<![CDATA[rss-All News]]> All Rights Reserved for The Cairo post <![CDATA[All News]]>]]> 100 29 <![CDATA[Remembering 72 years of Nakba: OIC reiterates firm support to state of Palestine]]>
Marking the 72nd anniversary of the Nakba (Catastrophe), which has seen the Palestinians oppressed and expelled from their homes, their properties expropriated and their legitimate rights denied, "OIC General Secretariat reaffirmed the centrality of the Palestinian cause for the OIC, reiterating its firm and full support to the Palestinian people in their legitimate struggle to restore their national and inalienable rights," it said in a statement posted on its website.

OIC also called on the international community to continue to support the Palestinians to regain their national rights, most notably the right of return to homeland within the two-state solution, and the right to have their own independent state, with Al-Quds (occupied East Jerusalem) as its capital, as established in the Arab peace initiative and relevant UN resolutions.]]>
5/15/2020 6:29:02 PM
<![CDATA[Turkey dispatches Qaeda commander to oversee scheme in Libya: Report]]>
The report added that Turkey has dispatched the dangerous terrorist and military official of the Libyan fighting group loyal to al-Qaeda Khaled al-Sharif to oversee military operations in the capital, Tripoli, and implement Erdogan's plans in Libya.

The report indicated that al-Sharif, AKA Abu Hazim al-Libi, has recently returned to the capital Tripoli from Turkey and entered through Misurata Airport, through Turkish planning.

The foundation has also prepared a video report that reveals Emir of Qatar, Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani’s and Erdogan’s destructive role in the region.

The video also affirmed the sending of mercenaries to Libya, through coordination with terrorist groups and organizations.

The Russian Federal Agency confirmed that Ankara sent terrorists to Libya, adding that both Erdogan and Tamim have intensified their efforts recently to spread terrorism in Libya, via supporting Al-Wefaq forces with money and weapons, leading to the further suffering of Libyans, according to the report.

Moreover, Maat pointed out that the weapons sent by Turkey to Libya were purchased with Qatari money, and the process of transferring fighters from Syria to Libya was carried out via the Turkish security company ‘SADAT’.

In addition to the financial support provided by Tamim to Erdogan in order to carry out his operations in Tripoli.

The report also pointed out that the Qatari funding has become clear in both Syria and Libya, stressing that Qatar and Turkey play a major role in all countries that suffer from chaos, especially Libya, which is still suffering from the continued support of Tamim and Erdogan to fighters in Tripoli.

Earlier, UN sources told Sky News Arabia that 3,000 Syrian militants have been deployed in the areas of Al-Wefaq government led by Fayez Al-Sarraj, in western Libya.
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5/15/2020 5:53:01 PM
<![CDATA[Several terrorists killed in military raids in Egypt's North Sinai: Army spox]]>
One of the elements were killed during the raid, Spokesman Tamer Al-Refae said, while six others were killed in a hideout while attempting to escape.

The forces also managed to seize and detonate 10 explosive devices and four explosive belts.

Also, three automatic and sniper rifles, three pistols, 21 firearm magazines were seized during the military operation.

The Egyptian Armed Forces earlier in May said 126 “takfiris” were killed in 22 raids and 12 operations carried out by the army and police forces in Central and North Sinai.

Also, four officers, three non-commissioned officers and eight soldiers were either killed or injured during the operations, the statement noted, without specifying the exact number of deaths.

In a statement, the Armed Forces said it could seize a number of weapons and explosive belts, which were possessed by the eliminated terrorists.

The army could also find and detonate 630 explosive devices that were planted to target the armed forces. The opening of eight tunnels were also discovered and destroyed.

Also, the Air Force managed to destroy 228 hideouts that belonged to terrorists and 116 four-wheel drive vehicles, the statement added. ]]>
5/15/2020 5:35:17 PM
<![CDATA[7 things you need to know about Egypt's hulking wind complex in Jabal Al-Zayt]]>
In addition to three mega power plants in Beni Suef, south of Cairo, carried out by Siemens, and the Benban Solar Park in Aswan, comes the wind complex of Jabal Al-Zayt with total installed capacity of 580 MW.

The project was built by an EPC contract with cooperation with many international and national institutions such as the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA), FIEM (Spain Government) and the KFW.

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The complex’ capacity is 580 MWh, with the most optimum conditions for wind farms such as wind speed, wind stability and ground terrain which prompts to 51.7% annual average capacity factor, setting a world record because of that the majority of wind farms worldwide can accomplish just from 30% to 40% capacity factor.

Egypt Today brings its readers a number of highlights regarding the mega complex, including:

- Containing a system for monitoring migratory birds through the radar to stop the turbines when they pass and restart them after passing, which is a system used for the first time in the world.

- The project is divided into three zones. A red zone, where wind energy projects are panned due to heavy bird migration activity; a yellow zone where more environmental studies should take place; and, a green zone where the wind complex was implemented.

- The complex also includes around 390 wind turbines.

- The complex’ capacity is 580 Mwh.

- The number of turbines is 120 turbines and the capacity of each turbine is 240 MW, while the second completed project includes 110 turbines with a capacity of 220 MW, and 60 turbines with a capacity of 120 megawatts, accordingly.

- The total cost of the mega project is LE 12 billion.

- The station has been completely constructed and connected to the National Electricity Network.
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5/15/2020 5:34:39 PM
<![CDATA[Ahmed Salah Hosny captivates people hearts with Ramy Hassanein role in El Ekhteyar ]]>
Episode 21 tackles the story of the great martyr Rami hassanein. Egyptian star Ahmed Salah Hosny captivates people heart by his brilliant portrayal to late great Lieutenant-Colonel who was killed in a roadside bomb attack on their armored vehicle in Egypt's North Sinai on 2016.

Hosny provided dazzling performance for Hassanein who was a great champion and highly efficient military leader.


The Highly successful Egyptian series managed in one week to do what wasn’t performed in years. We all love Egypt and its army but this series reminded us how deep is this love and how our Egyptian army men are sacrificing with their lives daily to preserve our homeland security, progress and prosperity.

This national epic gathered and united all the Egyptians around with its credible content that gives us an insightful look about the life, logic, thoughts and noble principals of our army soldiers, champions and martyrs.



Producing this series, Synergy started a new era in the Arab drama production that will compete with the European and American productions.


"El Ekhteyar" houses a notable group of talented actors such as Amir Karara, Ahmed el Awady such as Dina Fouad, Hanan Youssef, Sara Adel, Ahmed Fouad Selim, in addition to notable guests of honor such as Eyad Nassar, Mohamed Emam, Salah Abdallah , Mohamed Ragab, Karim Mahmoud Abdel Aziz, Asser Yassin, Amr Gamal, Maged el Masry, Ahmed Wafik, Ahmed Salah Hosny among others.

The series is written by Baher Dewidar and directed by Peter Mimi.
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5/15/2020 5:29:54 PM
<![CDATA[Sudan walks right path in GERD crisis, says Egyptian Strategic Studies Center]]>GERD).

Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok on Tuesday sent a letter to his Ethiopian counterpart Abiy Ahmed disapproving of an Addis Ababa proposal on an agreement over the dam’s first filling.

"I cannot accept the signing of a draft agreement to the first phase (filling the dam) because it poses legal and technical problems that must be addressed," Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok said in a statement.

Director of the Egyptian Center for Strategic Studies and Thought Khaled Okasha has said the Sudanese move brings the matter to its proper path, which relies on cooperation and negotiation.

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Dr. Khaled Okasha


He explained that Ethiopia took advantage of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic to cancel all agreements, and according to point zero it was announced through its "populist" mechanisms that it pursued from the beginning.

The Ethiopian National Council for the Coordination of Public Participation to the Construction of GERD has already announced that Ethiopians have contributed over 530 million Birr (around $10 million) for the construction of the dam even after the breakout of the pandemic, according to Office Director-General Roman Gebreselassie.

Ethiopians have contributed millions of Birr for the construction of the dam even after the breakout of the pandemic, she noted.

The support has been all the more re-invigorated following the “mistaken stance” of certain countries, including the United States, to disregard the sovereignty of Ethiopia, she elaborated.

Okasha has affirmed that the move by the Sudanese Prime Minister came after Ethiopia’s intentions to go on with the project solely without consulting with Khartoum and Cairo became clear, threatening the interests of both countries.

This is in addition to the dangers related to the safety requirements of the dam, which the Ethiopian side has been ignoring, constantly pushing for the filling stage with an aim to aid internal and political conflicts through the construction of the dam, completely disregarding the sovereignty and authentic rights of Egypt and Sudan.

He added that Ethiopia is also seeking from this to blame the issue on both Cairo and Khartoum, according to flawed and outdated Ethiopian theories that claim disagreements between Egypt and Sudan.

Okasha further stressed that the new Sudanese government is now correcting many of the faults of the previous regime, which had been performing in contradiction with the Sudanese national interests.

Hamdok asserted in his letter the importance of realizing a tripartite agreement between Egypt, Sudan, and Ethiopia, adding that reaching a comprehensive agreement can only be achieved through an immediate resumption of negotiations.

"The only way to reach a comprehensive agreement is for all parties to go back to the negotiating table immediately," Hamdok added.

Ehtiopian obdurate position unchanged



The US Treasury Department and the World Bank stepped in as observers last year to facilitate talks between the three countries after negotiations repeatedly failed thanks to Ethiopia.

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Ethiopia rejected in February an agreement mediated by the US on the filling and operation of the dam.

In response to the Ethiopian proposal, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi reiterated his country’s “unwavering commitment to concluding a mutually beneficial agreement on the GERD”.

Egypt asserted in a message sent in April to Ethiopia’s Ahmed that any agreement on the GERD must be comprehensive and must regulate the complete process of filling the dam.

Sudan's chief negotiator Hamad Saleh pointed out that his country is moving to resume the negotiations as per the agreement brokered in Washington, adding that his country’s movements could end up the resumption of negotiations.]]>
5/15/2020 4:54:57 PM
<![CDATA[Marsa Alam airport receives flight from Saudi Arabia carrying 300 stranded Egyptians]]>
The arrivals have undergone the preventive procedures in order to be moved to hotel for a 14-day quarantine.

Since the coronavirus crisis started, EgyptAir, the Egyptian flag carrier, has operated many exceptional flights to several countries, including the US, UK, Maldives, Kuwait, South Sudan and Kenya, to bring back stranded Egyptians abroad.

On April 22nd, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi noted that around 3,500 Egyptians are stranded abroad over coronavirus, affirming that authorities are committed to bringing them back despite "hard circumstances".

Egypt has suspended flight movement since 19 March, except for cargo flights, charter flights to enable tourists’ return, ambulance flights and internal flights.

The Health Ministry on Thursday said 398 people have tested positive for coronavirus in Egypt recently, bringing the total number of cases to 10,829.

The ministry also reported 15 deaths due to the novel virus, bringing the total number to 571. World Health Organization’s representative in Egypt John Jabbour said in mid-April WHO is looking at the cause of the high coronavirus rate of deaths in the northeastern African country.

Also, the test results of 3,133 people turned from positive to negative, the ministry said, including 2,626 people who totally recovered. It added that 140 patients left hospitals.

This is the highest number in the daily coronavirus cases since Monday May 11, according to the official figures provided by the ministry. On Friday and Saturday, the country recorded 495 and 488 coronavirus positive patients, its highest daily count so far. On May 3, the country reported 272 cases, its lowest this month.

As Egypt recently saw a surge in the number of the coronavirus cases, Health Minister Hala Zayed on Saturday said the state authorities have responded to the coronavirus crisis and made all efforts to curb its spread, blaming the surge on the behavior of many citizens.]]>
5/15/2020 4:52:27 PM
<![CDATA[Mido Fayed: El Ekhteyar is a national epic that was important to be done]]>
Colonel Ahmed el-Mansy, the commander of the Sa'ka Forces or Thunderbolt Forces, was killed during the clashes between Egyptian army forces and militants, while the army besieged groups of terrorists and foiled attacks that targeted a number of other checkpoints in the Rafah area in North Sinai.

Fayed explained to Egypt Today that he performed all the needed preparations to perform such honourable and patriotic character.

‘’ I talked with Moemen’s family and they told me everything about him as well as all his personal traits, it was very important to know every single detail about him because he is a real character not a fictional one’’ Fayed said.

Moemen was kind, humble, and helpful, he wanted to die while he is defending Egypt. ‘’ He was so eager to die as a martyr, he prayed to god to give him such an honor and our generous god gave him what he has asked for.’’

The rising Egyptian star added that El Ekhteyar is a national epic that was important to be done to explain to the upcoming generations more about the greatness of our Egyptian army and that our soldiers are sacrificing with their lives daily to protect our country.

‘’ El Ekhteyar’’ series houses a lot of patriotic messages, sheds the light on a group pf Egyptian soldiers and officers revealing how much they are brave, loyal, dedicated, have strong faith in god, love each other, strongly believe in what they are doing and ready to die at any time to protect their country’’ Fayed added.

Fayed elaborated that art is one of the major soft powers in Egypt and it has a major role in increasing people awareness, that is why patriotic drama like ‘’ El Ekhteyar is very important.

The Egyptian actor added that he learned a lot from such rich experience especially great director Peter Mimi. ‘’ I benefited a lot from Mimi instructions and I was honoured to work with such great cast which I consider as my family.’’
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5/15/2020 4:51:13 PM
<![CDATA['Frozen' musical becomes biggest victim of Broadway coronavirus shutdown]]>
The Disney production, which opened in March 2018 and is based on the blockbuster 2013 movie, will not return, Disney said in a statement.

Broadway theatres went dark on March 12 and this week extended the closure to Sept. 6. Live performances, especially big musicals with their large casts and the challenges of social distancing on stage, are expected to be among the last events to return while the coronavirus pandemic continues.

“Frozen,” about two sisters who are pulled apart by a mysterious secret, features the Oscar-winning song “Let It Go.” Along with “Aladdin” and “The Lion King,” the play was one of three Disney musicals based on popular movies running on Broadway.




It was the first musical and the biggest Broadway production to fall victim to the coronavirus, which has hit New York City hardest in United States.

Thomas Schumacher, president and producer of Disney Theatrical Productions, said in a statement it was hard to believe a few years ago “that a global pandemic would so alter the world economy that running three Disney shows on Broadway would become untenable.”

“Frozen” was taking an average of about $1 million a week in ticket sales, according to box-office data.


The actors union Equity said the closure was a wake-up call showing the challenges faced by live theatre during the pandemic.

“Today’s news should be an all hands on deck moment for Governor Cuomo, Mayor De Blasio and Congress,” executive director Mary McColl said in a statement.

“Public officials at all levels must think much more boldly about supporting the arts or our entire economy will be slower to recover,” she added.

Two plays - a new production of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” and new British comedy “Hangmen” - had opened in preview before the shutdown. Producers later said they will not return once Broadway reopens.


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5/15/2020 4:11:54 PM
<![CDATA[Amazon Prime snags Bollywood premieres, angering theater owners]]>
India has been under a strict lockdown since March 25 to battle the virus, leaving about 9,500 theatres shut and depriving Bollywood of box-office revenue.

So producers of seven films, including two Bollywood movies starring A-listers, such as Amitabh Bachchan and Vidya Balan, will stream the movies directly on Amazon Prime Video following a deal, the company said in a statement on Friday.

“Gulabo Sitabo”, a family comedy with Bachchan and Ayushmann Khurrana, which was set for release in April, will now stream directly on Amazon Prime Video in June, as will “Shakuntala Devi”, a biopic of the Indian mathematician of the same name.

Two of India’s biggest cinema chains, Inox and PVR, who were meant to screen “Gulabo Sitabo”, bemoaned the decision.

“INOX will be constrained to examine its options, and reserves all rights, including taking retributive measures, in dealing with such fair-weather friends,” Inox said in a statement.

The producers’ guild said the comments from Inox were “abrasive and unconstructive”.

PVR chief executive Kamal Gianchandani told the Indian Express on Thursday, after Amazon announced it would stream “Gulabo Sitabo”, that he was disappointed by the news.

The other five films in the Amazon deal are productions from the prolific, southern-language film industry.

Streaming platforms like Amazon and Netflix have in the past signed deals with Indian studios for digital rights, but mainstream releases have always prioritised theatrical revenues first.

In China, regulators aim to protect the industry by enforcing rules to stop movies premiering online, in particular by strictly managing “theatrical window period” requirements, a period for movies to be screened in cinemas before they can be shown elsewhere.

But analysts say the Amazon deal in India is likely the beginning of a broader trend, as lingering fears of coronavirus infection and lower discretionary spending keep people away from multiplexes and single-screen cinemas.

“There will be a reset in the way that producers and studios think about their portfolios,” Vijay Subramaniam, director and head, Content, Amazon Prime Video, India, told Reuters in an interview.

Subramaniam said Amazon, which competes in India with Netflix and Disney’s Hotstar, did not see acquisition costs going up for the streaming platform.

FILE PHOTO: Vijay Subramaniam, Director and Head, Content, Amazon Prime Video India, speaks during an interview with Reuters in Mumbai, India, November 14, 2018. REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas/File Photo
Bollywood is a huge draw for India’s burgeoning online audiences, who - driven by cheap data and smartphones - are spending more time watching content online than ever before.

Media reported that more producers in Bollywood and the southern-language industry were in talks with streaming platforms for direct-to-digital releases.

Last month, theatre owners in the southern state of Tamil Nadu threatened to boycott well-known actor Suriya over his decision to stream his film on a digital platform.

That film, “Ponmagal Vandhal” is part of the seven-film slate that Amazon announced on Friday.]]>
5/15/2020 4:08:56 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt evacuates another 315 stranded nationals from Kuwait]]>
The arrivals were tested for coronavirus and have been placed in quarantine for 14 days.

Since the coronavirus crisis started, EgyptAir, the Egyptian flag carrier, has operated many exceptional flights to several countries, including the US, UK, Maldives, Kuwait, South Sudan and Kenya, to bring back stranded Egyptians abroad.

On April 22nd, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi noted that around 3,500 Egyptians are stranded abroad over coronavirus, affirming that authorities are committed to bringing them back despite "hard circumstances".

Egypt has suspended flight movement since 19 March, except for cargo flights, charter flights to enable tourists’ return, ambulance flights and internal flights.

The Health Ministry on Thursday said 398 people have tested positive for coronavirus in Egypt recently, bringing the total number of cases to 10,829.

The ministry also reported 15 deaths due to the novel virus, bringing the total number to 571. World Health Organization’s representative in Egypt John Jabbour said in mid-April WHO is looking at the cause of the high coronavirus rate of deaths in the northeastern African country.

Also, the test results of 3,133 people turned from positive to negative, the ministry said, including 2,626 people who totally recovered. It added that 140 patients left hospitals.

This is the highest number in the daily coronavirus cases since Monday May 11, according to the official figures provided by the ministry. On Friday and Saturday, the country recorded 495 and 488 coronavirus positive patients, its highest daily count so far. On May 3, the country reported 272 cases, its lowest this month.

As Egypt recently saw a surge in the number of the coronavirus cases, Health Minister Hala Zayed on Saturday said the state authorities have responded to the coronavirus crisis and made all efforts to curb its spread, blaming the surge on the behavior of many citizens.]]>
5/15/2020 3:51:37 PM
<![CDATA[Cairo University conducts 8 clinical trials on coronavirus: statement]]>
This means the 112-year old university has published most of the researches on coronavirus nationwide. So far, 55 researches have been issued and 33 clinical studies have been conducted in Egypt, according to the statement.

The university has adopted a treatment protocol based on two drugs available in stock at a low cost, the statement read, without revealing their names.

“This protocol is unique as it combines between working as an antiviral and as a regulator or organizer for the immune system. It also does not have significant side effects,” the statement added.

Clinical trials
Earlier in May, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Khaled Abdel Ghaffar referred to the efforts of Egyptian universities and research centers in carrying out most of the clinical trials in Africa, with 22 clinical trials out of 30 experiments conducted by African countries.

According to the clinical trials website, the minister announced that Egypt ranks first among Middle Eastern and African countries carrying out experiments to find a cure for the emerging coronavirus.

Abdel Ghaffar stressed that Egypt has conducted half of the experiments carried out by countries in the Middle East to find a medicine that resists the emerging coronavirus; the Middle Eastern countries have carried out 44 experiments since the outbreak of the virus in China.

He noted that Egypt comes at the forefront, followed by Iran, Israel, Turkey, Cyprus, Jordan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, and Iraq.

Treatment protocols

Late in March, the Egyptian Minister of Health Hala Zayed said hospitals in the country are using anti-malaria and HIV drugs in the treatment of coronavirus.

In media remarks given to al-Hikaya talk show on MBC Misr channel, Zayed said that such drugs should not be taken haphazardly by people and physicians are those who have the authority to prescribe them.

Also, in mid-April, Mohamed Tag El-Deen, the Advisor for Health Affairs to President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi said Egypt started treating 50 coronavirus patients with the Japanese antiviral drug Avigan.

This comes a week after Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Khaled Abdel Ghaffar said the ministry has managed to communicate with the Japanese manufacturer of the antiviral drug Avigan to treat patients with coronavirus.

The drug, developed by a group firm of Fujifilm Holdings Corp., has been stored in Japan as a treatment for influenza. Reports in China showed that the drug has been effective in treating the respiratory disease caused by the virus.

The Health Ministry on Thursday said 398 people have tested positive for coronavirus in Egypt recently, bringing the total number of cases to 10,829.

The ministry also reported 15 deaths due to the novel virus, bringing the total number to 571. World Health Organization’s representative in Egypt John Jabbour said in mid-April WHO is looking at the cause of the high coronavirus rate of deaths in the northeastern African country.

Also, the test results of 3,133 people turned from positive to negative, the ministry said, including 2,626 people who totally recovered. It added that 140 patients left hospitals.

This is the highest number in the daily coronavirus cases since Monday May 11, according to the official figures provided by the ministry. On Friday and Saturday, the country recorded 495 and 488 coronavirus positive patients, its highest daily count so far. On May 3, the country reported 272 cases, its lowest this month.

As Egypt recently saw a surge in the number of the coronavirus cases, Health Minister Hala Zayed on Saturday said the state authorities have responded to the coronavirus crisis and made all efforts to curb its spread, blaming the surge on the behavior of many citizens.]]>
5/15/2020 2:37:05 PM
<![CDATA[Lufthansa Airlines to resume flights to some European destinations: GACIC]]>
In a statement on Friday, the German airline giant said its affiliate companies whose work was suspended due to the outbreak of coronavirus will return to work.

Lufthansa will offer around 1,800 weekly round flights to more than 130 destinations worldwide by the end of June. ]]>
5/15/2020 2:09:28 PM
<![CDATA[Cabinet denies disposing of waste of sugar factory in the Nile]]>
In a report, the center said it contacted Environment Ministry, which described these videos as baseless.

The ministry noted it sends a specialized team periodically to inspect the Nile to ensure that there is no waste disposed of by the industrial complexes, especially the sugar factories.

The ministry urged various media outlets and social media users to verify their reports before publishing them and contact the ministries concerned]]>
5/15/2020 2:01:40 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt calls on EU to curb foreign interventions in Libya]]>
In a phone call with Maltese counterpart Hon. Evarist Bartolo, Shoukry “outlined the determinants of the Egyptian vision towards reaching a comprehensive and sustainable solution to the crisis in order to achieve the aspirations of the brotherly Libyan people for peace and stability,” said Hafez.

They also tackled the other international and regional issues of mutual concern, besides the bilateral relations, Hafez added.

In December 2019, Turkey signed with the Government of National Accord (GNA), which is an interim non-elected government that is recognized by the United Nations, two MoUs on defense, and gas drilling in the Mediterranean.

Since January, Turkey has been transporting Syrian mercenaries into the North Africa state and sending military officers and experts to command the operations rooms of the militias affiliated to the GNA.
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5/15/2020 1:54:35 PM
<![CDATA[I am better than Drogba and Diouf, Eto'o]]>
"There is no debate. None of them [Diouf and Drogba]?can come and say that they were at my level or better. And it's not the fact that I say it, it's a fact." The Cameronian said on Thursday.

Eto'o had one of the best careers of African players in the history as he played in a high level for more than 14 years.

Eto'o wore the jerseys of some of the top clubs in Europe, including Real Madrid, Barcelona, Inter Milan and Chelsea.

The Cameronian won three UEFA Champions League titles and many domestic titles as well as being a key player at the golden era of the national team.

Eto'o continued "I wanted to be number one and I have been throughout my career."]]>
5/15/2020 1:21:20 PM
<![CDATA[It was like a war, Ayman Ashraf on CAF Champions League final against Esperance in 2018 ]]>
The second final's loss was shocking for the team fans as Al Ahly travelled to Tunisia with a comfortable 3_1 lead. However, they were outplayed by the Tunisian giants and lost the game 3_0 and missed the chance to win the 9th title in the club history.

"It was not a normal football match, it was like a war. The Tunisian fans attacked our bus before the game and our teammate Hisham Mohamed was injured." Ashraf told ONTime Sports.

Al Ahly failed to reconcile the fans last season as they were knocked out of the competition from the quarter finals after losing 5_1 on aggregate to Mamelodi Sundowns.

This season, the team sees winning CAF Champions League title as a top priority and they have reached the semi-finals after defeating Sundowns 3_1 on aggregate.

CAF Champions League competition was suspended due to coronavirus and there is no specific date for the return of the competition.

Al Ahly has won a record 8 CAF Champions League titles but they failed to win the title since 2013.]]>
5/15/2020 1:17:28 PM
<![CDATA[6 judges, prosecution members in Egypt test positive for coronavirus]]>
Five cases are quarantined in hospitals, while one case has been isolated at home, the room noted.

On May 3, Cairo criminal courts resumed work after a 45-day hiatus over the spread of coronavirus, as per a decision by Chairperson of Cairo Court of Appeals Badry Abdel Fattah

More than 8,000 lawsuits had been adjourned over this period, including a large number of pending cases, with several defendants on remand.

Since May 1, the criminal courts have started exceptionally for only two days a week to consider time-sensitive cases.

On March 15, 2020, Egypt’s judicial institutions suspended court trials nationwide due to coronavirus, according to a statement issued by the Ministry of Justice.

The Health Ministry on Thursday said 398 people have tested positive for coronavirus in Egypt recently, bringing the total number of cases to 10,829.

The ministry also reported 15 deaths due to the novel virus, bringing the total number to 571. World Health Organization’s representative in Egypt John Jabbour said in mid-April WHO is looking at the cause of the high coronavirus rate of deaths in the northeastern African country.

Also, the test results of 3,133 people turned from positive to negative, the ministry said, including 2,626 people who totally recovered. It added that 140 patients left hospitals.

This is the highest number in the daily coronavirus cases since Monday May 11, according to the official figures provided by the ministry. On Friday and Saturday, the country recorded 495 and 488 coronavirus positive patients, its highest daily count so far. On May 3, the country reported 272 cases, its lowest this month.

As Egypt recently saw a surge in the number of the coronavirus cases, Health Minister Hala Zayed on Saturday said the state authorities have responded to the coronavirus crisis and made all efforts to curb its spread, blaming the surge on the behavior of many citizens.

Earlier this week, Egypt’s General Physical Therapy Syndicate has mourned the death of one of its senior members after contracting COVID-19, the first death among its members due to the novel virus.

Abdel Nasser Hassan, head of the syndicate’s branch in Upper Egypt’s Luxor and the former head of Luxor General Hospital died after he tested positive for coronavirus a week ago and was moved to the intensive care unit after four days as his condition deteriorated, Ahmed Ezat, a top official at the syndicate said.

Also, the Egyptian Medical Syndicate has mourned the death of a doctor who died on Friday night from coronavirus, after having a contact with a COVID-19 positive patient.

This makes him the ninth doctor to die from the novel virus in the northeastern African country.

The syndicate said that Doctor Ahmed Darraz, former head of a hospital in Al-Sharkia governorate, in northern Egypt, had been in the “front line” in the battle against coronavirus, despite his old age and the fact that he had suffered from some chronic diseases.]]>
5/15/2020 1:07:17 PM
<![CDATA[On International Day of Families, Egypt has 24.7 households]]>
The CAPMAS report showed that 34.1% of the family individuals are under 15 years, while 26.4% of individuals are at the age of 15-29. Also, 35.3% of family members aged between 30 and 64 years, while 4.1% for the elderly [over 65 years].

Egypt’s population has hit 100 million after the population clock at the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS), has shown the number as of early February 2020.

The population growth in Egypt is considered one of the highest rates among the countries around the world, due to high birth rates and high fertility rates, compared to lower death rates, which led to a population pyramid with a broad base of the population below the working age, which represents a burden to the society.


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5/15/2020 1:00:32 PM
<![CDATA[Social media influencer Eladham remanded in custody over indecent act]]>
The social media influencer is accused of creating profiles on social media apps to promote immorality and behaviors that are inconsistent with the family values in the Egyptian society.

The Interior Ministry received information that Eladham ran away from her residence in the New Cairo district in order not to be arrested and used some electronic apps to encrypt her data while using the internet or making calls.

Security authorities arrested her at dawn Friday in a compound in 6th of October City where she was hiding from the police.

Investigations will be continued with her. ]]>
5/15/2020 12:59:07 PM
<![CDATA[Cabinet denies increasing value-added tax in new general budget]]>
In a statement on Friday, the center said in contacted the Finance Ministry which dismissed the news and described them as baseless.

The ministry urged various media outlets and social media users to verify their reports before publishing them and contact the ministries concerned. ]]>
5/15/2020 12:37:12 PM
<![CDATA[Cabinet denies drop in Egypt's agricultural exports]]>CAIRO - 15 May 2020: The cabinet media center denied news circulated recently that the Egyptian agricultural exports have dropped by 25 percent due to the coronavirus crisis.

In a statement on Friday, the center said it contacted the Trade and Industry Ministry which dismissed as groundless the reports.

The ministry pointed out that Egypt's agricultural exports have hit 821 million dollars during the first quarter of 2020, against 812 million dollars registered during the same period the year before.

Highlighting an increasing international demand on the Egyptian agricultural products despite the global outbreak of COVID-19, the ministry said that Egypt has exported about 2.23 million tons of fruit and vegetables in the first quarter of 2020.

Egypt tops world countries in orange exports with exports hitting about 1.2 million tons, it added.

Separately, the Egyptian non-petroleum exports increased during the first quarter of 2020 by 2%, hitting 6.728 billion dollars, compared with 6.580 billion dollars recorded during the same period in 2019.

Meanwhile, imports went down by 24%, recording 13.814 billion dollars, against 18.233 billion dollars during in the past year]]>
5/15/2020 12:34:55 PM
<![CDATA[et publishes eyewitness's testimony in terrorist Ashmawy's case]]>
Defendants in Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis case were sentenced to death, life imprisonment and intensified imprisonment over 54 crimes they committed, including the attempted assassination of former Minister of Interior Mohamed Ibrahim and the assassination of police officers and explosions at security facilities.

Among the charges drawn against the defendants in this case is storming and stealing sums of money from the Azab Post Office in Matareya, where an eyewitness’s testimonies were among the evidence that proved the conviction of the defendants.

Mohamed A. is an employee at the Azab Post Office in Matareya, Giza, and witnessed the armed attack at the post office, and made remarks about the accident, including:

1- He was at the post office, when he and his colleagues saw two masked men carrying two automatic weapons; they broke into the office and fired bullets inside, while others were firing bullets outside the office.

2- The armed men managed to seize a sum of L.E. 240, 236 and destroyed the office’s components before they fled away.

The case includes around 194 defendants, atop of them is the terrorist Hisham Ashmawy, who was sentenced to death along with 36 others in the same case. The other 157 defendants were sentenced to life and to long prison terms.

The Public Prosecution accused the defendants of committing crimes of founding, assuming leadership and joining a terrorist group, aimed at disrupting the provisions of the constitution and laws; preventing state institutions from exercising their duties; violating the rights and freedoms of citizens; harming national unity and social peace; communicating with a foreign organization represented in Hamas, the military wing of the organization Brotherhood; sabotaging state facilities; premeditated murder, and attempting to acquire firearms and ammunition.
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5/14/2020 8:25:52 PM
<![CDATA[Discussed: What is Egypt’s COVID-19 co-existence plan?]]>

The plan comes as a bid to reduce the number of infections and deaths, achieve a balance between maintaining a normal life cycle and abiding by the precautionary measures, to get rid of the negative psychological effects of the outbreak, and to avoid crowds resulting from services like: transportation and shopping.

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Egypt announces COVID-19 coexistence plan - Photo from Ministry of Health's report



How does the plan work?


According to the Ministry of Health, the plan includes three phases:

First phase: Tough procedures:



Duration: This phase enters into action immediately and continues until there is a drop recorded in the number of infections over the course of two consecutive weeks.

* There are some features for the first phase that sum up in measuring people's temperature before entering facilities, metro stations and trains; everyone should be wearing medical masks once in the streets; business owners should place sanitizers at their doors, and cinemas, theatres and cafes will remain closed.

Patients from high, low risk groups

* Patients from the high-risk groups should call Hotline 105 and contact a doctor. While other patients with mild symptoms should stay at home and follow self-isolation instructions until symptoms are gone, or any until development is noticed.

* In case the self-isolated patient notices continuous rise in temperature for more than three days, shortness of breath, chest pain, dryness, convulsions, consciousness disorder, cough with blood (although rare), they should head to the hospital immediately.


Elderly and Pregnant

Gyms, occasions' halls, will be closed; a metro vehicle will be fully allocated for the elderly and pregnant women; additional seats for the elderly and pregnant will be available at all transport means. Also, awareness of shifting to online shopping and e-payment at markets and malls will be raised, while restaurants will only be opened for home delivery and not for public.


Dealing with delivery men

Persons who do not have virus symptoms and are in good health should be the ones dealing with the delivery men. In case the infected persons are self-isolating and should receive the order in person, they should do the following:

- Wash hands with water and soap for no less than half a minute, wear a medical mask, wear clean gloves, give the delivery man (who is also wearing a mask) the money without approaching him.



Second phase: Moderate procedures:



Duration: Begins by the end of the first phase, and lasts for 28 days.

The procedures include measuring people's temperature before entering facilities; everyone should wear masks once they leave home; business owners should place sanitizers at their doors; keeping medium density inside shops; and cinemas, theatres and cafes will remain closed.


Third phase: Mitigating procedures:



Duration: Begins by the end of the second phase, and lasts until WHO announces low risk assessment of the virus worldwide.

The procedures in this phase encompass commitment to good ventilation, avoiding crowding, receiving the vaccine if adopted by the WHO, following hygiene measures, abiding by precautionary measures in case of eating at restaurants and hotels, and continuing to regularly monitor the virus activity.


How to deal inside different facilities?

The Ministry of Health further discussed in the plan the procedures each facility, authority or any means of transportation should follow throughout the three phases of co-existence with COVID-19.

The report thoroughly explained the procedures of the three phases at different places, including institutions and companies, hotels, malls and markets, factories, transportation means.

The ministry urged cleaning, and sanitizing offices every 24 hours, avoiding crowding at workplaces, evaluating workers’ medical status prior to entering the workplace, and providing protective tools.


General regulations for different bodies:


1- Entities that should not work amid COVID-19 pandemic include
cinema, theatres, cafes, restaurants, universities, schools, nurseries, gyms, sporting clubs, and wedding and funeral halls.

2- Raising awareness among employees on combating the infection with the virus.

3- Allocating isolation rooms for any infected person at the facility.

4- Providing sanitizers, napkins, good ventilation and signs showing adequate safe distance between workers.


General regulations for citizens:

1- Citizens should wear medical masks in case they go out of the house and use transportation means.

2- Persons above 50 years old should leave home only for necessity.

3- Those who feel the symptoms should self-isolate at home and contact the hotline 105 in case of any developments.

4- Maintain safe distance with others (not less than 2 meters).

5- Clean and sanitize surfaces regularly.

6- Use tissues when coughing and sneezing.

7- Family members who have no virus symptoms should be the ones dealing with delivery men.

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Egypt announces COVID-19 coexistence plan - Photos from Ministry of Health's report


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Egypt announces COVID-19 coexistence plan - Photos from Ministry of Health's report


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Egypt announces COVID-19 coexistence plan - Photos from Ministry of Health's report


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Egypt announces COVID-19 coexistence plan - Photos from Ministry of Health's report


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Egypt announces COVID-19 coexistence plan - Photos from Ministry of Health's report
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5/14/2020 8:19:32 PM
<![CDATA[528 prisoners released on Sinai Liberation anniversary]]>
A total of 228 were pardoned as per the presidential decree, while 300 other inmates were released on parole.

