President Sisi meets with Sudanese counterpart Omar al-Bashir in Cairo - Press photoCAIRO – 20 March 2018: Egypt and Sudan will see increased cooperation in four fields: leather, food industries, cable industry, and electricity over the coming period, member of the Sudanese Egyptian Business Council Mohamed Harbi said.Harbi revealed that Egypt's economic presence will expand throughout Sudan, Ethiopia and Tanzania over the next few years.Harbi added that Tanzania has asked for Egypt to construct factories on its land, which Tanzania will facilitate.Harbi expected that the Sudanese Egyptian Business Council would hold a meeting after the visit of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir to Egypt, in order to discuss the prospects for expanding investment and trade cooperation between Egypt and Sudan over the next few years.In light of Egypt's tendency to move towards Africa and operate an industrial zone there, Harbi has anticipated that increased support for economic movements across the African nations will come in the following years.Statistics showed that Egypt has recorded 273 projects in Sudan, with a total investment of $2.6 billion as of July 2016.Moreover, trade exchange between Egypt and Sudan left Egypt with a trade surplus of nearly $1 billion.This is due to the rise of exports from food industries, as well as building materials and textiles industries. On the other hand, Egypt imports live animals, sesame and other products.President Bashir arrived in Egypt on Monday for a one-day visit to discuss outstanding issues between the two countries, based on the agreement reached at the recent Addis Ababa tripartite summit.The one-day visit of the Sudanese president also focused on facilitating cooperation across various fields.
March 20, 2018 11:29 UTC
These are issues with the Kremlin and with the Russian state as it currently is. Somebody has to be responsible, and we in the UK think that the evidence, the culpability points to the Russian state, as it did in the case of Alexander Litvinenko. You remember that the trail of polonium led back very clearly to the Russian state. In the end, Mr. Putin is in charge, and I’m afraid he cannot escape responsibility and culpability. If, on the other hand, there’s no explanation, we can only conclude it’s the agency of the Russian state.
March 20, 2018 11:26 UTC
Sudan’s death means that only two females of the subspecies remain — his daughter Najin, and granddaughter Fatu. Sudan had only lived so long because he was kept under round-the-clock armed protection from poachers, the charity Helping Rhinos said on its website. Such a development would involve in-vitro fertilizationusing eggs from the two remaining females, stored northern white rhino semen from Sudan and other males, and surrogate southern white rhino females. A poaching crisis in the 1970s and 1980s wiped out northern white rhino populations in Uganda, the Central African Republic, Sudan and Chad. Sudan and other northern white rhino escaped poaching by being moved to the Dvur Kralove Zoo in what was then Czechoslovakia in the 1970s.
March 20, 2018 11:26 UTC
Iraqi authorities have discovered a mass grave with the bodies of 38 Indian construction workers abducted when Islamic State militants overran the northern city of Mosul in 2014, officials said Tuesday. The bodies were found buried near the village of Badush, northwest of Mosul, in an area that Iraqi forces recaptured last July. Daesh is the Arabic acronym for the Islamic State group. The people killed were “citizens of the friendly Indian state. Iraqi authorities said the mass grave held 39 bodies, but only 38 have been positively identified through DNA analysis.
March 20, 2018 11:15 UTC
Egyptian Armed Forces personnel headed on Monday to participate in a joint military exercise with the armed forces of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) armies in Saudi Arabia dubbed “Gulf Shield 1”. Army personnel from land, navy and air forces of the Gulf countries are taking part in the exercise. The training comes within the framework of the joint training plan of the Egyptian Armed Forces with fraternal and friendly countries to exchange experiences and enhance military cooperation. In a related context, Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces Mohamed Farid met with Major General Khalifa Bin Abdullah Al Khalifa, Director of Military Intelligence in Bahrain and his accompanying delegation currently visiting Egypt, in the presence of a number of Egyptian army leaders. The meeting dealt with a number of issues and topics of common interest and the exchange of experiences in various military fields.
March 20, 2018 11:03 UTC
FILE PHOTO: Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi speaks during a news conference in Cairo, Egypt December 11, 2017. REUTERS/Alexander Zemlianichenko/PoolCAIRO - 20 March 2018: Minister of Social Solidarity Ghada Wali on Tuesday said that President Abdel Fatah Al Sisi will grant ideal women medals of honor on the occasion marking Mother's Day on Wednesday.At a press conference, she pointed out that the president will honor the ideal mothers in a major ceremony in appreciation for their role in growing up their children to create good citizens who serve their homeland.She added that applications for taking part in the ideal mother competition started in January.Egypt celebrates Mother's Day on March 21 every year.The Mother's Day is a celebration honoring the mother of the family, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. It is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world, most commonly in the months of March or May.
March 20, 2018 10:41 UTC
A YouTube channel specialized in cartoons published a video of Egyptian football star Mohamad Salah’s super hat-trick, which he achieved during a Liverpool-Watford match in the English Premier League. The video depicts Salah running against the goal several times, while Watford’ players from the opposing team struggle to keep up, scoring his goals with ease. The cartoon comes in wake of Salah’s marvelous achievement of becoming the Premier League and Europe’s top scorer, beating his nearest competition by four goals. Several songs have been made to praise him, including one where the Liverpool fans vow to be Muslims if it is good enough for Salah. Moreover, a Falafel store has recently decided to honor the sensational player by giving out free Falafel for every goal Salah scores.
March 20, 2018 10:41 UTC
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
Minister of Finance Amr al-Garhy said that the initial public offering (IPO) program for government companies placed on the stock exchange is not limited to the offered companies only, and will have an extended accessibility for others. Between four to five companies from the companies to be included in the first stage of the public offering program will be determined in September or October at the latest, Garhy told Al-Masry Al-Youm. He explained that the target proceeds from the public offering will go to the owners of these companies, whether they be holding companies or the National Investment Bank. Minister of Investment and International Cooperation Sahar Nasr said that the government has recently announced the public offering program to support investment, which represented a message that the political leadership backs investment. The privatization program comes within the framework of the state’s plan to diversify investment sources and raise growth rates by attracting investment in industry.
March 20, 2018 10:18 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
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
Egyptian embassies abroad on Monday sent the ballot results from Egyptians voting abroad to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) before them being sent to the National Elections Commission (NEC). Ambassador of Egypt to Jordan Tareq Adel asserted that the embassy’s electoral committee counted the votes and dispatched them to the MOFA and NEC. The final report [of results] was prepared and sent to the NEC through e-mail,” said Egypt’s ambassador to Kuwait Tarek al-Qony. Sherif thanked members in all Egyptian embassies and all those who contributed tothe success of the electoral process, which took place in 139 Egyptian consulates andembassies in 124 countries. Egyptian expats around the world began voting on Friday morning in Egypt’s 2018presidential election in Egyptian embassies which had opened up for three days for the process.
March 20, 2018 09:56 UTC
The Armed Forces participating in the ‘Sinai 2018’ operation eliminated 36 armed elements operating in the area of North and Central Sinai, including a highly dangerous terrorist cell. A statement of the General Command of The Armed forces said that 6 of the deceased terrorists were killed during an exchange of fire with police forces. Three automatic guns and explosive devices ready for detonation were found in the hideout of one of the abandoned houses in the North Sinai city Al-Arish. The forces also raided a camp for terrorist elements in the Rafah and seized a communication center used by the takfiri elements. The forces destroyed a car bomb, targeted and destroyed 12 hideouts used by terrorist elements, and destroyed another car bomb containing large quantities of explosive materials during an attempt to break into a security outpost southwest of Al-Arish.
March 20, 2018 09:56 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