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“The leading cause of death is road accidents, we cannot accept that, we have to do more, and people have to demand that transportation become much safer,” said Etienne Krug is Director of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Department for Management of Non-communicable Diseases, Disability, Violence and Injury Prevention in an interview with Egypt Today magazine.

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Etienne Krug is Director of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Department for Management of Non-communicable Diseases, Disability, Violence and Injury Prevention - Photo by Nourhan Magdi/Egypt Today


Ministers and representatives from more than 140 countries are gathering in Stockholm for the 3rd Global Ministerial Conference on Road safety set to kick off on Wednesday. Several sidelines sessions will be there, where countries share progress in road safety, and set a future plan for reducing traffic deaths worldwide.

Krug ruled out that coronavirus, which has been dominating news and international discussions would affect the organization’s attention to the first leading cause of the death, which are road accidents. A total of 1,868 deaths from coronavirus were recorded in mainland China reached, with 72,436 infections confirmed.

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Etienne Krug is Director of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Department for Management of Non-communicable Diseases, Disability, Violence and Injury Prevention - Photo by Nourhan Magdi/Egypt Today

Krug further explained that the attention paid by governments to coronavirus is a demonstration that governments can move towards an issue when they have the will.

Regarding the Decade of Action program set by the UN from 2011 to 2020, Krug said that the goals to halve the number of deaths were not achieved, and that countries still need to do more.

“There is a lot that can be done to improve road safety, we have to work on infrastructure, vehicles and people’s behavior. Good legislation on speeding, drinking and driving, using seat belts or motorcycle helmets is extremely important, and it has to be enforced and people should be informed,” he added.

Krug believes that people’s behavior can be changed, and that the matter is a question of good laws, and enforcement.

As many countries, including Egypt, are encouraging citizens to shift to biking rather than vehicles, Krug said that “bicycling is a very health, cheap and clean mean of transportation, but it has to be safe and requires bicycle lanes separated from the rest of the traffic.

“Zero deaths on the roads should be every country’s objective, we are paying way too higher price for our mobility. Zero deaths is in reach in countries like Sweden and Norway, while in other countries it is further away, but still, it should be the ambition,” he said. ]]>
2/18/2020 11:44:29 PM
<![CDATA[New season of 'Cinema Masr’ to kick off on Feb. 20]]>
"Cinema Masr" is the graduation play of the graduates of the second batch of the Acting Department at the Artistic Creativity Center.

In the play, Galal depicts the cinematic history in Egypt through different scenes from the Egyptian masterpieces.

These scenes are presented by young artists with multiple talents in acting, singing, dancing and all performing arts.

Galal and his cast decided to honor Egyptian filmmakers by selecting a group of their works to include in the play, beginning with the minister of culture, who was honoured as a musician and a flute player in several films by late iconic director Youssef Chahine.

Also, veteran artist Samira Ahmed was honored with a scene from her film “El Shimaa”. Omar Abdel Aziz, director of "El Shaka men Haq el Zouga" (The apartment belongs to the wife), was also honored by a scene from his popular film.

Furthermore, late writer Ahmed Bahgat, the author of the film “Ayam el Sadat” (Days of Sadat), was also honored; his son Khaled Bahgat received the honoring. Late artist Riyad al-Qasabji, also known as "Shawish Attieh”, was among the honorees.

The play is the vision of Khaled Galal; the play's poems are written by Imad Abdel Mohsen, and its music is composed by Manar el-Shazly. It is executively directed by Ola Fahmy. "Cinema Masr" is produced by the Cultural Development Fund.

“Cinema Masr” stars Iman Ghoneim, Ghada Talaat, Amr Kamal, Badir, Basma Maher, Rabab al-Qa’id, Rabia Rafia, Maya Maher, Reham el-Shanawani, Shaima Abbas, Mohammad Abdo, Hala Marzouq, Ahmed Fawzi, Marwa Eid, Baher al-Nweihi, Norhan el-Marhoumi, and Nehal Fahmy, among others.
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2/18/2020 7:34:20 PM
<![CDATA[1st edition of Dandara Festival to bear the name of Abnoudy]]>
This comes as President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi declared 2020 as the year of culture. The first edition will bear the name of the late great poet Abdel Rahman el-Abnoudy.

The festival is held in cooperation with the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, Qena Governorate and South Valley University, Cairo Opera House headed by Magdy Saber, the General Organization of Culture Palaces headed by Ahmed Awwad and the Tourism Promotion Authority.

Abdel Dayem said that delivering the creative product to Upper Egypt aims to reshape awareness, rebuild the human capabilities, and promote public taste to implement the goals of the sustainable development plans by promoting valuable art and fighting vulgarity.

She added that the first Dandara Music and Singing Festival in Qena Governorate is an extension of the artistic and cultural activities held in Upper Egypt to confront intolerance and promote public taste.

It is noteworthy that the program of the festival includes 10 different concerts in six days for various Egyptian superstars, including Black Tema Ensemble, Medhat Saleh, West El Balad Ensemble, Ali al-Hajjar, Mai Farouk, Luxor folkloric troupe, Marimba player Nessma Abdel Aziz, Dina al-Wedidi, Hisham Abbas, and Massar Egbary Ensemble. The activities will be held in Dandara Temple, Qena Culture Palace and South Valley University.
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2/18/2020 7:30:41 PM
<![CDATA[Ramadan causes more controversy after storming restaurant in Imbaba]]>
According to Prince, the story started when he was informed that Ramadan is on his way to his restaurant in Imbaba.

Prince stated he was relaxing at home when he received this news. He quickly instructed his workers to prepare a table for 20 people for Ramadan and his companions.

Furthermore, Prince explained that he was shocked when he found out that Ramadan was not coming to his restaurant to dine, he actually came with the intention of shooting a video clip without permission.

The startled restaurant owner explained through a video that he started seeing seven or eight camera men shooting a clip for Ramadan, which infuriated him.

Prince said in the video he made that he decided to call Ramadan’s producer Tarek Negara and inquire about the incident. He claims that Negara threatened him and told him “You'd better stay quiet and not mention what is happening.”

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Naturally, this infuriated the restaurant owner even more. “What does he mean by saying that? Are you threatening me? You can't just show up in people’s businesses and threaten them while shooting a video clip without their consent!” said Prince in the video he released.

The angry restaurant owner clarified that countless celebrities visited his restaurant and that he never had a problem with any of them. He said that before taking a picture or a video of someone, it is ethical to ask for their permission.

Nasser el-Prince later said that he is going to sue Mohamed Ramadan for shooting a video clip in his restaurant without his consent.

It seems like Ramadan is losing a lot of his popularity, especially after the controversial incidence of the suspended pilot, who lost his aviation license while he was flying Ramadan to Jeddah for a concert.

Ramadan asked to take a memorial photo in the cockpit with the captain, promising him that it is only for personal use. Later, the pilot was shocked to see the photo was actually a video that Ramadan uploaded on his social media accounts, with music in the background.

This incident caused great controversy in the Egyptian and Arab communities, especially that the pilot was suspended for life from operating any flights.

Ashraf Abul-Yusr, the suspended pilot, sued Mohamed Ramadan seeking L.E 25 million in compensation.

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CAIRO - 13 February 2020: Mohamed Ramadan was keen to comment again on what happened between him and the captain of the plane, Ashraf Abul Yusr, explaining that the pilot was aware of filming the video. انا مكدبتش لما قولت ان الكابتن عارف ان في فيديو بيتصور ..




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2/18/2020 7:25:53 PM
<![CDATA[Doc states Qatari emir handed 8 Al-Jazeera staff $1.85M reward]]>
Egypt Today could not verify the authenticity of the document circulated on social media. However, it was set in a professional manner that suggests it belong to the channel.

The sums of money were given as annual incentives, according to the document, to Faisal Al-Qassem, a Syrian TV host; Jamal Rayyan, a Palestinian-Jordanian newscaster; Raw’aa Ishak, a Lebanese newscaster; Ghada Owais, a Lebanese reporter and presenter; Ola Al-Fares, a Lebanese journalist and newscaster; Mahmoud Mourad, an Egyptian journalist and TV host; Wajd Waqfi, an American-Jordanian correspondent; and Othman Farah, an Eritrean TV reporter.

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An allegedly-leaked document dated February 12th, 2020 showed that the Emir of Qatar has granted eight of the well-known figures at the Qatari state-funded Al-Jazeera channel huge sums of money as a reward totaling $1,850,000.

Egypt, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Bahrain have cut diplomatic ties with Qatar since June 2017, accusing their neighbor of funding terrorism and harboring fugitives. The four states demanded that Qatar closes Al-Jazeera channel, as part of a list of demands issued to Doha in order for relations to be restored. The boycott is believed to be led by Saudi Arabia. Since then, Egypt has blamed the Qatari channel of spreading fake news about Egypt and hosting extremist figures, mostly Egyptians, with the aim of harming national security.

These huge rewards, which were distributed on the eight figures unevenly, according to the document, come despite remarks by Egyptian TV host Mohamed Al-Baaz, where he asserted that the 23-year old channel is suffering from a severe decline in the funding.

The funding provided for Al-Jazeera totals $5 billion, including $2 billion from the state’s treasury, Baaz said. Egypt Today, however, could not verify the data about the total fund received by the channel. According to Baaz, Qatari Emir Tamim bin Hamad decided to stop the $2 billion fund from the treasury for political reasons.

The regime found that the 23-year old channel cannot implement the regime’s plan any longer and decided that the money be given to other Qatari allies in London and Turkey, Baaz claimed, adding that the Doha-based channel will lay off 600 employees, most of which are Egyptians, as a result of this decline.

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CAIRO – 16 February 2020: TV presenter Mohamed Al-Baaz, known for attacking the Turkish and Qatari regimes, during his program “90 Minutes” reported an alleged severe decline in the funding of Qatari state-funded broadcaster Al-Jazeera, citing unknown sources as saying.


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2/18/2020 5:17:03 PM
<![CDATA[How successful was Egypt's leadership of the African Union?]]>
Gehan Abdel Salam, professor of African studies at Cairo University , said Egypt established an investment fund to finance IT infrastructure and support digital transformation in the continent, allowing the emergence of technology-based economies that attract investors.

Meanwhile, the Egyptian Export Development Fund pays 50 percent of the shipping and transportation fees of Egyptian goods imported by African countries to reduce the cost on these countries, Abdel Salam told Egypt Today.

Five new trade offices were opened in Tanzania, Ghana, Uganda, Djibouti, and the Ivory Coast, enhancing trade, she added.

In the first move of its kind, a logistics center was opened in Kenya to support trade between Egypt and east Africa, and more logistics centers are planned to be opened in the upcoming period across the continent, she continued.

Moreover, Egypt signed the African Continental Free Trade Area agreement during the African Union summit in Rwanda in 2018, which was ratified and became operational at the 2019 summit in Niger.

A program that enhances Egyptian export to Africa was launched 2018 to be continued until 2020 in cooperation with five export councils: chemical industries, engineering industries, food industries, medical industries and building materials, refractories and metal industries. They constitute 80 percent of all Egyptian export to the continent.
The program also includes detailed studies of African markets.

For his part, Mohamed Mahmoud, a postgraduate researcher in African studies at Cairo University, said the Egyptian Agency of Partnership for Development offered many activities and training scholarships in several fields and sent medical convoys to different parts of Africa to counter Hepatitis C.

Egypt also launched an initiative to train African youth as part of the African Presidential Leadership Program and adopted an initiative to qualify one million African youths by 2021.

Mahmoud added that Egypt contributed to fining solutions for terrorism in the continent and participated in consultations resolving pending issues without foreign interference, especially in Libya and the disagreements between Somalia and Kenya, where Egypt played a mediating role.

Egypt hosted a conference for investment in Africa and worked on fixing the root problems of investment in the continent and building a vision for the African Union through ideas to develop continental infrastructure, he continued.
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2/18/2020 5:14:09 PM
<![CDATA[5th SITFY bears name of legendary Sanaa Gamil]]>
"Gamil’s choice was made by the high committee of the festival because she is an exceptional figure of the Arab theater," explained Gharabawy. The head of the festival further stated that Gamil presented countless successful theatrical works, and that she deserves to be honored and celebrated.

Furthermore, Gharabawy said that it is important for the new generations in Egypt and the Arab world to know the value of this great artist who gave so much to her art.

The festival will hold a symposium focusing on the late actress in the presence of pioneering theatrical performers, including veteran actress Samiha Ayoub, Gameel’s life-time friend and companion.

Head of the festival's high committee Mohamed Sobhy will unveil Sanaa Gamil's artistic secrets, and will clarify details about their theatrical experience “The Visit of the Old Lady” directed by Sobhy.

Director of the festival Anjy el-Bastawi said that a Gamil will be celebrated as an international figure because she presented very important global works, including the play “Strindberg” under the title “Dance of Death” in the French language.

Sanaa Gamil’s real name is Soraya Youssef Attallah. She was born in Mallawi in Minya Governorate on April 27, 1930. She is from a Coptic Egyptian family in Upper Egypt. She entered the artistic field through Zaki Tulaimat, who asked her to join the High Institute for Performing Arts.

The movie “Bedaya Wa Nehaya” (A Beginning and an End) brought Gamil great fame. The film was based on a story by Naguib Mahfouz and was directed by Salah Abu Seif, who also directed the film “El Zouga el-Tanya” (The Second Wife), where Gamil played Hafiza.

Gamil also brilliantly embodied the character, Soumia, who was the first martyr in Islam in the film "Al-Resala", directed by Mustafa el-Akkad. The late iconic actress only cooperated once with international director Youssef Shaheen in the film “Dawn of A New Day”.

It is noteworthy that the honorary president of Sharm El-Sheikh International Theater Festival for Youth is veteran actress Samiha Ayoub and the Chairman of the Supreme Committee of the festival is the iconic actor Mohamed Sobhy. The festival is managed by Angy el-Bastawi.

The festival will be held under the patronage of Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem, South Sinai Governor Khaled Fouda, Minister of Youth and Sports Ashraf Sobhi, Minister of Tourism Rania al -Mashat and the Tourism Promotion Authority Head Ahmed Youssef and Head of the Domestic Tourism Sector Ola Gamal el Din.

The Sharm El-Sheikh International Theater Festival for Youth will run from April 1-7 and will dedicate the Authorship Award to late professor and writer Ahmed Saksoukh, who gave the Egyptian and Arab theater many enriching theatrical and critical writings.

Eighty theatrical performances were chosen to participate in the fifth edition. Some 350 shows initially submitted and were viewed and filtered by the viewing committee to reach 80 shows from foreign and Arab countries.

A total of 36 Egyptian performances were chosen to compete in three competitions in the festival’s fifth edition.

The festival's viewing committee is currently working to choose the final list of participating shows. The viewing committee members include director Karima Bedeir, artist Tarik Sabry, director Sameh Mujahid, Yasser Alam and Mahmoud Sabry.

The fifth Sharm El-Sheikh International Theater Festival for Youth will be held in Sharm el-Sheikh and its honorary president is veteran actress Samiha Ayoub.


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2/18/2020 4:30:04 PM
<![CDATA[US dollar price goes down at Egypt's major banks]]>
The Egyptian pound continues to rise against the US dollar, recording its highest value in three years today.

At the National Bank of Egypt and Banque Misr, the dollar price declined two piasters, registering LE 15.59 for buying and LE 15.69 for selling.

The dollar price slumped two piasters to record LE 15.57 for buying and LE 15.67 for selling at the Arab African International Bank.

At the Commercial International Bank the price went down one piaster to reach LE 15.57 for buying and LE 15.67 for selling, while the price of the US dollar at the Suez Canal Bank retreated one piaster to register LE 15.59 for buying and LE 15.69 for selling. ]]>
2/18/2020 4:06:04 PM
<![CDATA[Pics: Libya's LNA says it destroyed Turkish arms ship in Tripoli]]>
"A Turkish ship loaded with weapons and ammunition, which docked this morning in the port of Tripoli, was destroyed," said the media center of the LNA's Dignity Operations Room on Facebook.

Chief of Staff of the Libyan naval forces Major General Faraj al Mahdawi in December said the navy is on high alert to confront any possible attack by Turkish forces on Libya.

In statements to Al Arabiya news channel, he said the navy is well prepared to repel any Turkish violation of the Libyan coast.

The army is also ready for action and will block any backup for the militias and prevent access of Turkish forces into the Libyan lands, he said.

Tuesday’s incident comes a month after the Participating states in the Berlin Conference on Libya pledge not to interfere in Libyan domestic affairs. The meeting was attended by many world leaders, including Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan; Haftar; and his rival, Fayez Al-Sarraj, head of Libya’s Government of National Accord.

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2/18/2020 4:05:29 PM
<![CDATA[Ramses II obelisk installed in Tahrir Square]]>
The obelisk installed in Tahrir Square spans back to the era of Ramses II. It was previously located in San el-Hagar area in Sharqiyah Governorate.

The obelisk was divided into several parts. Put together, the obelisk reached a height of 19 meters and a weight of approximately 90 tons.

Carved out of pink granite, the obelisk is distinguished by the beauty of its inscriptions depicting Rameses II standing before one of the deities, surrounded by inscriptions of his various titles.

Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Khaled el-Anani stated that placing the obelisk in Tahrir Square does not pose any danger to the valuable monument or the people.

The Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities has just finished installing the hierarchical base for Ramses II obelisk in Tahrir Square as part of its development work. The other parts of the obelisk have also been installed on a raised base so that they are out of reach.

All parts of the obelisk were subjected to restoration and assembly by a team of professional restorers from the Supreme Council of Antiquities.

The obelisk installed in Tahrir Square is not the only obelisk belonging to King Ramses II found in San el-Hagar archaeological area in Sharqiyah.

The Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities has restored, assembled, and erected two obelisks, two columns/pillars and two statues in the Ramses II Temple, in addition to restoring and lifting some archaeological parts placed on terraces to protect them.

The Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities also started with self-financing the second stage of the restoration, assembly and erection of a number of other obelisks, statues and columns in San el-Hagar area, which is considered one of the most important archaeological sites in Egypt’s Delta.








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2/18/2020 3:53:29 PM
<![CDATA[EBRD finances hospitals program in Egypt, Morocco by $125M]]>
EBRD commented that it is supporting the development of high-quality hospitals in Egypt and Morocco, teaming up with other international financial institutions to deliver funding under an Islamic finance structure known as a “Commodity Murabaha” that the Bank is using for the first time.

“The project aims to improve the quality of hospital services in Egypt and Morocco beyond the current standards. The facilities will benefit from internationally recognized certification, which rare in these two countries,” the bank noted.

In addition to raising the quality of available healthcare services, the developers are also committed to delivering high standards of efficiency in the use of energy, water and construction materials, according to EBRD statement.

This is the first time the EBRD has used a Commodity Murabaha, which is just one of many financial products that are compliant with the Islamic law.

“A Murabaha transaction is a multilateral sale arrangement whereby the financier – equivalent to the lender –purchases existing commodities from a supplier and immediately resells them to its client – equivalent to the borrower – on terms that provide for deferred payment,” it clarified.

“The deferred payment is calculated as the original purchase price of the commodity plus a premium to include the financier’s profit margin," the bank explained.

According to EBRD, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) led the structuring of the “Commodity Murabaha” financing, which comprises $20 million from the EBRD, $25 million from the OPEC Fund for International Development, $18.75 million from the Finnish Fund for Industrial Cooperation, and $61.25 million from the IFC itself and the IFC Managed Co-Lending Portfolio Program (MCPP).

The EBRD started operating in the southern and eastern Mediterranean region in 2012 and to date has invested more than €11 billion in 255 projects in Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco and Tunisia.]]>
2/18/2020 3:38:28 PM
<![CDATA[Hamaki to perform at AUC on March 6]]>
He has recently performed a concert in Dubai, within the activities of the 25th Dubai Shopping Festival held in Jumeirah. During the concert, the popular star performed a number of his popular hits, including “Ma Balash”, “Wahda Wahda”, “Weftakart”, among others.

Furthermore, Hamaki has been recently honored during the CASA ART Festival held in Morocco and was named the “Best Star of 2019” in addition to the “Ambassador of Humanity”.

Hamaki held a press conference in the Moroccan city of Casablanca during his participation in the CASA Art Festival, revealing that he is learning the Moroccan dialect, as he is working on a new Moroccan song.
Hamaki's latest album “Kol Youm Men Da” (Everyday Like That) was released on 2019. This album came after a 3-year hiatus since his last album "Omro Ma Yegheeb".

Hamaki cooperated in this album with a notable cast of song writers,composers and distributors such as Ayman Bahgat Kamar, Nader Abdallah, Tamer Hussein, Amir Teima, Khaled Tag, Sherif Tag, Amr Mostafa, Tamim, Mohamed Yehia among others.

Hamaki is an Egyptian singer born on November 4, 1975. He won many awards such as Best Arabic Act at the MTV Europe Music Awards, Best Singer in 2016 at Murex D’Or, Best Middle Eastern Artist in 2016 at the BAMA "Big Apple Music Awards" Festival, Best Singer and Best Song for "Ma Balash" in 2015 at the MEMA (Middle East Music Awards) Festival, among others.

Hamaki is one of the jury members of "The Voice" program. He is considered one of the most prominent pop singers in Egypt and the Arab world.
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2/18/2020 3:33:18 PM
<![CDATA[LE 37B debt settled for 45 clients: CBE]]>
According to Amer, this step was taken after waiving LE 5.4 billion in interest and loan payments.

Moreover, CBE’s governor said that a total of 8,600 customers are included in the bank’s initiative for funding customers in default, including 800 in the industrial sector.

He clarified in a statement that non-performing loans (NPLs) worth LE 18.4 billion owed by 142 customers, including 89 in the industrial sector, have been settled until February 6, 2020, adding that LE 10.6 billion have been waived from interest and loan payments.

The number of companies that will re-open or raise the capacity of its factories reached 81, and lawsuits against 90 customers have been suspended, according to Amer.

On a similar note, CBE announced earlier that it has upped the capped loans limit for mortgage finance from 5 percent to 10 percent from the overall bank loan portfolio.]]>
2/18/2020 3:29:32 PM
<![CDATA[EGX loses LE6.6B of market cap. with turnover of LE4.4B]]>
The benchmark EGX 30 declined 1.18 percent, or 163.32 points, to close at 13,636.93 points.

The equally weighted index EGX 50 dipped 1.60 percent, or 29.94 points, to end at 1,846.17 points.

Moreover, the small and mid-cap index EGX 70 dropped 1.49 percent, or 18.74 points, to close at 1,237.46 points and the broader index EGX 100 decreased 1.15 percent, or 15.83 points to 1,358.65 points.

Market capitalization lost LE 6.6 billion, recording LE 692.36 billion, compared to LE 698.97 billion in Monday’s session.

The trading volume reached 607.25 million shares, traded through 20,636 transactions, with a turnover of LE 4.42 billion.

Egyptian investors were net buyers at LE 380.85 million, while Arab and foreign investors were net sellers at LE 54.63 million , and LE 326.22 million, respectively.

Egyptian and foreign individuals were net buyers at LE 422.79 million, and LE 663,809, respectively, while Arab individuals were net sellers at LE 9.5 million.

Egyptian, Arab and foreign organizations sold at LE 41.94 million, LE 45.12 million and LE 326.88 million, respectively.

El-Nile Co. for Pharmaceuticals and Chemical Industries, Ismailia National Food Industries, and Sarwa Capital Holding were top gainers of the session 9.98 percent, 5.08 percent and 5.06 percent, respectively.

Meanwhile, Egyptians Housing Development & Reconstruction, Rowad Tourism (Al Rowad), and Heliopolis Housing were top losers of the session by 8.39 percent, 6.80 percent, and 5.86 percent, respectively.

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2/18/2020 3:27:34 PM
<![CDATA[Al Azhar condemns attack on Burkina Faso church]]>
A statement issued by Al Azhar on Tuesday expressed rejection of such crimes, describing attacks on places of worship as a despicable act, pointing out that religions urge peace and love and reject killing and terrorism.

The statement said the crimes committed by terrorist groups against places of worship, civilians and military personnel who protect the homelands are totally rejected by Islam, calling for taking legal and security measures to defeat such groups.

In the statement, Al Azhar offered condolences to the people and government of Burkina Faso calling for a speedy recovery of the wounded. ]]>
2/18/2020 3:23:17 PM
<![CDATA[Assistant FM, Belarus official discuss bilateral ties, regional issues]]>
The Egyptian Foreign Ministry said the talks also tackled promoting cooperation in the fields of energy, modern technology and IT.

The two sides also discussed a host of regional and international issues of mutual concern, especially combating terrorism and illegal migration as well as the Libyan and Syrian crises.

They underlined the importance of continued consultations to coordinate stands vis-a-vis issues of mutual concern.

The two sides also stressed the importance of furthering bilateral cooperation as Egypt is considered a gateway to Africa, especially as the African Continental Free Trade Area has already gone into effect.]]>
2/18/2020 3:19:23 PM
<![CDATA[PM chairs economic committee meeting]]>
Central Bank of Egypt Governor Tareq Amer attended the meeting alongside Ministers Mohamed Shaker of Electricity, Hala el Saeed of Planning, Mohamed Maait of Finance, Amr Talaat of Communications, Niveen Gamea of Trade and Industry and Hisham Tawfiq of Public Sector Enterprises.

The meeting reviewed the steps taken so far to implement the directives of President Abdel Fattah El Sisi on accelerating the automation of customs procedures.

Communications Minister Amr Talaat said the ministry finalized the optical fiber network linkage among the authorities concerned; Cairo Airport and the harbors of Port Said, Ain Sokhna and Damietta.

The minister said the National Telecom Regulatory Authority
signed a cooperation protocol with the Egyptian Customs Authority for exchanging data and documents on clearing shipments which obtained technical approvals.

Meanwhile, CBE Governor Tareq Amer reviewed the efforts exerted to get financially strapped clients to settle their debts in line with an initiative launched in tandem with the government in this respect.

He said about EGP 18.4 billion debts have been settled so far.

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2/18/2020 3:14:59 PM
<![CDATA[Tunisian Ons Jabeur moves to 2nd round of Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships]]>Jabeur will meet top seed Simona Halep in the next round for the second time, as Jabeur leads the head to head by one victory.

"I asked my coach to come on court as I had too many negative thoughts I wanted to get rid of. He directed me with very good tactic points," Jabeur told Egypt Today.

Tunisians were seen everywhere at the Centre Court, cheering for the first Arab woman to enter the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam.

"The Tunisian crowd made it sound like a football match," Jabeur said happily. "It really made a difference. I am very grateful that they attended the match, and I hope they attend the upcoming matches as well," She added.

On how her life changed since the historic win at the Australian Open Championship, Jabeur said, "Things have changed, Tunisians know me better now; they support me and this is a great responsibility, as I have to win and make the Arab world proud. I hope I can be an inspiration for them. Not all the fans were Tunisians.There were also Egyptians. I am happy that all Arabs support me."

The Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, owned and organized by Dubai Duty Free,is held under the patronage of Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum. The event begins with the WTA,which will run until February 22,followed by the ATP tournament, which features Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, StefanosTsitsipas and Roberto Bautista Agutbetween February 24-29.

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2/18/2020 3:14:21 PM
<![CDATA[Min. reveals plans to achieve "Digital Egypt" strategy]]>
The minister added that the digitization of Port Said and transforming it into a smart city will be one of the earliest achievements of the strategy, which is based on two key pivots; digital transformation and development of human capacities.

The minister made these remarks during a meeting with members of Eitesal organization. The meeting was held as a part of "Meet The Government" initiative that has been launched by Eitesal a few years ago.

The first stage of the pilot digitization project in Port Said was launched in mid-2019, minister Talaat said, noting that the fourth stage will be launched in the coastal city in the coming few weeks.

Talaat said that the initial launch of digitized public services will take place nationwide in the next couple of months, noting that these services cover many areas including notarization, renewing driving licenses, utilities and electricity, municipalities and agriculture and marriage officiants.]]>
2/18/2020 3:04:42 PM
<![CDATA[EGX Roller of 2019]]>
The benchmark EGX30 climbed 925.79 points during 2019, ending the year at 13,961.56 points, compared to 13,035.77 points by the end of 2018. Meanwhile, the small and mid-cap index EGX70 declined 159.36 points by the end of 2019, to close at 534.47 points, compared to 693.83 points at the last session of 2018. The broader index EGX100 dipped 329.11 points, to record 1,398.10 points, from 1,727.21 points by the end of the previous year. The equally weighted index EGX50 fell 182.28 points, recording 1,967.45 points by the end of December of 2019, down from 2,149.73 points in the prior year.

A year in review

Vice President of research department at Shuaa Securities - Egypt Ahmed Abdelnaby reviewed the 2019 market performance in a recent report, stating that after Egyptian equities had gotten off to a bright start in January and February, they struck mixed notes throughout the rest of the year. Egyptian equities pumped the breaks in March and April with shallow liquidity and margin calls throwing shade over the market, the report reads.

“In May, a stronger EGP helped pull stocks lower; and later, in June, margin calls added more pressure on the market. In August, the execution of Global Telecom Holding’s (GTHE) MTO by VEON Ltd. and an unclear picture on Qalaa Holdings’ (CCAP) subsidiary Egyptian Refining Co. (ERC) sent even higher waves of margin calls through the exchange. Investors dived deeper into the market in August, encouraged by CBE’s decision to cut interest rates by 150bps,” Abdelnaby noted.

He further added that in September, the EGX witnessed severe sell-offs sparked by street unrest, before calming down in October on wide expectations by economists that CBE’s Monetary Policy Committee would continue its easing policy. In November, almost all EGX sectors were down as a ‘sell on fact’-themed scene unfolded after the interest rate cut had become a fact. Finally, EGP appreciation was the headliner of December, breaking below the EGP16/USD level for the first time since early 2017.

Foreigners ended 2019 as net buyers, while Egyptian and Arab investors were net sellers, Abdelnaby stated, clarifying that the former ended 2019 as net buyers with LE 1.7 billion of net inflows, driven by institutions, while Egyptians were net sellers in 2019 with LE 798 million of net outflows, led by individuals, and Arabs closed out 2019 as net sellers with EGP927 million of net out-lows, topped by institutions.
Abdelnaby further noted that throughout most of the year, Egypt was the fourth cheapest market in the MENA region, trading at a discount to MSCI EM and MSCI FM, clarifying that Egypt’s equity market was the third top performer compared to its MENA peers in 2019. EGX30 gained 19% (+1% in December) in USD terms as it exhibited the best performance in many months during the year. In terms of valuation, Egypt ranked the fourth cheapest market among its MENA peers behind Oman, Dubai, and Kuwait by the end of 2019. Meanwhile, EGX30 is trading at a 32% discount to MSCI EM.

EGX in December

The benchmark EGX30 rose by 0.81% (112.1 points) to close at 13,961.56 points in December, compared to 14,849.46 points in November. The small and mid-cap index EGX70 jumped 0.23% (1.21 points), to close at 534.47 points, compared to 533.26 points at the last session of November. On the other hand, the broader index EGX100 dipped 0.28% (3.9 points), to record 1,398.10 points, down from 1,402 points by the end of the previous month. The equally weighted index EGX50 declined 2.20% (44.17 points) to end the month at 1,967.45 points, down from 2,011.62 points the prior month.

As per market capitalization, the EGX gained around LE3.2 billion in December, recording LE 708.3 billion, compared to LE 705.1 billion in November, which marks an increase of 0.45%.

The total value traded in December recorded LE 35.1 billion, while the total volume traded reached 3,534 million securities executed over 373 thousand transactions. In comparison, the total value traded in November recorded LE38 billion, while the total volume traded reached 2,705 million securities executed over 367 thousand transactions.

Stock trading accounted for 49.25% of the total value traded of the main market, while the remaining 50.75% were captured by bonds over the month.

Listed Stocks recorded a trading volume of 2.50 billion during the month, through 365,587 transactions, with a turnover of LE14.07 billion, compared to a trading volume of 2.38 billion shares, through 360,837 transactions, with a turnover of LE 11.71 billion in November.

Egyptians represented 64.1% of the value traded in listed stocks after excluding deals during the period. Foreigners accounted for 28.8%, while Arabs captured 7.0%. Foreigners were net buyers, with a net of EGP 581.0 million, and Arabs were net sellers, with a net of EGP236.9 million, after excluding deals in listed stocks.

Since the beginning of the year, Egyptians have represented 66.8% of the value traded in listed stocks after excluding deals, foreigners accounted for 24.5%, while Arabs captured 8.7%.

Foreigners were net sellers by EGP1,682.8 million, and Arabs were net sellers by EGP1,082.4 million, after excluding deals in listed stocks, since the beginning of 2019.

The fourth quarter of 2019

The benchmark EGX30 dipped 2.08% (296.19 points) to end the quarter at 13,961.56 points, compared to 14,257.75 points during the last session of September. The equally weighted index EGX50 lessened 3.21% (65.22 points), to end the month at 1,967.45 points, compared to 2,032.67 points the prior month.

On the other hand, the small and mid-cap index EGX70 jumped 2.71% (14.08 points), to close at 534.47 points, compared to 520.39 points by the end of September. The broader index EGX100 climbed 0.36% (5.03 points), to record 1,398.10 points, from 1,393.07 points by the end of September.

As for market capitalization, the EGX lost around LE7.1 billion during the last quarter of 2019, ending the quarter in LE708.3 billion, compared to LE715.4 billion in September, which marks a decrease of 1%.

The total value traded during the fourth quarter of 2019 recorded LE117.4 billion, while the total volume traded reached 11,788 million securities executed over 1,211 thousand transactions. In comparison, the total value traded during the prior quarter recorded LE158.9 billion, while the total volume traded reached 15,453 million securities executed over 1,281 thousand transactions.

Listed Stocks recorded a trading volume of 9.57 billion during the quarter, through 1.18 million transactions, with a turnover of LE40.37 billion, compared to a trading volume of 14.52 billion shares, traded through 1.2 million transactions, with a turnover of LE62.12 billion in the third quarter of 2019.

Stocks trading accounted for 40.53% of the total value traded of the main market, while the remaining 59.47% were captured by bonds over the quarter.

Egyptians represented 68.6% of the value traded in listed stocks after excluding deals during the period. Foreigners accounted for 23.9%, while Arabs captured 7.5%. Foreigners were net buyers, with a net of EGP100.3 million, and Arabs were net sellers, with a net of LE521.3 million, after excluding deals in listed stocks.
Since the beginning of the year, Egyptians represented 66.8% of the value traded in listed stocks after excluding deals, foreigners accounted for 24.5%, while Arabs captured 8.7%. Foreigners were net sellers by EGP1,682.8 million, and Arabs were net sellers by LE 1,082.4 million, after excluding deals in listed stocks.

Offerings in 2019

By the end of February 2019, Egypt floated a stake of Eastern Company on EGX, and the public and private offerings on the course were completed on March 6, with a total value of LE1.72 billion, as apart of its state offering program.

In 2018, Egypt delayed listing shares of state-owned companies on the Egyptian Exchange, such as the 4.5% stake of Eastern Company slated for October. The government attributed the delay to volatility in the global market, noting that if the shares had been floated, they would have failed to be covered at proper valuation.
In 2016, Egypt announced the launch of the government’s IPO program offering shares over three to five years in several state-owned companies in fields such as petroleum, services, chemicals and real estate.

As part of the economic reform program, the government targets offering 15-30% of stakes in state-owned companies on the stock exchange (EGX) to increase funding to Egyptian companies, maximize the benefit from state assets, and attract local and foreign capital flows to Egypt.

As per the offering of private companies, EGX witnessed floating of two companies in 2019, which are Fawry and Tenth of Ramadan for Pharmaceutical Industries and Diagnostic Reagents (Rameda).

EGX welcomed, on August 8, Fawry for Banking Technology and Electronic Payment, a newly listed company under the number 216, to its main market with a trading code “FWRY.CA”.

“A ringing of bell ceremony was held today in the presence of the upper management of Fawry and EGX,” EGX stated. EGX also revealed that the private offering was oversubscribed by 16 times and that the public offering was covered by 30 times.
The company offered 254.6 million of its shares, representing 36% of its total shares, at LE6.46 per share with a total value of LE 1.64 billion.

On December 11, trading commenced on Rameda (RMDA.CA) with a celebration of company number 217 on EGX’s main market platform. Public and private offering covered 376,60 million shares representing 48.99% of the company’s total shares with a price of LE4.66/share and with a total value of LE1,754,983,960; LE1.6 billion for private placement and LE87.7 million for public placement.

“The IPO resulted in allocating 18.83 million shares representing 5% of the total shares offered, while the private placement allocated 357,77 million shares representing 95%,” the EGX clarified, adding that the private placement was oversubscribed by 1.2 times and the IPO by 36 times.

Expectations for 2020

Investment Bank Pharos has expected the Egyptian stock market to reach levels of 16,000 points during 2020, marking an increase of 20%, with the support of several incentives, including inflation declines, more expected rate cuts, a series of successful offering and the trend of the US federal towards more expansionary monetary policy.

Beltone Investments has agreed with Pharos, recommending buying in the Egyptian market as a result of the macroeconomic recovery and continued monetary easing, and justifying this by expectations of lowering interest rates, a better view of the macroeconomic and support to the industrial sector and improved growth with a strong potential rise in stocks in the event of improved liquidity levels, noting that the government’s initial offering program is a catalyst for the market in 2020 because it boosts liquidity.

Investment bank Hermes has anticipated an increase in the relative weight of the Egyptian Stock Exchange during 2020, due to the fact that stock prices are close to pre-2016 levels, and the return on shares is on the path to growth, indicating that there is no reason why the Egyptian Stock Exchange is trading at a lower rate of 25% compared to the emerging markets and the Gulf. Branch manager of a brokerage firm Ahmed Mortada expects the Egyptian Stock Exchange to perform positively during 2020, for eight local and international reasons, including continuing recovery of the tourism sector.

Another reason is that “Egypt’s transformation into a regional energy hub raises expectations for energy price revaluation, which reflects positively on energy-intensive factories,” he notes. He also refers to the resumption of the government offerings program, as well as the announcement of the launch of new companies affiliated with the army, which would increase the depth of the market and attract new capital to the stock exchange.

In December, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi affirmed that Armed Forces’ companies will be offered on EGX, stating that the stocks will be available for all Egyptians and not just the private sector.

The reasons also include the new central bank initiative for real estate financing for middle-income customers, for which about LE 50 billion has been allocated. Banks give it to customers with a 10% discount, and for a repayment period of up to 20 years, which is expected to reflect positively on real estate companies, especially those that set up small and medium units.

The Central Bank’s decision to raise the maximum percentage of the total loan installments from total monthly incomes to 50%, up from 35%, contributes to the revitalization of the consumer goods sector as well as the banks that expand personal lending, according to Mortada. He adds that CBE completes the cycle of monetary easing in the event that the pace of the trade war between China and the US subsides.

The last reason links to the Libyan army’s ability to resolve the internal conflict. According to Mortada, it is expected that this will affect the Egyptian economy positively through the travel of Egyptian manpower to Libya, as well as the high demand for Egyptian products in general, especially commodities, construction materials and construction.

Mortada predicts that EGX30 will target levels of 14,800 points during the first quarter, just in case trading on levels above 13,000 points. “The most prominent sectors expected to have positive performance in 2020 are tourism, petrochemical, construction, building materials, consumer goods and a number of real estate companies,” he notes.




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2/18/2020 1:49:30 PM
<![CDATA[Assar, Senegalese min. of Armed Forces discuss cooperation in military, civil industrialization]]>
During their meeting, Assar stressed his ministry's keenness on boosting cooperation with the Senegalese Ministry of Armed Forces in supplying military equipment, weapons and ammunition, training of technicians and cyber security.

They also discussed Egypt's transferring of its experience in military production to the Senegalese side to help in setting up factories to produce weapons, ammunition and equipment in Senegal.

For his part, Kaba said he is looking forward to promoting cooperation with the Military Production Ministry, praising Egypt's role in fighting terrorism in the region.

He also lauded efforts exerted by Egypt to strengthen its ties with fellow African countries, underlining that they agreed on dispatching a technical team from the Senegalese Ministry of Armed Forces and companies to visit Egypt's military production factories to stand on their potentials.]]>
2/18/2020 1:48:38 PM
<![CDATA[Muslim Brotherhood formed 13 terrorist groups in Egypt: NGO]]>
The report of the Forum for Development and Human Rights Dialogue, a non-governmental organization, openly accused Qatar and Turkey of funding the Muslim Brotherhood group designated by the Egyptian state as terrorist.

The forum described the group as the “reference group for all violent terrorist organizations in the Middle East,” saying it “adopts a discourse that incites violence, racism, hatred and exclusion of women and (people) of other religions.”

