Egypt's Arab League chief, Al-Azhar condemn Mogadishu terrorist attack

A security officer from Doorbin Hotel assesses the debris after a suicide car explosion in front of the hotel in Mogadishu, Somalia February 24, 2018 / ReutersCAIRO - 24 February 2018: Secretary-General of the Arab League Ahmed Abul Gheit condemned Friday terrorist attack that was launched by al Shabab group, leaving 45 Somali people dead and dozens others injured.In a statement on Saturday, the Arab League chief said that such terrorist operations represent a desperate attempt aiming to spread horror among the people and undermine the tireless efforts of the Somali government backed by regional and international support to restore stability.Abul Gheit offered his heartfelt condolences to the Somali government and families of the victims, wishing the injured a speedy recovery.Spokesman for the Arab League chief Mahmoud Afifi reiterated the AL's solidarity with the Somali government in its efforts aimed at boosting development and performance of the state's institutions and combating terrorism.On Friday evening, two car bombings targeted the presidential palace and other governmental headquarters in Mogadishu, killing 45 people and injuring dozens others.On the same context, Egypt's Mufti Shawki Allam also strongly condemned the bloody terrorist attack, according to a statement issued by Al-Azhar on Saturday.Allam stressed that the Islamic Shariaa (Islamic law) prohibits attacking people by all means, adding that the terrorist groups seek spreading destruction everywhere and destabilizing countries.He further offered his heartfelt condolences to the Somali leadership, government and people, wishing a speedy recovery for the injured.Meanwhile, Qaeda-affiliated al Shabaab terrorist group claimed responsibility for the terrorist attacks.

Source:Egypt Today

February 24, 2018 12:56 UTC

Qatar to lose 2022 World cup hosting rights to either UK or U.S.: report

Qatar 2022 logo - CC via WikimediaFIFA president Sepp Blatter hands over the World Cup trophy to then emir of Qatar Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani and his wife Chair in Zurich. FILE: Mounting risk of World Cup built on abuse as Qatar fails to deliver reforms - Amnesty International WebsiteCAIRO – 24 February 2018: Qatar will most likely lose the 2022 World Cup hosting rights; the World’s most prestigious tournament would be relocated to either England or the United States of America, according to German Focus.The Focus report, issued on Friday, contended that FIFA will make its final decision on the venue of the World Cup at the end of the month, citing that “the organization of the World Cup to Qatar lacks integrity.”Due to the overwhelming humidity and heat and the continuing negligence by Qatari authorities, thousands of Qatar-based migrant workers’ lives are at risk, according to a statement made in late September by Human Rights Watch (HRW).The statement also cites Humidex’s report last summer on the intolerable weather conditions faced by the migrant workers at the 2022 World Cup venues and the construction sites, and who primarily come from Asian and African countries.Of 520 labor deaths, 385 were from Bangladesh, India and Nepal, and those deaths were "neither explained nor investigated,” according to HRW, who urged FIFA to pressure the authorities to protect up to a million migrant workers.Nicholas McGeehan, researcher at HRW, said that FIFA’s 2022 World Cup organizing committee and Qatari authorities deliberately “obscure the underlying cause of deaths and make it impossible to determine whether [the workers’ deaths] may be related to working conditions, such as heat stress,” accusing them of “willful abdication of responsibility,” the Guardian reported Wednesday.The extreme climate in the Gulf, measured against the Wet Bulb Global Temperature and the Humidex system, makes working at almost any time of day or night in July, August and the first half of September dangerous, McGeehan said.A few weeks before the holding of the German Federal elections, German chancellor and current presidential candidate, said during the final debate with her rival Martin Schulz that she does not approve of Qatar hosting the 2022 World Cup.The German chancellor has denounced Qatar's hosting rights of the 2022 World Cup after it was internationally recognized as a state that harbors and sponsors terrorism.Also, amid allegations of FIFA being involved in bribery scandals to pave the way for Qatar to host the 2022 World Cup, the Guardian reported in November that a senior FIFA official took at least $1m in bribes to vote for Qatar to host the 2022 World Cup, a witness testified in court on Tuesday.Julio Grondona, a senior vice-president at FIFA and former head of the Argentinean football association, allegedly told the witness, Alejandro Burzaco, an Argentinean sports marketing executive, that he was owed the money in exchange for his vote, which helped Qatar secure the tournament.Since June 2017, The tiny emirate has been facing a complete boycott by Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain for reconciliation over siding with Iran and sponsoring terrorist figures and groups that are proven to be responsible for carrying out terrorist attacks in the region.Since then, Qatar has resisted conciliation attempts and has not shown any effort in disassociating itself from the terrorist groups that the quartet claims are harbored and financially supported by Doha.

Source:Egypt Today

February 24, 2018 11:00 UTC

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