Sunday 20 August 2017
(AFP (eng) 08/18/17)
Egypt has blocked access to the website of media watchdog Reporters Without Borders, adding RSF to a growing list of restricted online sites in the North African country. The Paris-based group said Thursday its website was blocked on August 14, shortly after it had issued a statement condemning the ongoing detention of an Egyptian photojournalist. Egypt has blocked more than 100 websites since May, including media sites seen as critical of the government. Rights groups have repeatedly accused former army chief and now President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi of stifling dissent. In the 2017 press freedom index published by MSF
(The Guardian 08/18/17)
Transparency campaigners highlight alleged human rights abuses in Egypt as controversial conflict, stability and security fund comes under scrutiny again. The government is facing questions over transparency after almost £2 million in aid and defence funding was given to security projects in Egypt, including support for policing, the criminal justice system and the treatment of juvenile detainees. The news comes with Egypt’s security forces under fire from human rights groups for routine disappearances, the torture of detainees, and the jailing of political opponents and journalists. Documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act reveal the cash was granted to the Egyptian authorities through the conflict, stability and security fund (CSSF), the operations, objectives and achievement of which were described as...
(The Associated Press 08/18/17)
Egypt has blocked internet access to the website of an international media watchdog that provides support for journalists and champions media freedoms. Reporters Without Borders, also known under its French acronym RSF, said on Thursday that users in Egypt have been unable to access its website since August 14. RSF called on Egyptian authorities to provide an explanation as to the reason for the block. An Egyptian watchdog, The Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression, says that at least...
(Egyptian Streets 08/17/17)
Egypt’s Al-Azhar criticized the recent calls for equality between men and women in inheritance issues and said that it doesn’t comply with Islamic teachings. Al-Azhar made the announcement in response to the calls of the Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi to establish equality between men and women in terms of inheritance. While the announcement of Al-Azhar didn’t directly address Essebsi, it was made a few days after his suggestion to form a committee to study the matter. Deputy of Al-Azhar...
(Ahram Online 08/16/17)
Egypt will open the border crossing with the Gaza Strip in both directions for two days starting Wednesday, the Palestinian interior ministry said on its official website on Tuesday. The Rafah crossing will be open in both directions for the first time in almost six months. Since March, the crossing has only been opened occasionally, to allow Palestinians stranded outside Gaza to return home. The crossing in the border Sinai Peninsula is the major gateway to the outside world for...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/16/17)
Two Egyptian policemen were killed in separate attacks in North Sinai province on Tuesday, security sources said. Unknown gunmen fired shots at a policeman in North Sinai's capital city of Arish before fleeing, a source told Reuters, adding the policeman's body had been transferred to a military hospital. The other policeman was killed in a similar attack in the same city, another security source said. Attacks on Egyptian security forces have been common since the military led by general-turned-President Abdel...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/16/17)
Egypt's unemployment rate dipped below 12 percent in the second quarter, the first time it has been that low since the political uprising of 2011. Nearly 80 percent of those unemployed were young, however. Official statistics agency CAPMAS said on Tuesday the rate dipped to 11.98 percent from 12 percent the previous quarter. This was slightly higher than expected by government. Finance Minister Amr El Garhy told Reuters in May he expected the rate to reach 11.7-11.8 percent by the...
(NPR 08/16/17)
On Egypt's Mediterranean coast, August should be prime tourist season. But the seaside restaurants in Alexandria are almost empty. Worries over security are keeping a lot of foreign tourists away. But there's a much bigger worry looming: that hotter weather and a disappearing shoreline could make Egypt's prospects even worse. Scientists generally agree that human-made climate change – the effect of greenhouse gas emissions from things like cars and factories – is making the sea level higher and its waters...
(AL Jazeera 08/16/17)
The murder of Italian graduate student Giulio Regeni led the Italian government to recall its envoy in April 2016. Italy said on Monday it would return its ambassador to Cairo more than a year after the murder of an Italian graduate student led the Rome government to recall its previous envoy. Giulio Regeni was 28 years old when he vanished from the streets of Cairo in January 2016. His body was discovered in a ditch on the outskirts of the...
(Xinhuanet 08/14/17)
Head of Egyptian Transport Association (ETA) Mohammed Shehata said on Sunday that China can be a main player in developing Egypt's railway system. "China is a leading country in this field," Shehata told Xinhua, adding that China is always ready to help friendly countries improve their infrastructure. The ETA is a leading Egyptian NGO that monitors and issues reports on the transportation systems in the North African country. The NGO chief said that China has been helping many countries, mainly...
