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The Ethiopian stance has caused Egypt to face a stumble regarding finding a solution to the operation and management problem of the Ethiopian dam, despite Egypt’s recognition of Ethiopia's right to pursuing development, he added.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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10/21/2019 4:32:34 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi directs to continue promoting traditional handicrafts nationwide]]>
Sisi's remarks came during a meeting with Menoufia Governor Saeed Abbas, according to a statement issued by Presidential Spokesman Bassam Rady.

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

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

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

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


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10/21/2019 3:22:05 PM
<![CDATA[South Sinai to introduce ZLD plants beginning with Sharm El Sheikh]]>
For that purpose, Chairman of South Sinai Water Company Abdel Hamid Ahmed Hamdy met with Minister of Military Production Mohamed Said al-Assar and CEO of International Desalination and Water Treatment (LLC) (IDWT) Nabil al-Maraghy.

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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

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

The World Health Organization estimated the number of deaths due to breast cancer in the Middle East region at more than five women every hour, putting the rate of new cancer cases at between 29 percent and 40 percent in the Arab countries.]]>
10/21/2019 1:36:46 PM
<![CDATA[EU urges Lebanese to start peaceful dialogue]]>
The EU also spoke against provocative speech in Lebanon, following protests there, according to Italian news agency AKI.

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

Thousands of Lebanese have been protesting in Beirut and major Lebanese cities against the political leadership and terms of the World Bank.]]>
10/21/2019 1:17:46 PM
<![CDATA[Palestinian prisoner continues hunger strike for 100 days]]>
Ghannam, from the town of Dura in southern the West Bank, is one of six Palestinians who are currently on hunger strike demanding an end to their unending administrative detention, which Israel uses to incarcerate Palestinian activists based on secret evidence for six months at a time that could be renewed indefinitely.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bold steps to end polio are needed to adapt to rapidly changing security and access dynamics and to confront challenges in field operations, in conducting surveillance, and in ensuring that good quality data is generated, WHO said.]]>
10/21/2019 12:32:02 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt, Jordan discuss statistic cooperation]]>
The talks tackled means of benefiting from statistics and available data in boosting trade and economy, the DoS said in a statement on Monday.]]>
10/21/2019 12:06:33 PM
<![CDATA[Trial begins in teenager’s murder that took country by storm]]>
The trial comes 11 days after the accident that took place in Menoufia governorate. The killing of El-Banna sent shocking waves across the country, with rising calls for the execution of the murderers of the “Martyr of Chivalry.” The social media gave the victim the title as the death ensued after his interference to defend a girl who was sexually harassed by the accused teens. One of the defendants identified as Mohamed Rageh, 17yrs started a fight with El-Banna, and stabbed him to death in the street.

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Father of victim El-Banna attending the trial of his son's murderers - Egypt Today


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

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

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


A murder turned into public opinion issue

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

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

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

















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




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

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


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10/20/2019 6:42:37 PM
<![CDATA[House approves formation of anti-terrorism committee]]>
Truly, the world community is facing terrorism in all its aspects; whether cultural, economic or social, House Speaker Ali Abdel Aal said Sunday.

He called for a radical solution to this phenomenon.

The return of terrorists to their homelands represents a threat because they form sleeper cells that could recruit new elements, Abdel Aal warned.]]>
10/20/2019 5:11:43 PM
<![CDATA[Commander: Egyptian Navy is capable of confronting all challenges facing Egypt]]>
During a press conference marking the 52nd anniversary of the Navy, the commander said the Navy has become stronger and stronger after having been supported with the latest in international fleets including modern maritime units to be ready for all missions.

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

He praised the continued development of the navy, mainly as regards the human element using the latest curricula and exchanging expertise with leading world navies.]]>
10/20/2019 3:49:45 PM
<![CDATA[Giza governor, NCW chief open market for street vendors]]>
Souq Zenein Al-Hadary, translated as Civilized Zenein Market, includes 116 properly prepared places for street vendors.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lebanon’s economy registered just 0.3 percent growth last year. The IMF said the reforms were needed to stem a ballooning deficit and public debt it forecasts to reach 155 percent of GDP by year-end, one of the world’s highest.]]>
10/20/2019 3:10:07 PM
<![CDATA[President Sisi attends admission interviews at Military Academy ]]>
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The president discussed with candidates some internal and external affairs, Egytian history and ongoing development accomplishments in different sectors. Later on, Sisi expressed his happiness over the candidate’s awareness on variables that may influence Egypt’s national security.

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

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

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

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10/20/2019 2:54:38 PM
<![CDATA[Supply ministry moves to stop embezzlement, random supply]]>
The linkage will enable the ministry’s affiliate companies to measure the demand on each type of goods in each outlet and secure needs accordingly. Chairman of the Holding Company for Food Industries Ahmed Hassanin explained that barcodes will be installed on items to achieve those goals.

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

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

The ministry’s General Authority for Supply Commodities will soon invite tenders for supplying unprocessed food oil, which gets refined in state-owned factories on behalf of the ministry.
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10/20/2019 2:50:56 PM
<![CDATA[Indonesia's Widodo faces test on reform credentials in second term]]>
Widodo, 58, has pledged to cut red tape and keep building infrastructure to underpin growth in southeast Asia’s largest economy, but also made improving education a top priority to encourage investment and create jobs for a youthful population of 260 million people.

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

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

He said he would name his cabinet on Monday morning.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Indonesia’s economic growth is forecast to slow for the first time in four years in 2019 and some independent observers warn of a further slowdown amid a global downturn.]]>
10/20/2019 2:26:44 PM
<![CDATA[UK PM sends unsigned letter to EU asking for Brexit delay]]>
Johnson had previously said he would rather be “dead in a ditch” than ask for any extension to the Oct. 31 deadline.

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

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

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

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

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

Tusk said he had received the request from Johnson.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Boris Johnson promised #Scottish court he would comply with #BennAct & not seek to frustrate it. Looks like he’s breaking both promises,” Joanna Cherry, a Scottish National Party lawmaker involved in the case said on Twitter.]]>
10/20/2019 1:14:35 PM
<![CDATA[Solidarity ministry launches initiative to employ disabled people ]]>
The initiative, dubbed "Hayah", comes as part of national efforts to expand the social protection umbrella for people with special needs, including providing monthly cash assistance or through providing them with job opportunities.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The event will be an opportunity for academics, scholars, and policy makers as well as water resources experts from all around the world to present and discuss the key issues, plans and actions related to responding to the challenges of water scarcity.]]>
10/20/2019 12:00:46 PM
<![CDATA[Pope Tawadros visits Egyptian consulate in Marseille]]>
In statements on Sunday, Coptic Orthodox Church Spokesman Boulos Halim said the pontiff held a meeting with Marseille Mayor Renaud Muselier.

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

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

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

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

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

Meanwhile, First Deputy Speaker of the Libyan House Fawzi al Nuwairi described as “historic” Egypt-Libya relations, adding that they are not tied to specific conditions, times or people.]]>
10/20/2019 8:59:01 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt to inaugurate largest metro station in Middle East Sunday ]]>
The station will start receiving commuters as of Sunday morning, with the trains of the third line will be allowed to make stops at it.

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

Heliopolis station is established in accordance with the international standards, as it includes escalators to serve commuters from the street pavements all the way to inside the station. It is also equipped with ATM machine to help in booking tickets, as well as three-level air conditioning system. ]]>
10/19/2019 4:29:28 PM
<![CDATA[Kuwaiti PM to commence Egypt visit on Sunday]]>
During the visit, the Kuwaiti premier will meet with President Abdel Fattah El Sisi and Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli.

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

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

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

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

Moreover, the number of Kuwaiti companies operating in Egypt's trade and investment sectors reached nearly 1,227 ones.]]>
10/19/2019 3:35:59 PM
<![CDATA[Cairo to see unstable weather this week]]>
In her statements to "Good Morning Egypt" talk show, Eman Shaker, the director of the Remote Sensing Center at the Egyptian Meteorological Authority, said that the temperature will decline by two degrees Celsius by mid this week, adding that Cairo and northern parts of the country will experience rainfall.

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

In response, police fired tear gas, smoke grenades and foam bullets at the protesters and deployed water trucks to pass through the burning barricades.]]>
10/19/2019 2:55:30 PM
<![CDATA[Supreme Constitutional Court celebrates golden jubilee]]>
Organized under the auspices of President Abdel Fattah El Sisi, the celebration was attended by 48 delegations representing supreme and constitutional courts in Arab, African and foreign countries.

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

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

The sessions are due to tackle mutual interests of those responsible for constitutional jurisdiction and its various systems.]]>
10/19/2019 1:51:15 PM
<![CDATA[Lebanon: Security forces open most of blocked roads]]>
Barriers have been removed and the remains of fires and smashes that filled the streets of Beirut have been cleaned.

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

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

He added that traffic movement on these roads and on most Beirut's roads is calm and normal.]]>
10/19/2019 12:14:05 PM
<![CDATA[UK PM Johnson says there's little appetite in the EU for further delay]]>
“I believe that this is a good arrangement,” he told parliament. “With this new deal, the scope for future negotiation, for fruitful negotiation, has run its course ... there is very little appetite among our friends in the EU for this business to be protracted by one extra day.”]]>
10/19/2019 11:54:28 AM
<![CDATA[People should have final say on Brexit - UK's Labour leader Corbyn]]>
“Voting for a deal today won’t end Brexit. It won’t deliver certainty and the people should have the final say,” Corbyn told parliament.

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

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

It, also, expressed wishes that peace and stability would prevail in Lebanon.]]>
10/19/2019 11:44:47 AM
<![CDATA[Barcelona rocked by violence as Catalan protesters clash with police]]>
The general strike that brought the Catalan capital to a standstill drew over half a million people, according to police estimates, and was largely peaceful for most of the day, reported Sky News channel on Saturday.

In response, police fired tear gas, smoke grenades and foam bullets at the protesters and deployed water trucks to pass through the burning barricades.]]>
10/19/2019 11:41:36 AM
<![CDATA[Afghanistan: 62 killed in two blasts in Nangarhar mosque]]>
According to officials, explosives were placed inside the mosque and detonated when the worshipers were busy in prayer, Tolo News reported.

Many of the wounded are not in a stable condition, Khogyani said.

In a tweet, President Ghani’s spokesman Sediq Sediqqi strongly condemned Friday’s blasts.

The Taliban has denied responsibility for the attack. ]]>
10/19/2019 11:35:53 AM
<![CDATA[Iraq Kurdistan region receives 1,000 refugees from Syria]]>
More than 1,000 Syrian people have been displaced to Kurdistan region escaping from the Turkish aggression on northern Syria, he said in a statement to Russia Today channel on Saturday.

Coordination underway with the bodies concerned to transfer the refugees to camps in Dohuk, he added.]]>
10/19/2019 11:34:27 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt denounces Afghanistan mosque bombing that killed 62]]>
Egypt’s Mufti Shawqi Allam slammed the bombing, offering his condolences to the families of the victims.

“The targeting of mosques and places of worship around the world by terrorist groups proves the absurd and dark ideas of these misguided organizations that know nothing of the principles and foundations of religions,” Allam said.

The attack in eastern Nangarhar province also injured 36 people. The massacre has not been claimed thus far, but anti-government forces have deeply engaged in violence against officials and civilians this year.

The Mufti called on the international community to take all the actions needed to confront terrorism and attempts to spread extremism and sectarianism.


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10/19/2019 8:52:16 AM
<![CDATA[Ecotourists to be trained on biodiversity at national reserves]]>
“The training aims at qualifying tourists working or willing to work in the field of environmental guidance at the nature reserves to activate the concept of sustainable ecotourism and to protect wildlife and biodiversity,” the statement read.

The training is part of the ministry’s project of protecting Migratory Soaring Birds, which comes under the auspices of Minister of Environment Yasmine Fouad, the ministry said in a statement on Friday.

In program was launched in cooperation with the Ministry of Tourism, the Tour Guides Syndicate, a number of concerned parties and experts in tourism, environment and biodiversity, the statement continued.

In case you missed it …

List of 16 ecotourism attractions in Egypt

CAIRO - 24 April 2019: A group of 12 mass communication students at Cairo University launched in March a campaign called Egypt Invisible Map (EIM) to promote destinations fit for ecotourism adopting "Shades of Eco" as slogan. The students perceive tourism destinations in Egypt as having three shades: green, blue and yellow representing respectively landscapes, seas, and deserts and mountains.






Egypt's return to eco-tourism, tops 'Green Destinations'

CAIRO - 28 February 2019: As of 2015, ecotourism has been defined to mean "responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment, sustains the well-being of the local people, and involves interpretation and education," according to the International Ecotourism Society (TIES), the oldest and largest ecotourism society in the world.



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10/18/2019 6:02:09 PM
<![CDATA[Local Development Ministry stops tuk-tuk licenses: spox]]>
In an interview with Egypt Today, Khaled Qasem said the ministry takes into account the social aspects while implementing the replacement program, and studies ways to provide alternative employment opportunities for tuk-tuk drivers through the national project for human and community development "Mashro3ak (Mashrou'ak)."

Qasem said the 7-passenger minivan vehicles can now obtain a taxi license.

Being unsafe and unlicensed, tuk-tuks were banned as a means of transportation as per a government decree.

The Egyptian government, chaired by Moustafa Madbouli, ordered tuk-tuk assembling factors to not produce auto rickshaws anymore, according to a statement from the cabinet in September.

The government will buy the tuk-tuks from their owners and give them minivans in return, while the owners will pay the price difference of two vehicles in soft loans, Cabinet Spokesperson Nader Saad told Akher al-Nahar talk show on al-Nahar channel.

The old and withdrawn tuk-tuks will turn into junk, he said, adding that the cabinet will hold a meeting with representatives of tuk-tuk assembling factors to change manufacturing lines for minivans production.

In March 2018, the state-owned Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CPAMS) said that the number of licensed tuk tuks in Egypt in the period between 2014 and 2016 reached 99,000 tuk-tuks, noting that the number is increasing. Meanwhile, the number of unlicensed tuk-tuks reached more than 3 million rickshaws.
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10/18/2019 11:33:58 AM
<![CDATA[Turkey agrees with U.S. to pause Syria assault]]>
The truce was announced by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence after talks in Ankara with Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan, and was swiftly hailed by President Donald Trump, who said it would save “millions of lives”.

But if implemented it would achieve all the main objectives Turkey announced when it launched the assault eight days ago: control of a strip of Syria more than 30 km (20 miles) deep, with the Kurdish YPG militia, formerly close U.S. allies, obliged to pull out.

“The safe zone will be primarily enforced by the Turkish Armed Forces,” a joint U.S.-Turkish statement released after the talks said.

A Turkish official told Reuters Ankara got “exactly what we wanted” from the talks with the United States. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu described it as a pause, solely to allow the Kurdish fighters to withdraw.

Kurdish fighters would be forced to give up their heavy weapons and their positions would be destroyed, Cavusoglu said. He declined to call the agreement a “ceasefire”, saying ceasefires could be agreed only by legitimate sides, and not by the Kurds that Turkey considers terrorists.

Pence said Washington had already been in contact with the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which had agreed to withdraw and were already pulling out.

Trump tweeted: “Great news out of Turkey”.

“Thank you to Erdogan,” Trump said. “Millions of lives will be saved!”

“Today the United States and Turkey have agreed to a ceasefire in Syria,” Pence told a news conference after more than four hours of talks at the presidential palace in Ankara.

“The Turkish side will pause Operation Peace Spring in order to allow for the withdrawal of YPG forces from the safe zone for 120 hours,” Pence said. “All military operations under Operation Peace Spring will be paused, and Operation Peace Spring will be halted entirely on completion of the withdrawal.”

The deal struck with Erdogan also provided for Turkey not to engage in military operations in the flashpoint Syrian border town of Kobani, Pence said. Cavusoglu said Turkey had given no commitments about Kobani.

Pence added that he had spoken to Trump after the talks and that Trump had expressed his gratitude for the ceasefire accord. Washington’s main goal had been to halt the violence, and it had succeeded, Pence said.

The Turkish assault has created a new humanitarian crisis in Syria with 200,000 civilians taking flight, a security alert over thousands of Islamic State fighters abandoned in Kurdish jails, and a political maelstrom at home for Trump.

Trump has been accused of abandoning Kurdish-led fighters, Washington’s main partners in the battle to dismantle Islamic State’s self-declared caliphate in Syria, by withdrawing troops from the border as Ankara launched its offensive on Oct. 9.

Trump had defended his move on Wednesday as “strategically brilliant”. He said he thought Pence and Erdogan would have a successful meeting, but warned of sanctions and tariffs that “will be devastating to Turkey’s economy” otherwise.

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10/17/2019 8:44:04 PM
<![CDATA[Corruption can be disguised as compliment: Sisi]]>
“The compliment is corruption; if you want to fight corruption in your country, do not pay anyone a compliment,” he said at the graduation of the first batch of Armed Forces' Faculty of Medicine students, indicating that some people do illegal acts and irregularities such as nepotism in favor of others as a kind of compliment.

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President Sisi has always asserted on applying strict measures within the government institutions to crack down on any violation. He hailed the role played by the Administrative Control Authority (ACA) on different occasions.

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He praised the new graduates, saying that the Faculty of Medicine of the Armed Forces was a dream six years ago, but now the dream has come true.

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


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10/17/2019 5:14:53 PM
<![CDATA[Launch of '1M Health' in Chad confirms Sisi's credibility: amb.]]>
The Chadian Ambassador in Cairo stressed that the initiative is a gesture of human civilization and confirms the extent of African interdependence under the auspices of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi.

Khatri explained that Chadian President Idriss Deby asked the Chadian ambassadors abroad, especially in the Arab countries, to strengthen relations with the Arab countries, and especially with Egypt.

Besides treating patients, the Egyptian medical team is also training the Chadian side to carry out a survey on hepatitis viruses. The training includes doctors, pharmacists and laboratory officials.

It is noteworthy that the initiative of "100 Million Health" aims at the early detection of C virus and of non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, pressure and obesity and provides medication for free.

In January 2019, Egypt’s Minister of Health Hala Zayed unveiled an Egyptian initiative to treat African people from Hepatitis C, starting with the Nile Basin countries that have an estimated 3.7 million Hepatitis C patients, representing 30 percent of the total number of infected people in Africa.

During a meeting with members of the Parliament's African Affairs Committee headed by Tarek Radwan, Zayed said that the ministry currently works to help the Nile Basin countries cure the cases that test positive for Hepatitis C and will send medical personnel from the private and public sectors to these states.

This initiative will help spread Egyptian medicine and open markets for it, Zayed said, adding that it offers an opportunity to export medicine to Africa and an opportunity to treat 1 million people infected with the blood-borne disease in the Nile Basin countries.

In April 2019, Megahed told Egypt Today that the Health Ministry is establishing 13 centers to treat African people from Hepatitis C, stressing that Egypt has made significant progress in the treatment of virus C.

In September 2019, Egypt’s Ministry of Health announced the arrival of a medical team in South Sudan, headed by Mohamed Gad, head of the Egyptian Ambulance Authority and supervisor of the external health relations sector in the ministry.

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10/17/2019 1:22:30 PM
<![CDATA[Deadly Meningitis vaccination costs LE145, MoH denies MB rumors]]>
The ministry statement on Thursday also denied rumors regarding the spread of the virus across Egypt and affirmed health teams across Egypt are conducting periodic epidemiological scan and checking foreign citizens for deceases to prevent the spread of viruses and epidemics.

The National Vaccination Center (VACSERA) has warned that Meningitis can easily spread through coughing and sneezing, as direct or indirect contact with an infected person increases your risk of getting the same virus.

A statement by the center has said the virus can also be transmitted through food or using the same utensils as the infected person.

The average incubation period is four days, but can range between two and 10 days.

The most common symptoms are a stiff neck, high fever, sensitivity to light, confusion, headaches and vomiting.

Meningococcal disease is potentially fatal and should always be viewed as a medical emergency. Admission to a hospital or health center is necessary.

The largest concentration of meningococcal disease is in sub-Saharan Africa. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 4,100 cases of bacterial meningitis are reported each year in the United States.


How to protect yourself against Meningitis:



• Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with warm water and soap.

• Wash your hands before eating, after using the toilet, after changing a diaper, or after tending to someone who is ill.

• Do not share eating utensils, straws, or plates.

• Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze.

• Stay up to date with immunizations and booster shots for meningitis.

• Ask your doctor about immunizations before traveling to countries with higher rates of meningitis.
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10/17/2019 12:13:26 PM
<![CDATA[Cairo Metro's 1st line system disrupted as crane collapses]]>
As a result, the electricity network between Ghamra and Demerdash stations on the first line was cut, official sources said.

The three stations of Manshiyet al-Sadr, Demerdash and Ghamra stopped receiving passengers as a consequence, and trains were not able to move beyond Kobri al-Kobba, the station before Manshiyet al-Sadr.

The problem was partially solved, the Transportation Minister said, after around five hours of suspension, and apologized for passengers. Cairo Metro also announced providing alternative public buses transporting passengers between the areas around the suspended stations.

Ahmed Abdel Hady, Cairo Metro spokesman, said the transportation police arrested those responsible for the incident and seized the crane vehicle, affirming continuing work to fix the problem.
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10/17/2019 12:08:58 PM
<![CDATA[Tourist arrested for trying to climb Giza's Great Pyramid: Ministry]]>
The ministry has not revealed details about the nationality or the identity of the tourist, but it is expected for authorities to release him as climbing the pyramids in Egypt is prohibited, yet not illegal.

Many tourists over the past years climbed the pyramids, took photographs, and published them on Facebook or other social media platforms, and left the site without being seen by security forces.

However, the act became sensitive since a Danish photographer and a Danish girl accompanying him, in November, managed to climb the Great Pyramid, where they photographed themselves naked, stirring the wrath of many Egyptians who considered the act offensive.

In an interview with Copenhagen-based Ekstra Bladet, Andreas Hvid, the photographer, said he has always dreamt of climbing the Great Pyramid and taking naked photos over its top. He added that he is now very upset as some people are mad at him.

Hvid said he attempted to climb the pyramid with a Norwegian friend twice. In the first time, he asked the guards to allow them to climb the Pyramid, but they were not allowed, he said, adding that in the second time they were arrested while actually attempting to climb the Pyramid, and were then released following interrogation.

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Danish Photographer Andreas Hvid with his girl friend allegedly atop of Giza Pyramid - screenshot of video

In the third time, Hvid seemingly managed to reach the top. He said he and another Danish friend took a different route away from the guards, and waited until tourists left the Pyramid. They climbed and could reach the top in 25 minutes only, he said.

Hvid said he did not have sex on top of the Pyramid, denying reports at the time, and confirmed that they have taken one photo while they were naked.

Later, in May, the police arrested a young man who climbed the Great Pyramid and allegedly resisted some police personnel who attempted to prevent him.

Mostafa Waziri, secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, said in an interview with al-Hayah al-Youm that the young man accessed the area surrounding the Pyramids like other visitors in the early morning.

However, he suddenly tried to climb the Great Pyramid and threw small rocks at the police personnel, who subsequently decided to let him go, fearing for his life and the lives of the policemen until he reached the top of the Pyramid, according to Waziri.

The young man also removed part of the wooden mast atop of the Pyramid, which is placed to inform visitors about the original height of the pyramid which was 146 meters, before it decreased 1,000 years ago to reach 137 meters, Waziri said.
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10/16/2019 8:36:47 PM
<![CDATA[Pence, Pompeo to push Erdogan for pullback from Syria]]>
The president’s sending of the delegation — to also include his national security adviser, Robert C. O’Brien, and the State Department’s special envoy for Syrian affairs, James F. Jeffrey — is part of a scrambled effort to wrest back control of a chaotic situation in Syria that has endangered American forces there even as they prepared to leave.

Trump surprised his own military when he ordered the immediate withdrawal of all 1,000 American troops in northern Syria, who had been fighting Islamic State militants alongside Syrian Kurds. The forces’ withdrawal, ahead of Turkey’s cross-border offensive, has prompted the Syrian Kurds to turn for support to the Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad and the Russians.

The risk to American troops became evident on Tuesday, when the American military ordered Apache helicopter gunships to conduct a low-flying show of force to warn off Turkish-backed militia members who were approaching, an American military official said.

Trump has long viewed his personal relationships with leaders, including Erdogan, as key to accomplishing his foreign policy goals. But Trump’s failure in an Oct. 6 phone call to outline the consequences for Erdogan if he moved his troops into Syria has forced the White House to deal with the consequences.

“The administration is resolved to maintain security in the region, the safety of civilians, and the continued detention of Daesh fighters,” Pence said Tuesday in a statement.

Administration officials have sought in recent days to play down the idea that Trump’s decision to pull American troops from northeast Syria had contributed to a rapid destabilization of the area. One senior official likened it on Monday to a matter of moving “a couple of dozen guys around.”

But developments on the ground reflected growing security concerns for United States military officials stationed there.

The Pentagon has not received a final deadline for pulling troops from northern Syria. For the moment, the military is planning on “weeks, not days” to complete the withdrawal, according to one officer briefed on operational planning. Most of the American troops are expected to leave by transport planes or helicopters, or by convoy into neighboring Iraq.

A small number of allied Special Operations forces from countries like Britain and France that have been conducting missions in the northeast alongside the Americans are expected to leave under the United States logistical umbrella, officials said.

