Rights lawyer Yu Wensheng has been detained by Chinese authorities, hours after circulating a letter calling for constitutional reforms. Yu is the latest litigator to be arrested as part of China’s crackdown on dissent. Chinese human rights lawyer Yu Wensheng was detained by authorities, including a SWAT team, on Friday morning as he left his Beijing apartment to walk his child to school, his wife said. Yu’s arrest comes days after he had his law license revoked and mere hours after he circulated a letter to journalists criticizing Chinese President Xi Jinping and calling for constitutional reforms. The Chinese Ministry of Public Security had also yet to officially announce his detention.
January 19, 2018 10:30 UTC
Germany’s most well-known jihadi, Denis Cuspert, has been killed in Syria, a pro “Islamic State” (IS) media site has reported. Denis Cuspert, a former Berlin rapper known in jihadi circles as “the German,” has been killed in Syria, a pro “Islamic State” (IS) media site website reported. Wafa Media released photos of Cuspert’s bloody dead body, saying he was killed on January 17 in Deir al-Zour province in eastern Syria. Rita Katz, the director of SITE intelligence, wrote on Twitter that although IS did not confirm Cuspert’s death, the Wafa report appeared credible. “Despite there being previous reports of Cuspert’s death, this one seems more compelling: various details, photos, etc.
January 19, 2018 10:30 UTC
The Egyptian Meteorological Authority (EMA) expects northwesterly winds to remain active on Friday, especially in the north of the country. Low- and medium-level clouds are predicted in the north, accompanied by rainfall along the North Coast. Central Sinai and some areas in Lower Egypt, Cairo, and the north of Upper Egypt. Waves in the Mediterranean Sea are expected to be very tough and range between 3 to 4 meters in height. In the Red Sea, waves will be mild to tough and range between 2 to 2.5 meters high, with northwesterly surface winds in both seas.
January 19, 2018 10:18 UTC
The Health Ministry announced the closure of al-Salam International Hospital in Maadi, Cairo, for a month, after the hospital forced an emergency patient to write a cheque of LE 500,000, violating law which obliges hospitals provide free treatment in the first 48 hours for patients in emergency wards. A patient submitted a complaint to the Ministry of Health and Population against al-Salam International Hospital, saying it forced him to pay a hospital fee of LE 500,000 when he was taken to the emergency department after a car accident, head of the Central Administration for Free Treatment and Licenses Ali Mahrous said. When the patient arrived at the hospital, he had his left forearm amputated, and suffered from multiple fractures to the forearms and pelvis. Doctors successfully conducted surgery on him, but then made him to write an undated cheque of LE 500,000, he added. Health Minister Ahmed Emad Eddin ordered the closure of the hospital, with the exception of services required urgently by patients who have already been admitted into the hospital, said Mahrous.
January 19, 2018 09:33 UTC
The UAE ambassador to Egypt Juma al-Junaibi visited the Shefaa al-Orman Cancer Treatment Hospital in Luxor on Thursday and distributed 50 iPads as gifts for patients. Junaibi gave the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Shefaa Foundation Hussein Shokry a book entitled ‘Zayed: A Man Who Built A Nation’ on the 100-year anniversary of the UAE founder Sheikh Zayed. The hospital also includes a first-of-its-kind device which measures the osteoporosis levels of cancer patients. Elsewhere it will have specialized clinics for cardiac diseases, teeth, echocardiography, in order to provide an integrated medical treatment services for cancer patients. Director General of the hospital, Hany Hussein, said that the third phase will also have the first integrated cancer research laboratory in Upper Egypt, and a nursing academy.
January 19, 2018 09:22 UTC
President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi (R) shake hands with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn (L) during their meeting on Thursday, January 18, 2018 - Press photoCAIRO - 19 January 2018: Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn left here on Friday morning after a two-day visit to Egypt, during which he met with President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi.The Ethiopian prime minister led his country's delegation to meetings of the sixth round of the Egyptian-Ethiopian Higher Committee, that was held for the first time at the level of the two countries’ leaderships.
January 19, 2018 09:00 UTC
Soccer Football - Premier League - Leicester City vs Huddersfield Town - King Power Stadium, Leicester, Britain - January 1, 2018 Leicester City's Islam Slimani celebrates scoring their second goal REUTERS/Darren StaplesCAIRO - 19 January 2018: Leicester City manager, Claude Puel revealed on Thursday that the club’s Algerian striker, Islam Slimani could leave the team in January.“For Slimani, I cannot give all the ties about an individual player, I repeat, that since the beginning, that we have a lot of strikers. We need to make a good balance for the team, to give game time for all the players,” Puel told press on Thursday.Slimani, 29, has only started one game in the Premier League since September and has only scored five goals with the club in all competitions this season.Puel added, “We will see if some players can win some game time at other clubs but we have to discuss with these players. "Slimani has been linked with a move to Besiktas to replace their striker Cenk Tosun who joined Everton earlier this month.Slimani joined the club in 2016 from Sporting Lisbon for a club record of $35 million but he failed to secure a regular place in the club’s starting eleven.
