<![CDATA[rss-News]]> All Rights Reserved for The Cairo post <![CDATA[News]]>]]> 100 29 <![CDATA[Pope Tawadros II says WYF reflects president’s care of youth]]>
The third edition of the World Youth Forum is set to be held in South Sinai’s Sharm el-Sheikh from Dec. 14-17, under the auspices of the Egyptian Presidency.

In an interview with Egypt Today published on Thursday, Pope Tawadros II hailed the forum’s management of theatrical shows set to be presented starting December 13 with the opening, to bring together promising artists from all over the world to present their talents and represent their cultures through a variety of cultural and artistic activities.

He also praised the plans to host Sophia, the most advanced robot and first artificially intelligent (AI) robot to be granted a citizenship, saying that such thoughts all keep up with the times.

The World Youth Theater activities begin on Dec. 13 with a number of shows for Rola Zaki from Egypt, the Mozar team from Morocco, robot Sophia, the Horse Band from Egypt, Fatmir Mura from Albania, Kuana Adebisi from USA, and Marisa Hamamoto and Piort Iwanicki from Poland and USA. This is in addition to a theatrical performance which witnesses the participation of 16 different nationalities.

On December 15, shows of the Brass Band Sound from Egypt, Pou from New Zealand, Wazih from Cameroon, Ashra Kunwar from Nepal, and Iheb and Dana oud duo from Tunisia and Jordan will take place at the theatre.

On the same day, the Horse Band from Egypt, Kuana Adebisi from the United States of America, and Veroniq from Russia will perform.

The World Youth Theater concludes its shows on December 16 with the performances of Mazeek Band from Egypt, Maritta Hallsni from Lebanon, Ghalia Benali from Tunisia and Kateryna Olkhovyk from Ukraine.


Additional reporting by Mustafa Marie]]>
12/12/2019 11:24:12 AM
<![CDATA[Egyptian, Canadian FMs probe means to promote relations]]>
Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ahmed Hafez said this took place on the sidelines of Aswan Forum for Peace and Sustainable Development that kicked off in the morning.

Talks between the two top diplomats covered ways to beef up economic and trade ties with Shoukri expressing his wish for increasing Canadian investments in the Egyptian market, the spokesmen added.

The meeting also took up regional and international issues of mutual concern, especially counterterrorism efforts and the latest developments in the Middle East region, he said.]]>
12/12/2019 10:53:12 AM
<![CDATA[WML Secretary-General honored in UAE’s peace forum]]>
Sheikh Issa received the prize for his efforts to globally promote peace and tolerance, with the presence of the Chairman of the UAE Fatwa Council and the head of the forum Sheikh Abdullah bin Bayyah.

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The sixth annual assembly of the Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies took place in Abu Dhabi from December 9th to 11th, 2019. The Forum saw the participation of 45 faith leaders and advocates of tolerance, a number of representatives of the United Nations, decision-makers and influential figures from international civil society organizations and non-profit organisations.

This International prize aims to honor the actions with positive and touching impact on the promotion of peace and tolerance in the world, as named after one of the iconic Islamic figures, the Great companion Al-Hasan ibn Ali.

The organizers of the International Forum for Promoting Peace and Tolerance said that Sheikh Issa is a global person who’s known for his unique academic status and his expertise that Earned him the ability to have influential dialogues and debates with several political and religious establishments in the world.

Sheikh Issa said that the Forum was far-sighted when it picked religions to discuss their role in promoting peace and tolerance, sending a message to all religious and spiritual leaders in order to act according to their ethical responsibility.

He pointed out that forgiveness is an inherent value of Islam, and tolerance begins when patience is shown to understand the difference, then seeking as much as possible to turn the concept of abstract difference into diversity and enrichment.


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12/12/2019 4:07:20 AM
<![CDATA[History teacher in Assiut walks an extra mile for his students]]>(tarboosh), a white mustache, and a stick, the history teacher stood in front of the students of Nasser School in Assiut telling them about Saad Zaghloul’s life and upbringing and how he led the 1919 revolution.

It is a hoax invented by school teacher Khaled Hashem in the hope that students' thinking will shift from memorizing to understanding and broadening their perception.

Hashem told Egypt Today, "In the beginning, the idea was approved by some, while others rejected it, but those who supported me were the school administration and my colleagues. Afterwards, I started developing the idea and buying uniforms of leaders and historical figures."

“I first personified the character of Muhammad Ali Pasha and the students were very happy, which encouraged me to continue embodying the characters; then I embodied Ahmed Orabi and Saad Zaghloul,” he added.

“The students have come to treat me as the historical figure they want to ask about, not Khaled Hashem, the history teacher,” he continued.

On the cost of clothes and makeup, Hashem said that it is pricy, saying that sometimes he buys clothes or sends them to a tailor to fix them. "I hope I receive support from the school's activities and trips department, as I want to take students to the historical areas mentioned in the curriculum, which will be extremely fun for history lovers.”

Hashem emphasized that it is possible to transfer this idea to other materials like the Arabic language, where characters such as Naguib Mahfouz, Taha Hussein and other figures can be embodied.

Students confirmed they prefer Hashem's way to the traditional methods of teaching, stressing that they now enjoy attending the history class.

Dalia Alfons, the school principal, added that this method has greatly helped to reduce the percentage of absence, especially in the third grade of secondary stage.

For his part, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Education Salah Fathi praised Hashem's efforts to develop his teaching method and innovate to keep pace with modern educational programs, which comes in line with the plan of the Ministry of Education under the leadership of Minister of Education Tareq Shawky.

In 2017, people posted on Facebook some pictures of a history and geography teacher in Cairo named Haitham el-Sebaei, who asked his students to wear appropriate clothes for each historical character they are discussing.]]>
12/11/2019 2:45:52 PM
<![CDATA[Local Development min. dismisses heads of Marj, Helwan districts]]>
The minister appointed Khaled Abdel-Aal, the governor of Cairo, as secretary and acting chief of Helwan district and appointed the secretary of al-Marj district as acting chief of the district. The minister gave both officials 15 days to fix the crisis.

The governor of Cairo also gave the cleaning companies in al-Marj and Helwan a period of 10 days to improve services in the streets.

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12/11/2019 2:41:18 PM
<![CDATA[African leaders stress security, development across African continent]]>
Inaugurated on Wednesday, the conference is taking place with the presence of a number of African heads of state and government, as well as officials.

The aim of the two-day conference is to open new channels toward achieving peace and sustainable development in the continent.

Furthermore, the Egyptian leader expressed optimism about the future of the African continent, despite all the challenges and difficulties facing it.

He pointed out that in 2013, Egypt was facing many challenges, including civil war and terrorism, “and we had two options, the first is to confront terrorism and stop development, or give up facing terrorism and look for development, but we moved in the two tracks, therefore, Africa should mainly focus on achieving sustainable development and boosting regional security.

Chadian president Idriss Déby stressed during his speech the necessity to finding real solutions for problems that face the African continent, especially poverty and sustainable development.

He further stressed that terrorist organizations in Africa are a scourge that must be eliminated through collaborative efforts.

He also said Sahel countries dedicate around 18-32% to security efforts.

This year’s theme is “An Agenda for Sustainable Peace, Security and Development in Africa”.

Day-one activities includes workshops on "Silencing the Guns in Africa: Owning the Prevention Agenda", “The Africa We Want: Sustaining Peace, Security & Development” and "Twenty-One Strategies Later: Why is Sustainable Peace and Development in the Sahel Still Elusive?”.

Senegal's President Macky Sall, during his speech, said the African continent is advancing towards its development path despite the difficulties, and is able to find solutions to its problems, including its security problems.

Sall opened the International Forum on Peace and Security in Dakar last week calling for the UN Security Council to agree to a stronger mandate for the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA).

French President Emmanuel Macron last week promised to improve security in the region after meeting with the presidents of Chad, Niger and Mali.

Sall pointed out that Washington agreements are not suitable for Africa, and therefore “we demand long-term resources to eradicate poverty in Africa as we are developing the continent.”

Nigerien president Mahamadou Issoufou also asserted that no development can be achieved without ensuring security, Africa has 20% of the world's population, and after 40 years from now it will represent 40% of the world’s population, indicating that other continents do not have this population growth, which constitutes a priority that the African continent can count on in achieving means of development.

African countries must achieve a growth rate in excess of 24% in order to achieve the minimum growth rate of 7% and achieve development aspirations as the African Agenda 2063 aims in addition to attracting investments to the African continent, according to Issoufou.]]>
12/11/2019 1:48:57 PM
<![CDATA[Nobel 'peace laureate' defends genocide against Rohingya Muslims]]>
Investigators working for the United Nations’ human rights agency said Monday Myanmar’s army chief and other top commanders should be prosecuted for genocide against the country’s ethnic-Rohingya Muslims.

Addressing a bench of 17 judges from around the world, 74-year-old Aung San Suu Kyi, blamed the conflict on an uprising by separatist insurgents.

Her speech to the UN’ highest tribunal came on the second day of an emergency legal hearing convened to consider whether protective “provisional measures” should be imposed to prevent further killings and destruction in Myanmar.

The charge that Myanmar’s military carried out mass murder, rape and destruction of Rohingya Muslim communities has been raised by the Gambia.

Speakers for Gambia detailed the evidence gathered by the UN and other groups that security forces shot hundreds of Rohingya in their homes, killed children and infants, and gang-raped women during a military campaign in 2017.



More than 700,000 Rohingya were forced to flee Myanmar for neighboring Bangladesh as a result of the campaign, which forms a major part of the genocide case.

“I stand before you to awaken the conscience of the world and to arouse the voice of the international community,” said Abubacarr Tambadou, Gambia’s justice minister, who was a prosecutor in cases relating to the Rwandan genocide of the 1990s and is leading his country’s lawsuit against Myanmar. “We ask: Why? Why is the world standing by and allowing such horrors again in our lifetime?”

Myanmar’s government has dismissed reports of mass violence and accused the U.N. fact-finding team and human rights groups of being biased and exaggerated.

Gambia filed the case on behalf of the 57-nation Organization of Islamic Cooperation, which says its mission is to protect the interests of Muslims. The court is expected to rule on the issue of provisional measures within 30 days of the close of the hearings, according to Paul Reichler, a lawyer for Gambia in the case. ]]>
12/11/2019 1:28:28 PM
<![CDATA["The Africa we want" to be only reaching via strong, promising youth: Environment min]]>
This came on Wednesday during her chairmanship of the "Africa Day" session in the UN Climate Change Conference.

The youth are the real hope for all the states of Africa, Fouad said.

Fouad asserted Egypt's pioneering role in Africa via the initiatives launched in the field of renewable energy and the initiative of adaptation in Africa which was launched by President Abdel Fattah El Sisi. (]]>
12/11/2019 1:23:45 PM
<![CDATA[Rapist of 20-month old girl executed Wednesday ]]>
In 2017, the General Prosecution referred Ibrahim Mahmoud, 35, to the criminal court. Following numerous sessions, the court referred the defendant to the Grand Mufti, a standard procedure that seeks taking the religious authority’s approval on sentencing a defendant to death.

On June 1, 2017, the court announced sentencing Mahmoud to death. The defendant appealed the verdict a few days later. However, the Cassation Court upheld the death sentence against Mahmoud on Nov. 7.

Activists argue that sexual abuse against children is always under-reported, and the statistics can widely vary as children victims are harder to speak out. A study carried out in 2009, found that 7.9 percent of men and 19.7 percent of women suffered sexual abuse before the age of 18.

The study could conclude the statistics after it had analyzed 65 articles covering 22 countries, according to the study’s results. The study was carried out by Noemi Pereda, Georgina Guilera, Maria Forns, and Juana Gomez-Benito.
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12/11/2019 12:36:06 PM
<![CDATA[Libyan army spokesman: GNA prepares Mitiga Airport to receive Turkish vehicles]]>
In statements to Al Arabiya TV channel on Wednesday, Mesmari said the Turkish support to militias in Tripoli has turned from being secret to public.

He asserted that the Libyan army is fighting a regional battle and not a local one.

Mesmari remarks coincided with news about the Libyan army preparations to enter Tripoli. Meanwhile, Turkish President Recep Tayyib Erdogan announced on Tuesday that his country was ready to offer military support to militias loyal to Fayez al-Sarraj’s Government of National Accord (GNA).

The Libyan parliament, for its part, condemned Erdogan statements about sending troops to Libya, calling on the Arab League to activate the joint Arab defense agreement and urged the League to convene an urgent session to take an action to stand against the Turkish invasion of Libya.]]>
12/11/2019 12:16:15 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt, Montenegro in talks over military cooperation]]>
Assar reiterated Egypt's keenness on furthering cooperation with Montenegro and exchanging expertise in the manufacturing domain.

The two sides discussed possible cooperation in the manufacturing of arms and ammunition.

Assar expounded the ministry's role in meeting the needs of the Armed Forces and police and manufacturing civilian products to contribute to the development of the country.

Montenegro's defense minister lauded the manufacturing potentials of the Ministry of Military Production and its role in meeting the growing needs of the Armed Forces.

He underlined the importance of the role played by Egypt to fight terrorism in the region.

He lauded economic progress that was achieved in Egypt as a result of economic reforms that were applied five years ago.

They agreed to exchange visits between representatives of the two countries' military production companies.

The Montenegro minister was invited to take part in the second edition of EDEX 2020, the only international defense expo in the region.]]>
12/11/2019 12:15:15 PM
<![CDATA[Over 50 people wounded in explosion near Bagram airbase]]>
The explosion happened in Jan Qadam area of Bagram district about 6:00 a.m. (local time) and clashes occurred between foreign troops and attackers close to Bagram airbase after the explosion, said a spokesman for the provincial governor, Wahid Shahkar.

Residents said that a "big explosion" happened in the area and it also damaged nearby houses.

In the meantime, Abdul Shakoor Qudousi, Bagram district governor said that "seven attackers were engaged with security forces" and that "four vehicles holding explosives were used and two detonated."

"The explosion was very heavy and surprised the people as it was very early," said Qudousi. He added that "the attackers were hidden in a non-active hospital building and clashed with security forces."

"The target was Bagram airbase," he added.

Resolute Support in a statement said that "Enemy Forces conducted an attack on Bagram airfield this morning, targeting a medical facility being constructed to help the Afghan people who live near the base."

No group including the Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack.]]>
12/11/2019 11:52:00 AM
<![CDATA[Sisi opens Aswan Forum for Sustainable Peace and Development in Africa]]>
A number of African heads of state and government, as well as officials, are taking part in the event meant to open new channels toward achieving peace and sustainable development in the continent.

Attending the inauguration of the forum were Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli and Speaker of the House of Representatives Aly Abdel Aal.

The two-day forum comes upon an initiative by President Sisi immediately after assuming the chairmanship of the African Union.

The event brings together heads of state and government, representatives from regional and international organizations and financial institutions, members of the private sector and civil society, and scholars and experts for action-oriented and forward-looking discussions on the threats, challenges and opportunities for Africa in the years ahead.

The Aswan Forum is the first of its kind platform in Africa to address the interlinkages between peace and development, and champion Africa-led solutions, through strengthening the policies-practices linkages.

This year’s theme is “An Agenda for Sustainable Peace, Security and Development in Africa”.

Day-one activities includes workshops on "Silencing the Guns in Africa: Owning the Prevention Agenda", “The Africa We Want: Sustaining Peace, Security & Development” and "Twenty-One Strategies Later: Why is Sustainable Peace and Development in the Sahel Still Elusive?”.

The second day of the forum will include workshops on advancing African women’s contribution to peace, security and development, supporting the transition process in Sudan, and forced displacement and mixed migration in Africa]]>
12/11/2019 11:29:38 AM
<![CDATA[16 panel discussions to be held Dec. 15-16 in WYF 2019]]>
There are seven sessions on technology, three sessions on the Mediterranean, two sessions on Africa, one session on women, one session on climate change, one session on peace and security, and one session on arts. The following are the details, the date and time of each panel discussion.

The Effects of Climate Change on Humanity: Impacts & Solutions

The session showcases the repercussions of climate change embodied in climate refugees, and negative impact on marine biodiversity, agriculture, and food security. Panelists will also discuss the role of governments and international organizations in dealing with the crisis. The session will be held on Sunday, December 15 at 12:30 p.m.

Prospects of Sustainable Development in Africa: Opportunities & Challenges

The session displays opportunities to accomplish continental integration projects, and the impediments facing that goal. Panelists will also tackle challenges to development in Africa, development and post-conflict reconstruction, and Africa youth empowerment mechanisms to achieve sustainable development on the continent. The session will be held on Monday, December 16 at 12:30 p.m.

Food Security in Africa: How Do We Achieve the 2nd Goal of the Sustainable Development Goals

The session discusses food security as a cornerstone for sustainable economic growth shedding light on nutritional behavior, obstacles crippling accomplishment of food security, nutrition improvement, reinforcement of sustainable agriculture, and implications of conflicts, climate change and water scarcity on food security. The session will be held on Sunday, December 15 at 12:30 p.m.

Creative Works: Challenges in the Age of Digital Technology

The session focuses on the protection of intellectual property, and the use of technology to enrich creative work such as Video On Demand (VOD), virtual reality (VR), and Augmented Reality (AR). The session will be held on Monday, December 16 at 3:00 p.m.

International Peace & Security: Current Challenges

The session tackles the role of regional and international organizations to maintain international peace and security through conflict prevention efforts, nuclear disarmament, and reinforcement of the peaceful use of nuclear energy. The session will also discuss terrorism and armed conflict. The session will be held on Sunday, December 15 at 10:00 a.m.

Mediterranean Cooperation in the Energy Sector

The session displays the aspects of cooperation among Mediterranean countries such as natural gas drilling, transportation and storage, electricity linkage between states, renewable energy, and sustainability in the energy sector. The session will also tackle financing energy infrastructure, and transfer of expertise and technology. The session will be held on Monday, December 16 at 12:30 p.m.

Governmental Institutional Excellence & Digital Transformation

The session explains the concept of digital transformation and its role in accomplishing institutional excellence, and the phases of each of them. The session will be held on Sunday, December 15 at 12:30 p.m.

Artificial Intelligence & Humans: Who is in Control?

The session explains the role of artificial intelligence applications in changing the modern lifestyle, the challenges pertinent to which, and speculations about its evolution. The session will be held on Monday, December 16 at 10:00 a.m.

Women & the Right to Development

The session focuses on raising awareness on the importance of women empowerment on the economic, social and political scales. The session will be held on Monday, December 16 at 12:30 p.m.

Blockchain: A Revolution in the Digital World

The session displays the impact of blockchain on digital technology, its uses in the economic realm, limitations, the dangers of illegal activity through blockchain, and how to maximize the positive side of blockchain. The session will be held on Sunday, December 15 at 12:30 p.m.

The Role of Arts in the Human Space

The session examines the use of arts as a means to promote moderate ideas, combat extremism, preserve the identity along with spreading openness, and raise the values of citizenship, democracy, and accepting the Other. The session will be held on Monday, December 16 at 12:30 p.m..

Mediterranean Countries: Ancient Civilizations & Common History

The session underlines the strategic importance of the Mediterranean, the common history of its peoples, its civilizations, and the preservation of its legacy. The session will be held on Monday, December 16 at 3:00 p.m.

Fostering Mediterranean Regional Cooperation in Addressing Common Challenges

The session discusses mechanisms to combat illegal migration, and foster dialogue aimed at identifying cooperation opportunities. The session will be held on Sunday, December 15 at 2:30 p.m.

How to stay safe in the Digital World?

The session explains the concept of cybersecurity, ways to protect the user’s privacy, and the socio-economic impact of disinformation on social media. The session will be held on Monday, December 16 at 3:00 p.m.

How Do We Prepare for a Fourth Industrial Revolution?

The session explains the concept of the fourth industrial revolution shedding light on its forms, drives, advantages, disadvantages, its impact on different life aspects, and its role in achieving sustainable development. The session will also discuss ways to promote the skills necessary to cope with the fourth industrial revolution in developing countries. The session will be held on Sunday, December 15 at 12:30 p.m.

Combating Extremism & Hate Speech on Digital Platforms

The session examines ways to combat hate speech and violence incitement on social media as well as suggested policies to eliminate electronic bullying and discriminatory practices. The session will be held on Monday, December 16 at 12:30 p.m.

Here is the full

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12/10/2019 7:11:05 PM
<![CDATA[King Salman reiterates Palestinian right to state]]>
During his Tuesday speech at the inauguration of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Summit, the king also said the Arab intervention in Yemen will continue to support the Yemeni people and their government. Meanwhile, the GCC states are entitled to protect themselves against ballistic missiles.

The 40th summit of GCC is held in Riyadh to discuss further defense, security, social and economic cooperation between the member states.

Qatari Prince Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani did not attend the summit for the third year in a row. Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have been at odds with Qatar in the past few years, as the two former states accuse the latter of supporting terrorism in the region.
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12/10/2019 4:49:15 PM
<![CDATA[MP calls on international community to protect human rights]]>
In press statements, the chairman of the House of Representatives Human Rights committee called on the United Nations to shoulder its responsibilities to confront human rights violations around the world in general and in Syria, Libya, Yemen, Iraq and Palestine in particular.

He called on all world nations to empower youth through their participation in public affairs issues and employ their potentials in reaching a better future.]]>
12/10/2019 3:34:36 PM
<![CDATA[Cabinet agrees on establishing 'Research Endowment Fund']]>
The establishment of the Research Endowment Fund aims to implement the government's plan, approved by the House of Representatives in July 2018 to support inventors and innovators and offer human capacity development programs and scholarships for young distinguished researchers in universities and research centers.

The fund will also bankroll research activities that require urgent financial support in all fields of technology and fundamental, applied and human science. ]]>
12/10/2019 2:28:21 PM
<![CDATA[UNDP: Egypt makes progress in Human Development Index 2019]]>
Set to be fully issued in January 2020, the report stated that the macroeconomic indicators showed positive trends due to the efforts, measures and policies adopted by the Egyptian Government.

Regarding gender equality, Egypt's performance came above average when compared to Arab countries, but the human development index is still higher for men than for women.

The report indicates that Egypt has a lot of potential to improve social protection, education and governance systems; in addition to empowering women and transforming economic growth into investments that lead to more progress for human development.

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12/10/2019 1:56:16 PM
<![CDATA[Comorian president to attend the Aswan International Forum]]>
The forum will be attended by President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi.

The forum, themed “An Agenda for Sustainable Peace, Security and Development in Africa”, aims to enhance partnership among the African nations and protect the sovereignty and unity of the continent.

It will also tackle terrorism and illegal migration from a social, cultural and economic perspective and ways to promote joint action and contribution to establish the principle of reaching African solutions to African problems as well as promoting peace and development.]]>
12/10/2019 12:40:07 PM
<![CDATA[Meetings of Arab Economic and Social Council committee kick off at AL premises]]>
The three-day meetings will discuss issues related to the implementation of the Arab free trade zone and a Lebanese request to impose protectionist measures on some national products.

Attending the meetings are representatives of Arab ministries of economy.]]>
12/10/2019 11:37:48 AM
<![CDATA[Cypriot FM condemns signing of `memorandum` between Turkey and Libya]]>
He stressed that "the memorandum, inter alia, violates international law and has no legal basis at all."

According to the Cypriot news agency, the minister made this statement while attending a session of the EU Foreign Affairs Council (FAC), held earlier in the day in Brussels.

He asserted that "this development, coupled with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding on military cooperation, raises concerns also in other states in the wider region, while undermining the efforts of the international community to create suitable conditions to allow for a Summit dedicated to finding a political solution to the Libyan problem. "]]>
12/10/2019 11:31:21 AM
<![CDATA['Demand on Housing' report released showing pivotal figures]]>
The fund’s Chairwoman May Abdel Hamid stated that results were derived from 10,000 samples, and that 35 percent of surveyed citizens had already applied for residential units in social housing projects. The official added that the income of 75 percent of the sample matches the maximum monthly salary set for eligibility.

Abdel Hamid declared that 76 percent of Egyptian families own their homes, and that home ownership in Greater Cairo has hit 60 percent, which is a rate that does not exist in many expensive cities in the world. The official highlights that the main reasons behind real estate purchases are marriage and social class enhancement.

For rent rates, the report shows that 25 percent of Greater Cairo dwellers are tenants of residential units in the old rent system, whereas they pay the owners LE 50 on average per month. The new rent system applies to 12 percent of Greater Cairo dwellers and the average of the monthly rent they pay is LE 650. Twenty-two percent of the income of new system tenants goes to rent payment.

The report indicates that 29 percent of Egyptians want to live in the same neighborhood and 47 percent want to reside in the same governorate. Seventy percent of Greater Cairo dwellers want to move to new cities.
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12/9/2019 5:21:59 PM
<![CDATA[Chadian amb. urges benefiting from Egyptian experience]]>
In press remarks on the sidelines of Chadian Defense Minister Mahamat Abali Salah's official visit to Egypt's Arab Organization for Industrialization on Sunday, Abdallah said that African could achieve self-sufficiency through cooperation among its own countries, state's news agency MENA reported.

Meeting the Chadian defense minister, Egyptian Interior Minister Mahmoud Tawfiq affirmed Egypt's support of the African security forces in terms of great interest in cooperation with African countries and Egypt's chairmanship of the African Union.

Tawfiq hailed Salah's visit which shows the depth of ties between Egypt and Chad, welcoming developing of security cooperation between the two countries, especially training the Chadian police staff.

The Chadian minister, for his part, lauded the level of efficiency which the Egyptian Interior Ministry reached and its efforts to maintain the country's stability.

He expressed his interest to benefit from the Egyptian security expertise.

In October, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi met with Chadian President Idress Deby on the sidelines of the Russian- African Forum in Sochi, Russia, according to a statement issued by Egyptian presidential spokesperson Bassam Radi.

Sisi, during the meeting, underlined the strong historic relations between Egypt and Chad, affirming Egypt's keenness to further boost the bilateral relations, taking into account the two countries' mutual consensus on many regional and international issues.]]>
12/9/2019 5:00:36 PM
<![CDATA[Admission opens for 3rd batch of executives leadership program]]>
The program targets public employees aged 30-45, and is designed to educate them on all matters of concern to the Egyptian state, critical thinking, and crisis management.

Eleven thousand had applied to join the second batch but only 80 passed the language, public knowledge, and psychological tests as well as the personal interviews.

The National Training Academy is also the entity in charge of delivering the Presidential Leadership Program (PLP) aimed at training candidates on public administration. The second batch of the program has started the eight-month course in November. The academy was founded in 2017 to spearhead education and development in Egypt but its work expanded to include African candidates as well.

The commencement of the first batch of the African Presidential Leadership Program (APLP) took place in the seventh edition of the National Youth Conference, which was held in the New Administrative Capital (NAC) on July 30-31 and hosted 1,500 participants.
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12/9/2019 4:19:03 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi urges drafting project to identify talents in scientific fields]]>
Sisi's remarks came in a meeting with Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Khaled Abdel Ghaffar, and Communications Minister Amr Talaat, presidential spokesman Bassam Radi said.

The meeting discussed efforts to develop the higher education sector and scientific research, and reviewed the executive status of national projects in that sector, including the establishment of new private, governmental, international, and technological universities in various governorates.

They also discussed activating the national strategy for artificial intelligence through capacity-building, scientific approaches and scientific research.

During the meeting, Sisi urged intensifying efforts to implement the government's plan of digitization, with the aim of providing the best and latest services to citizens in a simple and easy way.

In November, Madbouli attended the signing of a memorandum of understanding on implementing the digitization and computation project in all government sectors in a number of governorates as part of a plan to develop the governmental work methods in the entire state, state's news agency MENA reported.

The meeting was also attended by Talaat, as well as Local Development Mahmoud Shaarawi.

The step is part of the national role played by Telecom Egypt in supporting the state's strategic plan and implementing the directives of the political leadership as regards finalizing the digitization and computation process in all government sectors, Talaat said following the signing of the MoU.]]>
12/9/2019 12:08:44 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt, China mull establishing movable classrooms]]>
The project will be carried out in collaboration with China's NetDragon company.

The meeting took up various aspects of mutual cooperation, including a plan to teach Chinese at Egyptian schools as a second language in cooperation with Confucius Institute.

It also probed a potential project with Chinese telecoms giant Huawei to build local schools for applied technology, which will qualify graduates for work at telecoms companies.

Moreover, the two sides tackled arrangements for establishing a Chinese Luban workshop at the Advanced Technical School for Maintenance Technology in Nasr City to improve technical education.

The projects fall within the framework of China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), which is envisioned to open new horizons of cooperation, especially at the educational level.]]>
12/9/2019 11:37:47 AM
<![CDATA[World-famous robot Sophia to attend WYF in Sharm El Sheikh]]>
Sophia's invitation comes in light of the forum's great interest in artificial intelligence.

Sources at the forum said that robot Sophia appeared in a video, announcing her participation in the forum.

Sophia was created by the Hong Kong-based Hanson Robotics.

She displays more than 50 facial expressions and uses visual data processing and artificial intelligence to interact with people.]]>
12/9/2019 11:01:50 AM
<![CDATA[Youth Love Egypt, AU-YVC clean Nile waters in Giza]]>
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The founder of “Youth Love Egypt” organization, Ahmed Fathi, said that the campaign aims to raise water and environmental awareness in Africa to protect the existing organisms. Fathi added that the organization has previously launched a campaign in April, named “Cleanshores”, to reduce the consumption of plastic in north of Africa, the campaign included Tunisia, Morocco, and Algeria, it operated in Cairo, Giza and several other governorates.

