Friday 23 June 2017
(Egypt Independent 05/24/17)
Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has resumed his allegations against Egypt, saying that his armed forces seized Egyptian armored vehicles during recent clashes in Darfur that took place last week. On Tuesday, Bashir renewed his accusations against Cairo over backing the rebels there. “We fought along with Egyptians in 1976. We fought for twenty years without being supported with a bullet. The ammunition we bought from them was not working,” Bashir told the army command in Khartoum. However, Egypt denied all the Sudanese accusations through the Foreign Ministry spokesperson who stressed
(Ahram Online 05/24/17)
The statement from Egypt's foreign ministry comes in response to 'Sudanese statements accusing Egypt of supporting Darfur rebel groups'. Egypt respects the sovereignty of Sudan and would not interfere to destabilise it or harm its people, the country’s foreign ministry said in a statement Tuesday in response to “Sudanese statements accusing Egypt of supporting Darfur rebel groups.” Egypt’s foreign policy, according to the statement, is based on respecting international law and principles of good neighbourliness, especially when it comes to countries that have a special brotherly bond with Egypt such as Sudan. “[Everyone] knows that Egypt was a major supporter of the unification of the north and south of Sudan, and that it made every effort to make unity the...
(AFP (eng) 05/24/17)
The legendary treasure of ancient Egypt's boy king Tutankhamun, whose tomb British archaeologist Howard Carter discovered in the Valley of the Kings near Luxor in 1922, is shrouded in mystery. - A hoard uncovered intact - The tomb of Tutankhamun, who died aged 19 in 1324 BC after nine years on the throne, is pharaonic Egypt's only mausoleum found so far with its burial artefacts intact. Many other resting places of pharaohs and dignitaries had been pillaged by tomb robbers down the centuries. But in this case, a hoard of more than 4,500 objects laid out across five rooms included thrones, statues, furniture and weapons. Among them are a gilded bed featuring posts made of carved lion heads, a chariot...
(Daily News Egypt 05/24/17)
The real per capita spending in new cities dropped to EGP 16,916 per person, compared to the nominal EGP 19,855 per person, according to the report. Total planned spending in built environment increased by 62% from last year, from EGP 98.9bn to EGP 159.8bn in real terms (EGP 187.4bn in nominal prices), according to the Built Environment (BE) Budget 2016/2017. 10 Tooba for Applied Research on the Built Environment recently issued its second Built Environment Deprivation Indicator (BEDI) based on BE Budget 2016/2017. The BE report said that spending-to-population ratio (SPR) disparities between the different regions of Egypt are high, especially in the Greater Cairo, Suez Canal, and frontier regions, which remain much higher than the parity. The report added...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/24/17)
When U.S. President Donald Trump and other leaders of the world's seven major industrialized nations gather in Sicily on Friday, they will enjoy a spectacular view of the Mediterranean Sea, but won't get any glimpse of boats full of migrants. A common sight off Sicily in recent years, the authorities have banned all migrant landings on the island during the Group of Seven Summit for security reasons, telling rescue vessels that pick them up at sea to take them to the mainland during the two-day meeting. Out of sight does not mean out of mind. Italy chose to host the summit in Taormina, on the cliffs of eastern Sicily, to concentrate minds on Europe's migrant crisis and to seek ways...
(AFP (eng) 05/23/17)
A former Egyptian presidential candidate and rights lawyer who challenged the government for handing over islands to Saudi Arabia was detained Tuesday on suspicion of illegal political work, a judicial official said. Khaled Ali was summoned by the prosecution for questioning on suspicion of having set up an unregistered political party, the official said. The prosecution ordered his detention for 24 hours. His legal troubles come as opposition groups complain of a crackdown ahead of the 2018 presidential election which incumbent Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is expected to dominate. Ali was the main lawyer to bring a case against the government after it agreed to hand over two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia
(Xinhuanet 05/23/17)
Egypt on Tuesday strongly condemned the terrorist attack that took place at a concert in Manchester on Monday, which left 22 people killed and 59 others wounded, including children. "The execution of such heinous terrorist attack, few days after holding an anti-terror summit in Saudi, underlined the importance that the international community should move immediately to put an effective mechanism and to take strict measures to uproot terrorism," the Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday. Egypt asserted its solidarity with government and people of Britain in combating terrorism, extremism and any attempts of terrorizing the secured citizens, the statement added. The attack happened when a suicide bomber struck as thousands of fans streamed out of a concert by...
