Security sources said that the Ministry of Interior has developed a plan to secure the upcoming Eid al-Fitr holiday, especially with the expected travel of many citizens to the coastal cities to spend the holiday there because of the high temperature of the weather. The sources added that Interior Minister Magdy Abdel Ghaffar, instructed tightened security measures in the vicinity of important installations and police sites, in anticipation of any emergency. The plan includes increased security patrols and presence at public parks, archaeological sites, malls, cinemas and downtown Cairo to arrest law-breakers and to address the instances of sexual harassment. The present security forces will include bomb squads, according to the same sources. The Public Security Department was instructed to intensify the daily crackdowns and to expand the criminal and political suspicion circles in coordination with the other departments.
June 23, 2017 13:41 UTC
The breakdown in relations in the Middle East hasn’t deterred Qatar Airways, as it is looking to expand its portfolio by buying a stake in American Airlines. The surprise investment push by Qatar Airways was disclosed by American Airlines in a securities filing Thursday. “The proposed investment by Qatar Airways was not solicited by American Airlines and would in no way change the Company’s Board composition, governance, management or strategic direction,” said American Airlines in the filing. “Qatar Airways sees a strong investment opportunity in American Airlines,” the company said in a statement. Qatar Airways already owns substantial stakes in the parent company of British Airways and Aer Lingus.
“Critical Resistance”It’s uncertain whether the opening film of the 35th Munich Film Festival lives up to “Youth on the Move” and “Creative Resistance,” the central themes of this year’s cinema celebration. Unlike film festivals in Berlin and Saarbrücken, a lot of entertaining genre films are coming to the screen in Munich. “German cinema in 2017 renegotiates the will to get along in happy single/couple/family constellations in exceptional dramas, comedies, tragicomedies [that explore] bizarre dream worlds … pathologies and personality disorders,” states the festival website. The festival is also dedicating an homage to leading New German Cinema director Reinhard Hauff. The Munich Film Festival runs from June 22 to July 1.
The French government says it is going to stop granting new licenses for oil and gas exploration in France and its overseas territories, in a bid to fulfill one of President Emmanuel Macron’s campaign pledges.France is to stop granting new licences for oil and gas exploration on the mainland and in overseas territories, Environment Minister Nicolas Hulot said Friday. “There will be no new exploration licenses for hydrocarbons, we will pass the law this autumn,” Hulot said on French news channel BFMTV. President Emmanuel Macron said during his election campaign in February that he was opposed to exploration for gas and shale gas in mainland France. Macron even said he would like to see the exploitation of oil and gas halted altogether in France’s overseas territories, especially in French Guiana on the northeastern coast of South America. Hulot also added that diesel and petrol taxation would remain unchanged in the near future.
The chairman of FK Pirmasens has expressed anger over plans to include a Chinese under-20 national team in the south-western regional football league. Now, plans have emerged to stock up the 19-team division with a Chinese under-20 XI as part of an ongoing cooperation agreement between the German and Chinese football associations. "The phrase 'regional league' contains the word 'region.' Six teams have gone down and now the DFB (German football association) is bringing the Chinese national team in. The Regionalliga is still the fourth-highest football league in Germany on the brink of professional football.
June 23, 2017 13:18 UTC
The Egyptian Foreign Affairs Ministry official spokesperson Ahmed Abu Zeid asserted on Thursday that Egypt’s water security is non-negotiable, saying that it is considered a red line that no one can approach. The negotiations that are currently taking place in Uganda between Nile basin countries are aiming to decrease the negative impact of the Ethiopian Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam ‘GERD’ on the water security of countries such as Egypt and Sudan. In 2011, Ethiopia started construction on the Renaissance Dam over the Blue Nile River, one of the major sources of the water that forms the River Nile downstream. Egypt fears the dam will affect its historic Nile water share of 55 billion square meters, which it has had access to since the historic 1959 agreement with Sudan. Ethiopia, meanwhile, has reassured Cairo that its water share will not be affected.
June 23, 2017 12:45 UTC
Barely a century ago, the invention of photojournalism turned the press landscape upside down. A new exhibition at Berlin’s German Historical Museum reimagines a photographic revolution.A new exhibition at Berlin’s German Historical Museum titled “The Invention of Press Photography: From the Ullstein Collection 1894-1945,” shows how photography first appeared in newspapers and magazines at the turn of the 20th century – and rapidly boosted circulation. This was largely due to the images it displayed from renowned press photographers and picture agencies, photos that drew in readers from across the social spectrum. More generally, the exhibition shows how press photography represented a historical turning point in the development of the press in Germany and beyond – and was also front and center of documenting the coming turbulent times. “Photography changed the press landscape and thus our perception of reality,” wrote the German Historical Museum of the exhibition.
