FILE: Irrigation and Water Resources Minister Mohamed Abdel AatiCAIRO, Oct 20 (MENA) - Irrigation Minister Mohamed Abdel Aati opened on Sunday the second edition of Cairo Water Week which is held under the sponsorship of President Abdel Fattah El Sisi.The five-day conference will run till Thursday.The CWW activities began by screening a documentary on the life of farmers and the importance of rationalizing water.Held annually by the Ministry of Irrigation, the conference is deemed one of the largest water-related events at the national, regional, and international levels.Cairo Water Week 2019 will address the main theme “Responding to Water Scarcity” through five sub-themes overarching a broad spectrum of the water scarcity.Under each sub-theme, variety of topics will be covered, including achieving SDGs under Water Scarcity, cooperation in water sectorresearch and innovation in facing water scarcity, climate change impact, mitigation and non-conventional water resources.The event will be an opportunity for academics, scholars, and policy makers as well as water resources experts from all around the world to present and discuss the key issues, plans and actions related to responding to the challenges of water scarcity.
October 20, 2019 09:56 UTC
Former Minister of Finance Youssef Boutros Ghali – ReutersCAIRO - 20 October 2019: The prosecution has referred brother of Mubarak-era Finance Minister Boutros Ghali and other defendants to the Criminal Court in the notorious case of smuggling thousands of artifacts to Italy.On Saturday, the prosecution also demanded the rapid arrest of Italy’s former honorary consul in Luxor Ladislav Otakar Skakal and enlisting him at the Interpol and the black lists of airports due to his involvement in the crime.A total of 21,855 artifacts from various historical periods were seized in a diplomatic container from Alexandria to the Italian port of Salerno in 2018.Investigation that lasted a year revealed the network of smugglers behind the attempt and the role of each one, prosecutors said.
October 20, 2019 09:56 UTC
FILE – Sheikh Jabar Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah, Kuwait's prime minister - ReutersCAIRO – 20 October 2019: Kuwaiti Prime Minister Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah's two-day visit starting Sunday is set to strengthen the bilateral ties between the two countries especially at the economic level and investments.Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak, will be accompanied, during his visit to Egypt, with a large delegation comprising a number of ministers, representatives of Kuwait Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and businessmen, local media reported.The Kuwaiti prime minister and his delegation are scheduled to meet with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly.During the meetings, the two sides will sign several agreements covering some areas of cooperation between the two countries, especially the investments sector.The Egyptian-Kuwaiti relations are based on cooperation and understanding on all issues.According to the Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Qabas, economic relations between the two countries have witnessed a steady growth throughout history. Kuwaiti investments in Egypt rank high among existing investments as it exceeds $15 billion.Tourism and aviation between the two countries have witnessed a similar growth reflected in the increase in the number of Kuwaiti tourists to around 200,000 tourists on 64 weekly flights between.A large Kuwaiti community is also inhabiting Egypt, including about 20,000 Kuwaitis, mostly undergraduate and post-university students. In return, Kuwait hosts around 700,000 Egyptian nationals.In the investment sector, Kuwait is Egypt's third largest trading partner in the Arab world after the UAE and Saudi Arabia. Deputy Prime Minister Sabah Al-Khalid Al-Sabah said in the 12th session of the Kuwaiti-Egyptian joint committee that investments exceeded $15 billion.The volume of Egyptian exports to Kuwait between 2010 and 2018 amounted to about 984.2 million dinars (about $3.2 billion), while the volume of Kuwaiti exports to Egypt reached 165.3 million dinars (about $543 million), according to statistics of Kuwait's Central Statistics Bureau.The Kuwaiti prime minister's visit comes in the context of continuous visits between the two countries to enhance bilateral cooperation.The Kuwaiti Fund for Arab Economic Development has covered most of the developmental fields in Egypt during the past years, according to Al-Qabas. The total number of projects financed by the Fund in Egypt since its establishment until September 30 this year is about 50 projects with a total cost of one billion dinars (about 3.4 billion dollars), while the number of grants and technical assistance amounted to about 18 grants worth 17.3 million dinars (about 56 million dollars).The various projects financed by the Fund in Egypt included development of maritime transport, the pharmaceutical industry, sanitation, power and water plants, the expansion of natural gas networks, and the development of railways.
