Friday 19 January 2018
(Reuters (Eng) 12/18/17)
CAIRO (Reuters) - Egyptian security forces on Monday killed five suspected militants and arrested 10 others in raids in the north of the country, the interior ministry said in a statement. The suspects had planned attacks against public infrastructure and Christians and had links with militants in North Sinai, it said. The raids took place in Alexandria and Qalyubiya provinces. Egypt has regularly carried out arrest raids and reported the killing of militant suspects in recent months as it fights a years-old Islamist insurgency in the remote North Sinai region. President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ordered the army and security forces to restore order in Sinai within three months after an attack on a mosque in November that was the deadliest...
(AFP (eng) 12/18/17)
France on Monday accepted a first group of 19 refugees who were identified in Africa under an overhauled asylum policy that will also see it expel thousands of economic migrants. While it has drawn little public outcry in France, the policy faces stiff opposition from the left and from charities that shelter migrants, 22 of which called in an open letter for France's rights ombudsman Jacques Toubon to intervene. Djamel, a refugee from the Central African Republic, arrived at Paris's Charles de Gaulle airport with his wife and four children after spending four years at a camp in Chad, telling AFP: "Now we've no other family. Now you are our family." The new refugees -- also hailing from Sudan --...
(Jeune Afrique 12/13/17)
Un tribunal du Caire a condamné mardi une jeune chanteuse égyptienne à deux ans de prison pour "incitation à la débauche", après son apparition dans un clip particulièrement suggestif. L’histoire a commencé par un simple clip musical. Shyma, chanteuse de 21 ans, apparaît dans le clip de sa chanson « Andy Zoroof » (« J’ai des problèmes »), en multipliant les postures lascives dans ce qui semble être une salle de classe. Elle est ensuite arrêtée le 18 novembre après le dépôt de plaintes contre le clip, selon des sources sécuritaires. Un tribunal du Caire l’a condamnée mardi 12 décembre à deux ans de prison et à une amende de 10 000 livres égyptiennes (480 euros). Le réalisateur du clip,...
(AFP (eng) 12/13/17)
A court in Cairo on Tuesday sentenced an Egyptian pop singer to two years in prison for "inciting debauchery" over a racy music video clip, a judicial source said. Shyma, a little-known 21-year-old singer, was also fined 10,000 pounds ($560). The director of the clip, Mohamed Gamal, received the same sentence. Both can appeal the ruling. Shyma was arrested on November 18, police said, following complaints about the video for her song "I Have Issues". In the video, she appears in a mock classroom licking an apple and appearing to mimic fellatio on a banana in front of a chalkboard scrawled with "Class #69". "Singer Shyma presents a lesson in depravity to youths," said the Youm 7 newspaper in an...
(AFP (eng) 12/11/17)
Egypt and Russia signed a final contract on Monday for the building of Egypt's first nuclear power plant, during a visit to Cairo by President Vladimir Putin. The contract to build the plant in Dabaa on the Mediterranean coast was signed during a live ceremony shown on state television and attended by the Russian leader and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. The contract was signed by the head of Russian state nuclear company Rosatom, Alexei Likhachev, and Egypt's electricity and renewable energy minister, Mohamed Shaker. Egyptian media reports put the cost of the plant at around $30 billion. The two countries signed two agreements in November 2015 for Russia to finance and build the power plant, with four 1,200 megawatt...
(AFP (eng) 12/11/17)
Russian President Vladimir Putin called Monday for Israeli-Palestinian peace talks to resume, including on Jerusalem, following the controversial US decision to recognise the city as Israel's capital. Speaking on state television during a visit to Egypt, Putin stressed the importance of "the immediate resumption of Palestinian-Israeli talks over all disputed issues, including the status of Jerusalem". Speedy, long-term agreements "that are aligned with the interests of both sides" must be made, Putin said, according to an official translation of his remarks on Egyptian state television. "These agreements must be in harmony with previous decisions of the international community," said Putin, adding that "Russia fully supports previous Security Council resolutions". With the international community in near consensus in opposing US President...
