Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has ratified a maritime demarcation agreement that sees the country cede sovereignty over two uninhabited Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia, the government said on Saturday. The Red Sea islands deal has become political sensitive for Sisi, who counts on Saudi Arabia as a key ally, after the proposed agreement fueled widespread public criticism and street protests among Egyptians angered over national sovereignty. Sisi’s government last year announced the maritime agreement with Saudi Arabia, an ally which has given billions of dollars of aid to Egypt. The Egyptian and Saudi governments say the islands are Saudi but have been subject to Egyptian protection. Saudi Arabia helped Sisi with aid since he toppled President Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood in 2013.
June 24, 2017 16:18 UTC
The four Arab governments delivered the demands to Qatar through Kuwait on Thursday, more than two weeks after severing all ties with the emirate and imposing an embargo. The document has not been published but has been widely leaked and the demands are sweeping in their scope. “This blockade is not aimed at fighting terrorism but at impinging on Qatar’s sovereignty and interfering in its foreign policy,” Sheikh Saif said. He recalled that US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had said on Wednesday that Washington wanted a clear list of grievances that was “reasonable and actionable”. Saudi Arabia and its allies have put enormous pressure on Qatar to meet their demands.
June 24, 2017 15:00 UTC
In further efforts aiming to boost Egypt’s long ailing tourism industry, Minister of Tourism Yehia Rashed ordered the allocation of $10 million to implement a tourism promotion campaign for Egypt’s Sharm El-Sheikh. Earlier in June, a number of tourism sector representatives, including the Chairman of the Red Sea Tourism Investment Association Kamel Abu Ali, submitted their resignation to the Supreme Tourism Council, in protest over what they see as the sector’s lack of a clear vision to save the country’s ailing tourism industry. Last week, representatives from the tourism sector met to discuss the condition of Egypt’s tourism in recent months. The meeting brought together all sector stakeholders, including foreign tourism agencies, hotels, religious tourism, tourism establishments and diving,Following the meeting, they released a statement which called for the sacking of Egypt’s Minister of Tourism, Yehia Rashedm as they claimed that Rashed’s policies are the reasons behind Egypt’s tourism being in a “poor condition”. Egypt aims to attract 12 million tourists by the end of 2017 through a plan that includes increasing the international presence of national carrier EgyptAir, tourism minister Yehia Rashed said in an interview with Reuters last year.
June 24, 2017 14:37 UTC
Hundreds of police officers lined the streets of London and Birmingham on Saturday to prevent far-right demonstrators from clashing with rival anti-fascism groups on a day of protest following deadly attacks in Britain. In the country’s second biggest city Birmingham, dozens of members of the far-right group Britain First took to the streets waving national flags and chanting “Britain First, Fighting Back”. The country has also been rocked by a fire at the vast Grenfell Tower social housing block in west London which killed at least 79 people. West Midlands Police, which covers Birmingham, said they understood people had concerns over the march but could do nothing to stop it. Officers stood across major streets to prevent the English Defence League from getting near the Unite Against Fascism and United Against Extremism demonstrations.
June 24, 2017 14:37 UTC
Custom officials at the Cairo International airport foiled an attempt to smuggle two lion cubs out of Egypt, as the passenger claimed they were domestic kittens, state run Al-Ahram reported on Friday. Officials stopped the passenger, who was a Gulf national, from traveling with the two boxes which held the two lion cubs. After authorities confiscated what he had called “domestic cats” and transferred them to medical quarantine, the kittens were proven to be lion cubs born days ago, and still nursing. The two lion cubs have been provided with housing and medical attention at the Giza Zoo, and will be residing there until further notice. It remains unclear whether the passenger will face any charges.
June 24, 2017 13:18 UTC
Liverpool officially announced that it has completed a £39 million, five-year signing of Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah on Thursday. Salah arrived on Merseyside on Tuesday night, and spent the next day being shown around Anfield and the club’s Melwood training ground. Jürgen Klopp, Liverpool’s manager, said that the Egyptian winger could benefit the team with his “incredible quick pace”. “Mohamed has the perfect mix of experience and potential; this is a really exciting signing for us. “First of all, I would like to thank AS Roma, the players, and the fans,” Salah wrote on Twitter.
June 24, 2017 11:37 UTC
The Interior Ministry’s Prison Sector released on Friday business tycoon Hisham Talaat Mostafa, among those released by a presidential pardon on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr. Earlier on Friday, Sisi issued a presidential decre pardoning 502 prisoners, including 25 women and large number of youth detained over involvement in protests. The presidency’s media office said Sisi gave instructions to the ministry to implement the order before Eid, which starts on Sunday. Media reports labeled the attack an act of revenge against the singer Tamim. Eventually, he was sentenced to 15 years in prison for hiring a hitman to kill the Lebanese singer Tamim.
