Demonstrators sit together during a protest over deteriorating economic situation, in the city of Jounieh, north of Beirut, Lebanon October 18, 2019. REUTERS/Imad CreidiBEIRUT, Oct 19 (MENA) - Lebanon's security forces opened most of the roads that have been closed over the past two days in the wake of the violent protests sweeping the country.Barriers have been removed and the remains of fires and smashes that filled the streets of Beirut have been cleaned.Tens of protesters started flocking to Riad al Solh square in central Beirut amid robust security presence to prevent the repetition of clashes, riots or fires that occurred yesterday.All roads leading to Rafic Hariri International Airport have been opened, an official at Lebanon's Internal Security Forces directorate told MENA.He added that traffic movement on these roads and on most Beirut's roads is calm and normal.
October 19, 2019 10:07 UTC
Riot police fire tear gas to disperse demonstrators during a protest targeting the government over an economic crisis, near the government palace in Beirut, Lebanon October 18, 2019. REUTERS/Mohamed AzakirBEIRUT, Oct 19 (MENA) - The Saudi embassy to Lebanon announced the beginning of the evacuation of Saudi citizens as of Saturday due to the disturbances in Lebanon.The first phase of the crisis and emergency management plan was successful and the safe evacuation and arrival of the citizens at Rafic Hariri International Airport in Beirut has been ensured since 5 am, the embassy said in a statement.The embassy expressed appreciation for the efforts of the Lebanese Armed Forces and Internal Security Forces.It, also, expressed wishes that peace and stability would prevail in Lebanon.
October 19, 2019 09:45 UTC
An Afghan National Army (ANA) soldier stands at the site of Monday's blast in Kabul, Afghanistan July 2, 2019. REUTERS/Mohammad IsmailKABUL, Oct 19 (MENA) - At least 62 people were killed and nearly 60 others wounded in two blasts inside a mosque in Nangarhar province during Friday prayers, spokesman for the Nangarhar governor Attaullah Khogyani confirmed.According to officials, explosives were placed inside the mosque and detonated when the worshipers were busy in prayer, Tolo News reported.Many of the wounded are not in a stable condition, Khogyani said.In a tweet, President Ghani’s spokesman Sediq Sediqqi strongly condemned Friday’s blasts.The Taliban has denied responsibility for the attack.
gypt's Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II (R) meets with French President Emmanuel Macron at the Coptic Church headquarters in Cairo AFPCAIRO – 19 October 2019: Egypt’s Pope Tawadros II visited the Élysée Palace and the French Senate on Friday as part of his first papal visit to France to meet with the Coptic community.The Pope’s talk with President Emanuel Macron focused on the situation in Egypt, where the Pope said development in Egypt is improving but its road is still long. He added that there are many improvements to the situation of Copts, especially the new law facilitating the building of churches and President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi’s visits to the Cathedral every Christmas Mass, a visit that means a lot to the Coptic people in the country and the world.They also tackled education, as the Pope expressed his wish that France supports the educational process in Egypt.Meanwhile, head of the senate Gérard Larcher emphasized Pope Tawadros’ role is one of the most important figures of Christianity across the world, expressing his respect for the Coptic Church and its religious and historical weight, according to a statement by the Egyptian ambassador in Paris Ihab Badawy.Larcher also noted the Egyptian counter terrorism role and the Egyptian-French relations, including parliamentary relations. The Pope, who began his visit to Belgium and France on Oct. 9, said that all terrorist operations, regardless how different in terms of their targets, whether churches, mosques, officers or judges, all aim at weakening the Egyptian national unity.Pope Tawadros referred in his meeting with Larcher to efforts of the Egyptian government to renovate churches affected by terrorist attacks.The Pope will later visit León and Marseille.
Kurdish protesters run away from tear gaz during a rally against the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in Sulaimaniyah, Iraq December 18, 2017. REUTERS/Stringer. BAGHDAD, Oct 19 (MENA) - Kurdistan region in Iraq has received more than 1,000 Syrian refugees over the past two days, humanitarian affairs agency official in Dohuk governorate Salem Saeed said.More than 1,000 Syrian people have been displaced to Kurdistan region escaping from the Turkish aggression on northern Syria, he said in a statement to Russia Today channel on Saturday.Coordination underway with the bodies concerned to transfer the refugees to camps in Dohuk, he added.
