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Sunday 22 January 2017

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(AFP (eng) 01/21/17)
Egypt is working to organise direct talks between the leaders of rival Libyan authorities contesting the war-torn country, its foreign minister said Saturday after hosting a regional meeting. The UN-backed government in Tripoli has struggled to impose its authority contested by a rival administration in the east of the country. "A political solution is the only way to resolve the crisis in Libya," Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said on Saturday before going into a meeting with foreign ministers from Libya's neighbouring countries. Following the meeting, attended by ministers from Algeria, Tunisia, Libya and Niger, as well as UN envoy Martin Kobler, Shoukry announced plans to hold the direct negotiations.
(AL Jazeera 01/21/17)
Al Jazeera denies charges against Mahmoud Hussein and calls for his release as detention is extended for second time. Egypt has for the second time extended the detention of an Al Jazeera journalist by 15 days, pending further investigation. Mahmoud Hussein, an Egyptian national and journalist with more than two decades of experience, was arrested on December 20 after arriving at Cairo's international airport for a holiday. On January 4, when his detention was due to expire, authorities extended his arrest for a period of 15 days "pending a further investigation." His detention was again extended on Wednesday.
(Al-Monitor 01/21/17)
BAGHDAD — As Egypt and Saudi Arabia remain at odds, Iraq and Iran are making their moves to befriend the Land of the Nile and perhaps shepherd Egypt into the Axis of Resistance. Iraqi Minister of Foreign Affairs Ibrahim al-Jaafari said recently that “Egypt is the Arabs’ greatest,” referring to the country's people, history and culture. Habib al-Sadr, in a Dec. 28 speech as he assumed his position as the new Iraqi ambassador to Egypt, called Egypt "the backbone of...
(AFP (eng) 01/20/17)
Ghana can secure a place in the quarter-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations with a group game to spare if they beat Mali in Group D in Port-Gentil on Saturday. Avram Grant's side, beaten on penalties by the Ivory Coast in the 2015 final, set themselves up nicely in this year's tournament by edging out Uganda 1-0 courtesy of an Andre Ayew spot-kick in their opening match on Tuesday. It was not a vintage performance from the Black Stars...
(The Telegraph 01/20/17)
Egypt's Museum of Islamic Art will reopen today three years after it was badly damaged by a car bomb that blew up outside a nearby police headquarters. The museum, which is home to one of the world’s most important collections of Muslim art, has been closed since January 2014 when the explosion ripped into the building. The blast damaged 179 artifacts but the museum said its experts had been able to repair all but ten of them. The restored objects...
(Voice of America 01/20/17)
By most measures, Africa is safer today than it has been in the modern era: Diseases are less deadly and wars are less frequent. But recent years have also been marked by a rise in radical extremism on the continent, and the terror threat could derail some of the world's fastest-growing economies. Dealing with the spread of radicalization has been a central focus of U.S. President Barack Obama's foreign policy during his time in office. Few areas have been spared...
(AFP (eng) 01/19/17)
Egypt's prosecution has referred 304 suspects including Muslim Brotherhood leaders in Turkey to military trial for allegedly organising militant groups that claimed several attacks in Cairo last year. The case is one of the largest to link armed attacks with the Muslim Brotherhood movement of Mohamed Morsi, the Islamist president toppled by the military in 2013. A prosecution statement on Wednesday said the suspects, many of them abroad, had set up the Hassam militant group that claimed responsibility for several assassinations and attacks in Cairo and the Nile Delta. Morsi's ouster ushered in a crackdown that decimated the Islamist movement and killed
(AFP (eng) 01/19/17)
Egypt has made a "good start" on reforms under a loan deal with the International Monetary Fund and soaring inflation is expected to drop around mid-2017, an IMF official said Wednesday. Chris Jarvis, the international lender's mission chief in Egypt, said the North African country's implementation of the reforms had put it on track to receive its next aid tranche. "I think Egypt's made a... good start" on the reforms, Jarvis said in a live webcast. Under the $12 billion...
(Reuters (Eng) 01/19/17)
Egypt is on track to receive the second tranche of a $12 billion three-year loan from the International Monetary Fund pending a visit in the end of February to review progress on its economic reform programme, the Fund said on Wednesday. The IMF originally approved the loan, intended to jumpstart an economy battered by years of turmoil that has driven away investors and tourists, key sources of hard currency, in November when it released the first $2.75 billion instalment. "Although...
(Reuters (Eng) 01/19/17)
Egypt is considering temporarily reintroducing a stamp duty on stock market transactions after the tax was frozen in 2014, two finance ministry sources told Reuters on Thursday. The comments come a day after the International Monetary Fund released the details of its $12 billion, three-year agreement to support a wide-ranging programme to reform Egypt's ailing economy and restore financial stability. The agreement revealed that Egypt had committed to imposing either a capital gains tax or a stamp duty on stock...
(AFP (eng) 01/18/17)
Cairo will do all it can to preserve crucial ties with Saudi Arabia, experts say, after an Egyptian court ruled against government plans to transfer control of two islands to Riyadh. Strains between the two Sunni Arab allies have grown in recent months, in particular over Cairo's less-than-enthusiastic support for Saudi efforts in Syria and Yemen. Monday's ruling -- which saw Egypt's top administrative court block the transfer of the Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia -- is likely to...
(AFP (eng) 01/18/17)
An Egyptian court has added former football star Mohamed Aboutrika to the authorities' terror list, his lawyer said Tuesday, based on suspicions he financed the banned Muslim Brotherhood. In 2015 a government committee froze the assets of the former player for Cairo-based club Al-Ahly and Egypt's national team, two years after he retired. The government accuses him of financing the Muslim Brotherhood, which was classified as a terrorist organisation at the end of 2013. According to an anti-terror law imposed...
(AFP (eng) 01/18/17)
Essam El Hadary became the oldest player ever to appear at the Africa Cup of Nations as Egypt drew 0-0 with Mali on their return to the tournament on Tuesday. Goalkeeper El Hadary, 44, came off the bench in the first half to replace the injured Ahmed El Shennawy and beat the old mark set by compatriot Hossam Hassan, who was 39 when he played at the 2006 Cup of Nations. Otherwise, the Pharaohs' return to the tournament after a seven-year absence proved to be something of an anti-climax with neither side creating many chances on a terrible playing surface.
(AFP (eng) 01/18/17)
Israel said Tuesday it has finished raising the height of an electronic fence along part of its border with Egypt to shut down irregular migration routes. The 242 kilometre (250 mile) barrier, stretching from the Gaza Strip to the Israeli Red Sea resort of Eilat, was completed in 2014. The Israeli government hoped it would tackle illegal migration, drug and weapons trafficking and infiltration by "terrorists". It slashed the number of African migrants arriving in Israel, but at least 213...
(AFP (eng) 01/18/17)
Egypt goalkeeper Essam El Hadary smashed the record for the oldest player ever to appear at the Africa Cup of Nations when he came on against Mali on Tuesday. El Hadary, the Egypt captain who turned 44 on Sunday, was not named in the Pharaohs' starting line-up for their Group D opener against Mali. However, he was introduced as a 25th-minute substitute after Ahmed El Shennawy was forced off injured. El Hadary -- a four-time winner of the tournament --...