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The head of Egypt’s African Youth Bureau, Hasan Ghazali, that the participants were provided by the African Union Youth Volunteers Corps (AU-YVC), they represent 54 African states. Ghazali pointed out that the campaign is hosted by the Olympic Center For Training National Teams in Maadi.

The volunteers managed to clean the Nile water of 2 tons of wastes.

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12/9/2019 3:06:29 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt dispatches humanitarian relief aid to Djibouti]]>
General Commander of the Armed Forces Minister of Defense and Military Production Mohamed Zaki ordered the aircraft to fly to Djibouti carrying tents, blankets and foodstuffs on board to be delivered to the people of the African nation to help them confront the impact of the recent floods and torrential rain.]]>
12/8/2019 3:42:28 PM
<![CDATA[New health insurance system to be introduced in Luxor, South Sinai in March]]>
Minister of Health and Population Hala Zayed headed to the governorate on Sunday to check on the hospitals that are being upgraded to operate within the new system. Those are New Isna Specialized Hospital, New Odaisat Hospital, Al-Bayadeya Hospital, International Luxor Hospital, Armant Hospital, Luxor Fever Hospital and Luxor General Hospital.

Nine health units and centers in Luxor will also be part of the system. Those are Qaraya, Adayma, Keman, Al Nogoa Bahary, Thomas 3, Al Hala, Zarnikh, and El Maala.

The Universal Health Insurance System will be fully introduced in all 27 governorates by 2030. The process is taking place over three phases. The first includes Port Said, Ismailiyah, Suez, Luxor, Aswan, and South Sinai. The system was introduced in Port Said in June, registering 506,000 citizens, and will be launched in Ismailiyah in January. Health insurance will be introduced in South Sinai by March as well.

In September, the pilot phase started in Ismailiyah by registering 400 families and upgrading the medical units and centers. Seven hospitals are set to be part of the system in the governorate, while the number of medical units has not yet been decided. The officials who spoke to Egypt Today on condition of anonymity in October said that 16 medical units and centers are being developed and equipped to start operation within the new system at the designated date.
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12/8/2019 3:04:25 PM
<![CDATA[Kuwaiti police search for 2 Kuwaitis charged with assaulting Egyptian ]]>
According to the Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Rai on Sunday, an Egyptian resident in Kuwait reached intensive care in Mubarak Hospital.

Hospital reports confirm that the Egyptian citizen was beaten by a cleaver and a fishing hook which resulted in deep cuts in hisleg arteries and wounds in his head.

According to a security source, the two young men forced him to stop as one of them pulled a cleaver from his car andthe other carried a fishing hook; they blatantly assaulted him.

The source said that a number of witnesses reported the incident to the operations of the Ministry of the Interior.

After awakening, the Egyptian young man provided a detailed description of the two young men and their vehicle to the police, pointing out that he did not know them.]]>
12/8/2019 3:00:28 PM
<![CDATA[‘Youth Love Egypt’ takes part in COP21 - Napoli ]]>
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‘Youth Love Egypt’ Foundation Chairman Ahmed Fathi and Deputy Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme Joyce Msuya in COP21 - Napoli - Press Photo

The foundation’s delegation is headed by its chairman Ahmed Fathi who met with Deputy Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme Joyce Msuya on the sidelines. ‘Youth Love Egypt’ is an observer within the convention and took part in the preparatory meeting that took place in Athens in October.

'Youth Love Egypt' raises awareness on Fayoum reserves

CAIRO - 27 June 2018: Over the past nine months, the Youth Love Egypt Foundation, a foundation that observes the environment on behalf of the United Nations, has successfully raised awareness among more than 125,0000 visitors of Wadi El-Rayyan and Qaroun Lake in Fayoum.




The meeting discussed “governance-related themes,” including “inter alia, the evaluation of the current UNEP/MAP Mid-Term Strategy and the preparation of the new one for 2022-2027, the Operational Communication Strategy, the roadmap for the preparation of a Data Management Policy, issues of cooperation and partnerships, as well as the work of the Compliance Committee – the body established in 2008 to advise and assist the Contracting Parties in meeting their obligations under the Convention and its Protocols and, to facilitate, promote, monitor and ensure such compliance,” as indicated on the website of the Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Response Centre for the Mediterranean Sea (REMPEC).

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12/8/2019 2:57:55 PM
<![CDATA[In pics: Chinese youth volunteers help clean, protect environment in Cairo]]>
Smiling faces reveal the heartfelt happiness of the volunteers. From green belts, parking spaces, business districts, the front of residential buildings, main roads to alleys, volunteers cleaned up there and here at this street and enjoyed the happy experience of giving. We also exchanged knowledge about waste classification and disposal, and set up plans for better environmental protection.

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After two hours of efforts, 500 meters of the main road was cleaned up. The domestic garbage was sorted, packed into bags and transported to the centralized garbage treatment area. Resala Charity Association staff said, "this is what we have been advocating and actively exploring. We are very happy to carry out this activity with Chinese volunteers. We set up this organization to do well in charity activities, hoping to improve the environment around us through efforts of volunteers. "

From caring for public welfare bit by bit to the magnificent new capital CBD project, the staff members of CSCEC (Egypt) have never stopped working with the Egyptian people to create a better future and expand a happy living environment. From the past to the future, we will also join hands to work out a better blueprint for this beloved land under our feet.

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12/8/2019 2:30:35 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi urges improving ways to identify sport talents]]>
Attended by Prime Minister MostafaMadbouli,the meeting discussed the latest developments in the implementation of the strategic vision of the Ministry of Youth and Sports under Ashraf Sobhi, presidential spokesman BassamRadi said.

During the meeting, Sisiaffirmed his full confidence in the capabilities and promising potentials of Egyptian youth, and highlighted the need to foster these talentsnationwide to contribute to building the nation.

This came shortly afterSisihad honored female and male players and athletic trainers who won African and global championships, state's news agency MENA reported.

The honored are Egypt's U23 national football team, the national Karate team, the Squash team, as well as the Paralympic team, according to Radi.

Sisi'sremarks also come only few days ahead of the World Youth Forum held annually under hisauspices in South Sinai's SharmEl-Sheikh. The forum will kick off on December 14. They also come a week after Sisihadwitnessed the appointment of new governors and deputy governors, where youth were highly represented.
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12/8/2019 1:38:50 PM
<![CDATA[Video: World’s largest wind farm in Egypt’s Gabal El Zeit ]]>


The farm was built in a budget worth LE12 billion and is equipped with a bird control radar system to stop the turbines when migrant birds are passing.

Egypt to sign contract with Siemens to build two wind stations

CAIRO - 16 October 2019: The Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC) will sign an agreement with Siemens Gamesa to build two wind power plants, an official source at the Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy said on Wednesday.




Gabal El Zeit wind farm is located southern Ras Ghareb city in the Red Sea governorate, and was inaugurated in July 2018 by President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi via video conference.

Renewables’ contribution in Egypt’s energy mix is planned to become 20 percent and 42 percent by 2022 and 2035, respectively.
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12/8/2019 12:21:27 PM
<![CDATA[Renaissance Dam talks to be continued in Washington on Wednesday]]>
The ministers will assess the outcome of the two previous meetings which mainly addressed the mechanism of filling and operating the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) being built on the Blue Nile, according to a statement by the Water Resources Ministry released on Sunday.

This is the third meeting of four rounds of talks being held in accordance with an agreement reached in a US-brokered meeting between the three parties in Washington in November to break the deadlock in negotiations.

The first meeting was held in Ethiopia on November 15-16 and the second meeting was held in Cairo on December 2-3.

Egypt and Ethiopia are at loggerheads over the $4-billion dam; Cairo voiced concern over its water share [55.5 billion cubic meters] after Ethiopia started building the dam on the Blue Nile in May 2011. A series of tripartite talks between the two countries along with Sudan began in 2014. One year later, the three countries signed the Declaration of Principles, per which the downstream countries [Egypt and Sudan] should not be negatively affected by the construction of the dam.

However, Cairo has 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.

Later, the United States sent an invitation to the three countries to resume the talks. Meetings were held with foreign and water ministers of Egypt and Upper stream countries, in the presence of United States Secretary of Treasury Steven Mnuchin and a representative from the World Bank.

President Donald Trump praised the meeting with the top representatives ofthe three countries, saying on his Twitter that it “went well and discussions will continue during the day!”

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi also lauded the constructive and pivotal role played by President Trump and the US, which reflects the depth of the strategic relations between Egypt and the United States. The president said that this would contribute to reaching an agreement on the filling and operation of GERD and promoting stability and development in East Africa.]]>
12/8/2019 12:17:29 PM
<![CDATA[PM witnesses start of digging of Maspero underground metro station]]>
He said the underground metro is a vital means of transportation carrying millions of commuters daily, noting that President Abdel Fattah El Sisi gave orders to finalize remaining stages of the subway.

Madbouli made the remarks as the deep drilling machine started digging the Maspero metro station within the framework of the first part of the third stage of Greater Cairo underground metro.

The premier underlined that the underground metro is one of key solutions for streamlining traffic.

Transport Minister Kamel el Wazir said the third stage of the underground metro Line 3 will stretch from Attaba till Cairo University. It is 17.7 kilometers long and includes 15 tunnels and at-grade stations.

It will be carried out over three stages.

Cairo Metro Line 3 aims to connect Attaba Station with the already existing Gamal Abdel Nasser Station through 26th of July Street then it will continue on its way onto northern Maspero and run under both branches of the Nile passing through Zamalek island at Zamalek Station until reaching the Kit Kat Station under the Kit Kat Square.

The metro's Line 3 cost is estimated at 97 billion pounds, he said.]]>
12/8/2019 12:09:39 PM
<![CDATA[World states mark Int'l Anti-Corruption Day]]>
Corruption is recognized as a major obstacle and anti-corruption as a key accelerator to sustainable development.

"To mark International Anti-Corruption Day, we will leverage the recognition of the multi-year "United Against Corruption" theme and will continue to support the 2030 Agenda, which forms the backbone of the campaign," UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said in a word on this occasion.

Every year $1 trillion is paid in bribes while an estimated $2.6 trillion are stolen annually through corruption – a sum equivalent to more than 5 per cent of the global GDP. In developing countries, according to the United Nations Development Program, funds lost to corruption are estimated at 10 times the amount of official development assistance.

Corruption is a serious crime that can undermine social and economic development in all societies. No country, region or community is immune.

We must unite against corruption to stop the drain on resources caused by illicit financial flows. The United Nations Convention against Corruption, ratified by nearly every country in the world, gives us the means to strengthen our commitment to addressing this issue.

On this International Day, I urge people everywhere to continue to work on innovative solutions to win the battle against corruption and to ensure that precious resources serve the peoples of the world.

According to the 2018 Corruption Perceptions Index from Transparency International, Denmark ranks first place out of 180 countries and it has consistently been in the top-4 since the publication of the first report in 1995.

The index, which ranks 180 countries and territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption according to experts and business people, uses a scale of 0 to 100, where 0 is highly corrupt and 100 is very clean. More than two-thirds of countries score below 50 on this year’s CPI, with an average score of just 43.

The World Bank estimates that 20 - 40 per cent of water sector finances are lost to corrupt practices. Similar rates apply for the transport and energy sectors. In some sectors, this is exacerbated by criminal activities. Between 15 - 30 per cent of global logging activities are illegal. In key countries that produce tropical timber, this rate can be as high as 50 – 90 per cent of the volume of all forestry. ]]>
12/8/2019 12:07:38 PM
<![CDATA[1st edition of Aswan forum to kick off Wednesday]]>
The forum comes upon an initiative by President Sisi immediately after assuming the chairmanship of the African Union.

The event will bring together heads of state and government, representatives from regional and international organisations and financial institutions, members of the private sector and civil society, and scholars and experts for action-oriented and forward-looking discussions on the threats, challenges and opportunities for Africa in the years ahead.

The Aswan Forum is the first of its kind platform in Africa to address the interlinkages between peace and development, and champion Africa-led solutions, through strengthening the policies-practices linkages.

This year’s theme is “An Agenda for Sustainable Peace, Security and Development in Africa”.

As part of the forum activities, a workshop titled "Silencing the Guns in Africa: Owning the Prevention Agenda" will be held.

The other workshops will address forced displacement and mixed migration in Africa, energy security, financial Inclusion for sustainable development and peace, financing post-conflict economic recovery, advancing African women’s meaningful contribution to peace, security and development as well as peace, security & development in the Red Sea & Gulf of Aden.]]>
12/8/2019 12:05:45 PM
<![CDATA[Death toll in Baghdad attack rises to 23]]>
More than 127 others were wounded by gunfire and stabbings targeting anti-government protesters near Tahrir Square, police and medical sources said. The death toll includes three members of the police.

Thousands of Iraqis have occupied the central square and three nearby bridges which lead to the city’s Green Zone for weeks, calling for the complete uprooting of the current political system.

Security sources said they could not identify the gunmen who attacked protesters.

The incident was followed by further intimidation early on Saturday morning, as unknown gunmen drove in a convoy down the main riverside street which leads to Tahrir Square, firing a volley of shots toward it.

The heavily armed, masked gunmen roamed the street near the square and attempted to advance onto Tahrir Square but were eventually turned around at a checkpoint manned by Iraq’s security forces, witnesses said.

The incidents were the most violent flare-ups in the capital for weeks and came a week after Iraqi’s prime minister, Adel Abdul Mahdi, said he would resign following two months of anti-government protests.

Friday’s deadly attack came hours after Washington imposed sanctions on three Iranian-backed Iraqi paramilitary leaders who it accused of directing the killing of Iraqi protesters. A senior U.S. Treasury official suggested the sanctions were timed to distance those figures from any role in forming a new government.]]>
12/7/2019 2:17:48 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi's message to Pope Francis reflects appreciation for Vatican's efforts to spread tolerance]]>
This came in a message handed over by Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, while wrapping up his visit to the Vatican City, to Pope Francis, the head of the Catholic Church and sovereign of the Vatican City State.

Shoukry conveyed to the pontiff the greetings of president Sisi and Egypt's appreciation for relations with the Vatican that have developed throughout the years, said Spokesman for the Foreign Ministry Ahmed Hafez.]]>
12/7/2019 2:14:37 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian-Russian naval drill "Friendship Bridge 2019" concludes]]>
The naval military exercise is deemed one of the biggest within the northern fleet of the Mediterranean Operations Theater.

A number of naval units, frigates, rocket launchers, auxiliary supply ships and divisions of the special navy forces from both sides took part in the drill.

The drill showed the efficiency and competent skills of the participating forces from both sides in planning, managing and controlling the naval units along with tackling various forms of threats.

Navy top brass from both sides were present at the final stage of the drill.]]>
12/7/2019 1:56:21 PM
<![CDATA[FM affirms Egypt's steadfast stance towards Palestinian issue]]>
Shoukry remarks came during his meeting with Vatican Secretary for Relations with States Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, according to a statement released by the foreign spokesperson Ahmed Hafez.

The statement reported that the two sides exchanged views on regional issues of common concern, as the Vatican Foreign Minister was keen to listen to the Egyptian assessment on developments in the situation in Libya, Syria and the African Sahel region.

Shoukry affirmed Egypt’s keenness to continue consultation and coordination between Cairo and the Vatican regarding issues of pivotal and important issues for both parties, whether at the bilateral or regional level.

The foreign minister also expressed Egypt's pride in relations with the Vatican and appreciation of positive development witnessed in the various issues of common interest.

The minister also reviewed efforts exerted by Cairo to promote the values of citizenship and freedom of religion, which was appreciated by the Vatican top diplomat.

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12/7/2019 1:10:44 PM
<![CDATA[Youth from international business circles to participate in Aswan Forum: FM]]>
Shoukry pointed out that youth are represented in all African business circles, as well as international work, saying "Youth are the future".

In his interview with Sky news channel, the minister also added that the forum will witness a huge number of youth from all the African countries.



He pointed out that Egypt is a pioneer in caring for and empowering young people, stressing that Egypt had taken the lead in the Arab-African Youth Conference, which provided a wider opportunity for youth participation in this event.

The forum is set to be held on December 11-12th in Upper Egypt’s Aswan governorate.
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12/7/2019 12:48:41 PM
<![CDATA[Trump calls for World Bank to stop loaning to China]]>
The World Bank on Thursday adopted a plan to aid China with $1 billion to $1.5 billion in low-interest loans annually through June 2025.

"Why is the World Bank loaning money to China? Can this be possible? China has plenty of money, and if they don't, they create it. STOP!" Trump wrote in a post on Twitter.

On Thursday, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told lawmakers on the House Financial Services Committee that the United States had objected to the World Bank’s new five-year framework for lending to China and working on projects there.

“We negotiated significant reductions in China lending with a path to get below $1 billion,” Mr. Mnuchin said.]]>
12/7/2019 12:25:38 PM
<![CDATA[FM: Terrorism poses major threat to peace, stability, development]]>
The top Egyptian diplomat underlined the necessity of targeting all organizations that adopt the extremist thought and use religion as a cover for their own political goals, including the Muslim Brotherhood, Boko Haram and Al Shabab, along with Daesh and al Qaeda.

Shoukry's remarks came during his participation in a special session held on the sidelines of the Rome Mediterranean Dialogues (MED 2019) conference in Italy to review Egypt's view on the situation in the Middle East, Spokesman for the Foreign Ministry Ahmed Hafez said.

Shoukry also shed light on the important and vital role played by Egypt to strengthen regional security and stability, as well as its endeavors to settle armed conflicts, the spokesman added.

With regard to mounting challenges in the Mediterranean region, Shoukry asserted the importance of reaching comprehensive political settlements to regional crises as a prerequisite for any serious endeavor towards peace and stability.

Concerning the Palestinian issue, Egypt's top diplomat called for finding a just and final solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, which guarantees the establishment of an independent Palestinian state, with Al Quds as its capital.

As for the situation in Libya, Shoukry stressed the need for serious action to resolve the Libyan crisis, while preserving the unity and territorial integrity of the North African country.

In a related context, the foreign minister pointed to the negative impact of signing of a military cooperation agreement and a maritime boundaries deal between Turkey and Libya, as they violate the 2015 Skhirat agreement and undermine efforts to reach a comprehensive political settlement.

Regarding Egypt's foreign relations, Shoukry affirmed that his country is keen on establishing good and balanced relations with international partners, in particular its strategic ties with the US, the EU, Russia and China.

The foreign minister talked about the link between development and stability, calling for exerting more efforts to create a conducive environment for the promotion of North-South trade and investment as well as the empowerment of youth and women. ]]>
12/7/2019 12:23:28 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian fighter jet crashed but pilot safe: military spox]]>
Tamer al-Rifae said the jet was involved in a training. The pilot managed to eject using a parachute, Rifae said, but did not further explain the condition of the pilot.

A specialized technical committee is working to find the cause of the sudden technical issues that led to the plane crash, he added.]]>
12/6/2019 1:23:10 PM
<![CDATA[Gov't denies increasing rail fares starting 2020]]>
The media center of the cabinet has communicated with the Ministry of Transportation that also denied any increases in train ticket prices.

The ministry further clarified that the ministry has been relying on new alternatives to maximize taking advantage of the Railway Authority resources to complete the railway facility development plan without increasing ticket prices.

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12/6/2019 1:13:06 PM
<![CDATA[Ministry releases app for New Urban Communities Authority]]>NUCA, to feature all the updates, offers and news regarding the authority.

Assistant Housing Minister for the NUCA Affairs Walid Abbas has further clarified that the application aims at achieving the highest transperancy possible by diversifying sources of information, especially those related to investment opportunities.

The application also allows and eases communication between the authority and citizens.

Abbas also said the application updates include all land and unit proposals, tenders, information regarding new cities, investment opportunities, and mechanisms of communication with the new cities authorities.

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12/6/2019 12:37:14 PM
<![CDATA[Palestinian amb.: We thank Egypt for its key role towards our cause]]>
During a seminar organized by the Journalists Syndicate, al Louh affirmed that his government will not sign any agreements with Israel until releasing all of the Palestinian prisoners in jails.

He said that Israel doesn’t want the Palestinians to have their own independent country. “All what we want now is to establish an independent, fully sovereign Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital. We do not want a state without Gaza.” al Louh added.

Al Louh noted that Cairo’s role towards the Palestinian cause cannot be ignored, as Egypt has given a lot and still doing a lot of efforts for our cause.

Last April, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas praised Egypt's efforts at various levels to resolve the Palestinian cause and protect the rights of the Palestinian people during his meeting in Cairo with the Egyptian president, presidential spokesman Bassam Radi said.

The meeting was attended by Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukri and Intelligence Chief Abbas Kamel. Secretary-General of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) Saeb Erekat, Foreign Minister Riyad Al-Maliki, and Palestinian Ambassador to Egypt Diab al-Louh also attended.

During the meeting, Abbas stressed the importance he attaches to the coordination with President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi concerning the Palestinian situation and ways to deal with the challenges facing the Palestinian people.

He also reviewed the determinants of the Palestinian situation in light of the recent developments.

For his part, President Sisi affirmed Egypt's full support for the Palestinian stance to reach a political settlement, highlighting the need to reach a just and comprehensive solution leading to the establishment of an independent Palestinian state, with East Jerusalem as its capital.



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12/5/2019 8:24:44 PM
<![CDATA[3 terrorists killed in fire exchange with police in North Sinai ]]>
According to the statement, the National Security Sector obtained information that a group of terrorist elements is present in the Jalbana area in North Sinai, as they plan for a series of attacks on security checkpoints in the same area.

Once they received the information, security bodies moved immediately to determine the location of these terrorist elements.

The forces tracked three of those elements riding a motorcycle as they are poised to launch an attack. The terrorists fire heavily towards the forces, and then fire exchange was launched leading to the killing of the elements, and the seizure of their weapons.

The weapons included: two automatic rifles, a gun, a quantity of ammunition and two hand grenades. All legal procedures have been taken, and investigations kicked off into the incident.

This comes as part of the ministry’s continued efforts in tracking and prosecuting terrorist elements involved in hostile operations that claimed the lives of many martyrs among the armed forces, the police and ordinary people.
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12/5/2019 4:37:09 PM
<![CDATA[UNESCO: Egypt made progress in adult learning, education]]>
In its fourth Global Report on Adult Learning and Education released on Thursday, UNESCO said the labour force participation rate for women is particularly low in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia.

“Neglecting disparities in labour force participation comes with high economic and social costs. As an example, it is estimated that if women in the United Arab Emirates and Egypt were to participate in the labour force to the same extent as men, GDP would rise by an estimated 12% and 34% respectively,” the report added.

In the literature, there is growing awareness that strengthening women's core rights, including education and participation in the labour market, is a way to improve their situation, it said.

The report shed light on learning and earning in Cairo’s Garbage City that was developed by an Egyptian non-governmental organization to offer children and young people working in particularly hazardous conditions alternative and safe work environments related to their skills and experience through programmes, projects and activities focused on the environmental and educational aspects of maintaining a business and increasing income.

The programme is designed to be flexible, to adapt to the special circumstances in which young boys in Cairo’s traditional garbage collecting communities, the Zabaleen, find themselves, the report said.

The report revealed that disadvantaged groups – adults with disabilities, older adults, refugees and migrants, and minority groups participate less in adult learning and education in many countries.

The aim of the Global Report on Adult Learning and Education (GRALE) is to deepen knowledge of adult learning and education (ALE) as a key component of lifelong learning across the globe, in order to improve education policies, concepts and practice within the framework of the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Looking ahead, the report stresses the need to increase national investment in ALE, reduce participation costs, raise awareness of benefits and improve data collection and monitoring, particularly for disadvantaged groups.

In addition, by ensuring that donor countries respect their aid obligations to developing countries, ALE can be made a key lever in empowering and enabling adults, as learners, workers, parents, and active citizens, according to the report.]]>
12/5/2019 2:44:31 PM
<![CDATA[PM officially launches APRM mission in Egypt]]>
APRM is concerned with governance and supporting wise ruling in Africa.

The announcement by the premier came during a meeting he held on Thursday with APRM review mission head Ibrahim Gambari in the presence of Minister of Planning Hala el Saeed.

Madboulli welcomed Gambari and his accompanying delegation and lauded cooperation between Egypt and APRM, asserting that APRM is an important tool to achieve the targets of sustainable development in Africa.

He said that he is looking forward to achieving a leap in cooperation in the different fields.

The Egyptian government is working on shoring up its social and economic reform program, Madbouli said.

Meanwhile, Gambari, who is also Head of the Panel of Eminent Persons, said that the mission is visiting Egypt for the review of its voluntary "self-assessment report".

During the meeting, Saeed said that Egypt was keen on preparing the report in light of its membership to APRM and the presidency of President Abdel Fattah El Sisi to the African Union, noting that its action asserts its pioneering role in Africa.

The self-assessment report was prepared in consistency with Egypt strategic vision 2030 and the agenda of sustainable development 2063, Saeed said.

The African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) was initiated in 2002 and established in 2003 by the African Union in the framework of the implementation of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD).

APRM is a tool for sharing experiences, reinforcing best practices, identifying deficiencies, and assessing capacity-building needs to foster policies, standards and practices that lead to political stability, high economic growth, sustainable development and accelerated sub-regional and continental economic integration.

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12/5/2019 2:37:27 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt, UAE ink 1st joint executive program to protect environment]]>
Egyptian Minister of Tourism Rania el Mashat attended the meeting.

Fouad and Zeyoudi discussed a number of environmental issues of mutual interest especially environmental tourism and managing nature reserves.

Fouad said that the meeting took up the file of negotiations in the COP 25 held in Spain and the role of Egypt and the UAE in pushing forward the talks on Paris agreement to reach executive mechanisms and unify the Arab visions on the issue of climate change so as to serve the best interest of the Arab countries and push up their efforts to face the impact of climate change.

Meanwhile, Zeyoudi asserted that cooperation with Egypt is continuous in a number of spheres including those of nature protectorates and environmental investment.

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12/5/2019 1:37:39 PM
<![CDATA[4 Egyptians killed in Sudan's ceramic factory fire: Foreign Ministry]]>
Assistant Foreign Minister for Consular and Egyptian Expats’ Affairs Yasser Mahmoud Hashem said in a press release that the blast, that took place during the delivery of liquefied natural gas to the factory’s warehouses, killed over 20 people of different nationalities.

He added that Egypt’s Ambassador to Sudan Hosam Eisa immediately contacted the director of the factory and Sudanese officials to take all required legal actions.

The ministry extended its heart-felt condolence to the families of the victims.



The Central Committee of Sudan Doctors on Tuesday reported the death of six people and the injury of 42 others during the blaze.


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12/5/2019 1:22:24 PM
<![CDATA[2.7 million women screened as part of presidential health initiative: Min.]]>
Kicked off in July 2019 as part of the presidential 100 Million Healthy Lives initiative, the first phase of the women health campaign included examining more than 2.1 million women, spokesman for the Health Ministry Khaled Megahed said.

Meanwhile, 510,259 women have been screened in the campgain’s second phase, launched in November, Megahed added.

The second phase covers the governorates of Cairo, North Sinai, Red Sea, Kafr el Sheikh, Ismailia, Suez, Menoufia, along with Beni Suef, Sohag, Aswan, and Luxor.

The location of the health campaign’s medical units could be known through the official website http://www.100millionseha.eg. Complaints also could be received through the hotline 14335.

The spokesman added that the campaign aims to examine 30 million Egyptian women whose age is above 18 for diabetes, hypertension, obesity diseases and breast cancer with treatment to be provided for all detected cases for free.

He said the campaign also seeks raising women's awareness of health culture and the importance of early examination so as to avoid short -and long- term health complications, adding that it also aims to promote reproductive health and family planning.]]>
12/5/2019 1:14:00 PM
<![CDATA[Speaker: Egypt keen to provide support for S.Sudan in health field]]>
During his meeting here with South Sudanese health minister Riek Gai Kok, Abdel Aal said that the Egyptian delegation is visiting South Sudan to get acquainted with the facts on the ground and offer real support.

Abdel Aal affirmed the importance of activating cooperation with South Sudan and transferring Egypt’s expertise in the health field to the brotherly country.

Meanwhile, the South Sudanese minister lauded the Egyptian delegation’s visit, asserting that Egypt has translated its stances in support of South Sudan into practical actions.

He also expressed his appreciation for Egypt’s constant support to South Sudan in the health field, stressing that there is no health system in South Sudan without Egypt. ]]>
12/5/2019 1:02:20 PM
<![CDATA[Cabinet reviews government's efforts to combat 'black cloud']]>
Speaking at a cabinet meeting, under Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli, the minister said that the government’s efforts in this file are based on several axes; recycling rice straw, reducing vehicle exhaust, controlling emissions from industrial facilities and dealing with the open area burning of municipal wastes in addition to launching awareness-raising programs in this regard.

The rate of rice straw collected by the citizens after raising their awareness towards its economic value has reached 80%, Fouad said.

As many as 38,000 public transport vehicles have been examined as part of the government's system and 20% of them were found to be violating the permissible limits of emissions, compared with 23% in 2018, Fouad added.

She also said that 6,160 industrial facilities were inspected, adding that 23% of them were violating the permissible limits of emissions.

The number of cases recorded for carrying out open burning activities were reduced by 34% compared to cases registered in 2018, she added. ]]>
12/5/2019 12:50:56 PM
<![CDATA[Planning Ministry launches 'Sharek 2030' mobile application]]>
In a statement, Minister Hala el Saeed said the application will expound the country's development vision in a simplified way and will provide enough information on strategic projects and development programs in application of the transparency principle adopted by the government to achieve the 2030 development goals.

The app aims at enhancing interaction between the government and citizens and increasing citizens' participation in development projects, she added.

