Egypt Today's world news brief



Tue, 28 Nov 2017 - 06:40 GMT


Tue, 28 Nov 2017 - 06:40 GMT



CAIRO – 28 November 2017: Egypt Today brings you the latest top of the hour news from around the world over the past 24 hours in this round-up.

Islamist leader calls off


protests after minister resigns

The Islamist leader whose group clashed violently with Pakistani security forces and paralysed Islamabad for weeks called off the sit-in protest Monday after the law minister resigned, meeting its key demand.

The resignation of Pakistan's law minister Zahid Hamid is a key demand of the little known Islamist group that has virtually paralysed Islamabad since it began a sit-in on a major highway into the capital on November 6 - AFP/File / AAMIR QURESHI


to urge entrepreneurship on first African tour

French President Emmanuel Macron will tour Africa this week to try to boost France's flagging influence on the continent and convince young people eyeing Europe's shores they have a future at home.

FILE: French President Emmanuel Macron

Pope in Myanmar and into Rohingya crisis

Pope Francis

set off Sunday on his 21st and possibly most delicate overseas trip yet, a six-day visit to Myanmar and Bangladesh against the backdrop of the unfolding Rohingya refugee crisis.

Pope Francis celebrates an open-air mass at Contecar on the last day of his visit to Colombia - Colombian Episcopal Conference/AFP / by Kelly Velasquez and Jordi Miro

Quake of magnitude 6.2 strikes off Papua New Guinea: USGS



of magnitude 6.2 struck off the Pacific Ocean nation of Papua New Guinea on Monday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

Heavily-armed Papua New Guinea police form a roadblock, preventing students from leaving the University of Papua New Guinea in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, June 8, 2016. PNGFM News / via REUTERS

Barely a quarter of Catalans want to pursue split from Spain: poll

Barely a quarter of


want to continue with a plan to claim independence from Spain in the wake of Dec. 21 regional elections, according to a poll published in El Pais newspaper on Monday.

Protesters hold the lights of their mobile phones as they wave Estelada flags during a demonstration called by pro-independence associations asking for the release of jailed Catalan activists and leaders, in Barcelona, Spain, November 11, 2017. REUTERS/Al


declares Mugabe's birthday a holiday

Zimbabwe has made former president Robert Mugabe's birthday a public holiday, a state daily reported Monday, nearly a week after the long-time ruler stepped down.

Accolades continue to amass for former Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe, pictured at one of his last public events on November 17, 2017, before he was ousted - AFP


denies its planes killed civilians in Syria's Deir al-Zor

Russia's Defence Ministry denied on Monday that Russian war planes had carried out deadly air strikes on a village in Syria's Deir al-Zor province that had killed dozens of civilians, the Interfax news agency reported.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu visits Hmeymim air base in Syria, June 18, 2016. Picture taken June 18, 2016 - REUTERS



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