Friday 23 June 2017
(AFP (eng) 06/22/13)
CAIRO, June 22, 2013 (AFP) - Egypt's airports will raise their alert level to "high" ahead of June 30 when opposition-backed protesters plan to demonstrate against President Mohamed Morsi, security officials said on Saturday. "An emergency plan will be put in place from June 28 until July 1," the head of Cairo airport security, General Magdy al-Yussri, told reporters. At Cairo airport, security patrols will be increased, passengers will be thoroughly checked and new cameras will be installed "to monitor and confront any emergency," he said. Civil Aviation Minister Wael al-Maadawy has been in talks for several days with airport and security officials as well as the heads of companies affiliated with the EgyptAir holding company that runs the national...
(AFP (eng) 06/22/13)
JOHANNESBURG, June 22, 2013 (AFP) - The ambulance that rushed Nelson Mandela to hospital two weeks ago broke down and another had to be called, but the mishap did not endanger the anti-apartheid hero, the South African presidency said Saturday. "All care was taken to ensure that the former president's medical condition was not compromised by the unforeseen incident," presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj told AFP. The ambulance had engine trouble on its way from the 94-year-old Mandela's Johannesburg home to a specialist heart clinic in Pretoria, some 55 kilometres (30 miles) away. Doctors are "satisfied" that Mandela, who is battling a serious lung infection, suffered no harm during the wait for a replacement ambulance, Maharaj said. Maharaj said the "fully...
(AFP (eng) 06/21/13)
CAIRO, June 21, 2013 (AFP) - Tens of thousands of Egyptian Islamists gathered in a show of strength Friday ahead of planned opposition protests against President Mohamed Morsi, highlighting tense political divisions in the Arab world's most populous state. Carrying Egyptian flags and portraits of the president, they packed the large square outside Cairo's Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque in the Nasr City neighbourhood and surrounding avenues. Islamist groups led by the powerful Muslim Brotherhood, from which Morsi hails, had called the rally ahead of planned June 30 protests to demand an early presidential election. Morsi has been in office for just one year. Inside the mosque, after prayers worshippers broke into chants of "Morsi is a president for all Egyptians" before...
(Ahram Online 06/21/13)
Islamist forces gird themselves for pro-govt, anti-violence rallies on Friday in advance of opposition's planned 30 June demonstrations against President Morsi and Muslim Brotherhood. Egypt's Islamist parties are preparing for pro-government rallies this Friday to support the Muslim Brotherhood's beleaguered President Mohamed Morsi. The move comes ahead of planned anti-Morsi rallies on 30 June, prompting widespread fears of violence between the rival camps. Calls for Friday's pro-Morsi rallies were made by several Islamist parties at a 12 June conference held at the headquarters of the ultra-conservative Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya's Building and Development Party. Friday's protests will be held at the Rabaa Al-Adawiya mosque in Cairo's Nasr City district on Friday afternoon, with the stated aim of "denouncing political violence and backing...
(Alarabiya.net 06/21/13)
Egyptian Islamists gathered for a show of strength in Cairo on Friday ahead of planned opposition protests calling for President Mohamed Mursi to step down, highlighting the tense political divide in the Arab world's most populous state. Dozens of parties including Mursi's Freedom and Justice Party -- the political arm of the powerful Muslim Brotherhood -- have called for a demonstration outside the Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque in Cairo's Nasr City neighborhood after noon prayers. The rally is a intended as a show of support by the Islamists ahead of planned June 30 protests to call for an early presidential election. Mursi has been in office for just one year. The Islamists have condemned the anti-Mursi protests as a coup against...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/21/13)
(Reuters) - Islamist supporters of Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi will rally in Cairo on Friday in a show of approval for him to upstage opposition protests planned to mark his first year in office at the end of the month. Preparations for renewed street action after some months of calm have raised fears of violence of the kind that has punctuated the two-and-a-half years since Hosni Mubarak fell. Mursi's opponents, who say at least 13 million people have signed a petition calling on him to step down, hope protests on June 30 will force him out. Their demand has angered Islamists who see it as an undemocratic bid to remove an elected leader. His allies will rally after Friday prayers...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/21/13)
CAIRO (Reuters) - The U.S. ambassador to Egypt is under fire from opposition groups who were angered by her criticism this week of planned mass rallies against the ruling Muslim Brotherhood. Anne Patterson responded to widespread talk among Egyptian liberals that Washington had thrown its weight behind Islamist President Mohamed Mursi by saying in a speech on Tuesday that the United States was working closely with the elected government and also listening to all Egypt's political groups. But by Thursday, after extensive local media coverage of her remarks and condemnation by opposition leaders of "interference" in Egypt's internal affairs, social media was dominated by angry and hostile comments directed toward Patterson and her embassy. Among the more polite, tycoon Naguib...