October 20, 2019 09:45 UTC
Egypt's Coptic Pope Tawadros II - CCMARSEILLE, France, Oct 20 (MENA) - Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of St. Mark on Sunday paid a visit to the premises of the Egyptian consulate in Marseille where he was welcomed by Egyptian Consul General Ambassador Hisham Maher and the consulate's staff.In statements on Sunday, Coptic Orthodox Church Spokesman Boulos Halim said the pontiff held a meeting with Marseille Mayor Renaud Muselier.Accompanying Pope Tawadros are Anba Danial, Bishop of Maadi and Secretary-General of the Coptic Orthodox Holy Synod; Anba Mikhail, Bishop of Hadayeq al-Qubba, Waili, and Abbassiya; together with a number of priests and deacons, including papal secretary Fr Kyrillos Boshra and Deacon Ramy Rizq.On Wednesday Anba Marc, Bishop of Paris and Northern France welcomed Pope Tawadros at the diocese headquarters in Draveil, a commune in the southern suburbs of Paris, located some 19km from the centre of the city. There, the Pope offered Thanksgiving prayer at the Cathedral of the Virgin Mary and Archangel Raphael.While in France, Pope Tawadros made a few official visits in parallel to his pastoral activity.
October 20, 2019 09:33 UTC
FILE – Sheikh Jabar Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah, Kuwait's prime minister - ReutersKUWAIT CITY, Oct 19 (MENA) - Kuwaiti Prime Minister Jaber Al Mubarak Al Hamad Al Sabah will pay a three-day visit to Egypt on Sunday.During the visit, the Kuwaiti premier will meet with President Abdel Fattah El Sisi and Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli.Sisi and Al Sabah will discuss deeply-rooted relations between the two countries.They will also discuss the latest developments at regional and global levels and a number of issues of common concern.Meanwhile, the premiers of both countries will mull means to foster economic cooperation and will attend the signing of a number of agreements.Kuwait is ranked fourth among foreign investors doing business in Egypt with total investments of $15 billion.Moreover, the number of Kuwaiti companies operating in Egypt's trade and investment sectors reached nearly 1,227 ones.
October 19, 2019 13:30 UTC
Vehicles drive during rush hour over El Sayeda Aisha Bridge near Al-Qalaa Square in Cairo, Egypt, December 5, 2018. (Photo: Reuters)CAIRO - 19 October 2019: Meteorological experts warned that this week will witness an unstable weather, with the temperature expected to rise on Saturday reaching highs of 33°C in Cairo.In her statements to "Good Morning Egypt" talk show, Eman Shaker, the director of the Remote Sensing Center at the Egyptian Meteorological Authority, said that the temperature will decline by two degrees Celsius by mid this week, adding that Cairo and northern parts of the country will experience rainfall.Shaker said that there will be an increase in the humidity level, after its decrease over the past days.
October 19, 2019 13:18 UTC
File - Soad Hosny. The reason behind this depression is not men related but due to her surrounding environment, as she informed Adeeb.Ahmed Zahr – DepressionAhmed Zahr, the Egyptian actor suffered severe depression due to an alarming weight gain – he went from 85 kg to 180 – due to a rare illness that occurs in one person out of 10 million. His deteriorating health and increased weight meant no work was being offered to him which led him to isolate himself and stay at home. Many claimed Hosni suffered from severe depression which made her live in a self imposed exile as she did not want people to see how she has changed. Her death is still a mystery; while some claim she was killed others believe that she committed suicide after her depression reached its peak.--
October 19, 2019 12:56 UTC
Egypt's President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi arrives ahead of the start of the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York City, New York, U.S., September 24, 2019. REUTERS/Lucas JacksonCAIRO- 19 October 2019: President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi tweeted Saturday marking the golden jubilee of the constitutional jurisdiction in Egypt, where he expressed his pride of the Supreme Constitutional Court for "its long-established judicial experience and traditions. ""On the occasion of the celebration of the Golden Jubilee of the Egyptian Constitutional Judiciary, I affirm my and all Egyptians' pride of the Supreme Constitutional Court for its its long-established judicial experience and traditions since decades, which have managed to overcome several challenges it faced over the past years, in order to uphold the principles of justice, and what it represents for the protection of rights and freedoms," Sisi wrote on his official Twitter account.The Supreme Constitutional Court opened on Saturday a celebration to mark the golden jubilee of the constitutional jurisdiction in Egypt.Organized under the auspices of President Abdel Fattah El Sisi, the celebration was attended by 48 delegations representing supreme and constitutional courts in Arab, African and foreign countries.The event was also attended by Minister of Justice Hossam Abdel Rahim, Minister of Awqaf Mohamed Mokhtar Gomaa, Minister of Planning, Monitoring and Administrative Reform Hala el Saeed and Minister of Transport Kamel el Wazir.The three-day celebration is set to witness dialogue sessions between the court president and his deputies as well as between presidents of the supreme constitutional courts participating in the event and members of their delegations.The sessions are due to tackle mutual interests of those responsible for constitutional jurisdiction and its various systems.
