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Oscars mistake: Moonlight wins best picture after announcement mix-up

27-02-2017 World

Oscars mistake: Moonlight wins best picture after announcement mix-up

BBC: Moonlight has won best picture at the Oscars - but only after Faye Dunaway initially said La La Land had won. Warren Beatty was handed the previous winner's envelope, containing a card saying "Emma Stone, La La Land", resulting in the error. The team from La La Land were in the middle of their acceptance speeches when the mistake was discovered. Stone...

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Sisi, UK's Johnson finalise $150 mln loan to Egypt as part of new support package

27-02-2017 Egypt

Sisi, UK's Johnson finalise $150 mln loan to Egypt as part of new support package

AO: President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson finalised a joint declaration agreement on a $150 million loan guarantee to Egypt as part of three new UK support packages to the country, the British embassy in Cairo has said.   In a press release on Sunday, the embassy said that Johnson announced three new support packages focused on the economy,...

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Trump might support probe into Yemen raid, White House says

27-02-2017 World

Trump might support probe into Yemen raid, White House says

Reuters: President Donald Trump might support an investigation into last month's U.S. raid in Yemen that killed several al Qaeda militants but also left a Navy SEAL and several civilians dead, the White House said on Sunday. "I haven't had the chance to speak with him directly about that, but I would imagine that he would be supportive of that," White...

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Thousands of Romanians form EU flag at anti-government rally

27-02-2017 World

Thousands of Romanians form EU flag at anti-government rally

Reuters: Thousands protested in the Romanian capital Bucharest on Sunday against the Social Democrat government that tried to weaken a crackdown on corruption earlier this month. In early February, the cabinet of Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu approved an emergency decree that would have decriminalized several graft offences. The move drew criticism from Western allies and triggering nationwide protests that at their height drew at...

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Anglican Church in Ismailia receives 30 families escaping attacks on Christians in North Sinai

26-02-2017 Egypt

Anglican Church in Ismailia receives 30 families escaping attacks on Christians in North Sinai

  AO: Over the past two weeks, eight terrorist attacks have targeted Christians in North Sinai, including the murder of three people in Arish on Wednesday and Thursday The Anglican Church in Egypt's Ismailia has received almost 30 Christian families, including 150 people, who escaped North Sinai's Capital Arish after several terrorist attacks targeting Christians in the city, church official Nabil Shukrallah...

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Iraqi forces push deeper into western Mosul as civilians flee

26-02-2017 World

Iraqi forces push deeper into western Mosul as civilians flee

Reuters: U.S.-backed Iraqi forces pushed deeper into western Mosul on Saturday, advancing in several populated southern districts after punching through the defenses of Islamic State's last major urban stronghold in Iraq a day earlier. About 1,000 civilians walked across the frontlines, the largest movement since the new offensive launched last week to deal the ultra-hardline Sunni Muslim group a decisive blow. In...

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Globalisation without fangs

26-02-2017 Hits:28 Opinion

Globalisation without fangs

  Hassan Abou Taleb ,    Are we on the threshold of a new stage of globalisation, and if so will it meet the demands of developing countries? With the beginning of US President Donald Trump's term, it seems that the world is on the threshold of a new stage of globalisation in which compulsory integration is receding in some states and societies within a...

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Basic determinants for reading the Arabs revolutions

17-02-2017 Hits:159 Opinion

Basic determinants for reading the Arabs revolutions

  Mohamed Shuman , Thursday 2 Feb 2017   The Arab Spring revolutions are now entering their seventh year but it is not yet clear what specific path they will take in the future and whether they will fulfill the slogans raised by the masses who took to the streets Most of the slogans from the Arab Spring revolutions were more like objectives and action...

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How can we confront the threat to transfer the US embassy to Jerusalem?

07-01-2017 Hits:605 Opinion

How can we confront the threat to transfer the US embassy to Jerusalem?

  Mustafa Barghouti   Arab and Islamic states should react strongly to any attempts to transfer the US embassy to Jerusalem If the new US administration decides to fulfill its promise to transfer the US embassy to Jerusalem it would be an accomplice with Israel in breaching international law, the UN Charter and the Geneva Conventions. More than this it would constitute a rejection of...

