ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey’s defense minister told Pentagon officials there must not be a vacuum of power during the withdrawal of US forces from Syria, state-owned Anadolu news agency reported on Saturday. A senior US administration official said on Friday Washington would leave about 400 US troops split between two Syrian regions, a reversal by President Donald Trump that could pave the way for US allies to keep troops in Syria. “We reminded our partners that there should be no vacuum of power in any way during the withdrawal,” Defense Minister Hulusi Akar told Anadolu, describing his talks in the United States with acting US Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan. Trump had ordered the withdrawal of all 2,000 US troops Syria in December after saying they had defeated Islamic State militants in Syria. Akar also said he repeated call for Kurdish YPG militia fighters, which Ankara regards as terrorists, to be removed from the “safe zone”, which Turkey wants to control.
February 23, 2019 15:33 UTC
Egypt’s Interior Ministry has devised a security plan to secure the Arab-European summit 2019, set to be held in Sharm al-Sheikh on Sunday and Monday. The plan involves forming teams and working groups that will perform security tasks in the city, routes and border crossings for South Sinai Governorate and Sharm al-Sheikh International Port. Security leaderships held extensive meetings in order to review the security plan prepared by the Ministry to secure the conference. The meetings discussed procedures adopted to implement the city’s security plan during the conference, and a commitment to emphasizing the highest levels of caution and vigilance. Co-chaired by Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and president of the European Council Donald Tusk, the two-day summit will be the first of its kind to bring together Arab and European heads of state and government.
February 23, 2019 14:48 UTC
Hours after tensions flared between Turki al-Sheikh, Chairman of General Authority for Entertainment and presenter Ossama Kamal, ownership of the Pyramids Club has transferred to from al-Sheikh to Emirati investor Salem al-Shamsi, the club announced in an official statement Friday. Presenter Ibrahim Fayek revealed that al-Sheikh withdrew from Pyramids Club in addition to liquidating all his investments in Egypt upon quitting Pyramids leadership on Thursday night. “Is it a condition set by the foreigner investment in Egyptian football to grant the investor the league’s winning title?” he added, stating that such procedures are heart-breaking. The tensions began after al-Sheikh had purchased al-Assiouty, a small local club in Upper Egypt and renamed it as the Pyramids Club, establishing a new broadcasting channel and signing players from various foreigner clubs with over-priced contracts. Last summer, the Pyramids sports channel was introduced to Egyptian television with surprising decisions, such as the selecting Hossam al-Badry, former coach of al-Ahly Club, as chairman.
February 23, 2019 14:26 UTC
Al Ahly - FILECAIRO, 23 February 2018: The absence of Saleh Gomaa and Salah Mohsen continued from Al-Ahly's squad list, which is traveling to face El Gouna on Sunday in the 24th round of the Egyptian league.Al Ahly’s goalkeeper, Mohamed El Shenawy, also didn’t feature in the squad after being absent from Saturday’s training session.The Reds announced the absence of El Shenawy due to injury, the same reason which prevent other players from featuring in Al Ahly’s games like: Walid Soliman, Hossam Ashour, Mohamed Mahmoud, Mohamed Naguib and Amr Gamal.The list came as follows:Goalkeepers: Sherif Ikrami - Ali Lutfi - Mustapha ShoubeirDefense: Saad Samir - Ayman Ashraf - Yasser Ibrahim - Ali Maaloul - Mohammed Hani - Rami RabiaMidfield: Amr Soleya - Hisham Mohammed - Hamdi Fathi - Nasser Maher - Karim Walid - Ramadan Sobhi - Hussein El Shahat - Ahmed El Sheikh - GeraldoAttack: Marwan Mohsen - Junior AjayAl Ahly places third with 45 points behind Zamalek, 52, and Pyramids FC,45.
February 23, 2019 13:41 UTC
Guaido sensationally claimed that the Venezuelan military, whose high command has repeatedly declared absolute loyalty to Maduro, “participated in this process” to get him into Colombia. Guaido said that aid would come in on Saturday regardless of any military blockade. Early Saturday two large trucks carrying eight tonnes of emergency aid left Boa Vista in Brazil en route to the Venezuelan border. Battle of the bandsThe “Venezuela Live Aid” concert, which featured some of the biggest names in Spanish-language music, was broadcast live online. Maduro, who has support from China, Russia and the military high command, accuses the United States of plotting a military intervention.
