. Adept coaching, defensive strength and attacking flair have all been inputted into the ‘Getafe’ formula and the result has been a season to remember and guaranteed European football next season.

Getafe have only ever embarked on a couple of European campaigns in their history –the 2007/08 UEFA Cup and 2010/11 Europa League – and earned victories over the likes of Tottenham and Benfica as well as a couple of draws against Bayern Munich.

Those results and European nights are still remembered fondly by Getafe fans and, excitingly, they’re set to write another chapter in the European history books next season.

5/15/2019 5:08:51 PM
<![CDATA[Griezmann announces departure from Atletico Madrid ]]>
Griezmann, who spent five years inside the club, revealed that searching for new challenges is the main reason behind his decision.

“It has been five incredible years, thank you very much for everything, I will carry you in my heart, I wanted to tell you that I have made the decision to leave, to face new things, new challenges. Thank you very much from the bottom of my heart and see you later." Griezmann said in a video published via Atletico's Twitter account.

The French winger, who led his nation to win the World Cup last summer, is considered one of the top strikers in the world and he has been linked with a move outside Atletico Madrid.

Griezmann did not announce his future destination but many reports said that the French player will represent Barcelona next year.

5/15/2019 5:05:34 PM
<![CDATA[Essam el-Saka, a brilliant actor performing all kinds of roles]]>

Sakka portrays a rebellious character in one series, an evil character in the other and a comic character in the third; he was able to portray the three roles brilliantly, the matter that established his name as a talented actor who can play all kinds of roles.

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"I embody the role of an opportunist young man who owns a social media company in 'Kalabsh'" Saka told Egypt Today.

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"Kalabsh" is a 2017 Egyptian drama and suspense TV-series directed by Peter Mimi; it revolves around Selim el-Ansary who is a confident and honest policeman. The series reflects the heroism and dedication of the Egyptian Armed Forces and police in combating the dark ideology of extremists.

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The series is based on a story written by Yousef Hassan Yousef, then dramatized and scripted by Baher Dewidar.

A sequel was released in 2018 and a third season is broadcast during Ramadan 2019. Both the first and second parts of the series achieved great success.

In the third part, Selim el-Ansary is submitting his resignation to Major General Galal Khattab but the latter strongly objects to this request. Eventually, the resignation is accepted and Ansary moves on to establish a security company, which he co-owns with Akram Safwan. However, various disagreements occur between them.

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The third part of the series is starring beside Karara, Rogina, Yasser Ali Maher, Dina, Ghinwa Mahmoud, Ahmed el-Awadi, among others. “Kalabsh P III” is directed by Peter Mimi and written by Baher Dewidar. "Kalabesh" is produced by Synergy.

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In "Abou Gabal", Saka portrays the role of a rebellious son. "I portray the role of Ahmed, the son of Wageeh Abol Yazeed (Mahmoud el Bezawy); the way the son thinks is completely different from the way his father thinks," Saka explained.

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Abou Gabal is a rich merchant who faces along with his family severe problems and crises. The series highlights Abou Gabal's attempts to know the true reason behind these problems.

"Abou Gabal" stars Aicha ben Ahmed, Diab, Naglaa Badr, Mahmoud el Bezawy, among others. The series is written by Mohamed Sayed Beshir, directed by Ahmed Saleh and produced by Synergy.

Saka also participated in "Princess Beesa" as a guest of honor, performing a light comic character that will appear in the upcoming episodes.

Mai Ezz el-Din embodies two characters in her Ramadan series "Princess Beessa"; the first is a common girl named Beesa working in the field of wedding planning. Beesa inherits a school from her uncle, who lives in Italy.

The second character is Beesa’s grandmother, with whom she lives. The grandmother imposes in a comedic manner monetary payments on the people that reside in the area. The grandmother’s family wants to transfer her to a residence for the elderly.

Egyptian international Actor Amir el-Masry falls in love with Beesa in the series.

Princess Beessa stars beside Ezz el-Din and El Masry, Pussy, Mohamed Anwar, Hagag Abdel Azim, Hossam Dhager among others. The series is written by Mostafa Omar and Farouk Hisham, directed by Akram Farid and produced by Synergy.

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5/15/2019 5:02:29 PM
<![CDATA[Family of Palestinian died in Turkey files complaint to Egypt's attorney general]]>
The Turkish authorities claimed that Zaki Mubarak, the victim, was a spy to the United Arab Emirates, and that he died after committing suicide. However, it failed so far to support its claims by any evidence.

Zaki Mubarak entered Turkey on March 30, and disappeared only four days later. A complaint was issued by Zaki's brother and daughter's lawyer to Egypt's Attorney General said that on April 19, Zaki's lawyer noted that his client was arrested by the Turkish authorities over false charges.

The lawyer said that Zaki would be released within few days, in case the Turkish authorities did not introduce an incriminating evidence, the complaint read.

"On the same day, we were shocked as Turkish media and [Doha-based] Al-Jazeera Channel have [adopted] an exaggeration [approach] and claimed that he (Zaki) has admitted [his crime] and that there is evidence against him," the complaint added.

The lawyer told the victim's family that the media is lying concerning Zaki's confession, according to the complaint.

On April 28, "we received news [claiming] that the Palestinian citizen Zaki Yusuf Mubarak Hassan hung himself and died of suicide in Istanbul's Silivri Prison, which has a bad reputation." Although the International Committee of the Red Cross, the United Nations, "most" of the media persons, and the family of the victim requested to be handed the victim's body, "the Turkish side temporized," according to the complaint.

