Minister of Investment and International Cooperation Sahar Nasr talks during an interview with Reuters in Cairo, Egypt June 21, 2017. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El GhanyCAIRO - 14 December 2017: Minister of Investment Sahar Nasr left to Paris Thursday to attend the annual OECD-EU Joint Ministerial Meeting on enhancing economic governance and public administration reform.A statement from the ministry noted that the conference will gather ministers from countries that are partners with the European Union.The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) is an intergovernmental economic organization with 35 member countries. It was founded in 1960 to stimulate economic progress and world trade.The OECD raised its estimate of global economic growth to 3.6 percent in its 2017 report, compared to 3.5 percent in its previous report, and it expects the world economy to grow 3.7 percent next year and 3.6 percent in 2019.
December 14, 2017 10:52 UTC
A 24-year-old Central Security Forces police officer, identified as Bassam G., committed suicide on Tuesday in Monufiya by shooting himself using his rifle, after suffering from intense psychological distress. Bassam, who was ranked as a lieutenant, was found lying dead on his bed in Omm Saleh village, Monufiya, with a handwritten suicide note and a rifle by his side. Investigations into his death revealed that Bassam’s mental health had deteriorated to a poor condition after the breakdown of a major romantic relationship. His neighbors said that Bassam’s request to take his girlfriend’s hand in marriage had been rejected by his own family, leading to an altercation. Legal measures were taken regarding the incident, and prosecutors took over investigation.
December 14, 2017 10:52 UTC
The arrest of two Reuters journalists in Yangon this week was a signal that press freedom is shrinking in Myanmar and the international community must do all it can to get them released, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Thursday. Myanmar’s Ministry of Information said in a statement on Wednesday that the Reuters journalists and two policemen faced charges under the British colonial-era Official Secrets Act. In a statement, Reuters President and Editor-in-Chief Stephen J. Adler said on Wednesday: “We are outraged by this blatant attack on press freedom. He said the international community should do everything possible to secure the journalists’ release and freedom of the press in Myanmar. He called for aid to be delivered, violence contained and reconciliation promoted in Rakhine state, and for the Rohingyas’ right of return to be fully respected and implemented.
December 14, 2017 10:18 UTC
Egypt’s Antiquities Ministry says archaeologists have uncovered four intact burial sites, part of a cemetery and an incomplete statue in different areas in the southern city of Aswan. Thursday’s statement by the ministry says the new discoveries span different eras of Egypt’s ancient history. The burial sites are for children and date back to the 18th dynasty, some 3,500 years ago. The ministry also said archaeologists have uncovered part of a cemetery including mud-brick tombs from the First Intermediate Period. Another mission unearthed a headless statue carved in limestone dating to the Greco-Roman era.
December 14, 2017 10:18 UTC
In Wednesday’s concluding session at the Organization of Islamic Cooperation’s Istanbul summit, leaders of Muslim countries declared East Jerusalem as the capital of the state of Palestine. Leaders called the US decision to proclaim Jerusalem as the capital of Israel “irresponsible, null and void,” and said it serves “in the interest of extremism and terrorism.”“We declare our recognition of the State of Palestine with East Jerusalem as its capital, and we call on states to recognize the State of Palestine and occupied East Jerusalem as its capital,” read the Muslim leaders’ final statement of the summit. “Trump’s decision is a deliberate undermining of all peace efforts, is in the interest of extremism and terrorism, and threatens international peace and security,” they added. Shoukry also maintained the view that a comprehensive and final settlement of the Arab-Israeli conflict can only be achieved through a two-state solution, with East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine. Palestinian political factions in Gaza called for huge demonstrations on Friday to reject Trump’s decision.
December 14, 2017 09:39 UTC
At least two persons were killed and another ten injured after a microbus travelling from Cairo to 6th October flipped over on 26th July corridor on Thursday morning. The incident caused a traffic jam, completely stopping movement through the busy thoroughfare. The deceased were transferred to the morgue and the injured to hospital to receive treatment. A report published by the World Health Organization (WHO) in October 2016 puts Egypt in the top 10 countries globally for the number of fatal road accidents. The report reveals that 25,500 people were killed or injured as a result of car accidents in Egypt in the past year, with financial losses amounting to about LE 30 billion.
