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Abou el Enein said in press statements on the sidelines of the Egyptian- Kuwaiti businesses forum held on Monday, that Kuwaiti investors could benefit from the historical relations between their country and Egypt to snatch the investment opportunities in Egypt’s different sectors such as the Agriculture, Industry and Mining industries.

“Egypt has issued several laws to boost equality between Egyptian and foreigner investors as the Egyptian market is a home of 100 million consumers in addition to the Arab and African markets, as Egypt is a part of the free trade agreement,” added Abou el Enein.

Abou el Enein pointed out that the new laws in the economic zone provide big investment opportunities for Kuwaiti investors.

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10/22/2019 12:17:46 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt's speaker, Kuwait's PM talk parliamentary relations]]>
Abdel Aal expressed the appreciation of the Egyptian government and people for Kuwait's Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber's supportive and constructive role towards Egypt and the Arab issues.

Abdel Aal reviewed the friendly and historical relations between the two brotherly countries in all fields, in light of the historical moments these relations have experienced.

The speaker also discussed the Egyptian-Kuwaiti parliamentary relations and mutual coordination in international parliamentary forums such as the Inter-Parliamentary Union.

He also asked the Kuwaiti prime minister to convey his greetings to the emir.

For his part, Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak stressed the special relations between the two countries in all fields.

President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi earlier on Monday held a meeting with Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak, during which they discussed ways to boost bilateral relations between the two countries, presidential spokesman Bassam Radi said.

During their meeting in Cairo, Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak hailed Egypt's pivotal role in the region as a main pillar for security and stability of the Arab world, as well as its keenness to foster solidarity among Arab nations and to push forward the joint Arab efforts.

Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak expressed his country's appreciation for the historic ties and various relations linking it with Egypt. He also voiced Kuwait's keenness to enhance cooperation with the African country at all levels, and to constantly coordinate with it on various issues.

The Kuwaiti prime minister, during the meeting, handed a written message from Kuwait's Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber who conveyed greetings to President Sisi.
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10/21/2019 7:39:00 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi: Egypt exerts balanced efforts in talks on Ethiopia’s dam ]]>
President Abdel Fatah al- Sisi voiced his aspiration to reach an agreement that bears the common interests of Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia into account, Radi added.

Egypt and Ethiopia are at loggerheads over the $4-billion dam; Cairo voiced concern over its water share after Ethiopia started building the dam on the Blue Nile in May 2011.

A series of tripartite talks between the two countries along with Sudan began in 2014. One year later, the three countries signed the Declaration of Principles, per which the downstream countries [Egypt and Sudan] should not be negatively affected by the construction of the dam. However, Cairo and Addis Ababa have recently blamed each other for hindering a final agreement concerning a technical problem.

President Sisi also tackled Egypt’s pivotal strategy concerning the water sector, and discussed various experiences for the development of water resources and irrigation, Radi continued, adding that the president welcomed the participating delegations.

President Sisi praised the 2019 round of the CWW, which comes under the theme “Responding to Water Scarcity”. The Forum’s sub-sessions tackle themes of Research and Innovation in facing water scarcity; non-conventional water resource use; Cooperation in Water Sector; and Climate Change Impacts, Mitigation, and Adaptation.

The first edition of the CWW convened in October 2018 under the auspices of President Sisi in a way to increase public awareness of water rationalization for the sustainable development amid a state of water shortage.

Egyptian Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation Mohamed Abdel Atti said on Sunday that Egypt has provided all possible solutions to end the disagreement with Ethiopia over the controversial Renaissance dam.

He continued that Egypt is a desert land and approximately 100 million people depend on the Nile water, saying "The gap between water consumption and production has reached 90 percent."

In his speech at the 5-day forum on Sunday, Prime Minister Madbouli said Egypt is facing a major challenge in reaching a fair agreement with Ethiopia. “The environmental and hydrological studies of the dam have not been carried out yet, and we hope that consultant firms finish them,” said Madbouli.

“It was agreed to take an unofficial path with an independent scientific group, which was formed by representatives of the three countries [Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan], but we did not see any significant progress,” the prime minister continued.

Madbouli highlighted the need for coordination in case any dam is built on the Nile, clarifying that according to Article 10 of the Declaration of Principles signed in 2015, an international mediator shall intervene in the negotiations.

On October 5, 2019, Cairo asked for international mediation in the tripartite negotiations on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD); however, Addis Ababa rejected.

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10/21/2019 6:58:16 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt, Kuwait sign investment deals to fund Sinai projects]]>
The deals were signed by Egypt's Minister of Investment and International Cooperation Sahar Nasr and Kuwait's Deputy Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled.

The two sides signed an agreement to finance Egypt's second phase of the Sinai Peninsula development project by $1 billion within three years. They also signed an agreement to fund Al-Nafaq road between Egypt and Sinai's Sharm El-Sheikh by $86 million.

Nasr and Khaled Al-Roudan, Kuwait's minister of service affairs and also minister of commerce and industry, also signed a memorandum of understanding to encourage foreign direct investments between the two ministries, along with Kuwait Direct Promotion Authority.

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Received by Egypt's Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly, the Kuwaiti Prime Minister on Sunday praised the historical relations and the level of joint cooperation between Egypt and Kuwait, as he arrived in Cairo in an official visit.

In a statement, Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak said that his visit comes within the framework of continuous consultation and permanent coordination between the two countries in various fields and issues of common concern.

He highlighted the significance of this current visit due to the changes and challenges witnessed by the Arab nations and the world, which require joint action to achieve stability, security and peace in the Middle East.

Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak expressed hope that this visit will be a good opportunity for both countries to reach new levels of fruitful and constructive cooperation in political, economic, cultural and tourism fields and develop them in line with the aspirations of the brotherly peoples of the two countries.
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10/21/2019 5:24:41 PM
<![CDATA[EGX ends Monday in red, market cap. Loses LE2.29B]]>
The benchmark EGX 30 declined 0.43 percent, or 60.94 point, to close at 14,178.51 points.

The equally weighted index EGX 50 dipped 0.57 percent, or 11.84 points, to end at 2,050.14 points.

The small and mid-cap index EGX 70 decreased 0.12 percent, or 0.63 points, to close at 536.11 points, and the broader index EGX 100 lessened 0.10 percent, or 1.42 points, to 1,417.02 points.


Market capitalization lost LE 2.29 billion, recording LE 715.58 billion, compared to LE 717.87 billion in Sunday's session.

The trading volume reached 136.32 million shares, traded through 17,003 transactions, with a turnover of LE 438.47 million.

Foreign investors were net buyers at LE 12.49 million, while Egyptian and Arab investors were net sellers at LE 11.81 million, and LE 680,624, respectively.

Egyptian and Arab individuals were net sellers at LE 11.25 million, and LE 4.79 million, respectively, while foreign individuals were net buyers at LE 859,183.

Arab and foreign organizations bought at LE 4.12 million, and LE 11.63 million, respectively., while Egyptian organizations sold at LE 563,472.

Gulf Canadian Real Estate Investment Co., Canal Shipping Agencies, and General Company for Land Reclamation, Development & Reconstruction were top gainers of the session by 6.74 percent, 5.01 percent and 4.36 percent, respectively.

Meanwhile, Arab Valves Company, El Arabia Engineering Industries, and Sabaa International Company for Pharmaceutical and Chemical were top losers of the session by 5.14 percent, 4.21 percent, and 4.19 percent, respectively.

EGX recorded a semi-collective rise during Sunday's session, as EGX 30 rose 0.24 percent, EGX 70 climbed 0.38 percent, EGX 100 increased 0.25 percent, while EGX 50 inched down 0.06 percent.
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10/21/2019 4:43:01 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt provided all solutions to reach deal on Ethiopia's dam: Minister]]>
The Ethiopian stance has caused Egypt to face a stumble regarding finding a solution to the operation and management problem of the Ethiopian dam, despite Egypt’s recognition of Ethiopia's right to pursuing development, he added.

Egypt and Ethiopia are at loggerheads over the $4-billion dam; Cairo voiced concern over its Nile water share after Ethiopia started building the dam on the Blue Nile in May 2011.

A series of tripartite talks between the two countries along with Sudan began in 2014. One year later, the three countries signed the Declaration of Principles, per which the downstream countries [Egypt and Sudan] should not be negatively affected by the construction of the dam. However, Cairo and Addis Ababa have recently blamed each other for hindering a final agreement concerning a technical problem.

The minister explained that around 2 billion people in 22 developing countries find difficulty to access clean water, “The water issue is a societal issue that bears important dimensions.”
He continued that Egypt is a desert land and approximately 100 million citizen depend on the Nile water, stressing that the gap between water consumption and production has reached 90 percent."

In his speech at the 5-day forum on Sunday, Prime Minister Madbouli said Egypt is facing a major challenge in reaching a fair agreement with Ethiopia. “The environmental and hydrological studies of the dam have not been carried out yet, and we hope that consultant firms finish them,” said Madbouli.

“It was agreed to take an unofficial path with an independent scientific group, which was formed by representatives of the three countries [Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan], but we did not see any significant progress,” the prime minister continued.

Madbouli highlighted the need for coordination in case any dam is built on the Nile, clarifying that Egypt uses Article 10 of the Declaration of Principles signed in 2015, per which an international mediator shall intervene in the negotiations.

On October 5, 2019, Cairo asked for an international mediator in the tripartite negotiations on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD); however, Addis Ababa voiced its rejection.

The 2019 round of the CWW comes under the theme “Responding to Water Scarcity”. The Forum’s sub-sessions tackle themes of Research and Innovation in facing water scarcity; non-conventional water resource use; Cooperation in Water Sector; and Climate Change Impacts, Mitigation, and Adaptation.

The first edition of the CWW convened in October 2018 under the auspices of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi to increase public awareness of water rationalization for the sustainable development amid a state of water shortage.




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10/21/2019 4:32:34 PM
<![CDATA[Trade exchange bet. Egypt, India hit $4.5B]]>
Nassar added Monday that India's investments in the Egyptian market amounted to $3.3 billion through 50 projects operating in the fields of manufacturing, construction, agriculture, garments, auto parts, chemicals, food industries, services, pharmaceuticals, plastics, energy and renewable energy.

This came during a meeting held by Nassar, with Rahul Kulshreshth, the Indian ambassador in Cairo.

Nassar pointed out the importance of boosting trade exchange rates between the two countries to upgrade the distinguished political relations that have bound Egypt and India for decades.
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10/21/2019 4:30:31 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt exports 172.8B feet of LNG in 2018/19]]>
The company's annual report of the fiscal year 2018/2019 said that 45 gas shipments were exported during the last fiscal year.

Exports of natural gas through the Arab gas pipeline resumed during the last fiscal year as of September 2018. According to the report, the import of liquefied gas was stopped as of September 2018, and the gas unit was dispensed.

Egypt currently has two liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities in both Edco and Damietta. With gas production amounting to around 6.4 billion cubic feet per day, Egypt achieved self-sufficiency of gas by the end of September 2018, aiming to become a regional hub of energy.

On Feb. 26, Petroleum Minister Tarek el-Molla said that 2018 witnessed the completion of new stages to increase the production of natural gas from four major fields in the Mediterranean Sea.

He clarified that these fields were put on the production map with investment of more than $27 billion and production rates of 6.5 billion cubic feet per day expected upon the completion of all stages, noting that what has been achieved is the result of the completion and development of natural gas projects.

Egypt’s main contributor to gas supply is Zohr gas Field, the biggest gas field in the Mediterranean, with an estimated production of 30 trillion cubic feet. Also, gas production from the Noras gas field increased to around 1.2 billion cubic feet per day (bcf/day).

Egypt has recently signed several oil agreements for the exploration of oil and gas in several areas, including the Mediterranean, Western desert, Nile Delta and the Gulf of Suez.

In fiscal year 2018/2019, the targeted investments in petroleum sector are estimated at LE 145.6 billion ($8.12 billion), marking 15.5 percent of the year’s total investments.

Natural gas investments represent 91 percent of petroleum investments, which amounts to LE 132.8 billion.
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10/21/2019 4:29:17 PM
<![CDATA[Sudan’s Cabinet, Populist Movement sign ‘Political Declaration’]]>
Both parties had agreed to form a joint committee to articulate the declaration that will later be presented for mediation, and to invite members of the UN Security Council members to attend the signing ceremony.

The transitional government and the Sovereignty Council had announced in September the beginning of the second round of negotiations with the movement, which encompasses the majority of armed groups, and Nidaa al-Sudan coalition of political parties backed by armed divisions. Juba was selected to host the talks backed by the African Union, and the United Nations.

Nidaa al-Sudan meetings kick off in Egypt

CAIRO - 28 September 2019: The Nidaa al-Sudan (Sudan's Call) meetings fostered by Egypt kicked off in Ain al-Sokhna on Saturday in order to reach an agreement on the political framework to be adopted by Sudan after ending the transitional phase.




The Sudanese Transitional Military Council (TMC) and the Freedom and Change Alliance (revolutionary coalition) signed a constitutional declaration in August mainly stating that the transitional period will last for 39 months, the resolution of disagreements must be through dialogue, and that all the work should be based on the principles of democracy and human rights, taking into account the traditional values of the Sudanese people.

The declaration stipulates the formation of a sovereignty council encompassing 11 members, including five civilians, five military representatives and a civilian selected by the 10 other members of the council. The council is chaired by a military representative for the first 21 months as of the date of signing the agreement, and later by a civilian, until the transitional period ends, as reported by Xinhua.

Within three months after signing the constitutional declaration, a legislative council must be formed, but until then the sovereignty council fulfills its tasks. The declaration allows the Freedom and Change Alliance to select the prime minister of the transitional government, having a maximum of 22 ministers nominated by the alliance, excluding the ministers of interior and defense. Members of the transitional government and sovereignty council are not allowed to participate in elections that follow the transitional period.

The declaration states the formation of a national independent committee to investigate the murder of 87 and injury of 168 on June 3 protests against the Sudanese military. Demonstrators were demanding that the army does not intervene in the political process after the ouster of former Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir on April 11, as reported by France 24 citing Fath al-Rahman Saeed, head of the investigative committee appointed by the Sudanese public prosecutor.

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10/21/2019 4:27:26 PM
<![CDATA[Refugees and internally displaced Africans ‘top priority’ for Egypt: Statement]]>
The statement comes on the occasion of the commemoration of the African Human Rights Day, on October 21st of each year, in order to affirm Egypt’s attention to the issues of refugees, returnees and internally displaced persons in Africa.

According to the statement, Ahmed Hafez said Egypt opens its doors to “ to all our fellow nationals of countries which witness crises or conflicts.”

Egypt is the host country of many refugees and acts to merge them into the Egyptian society without discrimination, Hafez stressed.

Hafez added that “Egypt recognizes that serious engagement with this file represents a top continental priority in order to find sustainable solutions to these issues, that would address their root causes and not only their effects, especially in light of their wide-scale social, economic and security implications on the African peoples, whether in the home, host, or transit countries.”

In this regard, he stressed that addressing this question requires a comprehensive approach, entailing peacekeeping and peace-building, and creating the conditions conducive to the safe return of the displaced persons in such a manner that ensures their assimilation and reintegration into their communities, and providing them with basic services, in preservation of their human dignity. This end cannot be achieved without silencing the guns and the pursuit of comprehensive development, by an exclusive African leadership and ownership of conflict-settlement and sustainable peace-building efforts, to be fully supported by the international community.

The MFA Spokesperson outlined that Egypt believes in the enormous potential of the peoples of the African continent, which qualifies them to assume a standing at the forefront of nations, noting that the stimulation of African peoples’ will, along with concerted efforts of the African governments would change the stereotypical image of the continent as a place of conflicts in which the displaced and refugees suffer, to a stage of development and prosperity.]]>
10/21/2019 3:58:20 PM
<![CDATA[World Water Council ready to hold dialogue with Nile basin countries]]>
This came in Fauchon's speech at the second edition of the Cairo Water Week Forum (CWW) 2019 on Monday.

Fauchon added that the World Water Council had intervened to resolve the water conflict between Syria, Turkey and Iraq with the aim of providing equitable shares of the Euphrates River water.

Egypt has diplomatically and politically entered into a battle with some Nile basin countries over its share of the Nile water. The disagreement started in 2010 when five Nile basin countries (Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, and Rwanda) signed the Entebbe Agreement, per which the two 1929 and 1959 deals conducted during the British colonization could be relinquished.

The two deals had allocated 80 billion cubic meters of Nile water to Egypt; they also granted Egypt the right to veto against projects that could be established in Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and Sudan and may harm its share.

Egypt and Ethiopia are at loggerheads over the controversial $4-billion dam; Cairo voiced concern over its share after Ethiopia started building the dam on the Blue Nile in May 2011.

A series of tripartite talks between the two countries along with Sudan began in 2014. One year later, the three countries reached an agreement, per which the downstream countries [Egypt and Sudan] should not be negatively affected by the construction of the dam. However, Cairo and Addis Ababa have recently blamed each other for hindering a final agreement concerning a technical problem.

In a similar context, Fauchon stressed the importance of using alternative and renewable energy for sea water desalination in Arish plant and in the reuse of the wastewater in Al-Jabal Al-Asfar plant, expressing his will to cooperate with the Egyptian government to save every single drop of water.

The Egyptian government is set to depend on desalination water plants to feed the population of the coastal cities along the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea, targeting the production of 3 billion meters annually by 2030, said Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation Mohamed Abdel Atti in his speech at the opening session of the five-day forum.

The 2019 round of the CWW comes under the theme “Responding to Water Scarcity”. The forum’s sub-sessions tackle themes of Research and Innovation in facing water scarcity; non-conventional water resource use; Cooperation in Water Sector; and Climate Change Impacts, Mitigation, and Adaptation.

The first edition of the CWW convened in October 2018 under the auspices of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi to increase public awareness of water rationalization for sustainable development amid a state of water shortage.


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10/21/2019 3:50:53 PM
<![CDATA[Kuwaiti PM meets Sisi, lauds Egypt's pivotal role in region]]>
During their meeting in Cairo, Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak hailed Egypt's pivotal role in the region as a main pillar for security and stability of the Arab world, as well as its keenness to foster solidarity among Arab nations and to push forward the joint Arab efforts.

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President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi on Monday received Kuwait's Prime Minister Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah – Courtesy of the Egyptian Presidency
Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak expressed his country's appreciation for the historic ties and various relations linking it with Egypt. He also voiced Kuwait's keenness to enhance cooperation with the African country at all levels, and to constantly coordinate with it on various issues.

The Kuwaiti prime minister, during the meeting, handed a written message from Kuwait's Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber who conveyed greetings to President Sisi.

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President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi on Monday received Kuwait's Prime Minister Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah – Courtesy of the Egyptian Presidency
President Sisi, for his part, praised the strong and special Egyptian-Kuwaiti relations.

Sisi affirmed Egypt's willingness to develop cooperation between the two Arab states at various levels, including enhancing trade and economic ties, besides attracting further Kuwaiti investments, especially via cooperation between the two countries' sovereign funds.

The president asked Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak to convey his greetings to the Kuwaiti emir, wishing the emir good health and wellness.

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President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi on Monday received Kuwait's Prime Minister Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah – Courtesy of the Egyptian Presidency
During the meeting, Sisi and Sheikh Jaber also discussed developments at the regional level. Sisi, in this regard, highlighted the bond between the security of the Gulf and that of Egypt.

Sisi also praised the significant role played by the Kuwaiti state to confront the challenges facing the Arab nations.

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Kuwait's Emir received Sisi on September 1 this year, and praised Egypt's pivotal role in supporting security and stability of the Arab nations, and its valuable efforts in enhancing joint Arab work at all levels, the Egyptian presidency said in a statement.

Sheikh Sabah affirmed his country's appreciation to Egypt's leadership and people, praising the Egyptian-Kuwaiti relations and sincere historical relations, spokesman Radi said.

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The Egyptian-Kuwaiti relations are based on cooperation and understanding on all issues.

According to the Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Qabas ahead of the Kuwaiti prime minister's current visit, economic relations between the two countries have witnessed a steady growth throughout history. Kuwaiti investments in Egypt rank high among existing investments as it exceeds $15 billion.

Tourism and aviation between the two countries have witnessed a similar growth reflected in the increase in the number of Kuwaiti tourists to around 200,000 tourists on 64 weekly flights between.

A large Kuwaiti community is also inhabiting Egypt, including about 20,000 Kuwaitis, mostly undergraduate and post-university students. In return, Kuwait hosts around 700,000 Egyptian nationals.

In the investment sector, Kuwait is Egypt's third largest trading partner in the Arab world after the UAE and Saudi Arabia. Deputy Prime Minister Sabah Al-Khalid Al-Sabah said in the 12th session of the Kuwaiti-Egyptian joint committee that investments exceeded $15 billion.

The volume of Egyptian exports to Kuwait between 2010 and 2018 amounted to about 984.2 million dinars (about $3.2 billion), while the volume of Kuwaiti exports to Egypt reached 165.3 million dinars (about $543 million), according to statistics of Kuwait's Central Statistics Bureau.

The Kuwaiti prime minister's visit comes in the context of continuous visits between the two countries to enhance bilateral cooperation.

The Kuwaiti Fund for Arab Economic Development has covered most of the developmental fields in Egypt during the past years, according to Al-Qabas. The total number of projects financed by the Fund in Egypt since its establishment until September 30 this year is about 50 projects with a total cost of one billion dinars (about 3.4 billion dollars), while the number of grants and technical assistance amounted to about 18 grants worth 17.3 million dinars (about 56 million dollars).

The various projects financed by the Fund in Egypt included development of maritime transport, the pharmaceutical industry, sanitation, power and water plants, the expansion of natural gas networks, and the development of railways.]]>
10/21/2019 3:38:06 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi directs to continue promoting traditional handicrafts nationwide]]>
Sisi's remarks came during a meeting with Menoufia Governor Saeed Abbas, according to a statement issued by Presidential Spokesman Bassam Rady.

The meeting tackled efforts to develop traditional handicrafts in Menoufia through making good use of different expertise in this sector and organizing a number of internal exhibitions, the statement added.

President Sisi ordered the implementation of all plans and projects on traditional handicrafts, in addition to focusing on vocational training, providing necessary infrastructure and adopting the latest marketing methods in this sector, the spokesman noted.]]>
10/21/2019 3:30:59 PM
<![CDATA[Cairo to witness drop in temperature, thunder rains ]]>
Floods will be witnessed on North Sinai and Red Sea mountains.

Meteorological experts expected a three-degree decline, where Cairo and Lower Egypt to see a moderate weather, while hot weather will prevail in Upper Egypt, with temperature declines at night.

On Tuesday, Cairo sees highs of 29°C and lows of 22°C; Alexandria will see highs of 27°C and lows of 21°C; Matrouh will record highs of 26°C and lows of 22°C; Sohag will see highs of 32°C and lows of 20°C, and Aswan will see highs of 36°C and lows of 23°C.


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10/21/2019 3:22:05 PM
<![CDATA[Philip Morris Announces Introduction of IQOS in the United States]]>International’s electrically heated tobacco system, has been launched forsale in the United States.

PMI is bringing IQOS to the U.S. market through an exclusive licensing agreement with Altria Group, Inc. We are confident Altria subsidiary Philip Morris USA has the market expertise and infrastructure to ensure a successful launch.

The launch of IQOS int he United States is a historic miles tone in delivering new choices to he estimated 40 million American men and women who smoke today,as IQOS is the first electrically heated tobacco technology to be authorized for sale by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration(FDA). In April, the FDA confirmed that the marketing of IQOS, which heats but does not burn tobacco, is appropriate for the protection of public health.The agency’s decision followed a comprehensive scientific assessment of Supermarket tobacco product applications(PMTAs) submitted to the agency in 2017.

Commenting on the launch, Vassilis Gkatzelis, Managing Director Philip Morris Egypt and Levant, said:“The launch of IQOSin the U.S. is evidence of our commitment to innovation and scientific research, reflected in the fact that no other electrically heated to baccoproduct has been authorized for sale in the U.S.by the FDA.

“Adult smokers deserve access to innovative,smoke-free alternativesto cigarettes, as well as to comprehensive information about these products. With a combination of stringent but sensible regulation, rigorous assessment,greater awareness and regulated marketing, smoke-free product scan play a pivotal role in helping adults who would otherwise continue to smoke cigarettes switch to smoke- free alternatives.”

He added,“We hope that one day soon,we will be able to bring IQOS to Egypt,so that current adult smokers have access to new,science-based alternatives to continued smoking. We will continue to work with regulators in Egypt and t o advocate for regulatory frameworks that accelerate large-scale switching of those who would other wise continue to smoke to these smoke-free products as quickly as possible.”

In addition to the PMTA, Philip Morris International submitted a comprehensive body of scientific evidence in support of a parallel set of applications to authorize IQOSasa modified risk tobacco product (MRTP), which the FDA continues to review. The United States is the second-largest to bacco market, behind China.
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10/21/2019 3:09:05 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi's visit to Russia to open new vistas for bilateral, regional cooperation - SIS]]>
The Egyptian leader's visit is going to be his fifth to Russia since his first visit as Minister of Defense in 2014 and the 12th meeting with President Vladimir Putin over this period, a report by SIS said.

President Sisi's visit to Russia is mainly for holding the Russian-African summit, as President Sisi currently chairs the African Union, which will be attended by African leaders and heads of major African organizations. The two-day summit to be held in Sochi will include the signing of several agreements that aim at improving the lives of Africans and establishing peace.

As for Egyptian-Russian relations, the report said Russia is one of Egypt's largest trade partners as trade between them witnessed a substantial growth in 2018 hitting around 7.66 billion dollars. Egypt's exports to Russia increased by 4.2% in 2018 registering around 526.4 million dollars, compared with 505.6 million dollars in 2017, the report added.

The report noted an increase in Egypt's exports to Russia which include agricultural crops, industrial products particularly pharmaceutical ones, foodstuffs and chemicals.

Egypt plans to increase exports to reduce the large trade deficit between the two countries.

The two leaders will tackle a number of regional issues especially related to the Gulf region, Syria, Libya and Yemen.

Egyptian-Russian historical relations flourished in the 1950s and the 60s but they date back to much earlier, the report added.]]>
10/21/2019 3:08:35 PM
<![CDATA[Mohamed Maait named best finance min. in MENA, North Africa for 2019 – GlobalMarkets]]>
The announcement was made on the fringe of the annual meetings of World Bank (WB) and IMF in Washington, the statement added.

GlobalMarkets, also, honored Deputy Finance Minister for Fiscal Policies Ahmed Kouchouk and Assistant Minister of Finance for Capital Markets Operations Khalid Abdel Rahman for their chairmanship of the best sovereign debt management unit in the Middle East and North Africa, the statement noted.

This was the culmination of the finance minister's fruitful and effective efforts that greatly contributed to recovering the national economy.

Responding to the news, Maait said receiving such awards is clear evidence of the political leadership's strong support for all government's financial policies to advance the Egyptian economy and enhance public services as well as to improve citizens’ standards of living, the statement read.]]>
10/21/2019 3:02:03 PM
<![CDATA[Government Officials, Leading Developers to Discuss Growth Catalysts in 4th Real Estate Debate Conference]]>
Organized by Al-Mal GTM Conferences, the event will gather a number of officials from the Ministry of Housing and the New Urban Communities Authority to discuss new plans for land offerings, procedures and pricing.

This year’s convention has been arranged in view of a variety of changes on which real estate developers hold stakes that will stimulate their activities. These include the non-competitive direct allocation of land plots to investors, start-ups of new cities’ construction plans, such as the New Alamein City, and relocation of government employees to the New Administrative Capital.

Among the most prominent speakers are Mamdouh Badreddin, Head of the Real Estate Investment Committee at the General Federation of Chambers of Commerce, Hisham Shokry, Head of the Real Estate Export Council, Fatahallah Fawzi, Deputy Chairman of the Egyptian Businessmen Association and Head of the Construction Committee, and Tarek Shorky, Chairman of Real Estate Development Chamber at the Egyptian Federation of Industries.

A number of renowned CEOs of prominent real estate companies are participating in the conference, including Ahmed Shalaby CEO and Managing Director of Tatweer Misr, Hisham Arafat, Chairman of Amer Group, City Edge Development’s Amr El-Kady, Mohamed H. El-Assal, CEO of Misr Italia Properties, Haytham Abdel-Azim, CEO of Ora Developers, as well as Waleed Mokhtar, CEO of IWAN Developments.

The conference is hosting several of knowledgeable high-profile speakers including Sherif Samy, Chairman of National Asset Management & Investment Company, Nagy Fahmy, Chairman of the Egyptian Union of Real Estate Finance and head of CI-Capital Mortgage Finance, Waleed Hassouna, CEO of EFG-Hermes Finance, and Hany Berry, Chairman of Ahli United for Mortgage Finance.

The event will be divided into four sessions, during which participants will deliberate on ways to utilize real estate thriving activity in order to promote for the industry, especially in the projects of the new cities.

In the second session, discussions will focus on the procedures for offering new land plots and comprehensive debates over the non-competitive direct allocation of construction land by the New Urban Communities Authority – a scheme that the Ministry of Housing has endorsed after years of partnership arrangements.

The conference will also continue to undertake discussions that it first launched several years ago over the measures which have been taken to implement the Real Estate Exporting Strategy. Participants will investigate the achievements of this strategy so far and the necessary steps that could push it forward onto the right direction, both over the short and long terms. This, of course, requires an accurate definition and recognition of the outstanding challenges, which will be the subject for the third session.

Al-Mal GTM has also arranged a separate final session to debates over the mechanisms to stimulate mortgage finance in Egypt so that it can bear fruits. This comes in view of the indispensable role of this activity in driving up demand for property among the various social groups, which requires the development of a clear vision on how to remove the obstacles to its growth.

Al-Mal GTM, sister company of the Al-Mal Newspaper, is the most powerful and active national organizer of conferences and maker of ideas. The most prominent of its events include CEOs Thoughts and Portfolio Egypt conferences.]]>
10/21/2019 3:01:55 PM
<![CDATA[Lebanon government agrees reforms, debating last point related to power sector: presidency]]>
The government convened to approve a reform package, including halving ministers’ wages, in a bid to defuse the biggest protests against the country’s ruling elite in decades.

Power sector reform is one of the biggest issues the government is tackling.

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10/21/2019 2:56:44 PM
<![CDATA[PM: Egypt faces major challenge to reach fair deal on Ethiopia's dam]]>
“The environmental and hydrological studies of the dam have not been carried out yet, and we hope that consultant firms finish them,” said Madbouli, adding that “the Ethiopian side rejects what has been agreed upon.”

“It was agreed to take an unofficial path with an independent scientific group, which was formed by representatives of the three countries [Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan], but we did not see any significant progress,” he continued.

Madbouli highlighted the need for coordination among the countries in case any dam would be built on the Nile River, clarifying that Egypt uses Article 10 of the Declaration of Principles signed in 2015, per which an international mediator shall intervene in the negotiations.

Egypt and Ethiopia are at loggerheads over the controversial $4-billion dam; Cairo voiced concern over its share after Ethiopia started building the dam on the Blue Nile in May 2011.

A series of tripartite talks between the two countries along with Sudan has begun in 2014. One year later, the three countries signed the Declaration of Principles, per which the downstream countries [Egypt and Sudan] should not be negatively affected by the construction of the dam. However, Cairo and Addis Ababa have recently blamed each other for hindering a final agreement concerning a technical problem.

On October 5, 2019, Cairo has asked for an international mediator in the tripartite negotiations on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD); however, Addis Ababa rejected.

The 2019 round of the CWW comes under the theme “Responding to Water Scarcity”. The Forum’s sub-sessions tackle themes of Research and Innovation in facing water scarcity; non-conventional water resource use; Cooperation in Water Sector; and Climate Change Impacts, Mitigation, and Adaptation.

The first edition of the CWW convened in October 2018 under the auspices of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi in a way to increase public awareness of water rationalization for the sustainable development amid a state of water shortage.





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10/21/2019 2:49:38 PM
<![CDATA[Ahmed Helmy: 1st Arab actor to receive Dubai Star]]>
Helmy posted a video on his official Instagram account showing how happy he was to see his name placed in the Celebrity Corridor of Dubai, an Arab replica of the Hollywood's Walk of Fame.

The Dubai Stars page also posted a video to congratulate Helmy and commented, “Congratulations to the Egyptian actor who made millions laugh in joy. Ahmed Helmy, you are a Dubai Star.”

“Art is a very, very big responsibility, and when you are capable of handling the responsibility, the result will eventually be precious. Honored to be with you today,” said Helmy after receiving his star at the Celebrity Corridor.

The Dubai Stars is a grand tribute to renowned personalities who have positively contributed to the world through their work in various fields, such as filmmaking, art, architecture and music. Kicking off with the first 400 stars in Oct. 2019, this global benchmark will have over 10,000 stars' names when complete.



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10/21/2019 2:49:10 PM
<![CDATA[CBE issues LE 3.75B in T-bonds Monday]]>
The T-bonds were offered in two installments, with the first valued at LE 2.2 billion with a five-year term and the second worth LE 1.5 billion with a 10-year term.

For the current fiscal year, the budget deficit is estimated to record LE 445.1 billion, or 7.2 percent, planned by the ministry to be financed through treasury bills and bonds and through international and Arab loans.

Earlier in September, The Monetary Policy Committee of the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) cut the overnight deposit rate, the overnight lending rate, and the rate of the main operation by 100 basis points.

The overnight deposit rate, the overnight lending rate, and the rate of the main operation are cut to be at 13.25 percent, 14.25 percent, and 13.75 percent, higher than economists’ expectations.

A number of economists said the appeal of foreigners to Egyptian debt instruments would continue even after interest rates were cut.

Experts predict that interest rates on debt instruments will continue to fall due to falling interest rates, especially as they recorded a decline in their latest offer.

The Ministry of Finance aims to reduce the government debt to GDP ratio to 82.5 percent by the end of June 2020 and to 77.5 percent by the end of June 2022.


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10/21/2019 2:09:24 PM
<![CDATA['Opera Aida' to stage in Luxor on Oct. 26, 27 ]]>
Governor of Luxor Mustafa el-Ham confirmed that preparation is currently underway in Luxor Governorate for the artistic and cultural tourism event.

"Opera Aida" returns to Luxor after 22 years of suspension following Deir el-Bahari incident. The last performance of "Opera Aida" was held at the Temple of Hatshepsut in late 1997. In only a few days, the VIP tickets were sold out despite being the highest in price.

