Monday 21 August 2017
(Ahram Online 06/10/13)
Around 1.1 million tourists visited Egypt in April 2013, a 5.2% increase on the same month last year, official statistics agency says. Egypt received 1.1 million tourists in April 2013, 5.2 percent more than the 1 million it received in the same period last year, but still less than April 2010 when 1.2 million visited the country, state statistics agency CAPMAS reported on Sunday. Minister of Tourism Hisham Zaazou had expected the numbers to reach 2010 levels, when an estimated 14.7 million tourists visited Egypt and generated $12.5 billion in revenue. According to the report, the largest proportion of tourists came from Western Europe, followed then by Eastern Europeans and then tourists from the Middle East, who spent a total...
(Ahram Online 06/10/13)
The National Salvation Front announces full support for anti-Morsi protests on 30 June, saying no room for negotiations with the presidency exists. Egypt's National Salvation Front (NSF) opposition coalition announced Saturday their full support for the anti-Morsi Rebel campaign, saying there is no longer room for negotiation with President Mohamed Morsi. "No dialogue with the Muslim Brotherhood or the regime, our date is 30 June, no going back on early presidential elections and the Egyptian people will decide on the next president," said former presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabbahi in a press statement. The NSF has continuously turned down invitations for dialogue with President Morsi. They had earlier set pre-conditions before meeting the president, including taking "serious steps" towards the prosecution...
(Usa Today 06/10/13)
Egypt's embattled president on Friday dismissed calls for early presidential elections as attackers torched the Cairo campaign headquarters of a youth group petitioning for Mohammed Morsi's removal from office. The developments come as tensions rise ahead of June 30, when Morsi marks one year in power as Egypt's first freely elected president following the 2011 uprising that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak. In a four-page interview with the state-run Al-Ahram daily ahead of the anniversary, Morsi said demands for an early presidential vote are both "absurd and illegal." He also warned against violence during upcoming demonstrations, which the opposition plans for the anniversary to demand his ouster. "Violating the law, the use of violence or inciting for it are unacceptable and...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/10/13)
CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt's foreign minister, vowing not to give up "a single drop of water from the Nile", said on Sunday he would go to Addis Ababa to discuss a giant dam that Ethiopia has begun building in defiance of Cairo's objections. Speaking to Egypt's state news agency MENA two days after the Ethiopian government flatly rejected a request from Cairo to halt the project, Mohamed Kamel Amr said Egyptians view any obstacle to the river's flow as a threat to national survival. "No Nile - no Egypt," he said, highlighting the pressure on the Egyptian government, whose popularity is wilting in the face of economic troubles, to prevent the hydro power plant cutting already stretched water supplies for...
(Alarabiya.net 06/10/13)
Organizers of a campaign aiming to “withdraw confidence” from Egyptian President Mohammad Mursi announced in a press conference on Sunday that they had gathered 13 million signatures since petitions were first collected on May 1. The “Tamarod” (rebellion) campaign has attracted global media attention for planning mass protests on June 30; the date marking Mursi’s first anniversary in power. The campaign has announced its intention to open branches in public spaces across Egypt in order to collect more signatures for the group's anti-government petition effort, local newspaper al-Masry al-Youm reported. A campaign spokeswoman, who announced Tamarod had reached the 13 million mark, said on Sunday: "The Egyptian people are the ones who gave confidence (power) to President Mursi, and so...
(Voice of America 06/10/13)
Anger erupted Saturday in the Egyptian court retrying ousted president Hosni Mubarak for complicity in the killings of hundreds of protesters, after a judge barred the participation of lawyers representing families of those killed. The lawyers filing civil suits against Mubarak and his co-defendants had been allowed to attend the first trial, which saw the 85-year-old former leader and his security chief, former interior minister Habib al-Adly, sentenced to life in prison. But the defendants appealed their convictions, handed down a year ago, and an appeals court granted them a retrial. The case stems from the 2011 uprising that ended Mubarak's 30-year rule and made Egypt's government the second to fall in the Arab Spring after Tunisia’s. Nearly 900 people...
(Ahram Online 06/10/13)
Former Arab League chief says any decision taken by him will be coordinated with the National Salvation Front until 30 June. Leading member of the National Salvation Front (NSF) Amr Moussa vowed Saturday that he will not act independently of the opposition bloc through to 30 June, after he was vehemently criticised for meeting with a leading Muslim Brotherhood figure. Moussa's comments came two days after a private meeting with Khairat El-Shater Thursday that stirred controversy as it was seen by many as a departure from the NSF’s refusal to join a dialogue until concessions are made by the ruling Islamist regime. "I apologise for the confusion that happened as a result of my meeting with Khairat El-Shater ... I...
