FILE PHOTO: Nicolas Sarkozy, former head of the Les Republicains political party, attends a Les Republicains (LR) public meeting in Les Sables d'Olonne, France, October 1, 2016. REUTERS/Stephane MahePARIS - 20 March 2018: Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy was held in custody on Tuesday and questioned by magistrates investigating whether late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi helped finance his 2007 election campaign, an official in the French judiciary said.It is the second major judicial investigation to fall on the 63-year-old, who served as president from 2007-2012. He already faces trial on separate charges of illicit spending overruns during his failed re-election campaign in 2012.A lawyer for Sarkozy could not immediately be reached for comment. French authorities had no comment.Sarkozy’s predecessor, Jacques Chirac, was convicted in 2011, after his retirement, of misusing public funds to keep political allies in phantom jobs. ($1 = 0.8125 euros)
March 20, 2018 10:30 UTC
Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry - ReutersCAIRO - 20 March 2018: Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry will head on Wednesday for New Delhi leading an Egyptian delegation to the 7th session of the Egyptian-Indian higher committee.The committee meetings will kick off on Wednesday at the level of senior officials and on Friday at the ministerial level.Shoukry will meet in New Delhi with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and hand over to him a message from President Abdel Fattah El Sisi on means of boosting bilateral relations.The meeting will also take up regional and international issues of common concern, said Foreign Ministry spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid.Economic cooperation between both countries is given priority in light of the fact that 452 Indian companies are operating in Egypt at total investments estimated at more than three billion dollars, said the spokesman.Also, trade exchange hit around two billion dollars in 2017, added the spokesman.
March 20, 2018 10:07 UTC
Egypt, Italy cooperate for fighting illegal migration - FILECAIRO - 20 March 2018: Egypt and Italy are cooperating for training cadres from African countries on fighting illegal migration, said an assistant interior minister on Tuesday.Addressing a workshop of a training program on this score that was held in the Egyptian Police Academy, Major General Ahmed el Amry added that organized crime, including illegal migration, has become increasingly dangerous in all world countries.The situation requires boosting cooperation by all countries and creating new mechanisms for fighting it, he pointed out.The program comes in line with a protocol that was signed between Egypt and Italy for training African cadres.Attending were representatives from Tunisia, Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia, Senegal, Niger, Morocco, Mali and other African countries along with Spain and France.
March 20, 2018 10:07 UTC
Her decision to resign defused Norway's worst political crisis in years. "The important thing for me is that the Progress Party remains in government, Listhaug said.She lashed out at Labour and the Christian Democrats, arguing they were not sufficiently tolerant of free speech when they sought her dismissal. "The national debate has been turned into something of a kindergarten dispute," Listhaug said. I see this as an attempt to gag the debate. "My goal here is to keep Stoere out of the prime minister's office," Listhaug said.
March 20, 2018 09:00 UTC
FILE- Casual workers holding their Aman certificatesCAIRO – 20 March 2018: Yields of the Aman Certificate for temporary and seasonal workers have been raised in the National bank of Egypt and the Agriculture Bank to record LE 105 million ($ 5.95 million) since the issuance of the certificate, according to recent statements.Chairman of the Agriculture Bank of Egypt al-Sayed al-Kosair said that the bank issued 44,000 Aman certificates with a total yield of LE 796 million.Kosair referred that a number of companies have applied to buy 76,000 certificates with a total value of LE 150 million.On Sunday, Kosair said that his bank issued certificates with a total yield of LE 20 million in two weeks amid awareness campaigns about the Aman Certificate across Egypt.Moreover, Vice Chairman of the National Bank of Egypt (NBE) Yehia Abul Fotouh said that the bank issued 16,000 Aman Certificates, with a total yield of LE 26 million.The Aman Certificate is available at four Egyptian banks, which are the National Bank of Egypt, Banque Misr, Banque Du Caire and the Agriculture Bank of Egypt.The segments of Aman Certificates are LE 500, LE 1,000, LE 1,500, LE 2,000 and LE 2,500. The duration of the certificate is three years at a rate of 16 percent, and it can be redeemed at any time.At the beginning of March, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi ordered the completion of an insurance policy for temporary and seasonal workers within 15 days.In response to Sisi's directions, Prime Minister Sherif Ismail affirmed that the Aman Insurance Certificate for temporary employment has no procedures or administrative documents, adding that it is worth LE 500 and can be increased until it reaches LE 2,500.Ismail clarified that the Aman Certificate’s monthly installment starts from LE 4, and its highest monthly installment is LE 20, with a benefit period of 5 years or 10 years.
