Al-Montazah Palace– Best Places of Egypt Face Book PageVictorian Bridge – Best Places Of Egypt Face Book PageAl-Montazah Palace – Best Places of Egypt Face Book PagfeLuxury hotel at Al-Montazah Palace – Best Places of Egypt Face Book PageSemi-private beach of Al-Montazah Palace – Best Places of Egypt Face Book PageAl-Montazah Palace – Best Places of Egypt Face Book PageCAIRO – 16 October 2017: Al-Montazah Palace in Alexandria was the summer palace of Khedive Abbas Helmi. It was built in 1932 as a refuge from Cairo’s hot weather.Al-Montazah Palace is surrounded by lush gardens with a Victorian bridge that takes you to a sandy cove and to a small island of Pylons.The slamalek phase of the palace, where male guests were traditionally received, was turned into a luxury hotel with several restaurants and picnic places, along with semi-private beaches.In the past, this palace was constructed to serve the royal family, but now it is available for all.
October 16, 2017 19:18 UTC
US President Donald Trump's administration has accused Iran of violating the "spirit" of the agreement.PHOTO: AFP/GETTY IMAGESWASHINGTON -16 October 2017: U.S. President Donald Trump expressed optimism on Monday that Republicans and Democrats in Congress will craft a short-term fix for healthcare insurance markets after he last week scrapped Obamacare subsidies to insurers.Trump, speaking to reporters at the start of a meeting with his Cabinet, said he believes congressional Republicans will agree to a long-term fix for healthcare by early next year, but said he does not expect Democrats to support that effort.He did not provide details on what might be included. "I think we'll have a short-term fix and then we'll have a long-term fix, and that will take place probably in March or April," Trump said.Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement that he was hopeful that an agreement was near to stabilize Obamacare. "If he's (Trump) now supportive of an agreement that stabilizes and improves the existing system under the Affordable Care Act, we certainly welcome that change of heart," Schumer said.Republican Senator Lamar Alexander and Democratic Senator Patty Murray have been trying to craft a bipartisan deal aimed at helping stabilize health insurance markets under the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare.The two senators have been meeting privately for months on a possible bipartisan deal. Republicans repeatedly have failed to pass legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare with their own, more limited healthcare program.It was not clear whether Trump was specifically referring to the Alexander-Murray effort in his remarks.Despite the two senators' months of work, Trump said Republicans and Democrats in Congress were meeting "because of what I did with the CSRs – because I cut off the gravy train. If I didn’t cut the CSRs ... they’d be having lunch and enjoying themselves.
October 16, 2017 18:33 UTC
Israel on Monday approved building plans for 31 settler homes in Hebron in the West Bank, a spokeswoman said, a first such move in the Israeli-occupied area for some 15 years. Still, settlement advocates say that despite a string of announcements for construction of thousands of settler homes in the West Bank, only a fraction might be built eventually. Hebron is the largest Palestinian city in the occupied West Bank with a population of some 216,000. It said that the last time settler homes were built in this area was in 2002. Hadar Horen, a spokeswoman for the Israeli body that runs civilian affairs in the West Bank, could not confirm the details issued by Peace Now and said the planning committee decision would be published later.
October 16, 2017 18:00 UTC
Iraqi forces drive towards Kurdish peshmerga positions on October 15, 2017, on the southern outskirts of Kirkuk. AFP/Ahmad Al-RubayePeshmerga fighters hold a position on a river bank across from Iraqi forces on October 14, 2017, on the southern outskirts of Kirkuk. Ahmad Al-Rubaye / AFPMembers of the Iraqi forces stand next to a convoy heading to Kurdish positions on the southern outskirts of Kirkuk on Oct. 15. However, what has become apparent is that the KDP and PUK accuse each other of not fighting. Rarely in history has such an important, symbolic city fallen with such ease and little to no resistance.Cleary there is no KRG, only the KDP and the PUK.
October 16, 2017 17:48 UTC
Josep Luis Trapero (C), the chief of Catalonia's regional police force, faces up to 15 years in jail if found guilty of seditionMADRID-16 October 2017:Catalan police chief Josep Lluis Trapero on Monday was allowed to walk free from a court in Madrid where he faced charges of sedition, a judicial source said.Spanish state prosecutors had demanded he be remanded in custody pending trial on accusations that he failed to stop Catalonia's banned independence referendum from going ahead on October 1.Trapero, who became a popular figure in Catalonia for his handling of the August jihadist attacks in Barcelona and nearby Cambrils, faces up to 15 years in jail if found guilty of sedition.The head of the Mossos d'Esquadra regional force is also accused of failing to contain protests that followed arrests and searches in Catalonia last month by national police as part of a crackdown on the outlawed independence vote.The Guardia Civil national police force accused Catalan police of disobeying orders.The Mossos defended themselves, saying they stopped voting at 446 polling stations and that a more aggressive intervention would have been counterproductive.Monday's appearance at Madrid's National Court was Trapero's second in 10 days.It came as the region's separatist leader Carles Puigdemont -- who counts Trapero as a close ally -- failed to clarify Monday whether he intended to follow through with his threat to declare independence in Catalonia, despite a government deadline.Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy responded by giving Puigdemont a fresh deadline of 0800 GMT on Thursday to "return to legality".
