Alfano added that the Italian government’s decision aims to boost the bilateral Italian-Egyptian relations over the coming period. At the same time, Prosecutor General Nabil Sadek called Rome’s chief prosecutor Giuseppe Pignatone, on Monday, to discuss the Egyptian-Italian investigations’ developments on the murder of Paola Regeni. In April 2016, the former Italian ambassador to Cairo, Maurizio Massari, left Egypt after the Italian government decided to recall him. The decision followed a meeting between Egyptian and Italian investigative teams on the murder of Regeni. The meeting that occurred before the recall of the Italian ambassador took place in Italy, where Egyptian and Italian investigators failed to reach a consensus on the motive behind the murder of Regeni.
August 15, 2017 10:30 UTC
EgyptAir denied in a statement, on Monday afternoon, that it operated a flight to Kuwait on Sunday despite a technical malfunction in the aircraft. The plane that malfunctioned belongs to a private company, not EgyptAir, the statement added. A news website reported that EgyptAir flew a plane suffering from a malfunction before, which forced the pilot to return to the airport 15 minutes later. EgyptAir received a B737-800 NG airplane at Cairo Airport on Monday July 31, marking the sixth plane to be delivered to EgyptAir from the US airplane manufacturer Boeing. An additional three planes will join EgyptAir’s 66-plane-strong fleet according to a deal signed by the two companies, to provide EgyptAir with a total of nine B737-800 NG planes this year.
August 15, 2017 10:12 UTC
Regarding recent articles pertaining to the Alfa Romeo network in Egypt, FCA Egypt would like to emphasize that all discussions and procedures have been conducted with complete transparency and coordination between all parties and is in line with the company’s plans to expand the brand’s presence in the Egyptian market. The company is currently in the final steps of appointing Abou Ghaly Motors as an Alfa Romeo dealer, in addition to the current dealer, Nile Engineering. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Egypt would like to further reiterate that it is the sole source of information regarding matters pertaining to its brands, products, and network strategy. Alfa Romeo is one of Fiat Chrysler Automobile’s premium Italian brands, famous for its racing and performance heritage. From its inception in 1906, up to the present, Alfa Romeo has defined refinement and luxury through its various models, such as the MiTo, Giulietta, and 4C.
August 15, 2017 10:07 UTC
About 44.8 percent of Egyptian households dispose of their garbage by dumping it onto the street, while 55.2 percent get rid of it through cleaning companies and garbage collectors, according to the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS). In a report issued on trash dumping, the agency said that the percentage of safe garbage disposal in urban areas reached 76.9 percent, compared to 36.9 percent of households in rural areas, while the percentage of unsafe disposal in urban areas reached 23.1 percent compared to 63.1 percent in rural areas. He pointed out that the government’s ability to collect garbage did not exceed 60 percent. Five thousand feddans have been allocated to the Ministry of Environment in five different locations as garbage collection complexes, but have not yet been utilized, said Allam. He called for the establishment of a holding company for cleaning, in collaboration with all government agencies responsible for garbage collection.
August 15, 2017 09:22 UTC
In Baltimore, Mayor Catherine Pugh said she’s ready to tear down all of her city’s Confederate statues, and the city council voted to have them destroyed. The deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, is fueling another re-evaluation of Confederate statues in cities across the nation, accelerating their removal in much the same way that a 2015 mass shooting by a white supremacist renewed pressure to take down the Confederate flag from public property. In Jacksonville, Florida, City Council President Anna Brosche ordered an immediate inventory of all of the Confederate statues in her city in preparation for their removal. Back in May, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu moved his city’s four main Confederate statues, including a statue of Lee, at night after threats of violence from Confederate sympathizers and white supremacists. Now local officials will find it harder to ignore or shelve questions about Confederate statues, Richardson said.
August 15, 2017 08:48 UTC
Global shares rose Tuesday as both Koreas and the US signaled a willingness to defuse the crisis over North Korea’s nuclear program. KEEPING SCORE: France’s CAC 40 added 0.2 percent to 5,132.11 in early trading, while Germany’s DAX also rose 0.2 percent to 12,187.97. S&P 500 futures rose 0.2 percent to 2,467.90. South Korea’s markets were closed for a national holiday. NORTH KOREA: North Korea said Tuesday leader Kim Jong Un was briefed on his military’s plans to launch missiles into waters near Guam.
August 15, 2017 08:37 UTC
The Taliban have sent an “open letter” to President Donald Trump, reiterating their calls for America to leave Afghanistan after 16 years of war. In a long and rambling note in English that was sent to journalists on Tuesday by Zabihullah Mujahid, the Taliban spokesman, the insurgents say Trump recognized the errors of his predecessors by seeking a review of the US strategy for Afghanistan. Mujahid says Trump should not hand control of the U.S, Afghan policy to the military but rather, announce the withdrawal of US forces, and not an increase in troops as the Trump administration has planned. The note, which is 1,600 words long, also says a US withdrawal would “truly deliver American troops from harm’s way” and bring about “an end to an inherited war.”
