Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras looks on as he arrives to welcome Portugal's Prime Minister Antonio Costa (not pictured) at the Maximos Mansion in Athens, Greece April 11, 2016. REUTERS/Alkis KonstantinidisNICOSIA - 23 February 2018: Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will support the stance of Cyprus on Turkey`s interference in Cyprus's economic zone after a coordination meeting with Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades last night in Brussels, a Greek government source told the Cyprus News Agency.According to the source, the meeting, which lasted for just over an hour, was held in a good atmosphere and coordination was achieved with regard to the arguments presented by the Greek and Cypriot sides in the Informal EU27 Council and in the bilateral meetings.As announced, both Alexis Tsipras and Nicos Anastasiades will inform their counterparts on a bilateral basis. They will also have a joint meeting with Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, while the Greek premier will inform EU High Representative for Foreign Policy Federica Mogherini.The aim of the Greek side is to push the EU to take a clear stance on the Turkish interference in the Cypriot economic zone.Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will address the Informal EU27 Council this evening for that matter, right after the speech of Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades.
February 23, 2018 14:03 UTC
Egyptian TV host Mona Iraqi – Screenshot from BBC videoControversial Mona Iraqi banned from air over incest episode CAIRO - 15 February 2018: Controversial anchor Mona Iraqi was ordered to be tentatively banned from appearing on TV over sexually-charged remarks. During the episode on February 12 of the program "Entbah" (Attention), which was broadcasted on Mehwar TV channel, Iraqi explored the subject of incest, featuring a woman who had her male kids raped by her husband, along with their daughter, who later committed suicide. Amany el-Khayat suspended over Oman remarks CAIRO - 16 February 2018: The administrative council of Egypt's Media Syndicate decided to suspend Amany el-Khayat, host of the ONTV show "Beyn Al-Sotor" (Between the Lines), for one month, and to suspend Ahmed el-Sherif, host of LTC show "Malaab El Sherif" (Sherif's Pitch), for three weeks, Hamdi al-Konaysi, head of the Media Syndicate, said in a statement on Thursday. CAIRO - 23 February 2018: Controversial anchor Mona Iraqi was hosted by BBC Arabic “Betawket Masr” or “Egypt’s time” TV show, which was the first time to appear on TV after being banned from appearing on TV over sexually-charged remarks.Iraqi said that she has joined the international hashtag #Me_too by admitting that she was raped when she was only 10 years old, adding that the pain of the rape is only felt by the person who has experienced it, and many celebrities around the world has confessed being raped or harassed, but the conservative culture in the Arab world is a hindrance concerning women expressing what they have been through.Iraqi caused controversy after her episode on February 12 of the program “Entebah” (Attention), which was broadcasted on Mehwar TV channel; she explored the subject of incest, featuring a woman whose male childeren had been raped by her husband, along with their daughter, who later committed suicide.Iraqi wondered in her program why men are always the ones who are raping, adding that men always show their affection through sex, unlike women, and describing such acts as “animalistic”.Yahiya el-Konaisy, board member of the National Broadcasting Authority, referred Iraqi for investigations, while the latter said that she “welcomes” the syndicates’ decision.Also, Mehwar TV’s board has released a statement condemning Iraqi’s remarks, which are at odds with the values of the Egyptian society.Iraqi told BBC that she doesn’t regret what she said during her show but maybe she was mistaken in the way she presented it.The Court is scheduled for March 18 to prosecute Iraqi, on charges of committing a blatant act of public defamation, defamation of the Egyptian man and publishing false news.In 2016, Iraqi experienced a firestorm for a famous episode in which she claimed that Cairo-based Beit el-Bahr hammam (traditional steam bath) is a homosexual meeting place.Earlier this month The administrative council of Egypt’s Media Syndicate decided to suspend Amany el-Khayat, host of the ONTV show “Beyn Al-Sotor” (Between the Lines), for one month, and to suspend Ahmed el-Sherif, host of LTC show “Malaab El Sherif” (Sherif’s Pitch), for three weeks, Hamdi al-Konaysi, head of the Media Syndicate, said in a statement on February 16.
February 23, 2018 13:33 UTC
The Egyptian Meteorological Authority (EMA) expects warm weather on Saturday along the north coast, and warmer weather in Lower Egypt, Cairo and north Upper Egypt. However, very cold weather is expected across the country overnight. Mist will affect visibility in the morning along the north coast and in Lower Egypt, Cairo, and the Suez Canal cities. Low and medium level cloud cover is expected for the north coast, accompanied by light rainfall in South Sinai and the country’s southern parts. Maximum temperatures predicted for the following cities are as follows: 26C in Cairo, 23C in Alexandria, 30C in Qena, 31C in Luxor, and 33C in Aswan.
