Novak Djokovic’s very shaky season continued as he was beaten by the Belgian 10th seed 6-2 6-3 7-5. The Serbian has now been knocked out early in his last four tournaments.David Goffin proved too good for a faltering Djokovic as the Belgian reached the Monte Carlo semifinals with a thrilling victory. Former world number one Djokovic saved four match points but wilted on the fifth to allow Goffin to set up a last-four meeting with clay king Rafa Nadal, who hammered Argentine Diego Schwartzman 6-4 6-4. In the first European claycourt tournament of the season, second seed Djokovic was overwhelmed in the opening set before hitting back in the second. Djokovic was serving at 4-3 but Goffin won the game to love to roar back into contention.
Members of Fawakhreya tribe, in cooperation with other tribes, blocked public squares and main streets, including Al-Faleh, Al-Atalawi and 23 July streets, in Al-Arish city in North Sinai governrate. IS militants kidnapped Fawakhreya tribe chief Hamdi Gouda, 85, and set fire to a garage belonging to Mohamed Sahmoud, a senior member of the tribe, last week. The terrorist militia kidnapped Sahmoud himself on Thusday at gunpoint, and held him in Ebny Baytak area, which the tribe’s members cordoned off. IS terrorist militias faced off with various tribes in northern Sinai following the kidnapping of several tribal leaders, elders and sheikhs; and the killing of tribe members who cooperate with the security forces. The tribe members responded by shooting at IS militia members, killing and injuring some of them.
Hoffenheim scored in injury time through Kerem Demirbay to clinch a Europa League place at least. Of course they hope it will be in the Champions League rather than the Europa League but they at least secured the latter against a largely inferior Cologne. In truth it was the least visitors Hoffenheim deserved. Their rise from relegation candidates last season to Europa League qualifiers and Champions League contenders this term under such a young coach is arguably the story of the Bundesliga season, whatever RB Leipzig fans might say. With a 12-point cushion over Hertha Berlin in fifth, at least the fourth Champions League qualifying spot is surely now in Hoffenheim’s grasp.
Lebanon's army said it arrested ten suspected members of militant groups on Saturday after they came over the northeastern border from Syria, and a security source said a local Islamic State leader was killed in the same raid. No army personnel were reported injured or killed in the raid in Arsal, a town which militants briefly overran in 2014 before withdrawing to the hills around the border. The army says it stages regular operations against "Islamic State" (IS) group and former Al Qaeda-linked militants in the mountainous region. A military source said the local IS leader had ordered the killing of two Lebanese soldiers and the suspects were arrested on charges of smuggling weapons. IS is still holding nine Lebanese soldiers taken hostage in the 2014 clashes.
The sound of a gun salute tore through central London on Friday to celebrate the 91st birthday of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, with the world's longest-reigning monarch taking a step back from royal duties to allow the younger generation to step forward. "Hip hip hooray for The Queen," he wrote, adding "happy birthday Ma’am!" This year's celebrations are a notably more low-key affair after a year of festivities to mark her hitting 90. "I'm still alive," the Queen joked in June during a visit to Northern Ireland, one of the numerous engagements filling the royal calendar. The arrival of Prince William and his wife Kate's two children -- Prince George and Princess Charlotte -- has cemented the country's positive view of the royal family.
A group comprising members of the Egypt-U.S. Business Council (EUSBC) together with Board members of American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt (AmCham) will be visiting Washington D.C. and some major American cities during the upcoming week. The delegation will take executive steps to inject new investments in Egypt against the backdrop of the Egyptian-American summit between Presidents Sisi and Trump earlier this month. Investment and International Cooperation Minister Sahar Nasr, on the sidelines of her participation in the Spring Meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund, said that the American companies can now make new investments in Egypt and achieve greater returns, after the government took legislative, monetary and financial reform measures. "We will work with all investors as a team, because the government is looking forward to reap the fruits of the reforms it is making in the sectors of oil, gas, electricity, communications, contracting, tourism and agriculture fields that have great opportunities for investment," she added. In a speech at the ministerial meeting of the Group of 24 (G24), which took place on the sidelines of meetings in the United States, Nasr stressed that the government is taking concrete steps to create an attractive environment for investment, prompting the private sector to direct its investments to Egypt.
Cleanliness and comfort outweigh little luxuries like a solid breakfast, pool or in-room deluxe coffee machine for hotel guests at the end of their stay. Friendly staff is 10 times more important than free Wi-Fi, while cleanliness and comfort are 35 times more important than a good breakfast, luxurious pool or deluxe coffeemaker in your room. For the formula, Hotels.com pulled out the 500 most commonly used keywords from its 5 million guest reviews written in 2016, which were then analysed in 148 million sentences. “Cleanliness and comfort fulfils our need for relaxation, safety and security. The fact that staff friendliness plays such an important role in guest satisfaction shows that, as intrinsically social creatures, we love to be greeted with a smile and a chat.