(Xinhuanet 01/18/17)
The Chinese government's decision to terminate ivory processing and trade by the end of 2017 marked a critical milestone in the journey toward eliminating poaching and other threats to Africa's elephant species, a conservationist group said on Wednesday. Kaddu Sebunya, president of African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) hailed China for taking bold measures to revitalize global efforts to save African elephants whose numbers had declined this decade due to poaching and climatic stresses. "The recent announcement by the central government of...
(New Vision 01/17/17)
“I can tell you that rats destroy up to 60% of health equipment in Africa,” Ssali said. Ssali sought to highlight the dangers that exist when biomedical engineers are not consulted in the management of health equipment including x-rays and CT scans. For instance, he narrated, cables of a CT scan installed at one unnamed facility were eaten up by rats, costing the institution over $5,000 to replace. Biomedical engineers are professionals who maintain and repair machines for diagnosing medical...
(AFP (eng) 01/16/17)
Egypt's High Administrative Court upheld on Monday a ruling voiding a government agreement to hand over two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia in a deal that sparked protests. The government had appealed against a lower court ruling in June that found the controversial border demarcation agreement was illegal. The latest ruling may further complicate ties between Egypt and Saudi Arabia, a main financial backer of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi since the former army chief toppled his Islamist predecessor in...
(AFP (eng) 01/16/17)
Egypt will make further "significant" cuts to energy subsidies, raise taxes and seek more international financing as it pursues economic reforms this year, Finance Minister Amr El-Garhy said on Sunday. Speaking at a Cairo press conference, Garhy said the steps are part of ongoing economic reforms the country urgently needs. The International Monetary Fund approved last year a $12 billion loan after Egypt floated its pound and cut energy subsidies. The finance minister also revealed that the IMF loan carries...
(France 24 01/14/17)
In an ongoing assault on human and civil rights groups, the Egyptian government froze the assets of several NGOs and activists this week, raising a chorus of criticism from the international community. An Egyptian court on January 11 froze the assets of Mozn Hassan, director of the Nazra for Feminist Studies; Mohamed Zaree, head of the Arab Penal Reform Organization; and Atef Hafez, director of the Arab Organization for Judicial Reform, and seized those of the three groups. "They froze my assets today and seized those of my organisation, the first time in history a feminist or women's rights organisation

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(AFP (eng) 01/21/17)
Egypt is working to organise direct talks between the leaders of rival Libyan authorities contesting the war-torn country, its foreign minister said Saturday after hosting a regional meeting. The UN-backed government in Tripoli has struggled to impose its authority contested by a rival administration in the east of the country. "A political solution is the only way to resolve the crisis in Libya," Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said on Saturday before going into a meeting with foreign ministers from Libya's neighbouring countries. Following the meeting, attended by ministers from Algeria, Tunisia, Libya and Niger, as well as UN envoy Martin Kobler, Shoukry announced plans to hold the direct negotiations.
(AL Jazeera 01/21/17)
Al Jazeera denies charges against Mahmoud Hussein and calls for his release as detention is extended for second time. Egypt has for the second time extended the detention of an Al Jazeera journalist by 15 days, pending further investigation. Mahmoud Hussein, an Egyptian national and journalist with more than two decades of experience, was arrested on December 20 after arriving at Cairo's international airport for a holiday. On January 4, when his detention was due to expire, authorities extended his arrest for a period of 15 days "pending a further investigation." His detention was again extended on Wednesday.
(Voice of America 01/20/17)
By most measures, Africa is safer today than it has been in the modern era: Diseases are less deadly and wars are less frequent. But recent years have also been marked by a rise in radical extremism on the continent, and the terror threat could derail some of the world's fastest-growing economies. Dealing with the spread of radicalization has been a central focus of U.S. President Barack Obama's foreign policy during his time in office. Few areas have been spared...
(AFP (eng) 01/19/17)
Egypt's prosecution has referred 304 suspects including Muslim Brotherhood leaders in Turkey to military trial for allegedly organising militant groups that claimed several attacks in Cairo last year. The case is one of the largest to link armed attacks with the Muslim Brotherhood movement of Mohamed Morsi, the Islamist president toppled by the military in 2013. A prosecution statement on Wednesday said the suspects, many of them abroad, had set up the Hassam militant group that claimed responsibility for several assassinations and attacks in Cairo and the Nile Delta. Morsi's ouster ushered in a crackdown that decimated the Islamist movement and killed
(AFP (eng) 01/18/17)
An Egyptian court has added former football star Mohamed Aboutrika to the authorities' terror list, his lawyer said Tuesday, based on suspicions he financed the banned Muslim Brotherhood. In 2015 a government committee froze the assets of the former player for Cairo-based club Al-Ahly and Egypt's national team, two years after he retired. The government accuses him of financing the Muslim Brotherhood, which was classified as a terrorist organisation at the end of 2013. According to an anti-terror law imposed...
(Xinhuanet 01/18/17)
The Chinese government's decision to terminate ivory processing and trade by the end of 2017 marked a critical milestone in the journey toward eliminating poaching and other threats to Africa's elephant species, a conservationist group said on Wednesday. Kaddu Sebunya, president of African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) hailed China for taking bold measures to revitalize global efforts to save African elephants whose numbers had declined this decade due to poaching and climatic stresses. "The recent announcement by the central government of...
(New Vision 01/17/17)
“I can tell you that rats destroy up to 60% of health equipment in Africa,” Ssali said. Ssali sought to highlight the dangers that exist when biomedical engineers are not consulted in the management of health equipment including x-rays and CT scans. For instance, he narrated, cables of a CT scan installed at one unnamed facility were eaten up by rats, costing the institution over $5,000 to replace. Biomedical engineers are professionals who maintain and repair machines for diagnosing medical...
(AFP (eng) 01/16/17)
Egypt's High Administrative Court upheld on Monday a ruling voiding a government agreement to hand over two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia in a deal that sparked protests. The government had appealed against a lower court ruling in June that found the controversial border demarcation agreement was illegal. The latest ruling may further complicate ties between Egypt and Saudi Arabia, a main financial backer of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi since the former army chief toppled his Islamist predecessor in...
(France 24 01/14/17)
In an ongoing assault on human and civil rights groups, the Egyptian government froze the assets of several NGOs and activists this week, raising a chorus of criticism from the international community. An Egyptian court on January 11 froze the assets of Mozn Hassan, director of the Nazra for Feminist Studies; Mohamed Zaree, head of the Arab Penal Reform Organization; and Atef Hafez, director of the Arab Organization for Judicial Reform, and seized those of the three groups. "They froze my assets today and seized those of my organisation, the first time in history a feminist or women's rights organisation
(AFP (eng) 01/11/17)
An Egyptian court froze the assets of two NGOs and their founders on Wednesday, in a controversial probe into civil society groups that has been criticised by the United Nations. The court ordered a freeze on the assets of Nazra for Feminist Studies and its founder Mozn Hassan, and Mohamed Zarea and his Arab Penal Reform Organisation. The court is investigating civil society groups on suspicion of receiving illegal foreign funding. Wednesday's decision comes months after an Egyptian court froze the assets of five other human rights defenders and three non-governmental organisations over similar accusations.
