Saturday 16 December 2017
(AFP (eng) 10/16/17)
Militants shot and killed three policemen and two civilians in a "terrorist" attack Monday involving a bank robbery in Egypt's provincial capital of North Sinai, the interior ministry said. It was the latest in a series of attacks in the restive province, where a local affiliate of the Islamic State group is based. The ministry said "terrorist elements" opened fire at policemen guarding a bank in El-Arish, killing three of them, as well as a two civilians, including a woman. The militants then fled the scene with "sums of money", the ministry said in a statement.
(Reuters (Eng) 10/16/17)
CAIRO (Reuters) - Four Egyptian policemen and two civilians were killed and 22 others were injured in an attack by militants on a security post in North Sinai province on Monday, security sources said. Egypt is fighting an insurgency against militants affiliated with Islamic State in the northern part of the Sinai Peninsula where hundreds of security forces have been killed since 2013. Witnesses said five SUVs, each carrying four armed militants, fired at security forces nearby MarGerges Church and a branch of National Bank of Egypt, in Arish, the capital of North Sinai. “The militants fired shots randomly in the street as if they were celebrating with some of them raising their black flags (of Islamic State) and they...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/16/17)
ISMAILIA,Egypt (Reuters) - At least 24 militants and six soldiers were killed on Sunday in attacks on military outposts in North Sinai, the Egyptian military said in a statement. The statement did not give details, but security and medical sources said about 20 members of the security forces had also been injured when more than 100 militants repeatedly attacked security outposts south of the border town of Sheikh Zuweid. The attackers used car bombs and rocket propelled grenades (RPG), the sources said. The militants also clashed with the security forces using light weapons, the sources added. Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attacks. Hours later, air raid sirens went off in a part of southern Israel and the Israeli military...
(APA 10/16/17)
APA- Cairo (Egypt) - At least three policemen have been killed while repelling an armed attack on the National Bank of Egypt branch in central Sinai on Monday, said a source of the Interior Ministry. A group of terrorists attacked the bank and planted five explosive devices in the precincts of the branch, the source added. Security services of the bank exchanged fire with the terrorists, leaving three policemen dead. A number of terrorists were also killed in the attack. On Sunday, six army elements troops were killed in a military operation conducted on Sunday in North Sinai against terrorist elements. During the operation, 24 militants were killed and another one was injured when law enforcement forces thwarted a failed...
(APA 10/16/17)
APA-Dakar (Senegal) - The president of the African Development Bank, Akinwumi Adesina, will deliver the Norman Borlaug Lecture on Monday 16 October as part of the World Food Prize events taking place from October 16 to 20, 2017 in Des Moines, Iowa, USA. The Norman Borlaug Lecture under the title: “Betting on Africa to Feed the World”, will be held on World Food Day, October 16, in conjunction with the annual World Food Prize celebration. AfDB President Adesina will receive the 2017 World Food Prize on Thursday October 19, announced a press release issued by the AfDB on October 16, which also said “the prize is to agriculture what the Nobel Prize is to peace, science and literature.” The World...
(AFP (eng) 10/13/17)
Six Egyptian soldiers were killed in a "terrorist" attack in restive North Sinai, where jihadists are active, the army's spokesman said on Friday. "Terrorist elements attacked a security post in El-Arish with hand grenades and firearms," Tamer el-Rifai wrote on his Facebook page. "The assailants fled and many were killed and wounded," he said, without giving further details. A jihadist insurgency in the Sinai Peninsula has killed hundreds of troops and policemen since the army ousted Egypt's elected Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in 2013, with an Islamic State group affiliate claiming responsibility for many attacks.
(Reuters (Eng) 10/13/17)
CAIRO (Reuters) - Armed militants killed at least six Egyptian soldiers at a military post in the Sinai Peninsula, the army said, in an attack later claimed by Islamic State. Attacks targeting security forces have been common since Egypt’s Islamist president Mohamed Mursi was ousted in 2013 following mass protests against his rule. The Egyptian army said in a statement earlier on Friday six soldiers were killed when “armed terrorists” attacked a checkpoint in Arish city with grenades and firearms. Islamic State said in a statement released by the group’s official news agency Amaq later on Friday that at least 14 “apostates” were killed, including one policeman. The group also said tens were injured in the attack. Egypt is fighting...