Additionally, more than 4,000 tourists of different nationalities are expected to attend. The organizing team comprises 500 Egyptians and 50 consultants. Also, a number of university students participate in organizing the event.The event is organized in cooperation with more than 17 institutions, organizations and hotels around Egypt.

It is worth mentioning that Luxor hotels are fully booked on the two days, breaking a record. Nile Cruises in Luxor recorded the highest occupancy rates at the time of the shows for the first time in 8 years.

Moreover, a short film about the 15th anniversary of the opening of the Suez Canal will screen before "Opera Aida". The show is directed by the famed German opera director Michael Asterm.

Sae Kyung Rim of Korea plays Aida and has played Aida in Seoul, Fort, Munich and Tokyo. The role of the Egyptian army chief "Radames" will be embodied by Mickael Spadaccini from Belgium. The Lviv National Philharmonic Orchestra of Ukraine, founded in the 19th century, will accompany the performers.


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10/21/2019 2:08:37 PM
<![CDATA[Mohamed Sobhi currently preparing for two theatrical plays]]>
The first play is titled “El Nahla wel-Daboor” (The Bee and the Hornet) by Ayman Fatiha and starring Samah al-Saeed, Abdul Rahim Hassan, Hazem Al-Qadi, Abeer Farouk and Mirna Zekri.

The second play is titled “Ayla etamalaha block” (A family put on block) written by Mustafa Shohaib and starring Abdul Rahim Hassan, Nada Maher, Mirna Zekri, Hazem al-Kady, Mustafa Yusuf, Ammar Shamma in addition to other members of Mohamed Sobhi’s Theater Group.

It is noteworthy that the prominent actor will soon celebrate the Golden Jubilee for establishing his theater group "Studio el-Momasel" (Actor Studio). It has been 50 years since its first performance in 1969.

During the celebration, all those who graduated from Mohamed Sobhi’s Theater School in all acting categories will be honored, whether they are alive or deceased, under the title "Mohamed Sobhy .. 50 Years of Theater.”

The honoring ceremony will include scenes of the plays that were presented during the theatrical group’s acting career, which reached 28 plays, performed by legendary theatrical actors, including Mahmoud el-Meligy, Tawfiq al-Duqen, Jamil Rateb, Suad Nasr, Mahmoud al-Qalawi, Shaaban Hussein, Khalil Morsi, Mamdouh Wafi and others.







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10/21/2019 1:55:20 PM
<![CDATA[South Sinai to introduce ZLD plants beginning with Sharm El Sheikh]]>
For that purpose, Chairman of South Sinai Water Company Abdel Hamid Ahmed Hamdy met with Minister of Military Production Mohamed Said al-Assar and CEO of International Desalination and Water Treatment (LLC) (IDWT) Nabil al-Maraghy.

Hamdy said the governorate plans to build a ZLD water treatment plant in Sharm El Sheikh in order to render sewage water suitable for irrigation. The project will be accomplished by the ministry’s Qaha Company for Chemical Industries (Military Factory 270) and IDWT. The daily capacity of the plant is 6,000 cubic meters.

The minister, the official, and the businessman agreed to form a tripartite committee to deliberate thoroughly on the action plan and timetable.


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10/21/2019 1:46:52 PM
<![CDATA[4th phase of 3rd metro line to be accomplished 3 months earlier]]>
In December 2019, Al Nozha 1 and Hisham Barakat stations will be inaugurated as construction works are still being completed in both stations as well as in Omar Ibn al-Khattab, Qebaa, Huckstep, and Adly Mansour stations. That is in addition to a the largest maintenance station in the Middle East that will be located next to Adly Mansour station to maintain the third metro line’s railcars.

On Sunday, Heliopolis metro station, the largest in the Middle East, was inaugurated after the completion of its construction works. Built on 10,000 square meters, Heliopolis station is the second on the fourth phase of the third line after Haroun station, where trains still do not make stops due to undergoing works, but rather continue to El-Shams Club station.

The National Authority for Tunnels will receive the first batch of new air-conditioned trains to be installed on the third metro line in June, announced the authority’s Head Essam Waly.

The arrival of the new batch coincides with preparations to operate stations of the first two parts of the fourth phase of the third line as of April.

Korean Hundai Rottam signed a contract with the authority to manufacture and import 32 new air-conditioned trains to be installed on the third metro line worth €318 million, and L.E. 640 million.

As of June 2020, the arrival of 32 trains will be phased out on batches, where the authority will receive all trains by the end of 2020 to raise the efficiency of the third line with all its four phases and increase the number of operating trains to 72.

The third phase of the third metro line will connect the working-class districts of Attaba, Bulaq and Imbaba with Cairo University in Giza. The phase will also pass through well-off neighborhoods like Zamalek, Mohandiseen and Agouza. The construction work of the 18-kilometer phase officially started in 2017; it includes 15 stops, including Zamalek.

An Egyptian- Japanese coalition has been recently selected to implement the first phase of the fourth metro line in Haram Street, Giza, as part of the government’s major plan to expand the subway service across the capital and beyond.

Around 3.5 million Cairo dwellers use the metro every day. Launched in 1987, the metro has since become the most important means of transportation in Cairo. Female commuters can either choose to take the non-segregated cars or use the women-only carriages. Within the 2030 Vision, it is planned that Greater Cairo houses six metro lines.




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10/21/2019 1:39:40 PM
<![CDATA[Breast cancer awareness campaign kicks off at Arab League premises]]>
The campaign comes as part of a cooperation protocol between the Arab League and the UNFPA's Arab States Regional Office (ASRO).

More than two million women worldwide suffered the disease in 2018, raising the number of cases to more than six million women representing 15.7 percent of the whole number of cancer patients worldwide.

The World Health Organization estimated the number of deaths due to breast cancer in the Middle East region at more than five women every hour, putting the rate of new cancer cases at between 29 percent and 40 percent in the Arab countries.]]>
10/21/2019 1:36:46 PM
<![CDATA[Inas Abdel Dayem visits National Museum in Serbia]]>
The museum’s director offered an explanation of the museum’s contents, collections and works of art dating back to the first ages to the modern era.

The Minister praised the museum's displays and its holdings, stressing on the importance of joint cooperation in the field of exhibitions and museums as an essential component of the two countries that contributes to the formation of collective awareness and the consolidation of identity.

Abdel Dayem further pointed to the need to activate the artistic activities through the museum’s theater, which hosted Egypt's celebrations of the July Revolution.

For her part, the museum’s director expressed pride in the visit, which is a start for cooperation in the field of museums between the two countries, affirming that Egypt is a country rich with culture, history and art.

The museum’s director further referred to the serious consideration of signing partnership agreements to exchange experiences with Egypt in this field, especially in the restoration and protection of holdings through specialized cultural entities in Egypt and Serbia.
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10/21/2019 1:36:27 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt executes water management program with investments of $ 50B: Minister]]>
This came in the minister's speech at the second edition of the Cairo Water Week Forum (CWW) 2019 on Sunday.

The minister explained that one of the core themes of this program is the reuse of 3 million cubic meters of wastewater per day. In mitigation, Egypt is building the sewage water treatment plant to face water shortage that could affect around 0.5 million people in Sinai.

The plant, located east the Suez Canal, will treat sewage and agricultural wastewater of the longest drain (Bahr al-Baqar 1 drain). It will produce 5 million cubic meters per day to cultivate 250,000 feddans.

Abdel Atti clarified that the country uses modern technologies to produce water with an efficiency of 85 percent.

The government will also depend on desalination water plants to feed the needs of the population of the coastal cities along the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea, targeting the production of 3 billion meters annually by 2030, Abdel Atti revealed.

Minister Abdel Atti added that Egypt has established a number of small dams to collect and store rainwater as the country collected more than 3, 000 cubic meters in North Sinai over the last period.

Furthermore, the minister reviewed the main challenges that Egypt faces, including the population increase that now exceeds 100 million people and is expected to jump to 170 million people by 2050. He said that the government is implementing projects to protect the delta from sinking as climate change has led to a rise in the sea level.

"The gap between water consumption and production has reached 90 percent," the minister noted.

Ethiopia’s controversial dam

“Any unilateral change in the Nile River course would severely affect Egypt,” said Minister Abdel Atti in his speech at the second edition of the Cairo Water Week Forum (CWW) 2019 on Sunday.

The minister’s remarks refer to the controversial Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) as both Egypt and Ethiopia are at loggerheads over the $4-billion dam; Cairo voiced concern over its water share after Ethiopia started building the dam on the Blue Nile in May 2011.

A series of tripartite talks between the two countries along with Sudan has begun in 2014. One year later, the three countries reached an agreement, per which the downstream countries [Egypt and Sudan] should not be negatively affected by the construction of the dam. However, Cairo and Addis Ababa have recently blamed each other for hindering a final agreement concerning a technical problem.

The 2019 round of the CWW comes under the theme “Responding to Water Scarcity”. Other sub-sessions will be held on Research and Innovation in facing water scarcity; non-conventional water resource use; Cooperation in Water Sector; and Climate Change Impacts, Mitigation, and Adaptation.

The first edition of the CWW convened in October 2018 under the auspices of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi in a way to increase the public awareness of water rationalization for the sustainable development amid a state of water shortage.






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10/21/2019 1:31:57 PM
<![CDATA[Giza Zoo welcomes newborn hippo, kudu, Arabian oryx ]]>
According to Maha Sabry, the director of Giza Zoo, the newborn hippo is 13 days old, and is always kept with its mother inside an isolated lake, for the sake of its protection. “[The newborn hippo] is rarely removed from the water at the present time, and the delivery process was underwater in addition to breastfeeding, and soon will be available to the public as well as the Kudu and the Arabian Oryx,” she said.

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Newborn Kudu at Giza Zoo - Egypt Today


The hippopotamus is a huge African Herbivore and is commonly known in Egypt as “Sayed Qeshta.”

The hippo is a semi-aquatic animal that inhabits lakes and rivers in Africa and lives in groups. It stays most of the day in the water or mud until it cools. Herding is an activity performed by each animal alone, i.e., that they do not gather as they do in the water near each others.

Native to the deserts of Arabian Peninsula, the Arabian Oryx is considered endangered due to uncontrolled hunting and capture. It went extinct in the wild in 1972, but rescue operations took over, and transferred to zoos for captive breeding.

Giza Zoo has recently received two Red Kangaroos coming from Slovakia. The garden has never hosted Kangaroos since its establishment in 1891. However, the zoo is now rendered without elephants after the death of Naema the Elephant due to a blood clot in its heart, according to Director of Giza Zoo Maha Saber.

A periodic vaccination campaign takes part of Egypt's Ministry of Agriculture, General Authority for Veterinary Services to protect animals from common diseases such as Ovine rinderpest, which is contagious and common among goats and sheep.

Giza Zoo Head, Mohamed Raga’ei, said that these kinds of campaigns usually take place during the Zoo weekly off day, with the participation of workers and veterinarians.

Giza Zoo is Egypt's most famous and historic zoo; it is also considered the biggest animal park in the Middle East, and it was opened for the public in 1891 during the rule of Khedive Tawfiq. Many kinds of rare and endangered animals and birds live in the park.

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10/21/2019 1:30:55 PM
<![CDATA[EU urges Lebanese to start peaceful dialogue]]>
The EU also spoke against provocative speech in Lebanon, following protests there, according to Italian news agency AKI.

It also called on the Lebanese authorities to implement reforms that would ensure aid and development loans.

Thousands of Lebanese have been protesting in Beirut and major Lebanese cities against the political leadership and terms of the World Bank.]]>
10/21/2019 1:17:46 PM
<![CDATA[1/3 Africans to suffer from water shortage by 2030: ICID chief]]>
This came in Reinders' speech at the second edition of the Cairo Water Week Forum (CWW) 2019, which kicked off on Sunday.

"More than 70 percent of surface and underground water is used for the agricultural sector," Reinders said, adding that water production for agriculture should increase to 95 percent by 2030 to meet population demands.

Reinders clarified that 97 percent of water comes from seas and oceans, while freshwater that people only use forms 1 percent, adding that this matter poses a serious danger especially with the increasing population.

According to UN data in 2017, it is expected that the world population could reach 9.8 billion in 2050 from 7.3 billion people nowadays.

He continued that modern irrigation methods, such as drip irrigation, are imperative to achieve better water productivity and increase the production of agricultural crops to reach the goals of sustainable development in 2050.

The president of the ICID referred to Egypt’s strategy adopting modern irrigation techniques, praising the forum, which comes under the auspices of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi.

Reinders’ remarks came during the forum's first session titled “Achieving SDGs under Water Scarcity” at the five-day forum. The session tackled the following aspects according to the forum’s official website:

• Promoting efficiency in domestic, agricultural and industrial water use
• Mitigating water quality degradation and pollution clean up
• Coping with water scarcity to achieve food security
• Water accounting for optimum water management
• Making clean water and safe sanitation accessible and affordable
• Interlinkages between water, energy, food and environment
• Managing water to alleviate poverty and hunger
• Progress towards achieving Goal 6 of the SDGs
• Public-private partnership (ppp) in water management
The 2019 round of the CWW comes under the theme “Responding to Water Scarcity”. Other sub-sessions will be held on Research and Innovation in facing water scarcity; non-conventional water resource use; Cooperation in Water Sector; and Climate Change Impacts, Mitigation, and Adaptation.

The first edition of the CWW convened in October 2018 under the auspices of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi to increase the public awareness of water rationalization for sustainable development amid a state of water shortage.







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10/21/2019 1:14:34 PM
<![CDATA[Chile extends state of emergency as protest death toll hits seven]]>
"We are at war against a powerful, implacable enemy, who does not respect anything or anyone and is willing to use violence and crime without any limits," Pinera told reporters after an emergency meeting with army general Javier Iturriaga, who has been placed in charge of order and security in the capital.

Santiago and nine other of Chile's 16 regions were under a state of emergency, Pinera confirmed late Sunday, with troops deployed onto the streets for the first time since Augusto Pinochet's military dictatorship between 1973-1990.

The clashes, which have seen some 9,500 police and military fire tear gas and water cannon against protesters who have set fire to buses, smashed up metro stations and ransacked shops, were sparked by anger over price hikes and social inequality.

Despite a growth rate that should reach 2.5 percent of GDP this year, several social indicators -- such as health, education and pensions -- show very high inequalities.

"Many latent requests have not been answered, tension has built up, frustration has increased daily in daily life," said Octavio Avendano, a sociologist and political scientist at the University of Chile.

This anger boiled over earlier in the week as a protest against a rise in metro fares escalated dramatically on Friday.

On Sunday, five people died when a garment factory was torched by rioters in a Santiago suburb, despite right-wing Pinera's Saturday announcement that he was suspending the fare increase.

Earlier, Interior and Security Minister Andres Chadwick said two women burned to death after a store owned by US retail chain Walmart was set alight in the early hours of Sunday.

Another victim, who authorities initially said had died in hospital, suffered burns on 75 percent of her body.

Almost all public transport was paralyzed in Santiago on Sunday, with shops shuttered and many flights cancelled at the international airport, leaving thousands of people stranded due to a curfew imposed from 7:00 pm until dawn.

- 'Listen to the people' -

Authorities reported 103 serious incidents throughout the country with 1,462 people detained -- 614 in Santiago and 848 in the rest of the country.

"It's really sad what's happening, but the people are outraged because they're not being listened to," 26-year-old Antonia told AFP in central Santiago.

Several international Chilean football players have also asked leaders in their country to "listen to the people" and to find solutions.

"I pray that my beloved Chile will be better," Chilean star Arturo Vidal, the Barcelona midfielder, wrote on Sunday night.

On Friday, the headquarters of the ENEL Chile power company and a Banco Chile branch -- both in the center of Santiago -- were set on fire and heavily damaged.

Dozens of protesters torched a building belonging to Chile's oldest newspaper, El Mercurio, in Valparaiso on Saturday evening, while elsewhere a metro station, supermarkets and other stores were set on fire.

- Social tensions erupt -

Santiago's metro system -- South America's largest and most modern and used by around three million people a day -- was shut down on Friday as protesters burned and vandalized stations.

Louis de Grange, president of the state Metro S.A. company, told Canal 13 the "brutal destruction" of the service had caused more than $300 million in damage.

The hike in fares that set off the violence would have raised the price of peak hour travel from 800 to 830 pesos ($1.13 to $1.15).

The government said the hike, which followed a 20-peso increase in January, was driven by rising oil prices and a weakening peso.

Initially, students and others responded by fare-dodging, but underlying social tensions quickly bubbled to the surface.

Chile has the highest per capita income of Latin America at $20,000, with expected economic growth this year of 2.5 percent and just two percent inflation.

Yet there is widespread frustration with economic policies that have virtually privatized all health care and education, at a time that falling pensions and rising costs of basic services have exacerbated social inequality.

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10/21/2019 12:47:47 PM
<![CDATA[Prince Harry admits he and Prince William are 'on different paths']]>
The Duke of Sussex has been plagued by rumours in recent months of a rift between him and Prince William, and in an interview with ITV he acknowledged that "inevitably stuff happens" given their high-profile role and the pressure the family faces.

Speaking during his recent tour of southern Africa with his wife Meghan Markle, he said: "We are brothers. We will always be brothers.

"We are certainly on different paths at the moment but I will always be there for him as I know he will always be there for me.

"We don't see each other as much as we used to because we are so busy but I love him dearly.

"The majority of the stuff is created out of nothing but as brothers, you know, you have good days, you have bad days."

Meghan, who has also been rumoured to have feuded with Kate Middleton, described the past year as "hard" and said her British friends warned her not to marry Harry.

Meghan, 38, has had to face an increasingly hostile press since she married into the Royal Family last year, with the tabloids luxuriating in stories about her fractured American family and the rumours of palace rifts.

The couple launched legal action this month against British tabloid the Mail on Sunday for invasion of privacy.

The US-born former actress said she had tried to cope by putting on a "stiff upper lip" but she was not prepared for the intensity of tabloid interest.

Meghan said: "When I first met my now-husband my friends were really happy because I was so happy, but my British friends said to me, 'I'm sure he's great but you shouldn't do it because the British tabloids will destroy your life'."

Asked whether she can cope, Meghan said: "In all honesty I have said for a long time to H -- that is what I call him -- it's not enough to just survive something, that's not the point of life. You have got to thrive."

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10/21/2019 12:45:35 PM
<![CDATA[Palestinian prisoner continues hunger strike for 100 days]]>
Ghannam, from the town of Dura in southern the West Bank, is one of six Palestinians who are currently on hunger strike demanding an end to their unending administrative detention, which Israel uses to incarcerate Palestinian activists based on secret evidence for six months at a time that could be renewed indefinitely.

The PPS said Ghannam was transferred to hospital a week ago following serious deterioration in his health.

He was arrested on June 18 and immediately placed under administrative detention, which was renewed for two-and-a-half months while on hunger strike.

Ghannam, married and a father of two children, was treated in the past for cancer and therefore needs constant medical attention and follow up which he is being denied while in detention, said the PPS.

Five other prisoners are also reportedly on a hunger strike for the same reason, and they include Ismail Ali, on strike for 90 days, Tareq Qadan, on strike for 83 days, Ahmad Zahran, for 30 days and Musab Hindi, for 28 days, in addition to Jordanian citizen Hiba Labadi whose strike has entered its 28th day.]]>
10/21/2019 12:41:36 PM
<![CDATA[WHO marks World Polio Day on October 24]]>
In a statement released on Monday, WHO said rotarians and other partners are reaching out to leaders and communities, to engage them in the effort, through events, fundraisers and social media campaigns to support a Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI).

This high-level commitment to polio eradication and to mobilizing support for the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) comes at a crucial time in polio programme’s history, it said. At the time of the GPEI’s founding in 1988, polio was endemic in more than 125 countries and paralysed 350 000 children every year.

Since then, the GPEI has overseen a 99% reduction in annual cases of polio – down to a historic low of just 22 cases in 2017, according to the statement. Today, only three countries remain endemic to wild poliovirus (WPV) transmission, and the world is closer than ever to being polio-free, it said. The poliovirus has taken refuge in some of the most challenging and dynamic environments in the world, it added.

Bold steps to end polio are needed to adapt to rapidly changing security and access dynamics and to confront challenges in field operations, in conducting surveillance, and in ensuring that good quality data is generated, WHO said.]]>
10/21/2019 12:32:02 PM
<![CDATA[Global renewable power capacity to rise by 50% in five years: IEA]]>
Total renewable-based power capacity will rise by 1.2 terawatts (TW) by 2024 from 2.5 TW last year, equivalent to the total installed current power capacity of the United States.

Solar PV will account for nearly 60% of this growth and onshore wind 25%, the IEA’s annual report on global renewables showed.

The share of renewables in power generation is expected to rise to 30% in 2024 from 26% today.

Falling technology costs and more effective government policies have helped to drive the higher forecasts for renewable capacity deployment since last year’s report, the IEA said.

“Renewables are already the world’s second largest source of electricity, but their deployment still needs to accelerate if we are to achieve long-term climate, air quality and energy access goals,” said Fatih Birol, the IEA’s executive director.

“As costs continue to fall, we have a growing incentive to ramp up the deployment of solar PV,” he added.

The cost of generating electricity from distributed solar PV (PV systems on homes, commercial buildings and industry) is already below retail electricity prices in most countries.

Solar PV generation costs are expected to decline a further 15% to 35% by 2024, making the technology more attractive for adoption, the IEA said.

However, policy and tariff reforms are needed to ensure solar PV growth is sustainable and avoid disruption to electricity markets and higher energy costs, the report said.

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10/21/2019 12:27:46 PM
<![CDATA[Oil prices fall as global demand concerns grow]]>
Global benchmark Brent crude LCOc1 was down 57 cents at $58.85 a barrel by 0944 GMT. U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude oil CLc1 declined 39 cents to $53.39 a barrel.

U.S. and Chinese trade negotiators are working on nailing down a Phase 1 trade deal text for their presidents to sign next month, hoping to resolve a trade war that has rumbled on over the last year, slowing global economic growth.

But adding to tensions, China is now seeking $2.4 billion in retaliatory sanctions against the United States for non-compliance with a WTO ruling in a tariffs case dating back to the Obama era, a published document showed.

“A rebound in upside potential looks unlikely at this stage given that bullish catalysts are in short supply,” said Stephen Brennock of oil broker PVM. “Only a meaningful U.S.-China trade agreement or deeper OPEC cuts will change the negative status quo, neither of which seem to be forthcoming.”

The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, Russia and other oil producers, an alliance known as OPEC+, agreed in December to cut supply by 1.2 million barrels per day (bpd) from the start of this year.

Russia, the world’s second-largest oil producer, said on Sunday it did not meet its supply reduction commitment in September because of an increase in natural gas condensate output as the country prepared for winter.

Additionally, talks between OPEC members Kuwait and Saudi Arabia to resume oil production from joint fields in the Neutral Zone between the two countries, with capacity of 500,000 barrels per day, could mean more supply returning to the market.

China’s economic growth slowed to 6% year-on-year in the third quarter, its weakest in 27-1/2 years.

However, a 9.4% year-on-year increase in China’s refinery throughput for September signaled that petroleum demand remained robust.

“This level of crude intake would imply that every province had simultaneously processed close-to-record volumes of crude based on their historical regional reporting,” JBC analysts said in a note.

European shares opened slightly higher on Monday and UK government bond yields rose as investors remained hopeful that Britain would be able to avoid a disorderly exit from the European Union.

Analysts have said any British-EU agreement that avoids a no-deal Brexit should boost economic growth and oil demand.

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10/21/2019 12:21:51 PM
<![CDATA[Facebook open to currency-pegged stablecoins for Libra project]]>
David Marcus, who heads the Libra project for Facebook, told a banking seminar the group’s main goal remained to create a more efficient payments system, but it was open to looking at alternative approaches for the currency token it would use.

“We could do it differently,” he said. “Instead of having a synthetic unit ... we could have a series of stablecoins, a dollar stablecoin, a euro stablecoin, a sterling pound stable coin, etc,” Marcus told the panel.

“We could definitely approach this with having a multitude of stablecoins that represent national currencies in a tokenized digital form,” he said. “That is one of the options that should be considered.”

Marcus said he was not suggesting currency-pegged stablecoins were the group’s new preferred option.

“What we care about is the mission and there are a number ways to go about this,” Marcus told Reuters after the panel, adding that the Libra needed to “demonstrate a lot of agility.”

The Facebook-led project suffered severe setbacks earlier this month, as major payment companies Mastercard Inc (MA.N) and Visa Inc (V.N) became the latest partners to quit the group behind the project.

Other key members that have pulled out included Stripe, eBay Inc (EBAY.O) and Booking Holdings Inc (BKNG.O) and PayPal Holdings Inc (PYPL.O).

Global policymakers and regulators have also worry that creation of a new synthetic global currency could upend the global financial system, threaten users’ privacy, and facilitate money laundering.

Group of 20 finance leaders on Friday agreed to set strict regulations on cryptocurrencies and said such stablecoins should not be issued until various global risks were addressed.

Marcus told Reuters that Facebook was still aiming for a June 2020 launch of Libra, but acknowledged it could miss that target due to regulatory hurdles.

“We’ll see. That’s still the goal,” Marcus told Reuters when asked if the recent departure of several major partners from the project would delay the planned 2020 launch.

“We’ve always said that we wouldn’t go forward unless we have addressed all legitimate concerns and get proper regulatory approval. So it’s not entirely up to us,” he said.

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10/21/2019 12:19:47 PM
<![CDATA[Canada's Trudeau, his 'sunny ways' darkened by scandals, seeks to retain power in election]]>
Trudeau, 47, the Liberal Party leader, was endorsed by former Democratic U.S. President Barack Obama in the final stretch of the campaign and is viewed as one of the last remaining progressive leaders among the world’s major democracies.

But he was shaken during the campaign by a blackface scandal and has been dogged by criticism of his handling of a corruption case involving a major Canadian construction company. Trudeau, the son of former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, has also had to overcome a sense of fatigue with his government.

His Liberals and the main opposition Conservatives led by Andrew Scheer are in a neck-and-neck race, according to opinion polls.

“The truth is it’s a coin toss right now,” said Ipsos pollster Darrell Bricker.

A year ago, no one would have predicted that Trudeau risked being the first prime minister since the 1930s to secure a parliamentary majority and then fail to win a second term.

The latest opinion polls suggest he may narrowly avert that result and could return to office with a minority in the 338-seat House of Commons. That would still leave Trudeau in a weakened position and needing the support of left-leaning opposition parties Five parties are contesting Canada’s federal election to push through key pieces of legislation.

Despite Scheer’s dimpled smile, Trudeau’s main rival has proven to be a determined opponent. One of the defining moments of the campaign was when Scheer attacked Trudeau during the English-language debate.

“He can’t even remember how many times he put blackface on, because the fact of the matter is he’s always wearing a mask,” Scheer said. “Mr. Trudeau, you are a phony and you are a fraud and you do not deserve to govern this country.”

In his bid to unseat Trudeau, Scheer is also promising to balance the federal budget and eliminate a “carbon tax” on fossil fuels. Scheer, 40, although a career politician, is running his first campaign as party leader after winning a bitter Conservative leadership fight in 2017.

BUMPY CAMPAIGN RIDE
The six-week official campaign period has been a rough and meandering ride with dirty tactics on both sides.

The liberal image of Trudeau, who has championed diversity as prime minister and whose father opened up the country to mass immigration, took a severe blow when pictures emerged early in the campaign of him wearing blackface in the early 1990s and in 2001.

Trudeau had already been wrestling with the fallout from accusations he pressured his justice minister to help shield engineering firm SNC-Lavalin Lavalin Group Inc from corruption charges. In August, a top watchdog said Trudeau breached ethics rules.

Given the fact that neither of the front-runners could come away with a parliamentary majority, it is the smaller left-leaning New Democratic Party (NDP) or the separatist Bloc Quebecois that could end up holding the balance of power.

Only six weeks ago, both those parties looked like they were heading toward electoral disaster. But NDP leader Jagmeet Singh and the Bloc’s Yves-Francois Blanchet have won praise for campaigns in which they cast themselves as alternatives to the leaders of the big parties.

“I am a lifelong Liberal voter and I am stumped on this one, mostly because I am really concerned about a Conservative win and just trying to figure out how to vote strategically,” said Kristin Street, 33, a strategy manager at a computer games company, in Port Moody, British Columbia.

Polls open in the Atlantic province of Newfoundland at 8:30 a.m. (1100 GMT) and voting ends in the Pacific Coast province of British Columbia at 7 p.m. (0200 GMT on Tuesday).

EKOS Research pollster Frank Graves said Liberals needed turnout to be similar to four years ago or otherwise the Conservatives may have an edge.

“We may well be waiting until the final vote tallies in British Columbia to see who will win on Monday,” Graves said.

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10/21/2019 12:16:47 PM
<![CDATA[British PM pushes for Brexit deal vote after being forced to seek delay]]>
With just 10 days left until the United Kingdom is due to leave the EU on Oct. 31, the divorce is again in disarray as Britain’s political class argue over whether to leave with a deal, exit without a deal or hold another referendum.

Although Johnson hammered out a deal in grueling talks with EU officials last week, it was not certain that the speaker of the House of Commons would allow a vote on the deal on Monday.

Johnson was ambushed by opponents in parliament on Saturday who demanded a change to the sequencing of the ratification of the deal, exposing the prime minister to a law which demanded he request a delay until Jan. 31.

In a twist that illustrates the extent to which Brexit has strained the norms of British statecraft, Johnson sent the note to the EU unsigned - and added another signed letter arguing against what he cast as a deeply corrosive delay.

“A further extension would damage the interests of the UK and our EU partners, and the relationship between us,” Johnson said his own letter, signed “Boris Johnson”.

The EU has not yet given a clear response.

The British government insisted on Sunday the country will leave the EU on Oct. 31, and plans to put the deal to a vote in parliament later on Monday though it is unclear if the House of Commons speaker, John Bercow, will allow such a vote.

Bercow will make a statement on the proceedings shortly after parliament opens at 1330 GMT.

If Bercow, who said on Saturday he was blindsided by the government’s debate proposal, does not allow it then the government will have to try to push on with the legislation needed for ratification of Johnson’s deal.

But that is a path that exposes Johnson to attempts by opponents to wreck the agreement.

Sterling, which has rallied more than 6% since Oct. 10, slid from five-month highs on Monday. It hit as low as $1.2850 in Asian trading before settling around $1.2920 GBP=D3 in London, down 0.5% on the day.

Goldman Sachs raised the probability of the United Kingdom leaving with a ratified deal to 70% from 65%, cut its view of the chances of a “no-deal” Brexit to 5% from 10% and left its view on no Brexit at all unchanged at 25%.

BREXIT DELAY?
The EU, which has grappled with the tortuous Brexit crisis since Britons voted 52%-48% to leave in a 2016 referendum, decided on Sunday to play for time rather than rush to decide on Johnson’s request.

From the EU’s point of view, extension options range from just an additional month until the end of November to half a year or longer.

Anti-Brexit campaigners said they would ask a Scottish court on Monday to delay its ruling on a legal challenge that sought to force Johnson to comply with a law requiring him to request a delay to Brexit in the event that no agreement had been approved.

EU Council President Donald Tusk has said he has received Johnson’s unsigned request and is consulting with EU leaders on how to react.

In London, Johnson’s ministers said they were confident they had the numbers to push a deal through parliament where opponents were plotting to derail the deal he had assured the EU that he could ratify.

But the opposition Labour Party is planning changes to the legislation needed for Brexit that would make the deal unacceptable to swathes of Johnson’s own party including a proposals for another referendum.

Johnson’s former allies, the Northern Irish Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), said they would not back a proposal for a customs union with the EU - a step that, if passed, would doom Johnson’s deal.

“We are clear where we stand on the customs union as something that we cannot support and will not support, and I believe that that will be the stance we will have later on when we see the wording,” DUP lawmaker Jim Shannon said.

If Johnson’s deal is scuppered just days before the United Kingdom’s planned departure, it would leave Johnson a choice: try to leave without a deal or accept a delay.

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10/21/2019 12:12:39 PM
<![CDATA[Lebanese president: Protests show people's pain]]>
The government must at least start by lifting banking secrecy from current and future ministers, he said at the start of the a cabinet session at Baabda presidential palace.

"What is happening in the streets expresses people’s pain, but generalizing corruption (charges) against everyone carries big injustice,” An-Nahar newspaper quoted him as saying.

Earlier in the day, security forces stepped up security in the precincts of Baabda palace as the cabinet is meeting to approve a package of financial, economic and administrative reforms.

All roads leading to the presidential palace were sealed off in light of the massive demonstrations that gripped the country over the past four days in protest against economic conditions.

The cabinet meeting under Saad el Hariri will approve the State budget without imposing new taxes, the main demand of protesters who took to streets in the biggest show of dissent against State institutions in years.

Around 3.5 billion dollars will be allocated to achieve a near-zero deficit for the 2020 budget and accelerate steps to develop the electricity sector and set up power generation stations. ]]>
10/21/2019 12:08:04 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt, Jordan discuss statistic cooperation]]>
The talks tackled means of benefiting from statistics and available data in boosting trade and economy, the DoS said in a statement on Monday.]]>
10/21/2019 12:06:33 PM
<![CDATA[EgyptAir In-Flight Service Company presents services for Korean flights]]>
A statement released on Monday said EgyptAir In-Flight Service Company has offered a package of privileges to guarantee a rapid delivery and a quality of service in supplying all flights, making it successful in presenting the service to the Korean flights which kicked off from Cairo International Airport this week.

The statement said the company's policy depends on expanding its supply units in accordance with a major investment plan to guarantee the best ever services from Borg el Arab Airport and other tourist destinations in the current season or the coming seasons in Marsa Allam, Aswan and Luxor.

The plan also reflects the company's keenness on developing is business in view of the increasing demand and a flourishing tourism movement from various world countries especially central Asia and East Europe, added the statement.]]>
10/21/2019 12:04:39 PM
<![CDATA[Huawei Announces Shipment of over 400,000 5G Active Antenna Units]]>
During his speech, titled "Making 5G a Commercial Success", Ding noted that in just one year, standards, spectrum, and devices have all become 5G-ready and that this has never been seen in past generations of mobile communications over the last 30 years.

In early 2019, South Korea became the first country to launch 5G services. Just months later, China also launched 5G services and is now on course to build 600 to 800 thousand 5G base stations by the end of 2020. Global carriers are racing to deploy 5G networks. So far, 56 carriers around the world have built 5G networks and 40 carriers have launched 5G services. Huawei has won more than 60 5G contracts and shipped over 400,000 5G active antenna units (AAUs).

