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  1. CAIRO: Egypt's public prosecutor ordered 29 people to be detained for 15 days pending an investigation into accusations they spied for Turkey and joined a "terrorist" group, his office said Wednesday. The 29 suspects - and others who are still at large - are accused of "spying in favour of Turkey and membership in an terrorist organisation", a statement said. The suspects were accused of offering Egyptian citizens an international phone service, which was set up to spy on Egyptians and offer the information to Turkish intelligence. They listened in on those calls to monitor the opinions of Egyptians on conditions in the country, and then leaked the information to Turkish intelligence services. The suspects acted in agreement with "elements from the Turkish security and intelligence services and members of the international Muslim Brotherhood organisation" in a bid to help the Muslim Brotherhood take power in Egypt, the statement said. The public prosecutor's office did not give a timeline for these alleged acts nor was it clear when the suspects were arrested. The suspects were also accused of money laundering, illegal currency trade as well as setting up media entities abroad to disseminate fake news aimed at "stirring up public opinion against (Egypt's) state institutions", the statement said. The statement said authorities searched the homes of the suspects and found computers equipped with surveillance programmes and other equipment to facilitate the international calls. Relations between Egypt and Turkey have been strained since Egypt's army ousted president Mohamed Morsi in 2013. Ankara denounced the move and called Morsi´s ouster a "coup". Several members of Morsi's Moslem Brotherhood - now outlawed in Egypt - have sought refuge in Turkey, which also hosts pro-Brotherhood satellite television channels.
  2. Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri (right) is greeted by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Cairo. ? AFP CAIRO: Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri stopped in Egypt for talks on Tuesday on his way back from France to his country, which is reeling from his surprise resignation amid an escalating regional crisis. Minutes after Hariri landed in Cairo, small groups of supporters took to the streets of central Beirut in noisy convoys, honking, cheering and waving flags with the colours of the premier?s Future Movement. Hariri?s visit to Cairo follows two weeks of deep uncertainty after he announced his resignation on November 4 in a speech from Saudi Arabia. He has said he will return to Lebanon by Wednesday. A message on Hariri?s Twitter account said he would meet and then dine with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who has sought to defuse the tensions between Hariri?s sponsors in Saudi Arabia and the powerful Lebanese Hezbollah and its Iranian patrons. Sisi?s office said he received a phone call from Lebanese President Michel Aoun in which they discussed "the importance of preserving Lebanon?s stability and elevating Lebanon?s national interests." Hariri?s failure to return to Lebanon since his resignation sparked rumours he was being held in Riyadh against his will, which both he and Saudi officials have denied. Speaking after talks in Paris on Saturday with French President Emmanuel Macron, who is also seeking to broker a way out of the crisis, Hariri said he would "make known my position" once back in Beirut. Hariri?s mysterious decision to step down -- which Aoun has refused to accept while he remains abroad -- has raised fears over Lebanon?s fragile democracy. In his resignation speech, he accused Iran and its powerful Lebanese ally Hezbollah of destabilising his country. Hariri -- whose father, former prime minister Rafiq Hariri, was killed in a 2005 car bombing blamed on Hezbollah -- took over last year as head of a shaky national unity government which includes the powerful Hezbollah. A dual Saudi citizen who has previously enjoyed Riyadh?s backing, he resigned saying he feared for his life. Saudi Arabia?s Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir meanwhile insisted from Madrid on Friday that "unless Hezbollah disarms and becomes a political party, Lebanon will be held hostage by Hezbollah and, by extension, Iran". Battle for influence Hariri?s resignation was widely seen as an escalation of the battle for influence between Saudi Arabia and Iran, which back opposing sides in the conflicts in Syria and Yemen. His attempt to step down also coincides with a purge of more than 200 Saudi princes, ministers and businessmen. Riyadh on Saturday recalled its ambassador to Berlin in protest at comments by Germany?s Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel which were interpreted as a suggestion that Hariri acted under Saudi orders. Without mentioning Saudi Arabia directly, Gabriel had said Thursday that he shared concerns about the threat of instability and bloodshed in Lebanon and warned against "adventurism". "Lebanon has earned the right to decide on its fate by itself and not become a pinball of Syria or Saudi Arabia or other national interests," he said in the week. Germany?s foreign ministry had yet to comment on the row, but in a statement it welcomed Hariri?s "imminent return to Lebanon". France, which held mandate power over Lebanon for the first half of the 20th century, plans to bring together international support for Lebanon, depending on how the situation develops. The French president has also telephoned his counterparts in the US and Egypt, Donald Trump and Sisi, as well as the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to discuss "the situation in the Middle East". He and Trump "agreed on the need to work with allies to counter Hezbollah?s and Iran?s destabilising activities in the region", according to a White House statement Saturday. However, Macron told reporters Friday that France wanted "dialogue" with Iran and aimed to "build peace... not to choose one side over another". Ahead of Hariri?s departure, Aoun -- an ally of Hezbollah -- welcomed the trip to Paris, expressing hope it was the "start of a solution". "If Mr Hariri speaks from France, I would consider that he speaks freely," Aoun said. "But his resignation must be presented in Lebanon, and he will have to remain there until the formation of the new government."