March 20, 2018 08:48 UTC
A gas pump is seen hanging from the ceiling at a petrol station in Seoul June 27, 2011. REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak/File PhotoSINGAPORE - 20 March 2018: Oil prices rose by almost 1 percent on Tuesday, lifted by a weak dollar, tensions in the Middle East and concerns of a further fall in Venezuelan output.U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures CLc1 were at $62.59 a barrel at 0656 GMT, up 53 cents, or 0.9 percent, from their previous close.Brent crude futures LCOc1 were at $66.56 per barrel, up 51 cents, or 0.8 percent.“Tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran gave prices some support,” said Sukrit Vijayakar, director of energy consultancy Trifecta in a note.Futures traders also pointed to general dollar weakeness .DXY as a supporter for crude.A weaker greenback makes imports of dollar-denominated crude cheaper for countries using other currencies at home, potentially spurring demand.Worries about Venezuela’s tumbling crude production also supported oil markets.The International Energy Agency said last week that Venezuela, where an economic crisis has cut oil production by almost half since early 2005 to well below 2 million bpd PRODN-VE, was “clearly vulnerable to an accelerated decline”, and that such a disruption could tip global markets into deficit.Still, surging U.S. crude oil production C-OUT-T-EIA, which has risen by more than a fifth since mid-2016, to 10.38 million barrels per day (bpd), has been looming over oil markets.U.S. output is now higher than that of top exporter Saudi Arabia. Only Russia produces more, at around 11 million bpd, although U.S. output is expected to overtake Russia’s later this year as well.Soaring U.S. output, as well as rising output in Canada and Brazil, is undermining efforts by the Middle East dominated Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) to curb supplies and bolster prices.Many analysts expect global oil markets to flip from slight undersupply in 2017 and early this year into oversupply later in 2018.
March 20, 2018 06:56 UTC
The Chinese people are united in their belief that “every inch of our great motherland absolutely cannot and absolutely will not be separated from China,” Xi declared in his speech before the nearly 3,000 members of the National People’s Congress. Xi said the mainland would continue to promote “peaceful unification” with Taiwan. The longer-than-usual, 16-day legislative session had earlier approved a range of new appointments, including that of key Xi ally Wang Qishan as vice president. In his address, Xi said China would promote “high-quality” development that values innovation over speed of growth. Regulators have been warning about ballooning debt that caused international ratings agencies to cut China’s credit rating last year.
March 20, 2018 06:45 UTC
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan appeared set on forcing Washington to reconsider its partnership with the Syrian Kurdish fighters, the main US ally in the fight against the Islamic State group. Ankara has accused the US of not fulfilling a promise to move Syrian Kurdish fighters out of Manbij. Anadolu News agency said the bomb was reportedly left by the Syrian Kurdish fighters. A commander with the Turkey-backed Syrian forces blamed the looting on “thieves,” and said a unit had been created to prevent further theft. Azad Mohamed, an Afrin resident who fled, said looting was underway in nearby villages even before the Turkish forces entered the town.
March 20, 2018 06:45 UTC
Saudi Arabia’s religiously conservative rules constraining the actions and attire of women are showing signs of possibly relaxing. In an interview with US broadcaster CBS on Sunday night, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said women should be able to choose what they wear. In recent years, Saudi women have started wearing more colorful abayas as well as more open ones over jeans or long skirts. Although Saudi Arabia has no written legal code to accompany Sharia law, the judiciary and police have enforced a strict dress code requiring women to wear abayas and cover their hair and faces in public. The system requires women to get the permission of a male family member in order to study abroad, travel or carry out other activities.
March 20, 2018 06:00 UTC
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang speaks at the news conference following the closing session of the National People's Congress (NPC), at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China March 20, 2018. He did not give more specifics.“China’s economy has been so integrated with the world’s, that closing China’s door would mean blocking our way for development,” Li said.“China’s aim is to ensure that both domestic and foreign firms, and companies under all kinds of ownership structure, will be able to compete on fair terms in China’s large market.”When President Xi Jinping’s top economic adviser Liu visited Washington recently, the Trump administration pressed him to find ways to reduce China’s $375 billion trade surplus with the United States.“We are unwilling to see a big trade deficit, not only with the U.S.,,” Li said. We hope this important means for balancing China-U.S. trade will not be missed, otherwise we will lose a chance to make money.”Li said China was confident of achieving its 2018 economic targets. The government aims to expand its economy by around 6.5 percent this year, having easily surpassed the same target in 2017.China’s financial sector were in good shape and banks have enough provisions, Li said, adding that regulators would take “resolute measures” to tackle financial risks.The Chinese central bank was being given responsibility for drafting important laws covering banking and insurance sector, with regulation over the $42 trillion sector becoming more streamlined and tighter.Before the press conference, Li introduced China’s four new vice premiers, though they neither took questions or spoke. Among them was Liu He, widely regarded as China’s new economic tsar.