Hundreds of American troops in the region are standing by to provide security for the retreating ones now that most Syrian Kurdish forces, which had provided security at bases and roadways, have been redirected north to confront the Turkish invasion, military officials said.

Dozens of American warplanes and armed drones that had been conducting other missions, including counterterrorism operations, have in the past several days been reassigned to watch over the departing troops.]]>
10/16/2019 3:57:54 PM
<![CDATA[Finance Ministry denies imposing new tax on cigarettes, soft drinks]]>
In a statement posted on its official Facebook page on Tuesday, the ministry denounced these reports as baseless, saying the government is working to stabilize tax policies.

The statement noted that some news websites misinterpreted the remarks of the finance minister, in which he said that some Arab states resorted to slapping taxes on cigarettes and soft drinks when needed to increase health insurance funding.]]>
10/16/2019 3:11:24 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt, Serbia probe means to develop parliamentary ties]]>
The meeting, which was held on the sidelines of the 141st Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), hosted by Serbia under the theme "strengthening international law: Parliamentary roles and mechanisms, and the contribution of regional cooperation", was attended deputy chairperson of the Human Rights Committee at the Egyptian parliament Margeret Azer and Egypt's Ambassador to Serbia Amr Goweili.

Darwish hailed the level of Egyptian-Serbian relations especially in the parliamentary domains, according to a press release issued by the legislature Wednesday.

For his part, Filipovski expressed appreciation of Egypt's participation in the gathering under speaker Ali Abdel Aal, expressing hope for activating a memo of understanding signed in June during his visit to Egypt where he was warmly welcomed by Abdel Aal. ]]>
10/16/2019 3:08:08 PM
<![CDATA[Turkey demands Kurds to withdraw from border area in Syria by tonight]]>
Abc news reported the news without giving further details.

Turkish forces launched last Wednesday a military operation in northeastern Syria amid wide international condemnation.]]>
10/16/2019 3:05:40 PM
<![CDATA[In pics: Heavy rains in Aswan, Sinai lead to traffic stop]]>CAIRO – 16 October 2019: Aswan Governorate witnessed heavy rains on Wednesday morning that resulted in a traffic block. Some Students faced troubles reaching their schools in the Morning.

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The governorate's administration announced a case of emergency and took all the necessary measures to face the heavy rains inside the residential areas. Nile boats were notified that sailing could be a threat on Wednesday.


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In an official statement, Aswan Governorate urged car drivers to take all safety measures due to the weather fluctuations.

Sinai, as well, was reported to witness the same wave of heavy rains on Wednesday.

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Meteorological experts expected that these heavy rains could turn into torrents.

On Monday, the experts warned of an unstable weather during the weekend especially in Sinai, warning that this area will witness heavy thunder rains.

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Expected temperatures for Wednesday come as follows:

Cairo: Highs of 32°C and lows of 23°C

Alexandria: Highs of 28°C and lows of 23°C

Matrouh: Highs of 27°C and lows of 22°C

Sohag: Highs of 36°C and lows of 24°C

Qena: Highs of 36°C and lows of 23°C

Aswan: Highs of 38°C and lows of 29°C


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10/16/2019 2:29:19 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian Strategic Studies Center issues special edition on Renaissance Dam developments, repercussions ]]>
A number of top-level officials, diplomats, politics and legal scholars took part at a three-day conference organized by ECSS to discuss the legal, political and diplomatic aspects of the issue.


How Ethiopia Drove GERD Negotiations Into Deadlock



Attiya Essawi, a writer focusing on African affairs for Al-Ahram daily, during his participation shed the light on stages of GERD negotiations and Ethiopia’s intransigence, which prompted President Sisi to strongly warn that the dam will not be operating by imposing a fait accompli, ringing an alarm bell that showed the international community the real part behind the deadlock that the negotiations reached.

Moreover, the Egyptian leader affirmed that Egypt is not against development of the Ethiopian people, however, this must not come at the expense of Egypt and harming its interests and rights.

Top-level statements affirmed to the whole world Egypt's dissatisfaction with Ethiopia's intransigent stance which prevented reaching an agreement, despite the signing of the Declaration of Principles in March 2015, and despite the agreement between President Sisi and Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed in June 2018 to adopt a common vision between the two countries without prejudice to the rights of the other party.

Essawi explained that the 2015 agreement stipulates that the filling of the dam will only begin in accordance with the agreement of the three countries and that Ethiopia has to adhere to its agreement with Egypt and Sudan, while awaiting the final report of the international committee of experts on its potential impacts on water flow.

Despite all this, Ethiopia did not abide by the agreement, did not agree with the French consultant's plan, and all the studies confirmed that the dam as it wants Addis Ababa would harm Egypt.

He further stressed that Egypt, without maintaining the water level in front of the High Dam at a minimum of 165 meters during the period of filling the lake, will lose around $1.8 billion of economic output, more than one million jobs annually, and electricity worth $300 million.

While the the per capita share of water in Egypt is less than 625 m3, the Ethiopian per capita reaches 38 thousand cubic meters per year. While Egypt has only the Nile, Ethiopia has 12 rivers, pointing out that Egypt was generous with Ethiopia by not insisting on stopping the construction of the dam until studies proved that it does not harm its historical rights in the Nile water.


Conflict of Visions Regarding GERD



Although the Egyptian-Ethiopian relations have been improving steadily over the past four years, the Renaissance Dam file is taking an opposite course, according to ECSS advisory board member Hassan Abu Taleb.

He further said that reaching a common ground requires transparency, cooperation and exchange of information regarding the flow rates of the River Nile.

Abu Taleb also stressed that Ethiopia is only considering the dam as a national project without giving any considerations to the rights or interests of Egypt or the negative effects that the dam will impact over the livelihood and economy of the Egyptian state.

Most importantly, Abu Taleb pointed out that Adis Ababa is wrongly reading the scene, as Ethiopia considered Egypt’s diplomatic approach and seeking international mediation as a sign of weakness by Cairo. He affirmed that Egypt did not tend to a military solution based on a real and humanitarian Egyptian vision, and because it does not seek to prolong or escalate the conflict because it will negatively affect the whole Nile basin countries.


Ethiopia Refuses to Cooperate



African affairs specialist Mustafa Ahmadi, for his part, said the main disagreement is over the period during which the dam will be filled, despite the strict measures that Egypt and the Egyptian people have been attempting to rationalize water usage, Ethiopia refused to flow 40 billion m3 of Nile water towards Cairo, although it is a lot less than Egypt’s historical right of the River Nile.

On the other hand, there was a presentation of the strict measures taken by the Egyptian state to reduce water consumption, including reducing the cultivation of water-intensive crops. According to historical development, per capita water in Egypt has decreased from 2,000 cubic meters to 555 cubic meters as the population doubled.


Egyptian Stand After GERD Negotiation Failure



Ahmed Amal, head of the African Studies Unit at the ECSS, has pointed out that Egypt should reevaluate the situation, especially after the Ethiopian side started procrastinating.

The Ethiopian negotiations, according to Amal, seemed less hostile after Abiy Ahmed came to power in 2018, despite that this receded hostility did not result much outcomes, thus the Egyptian side decided to get things moving by holding tripartite talks through the African Union Summit in February. However, as the Ethiopian side started stalling and demanding to delay further negotiations, Egypt decided to resort to the international community to mediate and resolve the issue.

The speedy construction of the dam raise suspicions regarding Addis Ababa’s intentions, as while it stalls negotiations, construction of the dam goes underway at an accelerated pace.

Amal also traced Ethiopia’s weak points in this file, pointing out that Ethiopia is not fully stable internally nor regionally and Sudan’s vague stand as it is currently caught up with a transitional period and its internal issues.


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ECSS Advisory board member, Major General Mohamed Ibrahim Al Dwairi, has pointed out to several main limitations to the Ethiopian dam; the first of which is that the issue is directly related to Egyptian national security, therefore, any escalation by the Egyptian state must be based on calculated measures and procedures.

The second issue is that the dam itself became reality, and should be dealt with as such, in order to reach a solution, while the third point is that Egypt has never rejected the construction of the dam itself, but under condition that it do not harm Egypt’s Nile quota.

Egypt has, on more than one occasion, voiced concerns regarding the principles that Ethiopia announced regarding the dam and its filling stages, which would have negative effects as it would reduce Egypt’s Nile quota.

It is also pertinent to mention that Ethiopia started building the dam during the Egyptian January 2011 revolution, but Egypt did not publicly address the GERD issue until after the June 30 revolution that paved the road for a national leadership to look into the interests of the country.

Dwairi further pointed out to the importance of the principles signed between Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia in March 2015, the preamble of which states that the three countries must commit to all ten principles contained in the agreement, but the Ethiopian side continued its hard-line approach ignoring these obligations.

Therefore, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi was keen to raise the issue before the international community by taking a position that focuses on international law and political action in order to preserve the Egyptian national water security diplomatically, away from any pointless conflicts.

The United States also was keen to deal positively and quickly with the Egyptian demands for international mediation regarding the dam. A While House press statement has said the United States supports Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan’s ongoing negotiations to reach a cooperative, sustainable, and mutually beneficial agreement on filling and operating the dam.

The advisory board member also said the coming period will see a new mechanism for negotiation in the framework of international mediation, and all parties, especially the Ethiopian party, must allow these mediation with all the credibility, confidence, transparency and openness they require, until the problem is finally solved in a way that reflects Africa as a successful example of fruitful cooperation.]]>
10/16/2019 2:23:54 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt, France conduct naval drills in Mediterranean]]>
The drills were conducted during a visit by Long Live Egypt frigate and the frigate AUVERGNE to the port of Alexandria.

An Egyptian submarine also took part in the exercise.

The training was conducted within the framework of directives by the general command of the Egyptian Armed Forces to upgrade the performance of the naval forces and exchange expertise with the Armed Forces of friendly countries.

The drills included training activities on defense against unconventional threats and sailing formations along with aircraft landing on ships.]]>
10/16/2019 2:19:38 PM
<![CDATA[1st forum to provide job opportunities for Sinai youth to start Wednesday]]>
The forum is organized by the Directorate of Youth and Sports in cooperation with the Directorate of Manpower and is held under the auspices of Major General Mohamed Abdel Fadil Shousha, governor of North Sinai.

Earlier September, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi has issued decree no. 83 of 2019 approving a loan agreement to establish four sea water desalination stations in South Sinai between the Egyptian government and the Kuwaiti Fund for Arab Economic Development.

The 15-million-dinar agreement was signed in Sharm el Sheikh on December 8, 2018.

In July 2018, Investment and International Cooperation Minister Sahar Nasr reiterated President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi's keenness on developing Sinai.

Nasr, speaking to parliamentary reporters following her meeting with a World Bank mission, said the government seeks to offer soft loans and provide an appropriate atmosphere to set up development projects in Sinai.

Nasr added the meeting aims at reviewing the lawmakers' vision on Sinai development and projects needed by Sinai residents. "The WB mission will work to provide necessary financial resources, mostly in the form of grants, to develop Sinai,"Minister Nasr added.

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10/16/2019 2:02:53 PM
<![CDATA[Syria troops fight Turkish forces alongside Kurds: monitor]]>
In a rare scene in Syria's eight-year-old civil war, government troops and Kurdish fighters were "fighting together" against Turkey's Syrian proxies northeast of the town of Ain Issa, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

The Britain-based monitor reported "violent clashes" near the M4 highway -- a key east-west artery that links the Kurdish heartland in the northeast with Syria's second city Aleppo and the Mediterranean coast beyond.

Under the deal announced on Sunday after President Donald Trump ordered the withdrawal of US troops, government troops have returned to key Kurdish-held areas for the first time in years.

Syrian soldiers have been sent to Manbij, Tal Tamr, Ain Issa and Tabqa in their most significant deployment since the army started withdrawing from Kurdish-majority areas in 2012.

Russia's special envoy on Syria, Alexander Lavrentyev, said Turkish and Syrian officials were in contact to avoid clashes which "would simply be unacceptable".

But two Syrian soldiers were killed near Ain Issa on Tuesday in shelling by Turkey's Syrian proxies -- mostly former rebels paid and equipped by Ankara, the Observatory said.

On Monday, artillery fire by the Syrian former rebels killed another soldier in the flashpoint city of Manbij, it added.

In the border town of Ras al-Ain, where Kurdish fighters have put up stiff resistance against Ankara's incursion, battles raged on Wednesday following a night of heavy Turkish air strikes and artillery fire, the monitor said.

Since its launch on October 9, the Turkish offensive has killed dozens of civilians, mostly on the Kurdish side, and prompted at least 160,000 to flee their homes.]]>
10/16/2019 12:35:57 PM
<![CDATA[Kremlin: Turkey's Syria operation should not damage political process]]>
Speaking to reporters on a conference call, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, however, that Moscow respected Turkey’s right to defend itself. Russia is a close ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.]]>
10/16/2019 12:30:28 PM
<![CDATA[Shoukry to probe Egypt-Latvia cooperation in Riga Thursday]]>
The two top diplomats will discuss the latest developments in the Middle East and North Africa and sign an agreement on the mutual exemption of visa for diplomatic passport holders, according to a statement released by the Latvian Foreign Ministry and circulated by the Latvian Embassy here on Wednesday.

Shoukri will be received by the Latvian president and the parliament speaker.]]>
10/16/2019 12:27:31 PM
<![CDATA[President Sisi wishes Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Al-Sabah speedy recovery]]>
Kuwait’s 90-year-old ruler Emir Sheikh al-Sabah returned home on Wednesday after hospital treatment in the United States.

“I was so glad to hear about the return of His Excellency the Kuwaiti Emir and we ask god to preserve Kuwait’s safety and stability under the wise leadership of Sheikh al-Sabah,” Egyptian ambassador to Kuwait Tarek Al-Quni said in a statement.

“Through this statement, I’d like to extend President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi’s greetings to his brother, His Excellency the Emir of Kuwait, and his wishes for him to recover and enjoy full health,” the statement added.

The emir’s office said in August that Sheikh Sabah had suffered a health setback while in Kuwait, without providing details.

During a September meeting between President Sisi and the Kuwaiti Emir, the Egyptian leader said the security of Kuwait and the Gulf is inseparable from Egypt's own national security.

Sheikh Sabah hailed Egypt's role in "supporting the security and stability of Arab countries and its efforts to enhance joint Arab action at all levels.”

The Egyptian president stressed the need for continuing to build on the momentum of bilateral cooperation in various fields, as well as pushing forward mechanisms of mutual consultation and coordination on all issues and developments in the Arab region.

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10/16/2019 11:10:11 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt Can by Investment, Development kicks off]]>
The two-day conference is being held under the auspices of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and with the participation of Minister of Immigration and Egyptian Expatriates Affairs Nabila Makram and Minister of Planning and Administrative Reform Hala El Saeed.


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On December 2018, the fourth fifth edition of Egypt Can was organized with adopting the education theme in Hurghada.

“Egypt Can” is a series of conferences held annually with the aim of giving Egyptian expats the opportunity to present their visions for different fields of development, and their proposals to improve various sectors.

The conference this year is organized by the Ministry of State for Emigration and Expatriates Affairs, The Ministry of Planning and Administrative Reform as this edition which was announced earlier to adopt the investment and development theme.


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10/15/2019 6:48:20 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi: Egypt could be hub for Japanese industries]]>
The remarks were made at a meeting with the chairman of the Japanese Toyota company, said Presidential Spokesman Ambassador Bassam Radi.

The chairman of the Japanese company reviewed at the meeting his company's activities in Egypt in the field of public transportation and generating power, added the spokesman. ]]>
10/15/2019 4:01:29 PM
<![CDATA[Madbouli attends World Bank, IMF meetings in Washington]]>
Madbouli will meet with US officials and representatives of the business and financial sectors along with heads of major US companies.

During today's meeting, the prime minister reviewed the measures taken by the Egyptian government to encourage the private sector's investments and create equal opportunities. This is in addition to reviewing the results of the financial and economic reforms undertaken by the government and the results reached on the management of public assets.

Madbouliwill also deliver Egypt's speech at the meetings that will tackle the issue of financial stability around the world.
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10/15/2019 3:58:13 PM
<![CDATA[Arab League stresses necessity of innovation to achieve regional development]]>
Giving an address at the Arab Regional Meeting on Global Innovation Index, Minister Plenipotentiary Dr. Maha Bakheet, the Director of Intellectual Property and Competitiveness Department at the Arab League, said she is closely following up the successful attempts of a number of Arab states to keep pace with the global innovation.

She further noted that the UAE has maintained its good standing in this year's edition of the Global Innovation Index, GII, ranking among the top 3 innovation economies in the Northern Africa and Western Asia region and jumping two spots to 36th globally. The UAE ranked first at the Arab level, it was followed by Kuwait, she said.

She also stressed the importance of benefiting from the experience of these countries and trying to apply them in other Arab countries.

The meeting was attended by Deputy Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Mario Matus and Director of WIPO Regional Bureau for Arab Countries, Development Sector, Walid Abdel-Nasser.]]>
10/15/2019 2:58:18 PM
<![CDATA[Educational campaign launched to raise awareness of threats of plastic usage]]>
The campaign will last for two months, from October to December, the statement said, adding it was launched upon the directives of Minister of Environment Yasmine Fouad to promote awareness of the dangers of plastic waste on the environment.

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Students listen to a session on the threats of disposable plastic usage- Press photo.

The educational campaign also aims to increase students’ awareness of threats that result from burning rice straw, ways to gets benefits from agricultural waste and the economic value of rice straw, the statement continued.

The Ministry of Environment has taken measures to gradually get rid of disposable plastic bags nationwide. It distributed 10,000 multi-use bags to citizens in the Red Sea and Hurghada markets.

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Students listen to a session on the threats of disposable plastic usage- Press photo.

In an attempt to reduce Egypt’s main cause of air pollution, the Egyptian Ministry of Environment is collecting rice straw nationwide for animal fodder and furniture manufacturing.

Egypt is known with what is called "the Black Cloud,” a thick layer of smog that results from burning rice straw and spreads across Cairo for an extended period of time.]]>
10/15/2019 1:56:00 PM
<![CDATA[Over 950 Syrians return home from Jordan, Lebanon - Russian military]]>
"Over the past 24 hours, a total of 951 refugees have returned to the Syrian Arab Republic from foreign countries: 367 people, including 110 women and 187 children, have returned from Lebanon via the Jaydet-Yabus and Talkalakh checkpoints, while 584 people, including 175 women and 298 children, have returned from Jordan via the Nassib checkpoint," the center said in its daily bulletin.

Apart from that, one internally displaced Syrian has returned to the place of their permanent residence over the same period of time.

Syrian engineering units have cleared of mines 2.3 hectares of land, destroying 38 explosive devices over the past 24 hours, the center added.]]>
10/15/2019 1:35:11 PM
<![CDATA[Putin arrives in UAE on official visit]]>
Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan received Putin at the airport.

The visit will take up boosting cooperation in the trade, economic and investment sectors in addition to exchanging points of view on vital regional and international issues.

Both sides will tackle means of combating terror and settling the situaiton in Syria, Libya and Yemen.

Putin's visit comes within a Gulf tour which he started by visiting Saudi Arabia]]>
10/15/2019 1:27:56 PM
<![CDATA[Sinai to witness heavy, thunder rains Wednesday]]>
Expected temperatures come as follows:

Cairo: Highs of 32°C and lows of 23°C
Alexandria: Highs of 28°C and lows of 23°C
Matrouh: Highs of 27°C and lows of 22°C
Sohag: Highs of 36°C and lows of 24°C
Qena: Highs of 36°C and lows of 23°C
Aswan: Highs of 38°C and lows of 29°C
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10/15/2019 11:38:35 AM
<![CDATA[Sisi congratulates Tunisian people on electing new president]]>
The Egyptian president said on his official social media page that he sincerely congratulates the Tunisian people on electing their new leader.

Sisi wished Saied success to serve the interests of Tunisia and its great people, hoping further constructive cooperation between the two countries in all fields.]]>
10/14/2019 9:07:21 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt celebrates Air Force Day marking 'Mansoura Battle' anniversary]]>
On that day in 1973, Egypt downed 18 Israeli fighter jets in 53 minutes after targeting an Air Base near the city.

The battle included 60 Egyptian fighter jets and 120 Israeli fighter jets and was the outcome of the fourth raid launched by Israel on Egyptian territories other than Sinai. The previous three were carried out against Mansoura, Tanta, and Salheya on October 7, October 9, and October 12 of 1973 without causing any damages to the Egyptian side. On the other hand, the first raid incurred the destruction of 22 Israeli fighter jets.

Spokesperson of the Armed Forces Tamer al-Refaey announced that Commander of the Air Force Mohamed Abas held a press conference on Monday to celebrate the 87th anniversary of Egypt’s Air Force. The commander affirmed the Air Force’s commitment to developing its capabilities to match the expected threats with the aim of defending Egypt against aggressors.

Although Egypt’s Air Force was founded in November 1932, the day celebrating the branch was changed to October 14 after Mansoura Battle so it would be commemorated as well.

Abas stated that the Air Force possesses new-generation fighter jets, airborne early warning, aerial reconnaissance, Apache fighters, drones, and land systems that perform maintenance, repair, and training.

The Air Force commander affirmed that air formations are highly qualified to undertake the required activities in light of the unprecedented missions carried out by the Armed Forces to uproot terrorism and secure borders.

Abas highlighted that the Air Force performs military drills in collaboration with neighboring countries and allies. The commander also underlined that the political leadership and the general command of the Armed Forces provide continuous support to the Air Force to develop and modernize its abilities, systems, and air combat mechanisms.
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10/14/2019 5:02:38 PM
<![CDATA[Parliamentary delegation visit police stations to check human rights situation]]>
This visit is the first of its kind during the fifth and last session of the parliament, and is part of a series of visits organized by the committee to prisons and police stations to ensure the application of human rights standards.

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Egypt's State Information Service, a government agency that is directly subordinate to the Egyptian Presidency, has frequently denied reports concerning human rights violations in Egypt, especially those issued by human rights organizations believed to be politicized.

Concerning ex-prisoners, the Egyptian Parliament Human Rights Committee last June announced holding a set of meetings during the coming period to discuss social hardships and stigma of these persons.

The political leadership has also affirmed keenness to respect human rights in Egypt, saying, in a meeting with the African Commission on Human and peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) delegation in Cairo in April, that promoting human rights is one of Egypt’s priorities in its 2030 Vision.

He also emphasized the state’s role in promoting religious tolerance, acceptance and coexistence, as well as entrenching the concept of citizenship.

As Egypt hosts millions of expats and refugees, Sisi said they practice all their rights and activities freely according to UN conventions.]]>
10/14/2019 4:46:52 PM
<![CDATA[President's "waiting lists" initiative carried out 256,000 surgeries]]>
According to Executive Director of the Waiting Lists operations room Khaled Atef, cardiac catheterizations topped the performed surgeries by 44.3 percent followed by ocular surgeries by 33.7 percent.

Minister Hala Zayed made a decision to redistribute the number of surgeries allocated to each hospital taking part in the initiative. Those include hospitals affiliated with the Police, the Armed Forces and NGOs, the International Medical Center, Wadi Al Nile Hospital, and specialized hospitals. Once the health insurance hospitals are renovated, they will be part of the initiative.

The recent move will also inhibit the build-up of other waiting lists, particularly those pertinent to open heart surgeries, heart catheterizations, and eye surgeries. The minister also instructed the committee in charge to follow up with patients who are on waiting lists but did not come to the designated hospitals to receive treatment.



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10/14/2019 4:20:06 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt, Switzerland discuss establishment of mobile hospitals]]>
Assar stressed the importance of urging all the manufacturing, technical, technological and human resources units available to the ministry's companies to participate in the implementation of national and development projects, especially projects that contribute to the provision of health services.

He pointed out the ministry's keenness to complete the assigned projects on time and with the required efficiency.

During the meeting, Minister of Health and Population Hala Zayed explained the role of the Swiss investment group in transferring the experience of mobile hospitals, which is energy-saving and environment-friendly technology and possesses advanced mechanisms for waste disposal, to utilize it in supporting the new comprehensive health insurance system.

Zayed also highlighted the importance of the Ministry of Military Production's participation in this project, which will contribute to accelerating its efficient implementation.

Moreover, Minister Zayed reviewed the fruitful cooperation with the Ministry of Military Production to implement several projects of the Ministry of Health, including the application of the comprehensive health insurance system in Port Said.

Zayed pointed out that the new comprehensive health insurance system is one of the biggest national projects adopted by the Ministry of Health as part of its plan to achieve health coverage in Egypt, asserting that the Egyptian state and political leadership attach great importance to health care in light of Egypt Vision 2030.

For his side, Gharibi gave a presentation on the possibility of implementing the mobile hospitals project in Egypt. He clarified that the group has set up 22 hospitals and has provided medical equipment as well as a trained medical staff.

Aiming to serve the neediest citizens in remote areas, these hospitals are divided into patients' rooms and clinics. Gharibi praised the efforts exerted by the Egyptian government to provide health services to citizens, expressing his group's aspiration to invest in Egypt and contribute to the ongoing efforts to develop the medical system.

At the end of the meeting, it was agreed to form a committee of specialists in the ministries of health and military production to study the subject in depth and coordinate with the investment group on the proposed operational steps for the project of prefabricated hospitals.



