<![CDATA[rss-News]]> All Rights Reserved for The Cairo post <![CDATA[News]]>]]> 100 29 <![CDATA[PM unveils plan to renovate Cairo's historic Tahrir square]]>
Tahrir square, formerly known as Ismailia square, was established in mid-19th century, and was officially renamed following the 1952 revolution that abolished the monarchy and turned Egypt into a republic.

The historic square is one of the most famous squares in Egypt, and even in the world, and the government is keen that it appears in the best form, in order to be one of the tourist attractions, Madbouli said during a meeting with Housing Minister Asem al-Gazzar.

The square will be decorated with a 19-meter long obelisk, which is currently under renovation, Madbouli said. The renovation plan also includes repaving streets and improving lighting, he added.

The prime minister tasked engineer Shehab Mazhar, the consultant in charge of development work, with completing the renovation plan in a timely manner in order for the construction companies to start work immediately.

There is a mandate from President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi to develop Historic Cairo, and evacuate the governorate from ministries and government administrative headquarters by next year to allow Cairo to restore its historical, cultural, touristic and archaeological role, the prime minister explained.

A number of major projects have been implemented in the capital, especially those related to developing unsafe slums, besides other projects currently carried out within the national renovation plan.

Moving the government's headquarters to the New Administrative Capital will be an opportunity to take care of Cairo's historic buildings as well as archaeological sites and tourist attractions.

Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mostafa Waziri also attended the meeting.

President Sisi ordered earlier upgrading the tourist attractions, including museums nationwide, in a way that reflects the history and civilization of the North African country, according to a statement by presidential spokesman Bassam Radi. This came during Sisi’s meeting with Madbouli in May.
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8/18/2019 5:41:42 PM
<![CDATA[Gov’t launches initiative against drug, medication errors]]>
The Drug Information Center, affiliated to the Pharmaceutical Affairs Central Administration of the Ministry of Health, launched the initiative to preserve patients’ health and rationalize the consumption of medicines.

Another initiative was launched by the governor of Egypt's Dakahlia to treat children born with hearing impairment in the northeastern governorate, starting September 1.

As part of the government’s health program, 100 Million Seha (Healthy Lives) Initiative, which comes under President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi’s auspices, 30 clinics were recently set up nationwide to help Egyptians quit smoking.

Medical checks are being offered for free, and awareness campaigns have been highlighting the significance of quitting smoking, according to a statement from the Ministry of Health.

A total of 30 clinics will be allocated in psychiatric and respiratory hospitals all over Egypt.

Also, the100 Million Seha initiative, launched in October 2018, screened 45 million citizens for hepatitis C before ending in April 2019. The Health Ministry vowed to fully eliminate the disease in Egypt in 2022.

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8/18/2019 5:39:15 PM
<![CDATA[Verdicts against 213 defendants of Ansar Beit El-Maqdis to be stated Sept. 1]]>
The charges include murdering police officers, soldiers and civilians; an assassination attempt of former Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim; bombing several security facilities; and executing a number of terrorist operations.

The jihadist extremist militant group, Ansar Bait al-Maqdis (Supporters of Jerusalem), emerged from the chaos in Sinai that started with January 2011 uprising. In mid-2013, it initiated attacks on security forces, declaring the Egyptian army and police apostates that can be killed.

The group is believed to have been behind the militant activity in Sinai. The group pledged allegiance to the Islamic State (IS) in November 2014, then renamed itself ISIL-Sinai Province.
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8/18/2019 5:34:08 PM
<![CDATA[Tour in Leningrad Nuclear Plant to be replicated in Egypt’s Dabaa ]]>
VVER-1200 Reactor

Egypt Today took a tour in the plant consisting of three RBMK-1000 reactors and a third-generation VVER-1200 reactor, which was introduced in full capacity in March 2018. A similar reactor is being constructed in Egypt at present within the Dabaa Nuclear Power Plant project.



The third-generation VVER-1200 reactor is characterized by a unique mix of active (external) and passive (internal) safety systems. Head of the Information and Public Relations Department of the Second Leningrad Nuclear Power Plant Construction Directorate Nikolai Kashin said that the reactor had been tested dozens of times without any problems arising.

The third-generation VVER-1200 reactor generates 28 million kWh, and is covered with concrete whose thickness is 120 cm and weight is 350 tons. A similar reactor will be introduced in the Leningrad plant 2021. Kashin asserted that the reactor includes all the safety measures that make the re-occurrence of a disaster like Fukushima accident - caused by a tsunami - a zero possibility.

Kashin explained that the reactor contains five diesel-powered generators that supply energy to the equipment in case of accidents. The reactors are built upon a concrete base that is earthquake resistant and designed to sustain climate and weather changes as they cannot be affected by rain, wind, or tornados.

The size of the reactor is equivalent to a five-storey building. The external side of the dome is made of two concrete insulating layers whose thickness is one meter to inhibit any leakage. The reactors currently built by Russia can sustain a crash by Boeing 707.

For the nuclear fuel, the official said it is supplied once per annum to the plant by Rosatom and stored in specific temperatures. The official affirmed that the nuclear fuel to supplied to Dabaa Nuclear Power Plant will have the same standards as the one used in Leningrad.

Atomic Authority inks deal to import low-enriched uranium fuel

CAIRO - 16 April 2019: The Egyptian Atomic Energy Authority (EAEA) signed a deal with the Fuel Company of Rosatom TVEL, per which Egypt will import low-enriched uranium fuel for the Delta-based Experimental Training Research Reactor Number 2 (ETRR-2) for material physics and science and stable isotopes production.




Central Control Room

The central control room is located in the seventh floor of a building next to the reactor. It is run by five highly-trained engineers and a chief in each shift. The number of daily shifts is three.

Central Control Room
The central control room at Leningrad Nuclear Power Plant - Egypt Today/Mohamed Ahmed Tantawy

The requirements to work in the central control room are an accredited degree, a professional experience of 3 to 5 years, and physical fitness as candidates go through tests similar to those designed for pilots.

The central control room is full of screens that show the performance levels of the reactor, the degrees of ventilation, the consumption rates of the nuclear fuel, the phases of electricity production and the amount of energy generated minute by minute.

Another official pointed out that nuclear plants currently do not need large numbers of workers, technicians or engineers due to the high efficiency rates of automation. The official affirmed that the Dabaa reactor has the same design as the one in Leningrad expressing eagerness to train the Egyptian side on the use of all modern safety measures pertinent to nuclear plants.

The chief of the training center explains that 90 engineers had been trained starting January 2017 before the reactor entered into service. The training persists as each engineer receives training for a week every three months to be up to date with the most recent technology in the sector and safety measures set by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Kashan stated that the construction of the Dabaa Nuclear Power Plant requires the services of 60,000 workers, technicians, and engineers in different fields including transportation, concrete manufacturing, others needed to establish the central control room.

Energy Transfer, Ventilation and Safety

The role of the main turbine is transferring the energy generated by the reactor into electricity after going through four processes. The turbine is fixed on concrete slabs which along with other techniques prohibit its vibration or leaning. The stability of the turbine can be tested by putting a coin vertically on its base and it will not fall.

There are two huge ventilation towers that house enormous pipes and emit large quantities of steam. All concerned state agencies take part in providing security for the plant.

Ventilation units
Ventilation towers at Leningrad Nuclear Power Plant - Egypt Today/Mohamed Ahmed Tantawy

The radiation monitoring center at Sosnovy Bor consists of 21 units that assume the mission of the center. Four of those have been upgraded while the rest are still in the process. The data indicated by all units are used to build a comprehensive image of the status of radiation in the nuclear plant’s surrounding environment. Residents of the town are subjected to medical tests annually to ensure their health is not negatively affected.



In 2014, Egypt and Russia announced their cooperation in the nuclear power field. On November 19, 2015, an agreement was finally signed between Cairo and Moscow that allows Russia to build a nuclear power plant in the Mediterranean city of Dabaa, with Russia extending a $25 billion loan to Egypt to cover the cost of construction. The loan will cover 85 percent of the plant, with Egypt funding the remaining 15 percent.

According to the deal, Russian nuclear firm Rosatom will finance and construct four third-generation reactors, with a capacity of 1,200 megawatts (MW) each, for a total of 4,800 MW. The plant will be built on approximately 12,000 feddans and is expected to create over 50,000 job opportunities.

Nuclear energy is part of the government’s plan to diversify its energy sources to prevent any future crisis resulting from shortages in electricity.

Reporting by Mohamed Ahmed Tantawy; Writing by

Noha El Tawil

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8/18/2019 4:33:55 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian-German talks to boost local industry of security cameras]]>
In statements on Sunday, Tarass said that agreement with the German company comes upon directives of President Abdel Fattah El Sisi to transfer modern technologies to Egypt based on expertise of international companies.

He said the two sides agreed on boosting cooperation in the field of technical expertise, training of human cadres as well as reaching a partnership between AOI and Dallmeier to meet the needs of local market and the Arab region with a potential of opening up a market for exporting to Africa.

Tarass also reiterated the importance of establishing a local industry of security and surveillance cameras especially in view of the state's plan to set up new facilities in all sectors in the New Administrative Capital and new urban cities.

Dallmeier officials, for their part, praised the expertise of AOI and their industrial capabilities as well as their human cadres, noting that the organization is really capable of producing local production with highest international standards.

Dallmeier is specialized in the production of innovative IP cameras, Panomera, network cameras, security cameras, HD cameras, DVR, NVR, software as well as IP CCTV products and other video security solutions.]]>
8/18/2019 4:25:46 PM
<![CDATA[Arab League launches training program for adult refugee trainers]]>
Co-organized by the Arab States Fundamental Education Center (ASFEC) and the Arab Scout Region, the course will see delegations of volunteer scout leaders from the refugee and shelter zones across the Arab world.

The course will enable trainees to train their fellow volunteers in the targeted areas with the aim of uprooting illiteracy, according to a statement issued by the Arab League.

The training course falls within the framework of the pan-Arab body leading role in granting refugees access to education throughout crises they suffer, the statement added.

It is also comes on the back of a resolution issued by the Al council during its 26th session in Sharm El Sheikh, 29/3/205, which entailed the endorsement of the Arab charter on literacy and adult education (2015-2024).]]>
8/18/2019 4:08:54 PM
<![CDATA[Heads of research centers hail Sisi's support to scientific research]]>
National Research Center President Mohamed Hashem expressed happiness over honoring scientists by president Sisi on the Science Day, noting that scientists of his center copped eight state awards for science and technology, according to a Saturday statement issued by Hashem.

Scientists of the National Research Center have published 2,400 global researches and made 23 patents in various vital fields, the head of the center added.

He pointed out to a number of laws which have been finalized to provide an adequate atmosphere for scientists and researchers along with the underway amendments to the statutes of research centers with the aim of turning them into more effective ones.

Head of Electronics Research Institiute (ERI) Hesham el Dieb, for his part, praised president Sisi's eagerness to honor state scientists and researchers and described this approach a driving force that encourages new generations to prioritize the scientific sphere.

The head of the ERI highlighted the proposed idea of establishing an electronics science city which has previously won the applause of president Sisi.

Scheduled to be finalized in 2023 at a cost of nearly EGP 1.4 billion, the electronics city is projected to be located in New Nozha district on an area of 17,000 square meters, el Dieb said.

He added that the electronics clean room, which is set to be finalized in September 2021, will represent the core of developing the electronics industry in the Middle East and is envisaged to make a quantum leap in the strategy of the ERI towards linkage with the industry.

El Dieb expects that the contributions of Egypt's electronic market revenues to the GDP would make an increase between 10-20 billion dollars in 2020, alongside creating 30,000 job opportunities .

Egypt's leadership attaches special importance to the space domain, said Head of the National Authority For Remote Sensing and Space Sciences (NARSS) Mohammed Zahran, pointing out to an approach adopted by the Ministry of Higher Education to manufacture and assemble satellites with different sizes in Egypt.

Egyptian Petroleum Research Institute (EPRI) Director Yasser Mostafa, Metallurgical Development Research Center President Emad Ewis and City of Scientific Research and Technology Applications (SRTA-City) Head Maha el Damalawy also praised president Sisi's support to the scientific domain. ]]>
8/18/2019 3:06:25 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt, Arab parliament condemns Houthis' attack on Saudi oil field]]>
In a Sunday statement, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry reiterated the country's solidarity with Saudi people and government and support of all measures it takes in all attempts meant to preserve the kingdom's stability and security.

Meanwhile, Salmi said that by attacking vital installations in the kingdom, this cowardly act targets world energy supplies and threatens the world economy.

Deliberate attacks on important facilities in Saudi Arabia prove that Houthi group is a terrorist group that violates international law, he said.

He underlined the importance that the international community would shoulder responsibilities to get this group to end their repeated terrorist attacks that threaten peace, security and stability in the world and the area.

It reiterated Arab parliament's solidarity with Saudi Arabia in all measures it takes to protect its security and stability. ]]>
8/18/2019 2:14:30 PM
<![CDATA[Abul Gheit congratulates Sudan on signing power-sharing deal]]>
A source at the league's general secretariat said Abul Gheit entrusted a high-level delegation under ambassador Khalil al Zawady, the Arab League assistant secretary general for Arab affairs and national security, with attending the signing ceremony in Khartoum.

The source said Abul Gheit, who visited Sudan on June 16, intends to pay another visit to Khartoum soon as part of the Arab League's efforts to support the stability and development in Sudan.

The deal, which took months to negotiate, was signed in the capital Khartoum in the presence of the Prime Minister of Ethiopia and the President of South Sudan.

It establishes a 39-month transitional period of joint rule ahead of national elections.

The agreement follows the overthrow of long-time leader Omar Bashir, who was toppled after street protests and is now awaiting trial on corruption charges. ]]>
8/18/2019 2:00:37 PM
<![CDATA[Initiative to treat hearing-impaired babies to start Sept in Dakahlia]]>
Kamal Sharobem stressed the importance of providingfree treatment for children who are proven to need surgery and periodic follow-up of cases that have been treated until the age of two.

For his part, SaadMekki, undersecretary of the Ministry of Health, affirmed equipping 140 health units in all cities and villages in the governorate and providing them with the necessary requirementsto detect and help the babies who need treatment or cochlear implant at the appropriate age.

He added that 300 doctors and nurseshave been trained to develop the level of staff providing the service.

Governor Sharobimsaid that the president's initiative comes as part of national efforts made to improve the level of healthcare services provided by the state to citizens, referring to the initiative to detect Hepatitis C and other chronic diseases.

As part of the government’s health program, 100 Million Seha (Healthy Lives) Initiative, which comes under President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi’s auspices,30 clinics were recently set up nationwide to help Egyptians quit smoking.

Medical checks are being offered for free, and awareness campaigns have been highlighting the significance of quitting smoking, according to a statement from the Ministry of Health.

A total of 30 clinics will be allocated in psychiatric and respiratory hospitalsall over Egypt.

Also, the100 Million Seha initiative,launched in October 2018,screened45 million citizensforhepatitis C and ended April 2019. The Health Ministry vowed to fully eliminate the disease in Egypt in 2022.
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8/18/2019 1:48:10 PM
<![CDATA[Cairo Cancer Institute resumes work after deadly blast]]>
In an interview with Egypt Today, Mohamed Othman al-Khosht, head of Cairo University, said that the renovation of the main building of the Institute is underway, adding that the state works to increase the capacity of the Institute by 34 percent through completingthe construction of its southern building.

A blast took place in front of Cairo's Cancer Institute building earlier in August, killing 22 people and injuring 47 others, according to the official figure. The explosion occurred because of a car that contained explosives and drove wrong-way to crash into three other cars in front of the building, according to the Interior Ministry.

The ministry blamed the incident on Hasm movement figures, believed to be affiliated with the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group, and arrested those involved in the incident, according to a statement it issued on Thursday August 8.

The Church, led by Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria, and a number of Egyptian public figures announced donating for the restoration works of the institute: Businessman HishamTalaatMostafa donated LE 10 million, Dar Al-Orman Association donated LE 10 million, the Ministry of Social Solidarity allocated LE 5 million from the budget of Nasser Social Bank to the restoration of the building, businessman NaguibSawiris donated LE 1 million, businessman Ahmed AbouHashima donated LE 1 million, Garhy Steel donated LE 3 million, and businessman Mohamed AboulEnein announced he would donate any quantity of ceramic needed.

Few days following the incident, the Interior Ministry said it identified the terrorist who was involved in the explosion, saying that he is a Hasm movement member who hadbeen involved in a 2018 terrorist case.

The investigations also led the police forces to two locations were the Hasm terrorist hide in Fayoum and Cairo. The police forces raided the hideouts, killing a total of 15 fighters, according to the ministry, and seizing a number of weapons, bullets and explosives.
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8/18/2019 1:43:14 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi honors scientists, scholars on Science Day]]>
“The education, scientific research and innovation have and will remain priorities for the state, that has launched several initiatives in this regard, such as the Knowledge Bank,” President Sisi said in his speech at the ceremony held at Al-Manara International Convention Center.

Sisi highlighted that the country has been giving more attention toEgyptians, saying “despite all the misfortunes Egypt has faced, the Egyptian civilization remains inspirational.” and then was the announcement of 2019 as the year of science.”

“Time has come for the Egyptian economy to rely on science and knowledge,” President Sisi added, affirming that the government is providing universities all over the country with the required equipment in this regard.

During the ceremony, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Khaled Abd El-Ghaffar presented the shield of "Science Day" to President Sisi.

Day of Science has been celebrated since 1944 when King Farouk I delivered the first speech to honor scientists, writers and artists. Late President Gamal Abdel Nasser designated December 21 to celebrate that day which also marks the anniversary of the inauguration of Cairo University.


In case you missed it …

The Power of Access to Knowledge

With a whole generation spending increasingly big chunks of their days online, it only makes sense that another big aspect of their lives, education, joins the online conversation. Many universities and educational institutions around the world are moving toward blended learning, a hybrid mode of instruction that combines face to face, conventional modes of learning with online instruction.



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8/18/2019 12:33:25 PM
<![CDATA[100k greenhouses to fulfill needs of 20M citizens: Sisi]]>
The statement was made while inaugurating 1,302 greenhouses lying over 10,000 feddans, a sorting and packaging factory, and a seed production complex at Mohamed Naguib Military Base. The new greenhouses are part of the National Project for Greenhouses executed by the National Company for Protected Crops affiliated to the Armed Forces National Service Agency.

The size of each greenhouse varies from three to 12 feddans. 7,000 feddans are cultivated with different types of vegetables, 2,500 feddans are cultivated with olive trees, and 500 feddans are cultivated with watermelon. The annual production size of the greenhouses in the base is 184,000 tons, which can fulfill the needs of 1.7 million citizens in Cairo, Matrouh, and Beheira. That is in addition to 400 tons of freshwater fish. The daily sorting capacity of the factory is 600 tons while the capacity of its refrigerators is 1,200 tons.


The National Project for Greenhouses aims at the establishment of integrated developmental agrarian communities and the production of high-quality agricultural goods while achieving efficient use of land and water resources. In addition to creating employment opportunities, the project will provide training for workers on the use of modern technology in the sector.

The output of the project is equivalent to the harvest of one million feddans of soil agriculture, and will be offered to consumers locally in suitable prices. Until present, the greenhouses project at Mohamed Naguib Military Base has secured 15,000 jobs in different fields, General Manager of the Armed Forces National Service Agency Mostafa Amin stated.



National Needs

The official underlined that the total amount of Egypt’s water resources is 80 billion cubic meters. Of which, 70 percent are supplied by the Nile River and 79 percent are directed at agriculture. The greenhouses within the national project consume less water than traditional agriculture by 80 percent, and are expected to save 40 percent of the country’s water resources.

Amin cited the data released by the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) showing that the production of vegetables declined to 12.9 million tons in 2018 from 15.4 million tons in 2014. That was coupled by an increase in the number of resident citizens from 86.1 million to 96.6 million within the same period. As estimated by CAPMAS, each citizen consumes around 102 kilograms of vegetables per annum.

Chairman of the National Company for Protected Crops Mohamed Abdel Hay Mahmoud revealed that 98 percent of vegetable seeds planted annually are imported at a cost of $1.5 billion. The official declared that the company plans to produce 4.7 billion seeds, which are the equivalent of 60 percent of Egypt’s needs over four years.



Details of the Project

In December 2018, the president witnessed the laying of the foundation stone of the National Greenhouses Project in the 10th of Ramadan City. In February 2018, the first phrase of a project to establish greenhouses on an area of 100,000 feddans in Mohamed Naguib Military Base was launched. The base is located in el-Hamam town at Marsa Matrouh.

Six hundred medium-technology greenhouses - stretching over 2,500 feddans - had been built in the 10th of Ramadan City before the visit of the president. Later on, others were established over 1,600 feddans so that the total in the city has become 4,100 feddans encompassing 900 greenhouses. The size of each is 2.5 feddans. Those are cultivated with vegetables. However, there are 200 feddans that are cultivated with mango.

A sorting and packaging plant was established with a daily sorting capacity of 400 tons. The capacity of the refrigerators is 800 tons. The project targets the production of 114,000 tons of vegetables catering to around one million residents of Cairo and Sharqeya.

In Al Amal City in Ismailiyah governorate, 529 greenhouses were built over 100 feddans. 1,640 feddans will be cultivated with Mango eastern new Ismailiyah city. The target for 2019/2020 is to produce 4,300 tons of vegetables catering to 40,000 citizens in the governorate.

In Ismailiyah’s Abou Sultan, 2,353 greenhouses are being built over 12,500 feddans. The size of each is 2.5 feddans. They are established in collaboration with Chinese companies and will be inaugurated by the end of this year. The production targeted is 259,000 tons of vegetables per annum to fulfill the needs of 2.5 million citizens in Suez Canal cities. A sorting and packaging plant is built with a daily sorting capacity of 200 tons. The capacity of the refrigerators is 1,800 tons.

In Fayoum’s Lahoun, 13,000 feddans contain 800 medium-technology greenhouses. The size of each is six feddans. They were built in collaboration with a Spanish company. The annual production capacity is 301,000 tons of vegetables to fulfill the needs of 2.7 million citizens in Cairo and Giza. A sorting and packaging plant will be established with a daily sorting capacity of 800 tons. The capacity of the refrigerators will be 1,800 tons.

Chairman of the National Company for Protected Crops revealed that the largest project for protected crops is under construction in Upper Egypt’s Minya and Beni Suef governorates as it spans over 62,000 feddans and will offer 250,000 job opportunities.
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8/17/2019 3:29:20 PM
<![CDATA[LIVE UPDATE: Signing ceremony for transitional period documents in Sudan]]>



Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli headed Saturday for the Sudanese capital of Khartoum to attend the ceremony on behalf of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi.

Madbouli conveyed the greetings and congratulations of president Sisi to the Sudanese people on the signing of the accord.

He asserted Egypt's support for the aspirations of the Sudanese people and institutions towards achieving further progress and prosperity. ]]>
8/17/2019 2:16:18 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt to back Sudan to overcome challenges: amb.]]>
The ambassador described the singing ceremony, which kicked off earlier in the day with an international and regional participation, a historic celebration that marks the achievement of the Sudanese people's aspirations and paying off of sacrifices made throughout the previous months.

The coming period would witness support by Egypt to Sudan in face of various challenges, ambassador Eissa said in statements.

"Today, we are witnessing the beginning of a new era in Sudan. Egypt is keen on taking part in the celebration with a high-level representation by Prime Minster Mostafa Madbouli who leads a high-level Egyptian delegation to Khartoum," said the ambassador.

He pointed out to prospected strategic projects in power linkage, railways, scholarships and cultural sphere between the two countries.]]>
8/17/2019 2:02:17 PM
<![CDATA[Trial of 213 Ansar Beit El Maqdis terrorists postponed till Sunday]]>
The crimes committed by the defendants include a failed assassination attempt against former interior minister Mohamed Ibrahim, the murder of a number of police officers and setting fire to security facilities, including the security directorates of Cairo, Dakahlia and South Sinai.

Investigations revealed that the defendants were trained in the camps of Ezzel Din el Qassam, the military wing of Palestinian movement Hamas and that they plotted to target ships transiting the Suez Canal.

They also face charges of joining a terrorist group aiming at disrupting national security, collaborating with a foreign organization represented in Hamas to sabotage State institutions, illegal possession of arms and ammunition and premeditated murder.

Investigations also showed that ousted president Mohamed Morsi was in contact with the militant group leaderships while he was in power, when they agreed that Hamas would not carry out any terrorist attacks as long as he was in office.

The 54 terrorist crimes the defendants are implicated in had left 42 policemen and 15 civilians dead and 349 others wounded.

Ansar Beit El Maqdis has claimed responsibility for most of the major attacks against security forces and their installations, with the deadliest assaults taking place in Sinai.]]>
8/17/2019 1:57:44 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi calls for coordination with Agriculture Ministry, businessmen to control market mechanisms]]>
President Sisi was commenting on remarks made by head of the National Company for Protected Agriculture Mohamed Abdel-Hai during the opening ceremony of national projects including 1,300 greenhouses on an area of 10,000 feddans as part of the second phase of Mohamed Naguib sector for protected agriculture in Marsa Matrouh.

Sisi added that the state is working to control the market mechanisms via increasing the supply of products, noting that such an aim does not prevent coordinating with businessmen and others working in these sectors.

President Sisi described the population growth as a challenge facing the state, therefore the state tried as hard as possible to choose areas with large numbers of people to set up such projects.

Addressing the opening ceremony of the second phase of Mohamed Naguib sector for protected agriculture, President Sisi called for finalizing Al-Mahmoudiya axis project in Alexandria within two or three months because it will help achieve welfare for the governorate, underscoring the importance of relocating al Hadra market to another suitable area. ]]>
8/17/2019 12:52:18 PM
<![CDATA[Cairo University jumps 100 ranks in Shanghai Ranking]]>
According to a statement issued on Saturday by president Mohamed Othman Al Khosht. He hailed the achievement as a great success for the Egyptian universities as well as an evidence of progress achieved by the research system over the past year.

"This success comes for the first time in the history of Egyptian universities", he said.

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

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

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

On other hand, the parliamentarian Hussien Abo Gad told Egypt Today, "this success is a great historic achievement for Egypt and the Egyptian universities."

This classification, which started in 2003, is considered the most difficult, most famous and strongest in the international classifications in terms of strict criteria that depend on the number of scientific research published internationally as well as the number of scientific research cited and reference for scientific reference. In addition to the number of Nobel Prize winners and professors in addition to the international reputation.]]>
8/17/2019 12:32:37 PM
<![CDATA[Madbouli heads to Khartoum for constitutional declaration signing ceremony]]>
The premier takes part in the signing ceremony on behalf of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, the current chairperson of the African Union.

Madbouli is set to convey the greetings and congratulations of president Sisi to the Sudanese people on the signing of the accord.

He will also assert Egypt's support for the aspirations of the Sudanese people and institutions towards achieving further progress and prosperity.

Sudan is celebrating the signing of the landmark deal that has been reached between the Transitional Military Council and the Forces of Freedom and Change alliance to pave the way for civilian rule.

On Sunday August 18, the new transitional civilian-majority ruling council is to be announced.
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8/17/2019 12:25:16 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi opens 2nd phase of greenhouse national project]]>
President Sisi also inaugurated a factory for packaging the products to be produced by the project in addition to a complex for seed production.

The opening ceremony was attended by Speaker of the Egyptian House of Representatives Ali Abdel Aal, Minister of Defense Mohamed Zaki and Presidential Aide for National and Strategic Projects Sherif Ismail along with a number of ministers and senior state officials.

The ceremony started with recitation of some verses of the Holy Quran.]]>
8/17/2019 12:09:38 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptologist Hawass billboard in NY's Times Square promotes tourism to Egypt]]>
On Tuesday,

Archaeological Paths

launched its new advertising campaign with displaying the brand-new commercial spots on one of the largest digital billboards found in the very heart of New York City.