October 19, 2019 12:11 UTC
File- Ahmed Hassan KokaCAIRO – 19 October 2019: Egypt national team striker, Ahmed Hassan known as Koka, revealed that Liverpool Egyptian winger and national team star, Mohamed Salah, does not control the national team.“Salah has a wonderful strong personality but he does not control the national team manager’s choices. Salah is a wonderful person and he did not change despite the huge success he has achieved.” Koka said on Friday.Salah and his teammates in the national team have been criticized as the national team suffered an early exit from the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations at home after losing 1-0 to South Africa at the round of 16 and the national team manager at the time, Javier Aguiree, was sacked after the game.The national team started a new stage and appointed Hossam El Badry to be the new manager.El Badry’s first appearance with the national team was during a friendly game against Botswana on Monday which ended with a 1-0 win for the Egyptian team.
October 19, 2019 12:11 UTC
File - Assasif discovery is the most important in the modern era. CAIRO – 19 October 2019: The Egyptian minister of Antiquities Khaled Anany announced that the Assasif discovery is the most important in the modern era.The Egyptian mission discovered in the cachette 30 coffins that date back to the 22nd dynasty.Anany added that an integrated hall is currently being prepared in the Grand Egyptian Museum to house all the coffins discovered at Assasif archaeological area.The coffins were buried about one meter from the ground, where the first row contained 18 coffins, and the second 12 coffins for men and women, including 3 for young children.The discovered coffins were placed by high priests to be stored in a store with a stone gate to prevent any robbery attempts.Head of the supreme council of antiquities Mostafa Waziri elaborated in the press conference that the archaeologists working in the Egyptian missions have reached the highest levels of success, excellence and archaeological maturity, as they achieved a number of great successes and discoveries over the past years.He added that the ministry of Antiquities for the first time in its history has about 40 purely Egyptian missions working in the different archaeological sites in Egypt to introduce the ancient Egyptian civilization to the whole world.These Egyptian missions include distinguished team of technicians, archaeologists and restorers.Director of archaeological excavations in Luxor Salah El Masekh said that Assasif necropolis houses the tombs of dynasties 18,25 and 26.This discovery is considered one of the largest and most important discoveries that have been announced during the past few years.Numerous breathtaking artifacts appeared to excavators of the Egyptian archaeological mission led by Waziri, where coffins are being extracted while many are still buried deep in the ground.The colored sarcophaguses discovered in the cemetery of Assasif, west of Luxor belong to senior statesmen and middle class individuals in the 18th, 25th and 26th ancient Egyptian dynasties.Among the discovered artifacts are two small colored sarcophaguses likely belonging to two children buried in the ancient cemetery.On Tuesday Oct. 15, officials at the Ministry of Antiquities conducted a full inspection of the coffins and the cache found arranged and stockpiled on top of each other in a very distinctive state of preservation.Professional restorers and archaeologists began to open the coffins one by one to find out their contents which turned out to be human remains belonging to a number of individuals of the ancient Pharaonic dynasties.Those coffins were prepared for burial in the tombs of the middle class families in the cemetery of Assasif.It is likely that the coffins were exhumed and buried again to re-use the tombs at Mount Kurna, in successive eras from the ancient Egyptian state.The Ministry of Antiquities and the Supreme Council of Antiquities held an international press conference in Luxor on Oct. 19 to reveal all the findings in the area and explain to the world the endless magic of the ancient Egyptian civilization.The press conference was attended by international and local media outlets, in addition to officials of the ministries of antiquities and tourism, and leaders of various foreign countries to celebrate this historic event and contribute to the promotion of tourism in Egypt.
