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"A Turkish ship loaded with weapons and ammunition, which docked this morning in the port of Tripoli, was destroyed," said the media center of the LNA's Dignity Operations Room on Facebook.

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

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

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

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

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2/18/2020 4:05:29 PM
<![CDATA[Al Azhar condemns attack on Burkina Faso church]]>
A statement issued by Al Azhar on Tuesday expressed rejection of such crimes, describing attacks on places of worship as a despicable act, pointing out that religions urge peace and love and reject killing and terrorism.

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

In the statement, Al Azhar offered condolences to the people and government of Burkina Faso calling for a speedy recovery of the wounded. ]]>
2/18/2020 3:23:17 PM
<![CDATA[Assar, Senegalese min. of Armed Forces discuss cooperation in military, civil industrialization]]>
During their meeting, Assar stressed his ministry's keenness on boosting cooperation with the Senegalese Ministry of Armed Forces in supplying military equipment, weapons and ammunition, training of technicians and cyber security.

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

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

He also lauded efforts exerted by Egypt to strengthen its ties with fellow African countries, underlining that they agreed on dispatching a technical team from the Senegalese Ministry of Armed Forces and companies to visit Egypt's military production factories to stand on their potentials.]]>
2/18/2020 1:48:38 PM
<![CDATA[Head of hospital dies in coronavirus epicenter; global economic impact spreads]]>
Chinese state television said Liu Zhiming, the director of Wuhan Wuchang Hospital, died at 10:30 a.m, the seventh health worker to fall victim. The hospital was designated to solely treat virus-infected patients.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Chinese data “appear to show a decline in new cases” but any apparent trend “must be interpreted very cautiously”.
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2/18/2020 1:15:09 PM
<![CDATA[Japan to start trials using HIV treatment for coronavirus: Suga]]>
"We’re currently preparing to start clinical trials using HIV medication on the novel coronavirus," Suga, the government’s top spokesman, said at a daily press briefing.

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

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

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

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

Meanwhile, Gomaa met a number of Arab ambassadors at the resident of Ambassador Youssef to discuss a set of Arab issues.]]>
2/18/2020 1:03:10 PM
<![CDATA[Alexandria, Dekheila ports working normally despite heavy rain]]>
Also, the shipping activities are going on as usual.

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

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

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

During investigations and questioning, 51 suspects confessed to joining the armed groups as well as illegally possessing firearms, ammunition and explosives.]]>
2/18/2020 12:04:13 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi inaugurates new factories of military production company]]>
The Qalyubia-based company belongs to the Ministry of Military Production and has military productions including small weapons as well as heavy ones, such as automatic rifles and general-purpose machine guns.

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

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

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

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

The president in January inaugurated Berenice military base in south of Red Sea. Bernice military base is the latest base in a series of Egyptian military bases, which goes the line with a plan to develop and modernize the Egyptian army.]]>
2/17/2020 3:44:41 PM
<![CDATA[In Pics: Health Min. evacuates 617 people from Matruh quarantine]]>
The minister also confirmed that President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi was following the Egyptians' condition until the end. she explained in a statement to the press on Monday that the Ministry of Health will honor the doctors who participated in the quarantine camp for 14 days.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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2/17/2020 3:07:49 PM
<![CDATA[Additional 99 virus infections confirmed on cruise ship in Japan: reports]]>
The widening impact of the outbreak, which began in China in December and has killed over 1,700 people, is threatening large public events and damaging output and tourism in Japan.]]>
2/17/2020 11:19:11 AM
<![CDATA[New coronavirus is 'preventable and treatable': China health official]]>
Guo Yanhong, a hospital administration supervisor at the commission, made the remarks at a daily press conference, in which she also said the percentage of infected patients in virus epicenter Wuhan who are critically ill had dropped to 18% now from 38% at the beginning of the outbreak.]]>
2/17/2020 11:13:15 AM
<![CDATA[China: Nearly 1,770 deaths, 70,635 confirmed cases of coronavirus]]>
The total number of confirmed cases on the Chinese mainland now stands at 70,548 and the cumulative death toll is 1,770.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WHO urges the public to obtain the latest information on COVID-19 from key sources such as ministries of health and WHO, and follow and promote the recommended basic preventive and protective measures available on the WHO official websites.]]>
2/17/2020 10:48:24 AM
<![CDATA[Commander of Mansoura Air Battle in 1973 War dies]]>

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ERA has also concluded a contract with Spanish company Talgo to manufacture and supply six air-conditioned trains similar to the turbine trains, which were previously operating in the Railways Authority. The first of those will arrive in Cairo at the end of 2020 to be first tested. If approved, the rest will be supplied.
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2/16/2020 5:05:47 PM
<![CDATA[Top prosecutor orders continuing investigations into Egyptian researcher]]>
Preliminary investigations reveal that Patrick faces accusations of spreading false news and statements to distort social peace, inciting people to protest without obtaining a permit, seeking to overthrow the regime through incitement and promoting principles and thoughts that lead to changing the basic principles of the constitution, according to media reports.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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2/16/2020 2:36:01 PM
<![CDATA[Education ministry hires Japanese experts to supervise Tokkatsu system]]>
The ministry detailed in a statement on Saturday that the experts are set to oversee the educational process in schools that adopt the Japanese Educational Model of Holistic Education (Tokkatsu) in the 2020/2021 academic year.

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

The number of Egyptian-Japanese schools is 41 spread nationwide.]]>
2/16/2020 2:09:53 PM
<![CDATA[Awqaf min. leaves for Geneva to attend conf. on protecting youths from extremism]]>
The conference is due to be held on February 18-19.

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

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

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

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

The organization includes all Arab countries present in the Arab League. A Pan-Arab meeting is organized every two years. ]]>
2/16/2020 11:42:57 AM
<![CDATA[Coronavirus case in Egypt showed no symptoms, placed under quarantine: Min.]]>
While the new virus, which emerged in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, had stayed away from Africa, Egyptian Health Ministry and the World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday confirmed the country’s first case, a Chinese national who local authorities later said was moved to Matrouh governorate, in the northwestern part of the country, to be placed under quarantine.

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

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

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

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

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

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


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2/16/2020 11:27:03 AM
<![CDATA[Alexandria to see slums off by 2030: Governor]]>
Governor of Alexandria, Mohamed El-Sherif, said on Sunday morning that the governorate has many construction violations, having been accumulating since 2011, in addition to numerous unlicensed buildings.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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2/16/2020 7:45:41 AM
<![CDATA[Mashat voices keenness to promote partnership with UNDP]]>
At a meeting with UNDP Deputy Regional Director for Arab States Sarah Poole, Mashat said that her ministry is working to link all development projects with the sustainable development goals.

Mashat asserted the importance of increasing funding for the private sector, which she said participates in the development process, with an aim to achieve integration between the development partners and the private sector.

Meanwhile, Poole said the UNDP is keen to boost cooperation with Egypt to achieve development success in various fields and to achieve integration between the UN projects and the program's activities in Egypt.

She hailed the Egyptian government's economic reform program which includes development projects that help attain the sustainable development goals.

The UNDP is keen to engage in partnership with the private sector in development projects, she said.

She also shed light on the Knowledge Week for Sustainable Development in Egypt which is organized by the UNDP here to help Arab states formulate forward-thinking strategies to support knowledge.]]>
2/15/2020 3:59:34 PM
<![CDATA[France announces first coronavirus death outside Asia]]>
France has recorded 11 cases of the virus, out of a global total of 63,851.The vast majority of those suffering from the virus are in China.The epidemic has killed almost 1,400 people.]]>
2/15/2020 1:57:54 PM
<![CDATA[First case of coronavirus quarantined in Marsa Matrouh]]>
The Egyptian Ministry of Health announced that a Chinese passenger, 33 years old, was tested positive for the disease. The infected case was transported from Cairo to Central al-Nagila Hospital in Marsa Matrouh via a self-sterilizing ambulance. He was isolated in a separate room away from the hospital’s all departments.

A medical source at the hospital spoke on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to brief the media that the infected person could catch the virus as he was in an infected lady in China.

Egyptian Minister of Health Hala Zayed told al-Hikaya T.V. Show on Friday that the infected person could be cured from the disease, noting that his current condition is not contagious as the disease symptoms did not appear yet.

She added that his family and all 14 people he dealt with were tested negative for the disease.

The Ministry has taken strict measures against those who were in direct contact with the infected person, according to the ministry’s statement on Friday evening. They were isolated in their locations of residence as a precautionary measure for a period of 14 days, the ministry stated.

Since February 3, 2020, Marsa Matrouh hospital was announced a quarantine for possible cases could be infected with the virus. Since then, a total of 362 Egyptians who returned from the Chinese city of Wuhan, the source of the virus, have been quarantined there. Minister Hala Zayed confirmed that all quarantined Egyptians are negative for the virus.

Representative of the World Health Organization in Egypt, John Gabor praised Egypt’s transparency dealing with the situation, and “its keenness to inform WHO of the case as soon as it was discovered.

John stressed that Egypt was one of the first countries to develop a good preventive plan against Coronavirus, as it was provided with an accurate detectors to discover any case infected with the new emerging virus.




According to the WHO latest data as of Friday, a total of 49, 053 cases were confirmed positive for the virus globally since its outbreak in late January 2020. Meanwhile, the death toll from the virus reached 1381 persons.]]>
2/15/2020 12:39:29 PM
<![CDATA[Hong Kong announces anti-COVID-19 funds]]>
The amount is more than double the 10 billion Hong Kong dollars ($1.3 billion) the government initially planned.

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam says the government will subsidize companies producing masks to boost supply and provide 4.7 billion Hong Kong dollars ($605 million) more to the Hospital Authority.

Lam says cash handouts will also be given to poor families, students and other groups hit by the epidemic, including travel agencies, property management firms and restaurants.

Lam, whose government has come under fire for its perceived mishandling of the outbreak, says her administration has “put in every effort” to fight the virus. She said the emergency funding reflects its commitment to protect the welfare of the city's 7.4 million people.]]>
2/15/2020 12:19:58 PM
<![CDATA[UAE announces 2 new Coronavirus patients recovered]]>
The two new patients who had recovered were Chinese citizens, a 41-year old man, and his son, who was eight years of age, the ministry said.

Head of International Health Regulations at the UAE Health Ministry Fatima Al Attar indicated that the treatment of the Coronavirus depends on enhancing the immunity level of patients, treating the symptoms and easing complications, as there is no vaccine for the virus to date.

She pointed out that the father and son had received medical treatment in one of the country's best hospitals.

Attar noted that the studies currently available have proven that the recovery rate from this virus may reach 98 per cent.

Individuals diagnosed are receiving proper healthcare in accordance with leading World Health Organisation standards, with each case being individually monitored until full recovery is achieved, she emphasized.

It is reported that the other five cases are still being continuously monitored and one of them is under intensive care.]]>
2/15/2020 12:17:05 PM
<![CDATA[Eight planes put on lockdown at Heathrow over coronavirus fears]]>
Passengers on a United Airlines flight from San Francisco were told to stay put after landing because someone on board may have caught the deadly flu-like disease.

The captain reportedly warned they could be stuck on the tarmac for some time as the alarm had been raised on ‘seven other planes’.

A British Airways flight from Kuala Lumpur was understood to have been held up for two hours after staff became concerned a Malaysian family ‘of around eight’ could be carrying the bug.]]>
2/15/2020 12:12:36 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt announces first Coronavirus infection ]]>
Spokesperson for the Health Ministry Khaled Megahed said that the laboratory tests which were conducted for the suspected case at Cairo International Airport, resulted in a positive virus, however no symptoms appears on the infected person.

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The ministry said in a statement that they informed World Health Organization (WHO) as soon as they suspected the infection.

It was explained that discovering the case comes amid the ministry’s precaution plan to follow-up with the travelers coming from the countries which recorded Infections with coronavirus.

Megahed affirmed that all necessary measures have been taken in cooperation with WHO.


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“The case was transferred by a “self-sterilized” ambulance to a hospital to be isolated and followed-up” Megahed said, adding that the infected person condition is completely stable.

Ministry has taken strict measures against those who were in direct contact with the infected person according to the statement. They were isolated in their locations of residence as a precautionary measure for a period of 14 days, the ministry stated.

Representative of the World Health Organization in Egypt, John Gabor praised Egypt’s transparency dealing with the situation, and “its keenness to inform WHO of the case as soon as it was discovered.

John stressed that Egypt was one of the first countries to develop a good preventive plan against Coronavirus, as it was provided with an accurate detectors to discover any case infected with the new emerging virus.




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2/14/2020 7:56:53 PM
<![CDATA[ Cairo hosts Sweden’s MENA Regional Meeting]]>
Sweden and Egypt also conducted UN and bilateral consultations during the week to discuss bilateral and multilateral topics of common concern and opportunities to develop further cooperation between the two countries.

“I’m delighted that Egypt and Cairo were chosen to host this year’s annual Swedish MENA ambassadors’ meeting. A group of some 50 ambassadors and high officials have gathered under the leadership of three deputy ministers, which gave us a great opportunity to hold bilateral meetings with Egyptian ministries, businesses and civil society,” said H.E Jan Thesleff, Ambassador of Sweden to Egypt.
Thesleff pointed out that this visit underscores Egypt’s great importance to Sweden.

During the week, Sweden’s Deputy Foreign Minister Robert Rydberg has also met with Egypt’s Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister for African Affairs, H.E. Hamdi Loza. Sweden’s Deputy Minister for International Development Cooperation, Per Olsson Fridh and the Deputy Minister for Foreign Trade Krister Nilsson also visited Cairo. The Director General for Sida, Carin Jämtin, and the Director General for the Folke Bernadotte Academy, Sven-Eric Söder, also visited Cairo and met with their Egyptian counterparts.

Important matters discussed during the ambassadorial meetings this week were recent developments in the MENA region, Swedish foreign policy priorities and forthcoming trade promotion activities (including the upcoming Expo 2020 in Dubai).

Deputy Minister Krister Nilsson also met with Egypt’s Deputy Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy, Osama Asran and the Minister of Housing, Utilities and Urban Development H.E. Assem El Gazzar. During the meetings, they discussed the ongoing bilateral cooperation with Egypt, in the field of energy and urban mobility.

Moreover, the week included political consultations with the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs headed by the Assistant of Foreign Minister for European Affairs, H.E. Ambassador Badr Abdel Aty, along with Assistant Foreign Minister for Sudan Affairs, H.E. Ambassador Osama Shaltout and Assistant Foreign Minister for Arab Affairs H.E. Ambassador Affairs Yasser Othman.

During the meeting, the bilateral relation between Egypt and Sweden was discussed, as well as between Egypt and the European Union. Further, migration and security, regional issues and Egypt’s chairmanship of the African Union was brought up during the talks.

Ambassador Ann Dismorr, head of the department for Middle East and North Africa at the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, who headed the Swedish side during the political consultations said that Sweden is very keen to develop and deepen its bilateral cooperation with Egypt, especially in the fields of energy, natural gas, smart transportation in new cities and electronic governance among others.

Deputy Minister Krister Nilsson also met with the founders of Swedish startups in Egypt, to discuss future expansion plans and projects in the country. In addition, he also met with Swedish life sciences companies to discuss investment plans in the fast-growing Egyptian market.

During the UN Consultations the Swedish and the Egyptian side discussed common priorities such as Peace Building and Peace Keeping and the important role of women in these activities.

Sweden and Egypt’s trade relationship has long-standing ties. Egypt is the second top Swedish trading partner, both in the Middle East and in Africa. Sweden and Egypt trade exchange hiked by 37% in the second half of 2020 fiscal year.

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2/14/2020 4:41:14 PM
<![CDATA[3rd Indian tests positive for coronavirus on board quarantined Japan cruise ship]]>
Embassy officials, who claim to be in touch with all the three, have reported that their condition is "stable and improving". They are currently undergoing treatment.

The Diamond Princess, a British cruise ship docked at Yokohoma in Japan, is currently under quarantine amid a rampant rise in coronavirus cases aboard]]>
2/14/2020 4:34:26 PM
<![CDATA[Cabinet: Navigation at Suez Canal not affected by coronavirus]]>
The cabinet media center said in a statement Friday that it has contacted the Suez Canal Authority, which dismissed these reports stressing that navigation movement at the Suez Canal is normal.

It added that the navigation of ships at the international waterway rose 8.5 percent during January 2020, recording 1,645 vessels passing in the two sides, compared to 1,516 ships during the same month a year earlier.]]>
2/14/2020 2:27:33 PM
<![CDATA[FDCD calls on investigating force displacement in conflict countries ]]>
In their Fifth, report on human rights violations in conflict countries FDCD focused on the political conditions in Palestine, Syria, Libya, Iraq and Yemen.

The report highlighted the forced displacement violations against civilians committed by ISIS in Iraq, Houthi militia in Yemen, Armed militia in Libya, The influence of Turkish influence in certain places of Aleppo’s countryside and Israel’s violations against Palestinians.

Nearly 5.3 million refugees out of 11.6 million are distributed between Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, the West Bank, Gaza Strip and the rest of the world, according to FDCD report. It was added that the number of forcibly displaced people by Houthi militia-controlled areas raised to 350,000 in 2019, as Houthis consider Yemenis in areas under their control as “hostages”.

The report also noted that Armed Militia in Libya are forcibly displacing their opponents of civilians for the purpose of revenge.

Based in Beirut, Lebanon, FDCD was founded in 2004, with the aim of reaching an enlightened Arab world, where political views, ethnicities and religions are incorporated into a richly diverse culture of peace and dialogue, respecting and promoting the human rights of all citizens.

According to their website, FDCD targets promoting peace building, equal citizenship, and human rights in the Arab World by creating common spaces for dialogue and building the capacity of community and civil society groups to be catalysts for peace.

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2/13/2020 9:29:48 PM
<![CDATA[Cairo follows up conditions of Egyptian prisoners in Saudi Arabia]]>
In January 2020, consulate officials and representatives visited Dhahban Central Prison, where they interviewed ten Egyptian prisoners. They also met with 39 other Egyptian inmates at Abha Prison, and 42 others in Khamis Mushayt Prison, Hafez added.

Hafez affirmed that the Egyptian diplomats worldwide organize regular visits to Egyptians who serve time in other countries to follow up their conditions and meet their needs.

In February 2019, Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud issued a royal decree to release a number of the Egyptians imprisoned in Saudi Arabia in different cases, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

The official number of Egyptian prisoners in Saudi Arabia has not been announced by Saudi Arabia or Egypt. However, it was reported in 2013 that Egypt announced that the number was about 1,000 inmates.

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2/13/2020 4:43:56 PM
<![CDATA[Accelerating Learning Conf.: Egypt to launch reading competition]]>
The conference is taking place under the auspices of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, in collaboration with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) of the United Kingdom and the World Bank on February 13-14.

The value of the grand prize of the national reading competition is LE 1 million ($63,912) the minister said, adding that it will require the student to read 30 books. School and university students, as well as teachers will participate in the competition, Shawki said, in cooperation with the United Arab Emirates.

The Education Ministry mulls, in cooperation with the Finance Ministry, offering a new financial incentive to teachers and adopting a new method to assess their performance, Shawki said.

The High-Level Conference on Accelerating Learning in the Middle East and Africa gathers education ministers and development partners from across the Middle East and Africa regions, as well as policymakers, civil society organizations and education experts, according to the World Bank.

The aim of the conference is bringing together education figures from around the world to share education reform experiences and to urge cooperation in an effort to boost learning outcomes, the World Bank wrote on its website.

Egypt has encouraged reading through many initiatives, including the Reading for All campaign formerly launched by Suzan Mubarak, wife of former President Hosni Mubarak. The campaign sought to encourage reading among children to decrease illiteracy. Egypt also hosts millions of visitors at the International Book Fair in Cairo, which is organized annually. The fair was established in 1969.

Meeting with World Bank's Regional Director for Human Development Keiko Miwa and Middle East and North Africa Practice Manager for Education Andreas Blom on Thursday, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Khaled Abdel Ghaffar has lauded the World Bank's (WB) role in supporting development plans in Egypt, notably its backing of current reforms to update the education system.

During the meeting, the higher education minister briefed the two World Bank officials on the latest progress witnessed by the country's education system and scientific research over the past few years, according to a statement released by the Higher Education Ministry.

He also reviewed a number of projects of mutual concern, notably the distinct experience of new technology universities and a project to develop the information infrastructure at government universities to turn them into smart universities, the statement added.

Abdel Ghaffar pointed to ongoing efforts to digitize university hospitals and enhance their health services, the statement read.

The two sides discussed proposals to update the higher educational strategy, with a view to producing graduates qualified for the labor market, the statement noted.

On her part, Keiko Miwa affirmed the strong partnership between Egypt and the World Bank, hailing efforts exerted by the Higher Education Ministry to enhance the quality of education in the country.


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2/13/2020 4:19:01 PM
<![CDATA[Large false killer whale found dead on beach in Egypt’s Red Sea]]>
The toothed false killer whale is listed as "near threatened" by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The 5-meter long dead whale was moved to the Institute for Oceanography to disclose the reason of its death, chief of the Red Sea Protected Areas Tamer Kamal said.

Tha false killer whale is a sociable kind of dolphins inside oceans worldwide. It’s known to be social and it feeds on fish, squid and sometimes on other types of dolphins. The placement of the false killer whales in the IUCN’s “near threatened whale” means they face a high risk of extinction.

In May, 2018, while working in a project in the Gulf of Israel’s Eilat, marine biologists were surprised by a blue whale, swimming reportedly only 300 meters from the shore, then it was seen in the Egyptian international waters, in Taba specifically.

In an interview with Egypt Today, Hisham Gabr, head of the Chamber of Diving and Water Sports said that the blue whale was spotted in Egypt’s city of Taba, but no one could capture photos for it. Taba is on the border near Eilat.

In August last year, a video went viral on social media showing a whale in Egypt’s Northern Coastal water, the Minister of Environment assured the citizens that wales could be found in territorial water of North African Countries, especially in the summer.

“Whales are normally found in the Mediterranean and live in the territorial waters of most of the North African countries, including Egypt, as well as the coasts of European countries,” said the Ministry in a statement.

Whales are not predators but people should exercise vigilance and avoid the area of whale as the large ones move randomly when they feel human movements, the statement continued.]]>
2/13/2020 2:39:18 PM
<![CDATA[Commander killed in North Sinai’s terror attack buried in home village]]>
The funeral took place on Wednesday and it was attended by a number of military commanders, officers, and soldiers as well as thousands of the village dwellers.

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

Refaei added that the security forces combed the area and chased the terrorist elements to exterminate them.
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2/13/2020 2:19:43 PM
<![CDATA[Polio vaccination campaign to start in mid-March]]>
Zayed’s remarks came during the weekly meeting of the Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Mustafa Madbouli.