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“Egypt is Safe and we invite Americans to come and visit the most spectacular place on Earth,” Hawas said.

Times Square is one of the best-known locations in New York and the United States, visited by 80 million people during the summer vacation period.

In remarks to American Pulse, Hawas said it is his first time to wear his unique outfit in New York to promote Tourism to Egypt.

Hawass appeared in his trademark jeans, blue shirt and a fedora hat. He has further participated in a spectacular photo session with fans.

Hawass with American-Egyptian entrepreneur Michael Morgan Zahi Hawass with American-Egyptian entrepreneur Michael Morgan

Hawass with American-Egyptian entrepreneur Michael Morgan
Zahi Hawass with American-Egyptian entrepreneur Michael Morgan

The photo of Hawass will remain for 30 days starting last Tuesday.

Since 1998, Hawass has received numerous awards such as the Golden Plate Award from the American Academy of Achievement, membership induction into the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences, and more.

He has received international recognition including the title “Scholar of the Year” by the Association of Egyptian-American Scholars in 2000, according to his official profile on Facebook.]]>
8/16/2019 4:41:50 PM
<![CDATA[EgyptAir operates 10 flights to bring pilgrims home today]]>
The national flag carrier will start transferring pilgrims from Medina as of Saturday, according to sources at Cairo airport.

EgyptAir is scheduled to operate 424 flights to bring pilgrims home, including 224 flights from Jeddah airport and 200 others from Medina.]]>
8/16/2019 1:25:31 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt's grain imports from Russia carefully checked: Min.]]>
Abu Steit’s remarks came in response to reports questioning about the possible danger of importing wheat from Russia after the recent radioactive explosion in the country, the Ministry of Agriculture said in a statement Thursday.

The minister assigned head of the Central Department of Agricultural Quarantine Ahmed el Attar to contact Egypt's trade representative in Moscow to make sure that agricultural lands in Russia were not affected by the blast, it added.

Radiation levels in the Russian city of Severodvinsk rose by up to 16 times on Aug. 8 after an accident that authorities said involved a rocket test on a sea platform, Russia’s state weather agency said on Tuesday, the TASS news agency reported.

The defense ministry initially said background radiation had remained normal after the incident but city authorities in Severodvinsk in northern Russia said there had been a brief spike in radiation levels, Reuters reported.

Greenpeace has said radiation levels rose by 20 times.

Russia’s state weather agency, Rosgidromet, said on Tuesday that it believed radiation levels had risen by four to 16 times.

Earlier in August, Russian President Vladimir Putin ratified the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership Agreement with Egypt which was signed in October during a state visit by President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi to Sochi, and endorsed by Egypt in December.

The agreement is about developing further cooperation in the sectors of trade, economy, technical military affairs, communications, nuclear energy, transportation, mining, tourism, science, education, cultural affairs, and coordination on mechanisms and measures aimed at combating various challenges and threats on the regional and international scales.
Noha al-Tawil contributed to the reporting]]>
8/16/2019 1:08:22 PM
<![CDATA[Expelled AIDS patient transported to fever hospital for treatment]]>
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The patient was transported to the fever hospital following instructions from deputy health minister in Gharbia Abdel Kader Kilany. An Egypt Today reporter has accompanied the patient in the ambulance vehicle to ensure required procedures are taken.

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The AIDS patient, who earlier admitted abusing drugs, in an interview with Egypt Today, asked to be treated from addiction in order to return to his normal life.



The AIDS patient on Wednesday was expelled from a hospital in Kafr al-Zayat, a city in Egypt's Gharbia governorate. Photos showed the action was also done in a humiliating way, and those involved in the incident are investigated.

In a statement, the Ministry of Health blamed the officials for expelling the patient without taking medical and legal procedures required for him. The ministry affirmed that those who dealt with the patient in the way shown by the photos spreading on social media must be held accountable.

Officials of the National HIV/AIDS Program headed to the fever hospital in Gharbia, to check the arrival of the patient to the hospital, but did not find him. Some workers said he returned home instead.

The statement said that officials are trying to reach the patient to be placed under quarantine in the places treating HIV/AIDS patients.]]>
8/16/2019 11:47:53 AM
<![CDATA[Libyan fighters strike drone control room in Zuwarah]]>
Libyan air force fighter jets earlier launched air strikes on some of the militia positions south of Tripoli.

The Libyan Army's military media department said that the airstrikes led to the escape of the remaining militia groups, after the heavy losses they suffered.

The department pointed out that the Libyan Air Force carried out strikes on sites that were stationed by a number of foreign mercenaries.

These strikes were accurate and left a number of elements wounded and dead, the department added.

For his part, Libyan army spokesman Ahmed al-Mismari, in a press conference on Wednesday from Benghazi, said that the Al-Wefaq militias are suffering from the army strikes, especially after the destruction of the air defense system in Misrata.

Earlier in August, the Libyan army destroyed a foreign plane in Misrata International Airport. Mismari said it cost the terrorist militias $900 million.

In a press conference, Mismari said the plane had been targeted after its cargo was unloaded in the airport. The cargo plane illegally carried weapons, according to media reports.

News claiming that the foreign plane was carrying civilian objects circulated, but we were present when the cargo was being unloaded; the plane was carrying military stuff, shipped to Misrata, Mismari said.

He added that this came in violation of the international law, the resolutions of the Security Council and the outcome of the political agreement on disbanding the militias and halting their funding.

"The plane cost the terrorist organizations $900 million, and I confirm that it was carrying air defense materials," Mismari said, adding that all the leaders of terrorism were "very upset".
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8/15/2019 2:36:13 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt expresses condolences for Sudan floods victims]]>
The statement also wished a speedy recovery for the injured.

Rains have been pouring in the last few days, flooding hundreds of homes in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum, AFP reported.

Sudan News Agency (SUNA) said on Tuesday that the flash floods have claimed seven lives and injured two people.

Egypt has politically supported Sudan, recently after former President Omar al-Bashir was overthrown by angry protests.

Sudan’s Forces of Freedom and Change (FFC) and Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF) ended their meetings on Monday in the Egyptian capital of Cairo after two days of deliberations over the recent political developments in Sudan.

An agreement has been reached between the two political powers on the dispute points of the recently brokered agreement between Sudan’s military ruling council and FFC.

The SRF demanded to have the points agreed during Cairo’s meetings included in the agreement brokered with Sudan’s ruling military council before signing the constitutional declaration document on August 17.

Egypt welcomed the agreement between the opposition FFC and the military council, hailing the agreement as a valuable step to restore stability in Sudan.

Sudan’s FFC and SRF delegations arrived in Egypt on Friday and Saturday to discuss the political developments. The head of SRF, Malik Agar, was keen to praise the Egyptian role in paving the way for a political agreement between FFC and SRF.

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8/15/2019 2:01:51 PM
<![CDATA[EgyptAir: 1st B787-9 Dreamliner's flight to head to Beijing Sunday]]>
The B787-9 Dreamliner will be the 75th aircraft to reach the phase of actual operation after the implementation of a plan to renovate and develop EgyptAir's fleet.

In a statement, the national flagship carrier said that it is determined to proceed with its strategy aiming to cope up with the international companies in view of developing the standard of services offered to its customers.

Earlier in the day, EgyptAir received its sixth and last Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, as part of a deal to purchase six jets of the same model.]]>
8/15/2019 1:20:12 PM
<![CDATA[Unemployment drops to 7.5% in Q2 2019: CAPMAS]]>
CAPMAS is the Egyptian official statistical agency.

A statement issued by CAPMAS on Thursday said the total workforce increased by 0.4 percent to reach 28.069 million in Q2 2019, compared to 27.968 million in the previous quarter of the same year.

The number of unemployed persons decreased in Q2 to reach 2.094 million compared to Q1 of the same year.

The number of jobless people included 962,000 males and 1.132 million females, representing 7.5 percent of the total workforce, according to CAPMAS.

The National Program for Local and Community Development (NPLCD), known as Mashro’ak (Arabic for ‘Your Project’), has contributed to the provision of about 350 thousand jobs for young people in all governorates.

It is considered one of the most important government programs that finance startups by young Egyptian citizens.

The aim behind the NPLCD is to contribute to the numerous endeavors that target the eradication of unemployment in Egypt and encouraging youths to work.

So far, the program was able to finance around 123,000 projects with an estimated cost of LE 10.5 billion through bank loans, contributing to the creation of around 350,000 job opportunities for young citizens across the country.

Additional reporting by MENA]]>
8/15/2019 12:51:47 PM
<![CDATA[Gazette publishes decree approving Egyptian-Moroccan extradition deal]]>
The agreement on the extradition of convicts in criminal cases was signed in Cairo on January 14, 2004.

It was approved by the Egyptian parliament on March 20, 2005.]]>
8/15/2019 12:43:59 PM
<![CDATA[Cairo airport receives 4 flights bringing pilgrims home from Saudi Arabia]]>
Sources at the airport said in statements Wednesday that the flights are expected to arrive throughout the day from the Saudi city of Jeddah with more than 1,000 pilgrims on board.

All preparations have been made at Cairo airport's seasonal terminal to receive the pilgrims. (MENA)]]>
8/15/2019 12:00:53 PM
<![CDATA[AIDS patient expulsion from Gharbia hospital investigated]]>
A top official in the hospital claimed in an interview with Masrawy that the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV/AIDS) patient had abused illegal drugs.

In a statement, the Ministry of Health blamed the officials for expelling the patient without taking medical and legal procedures required for him. The ministry affirmed that those who dealt with the patient in the way shown by the photos spreading on social media must be held accountable.

Officials of the National HIV/AIDS Program headed to the fever hospital in Gharbia, to check the arrival of the patient to the hospital, but did not find him. Some workers said he returned home instead.

The statement said that officials are trying to reach the patient to be placed under quarantine in the places treating HIV/AIDS patients.

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HIV/AIDS (aka stage 3 HIV) is a condition that may be developed when the HIV virus manages to cause serious damages to the immunity system.

HIV patients can live a normal life span thanks to HIV developed medications.

Patients contracting HIV/AIDS are more subject to be infected with diseases including certain cancers, as it is hard at this point for their immunity system to be repaired. Subsequently, life expectancy is severely affected.

Men are less likely to test for HIV or access antiretroviral therapy and, therefore, are more likely to die of AIDS-related illnesses than women, according to a UNAIDS report released on World AIDS Day last year.

Around the world, fewer than half of HIV-positive men are getting treatment, compared to 60 percent of women, the report added. Men are also more likely than women to start treatment late, interrupt it, and not follow up after treatment.

Egyptian Minister of Health announced in September, 2018, a national plan to eliminate the HIV/AIDS in Egypt by 2030. The plan is considered a part of a bigger international plan to end the deadly condition.

Khaled Megahed, the Health Ministry’s spokesman, said that the ministry has created several strategic plans that aim to decrease the infection rate and totally end infection with HIV/AIDS by 2030.

As part of the plans, Megahed said that the ministry will provide medical examination opportunities for those who faced infection risk, and supply infected people with antiretroviral drugs. From a social perspective, Megahed said that the ministry is strengthening its awareness efforts to prevent behaviors that can lead to the infection with HIV.

For his part, Alaa Eid, head of Preventive Medicine Sector at the Ministry of Health and Population, said that antiretroviral drugs for HIV have been provided through 15 specialized centers to 100 percent of the recorded HIV patients, affirming that such treatment are provided for free.

Eid said that the Preventive Medicine Sector has issued a number of publications that urge health institutions to introduce all medical services required for people infected with HIV, while maintaining the confidentiality of patients’ records and ensuring equality between HIV patients and other patients.]]>
8/15/2019 11:19:40 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt urges Libyan institutions to unite, dissolve armed militias]]>CAIRO - 14 August 2019: Egypt hailed the humanitarian truce declared by Libyan parties on the occasion of Eid al-Adha, stressing that it is a positive step towards building confidence between Libyan parties, a Tuesday statement by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Ahmed Hafez said.

Hafez's statement also reported that Egypt confirmed that putting an end to foreign interference, stopping support for armed militias and extremists, and eliminating terrorism and extremism are the only way to end chaos and restore security and stability in Libya.

The truce was reached following the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) call upon the parties on Aug. 8 to express their commitment to a humanitarian truce on the occasion of Eid al-Adha.

The statement also stressed that it is important that Libyan parties must reject foreign interference in Libya’s affairs and document violations to UN resolutions by countries that facilitate the smuggling of arms and terrorist fighters to Libya before the international community.

According to the statement, Egypt further calls upon the UNSMIL to cooperate more with the elected representatives of the Libyan people to develop the road map needed to get out of the current crisis and implement all the elements of the initiative approved by the Security Council in October 2017.

In the same context, Egypt condemned the recent terrorist bombing in Benghazi, expressing condolences to the victims’ families.]]>
8/14/2019 1:21:35 PM
<![CDATA[Libyan parl't thanks Egypt for supportive stances]]>
According to Belhiq, the Libyan parliament also thanked Egypt's leadership, government and people for their supportive stance toward Libya in the face of all crises. Belhiq urged the UN to work to end the Libyan crisis.

He stressed that putting an end to foreign interference, stopping support for armed militias and extremists, and eliminating terrorism and extremism are the only way to end the chaos and restore security and stability.

The Egyptian Foreign Ministry issued a statement on Tuesday August 13 urging the UN mission in Libya to cooperate to crystallize a road map needed to get out of the current crisis.]]>
8/14/2019 12:28:44 PM
<![CDATA[Terrorism only makes Egypt and its people stronger: Kuwaiti newspaper]]>
The article, written by Saudi writer Meshal Al-Harbi, further stressed that the “cancer” of terrorism targets the whole Arab world by targeting Egypt.

Twenty people have been killed and 47 injured after a car bomb collided with other vehicles, triggering an explosion outside a cancer hospital in central Cairo earlier this month.

The blast occurred around midnight local time on a road running alongside the Nile River in an area outside Egypt’s National Cancer Institute.

Harbi further affirmed that such terrorist attack is nothing but a proof that Egypt is walking the right path and that countries that support terrorism hate for Cairo to be the Arab world’s gate for stability.

He also said these countries hate Egyptians for standing against terrorism by flocking to the streets by millions to protest against the Muslim Brotherhood group that aimed at demolishing Egypt’s culture, history and stature.

He pointed out that Egyptians knew that overthrowing the Muslim Brotherhood's regime would bring terrorism to Egypt, but the brave people authorized the army to confront it and fight the main battle against this malignant cancer.

Harbi also said the incident only increased the strength of Egypt and its people and also boosted solidarity between Egypt and its Gulf neighbors.
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8/14/2019 12:18:08 PM
<![CDATA[Hong Kong police arrest 5 protesters at airport]]>
The protesters had held an officer and a journalist working for a Chinese newspaper before police came to their rescue.

The arrests were made after a second day of mass protests at the airport.

Hong Kong’s busy airport was the latest scene of wide-scale pro-democracy protests that have rocked the city for months. ]]>
8/14/2019 11:48:12 AM
<![CDATA[EgyptAir to receive sixth B787-9 Dreamliner from Boeing Wednesday]]>
In a statement released on Tuesday, the national flagship carrier said members of its technical delegation, who are currently on a visit to the American city of Seattle, has revised all agreed measures and specifications for the plane.

The delegation members also paid a visit to the world's largest aircraft factory "Boeing Everett Factory" to see for themselves all steps taken by the facility in the process of manufacturing planes, the statement said.

Meanwhile, Boeing representatives said they are looking forward to further cooperation with EgyptAir.

The newly-received Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners are set to be operated on EgyptAir's routes to Shanghai, Tokyo as well as New York and Bangkok.

The B787-9 Dreamliner is capable of flying a distance ranging between 14,800 and 15,700 km non-stop with 'dispatch reliability' hitting 99%. It was developed so as to be 20% more fuel-efficient than its counterparts in commercial aircraft.

The B787-9 Dreamliner has 309 seats divided into 30 Super Diamond fully flat business class seats and 279 seats in the economy class. ]]>
8/14/2019 11:45:52 AM
<![CDATA[Health minister inspects development works at Alamein hospital]]>
In a statement released Tuesday, spokesman for the health ministry Khaled Megahed said the minister held a meeting with the hospital officials and representatives of the company tasked with finalizing development works.

Mohamed Zarif, the hospital's director, said it is ready to receive patients, adding that the entire medical staff is working round the clock.

The first phase of development works at the hospital will be completed next week, he noted.]]>
8/14/2019 11:45:01 AM
<![CDATA[Sisi ratifies amendments to law on lawyers]]>
The amended law stipulates that the board of the Bar Association should create special lists registering foreign lawyers it accredited to be able to work inside the Egyptian territories and lawyers who are working abroad, in addition to setting the registration fees and annual subscriptions.

According to the new legislation, an academy of law and legal studies will be established. This facility will be affiliated with the Bar Association and will have a legal personality.

It will be tasked with developing studies related to the legal profession, training of lawyers and upgrading their skills, in addition to granting them professional certificates.

Under the amended legislation, those seeking to join the Bar Association for the first time must pass a period of study at the academy which is expected to open as of January 2021.

The law was published in the gazette on Tuesday. ]]>
8/14/2019 11:43:03 AM
<![CDATA[MB fugitives: What charges facing Assem Abdel Maguid? ]]>
Before Islamists strengthened their political presence in Egypt following the 25 January Revolution in 2011, Maguid was in prison over charges of assassinating late President Anwar Sadat, before he was released after the incidents.

Assem Abdel Maguid is one of the Brotherhood leaders’ fugitives, who continued to incite violence against the country, and spread false news about the economic stance from abroad. He fled to Qatar, like many other Brotherhood leaders, following the June 30 Uprising in 2013 that ousted late President Mohamed Morsi.

In the below lines Egypt Today displays information about cases in which he is involved:

1- Raba’a Dispersal Case:

On September 8, 2018, South Cairo Criminal Court ruled to sentence to death Assem Abdel Maguid, Safwat Hegazy, Mohamed el-Beltagy, Essam el-Erian, Abdel el-Rahman el-Bar, Tareq el-Zomar, Omar Zaki and 68 others out of 739 defendants in the case. The rest of the accused received rulings varied between life sentences and intensified prison terms (which vary between 10-15 years in prison).

The prosecution drawn a list of charges to the defendants including: orchestrating an armed gathering in Raba’a al-Adawiya Square [Currently re-named as Hisham Barakat Square], disrupting traffic, premeditated murder of citizens and police forces tasked with dispersing the gathering, and attempted murder.

2- Istiqamah Mosque incidents:

In August 30, 2014, Giza Criminal Court sentenced to death Assem Abdel Maguid and five other defendants in the case known in the media as “Istiqamah Mosque riot incidents” case. In the same case, former Brotherhood guide Mohamed Badie, and leader Mohamed el-Beltagy were sentenced to life in prison along with five others.

The defendants were charged with premeditated murder, joining an outlawed group to disrupt public peace and security, premeditated damage to public and private assets, and resisting forces.

3- El-Bahr el-Azam incidents:

On 15 September 2014, Giza Criminal Court sentenced Mohamed Badie and 14 Brotherhood leaders, including Maguid, to life in prison.

The prosecution drawn multiple charges against the defendants in the case, including gathering, attempted murder, show of strength, forming an armed gang to attack citizens and resist authorities, possession of unlicensed weapons and ammunition, and joining a terror group.

Among the main charges drawn against Maguid are:

1- Spreading false news and inciting violence:

Assem Abdel Maguid is accused of inciting violent incidents that took place at Raba’a and Al-Nahda squares in August 2014. The law stipulated that inciters of violence should be punished by the same penalty of the doers, be the inciting in secrecy or in public.

2- Joining a terror group:

The crime applies to fugitives who are affiliated with the group, where the punishment could be intensive imprisonment as stipulated in Article 86 of the Egyptian penalty Code. ]]>
8/14/2019 1:30:47 AM
<![CDATA[2013 Rabaa dispersal: How the Muslim Brotherhood posed imminent danger?]]>th anniversary of the dispersal of the Rabaa Al-Adawiya and Al-Nahda sit-ins by the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood and their supporters, which was identified by security experts as one of the biggest threats to the national security of Egypt and the Arab region.

The two sites had been occupied by supporters of ousted Muslim Brotherhood pawn Mohamed Morsi, who had been removed from office by a popular revolution that demanded the toppling of Morsi and the terrorist group.

Authorities delayed clearing the two protest camps as internal and external reconciliation process was established to resolve the crisis peacefully.

But even before this, as calls for early presidential elections started in April 2013, some Muslim Brotherhood supporters have resorted to intimidation and violence against Morsi’s detractors.

Observers have constantly despised how foreign media dealt with the issue, and how one-sided coverages aimed at hiding the truth that a group of terrorists and their sympathizers and supporters were threatening the security of a country with such significant stature like Egypt.

While Western media seems to ignore the issue, there have been alarming incidents of violence within the vicinity of the pro-Muslim Brotherhood sit-ins, as well as continued attacks in Sinai and throughout Egypt’s governorates that growing evidence is linking to the Brotherhood.

Egypt Today took a glimpse at the book of history to shed the light on how this group of terrorists and extremists posed a danger to the country and were threatening the lives of security forces as well as civilians.


In the following interview, senior Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed al Beltagy vows that all the terrorist operations in Sinai will only stop when Morsi gets instated once again.





On June 28, in anticipation of the June 30 protests called for by Tamarod, Brotherhood supporters were seen wielding and firing guns on Alexandria’s streets.




There were even semi-paramilitary activities taking place inside the Muslim Brotherhood camps in Rabaa, but you will never see this published by Western or funded media outlets; Marches of Brotherhood supporters holding sticks and chanting Islamist slogans have been organized and routinely carried out throughout Cairo.




On a number of occasions, security forces intercepted arms being transported by Brotherhood members and their supporters across the country. One such interception, dating from July 1, shows several shotguns, at least one rifle, and what appear to be a number of makeshift handguns taken from a van believed to belong to Brotherhood supporters.





Safwat Hegazy, a notoriously aggressive cleric and Muslim Brotherhood leader, was also captured while threatening that whoever even “sprays water” at Mohamed Morsi, “We will spray him with blood!”

Hegazi also threatened Egyptians and challenged President Abdel Fatah el-Sisi to clear the sit-in, adding that such a move would be done “on our dead bodies” and that “we are ready to be martyred in the thousands.”





Moreover, terrorist Tarek al-Zumar, a leader of al-Jama'a al-Islamiyya and the Muslim Brotherhood, delivered a speech in which he vowed that the group will “crush” opposition on June 30, describing it as the “final blow.”




Assem Abdel-Maged, a leading Gama'a Islamiya activist and Muslim Brotherhood leader who fled Egypt after the removal of Morsi, also was captured while shouting “No retreat, no surrender, until Islam rules,” as if Egypt was a Buddhist state, and threatening that “the fools (meaning opposition) got their necks under the guillotine, and it is time to behead them!” He also described people at the sit-ins as followers of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), and not the Muslim Brotherhood.




July 26 witnessed the killing of at least ten civilians, including hawkers and a Christian, as they were suspected to be anti-Morsi protesters, as well as the torture and interrogation of other civilians inside a mosque in Alexandria.


In the video, they are accused of being “infidels” and questioned over whether they are “Christian.” Later that night in Cairo, reports emerged that security forces attacked Brotherhood protesters outside the Rabaa sit-in, intensifying this violence up to eighty dead.



Footage of the security forces’ intervention, provided by the Ministry of Interior, showed supporters and members of the Muslim Brotherhood wielding guns and hurling fire bombs in retaliation.





Moreover, suffice it to say that further proof of the threat the terrorist group posed was an announcement on July 29 from the main stage of another pro-Morsi sit-in at Nahda Square that elements of al-Qa`ida and the Salafi Jihadists had joined the protest.

The horror even reached the limit of organizing a disturbing march by children as young as four years marched in the Rabaa sit-in carrying funeral shrouds and bearing signs declaring their willingness to seek “martyrdom.”






The aforementioned was nothing but a glimpse at a series of threats and violence committed by the outlawed group and its supporters, the same group that brought famine and destruction to neighboring Arab countries through a devious scheme to let terrorism and extremism prevail all over the world. While western media and Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated outlets are still defaming the sacrifice and courage of the Egyptian army in defending its land and civilians by only writing one-sided stories by a group of people who only wanted chaos and ruination to ravish through a country that has more than 7000 years of history, culture and civilization.
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8/14/2019 1:08:48 AM
<![CDATA[Combating power theft, state recovers LE 1.34B in 5 months]]>
In an interview with Egypt Today, Hamza spoke about the mechanisms adopted by the ministry to combat the theft of electricity, including cooperating with electricity police, and the right of judicial seizure given by the Ministry of Justice to some of its leaders and engineers in the electricity distribution companies.

The Ministry of Justice has issued a decision to grant 529 employees at the Ministry of Electricity the right to file reports on power thefts. The employees were selected according to their integrity.

According to the decision, the selected employees will also have the right to estimate the fine to be imposed on the violators based on the estimated amount of electricity stolen.

The electricity distribution companies are assigned to collect the fine.

Stealing power has several forms, like at traditional celebrations and occasions, but the government has taken several procedures to curb the act by issuing a new electricity law. The government has advised citizens to resort to legal ways rather than stealing the current, which is considered a felony punished by imprisonment and a fine.

The new law stipulates that whoever is charged with power theft will be punished by an imprisonment term of not less than 6 months and not more than 2 years or a fine of L.E. 10,000-100,000 or by both punishments. The lawsuit would be revoked if parties reconciled.

More steps were taken by the government in a bid to reduce power theft, including launching awareness campaigns especially at slums, beefing up investigations by heads of trade sectors at different companies to capture the violations and expanding the duties of judicial police to 529 electricity employees to search for the violation, report it and estimate the cost of the stolen current.]]>
8/13/2019 1:02:57 PM
<![CDATA[Mubarak’s era business tycoon Hussein Salem dies in Madrid]]>
A source close to the family told Egypt Today that Salem died after a long struggle with the illness in the Spanish capital Madrid.

Salim asked to be buried next to his grandson in Spain. The date of the funeral will be determined later in Cairo.]]>
8/13/2019 12:48:58 PM
<![CDATA[Russia says radiation levels rose by 4-16 times in city after accident: TASS]]>
The defense ministry initially said background radiation had remained normal after the incident on Thursday, but city authorities in Severodvinsk in northern Russia said there had been a brief spike in radiation levels.

Greenpeace has said radiation levels rose by 20 times.

Russia’s state weather agency, Rosgidromet, said on Tuesday that it believed radiation levels had risen by four to 16 times.]]>
8/13/2019 12:32:44 PM
<![CDATA[Iran says Britain might release Grace 1 oil tanker soon: IRNA]]>
“Britain is interested in releasing Iran’s oil tanker Grace 1 ... following the exchange of some documents, we hope the release will take place soon,” the deputy head of Iran’s ports and Maritime Organisation, Jalil Eslami, said in remarks reported by IRNA news agency.

British Royal Marines seized the Iranian oil tanker on July 4 off the coast of the British Mediterranean territory of Gibraltar on suspicion of violating EU sanctions by taking oil to Syria, which Iran denies.

“The vessel was seized based on false allegations ...it has not been freed yet,” Eslami said.

Two weeks after the capture of the Iranian tanker, Iran’s Revolutionary Guards seized a British tanker, Stena Impero, near the Strait of Hormuz, accusing it of marine violations. Britain considers that action to have been illegal retaliation.]]>
8/13/2019 11:41:15 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt offers condolences to China for Lekmia hurricane victims]]>
The Foreign Ministry asserted in a statement that Egypt stands in solidarity with the Chinese people and government at this difficult time.]]>
8/13/2019 11:13:25 AM
<![CDATA[Hajj return flights to kick off Tuesday]]>
EgyptAir is set to ferry some 75,000 pilgrims from Saudi Arabia.]]>
8/13/2019 11:09:30 AM
<![CDATA[3 cases of sexual harassment reported in 1st two days of Edi al-Adha - NCW]]>
In Minya govenorate, Upper Egypt, a father has reported the council that his 14-year-old daughter was sexually harassed by a man and filed a lawsuit against the harasser, said Amal Abdel-Moneim, head of Complaints Office at the NCW.