On May 14, the victim's body was sent from Turkey to Egypt and was transferred to Cairo's Palestine Hospital, the complaint said.

"By examining the body before the delegate of the Palestinian ambassador in Cairo, we were shocked by the multiple [signs] of brutal torture, which we think led to his death," the complaint added.

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has further aggravated the already strained relations with Egypt, by criticizing the Egyptian president after nine Egyptians were executed earlier this year over killing former attorney general Hesham Barakat.

He also kept on straining ties with Saudi Arabia as he fueled the crisis of the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist who was killed in October last year inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul by Saudi men through a "rogue operation," according to Adel al-Jubeir, Saudi foreign minister at the time.

Erdogan claimed that murdering Khashoggi came upon orders from the Saudi government's "highest levels."]]>
5/15/2019 4:41:36 PM
<![CDATA[Bitter-Sweet, traditional Sudanese Ramadan drinks]]>
The drink is bitter-sweet “Hulu-Murr” because it combines sweet ingredients like sugar, honey and popcorn with lots of spices.


The drink was passed from one generation to another and was first made by Sudanese women using a large amount of sugar.The drink was discovered on the valley of the Blue Nile in 1833 by accident.

Here are the steps of preparing the bitter-sweet drink:

First, it has to be prepared months before the holy month of Ramadan where the Sudanese women buy popcorn, put it on canvas, and water it thenleaveit for two or three days to dry. After drying the popcorn, it has to be crushed carefully before adding all kinds of spices to it.


Second, the crushed popcorn is divided into small portionsand put in large ovens at high temperature; this phase is called “Alawasah”.

Third, soak the small portions of popcorn in water then add a large amount of sugar; the drink is presented cold.


5/15/2019 4:41:22 PM
<![CDATA[Danone: first company in Egypt to receive B CorpTM Certification]]>
Danone Egypt is the first company in Egypt to achieve B CorpTM Certification. The certification covers all its activities from essential dairy products (Danoneyogurt, Danette, Activia, Dango and DanUp) to early life nutrition (Bebelac and Aptamil). It recognizes the company’s ambition to act beyond financial profit and put purpose at the heart of its business strategy. Danone aspires to nourish a healthier and happier Egypt by making a positive contribution to the Egyptian community with services and access to health-related products.

Henri de l’Epine, Managing Director for Danone North East Africa commented: “We are very proud of this B CorpTM certification. It is a recognition of the daily attention paid by our 1,545 Danone employees to drive positive social and environmental impact on the Egyptian community.”

Danone Egypt has a dual commitment towards business success and social progress: from working with some of the smallest members in the value chain - farmers, milk collectors and micro distributors - to providing access to nutritional education for consumers.

B CorpTM Certification is a mark of trust: a promise that a company is doing business in a way that meets rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, and is certified by B Lab®, a third-party non-profit.

Nathan Gilbert, Executive Director of B Lab Europe commented: “We are very excited that more multinational subsidiaries, like Danone Egypt, have undertaken this significant effort to become certified. We hope it will inspire other companies and multinationals operating in Egypt and the region to follow, accelerating this global culture shift to define success in business and build a more inclusive and sustainable economy."

Certified B Corporations®are accelerating a global culture shift to redefine success in business and build a more inclusive and sustainable economy.

About Danone Egypt

Danone Egypt is a subsidiary of Danone company with headquarters in Cairo operating with a leading position on essential dairy category (Danone Yogurt, Danette, Activia, DanUp and Dango) and early life nutrition (Bebelac and Aptamil). Danone Egypt’s 1,500 employees are driven by the ambition to nourish a healthier and happier Egypt. Danone is proud to make a positive contribution to Egypt with great tasting, healthier and top-quality products for infants, children and families; and services which support healthy lifestyles for all Egyptians. Danone Egypt has a plant in Obour and a world class dairy farm in Nubariya, the second largest in Egypt.

About B Lab® (www.bcorporation.net)

B Lab® is a nonprofit organization that serves a global movement of people using business as a force for goodTM. Its vision is that one day all companies will compete to be best for the world and that society will enjoy a more shared and durable prosperity. B Lab® drives this systemic change by: (1) building a global community of Certified B Corporations; (2) promoting Mission Alignment using innovative corporate structures like the benefit corporation to align the interests of business with those of society; (3) helping tens of thousands of businesses, investors and institutions Measure What Matters, by using the B Impact Assessment and B Analytics to manage their impact — and the impact of the businesses with which they work — with as much rigor as their profits; and (4) inspiring millions to join the movement through compelling storytelling.]]>
5/15/2019 4:28:16 PM
<![CDATA[Gov't denies rumors of electricity prices rise by 30-60%]]>
After the news determining the rise in electricity in percentage spread on social media, the media center at the cabinet fact-checked the information with the Ministry of Electricity, which in return denied it as fake news.

The ministry has announced that there will be another increase in electricity prices as part of the government plan’s of slashing the subsidies off fuel and power. The ministry said that once the new increase is officially determined, it will be announced in a press conference with all relevant details.

According to the 2019-20 preliminary budget, spendings on electricity subsidies will fall 37.5 percent to LE 10 billion and spending on petroleum products will be cut by 42 percent.