According to the constitution, the president has the right to issue pardons for convicted prisoners after consulting with the Cabinet. However, the perpetrators of certain crimes are not eligible for a pardon. These crimes comprise arms trafficking, terrorism, drug trafficking of more than 10 kilograms, “heroin” trade regardless of the quantity, and revenge killing. The decree was published in the official gazette.

Late in March, the Ministry of Interior's Prison Sector released 392 prisoners upon Presidential Pardon on the occasion of Police Day and the 68th anniversary of the epic Ismailia battle.

The High Commission for Pardon began examining the cases entitled to conditional release, and it selected 285 inmates to be released, while 107 were pardoned.

"The release of the prisoners comes as part of the ministry’s reform plan and to keep up with the punitive execution from a comprehensive perspective, activating the executive role of the methods of releasing the convicts, who have been seen as qualified to start engaging in the society," the ministry stated.]]>
5/14/2020 8:17:54 PM
<![CDATA[Pics: Egypt’s defense minister inaugurates new frigate in Alexandria]]>
Defense Minister Mohamed Zaki checked up on the new frigate, in preparation for putting it into service at the Egyptian Navy.

Zaki also checked up on the German S-43 submarine, which reached Alexandria earlier in May, as part of a contract with ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems to purchase four class 209/1400mod submarines.

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The first was delivered in December 2016. The second was handed over in August 2017, while the third was launched in May 2019. The contract will be concluded in 2021 with the delivery of the fourth vessel.

The submarine has a length of 62 meters and a diameter of 6.2 meters, and is operated by 30 crew members.

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During the celebration of the arrival of the German submarine to the base of Alexandria, Commander of the Naval Forces Ahmed Khaled affirmed that the navy will always keep the covenant to protect Egypt's borders, coasts and economic interests.

Khaled thanked the political leadership and the general command of the Armed Forces for the efforts exerted to modernize the armament of the Egyptian Armed Forces and naval arsenal.

The German S-43 submarine joined the Egyptian Navy in Alexandria on May 6. It is considered one of the most recent submarines around the world.

The reception ceremony was attended by several leaders of the Armed Forces, Navy veterans and former submarine brigade commanders, in addition to a large number of the citizens of Alexandria.

"The S-43 will be part of several joint drills with the naval forces of allied states on its way to Egypt," the spokesperson stated. He stressed that the S-43 will help enhance the capabilities of the Egyptian Navy given its technological and combat features, and that it comes as part of an ambitious plan to upgrade the Egyptian Armed Forces' defense systems.]]>
5/14/2020 6:26:33 PM
<![CDATA[Is Ramses II the Pharaoh of Moses?]]>
Gomaa also stated that the scientists found seaweed inside his corpse, which indicates that this is the Pharaoh that lived during Moses’ era. Can we really know if the corpse of Ramses II belongs to the Pharaoh of Egypt?

Egyptian archaeologist Zahi Hawass had reviewed this matter during his speech in a seminar held on Dec. 20, 2019.

The first question during the seminar was about the Egyptian project for studying royal mummies. Hawass replied that studies over the past years have been conducted by foreigners, who unfortunately took parts of the different mummies while studying.

“Whoever conducted the X-Ray of Tutankhamun’s mummy stole parts of it, and those who studied the mummy of Ramses II to prove whether or not he was the Pharaoh that lived during Moses’ era stole his hair, but the hair was restored again,” said Hawass.

"We started the project to study royal mummies in 2009, and made huge discoveries regarding the mummy of Queen Hatshepsut (Egyptian Queen of the18th Dynasty), how Ramses II died, and the family of King Tutankhamun. We are now conducting studies on 20 royal mummies,” Hawass answered when asked about the time the project started.

The veteran Egyptian archeologist Hawass also explained that each royal mummy will be displayed with all its personal belongings, and evidence or data about the profession of the owner of the mummy, and the results of DNA tests and CT scans, which determine the cause of death. According to Hawass, Ramses V was sick with smallpox.

From the aforementioned, we can deduce it was evident whether CT scans prove the causes of death? Did Ramses II die of drowning, as theoreticians claim him to be the Pharaoh of Moses?

“It is not possible with CT scans to know whether the mummy died of drowning or not. The only thing that proves this is the lung, which is not found inside the mummy. When they took the mummy of Ramses II in the eighties, to prove that he was the Pharaoh of Moses, one of the researchers stole his hair on the restoration trip in France, putting it in a safe in his house. When the restorer passed away, his son tried to sell the hair,” said Hawass.





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5/14/2020 6:02:49 PM
<![CDATA[CBE deputy governor: New IMF loan not to add burdens to people]]>
During a phone call with media personality Ahmed Moussa on Sada El Balad TV Channel, he said the economic reform program which Egypt put into effect in 2016 managed to create a strong economy capable of containing crises.

He said the Egyptian people bore a lot of burdens after adopting tough measures to realize economic growth.

He said Egypt has overcome many hardships after largely achieving economic and financial reforms.

The CBE injected more than LE 0.5 trillion to secure needed financial liquidity for the market and support productive state sectors, such as the industrial, agricultural, real estate and tourism sectors, he said, noting that this has helped in easing the repercussions of the coronavirus crisis.

Egypt's economic indicators were very good until mid March and if it had not been for the coronavirus crisis, it would have witnessed a remarkable economic growth, he noted.

Abul Naga said that the CBE did not record a sharp drop in remittances of Egyptians abroad despite the pandemic crisis.

He added that there is a growing demand on Egyptian agricultural products.

He noted that the exchange rate was stable, adding that part of the monetary reserve went to securing liquidity.

The tourism sector used to pump over dlrs 12.5 billion into the state treasury annually, he said, pointing out that the tourism and aviation sectors started to accrue losses due to the coronavirus crisis and this has prompted the CBE to launch an EGP 50 billion initiative to support them.

He added that about 700 financially-strapped companies resumed work with the support of initiatives which the CBE spearheaded over the past period.

The 2.8-billion-dollar emergency financial package provided by the IMF to the Egyptian government attests to the achievements realized under the economic reform program which led to high growth rates and job creation, he said.

The Egyptian economy was feted by a number of credit rating institutions and this reflects the Egyptian economy's capability to overcome the current crisis, he also said.

He added that the IMF's confidence in Egypt was manifested in offering the loan without conditions.

He added that Egypt is negotiating with the IMF to get a new loan at about $5 - 6 billion.

He noted that the Egyptian health system was doing well in confronting the pandemic, but this loan will offer needed support for the health sector and the social security nets.

Efforts will be stepped up in the coming period to create an investment-encouraging climate to generate jobs for youths, he pointed out.

The CBE will also work harder to realize financial inclusion and promote e-payment mechanisms, he said.]]>
5/14/2020 5:58:18 PM
<![CDATA[Enjoy Ramadan with HUAWEI AppGallery]]>
HUAWEI AppGallery is available on Huawei and HONOR devices and offers users the chance to experience a wide range of innovative and fun applications that include popular global and local apps. It forms part of the growing ecosystem of features and services on the HUAWEI Mobile Services platform.

Huawei is offering its users a wide range of prizes in the form of discounts and coupons from the most popular apps in Egypt and Huawei points as part of its ‘Everyone is a Winner with HUAWEI AppGallery’ Ramadan campaign.. The prizes have been selected to help Huawei and HONOR users to be more efficient, productive and have more fun throughout Ramadan and beyond.

For Egypt consumers the prizes include: a HUAWEI Nova 7i smartphone, LE 100 voucher for food orders from Otlob, 1 Month for free on Shahid VIP, LE 250 voucher for orders from Noon Egypt, LE 100 voucher for orders from JUMIA and Huawei Points.

To take part all you have to do is use your device to logon into the AppGallery and download one of the participating apps. Once this is done users will get the chance to ‘Spin the Wheel’ to get the chance to win a prize.

The apps taking part in the competition in the Egypt include: Prayer Now, valU, Ana Vodafone, noon shopping, Otlob, JUMA, Contact Car, TitTok, My WE, Vezeeta, Halan, Zagel, MV Master, Iqraaly, Cut Cut, Ayah: Quran App, Free Fire, and The Conquerors.

The Everyone is a Winner with HUAWEI AppGallery competition runs until May 23.
For more details please visit the Egypt website:

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5/14/2020 5:54:36 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi directs govt to prioritize electricity projects in N.Sinai]]>
Sisi also directed to implement the unified meter readings to achieve the merit of collection in favor of the financial efficiency of the Ministry of Electricity.

This came during the President's meeting with the Prime Minister and the Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy.

Spokesman for the Presidency of Egypt, Bassam Rady, said that the meeting dealt with following up the strategic projects of the Ministry of Electricity at the level of the Republic.

Rady stated that during the meeting, Sisi was also briefed on the developments of electrical infrastructure in the new administrative capital, the executive position to extend power lines and ultra-high voltage cable cables.
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5/14/2020 5:48:15 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt's unemployment rate record 7.7% in Q1 2020: CAPMAS]]>
Comparing to the first quarter of 2019, the unemployment rate decreased 0.4 percent.

In April, the unemployment rate increased to 9.2 percent due to COVID-19 pandemic as the government took precautionary measures to confront virus including closing schools, the suspension of air traffic and the closure of shops.

The number of unemployed people recorded 2.236 million, (1,076 million males, 1,160 million females), representing 7.7 percent of the total workforce, with a decrease of 93,000 unemployed from the fourth quarter of 2019, and a decrease of 31,000 unemployed from the corresponding quarter of the previous year.

Earlier, Planning Minister Hala el-Saeed stated that Egypt's unemployment rate to dip to 8.5 percent by end of 2020/2021 in case COVID-19 crisis ended during FY 2019/2020.

Egypt’s budget seeks to lower the unemployment rate to 10.4 percent with an inflation rate of 13 percent.

Egypt 2030 Vision aims to reduce unemployment from the current percentage to 4 percent.

Saeed previously said that Egypt aims to provide about 750,000 job opportunities in 2018/2019 by developing the absorptive capacity of the labor market to gradually provide 870,000 opportunities in 2021/2022.

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5/14/2020 5:39:07 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt, Spain discuss coronavirus efforts, Turkey’s role in Libya]]>
As Assistant Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs for European Affairs Badr Abdel Aaty held talks on Wednesday with Eva Martinez, the Spanish government’s envoy to the Middle East via video conferencing, Ambassador Mohamed Abu Bakr, assistant Egyptian foreign minister for Libyan affairs underscored Egypt’s fixed stance toward the Libyan crisis, describing the Turkish role in the war-torn country as negative.

During the meeting, Abdel Aaty affirmed Egypt’s full solidarity with the government and people of Spain in the face of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The two sides reviewed the efforts to fight the novel virus and agreed on the need to consolidate international efforts to curb its spread and limit its economic implications.

The Egyptian and Spanish sides also discussed ways to enhance bilateral relations on the political and economic levels, especially in the fields of trade, investments, agriculture, maritime transport.

Abdel Aaty expressed Egypt’s willingness to benefit from the Spanish experience in rationalizing water uses, irrigation, greenhouses, information technology, digitization, artificial intelligence and tourism after the end of the coronavirus crisis.

For her part, Martinez affirmed Spain’s keenness to develop and deepen cooperation with Egypt on the political, economic and cultural levels.

The talks also included a number of regional issues of mutual concern, including the Palestinian cause and the developments in the issue of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).

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The two sides agreed on the need to continue consultation on the issues of mutual concern, in a bid to reach a political settlement to the ongoing crises as soon as possible.

The meeting was also attended by Spain’s Ambassador to Egypt Ramon Casars.

In September last year, Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah El Sisi met with Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez on the sidelines of the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York.

According to presidency spokesperson Bassam Rady, Sisi praised the relations between the two countries, and expressed Egypt's aspiration to continue upgrading those relations and activating the frameworks of joint cooperation at all levels.

For his part, Sánchez expressed his country's appreciation for the “friendly and cooperative” relations between the two countries, saying that Spain is keen on boosting and enhancing relations with Egypt in different fields, along with supporting the Egyptian economic efforts for developments.

Sánchez also said that his country is eager to continue discussions on ways of enhancing stability in the Middle East as part of Egypt's key role as an essential pillar of stability and security in the region.]]>
5/14/2020 5:17:51 PM
<![CDATA[Planning min. hails Moody’s decision to keep Egypt's rating at B2]]>
In a statement released on Thursday, Saeed added that Egypt's track record in implementing economic and financial reforms, and strengthening the confidence in the national economy have greatly contributed to keeping the country's credit rating by Moody’s at B2.

The minister went on to say that keeping Egypt's credit rating by Moody’s, Standard & Poor's and Fitch Ratings comes as a result of the availability of sufficient liquidity and the country's ability to settle its debt on due dates, regardless of the negative impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.

She asserted that maintaining Egypt's sovereign rating by international rating agencies is an extremely important move, especially in light of the current global financial and economic disruptions over the outbreak of the coronavirus epidemic.]]>
5/14/2020 5:05:49 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt's central bank keeps interest rates unchanged during May]]>
The discount rate was also kept unchanged at 9.75 percent, according to MPC’s decision.

MPC attributed the decision to the inflation rate which rose due to Ramadan season, and the stabilization of real gross domestic product.

MPC clarified that annual headline urban inflation increased to 5.9 percent in April 2020 from 5.1 percent in March 2020 due to a combination of unfavorable base effect stemming from muted price increases in April 2019 as well as higher prices increases in April 2020 which is broadly attributed to the impact of the outbreak of COVID-19 as well as a stronger seasonal factor due to Ramadan.

“Annual headline inflation in April 2020 was driven by higher annual food contribution, mainly core food items, which more than offset lower annual contribution of non-food items. Accordingly, annual core inflation increased to 2.5 percent in April 2020 from 1.9 percent in March 2020,” it stated.

It added that real GDP growth continued to stabilize around 5.6 percent in 2019 Q4, with the recovery in public domestic demand offsetting the moderation in private domestic demand, and the pickup in consumption offsetting the slowdown in investments. “Meanwhile, leading indicators showed broad improvement on average in January and February 2020, before reflecting a slowdown in economic activity in March and April 2020. Nevertheless, the diversity of the economy provides some cushion given the resilience of some sectors.”

MPC referred to the global manner, saying that economic activity and employment have deteriorated significantly, which weighed on the outlook with risks mainly tilted to the downside. This was also reflected in the weakness of international oil prices, despite production cuts by major producers.

As an exceptional decision, the MPC decided, on Mar. 16, to cut the overnight deposit rate, the overnight lending rate, and the rate of the main operation in an emergency meeting by 3 percent or 300 basis points.

This decision comes as a part of actions and measure took by CBE to curb the effect of the virus outbreak; extending the loan maturities for the major companies 6 months without any fines.

According to the statement, the MPC closely monitors all economic developments and will not hesitate to utilize all available tools to support the recovery of economic activity, within its price stability mandate.
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5/14/2020 4:54:07 PM
<![CDATA[EGX stays in red zone for 2nd session in row, market cap. loses LE3.8B]]>
The benchmark EGX30 dipped 1.05 percent, or 109.07 points, to close at 10,287.21 points.

The equally weighted index EGX 50 dropped 1.23 percent, or 18.7 points, to end at 1,498.28 points.

The small and mid-cap index EGX 70 decreased 0.13 percent, or 1.48 points, to close at 1,112.18 points, and the broader index EGX 100 lessened 0.58 percent, or 10.68 points to 1,819.16 points.

Market capitalization lost LE 3.8 billion, recording LE 544.88 billion, compared to LE 548.69 billion in Wednesday’s session.

The trading volume reached 223.97 million shares, traded through 25,089 transactions, with a turnover of LE 856.49 million.

Egyptian investors were buyers at LE 106.47 million, while Arab and foreign investors were net sellers at LE 7.49 million, and LE 98.97 million, respectively.

Egyptian, Arab and foreign individuals were net buyers at LE 60.1 million, LE 4.13 million and LE 1.22 million, respectively.

Egyptian organizations bought at LE 46.36 million, while Arab and foreign organizations sold at LE 11.63 million, and LE 100.19 million, respectively.

South Cairo & Giza Mills & Bakeries, Ismailia Development and Real Estate Co, and Emerald Real Estate Investment were top gainers of the session at 9.91 percent, 9.90 percent and 9.81 percent, respectively.

Meanwhile, Alexandria Spinning & Weaving (SPINALEX), Sinai Cement, and Raya Contact Center were top losers of the session by 9.56 percent, 9.38 percent, and 8 percent, respectively.

On Wednesday, EGX ended the session in red, as: EGX30 dipped 1.81 percent, EGX 50 dropped 2.13 percent, EGX 70 decreased 2.18 percent, and EGX 100 lessened 2.11 percent.
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5/14/2020 4:03:20 PM
<![CDATA[Sons of COVID-19 positive member of Egypt's Parliament test positive: MP]]>
MP Shereen Farrag has been isolated at Kasr El Aini hospital in Cairo to receive medical treatment, to be officially the first coronavirus case in the Egyptian Parliament.

All the MPs who attended the meeting of the planning committee last Thursday have been tested, after they had come into contact with the infected parliamentarian, MP Yasser Omar, deputy head of the Parliament’s Planning and Budgetary Committee.

MP Talaat Khalil, who sat next to Farrag during the meeting tested negative for the virus, Omar said, noting that the committee will stop its meetings for a week.

Khalil on Wednesday announced he will self-isolate for 14 days, saying he exchanged talks with the infected MP. However, he said the preliminary results of the tests he underwent were reassuring.

Egypt's Parliament to start sterilization procedures after affirming COVID-19 case among MPs

CAIRO - 13 May 2020: Egypt's Parliament will start the sterilization procedures to all buildings and facilities after confirming that parliament member Shireen Farraj tested positive for the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. Counselor Mahmoud Fawzi, secretary-general of the House of Representatives, announced that Wednesday and Thursday are a paid leave for all employees inside the parliament, which would allow taking the needed procedures to sterilize all halls, buildings and offices.



The Health Ministry on Wednesday said 338 people have tested positive for coronavirus in Egypt recently, bringing the total number of cases to 10,431, amid calls for imposing a total curfew during the coming weeks.

The ministry also reported 12 deaths due to the novel virus, bringing the total number to 556. World Health Organization’s representative in Egypt John Jabbour said in mid-April WHO is looking at the cause of the high coronavirus rate of deaths in the northeastern African country.

Also, the test results of 2,980 people turned from positive to negative, the ministry said, including 2,486 people who totally recovered. It added that 160 patients left hospitals.

Egypt has reported a remarkable drop in the daily coronavirus cases, according to the official figures provided by the ministry, compared to the earlier few days. On Friday and Saturday, the country recorded 495 and 488 coronavirus positive patients, its highest daily count. On May 3, the country reported 272 cases, its lowest this month.]]>
5/14/2020 3:46:34 PM
<![CDATA[Finance min.: Egypt seeks to maintain safe economic course under coronavirus crisis]]>
In a press release on Thursday, Ma'it said the state is building on the gains of the economic reform program so that it would remain on the same track which was feted by international institutions.

The economic reform program has also reinforced the national economy in the face of challenges and crises, he said.

Egypt exerted strenuous efforts over the past years to realize economic stability and it was able to positively deal with the pandemic's economic fallout.

The government took proactive measures to manage the crisis through securing a finance package standing at 2 percent of the gross domestic product in order to support the economy, curb the spread of the coronavirus and mitigate its impact.

The government sought to achieve a balance between protecting people's lives and maintaining the march of production.

He added that the $2.7-billion emergency financial assistance provided by the International Monetary Fund will help the government secure urgent needs of some sectors, especially the health sector, as well as promoting social protection programs and supporting segments most affected by the coronavirus crisis.

The IMF's approval to Egypt request for this emergency assistance reflects its confidence in Egypt's ability to positively handle the crisis and maintain what was achieved by the economic reform program.

Maait noted that the state is proceeding with its reform measures.

He noted that the government spent over the past two and half months about LE 40 billion out of the LE 100 billion which was allocated for funding the state plan for confronting the repercussions of the coronavirus.

About LE 6.2 billion went to back the health sector to be able to secure urgent medical supplies.

He added that about LE 14 billion went to securing needed amounts of wheat and supply commodities.

He noted that governmental investments increased by LE 10 billion, thus contributing to help workers maintain their jobs.

He added that the government backed some affected economic sectors by about LE 15 billion through tax facilities and additional funding. ]]>
5/14/2020 3:37:17 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s tourism & antiquities min. discusses latest developments of New Administrative Capital museum]]>
Also, Anani convened with Nevin Nizar, deputy minister for Museum Display Affairs, and Head of the Museums Sector Moemen Osman, for an update on the latest developments in the New Administrative Capital’s museum.

Nizar stated that the developments of the artifacts' transport works were discussed in preparation for the start of their exhibition in accordance with the prepared museum display scenario.

Moreover, Nizar further stated during the meeting that the installation of showcases and screens for multimedia films is underway.

Also, preparations are being made for the schematic models that will be included in the displays to portray each of the ancient Egyptian capitals, in addition to the nature of residents, architecture, religious buildings and the most famous landmark of each city.

The content of the interactive films being prepared in cooperation with the Library of Alexandria was also discussed, where an interactive panoramic movie [Culturama] is prepared on the capitals of Egypt throughout the ages, from the oldest capital Memphis, to the New Administrative Capital.

It is worth noting that the museum at the New Administrative Capital has received more than 550 artifacts.

Also, the civil protection work, the insurance system and surveillance system are being completed.

Most of the architectural work of the museum’s building has been completed. Interior lighting fixtures, statutory bases and other fabrication work have begun.

Furthermore, work is under way to implement the detailed subdivisions of artifact collections according to the High Commission for Museums Scenarios.
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5/14/2020 3:34:11 PM
<![CDATA[No kissing, no fighting as TV soap 'Neighbours' resumes filming]]>
The pandemic has hugely disrupted the entertainment industry worldwide and many popular television shows have had to suspend production.

The cast and crew of “Neighbours” had a month-long break while producers re-worked scripts and storylines to ensure actors were able to stay apart, in line with Australian government guidelines on social distancing.

“This is an unprecedented situation, there is no rulebook for it,” said Jason Herbison, executive producer of the series, now in its 35th year, about the residents of a fictional suburb in the Australian city of Melbourne.

“So what we really had to do was just stop, listen to the government advice and look at the way we film the show. And in consultation with our cast and crew, really formulate a plan where we felt we could all return to work safely,” he said in an interview via Skype.

This included reducing the number of characters in specific scenes. Sometimes they filmed them in “smaller components” before stitching scenes together in the editing room.

In intimate scenes, a character might “lean in for a kiss, and then the camera pans away and we hear a little bit of a giggle,” Herbison said.

“It’s just about re-imagining the scene differently, so you don’t see that moment of impact.”

Actors and film crews have temperature checks when they arrive on set, and a colour coding scheme helps ensure that if somebody contracts the virus or has symptoms, it will be easier to trace the people they may have come into contact with.

Wherever possible, actors will apply their own make-up and do their own hair. Where that is not possible, make-up artists will comply with strict health and hygiene rules.

There will be no explicit references to the coronavirus in the series, Herbison said, especially given that it is all about neighbours interacting with one another. But viewers will see, for example, characters sanitising their hands in restaurants.

“It’ll be little things like that that show that perhaps the world has changed a little bit,” he said.]]>
5/14/2020 3:24:43 PM
<![CDATA[Rihanna debuts on Sunday Times Rich List of musicians at no. 3]]>
Barbados-born Rihanna, 32, now based in London, leapfrogged some of Britain’s most famous musicians such as Mick Jagger and Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones, Elton John and Rod Stewart into the list of the country’s most wealthy.

Hit musical composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and former Beatle Paul McCartney jointly top the list with some £800 million each.

Known for her daring, colourful looks on the red carpet, Rihanna has become an increasingly influential force in the fashion world as well as having eight hit albums.

“Rihanna typifies the seismic change we’ve seen in the Rich List in recent years. Once dominated by inherited wealth, the bulk of our 1,000 entries are now self-made people with modest and even troubled starts in life who are driven to work exceptionally hard,” said Robert Watts, compiler of the list.

Ed Sheeran tops the ranks of Britain’s richest young musicians (aged 30 or under) with a fortune of £200 million.

“Touring remains the big earner for many of the stadium-filling acts on our musicians’ list,” Watts said. “But the Covid outbreak has wrecked concert plans and so we expect the wealth of many of these musicians will flatline over the coming year.”]]>
5/14/2020 3:21:11 PM
<![CDATA[Porsches, popcorn and social distancing at Dubai drive-in cinema]]>
With social distancing mandatory in the United Arab Emirates to help curb the spread of the virus, VOX Cinemas says viewers will be limited to two per car at the open-air venue, which opens on Sunday and can accommodate up to 75 cars at a time.

Tickets cost 180 dirhams ($50) per vehicle inclusive of popcorn, snacks and drinks.

“We keep our social distancing so it’s a brilliant idea in my opinion,” Porsche driver Xavier Libbrecht told Reuters during a pre-opening event at the drive-in cinema on Wednesday.

Dubai, the UAE’s business and tourism hub, has been easing coronavirus closures and restrictions since the Muslim holy month of Ramadan began three weeks ago, allowing malls and dine-in restaurants to reopen at limited capacity.

However, children aged 3-12 and people over 60 are still barred from such venues, including the outdoor cinema, which sits on the roof of Majid Al Futtaim’s Mall of the Emirates. The screen stands under the peak of the mall’s indoor ski slope.

“Any excuse to get out the house during coronavirus times,” said Patrick, another member of a Porsche car club invited to Wednesday’s event, at which an action comedy film was shown.

“In the comfort of your own car you don’t have to worry about chewing too loud,” he added.

Cinema-goers caught a cool evening breeze, but were still switching car engines on and off for the air conditioning. Temperatures can rise above 40 degrees in Dubai during the long summer months and the humidity is oppressive.

Dubai, a major shopping and entertainment destination, has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic due to travel disruptions and closures to contain the spread of the disease.

The UAE has so far recorded 20,386 coronavirus infections and 206 deaths.]]>
5/14/2020 3:16:18 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt's growth to slow sharply in 2020 to 0.5% due to COVID-19: EBRD]]>
EBRD forecasted in a report Wednesday that Egypt’s growth will rebound to 5.2 percent in 2021.

the EBRD Regional Economic Prospects report noted that Egypt’s economy will slow sharply in 2020 due to the impact of coronavirus, noting that the Egyptian economy will avoid a recession.

The report revealed that the deceleration led by the Covid-19 pandemic reflects a slowdown in the tourism sector, disruptions in global value chains and a slowdown in demand from trading partners and in foreign direct investment.

“However, large public construction projects and the boom in the telecommunications sector have so far been factors supporting growth,” it added.

It referred that yhe main risks to the outlook arise from the need for a tougher lockdown if the spread of Covid-19 accelerates and from the negative outlook in Egypt’s main trading partners.

As yet, the number of COVID-19 cases in Egypt reached 10,413 patients and 556 deaths, according to the ministry’s official data. Meanwhile, the number of those who recovered from the virus registered 2,980 people.

As per the EBRD southern and eastern Mediterranean region, the report expected the negative impact of the coronavirus to be seen in the tourism sector, a decline in domestic demand due to containment measures, a fall in demand from the main trading partners and a slowdown in foreign direct investment.

On average, the economies of the region are expected to shrink by 0.8 per cent in 2020 before rebounding with growth of 4.8 per cent in 2021, according to the report.

Jordan, Morocco and Tunisia are expected to contract this year. Lebanon, which had already fallen into recession in 2018 and 2019, is likely to see an especially sharp fall of 11 per cent in 2020.

Economies across the EBRD regions may contract on average by 3.5 percent this year, with a rebound of 4.8 percent possible in 2021, the report said, warning that the projections are subject to “unprecedented uncertainty”.

The report assumed a modest impact of the crisis on the long‐term trajectory of economic output, with growth resuming towards the end of the third quarter, but potentially significant longer-term economic, political and social effects.

“If social distancing remains in place for much longer than anticipated, the recession may be much deeper, with the 2019 levels of output per capita not attained again for years to come,” the report said.

Across the EBRD regions, containment measures have affected domestic demand and supply. External shocks include a sharp drop in commodity prices, weighing on commodity exporters, disruption to global value chains, a collapse in tourism and a drop-in remittances.

The EBRD invests in emerging economies from central and eastern Europe through to Central Asia and the Middle East and North Africa.
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5/14/2020 3:06:23 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt's central bank issues LE 21B in T-bills Thursday]]>
The T-bills will be offered in two installments; the first installment is valued at LE 10 billion with a 182-day term and the second is worth LE 11 billion with a 364-day term.

T-bills are issued every Sunday and Thursday.

For the current fiscal year, the budget deficit is estimated to record LE 445.1 billion, or 7.2 percent, planned by the ministry to be financed through treasury bills and bonds and through international and Arab loans.

The Monetary Policy Committee of the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) decided April 2 to keep the overnight deposit rate, the overnight lending rate, and the rate of the main operation at 9.25 percent, 10.25 percent, and 9.75 percent, respectively. Moreover, credit and discount rates are cut at 9.75 percent from 12.75 percent.

Earlier, CBE decided to cut the overnight deposit rate, the overnight lending rate, and the rate of the main operation in an emergency meeting by 300 basis points.

Egypt's 2020/2021 draft budget aims to reduce public debt of GDP to 82.7 percent by end of June 2021, up from earlier target of 82.5 percent by the end of June 2020 and to 77.5 percent by the end of June 2022.
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5/14/2020 2:48:43 PM
<![CDATA[Sobhy denies negotiations with Besiktas]]>
The player joined Al Ahly in January 2019 as a loan from?English club, Huddersfield?Town, for six months?and the loan was extended for the current season.

"I do not have any negotiations with any club at the time as everything was halted due to coronavirus," Sobhy told ONTime Sports on Wednesday.

Sobhy, one of the promising talents in the continent, has been linked with a move to several clubs in Europe after his amazing performance with Al Ahly this season.

Sobhy also was the best player in 2019 U-23 AFCON, during which he played a massive role in the national team's run to win the title and secure a spot at Tokyo Olympic Games.

Sobhy commented on Al Ahly's season, saying, "The new manager, Weiler, changed everything and the team's attitude is great."

Al Ahly leads the league table with 19 points ahead of the second placed, Zamalek, and they reached CAF Champions League semi-finals.]]>
5/14/2020 2:40:00 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s Ministry of Health: Cafes, entertainment venues should remain closed]]>
Cinemas, theaters, cafes, fitness halls, and sports clubs should remain closed during the period of coexisting with the coronavirus in light of the first phase of the ministry’s plan to cope with the virus set to start at the beginning of June.

The ministry also recommended keeping the ban of weddings and funerals, and suspending universities, schools, kindergartens and nurseries.

On April 29, 2020, Health Minister Hala Zayed reviewed the ministry’s plan that fulfills the state’s strategy to coexist with the novel virus in the coming period, as the end of the crisis is not yet in sight.

In a meeting with Prime Minister Mustafa Madbouli via video conferencing, the minister noted that the plan is based on following all the necessary measures in various facilities and reassessing the epidemiological situation every 14 days. He affirmed the need for state institutions to set immediate penalties for violators of these measures.

As yet, the number of COVID-19 cases in Egypt reached 10,413 patients and 556 deaths, according to the ministry’s official data. Meanwhile, the number of those who recovered from the virus registered 2,980 people.



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5/14/2020 2:34:50 PM
<![CDATA[Factories to adopt approved specifications for mask production: PM]]>
In a meeting with the ministers of health, higher education and military production, Madbouli followed up on the state’s efforts to curb the spread of the novel virus and ensure the provision of medical supplies inside the hospitals that receive coronavirus patients.

Concerning masks, Minister of Military Production Mohamed el Assar said the military factories are working on increasing their masks' output, which will likely reach 4.5 million masks per day by the end of May.

This comes while the Ministry of Health has released its “dynamic coexistence” with coronavirus, which is based on governing and managing the crisis, organizing the provision of medical services, preserving and redistributing human resources, highlighting mechanisms to keep medicine and medical equipment available, training medical staff and spreading awareness.

The Health Ministry on Wednesday said 338 people have tested positive for coronavirus in Egypt recently, bringing the total number of cases to 10,431, amid calls for imposing a total curfew during the coming weeks.

The ministry also reported 12 deaths due to the novel virus, bringing the total number to 556. World Health Organization’s representative in Egypt John Jabbour said in mid-April WHO is looking at the cause of the high coronavirus rate of deaths in the northeastern African country.

Also, the test results of 2,980 people turned from positive to negative, the ministry said, including 2,486 people who totally recovered. It added that 160 patients left hospitals.

Egypt has reported a remarkable drop in the daily coronavirus cases, according to the official figures provided by the ministry, compared to the earlier few days. On Friday and Saturday, the country recorded 495 and 488 coronavirus positive patients, its highest daily count. On May 3, the country reported 272 cases, its lowest this month.]]>
5/14/2020 2:31:43 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt condemns Afghanistan attacks, stresses rejection of violence]]>
The two attacks caused the death of dozens of people including mothers and newborn babies. The Taliban, which claims responsibility for most of the violent acts in the country has denied any involvement in both attacks, Reuters reported.

The ministry’s statement conveyed Egypt’s sincere condolences to the government and people of Afghanistan as well as the families of the victims and wished the injured people a speedy recovery.

The statement also affirmed “Egypt’s rejection to all forms of terrorism, violence and extremism” and stressed its solidarity with Afghanistan during this “painful” situation.

In Kabul, the attack took place on Tuesday when gunmen attacked a hospital killing 24 people. On the same day, 22 others were killed in a suicide attack claimed by the Islamic State (IS) in Nangarhar.

Also, at least five people were killed in a blast in Gardez city in eastern Afghanistan, when a truck packed with explosives blew up near a court. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has denounced the attack and ordered the army to turn from defensive to offensive stance in face of these assaults, causing a setback to the peace talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government, which have been sponsored by the US administration.

Tens of thousands of civilians and other personnel have been killed since violence erupted in the Asian country after the September 11 attacks in 2011 carried out by terrorist Al-Qaeda group in the US, killing almost 3,000 people. The US then ousted the Taliban from power.

In February, the US and the Taliban signed an agreement in order for the US to withdraw its troops after a long war in Afghanistan.]]>
5/14/2020 1:42:27 PM
<![CDATA[How Egypt’s new unified electricity reading system works]]>
In the below lines, et provides details on the standardized reading program:

1- The program eliminates the false meters’ readings that rely on recording the average consumption and not the actual reading.

2- The program compels employees at the department to go out to the citizens and record the actual reading by taking pictures of the meters.

3- The program is designed so that the reading device will not work unless projected in front of the meter.

4- The first reading is recorded by taking pictures of the meter, so any manipulation will be detected. The program aims to guarantee the right of both the state in receiving its dues, and the citizen in only paying for his actual consumption.

5- The program will send the picture of the meter to both the Electricity Distribution Company and to Shuaa Company in a bid to eliminate any attempt to manipulate the bill.

6- The program saves the pictures of the readings for three months so that consumers can retain the pictures in case they want to complain about their billings. After this period, the pictures are removed automatically from the system.

False readings are expected to disappear by the end of 2020 due to the new system. The devices will be distributed among readers of Shuaa company in charge of meters readings in Egypt.
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5/14/2020 1:32:27 PM
<![CDATA[AL discusses repercussions of coronavirus on GAFTA]]>
The workshop is held in cooperation with the Arab Monetary Fund, UN Development Program (UNDP), UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), and UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA).

In statements on Thursday, Head of the department Bahgat Abul Nasr said that the workshop gave an opportunity to Arab officials concerned with trade to stand on the latest data and expectations on the impact of coronavirus on the Arab and international economies.

Participants in the workshop had profound discussions on the impact of coronavirus on global and Arab trade in different types of commodities and services, he said.

Initial ESCWA estimates indicate that the Arab region could lose 42 billion dollars of gross domestic product and 1.7 million workers could lose their jobs due to the pandemic.

An AL report shed light on several measures taken by Arab nations to cushion the impact of the crisis on their economies]]>
5/14/2020 1:31:47 PM
<![CDATA[LaLiga backs societal development through football]]>
But LaLiga hasn’t stood still during this time. Despite the postponement of the competition, LaLiga has maintained its commitment not only to football but to societal development, leading several high-profile solidarity actions during the confinement period in Spain, in addition to coordinating and promoting those of others. Under the global ‘LaLiga se juega en casa’ strategy (‘LaLiga is played at home,’ in English), over €1.2 million has been raised for the acquisition of medical equipment, among other things.

