(MENAFN - Daily News Egypt) The Egyptian embassy in Washington is following updates in the investigation of the kidnapping and alleged killing of an Egyptian-American Muslim girl, Nabra Hassanen, Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Ahmed Abou Zeid said Tuesday in an official statement. Egypt's Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson offered condolences to the family of the victim. US local media said officers arrested a 22-year-old Darwin Martinez Torres, after finding Nabra's body Sunday afternoon. On Monday, police said that "the autopsy results show Nabra suffered from blunt force trauma to the upper body." Detectives told Nabra's mother that the teenager was struck with a metal bat, The Washington Post reported.
Defence Minister Sedki Sobhi praised the national role of the armed forces in confronting terrorism and securing the nations' borders day and night. Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis group declared its affiliation to the Islamic State (IS) group in 2014 and has since then launched deadly attacks on army and police checkpoints. #Egypt is currently battling several armed groups concentrated mainly in the Sinai Peninsula, since the ouster of former president Mohamed Morsi in 2013. A state of emergency in North Sinai was first declared in 2013 by then-interim president Adly Mansour, who came into power following the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi. This came following two separate attacks on churches during Palm Sunday prayers, which killed more than 40 people and injured over 100 others.
(MENAFN - Daily News Egypt) Aiming to support and enrich the national and international archaeological community, American University in #Egypt (AUC) Press has donated some of its Egyptology books to local institutions, according to a press release. The university distributed 25 volumes to national schools across #Egypt and 17 sets for the Ministry of Antiquities. The donations to the international institutions aim to maintain good connections with them and provide them with trusted sources for the history of Egypt. The donations also open a door for further collaboration between the AUC and international institutes. 'We are working with the IFAO, planning new co-publication and production opportunities, and we hope to expand this approach to more international institutions in the near future," he concluded.
(MENAFN - Daily News Egypt) Ukrainian oil and petrol company Naftogaz has reportedly failed to find an investment bank to advise on selling its Egyptian assets, Russian Interfax news agency reported. Naftogaz board chairperson Andriy Kobolev said at the end of 2016 that the holding is mulling how to sell its assets in Egyp as this business does not bring a large profit due to oil price drops. Naftogaz, through its subsidiary Zakordonnaftogaz, explores and operates two oil and petrol blocks in the southeastern desert of Egypt: Wadi El Mahareeth and Wadi El Mahareeth. In 2015, the company increased production of oil and condensed it in #Egypt by 20.7% compared to 2014, to 318,000 tonnes (2.33 million barrels). Commercial petrol production was 192 million cubic metres, which is 4.8 times more than in 2014.
Saudi Arabia’s King Salman made his son next in line to the throne on Wednesday, handing the 31-year-old sweeping powers as the kingdom seeks a radical overhaul of its oil-dependent economy and faces mounting tensions with regional rival Iran. “The change is a huge boost to the economic reform program … Prince Mohammed bin Salman is its architect,” said John Sfakianakis, director of the Gulf Research Centre. Bernard Haykel, professor of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton, said the king’s decision was aimed at avoiding a power struggle between his son and Mohammed bin Nayef. Until his father became Saudi Arabia’s seventh king in January 2015, few people outside the kingdom had heard of Prince Mohammed. As defense minister, he commands one of the world’s biggest arms budgets and is ultimately responsible for Saudi Arabia’s military adventure in Yemen.
June 22, 2017 10:41 UTC
The scene in Syria’s besieged rebel-held town of Douma is almost surreal — tables laden with food to break the Ramadan fast are surrounded by the crumbling carcasses of bombed-out buildings. Open-air meals to break the Ramadan fast are a rare treat in rebel-held Douma outside Syria’s capital (AFP Photo/Hamza Al-Ajweh)In recent years, such communal “iftars” or fast-breaking meals have been organized rarely and always inside buildings that provided some protection from the constant threat of government bombardment. But this Ramadan the meals are being held outside, on long tables covered in festive red cloth. This year, the relative calm encouraged the NGO to begin holding the meals outside, and so far it has organized six outdoor iftars. The NGO plans to organize four more such meals before Ramadan ends with the Eid holiday.
June 22, 2017 09:45 UTC
Cairo will host in two days political consultation sessions with Sudan, headed by Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and his Sudanese counterpart Ibrahim Ghandour. Informed diplomatic sources said that the Egyptian-Sudanese political consultations will focus on bilateral issues between the two countries and means to end some economic problems they face, in addition to discussing the regional and international situations of common concern. The political consultations will also discuss the situation regarding the implementation of the agreements and memorandums of understanding signed by the two sides during the meetings of the Egyptian-Sudanese High Joint Committee, held last October under the chairmanship of Presidents Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Omar al-Bashir, said the sources. The meetings will focus on regional issues, especially the situation in Libya and Yemen, in addition to the situation in Africa in general. Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm
June 22, 2017 09:45 UTC
The Interior Ministry said on Tuesday that it managed to eliminate three members from the militant group ‘Hasm’ that is affiliated to the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group. However, when the police force reached the hiding place of the ‘Hasm’ members, the three members opened fire on them and the police force responded, killing the ‘Hasm’ militants. “The arrest orders were accompanied by permission from the Egyptian prosecution, the Interior Ministry’s statement read. “The ‘Hasm’ members opened fire against the police force assigned to arrest them, this led to their death.”The Ministry statement added that the three killed members of ‘Hasm’ group were considered leading figures who receive orders from other MB leading figures in foreign countries. Recently, the ‘Hasm’ group launched an attack against a police vehicle in Cairo’s district of Maadi using an ‘Improvised Explosive Device’, or ‘IED’.
