<![CDATA[rss-News]]> All Rights Reserved for The Cairo post <![CDATA[News]]>]]> 100 29 <![CDATA[Pilot killed, another injured after Air Force training jet crashes in Texas]]>
The twin-jet T-38 Talon jet aircraft assigned to Laughlin Air Force Base near Del Rio went down about 14 miles northwest of the base, Fox News network reported on Tuesday.

One airman was dead at the scene while the other was taken to Val Verde Regional Medical Center in Del Rio.

No information has been made available regarding the cause of the crash. ]]>
11/21/2017 2:00:05 PM
<![CDATA[Britain will honor commitments made to EU: May's spokesman]]>
“All I can point you to is the PM’s position as set out many times in terms of the fact that the UK will honor commitments we’ve made during the period of our membership. No EU member state will need to pay more or receive less over the remainder of the current budget plan,” he told reporters.

“In terms of specific figures or scenarios, they are all subject to negotiation.”]]>
11/21/2017 1:57:26 PM
<![CDATA[Suicide bomber kills at least 50 in Nigeria]]>
The blast happened during early morning prayers at the Madina mosque in the Unguwar Shuwa area of Mubi, some 200 kilometres (125 miles) by road from the Adamawa state capital, Yola.

"So far we have at least 50 dead from an attack at a mosque in Mubi," Adamawa state police spokesman Othman Abubakar told AFP.

"Several people were injured. We don't have the figure now because they have been taken to several hospitals for treatment.

"It was a (suicide) bomber who mingled with worshippers. He entered the mosque along with other worshippers for the morning prayers.

"It was when the prayers were on that he set off his explosives."

Asked who was responsible, Abubakar said: "We all know the trend. We don't suspect anyone specifically but we know those behind such kind of attacks."

The attack bore all the hallmarks of Boko Haram, the Islamist militants whose insurgency has left at least 20,000 people dead and more than 2.6 million others homeless since 2009.

Haruna Furo, head of the Adamawa state emergency management agency, and Musa Hamad Bello, chairman of the Mubi north local government area, both confirmed the attack.

They gave lower death tolls but both said the number of those killed was likely to rise.

Another emergency services official described the blast as "devastating". He said only that there were "high casualties".

Roof blown off

Abubakar Sule, who lives near the mosque, said he had just returned home when he heard the blast.

"I was there when the rescue was on and 40 people died on the spot and several others were taken to hospital with severe and life-threatening injuries," he added.

"The roof was blown off. People near the mosque said the prayer was mid-way when the bomber, who was obviously in the congregation, detonated his explosives.

"This is obviously the work of Boko Haram."

Boko Haram briefly overran Mubi in late 2014 as its fighters rampaged across northeastern Nigeria, seizing towns and villages in its quest to establish a hardline Islamic state.

The town's name was changed temporarily to Madinatul Islam, or "City of Islam" in Arabic, during the Boko Haram occupation.

But it has been peaceful since the military and the civilian militia ousted them from the town, which is a commercial hub and home to the Adamawa State University.

In recent months, Boko Haram activity has been concentrated on the far north of Adamawa state, around Madagali, which is near the border with neighbouring Borno state.

Earlier this month, at least two civilians were killed when dozens of Boko Haram fighters tried to storm the town of Gulak but were repelled by soldiers.

There have been repeated suicide bombings in the area, which lies not far from the Sambisa Forest area of Borno, where the militants had a base.

Boko Haram fighters are also said to be hiding in the Mandara mountains, to the east of Adamawa state, which forms the border with neighbouring Cameroon.]]>
11/21/2017 12:44:31 PM
<![CDATA[Cigar-shaped asteroid came from another solar system: study]]>
The discovery may provide clues as to how other solar systems formed, said the researchers, who published their study in the British journal Nature.

The asteroid, named Oumuamua by its discoverers, is one-quarter mile (400 meters) long and highly elongated --perhaps 10 times as long as it is wide.

That odd shape is unprecedented among the some 750,000 asteroids and comets observed in our solar system where they formed, said the researchers.

They concluded that the cigar-shaped thing is from another solar system due to data on its orbit.

Asteroids like Oumuamua enter our solar system about once a year, these scientists said.

But they are hard to trace and had not been detected until now, thanks to stronger telescopes.

The detection suggests this object had been wandering through our galaxy, the Milky Way, unattached to any star system for hundreds of millions of years before it ran into ours.

"For decades we've theorized that such interstellar objects are out there, and now -- for the first time -- we have direct evidence they exist," said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for NASA's Science Mission Directorate in Washington.

"This history-making discovery is opening a new window to study formation of solar systems beyond our own," he added.

The asteroid was detected by a telescope in Hawaii. Oumuamua means messenger in Hawaiian.]]>
11/21/2017 12:37:52 PM
<![CDATA[Putin meets Assad ahead of Syria talks with Turkey and Iran]]>
The Kremlin said Monday's meeting in the Black Sea resort of Sochi came during a "working visit" by Assad to Russia.

Putin praised Assad for "fighting terrorism," which he predicted would suffer an "inevitable" defeat in Syria, the Kremlin said.

"It is in our interest to advance the political process... we don't want to look back and we are ready for dialogue with all those who want to come up with a political settlement," Assad said in translated comments.

Putin said he would "consult" world leaders, including US president Donald Trump, on his talks with Assad. Putin's telephone talks with Trump are due on Tuesday, the Kremlin said.

On Wednesday, the presidents of Russia, Turkey and Iran will meet for the first of a series of summits to bring peace in Syria, where regime forces now have an upper hand over rebels and the Islamic State group.

Putin will host Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Iran's Hassan Rouhani in Sochi ahead of parallel UN-led talks in Geneva set for November 28.

The meeting -- the first such three-way summit between the trio -- comes as Ankara, Moscow and Tehran cooperate with increasing intensity on ending the over six-year civil war in Syria that has left 330,000 dead and millions homeless.

The cooperation comes despite Turkey still officially being on an opposite side of the Syria conflict from Russia and Iran, which are key Assad backers.

Turkey has supported rebels seeking Assad's ouster but has muted its criticism of the Syrian regime.

"The open-war phase in the Syria conflict will soon be over and the question of a political solution will become more pressing than before," Russian political analyst Azhdar Kurtov told AFP.

"Russia, Iran and Turkey each have their own interest in Syria. It is clear that they also have disagreements. And they are meeting to try to smooth over these disagreements," he said.

The three countries have backed negotiations in the Kazakh capital Astana that have brought together the representatives of the opposition and the regime seven times this year.

- 'Relaunch direct negotiations' -

The talks have led the creation of four so-called "de-escalation zones" that have produced a drop in violence, but sporadic fighting and bombardment has continued.

Moscow is now seeking to steer the process, which has so far focused on military questions, in a political direction.

The Sochi summit will help to "relaunch direct negotiations between the Syrian government and the range of the opposition", said Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

"As a victory over Islamic State in Syria...grows closer, there are conditions for the relaunch of political negotiations," he said Friday.

Moscow's military intervention in Syria from 2015 is widely seen as tipping the balance in the conflict.

Since then the Syrian army has reclaimed the ancient city of Palmyra from the Islamic State group and driven rebels out of their northern bastion Aleppo.

This week regime forces ousted the Islamic State group from its last urban stronghold in the country, Albu Kamal, which has changed hands several times.

- Assad's fate -

Previous attempts to end the war have stalled over the question of the fate of Assad.

But Turkey is showing greater flexibility on that issue, even if it remains unlikely that it will officially accept the prospect of the Syrian president remaining in power, said Timur Akhmetov, an Ankara-based Turkey expert at the Russian International Affairs Council.

"For now, to keep a say in the future political negotiations is more important for Turkey than to have Assad departed from power," he told AFP.

The last attempt by Moscow to bring together the regime and the opposition in Russia was coldly received by the rebels and no date has been fixed for a meeting which was originally set for November 18.

Different factions of the Syrian opposition will meet from Wednesday in Riyadh in talks hosted by Saudi Arabia.

The aim of the Saudi-backed High Negotiations Committee is to reach consensus on a strategy for talks in Geneva, which will focus on a new constitution for Syria and fresh elections.]]>
11/21/2017 12:19:39 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian-Jordanian military drills still ongoing]]>
The exercises include land forces, Egypt’s southern fleet, commandos, paratroopers, the air force, and special navy units, according to a military statement.

Preparatory stages of the drills include theoretical and practical lectures on the military techniques, abilities of the participating troops to take the appropriate decisions on time along with several training missions carried out jointly by the two sides.

The two armies are exchanging expertise as well as practice maintaining readiness to plan, coordinate and conduct joint missions in the face of unusual threats and other challenges.

The current phase of the drills include the implementation of nontraditional combat tasks by the paratroopers and land troops on the coasts of an island. The tasks are aimed at carrying out a mission to clear terrorist elements and regain control over the island.

Aqaba 3 drills are part of a series of joint exercises carried out by the armed forces along with other friendly countries with the aim of exchanging military expertise.]]>
11/21/2017 12:09:19 PM
<![CDATA[Rohingya subjected to 'dehumanizing apartheid': Amnesty International]]>
Since late August, more than 620,000 Rohingya have fled Myanmar's Rakhine state into neighbouring Bangladesh, seeking safety from what the military described as "clearance operations." The United Nations and others have said the military's actions appeared to be a campaign of "ethnic cleansing," using acts of violence and intimidation and burning down homes to force the Rohingya to leave their communities.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said earlier this month that the world body considered it "an absolutely essential priority" to stop all violence against the Rohingya and allow them to return to their homes. They are now living in teeming refugee camps in a Bangladesh border district, and officials in Dhaka have also urged that Myanmar allow them to return with their safety assured.]]>
11/21/2017 11:14:12 AM
<![CDATA[Four Takfiri elements killed in N.Sinai: Military Spokesperson]]>
The raids, carried out over the past few days, resulted in killing four dangerous terrorists and the destruction of several hideouts including large amounts of explosive charges, ammunition and other supplies used by the Takfiri elements.

The statement also noted that the troops seized a half-truck laden with 25,000 pieces of ammunition and materials used in making explosives at one of the crossings leading to North Sinai.

The statement asserted that the Second Field Army troops will continue their operations to uproot terrorism in North Sinai.]]>
11/21/2017 11:05:31 AM
<![CDATA[Bull's eye on rural poverty eradication: SSTC conference kicks off in Brazil]]>
Titled “Leveraging Innovations from the Global South to Rural Transformation,” the two-day conference aims to share and exchange the expertise and innovative solutions to eradicate rural poverty worldwide via holding a marketplace exhibition, where the participants present their solutions to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, which aims to eradicate poverty worldwide.

SSTC conference also focuses on increasing the agricultural production to reach food security, and on boosting investment among the developing countries.
"The conference is timely a good opportunity to share the knowledge and innovations in Brazil to face the increasing number of hungry people worldwide and to produce more food by 60 percent in 2050," said President of IFAD Gilbert F. Houngbo at the conference.

Around 150 children, women, and men go hungry every day, he added.
Over almost 20 years, IFAD has supported the policy dialogue between Brazil and other countries as a long-in to other markets of Mercosur (Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay, and Venezuela). "SSTC is also about youth. Young people have a particular affinity to technology and communication," Houngbo said.

“We have to find solutions to fight poverty… and find job opportunities,” said Dyogo Henrique de Oliveira, Brazilian minister of planning, development and management. He added that in 1980, 30 percent of Brazilians lived under the poverty line, but the number has been shrunk to five percent, noting that his country is ready to help other countries to fight poverty.

By 2018, Brazil’s growth rate will hit two-three percent, with inflation under control, highlighting the role of cooperation between the country and IFAD, as the fund has projects worth $860 million in Brazil.

"The Brazilian government presented its implementation programs for the agricultural researches, which are being conducted by the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa)," said Blairo Borges Maggi at the conference.

The conference has been organized by other United Nation organizations namely, the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), The United Nations Office for the South-South and Triangular Cooperation (UNOSSTC), and the International Land Coalition (ILC).
The South-South Countries (Global South) are the developing states that locate on the southern part of the earth including Middle Eastern, South American, Asian and African countries. These countries created an international cooperation unit, which was adopted by the United Nations in 1978; in the 1990s, they began to share technology, sources and knowledge among them.

In adoption of the 2030 agenda of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which aims to eradicate poverty worldwide, the unit was expanded to integrate the North-South countries of the world, creating the South-South Triangular Cooperation Coalition.]]>
11/21/2017 10:57:36 AM
<![CDATA[Fifth trilateral Summit between Cyprus, Greece, Egypt launched]]>
Anastasiades will receive Sisi on Tuesday at the Presidential Palace in Cyprus ahead of Sisi’s talks with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.

President Sisi is scheduled to participate in the fifth trilateral Summit between Cyprus, Greece, and Egypt as a part of tripartite cooperation mechanism that was launched in November 2014. Anastasiades, Sisi and Tsipras will deliver speeches during the summit.

The fifth summit aims to discuss ways to support and deepen the exceptional relations among the three states, activate existing cooperation, promote political dialogue on how to combat challenges in the Middle East and the Mediterranean regions.

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi arrived in Nicosia, Cyprus’s capital, Monday for his first official visit to the country.

Anastasiades honored his Egyptian counterpart by granting him the Order of Makarios III, which is the highest order of merit awarded by Cyprus. ]]>
11/21/2017 10:55:17 AM
<![CDATA[70% of Old Cairo leather vendors move to Roubeki area]]>
In a meeting held to follow up on the project and attended by the housing minister Moustafa Madbouli, Cairo’s governor Atef Abdel-Hameed and representatives of the concerned bodies, it is referred that 70% of the tanneries and their workers were transferred to the new area.

Ismail emphasized his keenness on completing the important project and working on moving the rest of the tanneries to the Roubeki area.

He noted that the country’s view on establishing a specialized city in manufacturing leathers came as part of a plan for developing the industry sector to increase production, exportation and job opportunities.

Earlier, Egyptian authorities took a steady advance on the streets of downtown Cairo, evacuating unauthorized street vendors and retaking main squares.

The move is part of a project by the Cairo governorate to clear the city from street vendors by enforcing the rule of law and displacing thousands.

In 2014, Cairo’s governor issued a decision to move downtown street vendors temporarily to Torgoman car park.

Meanwhile, the authorities previously removed also vendors located in Ramses Square. The state-run Middle East News Agency (MENA) reported that the governor of Cairo, Jalal Mustafa Saeed, was present, instructing police officers who were directing traffic to enforce the law firmly on everyone without exceptions and to arrest those who resisted.]]>
11/21/2017 9:43:13 AM
<![CDATA[U.S. State Dept. studying Keystone XL route for 'permitting impacts' ]]>
"We have heard about a possible modified route, and we are in the process of gaining more precise information in order to determine if there will be any permitting impacts as a result of those changes," the spokesperson said, asking not to be named.]]>
11/21/2017 3:10:00 AM
<![CDATA[Israel moves to deport 40,000 African migrants]]>
Holot houses 40,000 African migrants who illegally entered Israel. The center is due to shut down in three months, and residents will face the option of leaving Israel or going to prison.

Impoverished Africans, mostly from war-torn regions, swarmed across Israel from around 2006 until 2013.

The United Nations' refugee agency (UNHCR) said it was seriously concerned about the proposal. ]]>
11/21/2017 3:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Beijing detains 18 after apartment fire - Xinhua]]>
The fire took place in three-storey apartment block in Beijing's southern Daxing district. A large refrigeration facility had been under construction in the building's basement, and preliminary investigations suggested the fire may have started there, Xinhua said late on Monday.

Seven managers at the apartment block had been detained, along with seven electricity workers and four construction workers at the facility. None of the workers were properly qualified, it added, citing police.

Beijing's Communist Party chief Cai Qi has already ordered a city-wide safety check, which will last four 40 days.

The official China Daily said the inspections would cover warehouses, factories, wholesale markets, large residential areas and public places like supermarkets and tourist spots.]]>
11/21/2017 2:56:51 AM
<![CDATA[UNRWA says 440,000 Palestinian refugees live in Syria]]>
In statements from Damascus, Krahenbuhl said that the UNRWA faces difficulties in funding its activities.

During the summer, the agency suffered a deficit of about $ 126 million. With donations, the deficit reached $60 million, the official said. ]]>
11/21/2017 2:40:00 AM
<![CDATA[Sounds detected not from missing Argentine submarine]]>
The finding dashed hopes that the search and rescue operation was zeroing in on the ARA San Juan, which was carrying 44 crew and gave its last signal five days ago after earlier reporting an electric malfunction.]]>
11/21/2017 2:01:53 AM
<![CDATA[We still hope for diplomacy with Pyongyang - Tillerson]]>
The fresh comments were made after US President Donald Trump declared North Korea a state sponsor of terrorism earlier in the day.

"We still hope for diplomacy," Tillerson told a White House press conference.

He added that the decision to put North Korea back on the blacklist is part of the "peaceful pressure campaign" against the regime.]]>
11/21/2017 2:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[May meets senior ministers to discuss Brexit divorce bill offer]]>
The EU told May on Friday that there was more work to be done to unlock the Brexit talks, repeating its early December deadline for her to flesh out Britain's opening offer on the financial settlement, thought to be worth around 20 billion euros.

May met with ministers amid expectations that she will offer the EU more than she committed to during a speech in Florence in September which failed to provide a meaningful breakthrough in the stalled negotiations.

Despite growing pressure from businesses to show she can drive talks onto the subject of future trading relations with the EU, May's office gave little away as to the conclusions of Monday's meeting.

"It remains our position that nothing's agreed until everything's agreed in negotiations with the EU," a source from May's office said. "As the Prime Minister said this morning, the UK and the EU should step forward together."

Media reports said the ministers had agreed to make an offer which would increase the value of May's existing commitment. The Independent news website said May's opening offer could double to around 40 billion but gave no details. The BBC reported that no specific amounts had been discussed during the meeting.

May has repeatedly signalled that she will increase an initial offer that is thought to be worth about a third of what Brussels wants.

But, wary of the need to keep the peace in her Conservative Party, which has a powerful faction insisting Britain should be paying the minimum possible to the EU and using the cash offer to leverage better exit terms, May has avoided publicly discussing any figure.

Instead, she has said Britain will meet its financial obligations to the bloc, a commitment which remains wide open to interpretation.

Finance minister Philip Hammond said on Sunday that the government would submit its proposal to the EU before a Dec. 14-15 summit.

He warned Britain would be prepared to negotiate hard over the bill, acknowledging differences of opinion with the EU on the value of liabilities, and whether Britain was even liable at all for some elements of the total amount mooted by Brussels. ]]>
11/21/2017 1:58:50 AM
<![CDATA[Trump declares North Korea state sponsor of terrorism]]>
The Republican president, who has traded personal insults with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un but has not ruled out talks, said the Treasury Department will announce additional sanctions against North Korea on Tuesday.

The designation came a week after Trump returned from a 12-day, five-nation trip to Asia in which he made containing North Korea's nuclear ambitions a centerpiece of his discussions.

"In addition to threatening the world by nuclear devastation, North Korea has repeatedly supported acts of international terrorism, including assassinations on foreign soil," Trump told reporters at the White House.

"This designation will impose further sanctions and penalties on North Korea and related persons and supports our maximum pressure campaign to isolate the murderous regime."

Trump, who has often criticized his predecessors' policies toward Pyongyang, said the designation should have been made "a long time ago."

North Korea is pursuing nuclear weapons and missile programs in defiance of U.N. Security Council sanctions and has made no secret of its plans to develop a nuclear-tipped missile capable of hitting the U.S. mainland. It has fired two missiles over Japan and on Sept. 3 fired its sixth and largest nuclear test.

South Korea's spy agency said on Monday the North may conduct additional missile tests this year to improve its long-range missile technology and ramp up the threat against the United States.

Experts say the designation will be largely symbolic as North Korea is already heavily sanctioned by the United States, a reality that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson seemed to acknowledged while saying it would help dissuade third parties from supporting Pyongyang.

"The practical effects may be limited but hopefully we're closing off a few loopholes with this," he told reporters.

The United States has designated only three other countries - Iran, Sudan and Syria - as state sponsors of terrorism.

Some experts think North Korea does not meet the criteria for the designation, which requires evidence that a state has "repeatedly provided support for acts of international terrorism."

In his remarks, Trump remembered Otto Warmbier, the college student from Ohio who died in June shortly after his return from North Korea, where he was held for more than a year.

His death caused outrage in the United States and further inflamed tensions with Pyongyang.

MOVE COULD BACKFIRE

A U.S. intelligence official who follows developments in North Korea expressed concern that Trump's move could backfire, especially given that the basis for the designation is arguable.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, the official said Kim could respond in a number of ways, including renewing missile or nuclear tests in "a very volatile environment."

The move also could undercut Trump’s efforts to solicit greater Chinese cooperation in pressuring North Korea to halt its nuclear and ballistic missile tests, the official said.

In any case, it will do little to open the way for U.S. dialogue with North Korea, which China - Pyongyang's main ally - and others have been pushing for.

"I don't see how this helps, and it might just be an important miscalculation," said Robert Gallucci, the chief U.S. negotiator during the 1994 North Korean nuclear crisis.

In February, plans for talks in the United States between former U.S. officials and North Korea were scrapped when the State Department denied a visa for a top envoy from Pyongyang after the murder of Kim's half brother, Kim Jong Nam, in Malaysia.

North Korea was put on the U.S. terrorism sponsor list for the 1987 bombing of a Korean Air flight that killed all 115 people aboard. But the administration of former President George W. Bush, a Republican, removed Pyongyang in 2008 in exchange for progress in denuclearization talks.

Some members of Congress had been pushing for years for North Korea to be put back on the list, but others questioned whether the reclusive regime met the criteria of actively sponsoring international terrorism.

U.S. Representative Ed Royce, the Republican chairman of the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee, called the decision "an important step in our efforts to apply maximum diplomatic and financial pressure on Kim Jong Un."

Democratic Senator Edward Markey said the designation "ratchets up the rhetoric" but does nothing to hold North Korea accountable for its weapons program.

The designation could prove counterproductive, said Harry Kazianis, director of defense studies at the conservative Center for the National Interest.

"Sadly, this action by the Trump administration just further cements a dangerous game of escalatory brinkmanship where neither side is giving the other any off-ramp," he said.]]>
11/21/2017 1:52:12 AM
<![CDATA[ Abe welcomes U.S. designation of N.Korea as sponsor of terrorism]]>
The designation, announced Monday, allows the United States to impose more sanctions on Pyongyang, which is pursuing nuclear weapons and missile programmes in defiance of U.N. Security Council sanctions.

"I welcome and support (the designation) as it raises the pressure on North Korea," Abe told reporters, according to Kyodo.]]>
11/21/2017 1:49:09 AM
<![CDATA[UN chief 'horrified' at buying and selling of African migrants]]>
"Slavery has no place in our world and these actions are among the most egregious abuses of human rights and may amount to crimes against humanity," Guterres told reporters at a press stakeout at the UN Headquarters, in New York, Monday.

He added that he has asked the relevant UN actors to actively pursue the matter.

Guterres also called on all countries to adopt and apply the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and its protocol on trafficking in persons and I urge the international community to unite in fighting this scourge.

The Protocol against the Smuggling of Migrants by Land, Sea and Air, supplementing the Convention, was adopted by the UN General Assembly in November 2000. It entered into force in January 2004.

It is an important legal instrument that seeks to prevent and combat the smuggling of migrants, as well as to promote cooperation among States Parties, while protecting the rights of smuggled migrants.

Further in his remarks, the UN chief urge the international community to unite in fighting the scourge.

He also called for addressing migration flows in a comprehensive and humane manner, including through the development cooperation among States to address its root causes, meaningful increase of all the opportunities for legal migration, and enhanced international cooperation in cracking down on smugglers and traffickers and protecting the rights of their victims. ]]>
11/21/2017 1:42:31 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt Today’s international news]]>
Cairo seeks ending Lebanon crisis: Egyptian ambassador to Beirut

Egypt's Ambassador to Lebanon

Nazih el Nagari

said on Monday that Egypt is moving with the aim of ending the current crisis in Lebanon regarding the resignation of its Prime Minister Saad Hariri.

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The sons of the slain former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri, Ayman, Saad-Dedine and Bahaa, visit the car bomb site where their father was killed in Beirut, Lebanon February 19, 2005. REUTERS/Jamal Saidi/File Photo


EgyptAir participates in Philoxenia exhibition in Greece

EgyptAir

has taken part in the 33rd international tourism exhibition Philoxenia held in Thessaloniki city in northern Greece.

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FILE: Head of EgyptAir Holding Company Safwat Mosallam


Zimbabwe's opposition to decide on Mugabe impeachment Tuesday

Lawmakers from Zimbabwe's main opposition party MDC will hold a meeting on Tuesday to decide whether to join their ruling party rivals to impeach 93-year-old President

Robert Mugabe

.

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Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe looks on during a rally marking Zimbabwe's 32nd independence anniversary celebrations in Harare, Zimbabwe April 18, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer/File Photo


What happens now after collapse of German coalition talks?

German Chancellor

Angela Merkel

’s failure to forge a three-way coalition government has plunged Europe’s largest economy into uncharted waters, raising pressure on the three-term conservative chancellor to maintain stability.


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German Chancellor Angela Merkel, a top candidate of the Christian Democratic Union Party (CDU) for the upcoming general elections, speaks during the final election rally in Munich, Germany September 22, 2017. REUTERS/Michaela Rehle


Tillerson says North Korea designation aimed at third parties

U.S. Secretary of State

Rex Tillerson

said on Monday that the move to designate North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism will help dissuade third parties from supporting Pyongyang.

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U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (L) listens to U.S. President Donald Trump speak during a meeting with his Cabinet at the White House in Washington, U.S., November 20, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque


France wants 'strong and stable' Germany, President Macron says

France

wants a strong and stable Germany to move Europe forward and will continue to work with the current German government, an official at President Emmanuel Macron’s office said on Monday.

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French President Emmanuel Macron arrives for the EU Social Summit for Fair Jobs and Growth in Gothenburg, Sweden, November 17, 2017. TT News Agency/Jonas Ekstromer/via REUTERS


Qatari FM: Egypt security is important for us

While

Qatar

is involved in funding terrorist groups leading attacks that have killed thousands of Egyptian army and police forces over the past few years and sheltering Muslim Brotherhood leaders, its foreign minister claims that they seek Egypt's safety and security.

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11/21/2017 12:17:27 AM
<![CDATA[Tillerson says North Korea designation aimed at third parties]]>
"The practical effect of it is ... it may though disrupt, and dissuade some third parties from undertaking certain activities with North Korea, as it does impose prohibition on a number of other activities that may not be covered by existing sanctions," Tillerson told a White House briefing.]]>
11/21/2017 12:07:36 AM
<![CDATA[Saudi CP, Tillerson discuss regional developments]]>
During the call, they reviewed the bilateral relations in various fields, ways of combating terrorism and coordination of efforts to enhance the security and stability of the region. ]]>
11/20/2017 11:40:00 PM
<![CDATA[Blasts hit cosmetics factory in US; several injured]]>
New Windsor town Supervisor George Green said local police officials told him two explosions occurred Monday morning at the Verla International cosmetics factory.