Two years later, Jack Nicholson met independent film director and producer Roger Corman. As a friend of the actors Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper, he was invited to jump on a Harley with them for “Easy Rider” in 1969. “Easy Rider” became the most successful film of the New Hollywood period defined by young, innovative directors. Kubrick and Nicholson’s shining classicAfter these hits, things slowed down a bit for Nicholson. Nicholson starred as the unsuccessful author Jack Torrance, who settles with his wife and son in an empty, mountain-isolated hotel.
Hollywood actresses Blake Lively and Jessica Chastain were among the six women honored on Friday for their philanthropic efforts with organizations helping women and children. They joined singer-actress Audra McDonald, television personality Gayle King, Viacom media executive Shari Redstone and Chelsea Clinton, vice chair of the board of the Clinton Foundation, at Variety's Power of Women lunch recognizing their charitable work. Chastain backs women's healthcare organization Planned Parenthood, which she credits for giving her "the career that I have today." Lively, who was recognized for her work with the Child Rescue Coalition to stop the spread of child pornography, said she felt "shy" about being at the star-studded luncheon. "Just because of the company I'm in, and you never feel like you deserve to be there, you know?"
Poland is the so-called partner nation of the fair, with more than 200 exhibitors expected from the neighboring country.Polish industry is at the center of the Hanover industry fair which opens its doors for four days and will attract visitors from more than 70 countries. The Mechanical Engineering Industry Association’s (VDMA) Eastern Europe expert, Yvonne Heidler, says the plan is for growth in 2017. “Poland is coming, and we are assuming that Poland will become an increasingly important trade partner,” said Carl Martin Welcker, the president of the VDMA in an interview with Reuters. The focus of this year’s fair is Industry 4.0, which exchanges data on manufacturing techologies over cloud computing, energy transformation and automation of labor. Although job changes are inevitable, robots can adapt to the speed and behavioral changes of humans, said trade fair boss Jochen Koeckler.
On Sunday, an Egyptian court acquitted Aya Hegazy and seven others of the charges of trafficking. Egypt has witnessed dozens of organizations that used similar slogans but later found to have caused more damage than good. Egypt has chosen a difficult path: keeping the state institutions, even if these institutions suffer from corruption, inefficiency or lack of accountability. But it is important that the state institutions remain intact and subject to structural reforms. Any assessment of the situation in Egypt without accounting for the current circumstances and fears is an evaluation away from reality.
Paris prosecutors leading the investigation have since detained three of the suspected gunman's family members for questioning. According to authorities, however, there was no link between the man and the Paris attack. Read more: What you need to know about the French presidential electionThe 11 presidential candidates were appearing on television on Thursday evening, making their final election pitches to voters, as the assault happened, shortly before 9 p.m. local time (1900 UTC). He added that there was nothing in the shooting investigation linking immigration to the incident. Conservative candidate Francois Fillon, meanwhile, said that the fight against "Islamist totalitarianism" should be a priority of the next French president.
The world’s largest carmaker had admitted that nearly 600,000 of its diesel cars in the US were programmed to turn on pollution controls during testing and off while on the road. VW’s lawyer Jason Weinstein said the fine was an “appropriate and serious sanction.”Judge Cox also assigned Larry Thompson to be an independent monitor overseeing VW for the next three years. Last month Judge Cox called VW’s deception “a very, very, very serious crime”, adding he would consider a motion to allow additional restitution to victims. Volkswagen also faces problems from Brussels, with EU commissioner for consumer affairs Vera Jourova complaining that nine million European customers who bought VW diesel cars were not being treated in the same way as their US counterparts. During a meeting in Brussels in March, Jourova and representatives from consumer protection authorities in 22 European countries agreed on the need for coordinated action to help VW owners.
President Donald Trump on Friday welcomed back to the United States Aya Hijazi, an Egyptian-American charity worker whose release from jail in Egypt was sought by Trump when he met Egypt's president early this month. Trump and his aides had engaged in behind-the-scenes diplomatic efforts to gain her freedom after attempts by the previous Obama administration failed. She was released from jail on Tuesday after nearly three years of detention on human trafficking charges. Aides said Trump had personally requested her release in a meeting April 3 with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi but had done so privately and made no public mention of her case. She had been in custody for 33 months in violation of Egyptian law, which states that the maximum period for pretrial detention is 24 months.
President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi stressed strong Egyptian-American relations, and Egypt's keenness to further strengthen bilateral relations under the new American administration. During the meeting with US Secretary of Defense James Matiss, attended by Egypt's Defense Minister Sidqi Sobhi, US Deputy National Security Advisor for for Strategic Affairs Dina Powell, and US Ambassador to Cairo Stephen Beecroft, Sisi expressed his aspirations to continue negotiations over strengthening military cooperation between the two countries. Sisi called for intensifying international efforts to dry out the sources of terrorism and to send a decisive message to the countries that support terrorism and finance terrorist organizations. Matisse stressed the strong military cooperation between the two countries and the special relations between the Egyptian and American defense ministries. He praised Egypt's efforts in the field of combating terrorism and its positions on supporting stability in the region and resolving its crises.