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Egyptian officials join hundreds of tourists to watch bi-annual solar illumination of King Ramses statue

22-10-2017 Egypt

Egyptian officials join hundreds of tourists to watch bi-annual solar illumination of King Ramses statue

  AO" A smaller event took place of previously planned festivities in mourning of 16 police officers killed by terrorists on Friday Egyptian officials joined hundreds of tourists on Sunday to watch the bi-annual phenomenon of the solar illumination of the statue of King Ramses II at Abu Simbel in Aswan governorate.   "The sun illuminated the face of the king for 20 minutes...

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Abe on course for resounding victory in Japan, exit polls say

22-10-2017 World

Abe on course for resounding victory in Japan, exit polls say

BBC: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling coalition is on course for a resounding victory in Sunday's general election, according to exit polls. One poll put Mr Abe's Liberal Democratic Party-led (LDP) coalition at 311 seats, allowing it to retain its two-thirds "super majority". Other polls showed the coalition slightly below the two-thirds mark. The majority is vital to Mr Abe's ambition to...

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Five former US presidents unite for hurricane relief concert

22-10-2017 World

Five former US presidents unite for hurricane relief concert

BBC" Jimmy Carter, George HW Bush, Bill Clinton, George W Bush and Barack Obama appear together at a concert to raise funds for hurricane-hit areas. The past leaders - three Democrat and two Republican - backed the One America Appeal to help Florida, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands as they recover from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.

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Israel says it will intensify response to Syrian fire

21-10-2017 World

Israel says it will intensify response to Syrian fire

JERUSALEM/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Five projectiles from Syria set off air raid sirens in Israeli towns on Saturday, prompting the Israeli military to say it would step up its response to stray fire from the Syrian war that has repeatedly spilled over the border. The projectiles crossed into the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights and the military said it targeted three Syrian artillery guns...

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'A number of police' killed in shootout with militants in Egypt's Western Desert - Ministry

21-10-2017 Egypt

'A number of police' killed in shootout with militants in Egypt's Western Desert - Ministry

Egypt’s interior ministry has said “a number of policemen” were killed during a shootout following a raid on “a terrorist elements’ hideout” in Egypt’s Western Desert on Friday. The raid took place after the police national security unit was informed of the hideout, located in Bahariya Oasis, a large area of 135 square kilometres, approximately 370 km from the capital. According to...

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Egypt postpones opening of new Japanese schools to review student, teacher selection process: Minister

20-10-2017 Egypt

Egypt postpones opening of new Japanese schools to review student, teacher selection process: Minister

Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi has postponed the opening of new Japanese schools in the country in order to guarantee the highest level of transparency in the selection process of students and teachers, Minister of Education Tarek Shawky announced on Thursday.   "New conditions will be set for the admission of students and teachers at the Japanese schools," Shawky said at a press...

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Washington and the Iranian public opinion

15-10-2017 Hits:141 Opinion

Washington and the Iranian public opinion

Abdulrahman al-Rashed   Iran’s propaganda during its negotiations on the nuclear agreement around three years ago was based on claims that the deal will lead to peace in the region and end the long row. Unlike what’s commonly known about it, Tehran expanded its propaganda to include Iranian communities outside Iran, most of whom have not been in harmony with the regime...

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Threats to Kurds made independence referendum inevitable

07-10-2017 Hits:304 Opinion

Threats to Kurds made independence referendum inevitable

An American official asked President of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region Massoud Barzani why they held the referendum now and why they rejected all demands to postpone it.Barzani told his American guest that Baghdad’s government began to receive heavy and advanced weapons from the US, including military jets, which means that in few years, the balance will be in favor of...

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Religious discourse and Western societies

04-10-2017 Hits:364 Opinion

Religious discourse and Western societies

      Sayed Mahmoud;   High Vatican officials sometimes sound more like philosophers than Muslim clergymen. Does the difference explain the advances of Western countries? In the closing session of the Rimini Meeting for friendship among peoples in Italy, I couldn’t believe my ears when I heard Cardinal Pietro Parolin, one of the assistants to the Vatican Pope and perhaps the second most influencial man...

