| Africatime
Monday 27 February 2017
(The New York Times 02/27/17)
The top commander of American military operations in the Middle East said during a visit here on Sunday that the United States wanted to resume a major military exercise with Egypt that President Barack Obama had canceled in 2013 to protest the killings of hundreds of civilian protesters. “It is my goal to get that exercise back on track and try to re-establish that as another key part of our military relationship,” Gen. Joseph L. Votel, the head of the United States Central Command, told an Egyptian television interviewer. General Votel’s comments were made shortly after he met with President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and top Egyptian military and Defense Ministry officials. It also comes amid...
(Reuters (Eng) 02/27/17)
An Egyptian lawmaker started collecting signatures on Sunday for a motion to extend presidential terms and lift restrictions on re-election - a year before general-turned-president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's first term is due to expire. As defense minister, Sisi overthrew elected President Mohammed Mursi, a Muslim Brotherhood official, in mid-2013 following mass protests against his rule and launched a crackdown on Egypt's oldest Islamist movement. Sisi, now 62, went on to win a presidential vote in 2014. He has not said whether he will seek re-election when his current term ends in 2018, but has made much of his popular mandate and promised to respect the will of Egyptians. The move by independent lawmaker Ismail Nasreddine to amend article 140 of...
(AfricaNews 02/27/17)
Egyptian construction tycoon, Samih Sawiris said the country’s decision to float its currency can be declared a success, adding it will take time for investment flows to return and revive its battered economy. The most populous Arab state needs investment from people like the billionaire, who could put millions into the economy and help mobilise foreign investors. The central bank floated the Egyptian pound in November to attract foreign capital. The pound consequently weakened from 8.8 pounds to the U.S...
(AFP (eng) 02/27/17)
An African road movie about four women wowed its audience Sunday as it kicked off the Panafrican cinema and television festival (Fespaco), a showcase for the continent's burgeoning film industry. "Borders" ("Frontieres") directed by Apolline Traore, a Fespaco laureate in 2013, sweeps across Africa as its protagonists journey through Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso and Benin on their way to Nigeria. Along the way the women -- Ivorian, Senegalese, Burkinabe and Nigerian actresses -- are spared nothing as they are beset...
(AFP (eng) 02/26/17)
Egypt is pursuing a raft of reforms to try to revive an economy weakened by years of turmoil, but analysts say that wooing foreign investors will take time. Since the 2011 uprising, the Arab world's most populous nation has suffered a slump in key tourism revenues, slowing economic growth and investment, double-digit inflation and falling foreign currency reserves. In November the International Monetary Fund approved a $12 billion loan for Egypt after the government committed to reforms including floating the Egyptian pound, which subsequently plunged against the US dollar. The authorities also pledged a new investment law with tax incentives, a "one-stop-shop" to simplify investment procedures and a new bankruptcy law.
(AFP (eng) 02/26/17)
Egyptian Coptic Christians fled the Sinai for a second day Saturday following a string of apparent jihadist attacks, as President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi instructed his government to help shelter them. A church official said more families arrived in the Suez canal city of Ismailiya, a day after about 250 Copts sought shelter in one church alone there. Three Christians have been shot dead over the past week in the city of El-Arish in the Sinai Peninsula, where Islamic State group...
(AFP (eng) 02/24/17)
A Coptic Christian was shot dead Thursday and his house set on fire in Egypt's North Sinai, a stronghold of the Islamic State group, security officials and medics said. It was the third death this week linked to jihadists in violence against the minority community. The 40-year-old man was shot in the neck at his home in El-Arish, the provincial capital of restive North Sinai, and jihadists set the house on fire, they said. His death comes a day after...
(The Associated Press 02/24/17)
Egyptians are bearing down under their worst inflation in a decade, cutting spending as much as possible as prices surge on basic food items, transportation, housing, and even some essential medicines. Inflation reached almost 30 percent in January, up 5 percent over the previous month, driven by the floatation of the Egyptian pound and slashing of fuel subsidies enacted by President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi in November. The move was part of a reform package to secure an IMF bailout loan of...
(AFP (eng) 02/23/17)
For the first time in Africa, researchers said Wednesday they have detected a malaria parasite that is partially resistant to the top anti-malaria drug, artemisinin, raising concern about efforts to fight a disease that sickens hundreds of millions of people each year. The discovery means that Africa now joins southeast Asia in hosting such drug-resistant forms of the mosquito-borne disease. Malaria infected more than 200 million people and killed some 438,000 people worldwide in 2015, most of them children in...
(AFP (eng) 02/22/17)
Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and King Abdullah II of Jordan agreed Tuesday there could be no concessions on establishing a Palestinian state, the presidency said after talks in Cairo. The meeting between the leaders of the two Arab countries that have signed peace treaties with Israel came after US President Donald Trump's administration suggested it would not insist on a Palestinian state for a Middle East peace agreement. "The two sides discussed ways to push the stagnant Middle East peace process, especially in light of US President Donald Trump's administration coming to power," a presidency statement said.