The app will allow citizens to follow up and assess the under-construction development projects, said Assistant Planning Minister for Sustainable Development Plan Affairs Gamil Helmi.

The application includes the 17 goals of the development strategy and all related development programs and projects, he added.

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12/5/2019 12:47:30 PM
<![CDATA[FAO launches regional conference on improving water productivity in agriculture]]>
This three-day conference is the first meeting of the “Collaborative Platform on Water Productivity” of the regional Initiative on Water Scarcity (IWS) for NENA. This conference is gathering researchers, young innovators and policy makers in a scientific arena to discuss the status of water productivity in the region, the challenges facing the agricultural sector and the available solutions.

The conference is also supported by the FAO regional project “Implementing the 2030 Agenda on Water Efficiency, Productivity and Sustainability in the Near East and North Africa,” funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA).

The conference is allowing experts to debate on methods for Water Productivity (WP) improvement, and the role of WP in reinforcing agricultural sustainability, promoting economic development, maintaining social stability and protecting the environment in rural areas and cities.

In his inaugural speech, Philippe Ankers, FAO Sub-Regional Coordinator for North Africa, said that “projections show that the frequency of drought could increase by 20 to 60 percent before the end of the century, and that no other region was touched by desertification as much as the Near East and North Africa.”

He called for acting “quickly” to address “the triple burden of sustainable water management, climate change, and food security and nutrition.”

Mr. Ankers urged experts, decision-makers and young innovators to help transform the way we use water in the short-, mid- and long-term, hoping that the collaborative platform created by FAO can facilitate this process.


In preparation of the conference, FAO hosted a series of regional training sessions:

- From 28 November to 3 December, experts learned how to do soil salinity mapping.

- From 1 to 3 December, FAO offered a training on the WaPOR software application, which is dedicated to crop mapping using remote sensing.

- on December 3rd, training on water accounting was delivered to familiarize participants with general water accounting/auditing concepts and help them recognize the differences between consumptive vs. non-consumptive uses and beneficial and non-beneficial uses, and identify uncertainty to reduce water budget.

- On 2-3 December, a high-level meeting on the AquaCrop software was held with the aim of assessing the status of the application platform and the need for updating it, in addition to proposing a comprehensive approach for training, dissemination, and the development of new applications using AquaCrop in the future.

Youth Participation

The conference is also an opportunity to showcase innovative software solutions developed by young university students in Tunisia. The student software developers took part in a “Hackathon” launched on October 1st, 2019 at the Technopark of Manouba University during a seminar on “Smart Irrigation”. That event was attended by researchers, professionals, students and technology start-ups.

Eight student groups - around 40 students - from various universities are competing in the Hackathon and have been able to develop their ideas at the co-working space Al-Gazala Incubator Park of the Technopark. The results of their efforts will be evaluated by a special jury, including FAO experts, and the winners will be announced during the conference.

Marketplace

The conference will also play host to an innovation “marketplace”, an open space for sharing knowledge. The marketplace will be a physical space on the sidelines of the conference where the FAO collaborative platform on water productivity can be demonstrated.

It is also a space where farmers/practitioners can meet experts in an informal setting and all participants can share their knowledge, discuss the exhibited posters, tools, and contributions in a relaxed manner. The marketplace is organized around the themes of the conference.

This conference and associated projects are part of the Regional Initiative on Water Scarcity (IWS) launched by FAO in 2013 to support the countries of the NENA region to address two of their most urgent challenges: food security and water security for sustainable economic and social development in a context of water scarcity.]]>
12/4/2019 4:51:03 PM
<![CDATA[Giza governorate denies spread of meningitis among school students]]>
In a statement on Wednesday, Giza Governor Ahmed Rashed said that the municipal health affairs directorate has asserted that there have been no confirmed cases of meningitis in any schools or in any area in the governorate.

All precautionary measures are taken towards any suspected cases, Rashed underscored.

The Giza health affairs directorate is currently vaccinating the targeted categories of school students to protect them from meningitis, he said, adding that the vaccination campaign has already covered 80% of the governorate.

Work is under way to vaccinate the rest, he said.]]>
12/4/2019 3:43:19 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt, EU discuss joint cooperation in education]]>
The two sides discussed means of benefiting from the European experience in the educational domain and the university role in spreading the culture of the Mediterranean along with the values of modernity and fighting extremism.

Othman underlined the necessity of cooperation between Egypt and the EU in different files such as fighting terrorism, extremism and poverty along with achieving stability in the south of the Mediterranean.

He urged the EU to support Egypt in its battle against terrorism and backwardness.

Surkos underlined the important location of Egypt in southern part of the Mediterranean, noting that the EU is supporting the stability and development process in Egypt.

He pointed out that the EU has good relations with Egypt within a framework of joint cooperation and investment for the future.]]>
12/4/2019 3:41:36 PM
<![CDATA[NCW, UN Women organize panel discussion on movie addressing violence, FGM]]>
During her speech, Dr. Maya Morsi expressed her content for the success of “Between Two Seas” that was qualified to receive many awards from international film festivals.

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Dr. Morsi praised the cooperation between NCW and UN Women, pointing out that this film is a result of more than two years of consecutive work. Dr. Morsi was also keen to thank all the film crew and cast especially the author Mariam Naoum and the director Anas Tolba, in addition to NCW and UN Women teams.

Dr. Morsi also highlighted that the Ministry of Culture, headed by Dr. Inas Abdel Dayem, will provide the opportunity to screen the film in cultural centers in all governorates.

She further expressed hopes that the film reaches every home in Egypt, noting that there is a law that criminalizes FGM in Egypt. Additionally, Dr. Morsi mentioned the National Council for Women is raising awareness against FGM through the knocking door campaigns currently being implemented during the 16 days activism in 8 governorates, where female genital mutilation is highly prevalent, pointing out that the film discusses violence against women in general and not only FGM.

Dr. Morsi expressed her desire in having more of such films that help in positively impacting societies. Dr. Maya acknowledged that even though the film has won many awards in international film festivals, but the National Council for women was keen to honor the film’s crew and cast in the council, which is the home of Egyptian women.

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In her remarks, Ms. Gielan Elmessiri, UN Women Head of Office, expressed her gratitude to the NCW and the existing partnership with UN Women that is based on cooperation and team spirit, looking forward to more successes in the future.

Ms. Elmessiri thanked the author Mariam Naoum for her work that succeeded in featuring many important issues from a gender perspective, noting that the film portrays the life of different women and the challenges they face. Ms. Elmessiri also expressed her hope for the film to reach as many members of the public and that it contributes to creating a public debate around these important issues that impact on the family as a whole to contribute to positive behavioral change and eliminating harmful practices.

Ms. ElMessiri also highlighted that UN Women is working with NCW to implement various activities to eliminate violence against women, including supporting the efforts of the Women's Complaints Office in the NCW and collaborates with the Ministry of Social Solidarity to improve the capacity of women’s shelters that receive women survivors of violence.

The first session of the panel discussion entitled “Violence Against Women between Inherited Traditions and Reality” was led by Dr. Suzan AlQaliny, a member of the National Council for Women. Dr. AlQaliny confirmed that the cinema plays a crucial role in changing social norms as well as amending some laws.

Dr. Suzan added that the film is unique in all aspects including the storyline and the actor’s excellent performance. During the session, Mariam Naoum, the author, clarified that the film’s scriptwriting process went through different stages in order to be finalized in a way that the final product would reach out to a wide range of audience and have an impact on the viewers. The two actors, Mahmoud Fares and Fekry Selim also participated in this session reflecting on their experience in the film through the roles that they played.

The second session, which was moderated by Dr. Lubna Khairy, a member of the Media Committee at the Council, through which she expressed her content with the success of the film and how it presented different forms of violence against women including FGM, denial to education and work. The panel included actress Fatma Adel who stated that all forms of violence against women are equally dangerous which furthers women’s sense of inferiority and destroys her dreams.

Fatma stressed on the important role that parents play in supporting girls and protecting them from all forms of violence and raising their son to respect women. Finally, Abdelrahman ElGarawany, Executive Producer, stated that Axeer, the National Council for Women and UN Women have partnered on different projects before including the song “Nour” and the short movie “Mariam and the Sun”. Garawany mentioned that the film discusses FGM as a crime and the role of ignorance and illiteracy in the spread of this scourge in society, one of the biggest disasters that we face in our societies.]]>
12/4/2019 12:58:45 PM
<![CDATA[Irrigation ministry denies issuing 'joint statement' at end of GERD talks]]>
According to a statement released by the ministry that the talks looked forward to the resumption of negotiations during a ministerial meeting to be held on December 9 in Washington, noting that it issued only one statement on the talks that concluded recently.

The ministers discussed the results of their first meeting held in Addis Ababa in November 15 -16, in a bid to reach an agreement on the rules of filling and operating the dam and its reservoir based on Cairo's desire to hammer out a fair and balanced deal for harmonizing the High Aswan Dam and the GERD, the statement added.

They agreed to continue their technical discussions and consultation over all sticky points left unresolved during the Addis Ababa meeting at the next meeting that will be held in Khratoum, Sudan at the end of December.

At the first round of the second meeting held on Dec. 2, Egyptian Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation Mohamed Abdel Aty expressed his hopes to reach an agreement on the filling and operation of the GERD by January 15, 2020, ensuring a clear path towards a win-win situation, where all parties' interests are served.

The meeting was attended by his counterparts from Ethiopia, Sudan with the participation of a representative of the World Bank and a representative of the United States of America.

In Dec. 2, Ethiopian Irrigation and Energy Minister Selshy Bekely stated that the second meeting of the ministries concerned with water affairs succeeded in addressing the technical problems related to the operation of the Renaissance Dam in coordination with Egypt and Sudan.

“Ethiopia attaches great importance to these meetings in order to reach decisions on the Renaissance Dam that respect all agreements.Since September 2018, we have held five meetings on water and this dam,” Bekely added.

The minister noted that the observers played an important role and helped provide adviceand that the three countries focused on the technical problems.He also said that the river is very important for Egypt and Sudan and that Ethiopia has the right to use the resources of the river.

He explained that his country has made great progress in determining the duration of operation and construction of this dam, which will extend between 4 and 7 years.

For his part, Sudanese Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources Yasser Abbas stressed,"Progress in this file does not mean to only defend our interests and the rights of our people, but also to seek new opportunities to enhance joint cooperation between our countries."

The Sudanese minister suggested two options to solve the problems related to the dam."I have two suggestions for these talks to be constructive; the first one is to continue the talks and build on what was done in Addis Ababa, and the second option is to focus on two or three issues such as long-term operation and how much water is flowing.This should facilitate solving a lot of issues to finally know when we will start filling this dam.”

Egypt and Ethiopia are at loggerheads over the $4-billion dam; Cairo voiced concern over its water share [55.5 billion cubic meters] after Ethiopia started building the dam on the Blue Nile in May 2011. A series of tripartite talks between the two countries along with Sudan began in 2014. One year later, the three countries signed the Declaration of Principles, per which the downstream countries [Egypt and Sudan] should not be negatively affected by the construction of the dam.

However, Cairo has 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.

Later, the United States sent an invitation to the three countries to resume the talks. Meetings were held with foreign and water ministers of Egypt and Upper stream countries, in the presence of United States Secretary of Treasury Steven Mnuchin and a representative from the World Bank.

President Donald Trump praised the meeting with the top representatives ofthe three countries, saying on his Twitter that it “went well and discussions will continue during the day!”

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi also lauded the constructive and pivotal role played by President Trump and the US, which reflects the depth of the strategic relations between Egypt and the United States. The president said that this would contribute to reaching an agreement on the filling and operation of GERD and promoting stability and development in East Africa.

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12/4/2019 12:26:13 PM
<![CDATA[Planning min.: Egypt committed to boosting coop. with Africa in administrative reform]]>
Said made the remarks during the opening of the 40th Round-table Conference of the African Association for Public Administration and Management (AAPAM), which kicked off on Tuesday in Cairo under the auspices of President Abdel Fattah El Sisi.

Proud of belonging to the African community, Egypt takes pride in organizing such an important African event under its current presidency of the African Union (AU), the minister added.

The conference seeks to raise community awareness about service projects across the continent to achieve development, she noted.

AAPAM Secretary General George Scott attended the conference, along with a host of African ministers and ambassadors.

Held under the theme "Transforming Institutions in Africa for Sustainable Development", the conference is scheduled to wrap up on Friday. ]]>
12/4/2019 12:17:52 PM
<![CDATA[Arab Parliament asserts commitment to supporting rights of disabled]]>
In a statement on Wednesday, Salami said that celebrating the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) on December 3 every year aims at merging the disabled with their community and strengthening their economic, social and political rights to provide them with a decent and dignified life.

This year, the IDPD focuses on the empowerment of persons with disabilities for inclusive, equitable and sustainable development as anticipated in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which pledges to ‘leave no one behind’ and recognizes disability as a cross-cutting issues, to be considered in the implementation of its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Disability is referenced in various parts of the SDGs and specifically in parts related to education, growth and employment, inequality, accessibility of human settlements, as well as data collection and monitoring of the SDGs. ]]>
12/4/2019 12:14:45 PM
<![CDATA[FM heads for Rome to attend "Rome MED – Mediterranean Dialogues"]]>
Shoukry will address the event on the Egyptian point of view on a number of regional and international issues.

He will also confer with a number of ministers and officials on means to boost bilateral relations along with issues of mutual interest.

As many as 50 countries will take part in the event which is the main international conference dedicated to the Mediterranean, involving government leaders, representatives of civil society, companies, media and academia of the Mediterranean region.

Rome Med – Mediterranean Dialogues is an annual high-level initiative organized by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and ISPI (Italian Institute for International Political Studies).

The event running from December 5 to 7, aims to draft a “positive agenda” for the Mediterranean region by stimulating debate and new ideas, rethinking traditional approaches and addressing shared challenges at both the regional and the international level. ]]>
12/4/2019 12:12:57 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt-US relations are strategic: Foreign Min. spokesperson]]>
Hafez's tweet came as Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met with new US Ambassador Jonasan Cohen on Tuesday at the Foreign Ministry.



In the same context, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi received on Monday the credentials of the nine newly-appointed ambassadors of US, Angola, Brazil, Zimbabwe, Belarus, Rwanda, Algeria, Sri Lanka and Cyprus.

The president welcomed the new diplomats, wishing them success in their diplomatic mission in Cairo. He reiterated Egypt's keenness on boosting cooperation with their countries in all domains.


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12/3/2019 6:33:28 PM
<![CDATA[Key statements by President Sisi in Damietta projects inauguration]]>
Damietta Furniture City

“Egypt has 100 million inhabitants and the population is growing. The demand on housing and hospitality is increasing...The first phase of new cities encompassing 14 cities will be accomplished by the end of next year. There is room to work [in the furniture sector]...The furniture city will revamp the beautiful products we have here [in Damietta] to be more well done and more appealing... I dream that the city gets the status it deserves and that it becomes a destination for people to buy furniture,” President Sisi said.

“When the furniture city was built, I dreamt of entering the global market not the local market...Does Egypt have importers of furniture? The answer is yes. That means we have not met all tastes and levels in the country. I dream of the international market for our furniture. You, Damietta people, don’t have a dream? I address all Egyptians. Did you stop dreaming or what? Did you stop running down your dreams? What you are witnessing now is a dream I had many years ago. Clearing away slums was my dream when I was young 40 years ago. It wasn’t acceptable to me to have people living on the streets. When I came to this place, I ran after my dream and God helped me,” the president said.

“We had that idea of establishing a center specialized in developing the furniture industry in order to meet the local and international demands...I imagined that people will request a larger number of workshops...Some would suggest that the market is experiencing a slowdown and suffers from problems. Problems will never go away. It’s our role to face such problems and obstacles through legislations and measures in order to protect and develop the industry,” the president said.

President Sisi urged Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprise Development Agency (MSMEDA) to provide assistance to those who want to work in the complex. The president also demanded that the furniture granted in the residential units delivered to former slum dwellers get purchased from Damietta Furniture City. The president directed the Armed Forces Engineering Authority to supervise the new constructions in Damietta Furniture City to ensure that the design endorsed would not be altered.

Chairman of Damietta Furniture City Co. Osama Saleh stated that Egypt’s furniture exports hit $360 million and are expected to record LE2 billion when the city operates fully creating 100,000 direct and indirect jobs. Saleh declared that the company’s capital is LE5 billion while its paid-up capital is LE360. The company has set a target to increase paid-up capital to LE1.3 billion by the end of this year. The cost of Damietta Furniture City construction has reached LE3.1 billion.

10 projects inaugurated by President Sisi in Damietta

CAIRO - 3 December 2019: President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi inaugurated on Tuesday a number of projects in Damietta, including the Furniture Industrial City, a multi-purpose zone in Damietta Port, a number of residential units, an education center, and the first five star hotel in Delta.




The Industrial Sector

President Sisi affirmed that the Egyptian state is serious about modernizing and supporting the industrial sector in the country through offering industrial lands having all utilities needed, and licensed factories. The president added that although such initiatives has cost the state billions, job creation and pushing the industry forward remains a priority.

“The state is providing licensed industrial establishments that enjoy utilities and industrial safety systems as well as exhibition spaces and large factories...There are many people who want lands [immediately] and I do not support this. I work in an organized and planned way. If a city has a surface area of 300 feddans, I will build it by the book. If we start by distributing lands now, everyone will design it as they want,” the president said.

Chairman of the Armed Forces Engineering Authority Ihab al-Far pointed out that 13 new industrial zones will be delivered mid-2020. al-Far presented 45 projects worth LE92 billion executed to support the industrial sector. Those are eight industrial cities, 16 complexes for SMEs, 16 factories, an investment zone, and five infrastructure projects that will serve the industrial zones.

Twenty-two projects have been accomplished. Those include a fast-fashion factory in Qalyoubeya, three complexes for SMEs in Port Said, and two complexes in Badr City and Sadat City housing a total of 498 factories. Twenty-three projects are underway. The most important of which are three investment zones in Benha and Meit Ghamr encompassing a total of 472 industrial units.

Electricity Sector

The president stated the quantity of electricity produced by Egypt over the past five years is equal to that produced over 60 years with an increase of 28,000 MW. The president revealed that the state has spent LE615 billion on the improvement of electricity services.

Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy Mohamed Shaker stated that the complaints agency affiliated to the ministry received 7.4 million complaints between September 21, 2016 and November 17. Currently, 2219 complaints are being examined.

Shaker stated that the national grid has been upgraded so that its quality has hit 99.7 percent. Shaker said that LE22 billion were allocated to the improvement of electricity distribution network. He added that 48 power plants were accomplished over the past few years.

Shaker underlined that Egypt ranks 77th in the Access to Electricity Index pointing out that LE22 billion were invested in the sector, and that the ministry has not have to relieve the grid from peak hour overloads since 2015. Over the same period, 28,000 MW have been added to the grid. “That figure is unprecedented,” Shaker stressed.

Shaker stated that when all planned power plants enter service, the cost of fuel saved will be LE16 billion. He revealed denying a Chinese offer to supply 10 million meters because local companies that produce such meters is high-quality. The minister also revealed that a central control unit will be established in the New Administrative Capital connecting all power plants across the country.

Random Constructions

“The state has been working on resolving the issue of random constructions. The state works on resolving the problems of electricity, wastewater, water, and gas. Hence, the state and the citizens have to respect integrated planning,” the president said.

The president warned of random building as that is costing the state LE3 billion to substitute overhead power lines in areas encroached upon by citizens. “You don’t know what you are doing to your kids and the country,” the president asserted. Minister shaker that until present LE1.7 billion were dedicated to switching from overhead power lines to cables in such areas.

Lakes

“The state is approaching matters that have not been dealt with for 100 years such as developing Manzala lake, which will be over by 2021.” the president said adding that lakes across the country will be rehabilitated in accordance with international standards.

“Old movies used to be shot in lakes,” the president said lamenting that some individuals caused damage to those lakes and went unpunishable, and affirming that the size of achievements taking place in Egypt cannot be imagined.

Other achievements

Minister of Youth and Sport Ashraf Sobhy declared that the number of beneficiaries from the ministry’s projects is 1.2 million and that the cost of investments pumped into the sector in Damietta has recorded LE367 million. The president highlighted that electronic linkage has been introduced in Damietta since May 2019.

Indicating the progress of construction works in Misr al-Guadida, chairman of the Armed Forces Engineering Authority clarified that four bridges will be finished within 15 days. One more will be accomplished on December 30. “We re-routed 7.7 kilometers of water supply pipes, and the neighborhood will experience traffic fluidity. Within 15 days, the second phase of development works in Misr al-Guadida will kick off. Construction of Suez Road is underway and will finish in February. The road will include nine lanes,” al-Far clarified.

Awareness on State Safeguarding

The president reiterated the role of the media in building awareness in respect to the preservation of a pivotal state like Egypt. Sisi also urged officials to hand over the country to future generations in the best shape possible.

“When we talk we talk because of the challenge. There is no challenge that constitutes a danger to Egypt unless it comes from within the country. I hope you contemplate the region around you. When people move, they become able to destroy their countries. There is nothing here. But, would I wait until there something? I will keep repeating [my warnings] until you gain immunity against destroying your country. I will keep repeating myself so I would be fulfilling my duty before God by educating them on the danger of any move,” the president said addressing citizens and media people.

“The state is deploying a huge effort to resolve problems and persuade you [they are being resolved]. People question why I am in a hurry and why I keep repeating the same words. I hope that all officials repeat the same words so that youths who were 10 years old in 2011 and neither saw nor know [what has happened]. Awareness is not confined to people who lived specific events. It extends to the university, mosque, and church. With our stability, we can do much,” Sisi said.

“If you wonder if there is something [wrong], the answer is no. Everything is alright. We need to have a vision for now, tomorrow, and the years to come. The more we have stability, the more we move forward and never turn back. Everything is known and has investments and money allocated to it. If we add Dabaa [nuclear power] plant, we are talking about LE1 trillion [worth of investments in the electricity sector]. We are doing more than great by the virtue of your effort and patience. We are talking about an economic status that was catastrophic in 2016 but now has improved and will get better,” the president stated.
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12/3/2019 6:24:24 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt, UAE agree on confronting terrorism, achieving stability in MENA region]]>
During a phone call, Egypt’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry discussed with his UAE counterpart Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al-Nahyan the latest updates in the Middle East, especially in Syria and Libya.

According to an official statement issued by Egypt’s Foreign Ministry, the two officials agreed on cooperating to reach political solutions for the crises of the Middle East which meet the Arab peoples' aspirations to live a decent and stable life.

Both ministers agreed during their discussions that confronting terrorism and extremism, while refraining from interfering in the Arab countries' internal Affairs are the main goals.

Shoukry and Bin Zayed also agreed on intensifying their communication with the international community in the coming period to reach a political solution for the Libyan crisis to achieve peace and stability for the country.




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12/3/2019 6:20:30 PM
<![CDATA[Cairo Univ. gives priority to care for students with special needs: Cairo Univ. president]]>
Khesht stressed that Cairo University attaches great importance to the file of students with special needs and gives them all the care and attention as a class capable of production, with a great will to work and achieve.

Khesht told Egypt Today that Cairo University has taken many steps to support people with special needs, as it was decided that students with special needs have the right to attend any faculty that suits their circumstances and represent their faculty at the University Students Union.

The president of Cairo University said that the university has launched an initiative to integrate people with special needs in the community. The initiative included many activities such as a training course teaching sign language for university staff and students in the Faculty of Physical Therapy.

Khesht said that Cairo University called on the new Students Union to prioritize the demands of people with special needs to provide a safe environment for them inside the university. It was decided to abolish the term "Mongolian" from all courses at the university.

Khest added that a special unit for people with special needs has been established and is responsible for facilitating the educational process for students with disabilities.

Meanwhile, Interior Minister Mahmoud Tawfik has issued orders on Dec. 2 to allow persons with disabilities to obtain national identity cards, travel documents, and work permits free of charge, for one week starting Dec. 3.

Tawfik's decision came ahead of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, celebrated worldwide on December 3.It also comes within the framework of the ministry's strategy to activate the police's social and humanitarian role.

Furthermore, the Ministry of Interior has been keen to hold courses for officers in police stations to learn sign language in coordination with the Special Union for the Deaf and People with Hearing Impairment.

The training aims to teach ways to deal with the distress of the deaf, mute and people with hearing impairment as an important part of the community that deserves to receive the services provided by the Ministry of Interior.



In the same context, the Ministry of Social Solidarity launched in October an initiative to employ people with disabilities, in cooperation with a private company.

The initiative, dubbed "Hayah Gadida" (New Life), comes as part of national efforts to expand the social protection umbrella for people with special needs, providing monthly cash assistance or providing them with job opportunities.

The Ministry of Manpower and Immigration appointed on September 1,777 youths, including 21 with special needs, according to a statement issued by the ministry.

Earlier In the same month, Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouli inaugurated a rehabilitation center for people with special needs, established by the Ministry of Interior, in the 10th of Ramdan City.

Moreover, in December 2018 President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi allocated LE 80 million ($4.46 million) of the country's Tahya Misr Fund to support of people with special needs.

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

Sisi also announced in 2018 establishing a technical center for services for disabled persons, to be the first of its kind in Africa.

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

During the inauguration of the Seventh International Conference on Information Technology Convergence and Services for People with Disabilities (ICT4PwDs), Sisi announced establishing an initiative that aims to enable disabled people to get services and information introduced by online websites of governmental institutions.
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12/3/2019 3:42:17 PM
<![CDATA[Gov. approves adjusting status of 87 unlicensed churches]]>
The meeting was attended by the ministers of justice, local development, housing and House of Representatives affairs and representatives of various Christian denominations in Egypt, according to a statement issued by Cabinet spokesman Nader Saad.

The approvals take the number of churches that adjusted their status in Egypt up to 1,322, the statement reported.

The committee also reviewed preconditions of civil protection for the churches and the affiliated buildings as well as that the prime minister confirmed the importance of meeting these preconditions.

Meanwhile, the representatives of Christian sects thanked President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and the prime minister for the efforts exerted by the government in the file of adjusting the status of Churches in Egypt.

The Cabinet’s decision to legalize churches comes according to 2016's article number 80 of the law regulating building churches.

In February 2018, during the term of former Prime Minister Sherif Ismail, it was announced that in accordance with the country’s constitution that adopts “the right to practice religious rites within different worship houses,” approval was given to study the cases of 53 churches along with several affiliated buildings to be officially licensed during the Cabinet’s following meeting.

Unlicensed places of worship are spread across the country and the state has been making endeavors to resolve that problem. For mosques, the Ministry of Endowments has been trying to legalize such places and ensure prayers are led by licensed preachers. In 2014, the number of unlicensed mosques was estimated at 30,000.

Additional report with MENA]]>
12/3/2019 12:44:40 PM
<![CDATA[U.S. President Trump says UK PM Boris Johnson 'very capable']]>
“I think Boris is very capable and I think he’ll do a good job,” Trump said in London, where he is attending a meeting of NATO leaders.

Trump also reaffirmed his support for Brexit - the central objective of Johnson’s election campaign. Britain holds its election on Dec. 12.]]>
12/3/2019 12:24:36 PM
<![CDATA[White House says it will not participate in Wednesday's Trump impeachment hearing]]>
Trump’s aides responded defiantly to the first of two crucial deadlines he faces in Congress this week as Democrats prepare to shift the focus of their impeachment inquiry from fact-finding to the consideration of possible charges of misconduct over his dealings with Ukraine.

The Democratic-led House of Representatives Judiciary Committee, tasked with considering charges known as articles of impeachment, had given Trump until 6 p.m. (2300 GMT) on Sunday to say whether he would dispatch a lawyer to take part in the judiciary panel’s proceedings on Wednesday.

“We cannot fairly be expected to participate in a hearing while the witnesses are yet to be named and while it remains unclear whether the Judiciary Committee will afford the President a fair process through additional hearings,” White House counsel Pat Cipollone wrote to Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, according to a copy of a letter seen by Reuters.

Cipollone - while citing a “complete lack of due process and fundamental fairness afforded the president” in the impeachment process - did not rule out participation in further proceedings. But he signaled that Democrats would first have to make major procedural concessions.

Nadler has given the White House a Friday deadline to say whether Trump will mount a defense in broader impeachment proceedings.

The Judiciary Committee’s Democratic staff did not immediately reply to a request for comment on the White House’s refusal to participate in the hearing, which would have been the first direct involvement by the Trump camp in a process he has condemned as a partisan “witch hunt.”

Democratic U.S. Representative Don Beyer said on Twitter in response to the White House letter: “Not one process complaint made by the President and his Republican allies in Congress so far has turned out to be genuine.”

Congressional investigators have been looking into whether Trump abused his power by pressuring Ukraine to launch investigations of former Democratic Vice President Joe Biden, who is running to unseat him in the 2020 presidential election, and a discredited conspiracy theory that Ukraine, not Russia, interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

PANEL OF LEGAL EXPERTS

The first in a series of expected Judiciary proceedings will hear testimony on the impeachment process established under the U.S. Constitution from a panel of legal experts that has yet to be named.

Hearings before the committee, which has responsibility for crafting any formal charges against Trump, are a major step toward possible charges. Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who will make the final decision, has not yet said whether the Republican president should be impeached. But in a letter to supporters last week, she called for him to be held accountable for his actions.

Trump has denied any wrongdoing, calling the impeachment inquiry a sham.

Nadler also set a second deadline of 5 p.m. (2200 GMT) on Friday for Trump to say whether he or his legal counsel would participate in further proceedings expected next week to examine evidence against him.

