Natural gas pipeline - ReutersCAIRO – 24 April 2018: The Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company (EGAS) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Italian natural gas infrastructure company Snam to cooperate in natural gas infrastructure projects and machinery manufacturing, a statement from the Petroleum Ministry said Tuesday.Both sides will also study joint regional natural gas projects. The signing was witnessed by Petroleum Minister Tarek el-Molla and EU Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Cañete on the sidelines of an EU-Egypt Sustainable Energy Forum that took place on Tuesday in Cairo.Molla said that the EU is an important partner for Egypt in the energy field, parsing the bloc’s financial and technical support for Egypt to prepare the country’s 2035 sustainable energy strategy.The EU has also helped in connecting natural gas to the houses of the poorest families and provided financing through the EU’s banks for the projects related to Egypt’s national electricity grid, Molla added.Cañete said that the EU supports Egypt's efforts to become a regional energy center due to the potentials the country possesses.Addressing the forum, he said the EU will provide finance and technical support as well as technology and know-how in energy projects to Egypt.He said that his talks with Egyptian officials focused on cooperation in the field of energy uses and how to turn Egypt into a regional energy center, adding that Egypt's partnership with EU in the energy domain includes carrying out joint projects in the gas and oil areas, according to state news agency MENA.On Monday, Prime Minister Sherif Ismail witnessed the signature of a MoU for strategic partnership on energy between Egypt and the EU.Electricity Minister Mohamed Shaker said that the MoU includes a number of aspects, notably cooperation in the energy sector, raising efficiency of local energy and continuing technical support for the electricity sector reforms.It further stipulates that Egypt and EU will continue updating the country's 2035 sustainable energy strategy, developing existing electricity networks, boosting cross-border trade and strengthening energy linkage between Egypt and neighboring countries.
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French President Emmanuel Macron greets U.S. President Donald Trump at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, July 13, 2017. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe. He has called on Trump to keep troops in Syria for the time being to ensure the defeat of Islamic State militants.Trump, in welcoming remarks, thanked France for joining with the United States and Britain in launching airstrikes in Syria earlier this month in response to a chemical weapons attack blamed on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.He said he and Macron had developed over the past year "a wonderful friendship" that is "a testament to the enduring friendship that binds our two nations. "Macron, in his remarks, called for the two countries to work together against Islamist militants, on North Korea and Iran, on "free and fair trade," and on climate change. "It is together that we will counter the proliferation in weapons of mass destruction, whether it is in North Korea or in Iran," Macron said.He alluded to Trump's withdrawal last year from the Paris climate accord, saying "we do not always agree on the solution," but stressed "the fate of our children is at stake."
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Hany Shaker- Egypt TodayCAIRO – 24 April 2018: Egyptian singers Hany Shaker and Reham Abdel Hakim will perform a concert in Sharm el-Sheikh on Friday, April 27 in celebration of Sinai Liberation Day. The concert is organized under the auspices of South Sinai Governor Khaled Fouda.Shaker was born in Cairo in 1952. Later, Shaker performed the role of young Sayed Darwish in the movie “Sayed Darwish”.He studied music at the Cairo Conservatoire. Shaker is the current head of the Egyptian Musicians Syndicate.Meanwhile, Abdel Hakim was born in 1982. She is also an actress, known for performing the role of an adolescent Umm Kulthum in the famous Egyptian series “Umm Kulthum” in 1999.
This concert is tailored to back the Egyptian national team, who will be participating in the World Cup in Russia at the same time. The concert will take place under the tagline “Egypt celebrates the World Cup”.Tickets are available now and booking will be open until mid-May. In addition to a group of his famous songs, Diab is expected to perform his famous song “Al-Farha El-Leila” (Tonight’s Happiness) at the concert, which he composed right after the Egyptian national team qualified to the World Cup. At the 2014 World Music Awards, Diab was also awarded Best Egyptian Artist, Best Male Arab Artist, and World's Best Arab Male Artist Voted Online.Diab’s first album was titled “YaTareeq” (The Path) and was released in 1983. His most recent album, “Meaddy El-Nas” (Surpassing People), was released in July 2017 following a major viral promotion campaign across Cairo sponsored by Egypt Linx.
