<![CDATA[rss-News]]> All Rights Reserved for The Cairo post <![CDATA[News]]>]]> 100 29 <![CDATA[A defender of women rights: UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka]]>
She was sworn into office on 19 August 2013 and brings a wealth of experience and expertise to this position, having devoted her career to issues of human rights, equality and social justice.

Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka has worked in government and civil society, and with the private sector, and was actively involved in the struggle to end apartheid in her home country of South Africa.

From 2005 to 2008, she served as Deputy President of South Africa, overseeing program to combat poverty and bring the advantages of a growing economy to the poor, with a particular focus on women.

Prior to this, she served as Minister of Minerals and Energy from 1999 to 2005 and Deputy Minister in the Department of Trade and Industry from 1996 to 1999. She was a Member of Parliament from 1994 to 1996 as part of South Africa’s first democratic government.

On the sideline of a regional conference on eliminating child marriage and female genital mutilation, which kicked on June 19, Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka published a video expressing a dire need to end harmful practices against women in the African continent.



Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka began her career as a teacher and gained international experience as a coordinator at the World YWCA in Geneva, where she established a global program for young women. She is the founder of the Umlambo Foundation, which supports leadership and education. A longtime champion of women’s rights, she is affiliated with several organizations devoted to education, women’s empowerment and gender equality.

She has completed her PhD on education and technology at the University of Warwick, United Kingdom.
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6/19/2019 6:20:02 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt chairs Sudan’s regional partners meeting in Addis Ababa]]>
According to a Wednesday statement issued by Egypt’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Ahmed Hafez, The meeting will be held in the African Union (AU) headquarters. Ethiopia, Chad, Congo, Central African Republic, Djibouti, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Uganda, Nigeria, Eritrea, and Egypt are all participating in the meeting.

The meeting is held according to recommendations of the consultative summit of Sudan regional partners that was called for by President Abdel Fatah El Sisi on April 23 in Cairo. The meeting is part of regional efforts to reach an agreement on the current transitional period in Sudan after the ouster of President Omar Bashir.

According to the state information service's (SIS) statement on the consultative summit, President Sisi asserted the consensus of the parties participating in the summit on the determination and courage shown by the Sudanese people in their peaceful efforts to reach their legitimate aspirations and the launching of a comprehensive process of peaceful democratic transition which establishes development and prosperity in the country.

In his closing address before the consultative summit, held at Ittihadiya Palace, Sisi said the discussions reflected a common will to exert collective efforts to help the brotherly Sudanese people based on the relevant principles and aims of the African Union to establish security and stability in Africa.

The meeting, scheduled for Tuesday in Ethiopia, aims at continuing efforts and affirming a collective African will to maintain and preserve Sudan’s stability and unity.

On June 14, President Sisi received a phone call from his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron, as they discussed the latest developments in the region, including Sudan.

During their call, Sisi asserted Egypt's support to the choices and will of the Sudanese people, reiterating Egypt's full respect to Sudan's sovereignty and rejecting any interference in its internal affairs.

Sisi also stressed the need for intensifying international efforts to help Sudan end its current crisis and maintain its stability and security to achieve the best interests of the Sudanese people.

Last February, Sisi headed to Addis Ababa where he formally received the presidency of the African Union from his Rwandan counterpart Paul Kagame at the inauguration of the 32nd summit of the AU.

The summit which was inaugurated under the theme “The year of refugees, returnees, and international displaced persons - towards durable solutions to forced displacement in Africa” witnessed discussions on the African Peace and Security Council and the implementation of the AU road map and its capability to end civil armed conflicts on the continent by the end of 2020.

On June 12, Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry hailed Egypt's deeply-rooted ties with African countries during a ceremony held in commemoration of Africa Day, which marks the anniversary of the founding of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) on May 25, 1963.

In a statement for spokesperson Ahmed Hafez, he said that the minister explained that this year's ceremony is of special importance due to Egypt's 2019 chairmanship of the African Union, noting that Egypt focuses on achieving sustainable development and establishing peace and stability throughout the continent.

Hafez's statement reported that Shoukry highlighted the need to promote inter-African cooperation to attain the aspirations of African peoples.
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6/19/2019 6:08:21 PM
<![CDATA[Regional conference on eliminating child marriage, FGM in Africa kicks off in Cairo]]>
The conference is organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the National Council for Childhood and Motherhood (NCCM), and the African Union, in collaboration with the European Union, UN organizations and Plan International Egypt.

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During her key speech, President of the National Council for Women (NCW), Maya Morsi, said Egypt is following a lead to empower women with the necessary information, skills and support.

She also stressed that Egypt is strenuously working on raising the awareness and educating societies on the importance of supporting women by providing them with education opportunities and ending accustomed practices like child marriage and female genital mutilation (FGM).

Morsi said parents should be aware that through these practices, they betray their daughters’ right to be safe and secure, pointing out that FGM leads to cutting vital parts of female bodies, causing a lot of health complications and physiological problems later on.


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As for child marriage, head of the NCW said parents steal their daughters’ simplest rights of enjoying a happy innocent childhood, receiving education and gaining skills and experiences that allow them to find proper job opportunities, not to mention that such practices could end their lives.

She further affirmed that African women represent 60 percent of the African continent, thus failing to empower them means that more than half of the continent will not be able to keep up with African development.

“Morsi further stressed that Egyptian women are lucky to have a political will that believes and supports women and childhood,” Morsi added.

Clarifying that change in any negative practice in any society takes many years, Morsi said that state institutions, civil society organizations, media outlets and religious speech must collaborate efforts to raise awareness against such dangerous practices.

She also added that a national committee has already kicked of the first stage of an awareness campaign with the slogan “Protect Her from FGM” across Egypt via TV and Radio reports, awareness campaigns, and convoys.

“We have a responsibility to provide our daughters with an environment empty of violence,” Morsi said. “Educate a girl, empower her, and she will empower a whole nation.”

For his part, Ambassador Ahmed Ihab, assistant minister of Foreign Affairs for Human Rights and International Humanitarian and Social Affairs, has affirmed that the conference comes in line with Egypt’s 2030 Vision, which also seeks to eliminate child marriage and FGM as key factors to achieving sustainable development.

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The ambassador also pointed out that various United Nations resolutions defined these practices as violations of human rights and have a disproportionate negative impact on girls.

He further added that that the African continent was the first to address these two practices and the need to eliminate them in its agenda of 2063, aiming to eliminate child marriage and FGM.

Moreover, Azza El Ashmawy, secretary general of NCCM, in her speech affirmed that Egypt is proud to be the heart of Africa, seeking to promote successful experiences and programs among countries of the continent in various fields.

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She also added that despite grave challenges, wills and experiences will be able to change such devious practices to provide protection to females while empowering them with the proper growth circumstances, pointing out that Egypt has already went a long way in this direction, thanks to a sincere political will and vision.

United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka published a video on the conference; “I am glad that you are gathering in Cairo for this important subject of eliminating harmful practices to women and girls like early enforced marriages and FGM,” Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka said. “I am also proud that in this gathering we have the leadership of Egypt who is also the president of the African Union, giving us direction in supporting the progress that we should be making in the continent.



“We are encouraged by the anxious participation of young people, different governments and professionals, religious leaders, who especially in Egypt have been giving us a lot of support. The UN system are truly appreciative of the support you have been giving us. I hope everything goes well and we are looking forward to your recommendations and we are committed to make sure we implement the recommendations, so before 2030, we have made significant progress on the elimination of FGM and enforced marriages all over the continent, and also in the world.”]]>
6/19/2019 6:05:59 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt, Belarus agree to hold 6th joint committee in August]]>
The committee meetings will take place in Minsk in August 2019, according to the minister, adding that a business forum will be held on the sidelines of the joint session with the participation of a number of Egyptian and Belarussian investors particularly those operating in sectors of mutual interest.

During a plenary session of talks with Belarussian Minister of Anti-monopoly Regulation and Trade Vladimir Koltovich, the minister reviewed the future of economic, trade, industrial and investment cooperation between the two countries and a number of other economic files of common concern.

Egyptian-Belarussian relations are witnessing great activities particularly after signing a roadmap for enhancing cooperation between the two sides in 2019-2020 in various fields, he said.]]>
6/19/2019 4:51:26 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi lays wreath at Tomb of Unknown Soldier in Bucharest]]>
Earlier in the day, President Sisi arrived in Bucharest on an official visit to Romania coming from Minsk, Belarus.

Sisi held a press conference with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis in Bucharest that they discussed cooperation in the fields of economy and tourism, affirming that their previous meetings have contributed to strengthening the bilateral relations.

President Sisi stressed the strength and depth of the historic relations between Egypt and Romania within the framework of mutual respect, explaining that these relations have witnessed a great boost in light of the continuous communication between the two countries, including the Arab-European Summit held on February 24-25 in Egypt’s Sharm el-Shiekh.

Sisi will also have talks with the Speakers of the Senate and the House, the statement reported.

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6/19/2019 4:42:49 PM
<![CDATA[In pics: et monitors Egypt's preparations for 2019 African Nations Cup]]>
The preparations included several works such as the construction of a new street in the vicinity of the Cairo Stadium,decorating the streets and establishing new gardens, and a number of toilets in the vicinity of stadiums, squares and main streets.

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Cairo governorate also finished painting all the properties surrounding the stadiums and set more surveillance cameras in the streets around the stadiums to secure them.

The Public Transport Authority in Cairo headed by Rizk Ali Mustafa finished painting more than 400 concrete stations, especially the bus stations of the Public Transport Authority.

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On June 10, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi directed the authorities concerned to provide all the organizational, administrative and logistical means to ensure the success of the African Cup of Nations.

The Africa Cup of Nations is hosted by Egypt from June 21 to July 19. Egypt will open the 2019 African nations' championship against Zimbabwe at Cairo International Stadium.]]>
6/19/2019 4:33:25 PM
<![CDATA[France's Sarkozy to face trial for influence peddling: lawyer]]>
Sarkozy is accused of offering to help a prosecutor win promotion in return for leaked information about a separate inquiry. Sarkozy, who is embroiled in several criminal investigations, denies any wrongdoing.]]>
6/19/2019 3:06:07 PM
<![CDATA[Fans advised to cover heads on 1st day of AFCON due to heat]]>
The fans are also advised to drink plenty of water and juices, and wear cotton clothes.

Ahmed Abdel Aal, head of the EMA, said that the temperature is expected to rise by 3 to 4 °C from the average, as June 21 marks the beginning of Summer.

The temperature on Friday is expected to reach 34-35°C, while humidity can reach 50-60 percent.

The Africa Cup of Nations is hosted by Egypt from June 21 to July 19. Egypt will open the 2019 African nations' championship against Zimbabwe at Cairo International Stadium.]]>
6/19/2019 2:27:04 PM
<![CDATA[Al Wadi Al Jadid logistic area for Palm initiative; costs LE2.5B, provides 15K jobs]]>
According to the ministry, the new area will help provide 15,000 new jobs, along with supporting and enhancing the trade, industrial and service activities.

In the new logistic area,a number of factories and commercial complexes are expected to be established, in addition to an international stock exchange for dates and a large number of date refrigerators as well as commercial and commodity stores.

Another 200 acres all over the governorate will be allocated for President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi'sinitiative for planting palms.

According to Al Wadi Al Jadid Governor Mohamed al-Zamalot,a number of acres were already handed over to investors and businessmen to start planting the palms.He noted that the governorate supports investors to ease their work.

In December 2018, President Sisi announced that Egypt is working on the biggest date plantation that will include around 2,500 million palm trees to produce top quality dates.
Sisi’s remarks came on the sidelines of the inauguration of the National Greenhouses Project in the 10th of Ramadan city.

Presidential spokesperson Bassam Rady clarified that the national project to build 100,000 greenhouses will allow off-season crops production.Furthermore, the project will provide many job opportunities, enhance the quality of the exported products, and increase food production.

According to former Minister of Industry and Foreign Trade TarekKabil, Egypt is the world’s largest date producer, capturing 18 percent of the global date production and 23 percent of the Arab date production.

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6/19/2019 12:33:09 PM
<![CDATA[Emergency medical plan for AFCON revealed]]>
The plan is as follows:

1) 145 paramedics and 30 doctors will be present in stadiums during matches.
2) 50 emergency kits.

3) A team of four paramedics and a doctor will be assigned to each football team.
4) Preparing two well-equipped clinics at the stadium.

5) Two ambulance cars will be available at the field, and one more will be available at the entrance of the stadium.

6) Twenty ambulance cars will be located around the stadium when matches are attended by large numbers of fans.

7) An ambulance will be available 24/7 at hotels hosting the African national teams.

8) An ambulance and a medical team will be present during the training of the African national teams.

Egypt will open the 2019 African Nations Championship against Zimbabwe on June 21 at the Cairo International Stadium. The tournament takes place with the participation of 24 teams in six groups for the first time in the history of the African competition.

Tazkarti declared that the fans have flocked to receive their FAN IDs and tickets for the games they are willing to attend.

The Organizing Committee of the African Nations Cup has identified the following outlets:

First degree tickets: The following Orange branches (Heliopolis, Nasr City, El Rehab, Dokki, Downtown, Zamalek, Manial, Abbaseya, Shoubra, 6th of October, El Haram, Maadi&Mokattam).

Secondand thirddegree tickets: All the following youth centers (Al-Jazira Youth Center, Maadi Youth Club, Suez Club, Sheikh Zayed Youth Center at Ismailia, 6th of October, Horse Owners Club at Smouha, El Shams Club.)

Tazkarti is a ticket marketplace with a mission to provide a safe and secure marketplace for ticket buyers to find and purchase event tickets on the secondary market.

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6/19/2019 12:30:25 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt ranks 8th internationally, 1st in Africa in aquaculture]]>
During the Forum of Investors and Partners for Africa, organized by the World Fish Center, Egypt’s Ministry of Agriculture announced that fish is one of the most significant sources of animal protein, to which the government pays a great attention.

It was added that the country is working on developing this sector through various sources, referring that fish is the ideal solution to fill the food gap and satisfy individual animal protein needs.

Therefore, Egypt has adopted the strategy of sustainable agricultural development 2030, which aimed at increasing the state’s production to reach nearly 2 million tons and increase the average per capital consumption from 13 kg to 18.5 kg / year.

According to all stated reasons, Egypt came eighth internationally and first in Africa in the aquaculture field, as the total fish production from different sources in Egypt reached more than 1.8 million tons, 80 percent of which come from fish farming.

The Forum of Investors and Partners for Africa comes within the framework of working on boosting the Egyptian-African relations at various levels, especially in the field of fish production.

Also, regarding the Egyptian-African cooperation in the field of livestock, the Ministry of Agriculture said that there are many prospects for this cooperation.

The Forum was attended by Mona Mehrez, deputy minister of agriculture for livestock; Mohammed Sulaiman, head of the Agricultural Research Center; and Khaled Al Sayed, chairman of the General Authority for Fish Wealth.
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6/19/2019 12:28:27 PM
<![CDATA[5 rail test machines to arrive within a year]]>
The machines will enable the authority to better diagnose defects in the railroads which would increase safety, and inhibit derailment accidents.

The latest derailment accident occurred in July 2018 in Giza’s al-Marazeeq railway station, and it led to the injury of 57 people. A year earlier, two trains crashed in Alexandria, leaving around 20 dead and dozens injured, according to Director of Ambulance Authority in Western Delta Mohamed Abu Homs.

Earlier this year, a train, with no driver on board, moved at an extremely high speed and crashed into the platform's buffer stop at Cairo's busiest and main railway station, located in Ramses district. The collision caused an explosion of the fuel tank and triggered a huge blaze, leaving 20 people dead, and 43 injured.

The Ministry of Transportation is implementing a plan to rehabilitate the railway sector by developing signal systems, replacing and maintaining the rail cars, and modernizing the stations. ]]>
6/19/2019 12:25:10 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt hosts regional conference on child marriage, FGM]]>
Organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the National Council for Women (NCW)and the National Council for Childhood & Motherhood, in cooperation with the African Union and European Union, the conference will be discussing the African challenges and efforts to counter FGM and child marriage as harmful practices violating women’s rights.

On June 14, the UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Program on the FGM said in a statement that Egypt is a pioneering leader in countering the FGM phenomenon.

“As part of the global response, success is determined by political will, accountability (at national and sub-national levels) and creation of an enabling environment that engages and coordinates actions from stakeholders across all sectors and partners,” the statement read.

Egypt’s efforts come in light of the SDG 5.3 and the African Union’s Transformative Agenda 2063, the statement added, commending Egypt’s’ leadership regionally and internationally.

The National Committee of the Eradication of FGM has launched an awareness campaign against female circumcision, on the occasion of the National Anti-FGM Day which falls on June 14.

“We consider ourselves today more fortunate in facing all forms of violence and discrimination against the female child and the woman, thanks to the continuous support of the political leadership and President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi to the protection and empowerment of the Egyptian female child and woman, and the government's commitment to enforce national legislations and international commitments, in accordance with Egypt's strategic vision," said Maya Morsy, head of the National Council for Women.

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6/19/2019 12:06:33 PM
<![CDATA[Sweden seeks to increase cooperation with Egypt: Sweden official]]>
This came during his meeting with Electricity and Renewable Energy Minister Mohamed Shaker and representatives of Swedish companies in the energy field in the presence of the Swedish ambassador in Cairo and several officials at the electricity and energy sector.

Johansson reiterated that a number of financing institutions are willing to provide the required funding for the renewable energy sector and support the sector of electricity in Egypt to meet the current and future needs.

For his part, Shaker praised the relationships between Egypt and Sweden, as well as the active participation of the Swedish side in the projects of the Egyptian electricity sector,stressing that Swedish companies are a reliable partner and play a significant role to contribute to the projects of the electricity sector.

He also stressed that the electricity sector is always seeking to deepen the Egyptian-Swedish relations and strengthen the fields of economic cooperation, especially in the field of electricity and renewable energy.
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6/19/2019 12:02:47 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt condemns terrorist attack in Somali's Mogadishu]]>
The attack targeted a security checkpoint in front of the Somali Parliament and the main road to the airport.

Egypt extended the sincerest condolences to the families of the victims and wished the injured a speedy recovery,stressing that the Egyptian people and government stand by the people and government of Somalia against terrorism.

The statement also highlighted Egypt’s support of the efforts to rebuild the Somali state institutions and regain security and stability across the country.

Kenyan officials also announced on Saturday that at least 10 policemen were killed when their bus collided with an improvised explosive device in the province of Wajir near the Somali border.

According to ABC American news,the policemen were clashing with a gunman who kidnapped a number of policemen.
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6/19/2019 11:55:28 AM
<![CDATA[President Sisi arrives in Bucharest]]>
President Sisi will have talks with his Romanian counterpart Klaus Iohannis, said the spokesman.

The Egyptian president will also have talks with the Speakers of the Senate and the House, said the spokesman.

The talks will take up means of boosting economic and political relations between the two countries along with coordination at the regional and international levels, added the spokesman.]]>
6/19/2019 11:52:00 AM
<![CDATA[Belarus amb. asserts importance of outcome of Sisi's visit to Belarus]]>
Sisi and Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko reached very important decisions including setting a mechanism at the ministerial level to maintain bilateral political dialogue along with opening an Egyptian embassy in Belarus, he said.

In statements to MENA, Rachkov said that the decisions also were related to economic, scientific and education projects in addition to boosting cooperation between Egypt and Belarus in the security field.

Both presidents expressed their support for establishing an Egyptian-Belarus business council, he added.]]>
6/19/2019 11:31:44 AM
<![CDATA[House speaker praises cooperation with China in terror combat]]>
The Egyptian speaker's remarks were made on Wednesday at a meeting with Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress of China Li Zhanshu. Abdel Aal is currently on an official visit to China leading a parliamentary delegation.

The Egyptian speaker also voiced hope over increasing cooperation between the two countries in the field of tourism in view of the two countries' old civilizations and cultural backgrounds.

He also commended the development of the two countries' relations, terming them as "historical and strategic", highlighting the high level of coordination between the two sides regarding a set of issues of common interest.

Abdel Aal also asserted that Egypt has strategic priorities for dealing with China and promoting the level of relations in all fields.

On the regional level, the Egyptian speaker exchanged viewpoints with the Chinese lawmaker regarding the Palestinian issue and the establishment of an independent Palestinian state in accordance with international resolutions and relevant terms of reference.

Abdel Aal called on the Chinese parliament and speaker to support the Libyan House of Representatives and the Libyan army as they are representing the two legislative foundations of the Libyan people.

Li, for his part, welcomed the Egyptian parliamentary delegation, praising the level of Egyptian-Chinese relations in all fields especially the parliamentary one in light of the presence of mechanisms for regular parliamentary exchange of visits.

The Chinese lawmaker also asserted the willingness of both sides to enhance their friendly relations with the aim of reaching a comprehensive strategic partnership.]]>
6/19/2019 11:24:41 AM
<![CDATA[Rocket hits site of foreign oil firms in Iraq's Basra]]>
There was no immediate claim of responsibility. It came after two separate attacks in as many days on bases housing U.S. military personnel in Iraq, as tension rose between the United States and Iran.

The rocket hit the Burjesia site west of the city, according to police and a statement released by the military. Police earlier said two Iraqi workers were wounded.

The United States evacuated hundreds of diplomatic staff from its Baghdad embassy last month, citing unspecified threats from Iran against U.S. interests in neighbouring Iraq, where Tehran supports some Shi'ite militias.

Wednesday's incident came just as Exxon staff who were also evacuated after the diplomats' departure had begun to return to Basra.

A security source said Exxon was evacuating 21 foreign staff immediately by plane to Dubai.

Oil officials said operations including exports from southern Iraq were not affected by the incident.

Other companies operating at the site include Royal Dutch Shell PLC and Italy's Eni SpA, the oil officials said.

The rocket was a short-range Katyusha missile, the military said. Police said it landed 100 metres from the part of the site used as a residence and operations centre by Exxon.

Burjesia is near the Zubair oilfield operated by Eni.

Washington has ramped up sanctions pressure on Iran in recent months and says it has sent additional forces to the region over tension with the Islamic Republic.

It blames Tehran for attacks on tankers in the Gulf of Oman last week. Tehran denies it was involved.

Both sides say they do not want war, but analysts warn such incidents could escalate violence in the region.]]>
6/19/2019 11:11:08 AM
<![CDATA[FAO may participate in 2nd edition of Cairo Water Week ]]>
Head of Planning Department at the ministry Iman Sayed held on Monday a meeting with First Economic Affairs Officer at the UN ESCWA Mohamed al-hamdy to discuss the matter.

The agenda of the conference will include the achievement of SDGs in light of water scarcity, cooperation in the water resources sector, innovation and research to face water scarcity, the minimization of climate change impacts and adaptation strategies, and the use of non-conventional water resources as a solution to water scarcity.

The event will also include the second edition of the African Young Water Professionals Forum where the number of participants is expected to be higher than last year.

The 2019 Cairo Water Week will host the meetings of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation’s Water Council whose session is currently chaired by Egypt. That is in addition to the meetings of the Presidential Infrastructure Champion Initiative (PICI) where 11 African ministers are expected to take part along with delegates of regional and international economic organizations. One of the goals of this initiative is the establishment of a maritime pathway connecting Victoria Lake and the Mediterrenean. The Nile Basin countries are expected to contribute in the accomplishment of that project.

The conference will consist of competitions pertinent to the water sector and a fair including companies that operate in the sectors of water technology, irrigation systems, water treatment, and desalination.

A closer look at Egypt's 1st Cairo Water Week

CAIRO - 21 July 2018: To gain a wealth of experience for tackling water-related challenges, Egypt will hold its first annual Cairo Water Week (CWW) from October 14 to October 18. Egypt suffers from water scarcity due to its increasing population of 104 million people.



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6/18/2019 5:04:15 PM
<![CDATA[U.S. to send 1k troops to Middle East amid tensions with Iran]]>
"In response to a request from the US Central Command for additional forces, and with the advice of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and in consultation with the White House, I have authorized approximately 1,000 additional troops for defensive purposes to address air, naval, and ground-based threats in the Middle East," acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said in a statement.

"The recent Iranian attacks validate the reliable, credible intelligence we have received on hostile behavior by Iranian forces and their proxy groups that threaten United States personnel and interests across the region," Shanahan said, adding that the "United States does not seek conflict with Iran."

Shortly before the announcement the Pentagon released a detailed set of photos that it said showed Iranian boats removing a mine from one of two tankers attacked in the Gulf of Oman on June 13. The US attributes the attack to Iran.

Tehran has vigorously denied the charge.

"The action today is being taken to ensure the safety and welfare of our military personnel working throughout the region and to protect our national interests," Shanahan said.

He added "We will continue to monitor the situation diligently and make adjustments to force levels as necessary given intelligence reporting and credible threats."

One US official said the deployment will include intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft and missile defense for force protection.]]>
6/18/2019 12:47:31 PM
<![CDATA[13 drug dealers arrested after laundering LE 55M: police]]>
The gang laundered money through buying lands, real estate, cars, companies, restaurants and cafes, the statement said. The cost of these facilities amounts to LE 55 million.

The Parliament approved in June a draft law submitted by the government to amend some provisions of the Anti-Narcotics Law, and toughen punishment for drug trafficking.

The law sentences to death those who "bring, manufacture or produce synthetic materials with an anesthetic or harmful effect on the mind, body, or the mental and neurological condition."

The Anti-Drugs and Organized Crime Sector of the Ministry of Interior seized LE 3.4 billion ($178 million) collected in money laundering crimes within one year.

This announcement came during the fourth conference to combat crimes of money laundering, which started on June 8 and lasted for 3 days, with the participation of leaders and officers of the sector and under the leadership of the Ministry of Justice and the attorney general.

The conference focused on mechanisms to upgrade the performance of drug combat officers in coordination with the concerned bodies.

The Interior Ministry was able to detect 61 cases of money laundering through drug trafficking in the period between June 2018 and May 2019.]]>
6/18/2019 12:42:53 PM
<![CDATA[Kuwait hosts meeting on Arab-US military exercises]]>
The military exercises is set to take place in March 2020.

The meeting was attended by representatives from the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Egypt, Jordan, and the U.S., the statement added, noting that Kuwait has hosted the military exercises twice since 2000.

In 2017 Riyadh Summit, Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz, and US President Donald Trump inaugurated new Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology ‘Aa’tidal”, which means Moderation, in Riyadh.

In November 2018, Egypt launched maneuvers dubbed "Arab Shield 1" joined by several Arab countries, including Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain, Jordan and Kuwait. The exercises took place at Mohammed Naguib military base, west of Alexandria.

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6/18/2019 12:30:33 PM
<![CDATA[Assar probes with Belarussian minister joint cooperation]]>
The meeting was held on the fringe of President Abdel Fattah El Sisi’s visit to Belarus where met with the European country’s political leaders and heads of companies, said a statement issued by the ministry in Cairo .

They discussed cooperation between Egyptian companies affiliated to the Ministry and Belarus companies cooperating with Helwan Company for Engineering Industries (Factory 99), including a company working in the heavy industries domain.

The Belarus minister praised the industrial and technical technology the Egyptian ministry and its subsidiaries enjoy, expressing his country's keenness on cooperation with Egypt during the coming period including training for establishing partnership on the long run.]]>
6/18/2019 12:28:21 PM
<![CDATA[Former Uefa president Michel Platini arrested over awarding of 2022 World Cup to Qatar]]>
French legend Platini was elected in 2007 and served as president until 2015 when he was then banned by the FIFA Ethics Committee.

Platini, 63, was taken into custody on Tuesday morning as part of the investigation into the awarding of the World Cup to Qatar, and held at premises of the Anti-Corruption Office of the Judicial Police (OCLCIFF).]]>
6/18/2019 12:21:59 PM
<![CDATA[Development of sports' infrastructure a positive step in general: Sisi]]>
According to a statement issued by presidential spokesperson Bassam Rady, President Sisi followed up the final preparations for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), to be hosted by Egypt between June 21 and July 19 in the presence of Prime Minister Mustafa Madbouli and Minister of Youth and Sports Ashraf Sobhy.

Rady’s statement added that the president praised the government’s efforts during the last period for the development of sports facilities and stadiums hosting the African nations championship.

Sisi visited on Saturday the National Football Team in the Air Defense Stadium while training for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) .The president wished the team members good luck, and asserted his confidence that they realize the heavy responsibility they shoulder. He urged them to devote hard efforts to please the Egyptian people who pay them respect and appreciation.

President Sisi underlined that the team members must show discipline and decent behavior as they are a reflection of Egypt’s ancient civilization and its great people.

On their side, the players thanked the president for his visit, promising that they would do their best to fill the hearts of millions of Egyptians with joy. They also gave him a T-shirt signed by them.

Egypt will open the 2019 African nations championship against Zimbabwe on June 21 at Cairo International Stadium.

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6/18/2019 12:05:14 PM
<![CDATA[SIS slams HRW tweets on Morsi’s death]]>
Here is the full SIS statement:

“Human Rights Watch’s tweets on Morsi’s passing... amount to nothing but political exploitation in the name of Human Rights

In a new ethical low for Human Rights Watch, Sarah Leah Whitson, Director of the Middle East and North Africa division of HRW, published a number of tweets on her account regarding the circumstances of the passing of the deposed president, Mohamed Morsi. Whitson’s tweets contained nothing but false claims that reaffirm HRW's tradition of "circulating lies”. The allegations made by the tweets were as follows:

1. Whitson accused the Egyptian government of causing the death of the deceased deposed president through what it termed as criminal negligence by not providing him with adequate healthcare. She also used the deceased deposed president’s passing to give credence to such claims and apply them broadly to all inmates serving sentences in Egyptian prisons.