Among the most innovative and followed actions were the macro charity music concert LaLiga Santander Fest and eSports tournament LaLiga Santander Challenge, which drew an audience of over 61 million from all over the world.

Furthermore, LaLiga’s focus during the COVID-19 crisis has not been limited to actions for huge audiences, however, focusing also on those most affected by the outbreak and those already taking part in its up and running sporting and social projects worldwide.

Some of these proyects are: social and sporting projects for youth development, permanent academies, the creation of socio-educational schools, projects for instilling values, social intervention projects, local scouting projects with high performance visits to Spain, collaborations with national teams, projects to train coaches and managers, annual Spanish Academies Meetings, and MoUs with national leagues and federations.?


With this objective in mind and thanks to this clear structure and method, LaLiga has contributed significantly to societal development through football around the world.

313 projects have been run in 35 countries since September 2015, training 200,000 children and 20,000 coaches and educators thanks to the 645 coaches sent by LaLiga. Likewise, 284 socio-educational schools have been created and 32 MoUs have been signed with leagues and federations in more than 26 countries, offering the perfect breeding ground for the proliferation of even more sporting and social projects in the future.


In fact, one of LaLiga’s most important stated objectives is to support societal development and football growth around the world, under the slogan “We have an obligation to give back to society what society has given us.”

The organization sees the values of football as the ideal means of building a better world and, as a result, has put its influence and experience at the service of society. Sport by and for society. Especially at such a difficult time as now.?]]>
5/14/2020 11:58:09 AM
<![CDATA[El Solia dreams of winning CAF Champions League title]]>
El Solia played a vital role in the club's run towards the competition's semi-finals, where they will face Morocco's Wydad Casablanca.

"My dream is to win the CAF Champions League title. I featured in two finals but we were unlucky and lost the title." El Solia told ONTime Sports on Wednesday.

In 2017, Al Ahly reached the final but lost 2_1 on aggregate to Wydad Casablanca while they lost to 4_3 to Esperance in 2018.

CAF Champions League competition was suspended due to coronavirus and there is no specific date for the return of the competition.

Al Ahly has won a record 8 CAF Champions League titles but they failed to win the title since 2013.]]>
5/14/2020 11:52:44 AM
<![CDATA[Klopp picks Messi over Ronaldo in debate over the better ]]>
"We've played against both already and both are almost impossible to defend. But?Messi?has much lower physical requirements from birth on." Klopp said.

Klopp enjoyed one of his best moments in football against Lionel Messi in 2019 UEFA Champions League semi-finals.

Messi produced one of his best performances and led Barcelona to win the first leg 3_0 but Klopp's boys won the tie after a memorable comeback in Liverpool.

Klopp continued "Messi makes everything look so simple and therefore I like him maybe a little bit more as a player on the pitch. But Cristiano is also an absolutely incredible player."

The two players have had one of the greatest individual rivalries football has ever seen and this rivalry has pushed both players to unprecedented levels of performance during the last 15 years.]]>
5/14/2020 11:50:02 AM
<![CDATA[US envoy threatens to trigger return of UN sanctions on Iran]]>
US special envoy for Iran, Brian Hook, confirmed the strategy two weeks after a US official, speaking on condition anonymity, said the United States had told Britain, France and Germany of its plan.

Hook wrote in the Wall Street Journal that "one way or another" Washington would ensure the arms embargo remains. He said the United States has drafted a Security Council resolution and "will press ahead with diplomacy and build support."

A resolution needs nine yes votes and no vetoes by Russia, China, the United States, France or Britain to be adopted by the 15-member Security Council. Russia has already signaled it is opposed to extending the arms embargo.]]>
5/14/2020 11:29:30 AM
<![CDATA[US president Donald Trump to look into legislation proposing to sanctions on China]]>
The coronavirus, which first emerged in China's Wuhan city last year, has claimed nearly 3,00,000 lives and infected over 4.3 million people across the world so far. The US alone has recorded close to 85,000 COVID-19 deaths.

"I will certainly look at it (the legislation), they build to sanction China so I will certainly take a look at it. I have not seen it yet," Trump told reporters on Wednesday.

The legislation was introduced by Senator Lindsey Graham and eight other senators on Tuesday. The COVID-19 Accountability Act mandates the president to make a certification to Congress within 60 days that China has provided a full and complete accounting to any COVID-19 investigation led by the US, its allies or UN affiliates such as the World Health Organization and has closed all operating wet markets that have the potential to expose humans to health risks through the introduction of zoonotic disease into the human population.

"The Chinese Communist regime's coverup of the coronavirus outbreak cost hundreds of thousands of lives worldwide and caused unfathomable harm to the global economy, and they must be held accountable. By giving the president the authority to impose a wide range of sanctions on Chinese officials, the COVID-19 Accountability Act will guarantee China is held fully accountable for the worldwide devastation they've caused and will ensure the American people get the answers they deserve," he said.]]>
5/14/2020 11:26:16 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt negotiates on another financial package from IMF]]>
Abul-Naga pointed out in an interview with "Al-Arabiya" to the $ 2.8 billion rapid financing package for Egypt from the International Monetary Fund, emphasizing Egypt's ability to knock on the gates of financing institutions to boost these reserves in case future needs arise.

On Monday, the International Monetary Fund said its executive board approved $2.77 billion in emergency financing to help Egypt grapple with the new coronavirus pandemic that has brought tourism to a standstill and triggered major capital flight.

He said that there are talks with the International Monetary Fund on a second package of financial support.

On the $6 billion financing package expected from the IMF, Abul-Naja said that negotiations haven’t ended yet, and the amount is close to that and is subject to some negotiations, and will depend on the final form of the program targeted from this financing.

Abul-Naga explained that the first part of the financing package that Egypt agreed upon with the IMF is the fast financing instrument with a value of $ 2.8 billion, while the second package is the credit preparedness program that is being agreed upon at the present time.

He added that Egypt's economy is large and diversified, and depends in part on external financing, stressing that Egypt has the ability to obtain the necessary financing to fill any future gaps that may arise.

He pointed to the historical level of Egypt's foreign exchange reserves that had reached more than $45 billion, which exceeds its needs.

The deputy governor of CBE stressed that the central bank has strengthened the position of the foreign reserve to face crises, and therefore we had in the last stage an insatiableness to ensure the value of the reserve at very safe levels that exceeded the international safety standards recommended by the IMF or other relevant institutions.

He stressed that the Monetary Policy Committee in the central bank will hold tomorrow its periodic meeting that takes place every 6 weeks to consider all the developments of the monetary policy and takes into account all the analyses conducted by the central bank teams, in order to determine the general direction of the monetary policy.

Abul-Naga pointed out that Egypt moved proactively on March 16 by cutting interest rates by 300 basis points to contain the expected urgent repercussions of the coronavirus pandemic crisis.

Asked about interest rates in Egypt, Abu Al-Naga said, "The decision remains in the hands of the Monetary Policy Committee that will be held tomorrow, and we are very satisfied with the current levels. The central bank has the ability to curb inflation, where one of the main goals of the central bank is to reach an inflation rate of 9 percent in the last quarter of 2020, with a margin of 3 percent up or down."

He stressed that the slight increases in inflation or core inflation were not worrisome to the Central Bank of Egypt, and they came in line with the expectations, because the crisis was expected to reflect a rise in food commodities, which constitute 33 percent of the total consumer basket in Egypt.

In November 2016, the Executive Board of the IMF approved a $12 billion loan as a financial assistance to Egypt to support the Egyptian economic reform program.

Upon the board's approval in November, Egypt embarked on a bold economic reform program that included floating its currency, losing around 50% of its value, as part of the economic reform program which imposed taxes, including the value-added tax (VAT), and cut energy subsidies, all with the aim of trimming the budget deficit.
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5/14/2020 11:12:58 AM
<![CDATA[Finance Minister reviews amendments of income tax law]]>
Minister Mohamed Ma’it said that after the issuance of a law amending some provisions of the income tax, the new tax system for salaries and wages will be implemented from the beginning of July 2020.

He said that it applies to the income derived from commercial and industrial activity, the income of non-commercial professions, or the income from real estate wealth starting from the tax period that ends after the date of the law’s entry into force.

The minister stressed that in light of the new amendments the income tax on individuals will be progressive, fair, and achieve tax savings for the lower, middle and upper middle classes. Also, it addresses the distortions of the current system based on tax deduction.

Ma'it added that it includes increasing the tax exemption limit by 60 percent, as the basic exemption limit for each financier has been raised from LE 8,000 to LE 15,000, in addition to increasing the personal exemption limit for salaries from LE 7,000 to LE 9,000, and therefore the annual income for those with salaries up to LE 24,000 are tax free.

“According to these amendments, a new social segment has been created for low income citizens, whose annual net income ranges from LE 15,000 to 30,000, other than the limit for personal exemption, so that the tax on them is 2.5 percent. From more than LE 30,000 to LE 45,000, the tax will be 10 percent instead of 15 percent, and from more than LE 45,000 to LE 60,000, the tax will be 15 percent instead of 20 percent."

"Taxes on the income range, exceeding LE 60,000 to LE 200,000 will be 20 percent instead of 22.5 percent, and taxes on th range exceeding LE200,000 to LE 400,000 will be 22.5 percent, and a new segment at a price of 25 percent for people with higher incomes will be created."
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5/14/2020 11:09:40 AM
<![CDATA[Egyptians to use smart card to access all transport means: Minister]]>
The project aims to link the three metro lines with the electric train, private buses and some public transport lines (1,600 buses set to enter the system), besides integrating railways and the monorail into the system, so that commuters can use all transport means with a unified ticket and the smart card.

The minister further discussed the plan set for the project management and operation, including different stages of preparation, launching, offering, implementation and operation.

The minister signaled the importance of the project for its expected big returns for the state, transport services operators and citizens, in upgrading the service provided by different means of transportation, and enhancing the competitive advantage of the transportation system.

The project aims to contribute to easing the citizens’ transport and reduce the need to queue outside ticket booths.

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5/14/2020 11:00:33 AM
<![CDATA[Marsa Alam airport receives flight from Washington carrying 226 stranded Egyptians]]>
This falls within the framework of the state's efforts to bring Egyptians stuck abroad home.

In statements Thursday, a well-placed source at Marsa Alam Airport said the airport's quarantine medical team received the passengers and conducted needed check-up and sanitization measures.

The passengers will be quarantined for 14 days under the coronavirus preventive measures.]]>
5/14/2020 10:57:21 AM
<![CDATA[Egyptian doctor who lost eyesight while working at quarantine hospital to be treated at state's expense]]>
Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli decreed that everything needed by Doctor Mahmoud Samy to recover be provided at no cost of his, hailing him as a “hero” for working against Covid-19 in a quarantine hospital.

“We had 30-40 [Covid-19] cases transferred to us from Embaba Fevers [Hospital] in a day. We worked so much and wearing the protective gear affected us,” Samy told Egypt Today Wednesday at Kafr el-Sheikh Chest Hospital.

“Stress, anxiety and fear... all the incoming cases were frightening,” he said, also citing wearing protective gear for extended periods.

Samy worked at fevers hospitals in Kafr el-Sheikh governorate, the Delta, and was assigned to work at the quarantine hospital in Baltim, a north coast resort in the governorate. He worked there under extreme pressure for 11 days before he lost his eyesight.

He is now at an Alexandria hospital and is being contacted to be transferred to Ain Shams Specialized Hospital, French Qasr al-Aini hospital or any other hospital of his choice, according to a cabinet statement.



Samy was not a patient of high blood pressure but working under pressure at a quarantine hospital gave him a headache and extreme shortness of breath, he told MBC Masr on Wednesday.

He thought he was infected with the novel coronavirus and had a chest scan, but then he lost consciousness. He later tested negative for Covid-19. Surgical intervention may be required to remedy his eyes, he continued.

The doctor lost consciousness at about 9 p.m. on “a Friday or Thursday,” as he could not fully remember when exactly. He woke up in the afternoon the following day, noticing that he could not see.

Before dusk on May 7, Samy felt short of breath and had a headache. He waited in his room at Baltim Hospital until after dusk to perhaps feel better, but the two symptoms only exacerbated.

“I felt like someone was drowning me, dying. To the extent that I felt like throwing myself out of the window on the third floor. That bad, I could not take it,” Samy said. He asked for help from his roommate, a hepatologist, who took him downstairs to do a CT scan on his lungs.

Samy was told his lungs were OK. After he got out of the scanning room, he lost consciousness.

Several hours passed after his collapse as his colleagues sterilized an electrocardiogram to check the condition of his heart, and after that the machine did not work. They did the same with a monitor, consuming more hours. He was given drugs to lower his blood pressure at extremely high doses, but they increased the risk of clots, he claimed. However, he also said Baltim Hospital was only prepared to treat Covid-19 patients.

Three hospitals were contacted to admit Samy, but there were no available beds.
He was finally accepted at Kafr el-Sheikh Chest Hospital at dawn but received by three doctors who happen to be his relatives as others were worried that he may be a Covid-19 patient coming from a quarantine hospital. After making several tests, high blood acidity was detected, and he was given the due medications.

When he told the doctors he could not see, they decided to do a CT scan and MRI, but that, too, took a long time, Samy said.

His diagnosis is that the heart attack paired with the lack of fluid in his blood vessels due to the drugs given to lower his blood pressure, in addition to the slow process of diagnosis and treatment, all led to clots in the retinal area.

While he expressed his appreciation for the cadres in the Ministry of Health, he also said the system needs a lot of development, expenditure, coordination, and information sharing.


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5/14/2020 7:00:46 AM
<![CDATA[140 Egyptians arrive from Sudan as Cairo braces for 16K returnees from around the globe]]>
They arrived in Marsa Alam International Airport in southern Egypt and will be quarantined for 14 days.

Egyptian Ambassador in Sudan Hossam Eissa had bidden the nationals farewell at Khartoum International Airport to check on the procedures of bringing them home.
Two flights brought back 212 Egyptians from Khartoum on May 5 and 8. A fourth flight is slated for Tuesday, according to the Middle East News Agency.

Egypt is bracing for the return of more than 16,000 nationals from abroad in the coming period, Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli said Wednesday. He thanked the relevant ministers for their concerted efforts to fly Egyptians abroad back home and establishing quarantines for them upon their return.

The prime minister admitted that the issue has demanded much effort, especially that the number of returning nationals is much higher compared to other countries.

Civil aviation ceased to operate in Egypt on March 19 to counter the spread of Covid-19. Since then, more than 3,000 Egyptians abroad have returned home, according to the Ministry of Emigration on May 9.
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5/14/2020 3:53:50 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt cancels procurement fee of Covid-19 medical supplies, rations expenditure]]>
In a Wednesday video conference of Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli with his cabinet, the ministers discussed the updates of the anti-pandemic efforts.

The Egyptian Authority for Unified Procurement and Medical Supplies is the beneficiary of the exemption, as it is the entity that supplies quarantines and hospitals that treat Covid-19 patients with their relevant needs.

On March 30, the Ministry of Trade obliged Egyptian companies producing and importing medical supplies (protective suits, Latex gloves, surgical and N95 masks, protective glasses) to supply their products and stocks to the authority for three months.

Madbouli thanked the relevant ministers for their concerted efforts to fly Egyptians abroad back home and establishing quarantines for them upon their return.

He admitted that the issue has demanded much effort, especially that the number of returning nationals is much higher compared to other countries. He noted that more than 16,000 are expected to return to Egypt in the coming period.

Amid speculations on whether or not Egypt will open the economy after the holy month of Ramadan, Madbouli asked the ministers to ration the government’s expenditure, but also highlighted Moody’s report on Egypt’s credit rating, which was maintained at B2 with a stable outlook despite the economic repercussions of the pandemic.

Earlier in April, Standard and Poor’s also maintained Egypt’s BB long and short term foreign and local currency sovereign credit ratings with a stable outlook on the future of the economy.
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5/14/2020 2:59:00 AM
<![CDATA[Ora Developers Signs Agreements with Orascom Construction, Banque Misr to Build, Finance ZED Sheikh Zayed]]>
“After finishing the master plan and architectural design developed by "WATG" International, we decided to maintain the same level of international standards and quality by collaborating with Orascom Construction. We are committed to the delivery schedule of the project as we have started the construction work last August, just 4 months after the launch. We managed to commence with drilling and deep foundations and we will ensure that construction continues with the same pace, as we are committed to the delivery dates we promised the customers with,” said Engineer Naguib Sawiris, Ora International CEO and Chairman of Ora Developers.

Osama Bishai, CEO of Orascom Construction, commented, “We are pleased to collaborate with ORA Developers on their new flagship project. We have been pioneers in constructing distinguished commercial projects in Egypt and look forward to building on our longstanding track record in this sector.”

Ora Developers’ CEO, Haitham Abdel Azeem, added, “Since the beginning of this project, we sought collaboration with leading contractors and designers to ensure an exclusive experience for our customers with the signature of Ora. We are proud of maintaining the pace of construction of the project and we look forward to finalizing the project as planned within 35 months, to start the delivery of the first phase by 2023.”

The multi-purpose project consists of six phases with over 4,500 fully finished residential units and an administrative commercial complex. The first stage awarded to Orascom Construction includes around 600 housing units. The scope also includes the construction of a three-story garage, a two-level mall and four 17-story apartment towers.

Ora Developers aims to continuously develop sustainable neighborhoods and support the Egyptian market with new concepts, and innovative projects that intertwine beauty, luxury and practicality with affordable prices most vividly reflected in ZED Sheikh Zayed and ZED New Cairo.]]>
5/13/2020 10:56:43 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi, Ramaphosa discuss African efforts to fight coronavirus]]>
This comes while Egypt has so far recorded over 10,000 coronavirus cases and more than 500 deaths, while South Africa reported more than 11,000 cases and over 200 deaths, according to official figures. In Africa, around 70,000 people contracted the virus and more than 2,400 died, according to some figures.

During the phone call, Sisi and Ramaphosa, whose country chairs the African Union this year, discussed the need to continue the African joint efforts to curb the spread of coronavirus and contain its economic and social implications on African states.

They also agreed on the need to provide medical assistance, mainly through taking advantage of the available resources related to the AU, including the fund that has been established to support the needs of the African states to fight coronavirus.

Sisi also affirmed that counter-terrorism efforts in the continent should also continue amid the battle against coronavirus.

They also discussed the importance of enhancing relations between the two countries in various fields. Sisi highlighted Egypt’s keenness to continue fostering the long-standing ties with South Africa on the continental and international levels.

Ramaphosa expressed his appreciation for the Egyptian leadership and people and hailed the continuous development in bilateral relations.

Ethiopia asks for South Africa's mediation in Renaissance Dam talks

CAIRO - 12 January 2020: Two days ahead of the Washington meeting for the foreign and water ministers of Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), Ethiopia asked for South African mediation in the controversial dam file.



Daily report
This comes as 338 people have tested positive for coronavirus in Egypt recently, bringing the total number of cases to 10,431, the Health Ministry said in a statement on Wednesday, amid calls for imposing a total curfew during the coming weeks.

The ministry also reported 12 deaths due to the novel virus, bringing the total number to 556. World Health Organization’s representative in Egypt John Jabbour said in mid-April WHO is looking at the cause of the high coronavirus rate of deaths in the northeastern African country.

Also, the test results of 2,980 people turned from positive to negative, the ministry said, including 2,486 people who totally recovered. It added that 160 patients left hospitals.]]>
5/13/2020 9:01:15 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s Medical Syndicate calls for allocating quarantine hospitals for health workers]]>
In a message sent to the ministry, the syndicate explained that it received several notes from doctors and health workers, affirming that quarantine hospitals are overcrowded with patients, which accordingly delays the hospitalization of the newly announced cases.

In their warning call, the doctors demanded naming specific hospitals only for the quarantine of infected cases among medical teams, opening new facilities for receiving new cases and preparing a number of non-treatment quarantine places, such as University dormitories or hotels.

Egypt saw a surge in the daily number of coronavirus cases over the past days, reporting a total of 10,093 infected cases and 544 deaths, according to the Health Ministry’s daily briefing on Tuesday.

"The syndicate announced on May 1, that it does not have accurate figures for doctors who have tested positive, but according to the latest figures obtained from the syndicate’s branches nationwide, 90 doctors were infected," said Ihab Taher, secretary-general of the Doctors' Syndicate.

"The World Health Organization said in a report on April 13 that the infected medical staff represents 13 percent of the total cases in Egypt," Taher added.

However, on May 10, the syndicate announced that 50 health workers at a hospital inCairo were tested for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), 35 were found to be positive.

On April 28, Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ordered providing all the needed medical supplies to the quarantine and isolation hospitals all over the country.

According to presidency spokesperson Bassam Rady, Sisi followed up with latest updates regarding the workflow inside of the isolation hospitals via a video conference meeting with number of the hospitals' directors.

Sisi described the hospitals as one of the state’s main pillars to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus. He expressed appreciation and pride regarding the huge efforts made by the medical staff working in these hospitals during such exceptional time.



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5/13/2020 8:57:09 PM
<![CDATA[Mostafa Amar to release religious album soon]]>
On his official Instagram account, Amar posted a picture of the new album’s poster, commenting: “'Hanen Aleina Yarab' a religious album coming soon!”

It is worth mentioning that this is Amar's first full religious album.



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5/13/2020 7:32:15 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s Physical Therapy Syndicate reports 1st coronavirus death]]>
Abdel Nasser Hassan, head of the syndicate’s branch in Upper Egypt’s Luxor and the former head of Luxor General Hospital died after he tested positive for coronavirus a week ago and was moved to the intensive care unit three days ago after his condition deteriorated, Ahmed Ezat, a top official at the syndicate said.

Doctor, nurse die from coronavirus as Egypt sees surge in positive cases

CAIRO - 10 May 2020: The Egyptian Medical Syndicate has mourned the death of a doctor who died on Friday night from coronavirus, after having a contact with a COVID-19 positive patient. This makes him the ninth doctor to die from the novel virus in the northeastern African country.



This comes after Sami Saad, the head of the syndicate, announced donating LE 250,000 ($15,871) to the Tahya Misr (Long Live Egypt), a donation-based national fund, to participate in the state’s anti-coronavirus efforts.

This comes as 338 people have tested positive for coronavirus in Egypt recently, bringing the total number of cases to 10,431, the Health Ministry said in a statement on Wednesday, amid calls for imposing a total curfew during the coming weeks.

The ministry also reported 12 deaths due to the novel virus, bringing the total number to 556. World Health Organization’s representative in Egypt John Jabbour said in mid-April WHO is looking at the cause of the high coronavirus rate of deaths in the northeastern African country.

Also, the test results of 2,980 people turned from positive to negative, the ministry said, including 2,486 people who totally recovered. It added that 160 patients left hospitals.
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5/13/2020 6:39:17 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt reports 338 new coronavirus cases, lowest in 10 days]]>
The ministry also reported 12 deaths due to the novel virus, bringing the total number to 556. World Health Organization’s representative in Egypt John Jabbour said in mid-April WHO is looking at the cause of the high coronavirus rate of deaths in the northeastern African country.

Also, the test results of 2,980 people turned from positive to negative, the ministry said, including 2,486 people who totally recovered. It added that 160 patients left hospitals.

Age group 30-49 has highest recovery rate: Health Min.

CAIRO - 13 May 2020: Patients between the ages of 30 to 39 had the highest number of cases who recovered from coronavirus, represented in 318 cases, followed by 288 people in the age group between 40 to 49, said Egypt's Health Minister Hala Zayed on Wednesday.




Egypt has reported a remarkable drop in the daily coronavirus cases, according to the official figures provided by the ministry, compared to the earlier few days. On Friday and Saturday, the country recorded 495 and 488 coronavirus positive patients, its highest daily count. On May 3, the country reported 272 cases, its lowest this month.

The state may have to take tougher measures to face the increase in coronavirus cases, including enacting a total curfew, Egyptian President’s Health Affairs Advisor Mohamed Tag El-Din said on Sunday evening.

The government is reviewing all relevant procedures in order to protect people and economy, he told Hadrat Al-Mowaten program on Al-Hadath Al-Youm channel.

Tag El-Din called on citizens to avoid large gatherings and follow the preventive procedures announced by the government. He warning people of the fact that coronavirus is very infectious, saying this is the reason behind the surge in number of cases during the last few days.

The number of cases will likely rise, Tag El-Din added.]]>
5/13/2020 6:07:07 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt establishes new company with 2 affiliated factories for producing tires]]>
Terras said, in a statement on Wednesday, that it was agreed to establish a new company subject to the law of the Arab Organization for Industrialization in partnership between the authority and the Holding Company for Chemical Industries to produce all types of tires for vehicles.

Terras added that two factories will be affiliated to the company, the first in the economic zone of the Suez Canal in Ain Sukhna to produce saloon tires, light transport, bus and car tires; and the second factory in Al-Amiriya in Alexandria to produce tires for agricultural tractors and heavy engineering equipment.

He pointed out that this comes within the framework of implementing the directives of President Abdel Fatah el-Sisi to deepen local industrialization and increase the competitiveness of the Egyptian industry in accordance with international quality standards. These projects will provide many job opportunities for young engineers, technicians as well as training on the latest technologies of the fourth industrial revolution.

Terras emphasized that the latest scientific, chemical and technological solutions are used in establishing the factories, taking advantage of the available capabilities and without placing burdens on the state budget, stressing to meet all local needs as a first stage and then opening new export markets for Arab and African countries.

For his part, Minister of Public Business Sector Hisham Tawfik said that the agreement comes in light of a common vision between the Ministry of Business Sector and the Arab Industrialization Authority to unify efforts and achieve integration in the tire industry and revive and deepen this industry locally according to international quality standards.

He stressed that signing the agreement is a step on the right path to promote such local investments and provide national products to global markets, as part of the ministry's efforts to restructure the Transportation and Engineering Company of the Chemical Holding Company and establish a new factory for it in the Amiriya area of Alexandria to produce tires for agricultural tractors and heavy engineering equipment to meet the needs of the local market. And export abroad.

For her part, Minister of Trade and Industry Nevein Gamea explained that this agreement comes within the framework of the state's strategy to deepen local industrialization, replace imports and increase the added value of the Egyptian product in the local and international markets.


The minister highlighted the importance of exploiting the global crisis of coronavirus outbreak in the manufacture of Egyptian imports locally, especially in light of its diminishing foreign markets and the availability of expertise and capabilities to manufacture it in Egypt.

She noted the possibility of expanding the scope of cooperation between the Ministry of Trade and Industry, the Ministry of Public Business Sector, the Arab Organization for Industrialization and the Economic Zone of the Suez Canal to develop the Egyptian industrial base to cover all the local needs of consumer goods and production inputs.
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5/13/2020 5:50:40 PM
<![CDATA[Age group 30-49 has highest recovery rate: Health Min.]]>
This comes while Egypt has reported a drop in the daily coronavirus (COVID-19) cases, according to the official figures provided by the ministry, compared to the earlier few days. On Tuesday, the ministry said it recorded 347 new cases, bringing the total number to 10,093.

The average number of days patients spend at quarantine is 11.6 days, Zayed said in a ministerial meeting headed by Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli.

She added that the financial cost of flights bringing Egyptian people stranded abroad, whose passengers are quarantined as an obligatory procedure, between May 3 to 9 is around LE 28 million ($1.78 million). The measures included medical services and PCR tests.

On April 22nd, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi noted that around 3,500 Egyptians are stranded abroad over coronavirus, affirming that authorities are committed to bringing them back despite "hard circumstances".

The minister also reviewed the state’s plan to continue providing medical services to the coronavirus patients. This plan is based on governing and managing the crisis, organizing the provision of medical services, preserving and redistributing human resources, highlighting mechanisms to keep medicine and medical equipment available, training medical staff and spreading awareness.

On Tuesday, Egypt has recorded 11 deaths due to coronavirus, which raises the total deaths to 544, according to the ministry’s daily briefing.

Health Ministry spokesman Khaled Megahed said that the number of coronavirus cases whose tests turned from positive to negative increased to 2,811, including 2,326 people who recovered from the virus.

"All positive cases were quarantined at hospitals," the spokesman said.]]>
5/13/2020 5:38:24 PM
<![CDATA[Yasser Galal, new tough guy of El-Gamaliya in 20th episode of 'El-Fetewa' ]]>
Galal appears masked; he only reveals himself after Farag el-Atal [Dia Abdel Khaleq] defeats Azmi [Ahmed Salah Hosni], and almost becomes the official fetewa of the neighborhood.

However, Hassan el-Gebali [Yasser Galal] shows up and beats him in a nabot fight (stick fight) that changes the course of events, making Gebali the new tough guy of El-Gamaliya.

In the series’ 20th episode, Hassan el-Gebali [Yasser Galal] promises Lail [Mai Omar] he will never let her go as he loves her dearly and that nothing will make them part except death.

Azmi meets Fadl and offers him to pledge allegiance to him as the official tough guy of El-Gamaliya and to give up his dreams of being the official fetewa. He bargains to return to El-Gamaliya with his gang to cooperate together.

The 20th episode of “El-Fetewa” series started with a scene showing Fadl hugging his horse Aziz, assuring him that he will be the next Fetewa, followed by a scene of Gamila condoling Mai Omar and Azmi [Ahmed Salah Hosni], who asks Gamila to stay in El-Gamaliya. She agrees to stay provided that he marries her.

Hassan el-Gebali faces Farag as Azmi prepares to be El-Gamaliya's fetewa. Riyad el-Khouli gathers his gang but refuses to get into any altercation as he fears defeat.

“El-Fetewa” is written by Hany Sarhan and directed by Hussein el-Manbawi. It is produced by Synergy.

The series stars Yasser Galal, Ahmed Salah Hosni, Mai Omar, Naglaa Badr, Ahmed Khalil, Riyad el-Khouly, Inaam Salousa, Laila Ahmed Zaher, Hanadi Mehanna, Ahmed Khaled Saleh, Aida Riyad, Farida Saif el-Nasr, Ahdi Sadiq, Magdy Fekry, Maha Nassar and Yasser Zinconi.
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5/13/2020 4:45:54 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s Parliament to start sterilization procedures after affirming COVID-19 case among MPs]]>
Counselor Mahmoud Fawzi, secretary-general of the House of Representatives, announced that Wednesday and Thursday are a paid leave for all employees inside the parliament, which would allow taking the needed procedures to sterilize all halls, buildings and offices.

Fawzi added in his message to the employees that these measures are taken to maintain the health and safety of all those who work at the Parliamentary headquarters.
Parliament member Shireen Farraj tested positive for the virus on Tuesday. Shortly after, the Parliament announced that nearly 12 parliament members were close to Farag and will be tested first for the virus and quarantined.

Egypt’s Parliament undersecretary Suleiman Wahdan announced that the house will continue to exercise its legislative role, and that the next session will be held as planned on May 17.

He added that MP Farraj will be quarantined; however, her diagnosis does not prevent the Parliament from convening, adding that there are important economic, social and political legislations that need to be approved by the Parliament.

He noted that Farraj got the virus from someone she came in contact with outside the Parliament, adding that the council will take all the precautions to confront the virus, including isolating anyone who contacted Farraj for up to fourteen days.

On Tuesday, Egypt recorded 347 new coronavirus cases and 11 deaths, which raises the total infected patients of COVID-19 to 10,093 and the total deaths to 544, according to the Health Ministry’s daily briefing.

Health Ministry spokesman Khaled Megahed said that the number of coronavirus cases whose tests turned from positive to negative increased to 2811, including 2326 people who recovered from the virus. "All positive cases were quarantined at hospitals," the spokesman said.

Also on Tuesday, a state of emergency was announced at Maspero building, the headquarters of the state-run Egyptian Radio and Television Union, after an employee died of the coronavirus.

Rasha Helmy worked at the news department at Maspero. The Media Syndicate board headed by Dr. Tareq Saada confirmed the death of Rasha Helmy, as a result of her infection with the coronavirus.

The board mourned the deceased colleague, "We lost a dear colleague who was a model for commitment to media work ethics.”

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5/13/2020 3:48:24 PM
<![CDATA[Petitions against appointing Yemini Tawakkol Karman as Facebook Oversight Board member]]>
“We, the signatories of this petition, first confirm our annoyance, surprise, and opposition to the way that the Facebook Administration decided to follow in selecting the members of the Content Oversight Board, which was expected to be based on democratic and participatory foundations that allow the platforms’ users to select, who represents them in overseeing the content rather than being forced on them,” one of the petitions stated.

Most of the activists refusing Karman’s appointment were Yemini, as the petition added, “Accordingly, we declare our absolute rejection of the Facebook Administration’s appointment of the Yemeni activist Tawakkol Karman at the Content Oversight Board. She neither represents the Yemeni street nor the Arab street, but she is rather a front for intellectual and ideological partisanships, which contradicts with the requirements of this position that include impartiality, transparency, and respect for the people. These features characterize hundreds of Arab public figures other than Tawakkol Karman, whose selection strongly undermines the integrity and reputation of the Content Oversight Board, and makes us, the users, lose all trust in the board.”

The

petition

that has been signed by nearly 2,775 people so far stated, “Selecting Karman proves a complete ignorance of the Arab political and social reality, where Karman represents supporting terrorist groups, messing with the destinies of nations, and instigating violence. This strongly contradicts with the values of Facebook, as a virtual platform that welcomes diversity, supports respect for the other, and renounces violence.”

“What Karman represents is clear ambivalence. How can a human rights activist turn a blind eye to the murder of thousands of civilians in the Arab region at the hands of those she aids and supports? We call for Facebook to listen to the opinions of hundreds of thousands of signatories of this petition who decisively reject selecting someone who is causing distress in their countries to oversee the content they write. This eliminates any trust between Facebook and its users,” the first petition said.

Another

petition

, also signed by 42,554 people so far stated, “We are against the appointment of Tawakkol Karman as a member of Facebook-Instgram oversight board, as there is a clear connection between her and the terrorist Muslim brotherhood.”


Tawakol
snipped picture of the petition against the Tawakkol Karman on Change. org

Also here is one of the petitions full statement:

“We, the signatories of this petition, confirm our absolute rejection of the Facebook Administration’s appointment of Yemeni activist Tawakkol Karman as a member of its Oversight Board.

And we, the signatories of this petition, declare that choosing Twakkol Karman as a member of the board reflects a complete ignorance of Facebook of the nature of the Arab political and social reality that rejects the selection of Tawakkol Karman as a member of the board after having violated, since 2011, all the human rights and freedom of opinion and expression values that she pretends to promote and believe in.

The signatories of this petition declare that Facebook Administration was not impartial or neutral in its appointment of Tawakkol Karman, because of her political affiliation as she publicly belongs to the Muslim Brotherhood through her work as a leader of the Yemeni Islah Party, which is one of the most notable religious parties that work against freedom of expression and democracy and is considered a franchise of the Muslim Brotherhood in Yemen.

And we confirm that this choice has a political character that places Facebook in a suspicious position, which could turn it from a social media platform to a political one with specific directions that serve some political spectra, even if Facebook used the excuse that Karman would not be a representative of the Middle East on the board and would be part of a group of experts to evaluate the content in any region regardless of her Arab identity.

The signatories of this petition call for Facebook Administration to conduct a thorough research to review everything that Karman published on her social media accounts from 2011 until today, to find hundreds of examples that prove she is one of the most important icons who instigated chaos and violence against countries, people and governments for the interest of the Muslim Brotherhood, and she politicized human rights to serve political interests.

The Administration will find that Karman’s politicized tweets are one of the most important reasons that disqualify her completely to be part of a board that is supposed to be impartial and to oversee Facebook’s content to guarantee the respect of freedom of expression. So instead of selecting an Arab figure who has strong academic background and long experience in public service in the field of freedom of expression and opinion, Facebook chose Tawakkol Karman who is an icon of politicizing human rights in the Arab world and who has offended a lot of human rights activists with her loyal support to the interests of the Muslim Brotherhood at the expense of human rights principles.

Facebook Administration must know that it introduced to the Oversight Board an infamous figure who belongs to a Political Islam organization, whose integrity and independence are nonexistent in the Arab region, and who cooperated with governments and state apparatus in the region that fund her activities to make use of her work as an activist and as a soft power in order to facilitate these countries’ intervention in the affairs of other countries in the Middle East and North Africa.

