The total cost of transportation of petroleum products reached EGP 18.1bn in 2015/2016, up from EGP 14.1bn in 2014/2015—an increase of 28%. Moreover, CAPMAS stated that transferred crude oil and other petroleum products by coastal tankers reached 5.4m metric tonnes in 2015/2016, of which 5.1m metric tonnes were crude oil and 0.3m metric tonnes were other petroleum products. The overall average cost of transporting one metric tonne of petroleum products reached EGP 120.4 in 2015/2016, while it was EGP 96.2 in 2014/2015—an increase of 25.2%. CAPMAS said that this is the highest average cost ever reached in Egypt of transporting petroleum products. The report pointed out that the lowest cost for transporting petroleum products was recorded through railway tanks, which cost only EGP 19—84.2% less than the average.
Egypt’s representative to the United Nations, Amr Ramadan, called Monday on the UN to “bring an end to Israel’s lack of cooperation with the UN Special Rapporteur, as this is a violation of Israel’s international commitment.”Ramadan’s statements came during the 46th meeting of the 34th regular session of the Human Rights Council. The meeting discussed the human rights situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories, as 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the Israeli occupation. “We express our condemnations for Israel’s non-cooperation with the Special Rapporteur by not allowing him to visit Israel are another proof of how Israel disregards the UN, its mechanisms and resolutions, despite being a full member of the UN,” Khraishi said. “The Palestinian president reviewed recent Palestinian contacts with the new US administration, during which the Palestinian side underscored its commitment to reaching a comprehensive solution with Israel. Al-Sisi affirmed that the Palestinian issue will be discussed with US president Donald Trump during his visit to Washington early in April,” a statement issued Monday by the Egyptian presidency said.
Egypt and China signed on Monday letters of cooperation on Egypt's satellite project "Egypt Sat 2" which the Chinese government is contributing toward with US$64 million. The letters of cooperation came in accordance with agreements during the latest visit of the Chinese president to Egypt. China will contribute to developing the skills of Egyptians, especially in the field of scientific research and remote sensing, as China is considered a leading country in these fields. Beside "Egypt Sat 2", China will contribute to development projects in the Suez Canal axis, Nasr pointed out. The two sides signed letters for a project to establish and equip a center for testing, integration and the assembly of satellites with a Chinese grant of US$23 million.
Militants believed to be members of the IS-affiliated group “Sinai Province” blew up on Monday night a residential building in the 3rd District of Al-Arish in North Sinai. The militants blew it up after evacuating all its residents, a local journalist told Daily News Egypt on condition of anonymity. The motive of demolishing the building was that the army uses it to target militants, the journalist added. Recently, violence by Sinai Province in Al-Arish culminated when Copts were targeted, burnt, shot, or slaughtered. Since 2013, state security forces—represented by both the army and the police—have been engaged in violent clashes with Sinai Province, known previously as Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis.
Police forces in Sohag arrested 17 men in Noga’ Al-Sawma’a, Sohag, after dispersing a protest where dozens took to the street refusing the formation of a sanitary sewer on a state-owned land near the village, according to state media. The riots took place in the form of locals blocking the road in refusal of the sewer. Police reportedly deployed Central Security Forces squads and armoured cars to block the protesters, who threw stones, blocked main roads, and burnt car tyres. The locals argued that the sewer will be a source of pollution to the village. Clashes took place between the two sides, resulting in the arrests.
The Giza Prosecution ordered on Monday the detention of three police officers on accusations of torturing a man to death in Al-Haram police station, as well as forcefully detaining him. The victim, 26-year-old conscript Mahmoud Sayed, was arrested alongside his brother on charges of murdering and robbing their grandmother. His family accused police officers of torture, state-owned media Al-Ahram reported on Tuesday. Local media reported that the report included information indicating that the body of Sayed included marks of beatings. Cases of death in detention are handled in secrecy by security forces and the prosecution.
Heads of Arab parliaments nominated the Egyptian parliament speaker, Ali Abdul Aal, for a position in the Executive Committee of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), state-media reported Monday. Parliament speaker Ali Abdul Aal headed on Sunday to Morocco to attend the 24th conference of the Arab Inter-Parliamentary Union. The election of the vice-presidents is scheduled on the agenda of the 136th IPU assembly in April in Bangladesh.