  3. Saad al-Hariri looks on after a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, November 18, 2017. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier/Files BEIRUT: Saad al-Hariri ? who announced his resignation as Lebanese prime minister in a televised broadcast from Saudi Arabia on November 4 ? will visit Egypt on Tuesday to meet Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, Hariri?s office said on Sunday. Hariri has since Saturday been in Paris ? where he met French President Emmanuel Macron ? and has said he will return to Lebanon by Wednesday for its Independence Day celebrations. Lebanese President Michel Aoun has said he will not accept Hariri?s resignation until it is delivered in person and all sides in Beirut have called for his speedy return. Hariri also reiterated on Twitter his plan to "visit Egypt for talks" with al-Sisi. A leader in Hariri?s Future Movement had earlier told Reuters Hariri would visit Egypt on Monday. The resignation sparked a political crisis in Lebanon and put it on the front line of a regional power struggle between Saudi Arabia and Iran. Hariri criticized Iran and its ally Hezbollah ? which is in Lebanon?s coalition government ? in his resignation statement, saying he feared assassination. Apart from a brief trip to Abu Dhabi, he remained in Saudi Arabia until he flew to France. His stay in the kingdom led to accusations from Lebanese officials and politicians that Saudi Arabia had coerced him to resign, which he and Riyadh denied. On Friday, Hariri tweeted that his presence there was for ?consultations on the future of the situation in Lebanon and its relations with the surrounding Arab region?. On Sunday, Arab League foreign ministers held an emergency meeting in Cairo ? requested by Saudi Arabia ? to discuss ways to confront Iran and Hezbollah over their role in the region. In a statement afterwards, the ministers accused Hezbollah of supporting terrorism in Arab countries. Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil did not attend.
  4. GAZA CITY: Egypt opened its largely sealed border with Gaza on Saturday for the first time since a reconciliation agreement saw the Palestinian Authority take control of the crossing from Hamas. A Palestinian official at the Rafah crossing said it had opened at 0700 GMT and was expected to stay open for three days. "Egypt will open the crossing for humanitarian cases registered with the interior ministry," the official said, adding that civilian and security personnel on the Palestinian side were all employees of the reconciliation government headed by Rami Hamdallah. Up to 20,000 people from Gaza have applied to enter Egypt. during the brief reopening. Egypt´s border with the Gaza Strip had been totally sealed since August, and was largely closed for years before that. The Egypt-brokered deal is expected to lead to more regular opening of the Rafah crossing. The head of the Palestinian Authority´s security services Majid Faraj held talks with senior Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar in Gaza on Friday. All Palestinian factions are due to meet in Cairo next week to discuss ways to move the reconciliation deal forward. Both Israel and Egypt have maintained blockades of Gaza for years, arguing that they are necessary to isolate Hamas.
  5. A Russian archaeological team has discovered a well-preserved mummy from the Greco-Roman period in a wooden coffin south of Cairo. Photo: AFP file CAIRO: A Russian archaeological team has discovered a well-preserved mummy from the Greco-Roman period in a wooden coffin south of Cairo, Egypt?s antiquities ministry said Tuesday. The discovery was made near New Fayoum city, about 80 kilometres (50 miles) south of the Egyptian capital, the ministry said in a statement. The team ?found inside the coffin a well-preserved mummy, wrapped in linen, with its face covered by a human mask with drawings in blue and gold,? it said. While mummification is mostly associated with ancient Egypt, the practice continued into the Greco-Roman era. The Russian team made its discovery near a monastery in the village of Qalamshah. ?The expedition carried out an initial restoration of the coffin and the mummy, as the coffin was found in a bad condition,? the ministry said, citing the minister?s assistant Mohamed Abdel Lateef. The statement did not say when the discovery was made. ?The cover is broken and the base has several cracks, and it doesn?t have an inscription on it,? it added, citing Abdel Lateef. The Russian mission has been operating for seven years in the area, which has Islamic and Coptic monuments as well as others from the Greco-Roman period (330 BC-670 AD).