The second case was reported in Cairo as a woman was harassed while she was going for shopping at a market. Meanwhile, the third case occurred against a woman who was harassed verbally in Alexandria.

Ahead of Eid al-Adha, the NCW announced that it set up a hotline on 15115 to receive any possible sexual violation cases during the Eid.

Last year, Complaints against sexual harassment incidents witnessed a severe decline during Eid al-Adha, according to Head of the Complaints Office Manager of the National Council for Women (NCW).


Also, the Cairo Foundation for Development and Law (CFDL) launched an operation room to monitor and document any cases of sexual harassment against women during the four days of Eid al-Adha.

The CFDL established a hotline on 01210009192 to provide the legal assistance and complaints from the sexual harassment survivors, the center announced in a statement on Saturday.

“The center receives testimonies on ccd.eg2010@gmail.com, and through our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/CCD.egy ,” the statement read.
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8/13/2019 11:04:26 AM
<![CDATA[EgyptAir suspends flights to Hong Kong]]>
The statement said that the call was issued due to the current unrest in the Asian country, adding that the national carrier’s comprehensive operation center is following the situation there for any updates.

Hong Kong International Airport has canceled all departures for the remainder of the day, citing serious disruption due to demonstrations at the airport.
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8/13/2019 3:58:29 AM
<![CDATA[SRF praises Egypt’s role in reaching an agreement with FFC]]>
An agreement has been reached between the two political powers on the dispute points of the recently brokered agreement between Sudan’s military ruling council and FFC.

The SRF demanded to have the points agreed during Cairo’s meetings included in the agreement brokered with Sudan’s ruling military council before signing the constitutional declaration document on August 17.

Egypt welcomed the agreement between the opposition FFC and the military council, hailing the agreement as a valuable step to restore stability in Sudan.

Sudan’s FFC and SRF delegations arrived in Egypt on Friday and Saturday to discuss the political developments. The head of SRF, Malik Agar, was keen to praise the Egyptian role in paving the way for a political agreement between FFC and SRF.
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8/13/2019 12:58:00 AM
<![CDATA[Bahrain condemns Israeli storming of Aqsa Mosque, attack on worshipers]]>

On Monday, the Bahraini Foreign Ministry underlined the need for the international community to shoulder its responsibilities by providing the necessary protection for the Palestinian people and addressing the repeated Israeli aggressive practices that undermine efforts to achieve the desired peace.]]>
8/12/2019 2:35:31 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi pays tribute to young Egyptians on World Youth Day ]]>




“On the International Youth Day, I pay tribute to the enthusiastic and promising Egyptian youths who are proving day by day that they are the secret of the strength and vitality of our great nation.I affirm that the Egyptian state is determined to continue its support tothe youth and prepare them in a way that achieves a better future for our Egypt,” said President Sisi on his official Twitter.

The United Nations celebrates the international Youth Day this year under the theme of “Transforming education” to make education accessible to all young people around the globe, saying the number of young people -aged between 10 and 24- reached 1.8 billion in the world.

Egypt held the country's first National Youth Conference in Sharm el-Sheikh with the participation of 3,000 youth, under the auspices of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi in Ocober 2016.

Since then, six editions had been organized; it began in response to President Sisi's call for convening a national conference for youth, which was launched during the celebration of the Egyptian youth day on January 9, 2016.

The conference aimed at bringing together prominent youth future leaders with state officials and institutions, and giving them the chance to directly debate the present and the future and exchange ideas and experience to support their ambitions.
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8/12/2019 1:32:30 PM
<![CDATA[Roads Authority: development of Gamasa-Mansoura road to be completed next May]]>
According to a statement issued by the Authority on Monday, the road is currently constructed by state-owned Nile Company for the Construction of Roads, noting that the construction works began in May 2018.

The Authority said that the implementation of the road is of great importance in linking the city of Mansoura, Gamasa and the international coast road.]]>
8/12/2019 1:29:58 PM
<![CDATA[More than 1.6K prisoners released on occasion of Eid al-Adha]]>
A total of 1,024 inmates were given a presidential pardon, while 610 others were released on parole, the statement added.

In June 2019, on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr festivals (Muslims’ small feast of breaking the fast), 2,002 prisoners, including female debtors, were released.

On May 31, 2019, Egypt’s Prison Sector released 266 prisoners on parole, while 85 others were released as per a presidential pardon, the Ministry of Interior said in a statement.

The decision of release on the occasion of Sinai Liberation Day Egypt celebrates annually on April 25. On the same occasion, a total 170 of inmates as per a presidential pardon, while the rest of 306 prisoners on May 9. Moreover, the Ministry released 518 inmates on parole, while 67 others were granted the presidential pardon on April 30.

According to the constitution, the president has the right to issue pardons for convicted prisoners after consulting with the Cabinet.

Eid al-Adha lasts for four days and honors the willingness of Prophet Abraham to sacrifice his first-born son, Ismail, as an act of submission to God’s command.

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8/12/2019 12:10:44 PM
<![CDATA[Solidarity min. follows up relief committees' Eid measures]]>
The ministry said in a statement Sunday that Wali has tasked heads of social solidarity directorates to visit social care institutions countrywide to celebrate this occasion and carry out entertainment programs.

Meanwhile, social care directorates have cooperated and coordinated with a number of NGOs to help needy families on Eid al Adha.]]>
8/12/2019 11:38:30 AM
<![CDATA[Over 3,700 sacrifice animals slaughtered for free on Eidul Adha]]>
He detailed in a statement Sunday that 2,613 cows and buffaloes and 1102 goats, sheep and camels were slaughtered in abattoirs, noting that the charge-free services will be available for citizens on all days of Eidul Adha.

Mahmod added that all sacrifice animals underwent medical examination to ensure the safety of their healthy meat.]]>
8/12/2019 11:36:30 AM
<![CDATA[Head of Egyptian hajj mission lauds efforts of medical team]]>
He also said no contagious or epidemic diseases have been detected among Egyptian pilgrims.

Ten sick pilgrims were able to ascend Mount Arafat in equipped ambulances and the disabled were ferried in customized vehicles to help them perform the hajj rituals, Abdel Aati said in statements to MENA correspondent Monday.

Additional buses were also available around Mount Arafat and were used to shuttle 50 pilgrims who were late to join their groups, he noted.

The medical team also inspected hotels where Egyptian pilgrims are staying to make sure they are served safe food, Abdel Aati added.

Abdel Aati was pleased with big efforts exerted by the Saudi authorities to serve all pilgrims.]]>
8/12/2019 11:33:10 AM
<![CDATA[Tripoli militias breached al Adha truce, LNA Spox]]>
Al Mesmari told Egypt Today that the LNA forces have the right to respond to the breach of the truce brokered under the auspices of the United Nations.

“The LNA forces responded to Tripoli militias’ attempts to breach Eid al Adha truce in Tripoli city, these armed militias do not recognize the international military rules and codes, and truces for that matter,” added al Mesmari to Egypt Today.

The LNA forces accepted earlier a two-day truce in Tripoli due to Eid al Adha feast.
Al Mesmari has previously said that the LNA put on halt all the military operations in Tripoli city, warning that any attempts to breach the truce in order to secure positions by the armed militias backing Tripoli government will be met by strong response.

The UN mission in Libya (UNSMIL) earlier on Friday called on the Tripoli government and the eastern-based Libyan National Army (LNA) to allow a ceasefire during the Eid holiday which started in Libya on Saturday and ends on Tuesday.

The ceasefire would also include a ban on airstrikes, the Tripoli-based government said in a statement, citing humanitarian grounds for the move.
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8/11/2019 11:22:36 PM
<![CDATA[Shooting at Norway mosque to be investigated as possible act of terrorism: police]]>
“We’re investigating this as an attempt at carrying out an act of terrorism,” assistant chief of police Rune Skjold told a news conference.
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8/11/2019 2:40:35 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi inspects greenhouses' project at Mohamed Naguib military base]]>
Shortly after performing Eid al-Adha prayers, Sisi head to Massa Alamein resort as he took a tour their and briefed on the progress of construction operation in Alamein City.
According to MENA news agency Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli, Minister of Defense Mohamed Zaki and a number of ministers accompanied the president during his tour in the Mediterranean Sea resort.

Presidential Spokesman Ambassador Bassam Radhi said President Sisi was given a detailed explanation on the parts of the resort.

The president watched a documentary on the project.

Also, he got posted on the progress of the construction operation in Alamein City, including Massa resort, the residential towers, shopping mall, Massa mosque, the largest hotel in the North Coast, as well as the marina zone.
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8/11/2019 2:31:13 PM
<![CDATA[In Pics: Sisi visits Massa Alamein resort, follow up on construction progress]]>
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According to MENA news agency Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli, Minister of Defense Mohamed Zaki and a number of ministers accompanied the president during his tour in the Mediterranean Sea resort.


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Presidential Spokesman Ambassador Bassam Radhi said President Sisi was given a detailed explanation on the parts of the resort.

The president watched a documentary on the project.

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Also, he got posted on the progress of the construction operation in Alamein City, including Massa resort, the residential towers, shopping mall, Massa mosque, the largest hotel in the North Coast, as well as the marina zone.

Earlier on Sunday, President Sisi extended his best wishes to the Egyptians, congratulating them on Eid al-Adha.
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On his official Twitter account, president Sisi said “I congratulate the great Egyptian people on the occasion of Eid al-Adha. May Allah sends his blessings of it [the feast] on every Egyptian family with goodness, compassion and tolerance.”



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8/11/2019 2:19:17 PM
<![CDATA[First Lady wishes Egyptians a Happy Eid al-Adha]]>


“Happy many returns of Edi al-Adha days for the great people of Egypt. It [the feast] carries through its blessed days the pleasure and upgrades our values of compassion and tolerance. May Allah sends the feast blessings of grace on us and Egypt,” she said on her official Facebook page on Sunday.

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi extended his best wishes to the Egyptians, congratulating them on Eid al-Adha.

On his official Twitter account, president Sisi said “I congratulate the great Egyptian people on the occasion of Eid al-Adha. May Allah sends his blessings of it [the feast] on every Egyptian family with goodness, compassion and tolerance.”

Two days ago, President Sisi sent, via state's embassies and consulates around the globe, cables of greetings to Egyptian expats on the religious occasion.

Eid al-Adha, or the Grand Feast for the Muslims all over the world, is one of the two most important Islamic holidays. It lasts for four days and honors the willingness of Prophet Abraham to sacrifice his first-born son, Ismail, as an act of submission to God’s command.
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8/11/2019 10:31:31 AM
<![CDATA[In Pics: Egyptians perform Eid al-Adha prayer]]>
Egyptians are performing Eid- al-Adha prayer at Moustafa Mahmoud Mosque in Mohandessin district of Giza on August 11,2019- Egypt Today- Maher Iskander
Egyptians are performing Eid- al-Adha prayer at Moustafa Mahmoud Mosque in Mohandessin district of Giza on August 11,2019- Egypt Today/ Maher Iskander





Egyptians are performing Eid al-Adha prayer at Al-Azhar Mosque in Old Cairo on August 11, 2019- Egypt Today- Karim Abdel-Aziz.
Egyptians are performing Eid al-Adha prayer at Al-Azhar Mosque in Old Cairo on August 11, 2019- Egypt Today/ Karim Abdel-Aziz.


The Ministry of Endowment has allocated a total of 6,505 areas for performing the prayer and appointed 13,000 Imams to give the Eid sermons nationwide. Some of the allocated praying areas were set in vicinity of some churches.

A pigeon flies over Egyptian payers during performing Eid al-Adha prayer at Amr bin Al-Aas Mosque in Old Cairo on August 11,2019- Egypt Today- Hussein Tallal
A pigeon flies over Egyptian payers during performing Eid al-Adha prayer at Amr bin Al-Aas Mosque in Old Cairo on August 11,2019- Egypt Today/ Hussein Tallal



A father plays with his baby after performing Eid al-Adha prayer at Al-Azhar Mosque in Old Cairo on August 11, 2019- Egypt Today- Karim Abdel-Aziz.
A father plays with his baby after performing Eid al-Adha prayer at Al-Azhar Mosque in Old Cairo on August 11, 2019- Egypt Today/ Karim Abdel-Aziz.


After the prayer, the Egyptians greet each other and give the children gifts of sweets and money.

Girls enjoy Eid al-Adha happiness and joy after performing Eid prayer at Al-Azhar Mosque in Old Cairo on August 11, 2019- Egypt Today- Karim Abdel-Aziz.
Girls enjoy Eid al-Adha happiness and joy after performing Eid prayer at Al-Azhar Mosque in Old Cairo on August 11, 2019- Egypt Today/ Karim Abdel-Aziz.


African students of al-Azhar waiting for Eid al-Adha prayer at Al-Azhar Mosque in Old Cairo on August 11, 2019- Egypt Today- Karim Abdel-Aziz.
African students of al-Azhar waiting for Eid al-Adha prayer at Al-Azhar Mosque in Old Cairo on August 11, 2019- Egypt Today/ Karim Abdel-Aziz.


President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi along with a number of ministers and statesmen, performed Eid prayer at Massa Mosque in New Alamein City.

A boy plays with a balloon after thousands of Egyptians performed Eid al-Adha prayer at Al-Azhar Mosque in Old Cairo on August 11, 2019- Egypt Today- Karim Abdel-Azizi
A boy plays with a balloon after thousands of Egyptians performed Eid al-Adha prayer at Al-Azhar Mosque in Old Cairo on August 11, 2019- Egypt Today/ Karim Abdel-Azizi



Egyptians are performing Eid al-Adha prayer at Amr bin Al-Aas Mosque in Old Cairo on August 11,2019- Egypt Today- Hussein Tallal
Egyptians are performing Eid al-Adha prayer at Amr bin Al-Aas Mosque in Old Cairo on August 11,2019- Egypt Today/ Hussein Tallal


Eid al-Adha lasts for four days and honors the willingness of Prophet Abraham to sacrifice his first-born son, Ismail, as an act of submission to God’s command.

A street vendor sells grilled sweet potatoes to Egyptians after Eid al-Adha prayer outside Moustafa Mahmoud mosque in Giza on August 11,2019- Egypt Today- Maher Iskander
A street vendor sells grilled sweet potatoes to Egyptians after Eid al-Adha prayer outside Moustafa Mahmoud mosque in Giza on August 11,2019- Egypt Today/ Maher Iskander


Egyptian women perform Eid- al-Adha prayer at Moustafa Mahmoud Mosque in Mohandessin of Giza on August 11,2019- Egypt Today- Maher Iskander
Egyptian women perform Eid- al-Adha prayer at Moustafa Mahmoud Mosque in Mohandessin district of Giza on August 11,2019- Egypt Today/ Maher Iskander

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8/11/2019 9:43:33 AM
<![CDATA[Sisi extends best wishes to Egyptians for Eid al-Adha]]>
On his official Twitter account, president Sisi said “I congratulate the great Egyptian people on the occasion of Eid al-Adha. May Allah sends his blessings of it [the feast] on every Egyptian family with goodness, compassion and tolerance.”

Two days ago, President Sisi sent, via state's embassies and consulates around the globe, cables of greetings to Egyptian expats on the religious occasion.

Eid al-Adha, or the Grand Feast for the Muslims all over the world, is one of the two most important Islamic holidays. It lasts for four days and honors the willingness of Prophet Abraham to sacrifice his first-born son, Ismail, as an act of submission to God’s command.
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8/11/2019 7:58:30 AM
<![CDATA[Sudan’s FFC delegation arrives in Egypt to discuss political developments]]>
The delegation that represents the main opposition power in Sudan included several leaders such as Omar al Dakir, Ali Reih Sanhouri, Madani Abbas, Babikr Faisal, Wagdy Saleh, and Kamal Ismail.

The group was preceded by another political delegation and a part of the FFC alliance, Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF) delegation that arrived in Egypt on Friday. The SRF delegation includes main opposition leaders Minni Arkou Minnawi, Jibril Ibrahim, Malik Agar, Yasir Arman, and El Hadi Idris, according to Egyptian officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they are not authorized to brief the media.

The SRF is one of the Forces of Freedom and Change (FFC) alliance, which was calling for the end of ousted President Omar al-Bashir’s regime.

Sudan's military rulers and the FFC coalition reached an agreement paving the way for a new transitional government on August 3, under the supervision of the African Union.

The agreement, which outlines the shape of the transitional government, was brokered by the African Union and neighboring Ethiopia in talks that were sometimes suspended because of street violence in Khartoum and other cities.

In a region already riven by conflict, Sudan has been in a state of turmoil since the army ousted Bashir in April, with dozens of demonstrators killed during mass protests.

The main opposition coalition, the Forces of Freedom and Change (FFC), welcomed the agreement as a "first step with more to follow" and pledged to complete the journey to "freedom, peace, and justice" in Sudan.

Sudan has witnessed a country-wide anti-government protest that ended with the ouster of President Omar al Bashir in April.
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8/11/2019 1:22:14 AM
<![CDATA[One person injured in shooting at Norway mosque]]>
The suspected shooter at the al-Noor Islamic Centre near the country's capital was described as "a young white man", the police added. ]]>
8/10/2019 8:01:48 PM
<![CDATA[Security forces seize more than 20K kg of hash ahead of Eid al-Adha]]>
The police arrested 52 drug dealers in 13 governorates, namely Cairo, Menoufia, Matrouh, Beheira, Qalyubia, Ismailia, Alexandria, Suez, Dakahlia, Port Said, Minya, Qena, and Sharkia, the statement said.

The security forces seized 20,675 kilograms of hash, 1,370 kg opium, 8,020 kg of Strox, 275 gram of Heroin, and 825 gram of Hemp, according to the statement.

Egyptian security forces were deployed in vital places nationwide to secure the Egyptians’ celebration, according to another statement issued by the ministries of defense and interior on Thursday.

The ministry intensified presence of security forces around public areas, such as parks, cinemas and famous commercial centers to deal immediately and decisively with any attempt to disturb the celebrations of citizens.

Eid al-Adha, or the Grand Feast, is one of the two most important Islamic holidays. It lasts for four days and honors the willingness of Prophet Abraham to sacrifice his first-born son, Ismail, as an act of submission to God’s command.
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8/10/2019 4:16:16 PM
<![CDATA[In Pics: Muslim pilgrims pray on Mount Arafat in Mecca]]>
Going up the Mount of Mercy is an essential ritual of the Islamic Pilgrimage (Hajj) as the pilgrims should ascend it on the 9th of Dhu al-Hijjah month (the 12nd months of Islamic Calendar), ahead of a four-day celebration of al-Adha Feast.

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A Muslim pilgrim prays on Mount of Mercy in Arafat ahead of the Eid al-Adha festival in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia August 10, 2019. REUTERS/Waleed Ali


The sanctity of the granite mount for Muslims comes when Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) delivered his farewell sermon for pilgrims some 1,400 years ago, calling for equality and unity among Muslims.

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Muslim pilgrims, some holding parasols, pray on Mount of Mercy in Arafat ahead of the Eid al-Adha festival in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia August 10, 2019. REUTERS/Waleed Ali


The Mount was given the name of “Arafat”, an Arabic word that means acquaintance and get together as Muslims from different parts of the world gather and acquaint each other.

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Muslim pilgrims pray outside Namira Mosque on the plains of Arafat during the annual haj pilgrimage, outside the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia August 10, 2019. REUTERS/Umit Bektas


Furthermore, other Muslim scholars believe that the mount was named Arafat because it was the place where Adam and Eve met after descending from Heaven.

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A Muslim pilgrim prays on Mount of Mercy in Arafat ahead of the Eid al-Adha festival in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia August 10, 2019. REUTERS/Waleed Ali


On the following day, Muslims in Mecca and around the globe celebrate Eid al-Adha, the Grand Feast, and one of the two most important Islamic holidays.

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A Muslim pilgrim prays on Mount of Mercy in Arafat ahead of the Eid al-Adha festival in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia August 10, 2019. REUTERS/Waleed Ali


Eid al-Adha lasts for four days and honors the willingness of Prophet Abraham to sacrifice his first-born son, Ismail, as an act of submission to God’s command.

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Muslim pilgrims leave after a pray outside Namira Mosque on the plains of Arafat during the annual haj pilgrimage, outside the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia August 10, 2019. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

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8/10/2019 2:27:20 PM
<![CDATA[CFDL sets up hotline to monitor, document sexual harassment in Eid]]>
The CFDL established a hotline on 01210009192 to provide the legal assistance and complaints from the sexual harassment survivors, the center announced in a statement on Saturday.

“The center receives testimonies on ccd.eg2010@gmail.com, and through our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/CCD.egy ,” the statement read.

Two days ago, Egypt's National Council for Women announced that it set up a hotline on 15115 to receive any possible sexual violation cases durinf the Eid.

Last year, Complaints against sexual harassment incidents witnessed a severe decline during Eid al-Adha, according to Head of the Complaints Office Manager of the National Council for Women (NCW).
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8/10/2019 2:11:57 PM
<![CDATA[Grand Imam greets Sisi, Islamic nation on Eid]]>
Also called the "Festival of the Sacrifice", Eid al-Adha is the second of two Islamic holidays celebrated worldwide each year (the other being Eid al-Fitr), and considered the holier of the two.

Tayeb also extended his sincere greetings to the Arab and Islamic nations on the occasion.

He further urged all Arab and Muslim nations to avoid division, hoping that peace and stability would prevail in Egypt.
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8/10/2019 1:31:18 PM
<![CDATA[At least 22 killed, 47 injured in Myanmar landslide]]>
"So far we have found 22 bodies and 47 injured people," said local administrator Myo Min Tun.

Officials believe up to 100 people could still be missing.

Around 89,000 people have been displaced by floods in recent weeks, although many have since been able to return home, according to the UN's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.]]>
8/10/2019 12:41:05 PM
<![CDATA[193k feddans, 3.5M m² recovered from squatters ]]>
That is part of the 13th round of a campaign aimed at the restoration of state-owned lands encroached upon and that was launched in 2017 by President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi.

The round, which kicked off on July 1, has recovered until present around a million feddans of agricultural lands and about 140 million square meters of building lands.

The committee has received more than 272,000 requests by squatters to legalize their acquisition of the lands in accordance to law. Hence, concerned bodies signed 3,000 contracts with some squatters.

By July, the Nile Protection and Development Sector at the Ministry of Irrigation and Water Resources removed 23 encroachments along the Nile River in six governorates that are Kafr El Sheikh, Menya, Sohag, Damietta, Gharbeya, and Beheira.

Subsequently, the total number of cleared away encroachments along the Nile River has become 46,306 out of 52,777 cases detected since January 5, 2015 in the 16 governorates lying on the banks of the Nile River.
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8/10/2019 11:30:00 AM
<![CDATA[17 consumer complexes to be developed in Upper Egypt]]>
Consumer complexes are supermarkets owned by public companies to sell subsidized goods to citizens. Fifty-seven out of 153 consumer complexes owned by the company have been already developed.

The Egyptian Company for Wholesale is a subsidiary of Food Industries Holding Company SAE affiliated to the Ministry of Supply and Internal Trade.

In July, the Ministry of Supply and Internal Trade announced it will finish the modernization of the offices offering services to ration card holders in two years.

Those offices are being equipped with computers, photocopiers, scanners, fax machines, AC, waiting halls, and queue number machines. The offices will provide services to the in-kind subsidies recipients only, as they used to serve the retailers offering the subsidized goods as well.

The Ministry of Supply and Internal Trade started in March preparing a list of citizens to be discarded from the database of in-kind subsidies recipients, as those would be gradually excluded starting April.

That is the second phase of an initiative that targets to limit granting in-kind subsidies to citizens who are really in need.

Each of the following elements incurs elimination from the database

Consumption of more than 650 kilowatts per month.

The mobile phone monthly bill exceeds LE 800.

Payment of more than LE 30,000 per academic year for every child.

Ownership of a fancy car or a car of a model not older than 2014.

High-ranking position at work.

Egyptian citizens who work abroad.

Prisoners who are serving a final sentence that can no longer be appealed and who are no longer eligible for retrial.
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8/10/2019 11:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[More than 2 million Muslims flock to Mecca for Hajj]]>(Pilgrimage) approached its peak on Saturday.

Security authorities organized the roads and guided pilgrims in order to ensure their safe passage, the Saudi state news agency reported.

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The second day of Hajj is known as the Day of Arafat when the pilgrims travel to the mountain. (Arab News/ Ali Khamg)

Various Saudi government sectors have also offered hair, catering and medical services to worshippers.

Hajj is an Islamic pilgrimage that takes the faithful along a path traversed by Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) some 1,400 years ago.

On Friday, pilgrims circled the the holy Kaaba in Mecca, Islam’s holiest site.

Last year, 2.4 million people took part in the hajj.

Hajj pilgrims arrived at Mina late on Friday where they remained in the city until sunrise on the second day of Hajj and then traveled to Mount Arafat an area about 20 kilometers (12 miles) east of Mecca.]]>
8/10/2019 10:16:28 AM
<![CDATA[Sisi extends his greetings to Egyptian expats on Eid al-Adha]]>
Via the state's embassies and consulates around the globe, President Sisi sent cables of greetings to Egyptian expats on the religious occasion.

Eid al-Adha, or the Grand Feast for the Muslims all over the world, is one of the two most important Islamic holidays. It lasts for four days and honors the willingness of Prophet Abraham to sacrifice his first-born son, Ismail, as an act of submission to God’s command.
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8/9/2019 4:45:10 PM
<![CDATA[Giza allocates some 528 spaces for Eid prayers]]>
He added that security bodies are on full alert to secure those spaces, noting that the General Authority for Cleanliness and Beautification was assigned to intensify clean-up campaigns in the vicinity of mosques and public squares, as well as gardens, parks and surrounding places.

Rashed revealed that he directed all heads of neighborhoods, townships and cities to pay field visits, with a view to following up the cleaning conditions, in addition to stepping up campaigns to remove encroachments during the Eid days.

He pointed out that the civil protection department will deploy fire engines next to popular mosques, public parks and gardens overlooking the River Nile, besides archaeological areas and hotels.

All hospitals in the governorate were put on high alert to deal with any cases during the Eid holiday, the governor said]]>
8/9/2019 4:36:56 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt Intensifies security presence ahead of Eid al-Adha]]>
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Egyptian security forces were deployed in vital places nationwide to secure the Egyptians’ celebration of Eid al-Adha- Press photo


The ministry intensified presence of security forces around public areas, such as parks, cinemas and famous commercial centers to deal immediately and decisively with any attempt to disturb the celebrations of citizens.

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Egyptian security forces were deployed in vital places nationwide to secure the Egyptians’ celebration of Eid al-Adha- press photo


The intensified security will be deployed in all vital and important national installations and foreign embassies in the country and doubling patrols and security, the statement added.

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Egyptian security forces were deployed in vital places nationwide to secure the Egyptians’ celebration of Eid al-Adha- press photo


Eid al-Adha, or the Grand Feast, is one of the two most important Islamic holidays. It lasts for four days and honors the willingness of Prophet Abraham to sacrifice his first-born son, Ismail, as an act of submission to God’s command.




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8/9/2019 4:19:18 PM
<![CDATA[Whale in Northern coast of Egypt not predator: Ministry]]>
“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 on Thursday.

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.

Small whales often lose the way of the associated school and may stay for few days or a couple of weeks in coastal areas until they return to the deep water, the statement said. Whales could be found in northern African country’s water as it is warmer in the summer following the mating season in the spring, added.

Eleven types of cetaceans were monitored in the Eastern area of the Mediterranean by the Egyptian ministry, the statement said.
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8/9/2019 2:12:43 PM
<![CDATA[Health Ministry declares emergency in hospitals ahead of Adha celebrations]]>
The ministry said it declared a state of emergency in various hospitals to receive all cases during the four-day Eid.

An operation room will be opened throughout the Eid period, to provide assistance to all those suffering health troubles, the ministry said.