February 23, 2018 13:30 UTC
Europa League logo – UEFA.comFootball - AC Milan v Arsenal UEFA Champions League Second Round First Leg - San Siro Stadium, Milan, Italy - 15/2/12 Zlatan Ibrahimovic (L) celebrates scoring AC Milan's fourth goal with Mark van Bommel (top) and Robinho as Arsenal's Robin van Persie (R) looks dejected Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Jason Cairnduff LivepicCAIRO – 23February 2018:The UEFA Europa League 16th round’s draw was held on Friday afternoon and it resulted with a classic big game between Arsenal & AC Milan.The draw, which was objective and without conditions for almost all teams (except the Russians and Ukrainians who have political issues between each other), was held at the UEFA head-quarters in Nyon, Switzerland.The 16 qualified teams are: CSKA Moscow, Lokomotiv Moscow, Zenit St. Petersburg (Russia), Atlético Madrid, Athletic Club (Spain), Lazio, AC Milan (Italy), Borussia Dortmund, RB Leipzig (Germany), Olympique Lyon, Olympique Marseille (France), Viktoria Plzen (Czech Republic), Sporting CP (Portugal), Arsenal (England), Red Bull Salzburg (Austria) and Dynamo Kiev (Ukraine).The resulted draw is:- Lazio vs Dynamo Kiev- RB Leipzig vs Zenit St Petersburg- Atletico Madrid vs Lokomotiv Moscow- CSKA Moscow vs Olympique Lyonnais- Olympique de Marseille vs Athletic Bilbao- Sporting Lisbon vs Viktoria Plzen- Borussia Dortmund vs FC Salzburg- AC Milan vs ArsenalThe first leg of the eight clashes will be on March 8 and then the second leg will be a week later on March 15.There is no doubt that the match between AC Milan and Arsenal is the most waited match as both teams have a great reputation in Europe.The seven-times Champions League winner, AC Milan, is coached by the ‘Milanista’ legend Gennaro Gattuso.The ‘Rossoneri’ team hopes to satisfy their fans by achieving a trophy this season as they invested a lot last summer by signing 15 players for around €300 million.On the other hand, Arsenal is looking to achieve their first European title since 1994, when they won the the Cup Winners' Cup – the latter title recognized by the European confederation.The ‘Gunners’ also reached the final match in 2006 but weredefeated by the Spanish giants FC Barcelona 1-2.
February 23, 2018 13:18 UTC
Moreover, Egypt and Greece will be working closely in the fields of petroleum and gas through several agreements. He also emphasized the close cooperation with Egypt, Jordan, and Iraq in the same field, announcing that Egypt has entered an agreement with Jordan and Iraq to transport crude oil and gas from Iraq, through Jordan, to Egypt. The minister also says that there is currently a lot of work being undertaken to revolutionize Egypt’s petroleum sector to make it globally competitive. He also highlighted the country’s well-established infrastructure for transporting, storing, and selling crude oil, petroleum products, and gas. Since then, there has been talk of Cyprus increasing its imports of natural gas, Egypt using Cyprus as a bridge for exports to Europe, and prospects of Egyptian engineers training their Cypriot counterparts with techniques for extracting oil and natural gas.
February 23, 2018 13:07 UTC
The Supreme State Security Prosecution ordered the detention of Moataz Wadnan, the journalist who interviewed Hisham Geneina, the former-top auditor and member of presidential hopeful Sami Anan’s campaign team, and published it on the HuffPost Arabia website. He admitted during interrogations that he published Geneina’s statements, and said he published his exact words during the interview. Geneina threatened, in the HuffPost Arabia interview, to release the documents if Anan, who is currently detained, is subjected to a threat to his life. Subsequently, Geneina was summoned by the military prosecution and remanded in custody over the interview. Hisham Geneina’s lawyer Hatem Abdel Azem said that the military prosecution has released Geneina on a bail of LE15,000.
February 23, 2018 12:33 UTC
German University in Cairo (GUC) - GUC official websiteBERLIN - 23 February 2018: Head of the board of trustees of the German University in Cairo (GUC) Dr Ashraf Mansour said that devaluing the US customs dollar contributed to increasing foreign exchange flows to Egypt, which is pivotal for the Egyptian economy in view of reducing cost prices that will decrease inflation rate and prices.Mansour made the remarks during a dialogue session with German businesspeople, investors and banks’ representatives held in Germany’s Baden-Württemberg on security conditions in Egypt.Egypt enjoys a distinguished investment climate, stressing that terrorist attacks have not hindered the state’s march of development and economic reform, he stressed.Egypt has outlined a plan that includes legislative reforms and investment incentives, Mansour said.Several industrial and free zones were established with low-cost and well-trained manpower, Mansour said.