FILE-Slum upgrading projectsFILE-Tal Al Aqareb projectFILE-Al Mahrousa 1 and 2 projectsSlums where people used to live in before being displaced to Asmarat - File PhotoThe slum area surrounding Maspero - Maspero Triangle Development AssociationCAIRO – 24 April 2018: The social housing sector in Egypt has witnessed a boom of unprecedented development, especially in slum areas, some of which have been torn down and rebuilt as part of the government’s plan to develop informal settlements in Egypt. The government divided the slums into two categories. The project includes 15,000 housing units to place 60,000 slum residents. The first two phases of Tahya Misr are comprised of 12,000 flats. Al Mahrousa 1 is comprised of 3,175 units, while Al Mahrousa 2 boasts 1,594 units.At the beginning of 2017, the third district of the housing project in Al Asmarat at Moqattam, which comprises of 7,440 housing units, were built.
FILE - UAFA Club Championship’s trophyCAIRO – 24 April 2018: The UAFA Club Championship draw will be held on Tuesday in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia with the participation of five Egyptian teams.This year’s edition of the Union of Arab Football Associations (UAFA) tournament will be played with the home and away matches system, as it won’t be in one place like last year, when it was hosted by Egypt.Five Egyptian teams will participate in the UAFA Club Championship: Al-Ahly, Zamalek, Ismaily, Al-Masry and Al-Ittihad of Alexandria. Saudi Arabia will be represented with four teams: Al-Hilal, Al-Nassr, Al-Ahli Saudi and Al-Ittihad Club.The tournament will include 32 teams. Thirty teams were already chosen and the other two teams will be determined after a qualification round, which will be played with the knockout system.The champion will win $6 million, while the runners-up will win $2.5 million.
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FILE- Petroleum Minister Tarek el-MollaCAIRO - 24 April 2018: Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources Tarek el-Molla said on Tuesday that Egypt and the European Union (EU) signed a memorandum of understanding on cooperation and strategic partnership in the domain of energy.In his speech at the inaugural ceremony of a renewable and sustainable energy forum between Egypt and the EU, he added that the agreement helps enhance joint cooperation in the long run.Egypt and the EU are about to start a new phase of joint action that will contribute to meet the aspirations of Egypt to be a regional hub for energy.Egypt is now in possession of the keys of the future of gas in Eastern Mediterranean, he pointed out, adding that the EU is an important strategic partner for Egypt in the energy domain.The EU has extended technical support for the Egyptian oil sector so that Egypt would be attractive to energy investments, he pointed out.The Egyptian oil sector is now reaping the fruits of economic reforms that are implemented by the government, he said, adding that the year 2017 was full of unprecedented achievements in the oil sector.
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Egypt’s parliament approved on Monday an article from the Antiquities Protection Law that would stipulate strict financial fines for those who harass tourists at archeological sites. Before the approval on the article, that is part of the Antiquities Protection Law, member of the parliament Ehab El-Tamawy called for the punishment of all harassers of tourists to be increased to reach a fine of LE 20,000. He also expressed his support to intensify the punishment during the parliament’s Monday session that witnessed the approval on the article. “This article does not exist in any country, but these acts are a culture, and the intensification of the punishment will not eliminate this phenomenon. There must be sufficient awareness to eliminate such practices,” commented the speaker of the House of Representatives Ali Abdul Aal.
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Grand Hotel, one of the most beloved dramas aired during Ramadan in 2016, will now be airing on streaming service Netflix, representing the very first Egyptian series to be featured on the world’s leading online entertainment platform. Just two weeks ago, Netflix began streaming its first Middle Eastern stand-up comedy show, Adel Karam: Live from Beirut. The series, which was filmed in the Old Cataract Hotel in Aswan, is a gripping tale of love and crime built around the family that owns the Grand Hotel. The story begins when Ali (played by Amr Youssef) drops by the hotel to search for his sister who works there. In February, Netflix unveiled ‘Jinn’, its first Arabic original series that will feature Middle Eastern talents, and will be filmed in Jordan later this year.