It also blamed the two countries of harboring fugitives of the outlawed group, who are wanted by the Egyptian judiciary over terrorist crimes that caused the death of many civilians and innocent people.

Among those 13 groups is an organization known as Ansar Al-Sharia Brigades in Egypt, hosting Muslim Brotherhood fugitives who fled Wadi Al-Naturn prison in Beheira, north of Cairo, in 2011, the report said, adding that this prison recruited youth and sent them to Syria.

The report mentioned the names of many other groups and gave a detailed explanation of the notorious charges they face, but failed to provide a clear proof that they all belong to the Muslim Brotherhood group, which has been labeled a terrorist organization following the ousting of President Mohamed Morsi, an MB leader, in 2013.

Since then, the state has blamed the group for all terrorist operations that took place as well as terrorist schemes that the national security authorities managed to thwart. However, the MB, as an international group, has never claimed responsibility for any terrorist attack in Egypt since the 2013 incidents and has always claimed it is a peaceful organization.

The observatory of the forum earlier in February condemned the terrorist attacks that target the security checkpoints in North Sinai, calling upon the United Nations to designate the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist body.

The forum strongly condemned the attempted terror attack on a military concentration in North Sinai, in which Brigadier Mostafa Abido was killed.

Military spokesperson Tamer al-Refaei announced on Sunday that the Egyptian Armed Forces foiled the terror attack, killing 10 terrorists and destroying a four-wheel drive vehicle. However, the fire exchange resulted in seven casualties, two officers and five soldiers.

The Egyptian forum called upon the United Nations to announce the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist group as it is responsible for all the terrorist attacks that have been taking place in Sinai since June 30, 2013 Revolution.

The forum said that the MB has several terror organizations that carry out terrorist attacks under different names, affirming that some of the MB fugitive members are the masterminds behind such attacks.

The MB violates the international legitimate human rights and as a result it should be designated as a “terrorist group” globally, the forum added.]]>
2/18/2020 1:42:04 PM
<![CDATA[Head of hospital dies in coronavirus epicenter; global economic impact spreads]]>
Chinese state television said Liu Zhiming, the director of Wuhan Wuchang Hospital, died at 10:30 a.m, the seventh health worker to fall victim. The hospital was designated to solely treat virus-infected patients.

The number of new coronavirus cases in mainland China fell below 2,000 for the first time since January but the virus remains far from contained.

The total death toll in China has climbed to 1,868, the National Health Commission said. There were 1,886 new confirmed infections, for a total of 72,436.

China’s lockdown of cities and tough curbs on travel and movement have limited the spread of the virus outside the epicenter, but at great cost to the economy and global business.

More than two dozen trade fairs and industry conferences have been postponed because of travel curbs and concerns about the spread of the virus, potentially disrupting deals worth billions of dollars.

Apple became the latest company to warn of trouble, saying it would not meet its guidance for March-quarter revenue because of slower iPhone production and weaker demand in China.

Asian shares fell and Wall Street was poised to retreat from record highs on Tuesday after the news.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in said the economy was in an emergency situation and required stimulus as the epidemic had disrupted demand for South Korean goods.

Singapore announced a $4.5-billion financial package to help contain the outbreak in the city-state and weather its economic impact.

In Hong Kong, leader Carrie Lam said the government would increase handouts to tackle the outbreak to HK$28 billion ($3.60 billion) from HK$25 billion, as it strives to ease the impact on the Chinese-ruled city’s protest-battered economy.

Singapore Airlines Ltd said it would temporarily cut flights in the three months to May, as the epidemic hits demand for services touching and transiting the key travel hub.

As global businesses sought to limit exposure to the virus, health authorities around the world searched for medical weapons.

The president of the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China, Joerg Wuttke, said the world’s pharmacies may face a shortage of antibiotics and other drugs if the outbreak cannot be resolved soon, and accused Beijing of making supply-chain problems worse.

Japan announced plans to use HIV drugs to combat the virus as a growing number of cases posed an increasing threat to the world’s third-largest economy, as well as public health. With 520, Japan has the most cases outside China.

With Japan’s economy contracting, raising the risk of a recession, the spread of the virus has prompted Tokyo to put limits on public crowds while some companies are telling employees to work from home.

INTERPRET CAUTIOUSLY
The number of new daily infections in mainland China had not been below 2,000 since Jan. 30, while the daily death toll had not fallen below 100 since Feb. 11.

Outside China, there are 827 cases in 26 countries and regions and five deaths, according to a Reuters count based on official statements.

Chinese authorities say the stabilization in the number of new cases is a sign that measures they have taken to halt the spread of the disease are having an effect.

Global health authorities had to keep on guard against a wider outbreak, said Jimmy Whitworth, a professor of international public health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

“We can hope that the reports of falling numbers of new cases in China do show that the epidemic has peaked in Hubei province, but it is still too early to be sure,” he said, referring to the central province where the outbreak began.

World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Chinese data “appear to show a decline in new cases” but any apparent trend “must be interpreted very cautiously”.
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2/18/2020 1:15:09 PM
<![CDATA[Oliver Stone to head Red Sea International Film Festival Jury]]>
Stone and his Jury will oversee the International Competition, which is focused on original, daring productions by emerging and established voices, particularly those from the Arab world and the Global South. The competition values cinematic forms that push traditions, recognizing the innovators of independent film production.

The Jury will give out the following prizes: Golden Yusr for Best Feature Film (Trophy, and $100,000), as well as Silver Yusrs for Best Director (Trophy, and $50,000), Best Screenplay (Trophy), Best Actor (Trophy), Best Actress (Trophy) and Best Cinematic Contribution (Trophy).

The Yusr Awards are named after the black coral formations found in the Red Sea of Jeddah’s coast. The results will be announced during the awarding ceremony, held on 19 March, 2020.

The Festival is Saudi Arabia’s first international film festival and presents global cinema, with a focus on the Global South and takes place March 12–21, 2020 in Jeddah Old Town, on the Red Sea coast. The Festival is committed to building a solid foundation for the film industry, building connections between the Arab region and the world.

“We are most pleased to have Oliver Stone leading our Jury,” says Festival Director Mahmoud Sabbagh. Stone is a one-of-a-kind. His incredible films about the Vietnam War and American political life have changed our thinking of history, giving new perspectives and challenging accepted truths. This is combined with technical prowess and captivating style of filmmaking that marks out his films as genuine originals. He is a three-time Oscar winner. An auteur in the truest sense of the word.

"Oliver Stone is behind some of the all-time great pieces of cinema," adds Sabbagh. "Penning Scarface and Midnight Express, directing Platoon and Natural Born Killers, to name a few, he cherishes originality, craft and creativity, values at the heart of the Red Sea FF. For a new breed of filmmakers competing for the Yusr awards, his watchful eye and sense of authorship will be inspirational."

Stone will also present a classic film that inspired him, Z by Costa Gavras. Which is a film about a Greek progressive deputy who is assassinated. The investigating judge in charge of the investigation highlights the role of the government, in particular the army and the police in this assassination.]]>
2/18/2020 1:13:45 PM
<![CDATA[Japan to start trials using HIV treatment for coronavirus: Suga]]>
"We’re currently preparing to start clinical trials using HIV medication on the novel coronavirus," Suga, the government’s top spokesman, said at a daily press briefing.

He added that he could not comment on how long it would take for the new drug to be approved.

Japan now has seen over 500 coronavirus cases, with more than 450 of them from a cruise ship docked in Yokohama.]]>
2/18/2020 1:06:13 PM
<![CDATA[Min.: Coop between female scholars, nuns receive int'l applause]]>
Gomaa was addressing a symposium organized by the Egyptian mission to the United Nations on the sidelines of "Protecting Youth from Extremist and Violent Ideologies", which is being held by the Muslim World League on February 18-19.

The cooperation experience between the female scholars and the nuns, along with other Egyptian experiences in boosting the religious coexistence, was praised by the participants of the symposium who wanted to emulate it in their countries, the minister added in statements.

Egypt's Mufti Shawqi Allam, the head of the parliament's Religious Affairs and Endowments Committee, Osama el Abd, Egypt's Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Alaa Youssef along with several UN envoys and international dignitaries were present at symposium.

Meanwhile, Gomaa met a number of Arab ambassadors at the resident of Ambassador Youssef to discuss a set of Arab issues.]]>
2/18/2020 1:03:10 PM
<![CDATA[Knightley says film 'Misbehaviour' highlights battle for equality]]>
Knightley, 34, plays a member of the Women’s Liberation Movement, which storms the stage of the London theater where the beauty pageant was being held. That year Miss Grenada won, the first time a black competitor had taken the crown.

The themes of feminism and racism appealed to the actress, she said, as they had ongoing resonance in a world where equality still felt a long way off.

“What I loved about this film was that conversation because it felt so very relevant to what we’re still talking about today,” Knightley told Reuters in an interview.

Back in 1970, Miss World was the most-watched TV show on the planet with more than 100 million viewers, meaning the protest created quite a stir. Misbehaviour opens in British cinemas on March 13, starring Greg Kinnear as pageant host Bob Hope, the comedian, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Miss Grenada.

Knightley is even more conscious of women’s rights and related issues like the #MeToo movement which calls out sexual misconduct across the entertainment, politics and business industries, because she is raising two young daughters.

“With social media...I do completely worry about that with my kids and I worry about the kind of images that they’re going to be bombarded by,” she said.

But Knightly believes progress has been made and the film pays tribute to the women who helped achieve that.

“I think you have to honor and mark the women that created that great progress before us,” she said.



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2/18/2020 1:01:37 PM
<![CDATA[Belarus president: Egypt is important economic, trade partner in Middle East]]>
Lukashenko asserted that Belarusian-Egyptian relations have witnessed a big leap over the past years.

It is scheduled that Lukashenko will meet during his visit to Cairo with President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi for the fourth time since 2015, terming Sisi's recent visit to Minsk as a "historic one".

He clarified that the situation in the world and the Middle East has rapidly changed and it is necessary to cope up with the latest developments.

He also pointed out that his country is working through its embassy in Cairo to foster its relations in North Africa and beyond.

Lukashenko said trade exchange between the two countries recorded a growth of 131 percent to hit $140 million in the past year, adding that they are seeking to beef up relations in the fields of science, technology and education.

He added that there is strong cooperation between the two countries in the scientific, economic, trade and cultural fields.

The Belarus president also praised Sisi's initiatives launched during the World Youth Forum in December, noting that such initiatives have helped in enhancing interaction with youths at the international level with the aim of realizing a real success in achieving peaceful coexistence and fulfilling the sustainable development goals.

He also praised President Sisi's efforts during his presidency of the African Union and his active work on enhancing cooperation among African states as well as interaction between Africa and other world countries, asserting that Egypt is a pioneering country in the continent.

He added that Egypt, during its presidency of the African Union last year, has succeeded in enhancing its international position and expanding its relations with African states, citing its well-organized events about Africa; such as Aswan Forum for Peace and Security as well as the World Youth Forum which has become a landmark on the road of integration in the region.

The Belarus president also highlighted Egypt's efforts in fighting terrorism, voicing his readiness to support Egyptians and share with them all advanced technologies. He also noted that Egypt enjoys a fast growing economy and has one of the strongest armies in Africa.

In June 2019, President al-Sisi held talks with Belarusian President in the Belarusian capital Minsk, where the two presidents signed a joint declaration to strengthen relations in various fields, according to a statement released by spokesperson Bassam Rady.

Sisi and Lukashenko witnessed the signing ceremony for several Memorandums of understanding (MoU) for the establishment of the Belarusian-Egyptian Business Council, which aims to boost trade and investment relations.

He noted that further promotion of cooperation in tourism and energy fields was reviewed during the talks.

The two leaders agreed to establish an accredited Egyptian diplomatic representation in Minsk, similar to the Belarus Embassy in Cairo, reflecting the growing momentum between the two sides and in the framework of supporting political and diplomatic relations.
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2/18/2020 12:58:30 PM
<![CDATA[CBE doubles capped loans limit for mortgage finance]]>
The move falls within the framework of a new initiative adopted by the CBE to promote the real estate market via providing funds worth up to LE 50 billion to help middle-income homebuyers obtain mortgage loans, said a statement released by the bank on Monday.

However, the increase will not apply to the Egyptian Arab Land Bank and the Housing and Development Bank, the statement noted. ]]>
2/18/2020 12:54:56 PM
<![CDATA[Oil Ministry: West Delta initial reserves expected to hit 236B cubic meters]]>
A statement released by the Oil Ministry on Monday said Molla's remarks were made during his chairing of the general assembly meeting of Rashid Petroleum Company/Burullus Gas Company (Rashpetco) to approve the amended budget of 2019/2020 and the draft budget of 2020/2021.

Meanwhile, Rashpetco’s Chairman Sabry El Sharkawy said there are currently studies on in the 10B phase of the West Delta Deep Marine (WDDM) which is expected to add production of around 236 billion cubic meters after drilling seven wells.

He said drilling in the deep waters (Swan) in East El Burullus Lake has successfully resulted in increasing the well's production to reach 110 million cubic meters of gas daily, with an estimated increase of 50 million cubic meters than targeted.

Sharkawy also noted that work is currently underway to link three wells named "Simian, Sapphire D and Sapphire East DC) of the 9B phase which have been discovered in WDDM few months ago.

All digging operations of wells of the 9B Phase have been finalized and are expected to add an initial production of 180 million cubic meters of gas daily, he added, noting that the planned production rate is around 420 million cubic meters of gas daily and 11,000 oil barrels during the coming fiscal year.

Construction is also underway in "Muntu" well in the WDDM with initial cost of dlrs 99 million, Sharkawy added.]]>
2/18/2020 12:50:57 PM
<![CDATA[Cairo among favored destinations to Kuwaitis in February]]>
Air Transport Observer for Aviation Operations in the General Administration of Civil Aviation Raed al-Taher noted that nearly 500,000 travelers will be spending their February national holidays out of the country. Kuwaitis go on national holidays from February 20 until February 29.

Taher added that the total number of flights at Kuwait International Airport will reach 3681 flights, including 1,841 departures with approximately 258,000 passengers, while the number of arriving flights will reach 1,840 with 241,000 passengers, noting that Cairo, Dubai and Saudi Arabia are the top favored travel destinations.

In December 2019, the Tourism Ministry celebrated Egypt being named one of the world’s fastest-growing destinations by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) for continuing to be the travelers’ top choice in 2019 and 2020, as highlighted by Forbes.

Former Tourism Minister Rania al-Mashat, -who serves currently as the minister of international cooperation- twitted, “Congratulations Egypt for being named one of the world’s fastest-growing destinations by the World Tourism Organization and for continuing to be the travelers’ top choice in 2019 and 2020.”
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2/18/2020 12:44:51 PM
<![CDATA[Mauritania reviews existing cooperation with Egypt: Media]]>
Mauritania’s Finance Minister Mohamed Al-Amin Ould Al-Thahabi and Egypt’s ambassador to Mauritania Ahmed Salama reviewed existing cooperation between the two countries, Mauritanian radio reported on Monday, without providing further details.

Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly, in 2018, discussed with his Mauritanian counterpart at the time Yahya Ould Hademine ways to promote common cooperation between the two countries.

Madbouly arrived to Mauritania’s Nouakchott to participate in the African Summit on the behalf of the President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

In the same context, presidential spokesman Bassam Rady told MENA that Egypt is keen on enhancing its relations with African countries as President Sisi placed the Egyptian-African ties among the top priorities of the foreign relations’ files and focused on the continent’s issues in most of his activities since assuming power in 2014.

He added that the file aims to intensify meeting with African leaders and visiting several African countries besides participating in the African summits, pointing out that such efforts resulted in promoting Egypt’s ties with African countries.

Also, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry was received by Egyptian Ambassador to Mauritania the same year.

Sisi’s several visits to the African countries since coming to power are considered to be a move which helped to spur Egyptian-African trade exchanges, investments, economic partnership and cooperation in various sectors such as agriculture, fisheries, vocational training, banking, mining and human development.

In June 2014, Sisi participated in the African Union Summit in the Equatorial Guinea as his first presidential visit within the continent, which was considered then a restoration of the African-Egyptian relations after years of neglect during Mubarak’s era.

Several short visits during 2015 followed the African Union Summit participation, including visits to Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda per Yuri Museveni's invitation in December 2016.

African Affairs Committee member in the Egyptian Parliament, Hatem Bashat, told Egypt Today that it is true that the African-Egyptian relations were forgotten for a while, however “since Sisi took office, he started a new strategy aiming to restore our role within the continent.”

“This tour is a reflection of the Egyptian diplomacy with our African neighbors since 2014; we have strong points in our relations and long history to relay on,” Bashat further explained.

He added that Sisi has a fixed strategy during dealing with the African countries, “for example, with Rwanda, we are keen to develop investments; with Tanzania we discuss the water security files; while Chad is considered one of the crucial countries for our national security,” Bashat told Egypt Today.


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2/18/2020 12:33:59 PM
<![CDATA[Alexandria, Dekheila ports working normally despite heavy rain]]>
Also, the shipping activities are going on as usual.

Alexandria Port Authority Chairman Tarek Shahin directed the bodies concerned to be cautious during the arrival and departure of ships.

Alexandria governorate has already taken precautionary measures against the current spell of bad weather and accumulated rain water is being drained from highways and the streets to facilitate traffic movement.]]>
2/18/2020 12:15:29 PM
<![CDATA[Trial of 215 MB defendants in 'Helwan Brigades' case adjourned till March 2]]>
In February 2015, the prosecutor general ordered the 215 suspects to be referred to the criminal court, while keeping 127 of them in pretrial detention, until the remaining suspects are captured and brought to justice.

The defendants are accused of forming armed groups called "Helwan Brigades" with the aim of carrying out attacks against policemen, destroying property and public facilities, as well as vandalizing electricity towers and transformers.

During investigations and questioning, 51 suspects confessed to joining the armed groups as well as illegally possessing firearms, ammunition and explosives.]]>
2/18/2020 12:04:13 PM
<![CDATA[Kindergarten Klopp says Simeone's Atleti still a threat to rampant Reds]]>
"People say I am emotional but if I am level four, he is level 12. I am Kindergarten Cop compared to him," Klopp told reporters in Madrid.

"He has been there eight years and to still have that emotional level, that's impressive."

Klopp will face Simeone for the first time at the Wanda Metropolitano on Tuesday and he paid tribute to the Argentinian while brushing off Atletico's disappointing form that has them clear outsiders to reach the Champions League quarter-finals.

Atletico are fourth in La Liga, 13 points behind Real Madrid, and will be up against an irrepressible Liverpool side that is yet to lose in the Premier League and sits 25 points clear of the chasing pack.

"Playing Atletico is one of the most difficult things in the life of a football player, they are organised, a results machine," said Klopp.

"What they have done so far this season was not as bad as people say and it has nothing to do with our chances tomorrow. The team that fights more will go through, not the team that has done better in La Liga or the Premier League."

Both coaches were keen to play up the closeness of the tie but Simeone's claim the balance stands at "50/50" seemed optimistic.

"Anything is possible," Simeone said.

He confirmed Diego Costa could play a part after the striker's timely recovery from a slipped disk while Alvaro Morata is likely to start after coming off the bench against Valencia on Friday.

- Pressure on -

Atletico are not the defensive force they once were and there is a debate in Spain over whether Simeone is the right man for the club moving forward.

"Criticism is needed because it makes us improve," Simeone said. "I only feel optimism and excitement."

Atletico are looking to salvage their season, given they are adrift in the title race and already out of the Copa del Rey.

But Liverpool are still in contention for a treble and seeking to retain the trophy they lifted at the Wanda Metropolitano last June.

"The best players in the world want to get to finals and win trophies and so do the best teams," said Liverpool full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold.

"If we want to be known as one of the best teams in the world we have to be getting to those latter stages. We believe we can do it."

Klopp signed off with a grin by insisting Paris Saint-Germain are the favourites to win the Champions League this season. "Now the pressure is on them!" he said.

And Simeone was asked if preparing for this test reminded him of taking on the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid in their pomp in recent seasons.

"This Liverpool team will go down in history because it has different achievements to all those teams we have admired," said Simeone. "They are a team with lots of options and I like that a lot."

Klopp added: "Whatever happens Atletico are always there. If you are not 100 per cent concentrated, they close you down with two or three players and then counter-attack. If you are not focused, you won't even have a shot on target.

"But on the other side, they also haven't played against a team like us."]]>
2/18/2020 9:17:39 AM
<![CDATA[Lampard asks for Chelsea fight after smash and grab United defeat]]>
The Blues had two goals disallowed by VAR reviews and were furious Harry Maguire was not sent-off for an off-the-ball kick out at Michy Batshuayi before he headed in United's second goal after Anthony Martial's opener.

Lampard cut a frustrated figure as the flaws in both boxes which have seen his side win just four of their last 14 league games were exposed once more against ordinary opposition.

"The fight starts now," said Lampard. "It's not worth me going on about it now but the reality was there for us to see.

"If we're not going to take chances then we're not going to win games. When you dominate large periods you have to take your chances."

Victory lifts United up to seventh and within three points of Chelsea in fourth, while fifth could now even be good enough to qualify for the Champions League next season pending Manchester City's appeal again a two-season ban from European competition.

However, even United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted he had not been impressed by the visitors' performance.

"When you win 2-0 here you are delighted," said Solskjaer.

"Then again I didn't think we played well, particularly with the ball in the first half. We were cumbersome, slow, passing wasn't great but we got the first goal then we hung in there."

Lampard made a bold call before kick-off by again dropping the most expensive goalkeeper in football history, Kepa Arrizabalaga, to the bench in favour of the 38-year-old Willy Caballero.

Batshuayi also started with Tammy Abraham ruled out by injury and Lampard's anger at missing out on a striker in the January window was borne out by a poor night for the misfiring Belgium forward.

But the course of the game could have been very different had Maguire not escaped unpunished for kicking Batshuayi after the two collided in front of the dugouts.

"I know I caught him and I felt he was going to fall on me and my natural reaction was to straighten my leg to stop him," said Maguire.

"I apologised to him and it was nice that the referee saw sense."

- One-way traffic -

Chelsea's sense of injustice increased when Willian was harshly booked for diving as he went down under a challenge from Bruno Fernandes looking for a penalty.

United had not made Caballero make a single save before going in front a minute before the break when Martial planted a brilliant header into the far corner from Aaron Wan-Bissaka's cross.

There was still time for Batshuayi to miss another chance before half-time when he skewed wide from a narrow angle.

The one-way traffic continued at the start of the second period as Mount hit the post and a brave block from Wan-Bissaka deflected Pedro's goal-bound effort behind.

But even when Chelsea did get the ball in the net through substitute Kurt Zouma, the goal was ruled out by VAR for a push on Brandon Williams by Cesar Azpilicueta.

Fernandes was unable to make much of an impact from open play in his second United appearance since a £47 million ($62 million) move from Sporting Lisbon.

However, the Portuguese international is a huge threat from set-pieces and nearly caught Caballero out with a free-kick that crashed back off the post.

Moments later, Fernandes provided his first assist for the Red Devils with a corner which Maguire powered home.

Lampard had seen enough from Batshuayi and handed Olivier Giroud a rare appearance off the bench for the final quarter.

The French striker thought he had given Chelsea a lifeline with a near post header, but was ruled offside after a VAR review.]]>
2/18/2020 9:15:44 AM
<![CDATA[Neymar's PSG return "changes everything" for Dortmund clash - Tuchel]]>
Tuchel named the Brazilian superstar in his squad for their last-16 first leg tie in Germany despite the world's most expensive player missing the French club's last four games through injury.

He has been struggling with a rib problem, but should be fit to play at Signal Iduna Park.

"He's fine, he's going to train, and will play if nothing happens to him," said Tuchel in Monday's press conference.

"He has the quality, the confidence and the ability to do decisive things. His presence changes everything - it gives me and his team-mates a lot of confidence.

"If he's missing, he's missing - but we don't have another player of that quality."

Neymar missed last season's surprise last-16 loss to Manchester United with a foot injury, while he also sat out the second leg of the defeat at the same stage of the competition by Real Madrid in 2018.

He was rested, along with France forward Kylian Mbappe, for Saturday's remarkable 4-4 draw at Amiens in Ligue 1.

PSG are yet to reach the Champions League semi-finals since being bought by their Qatari owners nine years ago, with their run to the last four in 1994-95 still the closest they have come to lifting the European Cup.

- Electric atmosphere -

Tuchel is under extra pressure to deliver as PSG have exited at the last 16 stage in Europe for the last three seasons.

"It's clear that if you lose three times in a row in the last 16, the situation is not the same the fourth time," admitted Tuchel.

"After the defeat (to Manchester United last season), we were sad, I was mentally almost dead, but that's sport.

"I said to the players (at the time): 'It might be a bit harder next year, but that's what we play in the Champions League for'.

"Sometimes you lose, you have to accept it and use the defeats to grow."

Having coached Dortmund for two seasons before his dismissal in 2017, Tuchel knows to expect a passionate atmosphere.

"It's difficult to control your emotions in this stadium and I'm not sure it's possible for the 90 minutes," said PSG's German coach.

"It's necessary to remain calm, attentive and intelligent.

"Dortmund are very strong when they press and when they counter-attack."

The hosts are missing Germany forwards Marco Reus and Julian Brandt, but Dortmund have a deadly teenage duo in striker Erling Braut Haaland and England winger Jadon Sancho, both just 19.

Haaland has scored a phenomenal nine goals in his six games for Dortmund.

"Their forwards' statistics are incredible," said Tuchel.

"We will have to block their counter-attacks before they start.

"It's going to be a challenge."]]>
2/18/2020 9:13:57 AM
<![CDATA[Cairo Days for Arab Drama kicks off on Feb.16]]>
The prominent cinematic event which is organized by Culture Without Borders Association was attended by 50 renowned Arab drama stars, including Yousra, Laila Elwi, Elham Shaheen, Dora, Kinda Alloush, Rania Farid Shawqi, Rajaa al-Jeddawi, Hanadi Muhanna, Asser Yassin, Mustafa Shaaban, Amr Youssef, Ali al-Hajjar, Amr Mostafa, Ahmed al-Saadani, Hani Muhanna, Jamal al-Adl, Medhat al-Adl, Tamer Habib, Sherif Mandour, Khaled Selim, Eyad Nassar, editor in chief of Youm 7 Khaled Salah, Tarek Shenawi, and Jasmine Taha Zaki.Abla al-Aswad and famed Egyptian composer Hany Muhanna are the founders of the festival.

Cairo Days for Arab Drama is tailor made to highlight the significant role of Arab drama as a soft power to promote knowledge exchange and cultural rapprochement between drama makers, open new horizons and encourage joint Arab productions.

This year’s edition bears the name of the late artist Farid Shawky to celebrate the centenary of his birthday with the participation of his daughter, Egyptian actress Rania Farid Shawqi.

Veteran Egyptian star Yousra will be honored in this edition in appreciation for her contribution to the world of drama. This edition will also honor the participating Arab countries, namely Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates and Lebanon.

Presented by famed Egyptian TV host Sherihan Abul Hassan, the opening ceremony witnessed the screening of a documentary film that tackles the values of Egyptian and Arab drama and its impact on the life of the Arab citizen.

Furthermore, a number of seminars will be held on February 17, with the participation of critics, journalists and artists from Europe and the Arab world, to promote culture and tourism for the participating Arab countries.

The seminars will tackle the chances of joint Arab production and dubbing in foreign languages to introduce the Arab culture to the world and open the way for large Arab and foreign partnerships.

This event constitutes an important turning point for Egyptian and Arab drama, as it introduces the western world to the Arab production, according to Aswad.

Aswad said that the first edition will be held without competition, provided that the next sessions, which will be launched in June at Cairo Opera House, will include competitions.

Culture without Borders Association aims to develop culture, especially the drama industry, in the Arab countries, through organizing production, photography, filming and writing workshops for young university students, aiming to produce joint Arab series.
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2/17/2020 5:33:58 PM
<![CDATA[Shaker: No reconciliation with Mahragant songs, singers]]>
Shaker stressed that what applies to Mahraganat singers will also be applied to the controversial star Mohammed Ramadan, adding that the coming period will witness intensive meetings with Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem to discuss the matter.

This is in addition to meeting with the Council of the Musicians Syndicate to discuss the decision and review the syndicate's permits and memberships.

Shaker has recently started to address the Mahraganat songs and its performers by issuing a decision to prevent this genre and its performers from legally singing and warning all the tourist establishments from dealing with them.

These performers included Mohamed Ramadan, who has lately been more focused on performing live concerts that sparked a wave of controversy.

Mansour Hendi, Chairman of the Work Committee of the Syndicate of Musical Professions, announced that Omar Kamal was prevented from singing at a wedding on Feb. 16.

The Board of Directors of the Musicians Syndicate thanked the police as well as the tourism and state agencies for their cooperation to prevent the culturally devastating phenomenon of Mahraganat.

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2/17/2020 4:54:45 PM
<![CDATA[All you need to know about Andalus Park's restoration]]>
Andalus Park is one of the oldest historical parks in Cairo’s downtown area. It was established by Mohammad Bey Zulfikar in 1935 at the end of King Fuad I's reign. It has been approved by the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities as one of the Islamic and Coptic antiquities since 2010, and is now witnessing a comprehensive restoration process.

The park is built on two acres and consists of two parts. The southern part is called the Arabian Ferdous Garden. It is similar to the Andalusian gardens in southern Spain. It has perennial trees, such as the Uday tree, which is more than 70 years old. The northern part is called the Pharaonic Garden.

It is located in a privileged location where it overlooks the Nile from the east and the Gezira Road from the west. From the north, it overlooks the Jeb Studio and from the south it overlooks the New Opera Square and the historical Kasr el-Nile bridge.
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Andalus Park - Photo Courtesy of Abdallah S. Al Hodaif

The fountain drainage network in the garden's Pharaonic part will be developed in the first stage of the restoration process. The second stage includes the restoration of archeological models of statues inside the garden.
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Another view of the park - Atef el-Ekhnawi

A reproduction of the park's statues that are impossible to restore will be made, while restoration of the snake statues located in the Pharaonic part of the garden will be completed. The garden will also be reforested with rare plants that were previously removed.

The total budget for the development of Andalus Park amounts to L.E 30 million.


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2/17/2020 4:08:49 PM
<![CDATA[Elissa to perform in Erbil on March 20]]>
Elissa recently performed a massive concert in Dubai on February 14 and performed at MUST Opera House in October city on December 13. The heartthrob singer performed in Alexandria on December 12. This concert was Elissa's first in Egypt after her previous decision to quit singing.

Elissa revealed having breast cancer in her 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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2/17/2020 3:48:30 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi inaugurates new factories of military production company]]>
The Qalyubia-based company belongs to the Ministry of Military Production and has military productions including small weapons as well as heavy ones, such as automatic rifles and general-purpose machine guns.

Sisi also checked the armored vehicle dubbed “Sinai 200”.

In October, Sisi stressed the necessity to allow the Egyptian people to have a share in the Armed Forces’ companies through selling these companies’ shares in the stock market.

During his speech, Sisi said that the Armed Forces’ companies must be offered to be part of the government's IPO plan, noting that Egyptians would get the opportunity to buy shares in these companies.

Financial market’s experts described Sisi’s speech as a positive message, indicating that the Egyptian stock market has drawn the attention of the political leadership and the government, which promises that the next is the best. They also believed that these offerings will attract investors and individuals.

The president in January inaugurated Berenice military base in south of Red Sea. Bernice military base is the latest base in a series of Egyptian military bases, which goes the line with a plan to develop and modernize the Egyptian army.]]>
2/17/2020 3:44:41 PM
<![CDATA[Arab expert meeting on competition kicks off at AL]]>
The draft law has been outlined after a thorough revision of more than 20 competition laws inside and outside the Arab world, said Bahgat Abul Nasr, director of the economic integration department at the AL, Monday.

The bill aims to enhance trade exchange through solving problems that hinder internal trade movement in all Arab countries, he added.

Abul Nasr made it clear that the issue of increased production mainly hinges on competition, noting that this is accordingly reflected on improved inter-Arab trade and development. ]]>
2/17/2020 3:35:59 PM
<![CDATA[Prisons sector okays transfer of 21 inmates to prisons nearer to families]]>
The move falls within the framework of the prions sector's keenness on applying the modern punishment philosophy and maintaining the psychological and social stability of the prisoners, who are being prepared to reintegrate within the society after serving their sentences.

It also falls within the framework of the Interior Ministry's policies that attach greater significance to the humanitarian and social aspects. ]]>
2/17/2020 3:31:06 PM
<![CDATA[Trade exchange bet. Egypt, world countries reaches $5.3B in 11 months]]>
The bulletin included the trade exchange between Egypt and the most important countries in the world during November 2019, and the period from January-November 2019, compared to 2018.

CAPMAS revealed that the trade exchange between Egypt and African countries slightly rose during 2019 to reach $131.35 million, up from $128.74 million in 2018.

Kenya topped the list of the most important African countries in trade exchange with Egypt, as the volume of trade exchange reached about $17.69 million in 2019, compared to $20.49 million in the same period of 2018, with a decline of nearly $2.79 million.

In the second place came South Africa, as trade exchange recorded about LE6.52 million during 2019, compared to $4.64 million in the same period in 2018, with an increase of about $1.87 million.

Moreover, Ethiopia ranked third with a trade exchange that amounted to about $175,000 in 2019, compared to $1.29 million in 2018, witnessing a decrease of about $1.12 million.

Egypt headed the African Union during 2019, and Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi attended the 33rd African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, where Egypt handed over the presidency of the AU to South Africa.

"Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry chaired the 36th session of the Executive Council of the African Union in Addis Ababa earlier this month, and reviewed the achievements made in Africa during Egypt’s presidency of the AU," the Foreign Ministry spokesman said.

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2/17/2020 3:24:44 PM
<![CDATA[DHL invests LE 1B in Egypt for expansion]]>
This intention to expand comes within the framework of the company's keenness to turn Egypt into a center for electronic commerce in Africa, as it is one of the main markets in the region.

"The company has made great achievements in the Egyptian market in 2019, starting with achieving an advanced position in the logistics sector at the regional level, followed by strengthening the position of the company and Egypt as a major market by concluding a cooperation agreement with the National Post Authority to facilitate postal services and activate shipping traffic at the local and continental levels.

This is in addition to developing the required processes with its global expertise in the field of electronic commerce, which contributes to supporting the capabilities of the post office in Egypt as a distribution center for the entire African continent,” CEO of DHL Express in the Middle East and North Africa region Nour Soliman said.

Soliman clarified that those come within the global DHL strategy to work on more automating systems and enable digital transformation in the Egyptian market, including the continent.

For his part, General Manager of DHL Express Egypt Ahmed al-Fangary said, “We are proud of our ability to enable global trade operations by exploiting the distinguished strategic location of Egypt, as a logistics center. So we are working to develop our supply chains and improve their operations in a way that supports Egypt’s goal to turn it into a major destination for foreign direct investment.”

This announcement came following the meeting of the CEO of DHL Global Express John Pearson with Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli in Egypt, when Madbouli stressed the Egyptian government's support for DHL investments that aim at turning Egypt into an e-trade hub in the Middle East and Africa.

For his side, Pearson clarified that DHL company has been working in Egypt since 1980, noting that the Arab country is a vital place of action in Africa and the Middle East.
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2/17/2020 3:23:31 PM
<![CDATA[Mostafa Hagag to perform in FIAF on Feb. 25]]>
Hagag’s new album consists of eight songs. The first song is titled “Ah Ya Hanan” and is written by Antar Hilal and composed by Mohamed Yehia. The second song is titled “Garh Baad Garh” and is written and composed by Aziz el-Shafei.

“Baadak Hayati Tamam” is the album’s third song; it is written by Haitham Selim and composed by Yasser Nour. The fourth song is titled “Hatzahzah” and is written by Mostafa Hassan and composed by Belal Sorour.

“Benaqso” is the fifth song in the album and is written by Mahmoud Abdallah and composed by Mohamadi. The album’s sixth song is titled “Ya Mostafa”, and is written by Mostafa Hassan and composed by Belal Sorour.

“Mogarad Bas Ma Aftekrak" is the album’s seventh song; it is written by Gamal el-Khouly and composed by Madien. The album’s eighth song is titled “Ya Am el-Zaalan Roo’” and is written by Mostafa Hassan and composed by Ahmed Mostafa.

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2/17/2020 3:22:56 PM
<![CDATA[Cairo Opera hosts Korean piano, flute duo on Feb. 17 ]]>CAIRO - 17 February 2020: In cooperation with the Korean Cultural Center, the Egyptian Opera House will host a concert for the piano and flute duo Kwon Yi Won and Su Jong Lee on Feb. 17 at the Small Theater at 8 p.m.

The concert comes on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Egypt and Korea. The concert’s program includes a selection of the international classical compositions and local musical works.

Flute player Kwon Yi Won graduated from Ewha Woman's University. She is currently a symphony player in the New World Symphony Orchestra and the Benny Flute Band. She won many awards, including the first award in the Korean National Flute Association competition.

As for pianist Su Jong Lee, she received a postgraduate degree from Hanyang University in Korea. She also obtained a diploma from the Chopin Institute in the Polish capital Warsaw. Lee performed in many successful shows in various countries of the world, including Korea, Spain, Colombia and Poland.
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2/17/2020 3:19:32 PM
<![CDATA[7 companies confirm coronavirus has no negative impact on operations]]>
This came as a response to EGX’s inquiry about the negative effect of the virus on the business of the Egyptian companies.

Canal Shipping Agencies Company stated that its association with the Chinese market is limited by vessels transiting the Suez Canal only, and therefore the potential impacts on supply and operational plans are weak.

Among the unaffected companies by the Coronavirus are Alexandria Container and Cargo Handling, El-Nasr Clothing & Textiles Co. (KABO), Delta for Printing and Packaging, Egyptian Chemical Industries - Kima, Arab Polvara Spinning and Weaving (APSW), Misr Fertilizers Production Co. - MOPCO, and Alexandria Spinning and Weaving.

Oriental Weavers Carpet Company announced several points regarding the negative effects of the spread of the virus. First, the wholly owned subsidiary of the Oriental Weavers Carpet Company, OW China, located in the industrial area of Tianjin, contributes 1 percent to the company's total revenue. Second, China is a major competitor in many export markets for printed and non-woven carpets, which account for about 20 percent of the company's sales. And, based on how long the virus will remain untreated, this represents an opportunity for the Weavers Carpet Company to create new export markets.

Third, imports of raw materials for Oriental Weavers Carpets from China represent 5 percent of the total imports of raw materials for the industry. “We are currently looking for other suppliers in India and Turkey,” the company stated.

On December 31, the first case of coronavirus was reported from Wuhan, China. In January, the virus transmitted to Thailand. The World Health Organization (WHO) announced the outbreak of the virus after more than 40 cases were reported positive and one person died.

The number of confirmed cases worldwide reached 71,431 and 1,775 deaths worldwide.

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses found in both animals and humans. Some infect people and are known to cause illness ranging from common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), according to World Health Organization (WHO).

"A novel coronavirus (CoV) is a new strain of coronavirus that has not been previously identified in humans. The new, or “novel” coronavirus, now called 2019-nCoV, had not been previously detected before the outbreak was reported in Wuhan, China in December 2019," it clarified.

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2/17/2020 3:13:14 PM
<![CDATA[Clean shores in El-Temsah Lake in Red sea ahead of World Wildlife Day]]>
The 80 volunteers gathered about 50 sacks of plastic waste including bags, bottles and agricultural waste that cause the beach pollution, which equals a ton of waste, and was collected in sackcloth bags. In addition to delivering an awareness lecture to 30 participating children, to spread awareness to reduce the use of plastic materials.

Youth Love Egypt foundation a non-governmental organization accredited to the United Nations for the environment, a partner of the Barcelona convention for the Mediterranean and an active member of the African Alliance for Climate Justice and the Environment and official focal point for Let's do it world movement to be the representative of the International cleanup day in Egypt.

Clean Shores is a campaign launched by Youth Love Egypt foundation last April to reduce the use of plastics in North Africa to achieve the goals of sustainable development with the participation of institutions from Tunisia, Morocco, Algeria, Nigeria and Ukraine, as well as a governorate in Egypt on the banks of the Nile and the Red sea and Mediterranean shores.

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2/17/2020 3:11:17 PM
<![CDATA[In Pics: Health Min. evacuates 617 people from Matruh quarantine]]>
The minister also confirmed that President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi was following the Egyptians' condition until the end. she explained in a statement to the press on Monday that the Ministry of Health will honor the doctors who participated in the quarantine camp for 14 days.