According to Ding, services will be a major driver of industrial development in the coming years. He added that carriers can monetize 5G in the following three business areas:

In the consumer market, 5G's large bandwidth and low latency will take mobile broadband services to a new level. 5G will invigorate new services like AR/VR, live streaming, video, and gaming, offering a transformative experience that users are willing to pay a premium for. Carriers can also use new metrics as a basis for monetization, such as charging different rates for different latency tiers, and provide value-added content tailored to the local market. They can design attractive 5G service packages, attracting users to subscribe to 5G. This will be a win for both carriers and consumers.

In the home broadband market, bridging the digital divide and increasing broadband speeds is a must and also one business goal for the commercial deployment of 5G. In Europe, about 70 million households are currently either unconnected or underserved.

Carriers can employ both fixed fiber and wireless fiber to quickly address the last mile issue in home broadband access. Huawei has helped many leading carriers provide a fiber-like broadband experience using 5G Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) to quickly meet the needs of households while bringing new growth opportunities for 5G.

In the B2B market, many industries are embracing 5G and expecting 5G to deliver guaranteed service performance as stipulated in SLAs and enable their digital transformation. As a business has a well-defined territory, service model, and business case for 5G applications, carriers can provide 5G capabilities (such as uplink and downlink bandwidth, reliability, end-to-end latency) defined in SLAs in a modular manner, to serve the needs of different industries. This also opens up a vast range of opportunities for carriers.

"It will be a long process for 5G to enable industry digital transformation," said Ding.
"Carriers should develop new network capabilities, operational capabilities, and business models right now to embrace the B2B transformation."

At the end of his speech, Ding told the attendees that "the best way to predict the future is to create it" and called upon carriers, regulators, vertical industry players, equipment vendors, and systems integrators to work together to build a thriving 5G industry.

This year's Mobile Broadband Forum brings together more than 1,500 representatives from carriers, vertical industries, equipment manufacturers, standards organizations, analyst firms, and the media. The exhibition hall showcases 5G technology, commercial solutions, and a rich array of 5G applications for individual consumers, households, and businesses, including 5G-powered cloud AR and VR, 8K broadcasting, cloud gaming, machine vision, and 5G-powered remote control solutions.

For more information, please visit: https://www.huawei.com/en/press-events/events/global-mbb-forum-2019/]]>
10/21/2019 11:51:13 AM
<![CDATA[Kuwaiti PM hails historic ties with Egypt as he arrives in Cairo]]>
In a statement, Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak said that his visit comes within the framework of continuous consultation and permanent coordination between the two countries in various fields and issues of common concern.

He highlighted the significance of this current visit due to the changes and challenges witnessed by the Arab nations and the world, which require joint action to achieve stability, security and peace in the Middle East.

Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak expressed hope that this visit will be a good opportunity for both countries to reach new levels of fruitful and constructive cooperation in political, economic, cultural and tourism fields and develop them in line with the aspirations of the brotherly peoples of the two countries.

He said he looks forward to meeting President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to convey to him the greetings of the Kuwaiti Emir, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber and the Crown Prince.

Mubarak noted that his meeting with his Egyptian counterpart, Mostafa Madbouly, set to take place on Monday, will discuss ways of developing bilateral relations between the two countries and enhancing cooperation in a way that achieves the interests of the two brotherly peoples.

The two prime ministers will also discuss regional and international issues of common concern.

Madbouly received at Cairo Airport on Sunday his Kuwaiti counterpart, who is an official visit to Cairo at the head of a high-level delegation, including a number of ministers and officials, as well as businessmen.

During the visit, the two sides will sign a number of cooperation agreements, Egyptian Cabinet spokesman Nader Saad said.

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10/21/2019 11:30:49 AM
<![CDATA[Liverpool stumble without Salah, draws 1-1 with Manchester United]]>
Marcus Rashford scored Manchester United's goal in the first half, before Adam Lallana equalized in the final minutes.

Manchester United have 10 points in 13th place, and they missed the chance to jump six places.

Liverpool have 25 points in the first place, and the gap with Manchester City chasers is reduced to 7 points.

Arsenal fans thought they would reassure early on their historic record in the 2003/2004 unbeaten league, but Lallana had a different opinion.

The game was one fire an hour before the start when the two coaches announced the formation.

Shocked Liverpool fans with the absence of their Egyptian star, Mohamed Salah, on the list of the whole game.

Manchester United fans were pleasantly surprised by the appearance of David de Gea, who was injured with Spain a few days ago, but was able to recover in time.]]>
10/21/2019 11:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Hossam Ashour injured, Marwan Mohsen continues rehabilitation ]]>
El Gouna will face Al Ahly on Wednesday in the fifth round of the Egyptian league.

Hossam Ashour complained of a foot injury during his participation in the training session and left the pitch before ending the training under the supervision of Al Ahly doctor Khaled Mahmoud.

Hossam Ashour could not complete the training of Al Ahly despite receiving treatment on the pitch.

Al Ahly performed training on Sunday at the Tetch Stadium under the supervision of Rene Weiler.

Weiler has repeatedly stopped training to correct mistakes and talk to players on the pitch.

Marwan Mohsen continued his rehabilitation program under the supervision of Tarek Abdel Aziz to recover from his recent facial injury.

Al Ahly's doctor, Khaled Mahmoud, was keen to follow Marwan Mohsen's condition and find out how he responded to the rehabilitation period.

Al Ahli collected 9 points from three games in the Egyptian league, achieving the full mark.
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10/21/2019 10:37:00 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt launches Ain Sokhna-Mombasa shipping line]]>
The line will offer a full range of transport and logistics services to global traders working with East African countries, Tawfik added.

Tawfiq made the remarks during his participation in a conference on governance index in Africa that was organized by the Egyptian Center for Economic Studies.

The shipping line is part of Gosoor Project adopted by the Public Enterprise Ministry to enhance foreign trade between Egypt and Eastern and Central African states.

The project aims, in its first phase, to provide an integrated logistics and transportation services chain for external trade and industry with East African countries through companies under the public business sector ministry, in addition to providing a goods insurance service, Tawfiq said.

The second stage of the project is to be finalized in the second quarter of 2020 and will include assembly and custom clearance services at ports, exhibitions and the establishment of a marketing and mediation company in partnership with domestic banks and private sector investors, he added. ]]>
10/21/2019 10:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[El-Badry requests playing a friendly before facing Kenya]]>
Egypt faces Kenya on November 14 in the first round of African qualifiers for the African Nations Cup.

El-Badri said: "We are already trying to play a new friendly before facing Kenya, specifically in November 8."

"We have called Djibouti and Liberia to try to play a friendly against one of them," he said after the match between Zamalek and Arab contractors.

"Our goal is to try the local players, especially with the difficulty of the professionals participating in that friendly because of their commitment with their clubs."

And about the choices of the coaching staff, El-Badri stressed: "the door of joining the team is open to everyone."

"We are following all the matches and all the players and we will join players according to our needs to treat the crises," he said.

Egypt beat Botswana 1-0 in their first match under Hossam Badri.]]>
10/21/2019 9:31:00 AM
<![CDATA[Mortada Mansour assures not playing in Qatar]]>
Zamalek will not play the CAF Super Cup clash against Esperence of Tunisia in Qatar, the club President, Mortada Mansour, states on Saturday.

“We will not play in Qatar whatever the consequences. I said before we will not play in Qatar even when the handball team reached the Club World Cup and was scheduled in Qatar, we withdrew.” Mansour said.

Zamalek reached CAF Super Cup after they defeated Morocco’s RS Berkane on penalties to win CAF Confederation Cup title.

Mansour added “I don’t mind playing the Super Cup in Tunisia but we will not play in Qatar even if we will be relegated to the third division.”
Esperence aim to achieve the title after losing last season’s title 2-1 to Raja Casablanca.

CAF signed an agreement with Qatar to host the Super Cup game for three years, starting from last season.

On June 5, 2017, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, UAE and Bahrain decided to cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, after years of unstable relations, and implicit attacks on Qatar. Qatar was accused by the quartet of funding and promoting terrorism and intervening in the domestic affairs of the quartet countries.

The president of Zamalek announced his rejection of the proposals to hold the match against Al Ahly on October 28. EFA has postponed the game which was scheduled on Saturday, 19 October, due to security concerns.
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10/21/2019 7:30:00 AM
<![CDATA[Trial begins in teenager’s murder that took country by storm]]>
The trial comes 11 days after the accident that took place in Menoufia governorate. The killing of El-Banna sent shocking waves across the country, with rising calls for the execution of the murderers of the “Martyr of Chivalry.” The social media gave the victim the title as the death ensued after his interference to defend a girl who was sexually harassed by the accused teens. One of the defendants identified as Mohamed Rageh, 17yrs started a fight with El-Banna, and stabbed him to death in the street.

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The case is held in a juvenile court as the defendants are all minors; however, El-Banna's lawyer requested access to governmental documents showing the defendants' ages, as he suspected Rageh’s family are faking their son's age to maintain his trial per child law. The defendants in the case face the charge of premeditated murder.

"No accused person shall be sentenced to death, life imprisonment, or forced labor if, at the time of committing the crime, he did not reach the age of eighteen (18) years," read Article 111 of the Child Law of year 2008.

However, Rageh’s family has another challenge, which is to assign another lawyer before the next hearing on Oct. 27, as Rageh’s lawyer Mohamed el-Hossainy recused himself from the case, according to an announcement he made on his Facebook account, justifying his absence in court on Sunday.


A murder turned into public opinion issue

The accident took place when a group of teens harassed a girl in the street in Tala village in Menoufia governorate; the act stirred El-Banna’s anger, pushing him to interfere to defend the girl and condemn the boys. Later, El-Banna felt triggered to make a statement about the incident on his Facebook accout, although he did not mention the boys’ names, describing the sexual harassment acts as “not manly."

Night fell on a different village after Rageh induced El-Banna into a fight, chased him with three other teens, and stabbed him up his left leg leading to his death. A leaked, unverified CCTV video supported the eye-witnesses' testimonies about the incident, as it allegedly showed El-Banna being chased by the other teens near his house.

Social media was moved by pictures of El-Banna, and inundated by mourning posts, and angry users calling to bring perpetrators to justice. Hashtags like: Rageh is a killer, Execute Rageh, and Bring Mahmoud El-Banna’s Right went viral, attracting huge support and sorrow.

















Some shared Rageh's picture, calling for his execution over the murder of El-Banna.




Some of El-Banna’s friends and neighbors talked about his decent behavior, and criticized Rageh’s bullying attitude who is known for it in the neighborhood, as they claimed. Some users put the incident in a bigger picture, tracing signs of bad parenting as a main reason behind such violent crimes.

The court on Sunday has seen tight security measures, with cordones installed’; it was reported that many people gathered outside the court in solidarity with El-Banna’s family.


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10/20/2019 6:42:37 PM
<![CDATA[Vested Summit kicks off in Egypt on Nov. 9]]>
This year, the summit brings Emmy-nominee and world-renowned host of National Geographic’s Brain Games, Jason Silva, for the first time to Egypt who will be this year’s ambassador for ‘#ConsciousTech’ and the main guest speaker for the summit.

The World's Largest ConsciousTech Summit is scheduled to cover three main tracks; Investment, Technology and SuperPowers, targeting global and regional audiences and speakers from over 25 countries, and around 1,500 delegates with more than 50+ speakers, and 100 start-ups.

Among the global line-up of speakers during this year’s summit are Wael El Hatow, CEO at ERC; Nikolaos Mavridis, Founder & Director of Interactive Robotics and Media Lab and Creator of Ibn Sina Robot; Manish Behl, Founder of Mindfulness India Summit; Bassima Abdelrahman, co-chair at the World Economic Forum, Caroline Julien, President at CREO, a studio that creates immersive experiences and digital content using VR/AR; Reza Kazemipour, Founder & General Partner at 179 two Capital and Liam Martin, Co-Founder of Running Remote.

Last year, Vested Summit brought together around 500 delegates from around 20 different nations stemming a #ConsciousTech movement that brought awareness to a new type of tech startups that focused on generating real impact.

“We believe that 70% of world growth will come from emerging markets in the next few years. That’s why we want to build a community of #consciousTech stakeholders. These are the rebels willing to take a risk to solve real-world problems,” Salma El Hariry, Founder of Vested Summit said.

Vested Summit is powered by SkaleUp Ventures and its strategic partner and main sponsor: Egyptian resorts company - Sahl Hasheesh and in partnership with The Events Boutique, the official Events Management Partner and The Publicist Inc, the official PR Partner.



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10/20/2019 5:52:27 PM
<![CDATA[Nasr: Egypt keens on cooperation with USIDFC]]>
The USIDFC is a US state-owned corporation meant to encourage American companies to invest in emerging markets worldwide, Nasr said during a meeting Sunday with CEO of USIDFC Adam Boehler, on the sidelines of the annual meetings of the World Bank (WB) in Washington.

It also helps create job opportunities and provides training programs for the local labor force, she added

During the meeting, the two officials mulled the outcome of the recent get-together between Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouli and Boehler.

The two sides agreed that the USIDFC would finance Egypt's public and private sector companies operating in the fields of transportation, desalination, renewable energy, and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

The minister pointed out that Egypt-USIDFC cooperation aims to promote SMEs to create more jobs.

For his part, Boehler praised President Abdel Fattah El Sisi's initiative to invest in human capital, highlighting USIDFC willingness to cooperate with Egypt in the coming period.]]>
10/20/2019 5:43:58 PM
<![CDATA[Gov't targets supporting growth path, cutting inflation in coming phase]]>
Delivering a speech at the G20 finance ministers' meeting in Washington, Ma'it added that the government adopted a new package of incentives to increase exports, and developed a dynamic system for industrial lands, in addition to introducing a simplified and attractive taxation regime to back small and medium-sized enterprises.

The government will also work on automating all public services, besides enhancing human development and social protection, through raising spending on the sectors of health and education and honing the skills of workforce, especially young people and women, he noted.

Ma'it stressed that the government will proceed with the economic reform program to increase the competitiveness of the country's economy, with focusing on the sectors of manufacturing and exports and giving more investment opportunities to the private sector.

He stressed the pivotal role played by the private sector in bolstering the economic growth, citing the recent legislative reforms taken by the government to create a conducive business environment.

He underlined that the economic reform program bore fruit, as the country's economy saw a growth rate of 5.6% in the past fiscal year.

He predicted that the national economy will register a growth rate of 6% in the fiscal year 2019/20, especially in light of an expected increase in private consumption and the private sector's investments, in addition to the significant recovery of tourism sector and the operation of the newly-discovered gas fields. ]]>
10/20/2019 5:38:29 PM
<![CDATA[Islamic Corporation’s operations in Egypt hit LE 5.17B]]>
Qaisi explained that operations cover areas related to exports for exporters and investors in Egypt, according to a statement issued by the Ministry of Investment.

This came during a meeting with Investment Minister Sahar Nasr on the sidelines of the annual meetings of the World Bank in Washington.

According to Qaisi, the Corporation has issued 150 insurance policies worth $1.84 billion since its establishment for Egyptian exporters and banks to support exports.

The two sides discussed increasing the Corporation’s support to the private sector.
Discussions also covered expansion plans in Egypt, through several axes, namely providing insurance support for infrastructure projects in the Egyptian market, and supporting the Egyptian state's orientation towards the African market, and encouraging the flow of foreign direct investments to the Egyptian market, the two sides agreed to support the institution to Egypt in promoting investment opportunities abroad.

He stressed that everyone is looking forward to investing in Egypt, pointing out that the Foundation is constantly striving to contribute effectively to development in Egypt and to create an effective framework for action through which to achieve this, expressing his aspiration to a successful and prosperous partnership with Egypt over the coming years.

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10/20/2019 5:34:45 PM
<![CDATA[House approves formation of anti-terrorism committee]]>
Truly, the world community is facing terrorism in all its aspects; whether cultural, economic or social, House Speaker Ali Abdel Aal said Sunday.

He called for a radical solution to this phenomenon.

The return of terrorists to their homelands represents a threat because they form sleeper cells that could recruit new elements, Abdel Aal warned.]]>
10/20/2019 5:11:43 PM
<![CDATA[Manila Music Trio to perform in Cairo Opera House on Oct. 20]]>CAIRO - 20 October 2019:
CAIRO - 20 October 2019: The Manila Music Trio will be hosted by the Egyptian Opera House, headed by Magdy Saber in cooperation with the Philippine Embassy in Cairo, at 8 pm on Oct. 20 on the small theater.

The program includes a collection of local and international classics as well as a number of Egyptian works. The Manila Music Trio was founded in 2017. The trio consists of Denis Santos Hwang (Violin), Anthony Joseph Anakay (Cello) and Ballardo Goku Galang (Piano). The music trio received specialized degrees from San Francisco universities, Boston conservatory, among others. The trio presented numerous successful concerts in various countries in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and the United States. The band members also participated as soloist performers with international orchestras including Manila Symphony achieving great appraisal from fans and critics.


The program includes a collection of local and international classics as well as a number of Egyptian works. The Manila Music Trio was founded in 2017. The trio consists of Denis Santos Hwang (Violin), Anthony Joseph Anakay (Cello) and Ballardo Goku Galang (Piano). The music trio received specialized degrees from San Francisco universities, Boston conservatory, among others. The trio presented numerous successful concerts in various countries in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and the United States. The band members also participated as soloist performers with international orchestras including Manila Symphony achieving great appraisal from fans and critics.
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10/20/2019 4:18:20 PM
<![CDATA[Khoury, Mamdouh, Farouk to perform in Cairo Opera House on Nov. 3]]>
The 28th Arab Music Festival honors 12 stars who have enriched the art scene in Egypt and the Arab world, including Mohamed Mounir, Farouk Gouida, Bahraini composer Wahid al-Khan, Riham Abdel Hakim, Mai Farouk, Iraqi poet Karim Oudeh, Amro Ismail, Maestro Adel Iskandar, Fouad Mahny, Hisham el-Araby, Salwa el-Shawan and Hamdy Zaid.

The festival will also organize a scientific conference on the small theater. Mounir’s participation in the festival is the first, stressing that the Arab Music Festival is one of the most important specialized international events, affirming the success of the previous editions of the festival throughout 27 years, as it succeeded in enriching the art scene in Egypt and the Arab countries, appreciating the role of media institutions in shedding light on its various and diverse activities.

22 bands will be participating in the festival’s 28th edition, topped by Mounir’s Band, The First Royal Band for Music and Folklore (Amman), Abdel Halim Nouira Band for Arabic Music led by Maestro Salah Ghobashi and Maestro Ahmed Amer, Mustafa Helmy’s Band, El-Hefny Band led by Maestro Hisham Nabawy, Hani Farhat’s Band, The National Arab Music Ensemble led by Maestro Mostafa Helmy and Maestro Hazem el-Kasabgy, Omair Khairat’s Orchestra, Wael Jassar’s band, among others.



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10/20/2019 4:10:33 PM
<![CDATA[Manial Palace Festival kicks off Oct.28 ]]>
CAIRO - 20 October 2019: The second edition of Manial Palace Festival will kick off on October 28.


Prince Abbas Helmy founder and president of (FMPM) said:” We were encouraged by the major success of the first edition last year that we have decided to make some expansions in the second edition that we have been preparing for since a year now. Nevertheless, we were motivated the most by the consent of Dr. Enas Abd El Dayem the minister of Culture and the high commission of festivals in the ministry for the sponsorship of The Manial Palace Music Festival; and we would like to convey our thankfulness to them and also to the Ministry of Antiquities that made it possible for the festival to be held at the Palace”.


The festival is financed by the European Union and sponsored by both Ministries of Cultures and Antiquities.

The second edition of Manial Palace Music Festival is to be launched on 28th October and lasts until the 9th of November; it has been organized by Friends of the Manial Palace Museum (FMPM) headed by Prince Abbas Helmy also it is sponsored by the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry Antiquities.

Quite a number of prestigious musicians coming from different parts of the world are participating in the festival; in order to present a special program of classical music also along will be a display for the special antiques of the museum of the Manial Palace.


Helmy added:” The new edition is distinguished with the artistic diversity that creates a unique combination between universal classical music and our special traditional works. For the festival aims to ameliorate the popular taste and revive the Egyptian musical heritage and that’s through joint concerts and workshops between musicians from different parts of the world”.


The first edition of the festival witnessed the start of some activities that yielded revenues to be directed to the benefit of the preservation of the precious collectibles in the palace, as well as develop the display of the museum and lightening system.

Moreover, the revenues also finance trainings for the museum curators and organizing visits to the museum for pupils from schools located in underprivileged areas.

And the works of renovation are being done in cooperation with administration of the museum and supervised by the Ministry of Antiquities. We had the idea of the festival after a number of individual concerts presented by (FMPM) in the palace in the past years in order to raise money for the renovation of the palace.


Manial Palace Music Festival is the first to be financed by the European Union (EU), and sponsored by both the ministry of Culture and Ministry of Antiquities. Also sponsored by a number of foreign embassies and cultural centers as the French Cultural Center, Italian Cultural Center, Austrian Cultural Center, Embassy of the Czech Republic in Cairo, The Embassy of the Slovak Republic in Cairo. It is worth mentioning that the late actor and opera singer used to manage the festival.


(FMPM) was registered as a non- profit voluntary organization in 2005 headed by Prince Abbas Helmy grandson of Khedive Abbas Helmy and nephew Prince Mohamed Ali Tewfik founder of the museum in the palace.]]>
10/20/2019 4:05:38 PM
<![CDATA[Five world film artists CIFF Panorama Special]]>
According to critic Ahmed Shawky, delegated artistic director of CIFF, the festival is now curating smaller programmes out of the 50 films screened yearly in its International Panorama, in order to shed light on certain groups of films that can be seen together giving a coherent context to the audience.

The first such sub-division contains five films (4 documentaries and one animation) focusing on five film artists from various places and times, all among the best and most recent films released this year.

The theme that brings them together, as Shawky puts it, can be summarised in two questions: What does it mean to be an artist? And what mark does the film artist leave on his world?

The five films in Panorama Special: CineTalents will be: the Brazilian film “Babenco: Tell Me When I Die” by Barabara Paz about the late Brazilian filmmaker Hector Babenco, the film that won the best film about cinema in Venice International Film Festival; the French-Italian coproduction that was included in the classics section of the Cannes Film Festival last year, “The Passion of Anna Magnani” by Enrico Cerasuolo about Anna Magnani, the icon of Neorealist cinema in Italy; the Czech film “Forman vs. Forman” by Jakub Hejna and Helena Trestíková, narrating the life of the great Czech filmmaker Milos Forman; the Spanish-Dutch-German animation “Buñuel in the Labyrinth of Turtles” by Salvador Simo Busom, which took part in the Annecy International Animated Film Festival, giving a glimpse on the great Surrealist director Luis Buñuel’s life; and the Lebanese-Emirati coproduction “Unlocking Doors of Cinema: Mohamed Malas” by Nezar Andary about the Syrian author and director Mohammad Malas.

“Unlocking Doors of Cinema: Mohamed Malas” was among 27 international and world premieres that CIFF has announced acquiring their rights last week.]]>
10/20/2019 4:01:19 PM
<![CDATA[Commander: Egyptian Navy is capable of confronting all challenges facing Egypt]]>
During a press conference marking the 52nd anniversary of the Navy, the commander said the Navy has become stronger and stronger after having been supported with the latest in international fleets including modern maritime units to be ready for all missions.

In light of the deteriorating security conditions in the Middle East and their impact on the Egyptian and Arab national security, the Armed Forces General Command has signed contracts to purchase state-of-the-art combat and technical systems the latest of which was Mistral Helicopters, FREMM and Gowind frigades and others, he added.

He praised the continued development of the navy, mainly as regards the human element using the latest curricula and exchanging expertise with leading world navies.]]>
10/20/2019 3:49:45 PM
<![CDATA[EGX starts week on mixed note]]>
The benchmark EGX 30 rose 0.24 percent, or 33.59 point, to close at 14,239.45 points.

The small and mid-cap index EGX 70 increased 0.38 percent, or 2.03 points, to close at 536.74 points, and the broader index EGX 100 jumped 0.25 percent, or 3.48 points, to 1,418.44 points.

On the other hand, the equally weighted index EGX 50 inched down 0.06 percent, or 1.16 points, to end at 2,061.98 points.

Market capitalization gained LE 12 million, recording LE 717.87 billion, compared to LE 714.85 billion in Thursday’s session.

The trading volume reached 103.03 million shares, traded through 16,069 transactions, with a turnover of LE 336.24 million.

Foreign investors were net buyers at LE 15.71 million, while Egyptian and Arab investors were net sellers at LE 14.49 million , and LE 1.22 million, respectively.

Egyptian, Arab and foreign individuals were net sellers at LE 28.11 million, LE 4.03 million, and LE 1.73 million, respectively.

Egyptian, Arab and foreign organizations bought at LE 13.61 million, LE 2.82 and LE 17.43 million, respectively.

El Kahera El Watania Investment, Raya Holding for Financial Investments , and Gulf Canadian Real Estate Investment Co. were top gainers of the session by 9.78 percent, 7.41 percent and 7.23 percent, respectively.

Meanwhile, Saudi Egyptian Investment & Finance, Alexandria National Company for Financial Investment, and Misr Beni Suef Cement were top losers of the session by 3.79 percent, 3.50 percent, and 3.36 percent, respectively.

EGX recorded a semi-collective rise during Thursday’s session, as EGX 30 inched down 0.02 percent, while EGX 50 climbed 0.88 percent, EGX 70 increased 0.61 percent, and EGX 100 jumped 0.53 percent.

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10/20/2019 3:40:30 PM
<![CDATA[Mona Zaki awarded Best Star Award at Dubai Stars Conference]]>
Balqees commented on the picture saying: “You are the most beautiful human before being the most beautiful soul, I love you so much and I am so pleased to meet you.” Zaki replied to the comment saying: “I love you so much”. The Egyptian actress Zaki was chosen to be awarded the Best Star Award of Dubai Stars.

The Dubai Stars page, via its Instagram account, posted a video on why Mona Zaki was chosen, saying “Leading star in the Arab world, won the Best Actress Award at the Murex d'Or, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, Congratulations Mona Zaki.”

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10/20/2019 3:39:52 PM
<![CDATA['Studio Misr' documentary to be screened in Carthage Film Festival]]>
CAIRO - 20 October 2019: The Egyptian documentary “Fe Studio Misr” (In Studio Masr) for Mona Asaad will be screened in Carthage Film Festival outside the official competitions of the festival in the special films section.

The documentary shed light on the privatization of Studio Misr in 2000, after decades of public sector management. A young team of filmmakers have modernized the ancient studio. Fifteen years later, the team contemplates this adventure, as “Studio Misr” takes us on a journey through time and space, through history and fiction, through friendships, aspirations and dreams.

Director Mona Asaad was born in Cairo in 1956 and studied medicine. However, she discovered the world of cinema when she worked as a doctor for the cast of Youssef Chahine's “Farewell Bonaparte” in 1984, then the film “Sarekat Sayfiya” (Summer Thefts) by Yusri Nasrallah in 1987.

In 1996, Asaad began working in the filmmaking industry as an assistant director with Radwan el-Kashef and Yusri Nasrallah. In 2000, she joined Elixir Technical Services team with its management of Studio Misr. Asaad worked as an executive producer for the company's documentary films, including "Nafas Tawil" in 2012 and “Geeran” in 2009 directed by Tahani Rashid.




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10/20/2019 3:33:14 PM
<![CDATA[Giza governor, NCW chief open market for street vendors]]>
Souq Zenein Al-Hadary, translated as Civilized Zenein Market, includes 116 properly prepared places for street vendors.

The governor confirmed that Zenein market comes within the governorate's plan to develop slummy and unsafe markets, adding that the first phase has been completed in cooperation with the Informal Settlements Development Fund.

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The Ministry of Interior removed in January unlicensed markets and street vendors surrounding the Tomb of political leader Saad Zaghloul. The vendors had occupied the streets and blocked the roads, crippling the movement of vehicles and pedestrians.

The police filed against the vendors 55 reports of operating unlicensed shops, roads occupation, and environmental pollution.

Giza Governor in October last year announced establishing a market for street vendors near Sayeda Aisha Square in the value of LE 2 million ($112,360) and that constructions will be completed soon.

The market is part of a plan to renovate the square located in Khalifa neighborhood in the value of LE 60 million ($3 million). 

In April 2015, dozens of street vendors in Ramses Square were moved to a neighboring parking lot at the Ahmed Helmy bus station.

In October 2015, a total of 3,000 vendors were removed from the center of Helwan and were relocated near metro stations in Toshka and Ein Helwan neighborhoods.]]>
10/20/2019 3:16:44 PM
<![CDATA[Lebanon protesters keep pressure on government as reform deadline nears]]>
Anti-government protests that have swept the country since Thursday have pulled together all segments of Lebanese society in an unusually unified call for the downfall of a political elite that protesters blame for plunging the economy into crisis.

On Sunday demonstrators clogged streets across the country for a fourth day with marches resembling outdoor festivals. Loudspeakers blared nationalistic music as energized protesters chanted calls for the government’s fall.

“I didn’t expect people from the country’s north, south and Beirut to join hands and like each other. The protests have brought together everyone and this has never happened before,” said Sahar Younis, a 32-year-old worker with a non-governmental organization.

Hariri, who is leading a coalition government mired by sectarian and political rivalries, gave his feuding partners a 72-hour deadline on Friday to agree to reforms that could ward off economic crisis, hinting he may otherwise resign.

He accused his rivals of obstructing budget measures that could unlock $11 billion in Western donor pledges and help avert economic collapse.

Government sources said Hariri was waiting for his coalition to get on board with the economic proposals, which include taxes on banks and implementing a plan within one month to overhaul the country’s costly and crumbling state electricity utility.

Reforming the country’s wasteful electricity sector is key for potential investors and donors who consider it one of the biggest strains on the country’s depleted finances.

Pressure on Hariri has mounted as a rising chorus of voices, from union leaders to politicians, join popular calls for his government to resign. The Maronite Christian Lebanese Forces party said late Saturday its four ministers would withdraw from the government.

If Hariri, a Sunni Muslim who is traditionally backed by the West and Sunni Gulf Arab allies, resigns it would be harder for the various parties that make up the ruling coalition to form a new cabinet.

A new cabinet would also likely see Iranian-backed Hezbollah and its allies more in control, a shift that would make it nearly impossible for international donors or Gulf Arab countries at odds with Iran to offer aid or investments.

Ending rampant corruption is a central demand of the protestors, who say the country’s leaders have used their positions to enrich themselves for decades through favorable deals and kickbacks.

“All of the leaders should be put under house arrest and be held accountable to return the money they stole from the state so Lebanon can get back on its feet,” said Antoine Zahli, 43, a pharmacist who was among the protesters in downtown Beirut.

Charbel Antoun, a 17-year-old student added: “We want to stay in Lebanon to build our future but if these corrupt politicians stay here what future will be left for us?”

HEZBOLLAH SUPPORT
Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah has thrown his powerful Shi’ite group’s weight behind the current government, saying the country’s deep economic crisis means precious time should not be wasted forming a new one.

Nasrallah said on Saturday that imposing more taxes on people could lead to an “explosion” of unrest and warned of the risk of bankruptcy and currency devaluation if the government failed to come up with solutions.

Without a foreign funding boost, Lebanon faces bleak economic prospects. Officials and economists also predict a currency devaluation or a debt default within months if it fails to sure up its finances.

The IMF said last week that Lebanon’s crisis requires tough austerity measures such as tax hikes and levies on fuel, steps the country’s politicians have publicly vowed not to take.

The mounting unrest was triggered in part by a proposed fee on WhatsApp calls, a measure quickly scrapped but that was seen by many as the latest government attempt to squeeze citizens receiving little in return from the state.

Lebanon’s economy registered just 0.3 percent growth last year. The IMF said the reforms were needed to stem a ballooning deficit and public debt it forecasts to reach 155 percent of GDP by year-end, one of the world’s highest.]]>
10/20/2019 3:10:07 PM
<![CDATA[Petroleum min. opens JODI conf.]]>
He made the remarks during the 14th international conference of JODI which is held in Cairo on October 20-21.

Mulla highlighted the importance of the JODI which is an international collaboration to improve the availability and reliability of data on petroleum and natural gas.

Mulla stressed Egypt's interest in exchanging information and expertise in the energy domain.

Meanwhile, Secretary General of the International Energy Forum (IEF) Sun Xiansheng hailed Egypt's interest in supporting the initiative, citing the efforts being exerted to develop natural resources in the eastern Mediterranean region.

The two-day meeting is meant to come up with an action program which will be adopted until 2025.

He noted that the initiative is backed by more than 100 states.

This biennial JODI conference plays a key role in the JODI development cycle which aims to continually advance the global energy data transparency agenda in support of stable energy markets as advocated by IEF Ministers, G20 leaders, and other stakeholders. ]]>
10/20/2019 3:04:54 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt launches Ain Sokhna-Mombasa shipping line]]>
The line will offer a full range of transport and logistics services to global traders working with East African countries, Tawfik added.

Tawfiq made the remarks during his participation in a conference on governance index in Africa that was organized by the Egyptian Center for Economic Studies.

The shipping line is part of Gosoor Project adopted by the Public Enterprise Ministry to enhance foreign trade between Egypt and Eastern and Central African states.

The project aims, in its first phase, to provide an integrated logistics and transportation services chain for external trade and industry with East African countries through companies under the public business sector ministry, in addition to providing a goods insurance service, Tawfik said.

The second stage of the project is to be finalized in the second quarter of 2020 and will include assembly and custom clearance services at ports, exhibitions and the establishment of a marketing and mediation company in partnership with domestic banks and private sector investors, he added.]]>
10/20/2019 2:59:51 PM
<![CDATA[President Sisi sends address to Russia-Africa Summit participants ]]>
“The Russia–Africa Summit, which is taking place in Sochi on 23–24 October 2019, encapsulates the historically friendly relations between the African continent and the Russian Federation. This Summit carries great significance as it is the first of its kind to emerge during a period of major global and international transformations. In response to the aspirations of the people it is representing, the Summit intends to build a comprehensive framework for expanding Russian–African relations into broader horizons of joint cooperation across different fields.

The African nations and Russia share a common understanding of international relations, based on the principles of respect for the rule of international law, equality, non-interference in the internal affairs of states, and the peaceful resolution of disputes. Both sides affirm their commitment to support multilateral actions to oppose new international threats, be they terrorism and extremism in all their forms, or declining growth rates. The two sides share a firm conviction regarding the importance of developing trade flows and supporting mutual investment in such a way as to ensure security, peace and development for the African and Russian people.

