Ride-hailing app Uber will finally pay the Value Added Tax (VAT) in Egypt, fulfilling Law No. In an agreement with the Uber Country Director, the Tax Authority will facilitate collecting added value taxes from Uber, assuring that all the company’s tax conflicts would be sorted. The VAT would also apply to other ride apps such as Careem, the Egyptian Tax Authority stated. Abdel Azim Hussein Head of the Tax Authority, said in an interview with MENA that these agreements enhance cooperation between the tax community and all ride-hailing companies operating in Egypt. The law was enforced on Uber and Careem last summer as a result of growing tensions between the ride-hailing companies and white Taxi drivers.
February 20, 2019 14:26 UTC
Shan is the epicenter of production in Myanmar, with a network of local armed groups linking up with transnational trafficking gangs. Accurate figures of production of high quality crystal meth, or “ice”, and low-grade meth, known in Southeast Asia as “yaba”, are unavailable. Crystal meth is smuggled via sophisticated trafficking networks to more developed markets like Australia, where it can fetch a wholesale value of more than $180 million per tonne. Among Myanmar’s urban elite, addiction to high grade crystal meth is already taking root. A lack of funding for prevention work and treatment means Myanmar’s meth problem may only get worse.
The tragedy of the plane crash that killed Argentine footballer Emiliano Sala has now entered an ugly aftermath as Premier League club Cardiff City and French side Nantes threaten to go to court over his £15 million ($19 million) transfer fee. Sala, who was buried at the age of 28 in the Argentine village of Progreso on Saturday, never played a game for Cardiff. That would point the finger at agents Willie and Mark McKay, who were hired by Nantes to secure the transfer. Willie McKay has accused Cardiff of “trying to throw me under the bus” in an attempt to avoid paying the transfer fee. Willie McKay also rejected a statement from Cardiff chairman Mehmet Dalman that the club were unaware of who made Sala’s flight arrangements.
Pyongyang’s special representative for the US arrived in Hanoi on Wednesday with a North Korean delegation, an AFP reporter and source confirmed, ahead of a summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un next week. “A team of North Koreans arrived on a flight from Beijing,” a source at the airport told AFP, requesting anonymity. Biegen and Kim Hyok Chol met in Pyongyang earlier this month to hammer out US and North Korean positions on denuclearization ahead of the much-anticipated meeting. Observers are hoping for more concrete outcomes from the Hanoi summit to avoid it being dismissed as a publicity stunt. “I’d like to see ultimately denuclearization of North Korea,” Trump told reporters.
Etihad Stadium, Manchester, Britain - April 10, 2018 Liverpool's Mohamed Salah Action Images via Reuters/Jason CairnduffCAIRO_20 February 2019: Liverpool Egyptian winger, Mohamed Salah, suffered on Tuesday night when his team hosted German giants, Bayern Munich, at UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg.The game ended with a goalless draw despite the chances both teams had created.SaLah Led the team attacking Line alongside Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino but the trio failed to break the German defense in the whole game.Salah had many chances to score but he failed to find the target like his teammate, Mane, who had many clear chances to score especially at the first half.“He lacked his usual explosiveness and he should have done better with the few opportunities that fell his way.” Independent commented on Salah’s performance in the game.Salah was decisive for Liverpool’s run at the competition last season and he led his team to the Final but he picked a shoulder injury during the first half of the game and followed his team’s 3-1 loss to Real Madrid from the stands.Liverpool fans put much hopes on the Egyptian winger shoulders to score at the second leg in Munich and lead his team to reach the next round.The second leg is scheduled on March 13 in Munich.
FILE - Egyptian ArtifactsCAIRO - 20 February 2019: The security services, in coordination with the police of Tourism and Antiquities, seized an employee at the Directorate of Youth and Sports holding 65 antiquities inside his house.Among the seized artifacts were antiquities dating back to 11th Dynasty and coins dating back to the Greek-Byzantine era. The pieces were confiscated while the man was trying to sell them to an undercover officer in the Tourism and Antiquities Police Department, who played the role of a smuggler.Major General Mohammed al-Ghoul, director of the General Directorate of Tourism and Antiquities Police, received a notification from the director of the Tourism and Antiquities Police Department in Menia, stating that a confidential information had been received stating that a 38 year old man in Menia was trying to sell rare artifacts for LE 10 million.When the man opened his door to receive the money, he was surprised by undercover police officers who were able to arrest the defendant and seize a statue of King Antuf VII dating back to the 11th dynasty, and numerous other artifacts in his possession.The artifacts were confiscated and the defendant was held in detention for further investigation.