  6. How would you feel if someone gives you the opportunity to be the king or the queen of a particular area? Even if it's a strip of land, it would still feel pretty cool, right? Hell, it's a childhood dream of most of us. However, majority of us have accepted the fact that this dream is most likely to remain unfulfilled. via GIPHY But as it turns out, one of us didn't give up on this rather far-fetched dream and achieved something that most of us could never even think of. An Indian man, Suyash Dixit just became the king of a strip of land that falls between Egypt and Sudan. Well, he declared himself as the king but rightfully so. Perplexed? Here is a clearer picture of how exactly he managed to pull this feat. So, the strip of land that Suyash has declared himself to be the king of is in reality an unclaimed area i.e. it belongs to no country. The area is called Bir Tawil and is on the South of Egypt's border and the North of Sudan's border. © Wendover Productions Now, the problem arises because Egypt follows the 1899 border set by the British administration at the time of its colonization however, Sudan follows the 1902 border as its official border. Henceforth, both the countries think that this strip of land belongs to the other country and so, it is an unclaimed piece of land. via GIPHY If this is the perfect portrayal of your current face expression and mood, then we suggest you have a look at this video to understand it better: Coming back to our very own Suyash, he had this all planned to the T. And much to our delight, he explained it all in a Facebook post. He explains his journey, “I traveled 319KM (to and fro) in far desert with no roads to claim this unclaimed land of Bir Tawil. It was an epic journey starting from Abu Simbel at 4 am. I took help from a local driver Mustafa for the car and most part of driving. When I told him about the plan first he thought I am crazy but then he agreed (yeah I paid him a lot). I and Suyog spent 2 nights planning a highly optimised route for my travel where we can take the car.” If you are thinking how easy it is to drive up to that area and claim it as your own, we are going to stop you right there. He explained the dangers involved too, “Just to tell how dangerous this plan was, the route that I took is under Egyptian military (it is an international border) and is an area of terrorists so military have a “shoot at sight” orders. But, if your bucket list ideas are not scary enough then they are not worth trying! And yes you need permissions to even enter the route that takes to this place. We got on 3 conditions, no photos of military areas (which is almost everything), you be back in the single day and you do not carry valuables. We drove for 6 hours straight in the middle of the desert and barren lands and crossing 1 military base to the location.” That's some dedication right there. via GIPHY Now if you are wondering how he claimed the land to be his own, he actually went old school, “Following the early civilization ethics and rule, if you want to claim a land then you need to grow crops on it. I have added a seed and poured some water on it today. It is mine.” © Suyash Dixit He even went ahead got a flag made and hoisted it. © Suyash Dixit And, wait for it, he even got a website for his 'country' which he calls 'Kingdom of Dixit' and is inviting applications for different posts and for citizenship. You can apply for a number of posts such as Foreign Secretary, Home Secretary, Chief Minister et al. But not for Prime Minister and the Head of Military because Suyash himself holds both these posts (DUH!). Here is the full Facebook post: Honestly, we are still a little shocked and maybe a little jealous too. Why don't we ever get such ideas? PS: If you are interested in applying for a post or want to become a citizen (we don't know how legit this is), you can visit here-
  7. Arab foreign ministers meet during a regular session to discuss latest developments in Middle Eastern affairs, in Cairo, Egypt, September 12, 2017. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Files CAIRO: Saudi Arabia has called for an urgent meeting of Arab League foreign ministers in Cairo next week to discuss Iran?s intervention in the region, an official league source told Egypt?s MENA state news agency on Sunday. The call came after the resignation of Lebanon?s prime minister pushed Beirut back into the centre of a rivalry between kingdom Saudi Arabia and Iran and heightened regional tensions.
