"When the fugitive extradition bill is passed, Hong Kong will become a 'useless Hong Kong'," said Jimmy Sham, convenor of Civil Human Rights Front, the main organiser of Sunday's demonstration. "We will be deep in a place where foreign investors are afraid to invest and tourists are afraid to go. Once the 'Pearl of the Orient' (it) will become nothing. "In a rare move, prominent business leaders warned that pushing through the extradition law could undermine investor confidence in Hong Kong and erode its competitive advantages.The bill, which has generated unusually broad opposition at home and abroad, is due for a second round of debate on Wednesday in the city's 70-seat Legislative Council. The legislature is controlled by a pro-Beijing majority.SECURITY BLANKETSecurity was tight around the legislature building, with riot police deployed in some areas.
June 12, 2019 04:07 UTC
Smoke following the explosions in Syria is seen from the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights near the Israeli Syrian border July 19, 2018. REUTERS/Ronen ZvulunCAIRO – 12 June 2019: Syrian Air Defenses thwarted an Israeli attack on Tal al-Hara in southern Syria and shot down a number of them, Syrian state news agency SANA said early on Wednesday.Located in Daraa Governorate, Tal al-Hara is considered as a strategic hill overlooking the occupied Golan Heights.The missile attack resulted only in damage and Israel then conducted an "electronic war" in which radars were subjected to interference, SANA added.
June 12, 2019 00:00 UTC
Iranian authorities said on Tuesday that they had released Nizar Zakka, a Lebanese businessman arrested in Tehran in 2015 after being accused of spying for the US. Zakka, who is a permanent US resident based in Washington, arrived in Beirut on Tuesday evening. Zakka went on to say, however, that his release could serve to deescalate tensions between Tehran and Washington. Iranian media said Revolutionary Guard officers arrested Zakka for his alleged ties to US security services as he tried to depart the country. He denied the charges, while Iranian media portrayed him as a spy.
June 11, 2019 23:48 UTC
Tunisia's Naim Sliti celebrates scoring their first goal with team mates REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh(Reuters) - Tunisia enjoyed a perfect warm-up for the June 21-July 19 African Nations Cup after goals from Anice Badri and Naim Sliti helped them to a 2-1 win over 2018 World Cup runners-up Croatia in a friendly on Tuesday.The Tunisians dominated against an understrength Croatia whose coach Zlatko Dalic fielded several debutants in an unfamiliar 3-5-2 formation, which looked completely at sea against the visitors in Varazdin.Badri capped a flowing move in the 16th minute to fire Tunisia ahead and the African side could have led by a bigger margin at the interval but for some poor finishing and a pair of good saves by Croatia keeper Simon Sluga.Bruno Petkovic levelled early in the second half with his first international goal before substitute Sliti converted a 70th-minute penalty for Tunisia after Croatia captain Domagoj Vida handled the ball in front of goal.
June 11, 2019 20:48 UTC
Egyptian police - ReutersCAIRO - 11 June 2019: Egyptian authorities banned businessmen Salah Diab, owner of Al Masry al-youm newspaper, Mahmoud Abdel Ghaffar, former director of Petroleum pipelines company from traveling over a land-squatting investigation.The authorities have also banned businessmen, Mahmoud Yehia, and Abdel Salam Mustafa, former head of HSBC, from traveling as per the same investigation. The business tycoon face accusations of state lands –squatting, shifting the land from agricultural activities, selling the lands for high prices after turning them into resorts or hotels.The state has launched a firm crackdown on land-squatters for the financial losses they cause and the diminishing of Egypt’s agricultural wealth.
June 11, 2019 19:07 UTC
13th edition of Cairo International Biennial is set to open in August - Press photoCairo - 11 June 2019: The 13th edition of the Cairo International Biennial, organized by the Ministry of Culture of Egypt, has returned and will be open to the public until August 10. This is the second oldest artistic exhibition in the Middle East, which after eight years of interruption due to political instability returns with force, affirming a more stable Egypt with international leadership. The traditional designs of millenary tribes around the world work as a background. His academic training is in Audiovisual Media and 3D animation and creation, but painting has been in his blood since childhood. He is currently finalizing details for his thematic exhibition on Colombia that he will show this year, which he has been preparing for three years.