October 19, 2019 12:00 UTC
The Supreme Constitutional CourtCAIRO, Oct 19 (MENA) – The Supreme Constitutional Court opened on Saturday a celebration to mark the golden jubilee of the constitutional jurisdiction in Egypt.Organized under the auspices of President Abdel Fattah El Sisi, the celebration was attended by 48 delegations representing supreme and constitutional courts in Arab, African and foreign countries.The event was also attended by Minister of Justice Hossam Abdel Rahim, Minister of Awqaf Mohamed Mokhtar Gomaa, Minister of Planning, Monitoring and Administrative Reform Hala el Saeed and Minister of Transport Kamel el Wazir.The three-day celebration is set to witness dialogue sessions between the court president and his deputies as well as between presidents of the supreme constitutional courts participating in the event and members of their delegations.The sessions are due to tackle mutual interests of those responsible for constitutional jurisdiction and its various systems.
October 19, 2019 11:48 UTC
FILE- Zamalek players celebrate their African VictoryCAIRO – 19 October 2019: Zamalek will not play the CAF Super Cup clash against Esperence of Tunisia in Qatar, the club President, Mortada Mansour, states on Saturday.“We will not play in Qatar whatever the consequences. I said before we will not play in Qatar even when the handball team reached the Club World Cup and was scheduled in Qatar, we withdrew.” Mansour said.Zamalek reached CAF Super Cup after they defeated Morocco’s RS Berkane on penalties to win CAF Confederation Cup title.Mansour added “I don’t mind playing the Super Cup in Tunisia but we will not play in Qatar even if we will be relegated to the third division.”Esperence aim to achieve the title after losing last season’s title 2-1 to Raja Casablanca.CAF signed an agreement with Qatar to host the Super Cup game for three years, starting from last season.On June 5, 2017, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, UAE and Bahrain decided to cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, after years of unstable relations, and implicit attacks on Qatar. Qatar was accused by the quartet of funding and promoting terrorism and intervening in the domestic affairs of the quartet countries.
October 19, 2019 11:26 UTC
File - 30 coffins discovered at Assasif necropolis in Luxor. CAIRO – 19 October 2019: Head of supreme council of Antiquites Mostafa Waziri announced the discovery of the largest cachette located in Assasif necropolis on the west bank of the Nile River in Luxor.Waziriy added that the Egyptian mission discovered in the cachette 30 coffins that date back to the 22nd dynasty. The coffins are kept in a store to prevent any kind of robbery attempts.The head of the supreme council of antiquities added in the press conference held at Hatshepsut Temple that the coffins were buried about one meter from the ground, where the first row contained 18 coffins, and the second 12 coffins for men and women, including 3 for young children.The discovered coffins were placed by high priests to be stored in a store with a stone gate.Waziri elaborated that the archaeologists working in the Egyptian missions have reached the highest levels of success, excellence and archaeological maturity, as they achieved a number of great successes and discoveries over the past years.He added that the ministry of Antiquities for the first time in its history has about 40 purely Egyptian missions working in the different archaeological sites in Egypt to introduce the ancient Egyptian civilization to the whole world.These Egyptian missions include distinguished team of technicians, archaeologists and restorers.Director of archaeological excavations in Luxor Salah El Masekh said that Assasif necropolis houses the tombs of dynasties 18,25 and 26.This discovery is considered one of the largest and most important discoveries that have been announced during the past few years.It is worth mentioning that the Ministry announced the archaeological discovery through the Egyptian mission headed by Dr. Zahi Hawass, who stated that since the mission began working in the Valley of the Apes in December 2017, it succeeded for the first time in finding the workshops used for the manufacture and processing of funeral furniture utilized in the tombs of the kings, located next to a storage pit that took the numbering (KVT).In front of it, A kiln was discovered to burn pottery and metal, which