  8. CAIRO: An Egyptian archaeologist overseeing a project to scan a pyramid for voids on Saturday criticised the announcement of a discovery of a passenger plane-sized cavity in the Great Pyramid. Scientists with the ScanPyramids project revealed on Thursday that the void discovered with subatomic particle scans was the first major structure found inside the pyramid since the 19th century. It is thought to be at least 30 metres (98 feet) long and located above the "Grand Gallery" -- a sloped corridor almost 50 metres long and nine metres high which links Khufu´s burial chamber at the pyramid´s centre to a tunnel leading outside. The findings were published by the science journal Nature. But Zahi Hawass, who heads the ScanPyramids science committee overseeing the project, said there was no new "discovery". He said he had met other scientists from ScanPyramids who "showed us their conclusions, and we informed them this is not a discovery," he told AFP. "The pyramid is full of voids and that does not mean there is a secret chamber or a new discovery," he said. In a statement on Friday, the head of the government´s antiquities council Mustafa Waziri also criticised the announcement. "The project has to proceed in a scientific way that follows the steps of scientific research and its discussion before publication," he said. The monument -- 139 metres high today, and 230 metres wide -- was erected as a tomb for Khufu, also known as Cheops. To this day, nobody knows quite how it was built. The void, said co-author Kunihiro Morishima from Nagoya University in Japan, "was not known by anyone until now, from when the pyramid was built 4,500 years ago". "The big void is completely closed," he added, which means anything inside it would not have been "touched by anyone after the pyramid (was) built". The pharaohs of ancient Egypt built these monumental tombs for themselves, complete with sarcophagus to hold their embalmed mummies, and stocked with everything they could require for the afterlife, including food, clothing and jewellery.
  9. CAIRO: Egypt's military said Tuesday its air force had carried out a desert raid, killing "a large number of terrorist elements" responsible for the deaths of 16 policemen earlier this month. The policemen were killed in an October 20 shootout with militants on the road between Cairo and the Bahariya oasis in the Western Desert, a rare flare-up outside the Sinai Peninsula. Authorities are fighting the Egyptian branch of Daesh, which has killed hundreds of security personnel in northern Sinai, more than 500 kilometres from the site of this month's clash. The state television said Tuesday the military had acted on "confirmed information" on the whereabouts of the militants involved. The air force attacked a hideout in "a mountainous area west of Fayoum" south of Cairo, it said. The raid destroyed three four-wheel-drive vehicles carrying large quantities of weapons, ammunition and "extremely explosive material", it said. Armed forces and police are combing the area for other fugitives, it added. The defence ministry said that on October 20 it had sent police to the area, less than 200 kilometres southwest of Cairo, after learning that militants there were "hiding, training and preparing to carry out terrorist operations". As they approached, militants opened fire with heavy weapons, triggering a shootout that lasted several hours and also left 13 police officers injured and one missing, the ministry said. No group has yet claimed responsibility.
  10. CAIRO: Egyptian police killed 13 "terrorists" in a shootout as they raided a hideout in the country's south on Friday, a week after a deadly ambush by militants, the interior ministry said. The operation, in which assault rifles and explosive belts were recovered, took place at a farm used by the militants for training and recruitment, the ministry said in a statement. It was not clear whether they were suspected of involvement in an October 20 desert ambush that killed 16 policemen, some 300 kilometres from the site of Friday's operation. "Organisational material and religious books" were also found at the site in the southwestern New Valley province, the ministry said, without reporting any police casualties. No group has claimed the October 20 attack, but Egypt is battling a Daesh insurgency that has killed hundreds of policemen and soldiers. The insurgency is based in North Sinai province, although the group has extended its presence to southern Egypt and the Nile Delta, north of the capital. The militants have also claimed three church bombings that killed dozens of members of Egypt´s Coptic Christian community since last December.