February 23, 2018 12:22 UTC
FILE - Mohamed Mokhtar Gomaa, Awqaf MinisterCAIRO - 23 February 2018: Awqaf Minister Mohamed Mokhtar Gomaa called for decisively confronting drug addiction that poses a grave danger to youth and the whole society.In a statement on Friday, the minister called for fighting drug trafficking and illicit trade that involves the cultivation, manufacture, distribution and sale of narcotic drugs.He also stressed the importance of stepping up anti-drug media campaigns and giving public lectures at schools and universities to raise awareness of the danger of drug addiction.He further noted that next Friday prayers' sermon will be allocated for addressing the epidemic proportions of drug addiction.The general rule in Islam is that any beverage that get people intoxicated when taken is prohibited, both in small and large quantities, whether it is alcohols, drugs, fermented raisin drink or something else.
February 23, 2018 12:11 UTC
Edited Facebook promo for the Lucid Realms exhibition, February 23, 2018 – nihalwahby/FacebookCAIRO – 23 February 2018: Egyptian artist Nihal Wahby will be showcasing her paintings in an exhibition titled “Lucid Realms” at the Hanager Arts Centre in Zamalek, Cairo, starting from February 21 until March 3.The opening ceremony for “Lucid Realms” featured acclaimed Egyptian artist Adam Henein in attendance.Born, raised and working in Cairo, Wahby employs traditional mediums such as painting and drawing but aims to explore new methods of media that complement the unique vision for each project. Her themes explore the concepts of identity and self-awareness as she explores the relationship between virtual and physical reality. She was mentored by artist and writer Hassan Soliman, who guided her through her early development, and Wahby is now a member of the Egyptian Fine Art Syndicate.Wahby has also studied at the Central Saint Martin School of Art in London in order to improve her understanding of international art. Outside of art, she has also served as a curator and has exhibited the works of various Egyptian artists since 1997.
February 23, 2018 12:11 UTC
The film stars Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson. A Catholic group which succeeded in having Lars von Trier's ultra-violent film "Antichrist" banned from French cinemas, is now taking a case against the erotic romance "Fifty Shades Freed".The traditionalist Promouvoir (Promote) lobby group wants the film version of the last of E. L. James' trilogy on a sadomasochistic love affair banned for under 12s.The blockbuster, starring Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan, can be watched by anyone in France even though only over 18s can see it in Britain.US censors gave it an R rating, meaning under 17s must be accompanied by a parent. "It's crazy that this film should be seen by seven-year-old children. It has to be banned for children under 12," the group's lawyer, Andre Bonnet, told AFP late Thursday. "The courts must judge if showing an adult film -- especially when it is about this sadomasochistic relationship -- is right for children," he added.The group has scored several court victories by using a clause in the French film classification rules which allows films to be pulled from cinemas if they might affect "the emotional development of children".Gaspar Noe's erotic odyssey "Love" was banned by the courts in 2015 and the permit for "Blue is the Warmest Colour", which won the top Palme d'Or prize at the Cannes film festival in 2013, was also withdrawn the same year over its lesbian scenes.While "Love" was re-released with a revised 18 certificate, Tunisian-French director Abdellatif Kechiche's much-praised love story was left in legal limbo.It prompted the French culture ministry, which has generally overturned the bans, to order a rethink of the rules.Von Trier, the notoriously provocative Danish director, who revels in putting audiences and his actors through the wringer, admitted that "Antichrist" was not for the faint-hearted when it was first shown.It opens with a passionate sex scene between a couple played by Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg, who are so absorbed in their love making they fail notice their toddler falling to his death from a window.Promouvoir also tried to have the age classification for the first of the E. L. James' movies, "Fifty Shades of Grey", raised when it was released in 2015, but without success.