December 14, 2017 09:33 UTC
The flag of Israel – File PhotoCAIRO – 14 December 2017: Retired Egyptian general Mahmoud Mansour, one of the founders of the Qatari intelligence bureau, said Wednesday: "the relation between Qatar and Israel has to be exposed. "In an interview with Tamer Amin on the Al-Hayat channel, Mansour said that what was said about Qatar’s regime having Zionist or Israeli or Jewish roots was confirmed over the last 20 years.Speaking about Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser, chairperson of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF), Mansour claimed that she has Judaized Arab people socially. "Counting Qatar’s population today, you would find that the percentage of Arab people in Qatar is less than 40 percent," Mansour stated.Describing former Qatari Prime Minister Hamad bin Jassim as "a devil," Mansour said that bin Jassim was employed and paid by the U.S. Intelligence Community.Mansour also charged Qatar of funding Israeli combatants with about $2 million dollars. "Today, we are facing a new branch of Israel in the Eastern Arab World," Mansour added.In an interview with Al-Arabiya in November, former Al-Qaeda organization member Ayman Dein described the Qatari policy as full of contradictions; supporting Islamist groups while establishing relations with Israel, and supporting Sunni groups while establishing relations with Iran.On June 5, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain severed diplomatic ties with Qatar over accusations of sponsoring terrorist groups and interfering in other Arab nations’ internal affairs.
Chairman of the Suez Canal Authority (SCA) and the Suez Canal Economic Zone (SCZone), Mohab Mamish, said in press statements on Wednesday that construction of the Russian Industrial Zone will commence in early 2018. Mamish added that the Egyptian and Russian governments signed a contract to construct the industrial zone on a five km squared area, with investments totaling $6.9 billion. The construction works will be carried out in three stages over 13 years. The industrial zone is subject to terms of usufruct according to the law of the industrial zone, Mamish clarified, adding that Egyptians must represent 90 percent of the workforce in every project or industrial complex inside the industrial zone. Mamesh noted that the industrial zone will provide 35, 000 job opportunities in the industries of sensors, air conditioners, motors, construction, medical and plastic equipment as well as glass, ceramics, wood, paper and feeding industries for vehicles and tires.
December 14, 2017 09:00 UTC
FILE - Benjamin NetanyahuCAIRO – 14 December 2017: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday that Palestinians should admit the truth and work on achieving peace instead of escalating the situation.“The truth will (prevail) in the end. Many countries will recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and will move their embassies to it,” Netanyahu added.Amid regional and international condemnations of Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, Netanyahu said: “All these statements do not have any effect on us.”Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Wednesday, the Trump administration's decision was the "greatest crime" and a flagrant violation of international law.
Harvesting machinery can be seen behind a wheat crop in a paddock located on the outskirts of the South Australian town of Jamestown, in Australia, December 1, 2017. REUTERS/David GrayDUBAI - 14 December 2017: Egypt's agriculture ministry has officially brought its policy on common grain fungus ergot into line with other government agencies, in a move traders hope will end long-running confusion over import requirements at the world's biggest wheat buyer. "We want to reassure our suppliers," Hamed Abdel Dayem, spokesman for the ministry, told Reuters on Thursday, confirming its new decree.Reuters reported late on Wednesday the new decree, dated Dec. 12, stated that any wheat with an ergot content above 0.05 percent would be rejected, while shipments infected below that level would be treated and accepted.This fixes a discrepancy in regulations governing the work of the agricultural quarantine agency, which falls under the agriculture ministry.Confusion over Egypt's ergot policy wreaked havoc on global grain markets in 2016 until a decree by the prime minister put an end to the crisis by enforcing the common international 0.05 percent tolerance level over the stricter zero tolerance policy practiced by agricultural inspectors.The root of the problem was a 2001 regulation used by the country's agriculture quarantine inspectors which stipulated, until this week's decree, a zero tolerance for ergot.That regulation had remained unchanged despite the prime minister's decree issued more than a year ago.