“We may consider participating in future Judiciary Committee proceedings if you afford the administration the ability to do so meaningfully,” Cipollone wrote, laying out a list of demands, including allowing Trump’s Republicans to call additional witnesses.

Cipollone also complained that Democrats had scheduled Wednesday’s hearing - “no doubt purposely” - to overlap with Trump’s absence from the United States to attend a NATO summit in London.

Three investigating panels, led by the House Intelligence Committee, are due to release a formal report this week when lawmakers return on Tuesday from a Thanksgiving recess. The report will outline evidence gathered by the Intelligence, Foreign Affairs and Oversight committees.

Members of the intelligence panel will review the report in a classified setting on Monday evening, and the full committee will consider and vote on it on Tuesday before forwarding it to the Judiciary Committee, according to an Intelligence Committee official and a person familiar with the matter.

The president and his Republican allies in Congress say the inquiry has been rushed and unfair to Trump by not allowing the White House to have legal counsel present or call witnesses during weeks of closed-door testimony and open hearings before the House Intelligence Committee.

Republican lawmakers were able to question witnesses during the closed hearings, however, and called three witnesses during public hearings that wrapped up last week.

The House Judiciary Committee could vote on whether to recommend articles of impeachment within the next two weeks, setting the stage for a possible impeachment vote by the full House before Christmas, according to Democratic aides.

If the House impeaches Trump, the Republican-controlled Senate would hold a trial to determine whether he should be removed from office. Senate Republicans have shown little appetite for removing Trump.
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12/3/2019 12:23:18 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi greets UAE on its 48th National Day anniversary]]>
In his greetings posted on the social media, Sisi said "Today we are celebrating the 48th anniversary of UAE's founding, the day that witnessed the unity of UAE leaders and people who are aspiring for a better future full of achievements, progress and prosperity"]]>
12/3/2019 9:46:43 AM
<![CDATA[Disabled people to obtain IDs for free for 1 week: Interior min.]]>
Tawfik's decision comes ahead of the International Day of Disabled Persons, celebrated worldwide on December 3rd every year.

The step comes as part of the national initiatives of Kolena Wahed (We are all one) and Hayah Karima (a decent life), under the auspices of President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, a statement by the ministry read.

It also comes within the framework of the ministry's strategy to activate police's social and humanitarian role, the statement added.

In October, the Ministry of Social Solidarity has launched an initiative to employ people with disabilities, in cooperation with a private company.

The initiative, dubbed "Hayah Gadida" (New Life), comes as part of national efforts to expand the social protection umbrella for people with special needs, including providing monthly cash assistance or through providing them with job opportunities.

Ministry of Manpower and Immigration appointed in September 1,777 youth including 21 with special needs, according to a statement issued by the ministry. Earlier In the same month, Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouli has inaugurated a rehabilitation center for people with special needs, established by the Ministry of Interior, in the 10th of Ramdan City.

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

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

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

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

During the inauguration of the 7th International Conference on Information Technology Convergence and Services for People with Disabilities (ICT4PwDs), Sisi also announced establishing an initiative that aims to enable disabled people to get services and information introduced by online websites of governmental institutions.]]>
12/2/2019 3:31:56 PM
<![CDATA[450k pupils get eye test under presidential initiative: Tahya Misr]]>
The tests were carried out on pupils from the ten governorates of Qalyubia, Sharkia, Dakahlia, Suez, Beni Suef, Minya, Qena, Luxor, Alexandria, and Matrouh, representing the first phase of the initiative.

Figures released by the initiative showed that pupils in rural areas are less likely to have visual impairment and blindness than their urban counterparts, Tamer Abdel Fattah, acting executive director of Tahya Misr said.

The Tahya Misr Fund was created by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in 2014, with the aim of providing financial support to the country's developmental projects.

Abdel Fattah said that it is planned to distribute 132,000 glasses free of charge on pupils suffering vision problems, adding that they represent 10 to 20 percent of the examined pupils.

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President Sisi announced launching the Nour Hayah initiative in January this year. It aims for treating 5 million primary school pupils in the country, providing a million eyeglasses, and carrying out 250,000 eye surgeries.

The initiative was launched after Minister of Social Solidarity Ghada Waly complained that many of the school children in the country suffer serious vision problems and demanded that state intervene to help them undergo surgeries, including cataract and glaucoma surgeries, or to provide them with glasses, Sisi said.

In February, Tahya Misr Fund announced allocating LE 1 billion ($56.8 million) to support the presidential initiative.

The money funded by Tahya Misr will help carry out 200,000 cataract surgeries, 15,000 glaucoma surgeries, and 3,000 corneal transplantations, Mohamed Mokhtar, the media coordinator of Tahya Misr Fund said in an interview with al-Hayah al-Youm.

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12/2/2019 2:40:51 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi receives credentials of 9 newly-appointed ambassadors]]>
The new ambassadors represent the US, Angola, Brazil, Zimbabwe, Belarus, Rwanda, Algeria, Sri Lanka and Cyprus.

The president welcomed the new diplomats, wishing them success in their diplomatic mission in Cairo.

He reiterated Egypt's keenness on boosting cooperation with their countries in all domains, the spokesman said.]]>
12/2/2019 1:04:06 PM
<![CDATA[Attorney General orders probe as video showing man jumping off Tower leaked]]>
A video showing an Engineering student while approaching the brink of the tower, climbing the fence, and jumping with barely any hesitation went viral on social media. The investigation seeks finding those behind leaking the footage.

The general prosecution said in a statement on Monday it would disclose the details in a separate statement, once investigations are finished.

Social media users have complained about the video's negative impact on them and likely on the student's family. The motive behind the suicide has not yet been known.

In November, the body of a third grade student in the Faculty of Pharmacy, called Shahd Ahmed, was found dead in the Nile after being missing for three days.

The 19-year old girl was believed to have committed suicide in Giza, according to police initial investigations. However, social media users have questioned the classification.

A report published by the World Health Organization in September said that one person dies from suicide every 40 seconds, estimating that each year, about 800,000 people die from suicide, according to the report.
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12/2/2019 12:58:28 PM
<![CDATA[Five dead in French helicopter crash, floods]]>
The EC145 rescue helicopter lost radio and radar contact with controllers as it headed to Le Luc - Le Carnet in the hilly Var region.

The bodies of the three occupants were found at about 1.30 am (0030 GMT), an interior ministry statement said.

France’s Mediterranean coast has been hit by heavy rain over the last week that has led to serious flooding and widespread transport disruption.

Interior Minister Christophe Castaner drew a parallel between the three workers to 13 French soldiers who were killed last week in Mali while fighting Islamist militants and who were being honored on Monday in Paris.

“As France prepares today to mourn 13 of its soldiers who died serving the nation, our country is losing three everyday heroes who gave their lives to protect the people of France,” Castaner and his deputy said in a statement.

Local officials reported the deaths of two people swept away by the floodwaters.

French media reported that one was a shepherd whose 4x4 vehicle was carried away by a flashflood as he crossed a ford. The other was the owner of a stables who had been out watching over his animals.

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12/2/2019 12:40:54 PM
<![CDATA[House speaker arrives in Juba]]>
During the visit, Abdel Aal will meet with senior South Sudan officials, topped by President Salva Kiir Mayardit.

He will also hold talks with South Sudan parliament speaker on means of fostering parliamentary ties.]]>
12/2/2019 12:30:48 PM
<![CDATA[PM says nuclear energy one of strategic options to achieve sustainable development]]>
The premier gave the remarks during the opening session of the fifth Arab Forum on the Prospects of Nuclear Power for Electricity Generation and Seawater Desalination.

The forum is a good chance for maintaining coordination among Arab countries on the peaceful use of nuclear energy to meet growing demands on electricity, he said.

He paid tribute to the Arab League for its efforts to create an atmosphere for joint Arab cooperation in the energy domain.

He thanked both the Nuclear Power Plants Authority and the Arab Atomic Energy Authority as well as the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for organizing the forum.

Electricity Minister Mohamed Shaker, Assistant Secretary General of the Arab League Kamal Hassan Ali and a number of senior Egyptian and Arab officials are taking part in the three-day event.

The option of electricity generation and water desalination with nuclear energy has become a strategic option for Arab countries to respond to water resources scarcity and industrial and socio-economic development. Many Arab countries have expressed their interest in adopting nuclear energy for electricity generation and seawater desalination and sought assistance from IAEA and AAEA.

The Forum aims to include the nuclear option of electricity generation and seawater desalination in the Members states strategies to diversify energy resources. It offers an opportunity for many countries to deepen their study about their domestic conditions, their environment, and their strategies for a sustainable nuclear power option. ]]>
12/2/2019 12:20:01 PM
<![CDATA[Plans, achievements presented in Cairo ICT 2019 ]]>
The minister said a national artificial intelligence strategy has been set, and that an AI center will be established in collaboration with the Ministry of Higher Education. The center is planned to partner with international entities to find solutions pertinent to healthcare and agriculture such as detecting diseases, and solutions relevant to water treatment, translation and others. The center will also be a means to qualify professionals in the field.

The minister stressed that Egypt works on introducing G5 technology, and to train a total of 25,000 individuals on modern technology by 2025 in partnership with world-class universities. In 2019, the number of trainees jumped to 13,000 from 4,000. The minister added that also conscripts would be trained while doing the military service in collaboration with the Egyptian Armed Forces. Among the solutions developed by trainees are tracking devices for vehicles.

The minister declared that technological innovation complexes will be introduced in six universities located in Menoufia, Minya, Sohag, Aswan, Qena, Mansoura. Talaat stated that the occupancy rate by the private sector in technology zones in Borg al Arab and Asyut has reached 60 percent. In that context, the minister asserted that the ministry develops incentives to local and foreign investments in the sector.

Talaat gave some details on the Knowledge City that is under construction in the New Administrative Capital (NAC). The first phase costing LE2 billion includes a center specialized in applied research that can cooperate with international companies in certain research projects.
The center will house a building dedicated to technical training, and another that will be devoted to house the National Academy for Assistive Technologies for Physical Disabilities.

The minister said that fiber optic cables and computers have been introduced in 105 youth centers in collaboration with the Ministry of Youth and Sport to make technology skills learning possible in 20 governorates. The ministry has also introduced a tencial center dedicated to receive emergency calls from hearing impaired people. The ministry also plans to establish 300 units that provide diagnosis and treatment for dwellers of remote areas. The ministry finished half of them this year and the rest will be accomplished next year.

Talaat declared that the speed of the internet has tripled as it was 5.07 Mbps in June 2018 but became 18 Mbps in November 2019. By the end of this year, it is expected to reach 20 Mbps.

A pilot phase of governmental e-services was launched in Port Said, and eight governmental buildings in the governorate were connected to the web through fiber optics to not use the internet. That will be applied across the country in 34,000 governmental buildings with investments worth LE6 billion. In 2025, 5,000 buildings would offer e-services by introducing fiber optics with investments worth LE1 billion.

The ministry is using ICT technologies to screen mines, conduct a census of agricultural acquisition, digitalize the tax collection system, establish an online archeological platform, introduce online tests in universities, and automate the healthcare system, train ticket booking system, pension delivery system in post offices, and public-sector companies. The ministry has also launched the 1st phase of digitized migration and nationality services as well as the smart card for civil services.

Investments in the sector increased in current FY2019/2020 to LE35 billion from LE28 billion with a 25 percent increase. The sector grew by 14 percent last FY2018-2019 and 16 percent this fiscal year. Its share in GDP rose from 3.2 percent to 4 percent. Exports of digital services increased from $3.2 billion from $3.6 billion.

The President of Universal Postal Union (UPU) Bishar Abdirahman Hussein delivered a speech affirming that Egypt possesses a strong telecommunication network and a robust infrastructure.

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi wished investors in the ICT sector success and reiterated that Egypt is a large market having 100 million citizens. The president asserted the “state” is eager to develop and expand that sector in the country describing ICT as “the future of humanity.”

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi inaugurated on Sunday the 23rd edition of Cairo International Communication and Technology Conference (Cairo ICT) held on December 1-4 at Al Manara International Conferences Center on the slogan “The Digital Experience.”

Around 500 international and local companies are taking part in the exhibition featuring a number of forums in parallel such as the 6th edition of Pafix concerned with financial inclusion, and the 4th edition of Innovation Arena whereas participants present creative solutions.

The exhibition also hosts the 5th editions of Defense, Security, Public Safety Technology Fair and Forum for the Middle East and Africa (DSS), and Intelli-Cities that offer modern technologies for urban communities and houses.

The president listened to a presentation by Minister of Communications and Information Technology Amr Talaat on the country's digital transformation vision that aims at facilitating services offered to citizens.
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12/1/2019 6:30:45 PM
<![CDATA[3 killed in collapse inside ancient monastery in Minya]]>
The fatalities of the wall collapse inside the Monastery of Saint Fana in Minya's Malawi included two four-year old children and a 50-year old lady. Four people were also wounded.

The incident was referred to prosecution to disclose the reasons behind the collapse, a source said.

The monastery dates back to the sixth century AD. It was built with mud bricks and has an area of ​​260 meter square.

Minya's historic place<\b>

The small town Malawi in Minya governorate was the birthplace of Maria the Copt, who married lslam's Prophet Muhammad. It is also the birthplace of Hagar, the wife of Prophet Ibrahim.

Minya has a number of important ancient mosques from several ages, such as the Egyptian Mosque and Al Foley Mosque.

The most important archaeological sites of the governorate include Tuna el-Gebel (Greek monuments), Tel Al-Amarna (ancient Egyptian monuments), El-Bahnasa (ancient Egyptian, Greek, Christian and Islamic monuments)

El-Bahnasa is one of the most famous archaeological cities in the governorate, containing monuments from different Egyptian eras, such as ancient Egyptian, Roman, Islamic and even modern monuments, with mansions and buildings that are more than 100 years old.

The Monastery of the Virgin or “Dair al-Adhra” is 25 kilometers northeast of Minya City and about 2 kilometers from the Eastern Desert Road. It is one of the most important Christian sites, which the Holy Family went through and stayed at during their journey in Egypt.


Additional reporting by Mahmoud Oraby]]>
12/1/2019 3:43:09 PM
<![CDATA[After death penalty, sentence against Ashmawy in 54 crimes adjourned]]>
The defendants are charged with 54 crimes that consist of assassinations of policemen, attempted murder of former Minister of Interior Mohamed Ibrahim, and bombings of security institutions’ buildings.

The Public Prosecution’s arraignment states the following crimes: founding, leading, and joining a terrorist group aiming at suspending the constitution, laws, and prohibiting the state’s institutions from fulfilling their responsibilities; violating the citizens’ rights and freedoms and jeopardizing national unity and social peace; espionage with a foreign organization embodied in Hamas, the military branch of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood; vandalism of state buildings; deliberate and attempted murder; and, acquisition of firearms, ammunition, and explosives.

Ashmawy, who was extradited by Libya in March, was convicted by the Military Criminal Court of committing 14 crimes pertinent to the Farafra Terror Attack against a Border Guard ambush five years ago killing 28 officers and soldiers.

Ashmawy extradited under 1992 judicial cooperation agreement

CAIRO - 29 May 2019: The National Libyan Army (NLA) extradited on Tuesday terrorists Hesham Ashmawy and Ali Abdel Moaty to Egypt under the Judicial Cooperation Agreement on Civil and Penal Articles between both countries. The agreement was signed in 1992, and comprises 93 articles.



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12/1/2019 1:48:56 PM
<![CDATA[Environment min. attends UN climate change conference in Madrid]]>
The COP25 - which is the actual Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention on Climate Change, UNFCCC - is organized by King Felipe VI of Spain.

The conference is meant to find quick solutions to stop the surging global temperatures which are expected to rise by two Celsius by the year 2100, according to a statement issued by the Environment Ministry on Sunday.

Negotiations set to be conducted during the conference aim at outlining ways of overcoming the impact of the fast-paced climate change that are jeopardizing the planet.

Minister Fouad asserted the importance of the negotiations towards reaching a consensus among nations on efforts of confronting the climate change.

According to the UN, the world is already 1.1°C warmer than it was at the onset of the industrial revolution, and it is already having a significant impact on the world, and on people’s lives. And if current trends persist, then global temperatures can be expected to rise by 3.4 to 3.9°C this century, which would bring wide-ranging and destructive climate impacts. ]]>
12/1/2019 1:03:26 PM
<![CDATA[President Sisi inaugurates 23rd edition of ‘CAIRO ICT’]]>
Around 500 international and local companies are taking part in the exhibition featuring a number of forums in parallel such as the 6th edition of Pafix concerned with financial inclusion, and the 4th edition of Innovation Arena whereas participants present creative solutions.

The exhibition also hosts the 5th editions of Defense, Security, Public Safety Technology Fair and Forum for the Middle East and Africa (DSS), and Intelli-Cities that offer modern technologies for urban communities and houses.

The president listened to a presentation by Minister of Communications and Information Technology Amr Talaat on the country's digital transformation vision that aims at facilitating services offered to citizens.
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12/1/2019 12:10:46 PM
<![CDATA[FM discusses bilateral relations with his Greek counterpart Sunday]]>
According to a statement released by the ministry, the top diplomats also discussed the latest regional developments and various issues of common concern.

In July, Shoukry met with his Greek counterpart in Athena and Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis for focusing on ways of promoting bilateral ties and regional and international issues of mutual concern, mainly terrorism, illegal immigration and Middle East developments.

Shoukry also coordinated views and stances with his counterparts within the context of the tripartite cooperation mechanism involving Egypt, Greece and Cyprus.]]>
12/1/2019 12:05:15 PM
<![CDATA[Court hands death sentence to 'Imbaba Cell' defendant]]>
The prosecution has charged the 16 defendants in the case, including three in absentia, with establishing an outlawed group that aims to attack state institutions and harm national unity.

The charges also include targeting Christians, disturbing public order, endangering society, attacking armed forces, and possessing weapons.

The court in March last year upheld death sentences for 10 defendants in the case after the court’s January verdict was approved by the Grand Mufti.

The court also handed down life sentences to another four defendants, another one in absentia for a fleeing defendant, and the suspension of the court sentence for another defendant because of his death.

According to the prosecution’s investigations, two of the defendants were public servants, another two were working as drivers, and one was an employee at the state broadcaster Maspero, along with a sports coach, an electrician and a technician.

During the investigations, the leader of the cell, Mohamed Hamdy Zaky, admitted to organizing demonstrations to topple the current regime in the wake of the June 30 Revolution, and he said that they carried out several attacks against the police and armed forces, using firearms and explosives collected for that very reason.

Other defendants reportedly admitted to partaking in the Muslim Brotherhood-led Rabaa and Nahda camps, deliberately targeting civilians with firearms.

Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, since taking post in 2014, has vowed to fight terrorism, as terrorist acts have hit many vital spots nationwide, especially security checkpoints and churches.

The attacks were intensified following the ousting of former president Mohamed Morsi, a Muslim Brotherhood leader, after only one year in office. Morsi died earlier this year during a trial.]]>
12/1/2019 12:05:14 PM
<![CDATA[Kuwait bans domestic workers from 2 Asian, 23 African countries]]>
Domestic workers from Ivory Coast, Madagascar, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Burkina Faso, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria, Togo, Senegal, Malawi, Chad, Sierra Leone, Niger, Tanzania, Gambia, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Burundi were banned from working in Kuwait.

The ban included two Asian countries; Indonesia and Bhutan.]]>
12/1/2019 11:53:02 AM
<![CDATA[Sisi orders providing latest services in New Administrative Capital]]>
This perspective must take into consideration the long-term development, the appropriate economic path, and the pre-agreed timetables, presidential spokesman Bassam Radi cited Sisi as saying, in a meeting with head of the Armed Forces Engineering Authority Ehab al-Faar.

The meeting reviewed the executive status of a number of ongoing projects carried out by the Engineering Authority in the New Administrative Capital, Radi said, especially the governmental district, which includes the buildings of various government institutions and entities; the central axis of the district; and the Islamic cultural center.

The meeting also reviewed progress in a number of national projects, especially roads and axes nationwide, within the framework of the national road network, taking into account the authority's key role in the overall development plan of the Egyptian state.

The meeting also reviewed plans for the establishment of desalination plants nationwide as part of the country's strategy to improve the efficiency and good management of water resources.

Sisi laid the first stone of the New Administrative Capital in East Cairo in July 2018.

With an area of 170,000 feddans, the new capital is set to include 20 residential areas expected to accommodate 6.5 million people and a road network of 650 km in length. The capital includes an international airport and is set to have an electric train to link it with the 10th of Ramadan and El-Salam cities.

It will feature 1,250 mosques and churches, a 5,000-seat conference center, nearly 2,000 schools and colleges, over 600 medical facilities, and a park that is projected to be the world’s largest.

The NAC is located in the area between the Cairo-Suez and Cairo-Ain Sokhna roads, east of the regional ring road. This is roughly 60 kilometers (37.3 miles) from the cities of Suez and Ain Sokhna.

President Sisi in May said that Egypt is seeking to carry out public projects in the shortest time possible to save money and effort, during the inauguration ceremony of Rod el Farag Axis and Tahya Misr Bridge, implemented by the Armed Forces Engineering Authority.

Responding to a question by President Sisi about the cost of such projects, Faar said the basic cost of such projects reached LE170 billion, adding that if such a project was to be implemented at the present time, it would have cost around LE400 billion.

President Sisi also explained that the issue is not only the cost of the project, but in the revenues of operating such projects.]]>
12/1/2019 10:56:34 AM
<![CDATA[Islamophobia observatory lauds Norwegian Muslims’ reaction over burning of Quran]]>
The observatory said in a statement on Saturday that the Norwegian Muslims, who organized an event to recite Holy Quran in the street, were backed by a large number of the Norwegian city of Kristiansand’s inhabitants, who decried the burning that took place this month in their area.

The observatory lauded great support offered by Norwegians for the Muslim community in the European country, urging that all countries should exert efforts to uproot all anti-religion and hatred-based crimes.

It also urged Muslims in Western countries to organize more similar events to spread tolerance and mercy of Islam.]]>
11/30/2019 6:36:40 PM
<![CDATA[Restored state-owned lands put out to tender]]>
The Law Enforcement Forces demolished 1 million square meters of building violations and 10,000 feddans of encroachments on agricultural lands across Egyptian governorates in four days.

In January, Egypt’s House of Representatives approved new amendments to the Agriculture Law, imposing tougher penalties on building on arable lands. As per these amendments, building on arable lands is banned and violators could face penalties of up two to five years in prison and a fine ranging between LE 100,000 ($ 5,648) and LE 5 million.

The old articles of the Agriculture Law stipulated that construction on lands or changing the arable land to a non-agricultural land was punishable by up to a 6-month imprisonment and a fine ranging between LE10,000 and LE50,000.

Encroachments include illegal construction on the Nile banks, unlicensed fish farming and disposal of industrial waste as well as other forms of pollution. Since January 2015, the Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation has launched a campaign to remove violations detected by the government on the Nile banks.

According to the ministry’s latest data, which was announced in July, a total of 26,322 cases of encroachment on the Nile banks have been removed and since March 2017, a total of 12,425 cases of encroachment were removed.

Egypt’s agricultural lands covered 10 million feddans (one feddan equals about 1.038 acres) in 2015, compared to 9.6 million feddans in 2010, the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) noted in a report issued on September 19, 2016.

Since the January 25 revolution in 2011, a total 80,000 feddans were encroached but most cases were upheld, the Ministry of Agriculture’s Spokesperson Hamid Abdel-Dayem previously told Egypt Today.
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11/30/2019 4:26:35 PM
<![CDATA[Youths offered 8K job opportunities as meter reading persons ]]>
As the company receives dozens of applications every day for recruitment, it set conditions for applicants like, that they should be fluent in reading and writing and dealing with technology and disciplined at work.

The executive director of the company pointed out that all applicants for Shuaa jobs go through tests for 10 days prior to the appointment to ensure their compliance with the rules governing the work and maintain the confidentiality of citizens' data, pointing out that Shuaa employees enjoy access to health insurance for them and their family.

In March, the Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy reported that the ministry will start implementing a new system aiming at eliminating false meter readings until pre-paid meters are installed in all households in few years.

False readings happen because readers in charge do not check the meters and report the average consumption. In the new system, readers will be provided with devices that only record the reading by scanning the meters.

The first reading scanned will be included in the consumer’s data so as any manipulation will be detected. False readings are expected to disappear by the end of this year due to the new system. The devices will be distributed among readers of Shuaa company in charge of meters readings in Egypt.]]>
11/30/2019 3:03:55 PM
<![CDATA[Queen Elizabeth sends sympathies to families of London Bridge victims]]>
Wearing a fake suicide vest and wielding knives, attacker Usman Khan went on a rampage on Friday afternoon at a conference on criminal rehabilitation.

Two people died and three were injured, police have said.]]>
11/30/2019 2:09:08 PM
<![CDATA[Fatwa Observatory condemns London attack, calls for countering hate speech]]>
The statement reported that this act of terrorism is contrary to human nature, and to all the values and heavenly laws, stressing that terrorism has no religion and no nation, urging the international community to fight all forms of violence, extremism and terrorism.

The statement pointed out that terrorist bodies, especially the Islamic State (ISIS), has moved towards guerrilla warfare, and cyber wars after its military defeat in its strongholds around the world, adding that this type of confrontation carries a lot of risk due to the difficulty of tracking terrorist elements and determining their targets.

At the end of the statement, the Observatory called for the need to intensify efforts to confront the terrorist groups and organizations electronically and to deny them access to new elements through misleading and false propaganda of those organizations, through which they promote their activities through social media.

According to a statement by the British police that the attacker went on a rampage, targeting people in the Fishmongers Hall near London Bridge - the scene of a deadly attack by Islamic militants two years ago.
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11/30/2019 1:54:10 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt wins membership in IMO council ]]>
IMO is a UN organization whose council comprises 40 members elected by the assembly to serve for two years. According to IMO website, the member states are classified as follows: “Category (a) [includes] 10 States with the largest interest in providing international shipping services...Category (b) [includes] 10 States with the largest interest in international seaborne trade...Category (c) [includes] 20 States not elected under (a) or (b) above, which have special interests in maritime transport or navigation and whose election to the Council will ensure the representation of all major geographic areas of the world.”

In his speech before the 31st session of the IMO General Assembly on Friday, Transportation Minister Kamel el Wazir congratulated countries picked in category (A) and (B). The session is taking place on November 25 - December 4 in the organization’s headquarters in London.

He added that Egypt is keen on executing the IMO activities and objectives, citing the great role played by the country in facilitating the movement of world trade between the East and the West.

The minister noted that Egypt had drawn up a comprehensive strategy to develop ports and increase their competitiveness, as per the applicable international standards.

The strategy is meant to turn Egypt into a regional and international logistic center to serve the intra-trade movement, in addition to providing services to keep pace with the modern global trends in the field of maritime transport and logistics, he said.

He went on to say that Cairo had adopted an integrated maritime policy, with the aim of enhancing the maritime transport system's efficiency, through rejuvenating all harbors and expanding the Egyptian merchant fleet.

In this regard, the minister underlined that the Egyptian government applied an electronic system to manage ports and took serious steps to activate the single-window system for simplifying measures and trade dealings at harbors.
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11/30/2019 1:03:49 PM
<![CDATA[Police shoot London killer dead, call stabbings a terrorist attack]]>
The attacker went on the rampage just before 2 p.m. (1400 GMT), targeting people at Fishmongers’ Hall near London Bridge in the heart of the city’s financial district - the scene of a deadly attack by Islamist militants two years ago.

The Times newspaper, citing unnamed government sources, reported that the man had previously been convicted of an Islamist terrorism-related offence and was released from prison about a year ago after agreeing to wear an electronic tag.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said sentences should be served.

“It is a mistake to allow serious and violent criminals to come out of prison early, and it is very important that we get out of that habit and that we enforce the appropriate sentences for dangerous criminals, especially for terrorists,” he said.

Once the attacker was out on the street, a dramatic video posted on Twitter captured the moment when half a dozen bystanders tackled the suspect on London Bridge and grabbed his knife.

The video showed police dragging one man off the suspect before an officer took careful aim. Two shots rang out. The man stopped moving.

Johnson, who has called a snap election for Dec. 12 and is due to host NATO leaders including U.S. President Donald Trump next week, praised those who took on the man for their courage and said Britain would never be cowed.

“I ... want to pay tribute to the extraordinary bravery of those members of the public who physically intervened to protect the lives of others,” Johnson told reporters in Downing Street.

“For me they represent the very best of our country and I thank them on behalf of all of our country,” Johnson said. “This country will never be cowed, or divided, or intimidated by this sort of attack.”

He said the incident was now thought to have been contained and vowed that anyone else involved would be hunted down. He later chaired a meeting of the government’s emergency security committee.

Britain’s top counter-terrorism officer, Neil Basu, said specialist armed officers from the City of London police shot the suspect, who died at the scene. He said a hoax explosive device was strapped to his body.

“Our Counter Terrorism detectives will be working round the clock to identify those who have lost their lives, to support all the victims and their families,” London police chief Cressida Dick told reporters.

“We are also working at full tilt to understand exactly what has happened and whether anyone else was involved.”

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, Johnson’s main opponent in the election, said he was shocked by the incident and that his thoughts were with those caught up in it.

Campaigning has been temporarily suspended.

KICKED IN THE HEAD

Commissioner Dick said the attacker launched his assault at Fishmongers’ Hall, a grand building at the northern end of the bridge.

One of those who confronted the attacker there told the Daily Telegraph newspaper that he had kicked him in the head to make him drop the knife.

Stevie Hurst, who gives tours of the capital, said he and a colleague took on the suspect with about five others.

