"We will wait and see," he told AFP.The rebels' Abdelsalam told AFP his group was "bound by an agreement".US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was upbeat, saying "peace is possible". "The work ahead will not be easy, but we have seen what many considered improbable begin to take shape," he said in a statement. "Analysts said the Rimbo talks progressed better than anticipated, two years after the last negotiations hosted by Kuwait in 2016 collapsed with no breakthrough after three months. "The Sweden talks have achieved more than anyone expected," the International Crisis Group told AFP. "We have heard a different tone from the government of Yemen in these talks, and US pressure has clearly focused minds in the Gulf.
December 14, 2018 02:26 UTC
FILE PHOTO: Keith Richards and Charlie Watts of the Rolling Stones perform during a concert at Friends Arena in Stockholm, Sweden, October 12, 2017. LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Keith Richards, the hard-partying lead guitarist of the Rolling Stones, has quit drinking - almost - saying he “just got fed up with it.”“It’s been about a year now,” Richards told Rolling Stone magazine in an interview. Just like all the other stuff,” he told the magazine, referring to his past addiction to cocaine, heroin and other hard drugs. Richards has said he quit drugs after a 1977 arrest in Canada for heroin possession.Bandmate Ron Wood, who battled alcoholism for years, said Richards was easier to work with since giving up drink.“Much more mellow. The cutoff point became shorter and shorter, you know, and he realized that,” Wood added.The Rolling Stones will launch their next North American tour in April.
December 13, 2018 20:26 UTC
Janet Jackson - Reuters. LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Janet Jackson finally won her place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Thursday when the pop singer was named as one of seven music acts to be getting a place in music history.Jackson, 52, the younger sister of the late Michael Jackson, will join Fleetwood Mac singer Stevie Nicks and five British bands - Def Leppard, Roxy Music, Radiohead, The Cure and The Zombies - as the latest inductees, the Rock Hall announced.Billboard magazine said it was the biggest British line-up in the 33-year history of the Cleveland-based Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.Janet Jackson, a five time Grammy Award winner, had been nominated twice previously, but never made the cut with the 1,000 artists, historians and members of the music industry who select the inductees.“We did it u guys. Thank U for all your love and support,” Jackson tweeted on Thursday.Nicks, 70, a two-time Grammy winner known for her haunting vocal style, was inducted into the Hall 20 years ago as a member of the popular 1970s group Fleetwood Mac. She will be inducted this time for her solo career.All seven acts will be formally inducted at a ceremony in Brooklyn, New York on March 29. Artists must have released their first recording at least 25 years ago to be eligible for induction.“What a way to wrap up an incredible year,” tweeted Glam metal band Def Leppard, which formed in 1977 in northern England and toured North America and the UK in 2018.The Zombies, formed near London in 1961 and best known for their hit singles “She’s Not There,” and “Time of the Season,” were part of the British invasion of pop music that made it big in the United States in the 1960s along with The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and The Kinks.“I know it’s fashionable in some circles to say, ‘I don’t mind whether I get into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame or not,’ but that is not how I’ve ever felt,” Zombies co-founder Rod Argent posted on the band’s Instagram account.
December 13, 2018 18:33 UTC
Soccer Football - La Liga Santander - SD Huesca v Real Madrid - Estadio El Alcoraz, Huesca, Spain - December 9, 2018 Real Madrid players pose for a team group photo before the match REUTERS/Vincent WestMADRID, Dec 13 (Reuters) - Real Madrid will be hoping to exercise a few ghosts in the Copa del Rey last 16 after they were drawn to face local rivals Leganes on Thursday.The small side from southern Madrid caused a huge upset as they knocked Real out of the competition at the quarter-final stage last season, winning 2-1 at the Bernabeu -- their first ever victory at the stadium -- to advance on away goals after the first leg had finished 1-0 to Real.Elsewhere Atletico Madrid will face Girona, a side coach Diego Simeone has never beaten, drawing all three meetings with the Catalans in his seven years at the helm.Holders Barcelona will face Levante, while Athletic Bilbao take on Sevilla in the pick of the round.The draw in full: Real Madrid v Leganes, Getafe v Valladolid, Betis v Real Sociedad, Levante v Barcelona, Athletic v Sevilla, Sporting v Valencia, Girona v Atletico Madrid, Villarreal v Espanyol.The first legs will be played on 9 January and the returns a week later on 16th.