2. It’s astonishing that Whitson posted her first tweet less than 30 minutes after the announcement of the deceased deposed president’s passing; and in this very first tweet she prematurely assumed that the deceased deposed president passed away due to medical negligence without providing any evidence or proof of her allegations bearing in mind that the only verified information that has been provided regarding his death was the Statement released by the Public Prosecutor regarding the preliminary assessment of the deceased deposed president’s passing, the Prosecutor added that he will provide more details after forensic officials finish their examination of the body.

3. HRW’s last report on the deceased deposed president’s health condition was 2 years ago on June 19th 2017 and it included some allegations of violations of his right to have access to proper healthcare. This contradicted an official report that was issued simultaneously. which stated that the deceased deposed president was in good health, and was only suffering from diabetes. Since then no reports or updates were provided by HRW on the health of the deceased deposed president which proves that the allegations made by Whitson are nothing but unfounded lies.

4. The deceased deposed president submitted his last official request to the court regarding his health condition on November 19th, 2017 asking to be treated on his own expense and the court approved his request. This further demonstrates how false Whitson’s allegations really are.

The conclusions that Whitson has reached in her tweets are nothing but an attempt to prematurely reach outcomes with the most politicized intentions. Furthermore, HRW has reached a new low by attempting to take advantage of the death of an Egyptian citizen to make political statements, and unfounded criminal accusations that have no relation whatsoever to human rights work.”
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6/18/2019 2:33:29 AM
<![CDATA[Prosecution office statement on Morsi's death]]>
Here is the full Prosecution Office's statement:

" Statement by the Public Prosecutor
The Public Prosecution has been notified today, Monday 17th June 2019, of the death of Mohammed Morsi Al-Ayyat as he was attending a court session relating to criminal case no. 56458/2013 of Nasr City 1st Precinct.

During the session and following the defense of the 2nd and 3rd defendants, the deceased demanded to speak. The court allowed him to do so and he spoke for five minutes after which the court was adjourned for deliberation.

While the defendant Mohammed Morsi Al-Ayyat and the other defendants were in the dock, he fainted and fell to the ground and was immediately taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The preliminary medical report stated that the superficial medical examination had found no blood pressure or pulse or breathing, and that his pupils were dilated and not responsive to light or external stimuli, and that he was dead on arrival at 4:50 pm.

There were no visible, recent external injuries on the body of the deceased.

The public prosecutor Nabil Ahmad Sadiq ordered a team from the Public Prosecution and the Higher State Security Prosecution office and the South Cairo Prosecution office to inspect the body of the deceased and to confiscate the cameras present in the courtroom and the defendants’ dock and to question those present with him at that time.

The public prosecution also demanded the medical file relating to the treatment of the deceased and the setting up of a committee of forensics led by the Head of Forensics and the Director of the Forensic Department to prepare a report on the causes of death ahead of issuing the burial permission.

The Public Prosecutor will issue further statements when appropriate."]]>
6/17/2019 11:58:54 PM
<![CDATA[Prosecution office issues burial permit for Morsi]]>
Burial Permit

No recent injuries were found on the body of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Morsi, previously said Egypt’s Attorney General Nabil Sadek in a statement on Monday.

Immediately following Morsi was announced dead during his retrial in a case dubbed in media as “Espionage with Hamas”, the General Prosecution has dispatched a team of prosecutors to examine the dead body of, the statement said.

“The Public Prosecution was notified of the death of Morsi al-Ayaat while he was attending a trial session in the case No. 56458 of 2013 at the first Nasr City criminal court,” the statement said, adding “During the trial and after the defense lawyer of the first and second defendants ended his argument, Morsi asked to speak and he was allowed for five minutes by the court. After he spoke, the court stopped the session for deliberation,” the statement continued.

“While the defendants and Morsi were at the cage, he fainted and fell on the ground; he was immediately transported to the hospital and then he was found dead,” the statement said.

According the initial medical report, he was pronounced dead at 4:50 PM, the statement said, saying “No recent injuries were found on the body of the deceased.” Morsi died at age of 67.

As per the Attorney-General’s order, surveillance cameras in the courtroom were impounded. Also, the medical report of Morsi’s condition was impounded.

A high committee of forensic physicians was tasked to examine the body to prepare a forensic report on the causes of death for the burial permit, the statement said.

Since 2013, Morsi was being prosecuted in custody as he was facing several charges, including espionage, killing protesters, prison escape, and judiciary insult.

In 2015, Morsi was sentenced to death in the jailbreak lawsuit. A year later, the sentence was cancelled by the Court of Cassation. In 2017, Morsi was handed three years in prison for judiciary insult.

In 2016, Morsi was given a life sentence in an espionage lawsuit as he was charged with spying for Qatar. A year later, the sentence was upheld by the Court of Cassation.

Morsi was also serving a final 20-year prison sentence for killing protesters.

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6/17/2019 11:51:29 PM
<![CDATA[Prosecution completes probe into Cairo's Ramses train accident]]>
A train locomotive rammed into the station's buffer stop at the end of the rail tracks, causing a huge fire and leaving casualties, according to a statement released by the Railway Authority.

The prosecution concluded its investigations by several recommendations seeking to prevent the recurrence of similar accidents.

The prosecution investigations into February's as well as similar recent accidents revealed beyond any doubt that they were primarily attributed to the gross negligence of the authority's employees involved in these accidents and their failure to abide by the instructions in place, which the legislator deem criminal offenses.

The investigations were supported by evidence drawn from several sources such as surveying the scene of an accident, analyzing witnesses' statements, specialized technical reports
as well as the defendants' confessions.

According to a statement released Monday by the public prosecutor's office, some drivers were found to deliberately disabled automatic train control (ATC) devices which continuously displays allowable speed of the vehicle and automatically stops or decelerates a train if it exceeds the permissible speed.

In addition, investigations revealed that a number of unqualified workers used to fumble with the relays panels designed to change the vehicle route automatically.

Maneuvering operators and drivers' assistants also failed to be present at their assigned places, which increased the likelihood of accidents, the statement added.

Moreover, the prosecution inquiries showed that some drivers had operated their vehicles despite the technical defects in certain equipment.

Signal-tower operators were also found in breach of their working duties.
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6/17/2019 11:28:09 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s Prosecution: No recent injuries found on Morsi’s body]]>
Immediately following Morsi was announced dead during his retrial in a case dubbed in media as “Espionage with Hamas”, the General Prosecution has dispatched a team of prosecutors to examine the dead body of, the statement said.

“The Public Prosecution was notified of the death of Morsi al-Ayaat while he was attending a trial session in the case No. 56458 of 2013 at the first Nasr City criminal court,” the statement said, adding “During the trial and after the defense lawyer of the first and second defendants ended his argument, Morsi asked to speak and he was allowed for five minutes by the court. After he spoke, the court stopped the session for deliberation,” the statement continued.

“While the defendants and Morsi were at the cage, he fainted and fell on the ground; he was immediately transported to the hospital and then he was found dead,” the statement said.

According the initial medical report, he was pronounced dead at 4:50 PM, the statement said, saying “No recent injuries were found on the body of the deceased.” Morsi died at age of 67.

As per the Attorney-General’s order, surveillance cameras in the courtroom were impounded. Also, the medical report of Morsi’s condition was impounded.

A high committee of forensic physicians was tasked to examine the body to prepare a forensic report on the causes of death for the burial permit, the statement said.

Since 2013, Morsi was being prosecuted in custody as he was facing several charges, including espionage, killing protesters, prison escape, and judiciary insult.

In 2015, Morsi was sentenced to death in the jailbreak lawsuit. A year later, the sentence was cancelled by the Court of Cassation. In 2017, Morsi was handed three years in prison for judiciary insult.

In 2016, Morsi was given a life sentence in an espionage lawsuit as he was charged of spying for Qatar. A year later, the sentence was upheld by the Court of Cassation.

Morsi was also serving a final 20-year prison sentence for killing protesters.
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6/17/2019 9:03:20 PM
<![CDATA[EXCLUSIVE| Morsi received proper medical care: source]]>
The source said that the health condition of Morsi had been checked periodically by doctors.

Morsi died on Monday in court after the conclusion of a trial session as he was charged of espionage for Hamas.

Morsi had asked to talk and the judge gave him the permission, as reported by Extra News.

After the trial session was over, Morsi passed out in court, and later died. The body was transferred to the hospital and the necessary procedures are being finalized.

Since 2013, Morsi was being prosecuted in custody as he was facing several charges, including espionage, killing protesters, prison escape, and judiciary insult.

In 2015, Morsi was sentenced to death in the jailbreak lawsuit. A year later, the sentence was cancelled by the Court of Cassation. In 2017, Morsi was handed three years in prison for judiciary insult.

In 2016, Morsi was given a life sentence in an espionage lawsuit as he was charged of spying for Qatar. A year later, the sentence was upheld by the Court of Cassation.

Morsi was also serving a final 20-year prison sentence for killing protesters.]]>
6/17/2019 7:20:24 PM
<![CDATA[PROFILE: Who is MB leader Mohamed Morsi]]>CAIRO – 17 June 2019: Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Morsi died on Monday in court after the conclusion of a trial session in the espionage lawsuit.


According to sources, after the session ended, Morsi fainted, and later was declared dead.


The former Egyptian president was sentenced to three years in prison and fined 2m Egyptian pounds (£83,000) after being found guilty of insulting the judiciary.


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Morsi was still being tried in several other cases, some related to espionage and conspiring with foreign groups. A death sentence on charges relating to a mass jailbreak was overturned in November 2016.


The former president, who led the outlawed terrorist-designated Muslim Brotherhoodgroup, was already serving a life sentence after being found guilty of spying for Qatar.


He was also given a 20-year sentence over the killing of protesters in December 2012.


Mohamed Morsi Isa Al-Ayyat (1951 – 2019) served as the president of Egypt, from 30 June 2012 to 3 July 2013, until a popular uprising ousted him from position.


As president, Morsi issued a constitutional declaration in late November 2012 that granted him unlimited powers and the power to legislate without judicial oversight or review of his acts.


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The new constitution that was then hastily finalized by the Islamist-dominated constitutional assembly, presented to the president, and scheduled for a referendum, before the Supreme Constitutional Court could rule on the constitutionality of the assembly.


This was described by independent press agencies not aligned with the regime as an "Islamist coup".


This, along with complaints of prosecutions of journalists and attacks on nonviolent demonstrators, led to the 2012 Egyptian protests.


On 30 June 2013, protests erupted across Egypt, in which protesters called for the president's resignation.


In response to the events, Morsi was given a 48-hour ultimatum by the military to meet their demands and to resolve political differences, which Morsi disregarded, along with the demands of Egyptians, which led to his ousting.


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6/17/2019 6:14:52 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt restored leading status in Africa: Press Authority deputy chief]]>
In an article published in Al Ahram Al Arabi magazine, Hassan said that after the June 30 revolution in 2013 President Abdel Fattah El Sisi worked hard to restore Egypt's status in the Arab, African and international arenas, underscoring the importance of the visits he paid to a great number of African countries and the many meetings he had with their leaders to boost bilateral ties.

Egypt has made many achievements in the African arena, he noted, pointing out that it regained its African Union (AU) membership, which was suspended in the wake of June 30 revolution and President Sisi won the presidency of the AU for 2019. And, in addition to that, it will be hosting AFCON this week, he elaborated.

He added that such achievements reflect trust of African nations in the stable security situation maintained by Egypt and its success in uprooting terrorist groups financed by foreign countries with the aim of destabilizing the state.

The writer, meanwhile, shed light on high-level preparations carried out by Egypt ahead of AFCON tournament which is set to bring together fans from 24 African countries eager to take part in the event that will run through June 21-July 19.]]>
6/17/2019 3:54:36 PM
<![CDATA[Boeing says will take time to win back confidence]]>
Chairman and Chief Executive Dennis Muilenburg said Boeing failed to communicate “crisply” with regulators and customers, but defended the broad engineering and design approach to nose-down control software at the center of probes into the accidents that led to the plane’s worldwide grounding.

Muilenburg acknowledged the company made a mistake in failing to disclose a defective cockpit warning light on its 737 MAX to regulators and customers, and said that failure has been part of reviews by global regulators.

Muilenburg, who has been under fire over the MAX design and Boeing’s handling of the crisis, said “we are seeing over time more and more convergence among the regulators” on when the MAX should return to service.

He said he expected the MAX to return to service this year and that 90% of customers had participated in simulator sessions with its upgraded MCAS software as the company works toward a certification flight with regulators soon.

Boeing says it followed long-standing engineering procedures when designing the 737 MAX. Asked how the procedures failed to capture apparent flaws in MCAS control software and sensor architecture, Muilenburg said: “Clearly, we can make improvements, and we understand that and we will make those improvements.”

He added: “When I make comments about the previous MCAS design and how we followed those processes, that’s something we put a lot of thought and depth of analysis into. That doesn’t mean that it can’t be improved.”

Muilenburg’s comments on the eve of the Paris Airshow highlight efforts by Boeing to strike a different tone than it did in the days after the Lion Air crash in October, when it raised questions over pilot and maintenance issues.

Muilenburg said the U.S. planemaker expected to announce some orders at the show for wider-body jets, but that its main focus at this year’s industry gathering was safety.

He forecast a $8.7 trillion marketplace for Boeing’s products and services over 10 years, up from the $8.1 trillion it projected last year, and predicted the world would need 44,000 commercial jets over the next 20 years, up from the 43,000 Boeing forecast in last year’s estimate.

He stuck to a previous timeline for the all-new 777X twin-aisle jet, which Boeing aims to fly later this year and deliver to airlines in 2020.

He said a possible new jet dubbed NMA had fallen behind the MAX’s return to service as a priority, but that the timeline on decisions and entry to service remained unchanged.

He took aim at European rival Airbus’s planned new extended-range A321XLR, saying the aircraft would only “scratch an edge” of the market segment targeted by the NMA, which would replace Boeing’s 757s and 767s.

Whether or not Boeing moves forward with the new mid-sized plane to serve a niche market falling between narrow- and wide-body aircraft is expected to reshape competition with Airbus, which dominates the top end of the medium-haul sector.

Asked whether he had been interviewed or submitted evidence in an ongoing criminal investigation launched by the U.S. Department of Justice in the wake of the 737 crashes, Muilenburg said, “We are fully supporting any government inquiries and providing information.”]]>
6/17/2019 1:37:16 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi lays wreath at Memorial of Unknown Soldier in Minsk]]>
Sisi arrived here earlier in the day on a three-day state visit as part of a tour that will take him to Romania.

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The Memorial, known as Victory Monument, was built in 1954 in honor of the soldiers of the Soviet Army and partisans of Belarus who were killed in the Second World War.

Sisi was welcomed by Minsk Mayor Anatoly Sivak.

The anthems of both Egypt and Belarus were played at the Victory Square where the memorial stands.

An eternal flame was lit under the huge 40m obelisk that honors the country's war dead.

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6/17/2019 1:27:47 PM
<![CDATA[Interior Ministry launches e-service to register apartment rental data]]>
This step is in line with the state's policy to improve services offered for citizens and shift from traditional services to e-services.

For those interested in using the new service, they can follow the steps on the Interior Ministry's website.

Also, the citizens could register the apartment rental data at the police station. ]]>
6/17/2019 1:25:20 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt, Togo continue Sahel-Saharan joint exercise to combat terrorism]]>
Theoretical lectures were given to unify concepts, learn about the combat experiences of both sides, and implement many planned practical activities, according to the Egyptian army spokesman Tamer al-Rifae.

The training comes within the framework of the efforts made by Egypt and the Armed Forces to enhance the fighting capabilities of the Sahel-Saharan States to confront any dangers that may face the region and threaten the security and stability of Africa.

Ibrahim Sani Abani, secretary general of the Community of Sahel-Saharan States (CEN-SAD), said in 2018 that Egypt has always offered help to other African states. Abani said that Egypt has supported CEN-SAD states by providing their defense and security forces with 1,000 training grants, following a meeting between CEN-SAD defense ministers in 2016.

Concerning counterterrorism efforts, Abani said that Egypt has actually backed the Sahel-Saharan Anti-Terrorism Center, adding that safety and security are keys to progress, as investment and two-way trade cannot be carried out amid the spread of terrorism and state of instability.

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi held a joint press conference on May 25, 2017 with President Alpha Conde of Guinea, which is one of the subsequent members of the CEN-SAD. Sisi agreed on enhancing security and military coordination to combat terrorism and organized crime in the Sahel region.

Presidents Sisi and Conde reaffirmed their determination to set up a regional center to combat terrorism. Sisi expressed his optimism that this center shall contribute positively to enhancing regional cooperation regarding counterterrorism efforts.]]>
6/17/2019 1:04:02 PM
<![CDATA[EU backs Egypt's efforts to restore smuggled artifacts]]>
Speaking to MENA, the diplomat underlined the importance of exchanging information to prevent activities related to smuggling and trafficking in cultural objects and artifacts.
He called for putting into effect all international agreements on banning the smuggling of stolen monuments.

The diplomat's statements came on the sidelines of a ceremony organized at the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir on the occasion of signing an agreement with the EU to develop the museum.

Egypt has earlier urged the European countries' ambassadors to back its efforts to return the bust of young Pharaoh Tutankhamun before being sold in the auction house Christie's in London on July 3-4.

He expressed trust that the British authorities would take necessary measures as regards the sale of the invaluable bust in London.

The quartzite statue portrays the boy king as Amun, the ancient Egyptian god of the sun and air.

Meanwhile, he hoped that the project of developing the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir Square in the heart of Cairo, which is funded by 3.1 million euros from the EU, would promote tourism in Egypt and contribute to achieving sustainable social and economic development.

He added that five European museums will cooperate with the Egyptian side to develop the Egyptian Museum.
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6/17/2019 11:58:04 AM
<![CDATA[Health Ministry, AOI sign protocol to provide self-destructing syringes]]>
Head of the AOI Abdel Moneim al-Tarras stressed the importance of participating in enhancing local industrialization in accordance with the directives of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi to transfer and localize technology and increase local medical industries.

Minister of Health Hala Zayed praised the efforts of the AOI to increase the local manufacturing rates in the medical industries and its commitment to the delivery times and after-sales service matching international quality standards.

The Health Ministry announced in April that regular syringes will be totally banned and will be substituted by self-destructing syringes by July 2020.

“The regular syringes will be substituted by self-destructing ones to prevent reusing these syringes [regular ones] and to reduce disease infection,” said Health Ministry spokesperson Khaled Megahed.

The decision came to maintain the achievements of the "100 Million Health" initiative, which was launched by President Sisi to eradicate Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) and chronic diseases, he added.

The ministry also decided to use only the SoloShot syringes for polio vaccinations. By applying the new decision, Egypt will produce 2 billion syringes annually, the spokesperson said

To wipe out diseases transmitted through reusing syringes, the Ministry of Health in cooperation with the World Health Organization (WHO) has adopted Safety Injection Program since 2015 to cut down the reuse of regular syringes, which was one of the main causes of the spread of Hepatitis C Virus.

Former Minister of Health Adel Al-Awady said in a press conference in 2015 that 8-10 million Egyptians are being infected with Hepatitis C due to unsafe injection.

In 2015, the Egyptian government has announced a plan to establish a factory to produce self-destruct syringes.


Additional reporting by Walid Abdelsalam
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6/17/2019 11:33:20 AM
<![CDATA[Sisi arrives Belarus, 1st destination of 2-day European tour]]>
According to Presidential Spokesman Bassam Radi, Sisi is scheduled to have talks with Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko on means of boosting bilateral ties.

Sisi will also meet the heads of the House of Representatives and the National Assembly, the spokesman added. The two sides will also exchange views on a host of political issues at the regional and international levels, topped by fighting terrorism and extremist ideology.

In Minsk, the president is scheduled to sign a number of cooperation agreements in the various domains, the spokesman said.

Sisi will also have talks with representatives of the business community in Belarus, heads of major companies, as well as senior officials and representatives of governmental bodies on means of boosting economic cooperation and vast investment opportunities in Egypt in light of major national projects in the country.

Wrapping up his visit to Belarus, the president will head to Romania, where he will have a session of talks with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis, the spokesman said.

The president will also hold talks with the heads of the the House of Representatives and the Senate of Romania on strengthening political and economic cooperation, he added.

The two sides will also review promoting cooperation and coordination between Cairo and Bucharest at the regional and international levels, the spokesman said.

Sisi is set to give a lecture at the Bucharest University of Economic Studies on relations between Cairo and Bucharest and efforts exerted to develop higher education system and scientific research in Egypt.

Additional reporting by MENA
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6/17/2019 11:30:45 AM
<![CDATA[Cairo to host meeting of Libyan national forces, Monday]]>CAIRO, 17 June 2019: Cairo will host on Monday a meeting bringing together Libya's national forces in support of counter-terrorism efforts exerted by the Libyan National Army (LNA).

The meeting aims at reaffirming the vital role played by LNA troops to put and end to terrorists' control over Tripoli, restore stability in Libya and protect the state unity and sovereignty.
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6/17/2019 11:21:08 AM
<![CDATA[Sisi inspects Cairo Stadium before AFCON]]>
The presidency spokesperson, Bassam Radi, said that the visit aims to check all the preparations in the stadium that hosts the inauguration and the final of the expected AFCON.

The president inspected all the improvements and the preparations that target to enhance the stadium utilities, which included not just the stadium also the surroundings outside it.
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6/16/2019 10:21:57 PM
<![CDATA[Sudan's Bashir appears before prosecutor]]>
The former strongman, who ruled his northeast African nation with an iron fist for three decades, was toppled on April 11 after weeks of protests against his reign.

Dressed in a white traditional robe and turban, Bashir rode in a heavily-armed convoy from the notorious Kober prison in the Sudanese capital Khartoum to prosecutors' office to face charges of alleged corruption.

Prosecutor Alaeddin Dafallah told reporters after Bashir left the office that the ousted president had been informed that he was facing charges of "possessing foreign currency, corruption and receiving gifts illegally."

Meanwhile, a top general from the country's new ruling military council vowed that those who carried out a deadly crackdown on an iconic protest site that left dozens dead earlier this month would face the death penalty.

"We are working hard to take those who did this to the gallows," Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, deputy chief of the ruling military council said in a speech broadcast live on state television.

"Whoever committed any fault" will be held accountable, Dagalo added.

Thousands of protesters who had camped outside Khartoum's military headquarters for weeks were violently dispersed by armed men in military fatigues on June 3, according to witnesses.

More than 100 people were killed that day in Khartoum, according to doctors linked to the protest movement, while the health ministry put the nationwide death toll at 61.

- 'Regret' for crackdown -
Protesters and witnesses accuse the feared paramilitary group led by Dagalo, the Rapid Support Forces, of carrying out the assault on demonstrators.

Demonstrators and US officials have called for an independent probe into the crackdown.

On Thursday, military council spokesman General Shamseddine Kabbashi expressed "regret" over the crackdown.

But the council insists it did not order the dispersal, saying it had actually planned to purge an area near the protest camp where people are said to sell drugs.

"The planning of the operation of Colombia (area) was done by military and security authorities," the council said in a statement late Saturday.

"We assure you that the council is keen to investigate minute by minute facts through its investigation committee."

Brigadier Abderrahim Badreddine, spokesman for the investigative committee, told state television Saturday initial findings indicate that "officers and soldiers of different ranks and regular forces" had entered the sit-in without any orders from their superiors.

As calls for an independent probe grew, Arab League chief Ahmed Aboul Gheit visited Khartoum on Sunday where the military council said he met its chief General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan.

Bashir had swept to power in an Islamist-backed coup in 1989.

Sudan suffered high rates of corruption during his rule, ranking 172 out of 180 countries in Transparency International's 2018 Corruption Perceptions Index.

When he imposed a state of emergency on February 22 in a bid to quell protests that erupted in December over the spiralling costs, Bashir issued a decree making it illegal to possess more than $5,000 in foreign currency.

But in April, military council chief Burhan said more than $113 million worth of cash in three currencies had been seized from Bashir's residence after he was toppled.

A team of police, army and security agents found seven million euros ($7.8 million), $350,000 and five billion Sudanese pounds ($105 million).
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6/16/2019 8:23:39 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi affirms Egypt's support to UAE in face of recent challenges]]>
This came as President Sisi received on Sunday Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the UAE's minister of foreign affairs and international cooperation.

President Sisi also affirmed Egypt's support for the security and stability of the UAE in such critical stage and also the UAE's stances in international and regional forums.

Sisi affirmed that Egypt is following with concern the developments in the Gulf, especially the recent incidents that threaten the navigation and target the security and safety of waterways in the Gulf.

For his part, Shaikh Abdullah bin Zayed expressed appreciation for the role played by Egypt and the efforts Egypt makes to achieve stability in the region. He noted that the current stage currently witnessed by the region requires strengthening Arab cooperation and solidarity, to preserve the Arab security and stability and address the current challenges.]]>
6/16/2019 5:47:03 PM
<![CDATA[President Sisi receives UAE Foreign Minister Sunday]]>6/16/2019 4:40:04 PM<![CDATA[Trial of 215 MBs in 'Helwan Brigades' case delayed to July 21]]>
The decision was made to complete hearing the defense pleadings.

The suspects are accused of forming an armed group called "Helwan Brigades" with the aim of carrying out attacks against policemen and destroying property and public facilities, as well as vandalizing of electricity towers and transformers.

In February 2015, Egypt's top prosecutor had ordered the 215 suspects to be referred to criminal court, while keeping 127 of them in pretrial detention, until the remaining suspects are captured and brought to justice.

During investigations and questioning, 51 suspects admitted of joining the armed group and illegally possessing fire arms and ammunition, as well as explosives.]]>
6/16/2019 4:28:20 PM
<![CDATA[Assar heads ministerial committee to deepen local industry in Egypt]]>
At the Ministry of Military Production office, Assar affirmed during the meeting that the government should benefit from the 4500 factories established in 13 industrial zones across 12 governorates to reduce imports and increase the domestic component of industry.

For his part, President of Arab Industrialization Organization Abdel Moneim Altras affirmed that the authority with its large manufacturing capacity and trained manpower will cooperate with the Ministry of Military Production to deepen the local industry.

For his part, President of the Federation of Egyptian Industries Mohamed El Sewedy pointed out that the "National Program for Deepening Local Manufacturing" represents an important step towards increasing the competitiveness of the Egyptian industry and deepening the local industry.

Sewedy also highlighted the importance of the commitment of all government agencies to implement the law of preference of local product in government purchases, which contributes to increasing the dependence on national products, achieving compatibility between Egyptian and international products to increase the competitiveness of Egyptian products in the internal and external markets.

At the end of the meeting, the ministries agreed to form an executive committee of representatives of various authorities to exchange data and develop a plan to study the possibility of utilizing the 4500 factories in the 13 industrial zones spread across 12 governorates to reduce imports and increase exports.

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6/16/2019 4:19:22 PM
<![CDATA[Madbouli, Cairo governor tour Magra El-Eyoon area]]>
The government has decided to revive this whole ancient area and get it back in shape after having relocated tanneries to Roubeiki City. The renovation plan aims to develop the area in the best way possible at the social and economic levels.

During a tour of the area, Madbouli was briefed by the Cairo governor on the demolition of 117 tanneries whose owners have been compensated.

Magra El-Eyoon was built in the time of Sultan Al-Ghoury over 800 years ago with the purpose of providing the Saladin Citadel with pure drinking water straight from the Nile. It operated through wheels that brought up the water to the aqueduct, which then flowed all the way to the Citadel.]]>
6/16/2019 3:19:59 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt's Defense min. to attend International Paris Air Show in France]]>
During the visit, Zaki will attend the International Paris Air Show which is the key event in the world market for the international aerospace and aircraft industry.

On the sidelines of the event, he will hold talks with senior military officials from different countries to discuss means of boosting military cooperation.

He will also discuss a number of issues of mutual interest between Egypt and France at the regional and international levels along with the latest developments in the Middle East.

The International Paris Air Show, which opens on Monday and runs for a week. is an international aviation and aerospace exhibition, which is organized every two years by the SIAE, a subsidiary of GIFAS, the French Aerospace Industries Association. It is one of the oldest and largest air shows in the world.

At the exhibition, in France's Le Bourget, the newest technologies of the aerospace industry and related equipment, such as aircraft engines, satellite navigation technology, aircraft cabins and seats and weapons systems are presented. Over the years this show has become one of the most important international platforms in the industry.]]>
6/16/2019 2:32:21 PM
<![CDATA[Abul Gheit in Khartoum for talks with political powers]]>
The visit comes within the framework of the major importance Abul Gheit attaches to following up developments in Sudan and in line with the AL’s keenness to achieve full security and stability in its member states, AL spokesman Mahmoud Afifi said in press statements Saturday.

During the visit, the AL secretary general will assert the importance of the Sudanese parties’ commitment to a peaceful course that achieves a democratic political transition, which is aspired by the Sudanese people, the spokesman added. ]]>
6/16/2019 2:15:24 PM
<![CDATA[Transport ministry finished implementing many vital projects of late : min.]]>
National projects in a broad range of fields including roads, housing, logistics and production have been successfully implemented recently with the support of President Abdel Fattah El Sisi, Wazir said on Sunday while addressing the Builders of Egypt forum which is being held under Sisi's auspices.