FILE- Employees in the EGX following performance of the trading sessionCAIRO - 20 February 2019: The Egyptian Exchange (EGX) ended Wednesday’s session on mixed performance, and market capitalization gained LE 3.13 billion, amid foreign selling.The benchmark EGX30 hiked 0.38 percent, or 57.7 points, to close at 15,213.54 points.Meanwhile, the equally weighted index EGX50 jumped 1.39 percent, or 34.09 points, to reach 2,479.34 points.On an opposite direction, the small and mid-cap index EGX70 decreased 0.31 percent, or 2.24 points, to 719.66 points, and the broader index EGX100 dropped 0.21 percent, or 3.78 points, to close at 1,818.59 points.Market capitalization gained LE 3.13 billion, recording LE 839.55 billion, compared to LE 836.42 billion in Tuesday’s session.The trading volume reached 399.08 million shares, traded through 34,840 transactions, with a turnover of LE 1.66 billion.Foreign investors were net sellers at LE 64.75 million, while Egyptian and Arab investors were net buyers at LE 51.7 million and LE 13.05 million, respectively.Arab individuals were net sellers at LE 7.78 million, while Egyptian and foreign individuals were net buyers at LE 60.37 million, and LE 1.01 million, respectively.Arab organizations bought at LE 20.84 million, while Egyptians and foreign organizations sold at LE 8.67 million, and LE 65.76 million, respectively.Ibnsina Pharma, Memphis Pharmaceuticals, and Assiut Islamic Trading were top gainers of the session by 14.61 percent, 8.17 percent and 6.86 percent, respectively.Meanwhile, International Co for Investment & Development, El Arabia Engineering Industries, and Alexandria New Medical Center were top losers of the session by 8.08 percent, 5.45 percent, and 4.45 percent, respectively.EGX ended Tuesday’s session on mixed performance, as EGX30dropped 0.47 percent, EGX50 declined 0.31 percent, while EGX70 rose 0.12 percent and EGX100 increased 0.05 percent.
Three MPs quit the governing Conservative Party over Brexit on Wednesday, joining a mounting rebellion in parliament this week against the two major parties that is shaking the system in British politics. Anna Soubry, Heidi Allen and Sarah Wollaston said they planned to sit in parliament alongside eight former Labour MPs who, also citing their opposition to Brexit, have resigned from the main opposition party since Monday to form the new Independent Group. May said she was “saddened” by the resignations and thanked the MPs for their “dedicated service to our party over many years”. The shake-up of seats mean May’s center-right Conservatives alone are now six votes short of a majority in parliament’s lower House of Commons. The group “operates openly as a party within a party, with its own leader, whip and policy” they said.
February 20, 2019 13:30 UTC
Hariri met US Ambassador Elizabeth Richard in Beirut on Tuesday – (NNA)CAIRO – 20 February 2019: U.S. Ambassador to Beirut Elizabeth Richard expressed concerns on Tuesday over Hezbollah’s interference in the formation of the new cabinet.During a meeting with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, Richard stressed that such growing role of the militant group cannot be deemed contribution to the stability of Lebanon.The ambassador further called upon the new government of Hariri to refrain from providing any support to Hezbollah from public resources.The Iran-backed Hezbollah, according to Richard, continues to violate Lebanon’s sovereignty and policy of non-involvement in regional conflicts by fighting, “at least in three countries”, in a clear reference to Syria, Iraq and Yemen, where Iran supports local armed groups, including the Iranian Militias in Iraq and Syria (IMIS).“I was also very frank with the prime minister about US concern over the growing role in the Cabinet of an organization that continues to maintain a militia that is not under the control of the government,” Richard told reporters after the meeting.She added that Hezbollah continues to make its own “national security decisions” that “endanger the rest of the country.”Last week, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif met Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah during an official visit to Lebanon.The meeting was held in the presence of Iranian Ambassador to Lebanon Mohammad-Jalal Firouznia and the delegation accompanying Zarif.Zarif’s visit took place to follow the recent formation of a new government in Lebanon after a nine-month deadlock that only deepened the country' economic woes.In October, American and western intelligence sources said Iran was supplying Hezbollah with GPS components to make previously unguided rockets into precision guided-missiles.
February 20, 2019 13:30 UTC
Soccer Football - Champions League Round of 16 Second Leg - Liverpool vs FC Porto - Anfield, Liverpool, Britain - March 6, 2018 Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp Action Images via Reuters/Lee SmithCAIRO_20 February 2019: Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, revealed on Wednesday that the team defenders had a great game and managed to stop Bayern Munich strikers despite the absence of their defender, Virgil Van Dijk.“It was a clean sheet without the big man (Van Dijk). A lot of things were really good. It was an intense game for both sides. It was not a game we will remember in 20 years. "Liverpool hosted German giants, Bayern Munich, at UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg and the game ended with a goalless draw despite the chances both teams had created.The second leg is scheduled on March 13 in Munich.
