Egypt’s Trade and Industry Minister Amr Nassar said that cooperation is underway between the Agriculture Ministry and the business sector to develop Egypt’s cotton industry further, diversify its uses in the industry and thus improving the quality of products manufactured by Egyptian cotton, making it more appealing to global markets. Nassar stressed the importance of placing Egyptian cotton in its proper position as among the finest type of cotton in the world. On Saturday Nasser met with the chairman of the Cotton Egypt Association (CEA), Wael Olama. He explained that since utilizing careful DNA tests to ensure the cotton is pure Egyptian, the export demand for Egyptian cotton has seen a significant increase. Olama added that the association contracted with an international company to conduct examination of Egyptian cotton samples globally.
August 19, 2018 10:07 UTC
US forces will stay in Iraq “as long as needed” to help stabilize regions previously controlled by Islamic State, a spokesman for the US-led international coalition fighting the militants said on Sunday. NATO defence ministers agreed in February to a bigger “train-and-advise” mission in Iraq after a US call for the alliance to help stabilise the country after three years of war against Islamic State. “Possibly, there could be a drawdown, it just depends on when NATO comes in and they help train the forces as well,” Ryan said. The United States also has about 2,000 troops in Syria, assisting the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) clear pockets still under the control of Islamic State along the border with Iraq. SDF operations to finish off the militants on the Syrian side have been delayed by hundreds of explosive devices planted by Islamic State, according to Ryan.
August 19, 2018 09:33 UTC
More than 2 million Muslims began the annual hajj pilgrimage at first light on Sunday in Saudi Arabia, circling the cube-shaped Kaaba in Mecca that Islam’s faithful face five times each day during their prayers. The five-day hajj pilgrimage represents one of the world’s biggest gatherings every year, and is required of all able-bodied Muslims once in their life. After prayers in Mecca, pilgrims will head to an area called Mount Arafat on Monday, where the Prophet Muhammad delivered his final sermon. Around the world, Muslims will mark the end of hajj with a celebration called Eid al-Adha. The holiday, remembering Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son, sees Muslims slaughter sheep and cattle, distributing the meat to the poor.
August 19, 2018 07:18 UTC
Kofi Annan left the United Nations far more committed than it had been to combating poverty, promoting equality and fighting for human rights — and until his death Saturday he was speaking out strongly for nations working together to solve problems and worried about the rise of nationalism. When he became UN chief, Annan launched a doctrine of “humanitarian intervention” to prevent governments and leaders from massacring their own people. This doctrine is frequently cited — but to the dismay of UN officials, not often implemented. Annan also saw as a major achievement the expansion of the UN’s work into partnerships with businesses, foundations, universities and civil society. This led, for example, to the establishment of the Global Compact in 2001 where Annan asked corporate leaders to publicly commit to 10 principles in the areas of human rights, labor, the environment and anti-corruption.
August 19, 2018 00:00 UTC
As of 12 am on Saturday, new regulations put in place by Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno prohibit Venezuelans from entering Ecuador without a valid passport. They arrived at the Rumichaca border crossing outside Ipiales just six hours after the new regulation took effect. In Ipiales, Venezuelan mirgrants who said they had hitchhiked for days were huddled under blankets in tents when a team of Reuters arrived there late on Friday. She said she had spent two weeks hitchhiking and walking to reach the Rumichaca crossing. This year alone, 423,000 Venezuelans have entered Ecuador through the Rumichaca border.
August 18, 2018 19:52 UTC
The Coptic Orthodox Church gave one month for all unrecognized monasteries to be subordinate to Patriarchate supervision on all matters spiritual and administrative, according to a press statement. The statement pointed out the necessary steps needed for this process include registration under the name of the Coptic Orthodox patriarch, so that the monasteries will be subordinate to whoever is sent by Pope Tawadros II to supervise spiritual, financial, and managerial aspects. Church spokesman Paul Halim also received a letter from the priests of the Orthodox churches in the northern coast of the United States, New Jersey and New York, confirming their support for the Pope Tawadros II. These decisions come as part of attempts by the church to control monasteries following the murder of Bishop Epiphanius. Two monks from the St. Macarius Monastery confessed their involvement in the crime, one of them officially defrocked and the other having attempted suicide to escape punishment.
August 18, 2018 16:52 UTC
Former presidential candidate Ahmed Shafiq and founder of the National Movement Party has abandoned politics once and for all, according to al-Ahram newspaper. Informed sources were reported as saying that Shafiq expressed his desire to focus more on family and move away from politics within the coming period. Shafiq also issued a statement a few days ago denying any intention to return to politics. He stressed that the reason for the frequent speculations is the approaching date of the General Conference of the National Movement Party in October. A candidate in Egypt’s 2012 presidential elections, Shafiq lost by a slim margin to the now ousted President Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood.
August 18, 2018 15:45 UTC
A study published on the Journal of Archaeological Science and the University of York website has revealed that scientists carried several forensic tests on an ancient Egyptian mummy, which proves that the embalming practice is older than assumed. Dating to around 3,700-3,500 BC, the mummy is currently housed in the Egyptian Museum in Turin, Italy. “It is the first time that extensive tests have been carried out on an intact prehistoric mummy, consolidating the researchers’ previous findings that embalming was taking place 1,500 years earlier than previously accepted,” the study said. The researchers discovered the embalming recipe included plant oil, heated conifer resin, an aromatic plant extract, plant gum and sugar. It also included “antibacterial agents” that have been commonly used in similar amounts by Egyptian embalmers during their peak 2,500 years later.