(AFP (eng) 01/10/17)
The Islamic State jihadist group said Tuesday that it was behind the car bomb attack on a police checkpoint in the Sinai Peninsula that killed eight people a day earlier. The group's Egyptian branch, Sinai Province, said in a statement that "soldiers of the caliphate" had staged the assault on the checkpoint near the city of El-Arish. According to the interior ministry, seven policemen and a civilian passerby were killed in the attack, while police shot dead five assailants. Jihadists have killed hundreds of soldiers and policemen since the military overthrow of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in 2013
(The Associated Press 01/10/17)
The Islamic State group’s Egyptian affiliate on Tuesday claimed an attack on a security checkpoint in the Sinai Peninsula the day before that killed at least eight people. The group, which has carried out scores of attacks mainly targeting Egyptian security forces since the 2013 military overthrow of an elected Islamist president, posted the claim on a militant website. In an interview with the private ONTV network late Monday, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi said the country faces a tough struggle...
(Ahram Online 01/09/17)
The interior ministry said security forces were able to "fight off the terrorist attack," killing five militants and injuring three others. Eight policemen and one civilian were killed in two separate attacks on two North Sinai checkpoints in the early hours of Monday, Egypt's interior ministry announced. The first attack took place at El-Matafe checkpoint in Al-Arish city and was executed by around 20 militants who tried to storm the checkpoint using rocket-propelled grenades (RPG), and an explosives rigged car,...
(BBC News Africa 01/09/17)
At least eight people have been killed in a suicide bomb attack on a police station in North Sinai, Egypt. Reports say the bomber rammed the building in el-Arish with a lorry filled with explosives. Militants then opened fire on the station. No group has yet taken responsibility for the attack, but the area is often targeted by Islamists that have links with the so-called Islamic State (IS) group. Islamist groups are thought to have carried out more than 400...
(AL Jazeera 01/09/17)
At least eight members of security forces killed in an attack on a police checkpoint in El-Arish. A truck bomb attack on a checkpoint in the city of El-Arish in Egypt's northern Sinai has killed at least eight policemen, security officials and medical sources said. Police officials said a suicide bomber rammed the truck packed with explosives into the checkpoint and gunmen then opened fire on the security post on Monday. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the...
(AFP (eng) 01/07/17)
It is Christmas Eve for Egypt's Copts but Marie Labib is not in a festive mood, with dark thoughts haunting her weeks after a church bombing killed 28 members of her community. Copts, who make up about one tenth of Egypt's population of more than 92 million and who celebrate Christmas on Saturday, have long complained of discrimination. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the December 11 suicide bombing that killed 28 worshippers during Sunday mass in Cairo, the...
(Reuters (Eng) 01/05/17)
Egyptian police have arrested four people in connection with the bombing that killed dozens of Christians at Cairo's Coptic Christian cathedral last month, the Interior Ministry said on Wednesday. At least 25 people, mostly women and children, were initially killed when a bomb exploded in a chapel adjoining St Mark's Cathedral, the seat of the Coptic papacy. The Health Ministry said on Wednesday the death toll had climbed to 28. President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said after the attack that the...
(BBC News Africa 01/05/17)
The prominent Egyptian activist Ahmed Maher, one of the leaders of the 2011 uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak, has been released from prison. A security source told AFP news agency that Mr Maher was freed on Wednesday evening after completing his jail term. His lawyer, Anas Sayed, said he would remain under judicial supervision. A founder of the April 6 youth movement, Mr Maher was arrested in 2013 while protesting against a new law banning unauthorised public gatherings. He and...
(AL Jazeera 01/05/17)
Al Jazeera denies the allegations against Mahmoud Hussein and calls for his immediate release. Egypt extended on Wednesday the detention of an Al Jazeera journalist for another 15 days, pending investigation. Mahmoud Hussein, an Egyptian national, was arrested upon arrival at Cairo's airport on December 20 without charge. Five days later, Egypt's interior ministry accused Hussein of "incitement against state institutions and broadcasting false news with the aim of spreading chaos". Al Jazeera rejected the charges and says Hussein was...
(Middle East Monitor 01/05/17)
April 6 Youth Movement founder Ahmed Maher was released from an Egyptian jail this morning, the movement announced on social media. In a short message on Facebook, the group posted an image of Maher and wrote: “Ahmed Maher has finally been released!” He is said to be home with his family. Thirty-six-year-old Maher is one of the founder of the April 6 Youth Movement which was a driving force behind demonstrations which led to the downfall of former Egyptian President...

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(AFP (eng) 01/19/17)
Egypt has made a "good start" on reforms under a loan deal with the International Monetary Fund and soaring inflation is expected to drop around mid-2017, an IMF official said Wednesday. Chris Jarvis, the international lender's mission chief in Egypt, said the North African country's implementation of the reforms had put it on track to receive its next aid tranche. "I think Egypt's made a... good start" on the reforms, Jarvis said in a live webcast. Under the $12 billion loan deal agreed last year, Egypt needs to cut energy subsidies, raise taxes and seek more international financing. Egypt faces major economic challenges after the political turmoil that followed the 2011 uprising that toppled longtime...
(Reuters (Eng) 01/19/17)
Egypt is on track to receive the second tranche of a $12 billion three-year loan from the International Monetary Fund pending a visit in the end of February to review progress on its economic reform programme, the Fund said on Wednesday. The IMF originally approved the loan, intended to jumpstart an economy battered by years of turmoil that has driven away investors and tourists, key sources of hard currency, in November when it released the first $2.75 billion instalment. "Although (economic indicators) for December have not been published yet, early indications are that the benchmarks for the next tranche of the loan are likely to be met," IMF Mission Chief for Egypt Chris Jarvis said at a news conference. The...
(Reuters (Eng) 01/19/17)
Egypt is considering temporarily reintroducing a stamp duty on stock market transactions after the tax was frozen in 2014, two finance ministry sources told Reuters on Thursday. The comments come a day after the International Monetary Fund released the details of its $12 billion, three-year agreement to support a wide-ranging programme to reform Egypt's ailing economy and restore financial stability. The agreement revealed that Egypt had committed to imposing either a capital gains tax or a stamp duty on stock...
(AFP (eng) 01/16/17)
Egypt will make further "significant" cuts to energy subsidies, raise taxes and seek more international financing as it pursues economic reforms this year, Finance Minister Amr El-Garhy said on Sunday. Speaking at a Cairo press conference, Garhy said the steps are part of ongoing economic reforms the country urgently needs. The International Monetary Fund approved last year a $12 billion loan after Egypt floated its pound and cut energy subsidies. The finance minister also revealed that the IMF loan carries...