Zayed pointed out that the campaign aims to vaccinate all the children across Egypt, whether they Egyptians or foreigners. She clarified that the polio vaccine amounts are sufficient to vaccinate 6 million children.

It is noteworthy that the last polio case was registered in Egypt in 2004. In 2006, the World Health Organization announced that Egypt is free of the disease; the Ministry of Health implements annual national campaigns to raise the immune status of children under 5 years of age.
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2/13/2020 2:07:33 PM
<![CDATA[Chad’s health minister lauds Sisi’s constant support]]>
The minister reiterated that Egypt spares no effort to support African countries in all fields, according to a statement issued by Al Azhar on Wednesday.

He pointed out that Al Azhar, which spreads the message of moderate Islam, is also the main supporter of humanity, noting that Chadian people await Al Azhar’s medical convoys every year since such missions provide them with much-needed health services.

On Tuesday, a new medical and relief convoy of Al Azhar was launched in Chad.

Al Azhar University Vice President Mahmoud Seddiq, who supervises Al Azhar convoys said that the new convoy comprises 26 doctors in various specializations in addition to assisting teams of nurses and pharmacists.

The convoy will be offering medical checkups and medicines for free, in addition to performing surgeries for those in need.

Five tons of medicine and medical equipment were sent to Chad as part of the convoy, he said as quoted by the statement.

Grand Imam of Al Azhar Ahmed al Tayyeb has ordered to intensify medical and relief convoys inside and outside Egypt within the framework of Al Azhar's social and humanitarian role, he pointed out.]]>
2/13/2020 12:47:50 PM
<![CDATA[High-level conference on learning in Middle East and Africa kicks off]]>
The two-day event is organized by the Ministry of Education and Technical Education (MOETE) in collaboration with the United Kingdom’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and the World Bank.

Minister of Education Tarek Shawqi opened the conference with Vice President of the World Bank for the Middle East and African Region Ferid Belhaj in attendance.

The conference will underscore the urgency of improving learning outcomes and will bring together ministers of education, UNICEF officials, policymakers, sector experts, civil society, and development partners from across MENA and Africa.

It aims at sharing regional and international experiences of education reform and transformative strategies for making faster progress towards improving learning for all, while promoting collaboration among the countries of Africa and the Middle East to work towards making faster progress in improving learning outcomes.]]>
2/13/2020 12:36:31 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt condemns terrorist attack on Algerian military barrack]]>
In a press release by the Foreign Ministry on Wednesday, Cairo asserted its solidarity with the Algerian people and government, expressing heartfelt condolences with the victim's family.

The ministry also stressed Egypt's rejection of all forms of terrorism, violence and extremism.]]>
2/13/2020 11:28:50 AM
<![CDATA[Foreign media reporters visit Egypt’s Tora prisons, talk to inmates]]>
Correspondents from the Saudi news channel Al-Arabiya, the British Sky News, French news agency Agence France-Presse (AFP) visited the prisons of Liman Tora and Anbar Al-Zera’ah inside the well-known complex.

The visit aimed at checking human rights situation inside the two prisons. A video published by the Interior Ministry showed Al-Arabiya and Russia Today correspondents talking to the inmates around their life conditions inside prison, including health and education services.

Mahmoud Hussein, an Egyptian correspondent of Qatari state-funded Al-Jazeera who has been detained in Egypt since December 2016 over charges related to national security, appeared in the video.



Hussein said he meets monthly with his lawyers and receives all his rights, including medical examinations. He also said he meets his family weekly and that his family members are treated properly. Hussein added that the prison administration allows him to receive books, newspapers, food and clothes.

He also praised the security authorities’ decision last November, granting him a temporary release to attend his father’s funeral.

Other inmates appeared in the video, including one who is charged with joining the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group, have praised the way they are treated inside prison. An inmate said he could learn to read and write inside the prison, while another one said he obtained his High School and licentiate of law while serving his prison sentence.

In October last year, a delegation from the Parliament's human rights committee, including Alaa Abed, the head of the committee, visited prisons of Upper Egypt's Minya governorate, as well as the headquarters of the Alexandria Security Directorate to check the human rights situation.

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.

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi 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.]]>
2/12/2020 10:16:35 PM
<![CDATA[Health Min. tests 360k citizens for neuritis]]>
Diabetic patients are prone to suffer from the Peripheral Nerve Disease and 70 percent of diabetic patients suffer from neuritis."Egypt has 8.5 million diabetics and ranks eighth in the world in terms of the number of diabetics," the minister said.

The minister added that the ministry has equipped more than 200 permanent centers to provide free treatment for diabetes as part of the 100 Million Healthy Livesinitiative.

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2/12/2020 12:06:49 PM
<![CDATA[13M school students to be checked for anemia, dwarfism, obesity]]>
Mahrous told Egypt Today on Tuesday that the Ministry of Education is a key partner in the success of the initiative. He thanked those working in the ministry for working to achieve the goal of the campaign.

Minister of Health and Population Hala Zayed said that the campaign would involve 4,420 medical teams and 225 clinics. Zayed clarified that students who need treatment would be referred to a Health Insurance clinic, to receive a free service.

The minister added that the campaign will be executed over three phases, and that check-ups would take place after providing a written consent of a parent and the student’s birth certificate.

The first phase will include Fayoum, Damietta, Asyut, Matrouh, Port Said, South Sinai, Qalyubia, Beheira, Alexandria, Giza, and Qena. The second phase will cover Cairo, Suez, Ismailiyah, Kafr El Sheikh, Menoufia, BeniSuef, Sohag, North Sinai, Red Sea, Aswan, and Luxor. And the last phase will take place in Daqahliyah, Sharqeya, Gharbeya, Minya, and the New Valley.

The campaign will kick off on February 17 and end on April 30. The first two phases will respectively screen five million, and three million school students. As for dropouts, the Health Ministry will also collaborate with the Ministry of Interior to carry out check-ups for the employees.

Minister Zayed encouraged the civil society to help raise awareness of the importance of delivering healthy food to low-income families. She called upon fast food outlets and snack companies to decrease fats in their products. The minister stated that obesity is quite common in international schools.

The minister announced that a nationwide campaign would be launched soon to raise awareness on public health, healthy lifestyle, and the importance of breastfeeding.

Three years ago, a campaign was launched to vaccinate children against intestinal parasites. The target was achieved by 70 percent as 8 million children were vaccinated.
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2/12/2020 11:58:52 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt hopes to reach agreement on GERD in Feb. talks]]>
He added that the meeting will be attended by the Irrigation ministers of Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia under American auspices, noting that it was agreed to set a timetable to fill the dam, especially in the drought years.

The spokesperson asserted that the three sides are flexible and keen to find solutions to the Renaissance Dam issue.

Sebaie noted that if the three sides reach a final agreement, it will be implemented and signed at the end of February in a major celebration.

After a four-day negotiation in Washington D.C on January 28-31, the three countries reached an agreement on only three points of contention regarding the construction of the controversial dam.

They agreed on a schedule that includes a plan for the stages of filling the dam; they also agreed on mechanisms for dealing with droughts, prolonged droughts, and years of water scarcity during the process of filling the dam, and during the dam operation.

The US drafted a document of agreement regarding the above-mentioned points and was unilaterally signed by Egypt.

The disagreement between the three states dates back to May 2011 when Ethiopia started building the dam; Cairo has voiced its concern that building the dam could harm its 55.5 billion cubic meters share, as 80 percent of Egypt’s share comes from the Blue Nile and Ethiopian Heights.Meanwhile, Ethiopia says the dam is necessary for its development and electricity production.

The three countries reached an initial deal in 2015, announcing the “Declaration of Principle,” per which the dam should not cause any harm to the downstream countries.
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2/12/2020 11:56:37 AM
<![CDATA[First suspected coronavirus death in Iran]]>
Health Ministry officials had previously denied any cases of coronavirus in Iran.

In recent days, the media have reported several suspected cases of coronavirus in several cities including Yazd, Tehran, Qom, Tabriz, Mashhad, and Zanjan, but this is the first death reported. ]]>
2/12/2020 11:51:48 AM
<![CDATA[Suspected letter bombs hit two Dutch buildings, no injuries - police]]>
No injuries were reported in either blast, police added.

Dutch police have been investigating a spate of letter bombs since Jan. 3, which they said appeared to have been sent by the same person. Previous targets have included a hotel, a gas station, a garage, a real estate agent and a bill collection service. ]]>
2/12/2020 10:40:23 AM
<![CDATA[Indonesia says won't repatriate hundreds of IS recruits]]>
The issue sharply divided the world's biggest Muslim majority nation with its president saying this week that he was not in favor of bringing back suspected militants and their families who went to Syria and other countries to fight for the group's now crumbled caliphate.

Security affairs minister Mahfud MD said that some 689 Indonesians – including women and children – in Syria would not be allowed to return home due to security concerns in a country that suffered repeated attacks by IS-loyal groups.

"We've decided that the government has to provide security assurance to 267 million Indonesian citizens," the minister said Tuesday, after a meeting with President Joko Widodo near Jakarta.

"If these foreign terrorist fighters return home they could become a dangerous new virus," he added.

The government would consider repatriating children 10 years old or younger on a "case by case basis", he added, without elaborating.

Critics of the plan said it was better to bring foreign fighters home and rehabilitate them instead of risking that they could be further radicalized abroad.

"If they're not managed well by the government, there is a possibility they'll be used as proxies by powerful groups that could threaten Indonesia and other countries," said terrorism expert Taufik Andrie.

Indonesia has long struggled with Islamist militancy and the country hosts dozens of extremist groups loyal to IS and its violent ideology.

In 2018, family suicide bombers from an IS-linked group detonated explosives in several churches in the country's second-largest city Surabaya, killing more than a dozen people.

Last year, two militants also linked to IS unsuccessfully tried to assassinate Indonesia's chief security minister, while in November a suicide bomber blew himself up at a busy police station, killing himself and injuring at least a dozen people. ]]>
2/12/2020 10:35:33 AM
<![CDATA[Former antiquities minister demands teaching hieroglyphs in schools]]>
During an interview with Al-Hayah satellite channel, Hawass said the project will have a dramatic effect on the Egyptian tourism sector.

During the interview, he said he has been working on new discoveries at the Valley of the Kings since 2017.

The Valley of the Kings was the principal burial place of the major royal figures of the Egyptian New Kingdom, as well as a number of privileged nobles.

Hawass said he introduced 17 children books on ancient Egypt with an aim to educate young Egyptians on the history of their country, which he said “should be a source of pride.”

The former minister of antiquities also said he demands the Ministry of Education to include teaching Egyptian hieroglyphs in schools, pointing out that this would further link children with their ancient culture and history.]]>
2/12/2020 7:00:43 AM
<![CDATA[Ankara downs Syrian military helicopter]]>
According to AFP, the new flare-up, a day after regime shelling killed five Turkish troops, came as government forces battling rebels in northwestern Syria took full control of a key highway linking the country's four largest cities.

The advance marked another step in President Bashar al-Assad's campaign to retake Syria's last rebel-held pocket, where nearly 700,000 civilians have fled violence since December in the largest exodus since the start of the war.

Shortly after the M5 motorway was recaptured, a rocket attack downed a Syrian regime helicopter in Idlib province, killing both pilots, an AFP correspondent and a war monitor said.

Syrian state news agency SANA confirmed the downing of the aircraft and the killing of its crew, saying it was caused by a rocket fired from a part of Idlib where Turkey-backed rebels operate.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the helicopter was hit by a rocket fired by Turkish forces.]]>
2/12/2020 5:42:00 AM
<![CDATA[WHO chief sees chance to stop virus, warns of 'grave' threat]]>
The WHO is holding a conference in Geneva on combating the virus, which has killed more than 1,100 people in China and spread to dozens of countries around the world.

WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said viruses could have "more powerful consequences than any terrorist action".

Although 99 percent of the infections are in China, where it remains "very much an emergency", it also "holds a very grave threat for the rest of the world", Tedros said at the conference, where the virus was officially named "COVID-19".

The case of a British man who passed on the virus to at least 11 other people -- without having been in China -- has raised fears of a new phase of contagion abroad.

"We have to use the current window of opportunity to hit hard and stand in unison to fight this virus in every corner," Tedros said, warning that a failure to act would lead to far more cases in the future.

WHO sent an advance team to China this week for an international mission to examine the epidemic, where more than 44,000 people have now been infected.

Chinese authorities have locked down millions of people in a number of cities, but another 94 deaths were reported on Wednesday in the hardest-hit province of Hubei, the central province where around 56 million people are under lockdown.

The mortality rate remains relatively low at around 2 percent.]]>
2/12/2020 5:33:12 AM
<![CDATA[China virus death toll passes 1,110: govt]]>
The figure is only the second time there has been a decline in the daily death toll and follows Tuesday's data showing 108 new fatalities.

More than 44,600 people have been confirmed as infected by the pathogen across China.

Around 2,000 new cases were reported on Wednesday, with 1,638 in the hard-hit province of Hubei, where the outbreak emerged in December.

The new virus is believed to have emerged last year in a market that sells wild animals in Hubei's capital Wuhan, the city at the centre of the outbreak.

The virus was officially named "COVID-19" at a conference in Geneva held by the World Health Organization, where the body's chief said countries had a chance of stopping its global spread.

WHO head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Tuesday that although 99 percent of cases are in China, where it remains "very much an emergency," it also "holds a very grave threat for the rest of the world." 

He urged countries to share data in order to further research the disease.]]>
2/12/2020 5:32:06 AM
<![CDATA[Police kills 17 terrorists during fire exchange in Arish]]>
In a statement on Tuesday, the ministry added that a tip-off provided by the National Security Agency indicated that a group of terrorists were detected in a hideout in an area in Obeidat district,from where they attempt to launch hostile operations.

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The police forces raided the terrorists' hideout, where the shootout erupted, leaving 11 terrorists dead. Weapons and explosive devices were seized with the dead.

A number of terrorists escaped before being tracked by the police forces. Afterwords, shootout erupted again and left six terrorists dead, with whom weapons and two suicide vests were found.

All legal procedures were taken and the Supreme State Security Prosecution launched an investigation.

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last December, The Interior Ministry announced killing of three terrorists in North Sinai after an exchange of fire with the police.

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

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

This comes as part of the ministry’s continued efforts in tracking and prosecuting terrorist elements involved in hostile operations that claimed the lives of many martyrs among the armed forces, the police and ordinary people.


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2/11/2020 7:36:07 PM
<![CDATA[Suez Canal takes preventive measures against coronavirus: MP]]>
Kedwany quoted head of the Suez Canal Authority Osama Rabie as saying in a meeting between the committee and the director of canal that the measures were taken in coordination with the Health Ministry.

Rabie emphasized that the Suez Canal is free from the novel virus and that the health of the staff who deal directly with passing ships is constantly checked, according to Kedwany.

The precautions measures are also applied to people, ships and buildings, Kedwany added.
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2/11/2020 5:17:11 PM
<![CDATA[Chinese consul lauds Egyptian stance towards his country]]>
He added at a press conference that this stance confirms strong relations between the two countries.

The Egyptian stance, he pointed out, reasserts friendly relations between Cairo and Beijing.

President Sisi had ordered sending 10 tons of relief assistance to China after the spread of the virus.]]>
2/11/2020 4:32:18 PM
<![CDATA[Sudan to hand ex-president Bashir to ICC]]>
Member of Sudan's Sovereign Council and the spokesperson for the government delegation for the Juba peace talks, Mohamed El Taayshi is quoted by the Saudi Arabian Okaz newspaper as saying “we have agreed and we are committed to refer all those who received arrest warrants to stand before the ICC."

He added that this agreement “stems from a belief in justice and not impunity,” adding that the parties agreed to establish a special court for crimes in Darfur.

This step comes in contrary to previous announcement made by the Sudanese transitional military council last April ensuring that the country will not hand over Bashir to any foreign organization and that he will stand for trial at home.

The ousted President was indicted by the U.N.’s International Criminal Court (ICC) for genocide. In March 2009, the ICC issued an arrest warrant for Bashir on charges he and his Arab tribal allies were responsible for genocide against non-Arab Sudanese in Darfur, South Sudan, and crimes against humanity.

According to U.N. statistics collected on the Darfur Genocide from August 2007, more than 200,000 people were killed and at least 2 million others have been displaced from their homes since fighting broke out in 2003 between government forces and their allies the Arab tribal Janjaweed militias on one side, and rebel groups on the other side.

Sudanese Minister of Defense Awad Mohamed Ahmed Ibn Auf sworn on as the head of the transitional military council on Thursday evening, few hours after he announced the downfall of Bashir’s 26-year-old regime.]]>
2/11/2020 4:20:22 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s population hits 100 million Tuesday ]]>
CAPMAS held a press conference Tuesday to announce that the Egyptian population nationwide has reached 100 million.

The conference has reviewed the most important and recent rates of natural increase, and the impact of that increase on economic development.

The population growth in Egypt is considered one of the highest rates among the countries around the world, due to high birth rates and high fertility rates, compared to lower death rates, which led to a population pyramid with a broad base of the population below the working age, which represents a burden to the society.

Last week, Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli asserted that the population increase represents the biggest challenge before the state, calling to intensify awareness campaigns in cooperation with the state agencies to control overpopulation as he referred to the problem as an issue of national security.

The number of population in Egypt reached 9.7 million in the year 1897, while the number evolved to hit 89.6 million in the year 2015, according to official data issues by CAPMAS.

Cairo is ranked Egypt's most populated governorate with 9.924 million persons, followed by Giza with 9.75 million people then Sharqia with 7.536 million, CAPMAS pointed out.
South Sinai governorate got the last place in terms of Egypt's population with about 108,742 persons, followed by North Sinai with 450,528 people and then Matrouh with 477,172, it noted. ]]>
2/11/2020 4:04:35 PM
<![CDATA[Donkey on train causes owner to pay fine of LE400]]>
After the train moved from Abnoud railway station in Qena governorate, Upper Egypt, the conductor found a donkey tied to a pillar inside the train near the door. He later discovered that the donkey belongs to the farmer who decided to take the train with his newly-bought donkey to go back home.

It has been revealed that the farmer decided to get into the train after he failed to find proper transportation.

When the train conductor tried to make the farmer and his donkey get out of the passenger carriage in the next station in Qus, the farmer threatened to throw himself from the train while it was moving if anyone touches his donkey, according to an eye-witness.

The conductor filed a complaint against the farmer. The Railway Station Authority reacted to the story after photos of the donkey went viral on social media, affirmed the incident and fined the farmer LE 400.



As per the Egyptian Railway Regulatory Law No 277 of 1959, accompanying animals on board of a train is banned and the violation is punishable by 6 months to 2 years in prison and a fine of LE500 -LE10, 000.

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2/11/2020 1:44:22 PM
<![CDATA[Chinese expert says coronavirus may peak soon as death toll surges past 1,000]]>
Companies struggled to get back to work after an extended Lunar New Year holiday, while hundreds of Chinese firms said they would need loans running into billions of dollars to stay afloat. Layoffs also began, despite assurances by President Xi Jinping that widespread sackings would be avoided.

The government’s top medical adviser on the outbreak, Zhong Nanshan, held out hope that the epidemic may peak in February and then plateau before easing.

“The peak time may be reached at the ... middle or late this month,” Zhong, an epidemiologist who won fame for his role in combating an outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome in 2003, told Reuters in an interview.

The number of new cases was already declining in some provinces, he added.

The National Health Commission said earlier another 108 people had died on Tuesday, a daily record, taking to 1,016 the total of those killed in China. All but five of the deaths were in the central province of Hubei, the epicentre of the outbreak.

There were 2,478 new confirmed cases on the mainland by Monday, down from 3,062 the previous day, bringing the total to 42,638. It was the second time in two weeks that authorities recorded a daily drop in new cases.

Asian stock markets rallied as investors took comfort from the lower figures, even though some experts have warned it is too early to assume they represent a trend.

Underlining the danger, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said the outbreak was very much an emergency for China but also posed a “very grave threat for the rest of the world”.

He was speaking at the opening of a two-day meeting of 400 researchers in Geneva aimed at stepping up research into diagnostics, drugs and vaccines.

SACKINGS START
Only 319 cases have been confirmed in 24 other countries and territories outside mainland China, according to WHO and Chinese health officials, with two deaths, one in Hong Kong and the other in the Philippines.

On the economic front, JPMorgan again downgraded forecasts for Chinese growth this quarter, with its analysts saying the outbreak had “completely changed the dynamics of the Chinese economy”.

More than 300 Chinese companies are seeking bank loans totalling 57.4 billion yuan ($8.2 billion) to help cope with the disruption caused by locked down cities, closed factories and crippled supply lines, two banking sources said.

Prospective borrowers include food delivery giant Meituan Dianping (3690.HK), smartphone maker Xiaomi Corp (1810.HK) and ride-hailing provider Didi Chuxing Technology Co, the sources said.

Chinese firm Xinchao Media said on Monday it had laid off 500 people, or just over a tenth of its workforce, and restaurant chain Xibei said it was worried about how to pay the wages of its roughly 20,000 workers.

Authorities said they would roll out measures to stabilise jobs, in addition to previously announced cuts to interest rates and fiscal stimulus designed to minimise any downturn.

Analysts at investment bank Nomura said evidence suggested the virus had “a devastating impact on China’s economy in January and February”.

“We are concerned that global markets thus far appear to be significantly underestimating the extent of disruption,” they said in a note.

Hubei, where the flu-like virus emerged from a wildlife market in the provincial capital of Wuhan in December, reported 2,097 new cases and 103 new deaths on Feb. 10, its health authority said.

SHIP IN LIMBO
Public anger over the handling of the outbreak has been rising and Hubei’s government dismissed the provincial health commission’s Communist Party boss, Zhang Jin, and director Liu Yingzi, state media said.

Hubei remains in virtual lockdown, with its train stations and airports shut and roads blocked.

Government officials said it would be harder to curb the spread of the virus as about 160 million people return to their homes across China over the next week, following the end of the holiday.

The virus has caused chaos in Asia, and spread alarm beyond, with many flights suspended and entry restrictions imposed by governments trying to ward off its spread.

It has also roiled the world of luxury cruises.

The Diamond Princess cruise ship with 3,700 passengers and crew remained quarantined in Japan’s port of Yokohama, with 65 more cases detected, taking the number of confirmed cases from the Carnival Corp-owned (CCL.N) vessel to 135.

Thailand said it had barred passengers from getting off another Carnival Corp ship, Holland America Line’s MS Westerdam, the latest country to turn the vessel away due to coronavirus fears, though no confirmed infections have been found on board.

“Now we are back in limbo,” passenger Stephen Hansen told Reuters by email.]]>
2/11/2020 12:43:09 PM
<![CDATA[Coronavirus emergency 'holds a very grave threat' for world: WHO]]>
WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus was addressing the start of a two-day meeting aimed at accelerating research into drugs, diagnostics and vaccines into the flu-like virus amid growing concerns about its ability to spread.

