United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein of Jordan speaks during a news conference at the United Nations European headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, May 1, 2017. REUTERS/Pierre AlbouyNEW YORK - 12 December 2017: The UN human rights chief said Monday North Korea's leadership has cracked down on human rights by further restricting movements and making "horrific" prison conditions more severe amid tensions over its nuclear and missile tests, FOX News reported.Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein told the Security Council Monday that a chronic lack of food, partly due to resources which are diverted to the military, has made humanitarian aid provided by the UN and others "literally a lifeline for some 13 million acutely vulnerable individuals. "He urged the council to assess the human rights impact of sanctions that have slowed aid deliveries and minimize the humanitarian consequences.Zeid also criticized China for returning North Koreans who escape from their country, saying they "are routinely subjected to multiple forms of torture and ill-treatment."
December 11, 2017 17:48 UTC
Police officers stand guard outside Brussels Airport, in Zaventem, on March 23, 2016, a day after triple bomb attacks at the Brussels airport and at a subway train station Yorick Jansens (POOL/AFP)BRUSSELS — 11 December 2017: Brussels airport advised passengers to stay away today after heavy snowfall caused many flights to be cancelled, as wintry weather caused chaos across Europe.Fifty flights were cancelled and 90 delayed, Belga news agency quoted a spokesman for the Belgian capital’s airport as saying.“Heavy snowfall: do not come to the airport until further notice,” the airport said on Twitter, adding that passengers should check the status of their flights.The airport added in a statement that passengers should not come for the rest of today.“Because of the adverse weather, numerous flights had to be cancelled,” it said.Airport staff were trying to de-ice planes and clear snow from the runways, the airport said.Heavy snow caused travel difficulties across Brussels with buses and cars skidding off roads and key road tunnels being shut.A meeting between visiting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker had to be called off because of the weather, officials said.
December 11, 2017 17:37 UTC
Tourists visit the ancient Pantheon in downtown Rome, Italy December 11, 2017. REUTERTS/Tony GentileROME - 11 December 2017: Visitors to Rome’s Pantheon, one of the ancient world’s best preserved monuments, will have to pay an entry fee from next May unless they are going there to pray, Italy’s culture and tourism ministry said on Monday.Now a church, the vast cylindrical former temple whose undamaged exterior wall supports a 43.3 metre-high (142 ft) dome with a circular skylight at its summit, drew 7.4 million visitors last year.The new 2 euros ($2.36) per person charge is part of a drive to squeeze more profit from Italy’s cultural assets, and the ministry said tourist visits would also be suspended during religious services.Part of the ticket revenue will be spent on maintaining the site, where Roman statesman Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa commissioned a temple in honor of Emperor Augustus in around 27 B.C.The Pantheon’s current form and six-metre thick walls date from the early part of the reign of Emperor Hadrian, who came to power in A.D. 117. The building survived the Barbarian attacks on Rome and was transformed into a Christian church in 609.Among those buried in there are the Renaissance artist Raphael and two Italian kings.Caring for art and architecture dating back thousands of years has long posed a challenge for a country that is responsible for more UNESCO world heritage sites than any other and has long-standing problems of bureaucracy and low public funding.
December 11, 2017 17:37 UTC
Fragmented from a promotional material [Photo Courtesy: Event official Facebook page]CAIRO – 11 December 2017: Egyptian classical music ensemble Ateleh El Moaalef El Moseky (Music Composer’s Atelier) will perform its first concert at the Egyptian Museum of Modern Art on December 13. “It is a platform for a composition master class with me to compose and produce new Egyptian music,” Nahla Mattar, founder of the project, told Egypt Today.“Eight compositions will be performed, including two new ones – all of them written by Egyptian senior contemporary composers such as Youssef Greiss, Amr El Baz, Kamal Ahmed and Aziz Shawaan,” Mattar explained.Beside Mattar, many senior and rising talents will perform through this exceptional artistic night, such as Amr Elbaz, Kamal Ahmed, Loay Ismail, Hala Fouad Mohamed Zanaty, Rania Omar and Mariam Al Mamlouk.The event is organized and directed by Samer El Faramawy, activity coordinator at the Egyptian Museum of Modern Art.