African countries have huge potential and opportunities that will allow them, once efforts to streamline their economies have been achieved, to emerge as real global players. In recent years, the nations of this continent have achieved major successes spanning the political, economic, social and administrative spheres. Africa has flourished in terms of growth over the past decade, reaching a continent-wide growth rate of 3.55% in 2018.

The African Union Summit, which was held in Niger in July 2019, continued the efforts of the African countries and saw the African Continental Free Trade Agreement come into force, along with its operational instruments. The agreement is one of the key objectives of Agenda 2063, an African development strategy that has been created to address the African people’s desire for prosperity and decent living standards.

These successes are opening up wide-ranging prospects for cooperation between African countries and the Russian Federation, and confirm the determination of African governments and their people to cooperate with multiple partners in order to establish mutually beneficial relations.

With this in mind, we express our hopes that the Russia–Africa Summit will help in the establishment of constructive strategic relations, based on partnership between two sides across various fields, and in the service of fulfilling the hopes and aspirations of the African people and their friends in Russia.”
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10/20/2019 2:57:58 PM
<![CDATA[President Sisi attends admission interviews at Military Academy ]]>
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The president discussed with candidates some internal and external affairs, Egytian history and ongoing development accomplishments in different sectors. Later on, Sisi expressed his happiness over the candidate’s awareness on variables that may influence Egypt’s national security.

The president affirmed that the Armed Forces selects its members from all segments of the population stressing that the admission process is characterized by objectivity and integrity. Sisi praised the candidates for their eagerness to defend their homeland and its stability asserting that the current development of the Armed Forces requires the selection of fighters capable of accomplishing missions under any circumstances.

On Thursday, the president attended the commencement of the first batch of the Armed Forces College of Medicine. He praised the new graduates, saying that the school was a dream six years ago, but now the dream has come true.

President Sisi added that he himself was following up the establishment of the faculty on a daily basis, saying “every official has to follow up [what he is working on] to the end and even after doing his job.” The President asserted that the faculty students received computer-based tests to avoid nepotism that could be practiced by humans.

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10/20/2019 2:54:38 PM
<![CDATA[Finance Ministry cashed LE4.4B for service bodies in September]]>
In a statement released on Sunday, the Finance Ministry said a sum of LE 4.4 billion has been approved as urgent financial allowances during the month of September.

The sum was channeled for the Supply Authority, the National Railway Authority as well as the Holding Company for Potable Water and Sanitary Drainage and the General Authority for Health Insurance and others to fulfill their obligations towards citizens, it added.]]>
10/20/2019 2:53:38 PM
<![CDATA[Supply ministry moves to stop embezzlement, random supply]]>
The linkage will enable the ministry’s affiliate companies to measure the demand on each type of goods in each outlet and secure needs accordingly. Chairman of the Holding Company for Food Industries Ahmed Hassanin explained that barcodes will be installed on items to achieve those goals.

Chairman of the Egyptian Company for Wholesale Trade Mohamed Atef announced that 57 outlets in Upper Egypt had been mechanized and the process in the rest will finish within six months.

In a related context, the ministry is carrying out studies to develop the production lines of Qaha for Preserved Foods and Edfina Co. For Preserved Food. Moreover, the ministry is introducing new refrigerators in the outlets which are similar to supermarkets displaying meat, poultry, vegetables, and other food products.

The ministry’s General Authority for Supply Commodities will soon invite tenders for supplying unprocessed food oil, which gets refined in state-owned factories on behalf of the ministry.
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10/20/2019 2:50:56 PM
<![CDATA[European Bank for Reconstruction and Development invests $5B in Egypt]]>
In a statement issued by Ministry of Investment Sunday, Chakrabarti added that the bank's investments in Egypt represent more than 50 percent of its investments in Africa, which are currently focused on Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco.

He affirmed that the bank is committed to supporting Egypt in its reform efforts.

This came during a meeting with the Minister of Investment and International Cooperation, Sahar Nasr, on the sidelines of the World Bank's annual meetings held in Washington.

The two sides discussed increasing cooperation between Egypt and the Bank in infrastructure and transport projects under Egypt's presidency of the African Union presidency. Moreover, they also discussed encouraging the private sector to participate in these projects and exploiting the promising investment opportunities in Africa that need infrastructure.

For her part, the Minister expressed Egypt's aspiration to strengthen cooperation and partnership relations with the Bank in areas such as transport, metro and rail development, small and medium enterprises, electricity and increasing support to the private sector.

Chakrabarti stressed the bank's keenness to increase cooperation with Egypt in promoting economic integration in the African continent through increasing the inflows of the bank's investments in it, especially in infrastructure projects.

Nasr pointed out that infrastructure is the main engine of economic growth and attracting new investments in Egypt and Africa, in areas such as transport and energy, which is considered the best investment that provides services to citizens.

She further invited the President of EBRD to participate in the Africa 2019 Forum, which will be held under the auspices of President Abdel Fatah El Sisi on Nov. 22 and 23 in the new administrative capital. A number of heads of state, government and ministers will attend the forum from Africa, businessmen and investors Forum all over the world.

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10/20/2019 2:40:22 PM
<![CDATA[Zamalek defeats Arab Contractors 2-1, leads the Egyptian league table]]>
The Arab contractors advanced through Mohamed Salem in the 11th minute and then equalizer came through Fergani Sassi in the 15th minute , Ahmed Sayed Zizo scored the winning goal for Zamalek in the 34th minute.

Zamalek will not play the CAF Super Cup clash against Esperance of Tunisia in Qatar, the club President, Mortada Mansour, states on Saturday.

“We will not play in Qatar whatever the consequences. I said before we will not play in Qatar even when the handball team reached the Club World Cup and was scheduled in Qatar, we withdrew.” Mansour said.

Zamalek reached CAF Super Cup after they defeated Morocco’s RS Berkane on penalties to win CAF Confederation Cup title.

Mansour added “I don’t mind playing the Super Cup in Tunisia but we will not play in Qatar even if we will be relegated to the third division.”
Esperence aim to achieve the title after losing last season’s title 2-1 to Raja Casablanca.

CAF signed an agreement with Qatar to host the Super Cup game for three years, starting from last season.

On June 5, 2017, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, UAE and Bahrain decided to cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, after years of unstable relations, and implicit attacks on Qatar. Qatar was accused by the quartet of funding and promoting terrorism and intervening in the domestic affairs of the quartet countries.]]>
10/20/2019 2:38:17 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt joins World Bank's Global Infrastructure Program]]>
The Ministry said in a statement Sunday that the funds were distributed between public and private institutions, in several sectors, most notably water and sanitation, energy, transport and communications.

This came during Egypt’s participation, represented by Minister of Investment Sahr Nasr, in the annual meetings of the World Bank in Washington.

The ministry explained that the projects of the program contributed to the delivery of electricity, water, sanitation and natural gas services to homes, and improved the efficiency of production and distribution of infrastructure services, and provided funding and technical support for projects to develop and rehabilitate ports, airports and railways.
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10/20/2019 2:37:39 PM
<![CDATA[Singer Robbie Williams to release first ever Christmas album]]>
“The Christmas Present”, made up of two “Christmas Past” and “Christmas Future” discs and released on Nov. 22, will feature original songs and covers, including duets with the likes of singers Bryan Adams, Rod Stewart and Jamie Cullum as well as boxer Tyson Fury and Williams’ father Peter Conway.

“I’m beyond excited to announce my first ever Christmas album. I’ve done a lot in my career and releasing this record is another dream come true,” Williams said in a statement.

The “Let Me Entertain You” and “Angels” singer scored the coveted Christmas Number 1 spot in the UK music charts in 2001 with duet “Somethin’ Stupid” featuring actress Nicole Kidman.

The 45-year-old singer, who has also been a judge on the British version of music talent show “The X Factor”, was previously a member of hugely popular 1990s boyband Take That before embarking on a successful solo career.]]>
10/20/2019 2:33:59 PM
<![CDATA[EGX ends feasibility study on commodities exchange]]>
A statement by the EGX said Sunday that it is keen on learning from successful experiments in Africa and Asia in this regard.

It cited success stories of the bourses of Ethiopia, India, Iran and Ghana.

An EGX team had inspected a number of depots at logistics zones and got firsthand information about factors needed to establish a commodities exchange, according to the statement.

The team was concerned with electronically connecting the warehouses with the EGX and outlining exchange, risk management and control programs, the statement said.

It added that a firm will be named within days and should be tasked with managing Egypt's commodities exchange.]]>
10/20/2019 2:33:45 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt qualify to Military World Cup quarter-finals]]>
Egypt qualified to the Military World Cup quarter-finals with four points in their record from a draw against Greece & a victory over Canada.

Egypt’s Brazilian coach, Farias, started the game with a team consisting of "Mohamed Shaaban, Ahmed Alaa, Ali El-Fil, Islam Serry, Assem Salah, Mohannad Lasheen, Amr El-Sisi, Ahmed Samir, Abou El-Magd Boucha, Karim Tarek and Amr Gamal."

Farias has pushed three changes: Abdel Rahman Zola instead of Islam Serri, Karim Mamdouh instead of Karim Tarek and Ahmed Kaboria instead of Amr El Sisi.

The Brazilian Sergio Farias, announced the list of the team that will participate in the military World Cup and the list included 21 players are: "Mohamed Bassam, Mohamed Shaaban, Ali Mohab, Ahmed Sami, Ahmed Alaa, Mohamed Abou El Magd Boucha, Islam Serry, Assem Salah, Mohamed Nasif, Mahmoud Sami, Amr Sisi, Ahmed Caboria, MuhannadLashin and Ahmed Daouda, Ahmed Abdel Rahman Zola, Ahmed Samir, Karim Tarek, Mamdouh Khaled Abdel Meguid, Hussam Paulo, Amr Gamal and Mohamed Shehata.

The technical and coaching staff of the Egyptian military team in the tournament include: Brigadier General Ahmed Fouad El Mahdy Director of the football, Sergio Farias technical coach, El Sayed Swerki goalkeeper coach, Stefano Mpakbazu load scheme, Mahmoud Abdel Ghani translator, Yousra Irfan administrative manager, Mohamed Mokhtar director of players affairs , Mohamed Abdel Rahman Doctor, Mohamed Adel Hakam, Tahseen Abu Sadat Hakam.
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10/20/2019 2:28:45 PM
<![CDATA[Indonesia's Widodo faces test on reform credentials in second term]]>
Widodo, 58, has pledged to cut red tape and keep building infrastructure to underpin growth in southeast Asia’s largest economy, but also made improving education a top priority to encourage investment and create jobs for a youthful population of 260 million people.

“This will be a big problem if we fail to create enough job opportunities,” Widodo told parliament after his inauguration, where he cited his dream of Indonesia becoming one of the world’s top five economies by 2045 with a GDP worth $7 trillion.

The president said he would push two bills to replace laws that have hampered job creation, as well as warning he could sack underperforming civil servants.

He said he would name his cabinet on Monday morning.

There was tight security at parliament for his swearing-in alongside his vice president, Islamic cleric Ma’ruf Amin.

More than 30,000 security personnel were deployed following recent student demonstrations and after the country’s security minister was stabbed by a suspected Islamist militant earlier this month.

The inauguration was attended by regional leaders including Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Malaysia’s Mahathir Mohamad and Singapore’s Lee Hsien Loong.

Widodo grew up in a riverside slum and was the first national leader to come from outside the political and military elite.

Popularly known as Jokowi, his everyman image has resonated with ordinary voters, though he has been criticized for being too beholden to powerful party backers and surrounding himself with former generals from the era of late strongman leader Suharto.

“The president wants to improve the investment environment but is likely to face implementation woes when planned reforms are confronted by the interests of power brokers in his coalition,” Achmad Sukarsono, a political analyst at Control Risks, said in a note.

APPROVAL RATING
Last month, Indonesia saw the biggest student demonstrations since Suharto stepped down in 1998 amid anger over bills parliament had tried to push through that critics say threaten democracy, intrude into privacy and hurt the fight against graft.

Still, so far Widodo’s popularity appears to be holding up. A survey published last week by Indonesia’s biggest newspaper Kompas showed his approval rating dipping only slightly to 58.8%.

In April’s election, Widodo defeated former general Prabowo Subianto by a double-digit margin, but the poll revealed a split with more moderate Muslims and minorities backing Widodo and conservative Muslim regions backing his rival.

Violent rioting broke out in Jakarta when Prabowo contested the poll results over claims of cheating, but the Constitutional Court upheld Widodo’s victory and there have since been talks to bring some opposition figures into the government.

The make-up of Widodo’s cabinet is being closely watched to see the proportion of technocrats versus party affiliated posts and there has been speculation that Prabowo or other members of the opposition could join the cabinet.

There are expected to be 34 ministers in the cabinet and Widodo said around 16 would come from political parties.

The president’s $33 billion plan to relocate Indonesia’s capital from sinking, congested Jakarta on Java island to the island of Borneo has grabbed headlines. But it has also raised questions about how it would be financed and its environmental impact.

Indonesia’s economic growth is forecast to slow for the first time in four years in 2019 and some independent observers warn of a further slowdown amid a global downturn.]]>
10/20/2019 2:26:44 PM
<![CDATA[Sculptor transforms Rome's dead trees into art]]>
Gandini, who began his tree carvings around five years ago, chipped away at his 66th stump in the huge Villa Pamphili park on Friday.

He has plenty of raw material to work with. Rome is known as one of the greenest cities in Europe, with its 313,000 trees filling its many parks and lining the streets in the city center.

However, many were planted nearly a century ago and are now weak or dying. Seeing how they were neglected made Gandini want to act.

“I had been sculpting wood since I was a kid, in my garage. Then I chose to carve a stump that was out on the street. That is how I chose to start carving stumps in Rome,” he said, as he worked on his latest creation.

He said he liked to meet people while working and had no personal claim to the faces, animals and other artwork carved out the stumps.

“It takes me about a week to finish one sculpture, then it becomes everyone’s. It’s a passion and a bit of a fixation,” he added, as passers-by stopped to admire his work and take photos with their phones.

Gandini maps the stumps on his website, and the sculptures are becoming a tourist attraction. Tour guides even include his work in their packages.

“Stumps are not very well considered but they have the right features that make them perfect for carving,” he said. “Rome has many stumps that are waiting to become pieces of art.”

Despite the popularity of his work among locals and tourists, the Rome authorities have been less enthusiastic.

Although there is no law that forbids people from carving dead tree stumps, police have threatened to ban him from historic areas using tough new rules drawn up in recent years to maintain decorum.

Gandini says he loves nature and it hurts him to see the trees become a safety hazard.

They often fall and smash cars during storms, and city hall says some 86,000 need to be specially maintained or chopped down.

“If nothing changes in ten years there will be hardly any trees left,” Gandini said.]]>
10/20/2019 2:20:41 PM
<![CDATA['Cross Egypt Challenge' rally important tourist event: Minya governor]]>
Minya is the second leg of the event that includes a series of endurance cross-country motorcycles and scooter rallies conducted through the roads of Egypt.

The governor gave participants souvenirs and invited them to visit Minya again.

Around 34 participants, including 16 foreigners from six countries, are taking part in the rally.

The rally route extends over 2,650 km and will be completed over eight stages with one rest day planned in Luxor.

The route will start from Alexandria, heads south to the capital Cairo before riding along the Nile valley down to Minya.

From Minya, the challenge will make its way to the Kharga Oasis in the heart of the Egyptian Western Desert then back towards the Nile Valley to reach Luxor, the capital of ancient Egypt and the largest open air museum in the world where the riders will enjoy a rest day for sightseeing in this magnificent destination.

From Luxor the challenge will then head west to cross the Egyptian Eastern desert - one of the most challenging deserts on the face of the planet due to its rock formation and high mountain range - then south along the Red Sea shores to reach one brand new destination, Bernice in the deep Egyptian south and the closest location to Shalatein where the riders will spend their night on the shore of the Red Sea.

From Bernice, the north ascend starts as the challenge heads back north along the Red Sea Riviera to make stops in Hurghada/Elgouna and Sokhna. The final leg of the season will take place between Sokhna and Cairo to end the challenge under the great pyramids of Giza. ]]>
10/20/2019 1:38:16 PM
<![CDATA[UK PM sends unsigned letter to EU asking for Brexit delay]]>
Johnson had previously said he would rather be “dead in a ditch” than ask for any extension to the Oct. 31 deadline.

But he was compelled, by a law passed last month by opponents, to send a letter to the bloc asking to push back the deadline to Jan. 31 after lawmakers thwarted his attempt to pass his EU divorce deal on Saturday.

In an extraordinary step that indicates the extent of the Brexit fever gripping the United Kingdom, Johnson sent a total of three letters to Donald Tusk, the president of the European Council.

First, a brief cover note from Britain’s EU envoy explaining that the government was simply complying with that law; second, an unsigned photocopy of the text that the law, known as the Benn Act, forced him to write; and a third letter in which Johnson said that he did not want an extension.

“I have made clear since becoming Prime Minister and made clear to parliament again today, my view, and the Government’s position, that a further extension would damage the interests of the UK and our EU partners, and the relationship between us,” Johnson said in the third letter which was signed “Boris Johnson”.

Johnson, for whom delivering Brexit is key to his plan to hold an early election, said he was confident that the process of getting the Brexit legislation through Britain’s parliament would be completed before Oct. 31, according to the letter.

Tusk said he had received the request from Johnson.

“I will now start consulting EU leaders on how to react,” he said on Twitter.

French President Emmanuel Macron told Johnson that Paris needed swift clarification on the situation after Saturday’s vote, an official at the French presidency told Reuters.

“He signaled a delay would be in no one’s interest,” the official said.

However, it was unlikely that the EU’s 27 members states would refuse Britain’s delay request.

JOHNSON PLAN TIPPED ON HEAD
Johnson had hoped that Saturday would see recalcitrant lawmakers finally back the divorce deal he agreed with EU leaders this week and end three years of political deadlock since the 2016 referendum vote to leave the bloc.

Instead, lawmakers voted 322 to 306 in favor of an amendment that turned Johnson’s planned finale on its head by obliging him to ask the EU for a delay, and increasing the opportunity for opponents to frustrate Brexit.

Johnson has previously promised that he would take the country out of the bloc on Oct. 31, without explaining how he would do this while also complying with the Benn Act.

“I will not negotiate a delay with the EU and neither does the law compel me to do so,” he told parliament after lawmakers backed the amendment on Saturday.

Opposition politicians accused him of believing he was above the law.

“Johnson is a Prime Minister who is now treating Parliament and the Courts with contempt,” John McDonnell, the opposition Labour Party’s finance spokesman said.

“His juvenile refusal to even sign the letter confirms what we always suspected that Johnson with his arrogant sense of entitlement considers he is above the law and above accountability.”

Scotland’s highest court is due to consider on Monday a legal challenge that had sought to force Johnson to comply with the Benn Act. The court said earlier this month that government lawyers had given formal legal statements that he would abide by the Benn Act and it would be a serious matter if he did not.

“Boris Johnson promised #Scottish court he would comply with #BennAct & not seek to frustrate it. Looks like he’s breaking both promises,” Joanna Cherry, a Scottish National Party lawmaker involved in the case said on Twitter.]]>
10/20/2019 1:14:35 PM
<![CDATA[Turkey, Russia to discuss removal of Kurdish militia from Syrian towns]]>
Turkey paused its military offensive into northeastern Syria after President Tayyip Erdogan agreed on Thursday, in talks with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, a five-day ceasefire to allow the YPG to withdraw from a “safe zone” Ankara aims to establish near its border.

The truce is also aimed at easing a crisis triggered by U.S. President Donald Trump’s abrupt decision this month to withdraw all 1,000 U.S. troops from northern Syria, a move criticized in Washington and elsewhere as a betrayal of Kurdish allies who had fought for years alongside U.S. troops against Islamic State.

But Trump’s move also means the extent of Turkey’s ambitions in the region is likely to be determined by Russia and Iran, who both support Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and are looking to fill the vacuum created by the U.S. retreat.

Assad has already deployed his forces in territory formerly protected by Washington, invited by the Kurds. Erdogan, who has backed rebels fighting to oust Assad, has said Turkey has no problem with Syrian government forces deploying near the border.

Speaking at an interview with broadcaster Kanal 7 on Sunday, Cavusoglu said urgent talks between Erdogan and Russia’s Vladimir Putin would be held next week.

“We will discuss the removal of the YPG terrorists from our borders, namely Manbij and Kobani, with the Russians,” Cavusoglu said.

Turkey, Russia to discuss removal of Kurdish militia from Syria's Manbij, Kobani
“We believe we can reach an agreement with them to work together in the future, just like we have before.”

Ankara regards the YPG, the main component of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), as a terrorist group because of its links to Kurdish insurgents in southeast Turkey. The YPG has been a close U.S. ally in the fight against Islamic State.

The SDF and Damascus struck a deal this month to counter the Turkish offensive in northeastern Syria, prompting Syrian army forces to deploy in Manbij and Kobani, towns of strategic importance given their location on the Syrian border with Turkey.

While Erdogan and Putin have forged close ties over defense and energy cooperation, Moscow has said the Turkish offensive into Syria was “unacceptable” and should be limited.

Erdogan on Saturday said he would also discuss Syrian army deployment in northern Syria with Putin, saying the two needed to find a solution to the matter. But he warned that “we will continue to implement our own plans” if a solution could not be reached, without elaborating.

Russian officials had spoken to Assad on Friday about the need to de-escalate the situation in northeast Syria, Russia’s foreign ministry said on Saturday.

FRAGILE TRUCE
The surprise deal to suspend Turkey’s military offensive in Syria hinged on Erdogan’s demand that Washington agrees on a time limit on any ceasefire, a senior Turkish official told Reuters on Friday.

The deal aims to stem a humanitarian crisis that has displaced 200,000 civilians in the region and at the same time ease security concerns over thousands of Islamic State captives guarded by the YPG.

Though the fragile truce held for the first two days of the agreement, Turkey’s defense ministry said on Sunday that one Turkish soldier was killed and another was wounded after a YPG attack with anti-tank and light arms hit soldiers on a reconnaissance and surveillance mission in northeast Syria’s Tel Abyad.

It said Turkish forces had responded to the attack and that 20 acts violating the deal were committed by the YPG since the start of the truce.

A separate statement from the ministry late on Saturday said that a convoy of 39 vehicles had entered and exited the border town of Ras al Ain to evacuate injured people.

On Friday the Kurdish militia accused Turkey of violating the five-day pause by shelling civilian areas in the northeast. A senior Turkish official denied the accusations and said they were an attempt to sabotage the truce.

However, Erdogan warned on Saturday that Turkey would resume the offensive and “crush the heads of terrorists” if the agreement faltered, with Turkey insisting it is Washington’s duty to ensure the withdrawal of the YPG.

Cavusoglu reiterated that warning on Saturday, saying the offensive would continue if U.S. promises were not kept. He said Turkey did not want to see “a single terrorist” left in the “safe zone” by the end of the five days.

Turkey’s defense ministry said late on Saturday that it was monitoring the withdrawal of the YPG and was in close contact with U.S. officials to provide logistical information.]]>
10/20/2019 1:11:24 PM
<![CDATA[Solskjær aims to surprise Klopp at the biggest game of the week ]]>
The visitors enter the game with 24 points in the pocket as they achieved victories at the first eight games of the season while Manchester United gained only 9 points and they are two points away from the relegation area.

Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjær, revealed that his team will play for the three points whoever the opponent is.

“You never take a draw when you’re at Manchester United, I want to go out there and get three points. We need points and we need to start winning. It doesn’t matter if it’s Liverpool, Man City or Brighton.” Solskjær told press ahead of the game.

On the other hand, Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, believes that his team has to produce a memorable performance to carry on their winning strike at the league.

“We obviously had a good start to the season. But now we have to carry on. If you go through our next three or four months, it’s just incredible how often we will play football.” Klopp said.

The game starts on 5:30 PM. ]]>
10/20/2019 1:10:41 PM
<![CDATA[Madrid’s loss sends Barca top ]]>
Madrid failed to return back in the game as they found themselves 1-0 down after 7 minutes with a goal from the Ivorian winger, Lago Junior.

Real Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane, commented on the loss, saying “"We can't be surprised by a team playing in their own stadium, we knew what would happen, they surprised us because they scored, but then they backed down and we didn't find a solution."

Real Madrid lost their leadership at the league table to Barcelona who defeated Eibar 3-0 on early Saturday.

Barcelona are leading the table with 19 points and they are one point ahead of the capital giants.

Los Blancos suffered another setback away from the capital and they have to bounce back in Wednesday in Turkey when they face the Turkish giants, Galatasaray.

“The problem is that we have to show every three days that we're good," Zidane continued.

Real Madrid gained only one point from the first two games at the competition’s group stage as they opened the competition with a disastrous 3-0 loss to PSG and a 2-2 draw at home with Club Brugge. ]]>
10/20/2019 12:46:50 PM
<![CDATA[Solidarity ministry launches initiative to employ disabled people ]]>
The initiative, dubbed "Hayah", comes as part of national efforts to expand the social protection umbrella for people with special needs, including providing monthly cash assistance or through providing them with job opportunities.

Ministry of Manpower and Immigration appointed in September 1777 youth including 21 with special needs, according to a statement issued by the ministry. Earlier In the same month, Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouli has inaugurated a rehabilitation center for people with special needs, established by the Ministry of Interior, in the 10th of Ramdan City.

Moreover, in December last year, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi allocated LE 80 million ($4.46 million) of the country's Tahya Misr Fund in support of people with special needs.

The president made the announcement while attending a celebration marking the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. "People with special needs in Egypt represent 9-10 percent of the total population," Sisi said.

Sisi also announced last year establishing a technical center for services for disabled persons, to be the first of its kind in Africa.

The center is set to enable people with hearing or speech related disability to use technology to communicate through mobile phones.

During the inauguration of the 7th International Conference on Information Technology Convergence and Services for People with Disabilities (ICT4PwDs), Sisi also announced establishing an initiative that aims to enable disabled people to get services and information introduced by online websites of governmental institutions.
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10/20/2019 12:26:54 PM
<![CDATA[British Government asks for EU delay amid Johnson resistance]]>
Johnson, who didn’t sign the letter, sent a second one calling Parliament’s decision regrettable and urging EU leaders not to grant an extension.

“A further extension would damage the interests of the U.K. and our EU partners,” he said. “We must bring this process to a conclusion.”

The government request marks a political setback for Mr. Johnson just days after he successfully concluded a renegotiation of Britain’s EU withdrawal terms that his political opponents assumed was all but impossible.

Lawmakers meeting in the first Saturday session since the 1982 Falklands War decided to push back a major vote on Mr. Johnson’s Brexit deal to allow for more scrutiny of the details. An earlier law required the prime minister to request a three-month extension to the Oct. 31 Brexit deadline if Parliament hadn’t ratified a withdrawal agreement by midnight.

European Council President Donald Tusk said on Twitter the extension request had arrived and he would begin consulting with EU leaders. EU leaders will respond in the coming days.

Mr. Johnson is hoping he can secure lawmakers’ backing early next week for his Brexit deal to ensure any delay to Britain’s departure from the bloc is brief. The government said there was still time to leave the EU at the end of the month.

Parliament said it needed more time to review Mr. Johnson’s deal, which sets out citizens’ rights, a financial settlement to the EU and a special arrangement for Northern Ireland that would require customs checks on goods arriving there from elsewhere in the U.K. ]]>
10/20/2019 12:23:15 PM
<![CDATA[Irrigation minister opens 2nd edition of Cairo Water Week]]>
The five-day conference will run till Thursday.The CWW activities began by screening a documentary on the life of farmers and the importance of rationalizing water.

Held annually by the Ministry of Irrigation, the conference is deemed one of the largest water-related events at the national, regional, and international levels.

Cairo Water Week 2019 will address the main theme “Responding to Water Scarcity” through five sub-themes overarching a broad spectrum of the water scarcity.

Under each sub-theme, variety of topics will be covered, including achieving SDGs under Water Scarcity, cooperation in water sector
research and innovation in facing water scarcity, climate change impact, mitigation and non-conventional water resources.

The event will be an opportunity for academics, scholars, and policy makers as well as water resources experts from all around the world to present and discuss the key issues, plans and actions related to responding to the challenges of water scarcity.]]>
10/20/2019 12:00:46 PM
<![CDATA[Brother of ex-Minister Boutros Ghali accomplice in artifact smuggling]]>
On Saturday, the prosecution also demanded the rapid arrest of Italy’s former honorary consul in Luxor Ladislav Otakar Skakal and enlisting him at the Interpol and the black lists of airports due to his involvement in the crime.

A total of 21,855 artifacts from various historical periods were seized in a diplomatic container from Alexandria to the Italian port of Salerno in 2018.

Investigation that lasted a year revealed the network of smugglers behind the attempt and the role of each one, prosecutors said. ]]>
10/20/2019 11:57:50 AM
<![CDATA[Egyptian-Kuwaiti investments highlighted ahead of PM's visit to Cairo]]>
Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak, will be accompanied, during his visit to Egypt, with a large delegation comprising a number of ministers, representatives of Kuwait Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and businessmen, local media reported.

The Kuwaiti prime minister and his delegation are scheduled to meet with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly.

During the meetings, the two sides will sign several agreements covering some areas of cooperation between the two countries, especially the investments sector.

The Egyptian-Kuwaiti relations are based on cooperation and understanding on all issues.

According to the Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Qabas, economic relations between the two countries have witnessed a steady growth throughout history. Kuwaiti investments in Egypt rank high among existing investments as it exceeds $15 billion.

Tourism and aviation between the two countries have witnessed a similar growth reflected in the increase in the number of Kuwaiti tourists to around 200,000 tourists on 64 weekly flights between.

A large Kuwaiti community is also inhabiting Egypt, including about 20,000 Kuwaitis, mostly undergraduate and post-university students. In return, Kuwait hosts around 700,000 Egyptian nationals.

In the investment sector, Kuwait is Egypt's third largest trading partner in the Arab world after the UAE and Saudi Arabia. Deputy Prime Minister Sabah Al-Khalid Al-Sabah said in the 12th session of the Kuwaiti-Egyptian joint committee that investments exceeded $15 billion.

The volume of Egyptian exports to Kuwait between 2010 and 2018 amounted to about 984.2 million dinars (about $3.2 billion), while the volume of Kuwaiti exports to Egypt reached 165.3 million dinars (about $543 million), according to statistics of Kuwait's Central Statistics Bureau.

The Kuwaiti prime minister's visit comes in the context of continuous visits between the two countries to enhance bilateral cooperation.

The Kuwaiti Fund for Arab Economic Development has covered most of the developmental fields in Egypt during the past years, according to Al-Qabas. The total number of projects financed by the Fund in Egypt since its establishment until September 30 this year is about 50 projects with a total cost of one billion dinars (about 3.4 billion dollars), while the number of grants and technical assistance amounted to about 18 grants worth 17.3 million dinars (about 56 million dollars).

The various projects financed by the Fund in Egypt included development of maritime transport, the pharmaceutical industry, sanitation, power and water plants, the expansion of natural gas networks, and the development of railways.
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10/20/2019 11:46:12 AM
<![CDATA[CBE to issue Le 18.75 in T-bills Sunday]]>
The T-bills will be offered in two installments; the first installment is valued at LE 9 billion with a 91-day term and the second is worth LE 9.75 billion with a 266-day term.

T-bills are issued every Sunday and Thursday.

For the current fiscal year, the budget deficit is estimated to record LE 445.1 billion, or 7.2 percent, planned by the ministry to be financed through treasury bills and bonds and through international and Arab loans.

Earlier in September, The Monetary Policy Committee of the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) cut the overnight deposit rate, the overnight lending rate, and the rate of the main operation by 100 basis points.

The overnight deposit rate, the overnight lending rate, and the rate of the main operation are cut to be at 13.25 percent, 14.25 percent, and 13.75 percent, higher than economists’ expectations.

A number of economists said the appeal of foreigners to Egyptian debt instruments would continue even after interest rates were cut.

Experts predict that interest rates on debt instruments will continue to fall due to falling interest rates, especially as they recorded a decline in their latest offer.

The Ministry of Finance aims to reduce the government debt to GDP ratio to 82.5 percent by the end of June 2020 and to 77.5 percent by the end of June 2022.]]>
10/20/2019 11:42:18 AM
<![CDATA[Pope Tawadros visits Egyptian consulate in Marseille]]>
In statements on Sunday, Coptic Orthodox Church Spokesman Boulos Halim said the pontiff held a meeting with Marseille Mayor Renaud Muselier.

Accompanying Pope Tawadros are Anba Danial, Bishop of Maadi and Secretary-General of the Coptic Orthodox Holy Synod; Anba Mikhail, Bishop of Hadayeq al-Qubba, Waili, and Abbassiya; together with a number of priests and deacons, including papal secretary Fr Kyrillos Boshra and Deacon Ramy Rizq.

On Wednesday Anba Marc, Bishop of Paris and Northern France welcomed Pope Tawadros at the diocese headquarters in Draveil, a commune in the southern suburbs of Paris, located some 19km from the centre of the city. There, the Pope offered Thanksgiving prayer at the Cathedral of the Virgin Mary and Archangel Raphael.

While in France, Pope Tawadros made a few official visits in parallel to his pastoral activity.]]>
10/20/2019 11:38:37 AM
<![CDATA[Libyan lawmakers praise Egypt's efforts to stabilize Libya]]>
Sherif made the remarks during the opening session of the Libyan parliamentary delegation’s meeting at the headquarters of the Egyptian House of Representatives in Cairo.

The Egyptian government, parliament, and people, led by President Abdel Fattah El Sisi, support Libya’s campaign to eradicate terrorism and preserve the country's unity, he said.

He also affirmed that Cairo rejects all forms of foreign interference in Libyan affairs.

Meanwhile, First Deputy Speaker of the Libyan House Fawzi al Nuwairi described as “historic” Egypt-Libya relations, adding that they are not tied to specific conditions, times or people.]]>
10/20/2019 8:59:01 AM
<![CDATA[Mansy reveals details of PSA Women’s World Championship ]]>
The Egyptian Squash Open will be held on the sidelines of the World Championship.

“The competition will be broadcasted on 36 TV Stations around the world and ON Sport have the exclusive rights of the competition in Egypt and the Arab region. 110 players, 64 women and 48 men, from 22 countries will participate in the competition.” Mansy said on Saturday.