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10/14/2019 3:51:58 PM
<![CDATA[In pics: Fire breaks out in Helwan’s Mar Gerges church]]>
جانب من أثار الحريق


كتب الكنيسة


According to a statement issued by Egypt's Coptic Cathedral, the reason of the fire has not been stated yet. However, the church’s building was severely damaged.

مذبح الكنيسة

أثار الحريق بالكنيسة


أثار الحريق على الكنيسة



The Civil Defense Forces rushed to the fire location in six ambulances and tried to control the fire over several hours.

Several photos from the fire location show that the churches’ building has been completely damaged.


أثار الحريق

أثار حريق الكنيسة

أثار حريق كنيسة مارجرجس حلوان

الهيكل من الداخل
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10/14/2019 3:48:12 PM
<![CDATA[Serbian president starts 141st IPU Assembly]]>
The assembly is attended by more than 1,700 people from parliamentary delegations representing 140 countries. The attendees include over 70 parliament speakers, including Egypt's Ali Abdel Aal, and led by President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union Gabriela Barron.

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Abdel Aal also participated in the meeting of the High-Level Advisory Group on Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, and explained Egypt's vision in this regard.

The meeting comes within the framework of the meetings of the 141th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and related meetings currently being held in the Serbian capital of Belgrade.

During the meeting, Abdel Aal reviewed the outcome of the first regional conference of the Inter-Parliamentary Union and the United Nations for the Middle East and North Africa, held in Luxor last February. The conference aimed at "exploring how parliaments can contribute to counter-terrorism efforts, and building a foundation for future activities in the region in this domain," according to the UN.

In his speech, Abdel Aal noted that the Luxor conference has yielded many results, the foremost of which was the realization of an important fact that extremism needs a comprehensive treatment, based on tackling the ideological roots of takfiri thought causing terrorism.

Abdel Aal also affirmed the link between the spread of extremist ideology and the commission of actual terrorist acts.

He stressed that Egypt had realized this fact since it had started its fight against terrorism, adding that Egypt defends not only its security and that of the Middle East, but also the security of Europe and the whole world.]]>
10/14/2019 2:22:12 PM
<![CDATA[Syrian troops enter northeastern town after deal with Kurdish forces: state media]]>
The abrupt U.S. withdrawal from the eight-year Syrian war, and the potential return of the Syrian army to the Kurdish-controlled northeast, are major victories for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his allies Russia and Iran.

The U.S. announced on Sunday it would swiftly withdraw its remaining 1,000 troops from northeast Syria, just four days after Turkey launched its cross-border offensive with a green light from President Donald Trump.

The Turkish assault has prompted widespread criticism and alarm that it could allow Islamic State fighters in Syria to escape their Kurdish-run prisons and regroup.

Trump decided a week ago to move U.S. troops out of the way of the Turkish assault, an act denounced as a stab in the back by the Kurds, thousands of whom died fighting against Islamic State in partnership with Washington since 2014.

The Kurds announced on Sunday they were pursuing a new pact instead with Washington’s foes, Assad and his Russian backers. Meanwhile, the United States said it was pulling its troops out of Syria altogether.

Ankara says its operation aims to neutralize the Kurdish YPG militia, the main element of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which was the key U.S. partner in dismantling the jihadist “caliphate” set up by Islamic State militants in Syria.

Ankara views the YPG as a terrorist group because of its links to guerrillas waging an insurgency in southeast Turkey.

Two U.S. officials told Reuters the bulk of the U.S. pullout could be completed within days.

U.S. Defense Secretary Mike Esper indicated on Sunday that one factor behind the pullout was that the SDF aimed to strike a deal with Russia and Syria to counter the Turkish offensive. Hours later, the Kurdish-led administration said it had made such a deal for the Syrian army to deploy along the Turkish border to repel Ankara’s incursion.

Syrian state media said on Monday that Syrian troops entered Tel Tamer, a town on the strategically important M4 highway that runs east to west along the border with Turkey.

A top Syrian Kurdish official said a “preliminary military” deal with Damascus had been reached for government forces to enter border areas from the town of Manbij in the west to Derik, 400 km (250 miles) away in the northeast.

Badran Jia Kurd said the deal is limited to the army’s deployment along the border and the two sides will discuss political issues later. The Kurds have set up an autonomous administration in territory they control, while Assad aims to impose the rule of his government across all Syrian territory.

The army deployment would help the SDF in countering the Turkish offensive and “liberating the areas that the Turkish army and mercenaries had entered,” it added, referring to Turkey-backed Syrian rebels. It would allow the recapture of other Syrian cities captured by the Turkish army such as Afrin.

While the U.S. withdrawal moves American troops out of the line of fire, the return of Syrian soldiers to the border with Turkey opens up the possibility of a wider conflict should the Syrian army come in direct confrontation with Turkish forces.

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Turkey says it aims to form a “safe zone” in Syria to settle many of the 3.6 million Syrian refugees it is hosting. President Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday that the operation would extend from Kobani in the west to Hasaka in the east, and go some 30 km (20 miles) into Syrian territory, with the town of Ras al Ain now in Turkish control.

Turkey also said it seized part of a key highway some 30-35 km into northern Syria. An SDF official said clashes were going on along the road.

Turkey’s European allies have also criticized the incursion, warning of potential sanctions. Erdogan says that Turkey will “open the gates” to Europe for Syrian refugees if the European Union does not back the offensive.

Turkish armed forces continued sporadic cross-border bombardment overnight, residents on the Turkish side said. A Reuters cameraman in the town of Suruc reported occasional howitzer fire.

The fighting has sparked Western concerns that the SDF, holding large swathes of northern Syria previously controlled by Islamic State, would be unable to keep thousands of jihadists in jail and tens of thousands of their family members in camps.

The region’s Kurdish-led administration said 785 Islamic State-affiliated foreigners escaped a camp at Ain Issa. The British-based war monitor Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, citing sources in the camp, said around 100 people had escaped.

Erdogan dismissed the reports and told the state-run Anadolu news agency that accounts of escapes by Islamic State prisoners were “disinformation” aimed at provoking the West.

Trump has placed the onus on the Kurds and Turkey to restrain the Islamic State fighters and blamed European nations for not taking back their own citizens.

Turkey has said it would take responsibility for Islamic State fighters that fall within the “safe zone” it aims to form, but would not be accountable for those outside it.

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10/14/2019 12:30:02 PM
<![CDATA[EFSSR to hold conference on Ethiopian dam’s impacts on Egypt]]>
The conference will be held in light of the foundation’s ongoing efforts to highlight Egypt’s historic rights to the Nile water after Egypt and Ethiopia announced that the tripartite negotiations concerning the dam’s operation and filling its reservoir stumbled, the statement saidadded.

issue after the latest round of negotiations stalled in Khartoum. The conference will be held at Cairo Marriott Hotel and will be attended by a group of experts and researchers in water affairs and another group of legal experts, the statement continued.

The one-day conference comes under the title “Renaissance Dam: The imposition of the fait accompli and the requirements of the Egyptian National Security."

The conference includes three sessions; former Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation Mohamed Nasr Allam will speak in the first session about the Egyptian vision of the Renaissance Dam crisis and its repercussions, while the fellow at the Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies Hanie Raslan will talk about Ethiopia’s vision towards of the Renaissance Dam crisis.

In the first session, Dr. Mohamed Salman Taya, Vicevice-Dean dean of the Faculty of Economics and Political Science for Community Service and Environmental Development, will discuss the future implications of the dam.

The second session will focus on how the state is dealing with the disagreement between both countries on the dam. The panelists are member of the EFSSR Advisory Committee Maj.or Gen. eral Mohamed Ibrahim Alal-Duwairi, Chairman of the State Information Service (SIS) Diaa Rashwan, and Gamal Abdel Gawad, head of the Public Policy Unit at the EFSSR.

Meanwhile, Professor professor of International Law at Cairo University Mohamed Sameh Amr will speak in the third session on legal alternatives that could be taken to solve the difference. Former assistant of Foreign Minister Mohamed Hegazy will speak on the role of international mediation in the tripartite talks.

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

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

President Abdel Fattah Elal-Sisi on Saturday affirmed on Oct. 12 Egypt’s water rights in the River Nile as Renaissance Dam negotiations reached a dead end as a result of the Ethiopian side's rejection to all proposals that take into account Egypt's water rights and interests.

“I have followed closely on the results of the tripartite meeting between irrigation ministers of Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia to discuss the file of the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, which has not resulted in any positive developmentprogress,” President Sisi said on his official Facebook page.


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10/14/2019 11:59:40 AM
<![CDATA[Death toll climbs as Iraq unrest hits Baghdad's volatile Sadr City]]>
The night of violence pushed the death toll after a week of unrest to 110 people. They were mostly protesters demanding the removal of the Iraqi government and overhaul of its political class, as security forces carried out a heavy-handed crackdown on demonstrators.

The spread of the violence into Sadr City on Sunday night poses a new security challenge for authorities dealing with the worst violence in the country since the Islamic State group was defeated nearly two years ago.

Unrest is historically difficult to put down in Sadr City, a volatile district where about a third of Baghdad’s 8 million people live in narrow alleys, many with little access to electricity, water and jobs.

Things were quieter on Monday. The military withdrew troops and handed over patrols of the district to federal police early in the day, an indication authorities want to avoid clashes with supporters of the powerful opposition cleric Moqtada al-Sadr who has called for the government to step down.

A Sadr City resident reached by phone told Reuters that the streets were calm during the day. Local militiamen were coming to inspect damage and police were deployed around the district’s neighborhoods.

The uprising over the past week has abruptly ended two years of relative calm unseen in Iraq since the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003. Many Iraqis, especially young people, say entrenched government corruption means they received no benefit from returning stability after years of foreign occupation and sectarian civil war.

Critics say the government’s fierce response to the protests has inflamed public rage.

Reuters journalists have witnessed protesters being killed and wounded by snipers from the security forces firing into crowds from rooftops though the interior ministry denies government forces have shot directly at protesters.

The internet has been shut down across the country for days, creating a communications vacuum that allowed discontent to spread. It was restored for a few hours on Monday evening, and people uploaded recent protest footage to social media before it went down again.

“The crackdown plus the internet blackout are angering people and it won’t calm the situation,” Jassim al-Hilfi, a lawmaker from the bloc of Moqtada al-Sadr, who is boycotting parliament, told Reuters.

“People will not be silenced, and the politicians are not capable of meeting their demands.”

‘DOWNFALL OF THE REGIME’
President Barham Salih, whose role is normally above the day-to-day political fray, condemned attacks on protesters and the media, and called for an investigation into the violence.

“Our security forces, in its various forms, must defend and support the people,” Salih said in televised remarks. “They must firmly confront those who violated the constitution by attacking citizens and the security forces, and terrorizing the media.”

In his address, he also called for ministerial changes and electoral reforms to address protesters’ grievances, adding that those affected by the violence this week should be compensated.

Demonstrators have been calling for “the downfall of the regime,” echoing demands in Arab Spring protests that swept across the Middle East in 2011. It is unclear how their demands could be met by the powerful Shi’ite religious parties that have dominated the country since Saddam’s fall and show no sign of willingness to relinquish control.

Those parties control armed militia which gained influence in the war against Islamic State. They also have strong backing from Iran, creating a potential international dimension to the crisis in a country that is a client and ally of both Tehran and its biggest foe, Washington.

Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, tweeted on Monday: “#Iran and #Iraq are two nations whose hearts & souls are tied together. ... Enemies seek to sow discord but they’ve failed & their conspiracy won’t be effective.”

The protests began spontaneously in Baghdad and southern cities, without public support from any major political faction in Iraq.

They have since spread to other areas, mainly populated by members of the Shi’ite majority. The unrest poses an unprecedented challenge for Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi, who took office last year as a consensus candidate of the Shi’ite parties.

REFORM PROMISES
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Abdul Mahdi in a phone call that he trusted the Iraqi forces and supported the Iraqi government in restoring security, a statement from the prime minister’s office said.

Abdul Mahdi said life had returned to normal, according to the statement. The government has offered to spend more money on subsidized housing for the poor, stipends for the unemployed and training programs and loan initiatives for youth.

Iraqi authorities said they would hold to account members of the security forces who “acted wrongly” in the crackdown on protests, state TV reported.

The ministry also said authorities condemned all attacks against media outlets, after reports of raids at the offices of several local and international news outlets. Iraq’s National Union of Journalists condemned the attacks, and the harassment and arrests of journalists covering the protests.

The protests precede Arbaeen, a Shi’ite pilgrimage when as many as 20 million worshippers trek on foot through southern Iraq in the world’s biggest annual gathering, 10 times the size of the Mecca Hajj. Iran reopened a border crossing used by pilgrims which had been shut last week.
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10/14/2019 11:53:38 AM
<![CDATA[U.N. calls for protecting civilians in northeast Syria]]>
The United States began pulling troops from northeast Syria in a major policy shift, opening the way for a Turkish attack on Kurdish-led forces long allied to Washington and handing Turkey responsibility for thousands of jihadi captives.

The United Nations currently delivers aid to 700,000 people in the densely-populated northeast region of 1.7 million.

It has drawn up contingency plans to reach people who might flee south with food and medical aid, said Panos Moumtzis, U.N. regional humanitarian coordinator for the Syria crisis.

“Any (military) operation that takes place at the moment has to take into account to ensure that we don’t see any further displacement,” Moumtzis told reporters in Geneva. “We are hoping for the best but preparing for the worst”.

Turkey has long argued for the establishment of a 20-mile (32 km) “safe zone” along the border, under Turkish control, driving back the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia - which is the dominant force in the SDF alliance and which Ankara considers a terrorist organization and a threat to its national security.

Moumtzis, asked about the Turkish offensive against Kurdish-led forces and the ‘safe zone’ idea, said:

“I really cannot talk about what type or how would the intervention be or how extensive it is going to be in terms of the military operation that will take place.

“For us as the United Nations, the safe zone concept is one that we have a bitter history (with) and actually we never promote or encourage. We don’t think it is something that had worked for the United Nations, keeping in mind Srebrenica and what had happened in the past,” he said.

He was referring to the slaughter by Bosnian Serb troops of 8,000 Muslim men and boys in 1995 in a U.N.-declared “safe zone” where Dutch peacekeepers were unable to protect civilians.

“We understand that there is going to be some kind of security zone which will be very specifically targeted to a military operation or to an area where there has to be some clearance,” Moumtzis said.

“So our hope is that there will be full cooperation by all to make sure that it happens as smoothly as possible, without resulting in displacement, and ensuring protection of civilians, ensuring that the basic principles of humanity will be respected on the ground.”

The United Nations is in contact with all sides to explain where clinics, schools, water points, markets and residential areas are located, and to urge them “to stay away from civilian people”, Moumtzis said.]]>
10/14/2019 11:49:13 AM
<![CDATA[Esper says Trump orders US troops to leave northern Syria]]>
Esper said that the conflict between Turkish forces and U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish fighters had become “untenable” for the U.S. military.

And that led Trump to direct what Esper calls a “deliberate” withdrawal of American troops from the north.
Esper says the forces weren’t ordered to leave Syria entirely.

Esper isn’t saying how many U.S. troops will leave the north, but he says they represent most of the 1,000 troops in Syria.]]>
10/14/2019 11:33:00 AM
<![CDATA[Japan ramps up rescue efforts]]>
A day after Typhoon Hagibis lashed Tokyo and other areas in central, eastern and northeastern regions, 17 people are still missing, according to a Kyodo News tally based on information provided by rescuers and other authorities.

The government held a meeting of its major disaster management headquarters, during which Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said, "People's lives should come first and foremost. Utmost efforts should be made to rescue people from inundated houses and look for people whose whereabouts are unknown."

"Over 110,000 police officers, firefighters, coast guard officials and SDF personnel are currently engaged in rescue operations," Abe said. "I ask the people of Japan to remain vigilant against landslides and flooding rivers." ]]>
10/14/2019 11:30:40 AM
<![CDATA[Law Professor Kais Said wins Tunisian presidential election ]]>
In the first round of the election, Karoui and Said were qualified to run-off; Said obtained 60,000 votes mostly from the youth who were the key factor behind his success.]]>
10/13/2019 10:00:10 PM
<![CDATA[Four teens charged with killing minor]]>
Attorney-General Hamada al-Sawi referred the main accused student, Mohamed Ashraf Rageh (under the age of 18), and his three friends to trial for killing Mahmoud Mohamed Eid al-Banna premeditatedly.

A Menoufia Juvenile Court set October 20 for the first trial of the accused students, the court decided Sunday.

As per the initial investigations, Banna tried to stop Rageh from annoying and harassing a girl in their neighborhood at Talla village of Menoufia Governorate, publishing a post on his Instagram account to ask the killer to stop his actions. However, Rageh sent Banna threatening messages and plotted to kill him with the assistance of the three other accused students.

Five days ago, Rageh and his friends stopped Banna in the street, and sprayed a substance in his eyes and injured his face with a pocketknife. When Banna screamed and tried to escape, Rageh stabbed him in the left thigh, while Rageh’s aides were preventing Banna’s friend from rescuing him, the investigations added

The crime stirred public anger as residents of the neighborhood staged a demonstration, calling for holding the students accountable for their actions. Egyptian social media users created a hashtag on Twitter and Facebook calling for punishment for Rageh.

As per the Egyptian Child Labor, minors who are under the age of 18 and commit homicide crimes shall not face sentences of death or life imprisonment.


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10/13/2019 3:56:13 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt sentences Libyan terrorist Mismary to death]]>
The court’s initial ruling could be upheld or overturned on November 3, 2019, after taking the Grand Mufti’s advisory opinion, according to the court. The case includes other 43 defendants who still stand trial.

Mismary was the only survivor inthe 2017 security raid that tracked fleeing terrorists in the Western Desert near the terror attack scene and left 15 militants and 16 policemen dead.

Mismary, 29, confessed that he joined the Shura Council of Mujahideen in Derna in late 2014 in a statement that aired on Al-Hayah channel. The uorganization of the Derna-based Islamist factions opposed the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group and the Libyan army, led by KhalifaHaftar.

Mismary pointed out that he participated in planting IEDs that targeted IS militants and Haftar’s troops in Derna, describing his enemies as “infidels.”]]>
10/13/2019 3:53:11 PM
<![CDATA[Pet birds imports banned until March to prevent epidemics ]]>
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.

The Supreme Council for Planning and Urban Development approved in August the establishment of the National Project for Poultry Investment across nine zones located in the governorates of Luxor, New Valley, North Sinai, and Qena.

Spokesperson of the Cabinet Nader Saad said in a phone interview on Sada El Balad TV channel that each zone spans over 6,000 - 8,000 feddans. Saad explained that the project is aimed at boosting Egypt’s poultry resources in order to achieve self-sufficiency by 95 percent. The official states the project will be launched as soon as all the needed licenses are issued.

In a similar context, Egypt ranks eighth internationally, and first in Africa in the aquaculture sector, as stated by the Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation in June.

Egypt has adopted the strategy of sustainable agricultural development 2030 aimed at increasing the state’s production to reach nearly 2 million tons annually and raise the average per capita consumption from 13 kg to 18.5 kg/year.
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10/13/2019 3:48:43 PM
<![CDATA[2019 Floodwater flowing into Egypt exceeds earlier years]]>
By August, the floodwater was around the average, but the rain has increased significantly downstream since then, according to the ministry statement.

The permanent committee at the ministry tasked with regulating the river water reviewed the impact of the water year on Egypt’s water resources at this time and how the water should be distributed for different purposes.

It also discussed the measures needed to raise the efficiency of estuaries and canals, update maps, improve the water quality, clean the riverbed, and achieve the equilibrium of the river. Pollutants deposited in the Nile could be eliminated by increasing the river disposals to “wash” the riverbed, which may heighten the water level on the riverbanks and within the water surface that includes the main stream and the accretion of the river.

The statement said the ministry is strictly applying the regulations to counter encroachments to protect the borders of the Nile and its two distributaries, Damietta and Rosetta, and prevent any activities inside the restricted areas of the Nile.
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10/13/2019 2:26:58 PM
<![CDATA[Vatican Pope urges dialogue to end Syria offensive]]>
Francis said civilians including Christian families "had been forced to abandon their homes as a result of military action."

Speaking Sunday at the end of a Mass, Francis urged the international community to work with "sincerity, honesty and transparency" toward finding "efficient solutions."

The United Nations says at least 130,000 people have been displaced by the fighting in northeastern Syria with many more likely on the move as a Turkish offensive in the area enters its fifth day. ]]>
10/13/2019 1:53:06 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt eyes prefabricated hospitals in new healthcare system]]>
Prefabricated hospitals are characterized by power-saving features, and advanced garbage disposal mechanisms. The corporate eyes other investments that will be coordinated with the Ministry of Investment and International Cooperation.

Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly met in September with Chairman of Acwa Power Mohamed Abdullah Abou Neyan operating in the sectors of desalination and renewable energy to examine possibilities of establishing new desalination plants in Egypt.

Acwa Power already has investments in Egypt embodied in solar stations with a capacity of 160 MW and an initial cost worth $190 million in Aswan’s Benban Solar Park. That is in addition to another solar project in Aswan’s Kom Embo with a capacity of 200 MW and a combined-cycle power plant worth $1 billion.

The pilot phase of the Universal Health Insurance System was launched in Port Said in July 2019, with 506,000 citizens registered so far. The first phase of the system - set to be introduced gradually until 2030- includes the governorates of Port Said, Ismailiyah, Suez, Luxor, Aswan, and South Sinai.

The official clarified that the introduction of the system in a governorate requires first capacity-building of medical establishments and teams, and the registration of citizens in medical units and centers.

In September, the pilot phase in Ismailiyah started by registering 400 families and upgrading the medical units and centers.

Officials at the Universal Health Insurance Authority told Egypt Today in the same month that the system will be introduced in Ismailiyah governorate as a pilot phase starting January 2020.

The number of hospitals set to be part of the system is seven, while the number of medical units has not been decided yet. The officials who spoke on condition of anonymity 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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10/13/2019 1:29:21 PM
<![CDATA[At least 72 French scholars to visit UFE yearly per agreement]]>
The agreement between the Egyptian and French governments entails that the university opens colleges for architecture, urban planning, energy, mechanics, IT, telecommunication, applied languages, management, mathematics and humanities.
The university, to be built in Shorouk City, northeast of Cairo, will also include research, technology, postgraduate and continuing education departments.

The UFE is planned to accommodate up to 3,000 students in its first phase, a number that will increase to 7,000 by the second phase.

Per the agreement, Egypt will allocate 30 feddans for the university premises, build it, fund PhD scholarships for Egyptian students who will study in France, and facilitate the entry and residency of French students, lecturers and staff.

For its part, Paris will send at least 72 French visiting professors a year to conduct teaching and research missions, as well as train Egyptian doctoral students in French labs without registration or research fees.

The UFE is a non-profit university that aims to provide distinguished education in Arabic, French and English to prepare young Egyptian for local and global markets, develop and spread scientific research, develop relations with the international economic and industrial community, enhance cooperation with other countries, especially in Africa and the Arab world, according to the agreement.
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10/13/2019 1:15:10 PM
<![CDATA[Most of HCV patients did not know until 100 Million Healthy Initiative]]>
“I did not even know I had the Hepatitis C virus,” one of the patients told Egypt Today in an interview. “Thanks to the ‘100 Million Healthy Lives’ initiative, I received the necessary medication and got cured, completely free of charge.”

After conducting a series of interviews with patients that were treated or are being treated as part of the initiative, Egypt Today found out that most of the patients did not suffer symptoms or knew they had the virus.

Medical experts recommend continuous checkups in order to identify diseases for easier treatment, pointing out that disease ignorance poses serious threats and spreads viruses.

On March, the Health Ministry launched the last phase of the “100 Million Healthy Lives” initiative, which aims at screening more than 52 million citizens for hepatitis C (HCV).

The third phase was launched in governorates of Giza, Gharbia, Sharqia, Dakahlia, Wadi Gadid, Qena, and Menya, targeting around 23.4 million citizens, said Minister of Health Hala al-Saeed in a statement on Friday.

The Arab Health Ministers Council announced that the 100 Million Healthy Lives is “successful approach”, calling for applying it in other Arab countries, the Minister added in the statement.

The number of medical staff, assigned for the third phase, reached 8,520 groups, she continued.

Last week, the Minister announced that more than 30.3 million citizens have been screened for HCV in the first two phases nationwide.

The initiative has been launched in October 2018 under the auspices of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and due to end in April 2019 after targeting more than 45 million citizens. The Health Ministry has vowed to completely eliminate the disease from Egypt 2022.
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10/13/2019 12:56:29 PM
<![CDATA[France says suspends weapons sales to Turkey]]>
“In expectation of the end of this offensive, France has decided to suspend all plans to export to Turkey weapons that could be used in this offensive. This decision is with immediate effect,” a joint statement from the foreign and defense ministries said.

It said that European Union foreign ministers would coordinate their position on Monday at a meeting in Luxembourg.]]>
10/13/2019 12:28:07 PM
<![CDATA[Japan sends in troops after massive typhoon hammers Tokyo, kills 23]]>
There were also 16 people missing, public broadcaster NHK said, as Typhoon Hagibis left vast swaths of low-lying land in central and eastern Japan inundated and cut power to almost half a million homes.

Landing restrictions at Tokyo’s Narita and Haneda airports were lifted but more than 800 flights were canceled for the day, NHK said, as were some Shinkansen bullet train services to the worst-hit areas.

