UEFA president Michel Platini in the stands. Action Images via Reuters / Carl Recine LivepicPARIS (Reuters) - Michel Platini, the former head of European football association UEFA, was detained and questioned by French police on Tuesday over the awarding of the World Cup to Qatar, a French judicial source confirmed to Reuters.The detention and questioning of the former French soccer star was first reported by French investigative website Mediapart and Le Monde newspaper.Prosecutors are investigation suspected corruption and bribery in the process of awarding the 2022 World Cup to Gulf emirate of Qatar.
June 18, 2019 08:48 UTC
Barclays Premier League - Stamford Bridge - 31/10/15 Former Chelsea player Frank Lampard Reuters / Philip Brown(Reuters) - Derby County boss Frank Lampard would find it hard to say no to Chelsea if they offered him the manager’s job, his uncle Harry Redknapp has told the BBC.Lampard, who spent 13 trophy-laden years as a player at Chelsea, guided Derby to the Championship (second-tier) playoff final in his first season in management, where they lost out to Aston Villa.The 40-year-old has emerged as the favourite to replace Maurizio Sarri at the Premier League club after the Italian joined Serie A champions Juventus on Sunday.“In my personal opinion, he’ll be the manager of Chelsea. It looks to me like it’s going to happen,” Redknapp, who has managed several English clubs including West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur, told BBC Radio 5 Live.“If Chelsea come calling, it’s a difficult one for him to turn down. He’s a true legend at Chelsea, one of the greatest players in the club’s history.“It may not come along again, you never know in football, the opportunity is there for him to go back now.”
June 18, 2019 08:15 UTC
Chile's Alexis Sanchez celebrates scoring their third goal against Japan in their 2019 Copa America Group C match at Morumbi Stadium in Sao Paulo. ReutersSAO PAULO (Reuters) - Chile began their Copa America defence in emphatic fashion with a thumping 4-0 win over tournament guests Japan on Monday with Manchester United misfit Alexis Sanchez scoring for the first time in five months.The 2015 and 2016 Copa champions took the lead late in the first half with a towering header from midfielder Erick Pulgar.Journeyman striker Eduardo Vargas then continued his remarkable consistency for his country by scoring at a fourth consecutive major tournament and doubling Chile’s lead in the 54th minute with the help of a deflection.Sanchez made it 3-0 with a diving header from close range in the 82nd minute, Chile’s all-time top scorer punching the air in delight after enduring a frustrating season with United compounded by a knee injury suffered in March.A minute later Sanchez laid on a pass for Vargas to score again, a classy chip which saw him become Chile’s top scorer in the Copa America (12) and replace Marcelo Salas as the country’s second all-time leading scorer behind Sanchez.Sanchez said he had come through one of the worst periods of his career recently.“For six weeks I felt worse than I ever have before,” he told reporters. “I struggled in the first half as I felt stifled but in the second half I was more relaxed and played with more freedom and excitement.”The win put Chile joint top of Group C with Uruguay, who hammered Ecuador 4-0 on Sunday.Japan, one of two guests in the South American championship alongside Qatar, were fielding a largely young and inexperienced side which suggests they are using the tournament as a testing ground for players ahead of next year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo.Striker Ayase Ueda missed a great chance to equalise in the first half while new Real Madrid signing Takefusa Kubo missed the target late in the game when the goal was gaping.Chile are considered outsiders to win the tournament after a downturn in form and results which led to them failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.But Sanchez said they were now on the right track.“I think we have improved as a team since 2015 in defending and getting on the attack quickly,” he added.“We’ve won a very difficult game and now we have to think about our next one.”Chile meet Ecuador on Friday after Japan face Uruguay on Thursday.
June 18, 2019 02:03 UTC
On April 23, 2016, ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, sits inside a defendants cage in a makeshift courtroom at the national police academy, in an eastern suburb of Cairo, Egypt. Human Rights Watch had documented that the Egyptian government isolated Morsy for years and showed complete contempt for his rights as a prisoner. The United Nations Human Rights Council, whose next session begins on June 24, should establish an investigation into ongoing gross violations of human rights in Egypt, including widespread ill-treatment in prisons and Morsy’s death. Morsy’s family told Human Rights Watch that they were able to see him in prison only three times in the ensuing six years. Human Rights Watch concluded that the proceedings against Morsy failed to meet basic measures of due process and appeared to be politically motivated.
