Saturday 19 August 2017
(RFI 07/11/17)
France and Egypt on Monday began joint military exercises in Egyptian waters as part of a "strengthening of cooperation" between the two countries' military forces, according to a statement. The "Cleopatra 2017" manoeuvres follow last year's "Ramses 2016" exercises and are to last several days. French and Egyptian Mistral warships, several frigates and F16 jet fighters are taking part, an Egyptian army spokesman said. The exercises will take place in the Mediterranean and the Red Sea. During a visit to Cairo in June, Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said the two countries had reaffirmed their shared point of view on the fight against terrorism. Both France and Egypt are part of the US-led coalition of countries fighting the Islamic State...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/11/17)
Egypt expects to receive a second loan installment worth $1.25 billion from the International Monetary Fund within the next week, Finance Minister Amr El-Garhy told private television channel CBC on Monday. Egypt agreed a three-year $12 billion IMF loan program in November that is tied to ambitious economic reforms such as subsidy cuts and tax hikes. The IMF has already there is staff-level agreement to disburse the second installment based on Egypt's reform progress but that its executive board must first meet to sign off on it. (Reporting by Ehab Farouk; Writing by Eric Knecht; Editing by Catherine Evans)
(Reuters (Eng) 07/11/17)
Foreign ministers from the four Arab states leading the boycott of Qatar will meet with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in the Saudi Arabian city of Jeddah on Wednesday to discuss the crisis, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday. "Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry received an invitation from his Saudi counterpart Adel al-Jubeir to attend a meeting of foreign ministers from the four Arab states boycotting Qatar with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Jeddah tomorrow," the ministry said in a statement. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, and Bahrain imposed sanctions on Qatar last month, accusing the tiny Gulf monarchy of financing extremist groups and allying with their rival Iran, which Doha denies. (Reporting by...
(Middle East Monitor 07/11/17)
Saudi Arabia has unofficially agreed to an Egyptian request to extradite four Libyans arrested on suspicion of being involved in the kidnap of an Egyptian envoy three years ago, according to a member of the House of Representatives. However, no formal request for the extradition has been made. Five Egyptian diplomats were seized in Tripoli in January 2014 and used as ransom to release the head of the Islamist Libyan Revolutionaries Operation Room (LROR), Shaaban Hadia Al-Zawi, after he was arrested by Egyptian authorities. The kidnappers gave Egypt 24 hours to release him threatening to kill the envoys if they did not comply. Egyptian authorities released Al-Zawi and the Egyptian diplomats were freed. However four Libyans, Mahmoud Ben-Rajab, Mohammed Hussein...
(Independent Online 07/11/17)
Seven militants associated with the Islamic State (IS) were killed on Monday after Egyptian police carried out a raid on an abandoned apartment building in Upper Egypt’s Assuit governorate. The Egyptian Interior Ministry reported that the raid in Dayrot town centre was aimed at eliminating a terrorist cell before it was able to conduct attacks, and was based on intelligence from Homeland Security, the daily Al Ahram reported. Following the shootout, the second in several weeks conducted in the Assuit governorate, police personnel seized large amounts of guns, ammunition and counterfeit military uniforms. On Sunday security forces announced the death of two members of the Hasm militant movement following a shootout in the 6th of October City Cairo neighbourhood. On...
(Voice of America 07/11/17)
In the past five years, terrorist attacks have killed nearly 20,000 people across Africa. Two groups, Boko Haram and al-Shabab, accounted for 71 percent of reported incidents and 91 percent of fatalities. But, while these and other militant groups remain active, fatal terrorist attacks across the continent are on pace to fall for a second straight year, and the total number of attacks is running far below 2012 highs. These findings are part of VOA’s original analysis of data from ACLED, the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project. ACLED tracks political violence, protests and terrorist events across Africa. Their reports include attacks since 1997 based on data collected from local news media, government statements, non-governmental organizations and published research...
