(CNN) Human rights groups are calling for the release of an Egyptian activist arrested after she posted a video criticizing the government for failing to protect women against sexual harassment. Egyptian authorities detained Fathy, 33, for damaging the government's reputation by posting the video on social media, according to the state-run Ahram news agency. Reuters quoted an Egyptian security source, who said "she is accused and wanted for arrest in relation to complaints accusing her of insulting the Egyptian state, by publishing a posting that contained swearing and defamation against Egypt." Freedom of expression"Since yesterday (Thursday), she has received a wave of harassment and threats on social media, including gender-based insults and calls for her arrest," Amnesty said. "This is the seventh time the Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms and its management suffer from intimidation and persecution by the hands of an Egyptian security body.
May 12, 2018 02:48 UTC
Quilts, layettes and dresses among items destined to support refugeesQuilters at Mount Olive Lutheran Church with items they crafted in 2016 to help those in poverty-stricken countries. The members have recently finished another bounty of items that will be shipped to Africa. (Contributed photo)An annual effort to make and ship quilts and clothing items to poverty-stricken countries has resulted in a bounty of support for refugees in Mauritania, North Africa. Most of the local work is done during Tuesday-morning gatherings at the 148 Street church in South Surrey, while some volunteers craft their contributions at home. Last year, the group made 135 full-size quilts, 73 baby quilts, 75 baby layettes and 43 girls’ dresses for the M’bera refugees.
May 11, 2018 16:41 UTC
The Tunisian Islamist movement Ennahdha has flatly rejected reports that its leader Rached Ghannouchi had proposed his mediation in the diplomatic row opposing Morocco and Algeria, both tangled in a showdown over Algiers’s support for the Polisario separatist Front. London-based Middle East Eye (MEE) in a May 8 article, citing an anonymous Algerian diplomatic source, pointed out that Ghannouchi approached Rabat and Algiers to help iron out their differences. Speaking to HuffPost Tunisie, the Head of the office of the Tunisian Islamist movement Presidency, Fawzi Kammoun lambasted MEE’s article noting that the party does not interfere in other countries’ internal affairs. Rabat referred the April violation to the UN and called on Algiers to rein in its protégé. Rabat also announced on May 1 it was cutting off ties with Tehran over its support for the separatist group via its Lebanon-based Shia proxy movement Hezbollah.
May 11, 2018 16:18 UTC
But with Buhari as president, everything that could go wrong with a government is going wrong with this administration. What this immediately tells us is that it is the southern electorate, not the northern electorate, who will determine the northern presidential candidate who will become president-elect in February 2019. Should their popularity be tested, it is likely that Kwankwaso’s popularity in these core Northern states, Buhari will divide electoral base into a 50-50. That’s also what metamorphosed into all kinds of unfounded lies about Atiku, including the so-called Atiku being wanted in America. In fact, were there truly anything out there to implicate Atiku, Obasanjo would have gone to the extent of spending millions of dollars to sponsor such implicating charges so as to expose and humiliate Atiku.
May 11, 2018 16:07 UTC
Morocco’s automotive sector was the largest in Africa in 2017 with an output of 345,000 cars, surpassing South Africa’s production of 331,000 cars, South African business news outlet, IOL, said. “Morocco posed a threat to South Africa’s automotive industry because it was about 16km from Europe and focused on that market rather than sub-Saharan Africa,” the outlet stated. Morocco’s car industry is moving at a faster pace to achieve the goal of 600,000 cars and 100 billion dirhams by 2020, Morocco’s Industry Minister Moulay Hafid El Alami said in March. In 2017, Morocco’s two leading car factories in Tangier and Kenitra achieved a joint output of 376,000, worth 70 billion dirhams. Between 2014 and 2017, total jobs created in the automotive sector rose to 83,845.
May 11, 2018 15:00 UTC
Women are a major asset in global climate action, protection of Oceans and promotion of Clean Energy, said Princess Lalla Hasnaa, chairwoman of the Mohammed VI Foundation for Environment Protection, insisting that women’s voices must be heard for the sake of inclusive, sustainable progress. Indeed, experience shows that progress – particularly inclusive, sustainable progress – cannot be achieved unless women are involved in it and benefit from it”. “As you may realize, my work at the Foundation involves, above all, an education and awareness-raising mission to promote sustainable development. The action of the Foundation is aimed at raising young people’s awareness about sustainable development – from preschool level to higher education. Later Thursday, Princess Lalla Hasnaa attended a panel on “Inclusive Climate Actions” focusing on the importance of fighting climate change and pooling efforts to reach tangible results for the well-being of the planet and humanity.
May 11, 2018 14:48 UTC
The president of the Pan African Parliament, Roger Nkodo Dang has been re-elected to head the organisation. Picture: @AfrikParliament/TwitterJohannesburg – The president of the Pan African Parliament, Roger Nkodo Dang, who has been recently re-elected to head the organisation, has urged Africans to embrace democracy and unite. ALSO READ: Julius Malema sworn in at Pan African ParliamentThe PAP president came into office as an elected successor to Bethel Nnaemeka Amadi on May 27 in 2015. Southern Africa does not have a vice–president as the caucus had not yet nominated a candidate. A fresh election will be held for southern Africa to take the position of 4th vice president.