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The minister of health noted that the number of Egyptians in the camp is 617 people, including doctors, nurses, administrators and others. The ministry indicated that electronic health files have been created to include all the medical examinations for camp residents to follow up on their health.

On Feb. 16, Zayed said the only coronavirus case recorded in Egypt has shown no symptoms, and all those who dealt with him tested negative for the deadly virus but will be monitored for 15 days.

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"The building where the case was found was evacuated, sterilized and became usable," Zayed said in an interview with "Kol Youm" program on ON E TV.

"The ministry started applying precautionary measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus since January 7," Zayed said, adding that the ministry communicated with the WHO and managed in 24 hours to prepare a hospital in Matrouh that is able to receive 800 persons for quarantine.

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On Feb. 4, Zayed said in a phone call on Sada al-Balad channel that the cost of the medical equipment necessary to receive Egyptians in Marsa Matrouh governorate from the Chinese city of Wuhan sums up to $65 million.

The minister added that those Egyptians will be quarantined for 14 days to make sure that they don't carry the coronavirus. She also said that the hospital has 59 ICU beds, and 59 artificial respiration units.

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Zayed confirmed that President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi ordered the provision of the highest medical care for the returning Egyptians without regard to cost.

"The plane returned on Monday at 1 p.m. carrying more than 300 Egyptians; the quarantine rooms are fully equipped," Civil Aviation Minister Mohamed Manar told Extra News channel on Sunday, Feb.2.

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The plane crew was trained to deal with the passengers and was given appropriate clothes for the task. "Six doctors accompanied them on board during the trip," he added.

Manar pointed out that quarantine doctors were dispatched to all airports to deal with passengers who had passed through countries that reported cases of infection with coronavirus.

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In January, Ambassador Liao Liqiang said that no cases were reported inthe Chinese community in Egypt, and that the Chinese tourists will be leaving Egypt in five days. He added that no cases were detected amongst the Egyptian students in China.

Spokesperson of the Health Ministry Khaled Mugahed also said no coronavirus patients have been recorded in Egypt.

The Ministry of Health launched campaigns in seven governorates in Egypt to check Chinese restaurants and to activate means of health control in conjunction with the panic that is sweeping the world from the coronavirus.


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2/17/2020 3:07:49 PM
<![CDATA[DHL Express Global Plans Expansion in Egyptian Market]]>
Commenting on this announcement, Nour Suliman, CEO of DHL Express Middle East and North Africa, stated: “DHL Express has maintained an impressive record of achievements in the Egyptian market in 2019. We have successfully positioned ourselves as one of the biggest logistics providers, regionally, which was followed by more thorough investments to enhance the company’s presence in Egypt and in the region. To achieve that, we sealed a deal with “Egypt Post” to revolutionize and upgrade their services, leading to facilitation of express shipping locally and regionally and utilizing advanced tech tools to endorse eCommerce, automation of services and digital transformation.”

DHL Express is strengthening its air and road capabilities; it has added 99 new cars to its vehicle fleet, bringing the total number of freight cars to 120, and plans to increase the number of aircraft to 2-3 by the end of February, and to 4 by the end of the year, which is in line with the company’s commitment to support economic growth, and facilitate commerce..

Ahmed ElFangary, DHL Express Country Manager, said, “ DHL Express Egypt is proud to be considered as a leading enabler to the global trade transactions utilizing Egypt as a prime location to improve the supply chain cycle which endorse Egypt’s vision of being a key destination for FDIs.”

ElFangary further stressed the company's keenness to continue to grow its business in the Egyptian market considering the prosperous investment climate and the performance of business locally, citing the development achieved by the company since it set up in Egypt in 1980 and the substantial 50% growth in its business over the past 5 years. Furthermore, ElFangary pointed out that operating in the Egyptian market has enabled DHL Express to advance by 3 positions to become among the leading companies in the logistics sector in terms of profits, which has contributed to strengthening Egypt's role as a significant market in DHL’s global footprint of 221 countries and regions. .

DHL Express plans to expand its presence and touch-points in Egypt with the establishment of 6 new branches this year, adding to the 33 existing ones nationwide, which will contribute further to providing more job opportunities for the youth. DHL already depends on its local work force of 500 direct employees and workers, and double this number of indirect employees, providing them with vocational training and programs that support their career advancement. This stems for DHL’s core belief in the importance of investing in its human capital to achieve growth and success.

It is worth noting that the company's efforts to support its employees and provide a stimulating and productive work environment has qualified DHL to win the Top Employer Global Award in 2019, and the Top Employer Africa and Top Employer Egypt awards in 2020. Additionally, DHL’s efforts have been recognized on an international levels following additional international awards received including the Kincentric Best Employers International Award in 2019 for the fifth consecutive year, which reflects DHL’s efforts to provide a distinguished work environment and culture for its employees. Furthermore, DHL Express Global has won the Health and Wellbeing Award that celebrates the company’s efforts in maintaining a safe environment for its workers.
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2/17/2020 2:14:32 PM
<![CDATA[‘To All the Boys’: A romantic tale about first timers]]>
The romantic movie is directed by Michael Fimognari and stars Lana Condor, Noah Centineo, Jordan Fisher, Anna Cathcart, Janel Parrish, John Corbett, Sarayu Blue, Ross Butler, Madeleine Arthur, Emilija Baranc, Trezzo Mahoro and Holland Taylor.

"To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You" is based on the New York Times best-selling YA romance novel, "P.S. I Still Love You" by Jenny Han.

It’s a new year and Lara Jean (Lana Condor) and Peter (Noah Centineo) are no longer pretending to be a couple as they were in part one they ARE a couple.

As Lara Jean navigates a trove of official first love with Peter she finds herself leaning more on Kitty and Margot (Anna Cathcart and Janel Parrish), Chris (Madeleine Arthur), and an unexpected new confidant, Stormy (Holland Taylor), to help her manage the complex emotions that come with this new chapter of balancing a relationship and figuring out her authentic self.

"TO All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You" managed to make that difficult equation, having an emotional romantic movie that is very close to a fairy tale, while preserving the realistic line through conveying the sentiments and disputes that occur in the first love experience.

"TO All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You" is a very simple and soft romantic movie; the geniality of the film lies in its simplicity. The movie smoothly navigates the trove of official firsts: First real kiss, first real date, first Valentine’s Day, first eyes' shine, first love anxiety and even the first tears of the first break up.

Lara Jean's conversations with herself were full of clear and important love messages that were indirectly sent to us as audience, revealing many things about first love and reminding us of what we know and forget about love.

"People say fairy tales are real but sometimes happily ever after is very real," Lara Jean said that to herself before she went on her first date with Peter. The shine in her eyes along with the expressive sound track established in our hearts these dazzling newly born feelings mixed with the excitement and enthusiasm that usually come with the first date.

"This is my first date. I have never been a girlfriend before. I hope I am good at that," Lara Jean said to Peter who just understood her anxiety without uttering a word.

It is worth mentioning that the soundtrack of the movie played an important role in bringing the romance of the scenes to life.

The movie presents another love line between Lara Jean’s father and their neighbor, which wasn’t highlighted but added an additional touch of romance.

The events made us feel that love was in the air until Lara Jean's life was turned upside down when John Ambrose (Jordan Fisher), another recipient of one of Lara Jean’s old love letters, enters her life and sends her a reply.

At that moment she discovered that she must rely on herself more than ever as she’s confronted with her first real dilemma: Can a girl be in love with two boys at once?

Lana Condor brilliantly reflects the confusion of the in experienced girl when she finds herself unable to translate her feelings. To make matters worse, Lara Jean finds out she can’t get over Peter’s previous love relationship with Jane.

Lana Condor transferred to us the feeling of unsecured she had about Peter’s past relationship with Jane, because for every first she was having with him he already had his with her. So when her friend told her that Peter had met his ex-girlfriend, she got jealous and decided to break up.

All this mess was meant to remind us and teach Lara Jean that love is not only about glamorous and dazzling moments; it has its hardships, tears and heartaches.

But the crazy thing about love is that all of a sudden, like magic, everything becomes great again. With the first kiss with John Ambrose after the breakup, she discovered that Peter is her true love, and as her new confidant, Stormy said "You have to kiss the wrong person to know the right one."

The director did a great job casting the actors especially the three main characters: Lana Condor, Noah Centineo and Jordan Fisher, who made us believe they are teens, although they are in their 20s.

The script was simple, and to the point; the actors' performance was the reason it felt relatable.

If you want to watch a simple, romantic and soft movie that teaches you a lot of facts about first love, then "TO All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You" is the movie for you.

Netflix from its side made a surprise to all the fans of this romantic sequel, ''To All The Boys: I’ve Loved Before'' is now available on Netflix for everybody in the Middle East to watch through March 9.
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2/17/2020 2:12:55 PM
<![CDATA[Leila Mourad: 1st female box office star in Egyptian cinema.]]>
She was born Jewish in Cairo on February 17, 1918 to a Syrian father, Zaki Mourad, and a Polish mother, Gamilah Salmon. Her father was a composer and singer who encouraged Leila to sing in radio in the 1930s. Being the eldest daughter, she later had to financially support her family.

Her debut as a singer in the cinema was in “The Victims”, six years before starting her acting career with the “Long Live Love” film starring singer Mohamed Abdel Wahab, who also made her sign a contract for ten musical records. Director Mohamed Karim first said that she wouldn’t make a good actress due to her extremely small frame, but Abdel Wahab managed to convince him.

Producer, director, scriptwriter and actor Togo Mizraahy gave her true fame through seven films, including “Leila Bent El-Reef” (Laila From the Countryside), “Leila Bent Madares” (Laila: The School Student), and “Leila”. Out of 28 films of her career, 17 carried her real name. Mizraahy was able to work on Leila’s shyness, which was the only factor that she lacked to be a great cinematic actress. He taught her how to boldly face the camera and trained her on how to control her facial expression and voice coloring.

Mourad was in need of another director to change her skin and remove the solemnity of tragedies which was the main characteristic of Mizraahy films. She needed a director who can easily create a commercial formula while maintaining he artistic caliber, this man was simply the famous Egyptian producer, actor and director Anwar Wagdy.


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Anwar Wagdy and Leila Mourad - Egypt Today Archive


The marriage of Wagdi and Mourad in 1945 significantly contributed to the immortal booming success of this artistic duo and increasing both their credibility and popularity among viewers, especially that at that time Mourad and Wagdy were the only artistic couple who were married in real life.

Wagdy’s innovative methods led the audience to be more attached to Mourad and follow her professional and personal news as if they were members of the same family. Wagdy’s intimate method increased ticket sales.

Mourad reached with Wagdy the peak of her artistic and popular success. As a result, Mourad became more confident in other cinematic experiences with other directors.

After the end of World War II, Wagdi was smart enough to realize that the Egyptian audience's tastes shifted from tragedies to comedy and musical films or their combination, especially low classes who constituted the majority of cinema goers.

- Her film “Ghazl El Banat” (The Flirtation of Girls) is until today one of the most important films in the history of the Egyptian cinema. She co-starred with legendary actors Naguib El-Rihany and Youssef Wahby, who had introduced the film idea to Mourad.

Leila Mourad and Naguib el Rihany in a scene from Ghazal el Banat Movie - Egypt Today Archive
Leila Mourad and Naguib el Rihany in a scene from Ghazal el Banat Movie - Egypt Today Archive

- Her unforgettable role in “Qalby Daleeli” (My Heart is My Guide) film with Anwar Wagdy and the song carrying the same name has maintained wide fame for generations. The song is still featured in modern films, including the late director Mohamed Khan’s “Fi Shaqet Masr El Gedida” ( In Heliopolis’ Apartment ), who believed that “her voice is a unique classic.”



Until the mid-1940s, Egyptian cinema didn’t witness the phenomenon of the female “box office star” until Mourad appeared. Mourad was described with this expression not only because her films achieved high revenues, but because her fans were strongly attached to her to the extent that drove them to go to the cinema to watch her movies only because she was these movies’ heroine, without paying attention to any other details. Her name on any movie poster was a strong guarantee of its high quality.

- She declared her Islam in 1947, one year after she sang “Ya Hoggag El-Beit” (Oh Pilgrims) and “Ya Sett Nazra” (Lady Zeinab, Look at Me).

One day in Ramadan, she woke up to the voice of “Adhan” (Islamic call for worship) near her home at 26 Sherif Street, in Downtown Cairo. As she felt an inner peace to listen to it, keenly bringing up her spiritual inspiration, she asked her husband actor Anwar Wagdy why he did not ask her to convert to Islam, telling him that she wanted to embrace Islam immediately.

- In response to a rumor published in a Syrian magazine accusing Leila of being a spy who donated EGP 50,000 to Israel, Egypt and most Arab countries boycotted her artistic performances for some time.

- While in Europe, she asked for protection from President Mohamed Naguib. She then sang her last national song “Union, Organization, and Work” (Bel Itihad, W El-Nezam, W El-Amal), and then retired from her artistic career as a way to thank him.

- The romantic film was a successful end for her acting journey that lasted for 15 years. She insisted on retiring in 1955, until Egyptian composer Baleegh Hamdi convinced her to host a TV program in the 1960s on Abu Dhabi TV.

She decided to retire when she was only 37 years old, at the peak of her artistic maturity and cinematic glory, to keep an immortal youthful image in the minds and hearts of her fans. Despite her retirement, she maintained her stature and popularity until her death and even after.

Mourad is considered one of the most iconic singers in Egypt’s modern history. She acted in more than 20 movies and sung hundreds of songs that are deeply entrenched in Egyptians’ memory. Known for her innocent golden voice, full of emotions, Mourad would always grab attention when one heard her singing a symphony. She passed away November 21, 1995, leaving behind a large history of immortal movies and songs that will live ever after.

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2/17/2020 2:10:00 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt to become 6th largest world economy by 2030: Economist]]>
During a program wired on Russia Today news channel, he said countries like Egypt and India which have large population and the highest numbers of youth have a great chance for accelerated growth.

He added that the growth rate of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of Egypt exceeded 8 percent which is the highest in the world and even surpasses China whose growth rate stands at 6 percent.

He added that the coming generations will reap the fruits of the current Egyptian investments. ]]>
2/17/2020 2:05:14 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt, Colombia discuss boosting bilateral ties]]>
This comes as part of a political consultations session that tackled means to promote bilateral cooperation in numerous political, economic and cultural fields including trade, investment, agriculture, education and tourism in addition to combating terror and corruption.

During the consultations, the Egyptian side reviewed the recent positive economic indicators and the promising investment opportunities available in Egypt.

Both sides discussed a set of proposed memorandums of understanding covering a wide range of areas.

They agreed on boosting the volume of trade and investment to be commensurate with the two countries' economic potentials and exchanged views on regional and international issues of mutual interest. ]]>
2/17/2020 1:44:23 PM
<![CDATA[GVC: Egypt ranks Africa’s 1st in regular shipping lines, Cabinet says]]>
Global Value Chains involve different countries in the production process to help increase international trade and productivity.

These factors include regular shipping lines, as Egypt ranked first in Africa and the second in the Arab world in this regard, with a value of 66.7 points in 2019, compared to 62.38 points in 2018, said Osama Al-Gohary, an assistant of Egypt’s prime minister. Improvement in this index means easier access to the global shipping system and thus effective participation in international trade.

Concerning logistic performance, Egypt ranked third in Africa, and is looking forward to boosting the handling capacity of ports from 120 million tons to 370 million tons by 2030, through several procedures including developing infrastructure of a number of ports and upgrading the Port Said port, in northern Egypt, Gohary added.

The waiting time of ships is another factor that influences Egypt’s participation in the Global Value Chain. Egypt ranks 18th in this index, with an average waiting time of 34.6 hours, Gohary said, noting that Egypt is working to improve its ranking by improving the competitive capabilities of ports through digital transformation.

As the political leadership has put much effort into digital transformation, the Ministry of Finance in August last year said Egypt is moving towards digital transformation and achieving the goals of financial inclusion.

Thanks to the government's electronic payment and collection system, launched in May, government services have become more accessible to citizens at their actual prices, whether online or through payroll, bank, prepaid or credit cards, the ministry added in a statement, state’s news agency MENA reported.

The ministry has supplied all administrative bodies nationwide with E-collection systems; however, some of them have been found to be unused, the ministry said.]]>
2/17/2020 1:40:54 PM
<![CDATA[Steigenberger ALDAU Resort is the ultimate Red Sea Experience That has it All]]>
The best-in-class complex is divided into 3 superior hotels that complement each other, specially designed to serve different audiences according to the diversity of preferences. Steigenberger ALDAU Beach Hotel, Steigenberger Aqua Magic, and Steigenberger Pure Lifestyle. Making these 3 grand resorts the definition of the ultimate Red Sea Experience!

The 5-star resort is set at a perfect location in Hurghada. Making it only 10 minutes away from the airport and 14 minutes from downtown. This magical city is also known for its warm weather, making it summer almost all year long.6

Starting with Steigenberger ALDAU Beach Hotel’s over-the-top accommodation. This award-winning beach hotel guarantees a lavish stay in spacious rooms and suites with sea views and excellent services. As for dining, take a tour around the world’s best cuisines right at your table with 6 different cuisines, and 3 bars. Moving on to a much laid back experience at Planet Spa where you can recharge your body from nature and book a massage after an intense workout at the fitness center. And don’t worry about your little ones at the kids club with a range of exciting supervised activities.

The second hotel category is perfect for families. Steigenberger Aqua Magic is the place for your little ones. The hotel is equipped with 5 large swimming pools, water slides, and a lazy river. Not to forget, the children’s Pirates Aqua Park. This means, you could enjoy a nice bathing session, while the kids have some water adventure of their own. The Aqua Magic also offers 24-hour dining services of local and Italian cuisines and also bars to indulge in when it’s night time.

If you’re a fancy bohemian looking to spend a soothing yet exhilarating vacation with no children, Steigenberger Pure Lifestyle is for you. The third and final category is where a modern styled all-suites and all-white extravaganza awaits you. A haven for adults only that is designed to give you privacy, peace, and serenity. Imagine yourself in the private pool of your penthouse suite with your loved one overlooking the Red Sea. All suites are spacious and pimped with Jacuzzis, swing chairs and terraces overlooking the beautiful Red Sea. You can find 7 restaurants with a variety of either Mediterranean or Asian cuisines, 10 bars, the Gourmet Market on the rooftop that serves best-in-class culinary options, the weekly foam-pool parties, and the beach parties all week long!

For the business people traveling for work, who said work can’t be fun as well?
ALDAU International Conference Center is the place where business meets pleasure. A grand venue for business, culture, and entertainment. The biggest conference center in the Red Sea features a conference room, a grand ballroom, an arena and so much more. It’s the perfect place for whether you’re looking to do business meetings or host a dinner party.

Hurghada has one of the most beautiful marine lives in the world, and since diving is a fascinating experience, Ilios Dive Club, which is cross-accessible to all 3 properties, offers diving sessions for beginners and experts too. Along with many exciting water sports and activities like kitesurfing, kayaking, windsurfing, wakeboard, water skiing, and banana boat rides!

Steigenberger ALDAU Resort is the first in Egypt that offers free daytime sea-view golf rounds to the 3 hotels as part of our all-inclusive programs. To unwind your mind, a welcoming hideaway awaits you at the award-winning Planet Spa and Raa Spa at the Resort. Rejuvenate your senses and pamper yourself with everything that your body and soul need to relax.

ALDAU Art Promenade is the latest hottest, and trendiest touristic spot that stretches through the heart of Steigenberger ALDAU Resort with a large variety of amusements for visitors, guests, and locals. The boulevard is a unique open-air art gallery offering a wide corridor of boutique-style retail shops and services, restaurants and cafes, constant events and parties at The Arena and Elements Night Club. Also located at ALDAU Art Promenade is the superb Asian place, S-square that is divided into three authentic restaurants with live cooking shows that you don’t want to miss, too!

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2/17/2020 1:35:24 PM
<![CDATA[Elton John says he's 'deeply upset' after cutting short NZ concert]]>
John broke down in tears at Auckland’s Mt Smart Stadium after he was unable to sing despite receiving medical attention.

He took to his Instagram page on Sunday night to apologize to fans who had turned up for the show.

“I want to thank everyone who attended tonight’s gig in Auckland. I was diagnosed with walking pneumonia earlier today, but I was determined to give you the best show humanly possible,” he said in the post.

“I played and sang my heart out, until my voice could sing no more. I’m disappointed, deeply upset and sorry. I gave it all I had,” he added.

The legendary singer, who won an Academy Award last week for best original song in his own biopic, “Rocketman,” had to be assisted from the stage after attempting to launch into the song ‘Daniel’, the New Zealand Herald reported.

John had told the crowd early in the concert that he was ill and his voice was “shot”, but he was determined to put on a great show.

He struggled to perform ‘Candle in the Wind’ and told the audience he did not know how long he could continue, the Herald said. He briefly left the stage but returned in a new costume.

Several songs later he had lost his voice entirely and the show was over. He was seen weeping and waving to a cheering crowd as he left the stage, assisted by medics.

The concert was part of John’s Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour.

He is to play two more Auckland shows - on Tuesday, February 18 and Thursday, February 20. Those shows are expected to go ahead as planned as doctors are confident John will recover, state broadcaster 1News reported on Monday, quoting the event promoter Chugg Entertainment.]]>
2/17/2020 1:25:46 PM
<![CDATA[RIFF to open with world premiere of ‘Shams al-Maaref’]]>
Directed by Faris Godus, produced and starring his brother Suhaib, “Shams al-Maaref” (The Book of Sun) captures the spirit of a generation whose lives were transformed by the internet. Set in 2010, high school senior Husam (Baraa Alem) finds himself drawn into the world of video production, an obsession that takes his focus away from the ordinary pursuits of high school and teenage life. His best friend Maan (Ismail Alhasan), their one-time foe Ibrahim (Ahmed Saddam), and teacher Orabi (Sohayb Godus) also become preoccupied with the online world and the possibility of a medium that comes to represent freedom to them. The group set out to produce a no-budget horror movie – a wild adventure of self-expression and creativity that their families believe will put their futures at risk.

The Godus Brothers came to fame through their efforts in projects such as Telfaz 11 and their acclaimed short film “Depressing Scene” (2016) and the Saudi Ramadan TV series “Another Planet”.

The Red Sea Film Festival Foundation supported the film, bestowing a $500,000 production grant via the Tamheed Fund, a one-time award for emerging Saudi filmmakers. The film is one of a number backed by the Red Sea Film Festival Foundation’s broad slate of grants and funds.

Festival Director Mahmoud Sabbagh commented: “An insider’s look at the origins of new cinema in Saudi Arabia, “Shams al-Maaref” (The Book of Sun) is a fitting opening to the Kingdom’s first-ever international film festival. The Godus brothers have created a testament to the passionate community of pioneering filmmakers, who have inspired and drive Saudi cinema culture.”]]>
2/17/2020 1:22:04 PM
<![CDATA[Foreign inflows into Egypt hit $12B since start of 2020: CBE]]>
Speaking to MENA on Sunday, the source said the inflows were in the form of remittances of Egyptians working abroad and new foreign investments.

The inflows reflect international financial funds' interest in the Egyptian market as one of the most important markets attracting investments in the region, the source said.

He added that the Egyptian economy is on the right track thanks to economic reforms taken by the Egyptian government in 2016. ]]>
2/17/2020 12:27:23 PM
<![CDATA[CBE issues LE 7B in T-bonds Monday]]>
The T-bonds were offered in two installments, with the first valued at LE 3.75 billion with a three-year term and the second worth LE 3.25 billion with a seven-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.

The Monetary Policy Committee of the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) kept the overnight deposit rate, the overnight lending rate, and the rate of the main operation unchanged during Thursday's meeting, Jan. 16.

The overnight deposit rate, the overnight lending rate, and the rate of the main operation are at 12.25 percent, 13.25 percent, and 12.75 percent, respectively.

Moreover, credit and discount rates were declined to 12.75 percent from 13.75 percent.

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.]]>
2/17/2020 11:56:27 AM
<![CDATA[Additional 99 virus infections confirmed on cruise ship in Japan: reports]]>
The widening impact of the outbreak, which began in China in December and has killed over 1,700 people, is threatening large public events and damaging output and tourism in Japan.]]>
2/17/2020 11:19:11 AM
<![CDATA[New coronavirus is 'preventable and treatable': China health official]]>
Guo Yanhong, a hospital administration supervisor at the commission, made the remarks at a daily press conference, in which she also said the percentage of infected patients in virus epicenter Wuhan who are critically ill had dropped to 18% now from 38% at the beginning of the outbreak.]]>
2/17/2020 11:13:15 AM
<![CDATA[Mashat represents Egypt in World Women Forum 2020 in Dubai]]>
The forum is set to discuss policies and initiatives that possess a positive impact on women and ways to increase women's social and economic participation, especially in the entrepreneurial sector.

Ivanka Trump, adviser to the US President; and a number of heads of international financial institutions headed by David Malpas, president of the World Bank Group; and Crystalina Georgieva, director-general of the International Monetary Fund, delivered a speech during 60 discussion sessions of the forum.

Mashat’s program includes participating in a session on women leaders in the government where she is set to review her successful experience in the Egyptian government as the first woman to take over the Ministry of Tourism in January 2018.

She will also tackle the concrete and unprecedented results achieved in the tourism sector through the launch and implementation of a structural reform program to develop the tourism sector, which led to a 40 percent increase in the number of tourists, since she assumed the Ministry of Tourism, and achieved the highest dollar revenue in the history of Egypt.

She will also present the efforts of Egypt in empowering women politically, economically and socially in various fields, as Egypt is one of the first countries to prepare a strategy for empowering women, which was launched by President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi in 2017 and aims to make women a basic partner in a strategy for sustainable development by 2030.

The minister participated in the launch of the Women Entrepreneur Financing Initiative (We-Fi), which is held for the first time in the Middle East and North Africa, with the aim of empowering women entrepreneurs in the region. This initiative includes a partnership of 14 governments with six development banks.

The forum focuses on four main axes such as the government, economy, society and the future with the participation of more than 3000 personalities, which makes it the largest forum of its kind.

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2/17/2020 11:08:31 AM
<![CDATA[Sharm El-Sheikh receives 2 UK flights after four-year halt]]>
Civil Aviation Minister Mohamed Manar ordered the airport staff to offer all services and facilities for the two planes and finalize the passengers' arrival procedures.

TUI officials and passengers expressed their happiness for the warm reception from the airport and South Sinai governorate.

The British tour operator is scheduled to operate three flights per week from Gatwick to the Red Sea resort city in the current winter season till March 25.

Flights between Britain and Sharm el-Sheikh were halted in November 2015, following the bombing of a Russian airliner soon after take-off from Sharm el-Sheikh airport, which killed all 224 people on board.

In January, President Abdel Fatah al Sisi and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson welcomed the resumption of British flights to Sharm El Sheikh.

During meeting in London, the two leaders agreed on the need to increase trade between the UK and Egypt according to Downing Street spokesperson statement.
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2/17/2020 10:58:35 AM
<![CDATA[China: Nearly 1,770 deaths, 70,635 confirmed cases of coronavirus]]>
The total number of confirmed cases on the Chinese mainland now stands at 70,548 and the cumulative death toll is 1,770.

On the same day, Chinese health authorities said 1,425 new patients were discharged from hospital, bringing the total number of recovered cases to 10,844.

The numbers of confirmed cases in Hong Kong and Macao special administrative regions and China's Taiwan region are as follows: Hong Kong: 57 (one dead, two recovered), Macao: 10 (five recovered) and Taiwan: 20 (one dead, two recovered). ]]>
2/17/2020 10:49:57 AM
<![CDATA[WHO: 9 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Eastern Mediterranean Region]]>
Eight cases were reported in by the United Arab Emirates Ministry of Health and Prevention between January 29 and February 9, and one case was reported by the Egyptian Ministry of Health and Population on February 14.

The Ministry of Health and Prevention of the United Arab Emirates has reported that 3 COVID-2019 cases have fully recovered and were released from hospital on February 9 and 14.

The confirmed case in Egypt is asymptomatic and was identified through contact screening of an index case who travelled to Cairo between January 21 and February 4 on a business trip and tested positive for COVID-19 on February 11 in China.

The confirmed case in Egypt is currently isolated in a referral hospital. Other contacts of the confirmed case are being traced, and so far, all have tested negative, but will be actively followed up on for 14 days. WHO is coordinating with national IHR focal points in China and Egypt in order to support the investigation in Egypt.

Confirmed cases in Egypt and United Arab Emirates are currently being managed as per standard protocol.

Countries in the Region have scaled up their preparedness and operational readiness measures to ensure early detection and rapid response to potential cases of COVID-19. Information about suspected and confirmed cases in the Region are shared with WHO in accordance with the International Health Regulations. Countries have developed and implemented national preparedness and response plans to activate intensified measures and actions (and related Standard Operating Procedures), in coordination with WHO.

These measures include activation of multisectorial coordination mechanisms; active surveillance and screening at points of entry; training health care providers on contact tracing and case definition for suspected and confirmed cases; case management and the infection, prevention and control measures; distributing personal protective equipment to health facilities, including at points of entry, for managing suspected and confirmed cases; activating/alerting rapid response teams; and distributing Information Education and Communications materials to raise public awareness and counter rumors and misinformation.

WHO urges the public to obtain the latest information on COVID-19 from key sources such as ministries of health and WHO, and follow and promote the recommended basic preventive and protective measures available on the WHO official websites.]]>
2/17/2020 10:48:24 AM
<![CDATA[El Khatib negotiates to let Al Ahly play at Cairo Stadium]]>
Al Ahly’s official website announced on Sunday that El Khatib is holding talks with Ashraf Sobhi, Minister of Youth and Sports, and Amr El Genainy, President of the Egyptian Football Association, in order for Al Ahly to play the first leg of the quarter finals in the CAF Champions League at Cairo Stadium.

Al Ahly is set to meet South African champions, Mamelodi Sundowns, on February 29 after qualifying second in the group stages of the Round of 16.

Al Ahly’s President wants to change the match’s venue from Al Salam Stadium to Cairo Stadium in order to increase the number of Al Ahly supporters as the match is considered to be of great importance.

Al Ahly will seek revenge in their upcoming match against Sundowns after being knocked out by the South African club last year in the same tournament with an aggregate result of 5-1 to the South Africans.
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2/17/2020 10:29:00 AM
<![CDATA[Juventus back top as Lazio topple Inter Milan to go second]]>
Paulo Dybala and Juan Cuadrado scored in either half as champions Juventus rediscovered their winning form at home.

Inter Milan drop from top spot to third, three points behind the champions, after falling to just their second defeat of the season.

Sparks flew at the Stadio Olimpico with Romelu Lukaku threating Lazio goalkeeper Thomas Straskosha early with Sergej Milinkovic-Savic rattling the bar.

But it was defender Ashley Young who broke through just before the break with his first Serie A goal for Inter Milan after his move from Manchester United.

The 34-year-old got his foot to tap-in off a rebound after Straskosha had cleared from former Lazio player Antonio Candreva.

A Stefan de Vrij foul on Ciro Immobile allowed the Serie A top scorer to slot in his 26th goal in 24 games this season, five minutes after the break.

Milinkovic-Savic snatched the winner after 69 minutes amid confusion in front of goal.

Inter's Lautaro Martinez had a goal ruled offside after 78 minutes as the northerners suffered their second defeat after losing to Juventus in October.

Simone Inzaghi's Lazio extended their unbeaten run to 19 games as they target their first Scudetto since 2000.

In Turin, Argentine forward Dybala curled in a perfect free kick six minutes before the break, shortly after Brescia's Florian Aye was sent off for two yellow cards in quick succession.

Colombian Cuadrado tapped in the second from close range after a Blaise Matuidi cross with 15 minutes to go, as the champions bounced back from last weekend's shock defeat at Hellas Verona.

"We did what we had to do," said Juve coach Maurizio Sarri, whose side had lost two of their previous three games.

Cristiano Ronaldo was rested for Sunday's game in Turin, but veteran defender Giorgio Chiellini returned after a long injury layoff.

"Cristiano had to rest, he cannot play 75 games a year between the national team and club, we decided to let him recuperate," said Sarri.

Sarri said 35-year-old skipper Chiellini had been desperate to get onto the pitch, after nearly six months off with a cruciate knee injury.

"Chiellini put himself on the pitch by himself," said Sarri.

"He said it yesterday, he has made six months of sacrifices and wanted to play the last quarter of an hour, and I found myself next to him when he had already taken off his tracksuit."

The champions did not have it all their own way against lowly Brescia, who stay second-from-bottom, seven points from safety after extending their winless run to nine games.

Enrico Alfonso went off after just 10 minutes following a knock to the head, with substitute Brescia keeper Lorenzo Andrenacci pulling off some fine saves.

In Sardinia, Napoli got back to winning ways with a Dries Mertens' 65th-minute goal sealing a 1-0 success over Cagliari.

The Belgian completed a give-and-go with Elseid Hysaj with the ball curling in with a deflection off the post.

It was the 32-year-old's 120th goal for Napoli, one short of Marek Hamsik's all-time record, and five ahead of club legend Diego Maradona.

"Dries is a phenomenon, a champion who makes difficult things seem simple," said coach Gennaro Gattuso.

Gattuso's side overtake Calgiari, moving up to eighth, two points off the Europa League berths, as Cagliari drop to 11th place.

Hellas Verona missed the chance to close in on fifth-placed Roma, who fell 2-1 at Atalanta on Saturday, with a goalless draw at Udinese.

Verona, in sixth, occupy the final Europa League spot ahead of Parma on goal difference, but stay four points behind Roma.

Parma moved level on 35 points after winning at Sassuolo 1-0, with Ivorian Gervinho scoring the only goal after 25 minutes.

Fiorentina, in 13th, crushed struggling Sampdoria 5-1, with both teams playing the second half with ten men.


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2/17/2020 8:35:44 AM
<![CDATA[Pogba belongs to Man Utd, not Mino, insists Solskjaer]]>
Pogba's long-time representative has been at loggerheads with the United hierarchy in recent years and angered the Red Devils once more this week by casting fresh doubt on where Pogba will be next season.

Raiola revealed on Thursday that he has already had discussions with Juventus sporting director Pavel Nedved about a possible return to the Italian champions from where Pogba re-joined United for a £89m ($116 million) fee in the summer of 2016.

And Raiola also made it clear that if United fail to qualify for the Champions League, Pogba will want to move to satisfy his ambitions.

But Solskjaer still sees Pogba -- who has 18 months left on his contract -- as a key part of his future plans.

"I've not spoken to Mino that is for sure. And, no, I haven't sat down and told Paul to tell Mino what he should say. Paul is our player and not Mino's."

Pogba, 27 next month, has made only eight appearances for United in an injury-ravaged season.

He will be missing again when United take on Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Monday as he makes his way back from ankle surgery.

But Solskjaer insists Pogba is not dragging out his return and is desperate to help United achieve Champions League football, either via the Premier League or by winning the Europa League.

"As a player the last thing you want to be is injured and not be able to contribute to your team. Paul's a footballer and he wants to play football," added Solskjaer.

"As a player, I was injured for a long, long time myself so I know what it is like. It's a difficult period in your career but it is part and parcel of being a player. You are always running the risk of being injured.

"He knows that he has to work hard now to get back to his best because he has been out for so long. It's a challenge for him to get back to his best."

United have been offered a lifeline in their quest to return to the Champions League next season with Manchester City's potential two-season ban from European competition meaning fifth in the Premier League could be enough to qualify.

Solskjaer's men are languishing in ninth, but can move to within two points of fifth with a third victory over Chelsea this season.

As well as Pogba, Marcus Rashford will also be absent for another few weeks, placing a heavy burden on deadline-day loan signing Odion Ighalo to score the goals that can haul United up the table.

Ighalo has had a far from ideal start to his United career. The Nigerian joined up with the United squad for the first time on Sunday after a two-week precautionary quarantine following his arrival from Shanghai Shenua.

However, Solskjaer has dangled the carrot of a permanent move to Ighalo's boyhood club should be impress between now and the end of the season.

"It's a loan but when you are in the door here and if you impress it gives you a chance," said Solskjaer. "That is exactly the same for anyone who signs, if it is permanent or a loan.

"If you impress as a player and as a person, if you can help this group improve, of course there is a chance that we will look at extending things."]]>
2/17/2020 8:33:34 AM
<![CDATA[Klopp shocked by UEFA'S decision to Manchester City]]>
""It was a shock. Complete wow,” Klopp said in Liverpool’s post match press conference against Norwich, reporting from Goal.

Additionally, the German manager [Klopp] feels sorry for Manchester City’s squad and manager [Pep Guardiola] as he believes that they didn’t do anything wrong and that such matters are controlled by the board.

"I really feel for them, Pep and the players, but that is how it is. They can appeal so we will see what happens then. It is obviously serious. But the football they played was exceptional and will always be exceptional," Klopp added, reporting from Goal.

The UEFA imposed a two year ban on the Premier League champions [Manchester City] after stating that City failed to abide by the Financial Fair Play rules and regulations during the period of 2012 to 2016.

However, such ruling isn’t final as Manchester City has the opportunity to appeal on the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Manchester City is currently allowed to continue participating in this year’s Uefa Champions League, but won’t be allowed to participate in the upcoming two years.
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2/17/2020 8:07:00 AM
<![CDATA[Minister: We seek to revive textile industry, restore Egyptian cotton glory]]>
He said that the developed gin in Fayyoum and other new gins would produce pure cotton with special standards to help improve the price of exported cotton.

Minister Tawfik called for pumping huge investments to restructure and develop spinning and weaving companies in two and a half years.

He said the development of cotton and spinning industries would provide high quality materials for ready to wear clothes, especially for the private sector factories.

For his part, Chairman of the Cotton & Textile Industries Holding Company Ahmed Mostafa reviewed a report on the development and restructure plan of the cotton companies at 21 billion pounds during fiscal year 2018/2019. ]]>
2/16/2020 5:49:35 PM
<![CDATA[Tahrir Square soon to boast ancient obelisk and stone rams]]>
Tahrir Square covers 45,000 meters, hosting the huge roundabout, Omar Makram Mosque, the Egyptian Museum, Mogamma el-Tahriri government complex, the old Ministry of Foreign Affairs building and the massive Tahrir Parking Garage.

Digging work has reached the underground metro station of Sadat to establish a base for a 19-meter high obelisk that weighs 100 tons. The obelisk, originally from Tanis in the north-eastern Nile Delta, has already been restored and installed.

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PM Mostafa Madbouli at Tahrir Square

Four ancient Egyptian statues of rams from Karnak Temple will also be moved to the iconic square.

About 90 percent of the renovation work has been accomplished, and when it is finalized, the square is set to be a major tourist attraction, especially that the area surrounding Tahrir in downtown boasts an old cosmopolitan style, in addition to the Egyptian Museum.


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2/16/2020 5:40:36 PM
<![CDATA[ Gov't seeks increasing financial allocations for health, education in FY 2020/21]]>
Maait made the remarks on Sunday while he was announcing the launch of a social dialogue on some basic assumptions and financial targets for the next fiscal year, which stated in the draft law of the public budget for fiscal year 2020/2021.

He added that the government also seeks to achieve an initial surplus of 2 percent of GDP and reduce the public debt to 83 per cent of GDP, as well as cutting the budget's overall deficit to 6.2 percent.

Participants in the first meeting of the dialogue called on the state to raise spending on the areas of health, education, roads, agriculture and industry, in addition to spurring the investment climate and securing jobs for young people.]]>
2/16/2020 5:40:26 PM
<![CDATA[Remittances from Egyptian expats record $11.1B in 5 months ]]>
CBE added in a statement that remittances of Egyptians abroad increased during November to $2 billion, compared to $1.9 billion in November 2018.

In October, remittances from Egyptian expatriates hiked 12.7 percent during October 2019, reaching $2.3 billion, compared to $2.1 billion in October 2018.

CBE clarified earlier in a statement that the remittances of Egyptian expats during the first four months of fiscal year 2019/2020 (from July to October 2019) recorded about $ 9 billion, up from $ 8 billion registered during the same period of 2018, marking an increase of 13.4 percent.

Earlier, CBE announced that the remittances from Egyptian expatriates hiked 13.6 percent during the first quarter of 2019/2020, reaching $6.7 billion, compared to $5.9 billion in the same quarter of the prior fiscal year.

CBE announced in Nov. that the remittances of Egyptian expats increased by $277.1 million or 5.5 percent in July and August of 2019, reaching $4.4 billion, up from $4.2 billion during the same months of 2018.

In 2018, remittances from Egyptian expatriates hiked 3.1 percent or $778.2 million, reaching $25.5 billion, compared to $24.7 billion in 2017.