(AFP (eng) 07/10/17)
Egyptian police killed six militants who allegedly adhered to the Islamic State group's beliefs when a gunfight erupted Monday during a raid on their Nile valley hideout, the government said. The militants opened fire on the police as they approached the hideout in Dairut, a town in the southern province of Assiut, the interior ministry said in a statement on its Facebook page. The police were acting on intelligence that "a group of terrorists who adhere to the beliefs of the Islamic State group were hiding in a residential apartment in uninhabited buildings", it said. When the six militants opened fire, the police shot back and killed them. The militants were using the hideout as "an organisational base and to...
(Xinhuanet 07/10/17)
The European Union voiced support for Egypt in its war against terror, the EU foreign affair chief said Sunday, reported state news agency MENA. Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry received a phone call from Federica Mogherini, the high representative of the union for foreign affairs and security policy, who offered condolences over the victims of the recent terror attack in Rafah, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid said. Mogherini commended Egypt's all-out vision in counter-terrorism at intellectual, financial and organizational levels. The two also discussed the latest developments of the Qatari stalemate, the spokesman said. Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE are determined in urging Qatar to change policy of harboring and supporting terrorist organizations, Shoukri said during the...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/10/17)
Egyptian security forces have killed six suspected militants sympathetic to Islamic State in a shooutout in the southern province of Assiut, an Interior Ministry said on Monday. A ministry statement said security forces were carrying out a raid on the group's apartment in Assiut when a firefight ensued in which all six militants were killed. It did not say when the incident took place. The apartment was "an organizational base where (the group) was preparing to carry out a series of terrorist operations in the provinces," the statement said. Egypt faces an Islamist insurgency led by the Islamic State group in the Sinai Peninsula, where hundreds of soldiers and police have been killed since 2013. But Islamic State has also...
(AFP (eng) 07/10/17)
Egyptian security forces have killed six suspected militants sympathetic to Islamic State in a shooutout in the southern province of Assiut, an Interior Ministry said on Monday. A ministry statement said security forces were carrying out a raid on the group's apartment in Assiut when a firefight ensued in which all six militants were killed. It did not say when the incident took place. The apartment was "an organizational base where (the group) was preparing to carry out a series of terrorist operations in the provinces," the statement said. Egypt faces an Islamist insurgency led by the Islamic State group in the Sinai Peninsula, where hundreds of soldiers and police have been killed since 2013. But Islamic State has also...
(AFP (eng) 07/10/17)
The decomposed bodies of 19 Egyptian migrants were found in the Libyan desert overnight after the truck in which they were smuggled into the country overturned, the Red Crescent said Sunday. The bodies were buried in a cemetery near the Libyan border town of Tobruk, the organisation said. It was unclear when the Egyptians died but their bodies were in a state of decomposition when found in a desert area near Tobruk in Libya's remote east. Meanwhile a security official in Tobruk said a search was underway for a group of 29 other Egyptians reported missing by authorities in their country. Since the 2011 overthrow of Moamer Kadhafi, Libya has been riven by chaos, making it the main gateway for...
(Bloomberg 07/10/17)
Many cell phone companies are rethinking their headlong rush into the continent. Only Orange is staying the course. Back when African countries were auctioning off mobile licenses by the boatload to serve the region’s young, tech-savvy population, investing in the continent’s fast-growing economies seemed like a no-brainer. Some of the world’s biggest wireless carriers rushed in. Now they’re wondering if they made a mistake. Increasing government and regulatory scrutiny, as well as a lack of expansion opportunities in sub-Saharan Africa, are making it harder for operators such as Vodafone Group Plc, Orange SA and Bharti Airtel Ltd. to grow. Their choice: Pull back or double down. Two companies beating at least a partial retreat are Millicom International Cellular SA, which...
(AFP (eng) 07/07/17)
Egyptian security officials said two suicide car bombers on Friday struck a security checkpoint in North Sinai where Islamic State group militants are waging a deadly insurgency. Ambulances raced to the site of the attack, which left casualties south of the town of Rafah bordering the Palestinian Gaza Strip, they said. It was not immediately possible to obtain an official casualty toll. Jihadists have killed hundreds of policemen and soldiers in attacks in North Sinai since the military toppled Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in 2013 and launched a deadly crackdown...