FILE PHOTO: Turkey's European Union Affairs Minister Omer Celik - REUTERSANKARA - 19 January 2018: Turkey would reject any offer of partnership with the European Union that falls short of membership, Ankara's minister for EU affairs said, warning that the current situation gave Turkey no reason to maintain its migrant deal with the bloc. "A privileged partnership or similar approaches, we don't take any of these seriously. Turkey cannot be offered such a thing," Omer Celik told Reuters in an interview. He said discussions should change focus, mentioning the possibility of a partnership that would fall short of full membership.The EU has expressed concern over Turkey's crackdown on suspected supporters of a failed 2016 coup. "Technically there's no reason for Turkey to maintain this deal," Celik said.
The President of the embattled homeland of Bophuthatswanna, Lucas Mangope. He was ousted in a coup weeks before the elections that brought Nelson Mandela to power. "I spoke to him (Mangope) on a number of occasions urging him to let his people decide, but he would not listen," Mandela wrote in his autobiography "Long Walk to Freedom. "The ruling African National Congress extended its condolences on his passing while noting in a statement that Mangope was "an outspoken opponent of the democratisation project in South Africa. Under apartheid, Pretoria maintained the fiction that the homelands were independent states as justification for denying black South Africans the vote, while the mining and other industries used them as sources of cheap, migrant labour.
FILE – The son of former President Gamal Abdel Nasser, Abdel Hakim Abdel NasserCAIRO - 19 January 2018: The son of former President Gamal Abdel Nasser, Abdel Hakim Abdel Nasser, announced on Thursday his endorsement for President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi to run for a second presidential term.“President Sisi is a national icon and is backed by Egyptian people of all sects,” Nasser said in press statements on Thursday.Voting in the 2018 presidential elections in Egypt will start on March 26, as announced by the National Electoral Authority (NEA) on Monday, January 8.Potential candidates must submit their nominations between January 20 and 29; however, a handful of candidates have already announced publicly their intention to run for presidency, including the human rights lawyer Khaled Ali, Mortada Mansour and former Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces, Samy Anan.Sixty million eligible voters will cast their ballots in the election between March 26 and 28 in Egypt, while expatriates will vote between March 16 and 18.President Sisi took office in 2014 after protesters toppled Muslim Brotherhood affiliated ex-President Mohamed Morsi.President Sisi has not yet officially announced his candidacy for a second term.
January 19, 2018 08:37 UTC
Winnie the Pooh - Flickr"I'm scared," said Piglet. "#WinnieThePoohDay pic.twitter.com/qT5WNIB01N — Children's Literacy (@childsliteracy) January 18, 2018CAIRO – 18 January 2018: January 18 is the official “Winnie the Pooh day”, aimed at celebrating everything related to that adorable honey-loving bear and his friends at the Hundred Acre Wood.The real story of Winnie the Pooh starts all the way back in World War I. By this point, he realized Winnie was better off with London Zoo, where she was beloved by both the zookeepers and visitors. By 1966, Disney had decided that it was time to share Winnie the Pooh with a grander audience, and released the short film, “Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree”.It served as Pooh's animated debut, and was an instant hit, soon followed up by “Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day”, which proved even more popular. Eventually, Pooh bear became one of Disney's most beloved and widely known characters, rivaling even the face of the company himself, Mickey Mouse.
January 19, 2018 08:15 UTC
The loan is set to cover 85% of the plant, with Egypt funding the remaining 15%. They will also beassisting in developing nuclear infrastructure in Egypt and increasing the number of local workers to at least 20% during the construction of the first unit.Under the agreements, Russia will also build factories to manufacture some of theproject’s components. Dabaa contracts also entail that Egypt can repay the plant’s expenses after the end of construction and when it is in operation, in addition to a grace period.Russia has always been perceived as a pioneer in the field of nuclear energy. It launched the first commercial nuclear power plant in the world in 1954, 100 kilometers southwest of Moscow.This came five years after the government had adopted a peaceful nuclear power program. 13/1976).The amendments made by the parliament include changing the executive authority which is in charge of supervising the construction of the nuclear power stations.
January 19, 2018 08:03 UTC
FILE PHOTO: Kevin Kane prepares the stage at an opening day news conference for the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, U.S. January 22, 2015. The producer built a career on finding awards-worthy gems at Sundance. The company will look for possible acquisitions at Sundance as well as new talent to work with.Amazon has set up its own distribution arm to debut movies in theaters. That could include limited or full theatrical runs, or sales through video-on demand, she said. “We are open to a lot of different models,” Daniels said.