The Ministry of Transport is working on promoting dry ports and logistic zones and is carrying out many land, rail and river projects to connect cities with industrial zones and ports across the nation, he said. ]]>
6/16/2019 2:12:26 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi attaches importance to carrying out contractor work abroad]]>
Assar pointed out that Egypt has been able to regain its Arab and African role due to the huge achievements accomplished in the country since June 2014.

This came during Egypt Builders forum which referred to the projects carried out by Egypt contractors in Africa, hoping that Egypt's chairmanship of the African Union in 2019 would strengthen relations with African countries.

The minister also said that 20 companies and 17 factories affiliated with the Military Production Ministry are mainly working for meeting the Armed Forces' needs of equipment and securing products for civilians at competitive prices and a good quality.

He added that a contractor company affiliated with the Military Production Ministry was set up 3years ago and is now involved in LE 15-million projects.

The minister hoped that more contractor projects will be carried out in the Arab and African markets within the coming period.

ِِِAbout the ministry's achievements and future work, Assar cited the just-finished restoration of an Awqaf Ministry-affiliated school in Greece and plans to partner with the Arab Contractors to carry out projects in Tanzania.

He talked about current cooperation with Berlaus' Maz company to produce chassis and Germany's Arch-D company to produce marble alternatives.

Additional Report with MENA
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6/16/2019 1:12:25 PM
<![CDATA[Saudi CP: We don’t want war but won’t hesitate to deal with threats]]>
"The kingdom does not want war in the region ... but we will not hesitate to deal with any threat to our people, our sovereignty and our vital interests," the CP told Asharq al-Awsat in an interview published on Sunday.

He said that Iran’s recent attacks in the region required a firm stance from the international community.

He accused Iran of reaping "the economic benefits of the nuclear deal in order to support its hostile acts in the region and to spread chaos and destruction."

On Yemen, the CP said that Saudi Arabia supports "all efforts in reaching a political solution to the Yemeni crisis, but unfortunately, the Houthi militias are advancing Iran's agenda instead of the interests of Yemen and its people".]]>
6/16/2019 12:47:46 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt condemns Houthis' drone attacks on Saudi airports]]>
In a statement, the ministry also denounced the reported ballistic missile attack, which was intercepted by the Saudi air defense, according to Saudi Al-Arabiya.

"Egypt reaffirms its full support for the government and people of the brotherly Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in the face of such brutal attacks and attempts to undermine its security and stability," the ministry said.

It also stressed that such actions which "target civilians and civilian establishments constitutes a flagrant violation of international laws and norms," calling for addressing these actions by all means, and urging the international community to shoulder responsibility in this regard.

The statement also affirmed Egypt's support to all measures taken by Saudi Arabia to deter such terrorist attacks and ensure the protection of civilians.

Houthis' Al-Masirah TV said on Saturday that the group targeted the control room of Jizan airport and a fuel station at Abha airport, through multiple drone attacks, allegedly leaving the two airports out of service.

“The two airports are now out of service. We promise the Saudi regime more painful days as long as the aggression and siege continue on our country,” the group’s armed forces spokesman said in a tweet published by Al-Masirah TV’s account.

The Saudi-led coalition said in a statement that it had intercepted and downed a Houthi drone targeting the southwestern city of Abha, Reuters reported.
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6/16/2019 12:16:59 PM
<![CDATA[Turkish army site attacked northwestern Syria]]>
Though no causalities were reported, significant damage resulted from the attack, Sky News quoted the ministry as saying.

Three similar attacks took place in May near a Turkish military observation point in Idlib. At that time, Ankara confirmed the attacks were launched from areas controlled by Syrian regime forces.]]>
6/16/2019 11:52:34 AM
<![CDATA[Man arrested for jumping White House fence]]>
Dayton Hershey, 21, of Paradise, Pa., was detained immediately after crossing a barrier on the northwestern side of the Treasury Building fence along Pennsylvania Avenue at 9:09 p.m.

Hershey was taken into custody by the D.C. police and charged with assault on a police officer and unlawful entry.

Police did not say why Hershey jumped the fence. Attempts to reach Hershey’s family members Saturday were unsuccessful. According to court documents, Hershey pleaded guilty to speeding charges earlier this year and last summer.]]>
6/16/2019 11:51:05 AM
<![CDATA[Field fires in Syria kill 10: Syrian Observatory]]>
Kurdish authorities claim the blazes were set deliberately.

Kurdish authorities and the Damascus regime are competing to buy up this year’s harvest as fires — some claimed by the Islamic State (IS) The victims included civilians and members of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces who died while trying to extinguish the blazes since Saturday, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

The fires in the Kurdish-majority province of Hasakah also wounded another five people, according to a spokesman for the Kurdish Red Crescent.

“The victims were trying to douse the blaze but they were trapped by the fire,” Kamal Derbas said.

Kurdish officials have called on the US-led coalition to help extinguish blazes in the cereal and oil-rich region under their control.

“The largest fires have ravaged up to 350,000 hectares of land,” head of the Kurdish agriculture authority Salman Baroudo told AFP.

He claimed the fires were “deliberate,” saying they serve to “stir up strife between area residents and undermine the Kurdish administration” in the country’s northeast.

He did not specify who he believed was behind the blazes. group — continue to scorch crops in the country’s breadbasket.
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6/16/2019 9:40:00 AM
<![CDATA[Retrial of MB leaders adjourned to July 27]]>
The defendants are charged with committing acts of incitement, violence and murder in a case known in the media as Arab police station incidents in Port Said in 2013.

The Court of Cassation revoked in May verdicts ranging between harsh imprisonment and life sentences for the defendants and ordered their retrial.

In August 2015, the Port Said Criminal Court handed down life sentences against MB leaders Badie, Mohamed el Beltagui and Safwat Hegazy over incitement to storm the Arab police station to kill policemen.]]>
6/15/2019 3:17:02 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt calls on OIC to hold round-table on empowering women]]>
The meeting will discuss several issues related to women empowerment, atop of which are the role of women in combating extremism, women in decision-making positions, protection of women from all forms of violence, economic empowerment of women and their involvement in the financial and other fields, according to a statement by the OIC.

Also, the OIC General Secretariat will hold a meeting of the temporary Open-ended Working Group to prepare the draft internal regulations of the organization for the development of women in the OIC member states on Sunday in Cairo.

The meeting will be attended by experts from member states and relevant international and regional institutions. Participants will discuss the preliminary draft of the internal organizational structure of the organization for the development of women in the OIC member states for presentation to the organs of the Women Development Organization at the start of their work.]]>
6/15/2019 2:34:06 PM
<![CDATA[Trump says 'Iran did do it,' as U.S. seeks support on Gulf oil tanker attacks]]>
Thursday’s attacks raised fears of a confrontation in the vital oil shipping route at a time of increased tension between Iran and the United States over U.S. sanctions and military moves in the Middle East, Tehran’s proxy groups in the region and its nuclear program.

“Iran did do it and you know they did it because you saw the boat,” U.S. President Donald Trump told Fox News.

He was referring to a video released on Thursday by the U.S. military which said it showed Iran’s Revolutionary Guards were behind the blasts that struck the Norwegian-owned Front Altair and the Japanese-owned Kokuka Courageous in the Gulf of Oman, at the mouth of the Gulf.

Iran said the video proved nothing and that it was being made into a scapegoat. “These accusations are alarming,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said.

Iran has dismissed earlier U.S. charges that it was behind the attacks and has accused the United States and its regional allies such as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates of “warmongering” by making accusations against it.

Last month, the United States sharply tightened economic sanctions that are damaging the economy of Iran, which in response has threatened to step up its nuclear activity. Tehran has said it could block the Strait of Hormuz, the main route out for Middle Eastern oil, if its own exports were halted.

Trump, who last year pulled the United States out of an agreement between world powers and Tehran to curb Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for some sanctions relief, said any move to close the Strait of Hormuz would not last long but added that he was open to negotiations with Iran.

Iran has repeatedly said it will not re-enter talks with the United States unless it reverses Trump’s decision to withdraw from the 2015 nuclear deal.

Tehran and Washington have both said they have no interest in starting a war. But this has done little to assuage concerns that the two arch foes could stumble into a conflict.

A U.S. official told Reuters on Friday a surface-to-air missile was fired from Iranian territory on Thursday morning at a U.S. drone that was near Front Altair following the attack on the tanker. The missile did not hit the drone, the official said.

Trump’s administration is focused on building international consensus following the attacks, U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said.

Asked whether he was considering sending more troops or military capabilities to the Middle East, Shanahan said: “As you know we’re always planning various contingencies.”

But he emphasized the issue of building consensus.

“When you look at the situation, a Norwegian ship, a Japanese ship, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the UAE, 15 percent of the world’s oil flows through the Strait of Hormuz,” he said.

“So we obviously need to make contingency plans should the situation deteriorate. We also need to broaden our support for this international situation,” he told reporters.

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Oil prices rose about 1% on Friday, reflecting the jitters. Insurance costs for ships sailing through the Middle East have jumped by at least 10% after the attacks, ship insurers said.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for an independent investigatihere of the attacks.

The tanker attacks took place while Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan - a big buyer of Iranian oil until it was forced by the new U.S. sanctions to stop - was visiting Tehran on a peacemaking mission, bringing a message from Trump.

Iran dismissed Trump’s message, details of which were not made public.

“I do not see Trump as worthy of any message exchange, and I do not have any reply for him, now or in future,” Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei said.

Washington has also blamed Iran or its proxies for attacks on May 12 that crippled four oil tankers in the same area, and has said Tehran was behind May 14 drone strikes on two Saudi oil-pumping stations. Tehran has denied all those charges.

The U.S. military said black-and-white footage it filmed from a U.S. aircraft showed Iran’s Guards on a patrol boat drawing up to the Kokuka Courageous and removing an unexploded limpet mine from its hull.

The Japanese-owned tanker, abandoned by its crew, was being towed to a port in the United Arab Emirates on Friday, after a Dutch firm said it had been appointed to salvage the ships.

The second tanker, the Front Altair, which was set ablaze by a blast, was still languishing at sea, although the fire that had charred the hull had been put out.

Iranian military fast-boats in the Gulf of Oman were preventing two privately owned tug boats from towing away the Front Altair, a U.S. official said on Friday.

China, the European Union and others have called for restraint from all sides. In a notable signal that close U.S. allies are wary of Washington’s position, Germany said the U.S. video was not enough to apportion blame for Thursday’s attack.

But British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt differed, saying no other state here or non-state actor could have been responsible.

Last month Washington scrapped waivers that had allowed some countries to continue importing Iranian oil, effectively ordering all countries to blacklist Iran or face sanctions themselves.

Iran’s crude exports fell to about 400,000 barrels per day (bpd) in May, starving Iran’s economy of its main source of revenue.

Iran says it is still abiding by the terms of the nuclear deal, but cannot do so indefinitely unless it receives some of the economic benefits that were promised.

There have been conflicting accounts of the cause of Thursday’s blasts. An initial report that Kokuka Courageous was struck by a torpedo was dismissed by a source familiar with the issue. The owner of the tanker, which carried methanol, later said it was hit by two “flying objects”.

Iranian TV showed 23 crew in Iran believed to be from Front Altair on Friday, and said its experts would assess whether they could return to the ship. The crew from Kokuka Courageous were picked up and handed to a U.S. Navy ship on Thursday.

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6/15/2019 2:32:11 PM
<![CDATA[1st metro train of 4th phase of 3rd line enters service]]>
The National Authority for Tunnels declared that the construction works and equipment of Haroun Al Rasheed Station in Heliopolis will be finished by October. That is the third station of the fourth phase of the third metro line. The train will pass through it but not stop there.

Commuters used to drop off at Attaba station in the second line and then take another means of transportation, like microbuses, to go to Heliopolis. The air-conditioned metro cars of the third line, running from Attaba to Korba, are believed to make the ride to Heliopolis cheaper, faster and more convenient.

That phase extends from Haroun Al Rasheed Street to Shams Club and comprises three stations stretching over four kilometers in Heliopolis. The cost of this phase is LE6.2 billion. Construction and equipment of such phase was over earlier this year but testing of the operation, signalling and control systems was being carried out to ensure safety.

The third line with its four phases will eliminate nearly two million daily commutes taking place above the ground. As such, Cairo’s traffic congestion will be reduced and the duration of commutes will be shortened saving LE 250 million ($14.2 million) in the cost of public transportation buses. The project will save up to LE 2.72 billion a year overall. The third line includes 10 stations and has a total length of 15.8 km.

The third phase of the third metro line will connect the working-class districts of Attaba, Bulaq and Imbaba with Cairo University in Giza. The phase will also pass through well-off neighborhoods like Zamalek, Mohandiseen and Agouza. The construction work of the 18-kilometer phase officially started in 2017; it includes 15 stops, including Zamalek.

Around 3.5 million Cairenes use the metro every day. Launched in 1987, the metro has since become the most important means of transportation in Cairo. Female commuters can either choose to take the non-segregated cars or use the women-only carriages. Within the 2030 Vision, it is planned that Greater Cairo houses six metro lines.

Ticket prices of metro 3d line increased

CAIRO - 14 June 2019: Egypt has increased ticket prices of the third line of Cairo Metro, coincidentally with the inauguration of three new stations to serve the commuters during the upcoming African Cup of Nations Championship, announced the Ministry of Transportation in a statement on Friday.



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6/15/2019 1:14:27 PM
<![CDATA[Abul Gheit to visit Sudan Sunday]]>
The visit comes within the framework of the major importance Abul Gheit attaches to following up developments in Sudan and in line with the AL’s keenness to achieve full security and stability in its member states, AL spokesman Mahmoud Afifi said in press statements Saturday.

During the visit, the AL secretary general will assert the importance of the Sudanese parties’ commitment to a peaceful course that achieves a democratic political transition, which is aspired by the Sudanese people, the spokesman added.]]>
6/15/2019 1:01:13 PM
<![CDATA[Catholic Church: We pray for Egypt, Sisi to continue development process nationwide]]>
In a statement on Friday, the church's synod of bishops, after their meeting, anew hailed the intimacy among the Egyptian churches.

They greeted the Christians on the occasion of the Pentecost.]]>
6/15/2019 12:17:22 PM
<![CDATA[President Sisi visits National Football Team while training]]>

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The president wished the team members good luck, and asserted his confidence that they realize the heavy responsibility they shoulder. He urged them to devote hard efforts to please the Egyptian people who in turn pays them respect and appreciation.

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President Sisi underlined that the team members must show discipline and decent behavior as they are a reflection of Egypt’s ancient civilization and its great people.

On their side, the players thanked the president for his visit promising they would do their best to rejoice the hearts of millions of Egyptians. They also gave him as gift a T-shirt having the signatures of all of them.

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The president has also checked the facilities and arrangements at the stadium whose efficiency was being raised to host the tournament’s matches. The president said he aspires that the championship becomes a push for the Egyptian sports in general, and for football in particular since the sports infrastructure has been upgraded for the AFCON matches.

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The Egyptian national team retreated one place in the FIFA rankings for the countries before the start of the African Cup of Nations. Egypt ranked 58th in FIFA rankings and came eighth among the African countries.

Egypt will open the 2019 African Nations Championship against Zimbabwe on June 21 at the Cairo International Stadium.

In preparation for the 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) due to start on June 21, Egypt inaugurated three new metro stations in Cairo to facilitate the traffic of movements to the civilians and the African fans.

The stations are the first inaugurated stops in the four stage of the third line expansion in Cairo metro.

The new stations will help transport football fans from areas in Heliopolis, Alf Maskan, and Gisr al Suez to Cairo Stadium, which locates 500 meters away from The Stadium metro station in Nasr City.The AFCON starts on June 21 and ends on July 19.

The tournament takes place with the participation of 24 teams in six groups for the first time in the history of the African competition.

Tazkarti declared that the fans have flocked to receive their FAN IDs and tickets for the games they are willing to attend.

The Organizing Committee of the African Nations Cup has identified the following outlets:

First degree tickets: The following Orange branches (Heliopolis, Nasr City, El Rehab, Dokki, Downtown, Zamalek, Manial, Abbaseya, Shoubra, 6th of October, El Haram, Maadi&Mokattam).

2nd and 3rd degree: All the following youth centers (Al-Jazira Youth Center, Maadi Youth Club, Suez Club, Sheikh Zayed Youth Center at Ismailia, 6th of October, Horse Owners Club at Smouha, El Shams Club.)

Tazkarti is a ticket marketplace with a mission to provide a safe and secure marketplace for ticket buyers to find and purchase event tickets on the secondary market.
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6/15/2019 12:06:00 PM
<![CDATA[Libyan army repels attack on Tripoli airport: Al Arabiya]]>
Military sources with the GNA said that its troops entered the southern edge of the airport a month after a wide-scale operation launched to recapture it.

The sources added that troops of Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar are still taking over most of the airport, yet, it vowed that the forces of the UN-backed government would continue their operation in an attempt to retake control over the whole strategic airport.]]>
6/15/2019 12:01:07 PM
<![CDATA[British girl sentenced to 8 mnth in prison for attacking Mariam Moustafa]]>
The charges, however were not related with murder or manslaughter “because there was no proven link to the attack”, according to Britain local media websites.

Other three girls were announced to be sentenced later this month, while two girls were spared custody.

“It is important that everyone with an interest in this sad case should understand that the three defendants are to be dealt with for the offence of affray.

“They were not charged with murder or manslaughter. They are to be sentenced on the basis that their actions, individually and collectively, did not cause the death of Mariam Moustafa.

“The conclusion was that it could not be proved that there was a causative link between the actions of the defendants and the stroke.” Judge Gregory Dickinson QC said according to the independent website.

The six teenagers were summoned last August to appear before the Nottingham Magistrates’ Court over charges of fighting with Egyptian Mariam Moustafa, 18, who died in the hospital following the incident.

In late February, the 18-year-old engineering student was tragically attacked and put into coma by number of British women of African descent, according to media reports. On March 14, Mariam lost her life.

“Four months before the accident, two of the same 10 women assaulted my daughter in the street for no specific reason. We went to the police station and issued an official complaint; however, nothing happened,” Mariam's mother said in a video.

She added that when the 10 women saw Mariam in the street walking alone, they attacked her once again and dragged her about 20 meters.

“She managed to get up and run towards one of the buses, but they went after her and started to beat her again. Just one man tried to defend her, but no one else tried to interfere,” the mother said.

In a statement issued on March 2, Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesperson Ahmed Abu Zeid said they are following all of the case’s updates.

Mariam was born in Italy, and according to Italian local media, Italy's prosecution addressed its counterpart in the U.K. to join the investigation's proceedings. The Italian Foreign Ministry described the crime as “brutal”, adding that the Italian ambassador to the United Kingdom “is personally following the case in cooperation with his Egyptian counterpart.”


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6/14/2019 5:47:40 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt is a pioneering leader in elimination of FGM: UNFPA, UNICEF]]>
“As part of the global response, success is determined by political will, accountability (at national and sub-national levels) and creation of an enabling environment that engages and coordinates actions from stakeholders across all sectors and partners,” the statement read.

Egypt’s efforts comes in light of the SDG 5.3 and the African Union’s Transformative Agenda 2063, the statement added, commending Egypt’s’ leadership regionally and internationally amid its leadership of the African Union.

The National Committee of the Eradication of FGM has launched an awareness campaign against female circumcision, on the occasion of the National Anti-FGM Day which falls on June 14.

“We consider ourselves today more fortunate in facing all forms of violence and discrimination against the female child and the woman, thanks to the continuous support of the political leadership and President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi to the protection and empowerment of the Egyptian female child and woman women, and the government's commitment to enforce national legislations and international commitments, in accordance with Egypt's strategic vision," said Maya Morsy, head of the National Council for Women on Thursday.

Anti-FGM efforts

FGM is carried out by some people especially in some countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, through cutting or removing some or all of the external female genitalia.

In statements on Wednesday, Ashmawi said the campaign is entitled "Budour Month" after the name of a 11-year-old girl who died of complications of a circumcision surgery in a private clinic in the Egyptian village of Mughagha, Minya governorate, in 2007.

She asserted that NCCM has been working over the past few years on several programs to counter such practices through the various mass media means.

Ashmawi also said that in 2016, the government toughened the punishment against those involved in such practice and established the anti-FGM national committee under the chairmanship of the NCCM.

Egypt imposed a complete ban on female genital cutting — also known as female genital mutilation or circumcision — in June 2007 after Budour Shaker died of an excessive dose of anesthesia while being cut at the private clinic in Upper Egypt.

Egypt’s Grand Mufti, the government’s official arbiter of Islamic law, decreed during the same year that female genital cutting was forbidden by Islam, in his strongest statement yet against the practice.

FGM was criminalized by Egyptian parliament in June 2008, thus creating a paradigm shift by moving the practice from social norm to crime.
Additional reporting by Amr Mohamed Kandil
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6/14/2019 4:51:40 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian civil engineer Hani Azer to be awarded German’s Order of Merit]]>
The honoring ceremony will be attended by Lord Mayor of Dortmund Ullrich Sierau on behalf of German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Egyptian Ambassador to Germany Badr Abdel Aaty, Metropolitan Mikhail of Asyut, and a number of Egyptian and German officials, besides political, parliamentarian and public figures.

In a statement on Friday, the Egyptian Ministry of Immigration expressed its deep pride and appreciation for the achievements made by Egyptian geniuses in different fields, ensuring that Hani Azer is a prominent model in Egyptian engineering with an innate talent that enabled him to produce creative major projects.

Azer, who is an advisor for Egyptian president and a world-renowned tunnels expert, has been famous for the international arena after he headed the construction of the tunnel beneath Berlin’s Tiergarten in 1994, and became the chief engineer of Germany’s fourth largest train station in Berlin, known as the Berlin Hauptbahnhof.

Azer was chosen among the top 50 Berliners of the year in 2006.

Born in Tanta in 1948, Azer earned bachelor’s degree from the Faculty of Engineering, Ain Shams University, and then moved to study post-graduation in civil engineering in Germany.]]>
6/14/2019 4:14:09 PM
<![CDATA[Ticket prices of metro 3d line increased]]>
Commuter who will ride the metro for nine stations or less should buy a ticket for LE5, while the ticket price will be increased to LE7 if the number of the station increased from nine to 16 stops. Meanwhile, the price of the third-category ticket reached LE10 if the station numbers reached more than 16 stops, according to the ministry’s decision.

The new price increase will apply starting Saturday, coincidentally with the inauguration of the three new metro stations, which are named Haroun, Nadi al-Shams, and Alf Maskan, in Cairo to facilitate the traffic of movements to the civilians and the African fans. No changes occurred in the discounted fares for the students and people with disabilities, the statement said.

As for the first and the second lines of the metros, the prices did not witness an increase since the latest hike carried out in May 2018; commuters will be charged a base fare of LE 3 ($ 0.16) for the first nine stops and an additional LE 2 (total LE 5) for seven more stations. The highest ticket price has been fixed at LE 7 if the commuter travels more than 16 stations.

The previous price of a ticket was LE 2, without any determinations for the number of stations.

Around 3.5 million Cairenes use the metro every day, switching between stations to reach their destinations while paying an affordable ticket.

Launched in 1987, the metro has since become the most important means of transportation, helping passengers to avoid getting stuck in Cairo traffic or having to negotiate fares with unmetered taxis. Female commuters can either choose to take the non-segregated cars or use the women-only carriages.

There were originally two lines – the oldest one running from Marg to Helwan, south of Cairo, and the second one running from Shubra to Giza.

Additional reporting by Nourhan Magdi and Rehab Ismail

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6/14/2019 3:59:01 PM
<![CDATA[‘Builders of Egypt’ to seek opportunities for reconstruction of Iraq, Libya]]>th “Builders of Egypt” Forum themed “Building Exports as a New Future for Investment” will be seeking available investment opportuities for construction and building materials companies for the reconstruction of Libya and Iraq.

The forum, which will kick off on June 16, will confer possible mechanisms to achieve integration among African states in the construction sector and to foster public-private partnership in Africa and the Middle East.

With the participation senior executives representing the construction, real estate development, banking, and energy industries, the forum is organized by the Egyptian Federation for Construction and Building Contractors, having 30,000 member companies, and the Egyptian Export Council for Real Estate.

For the first time, 14 chairpersons of African and Arab construction federations will participate in the forum, in light of President Sisi’s chairmanship of the African Union.

The Egyptian administration attaches strategic importance to enhancing regional integration among African countries as one of the ways to implement the African Union's Development Agenda 2063, which represents continental aspirations.

The forum will be attended by more than 500 participants representing a wide range of business and finance domains and prominent speakers from regional and international organizations to discuss investment opportunities in the construction sector of Africa.

The forum will display available opportunities for Egyptian construction companies in Africa and the Arab World as well as the success stories of some Egyptian contractors in those markets. The forum will also discuss the possible support by banks to get such opportunities.

For his part, Eng. Hassan Abdel Aziz, Chairman of the Egyptian Federation of Construction and Building Contractors, said that Egypt's leadership of the presidency of the African Union will open the door for facilitating the opportunities of its presence in the African continent markets, which are acquired by multinational companies that are of lower quality than Egyptian companies.

He pointed out that the forum this year reflects Egypt's interest in sustainable development and long-term stability in Africa and the creation of greater cooperation opportunities for the African continent with Egypt, pointing out that the state's interest in empowering the Egyptian contracting sector and increasing its ability to compete with foreign entities in various markets is a major gain and a good opportunity to increase business portfolios in the coming period.

He said that Egypt's leadership of the African Union is an important asset for moving the relations between Egypt and African countries to better levels and achieving good cooperation at the economic and political level.

He explained that Egyp has already begun to take serious steps to support the sector, especially in the file of working abroad, as this was reflected in the formation of a high committee headed by Dr. Mustafa Madbouli, the Prime Minister of Egypt, to evaluate Egyptian construction companies and companies producing building materials to qualify them to work abroad.

The forum will display available opportunities for Egyptian construction companies in Africa and the Arab World as well as the success stories of some Egyptian contractors in those markets.

The forum will also discuss the possible support by banks to get such opportunities. Equally, the forum will address the challenges faced by Egyptian contractors and that impede them from acquiring a remarkable share of rebuilding opportunities in Libya, Syria, Iraq, and Yemen.

The Forum of Builders of Egypt is considered the largest event in the construction sector which includes all categories of construction companies and actors that influences the sector through their activities such as the financial and banking sectors and sectors related to its activities such as real estate investment, energy and building materials.
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6/14/2019 3:49:08 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi, Macron discuss latest developments in Libya, Sudan]]>
During their conversation, the two presidents reviewed a number of regional files especially the situation in Libya.

President Sisi asserted Egypt's firm stance supportive of the unity, stability and security of Libya and activating the will of its people.

The Egyptian president also reiterated Egypt's support to the Libyan national army in its fight against terrorism and eradication of armed militias and organizations which have become a rising threat to the regional security and the Mediterranean Sea region.

Macron, for his part, asserted the necessity of settling the Libyan crisis which is endangering the security of the whole region.

The two sides agreed on intensifying efforts exerted in this regard.

As per the situation in Sudan, President Sisi asserted Egypt's backing to the choices and will of the Sudanese people, reiterating Egypt's full respect to Sudan's sovereignty and rejecting any interference in its internal affairs.

Sisi also pressed the need for intensifying international efforts to help Sudan end its current crisis and maintain its stability and security to achieve the best interests of the Sudanese people.

Talks also covered bilateral relations as the two presidents affirmed their keenness on boosting their joint cooperation in all fields. They also expressed their aspiration for continuing work to push forward the standing distinguished relations between the two countries.

Macron also voiced willingness to meet Sisi on the fringe of the upcoming summit of G7 that will be hosted by France this year.]]>
6/14/2019 12:20:11 PM
<![CDATA[Preparations for breast cancer screening centers being across 9 governorates]]>
Eng. Aysam Salah, information technology advisor to the Health Ministry, added in press remarks that a number of health centers will be dedicated across the governorates for female check-ups, free of charge.

It is worth mentioning that about 5% to 10% of breast cancer cases are thought to be hereditary, meaning that they result directly from gene defects.

Health Minister Hala Zayed stressed in April that women should stay away from smoking and alcohol, especially during breastfeeding, maintain healthy weight, and increase the intake of fruits and vegetables.
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6/14/2019 10:29:36 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt reiterates calls to eliminate FGM locally, protect women]]>
This comes as the National Committee of the Eradication of FGM has launched an awareness campaign against female circumcision, on the occasion of the National Anti-FGM Day which falls on June 14.

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The National Committee is committed to working as a team that complements each other, focuses on the goal of protecting our girls, and mobilizes all efforts and experiences to achieve the interest of our daughters, Morsy said.

"We consider ourselves today more fortunate in facing all forms of violence and discrimination against the female child and the woman, thanks to the continuous support of the political leadership and President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi to the protection and empowerment of the Egyptian female child and woman women, and the government's commitment to enforce national legislations and international commitments, in accordance with Egypt's strategic vision," she said.

Morsy said that although the committee is already working within the framework of adequate legislation and a system of existing and effective protection mechanisms. However, "we feel that we are in need to heavy and influential awareness at all levels for every father and mother, for young men and women, and for children themselves to get freed from the captivity of female genital mutilation, which is not [endorsed by] any religious, or medical or legal document.

Ambassador Moushira Khattab, former chair of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, and former candidate for the post of UNESCO director-general attended the event.

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Khattab referred to Egypt's efforts to help other countries including France and Italy against such act that is carried out by some of the refugees in these countries, adding that Egypt helped some African countries to enact legislations against FGM.