Facebook Administration must know that Tawakkol Karman, member of the Oversight Board, did not in any occasion condemn a terrorist attack on civilians in the countries where she called for protests, and did not defend civilians’ rights to life against the armed terrorist groups that hit the cities of the region day in and day out. That is because she belongs to the Muslim Brotherhood that follows the same policy and never condemns terrorist attacks perpetrated by extremist groups against civilians, because they are keen on improving their relation to these extremist groups. As a notable member of the Muslim Brotherhood, Tawakkol Karman follows the same path.

The signatories of this petition confirm that selecting Tawakkol Karman to be a member of the Oversight Board, whose role is to restore Facebook’s credibility, is almost a complete destruction of the board’s credibility in the Middle East and North Africa. If the purpose is to build credibility, figures, who respect human rights, are not politicized, do not use political groups in their battle against governments, and are not used by countries to intervene in the interests of other countries, should be selected.

The signatories of this petition call for Facebook to reconsider the appointment of Tawakkol Karman as a board member, and to respect the will of almost 200 million Arabs, who have Facebook accounts.

Facebook Administration must know that 200 million users must be respected and their voice must not be ignored because it could violate their rights in their safe virtual space that they use for hours every day. In case Facebook ignored these voices, it would be a betrayal of the covenant between Facebook and its users in the Arab world.

We, the signatories of this petition, confirm that Facebook Administration is not aware of the nature of the Arab social and political reality, which rejects the selection of Tawakkol Karman for the Oversight Board even if she would not be representing the Arab region.

At the end, this does not deny the fact that the board will consider Karman the Arabic voice on the Board. The members of the board must know that Karman does not represent the Arab voice, but that of the Muslim Brotherhood that raises the slogan “Islam is the solution”, which negates the notion of diversity and respect for the other and eliminates anything different from or outside the brotherhood, like any other extremist group.

The signatories of this petition would like to confirm that almost 200 million Arab users of Facebook will not forget that the platform they use for hours every day and that they confine in with their private matters ignored millions of impartial and respectful figures, and chose instead a human rights activist who is infamous in the Arab world and who politicizes human rights to serve the interests and aspirations of the Muslim Brotherhood, to rule and to serve the interests of Middle Eastern countries to intervene in the internal affairs of other countries.

The signatories of this petition explicitly demand replacing Tawakkol Karman with another impartial Arab figure, who is respected by Arabs. Relying on her Nobel Prize as a standard will not change her clear politicization of human rights causes to serve the Muslim Brotherhood.”




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5/13/2020 3:29:59 PM
<![CDATA[Broadway theaters to remain closed through Sept. 6]]>
Among the most-visited tourist attractions in New York, the theaters had previously set a tentative reopening date of June 7.

The Broadway League, which represents producers and theater owners, said on Tuesday it was working with government authorities, unions and health experts to develop plans to re-open with new safety measures for audiences, performers and stagehands.

Live theater productions face unique challenges in the pandemic, including a large number of people in small spaces and physical contact among performers on stage.

Producers are discussing staging shows with smaller casts rather than big musicals, and writers have been working on stories that allow for social distancing.

Broadway closed its theaters on March 12. Thirty-one shows were playing at that time including hits such as “Hamilton,” “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” and “To Kill a Mockingbird.”]]>
5/13/2020 3:08:06 PM
<![CDATA[Tyler Perry gets ahead of Hollywood with July production restart]]>
Perry will start production of his television shows “Sistas” and “The Oval” on July 8 at his sprawling Tyler Perry Studios complex in Atlanta, Georgia, television network BET said in a statement.

Perry, 50, one of the wealthiest and most prolific black entrepreneurs in the entertainment industry, bought a former army base in Atlanta in 2015 and turned it into one of the largest production facilities in the United States. The 330-acre self-contained lot has housing, green space and 12 sound stages.

The announcement came as Hollywood movie studios, major television networks and streaming services are still drawing up protocols to keep actors and crew members safe on sets that were shut down across most of the world in mid-March because of the coronavirus epidemic.

They have yet to announce plans or dates for filming of TV shows and movies to resume.

Perry, the creator and star of the “Madea” movies, told Hollywood publication Deadline last month that he had drawn up detailed plans for his productions that involve sequestering the casts and crews in accommodation at his studios for the entire length of a shoot.

The plan followed consultations with labor unions and local authorities, Perry told Deadline.

Georgia was one of the first U.S. states to relax coronavirus restrictions, opening up barber shops, movie theaters and dine-in restaurants in late April.

“Sistas,” about the love lives and friendship of a group of single black females, and “The Oval”, a behind the scenes tale of life in the White House, are two of BET’s most popular scripted shows.

Perry wrote, produces and directs both shows.]]>
5/13/2020 3:05:22 PM
<![CDATA[EGX ends Wednesday in red, market cap. loses LE9B]]>
The benchmark EGX30 dipped 1.81 percent, or 192.08 points, to close at 10,396.28 points.

The equally weighted index EGX 50 dropped 2.13 percent, or 33.06 points, to end at 1,516.98 points.

The small and mid-cap index EGX 70 decreased 2.18 percent, or 24.8 points, to close at 1,113.66 points, and the broader index EGX 100 lessened 2.11 percent, or 39.42 points to 1,829.84 points.

Market capitalization lost LE 9.01 billion, recording LE 548.69 billion, compared to LE 557.78 billion in Tuesday’s session.

The trading volume reached 632.61 million shares, traded through 29,308 transactions, with a turnover of LE 1.85 billion.

Arab investors were buyers at LE 779.35 million, while Egyptian and foreign investors were net sellers at LE 754.96 million, and LE 24.39 million, respectively.

Arab and foreign individuals were net sellers at LE 17.1 million, and LE 770,091, respectively, while Egyptian individuals were net buyers at LE 66.55 million.

Arab organizations bought at LE 796.45 million, while Egyptian and foreign organizations sold at LE 821.51 million, and LE 23.62 million, respectively.

Northern Upper Egypt Development & Agricultural Production, Ismailia Development and Real Estate Co, and Emerald Real Estate Investment were top gainers of the session at 9.80 percent, 9.46 percent and 8.97 percent, respectively.

Meanwhile, Misr Hotels, Sinai Cement, and Alexandria Spinning & Weaving (SPINALEX) were top losers of the session by 9.95 percent, 9.79 percent, and 9.70 percent, respectively.

On Tuesday, EGX ended the session in green, as: EGX30 rose 2.84 percent, EGX 50 hiked 3.37 percent, EGX 70 increased 3.08 percent, and EGX 100 jumped 3.34 percent.
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5/13/2020 2:59:09 PM
<![CDATA[Work to resume at Egyptian courts after Eid al-Fitr]]>
Among these measures are determining the number of attendees of each hearing in accordance with the size and the capacity of the room hosting the hearing; leaving a safe distance between people; judges, lawyers, litigants and employees will wear medical masks and the venue will be cleansed daily.

On May 16, work at Cairo Court of Appeal will resume as per a decision to start work at different departments as of the second week of May.

Cairo criminal courts will resume work on May 17 after a 45-day hiatus due to the outbreak of the new coronavirus (COVID-19), as per a decision by Chairperson of Cairo Court of Appeals Badry Abdel Fattah

More than 8,000 lawsuits were adjourned over this period, including a large number of pending cases, with several defendants on remand.

Since May 1, the criminal courts have started exceptionally for only two days a week to consider time-sensitive cases.

On March 15, 2020, Egypt’s judicial institutions suspended court trials nationwide due to the COVID- 19 pandemic, according to a statement issued by the Ministry of Justice.

Egypt recorded new 346 cases of COVID-19 cases on May 11 after it reached the highest figure (495 cases) at the beginning of this week, according to the Ministry of Health’s daily briefing.


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5/13/2020 2:47:01 PM
<![CDATA[U.S. welcomes IMF emergency financial assistance approval for Egypt]]>
"We welcome the International Monetary Fund (IMF)'s approval of almost $2.8 billion Rapid Financing Instrument to support Egypt’s balance of payment needs during this worldwide period of economic uncertainty. The United States supported Egypt's request and will continue to partner with Egypt to support the country's economic development.” - Ambassador Jonathan Cohen said in a statement.

On May 11, The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) approved Egypt's financial package request to enhance the state’s capabilities to face the new COVID-19 virus crisis.

“The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) approved Egypt’s request for emergency financial assistance of SDR 2,037.1 million (US$ 2.772 billion, 100 percent of quota) under the Rapid Financing Instrument (RFI) to meet the urgent balance of payments needs stemming from the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Purchase under the RFI entails exceptional access due to outstanding credit under the previous extended arrangement under the Extended Fund Facility.” IMF stated in the statement.

It added that: ”Egypt achieved a remarkable turnaround prior to the COVID-19 shock, carrying out a successful economic reform program supported by the IMF’s Extended Fund Facility (EFF) to correct large external and domestic imbalances. The pandemic and global shock pose an immediate and severe economic disruption that could negatively impact Egypt’s hard-won macroeconomic stability if not addressed. The authorities have launched a comprehensive package to contain the economic impact of the COVID-19 shock. The RFI will help alleviate some of the most pressing financing needs, including for spending on health, social protection, and supporting the most impacted sectors and vulnerable groups.”

IMF statement on Egypt's emergency financial assistance approval

Washington/CAIRO - 11 May 2020: The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) approved Monday Egypt's financial package request to enhance the state's capabilities to face the new COVID-19 virus crisis.






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5/13/2020 2:41:41 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt's Cabinet follows up return of Egyptians stranded abroad]]>
During the meeting, Madbouli followed up the file of the Egyptians stranded abroad, saying that the government will return more than 16,000 during this period.

Madbouli said that the state has taken all measures to provide the returnees with places to spend their quarantine in.]]>
5/13/2020 2:00:58 PM
<![CDATA[Gemini Enterprises Africa launches initiative to support start-ups during COVID-19 ]]>
The company noted that the initiative will help founders tackle their most pressing on-ground operational issues and challenges while unlocking business opportunities that will allow them to build a more sustainable future.

Gemini Enterprises Africa (GEA), is an investment driven vehicle founded by Naguib Sawiris to connect Gemini Holding and Orascom Investment Holding (OIH) with the entrepreneurship, tech, and startup business ecosystem.

“The Gemini Uplift Initiative will be launched online throughout and after the Holy month of Ramadan in coordination with 45+ local, regional, and international partners providing support through the following three tracks - namely Money, Matchmaking, and Mentorship - in collaboration with the leading stakeholders in the entrepreneurship ecosystem,” it clarified.

“I am very excited about kicking off the Gemini Uplift Initiative. We believe in the importance of our responsibility to act now. Together with our partners, we are sure that we can uplift our entrepreneurs and startups to stand strong and sustain their businesses during these hard times. We will not let the Coronavirus beat us,” Executive Chairman of Orascom Investment Holding, Naguib Sawiris, stated.

“This initiative emerged from our belief in the significance of our role to bolster the entrepreneurial ecosystem. Our aim is to lead the startups towards operational continuity and economic sustainability during these hard times. My gratitude and sincere thanks to all the partners that generously offer their utmost contribution. Together we can do it," Executive Chairman & CEO at Gemini Enterprises Africa, Adly Thoma, said.

According to the company, the Money track provides co-investment opportunities and connections to future potential investors for pre-series A applicants in addition to acceleration programs with options to receive equity free funding. Partners for the Money track include: World Food Programme (WFP) - MINT by EGbank - Nahdet El Mahrousa - Alex Angels - Catalyst Partners - MAIN - MED Angels - Foundation Ventures - Egypt Ventures.

Moreover, the Matchmaking track provides two-way business matchmaking opportunities in which entrepreneurs with running operations are able to get in touch with real businesses needs through the right market exposure, in addition to acquiring business leads and access to their customers’ data. By doing so, large companies can extend their business operations to startups in order to implement new projects within the market in the least amount of time. Partners for the Matchmaking track include: Cairo ICT - UNTIL - UNDP - Orascom Investment - RiseUp - Techne Summit Dubrovnik - WPDI - Kamelizer - Founders Institute Cairo - Consulting Pad - Hub Africa - Gemini Holding.

As per mentorship, it provides all applicants with the opportunity for one-on-one financial, legal, HR, and media mentorship. Partners for the Matchmaking track include: The American University in Cairo (AUC) - Beltone - KPMG Hazem Hassan - MIT EF Pan Arab - Injaz Egypt - Falak - Flat6Labs - Fekretak Sherketak - Cairo Angels - SeedStars - Kidzania - HIM Angels - El-Shawarby Firm - Pyramids 138 - CultArk - Entrepreneurs' Organization - Alpha Group - Marshall Goldsmith.

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5/13/2020 1:58:04 PM
<![CDATA[311 Egyptians return from Canada as Cairo continues to help stranded nationals]]>
The returnees who came from Toronto were examined at the airport in southern Cairo before being transferred to the quarantines established by the authorities to spend 14 days in isolation. The quarantine is usually held in hotels and university dormitories and has been generally praised by the people who have returned.

Egyptians flying back home may amount to 16,000 in the upcoming period, Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli said in a video conference with the members of his cabinet on Wednesday.

Civil aviation ceased to operate in Egypt in March 19 to counter the spread of Covid-19. Since then, more than 3,000 Egyptians abroad have returned home, according to the Ministry of Emigration on May 9. As many as 5,300 Egyptians were in the process of being evacuated from Kuwait alone, Makram said May 5.

Egypt also helped evacuate thousands of tourists in a move applauded by the governments of the U.K., Italy and Mexico.

The Egyptian authorities have exceptionally flown stranded Egyptians from various countries across the world, including the U.S., the U.K., Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Turkey, Uganda, Rwanda, Chad and Niger.

In an online conference with some Egyptian businesspeople abroad, Minister of Planning Hala el-Said and Minister of Emigration Nabila Makra discussed means to reintegrate returning Egyptians into the economy and benefit from their experience by offering investment opportunities.

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5/13/2020 1:48:02 PM
<![CDATA[MSMEDA funds micro enterprises with LE 620M via Banque Du Caire]]>
This comes as part of the keenness of the state to fund these projects for their effective role in limiting unemployment and improving the living conditions of the citizens. The step also aims at keeping these projects ongoing during the coronavirus outbreak which has negative impact on the Egyptian economy.

The first contract is for an initiative to fund micro enterprises with LE 500 million to be funded through an agreement with the World Bank for youth and women projects, while the second contract is for supporting women in the poorest governorates with LE 120 million funded by the French Development Agency (AFD), Gamea' said.

Both projects aim at financing current and new micro enterprises via Banque Du Caire branches all over the governorates to help these projects develop and provide more job opportunities, she said.

These projects come within the framework of implementing the directives of President Abdel El Sisi to present all aspects of support to the projects of the youth and women, Gamea' added.

Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouli recommended to present quick finance to help the sector of micro projects and focus on women and youth, said Gamea'.

Meanwhile, Fayed asserted the importance of these agreements as they have an effective role in funding micro enterprises in light of the current coronavirus pandemic and its negative impact on the owners of projects and the irregular workers. ]]>
5/13/2020 1:36:48 PM
<![CDATA[European shares slide as virus fears persist, banks drop]]>
The pan-European STOXX 600 index fell 1.1 percent by 0710 GMT, with banks proving a drag after a slew of negative updates.

Shares in Germany’s Commerzbank slid 3.2 percent and Dutch bank ABN Amro dropped 5.3 percent after swinging to a loss in the first quarter as the COVID-19 pandemic drove up loan loss provisions.

Deutsche Bank dropped 4.4 percent on news that top managers will waive one month of fixed pay in an effort to cut costs.

Investors also witnessed the biggest deal involving a European buyer collapse due to the market dislocation caused by the pandemic.

Shares in Exor, the holding firm of Italy’s Agnelli family, fell 4.3 percent as French insurer Covea walked away from its planned $9 billion purchase of PartnerRe, the Bermuda-based reinsurer owned by Exor. ]]>
5/13/2020 1:21:52 PM
<![CDATA[Public business sector ministry, Cairo commerce chamber sign agreement on digitization]]>
The protocol was signed by digitization consultant at the Public Business Sector Ministry Mohamed Masoud and member of the Board of Directors of the Chamber of Commerce Karim Ghonaim in the presence of Federation of Egyptian Chambers of Commerce (FECC) Chairman Ibrahim el Araby, the ministry said in a statement.

The public business sector minister said that the agreement comes in light of the leading digitization experiment adopted by his ministry as well as its experience in dealing with the international companies in this regard.

Meanwhile, Masoud said that the ministry has negotiated with specialized international companies and selected the best of them as part of an initiative launched in cooperation with the Cairo Chamber of Commerce to provide start-ups with Enterprise resource planning (ERP) software at a nominal monthly subscription starting from LE 999.

This technology will be provided by Microsoft Corporation and with the support of “ Viber Egypt,” he added.

All companies that will subscribe in the digitization program will also benefit from the first electronic catalog for Egyptian products project for free, he said.

The door will open for all companies to subscribe in the services within weeks after launching the digitization initiative which will target half a million companies as part of its first phase, he added. ]]>
5/13/2020 1:10:14 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt receives $2.7 billion from IMF]]>
Speaking to MENA, the official said the loan, which will be paid back over a period of five years, comes as part of the the Rapid Financing Instrument (RFI) program.

The official added that Egypt is negotiating with the IMF to get the second package of the financial assistance within the framework of the Stand-By Agreement (SBA), which will be mulled by the IMF's Executive Board in June.

Egypt will get the second package in two or three patches throughout the year, and its repayment would take a longer period than that of the RFI.

On Monday, the IMF's Executive Board approved Egypt’s request for an emergency financial assistance of $ 2.772 billion, (100 percent of quota) under the Rapid Financing Instrument to meet the urgent balance of payments needs stemming from th e outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Purchase under the RFI entails exceptional access due to outstanding credit under the previous extended arrangement under the Extended Fund Facility, according to IMF.

Egypt achieved a remarkable turnaround prior to the COVID-19 shock, carrying out a successful economic reform program supported by the IMF’s Extended Fund Facility (EFF) to correct large external and domestic imbalances, it said in a press release.

The pandemic and global shock pose an immediate and severe economic disruption that could negatively impact Egypt’s hard-won macroeconomic stability if not addressed, it added. ]]>
5/13/2020 1:02:27 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt's Healthcare authority publishes second video on anti-coronavirus measures]]>
The videos are part of an initiative dubbed "Weqaya" or protection, which was launched by the authority in cooperation with the UMAMI E-Learning Solutions.

On its Facebook page, the authority announced that it will continue to publish the awareness videos throughout the holy fasting month of Ramadan.

The initiative aims at spreading awareness among citizens and healthcare professionals on how to protect themselves against the pathogen, including quarantine and self-isolation measures, the authority said. ]]>
5/13/2020 11:47:41 AM
<![CDATA[Russia's coronavirus cases surge past 240K]]>
Russia is now the second most-affected country in terms of infections and has the world's second-fastest rate of new infections behind the United States.

Ninety-six people died over the past 24 hours, bringing the total toll to 2,212.]]>
5/13/2020 11:42:52 AM
<![CDATA[Larissa cuts Amr Warda's contract for serious offenses]]>
The club president's decision was announced on Tuesday, on the basis of "having caught them in serious disciplinary offenses" without disclosing them.

Warda plays on loan from PAOK, while Masoras plays on loan from Greek Olympiakos.

The club president's statement came: "By personal decision of the president Alexis Kougia (AEL), President of Larissa, the loan players from PAOK and Olympiakos, Amr Warda & Giannis Masouras, are put out of the team for serious disciplinary offenses."

Warda, 26, played 23 games this season locally, scored 7 and scored 6 goals.

Warda left his childhood club, Al-Ahly, in 2015 to join Greek club, Panetolikos, and since then his career reached another level.

After two years in Panetolikos, he joined the Greek giants, Paok, in January 2017 but he failed to shine with the club and left in the summer to join Atromitos on a loan.

Warda returned to Paok in 2018 summer and played there for six months and then he was loaned again to Atromitos with an option to make the transfer permanent.
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5/13/2020 8:42:27 AM
<![CDATA[Premier League players face strict new training protocols]]>
The BBC said Tuesday it had seen a copy of official protocols sent to all 20 Premier League clubs detailing the need for corner-flags, balls, cones, goalposts and even playing surfaces to be disinfected after each training session.

Other measures in the guidance include twice-weekly testing, and a daily pre-training questionnaire and temperature check.

Should a player test positive, with or without symptoms, they will be forced to self-isolate for seven days.

All players will have ro travel to a training ground individually and avoid public transport. Once there they will not be allowed to gather in communal areas and won't be fed on the premises.

Tackling and contact will reportedly be banned for the first phase of team training.

Meanwhile club medical staff must wear personal protection equipment when treating the players.

A meeting involving players, the Professional Footballers' Association and the British government over safety and health issues surrounding a possible restart of the game is set to take place on Wednesday.

PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor, said his members would be open to playing again provided "everything that can be done is being done" to assure their safety.

"We've got to try it, see if we can do it and see if we can return to some form of activity," Taylor told the Mirror.

"But it's also being as careful and having as many assurances as possible that it's achievable."

However, England internationals Raheem Sterling and Danny Rose are the two latest high-profile players to raise their concerns over a return to contact sport when the rest of society is being advised to follow social-distancing guidelines.

- 'Lives at risk' -

"The moment we do go back it just needs to be a moment where it's not just for footballing reasons, it's safe for not just us footballers but the whole medical staff, referees," Sterling told his YouTube channel.


Meanwhile Rose, on loan at Newcastle from Tottenham, told an Instagram live: "People's lives are at risk.

"Football shouldn't even be spoken about coming back until the numbers have dropped massively."

A further complication for Project Restart is where any matches would be played, with the clubs opposed to a proposal for a limited number of neutral venues to be used.

The UK's national football policing lead previously stated resuming matches on a home-and-away basis would "present challenges" to the emergency services.

But Mark Roberts said on Tuesday that police, government and football authorities were working together on a plan "which minimises any risks to public safety and unnecessary pressure on public services, but facilitates a sensible restart to the season."

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has come out against the idea of playing matches in the capital at this stage, with the city having been particularly badly hit by the pandemic.

Five of the 20 Premier League sides are based in London.

"With the country still in the grips of this crisis, and hundreds of people dying every day, he believes that it is too early to be discussing the resumption of the Premier League and top-flight sport in the capital," Khan's spokesperson told the Evening Standard.

Premier League clubs face having to pay a huge refund to broadcasters even if they manage to complete the virus-disrupted season behind closed doors.

Broadcasters would be reimbursed for matches not being played as scheduled and the lack of atmosphere in empty stadiums is also a factor.

The BBC reported the bill could be as high as £340 million ($420 million) and would surge to £760 million if the season cannot be completed.

Premier League chief executive Richard Masters has previously warned of a £1 billion loss once the absence of gate receipts is taken into account.

New government guidelines have paved the way for elite sport to return behind closed doors in England from June 1.

Britain has been one of the worst hit by the global pandemic, with the UK government officially recording more than 32,000 deaths from COVID-19.]]>
5/13/2020 8:32:11 AM
<![CDATA[The Bundesliga is back, so can Dortmund catch Bayern?]]>
AFP Sport takes a look at what is at stake on the field when the German top flight ends a two-month shutdown to play out its final nine matchdays.

- Some things stay the same... -

Teams have undergone testing and been forced into quarantine training camps because of the virus, and all matches will be played behind closed doors in the league with the highest attendances in world football.

So this will not be the Bundesliga as we know it, but something else may be just as before -- Bayern, the country's most successful club, are on track to win another title, which would be their eighth in a row.

They had put a patchy start to the season under Niko Kovac behind them before the shutdown, with Hansi Flick coming in as coach and Bayern winning 10 and drawing one of their last 11 league games.

The Bavarians are four points clear of Dortmund at the top and have been busy since their last game, with Flick signing a new contract until 2023.

Key players Thomas Mueller and Alphonso Davies followed suit by penning extensions of their own, while former striker Miroslav Klose has joined as assistant coach.

With Robert Lewandowski scoring 25 goals in 23 games, Bayern are formidable. They still have to visit Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen, although it remains to be seen how much home advantage will matter without fans.

- Watch out for Haaland -

It could still just about be a four-horse title race, with Borussia Moenchengladbach six points off the pace in fourth, but Dortmund are best-placed to stop Bayern.

Lucien Favre's side were last seen going out of the Champions League to Paris Saint-Germain, but before that were in thrilling form led by young stars Haaland and Jadon Sancho.

They won seven out of eight league games after 19-year-old Norwegian powerhouse Haaland arrived from Red Bull Salzburg. He scored nine goals in that run.

Dortmund, though, will not be able to rely on their fans who usually pack the 81,000-capacity Signal Iduna Park and their next two home games -- against Ruhr rivals Schalke on Saturday and then Bayern -- will lose much of their edge as a result.

"Having to play behind closed doors is an enormous challenge, especially for a club like BVB, which draws a lot of strength from the passion of its supporters," admitted Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke.

Dortmund also must still visit Leipzig, who reached the Champions League quarter-finals before the suspension but whose patchy league form after the winter break saw them fall off the pace.

In Timo Werner, they have their own fearsome striker. And in Julian Nagelsmann, 32, they have one of Europe's most exciting young coaches, so anything is possible.

Gladbach were the last team to beat Bayern in the league but would now settle for holding off fifth-placed Leverkusen to secure Champions League qualification.

There are two points between those sides, who are due to meet next weekend.

Beneath them, in the fight for one Europa League spot, Schalke, Wolfsburg, Freiburg and Hoffenheim are all within two points.

- Bremen in danger -

At the bottom Paderborn prop up the division but the plight of Werder Bremen is more striking.

The four-time champions are four points adrift of Fortuna Dusseldorf in the relegation play-off place and eight points from outright safety.

They have a game in hand, but are in danger of following the path of Hamburg and Stuttgart, two giants to have been relegated in recent seasons.

"We all know how precarious our league position is. That's motivation enough," said sporting director Frank Baumann when asked about playing home games without fans.

Elsewhere, Hertha Berlin seem far enough clear of relegation trouble but it has been a chaotic campaign in the capital.

Bruno Labbadia has become the club's fourth coach this season since the shutdown began, with Jurgen Klinsmann's short-lived time in charge ending.]]>
5/13/2020 8:30:45 AM
<![CDATA[Sudan rejects Ethiopian proposal of “partial agreement” on GERD]]>
The Sudanese Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok has previously rejected the Ethiopian proposal sent to Egypt and Sudan on April 10 through an official letter sent to the Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed last month.

The statement said that any partial agreement is out of the discussion as there are several technical and legal issues that must be included as per coordination mechanisms, exchanged data, and the safety of the giant hydropower dam and its ecological and social impact.

The statement quoted Sudan's chief negotiator Hamad Saleh, “Most of the issues are under negotiation, the most important of which is the coordination mechanism, data exchange, dam safety and environmental and social impacts closely related not only to the first filling, but to all stages of filling and long-term operation, and therefore cannot be fragmented.”

Hamdok asserted in his letter the importance of realizing a tripartite agreement between Egypt, Sudan, and Ethiopia, adding that reaching a comprehensive agreement can only be achieved through an immediate resumption of negotiations.

Ethiopia rejected in February an agreement mediated by the US on the filling and operation of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).

In response to the Ethiopian proposal, President Abdel Fatah al Sisi reiterated his country’s “unwavering commitment to concluding a mutually beneficial agreement on the GERD”.

Egypt asserted in a message sent in April to Ethiopia’s Ahmed that any agreement on the GERD must be comprehensive and must regulate the complete process of filling the dam.

Sudan's chief negotiator Hamad Saleh pointed out that his country is moving to resume the negotiations as per the agreement brokered in Washington, adding that his country’s movements could end up the resumption of negotiations.






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5/13/2020 12:49:15 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt receives presidency of the African Group]]>
The African Group one of UN’s five regional groups that includes 54 Member States from the African Continent and is meant to support Africa’s interests in the UN and the other international bodies located in Geneva.

Youssef asserted his country’s support for all the efforts exerted by the African Union (AU) to limit the spread of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Youssef urged the member states of the African Group to boost its support during the coming period to the activities carried out by all the African Nations to prevent the consequences of the current infectious virus.

The Egyptian diplomat urged the member states to prioritize certain issues during talks with the International organizations such as wider access to medical supplies, external debt relief, and providing more support for migrants, refugees, and the internally displaced individuals.
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5/12/2020 11:53:07 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s MP contracts Coronavirus, Deputy]]>
Wahdan added in press statements that the parliament’s chambers have been sterilized and evacuated according to the Ministry of Health’s instruction to prevent the spread of the infectious virus. He pointed out that the member of parliament will receive the medical treatment offered to any Egyptian citizen.

Egypt recorded during the past 24 hours, 347 new coronavirus cases and 11 deaths, which raises the total infected patients of COVID-19 to 10,093 and the total deaths to 544 according to Health Minister’s daily briefing.

Health Ministry Spokesman Khaled Megahed said, Tuesday, that the number of coronavirus cases whose tests turned from positive to negative increased to 2811, including 2326 people who recovered from the virus.
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5/12/2020 10:02:13 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s 1st lady praises nursing workers efforts to prevent COVID-19 spread on their int'l day]]>
“These kind hand work, embodies the highest meanings of sacrifice and compassion. They are best aid and support for their country in such difficult circumstances, as they set an example for hard working.” Egypt's First Lady Entissar al Sisi wrote on her social media accounts.

She added that their courage and altruism pushed them to be in the front lines battling to prevent the spread of the virus.




Earlier on Tuesday, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi extended his greetings to workers in the nursing field, on International Nurses Day marking May 12.

The president expressed appreciation and respect for nurses on behalf of himself and the Egyptian people for "the precious sacrifices they make in order to fulfill their humanitarian duty honorably and zealously."

The president highlighted that nurses, at this arduous phase, are proving their competence and loyalty towards their homeland and people.

The Nursing Syndicate announced on Tuesday the sixth death among its members because of COVID-19 in addition to 55 infections. The Syndicate's chairwoman, Kawthar Mahmoud, stated that Egypt has 250,000 nurses who offer 70 percent of care to in-patients at medical establishments.

Egypt recorded during the past 24 hours, 347 new coronavirus cases and 11 deaths, which raises the total infected patients of COVID-19 to 10,093 and the total deaths to 544 according to Health Minister’s daily briefing.



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5/12/2020 9:17:29 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt records 347 new coronavirus cases, 11 deaths during past 24 hours]]>
Health Ministry Spokesman Khaled Megahed said, Tuesday, that the number of coronavirus cases whose tests turned from positive to negative increased to 2811, including 2326 people who recovered from the virus.

All positive cases were quarantined at hospitals, the spokesman said.

Earlier on Tuesday, the state of emergency prevailed at Maspero building, the headquarters of the state-run Egyptian Radio and Television Union, after an employee died of the coronavirus.

Rasha Helmy worked at the news department at Maspero. The Media Syndicate board headed by Dr. Tareq Saada confirmed the death of Rasha Helmy, as a result of her infection with the coronavirus.

The board mourned the deceased colleague, "We lost a dear colleague who was a model for commitment to media work ethics.”
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5/12/2020 8:55:35 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s Sisi discuss COVID19 updates with Bahraini counterpart King Hamad bin Isa]]>
Radi added that the two leaders also discussed issues related to bilateral relations between Egypt and Bahrain, within the framework of cooperation between the two countries. They shed light on the recent developments regarding number of regional cases.

Sisi and Hamad reviewed the efforts exerted by the two countries to combat the spread of the novel Coronavirus. It was also agreed during the call on a joint coordination in this framework through exchanging the best experiences along with enhancing communication between the organizations in the two countries.

On May 7, Sisi issued a decree approving a customs cooperation agreement between Egypt and Bahrain, the official gazette published on Thursday.The agreement was signed in Manama in November 2018.

In November last year, Bahrain's Foreign Minister Sheikh Khaled bin Ahmed bin Mohamed Al Khalifa underlined keenness of Egypt and Bahrain on enhancing bilateral relations in the different fields.

He also underscored the importance of maintaining coordination regarding regional and international issues of mutual concern.

Also in November, Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa hailed his country's strong relations with Egypt and affirmed Bahrain's keenness to continue developing and enhancing bilateral cooperation in various fields, in a way that meets the common interests of the peoples of the two sisterly countries, presidential spokesman Bassam Radi said.




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5/12/2020 8:31:32 PM
<![CDATA[Interior Min. continues disinfection of prisons, police facilities to combat COVID-19 ]]>
The move aims to conduct a periodic survey covering all facilities of the Ministry of the Interior, through deploying preventive medicine crews in the ministry's medical services sector. This comes within the framework of an integrated plan that is implemented to disinfect and sterilize all police facilities to protect the recipients from the consequences of the emerging virus.

Preventive medical crews are supported with the latest sterilization and disinfection equipment and take all preventive and precautionary measures necessary to maintain their safety.

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The purification and sterilization work aims to provide an appropriate healthy environment that ensures the provision of a safe and healthy umbrella to combat the spread of the virus.

In the same context, Lieutenant General Abdel Moneim el-Terras, chairman of the Arab Organization for Industrialization, revealed that the quantitative production of new disinfection gates by the authority’s factories will start next week, after examining the number of requests during the past period.

Terras said that the step comes as per President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi’s instructions, and the need to intervene to contribute to confronting the coronavirus through different paths, including the disinfection gates, which were manufactured in accordance with WHO’s requirements.

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5/12/2020 6:04:51 PM
<![CDATA[Gov’t displays efforts in medical waste management amid COVID-19 pandemic ]]>
The strategy, according to a statement released by the ministry, includes four main pillars, which are: Efforts for safe disposal of medical waste, a system for dealing with solid waste, monitoring how the environmental system deals with pollution hotspots and environmental awareness.

Minister Yasmine Fouad said that the ministry has checked 1,537 medical facilities to follow up the medical waste management system and safe disposal, adding that the process is being followed by assigned committees in coordination with health directorates and university hospitals.

Fouad emphasized continuous coordination with the ministers of health, population, and higher education and scientific research to implement the policy of correct sorting of waste inside hospitals to reduce the amount of waste produced and safely manage it.

"A total of 68 employees at Health Ministry were trained on the safe disposal mechanism," she said.

She further added that the ministry is coordinating with the ministries of tourism, and sports and youths to manage waste disposal at cities housing students and youths, and hotels allocated to be quarantine.

Regarding solid waste, the ministry has intensified works to control trash lots in Cairo and Giza, and removed a total of 224,881 tons of solid waste and safely disposed it.
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5/12/2020 6:00:31 PM
<![CDATA[2 suspects arrested over counterfeiting of Egyptian banknotes ]]>
The two men are based in Cairo but planned to spread the counterfeit money across the country during the Holy Month of Ramadan and Eid El-Fitr, where purchasing increases. One of them has a criminal record.

The suspects are paid LE200 for counterfeit money worth LE1,000. The police found at their place 120 and 261 counterfeit LE100 and LE200 banknotes, respectively. That is in addition to a laptop having the designs of the counterfeit money.
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5/12/2020 5:53:38 PM
<![CDATA[Coronavirus directly, indirectly affects 200 million jobs worldwide- EJB]]>
The shocks suffered by the world requires good collaboration and synergy as well as finding appropriate solutions to complete work process and use technology that can accommodate digital transformation, Lo’ay Zuheir said.

Zuheir made the remarks Tuesday during a symposium organized by the EJB via the video conferencing application Zoom.

The official lauded the government for its increased efforts to boost investments in the sector of communications and information technology and accelerate the pace of digital transformation amid the coronavirus crisis.

The symposium was attended by big companies in the fields of industry and technology. ]]>
5/12/2020 5:46:03 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt's Defense Minister holds video-conference meeting with military students]]>
The meeting was also attended by Chief of Staff Mohamed Farid, branch commanders, and other high-ranking commanders.

Such meetings are held regularly to follow up on the educational process, keep in touch with students, and recently, ensure protective measures against COVID-19 are maintained.

The minister delivered the greetings of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, commander-in-chief of the Egyptian Armed Forces. Zaki highlighted that youth represent the hope for the country to achieve glory by virtue of their strong willpower, and determination to overcome obstacles.

The general commander asserted that the Egyptian Armed Forces offer all means of capacity-building to young generations entitled to protect and defend the homeland.

The minister held a dialogue with students and faculty as he listened to their views and queries over different challenges facing the Egyptian state currently. The general commander praised their awareness and consciousness of developments that influence Egypt's national security.

The minister pointed out that the Egyptian Armed Forces fulfill its duties par excellence on all strategic fronts to secure the homeland's borders in parallel to supervising the accomplishment of national mega projects and aiding state institutions against the spread of COVID-19.

At the end, the general commander stressed the maintenance of military discipline, physical fitness, technical skills, and self-confidence among students. He also recommended regular reading, and follow-up of updates and developments.