December 11, 2017 17:26 UTC
New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks during a news conference outside the New York Port Authority Bus Terminal following reports of an explosion, in New York City, U.S. December 11, 2017. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid “There was a stampede up the stairDHAKA - 11 December 2017: Akayed Ullah, the man suspected of trying to bomb New York City's Port Authority, had no criminal record in Bangladesh and last visited his home country in September, Bangladesh's police chief told Reuters on Monday.Inspector General of Police A K M Shahidul Hoque said the information was based on the man's passport number.The man was from the southeastern Bangladeshi district of Chittagong, Haque said. He last visited Bangladesh on Sept. 8.Ullah, who had a homemade bomb strapped to his body, set off an explosion at a New York commuter hub during rush hour, injuring himself and three others in what New York Mayor Bill de Blasio called an attempted terrorist attack.He had burns and lacerations while three other people, including a police officer, had minor injuries.
December 11, 2017 17:25 UTC
Serena Williams of the U.S.A. celebrates winning a game during her match against Heather Watson of Britain at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, July 3, 2015. REUTERS/Suzanne PlunkettDec 11 (Reuters) - American Serena Williams dropped a large hint that she could soon be back on court competing when she posted an Instagram photo of a pair of dazzling gold and white tennis shoes.Williams, who won her 23rd grand slam singles title at last year's Australian Open before taking time out to have her first child, has entered next month's tournament in Melbourne. "Be excited. Be very excited..." the 36-year-old said in the post which attracted 135,000 likes in the space of an hour.Williams gave birth to Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. in September and was married to Alexis Ohanian last month.Few female players have won grand slams after taking a break to start a family, although Kim Clijsters won the 2009 U.S. Open in her third tournament back after having a daughter.Australians Evonne Goolagong and Margaret Court also managed it. Court's 24 grand slam singles titles remains a record although only 11 of them were in the professional era.
December 11, 2017 17:15 UTC
A scene from Vikings [Photo Courtesy: iRouge/Youtube]CAIRO – 11 December 2017: International entertainment network Netflix is available in Egypt now. The website announced December’s list of new programs, including various categories such as comedies and original films and series.American fantasy crime film “Bright” is listed on the top of the Netflix Original Film category. The second season covers the Suez Canal Crisis in 1956 and the Profumo affair, a political scandal in 1963. The world’s leading internet entertainment service has become popular in the past few years in the Middle East and has been open in the Egyptian market for over two years now. The hit series “House of Cards” was among the “Netflix Originals” that launched three years ago as part of the content made specifically for Netflix.
December 11, 2017 17:15 UTC
Miss Russia at Khufu Pyramids – Twitter AccountMiss Russia during plan landing in Egypt – Twitter Account. Miss Russia upon her arrival to Giza Pyramids- Twitter AccountVictoria Loyperova is Miss Russia 2003 – Twitter AccountVictoria Loyperova is the Ambassador of FIFA WC 2018- Twitter AccountCAIRO – 11 December 2017: Coinciding with Russian President Vlasimir Putin’s visit to Egypt, Miss Russia Victoria Lopyreva visits Egypt in an attempt to revive Russian tourism in Egypt.Victoria Lopyreva visited the Giza Pyramids, where she captured many photos beside Khufu Pyramid, as she was surprised by the architectural wonder. She visited Khufu Boat Museum to learn more about the mysterious history of the pharaohs and ancient Egyptian civilization.Miss Russia’s visit was well received, with many tourists taking selfies with her during her visit to the Giza Pyramids amid great security precautions.Lopyreva arrived at Cairo International Airport on a flight from Istanbul for a short visit to promote tourism in Egypt.Her beauty and formal role as Good Will Ambassador significantly helps the promotion of Egypt. The 34-year-old model will represent Russia at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.She won Miss Russia in 2003, which she considers to be a turning point in her life. Since then, she has worked as a TV presenter and actor.