Remittances are one of Egypt’s main foreign currency sources, which have been on the rise since Egypt floated its local currency in November 2016.
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2/16/2020 5:37:20 PM
<![CDATA[Commander of Mansoura Air Battle in 1973 War dies]]>

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi attended and extended condolences to the family. The funeral was also attended by Minister of Defense and Military production Mohamed Zaki, Chief of Staff Mohamed Farid, as well as former and current commanders of the branches.

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President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and military commanders in the funeral of former Air Force Commander Ahmed Abdel Rahman Nasr on February 16, 2020. Press Photo


The lieutenant general graduated in 1956 from the Egyptian Air Academy and was the major general of a brigade in the War of October 6th, 1973. Nasr led during the war the Air Battle of Mansoura, whereas 15 Israeli fighter jets were downed, while three Egyptian fighter aircrafts were lost as two ran out of fuel and one hit the ruins of an Israeli jet in the air. During the same battle, the Air Defense struck 29 Israeli jets including two helicopters.

Nasr came up through the ranks until he became the commander of the Air Force between 1990 and 1996. The lieutenant general took part in all wars that Egypt fought from 1956 until the 1973 Victory, garnering many medals and awards for his heroic roles.
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2/16/2020 5:13:43 PM
<![CDATA[Indian company renovates 117 railroads in Egypt ]]>
Both officials discussed further cooperation in the transportation sector as the minister highlighted the necessity to finish the existing project as soon as possible to ensure safety.

Sources in the Egyptian Railway Authority (ERA) told Egypt Today that LE 55 billion have been allocated to development works that will take place between July 1, 2020 and July 1, 2022.

The total number of railroads being constructed and renovated is 1,120. The construction works of 648 railroads are finished, while the control systems have been introduced in 418. Furthermore, 262 out of 705 stations are being overhauled.

ERA has also signed contracts to purchase and co-produce locomotives with different international companies, including Transmashholding. Sources in the Ministry of Transportation told Egypt Today in December that the delivery of the first batch of Russian railcars contracted with Transmashholding got delayed to March instead of the end of this year as the loan procedures had been finished a few days earlier.

Nevertheless, the number of railcars in the first batch doubled to become 60 including the model railcar that was tested on Egyptian railways. Also, the total number of railcars to be delivered by June has to be 180.

In July 2019, ERA endorsed the technical specifications of two passenger railcars that were supposed to be supplied by Transmashholding in September. Those are part of a contract to supply 1,300 railcars. One of the railcars would be tested in Hungary, so it would be granted the safety certification by the European Railway Agency. The other was tested in Egypt.

The contract states that 650 railcars will be supplied from Hungary, 500 will be delivered by Russia, and 150 will be manufactured by Egypt under the supervision of Transmashholding. An Egyptian locomotive factory will be established as part of a plan to localize the locomotive industry in Egypt and transfer the know-how to workers, technicians, and engineers in the sector. The factory will produce 150 railcars and also provide maintenance services.

The contract is funded by a soft loan worth €1.02 billion granted by Hungarian Export-Import Bank (EXIM) and State Specialized Russian Export- Import Bank (Eximbank of Russia). The 1,300 railcars shall be delivered over batches within 40 months once the loan procedures are finalized.

The contract consists of 500 third-class air-conditioned railcars, 180 second-class air-conditioned railcars, 90 first-class air-conditioned railcars, 500 third-class dynamic-ventilation railcars, and 30 air-conditioned cabooses.

In December 2019, Minister of Transport Kamel al-Wazir received the first batch of 10 new American tractors that arrived in Alexandria port as part of a deal signed with General Electric Company. The deal stipulates that the company will manufacture and support 100 new tractors to the Egyptian side.

ERA has also concluded a contract with Spanish company Talgo to manufacture and supply six air-conditioned trains similar to the turbine trains, which were previously operating in the Railways Authority. The first of those will arrive in Cairo at the end of 2020 to be first tested. If approved, the rest will be supplied.
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2/16/2020 5:05:47 PM
<![CDATA[Hany Shaker criticizes Shakoush, “Mahragant” songs ]]>
In a press statement, Shaker said that a wave of societal controversy is currently taking place in Egypt, reaching a consensus that this type of songs is threatening to the Egyptian culture as most Mahraganat lyrics reinforce unethical customs.

Shaker further explained that the syndicate does not provide memberships or permissions based solely on the applicant’s voice, but based also on general conditions that must be met by the applicant.

Shaker explained that the conditions that must be met include commitment to the higher values of the Egyptian society and the moral norm, and choosing words that do not incite poor vice or bad habits. "The Voting Test Committee is only a first stage, then the council convenes to consider the remaining conditions," he added.

Shaker stressed that he does not approve of the verbal abuse that happened in the Valentine’s Day concert held in Cairo Stadium by Hassan Shakoush, who used words that violate the established principles of the Egyptian society.

The Musician’s Syndicate Council will review with Shakoush the standards for obtaining the singing permit and the membership of the syndicate that he violated during the concert.


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2/16/2020 5:04:28 PM
<![CDATA[GAFI, IDA agree on executive steps to encourage industrial investment]]>
This came on Sunday during Abdel Wahab's meeting with Chairman of the General Authority for Industrial Development (IDA) Magdy Ghazi to define measures needed to lure industrial investments and encourage the private sector to actively participate in national industrial projects.

During the meeting, they stressed that quick solutions should be found for any problems facing investors in industrial zones.]]>
2/16/2020 4:36:49 PM
<![CDATA[Tamer Hosny to perform at Modern Academy on Mar. 6]]>
It is worth mentioning that Hosny gave a dazzling performance on Valentine’s Day at a concert that took place at Cairo Stadium. He performed as well in Kuwait on January 9.

TikTok platform announced its partnership with megastar Tamer Hosny on New Year's Eve.

Hosny posted his first TikTok video wishing his fans health and success as part of the #2020MakeAWish challenge and pledged to bring another level of style and diversity to his content in 2020.

Hosny also wished everyone a Happy New Year through a TikTok video message screened on the Burj Khalifa.

Hosny’s latest movie "El-Feloos" (The Money) was released in Egyptian cinemas on December 25 achieving booming success.

The movie stars Zeina, Khaled el-Sawy, Aicha Ben Ahmed, Ahmed Fathy, and Mohamed Sarwat. Written by Mohamed Abdel Maty and directed by Said el-Marouk, the movie was originally titled "Kol Sana W Enta Tayeb".

Hosny is a singer, songwriter, composer and actor. He began his musical career in 2002. His romantic music has made him "the Star of the Generation", a name given to him by his fans.

Hosny won many awards, such as Best Selling Album in 2002 from the Nile Variety channel, Best Arab Artist at Murex D’Or in 2014 and 2016, and Best Arab Artist at the Middle East Music Awards in 2015. He is also the first Arab artist to receive more than 100 million views on Anghami.

His movie “El-Badla” (The Suit) which was released in Eid El-Fitr achieved revenues that exceeded LE 50 million. In the movie, he plays the role of a police officer who finds himself involved in a number of critical situations due to the nature of his job.

“El-Badla” stars Amina Khalil, Maged el-Masry, Dalal Abdel Aziz, Hassan Hosny, and Mai Kassab, among others. The movie is written by Ayman Bahagat Kamar and directed by Mando el-Adl. Hosny announced that “El-Badla” achieved the highest revenues in the history of the Egyptian cinema.

In August 2017, Hosny headed to Los Angeles and had his hand print and footprint permanently engraved on the Forecourt of the Stars at Hollywood's iconic Chinese Theatre.

Hosny’s song "Eish Beshoqak" also amassed millions of views directly after it had been released on his official channel on YouTube. "Eish Beshoqak" was composed by Mostafa Hassan, distributed by Hany Mahrous and Bilal Sorour and directed by Hadi el-Bagoury.

The video clip of "Eish Beshoqak" shows Hosny meeting with people in the streets and trying to draw a smile on their faces despite of the problems they face daily.

Hosny hit the one-billion views mark on all his songs on his YouTube channel on September 2, 2018.

“A billion thanks for the more than 1 billion views on Tamer Hosny’s official YouTube channel,” stated Hosny on his official Facebook page.

Hosny attracted the largest audience in his concert in Khobar Festival.

The star was the first Arab pop singer to perform a concert in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on March 30, 2018. The concert witnessed the attendance of thousands of Saudis, about 90 percent of whom were women.

The concert was held under the auspices of the Saudi General Entertainment Authority, which stated that Hosny was chosen to perform such a huge concert because of his popularity among all Saudis.

Also, Hosny performed in the opening ceremony of Abu Dhabi 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games on March 14. Hosny performed alongside renowned Syrian singer Assala, Emirati star Hussein al- Jasmi, Puerto Rican star Luis Fonsi and Canadian pop star Avril Lavigne.

The song was a motivational animated performance entitled “Right where I'm supposed to Be". It was performed in English, Spanish and Arabic.

Hosni and Fonsi met at the Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi amidst a group of fans. The two stars sat together and talked about their future projects.

Hosny revealed to Egypt Today that he was proud to represent Egypt in this event as it is considered the most important Arab event in the current period.


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2/16/2020 4:36:00 PM
<![CDATA[EGX ends Sunday's session in red, market cap. loses LE4B]]>
The benchmark EGX 30 declined 0.88 percent, or 122.05 points, to close at 13,737.4 points.

The equally weighted index EGX 50 dipped 1.69 percent, or 32.04 points, to end at 1,868.1 points.

Moreover, the small and mid-cap index EGX 70 dropped 1 percent, or 12.69 points, to close at 1,253.84 points and the broader index EGX 100 decreased 0.89 percent, or 12.3 points to 1,371.79 points.

Market capitalization gained LE 4.06 billion, recording LE 696.59 billion, compared to LE 700.65 billion in Thursday’s session.

The trading volume reached 100.58 million shares, traded through 14,909 transactions, with a turnover of LE 323.24 million.

Egyptian investors were net buyers at LE 3.65 million, while Arab and foreign investors were net sellers at LE 726,394, and LE 2.92 million, respectively.

Egyptian and Arab individuals were net buyers at LE 14.95 million, and LE 2.45 million, respectively, while foreign individuals were net sellers at LE 939,740.

Egyptian, Arab and foreign organizations sold at LE 11.3 million, LE 3.18 million and LE 1.98 million, respectively.

United Housing & Development, Rakta Paper Manufacturing, and Mena Touristic & Real Estate Investment were top gainers of the session 9.02 percent, 8.13 percent and 5.44 percent, respectively.

Meanwhile, Raya Holding for Financial Investments, El-Nile Co. for Pharmaceuticals and Chemical Industries, and Ismailia Development and Real Estate Co were top losers of the session by 9.02 percent, 8.13 percent, and 5.44 percent, respectively.

EGX ended Thursday’s session in green, as: EGX 30 inched up 0.10 percent, EGX 50 rose 0.14 percent, EGX 70 hiked 0.72 percent, and EGX 100 increased 0.27 percent.
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2/16/2020 4:30:38 PM
<![CDATA[Farouk Hosny’s art exhibition to be inaugurated on Feb. 26]]>
Hosny uploaded a picture on his official Instagram account holding a paint brush and a set of colors, commenting: “Preparing for Feb. 2020 exhibition."

It can be said that Hosny's paintings are of great interest to art lovers as well as to scholars and researchers.

Hosny is one of the most distinguished contemporary plastic artists in Egypt and the Arab world. His works have been exhibited in international museums, including the Metropolitan Museum in New York, the Carousel Louvre in Paris, Tokyo Museum of Art in Japan, Houston Museum of Art (USA), Fort Lauderdale Museum (USA), Vienna National Museum in Austria, Vittoriano Museum in Rome, in addition to significant art museums in the Arab world including Lebanon, UAE and Bahrain, besides numerous galleries and private halls around the world.
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2/16/2020 4:30:08 PM
<![CDATA[Attorney General orders imprisonment of 20 suspects in money laundering case ]]>
The prosecutor ordered the seizure of all the properties of the defendants.

The defendants are accused of opening and managing a group of financial accounts at Morsi Matruh Post Office, and receiving deposits and transfers estimated at about LE1.750 billion, most of which were deposited by seven people from the governorates of Upper Egypt.

These accounts were opened and managed by five employees at Matrouh Post Office, in exchange for large commissions paid every withdrawal.



Investigations revealed that among the accounts used for money laundering is an account in the name of a dead person; in addition, one of the employees involved his father in the case by opening and managing an account in his name without his father's knowledge.

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.]]>
2/16/2020 4:14:51 PM
<![CDATA[Shoukry probes with his Danish counterpart bilateral relations, regional issues]]>
Foreign Ministry spokesman Ahmed Hafez said in a statement to the press, Shoukry hailed during the meeting the tangible development in Egyptian-Danish relations at all levels and existing coordination between the two countries to face challenges topped by terrorism and illegal migration.

During the meeting, the two sides stressed the importance of developing cooperation, especially in the clean energy and new and renewable energy domains.

For his part, the Danish foreign minister hailed Egypt Vision 2030 for sustainable development, said the spokesman, adding the two ministers reviewed regional issues including the Egyptian Middle East policy as well as the developments of the Palestinian issue and the Libyan crisis.]]>
2/16/2020 4:01:14 PM
<![CDATA[US dollar price goes down at Egypt's major banks]]>
The Egyptian pound continues to rise against the US dollar, recording its highest value in three years today.

At the National Bank of Egypt and Banque Misr, the dollar price declined four piasters, registering LE 15.62 for buying and LE 15.72 for selling.

The dollar price slumped six piasters to record LE 15.60 for buying and LE 15.70 for selling at the Arab African International Bank.

At the Commercial International Bank the price went down seven piasters to reach LE 15.59 for buying and LE 15.59 for selling, while the price of the US dollar at the Suez Canal Bank retreated four piasters to register LE 15.62 for buying and LE 15.72 for selling.]]>
2/16/2020 3:51:17 PM
<![CDATA[Buffalo Museum of Science exhibits ancient Egyptian artifacts ]]>
The curators at the museum said that the mummies date back to the Greco-Roman era. They further stated that the Egyptian artifacts displayed at the museum span back to the year 332 BC.

Additionally, interactive touch screens allow visitors to view all the hidden layers of the mummifies, according to ubspectrum.c.

The cross-sectional process reveals unprecedented features of ancient remains, including the flesh and bones of unidentified Egyptian mummies that were unveiled at the exhibition.

The exhibition also includes several small rooms screening short films about Egyptian cultural practices and mythological beliefs.

For her part, Amy Pepper Coulson, director of foreign relations at the Buffalo Museum of Science, stressed the importance of the visitors' understanding of the history and culture carried by the ancient remains, and that the museum displays unique artifacts from the Greco-Roman era that depict that era like no other.

The locals were also happy that the famous pieces had made their way to Buffalo.

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Among the exhibited artifacts in Buffalo Museum of Science - ET

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2/16/2020 3:33:44 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian, Iraqi FMs discuss security, intelligence cooperation]]>
Both ministers asserted the necessity of strengthening bilateral relations by exchanging visits, coordinating stances, and mutually supporting candidates from each country to hold regional and international positions.

Shokr and al-Hakim also agreed to sign a number of memoranda of understanding as soon as possible.

Shokry had also met on Saturday with Slovenian Foreign Minister Miro Cerar as they discussed economic relations, and coordination over regional and international affairs of mutual interest.

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Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shokry (l) and Slovenia counterpart Miro Cerar in a meeting on the sidelines of Munich Security Conference 2020 on February 15, 2020. Press Photo
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2/16/2020 3:02:00 PM
<![CDATA[All you need to know about Aswan Festival of Culture and Arts]]>
Aswan International Festival of Culture and Arts is a platform of creativity and an opportunity for cultural exchange among the peoples of the world. The festival is scheduled to run from Feb. 16 - Feb. 22.

Over the course of eight editions, 32 countries from various continents of the world participated in the festival, with China and Greece taking part in six of the festival’s previous editions.

The festival is organized by the General Authority of Cultural Palaces in cooperation with the Foreign Cultural Relations Sector, the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, the Tourism Promotion Authority and Aswan Governorate.

The festival comes within the framework of the contributions of the Ministry of Culture to the promotion of cultural and archeological tourism, in conjunction with celebrating the solar phenomenon illuminating the face of Ramses II on February 22 of each year.

This phenomenon also happens on October 22 and comes to mark the beginning of the flood and agricultural season in ancient Egypt. It is one of the 4,500 astronomical phenomena that Pharaonic Egypt has known throughout its various eras.

The festival’s first edition was launched in 2013, with the participation of 13 teams from America, Turkey, China, France, Indonesia, Sudan, and Uganda. The second edition in 2014 witnessed the participation of six international teams from China, Georgia, Greece, Romania, Tanzania, and Tunisia.

In its eighth edition, teams from Russia, Greece, Romania, Sri Lanka, Mexico, Tunisia, Algeria, Benin, Morocco, Sudan, Serbia, America, Poland, Bulgaria will participate, in addition to ten artistic teams affiliated to the General Authority for Cultural Palaces representing the Egyptian folklore.
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2/16/2020 2:45:27 PM
<![CDATA[Oil Ministry seeks to increase crude oil, natural gas production, reduce costs]]>
The minister's remarks were made during chairing the general assembly meeting of Gulf of Suez Petroleum Company (GUPCO) to approve the financial budget for 2020-2021 and the amended budget of 2019-2020.

In a statement released by the Petroleum Ministry on Sunday, Molla asserted that occupational safety and health and environment protection are considered as cornerstone for the ministry's strategy to provide safe work environment for the employees.

Meanwhile, Board Chairman of GUPCO Mohamed el Meligui said the company's estimated budget reached dlrs 543 million, with a targeted production rate of 77,000 barrels per day, adding that the company's activities and projects during the fiscal year 2020-2021 aimed at increasing the drilling of wells to improve the production rates of crude oil along with conducting maintenance of old wells.

He made it clear that the company is preparing a project for the treatment of industrial water at the maritime platforms in Ras Shuqeir with the aim of protecting environment from industrial wastes.]]>
2/16/2020 2:41:34 PM
<![CDATA[Planning Ministry targets 6% growth rate in 2020-2021: min.]]>
The minister made these remarks during a meeting with the leaderships of the ministry to outline the plan for the fiscal year 2020-2021.

The upcoming year's plan highlighs the relationship between the development plan and the sustainable development goals, minister Saeed said.

The plan attaches great importance to spatial development and promoting sustainable development goals along with shedding light on the projects set to be finalized by 2020-2021, the minister added.

The plan should entail the key challenges facing development and their location nationwide, the minister pointed out. ]]>
2/16/2020 2:37:56 PM
<![CDATA[PM: Govt seeks to set up investment zones in each governorate]]>
It is likely that we could have more than one investment zone in the same governorate, Madbouli said during a visit to Banha city in Qalioubiya governorate, north of Cairo in the Nile Delta region.

These investment zones will help local manufacturers to make their products in their governorates at affordable prices then market them, which will consequently help control prices in market, he said.

Madbouli, accompanied by CEO of the General Authority of Investment Mohamed Abdel Wahab, visited the investors' service center in the investment zone in Banha.

The center facilitates license issuance procedures of projects.

Madbouli said Banha investment zone is specialized in food industries because of its closeness to cultivated lands.

The zone, covering 46 feddans, houses 187 units at the cost of 1.1 billion pounds, said Abdel Wahab. It also includes warehouses,
refrigerated storage spaces and sales outlets.

It is expected to create 3,500 jobs, he added.

Meanwhile, Abdel Wahab said 11 new investment zones are now under construction nationwide in the logistics, educational, service and industrial domains to provide 208,000 jobs and attract investments worth 78 billion pounds.]]>
2/16/2020 2:36:19 PM
<![CDATA[Top prosecutor orders continuing investigations into Egyptian researcher]]>
Preliminary investigations reveal that Patrick faces accusations of spreading false news and statements to distort social peace, inciting people to protest without obtaining a permit, seeking to overthrow the regime through incitement and promoting principles and thoughts that lead to changing the basic principles of the constitution, according to media reports.

He also faces charges of managing and using an online account for the purpose of disturbing public order, harming national security and promoting the commission of a terrorist crime and the use of violence.

Zaky, who was studying at the University of Bologna in northern Italy, was arrested on February 7th, months after his house was raided by police forces, according to state’s news agency MENA. Police, in September could seize papers inciting against the Egyptian state from his home.

The Egyptian Interior Ministry last week said Zaky is an Egyptian citizen, denying earlier reports that he is an Italian national. It added that the prosecution decided to detain him for 15 days pending investigation.

Zaky is a researcher in the University of Bologna, in northern Italy. The Italian authorities have reportedly called for releasing him, but did not claim he is an Italian citizen.

Later, Parliament Speaker Ali Abdel Aal slammed the recent remarks of the European Parliament President as he called for Zaky to be freed immediately.

Abdel Aal, in an official statement circulated by local media on Friday, called David Sassoli’s remarks unacceptable interference in the internal affairs of Egypt and an abuse of the Egyptian judicial authority and justice procedures.

House speaker slams European Parl't statement on detained citizen

CAIRO – 16 February 2020: Egypt's House Speaker Dr. Ali Abdel Aal has expressed his utter rejection of the statement issued by the President of the European Parliament on the status of an Egyptian citizen.


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2/16/2020 2:36:01 PM
<![CDATA[CBE to issue LE 14.5B in T-bills Sunday]]>
The T-bills will be offered in two installments; the first installment is valued at LE 4 billion with a 91-day term and the second is worth LE 10.5 billion with a 273-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.

The Monetary Policy Committee of the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) kept the overnight deposit rate, the overnight lending rate, and the rate of the main operation unchanged during Thursday's meeting, Jan. 16.

The overnight deposit rate, the overnight lending rate, and the rate of the main operation are kept at 12.25 percent, 13.25 percent, and 12.75 percent, respectively.

Moreover, credit and discount rates are to 12.75 percent.

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.]]>
2/16/2020 2:32:59 PM
<![CDATA[Education ministry hires Japanese experts to supervise Tokkatsu system]]>
The ministry detailed in a statement on Saturday that the experts are set to oversee the educational process in schools that adopt the Japanese Educational Model of Holistic Education (Tokkatsu) in the 2020/2021 academic year.

The contracts were made during a meeting at the premises of the Egyptian embassy in Tokyo in the presence of Egypt’s Ambassador to Japan Ayman Kamel and a delegation of the ministry.

The number of Egyptian-Japanese schools is 41 spread nationwide.]]>
2/16/2020 2:09:53 PM
<![CDATA[Qatari regime cuts Al-Jazeera funds, causes big layoff: Egyptian TV host]]>
A decline in the funding of the Doha-based Al-Jazeera, which Egypt has accused of promoting terrorism and hostile approaches against the Egyptian state, forced the channel to lay off 600 employees, most of which are Egyptians, Baaz said, adding that the laid-off employees will leave the channel before June.

The funding provided for Al-Jazeera totals $5 billion, including $2 billion from the state’s treasury, Baaz said. Egypt Today, however, could not verify the data about the total fund received by the channel. According to Baaz, Qatari Emir Tamim bin Hamad decided to stop the $2 billion fund from the treasury for political reasons.



The regime found that the 23-year old channel cannot implement the regime’s plan any longer and decided that the money be given to other Qatari allies in London and Turkey, Baaz said.

This sharp decline in the funding has affected the channel’s work in different situations, Baaz asserted. First, a TV program named Ala Defaf Al-Nile (On the Banks of the Nile), was set to be launched with the aim of incitement against Egypt but was cancelled, he said. It was set to be broadcast by Mahmoud Murad, an Egyptian political journalist who has worked for Al-Jazeera since 2010.

Second Sami Al-Hajj, a Sudanese journalist in Al-Jazeera, has introduced a plan to upgrade a Qatari unit for public freedoms and human rights but was declined due to shortage of funds, according to Baaz.

Third, Al-Jazeera stopped to produce documentary films that seek to distort the image of the Egyptian national army, especially after Egypt released Al-Mamar (The Passage) movie in 2019, a drama film, which displays turning points and decisive battles in the history of the Egyptian army. According to Baaz, the film has thwarted the Qatari smear campaign against the army as it has boosted the morale of the Egyptian people.

Egypt, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Bahrain have cut diplomatic ties with Qatar since June 2017, accusing their neighbor of funding terrorism and harboring fugitives. The four states demanded that Qatar closes Al-Jazeera channel, as part of a list of demands issued to Doha in order for relations to be restored. The boycott is believed to be led by Saudi Arabia. Since then, Egypt has blamed the Qatari channel of spreading fake news about Egypt and hosting extremist figures, mostly Egyptians, with the aim of harming national security.]]>
2/16/2020 2:05:31 PM
<![CDATA[Shoukry stresses importance of focusing on restoring legitimacy of Libyan institutions]]>
Shoukry's remarks came during his participation in a ministerial meeting of the international follow-up committee which is an offshoot of the Berlin Conference on Libya.

The meeting was held on the fringe of the Munich Security Conference.

According to a statement to the press by the Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ahmed Hafez, the minister warned of attempts by certain groups to control the situation in Libya, noting that this required confronting such parties that get a boon from maintaining conflicts.

He cautioned that such parties are trying to subvert efforts meant to reach a peaceful solution to the Libyan crisis to end the Libyan people's suffering.

During the meeting, Shoukri stressed Egypt's firm stand on the importance of settling the Libyan crisis via a political solution that would pave the ground to restore security and stability. ]]>
2/16/2020 2:05:14 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt demands allocating 2 seats for Africa in Security Council ]]>
This came during the plenary session of the UN General Assembly on equitable representation in the Security Council, which was widely attended and aimed at the council’s reform and expansion, according to the statement released by the Egyptian Foreign Ministry on Friday.



Idris expressed Egypt's adherence to the implementation of the African position represented in the Ezulwini Consensus which included this demand. Idris’s demand also came in light of what was agreed upon during the last African Summit in Addis Ababa under the Egyptian presidency.

Idris has indicated that the negotiations to reform and expand the Security Council in 2019 coincide with the 75th anniversary of the establishment of the United Nations.

Idris called for the necessity of the solidarity of the member states of the United Nations on the principles of reform and justice, to confront the current imbalance in the Security Council and to give the African continent a worthy role in making international decisions.]]>
2/16/2020 1:54:33 PM
<![CDATA[After 12 years of hiatus, Spain to resume flights to Luxor]]>
Chairman of the Cultural Tourism Marketing Committee in Luxor, Mohamed Othman, said in a statement that Luxor Airport will receive four Spanish flights a week starting April.

Egyptian flag carrier EgyptAir also announced earlier operating direct flights between South Sinai’s Sharm El-Sheikh, known for its magnificent natural landscapes, and Upper Egypt’s Luxor, which houses numerous ancient monuments.

In an interview with Egypt Today, Othman said EgyptAir will operate these direct weekly flights every Thursday, fromFebruary 20 until May 28.

"The comfortable Airbus A220-300 planes will be used for these three months," Othman said, adding that clients would be able to book their tickets through the electronic website or by calling 1717.

Tourism Minister Khaled al-Anani announced earlier in February launching several mechanisms to serve the tourism sector, most prominently operating new flights to connect Luxor with Red Sea’s Hurghada and Sharm El-Sheikh at the end of February.
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2/16/2020 1:51:02 PM
<![CDATA[UK's duchess Kate draws lessons from her childhood and her 'amazing granny']]>
Kate, officially known as the Duchess of Cambridge, told the “Happy Mum, Happy Baby” podcast that she has tried to replicate those times with her own three children.

“If I take the experience from my own childhood coupled with what I know now and what I’ve learnt from the experts in the early years sector, I think there’s a few things that really stand out for me,” she said.

“I had an amazing granny who devoted a lot of time for us, playing with us, doing arts and crafts and going into her greenhouse and doing gardening stuff and cooking with us and I try and incorporate a lot of the experiences that she gave us at the time into the experiences that I give my children now.”]]>
2/16/2020 1:49:08 PM
<![CDATA['Parasite' director Bong Joon-ho gets hero's welcome in South Korea]]>
About 300 reporters and fans were waiting to greet Bong as he arrived at the Incheon International Airport.

“Thank you for the applause, I would like send a round of applause back to you all for coping so well with the coronavirus,” Bong said.

“I will join the effort to overcome the corona by washing my hands diligently. Happy to be home.”

“Parasite” became the first foreign-language film to win best picture in the 92-year history of the Academy Awards on Feb 9. [nL4N2AA14I]

It won a total of four Oscars, including best director and original screenplay for Bong Joon-ho and best international feature film.

The film is a tale of two South Korean families - the wealthy Parks and the poor Kims - that mirrors the deepening disparities in Asia’s fourth-largest economy and has struck a chord with global audiences. [nL4N2AA1L1]

Koreans have been celebrating for the past week.

Local cinemas and TV channels began a rerun of the film, as well as showing Bong’s other films including “Snowpiercer” and “Memories of Murder.”

Bong and the cast of “Parasite” are scheduled to hold a press conference on Wednesday.]]>
2/16/2020 1:03:29 PM
<![CDATA[Klopp revels in 'insane' 25-point lead as Liverpool edge past Norwich]]>
The champions-elect were short of their fluent best in blustery conditions caused by Storm Dennis at Carrow Road but returned immediately to winning ways after their winter break.

They have now gone 43 top-flight matches unbeaten, just six behind Arsenal's record of 49 games in 2003-04 and are sprinting towards their first league title for 30 years.

Liverpool have earned 103 points from the past 105 available to them in the Premier League, winning 34 of their past 35 matches, and have one more point -- 76 -- than Manchester United accrued in winning the league in 1996/97.

Klopp said the wind and Norwich's organisation made it a tricky game but that his players remained calm.

"I could tell in all the players' faces that they weren't nervous, they were enjoying it, and if one team was going to score it was going to be us," he told Sky Sports.

"We protected against the counter-attack well too. It's really all about these wonderful football players.

"The gap is so insane, I don't really understand it. I'm not smart enough. I've not had that before. It's outstanding, it's so difficult. I go back into the changing room and we chat about the things and then I'm like 'oh, but congratulations. We won the game, another three points'."

The result leaves Daniel Farke's Norwich rooted to the bottom of the table, six points behind 19th-placed Watford. They look set for an immediate return to the Championship despite their battling performance.

Klopp brought back midfielder Naby Keita for his first start in a Premier League match since December and Mane was on the bench as Liverpool started full of confidence.

The visitors controlled possession in the early stages without creating many clear-cut openings but Norwich managed some brief spells of attractive passing football themselves.

Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino was particularly impressive, producing an exquisite piece of skill to control a long Jordan Henderson pass before the ball was stolen off his toes as he shaped to shoot.

But Farke's men kept Liverpool quiet and came close to snatching the lead themselves.

Lukas Rupp got in behind the Liverpool defence and controlled a long ball over the top. He opted to pass to his left to Teemu Pukki but Alisson Becker produced a superb save, clawing the ball away at the feet of the Finnish striker.

- Mane breaks deadlock -

Liverpool were quickly on top again in the second half but struggled to create clear chances until Keita tested Tim Krul from distance in the 58th minute.

The Anfield giants laid siege to the Norwich goal but frustration mounted as the home side somehow kept the score at 0-0.

Keita should have done better when he reacted quickly to a rebound off Krul but the goalkeeper dived to his right to deny the Guinea international.

Alexander Tettey almost caught Becker out on a rare Norwich foray into the Liverpool half, thundering a shot against the near post as the home crowd roared their team on.

Just when it seemed Norwich could become only the second team this season, after Manchester United, to deny Liverpool all three points, Mane broke the deadlock.

The second-half substitute controlled a long ball from Henderson with his right foot in the 78th minute before lashing home with his left.

Defending champions Manchester City, reeling from a two-season European ban for breaching fair play rules, are in second place in the table but have no chance of winning a third straight title.

European champions Liverpool can now turn their thoughts to the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie against Atletico Madrid on Tuesday.]]>
2/16/2020 12:37:52 PM
<![CDATA[Dortmund's 'Yellow Wall': the 'gigantic monster' lying in wait for PSG]]>
"It's just a fantastic feeling that I haven't had before," is how Dortmund's star striker Erling Braut Haaland described scoring in front of 'Die Gelbe Wand' (The Yellow Wall) at Signal Iduna Park.

The 19-year-old has bagged nine goals in six games since Dortmund snapped him up for 20 million euros ($22 million) from Salzburg.

Five of them have come in his three home appearances games, including one in the 4-0 thrashing of Frankfurt on Friday.

"If you are the opposition, it crushes you -- but if you have her at your back as a goalkeeper, it's a fantastic feeling," is how ex-Dortmund shot-stopper Roman Weidenfeller describes the experience of the imposing terrace.

For Bundesliga games, the south stand, which is 100 metres (328 feet) wide and 40 metres high, is packed with 25,000 fans, but capacity is reduced to 16,000 to meet UEFA regulations for Champions League games.

- 'Huge, roaring monster' -

Nevertheless, the noise will be deafening when the Dortmund team walk out for Tuesday's last 16, first leg tie.

PSG boss Thomas Tuchel, who coached Dortmund for two seasons until 2017, knows what to expect.

"We have a few boys used to the stadiums of this world and whom I trust to play their best, on this stage as well," the 46-year-old told German daily Welt on Sunday.

"I know very well what energy is waiting for us there."

'The Yellow Wall' already has an international reputation.

"Just look at the south stand in Dortmund," Johnny Rotten, lead singer of British punk band The Sex Pistols has said on the matter.

"They all stand, chant and make such a noise that the stand seems like the pharynx of some huge, roaring monster. It's fantastic."

Dortmund fan Max Kiwit, 27, told AFP why he is a regular on 'The Yellow Wall'.

"Because here, everyone can let go of their emotions. No one will complain if they get elbowed in the head" or if they get showered by beer when Dortmund score to send thousands of plastic cups flying, he said with a smile.

Season tickets for the south stand start at 219 euros ($237), but are often passed down from generation to generation.

The waiting list is often counted in years, as Max's girlfriend Sabrina Rupp discovered to her cost.

"Until I was 13, I had a season ticket," she admits regretfully.

"I gave it back, and that's the worst mistake you can make, because after that it's almost impossible to get it back."

'The Yellow Wall' is often described as the beating heart of Signal Iduna Park.

It's from there that designated fans lead the chants, yelling into megaphones while drummers beat out the rhythm.

The fans in the south stand sees themselves as the 12th man of the Dortmund team.

- Malaga mayhem -

On the run to the 2013 Champions League final, where Dortmund lost 2-1 to Bayern Munich at Wembley, the wall played a key role in the quarter-final at home to Malaga, when the hosts found themselves 2-1 down with 90 minutes on the clock.

With Dortmund seconds from elimination, the fans erupted, inspiring tired legs to one last push.

Pandemonium broke out when forward Marco Reus, then defender Felipe Santana grabbed goals in added time to seal a fairytale 3-2 win after a goalless first leg in Spain.

The delirious scenes at the final whistle are part of club folklore.

Former Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp explained what the PSG team can expect on Tuesday.

"You come out and the stadium explodes... you look to your left and it looks like 150,000 people are standing there going crazy," said Klopp, who led Dortmund to back-to-back Bundesliga titles in 2011 and 2012.

As the Malaga game demonstrated, PSG need to play until the final whistle as Dortmund can never be written off with their backs to 'The Yellow Wall'.]]>
2/16/2020 12:36:48 PM
<![CDATA[Al Ahly is in rest from training sessions]]>
The Egyptian Super Cup gathers Al-Ahly as the champion of the last version league, and Zamalek champions Egypt Cup.

The official page of Al-Ahly Club on "Twitter" announced that the first team of the Red Castle today is at rest in preparation for travelling to Abu Dhabi: "Good morning ... Today our team is at rest in preparation for travel to Abu Dhabi."

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Mahmoud Al-Khatib, head of Al-Ahly Club, was keen to attend the training of his team, on Saturday, which was held on the Tetch Stadium.

This comes as Al-Ahly team continued the good results locally after they achieved the 15th consecutive victory and beat Al-Masry 3-0 during their match, last Friday evening, at the El-Max Stadium in Alexandria in the Egyptian League.

Al-Ahly's goals came through Ali Maaloul goal in the tenth minute from a penalty kick, Junior Ajayi in the 82nd minute and Kahraba in the first minute of stoppage time.

Al-Ahly raises their score to 45 points and maintains their impressive record.]]>
2/16/2020 12:21:51 PM
<![CDATA[Awqaf min. leaves for Geneva to attend conf. on protecting youths from extremism]]>
The conference is due to be held on February 18-19.

Gomaa is scheduled to hold talks with organized by the Egyptian mission in the UN.

These include a meeting at the Inter-Parliamentary Union with the director of a joint program between the union and the United Nations on combating terrorism, extremism and violence. ]]>
2/16/2020 11:50:44 AM
<![CDATA[Egyptian professor heads Pan-Arab Neurological Societies Union ]]>
In press remarks, Abdelnasser said this position is deemed a tribute to the neurosurgery community in Egypt, because the Federation recognizes Egypt's leadership and contributions to this field, and the superiority of its physicians.

He also pointed out that this conference is considered the most significant event for neurologists that witness the presence of the best doctors in this specialty in the world.

The Pan Arab Union of Neurological Societies was established in Cairo, Egypt in 1975. The first Pan-Arab meeting took place in the same year.

The organization includes all Arab countries present in the Arab League. A Pan-Arab meeting is organized every two years. ]]>
2/16/2020 11:42:57 AM
<![CDATA[Achieving titles against Al Ahly is the best: Ahmed Mortada Mansour]]>
An upcoming fiery summit, that brings together Al-Ahly and Zamalek in the Egyptian Super Cup, will take place next Thursday in the United Arab Emirates.

Ahmed Mortada said: "The best championship is the one that we win over Al-Ahly."

"Al-Ahly is a great team and you need to be in your maximum focus in order to beat them," he added in his comments on TEN channel.

"Zamalek is a great name, and the board of directors has provided everything possible, and we hope the fans will be happy again with another title."

He continued, saying: "I hope that the match will be enjoyable and good between the two teams, and that we will succeed in winning the title at the end."

Zamalek managed to win the African Super title over Tunisian Esperance 3-1 last Friday.

The Zamalek trilogy came through Youssef Ibrahim "Obama", and two goals Ashraf for Bencharki.

While the only goal of Esperance came by Abdul Raouf Bin Ghaith from the penalty spot.

The African Super title is the fourth in the history of Zamalek, and what a title on Valentine's Day.

Zamalek gave the most beautiful Valentine's Day gift to his fans. A gift no better for the white knight fans.]]>
2/16/2020 11:41:39 AM
<![CDATA[Coronavirus case in Egypt showed no symptoms, placed under quarantine: Min.]]>
While the new virus, which emerged in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, had stayed away from Africa, Egyptian Health Ministry and the World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday confirmed the country’s first case, a Chinese national who local authorities later said was moved to Matrouh governorate, in the northwestern part of the country, to be placed under quarantine.

The building where the case was in was evacuated, sterilized and became usable, Zayed said, in an interview with Kol Youm program on ON E TV.

The ministry started applying precautionary measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus since January 7th, Zayed said, adding that the ministry communicates with the WHO and managed in 24 hours to prepare a hospital in Matrouh that is able to receive 800 persons for quarantine.

The number of new cases from China's coronavirus epidemic dropped on Sunday, while the death toll jumped to 1,665. Tedros Adhanom, the World Health Organization (WHO) chief has warned it was "impossible" to predict how the outbreak would develop.

China is transparently, responsibly and openly cooperating with the international community, including Egypt, concerning coronavirus, spokesman of the Chinese embassy in Egypt said Saturday.

The spokesman stressed that the bilateral cooperation with Egypt to remain in an attempt to protect the public health.

The embassy’s statement came as Egypt's Health Ministry on Friday announced the first confirmed case of the novel coronavirus in Africa.


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2/16/2020 11:27:03 AM
<![CDATA[House speaker slams European Parl't statement on detained citizen]]>
He regarded these statements as unacceptable interference in Egyptian domestic affairs, as well as an explicit assault against the Egyptian judicial authority and justice procedures.

In his statement, Dr. Abdel Aal added that such unjustified and unacceptable statements do not encourage any expected dialogue between the two parliamentary institutions.

He also condemned the European Parliament’s jump to conclusions and infringement of the authority of the independent Egyptian Public Prosecution, adding that it is surprising that the content of these statements urges implicitly for not applying the law to anyone who commits a crime in contradiction with the European side’s continuous call for respecting the rule of law.

He further expressed his regret that the President of the European Parliament relied in his statement on false and inaccurate information that are not based on clear evidence and released by politicized organizations that lack credibility.

Moreover, he pointed out that Egypt had previously repeatedly announced its categorical rejection of the allegations of those malicious organizations that have interest in defaming Egypt.