(AFP (eng) 12/11/17)
Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Cairo on Monday for a meeting with Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, an airport official said, after a surprise visit to Syria. Russian news agencies reported that Putin had on Monday visited Moscow's Hmeimim airbase in Syria, where he gave the order for a partial withdrawal of Russian troops from Syria. The Egyptian airport official said Putin's plane had landed in Cairo around 1015 GMT, apparently following a stopover in Syria. Putin last visited Cairo in February 2015, when he and Sisi reached an agreement for Russia to build Egypt's first nuclear power plant in Dabaa on the Mediterranean coast.
(AFP (eng) 12/11/17)
Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas was to meet Egyptian leader Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Cairo Monday over US President Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital, Egypt's presidency said. Trump's move has drawn near universal condemnation, and Palestinian officials say Abbas will refuse to meet US Vice President Mike Pence when he travels to the region later this month. Sisi has invited Abbas "to a bilateral summit for consultations on Monday in Cairo to discuss developments related to the United States' recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital", said Bassam Radi, a spokesman for the Egyptian presidency. Official Palestinian news agency WAFA said Abbas and Sisi spoke by telephone on Sunday and "continued consultations...
(AFP (eng) 12/11/17)
The World Bank on Friday signed a $1.15 billion loan with the Egyptian government, a final tranche of funds to support economic reforms in the country, the international lender said. The deal was sealed on the sidelines of the "Africa 2017" investment conference which President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi inaugurated Friday afternoon in the Red Sea resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh in Sinai. The loans are provided to support "Egypt's home-grown reform program aimed at powering job creation, ensuring energy security, strengthening public finances, and enhancing business competitiveness," the World Bank said in a statement. The loan is the last in a three-part package worth a total of $3.15 billion, the World Bank said. The International Monetary Fund is also currently...
(AFP (eng) 12/11/17)
In Egypt's eastern desert, roads are being carved across vast expanses of sand where the government is building a new administrative capital, a long-cherished project that has failed in the past. The city will be complete with luxury hotels, upscale residential districts, a modern airport and a 345-metre (1,140-foot) tower, touted as Africa's tallest. The work is being carried out about 45 kilometres (28 miles) east of Cairo, between roads connecting the metropolis to the canal city of Suez and the Red Sea resort town of Ain Sokhna. Workers are building a district to house a new presidential palace, parliament, 32 ministries and foreign embassies. "I work more than 12 hours a day on this useless construction site," complained one...
(Reuters (Eng) 12/11/17)
Russian President Vladimir Putin met Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Cairo on Monday for talks over a nuclear power plant and tensions in the Middle East following Washington’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Putin’s visit to Cairo reflects the deepening ties between Russia and Egypt, the second largest recipient of U.S. military aid after Israel and a strategic U.S. partner in the Middle East because of its control of the Suez Canal. Putin, who is due to fly to Turkey after Cairo, briefly visited a Russian base in Syria before arriving in Egypt and ordered Russian forces to start withdrawing from Syria after a two-year military campaign. During the visit, Egypt and Russia signed an agreement to...
(Reuters (Eng) 12/11/17)
Egypt’s Coptic Church has rejected a meeting requested by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence during his visit later this month in protest against Washington’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, MENA state news agency reported on Saturday. The Church “excused itself from hosting Mike Pence” when he visits Egypt, citing President Donald Trump’s decision “at an unsuitable time and without consideration for the feelings of millions of people”, MENA said.
(Reuters 12/11/17)
Russian state nuclear company Rosatom said on Monday a power station it will build in Egypt will cost up to $21 billion and is expected to be finished by 2028-2029. Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah al-Sisi will sign an agreement on the project on Monday, the Kremlin said. Moscow and Cairo signed an agreement in 2015 for Russia to build a nuclear power plant in Egypt, with Russia extending a loan to Egypt to cover the cost of construction. Rosatom Chairman Alexei Likhachyov said the loan would cover 85 percent of the construction costs and the company would service the plant’s four reactors for 60 years.
