Egypt hails Saudi decisions on Khashoggi's murder

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry speaks during a United Nations Security Council meeting about the situation in Libya in the Manhattan borough of New York February 18, 2015 - REUTERS/Carlo AllegriCAIRO - 20 October 2018: Egypt hailed on Saturday the results of investigations announced by Saudi top prosecutor into the killing of the journalist Gamal Khashoggi.The Egyptian Foreign Ministry released a statement saying that the legal measures taken by Saudi Arabia will uncover the truth and prevent all attempts for politicizing the issue.The Saudi stance proves keenness of the kingdom to uncover the truth and take all required measures against anybody who would be involved, added the statement. "Egypt sees that the brave and decisive decisions and actions taken by the Saudi King in this matter align with his majesty's approach that respects the principles of law and applications of effective justice," the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.Egypt also offered its condolences to Khashoggi's family and said it was confident the investigation would reveal the truth.Late on Friday, Saudi Arabia said the journalist Jamal Khashoggi - who went missing after visiting the country's consulate in Istanbul earlier this month - is dead. This is the first time the kingdom has admitted Khashoggi is dead.Washington Post writer and veteran Saudi reporter Jamal Khashoggi, 59, disappeared in Istanbul, Turkey after entering the consulate of Saudi Arabia on October 2.After completing its own investigation into what happened to the Post's Global Opinions section columnist at the Saudi consulate in Turkey, the kingdom of Saudi Arabia asserted on Friday that Khashoggi died following an altercation on the day he entered the facility.

Source:Egypt Today

October 20, 2018 12:33 UTC

Libyan army talks continue in Egypt; 3 leading councils established

Colonel Ahmed Al Mismari - Official twitterCairo – 20 October 2018: The Libyan army factions have agreed on Friday to name Khalifa Haftar as the main leader of the National Army’s General Command. Three leading councils were established within the army.According to statement issued by Libyan National Army (LNA) spokesman Ahmed al-Mismari regarding the Libyan army unity talks, the main three newly established councils are the National Security Council, the Supreme Defense Council and the General Command Council.All of the councils’ structures, tasks and duties were discussed and agreed upon during the talks.All of the factions which attended the meetings discussed new suggestions to control the armed groups within certain locations in Libya. He also stressed on the importance of the unity of the Libyan army and the need to hold elections in Libya as soon as possible.In his interview with eXtra news TV Channel, Mismari said that the Egyptian president has always supported the LNA and that his statements came after he deeply studied the situation in Libya. He added that Sisi is a military person who knows how to analyze the strategic situation.The LNA spokesman praised the age-old Egyptian role in supporting Libya, saying that Egypt has even supported Libya in natural crises and tribal fights which Turkey had caused, according to him. He added that Egypt is keen to continue such efforts.

Source:Egypt Today

October 20, 2018 12:22 UTC

Italy to grant Zahi Hawass Social Commitment award

Zahi Hawass - Facebook PageCAIRO - 20 October 2018: The Italian Culture and Solidarity Association announced that it will award the famed Egyptian archaeologist Zahi Hawass the Social Commitment award.Hawass will receive the prominent Italian award on October 22 at the renowned historical Italian theater Dal Verme di Milano. The Association announced in a press statement that Hawass will receive such an important award due to the marvelous numerous archaeological discoveries he uncovered.The Association added in its press statement that Hawass throughout his long archaeological history managed to bring the joy to the Italian people with his discoveries, lectures, archaeological achievements and his role in preserving the world heritage in general and the Egyptian in particular.Hawass has been previously awarded a prize by the European- Mediterranean Partnership, granted for the first time to an Egyptian.Hawass was honored and awarded for his role in spreading knowledge about Egyptian heritage across the world, including Europe and countries located around the Mediterranean Sea.This prize was one of the high profile European awards that are given to calibers in the fields of arts and antiquities, among other fields.Hawass is one of the most distinguished archaeologists worldwide and has many discoveries to his name. He is also the author of hundreds of books in different languages. His recent discoveries include the Tombs of the Pyramid Builders and the Valley of the Golden Mummies.Among the important works of Hawass is that he headed the team that scanned King Tutankhamun’s mummy to unravel mysteries surrounding the lives and deaths of other acient Egyptian kings.Hawass's latest book entitled “Giza and the Pyramids”, which he wrote with American archaeologist Mark Lehner. The book reveals a lot of secrets about the Giza Pyramids and is considered to be an important added value to Egyptology.The book deals with all the issues related to the Giza Pyramids, from the exploration and the development , in addition to the latest theories and scientific studies on the pyramids, Hawass added.