June 18, 2019 00:33 UTC
US to send more troops to Middle East amid Iran tensions. ReutersWASHINGTON, June 18 (MENA) - The Pentagon announced that the US will send 1,000 additional US forces and more military resources to the Middle East amid tensions with Iran, CNN reported. "The recent Iranian attacks validate the reliable, credible intelligence we have received on hostile behavior by Iranian forces and their proxy groups that threaten United States personnel and interests across the region," Shanahan said, adding that the "United States does not seek conflict with Iran. The US attributes the attack to Iran.Tehran has vigorously denied the charge. "One US official said the deployment will include intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft and missile defense for force protection.
June 17, 2019 22:30 UTC
Prosecutor General Nabil Sadek during his speech at the the Middle East and North Africa Conference to counter terrorism - Press PhotoCAIRO - 17 June 2019: Egypt’s Attorney General Nabil Sadek said in a statement on Monday that recent injuries were found on the body of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Morsi.Here is the full Prosecution Office's statement:" Statement by the Public ProsecutorThe Public Prosecution has been notified today, Monday 17th June 2019, of the death of Mohammed Morsi Al-Ayyat as he was attending a court session relating to criminal case no. 56458/2013 of Nasr City 1st Precinct.During the session and following the defense of the 2nd and 3rd defendants, the deceased demanded to speak. The court allowed him to do so and he spoke for five minutes after which the court was adjourned for deliberation.While the defendant Mohammed Morsi Al-Ayyat and the other defendants were in the dock, he fainted and fell to the ground and was immediately taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.The preliminary medical report stated that the superficial medical examination had found no blood pressure or pulse or breathing, and that his pupils were dilated and not responsive to light or external stimuli, and that he was dead on arrival at 4:50 pm.There were no visible, recent external injuries on the body of the deceased.The public prosecutor Nabil Ahmad Sadiq ordered a team from the Public Prosecution and the Higher State Security Prosecution office and the South Cairo Prosecution office to inspect the body of the deceased and to confiscate the cameras present in the courtroom and the defendants’ dock and to question those present with him at that time.The public prosecution also demanded the medical file relating to the treatment of the deceased and the setting up of a committee of forensics led by the Head of Forensics and the Director of the Forensic Department to prepare a report on the causes of death ahead of issuing the burial permission.The Public Prosecutor will issue further statements when appropriate."
June 17, 2019 21:56 UTC
56458 of 2013 at the first Nasr City criminal court,” the statement said, adding “During the trial and after the defense lawyer of the first and second defendants ended his argument, Morsi asked to speak and he was allowed for five minutes by the court. Also, the medical report of Morsi’s condition was impounded.A high committee of forensic physicians was tasked to examine the body to prepare a forensic report on the causes of death for the burial permit, the statement said.Since 2013, Morsi was being prosecuted in custody as he was facing several charges, including espionage, killing protesters, prison escape, and judiciary insult.In 2015, Morsi was sentenced to death in the jailbreak lawsuit. A year later, the sentence was cancelled by the Court of Cassation. In 2017, Morsi was handed three years in prison for judiciary insult.In 2016, Morsi was given a life sentence in an espionage lawsuit as he was charged with spying for Qatar. A year later, the sentence was upheld by the Court of Cassation.Morsi was also serving a final 20-year prison sentence for killing protesters.
June 17, 2019 21:45 UTC
FILE - Former President Mohamed MorsiCAIRO - 17 June 2019: Mohamed Morsi, leader of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group who died on Monday, had been treated properly and legally inside prison, and had received the required medical care, a source told Egypt Today.The source said that the health condition of Morsi had been checked periodically by doctors.Morsi died on Monday in court after the conclusion of a trial session as he was charged of espionage for Hamas.Morsi had asked to talk and the judge gave him the permission, as reported by Extra News.After the trial session was over, Morsi passed out in court, and later died. The body was transferred to the hospital and the necessary procedures are being finalized.Since 2013, Morsi was being prosecuted in custody as he was facing several charges, including espionage, killing protesters, prison escape, and judiciary insult.In 2015, Morsi was sentenced to death in the jailbreak lawsuit. A year later, the sentence was cancelled by the Court of Cassation. In 2017, Morsi was handed three years in prison for judiciary insult.In 2016, Morsi was given a life sentence in an espionage lawsuit as he was charged of spying for Qatar. A year later, the sentence was upheld by the Court of Cassation.Morsi was also serving a final 20-year prison sentence for killing protesters.
