Egypt Today's world news brief



Tue, 19 Dec 2017 - 09:27 GMT


Tue, 19 Dec 2017 - 09:27 GMT

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

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

CAIRO – 19 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

Palestinians ask China, Russia to push the peace process

Palestinian president

Mahmud Abbas

has sent delegations to China and Russia to ask them to take a greater role in the peace process with Israel, an official said on Tuesday.

© AFP | Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas wants China and Russia to become more actively involved in the Middle East peace process

Security Council adopts Egypt’s draft on aid for Syria


United Nations

Security Council adopted a draft resolution issued by Egypt granting continued humanitarian-aid delivery into Syria for another year, effective as of Tuesday, December 19.

The United Nation Security Council, December 18, 2017 (AFP Photo/EDUARDO MUNOZ ALVAREZ)

Final fate of 10 most dangerous terrorist leaders in 2017

The year 2017 witnessed the inevitable end of many terrorist and extremist group leaders after extensive efforts exerted by security forces in several countries desiring to restore stability to their societies.
Egypt Today presents a list of the 10 most

dangerous terrorist leaders

to have died in 2017.

FILE- Elimination of terrorist group leaders in 2017

A timeline of the crisis between Iraq and its Kurds

Iraqi Kurdistan

, mired in deadly protests, has been in open crisis with the Baghdad government since voters in the northern autonomous region overwhelmingly backed independence in a September referendum.

© AFP/File | A women attends a protest in support of the Iraqi Kurdish leader, in Arbil, the capital of autonomous Iraqi Kurdistan, in October 2017

230K policemen secure Christmas celebrations across Egypt

A security alert was sent to all sectors of the Ministry of Interior on Tuesday ahead of

Christmas celebrations

, according to a source inside the ministry. “230,000 police officers are deployed across the state,” the source said.

Christmas Celebrations - pixabay/jill111

Egypt denounces ballistic missile attack against Riyadh

Egypt strongly denounced a ballistic missile attack against the Saudi city of


that was launched from the Yemeni soil before being intercepted 25 km southern the city.

File - Photo of Sameh Shoukry, Egyptian Foreign Minister, participating in the Egyptian delegation at a summit hosted by the OIC, Istanbul, Turkey

Pope, Jordan's King Abdullah, discuss Trump's Jerusalem move

Pope Francis and Jordan’s

King Abdullah

on Tuesday discussed U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, a move that both say is dangerous to Middle East peace.

Pope Francis exchanges gifts with Jordan's King Abdullah during a private meeting at the Vatican December 19, 2017 - REUTERS/Max Rossi

Grand mufti condemns attack on Arish airport

Grand Mufti of Egypt

Shawki Allam condemned Tuesday the terrorist attack on Arish airport, which left an officer dead and two others wounded.

Grand Mufti Shawky Allam - Courtesy of Dar al-Ifta official website

Three killed, 80 wounded in protests in Iraqi Kurdish town

Three people were killed and more than 80 wounded on Tuesday when


demonstrators joined a second day of protests against years of austerity and unpaid public sector salaries amid tensions between their region and Baghdad.

VICTORY: A member of the Kurdish peshmerga just after the forces retook Zumar in October 2014. REUTERS/Ari Jalal


Macron and King Abdullah discuss Israel-Palestine, Syria in Paris


President Macron

and Jordanian King Abdullah met for talks in Paris on Tuesday, with a particular focus on the Israel-Palestine situation and the situation in Syria.

French President Emmanuel Macron attends a meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, May 23, 2017. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer

Trump, UK's May talk Middle East peace -White House

U.S. President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister

Theresa May

talked about ways to move towards peace in the Middle East in a phone call on Tuesday, the White House said.

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street in London, Britain February 1, 2017. REUTERS/Neil Hall

UN to make proposals to kickstart Syrian reform process


United Nations

will propose to Syria's warring parties a timeline for elections and guidance on constitutional reform in a bid to revive stalled peace talks, mediator Staffan de Mistura told the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday.

United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura attends a news conference after meetings during the Intra Syria talks in Geneva, Switzerland November 30, 2017. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

South America

Honduran opposition says will formally challenge election result


president of Honduras

declared himself re-elected on Tuesday despite calls from the Organization of American States (OAS) for a fresh vote over allegations of fraud and deadly protests following last month's disputed election.

Honduran opposition candidate Salvador Nasralla displays documents filed with Honduran election officials during a news conference in Washington, U.S., December 19, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Mexican leftist has 11-point lead ahead of 2018 election-poll

Mexican leftist Andres

Manuel Lopez Obrador

has an 11-percentage point lead ahead of next year's presidential election, according to an opinion poll taken in the last week, giving him a sizeable advantage even after new rivals formally entered the race.

Mexican presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador of the National Regeneration Movement (MORENA) gestures to supporters during a pre-campaign rally in Mexico City, Mexico December 17, 2017. REUTERS/Ginnette Riquelme

United States

Workers clearing wreckage of deadly Washington state train crash

Workers were trying to clear the wreckage of an

Amtrak train

on Tuesday after it veered off a bridge over a major highway in Washington state while traveling at more than twice the speed limit during its first run on a new route.

Rescue personnel and equipment are seen at the scene where an Amtrak passenger train derailed on a bridge over interstate highway I-5 in DuPont, Washington, U.S., December 18, 2017. REUTERS/Steve Dipaola

Kremlin: New US Strategy Has 'Imperial Nature'



has commented on the new US national security strategy, announced by Donald Trump on Monday, Sputnik reported.

Russia's President Vladimir Putin chairs a session of the State Council's Presidium at the Kremlin in Moscow, October 9, 2012. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

U.S. asks U.N. to blacklist 10 ships over banned N.Korea cargo


United States

has proposed that the United Nations Security Council blacklist 10 ships for transporting banned items from North Korea, according to documents seen by Reuters on Tuesday.

A cargo ship is loaded with coal during the opening ceremony of a new dock at the North Korean port of Rajin July 18, 2014. REUTERS/Yuri Maltsev



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