The tournaments include the best international squash players, both men and women, such as Ali Farag, the world number one for men and Runeem Al-Waily, the first seed for the women of Wadi Degla, in addition to Nour El-Sherbini, world champion and second seed and Mohammed Al-Shorbaji, the second seed for squash men.

Mansy added “The participating players will feature in the opening ceremony but we are focusing on the closing ceremony which will be held ahead of the final.” ]]>
10/19/2019 6:32:31 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt to inaugurate largest metro station in Middle East Sunday ]]>
The station will start receiving commuters as of Sunday morning, with the trains of the third line will be allowed to make stops at it.

Built on 10,000 square meters, Heliopolis station is the second on the fourth phase of the third line coming after Haroun station, where trains still do not make stops due to undergoing works, but rather continue to El-Shams Club station.

Heliopolis station is established in accordance with the international standards, as it includes escalators to serve commuters from the street pavements all the way to inside the station. It is also equipped with ATM machine to help in booking tickets, as well as three-level air conditioning system. ]]>
10/19/2019 4:29:28 PM
<![CDATA[Supreme Constitutional Court a 'symbol of judiciary independence': Justice Minister ]]>
The minister explained that the Supreme Constitutional Court makes an important part of the judiciary system in Egypt.

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President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi tweeted Saturday marking the golden jubilee of the constitutional jurisdiction in Egypt, where he expressed his pride of the Supreme Constitutional Court for "its long-established judicial experience and traditions."

The Minister of Justice, Mohamed Hossam Abdel Rahim, said that on behalf of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the President of the Republic, and on behalf of Prime Minister Dr. Mostafa Madbouli congratulates the Supreme Constitutional Court as president, deputies and members.
 
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Minister Abdel Rahim pointed out that the constitutional judiciary confirms that the provisions of the legislation are subject to judicial supervision, to ensure that they comply with the constitutional provisions and are consistent with the rules repeated in the constitution. He stressed the extent of the legislative competence with the constitutional direction and the issuance of Law 81 of 1969 to establish the Supreme Court.
 
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The Supreme Constitutional Court is an independent judicial body, and is responsible for determining the constitutionality of laws and for interpreting legal texts, said the minister, adding that the court's success is linked to a sweeping popular will to raise the status of the court to uphold all the powers of the state, its presidents, deputies and independent commissioners.

Organized under the auspices of President Abdel Fattah El Sisi, the celebration was attended by 48 delegations representing supreme and constitutional courts in Arab, African and foreign countries.]]>
10/19/2019 3:58:00 PM
<![CDATA[MSG lead Barcelona to a comfortable victory ]]>
The Catalan club achieved their sixth win in the season thanks to three goals from Antoine Griezmann, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.

The three players known as MSG scored for the first time in a single game and their partnership started to click.

Barcelona’s defender, Samuel Umtiti, started the game for the first time after five months of absence due to injury and he showed a solid performance alongside Celement Langlet to secure another clean sheet for the Catalan club.

Another amazing performance from the Catalan side came from the Dutch midfielder, Frenkie De Jong, who received an ovation from Eibar fans when he was substituted by Ivan Rakitic.

Barceona reached the 19th point and they are leading the league table with one point over their arch rivals, Real Madrid, who will face a tough test on Saturday night against Real Mallorca at Iberostar Stadium.

Barcelona will focus on the Champions League competition as they will travel to Czech Republic as they face the local club, SK Slavia Prague. ]]>
10/19/2019 3:50:43 PM
<![CDATA[Leather exports decline in 8 months due to global demand]]>
He added in a statement that the decline in exports was also a result of the decline in the quality of leather in Egypt due to the lack of sponsorship of livestock in Egypt, which caused a negative impact on exports despite the rise in production in rubiky.

Serg called for the Ministry of Agriculture and Veterinary Quarantine to take into account the situation of livestock in Egypt, as the decline in the quality of leather means a deterioration in animal health.

He pointed out that other reasons include not to move on export subsidies procedures so far, despite the application of the system since last July, but without activating on the ground, as well as not to activate the support of the opposition, which caused the cancellation of many commercial missions.

Trade and Industry Minister’s adviser for national projects Yasser el Maghrabi said Wednesday that Egypt will host the Pan African Leather Fair on June 21-23, 2020.
The fair will be organized by the Cairo Development & Investment Company in cooperation with Egypt International Exhibition Center, and under the auspices of the Trade and Industry Ministry, the Leather Export Council of Egypt, and the Federation of the Egyptian Industries’ Leather Chamber.
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10/19/2019 3:46:40 PM
<![CDATA[New customs law simplifies procedures, reduces goods' cost: Min]]>
It clarified that the new draft aims to simplify procedures, reduce the cost of goods, and reduce the time of customs release, through the optimal use of modern technology and the localization of international experiences in the application of the «single window» system, and the gradual transition from paper-based to digital environment.

"For the first time, an electronic system for tracking goods will be established to follow their steps until the final release stage. With the possibility of pre-querying customs duties prior to the arrival of the goods, allowing the exchange of secured information and data electronically between the Customs Authority and the authorities of the State or third parties with which it has concluded agreements, and the introduction of a risk management system; In accordance with established controls; in order to simplify the procedures and speed of customs release," it noted.

it added that the new draft customs law targets to encourage the national industry, reduce the cost of domestic production and maximize its competitiveness in the international markets.

The new draft customs law aims to encourage national industry, reduce the cost of domestic production and maximize its competitiveness in world markets, the statement added." It includes the advantage of installment of the customs tax due on machinery, equipment, devices, production lines and accessories that do not enjoy any exemptions or reductions in tariffs when they are engaged in production, against the payment of an additional tax calculated as a percentage of the value of the unpaid customs tax for each month or part of it."

The statement pointed out that the draft law includes new facilities for dealers with customs, including: the development of a new system for the settlement of customs disputes, allowing grievance to the administration before resorting to arbitration; in order to prevent the aggravation of disputes between the owners of goods and the Customs Authority, and establish consensual solutions to many problems through a joint committee Include both parties to the conflict.

It explained that the new draft law exempts the import of government and university hospitals, equipment, medical supplies, medicines, blood products, serums, family planning methods and dairy children from customs duties; in order to fulfill the constitutional obligations to provide health care to citizens.

The statement said that the draft law included the principle of non-prejudice to exemptions decided by other laws in force to prevent duplication, such as the Sports Law and the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, and other laws that establish customs exemptions.

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10/19/2019 3:45:05 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt is 1st destination for foreign investment in Africa: World Bank]]>
Minister of Investment Sahar Nasr clarified in a statement that maintaining Egypt's position came as a result of the improvement of the business climate, represented in governmental programs, in addition to gradual increasing private sector's investment, as well as enhancing economic growth.

She noted that all these factors helped in re-locating Egypt on the global investment map.

This came during Nasr 's participation, in a session on the next generation of reforms in the Middle East and North Africa, during the annual meeting of the World Bank Group on the Middle East and North Africa, held in Washington.

Investment clarified that her state implemented legislative and institutional reforms which led to eliminate of burocureacy and increasing participation, and simplifying business.
"Companies are being set up faster and more efficiently, with a real partnership between the public and private sectors and significant private investment in major projects, including the energy sector, and new cities," she noted.

The minister said that Egypt is the first country in the Middle East and Africa to have a strategy for digital transformation, where digital transformation plans are a key component of the country's strategy for social and economic development.

She stressed that the elements of development in the digital transformation in Egypt are concentrated in the development of ICT infrastructure, upgrading the efficiency of government services, and the implementation of projects of smart cities and communities, with priority to invest in human capital and create an environment that supports technological innovation and creativity.

On Wednesday, Minister of Investment Sahar Nasr discussed with the World Bank the provision of $500 million for the pollution control and solid waste management project in Egypt.

Nasr added in a statement that Egypt is also discussing with the World Bank raising the level of partnership to support the health and education sectors in Egypt.
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10/19/2019 3:43:50 PM
<![CDATA[‘Talat Ayam Fe el Sahel’ in Saudi Arabia as part of Riyadh season]]>CAIRO – 19 October 2019: The successful play "Talat Ayam Fe el Sahel" (Three Days in North Coast) started its shows on Saudi Arabia on October 17 and will continue to October 20 as part of Riyadh season.

This is the second show to the play in Saudi Arabia, the first was from July 3-6. The play is achieving booming success in Saudi Arabia, garnering huge revenues.

The Saudi Ambassador in Egypt Osama el Nokaly previously attended Egyptian play "Talat Ayam Fe el Sahel, expressing his admiration with the play.

After a 16-year hiatus, comedy star Mohamed Henedy returns to the theatre and competes with his new play "Talat Ayam Fe el Sahel."
The first show of the play was on January 10, 2019.

"Talat Ayam Fe el Sahel" houses notable cast: Ahmed Fathy, Nada Moussa, Mohamed Sarwat, Maha Abou Ouf, Bayoumi Fouad, Samia el Taraboulsi among others.The show is written by Hatem Hussein and directed by Magdy el-Hawary.


Henedy’s last play was named "Tarae’eo", was directed by Samir el-Asfoury and was written by Nabeel Ameen. Stars Ala’a Morsy, Hanan Turk and Ghada Abdel Razek participated alongside Henedy in the play.

"Tarae’eo" revolved around the obstacles Egyptians may face in their daily lives. The main idea of the play was portrayed in a comic way supported by several dances.

Fares, a young man from Upper Egypt and the main character of the play, was sent to Cairo by his parents to pursue a successful academic career.

Unfortunately, Fares faced numerous obstacles that disabled him from reaching his main goal.


It is worth mentioning that Henedy received the Creative Achievement Award at the closing ceremony of El Gouna Film Festival for his significant contribution to cinema.
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10/19/2019 3:38:02 PM
<![CDATA[Kuwaiti PM to commence Egypt visit on Sunday]]>
During the visit, the Kuwaiti premier will meet with President Abdel Fattah El Sisi and Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli.

Sisi and Al Sabah will discuss deeply-rooted relations between the two countries.

They will also discuss the latest developments at regional and global levels and a number of issues of common concern.

Meanwhile, the premiers of both countries will mull means to foster economic cooperation and will attend the signing of a number of agreements.

Kuwait is ranked fourth among foreign investors doing business in Egypt with total investments of $15 billion.

Moreover, the number of Kuwaiti companies operating in Egypt's trade and investment sectors reached nearly 1,227 ones.]]>
10/19/2019 3:35:59 PM
<![CDATA[Hany Shaker to participate in AMF at Cairo Opera House on Nov.5]]>
The iconic singer is also scheduled to perform two concerts in the United States on Nov. 16, 17.
Shaker participated as well with a concert at Citadel Music Festival on August 23.

The prominent annual music festival kicked off on August 18 – September 1 under the auspices of the Egyptian minister of culture Inas Abdel Dayem and the head of Cairo Opera House Magdy Saber.


Shaker also performed live at the second edition of Festival international de Siliana, in Tunisia, on August 15.


The Musician’s Syndicate announced Shaker as the new head of the syndicate on July 31, after an election, in which he received 1532 voices, was held. Hany Shaker’s competitor in the election, Mustafa Kamel, received 589 voices.

The veteran Egyptian singer performed a massive concert in the Saudi city, Jeddah, on July 5.

Shaker performed for the first time in Saudi Arabia on March 26. He was accompanied by renowned Egyptian maestro Selim Sahab.

Poet Naser el-Geel will collaborate with the prominent singer in a new song entitled “Shabahek Awi” (We are alike). “Shabahek Awi” is composed by Mohamed Dia’a and distributed by Bassem Moneir.

Shaker was born in Cairo in 1952. He started his musical career at a very young age in Abdel Halim Hafez choral in the song “Sora” (Photo). Later, Shaker performed the role of young Sayed Darwish in the movie “Sayed Darwish”.

He studied music in the Cairo Conservatoire. In 1972, while he was a student in the second year, he released his first breakthrough hit “Heloua Ya Donia” (It’s a wonderful life). Shaker had much support from the musical legends at that time, such as Umm Kulthum, Mohamed Abdel Wahab and Abdel Halim Hafez, as they believed in his talent.

Shaker's musical repertoire includes more than 461 songs such as “Ghalta” (A mistake), “El Helm El Gameel” (The beautiful dream), “Tekhsary” (You will lose), among others. Shaker is the current head of the Egyptian Musicians Syndicate.



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10/19/2019 3:22:20 PM
<![CDATA[Cairo to see unstable weather this week]]>
In her statements to "Good Morning Egypt" talk show, Eman Shaker, the director of the Remote Sensing Center at the Egyptian Meteorological Authority, said that the temperature will decline by two degrees Celsius by mid this week, adding that Cairo and northern parts of the country will experience rainfall.

Shaker said that there will be an increase in the humidity level, after its decrease over the past days.
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10/19/2019 3:17:50 PM
<![CDATA[Barcelona rocked by violence as Catalan protesters clash with police]]>
The general strike that brought the Catalan capital to a standstill drew over half a million people, according to police estimates, and was largely peaceful for most of the day, reported Sky News channel on Saturday.

In response, police fired tear gas, smoke grenades and foam bullets at the protesters and deployed water trucks to pass through the burning barricades.]]>
10/19/2019 2:55:30 PM
<![CDATA[Fifteen celebrities who have experienced mental health issues]]>
Yet mental health is still a rarely spoken of matter, a taboo that not many will discuss, especially in the arab world but these celebrities have broken the 'rule' as they open up about their mental health issue in an effort to raise awareness.



Prince Harry; Panic attacks

Yes, even a prince can have a mental health issue as Prince Harry admitted to Forces TV that after the death of his mother Princess Diana he struggled with panic attacks and every time he was in any room with a group of people he would be sweating and his heart beating very fast “like a washing machine” as he felt trapped and unable to hide away from grieving in the public eye.

J.K.Rowling ; Depression

It is hard to image how one of the best selling authors who enjoys such success can suffer from depression but Rowling has talked about her struggle as it being more than sadness, “Sadness is to cry and feel, but it is that cold absence of feeling”.

Robbie Williams; Depression

Robbie Williams one of the most successful singer of his generation and a very popular member of Take That band has battled mental health issues, self esteem problems that led to alcoholism and substance abuse. He revealed that it was his friend Elton John that booked him into a clinic to deal with the drug use that emerged from the depression while he was still a member of Take That.

Maisie Williams; Self-esteem

The star of Game of Throne's who plays the young Arya Stark revealed in an interview on the Happy Place podcast that being exposed to the spotlight from a young age and all the social media criticism took a serious toll on her self-esteem and mental health. Williams explains how at times she feels like sitting in “a hole of sadness” where she would be awake late at night “telling myself all the things I hate about myself”.

Justin Bieber; Depression

Speaking to Vogue magazine Justin Bieber spoke about how he got really depressed while on tour in 2017 and cancelled 14 dates of the tour. Bieber revealed how he was lonely and needed some time out, he also spoke about how he misused prescription drugs in the past.

Jim Carrey; Depression

Comedian actor Jim Carrey has spoken about his struggle with depression in 2017 to Inews but admitted what helped him to deal with it is a “good dose of detachment”.

Adele; Anxiety

Adele has gone through some severe anxiety attacks with constant panicking on stage, she revealed that when the panic starts, her heart feels like it's going to explode because “ I never feel like I am going to deliver, ever.”

Elissa – Depression

The Lebanese singer admitted in an interview that she suffered from depression during her cancer treatment and she sought a psychiatrist to help her through that period. In a tweet she stated the importance of seeking help and how doing so enabled her to fight the depression and urged all her followers to do the same and regard a psychiatrist just like a dentist and not attach any stigma to it.

Ghada Abel Razak – Depression

The Egyptian actress revealed recently that she has been taking anti depressant tablets for a fair while and for over 12 years has been seeing a psychiatrist due to the pressure and toxic environment of the acting industry, plus the fact that she was betrayed by a very close of hers which caused her considerable emotional and mental struggle.

Angham - Depression

The Egyptian singer told Amr Adeeb in a TV interview that she suffered from depression for years and sought medical help and was taking anti depressant for more than five years. The reason behind this depression is not men related but due to her surrounding environment, as she informed Adeeb.

Ahmed Zahr – Depression

Ahmed Zahr, the Egyptian actor suffered severe depression due to an alarming weight gain – he went from 85 kg to 180 – due to a rare illness that occurs in one person out of 10 million. His deteriorating health and increased weight meant no work was being offered to him which led him to isolate himself and stay at home. Zaher stated that it was his wife who stood by him and pulled him out of this very dark period of his life.

Ezzat About Ouf – Depression

In a TV interview with Raghda Shahlob, the late Egyptian actor and musician revealed ho his wife's death affected him greatly as he suffered from severe depression and sought medical help beyond Egypt, visiting clinics in the USA, UK, France and Germany. He also said that for three years he could not eat and lost over 20kg, and he lost his appetite for work and life in general.

Abed Fahd – Anxiety

The Syrian actor experienced severe anxiety attacks prior to getting married as he feared the responsibility of such a big commitment and worried how it would impact his acting career, he sought a psychiatrist and was on medication to deal with his anxiety.

Hend Sabry – Depression

The Tunisian actress began acting at a very young age which caused her internal emotional and mental struggle due to the fact that she had to grow up very fast in the limelight, she too went to see a psychiatrist who helped her deal with these issues.

Soad Hosni -Depression

After years of dominating the world of acting and performing, the Egyptian actress nicknamed the Cinderalla found herself suddenly isolated in a small flat in London, struggling to pay her way and dealing with various health problems that affected her physical appearance. Many claimed Hosni suffered from severe depression which made her live in a self imposed exile as she did not want people to see how she has changed. Her death is still a mystery; while some claim she was killed others believe that she committed suicide after her depression reached its peak.


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10/19/2019 2:55:21 PM
<![CDATA[Salah does not control the national team, Koka ]]>
“Salah has a wonderful strong personality but he does not control the national team manager’s choices. Salah is a wonderful person and he did not change despite the huge success he has achieved.” Koka said on Friday.

Salah and his teammates in the national team have been criticized as the national team suffered an early exit from the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations at home after losing 1-0 to South Africa at the round of 16 and the national team manager at the time, Javier Aguiree, was sacked after the game.

The national team started a new stage and appointed Hossam El Badry to be the new manager.

El Badry’s first appearance with the national team was during a friendly game against Botswana on Monday which ended with a 1-0 win for the Egyptian team.]]>
10/19/2019 2:16:20 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi praises Supreme Constitutional court's long-established judicial experience]]>
"On the occasion of the celebration of the Golden Jubilee of the Egyptian Constitutional Judiciary, I affirm my and all Egyptians' pride of the Supreme Constitutional Court for its its long-established judicial experience and traditions since decades, which have managed to overcome several challenges it faced over the past years, in order to uphold the principles of justice, and what it represents for the protection of rights and freedoms," Sisi wrote on his official Twitter account.

The Supreme Constitutional Court opened on Saturday a celebration to mark the golden jubilee of the constitutional jurisdiction in Egypt.

Organized under the auspices of President Abdel Fattah El Sisi, the celebration was attended by 48 delegations representing supreme and constitutional courts in Arab, African and foreign countries.

The event was also attended by Minister of Justice Hossam Abdel Rahim, Minister of Awqaf Mohamed Mokhtar Gomaa, Minister of Planning, Monitoring and Administrative Reform Hala el Saeed and Minister of Transport Kamel el Wazir.

The three-day celebration is set to witness dialogue sessions between the court president and his deputies as well as between presidents of the supreme constitutional courts participating in the event and members of their delegations.

The sessions are due to tackle mutual interests of those responsible for constitutional jurisdiction and its various systems.

Parts of this story was taken from MENA ]]>
10/19/2019 2:13:26 PM
<![CDATA[Anany: Assasif discovery the most important in modern era, coffins to be placed at GEM ]]>CAIRO – 19 October 2019: The Egyptian minister of Antiquities Khaled Anany announced that the Assasif discovery is the most important in the modern era.

The Egyptian mission discovered in the cachette 30 coffins that date back to the 22nd dynasty.

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Anany added that an integrated hall is currently being prepared in the Grand Egyptian Museum to house all the coffins discovered at Assasif archaeological area.

The coffins were buried about one meter from the ground, where the first row contained 18 coffins, and the second 12 coffins for men and women, including 3 for young children.


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The discovered coffins were placed by high priests to be stored in a store with a stone gate to prevent any robbery attempts.

Head of the supreme council of antiquities Mostafa Waziri elaborated in the press conference that the archaeologists working in the Egyptian missions have reached the highest levels of success, excellence and archaeological maturity, as they achieved a number of great successes and discoveries over the past years.

He added that the ministry of Antiquities for the first time in its history has about 40 purely Egyptian missions working in the different archaeological sites in Egypt to introduce the ancient Egyptian civilization to the whole world.

These Egyptian missions include distinguished team of technicians, archaeologists and restorers.

Director of archaeological excavations in Luxor Salah El Masekh said that Assasif necropolis houses the tombs of dynasties 18,25 and 26.

This discovery is considered one of the largest and most important discoveries that have been announced during the past few years.

Numerous breathtaking artifacts appeared to excavators of the Egyptian archaeological mission led by Waziri, where coffins are being extracted while many are still buried deep in the ground.



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The colored sarcophaguses discovered in the cemetery of Assasif, west of Luxor belong to senior statesmen and middle class individuals in the 18th, 25th and 26th ancient Egyptian dynasties.

Among the discovered artifacts are two small colored sarcophaguses likely belonging to two children buried in the ancient cemetery.

On Tuesday Oct. 15, officials at the Ministry of Antiquities conducted a full inspection of the coffins and the cache found arranged and stockpiled on top of each other in a very distinctive state of preservation.

Professional restorers and archaeologists began to open the coffins one by one to find out their contents which turned out to be human remains belonging to a number of individuals of the ancient Pharaonic dynasties.

Those coffins were prepared for burial in the tombs of the middle class families in the cemetery of Assasif.

It is likely that the coffins were exhumed and buried again to re-use the tombs at Mount Kurna, in successive eras from the ancient Egyptian state.

The Ministry of Antiquities and the Supreme Council of Antiquities held an international press conference in Luxor on Oct. 19 to reveal all the findings in the area and explain to the world the endless magic of the ancient Egyptian civilization.

The press conference was attended by international and local media outlets, in addition to officials of the ministries of antiquities and tourism, and leaders of various foreign countries to celebrate this historic event and contribute to the promotion of tourism in Egypt.



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10/19/2019 2:01:02 PM
<![CDATA[Supreme Constitutional Court celebrates golden jubilee]]>
Organized under the auspices of President Abdel Fattah El Sisi, the celebration was attended by 48 delegations representing supreme and constitutional courts in Arab, African and foreign countries.

The event was also attended by Minister of Justice Hossam Abdel Rahim, Minister of Awqaf Mohamed Mokhtar Gomaa, Minister of Planning, Monitoring and Administrative Reform Hala el Saeed and Minister of Transport Kamel el Wazir.

The three-day celebration is set to witness dialogue sessions between the court president and his deputies as well as between presidents of the supreme constitutional courts participating in the event and members of their delegations.

The sessions are due to tackle mutual interests of those responsible for constitutional jurisdiction and its various systems.]]>
10/19/2019 1:51:15 PM
<![CDATA[Zamalek refuse to play CAF Super Cup in Qatar ]]>
“We will not play in Qatar whatever the consequences. I said before we will not play in Qatar even when the handball team reached the Club World Cup and was scheduled in Qatar, we withdrew.” Mansour said.

Zamalek reached CAF Super Cup after they defeated Morocco’s RS Berkane on penalties to win CAF Confederation Cup title.

Mansour added “I don’t mind playing the Super Cup in Tunisia but we will not play in Qatar even if we will be relegated to the third division.”
Esperence aim to achieve the title after losing last season’s title 2-1 to Raja Casablanca.

CAF signed an agreement with Qatar to host the Super Cup game for three years, starting from last season.

On June 5, 2017, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, UAE and Bahrain decided to cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, after years of unstable relations, and implicit attacks on Qatar. Qatar was accused by the quartet of funding and promoting terrorism and intervening in the domestic affairs of the quartet countries.
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10/19/2019 1:29:38 PM
<![CDATA[Rare discovery of 30 coffins at Assasif necropolis in Luxor]]>

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Waziriy added that the Egyptian mission discovered in the cachette 30 coffins that date back to the 22nd dynasty. The coffins are kept in a store to prevent any kind of robbery attempts.

The head of the supreme council of antiquities added in the press conference held at Hatshepsut Temple that the coffins were buried about one meter from the ground, where the first row contained 18 coffins, and the second 12 coffins for men and women, including 3 for young children.

The discovered coffins were placed by high priests to be stored in a store with a stone gate.

Waziri elaborated that the archaeologists working in the Egyptian missions have reached the highest levels of success, excellence and archaeological maturity, as they achieved a number of great successes and discoveries over the past years.

He added that the ministry of Antiquities for the first time in its history has about 40 purely Egyptian missions working in the different archaeological sites in Egypt to introduce the ancient Egyptian civilization to the whole world.

These Egyptian missions include distinguished team of technicians, archaeologists and restorers.

Director of archaeological excavations in Luxor Salah El Masekh said that Assasif necropolis houses the tombs of dynasties 18,25 and 26.



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This discovery is considered one of the largest and most important discoveries that have been announced during the past few years.

It is worth mentioning that the Ministry announced the archaeological discovery through the Egyptian mission headed by Dr. Zahi Hawass, who stated that since the mission began working in the Valley of the Apes in December 2017, it succeeded for the first time in finding the workshops used for the manufacture and processing of funeral furniture utilized in the tombs of the kings, located next to a storage pit that took the numbering (KVT).

In front of it, A kiln was discovered to burn pottery and metal, which was found next to two silver rings, in addition to large quantities of decorative items that were used to decorate wooden coffins during the era of the 18th Dynasty, and also the discovery of gold flakes and some decorative elements that were titled the wings of Horus.

Furthermore, Hawass previously added that work is currently underway in the western valley to search for the tomb of Queen Nefertiti, the tomb of her daughter and wife of King Tutankhamun Queen Ankhesenamun.

The veteran archaeologist further commented that the area between the tomb of King Amenhotep III and the tomb of King Ay is the area that is expected to contain the tombs of members of the dynasty that lived during the Amarna era.

Additionally, Hawas previously explained that one of the most important discoveries made by the mission is finding 30 specialized workshops that were utilized for the manufacture and processing of funeral furniture prior to being placed inside the cemetery, in addition to a tomb labeled KV 65 that was used to preserve some funerary objects and furniture, which is similar to the tomb KV 54 adjacent to the tomb of King Tutankhamen, in which the tools used in the construction of the royal tombs were found.

Moreover, Hawass previously clarified that the second mission, working in the Valley of the Kings is the largest excavation that took place in the Valley of the Kings after the excavations carried out by the English archaeologist Howard Carter in search of Tutankhamen’s tomb.

The veteran archaeologist further explained that the mission is now working to uncover the royal tombs that have yet to be uncovered, in addition to the tombs of the wives and sons of kings of the eighteenth Dynasty, who were buried in the Valley of the Kings.
Burials in the Valley of the Queens did not begin until the nineteenth Dynasty.

Hawass also clarified that the mission has worked next to the tomb of King Ramses VII, the tomb of Queen Hatshepsut, next to the tomb of King Ramses III and behind the tomb of King Merneptah, stressing that the mission has also excavated next to the tomb of King Tutankhamen where they found many artifacts including; 42 small huts where workers kept the tools used to construct the tombs before they left the valley for Deir el-Medina, in addition to many of the hieroglyphic paintings that illustrate many archaeological topics and fragments of carved tombs and rings spanning back to the era of the 19th and 20th dynasties.




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10/19/2019 1:21:15 PM
<![CDATA[Direct flights from Cyprus to Alexandria start within 6 months: Gov.]]>
The governor said in a press statement that it is expected to reach two flights a week.

On Saturday morning, a Cypriot cruise ship carrying 500 tourists of different nationalities arrived at Alexandria port. SALAMIS FILOXENIA ship carries on board the Mayor of the Cypriot city of Paphos, Phedonas Phedonos, alongside a high-level official delegation coming from Cyprus to visit Alexandria.



Konsowa received a group of popular leaders and many residents of the Mediterranean city tourists on arrival at the port.

On the other hand, Phedonos said that Egypt's difficult tourism period is over, and the number of tourists is expected to reach 3,500 in 2020.

He added that in the coming period, Egypt, Greece and Cyprus will witness tourism programs to stimulate tourism.

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Governor of Alexandria and Mayor of Paphos during the conference - Press Photo
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10/19/2019 1:00:56 PM
<![CDATA[Lebanon: Security forces open most of blocked roads]]>
Barriers have been removed and the remains of fires and smashes that filled the streets of Beirut have been cleaned.

Tens of protesters started flocking to Riad al Solh square in central Beirut amid robust security presence to prevent the repetition of clashes, riots or fires that occurred yesterday.

All roads leading to Rafic Hariri International Airport have been opened, an official at Lebanon's Internal Security Forces directorate told MENA.

He added that traffic movement on these roads and on most Beirut's roads is calm and normal.]]>
10/19/2019 12:14:05 PM
<![CDATA[Bye Bye, Bei Bei: National Zoo panda leaves for China next month]]>
“Bei Bei is part of our family,” Steve Monfort, director of the Smithsonian’s National Zoo, said in a statement. “We’re sad he’s leaving, but excited for the contributions he will make to the global giant panda population.”

The bear and his parents are a favorite among visitors, said a zoo spokeswoman. Fans have watched Bei Bei grow from a small cub to a 240-pound (109 kg) bear over the years.

“The giant pandas are iconic,” she said. “We consider them ‘America’s Pandas.’”

The zoo has collaborated with Chinese scientists on a breeding program since it received its first pandas in 1972 following President Richard Nixon’s visit to China. As part of the program, pandas return to China at 4 years old so that they can breed when they reach sexual maturity at 5 years old.

Breeding programs are key to efforts to reintroduce pandas into the wild. Thanks to reforestation to expand habitats in which the species can survive, pandas have been reclassified from “endangered” to “vulnerable” by the International Union for the Preservation of Nature. There are an estimated 1,800 giant pandas in the wild.

Bei Bei is not the first in his family to travel abroad. His parents, Mei Xiang and Tian Tian, arrived from the China in 2000, and his older siblings Tai Shan and Bao Bao both packed their bags for China when they came of age.

Already, zookeepers are preparing Bei Bei for the big move, planned for Nov. 19. They will get him accustomed to his travel crate, first by training him to walk through it, then spending time inside with the door closed. During his flight to China, zookeepers plan on packing lots of his favorite snacks, like bamboo, pears, and cooked sweet potatoes.

Fans of Bei Bei will have plenty of opportunities to say farewell. “Bye Bye, Bei Bei” events will run for a week next month, featuring activities from daily treat feedings to special Panda-cam coverage, which will stream Bei Bei 24/7 over the course of the week.]]>
10/19/2019 11:59:52 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s FM meets Latvian president, Parliament speaker]]>
According to statement issued by the ministry’s spokesperson Ahmad Hafez, Shoukry issued President Abdel Fattah al Sisi greetings to his Latvian counterpart, affirming Egypt's appreciation for cooperation with Latvia and the importance of developing bilateral relations and pushing them forward during the coming period.

Hafez pointed out that Shoukry stressed Egypt's aspiration to develop economic relations with Latvia in various sectors, and reviewed the process of economic reform aimed at achieving great developmental leaps, noting that there are promising opportunities for cooperation in various fields.

Hafez pointed out that Shoukry assured the Latvian President of Egypt's keenness to develop relations with the Baltic States, pointing out in this regard the need to work on establishing a cooperation mechanism involving Egypt and the three Baltic countries (Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia) through the formula B3 + Egypt.

For his part, Levits stressed on his country's pride in relations with Egypt, and welcomed the expansion of areas of cooperation between the two countries. He was also keen to listen to Egyptian views on the latest developments in the region.

The Latvian President praised Egypt's vital role and balanced positions, which constitute a pillar of regional security and stability. Levits also stressed the aspiration of Egypt to open an embassy in Riga, praising the role of his country's embassy in Cairo in strengthening relations between the two countries.

During his meeting with Latvian Parliament speaker Ināra Mūrniece, the two sides affirmed their pride in the distinguished Egyptian-Latvian relations at all levels and looked forward to developing them in various fields during the coming period.

Hafez pointed out that Shoukry discussed with Mūrniece the importance of boosting parliamentary cooperation between the two countries. He also reviewed the economic situation in Egypt and reviewed the economic reform program undertaken by the Egyptian government to achieve the aspirations of the Egyptian people towards comprehensive and sustainable development through a competitive, balanced and diversified economy.

During the meeting, they also discussed cooperation between the two countries in the cultural field. The speaker pointed out the importance her country attaches to cooperation with the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, as well as cooperation in the field of higher education.]]>
10/19/2019 11:58:18 AM
<![CDATA[UK government to not participate in Brexit deal vote if Letwin amendment passes: BBC]]>
The proposal, put forward by former Conservative lawmaker Oliver Letwin, has a strong chance of being accepted, meaning a subsequent vote on Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s deal would no longer be a so-called “meaningful vote” to approve it.

Instead, Johnson’s Downing Street office would tell Conservative lawmakers they could go home rather than stay to participate in the vote, and would bring forward the legislation required to ratify a deal on Monday, the BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg reported.

“No. 10 plans to send MPs home if they vote for Letwin - but govt will introduce the bill on Monday,” Kuenssberg said on Twitter. She also reported that Johnson would write to the EU to request an extension to Brexit if the Letwin amendment passed.]]>
10/19/2019 11:57:09 AM
<![CDATA[UK PM Johnson says there's little appetite in the EU for further delay]]>
“I believe that this is a good arrangement,” he told parliament. “With this new deal, the scope for future negotiation, for fruitful negotiation, has run its course ... there is very little appetite among our friends in the EU for this business to be protracted by one extra day.”]]>
10/19/2019 11:54:28 AM
<![CDATA[People should have final say on Brexit - UK's Labour leader Corbyn]]>
“Voting for a deal today won’t end Brexit. It won’t deliver certainty and the people should have the final say,” Corbyn told parliament.

“I totally understand the frustration and the fatigue across the country and in this House. But we simply cannot vote for a deal that is even worse than the one this House rejected three times.”]]>
10/19/2019 11:52:41 AM
<![CDATA[Saudi embassy: Citizen evacuation from Lebanon started Saturday]]>
The first phase of the crisis and emergency management plan was successful and the safe evacuation and arrival of the citizens at Rafic Hariri International Airport in Beirut has been ensured since 5 am, the embassy said in a statement.