Britain's opposition Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn listens as Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks at the House of Commons as parliament discusses Brexit, sitting on a Saturday for the first time since the 1982 Falklands War, in London, BritaLONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Saturday he was confident he had secured the best possible deal to leave the European Union, warning parliament there was little appetite in the bloc for any further delay.“I believe that this is a good arrangement,” he told parliament. “With this new deal, the scope for future negotiation, for fruitful negotiation, has run its course ... there is very little appetite among our friends in the EU for this business to be protracted by one extra day.”
October 19, 2019 09:00 UTC
Britain's opposition Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn speaks at the House of Commons as parliament discusses Brexit, sitting on a Saturday for the first time since the 1982 Falklands War, in London, Britain, October 19, 2019, in this screen grab taken frLONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said the people should have the final say on Brexit, adding that his lawmakers would not back Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s European Union withdrawal deal.“Voting for a deal today won’t end Brexit. It won’t deliver certainty and the people should have the final say,” Corbyn told parliament.“I totally understand the frustration and the fatigue across the country and in this House. But we simply cannot vote for a deal that is even worse than the one this House rejected three times.”
October 19, 2019 09:00 UTC
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks at the House of Commons as parliament discusses Brexit, sitting on a Saturday for the first time since the 1982 Falklands War, in London, Britain, October 19, 2019, in this screen grab taken from video. ParliaLONDON (Reuters) - The British government will not take part in a vote on its Brexit deal on Saturday if lawmakers back a proposal which seeks to withhold support for a deal until formal ratification legislation has passed, the BBC’s political editor said.The proposal, put forward by former Conservative lawmaker Oliver Letwin, has a strong chance of being accepted, meaning a subsequent vote on Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s deal would no longer be a so-called “meaningful vote” to approve it.Instead, Johnson’s Downing Street office would tell Conservative lawmakers they could go home rather than stay to participate in the vote, and would bring forward the legislation required to ratify a deal on Monday, the BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg reported.“No. 10 plans to send MPs home if they vote for Letwin - but govt will introduce the bill on Monday,” Kuenssberg said on Twitter. She also reported that Johnson would write to the EU to request an extension to Brexit if the Letwin amendment passed.
October 19, 2019 08:48 UTC
A wounded man after a bomb blast at a mosque in in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan, on Friday.CreditCreditParwiz/ReutersCAIRO – 19 October 2019: Egypt strongly condemned the Afghanistan bombing that targeted a mosque during the Friday congregational prayer, killing 62 worshipers.Egypt’s Mufti Shawqi Allam slammed the bombing, offering his condolences to the families of the victims.“The targeting of mosques and places of worship around the world by terrorist groups proves the absurd and dark ideas of these misguided organizations that know nothing of the principles and foundations of religions,” Allam said.The attack in eastern Nangarhar province also injured 36 people. The massacre has not been claimed thus far, but anti-government forces have deeply engaged in violence against officials and civilians this year.The Mufti called on the international community to take all the actions needed to confront terrorism and attempts to spread extremism and sectarianism.
October 19, 2019 06:45 UTC
FILE PHOTO: Giant Panda cub Bei Bei is shown to the media at the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington, December 16, 2015. Bei Bei is four months old and weighs 17 pounds. Fans have watched Bei Bei grow from a small cub to a 240-pound (109 kg) bear over the years.“The giant pandas are iconic,” she said. During his flight to China, zookeepers plan on packing lots of his favorite snacks, like bamboo, pears, and cooked sweet potatoes.Fans of Bei Bei will have plenty of opportunities to say farewell. “Bye Bye, Bei Bei” events will run for a week next month, featuring activities from daily treat feedings to special Panda-cam coverage, which will stream Bei Bei 24/7 over the course of the week.
October 18, 2019 17:48 UTC
Syrian Democratic Forces spokesman Mustafa BaliDAMASCUS, Oct 19 (MENA) - Despite a US-brokered ceasefire that went into effect overnight, the border town of Ras al-Ayn remained besieged and was being attacked by Turkey and its allied forces, said spokesman for the Kurdish-led militia alliance. "Despite the agreement to halt the fighting, Turkish air and artillery attacks continue to target the positions of fighters and civilian settlements," Syrian Democratic Forces spokesman Mustafa Bali said in press statements on Saturday.