October 16, 2017 17:15 UTC
The Supreme Court is set to rule on whether US law enforcement should be allowed to demand evidence stored overseasWASHINGTON-16 October 2017: The US Supreme Court announced Monday it will hear a landmark privacy case which sees the Trump administration up against computing giant Microsoft.It will examine whether US law enforcement should be allowed to access evidence held on servers overseas during an investigation.It comes after Microsoft refused to hand over emails during a US drug trafficking investigation on the basis the police's warrant did not extend to Ireland, where the messages were stored.US authorities strongly criticized Microsoft's refusal, arguing "hundreds if not thousands of investigations... will be hampered. "The legal battle, launched in 2013, has already endured two rounds -- with a judge initially ordering Microsoft to hand over all related emails in 2014.Microsoft released all of the information stored in the United States, but refused to do the same for emails hosted in Ireland.It then got its revenge in July 2016 -- as federal appeals court judges in New York acknowledged allowing US law enforcement to demand evidence stored abroad would open the door for foreign governments to demand data held in the US.The Supreme Court hearing is set to begin in early 2018, with a ruling expected by the end of June.
October 16, 2017 16:52 UTC
Hamas spokesman, Abdul-Latif QanouCAIRO – 16 October 2017: Hamas spokesman, Abdul-Latif Qanou, stated that Hamas looks forward to meeting the upcoming national government headed by Ramy Hamadallah to ease the suffering of the Palestinian people.Qanou added that Hamas is committed to implementing the assigned timetable of the reconciliation last Thursday, stressing that the punishment measures posed by president Mahmoud Abbas must be undone.“Our people look forward to putting an end to these punishment measures especially after dissolving the administrative committee one month ago,” stated Qanou.He added that all ministries, bodies and authorities of the Gaza strip are now under the control of Hamadallah government, with all doors opened and paved to take over the strip.Qanou further stated that the Palestinian Authority Director-General for Border Crossings Department Nazmi Muhanna arrived on Monday as part of the reconciliation agreement reached between Hamas and Fatah.Head of the Civil Affairs Authority Hussein el-Sheikh said a governmental delegation of the crossings' crew will begin implementing the items of the agreement whereby the national reconciliation government will oversee management of the enclave crossings.Meanwhile, Palestinian Minister of Public Works and Housing Mofeed al Hasaynah announced that the Italian government agreed on building a new housing district in northern Gaza to compensate the owners of houses that have been demolished during the Israeli aggression.Deputy Chief of Fatah Movement Mahmoud al-Aloul said his movement is closely following up with measures to empower the reconciliation government in Gaza.He also said that the upcoming days would witness a meeting of the specialized committees and security officials to follow-up on the implementation of a deal which has been recently reached between the two Palestinian factions in Cairo under the auspices of Egypt.
October 16, 2017 15:56 UTC
Mohab Mamish, Chairman of Suez Canal Authority - File PhotoISMAILIA, Egypt – 16 October 2017: Head of the Suez Canal Authority and the Suez Canal Economic Zone (SCZone) Mohab Mamish on Monday announced the installing of the western part of a floating bridge in Ismailia governorate.The bridge is linking between Ismailia city and the island between the old and the new Suez canals.In a press release, Mamish said the bridge comes within a plan to build five bridges after directives from President Abdel Fattah El Sisi to alleviate the suffering of citizens moving between the eastern and western areas of the Suez Canal as well as linking Sinai peninsula with Egypt’s other governorates.The bridge is planned to be inaugurated in December, he further said, adding that the authority is currently building the eastern part of the bridge.
October 16, 2017 15:33 UTC
The new capital city will have an international airport and an electric train to link it with the 10th of Ramadan and El-Salam cities. On Wednesday, President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi laid the first stone of the New Administrative Capital project. The administrative capital will include the largest cultural complex in the Middle East being established. The Green RiverThe Green River was created to match the Nile River, which runs through the heart of Cairo. Furthermore, the parks will be for public and serve the people from Cairo, New Cairo, and New Administrative Capital.
Source:Daily News Egypt
October 16, 2017 15:31 UTC
A long journey of struggle extended from The Hamayoni Decree in 1856, until the new Egyptian constitution stipulated that the state guarantees the freedom of belief and freedom to practice religious rites. The MP’s clung to the idea that a law must be issued on building churches, to be discussed in the first session of parliament. This is wrong and unfair and does not show any compassion, humanity or understanding of the meaning of citizenship. Will they receive a path to justice and humanity or get stomped on by rejection? The news means that thousands of Christians will be coming to us, so let’s make the land of Egypt a blessed one, with the belief of humanitarian unity and justice as the basis of governance.