December 13, 2018 16:41 UTC
AFP / KARIM JAAFARA "majority" of football federations support increasing the number of teams playing at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar from 32 to 48, FIFA president Gianni Infantino said in Doha on Thursday.Speaking at a press conference after a three-day FIFA summit in the Qatari capital, Infantino said the idea had widespread backing from associations across the globe. "We will see," he said. "So far, of course the majority is in favour because 16 more teams to participate, not only means 16 more countries with World Cup fever but also 15 or 16 more countries being able to dream. "Is it feasible or not, that's the question? "FIFA has said it will make its final decision in March after the completion of a feasibility study.He said that is open to the idea of a 48-team World Cup.Any decision to extend the tournament would be faced by logistical and political problems.The 2022 World Cup, the first in the Middle East, will take place over 28 days not the usual 32, as in Russia earlier this year.Infantino confirmed that changing the number of days is not a possibility in Qatar, so one option would be to host tournament games across the region.But that is complicated by Qatar being at the centre of the worst diplomatic crisis to hit the Gulf in years.Since June 2017, it has been politically and economically isolated by neighbouring former allies, including Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.They accuse Qatar of supporting terrorism and being too close to Iran.Doha says its rivals are seeking regime change in Qatar.Asked if he had held specific conversations with Qatari organisers or political leaders about holding some games in Saudi Arabia, Infantino said: "We discuss about everything but we didn't decide on anything concrete yet."
December 13, 2018 16:30 UTC
EFAرسمياً .. مصر تتقدم بطلب لتنظيم الأمم الأفريقية 🏆🇪🇬تقدم الاتحاد المصري لكرة القدم رسمياً بطلب إلى الاتحاد الأفريقي لكرة القدم لتنظيم بطولة الأمم الأفريقية المقرر اقامتها في شهر يونيو المقبل. pic.twitter.com/DvxP7KzU5U — EFA.eg (@EFA) December 13, 2018CAIRO – 13 December 2018: The Egyptian Football Association (EFA), headed by Hany Abu Reida, sent an official letter to the Confederation of African Football (CAF), requesting the organization and hosting of the 2019 African Nations Cup.“We’ve sent an official letter to the CAF after Morocco’s decision not to bid,” Magdy Abdel Ghany, EFA member said.“Egypt is capable of hosting the African tournament; but sending the request doesn’t mean that we will host the championship,” Abdel Ghany added.EFA’s official account on Twitter announced the decision right after Magdy Abdel Ghany’s talks.According to Egypt Today sources, Egypt will bid for hosting AFCON with six stadiums which will be, Cairo, Air Defense, Borg el-Arab, Suez, Ismailia and Aswan.Youth and Sports minister, Ashraf Sobhy, earlier assured that Egypt is ready to host the 2019 AFCON but before any decision, EFA shall reach an agreement with CAF.CAF has announced the withdrawal of the African Nations Cup from Cameroon, because of the lack of preparations including check security, infrastructure, stadiums and accommodation.CAF will announce the hosting country next January during the CAF Best Player ceremony.AFCON starts on June 15 and lasts till July 13; it includes 24 teams divided on six groups for the first time in history.Egypt hosted AFCON four times before in 1957, 1974, 1986 and 2006.