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5/12/2020 5:44:11 PM
<![CDATA[ELSEWEDY ELECTRIC signs LE 119.8M agreement with EETC]]>
The company clarified that the agreement is for Suez Gulf area S4 500KV overhead transmission lines with a total length of 20 km.

“The EPC contract will be implemented over a 6-month period,” it added.

It clarified that ELSEWEDY ELECTRIC for Trading & Distribution is a pioneer company in the execution of high voltage transmission lines for more than 1000 km with both (220 KV & 500 KV) and substations (220 KV & 500 KV) within Egypt and Africa.

Elsewedy Electric operates within the capital goods sector focusing on electrical components and equipment. It has subsidiaries operating across Northern Africa, Eastern Africa, Middle East and Southern Europe.
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5/12/2020 5:31:37 PM
<![CDATA[Learn about types of face masks and their effectiveness in preventing coronavirus infection]]>
et presents the types of masks and their effectiveness in protecting against the new coronavirus, according to the Times of India and varsoy healthcare website.

FFP1 masks<\b>

Its protection rate against viruses is 95 percent, against bacteria is 80 percent, and against dust is 80 percent.

Regular masks<\b>

Its protection rate against viruses is 95 percent, against bacteria is 80 percent, and against dust is 80 percent.

Masks N 95<\b>

Its protection rate against viruses is 95 percent, against bacteria is 100 percent, and against dust is 100 percent.

Masks made of cloth<\b>

Its protection rate against viruses is zero percent, against bacteria is 50 percent, and against dust is 50 percent.

Mask made to prevent smells<\b>

Its protection rate against viruses is 10 percent, against bacteria is 50 percent, and against dust is 50 percent.

It should be noted that Egypt recorded 346 new COVID-19 cases on Monday after it reached the highest figure (495 cases) at the beginning of this week, according to the Ministry of Health’s daily briefing on Monday.

The Health Ministry said on Monday that 346 people in Egypt tested positive for COVID-19 and eightpeople died with the novel virus in the last 24 hours.

This brings the total number of cases and deaths to 9,746 and 533 deaths respectively since the crisis started, according to the official figures.
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5/12/2020 4:52:46 PM
<![CDATA[195 Egyptian expats stuck in Kuwait arrive in Cairo on exceptional flight ]]>
The passengers will be screened before their transportation to university dorms where they will be quarantined for 14 days.

On May 5, Egypt launched an air bridge to bring back 5,300 expats in Kuwait who have been staying there illegally after the expiry of their residence. Those are being quarantined in university dorms free of charge.

On May 6 and May 10, 450 and 490 returned, respectively. On each of those days, three flights were operated.

Aviation suspension in Egypt began on March 19, except for domestic and cargo flights. Also, tourists who had arrived before the date were allowed to complete their program, and leave on dates scheduled beforehand.

A number of tourists requested to remain in Egypt as COVID-19 outbreak took its toll on their countries. Hence, Egyptian authorities approved as long as they go through coronavirus tests instructing the travel agencies to ensure the visitors' visas duration is extended by the Ministry of Interior, and informing their respective countries of their desire.

On April 21, the Ministry of Civil Aviation resumed exceptional flights to bring home stranded Egyptians starting with Lebanon.

An exceptional flight carrying 233 stranded Egyptians from UK's Heathrow Airport landed in Marsa Alam on May 10. The passengers are being quarantined in one of the hotels for 14 days after the sterilization of their luggage.

On May 5, the fourth exceptional flight operated from Washington since international aviation was suspended on March 19 arrived bringing home 327 citizens.

On May 8, 190 stranded Egyptians in Chad, Ghana, and South Africa were brought home while 166 others returned from Oman.

On May 1, 288 stranded citizens were brought home from Ethiopia, Oman, Kenya, and Maldives.

On April 28, 148 stranded Egyptians returned from Indonesia and Oman.

On April 27, 141 nationals stuck in Frankfurt were brought home.

On April 26, 234 Egyptians stuck in Thailand and Malaysia returned.

On April 24, a flight carrying 70 Egyptians from Serbia and Greece arrived.
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5/12/2020 4:05:00 PM
<![CDATA[State of emergency at Maspero after employee dies of Corona]]>
Rasha Helmy worked at the news department at Maspero. The Media Syndicate board headed by Dr. Tareq Saada confirmed the death of Rasha Helmy, as a result of her infection with the coronavirus.

The board mourned the deceased colleague, "We lost a dear colleague who was a model for commitment to media work ethics.”


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5/12/2020 4:04:01 PM
<![CDATA[Arab Public Prosecutors' Association to convene Wednesday]]>
In a statement on Tuesday, the Public Prosecution said the meeting aims to exchange expertise and review best practices implemented at the public prosecutions of the member states amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Public prosecutors of Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Morocco, and Palestine will attend the virtual meeting.]]>
5/12/2020 3:56:43 PM
<![CDATA[EGX enters green zone Tuesday, market cap. gains LE 10.8B]]>
Moody's Investors Service ("Moody's") affirmed Monday the long-term foreign and local currency issuer ratings of the Government of Egypt at B2. The outlook remains stable.

Moody's also affirmed Egypt's foreign currency senior unsecured ratings at B2, and its foreign currency senior unsecured MTN program rating at (P)B2.

Moody's keeps Egypt's rating at B2 with stable outlook

CAIRO - 12 May 2020: Moody's Investors Service ("Moody's") affirmed Monday the long-term foreign and local currency issuer ratings of the Government of Egypt at B2, and kept the outlook stable. Moody's also affirmed Egypt's foreign currency senior unsecured ratings at B2, and its foreign currency senior unsecured MTN program rating at (P)B2.




The benchmark EGX30 rose 2.84 percent, or 292.03 points, to close at 10,588.36 points.

The equally weighted index EGX 50 hiked 3.37 percent, or 50.54 points, to end at 1,550.04 points.

The small and mid-cap index EGX 70 increased 3.08 percent, or 33.98 points, to close at 1,138.46 points, and the broader index EGX 100 jumped 3.34 percent, or 60.38 points to 1,869.26 points.

Market capitalization gained LE 10.8 billion, recording LE 557.78 billion, compared to LE 546.95 billion in Monday’s session.

The trading volume reached 256.85 million shares, traded through 29,840 transactions, with a turnover of LE 997.66 million.

Egyptian investors were buyers at LE 103.33 million, while Arab and foreign investors were net sellers at LE 16.07 million, and LE 87.25 million, respectively.

Egyptian and Arab individuals were net buyers at LE 7.97 million, and LE 4.7 million, respectively, while foreign individuals were net sellers at LE 2.18 million.

Egyptian organizations bought at LE 95.36 million, while Arab and foreign organizations sold at LE 20.81 million, and LE 85.1 million, respectively.

Northern Upper Egypt Development & Agricultural Production, Ismailia Development and Real Estate Co, and El Arabia Engineering Industries were top gainers of the session at 9.98 percent, 9.67 percent and 9.30 percent, respectively.

Meanwhile Sinai Cement, Misr Hotels, and Alexandria Spinning & Weaving (SPINALEX) were top losers of the session by 9.79 percent, 9.78 percent, and 9.60 percent, respectively.

On Monday, EGX ended the session in semi-collective regression, as: EGX30 rose 0.38 percent, while EGX 50 dropped 0.81 percent, EGX 70 declined 2 percent, and EGX 100 lessened 1.51 percent.

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5/12/2020 3:55:19 PM
<![CDATA[WHO: Around 3.5 mn health care workers in Eastern Mediterranean engaged in COVID-19 response]]>2020-05-12 12:50:38 GMT
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CAIRO, May 12 (MENA) - World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean Ahmed Al-Mandhari said that around 3.5 million health care workers in the region are directly or indirectly engaged in the COVID-19 response, which has brought to light the massive risks they face.

Today marks 134 days since the first case of COVID-19 was reported from China, and 105 days since the first case was reported from the Eastern Mediterranean region, Al-Mandhari added in a press conference held on Tuesday by the WHO via video conference.

"During this time, almost 4 million people have been infected globally, including almost 300,000 deaths," Al-Mandhari said.

"In our Region, the proportion of infected health care workers varies from 1% to 20%. However, there is no systematic reporting of health care worker infections to WHO, & we believe this number under-represents COVID-19 infections among health workers," he added.

"Data indicates that 90%+ of health workers in our Region become infected with COVID-19 within health facilities where they are exposed to the virus. The average age of health workers infected is 35 years, with infections reported more among females," he pointed out.

"In some cases, health workers are faced with stigma & discrimination as they are accused of being carriers of COVID-19 & are subjected to physical & psychological violence along with the already increased workloads & highly stressful working environment," he said.

To address the different challenges facing health workers, WHO has developed regional guidance identifying strategic actions for policy-makers and managers at the national, sub-national and facility level, he added.

The WHO calls to ensure the well-being, safety and protection of all health care workers, he asserted.]]>
5/12/2020 3:23:08 PM
<![CDATA[WHO: 108 drugs tested for treating COVID-19]]>
Addressing a press conference on Tuesday, Hajjeh noted that 108 drugs are currently being tested for treatment, eight of them had entered the clinical trial phase, including remdesivir.

The WHO official dismissed reports claiming that the coronavirus is a gas.

Hajjeh pointed out that full protection by applying the precautionary measures is the best remedy.

She also added that only 5 percent of the cases need special medical care, especially patients who have chronic diseases.]]>
5/12/2020 3:21:05 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt takes care of nationals flown home from abroad : Cabinet media center]]>
The video showed that students' dorms at universities and youth centers are ready to receive the returnees so that they can spend their quarantine period there.

This comes within the state's comprehensive plan to handle the coronavirus outbreak.

The center said that the government has adopted a plan to bring all Egyptian nationals stranded abroad back home and provide for their living and health care during their quarantine period.

The Egyptian returnees thanked the government for its efforts for their repatriation.]]>
5/12/2020 3:19:37 PM
<![CDATA[ Ibrahim Nasr passes away at the age of 70]]>CAIRO - 12 May 2020: Head of Egypt’s Acting Syndicate Ashraf Zaki said that actor and comedian Ibrahim Nasr died in the early hours of May 12.

In statements made to the press, Zaki said that the funeral will be held at the Azbakeya Church today, May 12.

Nasr was mostly known for his role in the film “Shams el-Zanati” (1991) starring Adel Imam, and for the prank show “Zakia Zakaria” that was considered a turning point in Ramadan prank shows in the Egyptian and Arab Television.


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5/12/2020 3:11:52 PM
<![CDATA[Tripoli's Mitiga Airbase used to pilot Turkish drones is threat to civilians: LNA spox]]>
That is because the airbase is used by Turkey to pilot drones that target LNA concentrations, civilians, and vehicles transporting supplies to towns and cities located near the capital such as Misrata, Tarhouna, and others.

"We hit any military or semi-military targets as well as any civilian sites that are used for military purposes," Memsary said quoting texts from international laws that allow targeting civilian locations if used by military entities.

The LNA lies few kilometers from Mitiga airbase, which has prompted militias to target Al Watiyah district western Tripoli with the aim of achieving advances and taking over Oqba Ibn Nafea Airbase to be the alternative, Mesmary highlighted in April.

The LNA recovered Sirte from militias in January, and has been encircling Tripoli and Misrata advancing in their suburbs and deterring attacks by militias.

Mesmary praised the joint statement issued by Egypt, Greece, Cyprus, UAE, and France to denounce the Turkish military intervention in Libya.

In December, Turkey signed with the Government of National Accord (GNA), which is an interim non-elected government that is recognized by the United Nations, two MoUs on defense and gas drilling in the Mediterranean.

Since January, Turkey has been transporting Syrian mercenaries into the North Africa state, and sending military officers and experts to command the operations rooms of the militias affiliated to the GNA.

Libyan Armed Forces kill commander of Turkey-backed Syrian armed group

CAIRO - 11 May 2020: The Libyan National Army (LNA) announced on Sunday the killing of a high-profile Syrian mercenary who was transported by Turkey to fight in the ranks of Tripoli militias. The LNA carried out an operation in Ain Zara town southern the capital to target Mohamed Hendawy who is the commander of the second corps at Turkey-backed armed group, the National Syrian Army.



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5/12/2020 3:06:08 PM
<![CDATA[Emerging economies burn through $240B in reserves: Bank of America]]>
The drain was likely to continue albeit at a slower pace, Bank of America added in a note citing reserves data for 31 states.

The bank said that China, Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia, Brazil and Turkey had all seen the biggest total drop in reserves, US News reported.

"The drain of [EM] reserves is likely to continue, though more slowly, during what looks to be a disappointing recovery in global and EM growth," David Hauner at BofA wrote in the note.

"After an initial bounce in activity after the opening of lockdowns, several factors are likely to restrain the recovery: high debt, corporate defaults, inefficient labour markets, de-globalisation and China-US tensions."

The bank said that it was remarkable how little some other emerging market countries, including Russia, had spent of their reserves in percentage terms.

Instead, it added, they had built up credibility by allowing their currencies to adjust without much intervention, and had instead focused on cutting interest rates and in many cases buying government bonds.

Russia's central bank governor Elvira Nabiullina said on Friday the bank will consider cutting its key rate by 100 basis points in June, opening the door for a bigger cut than the market had expected. ]]>
5/12/2020 2:58:02 PM
<![CDATA[Cairo Cultural Salon to host discussion panel on COVID-19 on May 12]]>
The discussion panel will be held at 10 p.m. on May 12 and will be broadcast live on the official Facebook accounts of the GEBO and the Cairo International Cultural Salon.

The discussion panel comes within the framework of the Ministry of Culture's e-initiative “Stay At Home; Culture is Between Your Hands” launched by Egypt’s Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem, with the aim of raising the awareness of the masses to combat the novel coronavirus.

The salon hosts former Tunisian Minister of Women, Family and Childhood Neziha Labidi and member of the Presidential Council for Social Responsibility in Egypt Randa Rizk. In the second part of the discussion panel, Syrian poet Siham al-Shaashaa will be hosted.

The panel is moderated by poet and journalist Mohamed Hamida, founder of the Cairo International Cultural Salon, and plastic artist Maha el-Sebaei from Syria. It will last for 80 minutes divided into two parts on the Cairo International Book Fair page.

The General Egyptian Book Organization, through its YouTube channel, will also broadcast its creative printed and visual content for culture enthusiasts.

The visual archive package available for broadcasting during the month of Ramadan includes the contributions of author Saad el-Din Wahba, Mahmoud Yassin, late poet Abdel Rahman el-Abnoudi, legendary soccer phenomenon Mahmoud el-Khatib, poet Syed Hegab, veteran journalist Makram Mohamed Ahmed, poet Farouk Gweida, star Yehya el-Fakhrani, late Dr. Ahmed Zewail, late International writer Naguib Mahfouz, and journalist and writer Anis Mansour.

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5/12/2020 2:57:26 PM
<![CDATA[Min.: Parliamentary committee approves in principle amendments to Law 203/1991]]>
In a statement on Monday, Tawfik said the amendments set new regulations for forming boards of holding companies and their affiliates.

Under the amendments, the authorities entitled to the general assemblies will be reinforced, especially with regard to performance assessment, incentivizing workers, applying good governance rules and promoting disclosure and transparency.

Tawfik said huge investments were being pumped into public sector affiliated companies, including firms of textiles, medicine, trade, transport, tourism and hotels.

He added that the law was not amended since 1991 despite many changes at the economic level that necessitate developing the regulations governing state-owned companies.]]>
5/12/2020 2:56:07 PM
<![CDATA[Public Business Sector Ministry, FECC, FEI ink protocol on developing 1st e catalog for Egyptian products]]>
The protocol was signed by Public Business Sector Minister Hesham Tawfik, FECC President Ibrahim Al Araby, and FEI Chairman Mohamed el Sewedy.

In this regard, Tawfiq said the agreement is a practical embodiment of the active partnership between the government and the private sector in line with President Abdel Fattah El Sisi's directives to promote the economy.

The protocol will open new markets for the Egyptian factories and companies in the African countries, as the catalog will be a promotion tool for the Egyptian products, Tawfiq noted.

The agreement integrates with the ministry's efforts to offer a package of services for exporters through its companies like the Holding Company for Maritime and Land Transport and the Insurance Holding Company, Tawfiq pointed out.

The minister hailed the fruitful cooperation among the ministry, FECC, and FEI, urging the members of the two federations to register the data of their companies and products on the catalog. ]]>
5/12/2020 2:52:20 PM
<![CDATA[Exports of Egyptian furniture amount to $58M in Q1 2020]]>
Saudi Arabia topped the list of countries importing Egyptian furniture in the first quarter of 2020 with imports estimated at $15 million, the UAE came second with $8-million imported Egyptian furniture and Oman came in the third position with imports worth $6 million. ]]>
5/12/2020 2:49:46 PM
<![CDATA[Moody's rating reflects int'l institutions confidence in Egypt's economy: Min.]]>
Ma’it clarified that this confidence is due to the economic, monetary and financial reforms adopted by the political leadership and supported by the Egyptian people during the past years, which allowed a degree of solidity and flexibility for the Egyptian economy enabling it to deal with challenges and internal and external shocks.

“Moody's report indicates the corporation’s confidence in the ability of Egyptian officials to manage economic conditions and deal with local and external crises and shocks in an efficient and serious manner,” the minister stated.

He clarified that Moody's experts praised the marked improvement in governance and follow-up systems for economic performance in Egypt and the improvement of the business climate, and the availability of a large and reassuring local financing base, and a reassuring balance of foreign exchange reserves that allows to cover the financing needs of the country, and reduces the consequences of any capital fluctuations in the light the current state of "uncertainty" in the global financial markets.

“Despite the high cost of financing for all emerging countries at the present time, Moody 's indicated that the financial and monetary reforms that have been successfully implemented in recent years contributed to providing room for maneuver and the ability to deal with the risks of high financing costs due to the strength of the Egyptian banking system,” he said, adding that there is sufficient liquidity to meet the governmental financing needs and all the needs of other economic sectors.


For his part, Vice Minister of Finance Ahmed Kojak said that Moody’s expected in its report Egypt to continue the efforts of financial control during the coming period, but at slower rates than previous targets, as it saw that the current crisis will not disrupt the process of reducing the debt ratio of the GDP, but the downward path of the debt-to-GDP ratio may become more gradual due to the additional costs associated with the preventive economic measures package that have been taken and cost approximately 2 percent of GDP.

He pointed out that Moody's expected that the total deficit would reach 7.9 percent of the GDP for the current fiscal year and 8.5 percent of the GDP for the next fiscal year, while also anticipating the ability of the Egyptian finance to continue achieving initial surpluses, even if they are less than the previously targeted percentages. It also referred to the Egyptian government’s ability to complete the process of economic and structural reform in the coming years.

“Although the report issued by Moody's on the performance of the Egyptian economy expects some decline in local growth rates in the short term temporarily “to less than 3 percent during the next fiscal year”, with pressure on public financial indicators, debt and balance of payments performance, the report confirms at the same time the ability to contain the consequences of the crisis and deal with it,” he said.

He pointed out that the experts of "Moody's" expected the return of improvement and the positive path of public finance and indebtedness indicators again starting from the fiscal year 2021/2022.

Finance Ministry reviewed in a statement that Moody’s report touched positively on the government's efforts to achieve initial surpluses and create a large balance of foreign currency cash reserves that are sufficient to meet external capital flows

It noted that the Egyptian government has many alternatives to finance its external and financial needs through markets International bonds and international institutions such as the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, the African Development Bank and other international and regional financial institutions.

The statement added that the report indicates that the criteria governing the credit rating of Egypt are in a good position that makes the state able to deal with economic shocks, and therefore the continued pursuit of effective "public debt" management ensures the continuation of the downward public debt path, the continued improvement of labor market indicators, and the increase in non-oil exports, and increasing the competitiveness of the Egyptian economy, all of which may help and accelerate the improvement of Egypt's credit rating in the coming years.

Moody's Investors Service ("Moody's") affirmed Monday the long-term foreign and local currency issuer ratings of the Government of Egypt at B2. The outlook remains stable.

Moody's also affirmed Egypt's foreign currency senior unsecured ratings at B2, and its foreign currency senior unsecured MTN program rating at (P)B2.

Moody's keeps Egypt's rating at B2 with stable outlook

CAIRO - 12 May 2020: Moody's Investors Service ("Moody's") affirmed Monday the long-term foreign and local currency issuer ratings of the Government of Egypt at B2, and kept the outlook stable. Moody's also affirmed Egypt's foreign currency senior unsecured ratings at B2, and its foreign currency senior unsecured MTN program rating at (P)B2.



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5/12/2020 2:46:33 PM
<![CDATA[Latest on the worldwide spread of the new coronavirus]]>
DEATHS AND INFECTIONS
* For an interactive graphic tracking the global spread, open tmsnrt.rs/3aIRuz7 in an external browser.

* For a U.S.-focused tracker with state-by-state and county map, open tmsnrt.rs/2w7hX9T in an external browser.

EUROPE
* Prime Minister Boris Johnson set out a cautious plan on Monday to get Britain back to work, including advice on wearing home-made face coverings.

* Around 136,000 people in England are currently infected with COVID-19, according to early results from the first large-scale study in Britain into the spread of the disease.

* Total cases in Germany rose by 933 to 170,508 and the death toll rose by 116 to 7,533.

* Deaths in France on Monday were almost four times higher than Sunday and new confirmed cases more than doubled over 24 hours, as the country started unwinding an almost two-month national lockdown.

* Spain’s daily death toll fell on Monday to 123, its lowest level in seven weeks.

* Italy said it would give regions the power to roll back restrictions, in a move that is likely to see most remaining curbs lifted next week.

AMERICAS
* More than 1.35 million people have been infected in the United States and 80,606 have died, according to a Reuters tally, as of 0503 GMT on Tuesday.

* The White House directed all people entering the West Wing, where the daily operations of President Donald Trump’s administration are carried out, to wear masks.

* California, Oregon, Washington and other states involved in a western states pact to coordinate coronavirus response have asked the federal government for a combined $1 trillion in aid.

* Factory workers began returning to assembly lines in Michigan on Monday, paving the way to reopen the U.S. auto sector but stoking fears of a second wave.

* Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds said she would follow a modified self-quarantine plan in case she was exposed to the new coronavirus during a visit to the White House last Wednesday or meetings in Iowa with Vice President Mike Pence on Friday.

* The chief of the U.S. National Guard tested negative, in his second negative test since receiving a positive result at a routine screening.

* Twitter Inc TWTR.N will add labels and warning messages on some tweets with disputed or misleading information about COVID-19.

* Brazil reported 5,632 new cases and 396 additional deaths, bringing the national tally at 168,331 and 11,519 deaths. President Jair Bolsonaro declared gyms and hair salons as essential services that can stay open.

* Mexico confirmed 1,305 new cases and 108 additional fatalities, while Chile has surpassed 30,000 cases.

* Panama announced plans to begin a phased reopening of its economy this week, including e-commerce, mechanical workshops and fishing.

ASIA-PACIFIC

* China reported just one new case for May 11, down from 17 a day earlier. The total case tally now stands at 82,919 and death toll remained unchanged at 4,633.

* The Bank of Japan will do “whatever it can” to mitigate the growing fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said.

* India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the country would look to ease its nearly seven-week lockdown.

MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA

* The International Monetary Fund approved Egypt’s request for $2.77 billion in emergency financing.

* Senegal announced the re-opening of mosques and churches and easing of other restrictions, even as the largest one-day jump in cases was recorded on Monday.

ECONOMIC FALLOUT

* Asian shares skidded on growing worries about a second wave of coronavirus infections after the Chinese city where the pandemic originated reported its first new cases since its lockdown was lifted.

* China’s factory prices fell at the sharpest rate in four years in April.]]>
5/12/2020 2:32:38 PM
<![CDATA[France extends state of emergency through July 10]]>
The state of emergency law gives the government the power to enforce measures to avoid a second Covid-19 peak, reports CNN.

France has been in a state of emergency since March 17 and the new law extends this through July 10.

The law gives the state the power to enforce measures like restricting travel to within 100 kilometers (62 miles) from home, making masks mandatory on public transport, and banning gatherings of more than 10 people.

The bill passed through parliament this weekend and was reviewed by the Constitutional Court on Monday.

The court removed some provisions, such as allowing the government to mandate quarantine for overseas travelers without a judge's order. It also reinforced privacy protections around the personal data that would be collected in a tracing system that has yet to be developed.

France has reported 177,547 total Covid-19 cases and 26,646 related deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.]]>
5/12/2020 2:26:02 PM
<![CDATA[AWO calls for enhancing mechanisms of protecting nurses]]>
In a statement released on the occasion of the International Nurses Day, the organization saluted all the nurses who work on the frontlines against the coronavirus.

The coronavirus pandemic gave the chance to shed light on the nursing profession and its moral qualities, AWO added.]]>
5/12/2020 2:23:07 PM
<![CDATA[Libya's Foreign Ministry welcomes joint declaration against Turkish violations]]>
The foreign ministers of the five countries said that Turkey's violations contradict all international norms and laws stipulating the respect of good-neighborliness, sovereignty of countries and banning interference in other countries' internal affairs.

In a statement on Tuesday, the ministry reiterated its full rejection of the two memorandums of understanding which were signed in November between Ankara and Chairman of the Presidential Council of Libya's Government of National Accord Fayez al Sarraj which it said undermines the peace process in Libya by sending mercenary fighters to the country and supporting militias by all kinds of weapons and drones.

The ministry asserted its full support to the Libyan Armed Forces in their war against the Turkish invasion and the terrorist groups controlling Tripoli.

The General Command of the Libyan Armed Forces announced a cease-fire during the holy fasting month of Ramadan but the militias have not respected the truce and launched a failed attack on Al-Watiya airbase and the city of Tarhuna, the ministry pointed out.

The ministry called on the international community and the UN to condemn and reject the Turkish military invasion of Libya and to withdraw their recognition of the Government of National Accord which is unconstitutional.]]>
5/12/2020 2:21:18 PM
<![CDATA[China calls for coronavirus vigilance, warns against complacency]]>
In the past two weeks, new cases have been reported in seven provinces, including Hubei, the original epicentre of the outbreak late last year.

On Monday, Wuhan, capital of Hubei, reported its first cluster of infections since a lockdown on the city was lifted a month ago.

The reappearance of clusters suggested that counter-epidemic measures could not be relaxed, Mi Feng, spokesman at the National Health Commission, told a media briefing.

While prevention and control efforts had normalised, that did not mean measures could be eased, Mi said.

As of Monday, mainland China had 115 current confirmed cases, while 5,470 people were under medical observation for signs of novel coronavirus infection.

A major worry is asymptomatic cases - people who show no clinical signs of infection but spread the virus. The number of such cases is not known as they only appear on the radar of health authorities when they show up in tests.

In Beijing, where just 13 cases are still being treated, health authorities also warned against complacency.

“Even after the 13 patients have recovered and have been discharged from hospital, that does not mean there is zero risk afterwards,” Lei Haichao, head of the Beijing Health Commission, told a media briefing.

Beijing was among the few places in China that upheld strict rules on screening, testing and quarantine. It even stopped all international flights from landing in the city directly.

But now China has to strike a balance between maintaining a degree of public health control and easing restrictions where it is deemed safe to do so and returning society and the economy to some state of normalcy.

“The sealing of the city was once an extremely effective method for us in dealing with the epidemic, but now we need to find a balance between economic recovery and epidemic prevention and control,” Lei said.

The government has allowed cinemas, museums and other recreational venues across the country to gradually reopen, a move welcome by a virus-hit services sector.

But performance venues must keep their operating capacity at no more than 30%, the China Culture Administration Association said.

The operating capacity of internet bars and entertainment venues should be capped at less than 50%, it said.

Shanghai Disneyland reopened on Monday for the first time in three months, but restricted daily visitor numbers to 20% of capacity.

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5/12/2020 2:17:40 PM
<![CDATA[UK's COVID-19 death toll tops 38,000, worst in Europe]]>
Figures published by the Office for National Statistics for England and Wales brought the United Kingdom’s official death toll to 38,289 as of May 3 — up nearly 6,000 in the space of a week, according to a Reuters tally of death registrations data that also includes Scotland and Northern Ireland.

While different ways of counting make comparisons with other countries difficult, the figure confirmed Britain was among those hit worst by a pandemic that has killed more than 285,000 worldwide.

The data came a day after Johnson set out a gradual plan to get Britain back to work, including advice on wearing home-made face coverings — though his attempt to lift the coronavirus lockdown prompted confusion.

Such a high UK death toll increases the pressure on Johnson: opposition parties say he was too slow to impose a lockdown, too slow to introduce mass testing and too slow to get enough protective equipment to hospitals.

The data painted a grim picture in care homes, which have been especially hard hit by the virus.

“Care homes (are) showing the slowest decline, sadly,” ONS statistician Nick Stripe told BBC TV.

“For the first time that I can remember, there were more deaths in total in care homes than there were in hospitals in that week.”

Care homes now account for a third of all COVID-19 deaths in England and Wales.

A Reuters Special Report published last week showed care homes bore the brunt of policy designed to shield its hospitals from COVID-19, leaving many of the weakest exposed.

Unlike the daily death toll announced by the government, Tuesday’s figures include suspected deaths from COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

In March, Britain’s chief scientific adviser said keeping deaths below 20,000 would be a “good outcome”. In April, Reuters reported that the government’s worst case scenario was a death toll of 50,000.

SICK MAN OF EUROPE?

Even after adjusting for population, Britain still ranks among the countries worst affected by the pandemic, a list that includes Belgium, Spain and Italy.

In Italy, the next worst-hit country in Europe and whose population is about 90% of Britain’s, the death toll stood at 30,739 as of Monday, according to a measure based solely on confirmed cases rather than suspected cases.

Broadly comparable British data on Monday showed 32,065 deaths.

Ministers dislike comparisons of the headline death toll because Britain’s performance in part reflects the fact that it has been quicker to publish comprehensive data on COVID-19 deaths than other European countries.

They say excess mortality - the number of deaths from all causes that exceed the average for the time of year - is more meaningful because it is internationally comparable.

Early evidence, though, suggests Britain is faring badly on that front too.

So far this year, there have been more than 50,000 excess deaths compared to a five-year average, ONS statistician Stripe said.

The ONS said deaths from all causes decreased for a second week running as of May 1, but 8,012 more people than average died in the 18th week of 2020.

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5/12/2020 2:15:57 PM
<![CDATA[President Sisi extends greetings to nurses on their international day ]]>
The president expressed appreciation and respect for nurses on behalf of himself and the Egyptian people for "the precious sacrifices they make in order to fulfill their humanitarian duty honorably and zealously."

The president highlighted that nurses, at this arduous phase, are proving their competence and loyalty towards their homeland and people.

The Nursing Syndicate announced on Tuesday the sixth death among its members because of COVID-19 in addition to 55 infections. The Syndicate's chairwoman, Kawthar Mahmoud, stated that Egypt has 250,000 nurses who offer 70 percent of care to in-patients at medical establishments.

The rate of infection with the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in Egypt recorded 346 cases on Monday after it reached the highest figure (495 cases) at the beginning of this week, according to the ministry of health’s daily briefing.

The Health Ministry said 346 people in Egypt tested positive for the COVID-19 and 8 people died with the novel virus in the last 24 hours.

This brings the total number of cases and deaths to 9,746 and 533 deaths respectively since the crisis started, according to the official figures.

The test results of 2,655 people of the reported cases turned from positive to negative, including 2,172 people who fully recovered.

Also, 97 cases left hospitals after they recovered, according to the instructions of the World Health Organization (WHO).
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5/12/2020 2:10:33 PM
<![CDATA[Moody's keeps Egypt's rating at B2 with stable outlook]]>
Moody's also affirmed Egypt's foreign currency senior unsecured ratings at B2, and its foreign currency senior unsecured MTN program rating at (P)B2.

“The affirmation of the B2 rating and stable outlook reflect Egypt's ongoing credit strengths and challenges that Moody's does not expect to change materially relative to similarly-rated sovereigns through the global shock posed by the coronavirus pandemic. While the coronavirus shock exposes Egypt's credit vulnerabilities, improvements in governance and policy effectiveness in recent years shore up the sovereign's credit profile resilience to the current shock,” it clarified.

It explained that the rapid and widening spread of the coronavirus outbreak, deteriorating global economic outlook, falling oil prices, and asset price declines are creating a severe and extensive credit shock across many sectors, regions and markets. “The combined credit effects of these developments are unprecedented. For Egypt, the shock propagates through pressure on external financing requirements, diminished tourism receipts and remittances and slower growth.”

According to corporation, Egypt's government's large funding requirements and weak debt affordability driven by a high interest bill expose it to a sharp tightening in financing conditions triggered by the coronavirus.

“However, at this stage, Moody's assesses that a track record of economic and fiscal reform implementation and demonstrated capacity to manage significant shocks reduce the likelihood of global financial market disruption severely affecting Egypt. In particular, a broad domestic funding base and robust foreign exchange reserves in excess of maturing liabilities provide buffers against significant capital outflows from emerging markets in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic,” it stated.

Overall, Moody's expects the economic and financial shock to delay, but not derail the gradual decline in the government's debt burden, while its liquidity and external positions will likely remain broadly unchanged.

Egypt's country ceilings remain unchanged with the foreign-currency bond ceiling at B1, the foreign-currency deposit ceiling at B3, and the local-currency bond and deposit ceilings at Ba1. The short-term country ceilings for foreign-currency bonds and deposits remain unchanged at Not Prime (NP).

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5/12/2020 2:10:09 PM
<![CDATA[Virus brings Cannes Festival 'stepladder gang' down to earth]]>
This year, coronavirus has forced the indefinite postponement of the film festival and left Morpelli - leading member of the so-called ‘stepladder gang’ of ardent autograph-hunters and amateur paparazzi - to ruminate over what he’s missing.

“It breaks my heart,” he said as he stood across the street from the venue on Monday, usually a hive of activity with 24 hours to go until the opening, but now deserted.

“It’s hard to imagine that this year, there’s nothing, that we’ll need to wait one more year.”

The Cannes Festival is the moment in the annual calendar when Hollywood glamour rubs shoulders on the French Riviera with Europe’s show-business glitterati. Attendees last year included Antonio Banderas and Julianne Moore.

This year’s edition, which had been due to take place from May 12-23, was called off after the French government, in an effort to curb the spread of the virus, banned public gatherings.

It was only the third time in its history that the festival has failed to take place. The two previous occasions were the outbreak of World War Two and 1968, when France was roiled by violent protests.

Morpelli and his fellow gang members usually line up on a verge across the road from the red carpet. The stepladders give the fans a better vantage point, and allow them to be seen.

When limousines pull up at the kerb, the fans shout to entice the celebrities to come over. Many have photographs that they ask the stars to sign.

On Monday, as he looked at the empty spot where the red carpet should be, Morpelli said he was still processing the absence of the festival: “I think we’ll understand it later, but now it’s hard to swallow.”]]>
5/12/2020 2:09:03 PM
<![CDATA[Delayed 'Friends' reunion holding out for live audience over remote event]]>
Robert Greenblatt, chairman of WarnerMedia Entertainment, which is launching the HBO Max streaming service on May 27, said on Monday he thought it was worth waiting until the one-off unscripted show could be filmed in a traditional way.

The reunion, dreamed of by fans for years, was supposed to have helped launch HBO Max, but the coronavirus epidemic shut down production across Hollywood before it could be filmed.

“We are holding out to be able to get this special done hopefully by the end of the summer. We do think there’s a value to having a raucous live audience experience these six great friends coming back together,” Greenblatt told Hollywood outlet Variety in an interview.

“We didn’t want to just do it suddenly on a web call, or six squares and people shooting from their kitchens and bedrooms,” Greenblatt added.

Shows such as “Saturday Night Live” and a reunion of “Parks and Recreation” have put together episodes by recording stars in their homes.

“Friends,” starring Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow, Courteney Cox, David Schwimmer, Matt LeBlanc and Matthew Perry, ended in 2004 after 10 years, but it remains one of the most popular shows in re-runs.

“If this (coronavirus) goes on indefinitely, we may go the virtual route,” Greenblatt said. “But at the moment we are trying to look to the future and get this thing done in a more conventional way.

“If we launch it in the fall, I think it will be something that will have the audience looking forward to,” he added.]]>
5/12/2020 2:03:42 PM
<![CDATA[Enjoy a guided video tour for the first key of the holy Ka’aba]]>
This key belongs to the Mamluk sultan al-Ashraf Sha’ban, it is considered to be the oldest existing specimen ever seen for keys of the Ka’aba.