  11. CAIRO: Egypt?s security forces suffered one of their heaviest attacks after militants firing rockets and detonating explosives hit a police operation on Friday in the western desert, authorities and security sources said on Saturday. Three security sources said at least 52 police officers and conscripts had been killed in gun battles that erupted in the remote desert, but Egyptian authorities said only 16 men had died when their patrol came under attack. Egyptian authorities on Saturday said two police operations were moving in on a suspected militant hideout on Friday when one of the patrols came under fire from heavy weapons in a remote area around 135 km southwest of Cairo. The interior ministry said 16 police were killed in that part of the operation, and 13 more were wounded. At least 15 militants were also killed in the gun fight. The statement did not give details on any casualties in the other police patrol. ?As soon as the first mission approached the location of the terrorist elements, they sensed the arrival of the forces and targeted them using heavy weapons from all directions,? the interior ministry said in a statement. One security source said the convoy was attacked from higher ground by militants firing rocket-propelled grenades and detonating explosive devices on the ground. Security has been a key point for President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, a former military commander who presents himself as a bulwark against terrorism after leading the ouster of president Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood in 2013. Sisi was elected on a landslide a year later. Though he has yet to declare his intentions, Sisi is widely expected to run for re-election in April next year with little opposition. But critics say his popularity has been dimmed because of security and economic austerity policies. No group made any claim or statement about Friday?s operation not far from the capital. But most of the fighting so far between militants and security forces has been in northern Sinai, where a Daesh affiliate operates. Security sources earlier said the police had been hunting hideout of the Hasm Movement, a militant group blamed for attacks on judges and police around the capital. That group has in the past only carried out mostly small operations since it emerged last year. Egyptian authorities say it is the armed militant wing of the Muslim Brotherhood, an militant group it outlawed in 2013. Most of its leadership has been jailed in a crackdown under Sisi. Since Sisi came to power, hundreds of troops and police have been killed in often sophisticated attacks by militants in the northern Sinai region, where Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis group pledged allegiance to Daesh in 2014. Last Sunday, at least 24 militants and six soldiers were killed in attacks on military outposts in North Sinai, when more than 100 militants repeatedly attacked security outposts south of the border town of Sheikh Zuweid. Attacks have mostly hit police and armed forces, but militants have also extended their campaign outside the Sinai, targeting Egypt?s Christians with bomb attacks on churches in Cairo and other cities.
  12. CAIRO: Sixteen Egyptian policemen were killed in a shootout with militants on the road between Cairo and the Bahariya oasis in the country's Western Desert, according to an official toll released Saturday. The figure from the interior ministry was lower than a toll given earlier by security and medical sources of at least 35 Egyptian police officers killed in the clashes which began on Friday night. The ministry said it had sent police to the area, less than 200 kilometres (125 miles) southwest of Cairo, after learning that militants were there "hiding, training, and preparing to carry out terrorist operations". As the forces approached, the militants opened fire with heavy weapons, triggering a shootout that lasted for several hours and also left 13 police officers injured and one missing, the ministry said. On Saturday armoured vehicles were seen parked on the road close to where the incident took place along with about 15 ambulances. The ministry said that 15 militants were killed as security forces chased them into the desert after the clashes, adding that the search for suspects was continuing. There has not yet been a claim of responsibility. A fake claim in the name of the small extremist group Hasam, reported by multiple local media, had spread on social media soon after the shootout.
  13. CAIRO: Egypt?s capital crackled with fireworks and blared with horns as the soccer-crazy country reached the World Cup for the first time in 28 years as rare scenes of joy took hold of city blocks celebrating a 2-1 victory over Congo. Winger Mohamed Salah scored twice, securing victory with a last-gasp penalty to put Egypt four points clear with one match left in their African group E qualifying campaign. The win clinched Egypt a long-awaited spot in Russia for the 2018 World Cup finals, where the Arab world?s most populous country will compete on football?s ultimate stage for the first time since Italy in 1990. ?It?s been 28 years and we?re finally going to enter the World Cup. Today is a day of celebration for the entire country,? said 41-year-old Gaber Fathy. The raucous mood spilling out on the streets marked a respite for Egyptians after years of hardship, from IMF-backed austerity reforms that have pushed inflation to record highs to a tough law on protests that has made public gatherings exceedingly rare after two presidents were toppled since a 2011 uprising. ?You can look around and see how people are happy. This is something you never witness in Egypt,? said 23-year-old Gamal Mohamed in downtown Cairo?s Tahrir Square, the iconic centre of the country?s once-active protest movement, which has since been quashed by tough security measures. Egypt?s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi congratulated the Egyptian people after the match as tireless fans draped in flags turned the streets into an impromptu parade of red, white and black. Just across the border in neighbouring Gaza, where Egypt has led a political reconciliation process, thousands of Palestinians poured into an open-air park to cheer on the second Arab country to qualify for the 2018 World Cup after Saudi Arabia.