(AL Jazeera 08/14/17)
Detention of Al Jazeera journalist renewed for seventh time since he was arrested on December 20. An Egyptian court has extended the detention, without charge, of Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein for another 45 days. Egyptian authorities announced the seventh extension on Thursday since Hussein was arrested in December last year. Hussein, an Egyptian national based in Qatar, was stopped, questioned and arrested by authorities on December 20, after travelling to Cairo for a holiday. Five days after his initial...
(Bloomberg 08/14/17)
The U.S. will probably maintain its current levels of aid to Africa despite President Donald Trump’s proposals to slash funding, according to Bill Gates, the world’s richest man. Trump said in May his government would no longer allocate funding for family planning, a move that has the potential to undermine aid programs in the poorest countries in the world. However, with Congress in control of the budget, it’s unlikely that all cuts proposed by the Trump administration will go ahead...
(BBC News Africa 08/12/17)
Two passenger trains have collided in northern Egypt, killing at least 41 people and injuring more than 120 others, health officials say. A number of carriage were derailed by the accident in the coastal city of Alexandria. Reports said one of the trains had been brought to a halt after a malfunction. Transport Minister Hisham Arafat blamed "human error". Deadly train accidents in Egypt are rare but not unheard of. The trains, one travelling from the capital Cairo and the other from Port Said, crashed at about 14:15 local time (12:15 GMT). One resident, Hoda, was standing on her rooftop when she saw the trains crash.
(AFP (eng) 08/11/17)
At least 36 people were killed as two trains collided Friday outside the Mediterranean city of Alexandria, in one of the deadliest in a string of such accidents in Egypt, the health ministry said. The crash also injured 123 people, the ministry said in a statement. Footage on the state broadcaster showed one train had partly keeled over in the crash, and medics were seen moving the dead and injured to ambulances.
(Xinhuanet 08/11/17)
At least 21 people were killed and more than 50 others were injured Friday in a crash between two trains in Egypt's Alexandria province, Egypt's state TV reported. An Alexandria-bound train coming from Cairo crashed into the rear of another train on its way from Port Said to Alexandria, leaving dozens killed and injured, the TV reported. Ambulances evacuated over 58 wounded passengers, while prosecution ordered an urgent investigation into the accident.
(AFP (eng) 08/10/17)
Egypt's interior ministry said on Thursday a policeman and three jihadists suspected of involvement in deadly attacks against the country's Coptic Christian minority were killed in a shootout. Police had arrested one member of the cell who led them to their mountain hideout in the southern province of Qena where the two other jihadists opened fire on Tuesday, the ministry said. The two suspects, who have not been identified, were killed in the ensuing firefight, along with the informer and a police officer guarding him.
(Egyptian Streets 08/10/17)
Egypt received on Tuesday the second type 209/1400 military submarine from Germany in the German city of Kiel, according to a statement by Egypt’s military spokesperson. The agreement between Egypt and Germany to receive the German submarine was signed in December 2011 for two submarines. Egypt purchased two more submarines in 2014, according to military sources. Commander of the Egyptian Navy Ahmed Khaled Saeed raised the Egyptian flag on the submarine during the celebration ceremony. The submarine was manufactured by...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/10/17)
Authorities in Arish, the capital of North Sinai province, are hunting the gunmen who fired at the patrol car, state media reports. Islamic State has claimed responsibility for an attack on a patrol car on Wednesday that killed four Egyptian policemen in North Sinai, the militant group's AMAQ news agency said on Thursday. Authorities in Arish, the capital of North Sinai province, were on the hunt for gunmen who fired at the patrol car, state news paper Al-Ahram reported on...
(Xinhuanet 08/10/17)
Egypt strongly condemned on Thursday the car attack in Paris that left six French soldiers injured. "Egypt fully supports the French government and people in its war against terrorism," the Egyptian foreign ministry said in a press statement. The statement further underlined the need for decisive measures against terrorism and take legal actions against those who support terror groups financially and logistically. On Wednesday, a man ploughed his car into a group of French soldiers in a Paris suburb, injuring...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/09/17)
An Egyptian policeman was killed on Tuesday in a clash with suspected Islamist gunmen in the southern province of Qena, security sources said. Police had raided mountainous areas after receiving information that militants loyal to Islamic State were hiding there, the sources said. Two gunmen were killed before the exchange of fire that killed the policeman. The clash comes days after a policeman and civilian were killed in a clash in the city of Esna, south of Luxor. No group...

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