The embassy expressed appreciation for the efforts of the Lebanese Armed Forces and Internal Security Forces.

It, also, expressed wishes that peace and stability would prevail in Lebanon.]]>
10/19/2019 11:44:47 AM
<![CDATA[CBE governor: Egypt’s banking system enjoys high liquidity ]]>
He said that the Egyptian minister of petroleum has just told him that US energy giant Exxon Mobil will strengthen its presence in Egypt by pumping more investments into projects in the Egyptian market.

He shed light on the efforts exerted by the bank to digitalize financial services and press ahead with the county’s plans for expanding financial inclusion and modernizing the payments system, noting that Egypt now has a banking system that is strong and flexible and has legislation that will bring about more accountability to the banking system and the central bank in addition to a new streamlined licensing mechanism as well as better consumer protection regulations.]]>
10/19/2019 11:44:05 AM
<![CDATA[Barcelona rocked by violence as Catalan protesters clash with police]]>
The general strike that brought the Catalan capital to a standstill drew over half a million people, according to police estimates, and was largely peaceful for most of the day, reported Sky News channel on Saturday.

In response, police fired tear gas, smoke grenades and foam bullets at the protesters and deployed water trucks to pass through the burning barricades.]]>
10/19/2019 11:41:36 AM
<![CDATA[Turkey accused of defying Syrian border ceasefire]]>
"Despite the agreement to halt the fighting, Turkish air and artillery attacks continue to target the positions of fighters and civilian settlements," Syrian Democratic Forces spokesman Mustafa Bali said in press statements on Saturday.]]>
10/19/2019 11:38:17 AM
<![CDATA[Afghanistan: 62 killed in two blasts in Nangarhar mosque]]>
According to officials, explosives were placed inside the mosque and detonated when the worshipers were busy in prayer, Tolo News reported.

Many of the wounded are not in a stable condition, Khogyani said.

In a tweet, President Ghani’s spokesman Sediq Sediqqi strongly condemned Friday’s blasts.

The Taliban has denied responsibility for the attack. ]]>
10/19/2019 11:35:53 AM
<![CDATA[Pope Tawadros tackles situation of Copts with Macron, Larcher]]>
The Pope’s talk with President Emanuel Macron focused on the situation in Egypt, where the Pope said development in Egypt is improving but its road is still long. He added that there are many improvements to the situation of Copts, especially the new law facilitating the building of churches and President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi’s visits to the Cathedral every Christmas Mass, a visit that means a lot to the Coptic people in the country and the world.

They also tackled education, as the Pope expressed his wish that France supports the educational process in Egypt.

Meanwhile, head of the senate Gérard Larcher emphasized Pope Tawadros’ role is one of the most important figures of Christianity across the world, expressing his respect for the Coptic Church and its religious and historical weight, according to a statement by the Egyptian ambassador in Paris Ihab Badawy.

Larcher also noted the Egyptian counter terrorism role and the Egyptian-French relations, including parliamentary relations. The Pope, who began his visit to Belgium and France on Oct. 9, said that all terrorist operations, regardless how different in terms of their targets, whether churches, mosques, officers or judges, all aim at weakening the Egyptian national unity.

Pope Tawadros referred in his meeting with Larcher to efforts of the Egyptian government to renovate churches affected by terrorist attacks.

The Pope will later visit León and Marseille.

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10/19/2019 11:35:29 AM
<![CDATA[Iraq Kurdistan region receives 1,000 refugees from Syria]]>
More than 1,000 Syrian people have been displaced to Kurdistan region escaping from the Turkish aggression on northern Syria, he said in a statement to Russia Today channel on Saturday.

Coordination underway with the bodies concerned to transfer the refugees to camps in Dohuk, he added.]]>
10/19/2019 11:34:27 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt denounces Afghanistan mosque bombing that killed 62]]>
Egypt’s Mufti Shawqi Allam slammed the bombing, offering his condolences to the families of the victims.

“The targeting of mosques and places of worship around the world by terrorist groups proves the absurd and dark ideas of these misguided organizations that know nothing of the principles and foundations of religions,” Allam said.

The attack in eastern Nangarhar province also injured 36 people. The massacre has not been claimed thus far, but anti-government forces have deeply engaged in violence against officials and civilians this year.

The Mufti called on the international community to take all the actions needed to confront terrorism and attempts to spread extremism and sectarianism.


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10/19/2019 8:52:16 AM
<![CDATA[Barcelona trio strengthen Barca squad against Eibar ]]>
Umtiti’s return is so important for Barcelona as the Catalan enter the game with two Center Backs, Todibo and Clement Langlet while the team veteran defender, Gerard Pique, misses the game for suspension.

Valverde’s announced squad for the game consists of:

Goalkeepers: Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Neto, Arnau Tenas

Defenders: Nelson Semedo, Jean-Clair Todibo, Clement Lenglet, Moussa Wague, Jordi Alba, Sergi Roberto, Samuel Umtiti, Junior Firpo

Midfielders: Ivan Rakitic, Sergio Busquets, Arthur Melo, Carles Alena, Frenkie de Jong, Arturo Vidal

Forwards: Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi, Antoine Griezmann, Carles Perez, Ansu Fati

The Spanish Football Federation announced on Friday that the first clasico of the season between Barcelona and Real Madrid at Barca’s stadium, Camp Nou, is postponed.

The game was scheduled on 26 October at the Ctalan capital but the recent political tension in the region and the expected demonstrations on the day of the game forced the federation to postpone the game.

LaLiga requested to switch the venue of the game to Madrid and the second game in March to be played in Catalonia but the request saw opposition from both clubs.

Both clubs suggested 18 December as a new date for the biggest game of the football calendar across the world and they are waiting the federation’s approval.

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10/18/2019 6:24:38 PM
<![CDATA[Salah doubtful for Man United clash ]]>
The winger suffered a tough injury against Leicester City as he was tackled by Leicester’s midfielder, Hamza Choudhury during the last minutes of the game.

“There are two more sessions to come from this afternoon and we have to see. Then we’ll make decisions, that’s how it is. Nothing is fixed.” Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, said on Friday.

Liverpool are travelling to Manchester in high spirits as they are leading the league table with 24 points from eight games and they did not lose a single point at the Premier League this season.

Klopp added “The players on international duty all came back healthy, which is very, very important, we now had three or four days with the full squad to prepare it, which is a little bit comfortable at least.”

Manchester United are having a tough time this season and they are only two points away from the relegation area after gaining 9 points from their first 8 games at the league.











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10/18/2019 6:22:54 PM
<![CDATA[El Clasico postponed due to security concerns]]>
The game was scheduled on 26 October at the Ctalan capital but the recent political tension in the region and the expected demonstrations on the day of the game forced the federation to postpone the game.

LaLiga requested to switch the venue of the game to Madrid and the second game in March to be played in Catalonia but the request saw opposition from both clubs.

Both clubs suggested 18 December as a new date for the biggest game of the football calendar across the world and they are waiting the federation’s approval.

In Madrid, Los Blancos asked to stick to the season’s calendar and postpone the game to be played in a later date instead of switching the venues.

In Barcelona, the club officials asked for the same decision of LaLiga of a similar incident in 2017 when Barcelona hosted Las Palmas at Camp Nou on 1 October, the same day of the Catalan independence referendum.

Barcelona asked the game to be postponed but LaLiga forced Barcelona to play or lose so the Catalan played the game behind closed doors.

At the end, the federation put an end to the never-ending Soap Opera and football fans will have to wait for another period to enjoy the game.


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10/18/2019 6:22:02 PM
<![CDATA[Premier League returns to action with the biggest game in the country]]>
Both teams face difficult circumstances at the time, the Reds from Manchester are only two points away from the relegation area after gaining 9 points from their first 8 games at the league.

On the other hand, the Reds from Liverpool are on fire as they lead the table with 24 points as no Premier League side won a point when they played against Jurgen Klopp’s boys this season.

The Reds from Manchester United cannot pave the way for the post-Ferguson era as they failed to win the league since the departure of their historic manager, Alex Ferguson.

In Liverpool. The historic era started in 2015 when the club signed the German visionary manager, Klopp, who put the team back on the map of football in the country and across the world, having led them to win 2019 UEFA Champions League in Madrid.

Both teams are living different emotions now and both Reds will use all their weapons to win the biggest game of the season, whatever the teams’ position in the table.
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10/18/2019 6:20:13 PM
<![CDATA[Ecotourists to be trained on biodiversity at national reserves]]>
“The training aims at qualifying tourists working or willing to work in the field of environmental guidance at the nature reserves to activate the concept of sustainable ecotourism and to protect wildlife and biodiversity,” the statement read.

The training is part of the ministry’s project of protecting Migratory Soaring Birds, which comes under the auspices of Minister of Environment Yasmine Fouad, the ministry said in a statement on Friday.

In program was launched in cooperation with the Ministry of Tourism, the Tour Guides Syndicate, a number of concerned parties and experts in tourism, environment and biodiversity, the statement continued.

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CAIRO - 24 April 2019: A group of 12 mass communication students at Cairo University launched in March a campaign called Egypt Invisible Map (EIM) to promote destinations fit for ecotourism adopting "Shades of Eco" as slogan. The students perceive tourism destinations in Egypt as having three shades: green, blue and yellow representing respectively landscapes, seas, and deserts and mountains.






Egypt's return to eco-tourism, tops 'Green Destinations'

CAIRO - 28 February 2019: As of 2015, ecotourism has been defined to mean "responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment, sustains the well-being of the local people, and involves interpretation and education," according to the International Ecotourism Society (TIES), the oldest and largest ecotourism society in the world.



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10/18/2019 6:02:09 PM
<![CDATA[Certified Mail to participate in Carthage Film Festival ]]>
The Egyptian movie will participate in the official competition of the festival.
“Elm el-Wosool” directedby Hisham Saqr participated in the discoveries film section in the last edition of Toronto Film Festival which was held from September 5-15, being the first Egyptian film to participate in an international film festival since the beginning of 2019.

“Elm el-Wosool” has previously participated in the Final Cut film section of the 75th Venice Film Festival, and also won the la Francophonie award in the training department of Carthage International Nights Film Festival.

The film is starring popular Egyptian actress, Basma, alongside Passant Shawky and Mohamed Sarhan. “Elm el-Wosool” is co-produced by Mohamed Hefzi's Film Clinic and Hisham Saqr's White Feather.

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10/18/2019 4:40:57 PM
<![CDATA[Cairokee to perform two concerts at El Sawy Cultural Wheel Oct.21,22]]>
Cairokee has launched at the end of March their latest album with the title "Abna'a el Batta el Soda” (The Ugly Ducklings) on their official youtube channel.

The album contains 8 tracks that are "Benkhaf'' ( We are Afraid), ''Kan lak Ma’aya'' ( You Have with me) , ''Ya abyad ya eswed'' ( Either White or Black), ''Hatlena bel ba’y leban'' ( Buy Gum with the Rest of Money), ''Yalla neghany'' ( Lets Sing) , ''Ana el segara'' ( I am the Cigarette), ''Ma’aad sagheran'' and ''Ana el sout” ( I am the Voice).

All tracks' compositions and music arrangements are by Cairokee except for "Ma aada Sagheran" that was arranged by “Sary Hany” and all the tracks' lyrics were written by Amir Eid except for "Benkhaf" by Mohamed Shafaay, "Hatlna Bel Ba’y Leban“ By Atwa ,”Ma’ad Sagheran" By Dr.Ahmed Khaled Tawfiq and" Ana el sout " by Nour AbdAllah .

The Ugly Ducklings is the album were Cairokee tried to handle many human fears and challenges such as anger, loss and rebel to direct many messages to all those who were defeated and rejected by others and by life itself! those who lost hope and who are suffering from any kind of discrimination.

Cairokee hits back the market after the massive success of their last album "No’ta Beida" A drop of white.

That their viewership on Youtube has exceeded over 170 million views on Youtube.

The whole album was filmed as music videos in a single location, except for their track “El Dinosaur”.

The album was made in their style along with different twists that their audience was not used to, but were well-received.


Cairokee is one of the most successful bands in Egypt; they are well-known for their folk and indie rock music, as well as their lyrics that tackle social and political issues in the country.

The band was founded in 2003, but their hit "Soot al-Horreya" (Voice of Freedom), launched online in 2011, took them to another level of fame and placed them among pop stars.






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10/18/2019 4:25:09 PM
<![CDATA[Water minister discusses Ethiopia’s dam issue in Budapest]]>
The meetings were held on the sidelines of the 2019 Budapest Water Summit that as held on October 15-17, with the participation of around 2,000 officials, the statement added, noting that the minister met with his counterparts of Hungary, Iraq, Oman, Senegal, Jordan, Palestine, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, to also discuss aspects of joint cooperation.

The Minister reviewed Egypt’s proposal concerning the dam’s operation and filling its reservoir during the periods of drought in a way that causes no harm to Ethiopia and two other downstream countries [Egypt and Sudan], the statement continued.

Egypt and Ethiopia are at loggerheads over the controversial the $4-billion dam, as Cairo voiced its concern over its share after Ethiopia started building the dam on the Blue Nile in May 2011.

A series of tripartite talks between the two countries along with Sudan has begun in 2014. One year later, the three countries reached an agreement, per which the downstream countries [Egypt and Sudan] should not be negatively affected by the construction of the dam. However, Cairo and Addis Ababa have recently blamed each other for hindering a final agreement concerning a technical problem.

President Abdel Fattah Elal-Sisi on Saturday affirmed on Oct. 12 Egypt’s water rights in the River Nile as Renaissance Dam negotiations reached a dead end as a result of the Ethiopian side's rejection to all proposals that take into account Egypt's water rights and interests.

On October 14, 2019, Deputy Foreign Minister for African Affairs Hamdy Louza met with ambassadors of Germany, Italy, and China to express Egypt’s discontent over the work of their companies in the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).

Also, Egyptian Center for Strategic Studies (ECSS) has released a new edition on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) entitled “Renaissance Dam: Dimensions, Repercussions and Future Courses”, regarding developments of negotiations after reaching a deadlock.

A number of top-level officials, diplomats, politics and legal scholars took part at a three-day conference organized by ECSS to discuss the legal, political and diplomatic aspects of the issue.

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CAIRO - 16 October 2019: The Egyptian Center for Strategic Studies (ECSS) has released a new edition on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), entitled "Renaissance Dam: Dimensions, Repercussions and Future Courses", regarding developments of negotiations after reaching a deadlock and President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi's statement at the UN that the dam "will not be operated by imposing a fait accompli."





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10/18/2019 4:19:50 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt urges WB, IMF to support regional integrity in Africa]]>
Addressing the Intergovernmental Group of 24 on International Monetary Affairs and Development in Washington, Nasr called on the WB and International Monetary Fund to expand investments in the region.

The minister said that Egypt's vision to face the slowdown in global economic growth and trade tensions is to achieve more economic integration and continue to take the path of reform to make our economies more competitive and attractive for investment, to achieve the aspirations of the world countries in growth and development.

Nasr explained that the Egyptian government has implemented a comprehensive economic and social reform program to promote sustainable growth, alleviate poverty, create good jobs, enable the private sector to promote growth, and provide opportunities for all sectors of society to participate in the economy, especially women and young entrepreneurs.

The Minister added that President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, as the chairman of the African Union, has set the achievement of regional economic integration as a top priority.

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Nasr also discussed Wednesday with the World Bank the provision of $500 million for the pollution control and solid waste management project in Egypt.

Nasr added in a statement that Egypt is also discussing with the World Bank raising the level of partnership to support the health and education sectors in Egypt.

For his part, World Bank Vice President for the Middle East and North Africa Farid Belhadj affirmed that Egypt is a very important country for the bank’s fields of work.

“Therefore the World Bank is keen to contribute effectively to the efforts exerted to achieve development in Egypt, especially in the field of infrastructure, in light of the economic and legislative reform that contributed to improving the investment climate in Egypt,”Belhadj explained.]]>
10/18/2019 4:15:54 PM
<![CDATA['Lama Benetwelled' movie in Egyptian cinemas starting Oct.23]]>
The movie was premiered at the third edition of El Gouna Film Festival on September 21 where the crew of the film will move on the red carpet.

When we are born, each one of us has a life path, which is then influenced by how we are raised and the beliefs ingrained in us.

The film interweaves the hopes and dreams of three characters at the center of the Egyptian lifestyle, accompanied by musical narration: a son who yearns to pursue a singing career against his father’s will, a romantic Christian woman who is in love with a Muslim man, and a newly-wed personal trainer who must compromise his principles for a chance to own a gym.

Will these characters make the best choices for themselves and the people they love? The film is written by Nadine Shams and directed by Egyptian director Tamer Ezzat.
"Lama Benetwelled" is starring Amr Abed, Sameh el-Serety, Ebtihal el-Serety, and Salma Hassan, Amir Eid among others.

It is worth mentioning that the organizers of El Gouna Film Festival's third edition granted renowned comedian Mohamed Henedy the Creative Achievement Award for his significant contribution to cinema in the festival closing ceremony.

The festival’s third edition ran from September 19 -27.

The festival's management granted as well the Palestinian director Mai Masry the same award in the opening ceremony.

Masry is one of the most prominent Palestinian directors. She is known for her documentaries, which focused on women and children.

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10/18/2019 4:13:56 PM
<![CDATA[Iconic Tahrir Square to be turned into ‘tourist destination’]]>
Tahrir Square is a symbol of a pivotal turning point for the Egyptians as it was the central place where millions of people protested against former President Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year-old era in 2011 Revolution. The square also witnessed the events of the 30 June 2013 when millions of Egyptians demonstrated and ousted the regime of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood’s ruling.

According to the statement, a pharaonic obelisk will be transferred to the square, adding that Minister of Housing Assem El Gazzar reviewed the structural system of the obelisk. He also was updated on the plan of gardening the area with planting more palm and olive trees.

The banners in the square will be removed to show aesthetic facades of the buildings of distinctive urban style, the statement continued.
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10/18/2019 3:07:58 PM
<![CDATA[Angham, Wael Gassar to perform in Kuwait on Nov.14]]>
Angham as well is scheduled to perform a concert at the Al-Manara Convention Center in the 5th Settlement on October 25.
She recently received Middle East Music Awards ( MEMA) for the best female singer in 2019.

The famed singer performed a concert at the Saudi city Jeddah on June 23. Murex D’or as well announced Angham best Arab singer and she received her award at the Murex D’or ceremony that took place on Saturday, April 6 in Lebanon.

She celebrated the release of her new album "Hala Khasa Gedan” (A very special case) on March 17 in one of Alexandria's biggest hotels; this was Angham's first concert after the release of her new album on Thursday, Feb. 21.

“Hala Khasa Gedan” consists of 14 songs, including “Ya Raitak Fahemni” (I wish you can understand me), “Habayebna” (Our loved ones), “Baol Nasiak" (I say I forgot you), “Metamena” (I am calm), “Leila”, and "Hala Khasa".

Angham officially announced her marriage to music distributor Ahmed Ibrahim. The star had to announce the marriage after a letter she sent to Ibrahim on his birthday was leaked.

Angham is an Egyptian singer, record producer and actress. She comes from an artistic family and was born in 1972. Her father is veteran musician and composer Mohamed Ali Soliman.

Angham is a popular Egyptian singer who started her artistic career in 1987 under the guidance of her father.

Following her divorce from Magdy Aref in 2000, Angham took much more control over her image and musical style. After that "Leih Sebtaha" (Why Did You Leave Her?) record established her into a strong position amid the constant emerge of new voices in the Middle Eastern music scene.

After a highly publicized feud between Alam El-Phan Music Records' president Mohsen Gaber and the artist, she moved to another record company, Rotana.

In 2005, she released the album "Bahibbik Wahashteeny" (I Love You, I Miss You) which was critically acclaimed, but did not achieve the expected commercial success.

In 2007, Angham returned to the forefront of Arabic pop music scene with her album "Kol ma N'arrab" (Whenever We Come Closer) which sold more than 500,000 copies across the Middle East in less than three months and was awarded a platinum certification.

She presented a group of successful songs such as "Etegah Wahed" (One Direction), "Toul Ma Enta Be'eid" (As Long As You Are Far), "Akteblak Ta3ahod" (I Pledge to You), and "Mahzoma" (Defeated), among other popular songs.

Profits made by Angham's albums during the past two decades remain the highest among other Egyptian singers of her category. It is worth noting that the star’s fans and critics in the industry named her “Egypt’s No. 1”.

Angham was the best-selling female pop artist in 2003. She is famous for her wide vocal range and romantic style.

Angham’s album “Rah Tethkerni” (You’ll Remember Me) gained great success at the time of its release. Angham cooperated with numerous Arab musicians and poets in the album such as Ahmad al-Sane’e, Khaled al-Awadhi, and Turki Al-Sheikh.

Angham performed for the first time in a massive concert in Saudi Arabia on Saturday, September 22 on the occasion of the Saudi Arabian National Day.

Angham's latest song "Bakhaf Afrah" (I am Afraid of Being Happy) hit about 9 million views on YouTube three weeks after its release. "Bakhaf Afrah" is written by Turki al-Sheikh and composed by Khaled Ezz.

The ninth edition of Beirut International Awards Festival (BIAF) honoured Angham on June 29, 2018.

The BIAF, which is held under the auspices of the Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, honours every year figures from different fields such as art, politics, culture, music, finance and humanitarian services.
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10/18/2019 2:36:18 PM
<![CDATA[AL chief renews call for immediate ceasefire in Tripoli]]>
The AL chief also urged all Libyan parties to engage in the political process that is sponsored by the United Nations for reaching a settlement of the Libyan crisis, added the statement.

Abul Gheit regretted the continuation of military operations in Libya, confirming that there is no military solution to the current situation in Libya and that the crisis could be only be settled in a political way, according to the statement.]]>
10/18/2019 2:07:22 PM
<![CDATA[More refugees arrive at Iraq in week of northeastern Syria violence ]]>
As of this morning, over 1,600 Syrian refugees have been transported from the border areas to Bardarash refugee camp, some 150 kilometers east of Syria-Iraq border.

The site has been prepped to receive the latest arrivals fleeing the fighting in northern Syria.

Newly arrived refugees told our staff that it took them days to get to the border as they fled amid shelling and fighting. Most of the new arrivals are women, children and elderly. Their general physical condition appears to be good, but some required psychosocial support.

In support of the response led by local authorities, our teams and those of other aid agencies and partners have been working round the clock to transport refugees to the Bardarash camp and meet their immediate needs.

Family tents are being pitched to provide shelter, water and sanitation systems have been put in place together with other basic facilities.

Upon arrival refugees are given hot meals, water, basic aid items including mattresses, blankets, kitchen sets, jerrycans and other items. Medical teams with ambulances and a mobile medical unit are present to provide medical assistance if needed. Our teams are working with partners to provide services needed including pyscho-social support and protection services. The refugees are registered using biometric iris-scanning and their specific needs are assessed to determine what kind of assistance they may require.

Meanwhile in Syria, after a week of violence in country’s northeast, we and our partners have been able so far to provide life-saving assistance to nearly 60,000 newly displaced Syrians as well as to those forced to flee from one camp to another.

Nearly 23,000 people have received core relief and winter items in the camps. UNHCR also provided same assistance to another 35,700 living in collective shelters and host communities.

The UN currently estimates some 166,000 people have been forced to flee their homes over the past seven days. Newly displaced families continue to seek shelter in camps, makeshift sites, communal shelters, with family, friends or acquaintances. Many of them have been displaced multiple times from one area to another in Al-Hassakeh, Tal Tamer and Raqqa.

Where possible, UNHCR teams conduct protection assessments and our response continues. Our protection partners identify those in need of specialized care and attention every day.

Given the new and significant humanitarian needs, UNHCR reiterates its calls for the protection of civilians and civilian infrastructure. It is also critical that humanitarian workers are given unfettered humanitarian access to reach those newly displaced and assist them wherever this is required. ]]>
10/18/2019 1:59:55 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian embassy in Beirut urges nationals to be cautious]]>
The embassy in a statement also urged the Egyptian nationals to follow the instructions of Lebanese authorities regarding their safety and security.

The statement included phone numbers through which the Egyptian nationals can contact the embassy in case of any emergency.

Other embassies in Lebanon have issued similar warning statements to their nationals living in Lebanon after the country has seen massive protests against bad living economic conditions.]]>
10/18/2019 1:53:08 PM
<![CDATA[World's largest wastewater treatment plant in Bahr al-Baqar finds funder]]>
As per the new deal, the fund will inject $284 million for the second phase after it had financed the first stage with $230 million, the statement said, adding that a mission from the Fund will visit Egypt in the coming few weeks to finalize the negotiations of the new deal.

In mitigation, Egypt is building the sewage water treatment plant to face water shortage that could affect around 0.5 million people in Sinai. The plant, which will treat sewage and agricultural wastewater of the longest drain (Bahr al-Baqar 1 drain), located in the east of Suez Canal. It will produce 5 million cubic meters per day to cultivate 250,000 feddans.


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CAIRO - 13 October 2018: In mitigation, Egypt will build the largest sewage water treatment plant to face water shortage that could affect around 0.5 million people in Sinai.




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10/18/2019 1:44:19 PM
<![CDATA[Swedish Academy defends choice for 2019 Nobel literature prize]]>

Handke’s prize has attracted criticism, including from survivors of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre who have called for the academy to revoke the 9 million Swedish crown ($930,000) award it announced last week.

In 2006, Handke spoke at the funeral of late Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic, who died while in detention awaiting trial at the U.N. war crimes tribunal in The Hague for his role in the wars in Balkans in the 1990s.

Handke also voiced support for Bosnian Serb leaders Radovan Karadzic and Ratko Mladic, who were convicted of genocide for the killing of more then 8,000 Muslim men and boys in the United Nations protected enclave of Srebrenica.

In an article published on Thursday in the Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter, Mats Malm, the head of the Swedish Academy, accepted that Handke had made “provocative, unsuitable and unclear comments in political questions”.

But he said the author of “The Goalie’s Anxiety at the Penalty Kick” and “Slow Homecoming” had not glorified bloodshed and had clearly condemned the Srebrenica massacre.

“The Academy ... has not found anything in his writing that constitutes an attack on civil society or on the respect for the equality of all people,” Malm wrote.

The Academy quoted an article from 2006 in the German newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung in which Handke said the Srebrenica massacre was the worst crime against humanity in Europe since Word War Two.

The Academy was forced to postpone the 2018 Literature prize after a scandal that led to the husband of one member being convicted of rape.

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama has accused the Academy of “diminishing the value of the prize” by awarding it to Handke and “wading into yet another scandal that will tarnish its reputation for decades to come.”

The Academy’s decision has been widely criticised in Albania and Kosovo, where an estimated 10,000 ethnic Albanians were killed and almost 1 million put to flight during a 1998-99 war waged by forces under Milosevic.

Munira Subasic, president of the Mothers of Srebrenica association which represents survivors of the 1995 massacre, told Reuters the Swedish Academy’s decision was “shameful”.







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10/18/2019 12:47:32 PM
<![CDATA[Elissa to perform in Alexandria on Dec.12]]>
This concert will be the first to Elissa in Egypt after her previous decision to quit singing.

The heartthrob Lebanese singer is scheduled to perform as well in Mexico in November.

On October 3, Elissa directed a message to all women to raise awareness of breast cancer in the month of awareness of the disease (October), encouraging all women to undergo early tests.

“October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, my case, my story and my strength, if you're a woman, see your doctor for regular check-ups." tweeted Elissa on her official twitter account.

“Encourage all women around you to undergo early detection tests to make the healing process easier, for yourself and for all those who love you" continued Elissa.



She will also perform a massive concert at the Olympia Hall at Paris on November 1.

On August 19, Elissa surprised her audience with shocking news that she is retiring, stressing that the album she is currently working on will be the last in her singing career.

"I am preparing this new album with a lot of love and passion. The reason is that it will be the last one in my career.

I am announcing this with a heavy heart but with a lot of conviction because I can’t work in a field that is similar to mafias. I can’t be productive anymore," Elissa commented on her Twitter account.

Elissa recently presented the song "Abl ay Had" (Before Anyone) promoting for a major telecom company in Egypt. The song is written by Tamer Habib and composed by Ehab Abdel Wahed.

The song/commercial is the production of Synergy and has received positive reactions on social media platforms.

Elissa 's latest work was a video clip for the song "Karhani" off her last album "Ella kol Elly Behbouni" (To all those who love me).

It is a song in the Lebanese dialect written by Ali el-Mawla, composed by Fadel Suleiman and directed by Angy Gamal.

On February 4, in conjunction with the International Day of Cancer, Lebanese singer Elissa was keen to launch an awareness campaign, asking Lebanese people to detect this disease early.

"Cancer is present now in every family in Lebanon; we can’t ignore it anymore," Elissa previously wrote on her Twitter account.

Elissa performed a concert in Egypt on January 18. The yield of the concert was fully dedicated to Egyptian breast cancer patients. Elissa previously expressed her happiness for being chosen to be the ambassador of the breast cancer awareness campaign.

“I am proud to be the ambassador of the national campaign to combat breast cancer," said the star during the campaign.

Elissa revealed having breast cancer in her latest clip "Ela Kol Ely Beyheboony" (To All Those Who Love Me), in which she shed light on her struggle with the disease and her recovery.

Elissa is one of Lebanon's most famous singers and one of the best known artists in the Arab world. She was the best-selling female Middle Eastern artist for 2005 and 2009.

In 2005, 2006 and 2010, she received the World Music Award for Best Selling Middle Eastern Artist, and became the first Lebanese singer to receive the World Music Award for Best Selling Middle Eastern Artist.

It is worth mentioning that he Lebanese star has sold over 30 million albums worldwide.

Elissa is also one of the richest celebrities in Lebanon, with an estimated wealth of over $40 million. As of 2017, Elissa has had over 44 million followers on social media.

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10/18/2019 12:42:33 PM
<![CDATA[Local Development Ministry stops tuk-tuk licenses: spox]]>
In an interview with Egypt Today, Khaled Qasem said the ministry takes into account the social aspects while implementing the replacement program, and studies ways to provide alternative employment opportunities for tuk-tuk drivers through the national project for human and community development "Mashro3ak (Mashrou'ak)."

Qasem said the 7-passenger minivan vehicles can now obtain a taxi license.

Being unsafe and unlicensed, tuk-tuks were banned as a means of transportation as per a government decree.

The Egyptian government, chaired by Moustafa Madbouli, ordered tuk-tuk assembling factors to not produce auto rickshaws anymore, according to a statement from the cabinet in September.

The government will buy the tuk-tuks from their owners and give them minivans in return, while the owners will pay the price difference of two vehicles in soft loans, Cabinet Spokesperson Nader Saad told Akher al-Nahar talk show on al-Nahar channel.

The old and withdrawn tuk-tuks will turn into junk, he said, adding that the cabinet will hold a meeting with representatives of tuk-tuk assembling factors to change manufacturing lines for minivans production.

In March 2018, the state-owned Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CPAMS) said that the number of licensed tuk tuks in Egypt in the period between 2014 and 2016 reached 99,000 tuk-tuks, noting that the number is increasing. Meanwhile, the number of unlicensed tuk-tuks reached more than 3 million rickshaws.
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10/18/2019 11:33:58 AM
<![CDATA[Cairo hosts meeting for Libyan MPs Friday]]>
The meetings are expected to witness discussions among Libyan parliamentarians to help resolve the Libyan crisis.

Members of the Libyan House have arrived in Cairo to participate in the meetings aiming at unifying Libyan efforts and developing a roadmap, as well as working to find a solution to the current crisis.

This meeting is the second to be hosted by Cairo, as the Libyan MPs met in Cairo in July, within the framework of the Egyptian efforts to restore channels of dialogue between the Libyan parliamentarians in order to find decisive solutions to Libya.

July meeting

More than 80 Libyan lawmakers have gathered in Cairo in July where discussions kicked off to reach a solution to deter foreign interference in the Libyan affairs.

The meetings, led by the Egyptian National Committee on Libya, is part of a series of talks hosted in Cairo to bring together different Libyan parties for the sake of achieving stability and security in the war-torn state. The committee invited around 80 Libyan lawmakers representing the west, south and east parts of the North African state.

Set to conclude Monday, the committee's discussions aim to unify Libyan powers, and consolidate the Libyan Parliament’s role in restructuring the oil-rich country.

“Libyan parliamentarians are coming to Cairo to listen to the advice of their Egyptian peers, who have experience in parliamentary work and democracy, as Libya is still at the beginning of its democratic path. I am optimistic about the discussions held in Cairo,” Libyan Member of Parliament Ali el-Saeedy told Egypt Today on the sidelines of the July meeting.]]>
10/18/2019 10:36:18 AM
<![CDATA[IMF: Egypt used $12B loan effectively]]>
At a press conference in Washington DC, on Thursday, she said that Egypt’s usage of the loan has been reflected on the indicators of the economy positively, amid great support for social protection programs.

She also pointed out that Egypt is determined to continue work on reforms, stressing that reducing energy subsidies enabled the government to allocate more money for sectors of education, health and human development.

Georgieva explained that she met with Egypt’s Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly few days ago, as they highlighted the importance of enhancing private sector role in the Egyptian economy through the participation of youth in economic development.

Egypt has achieved significant economic indicators through its reform program implemented over the past three years, most notably the declining in public, and the decrease of unemployment and inflation rates, stressing that the IMF is currently studying further cooperation with Egypt during the coming period.

Madbouly attended on Tuesday the World Bank and the IMF meetings that run from October 14-20 in Washington, USA.

Madbouly also met with US officials and representatives of the business and financial sectors along with heads of major US companies.
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10/17/2019 10:14:20 PM
<![CDATA[Turkey agrees with U.S. to pause Syria assault]]>
The truce was announced by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence after talks in Ankara with Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan, and was swiftly hailed by President Donald Trump, who said it would save “millions of lives”.

But if implemented it would achieve all the main objectives Turkey announced when it launched the assault eight days ago: control of a strip of Syria more than 30 km (20 miles) deep, with the Kurdish YPG militia, formerly close U.S. allies, obliged to pull out.

“The safe zone will be primarily enforced by the Turkish Armed Forces,” a joint U.S.-Turkish statement released after the talks said.

A Turkish official told Reuters Ankara got “exactly what we wanted” from the talks with the United States. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu described it as a pause, solely to allow the Kurdish fighters to withdraw.

