After years in the making, Potsdam’s Barberini Museum – spearheaded by patron and billionaire Hasso Plattner – is opening its doors. Instead, he decided to bestow the city of Potsdam with a museum to share his collection. The fact that he collected such impressionistic works – of this quality and in this scope – astounded me,” Ortrud Westheider, director of the Barberini Museum, told DW. A labor of loveAnd what a majestic place to display those works: the Barberini Palace, now home to Potsdam’s Barberini Museum. The Barberini Museum is open to the public as of January 23.
A late moment of brilliance from Robert Lewandowski snatched a 2-1 win for Bayern Munich. It was tough on promoted Freiburg but underlined just why Bayern are league leaders, and indeed now winter champions. Bayern might have been forgiven for thinking that the break in the Bundesliga season was to avoid the worst of Germany’s weather. The game looked to be petering out in the last 20 minutes, due in part to the incessant cold, although Freiburg came close with Maximilian Philipp’s rasping drive just wide. Out of nowhere Lewandowski then pounced to win it for Carlo Ancelotti’s side and stun Christian Streich’s eighth-placed team, who are always strong at home.
"Islamic State" (IS) militants have destroyed one of the most famous monuments in the ancient city of Palmyra, the Tetrapylon, and the facade of its Roman Theatre, Syrian antiquities chief Maamoun Abdulkarim told Reuters on Friday. The imagery also showed extensive damage at the Roman Theatre, with several towering stone structures destroyed on the stage. Just last May, a famous Russian orchestra performed at the theater after Palmyra was first won back from Islamic State. During its previous spell in control of Palmyra, Islamic State destroyed other monuments there, including its 1,800-year-old monumental arch. IS put 12 people to death in Palmyra earlier this week, some of them execution-style in the Roman Theatre.
More than 80 "Islamic State" (IS) militants, some of whom were believed to be plotting attacks in Europe, died in US air strikes on camps outside the group's former North African stronghold of Sirte in Libya, the United States said on Thursday. The attack took place 45 km southwest of Sirte, targeting fighters fleeing Libyan forces clearing them from Sirte with support from US air strikes. It's unclear whether Donald Trump, who takes office as US president on Friday, might seek to alter US policy in Libya. The United States carried out nearly 500 air strikes against IS targets in Sirte between August and December. It had previously carried out several isolated strikes against militant targets elsewhere in Libya.
Police eventually rammed the car and shot the 26-year-old driver in the arm, before dragging him from the vehicle and arresting him. Police said the man had a history of family violence and was wanted over a stabbing earlier in the day. Pursued by police cars, the man had been seen driving erratically before speeding into a pedestrian mall, ploughing into people, police said. "We're not regarding this as a terrorism-related incident,” Victoria state police commissioner Graham Ashton told reporters on Friday. Police had earlier chased the driver, who was wanted over a domestic assault and driving offences, Ashton said.
Trump, 70, takes over a country divided after a bitter election campaign. In another location not far from the White House, protesters also scuffled with police, at one point throwing aluminum chairs at them at an outdoor café. Trump and his vice president, Mike Pence, began the day attending a prayer service at St. John's Episcopal Church near the White House. Trump, wearing a dark suit and red tie, and Melania Trump, clad in a classic-styled, powder blue ensemble, then headed into the White House for a meeting with Obama and his wife, Michelle. (abcn.ws/2jU9w63)Trump AgendaHis ascension to the White House, while welcomed by Republicans tired of Obama's eight years in office, raises a host of questions for the United States.
Egypt’s national military football team played the second round of the fourth group at the 2017 Military Football World Cup, against Canada. The Egyptian team won by 4-0. Four minutes later, Hossam Paulo scored the second goal. The third goal was scored by Ahmed El-Sheikh, at 64 minutes, followed by Moemen akaria who scored the fourth goal at 82 minutes. Thanks to this victory, the Egyptian team has accumulated four points so far in the competition.
The Egyptian Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs participated in the sports management course organised by the German University of Leipzig. The ministry sent two of its members, Mohamed Fawzy and Amr Hashim, to attend the course. The course lasted for more than three months and included the most advanced practical and scientific methods in the field of sports management. The German University of Leipzig is one of the oldest and most prestigious European universities, and established the course for training international trainers (ITK) in 1964. Daniel Eckert, executive director of the ITK expressed in this regard his hope to transmit what was studied to Egypt, in order to enrich the field of sports.