  14. Zayed Abd El Naiem and Masry Abd El Fatha dance with their 'El Nabout' canes as they perform Tahteeb, an ancient form of martial arts and dance, in Sohag, Egypt, September 19, 2017. Photo: Reuters SOHAG: Turn the clock back just over half a century and a contest between two men in the ancient Egyptian martial art of tahteeb could see the loser injured, or even killed. Today however, striking is no longer permitted in this form of stick-fighting, references to which were discovered written inside ancient Egyptian tombs. In the city of Sohag which lies on the banks of Nile in central Egypt, one martial arts school is working to keep the ancient sport alive. ?Long ago, this game was violent, and about 60 or 70 years ago, it was similar to fighting games, because that was the era known as one of manhood,? said Sabry Mohamed, who founded the International Centre for Tahteeb in 2012. Tahteeb requires a great deal of skill and control, and there are rules which govern how to hold the stick and the kinds of blows permitted, some of which were aimed to be deadly before the martial art became a no-contact discipline. Sabry has set his sights on organizing international championships for the martial art. ?We can make use of tahteeb by forming an international body that can organize international championships and we?ll benefit from this a great deal, monetarily, and also by spreading our culture and heritage to other people.?
  15. source: BBC CAIRO: An Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced ousted president Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood to 25 years in prison in a final ruling over a case accusing him of spying for Qatar, judicial sources said. Morsi, democratically elected after Egypt?s 2011 revolution, was overthrown in mid-2013 by then-general Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, now the president, following mass protests against his rule. He was immediately arrested. Egypt?s Court of Cassation reduced Morsi?s sentence in the Qatar case to 25 years in its final ruling, from an original 40 years. Morsi is already serving a 20-year sentence after being convicted for the killing of protesters during demonstrations in 2012. Since toppling Morsi, Sisi has clamped down on dissent. Mass trials have been held for thousands of Muslim Brotherhood supporters, and hundreds have received death sentences or lengthy prison terms. In 2014, Egypt charged Morsi and nine others with endangering national security by leaking state secrets and sensitive documents to Qatar. Egypt?s relations with Doha were already troubled by Qatar?s backing of Morsi. Egypt is one of four Arab nations in a Saudi-led bloc that cut relations with the Gulf state on June 5, accusing it of backing militant groups and cooperating with their arch-foe Iran, allegations Doha denies.
  16. LUXOR: Egyptian archaeologists have discovered a tomb of a prominent goldsmith who lived more than 3,000 years ago, unearthing statues, mummies and jewelry in the latest major find near the Nile city of Luxor. Egypt?s Minister of Antiquities Khaled Al-Anani said on Saturday the tomb dated back to Egypt?s 18th dynasty New Kingdom era -- around 15th century BC. ?The work did not finish yet and we?re continuing and working to find more objects and more tombs,? he told Reuters at the site. The site includes a courtyard and niche where a statue of the goldsmith Amenemhat and his wife and one of his sons, as well as two burial shafts, the ministry said in a statement. Earlier this year, authorities announced they had discovered another New Kingdom tomb in Luxor belonging to a judge, and Swedish archaeologists discovered 12 ancient cemeteries near the southern city of Aswan that date back almost 3,500 years. Egypt?s ancient relics are a draw for tourists and authorities hope new finds can also help attract more visitors. Tourism in Egypt suffered in the aftermath of the mass protests that toppled former president Hosni Mubarak in 2011. Militant bomb attacks have also deterred foreign visitors. Egypt?s tourism revenues jumped by 170 percent in the first seven months of 2017, reaching $3.5 billion, authorities said, in welcome news for an economy heavily reliant on the sector for foreign currency and jobs.
  17. An Egyptian antiquities worker is seen in the recently discovered tomb of Amenemhat, a goldsmith from the New Kingdom, at the Draa Abu-el Naga necropolis near the Nile city of Luxor, south of Cairo, Egypt, September 9, 2017. Photo: REUTERS LUXOR: Egyptian archaeologists have discovered a tomb of a prominent goldsmith who lived more than 3,000 years ago, unearthing statues, mummies and jewellery in the latest major find near the Nile city of Luxor. Egypt?s Minister of Antiquities Khaled Al-Anani said on Saturday the tomb dated back to Egypt?s 18th Dynasty New Kingdom era -- around 15th century B.C. ?The work did not finish yet and we?re continuing and working to find more objects and more tombs,? he told Reuters at the site. The site includes a courtyard and niche where a statue of the goldsmith Amenemhat and his wife and one of his sons, as well as two burial shafts, the ministry said in a statement. Earlier this year, authorities announced they had discovered another New Kingdom tomb in Luxor belonging to a judge, and Swedish archaeologists discovered 12 ancient cemeteries near the southern city of Aswan that date back almost 3,500 years. Egypt?s ancient relics are a draw for tourists and authorities hope new finds can also help attract more visitors. Tourism in Egypt suffered in the aftermath of the mass protests that toppled former president Hosni Mubarak in 2011. Militant bomb attacks have also deterred foreign visitors. Egypt?s tourism revenues jumped by 170 percent in the first seven months of 2017, reaching $3.5 billion, authorities said, in welcome news for an economy heavily reliant on the sector for foreign currency and jobs.