“I jumped in and kicked him in the head to make him release his knife. A few others did so,” he told the Telegraph. “He was shouting ‘get off me, get off me’.”

As three armed police officers circled the suspect in the shadow of the Shard skyscraper, western Europe’s tallest building, one bystander in a suit and tie grabbed the knife and swiftly retreated as police engaged.

The city’s mayor Sadiq Khan said ordinary Londoners had demonstrated “breath-taking heroism” in disarming the knife-wielding attacker despite him having a device which they did not know to be a hoax.

“What’s remarkable about the images we’ve seen is the breath-taking heroism of members of the public who literally ran towards danger not knowing what confronted them,” Khan told reporters.

The ambulance service declared a “major incident” in the area and London Bridge station, a busy commuter hub, was closed for a number of hours.

PREVIOUS ATTACKS

During the 2017 election campaign, London Bridge was the scene of an attack when three militants drove a van into pedestrians and then attacked people in the surrounding area, killing eight and injuring at least 48.

Islamic State said its fighters were responsible, but the British authorities have cast doubt on those claims.

The month before, a suicide bomber killed 22 children and adults and wounded 59 at a packed concert hall in the English city of Manchester, as crowds began leaving a concert by U.S. singer Ariana Grande.

In March the same year, an attacker stabbed a policeman close to London’s parliament buildings after a car plowed into pedestrians on nearby Westminster Bridge.

Six people died, including the assailant and the policeman he stabbed, and at least 20 were injured in what police called a “marauding terrorist attack”.

Earlier this month, Britain had lowered its national terrorism threat level to “substantial” from “severe”, its lowest level since 2014.]]>
11/30/2019 12:31:40 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt discusses countering antiquities trafficking with China, Greece]]>
According to a statement released by the Antiquities Ministry, Enani reviewed with Greek Culture Minister Lina Mendoni the possibility of inking a bilateral agreement on the illegal trafficking in antiquities.

The antiquities minister also mulled with Chinese Culture Minister Luo Shugang the prospect of organizing a conference on fighting the illegal trade and trafficking in monuments, in addition to fostering cooperation in museum affairs, the statement added.

Enani is currently on a visit to China to take part in the third ministerial meeting of the Forum of Ancient Civilizations]]>
11/30/2019 11:16:14 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt has best economic growth in 11 years- Sisi]]>
In a speech delivered on his behalf by Petroleum Minister Tarek el Molla during the fifth summit of Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF), held in Malabo, Sisi said the Egyptian economy proved its sustainability despite the unfavorable regional and international conditions.

Egypt, as the chairman of the African Union (AU), is working with its African countries to push the continental development forward according to the AU Agenda 2036, Sisi pointed out.

The president highlighted the importance of ensuring the energy security by GECF, which entailed the need for creating an appropriate investment environment, fair prices, and good contracts to serve the interests of all the energy sector’s participants; producers, consumers, and international companies alike. ]]>
11/30/2019 11:09:56 AM
<![CDATA[Hungarian president in Luxor for tourist tour]]>
Luxor governor Mostafa Alham received Ader.

Earlier in the day, the Hungarian president concluded a two-day official visit to Cairo, where he held talks with President Abdel Fattah El Sisi on the two countries' bilateral relations, as well as regional issues of common concern.]]>
11/30/2019 11:01:03 AM
<![CDATA[Death toll of Albania quake reaches 49]]>
About 2,000 people were injured in Tuesday’s 6.4-magnitude pre-dawn quake, said Health Minister Ogerta Manastirliu, after information was collected from hospitals, small health centers, homes and those now staying in tents.

Hundreds of aftershocks, with at least three of magnitudes greater than 5, have rattled the country and complicated rescue efforts. ]]>
11/29/2019 2:40:14 PM
<![CDATA[Govt denies reports about Assiut school students getting infected by Hepatitis C]]>
The media center said in a report Friday that it has contacted the Ministry of Health, which denied these reports, stressing that the health situation in all Egyptian schools is completely safe.

The ministry highlighted the state’s keenness to eradicate Hepatitis C in line with the national plan to confront this disease, pointing out to the 100 Million Health presidential initiative.

It also called on media outlets and social media users to be careful and verify the accuracy of any information before being published. ]]>
11/29/2019 2:38:13 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt cracks down illegal migrant gang]]>
The three migrant traffickers are belonging to a six-member migrant smuggling gang luring youngsters to travel abroad via the Mediterranean Sea for paying a sum of money that could range between LE 50,000 and 150,000 LE, the statement said.

According to the initial investigations, two members of the gang were working on attracting young people and asking for money, while two other members were responsible for getting forged travel documents. The rest of the gang is living abroad to receive the migrants in transit countries then to their final destinations, the statement added.

The authorities also confiscated a total of 35 forged passports, dozens of IDs and university certificates with different names and huge amount of money, the statement said.

On July 20, 2019, Public Prosecutor Nabil Sadeq referred six defendants in the lawsuit publicly known as “The Illegal Migration Gang” to urgent criminal trial.

The Public Prosecution revealed that the six defendants formed with others a criminal group for migrant smuggling and were preparing to smuggle a group of Egyptian youths to Italy, including minors.

In February, the Administrative Control Authority (ACA) and the Ministry of Interior collaborated to arrest 71 suspects affiliated with four gangs involved in migrant smuggling in Cairo, Giza, Beheira, Kafr al-Sheikh, and Gharbeya.

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11/29/2019 2:32:21 PM
<![CDATA[Siemens CEO calls Sisi 'Extraordinary leader' for Egypt, Africa]]>
"It's always a pleasure to meet the president. He is an extraordinary leader for Egypt and, I believe, the African world," he stated. "He is surely the toughest negotiator if it comes … to the benefit of his people."

Kaeser referred to the president's interest in the infrastructure and energy projects and health care, saying that these projects all focus on serving people and society.

He also hailed the president's "legitimate interest to get the best deal for the Egyptian people and that's exactly how he overtly has been negotiating."



Earlier in November, Sisi met with Kaeser and expressed his appreciation to the German company's achievements concerning the implementation of developmental projects in Egypt, including the three power plants in Beni Suef, south of Cairo; the New Administrative Capital, east of Cairo; and in Kafr Al-Sheikh's Burullus in northern Egypt.

Sisi said that Siemens is considered an important partner for Egypt in the latter's development path.

The president expressed aspiration to continue and develop the existing partnership with Siemens in many areas related to the company's experience and activity, including rapid transit, rail development and renewable energy. He also expressed hope for the country to benefit from the company's capabilities in terms of the technical training.

Siemens has been one of Egypt's key partners since President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi took post in 2014.

In July 2018, Sisi arrived in the New Administrative Capital to inaugurate four national megaprojects in the electricity sector.

The projects include three giant power plants carried out by Siemens, in the new capital, Beni Suef, and Burullus with a total capacity of 14400 megawatts, or about 50 percent of the electricity grid, in addition to the world’s biggest Gabal al-Zeit wind station.

The wind power plant in Gabal El-Zeit consists of three projects, including 390 wind turbines, with a capacity of 580 megawatts (MW).

As per Beni Suef station, it’s built on an area of 500,000 cubic meters. The project consists of four blocks (cycle vehicle) and each cycle produces 1200 MW, bringing the total output of the plant 4800 MW, each block contains 2 gas turbines and 2 boilers to restore energy and steam turbine.

Beni Suef station contributes by around 20 percent of the total electricity bound to the national network of electricity, especially as it operates with the highest generation efficiency of the world up to 60 percent.

Egypt’s national strategy targets to bring the contribution of electricity from renewable energy to 20 percent by the year 2022.

Moreover, Burullus station, which exists on a land of 250 feddans, will pump 4800 megawatts on Egypt’s electricity grid.]]>
11/29/2019 1:57:08 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi, Coptic Catholic Church patriarch talk religious coexistence]]>
During the meeting, President Sisi stressed the state's keenness to coordinate with all inveterate religious institutions to raise public awareness of the challenges facing the countries of the region, which threaten its security and stability, presidential spokesman Bassam Radi said.

He also highlighted the role played by religious leaders in educating citizens, especially youth, to preserve the national identity and consolidate the principle of citizenship without any discrimination.

He also hailed their efforts to denounce destructive ideas that call for undermining the state, pointing in this regard to the importance of communication and coordination between all Egyptian religious institutions and their leaders in this regard.

The president affirmed the state's appreciation of the good relations with all Egyptian and international religious leaders, especially in light of the current approach of the State in establishing the values of coexistence and freedom of worship.

For his part, Patriarch Sedrak praised the state's efforts that aimed at bringing rapprochement, coexistence and understanding between the people of all religions, noting that Egypt's recent inauguration of the Cathedral of tha Nativity in the New Administrative Capital, along with Al-Fatah Al-Alim Mosque was a symbolic step, and a message of love and peace for the whole world.

The patriarch said that this step reflected a real political will of the Egyptian state to consolidate the concepts of citizenship, acceptance of the other and coexistence among all Egyptians.

The meeting discussed the international challenges including the growing activity of extremist groups and the consequent expansion of the threat of terrorism in many countries.

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11/29/2019 11:15:15 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt, Cyprus, Greece says Libyan-Turkish maritime MoUs “has no legal effect”]]>
According to Egypt’s spokesman for the Foreign Ministry Ahmed Hafez, Minster Sameh Shoukry called both of his Greek and Cypriot counterparts discussing the newly signed MoUs.

The statement added that the three officials agreed that these MoUs “has no legal effect”, as the signing exceeds the powers of Libyan Prime Minister Fayez Sarraj in accordance with the Skhirat Agreement, which was announced in December 2015.

In another statement by Egypt’s Ministry of Foreign affairs it was stated that Skhirat Agreement, agreed upon by Libyans in December 2015, set the powers of the Government of National Accord.

The eighth article of the agreement prohibited the Libyan prime minister from solely clinching international deals without consent of all the cabinet members.

As the current Government of National Accord lacks full representation of all the Libyan regions, the current government is a caretaker cabinet with limited powers, the Foreign Ministry said in its statement.

Such deals are not binding or affecting the interests and the rights of any third parties, it added.

The deals will have no influence on maritime border mechanism in east Mediterranean area, it said.

Egypt urged the international community to shoulder its responsibility towards these negative developments, fearing it would affect Berlin political process that aims at finding a political solution to the Libyan crisis .

Earlier, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Libyan Prime Minister Fayez Sarraj signed an agreement on maritime boundaries in the Mediterranean Sea that could worsen Ankara's disputes over energy exploration with other countries.
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11/28/2019 10:14:21 PM
<![CDATA[43 defendants sentenced to jail in al Fateh Mosque case]]>
The court issued varied prison sentences against the 43 defendants, as four defendants were sentenced to 10 years in jail, five were given 7 years in jail, 31 got five year jail terms, three got three years and another five were acquitted of all charges.

On August 16, 2013, directly after Friday prayers, dozens of Muslim Brotherhood (MB) supporters poured onto the streets in marches that started from Nour Mosque in Ramsis district to Ramsis Square, chanting against the disposal of Morsi’s rule.

The protests, which continued throughout the day as clashes erupted between protesters and security forces, resulted in the death of 50 people, including security personnel, and injured hundreds, according to Ministry of Health reports.

In the aftermath of the event, a large number of the protesters fled to Fateh Mosque, where they remained overnight until the following day, due to fears of being attacked.

However, security forces announced via loudspeakers that they could offer the protesters safe passage, but the protesters insisted on remaining inside the mosque.
During the security forces’ attempts to evacuate the mosque, fire exchange suddenly started between both sides, in which some were killed and other arrested.

In 2014, the Fateh Mosque case started in court, which included 490 defendants.
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11/28/2019 8:30:30 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt to participate in COP25 climate change conference]]>
In her meeting with Spanish Ambassador to Cairo Ramón Gil Casares, Minister of Environment Yasmine Fouad affirmed Egypt’s keenness to participate in the conference that could result in tangible benefits to the developing and developed countries alike, the statement added.

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Casares praised Egypt’s role in the international efforts concerning finding solutions to climate change threats, in light of Egypt’s current chairpersonship of the African Union, the statement read.

The ambassador noted that climate change is a pressing issue and that the whole world should raise public awareness of it, the statement continued.

At the 2019 Climate Change Summit that convened at the 74th Session of the UNGA meetings in New York upon a call by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in September, Egypt and the UK co-chaired a coalition on climate adaptation and resilience to raise funds to implement the resilience and adaptation strategies that address climate change impacts.


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11/28/2019 6:54:18 PM
<![CDATA[Statue of Sir Magdi Yacoub unveiled in Aswan]]>
At a big celebration attended by Sir Yacoub, outgoing Aswan Governor Ahmed Ibrahim and dozens of locals and officials unveiled the statue in gratitude to Sir Yacoub for his pioneering role in Cardiac surgery and for choosing Aswan to build Magdi Yacoub Heart Foundation.



Sir Yacoub expressed his gratitude to all Egyptians, and said “I am so proud to be an Egyptian citizen.”




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Sir Magdi Yacoub among Egyptian residents and officials unveil the new statue was erected as tribute to - Egypt Today/Duha Saleh


The statue is the work of artist Mohsen Selim, a professor at the school of Sculpture in the Faculty of Fine Arts, Assiut University.



On his official Facebook page, Selim said that finally after more than a year of waiting, the statue of Yacoub, who draws smiles on millions of poor people's faces, was unveiled. He also paid gratitude to Assuit University professors and students.



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Sculptor Mohsen Selim is erected a statue of Sir Magdi Yacoub- photo courtesy of the Sculptor's Facebook account



Sir Yacoub founded the Chain of Hope foundation in 1996, which serves as the bridge connecting experts who provide life-saving heart treatments to children in developing countries.

In an interview with Egypt Today in September 2019, Sir Yacoub said that the foundation stone of a heart center in Cairo will be laid soon, adding that the inauguration ceremony of the Cairo center will be held in January 2020.

Magdi Yacoub Global Heart Foundation launched a campaign in May to raise fund for the new center.

Yacoub was among the first three surgeons to perform an open heart surgery in Nigeria in 1974. In 1986, he was a part of the team that developed the techniques of the heart-lung transplantation at the National Heart and Lung Institute.

He also led a British research team at Harefield hospital in 2007 to grow a part of the human heart using stem cells. These efforts were all exerted in order to overcome the shortage of transplant heart donations.

Some of his highly notable awards include an Order of Merit and a Knight bachelor from Queen Elizabeth II. He also received an Order of the Nile, which is Egypt's highest state honor.

Additional reporting by Maria Fahy and Fatma al-Bakry]]>
11/28/2019 3:51:16 PM
<![CDATA[BEBA launches panel on universal healthcare, opportunities in Egypt]]>
The panel was lead by Mohamed Maait, Minister of Finance in London, with healthcare providers, hospital management leaders and sponsor of the BEBA mission Ayman Essam, external affairs and legal director in Vodafone.

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Maait began his speech in an inspirational discussion surrounding the historic status of Egypt starting healthcare since 1964, one of the oldest countries in the world to launch health insurance.

Reverting back to the current status, he explained that the current system is unsatisfactory to the state, to the Egyptian people, and the healthcare providers. He emphasized the importance of investing in health, education, culture, civil reform, to be able to sustain economic reform and growth.

“The new Universal coverage should provide real coverage for the whole family, sorting out the separation of financing and supervision of the system, and embrace public and private partnerships,” he stated.

Hossam Badrawi, Chairman is Medicare, complemented the minister’s discussion adding, “Launching the system in Port Said does not mean the success of the system in Port Said”, which raises the significance of accuracy and observance of the pilot project to ensure success and sustainability.

“Money will follow the patient”, a sentence repeated throughout the panel discussion endorsed by the Minister as an empowering slogan of the new system.

Out of pocket expenses are estimated at 60%, Egyptians are spending over 160 billion Egyptian pounds yearly for health costs. 60% of these expenses are out of pocket (90 million Egyptian Pounds). Egypt is currently ranking high on the urgency of need in healthcare: 2.5 million children need medical services every year, Egypt also ranks 2nd in the number of people with diabetes.

The Minister stressed the issue of healthcare is the highest contributor to poverty levels in Egypt. “As stated in the Egyptian constitution, health is a human right, and it is Egyptian’s right to have good health services in Egypt”.

As for Vodafone’s External Affairs Head Ayman Essam, he expressed the importance of public-private partnerships, encouraging other companies to invest in healthcare and technology to support the new system.

He further clarified the essential components of success stating, “the government is still fine-tuning the technical tools, over time, to ensure al the challenges are met. It delivers a strong message to investors around the world, that the Egyptian government is serious, fast and strong in the digitization strategy, we see this in the healthcare industry and education sectors”.

Speaking as a healthcare entrepreneur, and a professor of healthcare economics observing the data of healthcare in Egypt at high demand, Prof. Magdy Ishak, Chairman of Magdi Yacoub Foundation, led the discussion on creating a mixed economy in the healthcare industry.

He clarified that Universal Healthcare is extremely expensive, and provided examples like the UK, Germany, and France that spend 1 trillion dollars on healthcare. These countries came to the recognition that spending on healthcare with solely tax dollars cannot and will not be able to fund a universal system. He stated, “It is important to set up clear guidelines to create a mixed economy of public and private within the universal healthcare provision”.

Attendees of the panel, including prominent lawyer and politician Ziad Bahaa El-Din, encouraged all stakeholders to take note of the pilot projects implemented, understand the challenges and the difficulty of governance through legislation, and asking citizens to be patient about the process of transformation for the hope of a better future with universal healthcare.]]>
11/28/2019 3:44:04 PM
<![CDATA[Albania quake death toll rises to 39, says PM]]>
Two days after the deadly quake, hopes were fading Thursday of finding anyone else alive beneath the rubble of collapsed buildings, with the death toll rising after more bodies were pulled from the ruins overnight, ABC news reported.

More than 650 people were injured in the 6.4 magnitude earthquake when it struck before dawn Tuesday.

Authorities said the search operation had ended in Thumane, with no more people believed to be missing in the collapsed buildings there. It continued, however, in Durres.

Italian rescue teams had sought on Wednesday to save six family members, including twin toddlers, trapped under rubble when their house collapsed after Albania’s worst earthquake in decades.

If the death toll continues to rise, the earthquake could be deadlier than one in 1979 in which 40 people were killed.]]>
11/28/2019 12:19:32 PM
<![CDATA[JICA , E-JUST announce TICAD7 African Scholarships]]>
The ceremony was attended by Ambassador Fayza Abul Naga, E-JUST Board of Trustees (BoT) chairperson, Japanese Ambassador to Egypt Masaki Noke, and BoT member Hany Helal, along with leading officials who supervised campus construction.

Also, Director-General of Human Development Department in Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Jun Sakuma, and Chief Representative of JICA's Egypt Office Yoshifumi Omura were in attendance.

During the ceremony, E-JUST TICAD7 African Scholarships for Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) were announced. The STI is one of the initiatives highlighted at the meeting between Prime Minister Shinzō Abe and President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi at Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) in August 2019.

JICA supports this initiative to establish a sustainable network among universities in Africa to develop human resources in the field of STI by supporting students and scholars in Africa. This aims at exchanging experiences within the continent and addressing common regional development issues.

Moreover, JICA and E-JUST are looking at linking the network with “ASEAN University Network-Southeast Asia Engineering Education Development Network (AUN/SEED-Net)", which has been supported by JICA since 2003. It consists of 26 member institutions in ASEAN with assistance from 14 Japanese supporting universities.

The scholarships will start in the fall semester of 2020; around 150 masters/doctoral students will be invited to study at E-JUST in the various fields of engineering and science related areas over 3 years.

The official announcement for the application is expected to start at the beginning of December 2019. For students to enroll in the fall semester beginning at September 2020, the submission of the application will be requested by Mid-February 2020.
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11/28/2019 12:09:57 PM
<![CDATA[CAPMAS: 5.9% increase in university graduates in 2018]]>
In 2017, 537,000 students graduated from universities and high institutes, the annual higher education report by CAPMAS said, pointing to a 5.9 percent rise in the 2018 number of graduates.

The report attributed that to an increase in the number of private universities and high institutes nationwide.

In 2018, 406,000 students graduated from government universities compared to 368,000 in 2017, with an increase of 10.6 percent, the report further said.

About 24,000 graduated from private universities in 2018 compared to 22,000 in 2017, registering a 6.5 percent increase, it added.

The report pointed out that over 240,000 students are enrolled in post-graduate studies in universities, of which 60.5 percent are registered for getting a diploma, 29 percent for a masters degree and 10.5 percent for a PhD. ]]>
11/28/2019 12:00:04 PM
<![CDATA[Israeli forces demolish houses of 4 Palestinians allegedly killed Israeli soldier]]>
Israel claimed that the houses belong to people who allegedly killed an Israeli soldier few months ago.

Palestinian security sources said a large Israeli forces stormed into the houses of four Palestinian detainees in Israeli jails over charges of killing an Israeli soldier in August.

Meanwhile, a Palestinian citizen was killed and his son injured as their car crashed with Israeli bulldozers which demolished the four houses. ]]>
11/28/2019 11:38:33 AM
<![CDATA[Iraqi crisis management groups formed to restore order, enforce law]]>
Upon the directives of the commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces, the crisis management cells have been formed to maintain security, enforce law and protect property in Iraq," Iraqi channel Alsumaria News quoted a statement issued by the operations command as having said.

A number of Iraq's military leaderships - who were picked as members of the crisis cell - have been tasked with overseeing and managing all state's security and military apparatuses, the statement added.

On Wednesday, the Ministry of Interior issued arrest warrants for what it called "rioters" taking part in Iraq's ongoing street protests. ]]>
11/28/2019 11:35:55 AM
<![CDATA[Solidarity Ministry signs cooperation protocol with Clothing Bank on charity initiative]]>
In a statement on Thursday, the ministry said protocol is meant to promote cooperation in recycling waste of plastic placards to be reproduced as high-quality school bags.

The recycled bags will be distributed among families listed under Takaful and Karama charity program.

The first stage is meant to secure 10,000 recycled bags annually.]]>
11/28/2019 11:21:00 AM
<![CDATA[Car bomb explosion injures 13 civilians northern Afghanistan]]>
According to a statement released by 209th Shaheen Corps in the North, the Taliban militants were looking to carrying out a car bomb attack using a Jeep vehicle packed with explosives.

However, the Afghan forces identified the car bomb before the militants could drive it to the provincial capital where they wanted to detonate it.

The statement further added that a clash broke out along Sayad district highway after the Afghan forces traced the car bomb which went off prematurely. ]]>
11/28/2019 10:36:39 AM
<![CDATA[Sisi urges new governors to continuously communicate with citizens]]>
The meeting included also Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly and Minister of Local Development Mahmoud Shaarawi, according to presidential spokesman Bassam Radi.



President Sisi expressed his wishes for the new officials to succeed in performing their official duties, stressing that Egypt needs much dedication and collective work to continue development and construction.

He urged the officials to enjoy positive energy, perseverance and stressed the need for them to be capable of achieving accomplishments for the benefit of citizens.

Sisi instructed the governors and their deputies to exert maximum efforts to serve the citizens and meet their needs. He also urged them to exploit unique advantages of each of the governorates and maximize these resources.

He affirmed the need that the new officials continuously communicate with their citizens to know about the challenges facing them and find untraditional solutions to these problems.

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Sixteen newly appointed governors, and thirteen deputies sworn in on Wednesday morning at al-Ittihadiya Presidential Palace, sources told Egypt Today.

The sources revealed that the newly appointed governors and deputies have different political backgrounds, among them prominent youths from opposition parties.


The newly appointed governors are as follows:

• Abdel Hameed Abdel Aziz for Al Qalyubia.
• Gamal Nour al Dien for Kafr El Sheikh.
• Essan Saad for Asyut.
• Ahmed Abdullah al Ansari for Faiyum.
• Tarek Rahmy for Gharbia.
• Tarek al Feky for Souhag.
• Mohamed al Shreif for Alexandria.
• Khaled Shoueb for Marsa Matruh.
• Ashraf al Dardiry for Qena.
• Shrief Fahmy for Ismailia.
• Ashraf Atia for Aswan.
• Amr Hanafy for Red Sea.
• Ibrahim al Shahawy for Menofia.
• Mohamed Hani Gamal for Beni Suef.
• Osama al Kady for Minya.
• Ayman Mokhtar for Dakahlia.


As for deputies:
• Jacqueline Azer Abdel Halim for Alexandria.
• Mohamed Mohamed Hammad for Al Qalyubia.
• Ahmed Shaaban Ahmed for Aswan.
• Hend Mohamed Ahmed for Giza.
• Ahmed Mahmoud Abdelmoati for Ash Sharqia.
• Inas Samir Mohamed for South Siani
• Ahmed Samy Adli for Qena.
• Amr Magdy Mostafa for Kafr El Sheikh.
• Ibrahim Al-Shehaby, CPYP member for Giza.
• Mohamed Mosa, CPYP member for Menoufia
• Bilal Habash, CPYP member for Beni Suef
• Hazem Omar, CPYP member for Qena
• Haitham Al-Sheikh, CPYP member for Dakahlia]]>
11/27/2019 7:58:50 PM
<![CDATA[Court hands death sentence to ‘terrorist’ Hesham Al-Ashmawy]]>
Ashmawy was arrested by the Libyan authorities in 2018 and was repatriated to Egypt’s General Intelligence Service (GIS) in May this year. Ashmawy was sentenced to death in absentia in 2017.

The alleged leader of terrorist movement al-Murabitoon, was charged with plotting or carrying out a number of terrorist attacks, including planning to assassinate former Interior Minister Mohamed Ebrahim.

Ashmawy was also charged with being involved in an attack on a security checkpoint in Farafra Oasis Road in the New Valley Governorate, which caused the death of at least 22 border guards.

He is also accused of targeting trucks and personnel of Egypt’s Second Field Army, which is mainly stationed in Ismailia.

Handing Ashmawy to the Egyptian GIS was widely hailed as the former officer was considered to be Egypt’s most wanted terrorist.

Following the repatriation, Sisi praised and congratulated the Egyptian Army, describing them as “hawks” and “heroes” who swore to protect their country.

From military to militancy

Born in 1978 in Giza, Ashmawy or Abu Omar al-Muhajir, 41, was an officer in the Egyptian Commandos as a member of Sa‘ka Forces or Thunderbolt Forces.

He was transferred to an administrative post in 2007 after a change in his behavior as he promoted for political Islam through spreading banned books. He was suspended from the army in 2009 after he stood a military trial; then he traveled to Syria via Turkey.

In 2013, Ashmawy moved to Sinai where he became in charge of the military wing of Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis. He started to develop the performance of the group and improve their militancy skills.

Following the June 30 Uprising, he was accused of failed assassination of former Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim, and the killing of a colonel and brigadier general during a firefight in the Qaliubiya village of Arab Sharkas.

Defected from Islamic State (IS) terror group, Ashmawy went to Derna, 250 km far from Egypt’s western borders, where he announced in a voice recording his leadership of the al-Qaeda-aligned militant group al-Mourabitoun in the Islamic Maghreb.

Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis announced in November 2014 its allegiance to the Islamic State (ISIS), Ashmawy refused to pledge allegiance to ISIS.

Additional reporting by Mohamed Abdel Maguid]]>
11/27/2019 6:44:54 PM
<![CDATA[Four dead and 16 missing after failed Mediterranean crossing]]>
Rescuers saved 58 people from the raft, which was found drifting around 37 miles off the coast of Morocco on Tuesday night. Three bodies were recovered from the water and another migrant died after being taken to shore, a spokeswoman for the coastguard said.

Sea-borne migration to Europe has dropped sharply since peaking in 2015 but thousands still attempt the dangerous Mediterranean crossing every year, looking to escape poverty and conflict in their home countries.

The latest group was brought to Spain’s North African enclave of Melilla, where a Reuters photographer saw survivors being helped ashore and given medical assistance by the Red Cross. Wrapped in thermal blankets, some of the migrants appeared to be in a state of shock after their ordeal.

European and Spanish authorities have deployed boats and a plane in the search for a further 16 people who are believed to have been on the raft.

They are also searching for a separate craft carrying 78 migrants that is believed to have set off from Morocco on Tuesday night.

Before Wednesday’s deaths, at least 1,136 migrants had already died or gone missing at sea this year after trying to make the crossing, according to the International Organization for Migration.

Italian authorities saved 149 people from a capsized dinghy off the island of Lampedusa on Sunday. The bodies of five women were retrieved and several others remain unaccounted for.

Meanwhile Spanish charity ships Open Arms and Aita Mari rescued more than 140 migrants from rafts off the Libyan coast last week and transported them to Italy.]]>
11/27/2019 3:14:35 PM
<![CDATA[African officials praise Egypt’s efforts in World Food Program: Amb.]]>
Badr explained that the executive board has adopted a number of important policies and programs to strengthen the work of the World Food Program in the coming period, most notably the strategy of strengthening the partnership with the private sector, which aims to get money to cover the growing needs of the hungry, refugees and malnourished people due to humanitarian crises, conflicts and natural disasters.

He also explained that the council approved a number of strategic plans for the program in Mali, Niger, Sierra Leone, Djibouti, Eswatini and Angola for the period 2020-2024 with the participation of senior African officials.

The African officials include the deputy prime minister of Ethiopia, the minister of social affairs of Djibouti, the minister of agriculture of Mali, the minister of planning and community development and the deputy minister of planning and economic development of Sierra Leone.

The African officials expressed appreciation for the distinguished relations between Egypt and the African continent.

They commended the great efforts exerted by Egypt during the country's presidency of the African Union to enhance security and stability, and promote comprehensive development and African economic integration through the African continental Free Trade Agreement.