He added that, by following up the situation of the aforementioned citizen, it was found that judicial measures had been taken against him by the Public Prosecutor in September 2019 in incidents that constitute crimes in the Egyptian penal laws, and that he was arrested on February 8, 2020 on his arrival in the country coming from Italy in pursuant to a judicial warrant.

All constitutional and legal due process and guarantees had been fully secured and the Public Prosecution took its decision against him according to its empowered authorities.

The Speaker of Parliament stressed that the aforementioned accused enjoys his full rights, like others arrested, without discrimination, recalling the respect of the principle of non-interference in the domestic affairs of States, the principle of the independence of the judiciary and non-interference in justice, the need for full accuracy before making accusations arbitrarily, and addressing issues from a comprehensive perspective that includes the concrete steps that are being taken in the field of promoting freedoms and human rights in the country.]]>
2/16/2020 11:09:53 AM
<![CDATA[Alexandria to see slums off by 2030: Governor]]>
Governor of Alexandria, Mohamed El-Sherif, said on Sunday morning that the governorate has many construction violations, having been accumulating since 2011, in addition to numerous unlicensed buildings.

The governor stressed citizens have to adjust their legal positions in accordance with construction laws and regulations within the given grace period.

He added during his interview with Extra News satellite channel that the plan includes developing electricity and sanitation services, paving streets, planting trees and installing street lights.

Last Dec., a campaign began removing view-blocking barriers and infringements along the Corniche. The governorate also drafted guidelines for issuing and renewing licenses for seaside premises.

El-Sherif, issued a decision to form a committee to stipulate conditions and standards for any new premises on Alexandria's Corniche in an attempt to allow citizens to enjoy the sea view and to restore the “beauty of the Corniche". The governor was quoted as saying "people have the right to see the sea.”
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2/16/2020 10:55:47 AM
<![CDATA[2020 polio vaccination campaign launched, to include 16.5 million children]]>
The campaign includes Egyptian and foreign children from the age of one day to five years old.

The Health Ministry has said that 16.5 million children were vaccinated for free in the national polio vaccination campaign last February, which lasted for four days.

Many countries have succeeded in eradicating the disease by vaccinating children under five years old. Egypt joined the list in 2006 with the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF declaring that it was polio-free after the last case was discovered in 2004.

This was due to the extensive vaccination coverage in all the governorates of Egypt through seven doses within the schedule of routine immunizations and the additional doses through periodic national campaigns.

An official source told Egypt Today that children should get the vaccination once, adding that it is safe and important for children to be immunized against the disease and that the vaccination will be provided to children under the supervision of the World Health Organization.

In 2018, Egypt entered the final phase of eradicating the disease completely and to ensure that there are no new cases due to any viruses coming from abroad.

The global strategy in polio eradication recommends introducing an additional dose via injection to the dose of oral vaccination in the fourth month, the remaining six doses to remain oral.
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2/16/2020 9:19:31 AM
<![CDATA[China virus death toll passes 1,600, WHO warns]]>
Tedros Adhanom, the World Health Organization (WHO) chief has warned it was "impossible" to predict how the outbreak would develop.

“With 99% of cases in China, this remains very much an emergency for that country, but one that holds a very grave threat for the rest of the world,” Adhanom said in Geneva.

Global concern remains high about the spread of the virus, which first emerged in China's central Hubei province in December, with the first death outside Asia reported in France this weekend, according to AFP.

The death toll jumped after 142 more people died from the virus. More than 68,000 people have now been infected, however, the number of new cases of the COVID-19 strain continued to decline.

In hardest-hit Hubei, the number of new cases slowed for a third consecutive day and at 139, the number of deaths was level with Saturday's toll.

"We ask all governments, companies, and news organizations to work with us to sound the appropriate level of alarm without fanning the flames of hysteria," Adhanom added, speaking at the Munich Security Conference.

"China has bought the world time. We don't know how much time."

The UN health body has asked China for more details on how diagnoses are being made.

An international team of WHO experts will arrive in Beijing this weekend for a joint mission with Chinese counterparts.
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2/16/2020 9:03:24 AM
<![CDATA[Shoukry addresses regional challenges at MSC]]>
Shoukry’s statements were said as part of his current participation in the 56th session of Munich Security Conference (MSC) set to be held on 14 to 16 February. The foreign minister addressed the Egyptian strategy in dealing with the African challenges while presiding the African Union, pointing out that this strategy seeks African resolutions for the challenges without any interference.

Shoukry asserted the importance of preserving the state’s institutions and adopting a comprehensive plan to curb terrorism through renewing religious speech.

The foreign minister called for sanctions imposed on states sponsoring terrorism, said Hafez.

The MSC focuses on the future of the European Union, and the challenges and crises that took place in regional and international arenas.

Shoukry urged the international powers to address issues growing in Northeast Africa such as water scarcity, overpopulation, and economic hurdles.



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2/16/2020 7:45:41 AM
<![CDATA[BT100 jury agrees on scientific criteria to measure performance, selection of award winners]]>
BT100 is a tribute to the leaders of the governmental and private sectors, and corporate for their significant and effective role in improving the Egyptian economy.

The ceremony aims at encouraging other companies to improve their performance, and develop their marketing methods and their selling skills.

The jury of the BT100 celebration met today, Saturday, to determine the criteria and names of the final candidates, from companies, business establishments and the best performing public figures during 2019, in preparation for its official announcement in a big ceremony that will be held next March 3, in the presence of senior officials, heads of companies and banks, and symbols of the Egyptian and international business community.

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The committee agreed on several criteria for selecting the 2020 edition candidates, which are in line with the scientific rules for awarding prizes and honoring business enterprises, most notably, the rate of profit growth for institutions and registration in the Egyptian Stock Exchange. Keeping pace with the concepts of development and research. The contribution of the company or institution in supporting the gross domestic product of Egypt and supporting concepts of sustainable development.

Participation in community service projects. Partnership between public and private sector institutions. Brand strength. Improvement of the work environment for company employees. Performance development. Rate of return on investment for company shareholders, and customer satisfaction rate for service level. The quality of products provided by the company. The new rate of employment of the company. The requirements of environmental safety. The proportion of women's representation in the Board of Directors.

The final evaluations of the candidates will be subject to a vote by 11 members of the jury, according to a specific point assessment system, with a study of the complete file of the results of each candidate's work, market and sector research to measure the performance of the winning institutions.

The list of juries, which included former investment ministers Mr. Osama Saleh and Mr. Ashraf Salman, former telecommunication minister Mr. Maged Osman, former Stock Exchange Chairman Mr. MagedShawky, Mr. Khaled Salah, father and editor-in-chief of prominent Egyptian daily Youm7, Editor-in-Chief of El Watan newspaper and Chairman of DMC News Channel Mr. Mahmoud Mosallam, chairman of Al Dostor Foundation Mr. Mohamed Al-Baz, Mr. Mohamed Abdelbaky, editor-in-chief of Business Today and Egypt Today magazines and news website and Mr. YossifAyoub, editor-in-chief of the Sout Al Omma newspaper.

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2/16/2020 12:08:23 AM
<![CDATA[10 must see Arabic films For Valentine's Weekend]]>

The Nightingale Prayers – Do'aa Al Karwan

One of Egypt best classic films, The Nightingale Prayers – Do'aa Al Karwan, starring Faten Hamama, Ahmed Mazher, Zahrt Al Oala, Mimi Shakeeb, Amina Rezq and Rajaa El Jedawy in her first ever appearance as an actress, adapted from Taha Hussein's novel and directed by Henry Barkat the film was produced in 1959. It tells the story of Amna played by Hamama who watches helplessly as her sister Hanady portrayed by Al Oala being killed by their uncle to 'wash' their shame, after Hanady fell in love and gave herself into temptation with her employer, the engineer played by Mazher. Amna swears revenge on the culprit – the engineer, who she regards as the one that should have been killed and not her sister, the victim. As she goes to work for him, plotting to murder him once she seizes the chance, Amna soon finds herself falling in love with the engineer, the cause of her family's misery. Its an essential watch that will keep you gripped, just don't expect a happy ending.


I Am Leaving – Eni Rahela

Another classic novel that was turned into a film, I Am Leaving – Eni Rahela written by Yousif Al Seba'ee and directed by Ezz Eldine Zulfekar was premiered in January of 1955. A love story marred by social class, betrayal and greed with tragic consequences. There are few films that can bring a book to life and do it justice and I Am Leaving – Eni Rahela certainly fits the bill and one of the best. Starring the elegant Madeha Yousry as Aida who is in love with Ahmed played by the 50s leading star of romance Emad Hamdy, who are soon separated by the prejudice and greed of her father who is portrayed by Saraj Mounir. Again it is not a happy ever after ending but a powerful one that will stay in your memory for years.


She Lived For Love – A'asht Le El Hob

Some of the best films are the ones that are based on a classic literature and this is another film that was taken from a novel by Muhammad Adel Halim Abdullah though the film took a different title to the book but the plot remained faithful to the original story. Produced in 1959 and directed by Al Sayed Badir the film follows the story of Hosni played by the heartthrob of the time Kamal Al Shenawy, who has is weary and distrustful of women, he can almost be described as a misogynist, but all this is pushed aside when he moves to Cairo and falls in love with his neighbour Zainab portrayed by the beautiful Zobeida Tharwat. But this relationship is soon tested when Hosni's old demons return and he pushes Zainab away. Unlike the previous films this one has a heart warming end that will give the viewer the feeling that yes, sometimes love can overcome everything even inner demons. The film also stars Lalya Taher, Abdel Moneam Ibrahim, Wedad Hamdy, and Aziza Helmy.


The Empty Pillow – Al Wesada Al Khalyea

Carrying on the theme of literatures based films,The Empty Pillow – Al Wesada Al Khalyea is one of Ihsan Abdel Kodous most loved novels and the fact that it starred Abdel Halim Hafz, every girls' dream at the time, makes this film a must watch. Produced in 1957 and directed by Salah Abu Seif, the film explores the myth of one's first love and its impact on an individual, the fact that the film is partially musical adds to the romantic factor effect. Hafiz is joined by Lobna Abdel Aziz, Ahmed Ramzy, Omar Al Hariri, Zahrt Al Oala, and Abdel Moneam Ibrahim. The film has an unusual end, though it is a fairly happy one but it does not reunite the lovers or the stars of the film.



My Heart's Reply – Rad Qalbi

Yes, its another film based on Yousif Al Saba'ae novel of the same name. Produced in December of 1957 and directed by Ezz Eldine Zulfekar, My Heart's Reply – Rad Qalbi is probably one of the first films that explores life before and after the 52 revolution. The film follows the love story of the gardener's son, Ali played by Shukri Sarhan and princess Anji, who is played by Maryam Fakher El Dine, their love seems to be doomed due to their social status but things are soon changed when the revolution takes place. The film host a galaxy of stars; Hussein Readh, Ahmed Mazher, Salah Zulfekar, Fardoos Muhammad, Hind Rostom, Roshdi Abaza, and Zahrt Al Oala . A feel good film with a bit of history, definitely worth watching.


The Palace Lady – Sayedt El Qasr

It is just not possible to list romantic movies without including the king and queen of romance; Omar El Sharief and Faten Hamama, their films alone can create a list but we have chosen one of their lesser famous one, The Palace Lady – Sayedt El Qasr, because it represent a simple love story of a poor hard working orphan played by Hamama and the care free rich Adel (El Sharief) and how their love is tested by Adel's lifestyle and friends. The film is directed by Kamal El Sheikh, written by Hussein Helmy El Mohands, produced in 1958 and other co-stars included; Estefan Rosti, Zuzu Madhi, Omar El Hariri and Fardous Muhammad. The film is simple with a happy ending, a perfect choice if you just want to block your thoughts and relax.


Barefoot On A Golden Bridge – Hafyea Ala Jesr El Dhab

Hamama and Sherief might have dominated the world of romance during the 50s and 60s but the 70s definitely belonged to the new golden couple; Mervat Amin and Hussein Fahmy. Barefoot On A Golden Bridge – Hafyea Ala Jesr El Dhab, directed by Atef Salm in 1976, written by Ibrahim El Wedrany, revolves around Camila played by Amin who dreams of becoming an actress where she meets the director Ahmed portrayed by Fahmy and a love story is soon ensued by both until Aziz the influential and powerful figure played by Adel Adaham decides he wants Camila for himself and threaten her with Ahmed's life. It is a powerful love story that gives the viewer the other side of what love entails; sacrifice and selfless devotion.


A Love That Does Not See Sunlight – Hob La Eara El Shams

Not many would associate the late Mahmoud Abdel Aziz as a romantic figure but during the 70s and 80s he formed a couple with few actresses on screen that made him the ideal love interest. In 1980 he starred in A Love That Does Not See Sunlight – Hob La Eara El Shams, alongside Najla Fathy, Sofia El Omary and Farid Shawky, directed by Ahmed Yehyea and written by Mahomud Abu Zeed. The film focuses on divided loyalties that love can bring, Ahmed played by Adel Aziz is happily married to Amal (El Omary) but is forced by his father (Shawky) who is obsessed with having a grandchild, to marry another who can bare children. The father finds the suitable wife, Ahlam (Fathy) a poor girl in need of money to pay for her mother's medical treatment and so she agrees. Ahmed at the start reject Ahlam but with time he finds himself falling in love with her and that is when he is torn between his love for his father, Ahlam and Amal. Prepare yourself a box of tissue as this film guarantees that tears will be shed.


Lost Love – El Hob El Thayea'

Directed by Henry Barkat in 1970 and based on Taha Hussein novel, Lost Love – El Hob El Thayea' is probably on the most powerful films in this list because of its unconventionality. Not often the viewers are left neutral, not taking sides between the characters and understanding the action of each one without judging them. The is about friendship and love and how when they are pitted against one another; one will have to be lost. Layla played by Soad Hosni has been friends with Samia portrayed by Zubaida Tharwat since childhood but this friendship is thrown into turmoil when Samia's husband played by Roshdy Abaza and Layla fall in love, and the friends are faced with the choice of sacrificing their friendship or love. One of the best and most complicated romantic film you are likely to ever watch.


Snakes and Ladders – El Silam Wel Tha'ban

Written and directed by Tarek El A'rian in 2001, some claim that Snakes and Ladders – El Silam Wel Tha'ban is based on El A'rian's own personal experience but this has never been confirmed. The film revolves around Hazm played by Hani Salama, a playboy figure who after his divorce just does not want to commit to any girl, opting to play the field instead but when he meets Yasmen portrayed by Hala Shiha he can't seem to win her over like all his other conquests. Although he eventually falls in love with her, he still struggles with the idea of commitment and giving up his freedom. When it was released Snakes and Ladders – El Silam Wel Tha'ban created a new direction within the film industry and in particular in romantic films, the inclusion of songs by Khalid Salem though he was not acting in the film, opened the door for films to add more effect to the romantic factor by having songs. The film also stars Ahmed Helmy, Rajaa El Jadawy and Tarek El Tolmansani.


There are so many other films that we could not include in our short list but we chose to focus on films that are often overlooked by the mainstream media.

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2/15/2020 7:03:02 PM
<![CDATA[Ministry of Antiquities prepares for solar illumination of King Ramses II]]>
Ramses II solar alignment phenomenon occurs twice annually; on February 22 and October 22, where the sun rays fall on the temple and lighten a part of the inner walls.

For most of the year, the inner sanctum of the main temple at Abu Simbel is almost completely dark. But only twice annually sunlight lightens the seated statues of the sun gods Re-Horakhte and Amon-Re, in addition to Ramses II's statue.

Many tourists gathered in Abu Simbel Temple every year to observe the sun rays falling on the temple’s statues.

The temple complex of Abu Simbel is one of the most popular monumental buildings in Aswan, which is located at the second cataract of the Nile River.

The temple, carved out of a sandstone cliff on the west bank of the Nile, was discovered twice. It was initially discovered in 1813 by Swiss researcher Johann Ludwig Burckhardt, and then rediscovered in 1817 by Egyptologist Govani Battista.

At the entrance of Abu Simbel temple, there are two seated statues of the Pharaoh, showing the ruler with a short kilt, a beautiful headdress which is a double crown with a cobra and a false beard.

Next to the statues’ legs, are smaller statues of the Pharaoh’s relatives. A row of 22 squatting baboon statues is placed at the top of the temple. The baboon’s cry was believed to welcome the rising sun.

Inside the temple, there are images and hieroglyphics, describing Ramses II’s victory at the battle of Qadesh, in addition to empty store rooms.

According to many scholars, this great temple was created to celebrate the victory of Ramses II over the Hittites at the Battle of Qadesh in 1274 BC.

This means that the temple was situated on the border of the conquered lands of Nubia after many military campaigns were carried out by the Pharaoh against Nubia.

Abu Simbel is made up of two temples. The smaller one was built for Queen Nefertari and has two statues of her and four pharaohs; each about 33 feet (10 meters) in height.

Ramses II built this temple to impress Egypt's southern neighbors, and also to reinforce the status of the Egyptian religion in the area. Abu Simbel was one of six rock temples erected in Nubia during the ruling period of Ramses II and its construction took 20 years from 1264 BC to 1244 BC.

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2/15/2020 6:57:43 PM
<![CDATA[French Riviera Film Festival : An International Haven for short films]]>
Egypt Today Magazine chatted with the founder of French Riviera Film Festival Gotham Chandna about his prominent festival which is dedicated to short film content and why he chose to host it every year in Cannes. Chandna plays a key role in Cannes International Film Festival as his goal as well as the festival one to provide a platform to showcase short film content to the audiences in Cannes.



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- 1-What is the main mission of French Riviera Film Festival?

The mission behind French Riviera Film Festival (FRFF) is to provide a platform to the filmmakers to showcase short form content to a worldwide audience under one roof! Cannes is one of the largest events attended by the filmmaking community from all over the world. It is literally the melting pot for creativity and that backdrop provides the best setting for our film festival.

2- Why is the film festival dedicated to short films? To what extent you see short form content play vital role in the cinematic scene in general?

Short form content is gaining popularity very rapidly. Audiences today like instant gratification, sooner than ever. The advent of platforms such as Snapchat and Instagram stories have brought the attention span of people to a bare minimum. We decided to go the short film route to cater to the changing times.

Yes, short form content plays a very vital role in the big scheme of things. It is an arena where budding or experienced filmmakers can practice their craft of story-telling on a small budget and in a very limited time. Unlike feature length films, the filmmakers working with short films have a very little time to get the message across. Many times, this also sets the stage for future feature length projects.

3- Explain to us more about the festival sections?

The filmmakers have a wide variety of film genres that they can pick from in the festival. These include Drama, Comedy, Documentary, Animation, Sci-Fi/Horror, Experimental, and Lifestyle, Fashion, Music Video were added to give it the “French Riviera” flair.

4- Why did you choose to make this festival in French Riviera despite being an Indian American? Why not in India or US? And why its date is very near Cannes Film Festival?

Our festival takes place during Cannes FF and this is intentional. We are delighted to provide young filmmakers from around the world another avenue to promote their work. Many will be attending the Short Film Corner at Cannes, and some are even official selections. We definitely have a captive, built in audience by scheduling FRFF during Cannes.

5- Tell us more about the festival achievements in the first edition?

The inaugural edition of FRFF was very successful! Not only did we receive hundreds of submissions from all over the world, our festival advisory board and jury were very helpful in helping us bringing the festival together.

The festival opened with an “out of competition” screening of the Oscar (2019) winning short film, Skin. We had intense competition in the Drama category, and the winner, “Tattoo” is a Berlinale Crystal Bear alumni. The best actress also went to “Behdokht Valian” (Tattoo).

Bruno Chatelin of Filmfestivals.com has provided us major support in the first year and he continues to do so in a very strategic manner. All in all, we’re one small happy family!

6- With your passion for independent cinema, what are your future plans for the festival?

I love independent films (more than mainstream cinema) and I’d only like to see more and more filmmakers learn about our film festival and showcase their talent. A little secret, I watch all shorts that are submitted to the festival!

7- Do you follow Egyptian or Arab cinema? If yes how do you evaluate it?

I’m not avidly following Egyptian or Arabic films but I do watch them on a regular basis. As artists (the filmmakers) they have a unique way of painting (storytelling) and nurturing has a lot to do with that. Different backgrounds offer a different way of telling stories.

I equally enjoy the drama tear jerkers and the comedies that I have come across. I would really love to see more Arabic content being submitted to the festival (hint hint!)

8- This was your first time to the Cairo Film Festival, what are your thoughts?

It was my first time in Cairo and it will always have a special place in my heart. I was truly amazed to see the lavish red carpets (yes plural), A+ production by the festival team and the impeccable hospitality and service offered to me everywhere in Egypt. The festival left no stone unturned. I look forward to being there in the years to come.

9- What is your favorite cinema festival and why?

I basically love all film festivals. The synergies that evolve at the film festivals have something special. I might just have my heart set on Cannes if I dug deeper.
10- Who are the festival sponsors?

We plan to announce our sponsors and latest partners in the New Year.

11- What are you plans for the second year of FRFF and any other plans in the works?

Nicole Muj and I co-produce the festival and we are thrilled about our second year. We have worked together for about six years at Cannes Film Festival on various projects and on many other events, including Miss India America in LA, as well as events during Sundance, American Film Market, and others. We have amazing partners and judges already in place, and an online shop at Yuzzl.com I hope you can join us at the second annual FRFF. We also recently announced the Reel Rosé film festival that will launch during LA Fashion Week in September 2020.








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2/15/2020 6:36:26 PM
<![CDATA[Sobhy returns to the training ground]]>
Sobhy missed Al-Ahly games since November 2019 as he suffered from a muscular injury.

Sobhy, who is one of the best players at Al-Ahly, returns to his team at the perfect time as the club is going through one of the most important stages of the season.

Al-Ahly will travel to Abu Dhabi to face arch-rivals, Zamalek, at the Egyptian Super Cup on 20 February and four days later at the domestic league before facing South African giants, Mamelodi Sundowns, at the CAF Champions League quarter-finals.

Al-Ahly players returned to the training ground on Saturday after achieving a 3-0 win over El Masry on Friday to achieve their 15th straight victory at the Egyptian League.

Al-Ahly are leading the league table with 45 points from 15 games and they are 13 points ahead of the second-placed, Arab Contractors, who gained 32 points from 17 games. ]]>
2/15/2020 5:37:57 PM
<![CDATA[ACC selects Chiraz Latiri to receive the Arab Cinema Personality of The Year award]]>
Latiri will receive her award during a reception held by the ACC at this year's Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale), which witnessed the ACC's launch six years ago.

"Chiraz Latiri is one of the very few people who have positive influence on the film industry in Tunisia. Her efforts have also extended to benefit many filmmakers from the Arab world and Africa. Latiri's great passion for cinema should inspire all filmmakers across the Arab world." Maher Diab and Alaa Karkouti, Founders of the Arab Cinema Center (ACC), said.

"I am delighted to receive such an award from The Hollywood Reporter and Arab Cinema Center (ACC). This award is a reminder of how Cinema has crossed and changed my path in so many ways. I feel privileged for having had the chance to rub shoulders everyday with Tunisia's greatest film professionals and international key names in the industry," said Chiraz on her acceptance of the award.

"I'm also proud to see that the Tunisian film industry has been developing and evolving to witness the immergence of a new generation of Tunisian filmmakers whose films able to compete internationally and winning awards from the world's most prestigious film festivals. For almost three years, I was part this exhilarating, dynamic journey," Latiri added.

Chiraz Latiri has greatly contributed to the development of the Tunisian film industryduring the three years she served as General Director of the Centre National du Cinema et de l'Image (CNCI)from 2017 to 2019.

Latiri founded the SENTOO program that focuses on developing Arab and African film projects in the writing phase and promote co-production between countries in sub-Saharan Africa and the Maghreb region.

She also created the Arab Film Platform, launched as part of the Manarat Mediterranean Film Festival.

The Arab Film Platform seeks to encourage and support film production in the region by offering networking and co-production opportunities to develop feature film projects made by emerging and professional filmmakers from the Arab world.

Latiri has wide experience in the field of technology. She obtained a PhD in Computer Science, with a speciality in Information System and Data Mining, from the Ecole Nationale des Sciences de l'Informatique (ENSI) in Tunisia in 2004. From 2006 to 2011, she was appointed head of the Institut Supérieur des Arts Multimédia de la Manouba (ISAMM) in Tunisia.

Her academic career has motivated her to revolutionize the film industry. Latiri founded the Carthage Digital section, held as part of the Carthage Film Festival (JCC).Carthage Digital brings together film experts and tech leaders to explore new forms of storytelling using the latest technologies in the digital industry, including Virtual Reality (VR) and Visual effects (VFX). She also created the Creative Digital Lab (CDL), a unique platform dedicated to young Tunisians involved in digital and creative industries.

Last year, the Arab Cinema Center (ACC) and The Hollywood Reporter presented the Arab Cinema Personality of The Year award to Screenwriter and Producer Mohamed Hefzy. In 2018,the awardwas given to Abdulhamid Juma, Chairman of the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF), and Masoud Amralla, Artistic Director of the DIFF. The award is part of the ACC's strategy of promoting the Arab film industry internationally and supporting Arab filmmakers.

Arab Cinema Center (ACC) celebrates its sixth year since its inception in 2015. A nonprofit organization registered in Amsterdam, the ACC is an international promotional platform for Arab cinema as it provides the filmmaking industry with a professional window to connect with their counterparts from all over the world through a number of events that it organizes.

The ACC also provides networking opportunities with representatives of companies and institutions specialized in co-production and international distribution, among others.

The ACC's activities vary between film markets, stands, and pavilions, networking sessions and one-on-one meetings bringing together Arab and foreign filmmakers, welcome parties, as well as meetings with international organizations and festivals, and the issuance of the Arab Cinema Magazine to be distributed at the leading international film festivals and markets.

Furthermore, newsletter subscription is now available on the ACC's website, allowing users to obtain digital copies of the Arab Cinema Magazine, as well as news on the ACC's activities, notifications of application dates for grants, festivals and offers from educational and training institutions, updates on Arab films participating at festivals, exclusive news on the Arab Cinema LAB, and highlights from the ACC's partners and their future projects.

The ACC also launched an English-language Arab Cinema Guide, available on its website, which is a comprehensive cinematic guide that comprises a variety of tools presented collectively for the first time to offer information on Arab cinema to filmmakers inside and outside of the Arab world. It also aims to facilitate filmmakers' access to international markets and help film industry representatives to easily identify Arab film productions.

The Arab Cinema Center announced the launch of the MAD 3ARABI (Arab Flow) in Prague, Czech Republic.

The festival aims to introduce the Arab culture and focus on the film and TV industry, flowing Arab entertainment and culture onto European shores, and also providing an extension for Arab filmmakers and content creators in the entertainment industry to reach new shores.
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2/15/2020 5:22:27 PM
<![CDATA[Naguib Mahfouz Museum receives 257 Books of Nobel writer ]]>
Umm Kulthum gave some of her father collectibles to be added to his museum in Tekkeyet Mohamed Bey Abu El Dahab in Al-Azhar, which included 257 translated books of Mahfouz to many languages -English and French.

Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem said that the memory of Naguib Mahfouz will remain immortal as an icon in the history of world creativity , continuing that the Egyptian culture will always support the cooperation with the family of Mahfouz who plays a prominent role in adding mahfouz holdings to the museum to emphasize the distinguished position of Nobel laureate in the regional and international scene.

She also thanked the daughter of the late writer - Umm Kulthum, describing her as an enlightened figure that preserves the heritage of Egypt's symbols.

Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem inaugurated Naguib Mahfouz Museum at the Tkeit Abu el-Dahab building in Al-Azhar district on Sunday, July 14.

The opening of the museum came in conjunction with Egypt’s celebrations of the June 30 revolution, in the presence of the veteran writer Yusuf Al-Qaid, head of the Cultural Development Fund Dr. Fathi Abdel Wahab and head of the Civil Coordination Authority Mohamed Abu Saada.

Abdel Dayem previously stated that the Ministry of Culture faced many challenges until the completion of all the works and equipment of the Naguib Mahfouz Museum; stressing that what has been achieved is a pride for all Egyptians, as it also embodies the nation's belief in the need to preserve the historical vocabulary that formed its soft power through its prominent writers throughout history.

The Minister of Culture also referred to re-shaping and beautification of the area facing the museum through a mural carried out by the National Authority for the coordination of civilization in cooperation with the province of Cairo.

The Naguib Mahfouz Museum consists of two floors, the first hosts halls for seminars, a Visual/ sound library, a public library and a library of critical research including the most important researches and studies on the work of Naguib Mahfouz.

The second floor includes a suite of decorations and certificates obtained by the late writer, and another for his personal belongings with some papers written in his own handwriting, in addition to the Hall of literature, which includes all the works of Naguib Mahfouz in their old and new prints, along with all the writer’s translated works next to a cinema hall and several other halls.

It is worth mentioning that a total of 50 newly discovered short stories written by the Egyptian Noble Laureate Mahfouz, were published on December 11, 2018.

The newly discovered short stories were found by the late writer's daughter, Um Kulthum Naguib Mahfouz, and culture journalist Mohamed Shoair.

The short stories collection were published by Lebanese publishing house Dar Al-Saqi under the title “Hams El-Nogoom” (Whispering of the Stars).

Dar Al-Saqi announced it acquired the rights to publish Mahfouz’s short stories from his daughter.

Author of 34 novels, over 350 short stories, five plays and dozens of movie scripts, Mahfouz was by all means the most disciplined writer ever.

He wrote for one hour daily throughout his 70-year career, smoked three cigarettes per day and walked by the Nile every morning.

He met weekly with the new generation of writers, artists, and readers through an informal seminar, which is a habit he developed in the 1950’s.

At the age of 82, Mahfouz was stabbed in the neck in 1994 by an Islamic extremist in an assassination attempt following a huge wave of hatred that followed the fatwah (Religious statement) issued by Ayat Allah Khomeini of Iran against Arab/English author Salman Rushdi over his famous book “Satanic Verses”.

Khomeini decreed that Salman Rushdi should be killed for writing that novel. Naguib Mahfouz, in spite of considering the novel disrespectful to Islam, took a position against inciting violence against Rushdi.

This incident, however, directed attention to Mahfouz’s controversial novel “Awlad Haretna” (The Chidren of Our Avenue), which was deemed as one of the most famous novels in the history of Arabic literature.

The novel spoke about God, the prophets and creatively explained the philosophy of religion.

The controversy came from his design of the character of Gebelawi, a wealthy landowner and a harsh father who is negligent to his descendants, leaving them in poverty and misery, and appointing the dark son Adham to run the business instead of Idris the eldest son.

The novel relays the story of Adam and Satan, then the quarrel between Satan and God, and later mentions the story of Kane and Abel where he kills his brother and the grandfather refuses to interfere.

The stories of the prophets of the main religions, Moses, Jesus and Mohamed, continue. He changes the names brilliantly with clear hints to which religious personality he is handling in each new chapter.

He avoids the miracles, and humanizes the struggles in efforts to make the story about fighting for the rights of the poor who are all sons of Gebelawi and have equal rights to wealth.

Mahfouz was blunt in expressing his ideas; he discussed politics, history and philosophy in his novels. He covered a lot of subjects such as socialism, homosexuality, and God. Mahfouz's novels were informative and showed the development of Egypt in the 20th century.

Mahfouz’s first novel was “Khufu’s Wisdom”. He wrote 35 novels afterwards and 15 collections of short stories alongside with “Echoes of an Autobiography” in 1994, according to an article by AUC Press.

The iconic literary author did not only abide by writing short stories and novels, but also took the initiative to work on 25 film screenplays that featured specific writing techniques such as flashbacks.

The Egyptian cinema has created over 30 Egyptian films that were based on Mahfouz’s novels and literary works.

He also wrote weekly columns in state-owned newspapers Al-Ahram and Al-Ahram Weekly in 1971, including “Naguib Mahfouz at Sidi Gaber: Reflections of a Nobel Laureate 1994- 2001”.

Mahfouz was honored by the government; he received the Egyptian State Prize twice for his writings.

Promoting great collections of Arabic narratives locally and internationally, Mahfouz received other countless awards including one from the American University in Cairo and an honorary doctorate in 1995.

He was chosen as an honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Institute of Arts.

Following his death, Mahfouz’s works further resonated in the Egyptian literary scene. AUC Press became his main English language publisher and agent of all translation rights. The agreement was signed with Mahfouz prior to his death.


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2/15/2020 5:07:40 PM
<![CDATA[Salah’s participation at Olympics is in Liverpool’s hands ]]>
“The men’s Olympic Football Tournament, as well as all FIFA competitions with age restrictions, are not included in the men’s international match calendar 2018-2024, and thus clubs are not under the obligation to release players for the competition," FIFA spokesperson told SunSport on Saturday.

Salah, who was among the U-23 team during 2012 Olympic Games in London, has to convince his club’s coaching staff if he has the desire to join Egypt’s U-23 team in Tokyo this summer.

Since Egypt secured their spot at the next Olympic Games as AFCON U-23 winners, the debate over Salah’s participation with the team started.

Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, commented on the situation, saying “We are completely clear about what we want, but we need more information: how will it look, when will the preparation start, all that stuff. No decision yet, but we will see.”

Salah is one of the key players at Liverpool since he joined the club in 2017 summer and he led the club to win UEFA Champions League title last summer and they are close to win the long-awaited League title this season. ]]>
2/15/2020 4:48:03 PM
<![CDATA[Liverpool face bottom-of-the-table Norwich City ]]>
The Reds aim to take another step towards achieving the long-awaited Premier League title but they are expecting a tough duel against one of the best bottom of the table sides ever.

Liverpool are having one of their best seasons at the league so far and they are unbeaten with 13 games away from the finish line and they only dropped two points with an away 1-1 draw against Manchester United.

Klopp comments on Liverpool fans’ dream to be the league champions after 30 years of struggling, saying “We know at the end of the season a team will be crowned, it was always like this, and this year we have a good chance it will be us. That’s nice, really nice.”

On the other hand, Norwich City, led by German manager Daniel Farke, produced beautiful football since the beginning of the season but they are struggling to get good results and found themselves at the bottom of the table with only 18 points after 25 games.

The game starts on 7:30 pm. ]]>
2/15/2020 4:29:28 PM
<![CDATA[Netflix to release 'The Letter For The King' series on Mar.20]]>
''The Letter For The King'' tells the story of a ruthless prince who threatens to cast the world into darkness, when a young knight in training named Tiuri (Amir Wilson).

He embarks on an epic quest to deliver a secret letter to the king. Along the way, he unexpectedly finds himself at the center of a magical prophecy foretelling the rise of a hero who can defeat the prince and restore peace.

If he’s going to survive the journey, Tiuri will have to learn what it means to be a true knight — and a true leader.


The story is based on the best-selling novel of the same name and also stars Ruby Serkis, Thaddea Graham, Gijs Blom as well as Andy Serkis in a guest role.

'The Letter for the King'' is written by Will Davies (How To Train Your Dragon, Johnny English, Puss in Boots) who also serves as executive producer. Paul Trijbits (Saving Mr. Banks, Sing Street, The Casual Vacancy) is also an executive producer. The 6-episode original series is produced by FilmWave.]]>
2/15/2020 4:11:17 PM
<![CDATA[Mashat voices keenness to promote partnership with UNDP]]>
At a meeting with UNDP Deputy Regional Director for Arab States Sarah Poole, Mashat said that her ministry is working to link all development projects with the sustainable development goals.

Mashat asserted the importance of increasing funding for the private sector, which she said participates in the development process, with an aim to achieve integration between the development partners and the private sector.

Meanwhile, Poole said the UNDP is keen to boost cooperation with Egypt to achieve development success in various fields and to achieve integration between the UN projects and the program's activities in Egypt.

She hailed the Egyptian government's economic reform program which includes development projects that help attain the sustainable development goals.

The UNDP is keen to engage in partnership with the private sector in development projects, she said.

She also shed light on the Knowledge Week for Sustainable Development in Egypt which is organized by the UNDP here to help Arab states formulate forward-thinking strategies to support knowledge.]]>
2/15/2020 3:59:34 PM
<![CDATA[Shoukry, German adviser discuss ways of resolving ME crises]]>
On the fringe of his participation in the 56th Munich Security Conference, Shourky said that Egypt gives priority to boosting relations with Germany, stressing the importance of continuing coordination on various issues of common interest.

The foreign minister affirmed the necessity of implementing the outcomes of the Berlin Conference on Libya, adding that any foreign interference in Libya's domestic affairs is totally rejected.]]>
2/15/2020 3:56:54 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt, the Netherlands tackle relations, regional issues]]>
On the sidelines of his participation in the 56th Munich Security Conference, Shourky praised the deeply-rooted ties between Cairo and Amsterdam, affirming the importance of increasing the Dutch investments in Egypt in different sectors.

Egypt is looking forward to further coordination and consultation with the Netherlands to boost bilateral ties and exchange visions about issues of common interest, Shourky said.

The Egyptian foreign minister reviewed the country's vision towards the Palestinian and Libyan crises.]]>
2/15/2020 3:46:34 PM
<![CDATA[BT100's judicial panel announced, preparations for grand opening ongoing]]>
BT100 is a tribute to the leaders of the governmental and private sectors, and corporate for their significant and effective role in improving the Egyptian economy.

The ceremony aims at encouraging other companies to improve their performance, and develop their marketing methods and their selling skills.

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The organizing committee of the ceremony has announced the completion of its list of juries, which included former investment ministers Mr. Osama Saleh and Mr. Ashraf Salman, former telecommunication minister Mr. Maged Osman, former Stock Exchange Chairman Mr. Maged Shawky, Mr. Khaled Salah, father and editor-in-chief of prominent Egyptian daily Youm7, Editor-in-Chief of El Watan newspaper and Chairman of DMC News Channel Mr. Mahmoud Mosallam, chairman of Al Dostor Foundation Mr. Mohamed Al-Baz, Mr. Mohamed Abdelbaky, editor-in-chief of Business Today and Egypt Today magazines and news website and Mr. Yossif Ayoub, editor-in-chief of the Sout Al Omma newspaper.

Candidates for the prizes will be chosen according to certain criteria by the jury and evaluation to select a number of companies in different sectors, including the financial, industrial and investment sectors, the real estate sector, and the communications and information technology sector.

All candidates will be chosen based on certain criteria and standards that rely on market studies and research to evaluate the activities of all companies operating in the Egyptian market, including companies with innovative creative ideas and practical and effective solutions, in addition to prizes for the best corporate social responsibility initiatives, the best market share and investment performance, and the best sustainable agreements and partnerships between the private sector and the public sector that would serve the country's goals in the comprehensive economic development plan for Egypt 2030

Major companies and institutions are sponsoring the event, including CIB, Marseilia Group, PepsiCo, Etisalat Egypt, Talaat Moustafa Group, Al Ahli Real Estate Development, Banque du Caire, GLC, Vodafone Egypt and a number of other institutions.

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2/15/2020 3:40:58 PM
<![CDATA[Cabinet: Egypt achieves highest growth rate in 11 years, tops ME economies]]>
An info-graphic published by the cabinet's media center indicated that the Egyptian growth rate hit 5.6% in 2018/2019, compared to 5.3% in 2017/2018.

The figures show the continued improvement of the Egyptian economic performance and the success of the reform policies that the state has adopted since 2016, the cabinet said.

Egypt's growth rate was expected to remain the best across the Middle East in 2020 for the third consecutive year, according to the info-graphic.

The targeted growth rate in 2020 is 6%, followed by Iraq whose growth rate is targeted to reach 5.2%, the cabinet added.]]>
2/15/2020 3:08:50 PM
<![CDATA[France announces first coronavirus death outside Asia]]>
France has recorded 11 cases of the virus, out of a global total of 63,851.The vast majority of those suffering from the virus are in China.The epidemic has killed almost 1,400 people.]]>
2/15/2020 1:57:54 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt's unemployment rate fell by 09% in 2019: CAPMAS]]>
According to a statement released by CAPMAS that the unemployment rate reached 8 percent in the fourth quarter of 2019 compared to 8.9 percent in the same period a year ago.

The number of jobless people reached 28.950 million people during the last quarter of 2019, the statement added.

In the third quarter of 2018, the unemployment rate declined 1.9 percent, compared to the same quarter of 2017, and in the first quarter, it decreased 1.4 percent, compared to 12 percent in the same period of 2017.

Head of Sustainable Development Unit at the Ministry of Planning, Howaida Barakat, stated in September that Egypt's unemployment rate witnessed an unprecedented decline, recording 11.3 percent in 2017/2018. She added that this rate is expected to reach 8.4 percent in 2022.

The Finance Ministry also said that the unemployment rate is anticipated to reach 7.1 percent in June 2022, down from 9.9 percent in June 2018.

Egypt’s budget seeks to lower the unemployment rate to 10.4 percent with an inflation rate of 13 percent.