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Morphing the Kurdish referendum into a mistake

25-09-2017 Hits:539 Opinion

Morphing the Kurdish referendum into a mistake

Amir Taheri What is the first thing you should do when you have dug yourself into a hole? The obvious answer is: stop digging. This is the advice that those involved in the imbroglio over the so-called independence referendum in Iraqi Kurdistan, due to be held next Monday. But still in the suspense of writing this column, would do well to heed. The...

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Daesh terrorism ... revenge and random violence

08-09-2017 Hits:866 Opinion

Daesh terrorism ... revenge and random violence

  Hassan Abou Taleb ,    It seems that the world, especially the West, must adapt to non-traditional terrorist operations that can be difficult to detect beforehand and that aim at killing civilians in apparently random ways The terrorism that involves running people over and stabbing them is not just a fantastical idea. It has become a reality, in several locationsand  in several countres at...

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The chaos of ideas and the chaos of politics

23-08-2017 Hits:1229 Opinion

The chaos of ideas and the chaos of politics

  Hani Raslan ,    Egypt has changed a lot since the 1950s and 1960s, yet our conceptions of the world and of the country are still shaped by out-dated understandings Amid the intense and violent debate that engulfs Egypt on every crisis, whether it is economic, political or the result of acts of violence or terror, we can observe this time with that the...

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Are we free now? Sisters, let’s talk!

14-08-2017 Hits:1410 Opinion

Are we free now? Sisters, let’s talk!

  Linn Stalsberg ,  In a time when world-leaders are trying to pull us people apart and make us enemies, we must oppose this in the best way possible: let’s talk to each other, and let’s read eachothers books and stories. As a feminist, I am in no doubt that women all over the world have much more in common, than what divides us...

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In searching for peace, let’s not ignore crime’s impact

30-07-2017 Hits:1665 Opinion

In searching for peace, let’s not ignore crime’s impact

  Yury Fedotov ,  Conflict remains the world’s greatest problem; conflict prevention our biggest hope, but if we do not face down crime and uphold justice, we simply risk swapping the challenges. Over the last century crime has been transformed. Mobsters are more likely to be board members of companies; safecrackers and getaway drivers have been replaced by worldly accountants and lawyers. Billions are...

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Are all terrorists Muslims?

17-07-2017 Hits:1800 Opinion

Are all terrorists Muslims?

  Azza Radwan Sedky ,  Stereotyping against Muslims and a presumption of their guilt is all too apparent when an attacker is white but isn't castigated in the same terms Last month, a van ploughed through a group of Muslim worshippers who were leaving a mosque in Finsbury Park, London, having completed the "Taraweeh" Ramadan evening prayer. It was a deliberate act as the...

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Egypt is welcome to join the forces to address climate change

30-06-2017 Hits:1963 Opinion

Egypt is welcome to join the forces to address climate change

  Ivan Surkoš ,    The landmark Paris Agreement on climate change was a key achievement of multilateralism, of which both the EU and Egypt can and should be proud. The progress on ratification has been extraordinary - the Paris Agreement entered into force on 4th November last year and 148 countries have already ratified it. We welcome and appreciate the finalisation of the internal...

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The Yemeni developments: A step backward

13-06-2017 Hits:2224 Opinion

The Yemeni developments: A step backward

  Hassan Abou Taleb ,    The deterioration of the situation in Yemen has raised calls for the secession of southern Yemen, but that step is neither easy nor straightforward I was not surprised by the development which took place last month in Yemen, or rather in its southern governorates, where Aidarous Al-Zubaidi, Aden's former governor, who was dismissed by President Mansour Hadi, formed a...

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To Human Rights, it’s “Peaceful dissent”!

02-06-2017 Hits:2268 Opinion

To Human Rights, it’s “Peaceful dissent”!

  Azza Radwan Sedky ,    In light of the Riyadh Arab-Islamic-American Summit, we need to go back and visit an earlier article that appeared as President El-Sisi was about to meet President Trump in a formal visit to Washington in April, 2017 Human Rights’ article, “Sisi’s Egypt is a Poor Partner for the United States in the Fight Against Terrorism,” warned President Trump against...

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