It is worth mentioning that the executive board of the program has adopted a number of strategic plans in Jordan, Iraq and Lebanon to support people who are undernourished. This is in addition to supporting efforts to host Syrian refugees in a number of neighboring countries.
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11/27/2019 2:56:20 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi managed to change world standpoint on Africa: Saudi writer]]>
According to an article published in Kuwaiti newspaper Al Seyassah, Harbi stressed Africa should be grateful for Sisi as he made the world change its vision concerning Africa.

He added that the Africa Investment Forum which Egypt hosted was crowned by signing a number of partnership agreements between African governments and the private sector in order to carry out mega projects.

He added that Egypt is the first state that managed to combat corruption in Africa, noting that Egypt was also keen on developing the educational and health sectors in Africa.

"The African continent is considered one of the most important continents in the world, where it has the raw material for all the existing industries. However, major countries exploited these raw materials and got them in low prices to manufacture and sell them for billions of dollars, hence, these actions had a negative impact on the people [of Africa] who have suffered from poverty and hunger, forcing them to migrate to Europe in search of new opportunities for a better life," he added.]]>
11/27/2019 2:06:29 PM
<![CDATA[National Authority for Military Production, General Electric sign MoU]]>
The memo falls within the framework of the state's shift to a digital society.

The signing was preceded by a meeting with representatives of the American company.

The company is very much interested in cooperation with the ministry given its companies and units and high-level technology and technical and human potentials, CEO of General Electric's Middle East, North Africa and Turkey region Nabil Habayeb said.]]>
11/27/2019 2:02:11 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt launches satellite Tiba-1]]>
Tiba-1 s expected to provide and boost internet and telecommunication services across Egypt.

Launching Tiba 1 will also contribute to developing health, education, and energy fields, not to mention improving services in government sectors across Egypt.

It is named after Thebes or Tiba in Arabic, an ancient Egyptian capital the ruins of which lie within the modern southern city of Luxor.

The 5.6-tonne satellite made by Airbus and Thales Alenia Space (TAS) will remain in orbit for at least 15 years to provide “every inch” of Egypt with call and internet services, state officials said.

The Egyptian Space Agency will run the satellite from a control center in Cairo.

Egyptian communications minister Amr Talaat said in a statement the satellite “represents a significant qualitative leap in the field of communications and information technology (ICT)”.

Tiba-1’s coverage area includes some neighboring Arab and African countries and Egypt may sell them satellite services in the future.
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11/27/2019 12:13:01 AM
<![CDATA[Ugandan delegate visits Egypt’s ALIC leather factory]]>
High-level government officials from around the world, and especially from Africa participated in this important forum. Uganda’s official delegation was headed by the Honorable Dr. Kasirivu Atwooki, Uganda’s Minister of State for Economic Monitoring in President Museveni’s Office.

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On the sidelines of the Forum, A high-level Ugandan government delegation headed by Atwooki, visited the Advanced Leather Industry Center (ALIC) in 10th of Ramadan. ALIC hosts the largest number of leather manufacturing facilities in Egypt with over 113 factories for manufacturing shoes, bags, and other leather products. ALIC also has a dual education program vocational school, a mall, and several other services for the residents.

The Ugandan delegation was very impressed by the project and its success to bring together such a large number of leather manufacturers in one place. They were also impressed by the mall and the dual education vocational school, which began running this year and was established to train a new generation of skilled workers for the footwear and leather industry sector.

The school, which is fully accredited by the Ministry of Education and Vocational Education, has the total capacity to accommodate 1,200 students, making it the largest ever in Egypt, Africa, and the Arab World.

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The school offers a 3-year full-time dual education system program combining practical skills in the classroom as well as on-the-job training and apprenticeship which equips students with the leather manufacturing skills required to succeed in the industry in the production of such items as footwear and other leather products.

The students train on state-of-the-art machines, some of which were made in Egypt by one of the Ministry of Military Production’s factories and the classrooms are equipped with state-of-the-art educational equipment.

Once those students graduate from the 3-year program, they will be immediately employable and around 1200 skilled workers will be ready to join the workforce annually. Students train on the latest leather manufacturing technology, which makes them even more qualified for the labor market. Students also receive a monthly allowance, a free meal & uniform and free round-trip transportation to school.

ALIC prides itself on offering its residents the much-needed services including a retail mall with showrooms for factory owners to display their finished products, two Mosques, two daycare centers with a playground for laborers with young children, a medical center, a restaurant, 24-hour security.

Developing Uganda’s leather industry and moving towards industrialization is a priority for Uganda’s government and organizations like the Uganda Leather and Allied Industries Association (ULAIA) are keen to work towards the development of the country’s leather industry until they are able to manufacture their own finished products for local and international retail.

According to ULAIA’s Chairman, Abdul Hakim Sekandi, “More than 95 percent of processed hides and skins are exported as partly processed leather (wet blue) but could upgrade to crust and finished leather if technology and investment are increased through partnerships.”

Uganda has only a handful of large tanneries capable of processing close to 10,000 hides and 47,000 skins per day. Those tanneries are operating at only 60 to 70% capacity as a result of financial constraints, and machine breakdowns.

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi has emphasized the importance of developing those strategic industries that have a great impact on Egypt’s Economy including the Leather industry. The Minister of Trade & Industry, Dr. Amr Nassar has identified the development of the leather industry and the promotion of Egyptian exports as a priority for the Ministry. According to the Industrial Modernisation Centre (IMC), the leather industry is considered to be the 5th largest sector in Egypt as it offers over 270,000 direct employment opportunities.

Yehya Zalat, Vice president of the Arab Leather Federation and ALIC’s Chairman met with the Ugandan delegation during a constructive meeting which included Minister Atwooki, Sam Male, Uganda’s Ambassador to Egypt and Nancy Abdelhadi, ALIC City’s government relations consultant and the first Egyptian Goodwill Ambassador for Uganda in Egypt, at one of the conference hotels in New Cairo.

Zalat shared his experience and efforts toward the development of the leather industry in Egypt.

They also discussed the importance of the development of the leather industry in Uganda and possible opportunities for collaboration on establishing a similar project in Uganda which would involve several stages including having an automatic slaughterhouse, upgraded tanneries to ensure that the skins are not damaged in the process and then finally to develop a similar Leather Manufacturing city, to help Uganda be on their way to manufacturing their own leather products for local demand as well as for export.

Sami Naguib, Head of Leather, Textile and Garments Sectors at IMC, stressed the importance of this visit as it is an important step on the right path towards African industrial integration. Earlier this year, a delegation from the Ministry of Trade and Industry and IMC visited Uganda to present the concept of industrial integration among African nations which includes taking advantage of the value chains and raw materials inside the continent which are usually exported abroad, with the premise that it is better to work towards increasing the added value of these materials within the continent.

Subsequent visits to Uganda are in the works in order to assess the industry in priority sectors to work on its development with the help of the IMC. This is in line with the recommendations made during the 'Made in Africa' Workshop that was held in Cairo on November 20-21, 2019 which concluded with the importance of achieving comprehensive and sustainable integration among African countries through:

1. Utilization of the continent’s resources and strengthening regional value chains
2- Industrial integration among African countries
3. Sustainable financial inclusion
4. Promotion of the growth of intra-African trade facilitation

The visit of the high-level Ugandan delegation to ALIC City in the 10th of Ramadan industrial zone came as part of its participation in the Africa 2019 conference was a clear sign of their interest to collaborate with Egypt on the development of the leather industry in Uganda and in Africa as a whole.

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11/27/2019 12:04:05 AM
<![CDATA[Presidential assignments to establish 5 universities of technology: Min.]]>
According to a statement released by the ministry, the establishment of those universities will come after the completion of the establishment and operation of the technological universities: New Cairo University of Technology, Delta Technology University, And Quesna And Beni Suef University of Technology in 2019/2020.

The minister’s announcement came during the meeting of the National Projects Committee of the Ministry, in the presence of Deputy Minister for Universities Affairs Amr Adly, Deputy Minister for Scientific Research Yasser Arafat, Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Universities Mohamed Latif, Chairman of the Engineering Studies Sector Committee Abdel Hamid Shaira, and representatives of the Engineering Authority of the Armed Forces, and Ministry of Higher Education at the Egyptian-Japanese University.

The minister stressed the need to complete new national projects in the field of higher education in accordance with the timetables set for them. He pointed to the importance of establishing new universities to meet the growing demand of citizens in need for higher education.

President of the Egyptian-Japanese University Ahmed el-Gohary praised the efforts of the members of the National Projects Committee in implementing development projects in the field of higher education and scientific research.

Abdel Ghaffar pointed out that the Egyptian-Japanese University for Science and Technology is the culmination of the joint scientific cooperation between Egypt and Japan.

He stressed that the idea of ​​establishing the Japanese University is based on the provision of high-quality practical academic programs, and centers of excellence for basic and applied research to serve the local and regional community.


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11/26/2019 5:18:53 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt, Saudi Arabia discuss regional, international issues ]]>
According to a statement released by Foreign Ministry spokesperson Ahmed Hafez on Tuesday, Shoukry started the meeting by congratulating Prince Faisal on his assumption of the post of foreign minister.

The minister stressed the deep strategic relationships between Egypt and Saudi Arabia and the close ties between the two countries.

Egyptian Parliament member Soliman Wahdan said that Saudi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman’s visit to Cairo on November 26, 2018 was an important step for boosting the strategic relations between the two countries.

He further stressed that the Riyadh-Cairo relationship is "unique", saying that Cairo-Riyadh's strong ties bring stability to the Arab region.

Egypt and Saudi Arabia lead the Islamic world against Iranian and western plots which seek to divide the region, according to Wahdan's statement.
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11/26/2019 4:44:47 PM
<![CDATA[Lithuania encourages Egypt’s efforts to end violence against women]]>
Gender based violence is still a rampant challenge across the globe, with one of every two women facing sexual harassment, and one of three facing physical or sexual assault, the statement said.

From Monday to Dec. 10, the embassy illuminates its premises in orange light to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

The reflection of the orange lighting on the Nile, as the embassy overlooks the river, would be a call to work together on ending violence against women without turning a blind eye to such crimes, the statement added.]]>
11/26/2019 3:25:05 PM
<![CDATA[In Pics: Egypt celebrates 30th anniversary of UN Convention on Child’s Rights]]>
The celebration was held in cooperation with the National Council for Childhood and Motherhood and the UNICEF country office in Cairo.

The celebration was attended by a number of ambassadors, representatives of international organizations, members of the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child, and figures interested in children's issues.

Ahmed Ehab Gamal el-Din, assistant foreign minister for human rights and international social and humanitarian issues, stressed the importance of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child as the most prominent and comprehensive international legal framework in discussing issues related to children's rights.

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He pointed out that the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the signing of the convention represents an appropriate opportunity to create a new momentum for the international community to intensify the efforts supporting the rights of children and renew the commitment to protect and promote all human rights.

“Despite the significant progress over the past three decades in child’s rights, significant challenges remain, "he said.

The assistant minister also stressed that children should enjoy full human rights in light of the articles of the International Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Additionally, he highlighted the need to include African cultural values ​​and experiences when dealing with child rights issues.

The celebration coincides with the opening of the 34th session of the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child on Tuesday, which runs until December 25.]]>
11/26/2019 2:33:31 PM
<![CDATA[Nitric acid unit closed after 55 students, 11 teachers choke]]>
The oxygen percentage at the unit decreased on Monday morning, and the wind carried the acid particles towards the inhabited city of Aswan, causing cases of choking among the civilians, the statement added.

The ministry has ordered solving the technical problem, which led to increasing the Nitric acid emissions into the air immediately, the statement said.

The company is preparing a study to build a new unit in accordance with the international standards to replace the old one, the statement added.
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11/26/2019 2:24:08 PM
<![CDATA[AU official: Egypt realized great leap in infrastrcuture]]>
In statements on the fringe of the Program for Infrastructure Development in Africa "PIDA Week 2019" which Egypt hosts until Thursday, she said the African Union calls for adopting the high-quality Egyptian model for developing the infrastructure across Africa.

Abou-Zeid said she visited the New Administrative Capital and saw its outstanding infrastructure there.

She said the African continent drew up the 2063 Agenda to accomplish several mega projects, including infrastructure programs.

She highlighted President Abdel Fattah El Sisi's speech at the Africa Investment Forum on the importance of developing infrastructure to realize a quantum leap in Africa.

She added that infrastructure projects are being examined, noting that such regional projects and trans-border projects need huge investments amounting to about dlrs 100 to 130 billion annually.

She said no state can bear such huge investments alone, noting that efforts are underway to encourage the private sector and investment and funding institutions to engage in such mammoth ventures. ]]>
11/26/2019 12:20:58 PM
<![CDATA[Mali: 13 French soldiers killed in helicopter accident]]>
Macron said that the six officers, six 'sous'officiers' - or 'sub officers', and a corporal were killed during an operation against terrorists in the African nation.

The accident occurred as a result of a collision between two helicopters, one a Tigre the other a Cougar, while on operation tracking a militant group.

France has 4,500 troops stationed in Mali as part of Operation Barkhane, where it is fighting terrorists allied to the Daesh militant group. ]]>
11/26/2019 12:18:46 PM
<![CDATA[3rd Evangiical Church inaugurated in Minya]]>
This comes within the framework of efforts to pay attention to worshiping places for all the segments of the Egyptians.

The church, originally built in 1901, was inaugurated by Assistant Secretary General in Minya Ahmed Gebril on behalf of Minya Governor Qassem Hussein.]]>
11/26/2019 12:15:00 PM
<![CDATA[Know more about newly inaugurated tunnels linking South Port Said to Sinai ]]>
In the following lines, ET outlines information about the tunnels:

1- First, a total of 6,000 Egyptian workers and engineers carried out the construction works of the tunnels, under the supervision of the Armed Forces Engineering Authority.

2- The tunnels pass beneath Suez Canal at a depth of 42 meters. The total time estimated for vehicles to cross the tunnels is between 5 to 7 minutes at a speed of 40 km/h.

3- The length of each tunnel is 3,950 meters linked to a set of emergency transits, while the internal diameter of each tunnel is 11.4 meters, and the outer diameter is 12.6 meters.

4- Each tunnel accommodates 2,000 cars per hour, at a rate of 40,000 cars per day.

5- The tunnel’s height is 5.5 meters, including two lanes with a width of 3.6 meters each.

6- The tunnels are supported with four power sources, making an electricity cut impossible.

7- A total of 60 surveillance cameras are installed in each tunnel, in addition to an emergency communication system installed every 250 meters. Each tunnel consists of 25,000 pieces of concrete.

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11/26/2019 11:01:10 AM
<![CDATA[Sisi inaugurates several projects in Port Said, N.Sinai]]>
The projects include July 3 tunnels in Port Said, which is one of the major national projects, as it links south Port Said with Sinai, besides connecting west of canal cities with its eastern parts with the aim to facilitate trade movement in Suez Canal regional area.

The head of the General Authority of the Economic Zone for Suez Canal Yehia Zaki has given a presentation about the projects of the economic zone that aim to directly connect east Port Said with Port Said tunnels.

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The head of the General Authority of the Economic Zone for Suez Canal Yehia Zaki gives a presentation about the projects of the economic zone


Zaki explained that the port, after development works, has become able to receive Triple E-class container ship, referring to a dramatic increase in the number of Triple E-Class container ships that crossed the port from 83 ships last year, to 98 ships until October. He added that the number is expected to hit 120 ships by the end of this year, which reveals a 45 percent increase in the number of crossing ships.

For his part, President Sisi said that the development of East Port Said zone has been proposed 15 years ago, but postponed due to lack of funds, adding that the state is currently spending lots of money to completing the development projects.

President Sisi also inaugurated the small and medium-scale industrial complexes in El-Raswa, south of Port Said governorate, via the video conference.

Head of the Industrial Development Agency (IDA) Magdy Ghazi and Director of Projects at IDA Khaled Suleiman and Manager of the Project Lt.Colonel Islam Mohamed Omeira were at the industrial complexes venue of El Raswa for the inauguration.

Upon his arrival in Port Said, Sisi was received by Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouli, Defense Minister Mohamed Zaki and a number of ministers and senior statesmen.

The opening ceremony started with reciting verses of the holy Quran.

Below is a live streaming of the inauguration ceremony




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11/26/2019 10:52:14 AM
<![CDATA[2,500 workers at Railway Authority suspended over drug abuse]]>
Some of the suspended employees worked at crossings and transfers, while others worked as train drivers and assistants. They were all referred to investigations, and were obliged to enroll in a treatment program, and undertake two tests within six months.

This comes as part of the anti-addiction campaign launched by the authority. Between March 15 and November 23, the campaign examined 23,000 workers out of 33,000 at the authority, and affiliated companies.

Along the same lines, the government regularly launches sudden anti-drug campaigns across the country; one of them was held two weeks ago, where drug tests were carried out on 225 drivers, of whom 34 tested positive to drug use.

A striking figure showed that 27 percent of drug abusers in Egypt are women, while children (aged between 12 to 18 years old) constituted 4.2 percent of the abusers.

Government campaigns extended to detect drug abusers among public employees, where the latest figures show that 279 employees at administrative bodies proved to be addicts.]]>
11/25/2019 4:27:02 PM
<![CDATA[Tiba-1 satellite to be launched Monday after 2-day delay ]]>
"Arianespace has decided to stop the final operation for two days,” Stephane Israel, chief executive officer of Arianespace, said in a statement late on Friday. “The spacecrafts are in safe mode and we are now targeting a new launch window and we will keep you posted for sure,” he added.

TIBA-1 – which is based on the Eurostar 3000 satellite platform and was developed by Thales Alenia Space & Airbus Defence and Space – occupies the larger upper portion of the Ariane 5 payload fairing, and will be released first during the launch.

"TIBA-1 was designed with a lifetime of over 15 years on orbit. The satellite will be the fourth spacecraft launched by Arianespace for Egypt, the 127th Airbus satellite launched by Arianespace, and the 160th launch by the company for Thales Alenia Space,"Nasa added.

The European Space Agency (ESA) announced in a statement that the launcher and its two satellite passengers – TIBA-1 and Inmarsat GX5 – in stand-by mode and will be launched at 21.08 GMT (22:08 CET), adding that the two passengers are being maintained in fully safe conditions.




This mission (officially known as Ariane Flight VA250) will be the fourth Ariane 5 launch of the year, and the eighth launch for Arianespace as a whole in 2019, according to Nasa Space Flight.

With the launch of the Egyptian satellite Tiba-1, Egypt will enter the world of satellites intended for communicational purposes, makinga major shift in the field of communication and information technology.

This also contributes to supporting the comprehensive development efforts carried out by the Egyptian Government in accordance with a precise scientific plan that aims to make the best use of Egypt's natural, industrial and human resources to provide a decent life for the Egyptian citizen and place Egypt in the position it deserves regionally and internationally.

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11/25/2019 4:09:14 PM
<![CDATA[Holy Family Path development project to be finished by June 2020]]>
Shaarawy praised the cooperation that took place during the past period between the ministries, governorates and parties involved in the implementation of the project.

This came during Shaarawy’s meeting with a number of deputies and representatives of the Ministry of Tourism and the Ministry of Antiquities, in addition to representatives of the Coptic Church and leaders of the Ministry of Local Development.

During the meeting, the most important procedures carried out by the governorates participating in the implementation of the project were reviewed. The path of the Holy Family covers the governorates of Cairo, Beheira, Sharkia, Kafr El-Sheikh, Minya, Assiut, Gharbiya and North Sinai.

The state and all the concerned parties attach great importance to the project which is set to activate religious tourism, support the Egyptian economy, provide job opportunities and develop infrastructure, according to the minister of local development.

The minister explained that the project is divided into several phases, andincludesthe trial operation of five archaeological sites in Cairo and Beheira.

The first phase includes the restoration of the monasteries of JabalTair, Muharraq and Darnaka in Minya and Assiut.

At the end of the meeting, it was agreed that some projects related to sanitation should be completed in 2020.The attendees also confirmed the importance of holding regular meetings during the coming period under the supervision of the ministry.

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Ep. 13: Holy Family rest in Minya’s ‘Mountain of Birds’




Ep. 10: Holy Family leaves behind Egypt’s most visited church

Ep. 9: holy family in Egypt - Islamic Cairo

Ep.8: Holy Family in Egypt – Virgin’s Mary Tree in Heliopolis

Ep. 8: Holy Family in Egypt – St. Macarius Monastery

EP. 6: holy family visits Wadi el-Naturn, founds monasticism

Ep. 5: Holy Family in Egypt - Christ leaves ‘footprint’ on Xois rock

Ep. 4: Holy Family embraced in Sebennytos, leaves kneading trough

EP. 3: Holy family in Egypt – Mary bathes Christ in Musturud

Ep. 2: Holy Family in Egypt’s ‘cat house’ met with grain of salt

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]]>11/25/2019 3:10:10 PM<![CDATA[Court upholds death sentence for 7 people over killing policemen]]>
The court also sentenced three convicts to 15 years in prison, and handed a 10-year imprisonment sentence to 15 others, while seven defendants were acquitted.

The people in the case, according to the General Prosecution, have faced charges of joining a terrorist group, possessing weapons and explosions, executing a number of terrorist attacks, and deliberately killing a police officer and seven policemen.

The convicts were also charged with killing a high-ranked police officer and a policeman accompanying him, and setting fire to his car. They also killed, according to the prosecution, another policeman in Giza's Al-Maraziq checkpoint, and looting LE 82,000 as they stormed the Helwan Post Office.


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11/25/2019 2:55:57 PM
<![CDATA[2.4 million women examined under new health campaign - min.]]>
The campaign was launched upon presidential directives to improve women’s health, said spokesman for the Ministry of Health and Population Khaled Megahed.

Some 2.1 million women were examined in the first stage of the campaign while 315,034 women have been checked in the second stage till now.

The second stage of the initiative kicked off in November and included Cairo, North Sinai, Red Sea, Kafr el Sheikh, Ismailia, Suez, Menouifia, Beni Suef, Sohag, Aswan and Luxor.

The first stage covered nine governorates.

The initiative is targeting 28 million women over the age of 18 and will be carried out in three stages.

The duration of the check up is 15 minutes, preceded by a 30-minute awareness lecture on methods of disease detection, home inspection, healthier lifestyles and reproductive health.

It includes medical tests of diabetes and blood pressure and weight checks. ]]>
11/25/2019 2:26:51 PM
<![CDATA[Nile clean-up campaign removes 1.5 tons of plastic waste ]]>
Nearly 192 volunteer participated in the campaign along with senior officials from Giza governorate.

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A total of 1.5 tons of waste were collected according to the founder of “Youth Love Egypt” Ahmed Fathy. He said that the ongoing campaign called “Clean Shores” was launched in cooperation with the United Nations Information Center in Cairo, aiming to reduce the use of plastics in North Africa to achieve sustainable development goals.

He added that the campaign will take expand to more places nationwide in the future, adding nearly 16 governorates during the coming period. Fathy also pointed out that they are planning to accommodate the campaign to remove waste off Red Sea and the Mediterranean as well.


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Many animals die after swallowing plastic bags. Plastic bags are also often burned, releasing toxic fumes into the atmosphere.

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As part of the initiative, the Ministry of Environment has launched a public advertisement campaign to raise awareness on the hazards of plastic bags.

Many other African counties have launched similar initiatives to put an end to the plastic bag harms. In 2008, Rwanda became one of the first African countries to impose a complete ban on thin plastic bags as part of its Vision 2020 plan for sustainability.

Currently, all plastic bags used in Rwanda are biodegradable.


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11/25/2019 1:19:28 PM
<![CDATA[Interior Ministry seizes unlicensed website]]>
It is worth mentioning, the Supreme Council for Media Regulation set on Sept. 29 a penalty of LE 250,000 for journalists and media workers who violate the code of media honor.

Article 23 of the Executive Regulation stipulates that violating the Code of Professional Press and Media Honor or the standards approved by the Supreme Council for Media Regulation or incitingthe commitment of a criminal offense requires the imposition of one of the following penalties:Drawing attention, warning, a fine not exceeding LE 250,500or the equivalent in foreign currency.

The penalties included banning publishing or broadcasting the infringing material for a specified period, blocking the website for a specified period or permanently, and blocking the personal website if followedby more than 5,000 followers.

Egypt has proposed various practical measures and anti-cybercrime laws aiming to curb premeditated fake information and face the widespread fake news that threatens national security and the interests of the state.

On March 14, 2018, the Egyptian Parliament’s Telecommunications and Information Technology Committee came out with new amendments to the government’s anti-cybercrime law.

The amendments include setting a six-month imprisonment and a fine not less than LE 100,000 ($5,670) and not more than LE 500,000 for anyone found to be deliberately tinkering with an internet connection.

In mid-February, 2018, the Cabinet referred a draft anti-cybercrime law to Parliament for discussion, which included posing surveillance on social media and limiting the spread of fake news, particularly news inciting violence.

The long-awaited draft law was sent to Parliament to be discussed, as the law has an indispensable role in dealing with the rumors that are not easily monitored on social media.

First introduced before Parliament in May 2016, the 33-article draft law was proposed to criminalize illegal electronic practices, such as electronic fraud and encouraging terrorist practices; however, activists and rights defenders perceive the penalties stipulated by the law as very harsh and as a restriction of the freedom of expression, according to various news outlets.

The punishments in the draft law range from a month in prison to the death penalty should, in the latter case, the cyber crime result in the death of someone or be considered a threat to national security. The law also stipulates other penalties, such as blocking sites and canceling their licenses according to court judgments.

Additionally, the Supreme Council for the Administration of the Media will be regulating social media accounts and blogs, which have been officially categorized as “media outlets” in Egypt.It will have the authority to block websites and file criminal complaints against any account that is "inciting people to violate laws" and that is spreading "defamation against individuals and religions."]]>
11/25/2019 12:31:01 PM
<![CDATA[Interior Minister: 3 persons deported from Egypt for public interest reasons]]>
Meanwhile, the minister approved requests by 21 Egyptian nationals to acquire alternative nationalities and relinquish their Egyptian citizenship.

The minister's decisions were published in the official gazette out on Monday]]>
11/25/2019 12:04:41 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt: Region countries able to overcome current challenges ]]>
In his speech at the Jordan-chaired Conference of Middle East Zone Free of Nuclear Weapons and Weapons of Mass Destruction, Egypt's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Mohamed Idris said that those who are following up the latest development in the region would realize that most states sat together to discuss very sensitive issues.

"The region countries also discussed the importance of establishing Middle East free of nuclear or mass destruction weapons," the ambassador continued.

The first session of the conference kicked off on November 18 and ended on November 22 at the United Nations headquarters in New York.





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11/25/2019 11:13:31 AM
<![CDATA[Waiting List initiative: More than 300K surgeries conducted ]]>
According to the Sunday statement, 125,822 surgeries of cardiac catheterization, 19,774 open-heart surgeries, 101,725 ocular surgeries, 12,566 neurosurgeries and other operations were carried out until November 24, 2019.

Catheterizations topped the performed surgeries by 42 percent followed by ocular surgeries by 33.8 percent, the statement continued.

Some 62 percent of the surgeries were conducted in the ministry’s hospitals followed by 26 percent in the university hospitals nationwide.

In October 2018, President Sisi launched “100 Million Healthy Lives” initiative to completely eliminate Hepatitis C from Egypt 2022.
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11/25/2019 11:09:59 AM
<![CDATA[Mashaat attends Chinese president's meeting with participants in Bloomberg forum in Beijing]]>
The mini-meeting in Beijing was attended by former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, former US Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, former Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd and Co-Executive Chairman of The Carlyle Group David M. Rubenstein.

During the meeting, the Chinese president underlined the importance of innovation in the current stage, citing the major changes which the world witnessed over the past 100 years.

He urged countries to work together for innovation, noting that China and the US are the biggest countries promoting innovation.

He said China is ready to cooperate with all world countries, including the US, in the innovation domain.

For her part, Mashaat thanked the Chinese president for inviting her to attend this important meeting, highlighting the depth of the strategic and political ties between Egypt and China.

She hailed China's interest in holding international conferences to transparently address economic challenges. ]]>
11/24/2019 3:05:44 PM
<![CDATA[Environment Ministry holds conference on end of air pollution waves Monday]]>
Minister of Environment Yassmin Fouad, Minister of Agriculture EzzEldin Abu Steit, Minister of Local Development Mahmoud Shaarawi and a number of government officials will take part in the conference.

Last week, the Ministry of Environment honored a number of employees who have been involved in confronting the wave of air pollutants or the so-called "black clouds" over the past period in appreciation of their efforts in the management of the national anti-air pollution mechanism and their success in overcoming various environmental challenges during their work.

Over the past years, Egypt has faced a phenomenon called "black clouds" following the season of harvesting rice, in the summer months. The black cloud is a result of burning huge amounts of rice straw in the cultivated land in the Nile Delta.

The Ministry of Environment has outlined a plan that included mutual procedures with other concerned institutions and ministries that continued over a whole year to counter all forms of pollution in this regard.]]>
11/24/2019 2:52:07 PM
<![CDATA[In pics: Development of Rashid to be completed in 3 years]]>
In the last Youth Forum, President Sisi directed the executive authorities to complete the project in a maximum of 3 years.

The development plan includes restoring the Islamic archaeological areas, completing the national projects, and developing the slums and infrastructure of Rashid(a port city of the Nile Delta), according to Beheira Governor Hisham Amna on Saturday.

Amna told Egypt Today that the project is one of the largest projects in Egypt.Once implemented, the project will turn the city into an open museum for Islamic monuments.He added that the development works had started in 2008 but had to be suspended in 2011 after January 25 Revolution.