March 20, 2018 06:00 UTC
He's asking patrons to live through an experience, as one does at the theater," explains Andres Duprat, director of the National Museum of Fine Arts in Buenos Aires. "Not only are his works making waves in the art world, they are reaching a much wider public," Duprat says. At his studio in Buenos Aires, he works with craftsmen and designers to bring his vision to life.Erlich said his team "came together over time and depending on need. ""I have lived for a long time away from Buenos Aires -- five years in the United States, five years in France, before returning to South America. "I have trouble working in places where there is too much stimulation, too much noise," Erlich says.
March 20, 2018 04:41 UTC
File - Nogoom El Mostakbal FCCAIRO – 19 March 2018: El-Gouna defeated El-Nasr Mining 2-0 on Monday to reach 60 points and lead the Egyptian League second division group A seven points clear.El-Minya SC, which is placed second in Group A, also defeated Qenna 1-0 to keep their hopes of winning promotion to the top division.El-Gouna will host Fayoum FC on Saturday, while El-Minya SC will travel to Aswan to face their local club, Aswan SC.In Group B, Nogoom El-Mostakbal FC lost two precious points in the promotion race, as their game against Ethad el-Shorta ended with a 2-2 draw and increased the gap with the group leaders, Al-Terasanah to three points.Both teams will meet each other on April 20 at Al-Terasanah’s stadium.In Group C, the group leaders, Haras El-Hodoud SC, defeated Kom Hamada 2-0 on Monday and kept the gap with their successors, Kafr El-Sheikh, to eight points.
March 20, 2018 04:41 UTC
Protestors become "uncontrollable," a police chief says.Days of clashes break out near the Sorbonne. Protests spread to other cities.Lecture halls, classrooms and theatres around the capital are occupied, becoming forums for round-the-clock debate. "Imagination in the leadership" demands a slogan scrawled on walls.Overnight May 10, students erect dozens of barricades around the Sorbonne's Latin Quarter. "It is more fun at the Sorbonne than at the factory," a young man from a worker-occupied Renault plant tells AFP.The strike is extended on May 14, the country coming to a standstill. After demands that he resign, he announces a referendum, including on his continued role, but it meets with little reaction.- Back in charge -Then the president "disappears" on May 29.
March 20, 2018 03:45 UTC
File- Al-Ahly basketball teamCAIRO – 19 March 2018: Al-Ahly faces Sporting on Tuesday in the Egypt Basketball Cup final. Al-Ahly players hope to achieve their ninth title in the competition, while Sporting is aiming for their eighth title and their sixth title in a row.Al-Ahly reached the final after defeating Smouha 61-59 on Sunday after a tough game.Smouha led the first half of the game 29-26, but Al-Ahly players returned in the second half to achieve the victory and reach the final.In the other semi-final, Sporting, the title holders, defeated Zamalek 61-59 to reach their sixth consecutive final.Al-Ahly players enter the final seeking revenge, as they lost the 2016 and 2017 Egypt Basketball Cup titles to Sporting.Al-Ahly will depend on veterans Tarek El-Ghannam, Mody El Garhy and Ibrahim El-Gamal to regain the title.On the other hand, Sporting players hope to continue their dominance over the competition, as they have won the last five titles in the competition.Zamalek and Al-Ittihad share the record in the competition, having won 12 titles each.
March 20, 2018 02:03 UTC
Sheikh Ahmed El-Tayyeb, Egyptian Grand Imam of Al-Azhar - ReutersCAIRO – 20 March 2018: Al-Azhar Grand Imam Ahmed El-Tayyeb returned on Monday to Cairo after a trip that took him to Portugal and Mauritania.He had talks with top officials in both countries on cooperation. He was hailed by the president of Portugal as a great religious leader who promotes tolerance and peace.His visit to the European country lasted for four days. He paid a three-day visit to Mauritania.
March 20, 2018 01:18 UTC