Source:Egypt Today

October 20, 2018 12:22 UTC

Mega Millions lottery hits record $1.6 billion after no winners in Friday's draw

FILE PHOTO: Signs display the jackpots for Mega Millions and Powerball lottery drawings at a newsstands in midtown Manhattan in New York, U.S., October 19, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Sugar20 October 2018: At least $1.6 billion, the largest jackpot in U.S. lottery history, will be up for grabs during the next Mega Millions draw after no winning tickets were sold for Friday night’s draw, the lottery said on Saturday.No one hit all of the numbers of 15, 23, 53, 65, 70 and the Mega Ball 7 during Friday night’s draw.The next Mega Millions draw will be held on Tuesday. If a player hits all six numbers to win the jackpot, they can opt for an immediate cash payment of $904 million or receive the $1.6 billion prize over 29 years.Powerball, which held the record for the largest U.S. lottery prize of $1.586 billion in 2016, will hold a separate draw on Saturday. Its jackpot rose on Friday to $470 million from $430 million, with a lump sum value of $268.6 million.Mega Millions tickets are sold in 44 U.S. states, the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands.If more than one winner is picked, the jackpot would be divided proportionately, as happened when the previous Mega Millions record of $656 million was drawn in March 2012 and was shared by winners in Kansas, Illinois and Maryland, a lottery official said.The 24 semi-weekly Mega Millions draws have failed to produce a top winner since July 24, when an 11-member office pool in Santa Clara County, California, hit a $543 million jackpot.The odds of winning the Mega Millions jackpot are one in 302,575,350, but the odds of winning any of the lesser prizes are one in 24.

Source:Egypt Today

October 20, 2018 10:52 UTC

Moroccan band Ibn Arabi to perform live in Cairo Oct. 29

Ensemble Ibn Arabi - Egypt Today. Ensemble Ibn Arabi | (I knew true love) | فرقة ابن عربي | عرفت الهوى تابعونا على صفحتنا الرسمية للفيسبوك و على التويتر و على الانستغرام كلمات عرفت الهوى أحبك حبين(عرفت الهوى) كلمات السيدة رابعة العدوية عرفت الهوى مذ عرفت هواك........وأغلقت قلبي على من عاداك وقمت أناجيك يامن ترى......خفايا القلوب ولسنا نراك أحبك حبين حب الهوى......وحبا لأنك أهل لذاك فأما الذي هوCAIRO – 20 October 2018: Moroccan band Ibn Arabi is currently preparing for their live performance in the Cairo Opera House’s Open Theatre, set to take place on Oct. 29.The Moroccan band promised their Egyptian fans a lot of religious and spiritual musical compositions, illustrating the Sufi attire. The band will perform songs of their new album “El-Ashek Wal Ma’ashook” (The Lover and the Loved One).The new album consists of ten Sufi songs and musical compositions. It is worth noting that the band is currently working on filming their new video clip while in Egypt.The Moroccan band is considered the oldest Sufi band in the region.In addition, the band’s series of concerts in Egypt for the year 2018 come after a hiatus of three years.The band’s first concert in Egypt will be in El-Sawy Culture Wheel, while their final concert will be performed in the Bibliotheca Alexandrina Nov.1, 2018.