5/15/2019 4:20:49 PM
<![CDATA[Asala Nasri celebrates her birthday on May 15]]>
Many consider Asala the voice that expresses the feelings of strong women. The songs she performs emphasize the strength of her character.

Egypt Today sheds light on a few of Asala’s songs:

"Thak El Ghaby"

Asala sang this song in the Arabian Gulf dialect; the song was released in 2016 and amassed 63 million views on YouTube.

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Assala - Thak El Ghaby | أصالة - ذاك الغبي كلمات : تركي ألحان : طارق محمد توزيع : ياسر ماجد Mix & Mastering : Jassem Mohammed جيتار : شريف فهمي كلارنيت : محمد فوزي بزق : أسامه حسن وتريات : ياسر ماجد تنفيذ وتريات : ياسر غنيم تسجيل : م.

"Mabaash Ana"

This is one of Asala's most important songs written by poet Magdi el-Naggar and composed by Mohammed Diaa.

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Uploaded by Mohamed AbuKlila on 2011-04-15.

"El Haqiqa"

“You are weaker than my words; you wouldn't stand the truth." With such lyrics, Asala showed the strength of women. The song gained booming success.

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‏Assala - EL HAQIQA [Lyric Video] | أصالة - الحقيقة إنتاج : تركي آل الشيخ ‏كلمات : بهاء الدين محمد ‏الحان : وليد سعد ‏توزيع : Ismail Tunçbilek ‏وتريات : هاني فرحات ‏هندسة صوت : Ümit Yücekaya ‏مكس / ماستر : طارق مدكور توزيع : روتانا Photography : Mohammed Vivid

"Bent Akaber"

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Assala - Bent Akaber [Official Music Video] | #أصالة - بنت أكابر #BentAkaber - #بنت_أكابر From STARGATE - Tarek Al Arian Executive Producer: Anas Nasri Lyrics: Abo Neamaa Composed by: Mahmoud El Khayamy Music Arrangement: Aly Fathalla Mixing & Digital Master: Aly Fathalla Recorded by: karim Youssef Mezmar: Sayed El

This is the prominent singer's most recent song. The song's special lyrics and the positive vibes it spreads make up for its long duration.

5/15/2019 4:20:29 PM
<![CDATA[Elmohamady’s Aston Villa reach playoff final]]>
Aston Villa’s Egyptian defender, Ahmed El Mohammady, faced his teammate Ahmed Hegazi who plays for West Bromwich.

West Bromwich achieved a 1-0 win at the regular time thanks to Craig Dawson’s goal after 29 minutes to equalize the score of their 2-1 loss at the first leg in Villa Park. This result sent the game to penalty shootouts.

West Bromwich missed two penalties by Mason Holgate and Ahmed Hegazi while Albert Adomah missed a penalty for Aston Villa.

Aston Villa reached the final for the second year in a row but they hope for a different destiny as they lost the final last year to Fulham.

“I was part of it last time. We know how it feels to lose. I have the experience of it. It’s no good going on a good run and then going to Wembley and falling at the final hurdle again. I truly believe we can get promoted.” Aston Villa’s captain, Jack Grealish, told press after the game.

Aston Villa will face the winner between Derby County and Leeds United.

5/15/2019 4:07:22 PM
<![CDATA['Hekayti' 9th episode unveils several surprises]]>
It is obvious that women of the neighborhood became viciously jealous of Dalida because of her beauty; they wanted her out of the neighborhood by any means.

Wafaa Amer appeared during the episode portraying a woman named Farida Asal, who owns an atelier and works as a fashion designer. Asal offered Dalida accommodation in her atelier in return for working as a maid and helping her.

At the end of the episode Suleiman - Ahmed Bedeir, kicks his brother Salim -Gamal Abdel Nasser- from the factory and prevents him from ever coming back.

“Hekayti” is broadcast on DMC, ON E, and CBC during the holy month of Ramadan. The series is starring Yasmine Sabry, Wafaa Amer, Ahmed Hatem, Ahmed Salah Hosny, Ahmed Bedeir, Edward, Gamal Abdel Nasser, Nahed Roshdy, Islam Gamal, Hanadi Mahani, Ahmed Gamal Said, Tamer Shaltout, Ahmed Halawa, Nehal Anbar, Mustafa Darwish,Mahmoud Fares, among others.

"Hekayti" is the production of Synergy.
5/15/2019 3:51:34 PM
<![CDATA[UK PM May's office declines to say if she will resign if Brexit deal fails again]]>
Asked if May would resign if she failed to pass the Brexit legislation, the spokesman said May was focused on getting the deal through parliament.]]>
5/15/2019 3:16:17 PM
<![CDATA[EGX 30 leaves 14K levels, market cap. loses LE10.7B Wednesday]]>
The benchmark EGX30 dropped 1.35 percent, or 214.69 points, to close at 13,809.46 points.

The equally weighted index EGX50 declined2.33 percent, or 49.62 points, to reach 2,076.5 points.

The small and mid-cap index EGX70 lessened 0.89 percent, or 5.53 points, to close at 615.5 points, and the broader index EGX100 decreased 0.99 percent, or 15.62 point, to 1,563.83 points.

Market capitalization lost LE 10.7 billion, recording LE 755.73 billion, compared to LE 766.47 billion in Tuesday’s session.

The trading volume reached 68.46 million shares, traded through 13,218 transactions, with a turnover of LE 379.97 million.