August 15, 2017 08:15 UTC
Although strong non-oil activities were achieved in Q2 in the region, recent data suggests that non-oil activities remained robust during that time. Volatility in the oil market, along with the ongoing oil cuts, has restrained MENA’s economic growth in the period. The demote witnessed in August’s MENA’s 2017 economic outlook reflects lower growth prospects for 8 of the 16 economies surveyed, including Qatar and Saudi Arabia. Analysts expect GDP to have expanded 3.5% in FY 2017, and forecast growth of 4.0% in FY 2018. FocusEconomics analysts forecast that total investment to have grown by 4.1% in FY 2017 and expect it to grow by 5.7% in FY 2018.
August 15, 2017 08:03 UTC
A new museum on the Partition of the Indian subcontinent opens this week, as the two South Asian giants mark seven decades as independent nations. “If you look at any other country in the world, they’ve all memorialized the experiences that have defined and shaped them. Yet this event that has so deeply shaped not only our subcontinent but millions of individuals who were impacted has had no museum or memorial 70 years later,” said Mallika Ahluwalia, CEO of the Partition Museum . An antique pocket watch that belonged to someone killed in mob violence in Pakistan. The personal experience led her to believe it was important to set up the museum, “especially as we saw that generation leaving us.”The fact that it will be India’s first Partition museum makes it even more crucial, she said.
August 15, 2017 07:18 UTC
The signing took place between Khaled Sedek, the executive director of the SDF, and Mohamed El Sheikh, the Secretary General of Cairo governorate on behalf of the governor. “The agreement’s extension aims to provide cash compensations to occupants of the Maspero Triangle area. The first portion would be worth EGP 200m, the second worth EGP 150m, and the third worth EGP 93.36m. Cairo governorate is committed to paying the available amount of funding from the fund to fulfill the purpose it was allocated for, while also committing to all financial laws and regulations. The governorate is also committed to settling all available funding installments from the fund based on the records of beneficiaries that are approved by concerned committees.
August 15, 2017 07:07 UTC
Egypt: Chinese firm to complete transmission network expansion in SeptemberIn North Africa, Chinese firm State Grid is gearing up to complete the construction of transmission lines spanning 800km in Egypt next month. According to sources with the Ministry of Electricity, the lines and electric cables implemented by the Chinese company are part of the country's network expansion plan, Daily News Egypt reported. Media noted that the ministry seeks to transfer the generated power without any interruptions or breakdowns and strengthen the national electricity network to accommodate loads. The electricity will later be transmitted across the remaining units next month,” Daily News Egypt reported. "The ministry has contracted on the establishment of 1,210kms of aerial lines of Ultra high voltage with the Chinese State Grid," Daily News Egypt noted.
August 15, 2017 06:45 UTC
OLX Egypt, the classifieds platform in Egypt, revealed the detailed property market trends report for the first half (H1) of 2017 (January to June 2017). The report exposes the opportunities in the real estate market, indicating optimistic insights for rent and purchases based on online user habits. Despite the economic downturn and a hike in inflation, over 5 million Egyptians used OLX Egypt monthly in H1 2017, with an average of 33 million visits recorded in the real estate section alone. According to the report, OLX identified that each user spends an average of 11 minutes browsing OLX Property in each visit and receives the first lead within 48 hours of a published listing. For the property section, the results show an overview of the performance of the property market relative to geographical locations and pricing categories during 2017.
August 15, 2017 06:00 UTC
Imports from #Rwanda only included plant products. He pointed out that the most important Egyptian items exported to #Chad included foodstuffs, engineering and medical goods, furniture, agricultural products, textiles and leather. As for Tanzania, Egyptian exports included foodstuff, chemical products, metals, stone products, cement, plastics, and wood and paper pastes, in addition to shoes, living animals, and visual equipment. Imports included wood, leathers and chemical products. Imports included steel and iron products only.
August 15, 2017 05:26 UTC
However, #Egypt has expressed concerns that the dam could negatively affect Egypt's share of the Nile. Abdel Aty added that cooperation between Egypt, Tanzania, and #Rwanda includes a great regional navigational project. Regarding bilateral cooperation between #Egypt and Tanzania, in 2009, #Egypt dug 30 wells in the Nile Basin country, in addition to the second round of the project, which included 70 wells. #Egypt also received several Rwandan ministers to attend regional and bilateral meetings. In February 2016, Gabonese President Ali Bongo Ondimba visited Egypt, saying that his country is interested in Egyptian investments in all fields.
August 15, 2017 05:26 UTC
The public agency that was responsible for black, smelly water being discharged into water below Niagara Falls says it’s hired an engineering firm to evaluate the discharge. The Niagara Falls Water Board said in a statement released Monday that it’s retained Los Angeles-based AECOM to analyze details leading to the July 29 discharge of black water from the public authority’s wastewater plant. The discharge turned the Niagara River near the base of the falls black on a sunny day when the area was crowded with tourists. Media coverage showed aerial images of the inky discharge clouding the American side of the river bank. State officials are investigating what led to the discharge, while Niagara County lawmakers are seeking a criminal investigation by several agencies.
August 15, 2017 04:07 UTC