Verses from the part of the holy Quran is inscribed on the key from Surat al-Fath as well as the name and titles of sultan al-Ashraf Sha’ban.

It’s attributed to 765 AH /1363 -1364 AD.

Thanks to Gihan Nabil ???Director of the Learning Center of the Grand Egyptian Museum and the tour guide Dina Ezz Aldin for volunteering.

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5/12/2020 1:53:03 PM
<![CDATA[Russia becomes second hardest-hit country with 230,000 confirmed Covid-19 cases]]>
By this metric the nation is trailing only behind the US, which has had nearly 1.35 million cases, according to Johns Hopkins University, Russia Today reported.

With 10,899 more coronavirus infections reported across Russia on Tuesday morning, the nation is now the second most-affected in terms of cases, pushing Spain into third place.

At the same time, Russia has relatively few deaths from Covid-19, compared to some other European countries. A total of 107 people died over the last 24 hours, bringing the nationwide death toll to 2,116.

The UK, Italy, Spain, and France have each suffered more than 25,000 deaths, and Germany has had over 7,000.

More than 43,500 patients in Russia have recovered.

The number of the newly recorded Covid-19 cases in the country grew slowly during the early weeks of the outbreak, but has surged recently. The authorities have explained the change is due to a rapid increase in mass testing.]]>
5/12/2020 11:34:07 AM
<![CDATA['Hungry' Bayern delighted to be back in training, says Alaba]]>
The German top flight resumes on Saturday after the season was suspended in mid-March to help slow the spread of the coronavirus.

It will be the first major European league to resume after the outbreak of the pandemic, which has so far claimed around 7,500 lives in Germany.

Bayern coach Hansi Flick has been putting his players through their paces in training sessions at the Allianz Arena.

Bayern, who were four points clear of second-placed Borussia Dortmund in their bid for an eighth straight Bundesliga title when football was halted, restart their season at Union Berlin on Sunday.

"It was really very, very nice to be back on the pitch, training as a whole team," said Alaba.

"You could tell how much we have all looked forward to this moment.

"You could feel that in training, everyone was hungry -- and looking forward to the first game."

- 'Extreme challenge' -

Chancellor Angela Merkel approved the league's plan to restart with regular testing of players and strict hygiene measures in place.

Bundesliga CEO Christian Seifert has warned clubs they are "on probation" because of fears an outbreak of the virus in the competition could again see the season suspended.

The clubs are now holding practice sessions featuring the whole squad after weeks of training in small groups.

Dortmund host arch rivals Schalke on Saturday in the first derby without spectators in the rivalry's 95-year history.

Dortmund played the first of two training matches at Signal Iduna Park without injured midfielders Axel Witsel and Emre Can.

"We are used to playing at home in front of 82,000," Dortmund coach Lucien Favre told German daily Bild.

"To prepare mentally now to play without being cheered and without being pushed by the atmosphere is an extreme challenge."

- 'Stick to the rules' -

RB Leipzig coach Julian Nagelsmann is hoping his side can treat the remainder of the campaign as a mini-tournament to help them rekindle their title challenge.

The third-placed outfit, five points behind Bayern, host mid-table Freiburg on Saturday.

"The whole situation is like before a tournament: we all had a short break, then a relaxed phase and now an intense preparation," Nagelsmann told magazine Kicker.

"When Bayern are on top form, they usually decide the league title for themselves, especially with this lead.

"We're going to try to win this nine-game tournament -- with the theoretical possibility of finishing first."

Nagelsmann said the onus is on the players to obey the hygiene regulations.

"You don't have to have studied nuclear physics to understand that it is advisable to stick to the rules," he said.

"After all, if there are no more matches, the salaries will be significantly lower than before."

Clubs must finish the season by June 30 in order to collect around 300 million euros ($324 million) in television money.]]>
5/12/2020 8:34:12 AM
<![CDATA[Serie A set for team training on May 18 with adjusted protocol - govt]]>
The Italian Football Federation (FIGC) met with the government's technical scientific committee (CTS) last week to discuss details for a return to group training as the country emerges from a two-month coronavirus lockdown.

Italy's sports minister Vincenzo Spadafora and health minister Roberto Speranza said in a joint statement on Monday that the CTS had largely accepted the FIGC protocol for a resumption of group sessions.

"The opinion requested by the government from the Technical Scientific Committee confirms the line of prudence," the ministers' statement said.

"The indications of the CTS, which are to be considered stringent and binding, will be sent to the Federation for the necessary adjustments of the protocol in order to allow for the safe resumption of team training starting from May 18."

Football has been suspended in Italy since March 9 amid the pandemic which has killed nearly 31,000 people in the country.

The Italian government has allowed squads to return to individual training sessions in team facilities from May 4.

But there remain issues to be decided such as the quarantine of players in case of positive tests for coronavirus.

Italian football bosses want to follow the example of Germany, which returns to action on May 16, and where only positive cases would be put into isolation.

But the CTS insists football must comply with the general rule of two weeks in insolation for those who have been in contact with positive cases.

There are still 13 rounds of football to be played for some teams between mid-June, when the FIGC hopes to return to action, and August.

Since the return to training last week, Fiorentina and Sampdoria announced 10 positive tests. In addition, a Torino player tested positive.

Spadafora later stressed the many tests that will need to be carried out on Serie A footballers would not be done "to the detriment of citizens".

"If these changes are made, there may be collective training from May 18," the sports minister told Italian television.

"Whether the championship can resume, we will have to wait at least another week to see how the curve of contagion evolves and then be able to decide."

One by one players have returned to Italy, with Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo observing a two-week quarantine period and Swedish star Zlatan Ibrahimovic returning to AC Milan on Monday evening.

Italy on Monday reported fewer than 1,000 people in intensive care for COVID-19 for the first time since March 10 when the country went into confinement.]]>
5/12/2020 8:32:25 AM
<![CDATA[Ibrahimovic returns to AC Milan]]>
Ibrahimovic was photographed arriving in Milan wearing a facemask and gloves before being driven to the team's training centre at Milanello.

The Swede is expected to spend two weeks in quarantine before joining his teammates who resumed individual training last week. Group training is set to start again on May 18.

The 38-year-old returned to Sweden on March 12 days after Serie A was suspended as the coronavirus pandemic swept through Italy and Europe.

Ibrahimovic has been busy training in Sweden with players at Hammarby, a first-division club which he part owns.

Unlike much of the rest of Europe, where containment has limited or prevented athletes training, in Sweden restrictions to contain Covid-19 have been more flexible.

Serie A stars have all returned to the peninsula with Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo flying back to Italy last Monday from his native Portugal.]]>
5/12/2020 8:30:56 AM
<![CDATA[Premier League gets green light for June re-start]]>
As the 20 English top-flight clubs met for further talks on "Project Restart", ministers announced plans to ease the coronavirus lockdown.

Under step two of that process, which cannot begin any earlier than June 1, sporting events would be allowed "to take place behind closed doors for broadcast, while avoiding the risk of large-scale social contact".

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he believed the return of sport on TV would "provide a much-needed boost to national morale."

Supporters face a long wait to be allowed to attend matches, though, with the latest guidelines recognising a return to sport in front of a crowd "may only be fully possible significantly later depending on the reduction in numbers of infections".

Premier League clubs had been planning for a return to action no earlier than the week beginning June 8.

Before the resumption of matches can be considered, protocols need to be agreed on how to return to group training safely and on how the Premier League would deal with positive tests.

Brighton confirmed on Sunday that a third member of their squad had tested positive.

Cases have also been found in squads in Germany, where the Bundesliga is due to restart this weekend, as well as Italy, Spain and Portugal in recent days.

"We have protocols created and reviewed, we have a testing company appointed, but the important consultation with players and managers is the next step," said Premier League CEO Richard Masters.

"No decisions will be made until after we have talked to players and managers and those meetings are scheduled for later this week."

- 'We are just people too' -

Players have voiced their concerns at the prospect of being rushed back into training and, eventually, into playing a contact sport at a time when the rest of the public remain encouraged to abide by social-distancing guidelines.

The UK has been one of the worst-hit countries in the global pandemic, with the government officially recording nearly 32,000 deaths of people who had tested positive for COVID-19.

"We are just people too," tweeted Norwich midfielder Todd Cantwell on Sunday.

There is also disagreement over where the remaining 92 matches of the season would be played.

League chiefs believed they would only get the government's green light to restart if matches were held at a limited number of neutral venues to reduce the medical, police, security and broadcast personnel required.

A number of clubs near the bottom of the table have spoken openly of their opposition to the plan as they believe it would increase the risk of being relegated.

"With all these compromises and health risks we are asked to finish a competition that bears no resemblance to the one we started," Watford's chairman and chief executive Scott Duxbury told the club's website.

Those higher up the table are also concerned at the prospect of having to reimburse sponsors who have paid for naming rights on their stadiums.

"I think everybody would prefer to play home and away if at all possible. And I think it's clear to see that some clubs feel more strongly about that than others," added Masters.

"We are in contact with the authorities and listening to that advice while also representing club views in those discussions."

The prospect of appeasing the clubs struggling at the bottom by ruling out relegation this season also appears over after the English Football Association rejected that idea and told the Premier League that final standings must be based on "sporting merit" if no more games can be played.

Masters admitted the Premier League had for the first time held discussions on how the league would be decided if matches cannot restart, but said no definitive formula had been approved.

"It was the first time we discussed curtailment - it's still our aim to finish the season obviously but it's important to discuss all the options with our clubs," he said.

"No conclusions were reached on any other models. Those are future conversations we may need to have."]]>
5/12/2020 8:29:59 AM
<![CDATA[Sisi congratulates Iraq’s Prime Minster after gaining parliament trust ]]>
During a phone call, Sisi stressed Egypt's keen and support for Iraq’s security and stability. He also affirmed the close and historical ties that link Egypt and Iraq.

For his part, the Iraqi Prime Minister expressed his gratitude for Sisi’s call, praising the depth and strength of the strategic relations between the two countries.

According to Presidency spokesman Bassam Rady, Kadhimi stressed his keenness to enhance the frameworks of bilateral joint cooperation in various fields between the two countries.

On May 7, The Egyptian Foreign Ministry welcomed the formation of the Iraqi Cabinet led by Prime Minister-designate Mustafa Al-Kadhimi, wishing him success in meeting people’s aspiration.

On Wednesday night, the Iraqi Parliament granted confidence to the Cabinet of Kadhimi after it approved most of his ministerial candidates. Subsequently, he took oath as the new prime minister, to succeed Adil Abd Al-Mahdi, who resigned in the wake of public protests.

In a statement, the ministry wished Kadhimi success in leading the government and achieving people’s aspiration for stability and prosperity.

It also affirmed Egypt’s willingness to work on supporting the Iraqi government to achieve its goals and its keenness to enhance Egyptian-Iraqi cooperation through refreshing bilateral relations in the economic field.

The vote of confidence session was attended by 255 out of 329 parliament members, according to media reports. The Parliament approved 15 ministers, while adjourned vote on the candidates for oil and foreign ministries.

Anti-regime protests in Iraq, which started in October, have resulted in the death of hundreds of Iraqis and forced Abd al-Mahdi to resign.

Iraq’s President Barham Salih then appointed Mohammed Allawi, a former communications minister, and Adnan Al-Zurfi, the head of the country’s intelligence consecutively as prime ministers, but both failed to secure the required support among political blocs inside the parliament.

Taking oath, Kadhimi becomes the first prime minister to form the government in Iraq after Abd Al-Mahdi. However, his incomplete Cabinet will require him to find new candidates for the vacant posts and seek a compromise with political blocs, amid an unprecedented economic crisis caused by the spread of the novel coronavirus.

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5/11/2020 10:00:13 PM
<![CDATA[IMF statement on Egypt's emergency financial assistance approval ]]>
Here is transcript of IMF full statement

The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) approved Egypt’s request for emergency financial assistance of SDR 2,037.1 million (US$ 2.772 billion, 100 percent of quota) under the Rapid Financing Instrument (RFI) to meet the urgent balance of payments needs stemming from the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Purchase under the RFI entails exceptional access due to outstanding credit under the previous extended arrangement under the Extended Fund Facility.

Egypt achieved a remarkable turnaround prior to the COVID-19 shock, carrying out a successful economic reform program supported by the IMF’s Extended Fund Facility (EFF) to correct large external and domestic imbalances. The pandemic and global shock pose an immediate and severe economic disruption that could negatively impact Egypt’s hard-won macroeconomic stability if not addressed. The authorities have launched a comprehensive package to contain the economic impact of the COVID-19 shock. The RFI will help alleviate some of the most pressing financing needs, including for spending on health, social protection, and supporting the most impacted sectors and vulnerable groups.

The IMF remains closely engaged with the Egyptian government and the Central Bank of Egypt and stands ready to provide policy advice and further support, as needed.

Following the Executive Board discussion, Mr. Geoffrey Okamoto, First Deputy Managing Director and acting Chair, made the following statement:

“The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically disrupted people’s lives, livelihoods, and economic conditions in Egypt. The global shock has resulted in a tourism standstill, significant capital flight, and a slowdown in remittances, resulting in an urgent balance of payments need.

“The Government of Egypt has responded to the crisis with a comprehensive package aimed at tackling the health emergency and supporting economic activity. The authorities acted swiftly to allocate resources to the health sector, provide targeted support to the most severely impacted sectors, and expand social safety net programs to protect the most vulnerable. Similarly, the Central Bank of Egypt adopted a broad set of measures, including lowering the policy rate and postponing repayments of existing credit facilities.

“Emergency support under the Rapid Financing Instrument will help limit the decline in international reserves and provide financing to the budget for targeted and temporary spending, aimed at containing and mitigating the economic impact of the pandemic. The authorities are committed to full transparency and accountability on crisis-related spending including through publishing information on procurement plans and awarded contracts, as well as ex-post audits of such spending

“Additional expeditious support from multilateral and bilateral creditors will be needed to close the remaining balance of payments gap, ease the adjustment burden, and preserve Egypt’s hard-won macroeconomic stability.

“As the crisis abates, measures to lower the debt level would need to resume along with continued implementation of structural reforms to increase the role of the private sector to achieve higher and inclusive private sector-led growth and job creation, unlocking Egypt’s growth potential and entrenching resilience.”]]>
5/11/2020 9:53:02 PM
<![CDATA[IMF approves $2.77B in emergency pandemic aid for Egypt]]>
The IMF said it remained closely engaged with the Egyptian government and the Central Bank of Egypt, and stood ready to provide further support as needed.

IMF First Deputy Managing Director Geoffrey Okamoto said Egypt would need "additional expeditious support" from multilateral and bilateral creditors to close its remaining balance of payments gap, ease the adjustment burden, and preserve Egypt’s hard-won macroeconomic stability.

Egypt's Health Ministry reported 346 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Monday, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 9,746, including 533 deaths.

The outbreak has led to the shutdown of Egypt's tourism sector, a key source of foreign revenue, and threatens income from the Suez Canal and remittances from Egyptian workers based abroad. Egypt's foreign reserves have fallen to $37 billion from more than $45.5 billion at the end of February.

The government has taken steps to contain the outbreak, including introduction of a night curfew and the closure of cafes and mosques, but has stopped short of imposing a full lockdown as it seeks to keep the economy going.

The IMF said Egypt had carried out a successful economic program before the outbreak of COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the coronavirus, achieving a "remarkable turnaround" in its large external and domestic imbalances.

The new funds would help Egyptian authorities continue spending on health, social protection, and supporting the most impacted sectors and vulnerable groups, while limiting the decline in international reserves, Okamoto said.

He said Egyptian authorities were committed to full transparency and accountability on crisis-related spending, and had agreed to publish information on procurement plans and awarded contracts, and carry out audits of such spending.

As the crisis abated, it would be important for Egypt to resume measures to lower its debt level and continue implementation of structural reforms, he said.]]>
5/11/2020 8:56:43 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt, Cyprus, Greece condemn Turkey’s military interference in Libya]]>
According to a Monday statement, the Ministers stressed the strategic importance of enhancing and intensifying their political consultations, and commended the outcome of the Cairo meeting on January 8th, 2020, for enhancing security and stability in the Eastern Mediterranean, and expressed their deepest concern over the current escalation and continuous provocative actions in the Eastern Mediterranean.

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The Ministers also denounced the ongoing Turkish illegal activities in the Cypriot Exclusive Economic Zone and its territorial waters, as they represent a clear violation of international law as reflected in the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. It is the sixth attempt by Turkey in less than a year to illegally conduct drilling operations in Cyprus’ maritime zones.

During their meeting, the Ministers also condemned the escalation of Turkey’s violations of the Greek national airspace, including over flights of inhabited areas and territorial waters in violation of International Law. Furthermore, the Ministers condemned the instrumentalization of civilians by Turkey in an attempt to illegally cross Greek land borders as well as its continued support for illegal crossings of Greek sea boundaries.
They urged Turkey to fully respect the sovereignty and the sovereign rights of all States in their maritime zones in the Eastern Mediterranean.

The Ministers reiterated that the Memorandum of Understanding on the Delimitation of the Maritime Jurisdiction Areas in the Mediterranean, and the Memorandum of Understanding on Security and Military Cooperation signed in November 2019 between Turkey and Fayez El Saraj, are respectively in contravention of international law and the UN arms embargo in Libya, and that both undermine regional stability. The Ministers recalled that the Memorandum of Understanding on the delimitation of maritime jurisdictions in the Mediterranean Sea infringes upon the sovereign rights of third States, does not comply with the Law of the Sea and cannot produce any legal consequences for third States.

The Ministers deeply regretted the escalation of hostilities in Libya and recalled the commitment to refrain from any military foreign intervention in Libya as agreed in the conclusions of the Berlin conference. In this regard, the Ministers strongly condemned Turkey’s military interference in Libya, and urged Turkey to fully respect the UN arms embargo, and to stop the influx of foreign fighters from Syria to Libya. These developments constitute a threat to the stability of Libya’s neighbours in Africa as well as in Europe.

The Ministers called on the Libyan parties to observe a truce during the holy month of Ramadan and stressed their commitment to work towards a comprehensive political solution to the Libyan crisis under the auspices of the United Nations, and expressed their keenness for the resumption of the meetings of the three tracks of the Berlin process (Political, military, economic and financial). They also agreed to continue their consultations on a regular basis.



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5/11/2020 8:43:32 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt's exports of vegetables and fruits increase to nearly 2.5M tons]]>
He added that citrus exports ranked first, while potatoes ranked second, and onions ranked third, explaining that Egypt was able to achieve overwhelming success in the export of oranges despite the intense competition with Spain.

He said, "Egypt still ranks first in the export of citrus fruits, and we annually export 1.8 million tons of it."

He revealed that the Ministry of Agriculture was able to open four new international markets for the first time since the beginning of January despite the outbreak of the coronavirus and the difficulty of opening new markets,includinga new market of dates in Australia, a market of oranges in New Zealand, a market of citrus in Brazil and a market for potatoes in Mauritius.

The Agriculture Ministry, represented by the Central Administration of Agricultural Quarantine, continues to expand in new markets within the framework of the efforts to increase agricultural exports following the international export quality standards, and to apply export traceability systems during the stages of agriculture, production, packaging and exportation.
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5/11/2020 8:32:44 PM
<![CDATA[Huawei EMUI Obtained Privacy Protection Certification from the British Standards Institution]]>
ISO/IEC 27701 is a privacy protection standard jointly released by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). It incorporates privacy protection principles, concepts, and methods into cyber security and privacy protection systems and provides enterprises with best practices and suggestions.

The ISO/IEC 27701 standard is an excellent practice of the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which is recognized as the strictest privacy protection regulation in history. To obtain the privacy protection compliance certification, a company is required to build security capabilities based on the standards, meet all requirements and pass the review of third-party authorities (in this case, the British Standards Institution).

This certification covers the design, development, and maintenance services of the EMUI system and its application software, including more than 50 applications and features that involve sensitive data processing, such as software update, emergency location service, system application, user experience improvement plan, and intelligent service provided by Huawei EMUI.

For example, to provide better system services for users, Huawei will collect relevant data on device reliability, performance, power consumption, and faults for the feature of user experience improvement plan. Users' personal data will be sent to Huawei only after users' explicit consent is obtained. To anonymize collected sensitive personal data, Huawei uses the differential privacy technology to add random noises to the data. In this way, Huawei cannot obtain the actual user data. The statistics are displayed only when the data of one user is combined with that of many other users and the random noise is averaged out. In this way, Huaweicannot identify a specific user through the data collected, which enables it to meet the inspection requirements of the product information security management system and privacy protection management system.

Huawei takes cyber security and privacy protection as its top priority and integrates privacy protection into the entire process, from the very beginning of product design and throughout the entire software R&D process, and technology and personnel management. Its user privacy protection has been certified by multiple authoritative organizations around the world, including ePrivacyseal GmbH, one of the most influential commercial entities conducting privacy certification in Europe.

Huawei Device software has obtained the ISO/IEC 27701 certification, which proves that Huawei Device meets international privacy standards in terms of software design, R&D, and maintenance, as well as personnel management, safeguarding the security and privacy of consumers.

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5/11/2020 8:30:29 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt launches new initiative to support tourism sector in paying workers’ salaries ]]>
Ma’it clarified that the initiative will contribute to enabling tourism and hotel establishments, including medium and small companies, to fulfill their obligations to cover the salaries and wages of workers, and meet the basic needs of employment.

The minister said that under the initiative, the Ministry of Finance will issue LE 3 billion for the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) as a guarantee, in favor of national banks to lend to tourism and hotel establishments at an interest rate of 5 percent annually, over a period of 3 years with a general grace period from May 1 to the end of next April without any guarantees.

According to the minister, the loan is repaid in monthly installments to distribute the burden over 2 years, to cover the salaries of employees in tourism and hotel establishments, and the basic operating needs which does not exceed 15 percent of the value of the loan granted to the facility.

He explained that companies or tourism and hotel facilities will provide the lending banks with statements of employee names and their bank accounts so that salaries are transferred directly from the bank to the employee.

The minister added that is a committee from the Ministry of Finance, the CBE, the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities and the lending banks is formed to follow up on the implementation of this initiative in support of the tourism sector.

He pointed out that, in implementation of the presidential directives to support the economic sectors affected by the crisis of COVID-19, the real estate tax on hotel and tourism establishments has been dropped for a period of 6 months, and the payment of all dues on tourism and hotel establishments is postponed for a period of 3 months without fines or delay benefits.
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5/11/2020 8:04:14 PM
<![CDATA[COVID-19 daily briefing: Egypt records 346 cases, 8 deaths]]>
The Health Ministry on Monday said 346 people in Egypt tested positive for the COVID-19 and 8 people died with the novel virus in the last 24 hours.

This brings the total number of cases and deaths to 9,746 and 533 deaths respectively since the crisis started, according to the official figures.

The test results of 2,655 people of the reported cases turned from positive to negative, including 2,172 people who fully recovered.

Also, 97 cases left hospitals after they recovered, according to the instructions of the World Health Organization (WHO).


As Egypt saw a surge in the number of the coronavirus cases, Health Minister Hala Zayed on Saturday said the state authorities have responded to the coronavirus crisis and made all efforts to curb its spread, blaming the surge on the behavior of many citizens.

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5/11/2020 6:27:59 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt disburses LE 368.5M for irregular workers Monday]]>
Saffan said in a statement Monday, that about LE 368.5 million will be disbursed for those who failed to exchange the irregular workers grant in the previous stage from today until 14 of this month, indicating that the total number of beneficiaries will reach 2.037 million.

Earlier, President Sisi approved the disbursement of a grant of LE 500 for a total of 1,500 for 3 months, as a support from the Egyptian state for irregular workers affected by the repercussions of new corona virus, through 4000 postal outlets nationwide and 600 schools in some governorates.

He emphasized that the total amount of the grant from the first payment in full amounted to LE 1.018 billion, after checking their data from nearly 4 million workers who applied through the electronic system of the Ministry of Manpower during the last period.

The state has allocated LE100 billion to face the repercussions of the pandemic, including boosting the social safety network, and healthcare services.

Egypt spent LE 40 billion out of LE 100 billion allocated to counter the negative repercussions of coronavirus pandemic, according to Minister of Finance Mohamed Ma’it.

Ma’it clarified during a cabinet meeting, Thursday, that it included the provision of about LE 5.1 billion in additional allocations for the Ministry of Health, and LE 5 billion for the Ministry of Supply to provide additional needs of food supplies and wheat.

He added that it also included allocating LE 10 billion to pay the dues of contractors and suppliers to help them pay their obligations and workers ’salaries.

Finance Minister also referred to the allocation of about LE 10 billion to sectors affected by the coronavirus, most notably tourism and aviation.
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5/11/2020 6:00:58 PM
<![CDATA[Minister: Enterprise law amendments to stop public sector losses]]>
During a meeting of the parliament Economic Affairs Committee, under the chairmanship of Ahmed Samir, the minister said suggested amendments are meant to promote an-overall scheme to face up to the ailing economic situation besetting the sector.

The public enterprise sector is in dire need for ramping out all its capabilities to compete with the private sector, noted the minister.]]>
5/11/2020 5:26:44 PM
<![CDATA[QNB AlAHLI gets $100M senior loan from EBRD to support enterprises]]>
EBRD clarified that this comes within a program in response to the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic in Egypt.

“This is the first investment to be delivered in the country under the EBRD’s coronavirus Solidarity Package, which was set up to meet the immediate short-term financing needs of existing clients,” it noted.

According to EBRD, it is extending a $100 million senior loan to QNB ALAHLI for on-lending to firms, with a special focus on small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that are experiencing a decrease in their activities, turnover and/or profitability. “Small businesses form an important segment of the Egyptian economy and supporting them in these challenging times remains a priority for the EBRD.”

“In addition, the Bank is increasing an existing uncommitted trade finance limit for QNB ALAHLI by $100 million under the EBRD’s Trade Facilitation Programme to reach $250 million, to help meet the increased demand for import and export transactions,” it added.

EBRD Managing Director for the southern and eastern Mediterranean region Heike Harmgart commented: “We are very proud to roll out our swift support to the Egyptian economy by partnering with QNB ALAHLI. This financial package is key for the resilience of local Egyptian businesses – it will provide much-needed funding to SMEs, large enterprises and trade companies in this global crisis.”

“The latest transactions further show that the top priority of both the EBRD and QNB ALAHLI is to support clients through these challenging times, which is in-line with the Central Bank of Egypt directions to support SMEs projects. It also demonstrates the trust and confidence that we have built over the years, enabling us to continue our cooperation and deliver business even in the current crisis,” Chairman and Managing Director of QNB ALAHLI Mohamed El-Dib said.

EBRD noted that QNB ALAHLI is one of itslargest clients in the financial sector in Egypt, clarifying that the bank has been a longstanding partner of the EBRD since 2015, when a first SME loan and a trade finance facility were signed.

The EBRD expects to dedicate the entirety of its activities to combating the economic impact of COVID-19 crisis and stands ready to provide support worth €21 billion over the period 2020-21.

Earlier in May, QNB Al Ahli (QNBAA) applied for a solidarity loan from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development worth up to $100 million as part of the EBRD’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Qatar National Bank Alahly (QNBA) recorded consolidated profits of LE 1.86 billion during the first quarter of 2020, compared to LE 2.02 billion including minority rights, during the same period of 2019, marking a decrease of 7.5 percent.

QNB Alahli operates within the banking sector. It has subsidiaries operating across Egypt.

Egypt is a founding member of the EBRD. Since the start of its operations there in 2012, the Bank has invested over €6 billion in 115 projects in the country.

QNB Al Ahli applies for up to $100M solidarity loan from EBRD

CAIRO - 4 May 2020: QNB Al Ahli (QNBAA) applied for a solidarity loan from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development worth up to $100 million as part of the EBRD's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to EBRD. The loan that is scheduled for approval on May 6 is under the EBRD's Resilience Framework ("RF").



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5/11/2020 5:19:43 PM
<![CDATA[EGX ends Monday in semi-collective regression, market cap. loses LE 2.6B]]>
The benchmark EGX30 rose 0.38 percent, or 38.58 points, to close at 10,296.33 points.

On the other hand, the equally weighted index EGX 50 dropped 0.81 percent, or 12.21 points, to end at 1,499.5 points.

The small and mid-cap index EGX 70 declined 2 percent, or 22.52 points, to close at 1,104.48 points, and the broader index EGX 100 lessened 1.51 percent, or 27.66 points to 1,808.88 points.

Market capitalization lost LE 2.6 billion, recording LE 546.95 billion, compared to LE 549.57 billion in Sunday’s session.

The trading volume reached 300.62 million shares, traded through 32,334 transactions, with a turnover of LE 1.52 billion.

Egyptian investors were buyers at LE 172.6 million, while Arab and foreign investors were net sellers at LE 75.74 million, and LE 96.86 million, respectively.

Arab and foreign individuals were net buyers at LE 905,882, and LE 239,262, respectively, while Egyptian individuals were net sellers at LE 23.5 million.

Egyptian organizations bought at LE 196.11 million, while Arab and foreign organizations sold at LE 76.65 million, and LE 97.1 million, respectively.

Eastern Company, Egyptian Financial Group-Hermes Holding Company, and Ismailia Development and Real Estate Co. were top gainers of the session at 6.81 percent, 5.70 percent and 5.67 percent, respectively.

Meanwhile, Ismailia National Food Industries, North Cairo Mills, and Misr Beni Suef Cement were top losers of the session by 15.07 percent, 9.92 percent, and 9.91 percent, respectively.

On Sunday, EGX ended the session in red, as: EGX30 rose 0.80 percent, while EGX 50 dropped 0.82 percent, EGX 70 declined 2.38 percent, or 27.42 points, and EGX 100 lessened 1.83 percent.
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5/11/2020 4:50:06 PM
<![CDATA[‘Tahya Misr’: New Egyptian order to honor victims of wars, terror attacks]]>
The double-layered order will be granted by the president to nominees approved by the prime minister. Civilian nominees will be sought by the minister of social solidarity, while nominees of the police and army will be picked by the ministers of interior and defense respectively.

The new order consists of six stars; the first three are white, referring to the Egyptian revolutions in 1952, 2011 and 2013, while the next three stars are red, to refer to the country’s wars in 1956, 1967 and 1973.

The latest of these dates mark the June 30 revolution in 2013, when millions of Egyptians took to streets in massive demonstrations, calling for a regime change. Few days later, Sisi, then defense minister, announced ousting President Mohamed Morsi, meeting the revolution’s top demand, by ending the Muslim Brotherhood's year-long rule.

Morsi, 67, died in June this year, from heart attack, according to preliminary medical assessment.

Sisi: June 30 one of greatest days in Egypt's modern history

CAIRO - 30 June 2019: President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi said that the June 30 revolution in 2013 was"one of the greatest days of our modern history," praising Egyptians for rising to preserve their authentic Egyptian identity. Egypt Today is displaying parts of the president's speech.



Sisi in August last year has directed the authorities concerned to set in motion the working mechanisms of a national fund for honoring victims of terrorist attacks and their families, state’s news agency MENA reported.

Sisi gave his directive during a meeting with chairman of the fund's board of directors Maj. Gen. El Said El Ghali.

The president's directive comes in appreciation of the great sacrifices offered by national heroes to protect fellow citizens and deal with national security challenges, Presidential Spokesman Bassam Rady said.

This also comes amid a surge in terrorist attacks on the country, which started since the ousting of Morsi, including attacks on churches, a mosque and security checkpoints. Since then, dozens of military and police personnel and civilians lost their lives.

Since February 2018, the Egyptian Army has launched a comprehensive offensive against terrorist elements and facilities in various parts of the country, especially in North Sinai.]]>
5/11/2020 4:42:23 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian banks federation obliges clients to wear face shields or masks amid coronavirus crisis]]>
The decision shall take effect as of next Sunday, May 17, the federation said in a statement Monday a copy of which was obtained by MENA.

The statement urged all banks to press ahead with all other anti-coronavirus preventive measures inside their branches.

The federation also called on all citizens visiting banks to abide by these measures to help banks carry out their duties regularly.

Egypt registered 436 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 9,400.]]>
5/11/2020 3:39:43 PM
<![CDATA['El-Brince' 17th episode trends on Google ]]>
On his official Instagram account, Ramadan uploaded a video of google’s trend on Ramadan 17, in which the 17th episode of the series "El-Brince" was the most searched for in Egypt. In the background, Ramadan’s song “Number 1” played.

During the 17th episode of “El-Brince”, the prisoners, who were attacked by Radwan [Mohamed Ramadan], tried to reconcile with him for some personal interests; he asked them to help him call the father of his late wife to check on his daughter.

The second scene moved to Fathi [Ahmed Zaher] and Fadwa [Rogina] going to the house of the father and mother of Lubna, Radwan's late wife to search for Maryam, Radwan's daughter. Fathi and Fadwa kidnapped Maryam, after spiking her grandparents' tea with a drug.

At the same time, Radwan succeeded in making the phone call after the promise of Salah Balela [Mohammad Ahmed Maher], that he would make the call in. It was shocking for him to know that his daughter had been kidnapped.

The surprise caused Radwan to lose control which eventually caused the prison guards to discover that he had a phone, deciding to take him to the warden. This is when the 17th episode came to an end leaving the audience anticipating the events of the next episode.

The series revolves around Radwan el-Brince, whose character is embodied by star Mohammed Ramadan. Radwan works as a plumber in his father's workshop. He finds himself responsible for his family after the death of his parents, which results in problems with his six siblings.

The series is written and directed by Mohammed Sami. It stars Mohamed Ramadan, Nour, Ahmed Zaher, Rogina, Naglaa Badr, Edward, Donia Abdel Aziz, Abdel Aziz Makhyoun, Reem Sami, Salwa Othman, Mohamed Alaa, Safa el-Toukhy, Mohamed Hatem, Rehab el-Gamal, Hazem Ehab and Ahmed Dash. It is produced by Synergy.

"El-Brince" is broadcast daily on DMC and DMC Drama channels during Ramadan.

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5/11/2020 3:36:26 PM
<![CDATA[Planning minister: LE 4 trillion to carry out developmental projects]]>
In a report issued by the ministry Monday, the minister said out of the 25,000 projects more than 16,000 ventures were finalized in various sectors at a total cost of LE 2.2 trillion between July 2014 -December 2019 .

The report titled "Seven years of construction" detailed developmental ventures being established across the country for the period covering July 2014- June 2021.

The Government attaches high priority to investing in developmental sectors at all levels, with the aim of achieving tangible progress, providing job openings for youth and lowering the rate of unemployment, according to the report.

The report cited over-all development projects in Upper Egypt, as well as ventures established in the fields of oil and gas, electricity, renewable energy, transportation, agriculture and irrigation, with a view to upping economic growth rate . ]]>
5/11/2020 3:30:44 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt's central bank issues LE 7B in T-bonds Monday]]>
The T-bonds were offered in two installments, with the first valued at LE 3.75 billion with a three-year term and the second worth LE 3.25 billion with a seven-year term.

For the current fiscal year, the budget deficit is estimated to record LE 445.1 billion, or 7.2 percent, planned by the ministry to be financed through treasury bills and bonds and through international and Arab loans.

The Monetary Policy Committee of the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) decided Monday to cut the overnight deposit rate, the overnight lending rate, and the rate of the main operation in an emergency meeting by 300 basis points.

The overnight deposit rate, the overnight lending rate, and the rate of the main operation are cut to reach 9.25 percent, 10.25 percent, and 9.75 percent, respectively.

Moreover, credit and discount rates are cut at 9.75 percent from 12.75 percent.

Egypt's 2020/2021 draft budget aims to reduce public debt of GDP to 82.7 percent by end of June 2021, up from earlier target of 82.5 percent by the end of June 2020 and to 77.5 percent by the end of June 2022.]]>
5/11/2020 3:20:42 PM
<![CDATA[COVID-19: Egypt’s deputy speaker urges banning domestic travel on ‘Eid’ holiday]]>
Eid Al-Fitr, based on the sighting of the moon, will likely be celebrated in Egypt starting May 23rd.

Wahdan also called on the government to close all beaches and all roads leading to them.

He also criticized the behavior of some citizens who continue to take part in large gatherings, but said coexistence with the virus is inevitable and citizens should stick to preventive measures.

The Health Ministry on Sunday said 436 people in Egypt tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) recently and 11 people died with the novel virus.

This brings the total number of cases and deaths to 9,400 and 525 deaths respectively since the crisis started, according to the official figures.