Arab investors were net sellers at LE 10.61 million, while Egyptian and foreign investors were net buyers at LE 5.27 million, and LE 5.34 million, respectively.

Egyptian and foreign individuals were net buyers at LE 6.31 million, and LE 2.24 million, respectively, while Arab individuals were net sellers at LE 2.67 million.

Egyptian and Arab organizations sold at LE 1.03 million, and LE 7.94 million, respectively, while foreign organizations bought at LE 3.09 million.

Al Baraka Bank Egypt, Export Development Bank of Egypt (EDBE), and Suez Canal Bank were top gainers of the session by 7.28 percent, 4.76 percent and 2.39 percent, respectively.

Meanwhile, Modern Shorouk Printing & Packaging, Al Tawfeek Leasing Company-A.T.LEASE, and SamadMisr –EGYFERT were top losers of the session by 9.97 percent, 9.16 percent, and 8.46 percent, respectively.

On Tuesday, EGX ended trading in red, as EGX30 dropped 0.85 percent, EGX50 dipped 0.65 percent, EGX70 declined 0.06 percent, and EGX100 decreased 0.17 percent.
5/15/2019 3:08:26 PM
<![CDATA[Cabinet denies raising prices of train tickets in Eidel-Fitr]]>
Meanwhile, the ministry asserted its full readiness for Eidel-Fitr holiday, noting that additional trains have been added to be operated during the holiday mainly on the Cairo-Aswan and Alexandria-Aswan routes.

In addition, a number of committees have been formed to ensure that the work flow is regular during the working hours of Eidel-Fitr and accurately monitor the movement of trains and immediately report emergencies, the ministry said.

The ministry called for media outlets and social media users to seek accuracy before spreading such news.

Earlier, the Cabinet denied reports about the Health Ministry's plan to replace Egyptian nurses with foreign ones as part of the new comprehensive health insurance system.

Eidel-Fitr is a three day holiday in Egypt. The word Eid is an Arabic word that means a festivity, a celebration, a recurring happiness, and a feast.

In Islam, there are two major Eids, namely Eidel-Fitr (Festival of Breaking the Fast) which celebrates the end of Ramadan and Eidel-Adha (Festival of Sacrifice) which coincides with the Hajj and commemorates Prophet Abraham’s sacrifice of a sheep in place of his son Ismael.

Additional Report with MENA ]]>
5/15/2019 2:57:08 PM
<![CDATA[Stay safe on Ramadan hot days: Here are some tips]]>
Prolonged direct exposure to sun during extreme heat could cause heatstroke (or sun stroke) as body overheats. In Egypt, although limited, there have been several deaths over the past years as a result of severe heatstroke. The official weather forecast has repeatedly warned citizens of exposure to sun in high temperatures.

In the below lines, Egypt Today will provide you with some tips to stay cool and safe in hot weather:

What should we do?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a U.S. federal agency that supports heath promotion prevention, provides some heat-related advises, there are a number of factors that affect the body’s ability to combat the high temperature including: the age, weight, dehydration, heart and mind diseases, poor blood circulation, sun burns, and drug abuse.

The CDC added that people aged 65 years old or above; children below two years old; people with chronic diseases and Psychiatric patients are vulnerable to heat-related illness and injuries.

Here are some tips for fasting people to follow:

1- Stay in a cool-aired place, preferably with air conditioners.
2- Drink abundant amount of liquids even if not thirsty.
3- Avoid practicing any outdoor activities.
4- Wear loose and light clothes with bright colors to reflect sun rays.
5- Take more than one shower during hot days to cool your body.
6- Do not leave your kids or pets inside the cars.
5/15/2019 2:39:13 PM
<![CDATA[Skomina to officiate UEFA Champions League Final ]]>
Skomina will be assisted by Jure Praprotnik and Robert Vukan, while Spanish Referee, Antonio Mateu Lahoz, will act as the fourth official.

The game is scheduled on 1 June in Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in Madrid.

Both teams reached the final after losing the first leg and bouncing back at the second leg.

Liverpool lost the first leg 3-0 in Barcelona and needed four goals with a clean sheet to reach the final.

Liverpool achieved the result they needed despite the absence of their stars, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino for injuries.

On the other hand, Tottenham reached the final after achieving a 3-2 victory over Ajax in Amsterdam despite their 1-0 loss at home.

Liverpool are searching for their sixth Champions League title while the Spurs eye the first Champions League title in the club’s history.

5/15/2019 2:23:37 PM
<![CDATA[Cabinet denies ministry's plan to replace Egyptian nurses with foreign ones]]>
In a press release, the center said it has contacted the Ministry of Health and Population, which categorically refuted these reports, saying the ministry does not intend to lay off Egyptian nurses under the new health insurance system.

The ministry's recruitment of foreign nurses aims at increasing the efficiency of Egyptian nursing teams and providing them with world-class training, the center added.

The ministry urged citizens not to be misled by these harmful rumors that seek to stir public discontent.]]>
5/15/2019 2:22:43 PM
<![CDATA[Will Hassan stand his ground against his half-brothers?]]>
Rizk and Saad demanded receive their share of the inheritance. Hassan surprised them with the will written by their father 5 years prior to his death. The will stated that the father gave the company solely to Hassan.

Rizk and Saad therefore lost their minds and started a fight with their half-brother Hassan, threatening to kill him if he does not give them their share of the company.