May 11, 2018 12:33 UTC
The US has severely criticized Algeria’s protectionism as detrimental to trade and to the development of Algerian enterprises and US exporters alike. The US rebuke was expressed by Myron Brilliant, executive vice president and head of International Affairs at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce who was speaking to the press in Algiers. “The US chamber of trade does not encourage raising custom duties and restricting imports,” he said. “These are measures that do not encourage foreign investments, hinder innovation and the expansion of new technologies.”The US official also called on Algeria to rethink its unfriendly investment policy, which limits foreign investors capital in a company to 49% with the remaining 51% going to an Algerian party. He said that such a restrictive policy thwarts FDIs thus blocking Algeria from diversifying its economy away from heavy dependence on hydrocarbons.
May 11, 2018 10:07 UTC
Eni continues Zohr ramp-up, starting the third production unitFriday, 11 May 2018 06:51Zohr gas filed is set o meet the domestic gas demand in Egypt. (Image source: edward stojakovic/Flickr)Eni has announced the start-up of the third production unit (T-2) of the Zohr project, increasing the installed capacity to 1.2 bcf per day, in less than a month after beginning the second production unit (T-1) of the Zohr project, offshore EgyptZohr is now producing 1.1 bcf per day in ramp-up, equivalent to approximately 200 mboe per day, of which 75,000 boe per day net to Eni at current working interest. The third unit confirms the programme pursued by Eni, its co-venturers and Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company (EGAS) to pursue a production level of two bcf per day by the end 2018, followed by a plateau of 2.7 bcf per day in 2019. The Zohr field is one of the largest gas discoveries in Africa and in the Mediterranean Sea with more than 30 tcf of gas in place. Eni has been present in Egypt since 1954, where it operates through its subsidiary IEOC.
May 11, 2018 06:45 UTC
Nedbank unveils Africa’s first digital-only branchby MTHULISI SIBANDAJOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – IN an industry increasingly revolving around technology, Nedbank has officially launched what is said to be the continent’s digital-only branch. The branch makes the most of modern technology such as virtual reality to interact with clients and prospective customers while eliminating the need of tellers. The technology includes modern, touch-screen computers and mobile virtual reality headset. So, for technology on the branch, I can say we spent something like a R1 million.”She added, “Then there’s face recognition as you enter the branch. Virtual reality has just gone into our Eastgate branch.
May 11, 2018 06:33 UTC
A reader can’t help but be impressed by her grit and determination while reporting on terrorism for publications like The Washington Post and the New York Times — even when getting the story seems too dangerous. “I was told to come alone,” she writes. She doesn’t hold back in her descriptions of the horrors of a jihad in which there are no victors. She takes us with her on a few excursions, and we hold our breath when the risk is overwhelming. And with “I Was Told to Come Alone,” readers will be grateful for Mekkenet’s dedication.
May 10, 2018 23:48 UTC
espite an International Criminal Court arrest warrant, a Libyan war crimes suspect remains at large and could have committed further murders, the ICC Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, told the Security Council on Wednesday, a UN press release said. The executions he is alleged to have committed or ordered, were filmed and depicted in videos posted on social media, the press release added. “ICC suspects who are indicted with charges of grave crimes under the Rome Statute cannot be sheltered or given refuge. “Without arrests, both the cause of international criminal justice in Libya and the very raison d’être of UN Security Council Resolution 1970 (2011) will be undermined,” she said. In her briefing, the ICC Prosecutor further told the Security Council that the volatile security situation in Libya is being exacerbated by the ongoing conflict between militias in many parts of the country.
May 10, 2018 19:52 UTC
Boko Haram attacks in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states have devastated families and ruined entire villages and communities. Furthermore, disputes between IDPs and their host communities concerning housing, land and property is on the increase with particular impact on widows and women in general. Nit all the IDPs are like Hamsatu as most of them still deal with conflicts from the use of land belonging to their host communities. Some of the host communities like Pompomari, for instance, have constant fallouts with the IDPs due to conflict bordering on land use. The host community where we live have been fighting with us but we thank God that the NRC came and assisted us in the acquisition of land.
May 10, 2018 19:41 UTC
The Zanj rebellion which occurred from 869 to 883 took place in Basra, which is modern-day Southern Iraq. It was led by Ali ibn Muhammed against the Abbasid Caliphate. The Zanj were captured from the coast of East Africa and brought to the area as slaves. The African slaves were captured so that they could tend to plantations and marshland that needed extensive work to be cultivable. In 869 amidst a brawl in Basra, Muhammed went to the city to inquire about the living and working conditions of the slaves.
May 10, 2018 17:48 UTC
One after the other, Latin American countries rally the rank of supporters of Morocco’s territorial integrity. The resolution expresses support for Morocco’s autonomy initiative, which reflects the serious and credible efforts to prepare conditions propitious for finding a politically acceptable solution to the long-lasting regional dispute. The Paraguayan Parliament welcomed the efforts deployed by Morocco and its commitment to back the UN process aiming to find a political, peaceful, fair and lasting solution to the Sahara conflict. The MPs also voiced support for the efforts undertaken by the UN Secretary General and his personal envoy to settle the dispute. They stressed the need for neighboring countries to contribute to settle the stalemate over the Moroccan Sahara.
May 10, 2018 16:07 UTC