(Andalou Agency 05/23/17)
Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir on Tuesday accused Egypt of arming rebel groups in the troubled Darfur region. In an address to top army brass, Bashir said Sudanese forces have captured Egyptian weapons during clashes with rebels in the East Darfur state. He said Sudanese forces had intercepted two rebel convoys coming from Libya and South Sudan. "We defeated them, destroying 59 military vehicles," Bashir said. "Unfortunately we captured Egyptian tanks and armors in the hands of the rebels," he claimed. Tension has grown between Sudan and Egypt in recent months. Last month, Sudanese Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour accused Egypt's UN representative of supporting calls to extend international sanctions -- in place since 2006 -- on Sudan, a claim denied by...
(Al-Monitor 05/23/17)
Egypt has drafted a bill that would impose hefty fines on people who harass tourists as part of efforts aimed at attracting additional tourists to Egypt and reinvigorating the country’s struggling tourism industry. The draft law stipulates that a tourist harasser could receive a fine ranging from 3,000 Egyptian pounds to 10,000 Egyptian pounds ($166-$555), state television quoted Antiquities Minister Khaled El-Anani as saying. “The draft law ensures that if tourists are annoyed, their harassers will get a maximum fine of 10,000 Egyptian pounds,” El-Anani was quoted as saying in local media. He said that the punishment is delineated in a new article introduced to the Antiquities Law, which was issued in 1983. “The draft law would help put an...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/23/17)
Fossils from Greece and Bulgaria of an ape-like creature that lived 7.2 million years ago may fundamentally alter the understanding of human origins, casting doubt on the view that the evolutionary lineage that led to people arose in Africa. Scientists said on Monday the creature, known as Graecopithecus freybergi and known only from a lower jawbone and an isolated tooth, may be the oldest-known member of the human lineage that began after an evolutionary split from the line that led to chimpanzees, our closest cousins. The jawbone, which included teeth, was unearthed in 1944 in Athens. The premolar was found in south-central Bulgaria in 2009. The researchers examined them using sophisticated new techniques including CT scans and established their age...
(AFP (eng) 05/22/17)
Egyptian authorities have referred 48 suspected Islamic State group members to military trial over three deadly church bombings, the public prosecutor's office said in a statement on Sunday. Of the 48 suspects, 31 are in custody and 17 still at large, it said. IS claimed responsibility for the three suicide attacks that targeted the churches in December and April. A December 11 attack in the heart of Cairo on the Saint Peter and Saint Paul church, adjacent to the headquarters of Coptic Pope Tawadros II, killed 29 people. On April 9, 45 people were killed in twin church bombings claimed by IS as Christians gathered to celebrate Palm Sunday in the cities of Tanta and Alexandria. IS has threatened to...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/22/17)
Egypt's central bank raised its key interest rates by 200 basis points on Sunday, citing stronger economic growth and falling unemployment, confounding the expectations of economists who forecast rates were unlikely to change. At a meeting of its Monetary Policy Committee, the bank hiked its overnight deposit rate to 16.75 percent from 14.75 percent and its overnight lending rate to 17.75 from 15.75 percent, it announced in a statement. This was the bank's first increase in rates since an aggressive hiked of 300 basis points in November. Egypt floated its currency in November and it has roughly halved in value since then. The move helped it clinch a three-year $12 billion International Monetary Fund lending program tied to ambitious reforms...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/22/17)
Egypt referred 48 people to the country's military judiciary on Sunday for suspected involvement in three deadly church bombings and accused them of joining the militant group Islamic State. Egypt's Christian minority has come under attack in recent months. Two deadly church bombings in Alexandria and Tanta killed more than 45 people in April, months after a bombing near Cairo's Coptic Cathedral killed at least 25. Islamic State claimed responsibility for all three attacks. Public prosecutor Nabil Sadek said in a statement on Sunday that some of the suspects held leadership positions in Islamic State and formed cells in Cairo and the southern province of Qena to carry out the church attacks. Egypt is facing a more than three-year-old insurgency...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/22/17)
Countries in sub-Saharan Africa need to get their budgets in order, diversify their economies and look after their poorest people. If they do that, there is no reason why the region cannot have the strong growth needed to meet the aspirations of a young and growing population. That, at least, is the three-pillared prescription from the International Monetary Fund as expressed by one of its top Africa researchers, Celine Allard, in an official IMF blog post and podcast. Allard co-authored the Fund's regional economic outlook, released earlier this month. It found that sub-Saharan economic growth hit only 1.4 percent last year, the lowest level in two decades and well off the 5-6 percent rates normally reached. It was also well...