(AFP (eng) 12/11/17)
Up to 6,000 Africans who fought for the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group in Iraq and Syria could return home, the African Union's top security official warned Sunday, calling on countries to prepare for the threat. Smail Chergui, the AU's commissioner for peace and security, said African nations would need to work closely with each other and share intelligence to counter returning militants. "There are reports of 6,000 African fighters among the 30,000 foreign elements who joined this terrorist group in the Middle East," Chergui told a meeting in Algiers, according to the Algeria Press Service news agency. "The return of these elements to Africa poses a serious threat to our national security and stability and requires specific treatment and...
(AFP (eng) 12/11/17)
Egyptian archaeologists have discovered a mummy in one of two previously unexplored tombs across the Nile from the southern city of Luxor, the antiquities ministry said Saturday. The tombs were found in the 1990s by German archaeologist Frederica Kampp, though she had only reached the entrance gate "but never entered", the ministry said. It said that both tombs, which were given numbers by Kampp, were likely to date back to dynasties of the New Kingdom, which lasted several centuries until about 3,000 years ago. Since Kampp's discovery, "both tombs were left untouched" an Egyptian archaeological mission started work. Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Enany was in Luxor to announce the discovery in Draa Abul Nagaa necropolis near the famed Valley of the...
(AFP 12/08/17)
Al-Azhar's Grand Imam Ahmed al-Tayeb cancelled a meeting with US Vice President Mike Pence after President Donald Trump's move to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, Al-Azhar said Friday. In a statement, Al-Azhar, Egypt's highest Sunni institution, said Tayeb had reversed his previous decision to meet Pence, who is due to travel to Egypt and Israel in the second half of December. Tayeb announced "his categorical rejection of a formal request from US Vice President Mike Pence to meet with him on December 20", Al-Azhar said. The US embassy had submitted an official request a week ago, "and the grand imam had agreed to this, but after the unjust and unfair American decision on Jerusalem, Al-Azhar's grand imam announces...
(AFP (eng) 12/07/17)
Russian President Vladimir Putin will visit Egypt on December 11 to meet his counterpart Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the Egyptian president's office said on Thursday. Putin has close ties with Sisi and had previously visited Egypt in 2015. Russia has sold arms to Egypt and is helping the North African country's first nuclear plant. "During the visit, the two presidents will hold talks on ways to further advancing frameworks of bilateral cooperation across various areas, particularly political, economic and trade relations," the presidency said in its statement. Several months after Putin's last visit, Russia suspended air travel to Egypt after the Islamic State group bombed a Russian airliner carrying holidaymakers from a Red Sea resort, killing all 224 people on board. se/hkb
(Reuters (Eng) 12/06/17)
CAIRO (Reuters) - Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi told U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday there was no need to “complicate” matters in the Middle East after Trump phoned him to talk about his decision to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, a Cairo presidential statement said. It said Sisi cautioned Trump against “taking measures that would undermine the chances of peace in the Middle East”. “The Egyptian president affirmed the Egyptian position on preserving the legal status of Jerusalem within the framework of international references and relevant U.N. resolutions,” the statement said.
(AFP (eng) 12/06/17)
The World Bank on Tuesday approved the latest loan for Egypt of just over $1 billion to support the country's economic reform program and reduce poverty. The loan is the last in a three-part package worth a total of $3.15 billion that started in 2015, the World Bank said in a statement. The loan will support "home-grown inclusive reforms" aimed at shoring up the economy and creating jobs, the bank said. "We are privileged to support the country on its path to achieving its full potential and improving living standards for all Egyptians," senior World Bank official Asad Alam said. The African Development Bank is providing parallel financing of $500 million and Britain added $150 million. The International Monetary Fund...
(AFP (eng) 12/06/17)
Conflicts, violence and disaster across Africa forced some 15,000 people to flee their homes every day in the first half of the year, international monitors said Wednesday. A total of 2.7 million Africans were internally displaced within their own countries in the first six months of 2017, a report by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) and the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) found. They join the estimated 12.6 million internally displaced people (IDPs) living in African countries at the end of 2016. That number does not include those who have fled across borders to seek refuge, with UN figures showing there were more than 5.6 million refugees in Africa by end of last year. Internal displacement has soared in a...

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