Refugees are treated like Egyptians: Sisi

President Abdel Fattah Al- Sisi received Saturday Dimitris Avramopoulos European Union Commissioner for Migration, Citizenship and Home Affairs on Saturday- Press photoCAIRO – 16 December 2017: President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi received Dimitris Avramopoulos, European Union commissioner for Migration, Citizenship and Home Affairs, on Saturday in the presence of Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukri and Minister of Immigration Nabila Makram.During the meeting, the Egyptian president underscored the significance of dealing with the growing threat of illegal immigration through a comprehensive strategy that can address the root causes of the increased phenomena.Sisi also stressed that fighting such a threat can be done through settling regional disputes, pushing for development and raising the standard of living for people affected by crises, emphasizing the key role that the European commission plays in this regard.Moreover, Sisi stressed that Egypt is no place for displacement camps for refugees; instead, they are treated as nationals who enjoy the same chance at freedom and rights as citizens and are enabled to be mainstreamed into all sectors of society.The European commissioner for Immigration Affairs stressed the European Union's keenness to strengthen cooperation and coordinate efforts in the area of fighting illegal immigration, expressing his appreciation for the efforts undertaken by the current leadership to save the country from impending troubles. This contributed to maintain the stability of countries of the Mediterranean or Eastern Europe, the statement added.

Source:Egypt Today

December 16, 2017 18:22 UTC


Elysee plays down opulence of Macron birthday at Loire chateau

French President Emmanuel Macron arrives for the EU Social Summit for Fair Jobs and Growth in Gothenburg, Sweden, November 17, 2017. TT News Agency/Jonas Ekstromer/via REUTERSPARIS - 16 December 2017: French President Emmanuel Macron celebrates his 40th birthday this weekend in the grounds of a former royal palace, in what some opponents called another tactless show of wealth.Rivals have branded former investment banker Macron "president of the rich" for policies such as the scrapping of a wealth tax and cutting housing benefit, moves the president framed as reforms to boost investment and social mobility.Macron is staying with his wife Brigitte in a guest house close to the Chateau de Chambord, a former royal palace on the Loire that dates back to the 16th century.His office denied media reports that the celebrations would take place inside the chateau and said the trip was being paid for by the couple.Left-wing leader Jean-Luc Melenchon, who ran against Macron in the presidential election this year, called the chateau stay "ridiculous" for its royal symbolism.Nicolas Dupont-Aignan, a right-wing politician who also ran for the presidency, said: "Times change but the oligarchy remains detached from the people. "Macron's weekend retreat came as several of his ministers were shown to be millionaires.Figures released on Friday by a body charged with ensuring financial transparency in politics showed Labour Minister Muriel Penicaud had the largest personal fortune, around 7.5 million euros ($8.8 million).Penicaud, at the forefront of Macron's push to shake up the economy, has been criticised for a gain made on stock options when she was an executive at food giant Danone.Environment Minister Nicolas Hulot declared personal wealth of over 7 million euros and revealed he owned six cars. The former TV presenter and campaigner has called for France to stop selling petrol and diesel cars by 2040.Career politicians in the government had smaller fortunes, with Prime Minister Edouard Philippe's declaration showing 1.7 million euros and Public Finances Minister Gerard Darmanin just 48,000 euros.

