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Egypt Today's international news wrap-up - FILE

Egypt Today's international news wrap-up - FILE

CAIRO - 26 December 2017: Rounding up the last 24 hours, Egypt Today brings you the top news from around the world.

Egypt keen on reaching fair deal on Ethiopia’s Renaissance Dam

Irrigation Minister

Mohamed Abdel Aati

asserted on Monday the importance of reaching a fair deal on the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.

Egypt will not be a party to any agreement that does not preserve its water rights and interests, Abdel Aati said during a meeting with the parliamentary agriculture, irrigation and food security committee.

Abdel Aati responded to a number of questions raised by lawmakers on the latest developments in the dam negotiations.

Construction began on Ethiopia's Grand Renaissance dam late in 2013 Reuters

Palestinians call Guatemala's Jerusalem embassy move 'shameful'

The Palestinian foreign ministry on Monday slammed as "shameful" Guatemala's decision to transfer its embassy to


after the United States recognised the city as the capital of Israel.

"It's a shameful and illegal act that goes totally against the wishes of church leaders in Jerusalem" and violates a non-binding UN General Assembly resolution condemning the US move, the ministry said in a statement.

© AFP | Israel sees all of Jerusalem as its undivided capital, while the Palestinians view the east as the capital of their future state

Dozens killed in fresh Yemen air strikes, clashes

Fresh air strikes and clashes in


have killed over 60 fighters as Saudi-backed pro-government forces push an offensive against Huthi rebels, security and medical sources said Monday.

Saudi-led coalition air raids overnight killed at least 18 of the Iran-backed rebels in Hais, south of the key port of Hodeida, while bombardments from gunships left 35 others dead in nearby Tahita, a security official told AFP.

The latest fighting killed 12 government troops and wounded 19 more, military and medical sources said.

© AFP | An armed Yemeni youth looks at the debris following a reported air strike by the Saudi-led coalition in southern Sanaa on December 25, 2017

Lavrov stresses Russia’s support to Egypt against terrorism

Russian Foreign Minister

Sergei Lavrov

asserted Russia’s support to Egypt in combating terrorism, stressing that Cairo and Moscow have strong strategic ties in trade and other fields.

In an interview with Russia Today satellite channel on Monday, Lavrov said, “Moscow has intensively cooperated with Cairo in all fields.”

He pointed out that Russia has expanded its cooperation with Egypt with the Dabaa nuclear power plant and the Russian Industrial Zone (RIZ) in Port Said.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov receives President El Sisi in Russia on August 12, 2014- Press Photo


Queen Elizabeth praises British spirit in Christmas

Britain's Queen


praised the resilience of London and Manchester after "appalling attacks", in a Christmas message that also paid tribute to her husband, Prince Philip, who retired from regular royal duties this year.

The "powerful identities" of the capital and the northern English city had shone through after militant attacks as well as a devastating fire that destroyed the residential tower block Grenfell Tower in London, the Queen said.

The 91 year-old monarch, whose televised address is an essential part of a traditional Christmas in Britain, said it had been a privilege to visit victims of the bomb attack at a pop concert in Manchester, as she was able to witness the bravery and resilience of survivors first-hand.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth leaves St Mary Magdalene's church after the Royal Family's Christmas Day service on the Sandringham estate in eastern England, Britain, December 25, 2017. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

Man rams car into German party HQ in 'suicide attempt'

A 58-year-old man tried to commit suicide on

Christmas Eve

by ramming his car into the headquarters of Germany's Social Democratic Party in Berlin, police said on Monday.

© AFP | The burnt out interior of the car in the lobby of the German Social Democratic Party (SPD) headquarters

MB’s Mounir apologizes to Britain for insulting Pope Francis

Deputy General Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood organization, Ibrahim Mounir, apologized to the British Foreign Ministry for insulting Pope Francis of Vatican during his last visit to Egypt in April.

British Foreign Minister

Boris Johnson

said earlier in December that Islamists exploited freedoms in the United Kingdom (UK).

“It was shameful that the Muslim Brotherhood called Pope Francis ‘Pope of terrorism’ during his visit to Egypt, and called Egyptian security forces guarding him ‘Christian militants’,” Johnson stated.

Pope Francis leads the Christmas night Mass in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican December 24, 2017. REUTERS/Tony Gentile


Top US Marine Corps, Navy officials visit Helmand in South of Afghanistan

Two senior officials from the US Navy and Marine Corps visited the restive southern Helmand province of


to meet the local officials and review the situation of the key southern province, according to the local government officials.

The Helmand provincial government in a statement said the US Marines Corps Commandment General Robert Neller and the US Navy Secretary Richard V. Spencer participated in a gathering with the provincial governor Hayatulah Hayat to have a general discussion regarding the security of Helmand, Afghan khaama Press reported on Sunday.

The statement further added that the gathering was organized in Shorab military base.

U.S. Army General John Nicholson, commander of Resolute Support forces and U.S. forces in Afghanistan, arrives during a transfer of authority ceremony at Shorab camp, in Helmand province, Afghanistan April 29, 2017. REUTERS/James Mackenzie

Trump's Christmas wish: 'We've got prosperity. Now we want peace'

On Christmas Eve, U.S. President

Donald Trump

took calls from children, asking them what they wanted most from Santa, and revealing what was on his own wish list.

One boy wanted building blocks. Another wished for his grandma to get out of the hospital. And as for Trump - who has sent a series of combative tweets since arriving at his Florida vacation home - he said he wants "peace for the country."

"We've got prosperity - now we want peace," Trump told a child named Ryan, who called the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) to check on Santa's progress.

U.S. President Donald Trump participates in NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command) Santa Tracker phone calls with children at Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, U.S., December 24, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria



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