Green said the factory was engulfed in flames and there are reports of injuries. No additional details were immediately available.

Photos from the scene showed large plumes of smoke billowing high into the air. ]]>
11/20/2017 11:40:00 PM
<![CDATA[Libya probes slave auction allegations]]>
Chaos-ridden Libya has long been a major transit hub for migrants trying to reach Europe, and many of them have fallen prey to serious abuse in the North African country at the hands of traffickers and others.

US television network CNN aired the footage last week of an apparent live auction in Libya where black men are presented to North African buyers as potential farmhands and sold off for as little as $400.

Deputy Prime Minister Ahmed Metig said his UN-backed Government of National Accord would investigate the allegations, in a statement posted Sunday on the Facebook page of the GNA's press office.

Metig said he would instruct the formation of a "commission to investigate these reports in order to apprehend and bring those responsible to justice", the statement added.

The foreign ministry in a statement added: "If these allegations are confirmed, all implicated persons will be punished."

The CNN report apparently showing migrants being auctioned off in Libya was shared widely on social media, provoking outrage in Africa, Europe and the rest of the world.

The grainy footage shot on a mobile telephone shows a man CNN said was Nigerian and in his 20s being offered up for sale as part of a group of "big strong boys for farm work".

In the CNN report, a person identified as an auctioneer can be heard saying "800... 900... 1,000... 1,100..." before two men are sold for 1,200 Libyan dinars ($875).

Around 1,000 people took to the streets of Paris on Saturday to protest against slavery in Libya, according to French police. The gathering led to clashes between demonstrators and security forces.

Guinean President Alpha Conde, who is also chairman of the African Union, on Friday called for an inquiry and prosecutions relating to what he termed a "despicable trade... from another era".

Senegal's government expressed "outrage at the sale of Sub-Saharan African migrants on Libyan soil" that constituted a "blight on the conscience of humanity".

Niger's president Mahamadou Issoufou said the issue had made him "deeply angry" and urged Libyan authorities and international organisations to do "everything possible to stop this practice".

African migrants from nations including Guinea and Senegal but also Mali, Niger, Nigeria and Gambia make the dangerous crossing through the Sahara to Libya with hopes of making it over the Mediterranean Sea to Italy.

But testimony collected by this reporter has revealed a litany of rights abuses at the hands of gangsters, human traffickers and the Libyan security forces, while many end up stuck in the unstable North African nation for years.

More than 8,800 stranded migrants have been returned home this year, according to the International Organization for Migration, which is also compiling evidence of slavery.]]>
11/20/2017 9:19:47 PM
<![CDATA[Qatari FM claims seeking Egypt's security, safety]]>
In statement that does not reflect reality, Qatar Foreign Minister Mohammed Al-Thani revealed that Egypt’s stability and security is a part of Qatar's interest, denying the Qatari regime's responsibility for cutting relations with Egypt, according to Russian agency Sputnik.

During his speech at the Nixon Center in Washington, Al-Thani ignored his state's support and funding of Islamist groups, as well as its allowing Iranian interference in the Gulf states’ affairs.

Qatar’s Foreign Ministry issued a statement on November 15 warning its citizens from traveling to Egypt for security measures.

Qatar has been hit by its biggest diplomatic crisis in years after Arab nations, including Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain, cut ties with the peninsula, accusing it of destabilizing the region with its support of Islamist groups and allowing Iranian interference in the Gulf states’ affairs.

The Arab quartet halted all land, air and sea traffic with Qatar, and withdrew their diplomats and ambassadors from the Qatari peninsula. The Arab quartet issued 13 demands to Doha – then shortened to six principles – including closing Al-Jazeera channel, curbing relations with Iran and shutting a Turkish military base.

After several states severed ties with Doha, Egyptian politicians and social media demanded probing Qatar internationally, accusing the Gulf country of involvement in funding terrorist groups, which have launched attacks killing thousands of Egyptian army and police forces over the past few years since the ouster of former President Mohamed Morsi in 2013.

Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain cut diplomatic ties with the state of Qatar on June 5 on charges of supporting terrorism and extremist groups in the region. The Qatari regime is responsible for the lives of victims who have been killed by terrorist operations supported by Qatar in Egypt and other Arab countries, Egyptian Parliamentarian Mohamed Abou Hamed announced on several occasions recently.

Since then, Kuwait has played the role of mediator to put an end to this rift. Meanwhile, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson held several meetings with the disputed parties, but the discussions have not yet led to a settlement. ]]>
11/20/2017 9:13:28 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi to attend opening of Egyptian-Cypriot Business Forum]]>
Rady added during a TV call on Al Hayah Channel that economic collaboration between Egypt and Cyprus is strong, stating that the Cypriot side is seeking to enhance bilateral relations with Egypt in many fields, including maritime transport.

President Sisi discussed on Sunday the indicators of current financial and economic performance with Egyptian Prime Minister Sherif Ismail and Minister of Finance Amr El-Garhy, as well as two deputy finance ministers, Ahmed Kojak and Sherine El-Sharkawy, added Rady.

Sisi directed the government to continue its commitment to rationalize public expenditure. In turn, he called for higher spending on education and healthcare, as well as more investments in infrastructure, upgrading services offered to citizens.

Sisi is heading an Egyptian delegation to Nicosia on Monday for an official two-day visit.

During the visit, Sisi will participate in the fifth Egyptian-Greek-Cypriot tripartite summit beginning on Tuesday. Several topics are expected to be discussed during the summit, including coordination between the three countries, as well as enhancing relations on the political, economic, trade, security and tourism fronts.

Counterterrorism efforts will be one of the major topics tackled by the three leaders during their meeting on Tuesday in Nicosia, according to an official statement by the presidency.

Previous tripartite summits between Egypt, Greece and Cyprus were held in Cairo in 2014 and in Nicosia in April 2015. The third summit took place in Athens and the fourth was in Cairo in 2016.]]>
11/20/2017 6:47:13 PM
<![CDATA[Saudi FM: Qatar responsible for terrorism all over the world]]>
Jubeir added in an interview with El País during his visit to Madrid that the Arab quartet is dealing with Qatar through a boycott, not a blockade, due to its hostile policy towards Arab countries and the region, which lasted for a long time.

Jubeir further remarked that the boycotting countries have sent a message to Qatar demanding it halts its support and financing of terrorism, but Qatar has chosen to ignore the six demands of the Gulf States, denying the problem.

“Saudi Arabia always seeks development, so we need government more efficient and transparent to bring more investments to achieve progress to our people,” said Jubeir, responding a question.

“For our women, there are positive steps, and they have several economic opportunities, which confirms the freedom and gender equality,” said Jubeir.

“Our kingdom launched a large campaign against bribery, embezzlement, money laundering and abuse of power, because we need pure government. It is not logical to see all their violations and do nothing,” responded Jubeir to a question about the arrests of princes in Saudi Arabia.

The new body was given broad powers to investigate cases, issue arrest warrants and travel restrictions, and seize assets, added Jubeir.

Eleven princes, four ministers and dozens of former ministers were detained late on Saturday after King Salman decreed the creation of an anti-corruption committee chaired by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, his 32-year-old son who has amassed expansive powers over the past two years.

Jubeir denied that Saudi Arabia coerced Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri into resigning or has kept him from leaving. It has accused Lebanon of declaring war on the kingdom because of Hezbollah, and has advised Saudi citizens to leave Lebanon, adding that the decision of returning to Lebanon is up to Hariri.

Hariri announced his resignation while in Saudi Arabia on November 4 in a televised statement, during which he railed against Riyadh's bitter foe, Iran, and its Lebanese ally, Hezbollah.
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11/20/2017 6:46:10 PM
<![CDATA[Takfiri ringleader killed, 18 nabbed in Central Sinai: Army]]>
Military spokesman Colonel Tamer El Refai said in a statement Monday that the operation was part of the military's efforts to hunt down criminal and terrorist elements.

He said the operation resulted in the destruction of three 4x4 vehicles and 11 motorbikes along with an amount of fuel and food.

He also said that the Third Field Army, in cooperation with policemen, managed to locate and destroy 24 illegal drug farms.]]>
11/20/2017 6:21:06 PM
<![CDATA[Abul Gheit participates in UN Economic and Social Commission meeting]]>
He met with the Lebanese President Michel Aoun and Parliament's Speaker Nabih Berri, said the spokesman of AL secretary general Mahmoud Affifi.

During his speech at the inaugural session of the meeting, Abul Gheit said that the developmental process in the Arab world witnesses various challenges related with the extraordinary conditions of the region nowadays especially in light of the armed conflicts in several Arab countries over the past years, said the spokesman in a press release.

Such conflicts inflicted the Arab world heavy economic losses where poverty rates have increased which entail real reforms in the developmental and economic field, he reiterated.]]>
11/20/2017 6:15:04 PM
<![CDATA[Iraq Kurds seek international help to lift sanctions imposed by Baghdad]]>
"The restrictive policies adopted by Baghdad against Erbil are in violation of Iraq’s obligations and responsibilities under international and humanitarian law," the KRG said in a statement. "We call on the international community to intercede in urging Baghdad authorities to lift the embargo, without condition, on international flights."]]>
11/20/2017 5:58:31 PM
<![CDATA[Zimbabwe's opposition to decide on Mugabe impeachment Tuesday]]>
Although Mugabe's ZANU-PF has the required two-thirds membership to remove Mugabe, participation by the opposition could give a boost to a process that was started by the military's intervention last week.]]>
11/20/2017 5:13:37 PM
<![CDATA[Italian FA chief resigns after World Cup fiasco]]>
The 74-year-old handed in his resignation during a crisis meeting of the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) in Rome.

"He informed us of his resignation," Damiano Tommasi, the head of the Italian Players' Union, told journalists outside the federation headquarters.

"Tavecchio took note of a change of scenario and the fact that some elements that in the past had supported him had some difficulties renewing this confidence," added former FIGC president Giancarlo Abete, a member of the federal council.

Tavecchio had been under increasing pressure to step down after Italy's failure to qualify for the World Cup last Monday, but he resisted promising to rebuild Italian football from grassroots level upwards.

Italy coach Gian Piero Ventura was sacked last Wednesday after a 1-0 aggregate play-off defeat by Sweden saw the four-time champions miss the World Cup for the first time since 1958.

Tavecchio was elected president of the FIGC after a landslide vote in his favour in 2014 that saw 18 of the 20 Serie A clubs back him.

He won the vote despite it coming just weeks after making racist slurs, referring to black players who "ate bananas" before they came to play in Italy.

FIGC elections to choose a new president will take place within a delay of 90 days.

Italian football now finds itself without a federation president, national team coach, and presidents of both Lega Serie A and Lega Serie B, the top two divisions.]]>
11/20/2017 4:57:03 PM
<![CDATA[France wants 'strong and stable' Germany, President Macron says]]>
“For Germany and for Europe, we want our main partner to be stable and strong, to move forward together,” the official said.

“This merely reinforces the need for France to make proposals, to take the initiative, to work on an ambitious European project that we will implement with our German partner,” the official added.

Efforts to form a three-way coalition government have failed, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday, pitching Germany into its worst political crisis in decades.]]>
11/20/2017 4:42:57 PM
<![CDATA[Cairo seeks ending Lebanon crisis: Egyptian ambassador to Beirut]]>
Meanwhile, it prefers to hold calm communications and coordinate with the involved parties to guarantee the success of its efforts, Nagari noted.

In a statement to MENA, Nagari pointed out that Sameh Shoukry's Arab tour was conducted in a positive atmosphere.

He added that the regional context is tense and causes rightful Arab concern.

The Egyptian ambassador voiced hope that the Lebanese crisis as well as all regional crises would be resolved in a way that achieves security and serves the interests of all regional countries in terms of development aspirations of all its peoples. ]]>
11/20/2017 4:42:33 PM
<![CDATA[U.S. envoy to Russia: visa consultants in consulates may resume soon ]]>
“I believe that in the near future they (visa consultations) may be resumed,” the agency quoted him as saying.

“We are trying to do everything possible, and I hope that in coming weeks we will be able to effectively issues visas.”

In August, the United States began to scale back its visa services in Russia, drawing an angry reaction from Moscow three weeks after President Vladimir Putin ordered Washington to more than halve its embassy and consular staff.

The U.S. consulates are located in St Petersburg, Yekaterinburg in the Urals and Vladivostok in Russia’s far east.]]>
11/20/2017 4:39:27 PM
<![CDATA[Belarus KGB says Ukrainian journalist set up spy ring in Minsk]]>
Minsk-based journalist Pavlo Sharoyko was arrested in October and charged with being an undercover intelligence officer, KGB spokesman Dmitry Pobyarzhin said in a briefing.

“In Belarus, Sharoyko built a network of agents made up of Belarussian citizens, who carried out his assignments for monetary compensation,” Pobyarzhin said.

An adviser to the Ukrainian embassy in Minsk, Ihor Skvortsov, has been declared persona non grata as he is believed to be Sharoyko’s handler, Pobyarzhin said.

The Ukrainian foreign and defense ministries declined immediate comment. Sharoyko and Skvortsov could not be reached for comment.

The case could put further pressure on relations between Minsk and Kiev that were tested earlier this year when Belarus hosted large-scale joint military exercises with Russia on Belarussian territory.

September’s Zapad-2017 (“West-2017”) war games unnerved neighboring Ukraine and NATO member states on Europe’s eastern flank, which feared the exercises could be a rehearsal or cover for a real offensive.]]>
11/20/2017 4:27:23 PM
<![CDATA[Fifteen dead in food aid stampede in Morocco: ministry]]>
A hospital source put the death toll at 18, adding that most victims were women who had been scrambling for food handed out by a rich man in the small coastal town of Sidi Boulaalam.

A local journalist said the donor had organised similar handouts before, but this year some 1,000 people arrived, storming an iron barrier under which several women were crushed.

King Mohammed ordered that the victims’ families be given any assistance they needed and the wounded treated at his cost, the ministry said in a statement, adding that a criminal investigation had been opened.

Last month, the king dismissed the ministers of education, planning and housing and health after an economic agency found “imbalances” in implementing a development plan to fight poverty in the northern Rif region.

The Rif saw numerous protests after a fishmonger was accidentally crushed to death in a garbage truck in October 2016 after a confrontation with police, and he became a symbol of the effects of corruption and official abuse.

In July, the king pardoned dozens of people arrested in the protests and accused local officials of stoking public anger by being too slow to implement development projects.]]>
11/20/2017 4:18:47 PM
<![CDATA[Hungary says it is facing "frontal assault" from U.S. financier Soros]]>
Fidesz Vice Chairman Gergely Gulyas said Soros' claims that the Hungarian government lied in its campaign against him were "not substantial", adding the billionaire and the European Union pushed the same pro-migrant agenda.

He rejected charges by Soros that the government's campaign stoked anti-Muslim sentiment and employed anti-Semitic tropes.]]>
11/20/2017 4:05:26 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt support's Cyprus’ efforts in its cause: Sisi]]>
Addressing the Cyprus parliament on Monday, Sisi referred to the historical relations between Nicosia and Cairo. It started with Egypt supporting the Cyprus Liberation Movement during the 1960s, followed by the friendly relations that grew between former Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser and former Cypriot President Makarios III.

"I hoped to address all of you today as a complete parliament; however, I'm feeling sorry for the members who decided to boycott parliament sessions since 1963," Sisi said in his speech. He added that he is sure that all of Cyprus's efforts to resolve its situation will end successfully.

He also affirmed that Egypt completely supports Cyprus's efforts and causes.

Sisi then talked about the tensions in the Middle East region, saying that, "We are witnessing unstable conditions due to terrorism and illegal immigration; however, we are held responsible before our nations to provide them with security and peace."

He added that Egypt's government considers countering terrorism as one of the major human rights that needs to be considered before anything else.

Earlier, Sisi held a press conference with his Cypriot counterpart Nicos Anastasiades, affirming that he is looking forward to boosting relations and cooperation between the two countries. Sisi described the relations between Egypt and Cyprus as strong and historical.

Finally, Anastasiades described Sisi as “his friend”, adding that he is looking for more cooperation between the two countries.

President Sisi and Cypriot President Anastasiades exchanged their countries’ highest state honors and witnessed the signing of several cooperation agreements during the Egyptian president’s first official visit to Nicosia on Monday.

During his two-day visit, Sisi is expected to hold separate meetings with Anastasiades and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.

He is scheduled to participate in the fifth Egyptian-Greek-Cypriot tripartite summit on Tuesday. Several topics are expected to be discussed during the summit, including coordination between the three countries, as well as enhancing the relations in the political, economic, trade, security and tourism fields.

The first tripartite summit between Egypt, Greece and Cyprus was held for the first time in Cairo in 2014, and then in Nicosia in April 2015. The third summit was in Athens and the fourth was in Cairo in 2016.
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11/20/2017 4:03:20 PM
<![CDATA[Health Ministry discards 4 tons of sweets before Mawlid al-Nabawi ]]>
The Health Ministry conducted wide inspection campaigns in factories and dessert shops that manufacture such sweets from November 11 to 16. The inspection was carried out in supply and sale venues all over the country's governorates as well.

Maysa Hamza, director of the General Directorate of Food Control, said that a leaflet was issued to all directorates of health affairs all over the country to intensify their monitoring and inspection campaigns in order to supervise all stages of manufacturing, storage, supply and circulation of these sweets.

Hamza pointed out that the inspection campaigns covered 1,724 food facilities that produce and sell such sweets.

"During these campaigns, three tons and 204 kilograms of sweets were seized to inspect their validity. Other 3,451 samples were sent to the Health Ministry's laboratories for analysis in order to ensure their safety in terms of pigments and raw materials and to guarantee their safety and validity for human consumption as well as their conformity with Egyptian standards," said Hamza.

On the other hand, Khaled Megahed, official spokesman of the Ministry of Health and Population, stated that 1,674 violation reports and closure orders for 219 facilities for failing to meet health requirements were issued. He stressed on the necessity of food workers’ commitments to applying and monitoring all health standards while manufacturing such goods.

"All manufacturing establishments must comply with the necessary health requirements," said Megahed.

The ministry affirms its continuous monitoring of food safety and that it is taking all legal measures against violators. The ministry also calls on citizens to avoid buying products of unknown origins.

The Mawlid al-Nabawi is a joyous occasion for Muslims, especially Sufis, who gather at Egypt’s famous mosques to make “dhikr” (remembrance of God) and to praise Prophet Mohamed, celebrating the birth and life of the “Best of Creation”, as he is known.

Egypt’s streets become festive with lights and music, while children enjoy the sweets and toys sold by various vendors. There will also be special events held around this time.

Religious Song Ensemble, conducted by Omar Farahat, will hold a concert in Cairo Opera House on Thursday, November 23 at 8 p.m. to celebrate the anniversary of the birth of Prophet Mohamed. The band will perform religious songs and hymns, in addition to some Sufi poems.]]>
11/20/2017 3:38:31 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt, Cyprus have historical, strong relations: Sisi]]>
Sisi described the relations between Egypt and Cyprus as strong and historical.

During his speech, Sisi thanked Anastasiades for his country’s previous stances that have always been supportive of Egypt.

“Thank you for all of your previous stances that have been supportive of us, and we are looking to enhance and develop our mutual relations, especially in the economic and cultural fields,” Sisi stated.

Sisi also praised the efforts that Anastasiades exerted to develop his country in all different fields and aspects. "The whole international world admires your efforts," Sisi said, addressing his Cypriot counterpart.

He also added that he is looking forward to participating in the fifth Egyptian-Greek-Cypriot tripartite summit on Tuesday and hopes to reach positive results through the anticipated negotiations.

Sisi referred to the promising cooperation between the two countries in the energy field, which is one of the most important aspects that needs to witness further research and attention.

From his side, Anastasiades described Sisi as "his friend," adding that he is looking to boost the two countries' relations and cooperation.

President Sisi and Anastasiades exchanged their highest state honors and witnessed the signing of a number of cooperation agreements during the Egyptian president’s first official visit to Nicosia on Monday.

In his speech, President Sisi thanked his counterpart for the Order of Makarios III, which is the highest medal of honor in Cyprus. On the other hand, Sisi granted Nicos the Order of the Nile, which is Egypt's highest state honor.

Foreign ministers of both countries signed a number of agreements in different fields, including memoranda of understanding in health affairs, security issues and communications.

During his two-day visit, Sisi is expected to hold separate meetings with Anastasiades and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.

He is scheduled to participate in the fifth Egyptian-Greek-Cypriot tripartite summit on Tuesday. Several topics are expected to be discussed during the summit, including coordination between the three countries, as well as enhancing their relations in the political, economic, trade, security and tourism fields.

The first tripartite summit between Egypt, Greece and Cyprus was held for the first time in Cairo in 2014, and then in Nicosia in April 2015. The third summit was in Athens and the fourth was in Cairo in 2016.]]>
11/20/2017 3:33:48 PM
<![CDATA[Hariri to meet with Sisi in Cairo within days ]]>
Hariri, who resigned as Lebanon's prime minister on November 4, is scheduled to head to Egypt on Tuesday to meet with President Sisi.




Egypt denied late on Sunday that Hariri will visit Cairo on Monday as Reuters reported earlier. “No specific date has been decided yet for Hariri’s visit,” Egypt’s presidency spokesman Bassam Rady said in a phone interview with ONTV.

Sisi is set to fly to Cyprus on Monday to participate in a tripartite summit between Egypt, Cyprus and Greece.

"Reports that Hariri would meet the president on Monday are impractical and unrealistic because the president will be in Cyprus on Monday for two days," Rady added.

Hariri has been in Paris since Saturday, where he met with French President Emmanuel Macron, and has said he will return to Lebanon by Wednesday.

Sisi and Macron discussed several topics of mutual interests during a phone call on Saturday evening, according to a statement issued by Egypt’s presidency on Sunday. Both leaders spoke about conditions in the Middle East, brainstorming ways to stabilize and restore peace in the region, the statement read.

Hariri’s resignation sparked a political crisis in Lebanon and put it on the front line of a regional power struggle between Saudi Arabia and Iran.

Hariri criticized Iran and its ally Hezbollah during his resignation statement and said he feared assassination. Apart from a brief trip to Abu Dhabi, he remained in Saudi Arabia until he flew to France on Saturday.

His stay in the kingdom led to accusations from Lebanese officials and politicians that Saudi Arabia had coerced him to resign, which he and Riyadh denied.

On Friday, Hariri tweeted that his presence there was for "consultations on the future of the situation in Lebanon and its relations with the surrounding Arab region."

Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry had embarked on a three-day tour to six Arab countries amid Hariri’s resignation’s consequences.

Shoukry started his tour by visiting Jordan on Sunday November 12; then he visited Bahrain, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Saudi Arabia where he concluded his tour on Tuesday November 14.

During his tour, Shoukry stressed on the importance of preserving Arab solidarity in the face of the various challenges encountered by the Arab countries in the region, according to the Egyptian Foreign Ministry’s statements issued during the tour’s period.

Moreover, on Sunday November 19, the Arab League's foreign ministers held an emergency meeting in Cairo, at the request of Saudi Arabia, to discuss ways to confront Iran and Hezbollah over their role in the region.

Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil, who is a member of the Free Patriotic Movement, an ally of Hezbollah, did not attend the Cairo meeting. The country was represented by Antoine Azzam, the permanent representative to the Arab League, instead.

Secretary-General of the Arab League Ahmed Abul Gheit has arrived Monday in Beirut where he will meet with President Michel Aoun. ]]>
11/20/2017 2:28:54 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi places flowers at Makarios III's memorial ]]>
This came following the official welcoming ceremony that was held for Sisi's first official visit which is scheduled to last for two days.

President Sisi arrived Monday morning at the Cyprus capital, Nicosia. During his visit, Sisi is expected to hold separate meetings with his Cypriot counterpart, Nicos Anastasiades, and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.

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President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi places placed a wreath of flowers at the memorial of former Cypriot president, Makarios III - Nov. 20 - Press photo.

He is scheduled to participate in the fifth Egyptian-Greek-Cypriot tripartite summit on Tuesday, where several topics are expected to be discussed, including coordination between the three countries, as well as enhancing the relations in the political, economic, trade, security and tourism fields.

Countering terrorism is expected to be one of the major topics that will be tackled by the three leaders during their meeting on Tuesday in Nicosia, according to an official statement by the presidency.

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Makarios III statue near the main gate of Cyprus presidential palace, Press photo

Sisi is also set to deliver a speech at the Parliament of Cyprus, where he will talk about bilateral relations between the two countries. He and his Cypriot counterpart are scheduled to inaugurate the Egyptian-Cypriot Business Forum, which aims to boost the economic and trade relations between both countries, and explore new opportunities for mutual investment.

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Makarios III statue near the main gate of Cyprus presidential palace, Press photo

As part of the visit’s agenda, Sisi will receive The Order of Makarios III, the highest order of merit awarded by Cyprus.]]>
11/20/2017 1:41:50 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt, Greece agree to hold annual bilateral meetings: Anastasiades]]>
President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi is visiting Nicosia for the first time on Monday, where he met with his Cypriot counterpart and discussed bilateral cooperation.

In a joint press conference between both leaders, Anastasiades welcomed his “friend” Sisi for his “historic” visit, highlighting deep relations between both countries in different sectors, especially the energy one.

Anastasiades said that Egypt-Cyprus relations are “developing well,” adding that Egypt is an important and strategic partner for the European Union in the fields of security, counter-terrorism, immigration and energy.

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and his Cypriot counterpart Nicos Anastasiades exchanged highest state Medals of Honor in both countries and witnessed the signing of a number of cooperation agreements during the Egyptian president’s first official visit to Nicosia Monday.

Foreign ministers of both countries signed a number of agreements in different fields, including Memoranda of Understanding in health affairs, security issues and communications.]]>
11/20/2017 1:27:14 PM
<![CDATA[EU's top diplomat 'encouraged' by Rohingya talks with Suu Kyi]]>
But her optimistic tone appeared sharply at odds with the realities on the ground in a crisis that has seen 620,000 Rohingya flee rape, murder and arson in Myanmar's Rakhine state since late August.

Deadly attacks by Rohingya militants on August 25 sparked a massive backlash from Myanmar's security forces that the UN says may amount to "ethnic cleansing".

Diplomatic pressure has been growing on Myanmar, especially on its Nobel Peace Prize-winning leader Suu Kyi.

In response the country has said it is ready and willing to take back refugees, if they can "verify" they belong in Rakhine.

Mogherini, who visited refugee camps in Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar over the weekend, emerged from Monday's talks with Suu Kyi in a positive mood.

"I found it (the talks) extremely encouraging," she told reporters in Myanmar's capital Naypyidaw at a meeting of Asian and European foreign ministers.

"I am very much encouraged by the possibility -- that I believe is real and concrete -- of Myanmar and Bangladesh" reaching an agreement for the repatriation of refugees.

The two countries have yet to strike a binding deal on repatriation.