February 20, 2019 13:18 UTC
Syria Democratic Forces (SDF) carry their weapons in a village on the outskirts of al-Shadadi town, Hasaka countryside, Syria – Reuters/Rodi SaidCAIRO – 20 February 2019: The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced Wednesday that a convoy carrying evacuated civilians has left the last Islamic State (IS) pocket in eastern Syria’s embattled Baghouz.The SDF has said isolating the civilians in the enclave at Baghouz from the remaining extremists there is a crucial step toward the final capture of the area.Reporters near the front line saw the trucks leaving the enclave.The SDF warned the remaining IS fighters that they should surrender, or face death.The Kurdish-led forces were able to trap the jihadists in less than half a kilometer within Baghouz, while dozens of civilians and some fighters surrendered themselves.The SDF have slowed down their offensive as they seek to evacuate civilians before a final push to defeat IS, which seized swaths of Syria and Iraq in 2014 and declared a cross-border caliphate.SDF spokesperson Adnan Afrin has said in press remarks that foreigners were among those who left the pocket, but their nationalities “have not yet been determined” and it was not clear if these foreigners were civilians or fighters.The United Nations earlier expressed concern over “the situation of some 200 families, including many women and children, who are reportedly trapped” in the IS holdout.Earlier Tuesday, another SDF spokesman Mustefa Bali said his forces were preparing for a final push.“We are working on secluding and evacuating civilians and then we will attack. This could happen soon,” he said.IS fighters “have only two options, either they surrender or they will be killed in battle,” Bali said.IS territories ran out of supplies and prices soared as civilians consumed the last of food rations; hundreds of fighters and civilians were sent hundreds of miles to refugee camps or prisons.
February 20, 2019 13:07 UTC
Soccer Football - Premier League - Arsenal v Huddersfield Town - Emirates Stadium, London, Britain - December 8, 2018 Huddersfield Town's Ramadan Sobhi during the warm up before the match REUTERS/Hannah McKayCAIRO_20 February 2019: Premier League side, Wolverhampton Wanderers, is interested in signing Egypt International, Ramadan Sobhy, according to Daily Mail.The English club showed interest in signing the Egyptian winger after he regained his amazing performance while on a loan with the Egyptian club, Al-Ahly.Sobhi, Al-Ahly academy product, left his childhood team in 2016 to join Stoke City where he played two seasons before leaving to Huddersfield.Ramadan failed to establish himself as a key player with Huddersfield and joined his childhood team, Al-Ahly in January on a loan to secure his place at the national team squad that will participate at 2019 African Cup of Nations held in Egypt next summer.Ramadan was among the national team squad that lost 2017 African Cup of Nations Final to Cameroon.Egypt is the most successful nation in the history of the competition as Egypt has won a record of seven titles including three in a row between 2006 and 2010.Egypt hosted four African Cup of Nations' tournaments in 1959, 1974, 1986 and 2006 and they failed to achieve the title only in 1974.
February 20, 2019 13:07 UTC
Mohamed Salah’s net worth has seen a significant boost since joining Liverpool, and Express Sports has taken to presenting a comprehensive report showing Salah’s weekly salary in addition to his entire worth. After topping Anfield stadium with a mind-blowing victory, Salah’s weekly salary jumped to £200,000 plus bonuses that vary according individual and team performances. Renewing his contract, Salah signed a new long-term deal to stay in the red club until 2023. Celebrity Net Worth reported Salah’s personal net worth at over £30 million. On the sides of his exceptional performance in Liverpool, Salah scored 32 Premier League goals last season, making it to the finals.
February 20, 2019 12:45 UTC
Egypt's ground troops in a full-scale offensive against militants in North and Central Sinai on Friday, February 9,2018- Phoro courtesy of the Armed Forces Spokesperson's Facebook pageCAIRO - 20 February 2019: Egyptian Army forces killed eight terrorists in Northerner Sinai and destroyed two car bombs, according to a statement issued by spokesperson of the Egyptian Armed Forces Tamer al-Refai.In February 2018, and under the title "Comprehensive Operation Sinai 2018", The Egyptian army, in cooperation with police forces, launched a comprehensive military operation targeting the hotbeds of terrorists nationwide especially in Northern and Central Sinai.Sinai, in particular, has been a staging ground for militants operating in Egypt for decades. It is also believed to be home to the Islamic State’s (IS) Egyptian branch, which has been primarily targeting civilians and security forces.
February 20, 2019 12:33 UTC
UEFA Champions League Round of 16 First Leg - Dragao Stadium, Porto, Portugal - 22/2/17 Juventus' Sami Khedira Reuters / Miguel Vidal LivepicFeb 20 (Reuters) - Juventus midfielder Sami Khedira will be on the sidelines for a month after having treatment to correct an irregular heartbeat, the Serie A leaders said on Wednesday.The 31-year-old Khedira, who was part of Germany's 2014 World Cup-winning squad, did not travel for Wednesday's Champions League last-16 first leg at Atletico Madrid after being diagnosed with atrial fibrillation.Khedira underwent an "electrophysiological study and successful interventional therapy", the Italian champions said in a statement https://www.juventus.com/en/news/news/2019/khedira--medical-update.php on their website. "After a short period of convalescence (he) will be able to resume his activity approximately within one month. "Khedira has played only 15 times in all competitions for runaway Serie A leaders Juve this season due to injuries.
February 20, 2019 12:33 UTC