To date China has reported 42,708 confirmed cases, including 1,017 deaths, Tedros said.

“With 99% of cases in China, this remains very much an emergency for that country, but one that holds a very grave threat for the rest of the world,” he told more than 400 researchers and national authorities, including some taking part by video conference from mainland China and Taiwan.

Many questions remain about the origin of the virus, which crossed the species barrier after emerging at a wildlife market in the central city of Wuhan in December, and is spread from person-to-person by droplets from coughing or sneezing.

“We hope that one of the outcomes of this meeting will be an agreed roadmap for research around which researchers and donors will align,” Tedros told the closed-door meeting, according to remarks made available by the U.N. agency.

“The bottom line is solidarity, solidarity, solidarity.

That is especially true in relation to sharing of samples and sequences,” Tedros said. “To defeat this outbreak, we need open and equitable sharing, according to the principles of fairness and equity.”]]>
2/11/2020 12:40:45 PM
<![CDATA[Lebanese security forces, protesters clash ahead of vote]]>
MPs are set to vote on the government’s policy statement which says “painful steps” are needed to address a financial crisis that has weakened the currency and pushed banks to severely curb access to deposits.

Hundreds of protesters gathered in central Beirut to try to block MPs from reaching the parliamentary building. Security forces blocked off all the roads leading to the barricaded parliament district.

Men and women, their faces wrapped in scarves, lobbed rocks at security forces deployed at several locations around the city center as clouds of tear gas engulfed them.

Protesters hurled eggs and threw paint at the cars of lawmakers and ministers while others tried to smash their tinted windows.

Some MPs skirted the clashes, arriving at parliament on the back of motorcycles. Crowds chanted revolution, waved Lebanese flags and held signs that said “no confidence”.

One of the world’s most heavily indebted states, Lebanon is facing a crisis rooted in decades of state waste and corruption which have fueled public anger.

The crisis came to a head last year as slowing flows of capital from abroad led to a hard currency crunch and protests erupted across the country against the ruling elite.

Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri has said Lebanon should seek IMF technical help and take a decision on whether to pay maturing foreign debt next month based on IMF advice, an-Nahar newspaper and a government source said on Tuesday.

Lebanon could not, however, surrender itself to the IMF because the nation could not bear its conditions, he said.

Senior MP Alain Aoun told Reuters on Tuesday the country needs IMF technical assistance and should draw on IMF advice in its decision on whether to pay a forthcoming Eurobond maturity.

He said this was also expected to be the position of his political party, the FPM which was founded by President Michel Aoun and named six ministers.

Berri said Lebanon must take advantage of the time remaining before its next debt maturity on March 9 to send a message abroad, “specifically to the Americans” that the country needs IMF technical help through a rescue plan.

Berri is one of the country’s most influential figures and his Amal Movement named a number of ministers in Diab’s cabinet which took office last month, including the finance minister.

“There is still room for Lebanon during the coming two weeks and before the end of the current month to benefit from this measure,” Berri was quoted as saying.

Based on this, “Lebanon will be able to form its position on the maturing Eurobonds - whether to pay its commitments or not to pay them - based on what the IMF advises.”

But Berri also said the Lebanese people would be unable to bear IMF conditions, saying Lebanon was not Greece or Argentina - countries that have experienced their own financial crises.

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2/11/2020 12:39:19 PM
<![CDATA[Kremlin says all attacks on Syrian and Russian forces in Idlib must stop]]>
The Kremlin was commenting after Syrian government forces seized control of a highway in northwest Syria for the first time since 2012 and as talks ended between Turkey and Russia on stopping clashes that killed 13 Turkish soldiers in a week.]]>
2/11/2020 12:37:24 PM
<![CDATA[Kuwaiti coastal guards search for missing Egyptian in Gulf waters]]>
In statements to MENA correspondent in Kuwait city on Tuesday, Soyan said that the union is closely following efforts exerted in search of the Egyptian fisherman whose boat capsized off Al Shamlan area because of the adverse weather.

Two other Egyptians were on board the boat. They were rescued and moved to hospital.]]>
2/11/2020 12:15:25 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi prioritizes development of Upper Egypt governorates: min.]]>
The program is partially funded by the World Bank (WB) with a sum of dollars 500 million alongside a dollar 457 million contribution by the government.

The minister made these remarks during a meeting with a WB delegation under Regional Director for the WB Group's Sustainable Development Department for the Middle East and North Africa (MNA) region Ayat Soliman, on the fringe of his current visit to the UAE capital of Abu Dhabi, according to a press release by the Local Development Ministry.

Minister Shaarawy is leading Egypt's delegation to the World Urban Forum in Abu Dhabi, which take place on February 8-13.

The program has achieved remarkable progress throughout the past period as regards the rate of projects' implementation, the minister said, noting that the development projects intend to support infrastructure services, economic development, and creating permanent job opportunities for Qena and Sohag residents.

Meanwhile, the WB delegation expressed appreciation and gratitude for Shaarawy's key participation in the urban forum.

The delegation, also, hailed achievements realized by the local development program in Upper Egypt following a mid-term assessment it carried out during its last visit to Cairo.]]>
2/11/2020 12:10:33 PM
<![CDATA[Researcher arrested in Cairo not Italian: Egypt’s Interior Ministry]]>
Patrick George Zaki Seliman is his full name, the Interior Ministry said on its Facebook page, adding that the prosecution decided to detain him for 15 days pending investigation.

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

Preliminary investigations reveal that Patrick faces accusations of spreading false news and statements to distort social peace, inciting people to protest without obtaining a permit, seeking to overthrow the regime through incitement and promoting principles and thoughts that lead to changing the basic principles of the constitution, according to media reports.

He also faces charges of managing and using an online account for the purpose of disturbing public order, harming national security and promoting the commission of a terrorist crime and the use of violence.]]>
2/10/2020 5:56:35 PM
<![CDATA[Parliament initially passes amendments to Law of Antiquities ]]>
At the General session of the Parliament, presided by Ali Abdel Aal on Sunday, the Parliament passed the amendments to Law No. 117 of 1983 and referred them to the State Council for its advisory opinion.

He who possesses or sells an Egyptian antiquity or a part of an Egyptian antiquity outside Egypt in any auction house shall be handed down a toughened punishment and be fined with at least LE 1 million.

As per the new amendments drafted by the government, if a person was found in any archeological site or a museum without getting permission of his/her presence, he/she shall be imprisoned for one month at least and be fined with not more than LE 100,000. The same penalty is also applicable to everyone who climbs an antiquity without getting permission for this act. The penalty will be doubled if these two acts are accompanied by debauchery or blasphemy against the state.

The Legislative Committee of the Parliament stated that the new amendments come within the Constitution as they aim at protecting the country’s antiquities from the common phenomenon of archaeological antiquities trafficking.

In July 2019, Egypt has called on the European countries' ambassadors to support it in recovering a bust of young Pharaoh Tutankhamun before being sold in Christie's auction house in London. However, it failed to stop auctioning the statue which was sold for £4.7m, according to the Guardian.

In 2015, the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities and the Northampton Borough Council were at loggerheads over auctioning an ancient statue by Christie's. However, the Egyptian government failed to stop selling the statue.

Despite its failure in reclaiming smuggled artifacts, the government managed to get back some antiquities; in 2018, Egypt got three pieces from Luxor’s Valley of the Kings, which were smuggled out of the country in 1927. The pieces were captured by the American authorities after being offered for sale in a New York City auction house.

In 2018, the Egyptian authorities arrested a camel driver and another girl accused of helping two Danish tourists climb the Great Pyramid of Giza where they photographed themselves naked on top of the 139-meter pyramid.

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CAIRO - 13 December 2018: Egypt's Ministry of Interior arrested a camel driver and another girl accused of helping two Danish tourists climb the Great Pyramid of Giza. The tourists photographed themselves naked allegedly on top of the 139-meter pyramid. An investigation team was formed in cooperation with the Interior Ministry to investigate the issue.


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2/10/2020 4:13:23 PM
<![CDATA[We work with Egypt to enhance terrorism combat capabilities: CENTCOM Commander]]>
“We share views with high-ranking commanders in Egypt...I have been looking forward to visiting Egypt,” McKenzie said adding, “We keep communication channels on the military level in spite of their presence on the political and diplomatic levels, as military ties with Egypt are placed highlight for its top strategic location.”

US CENTCOM commander visits Cairo, meets Sisi, Defense min.

CAIRO - 12 June 2019: Commander of the United States Central Command (US CENTCOM) Kenneth F. McKenzie discussed Tuesday the Egyptian-American relations with Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces and Minister of Defense Mohamed Zaki.





The United States Central Command chief Kenneth McKenzie affirmed keenness to back partnership relations and coordination between the Armed Forces of Egypt and the US, as he met with Egyptian Defense Minister Mohamed Zaki on January 27 in Cairo, a statement by the Egyptian Armed Forces said.

Zaki; Chief of Staff of the Egyptian Armed Forces Mohamed Farid; and the US official met in the Egyptian capital as McKenzie and a US delegation have made a visit to Egypt, which is set to last for several days, the statement published by Egyptian army’s spokesman Tamer al-Rifaei read.

During the meeting, they reviewed the regional and international efforts, as well as the counter-terrorism efforts made by the Egyptian Armed forces, aiming at eliminating terrorism and achieving security and stability in Egypt and the Middle East. They also discussed developments witnessed by the region.

For his part, Zaki, who is also the general commander of the Armed Forces, stressed the need for military cooperation and coordination between Egypt and the US, to face the joint challenges and establish security in the region.
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2/10/2020 3:54:12 PM
<![CDATA[China reports rise in coronavirus cases, bringing death toll to 908]]>
China’s health ministry said another 3,062 cases had been reported over the previous 24 hours, raising the Chinese mainland’s total to 40,171.

Monday’s rise was a turnaround from a significant reduction in new cases reported Sunday, less than 2,700, that briefly prompted optimism prevention methods such as a strict quarantines may be working.

China's National Health Commission said that 6,484 patients remained in severe condition, and 23,589 people were suspected of being infected with the virus, according to Xinhua.

A total of 3,281 people had been discharged from hospital after recovery.

By the end of Sunday, 36 confirmed cases including one death had been reported in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR), 10 confirmed cases in the Macao SAR, and 18 in Taiwan.]]>
2/10/2020 1:03:49 PM
<![CDATA[MPs approve draft law sentencing funders of terrorist groups to death]]>
Terrorism, according to the amendments to the law no.94, 2015, includes leaving for another country to commit, plan, participate in or provide any support to a terrorist act.

Funding terrorism includes gathering, receiving, possessing, supplying, or transferring of money, weapons, ammunition, explosives, data or information, to any individual or collective terrorist activity that is systematic or unsystematic, whether at home or abroad, and whether directly or indirectly, whatever its source and by any means, including the digital or electronic form.

Whoever commits a terrorist financing crime will be sentenced to life (25 years in prison) in case the funding went to a terrorist individual, and will be sentenced to death if the financing went to a terrorist group or to back a terrorist act.

The same penalty will be applied if an individual provided funds to help other persons leave the country for the purpose of committing, planning, preparing or participating in a terrorist act.

The amendments also hit the terrorist group by a fine of no less than LE 100,000 and not exceeding LE 3 million.

Since the ousting of late President Mohamed Morsi, who was also a leader at the Muslim Brotherhood "terrorist" group, the Egyptian judiciary has placed hundreds of Egyptian persons and entities on the terror list.

According to the act on the regulation of the lists of terrorist entities and persons issued in 2015, the inclusion of any group or person on these lists is automatically followed by the seizure of their funds and the issuance of travel bans. In case those designated as "terrorists" are abroad, they are placed on the country's watch list.]]>
2/10/2020 1:02:08 PM
<![CDATA[Local development min.: Political leadership deeply interested in developing Upper Egypt]]>
Addressing a session organized by the World Bank on the fringe of the tenth session of the World Urban Forum (WUF10), convened by the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), Shaarawy reviewed the Egyptian government's development of Qena and Sohag governorates, noting that the implementation mechanism of the development the underdeveloped areas is a model that can be followed in other governorates.

He said the local development plans in Upper Egypt totally comply with Egypt's vision for 2030, adding that the local development program is periodically followed up by the presidency and the cabinet.

The Egyptian government has supported the local development program with investments in the form of loans from the WB that reached EGP 7.3 bn in the first phase that was applied in Qena and Sohag over a period from June, 2016 till June 2020, the minister added.

He also revealed that Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli ordered to generalize the expertise and practices in other governorates in a bid to extend the development march to other areas nationwide.]]>
2/10/2020 12:55:46 PM
<![CDATA[France, Germany, Australia request to withdraw forces from Iraq]]>
Badr Al Ziyadi said the request was sent in a letter to the Iraqi military's joint operations command to set a timetable for the exit of their troops.

"France, Germany and Australia have sent a request to the Joint Special Operations Command to prepare for the withdrawal from Iraq," Al Ziyadi said as quoted by the Iraqi News Agency.

"Their request has been to set up a timetable for the withdrawal of their troops. The next government will take the responsibility of setting the timetable and the exit strategy for foreign troops."

Germany has a training mission in the country and its defense chief Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer visited Baghdad on January 15 in a surprise visit to meet with Iraqi military chiefs amid uncertainty over Berlin's military presence in the country.

About the Turkish forces in Iraq, he said Turkey is not part of the international alliance and there is no military agreement signed with Iraq in this regard.

Getting Turkish forces out of Iraq is the responsibility of the coming government, he said.]]>
2/10/2020 12:53:02 PM
<![CDATA[British MPs call for Muslim Brotherhood designation as a terrorist]]>
The British parliament’s TV broadcasted speeches for several members who urge the UK’s government and its international partners to designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization.

The representatives asked the government to launch an investigation on the activities of the members of the Muslim Brotherhood living in the UK.
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2/10/2020 9:35:11 AM
<![CDATA[A terrorist attack foiled in North Sinai, Refaei]]>
Refaei said it was thanks to the security vigilance the Egyptian armed forces managed to halt an attack and exchanged fire with the terrorist elements to kill ten of them, destroying a four-wheel-drive vehicle, and two Egyptian officers and five soldiers were martyred during the fire exchange.

Refaei added that the security forces combed the area and are currently chasing the terrorist elements to exterminate them. The Egyptian military forces assert that they will keep their efforts to eradicate terrorism in Egypt.
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2/9/2020 11:21:38 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt to host G5 Sahel chiefs of staff meeting]]>
The agenda of the meeting includes cooperation mechanism between the five countries in countering terrorism, exchanging support and experiences in the fields of security and defense, as well as means to help in unleashing development.

For its part, Egypt will propose to train cadres from the G5 Sahel in the area of countering terrorism to enhance their chances in spreading security and development.

G5 Sahel was established in 2014 and is headquartered in Mauritania. It also includes Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali and Niger. It is meant to battle the threat of terrorism in west Africa and open prospects for development.
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2/9/2020 5:27:25 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt's 100 Million Healthy Lives Campaign inspires the world]]>
Famed billionaire Bill Gates sent a letter to Minister of Health Hala Zayed expressing his desire to study the 100 Million Healthy Lives initiative. He aims to learn the mechanisms of developing the Egyptian health system as well as the systems through which citizens are registered.

Gates targets transferring this successful experience to the countries where he implements charitable health projects.

For her part, Minister of Health Hala Zayed said that the ministry is keen to transfer its experiences that are supported by the political leaders to provide health services to all Egyptians as part of the comprehensive health insurance system.

Chairman of the National Committee for the Control of Hepatic Viruses Waheed Dos told Egypt today Saturday that 100 Million Healthy Lives initiative tested more than 50 million people and treated 4 million people for free.

He also said that the ministry cares about infected children with C virus as it treated more than 10,000 children across Egypt for free.

WHO representative in Egypt John Jabbour announced WHO's support to Egypt’s efforts to eliminate Hepatitis C among Africans via holding inter-regional consultations and through the cooperation of WHO offices across the continent.

Egypt’s initiative was launched in October 2018 under the auspices of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and ended in April 2019 after targeting more than 45 million citizens. The Health Ministry vowed to completely eliminate the disease from Egypt in 2022.

In a meeting held on May 27, President Sisi ordered intensifying efforts aimed to transfer Egypt's health and medical expertise to other African countries tocure1 million Africans. Sisi was updated on the Health Ministry’s planned visits to Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania to assess their medical needs.]]>
2/9/2020 3:59:12 PM
<![CDATA[China's coronavirus deaths surpass SARS as millions stagger back to work]]>
Authorities had told businesses to tack up to 10 extra days onto holidays that had been due to finish at the end of January as the rising numbers of dead and infected cast a pall over the country.

Many of China’s usually teeming cities have almost become ghost towns during the past two weeks as Communist Party rulers ordered virtual lockdowns, canceled flights, closed factories and shut schools.

The sight of an economy regarded as a workshop to the world laid so low has taken a toll on international financial markets, as shares slumped and investors switched into safe-havens like gold, bonds and the Japanese yen.

Even on Monday, a large number of workplaces and schools will remain closed and many white-collar employees will work from home.

China has blocked a plan by Apple Inc supplier Foxconn Technology Co Ltd to resume production in China from Monday, the Nikkei business daily reported.

Gaming giant Tencent Holdings Ltd said on Sunday it had asked staff to continue working from home until Feb. 21.

Hebei province, which surrounds Beijing, will keep schools shut until March 1, the People’s Daily newspaper said. Several provinces have shut schools until the end of February.

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NEW DEATHS, DISMAY, MISTRUST
The new deaths on Saturday reached another daily record at 89, data from the National Health Commission showed, pushing the total well over the 774 who died from SARS, or Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome.

An American hospitalized in the central city of Wuhan in Hubei province, where the outbreak began, became the first confirmed non-Chinese victim of the disease. The Washington Post identified him as Hong Ling, a 53-year old geneticist who studied rare diseases at Berkeley. A Japanese man who also died in Wuhan was another suspected victim.

As millions of Chinese prepared to go back to work, the public dismay and mistrust of official numbers was evident on Weibo, China’s equivalent of Twitter.

“What’s even more frustrating is that these are only the ‘official’ data,” said one user.

“Don’t say anything else. We all know we can’t purchase masks anywhere, why are we still going back to work?” said a second.

“More than 20,000 doctors and nurses around the country have been sent to Hubei, but why are the numbers still rising?” asked a third.

UNREPORTED CASES
Among the latest deaths, 81 were in Hubei, where the virus has infected most people by far. New deaths in Wuhan, Hubei’s capital, saw a rare decline.

New infection cases on Saturday recorded the first drop since Feb. 1, falling back below 3,000 to 2,656 cases. Of those, 2,147 cases were in Hubei.

Total confirmed coronavirus cases in China stood at 37,198, commission data showed.

Joseph Eisenberg, professor of epidemiology at the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan, said it was too early to say whether the epidemic was peaking.

“Even if reported cases might be peaking, we don’t know what is happening with unreported cases,” he said. “This is especially an issue in some of the more rural areas.”

The virus has spread to 27 countries and regions, according to a Reuters count based on official reports, infecting more than 330 people. Two deaths have been reported outside mainland China - in Hong Kong and the Philippines. Both victims were Chinese nationals.

ALARM IN EUROPE, UNITED STATES AND ASIA

Major cities and capitals announced new travel restrictions as concern over the spread of the virus increased.

Chinese-ruled Hong Kong introduced a two-week quarantine on Saturday for all people arriving from the mainland, or who have been there during the previous 14 days. Malaysia expanded its ban on visitors from China.

France issued a new travel advisory for its citizens, saying it did not recommend traveling to China unless there was an “imperative” reason. Italy asked children traveling from China to stay away from school for two weeks voluntarily.

The latest patients outside China include five British nationals staying in the same chalet at a ski village in Haute-Savoie in the Alps, French health officials said, raising fears of further infections at a busy period in the ski season.

Britain’s final evacuation flight from Wuhan, landed at a Royal Air Force base in central England on Sunday with 200 people on board and a plane with 266 evacuees landed on Sunday in Darwin, Australia, SBS broadcaster said.

Singapore also said it had organized a second evacuation flight for 174 Singaporeans and their family members in Wuhan.

The island has reported 40 cases of coronavirus, putting it among the hardest hit countries, along with Japan, outside of China.

On Sunday, the central bank in the Asian financial hub advised financial institutions to step up precautions for staff, after the government raised its response to the virus on Friday to “orange”, a level also adopted during SARS and the 2009 outbreak of H1N1 influenza.

Organizers of the Singapore Airshow 2020 expect this week’s event to draw less than half the crowd seen on public days at the last show in 2018.

“It’s getting worse & more scarier. I fear for my family, every Singaporean & ppl all over the world,” Ramesha Beham posted on Facebook.

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2/9/2020 1:22:58 PM
<![CDATA[14 coronavirus cases reported in Germany]]>
The wife of a Bavarian employee of the company Webasto becomes the 14 confirmed Coronavirus case in Germany.

She is being treated at the Schwabing Hospital in Munich. So far, 12 of the 14 cases in Germany are connected to that company, since a lady from China who did not know about her infection took part in a workshop with colleagues.]]>
2/9/2020 12:35:18 PM
<![CDATA[Russia sends medical aid to China in fight against novel Corinavirus]]>
The aid includes medicine and means of individual protection.

"On the instructions of Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Russian government, the Russian Emergencies Ministry has collected humanitarian aid for Chinese citizens.

The ministry will deliver means of individual protection and medicine coming up to the volume of 183 cubic meters," the press service stated.

"The aid delivered on a ministry’s Il-76 plane. The plane left from Ramenskoye Airport in the Moscow Region."]]>
2/9/2020 12:34:03 PM
<![CDATA[Local development min. to participate in WUF 10]]>
Shaarawi's participation comes at an invitation from Executive Director of UN-Habitat Maimunah Sharif and member of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council Falah Mohammad Al Ahbabi.

In a statement on Sunday, the ministry said Shaarawi will review during the forum the local development program of Upper Egypt being implemented in tandem with the World Bank.

The minister will open the Egyptian pavilion due to be held on the fringe of the forum to highlight the most important projects accomplished by the ministry in a number of Egyptian governorates.

Shaarawi is to hold a meeting with a World Bank delegation due to take part in the forum to review the progress realized so far in the local development program in Upper Egypt.

He will also hold a meeting with UN-Habitat Executive Director Sharif on means of promoting bilateral cooperation in the local development score. ]]>
2/9/2020 12:31:46 PM
<![CDATA[Irrigation min. checks on maintenance work at Aswan reservoir, High Dam]]>
The meeting also tackled the activities of the authority and the research studies conducted by the NWRC in light of the efforts of the state in the field of maintaining and ensuring the safety of the High Dam.

Abdel Aati asserted that the achievements of the authority included implementing investment plans at the cost of EGP 150 million and renovation of old parts of Aswan Dam.