The ministry is coordinating with the Egyptian Ambulance Authority and critical care authority to implement the medical plan set to secure the Eid celebrations.

Eid El-Adha is the most significant feast for Muslims worldwide. El-Adha marks the end of Hajj (pilgrimage) to the holy city of Mecca.

Muslims celebrate Eid Al-Adha every year, honoring the obedience of Prophet Ibrahim to God when Ibrahim was ordered to sacrifice his son Ismail. God provided Ibrahim with a ram to sacrifice instead just before Ibrahim sacrificed his son.

In Islam, the sacrificed animal during Al-Adha is divided into parts, in order for the animal’s owner to be able to give a share of the meat to the needy people.]]>
8/9/2019 1:14:44 PM
<![CDATA[Explosions rock Turkish ammunition depot near Syria]]>
Nearby homes were evacuated but there were no reports of casualties.

The cause of the blasts was not immediately clear.

Emergency services had sealed off the area.

The main highway running north from Reyhanli and other nearby roads were closed to traffic after the blasts]]>
8/9/2019 12:23:38 PM
<![CDATA[Recorded phone call among National Cancer Institute explosion’s evidences ]]>e blast, which killed nearly 22 civilians.

In the phone call, recorded by terrorist, Husam Adel Ahmed, both of Fugitive “Mohamed Ayesh”, and Abdul Rahman’s brother “Ibrahim Khaled” were discussing about the current location of Abdul Rahman.

Ibrahim told Ayesh that his brother called him during the last period from unknown number and asked him not to call, and that he will be reaching out for him from time to time.

Here is the full recorded of the phone call between terrorists Ibrahim and Ayesh

Hello

Hello

May peace be upon you

Peace, mercy and blessings of God be upon you

Hey Hamada

What?

Is this Ibrahim?

Yes, its I brahim

How are you, man? Do you know who you’re talking to?

Mohamed Ayesh? What?

Yes, this is Mohamed Ayesh

Hey Hamada

How are you, Hima?

Good, how about you?

Fine

Ask about who?

Your brother

I didn’t call him. I can’t reach him. I dont know how to call him.

I dont have a telegram.

We were together this Saturday

I told him to download telegram for me.

He avoided doing that

He told okay and stuff

And then we left without downloading it

So I don’t have telegram so I can’t reach him

He called me from a regular phone number and told me don’t call me on it

I will call you

He told me don’t try to call me

Okay

Hello?

Hello?




Egypt’s ministry of interior has identified the terrorist who was involved in the National Cancer Institute explosion, killing nearly 22 civilian last Sunday night.

In a Thursday statement, Egypt’s Ministry of Interior announced that the terrorist behind the National Cancer Institute explosion’s name was “Abdul Rahman Khaled Mahmoud”, aged 24 years old. Mahmoud was a resident of Fayoum governorate and wanted for being involved in another terrorism cases since 2018.

The investigations also led the authorities to other terrorist elements affiliated with Hasm terrorist group, of which Mahmoud was a member of it.

The identified terrorist elements include: Husam Adel Ahmed Mohamed, Abul Rahman Gomaa, Ibrahim Khaled Mahmoud, Ahmed Mohamed Abdul Rahman,Mohamed Ayesh and Islam Mohamed.

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8/8/2019 10:31:35 PM
<![CDATA[National Cancer Institute explosion’s terrorist identified, 13 terrorist killed]]>
In a Thursday statement, The Ministry of Interior said that the terrorist name was Abdul Rahman Khaled Mahmoud, aged 24 years old. Mahmoud was a resident of Fayoum governorate and wanted for being involved in another terrorism cases since 2018.

The investigations also led the authorities to other terrorist elements affiliated with Hasm terrorist group, of which Mahmoud was a member of it.

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The identified terrorist elements include: Husam Adel Ahmed Mohamed, Abul Rahman Gomaa, Ibrahim Khaled Mahmoud, Ahmed Mohamed Abdul Rahman,Mohamed Ayesh and Islam Mohamed.

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Both of Ibrahim Khaled and Islam Mohamed were killed during an attempt to escape from the authorities while arresting them.

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The investigations also led the police forces to two locations were Hasm terrorist hide in both of Fayoum and Cairo governorates.

During storming the first shelter of the terrorists In Fayoum, the criminals tried to target the police forces by explosive devices; however after exchanging fire with them, eight terrorist elements were announced killed.

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The second shelter of terrorist was in Shorouk neighborhood northeast of Cairo. After storming the location by the security forces and exchanging fire with the criminals, seven terrorists were announced killed.

Number of guns and automatic rifles up to 10 were found in both shelters along with other explosives devices.

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On Sunday, August 8, a wrong-way driving car crashed into three other vehicles, causing a huge explosion outside the Cairo-University affiliated National Cancer Institute in Giza. The number of victims rose to 22 people according to Health Ministry.

Egypt’s Ministry of Interior revealed on Monday that one of the cars involved in the tragic car accident, was carrying explosives.

The statement added that Hasm terrorist group affiliated with the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group is behind the incident, as they were preparing the car to take part in another terrorist attack later. The statement didn’t reveal further details regarding the terrorist attack Hasm was planning to do.

Hasm is an Islamist militant group operating in Egypt. In Arabic, the word “Hasm” means decisiveness. It also stands for Ḥarakat Sawa'd Miṣr (Arms of Egypt Movement). Hasm has been associated with nearly every terrorist attack in Egypt during the last year.

Hasm group is supposedly linked to the Muslim Brotherhood, a group which is deemed illegal in Egypt.


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8/8/2019 8:54:43 PM
<![CDATA[BREAKING: Egypt’s authorities identify National Cancer Institute explosion’s terrorist ]]>CAIRO- 8 August 2019: Egypt’s ministry of interior has identified the terrorist who is involved in the National Cancer Institute explosion, killing nearly 22 civilian last Sunday night, according to security sources.

Further details are expected to follow in an official statement by ministry of interior within the coming hours.

Number of Cancer Institute explosion victims rises to 22

CAIRO - 6 August 2019: The number of the National Cancer Institute explosion victims rose by two to become 22 instead of 20, a source at the Forensic Medicine Authority told Al-Watan newspaper on Tuesday. The source affirmed that the authority received 10 bodies in the morning from Al-Qasr Al-Ainy Hospital, and 12 bodies on Monday from Nasser Institute for Research and Treatment.





Explosives found in one of National Cancer Institute incident's cars: Min.

CAIRO - 5 August 2019: Egypt's Ministry of Interior revealed that one of the cars involved in the tragic car accident that took place Sunday night by The National Cancer Institute, killing 20 people, was carrying explosives.




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8/8/2019 7:26:27 PM
<![CDATA[BREAKING: group of terrorists killed in Fayoum ]]>CAIRO- 8 August 2019: A group of terrorists were killed in fire exchange with security forces in Fayoum governorate, south of Cairo, on Thursday, according to security sources.

Further details to follow
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8/8/2019 7:21:23 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt, Greece hold naval drills in Mediterranean waters]]>
The drills come as part the Armed Forces General Command's plan to boost military cooperation with all friendly and brotherly countries.

The wargames include a number of training activities. ]]>
8/8/2019 5:51:19 PM
<![CDATA[Gov’t ratifies compensation to Cairo blast victims]]>
Compensation worth LE 100,000 will be given to the family of each victim, and each injured suffering a total disability.

The value of the compensation provided to each injured who will receive a long-term treatment at the hospital is LE 50,000. The injured whose treatment will not last for more than 72 hours will receive LE 5,000.

In the cabinet’s weekly meeting, Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouli and the ministers observed a moment of silence for the victims of the explosion.

Late on August 4, an explosion took place on the street where the National Cancer Institute lies in Cairo’s Manial neighborhood. The institute’s building was damaged by the blast that killed 22 and injured 47. None of the patients or medical staff members was harmed. However, the patients have been moved to other hospitals.

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8/8/2019 5:43:12 PM
<![CDATA[Slaughterhouses available for free use in Eid al-Adha]]>
The Supreme Council for Planning and Urban Development approved on Tuesday the establishment of the National Project for Poultry Investment across nine zones located in the governorates of Luxor, New Valley, North Sinai, and Qena.

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A boy waits for customers at a cattle market in Al Manashi village, ahead of the Muslim festival of sacrifice Eid al-Adha, in Giza, on the outskirts of Cairo, Egypt August 8, 2019. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany


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

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

Egypt has adopted the strategy of sustainable agricultural development 2030 aimed at increasing the state’s production to reach nearly 2 million tons annually and raise the average per capita consumption from 13 kg to 18.5 kg / year.

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Boys wait for customers at a cattle market in Al Manashi village, ahead of the Muslim festival of sacrifice Eid al-Adha, in Giza, on the outskirts of Cairo, Egypt August 8, 2019. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany
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8/8/2019 5:38:46 PM
<![CDATA[Foreign plane destroyed in Misrata cost militias $900M: LNA]]>

In a press conference, Mismari said the plane had been targeted after its cargo was unloaded in the airport. The cargo plane illegally carried weapons, according to media reports.

News claiming that the foreign plane was carrying civilian objects circulated, but we were present when the cargo was being unloaded; the plane was carrying military stuff, shipped to Misrata, Mismari said.

He added that this came in violation of the international law, the resolutions of the Security Council and the outcome of the political agreement on disbanding the militias and halting their funding.

"The plane cost the terrorist organizations $900 million, and I confirm that it was carrying air defense materials," Mismari said, adding that all the leaders of terrorism were "very upset".
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8/8/2019 3:50:58 PM
<![CDATA[300k families to join Takaful and Karama program: official]]>
Deputy Minister of Social Solidarity Nevin Kabbaj said that the ministry could restore LE 114 million, which were spent on families that should have not been included in the program.The ministry also managed to seize LE 2 billion before being squandered, according to Kabbaj

The official said in a statement that the total beneficiaries of Takaful and Karama reached 2.2 million families by the end of 2018, in addition to 1.2 million families benefiting from social security.

Takaful and Karama conditional and unconditional cash transfer program is one of Egypt’s largest investments in human capital development. It was launched in 2015 with the support of a $400 million World Bank program,according to the World Bank website.

Takaful and Karama program is implemented by the Ministry of Social Solidarity and has covered to date 2.26 million households which amount to approximately 9.4 million individuals, or approximately 10 percent of Egypt’s population.

The program provides conditional family income support aimed at increasing food consumption, reducing poverty, while encouraging families to keep children at school and providing them with needed health care.

Along with ensuring vulnerable families receive basic nutrition, the goal is to build the human capital of the next generation and give them a path out of poverty.

The program is "conditional", meaning that households receive a monthly transfer of LE 325 providing they are compliant with certain clearly defined requirements.

These include all household children should age from 6 to 18 and have at least an 80 percent school attendance record, four visits per year to health clinics by mothers and children below the age of 6, where child growth monitoring records are maintained, and nutrition awareness sessions are attended.

The sessions help promote better child feeding practices, regular immunizations, and antenatal and postnatal care of women. Households are given additional support for every 0-6 year-old child (LE 60), primary student (LE 80), preparatory stage student (LE 100) and secondary stage students (LE 140).

The program covers a maximum of 3 children per household and recertifies beneficiaries every 3 years. There are 1,962,785 households enrolled in Takaful (which amount to approximately 8,341,836 individuals or 87 percent of the program’s total households).

Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli said in July the government will continue to support social protection programs and the subsidy system, while establishing an accurate and sound database to determine the real beneficiaries.

This came during the second session of the simulation model of the Egyptian state at the seventh National Youth Conference. The session focused on the issues of social protection, terrorism, security challenges, and regional unrest. ]]>
8/8/2019 3:03:06 PM
<![CDATA[Church to help fund Cancer Institute renovation after blast: Pope]]>
A total of 22 people were killed and 47 were injured in the blast. None of the patients or medical staff members was harmed. However, the patients have been moved to other hospitals.

The head of the Coptic Orthodox Church expressed his condolences to the families of the victims of the explosion.

The National Cancer Institute is one of the most important state buildings, and we applaud the efforts of the state and all its institutions in dealing with the painful incident, the pope said.

The pope also thanked the United Arab Emirates, as Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Zayed donated LE 50 million to renovate the building.

Additionally, a number of Egyptian public figures announced donating for the restoration works: Businessman Hisham Talaat Mostafa donated LE 10 million, Dar Al-Orman Association donated LE 10 million, the Ministry of Social Solidarity allocated LE 5 million from the budget of Nasser Social Bank to the restoration of the building, businessman Naguib Sawiris donated LE 1 million, businessman Ahmed Abou Hashima donated LE 1 million, Garhy Steel donated LE 3 million, and businessman Mohamed Aboul Enein announced he would donate any quantity of ceramic needed.

The explosion occurred because of a car that contained explosives and drove wrong-way to crash into three other cars in front of the building, according to the Interior Ministry. The car was on its way to launch a terror attack elsewhere, the Ministry of Interior stated.

The ministry held Hasm terror group responsible for the incident. Hasm, Arabic for decisiveness, is believed to be affiliated with the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood. The statement did not reveal further details regarding the terrorist attack Hasm was planning to do.]]>
8/8/2019 2:59:53 PM
<![CDATA[PM chairs cabinet meeting in New Alamein]]>
The meeting tackled reports on a number of national and development projects in a number of governorates.

The cabinet is also following up putting into effect President Abdel Fattah El Sisi's directives concerning the social protection program and development realized in the health, education and transport sectors.

The talks also tackled programs for supporting low-income brackets and securing basic commodities at suitable prices.

The premier will inspect after the meeting a number of projects in the new Alamein city]]>
8/8/2019 12:54:40 PM
<![CDATA[Sonic boom may be heard during air forces training Thursday: Army]]>
Sonic boom is a thunder-like sound that can be heard when aircraft travel faster than the speed of sound.

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8/8/2019 11:48:37 AM
<![CDATA[Samsung introduces long awaited Galaxy Note10]]>
The Galaxy Note10 opens up the Note to users who want the power of the S Pen and ultimate productivity in a compact form factor, packing a 6.3-inch Cinematic Infinity Display into the most compact Note yet. The Galaxy Note10+ features the biggest Note display ever with a 6.8-inch Cinematic Infinity Display on a device that’s still easy to hold and easy to use.

The Galaxy Note10 features the award-winning Dynamic AMOLED display. With HDR10+ certification and Dynamic Tone Mapping, photos and videos are brighter than previous Note devices, and feature a stunning, wide color range.]]>
8/8/2019 11:22:08 AM
<![CDATA[Egyptian killed in Milan, murderer still unidentified]]>
The Italian police have not yet identified the murderer but have arrested the flat owner, an Egyptian national, on suspicion of killing Milad Gerges, 47.

Eyewitnesses said that they could recognize an argument inside the apartment, where the victim was stabbed, among six people.

Preliminary investigation indicates that Gerges was stabbed inside the apartment but could move to the building's entrance before he died of wounds. Investigations are still ongoing.
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8/7/2019 10:27:38 PM
<![CDATA[Cancer Institute to resume full operation after Eid el-Adha]]>
Restoration works started a few hours after the explosion that hit the institute’s building late on August 4, and they are taking place in operating theatres and waiting halls. Aboul Kassem said on August 7 that patients who were transferred to other hospitals will return after Eid, and that some parts of the building will be fully restored within 30-45 days.

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Workers participating in the restoration works of the National Cancer Institute after hit by explosion. August 7, 2019. Egypt Today/Amr Mostafa

Although many public figures announced donating to the institute, Aboul Kassem revealed that funds from only two donations have been officially received, in addition to some other amounts. The official added that some firms volunteered to paint the building.

The institute’s building was damaged by an explosion that killed 22 and injured 47. None of the patients or medical staff members was harmed. However, the patients have been moved to other hospitals.

The explosion occurred because of a car that contained explosives and drove wrong-way to crash into three other cars in front of the building. The car was on its way to launch a terror attack elsewhere. The Ministry of Interior held Hasm terror group responsible for the incident. Hasm, Arabic for decisiveness, is affiliated with the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood. The statement did not reveal further details regarding the terrorist attack Hasm was planning to do. ]]>
8/7/2019 4:26:30 PM
<![CDATA[Assar probes with Chinese amb joint cooperation]]>
A statement issued by the Ministry of Military Production said the two sides reiterated the importance of cooperation between military production companies and Chinese firms in various domains in a way that would benefit the two sides.

They also discussed cooperation in the fields of manufacturing electric cars, establishment of a complex for producing solar energy panels, projects for solar energy and infrastructure, transfer of technology of smart water, gas, electricity meters.

The meeting touched on means to open new fruitful cooperation in manufacturing household appliances, optical fibers and security devices along with cooperation in technical and vocational training and defensive and civilian industries in line with the most up-to-date technologies.

The Chinese ambassador, for his part, praised the potentials and expertise of the Military Production Ministry and Egypt's interest in issuing laws for investment, trade and industry contributing to attracting more international companies to invest in Egypt.

The Chinese diplomat expressed happiness over cooperation between Chinese companies and the military production firms to encourage more Chinese companies to launch joint partnerships with the military production ministry.

They agreed to exchange visits by technical delegations from the ministry and Chinese companies to pave the way for more future successes. ]]>
8/7/2019 4:05:50 PM
<![CDATA[Construction of Africa’s 1st vertical forest blocks to begin in 2020 ]]>
Each of the three cube-shaped blocks will be 30 meters high and will house seven floors, 350 trees, and 14,000 shrubs of over 100 species. “Each tower of trees aims to provide its human residents with an average of two trees, eight shrubs and 40 bushes each,” as reported by CNN.

Boeri has been designing the blocks in collaboration with Egyptian designer Shimaa Shalash and Italian landscape architect Laura Gatti. Shalash told CNN that execution of the project is set to start in 2020 and finish in 2 years. One of the three buildings will be an energy self-sufficient hotel, while the other two will contain residential apartments.

“Each apartment will have its own balcony with a range of plant species suited to the local climate, planted at various heights and to bloom at different times to provide a lush appearance year round. Plants at every level will provide natural shading and improve the surrounding air quality by absorbing an estimated 7 tons of carbon dioxide and producing 8 tons of oxygen per year,” CNN reported.

Shalash and colleagues explained to CNN that the project - owned by a private real estate developer - is part of a bigger plan to introduce “thousands of green flat roofs and a system of "green corridors" in the city.”
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8/7/2019 3:26:45 PM
<![CDATA[Presidential spokesperson reveals main axes of priority in Africa]]>
During his phone call on Manshet channel, Rady added that the axes include economic integration, continental integration, economic and social development, institutional reform of the African union, cooperation with international friends of the African continent, and peace and security.

Rady added that Egypt has started working on these axes since the beginning of 2019 under the guidance of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, adding that Egypt has exerted great efforts in the political aspects of the Libyan and Sudanese crises as well as in the field of health. Egypt has launched a campaign to detect and treat 1 million Africans of Virus C.

"Egypt has provided with African countries great experience and presented many projects to connect electricity in many neighboring African countries," he said. Radi also highlighted the significance of Aswan Forum for Sustainable Development, which addresses the importance of peace, security and stability in the African continent and will be held in Aswan in December 2019.

He pointed out that the Egyptian government will follow up with the presidency of the next African Union to ensure the continuity of projects.

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8/7/2019 3:03:01 PM
<![CDATA[National poultry project to be established across 9 zones soon]]>
Spokesperson of the Cabinet Nader Saad said in a phone interview on Sada El Balad TV channel that each zone spans over 6,000 - 8,000 feddans. Saad explained that the project is aimed at boosting Egypt’s poultry resources in order to achieve self-sufficiency by 95 percent. The official states the project will be launched as soon as all the needed licenses are issued.

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

Egypt has adopted the strategy of sustainable agricultural development 2030 aimed at increasing the state’s production to reach nearly 2 million tons annually and raise the average per capita consumption from 13 kg to 18.5 kg / year.
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8/7/2019 2:40:33 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi witnesses signing of MoU in Abu Qir Port]]>
This came during Sisi's meeting with Commander of the Naval Forces Ahmed Khaled and Group Managing Director of Hutchison Ports Holdings Ltd. Eric Ip as well as the group CEO, according to a statement issued by presidential spokesperson Bassam Rady on Tuesday.

During the meeting, Sisi asserted the need to complete this vital project on time and in accordance with the highest international standards, and hailed the group's professional reputation, the statement reported.

For his part, the group's CEO highlighted the multiple investment opportunities available in the Egyptian port, noting that the company will provide training programs to more than 1,500 Egyptian engineers and workers, enabling them to handle any tasks or jobs necessary for the operation of the terminal.

By the completion of all the project's phases, the terminal is expected to handle 1 million containers on an annual basis, he added.

Hutchison Ports is one of the leading container terminal operators in the world.
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8/7/2019 12:46:41 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt, Japan hold talks to end ban on Egyptian produce]]>
He added that the trade representation office in Tokyo is exerting efforts with agricultural authorities in the two countries to end a Japanese ban on other Egyptian products such as grapes and pomegranate.

A committee that was formed of experts from the two countries will hold its first meeting in Tokyo later Wednesday to settle the issue, he added.]]>
8/7/2019 12:12:19 PM
<![CDATA[US Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman resigns]]>
“American citizenship is a privilege and I believe the most basic responsibility in return is service to country,” Huntsman wrote. “To that end, I am honored by the trust you have placed in me as the United States ambassador to Russia during this historically difficult period in bilateral relations."

“It is my hope that this will allow sufficient time for a successor to be nominated and confirmed,” he added. “I pledge my full effort in facilitating a smooth transition that ensures our foreign policy goals are kept in proper focus.”

His resignation will take effect Oct. 3.

Huntsman, a former Utah governor, is planning to move back to the state in the fall and is reportedly weighing another gubernatorial run. He was expected to leave his role amid speculation that he would launch a bid to run for state office.

The 59-year-old ambassador was elected as Utah’s governor in 2004 and again in 2008. He left his post in 2009 to become the US ambassador to China at former President Obama's request.

He resigned in 2011 to pursue an ultimately unsuccessful GOP presidential run.

Trump picked Huntsman to handle relations with Russia in his first year in the White House. Huntsman reportedly told the Trump administration at the time that he would serve in the role for two years.]]>
8/7/2019 11:53:21 AM
<![CDATA[Brazil court rejects Turkey’s extradition request for businessman]]>
The unanimous decision by the Federal Supreme Court means Ali Sipahi can remain in the Latin American country where he has lived for the past 12 years.

Sipahi faced charges in Turkey of belonging to a terrorist organization involved in the failed coup against Turkish President Recep Tayyep Erdogan in July 2016.

The dual Turkish and Brazilian citizen had initially been held in jail, but was freed in May as he awaited the court’s decision.

Sipahi, who owns a restaurant in Sao Paulo and is married and has a child, is involved in the Brazil-Turkey Cultural Center and Turkey-Brazil Chamber of Commerce and Industry, which are connected to Gulen’s “Hizmet” (Service) movement.

Ankara calls Gulen’s Hizmet movement a terrorist group.]]>
8/7/2019 11:40:53 AM
<![CDATA[Sudan calls on US to lift its name from terror list]]>
Undersecretary of the Sudanese Foreign Affairs Ministry Omer Dahab had a meeting with US Special Envoy for Sudan Ambassador Donald Booth on means of boosting bilateral ties and the role of the international community.

They also discussed what Sudan expected from the international community after the completion of the agreement on the transitional stage and the formation of the civilian government.

The Sudanese Foreign Ministry quoted Dahab as saying in a statement on Wednesday that Sudan is looking forward to be reintegrated into the world community and in need of the international community's support to achieve the goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development that was adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015.

For his part, the US envoy said the US administration is working with its partners to mull means of helping Sudan, urging all parties to abide by the agreement.]]>
8/7/2019 11:36:59 AM
<![CDATA[President Sisi to inaugurate Phosphatic, Compound Fertilizers Complex in Ain Sokhna]]>
The new complex includes nine factories, in addition to a main control room, a number of annexes, all constructed over 400 feddans (415 acres) within 36 months, based on state-of-the-art technologies.

The move comes within the framework of the continuous state efforts to implement comprehensive development plans and construct new national mega-projects, which will in return contribute to pushing forward the country's economy and securing thousands of jobs for young people.

The project will further contribute to providing a base of qualified technical cadres in this field.
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8/7/2019 9:41:41 AM
<![CDATA[UNSC strongly condemns Cairo terrorist attack]]>
"The members of the Security Council expressed their deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government of Egypt, and they wished a speedy and full recovery to those who were injured," read the official UN statement on Tuesday.

UNSC members reaffirmed that "terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security."

The members of the Security Council underlined the need to hold perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism accountable and bring them to justice, and urged all States, in accordance with their obligations under international law and relevant Security Council resolutions, to cooperate actively with the Government of Egypt and all other relevant authorities in this regard.

The members of the Security Council reiterated that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed. They reaffirmed the need for all States to combat by all means, in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations and other obligations under international law, including international human rights law, international refugee law and international humanitarian law, threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts.

Late on Sunday, an explosion took place on the street where the National Cancer Institute lies in Cairo’s Manial neighborhood. The institute’s building was damaged by the blast that killed 22 and injured 47. None of the patients or medical staff members was harmed. However, the patients have been moved to other hospitals.

The explosion occurred because of a car that contained explosives and drove wrong-way to crash into three other cars in front of the building. The car was on its way to launch a terror attack elsewhere. The Ministry of Interior held Hasm terror group responsible for the incident. Hasm, Arabic for decisiveness, is affiliated with the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood. The statement did not reveal further details regarding the terrorist attack Hasm was planning to do.
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8/7/2019 4:32:03 AM
<![CDATA[AU commissioner Amani Abou-Zeid selected among 100 Influential Women in Africa ]]>
Dr. Abou-Zeid is considered the only Egyptian and one of two North African women selected in the inaugural list. Advance Media’s list features distinguished women whose work considered an inspiration to the next generation of women in Africa.

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Advance Media's 100 Most Influential African Women list


Speaking about the list, Prince Akpah, MD of Avance Media, noted that, the list has a representation of 100 women from 35 African countries who are changing the feminine narrative and challenging the status quo of women on the continent.

He also cited that, some of the honorees have expressed interest in offering mentorship opportunities to young women from across the continent through the Be A Girl Mentorship program which is being launched to upsurge the impact of the publication.

The list encompasses presidents, diplomats, board chairs, CEOs, commissioners, scholars, politicians and philanthropists, notable among them are: Ethiopia’s President H.E. Sahle-Work Zewde, Liberia’s Vice President H.E. Jewel Taylor, Namibia’s Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Dr Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila, United Nations Deputy Secretary General H.E. Amina J. Mohammed and former presidents, H.E. Ellen Sirleaf Johnson and H.E. Catherine Samba-Panza.

The list also features young women activists such as AU Youth Envoy Aya Chebbi, Farida Bemba Nabourema and Ilwad Elman. A biography of each honouree is published on 100women.advancemedia.org.


Who is Commissioner Amani Abou-Zeid?

Abou-Zeid is the Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy at the African Union Commission (AUC). She is in charge of sectors covering Energy, Transport, Tourism and ICT.

In an exclusive interview, last year with Business Today Egypt, she weighs in on what needs to be done to unlock untapped potentials in Africa, as well as Egypt’s new leadership of the African Union.

A Renew-energetic Beginning

CAIRO - 7 December 2018: Energy is a major enabler and accelerator of growth in any nation, yet despite its enormous, albeit non utilized natural sources, more than 600 million Africans are lacking of access to electricity and energy efficiency. This is the top concerns holding back development on the Continent.




Prior to joining the AUC, Dr. Abou-Zeid has served for more than 30 years in leadership roles at top-tier international organizations, such as the African Development Bank (AfDB), UNDP and USAID, with a focus on infrastructure and energy programmes.

She has a Masters of Public Administration from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in Social and Economic Development from University of Manchester, UK. She also has a degree in Arts from Université Sorbonne-Paris IV.