The test results of 2,556 people of the reported cases turned from positive to negative, including 2,075 people who fully recovered.

Also, 73 cases left hospital after they recovered, according to the instructions of the World Health Organization (WHO).

As Egypt saw a surge in the number of the coronavirus cases, Health Minister Hala Zayed on Saturday said the state authorities have responded to the coronavirus crisis and made all efforts to curb its spread, blaming the surge on the behavior of many citizens.

‘Coexistence’ plan

Late, in April, the health minister reviewed the ministry’s plan to fulfill the state’s strategy based on coexistence with the novel virus in the coming period, as the end of the crisis is not yet in sight.

In a meeting with Prime Minister Mustafa Madbouli via video conferencing, the minister noted that the plan is based on following all necessary in various facilities and reassessing the epidemiological situation every 14 days. She affirmed the need for state institutions to set immediate penalties for violators of these measures.

Companies, malls, markets and transportation means will be included in the plan, Zayed said, while affirming that some places that pose a high risk of infection must remain closed. Services in these places should be reached via electronic ways as much as possible, she added.

The minister also referred to some additional public safety procedures in case institutions were opened, including checking the temperature of those entering them, allocating a room inside each institution to isolate any coronavirus suspected cases.

The plan also recommends reducing workers per shift, keeping institutions well-ventilated and reducing the use of air-conditioners whenever possible.]]>
5/11/2020 2:55:17 PM
<![CDATA[Share of renewable energy in total power generated in Egypt to remain the same in 2020]]>
Chairman of New and Renewable Energy Mohamed al-Khayat told Egypt Today that the amount expected to be generated of such type of energy by the end of 2020 is 6,000 megawatts.

The breakdown is 1,465 megawatts of solar energy generated in Aswan's Benban Solar Station, 580 megawatts of wind energy generated in Hurghada's Gabal al-Zeit Wind Farm, 250 megawatts of wind energy generated in other wind farms, and 3,000 megawatts of hydropower.

The total amount of renewable energy generated on grid until present is 5,800 megawatts. It is planned that the share of renewable energy in the total amount of energy generated becomes 20 percent in 2022 and 42 percent in 2035.

In 2019, the amount of renewable energy generated rose by 2,000 megawatts to record 6,000 megawatts composing 11 percent of the 55,000 megawatts generated in Egypt annually.

With a total of 300 wind turbines at a total cost of LE 12 billion ($670.64 million), the overall capacity of the three phases of Gabal al-Zeit Wind Farm is 580 megawatts. The first completed phase contains 120 turbines with a capacity of 240 megawatts, while the second and third projects will have 110 turbines with a capacity of 220 megawatts and 60 turbines with a capacity of 120 megawatts, respectively. The project was launched in 2015.

Benban solar station includes 32 plants, and is considered the largest solar power project in the world and was funded by the World Bank with a total value of $653 million.

The total value of the project is $2 billion for a total power generation of up to 1600 megawatts. The project is carried out with the participation of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and a large number of major international companies.
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5/11/2020 2:55:00 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s Min. of Culture intervenes to save Egyptian Publishers Association]]>
In Egypt, the Egyptian Publishers Association (EPA) took several steps to discuss how to get out of the crisis.

Recently, the president of the association, publisher Saeed Abdo, explained all the procedures that the board has taken since the beginning of the epidemic, to confront the major crisis that Egyptian publishers are going through because of this crisis.

As a result of these procedures, Abdo said that Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Daym agreed to support the association’s treasury with a sum of money, to support the Egyptian publishers.

Also, Abdel Dayem instructed the Culture Palaces Authority to allocate an amount of money in the next budget for purchasing from Egyptian publishers. Abdo indicated that the meeting held with Abdel Dayem in April came to discuss ways to support publishers to mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 crisis.

It was agreed during the meeting to allocate a significant portion of the budget to the libraries as of the next fiscal year (1/7/2020) to purchase from publishers through a joint committee between the ministry and the association.

It was also decided that member publishers will participate in the villages' book fair organized by the General Authority of Cultural Palaces, as well as in the ministry’s e-initiative “Stay Home; Culture is Between Your Hands”.

Additionally, the Ministry of Culture supports the association’s initiative (Stay Home With A Great Company) in cooperation with all the bodies of the Egyptian Ministry of Culture.

In statements made to the press, the head of the Egyptian Publishers Association explained that a mini-committee was formed to meet a number of ministers, including the minister of industry, to discuss making publishing an industry so that publishers can benefit from the state's support in financing and supporting small projects.

Furthermore, a meeting is set to be held with the minister of education and the minister of higher education to allocate a sum from their budgets to purchase books, whether for school or university students.

Also, the association will convene with the minister of youth and sports to provide youth centers with books and publications from the ministry's allocations.

The head of the Egyptian Publishers Association explained that it will be agreed with the minister of local development, to provide permits for the establishment of libraries, and to support and establish Street 306, which will be designated for libraries.
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5/11/2020 2:45:17 PM
<![CDATA[Seinfeld star Jerry Stiller dies aged 92, son Ben pays tribute]]>
“I’m sad to say that my father, Jerry Stiller, passed away from natural causes,” wrote Ben, a Hollywood comedian who appeared with his father in “Zoolander” and other movies.

“He was a great dad and grandfather, and the most dedicated husband to Anne for about 62 years. He will be greatly missed. Love you Dad,” he added.

Jerry Stiller was part of a 1960s comedy team with wife Anne Meara. But he was in his mid-60s when he got what would become his signature acting role - Frank Costanza, father of ne’er-do-well George Costanza (played by Jason Alexander) on “Seinfeld,” a tense, bombastic man always on the verge of apoplexy.

In 1993, Stiller had thought his entertainment career was nearing an end when he got a phone call from Larry David, co-creator of “Seinfeld,” about joining the cast led by comedian Jerry Seinfeld.

The show, one of the most highly regarded in U.S. TV history, was in its fourth season at the time but Stiller said he had never watched a minute of it and had to ask, “Who’s Seinfeld?”

He was performing in a play at the time and had to turn down the TV job. Stiller got another chance at the role a few months later and took it.

Stiller was in only 26 of the 172 “Seinfeld” episodes but each appearance was memorable, whether he was screaming “serenity now!” in a tense situation, trying on a bra for men or explaining the odd rituals of Festivus, the Dec. 23 holiday he established as an alternative to Christmas.

Stiller said he was originally told to play Frank in a meek, understated manner in contrast to the character’s loud, shrill wife. A few days in, however, Stiller responded to one of the wife’s rants with an improvised tirade of his own and the show’s producers and cast liked it.

“And from that day on, it was the best years of my life as an actor because I worked with people who were the most generous actors in the world,” Stiller said in an interview with the Archive of American Television.

“Seinfeld” ended its nine-year run in 1998 and that same year Stiller moved into another sitcom dad role on “The King of Queens.” As Arthur Spooner, he played another blowhard oddball - although not quite as eruptive as Frank Costanza - living in the basement of the home of his daughter (played by Leah Remini) and her husband (Kevin James) through the show’s nine seasons.

HUSBAND-WIFE COMEDY TEAM

Stiller was born and grew up in New York, inspired by comedian Eddie Cantor and the vaudeville shows he saw with his father, a bus driver.

After serving in the U.S. Army, Stiller studied drama at Syracuse University and then sought acting jobs. He was working with a woman comedy partner when he met Meara in 1953 at an agent’s office. They married a few months later.

Stiller and Meara worked together in the Compass Players comedy troupe before forming their own team. By the 1960s, they had become a popular comedy duo on U.S. television and appeared 36 times on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” Their act included skits such as an interview with the biblical Jonah after his encounter with the whale and parodies of TV commercials.

Much of their humor was marriage-based and focused on height (Stiller was 5-foot-4, Meara was considerably taller) and ethnicity (he was Jewish, she was of Irish heritage).

“Our marriage has lasted because we have the same feelings of insecurity about being an actor. We needed stability,” Stiller told the New York Daily News in 2012.

In the early 1970s, Stiller and Meara began working separately. She made the movies “The Out-of-Towners” and “Lovers and Other Strangers” and had a one-year run starring on the television show “Kate McShane.” He did some Broadway work and appeared in films including “Airport 1975” and “The Taking of Pelham One Two Three.”

Meara died in 2015 at age 85.

Stiller also had roles in both the 1998 and 2007 versions of the movie “Hairspray” and appeared in films starring son Ben such as “Zoolander” and “The Heartbreak Kid.”

Stiller and Meara’s daughter, Amy, also is an actress.]]>
5/11/2020 2:35:42 PM
<![CDATA[Kurt Cobain's 'Unplugged' guitar has $1 million auction estimate]]>
Julien’s Auctions said on Monday the 1959 Martin D-18E guitar that Cobain played for the 1993 live taping is going up for sale, The guitar comes with battered case, whose storage compartment contains a small suede bag where the musician is said to have stashed the heroin he was addicted to in his final years.

The Nirvana frontman recorded the “Unplugged” session in November 1993. He was found dead, aged 27, of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in his Seattle home in April 1994.

Julien’s Chief Executive Darren Julien said the guitar “has earned its rightful place in history as the instrument played by one of rock’s most influential musicians and icons in one of the greatest and most memorable live performances of all time.”

The album “MTV Unplugged in New York,” featuring acoustic versions of tracks like “About a Girl,” “Apologies” and a cover version of David Bowie’s “The Man Who Sold the World,” was released after Cobain’s death, topped the Billboard charts, and won a Grammy.

The olive green cardigan worn by Cobain for the session sold for $334,000 at auction in October 2019 in what Julien’s said was a world record for a cardigan.

The $1 million expected for the guitar is just a starting estimate, Julien’s said. The world record for a guitar was set in June 2019 when Pink Floyd musician David Gilmour’s black Fender Stratocaster sold for $3.9 million at auction in New York

Other Cobain items up in the June 19-20 auction in Beverly Hills will include a Fender Stratocaster guitar he used on Nirvana’s 1994 “In Utero” tour (estimated at $60,000-$80,000), a metallic silver lame shirt worn for the 1993 music video for “Heart-shaped Box” ($10,000-$20,000) and the typed set list he used for the MTV session ($4,000-$6,000).

All the items come from various people who worked with Cobain or were associated with his family, Julien’s said.

Cobain’s acoustic guitar will be placed on public display at the Hard Rock Cafe in London’s Piccadilly Circus from May 15, and at Julien’s Auctions gallery in Beverly Hills from June 15-19.]]>
5/11/2020 2:28:49 PM
<![CDATA[Palestinian Minister: No new Coronavirus cases reported]]>
In a statement carried out by Wafa News Agency Monday the minister said, cases stand at 547.

The minister said the 16 patients who have recovered raise the total of recovered cases to 367, or 67 percent.

The minister noted that 348 people suspected of having the disease have been ordered to self-isolate, bringing the total to 14, 875, while 47,196 have ended the quarantine.]]>
5/11/2020 2:00:08 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt's Immigration ministry launches Facebook page to address Egyptian youth worldwide]]>
The Facebook page URL is: https://www.facebook.com/youngegexpats.

In statements on Monday, Minister of State for Immigration and Egyptian Expatriates' Affairs Nabila Makram stressed the necessity of addressing the second and third-generation expats through this new platform.

This platform aims at promoting the beautiful and real image of Egypt that has not reached yet these new generations of Egyptians living abroad, the minister added.]]>
5/11/2020 1:49:16 PM
<![CDATA[Boris Johnson to release lockdown details as Raab adds to confusion over new rules]]>
The prime minister’s announcement of his "first sketch of a road map" for restarting the economy and social lives in England was criticized as "vague" and "indecisive".

Johnson said the "stay home" slogan would be altered to urge Britons to "stay alert", while businesses, unions and police have called for clarity on the easing of restrictions.

After Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab wrong to say individuals can meet two people at same time, government admits people will only be allowed to meet one of their parents after the lockdown is eased, the government has said in an embarrassing U-turn.

Moments after Dominic Raab suggested it would be possible to meet two people in some circumstances – provided it was in a park, at two metres apart – the public has been told that advice was wrong.

The U-turn comes amid further confusion over the date when staff will be urged to go back to work if they can and whether some pubs could reopen from July. ]]>
5/11/2020 1:38:23 PM
<![CDATA[233 stranded Egyptians in UK brought home ]]>
On April 21, the Ministry of Civil Aviation resumed exceptional flights to bring home stranded Egyptians starting with Lebanon.

On May 5, the fourth exceptional flight operated from Washington since international aviation was suspended on March 19 arrived bringing home 327 citizens.

On May 8, 190 stranded Egyptians in Chad, Ghana, and South Africa were brought home while 166 others returned from Oman.

On May 1, 288 stranded citizens were brought home from Ethiopia, Oman, Kenya, and Maldives.

On April 28, 148 stranded Egyptians returned from Indonesia and Oman.

On April 27, 141 nationals stuck in Frankfurt were brought home.

On April 26, 234 Egyptians stuck in Thailand and Malaysia returned.

On April 24, a flight carrying 70 Egyptians from Serbia and Greece arrived.

On May 5, Egypt launched an air bridge to bring back 5,300 expats in Kuwait who have been staying there illegally after the expiry of their residence. Those are being quarantined in university dorms free of charge.

On May 6 and May 10, 450 and 490 returned, respectively. On each of those days, three flights were operated.

President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi noted in April that around 3,500 Egyptians are still stranded abroad over coronavirus, affirming that authorities are committed to bringing them back despite "hard circumstances."

Aviation suspension in Egypt began on March 19, except for domestic and cargo flights. Also, tourists who had arrived before the date were allowed to complete their program, and leave on scheduled dates beforehand.

A number of tourists requested to remain in Egypt as COVID-19 outbreak took its toll on their countries. Hence, Egyptian authorities approved as long as they go through coronavirus tests instructing the travel agencies to ensure the visitors' visas duration is extended by the Ministry of Interior, and informing their respective countries of their desire.
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5/11/2020 1:28:46 PM
<![CDATA[Chinese amb: Egyptian-Chinese cooperation to curb Covid19]]>
In a statement issued by the Chinese Embassy Monday the ambassador said China handed over to Egypt the second batch of medical assistance supplies, adding that the third batch is expected to arrive soon.

The Chinese diplomat reiterated his country's support of all economic and social development efforts in Egypt, the statement added.

Egypt and China are set to celebrate the 64th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations this month.]]>
5/11/2020 12:51:09 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt may enact total curfew if required: Presidential advisor]]>
The government is reviewing all relevant procedures in order to protect people and economy, he told Hadrat Al-Mowaten program on Al-Hadath Al-Youm channel.

Tag El-Din called on citizens to avoid large gatherings and follow the preventive procedures announced by the government. He warning people of the fact that coronavirus is very infectious, saying this is the reason behind the surge in number of cases during the last few days.

The number of cases will likely rise, Tag El-Din added.

He said earlier that around a million people who came in contact with coronavirus positive patients are being tested, noting that the capital Cairo and Alexandria have the largest number of cases in the country, due to large gatherings.

The Health Ministry on Sunday said 436 people in Egypt tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) recently and 11 people died with the novel virus.

This brings the total number of cases and deaths to 9,400 and 525 deaths respectively since the crisis started, according to the official figures.

The test results of 2,556 people of the reported cases turned from positive to negative, including 2,075 people who fully recovered.

Also, 73 cases left hospital after they recovered, according to the instructions of the World Health Organization (WHO).

As Egypt saw a surge in the number of the coronavirus cases, Health Minister Hala Zayed on Saturday said the state authorities have responded to the coronavirus crisis and made all efforts to curb its spread, blaming the surge on the behavior of many citizens.

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Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi late in April urged the medical staff to commit more to the preventive measures and the sterilization process amid the crisis, and paid tribute to the efforts of the medical sector.

As the president attended the opening of a number of national projects east of the Suez Canal, he also urged Egyptians to stick to the preventive measures against coronavirus in order to avoid tougher scenarios.

“If we have achieved success during the past period, we don’t want to lose what we have done during the next few weeks,” Sisi said, referring to the efforts to limit the spread of novel virus.

He also urged the citizens to maintain social distancing and avoid large gatherings, warning that the state may have to take tougher measures in case the coronavirus crisis developed.

The world and Egypt are facing an "invisible enemy," Sisi said, adding that Egyptian people should be proud of those who are working to curb the spread of the coronavirus in the country.]]>
5/11/2020 12:33:01 PM
<![CDATA[OPINION: The Gordian Knot of the Nile]]>
To put things in perspective, the GERD can produce over three times more power than the Hoover Dam, and can store twice as much water as Lake Mead, which is the largest artificial reservoir in America. In short, the GERD is a project of mammoth proportions.

Under international law, a dam of this magnitude should only be constructed, filled, and operated in coordination with downstream riparians who will be invariably affected by this project. For Egypt, reaching an agreement on the GERD is not only a matter of legal obligation; it is an imperative of survival. Egypt, a nation of over 100 million, is one of the most arid countries in the world and is entirely dependent on the Nile River as its sole source of livelihood.

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Unfortunately, however, Ethiopia’s posture throughout almost a decade of negotiations has been one of unrelenting unilateralism. It commenced the construction of the GERD without informing or consulting Egypt and Sudan, it thwarted every attempt to document and analyze the downstream impacts of the GERD, and undermined efforts to formulate the rules that ought to govern the filling of its reservoir and the long-term operation of the dam.

Initially, negotiations between Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan aimed at cataloging the transboundary and environmental impacts of the GERD and ensuring that the dam was structurally safe. Therefore, the three countries set-up an international panel of experts to review the construction plans of the GERD and to study its effects on downstream states and communities.

The report issued by this panel on May 31st, 2013 was deeply disconcerting. It criticized various technical aspects of the design specifications of the GERD, expressed concerns regarding its safety, and found the studies on its socio-economic and environmental impacts to be woefully inadequate. Accordingly, the panel recommended that additional studies be undertaken to identify and mitigate the potential adverse effects of this dam.

Years later, these studies have still not been conducted. In breach of an international treaty called the Agreement on Declaration of Principles (DoP) that was signed by the Heads of State of Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan on March 23rd, 2015, and in violation of an additional agreement signed by the three countries on May 15th, 2018, Ethiopia, through a policy of prevarication, effectively prevented the undertaking of the studies on the transboundary effects of the GERD.

It undermined the work of a Tripartite National Committee composed of experts from the three countries that was established to oversee these studies, and obstructed the work of a French consultancy firm that was hired to complete these studies. As a result, after ten years of talks and with the filling of the dam scheduled to begin this summer, we have no scientific analysis and no empirical evidence that documents the effects of the GERD and no guarantees regarding the structural safety of the dam.

Equally alarming is the fact that Ethiopia has torpedoed every attempt to articulate modalities for the filling and operation of the GERD that would ensure that it does not cause significant harm to downstream countries. In mid-2018, the three countries agreed to form a group composed of national experts to develop rules for the filling and long-term operation of the GERD.

That group met five times and failed to fulfill its mandate. In each of these meetings, Ethiopia adopted maximalist positions that were inconsistent with internationally established best-practices in the area of dam operations. In keeping with its unilateralist inclinations, Ethiopia insisted on executing a filling schedule geared exclusively to enable it to rapidly fill the GERD reservoir and to generate electricity, without the slightest regard for its downstream effects.

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It refused to implement any meaningful measures to mitigate the effects of droughts that might coincide with the filling of the GERD and rejected the establishment of any effective institutional structures to ensure its compliance with any agreement on the GERD. Ethiopia also refused to discuss long-term


About the writer:

Professor and Chair of International Law Dept., Cairo University Visiting Professor at SciencesPo (Paris) Attorney-at-Law and Arbitrator Mohamed Sameh

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5/11/2020 12:11:00 PM
<![CDATA[Libyan Armed Forces kill commander of Turkey-backed Syrian armed group]]>
The LNA carried out an operation in Ain Zara town southern the capital to target Mohamed Hendawy who is the commander of the second corps at Turkey-backed armed group, the National Syrian Army.

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The Libyan Presidential Council heading the Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli announced on Sunday the death of Chief of General Intelligence Abdel Qader al-Tohamy by heart attack, according to Al Arabiya.

Chief of Mobilization at the LNA Khaled al-Mahgoub told Sky News Arabia that Tohamy had been abducted by Tripoli's Al Nawasi militias and tortured until he died.

Tohamy had been leading the Libyan General Intelligence since 2017, and was a prominent officer at the External Security Agency under late President Muammar al-Gaddafi.

In February, GNA's Minister of Interior Fathy Bashagha stated that the General Intelligence Agency had been intruded by militias without naming them.

Sky News Arabia reported that Tripoli has been experiencing a conflict over power between militias affiliated with GNA's Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj and others controlled by Bashagha.

The Libyan Control Authority announced on May 4 the abduction of Head of the Central Administration for Financial Control of the Public Sector Reda Qerqab. The authority alleged the Ministry of Interior affiliated to the GNA of standing behind the crime.
The authority explained that the abduction is an attempt to impede the administration's audit of the ministry's transactions demanding his immediate release without conditions.

In January, the LNA and Libyan tribes announced the closure of oil fields and ports as the revenues had been used by the GNA to pay militants.
The Tripoli-based GNA, which lost Sirte to the LNA in January 2020, is an interim non-elected government that is recognized by the United Nations. The GNA is protected by militias, and signed in December 2019 two MoUs with Turkey on defense and gas drilling in the Mediterranean.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) revealed in May that the number of Syrian mercenaries who were transported from Syria to Libya is 7,850 while that of militants who still receive training in Turkey is 3,000. The death toll of Syrian mercenaries in the North African state is 250.

On May 6, the LNA announced the launch of "Ababil Birds" operation. The following day the Libyan Air Force struck – within the operation - militias concentrations and munitions warehouses in Abou Grein town eastern Misrata, and farms used by militants in Qadahiyah district southern Abou Grein.

Mesmary declared in April that the militias attempt to enter Al Watiyah district western Tripoli in order to take over its base to pilot Turkish drones as the Libyan Armed Forces are deployed near Mitiga airbase and can recover it soon.

Turkey has been using Tripoli's Mitiga airbase to pilot drones that target LNA concentrations and forces that encircle the capital and Misrata controlled by the GNA. In January, the LNA said it lied 100 kilometers from Misrata's center.

A Libyan military source told Youm7 that the LNA downed in April around 60 drones that were granted by Turkey to the GNA militias in order to impede the advances of the Libyan Armed Forces towards Tripoli.
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5/11/2020 12:05:56 PM
<![CDATA[La Liga chief wants restart by June 12 despite eight new positive tests]]>
Javier Tebas was speaking just hours after five players from Spain's top two leagues had tested positive for coronavirus.

He then confirmed that three non-playing staff had also tested positive.

"I would like it (the season resuming) to be June 12, but it will depend on the numbers," Tebas told Movistar.

"In the end it will be up to the health authorities. They explain what can be done. We do not rush, we are not the ones who decide the phases."

Despite Sunday's announcement of more positive tests, Tebas insisted Spain was on the right track for a speedy resumption of the sport.

"It is less than we expected. We expected 25 or 30, according to the numbers seen in the Bundesliga and the potency of the virus in Spain.

"Out of 2,500 individuals only eight positives. And the players already are in the final phase of the disease and this week they will be tested again."

Tebas added that when the competition restarts, players will be tested 24 hours beforehand.

"In the match environment, infection is practically impossible because we have carried out a study that we will present that shows the smallest risk is in matches if everyone respects the medical protocol.

"If things are done as they should be, there shouldn't be any infections. If five infected appear in one club, it would suggest some negligence."

Players in Spain's top-flight and Segunda division were allowed to carry out individual work at training grounds last week.

The move was the beginning of a staggered training programme with the aim to restart competitive games in the middle of June.

La Liga insist identifying infected players through positive tests are part of that plan.

The five players, who have not been officially named, will now be quarantined at home and tested again "in the next few days".

They will be allowed to rejoin their club's training programme only after obtaining two consecutive negative test results.

La Liga's training plan includes players initially carrying out work individually before then expanding into small groups and finally taking part in larger team sessions.

Barcelona's players were back for their first session on Friday while Real Madrid's will return on Monday.

The medical protocol for training is strict and includes players arriving already changed and at specific times to avoid contact with others.

They wear masks and gloves, and have their temperatures taken before entering the premises. At the end of training, they take away a bag of fresh kit for the next day and shower at home.

Last week, Leganes coach Javier Aguirre said he had been told that the proposed date to resume is June 20.

That could correspond with the Spanish government's de-escalation programme, which includes outside events being allowed to go ahead in their fourth and final phase, as long as they are attended by fewer than 400 people.

Football matches are expected to be staged behind closed doors for several months.

Tebas said "it is not an option" to cancel the top flight given he estimates the economic fallout would cost clubs around a billion euros ($1.08 billion).

But the third and fourth tiers in Spain will not complete their seasons, as confirmed by the Spanish football federation (RFEF) on Wednesday. Instead, promotions will be decided through play-offs and there will be no relegations.]]>
5/11/2020 11:22:25 AM
<![CDATA[U.S. women's soccer team file to appeal equal pay ruling]]>
The team suffered an unexpected blow to their high-profile case against their federation when the court threw out the players’ claims that they were under paid in comparison with the men’s national team.

District Court Judge R. Gary Klausner said the World Cup champions were paid more on both a cumulative and an average per-game basis than their male counterparts, who failed to qualify for the last World Cup.

The women’s team on Friday vowed to continue their fight.

“Equal pay means paying women players the same rate for winning a game as men get paid,” said Molly Levinson, spokesperson for the players.

“The argument that women are paid enough if they make close to the same amount as men while winning more than twice as often is not equal pay,” she said.

The players had been seeking $66 million in damages under the Equal Pay Act.

Klausner’s ruling, however, allowed the players’ claims that they do not receive equal treatment when it comes to travel, training, housing and other areas to proceed.

Those claims will be adjudicated at a trial set for June 16.

The women’s national team beat the Netherlands to claim its fourth World Cup title last summer, as the stadium rang with chants of “Equal Pay, Equal Pay”, catapulting its players into the spotlight.

The U.S national team’s long-running feud with U.S. Soccer has been a very public and bitter battle with athletes and celebrities, from Billie Jean King to Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez rallying around the women’s cause.

Last month, U.S. Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro resigned over language used in a court filing suggesting women possess less ability than men when it comes to soccer.

The language prompted an on-field protest by players, who wore their warmup jerseys inside out to obscure the U.S. Soccer logo prior to a game, and a critical response from several of the team’s commercial sponsors.

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5/11/2020 10:14:00 AM
<![CDATA[Portuguese side Guimaraes report three positive cases for coronavirus]]>
The statement added that the three players were asymptomatic and had been advised by the club to self-isolate, while the rest of the squad would continue to carry out individual training after returning to work last week.

Vitoria’s decision contrasts with German second-tier club Dynamo Dresden, who decided to place their entire squad in a two-week quarantine on Saturday following two positive coronavirus tests.]]>
5/11/2020 8:07:00 AM
<![CDATA[Barca's Umtiti suffers calf injury in training]]>
The 26-year-old French centre back has struggled with knee and foot problems in the last few seasons and Barca said there was no time frame for his return to training.

Soccer in Spain has been suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic since March. La Liga is hoping to start matches again in June, although it has yet to confirm dates for fixtures.

Players will start to train in small groups and progress to full sessions before resuming games.

Barca lead the table with 11 matches remaining and hold a two-point lead over Real Madrid, who are due to begin training on Monday. ]]>
5/11/2020 3:10:00 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt reports 436 new coronavirus cases, 11 deaths]]>
This brings the total number of cases and deaths to 9,400 and 525 deaths respectively since the crisis started, according to the official figures.

The test results of 2,556 people of the reported cases turned from positive to negative, including 2,075 people who fully recovered.

Also, 73 cases left hospital after they recovered, according to the instructions of the World Health Organization (WHO).

As Egypt saw a surge in the number of the coronavirus cases, Health Minister Hala Zayed on Saturday said the state authorities have responded to the coronavirus crisis and made all efforts to curb its spread, blaming the surge on the behavior of many citizens.

Around a million people who came in contact with coronavirus positive patients are being tested, a presidential advisor said on Saturday, affirming that infected people are quarantined to avoid them from infecting others who can show severe symptoms, especially those who suffer from chronic diseases.

In a telephone interview with Iman Al-Hossari on dmc channel, Presidential Advisor for Health Affairs Mohamed Tag El-Din urged citizens to stick to the preventive measures in order to avoid any increase in coronavirus cases during the coming period, noting that the capital Cairo and Alexandria have the largest number of cases in the country, due to large gatherings.]]>
5/10/2020 6:26:18 PM
<![CDATA[China ‘returns favor,’ hands Egypt medical aid: Amb. ]]>
The shipment includes 10,000 N95 respirator masks, 10,000 protective suits, 70,000 DNA detectors, Ambassador Liao Liqiang said in a Twitter post.

“China and Egypt are good friends,” Liqiang said. “China supports the Egyptian efforts to combat [corona]virus and is confident that Egypt will overcome it soon.”



“Egypt has provided firm support to China in a crucial stage for its fight against coronavirus. Now, China has contained the epidemic and has provided aid to Egypt to the best of its ability to return the favor,” he said.

“China will provide further aid to Egypt in the future,” Liqiang added.

In the seventh press conference on efforts deployed to face coronavirus, Liqiang stated that his country had sent Egypt 20,000 N95 masks, 10,000 medical protective suits, and 10,000 test kits.

The ambassador announced that a second batch will arrive on April 21 consisting of 10,000 N95 masks and 10,000 medical protective suits, and that a massive third batch is being coordinated with the Egyptian government. That batch will encompass 150,000 masks, a million masks for medical staff, 70,000 medical protective suits, 70,000 COVID-19 test kits, and 1,000 thermometer guns.

Liqiang revealed in the conference held virtually that later on Sunday medical aids will be handed over to university hospitals affiliated to Egypt's Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research. The aids are 100,000 masks, 15,000 N95 masks, 1,200 COVID-19 test kits, and medical protective suits.]]>
5/10/2020 6:14:34 PM
<![CDATA[In Pics: Visit Ismailia Museum during house quarantine ]]>
The Ismailia Museum is one of the oldest museums in Egypt. The museum was built by engineers working for the Suez Canal International Maritime Company (currently Suez Canal Authority). It was built in the form of a pylon.

The Ismailia Museum is famous for displaying a variety of unique artifacts that were discovered in the Suez Canal region and the Sinai region.

The idea of establishing a national museum in Ismailia came in conjunction with the digging of the Suez Canal (1859-1869). The goal of its creation was to find a place to preserve and display the discovered monuments in a manner that is easy to study. During the year 1934, the museum was officially opened.

The museum contains about 3,800 artifacts covering various historical stages of the Egyptian civilization. Among the most important pieces that have been unearthed in Ismailia Governorate is a granite statue of the Sphinx from the Middle Kingdom, in addition to a marble sarcophagus of a man named Djedhor dating back to the Ptolemaic era.

Furthermore, a pyramid from the era of King Ramses II was unearthed in the city of East Qantara during the digging works of the Suez Canal.

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5/10/2020 5:58:04 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s Catholic Synod extends suspension of masses nationwide]]>
"Masses at the churches will be performed by the church pastor and only two or three deacons with the absence of the churchgoers," the statement said, noting that marriage ceremonies will be attended only by the bride, the groom, and six guests.

Meanwhile, baptism ceremonies will be attended by the parents and only four people besides the deacon and the servant.

On May 1, Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of Saint Mark, his Holiness Pope Tawadros II, decided to allow marriage prayers, known as the “sacrament of marriage,” to take place in churches and homes during the Holy Fifties period, while setting a condition for the number of the attendees.

The Coptic Church said in an official statement that the newlyweds will write a declaration that the attendees should not exceed six with one priest and one deacon; all the precautionary measures to prevent COVID-19 spread should be taken.]]>
5/10/2020 5:49:33 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian returnees from Kuwait to be quarantined in Cairo Uni. dormitories]]>
In a phone call to “My Responsibility” talk show on Sada al-Balad T.V. channel on Saturday evening, Giza Governor Ahmed Rashed said that some Egyptian returnees are already in the Giza-based Cairo University dormitories.

It is scheduled that more Egyptian expats will be quarantined in the on-campus houses in the coming two days, for the total number of quarantined returnees to reach 1,500 expats.

Since the coronavirus crisis started, EgyptAir, the Egyptian flag carrier, has operated many exceptional flights to several countries, including the US, UK, Maldives, Kuwait, South Sudan, and Kenya, to bring back stranded Egyptians abroad.

On April 22, Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi noted that around 3,500 Egyptians are stranded abroad due to the coronavirus outbreak, affirming that authorities are committed to bringing them back despite the "hard circumstances".

Egypt has suspended flight movement since March 19, except for cargo flights, internal flights, ambulance flights and charter flights to enable tourists’ return.

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5/10/2020 5:43:43 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt's core inflation rise to 2.5% in April: CBE]]>
Core inflation discounts or strips out certain categories that are considered more volatile.

CBE said in a statement on its website Sunday that the core inflation recorded a monthly rate of 1 percent in April 2020, compared to 0.4 percent in April 2019, and 0.4 percent in March 2020.

The Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) announced that Egypt’s annual consumer price inflation hiked to 5.9 percent in April 2020, compared to 12.5 percent in April 2019.

The sustainable development plan for 2020/2021 expected the inflation rate to increase to 9.8 percent if the crisis continued until December 2020.

Inflation remains within the Central Bank of Egypt’s (CBE) target range of 9 percent, plus or minus 3 percentage points, despite the precautionary measures taken aiming to curb the spread of coronavirus that are expected to raise the rate of inflation.
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5/10/2020 5:42:36 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian Village of Shanshur on lockdown due to COVID-19]]>
It has been reported that 15 people tested positive for the virus in the village, where a 24-hour curfew was imposed by a decision from Governor Ibrahim Ahmed Abu Leimoun on Saturday.

All shops in the village were closed except for groceries, pharmacies, and butcher shops.

In mid-April, a 14-day lockdown was placed on the Egyptian village of Al-Agami, where 500 families were quarantined after six villagers tested positive for the COVID-19 in Biyala city of Kafr El-Sheikh governorate, Egypt’s Delta.

Previously, three Egyptian villages were quarantined after a number of local residents tested positive for the virus. On April 14, Saft Trab village near Al-Mahala Al-Kubra City at Gharbeya governorate was quarantined for two weeks after 18 infections were recorded.

On April 7, Moatamadeya village in Giza governorate was quarantined after nine infections had been identified.

On April 1, El-Hayatem Village in Gharbiya governorate was quarantined after eight cases tested positive to Covid-19, including a worker who contacted more than 100 persons in the village.

As yet, the number of the COVID-19 cases in Egypt reached 8,964 patients, including 2002 recovered cases, while the mortality rate rose to 514, according to the official data of the Egyptian Ministry of Health.]]>
5/10/2020 5:40:40 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt to add Marsa Alam on national electrical grid for 1st time ]]>
The ministry added that with the start of the trial run of the pipeline, it will be the first time that Marsa Alam is connected to the national electrical grid.

It stressed that work is now in full swing to complete the work of conducting electrical current through the national network for the southeastern coast region of the Red Sea starting from AlKosair and ending with Berenice region passing by Marsa Alam.

"This requires the establishment of a 220-kV dual-circuit antenna line, with a length of 295 km and investments amounting to LE 970 million. This is in addition to installing four mobile units with a voltage of 220/22 kV, with two units being located in Marsa Alam and Berenice sites, with a capacity of (60) MFA for each unit. The total cost of these units reached LE 180 million,” the ministry clarified.

According to the statement, the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company succeeded in implementing the line in record time (6 months) in accordance with the timetable prepared for the project in cooperation with major specialized companies in this field.

"The implementation of this project did not hinder the current difficult circumstances related to the coronavirus pandemic, as the implementation of the project was monitored weekly with the knowledge of Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy,” it added.

For his part, Minister of Electricity Mohamed Shaker Mohamed Shaker stressed the importance of linking these areas with the unified electrical network for the urban, touristic and social development of these promising areas, and to reduce the current cost of delivering electric energy to these areas currently being fed by diesel generating units and high-cost gas units.

Shaker explained that the average annual cost of operation, and maintenance for these units for the current loads in Al-Kosair and Marsa Alam area (excluding the tourist villages that depend on their diesel units) is about LE 270 million annually.
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5/10/2020 5:28:08 PM
<![CDATA[Finance Ministry auctions T-bills worth LE 19B]]>
In an online statement, the ministry said it sold 91-day T-bills worth LE 8.5 billion, with an average yield of 12.542 percent, adding it accepted bids at rates between 12.001 percent and 12.995 percent.