December 11, 2017 16:55 UTC
The U.S. embassy in Cairo – File PhotoA reminder that all official security messages from the U.S. Embassy in Cairo will be posted here: https://t.co/ILcK0vTdJx. If you receive a message claiming to be from the U.S. Embassy and it is not posted there, it is not an official message from us. (2/2) — US Embassy Cairo (@USEmbassyCairo) December 11, 2017CAIRO – 11 December 2017: The U.S embassy in Cairo issued a disclaimer on Monday warning citizens from fake accounts on social media that are releasing false news, clarifying that the embassy has only one website where all security warnings are posted.The embassy issued its warning after a number of fake accounts on social media published false caution to U.S. citizens in Egypt on potential terrorist threats in particular areas.The embassy advised U.S. citizens in Egypt to avoid all protests planned on Friday in Cairo and Alexandria in the aftermath of U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to move the Israeli embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, recognizing the historical city as the Jewish state’s capital, on Wednesday.
December 11, 2017 16:52 UTC
Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga attends a news conference after the launch of a North Korean missile at Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's official residence in Tokyo, Japan May 29, 2017. REUTERS/Toru HanaiCAIRO – 11 December 2017: The Japanese government will establish an international anti-terrorism center next summer to step up anti-terrorism measures ahead of the 2020 Olympic Games that are to be hosted in Tokyo, according to Kyodo News.The center will include officials from 11 government entities, such as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the National Police Agency. The officials will share information received by each entity in its work to analyze evidence of possible attacks in order to thwart them in advance.The center will be set up according to a set of anti-terrorism guidelines approved by the government task force headed by Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga.Suga also said in a press conference that the government will unite to push forward these measures.The center will also work to prevent terrorists from planning any terrorist attacks by eliminating illegal private housing and urging internet cafe operators to verify the identities of people who frequent these cafes, as well as inspecting airports periodically.
December 11, 2017 16:42 UTC
Russian Minister of Transport Maksim Sokolov – File PhotoCAIRO – 11 December 2017: Russian Minister of Transport Maksim Sokolov said on Monday that Russia is ready to sign a protocol with Egypt to resume direct passenger flights from Russia to Egypt this week, according to Reuters.Sokolov added that EgyptAir and Russian Aeroflot flights may resume in February.Russian President Vladimir Putin said Monday that he discussed with President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi speeding up joint steps to resume direct passenger flights that were halted between both states since 2015 after the crash of a plane carrying Russian passengers in Sinai.In a joint press conference held in Cairo, Putin added that Russia is ready to resume direct passenger flights to Egypt. He further praised Egypt’s “major steps” taken to upgrade security measures at airports.He also announced that a protocol is expected to be signed soon between both governments to address the issue of resuming flights.President Sisi received Putin at Cairo International Airport on Monday.In his second official visit to Egypt since President Sisi assumed power in 2014, President Putin will discuss ways of enhancing the bilateral relations between their countries.
December 11, 2017 16:41 UTC
Speculations ensued as to who would be a substitute for the U.S. as the main power player in the region.Trump showed no sign of backtracking his decision, leaving the region enraged and thousands of Arabs protesting across the world.The gap presumably left by the U.S. after a short-lived thaw with regional powers is now seeing Russia eager to fill the position of Middle East peace broker. On December 8, Russian President Vladimir Putin declared his deep concerns over Washington’s decision on Jerusalem, showing great interest in Israeli-Palestinian relations.Putin visited Cairo on Monday as part of a regional tour that included Syria and Turkey. Putin has courted closer ties with Egypt and NATO-member Turkey, as well as other countries in the region, in the recent years.Besides backing different sides in the Syria war, Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met in Ankara in September. They said they wanted to see progress on the TurkStream gas pipeline from Russia to Turkey and the Akkuyu nuclear power plant being built in Turkey in collaboration with Russia.Russia and Egypt have had warm relations. In September, Moscow and Cairo drafted an agreement to allow each country's military to use the other's air bases.In addition, Moscow has stood by Tehran while Trump has refused to re-certify the nuclear deal between Iran and world powers.Across the Gulf states, King Salman of Saudi Arabia visited Moscow in October and signed multibillion-dollar energy deals with Russia.