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An open letter to a suicide bomber

28-12-2016 Hits:728 Opinion

An open letter to a suicide bomber

  Azza Radwan Sedky ,   When pain is deep, the system shuts down and refuses communication. Sleep did not come that night or the nights after. But today, I have enough strength to address your like face to face You see, I can’t speak to those who died to tell them that they are in a better place. By the same token, I can’t...

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Security doctrine in Egypt: A call for change!

20-12-2016 Hits:812 Opinion

Security doctrine in Egypt: A call for change!

  Ayman S. Ashour ,    The nature of the present environment and threats indicates a dire need for change in security approaches in Egypt Approaches to security vary in different parts of the world. In the US, the levels of security for doors and locks are below those in Europe. This is probably attributable to easy access to guns. In the US, robbers are...

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Domestic violence: From love to death

04-12-2016 Hits:991 Opinion

Domestic violence: From love to death

Yury Fedotov ,    Across the world tens of thousands of women and girls are being loved to death. Take a wide angle snapshot of these deaths and violent assaults and they become a recitation of women attacked in desperate circumstances. Strangulations, often with everyday implements such as rolling pins and dog leads, frightening acid attacks, shootings, burnings, are just some of the ways women...

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Arabs ignore US-Israel deal

17-11-2016 Hits:1178 Opinion

Arabs ignore US-Israel deal

  Mohamed Elmenshawy ,   For reasons unknown, Arab official and media circles virtually ignored an important US-Israeli deal that will guarantee Israeli military supremacy until 2028 A key memorandum of understanding was signed at the State Department in Washington between Israel and the US last month on the future of US military aid to Israel. The deal was mostly ignored by Arab official and media...

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Egypt and China: The potential for stronger economic ties

27-10-2016 Hits:1355 Opinion

Egypt and China: The potential for stronger economic ties

  Ahmed El-Sayed Al-Naggar:    Egyptian economist and the chairman of Al-Ahram organization Ahmed El-sayed Al-Naggar examines possibilities of closer economic ties between an Egypt looking for international investment and a China which continues to expand China, the world's largest economy, has become an economic model in modern times, having achieved its tremendous economic growth through tapping its material and human resources rather than...

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Coverage by omission: The dilemma of foreign correspondence

04-10-2016 Hits:1437 Opinion

Coverage by omission: The dilemma of foreign correspondence

  Fatemah Farag ,    Does the narrative of Western media coverage of Egypt contribute to the sense that the country is being maligned intentionally? Politics aside, the answer also lies in the way foreign coverage comes to being “Going native” is the blight of any foreign correspondent reporting to his Western media outlet from a “foreign land”. And yet “non-native” foreign coverage rarely provides...

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Struggling against administrative detention is the duty of all of us

16-09-2016 Hits:1410 Opinion

Struggling against administrative detention is the duty of all of us

      Mustafa Barghouti:    Responsibility for struggling against the system of Israeli administrative detention cannot only be pushed on the shoulders of captives. All Palestinians must stand up and struggle to abolish the practice The number of detentions that the Israeli occupation army has inflicted on the sons and daughters of the Palestinian people is estimated to be one million since the beginning of...

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Sidelines, not the ‘main show’, defined G20 summit

07-09-2016 Hits:1025 Opinion

Sidelines, not the ‘main show’, defined G20 summit

Andrew J. Bowen,: As the leaders of the G20 convened in Hangzhou, President Xi Jinping had hoped the summit would be an opportunity to demonstrate Beijing’s role as a global economic convener who concretely laid steps to boost sluggish global growth. However, it wasn’t the summit meetings that attracted the most attention but more the sidelines, including the airport tarmac.President Obama’s...

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Trump and a brave, new world

02-09-2016 Hits:966 Opinion

Trump and a brave, new world

  Hassan Abou Taleb ,    Will Trump victory in the US presidential elections lessen Washington's engagement in global issues related to global security? With the American presidential elections nearing, the gap between Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump has started to narrow. The latest opinion survey conducted in August revealed that the gap narrowed to 3 points in Clinton’s favour after it...

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