  18. Protesters display placards during a rally to support press freedom in Hong Kong on March 2, 2014. AFP/Philippe Lopez CAIRO: Egypt has blocked access to the website of media watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF), adding the organisation to a growing list of restricted online sites in the North African country. The Paris-based group said Thursday its website was blocked on August 14, shortly after it had issued a statement condemning the ongoing detention of an Egyptian photojournalist. "This is the first time that the RSF site has been blocked in Egypt,? Alexandra El Khazen ? the head of RSF?s Middle East desk ? said, according to Middle East Eye. ?This extensive digital blackout in Egypt is not just a grave attack on freedom of information. It [is] also indicative of a fear on the part of the regime that an informed public could pose a threat to its stability,? the publication added. Egypt has blocked more than 100 websites since May, including media sites seen as critical of the government. Rights groups have repeatedly accused former army chief and now President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi of stifling dissent. In the 2017 press freedom index published by MSF, Egypt ranked 161st out of 180 countries.
  19. Egyptians look at the crash of two trains that collided near the Khorshid station in Egypt's coastal city of Alexandria, Egypt, August 11, 2017. REUTERS/Osama Nageb Two trains collided in Egypt's coastal city of Alexandria on Friday killing 42 people and injuring 133 others, the health ministry said. A witness said the trains rose into the air "forming a pyramid" as they slammed into each other just outside a suburban station in the Mediterranean port city. President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ordered an inquiry into the crash, which left bodies strewn on the ground as rescue teams worked to pull the dead and injured from the wrecked carriages. The collision at 2:15 PM (5:15 PM PST), near Khorshid station at the edge of Alexandria, derailed the engine of one train and two cars of the other, the Egyptian Railway Authority said. A railroad switching error was the most likely cause, a security source said without giving further details. Transport Minister Hisham Arafat said "human error" led to the collision but did not elaborate. "In order to avoid it, we have to develop the infrastructure," he told state television. A project was under way to improve the area's facilities, but such plans took time and money, he said. Hoda ? a resident ? was standing on her rooftop when she saw the trains plough into each other. "They rose in the air forming a pyramid when they collided," she said. "I started to scream from the rooftops for people to grab some sheets and run." "The train I was riding was going very quickly," said passenger Moumen Youssef. "I found myself on the floor. When we came out, we found four train cars crushed and a lot of people on the ground." Egyptians have long complained that successive governments failed to enforce basic safeguards for the railways. A string of crashes have further inflamed public anger over the antiquated transport network. In 2012, a train rammed into a school bus south of Cairo and killed 50 people, mostly children. In Egypt's worst train disaster, a fire tore through seven carriages of an overcrowded passenger train in 2002, killing at least 360 people.
  20. source: Reuters CAIRO: Two trains collided in Egypt's coastal city of Alexandria on Friday killing 36 people and injuring more than 100 others, a health ministry spokesman said. The crash at 2:15 p.m near the suburban Khorshid station on the route to Cairo, derailed the engine of one train and two cars of the other, the Egyptian Railway Authority said. A railroad switching error was the most likely cause of the collision, a security source said. He gave no further details. State newspaper al-Ahram said 36 bodies had arrived at hospital morgues in Alexandria province. Public prosecutor Nabil Sadek ordered an urgent investigation, it said. A medical official told state TV some wounded people were still stuck in the trains. Footage on state television showed dozens of people crowding around the damaged train cars, with bodies strewn on the ground. "The train I was riding was going very quickly," said passenger Moumen Youssef. "I found myself on the floor. When we came out, we found four train cars crushed and a lot of people on the ground." In 2012, 50 people - mostly children - were killed when a train crashed into a school bus south of Cairo, further inflaming public anger at authorities over Egypt's antiquated transport network.
