Egyptian and French naval forces in a major mutual exercise "Cleopatra 2017" - File PhotoCAIRO - 32 April 2018: Egypt's special forces and their Bahraini counterparts started conducting "Khaled Ibn Al Waleed 2018" joint military drills, which would continue for several days in Bahrain.The drills include several activities and lectures to coordinate between them and exchange experience and know how .The military exercises will include special forces training, counter-terrorism tactics, freeing hostages and storming facilities.They come in light of the close and historic ties binding Egypt and Bahrain in addition to the ongoing coordination between their armed forces.The aim of these drills is to reach the highest levels of efficiency and preparedness to face any danger that may pose a threat to the region's security and stability.
April 23, 2018 09:56 UTC
Political parties are meant to fulfill one purpose, and that is the peaceful ascension to power, the goal which is pursued with all legal and constitutional means possible. However, no matter how absurd you think what I just said was, it can never match the absurdity that Egypt’s political parties are drowning themselves in right now. Today, there are about 104 parties in Egypt, yet none of these parties have come anywhere near the primary purpose for which parties are created. The only sort of opposition that political parties in Egypt are practicing is the opposition of banners. With the abolition of parties, Egypt stepped into a period of political retardation that pushed it decades backwards.
April 23, 2018 09:56 UTC
A group of Armenian soldiers joined an illegal anti-government protest in the capital Yerevan on Monday, the Armenian Defense Ministry said, promising they would be harshly punished according to the law. Images of hundreds of men wearing military uniforms marching with protesters had earlier appeared on a live stream of the demonstrations being broadcast on the Internet.
April 23, 2018 09:56 UTC
After a number of teens recently have committed suicide upon instruction from the online Blue Whale web game, Egypt’s Ministry of the Interior intensified its efforts to stop the game’s spread among the country’s youth. The Interior Ministry, in cooperation with the Ministry of Higher Education, held a seminar at Minya University on Sunday to raise awareness among university students on the pros and cons of social networking sites. Hossam Nabil, the representative of the Interior Ministry, warned during the seminar that the supervisors of electronic games, such as the Blue Whale, are only a group of hackers who psychologically exploit players. Al-Azhar’s Islamic Research Academy announced a national-level campaign to tackle the problem of the Blue Whale game. He added that the Authority cannot have full control over the spread of the game.
April 23, 2018 09:33 UTC
A fighter of Libyan forces allied with the U.N.-backed government uses a drone to observe Islamic State fighters positions in Sirte, Libya in 2016. (Reuters- File Photo)CAIRO – 23 April 2018: Saudi Arabia’s Interior Ministry asserted on Sunday that rules to regular the use of remote-controlled drones are in their final stages. Drones have a diversity of functions to carry out, and this diversity gives drones an additional advantage, which is demanded highly by regular armies and militias. Iran claimed at the time that those drones had the capacity to carry up to eight missiles.In March 2017, news reports revealed that Kurdish Peshmerga forces in Iraq used drones to monitor ISIS activity wherever they go. In addition, Hezbollah used drones to back the Syrian regime in the countryside of Aleppo in late 2016.Israel is deemed a regional and global drone-producing center.
April 23, 2018 09:22 UTC
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday he had agreed with his Chinese counterpart that Moscow and Beijing would try to block any US attempt to sabotage the Iran nuclear deal, Russian state news agency TASS reported. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday he had agreed with his Chinese counterpart that Moscow and Beijing would try to block any US attempt to sabotage the Iran nuclear deal, Russian state news agency TASS reported.
April 23, 2018 09:22 UTC
Manchester City winger Leroy Sané has been named the English Professional Footballers’ Association Young Player of the Year. But one off-game doesn’t not ruin a wonderful season and Sané should now be looking ahead to the World Cup with glee. Sané also brings a youthful exuberance and verve which is slightly lacking in the rest of the world champions’ squad. The only issue which might count against Sané is that he missed the Confederations Cup last year, effectively Löw’s audition for spare spots in the World Cup squad and first-team aspirants. Sané will surely be in the squad and if he takes his PFA young player award with him to Russia, it will give the coach a big nudge.
