Egyptian water rescue forces continued their searches on Tuesday after a boat carrying 19 people sank on Monday in Lake Mariout in el-Hawariah, south of Alexandria. Six people were rescued from the lake late on Monday and have been transferred to the Amiriya General Hospital for treatment. A security source in Alexandria said the rescue team recovered on Tuesday morning another body, bringing the total number of bodies recovered to nine. The source added that four water rescue units, along with volunteer divers, continue to search for others. Alexandria Governor Mohamed al-Sharif said in a live stream that the number of missing is not yet clear, stressing that the search and rescue work is ongoing.
February 23, 2021 10:07 UTC
Shipment of 300,000 doses of Sinopharm vaccine arriving in Cairo International Airport on February 23, 2021. Press PhotoCAIRO – 23 February 2021: A vaccine shipment – consisting of 300,000 doses - granted by China to Egypt arrived to Cairo International Airport early on Tuesday. Egypt is finalizing the vaccination of medical staff at quarantine hospitals, and will begin next week vaccinating high-priority citizens. The registration to get the vaccine is done either online or at certain health facilities. The number of recovered patients have reached so far 137,837 cases, according to the Ministry of Health.
February 23, 2021 09:56 UTC
Egypt will once again be exposed to moderate and heavy rainfall accompanied by significant wind activity on Tuesday, with the Egyptian Meteorological Authority issuing advice on how to keep warm. Citizens should dress warmly with heavy clothing and drink warm fluids, while those that suffer from respiratory issues and sinus infections must avoid all windy and exposed areas. Drivers should follow traffic instructions, avoid excessive speeds, take care while driving and keep a safe distance between cars. The EMA recommend drivers not to park cars under trees, billboards and advertisements and that pedestrians keep away from them. People should avoid exposure to air currents to avoid catching a cold, and stay away from any area with heavy rainfall, especially due to the risk of lightning.
February 23, 2021 09:45 UTC
On Monday, Egypt received a gift from the Chinese government — 300,000 doses of the Chinese Sinopharm coronavirus vaccine. President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi telephoned his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping to thank him for the donation, presidential spokesperson Bassam Rady, said. Cairo looks forward to strengthening cooperation and coordination between health care providers in the two countries, specifically in transferring the Chinese expertise and capabilities to Egypt, Sisi said. And undersecretary of the Ministry of Health in Alexandria Saeed al-Saqaan said that the Alexandria Health Directorate will begin on Tuesday vaccinating medical teams in 11 hospitals with the Sinopharm vaccine. Upon completion, Alexandria will have vaccinated medical teams in 17 hospitals.
February 23, 2021 09:33 UTC
Egypt’s Health Ministry on Monday confirmed 623 new coronavirus cases, up from 608 on Sunday. The ministry also announced 51 virus-related deaths and 346 recovered cases. The country has now reported a total of 178,774 cases, 138,183 recovered cases, and 10,404 deaths. Egypt’s second wave hit its peak on December 30, when the health ministry reported 1,411 new cases. Egypt is currently using China’s Sinopharm vaccine for its campaign and has received doses of the UK’s AstraOxford vaccine.
February 23, 2021 08:47 UTC
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Facebook said on Tuesday it will lift its ban on Australians sharing news after it struck a deal with Australia’s government on legislation that would make digital giants pay for journalism. Treasurer Josh Frydenberg and Facebook confirmed that they have agreed on amendments to proposed legislation to require the social network and Google to pay for Australian news that they feature. Facebook blocked Australian users from accessing and sharing news last week after the House of Representatives passed the draft law late Wednesday. Facebook said it will now negotiate deals with Australian publishers under its own model, Facebook News. Facebook said on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021, it lift its ban on Australians sharing news after a deal was struck on legislation that would make digital giants pay for journalism.
February 23, 2021 08:15 UTC
Many of the Muslim victims of last year’s bloody violence say they have run repeatedly into a refusal by police to investigate complaints against Hindu rioters. Many believe the catalyst for last year’s riots was a fiery speech by Kapil Mishra, a leader from Modi’s party. A year on, many Muslim victims of the riots are still cowering in fear of further bloodletting. The stories of many other Muslim victims follow a similar pattern. As the first anniversary of bloody communal riots that convulsed the Indian capital approaches, Muslim victims are still shaken and struggling to make sense of their struggle to seek justice.
February 23, 2021 08:15 UTC
HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam gave her clear support Tuesday to electoral reforms that would likely further exclude opposition voices and cement Beijing’s control over the semi-autonomous Chinese city’s politics. They will likely take the form of a redistribution of votes in the 1,200-member electoral commission that selects Hong Kong’s chief executive, subject to Beijing’s veto. The commission is composed of voting blocs intended to represent Hong Kong’s various economic, educational and social sectors, along with its largely Beijing-dominated political institutions. It remains unclear whether Lam, who is deeply unpopular among Hong Kong’s population, will seek a second five-year term in next year’s poll. By ZEN SOOImage: FILE – In this Jan. 26, 2021, file photo, Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam listens to reporters’ questions during a press conference in Hong Kong.