February 23, 2019 13:30 UTC
Ismaily - FILECAIRO, 23 February 2018: Ismaily’s Macedonian coach, Čedomir Janevski, believes that his team had great push after returning to the CAF Champions league group stages again.Ismaily was excluded from the competition following their fans’ riot during Ismaily's clash against Club African at the CAF Champions League.Ismaily was reinstated to the CAF Champions League after a successful appeal against their expulsion.“We have a group of youth and experienced players and they want to win this game,” Janevski spoke in the press conference prior to CS Constantine match.Ismaily hosts CS Constantine in the third round of the CAF Champions league’s group stage at 06:00 PM.“It’s hard to play without our fans’ attendance but sadly we used to play without them in the last five matches due to CAF and EFA decisions,” Janevski added.The CAF Champions League draw put Ismaily in Group C alongside Congo’s TP Mazembe, Club Africain of Tunisia and Algeria’s CS Constantine.Ismaily lost their first two games at the group; they lost the opening game 2-0 to Mazembe in Congo, and the CAF decided to grant the three points to Club Africain following Ismaily fans’ aggressive behaviors.
February 23, 2019 13:30 UTC
"I still use it as a learning point... To look back on the harder games that you have had, the tougher games, learn what I didn't do well and what I could have done better," Alexander-Arnold told reporters ahead of Sunday's visit to United. "The Manchester United game was definitely one of those games. "Alexander-Arnold said he discussed his mistakes with manager Juergen Klopp and his coaches from Liverpool's academy in the days after the defeat which helped him get through a trying time in his career. It is something that has helped me learn, progress and move forward," Alexander-Arnold added. Obviously the Champions League final (where Real Madrid beat Liverpool 3-1 in May) came after, which was tougher than that."
February 23, 2019 13:30 UTC
Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (R) stands with Egypt's President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi during a welcoming ceremony in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, April 23, 2017. (Photo by Reuters)CAIRO - 23 February 2019: Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud left to Egypt Saturday with a high-ranking Saudi delegation on an official visit to participate in the Arab-European summit to be held in Sharm el-Sheikh from February 24 to 25, Sky news Channel reported.Earlier, European and Arab leaders, senior officials and several ambassadors of 28 European countries and 21 Arab states arrived in Egypt Sunday to participate in the Arab-European summit.Leaders and government heads of 28 European countries and 21 Arab states will be convening a two-day summit in Sharm el-Sheikh, on Sunday, to discuss joint challenges and boost mutual cooperation opportunities.This is the first ever platform that brings together the Arab and European heads of state and government to tackle the pressing issues, atop of which terrorism, organized crime and illegal immigration.The summit will be co-chaired by President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and President of the European Council Donald Tusk.
February 23, 2019 12:22 UTC
Sudan’s main opposition party on Saturday dismissed President Omar al-Bashir’s declaration of a state of emergency, saying protesters would keep up their campaign until his three-decade rule was ended. On Friday, Bashir imposed a nationwide state of emergency and dissolved the federal and provincial governments in a bid to quell two months of almost daily demonstrations that have rocked his iron-fisted regime. “Dissolving the government and imposing a state of emergency is nothing but a repetition of this regime’s failures,” the opposition National Umma Party said in a statement. The party has signed up to a “Document for Freedom and Change” also signed by the Communist Party and the political wings of several rebels groups in Sudan’s outlying regions. The protest campaign has been led by the Sudanese Professionals Association, an umbrella group of teachers, doctors and engineers, who have been among the worst hit.
February 23, 2019 11:48 UTC
Uber and Careem: The two major ride-hailing services in Egypt - Egypt TodayCAIRO, Feb 23 (Reuters) - Egypt's top administrative court on Saturday lifted a ban on operations by ride-hailing companies Uber and Careem, which have faced fierce opposition from traditional taxi drivers, a judicial source and lawyer said.A lower administrative court withdrew the permits of U.S.-based Uber and its main rival, Dubai-based Careem, in March 2018 after 42 taxi drivers filed suit, arguing the apps were illegally using private cars as taxis and were registered as a call centre and an internet company, respectively.In April last year, however, the Cairo Court of Urgent Matters said the ruling should be suspended and the two firms should be allowed to continue operating until a final decision was made by the Highest Administrative Court, which accepted the companies' appeal on Saturday.Uber has faced repeated regulatory and legal setbacks around the world due to opposition from traditional taxi services. It has been forced to quit several countries, including Denmark and Hungary.The company has said Egypt is its largest market in the Middle East, with 157,000 drivers in 2017 and four million users since its launch there in 2014.Last week, Uber reached an agreement with the Egyptian Tax Authority to pay value-added tax (VAT), which Careem said it had been paying since March 2018.
