OTTAWA — "In the matter of solicitor-client privilege, the member opposite must know that there are real dangers of unintended consequences, particularly on the two court cases currently wending their way through the courts. OTTAWA — "In the matter of solicitor-client privilege, the member opposite must know that there are real dangers of unintended consequences, particularly on the two court cases currently wending their way through the courts." But in response to such a demand from Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer during question period on Tuesday, the prime minister said doing so could harm two court proceedings involving SNC-Lavalin. That makes it hard to asses the degree to which waiving solicitor-client privilege could affect the criminal case and judicial review. The statement is correct based on what the prime minister has said, but he's keeping crucial details to himself.
February 21, 2019 12:00 UTC
File- Sharm el Sheikh city hosts Egypt's first World Youth Forum- Hussein Tallal / Egypt TodayCAIRO – 21 February 2019: Egypt’s Sharm el Sheikh International Airport is on high alert in preparation for receiving the high guests and heads of Arab and European countries, who are participating in the upcoming Arab-European summit due on February 24 and 25, said the Egyptian Ministry of Civil Aviation in statement on Thursday.Minister of Civil Aviation directed the airport officials to coordinate with all concerned security and media bodies, the statement added.The first Arab-European summit will be co-chaired by President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and President of the European Council Donald Tusk.On February 18, Sisi said that “Sharm El-Sheikh conference is a key step towards more cooperation that will be followed by other steps,” adding that the instability of some Arab countries led to the illegal migration to Europe.According to a statement issued by the EU, leaders from both sides will seek to strengthen Arab-European ties. They will also address a wide range of issues and common challenges, such as multilateralism, trade and investment, migration, security and the situation in the region.The meeting is expected to start on Sunday, February 24 and end with a press conference on Monday, February 25. It will take place in the International Congress Centre in Sharm El-Sheikh.Ambassador of the European Union to Egypt Ivan Surkos told Egypt Today on Wednesday that trade, investment, immigration and security will be among the top priority issues to be discussed during the upcoming Arab-European summit. He added that the cooperation between the European Union, the Arab league, European Council and the European Commission will enhance communication between the European and Arab regions and will boost stability in both regions.Surkos said that the summit will be a great opportunity to discuss several issues and challenges of mutual interest, especially illegal immigration and terrorism.The conflicts in Syria, Yemen and Libya will also be on the discussion table during the summit, along with the climate change challenge.On February 18, Sisi announced that the upcoming Arab-European summit will be a good platform to hold more discussions on the illegal migration file.Egypt and the European Union held several discussions to reach a deal to curb the illegal migration phenomenon as it was reported by Financial Times and Anadolu Agency. Therefore, according to the statement, the Arab-European Summit in Sharm El-Sheikh would be an important step and opportunity in that direction, and will be followed by many steps.As for terrorism, the Egyptian president affirmed that he was the first president of an Islamic country to demand reforming the religious speech, especially that many countries suffer from extreme religious speeches, the matter which the whole world must become aware of.President Sisi also demanded the international community to deal strictly with the misuse of social media platforms and modern communication means to recruit new militias and harm the world.“In Egypt, we are all citizens, no difference between a Muslim and a Christian, as we are all brothers,” the president said, pointing out to the establishment of the biggest cathedral in the Middle East in the New Administrative Capital.
February 21, 2019 11:37 UTC
US President Donald Trump announced the extension of the state of emergency on Libya imposed since 2011 for another year. Trump stated that the state of emergency declared on 25 February 2011 will remain in force, in order to prevent the exploitation of state assets to prolong the war, according to the White House website. "The situation in Libya remains a threat to US national security and foreign policy," US president added, stressing the need to take measures to prevent the transfer of assets or other, by Gaddafi's family and its partners, as well as other people who obstruct the process of national reconciliation, as he put it.a
February 21, 2019 11:26 UTC
The head of the National Anti-Corruption Authority in Libya, Noman Sheikh said they have referred 121 files to the Tunisian authorities, relating to private companies involved in money laundering, smuggling and parallel trade. Member of the Board of the Anti-Corruption Commission in Tunisia Mohamed Ayadi, confirmed during the first Tunisian-Libyan anti-corruption meeting held in Tunis on Tuesday; receiving these files, saying that some of which are linked to terrorist financing. "The real estate sector is one of the largest sectors where money laundering is being carried out, both in Tunisia and Libya," Ayadi explained.
February 21, 2019 11:26 UTC
The Red Crescent of Derna branch said it had recovered three unidentified bodies from Al-Maghar neighbourhood in the city centre area. The bodies have been handed to the competent authorities for undergoing necessary procedures before their burial, according to the Red Crescent on Facebook. Over 30 bodies have been recovered from different areas of Derna by the Red Crescent since the beginning of February, of victims killed during recent clashes in the city.
February 21, 2019 10:52 UTC
Italian Foreign Minister Enzo Milanesi said that his country's government has received positive indications that Khalifa Haftar is ready for dialogue; explaining that this depends on the developments and the implementation of the UN mission's plan to overcome the crisis in the country. Milanesi emphasized in a statement Wednesday, his country's intention to engage with all belligerents, noting that his ambassador in Libya had met with representatives of different parties, according to Italian news agency Aki. "There is a significant response from the parties to holding elections recognized by the international community, Milanese added.
February 21, 2019 10:52 UTC
The agreement states that in cases where Spanish maritime rescue vessels assist Moroccan coastguards in the zone where the latter are responsible for policing the seas, those vessels can return the migrants they pick up to port in Morocco. On some occasions this has led to migrants being allowed free (although without paperwork allowing them to be in this country) almost as soon as they reach Spanish soil. Reactions to this modification have been mixed, with one major concern being that it could lead to more deaths in the Mediterranean. This is because when the perilously small and overcrowded boats used in migrant crossings are in danger of sinking, as inevitably they often are, at present it is the norm for those on board to notify the Spanish authorities and maritime rescue service with a Mayday call. The new measure comes into force with immediate effect, although it could be overturned if a new government is elected at the general election on 28th April.