People in the neighborhood defended Hassan against the vicious attacks of his brothers, while Hassan defended his brothers against the attacks of the neighbors. Atiya, the leader of the neighborhood, appeared out of nowhere and forced the two brothers to apologize to Hassan. He ordered them not to enter the neighborhood ever again unless they gain permission from their elder brother Hassan.

In a different scene, Mariam tries to go back and live in her husband’s apartment in the Citadel area. However, her father strongly opposes that idea and slaps her when she tries to defend her husband Hassan. Mariam declared that she is never going to leave Hassan even if she had to live in the streets with him.

Moreover, Saad decided to go to his father in law and tell him what he went through in the neighborhood. His father in law got infuriated and kicked him out of his office. His father in law also told Saad that he is going to force his daughter to file for divorce against as he discovered that Saad is not a responsible man.

Furthermore, Rizk agrees with Intisa -the widow of his brother Ghali- to be with him and Saad in any step they take to restore their share of inheritance from Hassan.

At the end of the episode, Sana Shafea - Mariam’s father- goes to Hassan and threatens him that his daughter will get a divorce if he gave his brothers their share of the inheritance. What is Hassan’s reaction going to be? Is he going to stand his ground? This is what will be exposed during the next episode.

“Abou Gabal” is written by Mohamed Sayed Bashir and directed by Ahmed Saleh. It is starring Mostafa Shaaban, Diab, Naglaa Badr, Mariam Hassan, Aisha Ben Ahmed, Rasha Ben Maaweya, Mahmoud el-Bazzawy, Mohamed Ali Rizk, Aida Riad and Ahmed Khaled Saleh.

5/15/2019 2:19:47 PM
<![CDATA[Asia oil buyers, shippers go on alert after Saudi ship, facility attacks]]>
On Monday, armed drones attacked two of Saudi Aramco’s oil pumping stations and forced the state producer to briefly shut its East-West pipeline, known as Petroline. The attack came two days after the sabotage of four oil tankers - two of them owned by Saudi Arabia - near the United Arab Emirates.

The attacks pushed up global oil prices by more than 1% on Monday, adding to rising costs for Asian refiners, who are now paying the highest premiums in years for spot cargoes in an already tight market after Washington stopped sanction waivers for Iranian oil buyers this month. [O/R]

“It’s a headache for North Asian refiners who are heavily reliant on Middle East oil supplies. We are currently monitoring the situation. It’s an unfavourable factor for the overall crude oil market ... driving up prices,” said a North Asian oil refining source, declining to be named due to company policy.

Asia gets nearly 70 percent of its crude oil from the Middle East, and any disruption to oil production, loading facilities or key shipping routes such as the Strait of Hormuz could have a severe impact on Asian economies. Oil tankers typically refuel at UAE’s Fujairah port, one of the world’s largest bunkering hubs, where the ship attacks occurred.

Oman condemns tanker attacks off UAE, urges efforts towards stability
Following Sunday’s attack on oil tankers, oil and shipping companies said they would have to alter their routes or take precautions near Fujairah.

“We had a ship which was refueling at Fujairah when the incident occurred. Fortunately nothing happened,” said KY Lin, spokesman at Taiwan’s Formosa Petrochemical Corp.

“There are no other (bunkering) choices nearby. We may choose to refuel at Singapore instead,” Lin said.

Japanese shipper Nippon Yusen has already decided to refrain from sending tankers to Fujairah for bunkering, maintenance or crew swaps except for emergencies, a company spokesman said.

If its tankers need to anchor at the port, they are advised to shorten their stay as much as possible, the spokesman said.

Ashok Sharma, managing director of shipbroker BRS Baxi in Singapore said: “There seems to be no increase in risk (insurance) premia as of yet.”

Risk premium increases would be inevitable, however, if security in the region continued to deteriorate, he added.


Noriaki Sakai, an executive officer at Idemitsu Kosan Co Ltd, Japan’s second-largest refiner, told reporters on Wednesday that while there is no impact on oil loading or ship operations, the company is closely watching the situation.

The second set of attacks was on Saudi Arabia’s Petroline, which mainly transports light crude from the kingdom’s eastern fields to its western port of Yanbu.

Saudi oil exports to Asia were not disrupted because ships chartered by Asian refiners call mainly at the ports of Ras Tanura and Juaymah in the Gulf, the industry sources said.

But Petroline is important because it is an alternative route for Saudi Arabia’s oil exports that bypasses the Strait of Hormuz, one of the sources said.

“This attack doesn’t affect physical supply, but the psychological effect is big,” the source said.

The pipeline attacks “likely represent an Iranian effort to expose the vulnerabilities of oil export infrastructure that can bypass the Strait of Hormuz,” analysts with risk advisor and consultancy Eurasia Group said in a note.

U.S. security agencies believe proxies sympathetic to or working for Iran may have attacked the four tankers at Fujairah rather than Iranian forces themselves, a U.S. official familiar with the latest U.S. assessments said on Tuesday.

Iran has denied any involvement in the attacks.
5/15/2019 2:12:53 PM
<![CDATA[Global stocks bounce fades on grim China data, Italy woes]]>
Concerns that the world’s top two economies could career into a fierce and protracted trade war has kept markets on edge over the past days. Investors had taken some comfort from Trump calling the trade dispute with Beijing “a little squabble” on Tuesday and insisting talks had not collapsed.