As for the establishment of the first fishing port in Beheira, project manager Mustafa Ismail said that more than 85 percent of the project has been completed on an area of 48,000 meters and at an initial cost of LE 475 million.

Moreover, Ismail pointed out that about 117 housing units and nine shops worth LE 21 million have been delivered to their beneficiaries as part of the efforts to develop slums.
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11/24/2019 1:46:44 PM
<![CDATA[Initiative to treat poor vision examines 10.6k students in Matrouh]]>
This comes as part of efforts seeking to examine 30,000 students in 151 schools in Matrouh.

President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi announced launching the initiative in January this year. It targets treating 5 million primary school students in the country, providing a million eyeglasses, and carrying out 250,000 eye surgeries.

The initiative was launched after Minister of Social Solidarity Ghada Waly complained that many of the school children in the country suffer serious vision problems and demanded that state intervene to help them undergo surgeries, including cataract and glaucoma surgeries, or to provide them with glasses, Sisi said.

In February, national Tahya Misr (Long Live Egypt) Fund announced allocating LE 1 billion ($56.8 million) to support the presidential initiative.

The money funded by Tahya Misr will help carry out 200,000 cataract surgeries, 15,000 glaucoma surgeries, and 3,000 corneal transplantations, Mohamed Mokhtar, the media coordinator of Tahya Misr Fund said in an interview with al-Hayah al-Youm.

The first phase of the initiative includes the ten governorates of Qalyubia, Sharkia, Dakahlia, Suez, Beni Suef, Minya, Qena, Luxor, Alexandria, and Matrouh.]]>
11/24/2019 12:57:17 PM
<![CDATA[OIC calls for strengthening intra-OIC cooperation for advancement of science]]>
OIC Assistant Secretary General for Science and Technology Askar Mussinov mentioned the major achievements and initiatives of the OIC in the fields of higher education, health, science, technology and innovation, water and environment.]]>
11/24/2019 12:29:17 PM
<![CDATA[Pope Francis says world without nuke arms "possible, necessary"]]>
He called for action "on the part of all" to realize it in a speech in Nagasaki, one of the world's two atomic-bombed cities.

"A world of peace, free from nuclear weapons, is the aspiration of millions of men and women everywhere," the pope said in a message delivered at the Atomic Bomb Hypocenter Park in the southwestern Japan city, which he said "witnessed the catastrophic humanitarian and environmental consequences" of a nuclear attack when it was hit by a US atomic bomb in 1945.

"To make this ideal a reality calls for involvement on the part of all: individuals, religious communities and civil society, countries that possess nuclear weapons and those that do not, the military and private sectors, and international organizations," he said.

The speech, which lasted for about 13 minutes in rainy weather, came as Washington and Moscow have been at odds over arms control since the expiration in August of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, a 1987 pact between the United States and the Soviet Union.

North Korea's nuclear weapons program and Iran's nuclear activities have also raised concerns about a new arms race.

Speaking in Spanish, the pope asked political leaders "not to forget" that nuclear weapons "cannot protect us from current threats to national and international security."

"We need to ponder the catastrophic impact of their deployment, especially from a humanitarian and environmental standpoint, and reject heightening a climate of fear, mistrust and hostility fomented by nuclear doctrines," the 82-year-old Argentine added.

In another veiled criticism of nuclear weapons states, he said that the possession of nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction is "not the answer" to the human desire for security, peace and stability.

The pope also urged the world to "speak out against the arms race," adding that it "wastes precious resources" that should be used for human development and environmental preservation.

The pope arrived in Japan on Sunday for a four-day trip, the first papal visit to Japan in 38 years. He was elected as the Roman Catholic pontiff in 2013.

John Paul II, who in February 1981 made the first papal trip to Japan, pushed for the elimination of nuclear weapons during a visit to Hiroshima and Nagasaki amid heightened tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union over the deployment of intermediate-range nuclear missiles. ]]>
11/24/2019 12:20:31 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi congratulates Waly on assuming UNODC executive director post]]>
Waly was also chosen to succeed Yury Fedotov of Russia as director-general of the UN Office at Vienna (UNOV).

Addressing a roundtable session of the Africa Investment Forum 2019, President Sisi said that Waly has reached such position through "her efforts and world's appreciation for Egypt."

He said that he exploited such opportunity to congratulate Waly in front of Egypt and the world.

Waly brings to the position over thirty years of experience in the field of sustainable development, poverty reduction and social protection, women and youth empowerment, the UN wrote on its website.

Waly, since she took post as social solidarity minister, has developed the national anti-drug strategy, led a nation-wide drug awareness and prevention campaign among youth and pioneered innovative programmes to rehabilitate and reintegrate persons with substance use disorders into society.

In her current role, she also serves as Coordinator of the Inter-Ministerial Committee for Social Justice, Chairperson of the National Centre for Social and Criminological Research and chairs the Executive Council of Arab Ministers of Social Affairs in the League of Arab States.

Her previous leadership positions include Managing Director of the Social Fund for Development (2011‑2014), Assistant Resident Representative at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Egypt (2004‑2011) and Program Director of CARE International in Egypt (2000‑2004).

Waly holds a master’s degree in humanities and Bachelor of Arts in foreign languages and literature from the Colorado State University. She is fluent in Arabic, English and French and has a working knowledge of Spanish.]]>
11/24/2019 12:07:36 PM
<![CDATA[Pope Francis arrives in Japan]]>
A special plane carrying the pope landed at Tokyo's Haneda Airport shortly before 5:30 p.m. on Saturday.

He was greeted by Japan's Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso, Catholic school students and others.

The pontiff will stay in Japan for four days. On Sunday, he will visit the atomic-bombed cities of Nagasaki and Hiroshima, where he is expected to call for the abolition of nuclear weapons.

On Monday, he will meet Japanese Emperor Naruhito and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo.

He will also meet survivors of the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami that hit northeastern Japan, and Japanese youth. Later, the pope will hold a Mass at Tokyo Dome.

On Tuesday, he will deliver a speech at Tokyo's Sophia University before leaving Japan to return to the Vatican.

With about 1.3 billion Catholics worldwide, attention is focused on what messages the influential head of the Roman Catholic Church will deliver to the world. ]]>
11/23/2019 2:12:27 PM
<![CDATA[President Sisi congratulates national team on U23 AFCON title]]>
President Sisi hailed the team's high level of collective performance, high spirit and distinctive management by a national coaching staff.

According to a statement released by presidential spokesperson Bassam Rady; the president also paid tribute to the Egyptian fans for their civilized support for the national team.

Over 75,000 Egyptian fans packed the stadium to support the young Pharaohs against the tournament's underdogs.

Egypt's first goal came minutes before half time thanks to an accurate shot from the team right wing Karim El Iraqi who received a wonderful cross from the man of the match Ramadan Sobhy.

Ivory Coast shocked Egyptian fans who were ready to celebrate the victory as Ndombia scored a dramatic injury-time equaliser to send the game to extra time.

Sobhy proved he is a world class player and scored Egypt's winning goal seven minutes before the final whistle.

Egypt, Ivory Coast and South Africa will be the three representatives of the black continent at the Men's football tournament during Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games.]]>
11/23/2019 12:10:37 PM
<![CDATA[Ten Daesh militants surrender to Afghan Special Forces in Nangarhar]]>
The Special Operations Corps said in a statement late on Friday that the militants surrendered to Special Forces in Achin district.

The statement added that the Daesh militants also handed over 10 Ak-47 assault rifles to Special Forces.

The Ministry of Defense had earlier announced that more than 600 Daesh militants and their family members surrendered to Afghan forces in eastern Nangarhar province. ]]>
11/23/2019 11:22:17 AM
<![CDATA[Turkey arrests 46 opponents of Syria offensive]]>
The detainees are facing accusations of inciting hatred and insulting the Turkish state, according to Al Arabiya channel.

The arrests are part of an oppressive campaign waged by Turkish authorities against the opposition. ]]>
11/23/2019 11:21:12 AM
<![CDATA[US military loses drone over Tripoli]]>
The US Africa Command said late Friday that the drone was lost a day earlier while assessing the security situation and monitoring extremist activity.

In September, the US military said it carried out several airstrikes against terrorist groups in Libya, killing 40 militants.]]>
11/23/2019 11:20:26 AM
<![CDATA[Launching of Tiba-1 satellite delayed until Saturday]]>
This mission (officially known as Ariane Flight VA250) will be the fourth Ariane 5 launch of the year, and the eighth launch for Arianespace as a whole in 2019, according to Nasa Space Flight.

"Arianespace has decided to stop the final operation for two days,” Stephane Israel, chief executive officer of Arianespace said in a statement late on Friday. “The spacecrafts are in safe mode and we are now targeting a new launch window tomorrow and we will keep you posted for sure,” he added.



The two satellites that will launch on Friday’s mission – TIBA-1 and Inmarsat 5 F5 (also known as GX5) – both function as mobile telecommunications relay platforms that will be operated on behalf of the government of Egypt and Inmarsat, respectively.




TIBA-1 – which is based on the Eurostar 3000 satellite platform and was developed by Thales Alenia Space & Airbus Defence and Space – occupies the larger upper portion of the Ariane 5 payload fairing, and will be released first during the launch.

TIBA-1 was designed with a lifetime of over 15 years on orbit. The satellite will be the 4th such spacecraft launched by Arianespace for Egypt, the 127th Airbus satellite launched by Arianespace, and the 160th launch by the company for Thales Alenia Space, Nasa added.
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, will be launched within the last hours of Friday from a space centre in French Guiana, on the northeast coast of South America.

The launch will be broadcast live at 11:08 pm GMT.

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Tiba-1 s expected to provide and boost internet and telecommunication services across Egypt.

Launching Tiba 1 will also contribute to developing health, education, and energy fields, not to mention improving services in government sectors across Egypt.

It is named after Thebes or Tiba in Arabic, an ancient Egyptian capital the ruins of which lie within the modern southern city of Luxor.

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The 5.6-tonne satellite made by Airbus and Thales Alenia Space (TAS) will remain in orbit for at least 15 years to provide “every inch” of Egypt with call and internet services, state officials said.

The Egyptian Space Agency will run the satellite from a control center in Cairo.

Egyptian communications minister Amr Talaat said in a statement the satellite “represents a significant qualitative leap in the field of communications and information technology (ICT)”.

Tiba-1’s coverage area includes some neighboring Arab and African countries and Egypt may sell them satellite services in future.

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TIBA-1 will occupy the upper passenger position in Ariane 5’s dual-payload configuration on the upcoming mission, which is designated Flight VA250 in Arianespace’s numbering system.

Based on the Eurostar E3000 satellite platform, TIBA-1 was developed by Airbus for operation by the government of Egypt and Thales Alenia Space.

This communications spacecraft will weigh approximately 5,640 kg. at liftoff and was designed for a service life exceeding 15 years.


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]]>11/22/2019 11:04:41 PM<![CDATA[Sisi: Egypt’s Africa 2019 is chance to achieve desired development]]>
During his opening speech hosted by the New Administrative Capital, Sisi affirmed that this “aspired development goes beyond the well-known challenges within the African countries.”

“Egypt has worked during the past period with its African partners to achieve development” Sisi said. He added that better results were witnessed by African citizens as a result of cooperation and Joint work.

Sisi also said that working on increasing the intra-regional trade is a must, as the current rate doesn’t exceed 15 percent.

He added that the current circumstances inside the continent requires us to make our countries a “manufacturing hub” aiming at attracting more investment, increase productivity and raise growth rates.

Sisi called “Africa’s development partners” and investors to participate at meeting Africa’s aspiration “in accordance with our programs and with the best terms.” “We call on multinational companies to invest in Africa with, the land of multiple opportunities and chances” Sisi said.

He assured that development is not the government’s responsibility only, but also the privet sector.

Sisi hoped that Egypt’s Africa 2019 Conference will witness “constructive dialog” reaching “recommendations based on what has been achieved of development already.”



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11/22/2019 6:07:30 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt launches campaign to plant 1 M trees nationwide]]>
The trees would be planted on an area of 2,700 feddans (one feddan equals 1.03 acre) in the public parks nationwide to make up for trees cut by humans and to reduce air pollutants, said Minister of Environment Yasmine Fouad in the Cabinet meeting.

She added that the campaign will be carried out in cooperation with the concerned bodies and an area of 100 feddans will be cultivated by trees in every governorates.

The criteria of trees that would be planted will depend on some factors; the trees should consume less water, be easily maintained, be resilient to climate change impacts and absorb great amount of pollutants, she said.

The ministry of Environment had already established 34 forests over an area of 12,000 feddans in 17 governorates. In addition to this, it established a botanical garden in Sharm Sheikh City, South Sinai, the ministry said.

It announced in a statement on Wednesday that Qalyubia district of Shubra el-Kheima was planted with 3,500 trees.

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A street in Shubra el-Kheima was planted with trees- press photo


In September 2019, the ministry launched a green-roof initiative to increase flora area nationwide. The roof will be planted with ornamentals, medical and aromatic plants, the minister said. Green roofs provide the individuals with oxygen they need and reduce pollution.

Moreover, a study was published by Science in July and revealed that the universe has to cultivate 1 billion hectares of trees to help curb carbon dioxide emissions globally and limit the impacts of climate change.

Scientists estimated that growing 0.9 billion trees can absorb 25 percent of carbon dioxide, saying “We estimate that if we cannot deviate from the current trajectory, the global potential canopy cover may shrink by ~223 million hectares by 2050, with the vast majority of losses occurring in the tropics. Our results highlight the opportunity of climate change mitigation through global tree restoration but also the urgent need for action.”

Egypt is one of the African countries that announced to plant millions of trees to mitigate the climate change. Late July 2019, Ethiopia planted more than 350 million trees in only 12 hours. In addition, Kenya announced that it would cultivate 20 million trees around its highland forests.

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11/22/2019 3:11:41 PM
<![CDATA[NCW launches 'Nile Boats' to condemn violence against women]]>
The event comes in cooperation with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Egypt and the Embassy of Sweden in Cairo.

During the event, each boat carried a different message to raise awareness of all forms of violence against women and girls. The boats started its cruise near the Embassy of Sweden and headed towards Corniche Al-Maadi.

The messages including encouraging community to educate girls as it socially protects them, and calling FGM crime that is punishable by law.

The event was attended by Maya Morsy, President of the National Council for Women, Randa Aboul-Hosn, resident representative of the UN Development Program (UNDP) in Egypt, and the Sweden ambassador in Cairo.

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11/22/2019 2:39:23 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt says Ghada Waly eligible for UNODC executive director position]]>
Waly was also chosen to succeed Yury Fedotov of Russia as director-general of the UN Office at Vienna (UNOV).

The ministry affirmed in a statement that Waly has extensive experience and competence qualifying her to assume this important position, to serve member states and achieves the objectives of the UNODC in facing the challenges arising from crimes including organized crime and the spread of drugs and addiction.

Egypt has been keen to contribute to backing the system of the UN and enhancing multilateral cooperation, in a way that helps implement the principles and objectives of the Charter of the UN, the ministry said, referring to the role of Egyptian citizens holding positions at the UN in achieving such goals.

Waly brings to the position over thirty years of experience in the field of sustainable development, poverty reduction and social protection, women and youth empowerment, the UN wrote on its website.

Waly, since she took post as social solidarity minister, has developed the national anti-drug strategy, led a nation-wide drug awareness and prevention campaign among youth and pioneered innovative programmes to rehabilitate and reintegrate persons with substance use disorders into society.

In her current role, she also serves as Coordinator of the Inter-Ministerial Committee for Social Justice, Chairperson of the National Centre for Social and Criminological Research and chairs the Executive Council of Arab Ministers of Social Affairs in the League of Arab States.

Her previous leadership positions include Managing Director of the Social Fund for Development (2011‑2014), Assistant Resident Representative at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Egypt (2004‑2011) and Program Director of CARE International in Egypt (2000‑2004).

Waly holds a master’s degree in humanities and Bachelor of Arts in foreign languages and literature from the Colorado State University. She is fluent in Arabic, English and French and has a working knowledge of Spanish.]]>
11/22/2019 11:29:36 AM
<![CDATA[WB congratulates Ghada Waly on assuming UNODC executive director post]]>
Waly, also chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Fund for Drug Control and Treatment of Addiction (FDCTA), was appointed by the UN Secretary-General António Guterres to also succeed Yury Fedotov of Russia as director-general of the UN Office at Vienna (UNOV).

Waly brings to the position over thirty years of experience in the field of sustainable development, poverty reduction and social protection, women and youth empowerment, the UN wrote on its website.

Waly, since she took post as social solidarity minister, has developed the national anti-drug strategy, led a nation-wide drug awareness and prevention campaign among youth and pioneered innovative programmes to rehabilitate and reintegrate persons with substance use disorders into society.

In her current role, she also serves as Coordinator of the Inter-Ministerial Committee for Social Justice, Chairperson of the National Centre for Social and Criminological Research and chairs the Executive Council of Arab Ministers of Social Affairs in the League of Arab States.

Her previous leadership positions include Managing Director of the Social Fund for Development (2011‑2014), Assistant Resident Representative at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Egypt (2004‑2011) and Program Director of CARE International in Egypt (2000‑2004).

Waly holds a master’s degree in humanities and Bachelor of Arts in foreign languages and literature from the Colorado State University. She is fluent in Arabic, English and French and has a working knowledge of Spanish.]]>
11/22/2019 10:56:30 AM
<![CDATA[Cabinet approves establishing national artificial intelligence council]]>
The national artificial intelligence council, which follows the Cabinet, will be chaired by the communications and information technology minister and group a number of ministers and heads of several bodies concerned.

The new national body will be responsible for outlining the national strategy for artificial intelligence and overseeing its implementation in a way that copes up with the international developments in this field.

The council will be authorized to cooperate with the related regional and international bodies as well as to select the best artificial intelligence applications that could help offer safe, sustainable and smart services.

During the meeting, the Cabinet approved authorizing the ICT minister to contract and sign agreements with Microsoft, ESRI, VMware and Teradata on the behalf of the government to be self-funded by the ministry during the years 2019/2020, 2020/2021, 2021/2022 and 2022/2023.

A contract with a US firm for purchasing 50 new locomotives and upgrading 50 others was also endorsed at the Cabinet meeting as part the Transport Ministry's strategy to develop the railway system.]]>
11/21/2019 5:11:47 PM
<![CDATA[UN says humanitarian situation in Syria remains dire]]>
"We are particularly concerned over the safety and protection of some 3 million people in Idlib and surrounding areas of the north‑west of the country, including some 1.6 million internally displaced people," according to a press briefing released by the office of Spokesperson for the Secretary-General Stéphane Dujarric.

Since the end of October, an increase in airstrikes and shelling has impacted dozens of communities in Idlib, Hama, Aleppo and Latakia governorates.

Since hostilities began in late April, the Office for the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has verified over 1,000 civilian casualties as a result of hostilities, hundreds of them children.

The UN continues to remind all parties of their obligation to protect civilians and civilian infrastructure, in line with international humanitarian and human rights law. Hospitals and medical facilities, as well as medical staff, enjoy special protection under international humanitarian law.]]>
11/21/2019 5:06:53 PM
<![CDATA[Former first lady in ICU]]>
In response to a citizen's tweet asking about Suzan’s health condition, Alaa Mubarak, her son, replied that she is still in the ICU.



In August 2019, Suzan underwent a surgery in her back, Al-Watan newspaper reported.

Following the 2011 uprising, which ousted former President Mohamed Hosni Mubarak, Suzanne was charged with money laundering; then released after she handed over assets to the government at that time, BBC reported on May 17, 2011.

Despite this charge, Suzanne Mubarak had a great legacy in the Egyptian education domain. She had launched the initiative of Reading for All in 1991. The initiative aimed at disseminating awareness of the significance of reading among students, particularly young children, and to get rid of illiteracy.

She had also launched another educational initiative under title “Family Library’, which provides subsidized books


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11/21/2019 4:41:50 PM
<![CDATA[Asyut University announces successful hand transplant surgery ]]>
The university’s hospital received Ahmed S., 23 years old, who had his left hand amputated.He was referred to the microscopic surgery unit, where he underwent an urgent surgery that lasted for 5 consecutive hours to save his hand.

Tareq el-Gamal, the president of Asyut University and the chairman of Asyut University Hospitals, said"Doctors were keen to achieve the maximum possible success of the transplant operation, and to re-connect the hand back to the arm, while maintaining its motion and sensation."

Ahmed is currently in good health; he has stayed in the intensive care for two weeks, and now he is followed up by specialized doctors for rehabilitation.

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11/21/2019 3:45:05 PM
<![CDATA[Bullied Sudanese student invited to attend World Youth Forum]]>
The World Youth Forum will be held from December 14-17 in Sharm el-Sheikh.

The police arrested the defendants after a video circulated on Tik Tok application, showing two young boys verbally abusing and bullying a young South Sudanese student, mockingly telling him to take “one beautiful photo” with them and refusing to let him leave for school.



Under the auspices of the National Council for Childhood and Motherhood (NCCM), Egypt’s first national campaign calling to end peer-to-peer violence was launched in 2018 in partnership with the Ministry of Education and Technical Education (MOETE) in cooperation with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and funded by the European Union (EU).

Bullying is a type of violence intentionally and repeatedly exercised by a child on another child in person or online, ranging from physical harm to verbal and psychological abuse which can lead to exclusion, depression and sometimes suicide. It is a terrible phenomenon against which several actors have decided to join hands.

“No child should experience the anxiety and hurt that bullying puts them through, which – just as all types of violence against children – is likely to impair healthy brain development, cause low self-esteem and in severe cases can lead to suicidal feelings.

This campaign urges children, parents and caregivers to speak up against bullying in educational and non-educational settings and seek guidance from trained professionals through the national Child Helpline 16000 that provides 24/7 support and is also an active channel to report severe cases in which the safety of a child is at risk,” stated Dr. Azza al-Ashmawy, Secretary General of NCCM.

According to the latest global data, slightly more than 1 in 3 students aged 13-15 around the world experience bullying. While girls and boys are equally at risk of being bullied, girls are more likely to become victims of psychological forms of bullying and boys are more at risk of physical violence and threats.

A study conducted by NCCM and UNICEF in 2015 on three governorates showed that the highest level of violence facing children occurs at home, followed by school with 29 to 47 percent of children (aged 13-17) reported that physical violence among peers was commonplace.
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11/21/2019 1:55:00 PM
<![CDATA[UN appoints Ghada Waly executive director of Office on Drugs and Crime]]>
Ms. Waly brings to the position over 30 years of experience in the field of sustainable development, poverty reduction and social protection, and women and youth empowerment. Currently Minister for Social Solidarity, a position she assumed in 2014, Ms. Waly has developed the national anti‑drug strategy, led a nationwide drug awareness and prevention campaign among youth and pioneered innovative programmes to rehabilitate and reintegrate persons with substance use disorders into society.

In her current role, she also serves as Coordinator of the Inter‑Ministerial Committee for Social Justice, Chairperson of the National Centre for Social and Criminological Research and chairs the Executive Council of Arab Ministers of Social Affairs in the League of Arab States.

Her previous leadership positions include Managing Director of the Social Fund for Development (2011‑2014), Assistant Resident Representative at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Egypt (2004‑2011) and Program Director of CARE International in Egypt (2000‑2004).

Ms. Waly holds a master’s degree in humanities and Bachelor of Arts in foreign languages and literature from the Colorado State University. She is fluent in Arabic, English and French and has a working knowledge of Spanish.]]>
11/21/2019 10:30:00 AM
<![CDATA[Majority of nations in UPR lauded Egypt's report on human rights: Min.]]>
In an interview with DMC, Marwan said that 133 states responded to the report, noting that the states who gave a negative response used sharp terms, including "abuses" and "torture".

He asserted that the comments of the countries that dispraised the report were politically influenced.

Marwan said Egypt managed to abide by 92 percent of the recommendations of the last UPR, affirming that the recommendations do not mean any condemnation.

The minister also denied accusations of forcible disappearance that is allegedly carried out by the state, saying that such allegations are used for political purposes.

He added that some persons deliberately disappear to join the Islamic State (IS) or for any other reason.

Egypt has received positive international response, following submitting its Universal Periodic Review report on human rights, local media reported, except by Ankara, which has been known for hostile remarks against the Egyptian state.

This echos earlier reports saying that diplomatic responses to Egypt’s interactive dialogue on its human rights situation have reportedly thus far been positive at the UPR.

Egypt’s presentation was attended by many diplomatic and non-governmental delegations, as well as media outlets.

Only Turkey sent recommendation regarding the death of former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, which is inconsistent with the statement issued by the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial killings, as only one state issued a recommendation on the issue, which indicates that its report was unprofessional and not based on facts.

Refuting doubts about the death of Morsi, Egyptian Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Omar Marwan has told AFP in an interview that Morsi's death took place naturally, during a trial.

“Morsi died in the courtroom in front of everybody,” Marwan told AFP, rejecting a statement issued last week by an independent panel of UN experts.

However, according to Marwan, the general prosecution is still investigating his death and will announce the results as soon as they are reached.

Morsi, who belonged to the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, was overthrown after a year in power following a popular uprising.

A number of 14 countries demanded that Egypt abolish the death penalty, during the final communiqué to discuss the Universal Periodic Review report submitted by Egypt to the UN Human Rights Council on human rights situation in the African country, local media reported.

They also called for amending legislations in line with international human rights standards concerning the death penalty.

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CAIRO - 13 November 2019: Head of Egypt's delegation Omar Marwan to its 3rd Universal Periodic Review session gave a speech on Wednesday regarding Egypt's record of human rights in light of its response to previous session's recommendations and obligations, at the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council (UNHCR).


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11/21/2019 10:13:30 AM
<![CDATA[Sisi meets German interior min., says counterterror part of human rights]]>
During the meeting, President Sisi affirmed that combating terrorism and extremist ideology with the aim of achieving security and stability is part of human rights that must be guaranteed by each state through actual practices on the ground.

Sisi also highlighted the need for the international community to support counterterrorism efforts for the benefit of humanity and for a better future for next generations.

Sisi, earlier on Wednesday, met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin, during which Merkel praised the two countries' relations and cooperation, describing it as “unprecedented,” presidential spokesman Bassam Radi said.

"Egypt is one of Germany’s main partners in the Middle East as it plays a key role in maintaining stability and security in the region," Merkel said.

For his part, Sisi praised the qualitative leap witnessed by the bilateral relations between Egypt and Germany in all fields.]]>
11/20/2019 7:17:36 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian authorities foil smuggling attempt of drugs shipment]]>
According to a statement issued by the security forces, they received intelligence that one of the exporting companies in Qalyubia Governorate, north of Cairo, is willing to use a juice shipment to smuggle a huge amount of medicine to one of the Arab countries.

The authorities arrested one person, who denied knowing anything about the hidden medicine. Nearly LE 20 million were imposed as a fine on the shipment, and further investigation about the incident is currently underway.

In April, the Egyptian authorities thwarted an attempt to smuggle more than 2 tons of drugs, worth LE 2 billion [US $115,5 million] on board of a ship in the Red Sea, said the Ministry of Interior in a statement.

The ministry conducted prior investigations and arrested a group of drug dealers while trying to bring the drugs into the country's Red Sea governorate, the statement added. The drug dealers include two Egyptian nationals, who are fugitives from justice over charges of drug dealing, and seven other foreigners, the statement explained.

On December 31, 2018, the Egyptian authorities at Nuewiba port thwarted an attempt to smuggle large amounts of drugs hidden inside a Syrian apple consignment.

The consignment carried a large amount of the illegal drug Captagon, in violation to the pharmacy law and laws of customs, import and export. Captagon is the most popular narcotic in the Arabian Peninsula. It is a psycho-stimulant of the Fenethylline drug group.




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11/20/2019 3:57:36 PM
<![CDATA[Merkel: Egypt plays key role in maintaining stability in region]]>
According to a statement issued by presidential spokesperson Bassam Rady, Sisi and Merkel met in Berlin on the sidelines of the G20-Initiative Compact with Africa (CwA).

The meeting witnessed extensive talks between the delegations of the two countries, according to Rady. Merkel praised the two countries' relations and cooperation, describing it as “unprecedented.”

For his part, Sisi praised the qualitative leap witnessed by the bilateral relations between Egypt and Germany in all fields.

It is worth mentioning that Egypt and Germany signed €300 billion agreements on the sidelines of CwA on Tuesday to finance several projects in the fields of electricity, renewable energy, technical education and employment, innovation in the private sector and small and medium enterprises.

President Sisi arrived in Germany on Sunday to attend the G20-Initiative Compact with Africa (CwA) on Tuesday. On the sidelines, he met with a number of German officials and delegations.




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11/20/2019 3:49:18 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi keen on enhancing cooperation between Cairo, Berlin in education]]>
During his meeting with German Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development Gerd Müller in Berlin on the sidelines of the G20-Initiative Compact with Africa (CwA), Sisi said that Egypt is keen on benefiting from the German education system, according to presidency spokesperson Bassam Rady.

For his part, Müller assured his country’s keenness on enhancing cooperation with Egypt in all fields.

Müller praised Egypt’s economic reforms, saying that the country enjoys qualifications that drive it to success. He added that Egypt plays a key role in the MENA region to maintain stability and security.

It is worth mentioning that Egypt and Germany signed €300 billion agreements on the sidelines of CwA on Tuesday to finance several projects in the fields of electricity, renewable energy, technical education and employment, innovation in the private sector and small and medium enterprises.