The ministry also sold 266-day T-bills valued at LE 10.5 billion, with an average yield of 12.593 percent, noting that it accepted bids at rates between 12.4 percent and 12.609 percent. ]]>
5/10/2020 5:23:37 PM
<![CDATA[What to know about expansion plan of Greater Cairo's metro in FY2020/2021]]>
As such, the number of customers served is expected to rise to 920,000 from 900,000 estimated in FY2019/2020, and 810,000 in FY2018/2019.

The length of new metro lines was 5.15 kilometers in FY2018/2019, and the number of added stations was three. In the current fiscal year, the figures are estimated at 5.15 kilometers and five stations.

The number of trips recorded in FY2018/2019 is 556,000. The figure estimated in the current fiscal year is 570,000, and is expected to be the same.

By 2030, Greater Cairo will have six metro lines. The third of them is still being accomplished.

Minister of Transportion Kamel el Wazir made on May 3 an inspection tour of the subway stations under-construction as part of the 4th phase of Cairo Metro Line 3.

During his tour, Wazir followed up the finishing touches in progress before the line comes into operation upon receiving the equipment necessary for its test run to ensure operational safety before officially putting it into service.

The minister began his tour at El Nozha station where he inspected ticket counters, entry and exit gates, fire alarm systems and escalators.

He also followed up the latest progress in establishing Cairo Metro Line 3 workshop built over 65 feddans to be the largest of its kind in the Middle East and Africa.

The workshop will have a massive garage housing 15 double-lanes with a total capacity of 30 trains.

Wazir underscored the importance of adhering to anti-coronavirus precautionary measures, including disinfection operations at work sites and regularly checking workers' temperatures by digital thermometers before and after working hours.

Additional contribution by MENA
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5/10/2020 5:19:19 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt's Min. of Tourism & Antiquities launch new video on ancient Egyptian lentils dish recipe]]>
The recipe of the lentils dish was written by an ancient Egyptian on a piece of papyrus in the third century AD.

The ancient Egyptians had eaten lentils since prehistoric times, around 4000 BC. This recipe illustrates the long history of the Egyptian cuisine, however, it did not remain constant all the time; where the lentils are prepared in different ways depending on the time period.

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5/10/2020 5:18:56 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s decisions to face COVID-19 effective, decisive: Ayman Al-Gamil]]>
Al-Gamil added that the decisions also take into account the social dimension of the various groups, especially those with limited income and irregular employment, in addition to supporting the productive sectors that are very important to the Egyptian economy, whether at the industrial, agricultural or foreign trade level and offset the decline in investments.

“The government, under the direction of President Sisi, is working to contain the effects of the emerging virus "Covid 19" on all levels ably,” he said, clarifying that on the health level, there are step-by-step emergency plans, isolation hospitals, and places to receive new patients if the numbers of injuries increase.

He added that the same is for new treatments and following up on the latest scientific research in this field.

“On the economic level, the government tended to move in parallel tracks, including obtaining fast financing without burdens from the IMF to meet the shortage of basic financing resources and at the same time a gradual opening in production sectors taking into account the basic controls and standards for virus prevention,” he referred.

He also pointed out to supporting export sectors with positive decisions, the latest of which was the Cabinet’s approval to allocate an additional LE 100 million to EgyptAir for air freight, while extending the umbrella of supporting the air freight program for fresh agricultural crops, to include the Arab Gulf countries, through the resources available to the Export Development Fund, in conjunction with the start of agricultural crops export season.

Al-Gamil noted that the government's decision to increase wages and pensions by LE 100 billion in the new budget confirms that the state is keen on the Egyptian public not to bear any burdens during the coronavirus crisis, and at the same time facing the decline and stagnation in the global economy that certainly affects the Egyptian economy with a package of effective decisions and programs. “These programs work to provide new job opportunities and an increase in foreign investment as the global economy recovers.”

The businessman explained that the Egyptian economy is able to recover from its current crisis once the movement returns to the transportation and tourism sectors in the world, and with the regularity of business and the adoption of the concept of coexistence with the coronavirus instead of facing it with complete closure and isolation as was prevalent in the past three months.

He considered that the great interest of the Egyptian state in its citizens stuck abroad and work to bring them back to their homeland as soon as possible, a testament to the strength of the Egyptian state and its ability to contain all its children at home and abroad. “It also reflects the extent of coordination and harmony between the different ministries and agencies that work together to serve the Egyptian citizen anywhere in the world.”
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5/10/2020 5:18:13 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s Min. of Tourism & Antiquities presents 'Forgotten Tales']]>
"These episodes are presented by a variety of archaeologists and curators of various museums, on Sundays and Wednesdays of every week," said Randa Rofael, director of the department.

The episodes presented by the ministry will reveal aspects from the ancient Egyptian heritage and history.

Furthermore, the episodes vary in content, shedding light on a number of artifacts from the various eras of the Egyptian history.

You can follow the lectures on the official page of the administration on Facebook at exactly 10 a.m. on Sundays and Wednesdays of every week, through the following link:

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The Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities makes virtual tours of some archaeological sites and museums to the people of Egypt and the world, which introduces the ancient Egyptian civilization to the people during their time in the house quarantine imposed by most countries to combat the novel coronavirus.

The ministry, in cooperation with its partners from scientific and archaeological institutes is launching a service to visit some of these sites through virtual tours guided by Egyptian tour guides.

The Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities presented a number of virtual tours in royal tombs, a number of archeological sites, and the Jewish Temple in Misr al-Kadima.

It also provided three guided tours of a number of artifacts in the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir.

The Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities had also launched a virtual tour to the two brothers' cemetery in Saqqara, a tomb belonging to two senior officials of the Fifth Dynasty.
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5/10/2020 4:50:04 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt traces 1 million coronavirus contacts: presidential advisor]]>
This comes as Egypt saw a surge in the daily number of coronavirus cases over the past two days, reporting a total of 8,964 cases and 514 deaths since the crisis started, according to the latest figures announced on Saturday.

In a telephone interview with Iman Al-Hossari on dmc channel, Presidential Advisor for Health Affairs Mohamed Tag El-Din urged citizens to stick to the preventive measures in order to avoid any increase in coronavirus cases during the coming period, noting that the capital Cairo and Alexandria have the largest number of cases in the country, due to large gatherings.

Egyptian state works on avoiding increase in coronavirus cases: presidential advisor

CAIRO - 8 May 2020: The number of coronavirus cases in Egypt is high but does not constitute a high risk as the curve grows "horizontally," said Mohamed Tag El-Deen, the president's advisor to the health affairs, meaning that the number increases gradually.



One million tests have been conducted so far, including 100,000 PCR tests, a tool that detects a virus's genetic material, Tag El-Deen said in another interview with Al-Qahera Al-Aan on Al-Hadath.

"As long as the figures increase, it means that there is a real expected increase, people are starting to go for testing and that the Ministry of Health has started to trace contacts,” he stated.

“As long as the method of detection improves, this means that we are on the right track.”

“We expect this increase,” he said. “When we reach a fixed number within several days, the numbers will start to decrease and we will know that we passed the peak of the crisis.”

Concerning hospitals amid the increasing number of cases, Tag El-Din said quarantine hospitals are not yet full and there are hospitals that have not been used yet.

The Health Ministry on Saturday said 488 people in Egypt tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) recently and 11 people died with the novel virus.

The test results of 2,476 people of the reported cases turned from positive to negative, including 2,002 people who fully recovered.

Also, 57 cases, all of them Egyptians, left hospital after they recovered, according to the instructions of the World Health Organization (WHO).

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Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi late in April urged the medical staff to commit more to the preventive measures and the sterilization process amid the crisis, and paid tribute to the efforts of the medical sector.

As the president attended the opening of a number of national projects east of the Suez Canal, he also urged Egyptians to stick to the preventive measures against coronavirus in order to avoid tougher scenarios.

“If we have achieved success during the past period, we don’t want to lose what we have done during the next few weeks,” Sisi said, referring to the efforts to limit the spread of novel virus.

He also urged the citizens to maintain social distancing and avoid large gatherings, warning that the state may have to take tougher measures in case the coronavirus crisis developed.

The world and Egypt are facing an "invisible enemy," Sisi said, adding that Egyptian people should be proud of those who are working to curb the spread of the coronavirus in the country.]]>
5/10/2020 4:45:42 PM
<![CDATA[Libyan interim government announces death of General Intelligence chief ]]>
Chief of Mobilization at the Libyan National Army (LNA) Khaled al-Mahgoub told Sky News Arabia that Tohamy had been abducted by Tripoli's Al Nawasi militias and tortured until he died.

Tohamy had been leading the Libyan General Intelligence since 2017, and was a prominent officer at the External Security Agency under late President Muammar al-Gaddafi.

In February, GNA's Minister of Interior Fathy Bashagha stated that the General Intelligence Agency had been intruded by militias without naming them.

Sky News Arabia reported that Tripoli has been experiencing a conflict over power between militias affiliated with GNA's Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj and others controlled by Bashagha.

The Libyan Control Authority announced on May 4 the abduction of Head of the Central Administration for Financial Control of the Public Sector Reda Qerqab. The authority alleged the Ministry of Interior affiliated to the GNA of standing behind the crime.

The authority explained that the abduction is an attempt to impede the administration's audit of the ministry's transactions demanding his immediate release without conditions.

In January, the LNA and Libyan tribes announced the closure of oil fields and ports as the revenues had been used by the GNA to pay militants.
The Tripoli-based GNA, which lost Sirte to the LNA in January 2020, is an interim non-elected government that is recognized by the United Nations. The GNA is protected by militias, and signed in December 2019 two MoUs with Turkey on defense and gas drilling in the Mediterranean.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) revealed in May that the number of Syrian mercenaries who were transported from Syria to Libya is 7,850 while that of militants who still receive training in Turkey is 3,000. The death toll of Syrian mercenaries in the North African state is 250.

On May 6, the LNA announced the launch of "Ababil Birds" operation. The following day the Libyan Air Force struck – within the operation - militias concentrations and munitions warehouses in Abou Grein town eastern Misrata, and farms used by militants in Qadahiyah district southern Abou Grein.

Mesmary declared in April that the militias attempt to enter Al Watiyah district western Tripoli in order to take over its base to pilot Turkish drones as the Libyan Armed Forces are deployed near Mitiga airbase and can recover it soon.

Turkey has been using Tripoli's Mitiga airbase to pilot drones that target LNA concentrations and forces that encircle the capital and Misrata controlled by the GNA. In January, the LNA said it lied 100 kilometers from Misrata's center.

A Libyan military source told Youm7 that the LNA downed in April around 60 drones that were granted by Turkey to the GNA militias in order to impede the advances of the Libyan Armed Forces towards Tripoli.
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5/10/2020 4:11:22 PM
<![CDATA[EGX ends Sunday in semi-collective regression]]>
The benchmark EGX 30 rose 0.80 percent, or 81.02 points, to close at 10,257.75 points.

On the other hand, the equally weighted index EGX 50 dropped 0.82 percent, or 12.56 points, to end at 1,511.71 points.

The small and mid-cap index EGX 70 declined 2.38 percent, or 27.42 points, to close at 1,127 points, and the broader index EGX 100 lessened 1.83 percent, or 34.19 points to 1,836.54 points.

Market capitalization lost LE 790 million, recording LE 549.57 billion, compared to LE 550.36 billion in Thursday’s session.

The trading volume reached 536.46 million shares, traded through 26,462 transactions, with a turnover of LE 536.46 million.

Egyptian investors were buyers at LE 38.21 million, while Arab and foreign investors were net sellers at LE 14.9764 million, and LE 23.44 million, respectively.

Egyptian and foreign individuals were net buyers at LE 36.16 million, and LE 8.15 million, respectively, while Arab individuals were net sellers at LE 2.85 million.

Egyptian organizations bought at LE 2.05 million, while Arab and foreign organizations sold at LE 11.91 million, and LE 31.59 million, respectively.

Canal Shipping Agencies, General Silos & Storage, and B Investments Holding were top gainers of the session at 10 percent, 9.92 percent and 6.87 percent, respectively.

Meanwhile, Misr Oils & Soap, Osool ESB Securities Brokerage, and Arab Polvara Spinning & Weaving were top losers of the session by 10 percent, 9.98 percent, and 9.89 percent, respectively.

On Thursday, EGX ended the session in red, as: EGX 30 dipped 1.14 percent, EGX 50 dropped 2.89 percent, EGX 70 declined 3.69 percent, and EGX 100 lessened 2.98 percent.
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5/10/2020 4:05:00 PM
<![CDATA[CBE donates $7 million to back State's anti-coronavirus efforts]]>
This came in a letter sent to Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouli by CIB chairman Hisham Ezzel Arab.

The donation will boost the Health Ministry's coronavirus tests and secure basic needs of the families that were harmed by the outbreak of the virus.

Some of the funds will go to the National Fund for Emergency and Disasters.

The bank also donated 250,000 dollars to back the Africa COVID-19 Response Fund.

The bank chairman hailed efforts and measures taken by the country to curb the outbreak of the pandemic, calling on African countries to join hands in face of this joint enemy.

Madbouli lauded the bank's positive contribution which was not limited to boosting national needs but extended to include the African continent as well. ]]>
5/10/2020 3:44:23 PM
<![CDATA[CBE weighs expanding industry stimulus package to contractor sector: governor]]>
The initiative intends to support industry and agricultural manufacturing by securing loans at a declining 8-percent interest rate.

The proposal, which will be reviewed by CBE board during its upcoming meeting, aims to expand the number of sectors benefiting from the initiative by adding the contractor sector that was as well affected by the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, the governor said in statements to MENA.

The contractor sector is a key driver of the Egyptian economy and should be supported, Amer said.

In December, the CBE launched a 100 billion pound initiative to support local industry to boost private sector growth in the next phase.

Under the plan, factories with sales of under 1 billion pounds would be able to secure loans at a reduced interest rate of 10%.

Three months later, the CBE cut down the interest rate to eight percent after expanding the initiative to the agricultural and production firms. ]]>
5/10/2020 3:36:42 PM
<![CDATA[FRA reduces services charges on trading operations]]>
Chairman of the authority Mohamed Omran said services charges on trading in listed bonds will be reduced to be 5 per 100,000 with a maximum limit of 250 pounds.

The move makes Egypt the least-cost market in terms of services charges on trading operations if compared to other money markets, he added.

Oman said the move reflects the authority's keenness on developing capital market and luring more investments. ]]>
5/10/2020 3:30:24 PM
<![CDATA[High-yield savings certificates of NBE, Banque Misr post LE 121B in gains]]>
Mohamed el Atrebi, Board Chairman of Banque Misr, told MENA that the bank sold certificates worth 39 billion pounds since the new certificates were issued.

They were also sold electronically as part of the preventive measures taken by the State to limit crowds to ban the spread of coronavirus, he added.

Yehia Abul Fotouh, Vice President of the NBE, said the bank sold 82-billion-pound worth certificates since they were issued.

The certificates were sold online or through the mobile banking application and the call center 19623, he added.

The two banks issued these certificates as part of measures to ease the economic repercussions of coronavirus outbreak.]]>
5/10/2020 3:25:24 PM
<![CDATA[Banque du Caire chairman issues statement on closure of downtown branch after 2 coronavirus infections]]>
Medical tests were conducted on the other staffers of the branch to make sure they are free from the virus and a full sterilization process was carried out in the branch for three days, Fayed said in a statement late on Saturday.

The move comes in the framework of the bank’s keenness on the safety and health of all bank employees and customers.

Since the start of coronavirus outbreak in Egypt, the bank took a number of precautionary measures, including disinfecting all branches, providing gloves at the ATMs, exercising social distance among staffers and clients, activating E-Learning mechanism and organizing meetings through conference calls.

He urged bank clients to go to the nearest downtown branch until Talaat Harb branch is re-opened. ]]>
5/10/2020 3:17:45 PM
<![CDATA[LE 56B worth of tax liens to be removed as part of new initiative: CBE official]]>
Speaking to MENA, the source said the initiative covers around 126 thousand defaulting taxpayers, including individuals, companies, and facilities.

CBE will notify banks to inform their clients, with foreclosed assets, about the initiative, which would remove all the fines and interests accrued on demurrage charges if they adhere to the condition of one percent payment. ]]>
5/10/2020 3:14:06 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt's fuel subsidy bill drops 65% in 9 months through March: official]]>
Egypt spent LE 60.1 billion on fuel subsidies in the same period a year earlier. Over the past three years, Egypt has phased out subsidies on most fuel products as part of an IMF-backed economic reform programme. ($1 = 15.6900 Egyptian pounds)]]>
5/10/2020 3:08:54 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s annual inflation records 5.9% in April, rises 1.6% monthly]]>
In March 2020, Egypt's annual inflation reached 4.6 percent.

On a monthly basis, inflation recorded 107.5 points in April 2020, marking an increase of 1.6 percent compared to March 2020, the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) said.

CAPMAS attributed the rise in inflation to the increase in prices of some commodities during the month, as fruits by 13.9 percent, vegetables by 9.5 percent, fish and seafood by 9.1 percent, meat and poultry by 5.5 percent, dairy, cheese and eggs by 0.4 percent, ready-made clothes by 0.5 percent, and outpatient services by 0.9 percent.

It also referred to the decrease in the expenses on private transport by 2.9 percent.

At the urban level, the annual inflation rate for April 2020 rose to 5.9 percent, up from 5.1 percent in March.

The sustainable development plan for 2020/2021 expected the inflation rate to increase to 9.8 percent if the crisis continued until December 2020.

Inflation remains within the Central Bank of Egypt’s (CBE) target range of 9 percent, plus or minus 3 percentage points, despite the precautionary measures taken aiming to curb the spread of coronavirus that are expected to raise the rate of inflation.
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5/10/2020 3:04:45 PM
<![CDATA[Vatican Pope greets Pope Tawadros on day of fraternal love]]>
Pope Francis’ call marked the seventh anniversary of his meeting with Tawadros II in Rome on May 10, 2013, which has become an annual celebration of fraternal love between both churches, Spokesman for the Coptic Orthodox Church Priest Paul Halim said. ]]>
5/10/2020 2:42:27 PM
<![CDATA[Rock 'n' roll pioneer Little Richard dies at age 87]]>
Richard, a Grammy Award winner and inductee to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame whose electrifying 1950s hits such as “Tutti Frutti” and “Long Tall Sally” and flamboyant stage presence influenced legions of performers, succumbed to cancer.

“Little Richard died in Tullahoma, Tennessee of bone cancer. He was loved by his family and adored by millions,” his family said in a statement through their lawyer, Bill Sobel.

Richard’s bass guitarist, Charles Glenn, told celebrity website TMZ the musician had been sick for two months and that he died surrounded by his brother, sister and son.

At his peak in the late 1950s and early ‘60s, Richard shouted, moaned, screamed and trilled hits like “Good Golly, Miss Molly” and “Lucille,” all the while pounding the piano like a mad man and punctuating lyrics with an occasional shrill “whoooo!”

Time magazine said he played “songs that sounded like nonsense ... but whose beat seemed to hint of unearthly pleasures centered somewhere between the gut and the gutter.”

The music drew in both young black and white fans at a time when parts of the United States still were strictly segregated. Many white artists, such as Pat Boone, had their own hit versions of Richard’s songs, albeit considerably toned down and “safer” for the pop audience.

“I’ve always thought that rock ‘n’ roll brought the races together,” Richard once told an interviewer. “Although I was black, the fans didn’t care. I used to feel good about that.”

Mick Jagger, Paul McCartney, James Brown, Otis Redding, David Bowie and Rod Stewart all cited Little Richard as an influence. Jimi Hendrix, who played in Richard’s band in the mid-1960s, said he wanted to use his guitar the way Richard used his voice.

FASHION STATEMENT

“I am the innovator,” Richard would tell interviewers and audiences. “I am the originator. I am the emancipator. I am the architect of rock ‘n’ roll!”

Little Richard’s sonic extravagance was matched by his campy flamboyance. He wore brightly colored suits, a pencil-thin mustache, a carefully curled 6-inch pompadour, mascara, pancake makeup and lipstick.

“Elvis may have been the king of rock ‘n ‘roll but I am the queen,” he proclaimed.

He was born Dec. 5, 1932 as Richard Penniman to a poor family of 12 children in Macon, Georgia. Religion was a guiding force in his family, which attended Pentecostal, Baptist and African Methodist Episcopal churches. His faith was so deeply ingrained that at times it would overwhelm his rock career.

His first performances were as a child in his church choir and his earliest inspirations were gospel singers, including Sister Rosetta Tharpe, who let a young Richard open her show when she stopped in Macon. A singer named Esquerita also influenced Richard’s fashion and manic musical style.

He first went on the road in the late 1940s, performing in medicine shows and drag shows and with bands.

Richard first recorded in the early 1950s and became a dominating force on the music charts starting in 1956 with hits such as “Tutti Frutti,” “Rip It Up,” “Slippin’ and Slidin’, and “Good Golly Miss Molly.” All were infused with the frantic rhythm of a runaway train.

“Shining like a quasar, the most intensely radiant object in the cosmos, he seems to tap a mystical source of mental power that is only accessible to great preachers and shamans,” McCartney wrote in the preface to the 1994 biography “The Life and Times of Little Richard.”

But Richard’s career took a turn in 1957 when he decided to abandon rock in the middle of a two-week tour of Australia.

Richard told a biographer that he saw a fireball shoot across the sky during an outdoor performance in Sydney and took it as a sign from God to change his life. He said he later determined the fireball was the launch of Russia’s Sputnik satellite.

A few months later, however, Richard was a student at a Bible college in Alabama. For a while he played only gospel music but slipped back into rock ‘n’ roll, sharing a bill with the young Beatles in Hamburg, Germany, in 1962.

It was a pattern that persisted for years as Little Richard moved between rock ‘n’ roll, alcohol, cocaine and heroin abuse and Christianity and gospel music. He would go on to become an ordained Seventh Day Adventist minister and eventually worked gospel and rock both into his shows, along with a little preaching.

“I talk about my life as a homosexual and a drug addict because I think it is right to tell people what God has done for me,” he wrote in his autobiography, “The Life and Times of Little Richard.”

Richard was among the first inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986 but missed the ceremony because he was recovering from an auto accident. Rolling Stone magazine ranked him No. 8 on its list of 100 greatest entertainers of all time and he received a lifetime achievement Grammy in 1993.

“Little Richard bent gender, upset segregationist fault lines and founded a tradition of rock dadaists devoted to the art of self-creation,” a Rolling Stone critic said. “He went with the inspiration of the moment, be it divine or hormonal, and caromed like a shiny, cracked pinball between God, sex and rock ‘n’ roll.”

As a minister, Richard officiated at weddings for Bruce Springsteen, Demi Moore, Bruce Willis, Cyndi Lauper and other celebrities.

Richard suffered a heart attack in 2013 and hip problems required him to use a wheelchair at times.

In a post on Instagram on Saturday, Richard’s longtime guitarist Kelvin Holly said, “Rest in peace, Richard. This one really stings.”

“My thoughts and prayers go out to all my bandmates and fans all over the world. Richard truly was the king!”]]>
5/10/2020 2:37:22 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt's central bank issues LE 19B in T-bills Sunday]]>
The T-bills will be offered in two installments; the first installment is valued at LE 8.5 billion with a 91-day term and the second is worth LE 10.5 billion with a 266-day term.

T-bills are issued every Sunday and Thursday.

For the current fiscal year, the budget deficit is estimated to record LE 445.1 billion, or 7.2 percent, planned by the ministry to be financed through treasury bills and bonds and through international and Arab loans.

The Monetary Policy Committee of the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) decided April 2 to keep the overnight deposit rate, the overnight lending rate, and the rate of the main operation at 9.25 percent, 10.25 percent, and 9.75 percent, respectively. Moreover, credit and discount rates are cut at 9.75 percent from 12.75 percent.

Earlier, CBE decided to cut the overnight deposit rate, the overnight lending rate, and the rate of the main operation in an emergency meeting by 300 basis points.

Egypt's 2020/2021 draft budget aims to reduce public debt of GDP to 82.7 percent by end of June 2021, up from earlier target of 82.5 percent by the end of June 2020 and to 77.5 percent by the end of June 2022.]]>
5/10/2020 2:36:44 PM
<![CDATA[Doctor, nurse die from coronavirus as Egypt sees surge in positive cases]]>
This makes him the ninth doctor to die from the novel virus in the northeastern African country.

The syndicate said that Doctor Ahmed Darraz, former head of a hospital in Al-Sharkia governorate, in northern Egypt, had been in the “front line” in the battle against coronavirus, despite his old age and the fact that he had suffered from some chronic diseases.

Coronavirus: 35 medical personnel in Cairo hospital test positive

CAIRO - 10 May 2020: As 50 medical personnel at a hospital in the capital Cairo were tested for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), 35 were found to be positive, an official at the Egyptian Medical Syndicate said late on Saturday.



This comes as Egypt saw a surge in the daily number of coronavirus cases over the past two days, reporting a total of 8,964 cases and 514 deaths since the crisis started, according to the latest figures announced on Saturday.

Also, a nurse in one of the chest hospitals located in Damanhur, in the northern governorate of Beheira died from coronavirus. Chest hospitals nationwide receive patients with suspected coronavirus.

The syndicate does not have accurate figures for doctors who have been found to be positive, but according to the latest figures obtained from the syndicate’s branches nationwide, 90 doctors were infected, said Ihab Taher, secretary-general of the Doctors' Syndicate.

The World Health Organization said in a report on April 13 that the infected medical staff represent 13 percent of the total cases in Egypt, Taher added.

The Health Ministry on Saturday said 488 people in Egypt tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) recently and 11 people died with the novel virus.

The test results of 2,476 people of the reported cases turned from positive to negative, including 2,002 people who fully recovered.

Also, 57 cases, all of them Egyptians, left hospital after they recovered, according to the instructions of the World Health Organization (WHO).]]>
5/10/2020 2:16:54 PM
<![CDATA[Coronavirus: 35 medical personnel in Cairo hospital test positive]]>
This comes as Egypt saw a surge in the daily number of coronavirus cases over the past two days, reporting a total of 8,964 cases and 514 deaths since the crisis started, according to the latest figures announced on Saturday.

“The medical team, the real heroes, are still paying the price,” Ibrahim Al-Zayat, who also served as the head of the Dakahlia Medical Syndicate, said in a Facebook post, referring to Al-Zahraa Hospital that belongs to Al-Azhar University, the country’s first oldest degree-granting university.

The infected staff included “leading” figures at the University of Al-Azhar and the hospital, including the dean of the Faculty of Medicine at the girls’ sector at the university, as well as 17 male and female doctors, Zayat said in press remarks.

They were quarantined at Al-Azhar University Specialized Hospital, he noted.

Sisi orders providing needed medical supplies for quarantine hospitals

CAIRO - 28 April 2020: Egypt's president Abdel Fattah al Sisi ordered Tuesday, providing all needed medical supplies to the quarantine and isolation hospitals all over the country. According to presidency spokesperson Bassam Rady, Sisi followed up with latest updates regarding workflow inside of the isolation hospitals, during a video conference meeting with number of the hospital's directors.



Mahmoud Seddik, deputy head of the university said Al-Zahraa Hospital has so far 38 coronavirus cases, noting that the number of people who were tested on Saturday is 74. Also, 100 contacts will be tested.

In an interview with Ala Mas’oliety program on Sada Al-Balad channel, Seddik suggested that the source of infection is an employee at the hospital’s kitchen or his wife who is working at the administrative building of the hospital.

Sterilization process will take place in coordination with the hospitals belonging to the university.

The Egyptian Medical Syndicate does not have accurate figures for doctors who have been found to be positive, but according to the latest figures obtained from the syndicate’s branches nationwide, 90 doctors were infected, said Ihab Taher, secretary-general of the Doctors' Syndicate.

The World Health Organization said in a report on April 13 that the infected medical staff represent 13 percent of the total cases in Egypt, Taher added.

The Health Ministry on Saturday said 488 people in Egypt tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) recently and 11 people died with the novel virus.

The test results of 2,476 people of the reported cases turned from positive to negative, including 2,002 people who fully recovered.

Also, 57 cases, all of them Egyptians, left hospital after they recovered, according to the instructions of the World Health Organization (WHO).]]>
5/10/2020 12:55:38 PM
<![CDATA[EgyptAir receives 490 stranded nationals from Kuwait]]>
All the passengers would undergo the necessary preventive procedures, including being tested for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and being quarantined for two weeks once they arrive at the airport, the source noted.

Since the coronavirus crisis started, EgyptAir, the Egyptian flag carrier, has operated many exceptional flights to several countries, including the US, UK, Maldives, Kuwait, South Sudan and Kenya, to bring back stranded Egyptians abroad.

On April 22nd, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi noted that around 3,500 Egyptians are stranded abroad over coronavirus, affirming that authorities are committed to bringing them back despite "hard circumstances".

Egypt has suspended flight movement since 19 March, except for cargo flights, charter flights to enable tourists’ return, ambulance flights and internal flights.
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5/10/2020 12:45:58 PM
<![CDATA[Michael Jordan's first Air Jordans up for auction at Sotheby's]]>
The Air Jordan 1s, designed for Jordan in 1985 and the first ever signature sneakers, are expected to fetch between $100,000 to $150,000 in the online auction that closes on May 17, Sotheby’s in New York said.

Sotheby’s, better known for selling multimillion-dollar art, last year held its first auction dedicated entirely to sneakers. It set a new world record of $437,500 for a pair of 1972 Nike running shoes, known as the “Moon Shoe.”

The white, black and red Air Jordan 1 sneakers up for auction on Friday have red laces, are signed by Jordan, and show frequent wear by the former Chicago Bulls player. Like most of Jordan’s basketball shoes, they are a mismatched pair in a size 13 (left) and size 13.5 (right), Sotheby’s said.

The shoes are being sold by collector Jordan Geller, founder of the sneaker museum Shoezeum, where they were previously on display in Las Vegas. They were the “crown jewel” of the museum, drawing fans and collectors from all over the world, according to Geller.

The auction coincides with the 35th anniversary of the Air Jordan brand and the screening of the last episode of the 10-part ESPN television documentary “The Last Dance” about the Chicago Bulls and Jordan.

“With all the excitement surrounding Michael Jordan and ‘The Last Dance,’ my wife and I decided that it’s time to let the shoes find a new home,” Geller said in a statement.

Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Tom Brown]]>
5/10/2020 12:18:05 PM
<![CDATA[Inter, AC Milan back training after two-month lockdown in coronavirus epicentre]]>
Inter said all their players and staff had tested negative for the coronavirus on Friday, clearing the way for them to return to individual training.

Captain Samir Handanovic led the way in the afternoon as players, including Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku, wearing face masks and some in gloves, arrived at the team's Appiano Gentile training centre, 35km northwest of Milan.

Temperatures were taken on arrival with three groups of players alternating in the afternoon to respect social distancing rules.

Their city rival resumed earlier in the week with club technical director Paolo Maldini warning "not going back on the pitch would be a disaster."

Former captain Maldini, together with his 18-year-old son Daniel, a Milan youth team player, have both recovered from COVID-19, but the San Siro outfit revealed on Friday that some squad members are still not negative.

"You have to be careful, but not to resume would be a disaster from all points of view," 51-year-old Maldini said during an Instagram Live chat on Friday.

"France were wrong to decree the end immediately, but we will accept what will be the verdict of the government. There is so much uncertainty."

The city in the northern Lombardy region is the epicentre of Italy's outbreak, one of the worst in Europe in terms of deaths and infections.

It has suffered some 15,000 deaths, around half of Italy's 30,000 coronavirus fatalities, since the outbreak first erupted in early March.

- 'Negative signals' -

One by one stars have returned to Italy with Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo in two weeks' coronavirus quarantine as his team got back to training on Tuesday.

Milan are awaiting the return of Swedish star Zlatan Ibrahimovic early next week.

But opinions are divided on whether to follow France and the Netherlands and end the season or the Bundesliga and return behind closed doors.

The Italian Football Federation (FIGC) met on Thursday with the government's technical scientific committee to discuss details of the medical protocol for a return to group training.

"Tell us what we need to do to return to play," FIGC president Gabriele Gravina was reported to have told government officials.

Italian Sports Minister Vincenzo Spadafora said afterwards he was "hopeful" group training could resume on May 18.

"I don't want to risk forecasts at this time, we must be careful," said Spadafora. "If it is to be resumed, it will be behind closed doors."

Almost at the same time as the meeting two clubs, Fiorentina and Sampdoria, announced ten positive tests -- seven players and three staff members.

In addition, a Torino player tested positive on Wednesday, giving "extremely negative signals for a restart of the championship," according to newspaper Il Messagero.

Italian football bosses want to follow the example of Germany, which returns to action on May 16 and where only positive cases would be put into isolation.

But the scientific committee insisted football must comply with the general rule that those who have been in contact with positive cases should be isolated.

In this scenario, any positive screening after the resumption of collective training on May 18, would sideline the entire team.

Another obstacle is the scientific committee protocol requires regular repeated screening for each player, which means clubs would need to acquire a considerable number of testing kits, which could prove difficult in regions such as Lombardy.

There is also the problem of individual regions which could refuse to host teams from highly-infected areas.

Serie A, meanwhile, has called an emergency assembly next Wednesday to take stock of the situation, and also to discuss TV rights.]]>
5/10/2020 12:05:29 PM
<![CDATA[Latest on the worldwide spread of the coronavirus]]>
DEATHS AND INFECTIONS

* For an interactive graphic tracking the global spread, open tmsnrt.rs/3aIRuz7 in an external browser.

* For a U.S.-focused tracker with state-by-state and county map, open tmsnrt.rs/2w7hX9T in an external browser.

EUROPE

* British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will set out a five-tier warning system for the coronavirus in England when he outlines plans to begin slowly easing lockdown measures, British media reported. Johnson is due to make a televised address at 1800 GMT on Sunday.

* New coronavirus infections are accelerating again in Germany just days after its leaders loosened social restrictions, raising concerns that the pandemic could once again slip out of control.

* The Russian authorities said they had recorded 11,012 new cases of the coronavirus in the last 24 hours, bringing the nationwide tally to 209,688.

* One person was killed after a fire broke out on Saturday at a Moscow hospital treating coronavirus patients, the authorities said.

ASIA-PACIFIC

* South Korea warned of a second wave of the new coronavirus as infections rebounded to a one-month high, just as the authorities were starting to ease some restrictions.

* China’s National Health Commission reported 14 new confirmed coronavirus cases on May 9, the highest number since April 28, including the first for more than a month in the city of Wuhan where the outbreak was first detected late last year.

* Australia’s most populous state, home to Sydney, will allow restaurants, playgrounds and outdoor pools to reopen on Friday as extensive testing has shown the spread of the coronavirus has slowed sharply, New South Wales state’s premier said.

* Japanese Economy Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura said the government is looking to lift the state of emergency in “many of 34 prefectures” that are not among the hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic before the nationwide deadline of May 31.

AMERICAS

* Three senior officials guiding the U.S. response to the pandemic were in self-quarantine on Saturday after coming into contact with someone who had tested positive for the coronavirus, their agencies and spokesmen said.

* Former President Barack Obama described President Donald Trump’s handling of the pandemic as “chaotic” in a conference call with former members of his administration, a source said on Saturday.

* Tesla Inc TSLA.O sued local authorities in California on Saturday as the electric carmaker pushed to re-open its factory there and Chief Executive Elon Musk threatened to move Tesla’s headquarters and future programs from the state to Texas or Nevada.

* Coronavirus patients were being turned away from hospitals in the Mexican capital on Saturday, as both public and private medical facilities quickly fill up and the number of new infections continues to rise.

MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA

* The coronavirus could kill between 83,000 and 190,000 people in Africa in the first year and infect between 29 million and 44 million in the first year if it is not contained, the World Health Organization said.

* Kuwait will enact a “total curfew” from 4 p.m. (1300 GMT) on Sunday through to May 30, the Information Ministry said on Twitter on Friday.

ECONOMIC FALLOUT

* China’s central bank said it will step up counter-cyclical adjustments to support the economy and make monetary policy more flexible to fend off financial risks.

* Large Italian companies have requested 18.5 billion euros ($20 billion) in state-guaranteed loans to weather the coronavirus crisis, state-backed export credit agency SACE said.

* India’s fuel demand dipped 45.8% in April from a year earlier, as a nationwide lockdown and travel curbs eroded economic activity.
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5/10/2020 12:04:46 PM
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