Egypt 2030 Vision aims to reduce unemployment from the current percentage to 4 percent.

Planning Minister Hala el-Saeed previously said that Egypt aims to provide about 750,000 job opportunities in 2018/2019 by developing the absorptive capacity of the labor market to gradually provide 870,000 opportunities in 2021/2022.

In 2017, Egypt’s unemployment rate slipped to 11.8 percent, compared to 12.5 percent in 2016.
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2/15/2020 1:18:17 PM
<![CDATA[For the 1st time Sherbiny,Diab expressed their love publicly on Valentine's Day]]>

''Celebrating the best album ever with my legend @amrdiab , Valentine’s Day couldn’t get better! Congratulations my love'' Sherbiny captioned her photo with Diab on Valentine's Day.



Diab posted the same photo and wrote ''Happy Valentine's Day.''

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Last June Sherbiny spoke to the media for the first time about her love affair with the Egyptian superstar.

Sherbiny said during her interview on "El Hekaya" program that Diab is her biggest personal and professional supporter, announcing that he is over the moon with the success of her latest series "Zay el Shams" ( Like the sun).

"He is so happy with my success, and stood beside me a lot. He loves diligent people," Sherbiny said.

She further added that he exerted a lot of effort in this series and he generated positive energy to all the series cast.

Diab and Sherbiny's love relationship started two years ago but both were doing their best to hide it from the media and public.

Diab will perform a concert on February 28 in Al Manara Hotel.

After long years of hiatus, Diab performed a concert on Feb. 13 in Kuwait International Exhibitions Center.

Diab’s concert in Kuwait was his first live performance after releasing his new album “Sahran”.

The super star’s last concert in Kuwait was held in 2015 during the “Hala February” Festival. The Egyptian star performed numerous mass-concerts in Kuwait throughout his career.

Amid a huge turnout from fans, Diab performed a huge concert in KSA on Feb. 8, presenting many of his most popular hits, in addition to songs from his newest album.

The mega star also recently performed a massive concert in Duba’s Media City, witnessing a huge turnout from fans.

He participated in MDL Beast Festival that kicked off on December 19-21 in Saudi Arabia.

Diab recently was featured by Spotify on a massive billboard in the heart of Times Square with the tagline “This is Amr Diab”.

In 2016, Diab became the first Egyptian and Arab artist to break a Guinness World Record for the number of World Music Awards he achieved.

It is worth mentioning that Diab performed live in Jeddah at King Abdullah Sports City on June 10 and performed a massive concert recently at Riyadh season.

Also, Diab, famed British singer James Arthur and famed Turkish record producer Mahmut Oran performed in the grand ceremony of the American University in Cairo's centennial anniversary.

Diab was the most listened to singer on Anghami in 2018; his album “Kol Hayati” (All My Life) was listened to a record number of times. Diab adopted a new marketing strategy to promote his albums where he releases a new song almost every week.


Diab collaborated with several poets, composers and distributers in his recent albums, including Tarek Madkour, Ayman Bahgat Amar, Nader Hamdy, Amr Mostafa and Ahmed el-Malky, Tamer Hussein among others.

He is a Guinness world record holder, best selling middle eastern artist, 7 times winner of world music awards, 5 platinum record awards and 6 African music awards.


Born in 1961 in Port Said, Diab has risen to fame over the past two decades in the Arab world and continues to break sale records, according to a BBC report and his official Facebook page.

His most famous album, “Nour el-Ain” (Our Eyes Beam), brought him international recognition and earned him the title of “The Father of Mediterranean Music” for his style of blending Egyptian and western rhythms.

The mega star, who founded the record company Mediterranean Music, had his songs translated into seven different languages.

Diab received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Big Apple Music Awards in 2009. At the 2014 World Music Awards, Diab was also awarded Best Egyptian Artist, Best Male Arab Artist and World Best Arab Male Artist Voted Online.

Diab’s first album, “Ya Tareeq” (The Path), was released in 1983. His album “Meaddy El-Nas” (Surpassing People) was released in July 2017, following a major viral promotion campaign across Cairo sponsored by Egypt Linx.

Diab has established himself as an acclaimed recording artist in most Mediterranean countries. According to a research by Michael Frishkopf, he has created his style termed as "Mediterranean Music", a blend of Western and Egyptian rhythms.
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2/15/2020 12:49:11 PM
<![CDATA[First case of coronavirus quarantined in Marsa Matrouh]]>
The Egyptian Ministry of Health announced that a Chinese passenger, 33 years old, was tested positive for the disease. The infected case was transported from Cairo to Central al-Nagila Hospital in Marsa Matrouh via a self-sterilizing ambulance. He was isolated in a separate room away from the hospital’s all departments.

A medical source at the hospital spoke on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to brief the media that the infected person could catch the virus as he was in an infected lady in China.

Egyptian Minister of Health Hala Zayed told al-Hikaya T.V. Show on Friday that the infected person could be cured from the disease, noting that his current condition is not contagious as the disease symptoms did not appear yet.

She added that his family and all 14 people he dealt with were tested negative for the disease.

The Ministry has taken strict measures against those who were in direct contact with the infected person, according to the ministry’s statement on Friday evening. They were isolated in their locations of residence as a precautionary measure for a period of 14 days, the ministry stated.

Since February 3, 2020, Marsa Matrouh hospital was announced a quarantine for possible cases could be infected with the virus. Since then, a total of 362 Egyptians who returned from the Chinese city of Wuhan, the source of the virus, have been quarantined there. Minister Hala Zayed confirmed that all quarantined Egyptians are negative for the virus.

Representative of the World Health Organization in Egypt, John Gabor praised Egypt’s transparency dealing with the situation, and “its keenness to inform WHO of the case as soon as it was discovered.

John stressed that Egypt was one of the first countries to develop a good preventive plan against Coronavirus, as it was provided with an accurate detectors to discover any case infected with the new emerging virus.




According to the WHO latest data as of Friday, a total of 49, 053 cases were confirmed positive for the virus globally since its outbreak in late January 2020. Meanwhile, the death toll from the virus reached 1381 persons.]]>
2/15/2020 12:39:29 PM
<![CDATA[Tourism min., TUI mull bolstering cooperation in next period]]>
Anani reviewed promoting new programs, which include cultural and beach tourism, at international events and social media platforms to lure more tourists to the Egyptian destinations.

He also pointed to an agreement, inked with the Civil Aviation Ministry, to operate flights between Luxor and Sharm El Sheikh, adding that another line will link Luxor and Hurghada soon.

Another agreement was reached with the Civil Aviation Ministry to operate a direct flight from UK Gatwick Airport to Sharm El Sheikh Airport once a week in light of the UK government's decision to lift travel ban to the Red Sea resort city, the minister told the delegation

He highlighted the expected opening of the Hurghada Museum, considered the first of it kind to be established in partnership with the private sector, mentioning the digitization of the ministry's revenues and tickets of museums and archaeological sites.

In turn, TUI officials expressed their interest in the new Egyptian programs to attract different tourist categories.

They hailed Egypt's infrastructure at all levels, pointing out that they are looking forward to investing in Egyptian hotels, especially green ones.]]>
2/15/2020 12:22:08 PM
<![CDATA[Hong Kong announces anti-COVID-19 funds]]>
The amount is more than double the 10 billion Hong Kong dollars ($1.3 billion) the government initially planned.

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam says the government will subsidize companies producing masks to boost supply and provide 4.7 billion Hong Kong dollars ($605 million) more to the Hospital Authority.

Lam says cash handouts will also be given to poor families, students and other groups hit by the epidemic, including travel agencies, property management firms and restaurants.

Lam, whose government has come under fire for its perceived mishandling of the outbreak, says her administration has “put in every effort” to fight the virus. She said the emergency funding reflects its commitment to protect the welfare of the city's 7.4 million people.]]>
2/15/2020 12:19:58 PM
<![CDATA[UAE announces 2 new Coronavirus patients recovered]]>
The two new patients who had recovered were Chinese citizens, a 41-year old man, and his son, who was eight years of age, the ministry said.

Head of International Health Regulations at the UAE Health Ministry Fatima Al Attar indicated that the treatment of the Coronavirus depends on enhancing the immunity level of patients, treating the symptoms and easing complications, as there is no vaccine for the virus to date.

She pointed out that the father and son had received medical treatment in one of the country's best hospitals.

Attar noted that the studies currently available have proven that the recovery rate from this virus may reach 98 per cent.

Individuals diagnosed are receiving proper healthcare in accordance with leading World Health Organisation standards, with each case being individually monitored until full recovery is achieved, she emphasized.

It is reported that the other five cases are still being continuously monitored and one of them is under intensive care.]]>
2/15/2020 12:17:05 PM
<![CDATA[Eight planes put on lockdown at Heathrow over coronavirus fears]]>
Passengers on a United Airlines flight from San Francisco were told to stay put after landing because someone on board may have caught the deadly flu-like disease.

The captain reportedly warned they could be stuck on the tarmac for some time as the alarm had been raised on ‘seven other planes’.

A British Airways flight from Kuala Lumpur was understood to have been held up for two hours after staff became concerned a Malaysian family ‘of around eight’ could be carrying the bug.]]>
2/15/2020 12:12:36 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s FM expects ‘final and fair’ deal on GERD]]>
Shoukry added that the expected final deal, which comes under the brokerage of the United States of America, and the World Bank, will serve the interests of the three Nile basin countries, noting that both Egypt and Sudan [the downstream countries] showed identical stances concerning some issues of the dam.

The Foreign Minister voiced his confidence that the US role and its relations with the three countries will lead to a balanced and fair deal.

Following the final round of the meetings between the countries and the US and the WB representatives in Washington D.C.on February 12-13, 2020, the participants issued a communique saying that the negotiations achieved a concrete development and a final deal will be signed late February 2020.

Egypt expressed its deep appreciation to the US Treasury's role and US President Donald Trump's efforts and the WB role in reaching this "comprehensive agreement that realizes the interests of the three countries and lays the foundations for cooperation and integration between them, thus benefiting the entire region," said Egyptian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Ahmed Hafez in a statement on Friday morning.

The agreement "includes the dam’s stage-based filling plan, and specific procedures to deal with droughts, prolonged droughts, and dry years that may coincide with the filling process, in addition to the long-term operationalization rules, including the GERD operationalization under normal hydrological conditions, as well as procedures for dealing with droughts, prolonged droughts, and dry years," Hafez said.

"Negotiations also tackled the coordination mechanism between the three countries, which will undertake the follow-up to the implementation of the agreement on the GERD filling and operationalization, and clauses determining the technical data and information to be circulated in order to verify the implementation of the agreement, as well as provisions related to the dam’s safety and dealing with emergency situations, as well as a binding mechanism to resolve any disputes that may arise regarding the interpretation or implementation of this agreement," he added.

The difference between the three Nile basin countries dates back to May 2011 when Ethiopia started building the dam; Egypt voiced concern over its water share [55.5 billion cubic meters]. Three years later, a series of tripartite talks between the two countries along with Sudan began to reach an agreement while Ethiopia continued the dam construction.

In 2015, 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. Since then, the talks have been resumed, but In October 2019 blamed Addis Ababa for hindering a final agreement concerning a technical problem, calling for activating the Article No. 10 of the Declaration of Principles, which stipulates that if the three countries could not find a solution to these differences, they have to ask for mediation.

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2/15/2020 12:04:48 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s FM heads to Germany for MSC]]>
The MSC focuses on the future of the European Union, and the challenges and crises that took place on regional and international arenas.

Minister Shoukry will participate in several sessions and events on the sidelines of the conference, shedding light on the Egyptian vision on how to deal with various regional and international issues, Hafez added.

The Foreign Minister will also hold talks with a large number of officials participating in the conference to discuss ways to enhance cooperation and relations on the issues of mutual concern.

Hafez affirmed Egypt’s keenness to participate in the MSC as it is one of the important international forums that care about international peace and security.]]>
2/15/2020 12:03:38 PM
<![CDATA[New York prosecutor says former movie producer Weinstein abused his power]]>
Setting the stage for the jury to begin deliberating next week in Weinstein’s weeks-long sexual assault trial, Assistant District Attorney Joan Illuzzi said Weinstein, 67, had counted on his victims never coming forward.

“The defendant not only ran roughshod over the dignity and the very lives of these witnesses, but he also underestimated them,” she said.

The trial is a milestone for the #MeToo movement, in which women have accused powerful men in business, entertainment, media and politics of sexual misconduct.

Weinstein has pleaded not guilty to sexually assaulting former production assistant Mimi Haleyi in 2006 and raping Jessica Mann, a onetime aspiring actress, in 2013.

Justice James Burke is expected to give the jury legal instructions on Tuesday morning, after which they will begin deliberating.

Since 2017, more than 80 women have accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct.

The former producer, who was behind films including “The English Patient” and “Shakespeare in Love,” has denied any nonconsensual sex.

On Thursday, Donna Rotunno, one of Weinstein’s lawyers, assailed Weinstein’s accusers as unreliable and said an “overzealous” prosecution was trying to portray consensual sex as assault, and that women must be “responsible” for their choices.

Illuzzi said on Friday that all the women were credible and had no reason to lie.

“If they didn’t feel compelled to do this, would they put their families through this?” she asked. “Would they put themselves through the stress?”

She also pushed back against Rotunno’s argument about women’s responsibility.

“If you’re the victim of fraud, nobody is going to say, well, you gave the accountant access to your money,” she said.

Haleyi testified during the trial that Weinstein forced oral sex on her in his home in 2006. Mann testified that Weinstein raped her in a Manhattan hotel room early in what she called an “extremely degrading” relationship with him.

Illuzzi rejected the defense’s claim that Mann had a loving relationship with Weinstein, but also said it would not matter if she had been “head over heels in love with him.”

“He still wouldn’t be allowed to rape her on March 18 of 2013,” she said.

Jurors heard from four other women, including actress Annabella Sciorra, who testified that Weinstein came into her apartment one winter night in 1993 or 1994 and raped her. The accusation is too old to be charged as a separate crime, but it could act as an aggravating factor to support the most serious charge in the case, predatory sexual assault, which carries a possible life sentence.

Prosecutors called the remaining three women to bolster their evidence of Weinstein’s intent, but did not charge him with any crimes related to them.

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After court wrapped up for the day, Rotunno told reporters that the evidence showed the relationships the accusers had with Weinstein were consensual.

“I think he’s confident. And this is a tough situation for anybody to be in,” she said of Weinstein.
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2/15/2020 11:56:01 AM
<![CDATA[Egyptian speaker slams Sassoli’s call for detained researcher's release]]>
Abdel Aal, in an official statement circulated by local media on Friday, called David Sassoli’s remarks unacceptable interference in the internal affairs of Egypt and an abuse of the Egyptian judicial authority and justice procedures.

The speaker said such “unjustifiable and unacceptable” remarks of Sassoli discourage dialogue between the two parliamentary institutions, and described the comments as gun jumping.

Abdel Aaal said it is shocking that the content of Sassoli’s remarks encourages not applying the law to anyone who commits a crime, in contradiction with the European side’s continuous call for respecting law.

He also expressed his regret that the president of the European Parliament relied, in his statement, on incorrect information that are not based on clear evidence and that are provided by politicized organizations that lack credibility.

The Egyptian Interior Ministry on Sunday said Patrick George, a researcher in an Italian university who was arrested in the Cairo International Airport, is an Egyptian citizen, denying earlier reports that he is an Italian national.

Patrick George Zaky Seliman is his full name, the Interior Ministry said on its Facebook page, adding that the prosecution decided to detain him for 15 days pending investigation.

Patrick is a researcher in the University of Bologna, in northern Italy. The Italian authorities have reportedly called for releasing him, but did not claim he is an Italian citizen.

Preliminary investigations reveal that Patrick faces accusations of spreading false news and statements to distort social peace, inciting people to protest without obtaining a permit, seeking to overthrow the regime through incitement and promoting principles and thoughts that lead to changing the basic principles of the constitution, according to media reports.

He also faces charges of managing and using an online account for the purpose of disturbing public order, harming national security and promoting the commission of a terrorist crime and the use of violence.]]>
2/14/2020 11:51:47 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt to participate in Prague-held Holiday World 2020 ]]>
Holiday World fair provides a platform for the presentation of travel agencies, domestic regions, national tourism offices, and other services for the Central Europe travel industry.

For its 29th edition, the event offers not only the presentations of many different countries and the Czech Republic’s regions.

The fair is the most important tourism and travelling event not just in the Czech republic, but in the Central European region as well.

The Czech regions will offer a range of new tourist experiences and the most up-to-date offers of adventure will be there with tens of travel agencies.

ABF, a.s. is an owner of the PVA EXPO PRAGUE, the most modern and largest exhibition center in the capital of the Czech Republic for trade fairs, exhibitions, sports events and concerts, conferences, congresses, seminars, workshops and corporate events. For illustration - total area of 105,000 m2 of indoor and outdoor spaces, 7 modern steel halls with a surface area of 35,000 msq, large-capacity parking area with 3,000 parking places, 101 events yearly with participation of more than 6,500 companies from more than 35 countries and more than 1,000,000 visitors.

Holiday World 2020 is held under the auspices of the Ministry of Regional Development of the Czech Republic, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech republic, the Ministry of Agriculture of the Czech Republic, the Association of Regions of the Czech Republic and Czech Tourism.

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2/14/2020 8:59:25 PM
<![CDATA[Bincharki's double secures CAF Super Cup title for Zamalek ]]>
Two minutes were all what the White Knights needed to open the score through Youssef Obama's wonderful header.

Zamalek were the better side during the first half and they had many clear chances to double the score but Mostafa Mohamed and Ashraf Bincharki failed to find the target.

The Tunisian side equalised the score at the opening minutes of the second half by the club's Algerian striker, Abdelraouf Benguit.

After Benguit's goal, Zamalek players dominated the game and Bincharki granted them the lead again from an amazing individual effort as he dribbled two Tunisian defenders and put the ball in the back of the net.

Bincharki continued his heroic performance as he added the third goal minutes before the final whistle to confirm his team's victory.

Zamalek won their 4th CAF Super Cup title and Egyptian clubs' 10th title at the competition while Esperance suffered their fourth loss at CAF Super Cup and their second in a row. ]]>
2/14/2020 8:48:11 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt announces first Coronavirus infection ]]>
Spokesperson for the Health Ministry Khaled Megahed said that the laboratory tests which were conducted for the suspected case at Cairo International Airport, resulted in a positive virus, however no symptoms appears on the infected person.

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The ministry said in a statement that they informed World Health Organization (WHO) as soon as they suspected the infection.

It was explained that discovering the case comes amid the ministry’s precaution plan to follow-up with the travelers coming from the countries which recorded Infections with coronavirus.

Megahed affirmed that all necessary measures have been taken in cooperation with WHO.


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“The case was transferred by a “self-sterilized” ambulance to a hospital to be isolated and followed-up” Megahed said, adding that the infected person condition is completely stable.

Ministry has taken strict measures against those who were in direct contact with the infected person according to the statement. They were isolated in their locations of residence as a precautionary measure for a period of 14 days, the ministry stated.

Representative of the World Health Organization in Egypt, John Gabor praised Egypt’s transparency dealing with the situation, and “its keenness to inform WHO of the case as soon as it was discovered.

John stressed that Egypt was one of the first countries to develop a good preventive plan against Coronavirus, as it was provided with an accurate detectors to discover any case infected with the new emerging virus.




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2/14/2020 7:56:53 PM
<![CDATA[EgyptAir to operate flights between Sharm El Sheikh, Luxor]]>
In an interview with Egypt Today, tourism expert Mohamed Othman said EgyptAir will operate these direct flights every week on Thursday, starting February 20th until May 28th.

The comfortable Airbus A220-300 planes will be used for these three months, Othman said, adding that clients would be able to book their tickets through the electronic website or by calling 1717.

Tourism Minister Khaled al-Anani earlier in February announced launching several mechanisms to serve the tourism sector, most prominently operating new flights to connect Luxor with Red Sea’s Hurghada and Sharm El-Sheikh at the end of February.

In January, EgyptAir announced operating direct flights from Cairo to Dublin, Ireland, starting from July 2020.

Also, in November last year, EgyptAir operated its first non-stop flight to Hangzhou, China from Cairo International Airport terminal 3, carrying 260 passengers. However, flights to Chinese cities, including Hangzhou was suspended to prevent starting February to prevent the spread of the deadly coronavirus.

21 hot air balloons take off in Luxor.

LUXOR, Upper Egypt - 13 February 2020: Twenty-one hot air balloon flights took off in Luxor on Thursday, carrying 450 tourists of various nationalities.


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2/14/2020 6:35:21 PM
<![CDATA[Archaeological replicas exhibition to be inaugurated in Venice on Feb.14]]>CAIRO – 14 February 2020: The ministry will inaugurate a temporary exhibition of replicas for a number of relics in Venice on February 14.

The exhibition will continue till June 2. This comes within the Ministry of Antiquities and Tourism attempts to promote ancient Egyptian antiquities through organising a number of foreign exhibitions.


This exhibition is tailor made to explore Egyptian antiquities, and introducing the treasures of ancient Egyptian civilisation to Italian people.

The exhibition will display 70 antiquity replicas of ancient Egyptian kings and queens such as Nefertiti statue, and the statue featuring the head of Akhenaten, masks of Yuya who was a powerful Egyptian courtier in the 18th Dynasty, and Tuya the wife of 19th Dynasty Pharaoh Seti I.

Replicas of some of Tutankhamun’s belonging are also to be displayed at the exhibition such as the royal chamber, knives, in addition to some of king Tut’s warrior shields.

The exhibition will house a number of jewelry replicas as well. All these replicas were made to be showcased in the exhibition.


Executive Director of the Archaeological Models Production Unit at the Ministry of Antiquities Amr El-Teiby said that this exhibition is tailor made to introduce Egypt most famous tourist destinations to as many people as possible, especially children.


El-Teiby added that this exhibition reflects the passion of Italians pertaining to ancient Egyptian antiquities.

It is worth mentioning that this is not the first exhibition in Italy, a similar exhibition took place in 2018 where more than 100 thousand visitors visited it.

El-Teiby announced that the Archaeological Models Production Unit at the Ministry of Antiquities will produce replicas to be sold at the Cairo International Airport’s duty free.

These replicas will be similar in shape and quality to the real relics, not like the commercial ones that are commonly sold at bazaars.


The exhibition "Tutankhamun: The Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh" came to an end in Paris on the evening of Sept. 22, breaking a turn-out record in the history of cultural exhibitions in France.

The exhibition was visited by 1,423,170 visitors in the past six months since it was opened by the minister of antiquities on March 23, 2019 at the Grand Hall de la Villette.

The French and international newspapers pointed out that this exhibition and other temporary foreign exhibitions held by Egypt abroad are the best publicity for Egypt, its ancient civilization and unique treasures.

The minister of antiquities explained that in 1967, when France hosted the Tutankhamun exhibition for the first time, it attracted 1,240,975 visitors.

Today, 52 years later, the Golden King's exhibition attracted more than 1.4 million visitors, which indicates how passionate the French people and the visitors of France are towards the ancient Egyptian civilization.

In addition, the minister stated that despite the success of the exhibitions, they allowed the visitors to see only a small simple portion of the treasures of the Golden King.

The minister of antiquities affirmed that this exhibition is an invitation to attract and encourage millions of enthusiastic visitors to Egypt, to see and enjoy its great and unique civilization.

"Tutankhamun: The Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh" includes 150 artifacts from the collections of the young king, including a number of gilt ushabti statues, wooden boxes, canopic pots, a gilded wooden Ka statue and alabaster pots.

It is worth mentioning that acclaimed archaeologist Zahi Hawass has finished the script for Tutankhamun Opera, set to debut in the opening ceremony of the Grand Egyptian Museum in late 2020.

Hawass announced that one of the most important scenes in Tutankhamun Opera revolves around Nefertiti's attempt to kill Tutankhamun and snatch the throne for one of her six daughters.

Composed by Zamboni, the opera's score will be completed this December, according to Hawass.

Hawass previously added that November 4, 2022 will be the centenary of the discovery of Tutankhamun tomb, who is an important king to the whole world not Egypt only.

Hawass stated that the DNA tests will reveal a lot of information about the death of Tutankhamun and that he will announce to the whole world in 2020 how the golden king died.

In his interview with the Italian channel Italia 1, Hawass revealed a number of important facts about the family of the Golden Pharaoh; his father is King Akhenaten and the mummy of his mother is located at tomb number 35 where the grandmother of Tutankhamun, Tiye, was buried.

Hawass added that Tutankhamun was suffering from lack of blood reaching the feet, flatfoot and malaria.

Tutankhamun was born in the 18th Dynasty, around 1341 B.C., and was the 12th pharaoh of that period.

Tutankhamun did not accomplish much himself; he was placed on the throne when he was a child, and Egypt’s prosperous era was beginning to decline with the rise of Pharaoh Akhenaten and his new cult.

Sir Howard Carter, British archaeologist and Egyptologist, had made it his life’s quest to find the tomb of King Tutankhamun.

When Carter had begun to work in Egypt in 1891, most of the documented Pharaohs had their tombs discovered. One, however, proved to be elusive; King Tutankhamun, whose resting place had yet to be found and who Egyptologists knew very little about.

With the end of World War I, Carter made it his goal to be the first to uncover the tomb of Tutankhamun. Carter had worked in Egypt for 31 years since he was 17, using his skills as an artist to copy inscriptions from walls.

He would then become appointed inspector-general of monuments in Upper Egypt. In 1907, he started to work for George Herbert, the fifth earl of Carnarvon, who would aid him in his quest to uncover the lost tomb of Tutankhamun.

Carter was certainly dedicated, spending massive amounts of money and time in order to track down where the tomb might lie.

With Lord Carnarvon as his sponsor, he began working earnestly at excavating the Valley of Kings. Alas, even after five years of work, Carter wasn’t able to report back on anything substantial.

He refused to give up however, tirelessly working to fulfil his quest, and soon enough, Carter would be rewarded beyond his imagination.

The discovery of steps beneath the sand on November 1, 1922 was a breakthrough for Carter. At long last, his tireless search for Tutankhamun would finally bear fruit.

Carter announced the discovery on November 6, and it took three weeks until he could begin work on excavating into the tomb.

Workers exposed all of the steps and the sealed doorway into the tomb, which at one point had been broken in by tomb robbers but resealed again, leading to hope that the contents had not been plundered.

Carter finally entered on November 25, finding evidence of resealed holes but noting that it had likely been thousands of years since anyone had entered again.

When Carter made a hole inside the sealed door and peeked inside, he was left astounded. Gold flooded his senses, and animal statues, rich perfumes, piles of ebony, childhood toys and the Pharaoh himself adorned the room alongside countless other treasures.

It was a bounty of riches the likes of which had never been seen before. Carter couldn’t have anticipated this finding in his wildest dreams.



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2/14/2020 5:22:12 PM
<![CDATA[ Cairo hosts Sweden’s MENA Regional Meeting]]>
Sweden and Egypt also conducted UN and bilateral consultations during the week to discuss bilateral and multilateral topics of common concern and opportunities to develop further cooperation between the two countries.

“I’m delighted that Egypt and Cairo were chosen to host this year’s annual Swedish MENA ambassadors’ meeting. A group of some 50 ambassadors and high officials have gathered under the leadership of three deputy ministers, which gave us a great opportunity to hold bilateral meetings with Egyptian ministries, businesses and civil society,” said H.E Jan Thesleff, Ambassador of Sweden to Egypt.
Thesleff pointed out that this visit underscores Egypt’s great importance to Sweden.

During the week, Sweden’s Deputy Foreign Minister Robert Rydberg has also met with Egypt’s Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister for African Affairs, H.E. Hamdi Loza. Sweden’s Deputy Minister for International Development Cooperation, Per Olsson Fridh and the Deputy Minister for Foreign Trade Krister Nilsson also visited Cairo. The Director General for Sida, Carin Jämtin, and the Director General for the Folke Bernadotte Academy, Sven-Eric Söder, also visited Cairo and met with their Egyptian counterparts.

Important matters discussed during the ambassadorial meetings this week were recent developments in the MENA region, Swedish foreign policy priorities and forthcoming trade promotion activities (including the upcoming Expo 2020 in Dubai).

Deputy Minister Krister Nilsson also met with Egypt’s Deputy Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy, Osama Asran and the Minister of Housing, Utilities and Urban Development H.E. Assem El Gazzar. During the meetings, they discussed the ongoing bilateral cooperation with Egypt, in the field of energy and urban mobility.

Moreover, the week included political consultations with the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs headed by the Assistant of Foreign Minister for European Affairs, H.E. Ambassador Badr Abdel Aty, along with Assistant Foreign Minister for Sudan Affairs, H.E. Ambassador Osama Shaltout and Assistant Foreign Minister for Arab Affairs H.E. Ambassador Affairs Yasser Othman.

During the meeting, the bilateral relation between Egypt and Sweden was discussed, as well as between Egypt and the European Union. Further, migration and security, regional issues and Egypt’s chairmanship of the African Union was brought up during the talks.

Ambassador Ann Dismorr, head of the department for Middle East and North Africa at the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, who headed the Swedish side during the political consultations said that Sweden is very keen to develop and deepen its bilateral cooperation with Egypt, especially in the fields of energy, natural gas, smart transportation in new cities and electronic governance among others.

Deputy Minister Krister Nilsson also met with the founders of Swedish startups in Egypt, to discuss future expansion plans and projects in the country. In addition, he also met with Swedish life sciences companies to discuss investment plans in the fast-growing Egyptian market.

During the UN Consultations the Swedish and the Egyptian side discussed common priorities such as Peace Building and Peace Keeping and the important role of women in these activities.

Sweden and Egypt’s trade relationship has long-standing ties. Egypt is the second top Swedish trading partner, both in the Middle East and in Africa. Sweden and Egypt trade exchange hiked by 37% in the second half of 2020 fiscal year.

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2/14/2020 4:41:14 PM
<![CDATA[3rd Indian tests positive for coronavirus on board quarantined Japan cruise ship]]>
Embassy officials, who claim to be in touch with all the three, have reported that their condition is "stable and improving". They are currently undergoing treatment.

The Diamond Princess, a British cruise ship docked at Yokohoma in Japan, is currently under quarantine amid a rampant rise in coronavirus cases aboard]]>
2/14/2020 4:34:26 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt reviews preparations for Belgrade International Tourism Fair]]>
The meeting tackled the preparation for Egypt’s participation as it will boost tourism cooperation between both countries and enhance the inbound tourism to Egypt, the statement said.

The meeting was attended by representatives from the Chamber Of Tourism Establishments, airline companies and the Red Sea Tourism Investment Association, the statement added.

Egypt will be participating as a partner country and a guest of honor in Belgrade International Tourism Fair, which is the largest tourism exhibition in southeastern Europe.

In case you missed it…

Egypt's amb. to Belgrade prepares for participation in Belgrade Tourism Fair

CAIRO - 22 December 2019: Egypt's Ambassador to Belgrade Amrel-Gweli met on Saturday with Secretary of State for Tourism at the Serbian Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Communications Miroslav Konjevic to discuss Egypt's participation in the 42nd session of Belgrade International Tourism Fair.


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2/14/2020 4:30:56 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt key regional player in oil, gas sectors: French ambassador]]>
In statements to MENA, Romatet lauded Egypt-France strong relations in all fields, which he said was made clear in close coordination and exchanged visits between the two countries at all levels.

In this regard, the ambassador highlighted the recent visit made by a delegation from the French-Egyptian Friendship Group of the French Senate, headed by Catherine Morin-Desailly, to Cairo, where they were received by President Abdel Fattah El Sisi.

The coming stage is set to witness an exchange of visits between the two sides, Romatet said, noting that the French Embassy is preparing high-profile visits to Paris and Cairo.

He added that French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian would meet with his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference, which kicked off on Friday.

Meanwhile, he pointed out to 10 France-based energy companies’ participation in the Egypt Petroleum Show (EGYPS 2020).

He added that other French firms working in Egypt have also taken part in the three-day event that was wrapped up on Thursday.]]>
2/14/2020 4:21:38 PM
<![CDATA[What celebrities 'liked' on Twitter on Valentine's day]]>
You can view liked Tweets from an account’s profile page by clicking or tapping into the Likes tab. Below are the most used love-related emojis on Twitter in the past year, globally:

😍
❤️
💕
🥰
💜
😉
💙
😘

💔


This Valentines, Twitter takes a look at some of the Tweets that celebrities have liked to see how they’ve expressed their love and appreciation on the platform:



Mohamed Henedy (@OfficialHenedy) was amongst the 20,000 people who liked Ahmed El Saka (@ElSaka)’s sarcastic reply to his thread with Ahmed Helmy (@ahelmy).





Mona Zaki (@monazaki) liked a fan’s drawing of her and Ahmed Helmy (@ahelmy) - the girl spent three weeks on the drawing, hoping that the stars would see it, and Twitter made her wish come true.





Also giving fans some love, Cairokee lead singer Amir Eid (@AmirEid) also liked a fan’s Tweet when she dedicated her final art project to the band.





Egyptian actor Ahmed El Saadany (@AhmedLSaadany) showed Mohamed Salah (@MoSalah) some love by liking the football star’s pictures amongst more than 214,000 other people on Twitter after Liverpool won the match against Man United in the Premier League.





Showing random support to strangers is extra special, and when it’s Hend Sabry (@HendSabry), it can come as a special surprise. The Tunisian actress liked a Tanta resident’s Tweet, which stated how proud he is of himself to officially call himself a medical student graduate, after being a “Tuk Tuk” driver.





Tunisian actress Dorra (@dorra_zarrouk) was amongst the fans who liked Youssra’s (@Youssra) Tweet giving fans a sneak peek of her Oscars outfit.






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2/14/2020 3:11:12 PM
<![CDATA[29 int’l deals inked in EGYPS 2020]]>
The Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources and affiliated companies inked the deals during the three-day show, reflecting great potential and promising opportunities of the Egyptian petroleum sector as well as confidence of major international companies in Egypt’s economy.

Eight deals were signed with US giants Bechtel and Chevron Corporations and British Petroleum (BP) company.

Some other deals were inked with Schlumberger international, Italy’s Landi Renzo and Saipem companies, Shell Egypt, Canada’s Methanex Corporation, Germany’s Siempelkamp and Europe's Neptune Energy company.

Other cooperation deals were signed with Chile, Somalia, Equatorial Guinea and the US Trade and Development Agency.

Among the key agreements signed is the Egyptian Petrochemicals Holding Company’s deal with the US Bechtel Corporation to implement a refining and petrochemical complex in the Suez Canal Economic Zone at an investment cost worth about 6.7 billion dollars.

The ministry also signed a deal to cooperate with Neptune Energy Company in exploring for oil and natural gas in the Gulf of Suez with $35 million investments. The deal included a grant valued at $11 million to dig three wells.

The Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation also signed a cooperation agreement with British Petroleum (BP) Company on fueling ships.

As part of the activities held during the EGYPS 2020, two deals were signed between Egypt’s Petrojet and Italy’s Saipem company for implementing projects in Libya and offering advanced training programs for Egyptian cadres.

A contract was signed with Germany’s Siempelkamp to establish a project for producing medium-density fiberboard (MDF) panels at investments that are worth about 210 million euros.

A consortium of Egyptian companies including the Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company (EGAS), the Egyptian International Gas Technology (Gastec), and the Natural Gas Vehicles Company (CAR GAS) signed two deals with the Italian Landi Renzo company for locally assembling of the natural gas supply stations and the components needed for converting vehicles to run on natural gas in Egypt.

The event also witnessed the signing of deals connected with the expansion of GASCO’s Western Desert Gas Complex in Alexandria, compressed natural gas transportation services, marine seismic and geophysical surveys and subsurface imaging services as well as vocational training, environmental protection and digital transformation in the oil and gas industry.

On Tuesday, President Abdel Fattah El Sisi opened the EGYPS 2020 at the Egypt International Exhibition Center (EIEC) in Cairo's 5th Settlement district.

EGYPS is the largest oil and gas conference and exhibition across Egypt, North Africa and the Mediterranean. It has attracted over 270 local and international industrial experts.

Held under the theme of "North Africa and the Mediterranean: Delivering The Needs of Tomorrow," the event saw the participation of 1,600 people from 14 countries, alongside 15 international petroleum companies and more than 450 exhibitors.]]>
2/14/2020 2:49:50 PM
<![CDATA[Kuwait key partner in int'l issues, fighting terrorism, says Kuwait's PM]]>
In statements broadcast by state news agency KUNA after his arrival in Munich, the Kuwaiti premier said his country's neutral political views under the leadership of Emir Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah have helped it become a key partner in resolving international issues and fighting terrorism.

He also spoke of Kuwait's prominent humanitarian efforts to ease the suffering of those in need around the world, which were recognized by the UN, granting the Kuwaiti emir the "Humanitarian Leader" title.

Kuwait exerted great efforts to resolve regional and international issues during its non-permanent membership at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) in 2018-2019, the Kuwaiti prime minister said.

The country also played a big role in international events, during its chairmanship of UNSC in February 2018 and June 2019, he added.

Meanwhile, Sheikh Sabah noted that the conference is a great opportunity for countries to share experience and views on tackling different challenges, especially in the Middle East region.

He said the conference is not only an event to discuss security issues, but also a platform to resolve regional conflicts and boost economic and commercial ties between participants.

The Munich Security Conference is slated for February 14-16. It would group 135 heads of State, governments, ministers of foreign and defense affairs in addition to prominent figures representing international and civil society organizations]]>
2/14/2020 2:38:10 PM
<![CDATA[Amr Diab to perform in Al Manara Hotel on Feb.28]]>
After long years of hiatus, Diab performed a concert on Feb. 13 in Kuwait International Exhibitions Center.

Diab’s concert in Kuwait was his first live performance after releasing his new album “Sahran”.

The super star’s last concert in Kuwait was held in 2015 during the “Hala February” Festival. The Egyptian star performed numerous mass-concerts in Kuwait throughout his career.

Amid a huge turnout from fans, Diab performed a huge concert in KSA on Feb. 8, presenting many of his most popular hits, in addition to songs from his newest album.

The mega star also recently performed a massive concert in Duba’s Media City, witnessing a huge turnout from fans.

He participated in MDL Beast Festival that kicked off on December 19-21 in Saudi Arabia.

Diab recently was featured by Spotify on a massive billboard in the heart of Times Square with the tagline “This is Amr Diab”.

In 2016, Diab became the first Egyptian and Arab artist to break a Guinness World Record for the number of World Music Awards he achieved.

It is worth mentioning that Diab performed live in Jeddah at King Abdullah Sports City on June 10 and performed a massive concert recently at Riyadh season.

Also, Diab, famed British singer James Arthur and famed Turkish record producer Mahmut Oran performed in the grand ceremony of the American University in Cairo's centennial anniversary.

Diab was the most listened to singer on Anghami in 2018; his album “Kol Hayati” (All My Life) was listened to a record number of times. Diab adopted a new marketing strategy to promote his albums where he releases a new song almost every week.


Diab collaborated with several poets, composers and distributers in his recent albums, including Tarek Madkour, Ayman Bahgat Amar, Nader Hamdy, Amr Mostafa and Ahmed el-Malky, Tamer Hussein among others.

He is a Guinness world record holder, best selling middle eastern artist, 7 times winner of world music awards, 5 platinum record awards and 6 African music awards.


Born in 1961 in Port Said, Diab has risen to fame over the past two decades in the Arab world and continues to break sale records, according to a BBC report and his official Facebook page.

His most famous album, “Nour el-Ain” (Our Eyes Beam), brought him international recognition and earned him the title of “The Father of Mediterranean Music” for his style of blending Egyptian and western rhythms.

The mega star, who founded the record company Mediterranean Music, had his songs translated into seven different languages.

Diab received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Big Apple Music Awards in 2009. At the 2014 World Music Awards, Diab was also awarded Best Egyptian Artist, Best Male Arab Artist and World Best Arab Male Artist Voted Online.

Diab’s first album, “Ya Tareeq” (The Path), was released in 1983. His album “Meaddy El-Nas” (Surpassing People) was released in July 2017, following a major viral promotion campaign across Cairo sponsored by Egypt Linx.

Diab has established himself as an acclaimed recording artist in most Mediterranean countries. According to a research by Michael Frishkopf, he has created his style termed as "Mediterranean Music", a blend of Western and Egyptian rhythms.



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2/14/2020 2:33:49 PM
<![CDATA[Cabinet: Navigation at Suez Canal not affected by coronavirus]]>
The cabinet media center said in a statement Friday that it has contacted the Suez Canal Authority, which dismissed these reports stressing that navigation movement at the Suez Canal is normal.

