Monday 20 November 2017
(Xinhuanet 09/12/17)
Egyptian officials and human rights experts on Monday strongly denounced the Human Right Watch (HRW) for trying to damage Egypt's security and stability by issuing a fabricated politically-motivated report. Responding to a recent HRW report on Egypt that charged Cairo for violating human rights in its anti-terrorism war, Egyptian Deputy Foreign Minister for Human Rights Laila Bahaaeddin said the report's claims about torture in Egypt is "misleading and politicized." In a meeting held by the parliament's human rights committee to probe the HRW report, Bahaaeddin pointed out that the report provided a political introduction and contained fake names. Egypt should respond to the HRW attack on all levels and take parallel moves on the media level particularly, Bahaaeddin was quoted...
(Al-Monitor 09/12/17)
The ongoing cooperation between Egypt and North Korea under Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has led Washington to reiterate calls on Egypt to freeze such ties. This comes amid leaks that the US State Department's suspension of military aid to the Egyptian government was not linked to Egypt’s human rights record as stated, but to these specific ties, especially at the military level, as Pyongyang failed to respond to US pressure not to conduct a long-range missile test. On Aug. 23, the United States suspended $195 million in military aid to Cairo and delayed an additional $95.7 million. The White House said in a July 5 statement that US President Donald Trump called his Egyptian counterpart. According to the statement,...
(Egypt Independent 09/12/17)
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein slammed the human rights situation in Egypt, during his opening statement on Monday to the Human Rights Council 36th session. Hussein said that the state of emergency declared in April 2017 has been used to justify the systematic silencing of civil society and closure of civic space, under the guise of countering terrorism. “My office has received reports of oppressive measures including increasing waves of arrests, arbitrary detention, black-listing, travel bans, asset freezes, intimidation and other reprisals against human rights defenders, journalists, political dissidents and anyone affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood group,” Hussein said. He added that the office of the High Commissioner is receiving increased allegations of torture in...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/12/17)
Olympic boxing’s governing body, AIBA, has banned African confederation head Kelani Bayor for three years for allegedly provoking the crowd at the continental championships in Brazzaville last June. Bayor is an AIBA vice-president and executive committee member as well as chairman of Togo’s national Olympic committee. “The Disciplinary Commission found that a hostile and threatening reaction to AIBA officials by spectators after the result of a bout on the last day of the competition was exacerbated by comments from Mr Bayor,” AIBA said in a statement on Monday. It found Bayor had “committed serious and unacceptable violations of the AIBA Disciplinary Code” at the tournament in Congo Republic. AIBA said the ban was from all boxing activities and responsibilities and...
(AFP (eng) 09/11/17)
Militants killed 18 people in an attack Monday on a security convoy in Egypt's North Sinai, where police and troops are battling a jihadist insurgency, security and medical sources said. The interior ministry confirmed an attack around the town of Bir al-Abed had caused deaths and injuries but did not provide a toll. An Islamic State group affiliate based in North Sinai has killed hundreds of soldiers and police in attacks since the military in 2013 ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi. Monday's incident took place when a vehicle tried to break through a security convoy passing between
(Reuters (Eng) 09/11/17)
Egypt’s key inflation indicators dropped in August from the multi-decade highs they reached in July, when energy prices were raised as part of International Monetary Fund-backed reforms. Annual urban consumer price inflation dipped to 31.9 percent year-on-year in August from 33.0 percent in July, the official CAPMAS statistics agency said on Sunday. Core inflation, which strips out volatile items like food, decreased to 34.86 percent from 35.26 percent, according to the central bank. Inflation soared in July to its highest since 1986 after the government cut fuel and energy subsidies. The cuts were a condition of a $12 billion, three-year loan program agreed last November with the IMF, which included subsidy cuts, tax increases and looser capital controls. “I’d expected...