(Ahram Online 01/14/17)
The ministry is also currently following up on three crew members of another Egyptian ship, held by Tunisian authorities for trespassing in October, facing prosecution Egypt’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs is closely following up on the situation of 16 fishermen detained in Tunisia for trespassing in Tunisian territorial waters, state news agency MENA quoted the ministry’s spokesman as saying Saturday. “Once the [Egyptian] embassy knew about the detention of the fishermen, an envoy was sent to make sure they were...
(AFP (eng) 01/10/17)
Egypt's annual inflation rate rose to 24.3 percent in December, official figures showed on Tuesday, two months after the government floated the pound sparking the biggest price hikes in years. Consumers have been hit by surging prices since November when then government floated the currency and slashed fuel subsidies as part of an economic reform package linked to a $12 billion International Monetary Fund loan. The Egyptian pound, which had been pegged at 8.83 to the dollar, was trading at...
(Bloomberg 01/10/17)
An Egyptian consumer price gauge that strips out volatile items rose the fastest in almost 12 years in December, after the central bank abandoned currency controls and triggered a slump in the pound. Annual core inflation climbed to 25.86 percent, its highest level since February 2005, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Earlier, the state-run statistics agency reported that annual urban inflation accelerated to 23.3 percent in December, its highest since Bloomberg started tracking the data in 2010. Food prices,...
(Reuters (Eng) 01/10/17)
Annual consumer price inflation in Egypt's cities soared to a second straight eight-year high in December, hitting 23.3 percent on the back of the government's decision to float the pound, effectively halving its value. Core inflation also jumped to 25.86 percent in the urban areas, the central bank said on Tuesday. Urban consumer inflation hit an eight-year high of 19.4 percent in November, the month when Egypt abandoned its currency peg of 8.8 to the U.S. dollar in a dramatic...
(Sputnik 01/09/17)
Egypt's Civil Aviation Ministry confirmed to Sputnik on Monday it expects Russian aviation security experts to visit Cairo next week, although the visit's exact date has not yet been defined. The ministry's confirmation comes after a Cairo International Airport source told Egypt's Al-Wafd daily that the Russian delegation was expected sometime between January 18-20. "We agreed with the Russian delegation about a visit next week, but its date is not precisely defined," ministry deputy spokesman Riham Hilo said. Russian experts...
(Reuters (Eng) 01/09/17)
Egypt, the world's largest wheat buyer, has appointed a new head to its agriculture quarantine agency, the body that last year threw the massive wheat buying programme into disarray when it tightened import regulations on a common wheat fungus. The new head is Najla Mousa Balabel, the Agriculture Ministry said in a statement on Sunday. Balabel replaces Ibrahim Imbaby, who had been appointed to head the agency in March. The ministry did not give a reason for the change. Imbaby...
(Agence Ecofin 01/06/17)
Indian firm Aaviskaar Venture Management Services (AVMS) has announced plans to raise between $100 million and $150 million for Africa investments. “We will start the fund-raising around the middle of 2017 and we expect to close it in 2018,” said Vineet Rai, founder of Intellecap-Aavishkaar group. The new African fund will focus on investing on African low-income groups, especially in the agriculture, finance and financial technology sectors. “We will use the sow-tend-reap strategy of multiple round investing and will be...
(Reuters (Eng) 01/05/17)
Egypt has been struggling with a foreign currency shortage since an uprising in 2011 drove away tourists and foreign investors. Egypt’s net foreign reserves rose to $24.265 billion (Dh89.05 billion) at the end of December from $23.058 billion at the end of November, the central bank said on Thursday, cash that economists said would cover imports for more than five months. Egypt has been struggling with a foreign currency shortage since an uprising in 2011 drove away tourists and foreign...
(AFP (eng) 01/04/17)
From more than 15 million in 2010, the number of tourists visiting Egypt dropped to 6.3 million in 2015. With a shaky economy following years of unrest and a huge drop in tourists, Egypt is struggling to preserve its fabled archaeological heritage. From Alexandria on the Mediterranean to the Great Pyramid of Giza -- the last of the Seven Wonders of the World -- and Aswan to the south, the North African country is home to impressive ancient monuments. For...
(BBC News Africa 01/03/17)
An electricity grid for the whole village Problem: A total of 1.3 billion people worldwide currently don't have electricity, according to Yale Environment 360. Getting people in rural areas on to the national grid is proving too difficult and traditional solar panels generate meagre amounts of energy. Solution: Steamaco makes solar and battery micro-grids which can work for a whole village. They are small electricity generation and distribution systems that operate independently of larger grids. How it works: Micro-grids are...
(Voice of America 12/30/16)
2016 was predicted to be a tough year for African economies, and it delivered. Traditional economic leaders faltered this year amid a storm of falling commodity prices, unpredictable and destructive weather like droughts and floods across large swaths of the the continent. Slow economic growth in China, a major investor and trading partner, only added to their challenges. “This year, you’ve seen the two Africas: the commodity exporters going through tough times, while the non-commodity exporters being more resilient,” Nigerian...
(Bloomberg 12/29/16)
In a world overloaded with wheat, Egypt is bolstering its haggling power. As the largest buyer prepares to tap international markets Thursday, traders will be watching how much of a discount it can get. On Dec. 20, the country’s state-run buyer paid an average of $1.73 a metric ton less than the offers it received, the biggest discount since traders boycotted tenders in September after officials went back and forth with regulations on how much of the common ergot fungus...
(Gulfnews 12/29/16)
Hikes in prices of different goods in Egypt, triggered by a recent flotation of the local pound, has taken a toll on shopping. Hikes in prices of different goods in Egypt, triggered by a recent flotation of the local pound, has taken a toll on shopping for New Year gifts in the country, traders have said. “Prices of the New Year gifts, such as the Christmas tree and the Santa Clause accessories, have increased by 70 to 80 per cent...
(APA 12/29/16)
The Egyptian Exchange (EGX) indices closed Wednesday’s session collectively up backed by wide purchases by investment funds and foreign institutions. The market capital gained 2.1 billion Egyptian pounds to reach 601.2 billion Egyptian pounds in the end of Wednesday's transactions. Mid- and small-cap index EGX70 hiked 1.98 percent, to 432.78 points. Price index, EGX100 added 2.11 percent, to 1034.03 points.
(AFP (eng) 12/28/16)
Its lower cost has made it popular in commercial food production, but after being blamed for deforestation in Asia, palm oil plantations are now getting a similar rap in Africa. The sheer scale of land required is having an impact in Gabon, Cameroon and the Congo Basin, environmentalists say. With financing coming from American, European and Asian agri-businesses, palm bunches are cultivated then cut from trees and sent to factories where oil is extracted by hot pressing. But the production...
(Alarabiya.net 12/27/16)
The picture of former Saudi minister Ahmad al-Khatib visiting the Grand Ethiopian Dam was used by some to debate in media outlets. Close relations between Riyadh and Cairo were thus subjected to a low rhetoric. Even if we assume that the picture and the visit imply more than tourism and investment, raising the issue in the media still remains an old, outdated, failed and harmful means to exert pressure. Ethiopia is an important country for the African economy. The US depends on it to resolve a number of its military and political problems in the continent.