Today, we have a historic opportunity to finally eliminate this crime, which is not appropriate for the status of Egypt, where women have assumed the presidency of the state and the leadership of armies since thousands of years ago, Khattab said.

Azza Ashmawy, secretary general of the National Council for Childhood and Motherhood (NCCM), said "it is no longer acceptable to waste the humanity of a girl … by forcing her to be subjected to this harsh experience."

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"It is painful that this is done under inherited social customs that are not based on religion and have no true health or social justification," Ashmawy said. "Despite the achievements that have been made, this crime is still very widespread," she added.

"We call upon all partners to further intensify prevention, protection and care mechanisms for the eradication of female genital mutilation," she said.

Anti-FGM efforts

FGM is carried out by some people especially in some countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, through cutting or removing some or all of the external female genitalia.

In statements on Wednesday, Ashmawi said the campaign is entitled "Budour Month" after the name of a 11-year-old girl who died of complications of a circumcision surgery in a private clinic in the Egyptian village of Mughagha, Minya governorate, in 2007.

She asserted that NCCM has been working over the past few years on several programs to counter such practices through the various mass media means.

Ashmawi also said that in 2016, the government toughened the punishment against those involved in such practice and established the anti-FGM national committee under the chairmanship of the NCCM.

Egypt imposed a complete ban on female genital cutting — also known as female genital mutilation or circumcision — in June 2007 after Budour Shaker died of an excessive dose of anesthesia while being cut at the private clinic in Upper Egypt.

Egypt’s Grand Mufti, the government’s official arbiter of Islamic law, decreed during the same year that female genital cutting was forbidden by Islam, in his strongest statement yet against the practice.

FGM was criminalized by Egyptian parliament in June 2008, thus creating a paradigm shift by moving the practice from social norm to crime.


Additional reporting by MENA

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6/13/2019 5:55:48 PM
<![CDATA[685 prisoners released on occasion of Eid al-Ftir]]>
A total of 685 prisoners were granted their freedom, including 149 inmates released as per the presidential pardon, while the other 536 were released on parole, the statement added.

On June 5, 2019, Egypt’s Prisons Department announced releasing 2,002 prisoners on the first day of Eid al-Fitr as per a presidential decree.

During a celebration on the occasion of releasing the prisoners, Head of the Prison Sector Zakaria al-Ghamrai said that 139 men and 13 women were released after paying their debts from Tayhya Masr (Long Live Egypt) Fund.

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi’s decision to grant some inmates their freedom was issued on June 3.

In May, Egypt’s Prison Sector released 266 prisoners on parole, while 85 others were released as per a presidential pardon.

According to the constitution, the president has the right to issue pardons for convicted prisoners after consulting with the Cabinet.
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6/13/2019 3:51:42 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi reiterates Egypt's firm stance on backing Libya's national army]]>
President Sisi's statements came during a meeting at the Heliopolis-based Al Ittihadia palace with speaker of the Libyan House of Representatives Aguila Saleh.

Presidential spokesman Bassam Rady said the president affirmed the importance of respecting the will of the Libyan people and supporting Libya's legitimacy represented in the House of Representatives which had been elected by the Libyans.

The Libyan House of Representatives voted in May on banning the Libyan Muslim Brotherhood (MB) and classifying it as a terrorist group during a Parliament's session held in Tabruk city.

This decision came based on the Muslim Brotherhood's crimes against the Libyan army and its incitement against the parliament, as well as its support for the armed militias in Tripoli.
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6/13/2019 2:33:10 PM
<![CDATA[2nd day activities African Anti-Corruption Forum kick off]]>
The forum’s three sessions will tackle the anti-corruption mechanism all over the African countries, the role of African NGOs and Private sector in combating corruption.

“The human Resource Development in Many fields to combat corruption in African continent” is the theme of the second session, which focuses also on the good make use of modern technology for combating corruption in Africa. Meanwhile, the third session sheds lights on the inter-governmental cooperation to help eradicate the corruption politically and financially.

During the inaugural session of the African Anti-Corruption Forum (AACF) held in the Red Sea resort city of Sharm El Sheikh, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi affirmed that "Egypt will continue to support the joint efforts to combat corruption at the African level."
The Egyptian president urged cooperation between African nations in the face of corruption, affirming the importance of concerted efforts, exchanging visions and enhancing coordination to curb corruption.

The African Anti-Corruption Forum (AACF) brings together participants from 51 African countries and four Arab countries.

The forum is held in line with an initiative that was launched by president Sisi in January 2018 during his participation in the annual African Summit.
Additional reporting by Amr Mohamed Kandil
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6/13/2019 1:09:02 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt's NCW, NCCM launch anti-FGM campaign Thursday]]>
The committee is headed by Maya Morsy, president of the National Council for Women, and Azza al-Ashmawy, secretary general of the National Council for Childhood and Motherhood (NCCM).

As many as 18 radio stations will broadcast the campaign, which aims at raising awareness of the reported dangers of the FGM, which have been endorsed by many international organizations and medical specialists, as well as the penalties imposed by the law against the perpetrators of such act.

FGM is carried out by some people especially in some countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, through cutting or removing some or all of the external female genitalia.

In statements on Wednesday, Ashmawi said the campaign is entitled "Budour Month" after the name of a 11-year-old girl who died of complications of a circumcision surgery in a private clinic in the Egyptian village of Mughagha, Minya governorate, in 2007.

She asserted that NCCM has been working over the past few years on several programs to counter such practices through the various mass media means.

Ashmawi also said that in 2016, the government toughened the punishment against those involved in such practice and established the anti-FGM national committee under the chairmanship of the NCCM.

Egypt imposed a complete ban on female genital cutting — also known as female genital mutilation or circumcision — in June 2007 after Budour Shaker died of an excessive dose of anesthesia while being cut at the private clinic in Upper Egypt.

Egypt’s Grand Mufti, the government’s official arbiter of Islamic law, decreed during the same year that female genital cutting was forbidden by Islam, in his strongest statement yet against the practice.

FGM was criminalized by Egyptian parliament in June 2008, thus creating a paradigm shift by moving the practice from social norm to crime.


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6/13/2019 11:50:38 AM
<![CDATA[Cairo criminal court's merits on Malek’s life sentence]]>
The Emergency State Security Criminal Court ordered in January placing Hassan Malek, a businessman affiliated to the Muslim Brotherhood group, and nine others on the terror list, and keeping them under the surveillance of the police for five years.

Malek, his son and five others were also sentenced to lifetime in jail in April on charges of harming the Egyptian national economy, while sentencing three others to 10 years in prison in the same case.

On the other hand, the court acquitted 14 other defendants in the case of charges, after they had been accused of joining the Muslim Brotherhood group and supplying it with funds.

Earlier, the Supreme State Security Prosecution had issued an arrest warrant against Malek and searched his house, where a number of publications showing plots to harm the national economy, attack police and army personnel and target the tourism industry were found.

The prosecutors had found a publication that included a list of US, UAE and Saudi companies working in Egypt, as well as a map of natural gas lines in the country with the aim to carry out terror attacks against these targets.
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6/13/2019 6:53:25 AM
<![CDATA[SCMR bans Coca Cola AFCON commercial]]>
The SCMR’s decision came after a complaint issued by Egyptian Football Association (EFA) against the Coca Cola, as the latter violated by viewing the jersey EFA’s AFCON rights and the rights of other sponsors of the national football team.

After deliberations, the SCMR decided to ban the commercial from all digital, audio and electronic media platforms until all the violations are considered.
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6/13/2019 6:23:39 AM
<![CDATA[Corruption hinders African efforts for development: Official]]>
In his speech at the inaugural session of the African Anti-Corruption Forum (AACF) that is being held in the Red Sea city of Sharm El-Sheikh, Saif added that corruption is considered to be Africa’s main challenge at the mean time, which hinders the African governments’ efforts for development.

Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi urged cooperation between African nations in the face of corruption, affirming the importance of concerted efforts, exchanging visions and enhancing coordination to curb corruption.

Sisi affirmed in his speech that "Egypt will continue to support the joint efforts to combat corruption at the African level."

Reviewing Egypt's efforts in this regard, the president announced "doubling the training grants provided by the National Anti-Corruption Academy for the cadres of African law enforcement bodies."

"Egypt also welcomes cooperation with its African brothers and the African Union relevant bodies to exchange the best practices in this field. In this context, we also affirm the importance of deepening international cooperation with the main partners of Africa at various levels to achieve the desired benefit in this regard."

Concerning the national anti-corruption efforts, Sisi said that "Egypt has come a long way in the past years in the fight against corruption in various forms, and has been concerned with conducting research, studies and opinion polls in order to track the causes of corruption and identify real measurements for it."


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6/12/2019 5:54:24 PM
<![CDATA[6M fake social media pages aim at spreading rumors in Egypt: Min.]]>
Hosni added during a seminar organized by the ministry on the danger rumors pose to the community that those fake accounts that aim at spreading rumors, are mostly not just Egyptians or residents of Egypt, but sometimes they spread rumors through their accounts from other countries.

He referred to two situations that took place during the past period; one of them regarding a girl, who was reportedly kidnapped in Beheira Governorate and it turned out for her to be just escaping her home to avoid high school final exams.

Another famous rumor raised a lot of question during the past period, as it was announced on social media websites that someone was appointed as Egypt’s new transportation minister. Several local media outlets started to use the rumor as fact without rechecking from official sources. The "newly appointed minister" was found out to be a dead man.

Earlier in June, the government refuted all the rumors circulated on social media platforms about the date of the increase in fuel prices in Egypt. Also on June 3, the government issued a statement denying rumors about its alleged intention to sell the Baron Empain Palace, and also the government's "failure" to face locusts in Luxor and Aswan.

The Cabinet's Media Center said it contacted the Ministry of Antiquities which denied the news about putting the 108-year old Indian-inspired mansion or any other archaeological building on sale.

Last April, Egypt’s Cabinet denied 10 rumors that spread in one month, according to the statement.

The rumors were:

1) Forcing employees into early retirement to reduce the state’s expenditure.
2) Removing over 172,000 of beneficiaries from “Takaful and Karama” (Solidarity and Dignity) program to minimize the public budget.
3) Ministry of Finance pays the Suez Canal Authority’s debts that amount to $600 million.
4) The dollar’s exchange rate of the fiscal year 2019-2020 will skyrocket to hit L.E 18.
5) Imposing fees on families that have more than two children to raise the public budget.
6) Exporting a huge number of cattle infected by epidemic diseases and unauthorized vaccines.
7) The second year of the secondary stage is just an experimental year and its grades will not be counted to the overall GPA of the students.
8) The Ministry of Awqaf will fire Muezzins and Sheikhs after the success of unifying sermons in mosques.
9) Upon applying the third stage of hepatitis C initiative, fabricated news about throwing medical trash in residential areas such as Mohandeseen have spread.
10) The Ministry of Health set the special number (16010) for emergency, while the only verified number is (137).

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6/12/2019 5:45:42 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt strongly condemns Houthi attack on Saudi Arabia's Abha airport]]>
A statement issued by the Foreign Ministry said the government and people of Egypt stand in solidarity with the government and people of Saudi Arabia in the face all attempts to destabilize the kingdom.

The Foreign Ministry wished the injured a speedy recovery, saying attacks on civilian airports represent a flagrant violation of international law.

It appealed to the international community to work on confronting all terrorist acts that affect the stability of the region.

In following statements, Bahrain, Yemen, UAE and other Arab countries condemned the attack.

The Bahraini Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement that it strongly condemns the terrorist attack by the Iran-backed Houthi militias on Saudi Arabia's Abha International Airport which injured a number of people including women and children.

“The attack is a cowardly criminal act against innocent civilians, in contradiction with international humanitarian law and norms,” Bahrain News Agency reported.

Spokesman for the Yemeni government Rageh Badi said that targeting Saudi Arabia's Abha International Airport by the Houthis is an “act of terror”.

A military action is the only solution to end the terrorism of the Houthis, Al Arabiya news channel quoted Badi as saying.

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6/12/2019 5:42:58 PM
<![CDATA[‘Builders of Egypt’ to confer mechanisms to achieve integration, sustainability among African countries]]>th “Builders of Egypt” Forum themed “Building Exports as a New Future for Investment” focuses on investment opportunities in the construction sector in the African continent, and the necessary measures necessary to develop investments and achieve sustainable development.

The forum, which will kick off on June 16, will confer possible mechanisms to achieve integration among African states in the construction sector and to foster public-private partnership in Africa and the Middle East.

With the participation senior executives representing the construction, real estate development, banking, and energy industries, the forum is organized by the Egyptian Federation for Construction and Building Contractors, having 30,000 member companies, and the Egyptian Export Council for Real Estate.

For the first time, 14 chairpersons of African and Arab construction federations will participate in the forum, in light of President Sisi’s chairmanship of the African Union.

The Egyptian administration attaches strategic importance to enhancing regional integration among African countries as one of the ways to implement the African Union's Development Agenda 2063, which represents continental aspirations.

The forum will be attended by more than 500 participants representing a wide range of business and finance domains and prominent speakers from regional and international organizations to discuss investment opportunities in the construction sector of Africa.

The forum will display available opportunities for Egyptian construction companies in Africa and the Arab World as well as the success stories of some Egyptian contractors in those markets. The forum will also discuss the possible support by banks to get such opportunities.

For his part, Eng. Hassan Abdel Aziz, Chairman of the Egyptian Federation of Construction and Building Contractors, said that Egypt's leadership of the presidency of the African Union will open the door for facilitating the opportunities of its presence in the African continent markets, which are acquired by multinational companies that are of lower quality than Egyptian companies.

He pointed out that the forum this year reflects Egypt's interest in sustainable development and long-term stability in Africa and the creation of greater cooperation opportunities for the African continent with Egypt, pointing out that the state's interest in empowering the Egyptian contracting sector and increasing its ability to compete with foreign entities in various markets is a major gain and a good opportunity to increase business portfolios in the coming period.

He said that Egypt's leadership of the African Union is an important asset for moving the relations between Egypt and African countries to better levels and achieving good cooperation at the economic and political level.

He explained that Egyp has already begun to take serious steps to support the sector, especially in the file of working abroad, as this was reflected in the formation of a high committee headed by Dr. Mustafa Madbouli, the Prime Minister of Egypt, to evaluate Egyptian construction companies and companies producing building materials to qualify them to work abroad.

The Forum of Builders of Egypt is considered the largest event in the construction sector which includes all categories of construction companies and actors that influences the sector through their activities such as the financial and banking sectors and sectors related to its activities such as real estate investment, energy and building materials.
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6/12/2019 5:11:51 PM
<![CDATA[Court tries 32 defendants in Sisi's assassination attempt case]]>
The defendants are accused of planning to assassinate Sisi in August 2014, which marked Sisi’s performance of Umrah rituals in Saudi Arabia. Umrah, considered the “lesser” pilgrimage, is an Islamic rite that can be performed at any time of the year in Mecca.

The defendants are facing a long list of accusations, such as plotting terrorist attacks, being members of a terrorist group affiliated with IS and planning several assassination attempts, including of President Sisi.

The 19,000-paper-case includes several details about the investigations and statements. It was asserted that the plan included more than one attempt to assassinate Sisi.

According to the investigation, the IS affiliated-Sinai Province terrorist group thought that Sisi was going to stay at the Swissotel Makkah, so they set a suicidal plan in which one of the wives of the terrorist members, named Mirvat, was going to take explosives into the hotel.

A second attempt was planned by a group of dismissed police officers who were religious hardliners. It was stated in the investigations that the officers cooperated with a dentist who was also known for his extremist thoughts. Several meetings were organized inside his clinic, according to the findings of investigations.

The plan was to target Sisi’s procession in the street. Working as police officers for a period of time gave them the knowledge how to access the needed information for the assassination attempt; however, all of their efforts were foiled.

The 292 defendants in this case are also accused of assassinating three judges in Arish, targeting several police officers and army check points, and planting roadside bombs.

However, these are not the first assassination attempts to target Sisi since the Muslim Brotherhood was toppled. As he was still a candidate for president in May 2014, he revealed in an interview that he faced two assassination attempts. The plan depended on the Mecca regulation that says women cannot be searched inside the kingdom, especially if they are working inside the hotel. At the time, Sisi did not stay in the hotel.
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6/12/2019 4:31:02 PM
<![CDATA[In pics: 400 bus stations renovatedin preparation for AFCON]]>
Rizk told Egypt Today that the renovations come in response to the directives of Governor of Cairo Khaled Abdel Ghafar who instructed maintaining and paving the roads and establishing new parks on the streets as well as restoring old gardens.

On Tuesday, Ali said that the authority renovated a total number of 600 public transport buses and a special operation room will be set to follow up on the tournament buses.

Meanwhile, Egypt inaugurated three new metro stations in Cairo to facilitate the transfer of Egyptian and African fans to the stadiums.

The Ministry of Transport announced in a statement on Saturday that pilot operation of the three stations for the commuters will start on June 15, adding that the three stations are named Haroun, Nadi al-Shams, and Alf Maskan.

The stations are the first inaugurated stops in the fourth stage of the third line expansion in Cairo metro, the statement added.

The new stations will help transport football fans from areas in Heliopolis, Alf Maskan, and Gisr al Suez to Cairo Stadium, which is located 500 meters away from The Stadium metro station in Nasr City.

The AFCON starts on June 21 and ends on July 19. The tournament takes place with the participation of 24 teams in six groups for the first time in the history of the African competition.
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6/12/2019 4:13:39 PM
<![CDATA[US CENTCOM commander visits Cairo, meets Sisi, Defense min.]]>
Presidential spokesperson Bassam Radi said in a Tuesday statement that McKenzie stressed on the important and strategic relations between Washington and Cairo, especially on the military level.


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He added that the bilateral military cooperation between the two countries is considered one of the main reasons security and stability in the MENA region are preserved through fighting terrorism and extremism. McKenzie asserted that Egypt plays a key role in combating terrorism, adding that fighting terrorism is the main challenge of our modern world.

The meeting also tackled a number of the Middle East political conflicts and the Egyptian-American role in resolving these conflicts.

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President Sisi and US President Donald Trump met several times on several occasions, as they exchanged official visits.
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Last April, Sisi held with President Trump the sixth summit in the United States.
The visit came as part of a series of meetings between both leaders to enhance bilateral relations in a way to achieve strategic interests and continue the dialogue on regional issues, according to Radi.

Here is a timeline of Sisi’s visits to the United States:

September 2014: First visit
The first visit took place three months after Sisi assumed his position as the president of Egypt. He then participated in the 69th Summit of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City, where he gave an official speech.
The visit was ahead of Trump’s election to US presidency.
September 2015: Second visit
The second visit by President Sisi to the United States came during his participation in the 70th Summit of the United Nations General Assembly.

September 2016: Third visit
During the third visit, President Sisi headed to the United States to take part in the 71st Summit of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City. He participated in summits and meetings concerning climate change, peace in Africa and refugees.

April 2017: Fourth visit
This is was the first time President Sisi visits Washington D.C. after he assumed post, where he held an Egyptian-American summit at the White House with his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump.

September 2017: Fifth visit
Both presidents Sisi and Trump met in New York City on the sidelines of the 72nd Summit of the United Nations General Assembly, where they discussed several regional and international issues, including ways of reviving the peace process between Palestinians and Israelis.

September 2018: Sixth visit
This visit has witnessed the fifth summit between both leaders on the sidelines of the 73rd Summit of the United Nations General Assembly. Bilateral discussions tackled the situation in Libya, Syria and Yemen, in addition to the Palestinian cause.

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6/12/2019 3:57:48 PM
<![CDATA[Nasser Fellowship highlights Egypt’s experience in achieving sustainable energy]]>
Within the framework of the of a session titled “Energy in Egypt,” Professor of petroleum and energy engineering at the American University and board member of the Egyptian Petroleum Association, Gamal al-Qaliouby explained how Egypt took progressive steps in recent years to reduce the import of petroleum resources in order to dispose of its imports by 2022, in light of the sufficient level of natural gas.

Al-Qaliouby highlighted Egypt's plans and actions to achieve energy development, noting that these measures, whether related to oil, natural gas or electricity, were a big change for Egypt's energy self-sufficiency, saving billions of dollars, indicating that energy was the cornerstone for achieving sustainable development.

Moreover, he said that the solar power plant located in the Benaban region of Aswan, was one of the three largest solar power plants in the Middle East and North Africa, explaining the Egyptian experience in the use of solar power and its conversion to electricity, noting that the Egyptian government was seeking to diversify its energy sources, and that the state depended on modern technological means to produce electricity.

“The country's energy strategy was based on three main areas, namely: restructuring and reform of the natural gas sector, supporting energy efficiency, and the fight against global warming through reducing emissions,” Al-Qaliouby contined.

He reviewed Egypt's key achievements through the implementation of several infrastructure projects and the establishment of a local power grid in Aswan to cover the entire Republic, noting that there were 68 power plants in Egypt, three of which were among the top 8 in the world, as well as the installation of electric pylons and a national network based on the remarkable efforts to achieve the expansion of the project to the future Egyptian capital.

Al-Qaliouby called on young Africans to face the problems of their countries, as they are responsible of managing the national and continental affairs, in addition to benefiting from the Egyptian experience and popularizing it in African countries through cooperation and joint efforts, noting that Egypt is an integral part of Africa. He also stressed the need to seek to solve the continent's problems and achieve independence and security to achieve energy development and sustainable development.

The "Nasser Fellowship for African Leadership" was launched by the Ministry of Youth and Sports under the auspices of the Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouli, in cooperation with the Pan-African Youth Union, during the period from June 8 to 22, 2019, at the Center for Civic Education, El Gezira.

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6/12/2019 1:47:53 PM
<![CDATA[African forum mirrors Egypt's desire to help African states fight corruption - official]]>
Addressing the opening session of the forum, he said the convocation of the forum in Egypt comes as part of the country's constant efforts to back the African continent, citing its role in boosting African countries' struggle for independence; the foundation of the Organization of African Unity which is now known by the name of the African Union; and reforming the African Union.

Corruption is now countries' biggest enemy as it causes losses amounting to billions of dollars and poses threats to development and stability, he said.

He also said that fighting corruption is among the priorities of the African Union's 2063 agenda.]]>
6/12/2019 1:17:38 PM
<![CDATA[38 research projects jointly funded by Cairo University, other establishments]]>
Khost said on Tuesday that eight projects are funded in collaboration with the Academy of Scientific Research & Technology, 12 are financed in cooperation with the European Union, and 18 are sponsored in partnership with Science and Technology Development Fund (STDF).

The Cairo University’s president clarified that there is a target to increase funding for scientific research by 100 percent and to direct financing to applied research needed in vital sectors for the country, such as water, renewable energy, medicine, and agriculture.

Egypt ranked 35th among 233 countries in academic paper submissions in 2018, rising three places compared to the previous year, according to SCImago Journal & Country Rank.

The number of submissions by Egyptian researchers recorded 22,018 with an increase of 17.2 percent, while the amount of citable documents is 20,074. The academic works included a total of 13,995 citations, and 4,257 self-citations.

Egyptian research projects compose 1.3 percent and 12.9 percent of papers submitted to the top 1 percent and 10 percent of the world’s academic journals, respectively. Egypt is among the top 10 percent of countries in submissions in the fields of toxins and treatment, pharmaceuticals, and drug discovery. Egypt is among the top 15 percent of countries in submissions in 20 fields, and among the top 20 percent of countries in submissions in 40 fields.

The highest numbers of submissions in 2017 and 2018 are in the fields of medical sciences (5,867), engineering sciences (3,544), and chemistry (2,760). ]]>
6/12/2019 12:56:19 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt, a stable country, trade gateway for Africa: British official]]>
This came during Fox's phone call with Extra news channel on Tuesday. He added that trade relations between Egypt and his country hold a good chance for promoting bilateral cooperation in all domains.

According to Fox, there are a lot of investment opportunities in Egypt and good opportunities for bringing in skills and services to shore up the country's economy.

In March 2019, Britain’s Minister of State for the Middle East Alistair Burt asserted that Prime Minister Theresa May is looking forward to increasing coordination and cooperation with Egypt on many issues and files of priority for the two countries.

Burt's speech came during a meeting with Egyptian Ambassador to Britain Tareq Adel in London. Burt underscored the pivotal role played by Egypt in maintaining the peace and stability of the Middle East.

The meeting between the two sides covered means of boosting bilateral relations and cooperation especially in the economic and investment domains, according to a press release by the Foreign Ministry.

In the same context, former Trade and Industry Minister Tarek Kabil said earlier that Egyptian-British economic cooperation is deeply-rooted and based on common interests. ]]>
6/12/2019 12:47:04 PM
<![CDATA[PM directs cabinet to convene in New Alameen City in July]]>
The government meeting that will take place in a new premises designated for it in the city would send a message of the state's deep interest in expanding its development plans, he said Wednesday following a meeting with officials from McKinsey consulting company which works with senior leaders in Egypt to shape and implement improvement strategies in key sectors, like healthcare, investment and tourism, and transportation.

Madbouli asserted that the government is deeply interested in the administrative reform file and restructuring governmental bodies and institutions so as to help them to efficiently carry out their missions.

The premier's meeting with Mckinsey company officials covered plans to restructure the governmental bodies and ministries and possible mechanisms to improve their work in a better way to unlock Egypt's tremendous human potential and strengthen development.

The meeting was attended by Minister of Planning and Administrative Reform Hala el Saeed.

Madbouli noted that Egypt has successfully managed over the past three years to implement its economic and financial reform program, adding that the government is currently seeking to carry out an integrated restructuring process that encompasses all the state's administrative bodies to be able to press ahead with its plans to relocate to the New Administrative Capital.

The premier was briefed by the planning minister and Mckinsey's officials on the outcome of meetings held over the past period with various governmental bodies and ministries to stand on the nature of their work to outline an effective integrated restructuring plan that caters for all their needs and help them transform their performance.

Mabdouli prompted the consulting company to finish preparing its proposed all-out administrative reform strategy to be able to implement it as soon as possible.]]>
6/12/2019 12:39:52 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian embassy in Moscow follows up drowning circumstances of 3 nationals]]>
The embassy addressed the authorities concerned in Ulyanovsk and Cheboksary, where the drowning incidents occurred, to repatriate the bodies as soon as possible, Assistant Foreign Minister for Consulate Affairs and Egyptian Expats Yasser Mahmoud Hashem said in a press release.

The bodies will be transported back home on Thursday, he added.

Hashem extended the his deepest condolences to the expats' families.]]>
6/12/2019 12:38:17 PM
<![CDATA[African states urged to mark African anti-corruption day every year on July 11]]>
Addressing the opening session of the forum on Wednesday, Ammar said the theme of this year's celebration will be; coordinating a unified African stance to restore smuggled funds.

He lauded Egypt's hosting of the first African Anti-Corruption Forum, saying the board will work for putting into effect the recommendations coming from this forum.

The two-day forum aims at providing a platform for African countries to meet on a regular basis to exchange information, experiences and best practices for the purpose of consolidating their national capabilities and institutions in the fight against corruption.

The forum will address several topics, including the continental and national efforts conducted by African countries in accordance with their international and regional commitments, the relationship between corruption and development, capacity building and human resources, the role of civil society and the private sector, and how to enhance African inter-governmental coordination in combating corruption.]]>
6/12/2019 12:36:37 PM
<![CDATA[President Sisi attends inaugural session of AACF]]>
The event brings together participants from 51 African countries and four Arab countries.

The forum is held in line with an initiative that was launched by president Sisi in January 2018 during his participation in the annual African Summit.

Attending from Egypt are Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouli, Speaker of the House of Representatives Ali Abdel Aal and Minister of Defense Mohamed Zaki along with Minister of Planning Hala El Saeed and other ministers and senior officials.]]>
6/12/2019 11:45:36 AM
<![CDATA[Sudan military council agrees to release political prisoners]]>
An agreement has been hammered out between the council and the freedom and change forces, without prejudice to previous agreements, under which both sides undertook to avoid using the media escalate the situation, Dardir said in a press release.

They also agreed to embark on confidence-building efforts, Dardiri added, stressing that both parties are going to resume talks soon. ]]>
6/12/2019 11:43:21 AM
<![CDATA[Hundreds rally in Hong Kong in fresh protests against extradition bill]]>
Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam said she would push ahead with the bill despite deep concerns across vast swaths of the Asian financial hub that on Sunday triggered its biggest political demonstration since its handover from British to Chinese rule in 1997.

"When the fugitive extradition bill is passed, Hong Kong will become a 'useless Hong Kong'," said Jimmy Sham, convenor of Civil Human Rights Front, the main organiser of Sunday's demonstration.

"We will be deep in a place where foreign investors are afraid to invest and tourists are afraid to go. Once the 'Pearl of the Orient' (it) will become nothing."

In a rare move, prominent business leaders warned that pushing through the extradition law could undermine investor confidence in Hong Kong and erode its competitive advantages.

The bill, which has generated unusually broad opposition at home and abroad, is due for a second round of debate on Wednesday in the city's 70-seat Legislative Council. The legislature is controlled by a pro-Beijing majority.

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Security was tight around the legislature building, with riot police deployed in some areas. Protesters stood under umbrellas in heavy rain, some singing "Hallelujah", as police conducted random ID checks.

An online petition has called for 50,000 people to surround the legislature building overnight into Wednesday.

Scores of young passers-by had their bags searched by police and some were detained briefly in a nearby metro station. A police officer on the scene who declined to be named said they were searching for weapons to try to stave off any violence.

The Civil Human Rights Front strongly condemned the searches, saying authorities had made people afraid to participate in peaceful gatherings.

