The Flag of The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia - File photoRIYADH - 21 October 2017: The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia expressed its strong condemnation of the terrorist attacks on security forces in Egypt's Giza and the attacks on two mosques in Afghanistan, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.An official at the Saudi Foreign Ministry offered condolences and sympathy to the families of the victims, the governments and people of the two countries. He wished the injured a quick recovery.Also, he reiterated the Kingdom's solidarity with Egypt and Afghanistan in their fight against terrorism and extremism.
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Minister of Tourism Yahya Rashid – File photoCAIRO – 20 October 2017: Italian travel agencies revealed this week that trips to Egypt's Sharm El-Sheikh, Luxor and Aswan are fully booked for October and November, according to Minister of Tourism Yahya Rashid.In coordination with the initiative, several promotion campaigns were launched in Italy. An Italian touristic exhibition titled "TTG," was held in Rimini, Italy. The exhibition showed a 3D documentary movie representing the most prominent touristic sites in Egypt.Another promotional campaign featured the well-known Italian footballer, Stephan al-Sha'arwy, to boost tourism in Egypt through banners around the Italian stadium. A promotional video also displayed on the stadium's four mega screens.The previous steps, taken by Italian government in cooperation with the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism, are paving the way for Italian tourists to come back to Egypt.The steps came in cooperation with the initiative launched by Pope Francis. He added that it is a land that encountered histories and civilization; he also passed on his blessing on Egyptians and prayed for Egypt’s protection from all sorts of evil and terrorism.Earlier this month, Rashid was meeting with tourism officials in Rome with the aim to promote the Holy Family’s Flight into Egypt as a significant pilgrimage destination.
October 20, 2017 21:00 UTC
Death toll from Afghanistan suicide bombings hits 72 - Press PhotoKABUL - 20 October 2017: The death toll from a suicide bombing at the Shiite Imam Zaman mosque mosque in western Kabul during Friday prayer has risen to 39, Sky News Arabia reported.In a separated attack, officials said at least 33 people were killed when a suicide bomber detonated explosives at a Sunni mosque in central Ghor Province.No group has so far claimed responsibility for either attack.
October 20, 2017 19:41 UTC
Paris Saint Germain’s Neymar celebrates scoring their third goal REUTERSCAIRO – 20 October 2017: Paris Saint Germain (PSG) manager Unai Emery revealed on Sunday what his player Neymar Jr. needs to improve to become PSG’s Messi.“He needs to be given time to adapt to his teammates and to our style of play. He needs to handle his opponents' aggression towards him. However, he has individual quality and talent,” Emery told press on Friday.Neymar joined PSG from Barcelona in summer 2017, and since then, he formed a great partnership with Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani that led PSG to top the French League table with 25 points from nine games.Emery added, “We are working with him with videos to look at what he can improve, how he can position himself better, work the transitions a bit better and stuff like that. He likes footwork. It is a process and it is certain that he will improve.”Neymar prepares with his team for his first “Classico”, when PSG travels to meet Marseille in their stadium, Vélodrome.
IS Flag - Press PhotoWASHINGTON - 20 October 2017: The United States on Friday congratulated the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces for the liberation of Raqqa from Daesh terror group.In a statement, the US State Department said "We congratulate the Syrian people and the Syrian Democratic Forces, including the Syrian Arab Coalition, on the liberation of Raqqa. The United States is proud to lead the 73-member Global Coalition that supported this effort, which has seen Daesh’s so-called caliphate crumble across Iraq and Syria. "In January, Daesh was actively plotting terrorist attacks against our allies and our homeland in Raqqa, the statement said, adding nine short months later, it is out of Daesh’s control due to critical decisions President Trump made to accelerate the campaign.Over the last seven months, millions of people have been liberated from [Daesh] ISIS’s brutal rule and working with our partners on the ground we are setting the conditions to enable people to return home, the statement added.On Tuesday, the Syria Democratic Forces said that they had seized the northern Syrian city of Raqqa from the Daesh group, a major blow to the militant group, which had long used the city as the de facto capital of its self-declared caliphate.
French soldiers prepare their armoured vehicles at the Relay Desert Platform Camp (PfDR) in Ansongo, Mali, October 15, 2017, during the regional anti-insurgent Operation Barkhane. "In the Sahel, France is deploying in a high-intensity environment, with tremendous support from the United States. We are immensely grateful for that support," French Defence Minister Florence Parly said in a speech at a Washington think tank monitored in Paris. "I would be happy if you could help spread the word in the Beltway," she said in a reference to the U.S. government.Still, discussion in Washington was focused more on what went wrong with the Niger operation. The U.N. wants to give support.