(AFP (eng) 02/22/17)
Argentinian football star Lionel Messi was in Egypt Tuesday as the face of an initiative to promote the North African country as a medical tourism destination for hepatitis C patients. A blood-borne viral disease, hepatitis C is highly prevalent in Egypt. "Medication against hepatitis C saves lives, let's put an end to the waiting lists," the Barcelona FC superstar said on his official Facebook page. Messi has signed to become the ambassador for Tour n' Cure, the Egyptian initiative said...
(Xinhuanet 02/22/17)
Africa Energy Indaba, the continent's premier energy event, kicked off in Johannesburg on Monday with the aim of finding solutions to the continent's energy future. The three-day conference is being attended by the governments' representatives, business and funders. The meeting seeks to unleash the continent's potential by coming up with an energy mix to develop Africa. Dr. Garth Strachan, Deputy Director General and Head of Gas Industrialization Unit in South Africa's Department of Trade and Industry said the recent discoveries...
(AfricaNews 02/21/17)
Argentinean footballer Lionel Messi will finally visit Egypt on Tuesday for a campaign to fight hepatitis C, a visit that was postponed in the aftermath of Barcelona’s scathing ChampIOns league defeat to PSG on Tuesday last week. The campaign is coordinated by Egypt’s Health and Tourism ministries. Messi’s visit was initially supposed to take place in December, but was postponed after the deadly bombings of two churches in Cairo on December 11. Egypt has been the focus of attention of...
(AFP (eng) 02/21/17)
Algerian, Egyptian and Tunisian foreign ministers met on Sunday in Tunis, Tunisia to discuss ways of ending the Libyan crisis. The initiative proposed by Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi is meant to tackle the results of consultations the three countries will have with the Libyan rival factions to reach a convergence of views between them and lay the foundations for a consensual political solution to the crisis. Libya is currently divided between two rival administrations: the Government of National Unity...
(AL Jazeera 02/21/17)
Ten men sentenced to death over violence at Port Said football match, with one additional suspect still at large. Egypt's top court upheld death sentences for 10 men on Tuesday for their part in Egypt's worst violence at a football stadium, in which more than 70 fans were killed in February 2012. Many of the dead were crushed when panicked fans tried to escape from the Port Said stadium after a post-match pitch invasion by supporters of the local side...
(Egypt Independent 02/21/17)
A visiting Italian delegation on Sunday called on all remaining European countries to end the travel restrictions they had imposed on Sharm el-Sheikh, Hurghada and other Egyptian destinations. The delegation, which includes MPs, politicians and Italian professors, visited Egypt with the hopes of rebooting Egyptian-Italian relations, stalled since the mysterious murder of Italian student and researcher Guilio Regeni last year. The delegation met with Khaled Abdel Ghaffar, the minister of higher education, and tackled the founding of an Italian university...
(The Washington Times 02/21/17)
The Islamic State in Egypt seems to be gaining in strength and notoriety in the Sinai Peninsula of Egypt as the group claimed responsibility for more rockets fired into southern Israel Monday. The rockets landed in the Eshkol region in the south of the Jewish state. The rocket fire came after the Israeli Air Force fired a drone at a car carrying four members of the death cult, killing them all near Rafah, near Gaza. Earlier in February, the Islamic...
(Itweb Africa 02/21/17)
Senior executives from Oracle met with Egypt's ICT Minister of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) Yasser ElKady in Cairo in an effort to maintain a direct line of communication between the government leader and the computer software company in the North African country. Saleem Haque, the Vice President for Advanced Customer Support Global Delivery at Oracle USA and Oracle Egypt CEO Basil Mubarak, along with several other company representatives, met with ElKady where they briefed him on the company's local...
(Fox News 02/21/17)
An Islamic State affiliate released a video Monday vowing that Egyptian Christians are their "favorite prey," showing images of a suicide bomber who killed nearly 30 people inside a packed Cairo church in December. "God gave orders to kill every infidel," one of the militants carrying an AK-47 assault rifle says in the 20-minute video. The video shows footage of Egypt's Coptic Christian Pope, Christian businessmen, judges and priests who either speak of the need to protect the minority or...
(Bloomberg 02/21/17)
Ashish Thakkar, who co-founded Africa banking conglomerate Atlas Mara Ltd. with ex-Barclays Plc head Bob Diamond, lost a ruling over the ownership of family assets in a London divorce case, with a judge questioning Thakkar’s truthfulness. Judge Philip Moor ruled that Thakkar, and not his mother and sister, was the owner of disputed assets in the divorce. He found that the 35-year-old owned 100 percent of Mara Group Holdings Ltd. and other corporate entities. The result will have ramifications in...

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