Strikes and transport go-slows were also announced for Wednesday as businesses, students, bus drivers, social workers, teachers, Christian groups and others all vowed to protest, in a last-ditch effort to block the bill.

Britain handed Hong Kong back to China under a "one-country, two-systems" formula, with guarantees that its autonomy and freedoms, including an independent justice system, would be protected.

But many accuse China of extensive meddling, denying democratic reforms, interfering with local elections and of being behind the disappearance of five Hong Kong-based booksellers, starting in 2015, who specialised in works critical of Chinese leaders.

Beijing denies those accusations and official Chinese media this week said "foreign forces' were trying to hurt China by creating chaos over the extradition bill.

Sunday's protest rally plunged Hong Kong into political crisis, just as months of pro-democracy "Occupy" demonstrations did in 2014, heaping pressure on Lam's administration and her official backers in Beijing.

Nearly 2,000 mostly small retail shops, including restaurants, grocery, book and coffee shops, have announced plans to strike, according to an online survey, a rare move in the staunchly capitalist economy.

Eaton HK Hotel, which is owned by Langham Hospitality Investments and operated by Great Eagle Holdings , said it respected workers' "political stances" and would allow them to rally.

Human rights groups have repeatedly cited the alleged use of torture, arbitrary detentions, forced confessions and problems accessing lawyers in China, where the courts are controlled by the Communist Party, as reasons why the Hong Kong bill should not proceed.

China denies accusations that it tramples on human rights.
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6/12/2019 8:40:18 AM
<![CDATA[Syrian air defenses thwart Israeli missile attack in southern Syria]]>
Located in Daraa Governorate, Tal al-Hara is considered as a strategic hill overlooking the occupied Golan Heights.

The missile attack resulted only in damage and Israel then conducted an "electronic war" in which radars were subjected to interference, SANA added.
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6/12/2019 8:34:02 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt bans Salah Diab and others from travelling]]>
The authorities have also banned businessmen, Mahmoud Yehia, and Abdel Salam Mustafa, former head of HSBC, from traveling as per the same investigation. The business tycoon face accusations of state lands –squatting, shifting the land from agricultural activities, selling the lands for high prices after turning them into resorts or hotels.

The state has launched a firm crackdown on land-squatters for the financial losses they cause and the diminishing of Egypt’s agricultural wealth.
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6/11/2019 9:12:53 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian doctor shot in Germany, moved to hospital for treatment]]>
In an interview with Egypt Today, Badr Abdel Aati, Egypt’s ambassador in Berlin said that he personally communicated with the wounded Egyptian citizen, immediately after the accident took place, to check his health condition.

The consular section at the embassy also contacted the relevant German authorities immediately after they knew about the incident, to follow up on procedures to arrest the perpetrator.

Moreover, the Embassy and the Consulate General of Egypt in Frankfurt formally addressed the German authorities to follow up on the results of the investigations and the relevant legal proceedings, and to disclose the circumstances of the accident.

Egyptian citizen Mahmoud Tawfiq thanked the Embassy and the Egyptian Ambassador for communicating with him and with the German authorities concerned.]]>
6/11/2019 6:42:11 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt cooperates with Cyprus in defense industries ]]>
Recently, President Sisi ordered to participate in the development of defense industries in partnership with international expertise.

Tarras's speech came during his meeting with a high-level delegation from the Cypriot armament authority on Tuesday with the aim to enhance investment and partnership between the two sides.

The meeting tackled efforts to boost bilateral cooperation in different industrial fields, as well as efforts to localize technology and boost joint industrialization activities.

Tarras said that the AOI is looking forward to enhancing cooperation with Cyprus, which is of strategic importance to the Egyptian national security.

He also added that Egypt's position, its leading role and success in organizing the IDEX International Defense Exhibition in Cairo in 2018 have been a strong incentive for many major arms companies and international officials to hold joint talks with the Arab Organization for Industrialization to enhance cooperation and find scientific and technological solutions for defense equipment and systems.

For his side, director of the Department of Armaments of Cyprus Tasso sjorgio pointed out that the coming period will witness more cooperation with Egypt.

Also,Secretary General of the Cyproit Ministry of Defense George Giorgio praised the efforts led by President Sisi in all fields of development and the scale of achievements and national projects currently underway in Egypt.

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6/11/2019 3:19:24 PM
<![CDATA[Sarabium Siphon to be completed by end of 2019]]>
Sarabium is aimed at resolving the water scarcity and desertification problems eastern the Suez Canal. The project will contribute to the reclamation of 200 feddans eastern the Suez Canal.

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Drilling works in Sarabium Siphon project - Press Photo

The siphon consists of four reservoirs. The depth and width of each is 60 meters and 18 meters, respectively. Every reservoir is connected to a horizontal tunnel whose length is 420 meters while its width is 4 meters. The tunnels lie 54 meters beneath the Suez Canal’s surface, and 16 meters below the seabed. Such distances give room for further expansion in the future. The cost of the project is LE3 billion.

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Drilling works in Sarabium Siphon project - Press Photo

The Ismailiya governor described Sarabium as the savior of agricultural lands located eastern the Suez Canal from desertification. After the completion of the project, the amount of water transported from Delta and Nile Valley on one hand to Sinai on the other hand will be boosted to 16 cubic meters per day from 5 cubic meters per day when the project was launched in April 2016. Seventy-five percent of the project was finished in August 2017.

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Workers in Sarabium Siphon project - Press Photo

The governor added that 1.25 million cubic meters of water will be transferred by Mahsama siphon to Temsah Lake eastern the Canal, and to lands in Sinai for irrigation. The Mahsama siphon consists of four reservoirs connected to two tunnels placed 60 meters beneath the Canal’s surface and below the seabed. The construction of the project started in January 2018 and is underway. ]]>
6/11/2019 2:46:21 PM
<![CDATA[Arab League hosts workshop on role of philanthropy in sustainable development]]>
Ageizi pointed out to the necessity of understanding the nature of social giving, philanthropy and charity work and how they have evolved over the years thanks to the contributions of both the civil society and the private sector, the statement added.

She also stressed the importance of the partnership between governments and the social giving sector to achieve the objectives of sustainable development, adding that international expertise has highlighted the role of confidence building through dialogue and exchange of information in decision-making.

She also reiterated that today's meeting could provide an important chance for reviewing some of the useful lessons drawn from joint cooperation between governments and the social giving sector in the Arab countries.]]>
6/11/2019 2:33:00 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi calls for providing all means necessary for successful AFCON hosting]]>
This came during his Monday meeting with Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouli, Presidential aide for national and strategic projects Sherif Ismail, Minister of Defense and Military Production Mohamed Zaki, Minister of Interior Mahmoud Tawfiq and Minister of Youth and Sports Ashraf Sobhi.

According to Presidential spokesperson Bassam Radi's statement, Sisi also called for constant coordination among the relevant authorities to make the tournament a distinguished sporting event, especially in light of Egypt's current presidency of the African Union (AU).

The meeting tackled all preparations for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), including security arrangements, health services and media coverage of the tournament, the spokesman added.

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

Egypt plays in Group A alongside the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda and Zimbabwe.


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6/11/2019 1:48:47 PM
<![CDATA[Police arrests 2 over forging documents for illegal migration]]>


The two persons had been using innovative means and modern technology in issuing forged documents used in illegal immigration, according to security reports.

Investigations revealed that they take between LE 100,000 to LE 120,000 for every person intending to illegally migrate.

Inspecting the houses of the two suspects, the police announced seizing dozens of forged certificates with different names for one of the academies, a large number of papers written in a foreign language marked with fake government seals, and others.

Egypt has not recorded any case of illegal immigration since 2016, Egypt’s presidency spokesperson Bassam Rady announced in February.

On the sidelines of Munich Security Conference 2019, President Abdel Fatah al Sisi spoke about Egypt’s successful experience in controlling illegal immigration and countering terrorism especially in Sinai.

He added that Egypt did not ask for any aid from European countries, and managed on its own to stop illegal immigration. “Not even one case has been recorded since September 2016,” Rady stated. He explained that the Egyptian authorities were keen to end illegal immigration and to curb the cases of illegal immigration deaths.
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6/11/2019 1:20:08 PM
<![CDATA[22 officials referred to trial for not collecting LE1.304B]]>
The defendants include three former general secretaries of the Alexandria Municipal Authority, the general manager of financial affairs at the authority, head of central revenues department, former heads of the financial and financial affairs departments, head of contracts and purchasing department, chairman of the Central Department of Tourism and Summer Resorts.

This is in addition to four former chairmen of the State Property Protection Agency, head of properties department at the agency in Alexandria, engineer of properties department at the agency in Alexandria, three accountant at the agency in Alexandria, head of the financial department at the agency in Alexandria, a tax collector at the Real Estate Tax Directorate, and a tax inspector at the directorate.

The lessees include 43 resorts, some social and sports clubs, and cabin owners among others. Administrative hold has been imposed on those. As a result, LE60 million ($3.6 million) have been collected until now. ]]>
6/11/2019 1:18:28 PM
<![CDATA[Weather Forecast: Hot weather, high humidity dominate Cairo, Delta]]>
Poor vision is expected due to foggy weather conditions in the morning on areas northern Egypt, where low and medium clouds will also be present. Most of the wind will be moderate northwesterly and will be active on the northeastern coasts.

Mahmoud Shaheen, an official at the Egyptian Meteorological Authority told Egypt Today that temperature in different areas of the country are still in the normal range despite the increase, adding that temperature will likely decrease starting Wednesday.

Shaheen said that high humidity, which has risen gradually as Summer near, is the reason why people in the country feel hot. He noted that humidity exceeded 70 percent in Cairo and Nile Delta, while it exceeded 80% on the northern coasts.]]>
6/11/2019 1:12:44 PM
<![CDATA[600 public transport buses renovated to serve AFCON fans]]>
Ali said that the authority has renovated more than 600 public transport buses, and will set special operation rooms will be set to follow up on the tournament buses.

Meanwhile, Egypt inaugurated three new metro stations in Cairo to facilitate the transfer of civilians and the African fans to the stadiums.

The Ministry of Transport announced in a statement on Saturday that pilot operation of the three stations for the commuters will start on June 15, adding that the three stations are named Haroun, Nadi al-Shams, and Alf Maskan.

The stations are the first inaugurated stops in the four stage of the third line expansion in Cairo metro, the statement added.

The new stations will help transport football fans from areas in Heliopolis, Alf Maskan, and Gisr al Suez to Cairo Stadium, which locates 500 meters away from The Stadium metro station in Nasr City.The AFCON starts on June 21 and ends on July 19. The tournament takes place with the participation of 24 teams in six groups for the first time in the history of the African competition.]]>
6/11/2019 11:51:15 AM
<![CDATA[11 buildings in slum area demolished, 60 families relocated ]]>
The Cairo Governorate Municipal Authority is moving 1,500 families from new and old Hekr Al Sakakiny slum areas to Mahrousa 1 neighborhood, and is demolishing unlicensed houses and huts in Tereat Al Tawarei.

Hekr Al Sakakiny is located in Sharabeya neighborhood, northern Cairo. The number of residents evacuated until May from the old and new areas is 750 and 800 respectively. They are moving to units in the social housing project called Mahrousa 1 located in Salam 2 neighborhood. The new apartments are furnished and equipped with all essential home appliances. The authority demolishes the unlicensed buildings in Hekr Al Sakakiny after the residents move out.

As for Tereat Al Tawarei area located eastern Cairo, the authority removed 400 huts and 400 buildings by May. The residents of Tereat Al Tawarei were granted fully furnished apartments in nearby Ahalina 1 social housing project.

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The project consists of 4,900 residential units as well as shops, and administrative units. It is constructed over 60 feddans. The breakdown is 34.7 feddans for buildings, 14.2 feddans for facilities, 8.4 feddans for roads, and 2.7 feddans for greenery.

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The project is executed by the Higher Command of the Central Military Region, Cairo governorate, the National Bank of Egypt (NBE), and Ain Shams University. The value of the project is LE365 million. Forty-six percent of the cost is covered by donations, while the rest is funded by NBE.

The project includes schools having a total of 120 classrooms, a medical center, and a mosque. Basements will be used as fashion workshops to create jobs for women.

Both neighborhoods were inaugurated by President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi in December. The state aims at eliminating all slums across the country by the end of this year as it cleared 80 percent of 351 areas last year. In parallel, dwellers were granted free fully furnished units in social housing projects. The president stated that the cost of furnishing apartments in such new neighborhoods is LE 6 billion.

In May 2016, President Sisi promised to move all those living in slums to new flats over 3 years as part of an ambitious project expected to cost about LE 14 billion ($790 million).

In the same context, the Tahya Misr (Long Live Egypt) Fund, launched by Sisi in 2014, has been working on a three-phase strategy to eliminate Egypt’s shantytowns and re-house slum residents, including those living in Doueyka, Establ Antar and Ezbet Khair Allah.

The project includes 15,000 housing units to re-house 60,000 slum residents. The first two phases of Tahya Misr are comprised of 12,000 flats. The third phase opened in 2017 and is comprised of 20,000 flats.
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6/11/2019 11:28:19 AM
<![CDATA[MP demands more natural gas pipes in Upper Egypt's housing units ]]>
Parliament member and representative of the Tahta area in the Governorate of Sohag, Ahmed Hareedy, demanded that the government should provide natural gas to housing units in cities, villages, and hamlets across the Upper Egyptian governorates because it is a cheaper alternative.

There are approximately 0.001 cubic meter per kilogram in a cylinder of cooking gas. However, natural gas pipes only cost between L.E. 1.75-LE 3 ($0.09-$0.017) per cubic meter.

Households in Upper Egypt only have an average monthly income of L.E. 3,969 ($236), making it one of the poorest regions in the country, according to the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) latest data on June 7.

Comparatively, the average monthly income of a household in Cairo is L.E. 5,396 ($321). Therefore, the average household in Cairo earns up to 35 percent more than the average household in Upper Egypt.

The Ministry of Petroleum announced in a statement on April 16 that the state has poured in an estimated annual L.E. 26 million in butane gas subsidies. The ministry added that the government produces over 1 million subsidized butane gas cylinders and a yearly estimated total of 360 million cylinders.

In his speech at the Parliament last week, Hareedy stressed that the current subsidiary system is not enough to meet the energy needs of Upper Egyptians.

Hareedy added that Upper Egyptian families have been encountering the harshest difficulties and circumstances due to the economic challenges that have been directly linked with the cutting of subsidies.

The increases being experienced in energy prices is directly linked to the agreement between Egypt and the IMF, which was finalized in November 2016.

The 3-year, $12 billion dollar, Extended Fund Facility (EFF) agreement between Egypt and the IMF entailed the condition that Egypt would incrementally remove its subsidiary system.

Subsequently, Egypt has gradually cut fuel and electricity subsidies over the course of the past 3 years.

The IMF and Egypt have stated their intention behind cutting energy subsidies is to revive the country's economy by reducing government spending.

The MP affirmed that providing more households with access to a cheaper alternative such as natural gas would greatly help alleviate some of the financial burdens placed on Upper Egyptians.
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6/11/2019 11:19:48 AM
<![CDATA[Top US diplomat for Africa to travel to Sudan to urge talks ]]>
Talks between the two collapsed last week when security forces stormed a sit-in that had been the focal point of Sudan's protest movement for nearly two months.

Tibor Nagy, the US assistant secretary for Africa, will also discuss a political solution for Sudan during a visit to Ethiopia, whose Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has tried to mediate between the military council and protest movement.

"He will call for a cessation of attacks against civilians and urge parties to work toward creating an enabling environment ... for talks to resume," the State Department said, adding that Nagy will later travel to Mozambique and South Africa. ]]>
6/11/2019 7:33:20 AM
<![CDATA[1st phase of E-visa project finalized, covering 46 countries: FM]]>
This move is part the government's efforts to facilitate the procedures of issuing visas for foreign visitors with a view to promote inbound tourism, the ministry said in a press release on Monday.

Moreover, coordination is underway between the ministry and the bodies concerned to provide the implementation framework as well as the time schedule of the project's second phase, the ministry added.

The project includes the launch of an E-visa portal at (www.visa2egypt.gov.eg), which supports eight languages, enabling applicants to get their visas after providing the information required and paying for the new service via credit or debit cards, the ministry noted.

The first phase covers 46 nationalities.]]>
6/11/2019 7:18:30 AM
<![CDATA[Saudi air defence intercepts two Houthi drones]]>
The Statement gave no further details.

Houthi-run Masirah TV reported earlier on Monday that the Iran-aligned movement had carried out attacks on King Khalid airbase near Khamis Mushait in southwestern Saudi Arabia. ]]>
6/11/2019 7:13:06 AM
<![CDATA[Turkish F-35 pilots no longer flying at US base]]>
The United States says Turkey's acquisition of Russia's S-400 air defenses poses a threat to the Lockheed Martin Corp's F-35 stealthy fighters, which Turkey also plans to buy. Washington says Ankara cannot have both.

The move to halt training at Luke Air Force Base, first reported by Reuters, came just days after acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan told his Turkish counterpart that Turkish pilots already in the United States could remain there until the end of July. That would have allowed time for more training and for Turkey to rethink its plans.

"The department is aware that the Turkish pilots at Luke AFB are not flying," Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Mike Andrews, a Pentagon spokesman, told Reuters.

"Without a change in Turkish policy, we will continue to work closely with our Turkish ally on winding down their participation in the F-35 program."

A second U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Reuters that a local commander at Luke decided last week to halt the training of Turkish pilots and maintenance crews over safety concerns.

Some training of Turkish maintenance personnel continues at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, the official said.

If Turkey were removed from the F-35 program, it would be one of the most significant ruptures in recent history in the relationship with the United States, experts said.

But strains in U.S.-Turkish ties already extend beyond the F-35 to include conflicting strategy in Syria, Iran sanctions and the detention of U.S. consular staff in Turkey.

Reuters on Thursday first reported a U.S. decision to stop accepting more Turkish pilots to enter the United States for training, in what had been one of the most concrete signs that the dispute over the F-35 was reaching a breaking point.

Turkey seems to be moving ahead with the S-400 purchase, regardless of the U.S. warnings. President Tayyip Erdogan said last week it was "out of the question" for Turkey to back away from its deal with Moscow.

Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said on May 22 that Turkish military personnel were receiving training in Russia to use the S-400, and that Russian personnel may go to Turkey. ]]>
6/11/2019 7:09:44 AM
<![CDATA[Cairo to host fifth “Builders of Egypt” forum]]>
The forum will also discuss ways to speed infrastructure projects carried out by the general and private sectors, the projects include building railways, seaports, and other projects that enhance sustainable development in Africa.

The participants will offer Egypt’s vision regarding the massive projects in Africa, the needed coordination between the funding institutions, private sector, and the governments.

The forum will discuss Egypt contracting company’s plans to participate in the reconstruction of Iraq and Libya.
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6/10/2019 10:10:25 PM
<![CDATA[Two Egyptian university students drown in Russia's Volga River]]>
According to a press statement issued Monday by Ulyanovsk City Municipality, the two Egyptian citizens, who are reported to be in their early twenties, had earlier arrived in Ulyanovsk City for studying in one the Russian universities.

The statement quoted eyewitnesses as saying that the two young men were picnicking with friends near the wharf on the bank of the river when they fell off a cement bridge to be immediately swallowed by the water in an area where swimming is banned.

Rescue teams rushed to the site but their efforts to save them were to no avail and divers were able to fish their bodies out of the water later on]]>
6/10/2019 3:21:40 PM
<![CDATA[Pope Tawadros II announces forming eparchy in South Africa]]>
During his sermon on Sunday, Pope Tawadros said that Bishop Antonius Marcus has been ordained an archbishop in South Africa.

Also, a number of bishops were ordained to serve in Egypt and a number of countries.

The Coptic Orthodox Church celebrated earlier the day of the Ascension of Jesus, which took place forty days after Easter (the resurrection of Jesus), according to the Christian belief.

The Feast of the Ascension is one of 12 feasts celebrated by the Orthodox Church, as it marks the memory of the last time Jesus appeared to speak to his disciples after his crucifixion, according to the Christian belief.
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6/10/2019 3:06:45 PM
<![CDATA[In pics: Pope Tawadros II inaugurates Virgin Mary Church in Menoufia]]>
He also inaugurated the altar of the church under the name of Virgin Mary name and another altar under the name of Anba Michael along with the baptism altar under the name of Bishop Pachomius, Bishop of Beheira.

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Pope Tawadros II inaugurates Virgin Mary Church in Menoufia governorate's Sadat City, northern Egypt – Press photo

Pope Tawadros II announced earlier forming a new eparchy in South Africa, affirming that Egypt attaches great importance to Africa in light of its presidency of the African Union.

During his sermon on Sunday, Pope Tawadros said that Bishop Antonius Marcus has been ordained an archbishop in South Africa.

Also, a number of bishops were ordained to serve in Egypt and a number of countries.


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6/10/2019 3:05:04 PM
<![CDATA[Parl't approves draft bill executing drug smugglers]]>
The law sentences to death those who "bring, manufacture or produce synthetic materials with an anesthetic or harmful effect on the mind, body, or the mental and neurological condition."

The bill has been approved with the aim of confronting the spread of all types of narcotics, particularly synthetic substances which seriously harm the society, specifically the youths.

It also aims at placing the synthetic substances on the drug list, as the current list contains only the names of traditional drugs. It does not cover the newly created materials despite being deadlier sometimes.



The Egyptian government approved the bill in January during a ministerial meeting headed by Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli. The bill modifies some articles of Law no. 182 of 1960 on combating narcotic abuse and illegal drug trade.

Formerly, the law stipulated punishing drug essence importers and exporters by life imprisonment and a fine ranging from LE 3,000 to 10,000.

The new bill punishes possessors of such substances, with the aim of trade, by a rigorous life sentence and a fine ranging between LE 100,000 ($5,664) and LE 500,000 ($28,319).

Owners of places prepared for illicit drug consumption will also face rigorous imprisonment and a fine of at least LE 200,000 and not more than LE 300,000, according to the bill.

Owning drugs without a certain purpose is also punished by severe imprisonment and a fine that ranges from LE 50,000 to LE 200,000.

Concerning drug abuse, the bill stipulates sentencing illicit drug consumers to at least one year in prison and a fine that does not exceed LE 10,000 ($566) and is not less than LE 1,000 ($57).

The modified law was issued in 1960 during the term of former President Gamal Abdel Nasser.

The law names 45 substances that are considered by the Egyptian law to be prohibited narcotics, mainly raw opium, all salts of morphine, raw cocaine, and cannabis extracts including Hashish.

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6/10/2019 2:58:52 PM
<![CDATA[Finance Ministry dismisses reports related to fuel prices]]>
The ministry stressed that the rumors are baseless and aim at misleading the citizens and stirring up public opinion.

The statement reported that the ministry was tracking the creator of this page to be brought to justice.Also, the ministry urged citizens to seek accuracy while reporting on their official pages on social media networks.


Earlier in May, Petroleum Minister Tarek al-Molla announced that Egypt spent LE 60.1 billion ($3.51 bln) on fuel subsidies in the first nine months of the 2018-2019 financial year,a drop of 28.45 percent from the same period in the previous year.

The minister added that Egypt has been reducing fuel subsidies as part of an IMF-backed reform program that began in 2016, and is due to remove subsidies on most energy products by June.

In the same context, the government denied rumors of increasing electricity prices by 30-60 percent in July, adding that such circulated percentage was false.

After the news determining the rise in electricity prices spread on social media, the media center at the Cabinet fact-checked the information with the Ministry of Electricity, which in return denied it.

The ministry has announced that there will be another increase in electricity prices as part of the government's plan to slash the subsidies off fuel and power. The ministry said that once the new increase is officially determined, it will be announced in a press conference with all relevant details.

According to the 2019-20 preliminary budget, spending on electricity subsidies will fall 37.5 percent to LE 10 billion and spending on petroleum products will be cut by 42 percent.
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6/10/2019 1:29:29 PM
<![CDATA[In pics: President's adviser checks Alexandria, Suez Stadiums before 2019 AFCON]]>
The 2019 Africa Cup of Nations will be held in Egypt from June 21 to July 19, 2019.

Accompanied by Alexandria Governor Abdel Aziz Qunsuah, other executive officials and parliament members, Ismail, who earlier served as the prime minister, made observations to be taken into consideration and implemented by a maximum of two days.

Qunsuah, during the tour, reviewed the efforts to improve the efficiency of the stadium including the main chamber, the press center, and the dressing rooms for players and referees.


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Ismail also checked the Suez Stadium, along with Suez Governor Abdel Mageed Saqr. The stadium is set to host the matches of Group E, including Angola, Mali, Mauritania and Tunisia.


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The tournament takes place with the participation of 24 teams in six groups for the first time in the history of the African competition.

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


Egypt is the most successful nation in the history of the competition as Egypt has won a record of seven titles including three in a row between 2006 and 2010.

Booking tickets

Step-by-step, Egypt Today reviews how the site works to book tickets for the 2019 AFCON.


First: Get Your Fan ID


Step 1:


Once you enter the official website, choose "Get Fan ID" then you will be directed to a page asking you whether you are Egyptian or Other Nationalities.


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Step 2:


The User will fill his data which includes; Country of Nationality, Language of Communication and Email Address. Then he must enter his Mobile Number to get the Activation code via SMS.
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Step 3:


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


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Step 4:


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


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


Second: Book your Tickets


Step 1


The matches will be played in the Cairo, Air Defense, Al Salam, Alexandria, Suez and Ismailia stadiums. The Cairo Stadium will host the opening match and final match.


Once you enter the official website, www.tazkarti.com, you can press 'Purchase Tickets' which will direct you to the next page showing the matches, stadiums & dates.


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Step 2


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


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Step 3:


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


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



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

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

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

Tazkarti sets up a hotline number (15355) for further inquiries.





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6/10/2019 12:59:28 PM
<![CDATA[Yemeni FM resigns: Al Arabiya TV]]>
The all-news network did not reveal any details on the resignation.

Yamani, who previously served as permanent delegate of Yemen to the UN, joined the Yemeni Foreign Ministry in January 1991. From January 2011 till December 2012, he worked as deputy chairman of the department of the foreign minister's office.]]>
6/10/2019 12:36:17 PM
<![CDATA[Up to two million Syrians could flee to Turkey if clashes worsen: U.N.]]>
Syria’s Russian-backed military has been pressing an assault on rebels in their last major stronghold with air attacks and ground battles that have already forced tens of thousands to leave their homes.

“Our fear is if this continues, and if the numbers continue soaring, and if the conflict intensifies, that we could see really hundreds of thousands, a million, two, heading toward the borders with Turkey,” the U.N. Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Syria Crisis, Panos Moumtzis, said.

The onslaught since late April, focused mostly on southern parts of Idlib province and adjacent parts of Hama and Latakia, marks the most intense conflict between President Bashar al-Assad and his insurgent enemies since last summer.

Moumtzis told Reuters in Geneva that the situation was deteriorating and a deal between Russia and Syria to deescalate the fighting there was effectively no longer in place.

“We see an offensive that is really targeting - or with an impact on - hospitals and schools in civilian areas, in areas where there is the population and urban areas - which really should not be happening according to international humanitarian law,” Moumtzis said.

Aid organizations have been encouraged to share their locations with the warring parties to avoid being hit. But after repeated air strikes on hospitals, many aid workers distrust such requests, Moumtzis said.

“It’s a catastrophe, what has been happening... for the sake of humanity, there has to be an intervention,” he said.

“A few months ago, we asked to make sure that this nightmare scenario will not take place. Actually, it’s unfolding in front of our own eyes as we speak.”

The U.N. appealed for $3.3 billion to cover humanitarian work within Syria this year, and despite generous pledges, it has so far received only $500 million, leaving the aid effort surviving “hand-to-mouth”, Moumtzis said.

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6/10/2019 12:31:50 PM
<![CDATA[New Zealand PM reveals plan to pull Kiwi troops out of Iraq by June 2020]]>
The deployment in Camp Taji will scale down to 75 troops from July and to 45 troops in January before the mission ends in June.

Up to 95 Kiwi troops have been stationed at Camp Taji since February 2015, training Iraqi Security Forces as part of the Building Partner Capacity mission.

"When it comes to Iraq, it's time to go." Ardern said.

Ardern said more than 44,000 ISF personnel have been trained at Taji since New Zealand was deployed as part of the multinational Defeat-Isis Coalition.

"Four years ago New Zealand made a commitment to the Iraqi Government and to the Coalition to train the ISF at Taji and lift their capability to defeat and prevent the resurgence of Isis," Ardern said.

"Over the next 12 months, New Zealand will be able to wind down and conclude that commitment," he added.]]>
6/10/2019 11:55:41 AM
<![CDATA[Kremlin official: Russia wants US to substantiate 'Nods' towards mending ties]]>
"Everyone is well aware of the current state of Russian-US relations. However, one could recently see some signals or, let me say, nods from the US administration toward establishing a dialogue on a range of matters, including the top-level dialogue ... We would like these signals to be substantiated with concrete steps," Ushakov said during the Primakov Readings international summit in Moscow.

Ushakov suggested that these signals were unlikely to "make way to real politics," given that the United States had almost entered "another pre-election cycle."

"We have never lost our commitment to mend relations [with the United States] as we understand how important these relations are for ensuring global security and stability. We'll see what happens. But I will stress again that we are ready to pick up any Tweets and any constructive impulses," Ushakov emphasized.]]>
6/10/2019 11:54:22 AM
<![CDATA[Indonesia warns of further eruptions after volcano spews ash]]>
Mount Sinabung, which has seen a spike in activity since 2010, erupted for around nine minutes on Sunday, sending clouds of volcanic ash 7 km (4.4 miles) into the sky.