February 23, 2021 07:30 UTC
US-brokered peace talks began in September but progress has since slowed and violence has risen with uncertainty over whether international forces will pull out troops by May as originally planned. Civilian casualties were 8,820 in 2020, according to the United Nations’ mission to Afghanistan’s (UNAMA) annual report. That was 15 percent lower than the previous year, but the report’s authors noted with alarm a sharp uptick and historically high civilian casualties in the final three months of 2020, when peace talks began. Last year “could have been the year of peace in Afghanistan. Zabihullah said that the lull was only a break and the Taliban were committed to talks, with further meetings expected in coming days.
February 23, 2021 06:45 UTC
REUTERS: Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa said he would prefer to wait until the end of the season to make a decision about extending his stay at Elland Road. Bielsa joined Leeds in 2018 and led the Yorkshire club to the second-tier Championship title in the 2019-20 season, securing their promotion to the Premier League for the first time since 2004. The Argentine's contract is due to end in June and Bielsa said it would be best for both parties to take stock at the end of the campaign. "The second thing is that the decision to work in a club for another year is so important that you must have a clear security. Leeds, who are 12th after 24 games, host Southampton later on Tuesday.
February 23, 2021 02:15 UTC
I know what it’s like to not be there when it happens,” said Biden, who has long addressed grief more powerfully than perhaps any other American public figure. “I know what it’s like when you are there, holding their hands, as they look in your eye and they slip away. In one of his many symbolic breaks with his predecessor, Biden has not shied away from offering remembrances for the lives lost to the virus. The COVID-19 death total in the United States had just crossed 400,000 when Biden took the oath of office. Outside of perfunctory tweets marking the milestones of 100,000 and 200,000 deaths, Trump oversaw no moment of national mourning, no memorial service.
February 23, 2021 01:07 UTC
TURIN, Italy, Feb 22 (Reuters) - Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Juventus strolled to a 3-0 home win over bottom side Crotone in Serie A on Monday, with the victory taking the champions up to third in the standings. Juve were a little sluggish to get going, but their ever-reliable talisman arrived to meet an Alex Sandro cross in the 38th minute to give Andrea Pirlo's side the lead. Ronaldo looked hungry for more and another bullet header in first-half stoppage time doubled the lead, taking the Portugal forward back to the top of the league's scoring charts on 18 goals, one ahead of Inter Milan's Romelu Lukaku. The 36-year-old had chances to complete a hat-trick but it was Weston McKennie who added the third, hammering home his fourth Serie A goal of the season in the 66th minute.
February 22, 2021 23:03 UTC
BRIGHTON, England, Feb 22 (Reuters) - Christian Benteke's stoppage-time volley earned Crystal Palace a dramatic 2-1 victory at Brighton & Hove Albion in the Premier League on Monday, despite the visitors being second best for much of the contest. Palace took the lead as loan signing Jean-Philippe Mateta scored his first goal in English football with an improvised finish in the 28th minute. The chances kept coming for Brighton as they finished the match having had 25 shots at goal. But Palace, from just three efforts, scored twice, with Benteke popping up with the winner to break Brighton hearts in the 95th minute. Brighton remained 16th on 26 points, four points clear of the relegation zone.
February 22, 2021 22:52 UTC
CAIRO – 22 February 2021: Flag carrier EgyptAir announced on Monday grounding four of its of its Boeing 777-200 aircraft, two days after a United Airlines plane of the same type had an engine failure over Colorado, United States. The Egyptian flag carrier said it would suspend the Boeing 777-200 aircraft equipped with the Pratt & Whitney 4000-112 engines, the type of engine involved in the Denver incident. The US Federal Aviation Administration on Sunday urged "immediate or stepped-up inspections" of Boeing 777 aircraft with the same engine type. Boeing agreed with the decision and urged the temporary suspension of all of its 777 aircraft with that engine. The Egyptian company affirmed that its decision is not applied on its six Boeing 777-300 planes, which are equipped with another model of engines.
February 22, 2021 22:07 UTC
Aston Villa boss Dean Smith may have solidified his side's defence, but he will now look to plug a leak at his club after news of Jack Grealish's injury spread on social media before Sunday's 2-1 Premier League home defeat by Leicester City. The news of Grealish's injury had emerged on social media a day before Villa's game against Leicester. "I've been made aware that on social media there'd been rumours that he wasn't going to play," Smith said. "If it's coming out of our training ground, then I will find out where that's coming from and reprimand where it's coming from. Villa are eighth in the standings with 36 points after 23 games and play Leeds United, 12th with 32 points from 24 games, at Elland Road on Saturday.
February 22, 2021 20:48 UTC