June 24, 2017 10:18 UTC
The food supply investigation police in Daqahliya seized on Friday an unlicensed factory that collects waste from the poultry industry to use it in processing meat, adding colors and flavors to deceive the consumers. A large amount of expired chicken carcasses, hamburger, minced meat and sausages, that weighed 4,425 kilograms, were found. Daqahliya security department was notified about the presence of an unlicensed factory at a store in the basement of a five-story building in Mansoura. Investigations showed that an owner of a food company and an owner of a food processing factory were involved. The items were seized.
June 24, 2017 09:33 UTC
The cladding on the Grenfell Tower, visible three miles (five kilometres) away across London, is widely blamed for spreading the fire that so quickly engulfed the block last week, leaving 79 people presumed dead. But fire brigade safety inspections Friday determined that the towers were unsafe to spend another night in, with the council owners taking no chances. – Grim view of Grenfell –From her 18th floor flat on the estate, Pippa Wordsworth has a grim view of Grenfell Tower, now a burnt-out hulk. Now the modern covering on her 1965 tower reminds her of the early hours of June 14 when she saw Grenfell Tower on fire. Oppong blamed the use of multiple subcontractors for work on council tower blocks for putting fire safety at risk, saying that “in the end, there is no control”.
June 24, 2017 08:37 UTC
“But there were plenty of other young people.” The youngest patient with cervical cancer she knew was only 16 years old. The number of women dying of cervical cancer in Poland is 70 percent above the European Union average. “People are now more informed about cervical cancer, but 11 years ago when I got it, it was hardly mentioned. The organization aims to raise awareness of cervical cancer and to support women who are struggling with the condition. At the end of the day they are still women, and caring for themselves help them feel better.”The organization is not just for women with cervical cancer.
June 24, 2017 01:30 UTC
Even air pollution can yield something positive, such as the beauty of art. Which is what Graviky Labs, a Bengaluru-based start-up, is doing with one of the perils of the modern age: vehicular pollution. Anirudh Sharma, a co-founder, has said that he conceived of the Air Ink idea during a stint at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology- Media Lab. “Even if just 15% of the world’s black ink supply is replaced with Air Ink, we could end up sequestering a lot of air pollution,” he said. The company claims that it has so far captured 1.6 billion micrograms of Particulates which equates to cleaning 1.6 trillion litres of outdoor air.
June 24, 2017 01:30 UTC
Saudi security forces on Friday foiled a suicide attack on the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, cornering the would-be attacker in an apartment, where he blew himself up, the Interior Ministry said. In a statement read on state television, the ministry said that three cells had planned the attack on worshippers and security forces at the mosque as the Muslim holy month of Ramadan nears its climax. The building collapsed, injuring six foreigners and five members of the security forces. Earlier in the day, security forces had shot dead a wanted man at another suspected Islamist militant hideout in Mecca’s al-Aseelah neighborhood. In May last year, Saudi security forces shot dead two alleged Islamic State fighters outside Mecca, and two others blew themselves up outside Mecca.
June 23, 2017 21:56 UTC
(MENAFN - Daily News Egypt) Germany's youngsters scored three spectacular goals to earn three valuable points in their European Championships group. Davie Selke, Marc-Oliver Kempf and Nadiem Amiri all netted with panache.Germany 3 - 0 #Denmark (Selke 53′, Kempf 73′, Amiri 79′)Marshal Jozef Pilsudski Stadium, Krakow#Germany sealed all three points against #Denmark on Wednesday while group rivals #Italy could only draw against the Czech Republic. It's still possible that a defeat against #Italy in the third and final group game results in the team's elimination from the competition. Germany's second stylish strike hailed from a corner, with Marc-Oliver Kempf unleashing a thunderous volley to double the lead. Hoffenheim's Nadiem Amiri sealed the win with a snaky dribble and a left-footed finish with a little over 10 minutes remaining.
Source:Daily News Egypt
June 23, 2017 19:41 UTC
Tensions have risen between Hezbollah and its longtime foe Israel in recent months since Donald Trump became U.S. president with his tough talk against Iran. Israel’s air force chief said his country would use all its strength from the start in any new war with Hezbollah. Nasrallah has repeatedly warned Israel against attacking Lebanon, where the Iran-backed Shi’ite group is based, and from where it sends fighters to support Assad against insurgents. Nasrallah said in recent months Hezbollah’s rocket arsenal can hit any military target in Israel, which is Lebanon’s southern neighbor. But there has been no major confrontation between Hezbollah and Israel in Lebanon since a month-long war between the two sides in 2006.
June 23, 2017 17:15 UTC
The cost of the upgraded social protection package in the 2017-2018 state budget stands at LE72 billion, the Ministry of Planning and Administrative Reform announced. The sum was approved by the Cabinet and the Parliament in the 2017-2018 budget, the Administrative Reform Minister said in a statement on Friday. The economic reform program aims to improve the living conditions of citizens, especially the low-income classes, she added. She stressed that the plan focuses on infrastructure investments, human development, and creating more job opportunities, which represent the real social protection of citizens. The social protection package includes raising subsidies on ration cards from LE21 per person to LE50, an increase equal to 140 percent.
June 23, 2017 14:26 UTC