Rights groups say a speedy and safe repatriation of significant numbers of Rohingya is highly unlikely since large numbers are still fleeing violence, fear and hunger on a daily basis.

The status of the Muslim minority also remains highly emotive in Buddhist-majority Myanmar, where they are denied citizenship and labelled "Bengalis", or illegal immigrants from Bangladesh.

Rohingya villages have been razed and rice fields commandeered or left to ruin, raising major questions over what they can return to.

Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya, pushed out of Myanmar in several previous army-backed operations, have also yet to return despite decades-old repatriation deals with Bangladesh.

Those who have fled Rakhine in recent months have told horrific stories of rape, murder and arson by Myanmar troops and ethnic Rakhine Buddhists.

Myanmar's military denies the allegations.

Washington's top diplomat Rex Tillerson last week cited "credible" reports of atrocities since late August.

Myanmar's diplomatic isolation over its treatment of the Rohingya has been eased by China, which has helped shield it from censure at the UN Security Council.

China was one of the few foreign friends of the country's former junta.

Beijing covets access to Myanmar's western coast for ports and pipelines including in Rakhine state, where Chinese businesses are spending billions of dollars.

On Sunday Foreign Minister Wang Yi met Suu Kyi and reaffirmed support for Myanmar over the Rakhine issue, according to the state-backed Global New Light of Myanmar newspaper.

He added that "poverty alleviation" was the crux of the problem and urged Myanmar and Bangladesh to solve the crisis through "dialogue".]]>
11/20/2017 1:23:32 PM
<![CDATA[U.S. mass killer, cult leader Charles Manson dies at 83]]>
Manson died of natural causes Sunday evening at a Kern County hospital, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said in a statement. It gave no further details of the circumstances surrounding his death.

He had been serving a life sentence at the nearby Corcoran State Prison for ordering the murders of nine people, including actress Sharon Tate.

Long after Manson had largely faded from headlines, he loomed large as a symbol of the terror he unleashed in the summer of 1969.

"The very name Manson has become a metaphor for evil," the late Vincent Bugliosi, who prosecuted Manson, told the Los Angeles Times in 1994.

A recent photograph showed the gray-bearded killer's face still bearing the scar of a swastika he carved into his forehead decades earlier.

Manson became one of the 20th century's most notorious criminals when he directed his mostly young, female followers to murder seven people in what prosecutors said was part of a plan to incite a race war.

GRAFFITI WITH VICTIMS' BLOOD

Tate, aged 26 and eight months pregnant, was stabbed 16 times in the early morning hours of Aug. 9, 1969, by members of Manson's cult at the rented hillside house she shared with her husband, filmmaker Roman Polanski, in the Benedict Canyon area of Los Angeles.

Four friends of the celebrity couple, including coffee heiress Abigail Folger and hairstylist Jay Sebring, were also stabbed or shot to death that night by Manson followers, who scrawled the word "Pig" in blood on the home's front door before leaving. Polanski was away in Europe at the time.

The following night, members of Manson's group stabbed grocery owner Leno LaBianca and his wife Rosemary to death, using their blood to write, "Death to Pigs" and "Healter Skelter" - a misspelled reference to the Beatles song "Helter Skelter" - on the walls and refrigerator door.

Although Manson did not personally kill any of the seven victims, he was found guilty of ordering their murders.

He was later convicted of ordering the murders of music teacher Gary Hinman, stabbed to death in July 1969, and stuntman Donald "Shorty" Shea, stabbed and bludgeoned that August.

Manson was sentenced to death for the Tate-LaBianca murders, but his sentence was commuted to life in prison after the California Supreme Court abolished capital punishment in the state in 1972.

Born Charles Milles Maddox on Nov. 12, 1934, in Cincinnati to a 16-year-old girl, Manson spent much of his youth shuttled between relatives and juvenile detention halls. By age 13, he had been convicted of armed robbery.

Newly paroled from prison in 1967, he began attracting members of his "family" in San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury district, which had become a haven for the hippie youth culture.

The group moved with his followers to the Los Angeles area, eventually settling at Spahn Ranch, site of an outdoor movie location used for Western films and TV shows. Communal sex and drug use were a way of life as Manson became a messiah to the runaways, outcasts and criminals drawn by his charisma, intimidation and twisted spiritualism.

One follower told authorities she had seen Manson bring a bird back to life by breathing on it. Another said he could see and hear everything she did and said.

Manson aspired to be a rock star, and through one of his followers befriended Dennis Wilson, drummer of the Beach Boys, who would go on base their 1969 song "Never Learn Not to Love" on a Manson composition.

Wilson introduced Manson to music producer Terry Melcher, who later snubbed him. Melcher, along with his then-girlfriend, actress Candice Bergen, had previously rented the Benedict Canyon house.

The brutality of the killings stunned the nation.

"There was a lot of fear," Bugliosi, author of the chilling book about the murders, "Helter Skelter," told the Times in 1994. "The words printed in blood made it especially frightening for the Hollywood crowd."

SENSATIONAL TRIAL

Denied his request to represent himself during his 9-1/2 month trial, Manson showed up in court with an "X" carved into his forehead, and would later alter it into a swastika.

Co-defendants Susan Atkins, Leslie Van Houten and Patricia Krenwinkel cut "X"s in their foreheads, shaved their scalps, sang Manson-written songs and giggled through chilling testimony.

At one point, Manson tried to leap over the defense table at the judge, snarling: "In the name of Christian justice, someone should cut your head off." The judge began carrying a gun afterward.

Manson ultimately was brought down by his followers. Atkins told two inmates about the Tate-LaBianca murders while she was jailed in an unrelated killing, then testified to a grand jury before recanting. Prosecutors then persuaded another follower, Linda Kasabian, to testify against the rest of the group in exchange for immunity.

Convicted along with Manson, his three co-defendants, Atkins, Van Houten and Krenwinkel, also had their death sentences reduced to life terms.

Manson long maintained his innocence, telling Rolling Stone magazine that follower Charles "Tex" Watson was responsible for the Tate-LaBianca killings. Watson was tried separately and is serving a life term for his role in those killings.

Still, Manson seemed resigned to a life of incarceration, ceasing to even attend his parole review hearings after 1997.

"What would I want out for?" he said in a telephone interview with the Los Angeles Times. "This beats an old folks home."

In April 2012, Manson was quoted by parole officials as having told a prison psychologist the previous fall: "I have put five people in the grave. I've been in prison most of my life. I'm a very dangerous man." ]]>
11/20/2017 1:02:48 PM
<![CDATA[In pics: Egypt, Cyprus sign cooperation agreements ]]>

In his speech, President Sisi thanked his counterpart for the Order of Makarios III, which is the highest Medal of Honor in Cyprus. On the other hand, Sisi granted Nicos the Order of the Nile, which in turn is Egypt's highest state honor.



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Sisi and Nicos exchange medal of honors - Egypt Today


Foreign ministers of both countries signed a number of agreements in different fields, including Memoranda of Understanding in health affairs, security issues and communications.


During his two-day visit, Sisi is expected to hold separate meetings with his Cypriot counterpart, Nicos Anastasiades, and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.


He is scheduled to participate in the fifth Egyptian-Greek-Cypriot tripartite summit on Tuesday. Several topics are expected to be discussed during the summit, including coordination between the three countries, as well as enhancing the relations in the political, economic, trade, security and tourism fields.


The first tripartite summit between Egypt, Greece and Cyprus was held for the first time in Cairo in 2014, and then in Nicosia in April 2015. The third summit was in Athens and the fourth was in Cairo in 2016.
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11/20/2017 1:01:26 PM
<![CDATA[Awqaf to renews moderate religious discourse in marginalized areas]]>
Head of the committee Alaa Abed said that the minister will answer the questions and inquiries of committee members, as well as on the efforts to establish human rights office in the ministry in accordance with the cabinet's directives.

Abed highlighted the important role of the ministry and its major impact in issues related to human rights, saying that the role of clerics and scholars is very important as they have greater impact than any other state institution in the country.

He underlined that Gomaa seeks to spread moderate Islamic discourse, which is based on tolerance and acceptance of the other, as well as denouncing extremism and violence. ]]>
11/20/2017 12:35:05 PM
<![CDATA[General authority for health control to be established: Min.]]>
The authority will fall under the supervision of the prime minister, Emad said at a parliament session, during which the health insurance law was discussed.

A presidential decree will be issued to determine the authority's scope of work, he noted.]]>
11/20/2017 12:26:04 PM
<![CDATA[Greece unveils flood relief measures as death toll hits 20]]>
"All households (confirmed to) have sustained damage will receive an emergency benefit of 5,000 euros ($6,000)," government spokesman Dimitris Tzanakopoulos said in a statement.

The freak flood struck early on Wednesday in the towns of Mandra, Nea Peramos and Megara, some 50 kilometres (30 miles) west of Athens.

The death toll rose to 20 on Sunday after a man's body was recovered in Mandra.

"We are still looking for two more people," a fire department spokeswoman said.

The waters have receded but the area is still full of debris, she added.

Most of the victims were drowned, carried away by the floodwaters and mudslides, or trapped in flooded cars or basements. Several were found at sea.

Tzanakopoulos said around 1,000 homes and properties in the area had been confirmed by inspection crews to have been damaged and their owners would be given state compensation.

He said the relief fund would also apply to other areas hit by flooding last week, including the Aegean island of Symi and parts of central and northern Greece.

Greece is also expected to request EU solidarity funds for stricken areas.]]>
11/20/2017 12:25:58 PM
<![CDATA[India's Rahul Gandhi set to take over as Congress party chief]]>
Rahul, whose father, grandmother and great-grandfather all served as prime minister, was the centre-left party's front man in the last general election. But his 70-year-old mother Sonia remains its president and still calls the shots.

She has not publicly announced a decision to stand down as Congress president, but party official Mullappally Ramachandran said after a meeting of senior leaders on Monday that an election would be held next month.

The announcement followed months of speculation that the 47-year-old scion of the Gandhi dynasty would soon take over from his mother.

Rahul Gandhi was elected vice-president of the Congress party in 2013 and has long been his mother's presumed successor.

He was strongly criticised for a lacklustre campaign that led to a defeat by Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party in the 2014 general election.

But few inside the party, which has since suffered a series of state election defeats, have been willing to publicly criticise the family that has been at its helm for generations.

Rahul has long had the reputation of a reluctant leader, although some analysts say he has displayed greater political acumen since the 2014 election defeat.

"Earlier, he was too young and didn?t have a lot of experience, so he used to make mistakes sometimes. But now he has become more seasoned," veteran party leader Virbhadra Singh told AFP ahead of Monday's announcement.

Congress has ruled India for most of the period since independence in 1947 and has almost always been led by the Nehru-Gandhi clan, beginning with the first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru.

On Monday the party set a December 4 deadline for nominations for president and said any vote would be held on December 16.

It held its last leadership election in 2010, when Sonia Gandhi stood unopposed.]]>
11/20/2017 12:20:46 PM
<![CDATA[Iraqi Supreme Court rules Kurdish referendum "unconstitutional"]]>
The Kurdistan Region is yet to state its position in this regard.

Iraq's Federal Court ruled earlier on November 6 that no article in the constitution allows partition or the separation of any part of the country, with the Iraqi prime minister calling on Erbil to make its position on the ruling clear.

On November 14, Erbil stated that it respected the ruling, and called for negotiations with Baghdad on the basis of the Iraqi constitution.

Erbil has so far offered to freeze the results of the vote in exchange for holding an open dialogue with Baghdad.]]>
11/20/2017 12:02:11 PM
<![CDATA[Zimbabwe students chant anti-Mugabe songs, exams postponed]]>
Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe agreed to resign on Sunday but his ruling ZANU-PF party did not want him to quit in front of the military, an act that would have made its intervention look like a coup, two senior political sources said on Monday.

"It would have looked extremely bad if he had resigned in front of those generals. It would have created a huge amount of mess," one senior source within ZANU-PF said.

Another political source said the speech was meant to "sanitise" the military's action.]]>
11/20/2017 11:56:36 AM
<![CDATA[Sisi to be granted Order of Makarios III in Cyprus]]>

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The Order of Makarios III that is to be granted to President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi - Egypt Today

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The Order of Makarios III that is to be granted to President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi - Egypt Today

Makarios III was the first Cypriot president who took office from 1960 until 1977.

His realname was Mikhail Khristodolou Mouskos, and he was born on August 13, 1913. Makarios III served as the archbishop and primate of the autocephalous Church of Cyprus since 1950 until 1977. He was also a well-known politician who believed and called for the unity of Greece.

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Makarios III statue near the main gate of Cyprus presidential palace, Press photo

The first Cypriot president was honored by his country after his death, when they erected a huge statue in his honor near the main gate of the presidential palace.

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi is expected to arrive at the Cyprus capital, Nicosia, the morning of November 20 on an official two-day visit in which he will participate in the fifth Egyptian-Greek-Cypriot tripartite summit.

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Makarios III statue near the main gate of Cyprus presidential palace, Press photo

Several preparations have been completed already near the Cyprus
presidential palace as part of the welcoming ceremony for Sisi. This marks the
first official visit from an Egyptian president to Cyprus.

The two-day visit is supposed to include several meetings on the sidelines of the tripartite summit.

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Makarios III statue near the main gate of Cyprus presidential palace, Press photo

Sisi is also expected to give a speech in front of the Cypriot parliament, in
which he will praise the two countries’ relations and their rapid growth
during the past few years.]]>
11/20/2017 11:36:07 AM
<![CDATA[In pics: Cyprus prepares for Sisi's first official visit ]]>

Several preparations have been completed already near the Cyprus presidential palace as part of the welcoming ceremony for Sisi. This marks the first official visit from an Egyptian president to Cyprus.

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Media delegations arrive near Cyprus presidential palace to cover President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi first official visit to Nicosia Nov. 20 - Press photo

The two-day visit is supposed to include several meetings on the sideline of the tripartite summit.

Sisi is also expected to give a speech in front of the Cyprus parliament, in which he will praise the two countries’ relations that witnessed rapid growth during the past few years.

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Cyprus presidential palace preparations before President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi arrival Nov. 20 - Press Photo.

The Egyptian-Cypriot Business Forum is also supposed to be inaugurated by Sisi and his Cypriot counterpart Nicos Anastasiades, which aims to enhance the economic and trade relations between the two countries and explore the potential opportunities for any mutual investment in both countries.

The fifth Egyptian-Greek-Cypriot tripartite summit that Sisi is expected to participate in will take place on Tuesday. They are expected to discuss the coordination between the three countries, as well as enhancing the relations in the political, economic, trade, security, and tourism fields.

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Cyprus presidential palace preparations before President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi arrival Nov. 20 - Press Photo

Countering terrorism is expected to be one of the major topics that will be tackled by the three leaders during their meeting on Tuesday in Nicosia, according to an official statement by the presidency.

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Cyprus presidential palace preparations before President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi arrival Nov. 20 - Press Photo

The first tripartite summit between Egypt, Greece, and Cyprus was held for the first time in Cairo in 2014, and then in Nicosia in April 2015. The third summit was in Athens in 2015 and the fourth was in Cairo in 2016.]]>
11/20/2017 11:29:03 AM
<![CDATA[Zimbabwe's Mugabe speech was meant to sanitise army intervention]]>
"It would have looked extremely bad if he had resigned in front of those generals. It would have created a huge amount of mess," one senior source within ZANU-PF said.

Another political source said the speech was meant to "sanitise" the military's action.]]>
11/20/2017 11:23:23 AM
<![CDATA[4th pardon list about to be finished: MP Khouly]]>
Tarek al-Khouly, MP and member of the committee said that the committee is about to finish the list and submit it to the presidency for final approval.

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

Following Sisi’s permission in the World Youth Conference (WYF), the committee announced preparing the fourth pardon list, according to the law.

Khouly said on November 11, that they have been working fast to finish the list, in order to prove to the whole world that the outcome of the previously held youth conferences is being executed.

Khouly said that Sisi confirmed that those who are not proven to be members of terrorist organizations or committing acts that contradict constitutional presidential pardon standards would be in the list.

Concerning pardoned detainees of the earlier three lists, Khouly said that the committee will contact ministries and specialized foundations to execute plans qualifying them to regain their freedom.

MP Mohammed al-Ghoul, deputy of the parliament's Human Rights Committee, said that the committee receives pardon petitions from detainees’ families, and that they plan to send them after revision to the presidential committee.

National Council for Human Rights’ (NCHR) member Salah Sallam stressed on the necessity of qualifying detainees during their detention periods. Sallam suggested teaching detainees’ skills including carpentry, agriculture, and poultry farming.

In September 2015, Sisi issued a decree pardoning 100 youth detainees including political activist Sanaa Seif and human rights activist Yara Sallam, who were detained on charges including violating Protest Law issued in 2013.

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

A second pardon list was declared last March, pardoning 203 detainees. The list included five journalists, according to Masrawy.

In June, Sisi announced pardoning 502 detainees, including the 175 detainees who represented the third list of pardon.

In September, Human Rights Watch (HRW) published a report accusing Egyptian police of torturing political detainees. The report claimed to have interviewed a number of detainees who were tortured from 2014 to 2016.

Diaa Rashwan, chairperson of the State Information Service (SIS) said that accusations in the HRW report are mere impressions without empirical evidence, describing the organization's reports as professionally flawed.

In an interview with France 24, Sisi denied the presence of any political detainees or political prisons in Egypt. “All legal procedures are considered and fair judgments are rendered to all defendants according to the law,” said Sisi.]]>
11/20/2017 11:18:09 AM
<![CDATA[Sisi arrives in Nicosia, begins talks with Cypriot counterpart]]>
During his two-day visit, Sisi is expected to hold separate meetings with his Cyprus counterpart, Nicos Anastasiades, and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.

He is scheduled to participate in the fifth Egyptian-Greek-Cypriot tripartite summit on Tuesday. Several topics are expected to be discussed during the summit, including coordination between the three countries, as well as enhancing the relations in the political, economic, trade, security and tourism fields.

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Members of Egyptian delegation awaits President Sisi outside the Cyprus Presidential Palace Monday - Egypt Today


Countering terrorism is expected to be one of the major topics that will be tackled by the three leaders during their meeting on Tuesday in Nicosia, according to an official statement by the presidency.

Sisi is also set to deliver a speech at the Parliament of Cyprus, where he will talk bilateral relations between Egypt and Cyprus. He and his Cypriot counterpart are scheduled to inaugurate the Egyptian-Cypriot Business Forum, which aims to boost the economic and trade relations between both countries, and explore new opportunities for mutual investment in both countries.

As part of the visit’s agenda, Sisi will receive The Order of Makarios III, the highest order of merit awarded by Cyprus.

The first tripartite summit between Egypt, Greece and Cyprus was held for the first time in Cairo in 2014, and then in Nicosia in April 2015. The third summit was in Athens and the fourth was in Cairo in 2016.]]>
11/20/2017 10:52:36 AM
<![CDATA[Kenya's Supreme Court upholds repeat presidential vote]]>
Chief Justice David Maraga said the court dismissed two legal challenges to the vote in a unanimous decision by six judges.

“As a consequence, the presidential election of 26th of October is hereby upheld,” he said.

The petitioners had argued, amongst other reasons, that the outcome should be voided because the election board did not seek fresh nominations after the earlier Aug. 8 poll was invalidated, and because the vote was not held in each of Kenya’s 291 voter constituencies.

The repeat election had been ordered by the Supreme Court after it nullified the results of the August presidential election.

The ruling clears the way for Kenyatta’s swearing-in on Nov. 28, but it is unlikely to end the worst political crisis in East Africa’s richest and most developed economy in a decade.

Police said on Sunday at least four people were killed overnight in a Nairobi slum that is a stronghold of opposition leader Raila Odinga.

He accused the government of being behind the killings, which followed at least five deaths on Friday as police tried to disperse opposition supporters.

In several areas of the capital, riots broke out on Sunday in response to the deaths, as residents lit cars and buses on fire and police responded with tear gas.

The court, created by a 2010 constitution that followed a violent political crisis three years earlier, made history on the continent when it nullified Kenyatta’s win in August elections, citing irregularities.

Odinga successfully petitioned against Kenyatta’s initial victory in the Aug. 8 vote and subsequently boycotted the repeat poll on Oct. 26, saying it would be unfair because the election commission had failed to implement reforms.

Kenyatta won with 98 percent of the vote, though opposition supporters staged a boycott and prevented polls from opening in the west of the country.]]>
11/20/2017 10:49:53 AM
<![CDATA[China draws three-stage path for Myanmar, Bangladesh to resolve Rohingya crisis]]>
More than 600,000 Muslim Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh since late August driven out by a military clearance operation in Buddhist majority Myanmar’s Rakhine State.

Amid a burgeoning humanitarian catastrophe, rights groups have accused the Myanmar military of committing atrocities, while foreign critics have blasted Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel peace prize winner who leads the country’s less than two-year-old civilian administration, for failing to speak out more strongly.

On Monday, Suu Kyi opened a Asia-Europe Meeting for foreign ministers that had been scheduled to take place in Myanmar before the outbreak of the current crisis.

Speaking in Naypyitaw on Sunday having arrived from Dhaka, China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi said China believed Myanmar and Bangladesh could work out a mutually acceptable way to end the crisis.

“The first phase is to effect a ceasefire on the ground, to return to stability and order, so the people can enjoy peace and no longer be forced to flee,” China’s foreign ministry said in a statement citing Wang.

“With the hard work of all sides, at present the first phase’s aim has already basically been achieved, and the key is to prevent a flare-up, especially that there is no rekindling the flames of war.”

Visiting Myanmar last week, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson made many of the same points, but he also called for a credible investigation into reports of atrocities.

REPATRIATION PROCESS

Once a ceasefire is seen to be working, Wang said talks between Myanmar and Bangladesh should find a workable solution for the return of refugees, and the final phase should be to work toward a long-term solution based on poverty alleviation.

Myanmar and Bangladesh officials began talks last month to settle a repatriation process for Rohingya refugees, and Bangladesh’s foreign minister expects to take those talks to the next level in coming days.

Speaking on the sidelines of the ASEM meeting, European Union foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, said: “we believe that stopping the violence, the flow of refugees and guarantee full humanitarian access to the Rakhine state, and safe, sustainable repatriation of refugees are going to be key.”

Mogherini, who also visited Bangladesh over the weekend, said, “there’s a real possibility of Myanmar and Bangladesh reaching a memorandum of understanding and agreement for the safe repatriation of refugees to Myanmar.”

She said the European bloc was ready to help with the process.

It was unclear, however, whether a safe return was possible - or advisable - given that thousands of Rohingya women and children are still stranded on the beaches trying to flee hunger and instability in Rakhine.

Myanmar intends to resettle most refugees who return to Rakhine state in new “model villages”, rather than on the land they previously occupied, an approach criticized in the past by the United Nations as effectively creating permanent camps.

Aside from restoring peace for Rohingya to return home, Myanmar also had to resolve the issue of their citizenship, having treated them as stateless for decades, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, told a news conference in Tokyo.

He said the UNHCR was ready to assist both countries with the repatriation process and said it could help Myanmar with the citizenship verification of the Rohingya. Until now it has not been invited to participate in either.

“Much as resources are needed in Bangladesh to respond to the crisis, the solutions to this crisis lie in Myanmar,” Grandi said.

VIOLENCE LARGELY OVER

The refugee crisis erupted after the military launched a brutal counter-insurgency operation against the militants after attacks on an army base and 30 police posts in Rakhine on Aug. 25.

Myanmar’s military has said that all fighting against the Rohingya militants died out on Sept.5.

The group behind those attacks, Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA), had declared a one-month ceasefire on Sept.10, which was rejected by the Myanmar government. But there have been no serious clashes since.

The United States and other Western countries have become more engaged with Myanmar in recent years, since it began a transition to civilian government after nearly 50 years of military rule. Currently, there is a power sharing arrangement, whereby Myanmar’s generals retain autonomy over defense, internal security and border issues.

China has close relations with both Myanmar and Bangladesh, and has long been a key player in lawless borderlands where rebel ethnic groups have fought Myanmar’s government for decades. The conflict in those border regions have occasionally pushed thousands of refugees to seek shelter in China.

Since the Rohingya crisis, China has repeatedly expressed support for what it calls the Myanmar government’s efforts to protect stability.]]>
11/20/2017 10:35:02 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt Today’s international news]]>
Pinera to face Guillier in December runoff for Chile presidency

Billionaire conservative Sebastian Pinera will face center-left Alejandro Guillier in a runoff for Chile's presidency next month

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Senator Alejandro Guillier is seen inside at the Chilean congress in Valparaiso, Chile September 27, 2016. Picture taken September 27. REUTERS/Rodrigo Garrido


23 Houthis killed, Yemeni army controls 3 mountains in Nihm

The Yemeni army on Sunday regained control on three mountains in Nihm following clashes with the Houthi militia that left more than 23 militiamen killed and scores injured

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A Yemeni soldier mans a machine gun mounted on a military truck near the Red Sea coast city of al-Mokha, Yemen January 23, 2017. REUTERS/Fawaz Salman


Arabs unanimously agree on rejecting Iranian approach

Secretary General of the Arab League Ahmed Abul Gheit said Sunday the AL Member States unanimously agreed on rejecting the Iranian approach and actions.


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Secretary-General of the Arab League Ahmed Aboul-Gheit – FILE PHOTO


Saudi Arabia and Arab allies push for unity against Iran

Saudi Arabia and other Arab foreign ministers criticised Iran and its Lebanese Shi'ite ally Hezbollah at an emergency meeting in Cairo on Sunday, calling for a united front to counter Iranian interference.

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Saudi Arabia and Arab allies push for unity against Iran - Reuters


Lebanon's Hariri to visit Egypt on Tuesday - Hariri's office

Saad al-Hariri, who announced his resignation as Lebanese prime minister from Saudi Arabia on Nov. 4, will visit Egypt on Tuesday to meet with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi

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An image grab taken from the Hariri family-owned Lebanese channel, Future TV, shows Lebanon's resigned prime minister Saad Hariri speaking during an interview from Riyadh- AFP


Zimbabwe war vets leader says Mugabe will be impeached

The leader of Zimbabwe's war veterans said on Sunday plans to impeach President Robert Mugabe would go ahead as scheduled after the 93-year-old leader defied expectations that he would resign in a national address.

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Robert Mugabe, the president of Zimbabwe, attends the 12th African Union Summit Feb. 2, 2009 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - wikimedia commons_U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jesse B. A
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11/20/2017 7:08:49 AM
<![CDATA[Pinera to face Guillier in December runoff for Chile presidency]]>
With over 80 percent of votes counted, former president Pinera had won 36.67 percent of ballots, according to Servel. Second-place Guillier, a senator and former journalist, had 22.64 percent.

With no candidate reaching the 50 percent of votes required to win outright, the run-off election will be held Dec. 17.

Servel ruled out that a full count of votes would change Sunday's outcome. ]]>
11/20/2017 4:20:00 AM
<![CDATA[23 Houthis killed, Yemeni army controls 3 mountains in Nihm]]>
Spokesperson for the 7th Military Region Colonel Abdullah Al Shandaqi said six armored vehicles, nine militia crews, and a tank were destroyed by the Arab Coalition's strikes and army's artillery shelling.