Although no casualties were reported, officials monitoring the volcano warned of possible fresh eruptions.

“After the eruption, from midnight until 6 a.m., there were a few aftershocks,” said Willy, a scientist at a Sinabung observatory post, who uses one name, like many Indonesians.

Authorities left unchanged the alert level for Sinabung, but urged residents to use face masks and keep indoors to guard against volcanic ashfall.

Mount Sinabung, which is 2,460 m (8,071 ft) high, is among Indonesia’s most active volcanoes, but had been inactive for four centuries before its 2010 eruption. Indonesia has nearly 130 active volcanoes, more than any other country.]]>
6/10/2019 11:52:56 AM
<![CDATA[Working hours changed in New Valley due to high temperature]]>
Before, working hours used to start at 8:00 a.m. and end at 3:00 p.m.

Zamalout said the change is due to high temperature during the summer. ]]>
6/10/2019 11:32:14 AM
<![CDATA[G’ovt official denies fuel prices’ hike in Egypt]]>
The official explained that the expected increase is a political decision, in which the cabinet has nothing to do with setting the date, however, the official expected the increase will take place during the few days.

The official said that the fuel prices will witness a 20 percent hike, which is considered to be the lowest increase since launching the economic reform program.

Social media users circulated a fabricated governmental statement which says that the hike is set to be applied on June 14.
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6/9/2019 10:39:19 PM
<![CDATA[Civil disobedience campaign empties streets of Sudan's capital]]>
Opposition and protest groups had called for workers to stay at home after security forces stormed a protest camp on Monday, killing dozens and dealing a blow to hopes of a peaceful transition after ex-president Omar al-Bashir's removal in April.

The Transitional Military Council (TMC) indicated on Sunday that it was willing to listen to the opposition's demands and restart negotiations, which it halted after the raid.

The raid came after weeks of wrangling between the TMC that took over from Bashir and the Declaration of Freedom and Change Forces (DFCF), an opposition alliance, over who should steer a transition leading to elections.

The capital was tense on Sunday, with protesters taking to the streets in several neighbourhoods amid heavy security. Security forces fired shots into the air and used tear gas to disperse protesters in Khartoum North, on the other side of the Blue Nile river, witnesses said.

Few pedestrians or vehicles could be seen in the capital's streets, according to witnesses. Public transport was barely functioning and most commercial banks, private companies and markets were shut.

Some state banks and public utility offices were working normally.

"We will not go back to work until the (Sudanese Professionals) Association announces the end of the strike," said Ahmad al-Noor, a 46-year-old employee at a private foodstuffs company. The SPA, which spearheaded the anti-Bashir protests, is part of the DFCF.

"Sudan must be governed by a civilian government," Noor said.

At Khartoum airport, where few flights were operating, travellers crowded the departure hall. Most travel agencies were closed because of an internet outage, and ticket prices soared.

State news agency SUNA said Khartoum airport was "operating normally" and reported "complete attendance of employees in different airport units".

TMC spokesman Shams El Din Kabbashi said on Sunday the council was willing to restart negotiations with DFCF. He said they hoped DFCF would not have preconditions but added the TMC would be willing to listen to them.

In a televised speech following the raid, TMC Head Abdel Fattah al-Burhan scrapped all agreements with the DFCF and called for elections within nine months. The opposition rejected the plans.

"We regret this escalation in these blessed days and in this delicate cirumstance our country is going through," Kabbashi said on Sky News Arabia.

"Life is running well in the capital Khartoum and in the states," he said. "Life has not been affected much by the disobedience declared today."

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In Omdurman, across the Nile from Khartoum, 20-year-old Ayman Osama died on Sunday after being shot in the chest at a road barricade, the Central Committee of Sudanese Doctors said on social media, accusing a paramilitary force of killing him. The Rapid Support Forces (RSF) had no immediate comment.

In Khartoum North, police fired tear gas to disperse protesters. There were no reports of casualties.

Demonstrators have been trying to barricade roads in the capital over recent days as a way of sustaining protests.

Also on Sunday, a well-known Sudanese banking expert said he had turned down an offer from the TMC to become deputy governor of the central bank.

Mohamed Ahmed Bushra rejected the job "because the current conditions the country is going through and the failure to form a transitional civilian government make it difficult for the central bank to arrange policies to address the economic crisis," he told Reuters.

Sudanese state TV meanwhile reported that a senior commander of the RSF, Mohamed Abdallah, had been replaced.

Witnesses said the RSF, whose leader General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo is deputy head of the Transitional Military Council, led last Monday's raid. Its troops have been heavily deployed on the streets of Khartoum, some with machine guns mounted on their pickup trucks.

The RSF grew out of the Arab Janjaweed militias accused of committing atrocities in Darfur during a civil war that began in 2003. Bashir's government denied allegations that the militias had burned villages and raped and executed civilians in Darfur.

Opposition medics put the death toll at 118 in the storming of the camp outside Khartoum's Defence Ministry and subsequent security crackdown. The government has put last week's death toll at 61, including three members of the security services.
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6/9/2019 8:37:21 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt operates 3 new metro stations to serve AFCON fans]]>
The Ministry of Transport announced in a statement on Saturday that pilot operation of the three stations for the commuters will start on June 15, adding that the three stations are named Haroun, Nadi al-Shams, and Alf Maskan.

The stations are the first inaugurated stops in the four stage of the third line expansion in Cairo metro, the statement added.

The new stations will help transport football fans from areas in Heliopolis, Alf Maskan, and Gisr al Suez to Cairo Stadium, which locates 500 meters away from The Stadium metro station in Nasr City.The AFCON starts on June 21 and ends on July 19. The tournament takes place with the participation of 24 teams in six groups for the first time in the history of the African competition.

Moreover, the commuters can easily go to the June 30 Stadium and Al Salam Stadium, the statement said, adding that the fourth phase is scheduled to be completed by 2020.

The fourth phase of the third metro line covers a distance of 48 km, making it the longest metro line in Egypt. It comprises 10 stations with a total length of 15.8 km.

Commuters used to stop at transit Attaba station of the second line and then take another means of transportation, like microbuses, to go to Heliopolis. The air-conditioned metro cars of the third line, running from Attaba to Korba, are believed to have made the ride experience to Heliopolis cheaper, faster and more convenient.

Around 3.5 million Cairenes use the metro every day, switching between stations to reach their destinations while paying an affordable ticket.

Launched in 1987, the metro has since become the most important means of transportation, helping passengers to avoid getting stuck in Cairo traffic or having to negotiate fares with unmetered taxis. Female commuters can either choose to take the non-segregated cars or use the women-only carriages.

There were originally two lines – the oldest one running from Marg to Helwan, south of Cairo, and the second one running from Shubra to Giza.

Additional reporting by Nourhan Magdi


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6/9/2019 3:22:08 PM
<![CDATA[Court of Cassation upholds death penalty convict in Aossim trial]]>
The court commuted another death penalty sentence for another convict to 15 years in prison.Two other co-defendants were sentenced to 10 years instead of 15 years in prison. Court of Cassation’s verdict is unchallengeable as per the Egyptian Criminal Code.

On May 8, 2019, the court, the highest civilian court in Egypt, upheld death sentences against 13 members, and life imprisonment sentences against 17 others, over carrying out attacks against security forces, in the case known as "AgnadMisr Organization."

Since the ousting of Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated former President Mohamed Morsi, and the death of dozens of policemen and hundreds of Morsi supporters during the dispersal of pro-Morsi protests in Al-Nahda and Rabaa Al-Adaweya squares, Islamist terrorism prevailed in the country and hundreds of policemen and army troops have been killed in terrorist attacks since then.

In February 2018, under the title "Comprehensive Operation Sinai 2018", Egypt's Armed Forces launched a comprehensive military operation targeting the hotbeds of terrorists in Northern and Central Sinai.


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6/9/2019 3:19:11 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptians gnash their teeth after sour price of lemon]]>
The price of lemons never exceeded LE15 one month ago; however, the price increased gradually over the holy Month of Ramadan (May 6 to June 5), during which the Muslims fast worldwide.

“When I entered the grocer’s and asked for the price of a kilo of lemon, the grocer told me ‘we have no lemons and if you find it [in any other place], you will buy a kilo of it with LE100’,” said Walaa Mohamed, a mother of two children in Giza’s Imbaba. “It’s really hard to find lemon now,” she continued, wondering why the markets suffer lemon shortage.

“On Monday, before Eid al-Fitr, I wanted to buy 500g of lemon for my house use, but after I found the kilo is sold for LE70, I just bought a bottle of concentrated lemon juice from the supermarket for cooking,” Manaal Abdel-Latif from Maryoutia, Giza, told Egypt Today.

“I will not buy the lemon for this [high] price as long as there are affordable alternatives at the market,” she added.

The reasons behind the price hike boil down to three factors as explained by Mohamed Gabr, the head of the Director of the Horticulture Research Institute (HRI), which are: climate change, uncontrolled rate of lemon exportation, and high purchase turnout in Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr.

Climate Change impact
Climate change has affected lemon trees during the flowering and bloom time that takes place between late February and early March, Gabr said. “This time of the year is very sensitive for the lemon blooms, and Egypt has been hit during this period by unstable temperature going up and down,” he added.

Blooms could not bear temperature fluctuation that caused the fall of many blooms from the branches, Gabr noted, saying “so the climate change has affected the number of lemon produced.”

Lemon trees grow in warmer temperature that varies between 25°C and 30°C degrees, according to the Australian Department of Primary Industries. In late February, temperature suddenly increased in Cairo recording 29°C degrees, followed by a sharp decline by seven degrees.

In early March, thunder and lightning hit Cairo accompanied by heavy rains in some coastal cities, with temperature varied between 10°C and 18°C degrees, according to the Egyptian Meteorological Authority (EMA) reports.

Gabr continued that lemon trees could be affected by another physiological phenomenon called “June Fall,” during which lemon blooms fall from the branches.
The second key reason for lemon shortage came due to the high rates of exports by local merchants, Gabr said, noting that the high rate of export caused by the lack of government’s controlling measures on the local markets.

“The government’s intervention to curb exportation is limited and very late,” he said.

Egypt’s exports of citrus fruit hiked recently as it recorded 1.6 million tons since the beginning of the season in December 2018, said the Central Department of Agricultural Quarantine at the Ministry of Agriculture in a report on June 2.

Lemon trees plantations cover only 40,000 feddans (one feddan equals about 1.038 acres) all over Egypt, representing 10 percent of citrus fruits planted, head of Farmers’ Syndicate Hussein Abdel Rahman Abou Sadan told Masrawy on Saturday.

‘24-carat lemon’
The Egyptians’ anger at the price hike expressed in a very sarcastic way on the social media; some compared lemons with gold and indispensable treasure.

Aletribi Alaa posted on his twitter account that he suddenly found a treasure in his garden; it is a lemon tree!



Meanwhile, As Shok tweeted sarcastically “24-carat yellow lemon is for LE100. 21-carat green lemon for 80 and 18-carat withered lemon for LE 60. If you want to save your money, transfer dollars into lemons!.”




‏Others mocked on Facebook saying that the price reached L.E. 100 in the coastal city of Damietta, where the people were getting lemons instead of the change during former President Hosni Mubarak’s era.



A Facebook user posted that she has a lemon tree in her garden, saying that she would sell a kilo for L.E. 20 to counter the high prices offered by the local grocers.



Although the Egyptians gnashed their teeth over the hike, Gabr said that the price is expected to decline in the coming few days after the farmers start harvesting.
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6/9/2019 2:54:05 PM
<![CDATA[Shocking documentary reveals 1,400 migrant workers died in Qatar]]>
According to Nepali government figures, construction site accidents and squalid living conditions in the tiny Gulf state are claiming around 110 lives every year.



A report by the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) in March 2014 estimated at least 4,000 more workers will die before the start of the World Cup in 2022.

The estimation of deaths in Qatar is conservative and based on the tragic statistics collected by two embassies only – Nepal and India – which account for around 50% of the total migrant workforce.

The figure of 4,000 possible deaths is based on mortality trend data from the Indian and Nepalese embassies over the three most recent years, taking into account some 500,000 extra workers (cited by official sources in Qatar) in the years leading up to the World Cup.

According to the report, on average about 20 Indian migrants died per month in 2013, peaking at 27 in the hottest month, August.

"191 Nepalese workers died in 2013 working in Qatar compared with 169 in 2012 based on Nepal Government figures. 400 Nepalese workers have died since 2010 when Qatar won the right to host the World Cup."

WDR’s investigative documentary, titled “Trapped in Qatar,” on Friday exposed the harrowing plight of workers forced to live in crowded camps without many basic human needs.

Despite Nepal’s efforts to discourage its citizens from heading to Qatar for work, many still leave in the hope of finding better-paid jobs.
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6/9/2019 2:33:55 PM
<![CDATA[US Charge d'Affaires on Arish attack: USA stands with Egypt in fighting back against this evil]]>
Goldberger wrote a tweet saying that the murderous attack that claimed lives of police conscripts and officers “is another example of the vicious terrorism to which Egypt has been subjected.”




At dawn on Wednesday, terrorist elements opened fire at a security checkpoint in Arish, North Sinai. They were under siege by security forces. The fire exchange left 14 terrorists killed, and 14 machine guns, 3 detonators, and explosive belts were confiscated.

The Islamic State (IS) terrorist group claimed responsibility for the attack.

Ministry of Interior said in a press statement Thursday that it has managed to locate the suspects involved in Arish checkpoint attack on Wednesday. The statement said that the security forces traced the perpetrators and found them residing in an abandoned house in a wasteland near Arish police station.

Security forces managed Friday to hunt down and neutralize eight terrorists who immediately started a heavy shootout after being ambushed in an olive farm in the desert area in Obour district southern al-Arish City. Five machine weapons, an explosives device and two suicide belts were found in the terrorists’ possession.

Egypt security forces have been on high alert to hunt down terrorists responsible for the killing of eight police officers in a checkpoint in northern Sinai.

A number of Arab countries condemned the terrorist attack; President Sisi, who has announced war against terrorism even before he assumed post as president in 2014, said in May that the "war against terrorism did not and will not end before we retaliate for every martyr who died for the sake of their homeland." ]]>
6/9/2019 12:41:05 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt receives African youth participating in 'Nasser Fellowship for African Leadership']]>
The Nasser Fellowship for African Fellowship was launched by the Ministry of Sports under the auspices of Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli. It is set to be held from June 8 until June 22, in cooperation with the Pan-African Youth Union.

Thus far, young people from Sudan, South Sudan, Rwanda, Zambia, Gambia, Kenya, Algeria, Somalia, Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Liberia, Namibia and Uganda arrived in Cairo, and the ministry continues to host young people participating in the Fellowship.

A total of 100 executive leaders from the African Union member states are set to participate in the fellowship, including: decision makers from the government and private sectors, civil society, heads of National Councils for Youth, faculty members at Universities, researchers in strategic research centers, members of Trade Unions, Journalists and Media Professionals.

The Fellowship program begins with a visit to the museum and mausoleum of Gamal Abdel Nasser, as well as a meeting with the former dean of the Faculty of Research and African Studies, Dr. Sayed Fleifel, on the theme “Gamal Abdel Nasser and Africa”.

This Fellowship is one of the mechanisms implementing the "One Million by 2021" initiative, launched by the AU Commission on Science, Technology and Human Resources, and aims at training one million young Africans by 2021. The Fellowship aims to popularize the authentic Egyptian experience in national institution-building and to create a new generation of young African transformational leaders with a vision that aligns with the Egyptian presidency of the African Union in serving the goals of African unity through integration, training, capacity building, the development of strategic visions, as well as organizing meetings for the most influential young leaders at the continental level.]]>
6/9/2019 12:10:33 PM
<![CDATA[Temperature rises in Cairo Monday, records 35°C ]]>
Meteorological experts said that a relatively hot weather will be witnessed in Cairo and Lower Egypt on Sunday, with Cairo recording 33°C. While higher temperature degrees will be recorded in northern to southern Upper Egypt, where the weather is commonly hot.

Some areas in the northern coasts are expected to see rains, while South Sinai to witness active moderate wind.


Temperatures on Monday are expected to be as follows:

Cairo: 35°C - 23°C
Alexandria: 28°C - 21°C
Mersa Matruh: 28°C - 21°C
Sohag: 37°C - 24°C
Qena: 38°C – 25°C
Aswan: 39°C – 28°C]]>
6/9/2019 10:59:10 AM
<![CDATA[G20 finance chiefs agree on urgent need for online sales tax system]]>
The G20 has tasked the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development to fix the system that has seen some internet heavyweights take advantage of low-tax jurisdictions in places like Ireland and pay next to nothing in other countries where they make huge profits.

OECD chief Angel Gurria is presenting G20 finance ministers and central bank chiefs meeting over the weekend in Fukuoka with a "road map", already signed off by 129 countries, in a bid to clinch a long-term solution by 2020.

"We have to hurry up," said French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire during a panel discussion of top policymakers before the G20 meeting officially opened.

Le Maire called for a more ambitious time frame to forge a global consensus, saying: "The right schedule is to find a compromise by the end of this year."

Ministers are weighing the possibility of a new tax policy based on the amount of business a company does in a country, not where it is headquartered.

But there are rival proposals in the mix, including a wider US-led approach that could affect European and Asian multinationals in other sectors than technology.

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin took a blunt view in assessing the approach of Britain and France, who have already introduced their own taxes on digital players, given a lack of global consensus.

"I would say the US has significant concerns with the two current taxes that are being proposed by France and the UK but let me give them some good credit for proposing them in the sense (that) they have created an urgency to deal with this issue," said Mnuchin.

"Although I don't like them, I do appreciate the impetus for these issues," added the top US finance official.

While there were gaps on the exact make-up of the reform, the policymakers agreed there needed to be a global approach to taxing the big internet firms.

The other topic dominating the G20 finance ministers' meeting is the impact of spiraling global trade conflicts on an increasingly fragile economic outlook.

International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde, who is also attending the meeting, has warned that tariffs and trade friction are "self-inflicted" wounds that will harm the global economy at a "delicate juncture." ]]>
6/9/2019 9:50:00 AM
<![CDATA[Sisi ratifies KWD 70 mln loan deal to fund Bahr el Baqar drainage system]]>
Signed in Kuwait on August 8, 2018, the deal seeks to provide a loan worth 70 million Kuwaiti dinars for establishing Bahr el Baqar water drainage system.

The parliament approved the decree on February 24.

The decree was published in the official gazette on Saturday.]]>
6/9/2019 9:30:00 AM
<![CDATA[Gargash stresses importance of peaceful political transition in Sudan]]>
"Dialogue is the only way out of the current sophisticated circumstances,"Al Arabiya channel quoted Gargash as saying.

He expressed concern over the deaths reported during the dispersal of the sit-in. ]]>
6/8/2019 2:36:46 PM
<![CDATA[Lebanese president: No tolerance with terrorism]]>
Aoun made the remarks as part of a speech he delivered on the 158th anniversary of the establishment of the Internal Security Forces (ISF) directorate, which falls on June 9.

The Lebanese president pointed out to the sacrifices made by the ISF personnel, adding that they form, along with the army forces and other security troops, a “shield that protects civil peace and preserves stability.”

The terrorist attack that took place on the eve of Eidul Fitr in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli, leaving two ISF elements and two army forces dead, constitutes a motive for insistence on not tolerating with terrorism, Aoun said.]]>
6/8/2019 2:25:13 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi to receive Eritrean President at Al- Ittihadeya palace Saturday]]>
Erirean President arrived Saturday in Cairo for a two-day visit to the Egyptian capital.

Afwerki is expected to meet a number of officials to discuss bilateral relations between the two countries, as well as the latest developments in Africa and issues of mutual concern.

In January, the Eritrean President visited Egypt emphasized efforts to strengthen ties between the two countries.

Egyptian-Eritrean relations

After Eritrea had gained its independence from Ethiopia, following a long civil war on borders, on May 24, 1991, Egypt was among the top countries enhancing political, economic and diplomatic relations with Eritrea.

In this regard, Cairo and Asmara, the capital of Eritrea, signed a Friendship and Cooperation Agreement on March 31, 2009, as well as a Protocol of Cooperation between the National Council for Youth in Egypt and National Union of Eritrean Youth and Students (NUEYS) on December 14, 2009.

Since the June 30 revolution, which Eritrea has supported at the African Union level, President Afwerki visited Egypt several times; the most recent two visits were in 2014 and 2016 to further enhance the deep relations between the two countries.

Delegations from Egypt and Eritrea have met several times over the last few years to intensify the coordination between them in various sectors, including agriculture, fisheries, infrastructure, trade, culture, education and health.

The Egyptian delegation of the Agriculture Ministry visited Asmara in 2016 to meet with Eritrean Agriculture Ministry’s general director and head of poultry and research departments to discuss means of fostering bilateral relations in the agricultural field.

During the meeting, the Egyptian delegation discussed establishing a joint model farm in Eritrea and signing a memorandum of understanding to bolster relations in research, training, developing crops and poultry fields.

Moreover, in April 2017, an Egyptian delegation from the national company for fisheries and aquaculture headed to Eritrea. The delegation was welcomed by Afwerki and his economic adviser to discuss ways to put into effect the protocol on the cooperation in the field of fisheries, signed between the two states in Cairo in March 2017.

Egypt and Eritrea also seek to activate the joint committee aiming to boost bilateral cooperation in all fields. It is also worth mentioning that the Egyptian Agency of Partnership for Development (EAPD) provides Eritrea with continuous technical assistance.

Moreover, the Egyptian Ministry of Higher Education has provided many scholarships to Eritrean students.

Regarding the medical field, Egyptian Fund for Technical Assistance sent in 2010 medical aid to Eritrea and signed a memorandum of understanding in the field of medical cooperation and medical products in 2010.

Additional report with Marina Gamil ]]>
6/8/2019 1:28:36 PM
<![CDATA[Gov't signs protocol with Samusocial International to protect street children]]>
The cooperation comes in the framework of the national initiative to protect the street children, in cooperation with Long Live Egypt Fund. The initiative targets children in Cairo, Giza, Qalyobia, Sharqia, Alexandria, Menoufia, Assuit, Beni Seuf, Port Said, Ismailia, and Suez.

According to the signed protocol, the employees of the social care homes and mobile units will be trained on how they can deal with the children and how to provide them the needed first aid services.
Know more about the state’s initiative

Promise of a Home: Egypt tackles crisis of homeless children

Two years into Egypt's first comprehensive program to tackle a long-standing phenomenon of homeless children in the gloomy streets, Egypt Today closely shadows the project's components in the streets and behind the walls of its institutions. Right outside the Sayeda Zeinab Metro Station, the bus of the government's "Protecting Homeless Children" program was waiting to resume its daily mission.



Moreover, children in the social care homes will be given educational, and cultural programs and activities.

In 2016, the government has launched its initiative. The first phase of the initiative targeted more than 12,500 children, estimated in the same year.

In case you missed it…

Street children need to be helped, not ignored

CAIRO - 26 August 2018: If you walk in the streets of Cairo or spend some time stuck in traffic, you'll be familiar with the heartbreaking scene of a little child running between cars and chasing people for some coins.




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6/8/2019 1:24:56 PM
<![CDATA[Sudan releases 78 Ethiopian prisoners]]>
The released Ethiopian prisoners returned to their home country on Friday evening along with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed who was vising Sudan for mediation efforts. ]]>
6/8/2019 1:12:31 PM
<![CDATA[Trump calls off tariffs after Mexico vows to tighten borders]]>
U.S. President Donald Trump had threatened to impose 5% import tariffs on all Mexican goods starting on Monday if Mexico did not commit to do more to tighten its borders.

In a joint declaration after three days of talks in Washington, both countries said Mexico agreed to immediately expand along the entire border a program that sends migrants seeking asylum in the United States to Mexico while they await adjudication of their cases.

Trump said Mexico had agreed to take strong measures to “reduce, or eliminate” illegal immigration from Mexico.

However, the deal fell short of a key U.S. demand that Mexico accept a “safe third country” designation that would have forced it to permanently take in most Central American asylum seekers.

“The Tariffs scheduled to be implemented by the U.S. on Monday, against Mexico, are hereby indefinitely suspended,” Trump said in a tweet on Friday evening.

Frustrated by a recent surge of migrants that has overwhelmed U.S. resources on its southern border, Trump had used the threat of tariffs to pressure Mexico into making concessions.

He has made hard line efforts to reduce illegal immigration a cornerstone of his presidency and it is certain to be a key issue in his re-election bid next year.

But business groups and even some close Republican allies were unhappy with the prospect of tariffs on the top U.S. trade partner, saying they would damage the economy.

Duties on Mexico would also have left the United States fighting trade wars with two of its three largest trading partners, and would further unnerve financial markets already on edge about a global economic slowdown.

Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said in Washington his team had also resisted U.S. requests to send deported Guatemalans to Mexico. He said he was satisfied with the deal.

“I think it’s a fair balance because they had more drastic measures and proposals at the start and we reached some middle point,” he said, emphasizing the importance to Mexico of having kept safe third country out of the deal.

He also highlighted U.S. support in the agreement for a Mexican proposal to jointly address underlying causes of migration from Central America.

The asylum program to be expanded is commonly known as Remain in Mexico, and currently operates in the border cities of Tijuana, Mexicali and Ciudad Juarez.

Under the new deal, returned asylum seekers will spend long periods in Mexican cities such as Reynosa on the Texas border, where drug cartels frequently kidnap migrants.

The program was challenged in court earlier this year by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and other rights groups which say it puts asylum seekers in danger and violates U.S. and international law.

While a federal judge ruled to halt the policy, a U.S. appeals court overturned the decision, allowing the policy to continue as the legal challenge is ongoing. Through June 5, 10,393 mostly Central Americans have been sent back to Mexico since the program started in January.

Omar Jadwat, director of the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project, said the group would continue to press its legal challenge to the policy.

Under the deal, Mexico will also increase its efforts to stop illegal migrants from Central America traveling through Mexico to the United States. Those measures will include deploying the militarized National Guard security force to its southern border.

Ebrard said the National Guard deployment would start on Monday.

The two countries will continue discussions, to be completed in 90 days, on further steps, according to the declaration.

U.S. border officers apprehended more than 132,000 people crossing from Mexico in May, the highest monthly level since 2006. Trump, who has called the surge in migrants an “invasion,” had threatened to keep raising duties up to 25% unless Mexico addressed the problem.

Mexico had prepared a list of possible retaliatory tariffs targeting products from agricultural and industrial states regarded as Trump’s electoral base, a tactic China has also used with an eye toward the Republican president’s 2020 re-election bid.

The United States slapped tariffs of up to 25% on $200 billion in Chinese imports last month, prompting Beijing to levy its own tariffs on $60 billion in American goods. Trump said on Thursday he would decide later this month whether to hit Beijing with tariffs on an additional list of $300 billion in Chinese goods.

Economists have said that two trade disputes could damage supply lines and pinch consumers at a time when the global economic expansion that followed the 2008 financial crisis has started to sour and the risk of recession has risen.

Even the United States, one of the more solid performers on the economic stage, would not be immune to the downdraft.

The U.S. Labor Department reported on Friday that job growth slowed sharply in May and wages rose less than expected, raising fears that a loss of momentum in economic activity could be spreading to the labor market.]]>
6/8/2019 12:10:07 PM
<![CDATA[Pope Tawadros to ordain new bishops Saturday]]>
The bishops will serve in Egypt and a number of countries, including South Africa and Canada, the church's spokesman Bolis Halim said in a statement on Friday.]]>
6/8/2019 11:43:49 AM
<![CDATA[4 terrorists involved in Arish checkpoint attack killed]]>
The forces found three machine guns and an explosive belt in the building where the elements were hiding. The raid is part of an operation aimed at arresting the terrorists who targeted a police checkpoint southern Arish killing eight policemen and officers. Five militants were also killed in the ensuing exchange of fire, while others escaped, to be later pursued by security forces.

Security forces managed Friday to hunt down and neutralize eight terrorists who immediately started a heavy shootout after being ambushed in an olive farm in the desert area in Obour district southern al-Arish City. Five machine weapons, an explosives device and two suicide belts were found in the terrorists’ possession.

Ministry of Interior said in a press statement Thursday that it has managed to locate the suspects involved in Arish checkpoint attack on Wednesday. The statement said that the security forces traced the perpetrators and found them residing in an abandoned house in a wasteland near Arish police station.

The terrorist elements opened fire once they found out they are under siege by security forces. The fire exchange left 14 terrorists killed, and 14 machine guns, 3 detonators, and explosive belts were confiscated.

The Islamic State (IS) terrorist group claimed responsibility for the attack.

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6/8/2019 10:09:43 AM
<![CDATA[Climate change causes economic losses estimated at $225bn: Min.]]>
Floods that hit East Africa in Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, Rwanda, Somalia, Djibouti and Burundi have also affected millions of people, he said, adding that Egypt has recently been hit by a scorching heat wave reached more than 45°C degrees.

The Minister said that dealing with the climate change impacts is urgent through adopting new approaches to further research and community participation.

Beside the climate change impact on water, Abdel Attai said that the high demand of fresh water is another major challenge faces countries worldwide, calling for taking necessary measures that guarantee the success of sustainable development policies.

In his speech at the opening session of the first Cairo Water Week (CWW) in October 2018, Abdel Atti said that Egypt’s per capita share of water declined to 570 cm3 per year in 2018, below the international standards of 1000 m3/year.