The law that Minister of Investment and International Cooperation Sahar Nasr, succeeded in passing this law represents a legislative breakthrough. I am certain that Egypt will be placed on the global investment map.There is no doubt that the economic conditions in Egypt have significantly affected large companies. Such challenges have led those entities to refrain from engaging in some projects, which resulted in significant market gaps in some sectors.On the other hand, this dilemma created multiple investment opportunities for small and medium-sized enterprises to explore new sectors. The decreased touristic returns have reduced job opportunities and resulted in low occupancy rates in hotels and air traffic. It will contribute to reducing travel costs and encourage tourist inflows to Egypt while increasing the availability of foreign currency.
October 20, 2017 19:18 UTC
More than 40 Daesh militants killed in Anbar - Press PhotoBAGHDAD - 20 October 2017: An Iraqi security source said that more than 40 Daesh militants were killed in a US-led coalition airstrike on a Daesh gathering in Iraq's Al Qa'im town in Al Anbar province, the Iraqi news agency reported Friday.Backed by Iraqi air forces and US-led coalition, the Iraqi forces carried out a military operation to liberate Al Qa'im town from Daesh militants.
October 20, 2017 19:07 UTC
Ahmad Al Mahmoud, the Second Secretary at the UAE’s Permanent Mission to the UN - Press PhotoABU DHABI - 20 October 2017: The UAE has reiterated its support for regional and international efforts to push the Middle East Peace Process forward, commending the adoption of UN Security Council resolution 2334 (2016), and the signing of the intra-Palestinian agreement on 12th October 2017 in Cairo as positives steps, WAM reported on Friday.At the United Nations Security Council’s Quarterly Open Debate on the Situation in the Middle East, the UAE also praised strongly Egypt's efforts in the reunification of the Palestinian People and in promoting stability in the region.In a statement delivered by Ahmad Al Mahmoud, the Second Secretary at the UAE’s Permanent Mission to the UN, the UAE stressed the importance of states respecting their obligations under international law and the UN Charter to prevent the spread of conflict. The UAE called for the international community to hold states that support and finance terrorism accountable, and to demonstrate zero tolerance for whomever offers assistance or safe-havens to terrorist groups.Al Mahmoud noted that despite the serious international efforts to achieve peace in the region, Israel continues to violate international laws and resolutions by expanding its illegal settlement activities.He stated that the illegal Israeli practices against the Palestinian people have resulted in the deterioration of the humanitarian, economic and social conditions in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, resulting in a situation which continues to be exploited by terrorist groups to spread extremism and violence in the Middle East, adding that this situation has hindered a two-state solution.The UAE emphasised the need to end the Israeli Occupation and to grant the Palestinian people their inalienable rights, including their right to establish an independent Palestinian State based on the June 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital, in accordance with all relevant international resolutions, the Arab Peace Initiative, and the Madrid Principles.Al Mahmoud stressed the importance of providing support to meet the needs of the Palestinian people, as well as empowering them to build their state and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. In this regard, he said that the UAE has provided additional contributions to the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East to enable the agency to deliver basic services for the Palestinian people, including nutrition, education and health. The UAE statement stressed the need to continue the work in order to reach a just and comprehensive solution to the Palestinian cause.The UAE reaffirmed its commitment to restoring stability to the region, highlighting that the absence of security in the region has caused a significant loss of life, displacement of people, and destruction of economic and social infrastructure.The UAE also reiterated its support for the UN’s efforts to bring peace to Libya, Syria, and Yemen, by negotiating comprehensive and political solutions, and noted that political solutions are the only way to restore stability in these countries.
Zamalek handball team – Filephoto-Superkora.footballCAIRO – 20 October 2017: Zamalek’s handball team secured its first victory in its opening in the Champions League campaign with a 38-24 win against Ivory Coast’s Red Star on Friday.The Whites ended the first-half 20-9 and were able to seal the game in the second half, extending their lead to 38-24.Al-Ahly’s and Zamalek’s handball teams flew on the same plane to Tunisia for the African Handball Champions League in Hammamet, Tunisia. The championship runs from October 20 to October 30.Zamalek plays in Group B along with Ivory Coast’s Red Star, Morocco’s Widad Smara, Libya’s Al-Ittihad and Gabon’s Phoenix.Al-Ahly plays in Group C alongside Libya’s, Congo’s HC OKA, Cameroon’s FANZ HB, and the host team, AS Hammamet.Zamalek’s next game will be against Al-Ittihad on Saturday, October 21, at 5 p.m. Cairo time. They will then face Phoenix and Widad Smara on October 23 and 24, respectively.It is worth mentioning that Al-Ahly are the African tournament’s title holder after they managed to beat Esperance 26-23 in the final of last season.Zamalek manager’s, Magdi Abo El Magd, chosen squad for the tournament consists of Hassan Yousri, Ahmed Al-Ahmar, Mohamed Abdel Salam, Hisham El-Sobki, Mustafa Tamer, Mostafa El Sayed, Karim Ayman, Ali Hisham, Mohamed Ali Abdel Muttalib, Yehia Khaled, Ali Hazem, Mohamed Ramadan, Alaa Emad, Mohamed Alaa, Mahmoud Khalil, Akram Yusri, Wissam Samy and Massoud Barkos.