Source:Egypt Today

December 16, 2017 16:41 UTC


Yemeni army pushes Houthis from outpost in southern Yemen

Members of the Yemeni army ride on the back of military trucks near the Red Sea coast city of al-Mokha, Yemen January 23, 2017 - REUTERS/Fawaz SalmanADEN – 16 December 2017:The Yemeni army and allied fighters on Friday drove Houthi militants from a town that was one of the last positions they held in the country’s south, military sources and local officials said.The forces advanced into Bayhan, about 300 km (190 miles) southeast of the Houthi-held capital Sanaa, killing dozens of the militants in clashes, the sources said.Bayhan is important in Yemen’s war because it is located on a major road linking Shabwa province with Marib province, part of which is held by the Houthis, to the north. The army’s advance means that the Houthis have been expelled from most of Shabwa, sources said.Yemen’s more than two-year-old war pits the Iran-allied Houthis, who control Sanaa, against a Saudi-led military alliance that backs the government now based in the southern port of Aden. The conflict has killed more than 10,000 people and triggered a humanitarian crisis.The government-run Sabanew agency said the remaining Houthis had fled after battles for strategic positions in the Bayhan area which had left hundreds of them dead and wounded.The agency said the army also seized other positions in the area, where the movement of heavy artillery had been difficult because of sand dunes.This month the Saudi-led coalition, which is backed by U.S. and British weapons and intelligence, intensified air strikes after the Houthis killed former president Ali Abdullah Saleh when he switched sides in the civil war. There has been relatively little change in positions on the ground around the capital.

Source:Egypt Today

December 16, 2017 15:56 UTC


Egypt Today Quote: Jane Austen

Jane Austen Photo Via CC/University of Texas – Compiled by Egypt TodayCAIRO – 16 December 2017: Jane Austen is known as one of the greatest English authors to have published novels in the Georgian era. In celebration of her birthday we have gathered some quotes that have influenced her generation, ours and many more to come.Austen never put her own name down in the byline, in fear of what people may think, say regarding personal modesty and in order to remain ladylike.“Sense and Sensibility” was her first novel, published in 1811; it became a huge success and a must read among the literary English. As it was published under the byline “By a Lady,” only a few of her family members knew that she was the true author behind it and the rest of her novels that followed.Aiming for her readers to change and improve themselves and the people around them, her books were her weapon in the fight against social norms and acceptance.Representing realism, while starting social conversations, her romantic fiction story lines are for everyday life.Some of her goals were for her readers to learn from their relationships to improve their selves and find balance; to judge people correctly not by looking at the others’ net worth or social status but based on their morals; to understand that money is not everything although it is important that one has financial stability while not letting the amount of it impress you; and lastly to not be snobbish and treat everyone as an equal.Well educated and encouraged to be creative, Austen was the second daughter and seventh child of an Oxford-educated rector. Her brother Henry revealed to the world that Austen was the true author behind the novels after her death in 1817.“Sense and Sensibility” was formerly known as “Elinor and Marianne”, “First Impressions” is now known as “Pride and Prejudice”, after Austen’s death her brother published “Susan” as “Northanger Abbey” and “The Brothers” as “Sanditon” and “Persuasion”.

Source:Egypt Today

December 16, 2017 15:45 UTC


Benteke scores first of season as Palace win at Leicester

Premier League - Leicester City vs Crystal Palace - King Power Stadium, Leicester, Britain - December 16, 2017 Crystal Palace's Christian Benteke celebrates scoring their first goal - REUTERS/Darren Staples16 December 2017: Christian Benteke put a difficult week behind him to score his first goal of the season as Crystal Palace won 3-0 at Leicester City to climb out of the Premier League's bottom three on Saturday.Wilfried Zaha and Bakary Sako were also on target as Palace ended an eight-month wait for an away league victory.A week after being castigated for ignoring team orders to take, and miss, a stoppage-time penalty in a 2-2 draw with Bournemouth, Benteke made amends to put Palace in front with a glancing header from Andros Townsend's whipped in cross.It was Palace's first away goal of the season.Leicester failed to muster much of a response and were punished for their lacklustre approach five minutes before halftime when Benteke played in Zaha who out-foxed Ben Chilwell before drilling a low shot past Kasper Schmeichel.The hosts did improve after the break and Riyad Mahrez was denied a goal when Palace keeper Julian Speroni made a superb save to keep out the Algerian's powerful low shot.Vicente Iborra had a headed goal correctly ruled out for a push on the hour and Leicester suffered a further blow a minute later when birthday boy Wilfred Ndidi received a second yellow card for a dive and was sent off.Bakary Sako rounded off a great afternoon for Palace with a classy finish from Ruben Loftus-Cheek's assist.Palace moved to 14th position with 17 points from 18 games while Leicester, who had won their previous four games to move into eighth spot, have 26 points.

Source:Egypt Today

December 16, 2017 15:45 UTC


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