Egypt Today's world news brief



Wed, 13 Dec 2017 - 10:00 GMT


Wed, 13 Dec 2017 - 10:00 GMT

Egypt Today's international news wrap-up - FILE PHOTO

Egypt Today's international news wrap-up - FILE PHOTO

CAIRO – 14 December 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.

Middle East

Israeli troops disperse Jerusalem worshipers; three people injured

Israeli occupation troops dispersed worshipers who were preparing to perform Maghreb prayer at the yard of the Damascus gate of



Israeli border police disperse a Palestinian man during scuffles that erupted after Palestinians held evening prayers outside the Lion's Gate of Jerusalem's Old City July 18, 2017. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

Cairo Criminal Court starts retrial of Morsi

Cairo Criminal Court, headed by Judge Mohamed Fahmy, started the retrial of deposed Egyptian President

Mohamed Morsi

at the Institute of Police Secretaries on Wednesday.

File - Mohamed Morsi

40 Houthis killed, injured in confrontations in western Yemen



were killed and 18 injured in confrontations with Yemeni forces in western Yemen, Yemeni sources said on Wednesday.

By Angus McDowall ANGER: Houthi followers in Sanaa protest Saudi-led air strikes in 2015. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah

Egyptian parliamentary delegation meets European officials

A delegation representing the

Egyptian parliament

met with representatives of political parties at the European parliament.

FILE – Egyptian Parliament

Trump's Jerusalem decision shows U.S. not an honest mediator: Rouhani

U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital shows that the United States lacks any respect for the legitimate rights of the Palestinian nation, Iranian President

Hassan Rouhani

tweeted on Wednesday.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani attends a meeting of the Social Council of Iran, in Tehran - REUTERS

Key holder of Church in Jerusalem refuses to meet Pence

Adib El Hosseini

, the key holder of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, has refused to receive US vice president Mike Pence during his anticipated visit to Jerusalem.

Visitors stand near the newly restored Edicule, the ancient structure housing the tomb, which according to Christian belief is where Jesus's body was anointed and buried, seen at the completion of months of restoration works, at the Church of the Holy Sep


Russia and China discuss coordination on North Korea

The Russian Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday that Deputy Foreign Minister

Gennady Gatilov

had held talks with China's ambassador to Russia Li Hui about Moscow and Beijing coordinating action on North Korea at the U.N. Security Council.

Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping walk past honour guards during a meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia July 4, 2017. Sputnik/Mikhail Klimentyev/Kremlin via REUTERS

Russia ready to consider easing arms embargo for Libya


is ready to consider easing an arms embargo for Libya, the Interfax news agency cited Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov as saying on Wednesday.

Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov arrives for a meeting on Syria at the United Nations European headquarters in Geneva December 20, 2013. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

British PM May says lawmakers to vote on final Brexit deal

British Prime Minister

Theresa May

said on Wednesday that the final Brexit withdrawal agreement will be put to a vote in both houses of parliament.

A dinner between British Prime Minister Theresa May and European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker last week continues to serve up headlines. AFP/File

Red Cross says life has stopped in Myanmar's Rakhine

Life has stopped in its tracks in


northern Rakhine state where an estimated 180,000 Rohingya remain, fearful after violence drove 650,000 to flee to Bangladesh, the International Committee of the Red Cross said on Wednesday.

A woman calms a baby as Rohingya refugees line up for a food supply distribution at the Kutupalong refugee camp near Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh December 12, 2017. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

United States

White House says not right time for N.Korea talks

No negotiations can be held with North Korea until it improves its behavior, a

White House

official said on Wednesday, raising questions about U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's offer to begin talks with Pyongyang anytime and without pre-conditions.

Rex Tillerson testifies during a confirmation hearing. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Kremlin calls U.S. allegations of subversive activity 'groundless'



said on Wednesday that U.S. allegations it was involved in a new generation of warfare, including internal political subversion, against the United States, were groundless and not backed by facts.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Russia's President Vladimir Putin talk during the family photo session at the APEC Summit in Danang, Vietnam November 11, 2017. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

UN expert says U.S. torture continues at Guantanamo Bay

An inmate at the U.S. detention facility at


is still being tortured, the U.N. special rapporteur on torture Nils Melzer said in a statement on Wednesday.

Chain link fence and concertina wire surrounds a deserted guard tower within Joint Task Force Guantanamo's Camp Delta at the U.S. Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba March 21, 2016. REUTERS



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