June 22, 2017 09:33 UTC
Belgian authorities investigating Tuesday’s attempted bomb attack on Brussels’ Central Station detained four people after a series of house searches in the Belgian capital late on Wednesday. A judge ordered four house searches in different Brussels districts, including the Molenbeek district where bomber Oussama Zariouh lived, federal prosecutors said in a statement. The suspected attacker, who was shot dead by soldiers patrolling the station, was reportedly a 37-year-old man from Molenbeek. “Such isolated acts will continue in Brussels, in Paris and elsewhere. He compared Tuesday’s incident to that on Paris’ Champs-Elysees avenue a day earlier, when a man rammed his armed car into a French police convoy.
June 22, 2017 09:11 UTC
Islamic State militants on Wednesday blew up the Grand al-Nuri Mosque of Mosul and its famous leaning minaret, Iraq’s military said in a statement. It was from this medieval mosque three years ago that the militants’ leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared a self-styled “caliphate” spanning parts of Syria and Iraq. The Iraqis called the 150-foot (45-metre) leaning minaret al-Hadba, or “the hunchback.” Baghdadi’s black flag had flown over it since June 2014. IS’ Amaq news agency accused American aircraft of destroying the mosque, a claim swiftly denied by the US-led coalition fighting the militant group. “We did not strike in that area,” coalition spokesman US Air Force Colonel John Dorrian told Reuters by telephone.
June 22, 2017 08:48 UTC
A car bomb exploded outside a bank in Lashkar Gah, capital of the southern Afghan province of Helmand on Thursday, killing and wounding dozens of civilians and members of security forces waiting to collect their pay, officials said. Omar Zwak, spokesperson for the provincial governor, said at least 20 people had been killed and more than 50 wounded, including members of the police, army, civilians and staff of the New Kabul Bank branch where the attack took place. There was no immediate claim of responsibility but insurgent groups, however, the Taliban and Islamic State have in the past targeted banks where police, soldiers and other government employees collect their pay. Last month, at least three people were killed and many wounded in an attack on a bank in the eastern city of Gardez.
June 22, 2017 08:26 UTC
Egypt ranked 105 in the 2017 “Global Innovation Index”(GII) moving two places from its 2016 ranking, while Switzerland still ranks as the top innovative country for the seventh year in a row. The Global Innovation Index ranks the economies of 127 countries or territories using an innovation performance score out of 100 points, based on the country’s institutions, human capital and research, infrastructure, market sophistication, business sophistication, knowledge and technology outputs, and finally creative outputs. The report concludes that these results are due to Europe’s strong stance in human capital and research, infrastructure, and business sophistication. Which is an indicator to the particularly in market sophistication index, and intensity of venture capital activity, which acts as a driver to stimulate private-sector economic activity. According to the report, closing the innovation divide between high-income and developing economies was the initial purpose of the index.
June 22, 2017 08:03 UTC
The bookings of Alexandria hotels for next week during the celebrations of Eid Al-Fitr have reached 100%. Many citizens tend to spend the Eid holiday in Alexandria, as an escape from the high temperature in Cairo and other governorates. Hisham El Abd, vice head of the EHA, said that some Alexandria hotels have closed booking until the end of the season because of a shortage in vacant rooms. He added that citizens resort to renting chalets when they do not find empty rooms in hotels, and their prices are usually less than hotels. He added that there are no vacant rooms over next week, while bookings during the week after will range between 50% and 60%.
June 22, 2017 07:41 UTC
He added that the company will raise ticket prices by EGP 10 for all trips starting next week. Nassif said that the price per ticket from Cairo to Hurghada or Sharm El Sheikh start from EGP 95 to EGP 280, while the price from Cairo to Marina ranges between EGP 130 and EGP 160. The price from Cairo to Marsa Matrouh is set at EGP 120. Ticket prices from Cairo to Alexandria begin at EGP 55 to EGP 70, and EGP 115 to EGP 185 from Cairo to Dahab. Nassif also said that the company has added 25 new MCV buses with investments of EGP 100m last week.
June 22, 2017 07:07 UTC
The occupancy rate of the North Coast’s hotels reached 100% during the holiday week, and room prices have seen a 40% increase compared to last year, following the flotation of the pound. The booking agent at El Alamein Hotel in Marassi said that all the hotel rooms are booked during the week of the holiday. The booking agent at Hacienda said that the room prices start at EGP 4,800 per night, while chalets start at EGP 12,000. He said that the single superior room costs EGP 3,820 for 3 days, while the superior double room costs EGP 3,040. He added that the double family room costs EGP 4,115, while the triple family room costs EGP 3,820 per person.
June 22, 2017 06:33 UTC