April 23, 2018 09:22 UTC
© Benoit Peyrucq, AFP | A courtroom sketch made on February 7, 2018 shows prime suspect in the November 2015 Paris attacks Salah Abdeslam during his trial at the Palais de Justice courthouse in Brussels. 23 April 2018: A Belgian court on Monday found Salah Abdeslam, the last surviving suspect in the Paris attacks, guilty of terrorism-related attempted murder over a shootout with police in Brussels days before his capture in 2016.In its judgment, the court in the Belgian capital said “there can be no doubt” about jihadist Salah Abdeslam and his co-defendant Sofiane Ayari’s involvement in extremism. The court sentenced both to 20 years in prison.Abdeslam who is being held in jail in France pending a separate trial over the 2015 Paris attacks in which 130 people died and Ayari were not in court for the verdict.A Belgian-born French national, Abdeslam, 28, had been transported to the court from France for the first day of the trial amid tight security including a helicopter escort, while Tunisian national Ayari, 24, is in jail in Belgium.On that first day of the trial, Abdeslam proclaimed that he would only put his “trust in Allah” and accused the court of being biased against Muslims.He then refused to attend the rest of the proceedings.Four police officers were wounded in the gun battle after police acting on a tip-off over the Paris attacks raided a flat in the Forest area of Brussels on March 15, 2016.Abdeslam was arrested three days later in the largely immigrant Molenbeek area of the Belgian capital, near his family home.On March 22 suicide bombers from a cell linked to the Paris attacks killed 32 people and wounded hundreds more at Brussels airport and a metro station in the Belgian capital.Investigators say Abdeslam’s arrest spurred the Brussels bombers to bring forward the attacks, which had originally been planned for a later date, as they feared they could be captured.Prosecutors have said that DNA links Abdeslam to the apartment in the Forest district of Brussels where the shooting took place, but not to the weapons that were used.After Abdeslam refused to return to court for the trial in February, his lawyer Sven Mary sought the case’s dismissal on a technicality over how the judges were named to investigate the gun battle, and said media leaks had denied him a fair trial.But lawyers for police wounded in the gun battle accused Abdeslam of “mocking” the trial.One of the injured police officers was still suffering from after-effects including brain lesions, epileptic fits and vision and balance problems.An organisation representing victims of the Brussels attacks and their families has asked for symbolic damages of one euro from the trial.The Belgian trial is a prelude to a bigger one that Abdeslam will face in France at a later date over the Paris attacks of November 13, 2015, which were claimed by the Islamic State jihadist group.Abdeslam’s brother Brahim was one of the suicide bombers.
April 23, 2018 09:11 UTC
FILE: Palestinian people - ReutersABU DHABI - 23 April 2018: The United Arab Emirates has donated AED 258 million (dlrs 70 million) to support the Palestinian people.The move is in implementation of the directives of UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al Nahyan.The two-part aid; the first valued at AED 74 million (dlrs 20 million) will be allocated to the Islamic Waqf Support Program in Al Quds to preserve the Arab-Islamic identity of the city, according to WAM news agency.The second, valued at AED 184 million (dlrs 50 million) will be dedicated to the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), to support the educational sector in Gaza.The assistance follows Al Quds summit in Dhahran, which mirrored the unified Arab stance in support of the Palestinian people and highlighted efforts exerted by Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud in this regard.It is also a continuation of the UAE's historic efforts in supporting the Palestinian people via the implementation of various projects.Over the last five years (2012-2017), the UAE has given dlrs 1.68 billion or AED 6.17 billion in assistance towards the cause.
April 23, 2018 09:00 UTC
About 500 personnel are working on the new air and drone base and the base camp is marked with an American and Nigerien flag. Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance are crucial in the fight against extremism, US Africa Command spokeswoman Samantha Reho said. Some in Niger welcome the growing US military presence in the face of a growing extremist threat in the region. Threats include al-Qaida-linked fighters in Mali and Burkina Faso, Islamic State group-affiliated fighters in Niger, Mali and Nigeria and the Nigeria-based Boko Haram. The focus is changing to advising and assisting local partners higher up the chain of command, said US Special Command Africa commander Maj. Gen. Marcus Hicks.