Aswan High Dam is an embankment dam built across the Nile in Aswan, Egypt, between 1960 and 1970. Its significance largely eclipsed the previous Aswan Low Dam initially completed in 1902 downstream. Based on the success of the Low Dam, then at its maximum utilization, construction of the High Dam became a key objective of the government following the Egyptian Revolution of 1952; with its ability to better control flooding, provide increased water storage for irrigation and generate hydroelectricity the dam was seen as pivotal to Egypt's planned industrialization. The High Dam has had a significant effect on the economy and culture of Egypt. ]]>
2/9/2020 12:29:31 PM
<![CDATA[Immigration Min. follows up on arrest of 3 Egyptians in Saudi Arabia]]>
An Egyptian man, his wife and their two young boys quarreled with a Saudi security man after performing Umra rituals. The man and his two young sons were arrested and kept in custody.

According to a statement released by the Immigration Ministry, the ministry is following up investigations into the matter, reported that it received many contacts offering help in this regard.

The minister reiterated full respect of Saudi justice, lauding the kingdom's care of the Egyptian community.

Commenting on the return of Egyptian fishermen from Yemen, the minister said that the Egyptian citizen abroad always feels that their country will stand by them if attacked abroad.]]>
2/9/2020 12:07:17 PM
<![CDATA[President Sisi chairs 33rd AU Summit]]>
The summit comes under the 2020 theme of “Silencing the Guns: Creating Conducive Conditions For Africa’s Development,” a commitment that aims at achieving peace and security in Africa, in accordance with continent’s Agenda 2063.

During the opening session of the summit, Sisi will hand over the presidency of African Union to South African President Cyril Ramaphosa.

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2/9/2020 11:56:30 AM
<![CDATA[Foreign ministry follows up sinking of trawler in Red Sea]]>
Egypt's Consul General in Jeddah Hesham Fathi has dispatched a representative to check on the health condition of the injured, Assistant Foreign Minister for Consular Affairs and Egyptians Abroad Yasser Mahmoud Hashim said.

The consul is in constant contact with the Saudi bodies concerned to finalize the burial procedures of the three other Egyptians, Hashim added.

The ministry extended deepest condolences to the victims' families and wished the wounded a speedy recovery.]]>
2/8/2020 3:06:34 PM
<![CDATA[In pics: Children participate in planting their city southern Cairo]]>
The children, along with a group of youth, cleaned the central island in al-Khamssin street of Maadi and sowed seeds of the trees after coordinating with the municipality of Al-Basatin District, the statement added.

The participants painted the old tires of vehicles with beautiful colors to make them as shelters for the newly-planted trees from strong winds, the statement continued.

The ministry had announced that last January is the month of afforestation in light of the national initiative of “Live Green,” under the auspices of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi.

The “Live Green” initiative focuses on the youth’s role in protecting their environment, the minister said in her speech at the World Youth Forum in Sharm el Sheikh on December 12, 2019, adding that the government targets a 50-percent decrease of the solid particle pollution rate by 2030.

A study published by Science in July 2019 revealed that the universe has to cultivate 1 billion hectares of trees to help curb carbon dioxide emissions globally and limit the impacts of climate change. Some countries like India, Ethiopia, Kenya, the US, and the UK launched campaigns of afforestation to face climate change impacts.]]>
2/8/2020 1:14:45 PM
<![CDATA[Taiwan just confirmed its 17th coronavirus case]]>
The patient is a man in his 20s and the son of an infected couple. He is now in isolation.

The family traveled to Italy with transit in Hong Kong from January 22 to 31, and returned to Taiwan through Hong Kong on February 1.

The son developed a cough on January 27 during their trip. ]]>
2/8/2020 1:12:32 PM
<![CDATA[Malaysia confirms 15th coronavirus case]]>
Malaysian Health Minister Dzulkefly Ahmad said the patient is a 59-year-old woman from Wuhan.]]>
2/8/2020 1:11:47 PM
<![CDATA[UN refugee agency: Major rise in migrants stopped off Libya]]>
The UNHCR said in January alone, it registered 1,040 refugees and migrants the coast guard stopped and brought back to Libyan shores, a dramatic increase from the 469 rescued that month the year before.

The UNHCR classified the population as 70 percent men, 18 percent women and 12 percent children.]]>
2/8/2020 1:08:36 PM
<![CDATA[64 coronavirus cases on cruise ship in Japan's Yokohama]]>
On Friday, the health ministry announced that 41 people on a cruise ship quarantined in Yokohama have tested positive for the new virus, Japanese news agency Kyodo reported.

The three passengers were taken from the Diamond Princess and hospitalized in Kanagawa Prefecture, south of Tokyo, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare said.

The vessel, carrying around 3,700 passengers and crew from more than 50 countries and regions, has been kept in quarantine at a pier in Yokohama after a passenger who disembarked in Hong Kong was found to be infected with the virus.]]>
2/8/2020 1:05:28 PM
<![CDATA[American dies of coronavirus in China as toll set to surpass SARS]]>
The 60-year old U.S. citizen died on Feb. 6 in Wuhan, the epicenter of the virus outbreak in the central Chinese province of Hubei, a U.S. embassy spokesman said in Beijing.

“We offer our sincerest condolences to the family on their loss,” the spokesman told Reuters. “Out of the respect for the family’s privacy, we have no further comment.”

A Japanese man in his sixties and hospitalized with pneumonia in Wuhan, also died after suffering symptoms consistent with the new coronavirus, Japan’s foreign ministry said.

But owing to difficulties in diagnosing the disease, the cause of death was given as viral pneumonia, the ministry said, citing Chinese medical authorities.

As of noon on Thursday, 17 foreigners were being treated for the disease in quarantine in China, according to the latest government figures.

The death toll in mainland China rose by 86 to 722 on Saturday, according to authorities, and is poised to pass the 774 deaths recorded globally during the 2002-2003 pandemic of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), another coronavirus that jumped from animals to humans in China.

During the SARS outbreak between November 2002 and July 2003, the number of reported cases was 8,098, suggesting a far lower transmission rate than the latest coronavirus, but a higher mortality rate.

Two deaths have been reported outside of mainland China - in Hong Kong and the Philippines. Both victims were Chinese nationals. A Reuters count based on official reports show there are more than 330 cases outside China, in 27 countries and regions.

“It is hard to say how lethal this novel coronavirus infection is,” Professor Allen Cheng, an infectious diseases expert at Monash University in Melbourne, told Reuters.

“While the crude mortality appears to be around 2%, there are likely to be many people who have been infected that haven’t been tested ... We probably won’t know the true case fatality for some time yet.”

Most of the deaths in China have occurred in and around Wuhan. Hubei officials on Saturday reported 81 new deaths, 67 of those in Wuhan, a city in virtual lockdown. Across mainland China, the number of outstanding cases stood at 31,774.

News of the death on Friday of Li Wenliang, a doctor who was reprimanded by police for raising the alarm about the new coronavirus, sparked sorrow and outrage on Chinese social media and rekindled memories of how Beijing was slow to tell the world about the SARS outbreak.

Beijing’s communist leadership has sealed off cities, canceled flights and closed factories to contain the epidemic, a response that has had ripple effects globally for financial markets and businesses dependent on the world’s second-biggest economy.

Saturday marked the final day of the Lunar New Year holiday, a day usually characterized by family gatherings, fireworks, and the lighting of lanterns.

The Chinese economy will sputter towards normal on Monday, although many workplaces will remain closed and many white-collar workers will continue to work from home.

The Shanghai city government said Tesla’s (TSLA.O) factory would reopen on Monday.

Apple Inc APPL.O said it was working to reopen its China corporate offices and call centers next week, and was making preparations to reopen retail stores there.

But Chinese authorities have blocked a plan by Apple supplier Foxconn (2317.TW) to resume production from Feb. 10 over concerns about the spread of the virus, Japan’s Nikkei business daily reported on Saturday.

The toll on China’s already-slowing economy has been heavy, with Goldman Sachs cutting its first-quarter GDP growth target to 4% from 5.6% previously and saying a deeper hit is possible.

“It’s certainly not going to be a return to normal next week,” said Julian Evans-Pritchard, senior China economist at Capital Economics in Singapore. “The longer this disruption continues the higher the risk it affects employment and the higher the risk of a much bigger hit on the economy,” he said.

PANIC BUYING
Hong Kong on Saturday was introducing a two-week quarantine for all people arriving from the mainland, or who have been there during the previous 14 days.

While China is bearing the brunt of the virus, anxiety levels are spiking across Asia, with Japan alarmed by the rising number of cases aboard a quarantined cruise ship, major foreign companies pulling out of an international airshow in Singapore, and Thailand losing money as Chinese tourists stay home.

Another three people on the cruise liner off Japan tested positive for coronavirus, bringing the total number of confirmed cases from the ship to 64, Japan’s health ministry said.

Thailand reported seven new cases, including three Thais and four Chinese, bringing the total reported in the country to 32, among the world’s highest number of infections outside of China.

Taiwan and Hong Kong urged residents not to hoard goods such as toilet paper amid signs of panic buying, and the World Health Organization (WHO) chief warned of worldwide shortages of medical gowns, masks and other protective equipment.

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (RCL.N) on Friday banned “any guests holding Chinese, Hong Kong or Macau passports, regardless of when they were there last” from boarding the company’s ships.

Having already decided to suspend most flights from Monday between Taiwan to China, Taiwan’s government said it would also suspend all direct passenger and freight shipping.

Hundreds of foreigners have been evacuated out of Wuhan over the past two weeks. A second evacuation plane to airlift Australians out of Wuhan was delayed after China did not give it clearance to land, Australian officials said on Saturday.

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2/8/2020 12:42:16 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt, China discuss coop. in combating coronavirus]]>
Egypt firmly supports China's efforts to fight the epidemic and stands ready to offer help within its capability, Shoukry said, adding that Egypt believes that China will eventually achieve an outright victory over the epidemic.

African countries will always firmly stand by China in the face of hardship, Shoukry confirmed.

For his part, Wang said that China and African countries are good friends and good brothers who trust and support each other, saying that China took the lead to help African countries combat the Ebola epidemic in the past, which wrote a new chapter for China-Africa friendship and cooperation.

He also said that African countries fully understand and support China in fighting against the NCP epidemic and their friendship will certainly be advanced.

"we firmly believe that under the strong leadership of the Communist Party of China as well as with the rich experience obtained in tackling the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome outbreak, strong national mobilization capability and global support, we will eventually achieve a victory over the epidemic and that China's development will not be affected." Wang said.

Through its efforts in fighting the epidemic, China has been not only safeguarding the saftey and health of the Chinese people, but also making contribution to the cause of international public health, Wang said.

The World Health Organization has praised China's prevention and control of the disease as setting a new standard for global outbreak response, and it disfavors imposing international travel and trade restrictions, Wang said.

China is willing to keep communication and coordination with Egypt and jointly maintain normal exchanges and cooperation between the two countries, Wang added.

In January, Egypt’s Health Minister Hala Zayed announced sending 10 tons of medical supplies to China, to help prevent the spread of the new deadly coronavirus, affirming that the Egyptian state would provide support to the Chinese people in Egypt.

Also, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry denied reports claiming that coronavirus cases were detected among the Egyptian community in China, the Cabinet media office reported.

So far, the epidemic, which broke out in central China's Wuhan City has infected more than 34,400 people and killed 724 in China.

Additional Report with MENA ]]>
2/8/2020 12:21:14 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi arrives in Addis Ababa to hand over AU Presidency to S.Africa]]>
It is scheduled that President Sisi will participate in the AU Peace and Security Council meeting on Libya, the meeting of African mechanism for Western Sahara, and the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM)’s Forum of Heads of State and Government, said Presidential Spokesperson Bassam Radi in a statement.

On the sidelines of the two-day summit, President Sisi will hold a series of bilateral meetings with a number of leaders of African states, Radi added.

President Sisi will chair a closed session to review the challenges facing the African continent, as Egypt has chaired the AU in 2019, Egyptian Ambassador to Ethiopia Osama Abdel Khaleq told Egypt’s Extra News.

The summit comes under the 2020 theme of “Silencing the Guns: Creating Conducive Conditions For Africa’s Development,” a commitment that aims at achieving peace and security in Africa, in accordance with continent’s Agenda 2063.

Additional reporting by Amr Mohamed Kandil]]>
2/8/2020 11:32:22 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt plans to turn landfills into public service facilities]]>
Minister of Environment Yasmine Fouad and governor of Cairo and Giza Khaled AbdelAal and Ahmed Rashad, along with a number of representatives from some concerned bodies tackled the latest procedures taken to implement the plan. Fouad said that this plan comes in light of the deal signed with the Minister of Local Development in 2019 to replace the landfills with public service places

The meeting also reviewed the environmental situations of six landfills of al-Salam, Qattamyia, Wafaa and Alamal, al-Tob al Ramly, Shabramant, and Abu Zabal in Cairo and Giza, the ministry added in the statement. The officials also discussed the ministry’s plan to choose two places in Al-Korimat [Southern Cairo] and in the 6th of October city [Giza] to be the only landfills for two governorates.

However, head of the Garbage Collectors’ Syndicate Shehata Meqadis told Egypt Today on Friday that new two landfills are so far for the collectors and will be costly for them as well, noting that the minister did not go back to them concerning this plan.

“These will be so far and influence the cleaning process. We remove 16,000 tons of garbage a day from Cairo with the capacity of one million collectors. We recycle 8,000 tons of solid waste; 6,000 tons of organic waste which is used as fodder to pigs, and 2,000 tons of non-recyclable waste that are thrown in near landfills such as sites in 15 May city and Shak El Thoban [an area famous for marble industry], Southern Cairo,” he said.

Meqadis clarified that the ministry in the past was cooperating with the collectors regarding the system, but currently there is an approach of marginalization, calling for offering facilities to the collectors to help make the country more clear via providing large garbage compactor trucks for every area of garbage collectors.

The head of garbage collectors also asked to apply the study of environmental issues and how to get rid of garbage and waste safely at the schools for the children.

Late January 2020, Minister of Local Development Mahmoud Sharawy confirmed in the Parliament’s plenary session that the ministry allocated LE 12 billion [more than US$ 761 million] to implement a new garbage system. He asserted that the ministry eliminated more than 26 landfills nationwide.

At the session of “Ask the President” on the sideline of 7th edition of Youth National Conference In July 2019, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi announced that Egypt produces 26 million tons of garbage annually, and needs LE 10 billion to remove it. He added that only Cairo needs LE 2 million to take out the garbage.
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2/7/2020 5:58:35 PM
<![CDATA[No coronavirus cases among Egyptians repatriated from Wuhan: China’s amb.]]>
While coronavirus has killed over 630 people by Friday, according to CNN, since it emerged in December in Central China’s Hubei province, particularly in Wuhan, the Egyptian authorities has reiterated on a daily basis that no cases of the deadly virus were recorded so far in Egypt.

According to CNN, the new virus has spread to more than 25 countries, including Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Taiwan, Vietnam, Thailand, India, Japan, Malaysia, United Arab Emirates, France, Germany, Italy, Singapore and South Korea.

In an interview with Masaa’ DMC on Thursday, Liqiang said the Chinese government has provided all assistance to the Egyptians in Wuhan to transfer them to Egypt and will also provide full security to the Egyptians who decided to stay in China.

The ambassador said Africa is far from the focus of the new deadly virus. He affirmed that China would work hard to eliminate this virus which President Xi Jinping described as “devil.”

Liqiang also affirmed that no coronavirus cases were recorded among Chinese citizens residing in Egypt including tourists or those who work in some companies in Egypt or in the Chinese embassy.

In this regard, he affirmed that China has banned any Chinese person suffering from cough, fever or high temperature to travel to Egypt, in an effort to protect the peoples of the two countries.

Earlier in February, the authorities of Damietta Port, in northeastern Egypt, decided to quarantine the crew of a ship coming from Shanghai, China’s biggest city, as part of national efforts to prevent coronavirus from entering the North African country.

The security authorities took security measures on the ship, dubbed “Magic Seas” and dealt with its crew while wearing protective suits, a statement said. The ship carried iron sheets.

As a precautionary measure, the port authorities request a copy of the medical reports of the crew of any ship coming from or passing through China, before it enters the port, including temperature checks, according to the statement.

Egyptian Health Ministry has affirmed that no cases of coronavirus have been detected so far.

Egypt’s national airline EgyptAir announced suspending flights between Egypt and China starting from February 4th. Earlier in February, Egypt repatriated its citizens in the city of Wuhan. Health Minister Hala Zayed ordered quarantining the repatriated citizens for 14 days to make sure they do not carry the coronavirus.

The ministry allocated a special building in al-Negila hospital in Matrouh governorate, in northwestern Egypt, to test the repatriated citizens for the deadly virus.

Also, a number of Egyptian importers suspended signing deals to import Chinese garlic because of coronavirus; however, the quantities contracted upon previously are being received.

Head of Vegetables and Fruits Unit at the Chamber of Commerce Hatem Naguib affirmed that Chinese garlic circulating in the Egyptian market is safe as it had entered the country before the rise of the virus, and was subject to screening by the General Organization For Export and Import Control.]]>
2/7/2020 5:17:58 PM
<![CDATA[Permanent rep. to UN highlights Egypt’s continuous anti-FGM efforts]]>
This comes only few days after a 12-year-old girl died from Female genital mutilation (FGM) in Upper Egypt’s Assuit governorate. The initial investigations revealed that parent and the uncle went to a gynaecologist for FGM. However, after the retired doctor carried out the FGM operation, the girl suffered from complications led to her death.

Idris affirmed the need to addressing the roots of this practice by spreading awareness and combating misconceptions. He highlighted the efforts of both Al-Azhar and the Coptic Church in this regard.

As a tradition, FGM is carried out by many people especially in some countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, through cutting or removing some or all of the external female genitalia.

Egypt imposed a complete ban on female genital cutting — also known as female genital mutilation or circumcision — in June 2007 after Budour Shaker, a 11-year-old girl in Upper Egypt’s Minya, died of an excessive dose of anesthesia while being cut at a private clinic.

Egypt’s Grand Mufti, the government’s official arbiter of Islamic law, decreed during the same year that female genital cutting was forbidden by Islam, in his strongest statement against the practice.

FGM was criminalized by Egyptian parliament in June 2008, thus creating a paradigm shift by moving the practice from social norm to crime.]]>
2/7/2020 4:12:49 PM
<![CDATA[Cabinet says Egypt free of coronavirus, denies adjourning academic term]]>
According to CNN, the new virus has spread to more than 25 countries, including Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Taiwan, Vietnam, Thailand, India, Japan, Malaysia, United Arab Emirates, France, Germany, Italy, Singapore and South Korea.

The Egyptian Cabinet denied on Friday reports circulated on social media about coronavirus cases at the Suez Canal Authority Hospitals.

The cabinet media center said it contacted the Suez Canal Authority (SCA) which categorically dismissed the news, asserting that no coronavirus cases were detected at its affiliate hospitals.

The authority said that its hospitals have taken precautionary measures to prevent the novel coronavirus, adding that all needed medical procedures are taken towards any suspected coronavirus cases as part of the state's keenness to prevent the spread of epidemics on its lands.

The Suez Canal hospital no. 6 received a woman suffering from fever and breathing problems after returning from Saudi Arabia where she was performing Umrah. The case was immediately isolated and blood sample was taken from her and sent to the central laboratories affiliated to the Health Ministry.

The case is currently receiving all medical care and the hospital is waiting for the lab results.

Concerning education, the Cabinet denied reports circulated on social media claiming that the ministries of education and higher education decided to postpone the start of the second academic term for two weeks over coronavirus fears.

The cabinet media center said it contacted both ministries which denied the news, describing them as baseless. Both ministries asserted that there is no intention to postpone the second academic term at schools and universities.

Both ministries said that the second academic year will start on Saturday, February 8 in accordance to the previously set timetable.

The ministries asserted that all needed precautionary measures have been taken in coordination with the bodies concerned to prevent coronavirus.]]>
2/7/2020 2:17:45 PM
<![CDATA[Population growth biggest challenge to Egypt: PM]]>
During a cabinet meeting to follow up family planning efforts, the prime minister said Egypt's economy is on the mend despite the recession of the world economy, pointing out that controlling overpopulation is an integrated social responsibility.

The meeting was attended by Minister of International Cooperation Rania Al Mashat, Minister of Health and Population Hala Zayed and Minister of Social Solidarity Neven Qabbag.

The prime minister called for intensifying the campaigns of awareness in cooperation with the state agencies to control overpopulation because such an issue is related to the country's national security]]>
2/7/2020 1:14:29 PM
<![CDATA[PM: 100% increase in Health Ministry's new budget]]>
The premier said that a sum of EGP 5 billion will be allocated for the initiatives focusing on the neonatal incubators, intensive care units and the emergency departments at hospitals.

The prime minister was speaking in a meeting with Planning and Economic Development Minister Hala el Saeed and Health Minister Hala Zayed to discuss the draft investment plan of the Health Ministry for the coming fiscal year 2020/2021.

The state is keen to offer distinguished medical service through adopting key health initiatives under directives of President Abdel fattah El Sisi, Madbouli added.

Meanwhile, the planning minister reviewed the proposed investment plan submitted by the Health Ministry for the fiscal year 2020/2021.

The health minister said that the proposed plan is based on several pillars including the implementation of the presidential initiatives, fair distribution of health services and attaching importance to Upper Egypt and the neediest villages.]]>
2/7/2020 1:05:33 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt wins PSC membership for 2020-2022 with overwhelming majority]]>
Egypt won the membership with an overwhelming majority in first round of the election, he added.

On his Twitter account, Hafez said that this came in continuation to Egypt's tireless efforts to consolidate peace and stability in the African continent.

The elections were held on the sidelines of the AU Executive Council meetings in Addis Ababa.

Meetings of the Ordinary Session of the AU Executive Council continue today under the chairmanship of Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry. ]]>
2/7/2020 12:41:53 PM
<![CDATA[Chief of Staff inspects security ambushes, checkpoints in North Sinai]]>
He also followed up on the military operations and security procedures from the permanent operations center in Arish city, which performs its duties in implementing tight security plans to eliminate terrorist elements and tighten control security in the Sinai Peninsula.

General Mohamed Farid also met with armed forces in North Sinai, and conveyed greetings and appreciation from President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi to their heroic role that contributed to the elimination of terrorism and restoring normal life in the cities of North and Central Sinai.

He stressed that the armed forces are persistently proceeding to uproot terrorism and extremism once and for all, and continuing to create the appropriate environment for investment and comprehensive development in Sinai.

He also listened to the opinions of a number of fighters and their inquiries in various fields, and asked them to maintain the highest degree of vigilance and preparedness to counter all possible threats and hostile positions.

General Farid further praised the high moral spirit and determination of the forces, in addition to the fighters’ insistence for fulfilling the sacred tasks assigned to them to protect the Egyptian people’s interests.