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AU Commissioner Dr. Amani Abou Zeid during an interview with Egypt Today - Photo by Hossam Atef/Egypt Today


Dr. Abou-Zeid has received numerous international awards and recognition for her leadership and excellence, including the medal of Wissam Alaouite de l’Ordre Officier from His Majesty King Mohamed VI of Morocco and being recognized as a World Young Leader by the European Union.

Abou-Zeid was also selected among the 50 Most Influential Women in Africa in 2012 by the Langaa Research and Publishing Common Initiative Group.
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8/6/2019 7:34:23 PM
<![CDATA[Public figures make donations to Cancer Institute restoration ]]>
Businessman Hisham Talaat Mostafa donated LE10 million.

Dar Al-Orman Association donated LE 10 million

The Ministry of Social Solidarity allocated LE 5 million from the budget of Nasser Social Bank to the restoration of the National Cancer Institute.

Businessman Naguib Sawiris donated LE 1 million.

Businessman Ahmed Abou Hashima donated LE 1 million.

Garhy Steel donated LE 3 million.

Businessman Mohamed Aboul Enein announced he would donate any quantity of ceramic needed.

The first donation came from Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan who committed LE 50 million to fund the restoration works of the National Cancer Institute.

Such moves prompted President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi to praise the solidarity against “the ugly impact of terrorism”, highlighting it indicates the Arabs and Egyptians' faith in the necessity of standing together in the face of terror.

The institute’s building was damaged by an explosion that killed 22 and injured 47. None of the patients or medical staff members was harmed. However, the patients have been moved to other hospitals.

The explosion occurred because of a car that contained explosives and drove wrong-way to crash into three other cars in front of the building. The car was on its way to launch a terror attack elsewhere. The Ministry of Interior held Hasm terror group responsible for the incident. Hasm, Arabic for decisiveness, is affiliated with the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood. The statement did not reveal further details regarding the terrorist attack Hasm was planning to do.
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8/6/2019 4:31:33 PM
<![CDATA[Number of Cancer Institute explosion victims rises to 22 ]]>
The source affirmed that the authority received 10 bodies in the morning from Al-Qasr Al-Ainy Hospital, and 12 bodies on Monday from Nasser Institute for Research and Treatment. The autopsy was carried out and samples were delivered to the lab for conducting DNA analysis.

Three injured were lying in the intensive care unit (ICU) until Monday. According to the latest data, the total number of injured is currently 47.

The Ministry of Social Solidarity announced on August 6 that compensation worth LE 100,000 will be given to the family of each victim, and each injured suffering a total disability in the National Cancer Institute explosion.

The value of the compensation provided to each injured who will receive a long-term treatment at the hospital is LE 50,000. The injured whose treatment will not last for more than 72 hours will receive LE 5,000.

Late on Sunday, an explosion took place on the street where the National Cancer Institute lies in Cairo’s Manial neighborhood. The institute’s building was damaged by the blast. None of the patients or medical staff members was harmed. However, the patients have been moved to other hospitals.

The explosion occurred because of a car that contained explosives and drove wrong-way to crash into three other cars in front of the building. The car was on its way to launch a terror attack elsewhere.

The Ministry of Interior held Hasm terror group responsible for the incident. Hasm, Arabic for decisiveness, is affiliated with the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood. The statement did not reveal further details regarding the terrorist attack Hasm was planning to carry out.
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8/6/2019 4:20:37 PM
<![CDATA[11 Islamic State elements referred to court for crimes in Libya ]]>
The arraignment consists of the abduction and torture of Egyptian citizens to get ransoms from their families, providing money and information to IS, human trafficking, and migrant smuggling.

The Supreme State Security Prosecution and the National Security Authority pursued investigations that revealed the involvement of first defendant Mohamed Ragab Abdel Wahed in migrant smuggling along with some Bedouins. The migration took place from the western borders into Libya.

Abdel Wahed is also charged with espionage for elements of the Islamic State terrorist organization and the leader of IS affiliate “Deterrence Force Battalions” in Libya. Those are Emad Ahmed Abdel Salam al-Warfly, Moftah Ahmed Abdel Salam al-Warfly, Ayad Ahmed Abdel Salam al-Warfly, and Marwan Gharib. Abdel Wahed supplied those elements with information on the Egyptians residing in Libya.
The investigations of the Supreme State Security Prosecution, embodied in Abdel Wahed’s confession, voice records and the testimony of the victims and their families, showed that he has been to Libya several times for work, he had relations with the Libyan defendants affiliated to IS, and he agreed with them to abduct an Egyptian to get a large ransom.

Abdel Wahed had agreed before with IS elements to abduct 14 Egyptians in 2017. The hostages were tortured and their families were threatened to pay the ransoms. The defendant and others received around LE 3 million and delivered the money to the terrorist group. In the same context, a hostage called Mohamed Gad Hamed al-Sherbiny died.

The public prosecutor ordered the quick arrest of the Libyan elements in collaboration with the Interpol so they would be prosecuted in custody.
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8/6/2019 4:18:31 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian official urges establishing parliamentary gathering of Nile Basin countries]]>
He noted that Egypt has many successful experiments in that area in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania, adding that it is willing to get African states to benefit from its expertise and technology in the domain.

As for the impact of building dams, he said dams sometimes have negative impact, especially with regard to sustainability.

He underlined the importance of sustainable water management, referring to modern technologies which help in reducing water waste. ]]>
8/6/2019 4:04:20 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian medical mission: No contagious or epidemic diseases among Egyptian pilgrims]]>
Qandil said the Egyptian medical mission is offering all needed medical help for Egyptian pilgrims in Mecca and Al Madinah Al Munawara.

The mission operates 37 clinics to serve Egyptian pilgrims, he said, noting that they have received over 30,000 pilgrims so far.

He further pointed out that Egyptian medical teams are present at Saudi hospitals to follow up the condition of any Egyptian patients, lauding the services offered by Saudi hospitals for pilgrims. ]]>
8/6/2019 3:57:32 PM
<![CDATA[Palestinian Foreign Ministry condemns National Cancer Institute terrorist attack in Cairo]]>
The Palestinian Foreign Ministry stands by the side of Egypt in the face of terrorism, it said in a statement Tuesday, voicing confidence in Egypt's ability to overcome this phenomenon.

The Palestinian Foreign Ministry condoled with families of the victims for the death of their loved ones.

It also wished the injured a speedy recovery.]]>
8/6/2019 3:36:00 PM
<![CDATA[Israeli occupation forces arrest 25 Palestinians from West Bank]]>
The Israeli occupation troops apprehended 11 Palestinians, including a former prisoner, after ransacking their houses in Asira Ash-Shamaliya village, north of the northern West Bank city of Nablus.

In Tulkarm, witnesses confirmed an Israeli military raid in Bal'a town, east the city, where dozens of soldiers stormed into a number of houses, occupied the rooftops of others and held a Palestinian.

Israeli military vehicles reportedly raided al-Eizariya town, east of Jerusalem, where soldiers rounded up three Palestinians.

During ensuing confrontations, soldiers opened fire towards youngsters who protested the raid. No injuries were reported though.

In Bethlehem, an Israeli military raid was carried out in Aida refugee camp, resulting in the arrest of a Palestinian.

In Hebron, security sources confirmed that two Palestinians were nabbed in two separate raids in Dura town and al-Fawwar refugee camp in the southern West Bank.

Israeli occupation forces frequently raid Palestinian houses almost on a daily basis across the West Bank on the pretext of searching for “wanted” Palestinians, triggering clashes with residents.

These raids, which take place also in areas under the full control of the Palestinian Authority, are conducted with no need for a search warrant, whenever and wherever the Israeli military chooses in keeping with its sweeping arbitrary powers.

According to Palestinian figures, roughly 5,700 Palestinians -- including numerous women and children -- are currently languishing in Israeli detention facilities]]>
8/6/2019 1:37:18 PM
<![CDATA[Compensations to explosion injured, victims' families announced ]]>
The value of the compensation provided to each injured who will receive a long-term treatment at the hospital is LE 50,000. The injured whose treatment will not last for more than 72 hours will receive LE 5,000.

Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly, a number of ministers, Cairo Governor Khaled Abdel Aal, and President of Cairo University Gamal al-Khosht visited on Monday the injured who receive treatment at Al-Qasr Al-Ainy Hospital. The delegation also visited the accident’s site.

The prime minister urged Chairman of the Arab Contractors Mohsen Salah to finish the restoration works - which have already started a few hours after the explosion- as soon as possible.

Late on Sunday, an explosion took place on the street where the National Cancer Institute lies in Cairo’s Manial neighborhood. The institute’s building was damaged by the blast that killed 20 and injured 47. None of the patients or medical staff members was harmed. However, the patients have been moved to other hospitals.

Number of 'Cancer Institute Explosion' victims, injured rises

CAIRO - 5 August 2019: The Ministry of Health and Population announced that the number of victims in "The National Cancer Institute Explosion" became 20 instead of 19, including four bodies whose identity is still unknown. The number of the injured rose to 48 from 30.




The explosion occurred because of a car that contained explosives and drove wrong-way to crash into three other cars in front of the building. The car was on its way to launch a terror attack elsewhere. The Ministry of Interior held Hasm terror group responsible for the incident. Hasm, arabic for decisiveness, is affiliated with the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood. The statement did not reveal further details regarding the terrorist attack Hasm was planning to do.
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8/6/2019 12:59:30 PM
<![CDATA[Mauritanian TV highlights Egypt's role in helping Mauritanian cadres]]>
This came on the occasion of the 55th anniversary of the opening of the Egyptian Cultural Center in the Mauritanian capital of Nouakchott, the Mauritanian TV aired a reportage on the major role played by the Egyptian center in promoting culture, lauding late President Gamal Abdel Nasser's role in opening this edifice in Nouakchott even before the Arab League's acknowledgment of Mauritania as a member of the pan-Arab body.

Speaking in the reportage, the director of the Egyptian culture center, Dr. Nashaat Deif, said the the Egyptian-Mauritanian relations are deeply-rooted and time-honored, asserting that the Mauritanian people are fond of the Egyptian civilization and culture.

The Egyptian center played a distinguished role in helping the Mauritanian students and researchers in all culture-related domains, Deif added.]]>
8/6/2019 12:20:27 PM
<![CDATA[Madbouli calls for speeding up pace of implementing projects in new cities]]>
This came at a meeting on Tuesday to follow up the implementation of ongoing projects in new cities, with the participation of Housing, Utilities and Urban Communities Minister Essam el Gazzar and Vice Chairman of the New Urban Communities Authority (NUCA) Abdul Mottalib Mamdouh, Director of the Slum Development Fund Khaled Siddiq and Assistant Housing Minister for the NUCA Affairs Walid Abbas.

For his part, the housing minister presented a detailed report on projects that are being carried out in the fourth-generation cities; New Mansoura, New Aswan, New Mallawi, New El Fashn and New Rosetta (Rashid).

The meeting also took up a restoration project of the large wall of the ancient Magra Al Oyoun aqueduct, which channeled water to the Citadel in the historical Fatimid Cairo and its surrounding areas, in addition to the Maspero Triangle Development and El Roubiki Leather City projects.]]>
8/6/2019 12:14:40 PM
<![CDATA[UN secretary general condemns terrorist attack in Cairo]]>
Guterres extended his heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims, as well as to the people and government of Egypt, according to a statement issued by UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric on Tuesday.

Guterres wished a speedy recovery to those who were injured, the statement added. ]]>
8/6/2019 11:40:22 AM
<![CDATA[Arab Contractors to renovate Cancer Institute building after blast]]>
An explosion occurred as a result of a wrong-way crash, according to the Interior Ministry's report. A total of 20 people were killed, and the facade of the institute's building as well as a number of cars were damaged.

Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli contacted Mohsen Salah, CEO of the construction company to affirm the necessity to quickly renovate the building in an efficient manner in order for the institute to continue serving patients.

Madbouli expressed condolences to the families of the victims, followed up on the condition of the injured and instructed providing them with full health care.

Egypt’s Attorney General Nabil Sadiq has assigned South Cairo Prosecution withpursuing investigation into the deadly multi-vehicle crash that caused the blast.

The attorney general ordered a team of prosecutors to head to the crash site and to carry out required examination to stand on the causes of the accident.

A total of 42 ambulance vehicles were deployed atthe crash site immediately to transfer injuries to hospitals to receive the needed treatment, according to Health Ministry Spokesperson KhaledMegahed.

“There are around four seriously injured cases that were registered into the intensive care unit, while other injuries varied between mild to moderate bone break. The injuries include different levels of burns, cuts and bruises,” Megahed explained.
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8/6/2019 11:31:12 AM
<![CDATA[88 unlicensed churches, service buildings granted legal status]]>
The committee in charge of legalizing the status of unlicensed churches presented the reviews of the status of churches and service buildings carried out since July 1. The reviews took place upon the request of the founders, and resulted in the approval to legalize 88 churches and affiliated service buildings, so that the total number of unlicensed churches and affiliated buildings that are legalized turns 1,109.

Fifty-six of those have met the safety requirements, and the committee is still working on the rest to meet the safety terms.

The news was announced during a meeting between Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly and the committee encompassing Minister of Justice Mohamed Hossam Abdel Rahim, Local Development Minister Mahmoud Shaarawy, Minister of Housing, Utilities and Urban Communities Assem al-Gazar, and other officials.

Unlicensed places of worship are spread across the country and the state has been making endeavors to resolve that problem. For mosques, the Ministry of Endowments has been trying to legalize such places and ensure prayers are led by licensed preachers. In 2014, the number of unlicensed mosques was estimated at 30,000.
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8/5/2019 5:27:24 PM
<![CDATA['Explosives found': What we know about Cancer Institute blast]]>
Initially, authorities cited a deadly multi-vehicle crash as the cause of the blast, but technical explanation had been vague. The Interior Ministry later said it found that one of the cars involved in the car accident was carrying explosives.

The ministry charged Hasm terrorist group, designated by the state as the armed wing of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group, with causing the blast to happen.

A statement by the ministry said that Hasm group were preparing the aforementioned car to take part in another terrorist attack later. The statement didn’t reveal further details regarding the group's planned attack.

Hasm is an Islamist militant group operating in Egypt. In Arabic, the word “Hasm” means decisiveness. It also stands for Ḥarakat Sawa'd Miṣr (Arms of Egypt Movement). The name of Hasm has been associated with nearly every terrorist attack in Egypt during the last year.

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi in a tweet on Monday called the incident “coward and terrorist.” He affirmed that the Egyptian administration is determined to confront and fight terrorism by all means, in order to eliminate it completely.

Sisi expressed his condolences to the Egyptians, and especially the families of the victims, and wished the injured a speedy recovery.

Egypt’s Attorney General Nabil Sadiq had earlier assigned South Cairo Prosecution to pursue investigation into the crash.

The Attorney General ordered a team of prosecutors to head to the crash site and to carry out required examination to stand on the causes of the accident.

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Cairo University said the staff and the patients inside the Institute were safe.

“All the casualties were pedestrians, while the patients and the workers at the Cancer institute were not affected,” according to a press statement released by the university's media office.

“The accident took place near the administrative building of the hospital far away from the patients’ room,” said the statement, adding that an emergency room and operations room were formed led by the Cairo University president to follow up the developments of the accident.

Cancer Institute director Hatem Abu el-Kassim denied earlier rumors about explosion of an oxygen cylinder inside the hospital, ensuring that the blast took place outside the institute, and that the casualties were pedestrians who were close to the crash.

All the injured were transferred to Nasser Institute, Mounira, and Kasr al-Aini hospitals, said Health Ministry Spokesperson Khaled Megahed. He added that a total of 42 ambulance vehicles were deployed to the crash site immediately to transfer injuries to receive needed treatment, and that there was a bag of human remains. ]]>
8/5/2019 5:04:38 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi offers condolences to National Cancer Institute victims’ families]]>
In a Monday tweet, Sisi described the incident as “coward and terrorist”. He also wished the injured a speedy recovery.

Sisi affirmed that the Egyptian administration is determined to confront and fight terrorism by all means, in order to eliminate it completely.



A total of 20 people were killed and 48 were injured after a wrong-way driving car crashed into three other vehicles, causing a huge explosion outside the Cairo-University affiliated National Cancer Institute in Giza, said a Health Ministry statement.

Egypt’s Ministry of Interior revealed in a statement that one of the cars involved in the tragic accident was carrying explosives.

The statement added that Hasm terrorist group affiliated with the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group is behind the incident, as they were preparing the car to take part in another terrorist attack later. The statement didn’t reveal further details regarding the terrorist attack Hasm was planning to do.


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8/5/2019 4:30:25 PM
<![CDATA[Explosives found in one of National Cancer Institute incident’s cars: Min. ]]>
The statement added that Hasm terrorist group affiliated with the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group is behind the incident, as they were preparing the car to take part in another terrorist attack later. The statement didn’t reveal further details regarding the terrorist attack Hasm was planning to do.

Hasm is an Islamist militant group operating in Egypt. In Arabic, the word “Hasm” means decisiveness. It also stands for Ḥarakat Sawa'd Miṣr (Arms of Egypt Movement). Hasm has been associated with nearly every terrorist attack in Egypt during the last year.

Hasm group is supposedly linked to the Muslim Brotherhood, a group which is deemed illegal in Egypt.

On Sunday night, a wrong-way driving car crashed into three other vehicles, causing a huge explosion outside the Cairo-University affiliated National Cancer Institute in Giza, said a Health Ministry statement.

The Ministry of Health and Population announced that the number of victims rose to 20 people, including four bodies whose identity is still unknown. The number of the injured also rose to 48 on Monday.

The condition of all of the victims is stable except for three who lie in the intensive care unit (ICU). On the other hand, 78 patients at the institute were transferred to hospitals affiliated with Nasser Institute for Research and Treatment, Al-Monira General Hospital, and Dar El Salam General Hospital.

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8/5/2019 4:09:38 PM
<![CDATA[Number of ‘Cancer Institute Explosion’ victims, injured rises ]]>
The number of the injured rose to 48 from 30. The condition of all of them is stable except for three who lie in the intensive care unit (ICU). On the other hand, 78 patients at the institute were transferred to hospitals affiliated with Nasser Institute for Research and Treatment, Al-Monira General Hospital, and Dar El Salam General Hospital.

The ministry works on transferring 100 percent of patients to other hospitals and medical establishments. In addition to the aforementioned hospitals, the rest of the patients will be transferred to Mabara El Maadi Hospital, and Al Mabarra Hospital.

Minister Hala Zayed thanked the medical team that provided emergency treatment for the injured, and extended condolences to the families of the victims. The types of injuries include cuts, bruises, fractures, and different degrees of burns.

The ministry will offer psychological support to the families of the victims and the injured, particularly children.

Late Sunday, a wrong-way driving car crashed into three other vehicles, causing a huge explosion outside the Cairo-University affiliated National Cancer Institute in Giza, said a Health Ministry statement.
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8/5/2019 2:25:09 PM
<![CDATA[Transport min.: We work to develop Egypt’s mass transportation system]]>
In a statement released by the cabinet's media center on Monday, the transport minister added that the aim behind carrying out such projects is to develop the mass transportation system across the country, especially in new cities.

The minister's remarks came after the signing of a contract on the construction and maintenance of a monorail train project linking Greater Cairo with the New Administrative Capital (NAC) and the 6th of October City.

The agreement was inked between the Ministry of Transport and Bombardier Transportation Incorporation and a consortium of Orascom and the Arab Contractors companies, in the presence of Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouli, Investment Minister Sahar Nasr and Housing Minister Assem el Gazzar, the statement added.

Wazir also said that the monorail train project will mark a significant shift in the country's transportation system, as this means of transport is characterized with being fast, modern, safe and eco-friendly and fuel saving, in addition to helping reduce the levels of environmental pollution and reducing traffic congestion, the statement read.

The 54-km-long first monorail line is scheduled to link Cairo with the New Cairo and the New Administrative Capital, Wazir noted.

The 21-station Cairo monorail line is due to be finalized in 34 months, he said.

He added that a second 42-km-long line will connect 6th October City with Giza.

The 12-station-line has a capacity of 45,000 passengers, the transport minister noted.
It will be implemented in 42 months, he said.

He praised the efforts exerted under the sponsorship of President Abdel Fattah El Sisi and Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli to bring the project into light, noting that this venture is a big leap in the transportation industry in Egypt. It is the first of its kind in the country, he also said, pointing out that the construction of the NAC monorail lines have already started on August 1. ]]>
8/5/2019 2:06:25 PM
<![CDATA[Jordan offers condolences for victims of Cairo multi-vehicle crash]]>

Jordan wished the injured a speedy recovery, the Foreign Ministry of Jordan posted on its official Twitter account on Monday.





A total of 19 people were killed and 30 were injured after a wrong-way driving car crashed into three other vehicles, causing a huge explosion outside the Cairo-University affiliated National Cancer Institute in Giza, said a Health Ministry statement.

Attorney General Nabil Sadek ordered a team of prosecutors to head to the crash site to carry out the required examination and stand on the causes of the accident.

A total of 42 ambulance vehicles were deployed at the crash site immediately to transfer the injured to hospitals to receive the needed treatment, according to Health Ministry Spokesperson Khaled Megahed.
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8/5/2019 1:50:22 PM
<![CDATA[Engineering committee ordered to assess damage after Monday's blast]]>
The blast occurred as a result of a wrong-way crash, according to the Interior Ministry's report, killing 19 people, according to the Health Ministry's latest report.

Preliminary reports showed that the facade of the building was damaged and around 10 cars were destroyed. A prosecution team checked the surveillance cameras and listened to the civilians injured in the blast.

Egypt’s Attorney General Nabil Sadiq has assigned South Cairo Prosecution to pursue investigation into the deadly multi-vehicle crash that caused the blast.

The Attorney General ordered a team of prosecutors to head to the crash site and to carry out required examination to stand on the causes of the accident.

A total of 42 ambulance vehicles were deployed to the crash site immediately to transfer injuries to receive needed treatment, according to Health Ministry Spokesperson Khaled Megahed.

“There are around four seriously injured cases that were registered into the intensive care unit, while other injuries varied between mild to moderate bone break. There are different levels of burns, and cuts and bruises across the injuries’ bodies,” Megahed explained. ]]>
8/5/2019 1:43:25 PM
<![CDATA[3 injured in Alexandria by natural gas pipe explosion]]>
The fire was extinguished, and the source of the natural gas was blocked. However, the balcony of the apartment located in the first floor fell down. The reason behind the explosion is a leak caused by an extension that was not installed by the service provider.

The injured, whose feet and legs suffered the most, were transported to the nearest hospital to receive treatment.

Meanwhile in Cairo, a total of 19 people were killed and 30 were injured late Sunday after a wrong-way driving car crashed into three other vehicles, causing a huge explosion outside the Cairo-University affiliated National Cancer Institute.
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8/5/2019 1:00:46 PM
<![CDATA[Major waste recycling system to be launched by Military Production Ministry, AOI]]>
Minister Mohamed al-Assar told the press that the ministry has been assigned the construction and development of 63 recycling lines. In FY2016/2020, four lines will be renovated and two others will be established.

AOI Chairman Abdel Moneim al-Taras stated that the entity will supply equipment for 28 trash sorting facilities and 52 waste pits over two years, and that seven million tons of trash will be removed from unlicensed landfills. Taras revealed that an agreement was signed with a German company to safely get rid of hazardous waste.

2019-2023 solid waste recycling executive plan revealed

CAIRO - 30 July 2019: Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly held a meeting to follow up on the 2019-2023 executive plan for solid waste recycling that consists of three main programs, and that is agreed upon by ministries and relevant institutions. The first program targets attracting investments to develop the infrastructure.


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8/5/2019 12:49:56 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi to meet Brunei's Sultan in Ittihadiya Palace Monday]]>
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8/5/2019 12:33:17 PM
<![CDATA[12 billion tons of Greenland’s ice sheet melt in one day]]>Around 12 million tons of ice melt as the temperature hits 22°C degrees on August 1, to record the second melting wave for the in second month in a row as the first episode of ice melting occurred on July 11-20.



The excessive high wave reached Greenland after it hit European countries like the United Kingdom, Germany and Belgium with an unprecedented increase for decades.
If a no-action policy is kept adopted by world leaders who participate in continuing CO2 emissions, the sea level could increase from 19 to 62 inches due to ongoing melting ice sheets of Greenland, according to a study published by Science Advances.

The temperature of the globe increased by 0.85 °C degrees in the period between 1880 and 2012, raising the sea level by 19 cm and is expected to increase to 24 and 30 cm by 2065, according to the United Nations.



According to the latest data by World Meteorological Organization on August 1, July 2019 could be the hottest month ever, surpassing 2016 July record, adding that the last four years recorded the hottest on record.

“The extraordinary heat was accompanied by dramatic ice melt in Greenland, in the Arctic and on European glaciers. Unprecedented wildfires raged in the Arctic for the second consecutive month, devastating once pristine forests which used to absorb carbon dioxide and instead turning them into fiery sources of greenhouse gases. This is not science fiction. It is the reality of climate change. It is happening now and it will worsen in the future without urgent climate action,” said WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas.
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8/5/2019 11:51:39 AM
<![CDATA[Patients, staff of National Cancer Institute well: Cairo Uni.]]>
The office said in a press statement that according to preliminary reports a speeding car traveling in the wrong direction of the road in Corniche el Maadi street in downtown Cairo crashed into a number of vehicles causing a huge explosion just outside the university’s National Cancer Institute which resulted in many fatalities and injuries especially among pedestrians in the street.

The accident happened close to the administrative building of the institute away from the patients’ rooms, the statement read.

Immediately after the accident occurred the university president formed an operations room to handle the situation and the university’s El Kasr El Aini Hospital announced a state of alert to be ready for receiving any of the ijnured cases, it said.

The university president ordered that a technical committee be formed to check on all parts of the institute to assess any damage that might have been caused by the strong explosion, it added.

He and a number of the university’s senior officials visited the institute to follow up the unfolding situation and assuage all concerns of the panicked patients and their families, the statement pointed out.
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8/5/2019 10:57:58 AM
<![CDATA[Facade of National Cancer Institute badly damaged by blast caused by tragic accident: Cairo Uni.]]>
All patients and staff members of the institute are fine, it asserted in a press statement.
It said that according to preliminary reports a speeding car traveling in the wrong direction of the road in downtown Cairo’s Corniche el Maadi street crashed into a number of vehicles causing the huge explosion just outside the institute which resulted in many fatalities and injuries especially among pedestrians in the street.
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8/5/2019 10:52:53 AM
<![CDATA[Attorney General orders investigation into Cairo deadly crash]]>
The Attorney General ordered a team of prosecutors to head to the crash site that took place near the Cairo University-affiliated National Cancer Institute in Kasr al-Ainy area in Giza, and to carry out required examination to stand on the causes of the accident.

The Health Ministry and Cairo University issued statements that the accident happened after a wrong-driving car crashed into three other vehicles, causing a loud explosion, and leaving behind many deaths and injuries from the pedestrians.

The blast was said to have taken place near the administrative building of the cancer hospital, away from the patients’ department. Several bodies have re-assured that the patients and the workers inside the Cancer Institute were not affected by the accident.

A total of 42 ambulance vehicles were deployed to the crash site immediately to transfer injuries to receive needed treatment, and that there was a bag of human remains, according to Health Ministry Spokesperson Khaled Megahed.

“There are around four seriously injured cases that were registered into the intensive care unit, while other injuries varied between mild to moderate bone break. There are different levels of burns, and cuts and bruises across the injuries’ bodies,” Megahed explained.
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8/5/2019 9:08:20 AM
<![CDATA[Sisi, French president reaffirm support for Libya’s unity, stability]]>
In a phone call with French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday, Sisi reiterated that Egypt supports efforts exerted by the Libyan National Army (LNA) to fight terrorism and uproot terrorist organizations that pose threats to the security of both Libya and the Mediterranean region.

The phone call touched upon some regional issues of common interest, with Sisi reaffirming Cairo's rejection of all forms of foreign interference in Libya’s internal affairs, Presidential Spokesman Bassam Radi said.