February 23, 2019 11:48 UTC
The geolocation data of the aforementioned IP address turned out to be in Turkey – Photo by Egypt Today/Mohamed ZainCAIRO – 23 February 2019: A hacker residing in Turkey hacked into the Facebook page of Marwa Hisham Barakat, daughter of the slain prosecutor. The geolocation data of the aforementioned IP address turned out to be in Istanbul, Turkey. “No matter how smart this guy is, he could not do all of this alone.”Adib further presented an activity log from Barakat’s Facebook page, which showed her original IP address and the address of the hacker. Last week, nine men were executed for the murder of the country’s former top prosecutor Hisham Barakat. “Unfortunately there are some well-respected and educated people who believed this and shared the post that the hacker wrote,” Adib said.
February 23, 2019 11:48 UTC
Omar Khairat - Egypt Today. CAIRO – 23 February 2019: Veteran musician Omar Khairat will perform a concerts at Dubai Opera theater on March 16.This is the third time for Khairat to perform at Dubai Opera.The renowned composer and pianist was born in Alexandria and raised in a family of musicians. He began his career in 1959 as a pianist.Khairat was a member of the Egyptian band Les Petits Chats, founded in 1967. He won the Best Musician Award in 1989 from the Egyptian Society for Cinema.Khairat is a composer that can blend the style of international symphonies with Egyptian music masterfully. This concert aimed to collect donations for charity and raise public awareness about street kids and orphans in Egypt.
February 23, 2019 10:56 UTC
Celebrating a decade since the launch of the first Galaxy S, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. introduces a new line of premium smartphones: Galaxy S10. For consumers looking for a supercharged device, Galaxy S10+ takes every spec – from display, to camera, to performance – to the next level. Finally, Galaxy S10 5G is created for those who want more of everything and are ready for the fastest available speeds and the most powerful features. Now, Samsung is putting the power of 5G in consumers’ hands with Galaxy S10 5G, Samsung’s first flagship 5G smartphone. Galaxy S10+ will also be available in two, all-new, premium Ceramic models: Ceramic Black and Ceramic White.As for the Egyptian market, the Galaxy S10 will be available for pre-order starting February 21st.
February 23, 2019 10:52 UTC
The Arab League Headquarters, where the 4th EU-League of Arab States Ministerial meeting between Arab and European foreign ministers, will be held. (REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh/File Photo)CAIRO - 23 February 2019: European and Arab leaders, senior officials and several ambassadors of 28 European countries and 21 Arab states arrived in Egypt Sunday to participate in the Arab-European summit, scheduled to take place in the city of Sharm El-Sheikh.Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Foreign Minister of Comoros Mohamed El Amine Souef arrived Egypt to participate in the Arab-European summit.Also, Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebs arrive in Egypt to take part in the meetings of the first Arab-European summit. Essebs will deliver a speech at the first general session of the summit on his country's vision on means of promoting Arab-European cooperation and dialogue, said a statement released by the Tunisian presidency on Saturday.More than 750 Arab and foreign correspondents will participate along with local journalists in the Arab-European Summit.The summit will tackle a host of political and economic topics including the Palestinian cause and other issues including illegal immigration and human trafficking will be also mulled.In February 2019, Egypt’s Sharm el Sheikh International Airport is on high alert in preparation for receiving the high guests and heads of Arab and European countries, who are participating in the upcoming Arab-European summit due on February 24 and 25, said the Egyptian Ministry of Civil Aviation in statement on Thursday.Minister of Civil Aviation directed the airport officials to coordinate with all concerned security and media bodies, the statement added.The first Arab-European summit will be co-chaired by President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and President of the European Council Donald Tusk.On February 18, Sisi said that “Sharm El-Sheikh conference is a key step towards more cooperation that will be followed by other steps,” adding that the instability of some Arab countries led to the illegal migration to Europe.According to a statement issued by the EU, leaders from both sides will seek to strengthen Arab-European ties. They will also address a wide range of issues and common challenges, such as multilateralism, trade and investment, migration, security and the situation in the region.The meeting is expected to start on Sunday, February 24 and end with a press conference on Monday, February 25. It will take place in the International Congress Centre in Sharm El-Sheikh.
February 23, 2019 10:30 UTC
U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un - AFPHANOI, Feb 23 (Reuters) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un set off by train for Vietnam on Saturday, for his second summit with U.S. President Donald Trump scheduled for next week, Russia's TASS news agency reported.Kim left the North Korean capital of Pyongyang at around 5 p.m. (0800 GMT) in an armoured train, TASS said, citing a North Korean diplomatic source.Vietnam's foreign ministry announced earlier on Saturday that Kim would make an official visit to Vietnam in "coming days" at the invitation of Nguyen Phu Trong, the president and general secretary of the Southeast Asian nation's ruling Communist Party.The summit with Trump is scheduled for Feb. 27-28.
February 23, 2019 10:07 UTC