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  • APMichel Platini will not challenge Sepp Blatter for the FIFA presidency.Iceland football association president Geir Thorsteinsson says Platini told officials at a closed-door UEFA meeting Thursday that he will not be a candidate in FIFA's election in May.Thorsteinsson says ''we went for peace. I think it is the logical decision.''Platini was expected to avoid a contest against Blatter after a
  • The Egyptian Minister of Environment Khaled Fahmy said on Wednesday that any factory that dumps its waste into the Nile River would face severe consequences.The ministry so far observed nine violating factories, four of which agreed to stop polluting the Nile since it severely damages the environment; the other five were warned, Shorouq reported.“The Nile has19 billion cubic meters of waste
  • The United Nations Security Council has called for Libya's neighbours to inspect all cargo entering and leaving the country to ensure it does not contain prohibited items or weapons.The decision on Wednesday also allows discovered illegal items or weapons to be confiscated.The Egyptian foreign ministry on Thursday welcomed the move, stressing that Egypt would work to bring stability to Libya.The
  • Ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi's detention has been extended by order of the prosecutor general for another 15 days pending investigations into allegations that he smuggled top secret documents to Qatar, reported MENA news agency late Wednesday.Morsi is already accused of smuggling top secret documents to Qatar during his presidency through Al-Jazeera TV channel via a number of his staff
  • AFPSyria's Bashar al-Assad is not the West's partner in the fight against terrorism but an ally of Islamic extremists wreaking havoc in Syria and Iraq, French President Francois Hollande warned Thursday."Assad cannot be a partner in the fight against terrorism, he is the de facto ally of jihadists," he told a Paris gathering of ambassadors from around the world.His comments came after Assad's
  • The Egyptian Irrigation Minister Hossam El-Moghazi said Wednesday that 85 percent of the issues concerning Ethiopia's Grand Renaissance Dam have been solved after the last session of tripartite talks in Khartoum, according to state news agency MENA El-Moghazi added that Egypt's approval of the dam is pending upon the results of international studies that all three countries agreed upon during
  • Prominent Egyptian activist and human rights lawyer Ahmed Seif El-Islam has died Wednesday at 63 years old, after a long struggle with heart problems.Seif El-Islam, who represents – along with his wife and his children – a life of political activism, had been unconscious in the intensive care unit for nearly two weeks.Born in the Nile Delta governorate of Beheira, Seif El-Islam earned
  • The Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi is to visit the US in September to participate in the 69th United Nations General Assembly, according to a press release from the Egyptian presidency, Reuters' Aswat Masriya reported.The session is scheduled to take place at the UN headquarters in New York City.This visit will be El-Sisi's first to the US since he became Egypt's president in
  • A new road known as Qostul-Ashkeet linking Egypt and Sudan has officially opened and will be in operation on Wednesday.The road was opened in the presence of several officials from both African states including the two ministers of transportation.According to Abdel-Rahman Nassef, head of the media bureau at the Egyptian embassy in Khartoum, the new road is one of three currently under
  • The World Food Programme (WFP) said that a humanitarian convoy has crossed from Egypt's Rafah border crossing into the war-torn Gaza Strip, becoming the first aid sent to Gaza by the UN organisation since the start of the seven-year Israeli blockade in 2007.  In a press statement issued on Wednesday, the convoy said it carried enough food to feed around 150,000 people for five days. "The
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The Egyptian Minister of Environment Khaled Fahmy said on Wednesday that any factory that dumps its waste into the Nile River would face severe consequences.The ministry so far observed nine violating factories, four of which agreed to stop polluting the Nile since it severely damages the

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The World Food Programme (WFP) said that a humanitarian convoy has crossed from Egypt's Rafah border crossing into the war-torn Gaza Strip, becoming the first aid sent to Gaza by the UN organisation since the start of the seven-year Israeli blockade in 2007.  In a press statement issued on

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APMichel Platini will not challenge Sepp Blatter for the FIFA presidency.Iceland football association president Geir Thorsteinsson says Platini told officials at a closed-door UEFA meeting Thursday that he will not be a candidate in FIFA's election in May.Thorsteinsson says ''we went for peace. I

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AFPSyria's Bashar al-Assad is not the West's partner in the fight against terrorism but an ally of Islamic extremists wreaking havoc in Syria and Iraq, French President Francois Hollande warned Thursday."Assad cannot be a partner in the fight against terrorism, he is the de facto ally of

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The United Arab Emirates will extend its aid to Egypt providing LE63 billion ($9 billion) for one year starting in September for oil product purchasing, a source in the petroleum ministry said.The source added that Egypt will pay back the sum in four years with an interest rate of two to three

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Part of Bibliotheca Alexandrina Summer Festival, the BA Chamber Orchestra will perform several compositions from well-known movies and musicals on Saturday 30 August.The evening will open with an overture from Andrew Lloyd Weber's The Phantom of the Opera, followed by several songs from famous

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Middle East EyeWhile Western leaders have emphasised Israel's right to defend itself, regional powers have called the attack on Gaza "savage"As Operation Protective Edge entered its second day, neighbouring countries and foreign leaders reacted to the Israeli air strikes and rockets launched from Gaza in violence that has killed 35 Palestinians and injured more than 230 others. Jordan Jordan,

APAcross a wide belt that stretches halfway around the globe, the world's estimated 1.6 billion Muslims will mark the beginning of Ramadan this weekend. The holy season is marred by unprecedented turmoil, violence and sectarian hatreds that threaten to rip apart the Middle East, the epicenter of Islam.Syria is bleeding. Militants have taken over large parts of Iraq. Lebanon, Libya, Pakistan,

Human Rights Organisations Foreign officials and human rights organisations have condemned the jailing of seven defendants, including three Al-Jazeera English reporters, for 7-10 years in a maximum security prison. Australia Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said she was deeply shocked by the seven-year sentence imposed on Australian journalist Peter Greste.“This kind of verdict

Soon after Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi was announced Egypt's president-elect on Tuesday evening, the international community mostly reacted positively, with several heads of state congratulating him on the position.The US, the UK, Saudi Arabia, Iran and Russia all made statements regarding El-Sisi's sweeping victory.United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon also said on Wednesday that he puts his