US-led coalition announces liberation of Syria's Raqqa - Press PhotoWASHINGTON - 20 October 2017: The US-led coalition against Daesh said Friday that the capture of Daesh’s onetime Syria capital of Raqqa marked a turning point in the fight against the extremist group, effectively declaring an end to the military operation there.A US backed force known as the Syrian Democratic Forces, or SDF, has been clearing the final pockets of the resistance in the city since declaring victory over Daesh on Tuesday.Daesh's loss of Mosul and now Raqqah are turning points for the terrorist organization whose leaders grow ever more distant from a dwindling number of terrorist adherents, said the coalition in a statement.The battle for Raqqa began in June, with the SDF advancing on foot as US-led coalition airstrikes pummeled Daesh positions from above. "They fought tenaciously and with courage against an unprincipled enemy, taking great care to move the population trapped by Daesh away from the battle area and minimize civilian casualties," said Brig. Gen. Jonathan Braga, the coalition’s director of operations.
President Donald Trump - File PhotoWASHINGTON - 20 October 2017: President Donald Trump said on Friday he was considering tapping both current Federal Reserve Governor Jerome Powell and Stanford University economist John Taylor to serve in top posts at the U.S. central bank. "It is in my thinking, and I have a couple of other things in my thinking, but I like talent and they're both very talented people," Trump said in an interview with Fox Business Network when asked about the possibility of having one serve as Fed chair and the other as a vice chair. "It's a hard decision."
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Amr Waked - File PhotoCAIRO- 20 October- 2017: Famous Egyptian actor Amr Waked will start filming “Ebtasem Enta fe Masr” (Cheer Up, You Are in Egypt) in the next few days.“I am proud with this experience because it will achieve two goals for me. The first is that it will contribute to the promotion of tourism to Egypt, through the scenes that will be included in the film in many coastal and archaeological areas. The second is that it will impress my fans, who love cinema,” said Waked.The film is the first Egyptian-Russian joint production and is a return to Egyptian cinema in Russia after a long absence since the late director Youssef Chahine presented the film “El Nas w el Nile” (People and the Nile) in collaboration with Russia in 1964. The story depicts the story of four Russian women traveling to Egypt in search of safety following the disintegration of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s.
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Renewable energy plants- ReutersCAIRO – 20 October 2017: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) announced financial support to Africa’s largest solar plant in Aswan, according to a statement by the EBRD.A total of $335 million worth of funds from the EBRD, the Green Climate Fund (GCF), the Islamic Development Bank, the Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD) and the Dutch Development Bank (FMO) will be shelled out to the new solar planet power in Aswan.Publicly dubbed as the “new solar power city,” Egypt’s largest solar plant costs about LE 40 billion ($2.3 billion) and will expectedly open up 6,000 job opportunities.“This first investment with the EBRD under our Egypt Renewable Energy Financing Framework project is a big step forwards. It shows the potential for public and private climate finance to drive the low emission energy transition in support of Egypt’s climate goals,” Ayaan Adam, private sector facility director at Green Climate Fund said.Work for the 2,000 megawatt (MW) solar power plant has already started back in 2015. Four main stations of the plant are already completed.Harry Boyd-Carpenter, EBRD’s head of power and energy utilities, said, “we are delighted to support today the largest solar portfolio in Egypt's feed-in-tariff scheme and to work again with Scatec Solar.”“With this program, the government of Egypt is making important steps towards accessing clean and low-cost electricity to drive development and economic prosperity.Scatec Solar and partners are making significant investments and making a long-term commitment to Egypt,’’ said Raymond Carlsen, CEO of Scatec Solar.The massive national project will be inaugurated by 2018 and aims to ease the electricity shortages and achieve Egypt’s self-sufficiency in the energy sector.
October 20, 2017 16:52 UTC
I Feel Like A Woman" and seniors doing hip-hop in blonde wigs and black leggings to Bruno Mars' Uptown Funk. "Hollywood thinks youth," purrs Ms Senior District of Columbia Frances Curtis Johnson, 68, a community activist and executive assistant, who has no intention of retiring until at least 70. "I think the word pageant scares some people away because they say 'oh no it's a beauty pageant' but it's much, much more than that," she told AFP. "Ms Senior America 2017's ambition? Slade Harden says she wants to put the pageant on the map and do more to help local communities.But when it comes to her crown, her family has just one ask.
October 20, 2017 16:07 UTC