(Xinhuanet 09/11/17)
Sudan's Minerals Ministry and Egypt's National Research Institute of Astronomy and Geophysics (NRIAG) on Sunday signed a memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cooperation in earthquake monitoring and geophysical exploration of minerals and oil. "The MoU, signed today, stipulates exchange of information between Sudan and Egypt at the regional and international level," Mohamed Abu Fatma, Director General of Geological Research Authority of Sudan (GRAS), said in a statement. Describing the memorandum as "important," he noted that the deal designed a geo-technical map of strategic importance
(Bloomberg 09/11/17)
Egypt’s inflation eased in August, signaling that the surge in prices after the government’s latest round of subsidy cuts may have peaked. The annual rate for urban areas dropped to 31.9 percent in August from 33 percent in the previous month, according to data released by the official statistics agency on Sunday. Prices rose 1.1 percent on the month, compared with 3.2 percent in July, a month after fuel and utility prices were raised. “This month’s figures suggest that businesses were not able to pass on the full extent of the increase in costs to consumers so as not to hurt demand for their products and services,” said Reham El Desoki, senior economist at investment bank Arqaam Capital. “Inflation should...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/11/17)
Egypt’s security forces killed 10 suspected militants on Sunday in a shootout during a raid on two apartments in central Cairo, the Interior Ministry said. Nine policemen, including four officers, were injured during the two raids, it said in a statement. An insurgency led by Islamic State in Egypt’s rugged Sinai peninsula has killed hundreds of soldiers and policemen since the Egyptian military overthrew President Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood in mid-2013, but attacks have increasingly moved to the mainland in recent months. Authorities received information about militants fleeing North Sinai to hideouts in Cairo, where they were preparing to carry out attacks on more centrally located provinces, the ministry statement said. The police suffered their injuries after a...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/11/17)
At least 18 Egyptian policemen were killed and three injured on Monday in an attack claimed by Islamic State on a security convoy in the Sinai Peninsula, which is gripped by an insurgency. Security and medical sources said the attack took place near Arish, the capital of North Sinai province, and two of those killed were officers. A brigadier general lost a leg in the blast. Militants detonated an improvised explosive device and managed to destroy three armored vehicles and a signal-jamming vehicle. The attack later turned into a gunfight and the militants also shot at ambulance workers, injuring four. Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement posted by its news agency Amaq. The Sunni militants are...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/11/17)
Egyptian archaeologists have discovered a tomb of a prominent goldsmith who lived more than 3,000 years ago, unearthing statues, mummies and jewelry in the latest major find near the Nile city of Luxor. Egypt’s Minister of Antiquities Khaled Al-Anani said on Saturday the tomb dated back to Egypt’s 18th dynasty New Kingdom era -- around 15th century B.C. “The work did not finish yet and we’re continuing and working to find more objects and more tombs,” he told Reuters at the site. The site includes a courtyard and niche where a statue of the goldsmith Amenemhat and his wife and one of his sons, as well as two burial shafts, the ministry said in a statement. Earlier this year, authorities...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/11/17)
Egypt’s telecoms operators will begin offering high-speed 4G mobile broadband services in September, the telecoms minister said on Monday. The government had sold four 4G licenses in 2016 as part of a plan to reform the telecoms sector and raise dollars for stretched government finances. The ministry would offer more wireless frequencies for sale at an unspecified later date, the minister told journalists.
(Bloomberg 09/11/17)
The South African companies that dominate the U.K.’s growing private hospital industry are counting on more people like Katie Corrie. A children’s party entertainer, Corrie opted to use 13,000 pounds ($17,000) of her savings and inheritance to get a hip replacement rather than spend months on a National Health Service waiting list. Britons like her are forking out almost 1 billion pounds a year to cover their own medical expenses, a trend that’s giving at least one industry the scope to look past Brexit turmoil. “Even if I hadn’t had the money put aside, I would have found a way to pay for it,” said Corrie, 50, who estimates the business she runs with her husband would have lost 10,000...