( 06/10/13)
Investment Minister Yehia Hamed has claimed there will be no privatisation in Egypt's public sector, despite growing concerns over alleged government intentions to sell shares and lay off state workers. Speaking during a visit to Sid Pharmaceutical company on Saturday, Hamed said that developing state pharmaceuticals represented a "national duty." The ministry would welcome new technologies through partnership deals with private sector companies, he admitted, but no land or facilities would be sold off. Hamed also stressed the importance of the state medicine sector, celebrating its "balance" on the market as well as its challenges to monopolies held by foreign and other private sector companies within Egypt's economy.An Investment Ministry statement released on Saturday revealed the Sid board of directors...
(The Associated Press 06/10/13)
CAIRO (AP) — Suspected militants on Sunday shot dead a counterterrorism police officer in the Sinai Peninsula after they swerved in front of his car while he was driving, security officials said. Maj. Mohammed Abdelaziz, 30, managed to kill one of his two assailants in the gunfight in the town of el-Arish on the Mediterranean, the officials said. The second attacker sped off after the shooting. Abdelaziz was a member of the counterterrorism department in the national internal security agency. Militants have stepped up attacks in Sinai as law and order broke down in the wake of the 2011 uprising that toppled Egypt's longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak. Along with Bedouin tribal gangs involved in smuggling and other criminal activity, criminals...
(Ahram Online 06/10/13)
Trial of former president Hosni Mubarak and senior regime figures for complicity in killing of protesters during revolution and corruption resumes in Cairo on Monday. The trial of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, his sons Gamal and Alaa, former interior minister Habib El-Adly and his six aides resumed on Monday. Mubarak arrived at the court by military helicopter from Tora Prison Hospital. Presiding Judge Mahmoud El-Rashidi began the third hearing of the trial, which began in May, by asking the defendants to confirm their names. "Thank God it's correct this time, sir," Alaa Mubarak said, in reference to several slips by the judge in previous sessions. The judge then went through a number of exhibits, including a CD, an envelope...
( 06/10/13)
Former Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif and ex-Environment Minister Maged George have returned funds of up to LE71,000 to the Egyptian state, in the wake of a scandal surrounding illegal gifts received under the former regime. Nazif and George both received illegal gifts from the Information Ministry under former President Hosni Mubarak. Nazif paid back LE58,000 while George returned LE13,000. The move came after public prosecutors approved an official request submitted by both defendants agreeing to reimbursement. Investigations have also revealed that former Information Minister Anas al-Fiqqi illegally handed former officials, including Mubarak and his close family, donations valued at around LE6.5 million. Fiqqi was detained pending investigation over charges of embezzlement, profiteering and willful damage of public money. MENA
(Ahram Online 06/10/13)
Amid post-revolution uncertainties, many Egyptians – especially Christians – are reportedly mulling emigration to Georgia. But the tiny Eurasian state may not be the immigrant's paradise they believe it to be. Outside the Georgian Embassy in Cairo, a group of young Egyptian men, mostly Christian, discuss their dreams of forging new lives for themselves in the tiny Eastern European state. Back in April, Egyptian state news agency MENA reported that a staggering 90,000 Egyptian Coptic-Christians had moved to Georgia against the backdrop of mounting fears of sectarian strife, civil unrest and a struggling post-revolution economy. "I saved some money and plan to travel to Georgia and open a small business there. I've been engaged for a year and a half...
(Voice of America 06/10/13)
Decades of drought in central Africa may have had a surprising cause, according to new research that challenges the notion that the severe dry weather was triggered mainly by bad agricultural practices and overgrazing. The research, done at the University of Washington, shows that the drought was at least partially caused by pollution in the Northern Hemisphere. The researchers said that sulfate-laden aerosols coming from coal-burning factories from the 1960s through the 1980s actually slowed warming in the Northern Hemisphere compared to the Southern Hemisphere. This shifted tropical rain bands south, away from the Sahel region, and led ultimately to the near drying up of Lake Chad, which is used to water crops in surrounding areas. Africa's Sahel regionAfrica's Sahel...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/09/13)
(Reuters) - South Africans prayed for Nelson Mandela's recovery on Sunday as the 94-year-old former president spent a second day in hospital with a recurring lung infection. Mandela, who became a global symbol of triumph over adversity and South Africa's first black leader in 1994 after the defeat of apartheid, was hospitalized early on Saturday after his already frail health worsened. It is his fourth hospital stay since December and the government said on Saturday his condition was "serious". During previous hospital visits it had highlighted his "good spirits". His health is a cause for concern to the millions of South Africans who revere Mandela for his decades of struggle against white-minority rule and steering the continent's biggest economy to...