Authorities lifted rain warnings for the Kanto region around Tokyo, where stores reopened and many train lines resumed operations, but they warned there was still the risk of rivers in eastern Japan overflowing and inflicting fresh damage.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe convened an emergency meeting and sent the minister in charge of disaster management to the affected areas.

“I extend my condolences for all those who lost their lives and offer my sympathy to all those impacted by Typhoon No.19 (Hagibis),” Abe said.

“With respect to blackouts, water outage and suspension of transportation services, we intend to exert all-out efforts for the earliest recovery ... we ask the public to remain vigilant of landslides and other hazards,” he said.

Some 27,000 members of Japan’s self-defense forces as well as firefighters, police and coast guard members were sent to rescue stranded people in central Japan’s Nagano prefecture and elsewhere, the government said.

NHK said the full extent of the widespread damage was only beginning to emerge because many areas remained under water.

Some 425,000 homes were without power, the government said, reviving fears of a repeat of the weeks-long power outages suffered after another typhoon hit east of Tokyo last month.

In Fukushima, north of the capital, Tokyo Electric Power Co (9501.T) (Tepco) reported irregular readings from sensors monitoring water in its Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. The plant was crippled by a 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

Tepco spokeswoman Emi Iwasa said the typhoon triggered 11 leak alerts at the plant. Of those, eight were confirmed as being triggered by rainwater and the rest were still being investigated. Iwasa said the operator had so far not confirmed if any radioactive water leaked into sea.

FLOODS, LANDSLIDES

Hagibis, which means “speed” in the Philippine language Tagalog, made landfall on Japan’s main island of Honshu on Saturday evening and headed out to sea early on Sunday, leaving behind cloudless skies and high temperatures across the country.

NHK showed fields and vast residential areas in parts of central and eastern Japan covered in brown water, with some of the worst damage caused by Chikuma river in Nagano prefecture.

Military helicopters airlifted stranded people from homes near the river, some cradling their children, after they were trapped by water reaching the roofs of their houses.

In Kawagoe, north of Tokyo, rescuers took residents from a flooded aged care facility by inflatable boats and carried them on their backs to safety. They also searched for survivors in homes destroyed in landslides near Tokyo’s suburbs and in Fukushima prefecture, NHK showed.

Authorities at one point issued evacuation advisories and orders for more than 6 million people across Japan as the storm unleashed the heaviest rain and winds in years. Some 166 people were injured in the aftermath, NHK said.

The storm, which the government said could be the strongest to hit Tokyo since 1958, brought record-breaking rainfall in many areas, including the popular resort town of Hakone, which was hit with 939.5 mm (37 inches) of rain over 24 hours.

Just last month, another strong storm, Typhoon Faxai, destroyed or damaged 30,000 houses in Chiba, east of Tokyo, and caused extensive power outages.

The Rugby World Cup match between Namibia and Canada in Kamaishi on Sunday was canceled, although the crucial Japan-Scotland match was set to go ahead. Two matches were canceled on Saturday.

Formula One Grand Prix organisers had also canceled all practice and qualifying sessions scheduled for Saturday but the race went ahead on Sunday.

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10/13/2019 12:15:06 PM
<![CDATA[Turkish forces, allies seize parts of Syrian town Suluk]]>
Suluk is located around 10 km (six miles) from the Syrian-Turkish border, to the southeast of Tel Abyad.]]>
10/13/2019 12:11:43 PM
<![CDATA[Trump defends Syria withdrawal, says US should protect its own borders first]]>
"Let them have their borders, but I don't think our soldiers should be there for the next 50 years guarding a border between Turkey and Syria when we can't guard our own borders at home," Trump said in a speech to the Value Voters Summit in Washington, an annual conference of religious conservatives.

Trump was elected in 2016 running on a hard-line immigration policy and has sought to make legal and illegal immigration to the US more difficult, pushing for a wall to be built on the US-Mexico border among other measures.

After a phone call between Trump and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan last Sunday, Trump made an abrupt policy change and ordered out US forces in north-east Syria who had been fighting with Kurdish YPG militia against Daesh. Within days Turkey began an offensive against the YPG, which it says is a terrorist group backing Kurdish rebels in Turkey.]]>
10/13/2019 11:58:20 AM
<![CDATA[Sisi calls ex-Defense Minister Hussein Tantawi 'great' man]]>
This came as the retired field marshal attended the 31st educational seminar of the armed forces to celebrate the 46th anniversary of the 1973 war.

Sisi called Tantawi "the great man who led Egypt in one of the most difficult periods."

The president also honored Abd Rab al-Nabi Hafez, former chief of staff, who participated in the War of Attrition and October War.

Sisi earlier during the seminar said the Egyptian army had been targeted by systematic defamation during the past three months that, however, failed to influence people.

During his participation in the 31st educational seminar of the Egyptian Armed Forces to celebrate the 46th anniversary of Egypt's victory in the war against Israel on October 6th, 1973, Sisi denounced the attempts to misrepresent the army, distort its image, undermine its value and question its capacities.

The president said that the Egyptian people did not lose the trust in the Egyptian army which represents it.

The 6th of October, 1973 war lasted for 17 days until October 23, 1973. The outcomes were the restoration of 20 kilometers of Sinai's land, and bringing Israel to negotiations due its losses. The talks, brokered by the United States, produced the 1979 Peace Treaty per which Egypt got back all of Sinai, except for Taba, which was restored in 1989 through international arbitration.
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10/13/2019 11:44:25 AM
<![CDATA[Sisi says army targeted by 'systematic defamation']]>
During his participation in the 31st educational seminar of the Egyptian Armed Forces to celebrate the 46th anniversary of Egypt's victory in the war against Israel on October 6th, 1973, Sisi denounced the attempts to misrepresent the army, distort its image, undermine its value and question its capacities.

The president said that the Egyptian people did not lose the trust in the Egyptian army which represents it.



The 6th of October, 1973 war lasted for 17 days until October 23, 1973. The outcomes were the restoration of 20 kilometers of Sinai's land, and bringing Israel to negotiations due its losses. The talks, brokered by the United States, produced the 1979 Peace Treaty per which Egypt got back all of Sinai, except for Taba, which was restored in 1989 through international arbitration.]]>
10/13/2019 11:24:50 AM
<![CDATA[Sisi attends 31st Armed Forces educational seminar]]>
The seminar is dubbed "Will and Challenge", and is coinciding with the celebrations of the 46th anniversary of Egypt's victory in the war against Israel on October 6th, 1973.


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10/13/2019 10:48:32 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s Int’l Intelligence Forum urges enhanced anti-terror cooperation ]]>
The forum was attended by high-level delegations of intelligence and security bodies from 44 countries worldwide.

Discussions and papers proposed during the forum's sessions focused on enhancing security cooperation in terms of fighting terrorism, ideological confrontation and spotting financing channels of the terror groups. While addressing the topic, the discussions took into consideration the advanced techniques employed by terror organizations, especially through social networks.

The forum issued a number of recommendations that called for increasing the level of international coordination regarding the confrontation of terror activities, while avoiding linking them to any religious doctrine as terrorism has not religion.
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10/12/2019 10:39:48 PM
<![CDATA[Kiir invites Sisi to attend peace talks in South Sudan]]>
The invitation was handed to President Sisi by the Sudanese Minister of Energy and Kiir’s special envoy on Saturday, Rad added

Peace negotiations come in a continuation of the Egyptian-sponsored peace meeting Egypt’s Ain Sokhna last September among the conflicting parties after they signed an agreement of peace last year, Radi added.

In 2018, the South Sudan peace accord is signed between South Sudanese President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar, in an attempt to end five years of civil war.

President Sisi voiced his gratitude to Salva Kiir for his invitation, praising the bilateral relations between both countries, Radi said.

In a meeting with Egyptian ambassador in Juba Ahmed Bahaa Eddin last week, South Sudanese President sent his greetings to PResident Sissi for his support to the peace talk process.

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10/12/2019 7:42:36 PM
<![CDATA[Woman sentenced to 3 yrs in prison for torturing granddaughter]]>
According to the forensic report, burn marks were found on the 6-year-old granddaughter’s body. The girl testified at the trial that her grandmother, Safaa Abdel-Latif, tortured her and tortured her younger sister , Ganna, to death. Abdel-Latif is still stand trial for torturing Janna to death.

Gannah, 4, died Saturday after succumbing to the wounds she had sustained over a long time of torture and amputating her leg. Amany, 6, was found to have similar wounds to her younger sister, such as burns in the genital area.

Amany has been transferred to an orphanage in Giza, which lies under the auspices of Al-Azhar Imam Ahmed al-Tayeb. After rehabilitation, she will return to her father’s family.

In a statement on September 29, 2019, the National Council for Childhood and Motherhood (NCCM) grievously mourned “Ganna”, calling for he harshest penalty for the perpetrators as the heinous crime is considered to be a premeditated murder which is punished by execution according to the articles 230 and 231 of the Egyptian penal code.
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10/12/2019 4:19:39 PM
<![CDATA[Video: FAO partners with Egypt to stop food waste ]]>
Egypt is among the less-affected countries that record less than 5 percent of starvation and malnutrition, according to a

WFP hunger map

released in August.

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has partnered with the Egyptian government and cooperatives to find ways to limit food losses caused by production surpluses and inefficient practices.

The initiative aims to establish the principle of “waste no, want not,” as it cited about half of tomatoes and a third of grapes are lost through inefficient practices before they reach the consumer in Egypt.

The UN posted a video outlining some of the pragmatic solutions resulted from the project, which “greatly helped small-scale famers to reduce post-harvest losses in grapes through raising awareness of the proper technical practices and managing the harvest to reduce the risk of diseases.”

During the video, the farmers voiced their optimism after receiving trainings to manage their use of fertilizers instead of losing the extras in the soil.



A World Food Programme report said that still nearly 821 million people have suffered from starvation and malnutrition around the world during the period from 2016 to 2018.

According to the report, most the affected people are from Asia, especially China and India, as well as West Africa, including Mauritania, and west and central South America.
WFP’s Hunger Map depicts that more than 1 in 9 of the world population do not get enough to eat.

The WFP and Alibaba Group recently announced the launch of “Hunger Map LIVE,” a groundbreaking global hunger monitoring system that uses Artificial Intelligence (AI), machine learning and data analytics to predict and track the magnitude and severity of hunger in over 90 countries in close to real-time.]]>
10/12/2019 4:13:24 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi issues decree establishing Al Hayat private university]]>
The university will include the faculties of engineering, business administration and international trading, physiotherapy, nursing and construction technology.

The university will offer Bachelor's and diploma degrees.

Students will also be able to obtain the Master's degree and PhD from the new university.

The decree was published in the gazette. ]]>
10/12/2019 4:01:09 PM
<![CDATA[Beneficiaries of new health system can book appointments by phone or in person: official ]]>
Beneficiaries have to use while reserving the identification number they receive upon registration in the system. As such, physicians will have access to the file recording the patients' medical history, which helps them provide adequate diagnosis and treatment.

Executive Director of the Universal Health Insurance System Ahmed al-Sobky stated earlier this month that 6,000 surgeries have been carried out within the recently introduced system, and that registration locations in Ismailiyah will be announced soon.

The pilot phase was launched in Port Said in July 2019, registering until now 506,000 citizens. The first phase of the system - set to be introduced gradually until 2030 - includes the governorates of Port Said, Ismailiyah, Suez, Luxor, Aswan, and South Sinai.

The official clarified that the introduction of the system in a governorate requires first capacity-building of medical establishments and teams, and the registration of citizens in medical units and centers.

In September, the pilot phase in Ismailiyah started by registering 400 families and upgrading the medical units and centers.

Officials at the Universal Health Insurance Authority told Egypt Today in the same month that the system will be introduced in Ismailiyah governorate as a pilot phase starting January 2020.

The number of hospitals set to be part of the system is seven, while the number of medical units has not been decided yet. The officials who spoke on condition of anonymity 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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10/12/2019 2:29:41 PM
<![CDATA[24 handed sentences in ‘Pyramids Hotel Attack’ lawsuit]]>
The public prosecution’s arraignment on the six convicts sentenced to death included leading an outlawed group and providing its members with funding and arms between mid-2015 and February 2016 as well as assaulting Three Pyramids Hotel, acquisition of firearms and ammunition, vandalism, and using force to resist police.

Their names are Mohamed Abdel Aal, Ahmed Mohamed Hassan ,Hassan Ibrahim, Youssef Abdel Aal, Mousa Desouky, and Abdel Rahman Atef. The convicts handed life sentences are Karim Montasser, Ahmed Khaled, Mostafa Mahmoud, Mohamed Khalaf, Ahmed Badawy, Mahmoud Mostafa, Ahmed Saleh, Moahmoud Abdel Kader.

The minors are Osama Seif, Mostafa Khaled, Ahmed Mohamed Kassem, Abdel Aziz Amin, Mohamed Mostafa, Karim Hemeida, Asser Mohamed Abdel Wareth, Youssef Sobhy, Ali Atef, Youssef Mohamed, Bassam Osama, and Abdel Rahman Samir.
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10/12/2019 1:54:47 PM
<![CDATA[Turkish regime forces launch airstrike on al-Salhiyeh village]]>
Following the escape of (Syrian Democratic Forces) militias, forces of the Turkish regime cut off Hasaka-Aleppo international highway after infiltrating into al-Terwaziyeh village.

SANA reporter in Hasaka said that Hasaka-Aleppo International Highway reopened after withdrawal of Turkish occupation forces

Meanwhile, the US forces moved 80 foreign detainees affiliated to Daesh terrorist organization from al-Shaddadi prison, Hasaka southern countryside to Iraq. ]]>
10/12/2019 1:33:02 PM
<![CDATA[Turkey ramps up Syria assault on Kurdish forces, US troops come under fire]]>
Erdogan's pledge to keep up the offensive, which the UN says has displaced more than 100,000 people since it began on Wednesday, came as the US Treasury warned President Donald Trump was planning to activate "very powerful" sanctions on Ankara.

Trump, whose order to pull back US troops from the border this week effectively triggered the intervention, has faced a firestorm of criticism for appearing to give a green light to the push.

Turkey is targeting the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a key US ally in the five-year battle to crush the Islamic State group.

A Pentagon spokesman confirmed an explosion within a few hundred meters of its post close to the northern Syrian border, in an area "known by the Turks to have US forces present".

"All US troops are accounted for with no injuries," Navy Captain Brook DeWalt said in a statement. US forces had not withdrawn from their position near the town of Kobani, he said.

"The US demands that Turkey avoid actions that could result in immediate defensive action," warned DeWalt.

Earlier Friday, US Defence Secretary Mark Esper "strongly encouraged" Turkey to halt its offensive as a prelude to such negotiations, warning of "serious consequences".

But Erdogan vowed the assault "will not stop".

"Now there are threats coming from left and right, telling us to stop this," he said. "We will not step back."

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Trump had authorized -- but not yet activated -- new sanctions to dissuade Turkey from further offensive military action.

"We can shut down the Turkish economy if we need to," he said.

'Heavy fighting'

Turkey's third such operation since the start of the war in Syria has been met with international condemnation over what many see as the blatant US betrayal of the Kurdish forces, who have lost 11,000 fighters in the campaign against IS.

As the offensive went into its third day, the SDF were fending for themselves, trying to repulse multiple ground attacks along a roughly 120-kilometre (75-mile) stretch of the border.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said the Turkish forces and their Syrian proxies -- mostly Sunni Arab ex-rebels -- were launching air strikes, heavy artillery and rocket fire.

In Al-Hol, a camp holding relatives of IS suspects that lies outside the area targeted by Turkey, women started riots Friday that Kurdish forces swiftly put down.

The risk that thousands of the jihadists they still hold could break free on the back of the Turkish assault could yet spur the international community into action.

However Russia and China on Friday blocked a UN Security Council statement drafted by Washington calling on Turkey to halt its offensive, diplomats told AFP.

Exodus

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said four civilians were killed in Tal Abyad when an air strike hit the car in which they were fleeing the fighting, while another three were shot dead by snipers around the border town.

That brings the civilian death toll to 17 on the Syrian side, while 17 have also been killed in Turkey.

According to the monitor, 54 SDF fighters have also been killed while Turkey has reported the deaths of four soldiers.

Ras al-Ain, Tal Abyad and other border towns between them have been almost emptied in a huge wave of displacement.

Most of those fleeing were heading east towards the city of Hasakeh, which has not been targeted by Turkey.

"What does Erdogan want from us?" asked one woman, as she and her family settled into a school being used as an emergency shelter. "Is it all simply because we are Kurds?"

Erdogan hopes to create a buffer zone between the border and territory controlled by Syrian Kurdish forces, who have links with Turkey's own Kurdish rebels.

He also plans to use the strip, which he envisions will be about 30 kilometres deep, as an area in which to send back some of the 3.6 million Syrian refugees who live on Turkish soil.

Ceasefire?

Aid groups have warned of yet another humanitarian disaster in Syria's eight-year-old war if the offensive is not stopped.

France, a key partner in the US-led anti-IS coalition, has threatened sanctions against NATO member Turkey.

French leader Emmanuel Macron said the Turkish offensive must stop "as soon as possible" in a phone conversation with Trump on Friday, the presidency said.

Turkey is still far from having reached the goals of its military invasion but the risk appears to be growing that detained IS fighters could break free.

Kurdish officials said five IS prisoners managed to escape from a Qamishli facility housing mostly foreign jihadists after shelling struck nearby.

A car bomb claimed by IS also went off Friday in Qamishli, one of the main towns in the Kurdish region, killing at least six people, officials and the Observatory said.

The Kurdish administration says some 12,000 men are held in seven detention centres across Kurdish-controlled areas.

The US says it has already plucked two of the most high-profile IS jihadists to have been captured and spirited them out of Syria.]]>
10/12/2019 1:04:36 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt, Jordan discuss developments of Turkish offensive into Syria]]>
They tackled the consequences of such a serious move on the Syrian unity and the path of the country's political process, in line with UN Security Council resolution no. 2254.

According to Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ahmed Hafez, the meeting took up ways of maintaining Syria's sovereignty, unity of its people and lands.]]>
10/12/2019 12:52:18 PM
<![CDATA[Adding environmental dimension to Cairo University curricula discussed]]>
The move aims to raise the awareness of students, and citizens in general, of the environmental issues and encourage researches in the field.

As she praised the role played by Cairo University to support environmental work, Fouad ensured that the Ministry of Environment is taking a number of procedures to raise the citizens’ awareness, especially the youths, of environmental issues, adding that she is milling with Cairo University to incorporate an environmental dimension into graduation projects at different faculties.

She further added that the ministry is currently supporting environmental projects by youths, including the manufacturing of an electricity-powered car. This is in addition to encouraging environmental research in creating special waste recycling units at the faculties of science and engineering.

Fouad signaled the importance of increasing cooperation between the ministry and the university to change misconceptions of many environmental issues. She referred to converting rice straw from an air pollutant when burned to a product of economic value for farmers when pressed and sold as fertilizers.

During the meeting, the minister reviewed the ministry’s plan to integrate the private sector in the management of natural reserves to achieve further touristic and economic benefits from sustainable resources. She also pointed out plans to establish a science club for young people to learn the meaning of natural reserves and the sustainable use of them.

For his part, Khosht welcomed the cooperation with the ministry, and expressed his delight to integrate an environmental dimension in the various disciplines of the university. He also expressed keenness to raise the environmental awareness. “We believe in developing educational curricula, and partnership with international universities. Cairo University has engaged in a number of partnerships with major universities during the past years,” Khosht stressed.
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10/12/2019 12:46:41 PM
<![CDATA[For 1st time in Egypt, woman elected for syndicate chair ]]>
The midterm elections of Doctors Syndicate were held on Friday and supervised by 56 counsellors from the Administrative Prosecution Authority, as reported by Al Ahram Online. The purpose of those selections - held every two years - is the selection of a chairperson and half of board members (12 out of 24).

The number of candidates running for the chair position and board members are 16 and 49 distributed upon four electoral lists, respectively. The election supervisory committee will officially announce all results within two days.
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10/12/2019 12:44:18 PM
<![CDATA[Pentagon calls on Turkey to halt Syria offensive]]>
In a Thursday phone call with Turkish Minister of National Defense Hulusi Akar, Defense Secretary Mark Esper "made it clear that the United States opposes Turkey's uncoordinated actions" in northeast Syria, chief Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman said in a statement Friday.

Esper told Akar that the Turkish strikes "place at risk the progress" in combating ISIS, and that its action "risks serious consequences for Turkey," Hoffman said.

"The Secretary also reiterated his strong concern that, despite US force protection measures, Turkey's actions could harm U.S. personnel in Syria," Hoffman added, saying Esper "strongly encouraged" Turkey to discontinue actions "to increase the possibility that the United States, Turkey and our partners could find a common way to deescalate the situation before it becomes irreparable."]]>
10/12/2019 12:38:26 PM
<![CDATA[Cairo, Moscow mull final preparations for Russia-Africa summit]]>
The briefing came as a part of the ongoing consultation and coordination among Egypt, Russia, and the African countries to finalize the summit's preparations.

Nasr stressed that holding this summit will launch a new phase in the Russian-African relations, hailing the progress achieved in the ties.

The African diplomats expressed their appreciation for the Egyptian and Russian efforts to render the summit successful.

The Russia-Africa summit, set to be held in Russia's Sochi city on October 23-24, will be co-chaired by President Abdel Fattah El Sisi and Russian President Vladimir Putin. ]]>
10/12/2019 12:35:10 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt, Serbia discuss parliamentary cooperation: amb.]]>
This came during a meeting held on the sidelines of the executive committee meeting and the 141st Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, currently convening in Belgrade and set to run till October 17, said Egypt's Ambassador to Serbia Amr el Jewelly on Saturday.

Parliamentary cooperation with Serbia has seen a quantum leap since Abdel el Aal's first visit to Belgrade in July 2018 when he addressed the Serbian National Assembly, the ambassador said.

Serbian Speaker Gojkovic was keen on visiting Egypt in June to convey an invitation from Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić to President Abdel Fattah El Sisi to visit Belgrade, Jewelly added, noting that the invitation was renewed by the Serbian speaker during Abdel Aal's current visit. ]]>
10/12/2019 12:23:57 PM
<![CDATA[Arab FMs hold consultative talks ahead of emergency meeting on Syria]]>
The Arab foreign ministerial meeting is held to discuss the Turkish aggression on Syria which started on Wednesday.

The meeting is convened at the request of Egypt and support of other Arab countries.

Arab League Secretary General Ahmed Abul Gheit will attend the emergency meeting that will be chaired by Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohamed Ali Al-Hakim.]]>
10/12/2019 12:04:56 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi, Abiy Ahmed affirm willingness to overcome GERD obstacles]]>
According to Presidency spokes person Bassam Rady, Sisi and Abiy Ahmed discussed the multisided Ethiopian-Egyptian relations, as they affirmed that both of them are willing to overcome any kind of obstacles regarding the Grand Ethiopian Dam (GERD) negotiations.

Earlier on Friday Abiy Ahmed was announced 2019 Nobel Peace laureate for achieving peace and solving the problem of Ethiopian-Eritrean border, which had been closed for 20 years, stated the Norwegian Nobel Committee.

“The prize is also meant to recognise all the stakeholders working for peace and reconciliation in Ethiopia and in the East and Northeast African regions,” the committee said.

President Sisi congratulated Abiy Ahmed for receiving the Nobel Peace Award.

“I offer my sincere congratulations to the Ethiopian Prime Minister and to the neighborly Ethiopian people for awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to Mr. Abiy Ahmed, the Ethiopian Prime Minister,” said President Sisi on his official Twitter account.

“It is a new victory to our black continent, which is always ambitious for peace and seeking stability and development. I hope to continue all constructive efforts that aimed at putting an end to all conflicts and disagreements in the African continent,” he added.




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10/11/2019 8:24:52 PM
<![CDATA[70K Syrians fled homes due to Turkish aggression: WFP]]>
The WFP warned of a major humanitarian crisis in the Kurdish areas due to the Turkish offensives, reported Sky News Arabiya.

Meanwhile, Doctors Without Borders organization said a hospital in Tal Abyad in northern Syria was closed after its workers fled due to the fierce Turkish shelling. ]]>
10/11/2019 1:33:46 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi congratulates Abiy Ahmed for Nobel Peace Award]]>
“I offer my sincere congratulations to the Ethiopian Prime Minister and to the neighborly Ethiopian people for awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to Mr. Abiy Ahmed, the Ethiopian Prime Minister,” said President Sisi on his official Twitter account.

“It is a new victory to our black continent, which is always ambitious for peace and seeking stability and development. I hope to continue all constructive efforts that aimed at putting an end to all conflicts and disagreements in the African continent,” he added.






Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed was announced 2019 Nobel Peace laureate for achieving peace and solving the problem of Ethiopian-Eritrean border, which had been closed for 20 years, stated the Norwegian Nobel Committee on Friday.


“The prize is also meant to recognise all the stakeholders working for peace and reconciliation in Ethiopia and in the East and Northeast African regions,” the committee said.

In July 2018, Abiy Ahmed and Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki signed a peace agreement to end a border conflict remained a continuation of the Eritrean–Ethiopian War [1998–2000]. On September 11, 2018, the border reopened and the Prime Minister ordered Ethiopian troops to withdraw from the border.

Ethiopian Prime Minister Office issued a statement to express pride of Mr. Abiy Ahmed, saying he achieved tremendous peaceful actions on the national and regional levels.

