On Thursday, the Cairo Criminal Court postponed until 16 April the final verdict of Aya Hegazy and other defendants in the Beladi Foundation case, continuing their detention until then. The court was supposed to declare its final verdict in the case. The defendants were arrested in May 2014 after the police raided the foundation’s premises and closed down the non-governmental organisation for being “established without a licence,” after a complaint was filed by an individual accusing the foundation of kidnapping his son. The foundation aimed at taking care of street children, but the founders were accused of human trafficking. The Beladi Foundation was established in September 2013 with the aim of providing shelter for street children, developing their skills, and securing a safe environment for them, according to the foundation’s statement, released following the arrests.
The Arab-Brazilian Chamber of Commerce (ABCC) released a statement declaring that it is closely following the developments of operation Carne Fraca, which is the ongoing investigation on meat processing plants. The Brazilian federal police are investigating 21 slaughterhouses on suspicion of irregularities, out of more than 4,800 operating in Brazil. The Brazilian government recently announced the suspension of the export licenses of the plants under probe. There are 33 public officers from the ministry of agriculture being investigated, out of a total of 11,000 employees. Brazlian president Michel Temer declared on Tuesday that South Korea, who had considered suspending imports of Brazilian meat, decided otherwise.
In Washington on Wednesday, Egyptian Foreign Affairs Minister Sameh Shoukry explained Egypt’s views regarding combating terrorism during the meeting of the coalition against IS. Shoukry confirmed the necessity of adopting a comprehensive intellectual, organizational, and security approach to deal with the various dimensions of terrorism. These meetings came following the arrival of Shoukry in Washington to participate in the meeting of the international coalition against IS. During these meetings, Shoukry was keen on reviewing updates in Egypt, as well as updates on its role in regional issues. The meetings included discussions over bilateral relations and the significance of US support to Egypt.
An Egyptian court ordered on Thursday a renewed corruption probe into ousted President Hosni Mubarak, who had been cleared for release after almost six years in detention, judicial officials said. The court ruling to reopen the investigation after it had been dropped would not affect a prosecution decision to release Mubarak after his acquittal in another case, the officials said. An investigative judge had agreed in 2013 to drop the probe after they paid back the amount, but the prosecution appealed. He was accused of inciting the deaths of protesters during the 18-day revolt, in which about 850 people were killed as police clashed with demonstrators. In January 2016, the appeals court upheld a three-year prison sentence for Mubarak and his two sons on corruption charges.
In an interview with state-run news agency MENA, Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri said that he called on President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to take part in training the Lebanese army; a request to which Sisi responded favorably during their meeting at the presidential palace on Wednesday. Hariri praised Sisi’s understanding of the difficult situation in Lebanon in the presence of around 1.5 million Syrians, among them many Christian families, in addition to the Israeli daily threats. At the meeting, the two statesmen tackled widening bilateral cooperation in all fields, as well as recent developments in Arab countries. “We also addressed the situation in the region especially the Syrian crisis and its consequences, and regional intervention from other countries. “My presence in both Al-Azhar and the Coptic church stresses that we should maintain our coexistence,” he added.
The Official Gazette published on Thursday a presidential decree, No 38 for the year 2016, approving a loan from Kuwait to Egypt worth 30 million dinars for a mega electricity project. Egypt's government and the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development had signed an agreement in Cairo on November 11, 2015, for funding the Egyptian-Saudi electricity linkage project. Egypt is one of the countries participanting in the Gulf electricity linkage project, which will be part of a comprehensive Arab electricity linkage project. The project costs up to $1.6 billion, with Egypt contributing $610 million, and aims to establish the infrastructure of an electicity grid linking Arab countries for electricity trade and a common electricity market. The trial run of the electricity linkage project between Saudi Arabia and Egypt is expected to start in mid-July 2017, according to a statement by Mohamed al-Yamany, a member of the Egyptian-Saudi committee responsible for electricity and energy subsidies.
The Saudi company Fawaz Alhokair Group is to raise its investments in Egypt, according to a statement issued by the Ministry of Investment. The statement said that Investment Minister Sahar Nasr held a meeting with the group of representatives, where both sides discussed increasing the group’s investments in Egypt. The statement added that the company would invest in establishing three mall centers in the New Administrative Capital, New Cairo, and Tanta, as well as completing the second phase of Mall of Arabia—adding EGP1.2bn to the EGP 4bn invested in the first phase. Furthermore, the minister stated that the government looks forward to improving the investment environment and providing different types of support to investors in order to increase investments in Egypt. Nasr said that the government, in cooperation with each ministry, would set an investment plan to promote investment opportunities in every governorate.
Police investigating the deadliest London terror attack in 12 years have arrested eight people in raids around Britain, as an ISIS-affiliated news agency claimed that the extremist group was behind the outrage. May said the attacker had been investigated by security services but was regarded as a "peripheral figure." Authorities did not know he was about to mount an assault, she said. A tweet from ISIS-affiliated news agency Amaq said the attacker was "a soldier" of ISIS inspired by its message. However, ISIS has provided no evidence for any direct links to the assailant, whom it did not name.