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(AFP (eng) 01/20/17)
Ghana can secure a place in the quarter-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations with a group game to spare if they beat Mali in Group D in Port-Gentil on Saturday. Avram Grant's side, beaten on penalties by the Ivory Coast in the 2015 final, set themselves up nicely in this year's tournament by edging out Uganda 1-0 courtesy of an Andre Ayew spot-kick in their opening match on Tuesday. It was not a vintage performance from the Black Stars but, on a terrible playing surface, Grant is only interested in winning matches for now, regardless of the manner in which they do it. "In this tournament at the start it's important to take the...
(AFP (eng) 01/18/17)
Essam El Hadary became the oldest player ever to appear at the Africa Cup of Nations as Egypt drew 0-0 with Mali on their return to the tournament on Tuesday. Goalkeeper El Hadary, 44, came off the bench in the first half to replace the injured Ahmed El Shennawy and beat the old mark set by compatriot Hossam Hassan, who was 39 when he played at the 2006 Cup of Nations. Otherwise, the Pharaohs' return to the tournament after a seven-year absence proved to be something of an anti-climax with neither side creating many chances on a terrible playing surface.
(AFP (eng) 01/18/17)
Egypt goalkeeper Essam El Hadary smashed the record for the oldest player ever to appear at the Africa Cup of Nations when he came on against Mali on Tuesday. El Hadary, the Egypt captain who turned 44 on Sunday, was not named in the Pharaohs' starting line-up for their Group D opener against Mali. However, he was introduced as a 25th-minute substitute after Ahmed El Shennawy was forced off injured. El Hadary -- a four-time winner of the tournament --...
(AFP (eng) 01/11/17)
Egypt return to the African Cup of Nations after a seven-year absence with a new generation looking to rekindle the glory days of three consecutive titles before the 2011 uprising exhausted Egyptian football. Watching football has for decades been a favourite past-time for millions of Egyptians, especially with the national team who won the title in 2006, 2008, and 2010, making them one of the strongest teams in Africa and the Middle East. But after 2011 this passion was rolled...
(AFP (eng) 01/09/17)
Gabon witnessed one of the most sensational finishes to an Africa Cup of Nations tournament when no-hopers Zambia stunned the Ivory Coast to win the 2012 final. Zambia failed to qualify this time, but the Ivorians will be among the favourites again when the competition returns to the central African state with the first fixtures scheduled for Saturday. AFP Sport rates the chances of the 16 challengers for the $4 million (3.8 million euros) first prize (last three competitive results...
(AFP (eng) 01/06/17)
Egypt's competition watchdog has referred Confederation of African Football chief Issa Hayatou to prosecutors accusing him of breaching monopoly rules with an exclusive billion-dollar television deal. The Egyptian Competition Authority (ECA) announced the measure just days before the Africa Cup of Nations starts in Gabon. The authority, under Egypt's industry ministry, said an exclusive deal with French company Lagardere Sports for Nations Cup tournaments breaches anti-trust laws. The ECA issued an order on Thursday that television rights in Egypt be widened. CAF denies any wrongdoing, saying in a statement the ECA did not even mention "any prosecution against the president of CAF" in a letter to the confederation.
(BBC News Africa 01/04/17)
Veteran goalkeeper Essam El Hadary has been included in Egypt's final 23-man squad for the Africa Cup of Nations. El Hadary turns 43 this month and could become the oldest player in Nations Cup history, beating the 2006 record of 39-year-old compatriot Hossam Hassan. Coach Hector Cuper trimmed four players from his provisional list. Al Masry defender Hamada Tolba and midfielder Ahmed Gomaa, Zamalek midfielder Mohamed Ibrahim and Ismaili goalkeeper Mohamed Awad were dropped. Last month, Cuper sprang a surprise...
(AFP (eng) 12/29/16)
The Cairo derby between Al-Ahli and Zamalek is staged behind closed doors on Thursday, the crowd ban forcing fans like Mohamed el-Kiey to watch the game from a cafe. Al-Ahli and Zamalek have been playing to an empty stadium since 19 Zamalek fans were killed in February 2015 and 72 Al-Ahli fans perished three years earlier. The crown ban has diminished excitement surrounding clashes featuring Egypt's two biggest clubs. Before the devastating violence, the derby would see streets empty of...
(Ahram Online 12/23/16)
The iconic stadium hasn't hosted any games since the 2012 Port Said disaster. Egypt's national football team is confirmed to face Tunisia in a friendly at Cairo International Stadium on 8 January as part of the teams' preparations for the 2017 African Cup of Nations, Egypt Football Association (EFA) executive manager Tharwat Swelam has announced. "Security officials have given the green light to host Tunisia's friendly at Cairo International Stadium with an attendance of 5,000 fans," Swelam was quoted as...
(AFP (eng) 12/07/16)
Egyptian police arrested prominent activist and rights lawyer Azza Soliman on Wednesday after banning her from travel, a relative and a security official said. Soliman, who founded the Center for Egyptian Women's Legal Assistance, was arrested at home and taken for questioning, a relative who requested anonymity said. A security official confirmed the arrest. The reason for her arrest was not immediately clear but activists said it may be related to an ongoing probe into civil society groups that has...
(AfricaNews 12/05/16)
Cameroon’s Indomitable Lionesses failed to use home advantage and revenge in the final of the Women African Cup of Nations (AWCON 2016) losing by a goal to Nigeria’s Super Falcons. The Super Falcons thus successfully defended the title they won in 2014 by defeating Cameroon in Namibia. The hosts entered the final aiming to win their first title and avenge two previous defeats by Nigeria. But a late goal by Oparanozie Desire dashed hopes and sent disappointment through the teeming...
(AFP (eng) 11/22/16)
Borussia Dortmund's Gabonese goal king Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang remains in the running to defend his African Player of the Year crown after making the final shortlist of five players on Tuesday. But the 27-year-old faces competition from Leicester's Algerians Riyad Mahrez and Islam Slimani, Senegal's Sadio Mane of Liverpool and Egyptian striker Mohamed Salah who also made the final cut for the African Football Confederation's annual award. The winner will be announced on January 5 in Abuja, Nigeria after votes by...
(Ghana Web 11/16/16)
Former Ghana captain Stephen Appiah is unhappy with Avram Grant's tactical approach to the 2-0 away reversal to Egypt on Sunday. The Black Stars conceded a goal in each half in the matchday two encounter of the 2018 Fifa World Cup qualifiers at the Borg El Arab Stadium in Alexandria, Mohamed Salah and Abdallah El-Said the proud scorers. Appiah, who captained Ghana at the 2006 and 2010 World Cup tournaments, is particularly disturbed by Grant's substitution of Atletico Madrid star...
(Goal 11/10/16)
Egypt coach Hector Cuper says his side are in high spirits to beat Ghana in the 2018 Fifa World Cup qualifier on Sunday. The Pharaohs will host the Black Stars at the Borg El Arab Stadium in Alexandria on matchday two of the group stage. The North Africans are apparently in confident mood following a 2-1 away victory over Congo last month, same time Ghana drew with Uganda at home. “Everyone is in a good physical state and we only...