August 18, 2018 15:00 UTC
Egypt’s Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation concluded preparing parks and public spaces in Cairo, Giza and other governorates for the upcoming national holiday of Eid al-Adha. This comes in anticipation of large numbers of people spending time outdoors during the holiday, putting pressure on public places such as parks and museums. Egypt’s Minister of Agriculture and Land Reclamation Ezz Eddin Abo Setit said that plans have been put in place to counter congestion and keep parks clean. Security and health departments in different governorates have coordinated to secure the parks and provide ambulances and fire engines in case of emergency, Setit said in a statement. He also stressed the intensification of inspections and follow-up on all slaughterhouses and markets for the sale and circulation of meat and meat products to protect the health of citizens.
August 18, 2018 13:41 UTC
Minister of Health and Population Hala Zayed announced the ministry’s plan to ensure medical services during the Eid al-Adha holiday. Accoutring to Zayed, the first level is to raise the degree of readiness to maximum in the ambulance authority. In addition to ten ambulance boats for emergency services in the River Nile, two air ambulances will fly over highways and major traffic hubs. The citizen has the right to enjoy good health services during Eid al-Adha, he added. Ghaffar said that a joint operation room was set up with the Ministry of Health to follow up the implementation of the Eid al-Adha plan and raise the degree of high readiness in all university hospitals.
August 18, 2018 12:45 UTC
Two people were killed and 23 were injured in two separate traffic accidents on Saturday on Red Sea roads. In the first incident, two people were killed and 18 others left injured in a microbus crash on the Ras Ghareb – Hurghada road. In the other accident, five people were injured in a car crash, with ambulances rushing the injured to Ras Ghareb Central Hospital for treatment. Egypt loses about 12,000 lives to traffic accidents every year. It has a road traffic fatality rate of 42 deaths per 100,000 population, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
August 18, 2018 12:00 UTC
Egypt’s Minister of Investment and International Cooperation Sahar Nasr announced on Friday that 1,454 kilometers have been cleared of landmines at Al-Alamein town thanks to help from the United Nations, according to the latest data monitored by the Executive Secretariat for the Demining and Development of the North West Coast (ESDDNWC). Nasr added that a comprehensive database of mine accident survivors has been devised and will be updated periodically, along with organizing three mine awareness campaigns targeted at 160,000 Matrouh residents. She added that the government will not only remove the landmines, but utilize development tools to help citizens and the affected areas, alongside negotiating new grants. The ESDDNWC said that WWII landmine leftovers contaminated 2,680 square kilometers of land in the northwest coast, equivalent to 16 percent of Egypt’s geographic area. In 2006, the estimated number of mine incidents was 8,313 (697 killed and 7,616 injured), of which 5,015 were civilians, it says.
August 18, 2018 11:05 UTC
Qatar has accused Saudi Arabia of barring its citizens from this year’s hajj, something Riyadh denies, saying a diplomatic dispute is not stopping Qataris from making the pilgrimage to Mecca. Abdullah Al-Kaabi of the state-run Qatar National Human Rights Committee said Saudi Arabia had shut down an electronic system used by travel agencies to obtain permits for pilgrims from Qatar. “There is no chance this year for Qatari citizens and residents to travel for hajj,” he told Reuters. Last year, 1,624 Qatari pilgrims attended, he said. Saudi Arabia has said Qatari pilgrims can arrive on any airline other than Qatar Airways.
August 18, 2018 09:33 UTC
“But the bridge collapse has made us a little nervous. The structure spans a dried up river bed, a metal-roofed warehouse, and two rows of pastel-coloured flats. According to Vittorio Depau, an elderly Gavette resident, the bridge receives regular maintenance and its columns were reinforced around 10 years ago. The bridges spanning the city had up until this week been just part of everyday life: constant, unmoving, unthought of. But now whenever I go under the bridge I look up,” she says.
August 18, 2018 04:07 UTC
Former CIA Director John Brennan criticized President Donald Trump on Friday for revoking his security clearance and said the President is “drunk on power.”“The fact that he’s using a security clearance of a former CIA director as a pawn in his public relations strategy I think is just so reflective of somebody who, quite frankly, I don’t want to use this term maybe, but he’s drunk on power. He really is, and I think he’s abusing the powers of that office,” Brennan told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow during an interview. Trump announced on Wednesday that he was stripping Brennan, who has been an outspoken critic of the President, of his security clearance and accused the former CIA director of “lying” and giving “increasingly frenzied commentary” on television. Brennan was reacting to a report in The Washington Post on Friday that said the decision to revoke his security clearance had been finalized in order to switch the news cycle’s focus from former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman’s new book. The book contains critical passages about Trump, and Manigault Newman has been releasing audiotapes she surreptitiously recorded of Trump, White House chief of staff John Kelly and other top aides to the President.
August 18, 2018 02:37 UTC