The fighting continues amid great progress by the national army and withdrawal of the militia towards Sanaa.]]>
11/20/2017 2:30:00 AM
<![CDATA[Pinera leads Chile election with 36 pct after partial count]]>
Center-left Alejandro Guillier had 22.62 percent and leftist Beatriz Sanchez had 20.78 percent.

Chileans were voting for a successor to President Michelle Bachelet. Sebastian Pinera, a former president, has long been the favorite to come in first but is not forecast to win the 50 percent of votes needed to avoid a December runoff. ]]>
11/20/2017 2:01:56 AM
<![CDATA[Arabs unanimously agree on rejecting Iranian approach]]>
Addressing a press conference following the meeting of the Arab foreign minister, the AL chief added that Lebanon had reservations only about decisions relating to Hezbollah.

The Arab group at the United Nations is tasked with clarifying the Iranian violations related to supplying the Houthis with ballistic missiles, Abul Gheit said.

He did not rule out that the second step would be to address the Security Council on the Iranian violations.

The AL chief said the Iraqi position regarding the resolution would be received within days. ]]>
11/20/2017 1:52:34 AM
<![CDATA[Tsunami waves detected in New Caledonia, Vanuatu after quake]]>
The agency said waves as high as 1 metre (3.3 ft) above the high-tide mark were forecast to hit New Caledonia and smaller waves were expected in Vanuatu.

It said the actual size of the waves would vary depending on the coastline, with barrier reefs reducing wave height, and warned that the initial wave may not be the largest.

An undersea earthquake of magnitude 7.0 struck 82 kms (51 miles) east of New Caledonia's Loyalty Islands at 9.43 a.m. local time (2243 Sunday GMT). ]]>
11/20/2017 1:50:25 AM
<![CDATA[Saudi Arabia and Arab allies push for unity against Iran]]>
Regional tensions have risen in recent weeks between Sunni monarchy Saudi Arabia and Shi'ite Islamist Iran over Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri's surprise resignation, and an escalation in Yemen's conflict.

Hariri, a Saudi ally, resigned on Nov. 4 from Riyadh, accusing Iran and Hezbollah of spreading strife. But Lebanese President Michel Aoun and other politicians accused Saudi Arabia of holding Hariri hostage and said he had been coerced into resigning. Saudi Arabia and Hariri both deny that.

Hezbollah, both a military force involved in Syria's war and a political movement, is part of a Lebanese government made up of rival factions, and an ally of Aoun.

Saudi Arabia also accuses Hezbollah of a role in the launch of a missile towards Riyadh from Yemen this month. Iran denies accusations that it supplies Houthi forces there.

"The kingdom will not stand by and will not hesitate to defend its security," Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Adel Jubeir told the assembly. "We must stand together."

The emergency Arab foreign ministers' meeting was convened at the request of Saudi Arabia with support from the UAE, Bahrain, and Kuwait to discuss means of confronting Iranian intervention.

In a declaration after the meeting, the Arab League accused Hezbollah of "supporting terrorism and extremist groups in Arab countries with advanced weapons and ballistic missiles." It said Arab nations would provide details to the U.N. Security Council of Tehran's violations for arming militias in Yemen.

Lebanon's Arab League representative objected to the declaration accusing Hezbollah of terrorism and said it is part of Lebanon's government, the Hezbollah-affiliated al-Manar television channel reported.

United Arab Emirates' Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said on Twitter later that the declaration was a "clear message" about joint Arab action against Iran.

Yemen's civil war pits the internationally recognised government, backed by Saudi Arabia and its allies, against the Houthis and forces loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh.

"Iranian threats have gone beyond all limits and pushed the region into a dangerous abyss," Arab League Secretary General Ahmed Aboul Gheit said.

"Unfortunately countries like the Saudi regime are pursuing divisions and creating differences, and because of this they don’t see any results other than divisions," Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told Iranian state media on Sunday on the sidelines of a meeting in Antalya.

Egypt's foreign minister received a call from U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Sunday when they also discussed regional tensions over Lebanon, the foreign ministry said in a statement.

After French intervention, Hariri flew to France and met President Emmanuel Macron in Paris on Saturday. He will arrive in Cairo for a visit on Tuesday, his office said.

Speaking in Paris, Hariri said he would clarify his position when he returns to Beirut in the coming days. He said he would take part in Lebanese independence day celebrations, scheduled for Wednesday. ]]>
11/20/2017 1:50:00 AM
<![CDATA[MWLsupports AL's statement on Iranian interventions]]>]]>11/20/2017 1:46:47 AM<![CDATA[German coalition talks break down after FDP pulls out]]>
The decision by the FDP means that Merkel will either seek to form a minority government with the Greens or a new election will be held.

"Today there was no progress but rather there were setbacks because targeted compromises were questioned," FDP leader Christian Lindner told reporters.]]>
11/20/2017 1:15:30 AM
<![CDATA[Magnitude 7.2 quake strikes east of Australia near New Caledonia ]]>
The quake, originally measured at 7.2, was centered 42 miles (68 km) east-northeast of Tadine, Loyalty Islands, at a depth of 15.5 miles (25 km), the USGS said. New Caledonia is a French territory, made up a series of islands. ]]>
11/20/2017 1:10:37 AM
<![CDATA[Jubeir: Iran has long history of sponsoring terrorism]]>
In statements on Sunday following an emergency Arab foreign ministers' meeting in Cairo, Al Jubeir said Iran fired a missile towards Riyadh, through its agents in Yemen, a matter which is considered as Iranian act of aggression, noting that Saudi Arabia has the right to respond in the right time.

The Arab ministerial council condemned the Iranian actions and interventions whether in Saudi Arabia or Bahrain or in other Arab countries, he added.

The foreign minister noted that Iran has a long history of supporting terrorism and interfering in the Arab affairs, stressing that Iran has to stop this intervention and respect the sovereignty of other countries. ]]>
11/20/2017 12:40:00 AM
<![CDATA[Arab FMs urge strong action against Iran's interference ]]>
Iran has a number of arms in the region, topped by Lebanon's Hezbollah which has followers in a number of Arab countries, the minister underlined, adding that despite the brotherly relations with Lebanon it is controlled by this terrorist party which commits attacks in all Arab countries.]]>
11/20/2017 12:40:00 AM
<![CDATA[Death toll of Homs shelling rises to 12]]>
Two rocket shells fired by armed groups positioned in a number of areas and farms in Homs northern countryside hit al-Walid Mill on the outskirts of Homs city, claiming the lives of 12 persons and injured 27 others.

The number of casualties may increase as many people are believed to remain under the ruins caused by the rockets. ]]>
11/19/2017 11:35:26 PM
<![CDATA[President Sisi, PM, finance min. review economic situation]]>
According to an official statement issued by presidency spokesperson Ambassador Bassam Radi said the president discussed the indicators of the current financial and economic performance.

President Sisi directed the participants to pursue the work started to strengthen social protection networks and programs in order to relieve the effects of the economic program measures upon the neediest people.

The president also directed the government to continue its commitment to rationalize public expenditure. He in return called for higher spending on education and healthcare, as well as more investments in the infrastructure for upgrading services offered to citizens.

The president urged the government to accelerate its IPO program, affirming that the program should include offering portions of every qualified company in different fields in order to activate the stock market, attract more investments and raise the capital of these companies.

“The economic situation witnessed gradual improvement thanks to the economic reform program,” said the finance minister according to the statement.

El-Garhy pointed out that the second follow-up made by the International Monetary Fund’s mission concluded that the Egyptian government is on track.

He added that there have been many positive conclusions achieved. The real economic growth rate jumped to 4.8 percent during the fourth quarter of 2016/2017.

The unemployment rate decreased to 11.9 percent in June 2017, compared to 12.7 percent in June 2016. Primary budget deficit declined by 50 percent during fiscal year 2016/2017 to 1.8 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP), against 3.6 percent of the GDP in 2015/2016.

Foreign reserves registered high records, exceeding $36 billion.
International credit rating agency Standard & Poor’s raised Egypt’s outlook from “stable” to “positive”.]]>
11/19/2017 10:47:59 PM
<![CDATA[Lebanon's Hariri to visit Egypt on Tuesday - Hariri's office]]>
Hariri has been in Paris since Saturday, where he met with French President Emmanuel Macron, and has said he will return to Lebanon by Wednesday.
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11/19/2017 10:05:42 PM
<![CDATA[Zimbabwe war vets leader says Mugabe will be impeached]]>
Chris Mutsvangwa, who has been leading a campaign to oust Mugabe, told Reuters in a text message moments after Mugabe finished his speech that people would take to the streets of Harare on Wednesday.
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11/19/2017 10:04:07 PM
<![CDATA[9 killed in shelling targeted Damascus, Homs]]>
In Homs, two rocket shells fired by armed groups positioned in a number of areas and farms in Homs northern countryside hit al-Walid Mill on the outskirts of Homs city, claiming the lives of seven persons and injured others.

In Damascus, armed groups fired mortar shells on Mezzeh 86 area in Damascus city, leaving two civilians killed.]]>
11/19/2017 9:56:15 PM
<![CDATA[Zimbabwe's Mugabe defies expectations of immediate resignation]]>
ZANU-PF had given the 93-year-old less than 24 hours to quit as head of state or face impeachment, an attempt to secure a peaceful end to his tenure after a de facto coup.

Mugabe said in a address on state television that he acknowledged criticism against him from ZANU-PF, the military and the public, but did not comment on the possibility of standing down.
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11/19/2017 9:53:05 PM
<![CDATA[Immigration min. seeks to integrate expats in homeland’s development]]>
It is considered as part of the ministry's efforts to participate in implementing Egypt’s vision of 2030.

The workshop is divided into two parts; starting with a three-day period that will be dedicated to enhancing employees’ skills in preparing the work plans and implementation mechanisms necessary to manage the issue of involving Egyptians abroad in the development of the country, Minister of Immigration and Expatriate Affairs Nabila Makram said.

Makram pointed out that the ministry had seen the Mexican experience during its roundtable discussion which was organized in February, in the presence of 14 ambassadors and representatives of countries with very rich experiences in promoting the participation of expatriates in national development. The Mexican side presented a unique method of connecting migrants and expressed its willingness to exchange experiences with the Egyptian side, Makram remarked.

She noted also that this agreement, which was initiated by the ministry in August, was followed by a training program for immigration and development in September.]]>
11/19/2017 7:15:48 PM
<![CDATA[Prophet Muhammad’s birthday to be celebrated Dec. 1]]>
Having not seen the waxing crescent moon on Saturday, Dar al-Iftaa established that 30 days of the Islamic month of Safar would be completed and that the first day of the month of Rabi’ al-Awwal would be on Monday, November 20.

It added that the Mawlid al-Nabawi holiday would take place on Friday, December 1 – corresponding to Rabi’ al-Awwal 12, which is widely believed to be the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad and designated as an official holiday in Egypt.

The Mawlid al-Nabawi is a joyous occasion for Muslims, especially Sufis, who gather at Egypt’s famous mosques to make “dhikr” (remembrance of God) and to praise Prophet Muhammad, celebrating the birth and life of the “Best of Creation”, as he is known.

Egypt’s streets become festive with lights and music, while children enjoy the sweets and toys sold by various vendors. There will also be special events held around this time.

Religious Song Ensemble, conducted by Omar Farahat, will hold a concert in Cairo Opera House on Thursday, November 23 at 8 p.m. to celebrate the anniversary of the birth of Prophet Muhammad. The band will perform religious songs and hymns, in addition to some Sufi poems.]]>
11/19/2017 5:54:42 PM
<![CDATA[15 dead, 5 hurt in a stampede for food aid in Morocco]]>
The accident happened in the town of Sidi Boulaalam, around 60 kilometers from Essaouira, the interior ministry said in a statement.

Local media said a "benefactor" had organized the food distribution at a stall in the rural town, which was rapidly "submerged in the crowd" of 800 people, mostly women.

An investigation has begun to "determine the circumstances of the incident" and establish who was responsible, the Moroccan authorities said.

The interior ministry said King Mohammed VI had issued orders to "provide the necessary help and support to the families of the victims and the injured".

He also decided to "personally cover the costs of victims' funerals and burials, and the care of the injured," it said.]]>
11/19/2017 5:52:42 PM
<![CDATA[Conference to announce 4th Arab Water Forum themes on Thursday]]>
“Destiny Sharing, Water Sharing” was chosen to be the slogan of the forth Arab Water Forum as it is scheduled to include interactive discussions on a number of important topics of interest to water users.

The fourth Arab Water Forum will be held under the purview of the League of Arab States (LAS) and the Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation of Egypt.

It will focus on five main themes: water and sustainable development, food and energy-climate nexus, water quality and ecosystems, sustainable solutions for shared water resources, and water and science technology and innovation.

Saudi Prince Khalid bin Sultan bin Abdul Aziz, Deputy Defense Minister and Honorary President of the Arab Water Council will host the forum. A number of foreign ministers and environment ministers from different Arab countries, as well as regional leaders, regional and international organizations concerned with water issues will attend the press conference.]]>
11/19/2017 5:48:29 PM
<![CDATA[Lebanon's Hariri to arrive in Cairo Monday: Reuters]]>
Hariri met with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris, where he has been since Saturday and announced he would return to Beirut Wednesday.

Former Lebanese prime minister announced his controversial resignation from Saudi Arabia Nov. 4.

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11/19/2017 5:32:53 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi heads to Cyprus for two-day visit ]]>
In his first official visit to Cyprus, Sisi is expected to hold separate meetings with his Cyprus counterpart, Nicos Anastasiades, and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.

During the visit, Sisi is expected to participate in the fifth Egyptian-Greek-Cypriot tripartite summit on Tuesday. Several topics are expected to be discussed during the summit, including coordination between the three countries, as well as enhancing the relations in the political, economic, trade, security and tourism fields.

Countering terrorism is expected to be one of the major topics that will be tackled by the three leaders during their meeting on Tuesday in Nicosia, according to an official statement by the presidency.

The Egyptian media delegation departed Cairo Sunday morning to Cyprus, ahead of Sisi's expected visit tomorrow, to participate in covering the official visit and the tripartite summit.

According to Nicos Anastasiades' statements on the expected tripartite meeting, Sisi's visit to Cyprus will mark the first visit of an Egyptian president to his country.

The first tripartite summit between Egypt, Greece and Cyprus was held for the first time in Cairo in 2014, and then in Nicosia in April 2015. The third summit was in Athens and the fourth was in Cairo in 2016.]]>
11/19/2017 3:58:03 PM
<![CDATA[Mugabe given until noon Monday to quit as Zimbabwe President]]>
He was speaking at a televised news conference after a special party meeting at which Mugabe was sacked as ZANU-PF leader.
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11/19/2017 3:48:15 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi meets with Protestant delegation in Cairo]]>

Sisi congratulated the delegation, led by Andrea Zaki, head of the Protestant community in Egypt, on the occasion of the Protestant Reformation anniversary; asserting Egypt's keenness to strengthen the bridges of communication and understanding between different religions and sects.


Sisi expressed the state's keenness to uphold the principle of citizenship and facilitate a culture of acceptance, pointing out that Egypt will always be a model of peaceful coexistence.


On their part, the Protestant leaders expressed their appreciation of Egypt’s efforts in establishing stability and moderate values in the Middle East and its desire to provide a model for peaceful coexistence between religions.


They also praised Egypt's efforts in curtailing extremist ideology and calling for tolerance and acceptance.


During the meeting, Sisi discussed with the Protestant leaders ways to strengthen international efforts to spread tolerance, coexistence and acceptance of the other and the establishment of peace.


They stated that the international community should enhance its efforts in dealing with terrorism.]]>
11/19/2017 3:22:14 PM
<![CDATA[Zimbabwe’s Mugabe dismissed as head of ruling party]]>
He was replaced by Emmerson Mnangagwa, the deputy he sacked this month, sources at a special ZANU-PF meeting to decide Mugabe’s fate told Reuters.

“He has been expelled,” one of the delegates said.

“Mnangagwa is our new leader.”

Mugabe’s wife Grace, who had harboured ambitions of succeeding Mugabe, was also expelled from the party.

Speaking before the meeting, war veterans’ leader Chris Mutsvangwa said the 93-year-old Mugabe was running out of time to negotiate his departure and should leave the country while he could.

“He’s trying to bargain for a dignified exit,” he said.

Mutsvangwa followed up with threat to call for street protests if Mugabe refused to go, telling reporters: “We will bring back the crowds and they will do their business.”

Mnangagwa, a former state security chief known as “The Crocodile,” is now in line to head an interim post-Mugabe unity government that will focus on rebuilding ties with the outside world and stabilising an economy in freefall.

On Saturday, hundreds of thousands of people flooded the streets of Harare, singing, dancing and hugging soldiers in an outpouring of elation at Mugabe’s expected overthrow.

His stunning downfall in just four days is likely to send shockwaves across Africa, where a number of entrenched strongmen, from Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni to Democratic Republic of Congo’s Joseph Kabila, are facing mounting pressure to quit.

Support evaporating

Men, women and children ran alongside the armoured cars and troops who stepped in this week to oust the man who has ruled since independence from Britain in 1980.

Under house arrest in his lavish ‘Blue Roof’ compound, Mugabe has refused to stand down even as he has watched his support from party, security services and people evaporate in less than three days.

His nephew, Patrick Zhuwao, told Reuters Mugabe and his wife were “ready to die for what is correct” rather than step down in order to legitimise what he described as a coup.

But on Harare’s streets, few seemed to care about the legal niceties as they heralded a “second liberation” for the former British colony and spoke of their dreams for political and economic change after two decades of deepening repression and hardship.

“These are tears of joy,” said Frank Mutsindikwa, 34, holding aloft the Zimbabwean flag. “I’ve been waiting all my life for this day. Free at last. We are free at last.”

The huge crowds in Harare have given a quasi-democratic veneer to the army’s intervention, backing its assertion that it is merely effecting a constitutional transfer of power, rather than a plain coup, which would entail a diplomatic backlash.

Despite the euphoria, some Mugabe opponents are uneasy about the prominent role played by the military, and fear Zimbabwe might be swapping one army-backed autocrat with another, rather than allowing the people to choose their next leader.

“The real danger of the current situation is that having got their new preferred candidate into State House, the military will want to keep him or her there, no matter what the electorate wills,” former education minister David Coltart said.

The United States, a long-time Mugabe critic, said it was looking forward to a new era in Zimbabwe, while President Ian Khama of neighbouring Botswana said Mugabe had no diplomatic support in the region and should resign at once.]]>
11/19/2017 3:20:15 PM
<![CDATA[Azhar rejects Rohingya Muslim camps in Myanmar: Shouman]]>
Shouman revealed in a press conference the details of Al-Azhar’s Grand Imam Ahmed El-Tayyeb’s upcoming visit to Rohingya Camps in Bangladesh scheduled this November.

During the conference, Shouman and other speakers tackled the steps taken by Al-Azhar and Muslim Council Elders to support Rohingya refugees who are suffering from difficult humanitarian and living conditions.

During his visit, Tayyeb is expected to meet with senior officials and a number of scholars in Bangladesh, Shouman added.

A relief mission from Al-Azhar has begun packaging relief aid to be distributed to Rohingya Muslim refugees in Bangladesh in the coming days, he revealed.

Tayyeb has ordered a mission from the Medical and Relief Convoys Department of the Al-Azhar Sheikhdom, and a delegation from the General Secretariat of the Muslim Council of Elders to visit the Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh, and to also review their living conditions.

Al-Azhar is coordinating with Bangladeshi authorities to ensure that the aid convoy’s work runs smoothly.

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) said that since August 25, 2017, an estimated 613,000 Rohingya refugees had arrived in Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar, fleeing violence in Myanmar.


IOM said that the total Rohingya refugee population in the area has reached 826,000. Most of the refugees are women and children.


The Rohingya are a stateless Muslim minority that live in the mostly Buddhist country of Myanmar. The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al-Hussein, has called the situation a "textbook example of ethnic cleansing."]]>
11/19/2017 2:55:28 PM
<![CDATA[Southern African leaders to discuss Zimbabwe on Tuesday]]>
Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe was fired as leader of the ruling ZANU-PF party on Sunday and replaced by Emmerson Mnangagwa, the deputy he sacked this month, sources at a special ZANU-PF meeting to decide his fate told Reuters.
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11/19/2017 2:19:38 PM
<![CDATA[Legislative election to be held in May: Iraqi PM]]>
In a statement issued by Abadi’s office to Al-Sumaria News on Saturday the Prime Minister made his comments while visiting an electoral center in Baghdad to pick up his own voter card.

“There is a campaign to fight corruption, which requires uniting the efforts of all (Iraqis) to eliminate it, just like we eliminated the gangs of terrorist Islamic State group (IS),” Abadi said.

“The country is moving on the right path,” he added.

The Iraqi government decided in October to hold the parliamentary elections on May 15, 2018, vowing that the federal government would provide a safe environment for elections. The federal government will work on returning the displaced people to their homes provided that “the parties running the elections must not have armed wings,” Abadi’s office said in a statement on October 31.

The Iraqi Constitution stipulates that the parliamentary elections must be held at least 45 days before the end of the current legislative term, and the date of the elections must be set by a resolution of Abadi's cabinet in coordination with the Independent High Electoral Commission.

In Iraq’s previous general election held on April 30, 2014, Iraqis elected 328 lawmakers to the Parliament, which in turn elected Abadi to form an inclusive government from the Shiite alliance, Kurds and Sunnis.

Renas Jano, a Kurdish MP, told Erbil based Rudaw news agency, that the Kurdish faction in the Iraqi parliament may take part in the upcoming Iraqi elections and enter into a “coalition” with other Iraqi parties and alliances.

An independence referendum for Iraqi Kurdistan was held on September 25, 2017, with preliminary results showing approximately 93 percent of votes cast in favor of independence. Baghdad Federal Government rejected the referendum’s results and demanded Erbil cancel them.

Erbil announced "freezing" the referendum’s results until negotiations with Baghdad who refuses the freezing decision and insists on cancellation of the results.
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11/19/2017 2:14:56 PM
<![CDATA[North Korean foreign minister set to visit Cuba]]>
Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho will meet with his Cuban counterpart Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla and participate in other unspecified activities, according to a brief statement late Saturday from Cuba's foreign ministry.

The visit comes as Washington and Pyongyang are locked in a dangerous standoff over North Korea's development of nuclear-tipped missiles capable of hitting the continental United States.

Washington's ties with Havana were only fully restored in 2015 after a half-century Cold War breakdown, but have been strained since President Donald Trump took office in January.

Communist Cuba is one of North Korea's few remaining allies.

Cuba's historic leader Fidel Castro visited North Korea in 1986 to meet founder-leader Kim Il-Sung, and Pyongyang held three days of official mourning when Castro died in November 2016.

North Korea sent a delegation led by Choe Ryong-Hae, a senior aide to its leader Kim Jong-Un, to Havana for Castro's funeral.

In May, President Raul Castro expressed his solidarity with the Pyongyang regime to visiting North Korean dignitary Ju Yong-gil.

Cuba in the past has flouted international sanctions imposed on North Korea over its nuclear weapons program.

In 2013 Panama seized a North Korean ship carrying an undeclared Cuban arms shipment of Soviet-era weapons and fighter jets hidden under sacks of sugar.

North Korea insisted the weapons were being shipped for repair, prior to their return.]]>
11/19/2017 2:06:04 PM
<![CDATA[Arab League affirms solidarity with KSA's security measures]]>
The Arab ministers affirmed their solidarity with the measures Saudi Arabia took to protect its national security.

They warned Iran not to interfere in the internal affairs of the region and stressed that Tehran should halt its support for Houthi rebels and Hezbollah in Lebanon.

Iran should relent provoking unrest in Bahrain and should adhere to the Good Neighbor policy, the statement read.

The Arab ministers calls on Arab countries in the United Nations to make the necessary contacts to arrange an emergency session of the UN Security Council in order to discuss Iranian threats to the region.

The Arab ministers held its meeting at the request of Saudi Arabia to discuss "violations" committed by Iran in the region.

Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates approved the Saudi request, which was also approved by Djibouti, the current chair of the pan-Arab bloc, according to a memorandum seen by AFP on Sunday.

Lebanon’s foreign minister may not attend an Arab League meeting in Cairo on Sunday; the final decision will be taken that morning, a senior Lebanese official told Reuters on Saturday.

The official said Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil wanted to avoid any potential confrontation with Saudi Arabia and its Arab allies at the meeting, over the regional role of the Iran-backed Lebanese group Hezbollah. ]]>
11/19/2017 2:05:02 PM
<![CDATA[MP calls for installing cameras at examination halls in universities]]>
Nasr said that the decision to install cameras should be taken by the Supreme Council of Universities to generalize it in all Egyptian universities especially since surveillance on exams is related to universities’ regulations.

Nasr will send the proposal to the Ministry of Higher Education as cameras will prevent and detect the growing incidents of mass copying by students and reveal any problem that would happen between students and monitors in the exam.

This move is part of Egypt’s efforts to enhance the quality of the country’s university education and to deter churning out low quality graduates especially since the country’s examination system has been plagued by cheating over the recent years especially in high schools.

In addition, Egyptian universities are taking harsh measures to deter electronic cheating inside examination halls by applying an academic penalty of suspending students for two academic years.

To develop the education system in Egypt, Minister of Education Tarek Shawki presented in September the ministry’s plan to the committee in charge at the parliament.

The ministry plans to enforce students to take multiple exams, while preserving the booklet format implemented in the academic year 2016-2017, which had almost eradicated cheating, common in the former format based mainly on essay questions easily predicted. ]]>
11/19/2017 1:55:07 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt is main player in region: Italian Amb. Cantini]]>

"Egypt is a main player in the region, it plays a very important role especially in countering terrorism," Cantini said.


He added that both the Italian and Egyptian governments are collaborating to find solutions for the diplomatic problems and conflicts in the Middle East, especially in Libya.


Cantini referred to the cultural and economic cooperation between Italy and Egypt which includes Italy's relations with Bibliotheca Alexandrina, along with its contributions to several discoveries and investments in the oil and solar power manufacturing fields.


Last September, Italian Ambassador Giampaolo Cantini was received by officials at Cairo International Airport to assume his post after presenting his credentials to President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi.


After sustained tensions between the two nations, Italy decided on August 2017, to send Ambassador Cantini to Cairo, citing progress and cooperation in investigation of the 2016 murder of Italian post-graduate student Giulio Regeni in Egypt.


Cantini, 60 years old, graduated from the faculty of economics and political science in Capalbio, Italy and began his career in 1983.

Additional reporting by Hana Abu El Ezz ]]>
11/19/2017 1:54:09 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi, Macron discuss Middle East situation over phone call]]>
In a statement issued by the Élysée Palace, both leaders spoke about conditions in the Middle East, brainstorming ways to stabilize and restore peace in the region.