(AFP (eng) 07/07/17)
Twenty-six Egyptian soldiers were killed or wounded on Friday in attacks on several checkpoints in Sinai that included car bombings, the military said in a statement. The military said it killed 40 assailants as it clashed with extremists in North Sinai, where the Islamic State group is leading a deadly insurgency. Security officials said ambulances raced to the sites of the attacks south of the town of Rafah bordering the Palestinian Gaza Strip. Jihadists have killed hundreds of policemen and soldiers in attacks in North Sinai since the military toppled Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in 2013 and launched a deadly crackdown on his supporters. IS has also attacked tourists, killing all 224 on board a Russian plane carrying holidaymakers in...
(AFP (eng) 07/06/17)
Egyptian authorities have arrested "dozens" of students from China's Uighur Muslim ethnic minority "apparently to deport them" following a request from Beijing, Human Rights Watch said. "The authorities should disclose their whereabouts, on what grounds they are held, and give them access to lawyers," Sarah Leah Whitson, HRW's Middle East director, said in a statement tweeted on Wednesday by the organisation. "Egypt should not deport them back to China, where they face persecution and torture," said Whitson.
(AFP (eng) 07/06/17)
The African Union's new chair Moussa Faki Mahamat on Wednesday questioned US commitment to fighting terrorism on the continent after it blocked efforts to get UN funding for an anti-jihadist force in the Sahel. "This is a specific case of a certain number of African states taking the initiative to create a dedicated force to fight terrorism. So, we don't understand how the United States could hold back or not engage in the fight against terrorism," Faki said in an interview with AFP. Faki's January election as chairperson of the AU commission came days after the inauguration of US President Donald Trump, who has proposed slashing US funding for aid projects and multilateral institutions like the UN. The former Chadian...
(AFP (eng) 07/06/17)
The costs of diabetes in sub-Saharan Africa could double to almost $60 billion annually just 13 years from now, as obesity fuels an explosion of the disease, a report said Thursday. In 2015, the overall diabetes cost in the region was nearly $20 billion (18 billion euros), or 1.2 percent of total economic production, according to research published by The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology. This included medication and hospital stays, and loss of labour productivity due to illness or death. About half of all treatment costs were paid for by patients themselves.
(AFP (eng) 07/05/17)
An unidentified gunman killed two retired military officers and a soldier at a highway toll station south of the Egyptian capital, the military said Wednesday. The deaths were "a result of a terrorist individual opening fire on a toll collection station in al-Ayyat," a town about 50 kilometres (30 miles) south of Cairo, the military said. It did not say when the attack happened. The toll station is run by a company under the military, according to the statement. The Egyptian military operates in many civilians fields, including building and maintaining roads.
(Reuters (Eng) 07/04/17)
An Egyptian police officer and two conscripts were killed and 10 wounded on Tuesday by a roadside explosive in the restive Sinai Peninsula, security and medical sources told Reuters. Lieutenant Colonel Tamer Shaheen of the Central Security Forces and two of his men were killed in the south of Arish, the capital of North Sinai province, when their armored vehicle drove past a roadside bomb, the sources said. The wounded were taken to Arish military hospital. State television confirmed an officer and two conscripts were killed but did not state their ranks or names...
(Voice of America 07/04/17)
GENEVA — The U.N. children’s fund warns tens of thousands of malnourished children are at great risk in Yemen, Somalia and South Sudan, which are on the brink of famine. UNICEF reports an estimated 4.7 million children in the cholera-stricken countries are malnourished. Of these, UNICEF spokesman Christofe Boulierac tells VOA, more than one million are suffering from severe acute malnutrition. “Let me remind you that a child who is suffering from severe acute malnutrition are nine times more likely to die of disease than a well-nourished child," he said. "So, having cholera and diarrhea in countries where so many children are so fragile because of malnutrition among other things because of such a bad access to safe water is...

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