Kurdish fighters would be forced to give up their heavy weapons and their positions would be destroyed, Cavusoglu said. He declined to call the agreement a “ceasefire”, saying ceasefires could be agreed only by legitimate sides, and not by the Kurds that Turkey considers terrorists.

Pence said Washington had already been in contact with the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which had agreed to withdraw and were already pulling out.

Trump tweeted: “Great news out of Turkey”.

“Thank you to Erdogan,” Trump said. “Millions of lives will be saved!”

“Today the United States and Turkey have agreed to a ceasefire in Syria,” Pence told a news conference after more than four hours of talks at the presidential palace in Ankara.

“The Turkish side will pause Operation Peace Spring in order to allow for the withdrawal of YPG forces from the safe zone for 120 hours,” Pence said. “All military operations under Operation Peace Spring will be paused, and Operation Peace Spring will be halted entirely on completion of the withdrawal.”

The deal struck with Erdogan also provided for Turkey not to engage in military operations in the flashpoint Syrian border town of Kobani, Pence said. Cavusoglu said Turkey had given no commitments about Kobani.

Pence added that he had spoken to Trump after the talks and that Trump had expressed his gratitude for the ceasefire accord. Washington’s main goal had been to halt the violence, and it had succeeded, Pence said.

The Turkish assault has created a new humanitarian crisis in Syria with 200,000 civilians taking flight, a security alert over thousands of Islamic State fighters abandoned in Kurdish jails, and a political maelstrom at home for Trump.

Trump has been accused of abandoning Kurdish-led fighters, Washington’s main partners in the battle to dismantle Islamic State’s self-declared caliphate in Syria, by withdrawing troops from the border as Ankara launched its offensive on Oct. 9.

Trump had defended his move on Wednesday as “strategically brilliant”. He said he thought Pence and Erdogan would have a successful meeting, but warned of sanctions and tariffs that “will be devastating to Turkey’s economy” otherwise.

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10/17/2019 8:44:04 PM
<![CDATA[Marriage of Sweet Cinnabon Roll, Gorgeous Coffee is Sensational Way to Unwind]]>October, when people worldwide enjoy distinctive tastes of coffee and cinnamon rolls together; it is the time for fika with Cinnabon!

Fika is a big part of every Swede’s daily life. Fika means to have a coffee break, which is having coffee combined with some form of baked goods. And cinnamon rolls are a particularly popular accompaniment. Fika is an opportunity to take a break, and to meet and hang out with friends.

In celebrating coffee and cinnamon roll, the perfect pairing, Cinnabon® cheers you on to pair your favorite Cinnabon® roll with the right coffee. Our warm, ooey-gooey Cinnabon roll teamed up with the perfect cup of coffee is a totally new level of flavor experience.

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It all started with a father and a son on a mission to create the world’s greatest cinnamon roll from scratch. One master baker, months of trial and error, hundreds of different recipes and BOOM! You got the sweet, cinnamon-spiced perfection that soon became the calling card of Cinnabon®, Makara cinnamon, fresh-baked dough, waves of frosting, and even love baked into every bite. On December 4, 1985, the father and son transformed their hard-earned dream into a delicious reality with the opening of the first Cinnabon® Bakery.

Cinnabon® is a celebration of senses, a marvelous mood-booster. Cinnabon® makes life sweeter by casting a mesmerizing spell that suspends reality—a way to escape the mundane, briefly transporting you to a happy place or a sweet childhood memory.

Cinnabon rolls were made to be enjoyed with a caffeine kick, the perfect pairing. And we all enjoy coffee differently. Determining which Cinnabon roll and coffee pair well together is entirely up to you. To get you started, we created a simple guide on how to construct a coupling of Cinnabon roll and coffee that sings in your mouth.

Cinnabon Caramel roll and Chocobon are great with milky coffees. With black coffee, go for the Classic, Caramel Pecan and Mixed Berry rolls. Just about anything pairs well with black coffee. Espresso, with its bold coffee flavor, pairs nicely with something intense like the Chocobon. As for a frothy cappuccino or a mellow latte, have something you can dunk a little that softens in your mouth, like the CinnaChips, to complement it. Mocha, which is essentially a latte with a splash of chocolate, is liquid dessert. So drink mocha on its own, or try it with the poppable Classic BonBites. As for Turkish coffee and macchiato, we recommend you take small sips while you munch on CinnaChips or BonBites.


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You can grab a Cinnabon Roll-on-the-go when you have to drive and want to enjoy the perfect pairing, but could do without the mess. The Roll-on-the-go is a delightful bon that’s torn into pieces and ready to be devoured. Play around with different toppings. Ask for extra dipping sauces (mixed berry, chocolate, caramel and cream cheese frosting) with your CinnaChips and test them with Cinnabon iced coffee range, like the cold brews and Chillattas. You can experiment at home with the freshly baked Cinnapack that’s ready to heat, eat and enjoy. Order extra frosting. Try different flavor shots with your coffee: vanilla, chocolate, caramel, cinnamon roll (yes, it’s a flavor!), raspberry, winter spice, toffee nut, cookies & cream, and more.

Give it a try. Start putting Cinnabon and coffee pairings to the test and see which ones resonate with you the most. Remember, it’s your preference. There is no wrong way. We encourage you to have a go and try and try again until you become a superb match-maker. Finding the perfect Cinnabon-coffee pairing is pure bliss.

When you do find the perfect pairing, let us know in the comments, on Facebook, or on Instagram.

Have fun exploring these Cinnabon® perfect pairings because the possibilities are endless!
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10/17/2019 6:33:42 PM
<![CDATA[Corruption can be disguised as compliment: Sisi]]>
“The compliment is corruption; if you want to fight corruption in your country, do not pay anyone a compliment,” he said at the graduation of the first batch of Armed Forces' Faculty of Medicine students, indicating that some people do illegal acts and irregularities such as nepotism in favor of others as a kind of compliment.

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President Sisi has always asserted on applying strict measures within the government institutions to crack down on any violation. He hailed the role played by the Administrative Control Authority (ACA) on different occasions.

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He praised the new graduates, saying that the Faculty of Medicine of the Armed Forces was a dream six years ago, but now the dream has come true.

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President Sisi added that he himself was following up the establishment of the faculty on a daily basis, saying “every official has to follow up [what he is working on] to the end and even after doing his job.”
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The President asserted that the faculty students received computer-based tests to avoid nepotism that could be practiced by humans.


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10/17/2019 5:14:53 PM
<![CDATA[‘Abwab el-Rahma’ to be screened at Zawya Cinema on Oct. 17]]>
The film, which will be screened on Oct. 17 at 7 pm, discusses the story of Nadia, a mother of a newborn girl in Cairo. Her daughter Laila was born as a result of a relationship outside of legal marriage. She decided to keep her baby against her family's demand for an abortion, resulting in both Nadia and her daughter to become outcasts.

“Abwab el-Rahma” traces Nadia's struggle as she deals with her family in the face of a communal and family rejection, while struggling to obtain a birth certificate for the child, who desperately needs medical attention.

The film also highlights a group of voiceless women and children in Egypt. Thousands of Egyptians are born out of wedlock in a society that stigmatizes them and refuses to recognize them. They are even denied access to basic education, health care and the right to vote. The film stars Tharaa Jbeil, Lubna Wans, Hanan Youssef and Magda Mounir.

Young director Abdullah al-Daly said in a statement about the film that it is dedicated to all individuals seeking forgiveness from a society that seems to be perfect but actually is double-faced and hypocritical.

The film poses an important question: Should we eliminate the future of a baby girl whose parents have sinned? Why society harms women without prejudice to men despite their participation in the same offense?

Daly earned his master's degree in cinematography and visual arts from the New York Film Academy, and worked in several film productions in Los Angeles.

The film has officially participated in many international festivals such as Shnit Short Film Festival, Rwanda Film Festival’s Semi-Finals in addition to being Nominated for Best Editing at the Grand Off Short Film Festival, among others.

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10/17/2019 3:51:48 PM
<![CDATA[Rabie, Khater to co-star in new Ramadan series in 2020]]>
“Fekra Be Million Geneih” (EGP 1M Idea) was Rabie’s last series broadcast in Ramadan 2019. The series co-starred Sahar el-Sayegh, Sabreen, Salah Abdullah and Karim Afifi. Currently, “Masrah Masr” (Egypt’s Theater) 7th season in which Rabie participated is being broadcast.

On the other hand, Khater also participated in the previous Ramadan season with the screenplay “Talqet Haz” co-starring Ayten Amer, Wahba Magdy, Mohamed Anwar, Rania Shahin and Inaam Salousa. The series is written by Ihab Beleibal and directed by Ahmed Amin.

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10/17/2019 3:49:39 PM
<![CDATA[President to be chairman of NMEC board of trustees]]>
The new regulations set clear terms of reference for the Board of Trustees, after the approval of the Committee of Culture, Information and Antiquities at the House of Representatives (the Parliament).

Article 5 of the draft law stipulates that the trustees, the museum management will subject to the administration of the board of directors, and the chief executive officer.

As per Article 6, the museum Board of Trustees will be responsible for approving the general policies, plans and strategic affairs of the Museum, enabling the authority to make decisions as deemed necessary, and allowing the museum to fulfill its cultural, historical and scientific mission to the world.

The National Museum of Egyptian Civilization houses a large collection of valuable artefacts.

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10/17/2019 3:46:43 PM
<![CDATA[With semi-collective rise, EGX adds LE 2.88 billion to market cap.]]>
The benchmark EGX 30 inched down 0.02 percent, or 3.37 point, to close at 14,205.86 points.

On the other hand, the equally weighted index EGX 50 climbed 0.88 percent, or 17.93 points, to end at 2,063.14 points.

The small and mid-cap index EGX 70 increased 0.61 percent, or 3.24 points, to close at 534.71 points, and the broader index EGX 100 jumped 0.53 percent, or 7.47 points, to 1,414.96 points.

Market capitalization gained LE 2.88 billion, recording LE 717.85 billion, compared to LE 714.96 billion in Wednesday's session.

The trading volume reached 393.78 million shares, traded through 24,386 transactions, with a turnover of LE 869.12 million.

Egyptian investors were net buyers at LE 25.03 million, while Arab and foreign investors were net sellers at LE 12.28 million , and LE 12.75 million, respectively.

Egyptian, Arab and foreign individuals were net sellers at LE 54.58 million, LE 19.84 million, and LE 7.94 million, respectively.

Egyptian and Arab organizations bought at LE 79.61 million, and LE 7.56 million, respectively, while foreign organizations sold at LE 20.69 million.

Medinet Nasr Housing, Arabia Investments Holding, and Qatar National Bank Alahly were top gainers of the session by 6.85 percent, 4.63 percent and 4.57 percent, respectively.

Meanwhile, Gharbia Islamic Housing Development, Wadi Kom Ombo Land Reclamation, and Sharkia National Foodwere top losers of the session by 7.66 percent, 5.78 percent, and 4.33 percent, respectively.

EGX ended Wednesday in green, as EGX 30 rose 1.06 percent, EGX 50 climbed 1.35 percent, EGX 70 increased 1.37 percent, and EGX 100 jumped 1.22 percent.
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10/17/2019 3:36:11 PM
<![CDATA[Serbia, Egypt speakers talk parliamentary cooperation]]>
This came on the sidelines of the 141st Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) held in Serbia's Belgrade between October 11-17, Egyptian media reported on Thursday.

The parliamentary cooperation with Syria has witnessed significant development since Abdel Aal's visit to Belgrade in July last year, Egyptian Ambassador Amr Aljowaily said.

In April, Egypt’s ambassador in Belgrade, along with several Arab ambassadors, contributed in launching the first Serbian-Arab Friendship Day during a cultural ceremony in the National Library of Serbia.

Abdel Aal in July, 2018, departed to Belgrade, upon an invitation from Gojković, to mark the 110th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Gojković, in June, was also keen to visit Egypt to convey an invitation to President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi from his Serbian counterpart to visit Belgrade. Gojković renewed the invitation during Abdel Aal's visit, the ambassador said.

She also affirmed her country's support for Egypt's initiatives in multilateral relations, its legal rights with regard to natural resources, and expressed also appreciation for the Egyptian efforts to combat terrorism, which threatens the entire international community.
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10/17/2019 2:40:17 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt welcomes US sanctions against Turkey]]>
Cairo also regretted the marked deterioration of the humanitarian conditions and the displacement of thousands of Syrians. According to a statement issued five days ago by the United Nations, more than 130,000 people were displaced, while other human rights organizations said the number is estimated up to 400,000 persons, Reuters reported.

“Egypt welcomes US President Donald Trump's recent stance towards these developments, particularly the clear US rejection of the ongoing Turkish attacks on Syrian territory and the imposition of initial sanctions on the Turkish regime,” the statement read. Cairo also praised Trump’s support to the principles and norms of international legitimacy.

In his meeting with Jordanian King Abdullah II last week, Egypt's President Abdel Fattah El Sisi affirmed his country's rejection to the Turkish aggression against Syrian territories and sovereignty.

On October 9, 2019, Turkey has launched a military offensive against the Kurds in northeastern Syria, a step that was slammed by the US, Arab states and many Western nations. On the same day, President Trump sent Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan asking them to stop his offensive and threatened to destroy the Turkish economy. Trump concluded his letter to Erdogan saying “Don’t be a tough guy! Don’t be a fool!.”

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Four days ago, Trump published a letter concerning taking an executive order to impose financial sanctions against Turkish officials, to increase steel tariff up to 50 percent, and to bar Turkish from entering the US territories.




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10/17/2019 2:32:46 PM
<![CDATA[CBE to issue LE 19B in T-bills Thursday]]>
The T-bills will be offered in two installments; the first installment is valued at LE 9.5 billion with a 182-day term and the second is worth LE 9.5 billion with a 357-day term.

T-bills are issued every Sunday and Thursday.

For the current fiscal year, the budget deficit is estimated to record LE 445.1 billion, or 7.2 percent, planned by the ministry to be financed through treasury bills and bonds and through international and Arab loans.

Earlier in September, The Monetary Policy Committee of the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) cut the overnight deposit rate, the overnight lending rate, and the rate of the main operation by 100 basis points.

The overnight deposit rate, the overnight lending rate, and the rate of the main operation are cut to be at 13.25 percent, 14.25 percent, and 13.75 percent, higher than economists’ expectations.

A number of economists said the appeal of foreigners to Egyptian debt instruments would continue even after interest rates were cut.

Experts predict that interest rates on debt instruments will continue to fall due to falling interest rates, especially as they recorded a decline in their latest offer.

The Ministry of Finance aims to reduce the government debt to GDP ratio to 82.5 percent by the end of June 2020 and to 77.5 percent by the end of June 2022.
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10/17/2019 1:34:19 PM
<![CDATA[Launch of '1M Health' in Chad confirms Sisi's credibility: amb.]]>
The Chadian Ambassador in Cairo stressed that the initiative is a gesture of human civilization and confirms the extent of African interdependence under the auspices of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi.

Khatri explained that Chadian President Idriss Deby asked the Chadian ambassadors abroad, especially in the Arab countries, to strengthen relations with the Arab countries, and especially with Egypt.

Besides treating patients, the Egyptian medical team is also training the Chadian side to carry out a survey on hepatitis viruses. The training includes doctors, pharmacists and laboratory officials.

It is noteworthy that the initiative of "100 Million Health" aims at the early detection of C virus and of non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, pressure and obesity and provides medication for free.

In January 2019, Egypt’s Minister of Health Hala Zayed unveiled an Egyptian initiative to treat African people from Hepatitis C, starting with the Nile Basin countries that have an estimated 3.7 million Hepatitis C patients, representing 30 percent of the total number of infected people in Africa.

During a meeting with members of the Parliament's African Affairs Committee headed by Tarek Radwan, Zayed said that the ministry currently works to help the Nile Basin countries cure the cases that test positive for Hepatitis C and will send medical personnel from the private and public sectors to these states.

This initiative will help spread Egyptian medicine and open markets for it, Zayed said, adding that it offers an opportunity to export medicine to Africa and an opportunity to treat 1 million people infected with the blood-borne disease in the Nile Basin countries.

In April 2019, Megahed told Egypt Today that the Health Ministry is establishing 13 centers to treat African people from Hepatitis C, stressing that Egypt has made significant progress in the treatment of virus C.

In September 2019, Egypt’s Ministry of Health announced the arrival of a medical team in South Sudan, headed by Mohamed Gad, head of the Egyptian Ambulance Authority and supervisor of the external health relations sector in the ministry.

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10/17/2019 1:22:30 PM
<![CDATA[Lithuania hails Egypt's efforts to resolve crises in afflicted areas]]>
Linkevičius hailed the importance of strengthening the legal framework for cooperation between the two countries.

This statement was issued following a meeting between Linkevičius and his Egyptian counterpart, Sameh Shoukry on Wednesday in the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius, during which they discussed a number of regional and international issues of mutual concern.

The two ministers discussed ways to strengthen bilateral cooperation in the political and economic fields, according to the statement, and also reviewed the security and political situation in the Middle East and Africa region.

The statement also referred to a memorandum of understanding that was signed to enhance cooperation in the agricultural field. Under the agreement, the two countries would adopt effective exchange of information, and share the best practices in the areas of phytosanitary (measures to control plant diseases), agricultural technology and food production.

Shoukry, during the meeting, reiterated Egypt's rejection of the Turkish aggression in northern Syria, referring to its negative repercussions on the political settlement and the humanitarian situation in Syria, Egyptian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.]]>
10/17/2019 1:15:37 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian industries federation, German health alliance mull coop.]]>
The FEI detailed in a press statement on Wednesday that the delegation, which is currently on a visit to Germany, and the alliance mulled cooperation in the domains of nursing, vaccines and systems of managing hospitals as well as smart programs used in the health sector in Germany.

Both sides agreed that a delegation of the GHA will pay a visit to study the Egyptian market and explore investment opportunities in this sector in the country, the statement added.]]>
10/17/2019 12:56:56 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt to host Pan African Leather Fair in June 2020]]>
The fair will be organized by the Cairo Development & Investment Company in cooperation with Egypt International Exhibition Center, and under the auspices of the Trade and Industry Ministry, the Leather Export Council of Egypt, and the Federation of the Egyptian Industries’ Leather Chamber.

This is the first fair of its kind in Africa and the Middle East, el Maghrabi said, adding that the event would help enhance the leather industry in Egypt, and increase its level of competitiveness in regional and international arenas.]]>
10/17/2019 12:52:36 PM
<![CDATA[French FM in Iraq to discuss ISIS prisoners in Syria]]>
Concerns have been on the rise since the announcement of a Turkish offensive that has triggered fears of mass jailbreaks.

European governments are worried that the Turkish operation will allow the escape of some of the 12,000 suspected ISIS group fighters.

In his talks with his Iraqi counterpart Mohammed Ali Al-Hakim, President Barham Saleh and Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi, Le Drian said, “We need to work things out with the Iraqi authorities so that we can find a way to have a judicial mechanism that is able to judge all these fighters, including obviously the French fighters.”

One issue will be Iraq’s use of the death penalty, which is outlawed throughout the EU.

Belgium, Britain, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands and Sweden sent officials on a technical mission to Baghdad this week to assess the situation.

“There are talks between the Americans, the British, French and Iraqis about funding the construction of prisons,” Hisham Al-Hashemi, an Iraqi expert on ISIS, told AFP.

Hundreds of foreigners have been sentenced to death or life imprisonment in Iraq for belonging to ISIS.

According to the Kurdish administration, there are around 12,000 suspected ISIS fighters in the custody of Kurdish security forces across northeastern Syria.

At least 2,500 of them are non-Iraqi foreigners of more than 50 different nationalities. Tunisia is thought to have the biggest contingent.
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10/17/2019 12:25:37 PM
<![CDATA[US envoy demands UN to renew arms embargo on Iran]]>
Under the Iran nuclear deal, which the US pulled out of last year, a UN ban on weapons sales to Tehran will end in October 2020.

“Countries like Russia and China will be able to sell conventional weapons to Iran,” Hook said. “The Iranian regime will also be free to sell weapons to anyone.

“The moment Iran is allowed to buy advanced drones, missiles, tanks, and jets, it will do so. This will be a win for its proxies across the region, who will use such arms to then attack other nations on Iran’s behalf.”

“Iran continues to threaten its neighbors with ballistic missiles, conducts criminal maritime activity in international waters, continues to unlawfully hold American citizens, and fuels dangerous proxy conflicts in Yemen, Syria, Iraq and Lebanon,” he told the hearing.

“It is my assessment that the maximum pressure campaign against Iran is working and can serve as the bridge to more meaningful negotiations,” Risch said.

The hearing heard that since May of last year, over 30 rounds of sanctions have denied the regime of more than $25 billion in oil revenue.

United States, according to Hook, is seeking a comprehensive deal to address the threats that Iran presents to international peace and security “including their nuclear and missile programs and its support to terror groups and proxies.”
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10/17/2019 12:24:31 PM
<![CDATA[Deadly Meningitis vaccination costs LE145, MoH denies MB rumors]]>
The ministry statement on Thursday also denied rumors regarding the spread of the virus across Egypt and affirmed health teams across Egypt are conducting periodic epidemiological scan and checking foreign citizens for deceases to prevent the spread of viruses and epidemics.

The National Vaccination Center (VACSERA) has warned that Meningitis can easily spread through coughing and sneezing, as direct or indirect contact with an infected person increases your risk of getting the same virus.

A statement by the center has said the virus can also be transmitted through food or using the same utensils as the infected person.

The average incubation period is four days, but can range between two and 10 days.

The most common symptoms are a stiff neck, high fever, sensitivity to light, confusion, headaches and vomiting.

Meningococcal disease is potentially fatal and should always be viewed as a medical emergency. Admission to a hospital or health center is necessary.

The largest concentration of meningococcal disease is in sub-Saharan Africa. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 4,100 cases of bacterial meningitis are reported each year in the United States.


How to protect yourself against Meningitis:



• Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with warm water and soap.

• Wash your hands before eating, after using the toilet, after changing a diaper, or after tending to someone who is ill.

• Do not share eating utensils, straws, or plates.

• Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze.

• Stay up to date with immunizations and booster shots for meningitis.

• Ask your doctor about immunizations before traveling to countries with higher rates of meningitis.
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10/17/2019 12:13:26 PM
<![CDATA[Cairo Metro's 1st line system disrupted as crane collapses]]>
As a result, the electricity network between Ghamra and Demerdash stations on the first line was cut, official sources said.

The three stations of Manshiyet al-Sadr, Demerdash and Ghamra stopped receiving passengers as a consequence, and trains were not able to move beyond Kobri al-Kobba, the station before Manshiyet al-Sadr.

The problem was partially solved, the Transportation Minister said, after around five hours of suspension, and apologized for passengers. Cairo Metro also announced providing alternative public buses transporting passengers between the areas around the suspended stations.

Ahmed Abdel Hady, Cairo Metro spokesman, said the transportation police arrested those responsible for the incident and seized the crane vehicle, affirming continuing work to fix the problem.
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10/17/2019 12:08:58 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s mango exports rise up to 15211 tons]]>
The Central Department of Agricultural Quarantine's report on the movement of Egyptian agricultural products' exports showed an increase in the exports of mango to 15211 tons. Also, more discussions and talks are taking place by the Ministry of Agriculture's officials to open new markets and increase exports to several countries.

Head of the Central Department of Agricultural Quarantine Ahmed al-Attar told Egypt Today that Egypt’s mango exports meet all the international requirements, pointing out that opening more foreign markets will contribute to increasing the total fruit exports, especially in South Africa.

In April 2019, Egypt announced exporting more than 20 food products and crops worth $408 million, according to the General Organization for Export and Import Control (GOEIC).GOEIC published a list of all exported agricultural and processed food products, classifying them into three groups.

First: Fresh and dry citrus, potatoes, cheese, wheat, and chocolate.Second: Frozen vegetables, onions, garlic, dried and fresh mango, guava, figs, dates, synthesized tobacco, and sugarcane.Third: peanut, pastries, fruit juices and fresh tomatoes.
In a similar vein, Egypt's exports of fresh strawberries reached 22,400 tons during the period from January 1 to March 16, Attar said.

Attar added that all exports of fresh strawberries are subject to all the procedures and requirements of quarantine, adding that the procedures of exporting agricultural products, especially vegetables and fruits,are strictly enforced in all markets of the world.]]>
10/17/2019 11:05:32 AM
<![CDATA[Zamalek fans receive their Handball champions at Cairo Airport]]>
It is noteworthy that the first half of the game ended with a score of 17/14 for Sporting, but soon recovered Zamalek stars shine and spirit of victory in the second half to achieve a draw and then won the title.

This is the 12th African Championship in Zamalek club history to continue the African domination for the third consecutive competition.

The tournament saw the white team achieve the full mark by winning all their confrontations, where Zamalek qualified to the final by beating Angola's Inter Club 30/18, and Sporting qualified to the final by beating JSK Congolese 27/20.

Zamalek succeeded in achieving the full mark in the first round by defeating both: Cape Verde desportivo, Congolese star, Fab Cameroon and Widad Samara of Morocco.]]>
10/17/2019 11:01:12 AM
<![CDATA[Egyptian Football team start Military World Cup with a 0-0 draw against Greece]]>
Egypt’s Brazilian coach, Farias, started the game with a team consisting of "Mohamed Shaaban, Ahmed Alaa, Ali El-Fil, Islam Serry, Assem Salah, Mohannad Lasheen, Amr El-Sisi, Ahmed Samir, Abou El-Magd Boucha, Karim Tarek and Amr Gamal."

Farias has pushed three changes: Abdel Rahman Zola instead of Islam Serri, Karim Mamdouh instead of Karim Tarek and Ahmed Kaboria instead of Amr El Sisi.

The Brazilian Sergio Farias, announced the list of the team that will participate in the military World Cup and the list included 21 players are: "Mohamed Bassam, Mohamed Shaaban, Ali Mohab, Ahmed Sami, Ahmed Alaa, Mohamed Abou El Magd Boucha, Islam Serry, Assem Salah, Mohamed Nasif, Mahmoud Sami, Amr Sisi, Ahmed Caboria, MuhannadLashin and Ahmed Daouda, Ahmed Abdel Rahman Zola, Ahmed Samir, Karim Tarek, Mamdouh Khaled Abdel Meguid, Hussam Paulo, Amr Gamal and Mohamed Shehata.

The technical and coaching staff of the Egyptian military team in the tournament include: Brigadier General Ahmed Fouad El Mahdy Director of the football, Sergio Farias technical coach, El Sayed Swerki goalkeeper coach, Stefano Mpakbazu load scheme, Mahmoud Abdel Ghani translator, Yousra Irfan administrative manager, Mohamed Mokhtar director of players affairs , Mohamed Abdel Rahman Doctor, Mohamed Adel Hakam, Tahseen Abu Sadat Hakam.
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10/17/2019 10:58:31 AM
<![CDATA[EFA sets Al Salam, Cairo stadium for Al Ahly and Zamalek matches]]>
The Football Association issued an official statement to clarify the reason for the changes of some of the stadiums, which read as follows:"The Egyptian Football Association confirms its commitment to the dates set by it for the matches of the Premier League and the necessity for the first competition in Egypt to have punctual and well-known dates at the beginning and closing."

The Egyptian Football Association has set a date for the start of the league on September 21, while the end of the league will be at May until the confirmation of CAF for the dates of their tournaments.

The Egyptian Association would like to point out that any changes made to the stadiums specified in the table came at the request of the security authorities.

This important clarification on the part of the Egyptian Football Federation to emphasize the need for concerted efforts of the elements of the game each in order to come up with the league competition in a way that befits the Egyptian football and its great position.]]>
10/17/2019 10:54:00 AM
<![CDATA[Ramadan Sobhy is fit: Olympic team]]>
Al-Ahly officials made a phone call to Egypt's Olympic team medical team to check on the Reds team player Ramadan Sobhy, who came out in the second half of the Olympic team friendly match against South Africa, which ended with the victory of the Pharaohs with a penalty scored by Ramadan Sobhy.

Ramadan Sobhy had left Egypt's Olympic match against South Africa in the second half, replaced by Emam Ashour.

Olympic football team coach Shawki Gharib promised Egyptian fans a breakthrough at the African Championships, which will kick off in Egypt on November 8 and qualify to the Tokyo Olympics.

Gharib said in a statement to Egypt Today after Egypt's friendly with South Africa that he is keen to try all the players in all positions in order to give them the required tactical flexibility.]]>
10/17/2019 10:51:23 AM
<![CDATA[I promise to delight the Egyptian fans: Shawki Gharib]]>
Gharib said in a statement to Egypt Today after Egypt's friendly with South Africa that he is keen to try all the players in all positions in order to give them the required tactical flexibility.

Egypt defeated South Africa 1-0 thanks to Ramadan Sobhy’s goal.

He added that the coaching staff and the players will do their best to delight the fans in the African Championship, pointing out that everyone has the determination to go to the Olympics.

He continued that he wished the crowd to attend the full capacity of the Cairo stadium in the national team to support the players.]]>
10/17/2019 10:48:35 AM
<![CDATA[Net foreign transactions on EGX hit LE 21 billion: Farid]]>
Farid added Wednesday that the economic reform witnessed in Egypt is one of the boldest reform plans that dealt with the causes of the budget deficit, issuing the new investment law and improving the economic environment as well as the management of state assets.

This came during the session “Investing in financial instruments”, held within the activities of the second day of “Egypt Can” conference.

Farid said that the State has carried out rapid remedies to ease the burden on some social classes, enabling them to face the repercussions of the reform process, stressing that it was necessary to search for sources of funding for the success of these programs.

He pointed out that the stock market has witnessed diversification in various fields, which also confirms the confidence of the foreign investor in the Egyptian investment climate and market.

Farid noted that the process of encoding the investor also contributed to the revival of the stock market, pointing out that the stock exchange is one of the State's most important tools to revitalize investments in Egypt and allow different classes to trade and make profits.

Farid explained that most small projects are not registered in the stock market because of its legal status and the owners'desire to stay without development, noting that the volatility in the stock market is not negative, but represents investment opportunities and gains for participants.
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10/17/2019 10:43:24 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt, WB discuss allocating $500M for solid waste management]]>
Nasr added in a statement that Egypt is also discussing with the World Bank raising the level of partnership to support the health and education sectors in Egypt.

This came during Nasr’s meeting with World Bank Vice President for the Middle East and North Africa Farid Belhadj on the sidelines of the World Bank and IMF annual meetings in Washington.

Nasr pointed out that the topics of discussion came in line with Egypt's future vision and President Abdel Fatah El-Sisi's instructions to invest in the human element.

The minister clarified that Egypt is currently cooperating with many partners to develop entrepreneurial projects, especially those supporting women and youth, stressing Egypt's keenness to strengthen the role of the private sector in development through participation in financing projects that support development efforts.

For his part, Belhadj affirmed that Egypt is a very important country for the bank’s fields of work.

“Therefore the World Bank is keen to contribute effectively to the efforts exerted to achieve development in Egypt, especially in the field of infrastructure, in light of the economic and legislative reform that contributed to improving the investment climate in Egypt,”Belhadj explained.]]>
10/17/2019 10:37:48 AM
<![CDATA[Huawei Announces Q3 2019 Business Results]]>
Huawei has maintained its focus on ICT infrastructure and smart devices, and continued to boost the efficiency and quality of its operations. This contributed to increased operational and organizational stability and solidified the company's performance in the first three quarters of 2019.

In the consumer business, Huawei's smartphone business has grown steadily. Huawei's smartphone shipments in the first three quarters of 2019 exceeded 185 million units, representing a year-on-year increase of 26%. The company also saw rapid growth in other new businesses like PCs, tablets, wearables, and smart audio products.

The Vision smart screen, featuring unique innovations in software and hardware, was also launched in Q3, gaining high acclaim from the industry and consumers. A more robust ecosystem that focuses on consumers and delivers a more seamless intelligent experience across all major user scenarios is now taking shape.

The Huawei Mobile Services ecosystem has also developed rapidly, covering more than 170 countries and regions. It has attracted over 1.07 million registered developers worldwide.

To date, Huawei has signed more than 60 commercial contracts for 5G with leading global carriers and shipped more than 400,000 5G Massive MIMO active antenna units (AAUs) to global markets. The production and supply of Huawei’s optical transmission, data communication and IT products grew steadily.

In the enterprise business, the company launched the Huawei Horizon Digital Platform. This converged, open, and efficient platform was built on Huawei's extensive technological experience. With it, Huawei aims to work with customers and partners to build a foundation for the digital world, creating a digital transformation industry worth trillions of US dollars. This platform will also help various sectors like government, public utilities, finance, transportation, and electricity to speed up their digital transformation.

By the end of Q3 2019, more than 700 cities, 228 Fortune Global 500 companies, and 58 Fortune Global 100 companies had selected Huawei as their partner for digital transformation.]]>
10/17/2019 10:27:16 AM
<![CDATA[PM says Cabinet may offer US companies investment incentives]]>
Mostafa Madbouli expressed hope to receive a delegation of US officials in Cairo, to closely review the suggested fields of cooperation between the two countries, according to official statements.

The meeting was attended by Egyptian ministers of investment and international cooperation, finance, trade and industry, as well as Egypt's ambassador to Washington.

During the meeting, the two sides reviewed aspects of trade relations between Egypt and the US, and areas of cooperation that can be strengthened during the coming period.

Ross was briefed by the finance minister on the amendments to the customs law, and the government's efforts to automate customs services to facilitate and speed up relevant procedures.

He also listened to an explanation from the Minister of trade on the proposed cooperation in the coming period, especially in the field of automotive industry and the transfer of US technology to Egypt.

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The volume of trade exchange between Egypt and the US increased within the first seven months of 2019 to reach $5.35 billion in comparison to $4.47 billion in the same period in 2018, state's news agency MENA cited Egyptian Commercial Service (ECS) as saying in September.

The deficit between Egypt and the US decreased by 8.7 percent within the same period.

The total value of Egypt exports to the US increased by 37.5 percent from January to July in 2019 reaching $1.9 billion, according to the ECS.

The Egyptian petroleum exports to the US increased to $662.9 million from January to July, the statement said.

The Egyptian imports from the US reached $3.46 billion in 2019 in comparison to $3.09 billion in the same period in 2018 with an increase of 11.8 percent, the statement added.]]>
10/17/2019 10:20:04 AM
<![CDATA[Tazkarti runs PSA Women’s World Championship ticketing system]]>
Mr. Montaser Al-Nabarawy, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Tazkarti Company signed contracts with Amr Mansi, supervisor of organizing the championship, as he’s known for his great competence in the field of organizing international championships, because of his vision and great marketing vision, which was reflected in his organization of the El Gouna Championship, El Gouna Festival and other regional and global events, which has witnessed everyone's dazzling success.