June 23, 2017 12:45 UTC
Turkey on Friday rejected a key demand by several Arab states involved in a major dispute with Qatar, saying Ankara has no plans to shut down its military base in the small Gulf country. Turkey has sided with Qatar in the dispute and its parliament has ratified legislation allowing the deployment of Turkish troops to the base. The move has left Qatar, whose only land border is shared with Saudi Arabia, under a de facto blockade by its neighbors. Saudi Arabia and other Sunni-led nations have accused Qatar of inappropriately close ties to Iran, a Shiite-led country and Saudi Arabia’s regional foe. The list also demands that Qatar stop funding a host of other news outlets including Arabi21 and Middle East Eye.
June 23, 2017 12:11 UTC
In an iftar on Wednesday evening, Batch 99 of the Police Academy celebrated with actor Amir Karara his Ramadan TV series “Kalabsh” which recounts the story of a police officer who has been subjected to injustice. The police officers carried Karara over their shoulders and expressed their appreciation to his role in the series. The series recounts the story of a police officer who was subjected to injustice by a businessman, politicians and some MPs who fabricated murder charges against him. Karara won the love of all police officers as the series is the only work of art which did not promote the police apparatus’s bad reputation, said one of the officers. Meanwhile, , Karara stressed that the series is not intended to beautify the image of the Ministry of the Interior, but to give an example of honest officers who treat people with respect.
June 23, 2017 11:03 UTC
The Interior Ministry said Thursday that seven persons were killed in an armed confrontation between terrorists and security forces in a Assiut desert raid, in Manfalut area (Upper Egypt). A statement from the ministry said that the clash with the armed criminals came during a raid that targeted fugitive terrorist elements involved in recent terrorist attacks, including attacks against Christians and churches in Alexandria, Gharbiya and Minya. Police had recived information that some of the terrorists were hiding in Western desert location in Giza, while some others were taking shelter in Upper Egypt governorates. The security forces targeted the terrorist at dawn, added the statement, and as soon as the terrorists felt the approach of the forces, they fired heavily, prompting them to deal the suspects a heavy blow, with several people killed who are now being identified. The Supreme State Security Prosecutor was informed to initiate the investigation and take legal action.
June 23, 2017 11:03 UTC
A powerful car bombing near the office of the provincial police chief in southwestern Pakistan on Friday killed 11 people and wounded 20, officials said. Wasim Beg, a spokesman at a government hospital, said the death toll from the bombing had risen to 11 throughout the morning. Pakistan and India routinely trade charges of interference and inciting attacks on one another’s soil. Jadhav, who Pakistan said had crossed into Baluchistan from neighboring Iran, was arrested in March 2016 and sentenced to death in April. In New Delhi, the Ministry of External Affairs insisted Jadhav was sentenced on “concocted charges” and expressed doubts about the existence of the petition for mercy.
June 23, 2017 10:41 UTC
Anti-fur protesters stormed on stage with Michael Kors in New York on Wednesday, briefly disrupting a ticketed event at which the US fashion mogul discussed his career, dressing Melania Trump and shutting stores. “Michael Kors has blood on his hands,” chanted the more than dozen protesters who marched through a darkened auditorium at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, shortly before security ushered Kors out. Once the protest was over, Kors was treated to a standing ovation after returning to the stage with former CNN journalist Alina Cho, who was conducting the interview. Among them is Melania Trump, who wore a tailored Michael Kors dress to greet Panama’s president and first lady on Monday. On May 31, the company released fourth quarter results showing that total revenue had slumped 11.2 percent to $1.06 billion.
June 23, 2017 10:30 UTC
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June 23, 2017 10:07 UTC
The Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins have given German forward Frederick Tiffels his first professional contract. Tiffels, who had been virtually unknown in Germany prior to last month’s Ice Hockey World Championship in Cologneand Paris, played his way into coach Marco Sturm’s squad through his performances in the training camp and pre-tournament friendlies. During the world championship, Tiffels took a regular shift for Germany, scoring two goals. Tiffels is expected to start the coming season with Pittsburgh’s American Hockey League affiliate, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. He is the second German player to join the Penguins organization, after Tom Kühnhackl, who was part of the NHL team that won the Stanley Cup the last two seasons running.
June 23, 2017 09:56 UTC
The Cabinet raised on Thursday the prices of subsidized sugar and oil by LE2 each from LE8 and LE12 to LE10 and LE14 respectively. The increase comes two days after President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi raised the individual’s share on ration cards by about LE30. If a family consists of 5 members, the fifth member’s share will only increase by LE4 in accordance to the new decision from LE21 to LE25. The LE4 increase allocated to fifth members on ration cards will cost the state LE3 billion a month, Meselhy said. The Cabinet approved on Thursday a law submitted by Sisi extending the state of emergency nationwide for 3 months starting July 10.
June 23, 2017 09:45 UTC