April 23, 2018 09:00 UTC
A Belgian court on Monday found Salah Abdeslam, the last surviving suspect in the Paris attacks, guilty of terrorism-related attempted murder over a shootout with police in Brussels days before his capture in 2016, and sentenced him to 20 years in jail. Four police officers were wounded in the gun battle after police acting on a tip-off over the Paris attacks raided a flat in the Forest area of Brussels on March 15, 2016. – ‘Trust in Allah’ –Abdeslam has spent most of the last two years in jail in France. On the first day of the trial, Abdeslam proclaimed that he would only put his “trust in Allah” and accused the court of being biased against Muslims. An organisation representing victims of the Brussels attacks and their families has asked for symbolic damages of one euro from the trial.
April 23, 2018 08:48 UTC
The bill aims to ease bureaucracy, support migrant integration and speed up deportations, among other measures. But it was not without controversy on the left, right and within Emmanuel Macron’s governing LREM party. France’s lower house of parliament late Sunday approved a major immigration law designed to speed up deportations while promoting better integration and faster processing of asylum applications. It passed largely with the support of President Emmanuel Macron’s Republic On The Move (LREM) party, while leftist and right-wing parties voted against. Lawmakers on the left criticized the increased detention time, while the right-wing politicians wanted it increased to 180 days.
April 23, 2018 07:41 UTC
Tarek Tawfik, general supervisor of the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM), told Daily News Egypt that the museum is preparing for high-level international participation at the GEM’s opening, planned for the end of January 2019. Tawfik added that he has fully coordinated with many other ministries for the opening, like the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Investment and International Cooperation, and Ministry of Tourism, as well as the presidency. Meanwhile, he said that international companies are encouraged to apply for the GEM’s management tender, scheduled to be announced by June. Tawfik added that the GEM is now preparing for the planned tender’s contract terms, saying, “the best technical and financial offer will win the tender. Of those, about 3,500 belong to the famous King Tutankhamun, according to the GEM’s official website.
April 23, 2018 07:18 UTC
The residential market has experienced strong price increases over the past year, which resulted in a number of new projects being launched during the first quarter (Q1) of 2018, according to Jones Lang LaSalle’s report Cairo Real Estate Market Q1 2018. Regarding supply, the report noted that around 2,000 units were completed during, Q1 bringing the community supply to around 138,000. This situation has now stabilised and some of these declines are being recouped, with rentals increasing by 10% in US dollar terms in Q1 2018. “Retail sales across Egypt continue to increase and the total retail sales reached $79.5bn in 2017, with the figure forecast to increase by around 17% to reach $95.3bn during 2018. While rents have increased in New Cairo in Q1, rents in the Central Business District and west Cairo have remained unchanged.
April 23, 2018 07:18 UTC
FILE PHOTO: European Union flags flutter outside the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, March 12, 2018. REUTERS/Yves Herman/File PhotoHANOVER, Germany (Reuters) - The head of Germany’s engineering trade body on Monday called for a fresh attempt at a free trade agreement between the United States and the European Union in the face of steel and aluminum tariffs announced by U.S. President Donald Trump.“Nobody can have any interest in an escalation of trade disputes in which all sides - the United States, China and Europe - stand to lose at the end,” VDMA President Carl Martin Welcker said at the Hannover Messe trade fair, according to a prepared speech text.Trump announced a 25 percent tariff on steel imports and 10 percent tariff on aluminum imports last month to counter what he has described as unfair international competition.The EU is seeking compensation from the United States for the tariffs through the World Trade Organization (WTO).“The U.S. President has made a lot of waves with his erratic trade policy and the announcement of a number of tariffs. We are very concerned about that,” VDMA’s Welcker said, adding that the United States appeared to be turning its back on the WTO.The United States is the most important export market for German engineers, accounting for around 18 billion euros ($22 billion), or 11 percent of total exports.
April 23, 2018 06:56 UTC