Macron also called other leaders, including American President Donald Trump, Lebanese President Michel Aoun, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia and Secretary-General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres to discuss similar issues.

The statement added that further discussions will be held during the coming days.

Resigned Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri visited France on Saturday and met with Macron several days after announcing his resignation during a short video broadcasted from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

During the visit, Hariri declared that he will be returning to Beirut on Wednesday.

Last October, Sisi arrived in Paris for a three-day visit, as he conducted a press conference with Macron and discussed relations between the two countries.]]>
11/19/2017 12:59:53 PM
<![CDATA[Dabaa nuclear energy school classes kick off]]>
Some 75 applicants from all governorates were chosen after passing ability examinations during the two-phase process, said Assistant Minister Ahmed el-Geoshy in press remarks on Sunday.

Forty percent of the students are from Matrouh, he noted.
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11/19/2017 12:18:39 PM
<![CDATA[Earthquake of magnitude 6.4 strikes near New Caledonia]]>
The quake, initially reported as a magnitude 6.6, struck at 8:25 pm in the evening (0925 GMT) at a shallow depth of 13.0 km, the USGS said.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said in a statement that a destructive Pacific-wide tsunami was not expected and there was no tsunami threat to Hawaii.
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11/19/2017 12:09:20 PM
<![CDATA[More than 30 rescued in Afghan raid on Taliban prison]]>
Those rescued in the raid in Helmand's Nawzad district included four children under the age of 12 and two policemen, the officials said. Twenty of the people had been arrested by the Taliban in connection with helping the government or were family members of Afghan army and police.

The reasons for the jailing of six of those rescued was still being investigated, said Abdul Qadir Bahadurzai, a deputy spokesman for the army's 215th Maiwand military corps.

The Taliban said in a statement that the people rescued were criminals accused of robbery, kidnapping, personal disputes and other crimes and were awaiting trial.

"There wasn't anyone belonging to the enemy in that prison and there wasn't enough security for it," Taliban spokesman Qari Yousuf Ahmadi said in the statement.
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11/19/2017 10:55:20 AM
<![CDATA[Zimbabwe ruling party to kick out Mugabe today - war vets leader]]>
Chris Mutsvangwa, who has led the campaign to oust Zimbabwe's ruler of the last 37 years, said the meeting would also reinstate ousted vice-president Emmerson Mnangagwa and remove Mugabe's wife, Grace, as head of the ZANU-PF Women's League.

"We are going all the way," Mutsvangwa told Reuters as he headed into the meeting, adding that Mugabe should just resign and leave the country. "He's trying to bargain for a dignified exit but he should just smell the coffee and gap it."
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11/19/2017 10:49:09 AM
<![CDATA[Saudi Arabia votes of Palestinians' sovereignty of over their lands]]>
It also voted in favor of the sovereignty of the Arab residents over the natural resources of occupied Syrian Golan Heights.

It called on the UN member states to vote for the resolution to end the suffering of the Palestinians.
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11/19/2017 10:47:25 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt ranks as Arab country with best international image]]>
The survey ranked Egypt as the 40th best-international-image country in the world, Deutsche Welle reported on Friday.

The survey results were calculated according to how people view a country across six categories, which are: its governance, people, tourism, culture and heritage, investment and immigration, and exports.

The Survey results reported the top ten countries, with Germany on top of the list, then France, United Kingdom, Canada, Japan, the United States, Italy, Switzerland, Australia and finally Sweden.

The survey was carried out by German-based market research firm GfK and the British political consultant Simon Anholt, Deutsche Welle reported.

The GfK was founded in 1934 by an association of university teachers. It is the fourth largest market research organization in the world and Germany's largest one.]]>
11/19/2017 10:17:22 AM
<![CDATA[Shoukry contacts Erekat for not renewing PLO license in WA]]>
On Friday, the Trump administration pointed out that it will shutter the Palestinians’ D.C. office unless the Palestinian Authority enters serious peace talks with Israel, Associated Press (AP) reported.

According to Ahmed Abu Zeid, Foreign Ministry spokesman, Shoukry stressed during the call on the importance of keeping communication channels open between the Palestinian Authority and the U.S. administration.

This is important, particularly currently, while the international community is looking forward to the resumption of the Palestinian-Israeli negotiations and the peace process, Abu Zeid added.




In a video published by the PLO official Twitter account, Saturday, Erekat threatened U.S. "in case they want to officially close the office of the PLO in Washington, D.C., we will put on hold all our communications with the American Administration."

The PLO was founded in 1964. It was designated as the only legitimate representative of the Palestinian people, according to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) resolutions 3210 and 3236.]]>
11/19/2017 10:15:01 AM
<![CDATA[Turkey investigates U.S. prosecutors over Zarrab case]]>
The Istanbul prosecutor's office is investigating former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara and acting U.S. Attorney John H. Kim, the state-run Anadolu news agency said, following allegations that their case was based on documents Turkey says were fabricated.

When asked for comment, Bharara referred Reuters to the Southern District of New York's Attorney's Office. James Margolin, a spokesman for the Attorney's Office, declined to comment.

Reuters was not immediately able to reach anyone at the Istanbul Prosecutor's office for comment.

The reported move comes after Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Friday said the U.S. case was based on documents fabricated by followers of the cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom Ankara blames for last year's attempted coup. Cavusoglu also accused Bharara of being "very close" to Gulen's network.

Following those allegations, Bharara responded on Friday on Twitter, saying: "Turkey FM is a liar. Now let's see what happens in court".

The case against the wealthy, Iran-born gold trader Reza Zarrab has complicated already strained relations between the United States and Turkey, both members of the NATO military alliance. Zarrab, together with alleged co-conspirators, has been charged with handling hundreds of millions of dollars for Iran's government and Iranian entities from 2010 to 2015, in a scheme to avoid sanctions.

He has pleaded not guilty and is due to go on trial in New York on Nov. 27.

Under a previous Turkish investigation that became public in 2013, Turkish prosecutors accused Zarrab and high-ranking Turkish officials of involvement in facilitating Iranian money transfers via gold smuggling, leaked documents at the time showed.

President Tayyip Erdogan, then prime minister, cast that investigation as a coup attempt orchestrated by his political enemies. Several prosecutors were removed from the case, police investigators were reassigned, and the investigation was later dropped.

Erdogan, who has not been accused of any wrongdoing, has said U.S. prosecutors have "ulterior motives" by including references to him and his wife in court papers relating to the trial in New York. ]]>
11/19/2017 5:10:00 AM
<![CDATA[U.S. nuclear general, would resist 'illegal' Trump strike order]]>
CBS News said Air Force General John Hyten, commander of the U.S. Strategic Command (STRATCOM), told an audience at the Halifax International Security Forum in Nova Scotia, Canada that he had given a lot of thought to what he would say if he received such an order.

"I think some people think we're stupid," Hyten said in response to a question about such a scenario. "We're not stupid people. We think about these things a lot. When you have this responsibility, how do you not think about it?"

CBS said Hyten, who is responsible for overseeing the U.S. nuclear arsenal, explained the process that would follow such a command.

"As head of STRATCOM, I provide advice to the president, he will tell me what to do," he said.

"And if it's illegal, guess what's going to happen? I'm going to say, 'Mr. President, that's illegal.' And guess what he's going to do? He's going to say, 'What would be legal?' And we'll come up (with) options, with a mix of capabilities to respond to whatever the situation is, and that's the way it works. It's not that complicated."

Hyten said running through scenarios of how to react in the event of an illegal order was standard practice, and added: "If you execute an unlawful order, you will go to jail. You could go to jail for the rest of your life."

The Pentagon did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Hyten's remarks.

They came after questions by U.S. senators, including Democrats and Trump's fellow Republicans, about Trump's authority to wage war, use nuclear weapons and enter into or end international agreements, amid concern that tensions over North Korea's nuclear and missile programs could lead to hostilities.

Trump has traded insults and threats with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un and threatened in his maiden United Nations address to "totally destroy" the country of 26 million people if it threatened the United States.

Some senators want legislation to alter the nuclear authority of the U.S. president and a Senate committee on Tuesday held the first congressional hearing in more than four decades on the president's authority to launch a nuclear strike.]]>
11/19/2017 4:50:00 AM
<![CDATA[Shoukry affirms need to maintain US-Palestinian communication]]>
The talks dealt with the latest developments regarding a US move to shut the PLO's office in Washington DC.

Spokesman for the Foreign Ministry Ahmed Abu Zeid said the two sides reviewed the Palestinian evaluation of the details and background of the resolution and its possible repercussions.

He added that Shoukry affirmed the need for exploring all avenues to maintain open channels of communication between the Palestinian Authority and the US administration; especially during the current period in which the international community looks forward to the resumption of the Palestinian-Israeli negotiations and the peace process. ]]>
11/19/2017 4:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt, Italy cooperate to fight terrorism: Amb]]>
Italy seeks, through cooperation with the Egyptian side, to find solutions to the Middle East crises and the Palestinian issue and to achieve peace in Libya, he told MENA on Saturday.

Cantini hailed as important Egypt’s role in the region. ]]>
11/19/2017 3:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Elysee says to continue efforts to stabilize Lebanon]]>
Following a meeting between French President Emmanuel Macron and Hariri, the Elysee said that France is not worried that the Lebanese PM left two of his children in Saudi Arabia before coming to France, adding that he will return to Lebanon in the coming days.

The Elysee said Paris intends to call for a meeting in the French capital for the International Support Group for Lebanon and that no date has been set yet, pointing out that the goal is to enable Lebanon to maintain its stability and protect it from regional crises. ]]>
11/19/2017 2:50:00 AM
<![CDATA[Zimbabwe's Mugabe to meet military commanders for talks ]]>11/19/2017 2:00:00 AM<![CDATA[Lebanese FM may not attend Arab League meeting, to decide Sunday]]>
The official said Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil wanted to avoid an anticipated confrontation at the meeting with Saudi Arabia and its Arab allies over the regional role of the Iran-backed Lebanese group Hezbollah.

Saudi Arabia is seeking to counter Hezbollah, which is part of the Lebanese government and a political ally of Lebanese President Michel Aoun. ]]>
11/19/2017 12:20:00 AM
<![CDATA[Projects launched by Sisi affirm ability to build future]]>
"They represent a historic achievement and a conclusive proof of the Egyptians' ability to build their state and face all challenges and risks," Sewedy said in a press release.

The bloc called on all Egyptians to back Sisi to achieve their aspirations.

Meantime, the head of the youth and sports committee at the parliament Mohamed Farag Amer expressed satisfaction on statements made by President Sisi on the file of the Nile water and Ethiopia's Renaissance Dam.

"His remarks drew a wide great satisfaction from the Egyptian public opinion with all its political views," Amer said in a statement. ]]>
11/19/2017 12:10:00 AM
<![CDATA[Projects launched by Sisi affirm ability to build future]]>
"They represent a historic achievement and a conclusive proof of the Egyptians' ability to build their state and face all challenges and risks," Sewedy said in a press release.

The bloc called on all Egyptians to back Sisi to achieve their aspirations.

Meantime, the head of the youth and sports committee at the parliament Mohamed Farag Amer expressed satisfaction on statements made by President Sisi on the file of the Nile water and Ethiopia's Renaissance Dam.

"His remarks drew a wide great satisfaction from the Egyptian public opinion with all its political views," Amer said in a statement. ]]>
11/19/2017 12:10:00 AM
<![CDATA[US destroyer damaged by Japanese tug boat in Pacific]]>
The Navy said in a statement the USS Benfold sustained had scrapes on its side, though no one was injured on either vessel.

"Benfold remains at sea under her own power. The Japanese commercial tug is being towed by another vessel to a port in Yokosuka. The incident will be investigated," read the statement from the US Seventh Fleet.

The commercial tug boat was being towed to a port in Yokosuka, the home of the Navy's Japan-based 7th Fleet, which has had two fatal accidents in Asian waters this year in which Navy warships and commercial ships collided at sea.

Seventeen sailors were killed this year in the two collisions with commercial vessels involving guided-missile destroyers, the USS Fitzgerald in June off Japan, and the USS John S. McCain in August as it approached Singapore.

The incidents prompted dismissals of Navy commanders, and the US Navy announced a series of reforms this month aimed at restoring basic naval skills and alertness at sea after a review of deadly ship collisions in the Asia-Pacific region showed sailors were under-trained and over-worked.]]>
11/19/2017 12:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Israel fires 'warning shot' across border with Syria]]>
This warning shot came following a fortification operation carried out by the Syrian army in violation of the cease-fire agreement that prohibits military activity in the buffer zone, said the paper on its website.

The Israeli army alleged Syria violated the 1974 cease-fire agreement on the Golan Heights by using heavy tools to fortify a military post in the demilitarized zone between the countries.

In response, the army added it complained to the United Nations peacekeeper force station on the Golan and fired a tank shell as a warning.

The Golan Heights are divided into three areas, which are controlled by Syria, Israel and the United Nations.]]>
11/19/2017 12:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Amr Moussa announces he will not run for president]]>
The marathon of the Egyptian presidential election will run from February until May 2018.

Moussa hailed Egypt’s role in the Palestinian reconciliation, expressing that he was supporting negotiations with Israel to settle the Palestinian case. He added that some powers seek to keep conflict in the region.

“We should all help the government in the issue of the Renaissance Dam by following the set policies in dealing with the Nile and agriculture, and allow the state to practice all possible options without interference,” added Mussa.

He pointed out that the Arab League stood against the NATO strike on Libya and this is recorded in the resolutions of the Security Council, although there are Arab countries that supported the strike.

The Arab League is set to hold an extraordinary meeting on Sunday at the request of Saudi Arabia to discuss "violations" committed by Iran in the region, Extra News channel revealed.

Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates approved the Saudi request, which was also approved by Djibouti, the current chair of the pan-Arab bloc, according to a memorandum seen by AFP on Sunday.

Tensions have been rising between Saudi Arabia and Iran in recent months, particularly due to the issues of Lebanon and Qatar.]]>
11/18/2017 11:12:19 PM
<![CDATA[Medina Inter. Airport awards EgyptAir ‘Shield of Excellence’]]>
Hisham Abdel-Wahab, director of EgyptAir’s office in Medina, received the award as the best director working at Prince Mohammad bin Abdulaziz International Airport for his exerted efforts during the pilgrimage season.

Abdel-Wahab pointed out that this award is an outcome of the effort and cooperation of his team with all relevant authorities to provide the best service to the pilgrims.

The ceremony was attended by the president of TAV Airports Company in Saudi Arabia, the head of the Civil Aviation Authority in Medina, and the vice president of the Civil Aviation Authority in Saudi Arabia.EgyptAir carried 33,500 pilgrims to Saudi Arabia on board 145 flights last pilgrimage season.

Despite all of the political concerns that were raised before the beginning of Hajj due to the Arab-Qatari dispute, Saudi Arabia has proven that religious rites cannot be politicized, providing high standards of service for the pilgrims regardless of their nationality or origin.

“We are proud to do this and to provide our service to Muslim pilgrims throughout their stay in our country. Our way and manner of treating pilgrims from all around the world is the best answer to all the allegations that were raised against us during the past period,” said Khalid bin Faisal Al Saud, Emir of Mecca and chairman of the Hajj Central Committee, in a press conference, according to Saudi newspaper Okaz.]]>
11/18/2017 9:27:04 PM
<![CDATA[Shoukry meets Jordan FM on sidelines of Arab League meeting]]>
They discussed the recent political and security-related developments in Lebanon and Syria, as well as ways of promoting bilateral relations between the two countries, said Foreign Ministry spokesman Ahmed Abo Zeid in a press conference.

The ministers also discussed methods of reaching a political settlement in Syria under the auspices of the United Nations. Egypt’s efforts to reach the Palestinian reconciliation were an important issue of discussion.

The developments on the political scene in Lebanon and the growing challenges in the Arab region require intensifying consultation and coordination between Egypt and the Arab countries, Abu Zeid added.

Lebanonese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri sparked a political crisis last week by declaring his surprise resignation in Riyadh.

His resignation has thrust Lebanon back onto the front line of the Middle East's most biting rivalry, putting a mostly Sunni bloc led by Saudi Arabia and the UAE against Shi'ite Iran and its allies.

Before his resignation, Saudi Arabia accused Lebanon of declaring war against the kingdom because of Hezbollah’s aggression, dramatically escalating the crisis and threatening to destabilize Lebanon.]]>
11/18/2017 7:52:08 PM
<![CDATA[China wants Bangladesh, Myanmar to solve Rohingya crisis bilaterally]]>
“The international community should not complicate the situation,” Wang said in a press briefing at the Chinese Embassy in Dhaka.

“Actions in the United Nations Security Council must help Bangladesh-Myanmar bilateral cooperation to resolve the problem peacefully”, the minister told reporters.

Wang arrived in Bangladesh on Saturday for a two-day visit and from there he will go to Myanmar to attend the Asia-Europe Meeting. (ASEM)

“China supports resolving the crisis peacefully, bilaterally with mutual consultation between Bangladesh and Myanmar,” he said.

More than 600,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh since late August driven out by a military clearance operation in Buddhist majority Myanmar’s Rakhine State.

“It is a complex situation and needs a comprehensive solution. Economic development of Rakhine State is needed. China is ready to help,” Wang said.

Bangladesh’s Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali told Wang that Bangladesh is trying to resolve the issue both bilaterally and internationally as it could not afford the huge burden of the refugees.

A statement from Bangladesh foreign ministry said that when the issue of displaced Myanmar nationals was raised, Wang stated that China would help resolve the issue and will not be partial to any side.

He acknowledged that Bangladesh is facing the brunt of continuing influx of Rohingya refugees, the Bangladeshi foreign ministry statement said.

Foreign Minister Mahmood Ali said that Bangladesh remains engaged bilaterally with Myanmar to solve the problem and will look forward to China’s support for the early return of the Rohingyas to Myanmar with dignity and safety.

A delegation of U.S. Congressmen is visiting Bangladesh to study the Rohingya crisis on Saturday.

Sweden’s foreign minister Margot Wallstrom, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, Germany’s foreign minister Sigmar Gabriel and Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kona will also visit Bangladesh this week.]]>
11/18/2017 6:38:37 PM
<![CDATA[Party set to sack Mugabe, sources say, as protesters march on his residence]]>
The sources said a party central committee meeting scheduled for 10:30 a.m. (3.30 a.m. ET) would also dismiss 93-year-old Mugabe’s preferred successor, his wife Grace, from her role as head of the ZANU-PF Women’s League.

Mugabe’s 37-year rule has been effectively at an end since the army seized control on Wednesday, confining him to his residence, saying it wanted to target the “criminals” around him.

Shortly after the sources revealed the meeting, a motorcade left Mugabe’s official residence in the capital Harare to the jeers of onlookers, although it was unclear if he was inside.

Hundreds of thousands of people had flooded the streets of Harare singing, dancing and hugging soldiers in an outpouring of elation at Mugabe’s demise, while others marched towards his residence.

In scenes reminiscent of the downfall of Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu in 1989, men, women and children ran alongside the armored cars and the troops who stepped in this week to oust the only ruler Zimbabwe has known since independence in 1980.

Under house arrest in his lavish ‘Blue Roof’ compound, he has watched support from his ZANU-PF party, security services and people evaporate in less than three days.]]>
11/18/2017 6:35:37 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi: animal husbandry farms to be opened in few weeks]]>
Sisi confirmed that this project will be equipped with the latest equipment according to the international standards, adding that it will provide many job opportunities for Egyptians.

“By June 30, 2018, we will have 200,000 head of cattle,” Sisi added, indicating that the price of a ton of meat is $2,750.

President Sisi also inaugurated the largest fish farm in the Middle East, located in Berket Ghalioun, in Kafr al-Sheikh.

The fish farming mega project consists of two phases. The first phase was carried out on an area of 4,000 acres and will expectedly cover up to 70 percent of Egypt’s domestic need of fish.

The project consists of a hatchery for fish and shrimp on an area of 17 feddans with a capacity of 20 million fish and two billion shrimp.

The upcoming weeks will witness the inauguration of the first greenhouse, Sisi added.

He stated that the cost of 20,000 greenhouses will be LE 20 billion ($1.13 billion), in addition to the costs of the water treatment plants and other facilities associated with the project.

Prime Minister Sherif Ismail, House Speaker Ali Abdel Aal and Defense Minister Sedki Sobhi, along with several other ministers, welcomed the president upon his arrival at the ceremony headquarters.

The industrial city of the fish project includes four main factories, a development and training center, and a central laboratory to ensure the high quality of the products.

The area on which the excavation and drilling works take place amounts to 16 million square meters, which is six times the size of the Great Pyramid. Meanwhile, the iron rods required for the construction works were estimated at 13,000 tons.]]>
11/18/2017 6:26:27 PM
<![CDATA[Education Minister exempts children of martyrs from school fees]]>
The Ministry of Interior held on Saturday an awards ceremony to honor outstanding students who are the sons of police and army martyrs. The ceremony was attended by a big number of security officials and social figures.

Egyptian Grand Mufti Shawky Allam congratulated the sons of martyrs, urging them to follow in the footsteps of their fathers. Allam added that martyrs are alive in paradise, said Magdy Ashour, advisor to the Grand Mufti.

During the ceremony, Egyptian actor Ashraf Abd al-Bakey congratulated the outstanding students and invited all the martyrs’ sons to attend his shows for free.

In the same ceremony, Al-Ahly football director Sayed Abdel Hafiz extended his appreciation for the outstanding students, announcing that all the sons of martyrs will attend Al-Ahly matches for free.

Paying the price of unconditional sacrifice, the children of Egyptian martyrs have long had great support from President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi.

On July 10, Khaled Abdel Ghaffar, Minister of Higher Education, announced that children of martyrs are exempted from paying tuition fees of public and private universities.

Since 2013, state security forces, represented by both the army and the police, have been engaged in violent clashes with an Islamist insurgency in parts of the North Sinai governorate.

The Islamist insurgency has killed hundreds of Egyptian security forces, predominantly in North Sinai. The army also announced it has killed hundreds of militants.]]>
11/18/2017 6:19:16 PM
<![CDATA[Ousted Caracas mayor arrives in Madrid after fleeing house arrest]]>
Antonio Ledezma, 62, managed to cross the border on Friday, saying he would now help organise resistance to Maduro's increasingly authoritarian rule which has left millions facing food and medicine shortages.

From Bogota, he flew to the Spanish capital where he was met by his wife and his two daughters as well as former Colombian president Andres Pastrana.

A lawyer by profession, Ledezma was arrested and jailed in February 2015 over allegations he was plotting to overthrow the president, and had been under house arrest since August following surgery.

"Venezuela is not at the edge of an abyss, it's at the bottom of the abyss: it is collapsing," he said on arriving at Madrid's Barajas airport.

Ledezma said he plans to travel the world to demonstrate "the hope of all Venezuelans to finish with this regime, this dictatorship," and accused Maduro's government of "colluding with drug traffickers".

He said Friday he had fled Caracas because Venezuelan military and intelligence officials had informed him of a "government plan" against him, though he provided no details.

Oil-rich but cash-poor Venezuela is facing a deepening political and economic crisis as Maduro has moved to marginalise opposition forces, which control the country's legislature, and stifle independent media.

This month the government signed a deal with Russia to restructure foreign debt of some $150 billion after it was hit hard by falling oil prices and sanctions imposed by Washington, which has labelled Madura a "dictator".]]>
11/18/2017 6:17:33 PM
<![CDATA[Greek flooding toll reaches 19, as more bodies found]]>
"The bodies of three men discovered on Saturday, aged 28, 58, and 35, have been identified by their families," Nikos Papaefstathiou, head of the National Health Operations Centre, told AFP.

"We are still searching for at least three people reported missing," he added.

Two of the bodies found Saturday were fished out of the gulf of Eleusis, near the town of Mandra west of Athens, by port police.

The bodies were those of two men, aged 35 and 55, a police official said.

Meanwhile in Mandra itself, rescue workers uncovered a third body buried in the mud.

The freak flood struck early on Wednesday the towns of Mandra, Nea Peramos and Megara, some 50 kilometres (30 miles) west of Athens.

Before the latest discoveries, the flood toll stood at 16 dead and six missing.

Local authorities have begun tallying the damage but with the emphasis still on clearing roads and searching for the missing, there is no clear indication of the cost.

The mayor of Mandra said some 2,000 homes and businesses had been gutted, and the Megara mayor said another 500 homes had been hit in his area. Even the local cemetery was submerged in mud, with tombstones broken and strewn about.

The Athens authorities and civil groups have been distributing food and water in Mandra.

"For the third day, there isn't a single open shop in Mandra, we don't have water, (and) we haven't washed since Wednesday," local shop owner Evangelos Peppas told AFP on Friday.

Most of the victims were drowned, carried away by the floodwaters and mudslides, or trapped in flooded cars or basements.

Some local residents spoke of a "tsunami".

Experts have said ill-conceived building in the area -- some of it by local municipal authorities -- meant this was a disaster waiting to happen.

Corrective drainage works for the area were approved in 2016 but work has yet to begin.

Stricken areas will request EU solidarity funds, the Athens governor's office said.]]>
11/18/2017 6:14:39 PM
<![CDATA[Fighting leaves seven dead in Indian Kashmir]]>
The shootout began when soldiers cordoned off a neighbourhood in the northern area of Hajin after a tip-off that armed militants were hiding there, said army spokesman Colonel Rajesh Kalia.

"Six terrorists have been killed in the encounter," Kalia told AFP.

"One IAF (India Air Force) soldier was martyred and another army soldier was injured."

On Friday a militant and a police officer were killed in the outskirts of the main city of Srinagar during a brief shootout.

Kashmir has been divided between India and Pakistan since the end of British colonial rule in 1947. Both claim the former Himalayan kingdom in full.

Rebel groups have for decades fought Indian soldiers and paramilitaries deployed in the disputed region, demanding independence or a merger of the territory with Pakistan.

The fighting has left tens of thousands, mostly civilians, dead.

India accuses Pakistan of sending fighters across their de facto border in Kashmir to launch attacks on its forces.

Islamabad denies the allegation, saying it only provides moral and diplomatic support for the Kashmiri struggle for the right to self-determination.]]>
11/18/2017 6:01:46 PM
<![CDATA[75 Dabaa Nuclear School students to start academic year Sunday]]>
According to informed sources in the Education Ministry, 75 students joined the school this year and they were divided into three classes with 25 students in each one. Thirty students were selected from Marsa Matrouh governorate and 45 were selected from other governorates.

The ministry provides accommodation for students and teachers who come from distant governorates, the sources added.

The sources pointed out that the students are expected to continue in the school of industrial technology in Nasr City until the end of the first semester, noting that all available facilities will be available to students.

According to a previous announcement made by the ministry, Al-Dabaa Nuclear Energy School began receiving students from July 2 to 15 at the Directorate of Education in Marsa Matrouh.

The number of students who applied to the school amounted to 1,870 students. Only 75 of them were selected according to the requirements set by the General Administration of Industrial Technical Education at the Ministry of Education.

Upon graduation, students of this nuclear school will go on to work at Egypt’s first nuclear power plant at El Dabaa.