(AFP (eng) 11/10/16)
All CAF competitions will offer increased prize money from 2017, the Cairo-based African football body said Wednesday. The announcement came months after French oil-gas company Total signed an eight-year sponsorship deal with CAF reportedly worth more than one billion dollars (915 million euros). Winners of the biennial Africa Cup of Nations will receive $4 million, up from the $1.5 million pocketed by 2015 champions the Ivory Coast. CAF Champions League title-holders are going to collect $2.5 million -- $1 million...
(AFP (eng) 11/07/16)
Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah claimed his maiden league hat-trick, stealing the limelight from teammate Edin Dzeko as Roma reclaimed second spot in Serie A with a 3-0 defeat of Bologna on Sunday. With 10 goals this season, Dzeko lined up at the Stadio Olimpico hoping to go one ahead of Inter Milan's Mauro Icardi after he pulled level with the Bosnian by hitting a brace in a 3-0 win over Crotone. But Salah, whose only previous hat-trick came for Egypt...
(Ahram Online 11/04/16)
Ahly's in-form attacking midfielder Walid Soliman has been called up to join Egypt's squad for a vital World Cup qualifier at home to Ghana on 13 November after Zamalek winger Mostafa Fathi picked up an injury. "Fathi will not be able to feature against Ghana because of his injury. He was excluded from the squad and replaced with Walid Soliman," Egypt's national team director Ihab Leheta said late on Thursday. Egypt coach Hector Cuper called up 23 players for the...
(AFP (eng) 11/03/16)
African champions Mamelodi Sundowns won for the first time in the South African Premiership this season Wednesday and climbed off the bottom of the table. The Pretoria club triumphed 2-0 at Polokwane City thanks to goals from Percy Tau and Zimbabwean Khama Billiat, two stars of the 2016 CAF Champions League triumph. Sundowns became African champions for the first time 11 days ago by defeating Zamalek of Egypt 3-1 on aggregate in the final. But a domestic fixture backlog meant...
(News Day 10/26/16)
Former African football champions, Egypt have agreed to play the Warriors in an international friendly match ahead of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) finals to be held in Gabon in January. The North Africans, who will be preoccupied with the World Cup qualifiers during the last Fifa international window of the year in November, however, want the match to be played in Egypt in January just before the start of the tournament. Zifa spokesperson, Xolisani Gwesela yesterday confirmed...
(Goal 10/25/16)
Ghana is in ecstatic mood after midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah resumed full training on Monday following a month on the sidelines. The Juventus playmaker suffered a knee sprain in a 1-0 win over Palermo last month, ruling him out of the stalemates with Uganda and South Africa, following the announcement of an expected 45-day recovery period. The former Liberty Professionals man is, however, in line to return to the national outfit for the crunch 2018 Fifa World Cup qualifier against Egypt...

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(The Telegraph 01/20/17)
Egypt's Museum of Islamic Art will reopen today three years after it was badly damaged by a car bomb that blew up outside a nearby police headquarters. The museum, which is home to one of the world’s most important collections of Muslim art, has been closed since January 2014 when the explosion ripped into the building. The blast damaged 179 artifacts but the museum said its experts had been able to repair all but ten of them. The restored objects will go back on display with special gold labels. Several glass medieval lamps from Cairo mosques were shattered in the blast and the museum said it had been unable to piece them back together. The...
(AL Jazeera 12/29/16)
Creation of council with authority to strip broadcasting rights comes amid rising concerns over press freedom. Egypt's president, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, has ratified a new media law that critics say is a blow to pluralism and press freedom in the country. The new law, approved by parliament and signed into law by Sisi on Monday, will see the creation of a Supreme Council for the Administration of the Media, a body that can revoke licences to foreign media and fine or suspend publications and broadcasters. The council, whose chairman will be picked by Sisi, will create a list of penalties and sue media organisations that violate its regulations
(International Business Times 12/22/16)
A joint University of Birmingham-Egypt Exploration Society Research Project has revealed a hidden wall below a visitors' pathway. Archaeologists working in the elite cemetery of Qubbet el-Hawa, near the Egyptian city of Aswan, have uncovered the remains of an ancient wall hidden beneath a sandy footpath. The first analyses of its structure provide compelling evidence that new graves may soon be discovered in its vicinity. Qubbet el-Hawa cemetery is a valuable archaeological site, because it contains impressive rock cut tombs...
(CNN 12/06/16)
In 1896, several exclusive venues in Alexandria and Cairo hosted some of the earliest known screenings of the world's first movies, directed by the Lumiere Brothers. Egypt went on to establish a dominant position as the capital of the Arab film world. The "Hollywood on the Nile" enjoyed a sustained Golden Age in the mid-20th century, powered by the mighty Studio Misr and international stars such as Omar Sharif and Faten Hamama. But the glory days could not last, and...
(AFP (eng) 11/24/16)
Archaeologists have uncovered an ancient Egyptian city and graveyard dating back to around 5300 BC, the antiquities ministry said on Wednesday. The city and cemetery -- likely home to senior functionaries and grave builders -- was discovered about 400 metres (1300 feet) from the Temple of Seti I in the ancient city of Abydos in southern Egypt, said antiquities minister Mahmoud Afifi. It is believed to date back to 5316 BC. Excavators found huts, pottery and stone instruments, Afifi said...
(AFP (eng) 11/23/16)
At a club in downtown Cairo, Ahmed Saleh pumps electronic beats from his laptop as Abdullah Miniawy chants to a cheering crowd, the duo part of a wave of new talent on Egypt's underground music scene. Emerging artists are creating an eclectic selection of hip-hop, dubstep, electronic and rock music, with some influenced by traditional Egyptian sounds. The movement began in the mid-2000s as musicians bypassed record labels to reach their listeners directly via the web. It was boosted by...
(BBC News Africa 11/18/16)
A new scan of a 2,500-year-old crocodile mummy has stunned experts in the Netherlands by revealing that there are dozens of mummified baby crocs inside. The 3m-long mummy has been at the National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden since 1828 and is on display in its Egyptian galleries. In the 1990s, a scan showed that there were actually two crocodiles within the wrappings, but did not spot at least 47 individually wrapped youngsters, de Volkskrant news website reports. It took...
(AFP (eng) 11/14/16)
Spanish archaeologists have discovered a millennia-old mummy in "very good condition" near the southern Egyptian town of Luxor, the antiquities ministry said on Sunday. The find was in a tomb probably dating from between 1075-664 BC, on the west bank of the Nile river 700 kilometres (435 miles) south of Cairo, a statement said. The mummy had been bound with linen stuck together with plaster. It was in a brightly coloured wooden sarcophagus and had been buried near a temple from the era of fourth-millennium warrior king Thutmose III.