December 11, 2017 16:41 UTC
Russia's President Vladimir Putin (C) and his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (L) visit a cafe at the Rosa Khutor resort in Sochi, August 12, 2014. REUTERS/Alexei Druzhinin/RIA Novosti/KremlinPhoto: 1: Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L) meets with Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (R) in Cairo, Egypt December 11, 2017 - REUTERS/Alexander Zemlianichenko/PoolPhoto: 2 : President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi receives his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, December 11, 2017 – Press PhotoPhoto: 3: Russian President Vladimir Putin with President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, 11 December 2017- Photo screenshot from OnLivePhoto: 4: President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi during his meeting with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in China - Press photoCAIRO – 11 December 2017: Russian President Vladimir Putin said he discussed with President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi on Monday speeding up joint steps to resume direct passenger flights between the two countries, which has been halted since 2015.With the historical visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to Egypt on Monday, many workers in the tourism sector expect a major breakthrough in returning Russian aviation and tourists to Egypt as soon as possible.The return of Russian tourism is a priority on Sisi's agenda with Putin, as it represents a strong boost to the Egyptian-Russian cooperation. Several experts expected a tourism protocol to be signed on Monday’s visit.The tourism issue, which is considered an issue of security, not politics, would show how Egypt is capable of attracting more Russian investment in the coming period.The two most important issues to be discussed in this visit are the return of Russian tourism and the Dabaa nuclear power plant, stated Sherif Gad, director of the Russian Cultural Center, to Akhbar Al-Youm.The bilateral relations between Egypt and Russia need to extend the communication bridge, particularly after an era of cold relations, added Gad.Russian aviation and tourism were suspended after a Russian airplane was downed in Sinai on October 31, 2015, followed by measures and actions relevant to security requested by the Russian delegations for resuming flights between the two countries.Egyptian airports are now equipped with the latest security mechanisms, including x-ray scanning devices and storage of footage from security cameras, as well as a fingerprint verification system for airport employees to control their entry and exit and to check the identity of individuals going beyond the customs section and the airstrips.Russian inspection committees inspected Egyptian airports in the hopes of resuming direct flights as soon as possible, announcing that Egypt has become ready for the resumption of Russian flights.The most significant developments that President Sisi will discuss with his Russian counterpart are the American recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and the death of former Yemeni President Ali Abdallah Saleh by Iran-backed Houthi militias.Sisi and Putin will discuss issues of common interest and tackle means of boosting the two countries’ cooperation in various fields, most notably the commercial, military and transportation fields.Both leaders will attend the inauguration of Egypt's first nuclear power plant, which is located at the Mediterranean city of Dabaa in Marsa Matrouh, Egyptian Minister of Electricity Mohamed Shaker previously told Egypt Today.A Russian delegation consisting of 35 officials arrived in Cairo on Thursday to prepare for Putin's visit to the capital, according to security forces at Cairo International Airport.On September 5, Sisi invited Putin to attend the final signing ceremony of the Dabaa plant in Egypt, and Putin announced that he accepted the invitation. Prime Minister Sherif Ismail announced that the foundation stone of the Dabaa nuclear power plant will be laid soon.In February 2015, the Russian President visited Egypt and attended the signing of a number of deals between Cairo and Moscow.