But data from China showing surprisingly weak retail sales and industrial output growth weighed on markets and added pressure on Beijing to roll out more stimulus.

Adding to the woes are fears over Italy’s fiscal situation after Rome said it was ready to break EU fiscal rules to spur employment.

Italian stocks declined 0.7% to lead European stocks lower while France’s benchmark slipped 0.4%. Data confirming that Germany’s economy had returned to growth in the first quarter cushioned the DAX which eased 0.2%. London’s FTSE rose 0.2%.

“Investors had been waiting for data to confirm signs of stabilization in the Chinese economy which, in turn, would bolster expectations that the global economy could start making a sustainable recovery,” said Neil McKinnon at VTB Capital.

“The recent escalation in tariffs makes that more difficult and can only add to investor risk aversion and increase the risk of a more prolonged economic downturn.”

The souring mood also looked to spill over to Wall Street with U.S. futures pointing to a softer open following healthy gains in the previous session. MSCI’s broadest index of world stocks traded flat.

In currency markets, the Australian dollar - a proxy of China-related trades - fell to its lowest level in three months amid the China data fallout.

The dollar held broadly steady at 109.51 yen, having pulled away from a three-month low of 109.020 plumbed on Monday when trade war worries boosted investor demand for the safe-haven Japanese currency.[FRX/]

The Chinese yuan was a shade firmer at 6.9056 per dollar in offshore trade, having edged away from a five-month trough of 6.9200 set on Tuesday. The euro remained anchored at $1.1214 while the dollar index against a basket of six major currencies was nearly flat at 97.524 after gaining 0.2% the previous day.

The pound remained near a two-week low after Prime Minister Theresa May’s spokesman said late on Tuesday she planned to put forward her thrice-rejected Brexit deal in early June to try to secure an agreement on how to extract Britain from the European Union before the summer holiday.

In commodities, U.S. crude futures fell 1 percent to $61.15 per barrel after the American Petroleum Institute (API) reported a bigger-than-expected build in crude inventory. [O/R]

U.S. crude inventories rose by 8.6 million barrels in the week to May 10 to 477.8 million, compared with analysts’ expectations for a decrease of 800,000 barrels.

Brent crude lost 0.6% to trade at $70.38 per barrel.

Brent and U.S. crude futures had surged the previous day after top exporter Saudi Arabia said explosive-laden drones launched by a Yemeni-armed movement aligned to Iran had attacked facilities belonging to state oil company Aramco.

5/15/2019 2:07:32 PM
<![CDATA[US orders non-essential embassy staff to leave Iraq]]>
The alert, published on the embassy’s website on Wednesday, comes after Washington last week said it had detected new and urgent threats from Iran and its proxy forces in the region targeting Americans and American interests.

On Sunday, the embassy advised Americans to avoid travel to Iraq, citing “heightened tensions.”]]>
5/15/2019 1:04:12 PM
<![CDATA[French fashion group Kering pledges to hire only over-18 models]]>
Kering said on Wednesday that from 2020 on wards, it would only hire models aged over 18 to represent adults and wear its adult clothing at its fashion shows and photo sessions.

“We believe that we have a responsibility to put forward the best possible practices in the luxury sector and we hope to create a movement that will encourage others to follow suit,” said Kering’s chairman and chief executive François-Henri Pinault.]]>
5/15/2019 12:53:19 PM
<![CDATA[La Liga Rising Stars:Sergio Reguilón]]>
Madrid-born Reguilon only made his senior LaLiga Santander debut in November 2018, although the youngster looked immediately at home, completing all 34 of his attempted passes during in first 45 minutes at the top level, including at least three dangerous crosses from the left wing.

Fans and pundits not just at the Santiago Bernabeu but all over the globe were impressed by the youngster’s mix of grit and determination when defending and audacity and confidence when raiding forward. That was just the beginning; the fan favourite quickly ousted club vice-captain Marcelo as the team’s first-choice left-back.

A first LaLiga assist provided teammate Casemiro with a goal in January's 2-0 win over Sevilla at the Santiago Bernabeu, while a left-wing cross set up another for centre-forward Karim Benzema in a 3-0 victory at home to Alaves a few weeks’ later. There was also an immediate connection with the even younger Brazilian eighteen-year-old Vinicius Junior down Madrid’s left wing.

Such rapid progress has come as something of a surprise to those who were not closely following Reguilon’s progress through the ranks at Madrid’s La Fabrica youth system. The naturally quiet but committed character was not particularly hyped up as a youngster, and never capped by Spain at any under-age level.

Even before summer 2018, however, Reguilon had already played almost 100 times in Spain’s third tier. He picked up valuable experience while spending the 2016/17 season on loan at Logroñes, often featuring on the left wing and scoring four times in a Segunda B game against Bilbao Athletic in October 2016.

A regular for Castilla, Real Madrid’s youth team, under Santi Solari through 2017/18, Reguilon scored two goals and provided four assists in 30 games last season, while his maturity and leadership skills shone through when being given the captain’s armband on 11 occasions.

Solari knew exactly what to expect when he brought Reguilon into the senior team last autumn. The settling in process was also made easier by former Castilla teammates FedeValverde (20) and Javi Sanchez (21) also making the jump at the same time.

A call-up to the senior Spain set-up looks very close now for Reguilon, who showed buckets of character and fighting spirit even as Real Madrid lost 1-0 to rivals Barcelona in late February at the Bernabeu.