Besides political peaceful efforts, The 43-year-old Prime Minister, who assumed office in April 2018, has launched Initiative “Green Legacy”, which resulted in cultivating more than 350 million trees in only 12 hours in August 2019 to to combat climate change and its impact, and deforestation.

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10/11/2019 12:41:28 PM
<![CDATA[Ethiopian PM Abiy Ahmed announced 2019 Nobel Peace Laureate]]>

“The prize is also meant to recognise all the stakeholders working for peace and reconciliation in Ethiopia and in the East and Northeast African regions,” the committee

said

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In July 2018, Abiy Ahmed and Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki signed a peace agreement to end a border conflict remained a continuation of the Eritrean–Ethiopian War [1998–2000]. On September 11, 2018, the border reopened and the Prime Minister ordered Ethiopian troops to withdraw from the border.

Ethiopian Prime Minister Office issued a statement to express pride of Mr. Abiy Ahmed, saying he achieved tremendous peaceful actions on the national and regional levels.



Besides political peaceful efforts, The 43-year-old Prime Minister, who assumed office in April 2018, has launched Initiative “Green Legacy”, which resulted in cultivating more than 350 million trees in only 12 hours in August 2019 to to combat climate change and its impact, and deforestation.


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10/11/2019 12:16:04 PM
<![CDATA[SMEs draft law includes simplified tax system, measures]]>
The draft law will include incentives for the owners of private businesses to encourage them to join the public economy and overcome obstacles to their inclusion, Abul-Saad told Egypt Today in an interview.

“Thus, we ensure a boost in the state economy, which will be reflected in the increase of the state treasury,” she added.

The Parliament Member further proposed to the committee to conduct field visits to places where there are many small projects in order to get a comprehensive view regarding the SMEs sector and its requirements in Egypt.

Among the privileges of this law is that project owners will receive exemption from stamp taxes and the fees of registering companies' association deeds and the lands required for establishing micro, small and medium sized enterprises is among privileges that will be available for businessmen.

The bill also includes a simplified tax system for SMEs, which will help reduce tax liability, facilitate tax measures, and boost their productivity and operational efficiency.
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10/11/2019 10:02:38 AM
<![CDATA[Deadly Meningitis can spread by coughing, sneezing: VACSERA ]]>Meningitis can easily spread through coughing and sneezing, as direct or indirect contact with an infected person increases your risk of getting the same virus.

A statement by the center has said the virus can also be transmitted through food or using the same utensils as the infected person.

The average incubation period is four days, but can range between two and 10 days.

The most common symptoms are a stiff neck, high fever, sensitivity to light, confusion, headaches and vomiting.

Meningococcal disease is potentially fatal and should always be viewed as a medical emergency. Admission to a hospital or health centre is necessary.

The largest concentration of meningococcal disease is in sub-Saharan Africa. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 4,100 cases of bacterial meningitis are reported each year in the United States.

How to protect yourself against Meningitis:



• Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with warm water and soap.

• Wash your hands before eating, after using the toilet, after changing a diaper, or after tending to someone who is ill.

• Do not share eating utensils, straws, or plates.

• Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze.

• Stay up to date with immunizations and booster shots for meningitis.

• Ask your doctor about immunizations before traveling to countries with higher rates of meningitis.
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10/11/2019 9:48:07 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s security forces foil terrorist attack in Arish]]>
According to an official statement by Egypt’s Ministry of Interior, the forces killed the attacker before blowing himself up.

Egypt has been countering terrorism and extremism ideologies during the past years since the ousting of the late pro-Muslim Brotherhood president, Mohamed Morsi.

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.

Sinai, in particular, has been a staging ground for militants operating in Egypt for decades. It is also believed to be home to the Islamic State’s Egyptian branch, which has been primarily targeting civilians and security forces.


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10/10/2019 9:13:47 PM
<![CDATA[Presidential decree approves changing name of OIC]]>
The decree was published in the gazette on Thursday. ]]>
10/10/2019 2:43:49 PM
<![CDATA[399 prisoners released on October 6 anniversary]]>
The ministry announced that 119 inmates were released as per the presidential pardon. President Abdel Fattah El Sisi issued on Saturday decree No. 511/2019 to pardon a number of inmates on the occasion of the celebration of the Armed Forces Day, anniversary of October 6 War.

Meanwhile, those who released on parole reached 280 prisoners, the statement continued.

In September 2019, the Ministry of Interior released on Thursday 403 prisoners in fulfillment of presidential pardons issued in August in the occasion of Eid al-Adha.

After examining all eligible prisoners’ cases, the committee in charge decided to grant 257 conditional releases, and 146 unconditional releases.

In October 2016, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi announced the formation of a presidential pardon committee, headed by political thinker, Osama al-Ghazaly Harb, for pardoning detainees with charges pending further investigation.

According to the constitution, the president has the right to issue pardons for convicted prisoners after consulting with the Cabinet.]]>
10/10/2019 1:32:31 PM
<![CDATA[Jordan's King, Queen Rania arrive in Egypt]]>
The Jordanian king and his spouse were received by Jordanian Ambassador to Egypt Ali al-Ayed and other staff of embassy.

King Abdullah II will hold a meeting with President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi at the presidential palace of Ittihadyia to discuss the bilateral ties and regional and international issues of mutual concern.

In July 2019, both leaders met in Cairo and discussed the Palestinian-Israeli cause. ]]>
10/10/2019 1:05:46 PM
<![CDATA[SDC head says Erdogan seeks Syria's division, Egypt is Arab's support in defense ]]>
In a Wednesday interview with Egypt Today, Drar said the Arab League remains silent regarding Turkish violations and threats, except for Egypt, pointing out that Egypt is considered the support of Arabs in all their defenses.

“We have responded to all the security measures regarding the establishment of the safe zone and Erdogan has no argument to infiltrate our regions. But if he carries out his threats, the people of the region in northern and eastern Syria, along with the SDF, will surely resist him,” Drar said in earlier press remarks.

Erdogan threatened on Saturday that "Turkey will implement its own operations plan if Turkish forces do not control the safe area" in northeastern Syria.

The Syrian Democratic leadership called on the international community and all countries that took part in the war against ISIS to put an end to Erdogan’s threats to avoid a possible impending humanitarian disaster.

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10/9/2019 3:44:47 PM
<![CDATA[Al Jazeera claims explosion in Cairo, continues to spread false news]]>
Media experts and observers of the political scene agree that Al Jazeera has lost its honesty and integrity, seeking to destabilize the region and sow discord in Arab countries.

Al Jazeera said on Wednesday that an explosion took place at a number of places in Cairo, which was denied as a rumor.

Security sources have affirmed that the security status in Cairo is absolutely stable and denied all rumors about explosions in Cairo.

The sources further stressed demands for media outlets to double-check their information and sources before spreading false news.

Al Jazeera, a Qatari state-funded broadcaster, has long been criticized by Arab countries for publishing fake news that only serves a devious scheme to bring political Islamist groups and terrorists to power.

“The situation in Egypt is stable, but some unprofessional media outlets such as Al Jazeera are propagating untrue images,” Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry added late Saturday in remarks to private television station MBC Masr.

“This is driven by deep grudge over accomplishments that Egypt has achieved. Hostile media begrudge these achievements,” he added from New York where he is attending with Al Sissi the annual UN General Assembly meetings.
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10/9/2019 3:18:01 PM
<![CDATA[ACUD signs agreement with German company to manage drainage system]]>
According to spokesperson of the Administrative Capital Company Khalid al-Husseini, the agreement stipulates the preparation of Egyptian cadres to manage, operateand maintain the system.

He also added that the aim of the agreement is to establish a joint company between the Administrative Capital Company for Urban Development and Dorsch to manage, operate and maintain the smart integrated systemsof drinking water, irrigation and sewage and their stations.

It was agreed that the authorized capital of the joint-stock company would be a joint Egyptian-German investment worth LE 250 million.

Dorsch is also responsible for providing all services in the field of water, drainage and irrigation to residents ofthe newcapital in accordance with the highest international standards.

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi inaugurated Egypt’s new administrative and financial capital,located 45 kilometers east of Cairo, on October 11, 2017.

The New Administrative Capital’s business park will encompass 20 towers, including the tallest tower in Africa at a height of 345 meters. Construction of the residential district started in May 2017 to include 25,400 units, including residential apartments, villas and commercial units.

Egypt is looking forward to having dozens of cities like the New Administrative Capital, President Sisi said during his speech at the inauguration ceremony of the new city’s first phase.
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10/9/2019 3:16:35 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian-Russian alliance to manufacture parts of Dabaa reactors in Egypt]]>

Desoky added that a feasibility study is underway to manufacture some parts of the nuclear reactors in Egypt, pointing out that the domestic manufacturing of nuclear energy will be expanded to reach 35 percent upon receiving the four reactors in 2029.


The Nuclear Suppliers' Forum will be held in Cairo on October 8 and 9 as part of the International Industrial and Technological Exhibition and Forum "The Big Industrial Week", in cooperation between the Rosatom Foundation and the Egyptian Nuclear Energy Authority (NPPA).

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10/9/2019 2:05:20 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi keen on communicating with Egyptian youth: House speaker]]>
The speaker made his remarks during the parliament's plenary session on Tuesday in presence of Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli.

Abdel Aal underscored the president's keenness on allowing youth people to have their say, which is demonstrated by the national youth conferences regularly for that purpose.

Egypt has no cases of young political prisoners, said the speaker, adding that the recent cases of some persons held in custody are under the scrutiny of the Public Prosecutor and whoever is found to have committed no offence will be released immediately. ]]>
10/9/2019 12:58:11 PM
<![CDATA[Abul Gheit expresses concern over imminent Turkish military offensive in Syrian territories]]>
In a press statement on Wednesday, an official source in the AL general secretariat described the planned Turkish offensive as a blatant violation against Syrian sovereignty and a serious threat to Syria's territorial integrity.

He warned that a Turkish military incursion would worsen the already fragile Syrian security and humanitarian conditions and give Daesh terrorist group the opportunity to restore part of its lost strength in the conflict-hit Arab country.

During its last meeting in September, the AL ministerial council condemned foreign interference in Syrian affairs, demanding Turkey to withdraw its forces from the territories of its Arab neighbor.]]>
10/9/2019 12:06:46 PM
<![CDATA[Trump threatens to 'obliterate' Turkey's economy if it takes 'off-limits' actions]]>WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday threatened to “totally destroy and obliterate” the Turkish economy if Turkey took any action he considered “off-limits” following his decision to withdraw American forces from northeastern Syria.






The withdrawal, announced by the White House late Sunday, was swiftly condemned by a bipartisan group of lawmakers over concerns that it could open the way for a Turkish strike on Kurdish-led forces long allied with Washington.

“As I have stated strongly before, and just to reiterate, if Turkey does anything that I, in my great and unmatched wisdom, consider to be off limits, I will totally destroy and obliterate the Economy of Turkey (I’ve done before!)” Trump tweeted.





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10/8/2019 9:40:00 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian medical team sent to Chad to treat 'C virus']]>CAIRO - 8 October 2018: Egyptian medical team was sent to Chad on Tuesday, as a part of presidential initiative to treat one million Africans of "Hepatitis C", Minister of Health and Population, Hala Zayed announced.

This comes in a light of Egypt's presidency of the African Union, and its keen to open centers in a number of African countries, seeking to support them in detecting hepatitis C and treat their citizens. Egypt also aims to transfer Egypt's experience in the presidential initiative "100 million health" to eliminate Hepatitis C and detect noncommunicable diseases.

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The Egyptian medical team will open a Hepatitis unit under the slogan "Long live Egypt, Africa" in the Chadian capital " N'Djamena". This medical team includes a liver and digestive consultant, a clinical pharmacist, a clinical pathologist and a systems and information specialist, spokesman for the health ministry Khaled Megahed said.

Megahed added that this medical team will train the Chadian cadres to test for hepatitis viruses and dispense treatment, adding that the team will include doctors, pharmacists and laboratory officials.

Moreover, he pointed out that a shipment of medicines for the treatment of "virus C and B" was sent with the Egyptian medical team to support the clinic "Long live Egypt Africa" at Chadian hospital, with all the necessary medical supplies and medicines.

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Megahed noted that another Egyptian medical team opened a similar unit in Juba last month.
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10/8/2019 8:20:50 PM
<![CDATA[EU tells British PM Johnson to stop playing 'stupid' Brexit blame game]]>
With just 23 days before the United Kingdom is due to leave the bloc, the future of Brexit remains deeply uncertain as both London and Brussels positioned themselves to avoid blame for a delay or a disorderly no-deal Brexit.

In a sign that Johnson’s last-ditch proposals to bridge the Brexit impasse have failed, a Downing Street source said Merkel and Johnson spoke on Tuesday morning and she made clear that a deal was “overwhelmingly unlikely”.

The Downing Street source said that if Merkel’s position on Northern Ireland remaining in the EU’s customs union was the bloc’s position, then a deal was impossible.

“If this represents a new established position then it means a deal is essentially impossible not just now but ever,” the Downing Street source said.

A spokesman for the German chancellor confirmed the call had taken place but declined to comment further.

“Boris Johnson, what’s at stake is not winning some stupid blame game,” European Council President Tusk said on Twitter. “At stake is the future of Europe and the UK as well as the security and interests of our people. You don’t want a deal, you don’t want an extension, you don’t want to revoke, quo vadis?”

Such abrupt remarks indicate the Brexit blame game has begun in earnest, and that now both London and European capitals are preparing for an acrimonious and potentially chaotic Brexit for which neither side wants to be held responsible.

Johnson’s spokesman said the British leader and Merkel had had a frank exchange and Britain had not seen any compromise from the EU. He said talks were at the critical point and it was not Britain talking about blame games.

A disorderly Brexit could rip apart the United Kingdom, endanger the peace in Northern Ireland, hurt global growth and shape the future of the European Union which was built on the World War Two ruins of Europe.

The pound was down 0.5% at $1.2226.

BREXIT BLAME GAME
An array of remarks by unidentified British sources laid bare just how far apart the two sides are after three years of tortuous haggling over the first departure of a sovereign state from the EU.

Brexit talks are now reaching a critical moment, a British spokesman said in Brussels where Johnson’s Brexit negotiator David Frost was in meetings with EU officials.

But Ireland braced for the worst with a no-deal Brexit budget while Britain announced its no-deal tariff plan and updated on it preparations for a no-deal exit - the nightmare scenario for many big businesses.

According to a Downing Street source, Merkel said that for a deal, Northern Ireland would have to stay in the EU’s customs union and full alignment with the EU forever - demands Johnson could never accept or push through parliament.

Arlene Foster, the leader of the Northern Irish Democratic Unionist Party that supports Johnson’s government, accused the EU and Ireland of trying to trap the British province in a permanent customs union.

A separate Downing Street source told Reuters that unless the European Union compromises and does a Brexit deal shortly, then the United Kingdom will leave without a deal.

“If the EU doesn’t do a deal shortly, then we leave without a deal,” the source said. “We are leaving the European Union.”

UK ELECTION

The opposition Labour Party said Johnson was trying to apportion blame ahead of a no-deal Brexit.

“This is yet another cynical attempt by Number 10 to sabotage the negotiations,” said Keir Starmer, Brexit spokesman for the Labour Party. “His strategy from day one has been for a no-deal Brexit.”

Johnson has consistently said the United Kingdom will leave the EU on Oct. 31 with or without a deal, though a law passed by parliament demands he write a letter to the EU asking for a delay if he cannot strike an exit deal by Oct. 19.

He has said he would abide by the law but Britain would leave the EU by the end of the month, without explaining that contradiction. He has also repeatedly demanded an election but parliament has refused to grant one.

Scotland’s top court will rule on Wednesday whether to order Johnson to abide by the law forcing a delay and if it could sign a letter asking for an extension if he refuses to do so himself.

The Spectator magazine quoted an unidentified source in Downing Street as saying that Britain would take an aggressive stance towards the EU if Brexit talks break down, possibly even by withholding security cooperation.

“This government will not negotiate further so any delay
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10/8/2019 4:11:13 PM
<![CDATA[Naema’s death leaves Giza zoo elephant-less ]]>
Naema’s death followed the death of the three-year old elephant Karima.

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Photos of Giza Zoo vets trying to save Naema the Elephant's life - Photo acquired by Egypt Today


A veterinary committee has been formed to stand on the reasons of the death. Preparations are in full swing to mummify Naema's body to be be placed at the Giza zoo museum.

Giza Zoo has recently received two Red Kangaroos coming from Slovakia. The garden has never hosted Kangaroos since its establishment in 1891.

In March, Giza Zoological Garden announced a white rhinoceros died at 54 years of age at Giza Zoo after it surpassed the usual lifespan of white rhinos
Egyptians love to visit the beautiful zoo especially during holidays; the zoo is the biggest animal park in the Middle East.

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

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

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

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Photos of Giza Zoo vets trying to save Naema the Elephant's life - Photo acquired by Egypt Today

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10/8/2019 1:14:46 PM
<![CDATA[Cairo University to cultivate 1 million fruit trees across Egypt]]>
The funding will be secured by the private company while the supervision will be done by the Faculty of Agriculture as its students along with technicians will execute the plan.

Head of Cairo University Mohamed Osman el-Khosht said in September the 110-year-old university has achieved a huge leap in the international rankings in 2019, adding that it succeeded to surpass over 153 universities, according to Shanghai ranking.

Cairo University has exceeded 92 Chinese universities, 33 Japanese universities, 12 Turkish universities, 13 Iranians and 3 Israeli universities, according to the ranking, Khosht said.

Cairo University jumped 100 ranks to occupy a place in the 301-400-category in the 2019 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) of Shanghai Ranking.

In the same context, Ain Shams and Alexandria universities were ranked in the 701-800 category, followed by Mansoura University which was placed in the 801-900 category.

The Academic Ranking of World Universities has been presenting the world top 500 universities annually based on transparent methodology and objective third-party data.

It has been recognized as the precursor of global university rankings and the most trustworthy one.

This classification, which started in 2003, is considered the most difficult, most famous and strongest in the international classifications in terms of strict criteria that depend on scientific research published internationally.
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10/8/2019 12:44:07 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi meets International Fund for Agricultural Development head in Cairo ]]>
Rady added that the meeting was attended by the Investment and International Cooperation Minister Sahar Nasr, Agriculture Minister Ezz Eddin Abo Stait along with other senior officials from the Ministry of Agriculture.

Sisi expressed Egypt's appreciation for the fund's support for the development projects in Egypt during the past decades, describing the fund as Egypt's "important strategic partner", which helped the country achieve its goals.

Sisi also welcomed inaugurating a new office for the IFAD in Cairo, affirming that Egypt is keen on enhancing the cooperation with the fund to transform Egypt into an agriculture hub in the region.

For his side, Houngbo expressed his happiness to meet with President Sisi, saying that he is eager to enhance the partnership between the government and the private sector in Egypt which will lead to bigger investments in agriculture in the north African country.

Houngbo stressed the consistency of the fund's vision, which focuses on achieving rural development and supporting small farmers, which agrees with Egypt's vision to achieve sustainable development, especially as the agricultural sector in Egypt is one of the main pillars for achieving economic growth.

The meeting also tackled several ways to boost cooperation between Egypt and IFAD, according to Rady's statement.

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10/8/2019 12:17:02 PM
<![CDATA[Tripartite summit between Egypt, Cyprus, Greece convenes in Cairo: Spox]]>
The summit will follow up cooperation among the three countries in the field of energy and address regional developments in the Middle East region as
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10/8/2019 12:10:47 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt 'key player' in achieving stability in Africa, Middle East: S. Korean amb.]]>
In statements to MENA on Tuesday, the diplomat said that Egypt exerts great efforts in entrenching peace in Africa and the Arab world, lauding its leading role in Africa, particularly in light of its presidency of the African Union.

Egypt is a model of openness, diversity and acceptance of the other, he added.

Yoon had a meeting with Alexandria Governor Abdel Aziz Qonsowa on strengthening ties with Egypt in the political, economic and social domains.

In the culture domains, he expressed his country's keenness on boosting South Korean culture, underlining the South Korean Cultural Center is currently implementing several programs in all Egyptian governorates and cities to get acquainted with the Korean culture. ]]>
10/8/2019 12:07:22 PM
<![CDATA[President decree setting up new university]]>
The new scientific institution will include the faculties of engineering, economics and political science, business administration and physiotherapy.]]>
10/8/2019 11:59:14 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt PM meets Palestinian counterpart]]>
Shtayyeh, who is heading a big ministerial delegation, visits Egypt at the invitation of his Egyptian counterpart Mostafa Madbouli.

Shtayyeh's acceptance of the invitation of Madbouli to form a high-level delegation comprising 12 ministerial portfolios demonstrates the former's keenness to build bridges of political and executive cooperation between the two countries and to bring these links to the highest levels of coordination, said Palestinian Ambassador to Egypt Diab al-Louh on Sunday.

In September 2019, President Sisi affirmed Egypt's keenness on the restoration of the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people and the establishment of their independent state, in accordance with the international accords.

Sisi met with Abbas, Egyptian Presidential Spokesman Bassam Radi said, on the sidelines of the meetings of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

For his part, Abbas expressed his appreciation for Egypt's efforts and historic unchangeable stance towards the Palestinian cause, highlighting the depth of relations between the peoples of the two countries.

Abbas also praised the Egyptian efforts to achieve reconciliation between Palestinian factions, affirming willingness to continue the coordination with Egypt on various issues of mutual concern, Radi said.

The presidents also discussed the developments of a number of regional and Arab issues.
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10/7/2019 7:31:20 PM
<![CDATA[Joint programme to promote decent work for women launched]]>
The programme is supported by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and implemented jointly by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and UN Women. The programme targets to help women benefit from opportunities pertinent to better jobs, security at workplaces, equal access to professional development, social protection for families, better prospects for personal development and integration in society.

Maryse Guimond, UN Women Special Representative
UN Women Special Representative Maryse Guimond

The meeting, where the programme was initiated, was attended by representatives of the aforementioned organizations as well as employers’ and workers’ organizations. At the meeting, ILO and UN Women officials presented the key findings of the inception phase that aimed to validate the programme’s approach and tailor its services to each of the three partner countries. Later on, discussions on the next steps in the programme to achieve its objectives took place.

The programme is expected to contribute to at least 12 reforms to the regulatory or legal framework which respond to and promote gender equality; support governments, employers, workers, CSOs, media, and academia to increasingly promote gender equality and women's empowerment, and help 2-5 percent increase of women in management positions in the public and private sectors. Moreover, the programme expects at least a 10 percent positive change in gender parity in staffing in the private sector, at least 87 new companies committing to implement gender equality policies in the Middle East and North Africa region through the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) as a platform to mobilize business action to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment at the workplace, marketplace and communities.

Chairperson of the NCW stressed the importance of awareness-raising as a key tool to promote equal opportunities for women and addressing the behaviors and customs that negatively affect women's ability to play an active role in society. She also stressed the importance of close cooperation and coordination with all stakeholders in each implementing country.

“Under the leadership of national institutions and together with ILO, Sida and other partners, we commit through this programme and others, to deliver on the promise of the first gender-equal generation in history - a generation with women and men equally contributing, and benefiting from, development and prosperity,” Regional Director of UN Women Arab States Moez Doraid highlighted.

Moez Doraid
Moez Doraid

“The programme represents a strong convergence of ILO and UN Women’s mandates by ensuring decent work principles are embedded into a framework for women’s economic empowerment. ILO’s Conventions represent not only commitment to gender equality in the world of work, but practical benchmarks and guidance on how to achieve this, whether it is legal protection, fair remuneration, parental leave, safety and health, childcare, or protection against violence and harassment at work,” Deputy Regional Director of ILO for Arab States Frank Hagemann said.

“Sweden’s investment in this programme comes from our strong commitment to achieve gender equality and women’s and girls’ rights and drives from our Swedish foreign policy to strengthen the economic empowerment of women and girls and their influence through the promotion of non-discriminatory legislation,” Head of Regional Development Cooperation in the Middle East and North Africa at the Swedish Embassy in Amman Peter Lundberg said.

Peter Lundberg
Peter Lundberg

The joint programme contributes to Sweden’s new Strategy for development cooperation for global gender equality and women’s and girls’ rights 2018-2022; is fully aligned with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals 5 and 8 on gender equality and decent work and economic growth. It contributes to the implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discriminations Against Women, international labour standards, as well as national development strategies and plans, including the Sustainable Development Strategy: Egypt Vision 2030, Jordan 2025 – A National Vision and Strategy, as well as the Palestinian National Policy Agenda 2017-2022.

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10/7/2019 5:52:42 PM
<![CDATA[Parliament's culture committee to review outcome of media, journalism law]]>
Heikal said on Monday that the media authorities shall send, according to the regulations, reports to the parliament about their performance at the end of each year, adding that such procedure did not take place.

Media, journalism regulation law

Following considering the comments of the State Council and the Press Syndicate on the controversial media and journalism regulation law, the Parliament gave a final approval to the law in 2018.

Several concerns were raised by a number of the Journalists Syndicate's members regarding the new law. A debate was launched on the ground and on social media between supporters and opponents of the new law.

In a statement, Journalists Syndicate's members listed several points referring to the new law as “standing against the freedom of media and journalists.”



However, other officials described the new law as "balanced". Heikal said in statements to media outlets that the new law sets a number of the needed principles to regulate media work inside the country, adding that the law is balanced and protects journalists and their rights.