(AFP (eng) 09/08/17)
Human Rights Watch said on Friday that Egypt blocked its website after it released a report on alleged torture by security services, joining a growing list of inaccessible sites in the country. Users of at least two of Egypt's internet service providers (ISPs) reported that they were unable to access the HRW website, although it could still be viewed through another ISP. Egypt has blocked at least 429 websites including some belonging to media outlets and civil society groups since May, the Egyptian group Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression reported. HRW said its website was blocked on Thursday, a day after it released its report on torture. "Egyptian authorities keep insisting that any incidents of torture are isolated...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/08/17)
Egypt has blocked the website of Human Rights Watch just one day after the organization released a report on systematic torture in the country’s jails. Reuters attempted to access the website late on Thursday but was unsuccessful. “Egyptian authorities keep insisting that any incidents of torture are isolated crimes by bad officers acting alone, but the Human Rights Watch report proves otherwise,” Joe Stork, deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch, said on Thursday. The report titled “We Do Unreasonable Things Here”, based on the accounts of 19 former detainees and the family of another, claimed Egyptian authorities used arbitrary arrests, enforced disappearances, and torture. ”Rather than address the torture crisis in Egypt, the authorities have blocked access to...
(Xinhuanet 09/08/17)
The number of illiterate Egyptians aged from 10 years upwards has reached 14.3 million in the end of 2016, said an official statistics report released on Thursday. Issued on the occasion of the International Literacy Day, annually marked on Sept. 8, the report of the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) said that the 14.3 million illiterate Egyptians include 9.1 million females. "The illiteracy rate among Egyptian males has reached 14.4 percent compared to 26 percent among females," said the CAPMAS report. Egypt's population has exceeded 100 million, as the population timer displayed at the CAPMAS headquarters in Cairo now reads over 93.48 millions, with an addition of at least 8 million expatriates. The report noted that the...
(AL Jazeera 09/08/17)
Human Rights Watch report claims Egyptian authorities used arbitrary arrests, enforced disappearances and torture. Egypt has blocked the website of Human Rights Watch just a day after the organisation released a report on systematic torture in the country's jails. The report, titled "We Do Unreasonable Things Here" and based on the accounts of 19 former detainees and the family of another, claimed Egyptian authorities used arbitrary arrests, enforced disappearances and torture. In a statement released on Wednesday, Egypt's foreign ministry lambasted the report, saying it defamed the country and ignored progress made on human rights in recent years. "The report ... is a new episode in a series of deliberate defamation by such organization, whose politicized agenda and biases are...
(Al-Monitor 09/08/17)
An English literature professor who plans to run for president of Egypt is being disciplined for teaching John Milton's epic poem "Paradise Lost" and posting on Facebook videos of herself dancing. Suez University instructor Mona Prince faces a hearing Sept. 12, a continuation of one held Aug. 28. Prince has been disciplined in the past and has been suspended since Aug. 6, when she was also referred to the public prosecutor for possible criminal charges. Accusations against her include contempt of religion, talking to students about religious beliefs and posting videos on social media that offended professors in the Faculty of Arts and the university. Her teaching of “Paradise Lost,” according to the school, amounted to "calling for the glorifying...
(APA 09/08/17)
Deprivation and marginalization, underpinned by weak governance, are primary forces driving young Africans into violent extremism, according to a comprehensive new study by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the first study of its kind. Based on interviews with 495 voluntary recruits to extremist organizations such as Al-Shabaab and Boko Haram, the new study also found that it is often perceived state violence or abuse of power that provides the final tipping point for the decision to join an extremist group. “Journey to Extremism in Africa: Drivers, Incentives and the Tipping Point for Recruitment” presents the results of a two-year UNDP Africa study on recruitment in the most prominent extremist groups in Africa. The study reveals a picture of a...
(Egypt Independent 09/07/17)
Russian Transport Minister, Maxim Sokolov, announced that Russian airlines may resume flights to Egypt within a month following the signing on the flight decree by the Russian government. “I do not think the resumption of flights with Egypt will be too long from now,” Sokolov told Russian news agency Sputnik on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, Russia. “Within a month, Russian airlines can [resume flights],” he added. Russian President Vladimir Putin remarked during his meeting with President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in China on Monday, his keenness to resume Russian flights to Egypt soon and reassured tourism workers in the Red Sea governorate. Red Sea workers expressed hope that the meeting would contribute to the return of...

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