Egypt and Russia reached an intergovernmental agreement on November 19, 2015 that granted the construction of Dabaa nuclear power plant using Russian technologies and a $25-billion loan from Russia. ]]>
11/18/2017 5:03:22 PM
<![CDATA[France ready to host international meeting on Lebanon if needed]]>
The source said there was no decision yet on whether it would take place or whether it would be a ministerial meeting.

The group includes Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States - the five permanent members of the United Nations Security council.]]>
11/18/2017 4:59:06 PM
<![CDATA[Nahda demonstrations instigators to be punished: Higher Education min.]]>
Ghafar made the statement during a phone call to “Khat Ahmar” program which airs on Al-Assema channel Friday.

Abdel Ghafar stated that he formed a fact-finding committee to listen to all parties and identify the causes for rising tuition fees after Nahda University students organized demonstrations because of increasing fees.

Abdel Ghafar added that it is not acceptable for university students to hold demonstrations using chains and with unknown masked persons amongst them.

“We fear for the future of our students and that is why the administration has decided to halt all classes and postpone examinations for a week until Saturday, November 18, as we were handling this issue through legal means; ensuring the resumption of the educational process at the university hereafter,” the university’s statement read. ]]>
11/18/2017 4:47:36 PM
<![CDATA[Selfies with soldiers as Zimbabweans hail "second independence"]]>
On Saturday she chanted on the streets of the capital for the 93-year-old to step down and took a selfie with a soldier.

Kwambana and tens of thousands of others joined anti-Mugabe marches in Harare, singing and dancing as military helicopters flew overhead and grinning soldiers made token attempts to control the revelers who rushed to embrace them.

Though Mugabe has not agreed to stand down, the crowds oozed with confidence that his time would soon be up, in scenes of jubilant defiance most had never witnessed.

“I have never known freedom,” Kwambana, 23, told Reuters, draped in the Zimbabwean flag and waving to passing cars as drivers honked their horns in celebration.

“It’s like a baby opening its eyes for the first time.”

Mugabe is under house arrest after the army seized power on Wednesday in what it said was an attempt to weed out the “criminals” in his government who helped remove vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa and his allies this month.

Mugabe’s wife, Grace, was seen as being behind the purge as she pursued her own presidential ambitions. Some of the demonstrators held placards emblazoned with Mnangagwa’s face or covered with the words: “No to Mugabe Dynasty”.

Mugabe is accused by many Zimbabweans of ruling like a dictator, destroying a once-promising economy and of numerous human rights abuses during his nearly four decades in power.

HOPES FOR BETTER LIFE

Contempt for the “Grand Old Man of Africa” brought together young and old, black and white, in the aptly named Robert Mugabe Street before they marched on to State House - the first time anyone has demonstrated outside the presidential offices without Mugabe’s permission.

“He is an evil man. Very, very wicked,” said Tendai, a 40-year-old laborer who was leading chants of ‘Freedom!'. “Mugabe may be under house arrest but we have been living under country arrest our whole lives.”

Many protesters spoke of their hopes for a better life in a country that has lurched from one crisis to the next and where most of the 16 million people live in poverty, as Mugabe and his family have amassed huge wealth.

The crumbling buildings, boarded up shops and twisted figures of disabled beggars in Harare’s streets bear witness to the poverty many hope will be tackled after Mugabe leaves.

“We were praying for this day to come. Life has been very painful but we have been liberated,” said Kevin Mugwampi, who lost his job as a banker during a 2008 recession.]]>
11/18/2017 4:13:29 PM
<![CDATA[Zimbabwe protesters begin marching towards Mugabe residence]]>
Earlier in the day tens of thousands of people flooded the streets of the capital singing, dancing and hugging soldiers in an outpouring of elation as Mugabe’s rule comes to an end.

In scenes reminiscent of the downfall of Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu in 1989, men, women and children ran alongside the armored cars and troops that stepped in this week to oust the only ruler Zimbabwe has known since independence in 1980.

The 93-year-old Mugabe has been under house arrest in his lavish ‘Blue Roof’ compound in Harare, from where he has watched support from his Zanu-PF party, security services and people evaporate in less than three days.

Emotions ran over on Harare’s streets as Zimbabweans spoke of a second liberation for the former British colony, alongside their dreams of political and economic change after two decades of deepening repression and hardship.

“These are tears of joy,” Frank Mutsindikwa, 34, told Reuters, holding aloft the Zimbabwean flag. “I’ve been waiting all my life for this day. Free at last. We are free at last.”

Mugabe’s downfall is likely to send shockwaves across Africa, where a number of entrenched strongmen, from Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni to Democratic Republic of Congo’s Joseph Kabila, are facing mounting pressure to step aside.

The secretary-general of Zimbabwe’s War Veterans Association, Victor Matemadanda, called on those at an anti-Mugabe rally to march on Mugabe’s residence, and live television footage showed hundreds of protesters marching in that direction.

“Let us now go and deliver the message that grandfather Mugabe and his typist-cum-wife should go home,” Matemadanda told the crowd in the Harare township of Highfield.

The crowds in Harare have so far given a quasi-democratic veneer to the army’s intervention, backing its claims that it is merely effecting a constitutional transfer of power, which would help it avoid the diplomatic backlash and opprobrium that normally follows coups.

NO DIS-GRACE

For some Africans, Mugabe remains a nationalist hero, the continent’s last independence leader and a symbol of its struggle to throw off the legacy of decades of colonial subjugation.

But to many more at home and abroad, however, he was reviled as a dictator happy to resort to violence to retain power and to run a once-promising economy into the ground.

Although Mugabe has been digging in his heels in the face of army pressure to quit, he appears to have run out of road, devoid of domestic or international support.

Political sources and intelligence documents seen by Reuters said Mugabe’s exit is likely to pave the way for an interim unity government led by Mnangagwa, a life-long Mugabe aide and former security chief known as “The Crocodile”.

Stabilising the free-falling economy will be the number one priority, the documents said.

The United States, a long-time Mugabe critic, said it was looking forward to a “new era” in Zimbabwe, while President Ian Khama of neighboring Botswana said Mugabe had no diplomatic support in the region and should resign at once.

“I don’t think anyone should be president for that amount of time. We are presidents. We are not monarchs. It’s just common sense,” Khama told Reuters.

In a sign of the depth of his demise, Mugabe’s ruling ZANU-PF called on Friday for him to go, according to The Herald, the state newspaper that has served as a loyal mouthpiece for nearly four decades.

ZANU-PF branches in all 10 provinces had also called for the resignation of Mugabe’s wife Grace, the first lady whose ambitions to succeed her husband outraged the military and much of the country.

To many Zimbabweans, Grace is more familiar as “Gucci Grace” on account of her reported dedication to shopping, or - in the wake of the alleged assault in September of a South African model - “Dis-Grace”.

Mugabe’s nephew, Patrick Zhuwao, told Reuters on Saturday that the elderly leader and his wife were “ready to die for what is correct” and had no intention of stepping down in order to legitimize what he described as a coup.

Speaking from a secret location in South Africa, Zhuwao said Mugabe had hardly slept since the military seized power on Wednesday but his health was otherwise “good”.

STUBBORN

The extraordinary scenes in Harare are indicative of the anger and frustration that has built up in nearly two decades of economic mismanagement that started with the seizure of white-owned farms in 2000, the catalyst of a wider collapse.

The central bank tried to print its way out of trouble by unleashing a flood of cash but that only made matters worse, leading to hyperinflation that topped out at 500 billion percent in 2008.

At least 3 million Zimbabweans emigrated in search of a better life, most of them to neighboring South Africa.

After stabilizing briefly when Mugabe was forced to work with the opposition in a 2009-2013 unity government, the economy has collapsed again, this time due to a chronic shortage of dollars.

In October, monthly inflation leapt to more than 50 percent, putting basic goods beyond the means of many in a country with 90 percent unemployment.

Mugabe’s only public appearance since the military took over on Wednesday was at a university graduation ceremony on Friday morning. Decked out in blue and yellow academic gowns, he appeared tired, at one point falling asleep in his chair.

A senior member of the ZANU-PF ruling party said it was only a matter of time before he agreed to his own departure.

“If he becomes stubborn, we will arrange for him to be fired on Sunday,” the source said. “When that is done, it’s impeachment on Tuesday.”]]>
11/18/2017 4:06:57 PM
<![CDATA[Hariri says will clarify position on Lebanese crisis on his return to Beirut]]>
"With regard to the political situation in Lebanon, I will go to Beirut in the coming days, I will participate in the independence celebrations, and it is there that I will make known my position on these subjects after meeting President Aoun," Hariri said after meeting French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris.]]>
11/18/2017 4:02:42 PM
<![CDATA[South Africa's Zuma says supports 'people of Zimbabwe']]>
Zuma made the comments in the South African city of Durban as thousands of Zimbabweans celebrated the expected downfall of President Robert Mugabe in the streets of Harare.]]>
11/18/2017 3:52:34 PM
<![CDATA[Morocco king denies fabricated picture in Doha ]]>
Znagui declared to Maghreb Arabe Press (MAP) that the picture is a clear fabrication and added that the king did not raise any sash with the phrase that roughly translates to, “World for you and Tamim for us;” meaning that Morocco suffices with its relationship with Tamim.

On the other hand, Sheikh Saif bin Ahmed bin Saif Al-Thani, director of Government Communications Office (GCO) of Qatar, said the visit of the king of Morocco was a success by all standards and expressed his regret for the fabricated picture during his visit to Doha.

Bin Saif Al-Thani remarked that the act is unacceptable and that investigations will be conducted to reveal the offender.

Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, former chief of Dubai Police Force, claimed that Azmi Bishara, former Knesset member and advisor of Qatari battalions, fabricated this picture to foil any intermediation that would come from Morocco.

On June 5, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, Libya and Yemen decided to cut all diplomatic ties with Qatar, hurling allegations that the state supports terrorism. Ports and airspaces were cut off to Qatari vessels. Since then, Kuwait has played the role of mediator to put an end to this rift. Meanwhile, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson held several meetings with the disputed parties, but the discussions have not yet led to a settlement.

The Arab countries listed 13 demands to be met by Qatar, including severing ties with terrorist groups, closing down the pan-Arab Al-Jazeera satellite channel, downgrading ties with arch-rival Iran and the closure of the Turkish air base in Qatar.

With the passing of nearly five months of the Arab crisis with Doha, the tiny Gulf emirate of Qatar insisted on its stubborn policy of strengthening relations with Iran and Turkey.

Qatar ignores the demands set by the Arab countries, which include downgrading diplomatic ties with Iran and closing a Turkish airbase in Qatar.]]>
11/18/2017 3:38:42 PM
<![CDATA[Peek into ME’s largest fish farm in Kafr al-Sheikh]]>
Sisi is also slated to inaugurate a university hospital and two drinking water stations, and he will witness the ground breaking ceremony for the foundation of an industrial zone.

The fish farming project is built on an area of 4,000 acres and will expectedly and periodically produce 2,000 tons of shrimps, 3,000 tons of marine fish and 1,600 tons of river fish, covering up to 70 percent of Egypt’s need of fish.

The quantities of the excavation and drilling works amounted to 16 million square meters, which is six times the size of the Great Pyramid. Meanwhile, the iron rods required for the construction works were estimated at 13,000 tons.

Being an integrated fish farming system in Egypt, the Ghalioun Fish Farm also includes 186 aquarium mollies and tanks, along with a massive fish hatchery.

Major General Hamdi Badin, chairman of the National Fisheries Company, said that the first phase of the Ghalion fish farm will bring close to 5,000 job opportunities, given its location in Kafr al-Sheikh governorate. The governorate is a prime location for illegal immigrants.

The project’s industrial city will include an ice and foam factory, along with one of the world’s largest fish factories, which will have a daily production capacity of 100 tons of processed fish. The fish farm’s feed plant will expectedly produce 180,000 tons annually.

Maj. Gen. Sayed Nasr, governor of Kafr El-Sheikh, said that the new Ghalioun road is about 11km long and 30m wide to connect the fish farm and the neighboring villages with the international coastal road. He added that another 5.2km- long road was also constructed to link it to the Mediterranean coast.]]>
11/18/2017 3:36:40 PM
<![CDATA[Freeport evacuating Indonesian mine worker families after shootings]]>
The move follows efforts by Indonesian authorities on Friday to evacuate villages near Freeport’s Grasberg mine in the eastern province of Papua that authorities said had been occupied by armed separatists.

Since August at least 12 people have been injured and two police officers have been killed by gunmen with suspected links to separatist rebels.


Freeport has asked family and household members of its employees to prepare over the weekend for a temporary relocation from the mining town of Tembagapura, about 10 km (6.2 miles) from Grasberg, company sources said. Workers have been asked to stay behind and maintain their work schedule, they said.

Details of the evacuation or the number of people impacted were not immediately clear. Shots were fired at a light vehicle and two large mining trucks were set on fire at Grasberg on Saturday, one of the sources said. The sources declined to be named as they were not authorized to talk to the media.


Freeport in a statement on Saturday confirmed the evacuation plan and said it will be carried out immediately.

“We are working closely with government and law enforcement to ensure the safety of our people and those in the communities we support, and to bring about the return of peace and stability as soon as possible,” it said.

Grasberg is the world’s second-largest copper mine by volume.

The separatist West Papua National Liberation Army (TPN-OPM) says it is at war with Indonesian authorities and wants to “destroy” Freeport in an effort to gain sovereignty for the region.

TPN-OPM has claimed responsibility for the shootings but denies police allegations it took civilian hostages.]]>
11/18/2017 3:34:33 PM
<![CDATA[No one can touch Egypt’s share of Nile water: Sisi on GERD]]>
In the inauguration ceremony of the Middle East's largest fish farm in Kafr El-Sheikh, Sisi stated that, “No one can touch Egypt’s share of [Nile] water.”

Sisi added that he understands Ethiopian developmental goals behind GERD, but this case is a "matter of life and death" for Egypt.

Construction on the dam started on April 2, 2011 at a cost of $4.8 billion. It was built by Italian construction and engineering company Salini Impergilo. The Italian company is headquartered in Milan.

The dam is located on the Blue Nile with a capacity of 74 billion cubic meters and is expected to generate up to 6,000 megawatts of power.

Since May 2011, Cairo has voiced its concern over how the dam can reduce the country’s annual shares of more than 56 billion cubic meters of Nile water. Egypt’s average water per capita is expected to drop from 663 cubic meters per year to 582 cubic meters by 2025, according to the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) in 2014. Addis Ababa, however, claimed that the dam is necessary for its development and will not harm downstream countries.

Meanwhile, President Sisi signed a tripartite joint cooperation agreement in Khartoum on March 23, 2015 between Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia. In December 2015, Sisi addressed the public, saying that there is no reason to worry about the dam and that the matter would be resolved. The three countries held 14 rounds of consultation on resolving the disputes over the Renaissance Dam. However, these rounds failed to solve the dispute.

Former Egyptian Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation Hossam el-Moughazi stated in November 2015 that the dam’s construction is going faster than the tripartite talks. On October 1, The Telegraph reported that Ethiopia is finalizing the construction of the dam and then will start filling its reservoir.]]>
11/18/2017 3:24:58 PM
<![CDATA[Facts on ME’s largest fish farm in Kafr al-Sheikh]]>
The fish farming mega project consists of two phases; the first phase was carried out on an area of 4,000 acres and will expectedly cover up to 70 percent of Egypt’s domestic need of fish.

The project consists of a hatchery for fish and shrimp on an area of 17 feddans with a capacity of 20 million fish and two billion shrimp.

The project also includes 1359 aquariums and 83 projects of popular Egyptian fish.
It is planned within the project’s framework that an ice factory will be built on an area of 450 meters, with a production capacity of 40 tons of crushed ice each day, and 20 tons of ice blocks for freezing fish and shrimp. Furthermore, a foam factory will be constructed on an area of 1,200 square meters to produce fish and shrimp containers.

The project's productivity contributes to the reduction of fish imports by about 27%. It provides at least five thousand job opportunities for residents of Kafr El-Sheikh and the surrounding governorates.

An industrial city will be built in the fish project, including four main factories, a development and training center, and a central laboratory to ensure high quality products.

The area on which the excavation and drilling works take place amounts to 16 million Square meters, which is six times the size of the Great Pyramid; the iron rods required for the construction works were estimated at 13 thousand tons. ]]>
11/18/2017 3:16:23 PM
<![CDATA[20,000 greenhouses to be built in Egypt before June 30: Sisi]]>
The upcoming weeks will witness the inauguration of the first greenhouse, Sisi said.
He stated that the cost of 20,000 greenhouses will be LE 20 billion, in addition to the costs of the water treatment plants and other facilities associated with the project.

Sisi arrived on Saturday to inaugurate several national projects in Kafr al-Sheikh governorate, in Delta, topped by the largest fish farming project in the Middle East and Africa.

Prime Minister Sherif Ismail, House Speaker Ali Abdel Aal and Defense Minister Sedki Sobhi, along with several other ministers welcomed the president upon his arrival at the ceremony headquarters.

The fish farming project consists of two phases, the first of which was carried out on an area of 4,000 acres and will expectedly cover up to 70 percent of Egypt’s domestic need of fish.

The industrial city of the fish project includes four main factories, a development and training center, and a central laboratory to ensure the high quality of the products.

The area on which the excavation and drilling works take place amounts to 16 million Square meters, which is six times the size of the Great Pyramid; meanwhile, the iron rods required for the construction works were estimated at 13 thousand tons.
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11/18/2017 3:12:52 PM
<![CDATA[360 Iraqi displaced families return to Baqubah, says official]]>
In statements to Alsumaria news channel, Karawi noted that this number represents the first batch of families who are set to be brought back to the city.

More than 300 families will come back to northeastern Baqubah in the middle of next week, he added.]]>
11/18/2017 2:59:01 PM
<![CDATA[Gov’t to exempt North Sinai students from fees]]>
The decision came following a request made by governor of North Sinai, Major General Abdel Fattah Harhour, to grant financial facilitation to residents of the governorate.

The minister further added that the decision followed putting into consideration what residents of the governorate are going through as Egyptian security forces have been battling a North Sinai-based Islamist insurgency that intensified following the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in 2013.

It is pertinent to mention that a previous Education Ministry decision exempted students of Sheikh Zuweid and Rafah from paying school tuitions.]]>
11/18/2017 2:53:05 PM
<![CDATA[Trial of 213 terrorists of Ansar Beit El Maqdes adjourned to Nov. 28]]>
Former prosecutor general Hisham Barakat had referred the defendants to the criminal court at the end of the investigations by the Supreme State Security Prosecution.

The crimes, committed by the defendants, include a failed assassination attempt on former interior minister Mohamed Ibrahim, the killing of a number of police officers and setting fire to security facilities, including the security directorates of Cairo, Daqahlia and South Sinai.

Investigations showed that the defendants were trained in the camps of Ezz Eddin al Qassam, the military wing of Palestinian movement Hamas, and that they plotted to target ships transiting the Suez Canal.

They also face charges of joining a terrorist group aiming at disrupting national security and public order, collaborating with a foreign organization represented in Hamas to sabotage state institutions, illegal possession of arms and ammunition and premeditated murder.

Investigations also showed that ousted president Mohamed Morsi was in contact with the militant group leaderships while he was in power and that they agreed that Hamas would not carry out any terrorist attacks while he was in office.

The 54 terrorist crimes the defendants are implicated in had left 42 policemen and 15 civilians dead and 349 others wounded.

Ansar Beit El Maqdis has claimed responsibility for most of the major attacks against security forces and their installations, with the deadliest assaults taking place in Sinai.]]>
11/18/2017 2:11:30 PM
<![CDATA[ECB probes Qatar stakes in Deutsche Bank]]>
The investigation would first consider whether Qatar and HNA exert significant influence on the bank despite owning a stake of less than 10 percent, and whether they were fit to do so, according to Financial Times.

The board was investigating whether the largest investors in the largest German bank were "working together", which violates the securities laws; a source told Reuters in state of anonymity.

Financial Times reported that the investigation involves ensuring investors have no links to terrorist financing, have a solid reputation, and offer sound medium- and long-term plans for their investment.

If it is decided that there is a possibility of the two shareholders having a significant influence, they will start a more formal investigation into the two investors.

On June 5, Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Libya and Yemen decided to cut all diplomatic ties with Qatar over its ties with Iran as well as allegations that it supports terrorism. Ports and airspaces were cut off to Qatari vessels.

Since then, Kuwait has played the role of mediator to put an end to this rift. Meanwhile, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson held several meetings with the disputed parties, but the discussions have not yet led to a settlement.

The Arab countries listed 13 demands to be met by Qatar, including severing ties with terrorist groups, closing down the pan-Arab Al-Jazeera satellite channel, downgrading ties with arch-rival Iran and the closure of the Turkish air base, the demands that Doha rejected, prolonging the crisis.]]>
11/18/2017 1:55:13 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt at forefront countries combating terrorism: Cyprus]]>
He described the victory against the extremist group as historic, Alsumaria news channel reported.

"The president congratulated Iraqi people on the landslide victory against terrorism that was crowned by retaking Daesh last stronghold town of Rawa," Masum's office quoted him as saying.

The president congratulated army and police commanders on the victory.

Masum underscored the determination of Iraqis to achieve victories, maintain stability and rehouse refugees.

He, meanwhile, praised support offered by the US-led coalition and friendly nations in the war against terror.]]>
11/18/2017 1:51:27 PM
<![CDATA[Live Streaming: Sisi arrives in Kafr el-Sheikh to inaugurate MENA’s largest fish farm]]>
Prime Minister Sherif Ismail, House Speaker Ali Abdel Aal and Defense Minister Colonel General Sedki Sobhi along with several other ministers received the president upon his arrival at the ceremony headquarters.




The fish farming project consists of two phases, the first of which was carried out on an area of 4,000 acres and will expectedly cover up to 70 percent of Egypt’s domestic need of fish.

The industrial city of the fish project includes four main factories, a development and training center, and a central laboratory to ensure the high quality of the products.

The area on which the excavation and drilling works take place amounted to 16 million Square meters, which is six times the size of the Great Pyramid; meanwhile, the iron rods required for the construction works were estimated at 13 thousand tons. ]]>
11/18/2017 12:37:30 PM
<![CDATA[Venezuela opposition leader Ledezma flees to Spain ]]>
With a 2018 presidential election looming, an array of major Venezuelan opposition figures are now in exile, detention or are barred from holding office.

They say Maduro has turned Venezuela into a dictatorship, while the government accuses them of joining forces with a U.S.-led global plot to topple him.

Ledezma, the best-known detained opponent of leftist President Nicolas Maduro after Leopoldo Lopez, had spearheaded street protests against Maduro in 2014 that led to months of violence and 43 deaths.

"In Spain today I feel free," he said at Madrid's Barajas airport, where he arrived in the early hours of Saturday. He was cheered by a small crowd including his wife and two daughters, who were already in Spain. Supporters chanted the Venezuelan anthem.

"Let's not permit that Venezuela dies in our hands," he also said, adding that he would soon meet with Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.

The 62-year-old former Caracas metropolitan mayor said he had gone past 29 police and army controls during a clandestine, overland journey that he kept secret from his loved ones.

"I ask my wife and daughters to understand. They have suffered long hours of anguish without knowing where I was," he told reporters in the Colombian border town of Cucuta after crossing a bridge from San Antonio in Venezuela.

"It was my decision alone."

"Welcome to freedom!" tweeted former Colombian President Andres Pastrana, who is close to Venezuela's opposition and the families of other jailed activists.

Ledezma was mocked by Maduro as "The Vampire," and accused by officials of helping violent hardliners, including dissident military officers plotting to topple the president via air strikes. Ledezma said those charges were trumped up.

"I hope they never send him back, they can keep the Vampire," Maduro said on Friday evening.

"The people of Madrid will have to be careful at night, the Vampire (is going) to Madrid."

"TORTURING THE VENEZUELAN PEOPLE"

Before boarding a private plane to Bogota, Ledezma said he was planning a "global pilgrimage" to fight for political freedom in Venezuela. He thanked Colombia's government, which also recently gave asylum to another high-profile Venezuelan dissident, former state prosecutor Luisa Ortega.

"It's time for him (Maduro) to step aside and allow a transition government," said Ledezma. "Maduro cannot keep torturing the Venezuelan people, he's killing Venezuelans with hunger."

The OPEC nation of 30 million people is suffering a fourth year of brutal recession, with the highest inflation in the world, shortages of food and medicines, and many people having to skip meals or suffering preventable illnesses.

Government supporters have long vilified Ledezma for supporting a brief 2002 coup and accused him of corruption.

State media repeatedly show a video where a jailed student radical lauds him as "an old fox ... the politician who most supported the resistance."

Ledezma, along with another opposition leader, Maria Corina Machado, has been part of the more militant wing of Venezuela's opposition coalition. Both oppose a planned new political dialogue between the opposition and government scheduled for early December in the Dominican Republic.

"I left my flag with Maria Corina Machado, in whom I trust completely," Ledezma told reporters.

Ledezma won the Caracas mayoralty in 2008, but some of his functions and funding were quickly transferred to a new, pro-government office. Upstaged by younger opposition leaders, Ledezma was not viewed as a future presidential candidate.

Intelligence agents took him from his office in Caracas in February 2015. He was originally held at the Ramo Verde military prison before being granted house arrest.

Machado told reporters Ledezma had been under increasing pressure from authorities and had faced threats to return him to Ramo Verde due to his opposition to the political dialogue.

"We believe in real negotiations, but only ones that lead to the exit of the dictatorship," she told reporters.]]>
11/18/2017 11:47:56 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt likely to permanently open Rafah crossing: Media]]>
According to the independent Palestinian newspaper Sama, the Egyptian side apprised the Palestinian party that the opening of the Rafah crossing will likely be permanent.

The opening of the Rafah crossing is the first since the Egyptian-sponsored reconciliation of the Palestinian two main political parties, Fatah and Hamas.

In October, the rival Palestinian movements Fatah and Hamas signed a reconciliation agreement in Cairo under Egypt’s auspices. The Palestinian National Authority is due to resume control of the Gaza Strip by December 1, as per the reconciliation agreement.]]>
11/18/2017 11:41:51 AM
<![CDATA[Argentina intensifies search for missing submarine with 44 crew]]>

“Obviously, the number of hours that have passed - two days in which there has been no communication - is of note.”

The navy believes the submarine, which left Ushuaia en route to the coastal city of Mar del Plata in Buenos Aires province, had communication difficulties that may have been caused by an electrical outage, Balbi said. Navy protocol would call for the submarine to come to the surface once communication was lost.

“We expect that it is on the surface,” Balbi said.

The German-built submarine, which uses diesel-electric propulsion, was inaugurated in 1983, making it the newest of the three submarines in the navy’s fleet, according to the navy.

President Mauricio Macri said the government was in contact with the crew’s families.

“We share their concern and that of all Argentines,” he wrote on Twitter. “We are committed to using all national and international resources necessary to find the ARA San Juan submarine as soon as possible.”