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Daniele Di Rossi Roma’s captain putting flowers on Hillsborough memorial – Press image courtesy of AS Roma’s official Twitter"In memoria delle vittime di Hillsborough"La visita dell'#ASRoma al memoriale presente ad Anfield 🌹🙏 pic.twitter.com/78SWXZTFnw — AS Roma (@OfficialASRoma) April 24, 2018CAIRO – 24 April 2018: Ahead of their match against Liverpool in the first-leg match of the UEFA Champions League semi-final, Roma players made a respectful gesture on Monday, as they laid flowers at Anfield Stadium in memory of the Hillsborough victims.The players were headed by former Roma player Francesco Totti and current captain Daniele Di Rossi, who put the flowers on the memorial with a card that read, “In the memory of Hillsborough... AS Roma.”Roma’s visit to the memorial came because of the 29thanniversary of the disaster that occurred on April 15, 1989. The Hillsborough disaster led to 96 fatalities and 766 injuries during the match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest in the semi-final of the FA Cup. It happened due to the mismanagement of stadium officials and closing the stadium entrances.Liverpool hosts Roma on Tuesday night in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League semi-final at Liverpool’s castle, Anfield.The home team fans hope their team achieves a comfortable victory before playing the second leg in Italy a week later.Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah will face his former teammates, as he wore Roma’s jersey between 2015 and 2017 before leaving last summer to join Liverpool.
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FILE – President Sisi marks the 35th anniversary of Sinai Liberation day, 2017CAIRO – 24 April 2018: Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi laid a wreath of roses on the Memorial to the Unknown Soldier on Tuesday, marking the 36th anniversary of Sinai Liberation Day.Sisi also laid a wreath on the tomb of late Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, “the hero of war and peace,” and read “Al-Fatiha” (the first chapter of the Quran) for his spirit, which is an Islamic ritual performed to pray for someone.Sisi was accompanied by Defense Minister Sedki Sobhi, Army Chief of Staff Mohamed Farid and the heads of the main military branches.April 25 marks the liberation of Sinai Peninsula from Israeli occupation in 1982 following the Egypt-Israel peace treaty signed in Washington in 1979. The treaty was signed by Sadat and then-Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin. Israel had occupied Sinai during the Six-Day War in 1967.Sadat went to war with Israel in October 1973. The October War was fought by a coalition of Arab states, led by Egypt and Syria, against Israel in Sinai and the Golan Heights.Last month, President Sisi also delegated Sobhi and Farid to lay a wreath at the Unknown Soldier Memorial in Cairo’s Nasr City district, marking the "Veteran Warrior and Martyr Day" celebrated by the Armed Forces on March 9.
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The May 6 vote will take place using a complicated new electoral law. Also on Sunday, an independent Shi‘ite candidate said Hezbollah supporters beat him up in their southern Lebanon stronghold, where he is standing against the two dominant Shi‘ite parties Hezbollah and Amal. Ali al-Amin said a group of more than 30 Hezbollah supporters accosted him while he was hanging an election poster in his home village of Shaqra in Bint Jbeil district. The parliamentary election has been postponed three times, chiefly because Lebanon’s fractious politicians could not agree on the new election law that was demanded by Christian parties. “All the parties are tense because they don’t know the outcome of this electoral law,” said Badr.