October 16, 2017 15:11 UTC
Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Abul GheitCAIRO– 16 October 2017: Arab League Secretary General Ahmed Abul Gheit has expressed shock and sadness over the killing of a large number of people in twin bomb blasts in the Somali capital Mogadishu on Saturday.Arab League spokesman Mahmoud Afifi said in press statements Monday that Abul Gheit expressed solidarity with Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed Farmaajo and his government in this crucial stageHe expressed support for the efforts exerted by the Somali government to defeat Al Shabab organization and other terrorist groups, pointing out that Abul Gheit called for intensifying Arab and international support for Somalis's security institutions.The spokesman welcomed the statement issued by the Security Council which condemned the bombing and backed efforts exerted to achieve security and stability in the African country.The death toll from the explosions rose to more than 231 as the attack was one of the deadliest in the recent history of the country beset by insurgency.The first blast happened near the Safari Hotel, close to Somalia’s Foreign Ministry, police said.The second explosion hit the city’s Madina district hours later, according to police.
October 16, 2017 14:37 UTC
Palestinian National reconciliationCAIRO – 16 October 2017: Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov met on Monday Palestinian Prime Minister Ramy Hamadallah to follow up on the implementation of the Palestinian national reconciliation in Ramallah.This came as part of the U.N. role to support the reconciliation sponsored by Egypt, which played the most important role in the Palestinian reconciliation.Mladenov pointed out that the agreement stipulates the return of Gaza crossings to the Palestinian Authority by November 1, indicating that this will empower the national government in the Gaza Strip effectively.Mladenov confirmed that the U.N. continues its efforts to coordinate and support the national Palestinian government, which is considered decisive step to achieve stability in the whole region.The national reconciliation and Palestinian national unity will be the main impetus for restoring the Palestinian cause to its natural state, as a national issue for all Palestinian people.He continued to call for unifying all Palestinian efforts and energies, expressing his hope that the positive aspects of the reconciliation will be reflected on all Palestinian issues.Earlier, Abbas extended the Palestinian people’s appreciation to President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi for his administration’s efforts in signing the reconciliation agreement in Cairo, according to the Palestine News Agency (WAFA).“What was agreed upon strengthens and accelerates the steps to end the division and restore the unity of the Palestinian people, land and institutions,” said Abbas.The two main Palestinian factions, Hamas and Fatah, signed an Egypt-brokered reconciliation deal in Cairo, in a key step towards ending a decade-long rift between the two movements.The deal will see administrative control of the Gaza Strip handed to a Fatah-backed unity government.
October 16, 2017 14:26 UTC
North Korean leader Kim Jong (Reuters)MOSCOW– 16 October 2017: North Korean officials have rejected a proposal to hold direct talks with their South Korean counterparts in St Petersburg, the RIA news agency reported on Monday.Moscow had called on the two countries, who are both represented at a parliamentary forum in Russia, to use the opportunity to hold direct talks to try to narrow their differences over Pyongyang's missile programme.But, RIA, citing the head of the North Korean delegation, said Pyongyang had rejected the idea.
October 16, 2017 13:41 UTC
Foreign Ministry’s spokesperson Ahmed Abou-Zaid - File PhotoCAIRO – 16 October 2017: The Foreign Ministry’s spokesperson Ahmed Abu Zeid hailed the initiative of the Egyptian Islamic institution, Dar Al-Ifta Al-Missriyyah, in organizing an international conference for the general secretariats of fatwa authorities worldwide.The conference will be held from October 17 to 19, 2017 in Cairo, and will be titled "Fatwa Role in Maintaining Societies' Stability. "The move came as part of the continuous coordination between the Foreign Ministry and Dar Al-Ifta; seeking to highlight Egypt’s efforts in denouncing extremist discourses.Abu Zeid also stressed the Foreign Ministry's keenness on offering support for the conference, as it reflects the leading role of Egypt's religious institutions in fighting religious extremism and erroneous Fatwas.
October 16, 2017 13:30 UTC
A tire is set ablaze as Palestinians protesters are seen during clashes with Israeli troops near the Jewish settlement of Qadomem, in the West Bank village of Kofr Qadom, near Nablus, October 13, 2017. REUTERS/Mohamad TorokmanRAMALLAH– 16 October 2017:The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates condemned on Monday the expansion of settlements and the large-scale Judaization operations in al Quds city.In a statement, the ministry slammed the decision by the Israeli government led by Benjamin Netanyahu to resume operations to expand Israeli settlements that were suspended during the term of US Former President Barack Obama.The ministry said that such move hinders any chance to establish the Palestinian state with al Quds (occupied east Jerusalem) as its capital and diminishes political solutions based on the two state solution.Occupation authorities started implementing a massive expansion scheme in Givat Hamatos settlement in al Quds by announcing its plan to build about 2600 new settlements that had been approved in 2014, the ministry said adding that it will lead to the separation of the south of al Quds (Jerusalem) from its Palestinian extension, enabling occupation forces to isolate and surround a number of neighborhoods in al Quds.The ministry added that the silence of the international community on Israeli settlements and violation of the international law and legitimate international resolutions represented a cover that encourages Israel to continue its destruction of the opportunities to revive peace negotiations.
October 16, 2017 13:18 UTC