Argentina accepted an offer from the United States for a NASA P-3 explorer aircraft, which had been stationed in the southern city of Ushuaia and was preparing to depart to Antarctica, to fly over the search area, Balbi said.

A Hercules C-130 from the Argentine Air Force was also flying over the operational area. Brazil, Uruguay, Chile, Peru, Britain and South Africa had also formally offered assistance.]]>
11/18/2017 11:39:25 AM
<![CDATA[White House seeks $44 billion hurricane aid, far short of requests]]>
The White House said it expected to seek additional funds after a fuller analysis. U.S. Representative Frank Pallone and Senator Ron Wyden, both Democrats, called the request ”a dereliction of duty by the Trump administration to American citizens in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands that need our help.

“This woefully inadequate funding request does not provide the necessary resources required to properly respond to the ongoing humanitarian crisis,” they added.

Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello asked for $94.4 billion to rebuild the U.S. territory’s infrastructure. Texas was seeking $61 billion and Florida had asked for $27 billion.

The $44 billion would be in addition to about $50 billion Congress previously approved for hurricane and disaster relief.

White House budget director Mick Mulvaney said in a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan that the $44 billion “does not represent the final request” for assistance for the victims, especially in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, where needs were still being assessed.

“At this time, the administration is requesting an additional fiscal year 2018 funding in the amount of $44 billion and the necessary authorities to address ongoing recovery efforts,” Mulvaney said in the letter.

The administration also wants Congress to approve new tax relief for victims of recent California wildfires, which mirror what Congress awarded recently to hurricane victims. The White House also wants to make houses of worship eligible for disaster relief funding.

Senator John Cornyn of Texas, the No. 2 Republican in the chamber, on Thursday dismissed the latest request as “wholly inadequate” for his state.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders defended the request.

“Up until this point Texas has not put any state dollars into this process. We feel strongly that they should step up and play a role and work with the federal government in this process. We did a thorough assessment and that was completed and this was the number that we put forward to Congress today,” she said.

She said the new request “primarily addresses Texas and Florida Those storms took place ahead of Puerto Rico. The assessment for Puerto Rico hasn’t been completed yet. Once that’s done, we fully anticipate that there will be additional requests at that time.”]]>
11/18/2017 11:34:14 AM
<![CDATA[Arab League to meet in Cairo to discuss Iran at Saudi request ]]>
Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates approved the Saudi request, which was also approved by Djibouti, the current chair of the pan-Arab bloc, according to a memorandum seen by AFP on Sunday.

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry is set to meet with his Djiboutian counterpart Mohamed Ali Youssef ahead of the extraordinary meeting to arrange its agenda.
Tensions have been rising between Saudi Arabia and Iran in recent months, particularly due to the issues of Lebanon and Qatar.

On June 5, Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Libya and Yemen decided to cut all diplomatic ties with Qatar over its ties with Iran as well as allegations that it supports terrorism. Ports and airspaces were cut off to Qatari vessels.

Since then, Kuwait has played the role of mediator to put an end to this rift. Meanwhile, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson held several meetings with the disputed parties, but the discussions have not yet led to a settlement.

The Arab countries listed 13 demands to be met by Qatar, including severing ties with terrorist groups, closing down the pan-Arab Al-Jazeera satellite channel, downgrading ties with arch-rival Iran and the closure of the Turkish air base in Qatar.]]>
11/18/2017 11:30:30 AM
<![CDATA[Hariri tells Lebanese president will be in Lebanon Wednesday: Aoun]]>
Hariri arrived in Paris on Saturday with his wife from Riyadh, where he has been since he announced his resignation on Nov. 4. He is due to meet French President Emmanuel Macron later on Saturday.]]>
11/18/2017 11:20:32 AM
<![CDATA[Sisi inaugurates ME’s largest fish farm in Kafr al-Sheikh]]>
The fish farming project consists of two phases, the first of which was carried out on an area of 4,000 acres and will expectedly cover up to 70 percent of Egypt’s domestic need of fish.

The industrial city of the fish project includes four main factories, a development and training center, and a central laboratory to ensure the high quality of the products.

The area on which the excavation and drilling works take place amounted to 16 million Square meters, which is six times the size of the Great Pyramid; meanwhile, the iron rods required for the construction works were estimated at 13 thousand tons.

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11/18/2017 11:11:09 AM
<![CDATA[Trump adds five names to list of possible Supreme Court nominees]]>
U.S. Appeals Court Judges Brett Kavanaugh, Kevin Newsom and Amy Coney Barrett, Georgia Supreme Court Justice Britt Grant and Oklahoma Supreme Court Justice Patrick Wyrick were added to the list, which now includes 25 names, the White House said in a statement.]]>
11/18/2017 11:09:13 AM
<![CDATA[China says will work with North Korea to boost ties as envoy visits]]>
Song Tao, who heads the ruling Chinese Communist Party’s international department, is visiting Pyongyang to discuss the outcome of the recently concluded Communist Party Congress in China, at which President Xi Jinping cemented his power.

In a brief statement dated Friday but reported by Chinese media on Saturday, the international department said Song, who is there representing Xi, reported to North Korean official Choe Ryong Hae the outcome of the congress.

Song and Choe also talked about relations between their parties and countries, the department said.

“They said that the traditional friendship between China and North Korea was founded and cultivated by both countries former old leaders, and is valuable wealth for the two peoples,” it said.

“Both sides must work hard together to promote the further development of relations between the two parties and two countries to benefit their two peoples.”


The department made no mention of North Korea’s nuclear or missile programs, which are strongly opposed by China.

The North’s official KCNA news agency said Song informed Choe about China’s 19th National Congress “in detail”, and stressed China’s stance to steadily develop the traditionally friendly relations between the two parties and countries.

Song arrived on Friday but it is not clear how long he will be in North Korea.

China has repeatedly pushed for a diplomatic solution to the crisis over North Korea’s development of nuclear weapons and missiles to carry them, but in recent months it has had only limited high-level exchanges with North Korea.

The last time China’s special envoy for North Korea visited the country was in February last year.

NO MAGICIAN

Song’s trip comes just a week after U.S. President Donald Trump visited Beijing as part of an Asia tour, where he pressed for greater action to rein in North Korea, especially from China, with which North Korea does 90 percent of its trade.

The influential state-run Chinese tabloid the Global Times said in an editorial that it was unwise to expect too much from his trip, saying his key mission was to inform North Korea about the party congress in Beijing.

“Song is not a magician,” the newspaper said.

“The key to easing the situation on the peninsula lies in the hands of Washington and Pyongyang. If both sides insist on their own logic and refuse to move in the same direction, even if Song opens a door for talks, the door could be closed any time.”

It is not clear whether Song will meet North Korea’s youthful leader Kim Jong Un.

Kim and President Xi exchanged messages of congratulations and thanks over the Chinese party congress, but neither leader has visited the other’s country since assuming power.

Song’s department is in charge of the party’s relations with foreign political parties, and has traditionally served as a conduit for Chinese diplomacy with North Korea.

China’s new special envoy for North Korea, Kong Xuanyou, who took up his position in August, is not believed to have visited the country since assuming the job.]]>
11/18/2017 11:03:17 AM
<![CDATA[France should not interfere in Iran's missile program:Iran]]>
French President Emmanuel Macron said on Friday that Tehran should be less aggressive in the region and should clarify the strategy around its ballistic missile programme.

"It does not benefit Mr. Macron and France to interfere on the missile issue and the strategic affairs of the Islamic Republic, which we have great sensitivities about," Velayati said.]]>
11/18/2017 10:59:01 AM
<![CDATA[Sri Lanka arrest 19 after Buddhist-Muslim violence; four injured]]>
Tension has been growing between the two communities this year, with some hardline Buddhist groups accusing Muslims of forcing people to convert to Islam and vandalizing Buddhist archaeological sites.

Some Buddhists nationalists have also protested against the presence in Sri Lanka of asylum seekers from mostly Buddhist Myanmar’s persecuted Rohingya Muslim minority.

Police said the late Friday violence in the southern coastal town of Ginthota was triggered by rumours and fake messages on social media.

“This was a clash between a small fraction of extremists in the both ethnic groups,” police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera told Reuters.

One of those arrested was a woman who falsely spread news that Muslims were about to attack a Buddhist temple, he said.

“We’ve decided to arrest those who have been spreading false messages and rumours on social media.”

Buddhists make up about 70 percent of Sri Lanka’s population of 21 million, compared with about 9 percent for Muslims.

President Maithripala Sirisena’s government, after came under fire from rights groups and diplomats for not doing enough to crack down on hardline Buddhist groups, acted against anti-Muslim attackers in June this year.

That action came after more than 20 attacks on Muslims, including arson at Muslim-owned businesses and petrol-bomb attacks on mosques, were recorded in two months.

In 2014, three Muslims were killed in riots stirred up by hardline Buddhist groups.]]>
11/18/2017 10:48:43 AM
<![CDATA[Zimbabweans celebrate expected fall of Mugabe on Harare streets]]>
“These are tears of joy,” Frank Mutsindikwa, 34, told Reuters, holding aloft the Zimbabwean flag. “I’ve been waiting all my life for this day. Free at last. We are free at last.”]]>
11/18/2017 10:36:50 AM
<![CDATA[ Magnitude 4.4 quake rocks Iraq's Kurdistan]]>
The quake triggered fear among Sulaymaniyah residents, pushing many of them to flee homes, Iraqi channel Alsumaria News reported.

A stronger earthquake jolted Sulaymaniyah last Sunday, leaving several dead and injured.]]>
11/18/2017 10:29:03 AM
<![CDATA[Lebanon’s Hariri flies to Paris dropping claims of detention]]>
The Lebanese politician appeared Sunday in an interview with Lebanon’s Future TV, a station affiliated with the Future Movement Party, following claims of his forcible detention in the Saudi capital of Riyadh. He asserted "I am free" and announced that he would return to his country soon. He dismissed reports that his residence in Saudi Arabia was against his will.

Shortly before he left Riyadh, Al-Hariri said on Twitter, “to say that I am held up in Saudi Arabia and not allowed to leave the country is a lie. I am on the way to the airport Mr. Sigmar Gabriel.”

Germany's foreign minister, Sigmar Gabriel, said that Hariri was held against his will, during a press conference with his Lebanese counterpart.

Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia has recalled its envoy to Berlin over Sigmar’s comments.

"Saudi Arabia has decided to recall its ambassador to Germany for consultations and will give the German ambassador in the kingdom a letter protesting these unfortunate and unjustified statements," the Saudi state news agency SPA said.




He wrote another tweet saying that he considers “the assault of any Saudi citizen or his property as an attack on Saad al-Hariri… I believe the aggressors are a suspicious group, with no purpose but sedition."

The 47-years-old Sunni politician unexpectedly declared his resignation in a pre-recorded message, during his visit to Riyadh. He said in the televised speech that he feared for his life and accused Iran and its proxies of destabilizing his country and the region. Hariri’s resignation has raised regional and international controversy, threatening of a political crisis in Lebanon.

In the Sunday's live interview, Hariri said he planned to return to Lebanon to confirm his resignation in accordance with the constitution. But he also said that if he rescinds his decision to quit, the Hezbollah movement must respect Lebanon's policy of avoiding regional conflicts.

Hariri spoke out following intensive pressure from Lebanese officials, who said his resignation was not accepted because it was declared in Saudi Arabia. He said his resignation was his decision, dismissing reports he was forced to quit a unity government with Hezbollah.

Hariri described his decision to resign as necessary move to “cause a positive shock” to the Lebanese political scene, warning against what he said was Iranian interference that is ruining relations with other Arab countries.

Hariri served as prime minister from 2009 to 2011 and took office again in 2016.
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11/18/2017 3:32:00 AM
<![CDATA[Saudi Arabia recalls its ambassador to Germany for consultation]]>
The ministry said in a statement that Saudi Arabia would deliver a protest note to Germany's ambassador in Riyadh.]]>
11/18/2017 2:31:41 AM
<![CDATA[U.S. calls for release of Cambodian opposition leader]]>
"The Cambodia's government decision marks a sharp reversal of the ideals in Cambodia's constitution," State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert told reporters.]]>
11/18/2017 2:30:00 AM
<![CDATA[Mugabe makes first public appearance since army takeover]]>
The appearance suggested that the 93-year-old Mugabe, the world’s oldest leader, was no longer under military detention. It also raised the possibility that the generals who led Tuesday night’s military intervention were backing away from a process that would lead to Mugabe’s dismissal.

On Friday, the military released a statement saying that "significant progress" has been made in its efforts to apprehend members of Mugabe’s government, which commanders have accused of deep corruption and other abuses. Mugabe also had stirred widespread ire for apparent attempts to build a dynasty by seeking to make his wife his successor.

But negotiations with Mugabe were still ongoing, it added, referring obliquely to "the way forward" without explaining whether commanders were seeking Mugabe’s ouster or a different kind of negotiated settlement.]]>
11/18/2017 1:50:00 AM
<![CDATA[Trump starts paying his own legal bills on Russia probe]]>
Trump defense lawyer John Dowd said that following payments by the Republican National Committee (RNC), the president began paying the bills and now wants to make the party "even."

The expenses cover personal lawyers representing Trump before special prosecutor Robert Mueller's probe of possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia in last year's election, and whether Trump may have obstructed justice by firing Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey, among other actions.

Moscow has denied meddling in the election, and Trump has denied any collusion or obstruction.

The RNC confirmed they are no longer paying Trump's legal bills have not done so since September.

The administration is also working with others to establish a fund for current and former staffers, Special White House counsel Ty Cobb said. Dowd said Don McGahn, the White House counsel, and campaign lawyer Ben Ginsberg of Jones Day are working to structure that fund, which would be subject to rules that prohibit staff from receiving gifts or pro bono legal service.

The president is exempt from those rules, Dowd said.

"The geniuses are working on it," Dowd said. “If it passes muster with the tax lawyers and accountants, then it has to pass muster with the Office of Government Ethics."

He added, "The president is worried about staffers who have good lawyers and they can’t afford them."

During former President Bill Clinton's administration, private funds were raised to cover his legal expenses related to the Whitewater investigation. Under former President George W. Bush, a legal fund was set up to help former staffer Lewis "Scooter" Libby, only after he had left White House employment.

In August, Reuters first reported that the RNC was paying Trump's legal bills, which amounted to more than $230,000 that month.

The payments were made to Trump's outside legal team, which includes Dowd and Jay Sekulow.

Additionally, Trump's reelection campaign paid more than $300,000 this year in bills to lawyers representing his son Donald Trump Jr., according to public disclosures filed by the campaign. The campaign did not respond to a request for comment whether it will continue to pay for Trump Jr's legal expenses.

The U.S. Federal Election Commission allows use of private campaign funds to pay legal bills arising from being a candidate or elected official.

While previous presidential campaigns have used these funds to pay for routine legal matters such as ballot access disputes and compliance requirements, Trump was the first president in the modern campaign finance era to use such funds on the costs of responding to a criminal probe, said election law experts. ]]>
11/18/2017 1:40:00 AM
<![CDATA[Zimbabwe's ruling ZANU-PF party calls for Mugabe resignation]]>
The newspaper said that ZANU-PF branches in all 10 provinces had met on Friday and had also called for Mugabe's wife Grace to resign from the party. ]]>
11/18/2017 1:30:00 AM
<![CDATA[Ivanka Trump, Italy's Aquazzura end 'Wild Thing' shoe lawsuit]]>
Aquazzura, Trump and co-defendant Marc Fisher Holdings, which partnered in 2010 with the daughter of the now U.S. President Donald Trump to sell her shoes, agreed to dismiss all claims and counterclaims, according to a filing on Friday with the U.S. District Court in Manhattan.

It was unclear from the filing whether the case had been settled. Lawyers for the parties did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Aquazzura has called the Hettie shoe "virtually an exact copy" of the Wild Thing, which sells for $785 and has been worn by what it called "celebrities and 'it' girls" like model Kendall Jenner and singer Solange Knowles.

The Hettie has cost roughly one-sixth as much, and Aquazzura had said the defendants' "flagrant copying" would confuse and siphon away the Florence-based company's customers.

Ivanka Trump and Marc Fisher denied infringing Aquazzura's rights. They had sought to declare unenforceable an Aquazzura design patent for a pom-pom and tassels on the Wild Thing.

The case is Aquazzura Italia SR v Trump et al, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, No. 16-04782.]]>
11/18/2017 1:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Former broker in Trump Panama project under investigation]]>
Reuters reviewed more than 350 pages of a sealed investigation by federal police into Alexandre Ventura Nogueira, who spent two years in Brazil after fleeing Panama in 2012. The inquiry has not previously been disclosed. Nogueira was instrumental in selling many units in the Trump Ocean Club International Hotel and Tower in Panama City, an investigation by Reuters and NBC News found.

“Federal prosecutors in Sao Paulo have been investigating Alexandre Henrique Ventura Nogueira since 2013 for financial crimes and money laundering,” the prosecutors’ office said in a written statement. The inquiry slowed after Nogueira fled Brazil in October 2014, but the statement added: “The case remains open, Brazilian authorities are aware of the target’s suspicious activities in other countries, and we hope that will help to locate his whereabouts.”

Nogueira, 43, told Reuters he had laundered money for corrupt officials in Panama but said he was not aware of a federal investigation into him in Brazil. He denied wrongdoing in Brazil, and does not face criminal charges there.

Nogueira was arrested by Panamanian authorities in 2009 on charges of fraud and forgery, unrelated to the Trump project. Released on $1.4 million bail, he fled the country and is considered a fugitive by Panama.

Prosecutor Karen Kahn said the Brazilian federal investigation began in 2013 after the Finance Ministry’s financial crimes unit noticed several transfers of more than 1 million reais ($305,500) from accounts in Panama with HSBC and Citibank registered under the name Alexander Ukstin to Nogueira’s Brazilian accounts at the state-run Banco do Brasil, Citibank and Santander.

Nogueira confirmed to Reuters that he had made money transfers from Panama to Brazil, sometimes using a pseudonym, including the name Ukstin, but said it was his own money.

Citibank in Brazil, Banco do Brasil and Santander had no comment. U.S.-based spokespersons for HSBC and Citibank declined to comment about Nogueira’s accounts in Panama.

Nogueira also faces 19 civil lawsuits filed in Sao Paulo state courts. They run to more than 3,100 pages, mostly related to allegations of fraud at five gas stations he opened in and around Americana, a city of 233,000 people located 125 kilometers (80 miles) northwest of Sao Paulo.

Nogueira told Reuters the businesses were legitimate and the cases arise from events beyond his control. He said he left Brazil with only a few thousand dollars. His former business partners in Brazil allege in lawsuits that he cheated them of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Brazil’s federal police have sought the assistance of Interpol, who confirmed Panamanian police also opened an inquiry into alleged money laundering by Nogueira but did not provide further details.

Brazilian police say they last knew the whereabouts of Nogueira in 2015 – when they tracked him to a country in South-East Asia. But with no arrest warrant or charges in Brazil, police could only monitor his movements.]]>
11/18/2017 1:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Two killed, one injured in Daesh attack in Ninawa province]]>
Members of the terrorist group opened fire at the house of the victims, who are members of the same family, in Hammam Al Alil, Al Sumariya TV channel reported, quoting Khalaf al Jabouri, the town's mayor, as saying.

He gave no more details about the attack.]]>
11/18/2017 12:50:00 AM
<![CDATA[Iran misunderstands France's "balanced" position in region]]>
Speaking in Gothenburg, Macron said he wanted Iran to clarify the strategy around its ballistic missile program.

Macron also said he would welcome Saad al-Hariri in Paris on Saturday as Lebanon's prime minister and expected him to return to Beirut in the "coming days, weeks."]]>
11/18/2017 12:40:00 AM
<![CDATA[2 Palestinian children injured in settlers attack on Hebron]]>
Human rights activists said the settlers were backed by Israeli occupation soldiers.

The attack was the most violent within the last two months, the sources added.

Meanwhile, security sources in Hebron said Israeli soldiers detained a 15-year-old Palestinian teenager over stabbing attack claims.]]>
11/18/2017 12:10:00 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt Today’s international news]]>
Iraq fully liberated from Daesh, says interior minister

Iraqi Interior Minister Qasim al Araji announced on Friday that Iraq is now fully liberated from Daesh militant group.

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Iraqi Interior Minister Qasim al Araji in Baghdad Convention Center, 2 February 2017 - WIKIPEDIA


Zimbabwe's Mugabe appears in public for first time since coup

Robert Mugabe arrived at a university graduation ceremony in the capital on Friday, his first public appearance since a military seizure of power that political sources say is aimed at ending his 37 years in office.

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FILE PHOTO: Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe attends the launch of basic commodities in Harare, Zimbabwe July 16, 2008. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo


Hariri to leave Saudi Arabia for France on Friday - MP

Saad al-Hariri, who resigned as Lebanese prime minister on Nov. 4 during a visit to Saudi Arabia, will leave Riyadh for France on Friday.

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Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri gestures as he talks at the governmental palace in Beirut - REUTERS


Kenyan police fire in air to disperse opposition demonstrators

Kenyan police and supporters of defeated opposition leader Raila Odinga fought running battles on Friday along the main road to Nairobi's international airport.

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Supporters of Kenyan opposition National Super Alliance (NASA) coalition, run as riot police officers fire tear gas to disperse them along Mombasa Road, Kenya November 17, 2017. REUTERS/Baz Ratner TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Defense min. back home from India

Defense Minister Sedqi Sobhi returned home Friday coming from India following a several days' visit.

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Minister of Defence, Sedki Sobhi - FILE PHOTO

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11/17/2017 11:50:00 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt has pioneer role in ending conflicts: Yemeni ambassador]]>
In his statement, the ambassador praised the vital role played by Egypt in settling the South Sudan bloody conflicts that led to many deaths and left others internally and externally displaced. Egypt coordinated and hosted the signing ceremony of Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM) Declaration of Unification on Thursday; also named the Cairo Declaration.

Maram said that through the moderation process, Egypt re-discovered its African roots. This, according to Maram, occurred as a result of the multiple meetings and visits that Sisi shared with African leaders during the previous two years to end conflicts in Africa without any foreign interference.

The ambassador also referred to the violence and chaos in the Arab region, a matter that incites Egypt to take charge in deterring the risks associated with violence and chaos; confronting these unprecedented challenges.

The tour embarked on by Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry to Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and UAE assured Egypt’s pioneering role in these difficult conditions affecting the Arab region.

Meanwhile, Maram stressed the importance of historic relations between Egypt and Yemen, expressing his appreciation for Egypt’s stance beside the Yemeni people. Maram called on Arab countries and the United Nations to take a stronger stance toward the Yemeni crisis.

He also appreciated Sisi’s hosting of the Yemeni refugees in Egypt, who fled Yemen due to Houthis violations. ]]>
11/17/2017 7:27:05 PM
<![CDATA[Tunisian security forces detain 4 suspects of terror]]>
The Tunisian Ministry of Interior said in a statement that security forces detained a suspect in the city of Monastir in eastern Tunisia after he threatened one of the city's officials.

The statement explained that police forces apprehended three suspects in Ben Arous province in northern Tunisia over accusations of belonging to a terrorist group.

In addition, one of the suspects confessed to belonging to a terrorist group called "the guardians of belief and Jihad" and affiliated to terrorist al-Qaeda group, according to the statement.

Meanwhile, the second suspect was a girl who the first suspect admitted that she was in contact with him. She confessed to her takfiri ideology, the statement pointed out.

The statement underlined that the third suspect also confessed to his takfiri ideology and that he was in contact with a takfiri element through Facebook.]]>
11/17/2017 7:20:00 PM
<![CDATA[Defense min. back home from India]]>
During his visit, Sobhi met with his Indian counterpart Nirmala Sitharaman. They discussed means of boosting military cooperation between the two countries.

They also tackled the latest developments in the Middle East region and efforts exerted to fight terrorism. ]]>
11/17/2017 6:30:00 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt to chair G-77/China as of 2018 - environment minister]]>
Cairo will also host the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, which is considered part and parcel of the Paris Agreement on climate change, Fahmy said in a statement by the ministry.

Fahmy also hailed the support provided by Arab states for Cairo's efforts within the Green Climate Fund.

Fahmy, along with Irrigation Minister Mohamed Abdel Aati, is participating in an Arab ministerial meeting on the sidelines of the high-level 23rd Conference of the Parties (COP23), currently in session in the German city of Bonn.

Delivering a speech at the meeting, Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al Falih called for strengthening coordination withing the (G-77/China) led by Egypt as of January 2018, which in turn could help achieve the interests of the Arab group in bringing about the sustainable development and ensuring food, water and energy security, in addition to combating poverty.

At the end of the meeting, Arab ministers agreed on continuing coordination and exerting further efforts to maintain Arab interests during the upcoming sessions of the Conference of the Parties (COP). ]]>
11/17/2017 5:31:24 PM
<![CDATA[Nine killed, others injured in minibus crash in Bulgaria]]>
The driver of the bus, which was taking a group of blind people back home after an excursion to the town of Dryanovo, was among the dead and some of the injured were in a critical condition.

The accident occurred soon after noon (1000 GMT) on the highway connecting Bulgaria's capital Sofia and the Black Sea city of Varna, near the village of Mikre, some 130 kilometres (81 miles) west of Sofia.

The ministry said the injured were taken to hospital, but did not say how many of them were in a critical condition.

The causes of the accident have yet to be established but Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov ordered the transport ministry to carry out a full inspection of the minibus involved, the ministry said.

Local media reported that there had been at least eight serious car crashes, killing 10 people, on the same stretch of road near Mikre since 2014.

Bulgaria, which has a population of 7.1 million, has the highest road death rate in the European Union. A total of 535 people died in accidents on Bulgarian roads in the first 10 months of 2017, interior ministry data showed. ]]>
11/17/2017 5:17:11 PM
<![CDATA[Italian doc says world's first human head transplant 'imminent']]>
"The Americans did not understand," Sergio Canavero said in a press conference in Vienna, Austria. He was discussing a surgery that if it works will be an audacious and near-miraculous therapy that defies decades of scientific wisdom and raises profound ethical questions.

Canavero said the Chinese government and Ren Xiaoping, a Chinese doctor with whom he is partnering to perform the procedure, would confirm the surgery's date "within days." Canavero previously vowed to hold it before the end of the year.

"Chinese President Xi Jinping wants to restore China to greatness. He wants to make it the sole superpower in the world. I believe he is doing it," said Canavero.

Medical experts said the operation would not be permitted in the U.S. and Europe.

When, two years ago, Canavero first announced he would attempt the surgery, Russian national Valery Spiridonov, 33, who suffers from a rare form of paralysis and muscle-wasting disease that will eventually kill him, volunteered for the procedure]]>
11/17/2017 4:46:38 PM
<![CDATA[Arab consensus is the deterrent to Iran’s influence: UAE FM]]>
Through a series of tweets, Gargash contended that “Arab options are clearly explicit in this regard;” adding that Arab consensus is the deterrent to being subjugated to hegemony and over-arching influence by external powers; namely, Turkey and Iran.