December 11, 2017 16:30 UTC
Demonstrators shout slogans during protests against the U.S. declaration to move its embassy to Jerusalem and to recognize the city as the capital of Israel December 6, 2017 - REUTERSCAIRO – 11 December 2017: “Jerusalem is not for Palestinians only, but for all Muslims and Christians,” said Lebanese politician Gehad al-Samad on Sunday.Samad asserted that power is needed to protect rights, adding that Israel is the enemy of all Arab nations. He called on all Arab and Islamic states to cut diplomatic ties with the U.S. and boycott all American products.Dozens of Lebanese took to the streets on Sunday to protest American President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Lebanese security forces fired tear gas and water cannons at protesters near the U.S. embassy in Lebanon on Sunday during the demonstration, TV footage showed.Protesters, some of them waving the Palestinian flag, set fires in the street and threw projectiles toward security forces, who barricaded the main road leading to the U.S. embassy in the Awkar area north of Beirut.During an emergency meeting in Cairo on Saturday, Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil stated that Arab nations must impose economic sanctions against the U.S. so as to prevent Washington from moving its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to occupied Jerusalem. "Pre-emptive measures must be taken against the decision […] beginning with diplomatic measures, then political, then economic and financial sanctions," said Bassil during the Saturday meeting of foreign ministers at the Arab League in Cairo, according to Reuters.Basil's speech received blessing of all Arab delegations and journalists who attended the urgent summit in Cairo, as he affirmed that “I call you all for an Arab-Arab reconciliation for the salvation for the Arab nation and restoration of its dignity.”“Let's call for an urgent Arab summit with the title of Jerusalem,” Basil said.Arab foreign ministers unanimously rejected the U.S. decision during the emergency meeting, considering it invalid and in violation of international laws and U.N. Security Council resolutions.They stressed their belief that the decision is illegal, as it undermines the peace process, deepens tensions and elicits anger.They called on the U.S. to cancel its decision and work with the international community to oblige Israel to end its occupation of Palestine through a peaceful solution that guarantees the establishment of a state with Jerusalem as its capital.They urged the Security Council to issue a resolution confirming that the U.S. decision contradicts internationally legitimate resolutions.On this regard, Arab foreign ministers agreed to convene an emergency Arab summit in Jordan and also agreed to maintain the Council of the Arab League in permanent session in order to evaluate the situation and to agree on future steps.They called for upholding the relevant Security Council resolutions that reject any shift in the current legal status of Jerusalem.Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said that U.S. President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital cast a shadow over the peace process in Palestine, describing the decision as a regrettable shift in American policy.Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim Al-Jaafari called on taking unconventional decisions and not just data, as this decision will lead to tensions in the region and religious conflict.Jordanian Foreign Affairs Minister Ayman El Safdy said that peace will not be achieved between Israel and Palestine without Jerusalem, declaring Jordan's rejection of the U.S. decision.Secretary-General of the Arab League Ahmed Aboul Gheit said that unilateral measures are null and void.Saudi Arabia expressed its total rejection of the U.S. policy toward Jerusalem. Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said that Saudi Arabia has warned that any U.S. declaration on Jerusalem would have a negative impact on peace negotiations, undermine the efforts already exerted and provoke Palestinians.Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki expressed his regret for the U.S. policy, as there is no peace without Palestine and no Palestine without Jerusalem.
December 11, 2017 16:30 UTC
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (front) visits the Phyongchon Revolutionary Site, in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang December 10, 2015. A minimum of nine votes are needed to win such a vote and China, Russia, the United States, Britain and France cannot wield their vetoes.Ten members voted in favor of holding the meeting, China, Russia and Bolivia voted against and Egypt and Ethiopia abstained. "We continue to think there's a separation between peace and security and human rights and there's not," U.S. "Prevention also includes human rights and being able to call out countries when they do abuses like this. "North Korea has repeatedly rejected accusations of human rights abuses and blames sanctions for a dire humanitarian situation.
December 11, 2017 15:56 UTC