Therefore, the government is implementing the National Water Plan in Egypt (2017-2037) includes strategic projects of an investment cost of not less than $50 billion.
Egypt suffers from an annual 21 billion cubic meters gap between water consumption and production. The consumption reached 110 billion cubic meters, while Egypt currently has 60 million cubic meters annually, he added.

Egypt has entered into a diplomatic and political battle with some Nile basin countries over its share of the Nile water. The disagreement started in 2010, when five Nile basin countries (Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, and Rwanda) signed the Entebbe Agreement, per which the two 1929 and 1959 deals conducted during British colonization can be relinquished.

The two deals had allocated 80 billion cubic meters of Nile water to Egypt (55.5 billion), and Sudan (18.5 billion); they also granted Egypt the right to veto against projects that can be established in Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and Sudan that may cause harm to its share.

Moreover, Egypt’s concern over its share was escalated after Ethiopia started building the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on the Blue Nile. The tributary feeds 80 percent of the Nile’s water to downstream states.
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6/7/2019 4:42:13 PM
<![CDATA[How did Egypt security avenge N. Sinai checkpoint victims]]>
The militants launched an assault on a security checkpoint early on Wednesday as Egypt marked the Islamic festival of Eid al-Fitr.

The Islamic State (IS) terrorist group later claimed responsibility for the attack.

Five militants were also killed in the ensuing exchange of fire, while others escaped, to be later pursued by security forces.

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An IS affiliate called Sinai Province has killed hundreds of security personnel in attacks since the military overthrew Muslim Brotherhood President Mohammed Morsi in 2013.

In February 2018, three months after gunmen killed more than 300 worshipers at a mosuqe in Sinai, the military launched a major campaign to eradicate the county of terrorism existence.

Security forces managed to foil a terrorist attack on a security checkpoint in North Sinai, a security source said on Friday.

However, efforts did not just stop at that, as meanwhile, security forces managed to hunt down and neutralize eight terrorists who immediately started a heavy shootout after being ambushed in an olive farm in the desert area in Obour region southern al-Arish City.

A statement by the Ministry of Interior said security forces were tipped information about the hideout of some terrorists inside an olive farm in the desert area in Obour region southern al-Arish City.

"While the militants were being surrounded, they opened fire extensively towards the forces. They were engaged resulting in the death of eight terrorist elements," the statement said.

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Five automatic weapons, an explosives device and two suicide belts were found in the terrorists’ possession.

Egyptian Ministry of Interior said in a press statement on early Thursday that it has managed to locate the suspects involved in Arish checkpoint attack on Wednesday.

The statement said that the security forces traced the perpetrators and found them residing in an abandoned house in a wasteland near Arish police station.

The terrorist militants opened fire once they found out they are under siege by security forces.

The fire exchange left 14 terrorists killed, and 14 machine guns, 3 detonators, and explosive belts were confiscated.

A number of Arab countries condemned the terrorist attack; President Sisi who has announced war against terrorism even before he assumed post as president in 2014, said in May that the "war against terrorism did not and will not end before we retaliate for every martyr who died for the sake of their homeland."

Since 2013, Egypt has witnessed numerous terrorist attacks, mainly by the Islamic State-affiliated Sinai Province militant group, which have led to the death of hundreds of policemen, army troops and civilians during attacks on security checkpoints, churches and recently a mosque.

Year 2013 marks the ousting of Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated President Mohamed Morsi and the death of dozens of policemen and hundreds of Morsi supporters during the dispersal of pro-Morsi protests in Al-Nahda and Rabaa Al-Adaweya squares. The two parties hold each other responsible for the violence.

In February 2018, under the title "Comprehensive Operation Sinai 2018", Egypt's Armed Forces launched a comprehensive military operation targeting the hotbeds of terrorists especially in Northern and Central Sinai. Despite announcing the death of dozens of terrorists from time to time since then, the army has not yet announced the end of the battle.]]>
6/7/2019 4:37:38 PM
<![CDATA[Pics: Egypt security neutralizes 8 militants after checkpoint attack]]>
A statement by the Ministry of Interior said security forces were tipped information about the hideout of some terrorists inside an olive farm in the desert area in Obour region southern al-Arish City.

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"While the militants were being surrounded, they opened fire extensively towards the forces. They were engaged resulting in the death of eight terrorist elements," the statement said.

Five automatic weapons, an explosives device and two suicide belts were found in the terrorists’ possession.

The attack comes two days after an attack claimed by Islamic State killed eight police officers southwest of El-Arish.

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Some militants fled the scene before security forces tracked down and killed 14 of them.

The attack took place on the day Egypt marked as the holiday of Eid al-Fitr.

President Sisi who has announced war against terrorism even before he assumed post as president in 2014, said in May that the "war against terrorism did not and will not end before we retaliate for every martyr who died for the sake of their homeland."

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Since 2013, Egypt has witnessed numerous terrorist attacks, mainly by the Islamic State-affiliated Sinai Province militant group, which have led to the death of hundreds of policemen, army troops and civilians during attacks on security checkpoints, churches and recently a mosque.

In February 2018, under the title "Comprehensive Operation Sinai 2018", Egypt's Armed Forces launched an ongoing comprehensive military operation targeting the hotbeds of terrorists especially in Northern and Central Sinai.

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6/7/2019 3:45:00 PM
<![CDATA[Thousands leave homes as flash floods hit southwest Libya]]>
The rains, which started on 28 May, have already claimed the lives of four people, while thirty more are injured, the website of the UNHCR reported on Friday.

Many have been forced to move in with relatives, while others are sheltering in makeshift sites, such as schools and other community structures.

Rising floodwaters have caused severe material damage. Several main roads are blocked and damaged. Ghat’s only hospital has been flooded.

The telecommunications network has been disrupted for days. In some areas, houses and crops have been destroyed. People reliant on their farmland as their sole source of income are set to face major challenges ahead.

All 20,000 of Ghat’s inhabitants are now in need of humanitarian support. Shelter, food and basic items are urgently needed.

UNHCR has immediately dispatched core relief items including family tents, mattresses, blankets, drinkable water, kitchen sets, solar lanterns, plastic sheets and clothes for an initial 400 families.]]>
6/7/2019 2:55:30 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian-Russian Charter Flights may resume this year: Manturov]]>
“It is difficult to say when the charter flights could resume between Egypt and Russia,” he said, adding that they are working to resume the flights this year, Sputnik reported.

Manturov’s media remarks came following his meeting with Egyptian Minister of Trade and Industry Amr Nassar on the sidelines of the SPIEF on Thursday.

Flights were suspended at the end of 2015 after a bomb downed a Russian flight carrying holidaymakers from the Red Sea resort of Sharm El-Sheikh, killing all 224 people on board, mostly Russian tourists. The attack was claimed by the Islamic State terrorist group.

Since the crash, Egypt has been implementing new, tighter security measures at all of its airports to meet the Russian demands necessary for the resumption of flights, with multiple visits from Russian security delegations to observe changes implemented by the government.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has decreed to resume flights from Moscow to Cairo in January 2018. On April 11, 2018, the first flight of Russia's Aeroflot airlines arrived to Cairo International Airport. However, the flights from Russia Sharm el Sheikh Airport and Hurghada Airport are still suspended.

On the sidelines of the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation (BRFIC) in Beiji on April 26, 2019, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin discussed the file resumption of Russian flights to Egypt’s Sharm el Sheikh and Hurghada airports.

Vice-President of the Russian Association of Travel Industry Yuri Barzykin told Izvesti newspaper that the flights to the two airports could resume by October.
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6/7/2019 1:29:32 PM
<![CDATA[Kremlin says Putin and Trump may meet this month in Japan: Ifax]]>
“There is of course a chance. There is a chance anything could happen,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov was quoted as saying.]]>
6/7/2019 11:31:06 AM
<![CDATA[Explosion in southern town in Sweden injures 19, cause unclear]]>
The cause of the explosion was unclear but police said a bomb squad was on its way to the scene in downtown Linkoping and that they had opened a criminal investigation.

“Many people called in about a very powerful explosion which has led to a large number of windows being blown out,” police spokesman Bjorn Oberg said.

“So far we have been able to confirm that there are number of people with light injuries. We have cordoned off a large area, several blocks.”

Oberg said he could not say anything about what might have caused the blast. Swedish public radio reported that a large blast had destroyed the windows and balconies of a five-storey residential building and damaged other buildings.

Regional authorities said in a statement that 19 people had sustained minor injuries in the blast and that Linkoping University as well as other medical facilities in the area had been called into help care for those injured.

“The hospitals are in this way preparing to receive a larger number of injured should that prove to be necessary, it said.]]>
6/7/2019 11:27:48 AM
<![CDATA[Libyan army destroys 2nd Turkish drone at Mitiga Int'l Airport]]>
This is the second Turkish-made drone to be shot down by the Libyan Air Forces in less than a day, Obeidi noted.

Obeidi said the Libyan Air Forces at dawn Thursday destroyed as well a Turkish drone at Mitiga International Airport which he said has carried out several strikes against military and civilian posts.

The LNA accuses Ankara of sending weapons in addition to military equipment and personnel to back the militias belonging to the Government of National Accord.]]>
6/7/2019 11:16:07 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt's Orthodox Church celebrates Ascension Thursday]]>
Christians believe that Jesus died and that resurrection took place three days later.

The Feast of the Ascension is one of 12 feasts celebrated by the Orthodox Church, as it marks the memory of the last time Jesus appeared to speak to his disciples after his death, according to the Christian belief.

Jesus spoke to his disciples several times during these forty days, and appeared to them at the Sea of Galilee. The last time was on the Mount of Olives, before he rose to the sky and disappeared behind the clouds, according to the Bible.

The Gospel mentioned the Ascension Day more than once in more than one place with slight variations in detail. It was mentioned in the Gospel of John and the Gospel of Luke.

The Feast of the Ascension marks the end of the Holy Fifty Days (El-Khamasin), according to the Christian belief, and begins after Pentecost, where the number of its days varies annually according to astronomical calculations ranging from 14 to 43 days.

During the Holy El-Khamasin, the Church celebrates the Holy Resurrection. The deacons and priests walk inside the Church carrying the image of Christ to celebrate the resurrection.

Fasting is prohibited during the period of the El-Khamasin, as it is a period of joy.

Pentecost is celebrated at the end of the Holy El-Khamasin, fifty days after the resurrection.]]>
6/6/2019 5:44:59 PM
<![CDATA[Military funeral held for Arish checkpoint victims in Upper Egypt]]>
After the funeral, the bodies were taken to their hometowns to be laid to rest.

In a statement, Sohag governor condemned the terrorist attack, offering condolences to the families of the martyrs and the Egyptian nation.

Also, the military funeral of Conscript Abanoub Nagah Marzouq Attiyah was held in Assiut city, Upper Egypt.

Secretary of Assiut City Hall Nabil el Taibi led the funeral that was held at Assiut International Airport.]]>
6/6/2019 4:49:39 PM
<![CDATA[NCW says received no harassment complaints so far during Eid]]>
The NCW receives complaint via hotline no. 15115 or through the phone numbers: 01099299191 – 01007525600 – 01554845024.

Head of the NCW Maya Morsy said that the room works to provide social and legal support to women and girls in case they decide to file lawsuits, stressing the council's cooperation with the Ministry of Interior's Anti-violence against women unit.

As for streets and around cinemas, female police personnel have been reportedly deployed intensively, mainly to secure girls, and protect them against harassment.

Legal issue

Two main legislative documents protect, support and empower women in Egypt: The Egyptian constitution of 2014 and the Criminal Code of 1937 and its amendments.

These legislative pieces divide crimes against women in Egypt to two separate groups: Misdemeanors and felonies. Misdemeanors, such as catcalling or sexual harassment, are seen as less significant crimes than felonies, and are usually punished by fines and short-term jail time; the trails are also shortened. Felonies, like FGM, rape, kidnapping a female, or sexual assault, are punished by longer jail time, and a permanent record is placed for those convicted.

According to the Criminal Chamber of the Court of Cassation in Ruling No. 289 of April 24, 1950, there is no need to prove that the offender had complete sexual intercourse with the victim against the victim’s will. It is sufficient for the offender to touch the victim with their hands, reproductive organs, or device against the victim’s will. To ensure justice, Ruling No. 4794 of February 14, 1985, was amended to add that the assailant must have had mental intent, meaning that it was not accidental. Law No. 11 of 2011 was later added to increase the penalty against attackers of children under the age of 18, under article 269 of the Criminal Code, to three to fifteen years in prison.

Additional reporting by Lolwa Reda
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6/6/2019 4:41:51 PM
<![CDATA[Eid al-Fitr's released debtors: victimized by circumstances]]>
“The stories of Egyptian mothers who end up being in prison because of them being the sole breadwinner of the family and hence not able to pay their debts for small infractions are recurrent. They are victims, not criminals,” MP Elizabeth Shaker said last year.

Egypt’s Prisons department announced Wednesday releasing 2,002 prisoners on the first day of Eid al-Fitr (the feast of breaking the fast) per a presidential decree, including 126 male debtors and 13 female debtors.

The Ministry of the Interior has coordinated with Tahya Misr (Long Live Egypt Fund), which was established to solve social issues and help implement national projects, to release a group of debtors after intervening to pay their debts.



Houreya Farag, one of the released debtors, said during a celebration to announce the release of some prisoners thanked President "Sisi for paying me EGP 60,000 ($3,575) and releasing me from prison." Farag said she was sentenced to six years in prison, but was released after only three months .

Farag said she borrowed the money to raise up her fatherless children.



A young man was released despite being sentenced for 7 years, over borrowing money to treat his father who was injured in a traffic collision.

The young man was seen strongly hugging his father with tears, while the father saying: "I [caused] him to be imprisoned."



One of the released female debtors said that she has been imprisoned for three months. She explained that she borrowed money to bring up her children, after she was divorced.



Changing penalty

Last year, a joint committee formed of different Parliamentarian committees including Defense and National Security, and Constitutional and Legislation Affairs committees announced preparing to study a draft law introduced by dozens of Parliament members that suggests involving debtors in community service as an alternative penalty to imprisonment.

According to the draft law, the prison punishment a debtor faces would be replaced with community service, away from the prison, based on the Judge’s perspective and opinion whether the defendant is legally defined as a debtor.

The work places, job description, working hours, grants and punishments would be determined by the prime minister or the concerned minister acting on his behalf, with respect to the debtor’s age.

The defendant has the right to appeal against the judge’s decision based on the constitutional laws.

The law also exempts the debtors from facing normal legal consequences meted out by the Egyptian penal code, including being fired from public jobs and being placed under police observation. The debtor would be able to be a witness before the court during his/her sentence.

The interior minister would be tasked with issuing the executive regulations of the law within three months after it is promulgated. The law will be published subsequently in Egypt’s Official Gazette.

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6/6/2019 4:25:56 PM
<![CDATA[In Pics: 5K Indonesians celebrate Eid al-Fitr at embassy in Cairo]]>
A total of 5,000 Indonesian people, including students who study at Al Azhar University, celebrated Eid al-Fitr – a two-day festival Muslims worldwide celebrate to mark the end of fasting the Holy Ramadan month- at the embassy headquarters downtown Cairo, the statement added.

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Indonesian people celebrate Eid al-Fitr at the embassy in Cairo - Press photo


Ambassador Helmy Fawzy takes a selfie photo with Indonesian students in celebration of Eid alFitr at the embassy headquarters- press photo
Ambassador Helmy Fawzy takes a selfie photo with Indonesian students in celebration of Eid al-Fitr at the embassy headquarters- press photo


“Eid al-Fitr is one of the most tremendous opportunities for forgiveness and preserving the unity and fraternity among Indonesian citizens in Egypt who are unable to return home to celebrate Eid among their families in Indonesia,” said Indonesian Ambassador to Egypt Helmy Fawzy.

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Indonesian people celebrate Eid al-Fitr at the embassy in Cairo- Press photo


In his speech after Eid prayer at the embassy, Ambassador Fawzy added that family gathering is one of the Indonesian habits on the day of Eid. Family gatherings remind Indonesians about the values and culture of their country amid the spread of globalization among the current generation, he said.

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Indonesians pose for a picture during the celebration of Eid alFitr at the embassy in Cairo- press photo


Indonesians perform a musical show during the celebration of Eid alFitr  at the embassy in Cairo- press photo
Indonesians perform a musical show during the celebration of Eid alFitr at the embassy in Cairo- press photo


Dwi Ria Latifa, the ambassador's wife and a member of the Indonesian Parliament, wished the celebrating people a happy Eid Iftr, saying “Celebrating Eid at the embassy is a waited occasion for thousands of Indonesian citizens in Egypt,” where they meet and feel the spirt of family and fraternity despite the long distance between them and their country.

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Members of Indonesian community in Cairo pose for a picture duriing the celebration of Eid al-Fitr at the embassy in Cairo - press photo


Members of Indonesian community in Cairo pose for a picture duriing the celebration of Eid al-Fitr at the embassy - press photo
Members of Indonesian community in Cairo pose for a picture during the celebration of Eid al-Fitr at the embassy - press photo


“The Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Cairo made sure to bring a festive atmosphere similar to the celebration in Indonesia for whole Indonesian community in Egypt. In addition, it offers cultural and Indonesian food to all its citizens,” the embassy said in a statement.

Indonesian Ambassador to Egypt Helmy Fawzy's family pose for a picture during the celebration of Eid al-Fitr at the embassy in Cairo- press photo
Indonesian Ambassador to Egypt Helmy Fawzy's family pose for a picture during the celebration of Eid al-Fitr at the embassy in Cairo- press photo


Ambassador Fawzy and Mrs. Latifa shared the celebrating attendants their festival atmosphere through offering musical performance while using the Guitar.

Over the past two years, we have seen quite a significant increase in the number of Indonesian students who study in Egypt,” said Indonesian Ambassador to Egypt Helmy Fawzy during a Ramadan Iftar on May 27, adding that the last year, 2,000 new Indonesian students arrived in Egypt.

Indonesian Ambassador to Egypt and his wife, Mrs Latifa, perform a musical show during the celebration of Eid alFitr at the embassy- press photo
Indonesian Ambassador to Egypt and his wife, Mrs Latifa, perform a musical show during the celebration of Eid alFitr at the embassy- press photo


Mrs Latifa, Indonesian ambassaodr to Egypt Helmy Fawzy's wife, sits with Indonesian people during Eid al-Fitr pryer at the embassy in Cairo headquarters- Press photo
Indonesian Ambassador to Egypt Helmy Fawzy's family pose for a picture during the celebration of Eid al-Fitr at the embassy in Cairo- press photo



Indonesian show at the embassy headquarters to celebrate Eid al-Fitr- pess photo
Indonesian show at the embassy headquarters to celebrate Eid al-Fitr- press photo



Indonesian Muslims perform Eid al-Fitr prayer at the embassy in Cairo- press photo
Indonesian Muslims perform Eid al-Fitr prayer at the embassy in Cairo- press photo



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6/6/2019 1:01:07 PM
<![CDATA[UK delegation to check security measures at CIA]]>
That will be the second visit by the delegation within a month. The visit is a routine procedure assumed by UK authorities to ensure the safety of passengers heading to London in particular. The security measures at CIA have often met the criteria.

The delegation will observe the security procedures EgyptAir passengers are subjected to since they reach the terminal until they board the plane.

The delegation undertook a one-day visit last week to check the security system followed by the passengers of British Airways London flights.

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6/6/2019 11:01:30 AM
<![CDATA[Cairo sees relatively hot weather 2nd day of Eid ]]>
Areas in the northern coasts will see a moderate weather, according to experts.

Rains are expected to fall in western Egypt, southern Upper Egypt, Southern Sinai and Red Sea mountains area, while wind is active on the southern parts of the country.

Temperatures are expected to be as follows:

Cairo: 36°C - 23°C
Alexandria: 30°C - 23°C
Mersa Matruh: 26°C - 22°C
Sohag: 41°C - 26°C
Qena: 43°C – 27°C
Aswan: 46°C – 31°C]]>
6/6/2019 9:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s Ministry of Interior says it found Arish attack perpetrators]]>
The statement said that the security forces traced the perpetrators and found them residing in an abandoned house in a wasteland near Arish police station.
The terrorist militants opened fire once they found out they are under siege by security forces.

The fire exchange left 14 terrorists killed, and 14 machine guns, 3 detonators, and explosive belts were confiscated.

A number of terrorist elements attacked a security checkpoint in southern Arish city, North Sinai, at dawn on Wednesday, leaving one police officer, a non commissioned officer and six conscripts dead.
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6/6/2019 1:14:54 AM
<![CDATA[2,002 prisoners, debtors released on Eid al-Fitr occasion]]>
Head of the Prison Sector, Major General Zakaria al-Ghamrai said during a Wednesday celebration on the occasion of releasing the prisoners that 139 men and 13 women were released after paying their debts from the ‘Tayhya Masr (Long Live Egypt) Fund.

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He added that they were keen to finish the needed procedures as soon as possible to enable them to spend the Eid with their families.

Major Ghamrai said, in his speech, that more prisoners, who are in jail over debts, will be released soon on occasion of the coming religious events and national holidays.
Ahead of Ramadan, other patch of Gharimat were announced to be released per presidential decree.

Head of the National Council for Women (NCW) Maya Morsy has paid tribute to President Abdel Fatah El Sisi's decision to release them.

In a statement, Morsy expressed happiness over president Sisi's decision on the occasion of Ramadan, saying the president always sides with the poor to bring back cheerfulness to their hearts.

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She added the president has been keen on supporting the Gharimat financially to establish projects for them with the aim of improving their living conditions.

According to Morsy, some Gharimat are in prisons over failure to pay back trivial debts which sometimes do not exceed EGP 1,000.

On May 31, Egypt’s Prison Sector released 266 prisoners on parole, while 85 others were released as per a presidential pardon, the Ministry of Interior said in a statement.

The decision of release on the occasion of Sinai Liberation Day Egypt celebrates annually on April 25. On the same occasion, a total 170 of inmates as per a presidential pardon, while the rest of 306 prisoners on May 9. Moreover, the Ministry released 518 inmates on parole, while 67 others were granted the presidential pardon on April 30.

According to the constitution, the president has the right to issue pardons for convicted prisoners after consulting with the Cabinet.


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6/5/2019 5:06:19 PM
<![CDATA[Where Egyptians spend 1st day of Eid al-Fitr?]]>
The first day usually begin with performing Eid prayers at the Mosque. The prayers considered to be an integral religious part of Eid of which Muslims all over the world are keen on it.


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After the prayers some Egyptians earthier head to public gardens to celebrate or to prefer family gatherings of which families’ youngest members can enjoy Eidi.
Eidi, or as we usually call it (Ediea), is one of the most joyful customs during Eid. Elders in families including fathers, uncles, grandfathers and mothers give an amount of money as a gift to the youngsters.

Giza zoo

Giza zoo is one of the most common place of which some families choose to spend their time during Eid. According to the Zoo head, Mohamed Ragae’i, nearly 72.000 visitors flocked to the Zoo during Eid’s first day.


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Fustat garden
Fustat garden is one of the National gardens that Egyptians choose to spend their Eid with a very low cost for the ticket price.




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Rod el-Farag & Long live Egypt Bridge

Some Egyptians headed to Rod al-Farag Axis Bridge (TahyaMisr Bridge) which received on May 15 a Guinness World Records' certificate as the widest suspended bridge in the world with a width of 67.36 meters.

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Rod El-Farag Axis (TahyaMisr Bridge) links areas in northern and eastern Cairo with west Cairo. The Egyptian government said that the bridge, which aims to ease traffic and reduce commuting time, is the widest over a waterway.

Visit the graves of their loved ones


Despite not being one of the most pleasant traditions, but some Egyptians prefer to go and visit the graves of their loved ones, and placing roses near them.



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6/5/2019 4:21:53 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt's Mufti on Arish terror attack: 'Aims at turning celebrations into grief’]]>
He added in statement that the ‘despicable terrorist attack’ aimed at turning Muslims Eid celebrations into sadness and grief.

The Mufti offered his condolences to the families of the martyrs, praying for god to inspire their families’ patience and solace.

Earlier on Wednesday, number of terrorist elements attacked a security checkpoint in southern Arish city, North Sinai, according to a statement issued by the Ministry of Interior.

A shootout between the elements and security forces at the checkpoint resulted in five terrorists killed.

The terrorist attack left one police officer, a non commissioned officer and six conscripts dead.

One of the terrorists was wearing an explosive belt armed with a detonator, where he is seen with his thumb on a button of a remote believed would bomb the checkpoint. He was killed by the police forces before he set it off.

Police forces launched a hunt for at large terrorist elements.

Wednesday marks Eid al-Fitr first day in Egypt, which is a religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide at the end of the holy month of Ramadan.
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6/5/2019 3:07:01 PM
<![CDATA[In pics: Egyptians perform Eid al-Fitr prayer]]>

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Egyptians performed Eid al-Fitr prayer at Mostafa Mahmoud Mosque, Mohandeseen - Maher Iskander/Egypt Today

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Egyptians performed Eid al-Fitr prayer at Mostafa Mahmoud Mosque, Mohandeseen - Maher Iskander/Egypt Today

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Egyptians performed Eid al-Fitr prayer at Mostafa Mahmoud Mosque, Mohandeseen - Maher Iskander/Egypt Today


The Ministry of Endowment has allocated a total of 5,863 areas for performing the prayer, the first Islamic ritual of the three-day festival. Some of the allocated praying areas were set in vicinity of some churches.


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Egyptians performed Eid al-Fitr prayer at Mostafa Mahmoud Mosque, Mohandeseen - Maher Iskander/Egypt Today

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Egyptians performed Eid al-Fitr prayer in Badrasheen, Giza - Khaled Kamel /Egypt Today

After the prayer, the Egyptians greet each other and give the children gifts of sweets and money; they usually eat desserts of Kahk (Eid cookies), and biscuits. Eid al-Fitr [The feast of breaking the fast] is a three-day vacation, and it comes after the holy fasting month of Ramadan.


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Egyptians performed Eid al-Fitr prayer in Badrasheen, Giza - Khaled Kamel /Egypt Today

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Egyptians performed Eid al-Fitr prayer in Badrasheen, Giza - Khaled Kamel /Egypt Today]]>
6/5/2019 2:32:47 PM
<![CDATA[6 criminals killed in fire exchange with police in Sharqia]]>
The fugitives are Mahmoud M. known as Mahmoud Zongy, convicted of murder, robbery, drug trade, arm acquisition, and physical threat in 14 lawsuits; Mohamed M. known as Mohamed Zongy, convicted of drug trade, arm acquisition, physical threat and hitting in four lawsuits; Islam A. known as Islam Alam, charged with drug trade, arm acquisition, hitting and loan default in five lawsuits, and convicted in a drug trade lawsuit; Mahmoud E. known as Mahmoud al-Aslawgy; Ramadan A known as Ramadan Abou Eissa, convicted of murder and drug trade in two lawsuits.

The criminals were detected hiding in an abandoned poultry farm. After the issuance of a Public Prosecution permit, a force having members of the General Security Sector, the Central Security Sector, and the Sharkia Security Directorate was formed to raid the hideout.

Once the force arrived at the farm, the criminal elements opened fire. The crossfire lasted for three hours resulting in the death of the first, second, fourth, and fifth defendants in addition to two of their assistants. Those are Essam M., and an unknown person. The third defendant escaped.

The gangsters possessed six bombs of different types, seven firearms, 12 magazines, a large quantity of bullets, eight mobile phones, and LE40,000.

First Lieutenant Omar Yasser Abdel Azim, 27, was shot in the neck on Sunday when the criminals fired at the patrol that was going after them.

Earlier today, a number of terrorist elements attacked a security checkpoint in southern Arish city, North Sinai, said a statement by the Ministry of Interior.

A shootout between the elements and security forces at the checkpoint resulted in five terrorists killed.

The terrorist attack left one police officer, a non commissioned officer and six conscripts dead.

One of the terrorists was wearing an explosive belt armed with a detonator, where he is seen with his thumb on a button of a remote believed would bomb the checkpoint. He was killed by the police forces before he set it off.

Police forces launched a hunt for at large terrorist elements.
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6/5/2019 1:09:03 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi attends Eid al-Fitr celebration with martyrs' families ]]>
The celebration was organized at the Manara Center with the aim to pay tribute to the martyrs and their families for their limitless sacrifices for the sake of Egypt.

President Sisi first welcomed families of the martyrs and victims and greeted them on Eid al-Fitr. He wished them all a happy feast. This is the second such celebration organized with families of the victims.

A documentary was played on the first celebration, which was held last year also at the Manara Center.

A troupe from the Galhoum Gymnastics Academy performed a show during the celebration.

Pop star Tamer Hosny participated in the event and sang a number of children and national songs.

The president then honored some of the martyrs' families. ]]>
6/5/2019 12:43:37 PM
<![CDATA[Petrojet, Engineering Authority of Armed Forces implement LE 22B projects]]>
The projects were implemented according to the highest standards of quality and safety with a total value of LE 22 billion, Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources Tarek el-Molla said Tuesday.

Molla stressed on the oil sector's continuation to carry out its national role by participating in the implementation of national projects and development plans, which mark a new beginning for Egypt towards an ambitious economic start.

The minister explained that these projects will contribute positively to giving a strong push to the Egyptian economy and achieving a significant qualitative leap, putting Egypt on the threshold of a new stage of economic growth in the coming period.