was found next to two silver rings, in addition to large quantities of decorative items that were used to decorate wooden coffins during the era of the 18th Dynasty, and also the discovery of gold flakes and some decorative elements that were titled the wings of Horus.Furthermore, Hawass previously added that work is currently underway in the western valley to search for the tomb of Queen Nefertiti, the tomb of her daughter and wife of King Tutankhamun Queen Ankhesenamun.The veteran archaeologist further commented that the area between the tomb of King Amenhotep III and the tomb of King Ay is the area that is expected to contain the tombs of members of the dynasty that lived during the Amarna era.Additionally, Hawas previously explained that one of the most important discoveries made by the mission is finding 30 specialized workshops that were utilized for the manufacture and processing of funeral furniture prior to being placed inside the cemetery, in addition to a tomb labeled KV 65 that was used to preserve some funerary objects and furniture, which is similar to the tomb KV 54 adjacent to the tomb of King Tutankhamen, in which the tools used in the construction of the royal tombs were found.Moreover, Hawass previously clarified that the second mission, working in the Valley of the Kings is the largest excavation that took place in the Valley of the Kings after the excavations carried out by the English archaeologist Howard Carter in search of Tutankhamen’s tomb.The veteran archaeologist further explained that the mission is now working to uncover the royal tombs that have yet to be uncovered, in addition to the tombs of the wives and sons of kings of the eighteenth Dynasty, who were buried in the Valley of the Kings.Burials in the Valley of the Queens did not begin until the nineteenth Dynasty.Hawass also clarified that the mission has worked next to the tomb of King Ramses VII, the tomb of Queen Hatshepsut, next to the tomb of King Ramses III and behind the tomb of King Merneptah, stressing that the mission has also excavated next to the tomb of King Tutankhamen where they found many artifacts including; 42 small huts where workers kept the tools used to construct the tombs before they left the valley for Deir el-Medina, in addition to many of the hieroglyphic paintings that illustrate many archaeological topics and fragments of carved tombs and rings spanning back to the era of the 19th and 20th dynasties.
October 19, 2019 11:15 UTC
A Cypriot cruise ship carrying 500 tourists of different nationalities arrived at Alexandria port on Saturday October 19, 2019 - Press PhotoGovernor of Alexandria and Mayor of Paphos during the conference - Press PhotoCairo - October 19, 2019: Alexandria Governor Abdelaziz Konsoa announced on Saturday that direct flights from Cyprus to Alexandria will begin within six months, saying "Alexandria will witness a tourist boom in the coming period. "The governor said in a press statement that it is expected to reach two flights a week.On Saturday morning, a Cypriot cruise ship carrying 500 tourists of different nationalities arrived at Alexandria port. SALAMIS FILOXENIA ship carries on board the Mayor of the Cypriot city of Paphos, Phedonas Phedonos, alongside a high-level official delegation coming from Cyprus to visit Alexandria.Konsowa received a group of popular leaders and many residents of the Mediterranean city tourists on arrival at the port.On the other hand, Phedonos said that Egypt's difficult tourism period is over, and the number of tourists is expected to reach 3,500 in 2020.He added that in the coming period, Egypt, Greece and Cyprus will witness tourism programs to stimulate tourism.
October 19, 2019 11:03 UTC
Hundreds of protesters faced off against police in the heart of Barcelona on FridayMADRID, Oct 19 (MENA) - Hundreds of protesters faced off against police in the heart of Barcelona on Friday, assembling fiery barricades and throwing rocks at security forces on the fifth day of unrest following the sentencing of nine Catalan separatist leaders.The general strike that brought the Catalan capital to a standstill drew over half a million people, according to police estimates, and was largely peaceful for most of the day, reported Sky News channel on Saturday.In response, police fired tear gas, smoke grenades and foam bullets at the protesters and deployed water trucks to pass through the burning barricades.
October 19, 2019 10:30 UTC