Source:Egypt Today

October 20, 2018 10:30 UTC

Transport minister witnesses successful trial run between Haroun and Heliopolis metro stations

Metro train entering Kobry el Qobba station, Cairo - ReutersCAIRO – 20 October 2018: Transport Minister Hesham Arafat witnessed before dawn on Saturday a successful trial run between Haroun and Heliopolis stations of stage I of the fourth phase of Cairo Metro Line 3.During the trial operation, the starting point was El Ahram station in Cairo's Heliopolis district.Arafat said that the tests cover the operation systems, the tracks, the electric power supply system, the signals and pathways in these stations. The experimental operation will begin between Heliopolis and El Shams Club stations on October 27 and between El Shams Club and Alf Maskan stations on Novemer 7, he also said, noting that it will continue for two months. The starting speed of trains will be 15 km/h and then it will be increased until reaching 80 km/h, he elaborated.He pointed out that phase I of the fourth stage of Cairo Metro Line 3 extends over an area of 5.15 km and includes 4 tunnel stations and one elevated station which is El Nozha station. Three of the tunnel stations (Haroun, Alf Maskan and El Shams Club) have already been completed, he said.Work on this phase of the project began on July 2, 2015 and the cost of its implementation (without counting that of trains) is 257 million euros plus EGP 1,842 million, the minister said.He added that the ministry is currently working on the implementation of the second part of the fourth phase of the third line while also building the third phase of the same line, which is scheduled to be fully completed in 2022 to serve three million commuters daily.The Cairo metro, which operates throughout the capital city and surrounding areas and runs both above and below ground at a top speed of 80 km/h, is one of the city’s fastest means of transportation.

Source:Egypt Today

October 20, 2018 09:11 UTC

Aswan sees leap in visits by media delegations in 2017, 2018

Foreign media delegations visiting archaeological sites in Aswan - Egypt TodayForeign media delegations visiting archaeological sites in Aswan - Egypt TodayForeign media delegations visiting archaeological sites in Aswan - Egypt TodayForeign media delegations visiting archaeological sites in Aswan - Egypt TodayForeign media delegations visiting archaeological sites in Aswan - Egypt TodayCAIRO – 20 October 2018: More than 60 foreign media delegations have visited Egypt’s southern city of Aswan during throughout the two past years to document its historic civilization and breathtaking beauty running of the Nile bank.Ahmed Ali Ebeid, the head of the Press Center for Foreign Correspondents in Aswan, said that the years 2017 and 2018 have witnessed an “unprecedented leap” compared to the past eight years regarding the presence of foreign journalists in the city, coming from different media institutions in U.S., UK, France, Switzerland, Russia, Italy and others.Media delegations that arrived in Egypt over the past period have featured their visits in documentary films, TV series, soap operas and movies, shedding the light on Pharaonic and Egyptian ancient civilizations that are found in different Egyptian cities.Ebeif said that a UK delegation came to Egypt during the last period, and highlighted the work of the Spanish mission that discovered the cancer-infected mummy, and its transfer to Aswan Hospital for medical examination.Ahmed Abdel Mohsen, an Egyptian-Swiss lecturer who works at a Cinema Institute in Zurich said that Egypt’s Aswan has recently started to attract back a number of world film directors after a long reluctance in making documentary films on Egypt.Ridley Scott has chosen Aswan, Abu Simbel and Kom Ombo cities as locations for some scenes of his Exodus: Gods and Kings movie, Abdel Mohsen added.Some directors choose to shoot their documentary films in locations with archaeological scenes, like the Director Pascal Hoffmann who did a film on the cities that inspired the works of Sculptor Not Vital, including Aswan.French Director Olivier Lommeter visited Egypt recently to film the second part of his documentary film on temples that were saved from drowning in Aswan during the construction of the High Dam from 1960 to 1970.Speaking to Egypt Today, Lommeter said “I love Egypt very much, and my admiration increases to the charming sites in the city of Aswan. We love your country, and I am still hoping I can reach certain concerned bodies in Egypt with whom I can cooperate in producing my future films about the country.”For his part, Ebeid argued that the fees set for filming the archaeological sites is very high, after the last official raise by the Ministry of Antiquities from L.E. 1,600 to L.E. 5,000, “which is unaffordable to some delegations.”Ebied called for some facilitation that will benefit the publicity of these sites in Egypt, given the costs that the foreign delegations bear like: travel, flights, accommodation and filming location.

Source:Egypt Today

October 20, 2018 06:56 UTC

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