February 23, 2018 12:00 UTC
Rania Fahmy the girl who brought her harasser to justice in Upper Egypt - File photoCAIRO - 23 February 2018: Qena Criminal Court sentenced a harasser to three years in prison last Thursday for sexually assaulting 23-year-old Rania Fahmy.“It all started while I was out on an August Friday to do some shopping for my house, when a guy sexually harassed me in the street. I shouted at him but he started to beat me so I hit him with my handbag,” Fahmy told Egyptian presenter Wael el-Abrashy during his daily show “10 p.m.” on Dream TV.Fahmy explained that some pedestrians tried to cover up for the harasser and aid him in escaping.Intending to take further legal action against the harasser, Fahmy used the CCTV recordings from a nearby shop to where the incident occurred and took it to the police.The video of Fahmy and the harasser went viral on different social media platforms where most of the comments expressed support for her and her brave retaliation against the defendant.Fahmy is an upper Egyptian girl from Qena, an Upper Egyptian governorate with strict traditions and customs mostly derived from religion. She graduated from the Sciences Faculty and lives with her mother and three sisters in one of Qena’s villages.Although this is the first harassment case brought to court in Upper Egypt, it is not the first in Egypt. The first harassment case in Egypt was in 2008 when Noha Ostadh filed a case against Sharif Gomaa who harassed her from his car as he drove slowly alongside her.The first harassment law in Egypt was issued in June 2014 during the rule of the temporary president Adly Mansour, it states that the minimum term of imprisonment for the criminal is six months and/or a minimum fine of LE 3,000 and no more than LE 5,000.Ahmed Abd el-Moghny, a lawyer for the Women’s Center for Guidance and Awareness declared that the judgment can be seen as a deterrent for others as the harasser committed an outrageous act in public, according to Al Masry Al Youm newspaper.
February 23, 2018 11:48 UTC
Cairo International Airport received on Friday the first batch of penguins in Egypt’s history, which will be transported to the ‘Ski Egypt’ resort at the Mall of Egypt, revealed the General Manager of the Department of the Veterinary Containment Ward at Cairo airport, Safwat Mubarak. In a press statement released on Thursday, Mubarak stated that the batch consists of approximately 20 penguins transported from China. It hosts Ski Egypt – Egypt’s first ski rink. While there are a few ice skating rinks in Egypt, Ski Egypt marked the first time a full ski resort opened in the country. Since the opening of Ski Egypt, a lot of buzz generated on social media circulating that the resort houses penguins.
February 23, 2018 11:37 UTC
The Saudi General Entertainment Authority slogan – Egypt TodayCrown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Women and Saudi theatre – Photo complied by Egypt TodayCAIRO – 23 February 2018: Chairman of the Saudi General Entertainment Authority Ahmed Al-Khatib announced on Thursday the establishment of Saudi Arabia’s first ever opera house.“The Saudi Cultural openness era has started and we will continue till we reach the highest standards in the world,” declared Al-Khatib on Thursday. He recounted that Saudi Arabia allocated $64 billion to be fully dedicated to the entrainment sector for the next 10 years. This decision means that “The Marriage of Figaro” or the “Barber of Seville” could soon be soaring through the rafters of the new Riyadh opera house. Uber in Saudi Arabia is now looking to recruit female drivers. Bin Salman also gave Saudi women the permission to attend the country’s national day last September in Riyadh.Additionally, women in Saudi Arabia were allowed to attend a professional football match for the first time in the country’s history on Friday, January 1.
February 23, 2018 11:15 UTC
Aboul Fotouh’s family denied that he possessed any farm in Wadi Al-Natroun or other areas. Aboul Fotouh’s wife has rented the land since 2013, and since then its responsibility has been transferred completely to the tenant, said Aboul Fotouh’s family, describing the interior ministry’s accusations as baseless. The statement added Aboul Fotouh’s family has documents that prove their claims and will submit them to investigators if requested. Last week, Egyptian security forces arrested Aboul Fotouh for alleged ties with the MB. Aboul Fotouh was arrested from his home in New Cairo after the country’s state prosecution ordered his detention.
February 23, 2018 11:15 UTC
Bobsleigh - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Women's Finals - Olympic Sliding Centre - Pyeongchang, South Korea - February 21, 2018 - Olympic athletes from Russia Nadezhda Sergeeva and Anastasia Kocherzhova compete. "On Feb. 13, her sample was clean. The team's medical staff did not prescribe the drug to the athlete," the federation said in a post on its official Facebook page. "The Bobsleigh Federation of Russia and the athlete herself understand the extent of their responsibility and understand how what has happened can have an impact on the fate of the whole team. "Earlier this week, Russian curling medallist Alexander Krushelnitsky agreed to hand back his mixed-team bronze medal after testing positive for meldonium, which can aid in endurance.Krushelnitsky's case shocked the Russian athletes, who are competing at the Games as neutral athletes as punishment over allegations that the sporting powerhouse ran a systematic, state-backed doping programme.
February 23, 2018 10:52 UTC