It added that the navigation of ships at the international waterway rose 8.5 percent during January 2020, recording 1,645 vessels passing in the two sides, compared to 1,516 ships during the same month a year earlier.]]>
2/14/2020 2:27:33 PM
<![CDATA[Ideas for Valentine's Day decorations]]>
Through some innovative and unconventional touches, various decorations can be designed to decorate the house on Valentine's Day at the lowest costs.

ET presents some ideas from the countryliving website:

Buy a small globe-shaped decorative piece, with some romantic phrases written on it, and the cost will be much lower if you already have this piece.

Transform any empty glass vase into distinctive romantic decorative piece by repainting it and writing some romantic phrases on it; you can also place some red or white flowers that add a feeling of joy and happiness.

Decorate the house with some colored balloons with romantic phrases written on them.

Candles are a very romantic form of decoration, so place scented candles inside an empty jar and paint hearts on the jar.

The first letter of the partners name can be designed from wood, with some flowers within it.
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2/14/2020 2:15:36 PM
<![CDATA[Lucky in Love: Inspirational Marriage Stories]]>
This month we share the experiences of three real-life couples who have found
love in unlikely places, who have enduring marriages and who have their own special
quotes to go along with their stories.

Yasmine & Mohamed

“I was 33 when I met him. Divorced, broken, with zero self-confidence after finally ending an abusive marriage, I was almost certain that all men are the same,” Yasmine El-Ghazaly begins.

She says she first met her husband Mohamed on a rock ‘n roll Facebook group; and it was only when she noticed a number of close common friends between them on the group that she plucked up the courage to reply to his Facebook message.

“I mean, who in their right mind can [imagine] meeting their life-partner online and on a rock ‘n roll group on Facebook? But I sure am glad I went ahead and replied to his message! I got the best husband I could have wished for in return,” Yasmine says.

After the Facebook chats came the long phone calls and finally they met in person. “Mohamed would call me up to suggest meeting over coffee or a movie and
I would reply, “Sure, but I am in Siwa hiking and riding bicycles” or, “That’s a great idea! Wait till I come back from St. Catherine because I’m over there running.”

“He was very amused at how different I was and he understood how these eccentric activities were a big part of my life,” Yasmine adds.

Mohamed is a women’s rights champion who works as a counsellor in the judiciary system in Egypt.

Yasmine admits he is a very unique male combination that she has never seen before.

“He defends women’s rights and knows a lot about this field in Egypt, even
more than me. We courted briefly then decided to try marriage again for the second time for both of us.

He too was divorced and never really thought of getting married again. We
were both afraid to fail again. We were both in our 30s, he has two kids with him fulltime and neither of us wanted to fail and get our hearts broken again, still, we decided to test our love for each other and try. So we got married,” Yasmine recalls.

Both Yasmine and Mohamed bore baggage from previous abusive hurtful relationships, so they were trying to avoid making the same mistakes and they were both
investing in this relationship. “On my side it was very challenging to be a fulltime stepmother without having children of my own and hence no experience with
kids, but thankfully, no experience was really needed, my heart spoke to his children’s hearts from the first moment we met. Motherhood comes in so many forms, not necessarily through blood ties, and I now consider them both no less or different than children of my own,” Yasmine recounts.

“Our married life is certainly unorthodox, but it works for us. I am very emotional, he is more rational. I love adrenaline rushes, he enjoys calm serene activities. I am athletic, he enjoys reading books. I spend my free time hiking, he goes to philosophical
debates. We are both metal-heads, although I am way more dedicated to going to metal and rock gigs and concerts than him. We are different, but at heart we do resemble each other,” Yasmine explains, elaborating that they are both unselfish, compassionate and giving.

“In the end, what makes the good days outnumber the bad days is how keen we are to make each other happy even if we do not do everything together,”
Yasmine explains.

According to her, it’s not about having a lot in common, as much as it is about trusting your partner and doing your best to make them smile, even if you are
not doing everything together.

“In our home I will go on hikes with my friends for two nights or more and my husband will take over my duties at home, with a smile while he misses me but understands that this is part of the personality he loves so much and it’s also his way of showing his
love to me. In reciprocation he may opt to travel alone with his friends or engage in any other career or leisure related activity that can consume his time with us as a couple, however I will gladly support him knowing that he is happy, even though I miss him. I
am the wife who runs marathons, rides bicycles, hikes mountains, lifts weights, hates the kitchen, hates shopping, wears mostly sports gear instead of fancy heels and he loves me the way I am,” Yasmine says.

Asked to describe her story in one quote, Yasmine says, “We take a step up and a step down at the same time, always.”

Radwa & Ezz

“I think destiny played an important role in our love story and marriage,” Radwa Abdelmoneim says, describing her relationship with her husband Ezzeldin Ibrahim. A silver aficionado, Radwa was visiting a silver store near her house five years before she met her future husband. “The owner was a lovely cheerful man in his 60s, and after I chose some pieces he said to me ‘you are so beautiful, have fine taste and I will pray to
God that my son will have a bride like you,” Radwa recalls.

A year after, the kind shop owner passed away and Radwa moved to a new house and didn’t visit his store again. Four years later she met Ezz at the gym of the Gezira Club and it was love at first sight. “I felt I had seen him before, not just his face but I felt I’d
known this soul before,” Radwa recalls.

Ezz was in the silver business but it never occurred to Radwa that there could be a relation between him and the late lovely shop owner, until he asked her to
accompany him to one of his stores, only to to find out it was the same store she visited five years ago. “I told Ezz about the lovely man I saw in this store, and I found out that it was his father! Our love was arranged by God, a result of his father’s prayers. Ezz has
the same kind soul as his father,” Radwa says, adding that her marriage was built on love, support and sharing from day one.

“Ezz discovered my artistic talents, encouraged me to start working with him in silver designs and I truly found myself in this,” Radwa says.

Today, Radwa and Ezz have been married for 13 years and have three kids; Ibrahim, Rukia and Omar. “Before I met Ezz I used to enjoy reading quotes about
love but I never thought that my all-time favorite (“The best thing to hold onto in life is each other”) would describe my own experience,” Radwa says.

Mohamed & Nabila

Mohamed and Nabila have been married for 40 years. “Our marriage was an arranged traditional one, without an amorous love story, but in the first year I discovered that I’d fallen in love with her,” Mohamed recounts. “Nabila made me know what love is, she is
my first and last love,” he says.

The businessman recounts that the best and the greatest love is born as result of hard work and dedication, and doesn’t usually happen at first sight. He describes how Nabila, who chose to be a homemaker, endured a lot of hard circumstances at the beginning
of their joint journey. “That’s why our marriage managed to survive for 40 years,” explains Mohamed.

“That first click can happen very easily, but the challenge is to continue and keep the love alive. Nabila and I simply did that,” Mohamed says.

“Nabila made me him realize the true meaning of Ghandi’s quote, ‘Where there is love there is life.’ For me where there is Nabila there is life.”
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2/14/2020 2:06:04 PM
<![CDATA[Mawadda: Marriages Made To Last ]]>
In an effort to address the spiralling divorce rates, the Ministry of Social Solidarity has launched the “Mawadda” Program, with the primary aim of keeping couples together.

“The idea of the Mawadda [which roughly translates to Cordiality] program
came up at the sixth Youth Forum that took place at Cairo University in July 2018, when President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi asked the Minster of Social Solidarity—at that time Dr. Ghada Wali—to study the reasons behind the high divorce rates in Egypt that had become a phenomenon,” says Dr. Ayman Abdel Aziz, the General Coordinator of the program.

“The minister went back to the statistics provided by the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics [CAPMAS] and found that in 2017, there were 198,000 divorce [cases in Egypt], marking about 542 per day,” says Abdel Aziz, who has a strong academic background in the area of family disputes, adding that the rate of divorces among the newly married couples who had been married for one to three years was the highest, constituting 38 percent of the total number of divorces that year.

Cairo, Alexandria and Port Said were the governorates with the highest percentages.
“The minister thought that since the highest divorce rates are among newly married couples, we have to raiseawareness in this demographic about the importance of
protecting their marriage bond and the negative consequences of divorce before they get married, to solve the divorce problem from its roots,” Abdel Aziz says.

The Mawadda program teaches youth the skills needed to protect their marriage before they commit to this union.

It teaches both young men and women how to deal with each other to be able have a successful and strong relationship, and teaches married couples how to be role models
for their kids, Abdel Aziz explains.

A protocol has been developed between the program and the Ministry of Higher Education, given that universities bring together the biggest numbers of Egyptian youth in one place.

“We’ve completed two rounds [of training] for university students; in each round we spoke with 20,000 youths,” Abdel Aziz recounts, explaining that the first round took
place in March and April 2019 and the second round was in November and December of the same year.

Mawadda also offered sessions to 12,000 young women and men who are performing their general service after university graduation, in addition to raising the awareness
of 30,000 young army conscripts, 2,500 police conscripts and 500 university students at summer camps.

Abdel Aziz explains that each training day includes three workshops: a religious, medical and social/psychological session, in addition to a psychodrama session presented by two of the participants who portray a married couple negatively interacting with each other, and two others (or the same) portraying a married couple showing positive interaction.

“We practically see the difference between the negative and positive interactions, and the participants themselves start to know what is right and what is wrong, so they start to say, ‘no the husbands shouldn’t have done that or the wives should have done this.’ Instead of just telling them this is right and this is wrong, we make them think and discover by themselves the right and wrong things, that way we push them to change themselves by themselves, not just by memorizing the scientific content now and forgetting it after a while,” Abdel Aziz explains.

Creating a comprehensive scientific guide covering all aspects of marriage, Mawadda’s content is offered directly to university, session and camp participants as well as indirectly to everyone through the program’s online platform and Facebook page, Abdel Aziz says.

The content is reviewed by Al-Azhar and the Supreme Council of Universities. Mawadda’s online platform was launched by President Sisi during the third edition of the World Youth Forum that took place in December 2019.

The platform offers advisory information for parents of sons or daughters who are about to wed, as well as guidance to young women and men before marriage.

Married couples can also find advice and access information, “because some married couples unfortunately lack a lot of information about the medical, psychological, social and sexual sides of the marriage relationship which contributes to the high divorce rates,” Abdel Aziz explains.

Through the platform, users can access to guidance lectures offered by 17 experts, including Sheikh Amr ElWardany who raises their religious awareness pertaining to
marriage relationships; Dr. Mohamed El-Mahdy who gives lectures about psychological awareness; veteran actress

Ragaa El-Gidawi; famed writer, scriptwriter, poet and producer Medhat El-Adl; and TV presenter Shafky El-Monayery. Through their lectures on the platform, the experts
offer their wide experience to users to help them understand the true meaning of marriage. Also, Dr. Mohamed el Mahdy delivers lectures on the platform to raise psychological awareness.

“The 17 Mawadda platform experts are respected public figures that youth consider as role models and look up to.We are keen that Mawadda platform experts have different backgrounds, covering all the aspects of the marriage relationship; whether medical, social, sexual, psychological, religious or human,” Abdel Aziz says, adding that anyone can register on Mawadda’s online platform for free, by providing their name, number, email, and creating their own personal account and then they can watch all videos.
“Between the videos, we ask users questions to know the extent to which they were paying attention and understood the information given to them by the experts. We
want to be sure that people truly benefit from Mawadda lectures, and not just watch the videos and gain nothing,” Abdel Aziz says.

In addition to the online platform, Mawadda’s official Facebook page is very active, as anyone can ask any question related to the medical, psychological, social and sexual sides of marriage. Users can also find a number of videos produced by the platform on YouTube.

Recently, the program produced a play that was staged on Sayed Darwish Theater, where entrance was free. It tackled how married couples’ problems have persisted
from the Pharaonic era till now, the nature of the problems between husbands and wives, and how they devel-oped over the ages. More free plays will be produced in the
upcoming period, tailor-made for couples who are about to get married and for married couples, to be able to recognize and overcome their problems, Abdel Aziz announces.

In the upcoming period, Mawada will cooperate with the Ministry of Justice through the family courts and dispute resolution office, to talk with the married couples who have disputes with each other to prevent their divorce.

‘’So Mawada is keen to preserve the marriage bond in all its stages before marriage and after marriage’’ Abdel Aziz said.

The program has a total of 240 trainers who “work in the three governorates with the highest divorce rates:

Cairo, Alexandria and Port Said, in the three universities in Cairo which are Ain Shams, Helwan and Cairo Universities, in addition to Alexandria University and Port Said
university,” Abdel Aziz explains, adding that Mawadda was keen on choosing younger trainers who share a common language with youth, so that they are able
to interact with and understand each other.

The trainers are of varied professional backgrounds. A number of governmental and nongovernmental organizations are partnering with Mawadda, such as the Ministries of Higher Education, Justice, Defense and Interior, Al-Azhar, the Coptic Orthodox Church, Dar El-Iftaa, the National Council for Women, the Information and Decision
Support Center (IDSC) and the United Nations Fund For Population Activities (UNFPA). In future, Mawadda is set to cooperate with the Ministry of Justice through the family
courts and dispute resolution office, to talk with married couples in an effort to prevent their divorce.

“Mawadda is keen on preserving the marriage bond in all its stages, before
marriage and after marriage,” Abdel Aziz says.]]>
2/14/2020 1:48:33 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian soprano Rita Ashkar to perform in Albert Herring opera]]>
CAIRO - 14 February 2019: Egyptian soprano Rita Ashkar will perform Albert Herring opera.


"And so it ends. It’s been a hell of a rollercoaster ride but it was definitely worth all the hard work. These past few months I was challenged like never before. This role has taught me a lot and helped me develop in every possible way. I’m so thankful I got the chance to be part of such an amazing production and to have had the chance to share the stage with very talented people from whom I’ve learnt quite a lot" the young Egyptian soprano stated on her official Facebook page.

Askar will perform the role of Miss Wordsworth in the German opera composed by Benjamin Britten.

Albert Herring opera which consists of three acts is produced by Germany's University of Music Detmold (Hochschule für Musik Detmold), which Ashkar joined since 2018.

Askar was a member of the musical theatre company ''Fabrica'', headed by the veteran Egyptian soprano Neveen Allouba.

She has performed opera, jazz and pop on many events at numerous Egyptian venues including the Cairo Opera House.


Askar is graduated from the American University in Cairo's economics department.

The talented young Egyptian soprano which is currently based in Germany started singing at the age of 12.

She took part in a number of singing competition in Germany, Italy and Turkey.



She was then accepted at the University of Music Detmold, one of the most prestigious music schools in Germany, where she pursues her singing education.]]>
2/14/2020 1:26:40 PM
<![CDATA[Billie Eilish releases theme to forthcoming James Bond film 'No Time to Die']]>
The four-minute ballad, a haunting song of betrayal and despair co-written by Eilish and her older brother, Finneas, and performed to an orchestral arrangement, was posted on Thursday to YouTube and various music streaming sites.

The recording, itself titled “No Time to Die,” was produced by Finneas with a musical arrangement by Hans Zimmer and Matt Dunkley. The track, released by Eilish’s Interscope Records/Darkroom label, includes veteran British session musician Johnny Marr on guitar.

Eilish, 18, becomes the youngest artist ever to write and record a James Bond theme song, following in the footsteps of such stars as Adele, Madonna and Paul McCartney.

The song’s foreboding lyrics more than suggest a romance that meets with a decidedly unhappy ending, as Eilish sings in a chorus:

“Fool me once, fool me twice/Are you death or paradise?

“Now you’ll never see me cry/There’s just no time to die.”

The movie “No Time to Die,” the 25th title in the James Bond motion picture franchise, is due to arrive in theaters in April, with Daniel Craig resuming his title role as the British secret agent for a fifth and final time.

Eilish is slated to perform the theme song live for the first time at the Brit Awards in London Feb. 18, ahead of the March 9 launch of her North American arena tour, Interscope said in a statement.

She had widely been expected to debut the Bond single at the Academy Awards show on Sunday, but she sang the Beatles’ “Yesterday” during the telecast’s in memoriam segment instead.

Two weeks earlier Eilish swept the Grammys by taking the four top prizes - best album, best record, song of the year and best new artist - becoming only the second musician to win all four categories on the same night.

Eilish wrote and recorded most of her debut studio album - “When We Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” - with her brother, Finneas, 22, in the small bedroom of their Los Angeles-area home.

The album, including such hits as “When the Party’s Over,” “Everything I Wanted” and “Bad Guy,” ranked as the No. 1 album of 2019.

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2/14/2020 1:13:17 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt, Netherlands discuss ways to boost bilateral ties, investment]]>
The consultations were chaired by Ambassador Badr Abdel-Aty, Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs for European Affairs, and the Secretary General of the Dutch Foreign Ministry, Jock Brandt. Also Laurens Westhoff, the ambassador of the Netherlands in Cairo; deputy assistant foreign minister for Western Europe affairs; deputy assistant foreign minister for Western and Central Asian affairs; as well as Nile Water and terrorism officials attended the meeting.

The two sides during the meeting have discussed cooperation in trade, investment, agriculture, maritime transport, food processing, water management, and vocational education.

They reviewed the positive indicators of the Egyptian economy recently, as well as promising opportunities for investment in the North African country, especially in the Suez Canal economic zone and the major projects implemented by the Egyptian state.

In this regard, the two sides agreed to continue to work to enhance the volume of trade and investments, as the trade exchange between them has amounted to 1.7 billion euros in 2018. Dutch investments in Egypt amounted to 3.2 billion euros by the end of 2018, the statement added.

For its part, the Dutch side affirmed keenness to develop and deepen bilateral cooperation with Egypt at all political, commercial, investment and cultural levels, expressing appreciation for the Egyptian efforts in curbing illegal immigration, especially since Egypt has succeeded in preventing the infiltration of any illegal immigration boats across its coasts since September 2016.

The Dutch side was keen to get acquainted with the Egyptian vision of the overall situation in the Middle East, including developments in Libya and Syria, the ministry said, adding that the Dutch side expressed its support for Egypt's efforts to work to achieve stability in the area.

The two sides stressed the importance of continuing to develop relations between Egypt and the Netherlands to serve the interests of both countries.

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2/14/2020 1:11:04 PM
<![CDATA[Salah wins Liverpool Player of the Month award for January]]>
Salah scored three goals and provided three assists to his teammates to help Liverpool get 15 points out of the team’s five games during the month.

“Thank you. I am happy to win this award and as I’ve said before many times, the important thing is to win the games and I think we did well that month, so hopefully we’ll keep [going] like that.” Salah told Liverpool official website after receiving the award.

Salah won the Player of the Month award for the second time this season after he received the award in August.

Salah and his teammates eye keeping their Premier League’s winning streak alive when they face Norwich City at Carrow Road.

Salah added “I think we had a good break and everyone is fresh and everyone is excited to go again, so hopefully we will be ready for the game.” ]]>
2/14/2020 12:23:55 PM
<![CDATA[Zamalek eye fourth CAF Super Cup title ]]>
Three-time Super Cup winners, Zamalek, aim to achieve their fourth title in the competition’s history and their first title since 2003 when they defeated Wydad Casablanca 3-1 to clinch the title at home.

Upon arriving, Zamalek players were well-received by their passionate fans who are expected to pack the stadium to cheer for the White Knights.

“'Big teams who look for titles don't fear anyone. Esperance is a great team, and they are African champions in the last two years, but Zamalek also is a great club and we fear no one.” Zamalek manager, Patrice Carteron, said.

The Tunisian giants have played four CAF Super Cup finals but they only won the title once in 1995 while they lost the title on three occasions, including last year’s edition to Raja Casablanca.

“We know this Cup has been absent from our grasp for a long time. The Tunisian fans always support us in every game even when are playing outside our country. We love our fans supporting us in large numbers, this is a great honor for us.” Esperance assistant coach Mejdi Traoui said during the pre-final press conference.

The game starts on 18:00 (C.L.T). ]]>
2/14/2020 12:02:54 PM
<![CDATA[‘To all the boys’ p 1: A romantic tale of the first of everything]]>

CAIRO – 14 February 2020: ‘’TO ALL THE BOYS: P.S. I STILL LOVE YOU’’ movie was released globally on Netflix on February 12, 2020, on the occasion of the Valentine’s Day .

The soft romantic movie is directed by Michael Fimognari and stars Lana Condor, Noah Centineo, Jordan Fisher, Anna Cathcart, Janel Parrish, John Corbett, Sarayu Blue, Ross Butler, Madeleine Arthur, Emilija Baranc, Trezzo Mahoro and Holland Taylor.

TO ALL THE BOYS: P.S. I STILL LOVE YOU is based on the New York Times best-selling YA romance novel, P.S. I STILL LOVE YOU by Jenny Han.


It’s a new year and Lara Jean (Lana Condor) and Peter (Noah Centineo) are no longer pretending to be a couple as they were in part one they are a couple. And, as Lara Jean navigates a trove of official first love with Peter she finds herself leaning more on Kitty and Margot (Anna Cathcart and Janel Parrish), Chris (Madeleine Arthur), and an unexpected new confidant, Stormy (Holland Taylor), to help her manage the complex emotions that come with this new chapter of balancing a relationship and figuring out her authentic self.

‘’TO ALL THE BOYS: P.S. I STILL LOVE YOU’’ managed to make that difficult equation, having an emotional romantic movie that is very close to a fairy tale one in most of its scenes while preserving the realistic line through conveying honestly the sentiments and disputes that occur in teens love or in other words the first love.

The movie takes us as mature people into the world of these teens and for under 20 audience they will definitely find themselves in Lara Jean love story.

‘’TO ALL THE BOYS: P.S. I STILL LOVE YOU’’ is a very simple and soft romantic movie, the geniality of the film lies in its simplicity.

The movie smoothly navigates the trove of official firsts, first real kiss, first real date, first Valentine’s Day, first eyes shine, first love anxiety and even the first tears of the first break up.

‘’TO ALL THE BOYS: P.S. I STILL LOVE YOU’’ reflects the meaning and the dilemmas of the first teens love.

Lara Jean was learning the meaning of love step by step through her relationship with peter and at the same time was teaching us as audience facts about love in a very easy and simple way.

Her conversations with herself were full of clear an important love quotes and messages that were directly dedicated to her but indirectly sent to us as audience, revealing to us many things about first love and even reminding us of what we know about love in case we forgot it.

‘’ People say fairy tales are real but sometimes happily ever after is very real’’ Lara Jean said that to herself directly before she went on her first date with Peter. The shine in her eyes along with the expressive sound track established in our hearts these dazzling newly born love feelings mixed with the excitement and enthusiasm that usually comes out with the first date.

These energetic romantic feelings were transferred to the audience, especially the teens who if they are in love will find themselves in many of Lara Jean and peter scenes, they will feel that this couple speaks on their behalf and if not they will be eager to fall in love to live the glamourous moments Lara Jean and peter are living.

‘’This is my first date, I have never been a girlfriend before,I hope I am good at that’’ Lara Jean said to Peter who just gave her contentment look and kissed her hand. He just understood her anxiety without uttering a word.

‘’TO ALL THE BOYS: P.S. I STILL LOVE YOU’’ is full of romantic and pure love scenes that reflect the innocence that is the main characteristic of first love.

The soundtrack of the movie played an important role in making us live the romantic mood and feel as if we are living with them their story or imagine ourselves with the ones we love.

Lara Jean: ‘’ I just don’t want us to break each other hearts.’’
Peter: ‘’ I promise, I am not going to break your heart.’’
Lara Jean: ‘’ I promise not to break your heart’’

In romantic movies what is more important than the words is the eye contact and looks, in this scene the dialogue was so simple but what made it emotional and touchy their looks and the shine in their eyes.

The movie contains another minor love line which is Lara Jean’s father love story with their neighbour which wasn’t so much highlighted but added a minor touch of romance. It made us feel that love was in the air until Lara Jean life was turned upside down when John Ambrose (Jordan Fisher), another recipient of one of Lara Jean’s old love letters, enters her life again and sent her a reply letter.

At that moment she discovered that she must rely on herself more than ever as she’s confronted with her first real dilemma: Can a girl be in love with two boys at once?
Lana Condor brilliantly reflects the confusion of the girl with no experience in love when she finds herself confused and can’t translate her feelings well.

To add more complications to their love, Lara Jean found that she can’t over Peter’s previous love relationship with his ex, Jane.
Lana Condor transferred to us the feeling of unsecured she had about Peter’s past relationship with Jane, because for every first she was having with him he already had his with her.
So when her friend told her that Peter met his ex, she got jealous and decided to break up.
All this mess was meant to be introduced to remind us and teach Lara Jean and all those who are in love for the first time that love doesn’t contain solely glamorous and dazzling moments, it has its hardships, tears and break ups as well.

But this crazy thing about love is that once everything is a mess and turned upside down, all of a sudden like magic, everything become great again and glitters spread everywhere.
With the first kiss with John Ambrose after the breakup she discovered that her true love was Peter and they became with each other again, and as her new confidant, Stormy said ‘’ You have to kiss the wrong person to know the right.’’

The director did a great job casting the actors especially the three main : Lana Condor, Noah Centineo and Jordan Fisher. Three of them performed naturally without any kind of exaggeration or sophistication. They made us believe that they are teens under 20, despite they are in their 20s.

The script was simple, to the point and nothing new or innovative in it, but what made it amusing was the actors performance and the good and clear picture produced by the director of photography.

If you want to watch a simple, romantic and soft movie that teach you a lot of facts about first love, then ‘’TO ALL THE BOYS: P.S. I STILL LOVE YOU’’ is your perfect choice.
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2/14/2020 11:00:00 AM
<![CDATA['Comprehensive agreement' on Ethiopia's controversial dam to be signed late February]]>
Following the final round of the meetings between the countries and the US and the WB representatives in Washington D.C.on February 12-13, 2020, the participants issued a communique saying that the negotiations achieved a concrete development.

"The Ministers reviewed the progress achieved by their technical and legal teams and continued their discussions on the remaining issues necessary for a final agreement. The Ministers reaffirmed the importance of trans-boundary cooperation in the development of the Blue Nile to improve the lives of the people of Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan, and their shared commitment to concluding an agreement," the statement by the U.S. Department of Treasury said.

Egypt expressed its deep appreciation to the US Treasury's role and US President Donald Trump's efforts and the WB role in reaching this "comprehensive agreement that realizes the interests of the three countries and lays the foundations for cooperation and integration between them, thus benefiting the entire region," said Egyptian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Ahmed Hafez in a statement on Friday morning.

The agreement "includes the dam’s stage-based filling plan, and specific procedures to deal with droughts, prolonged droughts, and dry years that may coincide with the filling process, in addition to the long-term operationalization rules, including the GERD operationalization under normal hydrological conditions, as well as procedures for dealing with droughts, prolonged droughts, and dry years," Hafez said.

"Negotiations also tackled the coordination mechanism between the three countries, which will undertake the follow-up to the implementation of the agreement on the GERD filling and operationalization, and clauses determining the technical data and information to be circulated in order to verify the implementation of the agreement, as well as provisions related to the dam’s safety and dealing with emergency situations, as well as a binding mechanism to resolve any disputes that may arise regarding the interpretation or implementation of this agreement," he added.

Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry traveled to the U.S. on Monday to participate in talks with the foreign and irrigation ministers of Ethiopia and Sudan over GERD in a final bid to resolve months of stalemates between Cairo and Addis Ababa over the operation of the mega-dam.

The meetings came under an agreement by the parties to reconvene in Washington this month.

The spokesperson for Egypt’s Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation Mohamed al-Sebaie has said this round firmly focused on reaching solutions that satisfy the three parties, indicating that it was agreed to set a timetable for filling the dam, especially the procedures followed in the drought years.

The spokesman added that the final agreement included rules on filling the dam as well as dealing with droughts, the main part that secures Egypt and a safe operating of the dam to preserve the rights of the downstream countries.

He affirmed that the agreement also included other elements, such as conflict resolution, through the presence of a mechanism to deal firmly with issues binding all parties, and also by setting up a mitigation mechanism for the annual and long-term operation of the dam during droughts.

He finally pointed out that Egypt depends on around 98 percent of the Nile's water, and any slight defect will negatively affect the country, stressing that the dam should be managed jointly so that Egypt can guarantee its share of the water.

On Friday, during the 36th session of the Executive Council of the African Union in Addis Ababa, Shoukry discussed with his South African counterpart Naledi Pandor the latest development of tripartite consultation on the GERD.

The Egyptian Foreign Minister reviewed the current situation and Egypt’s positive engagement and its good faith in the negotiation to reach a fair agreement on filling and operating the dam, so that it would achieve Ethiopia's development goals without causing harm to Egypt's water interests, said Egyptian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Ahemd Hafez in a statement last week.

The difference between the three Nile basin countries dates back to May 2011 when Ethiopia started building the dam; Egypt voiced concern over its water share [55.5 billion cubic meters]. Three years later, a series of tripartite talks between the two countries along with Sudan began to reach an agreement while Ethiopia continued the dam construction.

In 2015, 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. Since then, the talks have been resumed, but In October 2019 blamed Addis Ababa for hindering a final agreement concerning a technical problem, calling for activating the Article No. 10 of the Declaration of Principles, which stipulates that if the three countries could not find a solution to these differences, they have to ask for mediation.

Additional reporting by

Samar Samir


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2/14/2020 9:26:36 AM
<![CDATA[Sweden halved road deaths by ‘Vision Zero,’ ready to cooperate with Egypt: Amb.]]>
Egypt embarked on an extensive local program that included: toughening punishment on traffic violators, building new road networks, renovating bridges and launching drug-driving tests.

Seeking experience and knowledge exchanging with other countries, especially those have successful models to follow, has been a key factor in the Egypt’s development process. Speaking about road safety, Sweden developed an ambitious initiative in 1995, with the aim to eliminate accidents on Swedish roads, called “Vision Zero.”

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Swedish Ambassador in Cairo Jan Thesleff - Samy Wahib/ Egypt Today


Egypt Today discussed the Swedish Ambassador in Cairo Jan Thesleff “Vision Zero,” the the possibility of adopting a similar approach to Egypt’s road safety plan and the global conference on road safety set to take place Feb. 19-20 in Stockholm.


Below is the interview:


ET: Would you tell us about Vision Zero that influenced many countries, and what achievements Sweden made under its umbrella?

Thesleff: Vision Zero is an initiative that the Swedish government launched in 1995, where all stakeholders are brought together with the joint vision that no individual should die or be seriously injured on Swedish roads.

And like all good ideas this one travelled fast. Just three years later the Parliament passed a Road Traffic Safety Bill in 1997 that put the Vision Zero into the Swedish law. The bill sets an ultimate target of no deaths or serious injuries on Sweden’s roads, and it is not satisfied with merely reducing accidents to an economically manageable level. Sweden has since modelled its road safety reform strategy on the Vision Zero approach.

This initiative has been highly successful in generating ambitious innovation and effort from both the public sector and the business community, grounded in the underlying simple fact that we are human and make mistakes. Sweden's Vision Zero has inspired road safety interventions in several other countries, sometimes also called sustainable safety (NL) or Safe System Approach (OECD). The first off, the mark were our Nordic neighbors. In 2014, New York adopted its own Vision Zero which has led to good results. Since then, another twenty cities in the USA have followed suit.

A formalized vision zero initiative in the middle east is being organized by business Sweden focusing on Oman, Kuwait and Qatar during Q4 20.


ET: What is a remarkable step that is taken by Sweden with regard to road safety and vehicles, or experience that Sweden would share with Egypt to cooperate in improving the status of roads in the country?

Thesleff: Sweden has been successful in moving from vision to action. Sweden world- leading when it comes to minimizing serious traffic accidents. For just over two decades different stakeholders in Sweden have been proactively working towards the goal of zero fatalities and serious injuries on the roads.

Vision Zero has had a huge impact on the work to improve road safety. Both the working methods used, and the choice of interventions have been improved. Collaboration in networks, governance by objectives and user governance have made things happen.

And now we can say that the work has yielded results. When Vision Zero was adopted by the Swedish Parliament, the number of fatalities caused by road accidents was 7 per 100,000 inhabitants. At that time, this was a low figure in a global perspective, and many people were skeptical about it being possible to reduce the figure even further. Since then, the number of traffic fatalities in Sweden has been more than halved, at the same time as the volume of traffic has increased dramatically.

Historically, traffic safety work has been focused on management by rules. In the work on realizing Vision Zero, management by rules still exists, but occupies less space than in the past. New measures and new approaches have been introduced, in which networking with all related entities and management by objectives are fundamental approaches.

For example, many roads have been equipped with a central barrier to prevent head-on accidents; the police can control the speed of cars with cameras; many four-road junctions have been replaced with roundabouts; the automotive industry is investing in safer cars, buses and safety enhancing equipment (e.g. traffic cameras and traffic monitoring systems); and when the traffic environment in urban areas is designed, the focus is on vulnerable road-users.

In order to spread information and experience on the approach, vision zero academy have initiated a week-long international course. It is held in Sweden every September. The course is targeted for a broad audience, as everyone who works in practice with traffic safety issues in various agencies such as government authorities, industry, municipalities, NGOs and academia. It is also highly relevant for experts within UN authorities, development banks, and other international organizations.

The course lecturers are Swedish Transport Administration experts in their respective fields, as well as guest lecturers from other authorities, municipalities, academies and industry.

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Swedish roads - CC via Flickr


ET- In November, you held a meeting with the Egyptian Transport Minister, where you discussed ways of cooperation in road safety. What did you agree upon during the workshop?

Thesleff: When it comes to public transportation, we know that many countries are suffering from overcrowded roads, and also to foster safe environment for people, and we believe that there is a lot that we can learn from you, and you learn from us.

During the meeting, we talked about finding smooth transport solutions, and you are building a very impressive metro system in Cairo, and there are other ways to ease traffic problems like the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) systems for buses, and measures to reduce speed. I was happy to discuss with our Egyptian partners ways of educating people and children about traffic risks.

Road safety is a sign for caring about people. All of us depend on transportation, and it is not something that will go away. I feel a very strong engagement from our Egyptian partners and people here are very responsive for this, and I believe Egypt and Sweden would make important partners in this regard.

Both Sweden and Egypt, share a common agenda when it comes to making transport systems more effective and safer. Sweden has a long experience of public transportation and road safety and we have learned that impactful change only can be achieved through a systemic approach including many different components and dimensions. Successful change doesn’t happen overnight nor via single measure implemented in isolation and with that said we are confident that we will have many exciting joint initiatives together.


ET: Egypt is aiming to enhance its post-crash emergency care, especially on highways, does Sweden has a vision regarding this matter, and how can it help Egypt in this regard?

Thesleff: Since 2016, an agreement has been reached between the Swedish Transport Administration and the Police on cooperation in the field of road safety.

The Swedish Transport Administration and the Police are equal partners in this cooperation and must consider each other's assignments and priorities as the respective authorities do. The purpose of the agreement is to work together to achieve increased road safety and thereby contribute to a reduced number of dead and seriously injured as well as increased safety in the road traffic environment.

Examples of areas of this cooperation includes, speed compliance, joint information efforts, sober traffic, in-depth studies of fatal traffic accident and Occupational traffic; this agreement was signed by the Chief of Police and the Directorate-General of the Swedish Transport Administration and is followed up at annual meetings between them.


ET: According to WHO reports, the goal set to reduce road accidents worldwide by 50% until 2020 was not achieved. In your opinion, are we going to see a new decade of action set during this year's conference?

Thesleff: I think this year we would acknowledge the lessons learnt from the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020 such as the need to promote an integrated approach to road safety including safe system approach and Vision Zero, pursue long-term and sustainable safety solutions, strengthen national inter-sectoral collaboration including engagement with NGOs and civil society as well as businesses and industry which contribute to and influence the social and economic development of countries.

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2/14/2020 3:54:39 AM
<![CDATA[FDCD calls on investigating force displacement in conflict countries ]]>
In their Fifth, report on human rights violations in conflict countries FDCD focused on the political conditions in Palestine, Syria, Libya, Iraq and Yemen.

The report highlighted the forced displacement violations against civilians committed by ISIS in Iraq, Houthi militia in Yemen, Armed militia in Libya, The influence of Turkish influence in certain places of Aleppo’s countryside and Israel’s violations against Palestinians.

Nearly 5.3 million refugees out of 11.6 million are distributed between Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, the West Bank, Gaza Strip and the rest of the world, according to FDCD report. It was added that the number of forcibly displaced people by Houthi militia-controlled areas raised to 350,000 in 2019, as Houthis consider Yemenis in areas under their control as “hostages”.

The report also noted that Armed Militia in Libya are forcibly displacing their opponents of civilians for the purpose of revenge.

Based in Beirut, Lebanon, FDCD was founded in 2004, with the aim of reaching an enlightened Arab world, where political views, ethnicities and religions are incorporated into a richly diverse culture of peace and dialogue, respecting and promoting the human rights of all citizens.

According to their website, FDCD targets promoting peace building, equal citizenship, and human rights in the Arab World by creating common spaces for dialogue and building the capacity of community and civil society groups to be catalysts for peace.

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2/13/2020 9:29:48 PM
<![CDATA[Marseilia’s Success Story]]>Sherif Heliw, Chairman of Marseilia Group, looks ahead to a year of stability and growth in the real estate market thanks to customized financing initiatives for young homebuyers.

CAIRO - 13 February 2020: As foreseen by the end of 2019, 2020 kicked off to relative stability in the real estate market, leaning toward an expected boom during the first quarter of the year. This has been due to the great demand on the current projects being delivered across Egypt and the projects expected to be delivered during the remaining quarters of 2020 East and West of Cairo, in the North Coast (New Alamein and Ras El Hekkma) and the New Administrative Capital (NAC).

Real estate developments have taken a new turn to welcome a new era as we focus on real estate products and how we introduce them. At Marseilia, our expertise of more than 20 years in the real estate market has enabled us to dedicate more efforts to the geographical spread of our growing urban footprint in untapped areas. We have been able to introduce the concept of the compound in Alexandria that only contained lifeless residential buildings that lack services, security, privacy and an identity since 2011. We have also spread west to Matrouh, where we have established our remarkable Alam El Roum Project, the first integrated resort with independent services, which is set to turn Marsa Matrouh into an integrated community.

Also, we were the first real estate developer that contributed to change the North Coast and placing it on the global tourism map; we were the first to develop a project on the tribal side of the North Coast that extends along 280 kilometers without any tourism investments, rolling out our Marseilia Resort 1 which was followed by several others.

And with a keen vision for more than 10 years, we have taken the initiative to expand in the heart of the new city of El Alamein and in the middle of the largest touristic movement in the North Coast: Marseilia Land El Alamein at 107 km, Alexandria Matrouh Road.

Development over the past years has been mainly focused on the high-end luxury market leaving a huge opportunity to service the middle-income market. Marseilia’s focus is on the middle-income housing segment, which is a promising market with a gap in affordable housing estimated at 2.5 million housing units.

There are many projects now being offered to clients with different plans and services tailored to suit each and every need and preference. This can be for the benefit of the client, but still it leaves many confused about their perfect fit. At Marseilia, we have managed to study the market first, and get insightful idea about the market’s needs as well as the clients’, enabling us to offer the right products at the right payment plans.


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Sherif Heliw, Chairman of Marseilia Group

However, the real estate market still has unexperienced real estate companies that continue to provide payment facilities and unsolicited sales offers, especially as marketing offers become more attractive to customers at a faster pace, which creates deferred revenues that might inevitably lead to a crisis in the real estate market by the end of 2020. Such payment plans are due to the lack of support and real estate financing for units under construction. This has led the developers to go the extra mile to support the state’s role in real estate financing, by offering long payment periods and discounts for clients seeking shorter payment plans. Therefore, we call for more initiatives that enable more mechanisms for the application of real estate finance and finance leasing. While real estate financing is dedicated for the residential sector, the financial leasing has doubled to LE 40 billion, with 70 percent of real estate financing channeled to administrative and commercial use units and projects, hence they are of great support for the real estate market.

Real estate finance draws its importance from the fact that it benefits both buyers and developers. Speaking to the media in December, Suzan Hamdy, Head of Financial Markets and Investment in Misr Bank, announced that almost 37 percent of the Egyptian population are young people of marriage age, which requires establishing more residential projects and hence real estate finance stands out as a powerful tool to support the market. Furthermore, it is beneficial for the developers themselves, as it provides them with the liquidity necessary for their projects’ development and completion.

The Central Bank’s initiative aims to provide total financing of up to LE 50 billion over 20 years for housing units that do not exceed an area of 150 square meters. Each unit price ceiling is LE 2.25 million, with a 10 percent decreasing interest rate. The real estate financing initiative is commendable, but to achieve more benefits, it must be more flexible to serve a broader customer segment by finding a mechanism to also include projects that are still in progress.