Some administrative regulations were among the criticized points in the new law before it was amended, including: reducing the representation of journalists in the board of directors to the minimum and appointing half of the board members from outside the media institution, as well as allowing the National Press Authority to directly manage the newspapers' boards of directors and public associations.

“The new law doesn’t allow the newspapers' boards to make important decisions without getting the authority's permission,” the statement read.

According to the statement, the new law also stipulates that journalists have the right to reach for all the information they need.

Moreover, the media draft law included several terms and words which could be described as elastic and incomprehensible, according to the statement, such as “spreading hatred, incitement, threat of democracy", and many others. Several other notes were listed in the statement, commenting on some of the privileges granted to journalists by the draft law, including criminalizing any attack on journalists while on duty.

Article 100 of the new law states that: “Any person who transgresses a journalist during or because of his work shall be punished by imprisonment and a fine of not less than LE 10,000 and not more than LE 20,000 or one of these penalties.”

A journalist or a media person has the right to attend public conferences, sessions and meetings, conduct interviews with citizens and use the camera in places where photography is allowed, after obtaining legal permissions in the required cases. The phrase “in the required cases” was added.

A journalist or a media person cannot be fired from his job before he/she is investigated. In addition, the syndicate has to be informed with the reasons behind the firing decision. Only 30 days after the syndicate is informed, the member can be fired; during the 30 days the syndicate will try to solve the problem and the individual’s salary must not be stopped during these 30 days. “Thirty” days replaced “sixty” days.

A journalist or a media person is not allowed to accept any financial donations, aid, or benefits for his work from any person or any local or international site, directly or indirectly. The sentence: "If the individual was proven guilty of the violation, the value of the financial donations, aid, and benefits go to the pension fund of the member’s syndicate," was erased from the law.

A journalist or a media person is not allowed to seek getting ads or earning money or benefits through publishing or broadcasting ads. He/she is also not allowed to sign on an ad or to appear in an ad or participate in it with his voice. The phrase: "If he is proven guilty, the value of the money and benefits go to his journalistic institution or to the media channel he/she belongs to," was erased.

Any newspaper must have at least 70 percent of its actual staff from members of the Press Syndicate. Formerly, only 50 percent of the newspapers’ staff had to be members of the syndicate.

The word “custody” in the law was removed in the recent amendments. Meeting the demand of the Press Syndicate, the amended law stipulates that no “freedom restricting” penalties can be imposed on a journalist in publication and publicity crimes except those related to inciting violence, discrimination between citizens or slandering other individuals.

In all situations, it is impermissible to broadcast or rebroadcast from outside the media sites approved by the Supreme Council for Media Regulation. However, it is allowed for a media company or office to broadcast from outside the studio if it has a studio inside the Egyptian Media Production City (EMPC). The media entity will also need a prior permission from the council including the date and place of broadcast.

The Supreme Council will study the request of the media channel to be established or operated within 90 days from request submission. A media channel shall obtain a 5-year license to be operated; the channel shall be able to renew its license following the approval of the Supreme Council.

The Supreme Council is tasked with creating a list of penalties that can be imposed on the journalistic institutions and media corporations that violate the media law.

The boards of the national journalistic institutions would decide on the retirement age of journalists and directors and would extend it if necessary. Heikal said that the retirement age can be extended, year by year, to 65 years for distinguished journalists only.

The NPA is not allowed, according to the law, to act in a way that may affect its independence. It is also impermissible for the authority to accept gifts or grants. However, the NPA will be able to accept donations and grants on legal bases following the approval of two thirds of the authority’s members. In this case, the NPA has to consult with the security authority before accepting the grants.

According to the law, 1 percent of the journalistic institutions' revenues will be used to fund the national journalistic institutions whose need for fund is recognized by the NPA.

The National Media Authority, according to the law, has the right to rebroadcast sport championships taking place inside Egypt. The law will solely give the NMA the authority to allow others to rebroadcast these events for a percentage of the broadcast right cost. However, the broadcast right cannot be obtained except by the state-owned national corporations.
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10/7/2019 3:45:10 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian community in Netherlands celebrates anniversary of October 6 victory]]>
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It is worth mentioning that the Egyptian community in the Netherlands organized the celebration on the occasion of the 46th anniversary of the victory of October 6. They renewed confidence in President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi to complete the journey of development.

The celebration stressed that the Egyptian people abroad and at home stand behind their country, their president and their country's army in the war against all those who target the country, be it countries or terrorist organizations or even people who receive money in return for the destruction of the Egyptian state.

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10/7/2019 3:22:45 PM
<![CDATA[Pics: Egyptian communities in New York, Berlin celebrate anniversary of October 6 victories]]>
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Members of the Egyptian community raised the flags of Egypt and the pictures of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and chanted national songs. This celebration is also an affirmation of their support to the Egyptian state, President Sisi and the great Egyptian army.

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Meanwhile, dozens of Egyptian community members in Germany celebrated the 46th anniversary of the victories of October in front of the Egyptian Embassy in Berlin, raising the flags of Egypt.


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10/7/2019 3:15:50 PM
<![CDATA[Saudi Prince Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz's Mother dies ]]>
The Royal Court announced in a statement that the funeral prayer will be performed for her soul at the Grand Mosque in Makkah following Isha (Night) prayer, later on Monday.
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10/7/2019 2:12:03 PM
<![CDATA[Court adjourns trial of 555 defendants facing terrorism charges]]>
Investigations of each of the prosecution and national security sector at the Ministry of Interior revealed that the terrorist crimes allegedly committed by the defendants in the case focused on North Sinai governorate.

They also disclosed communication between leaders of the cells and IS leaders in Iraq and Syria on a permanent basis. Moreover, a number of elements of these cells, according to the investigations, travelled to Syria to join IS camps for military training. This included learning to use weapons, manufacture explosives, and gain field experience in guerrilla warfare, and street fighting.

They then returned to Egypt to carry out hostile acts against the state, including its institutions and citizens, according to the investigations.

The defendants tracked a group of institutions and public figures, in the context of their planning to commit terrorist attacks, including planning to target the Ministry of Interior headquarters and the Police Academy in New Cairo, as well as a number of ships crossing the Suez Canal and Damietta Port, the investigations added.

They also targeted a church in Cairo's Ezbet El Nakhl district, Anba Shenouda church in Hurghada, and Saint Paul church in Qalyubia's Obour city.

An IS affiliate called Sinai Province has killed hundreds of security personnel in attacks since the military overthrew Muslim Brotherhood President Mohammed Morsi in 2013.

In February 2018, three months after gunmen killed more than 300 worshipers at a mosuqe in Sinai, the military launched a major campaign to eradicate the county of terrorism existence.
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10/7/2019 12:43:34 PM
<![CDATA[Terrorist risk still 'very high' in France: interior minister]]>
Minister Christophe Castaner, who also reiterated he had no plans to resign, added to France Inter radio that since 2003 some 59 terrorist attacks had been prevented by police, including three since the beginning of the year.

Castaner rejected opposition calls for his resignation on Sunday but acknowledged opportunities had been missed to prevent the killing of the police staff last week.

Mickael H, a 45-year-old IT specialist with security clearance, killed three officers and one civilian employee before he was shot dead by another officer last week.]]>
10/7/2019 11:53:16 AM
<![CDATA[Fifteen people killed in Baghdad clashes between security forces and protesters]]>
The military said early on Monday it was withdrawing from Sadr city, a sprawling residential district, and handing over to police in an apparent effort to de-escalate tension.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi in a phone call that he trusted the Iraqi forces and supported the Iraqi government in restoring security, without elaborating, a statement from the premier’s office said.

Abdul Mahdi said life had returned to normal, according to the statement.

Protests broke out in Baghdad on Tuesday as public anger swelled over jobs, services and endemic corruption among Iraq’s leaders and politicians. The unrest spread to several mostly Shi’ite Muslim southern cities.

Police used live ammunition from the first day and clashes have now killed at least 110 people, according to a Reuters toll based on reports from police and medics. The interior ministry gave a casualty toll of 104 killed and more than 6,000 wounded. It said eight of the dead were security forces.

It is the bloodiest unrest and biggest challenge to Iraq’s security since the declared defeat of Islamic State in 2017 and has shaken Abdul Mahdi’s year-old government.

The government has agreed to increase subsidized housing for the poor, stipends for the unemployed and training programs and loan initiatives for youth.

Iraqi authorities also said they would hold to account members of the security forces who “acted wrongly” in a harsh crackdown on dissent, state TV reported on Monday. The interior ministry denies government forces have shot directly at protesters.

The protesters demand the overhaul of what they say is an entire corrupt system and political class that has held the country back, despite unprecedented levels of security since the end of the war against IS.]]>
10/7/2019 11:51:40 AM
<![CDATA[First lady praises great role people played in October 6 victory ]]>
On her official Facebook page, the First lady posted, “Together, we celebrate the anniversary of the great victory of the 6th of October, when the Egyptian people of all sects presented an unforgettable example of cohesion and sacrifice for our holy land. May God save Egypt from evil.”




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10/7/2019 11:32:26 AM
<![CDATA[Trade min. to meet Russian counterpart for cooperation talks Tuesday]]>
According to a statement issued by the ministry on Monday, Manturov will also meet with Egyptian officials on means of promoting economic and trade cooperation.

Manturov and Nassar will co-chair the 12th session of the joint committee for economic and trade cooperation.

The two ministers will also open the International Industrial and Technology Trade Show and Forum "Big Industrial Week” which will be held in Cairo from October 8 to 10 at the Egypt International Exhibition and Convention Center.

Over 100 international industrial companies are expected to participate in the event. ]]>
10/7/2019 11:24:21 AM
<![CDATA[Deadly clashes break out again in Iraq, 11 killed in capital]]>
Police and medical sources reported the casualties after days of violence around anti-government protests, bringing the toll in Baghdad and other cities this week to at least 88.

The new clashes shattered a day of relative calm after authorities lifted a curfew and traffic moved normally in the center of the city. One square where protesters had gathered in their hundreds in previous days was packed with hundreds of policemen and other security personnel.

The unrest is the deadliest Iraq has seen since the declared defeat of Islamic State in 2017 and has shaken Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi’s year-old government.

The government has responded to demands for jobs, better services and an end to endemic corruption with vague reform promises that are unlikely to placate Iraqis.

Opposition to the government among parliamentary groupings who have begun boycotting legislative meetings is gathering pace, putting pressure on Abdul Mahdi and his cabinet to step down.

But powerful political parties which have dominated Iraqi politics since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion and toppling of dictator Saddam Hussein have not yet indicated they are willing to relinquish the institutions they control.

In eastern Baghdad on Friday and Saturday, police snipers shot at demonstrators and several people were wounded, Reuters reporters said.

Iraq’s semi-official High Commission for Human Rights put the toll at 94 dead since protests broke out on Tuesday. Reuters could not verify its figures. Security services said the violence killed 8 members of the security forces and wounded more than 1,000, state television reported.

In the southern city of Nassiriya, where at least 18 people were killed during the week, police fired live rounds at demonstrators, and protesters torched the headquarters of several political parties in the city, police said. These included the headquarters of the powerful Dawa party that dominated Iraq’s government from 2003 until 2018 elections.

Violence also broke out again in Diwaniya, another city south of Baghdad killing at least one person, police said.

Iraqi state television meanwhile broadcast live footage of a meeting between the parliament speaker and what it said were protest leaders. The speaker on Friday proposed improving public housing for the poor and job opportunities for young people, as well as holding those who had killed protesters to account.

Abdul Mahdi and President Barham Salih said they would seek to meet the demands, state TV said, but gave no details how exactly they would respond.

The High Commission for Human Rights said security forces had detained hundreds of people for demonstrating but then let most of them go. It said more than 3,000 people had been wounded in days of violence.

The scale of the unrest appeared to take authorities by surprise. The last major unrest took place mainly in the southern city of Basra last year, killing nearly 30 people, but demonstrations since then had been small.

Iraqis fear violence could escalate.

Powerful parties including Iran-backed groups that have links with paramilitary forces might decide that a harsh crackdown would deter protesters, analysts say.

“That’s a lesson they learned from Basra in 2018 because protests stopped after 20 or so people were killed ... there’s a logic that if you kill enough people they’ll quiet down,” said Renad Mansour, research fellow at Chatham House.

Police snipers shot at protesters on Friday, Reuters reporters said, escalating violent tactics used by the security forces that have included live fire, tear gas and water cannons.

The security forces have accused gunmen of hiding among demonstrators to shoot at police. Several policeman have died.

The protests erupted on Tuesday in Baghdad and quickly spread to other Iraqi cities, mainly in the south.

Powerful Iraqi cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, who has a mass popular following and controls a large chunk of parliament, demanded on Friday that the government resign and snap elections be held. At least one other major parliamentary grouping allied itself with Sadr against the government.

Parliament was set to meet on Saturday to discuss protesters’ demands. Sadr’s bloc has said it will boycott the session and support further protest.

“They’ll continue and get bigger as long as the government doesn’t retreat,” said Jassim al-Hilfi, a lawmaker from the Sadr-led Saeroon bloc.]]>
10/6/2019 12:54:23 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt exerted efforts to solve Ali Abul Qasim case in KSA: Min.]]>
The statement added that Minister of Immigration Nabila Makram phoned the Egyptian Embassy in Saudi Arabia and the Saudi Embassy in Cairo to find out the details of the case.

The minister also met with the president of the Engineers Syndicate to discuss ways to support the position of Abul Qasim.

This came after the minister was briefed on the messages of the engineer’s wife and children on social media sites,in which they demanded the Saudi authorities to re-investigate to prove the innocence of their sole breadwinner.

Makram revealed that the Ministry of Justice and the Office of International Cooperation in the Attorney General's Office have been contacted to quickly send a request to the Saudi authorities to re-investigate based on the Egyptian judicial position on the case, especially with the existence of Arab judicial cooperation agreements that allow the exchange of information.

The minister also went personally to the Office of the Attorney General to follow up the delivery of all the papers pertaining to the case, which prove the innocence of the engineer to the Saudi side.

According to the Egyptian officials,the Egyptian witnesses' testimony proves that the allegation, which claims that the equipment imported by Abul Qasim's company contains a drug shipment, is not based on evidence.

On the other hand, activists launched the hashtag"Save Engineer Ali Abul Qasim," which ranked second among the highest circulated hashtags on Twitter, calling President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi to quickly intervene to stop the death sentence against the Egyptian engineer.

Ali Abul Qasim has been working in Saudi Arabia since 2007 and was sentenced to death in 2017 on charges of smuggling drugs to Saudi Arabia.
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10/6/2019 12:49:36 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian, Cypriot, Greek summit to be held Tuesday]]>
Hegazi said that such meetings are an opportunity to boost cooperation in the domains of development, energy and economy.

President Abdel Fatah El Sisi, Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades and Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis will call for discarding terrorism, extremism and violence and probe means of enhancing such rapprochement and communication to achieve regional security and stability and better serve their peoples' interests.

He also said that the three leaders are keen on holding this summit regularly to further discuss security and military cooperation and preserve the stability of the Mediterranean region.

This tripartite cooperation is very important at this time given the tremendous threats besetting the region, he said, adding that such summits give a chance to exchange viewpoints towards many issues, including the Palestinian cause and conflicts in Syria and Libya.

These summits are also a tool to carry out joint development projects, he added.

In May 2018, an Egyptian-Greek-Cypriot summit was held in autumn in Athens, the Egyptian presidential spokesperson Bassam Radi said in a statement to MBC satellite channel.

Radi added that the trilateral summit addressed means of enhancing bilateral cooperation in various domains, especially in the tourism and energy domains.

Sisi convened with his Greek and Cypriot counterparts; Prokopis Pavlopoulos and Nikos Anastasidis respectively, during the "Revival of Hellenism" week in Alexandria.

The talks tackled promoting trilateral cooperation in the natural gas domain, he said, noting that this cooperation will expand to include the European Union, thus qualifying Egypt to become a regional energy hub.
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10/6/2019 12:36:31 PM
<![CDATA[Sudan, US mull removing Khartoum from State Sponsors of Terrorism List]]>
Abdallah stressed the importance of removing Sudan from the list as soon as possible to normalize Khartoum ties with the international financial institutions; a matter which empowers the transitional government to address the economic challenges.

The US diplomat, for his part, described the developments in Sudan as historical and positive, saying there is a great interest from Washington and the international actors to help Sudan.

He added that removing Sudan from the list is a joint goal.]]>
10/6/2019 11:56:33 AM
<![CDATA[6th of October victory image for solidarity between people, Armed Forces]]>
Shohoud said that Egypt had refused any peaceful solutions until it restored all of its territories via war.

Shohoud warned against the continuous attempts to change the identity of Sinai, adding that terrorism is only a means to divide the region.

He reiterated the necessity of new and varied armament, asserting the importance of reviving the role of the Arab Organization for Industrialization (AOI). ]]>
10/6/2019 11:45:06 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt calls for international mediator in negotiations on Ethiopia's dam: Ministry]]>
Egypt’s request came in consistency with Article No. 10 of the 2015 Declaration of Principles that was signed by the three countries, he added.

Sebai said that the negotiations of the Renaissance Dam have reached a dead end due to the hardening of the Ethiopian side and its rejection of all theses that take into account Egypt's water interests and avoid causing serious harm to Egypt.

During a round of negotiations in Khartoum at the level of the independent scientific research group, as well as during the ministerial meeting that followed from 30 September to 5 October 2019, Ethiopia presented a new proposal, which is a reaction to all the previously agreed upon, he said in the press release.

The spokesman added that this Ethiopian position has brought the negotiations to a standstill, especially after Addis Ababa rejected the Egyptian proposal that presented an integrated proposal for the rules of filling and operating the Renaissance Dam, which is fair and balanced and takes into account the interests of the three countries.

President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi on Saturday affirmed Egypt’s water rights in the River Nile as Renaissance Dam negotiations reached a dead end as a result of the Ethiopian side's rejection to all proposals that take into account Egypt's water rights and interests.



“I have followed closely on the results of the tripartite meeting between irrigation ministers of Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia to discuss the file of the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, which has not resulted in any positive development,” President Sisi said on his official Facebook page.

Egypt welcomed the statement issued by the White House regarding the ongoing negotiations on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), Presidency Spokesman Bassam Rady said on Saturday October 5th.

The US called on Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia to reach an agreement that realize the mutual interests of all of the countries involved in the situation, according to a statement issued by the State Information Service.

The US asserted the importance of an agreement that highlights the economic development and prosperity of all the parts depending on the Nile.

The SIS called on the US to play a bigger role in this regard as the dam’s filling negotiations have reached a deadlock in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum on Saturday.

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10/6/2019 5:07:07 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s Ministry of Irrigation says GERD talks reach dead end]]>
During a round of negotiations in Khartoum at the level of the independent scientific research group, as well as during the ministerial meeting that followed from 30 September to 5 October 2019, Ethiopia presented a new proposal, which is a reaction to all the previously agreed upon, he said in a press release.

It is one of the principles governing the filling and operation process, where it is free to ensure that there is a minimum annual discharge from the Renaissance Dam, and to deal with droughts and protracted droughts that may occur in the future. Ethiopia also refused to discuss the rules of operation of the Renaissance Dam and insisted on limiting the negotiation of the filling phase and the rules of operation during the filling phase, contrary to Article 5 of the text of the Declaration of Principles Agreement signed on March 23, 2015, as well as contrary to international norms for cooperation in the construction and management of dams on shared rivers.

The spokesman added that this Ethiopian position has brought the negotiations to a standstill, especially after Ethiopia rejected the Egyptian proposal, which presented an integrated proposal for the rules of filling and operating the Renaissance Dam, which is fair and balanced and takes into account the interests of the three countries.

The spokesman added that this position is a continuation of the obstacles placed by the Ethiopian side to the negotiating tracks over the past four years since the signing of the Declaration of Principles Agreement, where Ethiopia has previously obstructed the process of conducting studies related to the environmental, economic and social impact of the renaissance on both downstream countries by refraining from implementing outcome of the Ninth Meeting and to provide the International Consultant with the observations of the three countries relevant to his introductory report in clear violation of Article V of the Declaration of Principles Agreement, which provides for the conduct of such studies and the use of their findings to reach agreement on the re-fill and run of the Renaissance Dam.

The spokesman pointed out that in light of the deadlocked negotiations, Egypt called for the implementation of Article 10 of the Declaration of Principles Agreement with the participation of an international party in the negotiations of the Renaissance Dam to mediate between the three countries and bring closer views and help to reach a fair and balanced agreement that preserves the rights of the three countries without prejudice to any interests. Of which.

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10/5/2019 10:40:10 PM
<![CDATA[President Sisi affirms Egypt's water rights in River Nile, to take necessary measures]]>CAIRO – 10 September 2019: President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi on Saturday affirmed Egypt’s water rights in the River Nile as Renaissance Dam negotiations reached a dead end as a result of the Ethiopian side's rejection to all proposals that take into account Egypt's water rights and interests.


“I have followed closely on the results of the tripartite meeting between irrigation ministers of Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia to discuss the file of the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, which has not resulted in any positive development,” President Sisi said on his official Facebook page.



Irrigation ministers from three key Nile Basin countries, namely Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia, wrapped up a two-day meeting Saturday in Sudan’s capital without resolving differences over Ethiopia’s soon-to-be-finished Renaissance Dam.


“I affirm that the Egyptian state, with all its institutions, is committed to protecting Egypt’s water rights in the River Nile.


“Egypt will continue to take the necessary political measures within the framework of the International Law to protect these rights. The Eternal Nile will continue to strongly stream, connecting the South and the North with the bond of history and geography,” the Egyptian leader stressed.


President Sisi ended his post with two hashtag, namely “Long Live Egypt”, and “Egypt is the gift of the Nile,” referring to Greek historian Herodotus who described Egypt as the gift of the Nile, since Ancient Egypt owed its survival to the annual flooding of the Nile and the resulting depositing of fertile silt.


Egyptian Water Resources Minister Mohamed Abdel Aati has said talks have reached a deadlock, as Ethiopia rejected “all proposals that would avoid causing substantial damage to Egypt.”


“Ethiopia ... offered a new proposal that contradicts previously agreed principles governing the filling and operating process,” Muhammed el-Sebai, spokesman of the ministry, said in a press statement.


He said Egypt has called for international mediation “to help reach a fair and balanced agreement that protect the three countries’ rights.”


Egyptian presidency spokesman Bassam Radi said Egypt was looking forward to an “instrumental role” by the US in the talks.


Egypt, on Saturday, welcomed the White House statement regarding the ongoing negotiations on the Renaissance Dam, an official Saturday statement said.


A While House press statement has said the United States supports Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan’s ongoing negotiations to reach a cooperative, sustainable, and mutually beneficial agreement on filling and operating the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.


“All Nile Valley countries have a right to economic development and prosperity,” according to the White House statement. “The Administration calls on all sides to put forth good faith efforts to reach an agreement that preserves those rights, while simultaneously respecting each other’s Nile water equities.”


Egypt welcomes White House statement on Renaissance Dam, int'l mediation to resolve deadlock

Egypt, through the statement, looks forward to a positive U.S. role in this regard, especially in light of the negotiation deadlock between the three countries over four years since direct negotiations regarding the agreement on Declaration of Principles in 2015 in Khartoum.


The statement further added that since negotiations did not achieve any tangible results, an effective international role is needed to overcome the current stalemate in negotiations, bring the view of the three countries closer, and to reach a fair and balanced agreement based on respect for the principles of the international law governing the management and use of international rivers, which allows countries to benefit from their water resources without harming the interests and rights of other countries.


“The state of Egypt echoes President Abdel Fattah El Sisi’s speech at the United regarding Egypt's openness to all international mediation effort to reach the required agreement,” the statement added.


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Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi addresses the 74th session of United Nations General Assembly

The ministers discussed during their two-day meetings proposals on filling the dam and the outcome of meetings of the three-way technical committee that has reviewed the issues over four days.


The technical committee's discussions focused on proposals by the three parties about filling and operating the dam.


The latest round of talk between the two countries took place in Khartoum in September, with Sudan also seeking clarification over the dam, which will source water from the River Nile that each of the three countries rely on for water supplies.

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10/5/2019 9:18:01 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt welcomes White House statement on Renaissance Dam, int'l mediation to resolve deadlock]]>
A While House press statement has said the United States supports Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan’s ongoing negotiations to reach a cooperative, sustainable, and mutually beneficial agreement on filling and operating the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.

“All Nile Valley countries have a right to economic development and prosperity,” according to the White House statement. “The Administration calls on all sides to put forth good faith efforts to reach an agreement that preserves those rights, while simultaneously respecting each other’s Nile water equities.”

Egypt, through the statement, looks forward to a positive U.S. role in this regard, especially in light of the negotiation deadlock between the three countries over four years since direct negotiations regarding the agreement on Declaration of Principles in 2015 in Khartoum.

The statement further added that since negotiations did not achieve any tangible results, an effective international role is needed to overcome the current stalemate in negotiations, bring the view of the three countries closer, and to reach a fair and balanced agreement based on respect for the principles of the international law governing the management and use of international rivers, which allows countries to benefit from their water resources without harming the interests and rights of other countries.

“The state of Egypt echoes President Abdel Fattah El Sisi’s speech at the United regarding Egypt's openness to all international mediation effort to reach the required agreement,” the statement added.

