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Vice President Pence says US stands ‘shoulder to shoulder’ with Egypt

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Vice President Mike Pence and Egyptian leader Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi pledged a united front against terrorism in the Mideast as Pence, the highest-level American official to visit the US ally in nearly a decade, began a trip through the region after leaving behind a government shutdown in Washington. Pence and el-Sissi held two-and-a-half hours of talks at the presidential palace in Cairo, with acknowledgements of friendship and partnership between the two countries. Through a translator, Pence ...

Pence heads to the Middle East amid Israel embassy storm

Saturday, 20 January 2018

US Vice President Mike Pence set off for the Middle East on Friday for a trip overshadowed by controversy over plans to move the American embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.Pence had been due to travel in December last year, but Arab anger over President Donald Trump's decision to declare Jerusalem Israel's capital saw many planned meetings cancelled.The deadly protests that erupted at the time have subsided, but Pence may still face a cold welcome in some capitals and concern over the fate of the ...

Egyptian ex-military chief of staff Sami Anan to run in presidential election

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Former Egyptian armed forces chief of staff General Sami Anan said on Saturday he intended to run in the presidential election in March. In a video declaration posted on Anan's official Facebook page, he said he will run for president to save Egypt from incorrect policies and called on state institutions to maintain neutrality toward all candidates and not take sides. Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi announced late on Friday he would run for a second term. "I call on ...

Egypt’s Sisi announces intention to run for second term

Friday, 19 January 2018

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi announced on Friday his intention to run for a second term in office in a March election. "I announce to you in the honesty and transparency which we are used to... my candidacy for the post of president of the republic," Sisi said at a conference in Cairo, broadcast live on state television. Sisi is widely expected to win in the first round, which is to be held March 26-28. Campaigning begins on February 24 and will last until March 23. ...

Egypt’s Sisi sacks his intelligence chief

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has fired his powerful intelligence chief, state media said Thursday, in the latest shake-up of the country’s security services.Sisi appointed his chief-of-staff and close ally General Abbas Kamel as interim replacement for outgoing intelligence head General Khaled Fawzy, according to state media.No reason was given for the move, which comes ahead of presidential elections to be held in March.Sisi, who has run the country with an iron fist since 2014 ...

VIDEO: Egypt’s Olympic swimmer Farida Osman on breaking records, stereotypes

Thursday, 18 January 2018

During last year’s World Championships 22-year-old Egyptian Farida Osman was able to her own African record in a time of 25.39 in the 50 fly final. Her achievements and medals won so far are not lost on her, as she hopes her wins will be used to break stereotypes on Arab women, especially athletes. “I hope all my achievements and medals will be used to inspire young athletes, especially females, because I want to show the world how the stereotype that Arab women are not able to excel ...

Viral video shows stolen bedroom of Egypt’s last monarch being sold online

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Egyptians were furious after seeing a historical bedroom suite belonging to Egypt’s late King Farouk put on sale by an American website selling antiquities. The bedroom, once owned by Egypt’s last monarch, has apparently disappeared from the royal rest house in the Giza Zoo in 2013. Internet users recently discovered that it has been put on sale on an American website M.S. Rau Antiques since 2016. The mahogany and mercury-gilded bronze bedroom suite is decorated in the Empire style, ...

VIDEO: Most extreme Qaradawi fatwas that threatened millions of lives

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Yusuf al-Qaradawi is an Egyptian Islamic theologian based in Doha, Qatar, and chairman of the International Union of Muslim Scholars. He is the first Egyptian on the terror list announced by Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the UAE and Bahrain. The countries have collectively designated 59 individuals and 12 institutions that have financed terrorist organizations and received support from Qatar. Over the years, Qaradawi issued numerous fatwas (religious edicts) that have been considered extreme and violent, ...

Kuwaiti man assaults Egyptian child for defeating his son in kickboxing

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

A Kuwaiti man physically assaulted a 10-year-old Egyptian child for defeating his son in a kickboxing competition, Kuwaiti newspaper al-Rai reported Monday. The Egyptian father submitted video footage and a medical report on the bruises his son has attained during the assault to police at the Kuwaiti city of Salmiya. The Egyptian father told police that the Kuwaiti child’s father assaulted his son for winning the contest. “My son won a Karate fight with a Kuwaiti child. And as soon ...

Sisi vows to protect Egypt’s water supply

Monday, 15 January 2018

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi vowed Monday to protect Egypt’s water supply while striving for peace with the Nile upstream countries of Sudan and Ethiopia, which is building a controversial dam.“Egypt will not go to war with its brothers,” Sisi said on state television, although Cairo fears its water supply will be affected by Ethiopia’s Grand Renaissance Dam.Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry visited the Ethiopian capital last month for talks on the dam project on the Blue ...

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