October 18, 2019 16:41 UTC
Soccer Football - La Liga Santander - FC Barcelona vs Valencia - Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain - April 14, 2018 Barcelona's Samuel Umtiti celebrates scoring their second goal REUTERS/Albert GeaCAIRO – 18 October 2019: Great news for Barcelona fans as the club manager, Ernesto Valverde, included Samuel Umtiti, Jordi Alba and Junior Firpo at the team list that will face Eibar on Saturday afternoon at the Spanish League.Umtiti’s return is so important for Barcelona as the Catalan enter the game with two Center Backs, Todibo and Clement Langlet while the team veteran defender, Gerard Pique, misses the game for suspension.Valverde’s announced squad for the game consists of:Goalkeepers: Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Neto, Arnau TenasDefenders: Nelson Semedo, Jean-Clair Todibo, Clement Lenglet, Moussa Wague, Jordi Alba, Sergi Roberto, Samuel Umtiti, Junior FirpoMidfielders: Ivan Rakitic, Sergio Busquets, Arthur Melo, Carles Alena, Frenkie de Jong, Arturo VidalForwards: Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi, Antoine Griezmann, Carles Perez, Ansu FatiThe Spanish Football Federation announced on Friday that the first clasico of the season between Barcelona and Real Madrid at Barca’s stadium, Camp Nou, is postponed.The game was scheduled on 26 October at the Ctalan capital but the recent political tension in the region and the expected demonstrations on the day of the game forced the federation to postpone the game.LaLiga requested to switch the venue of the game to Madrid and the second game in March to be played in Catalonia but the request saw opposition from both clubs.Both clubs suggested 18 December as a new date for the biggest game of the football calendar across the world and they are waiting the federation’s approval.
FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Premier League - West Ham United v Liverpool - London Stadium, London, Britain - February 4, 2019 Liverpool's Mohamed Salah during the match REUTERS/David KleinCAIRO – 18 October 2019: Liverpool Egyptian winger, Mohamed Salah, will undergo many tests on Saturday to decide if he is fit to play against Manchester United on Sunday at Old Trafford.The winger suffered a tough injury against Leicester City as he was tackled by Leicester’s midfielder, Hamza Choudhury during the last minutes of the game.“There are two more sessions to come from this afternoon and we have to see. Then we’ll make decisions, that’s how it is. Nothing is fixed.” Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, said on Friday.Liverpool are travelling to Manchester in high spirits as they are leading the league table with 24 points from eight games and they did not lose a single point at the Premier League this season.Klopp added “The players on international duty all came back healthy, which is very, very important, we now had three or four days with the full squad to prepare it, which is a little bit comfortable at least.”Manchester United are having a tough time this season and they are only two points away from the relegation area after gaining 9 points from their first 8 games at the league.
Football Soccer - Real Madrid v FC Barcelona - Spanish Liga Santander - Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid, Spain - 23/4/17 Barcelona's Lionel Messi celebrates scoring their third goal Reuters / Stringer LivepicCAIRO – 18 October 2019: The Spanish Football Federation announced on Friday that the first clasico of the season between Barcelona and Real Madrid at Barca’s stadium, Camp Nou, is postponed.The game was scheduled on 26 October at the Ctalan capital but the recent political tension in the region and the expected demonstrations on the day of the game forced the federation to postpone the game.LaLiga requested to switch the venue of the game to Madrid and the second game in March to be played in Catalonia but the request saw opposition from both clubs.Both clubs suggested 18 December as a new date for the biggest game of the football calendar across the world and they are waiting the federation’s approval.In Madrid, Los Blancos asked to stick to the season’s calendar and postpone the game to be played in a later date instead of switching the venues.In Barcelona, the club officials asked for the same decision of LaLiga of a similar incident in 2017 when Barcelona hosted Las Palmas at Camp Nou on 1 October, the same day of the Catalan independence referendum.Barcelona asked the game to be postponed but LaLiga forced Barcelona to play or lose so the Catalan played the game behind closed doors.At the end, the federation put an end to the never-ending Soap Opera and football fans will have to wait for another period to enjoy the game.
File - Prominent Egyptian singer Angham will perform in Kuwait along with renowned Lebanese singer Wael Gassar on November 14. CAIRO –18 October 2019: Prominent Egyptian singer Angham will perform in Kuwait along with renowned Lebanese singer Wael Gassar on November 14.Angham as well is scheduled to perform a concert at the Al-Manara Convention Center in the 5th Settlement on October 25.She recently received Middle East Music Awards ( MEMA) for the best female singer in 2019.The famed singer performed a concert at the Saudi city Jeddah on June 23. The star had to announce the marriage after a letter she sent to Ibrahim on his birthday was leaked.Angham is an Egyptian singer, record producer and actress. It is worth noting that the star’s fans and critics in the industry named her “Egypt’s No. She is famous for her wide vocal range and romantic style.Angham’s album “Rah Tethkerni” (You’ll Remember Me) gained great success at the time of its release.
October 18, 2019 12:33 UTC