(AFP (eng) 05/21/17)
US President Donald Trump told Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Sunday during talks in the Saudi capital that he would soon visit Egypt. "We will absolutely be putting that on the list very soon," Trump said at the beginning of bilateral talks with Sisi, hours before the US president is scheduled to address an Arab Islamic American summit. Trump praised US relations with Egypt, describing the talks with Sisi as "very very important". "We've really been through a lot together positively," he said. Trump said that "safety seems to be very strong" in Egypt, which has seen deadly bombings and attacks on Christian Copts and security forces in past months. Responding through an interpreter, Sisi said: "Egypt is secure...
(AFP (eng) 05/20/17)
Egypt held a sombre ceremony on the first anniversary of the EgyptAir MS804 disaster in Cairo Friday, but no answers were forthcoming on why the flight crashed into the Mediterranean killing all passengers on board. During the ceremony at Cairo airport, relatives of the victims laid flowers at the foot of a memorial wall bearing the names of all 66 passengers and crew killed when the Airbus A320 flying from Paris to Cairo crashed. The ceremony came two weeks after a source close to the French investigation ruled out that explosives caused the crash, contradicting Egyptian investigators who had said explosive traces were
(Reuters (Eng) 05/20/17)
France will step up the fight against resurgent Islamist militants in north and west Africa and will work more closely with Germany to help the tinderbox region, President Emmanuel Macron said on his first trip outside Europe on Friday. Visiting Mali days after taking office, Macron vowed to keep French troops in the Sahel region until there was "no more Islamist terrorism" there. He said operations would be escalated in response to signs that militant groups were regrouping and uniting. "It is vital today that we speed up. Our armed forces are giving their all, but we must speed up" efforts to secure the Sahel, he told a news conference in Gao, Mali, where he held talks with President Ibrahim...
(Daily News Egypt 05/19/17)
The president praised the role of the armed forces in confronting terrorism. “I will present a statement of account in January and February about Egypt under my rule,” President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi said during his meeting with editors-in-chief of state-owned newspapers, on Tuesday. Al-Sisi said that protectionist measures were taken for the benefit of the middle class and the low-income families, and the government will duplicate the subsidy and free taxing. The president expressed his rejection of the phrase “everything is ok” and said, however, that citizens may complain of the costliness, but they know that the responsibility requires exerting more efforts. He called upon Egyptians to depend on the cheap products of greenhouses, and he expressed his trust in...
(Daily News Egypt 05/19/17)
Cairo’s Criminal Court had acquitted Salem in 2015, but the public prosecutors appealed the verdict. The Cairo Criminal Court, headed by Abdel Tauwab Ibrahim Gadallah, acquitted on Thursday Hussein Salem in the retrial of his case of exporting gas to Israel. Cairo’s Criminal Court had acquitted Salem in 2015, but the public prosecutors appealed the verdict. Hussein Salem, the Spanish-Egyptian businessman, was an adviser to former president Hosni Mubarak and was accused of exporting gas to Israel for less than the global price in order to achieve personal benefits. The Egyptian authorities had announced a reconciliation with Salem if he’s willing to give up 75% of his properties, which are worth a value exceeding EGP 5bn. Salem is one of...
(Egyptian Streets 05/19/17)
The Egyptian Parliament’s Energy and Environment Committee is discussing a new law that aims to regulate nuclear plants construction in Egypt. The new nuclear law consists of 19 articles, which aims at creating “the executive authority on the supervision of the construction of nuclear power station projects.” Egypt is to establish its first nuclear power plant after signing an agreement with Russia in February 2015. The plant in Dabaa, 130km northwest of Cairo, would have a capacity of 4,800MW. The contracts are currently being finalized, and include clauses on technical support, operation, maintenance, and fuel depots. Once the contract’s draft is finalized, it will be sent to the State Council for approval. Upon the Council’s approval, the Egyptian presidency will...

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