Egypt Today's world news brief



Wed, 20 Dec 2017 - 10:29 GMT


Wed, 20 Dec 2017 - 10:29 GMT

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

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

CAIRO – 20 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

Switzerland lifts assets-freeze on ousted Mubarak

The Federal Council in


has decided to lift the assets-freeze on ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Hosni Mubarak. It has also decided to renew the freeze on the assets of Tunisian President Ben Ali among others.

Ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Hosni Mubarak - File photo

Saudi king holds official talks with Palestinian president


King Salman

bin Abdulaziz Al Saud on Wednesday held at his palace here a session of official talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on the latest developments in the Palestinian territories.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas attends the 34th session of the Human Rights Council at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, February 27, 2017. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

Sisi to inaugurate aquaculture projects’ second stage: Mamish

Chairman of the Suez Canal Authority Mohab Mamish said on Wednesday that President

Abdel Fatah al-Sisi

will inaugurate the second stage of aquaculture projects in the East of the Suez Canal in the coming days.

FILE – President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi

Senior Saudi prince says Trump's Jerusalem move threatens stability

U.S. President Donald c’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital will stoke violence in the region, former Saudi intelligence chief Prince

Turki al-Faisal

said, dismissing reports of prior consultations made with Riyadh over the move.

Prince Turki al-Faisal al-Saud of Saudi Arabia, speaks at the closing forum of the Clinton Global Initiative 2012 (CGI) during the final day of the event in New York, September 25, 2012. REUTERS/Andrew Burton

Egypt supports Rohingya Muslims with 120 tons of humanitarian aid

Under an Egyptian policy that aims to support

Rohingya Muslims

, a shipment of humanitarian aid was sent on Wednesday to Bangladesh, alleviating the suffering of the Rohingya Muslims, Egyptian Ambassador to Bangladesh Walid Shams said.

Egypt offers humanitarian aid to Rohingya Muslims – Press Photo

Mass rallies condemn U.S. veto against Egypt draft resolution

The Palestinian National and Islamic Forces organized a mass rally on Wednesday to condemn the U.S. usage of veto against the


draft resolution over U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital.

A protester palestino lanza piedras contra tropas israelíes cerca of the frontera of the Ciudad of Gaza. December 15, 2017 - REUTERS / Mohammed Salem

Earthquake of magnitude 5.2 strikes Tehran



of magnitude 5.2 struck a town near the Iranian capital Tehran on Wednesday night, state media reported, but there were no initial reports of casualties or significant damage.

A man reacts as he looks at a damaged building in Sarpol-e Zahab county in Kermanshah, Iran. REUTERS/Tasnim News Agency

UNICEF airlifts nearly 6 million doses of vaccines for children in Yemen



-chartered plane landed Wednesday in Sanaa and delivered nearly 6 million doses of essential vaccines to protect millions of children at risk of preventable diseases, including the current diphtheria outbreak that has reportedly infected over 300 people and killed 35. Most diphtheria cases and deaths are in children, ReliefWeb reported.

Meritxell Relano, UNICEF Yemen Representative, attends an interview with Reuters in Geneva, Switzerland, January 30, 2017. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

Fresh anti-Trump protests in Palestinian territories

At least nine


were injured in clashes with Israeli troops Wednesday as fresh protests broke out over US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, hospital sources said.

© AFP | Palestinian protesters throw a Molotov cocktail and stones towards Israeli forces on the other side of a barrier at the Qalandia checkpoint in the occupied West Bank

13 killed, 3 injured in road accident in Beni Suef

As many as thirteen people were killed and three others injured when a microbus collided with a truck on a highway in

Beni Suef


14 dead and 42 injured in bus crash on Beni Suef-Cairo road - File Photo

United States

U.S. sees no evidence to alter Honduras election

The United States has seen no evidence that would alter the results of the Honduran presidential


but is withholding final judgment for now, a senior U.S. State Department official said on Wednesday.

Honduras President and National Party candidate Juan Orlando Hernandez gestures as he addresses the media at the Presidential House in Tegucigalpa, Honduras December 5, 2017. REUTERS/Jorge Cabrera

Trump threatens to cut aid to U.N. members over Jerusalem vote

U.S. President

Donald Trump

on Wednesday threatened to cut off financial aid to countries that vote in favor of a draft United Nations resolution calling for the United States to withdraw its decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

U.S. President Donald Trump excuses reporters after his remarks to them at the start of a cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington, U.S., December 20, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernsn>


U.S. sanctions Chechen leader, four others under Magnitsky Act

The U.S. Treasury Department on Wednesday imposed new sanctions on five Russians and Chechens, including the head of the Russian republic of


, for alleged human rights abuses.

Head of the Chechen Republic Ramzan Kadyrov delivers a speech during a rally in support of Muslim Rohingya following the recent violence, which erupted in Myanmar, in the Chechen capital Grozny, Russia September 4, 2017. REUTERS/Said Tsarnayev

Merkel's conservatives and SPD to start talks on forming govt on Jan. 7


Angela Merkel's

conservatives and the Social Democrats (SPD) start exploratory talks on forming a new German government on Jan. 7 and aim to decide whether to enter full coalition talks by Jan. 12, they said in a statement.

Acting German Chancellor Angela Merkel address a news conference at the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party headquarters in Berlin, Germany, December 18, 2017. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke

Man accused of plotting to kill British PM May to face trial in June

A man accused of plotting to kill British Prime Minister

Theresa May

will go on trial next June for five weeks, a London court said on Wednesday.

Motorcycle police officers wait to enter 10 Downing Street, London, Britain, December 6, 2017. REUTERS/Toby Melville



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