(AFP (eng) 10/13/17)
An Egyptian court ordered Thursday a retrial of activist Ahmed Douma, a leading figure in the 2011 uprising that toppled the government who had been sentenced to life, a judicial source said. Douma was arrested in 2013 on charges of having clashed with security forces in Cairo two years earlier, and in 2015 sentenced to life in prison. The court of cassation cancelled the life sentence -- which in Egypt amounts to 25 years in jail -- and ordered a new trial, the judicial source said. Douma's lawyer, Khaled Ali, said he will request his release pending the new trial. "Now he is supposed to be released and then he can start his new trial normally," Ali told AFP. Douma...
(AFP (eng) 10/12/17)
Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi extended for the second time a state of emergency first declared following deadly church bombings in April, in a decree issued in the official gazette Thursday. The renewed three-month state of emergency will start on Friday, according to the decree. "The armed forces and the police will take the necessary measures to confront the dangers of terrorism," it said. Parliament approved the initial state of emergency in April after the two church bombings claimed by the Islamic State (IS) group that killed at least 45 people. The state of emergency was then renewed on July 10.
(AFP (eng) 10/12/17)
Rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah signed an agreement Thursday on ending a decade-long split following talks mediated by Egypt in Cairo, with president Mahmud Abbas calling it a "final" accord. Under the agreement, the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority is to resume full control of the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip by December 1, according to a statement from Egypt's government. Abbas welcomed the deal in comments to AFP and said he considered it a "final agreement to end the division" -- though many details remain to be resolved and previous reconciliation attempts have repeatedly failed. It was signed in Cairo by new Hamas deputy leader Salah al-Aruri and Azzam al-Ahmad, the head of the Fatah delegation for the talks, at the...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/12/17)
GAZA/CAIRO (Reuters) - Rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah signed a reconciliation deal on Thursday after Hamas agreed to hand over administrative control of Gaza, including the key Rafah border crossing, a decade after seizing the enclave in a civil war. The deal brokered by Egypt bridges a bitter gulf between the Western-backed mainstream Fatah party of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas, an Islamist movement designated as a terrorist group by Western countries and Israel. Palestinian unity could also bolster Abbas’s hand in any revival of talks on a Palestinian state in Israeli-occupied territory. Internal Palestinian strife has been a major obstacle to peacemaking, with Hamas having fought three wars with Israel since 2008 and continuing to call for...
(AFP (eng) 10/11/17)
An Egyptian legal scholar and a leading figure in his country's embattled rights movement won one of the world's most prestigious human rights prizes on Tuesday. Mohamed Zaree, who heads the Egypt country office of the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS), was hailed by the Martin Ennals Award organisers as a "hero". Hans Thoolen, who created the prize in 1993 and chairs the jury, celebrated "the individual, heroic behaviour of this man, sitting all alone holding fort while the human rights situation around him is crumbling." Zaree has remained in Cairo to continue defending freedom of expression and association in his country even after CIHRS had its assets frozen and was forced to move its headquarters to Tunis...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/11/17)
CAIRO (Reuters) - An Egyptian activist who is under criminal investigation for his human rights work on Tuesday dedicated an international rights award to the thousands of Egyptians he said had been tortured or imprisoned since veteran ruler Hosni Mubarak was overthrown. Mohamed Zaree, 37, the Egypt office director of the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies, won the Martin Ennals Award, a prize given each year by a jury of 10 global rights groups. He is banned from traveling abroad so could not collect the award in person in Geneva, but spoke to the audience on Tuesday by video conference. “I do not view this honor as recognition of my work alone,” Zaree said. “Instead, this award belongs to...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/11/17)
CAIRO (Reuters) - Uber is committed to Egypt despite challenges presented by sweeping economic reforms and record inflation, the company said on Tuesday as it announced $20 million of investment in its new support center in Cairo. The Egyptian pound has lost half its value and fuel prices have jumped by up to 50 percent since the North African country floated the currency in November as part of reforms demanded by the International Monetary Fund in exchange for a $12 billion loan aimed at reviving the economy. “Those reforms don’t change in any way Uber’s commitment to Egypt. We’re here to stay and we’ll continue to invest to be able to serve citizens over here,” said the ride-hailing company’s Europe,...