President Sisi arrived in Germany on Sunday to attend the G20-Initiative Compact with Africa (CwA) held on Tuesday. On the sidelines, he met with a number of German officials and delegations.






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11/20/2019 2:10:34 PM
<![CDATA[Ministry of Youth and Sports receives AUC accreditation for its simulation model]]>
It should be noted that the African Youth Bureau, at its inception as an initiative, played a role in launching the African Union model in collaboration with the students group of the International Awareness Club at Cairo University in 2012, noting that the AU model was also launched in coordination and cooperation with the Central Administration of the Parliament and Civic education within the Ministry of Youth and Sports.

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Ministry of Youth and Sports receives AUC accreditation for its simulation model - Press photo

Within the framework of the celebration of Africa Youth Month and on the youth engagement week, the African Union Youth Sector organized a training on the AU Model, with the participation of the African Youth Bureau represented by Ms. Alaa Zain, Project Coordinator of the AY Bureau. The training took place in the African Union HQ in Addis Ababa during the period from 11-16 November 2019.

The training was organized within the framework of the preparations for the African Union model in Egypt, organized by the Ministry of Youth and Sports in cooperation with Cairo University.

The 2019 African Union Model is held under the theme: “Children Today, Youth Tomorrow: a Smooth Transition”, in cooperation with different partners, namely: UNICEF and Save the Children, which is in alignment with the African Plan of Action on Youth Empowerment (APAYE) that highlights the need to take into acount the transition from childhood to youth, as well as to make deliberate efforts to address this matter.

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Ministry of Youth and Sports receives AUC accreditation for its simulation model - Press photo

The African Union Model training aimed to promote independent AU Model simulations, particularly in Africa.

In order to empower and train youth, the training included dialogue sessions, workshops and simulations, that tackled different aspects as:
intergenerational dialogue on community engagement in which H.E. Ms. Hanna Tetteh, Special Representative to the African Union and Head of the United Nations Office to the AU, Madam Charlotte O’Neal (Mama C) – Poet, Musician, Visual Artist and co-director of the United African-American Community Center, and Prof. Sarah Anyang Agbor, African Union Commissioner for Human Resources, Science and Technology, shared their community engagement experience with the young participants in a dialogue session moderated by Ms. Aya Chebbi, AU Youth Envoy.

The training provided young people with an opportunity to learn about the various AU youth development frameworks, such as the African Agenda 2063, the African Youth Charter, the African Plan of Action on Youth Empowerment (APAYE), and the 1 Million by 2021 Initiative, along with a training on youth advocacy.

With regard to the AU simulation, the training included a simulation of the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC) and a simulation of the Summit of Heads of State where participants acted as representatives of African governments and participated in debates on current issues on the AU agenda, resulting in the drafting of resolutions to resolve current challenges in Africa, which has, in turn, helped the young Africans to understand the AU's priorities and functions and has strengthened their strategic skills for effective decision-making, strategy development and implementation. .

The training was attended by over 100 participants from different African countries including: Egypt, Libya, Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, Mauritius, Comoros, Nigeria, Sudan, South Sudan, Cap Verde, Mauritania, Cote d'Ivoire, Congo, Rwanda, Somalia, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Swaziland, Djibouti, Guinea, Lesotho, Gabon, Angola,Togo, Seychelles, Chad, Niger, Burkina Faso, Benin, Kenya, Cameroun, Mali, Namibia, Madagascar, Senegal, Mozambique,Tanzania, Zambia, Ghana and other African Countries and included the Africa Diaspora as well.]]>
11/20/2019 11:35:37 AM
<![CDATA[President Sisi congratulates U-23 team for qualifying for Tokyo Olympics]]>
Egypt thrashed South Africa 3-0 on Tuesday night at the Cairo in the U-23 AFCON semi-final.

Egypt qualified for the tournament Final for the first time in the history in its third edition after 2011 and 2015.

Egypt secured qualification for the Olympics for the 12th time in its history, a historical figure that has never reached any team in Africa as the nearest team to the Pharaohs is Ghana, who qualified only six times.

This will be the first qualification for the Pharaohs since the 2012 London Olympics.

The best position Egypt has achieved in the history of its participation in the Olympics is the fourth in the Tokyo Olympics as well as held in 1964.

The same achievement was achieved at the 1928 Amsterdam Olympics.

Ramadan Sobhi scored from the penalty spot in the 59th minute and Abdel Rahman Magdy in the 85th and 89th minutes.]]>
11/20/2019 11:18:43 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt to complete largest liver treatment institute in Middle East in 2020]]>
Salah added that the institute will cost about LE 780 million, stressing that it will provide the best medical service for patients.

Salah explained that the state pays great attention to hepatitis patients in light of the implementation of “100 Million Seha "initiative,which provides the patients with free treatment.

For his part, dean of the Liver Institute of the Ministry of Health Mohamed Ismail told Egypt Today that Egypt has more than 18 centers for liver transplant, which treat about 300 cases annually free of charge as part of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi’s initiative to end the waiting lists.

He also said that the Health Insurance Authority bears the cost of these cases; the cost of one surgery amounts to LE 225,000.

In 2018, Egypt was launched the "largest medical campaign in the world" to detect and treat Hepatitis C virus for 50 million citizens upon President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi’s orders, according to a statement by Presidential Spokesperson Bassam Rady.

President Sisi also directed to examine 50 million people to treat Egyptians of hepatitis as well as non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as hypertension and diabetes in order to contribute to early detection of diseases and offer treatment to patients.

Egypt's anti-Hepatitis C initiative is considered the biggest of its kind in the whole world.
In the same context, the head of the National Committee for Liver Viruses at the Ministry of Healh Wahid Dos told Egypt today that the virus has decreased to 90.000 cases annually.]]>
11/20/2019 10:49:54 AM
<![CDATA[WYF implements programs with regional, int'l organizations]]>
Among those organizations are the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), International Organization for Migration (IOM), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FA0), International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Union for the Mediterranean (UFM) and the Technical Education and Vocational Training Program (TVET), sources at WYF said.

Forum sessions will be held workshops with the participation of these organizations in order to reach the goals to achieve converged reached by youth.

Nearly 300,000 persons from 196 countries have registered for the third edition of the World Youth Forum (WYF), compared to 122,000 young people from 194 countries in 2018.

The forum will be hosted by the Red Sea resort of Sharm el Sheikh on December 14 to 17, under the auspices of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi.
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11/20/2019 10:42:04 AM
<![CDATA[Azhar condemns US standing on Israeli settlements]]>
Al Azhar cited a 1978 State Department legal opinion that deemed the settlements "inconsistent with international law."

In a statement, Azhar asserted that such statements are violating international law and UN conventions which considered settlement construction in the occupied Palestinian territories as "illegal", adding that the US has also taken similar decisions when it declared Jerusalem as a capital of Israel and legalized the settlement construction, warning against the consequences of such decisions.

The statement said such decisions would give Israel the green light to commit more violations and crimes against Palestinians in the occupied territories and would stir feelings of anger and hate among Arabs.

Azhar renewed its call for boycotting such steps which are considered a part of the policy of imposing a status quo, adding that such steps would not change the fact that Israel has usurped the Palestinian lands from its real owners.

Azhar also pressed the need for Arab and Islamic countries to stand by the side of Palestinians and respect all international legitimacy resolutions, calling on right defenders and wise people worldwide to help lift the injustice against Palestinians and support their struggle in the face of tyranny of Israeli occupation.]]>
11/20/2019 10:37:58 AM
<![CDATA[35th session of Arab justice ministers council to kick off Thursday]]>
The 65th meeting of the council's executive office will be held on Wednesday ahead of the council's meeting.

In a statement issued by the Arab League on Tuesday stressed the importance of the Arab Justice Ministers Council's meeting in light of the major challenges besetting the Arab region in fighting organized crime and terrorism.

Arab justice ministers, the General Secretariat of the Council of Arab Ministers of Interior, the Gulf Cooperation Council, the Naif Arab University for Security Sciences (NAUSS) and the Arab Lawyers Union (ALU) will participate in the council's meeting.]]>
11/20/2019 10:33:09 AM
<![CDATA[Participation of 63 Egyptian publishing houses in Kuwait Fair reflects strong ties: Amb.]]>
On the sideline of the inauguration, Koni said there is a variety of the Egyptian pavilions which includes private publishing houses, governmental bodies, the Egyptian General Authority for Books as well as the National Center for Translation and Publishing, which are the best ambassadors for the Egyptian culture abroad.

The ambassador was keen on inspecting the various pavilions of the Egyptian section and meetings with officials to get briefed on their activities in the fair, praising the efforts of the Kuwaiti National Council for Culture, Art and Literature in organizing the current edition of the fair.

He said the current edition of the fair will involve the participation of various Egyptian cultural and literature icons.]]>
11/20/2019 10:23:39 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt rapidly moving ahead with new healthcare system]]>
As she made an inspection visit to the Sharm El Sheikh International Hospital to follow up preparations for applying the new healthcare system in South Sinai, Zayed clarified the new system will guarantee offering high-quality medical services to all citizens.

The new system gives beneficiaries the freedom to choose their health service providers and reduces personal spending on medical care, said a statement that was issued following a press conference held by Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouli to announce the launch of the new healthcare system in Port Said.

During the visit, the minister commended the quality services provided at the hospital, which had been renovated recently, according to a statement by ministry spokesperson Khaled Megahed.

Under the new system, citizens will head for the nearest health unit to their place of residence and conduct any type of medical tests they need.

These units will refer them to hospitals if necessary to make advanced tests.

The new system will cover all governorates by 2032. ]]>
11/20/2019 8:30:00 AM
<![CDATA[Rosatom to train 2k personnel working in Dabaa Nuclear Power Plant ]]>
“Training and upskilling employees is our top priority. During implementation of a project we do our best to help partner countries on each step related to nuclear education,” Terentyeva affirmed.

“Together with the Egyptian side, we are working on updating the country's higher education system to ensure continuous training of young personnel for the developing nuclear industry in Egypt,” Terentyeva stated.

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Chief Human Resources Officer at Rosatom Tatyana Terentyeva


“Since 2014, there has also been a program of state scholarships under the government of the Russian Federation for Egyptian students wishing to master nuclear and engineering specialties in leading Russian universities. All 30 available places have been filled for class 2019/20. We are currently in the process of gauging how many available places we will have for class 2020/21,” Terentyeva added.

In 2014, Egypt and Russia announced their cooperation in the nuclear power field. On November 19, 2015, an agreement was finally signed between Cairo and Moscow that allows Russia to build a nuclear power plant in the Mediterranean city of Dabaa, with Russia extending a $25 billion loan to Egypt to cover the cost of construction. The loan will cover 85 percent of the plant, with Egypt funding the remaining 15 percent.

According to the deal, Russian nuclear firm Rosatom will finance and construct four third-generation reactors, with a capacity of 1,200 megawatts (MW) each, for a total of 4,800 MW. The plant will be built on approximately 12,000 feddans and is expected to create over 50,000 job opportunities.

Nuclear energy is part of the government’s plan to diversify its energy sources to prevent any future crisis resulting from shortages in electricity.

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11/19/2019 5:38:26 PM
<![CDATA[14,760 citizens registered in new health insurance system in South Sinai ]]>
This came during a visit by a delegation of the Ministry of Health on Tuesday, to follow-up on the registration process of citizens in medical units in Abu Suwaira and Abu Bouznima cities in South Sinai.

The follow-up is part of the execution of the new health insurance system in South Sinai.

The comprehensive health insurance system is based on separating between the service provider, the funding body, and the control body, the minister stated, adding the new system allows the participation of private sector medical providers.

In October, Finance Minister Mohamed Maeit said that the comprehensive health insurance system enjoys a strong political will, aiming at offering better healthcare for all citizens.

Addressing a press conference on Monday following the inauguration of the temporary headquarters of the General Authority for Comprehensive Health Insurance, Maeit noted that President Abdel Fattah El Sisi always closely follows up the developments in the new system to ensure perfect implementation.
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11/19/2019 4:45:49 PM
<![CDATA[Russia condemns Turkey for floating idea of new Syria operation]]>
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu was cited on Monday as saying his country would launch a new military operation in northeast Syria if the area was not cleared of Kurdish YPG militia.

Cavusoglu was quoted by the state-owned Anadolu agency as saying that Russia and the United States had not done what was required under agreements that halted a Turkish offensive last month and called on them to do what was necessary.

Russia’s Ministry of Defence said on Tuesday it was bewildered by Cavusoglu’s statement since Moscow had carried out in full its obligations under a deal struck between President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan.

“Thanks to a range of measures implemented by the Russian Federation, it was possible to significantly stabilize the situation,” Major General Igor Konashenkov, a spokesman for the Russian Defence Ministry, said in a statement.

“The head of the Turkish Foreign Ministry’s call for military action can only escalate the situation in northern Syria rather than sort things out in the way set out in a joint memorandum signed by the presidents of Russia and Turkey,” Konashenkov added.]]>
11/19/2019 3:20:38 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt has worked on minimizing impact of climate change for 10 years: Min.]]>
Fouad added that the Egyptian government is developing a plan,in cooperation with international institutions and programs of the United Nation,to use Egypt's resources in a way that minimizes the impact of climate change and environmental pollution.

The minister added that the ministry is considering developing Egypt's future in a sustainable way to use natural resources to reduce the impact of climate change and environmental pollution.

Fouad pointed out that the ministry issued a strategy to help the state to economic and social change in cooperation with the Ministry of Transport and Military Production and the Arab Organization for Industrialization.

It is worth mentioning that the first conference of Future of Electric Mobility in Egypt was held in 2018.

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11/19/2019 2:17:27 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt launches 32 projects in Africa in 1 year: report ]]>
Moreover, Egypt started establishing three fisheries and a cattle farm in four African countries, Head of the Project of African Farms, affiliated with the Ministry of Agriculture, Maher Maghraby said on Sunday.

Egypt has started establishing fisheries in Algeria, Malawi and Zimbabwe, and a cattle farm in Uganda, Maghraby added in his speech at the meeting of the Parliament's African Affairs Committee, noting that the ministry has received requests from other African countries to establish similar projects.

As part of an initiative to develop the Nile Basin countries, the Arab Organization for Industrialization (AOI) is establishing three energy plants in Eritrea at a budget of $7 million, while the Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation is establishing a joint farm, which is the seventh joint Egyptian-African farm. Six others were built in Democratic Congo, Mali, Tanzania, Zambia, Niger and Togo to cultivate crops, and breed livestock.

Egypt has also started constructing Stiegler's Gorge Dam in Tanzania, which will have a capacity of 2,100 Megawatts, and is meant to boost Tanzanian economy. The dam will be built by a coalition of The Arab Contractors Egyptian Company and El Sewedy Electric at a cost of $3.6 billion. Stiegler's Gorge Hydroelectric Power Station is expected to produce 5,920 GWh of power annually to fill the electricity and energy shortage in the country.

In September, Egypt launched an initiative to screen 1 million Africans for hepatitis C and provide treatment for patients starting with South Africa.

The report showing the government’s achievements between June 2018 and June 2019 is examined by 25 committees at the House of Representatives, including those of planning, education, health, workforce, religious affairs, industry, economy, agriculture, and housing. Each will prepare a report evaluating the government’s work and putting forward demands by November 20. The reports will be discussed by the plenary session in order to draft a final report.
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11/19/2019 1:49:51 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt ranks 8th safest country on Gallup index of safety]]>
According to Gallup’s report received by Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouli, Egypt has advanced this year comparing with the previous reports, including 2018’s which ranked Egypt as the the 16th.

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Singapore ranked first on the index obtaining 97 points while the UAE got 93 points placing it at the third rank at the international level and the first at the Arab level.

The world's biggest travel publisher, Lonely Planet says on its website that Egypt has a “negligible incidence of crime, violent compared with many Western countries” adding that “you will feel generally safe walking around day or night.”

“Crime in Egypt is still significantly less prevalent than in many Western countries. You can usually leave your camera with the guard at the entrance to a tomb, or your bag with the concierge of a hotel, without worrying whether it will be there, and intact, when you get back.” Lonely Planet says.

Eliminating terrorism and crimes has been Egypt’s priority during the past three years, aiming at guaranteeing security and stability along with restoring the tourism old rates before 2011.

In February 2018, the Army launched a military operation titled "Comprehensive Operation Sinai 2018," targeting the hotbeds of terrorists nationwide especially in Northern and Central Sinai.

In January, Bloomberg published a list of top cruise destinations recommended for tourists in 2019 where Egypt ranked second after Cuba preceding six other destinations including Turkey and Indonesia.

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The agency mentioned that the itineraries of luxury lines will mostly include stops in the country. It named the ocean lines Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Oceania Cruises, and Silversea as they will announce visits to Safaga port city as well as Luxor by bus from the Red Sea governorate in the spring and fall.

Bloomberg also highlighted Nile cruises that consist of stops in Luxor, Aswan, and Cairo naming the river line Oberoi Philae.



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11/19/2019 12:50:13 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi discusses developing transportation with Mercedes-Benz ]]>
During a meeting in Berlin with Mercedes-Benz’s vice president Eckart von Klaeden, Sisi said that Egypt is seeking to attract more investors in this field, especially after the country’s implementation of the economic reform program.

He added during the meeting attended by Minister of Investment Sahar Nasr that Egypt is open to cooperate with Mercedes-Benzin light of the well-known German experience in this field.

Egypt’s market is one of the biggest in the Middle East and Africa and enjoys strong potential to cooperate with important international markets.

For his part, Klaeden said that the company is keen on continuing its discussions with Egypt in light of the company's good experience in the Egyptian market. Klaeden praised the Egyptian efforts and reforms that encourage foreign investment and promote the process of localizing modern technological industries.

Both sides discussed Mercedes-Benz’s upcoming strategy regarding cooperating with Egypt to develop Public transportation with its various means and vehicles, Rady said.

Sisi arrived in Berlin on Sunday to participate in the high-level dialogue of CwA. Egypt's new Ambassador to Berlin Khaled Galal stated that Sisi would attend the dialogue and hold a meeting with a number of German companies, the Egyptian state-owned news Agency MENA reported.]]>
11/19/2019 12:07:10 PM
<![CDATA[Ethiopia expects progress in GERD negotiations: Ethiopian amb.]]>
This came during Mufti's phone-in on "Hekaya" program, where she indicated thatit is expected there will be more progress in the coming period and that these negotiations are considered a step forward for the three countries.

Muftistated that the three countries have the ability to reach a solution without any mediation, stressing that she knows that the Nile water is as important to Egyptians as it is to Ethiopians as it is necessary for electricity generation and development.

Egypt will host the second round of a four-meeting series between Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam [GERD] on December 2-3, announced Egyptian Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation Mohamed Abdel-Atti after the end of the first round in Addis Ababa on Nov.16.

In the meetings, Egypt proposed that 40 billion cubic meters of water should be allowed to reach Egypt and Sudan,while the Ethiopian proposal suggested that 31 billion cubic meters should be allowed to reach both countries.

Egypt and Ethiopia are at loggerheads over the $4-billion dam; Cairo voiced concern over its water share [55.5 billion cubic meters] after Ethiopia started building the dam on the Blue Nile in May 2011.

A series of tripartite talks between the two countries along with Sudan began in 2014. One year later, the three countries signed the Declaration of Principles, per which the downstream countries [Egypt and Sudan] should not be negatively affected by the construction of the dam.


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11/19/2019 12:03:16 PM
<![CDATA[Two S. Koreans seized by Houthi rebels in Red Sea: Seoul officials]]>
The Iran-linked militia captured them and the three vessels -- two tugboats and a drilling rig -- at 3:50 a.m. (Korea time) on Monday in waters about 15 miles west of Yemen's Kamaran Island. They were on the way to the Berbera port in Somalia after departing from Jizan, Saudi Arabia.

They have been taken to the Salif port in Hodeidah, Yemen, the officials said.

The two Koreans were aboard a tugboat and a drilling rig that belong to the South Korean firm Woongjin Development Co.

Reports say that the Houthi rebels claim that the vessels violated their territorial waters.

Mohammed Ali al-Houthi, a senior Houthi official, said that the Yemeni Coast Guard is checking to see whether the seized ship belongs to the countries of aggression or to South Korea, "in which case it will be released after completing legal procedures."

Seoul officials were first informed of the seizure after one of the two South Koreans sent a social media message to their company.]]>
11/19/2019 11:13:53 AM
<![CDATA[Plan to introduce internet in 50% of technical schools ]]>
The move is mandatory to adopt modern learning methods and to make the operation of applied technology schools possible.

The Ministry of Education and Technical Education targets to introduce 10 applied technology schools annually so that the total number of such schools becomes 100 by 2030, Deputy Minister Mohamed Megahed told press last week.

“Egypt will not achieve development without skilled technical experts who are qualified to serve the industrial sector,” the official said, highlighting that the ministry succeeded to attract great industrial partners to jointly train students.

Megahed stated that the curricula have been updated in accordance with international standards. The deputy minister’s statements came on the sidelines of the inauguration of a technology school in Nasr City called Ahmed Taalab for Applied Technology. He pointed out that the industrial partner gives a financial incentive to students, encouraging youth to join the ministry’s technical education system.

Habiba Ezz, the minister’s consultant for technical education, said that 11 applied technology schools have started working to present as the project kicked off a year and a half ago.
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11/18/2019 4:32:44 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian receives best planning engineer award in UK]]>
The award's shortlist included, besides Emam, a consultant at the UK House of Commons, and another who works in one of the largest oil companies in Pakistan.

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Egyptian Engineer Hassan Emam receives the highest award dedicated to project planning and management engineers, the Global Award for Project Controls Innovation - Press photo


Emam is the first Egyptian, Arab and African engineer to receive the award. The grand ceremony was held at the Emirates Stadium of Arsenal Football Club in London in the presence of 1,400 attendees.

The nomination for the award is made through pre-announced procedures, and is based on an evaluation of the nominees. Results are announced by a jury composed of some of the most prestigious industry experts in the world.

Emam gave a lecture at a conference during the ceremony, where he discussed the fourth industrial revolution, and the use of industrial intelligence in the field of construction.

Emam is an Egyptian civil engineer who graduated from the Faculty of Engineering, Alexandria University in 2004. He works on the largest speed trains project in Europe.
He is also a fellow of the British Royal Association for Building, and a member of its Board of Directors in the Central part of England.
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11/18/2019 4:13:18 PM
<![CDATA[DUI tests resume as Egyptian drivers spotted stoned behind the wheel]]>
The rising numbers of new drugs introduced to the Egyptian illegal market are threatening thousands of youths’ lives amid difficulty to accurately determine its prevalence rate in the country. Vodoo, Strox and Blue Elephant are among the latest potent narcotics that emerged in Egypt, and are highly abused by many young people while behind the wheel.

Along the same lines, the government regularly launches sudden anti-drug campaigns across the country; one of them was last week, where drug tests were carried out on 225 drivers, of whom 34 tested positive to drug abuse.

When driving under the influence of drugs, the likelihood of accidents increases in different degrees according to the psychoactive substance used. For example, the risk of fatal accidents among amphetamine users is approximately five times higher than in others, said the World Health Organization (WHO).

According to the Weed Index 2018 report, Egypt came fifth in the rankings to cannabis consumption that hit 32.59 tons in 2018.

Tramadol is the most abused drug by drivers, followed by hashish and then heroin, according to Amr Othman, head of the anti-addiction fund in a previous interview.

Drugs are commonly classified into three categories: Natural drugs; synthetic, which refers to drugs that are chemically-created to be similar to other drugs; and digital drugs or I-dosing, which is also known as “binaural beat,” where auditory illusion using various frequencies produces a sedative effect.


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In July, the General Directorate of Traffic launched several crackdowns to spot drivers under the influence, and the results showed that in one week 138 drivers out of 1,450 tested positive to drugs, which equals 8 percent of the examined drivers. Legal procedures were taken against them, as part of the government’s move to reduce road accidents due to driving under the influence.

The directorate reiterated its warnings to the risks of driving under the influence of narcotics, because “drivers cannot be fully focused, their reflex action diminishes, and become less capable to push the brakes or escape any friction with other cars on the road.”

"Approaching drug abuse and addiction issues have been a top priority in Egypt since 2014, after nation-wide studies have shown that 10.4 percent of Egyptians aged between 12 to 60 years old are abusing drugs, while addiction rates recorded 2.4 percent," said Member of Anti-Addiction Fund’s technical office Mahmoud Saleh in a TV interview in November.

Saleh added that Egypt’s drug abuse rates then were exceeding the global rates, which recorded between 4.5-5 percent.

A striking figure showed that the 27 percent of drug abusers in Egypt are women, while children (aged between 12 to 18 years old) constituted 4.2 percent of the abusers.

Government campaigns extended to detect drug abusers among public employees, where latest figures show 279 employees at administrative bodies tested positive to addiction.

In 2014, a national survey indicated that 24 percent of Egyptian drivers abuse drugs. The figures saw improvement in 2017, with only 11.8 percent of drivers testing positive for drugs, according to statistics provided by the state-run anti-addiction fund.

Officials attributed the reduction in car accidents to several bids launched by the government like anti-addiction awareness campaigns that flooded TV, improved infrastructure through maintenance of old roads and construction of new roads, besides concerted efforts to detect drug abusers.

The new traffic law, with its toughened punishment, imposes imprisonment of up to 3 years, withdrawal of the driver's license and a steep fine of up to LE 20,000 to drivers who test positive to drugs.

A new traffic draft law was discussed by the parliament, where violators will be imprisoned for six months or less, and will be fined not less than LE 4,000 ($223) and not more than LE 8,000 ($447), or they will face one of the two penalties, a security source said, adding that five points will also be deducted from the violating driver.

Minister of Social Solidarity Ghada Wali recently announced that the ministry managed “to reduce drug abuse rates among truck drivers from 24 percent last recorded in 2015 to 12 percent in 2019." The ministry also supported the traffic administration with 50,000 drug detectors over this year to assist in street campaigns.

Truckers comprise the biggest percentage of drug abusers as they claim drugs keep them alert, and make them bear the long driving hours. However, they are not the only drivers canvassed by the anti-drug driving campaign, which also targets bus and school bus drivers.
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11/18/2019 3:37:54 PM
<![CDATA["100 Million Healthy Lives" campaign launched in Aswan]]>
The campaign will last in Aswan until the end of the month.

The campaign falls within the framework of the state's efforts to eliminate virus C by 2020.

The campaign is also meant to spread awareness among people on how to avoid infection.]]>
11/18/2019 3:14:48 PM
<![CDATA[Around 2M fowls vaccinated in 1 month to prevent epidemics ]]>
The official added that the number of licenses issued to transport 3.4 million fowls between governorates is 4,030.

In a similar context, the Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation announced in October banning imports of pet birds as a precautionary measure to prevent epidemic diseases, particularly avian influenza, and protect the country’s poultry resources.

Head of the Central Administration for Veterinary Quarantine Ahmed Abdel Karim told Egypt Today that the ban will end in March when the winter season finishes. The official added that biological safety measures in poultry farms and slaughterhouses across the country are being reviewed. The same checks take place in rural households where poultry farming is carried out.

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11/18/2019 3:08:29 PM
<![CDATA[217 train stations overhauled in 5 years: report ]]>
The report showing the government’s achievements between June 2018 and June 2019 is examined by 25 committees at the House of Representatives, including those of planning, education, health, workforce, religious affairs, industry, economy, agriculture, and housing. Each will prepare a report evaluating the government’s work and putting forward demands by November 20. The reports will be discussed by the plenary session in order to draft a final report.

The Egyptian Railway Authority (ERA) signed with PRL (Progress Rail Automotives) a number of contracts worth $466.3 million after meeting with President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi last week.

The American company will supply 50 train engines over 22 months, will carry out long-term maintenance for 41 engines by June 30, and will upgrade 50 others within 30 months from the conclusion of the deal. The company will also provide maintenance services and spare parts for the 141 train engines for 15 years. The value of contracts will be secured through soft loans, except for $27 million that will be paid by ERA’s treasury.

In July, ERA endorsed the technical specifications of two passenger railcars 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 will be granted the safety certification by the European Railway Agency. The other will be tested in Egypt. Afterwards, the first batch of railcars in the contract will be delivered in accordance with the timeline set by both parties.

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 and transfer the know-how to workers, technicians, and engineers in the sector. The factory will produce the 150 railcars and will provide maintenance services.

The representatives of ERA and Transmashholding agreed to hold further meetings to study the possibility of cooperation in rail infrastructure, mobile rail, workshops, new lines, and maintenance of existing railcars.

In the same month, an official source told Egypt Today that ERA needs 12 rail test machines to detect and repair defects in railroads, revealing that contracts to purchase eight of those are being finalized.

ERA will receive four rail test machines worth €8.5 million by the end of 2020 supplied by an Austrian company with which a contract was earlier signed. The machines will enable the authority to better diagnose defects in the railroads, which will increase safety, and inhibit derailment accidents.
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<![CDATA[Egypt to participate in Middle East WMD-Free Zone]]>
The conference will extend until November 22nd, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Egypt's and Middle Eastern delegations will take part in the conference. Also, the five nuclear-weapon states – the US, Britain, France, Russia, and China, were also invited to attend.

Ambassador Sima Bahous, Jordan's Permanent Representative to the UN, will be the president-designate of the First Session.

The conference comes amid growing tensions over Iran's nuclear program, as Tehran announced reducing its commitment to the 2015 nuclear deal, which has been floundering since President Donald Trump pulled the US from the deal.

"The conference shall aim to elaborate a legally binding treaty establishing a Middle East zone free of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction, on the basis of arrangements freely arrived at by the states of the region," the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs said in a press release.
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