June 11, 2019 16:52 UTC
File photo – Pixabay/Hans Martin PaulCAIRO – 11 June 2019: A German young man shot on Tuesday Mahmoud Tawfiq, an Egyptian doctor, in German’s Aachen, causing him severe abdominal bleeding. Tawfiq was taken to a hospital for treatment, according to official reports.In an interview with Egypt Today, Badr Abdel Aati, Egypt’s ambassador in Berlin said that he personally communicated with the wounded Egyptian citizen, immediately after the accident took place, to check his health condition.The consular section at the embassy also contacted the relevant German authorities immediately after they knew about the incident, to follow up on procedures to arrest the perpetrator.Moreover, the Embassy and the Consulate General of Egypt in Frankfurt formally addressed the German authorities to follow up on the results of the investigations and the relevant legal proceedings, and to disclose the circumstances of the accident.Egyptian citizen Mahmoud Tawfiq thanked the Embassy and the Egyptian Ambassador for communicating with him and with the German authorities concerned.
June 11, 2019 16:41 UTC
Portugal vs Morocco - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 20, 2018 Morocco's Medhi Benatia gestures REUTERS/Maxim ShemetovCASABLANCA (Reuters) - Defender Medhi Benatia, who joined Qatari club Al Duhail from Juventus in January, was on Tuesday named captain of Morocco’s 23-man squad for the African Cup of Nations finals in Egypt this month.Coach Herve Renard cut four players from a preliminary list named last month as he settled on his selection for the tournament, which starts next week.Morocco are in Group D with the Ivory Coast, Namibia and South Africa.Benatia played just one game of the qualifying campaign for Morocco as he struggled for game time at the Italian champions, eventually leaving for Qatar in January.But Renard kept faith with the 32-year-old as he retained all but six of the 23-man squad from last year’s World Cup in Russia.Squad:Goalkeepers: Yassine Bounou (Girona), Mounir El Kajoui (Malaga), Ahmad Reda Tagnaouti (Wydad Casablanca)Defenders: Yunis Abdelhamid (Stade Reims), Medhi Benatia (Al Duhail), Manuel da Costa (Al Ittihad), Nabil Dirar (Fenerbahce), Achraf Hakimi (Borussia Dortmund), Noussair Mazraoui (Ajax Amsterdam), Romain Saiss (Wolverhampton Wanderers)Midfielders: Youssef Ait Bennasser (St Etienne), Younes Belhanda (Galatasaray), Mehdi Bourabia (Sassuolo), Mbark Boussoufa (Al Shabab), Karim El Ahmadi (Al Ittihad), Faycal Fajr (Caen), Hakim Ziyech (Ajax Amsterdam)Forwards: Nordin Amrabat (Al Nasr), Sofiane Boufal (Celta Vigo), Khalid Boutaib (Zamalek, Egypt), Youssef En-Nesyri (Leganes), Abderrazak Hamdallah (Al Nasr), Oussama Idrissi (AZ Alkmaar).
June 11, 2019 16:30 UTC
Traditional delicacies. A Syrian man work at a Syrian restaurant in 6 October City in Giza. Syrians invaded the commercial zones throughout Egypt and Alexandria. They bought and rented shops at high prices and in distinctive locations. President Sisi last year affirmed welcoming refugees “who all live [in Egypt] like Egyptians, without discrimination between us and them.” He addressed the Syrian refugees, saying that “Egypt is their country.”Egyptians and Syrians share many similar traditions, religious values and even the taste in food; Many Egyptians fell in love with the Syrian version of Shawarma which they have favored over the Shawarma they have been familiar with.Amid the recent allegations questioning the integrity of the Syrian investors, and calls to monitor their investments, many Egyptians including celebrities have launched campaigns to defend their Syrian “brothers,” including starting hashtag “Syrians are [welcomed] in Egypt.”
June 11, 2019 16:18 UTC
Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shokry (r) and U.S. Special Representative for Syria Engagement and Special Envoy for the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIL James Jeffrey in a meeting in Cairo, Egypt. June 11, 2019. Shokry affirmed that Egyptian endeavors aimed at bringing all Syrian parties together to push forward the political process will persist. The ministry also underlined that the political process must go in parallel with efforts deployed to combat terrorist and extremist organizations.Both officials exchanged views on possible mechanisms that may accelerate the political process and overcome the current inertia in accordance with the UN Security Council resolution no. The U.S. envoy expressed his country’s appreciation and support to the role played by Egypt to end the Syrian crisis, and to combat terrorism and extremism.