June 17, 2019 17:03 UTC
File- Samuel Eto'o and Fernando Morientes17 June 2019 – Cairo, Egypt:Spanish LaLiga brings to Egypt its renowned LaLiga Space, the largest event of its kind in the Middle East, between the 20th – 22nd of June.More importantly, the event's press conference is expected to host two of Spain’s biggest football stars and LaLiga ambassadors; Samuel Eto’o and Fernando Morientes.Hosted by Cairo Festival City Mall, LaLiga Space will also harbour a number of activities tailored to engage fans from all ages;including trivia games and a video corner displaying the most memorable moments in LaLiga history.The event also provides a themed photo opportunity with aminiature replica of the stadium’s coaches bench. On the other hand, significant t-shirts and footballs will be on display for those who wish to come face to face with tokens of football greatness.Furthermore, everyone will get a chance to take a picture with the LaLiga trophy.“LaLiga is keen on promoting Spanish football around the globe with the intention to build the biggest community of loyal fans in each and every country, especially Africa and the Middle East,” said Juan Fuentes, LaLiga delegate to Egypt.LaLiga’s endeavours to nurture football on an international level are based on four main pillars; collaborating with various entities, training players and coaches, supporting social responsibility activities in communities where they are active and developing the game.According to Fernando Sanz, LaLiga’s General Director in MENA, Egypt was the prominent choice for this event given its long history of successfully hosting the largest internationalchampionships in the MENA region. Sanz further explained that the team was keen on selecting the same dates of the CAF 2019 in order to reach the biggest possible segment of football fans in Egypt and Africa.With that said, a number of LaLiga’s most prominent stars will be participating in the CAF with their national teams; including FC Barcelona’s Moussa Wague, Real Valladolid’s Hassen El ID, Girona FC’s Yassine Bounou, CD Leganés’s Youssef En-Nesyri, Celta de Vigo’s Sofiane Boufal, Real Betis’s Aissa Mandi, Villarreal CF’s Karl TokoEkambi, Real Betis’s Wilfrid Kaptoum, Villarreal CF’s Samuel Chukwueze, CD Leganés’s Kenneth Omerou, Levante UD’s Moses Simon, Deportivo Alaves’sWakaso Mubarak, Atlético de Madrid’s Thomas Partey, Leganés’s Kwabena Owusu, Nastic Tarragona’s José Kanté, Málaga CF’s Munir MohandMohamedi, AD Alcorcon’s Aly Abeid, Málaga CF’s Alfred Ndiaye, CD Tenerife B’s Farid Mussa and Las Palmas Atlético’s Ismael AthumanGonzález.“LaLiga Space gives fans a lifetime opportunity to meet some of the biggest Spanish football champions, watch unforgettable moments of LaLiga’s legacy, learn more about its 20 clubs and players,” added Sanz with apparent excitement. “The event also allows fans to discover the innovative technology that enhances the LaLiga’s viewing experience.”With that being said, LaLiga Space will be open to the public on Thursday at 5:00 PM (Cairo Time). In addition, LaLiga and Uber are collaborating to give fans 50% discounton trips to or from Cairo Festival City Mall (capped at 40EGP per trip), when using promocode: LaLigaSpace during the 21st& 22nd of June.
June 17, 2019 16:41 UTC
Leicester City's Wilfred Ndidi, ReutersCAIRO – 17 June 2019: Nigeria fans were happy following the 2019 African Cup of Nations draw as they avoided the continent’s superpowers. Nigeria plays in Group B alongside Madagascar; Guinea and Burundi.However, the team’s midfielder, Wilfred Ndidi, believes that his team should not underestimate their group opponents.“I don’t think it is an easy group. For me, there is no easy team in modern football. No matter the name, the only matter is the 90 minutes of the game,” Ndidi said.Nigeria players are searching for their fourth title at the competition and their first since 2013.Ndidi added “We will play tough games against very good teams and our target is to be on the top by the end of group stages.”Nigeria will open their participation at the tournament on 22 June at Alexandria Stadium against Madagascar before facing Guinea on 26 June. The team will end their group stage games on 30 June against Burundi.The tournament takes place with the participation of 24 teams in six groups for the first time in the history of the African competition.