  21. Saudi Arabian billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal is to invest more than $800 million in hotels in Egypt, the investment ministry in Cairo said on Monday. The announcement came after parliament in May adopted a new law aimed at attracting foreign investment as the authorities seek to reinvigorate the North African country's struggling economy. The ministry said in a statement that Bin Talal told Investment Minister Sahar Nasr in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh that he would invest in hotels in several locations. Tourism in the Arab world's most populous nation has yet to bounce back from before the 2011 uprising that toppled longtime ruler Hosni Mubarak. The fall in tourist arrivals worsened after the Daesh group said it bombed a Russian airliner carrying holidaymakers from Sharm el-Sheikh in 2015 in a crash that killed all 224 people on board. The Saudi investment would include expanding the Four Seasons resort in Sharm in the southern Sinai, transforming it into "the biggest resort in the world", the ministry said. New hotels would also be built in the Mediterranean town of El-Alamein and in Madinaty east of Cairo. The ministry said the amount of Saudi investment was "expected to surpass about $800 million", and the projects would be carried out with Egyptian real estate developer Talaat Moustafa Group.
  22. ESNA: A policeman and a civilian were killed and three people wounded in an attack late on Thursday on a patrol in Esna, south of Luxor, the Interior Ministry said. The police patrol had stopped a vehicle and when stopped, two gunmen fired on the patrol, the ministry said in a statement. One of the perpetrators were arrested while the other fled, the ministry said, adding that the wounded have been transferred to hospital. Attacks on security forces have been common in Egypt since the army, led by general-turned-President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, ousted President Mohamed Mursi in 2013 following mass protests against his rule.
  23. Egypt's President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi in Budapest, July 3, 2017. AFP/Attila Kisbenedek CAIRO: Egypt has created a "national council" to combat the rise of extremist "terrorism" that has targeted its security forces and Coptic Christian minority, in a presidential decree issued on Wednesday. The decree ? published in Egypt's official gazette ? sets up a "national council to combat terrorism and extremism" by adopting a "global national strategy". The council is to be chaired by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and will comprise the Sheikh of Al-Azhar ? the highest religious authority in Egypt ? and its Coptic pope, as well as the parliament speaker, premier, and cabinet members, including the youth and sports minister. A primary task of the high-powered panel will be to develop "job opportunities in the regions hit by extremism", to examine the prospects for industrial zones and of amendments to existing legislation. Egypt has been fighting an insurgency waged by Daesh, which is based in North Sinai province, where hundreds of soldiers and policemen have been killed since the military's ouster in 2013 of Sisi's radical predecessor Mohamed Morsi. At the same time, new groups have attacked security forces in other parts of the country, including the Hasam group ? an extremist movement the government says is linked to Morsi's outlawed Muslim Brotherhood. Daesh militants have killed dozens of Copts in church bombings and shooting attacks in Egypt since December, and the group has threatened further attacks.
  24. A masked Palestinian stands next to a burning tyre during clashes with Israeli troops in the West Bank village of Khobar near Ramallah, July 22, 2017. REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman LONDON: Sweden, France, and Egypt have requested an urgent meeting of the United Nations Security Council to discuss ways to address the deadliest outbreak of Israeli-Palestinian violence for years, a Swedish diplomat said on Saturday. "Sweden, France & Egypt request #UNSC to urgently discuss how calls for de-escalation in #Jerusalem can be supported," Carl Skau, the country's ambassador to the Security Council, said on Twitter. Skau then tweeted three hours later, "Important statement by #Quartet Envoys on volatile situation in #Jerusalem."
  25. RAWALPINDI: Egypt defeated Pakistan in the four-day international squash series 3-2, the final match of which was witnessed by Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa at Mushaf Ali Mir Squash Complex Islamabad on Sunday. In the last two matches of the series played on Sunday, Pakistan's Israr Ahmad and Farhan Mehboob beat Egypt's Aboulghar and Karim Abdel Gawad respectively. General Bajwa, the chief guest, witnessed the final match and closing ceremony of the Pakistan-Egypt International Squash Series 2017. He awarded trophies to the winners and runners up of the tournament. Air Marshal Shahid Akhtar Alvi, senior vice president of Pakistan Squash Federation, former squash legends Qamar Zaman, Jahangir Khan and Jansher Khan, along with a large number of squash lovers witnessed the series. Earlier on his arrival, Air Marshal Asad Lodhi, vice chief of the air staff, received the chief guest.