(BBC News Africa 06/21/13)
Egypt's revolution in 2011 proved two incredibly important things for Egyptian youth. First, that the combined power of the crowd can accomplish anything. Second, that it takes critical networks of communication and collaboration to activate that crowd. While the revolution eventually led to the collapse of a 30-year old regime, it has also had a lesser-chronicled impact - becoming a catalyst for a growing movement of technology start-ups booming across the country. Egypt's swelling mass of young, educated, and enlightened graduates are now working on changing the future of a nation byte by byte, not just brick by brick. And embracing the principles of the revolution, many of their start-ups are using this idea of collaboration, and the power of...
(AFP (eng) 06/21/13)
Ethiopia used a regional meeting Thursday aimed to promote cooperation over the Nile river to urge other nations to ratify a controversial water deal fiercely opposed by Egypt. Addressing water ministers and officials from the 10-nation Nile Basin Initiative (NBI), Ethiopia's Minister for Water and Energy Alemayehu Tegenu challenged Egypt's historical majority control usage of the river water. "We will not allow a single country to have full control over our shared resources," Alemayehu said, speaking at the annual NBI conference held in Juba, the capital of its newest member South Sudan. The countries have been embroiled in a heated row after Ethiopia began diverting the Blue Nile River last month for the construction of the 6,000 megawatt Grand Renaissance...
(AFP (eng) 06/21/13)
The International Monetary Fund said Thursday it was making progress in talks with Egyptian authorities on a potential loan but that technical issues such as subsidies remain. "Our work with the Egyptians is producing increased understanding on many of the remaining issues," IMF spokesman Gerry Rice said. The spokesman, speaking at a regularly scheduled news conference, said that the IMF was working "constructively" with the authorities with the hope of a swift conclusion of loan negotiations. "We look forward to the resolution of remaining technical issues and completion of the preparatory work by the authorities," he said. "We're looking in particular for early decisions by the authorities on revenue measures to reduce the large budget deficit and on their plans...
(Voice of America 06/21/13)
JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN — A rift continued Thursday between Egypt and Ethiopia over a plan by Addis Ababa to build a huge dam on one of the tributaries of the River Nile, while an announcement by South Sudan that it has chosen more than a dozen potential dam sites along the river evoked little concern from Nile Basin Initiative countries meeting in Juba. Egypt, which under a colonial-era law controls the biggest share of the Nile's waters, has been at loggerheads for months with Ethiopia over a plan by Addis Ababa to build a 6,000-megawatt dam with a 63 billion cubic meter reservoir on a tributary of the Nile. Cairo is worried that the dam would reduce the amount of...
(Ahram Online 06/21/13)
On World Refugee Day, Egypt has been praised for welcoming thousands of Syrians seeking refuge, but some African refugees are feeling left behind. Moataz, a 41-year-old Sudanese asylum seeker from Darfur, has called Egypt home for the last year, but it has not always been a welcoming one. He worked in north Darfur for several years, until he started to have problems with the Sudanese government, who believed he was cooperating with local rebel groups. “I had to resign and come to Khartoum. I knew I was being followed,” he says. He was then forced to flee Khartoum after delivering a speech at a women’s rights conference, in which he argued that girls should not be circumcised. “While I was...
(Voice of America 06/21/13)
The Committee to Protect Journalists says in the past year, 55 journalists in 21 countries have gone into exile because of violence, threats and imprisonment. An official of the committee says an estimated 40% of those who’ve fled are from sub-SaharanAfrica. A new report by the CPJ says most journalists who have fled violence or repression come from Iran and Somalia, followed by Ethiopia, Syria and Eritrea. They’re also found at the head of the CPJ’s annual Impunity Index. It ranks countries according to the degree to which attacks against journalists are investigated, and perpetrators punished. Tom Rhodes is the Eastern African consultant for the Committee to Project Journalists. He says the government of at least one of the top...
(NBC News 06/21/13)
CAIRO – Thousands of Egypt’s Coptic Christians are fleeing to Europe, the United States and elsewhere rather than face mounting discrimination at home. Copts, Egypt’s ancient Christian community, are the country’s largest minority, making up nearly 10 percent of its 85 million people. But clashes between Christians and Muslims have become more frequent since the ouster of longtime authoritarian ruler Hosni Mubarak in the 2011 uprising – some say due to a breakdown of government security. Many Copts feel Egypt's Islamist-led government is not doing enough to protect them from religious hate crimes and inflammatory rhetoric – so many are leaving. “My sister in California wanted a better life for her and her two daughters,” explained Marianne Aziz, a 25-year-old...