Ahmed Qaddaf al-Dam in an interview with Ahmed Mousa – December 2017 / ScreenshotCAIRO – 14 December 2017: Former Libyan President Muammar al-Gaddafi’s cousin Qaddaf al-Dam said Wednesday that suspicious meetings are still being held in Doha and Misurata, Libya.In an interview with Ahmed Mousa on Sada al-Balad, Qaddaf said that some groups accessed Egypt in order to assassinate him and conduct sabotage operations in the country.Asked about Qatar’s involvement, Qaddaf al-Dam said that Qatar is a base for the activities of such groups.Qaddaf al-dam was Tripoli’s special convoy to Cairo for many years. He left Libya for Egypt in February 2011, during the Libyan Civil War. He was arrested by the Interpol and the Egyptian authorities and was acquitted of all charges in 2013.
UN Special Envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura arrives to Geneva for a round of negotiation during the Intra Syria talks, December 13, 2017. REUTERS/Salvatore Di Nolfi/PoolCAIRO – 14 December 2017: The United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura said Russia has to make more efforts and attempts to end the Syrian Civil War by convening with Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad to start real peace talks.Speaking on Swiss television station RTS on Wednesday, December 13, de Mistura urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to convince his ally in Syria to end the nearly seven-year long war. "I order the Defense Ministry and the chief of General Staff to begin the pullout of the Russian military group to permanent locations," Putin stated.This visit marked Putin's first trip to Syria and comes as Assad's forces have regained control over most of Syria under the Russian air cover. Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu and Commander of the Russian troops in Syria Sergey Surovikin accompanied Putin during his trip to Syria's coastal governorate of Latakia.The Syrian political situation has been deteriorating since the protests emerged with the Arab Spring revolutions in 2011, when the opposition created the Free Syrian Army to face Assad’s forces. Some 1.6 million Syrians have been internally displaced, while the number of refugees has reached 4.8 million, the data added.
Soccer Football - Premier League - Liverpool vs West Bromwich Albion - Anfield, Liverpool, Britain - December 13, 2017 Liverpool's Mohamed Salah in action with West Bromwich Albion’s Ahmed Hegazi REUTERS/Andrew YatesCAIRO – 14 December 2017: Liverpool ended their game against West Bromwich Albion on Wednesday night in the Premier League with a 0-0 draw.Egyptian fans widely followed the game, as two Egyptian players were playing. Mohamed Salah led Liverpool’s attacking line, while Ahmed Hegazi was on West Bromwich Albion’s defense.Liverpool dominated the game since its start, and Salah had two chances to score, but he failed. Meanwhile, the only threat to Liverpool’s goalkeeper was a strike from Hal Robson-Kanu, but the ball hit the bar, ending the first half 0-0.In the second half, Liverpool players had many chances to score through Sadio Mane, Philipe Coutinho and Salah, but West Brom’s goalkeeper, Ben Foster, prevented them all.Liverpool scored a goal in the 81st minute through the substitute, Dominic Solanke, but the referee disallowed it, as the ball touched his hands.Both teams failed to score in the remaining minutes, ending the game in a 0-0 draw.
FILE - Central Bank of Egypt building in downtown CairoCAIRO – 14 December 2017: The Central Bank of Egypt, on the behalf of the Ministry of Finance, is scheduled to issue LE 13.25 billion ($748 million) in treasury bills (T-bills) Thursday.The T-bills are to be offered in two installments, the first valued at LE 6.5 billion at 182-day term, while the second is valued at LE 6.75 billion at 357-day term.T-bills are usually issued every Sunday and Thursday.The budget deficit is expected to stand at LE 322 billion by the end of fiscal year 2017/18, to be filled by treasury bills and bonds issued by the CBE, and through Arab and foreign loans and grants.
December 14, 2017 08:15 UTC
Egypt’s aviation minister will travel to Russia to sign protocol agreements as early as Friday to allow the resumption of Russian flights that were suspended after the 2015 bombing of a tourist jet, Egyptian sources and Russia’s minister said on Thursday. Russian President Vladimir Putin met Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Cairo this week to discuss resuming flights and to sign a deal for a nuclear power plant as part of growing bilateral cooperation. Two Egyptian sources said the minister would leave on Thursday for Russia, but did not confirm the date for signing the agreement. The two governments may sign a deal on Friday allowing to resume Russian civilian flights, the TASS news agency cited Russian Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov as saying on Thursday. “We expect that he [the Egyptian minister] will come on Friday,” Sokolov said, according to the RIA news agency.
December 14, 2017 08:15 UTC