June 11, 2019 15:56 UTC
Minister of Communications Amr Talaat'TECH INVEST 3' to be held on June 11 CAIRO - 4 June 2019: The General Division of the Digital Economy and Technology of the General Federation of Chambers of Commerce will hold its annual conference TECH INVEST 3 on Tuesday, June 11, under the patronage of Minister of Communications and Information Technology Amr Talaat. CAIRO – 11 June 2019: The Sector of Information and Communication Technology recorded an average growth of 15 percent during the last nine months, exceeding the expected rate by 3 percent, according to the Communication Ministry.During the annual conference TECH INVEST 3, it was revealed that the ministry’s plan aims to build a strong base of young Egyptian trainees at the highest professional level and to support the strategy of artificial intelligence, Block Chain and cyber security.The plan targets facing the current challenges through using information technology, affirming that Egypt is able to become at the forefront of the world in the field of information technology by building a broad base of capabilities and skills.The Ministry of Communications is building eight complexes of creativity in eight different provinces, and it began to establish a digital academy providing 1000 hours of lectures by a number of specialized experts.This came during the inauguration of the annual conference TECH INVEST 3 on Tuesday held by the General Division of the Digital Economy and Technology of the General Federation of Chambers of Commerce, under the patronage of Minister of Communications and Information Technology Amr Talaat.The slogan of the annual conference is "Investing in Egypt's future digital economy”.
June 11, 2019 15:00 UTC
File- Tutankhamen bust. "We will stop this auction and get back Tutankhamen bust,"Waziri said. More recently Egypt has strengthened legislation in a bid to clamp down on the trade in illicit objects.It is not known when and where the Tutankhamen head was found; most probably it goes back to the 1960s. One, however, proved to be elusive; King Tutankhamen, whose resting place had yet to be found and who Egyptologists knew very little about.With the end of World War I, Carter made it his goal to be the first to uncover the tomb of Tutankhamen. Carter couldn’t have anticipated this finding in his wildest dreams.
June 11, 2019 14:37 UTC
Amina Khalil and Mohamed Salah - Instagram. CAIRO – 11 June 2019: Famed Egyptian actress Amina Khalil posted on her official Instagram account a new picture with iconic Egyptian football player and Liverpool star Mohamed Salah.“I had the honor,” she captioned the photo. Khalil’s hashtag on her photo with Salah became trend number 3 on Twitter. The photo was likedmore than 300, 000 times on Instagram. Khalil and Salah took this photo in El Gouna.Liverpool Egyptian winger, Salah, enjoyed his vacation in a private yacht at El Gouna, a resort on Egypt's Red Sea.Egypt Today publishes exclusive photos of the Egyptian star during his vacation.Salah returned to Egypt to spend Eidal Fitr vacation with his family in Negrig before heading to the national team camp.Salah led his team to win 2019 UEFA Champions League title after defeating Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 at the final.Salah opened the score for his team after two minutes from the penalty spot, while DivockOrigi added the second goal minutes before the final whistle to secure his team’s victory.Egypt's national team, led by Javier Aguirre, prepares to participate in 2019 African Cup of Nations at home between 21 June and 19 July.The tournament takes place with the participation of 24 teams in six groups for the first time in the history of the African competition.Egypt plays in Group A alongside the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda and Zimbabwe.
June 11, 2019 14:37 UTC
FILE - Cairo Opera House. CAIRO - 11 June 2019: Japan's international violinist Rio Gutu is set to participate alongside Maestro Ahmed Saidi, conductor of the Cairo Symphony Orchestra, in performances at the Opera House in Cairo and Alexandria on June 15 and 17.“This concert will be a great success, as Gutu has proved to be an important classical musician with a large and growing audience in Asia, North America and Europe,” said Saidi.“Rio has performed a concert in Egypt for the first time in 2015. His next concerts come within the framework of the Opera's celebrations of the 30th anniversary of its establishment,” concluded the Egyptian maestro.Gutu began his career at the age of seven when he first appeared at the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan. Since then, he has appeared as a soloist with many of the leading orchestras in the world and under the leadership of many famous maestros in many of the world's most prestigious places, such as the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, Philadelphia and New York Philharmonic and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra.In addition to his musical performances, Gutu plays an important role in the development of international cultural exchanges as well as community and educational activities around the world.
June 11, 2019 14:26 UTC
Alexandria port – Courtesy of the Alexandria port authorityALEXANDRIA, June 11 (MENA) - Spanish Ambassador in Cairo Ramon Gil-Casares and head of the Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport Ismail Abdel Ghaffar on Tuesday attended a ceremony receiving Spanish vessel Furor.Alexandria has been picked up to be the first international station for the Spanish ship to conduct naval drills with the Egyptian naval forces.Attending the ceremony also were senior officials of the academy.
June 11, 2019 14:15 UTC