(Africa Review 06/21/13)
Sub-Saharan Africa is losing slightly above 1.5 million children under the age of five annually due to malnutrition, according to non-governmental organisation Save the Children. On June 8, thousands of people including Bill Gates gathered in Hyde Park for the Big IF London rally aimed at reversing the situation, estimated to cost two million lives of children under the age of five globally. The rally, a coalition of over 200 UK organisations, was campaigning for action by G8 leaders to eliminate hunger and save millions of lives. The campaign wanted the G8 leaders, during their June 18 meeting, to act on four issues that mean so many people do not get enough food. The issues were enough aid to stop...
(AFP (eng) 06/20/13)
CAIRO, June 20, 2013 (AFP) - Authorities in Egypt have valued the wealth of former dictator Hosni Mubarak, his wife and their two sons at nine billion Egyptian pounds ($1.2 billion, 900 million euros), the state prosecutor said Thursday. It is the first time that an official source has given a figure for the Mubaraks' wealth, the subject of speculation since a popular uprising in February 2011 toppled the regime. "Reports from the Administrative Surveillance Authority, the Illicit Gains Authority and the Central Accounts Authority (three bodies responsible for monitoring public institutions) proved" the family had nine billion Egyptian pounds, said Mahmud al-Hefnawy, a representative of the state prosecutor. The personal wealth of the wives of Alaa and Gamal Mubara,...
(Ahram Online 06/20/13)
Ethiopian officials look to soothe Egyptian fears over Nile dam project, while Egyptian expert warns that the dam will dramatically reduce Egypt's water share. Ethiopia strongly believes that Egypt's and Ethiopia's interests are highly compatible and that the Nile River can be source of cooperation between the two countries, Ethiopian State Minister for Foreign Affairs Berhane Gebre-Christos said. The Ethiopian minister stated in an interview published by the Ethiopian Herald newspaper that the Nile water, if used according to the principle of joint benefit, is more than enough for all of the Nile Basin countries. "Ethiopia completely understands Egypt's reliance on the Nile River water. We expect that Egypt will understand that Ethiopia has the right to use its resources,"...
(AFP (eng) 06/20/13)
An Egyptian court on Thursday ordered the release of former prime minister Ahmed Nazif who has been detained for more than two years on fraud charges, media reported. The Giza Criminal Court ordered Nazif's release "so long as he is not being detained on other charges," it said in a statement quoted by the official MENA news agency. In September 2012, the former premier was sentenced to three years in prison and ordered to pay a fine of nearly nine million Egyptian pounds (around $1.28 million). He appealed the sentence and a court granted him a retrial, for which a date has yet to be set. Nazif's release comes because the limit on his preventative detention has run out. Judicial...
(Ahram Online 06/20/13)
Further clashes between supporters and opponents of Muslim Brotherhood in a number of Egyptian cities overnight; 25 injured in Kafr El-Sheikh. Clashes erupted on Wednesday night outside a Muslim Brotherhood conference in Desouk city in Kafr El-Sheikh governorate. It is unclear who started the violence but tension was already high following the appointment of a new Islamist governor. Hundreds fought and threw stones outside the Ibrahim El-Desouky Mosque and in nearby side streets. Twenty-five people were injured in the violence, including one by birdshot pellet, Al-Ahram Arabic news website reported. Unrest has taken place in several cities over President Mohamed Morsi's appointment on Sunday of seven Brotherhood members as regional governors. The move sparked anger over the Islamist group's perceived...
(ABC News 06/20/13)
CAIRO (AP) — Clashes erupted between supporters and opponents of Egypt's president and his Muslim Brotherhood Tuesday over his appointment of new Islamist governors, some in areas where opponents are strong. The protests signaled increasing tension in the deeply polarized nation ahead of mass protests demanding the ouster of the president, Mohammed Morsi, who marks his first year in power June 30. On Sunday, Morsi appointed 17 new governors, including seven members of the Brotherhood and one from an ex-militant group to rule the ancient city of Luxor. That appointment outraged Luxor residents, as the governor's group claimed responsibility for a 1997 massacre of dozens of tourists there. Egypt's Minister of Tourism was considering resignation over the Luxor appointment, according...

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