Egypt Today's world news brief



Mon, 18 Dec 2017 - 09:54 GMT


Mon, 18 Dec 2017 - 09:54 GMT

Egypt Today's international news wrap-up - File Photo

Egypt Today's international news wrap-up - File Photo

CAIRO – 18 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

Abul Ata: any decision aims to change Jerusalem’s identity is void

Egypt's Ambassador to the United Nations

Amr Abul Ata

affirmed in a speech at the emergency meeting of the Security Council that any decisions try to change the Arabic identity of Jerusalem should be considered void and must be reversed.

Egypt's UN Permanent Representative Ambassador Amr Abul Ata - File Photo

U.S. veto mocks int'l community: Abbas

Palestinian President

Mahmoud Abbas

condemned the American veto over Egypt's draft resolution over Jerusalem on Monday during the emergency meeting of the United Nations.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas during his speech in his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi – May 2017 / President of Russia – File Photo

5 terrorists killed, 11 arrested in security crackdown in Egypt


Ministry of Interior

announced Monday that five terrorists were killed and 11 others arrested in a security crackdown in Alexandria, New Valley and Qalyubia governorates.

Interior Minister Magdy Abdel Ghaffar - File photo

Israel believes U.S. will veto U.N. resolution on Jerusalem


said it believes its longtime ally the United States will veto a United Nations Security Council on Monday that would call on U.S. President Donald Trump to withdraw his decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Israel's Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon addresses the U.N. Security Council meeting on the situation in the Middle East, including Palestine, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, U.S., December 8, 2017. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid


Turkey says shocked by veto of UN resolution on Jerusalem


is shocked by the veto of a U.N. Security Council resolution calling for the U.S. declaration of Jerusalem as Israel's capital to be withdrawn, the Turkish foreign ministry said in a statement on Monday.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu gives a speech to the media at the foreign ministry building (SRE) in Mexico City, Mexico February 3, 2017. REUTERS/Henry Romer

Kremlin: No information about whereabouts of Daesh leader

The Russian presidency said Monday that Moscow has no information about the whereabouts of Daesh leader

Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi


A man purported to be the reclusive leader of the militant Islamic State Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi making what would have been his first public appearance, at a mosque in the centre of Iraq's second city, Mosul, according to a video recording posted on the Int

Britain, France will back UN draft rejecting US Jerusalem move

Britain and France, Washington's closest allies, said Monday they will back a UN draft resolution rejecting US President

Donald Trump's

decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

© AFP / by Carole LANDRY | The UN Security Council meets to discuss a measure rejecting US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital - Washington is expected to veto the draft

British police arrest man trying to force entry into U.S. military base

British police

arrested a man who tried to force his way into a military base in central England used by the U.S. air force, triggering a brief lockdown.

FILE PHOTO: A U.S. Hurricane transport plane takes off from RAF Mildenhall, Suffolk, England, September 15, 2001. REUTERS/Stephen Hird/File Photo

New Austria coalition marks 'dangerous development'

The UN rights chief said Monday that the far-right tilt of


new coalition government marked a "dangerous development", and cautioned against "the peddling of fear" in European politics.

© AFP/File | United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein

United States

Trump strategy document singles out Russia as bad actor globally

U.S. President

Donald Trump's

administration said on Monday that Russia interferes in the domestic political affairs of countries globally, in a sober analysis of Moscow as a rival despite Trump's own bid for warmer ties with President Vladimir Putin.

U.S. President Donald Trump casts a shadow as he waves and approaches the press to make remarks as he returns from a weekend at the presidential retreat at Camp David to the White House, Washington, U.S., December17, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Theiler

Amtrak train derails on highway bridge in Washington state, several killed


Amtrak train

derailed on Monday in Washington state on its inaugural run on a faster route from Seattle to Portland, Oregon, sending passenger cars tumbling from a bridge onto a major highway, killing a number of riders and injuring nearly 100

First responders are seen at the scene of an Amtrak passenger train derailment on interstate highway (I-5) in this Washington State Patrol image moved on social media in DuPont, Washington, U.S., December 18, 2017. Courtesy Brooke Bova/Washington State Patrol/Handout via REUTERS

Puerto Rico governor orders review of hurricane deaths

Puerto Rico's

governor on Monday ordered a review of all deaths in the US territory since Hurricane Maria, responding to reports that the island's official toll from the devastating storm may vastly undercount the true number of fatalities.

© AFP | Aurea Cruz, 66, sits on her bed inside her house damaged by Hurricane Maria in Vieques, Puerto Rico


Cyril Ramaphosa elected new head of South Africa's ruling ANC party

South African deputy president

Cyril Ramaphosa

was elected head of the ruling ANC party Monday, winning a bruising race that exposed deep rifts within the organisation that led the struggle against apartheid.

© Gulshan Khan, AFP | South African Deputy President and ANC Presidential candidate Cyril Ramaphosa looks on as he attends a plenary meeting at the NASREC Expo Centre during the 54th ANC national congress on December 17, 2017 in Johannesburg.

Six Ugandan MPs ejected in rowdy debate to extend rule of ageing Museveni

A move to change Uganda's constitution to allow President

Yoweri Museveni

to rule beyond the age of 75 provoked rowdy scenes in parliament on Monday in which six legislators were ejected from the chamber.

Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni talks to the media after casting his ballot at a polling centre in Kaaro High School in Rushere, Kiruhura district, west of Kampala, Uganda February 18, 2011. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya



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