The Egyptian International Men's Championship will be held on the sidelines of the World Championship.

The tournaments include the best international squash players, both men and women, such as Ali Farag, the world number one for men and Runeem Al-Waily, the first seed for the women of Wadi Degla, in addition to Nour El-Sherbini, world champion and second seed and Mohammed Al-Shorbaji, the second seed for squash men.

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10/16/2019 10:02:43 PM
<![CDATA[Treasury secretary hails Egypt's social housing projects as he meets PM]]>
This came during Mnuchin's meeting with Egypt's Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly in Washington. The meeting was also attended by Sahar Nasr, Egypt's minister of investment and international cooperation; Mohammed Mai't, Egypt's minister of finance; and Yasser Reda, Egypt's Ambassador to Washington.

With regard to bilateral cooperation, Nasr reviewed the outcome of the Madbouly's meeting with the President of the International Finance Corporation, referring to the areas of cooperation that have been agreed upon to be activated in terms of transport, water desalination and the electricity linkage with Africa.

The meeting also touched on the efforts exerted by the US to limit the negative consequences of the Turkish aggression on the Syrian territory and the sanctions announced by the Treasury against Turkey in this regard.

Madbouli reiterated Egypt's strong condemnation of the Turkish assault and demanded the immediate withdrawal of Turkish troops from Syria.

On Tuesday, Madbouli also met with Vice President of the US Mike Pence, where they affirmed the centrality of the Egyptian-US relations, and also discussed the Turkish offensive in Syria that has continued for a week, despite wide condemnation.

Madbouli and Pence also discussed the political updates of the issue of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), according to official statements.

Social housing development progress report: How far have we come?

CAIRO - 4 January 2019: Social housing projects is an issue that is close to the heart of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi.



Egypt, under President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, has been home for social housing projects aiming at providing families living in slums with alternative apartments, and also secure properties for the youth.

Minister of Housing, Utilities and Urban Areas Assem el-Gazar in September handed over 30 social housing units to the youth in the city of 10th of Ramadan, Sharqia governorate, according to a statement from the ministry.

The ministry is building a project of 2,200 housing units in 110 buildings at a cost LE 383 million, the statement added. The minister then inspected the city to be updated on the implementation of the project.

Cairo Governorate Municipal Authority relocated 788 families from Tereat Al Tawarea slum area to Ahalina neighborhood, Cairo Governor Khaled Abdel Aal announced in August.

The governor stated that the authority finished the demolition of 249 unlicensed buildings in Eshah Abou El Seoud moving the residents, who are members of 497 families, to Asmarat 3 neighborhood.

In July, the ministry announced that the execution of 1,440 residential units within Sakan Misr initiative, and 1,584 social housing units distributed among 66 buildings in Asyut, Upper Egypt.

Also, the ministry is building thousands of housing units for the slum residents; Cairo Governorate Municipal Authority relocated 788 families from Tereat Al-Tawarea slum area to Ahalina neighborhood in August 2019, Cairo Governor Khaled Abdel Aal announced.]]>
10/16/2019 9:22:17 PM
<![CDATA[Tourist arrested for trying to climb Giza's Great Pyramid: Ministry]]>
The ministry has not revealed details about the nationality or the identity of the tourist, but it is expected for authorities to release him as climbing the pyramids in Egypt is prohibited, yet not illegal.

Many tourists over the past years climbed the pyramids, took photographs, and published them on Facebook or other social media platforms, and left the site without being seen by security forces.

However, the act became sensitive since a Danish photographer and a Danish girl accompanying him, in November, managed to climb the Great Pyramid, where they photographed themselves naked, stirring the wrath of many Egyptians who considered the act offensive.

In an interview with Copenhagen-based Ekstra Bladet, Andreas Hvid, the photographer, said he has always dreamt of climbing the Great Pyramid and taking naked photos over its top. He added that he is now very upset as some people are mad at him.

Hvid said he attempted to climb the pyramid with a Norwegian friend twice. In the first time, he asked the guards to allow them to climb the Pyramid, but they were not allowed, he said, adding that in the second time they were arrested while actually attempting to climb the Pyramid, and were then released following interrogation.

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Danish Photographer Andreas Hvid with his girl friend allegedly atop of Giza Pyramid - screenshot of video

In the third time, Hvid seemingly managed to reach the top. He said he and another Danish friend took a different route away from the guards, and waited until tourists left the Pyramid. They climbed and could reach the top in 25 minutes only, he said.

Hvid said he did not have sex on top of the Pyramid, denying reports at the time, and confirmed that they have taken one photo while they were naked.

Later, in May, the police arrested a young man who climbed the Great Pyramid and allegedly resisted some police personnel who attempted to prevent him.

Mostafa Waziri, secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, said in an interview with al-Hayah al-Youm that the young man accessed the area surrounding the Pyramids like other visitors in the early morning.

However, he suddenly tried to climb the Great Pyramid and threw small rocks at the police personnel, who subsequently decided to let him go, fearing for his life and the lives of the policemen until he reached the top of the Pyramid, according to Waziri.

The young man also removed part of the wooden mast atop of the Pyramid, which is placed to inform visitors about the original height of the pyramid which was 146 meters, before it decreased 1,000 years ago to reach 137 meters, Waziri said.
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10/16/2019 8:36:47 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt's FM talks Turkish assault with Lithuanian counterpart]]>
Lithuania's Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius, during the meeting on Wednesday in Lithuania's capital of Vilnius, expressed his country's appreciation to the relations with Egypt, affirming keenness to strengthen these ties in various fields to meet the aspiration of the peoples of the two countries.

The two sides discussed a number of regional and international issues of mutual concern.

Shoukry stressed the importance of developing cooperation in various fields, especially in light of the positive results of the Lithuanian foreign minister's visit to Cairo last January, and his participation in the first Arab-European summit in South Sinai's Sharm el-Sheikh last February.

The Egyptian foreign minister expressed the keenness to enhance the bilateral relations at all levels, including continuing to exchange high-level visits and maintaining periodic political consultations between the two countries, as well as continuing coordination and consultation on all issues of common concern within regional and international forums.

Shoukry also expressed Egypt's appreciation for the Lithuanian side's understanding of the nature of the challenges facing the Egyptian state, especially with regard to combating terrorism and illegal immigration, and the burden of implementing important economic reforms.

The meeting touched on ways of boosting economic cooperation between the two countries. Shoukry has invited the Lithuanian side to take part in the huge national projects being implemented in Egypt, including the Suez Canal Axis, and to take advantage from the investment opportunities provided by the Egyptian market.

The two ministers also discussed opportunities for cooperation in many other fields, especially information technology, cybersecurity, and financial and banking services, as well as renewable energy, higher education, and tourism.
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10/16/2019 7:53:36 PM
<![CDATA[Industry is 1st way to achieve development boom: Minister]]>
Assar affirmed, "Industry is the milestone," and the first way to achieve a development boom in any country.

The minister added that Egypt played its role in stimulating investors and creating an encouraging investment climate, referring that the time has come for the private sector to play its role and stressing that the ministry is keen to involve the private sector in all its projects.

Assar praised the capabilities of "Egypt Can" conference to invite Egyptian investors abroad to achieve an industrial boom in Egypt, a case similar to the Asian Tigers.
This came during a session held at “Egypt Can” conference, entitled “Investment Opportunities in Egypt".

For his part, Co-Founder and Managing Director of the Citadel Foundation Hisham el-Khazindar said that Egypt has witnessed significant financial and structural changes during the previous phase.

“Now we are in a very different situation, and Egypt is capable of accommodating new investments after laying down the infrastructure,” Khazindar stated, calling for the need to shed light on the achievements in various sectors.

In a related context, Head of the Suez Canal Economic Zone Yahya Zaki stated that a number of foreign investors visited the economic zone and found real investment opportunities there. He noted that the economic zone spans on an area of 460 square kilometers, and includes six ports and four industrial zones, underlining that the region has witnessed major development in infrastructure.

Moreover, Head of Mut Company Michael Knight pointed out that Egypt enjoys great capabilities that qualify it to be at the forefront of the industrialized countries in the region, asserting that his company, in cooperation with the Ministry of Military Production, expects abundant possibilities ahead.

"We made fully armored vehicles in Egypt within the military production plants," he said, lauding Assar's great support for investors. Knight added that the priority goes to producing what Egypt imports before seeking to export, noting that imports cost Egypt annually about $60 billion.

"We make an Egyptian loader with the same efficiency as the American counterpart, and agreed with Geely to manufacture a 100 percent Egyptian car,” he revealed.

Also, Co-owner and Head of Trend Group, specialized in designing and executing trade sector projects, called for getting rid of “the white-man privilege” and using locally-manufactured products, clarifying that this is the best feature of South Africa.

“Egypt Can” is a series of conferences held annually with the aim of giving Egyptian expats the opportunity to present their visions of different fields of development, and their proposals to improve various sectors.

The Ministry of State for Immigration and Expatriates Affairs, and the Ministry of Planning and Administrative Reform organized this edition, which was announced earlier to adopt the investment and development theme.

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10/16/2019 6:04:21 PM
<![CDATA[PM praises Egypt's keenness on launching technical support program with IMF]]>
During a meeting with Malpass here, Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli praised cooperation with the World Bank that has been going on for years and contributed to implementing the national social housing program and the pioneering Benban solar energy projects and others.

The meeting was attended by the ministers of investment and international cooperation, petroleum, finance and trade and industry and Egypt's ambassador to the US.

Asked about Egypt's priorities in the coming phase, the premier said the government gives great attention to promoting the participation of the private sector in economic activities and focuses on ongoing plans to reform the industrial sector and boost small and medium-sized enterprises.

As for improving the customs systems, the Finance Minister reviewed measures that have been implemented so far including amendments introduced to the customs law and the steps taken to digitize customs services.

Petroleum Minister Tarek el Molla cited the ambitious project adopted by the Egyptian government to convert old diesel-operated microbuses to run on natural gas or on diesel/natural gas to make the best use of the country's resources of natural gas.

He voiced hope that the World Bank would contribute to funding the project whether in the conversion program or the establishment of natural gas fuel stations.]]>
10/16/2019 5:42:10 PM
<![CDATA[El-Assasif new discoveries continue to amaze]]>
Numerous breathtaking artifacts appeared to excavators of the Egyptian archaeological mission led by Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mostafa Waziri, where coffins are being extracted while many are still buried deep in the ground. The number of coffins is expected to rise in the next couple of days before the ministry’s official announcement on the findings on Oct. 19.

Sources at the Ministry of Antiquities confirmed to the press that the number of sarcophaguses discovered in the cemetery of El-Assasif, west of Luxor reached on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 29 colored coffins belonging to senior statesmen and middle class individuals in the 18th, 25th and 26th ancient Egyptian dynasties.

Among the discovered artifacts are two small colored sarcophaguses likely belonging to two children buried in the ancient cemetery.

On Tuesday Oct. 15, officials at the Ministry of Antiquities conducted a full inspection of the coffins and the cache found arranged and stockpiled on top of each other in a very distinctive state of preservation.
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Part of the dazzling ancient Egyptian coffins discovered in El-Assasif - ET
Professional restorers and archaeologists began to open the coffins one by one to find out their contents which turned out to be human remains belonging to a number of individuals of the ancient Pharaonic dynasties. Those coffins were prepared for burial in the tombs of the middle class families in the cemetery of El-Assasif.

It is likely that the coffins were exhumed and buried again to re-use the tombs at Mount Qurna, in successive eras from the ancient Egyptian state.
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The ancient Egyptian civilization never cease to amaze - ET

The Ministry of Antiquities stated that after completing the comprehensive inspection of the findings, officials at the Ministry of Antiquities and the Supreme Council of Antiquities will hold an international press conference in Luxor on Oct. 19 to reveal all the findings in the area and explain to the world the endless magic of the ancient Egyptian civilization.

The press conference will be attended by international and local media outlets, in addition to officials of the ministries of antiquities and tourism, and leaders of various foreign countries to celebrate this historic event and contribute to the promotion of tourism in Egypt.












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10/16/2019 5:24:35 PM
<![CDATA[Minister: We cooperate with FAO for improving food security]]>
He added in his speech at a ceremony on the occasion of the World Food Day, that his ministry is cooperating with the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) for implementing a project of improving food security, nutrition and dietary habits of the Egyptian family.

Lack of food is a problem that is spreading in developing countries, he said, adding that the national 100 Million Healthy Lives Initiative revealed that up to seven million Egyptians are suffering from obesity.]]>
10/16/2019 5:06:24 PM
<![CDATA[ Investment in Egypt opens door to exports to various regions: PM ]]>
During a working lunch hosted by the American-Arab Chamber of Commerce, on the sidelines of his current visit to the US, Madbouli expounded available investment opportunities in Egypt and the incentives it offers to investors as well as the economic achievements of the government particularly as regards reducing the total budget deficit, the decline in the inflation rate to its lowest level in years and the decrease in the unemployment rate.

The attendees included representatives of US and Arab companies operating in the United States and the Middle East, the Central Bank Governor and the ministers of investment and international cooperation, petroleum, finance, ICT, trade and industry and Egypt's ambassador to the US.]]>
10/16/2019 5:03:45 PM
<![CDATA[Latest known bullying victim: American pop singer Sulli]]>
Despite having an angelic face and a fit physique, pop singer Sulli was bullied by her followers on social media. The comments heavily impacted her fragile soul and made her slip into depression.

It is widely perceived that Sulli became extremely upset after a live footage she made on her official Instagram account, speaking about how some negative “bullying” comments made by her followers caused her to become depressed.

The beautiful young woman was born on March 29, 1994 and passed away on Monday, Oct. 14 at the age of 25. Her lifeless body was found in an apartment in Seoul, South Korea.

According to Reuters, Sulli complained on a television program about receiving “hurtful” comments on social media platforms after appearing in several photos not wearing a bra, which some found offensive and fiercely criticized her. Sulli described the comments as “bullying”. Those statements were made by the deceased singer on July 21.

The pop singer further explained that such comments scared her, and that people should respect each other’s choices without having to be mean in their criticizing once they spot something they don't condone. Sulli explained that she did not expect her photos would spark such in-comprehensive criticism. She stated that people should accept one another they way they please to appear.
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Late Sulli -ET

Bullying can be very painful, especially for those who acquire a sensitive, delicate soul. People are meant to be different. It is unexplainable to become aggressive or hurt someone just because you happen to disagree with their actions, decisions or beliefs. Learning to move on in such cases is what maturity and civility is all about.

Despite being named “social media” platforms, I personally believe social media created a big gap between individuals regarding natural and healthy human relations. Many people nowadays resort to social media in order to attack and hurt others, unnecessarily.

Parents at home should raise their children to accept one another, love one another, and that differences among humans is actually healthy. Bullying must be combated by implementing strict laws banning such unacceptable behavior, as the action of bullying could equate to murder, sometimes.




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10/16/2019 4:44:34 PM
<![CDATA[ET commemorates Omar el-Hariri ]]>
Hariri has been considered one of the main pillars of the Egyptian dramatic and theatrical scene for decades, precisely during the golden era, where he enriched the Egyptian artistic scene with everlasting contributions.

The late iconic actor was born in February of 1926. His full name is Omar Mohamed Saleh Abdel Hadi el-Hariri. He was infatuated with art and theater from a very early age, as his father used to take him to numerous theater shows performed by Naguib el-Rihani and Yusuf Wahba. Hariri became obsessed with acting and decided to join his school’s acting team that competed with other schools' teams.

The late prominent actor stood in front of the camera for the first time as a child in a short silent scene in the film (Salama fe Kheir), starring Naguib el-Rihani in 1937.
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RIP Omar el-Hariri

He then joined the Higher Institute of Acting and graduated in 1947. After graduating, he participated in a number of radio programs and was watched by Zaki Tulaimat, who chose him to be part of his team, where he acted at Yusuf Wahba’s Theater and the National Theater.

Hariri participated in a large number of films and despite playing secondary roles inmost of his films, he was able to achieve great fame. Some of his most prominent films are “Al-Wesada el-Khalya”, “Sokar Hanem”, “Nasser Salahuddin”, “Maali el-Wazir”, and “El-Khaena”

The only film in which he performed the leading role was “Aghla men Einy” in 1995.

The late renowned actor performed roles in numerous screenplays, the most prominent of which were“Ahlam-el Fata el-Tayer”, “Saken Qosadi”, “Khalti Safeya Wal Deir”, “El-Sera el-Helaleya”, and "Sheikh el-Arab Hamam”.

Hariri also performed numerous theatrical plays alongside legendary comedian Adel Imam who was his close friend. Two of the well-liked plays the duet performed together and achieved great success are “Shahed Mashafsh Haga” and “El-Wad Sayed el-Shaghal”.

Hariri also left his mark in Ramadan’s Fawazeer(Riddles) where he played delightful roles with Sherihan and in the series “100 Leila wa Leila”.
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The veteran actor received numerous awards for his enriching acting career and was honored by the ninth Egyptian Film Festival in 2003. Critic Zeinab Aziz also published a book about the legendary actor.

On the personal level, Hariri married three times. In each of his marriages he was blessed with a daughter; hence he was dubbed “Father of the girls”.

In 2007, Hariri started to feel unwell. His daughter Merritt accompanied him to the doctor where her father was diagnosed with bone cancer. Merritt decided not to inform her father as he was very old and she was worried the news would have a very negative impact on him. The late actor obliviously resumed his life normally and even participated in the series “Sheikh el-Arab Hamam”; without knowing he was ill.

In October 16, 2011, Hariri was performing on stage and suddenly felt extremely sick;he was transferred to a hospital, where he was announced dead.

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10/16/2019 4:15:28 PM
<![CDATA[ Trump very concerned about instability, will not tolerate Turkish invasion in Syria: Pence]]>
“At this point, the vice president and I are planning to take off later this afternoon,” Pompeo said.

He further said that the meeting is important because the U.S, officials “need to have this conversation with him directly.”

Pompeo and national security adviser Robert O’Brien were scheduled to travel to Turkey in an effort to discuss Ankara’s military actions in neighboring Syria.

Erdogan earlier told Sky News that he would not meet with the U.S. delegation led by Pence, and would only meet with president Donald Trump.

The Trump administration recently imposed tariffs on Turkey in response to the Turkish military invading Syria and attacking the Kurds, who fought alongside the U.S. against ISIS.

Pence on Tuesday said Trump is "very concerned about instability in the region," and that the U.S. is "simply not going to tolerate Turkey's invasion of Syria any longer."

Erdogan claimed the international community had not done enough to help Turkey with the millions of Syrian refugees the country took in, therefore, he decided to invade Syria, displace its residents, and kills its civilians.]]>
10/16/2019 4:04:33 PM
<![CDATA[EGX enters green zone, adds LE7.5B to market cap.]]>
The benchmark EGX 30 rose 1.06 percent, or 148.41 point, to close at 14,209.23 points.

The equally weighted index EGX 50 climbed 1.35 percent, or 27.31 points, to end at 2,045.21 points.

Moreover, the small and mid-cap index EGX 70 increased 1.37 percent, or 7.18 points, to close at 531.47 points, and the broader index EGX 100 jumped 1.22 percent, or 16.95 points, to 1,407.49 points.

Market capitalization gained LE 7.47 billion, recording LE 714.96 billion, compared to LE 715.49 billion in Tuesday’s session.

The trading volume reached 269.55 million shares, traded through 22,320 transactions, with a turnover of LE 827.24 million.

Foreign investors were net sellers at LE 79.38 million, while Egyptian and Arab investors were net buyers at LE 51.74 million , and LE 27.64 million, respectively.

Egyptian and foreign individuals were net sellers at LE 16.15 million, and LE 4.11 million, respectively, while Arab individuals were net buyers at LE 1.74 million.

Egyptian and Arab organizations bought at LE 67.88 million, and LE 25.9 million, respectively, while foreign organizations sold at LE 75.26 million.

Alexandria Spinning & Weaving (SPINALEX), El Ahli Investment and Development, and The Egyptian Company for Construction Development-Lift Slab were top gainers of the session by 7.47 percent 7.35 percent and 7.04 percent, respectively.

Meanwhile, Delta Sugar, Medical Packaging Company, and National Real Estate Bank for Development were top losers of the session by 3.28 percent, 2.77 percent, and 2.52 percent, respectively.


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10/16/2019 4:01:51 PM
<![CDATA[Pence, Pompeo to push Erdogan for pullback from Syria]]>
The president’s sending of the delegation — to also include his national security adviser, Robert C. O’Brien, and the State Department’s special envoy for Syrian affairs, James F. Jeffrey — is part of a scrambled effort to wrest back control of a chaotic situation in Syria that has endangered American forces there even as they prepared to leave.

Trump surprised his own military when he ordered the immediate withdrawal of all 1,000 American troops in northern Syria, who had been fighting Islamic State militants alongside Syrian Kurds. The forces’ withdrawal, ahead of Turkey’s cross-border offensive, has prompted the Syrian Kurds to turn for support to the Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad and the Russians.

The risk to American troops became evident on Tuesday, when the American military ordered Apache helicopter gunships to conduct a low-flying show of force to warn off Turkish-backed militia members who were approaching, an American military official said.

Trump has long viewed his personal relationships with leaders, including Erdogan, as key to accomplishing his foreign policy goals. But Trump’s failure in an Oct. 6 phone call to outline the consequences for Erdogan if he moved his troops into Syria has forced the White House to deal with the consequences.

“The administration is resolved to maintain security in the region, the safety of civilians, and the continued detention of Daesh fighters,” Pence said Tuesday in a statement.

Administration officials have sought in recent days to play down the idea that Trump’s decision to pull American troops from northeast Syria had contributed to a rapid destabilization of the area. One senior official likened it on Monday to a matter of moving “a couple of dozen guys around.”

But developments on the ground reflected growing security concerns for United States military officials stationed there.

The Pentagon has not received a final deadline for pulling troops from northern Syria. For the moment, the military is planning on “weeks, not days” to complete the withdrawal, according to one officer briefed on operational planning. Most of the American troops are expected to leave by transport planes or helicopters, or by convoy into neighboring Iraq.

A small number of allied Special Operations forces from countries like Britain and France that have been conducting missions in the northeast alongside the Americans are expected to leave under the United States logistical umbrella, officials said.

Hundreds of American troops in the region are standing by to provide security for the retreating ones now that most Syrian Kurdish forces, which had provided security at bases and roadways, have been redirected north to confront the Turkish invasion, military officials said.

Dozens of American warplanes and armed drones that had been conducting other missions, including counterterrorism operations, have in the past several days been reassigned to watch over the departing troops.]]>
10/16/2019 3:57:54 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt to sign contract with Siemens to build two wind stations]]>
The source added that the Cabinet agreed to contract with Siemens Germany to implement those projects under the BOO system and with the same contractual terms of the last tender for a wind station.

“The first wind power plant is expected to have a capacity of 180 megawatts and the second to have a capacity of 320 megawatts,” the source said.

It is worth mentioning that Egypt's 2030 strategy aims to generate 20 percent of the national electricity grid from renewable energy by 2022.The total capacity of the electricity grid is 56, 000 megawatts.

The total amount of electricity generated from renewable energy in Egypt has reached 6,000 megawatts.

The Egyptian governmenthas adopted the strategy of incorporating renewable energy in the mix a few years ago to reduce reliance on traditional energy resources through expanding in solar, wind and hydraulic power projects in cooperation with the private sector.

Egypt signed a memorandum of understanding with Siemens during the Egyptian Economic Development Conference held in Sharm El-Sheikh in March 2015. The memorandum aimed to prepare a master plan to strengthen and develop the electricity grid until 2025.

The master plan includes solutions to problems in the electricity sector, taking into account the sector’s generation capacities of traditional, coal, nuclear, and renewable energies, as well as the required stations and lines to absorb the produced capacities.

In 2016, the Egyptian Electricity Holding Company signed contracts with Siemens to implement three combined-cycle power plants with a total capacity of 14,400MW. The three power plants are in Borollos, BeniSuef, and the New Administrative Capital. The new energy projects are established in cooperation with the German company Siemens and its local partners Orascom and Elsewedy Electric.

The financing package for the Siemens’ part of the €6bn contracts was structured by Siemens Financial Services (SFS)—this includes a tailored guarantee concept.

In June 2016, Siemens signed agreements worth €8bn for high-efficiency natural gas-fired power plants and wind power installations that will boost Egypt’s power generation capacity by more than 50 percent, compared to the currently installed base. The projects will add additional 16.4 gigawatts (GW) to Egypt’s national grid to support the country’s rapid economic development and meet its growing population’s demand for power.

Siemens will also deliver up to 12 wind farms in the Gulf of Suez and west Nile areas, comprising around 600 wind turbines and an installed capacity of 2GW.

CEO of Siemens Egypt praised the improvement in the investment climate in the country, adding that the government’s clear vision and plan for long-term development of Egypt is a sign that the future holds further improvements.

Egypt is now resolutely setting the course for sustained development and economic growth with the Sustainable Development Strategy: Egypt Vision 2030, serving as a roadmap for making Egypt a strong and stable economy on the long-term.

Siemens has also extended a long-term contract to provide service and maintenance, as well as component upgrades at the Nubaria, Talkha, and El-Kureimat power stations.

The 10-year extension calls for Siemens to continue providing service and maintenance for eight SGT5-4000F gas turbines and the associated generators. In addition to long-term service and maintenance, the scope of the agreement for the three power stations includes modernizations, upgrade measures, and lifetime extensions for eight gas turbines designed to achieve optimal performance.
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10/16/2019 3:51:59 PM
<![CDATA[Finance Ministry denies imposing new tax on cigarettes, soft drinks]]>
In a statement posted on its official Facebook page on Tuesday, the ministry denounced these reports as baseless, saying the government is working to stabilize tax policies.

The statement noted that some news websites misinterpreted the remarks of the finance minister, in which he said that some Arab states resorted to slapping taxes on cigarettes and soft drinks when needed to increase health insurance funding.]]>
10/16/2019 3:11:24 PM
<![CDATA[In fury, Sherine Abdel Wahab boycotts all social media platforms]]>
“Today I wrote a post about Lebanon because I wanted to be of help.And my voice is all I have. I am not a doctor or an engineer; my voice is the only thing I can offer in this situation. I thought even monetary support would not be much of a help because no matter how much money I donate, it won't be enough compared to the size of the catastrophe. So, I thought I'd rather be positive and do something that can be of value,” commented Abdel Wahab on her official Instagram account.

Instagram post by Sherine Abdel-Wahab * Oct 15, 2019 at 8:54pm UTC

33.4k Likes, 1,724 Comments - Sherine Abdel-Wahab (@sherine) on Instagram




“When I saw the comments made after the statement I uploaded, I realized I won't please everyone, no matter what I try to do. Rumors follow me everywhere; they said I got divorced, that I had an abortion, and they even claimed I betrayed my country. This is why I decided to boycott all social media platforms so that I won't hurt myself or those who read the comments made by some,” resumed the singer.

The controversial singer commented on Oct. 16 on her official Instagram account: “My heart is burning for our beloved Lebanon. In such situations, words are not enough.I am totally ready to stage a concert, where all the profit will be dedicated to those who got harmed by the fires. I call on Prime Minister of Lebanon Saad el-Hariri to organize a concert for me that would be under his patronage.”



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10/16/2019 3:09:12 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt, Serbia probe means to develop parliamentary ties]]>
The meeting, which was held on the sidelines of the 141st Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), hosted by Serbia under the theme "strengthening international law: Parliamentary roles and mechanisms, and the contribution of regional cooperation", was attended deputy chairperson of the Human Rights Committee at the Egyptian parliament Margeret Azer and Egypt's Ambassador to Serbia Amr Goweili.

Darwish hailed the level of Egyptian-Serbian relations especially in the parliamentary domains, according to a press release issued by the legislature Wednesday.

For his part, Filipovski expressed appreciation of Egypt's participation in the gathering under speaker Ali Abdel Aal, expressing hope for activating a memo of understanding signed in June during his visit to Egypt where he was warmly welcomed by Abdel Aal. ]]>
10/16/2019 3:08:08 PM
<![CDATA[Turkey demands Kurds to withdraw from border area in Syria by tonight]]>
Abc news reported the news without giving further details.

Turkish forces launched last Wednesday a military operation in northeastern Syria amid wide international condemnation.]]>
10/16/2019 3:05:40 PM
<![CDATA[Reprieve for Thomas Cook's UK stores as Hays Travel deal saves up to 2,500 jobs]]>
Thomas Cook, the world’s oldest travel company whose shops have been a feature of British town centers for generations, collapsed last month, stranding tens of thousands of passengers as its UK business went into liquidation.

Hays Travel will buy all 555 stores as part of a deal brokered by insolvency advisers KPMG, and the privately-owned travel firm will look to re-employ former employees from Thomas Cook’s retail operations.

It also rejected the notion that high street travel agents are dying.

“We’re a successful business and because we’re independent and offer all tour operators, then we are optimistic that we will trade well ... in all of the shops,” founder John Hays told reporters after the deal.

Thomas Cook collapsed after it became unable to service its debts and failed to convince banks to back a rescue plan in the face of changing customer habits and intense competition from low-cost airlines and internet companies.

It had created the largest chain of travel agents in Britain when it merged its retail operations with those of the Co-operative Group and the Midlands Co-operative Society in 2011.

Hays Travel, a family company which is jointly owned and managed by Managing Director John Hays and Chair Irene Hays, will now be taking that network on.

The 40-year-old firm based in Sunderland in north-east England reached sales of more than 1 billion pounds ($1.2 billion) in 2018.

Its management said it was optimistic the shops would prosper thanks to the firm’s distinctive approach, where employees have free rein to give each branch a distinctive character, often built through social media.

“The death of the high street travel is a question we’ve been asked for many years, but we feel we do something different to other high street travel agents,” John Hays told reporters.

“We live in a digital world ... The Web was their enemy (at Thomas Cook), whereas if you ask the Hays Travel member of staff, they would say the Web is their friend, because we interact positively with it.”

Hays Travel currently operates just 190 of its own branches across the United Kingdom, employing 1,900 people.

The company said it had no plans to close any shops, but would evaluate the performance of each store going forward.

Hays Travel did not disclose financial details of the deal, other than saying it had been funded without taking on any debt.

Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary (RYA.I) last week said the business models of both tour operators and travel agents were dead as no young people bought holidays from them.

Irene Hays said her company’s data showed differently.

“There has been a huge resurgence in package holidays in recent years,” she told reporters. “It’s evident, it’s in all of our metrics. So the answer is no, we do not agree with Michael O’Leary.”]]>
10/16/2019 3:03:22 PM
<![CDATA[EFA postpones Al Ahly vs Zamalek match, sets new date later]]>
The statement read as follows: "The Egyptian Football Association decided to postpone the match between Al-Ahly and Zamalek, which was scheduled to be held next Saturday in the fourth round of the Premier League competition in light of receiving the security instructions in this regard, and will set a new date for the game later."

Al Ahly& Zamalek was supposed to face each other in their second match in less than one month. Al Ahly defeated Zamalek in the Egyptian Super Cup 3-2 in their last game together.

Egyptian league defending champions, Al-Ahly, lead the table with 9 points from three straight victories over Smouha, Al Inttag and Aswan and they are two points ahead of the second placed, Zamalek.

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10/16/2019 2:57:17 PM
<![CDATA[El-Badry discusses with EFA their plan in the coming period]]>
Association headed by Amr el-Ganaini the possibility of holding a new friendly match for the Egyptian national team next November, and specifically before facing Kenya on November 11 in the opening match of the pharaohs' journey in the African 2021 qualifiers in Cameroon.

In the coming hours, the Egyptian national team will hold a meeting with the Five Committee to discuss the Pharaohs' plan during the coming period, which will witness the stop of the Egyptian League on October 28, due to the launch of the Olympic team camp led by Shawki Gharib in preparation for the African U-23 Championship qualifying for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

El-Badry is discussing with the Football Association the possibility of presenting the starting date of the national team camp to be held on November 2 instead of 11 of the same month, the date of the start of the international agenda for the first team.
Egypt defeated Botswana 1-0 at Borg el Arab stadium in a friendly game. This is Hossam El Badry’s first game as a coach for the Egyptian national team

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10/16/2019 2:55:54 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt to cooperate with foreign bodies to combat money laundering]]>
The law stipulates that aid, judicial reassignments and extradition of accused and convicted persons shall take place between Egypt and other countries in accordance with the rules established by bilateral or multilateral agreements, in which Egypt is a party.

Article 19 of the Anti-Money Laundering Act stipulates that the authorities inEgypt and foreign countries shall have the right to take the necessary legal measures to trace or freeze the funds of the convicts.

Article 20 of the law stipulates that the competent Egyptian judicial authorities may order the execution of the final criminal judgments issued by the competent foreign judicial authorities to confiscate the funds derived from money laundering crimes or their proceeds.

Bilateral or multilateral agreements, providing for control of the funds of convicted persons and distribution of such proceeds to the parties ofthe convention, may also be concluded in accordance with the convention.

In July 2019, Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli said that Egypt has come a long way in fighting money laundering and terrorism financing via enacting laws and introducing supervisory and regulatory rules.

He added Egypt has set up measures to identify customers in the various financial institutions in line with international standards related to money laundering and terrorism financing that are defined by international organizations, topped by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) and the Egmont Group of Financial Intelligence Units.

Speaking at an annual workshop, hosted by the Egyptian Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Combating Unit (EMLCU), on capacity building in the Middle East and Africa region, Madbouli said that money laundering and terrorism financing are the most serious threats to the stability of the global financial and economic systems.

He stressed the necessity of complying with international and domestic regulatory systems that constitute a powerful deterrent to any criminal elements and persons engaging in terrorist activities.

He further underlined the need to foster cooperation among all countries and stakeholders and competent national authorities in a way that helps strengthen Arab and African economies.

Egypt established the Egyptian Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Combating Unit in 2002 under the Anti-Money Laundering Law No. 80 of 2002. The unit’s job is to combat money laundering and terrorist financing activities in Egypt.

The unit aims to improve anti-money laundering/terrorist financing combating systems that have been implemented by financial institutions and others operating in Egypt. Their job is to prevent exploitation of the funds generated by criminal activities or the financing of terrorist activities. The unit's main function is to receive, analyze, and distribute the STRs received from financial institutions and non-financial businesses and professions.]]>
10/16/2019 2:32:19 PM