Minister of Investment and International Cooperation Sahar Nasr signed 7 cooperation agreements with Lebanon for sharing experiences in the fields of small and medium enterprises (SMEs), youth, environment, consumer protection, sports, and security. According to a press statement, Nasr signed the agreements in a meeting of the Egyptian-Lebanese Supreme Committee headed by prime ministers Sherif Ismail and Saad Hariri. Nasr said that the relations between both countries are strong, and both governments are willing to improve it through cooperation in different fields. The statement, issued on Thursday, stated that Egypt and Lebanon would cooperate in industry, tourism, and labour, along with other fields. It added that the Egyptian side promoted a lot of investment opportunities in various fields for the Lebanese, and that the Egyptian government wants to improve relations by supporting Lebanese investments in Egypt.
(MENAFN - Daily News Egypt) Minister of Investment and International Cooperation Sahar Nasr signed 7 cooperative agreements with Lebanon for sharing experiences in the fields of small and medium enterprises (SMEs), youth, environment, consumer protection, sports, and security. According to a press statement, Nasr signed the agreements in a meeting of the Egyptian-Lebanese Supreme Committee headed by prime ministers Sherif Ismail and Saad Hariri. Nasr said that the relations between both countries are strong, and both governments are willing to improve it through cooperation in different fields. The statement, issued on Thursday, stated that Egypt and Lebanon would cooperate in industry, tourism, and labour, along with other fields. It added that the Egyptian side promoted a lot of investment opportunities in various fields for the Lebanese, and that the Egyptian government wants to improve relations by supporting Lebanese investments in Egypt.
The European Archeological Mission has discovered an alabaster statue that they say probably depicts Queen Tiye, the wife of King Amenhotep III, during an excavation mission at Kom Al-Hitan in Luxor. “The statue of the queen was found by accident near the right leg of a huge statue of King Amenhotep III, just as the mission was lifting the statue out. Queen Tiye’s statue was found buried under,” said Dr Hourig Sourouzian, head of the mission. Khaled A-Anani, Egypt’s minister of antiquities, said that the new discovery is "important and unique”; adding that it’s the first time an alabaster statue of Queen Tiye is uncovered. Other statues of Queen Tiye, previously discovered by the mission, were made from quartzite.
Magdy Mohamadein, chairperson of Benha Electronics, which is affiliated to the Ministry of Military Production, signed a cooperation protocol with S-Energy Company, a spin-off from Samsung Electronics, which is one of the most experienced solar panel makers. The agreement aims to establish a solar panel factory at Benha with an annual capacity of 200MW. According to Mohamadein, this agreement aims to transfer the South Korean company’s experience in the manufacture of solar panels to Benha, so as to enhance the company’s manufacturing capabilities and benefit from S-Energy’s technological expertise in this field. He added that the agreement aims to optimize the available solar energy in Egypt throughout the year to generate electricity for various uses in houses, industry, and commerce. He pointed out that this field will help Egypt to export its electricity production to neighboring Arab and African countries.
But how do they think this will help the white nationalist cause?The “alt-right” – a movement of internet-savvy, far-right nationalists in the United States – likes to provoke. The latest alt-right controversy follows the group’s apparent appropriation of the works of one of England’s best loved novelists – Jane Austen. “To my surprise, invocations of Austen popped up in many alt-right online venues,” Wright wrote in an article for The Chronicle of Higher Education. Looser also points out that Austen wrote “fiction, not treatises.”“Even if this means the implications of her fiction are more politically slippery, I’m grateful for that,” she added. It’s a trenchant piece of social commentary and social criticism, when read in the context of the novel as a whole.”
Egypt has announced it will take part in the Earth Hour campaign on Saturday March 25 by turning off lights at archeological sites and touristic areas from 8:30pm to 9:30pm, in order to help spread awareness of the risks of climate change. The event is marked annually by millions of people throughout 5,000 cities in 135 countries around the world. Egypt started to part in the campaign in 2009 when it first turned the lights off at pivotal tourist and cultural venues like the Pyramids, the Sphinx, Salah Al-Din Citadel, Cairo Tower; in addition to several hotels and other tourist places, during the Earth Hour. The campaign was first launched in 2007 in Sydney, when restaurants replaced lights with candles to mark the occasion. Lights were switched off in houses and buildings throughout the city, including the Sydney Opera House.
Egypt’s Foreign Ministry and Al-Azhar University issued statements on Wednesday night “strongly condemning” the deadliest terror attack in central London in 12 years. UK Prime minister Theresa May described the attack as “sick and depraved”, but said it would not undermine British values. Egypt’s Al-Azhar also strongly condemned in a statement the terrorist attack that took place outside the UK Parliament on Wednesday. No group has yet claimed responsibility for the suspected terror attack. Wednesday’s attack is London’s deadliest attack since four British Islamists killed 52 commuters and themselves in suicide bombings on the city's transport system in July 2005.