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Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi addresses the 74th session of United Nations General Assembly


A new round of meetings of the irrigation and water resources ministers of Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia kicked off in Khartoum on Friday to continue the talks on the technical issues around the filling of the dam.

The ministers discussed during their two-day meetings proposals on filling the dam and the outcome of meetings of the three-way technical committee that has reviewed the issues over four days.

The technical committee's discussions focused on proposals by the three parties about filling and operating the dam.

The latest round of talk between the two countries took place in Khartoum in September, with Sudan also seeking clarification over the dam, which will source water from the River Nile that each of the three countries rely on for water supplies.




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10/5/2019 7:42:28 PM
<![CDATA[Menoufia governor to be tried in LE 28M laundering case]]>
Investigations showed that Abdel Baset, the first defendant in the case, has deposited the aforementioned sum of money separately in his balance at different Egyptian banks, in addition to his wife’s and son’s bank accounts. He also invested some of the money by purchasing real estate, cars, and residential units.

Another defendant in the case called Ahmed Saeed, the owner of a motor maintenance center admitted he gave ex governor the money in bribe and that he bought three buildings and furnished them for the first defendant, and purchased eight cars, per instructions of the governor.

Cairo Criminal Court ruled to sentence to 10 years in prison Hisham Abdel Baset, and fine him L.E. 58 million. Abdel Baset is also standing trial in an illicit gain case. ]]>
10/5/2019 4:59:44 PM
<![CDATA[Pics: Gang arrested with 193 statues, sarcophagus in Giza]]>
The suspects have found the ancient pieces inside a cemetery in Giza. The public prosecution and the Tourism Ministry were notified to take legal action.

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In February 2019, a man was arrested over illegally digging under his house in Giza in search for artifacts, as part of Tourism police's crackdown against illicit trade in antiquities.

The police were notified that a house owner named Hosny Z. had excavated under his house located near Giza necropolis; in the house, the police found four pieces that are suspected to be antiquities.The man admitted the illegal act and the forces found covered drills.

The seizures were: a 35 cm-statute for a standing person with head missing, a 17*23 cm-stone tableau carrying embossed inscriptions for a man and a woman, a small-sized statute with a broken head and a large scarab.

Last week, a similar incident took place in the same area when a man was incarcerated for illegally excavating two trenches inside his house near the Giza Pyramids to search for monuments.

The illegal excavation in Nazlet al-Samman area led to the discovery of an ancient burial site including six incomplete wall-relief statues, a statement by the General Administration of Tourism and Antiquities Police revealed. The statement did not specify the age of the items discovered.

Law No. 117 of 1983 imposes a prison term of 5 to 7 years and a fine of not less than LE 5,000($284) and not more than LE 7,000 ($397) on anyone who is proven guilty of illegal excavation for antiquities.

An ancient tomb was unearthed beneath a house in Giza, near the more than 4,000-year-old pyramids, after an excavation was carried out by the house owner, Tourism Police said in a statement on Feb. 3.

The house owner was arrested as he excavated illegally. As per the law of antiquities, any excavations should be conducted after getting permission from the Supreme Council of Antiquities or from the Tourism Police Department; then, a committee should be formed by officials from the two bodies to check the presence of ancient artifacts.

However, several illegal excavations have been reported recently because the owners of the archaeological sites are not compensated appropriately by the government.

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10/5/2019 4:07:47 PM
<![CDATA[Trial of Alexandria's ex-deputy governor to resume Thursday]]>
According to prosecutors, Kholi deposited a total of EGP 500,000 in a bank account of the other defendant in a bid to conceal the origins of the funds.

The incident took place during the period from June 22 to August 20, 2017.]]>
10/5/2019 4:02:09 PM
<![CDATA[Military commanders to lay wreaths at Unknown Soldier memorials]]>
The commanders of the field armies laid wreaths at memorials in the governorates of Cairo, Ismailia, Marsa Matrouh, Alexandria and Assuit to commemorate the occasion, which falls on Sunday.]]>
10/5/2019 4:00:09 PM
<![CDATA[U.S. warns Turkey over offshore drilling near Cyprus]]>
“We’ve made clear that operations in international waters are governed by a set of rules. We’ve told the Turks that illegal drilling is unacceptable and we’ll continue to take diplomatic actions to ... ensure that lawful activity takes place,” he said during a visit to Greece.

“No country can hold Europe hostage,” Pompeo told a press briefing.

Tensions between Cyprus and Turkey over offshore drilling have intensified after Ankara sent a drilling ship to an area already licensed by Nicosia to Italian and French energy companies.

Earlier on Saturday, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis urged the United States to use its clout to defuse tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean, where Cyprus and Turkey are locked in a dispute over offshore rights.

Mitsotakis told Pompeo that Turkish moves south of the island in recent days were a “flagrant violation” of Cyprus’ sovereign rights.

Turkey and Greece are allies in NATO but long at loggerheads over Cyprus, which has been ethnically split between Greek and Turkish Cypriots since 1974.

“The United States have a particular interest in the Eastern Mediterranean region. Cyprus is only asking for the self-evident, the implementation of international law,” Mitsotakis told Pompeo, who is visiting Greece on the last leg of a trip to southern Europe.

Pompeo referred to the issue after meeting Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias. He said the United States would work to help the parties involved find mutually agreeable solutions and that it was eager to extend its partnership with Greece on energy issues.

Ankara says some of the areas where Cyprus is exploring are either on its own continental shelf or in zones where Turkish Cypriots have equal rights over any finds with Greek Cypriots.

A Turkish drill ship, the Yavuz, is currently 50 nautical miles off Cyprus. Turkish Energy Minister Fatih Donmez said on Saturday that drilling would start “as soon as possible”.

In his remarks, Pompeo also said that the relationship between Greece and the United States “has truly never been stronger” and that he was very confident that Greece can be a pillar for stability in this region.

But he also added that he was concerned about Chinese investments in infrastructure, an issue also raised during his visit to North Macedonia on Friday. Greece and the United States have traditionally close relations even though many blame Washington for its tacit support to a military junta that ruled Greece between 1967 and 1974. Protest marches to the U.S. Embassy are an annual event.

As Pompeo visited town, groups of protesters marching to the U.S. Embassy on Saturday clashed with police, who fired teargas to disperse them.

Earlier, several hundred demonstrators had gathered in Athens’s main Syntagma square, chanting “Americans, Murderers of Peoples” to protest against the amendment of a defense agreement between the two countries concerning U.S. military bases in Greece.

They held banners reading “Pompeo go home - No to the Greece-USA agreement”.]]>
10/5/2019 3:34:30 PM
<![CDATA[Police officer detained for attacking lawyer in Mahala]]>
According to the initial investigations, the lawyer, Ahmed Elwan, was waiting for his family in his car near a checkpoint in al-Hanafi street in Al-Mahala, a city famous for textile and spinning manufacturing. When the police officer asked him to leave the area, the lawyer refused and alterication aroused between them and then turned into a fist fight.

The situation escalated when the police officer and his aides of policemen launched an onslaught against the lawyer and detained him inside the police car, where they continue beating him until reaching al-Mahala police station.

At the police station, another lawyer saw his colleague and tried to get him out of the police personnel’s fists and filed a complaint against the police officer and his aides.

The police officer has been charged with attacking a lawyer and detaining him without prior warrant of arrest, the statement added.

Immediately, the Ministry of Interior decided to suspend the police officer from his job, the prosecution statement said.

Surveillance cameras inside the police station and in al-Hanafi street have been downloaded for the investigations, while other policemen have been interrogated.
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10/5/2019 2:49:35 PM
<![CDATA[Presidential decree pardons inmates on 6 October anniversary ]]>
In September 2019, the Ministry of Interior released on Thursday 403 prisoners in fulfillment of presidential pardons issued in August in the occasion of Eid al-Adha.

After examining all eligible prisoners’ cases, the committee in charge decided to grant 257 conditional releases, and 146 unconditional releases.

In October 2016, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi announced the formation of a presidential pardon committee, headed by political thinker, Osama al-Ghazaly Harb, for pardoning detainees with charges pending further investigation.

According to the constitution, the president has the right to issue pardons for convicted prisoners after consulting with the Cabinet.]]>
10/5/2019 2:25:21 PM
<![CDATA[Rigorous imprisonment for 5 defendants in 2011 riot case]]>
The court also ordered the defendants to pay around 17.6 million pounds in compensation for vandalism. One of the defendants was sentenced to five years in prison.

The defendants are accused of weapons possession, committing acts of vandalism by setting public and private property on fire and rioting outside the premises of state facilities.

They are also charged with possessing drugs.

Many people were killed and injured in the 2011 incidents.

In December 2011, security forces dispersed a three-week sit-in at the Cabinet building, which caused clashes in the area surrounding the Cabinet and Shura Council and led to the burning of the Scientific Institute.

Some 269 defendants are implicated in the case.]]>
10/5/2019 1:43:35 PM
<![CDATA[Iraqi authorities lift Baghdad curfew; death toll rises to 72 in days of unrest]]>
Traffic ran as normal through the Iraqi capital and streets and main squares were otherwise quiet. Concrete barriers blocked off areas where protesters in their thousands clashed with police during the week.

Iraq’s semi-official High Commission for Human Rights said security forces had detained hundreds of people for demonstrating but then let most of them go.

Police snipers shot at protesters on Friday, Reuters reporters said, escalating violent tactics used by the security forces that have included live fire, tear gas and water cannons.

The security forces have accused gunmen of hiding among demonstrators to shoot at police. Several policeman have died.

The protests over unfair distribution of jobs, lack of services and government corruption erupted on Tuesday in Baghdad and quickly spread to other Iraqi cities, mainly in the south.

It is the deadliest unrest Iraq has seen since the declared defeat of Islamic State in 2017 and has shaken the year-old government of Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi.

The government has responded with vague reform promises that are unlikely to placate Iraqis.

Powerful Iraqi cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, who has a mass popular following and controls a large chunk of parliament, demanded on Friday that the government resign and snap elections be held. At least one other major parliamentary grouping allied itself with Sadr against the government.

Parliament was set to meet on Saturday to discuss protesters’ demands. Sadr’s bloc has said it will boycott the session.]]>
10/5/2019 1:01:31 PM
<![CDATA[EU rejects UK's request for weekend talks as Johnson insists on no Brexit delay]]>
The European Commission said that Johnson’s new Brexit proposals do not provide any basis for finalising a separation agreement, according to Sky News.

Talks on Johnson’s plan to replace the Irish backstop will not take place over the weekend, EU Commission spokeswoman Natasha Bertaud was quoted as saying by Sky. She added that the UK will be given “another opportunity to present its proposals in detail” on Monday.

“If we held talks at the weekend it would look like these were proper negotiations,” the Times newspaper had earlier cited an EU diplomat as saying. “We’re still a long way from that”.

Johnson has consistently said he will not ask for a Brexit delay, reiterating the point on Friday.

“New deal or no deal - but no delay. #GetBrexitDone #LeaveOct31”, Johnson said in a tweet.

However, his government also acknowledged for the first time on Friday that Johnson will send a letter to EU asking for a Brexit delay if no divorce deal has been reached by Oct. 19.

Johnson has not explained the apparent contradiction, with opponents believing he will seek some kind of legal escape route to avoid asking for an extension, or try to pressure the EU into refusing to agree to such a request.

Johnson’s top advisor said the government will be observing developments over the coming week but will not change its negotiating position, The Times reported.

“Next week we are going to know how things turn out,” Dominic Cummings was quoted by The Times as telling other advisers.

“If the EU says no then we are not going to do what the last lot did and change our negotiating position. If we don’t get anything next week, we are gone.”]]>
10/5/2019 12:59:51 PM
<![CDATA[Hundreds return to Hong Kong streets as metro, shops shut after violence]]>
Friday’s protests across the Chinese-ruled city erupted hours after its embattled leader, Carrie Lam, invoked colonial-era emergency powers for the first time in more than 50 years to ban the face masks demonstrators use to hide their identities. The night’s “extreme violence” justified the use of the emergency law, Beijing-backed Lam said in a television address on Saturday.

“The radical behavior of rioters took Hong Kong through a very dark night, leaving society today half-paralyzed,” she said in pre-recorded remarks.

“The extreme violence clearly illustrated that Hong Kong’s public safety is widely endangered. That’s the concrete reason that we had to invoke emergency law yesterday to introduce the anti-mask law.”


But undeterred by the ban and transport shutdown, several hundred pro-democracy protesters, many wearing masks, took to the streets on Saturday, marching through the normally bustling central district of Causeway Bay.

Other groups gathered in Sheung Shui and Tsim Sha Tsui districts as the sun began to set.

“We’re not sure what is going to happen later, but we felt we had to get out and show our basic right to wear a mask,” said one protester, Sue, 22, who wore a black mask and dark glasses to the Causeway Bay march.

“The government needs to learn it can’t squeeze Hong Kong people like this.”The increasingly violent demonstrations that have roiled the city for four months began in opposition to a bill introduced in April that would have allowed extradition to mainland China, but they have since spiraled into a broader pro-democracy movement.

The unrest has plunged Hong Kong into its biggest political crisis since its handover from Britain to China in 1997 under a “one country, two systems” formula that granted it autonomy and broad freedoms not enjoyed on the mainland.

China’s Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office said on Friday the protests were evolving into a revolution backed by foreign forces and could not continue indefinitely.

The United Nations human rights chief called on Saturday for an independent probe into the violence during anti-government protests in Hong Kong, saying the injuries were alarming.

TRANSPORT SHUTDOWN
MTR Corp said its network, which carries about 5 million passengers each day, would remain suspended, while shopping malls and supermarkets also closed, in a new blow for retailers and restaurants in a city on the edge of recession.

An anti-government demonstrator takes part in a protest in Tsim Sha Tsui district, in Hong Kong, China October 5, 2019. REUTERS/Susana Vera
“As we are no longer in a position to provide safe and reliable service to passengers in the circumstances, the corporation had no choice but to make the decision to suspend the service of its entire network,” it said in a statement.

Protesters had set fires at stations, as well as to an empty train, and injured two staff, added MTR, which is known for operating one of the world’s most efficient rail networks.

All stations closed late on Friday, stranding passengers and forcing many to walk home, a situation set to worsen during a holiday weekend in the city.

The airport express, one of the most popular routes to the airport, re-opened with restricted service on Saturday, MTR said.

More than a dozen shopping malls, supermarkets, and branches of Bank of China (Hong Kong) [BOCHK.UL], Bank of East Asia, and Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, which have been targeted by protesters, said they would not open on Saturday.

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The 7-Eleven chain of convenience stores said outlets would close at 5 p.m.

Shoppers formed long lines in supermarkets ahead of the expected closures.

Companies across Hong Kong, the Asian base for many global businesses, are increasingly walking a tightrope between the protesters and China’s Communist Party rulers in Beijing.

On Saturday, shoe brand Vans came under fire from Hong Kong internet users for removing from its website a design submitted in an online competition that showed Hong Kong protesters clad in yellow hard-hats.

In a statement, Vans said designs were removed “in line with our company’s long-held values of respect and tolerance, as well as our clearly communicated guidelines for this competition”.

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The ban on face masks, which took effect on Saturday, was ordered under emergency laws allowing authorities to “make any regulations whatsoever” in what they deem to be the public interest.

But the move enraged protesters, who took to the streets to vent their anger, many wearing masks in defiance of the ban. There were no immediate reports of arrests over the masks.

Demonstrators set fires, hurled petrol bombs at police and burned the Chinese national flag, in a direct challenge to authorities in Beijing. Police said an officer in Yuen Long, a district in the outlying New Territories that saw fierce clashes in July, had fired a shot in self-defense after a protester threw a petrol bomb at him, setting him on fire.

Media said a 14-year-old boy was shot and the city’s Hospital Authority said his condition was now stable, but gave no details.

About 100 demonstrators besieged a branch of the Bank of China (Hong Kong) in the high-end shopping district of Causeway Bay, while across the harbor in the district of Kowloon, protesters smashed the glass store front of a China Life Insurance branch.

Police fired volleys of tear gas to disperse protesters in flashpoint districts such as Causeway Bay, Sha Tin and Wong Tai Sin, underscoring the challenges they face as protests show no sign of letting up.

Hospital authorities said 31 people were hurt in Friday’s protests, two of them seriously.
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10/5/2019 12:57:44 PM
<![CDATA[Electoral silence starts in Tunisia ahead of parliamentary elections]]>
This is the second legislative election to be seen in the country since the Tunisian Constitution of 2014 was endorsed.

All activities of electoral propaganda are prohibited throughout the electoral silence phase.

Tunisian expatriates continue casting their ballots in the parliamentary elections for the second day.

Up to 385,000 eligible voters are registered to take part in the voting process.

Candidates are competing for 217 seats in the Tunisian parliament with the winning political party to be responsible for forming the new government in a period not exceeding two months.]]>
10/5/2019 11:44:52 AM
<![CDATA[Saudi king greets Sisi on anniversary of October war victory]]>
The Saudi king expressed best wishes for Sisi and the Egyptian people, according to the Saudi Press Agency.

A similar cable was sent by Saudi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud to president Sisi.]]>
10/5/2019 11:41:24 AM
<![CDATA[10 injured in blast in India-administered Kashmir]]>
A police statement says the blast on Saturday occurred near the office of a civil administrator in southern Anantnag town.

The statement says the injured included a police official and a journalist. ]]>
10/5/2019 11:33:48 AM
<![CDATA[Sudanese detained citizen to be extradited home: Egypt]]>
"A decree was issued on Friday 4/10/2019, to extradite the Sudanese citizen / Walid Abdel Rahman Hassan Suleiman - who was previously arrested and questioned pending one of the cases - to the Sudanese authorities, after legalizing all measures taken against him by the Supreme State Security Prosecution in the Arab Republic of Egypt," the statement read.

"This step reflects to which extent cooperation exists between the executive bodies of both countries and their keenness to consolidate the values of tolerance and fraternity between the two peoples of the Nile Valley," the statement added.

On Thursday, Egypt’s prosecution has released number of the foreigners who were detained during the anti-government protests.

According to a Thursday statement issued by the general prosecution, releasing those foreigners came per their embassies request from the Egyptian authorities, pledging that they will be departed from the country shortly after releasing them.

The foreigners were accused with cooperation with the out-lowed Muslim Brotherhood group to destabilize the country’s security and creating chaotic statues.

Earlier, Jordanian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Sofian al-Qudah issued a statement saying that, the Egyptian authorities released two Jordanians, were detained during anti-government protests on September 20.

“The Egyptian authorities released Jordanian citizens, Abdel Rahman Hussein al-Rawajbeh and Thaer Matar, who were arrested in Cairo 10 days ago,” al-Qudah said.

The two Jordanian citizens were among six foreigners detained during rare protests staged against President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi on September 24, 2019. TV presenter Amr Adib broadcast a video he acquired from the arrested individuals, showing their passports and video-taped confessions. That was during an episode of his Talk Show “Al Hekaya” on MBC Misr. The foreigners arrested include two Jordanians, two Turkish, a Palestinian, and a Dutch.

The T.V. host said that the arrested people confessed conspiring against Egypt. However, Qudah told Jordanian radio program "Al-Qakil" that the Egyptian authorities did not interrogate the Jordanian citizens.

On September 26, 2019, Egypt's Attorney General Hamada al-Sawi ordered investigations into the protests that have been witnessed in some governorates, aiming to stand on the reasons behind these protests, and the demands of the marchers.

According to the prosecution decree, more than 1,000 have been investigated.

Dozens of arrested people were released without being interrogated in Alexandria and Giza, according human rights organizations said on Wednesday.

Egypt has witnessed rare and small demonstrations in April 2015, when dozens of people demonstrated against handing over the two islands of Tiran and Sanafir at the Aqaba Gulf to Saudi Arabia.

Additional Reporting by Noha El Tawil]]>
10/4/2019 6:10:07 PM
<![CDATA[Kiir thanks Egypt for supporting peace deal in his country]]>
At a meeting with Egyptian Ambassador in Juba Ahmed Bahaa Eddin, Kiir thanked Egypt for its efforts that are aimed at implementing the peace agreement, said the Egyptian Foreign Ministry in a statement on Friday.

Bahaa Eddin asserted at the meeting that Egypt will continue supporting South Sudan and cooperating with it in all fields especially in the education and health domains, added the statement. (MENA)]]>
10/4/2019 1:26:46 PM
<![CDATA[Armed Forces greet president Sisi on October War victory]]>
He stressed in his cable that the army will always be loyal to the homeland and will continue its sacrifices for protecting it.

He confirmed that the army will not allow anybody to violate the Egyptian territories or sovereignty.

Also, Chief of Staff Mohamed Farid sent a similar cable to the president. ]]>
10/4/2019 1:12:12 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt starts green-roofing initiative in government buildings]]>
“Planting roofs of buildings and facilities is a civilized manifestation and a new form of agriculture in the cities to reclaim greenish spaces as a natural breath for citizens,” said Minister Yasmine Fouad, who announced the initiative starting with planting the Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency (EEAA).

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, she added, continuing that this initiative will enhance the aesthetic views of buildings.

Turning into green roofs help decrease high temperature that goes down on roofs by seven Celsius degrees, comparing to non-greenish roofs, Fouad said.

The Ministry’s initiative was announced in cooperation with the German Society for International Cooperation (GiZ), the ministry’s statement said.

The Ministry’s initiative is not the first one launched in Egypt; in 2018, three governmental buildings affiliated with the ministry of Agriculture in Hurghada city, at a cost of LE 60,000 each.

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10/4/2019 1:02:08 PM
<![CDATA[Military Production min., Bulgaria's VMZ talk cooperation]]>
During the meeting, the ministry highlighted its primary role in meeting the needs of the Egyptian armed forces and police concerning ammunition, weapons and equipment.

The surplus production capacity is also used to manufacture various civilian products and contribute to the implementation of national and development projects in the country, the ministry said in a statement.

The meeting also displayed the capacities of the military production companies, especially those working in the field of arms and ammunition production. The two sides discussed cooperation in developing the method of manufacturing various munitions produced by military production companies, as well as cooperation to manufacture new types of ammunition.

For his part, Bogdanov expressed confidence in the possibilities and technological capabilities of the Egyptian ministry in the field of ammunition manufacturing of all kinds, and expressed his readiness to open prospects for cooperation to extend to various areas of military manufacturing and deepen manufacturing technology

The two sides also agreed to exchange visits of technical delegations to identify aspects of joint cooperation and work to implement them.]]>
10/4/2019 10:43:16 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt prosecution release detained foreigners per embassies request ]]>
According to a Thursday statement issued by the general prosecution, releasing those foreigners came per their embassies request from the Egyptian authorities, pledging that they will be departed from the country shortly after releasing them.

The foreigners were accused with cooperation with the out-lowed Muslim Brotherhood group to destabilize the country’s security and creating chaotic statues.

They were also accused with funding terrorists and training them on using special weapons and guns.

The investigations are still ongoing by the prosecution, according to the statement.
Earlier, Jordanian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Sofian al-Qudah issued a statement saying that, the Egyptian authorities released two Jordanians, were detained during anti-government protests on September 20.

“The Egyptian authorities released Jordanian citizens, Abdel Rahman Hussein al-Rawajbeh and Thaer Matar, who were arrested in Cairo 10 days ago,” al-Qudah said.

The two Jordanian citizens were among six foreigners detained during rare protests staged against President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi on September 24, 2019. TV presenter Amr Adib broadcast a video he acquired from the arrested individuals, showing their passports and video-taped confessions. That was during an episode of his Talk Show “Al Hekaya” on MBC Misr. The foreigners arrested include two Jordanians, two Turkish, a Palestinian, and a Dutch.

The T.V. host said that the arrested people confessed conspiring against Egypt. However, Qudah told Jordanian radio program "Al-Qakil" that the Egyptian authorities did not interrogate the Jordanian citizens.

On September 26, 2019, Egypt's Attorney General Hamada al-Sawi ordered investigations into the protests that have been witnessed in some governorates, aiming to stand on the reasons behind these protests, and the demands of the marchers.

According to the prosecution decree, more than 1,000 have been investigated.

Dozens of arrested people were released without being interrogated in Alexandria and Giza, according human rights organizations said on Wednesday.

Egypt has witnessed rare and small demonstrations in April 2015, when dozens of people demonstrated against handing over the two islands of Tiran and Sanafir at the Aqaba Gulf to Saudi Arabia.

Additional Reporting by Noha El Tawil





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10/3/2019 6:46:15 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian diplomat visits Canada's British Columbia province]]>
The visit includes several cities, including Vancouver, Victoria, Nanaimo and Squamish.

In press statements on Thursday, the diplomat said the visit aims at encouraging Canadian companies to pump money into the Egyptian market and benefit from investment privileges.

He said British Colombia province is the headquarters of many international companies operating in clean energy, environment protection, emission reduction, transport and wood industry.

The diplomat also visited Vancouver harbor, the largest sea port in Canada and the third in North America. More than one million containers are being handled at the port annually.

He also held a number of meetings with senior officials, including the prime minister of British Colombia province, presidents of universities and the director of the royal museum]]>
10/3/2019 6:37:06 PM
<![CDATA[ACA arrests two officials over taking bribe]]>
The ACA also nabbed two lawyers working for a private food company for paying large sums as a bribe to an auditor at the social insurance fund, in return for turning a blind eye to the company's irregularities, including the falsification of insurance certificates for the company workers.

In this regard, the authority apprehended a deputy head of a gas company over taking a bribe of EGP 250,000 from officials at a private transport company, in return for assigning the transport of gas supplies to the company.