It's seven marathons on seven continents over seven days. In October 2004, as she headed toward the Marine Corps Marathon finish line, she heard a loud pop in her head. Her first marathon after the surgery was the same race where she'd experienced brain cancer symptoms a year earlier. Telford partnered with Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure, a nonprofit devoted to raising funds for brain cancer research. Along her journey, she'll run in shoes plastered with pictures of children battling brain cancer.
Police have arrested a movie director over the theft of five paintings from the Museum of Modern Art at the International Fairs Ground of the Opera House, and their replacement with other counterfeit paintings. The director of the Museum reported to the police the theft after uncovering the replacement of the five original paintings with fake ones. The director was allowed into the hall which contained the five paintings where he spent some time and left. The director of the Museum accused the movie director of stealing the original paintings and replacing them with fake ones. He was arrested by the police and confessed to replacing the paintings with fake ones during interrogations.
Indy 100 British news website published a list of more than 10 countries that welcome migrants around the world. The United States came on top the list, as it recently received 46.6 million immigrants, and Germany came in second, with 12 million immigrants. Russia came in third with 11.6 million immigrants; and Saudi Arabia ranked forth on the list and first among Arab countries with 10.2 million immigrants. The UK ranked fifth on the list with 8.5 million immigrants, the UAE sixth with 8.1 million immigrants, Canada seventh with 7.8 million immigrants, and France eigth, with 7.8 million immigrants. Australia ranked ninth on the list with 6.8 million immigrants, while Spain came in tenth, with 5.9 million immigrants.
The 2017 J.P. Morgan Squash Tournament of Champions, celebrated on Thursday its final matches, in New York, US, where France’s Camille Serme won the women’s final, while Egypt’s Karim Abdel Gawad won the men’s final. Moving to the men’s final, Abdel Gawad did not permit another French victory. The battle between Abdel Gawad and France’s Gregory Gaultier was tough as the Egyptian champion said that “matches with Greg are always tough and can change at any moment. Abdel Gawad won the following game also by 11-6. Abdel Gawad snatched the championship’s title by winning the fifth game by 11-7, ending the match 3-1 in his favour.
Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Anany announced that the Museum of Islamic Art would be open to the public for free for one week starting Friday, January 20, until Sunday, January 28. Open display windows were covered from above to avoid damage caused to artifacts as a result of dust and different weather factors. New material was used in the manufacture of display windows to reduce the sun's harmful rays. Director General of the Museum of Islamic Art Ahmed al-Shawky said the museum included 1,475 artifacts at the time of the attack which occurred 3 years ago. President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi inaugurated the Museum of Islamic Art on Wednesday morning after the restoration work was completed, according to a statement from the presidency.
Minister of Labour Mohamed Saafan said in press statements on Thursday that the unemployment percentage among women exceeds 25%, "which is unprecedented." Moreover, Saafan said that as Egypt embarks on the "year of women," there should be significant change in increasing women's role. The National Council for Women outlined the 2030 development strategy for gender equality last week. The strategy tackles an array of subjects; chiefly sexual harassment, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), and empowering women entrepreneurs. The centre report stated that unemployment rate among youth aging between 15 to 29 years reached 27.3%
President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi held a meeting on Thursday evening with top officials in the Egyptian cabinet, the armed forces, and the security directorate to review security conditions in Egypt and to discuss border security as well as price regulation. The meeting was attended by Prime Minister Sherif Ismail, the governor of the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) Tarek Amer, Minister of Defence Sedki Sobhi, Minister of Interior Magdy Abdel Ghaffar, the head of Egypt’s intelligence directorate (Al-Mukhabarat), and the head of the military intelligence directorate, according to a statement issued by the presidency on Thursday. Al-Sisi reviewed the security situation in Egypt and efforts to secure main borders and passages leading in and out of the country. The president also stressed the importance of increasing the number and efficiency of government-owned shopping centres all over the country. The statement also mentioned that the meeting touched on the most recent economic decisions, and possible ways to strike a balance between measures to limit consumption and spending, and ensuring policies to ease price hikes on citizens.