For his part, Macron placed an emphasis on the need to settle the current Libyan crisis that poses threats to the security of the whole region to enable Tripoli to restore its regional and international role.

Radi added that the phone call discussed a number of issues related to strategic ties between both Egypt and France.
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8/5/2019 8:52:36 AM
<![CDATA[19 killed, 30 injured after deadly car crash: Health Ministry]]>
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Remains of crashed cars involved in deadly accidents that hit Central Cairo, killing 19 people - Egypt Today


Cancer Institute director Hatem Abu el-Kassim denied rumors about explosion of an oxygen cylinder inside the hospital, ensuring that the blast took place outside the institute, and that the casualties were pedestrians who were close to the crash.

All the injured were transferred to Nasser Institute, Mounira, and Kasr al-Aini hospitals, said Health Ministry Spokesperson Khaled Megahed. He added that a total of 42 ambulance vehicles were deployed to the crash site immediately to transfer injuries to receive needed treatment, and that there was a bag of human remains.

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Pedestrians standing outside Cancer Instiute after deadly car crash that killed 19, injured 30 Sunday - Egypt Today


“There are around four seriously injured cases that were registered into the intensive care unit, while other injuries varied between mild to moderate bone break. There are different levels of burns, and cuts and bruises across the injuries’ bodies,” Megahed explained.

The spokesperson said that the Health Minister Hala Zayed directed to evacuate 54 patients at the Cancer Hospital, and to transfer 30 of them to Nasser Institute, while the rest will be transferred to Dar al-Salam Hospital, stressing to provide the patients with all necessary medical care.

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Ambulance vehicle transfering patients to hospitals to receive treatment after deadly car crash hit Central Cairo Sunday - Egypt Today


The minister ordered to raise the utmost degree of readiness, with professors and consultants from different specialties in micro-surgery were summoned, and blood availability at blood banks at Kasr al-Ainy hospital was assured.

“All the casualties were pedestrians, while the patients and the workers at the Cancer institute were not affected,” according to a press statement released by the media office of the Cairo University.

The statement also said that the explosion resulted from a multi-vehicle crash, after a car moved fast in the wrong direction of the street, causing a huge explosion sound, while some vehicles charred.

“The accident took place near the administrative building of the hospital far away from the patients’ room,” said the statement, adding that an emergency room and operations room were formed led by the Cairo University president to follow up the developments of the accident. Kasr al-Aini hospitals were prepared to receive any injuries from the accident.

Cairo University President Mohamed Othman el-Khost and a number of university leaders headed to the crash site to follow up on the status of the patients.

A total of 10 fire vehicles were deployed to the accident site to put out the blaze resulted from the crash.

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Remains of crashed cars involved in deadly accidents that hit Central Cairo, killing 19 people - Egypt Today


Egypt’s Attorney General Nabil Sadiq has assigned South Cairo Prosecution to pursue investigation into the deadly crash.

With official bodies still investigating the accident, the reason for the crash; however, has been confirmed to be due to a speedy wrong-driving car that crashed into three others near the cancer institute.

The current Egyptian traffic law has set a punishment for violating road directions that result in injuries or deaths, where the violator will be fined up to L.E. 15,000, with the car license cancelled and the driving license withdrawn.

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Remains of crashed cars involved in deadly accidents that hit Central Cairo, killing 19 people - Egypt Today


Egypt has harshened punishments set in its traffic law as a bid to counter the rising rate of road accidents that claim the lives of 12,000 annually. A recent report by the country’s Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) stated that there was a 17.8 percent drop in the number of accidents in 2018 recording 8,480, compared to 11,098 in 2017.

Human error constitutes the top cause for the road accidents in Egypt, recording 76.8 percent, technical malfunction recorded 15.7 percent, and problems with the road quality and maintenance recorded 2.7 percent. In May, the Transportation Ministry also announced that sleep deprivation is reported to be linked to 33 percent of road accidents in Egypt.
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8/5/2019 8:49:33 AM
<![CDATA[EMPC launches media services center for foreign channels]]>
The center consists of five floors equipped with HD and SD devices, stable and mobile video-editing units, cameras, and video streaming solutions. The center also offers direct connections to satellites.

The new center was inaugurated by EMPC Chairman Osama Heikal, and Chairman of the Journalists Syndicate and the State Information Service (SIS) Diaa Rashwan.

Heikal stressed that the live view devices must be used in coordination with the Supreme Council for Media Regulation and the National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority to ensure no breaches to law. Rashwan elaborated that the use of live view devices is not banned in Egypt but its entry must be regulated by the entities in charge.

Rashwan added that no foreign media content has been banned before urging that professional rules must be maintained while covering news in Egypt. He stated that measures are being taken to facilitate the use of the live view technology.

Heikal highlighted that EMPC is a free zone, and that news coverage takes place in the city within the Egyptian legal framework. He added that the goal of the new media centers is facilitating media work for foreign reporters in Egypt while abiding by law. Heikal underlined his eagerness to resolve any problems that may face the work of foreign media channels in Egypt.
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8/4/2019 6:06:41 PM
<![CDATA[Record-breaking: Ethiopia plants more than 350 trees in 12 hours]]>
In response to Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s Initiative “Green Legacy,” 11 areas have been planted with millions of trees to combat the climate change and its impact, deforestation.




According to a study conducted by the FAO in 2017, the forest area in Ethiopia which represents 52 percent of its lands has declined by 0.8 percent from 14 million hectares in 1999 and 12.4 million hectares in 2015 due to the increasing population and decreasing rate of annual rainfall as a result of climate change.

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Ethiopians plant trees- photo courtesy of the Ethiopian Prime Minister Office


Moreover, a study was published by Science in July and revealed that the universe has to cultivate 1 billion hectares of trees to help curb carbon dioxide emissions globally and limit the impacts of climate change.

Scientists estimated that growing 0.9 billion trees can absorb 25 percent of carbon dioxide, saying “We estimate that if we cannot deviate from the current trajectory, the global potential canopy cover may shrink by ~223 million hectares by 2050, with the vast majority of losses occurring in the tropics. Our results highlight the opportunity of climate change mitigation through global tree restoration but also the urgent need for action.”


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8/4/2019 4:25:06 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi orders focusing on local industrialization]]>
This came during Sisi's meeting on Sunday with Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli in the presence of Minister of Military Production Mohamed El Assar, Minister of Transport Kamel El Wazir and head of the Arab Organization for Industrialization (AOI) Abdel Menem Al Teras. President Sisi called for developing the railway system to improve services for citizens.

According to a statement issued by Presidential Spokesperson Bassam Rady that the transport minister posted the president on efforts aimed at developing the railway sector in cooperation with the military production ministry and the AOI to localize the transport industry and give a push to Egypt's economy.

The meeting tackled a number of railway projects being carried out including the development level crossings, railway stations and the manufacture of train coaches. ]]>
8/4/2019 3:55:59 PM
<![CDATA[Military education to be introduced in technical schools ]]>
The protocol aims at promoting discipline among students and boosting their sense of belonging. It will go into effect in the upcoming academic year 2019/2020 in 27 technical industrial schools. Each of those is located in one of Egypt’s governorates whose number is 27.

The military curricula will be taught by carefully selected officers. The subjects will be "pass or fail courses" but their grades would not count into the total grades of the students. The schools where military education will take place will introduce computers, projectors, screens, and sound systems while securing the necessary training rooms, space, and administrative offices. A discipline system targeting junior and senior students will be adopted.
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8/4/2019 3:49:03 PM
<![CDATA[Court upholds order to seize funds of 'Muslim Brotherhood's Amal Cell' elements]]>
Funds of 19 companies should also be sequestrated following the court ruling.

A probe by the prosecution had revealed that runaway leaders of the group had plotted a "hope plan" that was meant to unify their action and secure financial support from profits and revenues of some economic entities run by those leaders abroad.

The plot was to target State institutions and topple the regime as the country marked the anniversary of the June 30 revolution.

The defendants in the case No. 930 for the year 2019 are Moustafa Abdel Mo'ez, Osama al-Akabawi, Omar al-Shenety, HossamMo'nis, Zyad al-Elemy, HishamFouad, Hassan Barbari, Ahmed Tammam and Khaled Abu Shadi.

In June, security authorities ordered moving the defendants, including Qassem Abdel Kafi, to Cairo's Tura Prison, after the prosecution had ordered detaining the defendants for 15 days pending investigations.

Al-Amal Plan, according to a security statement, is a terrorist plot by Muslim Brotherhood leaders to target the state facilities institutions. The arrested figures are believed to be Muslim Brotherhood operatives.

According to a statement by the Interior Ministry, the scheme worked on uniting the Brotherhood group members, funding them from the revenues of some economic entities as they seek to topple the state and its institutions on the June 30 Uprising anniversary.

Information received by the National Security Service revealed that the plan is focused on establishing routes for the financial funds sent illegally from abroad by some hostile countries to work on carrying out violent acts across the country to disrupt celebrations of the revolution's anniversary, the statement said.

The statement also noted that the scheme aimed at launching inciting campaigns in the media and on the social media and satellite TV channels that are broadcast from outside the country. The statement identified some of the MB leaders who are involved in the plan including Mahmoud Hussein, Ali Bateekh, anchor MoatazMatar, Mohammed Nasser as well as the fugitive leader of El-Ghad Party AymanNour.

Acting on such information, security forces, in coordination with the High State Security Prosecution, targeted 19 economic entities which are secretly run by the MB leaders and seized documents, amounts of money and electronic devices that were in their possession, the statement added. ]]>
8/4/2019 3:24:26 PM
<![CDATA[Saudi Arabia welcomes Sudan agreement on constitutional declaration]]>
The source described the agreement as a categorical leap that would move Sudan towards achieving security, peace and stability, praising the efforts exerted by all parties involved to achieve the national interests and open a new page in the country's history.

He also asserted that the Kingdom would stand by Sudan and continuously support its moves to maintain security and peace nationwide.

The agreement was signed between Sudan's ruling Transitional Military Council and the “Forces of Freedom and Change” earlier in the day.

The document outlines the relationship between the transitional government's branches comes after weeks of negotiations overseen by the AU and Ethiopia following violent responses from Sudan's security forces to the opposition's protests.

The declaration reportedly says that the opposition coalition will appoint a prime minister as soon as the document is signed. The prime minister will then form a new, transitional government, which will consist of a 300-member legislative assembly.

Once the government begins its work, Sudan will start its three-year transition period that is to culminate in free elections.]]>
8/4/2019 2:17:06 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt, US, UAE conclude joint naval drill]]>
Saudi Arabia participated in the exercise as an observer.

Various naval units from the Egyptian, US and UAE naval forces took part in the exercise that lasted for several days.

The forces used frigates, missile-launching boats and mine hunters in the drills. Special naval units, the coast guard, and F16 jet fighters also took part.

The forces conducted activities including search of suspected ships with the aim to strengthen cooperation with friendly and brotherly countries, share knowledge of the latest in military systems and techniques, and boost efforts to achieve naval security and stability in the region.]]>
8/4/2019 2:06:55 PM
<![CDATA[Iran seizes foreign oil tanker smuggling fuel in Gulf: state media]]>
The vessel was intercepted near Iran’s Farsi Island in the Gulf, Iran’s semi-official Fars news agency said. Lebanon’s al-Mayadeen TV station reported that it was seized on Wednesday.

“The IRGC’s naval forces have seized a foreign oil tanker in the Persian Gulf that was smuggling fuel for some Arab countries,” state television quoted Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) commander Ramezan Zirahi as saying.

It was carrying 700,000 liters of fuel, he said. Seven crewmen of different nationalities were detained.

“The seizure of the oil tanker was in coordination with Iran’s judiciary authorities and based on their order,” Fars quoted him as he as saying.

Tensions have risen between Iran and the West since last year when the United States pulled out of an international agreement which curbed the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program in return for an easing of economic sanctions on Iran.

In July, British forces seized an Iranian oil tanker near Gibraltar, accused it of violating sanctions on Syria.

Then Iran seized a British tanker in the Strait of Hormuz for alleged marine violations. It allowed a second one to proceed after issuing a warning.

Describing the seizure of the Stena Impero in the Strait of Hormuz as illegal, Britain has rejected the idea that it could release the Iranian tanker in exchange for the British-flagged vessel seized by the Revolutionary Guards.

Fears of a Middle East war with global repercussions have risen since Trump withdrew from the nuclear deal and revived a panoply of sanctions meant to push Tehran into wider security concessions.

Iran has retaliated by resuming uranium enrichment seen in the West as a potential conduit to developing an atom bomb. But it faces severe economic damage under intensified U.S. sanctions designed to strangle its vital oil trade.

After several attacks in May and June on oil tankers - blamed by Washington on Tehran, which denied responsibility - Trump has been trying to forge a military coalition to secure Gulf waters, though European allies have been loath to join for fear of provoking open conflict.

European parties to the deal - Britain, France and Germany - have instead appealed for diplomatic moves to defuse the crisis and have been trying to salvage the pact by exploring ways to shield Iran’s economy from U.S. sanctions.

Tehran has called on them to accelerate their efforts or it will further decrease its commitments to the agreement..

Britain said on July 25 that it had started sending a warship to accompany all British-flagged vessels through the Strait of Hormuz.]]>
8/4/2019 1:09:38 PM
<![CDATA[Sudan factions to sign constitutional declaration on Aug 17]]>
The two sides reached agreement on Saturday on the shape of a transitional government in lengthy negotiations after veteran leader Omar al-Bashir was ousted by the military in April.

The parties are expected to initial Saturday’s agreement later on Sunday as a preliminary to the final signing in two weeks’ time.

According to the sources, the formation of a sovereign council, which will run the country during a three-year transitional period leading up to elections, will be announced on Aug. 18.

A new prime minister will be named on Aug. 20 and a cabinet on Aug. 28. The cabinet and the sovereign council will meet together on Sept.1, the sources said, paving the way for the appointment of a legislative assembly in three months.

The 300-member legislative assembly will serve during the transitional period. The main opposition coalition, the Forces of Freedom and Change (FFC), will have 67% of its seats and other political groups not associated with Bashir will have the rest.]]>
8/4/2019 1:02:14 PM
<![CDATA[Texas police seek clues to explain Walmart shooting that killed 20]]>
Texas Governor Greg Abbott said Saturday morning’s rampage appeared to be a hate crime, and police cited a “manifesto” they attributed to the suspect as evidence that the bloodshed was racially motivated.

The shooting immediately reverberated on the U.S. presidential campaign trail, with several Democratic candidates denouncing the rise of gun violence and repeating calls for tighter gun control measures.

At least two candidates, Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana, and El Paso native Beto O’Rourke, a former congressman, drew connections to a resurgence in white nationalism and xenophobic politics in the United States.

“America is under attack from homegrown white nationalist terrorism,” Buttigieg said at a candidates forum in Las Vegas.

On Twitter, U.S. President Donald Trump branded the shooting “an act of cowardice,” adding, “I know that I stand with everyone in this country to condemn today’s hateful act. There are no reasons or excuses that will ever justify killing innocent people.”

Police said the suspect opened fire with a rifle on shoppers, many of them bargain-hunting for back-to-school supplies, then surrendered to officers who confronted him outside the store.

The massacre came just six days after the last major outbreak of U.S. gun violence in a public place - a food festival in California where a teenager killed three people with an assault rifle and injured a dozen others before taking his own life in a hail of police gunfire.

Police said the suspect in Saturday’s shooting was a 21-year-old white male from Allen, Texas, a Dallas suburb some 650 miles (1,046 km) east of El Paso, which lies along the Rio Grande across the U.S.-Mexico border from Ciudad Juarez.

Multiple news media outlets, citing law enforcement officials, named the accused assailant as Patrick Crusius.

In a briefing for reporters on Saturday night, some 12 hours after the shooting, an El Paso police spokesman, Sergeant Robert Gomez, said police were interviewing the suspect, while investigators continued to collect evidence at the crime scene.

SIGNS OF HATE
Several local politicians said the gunman was an outsider, suggesting he had traveled hundreds of miles from the Dallas area to commit mass murder. But Gomez declined to say how long the suspect might have been in El Paso before the shooting.

Authorities did not offer a precise motive. However, El Paso Police Chief Greg Allen said investigators were examining a “manifesto” from the suspect indicating “there is a potential nexus to a hate crime.”

A four-page statement posted on 8chan, an online message board often used by extremists, and believed to have been written by the suspect, called the Walmart attack “a response to the Hispanic invasion of Texas.”

It also expressed for support for the gunman who killed 51 people at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, in March.

CNN reported the FBI had opened a domestic terror investigation into the Texas shooting.

“We are going to aggressively prosecute it both as capital murder but also as a hate crime, which is exactly what it appears to be,” Texas Governor Abbott told reporters.

El Paso and Ciudad Juarez, together with the neighboring city of Las Cruces, New Mexico, form a metropolitan border area of some 2.5 million residents constituting the largest bilingual, bi-national population in North America.

Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said three Mexican nationals were among the 20 people killed in the shooting, and six others were among 26 victims who were wounded.

The carnage ranked as the eighth-deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, after a 1984 shooting in San Ysidro, California, that claimed 21 lives.

Gomez said investigators were still determining the sequence of events. But video clips from the scene showed victims lying on the ground inside and outside the store. One shopper told Reuters the gunshots sounded like they began outside the building and then moved inside.

El Paso Mayor Dee Margo said police responded to the shooting within six minutes.

Local television station KTSM-TV published two photos it cited a law enforcement source as saying were security-camera images of the suspect as he entered the Walmart, wearing eyeglasses, khaki trousers and a dark T-shirt, and wielding an assault-style rifle. He appeared to be wearing headphones or ear protection.

Eyewitnesses described scenes of pandemonium as shoppers fled for their lives, including Kianna Long who was at the Walmart with her husband when they heard gunfire.

The couple sprinted through a stock room at the back of the store before huddling with other customers in a shipping area, she recounted.

“People were panicking and running,” Long said. “They were running close to the floor, people were dropping on the floor.”]]>
8/4/2019 12:43:25 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt's Awqaf Ministry commends Saudi Hajj services]]>
The Egyptian official praised all efforts being exerted by Saudi government and private sectors in the Kingdom to help pilgrims to perform their rituals easily, comfortably and safely, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

The Saudi authorities are very dedicated to serving pilgrims who come from all over the world to perform hajj rituals in holy sites, which have been turned into a place of security and safety, Dr. Taya said.

He also praised new services and technologies, especially the e-Visa adopted by the Kingdom's leadership, calling on pilgrims not to raise any political, doctrinal or racist slogans during the Hajj season.]]>
8/4/2019 12:41:02 PM
<![CDATA[Roland Garros tennis clubs to be established in Egypt]]>
East Med Egypt is an Egyptian joint stock company with a French-Egyptian partnership. Its board is headed by Bernard Besset, a French businessman expert in the field of sports and real estate investment in France and chairman of a French company Foncier. Its board of directors includes a group of Egyptian and French businessmen, including Ismail El Shafei, Chairman of the Egyptian Tennis Federation.

After more than a year of negotiations, the company signed the exclusive partnership agreement for the Roland-Garros clubs in Egypt, the Middle East and North Africa in December 2018 in the presence of Bernard Giudicelli president of the French Tennis Federation and captain Ismaeil El Shafei president of the Egyptian Tennis Federation.

The company seeks to establish and establish sporting entities bearing the name of Roland-Garros throughout Egypt, especially in the urban development projects established by the State, adding to the Egyptian sports facilities as well as supporting sports and athletes on the entire Egyptian map besides creating job opportunities and supporting Egyptian tourism.

The company operates based on a specific strategy to introduce tennis game to Egyptian youth through its academies and clubs and the formation of an Egyptian generation capable of competing in the World Tennis Championships. The company will host international tournaments in the ITF Championships as well as amateur local championships in Egypt and competitions for young players to develop the game.

On this basis, the company signed its first contract in Egypt through a partnership with Arabia Holding to establish the first club and academy of Roland-Garros in Egypt near the pyramids area, which has the oldest trace in history.

The company's first project at Sun Capital in the Pyramids area is 42 acres, consisting of a main stadium with capacity of 7000 spectators, 24 training courses, sports complex, health club, medical center, hotel and media center. This is in addition to a sports school with international standards for specialized education in Egypt. The size of the project investments is estimated by more than 2 billion Egyptian pounds.

The company affirms its continuous efforts as a national company to contribute to bringing foreign investments to Egypt and to serve the objectives and policies of the Egyptian state in economic reform to serve the implementation of the 2030 vision for sustainable development.

The company thanks the state and the Egyptian government for their tremendous support to encourage investment and create a climate for attracting foreign capitaland specially Prime Minister Mustafa Madbouli, Dr. Ashraf Subhi, Minister of Youth and Sports, Minister of Housing Assem Jazar and French Ambassador Stephane Roumtier.

East Med Egypt itself is a translation of the development in the Egyptian economy which has changed after the wise and constructive policies taken by Egypt under the leadership of President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi to develop the economic system and achieve economic development. This is a clear indication of the high rates of economic growth and the indicators and estimates of international economic institutions.

East Med Egypt is very grateful to the Egyptian media, which covered the signing ceremony witnessed by the Prime Minister and Minister of Housing, Youth and Sports in the presence of the French Ambassador in Cairo, representatives of Roland-Garros International, the French investment group and the board members of East Med.

Roland-Garros is the most important sport in the world of tennis. The first edition of the tournament was launched 128 years ago and is one of the major Grand Slam tournaments in the history of tennis in the tournament, which has become a well-established tradition in the world of tennis,

The Roland-Garros tournament was held for the first time in 1891, and after 7 years it was decided to include the women's in the tournaments.t it was limited only for the French players until the local federation in 1925 decided to involve the best foreign players and change the stadium to Roland-Garros in 1928.

The tournament prize reaches 36 million Euros. It is named after the French pilot Roland Garros, who took part in World War II and is the first pilot to cross the Mediterranean.
The most famous players Roland-Garros is Rafael Nadal, winning the cup 12 times.]]>
8/4/2019 12:08:00 PM
<![CDATA[Saudi Ministry launches new measures to enable Qataris to perform Hajj]]>
According to a statement issued by Saudi ministry that the measure was taken after the Qatari authorities blocked a previous website.

The statement also reported that King Salman bin Abdulaziz and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman issued directives to facilitate the arrival of all pilgrims and overcome and obstacles that may face them to perform the rituals.

Saudi Arabia will continue to provide all means to facilitate the arrival of Qatari brothers wishing to perform Hajj, it added. "The attempts of the Qatari regime to politicize Hajj will not deter the Kingdom from providing all facilities to perform the fifth pillar of Islam."

The Saudi ministry urged the Qatari authorities not to block the new site and facilitate Hajj of their fellow Qatari citizens.

Egypt, Saudi Arabia, UAE, and Bahrain cut their relation with Qatar because of its support of terrorism and continued interference in other countries' affairs.

Later, the four states proposed demands to resume relations, but Doha refused them]]>
8/4/2019 11:38:23 AM
<![CDATA[National program to fund startups creates 350k jobs across country]]>Mashro’ak (Arabic for ‘Your Project’), is considered one of the most important government programs that finance startups by young Egyptian citizens.

The aim behind the NPLCD is to contribute to the numerous endeavors that target the eradication of unemployment in Egypt and encouraging youths to work.

So far, the program was able to finance around 123,000 projects with an estimated cost of LE 10.5 billion through bank loans, contributing to the creation of around 350,000 job opportunities for young citizens across the country.


Egypt Today traces a set of points that the NPLCD managed to achieve since its launch:

○ The project contributed to the provision of about 123 thousand projects that were loaned about 10.5 billion pounds through banks.

○ The projects contributed to the provision of about 350 thousand jobs for young people in all governorates

○ Minya governorate was the top beneficiary of the loans, where more than 15 thousand projects were executed with loans of around 1.4 billion pounds.

○ Sohag governorate executed 13 thousand projects with loans of 1.2 billion pounds

○ Ash Sharqia Governorate implemented 10 thousand projects with loans of 1.1 billion pounds

○ El Beheira Governorate implemented 14 thousand projects with loans of about one billion pounds

○ Moreover, the project aims to provide 37,000 jobs through the projects implemented with loans of six billion pounds during the new fiscal year 2019/2020]]>
8/4/2019 10:08:03 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s Chief of Staff inspects security in Sinai]]>
Lieutenant General Mohamed Farid met the governor of North Sinai along with security officials in the governorate, the General was keen to visit the permanent operations unit in the governorate to follow the anti-terrorism operations.

Farid commended the coordination between the police forces and the armed forces on tracking down terrorist cells and the successful anti-terrorism operations.
Farid asserted that the residents of Sinai are the first line of defence for Egypt's national security.

Lieutenant General was keen to pass President Abdel Fatah al Sisi’s regards to the armed forces men fighting in terrorism in North Sinai, where a ceremony to honor brave fighters from the armed forces was held.


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8/4/2019 9:30:43 AM
<![CDATA[Gunman kills 20 at Texas Walmart store in latest US mass shooting]]>
As President Donald Trump led the condemnation over "an act of cowardice" that police are treating as a possible hate crime, calls rang out to end the "epidemic" of gun violence.

It was the second fatal shooting in less than a week at a Walmart store in the US and comes after a mass shooting in California last weekend.

One suspect was taken into custody while authorities were studying an extremist manifesto purportedly written by the gunman.

Footage shot on camera phones appeared to show multiple bodies lying on the ground in the store's parking lot while other footage showed terrified shoppers running out of the store as gunfire echoed.

- Two to 82 years -
"Twenty innocent people from El Paso have lost their lives," Texas Governor Greg Abbott told a press conference.

"We as a state unite in support of these victims and their family members... We pray that God can be with those who have been harmed in any way and bind up their wounds."

Police chief Greg Allen confirmed that in addition to the 20 confirmed fatalities, there were 26 wounded.

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said three Mexican citizens were killed and Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said on Twitter six others were wounded.

Various news reports said the ages of victims being treated at hospitals ranged from two to 82 years.

Police said that Walmart was "at capacity" at the time of the shooting, with 1,000-3,000 customers inside.

Police confirmed that a 21-year-old from Allen, Texas, was the only person in custody. US media identified him as Patrick Crusius, who is white. He surrendered to police about a block away from the Walmart.

"Right now we have a manifesto from this individual that indicates to some degree, it has a nexus to potential hate crime," Allen said.

The "manifesto" purportedly written by Crusius that was circulated online includes passages railing against the "Hispanic invasion" of Texas and the author makes clear that he expected to be killed during his attack.

Veronica Escobar, who represents El Paso in Congress, said "the manifesto narrative is fueled by hate."

"And it's fueled by racism and bigotry and division," she said at a press conference with El Paso Mayor Dee Margo and Governor Abbott.

Witnesses said the gunman appeared to be shooting at random when he opened fire around 10:30 am.

One woman, who gave her name as Vanessa, said she had just pulled into the Walmart parking lot when the shooting began.

"You could hear the pops, one right after another and at that point as I was turning, I saw a lady, seemed she was coming out of Walmart, headed to her car. She had her groceries in her cart and I saw her just fall," she told Fox News.

The witness said the gunman wore black T-shirt, combat trousers and was wearing ear muffs.

"He was just shooting randomly. It wasn't to any particular person. It was any that would cross paths."

Another shopper described how he managed to avoid being hit by hiding along with his mother between two vending machines just outside the store.

"That's where the individual tried to shoot at me, which he missed cause I kind of ducked down," Robert Curado told the El Paso Times.

"He had an AK-47."

- 'How you doing, brother' -
Video captured by a witness in the parking lot in the immediate aftermath of the shooting showed three people lying motionless on the ground.

One had fallen next to a truck, while two were on the sidewalk outside the store entrance. " Ambulance! Help!" people cried as they rushed to the victims.

"How you doing, brother, how you doing," one man was heard saying on the recording.

A still captured from CCTV showed the gunman carrying what appeared to be an AK-47.