He honored the distinguished members of armed forces in appreciation to their performance of their duties of eliminating terrorism, with full dedication and sincerity. ]]>
2/6/2020 9:33:58 PM
<![CDATA[5-member family found dead in Egypt’s Delta]]>
The initial investigations revealed that the construction worker, 45 years old, poisoned his wife, 30, and his young children Noura [8years], Nada [5 years], and Amal [18 months].

The General Prosecution launched an immediate probe into the incident to know the circumstances behind this crime, according to a statement issued by the Ministry of Interior on Wednesday.

The dead bodies will be examined by a forensic medicine expert at the morgue of Damanhour National Medical Institute, the statement added.

In January, Egyptian journalist and media organizer of the Luxor African Film Festival Rehab Badr was found killed in her apartment in Maadi district, Southern Cairo, amid unclear circumstances.

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2/6/2020 6:38:00 PM
<![CDATA[Saudi King affirms strong relations with Egypt in written message]]>
King Salman further affirmed keenness to enhance the frameworks of strategic cooperation between the two countries at various levels, and continuation of joint work and intensive coordination with the Arab Republic of Egypt on various regional and international issues, according to a statement by the Saudi Press Agency.

The message was delivered by Saudi Minister of State for African Affairs Countries Ahmad bin Abdulaziz Qattan during a meeting today with President Sisi.

Last December, President Sisi praised Egyptian-Saudi relationship, calling it “a pillar of stability” in the Arab region

The Egyptian leader celebrated on Wednesday the release of 32 Egyptian fishermen who were held by Houthi rebels in Yemen.

The fishermen were released on Tuesday after being detained for weeks. They were put on a chartered flight to Cairo from the rebel-held capital, Sanaa.

Sisi said on Twitter that “intensive efforts” by the government “saved the men’s lives and yielded their safe transfer to Egyptian lands”.

Immigration Minister Nabila Makram said in press remarks that the government had been trying to negotiate the release of the fishermen with the help of Yemeni and Saudi authorities since mid-December.
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2/6/2020 2:47:58 PM
<![CDATA[China starts using antiviral drug Remdesivir in clinical trials against Wuhan virus]]>
The approval is jointly supported by the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), the National Health Commission and the National Medical Products Administration.

Remdesivir is a drug developed by Gilead Sciences, an American pharmaceutical company, said Cao Bin, head of the drug's clinical trial program, at the conference held by the MOST at the Wuhan Jinyintan Hospital, central China's Hubei Province.

The drug has shown good antiviral activity against Sars and Mers coronavirus in previous cell and animal experiments.

The trials, led by the China-Japan Friendship Hospital and the Institute of Materia Medica under the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences (CAMS), will be conducted in several hospitals in Wuhan, including the Wuhan Jinyintan Hospital. ]]>
2/6/2020 2:13:48 PM
<![CDATA[German development min. to start visit to Egypt on Friday]]>
Müller will hold several meetings with Egyptian partners in Aswan and will visit a number of projects, according to a press release by the German embassy in Cairo on Thursday.

The minister stressed in the press statement that Egypt and Germany are working together in the field of development to improve people's living conditions and realize sustainable development goals.

German Ambassador to Egypt Cyrill Nunn said that Egypt is an important partner to German in the field of development.]]>
2/6/2020 2:05:48 PM
<![CDATA[541 prisoners released upon pardon, celebrating Police Day]]>Battle of Ismailia.

The releasing of the prisoners comes as part of the Interior Ministry’s reforming plan and to keep up with the punitive execution through a comprehensive perspective and activating the executive role of the methods of releasing the convicts who have been seen as qualified to start engaging in the society.

On January 25, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi issued a decree

pardoning

a number of 2975 prisoners and other 498 on parole on the occasion of National Police Day celebration and the 68th anniversary of the heroic epic of the Ismailia battle.

According to the constitution, the president has the right to issue pardons for convicted prisoners after consulting with the Cabinet. However, the perpetrators of certain crimes are not eligible for pardon.

These crimes comprise arms trafficking, terrorism, drug trafficking of more than 10 kilograms, “heroin” trade regardless of the quantity, and revenge killing. The decree was published in the official gazette.

Former President Mohamed Hosni Mubarak issued a decision to consider the day an official holiday ‘Police Day’ in February 2009, in appreciation to police efforts, and recognizing their sacrifices.

Egypt's prisons have recently began to witness a large-scale development process affirming Cairo’s commitment to implementing international human rights standards in the prisons file, as it provides healthy food for prisoners and industrial, agricultural and production projects from animal, poultry and fish production farms, which are among the most important ways to implement rehabilitation programs for inmates and achieve food self-sufficiency in prisons.
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2/6/2020 1:55:41 PM
<![CDATA[Coronavirus death toll climbs to 564: China]]>
The number of confirmed cases globally stood at 28,256 as of Thursday morning, with more than 28,000 of those in China.

The number of cases in China grew by 3,694, or 15%, on the previous day. There have been 563 deaths so far, all but two of which were in China, with one in the Philippines and one in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong announced a mandatory 14-day quarantine for all people entering the semi-autonomous city from the Chinese mainland, including residents. The move comes after all but three border crossings were closed to try and contain the virus.

"It is expected that the measure will further reduce cross-boundary flow of people between Hong Kong and the Mainland, thus reducing the risk of transmission and spread of the disease in the community," the city's health authority said.]]>
2/6/2020 12:14:41 PM
<![CDATA[Crew of ship coming from China to Egypt’s Damietta quarantined ]]>
The security authorities took security measures on the ship, dubbed “Magic Seas” and dealt with its crew while wearing protective suits, a statement said. The ship carried iron sheets.

As a precautionary measure, the port authorities request a copy of the medical reports of the crew of any ship coming from or passing through China, before it enters the port, including temperature checks, according to the statement.

The deadly virus that emerged in December in Wuhan, Hubei province in Central China killed around 565 people, including 563 in China, and injured over 28,000 people globally, according to CNN.

Egyptian Health Ministry has affirmed that no cases of coronavirus have been detected so far.

Egypt’s national airline EgyptAir announced suspending flights between Egypt and China starting from February 4th. Earlier in February, Egypt repatriated its citizens in the city of Wuhan. Health Minister Hala Zayed ordered quarantining the repatriated citizens for 14 days to make sure they do not carry the coronavirus.

The ministry allocated a special building in al-Negila hospital in Matrouh governorate, in northwestern Egypt, to test the repatriated citizens for the deadly virus.

Also, a number of Egyptian importers suspended signing deals to import Chinese garlic because of coronavirus; however, the quantities contracted upon previously are being received.

Head of Vegetables and Fruits Unit at the Chamber of Commerce Hatem Naguib affirmed that Chinese garlic circulating in the Egyptian market is safe as it had entered the country before the rise of the virus, and was subject to screening by the General Organization For Export and Import Control.]]>
2/6/2020 12:04:11 PM
<![CDATA[Use of plastic bags to be limited in upscale district Zamalek: Min.]]>
During the activities of a national initiative to stop the use of single-use plastic bags in the upscale district on Tuesday, Minister Yasmin Fouad urged the civil society and non-governmental organizations to raise awareness among residents concerning environment issues.

Many animals die after swallowing plastic bags. Plastic bags are also often burned, releasing toxic fumes into the atmosphere. In April last year, Former Red Sea Governor Ahmed Abdullah announced banning the use of single-use plastic starting June 1st of the same year, due to its serious environmental damages.

In January this year, Youth loves Egypt Foundation, a non-profit organization, organized a major campaign to remove wastes from the banks of the Nile River. In November last year, the foundation said it could remove a total of 1.5 tons of waste.
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2/5/2020 10:37:04 PM
<![CDATA[Plane skids off runway and breaks up in Istanbul, 139 injured]]>
Ali Yerlikaya said the plane was carrying 177 passengers and six crew from the western province of Izmir. Emergency response teams took the wounded to 18 hospitals in the area, he said, and broadcaster NTV reported that both pilots were critically injured.

"The plane could not hold on the runway due to poor weather conditions and skidded for around 50-60 metres," Yerlikaya told reporters at the airport, adding that emergency teams were trying to rescue the last wounded passenger.

The plane, a Boeing 737-86J, split into three pieces after what Yerlikaya said was a drop of around 30 to 40 metres at the end of the wet runway. Footage showed the plane landing and continuing at a high speed off the runway.

Transport Minister Cahit Turhan said flights waiting to land in Sabiha Gokcen had been diverted to Istanbul Airport.

Pegasus said in a statement that the plane had gone off the runway and that passengers were being evacuated. A spokeswoman for the company did not provide further details.

NTV reported that the plane had attempted to land in heavy tail-winds despite the previous two flights holding off due to the wind.

Television footage showed the plane's fuselage, as well as a section of it near the tail, had broken off. Passengers were being led out as the plane lay on a patch of grass next to the runway. Dozens of emergency response personnel took passengers out of the plane and carried them away on stretchers.

Earlier footage showed part of the exterior of the plane had caught on fire, which state media said was extinguished by firefighters at the scene.

Turkish Airlines said it had cancelled all its flight in and out of Sabiha Gokcen for the day.]]>
2/5/2020 9:52:47 PM
<![CDATA[Qatar ignores worsening health of detained Egyptian engineer: opposition]]>
Salem, who has been working for state-funded Al-Jazeera network was arrested, as they were allegedly funded by Egyptian renowned businessman Ahmed Abu Hashima to help establish an Egyptian platform that is alternative to Qatar's beIN Sports TV network. He faces espionage charges.

The detained engineer has not undergone any medical tests throughout his detention despite his poor health and requests to examine him, the sources said, according to Qatarileaks.

Sources added that Salem is placed in a poor-ventilated room and is given food that is not suitable for his current health conditions.

The Qatari authorities rejected Salem’s lawyer’s requests to transfer the engineer to a central prison instead of solitary confinement, Qatarileaks said, adding that the authorities also refused to place him under house arrest until his trial is over despite his poort health.

Salem’s renowned lawyer, Taher Al-Khouly, described the charges against his client as totally fabricated and have no legal basis, according to a video published in January by a Facebook page calling for releasing Salem.

A close reading of the indictment against Khouly affirms that it cannot be relied on in judgment, said Khouly, a lawyer who represented Khairy Ramadan, a TV host who faced accusations of insulting police in 2018.

While Qatari outlets largely ignore the issue, Egyptian media reports revealed that Salem, a director for the technical sector in beIN Sports TV network, which is a subsidiary of Qatari Al-Jazeera media network, faces charges of spying for Egypt and Saudi Arabia to help the piracy of beIN Sports.

As espionage means harming the economic, political and military affairs of the country, the allegations Salem faces should not be considered an espionage case, Khouly said.

The plaintiff in the case is a private company not a state institution, Khouly said, adding that Salem’s alleged misconduct should be considered a breach to the employment contract not espionage.

Businessman Abu Hashima has denounced the arrest in October, saying in an interview with TV presenter Amr Adib that the indictment of Salem over espionage charges proves that Al-Jazeera network is a "military intelligence organization" rather than a commercial civilian one.

"I work in a professional manner and use the best human cadres in my job, and I knew that sports channels are the locomotive to promote the media system as a whole, and tried to provide a distinctive sports media service for the Egyptian people," Abu Hashima said, referring to ON Sport channel.

An Egyptian-British legal team, along with the International Labor Organization (ILO) and a number of human rights organizations, will file lawsuits against Qatar and beiN Sports, to demand the release of the accused Egyptians, he said.

"The dignity of the Egyptians abroad is part of the dignity of 100 million Egyptians," Abu Hashima said, calling the arrest of the two Egyptians as "manifest injustice."

Al-Jazeera aims to establish "political sports colonialism to influence Arab public opinion," he added.]]>
2/5/2020 9:08:32 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt ranks 9th in military strength among 138 states: Global Firepower]]>
According to the Power Index of the specialized military ranking website, Egypt holds a rating of 0.1872, Global Firepower reported, as 0.0000 is considered “perfect”. Egypt followed US, Russia, China, India, Japan, South Korea, France and UK in terms of the army’s strength.

Global Firepower considers 50 individual factors to assess the strength of each country’s army, which are all placed under the sectors of manpower, airpower, land forces, naval forces, natural resources, natural resources, logistics, financials and geography.

Egypt is ranked 10 out of 138 in the total strength of airpower, and took the 4th place in terms of tanks, and 6th in terms of armored vehicles and rocket projectors, according to the global index. The total assets of the army’s naval forces brings Egypt to the 7th place.

In 2014, Egypt and France inked a €1 billion arms deal whereas France furnishes four Gowind battleships to the Egyptian Navy. The first corvette was produced in France and delivered in Lorient in September 2017. The other three were to be built in Egypt under a transfer of technology agreement, according to France 24.

One of those was launched in September 2018 as the first ever Egyptian made warship. The ‘Port Said Corvette’ is manufactured by Alexandria Shipyard Company in cooperation with France’s state-owned shipbuilder Naval Group.

In 2015, Egypt signed an agreement to buy French weapons worth €5.2 billion, including 24 Rafale combat jets made by Dassault Aviation, a multi-mission naval frigate, and air-to-air missiles.

In 2016, both countries signed agreements for the purchase of weapons including fighter aircraft, navy vessels and a military satellite communication system worth €1 billion. In the same year, Egypt received two Mistral helicopter carriers as part of this deal.

In 2011, Egypt had ordered two Type-209/1400 submarines from Germany before ordering two others in 2014. The first two arrived in December 2015 and August 2017, respectively. In May, Commander of Naval Forces Ahmed Khaled received the third in the German city of Kiel.


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2/5/2020 6:54:42 PM
<![CDATA[Health Min. allocates building for testing people coming from Wuhan]]>
The Health Ministry’s statement reported that the ministry will follow up people suffering from any diseases and provide them with treatment.

The statement also notedthat Health Minister Hala Zayed receives an hourly report from the hospital to follow the situation of Egyptians coming from China.

The ministry’s statement asserted that no cases of the new coronavirus have been recorded in Egypt, adding that it is ready to take all the precautionary measures to prevent the deadly virus from entering the country.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Ministry of Health launched campaigns in seven governorates in Egypt to check Chinese restaurants and to activate means of health control in conjunction with the panic that is sweeping the world from the coronavirus.
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2/5/2020 3:44:00 PM
<![CDATA[Austrian president congratulates Ghada Waly on assuming new post]]>
Waly and Bellen discussed the mutual collaboration between his country and the UNODC, stressing that Austria is a country with multilateral diplomacy.

Wali, who served as Egypt’s Minister of Social Solidarity from March 2014 until December 2019, was appointed by UN Secretary-General António Guterres to succeed Yury Fedotov of Russia.

Waly brings to the position over thirty years of experience in the field of sustainable development, poverty reduction and social protection, and women and youth empowerment, the UN wrote on its website.

Since she took post as social solidarity minister, Waly has developed the national anti-drug strategy, led a nation-wide drug awareness and prevention campaign among youth and pioneered innovative programmes to rehabilitate and reintegrate persons with substance use disorders into society.

In her current role, she also serves as coordinator of the Inter-Ministerial Committee for Social Justice, chairperson of the National Centre for Social and Criminological Research and chairs the Executive Council of Arab Ministers of Social Affairs in the League of Arab States.

Her previous leadership positions include managing director of the Social Fund for Development (2011‑2014), assistant resident representative at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Egypt (2004‑2011) and program director of CARE International in Egypt (2000‑2004).

Waly holds a master’s degree in humanities and a bachelor of arts in foreign languages and literature from the Colorado State University. She is fluent in Arabic, English and French and has a working knowledge of Spanish.



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2/5/2020 3:14:09 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi praises efforts to release 32 Egyptian fishermen detained in Yemen]]>
“I have followed with all pride the efforts exerted to end the detention of 32 fishermen in Yemen. Such efforts have led to preserving their lives and returning them safely to Egypt,” Sisi wrote on his Twitter account.



The Egyptian authorities announced on Tuesday that they have succeeded in bringing back the 32 fishermen, who have been detained in Yemen for two months. They arrived on board a private jet at Cairo International Airport, according to Mena.

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Minister of Immigration and Egyptian Expatriates Affairs Nabila Makram said in a statement that the move clearly testifies to the state's keenness to protect its nationals abroad.

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The 32 fishermen were held in Yemen after they went fishing in restricted areas of the Red Sea.

The Egyptian media interviewed some of the fishermen shortly after their return, as they thanked President Sisi and the government for all the efforts exerted to bring them back safely to their homeland.

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“When we heard that we were going back to Egypt, we were extremely happy. We would like to thank President Sisi for supporting us. We knew that the state would never leave us,” one of the fishermen said.




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2/5/2020 2:52:44 PM
<![CDATA[10 on Japanese cruise ship infected with corona virus]]>
The ship, the Diamond Princess, with 2,666 passengers and 1,045 crew aboard has been kept in quarantine at anchor off a pier in Yokohama after a disembarked 80-year-old passenger from Hong Kong was found to be infected with the pneumonia-causing virus.

Of the passengers and crew, 120 who have symptoms including cough and fever and 153 who had close contact with the infected passenger were tested for the virus, the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry said.

Results for 31 people came back, and 10 in their 50s to 80s including three Japanese nationals were found to be infected and sent to a hospital. None are showing severe symptoms, and some have no symptoms at all, it said.

The government is asking all passengers and crew, who hail from 56 countries and regions, to stay on the ship for 14 days from Wednesday as it continues screening.

The elderly and those with pre-existing conditions will be tested for the virus as they tend to be worst affected if infected, the ministry said.

"We will take appropriate measures to prevent the spread of infections while giving full attention to the health of the passengers and crew," said health minister Katsunobu Kato at a press conference.]]>
2/5/2020 1:49:55 PM
<![CDATA[13 coronavirus cases reported in Australia]]>
The child, from Wuhan which is the epicentre of the virus outbreak in the central China province of Hubei, was a member of a tour group travelling in Australia in late January.

Two other people from that group, a man, 44, and a woman, 42, also had the virus and Queensland health authorities had been scrambling to contact other people on their flights in case the infection had spread. ]]>
2/5/2020 1:37:57 PM
<![CDATA[Coronavirus deaths rise to 491 in mainland China]]>
The latest mainland China figures showed an increase of 65 deaths from the previous day, all the new deaths from Wuhan. The number of new cases increased to 24,292. Outside mainland China, at least 180 cases have been confirmed, including two fatalities, one in Hong Kong and another in the Philippines.

To treat the thousands of patients, China rushed to build hospitals and converted a gymnasium, exhibition hall and cultural center in Wuhan.

Patients were being moved into a new, 1,000-bed hospital with prefabricated wards and isolation rooms. A 1,500-bed hospital also specially built opens in days. The hospitals made from converted public spaces to treat patients with mild symptoms have a total of 3,400 beds, the simple cots placed in tight rows in cavernous rooms without any barriers between them.

Meanwhile, ten people from the cruise ship tested positive and were taken to hospitals, while all 3,700 crew and passengers on the ship will be quarantined on board for up to 14 days, Health Minister Nobukatsu Kato said. More tests are pending.]]>
2/5/2020 1:34:52 PM
<![CDATA[Philippines reports third confirmed case of novel coronavirus]]>
The Chinese national arrived in Cebu City from Wuhan, China, via Hong Kong on January 20, Health Undersecretary Eric Domingo said in a briefing.

A couple who arrived in the country two weeks ago from Wuhan — the Chinese city at the epicenter of the 2019-nCoV outbreak — are the Philippines' first two confirmed cases of infection with the new coronavirus.

One of them, a 44-year-old Chinese man, who along with his partner visited Dumaguete, Cebu and Manila, died from health complications Saturday making him the first 2019-nCoV fatality outside of mainland China.

The second death outside the world’s most populous country was recorded in Hong Kong, one of China’s special administrative regions.

The global death toll from the 2019-nCoV was put at 491 as of Wednesday morning, with more than 24,000 cases of infection recorded in at least 28 countries and territories, including mainland China, according to the Johns Hopkins University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering that tracks coronavirus cases across the world.]]>
2/5/2020 1:30:02 PM
<![CDATA[CGTN spotlights Egypt's medical supplies to China to fight deadly coronavirus]]>
CGTN highlighted that Egypt sent 10 tons of medical supplies to China, to help prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, affirming that the Egyptian state would provide support to the Chinese people in Egypt.

The network also underlined that Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi sent a cable to his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping to affirm Egypt's trust in China's ability to combat and contain the outbreak of the virus.

So far, the epidemic, which broke out in central China's Wuhan City, has infected 24,363 people and killed 491 in China.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said that lots of countries have supported China to win the battle against the epidemic, and that China has received supplies from countries including South Korea, Japan, the UK, France, Turkey, Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Hungary, Iran, Belarus and Indonesia.]]>
2/5/2020 1:27:15 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt among 21 countries assisting Beijing against coronavirus: Chinese Foreign Min.]]>
These countries also include South Korea, Japan, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Britain, France, Germany, Turkey, Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Hungary, Iran, Belarus, Algeria, UAE, Australia, New Zealand, Trinidad and Tobago and Italy, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying said at a press briefing online.

Hua said also UNICEF offered assistance to China, noting that other countries underlined preparedness to offer donations.

"A friend in need is a friend indeed. I'd like to thank them all," Hua said, adding that medical masks, protective suits and safety goggles are in urgent need at present. ]]>
2/5/2020 1:24:07 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt, Singapore discuss boosting local development cooperation]]>
Sharawi said relations between the two countries are progressing as Egypt considers Singapore a model of economic and social development.

He reiterated the ministry's keenness on boosting cooperation between the local development center for training in Egypt's Saqqara area and its Singaporean counterparts.

The minister reviewed efforts to develop technological centers and address problems facing local and foreign investors in the governorates.

The Singaporean diplomat said the volume of the current Singaporean investments in Egypt total 500 million dollars while trade between the two countries hit one billion dollars.

Exports and imports between the two countries are mainly centered on agricultural and high-demand products, he said.

He added that relations between the two countries are deeply rooted as Egypt is one of earliest countries that recognized Singapore's independence.

He invited the minister to attend the World Cities Summit in Singapore in July to discuss cities development.]]>
2/5/2020 1:11:46 PM
<![CDATA[Mwasalat Misr announces launching X-Bus ]]>
The launch of the new bus comes within the framework of an alliance led by the Arab Organization for Industrialization, in which several companies, including Mwasalat Misr and 12 other companies such as Easy Mobility for Public Transport Technologies and Software, Fawry for Electronic Payment Technology, Orange Telecom, The Egyptian Company for Tracking and Information Technology, and Viber Egypt.

The smart electric bus system comes in light of activating the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by the Arab Organization for Industrialization in May 2019 with Shanghai Wanxiang, one of the largest Chinese companies specialized in the manufacture of electric buses in cooperation with Mwasalat Misr and United Investment Company, local and regional representative of the Chinese company.

The memo aims to provide an integrated solution for the application of smart public transport systems in accordance with international standards for sustainable urban transport within cities.