Many around the Bernabeu are very proud that the team now have home-grown full-backs on both sides of the defence. Reguilon now looks set to follow another Spanish capital native Dani Carvajal and become a fixture in the side for years to come.

5/15/2019 12:25:21 PM
<![CDATA[Son warns Liverpool ahead of Champions League Final ]]>
The winger also warned Liverpool that he will do his best to help his team winning the title.

“It is in three weeks, so everything is in our hands. I hope that I am in fire mode. I am a really, really positive guy and it is one of the best feelings to be playing in the Champions League Final, so I just want to make sure that I am ready for every single ball and every single second.” Son told press on Tuesday.

The South Korean played a great role in his team’s route to the final having scored four goals including three goals against Manchester City at the quarter finals.

Son added “Winning the Champions League means a lot, but losing would be painful for a long, long time. We just want to be ready and then we will see what happens.”

Tottenham reached the final after achieving a 3-2 victory over Ajax in Amsterdam despite their 1-0 loss at home.

He continued “Liverpool are a strong team, so how we play will be important.”
5/15/2019 12:23:15 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s non-oil exports to Indonesia record $139.7M]]>
According to the authority’s report, Egypt’s imports from Indonesia declined 17.5 percent to $1.03 billion in 2018, compared to $1.25 billion in 2017.

Egypt’s exports to the Indonesian market, including petroleum and non-petroleum exports, contained polyethylene, caraway, coriander, rubber waste and waste, rubber tires for buses and trucks, trousers for ladies, anise, natural magnesium sulfate, olive oil, books, and fruit paste.

The report also referred to the decline of trade exchange between both countries in 2018 by 22.1 percent, to $1.2 billion, compared to $1.5 billion in 2017.
5/15/2019 12:21:09 PM
<![CDATA[Telecom Egypt doubles profit to LE1.6B in Q1 2019]]>
The company added that the consolidated revenues hit LE 6.1 billion, marking an increase of 27 percent in a year-on-year basis, noting that retail revenue contributed 57 percent to the total YoY growth backed by the rise in data services revenue.

According to the Company, EBITDA recorded LE 1.9 billion, climbing 26 percent YoY with a healthy margin of 31 percent.

“Net Debt recorded LE 8.1 billion, down from LE 12.6 billion in Q4 2018, representing 1.1x annualized EBITDA down from 2.1x in Q4 2018,” it stated.

• EBITDA is earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, andamortization.

“Our retail revenue continues its notable growth driven by both fixed and mobile data, reflecting the growth of our customer base across our spectrum of services, which will soon expand to quad play. We aim to build upon our network capabilities and grow to become a fully-fledged ICT provider in 2019,”Group Chief Executive Adel Hamed commented.

Hamed said that the quarter is also marked by the strong execution ability of this organization having completed two strategic national projects in record time, reflecting itskey role as the facilitator of Egypt’s digital transformation initiative.

“After the success of the schools’ connectivity project in Q3 2018, Telecom Egypt, in March 2019, distributed 613k data SIMs to students in their first-year of secondary education in four days. We have also successfully connected more than 650 governmental buildings in Port Said with fiber, with more governorates to follow in the next phase.”

He added that, on the wholesale front, this quarter’s performance shows the strongest growth in wholesale revenue especially in light of the growing data consumption of MNO customers, referring to the PEACE cable system agreement signed in April that secures $45 million of revenue over the lifetime of the cable and will significantly contribute to IC&N revenue in the second quarter.

“Moreover, we signed a $20 millionLoI with PEACE’s parent, HENGTONG, which will allow us to further monetize our international network, while simultaneously optimizing our Capex spending,” he said.

In 2018, Telecom Egypt recorded consolidated profits of LE 3.49 billion, compared to LE 3.05 billion in 2017 including minority rights, with an increase of 14.26 percent.

5/15/2019 12:18:53 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt's Rod al-Farag Axis featured in Guinness World Records as widest suspension bridge]]>
Guinness World Records website has not yet published news about the new Egyptian record-holder.

Regional Director for the Guinness World Records in the Middle East and North Africa region Talal Omar handed over the certificate to Mohamed Mohsen Salah, President and CEO of Arab Contractors company.

President Abdel Fatah El Sisi attended Wednesday the opening of Rod el Farag Axis Bridge, int the presence of Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouli, Presidential Adviser for National and Strategic Projects Sherif Ismail, Transport Minister Kamel el Wazir and a number of high-ranking state officials.

The Arab Contractors, a leading construction company in the Middle East and Africa, officially requested that Rod El-Farag Axissets a record in the Guinness Book of World Records, said Ahmed Makled, chief executive manager of B Premium, the official partner of Guinness Records in Egypt.

Rod El-Farag Axis(TahyaMisr Bridge) links areas in northern and eastern Cairo with west Cairo. The Egyptian government said that the bridge, which aims to ease traffic and reduce commuting time, is the widest over a waterway.

Makled said that the relevant minimum limit set by Guinness is 65.235 meters, hoping that the bridge will meet other requirements and conditions set by Guinnessto become the world's widest bridge, replacing Canada's Port Mann Bridge, which was considered the world's widest.

Port Mann, which has a width of 65 meters, was opened to traffic in 2012. California's Bay Bridge was then opened in 2013, to replace Port Mann as the world's widest. The aforementioned San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge has a width of over 78 meters.