Trump, who is spending the weekend at his golf club in New Jersey, said the shooting was "not only tragic, it was an act of cowardice".

"There are no reasons or excuses that will ever justify killing innocent people," he said on Twitter.

It has been a particularly bad week for gun violence in the United States.

Two people died and a police officer was wounded Tuesday at a Walmart in Mississippi.

Last Sunday a 19-year-old gunman opened fire at a food festival in northern California, killing three, including two children.

Beto O'Rourke, a former US congressman for El Paso who is now running for president, cut off his campaigning in the wake of the shooting.

"I'm incredibly saddened and it's very hard to think about this. But I tell you El Paso is the strongest place in the world, this community is going to come together," he told supporters.

Elizabeth Warren, a senator who is among the frontrunners for the Democratic party's presidential nomination, said "far too many communities have suffered through tragedies like this already.

"We must act now to end our country's gun violence epidemic," she said.

Another presidential hopeful Cory Booker said the US had "to end this national nightmare" and "find the moral courage to take action to end this carnage."]]>
8/4/2019 8:39:46 AM
<![CDATA[Overview of Universal Health Insurance’s 1st month in Egypt]]>
At 22 health centers and units, 28.3 percent of the governorate’s citizens have registered themselves and their families. The number of citizens registered is currently 260,966 - divided upon 77,846 - out of the targeted 920,000.

Citizens have to present their national IDs and the birth certificates of their children to register in the system. Later on, a medical check-up is carried out for free to create medical records for the family members.

Throughout that month, 1,461 surgeries were performed in seven hospitals that have become part of the Universal Health Insurance System. Those are Al Salam Port Said Hospital, Ophthalmology Hospital, Al Nasr Children Hospital, Al Tadamun Hospital, Al Hayat Port Fouad Hospital, Gynecology Hospital, and Al Zohour Hospital.

Some of the surgeries were done for the first time in the governorate. Those are three cornea transplant procedures, two glaucoma surgeries, 10 eyelid repair surgeries, installation of two cochlear implants, and 11 cardiac catheterization procedures.

The installation of the cochlear implants was assumed in Al Nasr Children Hospital, which houses a unit affiliated to Magdi Yacoub Heart Foundation where the cardiac catheterization procedures took place. The unit, launched early in July, is still in the pilot phase, which will end in September. The nurses working in the unit are currently receiving training in the foundations' headquarters in Aswan.

As for the glaucoma surgeries, they were performed by Dr. Tarek Shaarawi, head of the glaucoma unit and the glaucoma surgery research group at the University of Geneva Hospitals for free. Dr. Shaarawi also volunteered to conduct 20 check-ups.

The duration of the process to open a family medical record was reduced from one hour to 10-15 minutes by better training the employees in charge. The referral procedures have been facilitated, and employees were assigned to guide citizens on how the process goes.

2nd batch of Egyptian doctors train in London on family medicine

CAIRO - 13 July 2019: The second batch of doctors to specialize in family medicine departed to London on Saturday to receive training. Much like the first batch trained in April, the delegation comprises 35 members who will return in a week.




In the first week of July, a bus toured Al Zohour neighborhood, and the Eatsern and Southern neighborhoods to campaign for the system and raise the citizens' awareness on the registration process. Furthermore, a bike race was held on July 27 for the same purpose.
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8/3/2019 4:47:46 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt sends 2nd medical aid to South Sudan]]>
Din added that this aid is part of development programs to support the African country's medical sector, pointed out that the first shipment was sent in October.

The ambassador added that extending aid to the brothers in Sudan comes to consolidate the long-standing relations between the two Nile River nations and reflects Egypt's keenness on serving the best interest of the Sudanese people.

Other Egyptian moves in this regard include announcing the establishment of a pharmaceutical plant affiliated to the Holding Company for Pharmaceuticals in Chad in January.

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

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

In April, The Health Ministry is establishing 13 centers to treat African people from Hepatitis C (HCV).

In January 2018, Egypt has been elected as chair of the African Union Assembly of Heads of State and Government for a one-year term in 2019.

In April 2017, an Egyptian medical convoy including four doctors and a medical equipment engineer in ophthalmology was sent to Eritrea, and shipment included 750 cartons of food, three bales of medicine and medical supplies weighing nine tons were sent to Somalia.
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8/3/2019 2:03:57 PM
<![CDATA[Tunisia extends state of emergency for one month]]>
Ennaceur issued a presidential decree to that effect, reported the state news agency TAP on Friday.

Extending state of emergency has been continuous in Tunisia since November 25, 2015 after a suicide bomber attacked a bus carrying members of the Tunisian presidential guard, killing 13 of them.]]>
8/3/2019 1:52:35 PM
<![CDATA[Iran’s FM was invited to meet Trump in the Oval Office - US magazine]]>
The diplomatic overture was made by Senator Rand Paul, the Kentucky Republican, during a meeting with Zarif in New York on July 15th, according to American and Iranian sources and a well-informed diplomat.

With President Trump’s blessing, Paul had been working on the idea for several weeks, in consultation with the White House and the State Department. An intermediary had reached out to the Iranians on Paul’s behalf three weeks before Zarif was due in New York for meetings at the United Nations.

In May and June, the United States accused Tehran of sabotaging six oil tankers just beyond the strategic Strait of Hormuz. On June 20th, Iran shot down one of America’s most sophisticated drones, claiming that it was flying over Iranian airspace. Trump considered military retaliation, but called it off at the last minute, because of projected casualties, according to the US magazine.

Paul’s mission was to break through the messy layers of conflict and launch a direct diplomatic channel, at the highest level. The overture was a miniature version of Trump’s tactic in circumventing traditional diplomacy by dealing directly with the North Korean leadership.

During an hour-long conversation, Zarif offered Paul ideas about how to end the nuclear impasse and address Trump’s concerns. He later outlined some of them to our group of journalists and subsequently in more detail to me, said Robin Wright, the article writer.

Zarif told Paul that the decision to meet Trump in the Oval Office was not his to make; he would have to consult with Tehran. He expressed concern that any meeting might end up as little more than a photo op, without substance.

After his meeting with Paul, Zarif relayed the overture to Iran’s leaders. They did not approve a meeting—at this time. Rouhani is due to attend the UN General Assembly next month.]]>
8/3/2019 1:03:40 PM
<![CDATA[Social Development Fund finances 11,000 micro, small projects over six months]]>
One of the fund’s aims is to encourage young people to start their own businesses within the framework of a national plan to eradicate unemployment and support micro and small projects.


Throughout the first half of 2019, the fund managed to achieve a number of objectives including:

- Injecting LE2.8 billion from January to June 2019
- Financing 11,000 micro and small projects within six months
- Creating around 174,6 thousand job opportunities for young citizens
- Dedicating LE35 million for infrastructure projects made 33,000 daily wages available
- The fund also targets injecting further LE3 billion during the second half of 2019


It is pertinent to mention that in 2017, Minister of Social Solidarity Ghada Wali said that approximately LE 54,95 million ($3 million) have been made available to finance small projects during the past three years until July 10.

Wali said that 19,080 projects have been executed ranging from commercial projects, public services, and bakeries, among others that benefited some 22,873 citizens.

Executive Director of the NFFCD, Abdel-Hakim Hamouda, said that the program offers loans to different associations working on community development in order to execute micro projects that will benefit people with low incomes.

By then, the foundation had already collaborated with 230 small associations across several governorates to provide these funds, he said.]]>
8/3/2019 10:33:42 AM
<![CDATA[Another blow to hit Turkish tourism, levy threatens businesses]]>
Tourism businesses in Turkey throughout the recent period had to offer discounts and low prices in an attempt to overcome a blow that hit the tourism sector three years ago.

According to Reuters, half-year figures released this week show a healthy 13% increase in foreign arrivals to Turkey, while a 10% jump in revenue for the sector to $12.6 billion has given a valuable boost to an economy still stuck in recession.

The declared levy, however, requires hotels and travel companies to pay up to 0.75% of their total revenues to Turkey’s newly founded Tourism Promotion and Development Agency.

This will significantly erode profit margins, businesses say.

In 2016, tourism to Turkey plummeted after a series of bombings, a failed military coup and a crisis with Moscow after Ankara shot down a Russian jet on the Syrian border.

Many firms were forced to slash prices to lure visitors and figures show average spend per tourist is still down by a third from its peak of $974 in 2013.

Businesses affected by the levy, which will be paid monthly from October, include accommodation facilities, food and drink outlets licensed by the ministry, travel agencies and private airport and terminal operators.]]>
8/3/2019 9:50:28 AM
<![CDATA[E-chips to be installed on camels participating in 2nd Crown Prince Festival]]>nd Crown Prince Camel Festival at the King Faisal Park in Taif, Saudi Arabia.

The race will be held under the patronage of HRH Prince Mohammad bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz, deputy prime minister and Saudi minister of defense.

A team of veterinarians at the Ministry of Agriculture took over the task of installing the electronic chips, which will contain all the data of each camel for preservation while participating in the race and during the travel journey until their return.

Abu Anqa further added that other medical procedures have also been carried out, including general checks and tests to ensure that they are free of any diseases and their full fitness for racing.

In earlier remarks, head of the committee, Salama Abul Nada, said on that 67 of Egypt’s best camels will travel to participate in the festival, adding that the federation have carefully chosen them from about 1000 camel, all of which are strongly qualified to participate in any race inside and outside Egypt.

Abul Nada expressed his pride that the Egyptian camels will be participating in one of the most important camel racing events in the world. The camels will be accompanied by their owners and trainers along with members of the Egyptian Federation for Camels, headed by Eid Hamdan al-Muzaini.

In the same context, Deputy of President of the Egyptian federation Hamad Shoeb said in a statement that Egyptian poets will participate at the festival for the first time.

The first edition of the festival was launched in 2018 for more than 30 days with the participation of business leaders, politicians and camel enthusiasts. The festival aims at promoting camel racing heritage of the Kingdom and Arab countries.
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8/3/2019 9:41:16 AM
<![CDATA[Tsunami warning after magnitude 7 quake strikes off Indonesia's Sumatra]]>
The Indonesian geophysics agency issued a tsunami warning after the quake, which the USGS said had hit at a depth of 59 km (37 miles), about 227 km (141 miles) from the city of Teluk Betung on the island.

There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties. ]]>
8/2/2019 4:26:10 PM
<![CDATA[ISIS claims responsibility for attack on Aden police station]]>
An ISIS affiliated group issued a statement on Friday claiming responsibility for the attack that killed 11 people.

The attack involved suicide bombers using a car, a bus and motorcycles laden with explosives that targeted a police station in the city's Omar al-Mokhtar neighborhood during a morning police roll-call.

It was one of two major attacks in Aden on Thursday that killed a total of 51 people. The other attack involved a ballistic missile fired by Yemen's Houthi militants at a military parade and killed at least 40 troops.
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8/2/2019 4:00:04 PM
<![CDATA[Saudi women thrilled over decision to allow traveling independently]]>
The new amendment was approved on Thursday, allowing all Saudi women to apply for passports "like all citizens" and for women aged 21 and above to travel independently.

The Ministry of Information called the reform, which comes into effect at the end of August, part of the kingdom's "efforts to promote women's rights and empowerment, equal to men."

“May god protect King Salman bin Abdulaziz and Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman who preserved the stature of Saudi women and granted them their rights. Only hatred and envy could lead to ungratefulness,” Twitter user and writer @mahalwabel said.




For her part, @Lama_algosaibi tweeted, “Congratulations to all Saudi women who are aware and have always been responsible and trusted, long live Saudi Arabia.”




@halimamuthaffar also congratulated Saudi woem nand said all decisions that target women also benefits men and families altogether, saying these are the kind of decisions that teach everyone responsibility towards others.




For her part, @WaadArif tweeted, “Saudi Arabia has granted women 21 and above the right to travel abroad, issue their passports without a male guardian's permission, request official family's docs, and report any change of martial status as with men. A remarkable change towards gender equality & women's rights!”




Earlier today, Reema Bandar Al-Saud, Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the United States, tweeted that the lifted travel and passport bans are a sign of the country's "unequivocal commitment to gender equality."

The nomination of Al-Saud as a female ambassador reflects bin Salman's plan to increase the number of women in the workforce -- in recent years, a limited number of women have been allowed to pursue more jobs and even senior government positions.
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8/2/2019 2:35:03 PM
<![CDATA[Saudi Arabia allows women to travel without male permission]]>
The royal decree was published on Friday by the official gazette.

Women were also granted the right to receive official family documents, and to register marriage or divorce or child birth, according to recent amendments.

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman has moved to grant women more rights since he took post in June, 2017.

The decades-long decree banning women from driving - the last law of its kind in the world – was finally overturned in June last year.

The move, earlier ordered by King Salman, was part of sweeping reforms pushed by the crown prince, who aims to transform the economy of the world's top oil exporter and open up its so-called cloistered society.

Allowing women to drive has removed the conservative Islamic kingdom's status as the only country where women is banned from driving cars. Many think that the decision comes as part of “Vision 2030” reforms announced in 2016.

In the 2018 Global Gender Gap, the Kingdom ranked 141 of 149 countries, Reuters reported. The Global Gender Gap is a World Economic Forum study on how women fare in economic and political participation, health and education.

Guardianship

Following the women driving ban removal, Human Rights Watch called on Saudi authorities to take a step forward in gender equality and to put an end to the current state of men being in charge of women.

The organization said in a statement that Saudi women still face constraints, including the need to have permission from their guardians (fathers or husbands) for obtaining passports, travelling outside the Kingdom or doing a study abroad, or marrying.

They also face many challenges in dealings, as they would not be able to file a lawsuit for example, if their guardians did not approve it or were not available.

“The state of men’s superiority to women is the biggest obstacle women face to gaining their rights,” said Sarah Whitson, Middle East director at Human Rights Watch.
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8/2/2019 2:19:59 PM
<![CDATA[Border guard forces seize 18 bombs in North Sinai over past month]]>
The forces also discovered and destroyed two tunnel openings in the same area.

The move was taken in cooperation between the border guard forces and military engineers.

The forces also confiscated 300 kilograms of urea that is used for making explosives, 1,855 kilograms of hashish (cannabis) and 392,000 pills of narcotics in the past month.

The campaigns also resulted in seizing 2,486 kilograms of bango and six kilograms of heroin during the same period.

Meanwhile, the border guard forces thwarted an illegal migration attempt for 431 people of different nationalities. All legal measures have been taken.]]>
8/2/2019 1:34:27 PM
<![CDATA[Rwanda reopens border with DR Congo after closing due to Ebola deaths]]>
The border was closed after a third case of Ebola was detected in the border city of Goma, which has a population of more than two million people and has an international airport. Two people have already died there.

The border closure comes as the crisis has already become the second-deadliest Ebola outbreak in history, with more than 1,700 people killed even though medical professionals widely use an experimental but effective Ebola vaccine. ]]>
8/2/2019 12:43:08 PM
<![CDATA[US formally withdraws from INF Treaty with Russia]]>WASHINGTON - 2 Aug 2019: The US formally withdrew from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty with Russia, Alhurra news channel reported in breaking news on Friday.

“The United States will not remain party to a treaty that is deliberately violated by Russia,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement.

Earlier this year, US President Donald Trump's administration announced its intention to withdraw from the agreement, accusing Moscow of repeatedly violating its terms, a charge that was denied by Russia.]]>
8/2/2019 12:38:26 PM
<![CDATA[Pope Tawadros to meet with Gulf Coptic churches' board members Friday]]>
The first day of the conference began with a speech by Pope Tawadros, followed by Bishop Raphael, Archbishop of Central Cairo, and Bishop John Pauli then Paul George, the priest of the Apostle Marks Church in Heliopolis. Tawadros II pointed out during his speech that the priest needs several things such as sincerity, determination and the spirit of a fighter to serve his services to the Christians as a priest on the fullest.

The Coptic Church of Egypt has churches in most of the Gulf Cooperation Council states such as Bahrain, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Qatar, while Saudi Arabia has agreed to hold the first Coptic Mass service a few months ago at the house of an Egyptian working in the Kingdom.
 
The churches of the Arab Gulf States are under the supervision of Bishop Julius, Bishop of Public Services and Ancient Egypt, except for the churches of Kuwait, which are followed by St. Anthony of Jerusalem, Iraq and Kuwait.]]>
8/2/2019 4:28:36 AM
<![CDATA[Exceptional visit granted to inmates during Eid al-Adha]]>
The visit will not be deducted from the number of legalized visits granted to prisoners throughout their jail term, according to a Monday statement.

It was stated that the exceptional visit comes as part of the ministry’s keenness to uphold the values of human rights alongside the application of its penal policy and modern correctional system.

In December 2018, the Cabinet approved a presidential decree pardoning some prisoners on the occasion of the Police Day and January Revolution.

According to the constitution, the president has the right to issue pardons for convicted prisoners after consulting with the Cabinet. ]]>
8/2/2019 2:40:21 AM
<![CDATA[Aug. 4: Court to decide on request to seize funds of 'Hope plan' defendants]]>
Hope Plan, according to a security statement, is a terrorist plot by Muslim Brotherhood leaders to target the state facilities institutions. The arrested figures are believed to be Muslim Brotherhood operatives. The number of the defendants listed in the case is 18.

The State Security Prosecution had ordered detaining the defendants, seizing the funds of a number of defendants including politicians and economy figures in the case and banning them from travelling abroad.

Defendants in the case include Moustafa Abdel Mo'ez, Osama al-Akabawi, Omar al-Shenety, Hossam Mo'nis, Zyad al-Elemy, Hisham Fouad, Hassan Barbari, Ahmed Tammam, Khaled Abu Shadi, Lo'ya Sabry and Taqwa Abdel Rady.

The runaways are Ayman Nour, owner and manager of pro-Muslim Brotherhood Al-Sharq TV; pro-Muslim Brotherhood TV presenters Mo'taz Matar and Mohamed Nasser; and Muslim-Brotherhood-affiliated figures Mahmoud Hussein and Ali Bateekh.

According to a statement by the Interior Ministry, the scheme worked on uniting the Brotherhood group members, funding them from the revenues of some economic entities as they sought to topple the state and its institutions on the June 30 Uprising anniversary.

Information received by the National Security Service revealed that the plan is focused on establishing routes for the financial funds sent illegally from abroad by some hostile countries to work on carrying out violent acts across the country to disrupt celebrations of the revolution's anniversary, the statement said.

The statement also noted that the scheme aimed at launching "inciting" campaigns in the media and on the social media and satellite TV channels that are broadcast from outside the country.

Acting on such information, security forces, in coordination with the High State Security Prosecution, targeted 19 economic entities which are secretly run by the MB leaders and seized documents, amounts of money and electronic devices that were in their possession, the statement added.]]>
8/2/2019 2:34:32 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt launches health campaign against smoking]]>
Medical checks are being offered for freenationwide, besides disseminating awareness of the significance of quitting smoking, according to a statement from the Ministry of Health.

A total of 30 clinics will be allocated in psychiatric and respiratory hospitalsall over Egypt.

Egypt's "100 Million Healthy Lives"launched in October 2018,screened45 million citizensforhepatitis C and ended April 2019. 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 to cure1 million Africans.

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

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8/1/2019 6:56:18 PM
<![CDATA[32.5% of Egyptians live in extreme poverty: CAPMAS]]>
According to CAPMAS’s latest survey on income, expenditure and consumption for 2017/2018, Egypt announced that he who earns less than LE 8,282 (US$ 501.03) annually and $1.3 daily, lives under poverty line.

The highest percentage of poverty among 99 million Egyptians was recorded in Upper Egypt, mainly in Assuit and Sohag, with 66.7 percent and 59.6 percent respectively, the survey revealed, adding that poverty rates ranged from 80 to 100 percent in about 46 villages in these two governorates.

In 2015, the World Bank announced that the international extreme poverty threshold is set at $1.9 per day, saying that as of 2015, 700 million people have lived in extreme poverty worldwide. The World Bank has set the poverty line at $3.20 per day for lower-middle-income countries, such as Egypt and India.

The increasing rate of poor Egyptians came following the austerity measures taken by the Egyptian government to meet the International Monetary Fund (IMF) conditions. Egypt devaluated its currency against US dollar in 2016, and has applied a plan to gradually remove the subsidizes on fuel, basic commodities and public transportations.

“Poverty rates could be higher without applying the economic reform that is being applied by the state,” said Minister of Planning Hala al-Saeed in comments to CNBC Arabia on Tuesday.

At the seventh edition of the National Youth Conference in the newly constructed Administrative Capital on Wednesday, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi said that People in Egypt are not poor, unlike what is being believed by people.

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8/1/2019 4:39:47 PM
<![CDATA[National Airports to collect new fees from passengers departing Egypt]]>
The fees will be equal to $25 for each passenger, according to the decision published by the country’s official gazette on Wednesday.

Civil Aviation Minister Younes al-Masry said that each of the passengers of domestic flights will pay $5 as a fee.

EgyptAir, the national flag carrier, will be granted a 50 percent discount on the fees for landing,parking and accomodation of its aircraft, which they usually pay, according to the decree.

Sources in the Civil Aviation Ministry said in press remarks that the decision to increase the fees will highly contribute to developing the airports, as it is set to be applied to passengers in the various airports nationwide starting November.

The sources noted that the fees did not increase in the past six years.

The fees will be indirectly collected, as they will be part of the price of the ticket, the sources revealed.]]>
8/1/2019 3:14:00 PM
<![CDATA[PM stresses necessity of implementing Youth Conference recommendations]]>th Youth Conference, which took place over the past two days in the New Administrative Capital.

Madbouli further added that the Youth Conference has become a platform that enriches dialogue between the state and its young citizens.

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi yesterday decreed the formation of working groups of the youth of the presidential program and the Egyptian universities, and researchers, to continuously contact the government and the state institutions within the framework of the national work.

He also decided to form youth working groups to assist state institutions to follow up and implement major national projects. The groups shall start working immediately under the supervision of the prime minister and the relevant ministries.

During the second session that concluded yesterday, Madbouli said the Economic Reform Program has put Egypt in a better situation that enables the government to start developments across the state.

Madbouli added during his speech at the first conference of the “Decent Life” initiative that the government aims at developing services and life standards for tens of millions living in villages, pointing out that this requires collaboration from all state foundations and authorities.

During the conference, President Sisi issued directives to coordinators of the Decent Life initiative to completely finalize developing villages and not wait for any 2020 financial allocations.

The first conference of the “Decent Life” initiative, aims at discussing means to eradicate poverty, raise life standards and develop services and villages across Egypt.

With EGP 2 billion, Egypt will aid 377 villages in 11 different governorates in the first phase of the initiative, specifically those in Upper Egypt.

The first phase began implementation early this year. The aid consists of providing drinking water lines, ceilings for roofless buildings and houses, and donating blankets and furniture to at least three million people in the governorates.

Moreover, medical teams will visit villages and offer medical assistance and surgeries to those who need it and people with physical disabilities will be provided with prosthetic devices, wheelchairs and crutches as well.

“We aim at developing villages completely to have completely new looks, this has to be done without waiting for any financial allocations of the next year,” President Sisi said during his speech.

Nearly 1,500 youth participants from all 27 governorates attended at the conference. The participants will represents university students, political parties, the Presidential Leadership Program (PLP), along with other outstanding youth in different fields, and youth who registered online.

The sixth National youth Conference was held on July 28, 2018 in Cairo University, and was attended by up to 3,000 young people. The theme was human development and education reforms.
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8/1/2019 3:00:49 PM
<![CDATA[Prisoners to be released by presidential pardon in Eid El-Adha]]>
The decision to release the prisoners on the occasion of Eid El-Adha (the sacrifice feast) was published in the Gazette.

Regarding presidential pardons, they are customary to national and religious occasions. According to article 155 of the constitution, the president is allowed to issue pardons only after a final ruling is issued.

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.

Previously, a total of 2,110 prisoners were released on June 15 per a presidential pardon, while 677 others were out on conditional release, marking the first day of Eid El-Fitr (a religious feast celebrated by Muslims worldwide, marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan.)

The batch of released prisoners included also 690 debtors, as part of a presidential initiative called “Prisons without Debtors” aiming to release all debtors landing behind bars by paying off their debts.

In May, the Interior Ministry's prison department pardoned 447 prisoners on the occasion of Sinai Liberation Day.

The Interior Ministry said in a statement that the prison department also found that 473 inmates are qualified for release on parole. The Egyptian government frequently pardons prisoners during national celebrations.

Also in May, President Sisi pardoned About 332 prisoners. The pardon list included youths and prisoners with health problems.

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

In November 2016, Sisi declared the first presidential pardon list, pardoning 82 detainees, including TV presenter and religious thinker Islam al-Behery, who was charged with “contempt of Islam”.

A second pardon list was declared in March 2017, pardoning 203 detainees. The list included five journalists, according to Masrawy news outlet. In June 2017, Sisi announced pardoning 502 detainees.

On the anniversary of October 6 War, 244 prisoners regained their freedom after receiving a pardon by a presidential decree.
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8/1/2019 2:59:52 PM
<![CDATA[39K Egyptian pilgrims arrive in Saudi Arabia]]>
Amr Lotfy told MENA that all pilgrims are safe and sound.

No complaints have been received from any of the pilgrims, he added, promising to ensure that all of them are given all due care. ]]>
8/1/2019 1:18:17 PM
<![CDATA[PM says gov't collaborates to fully develop Egypt villages]]>nd session of the 7th National Youth Conference, Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouli said the Economic Reform Program has put Egypt in a better situation that enables the government to start developments across the state.

Madbouli added during his speech at the first conference of the “Decent Life” initiative that the government aims at developing services and life standards for tens of millions living in villages, pointing out that this requires collaboration from all state foundations and authorities.

During the conference, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi issued directives to coordinators of the Decent Life initiative to completely finalize developing villages and not wait for any 2020 financial allocations.

The first conference of the “Decent Life” initiative, aims at discussing means to eradicate poverty, raise life standards and develop services and villages across Egypt.

With EGP 2 billion, Egypt will aid 377 villages in 11 different governorates in the first phase of the initiative, specifically those in Upper Egypt.

The first phase began implementation early this year. The aid consists of providing drinking water lines, ceilings for roofless buildings and houses, and donating blankets and furniture to at least three million people in the governorates.

Moreover, medical teams will visit villages and offer medical assistance and surgeries to those who need it and people with physical disabilities will be provided with prosthetic devices, wheelchairs and crutches as well.

“We aim at developing villages completely to have completely new looks, this has to be done without waiting for any financial allocations of the next year,” President Sisi said during his speech.

Nearly 1,500 youth participants from all 27 governorates attended at the conference. The participants will represents university students, political parties, the Presidential Leadership Program (PLP), along with other outstanding youth in different fields, and youth who registered online.

The sixth National youth Conference was held on July 28, 2018 in Cairo University, and was attended by up to 3,000 young people. The theme was human development and education reforms.
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7/31/2019 4:39:55 PM
<![CDATA[President Sisi urges to finalize developing villages 'completely' within 'Decent Life' initiative]]>nd session of the 7th National Youth Conference, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi has issued directives to coordinators of the Decent Life initiative to completely finalize developing villages and not wait for any 2020 financial allocations.

The first conference of the “Decent Life” initiative, aims at discussing means to eradicate poverty, raise life standards and develop services and villages across Egypt.

With EGP 2 billion, Egypt will aid 377 villages in 11 different governorates in the first phase of the initiative, specifically those in Upper Egypt.

The first phase began implementation early this year. The aid consists of providing drinking water lines, ceilings for roofless buildings and houses, and donating blankets and furniture to at least three million people in the governorates.

Moreover, medical teams will visit villages and offer medical assistance and surgeries to those who need it and people with physical disabilities will be provided with prosthetic devices, wheelchairs and crutches as well.

“We aim at developing villages completely to have completely new looks, this has to be done without waiting for any financial allocations of the next year,” President Sisi said during his speech.

Nearly 1,500 youth participants from all 27 governorates attended at the conference. The participants will represents university students, political parties, the Presidential Leadership Program (PLP), along with other outstanding youth in different fields, and youth who registered online.