(AFP (eng) 10/21/16)
Demand for homegrown contemporary music is sweeping Africa and driving a creative boom in an industry otherwise battered by falling CD sales and rampant piracy. A recent study of the entertainment sector by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) accountants showed rapid earnings growth in many African countries, fuelled largely by live performances by local artists. "Consumers are increasingly wanting local content," Vicki Myburgh, a PwC director who conducted the study released last month, told AFP. "The Nigerian music market... will (soon) grow at...
(AFP (eng) 10/11/16)
Raised on the backstabbing intrigue of 1980s American soaps "Dallas" and "Dynasty", and later, the heady drama of South American telenovelas, Africans are enjoying a surge in local TV content they can finally identify with. It took a while, but in the past decade local programming has soared in sub-Saharan Africa's key economies, a rise driven by both foreign satellite networks and television stations on the continent. This growth has delivered up local shows such as Kenya's comedic "Real Househelps...
(AFP (eng) 09/23/16)
A century after the project was conceived in the throes of racial segregation, and a few months before the first black US president leaves office, the African American Museum in Washington opens Saturday. Here are key facts about the first national museum devoted entirely to showcasing African Americans' life, history and culture. - 1915: A project 101 years old The effort to open, in the US capital, a museum dedicated to the history of the black community "began more than...
(Egyptian Streets 09/16/16)
Egypt fell among the countries with the lowest rates of expenditure on research and development relative to its gross domestic product (GDP) worldwide, standing at 0.7 percent, according to the UNESCO Science Report. Although Egypt’s gross expenditure on research and development (GERD) as a percentage of its GDP increased between 2009 and 2013, this ratio still remains low in comparison to worldwide trends. Furthermore, many universities in Egypt and the Arab region do not have research requirements in place. “Many...
(AFP (eng) 09/14/16)
Egypt will build a memorial for Mexican tourists mistakenly killed in a military strike last year while a travel association will compensate their families and survivors, Mexico's government said Tuesday. Eight tourists and four Egyptians were killed by security forces on September 13, 2015 when they came under fire during a lunch break in Egypt's vast Western Desert while on their way to the Bahariya oasis. Survivors have told Mexican diplomats that they came under fire from a plane and...
(The East African 09/10/16)
The Pan African Federation of Filmmakers (FEPACI) is seeking to raise $200 million from partners over the next two years to fund the continent's audiovisual and cinema sector. The funds will be used to establish centres of excellence in the five regions - East Africa, North Africa, Central Africa, Southern Africa, and West Africa -- and the locations will be decided by the African Council of Ministers of Culture. The money will be used to improve the quality and quantity...
(AFP (eng) 07/26/16)
Celebrated Egyptian film director Mohamed Khan died in Cairo on Tuesday aged 73 after a prolific career making socially engaged films. Khan has been one of Egypt's leading cinematic figures since the 1980s, making a string of movies tackling social issues that have often revolved around female central characters. Khan died in a Cairo hospital early Tuesday following "health problems", state-owned al-Ahram newspaper said. His family was not immediately available for comment. A British national born to an Egyptian-Italian mother...
(AFP (eng) 07/14/16)
The Egyptian Museum in Cairo is showcasing for the first time the earliest writing from ancient Egypt found on papyrus, detailing work on the Great Pyramid of Giza, antiquities officials said Thursday. The papyri were discovered near Wadi el-Jarf port, 25 kilometres (15 miles) south of the Gulf of Suez town of Zafarana, the antiquities ministry said. The find by a French-Egyptian team unearths papers telling of the daily lives of port workers who transported huge limestone blocks to Cairo...
(The Associated Press 07/14/16)
The Egyptian Museum in Cairo has put on display the country's oldest papyruses, which date back 4,500 years, detailing the daily life of the pyramid-builders. The items are from the 4th Dynasty of King Khufu, or Cheops as he was also known, for whom the Great Pyramid of Giza was built as a tomb. Egypt's Antiquities Minister Khaled el-Anany told reporters on Thursday as the exhibition was unveiled that the papyruses were discovered in 2013 in the port of Wadi...
(Voice of America 07/04/16)
To the beat of African drums, a few dozen people gathered at Dallas City Hall Friday to officially kick off the three-day African Film Festival. The event showcases films made by Africans, as well as a few made by non-Africans about issues important to different regions of the continent. City officials hailed the new festival as an expression of the increasing ethnic and cultural diversity in Texas’ second-largest city. Regina Hill Onyeibe, the Africa Liaison for the City of Dallas...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/28/16)
Africa's largest provider of pay-television services Naspers (NPNJn.J) has kept prices on the continent unchanged to halt a decline in subscriber numbers, its chief executive said on Monday. Naspers, the biggest listed firm on the continent, which sells access to popular American series and blockbuster movies in 50 countries in Africa and the Indian Ocean via its Multichoice unit, reported an 18 percent rise in full-year profit on Friday, but flagged pay-TV as a drag on its performance. Weaker currencies...

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(AL Jazeera 01/21/17)
Al Jazeera denies charges against Mahmoud Hussein and calls for his release as detention is extended for second time. Egypt has for the second time extended the detention of an Al Jazeera journalist by 15 days, pending further investigation. Mahmoud Hussein, an Egyptian national and journalist with more than two decades of experience, was arrested on December 20 after arriving at Cairo's international airport for a holiday. On January 4, when his detention was due to expire, authorities extended his arrest for a period of 15 days "pending a further investigation." His detention was again extended on Wednesday.
(The Telegraph 01/20/17)
Egypt's Museum of Islamic Art will reopen today three years after it was badly damaged by a car bomb that blew up outside a nearby police headquarters. The museum, which is home to one of the world’s most important collections of Muslim art, has been closed since January 2014 when the explosion ripped into the building. The blast damaged 179 artifacts but the museum said its experts had been able to repair all but ten of them. The restored objects will go back on display with special gold labels. Several glass medieval lamps from Cairo mosques were shattered in the blast and the museum said it had been unable to piece them back together. The Egyptian government hailed the museum’s...
(Voice of America 01/20/17)
By most measures, Africa is safer today than it has been in the modern era: Diseases are less deadly and wars are less frequent. But recent years have also been marked by a rise in radical extremism on the continent, and the terror threat could derail some of the world's fastest-growing economies. Dealing with the spread of radicalization has been a central focus of U.S. President Barack Obama's foreign policy during his time in office. Few areas have been spared...
(France 24 01/14/17)
In an ongoing assault on human and civil rights groups, the Egyptian government froze the assets of several NGOs and activists this week, raising a chorus of criticism from the international community. An Egyptian court on January 11 froze the assets of Mozn Hassan, director of the Nazra for Feminist Studies; Mohamed Zaree, head of the Arab Penal Reform Organization; and Atef Hafez, director of the Arab Organization for Judicial Reform, and seized those of the three groups. "They froze my assets today and seized those of my organisation, the first time in history a feminist or women's rights organisation
(RFI 01/14/17)
The 27th Africa-France Summit kicked off on Friday in the Malian capital Bamako with more than 30 African heads of state meeting French officials to discuss the threat of jihadists in the Sahel region and improve democracy in Africa. the meeting is also an opportunity for French president François Hollande to showcase his legacy. The choice to hold the 27th Africa-France summit in Mali is not insignificant. Bamako is where president François Hollande first revealed himself as an international statesman,...