(AFP (eng) 06/08/13)
Secretary of State John Kerry last month approved $1.3 billion in annual US military aid to Egypt, despite concerns over democratic progress by the country's new government, a US official said Friday. All such aid is "carefully considered," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters, but it was felt the funding was necessary to help "preserve important regional interests." On May 10, Kerry quietly approved the transfer of the annual aid, notifying the US Congress of his decision, she confirmed. The move came well before Tuesday's sentencing by a Cairo court that handed down jail terms and fines on 43 Egyptian and foreign NGO workers in what Kerry has denounced as a "politically-motivated trial." The sentences were just the latest...
(BBC News Africa 06/08/13)
Nelson Mandela has been admitted to hospital with a lung infection. The former South African president is in a "serious but stable condition", a spokesman for the current President, Jacob Zuma, says. Mr Mandela, 94, has been ill for some days but deteriorated overnight and was transferred to a hospital in Pretoria. Mr Mandela led the fight against apartheid, became South Africa's first black president, and is widely regarded as father of the nation. He has recently suffered a series of health problems and this is his fifth visit to hospital in two years. In April he was released from hospital after a 10-day stay caused by pneumonia. His illness was described on Saturday as a recurrence of a lung...
(Mail & Guardian 06/08/13)
The second hearing in the new trial of Egypt's fallen dictator Hosni Mubarak is to take place, after he successfully appealed against a life sentence. Mubarak and seven senior security chiefs are charged with incitement in the killings of protesters who rose up against him. Along with his two sons, Mubarak is also charged with corruption. The former strongman had been sentenced to life in prison by a previous court, but an appeals court ordered a retrial, citing procedural failures. In his second, and latest, trial, which started in May, the 85-year-old appeared in good health when he was wheeled into the makeshift court in a police academy lecture hall outside Cairo. His retrial had been due to begin in...
(AFP (eng) 06/07/13)
Egypt's President Mohamed Morsi rejected as "absurd" opposition calls for an early election less than a year into his term of office, charging in comments published Friday that such calls violated the constitution. "We are a country with a constitution and a legal system," the Islamist Morsi said in the interview with leading state-owned daily Al-Ahram. "We held a free and fair election and to talk of an early presidential election is absurd and illegitimate." Morsi was commenting on an opposition-backed campaign dubbed Tamarrod, Arabic for rebellion, which says it has gathered seven million signatures to a petition demanding that Morsi step down to pave the way for an early election. The campaign's mainly secular supporters, who include former UN...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/07/13)
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Secretary of State John Kerry quietly acted last month to give Egypt $1.3 billion in U.S. military aid, deciding that this was in the national interest despite Egypt's failure to meet democracy standards. Kerry made the decision well before an Egyptian court this week convicted 43 democracy workers, including 16 Americans, in what the United States regards as a politically motivated case against pro-democracy non-governmental organizations. Rights groups believe Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi is retreating from democratic freedoms, notably in a new civil society law and in proposals for judicial reform that critics see as a way to purge judges perceived as hostile to the government. Despite stating in a May 9 memo that "we are not...
(Ahram Online 06/07/13)
Unknown assailants set Rebel Campaign headquarters on fire, threatening to burn their petitions to remove confidence from President Morsi. Unknown assailants set on fire the anti-Morsi Rebel Campaign headquarters in Cairo's downtown district in the early hours of Friday, Al Ahram Arabic news website reports. Assailants threw Molotov cocktails at the office, the group posted on its official Facebook page immediately after the attack. The Rebel Campaign aims to gather 15 million signatures to withdraw confidence from the Brotherhood-fielded President Morsi, to outnumber the 13.2 votes that got him into office in June 2012. Campaign organisers expected only limited damages to the petition forms since members and volunteers managed to put out the fire. Police arrived at the scene shortly...

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