The authority arrested chairman of the central department for cooperation affairs at the General Authority for Housing and Construction Cooperatives for accepting a bribe from the board chairman of one of building and housing associations in the Red Sea Governorate, in exchange for allocating plots of land to the association.

The chairman of Cairo's environmental monitoring unit was arrested over accepting a bribe from the owner of a cleaning company in Nasr City district, in exchange for renewing the work permits, the ACA said.]]>
10/3/2019 6:33:13 PM
<![CDATA[Allam: Egypt facing fierce war against terrorism]]>
While facing terrorism, the country is moving towards achieving comprehensive development and societal security, Allam said at a seminar at Menouifia University.

He paid tribute to the courageous soldiers who sacrificed their lives during the October war for the homeland.

At the end, he warned students not to be dragged by rumors and lies that are being spread by social media websites.]]>
10/3/2019 6:31:24 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi lays wreath at Memorial of Unknown Soldier]]>CAIRO, Oct 3 (MENA) - President Abdel Fattah El Sisi on Thursday laid a wreath at the Unknown Soldier Memorial on the 46th anniversary of October War victory.

Sisi also laid a wreath on the tomb of late president Anwar el Sadat, the hero of war and peace.

He chatted with Sadat's family members then shook hands with a number of statesmen, including the premier, grand imam of al Azhar and Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria.

Defense Minister Mohamed Zaki and Chief of Staff Mohamed Farid welcomed Sisi upon his arrival at the Memorial of Unknown Soldier.

Then, Sisi headed to the tomb of late president Gamal Abdel Nasser and shook hands with his family members.

Sisi also presided over a meeting of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces.

Sisi greeted the Egyptians over October War victory anniversary.

The meeting tackled a number of files related to the Armed Forces activities and their efforts to preserve national security.]]>
10/3/2019 2:49:25 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt releases two Jordanians]]>
“The Egyptian authorities released Jordanian citizens, Abdel Rahman Hussein al-Rawajbeh and Thaer Matar, who were arrested in Cairo 10 days ago,” said Jordanian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Sofian al-Qudah.




“This reflects the spirit of significant relations between the two countries," Qudah said, adding on his official Twitter account that the two citizens will return home on Thursday.




Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry received a phone call from his Jordanian counterpart Ayman Safadi on Wednesday to discuss bilateral relations and affirm the great ties between the two sides.




The two Jordanian citizens were among six foreigners detained during rare protests staged against President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi on September 24, 2019. TV presenter Amr Adib broadcast a video he acquired from the arrested individuals, showing their passports and video-taped confessions. That was during an episode of his Talk Show “Al Hekaya” on MBC Misr. The foreigners arrested include two Jordanians, two Turkish, a Palestinian, and a Dutch.

The T.V. host said that the arrested people confessed conspiring against Egypt. However, Qudah told Jordanian radio program "Al-Qakil" that the Egyptian authorities did not interrogate the Jordanian citizens.

On September 26, 2019, Egypt's Attorney General Hamada al-Sawi ordered investigations into the protests that have been witnessed in some governorates, aiming to stand on the reasons behind these protests, and the demands of the marchers. According to the prosecution decree, more than 1,000 have been investigated.

Dozens of arrested people were released without being interrogated in Alexandria and Giza, according human rights organizations said on Wednesday.

Egypt has witnessed rare and small demonstrations in April 2015, when dozens of people demonstrated against handing over the two islands of Tiran and Sanafir at the Aqaba Gulf to Saudi Arabia.

Additional Reporting by Noha El Tawil
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10/3/2019 1:41:16 PM
<![CDATA[PICS: Sisi inaugurates 'Our Heritage' handcrafts exhibition, encourages exhibitors]]>
President Sisi met with most of the exhibitors and project owners from different governorates, where he encouraged them to expand and increase production to provide new job opportunities and to transfer their technical and industrial expertise to the less professional craftsmen, presidential spokesman Bassam Radi said.

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During his tour at the exhibition, President Sisi listened to the proposals of the exhibitors on increasing the competitiveness of these distinctive products and marketing them inside and outside Egypt.

In this regard, Sisi ordered increasing financial support provided to the exhibition by the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Authority, and also reviewing the possibility to hold the exhibition permanently throughout the year.

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Nevin Game', head of the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Authority, for her part, said that Sisi's dialogue with people at the exhibition gave a very positive impression to the exhibitors, as the president was keen to listen to the problems and challenges facing them.

She added during a telephone interview with Salat al-Tahrir on Sada al-Balad TV channel that the president accepted all the invitations offered by the exhibitors to have a look on their products.

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10/2/2019 9:55:27 PM
<![CDATA[Swiss Embassy Celebrates 40 years of Swiss-Egyptian Development Cooperation]]>
Speakers at the event, which will be held on October 2, will be Swiss Ambassador to Egypt Paul Garnier, UN Country Representative Richard Dictus, UNFPA Country Representative Aleksandar Bodiroza, former Programme Manager at the Jesuits and Brothers Association Magdy Asham, General Director of the Egyptian Red Crescent Ramy El Nazer, and Director of Shnit Cairo Wael Omar. The speakers will discuss the many facets of Swiss-Egyptian development cooperation and their involvement in it.

Following the press conference, attendees will have an opportunity to view a gallery of black-and-white posters showcasing images from Switzerland’s diverse development projects across Egypt.

Forty years ago, in 1979, Switzerland and Egypt concluded a partnership to stimulate economic cooperation and investments, and bring support to the most vulnerable people among the Egyptian population. Projects at the time focused on infrastructure. Today, Switzerland’s development projects in Egypt have expanded greatly to include diverse activities in the fields of democratic processes and human rights, inclusive sustainable economic growth and employment, and migration and protection. Switzerland supports Egypt’s comprehensive reform agenda as set out in its 2030 Egypt Vision.

Some of the highlights of Switzerland’s development programme successes in Egypt include provision of reliable radiology services that have benefitted 1.8 million patients, creation of 50,000 jobs in the aquaculture sector, and provision of support to three microfinance institutions with 450,000 clients and an outstanding portfolio of 110 million Swiss francs.

“Partnership is part and parcel of Switzerland’s cooperation worldwide, and this is very true for our cooperation programme here in Egypt. We are proud to be making a difference in the lives of many Egyptians,” said Swiss Ambassador to Egypt Paul Garnier.

For the 40-year landmark celebration, Ambassador Raymund Furrer, the head of Switzerland’s Economic Cooperation and Development Division and Delegate of the Swiss Government for Trade Agreements, will be visiting Cairo from 7-11 October to meet with Egyptian officials and partners, visit projects and discuss continued development cooperation in the future.]]>
10/2/2019 1:44:15 PM
<![CDATA[LE100 fine for pasting ads without permission: Cairo Metro]]>
The company further stressed that the fine will be collected from the offender immediately.

Police officers at the stations will collect the fines, and in case the violator fails to pay, the policeman will issue a report of the incident to be referred to the Public Prosecution.

The Cairo Metro Company confirmed that the decision aims at achieving discipline and maintaining cleanliness of the stations and trains.


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10/2/2019 1:24:45 PM
<![CDATA[Final verdict in Hesham Ashmawy’s case postponed to December 1]]>
The case includes Ashmawy along with 207 other defendants who are members of “Bayt al-Maqdes” terrorist group, over committing 54 crimes, including the assassination of a police officer, attempted assassination of former Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim as well as orchestrating explosions that targeted several security facilities.

The prosecution has drawn a list of charges against the defendants including: establishing and leading a terrorist organization that aims to disrupt the constitution, violating citizens’ freedoms and rights, spying to a foreign organization “Hamas Movement;” damaging state utilities, premeditated murder and the possession of machinery weapon, ammunition and explosives.

Egyptian terrorist Hesham Ashmawy, who was handed in May to Egypt by the Libyan army; he will be judged in five lawsuits in which he earlier received verdicts in absentia after carrying out a number of terrorist attacks that caused the death of 54 army and police personnel and civilians.

Ashmawy was arrested in 2018 in Derna and handed over by the Libyan army to the General Intelligence Security (GIS) in Egypt in May.

The handing over of Hisham Ashmawy, the ex-military officer and the mastermind behind several high profile attacks in Egypt, was seen as a revenge for dozens of terror victims among army and police forces over the past years.

To know more about Ashmawy's case, read our story:

Why is Hisham Ashmawy's handover hailed in Egypt?

CAIRO - 29 May 2019: Local media outlets lauded the "great capture" of the most wanted Egyptian terrorist Hisham Ashmawy, who was arrested in 2018 in Derna and handed over by the Libyan army to the General Intelligence Security (GIS) in Egypt on Tuesday.



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10/2/2019 1:00:17 PM
<![CDATA[Updates on Universal Health Insurance in Egypt ]]>
The pilot phase was launched in Port Said in July 2019, registering until now 506,000 citizens. The first phase of the system - set to be introduced gradually until 2030 - includes the governorates of Port Said, Ismailiyah, Suez, Luxor, Aswan, and South Sinai.

The official clarified that the introduction of the system in a governorate requires first capacity-building of medical establishments and teams, and the registration of citizens in medical units and centers.

Earlier this week, the pilot phase in Ismailiyah started by registering 400 families and upgrading the medical units and centers.

Officials at the Universal Health Insurance Authority told Egypt Today in September that the system will be introduced in Ismailiyah governorate as a pilot phase starting January 2020.

The number of hospitals set to be part of the system is seven, while the numberof medical units has not been decided yet. The officials who spoke on condition of anonymity said that 16 medical units and centers are being developed and equipped to start operation within the new system at the designated date.

The Ministry of Health and Population has developed AbouKhalifa Hospital at a budget of LE273 million, and is finalizing the renovation works in Ismailiyah General Hospital at a cost of LE316 million.

The ministry is also modernizing Al-Qasasin Central Hospital and Al-Tal Al-Kabir Fever Hospital. The latter is being revamped to specialize in the treatment of digestive and liver diseases at a budget of LE529 million.

AbouKhalifa Hospital is partially operating as a number of surgeries was carried out there. The hospital serves the residents of Suez Canal governorates and North Sinai. It was open prior to AFCON 2019 - held in June - to receive possible emergency cases when matches in Ismailiyah and Suez took place.

The capacity of the hospital is 111 beds, including 13 in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). It consists of five operating theaters, an emergency room, four labs, a CT scan unit, two X-ray devices, three sonar devices, a blood bank, a hostel facility, and an auditorium for conferences and lectures.

The Universal Health Insurance was first introduced in the country as a pilot phase in Port Said governorate in July through seven hospitals and 11 healthcare units.
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10/2/2019 12:30:30 PM
<![CDATA[Adly Mansour Axis Road in BeniSuef to be inaugurated soon]]>
The length of the road is 4.5 kilometers and connects the Eastern DesretKoraimat Road to the Western Agricultural Cairo-Aswan Road and BeniSuef-Fayoum road to the west. The cost of the construction is LE1.2 billion.

The road will alleviate traffic on Beni Suef Bridge,stretching over the Nile River, and will facilitate the crossing of trucks between the river banks in the governorate, connecting them together.

The Roads and Bridges Authority confirmed in August that the project of upgrading the efficiency and expansion of Gamasa-Mansoura road with a length of 50 km and will be completed in May 2020 at a cost of LE 1.05 billion.

According to a statement issued by the authority on Monday, the road is currently constructed by state-owned Nile Company for the Construction of Roads, noting that the construction works began in May 2018.

The authority said that the implementation of the road is of great importance to link Mansoura, Gamasa with the international coast road.
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10/2/2019 12:26:18 PM
<![CDATA[NCW to visit family of abused girl Amany]]>
Farha al-Shennawy, rapporteur of the NCW’s branch in Dakahlia, the Delta, said the council is ready to provide all means of financial and moral support for Amany and her family, after the younger sister, Gannah, died of complications.

The NCW already appointed a psychiatrist for Amany to help her go past the ordeal. It also presented her gifts and toys that are suitable for her age to console her, Shennawy said.

She added that Gannah and Amany’s cases are part of the “repercussions of the widespread of divorce and the collapse of families in the Egyptian society; as such radical solutions must be found to protect children from becoming victims in horrendous crimes like torturing Amany and Gannah.”

Shennawy called for trying the maternal grandmother to set an example for anyone who would abuse children. The girls’ parents are divorced, and they used to live with the father’s family but were given to the mother’s family nine months ago after she filed a lawsuit to gain custody.

Gannah, 4, died Saturday after succumbing to the wounds she had sustained over a long time of torture and amputating her leg. Amany, 6, was found to have similar wounds to her younger sister, such as burns in the genital area.

Amany has been transferred to an orphanage in Giza, which lies under the auspices of Al-Azhar Imam Ahmed al-Tayeb. After rehabilitation, she will return to her father’s family.

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10/2/2019 12:23:25 PM
<![CDATA[PM follows up gov't efforts to ensure citizens' access to medicines]]>
This came during a meeting Madbouli held with Minister of Health and Population Hala Zayed to follow up the preparations at the hospitals included in the first phase of implementing the new comprehensive health insurance system.

Briefing the premier on the preparations in progress at the ministry affiliated hospitals and healthcare units, Zayed noted that efforts are underway to conclude cooperation protocol is on the horizon between her ministry and the Ministry of Military Production to provide necessary equipment at these facilities.

Services have been digitized at seven hospitals and 26 healthcare units Port Said governorate, the minister said.

She added that citizens in the five first-phase governorates, i.e Suez, Ismailia, Aswan, Luxor, and South Sinai, had already started having their data registered on the new system, which will be initially applied in the last two governorates next January.

Zayed shed light on her ministry's efforts to ensure citizens' access to medicines through a raft of follow-up and control measures to follow up the national pharmaceuticals stocks and consumption rates.]]>
10/2/2019 11:48:34 AM
<![CDATA[Sisi to inaugurate “Our Heritage” exhibition for small enterprises]]>
The statement reported that the exhibition is organized by the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Authority during the period from October 2 to October 6.]]>
10/2/2019 11:24:53 AM
<![CDATA[Mediterranean Region is the 2nd most affected area by Climate Change, UfM Secretary General]]>
The phenomenon of climate change was the main theme of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly, hosting the Youth Climate Summit and Climate Action Summit.

Several international and regional organizations participated in the meetings, including Union for the Mediterranean, an intergovernmental institution that brings together 43 countries to promote dialogue and cooperation in the Euro-Mediterranean region.

In an interview with Ambassador Nasser Kamel, secretary general of the union, Kamel shared the main findings of a new study about the challenges and threats that face the Mediterranean region as a result of the phenomenon. The study will be released later in October.


In the below lines is the interview with Mr. Kamel:

You conducted the first regional study about the impact of global warming on the Mediterranean region. Would you tell us more about the study and What are the plans of the Union to tackle these challenges?

Climate and environment issues are one of the main areas of work in the Union for the Mediterranean. Nearly 40% of the Union's activities focus on these issues and 60% of the projects we support are related to this area as well. As the Mediterranean region gathers three continents, so there is the availability of a database on the impact of climate change and global warming on the Mediterranean region, where all studies were continental.

The Union for the Mediterranean, in cooperation with the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), under an initiative related to the United Nations called "Blue Plan", we created the first scientific group of 80 researchers and scientists from the region to study how the Mediterranean basin is affected by the effects of climate change.

The group presents the first preliminary results of this rigorous scientific research on the sidelines of the ministerial meetings of Union for the Mediterranean in early October and will provide a recommendation to decision-makers on what should be taken consider to deal with the phenomenon.

What are the main results of the study in this regard?

The study shows that the Mediterranean region is already one of regions most affected by global warming and the more horrifying is that it’s the second most affected area after the North Pole. One possible effect is to increase the rate of water poverty in the entire Mediterranean basin, as well as the impact of biodiversity and fish quantity. This study puts the problem within a Euro-Mediterranean framework and clearly demonstrates that unless the North Mediterranean countries move to support the southern Mediterranean countries, they will be equally affected.

Numerous reports and studies have reported the effects of climate change on the delta region and the potential of inundation of Alexandria city as a result of rising sea levels.. has the study dealt with this matter?

The study says that unless we act to reduce global warming and carbon emissions within 12 years and hold the increase in the global average temperature to well below 1.5°C, there will be several effects, including the possibility of rising sea level to affect all coastal cities overlooking the sea, not only Alexandria. But these scenarios are based on the assumption that countries will not act to deal with this challenge, while the reality is that governments are conscious of the threat and each has a national plan as well as regional and international cooperation. For example, Egypt has taken many steps over the past five years by switching from traditional energy sources to non-traditional renewable sources, working on protecting the Mediterranean coast and infrastructure projects.

The countries most affected by climate change are the least contributing to the phenomenon as the main responsibility lies on the industrialized countries. Is the responsibility of confronting the phenomenon equal between countries?

The industrial countries realize that they have a greater responsibility as a result of the historical perspective of the phenomenon and given their economic abilities in the face of the phenomenon. Consequently, national determinations vary from country to country according to their capacity and the degree of thermal emissions they cause.
The European Union countries are among the most contributors to addressing it. They are committed to the Paris deal and are committed to its voluntary contribution providing technical to Southern Mediterranean countries in identifying challenges, developing strategies and finding funding.

What is the assistance provided by the North Mediterranean countries to the South?

The contribution relates to four areas, including financial support for a number of countries. The number of projects supported and adopted by the Union, worth 2.3 billion euros in all countries of the Southern Mediterranean. North also provides technical assistance and feasibility studies.

You referred to the Eco-friendly projects, are the green projects profitable compared to others?

Studies on the ground prove that Eco-friendly projects such as renewable energy and biological crops are economically feasible. The private sector is looking for investment opportunities for environmentally responsible infrastructure projects because of their returns. There is an example in Brazil when street lighting was changed by LED bulbs, resulting in a 63 percent reduction in emissions from city lighting and a 64 percent reduction in electricity consumption, moreover 14 percent returns for the private sector.

Also because of the economic feasibility of these projects, pension investment funds in Europe, the United States and major companies direct a proportion of funds to invest in such projects as part of their policies.

What are the actual steps taken by Egypt in the face of the phenomenon?

The Egyptian state initiative regarding the use of energy-saving bulbs is one of the most responsible environmental initiatives and its economic feasibility is quite clear. The government’s aim is that by 2025 Egypt will get 42% of its electricity from renewable sources and it constructed the Benban complex as the world’s largest solar park. All this shows that Egypt is on track and so do many southern Mediterranean countries such as Morocco, Tunisia, and Jordan, as well as the North Mediterranean countries. Some north countries plan that by 2040 it will be emission neutral in the sense of reaching Zero Emissions.

To what extent the region able to overcome climate change?

I am optimistic about the serious steps being taken to combat the phenomenon by the governments of the region on different levels and through many methods; ecological agriculture, waste treatment, and eco-friendly projects.
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10/2/2019 6:42:50 AM
<![CDATA[80% of Upper Egypt electricity network renovated at LE1.4B]]>
The company has introduced 478 transformers, 828 power boxes, 232 ring main units, and 443 low-voltage panels. The medium-voltage network encompasses 13 power distribution units, 1,736 transmission towers, and 227,000 meters of transmission lines.

In September, Chairman of Middle Egypt Company for Electricity Distribution Raafat Shamaa told Egypt Today that the total number of electricity theft complaints filed until May is 40,553.

The total value of those is LE 263.8 million. However, the value of 35,079 complaints worth LE107.2 million has been collected.

A source in the Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy revealed that the investments in the sector between 2014 and 2020, including Dabaa Nuclear Power Plant, are worth LE 1 trillion. Of those, LE 515 are allocated to the generation, transmission, and distribution of electricity.

Such projects are aimed at securing the needs of citizens, investors, and development plans until 2050.
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10/1/2019 5:38:48 PM
<![CDATA[First lady marks International Day for Older Persons ]]>
“We have to pay tribute to our fathers and mothers, and all previous generations, to whom we owe a great thanks to what they have done for the advancement of this society, and the work they have done to build it properly, thanks to them all,” she wrote.

The day was observed for the first time on October 1, 1991, one year after the United Nations General Assembly voted to establish October 1 as the International Day of Older Persons, to appreciate the contributions that the older people make to society.




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10/1/2019 4:46:29 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt to manufacture electric vehicle charging stations]]>
The move comes within the state’s plan to give up the use of fuel vehicles in public transportation and introduce electric ones. The Ministry of Military Production had signed in April an agreement with Foton Motor to produce 2,000 electric buses over 4 years at its Tank Production and Repair Company (Factory 200).

In the same month, the ministry signed an MoU with Geely to produce cars starting September 2019. That was during the president's visit to China to attend the Belt and the Road Summit.

Why Egypt is significant to Belt and Road Initiative

CAIRO - 27 April 2019: Egypt's Suez Canal is expected to become a pivotal part of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) as it will be the only maritime connection between Africa and Asia on the one hand and Europe on the other hand.




The CEO of SSE expressed desire in cooperating with the ministry’s affiliate companies for its qualified labor and advanced production lines, saying his company would share the latest technology in the sector with the ministry with the aim of exporting to African and Arab markets.
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10/1/2019 3:48:37 PM
<![CDATA[Saudi Arabia supports Egyptian efforts for fighting terrorism]]>
The Saudi Cabinet, at a meeting under King Salman bin Abdel Aziz, expressed support for measures adopted by the Egyptian army and police in North Sinai for uprooting terrorism, reported the Saudi press agency.

The Cabinet also urged the international community to stand against the terrorist Iranian acts and practices.

The Cabinet reviewed the recent developments at the Arab, regional and international levels, said Minister of Information Turki bin Abdullah Shabana.]]>
10/1/2019 3:44:33 PM
<![CDATA[In 4 days, Egypt screens 676 South Sudanese for Hepatitis C]]>
The company has introduced 478 transformers, 828 power boxes, 232 ring main units, and 443 low-voltage panels. The medium-voltage network encompasses 13 power distribution units, 1,736 transmission towers, and 227,000 meters of transmission lines.

Last week, Chairman of Middle Egypt Company for Electricity Distribution Raafat Shamaa told Egypt Today that the total number of electricity theft complaints filed by May is 40,553.

The total value of those is LE263.8 million. However, the value of 35,079 complaints worth LE107.2 million has been collected.

A source in the Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy revealed that the investments in the sector between 2014 and 2020, including Dabaa Nuclear Power Plant, are worth LE1 trillion. Of those, LE515 are allocated to the generation, transmission, and distribution of electricity.

Such projects are aimed at securing the needs of citizens, investors, and development plans until 2050.
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10/1/2019 3:37:40 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt: Measures should be adopted against parties supporting terrorists]]>
Egyptian envoy to the UN Mohamed Iddris, added while reading Egypt's statements at a Security Council session on Syria, that these measures should be taken against any party or government that funds or provides terrorists with weapons as well.

He added in press statements on Tuesday that Egypt expressed hope that setting up the Syrian constitutional committee will stop the suffering of the Syrian people and help the Syrians reach a political settlement to their crisis.

The Egyptian statement underscored the necessity of adopting serious and collective measures for fighting terrorism and illegitimate armed groups in Syria, he pointed out.

Egypt warned of the spread of the danger of terrorists and foreign fighters outside Syria to Libya and other African areas, he added. ]]>
10/1/2019 2:08:30 PM
<![CDATA[House speaker says unified front needed in face of threats]]>
Addressing the fifth regular session, which started earlier Tuesday, Abdel Aal said Egypt lies in the heart of a troubled and unstable region.

Conflicts are everywhere around Egypt, he said, voicing appreciation for the national role played by the military and police to protect the country.

Abdel Aal said he spared no effort to support democratic practices, vowing the House will always remain a platform of dialogue for the majority, minority and independent members.]]>
10/1/2019 2:05:48 PM
<![CDATA[Third edition of terror combat forum kicks off]]>
The forum is chaired by Egypt's former foreign minister Ambassador Mohamed Al Orabi. It is organized by the Arab and Egyptian Solidarity Council, the African Cultural Institute and the African Union.

A galaxy of Arab and African officials from 16 Arab and African countries are participating in the event.

The forum will address foreign challenges facing Arab and African countries especially interference of some regional countries in the Arab and African affairs.

The forum is expected to issue a number of recommendations on combating terrorism to be referred to governments and decision-makers in the Arab and African countries.]]>
10/1/2019 12:30:44 PM
<![CDATA[UMS finishes ‘Egypt: A Piece of Heaven’ documentary series]]>
A team consisting of Egyptian, American, and European professionals worked on the project for ten months using the 6K technology. The series will present to the world a new perspective of historic sites and projects recently accomplished in the sectors of transportation, utilities, housing, and trade.

UMC declared receipt of broadcast/streaming requests from European and U.S. TV channels and digital platforms.
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9/30/2019 5:21:28 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt exempts Sudanese students from 90% of tuition fees]]>
In a similar context, Nidaa al-Sudan (Sudan’s Call) meetings fostered by Egypt are set to conclude on Monday. They kicked off in Ain al-Sokhna on Saturday in order to reach an agreement on the political framework to be adopted by Sudan after ending the transitional phase.

Nidaa al-Sudan is a coalition of political parties, which are the National Umma Party, the National Congress Party, the Sudan People's Liberation Movement and the Justice and Equality Movement.

Earlier this month, Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok paid Egypt a state visit to discuss bilateral relations and present latest developments on his country’s political scene after the ouster of Former Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir in April.
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9/30/2019 2:25:39 PM