February 21, 2019 09:56 UTC
The former Presidential Guard members closed Wednesday the operation centre of Brega Oil and Gas Marketing Company in Misurata, demanding the payment of their back wages which have gone unpaid for over a year. The employees at the operation centre were unable to deliver any order of fuel or gas from Misurata's depots, after protesters blocked the entrance of the centre. The Presidential Gaurd closed Misurata oil depot on Jan. 21 demanding settlements of their financial status after the Presidential Council issued a decision to dissolve the apparatus without closing the legal and financial procedures.
February 21, 2019 09:56 UTC
The Sahara Bank confirmed Wednesday the release of its General Manager, Abubaker Al-Waddani after days of his arrest. "Al-Waddani arrived at his home and will commence work in his post, as no irregularities have been proved," the bank clarified on Facebook. A few days ago, the Attorney General issued an arrest warrant for Al-Waddani on allegations of administrative irregularities, while the Audit Bureau issued a decree to suspend Al-Wadani with three other employees of the bank for corruption allegations.
February 21, 2019 09:33 UTC
Market fears over trade talks between the United States and China had helped push oil prices lower in early trade, but the market reversed after signs of progress emerged on Wednesday and strengthened equity markets. “The market this week has pushed to three-month highs on expectations of tightened supplies,” said Gene McGillian, vice president of market research at Tradition Energy in Stamford, Connecticut. Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih said he hoped the oil market would be balanced by April and that there would be no gap in supplies due to US sanctions on Iran and Venezuela. Saudi state oil firm Aramco last week shut part of its Safaniyah offshore oil field after a power cable was inadvertently cut. US sanctions on Iran and Venezuela have also helped to reduce the availability of crude on the global market.
February 21, 2019 00:00 UTC
MONTREAL — Quebec's Revenue Department is trying to seize the assets of a former SNC-Lavalin executive facing trial on fraud-related charges after estimating he owes the government more than $11 million in back taxes. A Feb.MONTREAL — Quebec's Revenue Department is trying to seize the assets of a former SNC-Lavalin executive facing trial on fraud-related charges after estimating he owes the government more than $11 million in back taxes. A Feb. 18 court filing alleges Sami Bebawi did not disclose roughly $25 million in revenue he received from 2010-2013. The Revenue Department is asking the Superior Court to lift a suspension on recovery proceedings so it can seize assets located in the province. Soon after fellow SNC-Lavalin executive Riadh Ben Aissa was arrested in Switzerland and SNC-Lavalin offices in Montreal were searched in April 2012, Bebawi left Canada.
February 20, 2019 23:37 UTC
Libyan officials have stated that the control of the El Sharara oilfield has been handed over by LNA forces to Libyan oil security forces, the state controlled oil guards. Even though Libya’s national oil company NOC is based in Tripoli, which is in the hands of Western and UN-backed Libyan government or Government of National Accord (GNA), the majority of the country’s oil fields are under control of Libya’s General Haftar’s LNA forces. In Tripoli, GNA head Fayez al-Sarraj met with High Council of State chief Khaled al-Mishri, the latter just returned from meetings in Washington. Both Cairo and Abu Dhabi are supporting Haftar as a bulwark against Muslim Brotherhood led groups on the GNA Tripoli government side. Libya’s oil sector is the prime target for most, but at present a High Noon scenario between the LNA and the GNA will prevent a quick rebound in oil production volumes.
February 20, 2019 23:00 UTC
OTTAWA — A new poll conducted by Leger for The Canadian Press shows that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is taking a personal hit in the SNC-Lavalin controversy. OTTAWA — A new poll conducted by Leger for The Canadian Press shows that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is taking a personal hit in the SNC-Lavalin controversy. Among Conservatives, 66 per cent believed the prime minister had done something wrong, four per cent believed he had not and 28 per cent weren't sure. Leger's executive vice-president Christian Bourque said the findings indicate something is happening to public impressions of the prime minister, at least temporarily. "I think a lot of it leads back to how the prime minister himself has handled the crisis over the last week or so," Bourque said.
February 20, 2019 17:15 UTC
Representatives for SNC-Lavalin hustled to connect with federal prosecutors after the Liberal government quietly introduced a proposal last year to allow corporations to strike settlement deals and avoid criminal prosecution, court documents show. Representatives for SNC-Lavalin hustled to connect with federal prosecutors after the Liberal government quietly introduced a proposal last year to allow corporations to strike settlement deals and avoid criminal prosecution, court documents show. SNC-Lavalin worked hard to avoid criminal proceedings by proposing a remediation agreement, but in September the prosecutor's office declined to invite the company to negotiate. Early in 2018, SNC-Lavalin wasted little time making its case for a remediation agreement with prosecutors. From there, over the next three months, the documents say federal prosecutors engaged with SNC-Lavalin's lawyers and requested they provide detailed information.
February 20, 2019 16:52 UTC
The Dignity Operation head, Khalifa Haftar, met on Tuesday with Italian Ambassador to Libya Giuseppe Buccino at the former's HQ in Al-Rajma. The meeting discussed developments in the Libyan arena, and cooperation between Libya and Italy in different files, Haftar's information office said. On Monday, Haftar met with the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative in Libya, Ghassan Salame and discussed issues of particular concern to both sides.
February 20, 2019 12:33 UTC