A UNESCO-backed donor conference at the Louvre museum in Paris pledged US$75 million (around €70 million) on Monday for a new initiative to protect cultural heritage at risk from conflict and extremism. He also stated that France and Italy will propose a UN Security Council motion aimed at increasing cultural heritage protection. "At Bamiyan, Mosul, Palmyra, Timbuktu and elsewhere, fanatics have engaged in trafficking, looting and the destruction of cultural heritage, adding to the persecution of populations," said Hollande. Militant groups are targeting both people and cultural heritage sites for the same ends, the French President added. "[It’s] the same objective: to break what was there before in order to kill hope afterwards, to eradicate human and cultural diversity."
A years-long crime spree by Chinese toilet paper thieves may have reached the end of its roll after park officials in southern Beijing installed facial recognition technology to flush out bathroom bandits. Then the machine dispensed their individual allotment of 60 cm (23 inches) of toilet paper. Toilet paper crooks have been known to take home entire rolls, smuggling them out in bulging bags that go undetected at the security gates. In 2014, they started experimenting with different ways of tracking toilet paper usage and finally settled on facial recognition -- but not without some internal dispute. One commenter wrote: "In two days, the facial recognition machine will be stolen too."
"Celebrating Mother's Day is haram," said chairman of the Salafi Dawa, Yasser Borhamy, on the group's official Facebook page Tuesday. "You can buy gifts for your mother without occasion or on other occasions like Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha. But you cannot celebrate [Mother's Day] even if this would make your mother upset with you," Borhamy, said responding to a question on whether the celebration of Mother's Day is considered haram in Islam. Dar al-Iftaa meanwhile said in a statement on Tuesday that Mother's Day is an occasion to express noble feelings and honor people who "have done us favors". The statement added that the celebration of Mother's Day is permissible under Islamic Sharia law as it reflects feelings of gratitude towards one's parents, in line with the Quran's instructions.
South Giza prosecution office on Monday ordered the detention of three police officers for 4 days pending investigation into charges of torturing a recruit to death, and detaining the victim with no legal capacity in Haram police station two weeks ago. The prosecution office released another five police officers that were being held in connection with the case. Judicial sources said that, during investigations, the three officers stated that they did not beat the victim Mohammed Sayed. But the prosecution confronted them with the victim's brother, who said he was being held with his brother in the same cell and saw the officers assaulting him to death. The sources added that the five officers from the police station force have testified as witnesses; and specified that the victim died from circulatory collapse.
While Morsi’s early works were influenced by cubism and surrealism, his mature works on display at Art Dubai show some of his later works. One of the highlights of the annual Art Dubai fair is the unveiling of the winner of the 9th Abraaj Group Art Prize—this time won by Rana Begum. This year’s Art Dubai included some 94 galleries from a record 43 countries. “Art Dubai remains the region’s most important art show with thousands of visitor, not only from the region but from around the world. Art Dubai will conclude on 18 March while “Ahmed Morsi: A Dialogic Imagination” will finish its run at the Sharjah Art Museum on 3 June.
Sudan will develop a roadmap to eliminate Egypt's presence in the Halayeb triangle area, the Paris-based Sudan Tribune website reported on Monday. Halayeb and Shalateen, also known as Halayeb triangle, is a border area that has been an issue of contention since the late 19th century. In 1899, when Britain occupied Egypt and Sudan, the Anglo-Egyptian Condominium Agreement for Sudan set the political boundary between the territories at the 22nd parallel, placing the Halayeb triangle inside Egyptian borders. The Halayeb triangle, which includes the three main towns of Halayeb, Abu Ramad and Shalatin, stretches over 21,000 square kilometers. Every now and then Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir makes a statement that Halayeb triangle is sovereign Sudanese land.
Sunday's attack, in which insurgents used tunnels they control in northeastern Damascus neighborhoods to hit government positions, appears to have caught the Syrian military off guard. Syria's al-Qaeda's branch has used suicide bombers targeting government security installations since the early days of the conflict. It was the latest in a series of stepped-up attacks claimed by the al-Qaeda-linked Levant Liberation Committee. The Levant Liberation Committee, the latest spinoff from Syria's al-Qaida branch, has claimed several other high-profile attacks in government-controlled areas recently. A wave of coalition aerial attacks has killed some senior al-Qaeda commanders in Syria in the past year, adding more pressure on the group.
US security officials would not comment. Royal Jordanian said the electronics ban affects its flights to New York, Chicago, Detroit and Montreal. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity to disclose the internal security discussions by the federal government. Most major airports in the United States have a computer tomography or CT scanner for checked baggage, which creates a detailed picture of a bag's contents. All checked baggage must be screened for explosives.