(AFP (eng) 10/10/17)
An Egyptian court on Tuesday sentenced eight people to death for allegedly killing three officers during the storming of a Cairo police station in 2013, a judicial official said. The court also handed life sentences to 50 other defendants, the official said, and jail terms of between five and 10 years to 10 more. The incident at the centre of the trial took place on August 14, 2013 as security forces violently dispersed two protest camps in Cairo, in an operation following the military's ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi that left more than 700 people dead. Prosecutors said the defendants marched on Helwan police station in a southern suburb of Cairo and fired at police inside from behind barricades,...
(AFP (eng) 10/10/17)
Palestinian rivals Fatah and Hamas began detailed negotiations behind closed doors in Cairo on Tuesday on ending their crippling decade-long split, a delegate told AFP. The talks follow a key breakthrough last week when Palestinian Authority prime minister Rami Hamdallah visited Hamas-run Gaza for the first time since 2015 and his ministers officially took control of government departments there. "The dialogue committee for reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas started work under Egyptian sponsorship," the Hamas delegate told AFP. The talks "began in the headquarters of the Egyptian intelligence to examine the files to enable a Palestinian national unity government...
(AFP (eng) 10/10/17)
Economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa is set to accelerate to 3.4 percent next year, the International Monetary Fund said Tuesday, citing Nigeria's recovering oil and agricultural sectors. The IMF said in its latest World Economic Outlook report that the region would grow by 2.6 percent this year after 1.4 percent in 2016. "Growth is expected to rise gradually," it said, while noting that the rate would be uneven and "barely above population growth". GDP in the west African powerhouse Nigeria contracted by 1.6 percent in 2016, but is predicted to grow by 0.8 percent this year and 1.9 percent next year. The IMF said Nigeria was benefitting from "recovering oil production and ongoing strength in the agricultural sector", but the...
(AFP (eng) 10/09/17)
Palestinian rivals Fatah and Hamas dispatched teams to Egypt on Monday for talks in a renewed push to end their decade-long split after a key breakthrough last week. Senior figures in Islamist movement Hamas and secular party Fatah will meet in the Egyptian capital on Tuesday as they seek to end a division that has crippled Palestinian politics. Hamas, which runs the Gaza Strip, and the West Bank-based Fatah of Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas have been at odds since they fought a near civil war in 2007. Senior Fatah figures attending the Cairo talks include intelligence chief Majed Faraj and Fayez Abu Eita, a party leader in the Gaza Strip, Palestinian official news agency Wafa said. Newly appointed Hamas deputy...
(AFP (eng) 10/09/17)
The remains have been unearthed of 21 Coptic Christians beheaded by jihadists on a Libyan beach two years ago, the interior ministry said on Saturday. "The heads are separated from the bodies clad in orange jumpsuits, hands bound behind the back with plastic wire," said the ministry's unit for fighting organised crime in the city of Misrata. It said the bodies of 20 Egyptians and a man of unknown African nationality were unearthed from a mass grave south of the one-time jihadist bastion of Sirte, 450 kilometres (280 miles) east of Tripoli. Friday's find came after confessions by Islamic State group jihadist prisoners, it said in a statement, adding that the remains had been transferred to Misrata for forensic examination...
(APA 10/09/17)
APA- Cairo (Egypt) - Egypt's Pharoah have qualified for the football World Cup for the first time in 27 years by beating Congo 2-1 in Alexandria on Sunday evening. The thrilling match at the city’s Borg el Arab stadium saw the Pharoahs doing just enough to edge the visitors to book their place to the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah was the hero after a last gasp goal which completed his brace and secured Egypt’s qualification in sensational fashion. Given the balance of play, the hosts were deserved winners, dominating the game from the start. Egypt are the unassailable leaders of Group E, four points ahead of second-placed Uganda with just one match remaining. The Pharoahs are...

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