The electric bus has 44 seats and the ticket price reaches LE 25. The company is seeking to activate new lines during the next few months.

The smart electric bus system is characterized by aims to preserve the environment as it is managed by electricity and does not pollute the environment.

It also provides comfortable seats, air conditioning, video displays and Wi-Fi and is equipped to receive people with special needs.

In line with the European specifications and standards, Mwasalat Misr will launch in 2022 its ambitious strategy to generalize the electric bus in its vehicle network especially that with the beginning of 2037 all factories around the world will stop producing diesel buses and all production will be directed towards electric buses.]]>
2/5/2020 1:08:04 PM
<![CDATA[Arora praises Baheya hospital for breast cancer]]>
Arora inspected the different departments of the hospital and listened to the hospital’s physicians' explanation of the different departments’ roles and the reason behind the hospital establishment. Arora praised the hospital and its role to fight breast cancer among women.

Arora arrived Monday in a two-day visit to Egypt in order to check the final touches before the expected 35th meeting of the Women Economic Forum (WEF), scheduled to be held in Egypt in March in cooperation with Egypt’s National Council for Women, headed by Maya Morsi, and Works company, headed by Nemat Khalil.

The meeting is held under the auspices of the Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al Sisi, and includes 50 delegations for several countries, prominent female entrepreneurs, and leader women from different countries. The forum is being held in Egypt for the first time.

The forum will discuss several topics such as innovation and creativity in the Economic field, entrepreneurship, technology, tourism, electronic trade, employment, and youth leadership.

In 2018, Egyptian president honored Arora during the World Youth Forum held in Sharm El Sheikh for her scientific and philanthropic achievements.

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2/5/2020 2:15:42 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt brings back 32 fishermen detained in Yemen]]>
They arrived on board a private jet at Cairo International Airport.

In a press statement on Tuesday, Minister of Immigration and Egyptian Expatriates Affairs Nabila Makram said the move clearly testifies to the state's keenness to protect its nationals abroad.

The 32 fishermen were held in Yemen after they went fishing in restricted areas of the Red Sea.]]>
2/4/2020 11:41:42 PM
<![CDATA[Indian entrepreneur Arora visits Egypt ahead of WEF]]>
The meeting is held under the auspices of the Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al Sisi, and includes 50 delegations for several countries, prominent female entrepreneurs, and leader women from different countries. The forum is being held in Egypt for the first time.

The forum will discuss several topics such as innovation and creativity in the Economic field, entrepreneurship, technology, tourism, electronic trade, employment, and youth leadership.

In 2018, Egyptian president honored Arora during the World Youth Forum held in Sharm El Sheikh for her scientific and philanthropic achievements.


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2/4/2020 11:38:54 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt is turning into Africa’s top tech hub, report]]>
The report said that 88 Egyptian tech startups managed to secure investment during the past year, more than their counterparts in other African countries, the investments accounted for 28.3 percent of the overall total.

The current boosting represents 159 percent growth on the 34 startups that secured investment in 2018, according to the report.

In 2018, those 34 Egyptian startups received funds estimated at $90 million to top countries such as South Africa, and have 17.4 percent of Africa’s overall total funds.
The report hailed the Egyptian startups’ performance as “impressive”, pointing out that Egypt is on the way to be a powerful tech hub in North Africa.

331 African tech startups received $491.6 million worth of investment in the year 2019, a pace considered as “record-breaking”, according to Disrupt Africa’s report.

And whereas in many previous years the data would have shown the vast majority of the funding went to companies in just three markets, namely South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya, 2019 was a little different.

During the past years, markets of South Africa, Nigeria, and Kenya had the biggest share of funds, however, Egypt has rapidly jumped to the top, said the report.

Tarek Assaad, managing partner of Algebra Ventures, a Cairo-based VC firm that has backed 16 companies over the last couple of years said Egypt is generally becoming a more attractive investment destination because of the improving macroeconomic picture and attractive fundamentals like large population and underserved consumer base.
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2/4/2020 10:41:34 PM
<![CDATA[Belarus ambassador: Minsk keen to develop cooperation with Cairo]]>
The Belarus envoy made the remarks on Tuesday during his meeting with Egypt's Tourism and Antiquities Minister Khaled el Anani.

The two sides discussed joint cooperation in the tourism and antiquities fields and reviewed the possibility of signing agreements in the area of museums.

Meanwhile, Anani asserted the deeply-rooted ties binding Cairo and Minsk and their shared desire to cooperate in the tourism and antiquities field. ]]>
2/4/2020 3:24:56 PM
<![CDATA[All precautionary medical measures adopted at SCA: Chairman]]>
He added in a press release that coordination is maintained with the Health Ministry in this regard.

A complete medical examination is conducted before granting any ship passing through the canal a clean bill of health, he added.

He denied rumors that there are cases in the authority's hospitals, confirming that the SCA is only taking precautionary and preventive measures. ]]>
2/4/2020 3:21:18 PM
<![CDATA[More Britons to be evacuated from Wuhan, China Sunday: Liverpool Echo]]>
“Tomorrow morning we will be receiving an additional group of citizens from Wuhan,” the Liverpool Echo newspaper quoted the chief executive of Arrowe Park hospital as saying in an internal email to medical staff.

A hospital spokesman referred queries about the evacuees to Britain’s health ministry. A health ministry spokesman declined to comment on the newspaper report, as it was based on a leaked email.]]>
2/4/2020 12:05:59 PM
<![CDATA[Russia sends first plane to evacuate citizens from China's Wuhan: RIA]]>2/4/2020 12:03:11 PM<![CDATA[Thailand confirms 6 new cases of coronavirus, including 4Thais: health ministry]]>
The four Thai people included a couple who had visited Japan and two drivers who had picked up Chinese passengers in Thailand, the health ministry said.

The new cases brought the total reported in the country to 25.]]>
2/4/2020 12:01:37 PM
<![CDATA[Death toll from coronavirus rises to 426]]>
It comes after the country opened a new hospital built in 10 days, infused cash into tumbling financial markets and further restricted people's movement in hopes of containing the rapidly spreading virus and its escalating impact, The Daily Mail reported.

Despite this, the death toll rose by a daily record 65 from Monday to Tuesday, the National Health Commission confirmed, up from 361 deaths and 17,205 confirmed cases previously.

There are at least 151 cases in 23 other countries and regions, including the United States, Japan, Thailand, Hong Kong and Britain.

Out of the 20,626 afflicted with the virus, 14 per cent are in a critical condition - though 653 have now recovered so far.

All of the new deaths on Tuesday were in central Hubei province, the epicentre of the virus outbreak.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the flu-like virus a global emergency, although experts say much is still unknown about the pathogen including its lethality.]]>
2/4/2020 11:43:03 AM
<![CDATA[Germany reports 12 cases of new Coronavirus]]>
Ten of the cases are located in Bavaria. Officials said the latest case also involved an employee of Webasto, a car parts supplier near Munich.

In the meantime, Health ministries from the Group of Seven (G7) leading industrial nations agreed to coordinate efforts to the coronavirus outbreak, Germany's Health Ministry said on Monday.

The ministers agreed via conference call to coordinate their approach on travel regulations and precautions as well as research into the virus. They will also coordinate with the World Health Organization, the European union and China.

The death toll in mainland China from the novel coronavirus outbreak has risen to 426, with the total number of cases worldwide now standing at 20,626, officials said on Tuesday.]]>
2/4/2020 11:42:05 AM
<![CDATA[Iraqi court sentences Daesh member to 15 years in jail]]>
According to the all-news channel, the Supreme Judicial Council of Iraq said that the terrorist element admitted to have been involved in terror attacks against the state since he joined the terrorist group in 2004.

The convict has been working in developing arms and producing booby-trapped cars along with providing the group with logistics in the city of Falloujah, added the Judicial Council.

He also confessed to have been involved in carrying out several terror operations against the Iraqi forces.]]>
2/4/2020 11:38:58 AM
<![CDATA[Planning min.: New version of Egypt's agenda for sustainable development to be launched soon]]>
This was announced at a meeting with International Cooperation Minister Rania el-Mashat on Tuesday to discuss cooperation and coordination between the two ministries in the coming stage.

During the meeting, Saeed asserted her ministry's keenness on following up the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted at the UN Sustainable Development Summit on 25 September 2015 and preparing periodical reports to evaluate the indicators for fulfilling its set of goals.

The updated version of the Sustainable Development Strategy (SDS): Egypt Vision 2030, which represents a foothold on the way towards inclusive development, focuses on the idea of establishing partnerships, she added.

She further noted that the Planning Ministry is working on setting up new partnerships with the private sector, civil society, in addition to local and international development partners with the view to promoting the Financing for Development (FfD).

FfD aims at promoting a comprehensive and integrated approach to providing the policies and resources needed to support sustainable development around the world. ]]>
2/4/2020 11:35:52 AM
<![CDATA[Terrorist group attacks gas station in Syria's Homs]]>
Minister of Oil and Mineral Resources Eng. Ali Ghanem said in a statement that terrorists and their sponsors have again attacked the oil sector and its facilities on Tuesday dawn, particularly Ebla Gas Factory, the South Central Region Gas Factory, al-Rayyan Gas Station and Homs Refinery.

Minister Ghanem added that immediately the firefighting brigades which are affiliated to the oil facilities and the civil defense were able to contain the fires which resulted from the attack and they extinguished them.

He noted that technical teams have started the process of damage assessment and the maintenance works at the affected units.

Director of the Syrian General Gas Company Ghassan Tarraf, for his part, told SANA that after 12:30 a.m. last night, al-Rayyan gas station was targeted by terrorists with a number of shells while three shells were fired on the South Central Region Gas Factory and Ebla station was targeted with two shells as fires erupted and it caused material damage.

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2/4/2020 11:20:17 AM
<![CDATA[Electric car manufacturing negotiations with China postponed due to coronavirus]]>
Tawfik’s remarks came on the sidelines of the Financial Inclusion conference, indicating that the negotiations will take months.

Tawfiq expressed his hope that there will be two factories in El Nasr to produce electric and traditionals car during 2020.

In October 2019, Egypt’s Minister of Military Production Mohamed al-Assar said that the ministry would produce electric mini-cars, in coordination with Egyptian IMUT company.

The ministry said the new mini-cars, dubbed E-Motion, would be affordable, but would only be allowed to be driven in resorts and compounds. The versions of the mini-cars that would be allowed to be driven on the streets would be announced later, the ministry said.

The ministry also celebrated a new project to manufacture electric buses, in partnership with China’s Foton Motor.

The National Authority for Military Production signed on October 1 an MoU with SSE and Marathon International Limited to build a factory that manufactures electric vehicle charging stations, and recycles batteries.

The move comes as part of 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.

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2/3/2020 2:20:18 PM
<![CDATA[Burj Khalifa lights up red in solidarity with China over coronavirus]]>
The outbreak was first reported in December in the Chinese city of Wuhan and the disease has spread, infecting about 14,380 people and killing at least 304.

The skyscraper in Dubai was illuminated red and gold, the colors of the Chinese flag.

The UAE said it is confident China will be able to contain and control the spread of the new virus.]]>
2/3/2020 12:03:09 PM
<![CDATA[South Sinai governor receives ambassadors, defense attaches of MFO countries]]>
The governor hosted a banquet for the guests in one of the tourist resorts in their honor. They included MFO Commander Major General Evan Williams, a number of representatives of the defense ministry along with security officials from the governorate.

The governor welcomed the guests and wished them a happy stay in Egypt and presented a number of gifts to them. He also exchanged shields with the MFO commander who thanked the governor for his warm hospitality and asserted the delegation's wish to pay another visit to Sharm El Sheikh.

The foreign visitors paid a visit to the heavenly Cathedral in Sharm El Sheikh and El Sahaba Mosque in Sharm's Old market.

The delegation members, on their part, praised the safety and security of the Red Sea resort.]]>
2/3/2020 11:59:42 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt, Saudi Arabia to sign power linkage contracts in May]]>
This falls within the framework of President Abdel Fattah El Sisi directives to turn Egypt into a regional energy hub, she said.

Mashali made the remarks on Monday in an interview with MENA correspondent in Kuwait on the fringe of a meeting of the Arab committee of female engineers.

The Egyptian-Saudi power linkage project is one of the largest in the region, she pointed out.

The Egyptian Electricity Ministry seeks also to establish power linkage with Europe through Cyprus, she said.

Mashali noted that the Egyptian-Sudanese power linkage started pilot operation, adding that this would help Sudan make up for the power shortage it is suffering from.

She added that developing the electricity sector under President Sisi's directions has qualified Egypt to become a regional energy center.

After Egypt was suffering from a 3,000 to 6,000 megawatt shortage, it managed to have a surplus amounting to roughly 40 percent, she said.

She noted that Egypt's history of power linkage projects extends to about 22 years, referring to the power linkage with Jordan and Libya as one of the most successful of these kinds of projects in the Arab region.

As for honoring her by the Kuwait Society of Engineers, she said President Sisi has opened the door for Egyptian women to work and innovate.

She said "we are building an advanced state where there is no place for gender inequality. Proficiency is the only criteria for work assessment," she added, hailing the role played by Egyptian women in various domains.]]>
2/3/2020 11:57:51 AM
<![CDATA[China reports 361 dead from coronavirus, total of 17,238 cases]]>
The latest figures Monday come a day after the first death from the illness was recorded outside China, in the Philippines, as countries around the world evacuated hundreds of their citizens from the infection zone.

Chinese authorities completed a new, rapidly constructed 1,000-bed hospital for victims of the outbreak and delayed the reopening of schools in the hardest-hit province. Restrictions were tightened still further in one city by allowing only one family member to venture out to buy supplies every other day.

The commission said there had been 57 new deaths from the virus – all in hardest-hit Hubei province except one, bringing the national toll to 361, exceeding the country’s death toll from the 2002-03 Sars outbreak, which killed 349 people in mainland China.

In its daily update, figures from the health commission in Hubei, which has been hit hardest by the virus, also showed a sharp increase in confirmed infections, with 2,103 new cases, and the death toll in the province rising to 350, the local health commission said on Monday. ]]>
2/3/2020 11:55:58 AM
<![CDATA[High-level Swiss delegation visits Cairo]]>
Parmelin will be accompanied by a large Swiss delegation, composed of Members of Parliament, government officials and numerous business leaders.

Switzerland is an important investor in Egypt, where more than 60 Swiss companies are established across a wide range of sectors. Bilateral trade reached almost USD 1.3 billion in 2019 according to Swiss statistics, and Egypt is the biggest market for Swiss exports on the African continent. With a Free-Trade Agreement (through the European Free-Trade Association), a double taxation agreement and an investment protection agreement, the economic relations between the two countries take place within a solid bilateral legal framework.

Furthermore, Egypt is a priority country of Switzerland’s development and economic cooperation programme since 1979. Projects implemented since then have had a strong focus on infrastructure, urban development, job creation, financial inclusion and private sector development.

This is the first visit of Federal Councillor Guy Parmelin to Egypt, where he comes with the objectives of boosting economic relations between the two countries and providing a platform for Swiss companies to explore investment and trade opportunities in Egypt.

The Federal Councillor is due to meet in Cairo with Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly and Minister of Trade and Industry Nevine Gamea. He will also take part in a Swiss-Egyptian Investment Forum organized by Egypt’s General Authority for Free Zones and Investments (GAFI), which will provide an adequate platform to gain an overview of the investment climate in Egypt and explore new investment opportunities for Swiss businesses.

The programme of Federal Councillor Parmelin also includes visits to Swiss companies, projects of the Swiss cooperation programme, and cultural sites.
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2/3/2020 11:51:34 AM
<![CDATA[Islamist politician Aboul Fotouh detained for additional 15 days]]>
Aboul Fotouh, a physician and an Islamist politician who seceded from the Muslim Brotherhood group designated by the Egyptian state as terrorist, was arrested in February 2018 pending trial, and has not been freed since then. On February 20, the Cairo Criminal Court added Aboul Fotouh and 15 others to a list of “wanted terrorists.”

He faces charges including joining an outlawed group that aims to disrupt constitution and laws, prevent state institutions and public authorities from carrying out their duties, and spread false news about the political and economic conditions in the country, with a view to disturbing the public peace within the framework of the objectives of the “terrorist” Muslim Brotherhood.

Aboul Fotouh, according to an Interior Ministry’s statement the month he was arrested, conducted a series of secret meetings abroad, including the latest meeting in London on February 8, when he communicated with member of the international MB organization Lotfi al-Sayed Ali Mohamed, and two MB members who fled to Turkey, namely Mohamed Gamal Heshmat and Hossam ad-Din Atef al-Shazly.

“The aim behind the meeting was to set the mechanisms of carrying out MB chaotic schemes and exploiting the accompanying political atmosphere,” the statement read.


Additional reporting by Mirit Agaiby]]>
2/2/2020 7:11:03 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt halts signing Chinese garlic deals because of coronavirus]]>
In a similar context, the General Organization For Export and Import Control is coordinating with other entities to take precautionary measures regarding goods entering the country at the current period.

Head of Vegetables and Fruits Unit at the Chamber of Commerce Hatem Naguib affirmed that Chinese garlic circulating in the Egyptian market is safe as it had entered the country before the rise of the virus, and was subject to screening by the General Organization For Export and Import Control.

China is the world’s largest garlic producer with 21.2 million tons composing 40.1 percent of global production, while Egypt produces 280,000 tons making up 1.1 percent of global production.

Mostafa al-Nagary, an importer, said that Chinese exporters themselves are delaying signing contracts with all countries until the situation is clearer.
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2/2/2020 5:48:01 PM
<![CDATA[Schools adopt hygiene procedures for 2nd term amid nCoV outbreak]]>
The ministry added that all schools nationwide were notified to adopt a medical preventive plan to deal with the infectious disease as every school should follow up certain hygiene procedures such as providing anti-meningitis vaccinations.

Every school should ensure the safety of the school meals in the stores, the ministry continued, adding that the students will be subject to a medical examination at the beginning of the second term.

Parents of the students, who will be absent for more than two days, will be questioned for the reasons behind their children’s absence, the statement said.

In a press conference held on Sunday, the World Health Organization (WHO) bureau in Cairo stated that all world countries will be equipped with coronavirus detectors within a week and that those will be delivered to Egypt in two hours.

The organization added that the region and the world have labs that can diagnose infected individuals whose number is currently 11,953, mainly in China. The virus evolves in 20 percent of patients, and incurs the death of two among every 100 patients. Yet, the infection rate is still unknown.

Last week, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi directed the government to take all necessary measures for returning the Egyptian expatriates in the Chinese city of Wuhan, the birth-place of the deadly coronavirus, said the Cabinet in a statement.

The state-owned flag carrier of Egypt, EgyptAir, sent a private plane on Sunday to China to repatriate Egyptians residing in Wuhan. The returnees will be quarantined for up to 14 days- believed to be the virus's incubation period. Also, those who dealt with them since they entered the private plane will be subject to a medical examination.]]>
2/2/2020 5:00:06 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt tests camels from Sudan for coronavirus, RVF: official]]>
The Agriculture Ministry, along with other relevant ministries, have continued to take precautionary measures in the border areas to prevent the spread of the Rift Valley fever, a viral zoonosis that can be transferred from animals to humans.

Egypt is now allowing the import of live camels from Sudan in accordance with strict measures, Abdel Karim said, adding that the quarantine period for camels have increased from 10 to 15 days. Other livestock, however, is still suspended, he noted.

Khaled Morsy, another official at the general organization told Egypt Today that no suspected cases of Rift Valley fever had been detected or reported in Egypt, affirming that the livestock in the country are being vaccinated.

The death toll as a result of the coronavirus rose to at least 304, according to media reports. The deadly virus emerged in December last year in China’s Wuhan city.

In a press conference held on Sunday, the World Health Organization (WHO) bureau in Cairo stated that all world countries will be equipped with coronavirus detectors within a week and that those will be delivered to Egypt in two hours.

The organization added that the region and the world consist of labs that can diagnose infected individuals whose number is currently 11,953 mainly in China. The virus evolves in 20 percent of patients, and incurs the death of two among every 100 patients. Yet, the infection rate is still unknown.

The regional bureau highlighted that the Middle East is one of the most vulnerable areas in the world because of the flights coming from China directly and indirectly. Nevertheless, the organization called for not imposing restrictions on air transport affirming that treatment has proven its effectiveness and asserting that cooperation is key to overcome the crisis.

Also, Egypt’s national airline EgyptAir on Thursday announced suspending flights between Egypt and China, after the last Chinese delegation currently in Egypt departs on February 4th, amid an outbreak of a new deadly coronavirus.

Flights between Egypt and Hangzhou in eastern China will be suspended starting February 1st, while those to Beijing, the capital, and Guangzhou, northwest of Hong Kong will be suspended starting February 4th until further notice, to prevent the coronavirus (nCoV), which emerged in December last year, from entering the country, EgyptAir said in a statement.]]>
2/2/2020 3:26:25 PM
<![CDATA[US universities welcome scientific coop. with Egypt: Minister]]>
He pointed out on Saturday that several US universities welcomed to have constructive cooperation with Egypt in all scientific and research fields.

The minister added that enrollment policy of private universities has been developed starting from the 2020/2021 academic year to guarantee equality and fair opportunities for all students. ]]>
2/2/2020 3:12:12 PM
<![CDATA[Infection control initiative includes 17 governorates: Min.]]>
The governorates include Alexandria, Minya, Qena, Menoufia, Assiut, Red Sea, North Sinai, South Sinai and Marsa Matrouh and aims to eliminate the hotbeds of infection in beauty salons and health clubs under the slogan "Protect Yourself and Your Family from Hepatitis Infection."

Minister of Health and Population Hala Zayed said that this initiative complements President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi's initiative to eliminate virus C and to detect non-communicable diseases under the slogan "100 Million Healthy Lives."

Khaled Mujahid, adviser to the minister of health and population for media affairs and the official spokesperson for the ministry, said that the initiative conducts workshops to educate beauty professionals and distributes single-use cosmetics for free.

Mujahid indicated that this initiative is an important step that comes as part of the measures taken by the Ministry of Health and Population to combat the transmission of hepatitis.

He also pointed out that the Ministry of Health issued a book in cooperation with the Ministry of Local Development to clarify some instructions that must be followed to limit the transmission of hepatitis viruses in beauty salons and health clubs, which included the use of tools such as blades, metal tools, towels, and others for one time only.

He also stressed that in case the owners of beauty salons and health clubs do not act in accordance with the instructions, their licenses will be withdrawn and necessary legal measures will be taken.]]>
2/2/2020 1:26:11 PM
<![CDATA[PM follows up on dealing with medical complaints, appeals]]>
According to a report submitted by Director of the government complaints system Tarek el Refaei, up to 5,190 medical-related complaints and appeals have been received, examined and directed to authorities concerned throughout the past month.