December 13, 2018 15:56 UTC
According to Gamal el-Din, the fourth phase is set to be inaugurated in July 2019, after which commuters will be able to use it to reach Cairo International Airport. It comprises 10 stations with a total length of 15.8 km.Commuters used to stop at Attaba station in the second line and then take another means of transportation, like microbuses, to go to Heliopolis. The project will save up to LE 2.72 billion a year overall.The third phase of the third metro line will connect the working-class districts of Attaba, Bulaq and Imbaba with Cairo University in Giza. The phase will also pass through well-off neighborhoods like Zamalek, Mohandiseen and Agouza. The construction work on the 18-kilometer phase officially started in 2017; it includes 15 stops, including Zamalek.
December 13, 2018 15:56 UTC
A ship transiting through the Suez Canal - Photo courtesy of SCACAIRO, Dec 13 (MENA) - Andrey Slepnev, the director of the Russian Export Center Group, plans to open offices in 17 countries, including Egypt, next year.The 17 countries include South Africa, Vietnam, India, China, Singapore, Iran, Turkey, the UAE, Italy, France, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Belarus and FinlandThe measure is meant to boost Russian exports to these markets, he said in statement to MENA before leaving Egypt late Wednesday.Meanwhile, he hailed the development of the Suez Canal Zone which is vital for the global logistic infrastructure as it links European, African and Asian markets.He said developing the Suez Canal Zone and establishing an adjacent logistic center will help save time and cost of cargo transportation across the world.He noted that a Russian business team which visited Egypt over the past two days to attend Russian-African cooperation talks aimed at having direct contact between Russian exporters and potential African partners.The Russian team sought to clinch agreements for exporting Russian products to Egypt and other African states, he said.He noted that the government's investment in the first stage of the Russian industrial zone in the Suez Canal Zone is estimated at dlrs 190 million.He quoted Russian Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov as saying that the total Russian investments in the zone are expected to hit dlrs 7 billion.
December 13, 2018 15:22 UTC
Red Sea Governor Ahmed Abdullah opened a museum to showcase sealife in the Red Sea, on Wednesday, according to a statement by the Hurghada Environmental Protection & Conservation Association. The museum will also demonstrate the human, cultural and biological diversity of the governorate, the statement added. The museum’s third section showcases a variety of marine and wild creatures, while the third focuses on the marine ecosystem, and its relationship to the land. The museum’s fifth section presents rare creatures from the governorate and the sea. The museum will also aim to help researchers conduct environmental studies in the Red Sea, and its distinctive marine creatures.
December 13, 2018 15:22 UTC
One member of parliament, Tordai Bence, filmed himself demanding answers from an awkward-looking Orban over the new overtime laws. Shortly after the vote, around 2,000 people marched through Budapest — some waving EU flags — and converged on the steps of the parliament. “It is no surprise though, it fits well into the series of measures taken by the Hungarian government to erode rule of law in Hungary,” he added. Earlier this year, the European Parliament took the unprecedented decision to trigger Article 7 — a disciplinary process — against Hungary over its erosion of democratic norms that spanned everything from the media to migrants. The move came on the heels of Hungary’s “Stop Soros” law — named after the billionaire philanthropist and well-known Orban foe George Soros — which banned nongovernmental organizations from assisting undocumented migrants.
December 13, 2018 15:22 UTC
FILE - Minister of Trade and Industry Amr NassarCAIRO, Dec 13 (MENA) - Minister of Trade and Industry Amr Nassar announced on Thursday the formation of an Egyptian-Angolan working team to outline bilateral cooperation mechanisms and begin the implementation of joint economic, industrial and investment projects as soon as possible.The minister's statements came during a meeting with Angolan Trade Minister Jofre Van-Dúnem Júnior to discuss cooperation between the two countries in the presence of Angolan Ambassador to Egypt Antonio de Costa.Nassar said the Egyptian government's future plan focuses on achieving economic integration and partnership with African countries.He said the intensive presence of African trade ministers at the seventh meeting on the Continental Free Trade Area ( CFTA) reflected the interest of African states in CFTA and the liberalization of inter-African trade exchange to achieve the joint interests of the continent.Minister Nassar expressed his ministry's keenness on supporting industrial development in Africa through the implementation of industrial projects in African states.For his part, the Angolan minister expressed his country's keenness on boosting economic cooperation with Egypt, referring to the possibility of establishing joint Egyptian-Angolan projects in the logistic centers domain to boost trade movement between Egypt and African countries.