He pointed out that the petroleum sector was one of the main partners in the implementation of a number of national and strategic projects through Petrojet which is one of the main arms of the petroleum sector.

Molla pointed out that one of the most important projects that Petrojet implemented was the construction of the car tunnels under the Suez Canal in Ismailia, which is one of the largest national and strategic projects of the country.]]>
6/5/2019 12:20:13 PM
<![CDATA[CAF President praises Egypt’s preparations for AFCON ]]>
Ahmad’s speech came during the CAF Emergency Executive Committee held on Tuesday.

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

Egypt plays in Group A alongside the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda and Zimbabwe.

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

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

Egypt is the most successful nation in the history of the competition as Egypt has won a record of seven titles including three in a row between 2006 and 2010.
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6/5/2019 12:03:23 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi honors families of army, police martyrs]]>
Sisi honored families of military martyrs: Major Ramy Abdel Men'em el Gohary, Captain Abdel Qader Magdy, Sergeant Sabry Hussein, Corporal Farid Magdy and Corporal Ahmed Habib.

He also honored families of police martyrs: Lieutenant Colonel Moustafa Ebeid, Major Maged Abdel Razeq and non-commissioned officer Mohamed Na'eim.

Sisi also honored two orphans: Ayman Mohsen and Mohanad Alaa.]]>
6/5/2019 11:38:59 AM
<![CDATA[Gov't finances small projects for citizens recovered from drug addiction]]>
Amr Othman, assistant solidarity minister, has granted checks of LE 160,000 for people who recovered from addiction to fund their projects, which included a supermarket and a shop for motorbikes' accessories and spare parts.

According to the protocol between the Fund for Drug Control and Treatment of Addiction and the Nasser Social Bank, the funding needed to implement micro and small projects for people who recovered from addiction is provided via hotline number 16023 for the purpose of achieving social integration, the ministry said.

This step is one of the most important steps of the medical and psychological treatment from addiction, as it reduces chances of relapse, the ministry added.

In March, Nader Saad, Cabinet's spokesman, said drug abusers working in the administrative departments of the state have the chance to go for treatment in the state's specialized centers, adding that they will be treated confidentially and at the state's expense.

In an interview with Wael al-Ebrashi and Kholoud Zahran, Saad affirmed that these abusers still have the chance to ask for treatment without facing any penalties before a criminalizing law is enacted, stressing that Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli proposed that drug abusers and addicts receive equal punishment in the planned law.

He said that state employees and railway workers will face termination in case they tested positive for drugs, adding that those who reject to take drug tests will face penalties that may reach termination. ]]>
6/5/2019 10:30:00 AM
<![CDATA[5 terrorists, number of security forces killed in attack at Arish checkpoint ]]>
A shootout between the elements and security forces at the checkpoint resulted in five terrorists killed.

The terrorist attack left one police officer, a non commissioned officer and six conscripts dead.

One of the terrorists was wearing an explosive belt armed with a detonator, where he is seen with his thumb on a button of a remote believed would bomb the checkpoint. He was killed by the police forces before he set it off.

Police forces launched a hunt for at large terrorist elements.


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One of terrorists attacked a checkpoint in Arish, and was shot dead by police forces Wednesday, 5 June 2019 - Press photo



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One of terrorists attacked a checkpoint in Arish, and was shot dead by police forces Wednesday, 5 June 2019 - Press photo

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6/5/2019 10:28:57 AM
<![CDATA[Cairo sees hot weather 1st day of Eid, records 34°C]]>
Rains are expected to fall in southern Upper Egypt, Southern Sinai and Red Sea mountains area, while wind is active on the southern parts of the country.

Temperatures are expected to be as follows:

Cairo: 34°C - 24°C
Alexandria: 31°C - 23°C
Mersa Matruh: 27°C - 22°C
Sohag: 43°C - 27°C
Qena: 44°C – 28°C
Aswan: 46°C – 30°C]]>
6/5/2019 9:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Sisi congratulates Egyptian people on Eid al-Fitr]]>
The tweet said, "It pleases me to send my sincere greetings to the great Egyptian people for Eid al-Fitr (Breaking-fast fest), wishing God to bring its almighty blessings on our Islamic and Arab nation.

I take this opportunity to express my sincere appreciation to all those who contribute to laying the foundations to build the Egyptian state."



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6/5/2019 12:25:37 AM
<![CDATA[7 Arab countries celebrate Eid al-Fitr on Tuesday ]]>
Meanwhile, Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Thailand, Pakistan and Australia and others will celebrate on Wednesday.

Many astronomical institutions around the world stated that it was “impossible” to sight the Shawwal crescent on Monday using all methods, suggesting the Eid al-Fitr will start on Wednesday, said Mohamed Ouda, the head of the International Astronomical Center (IAC).

The IAC is not authorized to announce the beginning of Eid al-Fitr, but its mission is only to explain the astronomical side of the event, and to clarify scientific facts behind moon sighting.

Eid al-Fitr means "festival of breaking the fast" and marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.

Traditionally, Eid is celebrated for three days as an official holiday in all Muslim-majority countries. However, the number of vacation days varies in eachcountry.
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6/4/2019 3:26:27 PM
<![CDATA[Watch iT signs deal to present Media Production City's content]]>
Signing the deal, Watch iT emphasized some points in a statement:

Watch IT, as an Egyptian state-owned company responsible for protecting, preserving and displaying the artistic content of the Egyptian TV's archive, will not allow further piracy on any of the artistic materials or creative content owned by the Egyptian TV or recorded and photographed in the Media Production City.

Watch iTannounces that it seeks, through signing the agreement with the Media Production City, to maximize the benefit for Egyptian producers, protect the Egyptian drama content as well asthe rights of Egyptian creators, and open new horizons for drama, all according to the law, and in coordination with the producers.

The company announced that it will not only protect and display the Egyptian TV content; it will also have great production surprises in the future, where the stars of the digital platforms will compete to present Egyptian drama and films to the world.

The company's general vision is to protect the creative industry. The path Watch iTadopts as an Egyptian state-owned company is the safe scientific way to protect the rights of creators and producers.
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6/4/2019 2:59:48 PM
<![CDATA[Lebanese president says Tripoli attack will not affect stability in country]]>
In this context, the Lebanese President closely followed-up on the security developments in Tripoli on the eve of Eid al-Fitr and received successive reports from the concerned security apparatuses.

Aoun stressed the necessity of taking measures needed to uncover the circumstances of the terrorist attack that targeted Tripoli.

He paid homage to the fallen army and Internal Security Forces personnel, stressing the readiness of the army and the security forces to maintain the safety of citizens throughout the country.

The lone wolf attack in Tripoli overnight ended by the attacker blowing himself up after being cornered by security forces in a residential building, officials said Tuesday.]]>
6/4/2019 2:56:35 PM
<![CDATA[Libyan army kills 31 terrorists amid clashes in Tripoli: Mesmary ]]>
The spokesperson added that the army detained dozens of terror elements, destroyed a large number of armored vehicles and retrieved 25 vehicles.

“The terrorists focused their counter attacks on the area of Tripoli International Airport, in addition to the eastern and southern parts of the city,” he said.

Mesmary described the army’s way in dealing with the attacks as “professional and well-managed,” adding that the Libyan air forces targeted different areas.

He further said that the army has monitored moves of the IS terrorist group in different locations, adding “they [IS elements] want to send a message, to both the Libyan people and leadership, that they are still capable of executing operations but the truth is that they suffer a state of depression after huge losses.”

“The terror groups are now trying to spread rumors…pushed by the losses they encountered,” Mesmary said. He noted that the Libyan army assigns border patrols to curb the terrorist group’s activities.

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6/4/2019 12:34:33 PM
<![CDATA[PM sponsors Nasser Fellowship for African leadership]]>
In cooperation with the Pan African Youth Union, the Ministry of Sports will start the Nasser Fellowship for African Leadership from June 8-22.

“This is implemented within the framework of the State's keenness to support the African dossier, in implementation of what was endorsed by President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi during the World Youth Forum, which has witnessed an honorable representation of the youth of African countries,” read a statement by the Sports Ministry.

The statement added that the fellowship comes in light of the importance of providing the youths with all forms of support, rehabilitation and training, as well as empowering them and benefiting from their abilities and ideas.

Nasser Fellowship is one of the mechanisms implementing the "1 Million by 2021" initiative, aimed at training 1million young Africans by 2021, launched by the AU Commission on Science, Technology and Human Resources.

The Fellowship aims to popularize the authentic Egyptian experience in national institution-building and to create a new generation of young African transformational leaders with a vision that aligns with the Egyptian presidency of the African Union, serving the goals of African unity through integration, training, capacity building, developing strategic visions, and organizing meetings for the most influential young leaders at the continental level.]]>
6/4/2019 12:32:02 PM
<![CDATA[MP reveals shortage of baby formula for children with metabolic disorder]]>
Deputy Head of the Health Committee at the Parliament Enas Abdel-Halim has submitted an urgent letter to the Cabinet concerning baby formula for children with metabolic disorders, saying the families complain about aformula shortage.

The formula is available only in El Demerdash Hospital for Children and a few health care centers in Cairo, he added.

Metabolic disorder is a genetic disease wherethe newborn infants cannot break down food and milk they take in. However, adults also could suffer metabolic disorder.

In 2016, Egypt suffered severe shortage of subsidized baby formula nationwide due to some companies’ monopoly. Since then, the Armed Forces has been pumping locally-produced milk formula into the market at decreased prices.]]>
6/4/2019 12:22:16 PM
<![CDATA[Pics: Egypt breaks Guinness World Record forlongest Iftar table]]>
Iftar is the meal Muslims eat especially in the holy month of Ramadan to break their fast at sunset.

Egypt officially organized the longest Iftar table with a length of 3198.83 meters. The table reportedly hosted around 7,000 people.

In June 2018, Ajman Municipality and Planning Department in UAE's Ajman organized the longest table, with a length of 2,983.64 meters according to reports. The table hosted 6,000 people of the public. NAC's Iftar this year breaks the record by over 200 meters.



President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi has laid the first stone of the New Administrative Capital in East Cairo on July, 14, 2018. With an area of 170,000 feddans, the new capital is set to include 20 residential areas expected to accommodate 6.5 million people and a road network of 650 km in length. The capital will include an international airport and an electric train to link it with the 10th of Ramadan and El-Salam cities.

It is also set to feature 1,250 mosques and churches, a 5,000-seat conference center, nearly 2,000 schools and colleges, over 600 medical facilities, and a park that is projected to be the world’s largest.

Longest table, widest bridge

This comes as Egypt received on May 15 a Guinness World Records' certificate forRod al-Farag Axis Bridge (TahyaMisr Bridge) passing over the Nile, the widest suspendedbridge in the world witha width of 67.36 meters.


Regional Director for the Guinness World Records in the Middle East and North Africa region Talal Omar handed over the certificate to Mohamed Mohsen Salah, president and CEO of the Arab Contractors company.

Rod El-Farag Axis (TahyaMisr Bridge) links areas in northern and eastern Cairo with west Cairo. The Egyptian government said that the bridge, which aims to ease traffic and reduce commuting time, is the widest over a waterway.

Ahmed Makled, chief executive manager of B Premium, the official partner of Guinness Records in Egypt, said that the relevant minimum limit set by Guinness was 65.235 meters.
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6/4/2019 12:18:10 PM
<![CDATA[Gov't denies rumors in finance, tourism, education, business]]>
In 2015, the biggest gas field in the Mediterranean, Zohr, was discovered in Egyptian waters. Zohr reportedly holds about 30 trillion cubic feet of gas, and was inaugurated in January 2018. By September of the same year, the production of Zohr increased six times to become 2 billion cubic feet per day.

Zohr is not the only gas field in Egypt; West Nile Delta (WND), Greater Nooros Area, Atoll Phase 1, and WDDM – Burullus Phase 9B are all important gas fields that add to the national gas production.

Egypt’s total gas production came to 6.6 billion scfd in September, compared to 2017’s average of 5.1 billion scfd and 2016’s 4.4 billion scfd, according to the Petroleum Ministry, meaning that between 2018 and 2017, there was a 29.4 percent year-on-year increase.

Rumors spotted by the media center also included claims that the state will pay the debts of the Suez Canal Authority from thenew state budget.

ATM machines spitting white paper instead of money, the issuance of new LE 500 and LE 1000 currency banknotes, insulin'sdisappearancefrom hospitals and pharmacies, and the government's alleged move to forcibly displace people of Luxor's Karnak were all among the spotted rumors.

The rumors also included evacuating the tanneries of Cairo's Sour Magra al-Oyoun, as part of a renovation process, without compensating the owners.

Students of the second year of the high school, according to the rumors spotted, will have exams for each of the two seminars instead of once ayear.

The Cabinet also denied claims about cancelling Badr Battle (GhazwatBadr) annual celebration for the first time and banning Muslim worshippers from secluding themselves in mosques during Ramadan.

Moreover, the Cabinet denied rumors about selling Baron Empain Palace, and the government's failure to deal with locust swarms on the country's southern border.


The Cabinet's Media Center said it contacted the Ministry of Antiquities which denied the news about putting the 108-year old Indian-inspired mansion or any other archaeological buildings.

The media center affirmed keenness of the Egyptian state to preserve all its ancient monuments and cultural heritage, stressing that all rumors about this matter aim at stirring confusion and anger of the public.

The ministry also noted it has adopted a plan supervised by a group of archaeologists at a cost of LE 100 million, adding that the plan is set to be completed within the next six months.

In July 2018, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi warned against false news clarifying that more than 21,000 rumors have been propagated over a period of three months. The president also asked the citizens to be cautious of calls that inherently aim at the collapse of the Egyptian state.

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6/4/2019 12:07:15 PM
<![CDATA[Academic student wets herself after refusal to use toilet]]>
During a final examination in the Department of Greek-Latin Studies in the Faculty of Arts at Masnoura University, a third grade student, called M. A., was deprived by the head of the examination committee from using the toilet, leading her to wet herself.

Although the student had asked the professor to go to the bathroom several times as she was suffering nausea, he rejected her request several times. “I asked him to go to the bathroom immediately, but he totally refused and told me ‘it is not allowed to go to the bathroom in this time as if you went there, most people would do the same thing’ and he left,” the student told Egypt Today.

An hour later, she asked to use the toilet but he insisted and refused although she asked him to inspect her before going to the toilet, she continued, adding “Thirty minutes later I urinated and defecated […] I was insulted and humiliated.”
Additional reporting by Sara el-Baz

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6/4/2019 11:57:43 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt follows up on identifying Ethiopian plane crash's victims: diplomat]]>
The team reportedly includes experts from Ethiopia, INTERPOL and foreign specialized companies.

The Ethiopian authorities said that personal belongings of the victims have been already collected, while procedures for the families to identify their victims are being finalized, Hashem said.

He alsoaffirmed that the Egyptian Embassy will continue to follow upclosely on all legal and technical aspects related to the incident.

The Ethiopian AirlinesBoeing 737 MAX jet was heading from Addis Ababa to Nairobi of Kenya, when crashed on March 10. All aboard, 157 people including six Egyptians, were killed. The cause of the accident is still under investigation.

Ethiopian investigators urged Boeing to review its flight control system and said pilots of Ethiopian Airlines had carried out proper procedures.

In March, the aircraft was globally grounded following the incident. Few months earlier, a Lion Air 737 Max crashed, killing 189 people.


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6/4/2019 11:47:59 AM
<![CDATA[British PM greets world Muslims on Eid al-Fitr]]>
May said "I want to send my very best wishes to Muslims at home and around the world celebrating the festival of Eid al-Fitr".

"For more than three million British Muslims, the joyous occasion of Eid, spent with family and loved ones, marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan," she said.

"During Ramadan, as at many other times of the year, I see the very best of the values which unite us all: of tolerance, of respect, and of selflessness," said May.

"There can be no place in our societies for the vile ideology that incites hatred and fear, and I stand with Muslims in the UK and around the world against those who seek to destroy our values," she added.]]>
6/4/2019 11:28:46 AM
<![CDATA[Japan to ban free plastic bags at stores]]>
Environment Minister Yoshiaki Harada said his ministry plans to introduce a new law banning the practice of providing single-use plastic bags for free, while leaving the price of a plastic bag up to retailers.

“The proportion of plastic bags among plastic waste is not big, but charging would be symbolic” of Japan’s efforts to reduce such waste, said Harada.

“We should do it in time for the Tokyo Olympics,” Harada added.

Harada said Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told him the measure is following the right direction and urged him to “thoroughly listen to the opinions of the people.”

Japan produces the largest amount of plastic waste per capita after the United States and has lagged behind other countries in curbing the use of plastics.

The ministry expects retailers to charge between several yen to ¥10 per bag. Harada said the price should be effective in reining in the use of plastic bags.

The ministry also intends to request that retailers put the revenue toward environmental measures including afforestation and spreading awareness about marine pollution.]]>
6/4/2019 11:21:48 AM
<![CDATA[Local Libyan sources: Terrorist blast targets police station in Darna]]>
Russia Today quoted the sources as saying Tuesday that an explosives-laden suitcase was placed near the wall of a school located close to the police station in the coastal city of Darna.

On Saturday, twin blasts took place near two headquarters of the Libyan national army. Daesh group claimed responsibility for the attacks.]]>
6/4/2019 11:20:31 AM
<![CDATA[Al-Azhar Observatory celebrates its fourth anniversary since opening]]>
The report said that Azhar Observatory, since its inauguration in 2015, is addressing world countries in 12 languages in a bid to combat extremist thoughts and correct the wrong concepts about Islam as well as counter the claims by the terrorist groups to attract the youths.

The Observatory also issued publications to combat the phenomenon of Islamophobia and addressed the conditions of Muslims worldwide, according to the report.

The report also said the Observatory has issued as many as 30 books in Arabic and 10 in foreign languages detailing the schemes of Daesh terrorist group to spread its ideology in the world especially among youths.

Azhar website also published as many as 1,900 releases in Arabic and 2,100 in foreign languages to comment on various issues concerning Muslims.]]>
6/4/2019 9:20:00 AM
<![CDATA[Defense minister greets Sisi over Eid]]>
He wished Egypt and its people more stability, prosperity and welfare.

He said army men are determined to defend the homeland and preserve integrity of its territories.

Chief of Staff Mohamed Farid also sent a similar cable to President Sisi on the same occasion.]]>
6/4/2019 9:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[President Sisi to receive martyrs families on 1st day of Eid]]>
The president made the announcement during the Egyptian Family Iftar held on Sunday. He said he will honor the martyrs’ families and give gifts to children.

Since the ouster of former President Mohamed Morsi over mass protests, a number of terror attacks targeted civilians, particularly Christians, as well as police and army personnel. That has resulted in hundreds of martyrs and damaged vehicles. At present, terrorism is confined to North Sinai.

The outlawed Muslim Brotherhood and others are blamed for the terrorism wave as Morsi and his regime personnel were members of the group.



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6/3/2019 5:49:01 PM
<![CDATA[Presidential decree pardons some inmates on Eid al-Fitr]]>
In May 2019, Egypt’s Prison Sector released 266 prisoners on parole, while 85 others were released as per a presidential pardon, the Ministry of Interior said in a statement.

The decision of release on the occasion of Sinai Liberation Day Egypt celebrates annually on April 25. On the same occasion, a total 170 of inmates as per a presidential pardon, while the rest of 306 prisoners on May 9. Moreover, the Ministry released 518 inmates on parole, while 67 others were granted the presidential pardon on April 30.
According to the constitution, the president has the right to issue pardons for convicted prisoners after consulting with the Cabinet.

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

The Sinai Peninsula was liberated from Israeli occupation following the Egypt-Israel peace treaty signed in Washington in 1979.

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6/3/2019 4:20:57 PM
<![CDATA[EgyptAir suspend flights to Khartoum over ‘latest developments’]]>
The decisions comes as a result of the ongoing clashes and public rage taking place in the capital, following a violent dispersal for a sit-in by security forces in Khartoum, earlier Monday.

The Egyptian flag carrier issued a statement explaining that flight No. MS 855 scheduled to depart from Cairo International Airport to Khartoum International Airport on Monday at 04:00 P.M was canceled, “to the ongoing developments in Sudan”.

EgyptAir Integrated Operation Center is following up the situation in Sudan to stay abreast of any developments in the southern neighboring country, the company added in its statement.

Earlier, Egypt has called upon Sudanese parties to exercise restraint after nine protesters were killed as a result of the violent dispersal. Egypt urged all parties to return to the negotiating table and dialogue.

“Egypt is following with intense interest the developments in the Sudanese arena and recent events and its repercussions,” said the Egyptian Ministry of foreign affairs.

Sudanese media outlets reported that Rapid Support Forces (SRF) used force to disperse a sit-in against the transitional ruling military council, killing nine people and injuring others, saying that the forces used live ammunition against the protests outside the Ministry of Defense.

In a comment to al-Arabiya channel, the military council spokesperson Shameldin Kabashy denied such media reports, saying the council is still in contact with all political parts.

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6/3/2019 3:32:13 PM
<![CDATA[Cabinet studies solutions for doctors shortage ]]>
The prime minister urged to conclude agreements with private medical schools as soon as possible to train their students in public hospitals. That is in addition to facilitating the establishment of more private medical schools and affiliated hospitals.

Egypt has 30 medical schools. Twenty of those are public. Three are private. One is affiliated to the Egyptian Armed Forces. Six are affiliated to Al Azhar. Moreover, the country is home to 33 dentistry schools, 43 pharmacology schools, and 15 physiotherapy schools.

The Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research affirmed that President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi asked for a reconsideration of the number of workers in the medical sector. The ministry revealed that the number of graduates of the abovementioned schools between 2014 and 2018 is 47,000. In April 2018, the government reduced the premed years to five years instead of six.

The ministry presented its plan in a meeting with the prime minister to expand in establishing public and non-public medical schools, raise the number of students admitted in physiotherapy schools over 10 years until the ideal number of needed graduates is reached, and introduce the “General Health” discipline concerned with planning and human resources programs.

In 2018, the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) revealed that the public medical sector had by the end of 2016 103,337 physicians, 44,310 pharmacists, 20,544 dentists, and 187,090 nurses. On the other hand, the number of patients who benefited from the services of public hospitals and clinics is 13.6 million.

Minister of Health and Population Hala Zayed told the parliament in December that more than 60 percent of Egyptian physicians work in Saudi Arabia while more than 50 percent of resident ones work in the private sector. Egyptian law allows physicians to work in both the private and public sectors. Also, physicians employed by the public sector can take unpaid leaves to work abroad. Low wages are the reason Egyptian physicians migrate.

The Egyptian Medical Syndicate estimates that the number of physicians who were not on unpaid leaves and were actually working in the public sector in 2016 is 80,000, as reported by Al Tahrir newspaper. The syndicate also reckons that the number of Egyptian physicians working in Saudi Arabia is 69,000.

Chairman of the Health Committee at the House of Representatives Mohamed al-Amary told Al Nabaa newspaper that the shortage in physicians has recorded 33 percent, while the shortage in nurses has hit 43 percent. The parliamentarian added that the ideal number of doctors per capita is one for each 300 to 500 citizens while the figure in Egypt is one per 1,330.
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6/3/2019 2:46:48 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt provides comprehensive model of fighting terrorism -- official]]>
Egypt has, thanks to its army, police and people, provided a comprehensive model of fighting terrorism, said Secretary General of the Academy Mohamed Ayad in statements to MENA Monday.

Ayad touched upon Al Azhar's role in maintaining societal peace among the people.

Indeed, Al Azhar remains one of Egypt's soft powers in the region, he said, pointing to efforts by Grand Imam Ahmed el Tayyeb to promote peaceful co-existence among all the peoples.

He also talked about future plans to upgrade the academy, which plays a big role in renewing the Islamic culture and correcting misconceptions.

Violence and extremism have nothing to do with Islam but reflect misconceptions and personal agendas, Ayad said, citing the phenomenon of Islamophobia.

Some right-wing groups promote such devious ideas against Islam, he told MENA, noting that the academy's role is to clarify misconceptions about Islam.]]>
6/3/2019 12:49:15 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt denies putting Baron Empain Palace for sale]]>

In July 2018, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi warned against false news clarifying that more than 21,000 rumors have been propagated over a period of three months. The president also asked the citizens to be cautious of calls that inherently aim at the collapse of the Egyptian state.


The Cabinet's Media Center said it contacted the Ministry of Antiquities which denied the news about putting the 108-year old Indian-inspired mansion or any other archaeological buildings.

The media center affirmed keenness of the Egyptian state to preserve all its ancient monuments and cultural heritage, stressing that all rumors about this matter aim at stirring confusion and anger of the public.

The ministry also noted it has adopted a plan supervised by a group of archaeologists at a cost of LE 100 million, adding that the plan is set to be completed within the next six months.

Khaled al-Anani, the minister of antiquities, reviewed earlier updates of the projects implemented by the ministry including upgrading the Giza Plateau, the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization, and Baron Empain Palace in Cairo’s Heliopolis, during a meeting with President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi.

He also reviewed the efforts to upgrade a number of museums nationwide including Mohamed Ali Palace in Shubra, the Eliyahu Hanavi Synagogue in Alexandria, and museums in Kafr al-Sheikh and Tanta.

Moreover, the Ministry of Agriculture denied rumors about the government's failure to address the locust swarms that attacked the southern border of the country, especially Luxor and Aswan, the Cabinet's Media Center said.

The Agriculture Ministry said that the very limited gatherings of locusts on the southern border were controlled immediately.

The ministry also confirmed its full readiness to deal with any locust attack that may take place at any region in the country.

In February, Egypt announced maintaining the highest level of readiness in the border areas, especially on the Red Sea coasts, with over 50 control bases, following international warnings about a probable locust attack on the country.

A locust outbreak in Sudan and Eritrea is spreading rapidly along both sides of the Red Sea to Saudi Arabia and Egypt, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization said, flagging a possible threat to crops and food security.

Head of Egyptian Agriculture Ministry's Central Department for Pest Control Mamdouh al-Sebae told Erem News that the concerned authorities are ready to bring the locust situation under control, as swarms are expected to head to Egypt in case both Saudi Arabia and Sudan manage to resist them.

The swarms are capable of destroying agricultural crops in record time, Sebae said.
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6/3/2019 10:54:04 AM
<![CDATA[27 doctors trained to help HCV patients with hearing problems: Ministry]]>
The initiative said it has trained 27 doctors to use the sign language with the deaf and mute, and has also established a call center to receive video calls from citizens with hearing impairment to guide them to the Health Ministry's places for treatment.

The training of doctors and participants in the "100 million health" campaign is aimed at teaching the principles of sign language to deal with patients diagnosed with C virus and non-communicable diseases of special needs (hearing and speech impairment).

The medical initiative was launched by President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi under the title "100 Million Health" to eradicate Hepatitis C and chronic diseases. The Health Ministry has vowed to completely eliminate the disease from Egypt by 2022.

Spokesperson of the Ministry of Health Khaled Megahed told Egypt today that the three-phase campaign started in October 2018 and would end in April 2019.

In January, Health Minister Hala Zayed unveiled an Egyptian initiative to treat African people from Hepatitis C, starting with the Nile Basin countries that have an estimated 3.7 million hepatitis C patients, representing 30 percent of the total number of infected people in Africa.

In March, Egypt's Ministry of Justice started its first training course for 22 employees working at the state's real estate departments in Giza and Cairo to use the sign language to help the disabled people finish their papers.

The training comes as part of a cooperation protocol signed January between the Justice Ministry and the National Council for Disability Affairs.

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6/3/2019 10:51:45 AM
<![CDATA[Official arrested over charges of bribery in Beheira ]]>
The defendant is accused of illegally authorizing the seizure of lands, and converting the use of these lands from agricultural to residential without obtaining the necessary approvals from local authorities.

The houses of the defendant and other businessmen involved in the bribery were inspected, where physical evidence on the crime was seized. The defendant confessed the details of the crime, and was detained pending investigations.



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6/3/2019 10:48:40 AM
<![CDATA[Pope Tawadros II commemorates flight of Holy Family to Egypt]]>
“Egypt is still the world’s heart by virtue of its ancient history and special geographical location blessed by God,” the Pope added in the mass he led to commemorate the anniversary of the flight of the Holy Family to Egypt. The mass took place in Saints Sergius and Bacchus' Church in Old Cairo. The Holy Family entered Egypt on June 1.

Pope Tawadros II highlighted that the Coptic Orthodox Church was founded on three main pillars in history. The first is a prophecy stated in the Book of Isaiah. The prophecy maintains that Egypt would house an altar dedicated to God. The altar is now located in Asyut’s Muharraq Monastery.

The second pillar is mentioned in the New Testament. That is the flight of the Holy Family to Egypt. Pope Tawadros II explained that Saint Helena, Constantine the Great's mother, built a church in each area the Holy Family passed by in Egypt. That is the current Holy Family Trail. The Saints Sergius and Bacchus Church is part of the trail as it has a cave where the Holy Family hid for a while.

The third pillar is Saint Mark who introduced Christianity in Egypt, and first arrived in Alexandria. The pope concluded by highlighting that Egypt and Egyptians were mentioned 700 times in the Holy Book. The Pope also praised the Egyptian state for its endeavors to put the Holy Family Trail on the tourism map.


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6/3/2019 10:43:25 AM
<![CDATA[Houthis launch drone attack on Saudi-led coalition in Aden]]>
There was no immediate comment from Saudi Arabia or the coalition. Local officials told Reuters that the coalition foiled an attack targeting one of its military camps in Aden.

No details were provided on any possible casualties.]]>
6/3/2019 2:06:35 AM