The premier asserted the necessity of swift action with medical cases alongside maintaining coordination with various bodies to guarantee providing the medical service to complainers at public hospitals.

He thanked all bodies that eagerly cooperate in offering services to complainers.]]>
2/2/2020 12:46:40 PM
<![CDATA[Coronavirus detectors to be delivered to Egypt Sunday: WHO]]>
The organization added that the region and the world consist of labs that can diagnose infected individuals whose number is currently 11,953 mainly in China. The virus evolves in 20 percent of patients, and incurs the death of two among every 100 patients. Yet, the infection rate is still unknown.

The regional bureau highlighted that the Middle East is one of the most vulnerable areas in the world because of the flights coming from China directly and indirectly. Nevertheless, the organization called for not imposing restrictions on air transport affirming that treatment has proven its effectiveness and asserting that cooperation is key to overcome the crisis.
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2/2/2020 12:36:55 PM
<![CDATA[South Korea coronavirus cases soar to 15]]>
The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) said the 13th case involved a 28-year-old man who was one of the 368 Koreans that were brought back from the Chinese city of Wuhan on Friday.

The country's 14th case is a 40-year-old Chinese woman who is a family member of the Chinese man diagnosed with the new coronavirus strain Saturday.

The 15th case is a 43-year-old South Korean man who arrived back home from China on Jan. 20 and was under observation.

The KCDC said it is tracking the movements of all new patients to determine where they were and whom they met, with information to be made public as soon as possible.]]>
2/2/2020 11:42:30 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt to dispatch medical equipment to China amid coronavirus crisis]]>
With the death toll surging past 300 and 14,300 confirmed cases spreading all over China, local authorities across the country have activated the highest public health emergency response.

Spokesman for the ministry Khaled Megahed detailed that the shipments will be dispatched by a plane that will carry Egyptians returning home from China’s Wuhan, where the deadly coronavirus outbreak has originated.

The shipments are part of Egypt’s support to the people of China, according to the statement.

Megahed explained that the equipment included necessary preventive items such masks.

He further assured that Egypt has sufficient strategic reserve of required preventive medical items and equipment under the adopted medical plan to face the virus.]]>
2/2/2020 7:29:45 AM
<![CDATA[Chinese city outside virus epicentre shuts down]]>
Only one resident per household is allowed to go out every two days to buy necessities, authorities said in the city of nine million, while 46 highway toll stations have been closed.

Zhejiang province has the highest number of confirmed cases outside central Hubei province at 661 confirmed infections, with 265 of those in Wenzhou.

The city -- which is more than 800 kilometres away by road from Wuhan, the epicentre -- has also cancelled public events and closed public places like swimming pools, cinemas and museums.

Wenzhou's metro line and public transport have also been suspended as have inter-province buses.

Schools and universities will not resume classes until after March 1, and authorities said enterprises should not resume work until after February 17 -- except government institutions and administrative departments which will start work on February 9.

The virus has infected more than 14,000 people across China and caused 304 deaths.

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2/2/2020 7:10:49 AM
<![CDATA[Philippines reports first virus death outside China: WHO]]>
The fatality is a 44-year-old Chinese man from the city of Wuhan, where the virus was first detected, and appears to have been infected before arriving in the Philippines.

"This is the first reported death outside China," Rabindra Abeyasinghe, the WHO representative to the Philippines, told reporters.

"However, we need to take into mind that this is not a locally acquired case. This patient came from the epicentre of this outbreak," Abeyasinghe added.

The man, who died in a Manila hospital, arrived in the Philippines with a 38-year-old Chinese woman who had also tested positive for the virus, health secretary Francisco Duque said.

She was the Philippines' first case of the virus and is recovering in hospital.

The news of the man's death was released shortly after the Philippines announced it would immediately halt the arrivals of any foreign travelers from China.

The Philippine government has also told citizens not to travel to mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

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2/2/2020 6:09:22 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt to repatriate citizens living in coronavirus-stricken Wuhan]]>
EgyptAir’s officials said in press statements that the plane has on board a comprehensive medical team picked by the Egyptian ministry of health, and will be expected by Cairo International Airport’s quarantine upon arriving.

The plane can have 300 passengers along with the crew.

Egyptian cabinet’s spokesperson, Nader Sa’ad, said on Saturday that the repatriation of Egyptians living in China has been discussed during the latest cabinet’s meetings. He added that no Egyptian living in China has been reported to have coronavirus.

Sa’ad pointed out that the returning Egyptians will be quarantined for up to 14 days- believed to be the virus incubation period- also those who dealt with them since they entered the private plane will be subject to a medical examination.

The Chinese authorities announced on Saturday that the virus death toll has jumped to 259, while other countries such as Australia and the United States imposed restrictions on the entry of foreigners who have visited China lately.

China's Hubei provincial government has extended the Lunar New Year holiday break to Feb. 13 as it seeks to curb the coronavirus outbreak that emerged from the province's capital of Wuhan, the Hubei Daily reported on Saturday.

24 states have reported cases of the growing virus, however, most of the infected are in China.

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2/1/2020 9:35:09 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptians mourn Khaled Bichara 'Egypt’s Bill Gates']]>
Preliminary investigations showed that Bichara’s car turned over on the road, and hit an iron fence on the side of the road, causing his immediate death.

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Bichara giving a TEDXTalk in Rome - Bichara's Facebook page

Images of Bichara’s damaged car circulated on social media following the collision. Officials opened an investigation into the incident to reveal circumstances leading to the death.

The funeral activities of Bichara will be held on Sunday at St. Mark Cleopatra Church at 12 p.m.

Many social media users expressed sorrow for the loss of Bichara’s family, saying his death is a loss to the business field in Egypt as he was called “Egypt’s Bill Gates.” Praisal posts flooded social media speaking about Bichara’s role in encouraging entrepreneurs to start their projects out of his belief in the powerful role of start-ups in boosting Egypt’s economy.

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Bichara with his wife and two sons - Bichara's Facebook page


Bichara was born in 1971 ,and he earned his B.Sc degree from The American University in Cairo in 1993 with a major in Computer Science and a Minor in Business Administration.

He was the Group Chief Executive Officer of Orascom Telecom Holding, as well as the Chief Executive Officer of Weather Investments. He was also a board member of WIND Italy, and various telecom and IT companies, according to an Orascom Telecom Holding report.

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Bichara announcing the groundbreaking of SUPERNAP Italia - Bichara's Facebook page

Bichara headed the fixed line and portal business unit at WIND Telecommunicazioni from 3005 until he was promoted to Chief Operating Officer of the company. At Wind, he played a key and instrumental role in restructuring the company’s organization, which led to the successful turnaround of WIND from a continuously loss making company to one of the best performing mobile, fixed line and broadband integrated operators in Europe within a record time span of three years. Prior to joining WIND, he was the cofounder, Chairman and CEO of LINKdotNET (LDN), the largest private Internet Service Provider in the Middle East.

Bichara was awarded by Business Today Egypt as one of the best executive officers below 40 years old.
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2/1/2020 5:35:55 PM
<![CDATA[Interior Ministry: 129 inmates pardoned; 369 released on parole]]>
The move was taken in accordance with a presidential decree on pardoning some prisoners on the occasion of the 68th anniversary of the Police Day, the ministry said in a statement.

The step is part of the interior ministry's efforts to implement a modern concept of penal policy, provide inmates with all means of welfare and apply the procedures set for releasing rehabilitated convicts.]]>
2/1/2020 4:36:37 PM
<![CDATA[WHO to discuss coronavirus developments in Sunday press conference in Cairo]]>
"The World Health Organization is working in conjunction with the Egyptian Ministry of Health to enhance the country's capabilities for early detection, examination and rapid response to public health events,” the representative of the World Health Organization in Egypt John Jabbour said on Saturday.

“This comes in the context of full compliance with international health regulations. Until now, the organization does not recommend imposing any restrictions on international travel and trade” he added.

The press conference will highlight the updates of the regional situation that will be reviewed by the leaders and experts of the organization followed by an interactive session to answer the reporters’ questions.

WHO continues to provide full support to countries where the disease has spread to monitor its directions to avoid its spread, Jabbour said.

Among the most important recommendations of the emergency committee announced by Tedros are to accelerate the production of vaccines and treatments, and to face rumors and misinformation.

He also recommended examining the resources required for isolation and care for affected cases to prevent disease transmission between individuals, as well as supporting countries with weak health systems.

Tedros also said that countries coordinate and share data and information with the World Health Organization, to counter the risk of the disease that is threatening us all.

The World Health Organization calls on citizens to remain calm and take precautions to keep themselves safe, prevent the spread of the virus and reduce the risk of transmission.

The World Health Organization recommends that individuals avoid contact with people with acute respiratory infection (ARI), wash their hands frequently, especially after direct contact with patients or their surroundings, and avoid contact with farm animals or wildlife without protection.]]>
2/1/2020 4:19:47 PM
<![CDATA[Health min. follows up anti-coronavirus measures at quarantine facilities]]>
Zayed followed up the activities of the ministry's 24/7 active emergency response room, which consists of medical as well as administrative teams including doctors, nurses, IT specialists, lab technicians and waste control specialists, said spokesman for the Health Ministry Khaled Megahed.

She also paid onsite visits to the quarantine facilities to ensure the provision of all necessary logistics for returnees and measure compliance with the preventive measures set out by the relevant guidelines issued by the World Health Organization (WHO), Megahed added.

All harbors and airports across the nation are on high alert to deal with the deadly virus, Megahed said, asserting that no case or suspected case of coronavirus was recorded in the country, especially after taking all preventive action.]]>
2/1/2020 3:49:58 PM
<![CDATA[AL chief holds consultations ahead of ِArab ministerial meeting]]>
Earlier in the day, the AL chief received Kuwait Foreign Minister Ahmed Nasser al Mohammed, Sudan's State Minister for Foreign Affairs Omar Gamareldin, Lebanese Foreign Minister Nassif Hitti along with Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohamed Ali Alhakim, the chairman of the current AL session.

The meetings took up consultations regarding the updates of the Palestinian cause as well as the Middle East peace plan - which has been announced by US President Donald Trump a few days ago.

An extraordinary session for the AL council will convene here later in the day with the participation of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who will present his vision towards the US peace plan and how Arabs should deal with it.]]>
2/1/2020 1:21:04 PM
<![CDATA[UK withdraws some staff from China embassy, consulates over virus]]>
“As of 31 January, some staff and dependants from the British Embassy and Consulates are being withdrawn from China. Essential staff needed to continue critical work will remain,” the statement read.

“In the event that the situation deteriorates further, the ability of the British Embassy and Consulates to provide assistance to British nationals from within China may be limited,” it said.

As of January 31, the U.S. State Department said it required family members of embassy staff in China under the age of 21 to leave China immediately, a U.S. embassy spokeswoman said.]]>
2/1/2020 1:14:49 PM
<![CDATA[Germany confirms seven cases of coronavirus]]>
There are now seven confirmed cases of coronavirus in Germany, according to the Bavarian Ministry of Health,

In a press release, the German automotive supplier Webasto confirmed that one German and one Chinese employee tested positive for the virus, bringing the total number of infected employees to seven, five German and two Chinese employees among them. A child of one of the German employees has also been infected.

Germany has warned its citizens against traveling to Hubei and recommended postponing any nonessential travel to China.]]>
2/1/2020 12:27:51 PM
<![CDATA[Coronavirus outbreak kills 259 people, infects about 11,821 in China]]>
The number of confirmed cases in China grew by about 2,102 on Friday with about 46 people dead, the NHC added in its daily report.

The NHC said that 243 people were discharged from hospitals after they healed.]]>
2/1/2020 12:26:30 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt's population reaches 100mn next week: CAPMAS]]>
The country's population reached 99.945 million at 10 a.m. (local time) on Saturday, CAPMAS added.

Cairo is ranked Egypt's most populated governorate with 9.924 million persons, followed by Giza with 9.75 million people then Sharqia with 7.536 million, CAPMAS pointed out.

South Sinai governorate got the last place in terms of Egypt's population with about 108,742 persons, followed by North Sinai with 450,528 people and then Matrouh with 477,172, it noted. ]]>
2/1/2020 12:25:00 PM
<![CDATA[Ashmawy, 36 others sentenced to death over 54 crimes ]]>
The case is referred to the Grand Mufti for religious advisory and the final verdict will be announced on March 2. Referring cases to Grand Mufti is a standard procedure that seeks the religious authority’s approval on sentencing a defendant to death, although his decision is not binding.

In this case, there are 208 defendants who are charged with 54 crimes that consist of assassinations of policemen, attempted murder of former Minister of Interior Mohamed Ibrahim, and bombings of security institutions’ buildings.

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

The 54 crimes drawn against the defendants included 49 murder case of police officers and citizens, including Lieutenant Colonel Mohamed Mabrouk, and Major General Mohamed el-Saeed. They are also accused of orchestrating explosions that targeted three security directorates, destroying 25 public facilities, including mosques and churches, and stealing a post office, and a vehicle transferring money.

This is the second death sentence handed to Ashmawy after he was extradited from Libya to Egypt. Last November, Ashmawy was handed the first death penalty by the Military Criminal Court over committing 14 crimes pertinent to the Farafra Terror Attack against a Border Guard ambush five years ago killing 28 officers and soldiers.

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.

From military to militancy

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

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

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

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

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

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


Additional reporting by Mohamed Abdel Maguid
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2/1/2020 11:44:51 AM
<![CDATA[Four people detained after 12-year-old girl died from FGM]]>
The initial investigations revealed that parent and the uncle went to a gynaecologist for FGM. However, after the retired doctor carried out the FGM operation, the girl suffered from complications led to her death.

Head of the National Council For Women and Childhood (NCCM) Maya Morsi called for toughening the penalty against the perpetrators, adding that National Anti-Female Genital Mutilation Committee in contact with with the concerned bodies to followig up the latest concerning this incidents and the circumstances.

The committee is headed by Maya Morsy, president of the National Council for Women, and Azza al-Ashmawy, secretary general of the National Council for Childhood and Motherhood (NCCM).

In a statement, the committee strongly rejected any justification used to practice this crime, calling for holding the responsible accountable.

Egypt imposed a complete ban on female genital cutting — also known as female genital mutilation or circumcision — in June 2007.

Egypt’s Grand Mufti, the government’s official arbiter of Islamic law, decreed during the same year that female genital cutting was forbidden by Islam, in his strongest statement yet against the practice.

FGM was criminalized by Egyptian parliament in June 2008, thus creating a paradigm shift by moving the practice from social norm to crime.

As per the 2008 amendments to the Child Law, those who convicted in FGM crimes shall be sentenced to 5 to 7 years in prison, and the crime is punishable by life imprisonment if the victim died.
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1/31/2020 9:12:02 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi meets with Abbas in Cairo, Saturday: Palestinian Amb.]]>
In a Friday statement, he said that Sisi will met Abbas before the Arab League emergency meeting in Cairo.

He explained that the meeting aims at discussing the US-proposed plan of peace agreement [aka the Deal of the Century] between the Palestinians and the Israelis, which was announced by U.S. President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday.

Al-Louh noted that Abbas seeks to prove the Arab unified stance upholding the Palestinian political stance.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas arrived, Friday in Egypt to attend the Arab League emergency meeting expected, Saturday.

The meeting comes upon an invitation from Abbas to discuss the US-proposed plan of peace agreement.

The Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement issued Tuesday that Egypt appreciates the American efforts to realize a comprehensive and fair peaceful resolution for the Palestinian cause in a way that contributes to the stability and security of the Middle East.


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1/31/2020 8:57:15 PM
<![CDATA[UAE promises donation to Magdi Yacoub’s heart hospital in Egypt]]>
“The purpose is that the party (show) creates a new hope for thousands of hearts that need care,” Mohammed bin Rashid, also vice president and prime minister said in a Tweet.

Yacoub last year said that the foundation stone of a heart center in Cairo will be laid soon. The center will provide cardiac care.

In an interview with Egypt Today, the cardiothoracic surgeon said that an inauguration ceremony of the Cairo center, and will be attended by a large number of parliamentarians, senior doctors and statesmen to support the center and urge Egyptians to donate.

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

A set of remarkable scientists and public figures took part in the campaign such as Professor Magdy Ishak, and Egyptian Ambassador to the United States Yasser Reda, among others.

The Magdi Yacoub Global Heart Foundation supports Aswan heart centre in Upper Egypt and is raising funds for the future Magdi Yacoub global heart center in Cairo.

Besides providing urgently needed cardiac care, the centers impact the region and continent by advancing scientific understanding through research and building human health capacities with training programs.

The new center will cost an estimate of $150 million and will include 300 beds, hence expected to upgrade network care capacity from 33,000 to 140,000 outpatients and from 4,000 to 17,000 inpatients annually.

Moreover, the training capacity will grow from 550 to over 2300, dramatically increasing the sector’s workforce.

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

He also led a British research team at Harefield hospital in 2007, aiming to grow a part of the human heart using stem cells. These efforts were all exerted in order to overcome the shortage of heart transplant donations.]]>
1/31/2020 8:36:53 PM
<![CDATA[Bahrain urges citizens to avoid travel to China]]>
“In light of the spread of the coronavirus ... we call on all citizens to avoid non-essential travel to China”, Bahraini Foreign Ministry said in a Friday statement.

The ministry also advised all its nationals against travelling to other world countries, where the deadly virus spread, to ensure their safety.

On January 30, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi directed the government to take all necessary measures for returning the Egyptian expatriates in the Chinese city of Wuhan, the birth-place of the deadly coronavirus (nCoV), said the Cabinet in a statement.

The Egyptian ambassador to China Mohamed al-Badry contacted the Chinese authorities to get permission for returning the Egyptians who want to go back home and leave the city, said added.

The cabinet called upon all Egyptians who want to leave the city to call the embassy on 01065322541 or send an e-mail on egy.emb_bejjing@mfa.gov.eg , besides the other various ways of contacts on the social media platforms.

on Thursday, Egypt’s Health Minister Hala Zayed announced sending 10 tons of medical supplies to China, to help prevent the spread of the new deadly coronavirus, affirming that the Egyptian state would provide support to the Chinese people in Egypt.

The World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak a public-health emergency of international concern Thursday as the first person-to-person transmission of the virus was reported in the US.

China's National Health Commission said there have been an additional 43 deaths and 1,982 new confirmed cases, as of the end of Thursday. That brings the country's total to 213 deaths and 9,692 confirmed cases, the government said.

Additional reporting by MENA
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1/31/2020 6:36:36 PM
<![CDATA[Possible confrontation with Turkish vessel in Greek continental shelf: media]]>
Greek officials have expressed their readiness to counter the Turkish ship sailing east of Crete and western Cyprus.

This comes a month after the head of the Libyan Government of National Accord Fayez al Sarraj and Turkish President Recept Tayeb Erdogan inked a controversial MoU on drawing maritime borders in the Mediterranean Sea- one of the largest natural gas resources in the region- and on enhancing military cooperation.

The deals signed between Sarraj and Erdogan provoked anger in Egypt, Cyprus and Greece that voiced their rejection of the deal as they say it contradicts with the international agreements.

In a joint press conference held in Cairo for the foreign ministers of Egypt, Greece, France and Cyprus, the ministers affirmed the necessity to fully respect the sovereignty of all countries, including their sovereign rights in their water regions in the Mediterranean Sea.

In this regard, they strongly condemned the continuous Turkish acts (drillings) in Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone and regional waters and called on Turkey to immediately halt illegal exploration activities.]]>
1/31/2020 6:14:29 PM
<![CDATA[135 prisoners released upon Presidential pardon]]>
The releasing of the prisoners comes as part of the ministry’s reforming plan and to keep up with the punitive execution through a comprehensive perspective and activating the executive role of the methods of releasing the convicts who have been seen as qualified to start engaging in the society; the ministry stated.

For their part, the relatives of the released poisoners expressed their “deep happiness and gratitude” for the presidential pardon by the Ministry of Interior.

They described the pardon as a “step towards new and stable life for them.”

On January 25, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi issued a decree pardoning a number of 2975 prisoners and other 498 on parole on the occasion of National Police Day celebration and the 68th anniversary of the heroic epic of the Ismailia battle.

According to the constitution, the president has the right to issue pardons for convicted prisoners after consulting with the Cabinet. However, the perpetrators of certain crimes are not eligible for pardon. These crimes comprise arms trafficking, terrorism, drug trafficking of more than 10 kilograms, “heroin” trade regardless of the quantity, and revenge killing. The decree was published in the official gazette.

Former President Mohamed Hosni Mubarak issued a decision to consider the day an official holiday ‘Police Day’ in February 2009, in appreciation to police efforts, and recognizing their sacrifices.

It also comes to coincide with the January 25 Revolution that took to the streets in 2011, demanding the overthrow of Mubarak’s regime in a series of mass protests that broke out in several Arab countries in what was called then “Arab Spring Revolutions.”


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1/31/2020 6:03:55 PM
<![CDATA[Palestinian President Abbas arrives in Egypt for Arab League emergency meeting]]>
The meeting comes upon an invitation from Abbas according to Palestine's permanent representative to the Arab League and the Ambassador to Egypt Diab al-Louh.

The meeting is set to discuss the US-proposed plan of peace agreement [aka the Deal of the Century] between the Palestinians and the Israelis, which was announced by U.S. President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday.

Trump presented his peace plan on Middle East, giving Israel the right to annex West Bank settlements and to have Jerusalem as its capital, a move that initially angered many Arab countries when announced late in 2017.

The Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement issued Tuesday that Egypt appreciates the American efforts to realize a comprehensive and fair peaceful resolution for the Palestinian cause in a way that contributes to the stability and security of the Middle East.

“Egypt values the American administration’s initiative to reach a fair settlement for the Palestinian cause in a way that restores the Palestinian people’s legitimate rights that include the establishment of an independent state with full sovereignty over the occupied lands in accordance with the International legitimacy,” read the statement.

Therefore, Egypt calls on the two relevant parties to undertake a careful and thorough consideration of the US vision to achieve peace and open channels of dialogue, under US auspices, for the resumption of negotiations to present their respective views on reaching an agreement that satisfies the aspirations of both peoples to achieve a comprehensive and just peace and the establishment of an independent Palestinian state.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Qatar took a similar stance and made carefully worded statements that all look almost the same.


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1/31/2020 5:42:59 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt sends medical supplies to China to help face coronavirus spread]]>
The meeting chaired by Zayed with the participation of the representatives of ministries and security authorities was held to discuss the implementation of a medical strategy to receive the Egyptian citizens coming from China, the birthplace of the coronavirus that emerged in December last year, killing dozens of people.

On Friday, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry denied reports claiming that coronavirus cases were detected among the Egyptian community in China, the Cabinet media office reported.

The Foreign Ministry added that the Egyptian embassy is directly communicating with Egyptian expatriates in China's Wuhan city in Hubei province, where the virus emerged, to follow up their health conditions and offer them needed help after the decision of the Chinese authorities to impose a quarantine on Wuhan.