January 18, 2018 21:45 UTC
2016 Rio Olympics - Handball - Preliminary - Men's Preliminary Group B Egypt v Sweden - Future Arena - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 09/08/2016. Ali Ali Ismail (EGY) of Egypt reacts. REUTERS/Antonio BronicCAIRO – 18 January 2018: Egypt’s national team achieved their second victory at the 2018 African Men's Handball Championship, defeating Nigeria 27-22 on Thursday.Egypt dominated the game from the start, leading the first half with 12-10 and ending the second half of the game 27-22.Egypt opened defeated Morocco 33-28 on Wednesday in their opening match of the tournament.Egypt’s national team will rest for two days before meeting Angola on Sunday, January 21. The team will then play their last game in the first stage against the Democratic Republic of Congo on Monday.The draw was held in November and put Egypt in Group B alongside Angola, Morocco, Nigeria, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.The best three teams in the tournament will qualify for the 2019 Men's World Handball Championship in Denmark and Germany.Three Arab nations have dominated the winner podium since the tournament’s inception. Tunisia have won nine titles, Algeria have won seven titles and Egypt have won six titles.Gabon hosts the 23rd edition of the tournament between January 17 and January 27, 2018.
January 18, 2018 20:03 UTC
President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi gives a speech during the second day of Tale of a Homeland conference, January 18, 2018 - Press photoCAIRO - 18 January 2018: Egypt’s mega projects of natural gas, network transportation, and agriculture have topped President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi’s discussion during the second day of Tale of a Homeland conference, which reviews the achievements made during his four-year tenure.In the first session titled “Infrastructure and National Mega projects session”, Sisi asserted that the Egyptian government has steadily worked towards developing infrastructure in the last few years, underscoring the fact that diversifying energy resources is a key for sustainable development.“With all due respect to the 2011 revolution, it caused the country to face difficulties, from which we still suffer and will continue to for many years to come,” Sisi stated, adding that “The state needs $900 billion to develop its infrastructure.”“Soon, Egypt will be able to produce enough natural gas for self-sufficiency,” Sisi said, “If it had not been for the newly-established governmental energy projects, many factories would have been shut down…We aspire to provide energy for Europe, Asia and Africa.”President Sisi continued that the government has been working to provide houses with natural gas to quell the gas crisis. He added that the government has been working on the development of a nationwide electricity network at a cost of more than LE 70 billion.By 2010, Egypt reached self-sufficiency of petroleum-related energy, but over the period between 2013 and 2015, the government had to pay LE 1.3 billion in monthly purchases for petroleum derivatives, which caused a heavy pressure on the state’s foreign reserves, Sisi continued.The decline of fuel production caused the recurrent fuel crises. Between 2011 and 2013, all investments of oil exploration stopped, he continued.However, Sisi continued, that in the past few years the government managed to reduce the petroleum arrears to foreign companies from $6 billion to $2 billion.Egypt’s road network is in need for fast and active development, so the government is building new roads, including the Regional Ring Road, which is scheduled to be opened on June 30, Sisi said.As for the railway network, President Sisi noted that upgrading is a must for this sector in order to reduce the number of transportation accidents, adding that the maintenance for line one of the Cairo metro system costs LE 20 billion.President Sisi also talked about other megaprojects including the construction of more seawater desalination plants, which are vital to meet the growing need for water. He noted that the government aims to cultivate 450,000 feddan (467,000 acres) of land inside Sinai, depending on the treatment of sewage water.He also talked about the Suez Canal Development Corridor and the Suez Industrial Zone, as well as the construction of new cities to house large numbers of people as Egypt’s census increases annually by 2.5 million people.Additionally, the government is building 100,000 greenhouses nationwide over the course of three years to produce a million feddan of vegetables and fruits.Regarding, the Nuclear Power Plant in Dabba on the Mediterranean governorate of Marsa Matrouh, Sisi said that the cost of plant construction will be re-paid to the Russian partners after 5 years of its operation.The second session is set to focus on the economy and social justice, according to the Presidency's agenda on the conference.President Sisi is also set to answer citizens' questions about his four years in office during "Ask the President", which is happening in tandem with the online initiative of the same name that was launched earlier in January.During the first day of the conference, Sisi stated that he deemed his period as a president as a “rescue mission.”He also said that what Egypt accomplished during the past years is the result of a dream that Egyptians insisted on bringing to reality.“All the achievements and reforms that got carried out were because of all Egyptians,” President Sisi remarked on the first day of the conference.
January 18, 2018 19:41 UTC