According to the current expansions of Marseilia Group, we’re developing projects spread all over Egypt and specifically in Alexandria (Hayat Marseilia), El-Ain El-Sokhna (Marseilia Bluebay Asia), the North Coast (Marseilia Beach 4 and Cascadia) and the New Administrative capital (Golden Yard). It is worth noting that Marseilia Group is always striving for development that is in line with the government’s strategy and vision for expansion and urban development to develop and strengthen the community with integrated real estate projects for a more comfortable and luxurious life. The group is in the process of building a land portfolio of about 2,500,000 square meters with many expansion projects and strategic partnerships such as the Nasr City and Miami Alexandria Beach Projects.



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2/13/2020 6:55:04 PM
<![CDATA[EGX cancels minimum quantities of ETF Market Makers ]]>
The amendment on article 3 of EGX’s chairman decision No. 133 for 2014 comes to delete a phrase in section 5 that stipulates that the amount of trading shall not be less than 1,000 share per order, according to EGX's statement.

This proposal was adopted by the Egyptian Financial Regulatory Authority (FRA).

“This decision comes as one of EGX’s efforts to provide diversified investment products that meet the needs of all investors, especially small investors, through long-term investments in EGX,” it added.

According to Investopedia, a market maker is an individual market participant or member firm of an exchange that also buys and sells securities for its own account, and at prices it displays in its exchange's trading system, with the primary goal of profiting on the bid-ask spread, which is the amount by which the ask price exceeds the bid price of a market asset.

On another note, EGX ended Thursday’s session in green, adding around LE 474.51 million to market capitalization, amid foreign purchases.
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2/13/2020 5:05:58 PM
<![CDATA[Shuaa Securities expects unchanged rates during February]]>
However, the report expected a 200-basis point cut before the end of 2020.

The report clarified that the current underlying monthly price acceleration will be on the CBE’s radar screen when deciding on interest rates on February 20, noting that the Central Bank of Egypt’s (CBE) easing resumption may take other forms.

“We think easing could show up in other forms, similar to the CBE’s decision to raise the installment-to- income ceiling for consumer loans. We think the CBE has other ammunition, one of which is a possible cut in the required reserve ratio (RRR),” it noted.

As per the inflation rates, Shuaa reiterated its view that annual inflation readings in Egypt will range between 6-8 percent at normal times, expecting that pattern to prevail in most of the readings of the current fiscal year (FY2019/20).

“This is assuming no major surprises in terms of supply shocks for fruits and vegetables in particular.”

Egypt's statistics body announced earlier that the annual consumer price inflation recorded 6.8 percent in January 2020, compared to 12.2 percent in January 2019. On a monthly basis, inflation increased 0.8 percent in January, recording 105.2 points.

The report noted that January’s monthly inflation is the first positive monthly inflation reading since October 2019 and the second in five months, saying that causes are clearly visible in light of the upping witnessed in the food and non- alcoholic beverages group.

The Monetary Policy Committee of the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) kept the overnight deposit rate, the overnight lending rate, and the rate of the main operation unchanged during January's meeting.

The overnight deposit rate, the overnight lending rate, and the rate of the main operation were kept at 12.25 percent, 13.25 percent, and 12.75 percent, respectively. Moreover, credit and discount rates downed to 12.75 percent.
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2/13/2020 5:04:00 PM
<![CDATA[Ramadan denies allegations of suspended pilot]]>

Mohamed Ramadan on Twitter

انا مكدبتش لما قولت ان الكابتن عارف ان في فيديو بيتصور .. وانا معرفش قوانين الطيران المدني ولو حضرته قالي ممنوع الدخول مكنتش هزعل ..



Ramadan posted a new video through his Twitter account, commenting: “I did not lie when I said the captain was aware of filming the video in the cockpit. I am not familiar with the regulations of the civil aviation authority. If the captain informed me that it was forbidden for me to enter the cockpit I would have understood that and I would not be upset. Despite all the aforementioned, I swear to God that I will not leave the captain in despair and I have strong faith in God that his suspension will be revoked.”

It is worth noting that Ramadan appeared in a video, detailing what happened between him and the pilot Ashraf Abul Yusr, who was suspended from work permanently and prevented from flying, confirming that he succeeded in providing him with a job offer, and confirmed that Abul Yusr asked him for monetarily compensation totaling up to L.E 9.5 M, which equals his salary in 3 years, his pension and the end of service gratuity.

However, Abul Yusr denied these allegations, confirming that he did not ask Ramadan for any monetary compensation. The pilot affirmed that he will resort to the judiciary system and requested those concerned in the Civil Aviation Authority to review the punishment.

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2/13/2020 4:59:16 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s NGO calls on UN to designate MB as terrorist group]]>
The forum strongly condemned the attempted terror attack on a military concentration in North Sinai, in which Brigadier Mostafa Abido was killed.

Military spokesperson Tamer al-Refaei announced on Sunday that the Egyptian Armed Forces foiled the terror attack, killing 10 terrorists and destroying a four-wheel drive vehicle. However, the fire exchange resulted in seven casualties, two officers and five soldiers.

The Egyptian forum called upon the United Nations to announce the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist group as it is responsible for all the terrorist attacks that have been taking place in Sinai since June 30, 2013 Revolution.

The forum said that the MB has several terror organizations that carry out terrorist attacks under different names, affirming that some of the MB fugitive members are the masterminds behind such attacks.

The MB violates the international legitimate human rights and as a result it should be designated as a “terrorist group” globally.

The outlawed Muslim Brotherhood is the reference for all terrorist groups around the globe as it incites violence and religious discrimination, the forum said, continuing that despite its terrorist acts, some countries, like Qatar and Turkey, support its members.

One of the terrorist groups, affiliated to the outlawed Muslim brotherhood, is Ajnad Misr, which had caused many human and material losses in the years 2013 and 2014 in Greater Cairo.

The Muslim Brotherhood youth constitute the main part of it. Those youths used to lead the brotherhood battles with the police in the streets of Al Haram, Ein Shams, and Al-Alf Maskan neighborhoods.

Since the ousting of late President Mohamed Morsi, who was also a leader at the Muslim Brotherhood "terrorist" group, the Egyptian judiciary has placed hundreds of Egyptian citizens and entities on the terror list.

According to the act on the regulation of the lists of terrorist entities and persons issued in 2015, the inclusion of any group or person on these lists is automatically followed by the seizure of their funds and the issuance of travel bans. In case those designated as terrorists are abroad, they are placed on the country's watch list.


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2/13/2020 4:51:30 PM
<![CDATA[Cairo follows up conditions of Egyptian prisoners in Saudi Arabia]]>
In January 2020, consulate officials and representatives visited Dhahban Central Prison, where they interviewed ten Egyptian prisoners. They also met with 39 other Egyptian inmates at Abha Prison, and 42 others in Khamis Mushayt Prison, Hafez added.

Hafez affirmed that the Egyptian diplomats worldwide organize regular visits to Egyptians who serve time in other countries to follow up their conditions and meet their needs.

In February 2019, Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud issued a royal decree to release a number of the Egyptians imprisoned in Saudi Arabia in different cases, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

The official number of Egyptian prisoners in Saudi Arabia has not been announced by Saudi Arabia or Egypt. However, it was reported in 2013 that Egypt announced that the number was about 1,000 inmates.

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2/13/2020 4:43:56 PM
<![CDATA[4th El Gouna Film Festival kicks off on Sept. 26]]>
The festival set the date for receiving requests for films - of all types, long and short - from March 1 to July 15, 2020.

The festival's third edition attracted 740 cinematic individuals, among filmmakers, distributors and sales agents, in addition to 750 accredited participants from the global, regional and local press. The festival’s third edition recorded the sales of 33,000 tickets.

Eighty three films from 44 countries participated in the festival’s third edition. The prize money for the winning films totaled up to $ 220,000 in all the competitions.

Because of the extraordinary success of its previous editions, the festival has become a trusted platform for filmmakers. The festival presented and highlighted numerous successful films in 2019, including the winning film of the Golden Star El Gouna Award for the Feature Films category “Satamot fel 20” (You Will Die At Twenty) for Amgad Abu el-Alaa and "Corpus Christi" for director Jan Komasa, winner of the Silver Star El Gouna Award.

The festival also honored a number of prominent cinematic names, such as the star Mohamed Henedy and the distinguished director and producer Mai Masri, who was known for her documentary works that had a poetic nature.

The festival also granted the Variety Prize to Sudanese director Suhaib Gasmelbari for his film “Talking About Trees” and was awarded the Gold El Gouna Star Award for the Best Long Documentary Film.

The El Gouna Film Platform - a project development and a co-production space for the Arab world - has chosen 12 film projects in the development phase and 6 films in the post production stage, out of 133 submitted film projects.

The prize money awarded by the platform to the winners totaled up to $ 240,000, including two official prizes totaling up to $15,000 each.

The rest of the awards were funded by the festival’s partners and sponsors. The platform also presented a wide range of lectures, dialogue tables and workshops.

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of the extraordinary late novelist Ihsan Abdul Quddus, the festival organized a memorial exhibition in his memory.

In addition, the festival presented a number of classic films recently restored by directors such as Farid Boughedir, Walter Sals, François Truffaut and Federico Fellini in the festival’s Special Screenings section.

In cooperation with the American Embassy in Cairo, the festival hosted a concert titled "Cinema in a Concert '', presented at the Grand Marina Theater. It included a number of famous music compositions accompanying Hollywood classics.

The festival also signed a memorandum of understanding with UNICEF to support the rights of marginalized children in Egypt and the entire region, in the belief in the power of cinema to bring about a positive change in the lives of millions of children worldwide.

A partnership agreement has also been signed with EVTA to highlight refugee issues and their voices in the film industry.

The festival extended its cooperation with Facebook and Instagram at a workshop held in an attempt to answer some urgent questions related to the use of social media in the film industry.

The festival also collaborated with the Film Industry Education Forum, an independent initiative that aims to support the film industry by developing the capabilities of its students.

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2/13/2020 4:41:14 PM
<![CDATA[Petroleum minister in talks over Exxon Mobil Co's activities in Egypt]]>
The Petroleum Ministry signed two deals with Exxon Mobil Corp for oil and gas exploration in the Mediterranean.

The talks come on the sidelines of Petroleum Show (EGYPS 2020) which kicked off on Tuesday under the title of "North Africa and the Mediterranean: Delivering the Energy Needs of Tomorrow".

Exxon Mobil company's decision to work in Egypt among the other global petroleum companies testifies to Egypt's success in providing an investment-magnet atmosphere in the petroleum sector, Molla said.

Bagley, on his part, lauded the Egyptian political leadership's continued support of the petroleum sector, saying this support gives a strong boost to exploration activities in Egypt.

More than 270 regional and international experts are taking part in the EGYPS 2020 conference sessions in addition to a number of Arab and African petroleum ministers as well as heads of regional and international companies operating in the petroleum domain]]>
2/13/2020 4:39:51 PM
<![CDATA[21 hot air balloons take off in Luxor]]>
The flights flew over the city's archaeological sites.

Hot-air balloon rides over the ancient wonders of Luxor are the tourists' favorite, as they get a chance to explore the city's spectacular landscape and famous landmarks.]]>
2/13/2020 4:36:33 PM
<![CDATA[24 int'l agreements signed by Oil Ministry during EGYPS 2020]]>
This comes as part of the three-day Egypt Petroleum Show (EGYPS 2020).

Eight deals were signed with US giants Bechtel and Chevron Corporations and British Petroleum (BP) company. Some other deals were inked with Schlumberger international, Italy’s Landi Renzo and Saipem companies, Shell Egypt, Canada’s Methanex Corporation, Germany’s Siempelkamp and Europe's Neptune Energy company.

Other cooperation deals were signed with Chile, Somalia, Equatorial Guinea and the US Trade and Development Agency.

Among the key agreements signed is the Egyptian Petrochemicals Holding Company’s deal with the US Bechtel Corporation to implement a refining and petrochemical complex in the Suez Canal Economic Zone at an investment cost worth about 6.7 billion dollars.

The ministry also signed a deal to cooperate with Neptune Energy Company in exploring for oil and natural gas in the Gulf of Suez with $35 million investments. The deal included a grant valued at $11 million to dig three wells.

The Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation also signed a cooperation agreement with British Petroleum (BP) Company on fueling ships.

As part of the activities held during the EGYPS 2020, two deals were signed between Egypt’s Petrojet and Italy’s Saipem company for implementing projects in Libya and offering advanced training programs for Egyptian cadres.

A contract was signed with Germany’s Siempelkamp to establish a project for producing medium-density fiberboard (MDF) panels at investments that are worth about 210 million euros.

A consortium of Egyptian companies including the Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company (EGAS), the Egyptian International Gas Technology (Gastec), and the Natural Gas Vehicles Company (CAR GAS) signed two deals with the Italian Landi Renzo company for locally assembling of the natural gas supply stations and the components needed for converting vehicles to run on natural gas in Egypt. ]]>
2/13/2020 4:34:07 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian govt keen on boosting cooperation with S. Korea]]>CAIRO, Feb 13 (MENA) - Minister of International Cooperation Rania el Mashaat asserted on Thursday the keenness of the Egyptian government to deepen cooperation and exchange expertise with South Korea in addition to establishing new developmental projects.

This came during Mashaat's meeting with South Korean Ambassador to Egypt Yoon Yeocheol.

Yoon asserted that his country is looking forward to increasing developmental and economic cooperation with Egypt to achieve new developmental success.

He pointed out that the South Korean business community is keen on expanding activities in Egypt.

Both sides discussed boosting developmental cooperation between Egypt and South Korean within the framework of comprehensive partnership between both countries.

The current cooperation portfolio between Egypt and South Korea stands at 458 million dollars invested in projects of developing the railway signal system of (Nag Hamadi-Luxor) and the project of supplying and manufacturing 32 train locomotives to operate the the 3rd and 4th phases of the 3rd line of the subway with the worth of 243 million euros.

Both sides tackled cooperation with the Export-Import Bank of Korea (Korea Eximbank).

They also asserted the importance of encouraging the private sector in both countries to enter in developmental projects with development partners within the framework of achieving integration between them. ]]>
2/13/2020 4:29:32 PM
<![CDATA[Cooperation in oil sector between Egypt, US probed]]>
The meeting, which was held on the sidelines of Egypt Petroleum Show (EGYPS 2020) tackled cooperation between the two countries especially in the fields of developing the oil sector and infrastructure.

Molla praised the US side's support for Egyptian oil sector and cooperation to promote a successful partnership.

Hardly, for his part, said that his agency is ready to provide technical needs and training to support Egypt's oil sector and infrastructure, in a way that serves the national project for turning Egypt into a regional hub for gas and oil trade. ]]>
2/13/2020 4:28:35 PM
<![CDATA[Accelerating Learning Conf.: Egypt to launch reading competition]]>
The conference is taking place under the auspices of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, in collaboration with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) of the United Kingdom and the World Bank on February 13-14.

The value of the grand prize of the national reading competition is LE 1 million ($63,912) the minister said, adding that it will require the student to read 30 books. School and university students, as well as teachers will participate in the competition, Shawki said, in cooperation with the United Arab Emirates.

The Education Ministry mulls, in cooperation with the Finance Ministry, offering a new financial incentive to teachers and adopting a new method to assess their performance, Shawki said.

The High-Level Conference on Accelerating Learning in the Middle East and Africa gathers education ministers and development partners from across the Middle East and Africa regions, as well as policymakers, civil society organizations and education experts, according to the World Bank.

The aim of the conference is bringing together education figures from around the world to share education reform experiences and to urge cooperation in an effort to boost learning outcomes, the World Bank wrote on its website.

Egypt has encouraged reading through many initiatives, including the Reading for All campaign formerly launched by Suzan Mubarak, wife of former President Hosni Mubarak. The campaign sought to encourage reading among children to decrease illiteracy. Egypt also hosts millions of visitors at the International Book Fair in Cairo, which is organized annually. The fair was established in 1969.

Meeting with World Bank's Regional Director for Human Development Keiko Miwa and Middle East and North Africa Practice Manager for Education Andreas Blom on Thursday, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Khaled Abdel Ghaffar has lauded the World Bank's (WB) role in supporting development plans in Egypt, notably its backing of current reforms to update the education system.

During the meeting, the higher education minister briefed the two World Bank officials on the latest progress witnessed by the country's education system and scientific research over the past few years, according to a statement released by the Higher Education Ministry.

He also reviewed a number of projects of mutual concern, notably the distinct experience of new technology universities and a project to develop the information infrastructure at government universities to turn them into smart universities, the statement added.

Abdel Ghaffar pointed to ongoing efforts to digitize university hospitals and enhance their health services, the statement read.

The two sides discussed proposals to update the higher educational strategy, with a view to producing graduates qualified for the labor market, the statement noted.

On her part, Keiko Miwa affirmed the strong partnership between Egypt and the World Bank, hailing efforts exerted by the Higher Education Ministry to enhance the quality of education in the country.


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2/13/2020 4:19:01 PM
<![CDATA[Electricity subsidies in 2019/20 budget reach LE 4B]]>
The ministry clarified in a statement Thursday that this amount will be settled with the Ministry of Electricity during the last quarter of the current fiscal year in light of the actual consumption of the beneficiaries of the categories that are eligible for support during the fiscal year.

It added that the government implemented a set of comprehensive social measures for the current fiscal year at a cost that exceeds LE 65 billion, which included increasing the minimum comprehensive wage for workers in the state, pensions, numbers of beneficiaries of the “Takaful and Karama” programs, and conducting the largest promotions process in the administrative apparatus to increase employee incomes , and increase their purchasing power.

The Finance Ministry affirmed that the first half of the current fiscal year witnessed an increase in spending on health by 20 percent, on education by 14 percent, on subsidies for food commodities by 3.3 percent, and on the health insurance program by 29.3 percent.

Additionally, an amount of LE 80 billion of insurance and pension funds was paid, reflecting the state's interest in human and social development, along with economic development, in a manner that contributes to reducing the burdens on citizens.
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2/13/2020 4:03:52 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt establishes project to produce MDF from rice straw]]>
In addition to Petrojet, which is the general contractor of the project, WOTECH signed another agreement with the German Siempelkamp Company -the technology supplier of the project.

The signing took place during the third day of the Egypt Petroleum Show (EGYPS 2020).

The new project includes a factory for the production of medium-density fibreboard(MDF) by rice straw with a production capacity of 205,000 square meters annually according to the latest European specifications with the usage of Siempelkamp’stechnology in manufacturing.

The project thus provides a high-quality local product that is used and needed by many industries and areas such as furniture, building materials and decoration.

The project will be established with a full Egyptian capital from the oil sector, and the shareholders include the Egyptian Petrochemicals Holding Company, the Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation, SIDPEC and Petrojet.

Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources Tarek el-Molla explained that the project, whose cost is estimated at €210 million, is also one of the effective solutions implemented by the Ministry of Petroleum to support the state's efforts to transform rice straw from an environmental challenge into an opportunity for economic exploitation and an added value.

“The project is one of the most important projects that the Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources aims to implement within its plan to expand the petrochemical industry, which aims to establish new projects that contribute to providing raw materials and major production inputs for many industries on the local market,” Molla added.

In October, The Ministry of Petroleum announced the establishment of the first Egyptian company to convert rice straw into medium-density wood panels. The company will be located in Beheira governorate at a cost of €210 million.
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2/13/2020 4:00:56 PM
<![CDATA[EGX ends week in green]]>
The benchmark EGX 30 inched up 0.10 percent, or 14.29 points, to close at 13,859.45 points.

The equally weighted index EGX 50 rose 0.14 percent, or 2.74 points, to end at 1,900.14 points.

Moreover, the small and mid-cap index EGX 70 hiked 0.72 percent, or 9.11 points, to close at 1,266.53 points and the broader index EGX 100 increased 0.27 percent, or 3.68 points to 1,384.09 points.

Market capitalization gained LE 474.51 million, recording LE 700.65 billion, compared to LE 700.18 billion in Wednesday’s session.

The trading volume reached 157.98 million shares, traded through 18,729 transactions, with a turnover of LE 629.98 million.

Foreign investors were net buyers at LE 77.82 million, while Egyptian and Arab investors were net sellers at LE 41.91 million, and LE 35.91 million, respectively.

Egyptian and Arab individuals were net buyers at LE 35.85 million, and LE 11.76 million, respectively, while foreign individuals were net sellers at LE 3.14 million.

Egyptian and Arab organizations sold at LE 77.75 million, and LE 37.68 million, respectively, while foreign organizations bought at LE 80.96 million.

El Kahera Housing, United Housing & Development, and Gharbia Islamic Housing Development were top gainers of the session 9.34 percent, 8.07 percent and 7.99 percent, respectively.

Meanwhile, Misr Beni Suef Cement, National Housing for Professional Syndicates, and Memphis Pharmaceuticals were top losers of the session by 8.28 percent, 7.11 percent, and 4.61 percent, respectively.

EGX ended Wednesday’s session in red, as: EGX 30 declined 1.17 percent, EGX 50 dropped 1.27 percent, EGX 70 lessened 0.94 percent, and EGX 100 decreased 0.79 percent.
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2/13/2020 3:57:54 PM
<![CDATA[83 ancient tombs discovered in Dakahliya governorate]]>
For his part, the Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mostafa Waziri, affirmed that 80 tombs out of the 83 discovered span back to the first half of the fourth millennium BC, known as the civilization of Buto or Lower Egypt.

Waziri pointed out that it took the form of oval pits cut in the sand layer, where burials were found inside the pits in a “squatting” position. Waziri also revealed that funerary items were found with the burials.

According to Waziri, this is the first time that pottery coffins dating back to the third Naqada period have been found in Dakahlia governorate sites.

Also, Waziri stated that this is the first time to ever discover burials in pottery-graves, except only once prior to that when the Polish mission discovered a pottery grave in Tal el-Farkha.

This discovery is an added value to the history of the site, as it clearly confirms that the site witnessed intense settlement during the Naqada III era in addition to the Buto period.

More tombs buried in pottery coffins are expected to be revealed.

For his part, Ayman Ashmawy, Head of the Egyptian Antiquities Sector at the Supreme Council of Antiquities, said that a group of small handmade pottery vessels were discovered in addition to one or two marine oysters.

Ashmawy pointed out that the three discovered tombs span back to the era of Naqada III, in which two pottery sarcophagi were discovered with burials in a “squatting” position and surrounded by funerary items.

He further added that the mission also found two stone vessels one of which has a rectangular shape, and the other has a circular shape.

In turn, the head of the mission and the Director General of the Dakahliya Antiquities Fathi Al-Talhawi, indicated that some artifacts dating back to the second transition period (the Hyksos period) had also been uncovered.
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Part of the discovery - Press photo

Talhawi explained that among these pieces, some furnaces and stoves were found, in addition to remains of foundations for mud-brick buildings and four mud-brick burials of a child and three made for adults.

Furthermore, Talhawi pointed out that some pottery, stone utensils, amulets and ornaments that were made of semi-precious stones were also found, in which some were laced with gold.

In a separate context, Egypt is preparing to transfer royal mummies and sarcophagi from its current location in the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir to its new permanent location in the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization in Fustat.

The National Museum of Egyptian Civilization is located near the Babylon Fortress, and overlooks Ain el-Sira in the heart of the historic city of Fustat in Cairo.

The museum is expected to display 50,000 artefacts of the ancient Egyptian civilization, reflecting the development of the Egyptian civilization from the earliest date to its modern era.

The museum is scheduled to be inaugurated in 2020, in conjunction with the opening of the Grand Egyptian Museum, which is located near the Pyramids of Giza.
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Some of the pottery items discovered in Egypt's Nile Delta - Press photo

The Egyptian Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Khaled el-Anani, discussed in a meeting held on Feb. 13, the final touches and final preparations that were taken to organize the celebration of transporting mummies in a solemn procession befitting the greatness of the ancient Egyptian civilization.
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Part of the discovery - Press photo

During the meeting, all the artistic elements were presented and discussed, in addition to the shape and size of the vehicles that will transport the mummies, their designs, the costumes that will be used by the individuals accompanying the procession, the music accompanying the procession and other artistic and technical elements.

It is noteworthy that the number of mummies and coffins to be transported is 22 royal mummies and 17 royal coffins dating back to the era of the 17th, 18th, 19th, and 20th dynasties.

Among the mummies to be transported are 18 mummies for kings and four mummies for queens, including the mummy of Ramses II, Seqenenre Tao, Thutmose III, Seti I, among others.







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2/13/2020 3:48:39 PM
<![CDATA[PAS buys 4 aircraft worth $67mn in 2020: chairman]]>
The Italian defense and security company will hand over the helicopters in March and June, Hussein said, adding that another helicopter was received by PAS earlier this year along with a $22-million worth fixed-wing aircraft.

The latest purchases take the total investments of the air services company in new aircraft since the start 2020 to $67 million, the chairman added in statements to MENA on the fringe of Egypt Petroleum Show (EGYPS) 2020.

The PAS is the sole operator of charter flights for Egypt’s oil and gas companies, the chairman said, noting that the fleet of the company comprises 36 helicopters and eight fixed-wing aircraft.

As part of plans to boost its infrastructure, the PAS company has set up two hangars at Port Said International Airport and Alexandria's Borg El Arab International Airport, with a total cost of EGP 300 million, Hussein said.

The net profits of the Egyptian aviation company hit $55 million in 2019, according to its chairman who foresees 15 and 10 percent increase in the revenues and profits, respectively, during 2020 after expanding the activities of the firm. ]]>
2/13/2020 2:48:08 PM
<![CDATA[In Pics: Spanish star Victoria April dazzled by Abu Simbel Temples]]>
The Spanish star is touring the ancient city on the sidelines of her presence in Egypt, to attend the activities of the Aswan International Women Film Festival.

April expressed her deep enthusiasm with the ancient Egyptian civilization, which prompted her to visit the Abu Simbel Temples and see the greatness of the largest rock-carved temple in the world and learn about the history of its creation, discovery and to watch it closely.

The Spanish star was hoping to be able to witness the sun illuminating the face of Ramses II statue, but she couldn't make it.

April was keen to take many memorial pics in and of the Abu Simbel Temples.

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FILE - April during her visit to Abu Simbel Temples in Aswan

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2/13/2020 2:42:47 PM
<![CDATA[PM affirms importance of boosting coop. with EBRD in seawater desalination projects]]>
During a meeting with EBRD Vice President Alain Pilloux, in the presence of International Cooperation Minister Rania el Mashaat, the premier hailed the current cooperation with the bank.

Madbouli highlighted the cooperation with the bank in sanitation projects, saying that the directives of President Abdel Fattah El Sisi prioritizes extending sanitation services to deprived areas.

Pilloux hailed the performance of Egypt's macroeconomic indicators along with the monetary and financial stability achieved by the country's economy as a great achievement, said Cabinet Spokesman Nader Saad.

Egypt is the largest recipient of the EBRD investments with a dollar 1.3 billion portfolio that encompasses privates sector as well as SMEs projects, Pilloux added.

The EBRD official praised recent cooperation with Mashaat that is envisaged to have a positive impact on the future cooperation between Egypt and the bank.]]>
2/13/2020 2:42:02 PM
<![CDATA[Large false killer whale found dead on beach in Egypt’s Red Sea]]>
The toothed false killer whale is listed as "near threatened" by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The 5-meter long dead whale was moved to the Institute for Oceanography to disclose the reason of its death, chief of the Red Sea Protected Areas Tamer Kamal said.

Tha false killer whale is a sociable kind of dolphins inside oceans worldwide. It’s known to be social and it feeds on fish, squid and sometimes on other types of dolphins. The placement of the false killer whales in the IUCN’s “near threatened whale” means they face a high risk of extinction.

In May, 2018, while working in a project in the Gulf of Israel’s Eilat, marine biologists were surprised by a blue whale, swimming reportedly only 300 meters from the shore, then it was seen in the Egyptian international waters, in Taba specifically.

In an interview with Egypt Today, Hisham Gabr, head of the Chamber of Diving and Water Sports said that the blue whale was spotted in Egypt’s city of Taba, but no one could capture photos for it. Taba is on the border near Eilat.

In August last year, a video went viral on social media showing a whale in Egypt’s Northern Coastal water, the Minister of Environment assured the citizens that wales could be found in territorial water of North African Countries, especially in the summer.

“Whales are normally found in the Mediterranean and live in the territorial waters of most of the North African countries, including Egypt, as well as the coasts of European countries,” said the Ministry in a statement.

Whales are not predators but people should exercise vigilance and avoid the area of whale as the large ones move randomly when they feel human movements, the statement continued.]]>
2/13/2020 2:39:18 PM
<![CDATA[US dollar price stable at Egypt's major banks]]>
The Egyptian pound continues to rise against the US dollar, recording its highest value in three years today.

At the National Bank of Egypt and Banque Misr the dollar price remained stable, registering EGP 15.68 for buying and EGP 15.78 for selling.

The dollar rate stood at EGP 15.66 for buying and EGP 15.76 for selling at the Arab African International Bank.

At the Commercial International Bank the price recorded EGP 15.66 for buying and EGP 15.76 for selling, while the price of the US dollar at the Suez Canal Bank remained stable to register EGP 15.66 for buying and EGP 15.76 for selling. ]]>
2/13/2020 2:24:50 PM
<![CDATA[Commander killed in North Sinai’s terror attack buried in home village]]>
The funeral took place on Wednesday and it was attended by a number of military commanders, officers, and soldiers as well as thousands of the village dwellers.

Military spokesperson Tamer al-Refaei announced on Sunday that the Egyptian Armed Forces foiled the terror attack, killing 10 terrorists and destroying a four-wheel drive vehicle. However, the fire exchange resulted in seven casualties, two officers and five soldiers.

Refaei added that the security forces combed the area and chased the terrorist elements to exterminate them.
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2/13/2020 2:19:43 PM
<![CDATA[Chaabani expects an interesting clash at CAF Super Cup ]]>
“We are not thinking of our CAF Champions League encounter now, all what’s in our minds is the Super Cup game. Zamalek is a great team; they are five times African champions. But we are the last two seasons’ champions and a great team as well. It’s going to be an interesting duel.” Chaabani told CAF official website.

Zamalek, CAF Confederation Cup winners, will face the Tunisian giants who achieved the last two titles of CAF Champions League on 14 February at Al-Gharrafa Stadium.

The two teams will face each other again two weeks later in Cairo at the CAF Champions League quarter-finals first leg before playing the second leg in Tunisia a week later.

Chaabani added “I warned my players that this is not going to be an easy game. We have to take the lessons from what happened last year when we lost to Raja.”

Esperance’s last CAF Super Cup title was in 1995 during their first participation at the competition but they lost the final on three occasions in 1999, 2012 and 2018. ]]>
2/13/2020 2:12:57 PM
<![CDATA[Polio vaccination campaign to start in mid-March]]>
Zayed’s remarks came during the weekly meeting of the Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Mustafa Madbouli.

Zayed pointed out that the campaign aims to vaccinate all the children across Egypt, whether they Egyptians or foreigners. She clarified that the polio vaccine amounts are sufficient to vaccinate 6 million children.

It is noteworthy that the last polio case was registered in Egypt in 2004. In 2006, the World Health Organization announced that Egypt is free of the disease; the Ministry of Health implements annual national campaigns to raise the immune status of children under 5 years of age.
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2/13/2020 2:07:33 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt presides over G5 Sahel chiefs of staff meeting]]>
The G5 Sahel - encompassing Mali, Niger, Chad, Mauritania, and Burkina Faso - was formed in 2014 as an institutional framework for coordination of regional cooperation in development policies and security matters in West Africa.

The chiefs of staff exchanged views on the security status of Sahel zone and means of reinforcing military cooperation and continuous coordination over matters of mutual interest. The Egyptian delegation presented the country’s vision on the capacity building of the G5 Sahel member states, and proposed offering training for the military personnel of those countries.

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Egyptian Chief of Staff Mohamed Farid and G5 Sahel chiefs of staff in a meeting in Cairo on February 9-11, 2020. Press Photo


Farid asserted that continuous training and qualification of the Armed Forces of Sahel countries is a must in the face of cross-border threats composed by extremist groups. He added that developmental initiatives in marginalized areas must be fostered to ensure regional stability and inhibit extremist groups from recruiting new elements.

The Egyptian chief of staff congratulated the participants on the success of the 33rd African Union (AU) Summit previously held in Addis Ababa, where Egypt handed over the chairmanship to South Africa, and key continental matters were discussed like the Libyan crisis.

Egypt won by a majority of votes in the first round the membership of the African Peace and Security Council for 2020-2022. Also, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi expressed Egypt’s readiness to host an African Summit to confer about establishing an African counterterrorism joint force. In that context, Farid affirmed that the Egyptian Armed Forces pursue a state-level strategy that supports all African causes.

The chief of staff delivered the greetings of President Sisi and Minister of Defense and Military production Mohamed Zaki.
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2/13/2020 2:04:32 PM
<![CDATA[Chelsea close in on Hakim Ziyech signing]]>
According to Dutch Newspaper De Telegraaf, Ajax and Chelsea reached a verbal agreement over the transfer of the Dutch-born Moroccan winger Ziyech.

Additionally, British news organization Sky Sports, believe that Chelsea were in talks over the transfer of the player during the previous transfer window; however, both clubs didn’t reach a final agreement.

The Moroccan international Ziyech plays as a winger but is also capable of playing the number 10 role with Ajax and the Moroccan national team.

Ziyech established himself as one of the promising talents in Europe after he led his team to UEFA Champions League semi-finals after knocking out Real Madrid and Juventus respectively.

The 26-year-old Ziyech scored 48 goals and contributed with 82 assists in a total of 159 games with Ajax, according to transfermarkt. ]]>
2/13/2020 1:44:55 PM
<![CDATA[Ahmed Raouf announces his retirement]]>
Raouf announced his retirement on Tuesday live in El Match TV Program after playing for 12 years in Egypt’s top flight.

The 2010 African Cup of Nations winner played with Al Ahly during the 2014 season where he contributed in winning the Egyptian League title and the CAF Confederation Cup.

Raouf played a massive role in the team’s victory of the Confederation Cup as he scored a late goal against Difaâ Hassani El Jadidi to help his team winning the tie and advance to the quarter-finals.

Raouf made his debut with Egyptian football club El Qanah before transferring to various clubs like: Enppi SC, Al-Ittihad from Tripoli, El Ahly, El Masry, Smouha, Wadi Degla, Petrojet and Entag El Harby.

The 37-year-old scored 74 goals and made 19 assists throughout his club career. While he managed to play 12 games and score 1 goal with the Egyptian National team, according to transfermarkt. ]]>
2/13/2020 1:16:37 PM
<![CDATA[Chad’s health minister lauds Sisi’s constant support]]>
The minister reiterated that Egypt spares no effort to support African countries in all fields, according to a statement issued by Al Azhar on Wednesday.

He pointed out that Al Azhar, which spreads the message of moderate Islam, is also the main supporter of humanity, noting that Chadian people await Al Azhar’s medical convoys every year since such missions provide them with much-needed health services.

On Tuesday, a new medical and relief convoy of Al Azhar was launched in Chad.

Al Azhar University Vice President Mahmoud Seddiq, who supervises Al Azhar convoys said that the new convoy comprises 26 doctors in various specializations in addition to assisting teams of nurses and pharmacists.

The convoy will be offering medical checkups and medicines for free, in addition to performing surgeries for those in need.

Five tons of medicine and medical equipment were sent to Chad as part of the convoy, he said as quoted by the statement.

Grand Imam of Al Azhar Ahmed al Tayyeb has ordered to intensify medical and relief convoys inside and outside Egypt within the framework of Al Azhar's social and humanitarian role, he pointed out.]]>
2/13/2020 12:47:50 PM
<![CDATA[High-level conference on learning in Middle East and Africa kicks off]]>
The two-day event is organized by the Ministry of Education and Technical Education (MOETE) in collaboration with the United Kingdom’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and the World Bank.

Minister of Education Tarek Shawqi opened the conference with Vice President of the World Bank for the Middle East and African Region Ferid Belhaj in attendance.

The conference will underscore the urgency of improving learning outcomes and will bring together ministers of education, UNICEF officials, policymakers, sector experts, civil society, and development partners from across MENA and Africa.

It aims at sharing regional and international experiences of education reform and transformative strategies for making faster progress towards improving learning for all, while promoting collaboration among the countries of Africa and the Middle East to work towards making faster progress in improving learning outcomes.]]>
2/13/2020 12:36:31 PM
<![CDATA[China urges earnest implementation of outcome of Berlin conf. on Libya]]>
The UN Security Council adopted Resolution 2510 with 14 votes in favor to endorse the Berlin outcome.

Russia was the only member that did not vote in favor. It abstained.

China hopes that all parties in Libya, relevant regional countries, as well as the international community, will work together for the earnest implementation of the Berlin outcome, said Wu Haitao, China's deputy permanent representative to the United Nations, after the vote.

In this process, the UN Secretariat should develop an actionable plan that fully reflects the leadership and ownership by the Libyans, accommodates the concerns of all parties, and leverages the positive role of the countries concerned, said Wu.

China supports the African Union and the League of Arab States in bringing their unique influence on the political settlement of the Libya question and working in synergy with the United Nations, he said.

In implementing the outcome of the Berlin Conference and the Security Council resolution, the international community should remain highly vigilant against terrorism in and around Libya, resolutely combat all forms of terrorism in the country, and prevent the cross-border movement of foreign terrorist fighters. Libya should not be allowed to become the breeding ground for terrorism, the spread of which can jeopardize the country's peace process, said Wu.

China supports the continued leading role of the United Nations in promoting the Libyan-led and Libyan-owned political process, and calls on all parties to the Libyan conflict to achieve a lasting ceasefire as soon as possible, he said.

The Security Council's endorsement of the Berlin outcome will contribute to an early peaceful settlement of the Libyan question, he said. ]]>
2/13/2020 12:32:29 PM
<![CDATA[French senator hails Sisi’s local, foreign efforts to achieve stability]]>
Morin-Desailly, who headed a delegation from the French-Egyptian Friendship Group in the Senate, praised the president’s efforts on the foreign level, amid a disturbed regional situation around Egypt, saying such efforts have contributed to making Egypt a pillar of stability, security and stability in the Middle East and Africa.

She voiced France’s support to the efforts of the Egyptian president and state, according to the Presidency’s statement.

Sisi praised the continuous development of Egyptian-French relations and the growing coordination between the two countries in various fields. He also hailed parliamentary cooperation with France.

During the meeting, the president reviewed Egyptian efforts made to counter extremism thought and establish the culture of accepting others and adopting freedom of belief. He affirmed the need to fix religious misconceptions to prevent exploiting them to achieve political goals.

Concerning parliamentary affairs, Sisi referred to the significant role of the Egyptian women in the parliament and their active participation in parliamentary activities as well as in executive and leadership roles.

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Morin-Desailly, in 2017, said that Egypt is a great and promising country that France needs to cooperate with for achieving stability in the Middle East.

In an interview with Osama Kamal on DMC channel, Morin-Desailly said that Egyptian-French relations are based on trust and mutual understanding. Paris can support Egypt in overcoming challenges and achieving economic reforms, Morin-Desailly added.

Concerning the terrorist attacks Egypt and France have been suffering from during the past few years, Morin-Desailly said; “Terrorism causes us to live in a state of emergency, but this should not affect individuals’ freedoms.”]]>
2/13/2020 12:24:45 PM
<![CDATA[Anti-monopoly body probes legality of Telecom Egypt’s bid for acquisition of Vodafone]]>
The anti-monopoly body said it had received a formal request from Vodafone Egypt to investigate the legality of such move.

On January 29, the international communication giant Vodafone Group announced that it has signed a preliminary deal with Saudi Telecom Company (STC) for a potential sale of its 55% stake in Vodafone Egypt to STC for 2.39 billion dollars.

Telecom Egypt, which holds another 45% stake in Vodafone Egypt, said it hired an investment bank to study the available investment potentials in the light of the Vodafone Group and STC deal.

Telecom Egypt, earlier, had agreed with Vodafone Egypt to use the right of preemption in case the latter offered its stake for sale.]]>
2/13/2020 12:12:42 PM
<![CDATA[CBE to issue LE 20.5B in T-bills Thursday]]>
The T-bills will be offered in two installments; the first installment is valued at LE 10 billion with a 182-day term and the second is worth LE 10.5 billion with a 364-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.

The Monetary Policy Committee of the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) kept the overnight deposit rate, the overnight lending rate, and the rate of the main operation unchanged during Thursday's meeting, Jan. 16.

The overnight deposit rate, the overnight lending rate, and the rate of the main operation are kept at 12.25 percent, 13.25 percent, and 12.75 percent, respectively.

Moreover, credit and discount rates are to 12.75 percent.

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.]]>
2/13/2020 11:56:47 AM