The Cabinet also denied news circulated on social media claiming that the Health Ministry has launched campaigns to inspect and close Chinese restaurants in the country over the outbreak of the deadly virus.

The Cabinet media center said it contacted the Ministry of Health, which dismissed the reports, asserting that all Chinese restaurants in Egypt are working normally.

The ministry added that its bodies carry out constant and periodic campaigns to inspect food facilities nationwide to make sure they meet the required health conditions.


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1/31/2020 4:36:30 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian Journalist strangled to death on her bed]]>
Security forces found media organizer of the Luxor African Film Festival Rehab Badr was strangled to death on her bed in her apartment, security source told Akhbar al-Youm newspaper.

When her husband, who was in Alexandria at that time, found no answers from Badr after several calls, he asked his mother-in-law to go to their apartment and see if Badr is fine, he added. However, her mother received no answers when she was at the door of Badr’s apartment and broke into it to find her daughter killed.

Immediately, a team from the Criminal investigation Department was formed to probe into the accident. They questioned her husband and her mother.

Badr is a journalist but not a member at the Egyptian Journalists’ Syndicate; many Egyptian journalists are not members at the syndicate.]]>
1/31/2020 3:46:35 PM
<![CDATA[First cases of deadly coronavirus confirmed in UK, Italy]]>
Italy’s Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on Thursday said two Chinese visitors who arrived in Rome a couple of days ago were found infected with the deadly virus. He affirmed that the two cases have been isolated.

Like many countries, Conte announced suspending flights between Italy and China in an effort to prevent the spread of the virus.

In Britain, Chris Whitty, Britain’s chief medical officer, said the country spotted two members of the same family infected with the virus, which emerged in December last year in China’s Wuhan city, in the central province of Hubei.

“The N.H.S. is extremely well prepared and used to managing infections,” Whitty said. “We are already working rapidly to identify any contacts the patients had, to prevent further spread.”

Alphabet Inc's Google is temporarily shutting down all its offices in China due to the outbreak of a new coronavirus in the country, technology website The Verge reported on Wednesday.

The shutdown includes all offices in mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, according to the report.

The flu-like virus has killed over 130 people in China and has set-off alarm across the globe with companies closing stores, putting travel restrictions on employees and warning of a financial hit from slowing business in the world's most populous country.


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1/31/2020 2:18:45 PM
<![CDATA[Israeli forces storm Al Aqsa Mosque, injure 10 Palestinians]]>
Israeli police elements chased the worshipers and fired rubber-coated bullets to force them to leave the mosque, Palestinian medical sources said on Friday.

The occupation forces also tightened restrictions to hinder the worshipers from entering the mosque and the Old City of Jerusalem]]>
1/31/2020 1:49:29 PM
<![CDATA[2020 anti-polio vaccination campaign to kick off Feb. 16]]>
The campaign includes Egyptian and foreign children from the age of one day to five years old.

The Health Ministry has said that 16.5 million children were vaccinated for free in the national polio vaccination campaign that started on February 24, 2019 and lasted for four days.

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

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

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

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

The global strategy in polio eradication recommends introducing an additional dose via injection to the dose of oral vaccination in the fourth month, the remaining six doses to remain oral.]]>
1/31/2020 7:25:57 AM
<![CDATA[Immigration Min. hails success of initatives connecting expats]]>
During an open meeting with a number of Egyptian expatriates that took place in Aswan late Thursday, Makram said Egyptians living abroad have a responsibility to clarify and encounter rumors and erroneous ideas regarding Egypt and its challenges, especially against terrorism and towards building a real development.

The minister further hailed the success achieved by a number of initiatives such as the “Egypt Can” series of conferences that encouraged more Egyptians to attract investors to Egypt.

The fourth edition of the "Egypt Can" meetings took place in December 2018 in the Red Sea Governorate, with the participation of 25 experts in the fields of general, technical and university education.

This edition focused on education as part of Egypt's 2030 strategy to achieve sustainable development by benefiting from the experiences of the Egyptian migrants, which coincides with President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi's announcement of 2019 as the year of education.
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1/31/2020 7:14:13 AM
<![CDATA[Sisi directs gov’t to take measures for return of Egyptians from Wuhan]]>
The Egyptian ambassador to China Mohamed al-Badry contacted the Chinese authorities to get permission for returning the Egyptians who want to go back home and leave the city, said added.

The cabinet called upon all Egyptians who want to leave the city to call the embassy on 01065322541 or send an e-mail on egy.emb_bejjing@mfa.gov.eg , besides the other various ways of contacts on the social media platforms.

In a meeting with Prime Minister Moutafa Madbouly on Thursday, Minister of Health Hala Zayed stated a quarantine will be established for only the Egyptian expats who will come back from Wuhan, adding that they will quarantined for 14 days.

Egyptian Health Ministry spokesman Khaled Megahed said on Wednesday that no cases of the new coronavirus have been recorded in Egypt, adding that it is ready to take all precautionary measures to prevent the deadly virus from entering the country.

Khaled Megahed stressed the readiness of all quarantine departments at the various entry points to the country. All travelers from the areas where the disease was reported undergo a medical inspection at the entry points, he said, adding that suspected cases would be immediately isolated.

He noted that those coming from China or any country that recorded cases become monitored by health institutions for 14 days.

Meanwhile, Egypt’s national airline EgyptAir on Thursday announced suspending flights between Egypt and China, after the last Chinese delegation currently in Egypt departs on February 4th.

Flights between Egypt and Hangzhou in eastern China will be suspended starting February 1st, while those to Beijing, the capital, and Guangzhou, northwest of Hong Kong will be suspended starting February 4th until further notice, to prevent the coronavirus (nCoV), which emerged in December last year, from entering the country, EgyptAir said in a statement.
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1/30/2020 6:00:43 PM
<![CDATA[Man sentenced to death for killing 7-member family]]>
The case was referred to the Grand Mufti for religious advisory, and the final verdict will be issued on February 27. Referring cases to Grand Mufti is a standard procedure that seeks the religious authority’s approval on sentencing a defendant to death, although his decision is not binding.

Sherif Abdullah Ragab, 37 years, works as a butcher, and has admitted during investigations that he committed the crime because he wanted to steal the livestock from the victims, because he was having a financial problem.

According to his accounts on the crime, the defendant explained that he claimed to be wanted by security authorities, and had to hide at the victims' house. He added that he stabbed the first victim in the stomach, and the mother heard her son’s scream, and when she tried to rescue him, Ragab stabbed her as well.

Ragab gave details to investigators, saying that he also stabbed the wife and four children aged 15, 10, 4 and 3 years old, and set the house on fire as he tried to cover up his crime. He then fled the scene and hid at his relative’s house, but he was captured by the police after his blood was identified at the crime’s scene.

The prosecution had recommended death by hanging for Ragab over the premeditated murder of a seven-member family and setting their house on fire in Kafr el-Dawwar on January 5.

Ragab's lawyer had called for sending his client to a psychiatric hospital to inquire about his mental state during the crime.
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1/30/2020 5:52:04 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s flag carrier suspends China flights staring Feb. over coronavirus ]]>
Flights between Egypt and Hangzhou in eastern China will be suspended starting February 1st, while those to Beijing, the capital, and Guangzhou, northwest of Hong Kong will be suspended starting February 4th until further notice, to prevent the coronavirus (nCoV), which emerged in December last year, from entering the country, EgyptAir said in a statement.

Separately, an Egyptian Health Ministry spokesman said no cases of the new coronavirus have been recorded in Egypt, adding that it is ready to take all precautionary measures to prevent the deadly virus from entering the country.

Khaled Megahed stressed the readiness of all quarantine departments at the various entry points to the country. All travelers from the areas where the disease was reported undergo a medical inspection at the entry points, he said, adding that suspected cases would be immediate isolated.

He noted that those coming from China or any country that recorded cases become monitored by health institutions for 14 days.

The media center of the Egyptian Cabinet released on Thursday an infographic featuring the precautionary measures taken by the government to face corona virus, especially after it was reported in many world countries, the Middle East News Agency (MENA) reported.

The infographic points out the symptoms of the infectious disease, including headache, fever and breathing difficulties.

It showed some precautions against the killer virus, including keeping the hands clean and avoiding close contact with anyone who has fever and cough.

The infographic pointed out the steps taken by Egypt to face the virus, including raising state of alertness at all quarantines and hospitals and immediate isolation of any suspected case.]]>
1/30/2020 4:10:59 PM
<![CDATA[Health Ministry says no cases of coronavirus recorded in Egypt]]>
Khaled Megahed stressed the readiness of all quarantine departments at the various entry points to the country. All travelers from the areas where the disease was reported undergo a medical inspection at the entry points, he said, adding that suspected cases would be immediate isolated.

He noted that those coming from China or any country that recorded cases become monitored by health institutions for 14 days.

Cairo governor Khaled Abdel Aal said fever Hospitals in Cairo are on high alert to be able to counter the coronavirus, Middle East News Agency (MENA) reported.

Quarantine measures are applied to passengers coming from China, Abdel Aal assured Thursday.

All state apparatuses are acting to implement directives of President Abdel Fattah El Sisi with the aim to provide an integrated health system that would contribute to achieving sustainable development, the governor said.

No nCoV cases have been detected in Egypt, he affirmed, noting that the Health Ministry already issued a release focusing on the diagnosis of the virus and how to deal with it.]]>
1/30/2020 3:25:19 PM
<![CDATA[China says death toll hits 170 as cases rise beyond 7,700]]>
Officials said that brings their total to 170 deaths and 7,711 cases, as of the end of Wednesday.

They also said 170 people had been cured and discharged. The NHC said the new cases announced Thursday include the first one confirmed in Tibet.

China’s Ministry of Finance said that its finance ministries have issued a cumulative 27.3 billion yuan ($3.9 billion) in subsidies for epidemic prevention and control, as of Jan. 29.]]>
1/30/2020 2:33:10 PM
<![CDATA[In pics: Inauguration of restaurant run by hearing-impaired staff]]>
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Minister of Social Solidarity Niveen el Qebbag inaugurated a restaurant in Nasr City, eastern Cairo, run by hearing impaired staff- press photo


The restaurant is one of the fast food chains and was opened within the framework of the the government's initiative "New Life" for people with special needs. Qebbag said that the ministry signed a protocol with a famous travel company to hire employees with disabilities, noting that the disabled people in Egypt represents 11 percent of the Egyptian population.

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She called for learning the basics of sign language to help them to indulge into the society, adding that the ministry established a hotline on 15044 to provide the required assistance for those people.

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On December 4, 2019, Minister of Manpower Mohamed Saffan stated that the ministry launched this initiative to benefit the trainees after the announcement of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi the year of 2018 as the year for people with special needs.The initiative was implemented by the Ministry of Manpower in cooperation with the Fund for Training and Rehabilitation.

In the same year and during the inauguration of the Seventh 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.

Sisi also issued law no. 10 for 2018 on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities on February 20, after being approved by the Parliament.
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1/30/2020 2:06:55 PM
<![CDATA[Precautionary measures taken at trains, metro against coronavirus]]>
The minister’s instructions stress on the importance of maintaining clean vehicles before each trip, because unclean environment contributes to the disease's spread.

Around 3.5 million Cairenes use the metro every day. The railway system is also inundated with travelers on a daily basis, which makes hygiene procedures a priority amid threats of the outbreak of the coronavirus.

The Ministry of Health announced a plan that includes measures like: Issuing medical cards to all travelers coming from China or a country that was affected by the virus, where the cards include details about the travelers to be monitored for 14 days from their arrival. Any suspected cases will be immediately isolated.

The ministry’s plan also includes allocating isolation departments at fever hospitals, and activating procedures to monitor acute respiratory diseases, raise awareness, and follow up the global epidemiological situation around the clock.

The Chinese health authorities announced Wednesday that 5,974 confirmed cases of pneumonia caused by the novel coronavirus had been reported in 31 provincial-level regions, and a total of 132 people have died of the disease thus far.

Minister of Health Hala Zayed confirmed that Egypt is free from the new virus, and declared a state of emergency in quarantines at all the state’s air, maritime and ground outlets as a protection against the outbreak of the new coronavirus.

Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ahmed Hafez negated on Tuesday the death of an Egyptian citizen in Wuhan, the Chinese city where coronavirus has spread.

Chinese Ambassador to Cairo Liao Liqiang also stated that no coronavirus has been detected among the Chinese community in Egypt, and that the Chinese tourists will be leaving Egypt in five days.

The Association of Egyptian Travel Agencies banned tourism flights from and to China until further notice as a precaution after the outbreak of the deadly coronavirus. ]]>
1/30/2020 1:52:45 PM
<![CDATA[Google temporarily shutting down all China offices ]]>
The shutdown includes all offices in mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, according to the report https://www.theverge.com/2020/1/29/21113817/coronavirus-google-china-offices-temporary-closing-virus-outbreak-risk.

The flu-like virus has killed over 130 people in China and has set-off alarm across the globe with companies closing stores, putting travel restrictions on employees and warning of a financial hit from slowing business in the world's most populous country.]]>
1/29/2020 11:14:50 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s NCHR receives Saudi human rights delegation]]>
Fayik received the delegation and asserted the historic relations between the two countries and the importance of exchanging expertise between the NCHR and the Saudi Human Rights Commission in order to protect human rights values.

Fayik has previously participated in a seminar titled “law state” that was launched by the NCHR in cooperation with the Arab Organization for Human Rights, the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights, and Kemet Boutros Ghali foundation for peace and knowledge.

The seminar included representatives from the ministries of foreign affairs, interior, justice, social solidarity, along with the public prosecution and the parliament’s human rights committee. It discussed demands to curb remand detentions and find replacing precautionary measures.
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1/29/2020 10:16:04 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt advances 20 places in Global Competitiveness Indicators ]]>
This ranking is based on the state’s achievements in economic and administrative fields.

Global Competitiveness Indicators is one of the international statistics that shows the progress of the countries and their ability to compete economically.

Egypt ranked 124th in 2018 and advanced 35 places to rank 89 in 2019 in the index of intellectual property rights protection. Also, Egypt ranked 45th globally in 2018 and succeeded in advancing to the 28th position in 2019 in the Shareholders' Equity Index.

Egypt ranked 99th in 2018 and ranked 91st in 2019 in the Corruption Cases Index.Egypt came 23rd in 2019 in the Government's Response to Change.

In the Budget Transparency Index,Egypt ranked 63rd in 2019.

In the strength of the auditing and accounting standards index, Egypt ranked 50th globally in 2019. While in the Energy Regulation Efficiency Index, Egypt ranked 32nd globally in 2019.

Egypt ranked 64th in 2019 in the government guarantee index for policy stability.

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1/29/2020 3:38:11 PM
<![CDATA[Youth Loves Egypt organizes campaign to clean Nile in Giza ]]>
A total of 120 volunteers, who are members of the foundation and its partners, will take part in the campaign, which will kick off on Thursday at 9:30 a.m. from the Scouting Club in Giza.

The campaign is held in cooperation with Giza Governorate, and the Ministry of Irrigation.

Such activities are part of Clean Shores 2020 that was launched by the foundation in coordination with the United Nations Information Center to achieve sustainable development goals in North Africa.

In 2018, the United Nations Environmental Program selected the Youth Loves Egypt Foundation as an official representative in the celebrations of the World Environment Day, which came under the theme “Beat Plastic Pollution”.

The role of Youth Loves Egypt raises awareness of environmental issues, and natural reserves in particular.

Youth Loves Egypt's members volunteer four days a week to teach visitors of protected areas about the history of these areas and how to preserve them.

Many other African counties have launched initiatives to put an end to plastic hazard. As part of the initiative, the Ministry of Environment has launched a public advertisement campaign to raise awareness on the hazard of plastic bags.

Many animals die after swallowing these plastic bags. Plastic bags are also often burned, releasing toxic fumes into the atmosphere.
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1/29/2020 3:37:19 PM
<![CDATA[Health min., Chinese official talk ways to combat coronavirus ]]>
The meeting was attended by a delegation from the Chinese Embassy in Cairo, Head of Precautionary Medicine Sector Alaa Eid and Head of the Egyptian Ambulance Authority Mohamed Gad.

The discussions tackled the latest developments in China regarding coronavirus, in addition to a precautionary plan set by Egypt’s Ministry of Health to prevent the virus from entering the country.

Both sides also discussed the health conditions of the Egyptian community in China, and the Chinese community living in Egypt.

For her part, Minister Zayed thanked the Chinese president for his decision to ban flights to and from China, and thanked the Chinese authorities for the precautionary measures launched for Egyptians living in China.

The Chinese procedures include preventing any Chinese resident of affected areas from traveling outside these areas before spending two weeks (the incubation period) at home, until they are proven to have no coronavirus symptoms.

The Chinese delegation praised Egypt’s efforts in dealing with the disease, stressing that Egypt is among the first countries to adopt high precautionary measures after the World Health Organization’s warnings.

The Ministry of Health has allocated the hotline 105 for citizens to inquire about all epidemiological and infectious diseases.
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1/29/2020 3:09:51 PM
<![CDATA[LE 12B allocated to implement new garbage system: Min.]]>
Sharawy’s remarks came during his speech in the Parliament’s plenary session on Tuesday. He asserted that the ministry eliminated more than 26 landfills in the state.

He noted that the ministry is establishing about 63 waste and recycling lines and that waste has been completely removed from seven locations in the governorates.

A total of 80 million tons of garbage are collected in Egypt each year, with most of them ending up in piles in the streets. The government has taken several steps over the years to contain the growing waste crisis in the country by raising awareness and announcing fines of up to LE 20,000 for littering streets.

In September 2019, the new solid waste management approach as introduced by former Minister of Environment Yasmeen Fouad includes 27 schemes, which seek to dispose of the existing garbage and maintain sustainable recycling of the country’s waste that meet with the sustainable development goals pinned by the United Nations.

Awareness of the risks of the single-use of plastic has seen growth in the country, with dozens of youth participating in clean-up campaigns at beaches and along the banks of the Nile River, and many groups calling for the ban of the hazardous pollutant, which affects the ecosystems and environment.

As of June 2019, the Red Sea governorate became the first to ban the single-use plastic at food shops, restaurants, cruise ships, supermarkets, grocery stores and pharmacies.
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1/29/2020 2:17:29 PM
<![CDATA[1st coronavirus case confirmed in UAE]]>
The Ministry of Health said that members of a family coming from Wuhan in China had been diagnosed, according to The National.

The ministry said it is working around the clock to report more cases and said it was being treated in line with international and World Health Organization standards.

"The health care system is working very efficiently and the ministry is following the situation to ensure the safety and health of everyone in the UAE," the ministry said.

Wuhan city in Hubei province is the epicentre of the Sars-like respiratory illness that has killed 132 in China.

The number of cases in China jumped to 5,974 on Wednesday, up from 4,515 on Tuesday.]]>
1/29/2020 1:06:56 PM
<![CDATA[China reports 132 deaths of coronavirus]]>
A total of 132 people have died of the disease, Xinhua reported.]]>
1/29/2020 1:04:10 PM
<![CDATA[PM underlines economic importance of northwestern coastal area]]>
At a cabinet meeting, the premier added that many development projects will be held in the area as part of a strategic plan for upgrading it.

Minister of Housing Assem el Gazzar reviewed at the meeting the strategic plan for the area which includes setting up new urban communities, new international highway and other development agricultural and industrial activities. ]]>
1/29/2020 12:26:49 PM
<![CDATA[PM orders 10% payment of arrears to exporters]]>
Madbouli also ordered the full payment of delayed dues of small-sized companies if their dues do not exceed five million pounds.

Madbouli gave the remarks during a meeting with Finance Minister Mohamed Maait and Trade Minister Nevine el Gamae.

He said 1,422 companies have benefited from the ten-percent arrears payment initiative.

Also, arrears settlement deals were reached with 67 companies as the government agreed to pay the companies six billion pounds over five installments in return for carrying out extra projects or expansion of their existing projects.]]>
1/29/2020 12:24:48 PM
<![CDATA[Canada remains committed to two-state solution, examines US peace plan]]>
In a statement released on Tuesday night, Canadian Foreign Minister François-Philippe Champagne said “Canada remains committed to the goal of achieving a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East. This includes the creation of a Palestinian state living side by side in peace and security with Israel and ensuring Israel’s security within its own borders."

“Canada recognizes the urgent need to renew efforts toward a negotiated solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and will carefully examine the details of the U.S. initiative for the Middle East peace process," he added.

“Canada has long maintained that peace can only be achieved through direct negotiations between the parties. We urge the parties to create the conditions for such negotiations to take place." he said

“Canada reaffirms its readiness to support meaningful dialogue between the parties toward a negotiated and viable two-state solution.”added the Canadian top diplomat.]]>
1/29/2020 12:22:36 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt to treat 1M Africans from virus C]]>
This came during Madbouli’s meeting with the Kenyan parliament speaker and his accompanying delegation to discuss ways of boosting bilateral relations.The meeting was also attended by a number of Egyptian parliamentarians.

At the beginning of the meeting, the premiere welcomed the Kenyan parliament speaker, and praised the relations between Egypt and Kenya that witnessed increasing momentum, culminating in the visit of President Sisi to Kenya in Feb. 2017.

Madbouli asserted Egypt’s support for development efforts in Kenya in several fields such as health, security, manufacturing and low-cost housing that are a priority for the Kenyan side. He encouraged the Egyptian companies to take part in advancing Kenya's infrastructure.

Madbouli stressed Egypt’s interest in strengthening economic relations with Kenya to achieve economic integration in Africa as one of the priorities of the current president of the African Union.

The premiere added that Kenya is considered one of Egypt's most important trade partners,where the volume of trade between the two countries increased to $640 million in 2018 compared to $553 million in 2017.

For his part, Justin Motori, speaker of the Kenyan Parliament, expressed his happiness with the development of the bilateral relations between Egypt and Kenya at all levels.

The Kenyan Parliament speaker expressed Kenya's appreciation for the important role played by President Sisi to serve Africa during his presidency of the African Union, affirming his country's support for all the efforts that President Sisi is exerting to enhance cooperation between African countries.
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1/29/2020 11:51:37 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt Backs US efforts for fair Palestinian settlement]]>
“Egypt values the American administration’s initiative to reach a fair settlement for the Palestinian cause in a way that restores the Palestinian people’s legitimate rights that include the establishment of an independent state with full sovereignty over the occupied lands in accordance with the International legitimacy,” read the statement.

Therefore, Egypt calls on the two relevant parties to undertake a careful and thorough consideration of the US vision to achieve peace and open channels of dialogue, under US auspices, for the resumption of negotiations to present their respective views on reaching an agreement that satisfies the aspirations of both peoples to achieve a comprehensive and just peace and the establishment of an independent Palestinian state.
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1/28/2020 10:44:34 PM