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A general view shows people looking at the aftermath following a bomb blast which struck worshippers gathering to celebrate Palm Sunday at the Mar Girgis Coptic Church in the Nile Delta City of Tanta, north of Cairo, on April 9, 2017. (AFP Photo/Stringer)CAIRO – 24 April: Egypt’s Court of Cassation upheld a verdict Tuesday to add 161 defendants to the list of terrorist figures.The verdict came after the defendants were charged in the case known in the media as the “Ansar Beit al-Maqdes case”.The defendants are charged with several crimes, such as joining a terrorist group aiming to destruct state institutions, assaulting the rights and freedoms of citizens, damaging national unity and social peace, and assaulting army and police forces.Ansar Beit El Maqdis has claimed responsibility for most of the major attacks against security forces and their installations, with the deadliest assaults taking place in Sinai.The Muslim Brotherhood was designated a terrorist group in 2013 after committing several terrorist attacks to destabilize Egypt and incite interior chaos.On April 22, the Court of Cassation also ruled to include 13 defendants on the terror list for their involvement in the case known as the “Qualitative Committees case”. The defendants include Abdallah Shehata, economic advisor of ousted President Mohamed Morsi.The Brotherhood’s qualitative committees were established contrary to the provisions of law, to prevent state institutions and public authorities from carrying out their duties and to violate the personal freedoms of citizens; this incident took place from the beginning of 2014 until March 28, 2016.However, In January 2017, the Cairo Criminal Court placed 1,500 defendants, on the country’s terror list for being affiliated with the Brotherhood and supporting ousted President Mohamed Morsi.On November 28, the Military Court sent 11 elements of Ansar Beit al-Maqdes to the Grand Mufti to issue the final judgment on their case, dubbed “Beit al-Maqdes 3”, on December 20.According to the last amendment to the citizenship law issued by the Egyptian Parliament on September 21, “Egyptian citizenship will be withdrawn from the person who is found guilty of participating in a terrorist act, communicating with terrorists or gathering information for terrorists,” meaning that Egyptian citizenship will be withdrawn from the defendants.
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FILE – Mohamed Salah with President Abdel Fatah al-Sisiأتقدم بالتهنئة لإبن مصر محمد صلاح على ما حققه من إنجاز يدعو إلى الفخر ويؤكد على قدرات المصريين المُبهرة فى كل المجالات .. فخور به وبكل مصري يرفع أسم مصر عالياً pic.twitter.com/sikUHRcU75 — Abdelfattah Elsisi (@AlsisiOfficial) April 24, 2018CAIRO – 24 April 2018: President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi congratulated Liverpool winger Mohamed Salah on Tuesday after the player won the Player of the Year award from the English Professional Footballers’ Association.Sisi wrote on his official Twitter account, “I congratulate Egypt’s son, Mohamed Salah, on his achievement, which is a source of pride and assures that the Egyptians’ abilities are astonishing in all fields... I’m proud of him and proud of every Egyptian who raises Egypt’s name high.”Mohamed Salah, the Egyptian national team’s forward, was named the Player of the Year in the Premier League in a ceremony hosted by the Professional Footballers’ Association in London. The award is delivered to the player who got the most votes, and the voters are the players of the Premier League, the majority of whom agreed that Salah is the best of the current season after he scored 31 goals in the PL.Salah is expected to win another award in the Premier League, as he now leads the top scorers’ list with 31 goals, 5 goals ahead of his closest competitor, Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur.
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The Egyptian king Mohamed Salah - Egypt TodayCAIRO – 24 April 2018: Fahd al-Ruqi, vice president of the Municipal Council of the Holy City of Mecca,revealed new information about an announcement issued on Monday that included his intention to give Egyptian star Mohamed Salah a piece of land in the region of Mecca for winning the Player of the Yearaward in the Premier League.Ruqi clarified the truth about gifting Salah a piece of land in Mecca. In special remarks to the Saudi online newspaper Sabq, he said, "There are several ways and means to give the piece of land, and this will be determined according to Mohamed Salah and the Saudi government. As if the government permitted the possession of this land to Salah, it will be outside of the boundaries of the holy places, or it will be a mortmain property to the government to build on it a mosque or something similar.”He stressed that this gift is only to express pride in the Egyptian star known as quot;Abu Mecca" and his ethics and high values, as he is the best representative for spreading the message of tolerant Islam in Britain, and he is also a role model and ambassador to Muslims in Britain, and all Mecca citizens cherishand appreciate every role model in the Islamic world.He pointed out that he was inspired by this step and approached it following the example of Prince Khalid al-Faisal, who always appreciates and honors the good examples.
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