“The sectarian narrative that’s cloaked under slogans of resistance does not represent to be an alternative to the Arab position. It is sheer hypocrisy, duplicity, and an attempt to subjugate Arabs to Iranian influence,” Gargash remarked.

On June 5, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, Libya and Yemen decided to cut all diplomatic ties with Qatar, hurling allegations that the state supports terrorism and maintaining strong ties with Iran.

The Arab countries listed 13 demands to be met by Qatar, including severing ties with terrorist groups, closing down the pan-Arab Al-Jazeera satellite channel, downgrading ties with arch-rival Iran and the closure of the Turkish air base in Qatar.]]>
11/17/2017 4:01:37 PM
<![CDATA[Governor Yemen's Aden resigns, accuses PM of corruption]]>
Abdulaziz al-Muflehi's resignation just six months after his appointment deals a blow to Hadi's government as it pushes its fight against the Iran-aligned Houthis who have seized much of northern Yemen since late 2014, forcing Hadi into exile.

Officials from Prime Minister Ahmed Obeid bin Daghr's office did not respond to repeated requests for comment. The government denies charges of corruption and says it operates according to high standards of transparency.

In a lengthy letter sent to Hadi, Muflehi said he had intended to focus on infrastructure building and activating state bodies such as the judiciary and police when he assumed office in May.

"Unfortunately, I found myself caught in a bitter war against a huge camp of corruption whose brigades are well trained and fortifications are protected by guards led by Prime Minister Dr. Ahmed Obeid bin Daghr," Muflehi wrote in his resignation letter, a copy of which was sent to Reuters.

The letter was also published by local media, including online newspapers Aden News and Aden al-Ghad.

As an example, he said bin Daghr had transferred more than 5.787 billion riyals ($13.4 million) from the province's account to the Communications Ministry, saying he wanted to give Yemen an internet service that rivals advanced countries.

Muflehi said the country first needed to restore electricity services to areas like Aden, and said the move "hides avidities and corruption".

Muflehi had spent much of his time outside Aden since he was appointed by Hadi in May to replace Aydaroos al-Zubaydi, a local militia commander who had thrown his weight behind secessionists demanding the restoration of the former South Yemen that merged with the tribal north in 1990.

Southerners have regularly complained of the domination of the more populous north in the union, including allegations of seizure of real estate and forced retirement of civil servants and military personnel under former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who was forced to step down after mass protests in 2011.

Hadi's government had pledged to restore sacked civil servants and military personnel and pay back salaries they had complained had been denied to them, but the outbreak of civil war in 2015 has derailed the plans.]]>
11/17/2017 3:53:37 PM
<![CDATA[Japan asks UN council to extend Syria gas attacks probe for 30 days]]>
Japan on Thursday presented a draft resolution that would give the Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM) another 30 days as the United States and Russia work to reach a compromise on the future of the panel.

Russia earlier cast its 10th veto on Syria at the council, blocking the one-year extension of the JIM as proposed in a US-drafted resolution that won 11 votes.

A Russian-drafted resolution fell short of the nine votes required for adoption, garnering just four votes in favour.

The joint UN-Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) panel was set up by Russia and the United States in 2015 and unanimously endorsed by the council, which renewed its mandate last year.

The expert team is tasked with determining who is responsible for the use of chemical weapons in Syria.

Russia has sharply criticized the JIM after its latest report blamed the Syrian air force for a sarin gas attack on the opposition-held village of Khan Sheikhun that left scores dead.

The attack on April 4 triggered global outrage as images of dying children were shown worldwide, prompting the United States to launch missile strikes on a Syrian air base a few days later.

Syria has denied using chemical weapons, with strong backing from its main ally Russia.

US Ambassador Nikki Haley assailed the veto as a "deep blow", saying: "Russia has killed the investigative mechanism which has overwhelming support of this council."

"By eliminating our ability to identify the attackers, Russia has undermined our ability to deter future attacks."

The Japanese move however revived hope that the JIM could be salvaged.

The draft text obtained by AFP would renew the JIM mandate for 30 days and task UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres with submitting to the council in 20 days "proposals for the structure and methodology" of the panel.

Japan requested a vote for Thursday, but diplomats said it was more likely that the council would consider the measure on Friday.

A resolution requires nine votes to be adopted at the council, but five countries -- Russia, Britain, China, France and the United States -- can block adoption with their veto power.

- Flawed probe -

Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said the investigation of the Khan Sheikhun attack suffered from "fundamental flaws" and that the US-drafted resolution was "geared toward entrenching the inherent flaws of the JIM."

In its draft, Russia had insisted the panel's findings on Khan Sheikhun be put aside to allow for another "full-scale and high-quality investigation" by the JIM.

The Russian veto came as the United Nations was preparing to convene in Geneva on November 28 a new round of talks to end the six-year war and underscored deep divisions over Syria.

Eleven of the council's 15 members voted in favor of the US-drafted resolution, while Egypt and China abstained. Bolivia joined Russia in voting against the measure.

Russia, China, Bolivia and Kazakhstan voted in favour of the Russian draft, while seven countries opposed it. Four countries abstained: Ethiopia, Senegal, Egypt and Japan.

French Ambassador Francois Delattre said the Russian veto was a blow to international efforts to curb the use of chemical weapons.

"Let there be no doubt: we have unleashed a monster here," said Delattre.

Previous reports by the JIM have found that Syrian government forces were responsible for chlorine attacks on three villages in 2014 and 2015, and that the Islamic State group used mustard gas in 2015.]]>
11/17/2017 3:41:28 PM
<![CDATA[Hariri to leave Saudi Arabia for France on Friday - MP]]>
"Today to Paris, this afternoon, and tomorrow a family meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron," Okab Saqr, a member of parliament for Future Movement, told Reuters.

Hariri's abrupt resignation while he was in Saudi Arabia and his continued stay there have caused a political crisis in Lebanon and thrust it into the bitter rivalry between Riyadh and Iran.

On Wednesday, Macron invited Hariri to visit France along with his family, providing what French diplomats said might be a way to reduce tensions surrounding the crisis.

Lebanese President Michel Aoun had accused Saudi Arabia of holding Hariri and his family hostage. In his resignation broadcast, Hariri railed against Iran and its Lebanese ally Hezbollah, which gives political backing to Aoun.

Aoun has said he will not accept Hariri's resignation until it is submitted in person and Hariri would then have to remain in Lebanon until a new government had been formed.

Lebanese politicians from across the political spectrum have called for Hariri to return to the country as necessary to resolve the crisis.

Saqr said that after Hariri's visit to France, he would have "a small Arab tour" before travelling to Beirut.]]>
11/17/2017 3:37:46 PM
<![CDATA[Lebanese security arrests Syrian network linked to Daesh]]>
The network was entrusted to carry out terror attacks across the Lebanese territories and monitor the positions and movements of the Lebanese army and UNIFIL in southern Lebanon in order to transfer this information to Daesh in Syria's Raqqa and Boukamal cities, the directorate said in a statement.

It also planned to commit terror attacks, involving shops in Aramoun village in Aley district, the statement said.

The network also had been assigned to recruit people to fight with Daesh in Syria as well as transfering funds in favor of Daesh in Syria, it added.

The arrestees were handed over to the army intelligence, with arrest warrants issued against four other Syrians involved with them, the statement read.]]>
11/17/2017 3:22:36 PM
<![CDATA[New terrorist rocket attack kills 3 in Damascus]]>
According to a source at Damascus Police Command, seven other people were injured in the attack, which constitutes a new violation of the de-escalation zone agreement in Eastern Ghouta.

The source told SANA that some of the injured are in critical condition.]]>
11/17/2017 3:14:28 PM
<![CDATA[Two killed as Kenyan police disperse demonstrators]]>
Police fired tear gas at the convoy and used water cannon as they tried to stop it reaching the capital's main business district, live footage on Kenyan TV showed. Some protesters threw stones at police. TV footage showed two vehicles on fire.

The deaths occurred as police and protesters fought on one of the main roads leading to the business district, the photographer said. Police spokesmen did not immediately respond to phone calls.

Odinga has called for a "National Resistance Movement" to protest against the outcome of a repeat presidential election last month which saw President Uhuru Kenyatta win a second, five-year term with 98 percent of the vote after Odinga boycotted the contest. Only 39 percent of registered voters took part.

The repeat poll was ordered by the Supreme Court after it annulled the results of the August election, won by Kenyatta, over procedural irregularities.

In what is seen as the last chance for legal scrutiny of the vote, the court will rule on Monday on cases that seek to nullify the rerun election.

The political crisis has stirred fears for the stability of the east African nation, a regional hub for trade, diplomacy and security.

Earlier on Friday, demonstrators threw up burning barricades on Mombasa Road, the highway that links Nairobi's downtown business district and the airport.

Odinga returned to Kenya on Friday from a trip to the United States.

Despite a partial police ban on protests in the capital, hundreds of people had gathered in the morning near Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to await Odinga's return. Police fired into the air to disperse them, a Reuters photographer said.

Once Odinga landed, motorcycle taxi drivers and people on foot shouted their support as the motorcade, which included lawmakers from Odinga's opposition coalition, began moving toward central Nairobi.

In Monday's Supreme Court rulings, judges could order a fresh vote or clear the way for the incumbent to be sworn in for his second term. If the election is upheld, Kenyatta will be sworn in on Nov. 28.

Dozens of international flights depart and arrive daily at Nairobi's main airport. The national airport authority said on Twitter just before midday that operations were running normally.

Kenya's prolonged election season has disrupted its economy. Human rights groups say at least 66 people have died in bloodshed surrounding the two elections.

Ahead of Monday's Supreme Court ruling, Kenya Airways' chairman told an investor briefing on Friday: "Hopefully we don’t have another presidential election so we can get on with life."]]>
11/17/2017 2:51:17 PM
<![CDATA[Erdogan says Turkey must clear Syria's Afrin of YPG militia]]>
Erdogan, speaking in Ankara to officials from the ruling AK Party, also expressed disappointment with the United States, which backs the YPG.

Ankara views the YPG as an extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which has fought a decades-long insurgency in Turkey and is designated a terrorist group by Turkey, the United States and European Union.

"We need to cleanse Afrin of the structure there called the YPG terrorist organisation," Erdogan said.

Turkey has long been angered at the United States' support for the YPG and Erdogan has repeatedly accused Washington of violating the alliance between the two countries.

"We are greatly disappointed by the United States not keeping its promises. Many issues that we could have resolved easily...were pushed to a dead-end," he said.

Turkey has expressed displeasure at the U.S. stance towards a deal between the YPG and Islamic State under which hundreds of militants withdrew from the Syrian city of Raqqa before it fell to the Syrian Democratic Forces.

Erdogan has previously said that Afrin would be on Ankara's agenda after its current operation in Syria's Idlib province, where Turkey and Russia have set up observation points under a "de-escalation" deal agreed by Ankara, Moscow and Tehran to ease the bloodshed in the six-year-old Syrian conflict.

Erdogan said considerable progress had been made in Turkey's military operation in Idlib due to the co-operation of the three powers. Russia and Iran back Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Turkey supports rebels opposing him, but all share a common foe in Islamic State.]]>
11/17/2017 2:09:55 PM
<![CDATA[Russia help remove 1,100 tonnes of Syria’s chemical weapons]]>
"Six naval ships and three support vessels took part in the removal of more than 1,100 tonnes of chemical weapons from Syria," Mizintsev told the 3rd inter-departmental conference System of Interdepartmental Information Cooperation.

The level of interaction among ministries and agencies to provide all-round support for operations by Russia’s air and naval groups in Syria "allows for coping with all tasks properly and without disruptions.", he added.]]>
11/17/2017 2:04:27 PM
<![CDATA[Little too known Shima comes under fire for provocative music video ]]>
Shima, 21, who came up with a sexually-charged video clip of a song called A’ndy Zrouf, ( having issues) has been officially excluded from Egypt’s Association of Musicians, headed by Hani Shaker. The singer was announced to be a non-permanent member, according to Shaker.

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Singer Shima raised public ire over her recently-released, provocative video music

According to a source inside the association, the singer will likely face the same fate of Salma el-Fouly, the singer of the infamous, coming-of-the –same-ilk video entitled “Seib Edy” or (take your hands off my hand), which was released 2 years ago. Fouly was sentenced to a 1 year in prison for disrupting public morality and inciting debauchery.

After becoming a social media sensation following its release two days ago, the talks over floated into the public sphere.

Many members of the parliament called on the arrest of Shima and ban her from singing. That is a porn short movie, not an ordinary song, said Galal Emara, MP Deputy of the Parliament’s Culture and Media committee.]]>
11/17/2017 2:04:02 PM
<![CDATA[Iraq fully liberated from Daesh, says interior minister]]>
In a statement broadcast by Alsumaria news channel, Araji said the Iraqi forces have recaptured the last Daesh-held town of Rawa in western Anbar]]>
11/17/2017 1:49:50 PM
<![CDATA[Amnesty urges independent probe into atrocities, in Philippines's Marawi]]>
The investigation by the rights group on the bloody five-month battle was based on interviews with 48 witnesses from September until early November and called for an independent inquiry.

The conflict in Marawi, the only predominantly Muslim city in the mainly Catholic Philippines, was the country's biggest and longest battle since World War Two. More than 1,100 people, mostly insurgents, were killed, including 166 soldiers and 47 civilians, according to the authorities.

At least 350,000 people were displaced and large parts of Marawi have been decimated by air strikes.

Witnesses described at least 10 separate incidents where at least 25 people were executed by the Muslim extremists because they were Christians. Amnesty described those as war crimes.

It also said 10 hostages may have been killed in a single bombing run by the armed forces, and said an independent inquiry should include an assessment as to whether the air strikes were proportionate to the threat.

"They must initiate a prompt, effective and impartial investigation into whether its bombings of civilian neighborhoods was proportional under international humanitarian law," Tirana Hassan, Amnesty International's crisis response director, said in a statement.

"The Philippine authorities must bring those responsible for torture and other violations to justice and ensure that the victims receive adequate reparations."

Major-General Restituto Padilla, armed forces spokesman, said the military was aware of the report and would respond in full later. He said troops were given strict instructions to observe and respect international humanitarian law and human rights.

"We will not tolerate and condone these abuses and will act on them," he told a regular news briefing on Friday.

The 34-page report, "The Battle of Marawi: Death and destruction in the Philippines", quotes a survivor who said he was spared by rebels because he could recite the "shahada", a statement of Islamic faith, but a Christian ambulance driver was shot dead because he could not do the same.

Other survivors said hostages were executed or physically abused, forced into labor and used as human shields.

Some hostages who escaped alleged they were detained and tortured by security forces who suspected them to be militants. Amnesty said it talked to eight men, including seven Christians, who said they were badly treated by the authorities.

"I was punched and kicked. They tied our hands and feet with electrical wire," the report quoted one survivor as saying. "The military was angry because 13 of their men were killed."

Last month, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis praised the Philippine military for ending the war without a single credible human rights abuse allegation.

Amnesty noted that the military was responding to concerns about looting by soldiers but "must follow through on promises of compensation".]]>
11/17/2017 1:39:10 PM
<![CDATA[Indonesia evacuates villagers after shootings near copper mine]]>
Two police have been killed and at least 12 people have been wounded by gunfire in the area since mid-August. Police have blamed an "armed criminal group", but others have said the gunmen were linked to separatist rebels.

According to police reports, the group occupied the villages of Banti and Kimbely near the mining town of Tembagapura and had prevented an estimated 1,300 residents from leaving, leading to food shortages.

Police and military leaders said they have urged the gunmen to surrender, but have also warned that tough measures could follow if their "persuasive" approach fails.

Residents were being evacuated to a sports hall in Tembagapura, according to a source at Freeport.

More than 340 residents from the two villages were evacuated and the area had been secured by the police and military, according to a police statement.

"We hope they can return safely to their respective villages," Papua Police chief said in a video of the evacuation distributed by police.

"During the rescue mission, there was an exchange of fire from morning to midday," police spokesman Ahmad Mustofa Kamal told Reuters.

Mimika Deputy Regent Yohanes Bassang asked families in Timika to take in evacuated relatives "to avoid further problems".

Bassang said many of the villagers were from the east Indonesian island of Sulawesi and had come to the area to pan for gold.

The separatist West Papua National Liberation Army (TPN-OPM), a group linked to the Free Papua Movement, has claimed responsibility for the shootings and declared war against the military, police and Freeport, but denied it was holding villagers hostage.

A representative of the group, Hendrik Wanmang, told Reuters in an earlier interview Freeport's presence had led to the "intimidation, rape and extermination of thousands of Papuan people", as well as destruction of the natural environment and wildlife.

A spokesman for Freeport Indonesia declined to comment on the matter. The company website said it is committed to ensuring its activities are "in line with the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the laws and regulations of Indonesia, and the cultures of communities native to operating areas of our company".

Freeport also ensures that "environmental considerations are an integral part of all planning, engineering and operations", it says.

According to several residents interviewed by Reuters, military and police officers were preventing them from getting food from Tembagapura, where food aid was delivered in a cargo container on Saturday.

"The atmosphere has really heated up," one resident said, referring to the shootings and concerns over food supplies and safety.]]>
11/17/2017 1:22:37 PM
<![CDATA[Zimbabwe's Mugabe appears in public for first time since coup]]>
Wearing a blue and yellow academic gown and mortar board hat, the 93-year-old sat in large wooden chair at the front the hall. He was greeted by ululations from the crowd as he declared the ceremony open.]]>
11/17/2017 1:15:26 PM
<![CDATA[Libyan militant involved in Wahat attack to be detained for 15 days]]>
The decision includes 14 more defendants accused of same charges that left 16 policemen dead and 13 wounded in confrontations between security forces and militants on Oct. 20.

The captured militant, Abdel Rahim Mohamed Abdullah Al-Mismary, was the only survivor of the security raid that tracked fleeing terrorists in the Western Desert near the terror attack scene and left 15 militants dead.

He was interviewed on Thursday by Egyptian TV channel Al-Hayat, where he revealed incidents of the operation.

In the Thursday’s interview, Al-Mismary, a 25-year-old resident of Libya's Derna, said that he adopted the Salafi Jihad ideology amid the spread of Islamist groups in his hometown following the 2011 Libyan Revolution.

Al-Mismary added that he joined the Shura Council of Mujahideen in Derna in late 2014 along with few neighbors. It was an umbrella organization of Derna-based Islamist factions opposed to the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group and the Libyan army, led by Khalifa Haftar.

He pointed out that he participated in planting IEDs that targeted IS militants and Haftar’s troops in Derna, describing his enemies as “infidels.”
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11/17/2017 11:54:50 AM
<![CDATA[WFP to increase its budget to $20M in Egypt: Amb in Rome]]>
This increase came to finance a number of projects implemented by the WFP to improve food security and support the efforts of the Egyptian government in achieving the 2030 development agenda, which will benefit about 101 million Egyptian people, Badr said.

He pointed out that the embassy is coordinating with WFP and the Egyptian ministries in preparation for presenting the strategic plan of WFP Executive Council in Egypt for the period 2018-2022 in July 2018, whereby the first plan to be presented after the adoption of the Integrated Road Map.

WFP is the food-assistance branch of the United Nations and the world's largest humanitarian organization addressing hunger and promoting food security. According to the WFP, it provides food assistance to an average of 80 million people in 76 countries each year from its headquarters in Rome and from more than 80 country offices around the world.

Earlier in August, Head of the Information and Decision Support Center (IDSC) Hossam Elgamal received a (WFP) delegation, led by Stanlake Samkange.

During the meeting, Elgamal underlined the keenness of Egypt for boosting cooperation and partnership in several domains, as well as joint interests to achieve sustainable development.

They also discussed the sustainable development strategy in Egypt and the possibility of support by the WFP in food security and fighting hunger.

Dalia Salem, head of European cooperation sector at the Ministry of Investment and International Cooperation, and some officials attended the meeting.

Salem said that the ministry supervises school feeding project presented by the WFP.]]>
11/17/2017 11:41:42 AM
<![CDATA[Hungarian parliament speaker leaves Cairo]]>
Yesterday, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi received Kover and his accompanying delegation.

As well, Egyptian Parliament Speaker Ali Abdel Aal held talks with the speaker of the Hungarian Parliament on means of boosting bilateral relations especially in parliamentary spheres.

During his visit to Cairo, Kover along with his wife made a tour that included Salah El Din Citadel and the pyramids area]]>
11/17/2017 11:32:37 AM
<![CDATA[3 arrested in Sinai over charges of backing Takfiri elements]]>
The forces seized a four-wheel-drive vehicle and three motorcycles belonging to the Takfiri elements, he said, adding that they also destroyed nine hotbeds in the same area.

The move comes as part of efforts exerted by the Armed Forces to confront terrorist and criminal elements, he noted.]]>
11/17/2017 11:16:33 AM
<![CDATA[ ‘Tolerance day’ a call to eliminate ‘Islamophobia’: FM spokesman]]>
“Tolerance day is a renewed call to confront hatred and extremism, to drown out voices of violence and destruction,” Abu Zeid said.

“Egypt, with its eminent religious institutions, will remain a beacon of tolerance and supporter for dialogue among civilizations,” Abu Zeid added.

Egypt has been engaged in a war against Islamist militant groups, with Islamic State (IS) terrorist group and Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis in Sinai on top of the list.

Security Forces arrested on Thursday the Libyan terrorist Abdel Rahim Mohammed Abdullah Al-Mismary, one of the elements involved in Giza-Wahat attacks, according to the Interior Ministry.

On October 31, the Egyptian Air Forces launched airstrikes on a hiding place along Al-Wahat (Oasis) road, killing a large number of militants according to the Armed Forces Spokesperson Tamer el-Refaai.

The airstrikes come in retaliation for the Giza-Wahat attacks that were carried out on October 20, against security forces. The attacks resulted in the death of 17 officers during fire exchange, according to the Interior Ministry.
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11/17/2017 11:13:10 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt to open Rafah Crossing on Saturday]]>
The crossing will be opened within the framework of the efforts made by Egyptian leadership headed by President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi to ease the burden on Palestinians, according to the statement.

Palestinian Minister for Public Works and Housing Mofeed Al-Hasayneh delivered a speech during a press conference at the Rafah Border, the sole crossing point between Egypt and the Gaza Strip, announcing reception of the crossing, within the framework of the reconciliation deal reached in Cairo last month.

In October, the rival Palestinian movements Fatah and Hamas signed a reconciliation agreement in Cairo under Egypt’s auspices. The Palestinian National Authority is due to resume control of the Gaza Strip by December 1, as per the reconciliation agreement.

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11/17/2017 11:11:45 AM
<![CDATA[Iraqi forces launch operation in Anbar's Rawa]]>
Backed by the US-led coalition warplanes and Iraqi air force, the operation kicked off through three axes, Alsumaria channel quoted the sources as saying.

The sources asserted that Daesh terrorists are fleeing the town.]]>
11/17/2017 11:09:45 AM
<![CDATA[Saudi crackdown will not hit investments - energy minister]]>
Khalid al Falih said the inquiries were way overdue and would also not have any impact on plans to float shares in oil giant Saudi Aramco.

"Everybody understands that this is a limited, domestic affair that the government is simply cleaning house," he said on the sidelines of the U.N. climate conference in Bonn, Germany.

Saudi Arabia's future king has tightened his grip on power through an anti-corruption purge by arresting royals, ministers and investors including billionaire Alwaleed bin Talal who is one of the kingdom's most prominent businessmen.

The move by Prince Mohammed bin Salman against Saudi's political and business elite also targeted the head of the National Guard, Prince Miteb bin Abdullah, who was detained and replaced as minister of the powerful National Guard by Prince Khaled bin Ayyaf.

The energy minister said many foreign investors who had been have been doing business in Saudi Arabia for decades “will tell you that they have not seen corruption in their interactions with the Saudi government or with the Saudi entities”.

"It (the crackdown) has no impact on foreign direct investment. It has no impact whatsoever on the kingdom’s openness, capital flows and our wide open investment environment," he added. ]]>
11/17/2017 1:20:00 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt Today’s international news]]>
Lebanese president says Hariri to visit Paris on Saturday

Lebanese President

Michel Aoun

said in a statement on Thursday that Saad al-Hariri will arrive in Paris on Saturday with his family and will remain for a few days before coming back home to Beirut.

Hariri announced his resignation as Lebanese prime minister in a televised broadcast from Saudi Arabia on Nov. 4 and has not returned to Beirut since then, Reuters reported.

Hariri’s controversial action of his redignations from the Saudi Kingdom has put Lebanon’s politiacal future in vagueness.

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Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri is seen at the governmental palace in Beirut, Lebanon October 24, 2017. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir


Mugabe, wife, top allies holed up ‘safe’ in "Blue House" compound

Zimbabwe President

Robert Mugabe

, his wife Grace and other two key official from her G40 political faction are put under house arrest at Mugabe's "Blue House" compound in Harare, Reuters reported.

The army denied the military move to be a coup,saying that the president and his wife are safe, BBC reported.

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Soldiers are seen on the armoured vehicle outside the parliament in Harare, Zimbabwe, November 16, 2017 - REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo


Indonesia anti-corruption agency seeks arrest of house speaker

Indonesian Speaker of Parliament

Setya Novanto

is being sought by Anti-Corruption Agency after a foiled attempt late on Wednesday to arrest him at his home, according to Fox News.

Novanto’s lawyer denied on Thursday that Parliament speaker had gone into hiding to avoid being questioned by an anti-corruption agency over a $170 million graft investigation, Reuters reported.

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Indonesia's Speaker of the House Setya Novanto arrives at the House Plenary Session at parliament in Jakarta, Indonesia November 15, 2017 in this photo taken by Antara Foto - REUTERS


Trump to announce terrorism list decision on N.K next week

President

Donald Trump

will announce his decision next week on whether to put North Korea on a U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism, the White House said on Thursday.

"I believe the president will be making an announcement ... on that at the first part of next week," White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said at a news briefing.

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U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during his meeting with former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger in the Oval Office of the White House - REUTERS
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11/16/2017 11:55:31 PM
<![CDATA[Trump to announce terrorism list decision on N.K next week]]>
"I believe the president will be making an announcement ... on that at the first part of next week," White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said at a news briefing.]]>
11/16/2017 11:19:57 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian presidency agrees to turn GEFAU into syndicate]]>
In a statement on Thursday, the head of GEFAU, Osama Abdel Halem, said that he had received a phone call from the Egyptian presidency informing him that parliament’s labor force committee will discuss this month the bill presented by the union to regulate the establishment of the new syndicate.

He added that the Egyptian Parliament’s legislative and constitutional affairs committee has completed its review of the bill and submitted it to the labor force committee.

Abdel Halem expressed his gratitude to President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi for approving the union’s demand, applauding the presidency’s efforts to meet the needs of the Egyptian people.

In October, GEFAU signed a cooperation agreement with Neuro Med Clinics, Cairo’s premier medical center specializing in Neurology and Sleep Medicine, to provide advanced neurology services to flight attendants to ensure a better work environment and worker safety.
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11/16/2017 11:13:31 PM