The sixth National youth Conference was held on July 28, 2018 in Cairo University, and was attended by up to 3,000 young people. The theme was human development and education reforms.
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7/31/2019 4:12:54 PM
<![CDATA[Establishing database for Egyptians is part of national security: Sisi]]>
Sisi's speech came during a session on digitization on the second day of the seventh edition of the National Youth Conference, taking place at the New Administrative Capital.

"When we first started gathering information to get full and effective databases, citizens were vulnerable and protected, but we were keen to assure them that creating a full database of Egyptian society was a national security issue." Sisi said.

"This issue is necessary in terms of combating corruption of interest to citizens," he said, citing the exclusion of thousands of ration cards for repetition as an example.

The president also said the state has achieved great progress in digitization, saying "I have informed Akram Abdel Basset, the Administrative Control Authority undersecretary, that we are ready for funding because creating full databases for Egypt is highly important."

"When the Ministry of Solidarity wants to offer financial aid to the neediest families, an application is submitted and with the absence of credible official databases, it takes time to check and verify the information submitted by each applicant,"Sisi asserted.

"With the new databases, no one needs to submit such requests anymore," he added."We get to know the financial and health conditions of the citizens through artificial intelligence," the president clarified.

President Sisi said "through having complete databases decision-makers can get correct information that can help them detect and address any deficiencies and shortcomings, such as for instance a lower health growth rate in one village compared to its neighbors."

"Previously, we used to make a full survey to get the correct information about any subject that we needed to address and that required a lot of time, effort and money," he said. It was imperative to have a change, he added.

"Eventually and once we have databases that are complete, well-organized and precise, we can be able to follow up everything in Egypt." Not just to fight corruption but also to help the people and make their lives easier, the president added.

"Through complete data, the citizens can locate their nearest school for their children, also if a citizen needs a health service in hospital, his data and medical history will appear to the persons in charge," he added.

"By the end of next year, as promised by the Administrative Control Authority undersecretary Akram Abdel Basset and the Minister of Communication and Information Technology Amr Talaat, the system will be efficient hence we can reach out to the people and make decisions." the president noted.

For his part, Abdel Basset said that digitizing the Egyptian state is a major step that will change the way of life in the country, adding that the multi phase project is implemented in cooperation between the young people and the state bodies.

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According to a report issued by the ACA, the first phase of the digitization project started in 2018 in Port Said governorate and is set to be finalized soon.

Abdel Basset noted that the project aims at promoting direct communication with citizens through digital platforms and online applications. It also seeks to ensure the streamlining of services delivered for citizens.

Applying the digitization project in Port Said has helped provide the data needed for the implementation of the health insurance system in the governorate that will be ready to come into effect in September, he said.

Abdel Basset also highlighted the efforts exerted for providing the needed infrastructure for digital transformation at 681 governmental facilities in the governorate, citing deals signed for establishing digital portals and smart phone applications to deliver services for citizens.

Nearly 1,500 youth participants from all 27 governorates attended the conference. The participants represent different universities, political parties, the Presidential Leadership Program (PLP), along with outstanding youth in different fields, and youth who registered online.

The first conference of the “Dignified Life” initiative, aimed at the eradication of poverty, will take place before the closing session, “Ask the President”.

The sixth National youth Conference was held on July 28, 2018 in Cairo University, and was attended by up to 3,000 young people. The theme was human development and education reforms.

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7/31/2019 3:53:56 PM
<![CDATA[Graduates of Youth Academy promise to best represent continent]]>
Speaking at the graduation ceremony on the second day of the seventh National Youth Conference, the young African added that the African youth received the needed support and encouragement thanks to President Sisi's efforts.

Imam also offered his sincere thanks and appreciation to the academy for granting the first batch of the academy a valuable training in science, knowledge, respect, coexistence and tolerance under the supervision of a group of the academy's most prominent scientists.

"It was a great opportunity to participate in the World Youth Forum that was held last year," said Khadija Rizgi, one of the graduates of the presidential program from Algeria. She explained that President Sisi made her dream more realistic by launching the presidential program to prepare African youth to build the next generation of African leaders.

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She added that the presidential program of the National Academy of Youth was target oriented and fulfilling and that the content exceeded expectations. "I am proud to be a graduate of this place.It is an honor to visit Egypt, the land of history and civilization."

Nearly 1,500 youth participants from all 27 governorates attended the conference. The participants represent different universities, political parties, the Presidential Leadership Program (PLP), along with outstanding youth in different fields, and youth who registered online.

The first conference of the “Dignified Life” initiative, aimed at the eradication of poverty, will take placebefore the closing session, “Ask the President”.

The sixth National youth Conference was held on July 28, 2018 in Cairo University, and was attended by up to 3,000 young people. The theme was human development and education reforms.
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7/31/2019 2:05:04 PM
<![CDATA[Pics: President Sisi honors promising African youth at 7th National Youth Conference]]>
President Sisi was keen to take commemorative photos with the graduates of the first batch of the Presidential Leadership Program for African Youth Rehabilitation. Each of the five students got a commemorative shield on the occasion of their graduation.


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Nearly 1,500 youth participants from the 27 Egyptian governorates attended the conference. The participants represent universities, political parties, the Presidential Leadership Program (PLP), in addition to other outstanding youth figures from different fields, and young people who registered online.

The first conference of the “Dignified Life” initiative, aimed at the eradication of poverty, will take place before the closing session, “Ask the President”.

The sixth National Youth Conference was held on July 28, 2018 in Cairo University, and was attended by up to 3,000 young people. The theme was human development and education reforms.
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7/31/2019 2:01:22 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt, China to jointly manufacture electric buses]]>
Foton officials reviewed potentials of the buses that should be manufactured in Egypt based on a signed contract.

They said that Foton Motor is currently exporting electric buses to Egypt, taking into consideration the factors of operation and environment.

Minister Shaarawy said that manufacturing electric buses in Egypt is part of a government plan to upgrade the fleet of the public transport authority with the aim to solve a traffic problem in the capital.

The plan is also meant to improve services offered to citizens, he added.

Shaarawy highly appreciated the Military Production Ministry's approach to encourage this industry in Egypt.]]>
7/31/2019 1:21:41 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi witnesses PLP ceremony to celebrate graduation of first batch of African youths]]>
The ceremony was held on the second and final day of the 7th edition of the National Youth Conference, that is held in the New Administrative Capital.

Attending the ceremony were Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli, Speaker of the House of Representatives Ali Abdel Aal and a number of cabinet ministers along with senior state officials.

Today's activities include the first conference of the "Decent Life" initiative that is aimed at upgrading the living conditions of residents in villages and remote areas in Egypt through providing jobs and improving healthcare and educational services.

The focal point of the youth conference is the "Ask the President" session during which the president will respond to questions by young people in multiple political, economic and social fields.

Head of the National Academy for Training Rasha Ragheb thanked the president for his support to young Egyptian and African people.

She said that the president is aware that young people are the driving engine for reform and reconstruction and they are the pillars of the future.

She added that thousands of young people from all over the country had applied to join the leadership program but only 500 of them were chosen, promising that the selection was made in a fair environment.

The academy was set up in 2017 under the auspices of president Sisi with the aim of building the character of Egypt's coming generations on international scientific bases, she pointed out.

The academy has trained within one year up to 3,282 young people through 23 training programs, she added. The academy also established partnerships with foundations in other countries in France, Switzerland and Korea and provided 161 scholarships in universities in the Netherlands, Korea, Japan, Singapore and India, she indicated.

PLP graduates from Algeria and Nigeria gave speeches at the ceremony lauding the president for his wise decision to train young people from Africa in the leadership program.
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7/31/2019 12:38:04 PM
<![CDATA[President Sisi attends 2nd session of National Youth Conference ]]>th edition of the National Youth Conference at the New Administrative Capital (NAC).

During the first session, Sisi thanked Egyptians for all the achievements that took place in Egypt during the past five years, affirming that none of it would have been achieved except for the Egyptians' patience.

Sisi announced that the conference aims at achieving a safe and stable future for the Egyptians through discussions and dialogue.

Nearly 1,500 youth participants from all 27 governorates attended at the conference. The participants will represents university students, political parties, the Presidential Leadership Program (PLP), along with other outstanding youth in different fields, and youth who registered online.

The first conference of “Dignified Life” initiative, aimed at the eradication of poverty, will take place. Before the closing session, “Ask the President”.

The sixth National youth Conference was held on July 28, 2018 in Cairo University, and was attended by up to 3,000 young people. The theme was human development and education reforms.
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7/31/2019 11:49:01 AM
<![CDATA[Madbouli: We continue supporting social protection programs]]>
He was speaking at the second session of the simulation model of the Egyptian state at the seventh National Youth Conference that kicked off here today at the New Administrative Capital.

This session focused on the issues of social protection, terrorism, security challenges, and regional unrest.

The premier added that the rationalization of oil products helps the government expand in the provision of further health care and education services.

For her part, Social Solidarity Minister Ghada Wali said around 1,000 new families will be added to the Takaful and Karama program with the beginning of the new fiscal year.

She went on to say that her ministry had set up a database that included 7 million households, with a view to supporting the families eligible for benefiting from social protection programs.

With regard to the growing risk of terrorism, a documentary on the state's efforts to fight terrorism and achieve stability was displayed.]]>
7/31/2019 11:06:06 AM
<![CDATA[Sisi aide arrives in Nouakchott to attend inauguration of Mauritanian president]]>
Sobhi will attend the ceremony, which will take place Thursday, on behalf of President Abdel Fattah El Sisi.

A high-ranking Mauritanian delegation and Egyptian Ambassador Ahmed Salama received Sobhy at Nouakchott airport. ]]>
7/31/2019 11:04:57 AM
<![CDATA[Retrial of five defendants in Warraq cell case deferred to Aug. 25]]>
The defendants face charges of killing two civilians, targeting policemen and public facilities, possessing unlicensed weapons and joining a terrorist group. ]]>
7/31/2019 10:10:00 AM
<![CDATA[IOM chief lauded efforts exerted by Egypt for fighting human trafficking]]>
In his speech at a ceremony held by the national coordination committee for fighting illegal migration and human trafficking, he thanked President Abdel Fattah El Sisi for efforts exerted by Egypt in this regard.

Egypt continues to score victories in the battle against human trafficking, he said, underscoring the importance of international cooperation in fighting this crime.

Head of the committee, Ambassador Naela Gabr also underlined the importance of fighting human trafficking to preserve the rights of the ordinary citizen.

She also underlined the importance of cooperation between state departments and civil society organisations for achieving this goal.

Regional Representative of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Cristina Albertin pointed out that conflicts and wars largely contribute to the spread of this phenomenon.

She added that one third of the victims of human trafficking are women and one third are children.

There are around 25,000 victims of human trafficking who were discovered in the period 2003/2016, she added.]]>
7/31/2019 10:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Why Facebook barred Khaled Salah from disproving smear campaign?]]>
Some believe that the Facebook administration has become biased to the anti-Egyptian state groups, led by the Muslim Brotherhood, designated by the Egyptian state as terrorist since late in 2013.

Salah faced lately a smear campaign based on fabricated and false information and circulated by platforms close to the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group, the campaign was not barred despite containing harsh, violent language and being reported.

Mohamed Nasser, TV presenter in Mekameleen channel, known for destructive remarks against the Egyptian regime, in favor of a pro-MB agenda, displayed a police report revealing sexual abuses against a detainee named Khaled Salah Mostafa Abu Lamona.

The report was republished by Alaa Mubarak, son of former President Hosni Mubarak who was forced to step down amid angry protests in 2011. Alaa Mubarak has been recently issuing hostile remarks against some symbols of the regime as well.

Alaa's post was deleted after a short period for unknown reasons so far, while some assert that the Facebook Administration removed it for being fake news aiming at damaging the reputation of an individual without a proof.

In a Twitter post, the chief editor, has photographed his personal passport, showing his full name as Khaled Mohamed Salah Hassanen Ateya, a totally different name from that mentioned by the report that has not been so far verified.



The chief editor also published an obviously separate report that seemingly attempted to prove that Khaled Salah Abu Lamoona and Khaled Salah Ateya are the same person, claiming that Abu Lamona works as a news editor in Youm7 Newspaper. The report was dated 1999 as shown.

However, the report seems definitely fake as Youm7 newspaper has been founded in 2008

"I swear by Allah (God) you are [as dumb as] cows," Khaled Salah said, addressing those who have made the report. "If you want to fabricate [a story] put a correct name."

"Did Youm7 exist in 1999?! [Your are such sheep, sheep, sheep," Salah said, obviously referring to the Muslim Brotherhood group." The MB followers have been called by those against the group as "sheep" because they are huge in number, blindly follow the orders of their leaders, and can be controlled by their guides as easily as herds, according to the anti-group parties.

"I [vow to] never stop exposing you," Salah added.




Khaled Salah is the editor-in-chief and father of Egyptian influential daily Youm7; the paper was twice selected by Forbes Middle East as having the most effective news website in the Middle East.

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Khaled Salah, editor-in-chief of influential daily Youm7


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7/30/2019 10:58:59 PM
<![CDATA[Get to know Shaimaa el-Kordy, the host of 7th National Youth Conference]]>
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Hijab-wearing Kordy announced the beginning of the 7th National Youth Conference attended by President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, and more than 1,500 Egyptian youths from different society levels - TV Screenshot


In a tactful manner and remarkable decorum, hijab-wearing Kordy captured the attention of the audience and followers of the forum. The two-day conference was inaugurated Tuesday by President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, and is attended by more than 1,500 Egyptian youths from different society levels.

ON TV channel presenter, Kordy, made her first TV appearance in 2013 on radio; she gained audience admire for her good literary Arabic, and correct pronunciation.

There has been a decades-long ban on veiled female news presenters to go on air on Egyptian state television; it was lifted following the 25 January Revolution. Fatma Nabil became the first woman to present news wearing a hijab in 2012. Few female broadcasters went on air before that time, but used to present religious-content TV programs.

Before her graduation in the Faculty of Mass Communication in 2013, Kordy received training at the Iraqi TV Channel El-Hadath. She was then an intern with El-Diaa TV Channel. She then joined Dream TV Channel for several months. Kordy is currently working with ON TV channel, and she was chosen for her talent and experience to present the opening ceremony of the 7th National Youth Conference.

President Abdel Fatah al Sisi announced Tuesday inaugurating the 7th edition of the National Youth Conference at the New Administrative Capital (NAC). Nearly 1,500 youth participants from all 27 governorates attended at the conference. The participants will represent university students, political parties, the Presidential Leadership Program (PLP), along with other outstanding youth in different fields, and youth who registered online.

Following the opening session, two Egyptian State Model sessions will be held. On the second and last day, the African Presidential Leadership Program (APLP) will celebrate the graduation of the first African youth class encompassing citizens from 29 African states. ]]>
7/30/2019 8:34:03 PM
<![CDATA[President Sisi inaugurates 7th National Youth Conference ]]>
During a short speech at the opening ceremony, Sisi thanked the Egyptians for all the achievements that took place in Egypt during the past five years, affirming that none of it would have been achieved except for the Egyptians' patience.

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Sisi announced that the conference aims at achieving a safe and stable future for the Egyptians through discussions and dialogue.

Nearly 1,500 youth participants from all 27 governorates attended at the conference. The participants will represents university students, political parties, the Presidential Leadership Program (PLP), along with other outstanding youth in different fields, and youth who registered online.


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The event will run for two days and will be attended by President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi. The event is typically attended by ministers, public figures, media people, African ambassadors, and Egyptian senior officials.

Following the opening session, two Egyptian State Model sessions will be held. On the second and last day, the African Presidential Leadership Program (APLP) will celebrate the graduation of the first African youth class encompassing citizens from 29 African states.

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Later on, the first conference of “Dignified Life” initiative, aimed at the eradication of poverty, will take place. Before the closing session, “Ask the President” session will be held.

The sixth National youth Conference was held on July 28, 2018 in Cairo University, and was attended by up to 3,000 young people. The theme was human development and education reforms.

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7/30/2019 6:21:56 PM
<![CDATA[In pics: 7th National Youth Conference kicks off at New Administrative Capital]]>
The Conference will include the commencement of the first class of the African Presidential Leadership Program (APLP).

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Nearly 1,500 youth participants from all 27 governorates will be attending at the conference. The participants will be representing university students, political parties, the Presidential Leadership Program (PLP), along with other outstanding youth in different fields, and youth who registered online.

The event will run for two days and will be attended by President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi. The event is typically attended by ministers, public figures, media people, African ambassadors, and Egyptian senior officials.

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Following the opening session, two Egyptian State Model sessions will be held. On the second and last day, the African Presidential Leadership Program (APLP) will celebrate the graduation of the first African youth class encompassing citizens from 29 African states.

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Later on, the first conference of “Dignified Life” initiative, aimed at the eradication of poverty, will take place. Before the closing session, “Ask the President” session will be held.

The sixth National youth Conference was held on July 28, 2018 in Cairo University, and was attended by up to 3,000 young people. The theme was human development and education reforms.

7th Youth Conference in Administrative Capital: Extraordinary goals

CAIRO - 29 July 2019: MP Alaa Abed, head of Parliament's human rights committee highlighted the 7th edition of the National Youth Conference, which is set to be held on Tuesday and Wednesday (July 30-31) in Egypt's New Administrative Capital. Over 1500 Egyptian youth are set to take part in the conference.




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7/30/2019 5:04:34 PM
<![CDATA[2019-2023 solid waste recycling executive plan revealed]]>
The first program targets attracting investments to develop the infrastructure. Sixty-two unlicensed landfills will be eliminated, while 94 trash sorting facilities (including 65 mobile ones) will be built, 52 safe waste pits will be dug, and 63 recycling lines will be established within the framework of this program.

The plan for the first year 2019-2020 is to build eight trash sorting facilities in five governorates which are Cairo, Daqahliyah, Sharqeya, Fayoum, and Luxor. That is in addition to introducing 15 mobile trash sorting facilities in seven governorates, which are Qalyoubeyah, Damietta, Cairo, Ismailiyah, Beheira, Matrouh, and Beni Suef.

Furthermore, 34 safe waste pits are planned to be dug in 20 governorates along with the elimination of 35 unlicensed landfills in six governorates in the first year. In the same context, a technical study is being conducted to efficiently revamp Al Salam, Al Qatameya, Al Wafaa wa Al Amal, and Al Toub Al Ramly landfills.

The second program aims at funding the contracts of garbage collection and transportation, street cleaning services, and management of safe landfills. The third program is about institutional support embodied in institutional development of the waste recycling system across the country, human capacity-building, awareness campaigns, and support for the informal sector and SMEs in the recycling sector. The financial needs for all three programs were presented in the meeting.

The prime minister said he looks forward to launching the project as soon as possible after ensuring all factors needed to start are available. Minister of Local Development Mahmoud Shaarawy and Minister of Environment Yasmin Fouad presented the status of negotiations with cleaning companies that can be potential contractors in Cairo governorate.

Both ministers also displayed the draft unified bill for waste management submitted to the cabinet, and the campaign for raising the awareness of citizens on solid waste recycling. The campaign includes a “Knock the Door” initiative in collaboration with the National Council for Women (NCW). The initiative is dubbed “You are the Beginning” and targets to raise the awareness of women on recycling cooking oil by putting it in a sealable jar instead of pouring it into sinks or drains.
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7/30/2019 3:28:50 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt to host int'l forum on fighting corruption in 2019]]>
Zaied's speech came at a workshop on fighting money laundering, where he added that Egypt is one of the founding member states of the force.

"Egypt is a founding member of the Financial Action Task Force in the Middle East and Africa and has a prominent role in supporting regional and international action in the field of money laundering and financing terrorism,"Zaied said.

The Egyptian leadership realizes that corruption can cause deviation of authority, provide an opportunity for organized crimes to occur, and would lead to inequity among citizens and mistrust of government. Thus, the country is committed to take positive steps to promote transparency and to establish a sound anti corruption framework.

These positive steps include ratifying the U.N. convention against Corruption (UNDAC) in 2005 and the U.N. convention against Transitional Organized Crime (UNTOC). In addition, since 2014 Egypt became a state party in the Arab League pan-Arab anti-corruption instruments, the Arab Convention to Fight Corruption.

Egypt has also implemented institutional reforms and deepened its partnerships with the European Union (EU) and the United Nations (UN) on anti-corruption and anti-money laundering. Cooperation efforts with the EU and UN include providing technical and institutional support, training prosecutors to fight corruption, research, data analysis and enhancing global and regional cooperation in this area.
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7/30/2019 3:21:49 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt has come a long way in fighting terrorism, money laundering: Madbouli]]>
He added Egypt has set up measures to identify customers in the various financial institutions in line with international standards related to money laundering and terrorism financing that are defined by international organizations, topped by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) and the Egmont Group of Financial Intelligence Units.

Speaking at an annual workshop, hosted by the Egyptian Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Combating Unit (EMLCU), on capacity building in the Middle East and Africa region, Madbouli said that money laundering and terrorism financing are the most serious threats to the stability of the global financial and economic systems.

He stressed the necessity of complying with international and domestic regulatory systems that constitute a powerful deterrent to any criminal elements and persons engaging in terrorist activities.

He further underlined the need to foster cooperation among all countries and stakeholders and competent national authorities in a way that helps strengthen Arab and African economies.

The workshop, held under the aegis of President Abdel Fattah El Sisi, is organized in cooperation with the Central Bank of Egypt and Middle East & North Africa Financial Action Task Force (MENAFATF), Inter-Governmental Action Group against Money Laundering in West Africa (GIABA) and the Eastern and Southern Africa Anti-Money Laundering Group (ESAAMLG). ]]>
7/30/2019 12:22:08 PM
<![CDATA[Arab League human rights committee's 46th session kicks off in Cairo]]>
The head of the committee, Osama el Zeweh, chairs the three-day session that will bring together heads and senior representatives of human rights watchdogs in the Arab countries.

Arab human rights officials and experts will discuss various topics placed on the agenda of the session, including violations committed by Israel in the occupied Palestinian territories.

The revival of the Arab Human Rights Day, as well as developing phased plans for the Arab regional human rights strategy will figure high during the talks.

The current meeting ensues the endorsement during the previous session of the committee, which was held in Tunisia in March, of the Arab regional human rights strategy and the Arab declaration on the duty and responsibility of civil society organizations to enhance and protect human rights and fundamental freedoms.]]>
7/30/2019 11:55:46 AM
<![CDATA[British Petroleum has no plans to take its tankers through Hormuz]]>
The oil and gas company has no current plans to take any of its own vessels through the strait, Gilvary said, adding that BP is shipping oil out of the region using chartered tankers.

“We will continue to make shipments through there but you won’t see any BP-flagged tankers going through in the short term,” he said.

Gilvary was speaking as the company reported better than expected second-quarter earnings due to a strong increase in oil and gas production.

Tensions spiked between Iran and Britain this month when Iranian commandos seized a British-flagged tanker in the Strait of Hormuz, the world’s most important waterway for oil shipments.

That came two weeks after British forces captured an Iranian oil tanker near Gibraltar suspected of violating European Union sanctions on Syria.

Earlier this month, three Iranian vessels tried to block the passage of a BP-operated tanker through the Strait of Hormuz but withdrew after warnings from a British warship.

Washington, which has by far the strongest Western naval contingent in the Gulf, on July 9 proposed stepping up efforts to safeguard the Strait of Hormuz.]]>
7/30/2019 11:37:29 AM
<![CDATA[Climate activist Thunberg to sail to U.N. summit in New York from Britain]]>
The 16-year-old has inspired young climate protesters around the world, warning about the dangers of inaction and global warming.

“‪I’ve been offered a ride on the 60ft racing boat Malizia II,” she said in a post on Instagram. “We’ll be sailing across the Atlantic Ocean from the UK to New York in mid August.”

“The science is clear. We must start bending the emissions curve steeply downwards no later than 2020, if we still are to have a chance of staying below a 1.5 degrees of global temperature rise,” she said.

Pierre Casiraghi, founder of the Team Malizia and co-skipper for the transatlantic crossing, said he believed in raising awareness about rising global emissions and pollution.

“Convincing governments and international institutions to make the step and enforce laws that will protect mankind and biodiversity is of the utmost importance for the future of humanity,” Casiraghi said in a statement.]]>
7/30/2019 11:33:38 AM
<![CDATA[Anti-women violence forum concludes at Minya Univ.]]>
Titled 'Empowering the role of Egyptian State Universities in Combating Violence Against Women', the forum was co-organized by the unit of combating anti-women violence of the Minya University's Faculty of Law, and the National Council for Women (NCW).

The recommendations of the forum gave high priority to the constitutional amendments concerned with social discrimination, said Dean of the Faculty of Law Hassan Sanad.

The recommendations also focused on means of removing all hindrances facing the improvement of women conditions, the 2030 strategy, as well as encouraging women to take part in the national youth conference and express their opinions, the dean added.

Minya University President Mostafa Abdel Naby Abdel Rahman, meanwhile, thanked the NCW for picking his university to host the pro-women forum, pointing out to the role of the forum in correcting the negative anti-women ideologies alongside raising awareness about women rights and causes.]]>
7/30/2019 10:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Head of Hajj mission urges pilgrims to abide by security, safety instructions]]>
Abdel Aati received a report on Monday about the activities of the Awqaf Ministry's mission since the day of its arrival in Saudi Arabia.

The mission's activities include organizing awareness lectures and seminars about the Hajj rituals.

Out of 54, some 22 imams and preachers participating in the Hajj mission have already arrived in the Saudi cities of Mecca and Medina to carry out their assignment in serving pilgrims, the report showed.

They have been notified to be present at their designated positions at the holy sites in both cities to respond to pilgrims' inquiries and provide them with any assistance they might need, according to the report.]]>
7/30/2019 10:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt applies Greywater reuse in irrigation]]>
Greywater is wastewater without fecal materials; it is produced from households and offices as a result of washing hands, taking showers, and laundering cloth.

Since 2016, the Red Sea Water and Wastewater Companyhas applied greywater reuse in seven places (three schools and four house buildings) across the governorate.

To reuse greywater, UV rays will be used to kill bacteria in water before using it in irrigation.

“Gray water accounts for 60 percent of the water consumed. It comes from ponds and baths, and we have treated it," head of Greywater Unit of the Red Sea Abdullah Gharibtold Sky News on Monday.

The company has created a network separate from the sewage water network of 850 houses and buildings. The collected greywater willflow to a water treatment plant for irrigation usage, he added.

Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation stated on Saturday that Egypt’s annual share of the Nile water decreased by 5 billion cubic meters in 2019 due to climate change, and a state of emergency was announced nationwide.

Despite the government's efforts to save every drop of water as the country faces water scarcity, 98.4 million Egyptians still live under the poverty water line by 50 percent, below the international line of 1,000 cubic meters.

The state suffers from an annual 21 billion cubic meters gap between water consumption and production. The consumption reached 110 billion cubic meters, while Egypt currently has 60 million cubic meters annually, announced Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation Mohamed Abdel Atti in October 2018.

Additional reporting by EmadArafa



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7/29/2019 5:16:01 PM
<![CDATA[Cafes to close midnight in Ismailiyah to reduce divorce rate]]>
In 2017, the number of marriage cases recorded 913,000, while the divorce cases hit 198,000, averaging 21.7 percent of divorce ratio to every 100 marriage cases. This is the lowest ratio worldwide, according to the official statistics issued by the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS).

Additionally, 4,400 cases of divorced women return to their former husbands and 24,000 of divorced wives get married for another time.

Official data referred that the rate of customary marriage (Urfi marriage) hit 149,000 in 2017; underage girls constitute a third of this rate and women ranging between 22 to 24 years old constitute 22 percent.

The data also showed that the number of children below 15 years old who live with their mothers after parents' separation recorded 778,000 and 162,000 for those who live with their fathers, recording 3 percent of the children who live with only one of their parents.
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7/29/2019 5:14:01 PM