Makled said that the TahyaMisr Bridge willseek to enter the Guinness World Records in the coming few daysafter it is officially inaugurated.

The construction of the flyover bridge is 100 percentcompleted, said Salah, the CEO of the Arab Contractors, adding that the bridge has been paved.

As many as 4,000 engineers, technicians and other workers have contributed to the construction of the bridge with a cost of LE 5 billion ($292.7 million), Salah said, adding that the second phase of the project costs LE 4 billion.]]>
5/15/2019 12:13:20 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt blacklists 600 persons for funding Muslim Brotherhood: sources]]>
Egypt designated the Muslim Brotherhood group as a terrorist organization inDecember 2013.

The committee received information proving the involvement of the recently blacklisted persons in funding terrorist attacks against army and police personnel and civilians, the sources explained.

The sons of the imprisoned Muslim Brotherhood figures cooperated with fugitives of the group who fled to other countries to provide logistic support and financial assistance on monthly basis required to fund the group's terrorist attacks, according to the sources.

According to law, the committee has to submit an official request to Cairo Court of Urgent Matters before the former can seize and manage the assets of the blacklisted persons and transfer the ownership of these assets to the state's public treasury.

The committee then would inform the state's concerned parties including the Central Bank of Egypt and the Real Estate Registration Office.]]>
5/15/2019 12:03:05 PM
<![CDATA[Government to finalize drafting e-commerce regulation bill]]>
Below are some figures on e-commerce in Egypt

1) The size of e-commerce in Egypt is $2 billion.
2) 90 percent of e-commerce in Egypt belongs tothe informal sector.
3) E-commerce customers increased by 30 percent in 2017.

There have been calls to establish one entity to be in charge of regulating and monitoring e-commerce as that responsibility is divided upon the Ministry of Industry and Trade, the Ministry of Finance, the Investment Entity, and the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology.

E-commerce is expected to be governed by three bills. One is the cybercrime bill which was passed by the House of Representatives in May 2018. The other two are personal data protection, and regulation of commercial transactions. The former is being reviewed by the Communications and Information Committee at the Parliament.

Egypt's Parliament approves cyber crime bill

CAIRO - 14 May 2018: Parliament initialed a cybercrime bill on Monday aiming at combating the illegal use of computers and information networks. The Anti-Cyber and Information Technology Crimes Law defines commonly used concepts such as "websites, traffic data, digital directory, personal statements and national security".

5/15/2019 12:01:38 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt among top 8 countries in population growth 2018-50 ]]>
Egypt ranks seventh with an estimated increase of 69.5 million followed by the United States with a rise of 61.6 million. The top six are India (308.8 million), Nigeria (214.7 million), Democratic Congo (131.6 million), Pakistan (106 million), Ethiopia (83.4 million) and Tanzania (79 million).

Hassan says that the Egyptian and German populations were respectively 23.5 million and 71.5 million in 1955. However, the growth in Egypt was seven times that of Germany. The population increased in Egypt by 75 million to become 98.5 million. In Germany, the population rose by just 11 million to become 82.5 million.

Unlike Egypt, Germany ranks second among the top eight countries that will experience a slow increase in population. Those are China (49.9 million), Japan (24.7 million), Russia (9.4 million), Ukraine (7.3 million), Romania (4.4 million), Poland (4.4 million), Germany (3.7 million), and Thailand (3.6 million).

The official attributes the huge increase of the Egyptian population over the years to child marriage, the desire to create large families and to have male children, and the lack of planning for the future.
5/15/2019 11:59:49 AM
<![CDATA[EgyptAir offers 3 direct, weekly fights to Washington starting June]]>
The flights will be operated by Boeing’s B787-9 Dreamliner. The weekly flights are expected to take off on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from Cairo and to return from Washington on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

Special flight offers will be granted to EgyptAir's new destination,Washington, as part of the company’s promotion strategy for it.

On April 18, EgyptAir celebrated the arrival of the second Boeing Dreamliner B787-9 as part of a long-term purchase of six air crafts.

The ceremony was organized by Boeing, one of the world's leading aircraft manufacturers, in Seattle and was attended by the media advisor to the minister of aviation and marketing director of EgyptAir Dina al-Fouly; in addition to several senior officials and the accompanying media delegation.

Boeing announced that they are looking forward to more effective cooperation with EgyptAir which is considered one of the largest and most prestigious companies in the region, stressing that EgyptAir is one of Boeing's most important customers.

On March 28, Cairo International Airport received its first Dreamliner aircraft and in April it took off on its first flight to Kuwait.

5/15/2019 11:57:54 AM
<![CDATA[Egyptian embassy in Canada organizes symposium on Egyptian monuments]]>
The event is organized in cooperation with the Canadian Institute for Mediterranean Studies and the College of the Humanities of Carleton University.

Ex-antiquities minister Mamdouh Damaty delivered a speech at the symposium which was attended by high-ranking Canadian officials and foreign diplomats.

In statements on the fringe of the symposium, Egyptian Ambassador to Canada Ahmed Abu Zeid said the attendees voiced deep appreciation of the Pharaonic civilization.

The symposium falls within the framework of promoting the Egyptian culture in Canada.

Within this context, Damaty participated during his current visit to Canada in a symposium in Montreal and another in Toronto.]]>
5/15/2019 11:52:30 AM