December 13, 2018 15:11 UTC
Ministers partake in a Cabinet meeting - Press PhotoCAIRO, Dec 13 (MENA) - All economic indicators in 2018 showed a tangible improvement, according to the media center of the cabinet on Thursday.Economic growth rose from 4.2% to 5.3% during the 2017/2018 fiscal year while unemployment rate declined from 12% to 9.9%.Also, annual inflation rate went down from 26% to 15.7% and the budget deficit declined from 10.9% to 9.8%.Cash reserves rose from 36.7 billion dollars to 44.5 billion dollars, according to the center.Suez Canal revenues increased from 4.9 to 5.7 billion dollars, it said.
December 13, 2018 15:11 UTC
FILE - Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-SisiEgypt approves $1.5M loan from AfDB CAIRO - 18 March 2018: Egypt's Cabinet approved Sunday a $1.5 African Development Bank (AfDB) loan to construct the sewage station's project in Abu Rawash with a capacity of 1.2 million cubic meters per day, Minister of Housing Mustafa Madboli said. CAIRO – 13 December 2018: President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi issued two decrees Dec. 13 approving two loan agreements between Egypt and the African development Bank (AFDB) for the Sustainable Development of Abu Rawash Water Treatment, Sewage Treatment and Sanitation projects.Sisi issued decree No. 178 of 2018 approving a loan agreement with the African Development Bank for the Sustainable Development of Abu Rawash Water Treatment and Sewage Treatment Project for $100 million.He also issued decree No. 179 of 2018 approving a loan agreement between Egypt and the African Development Bank on behalf of the Africa Fund for the sustainable development of Abu Rawash Water Treatment and Sanitation Project by $5 million.Both agreements were signed on February 2, with the reservation subject to ratification.In March, Minister of Housing Mustafa Madboli said that Egypt’s Cabinet approved a $1.5 African Development Bank (AfDB) loan to construct the sewage station’s project in Abu Rawash with a capacity of 1.2 million cubic meters per day.
December 13, 2018 15:08 UTC
The BBC awarded on Friday Egypt footballer and Liverpool star Mohamed Salah the Best Player in Africa award for 2018 for the second year in a row. Salah is the first Arab player who garnered the BBC Best African Player award for two years in a row, and the second African player to garner the award for two consecutive years after Nigerian Jay-Jay Okocha in 2003 and 2004. He is the third Egyptian football player to garner the award after Mohamed Barakat in 2005 and Mohamed Aboutrika in 2008. Salah is contesting for the African Football Confederation (CAF) award for the best player of the year 2018, which will be announced on January 8 in the Senegalese capital Dakar. Salah also finished third in the 2018 European Footballer of the Year list by the European Football Federation (UEFA).
December 13, 2018 15:00 UTC
Danish Photographer Andreas Hvid with his girl friend allegedly atop of Giza Pyramid - screenshot of videoAdditional reporting by Egypt Today StaffCAIRO - 13 December 2018: Egypt's Ministry of Interior arrested a camel driver and another girl accused of helping two Danish tourists climb the Great Pyramid of Giza. The 33 year old Danish photographer reached Egypt on November 19 and left on December 4, according to the investigation.The camel driver, who works in the archaeological area, is accused of helping the two tourists on November 29 to climb the Great Pyramid for LE 4,000 ($223.3). He added that he is now very upset as some people are mad at him.Hvid said he attempted to climb the pyramid with a Norwegian friend twice. He said he and another Danish friend took a different route away from the guards, and waited until tourists left the Pyramid. Pyramid of Khufu, Pyramid of Cheops).
December 13, 2018 15:00 UTC