June 17, 2019 16:41 UTC
Mena Massoud, AladdinCAIRO – 17 June 2019: "Aladdin" starring Egyptian Canadian actor Mena Massoud achieved a booming success. The film’s worldwide box office revenues amounted to $724 million, which is more than three times its $183 million budget.Massoud along with Will Smith and Naomi Scott promoted "Aladdin" which screened in Jordan on May 24. He prepared for his role by getting more into fitness. "The competition may be less, some people would say, but the amount of work is less as well. “He was an incredibly well-rounded actor, but I grew up on his role in 'Mrs.
June 17, 2019 16:30 UTC
CBE Governor Tarek Amer - Press photoCAIRO - 17 June 2019: The Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) on Monday signed two memorandums of understanding (MoUs) with the Social Solidarity Ministry and the Financial Regulatory Authority (FRA) to support the application of financial technology in Egypt.This came on the sidelines of the second edition of the FinTech Conference "Seamless North Africa 2019" inaugurated here today by Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli and CBE Governor Tarek Amer.The first MoU is meant to provide social protection, through the usage of the e-payment system, while the second agreement aims to create an attractive business environment for new companies working in the sector of financial technology.
June 17, 2019 16:18 UTC
FILE - Cabinet’s meeting on Monday April 8, 2019CAIRO - 17 June 2019: The Cabinet media center has praised Bloomberg's recent report which listed Egypt’s economy as one of the most flexible emerging economies in the face of threats of the global trade war, ranking second behind the Philippines in 21 emerging economies.In a statement Monday, the cabinet said the Bloomberg agency depended on a set of facts, including the GDP growth rate, the performance of currency and increase of foreign currency reserve, local currency performance against international currencies, foreign exchange reserves and credit rating.GDP growth in the third quarter of fiscal year 2018/2019 reached 5.6 percent, alongside a rise in net foreign exchange reserves by the end of May 2019 to $44.3 billion, with the current account deficit as a percentage of the GDP declined from 6.1 percent in 2016/2017 to 2.4 percent in 2017/2018, it said.The statement pointed out that the Egyptian credit rating achieved its best level since 2011 after the agencies of Moody’s, Fitch and Standard & Poor’s upgraded Egypt’s credit rating.
June 17, 2019 16:07 UTC
FILE - Morsi in a trial sessionCAIRO - 17 June 2019: Leader of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood Mohamed Morsi died on Monday in court after the conclusion of a trial session as he was charged of espionage for Hamas.Morsi had asked to talk and the judge gave him the permission, as reported by Extra News.After the trial session was over, Morsi passed out in court, and later died. The body was transferred to the hospital and the necessary procedures are being finalized.Since 2013, Morsi was being prosecuted in custody as he was facing several charges, including espionage, killing protesters, prison escape, and judiciary insult.In 2015, Morsi was sentenced to death in the jailbreak lawsuit. A year later, the sentence was cancelled by the Court of Cassation. In 2017, Morsi was handed three years in prison for judiciary insult.In 2016, Morsi was given a life sentence in an espionage lawsuit as he was charged of spying for Qatar. A year later, the sentence was upheld by the Court of Cassation.Morsi was also serving a final 20-year prison sentence for killing protesters.
June 17, 2019 16:07 UTC
The Egyptian government announced on Monday the start of a project to develop the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir at a cost of 3.1 million euros. The participating museums are: the Egyptian Museum in Turin, Italy, the Louvre Museum in France, the British Museum in England, the Egyptian Museum in Berlin, Germany, the national archaeological museum of the Netherlands, in Leiden. A file for the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir will be prepared for submission to UNESCO for inclusion in the list of world heritage sites. Anany said that the construction of many new archaeological museums, such as the Grand Egyptian Museum and the Museum of Egyptian Civilization, will not impact the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir and its important archaeological value. He stressed that European expertise will work to raise the level of the Egyptian Museum to the highest international standards of museum science.
June 17, 2019 14:37 UTC