(Bloomberg 01/10/17)
An Egyptian consumer price gauge that strips out volatile items rose the fastest in almost 12 years in December, after the central bank abandoned currency controls and triggered a slump in the pound. Annual core inflation climbed to 25.86 percent, its highest level since February 2005, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Earlier, the state-run statistics agency reported that annual urban inflation accelerated to 23.3 percent in December, its highest since Bloomberg started tracking the data in 2010. Food prices,...
(Huffingtonpost 01/10/17)
And it’s ironic given the growing consensus that Beijing is the U.S. president-elect’s enemy number one. Eric Olander and Cobus van Staden are the duo behind the China Africa Project and hosts of the popular China in Africa Podcast. We’re here to answer your most pressing, puzzling, even politically incorrect questions, about all things related to the Chinese in Africa and Africans in China. The election of Donald Trump has introduced a new era of uncertainty in global politics, especially...
(BBC News Africa 01/09/17)
At least eight people have been killed in a suicide bomb attack on a police station in North Sinai, Egypt. Reports say the bomber rammed the building in el-Arish with a lorry filled with explosives. Militants then opened fire on the station. No group has yet taken responsibility for the attack, but the area is often targeted by Islamists that have links with the so-called Islamic State (IS) group. Islamist groups are thought to have carried out more than 400...
(AL Jazeera 01/09/17)
At least eight members of security forces killed in an attack on a police checkpoint in El-Arish. A truck bomb attack on a checkpoint in the city of El-Arish in Egypt's northern Sinai has killed at least eight policemen, security officials and medical sources said. Police officials said a suicide bomber rammed the truck packed with explosives into the checkpoint and gunmen then opened fire on the security post on Monday. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the...
(BBC News Africa 01/05/17)
The prominent Egyptian activist Ahmed Maher, one of the leaders of the 2011 uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak, has been released from prison. A security source told AFP news agency that Mr Maher was freed on Wednesday evening after completing his jail term. His lawyer, Anas Sayed, said he would remain under judicial supervision. A founder of the April 6 youth movement, Mr Maher was arrested in 2013 while protesting against a new law banning unauthorised public gatherings. He and...
(AL Jazeera 01/05/17)
Al Jazeera denies the allegations against Mahmoud Hussein and calls for his immediate release. Egypt extended on Wednesday the detention of an Al Jazeera journalist for another 15 days, pending investigation. Mahmoud Hussein, an Egyptian national, was arrested upon arrival at Cairo's airport on December 20 without charge. Five days later, Egypt's interior ministry accused Hussein of "incitement against state institutions and broadcasting false news with the aim of spreading chaos". Al Jazeera rejected the charges and says Hussein was...
(BBC News Africa 01/04/17)
Veteran goalkeeper Essam El Hadary has been included in Egypt's final 23-man squad for the Africa Cup of Nations. El Hadary turns 43 this month and could become the oldest player in Nations Cup history, beating the 2006 record of 39-year-old compatriot Hossam Hassan. Coach Hector Cuper trimmed four players from his provisional list. Al Masry defender Hamada Tolba and midfielder Ahmed Gomaa, Zamalek midfielder Mohamed Ibrahim and Ismaili goalkeeper Mohamed Awad were dropped. Last month, Cuper sprang a surprise...
(BBC News Africa 01/03/17)
A top Egyptian government official has killed himself in jail after being arrested in connection with a corruption investigation, reports say. Wael Shalaby was a former secretary general of Egypt's administrative courts system. He resigned on Saturday, a day before his arrest. The public prosecutor said his arrest was part of an inquiry into accusations of officials receiving bribes. A gag order on all media over the corruption case has now been issued. Mr Shalaby's resignation came after a procurement...
(BBC News Africa 01/03/17)
An electricity grid for the whole village Problem: A total of 1.3 billion people worldwide currently don't have electricity, according to Yale Environment 360. Getting people in rural areas on to the national grid is proving too difficult and traditional solar panels generate meagre amounts of energy. Solution: Steamaco makes solar and battery micro-grids which can work for a whole village. They are small electricity generation and distribution systems that operate independently of larger grids. How it works: Micro-grids are...
(Voice of America 12/30/16)
2016 was predicted to be a tough year for African economies, and it delivered. Traditional economic leaders faltered this year amid a storm of falling commodity prices, unpredictable and destructive weather like droughts and floods across large swaths of the the continent. Slow economic growth in China, a major investor and trading partner, only added to their challenges. “This year, you’ve seen the two Africas: the commodity exporters going through tough times, while the non-commodity exporters being more resilient,” Nigerian...
(AL Jazeera 12/29/16)
Creation of council with authority to strip broadcasting rights comes amid rising concerns over press freedom. Egypt's president, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, has ratified a new media law that critics say is a blow to pluralism and press freedom in the country. The new law, approved by parliament and signed into law by Sisi on Monday, will see the creation of a Supreme Council for the Administration of the Media, a body that can revoke licences to foreign media and fine or suspend publications and broadcasters. The council, whose chairman will be picked by Sisi, will create a list of penalties and sue media organisations that violate its regulations
(Bloomberg 12/29/16)
In a world overloaded with wheat, Egypt is bolstering its haggling power. As the largest buyer prepares to tap international markets Thursday, traders will be watching how much of a discount it can get. On Dec. 20, the country’s state-run buyer paid an average of $1.73 a metric ton less than the offers it received, the biggest discount since traders boycotted tenders in September after officials went back and forth with regulations on how much of the common ergot fungus...
(The Jerusalem Post 12/29/16)
Opening of Rafah crossing seen as "breakthrough." In a significant policy shift, Egypt has begun to ease its blockade of the Gaza Strip, giving its two million residents greater access to the outside world and the prospect of an eventual trade relationship. Exits from Gaza's Rafah Crossing to Egypt have more than quadrupled in the last three months compared with the same period last year, according to Gisha, an Israeli NGO that monitors the flow of goods and people into...
(Gulfnews 12/29/16)
Hikes in prices of different goods in Egypt, triggered by a recent flotation of the local pound, has taken a toll on shopping. Hikes in prices of different goods in Egypt, triggered by a recent flotation of the local pound, has taken a toll on shopping for New Year gifts in the country, traders have said. “Prices of the New Year gifts, such as the Christmas tree and the Santa Clause accessories, have increased by 70 to 80 per cent...
(Alarabiya.net 12/27/16)
The picture of former Saudi minister Ahmad al-Khatib visiting the Grand Ethiopian Dam was used by some to debate in media outlets. Close relations between Riyadh and Cairo were thus subjected to a low rhetoric. Even if we assume that the picture and the visit imply more than tourism and investment, raising the issue in the media still remains an old, outdated, failed and harmful means to exert pressure. Ethiopia is an important country for the African economy. The US depends on it to resolve a number of its military and political problems in the continent.

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