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Sudan's former PM Sadiq al-Mahdi dies of coronavirus in UAE: sources
  + stars: | 2020-11-25 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: 1 min
Slideshow ( 3 images )CAIRO (Reuters) - Leading Sudanese politician and former prime minister Sadiq al-Mahdi has died in hospital in the United Arab Emirates after being infected with coronavirus, family sources said early on Thursday. Mahdi, 84, was Sudan’s last democratically elected prime minister and was overthrown in 1989 in the military coup that bought former president Omar al-Bashir to power.
Persons: Sadiq al, Mahdi, Omar al, Bashir Organizations: United, United Arab Emirates Locations: CAIRO, Sudanese, United Arab
The previous day, one of my husband’s colleagues from the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights — one of the last remaining human rights organizations in Egypt — had been arrested. But Karim reassured me: He was taking a few days’ break on the beach; he said there was no need to worry. Two months ago, Karim Ennarah and I were married in a short ceremony at Cairo’s Ministry of Justice. Two days later, state security forces arrived at a beachside restaurant where Karim was eating — it was one of his favorites, on account of the coconut ice cream — and took him away. Karim did this work at the same time as the United States offered Mr. Sisi aid, arms and political support.
Persons: Karim, Egypt —, Karim Ennarah, , , Abdel Fattah el Organizations: Egyptian, Cairo’s Ministry of Justice, Justice, Criminal, Unit, Personal Rights Locations: Egypt, East London, United States
The debris are seen at a Saudi Aramco oil company distribution station that Yemeni Houthis say they attacked, in the city of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, November 24, 2020. REUTERS/Nael ShyoukhiCAIRO (Reuters) - Saudi Arabian’s cabinet said on Tuesday that Houthi attacks committed against vital installations target the backbone of the global economy and the security of its supplies, state news agency (SPA) reported. On Monday, a fire broke out in a fuel tank at a petroleum products distribution station in the Saudi city of Jeddah as a result of a Houthi attack, SPA had reported. The cabinet also stressed the importance of facing up to “such sabotage and terrorist acts and the parties behind them.”
Persons: Nael Shyoukhi, Organizations: REUTERS Locations: Saudi Aramco, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Nael, Nael Shyoukhi CAIRO, Saudi
As winter approaches, Egypt braces for second coronavirus wave
  + stars: | 2020-11-24 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +2 min
Slideshow ( 5 images )Official warnings about a second wave of coronavirus infections are widely dismissed. Egypt’s first wave of COVID-19 subsided in the summer and restrictions on movement were gradually relaxed. Up to now the population of more than 100 million appears to have been spared the surge in infections seen in European countries. Egypt responded with a stimulus package of 100 billion Egyptian pounds ($6.4 billion) to support its economy, where most are employed informally. People live day by day.”Despite the threat of 4,000 Egyptian pound ($255) fines for ignoring the rules, many in shops, public offices, buses and metro carriages still go bare-faced.
Persons: , , Alaa Adel, Mohamed Sabry, Mohamed Mahmoud Locations: CAIRO, Cairo, Egypt, Moqattam
CAIRO (Reuters) - The spokesman of the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen said on Monday that Iran-aligned Houthis have been implicated in an attack at a fuel tank at a petroleum products distribution station in the Saudi city of Jeddah, Saudi state news agency SPA reported. Spokesman Colonel Turki al-Malki added that this “cowardly terrorist attack, does not target the national capabilities of the kingdom, but rather targets the mainstay‮ ‬of the global economy and its supplies as well as global energy security,” SPA said. Al-Malki also added that the coalition is taking the necessary operational measures to protect civilians and civilian objects, and those who planned and executed these attacks will be held accountable, SPA said.
Persons: Turki al, Malki Locations: CAIRO, Saudi, Yemen, Iran, Jeddah
FILE PHOTO: U.S. President-elect Joe Biden speaks to reporters following an online meeting with members of the National Governors Association (NGA) executive committee in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., November 19, 2020. REUTERS/Tom Brenner/File PhotoCAIRO (Reuters) - Jordan’s King Abdulllah expressed in a phone call on Monday with U.S. President-elect Joe Biden “keenness to continue bolstering the strategic partnership between the two countries to expand cooperation, in service of mutual interests and regional security and stability,” the Jordanian royal court said on Twitter.
Persons: Joe Biden, Tom Brenner, King Abdulllah, Joe Biden “ keenness Organizations: National Governors Association, REUTERS, U.S, Twitter Locations: Wilmington , Delaware, U.S, CAIRO
Head of Egyptian rights group held in solitary confinement, lawyers say
  + stars: | 2020-11-23 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
CAIRO (Reuters) - The director of a prominent Egyptian rights group was held in solitary confinement and inhumane conditions for three days after his arrest last week, his lawyers and the group’s founder said on Monday. View of the New Cairo Courthouse, where an interrogation session was held for arrested members of the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, in New Cairo, Egypt November 23, 2020. REUTERS/StaffGasser Abdel Razek is one of three staff from the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) arrested last week in a case that has drawn public criticism from the United Nations and Western diplomats. The arrests of the EIPR staff have been criticised by a number of European states, the United States and Canada. Critics see the arrests as the latest escalation of an unprecedented crackdown on civil society and political dissent overseen by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.
Persons: Staff Gasser Abdel Razek, Liman, Hossam Bahgat, Abdel Razek, Abdel Razek’s, he’d, Bahgat, , Negad El, Joe Biden’s, Antony Blinken, Public Prosecution ”, Critics, Abdel Fattah al, Sisi, Alaa Abdel Fattah Organizations: Egyptian, Personal Rights, REUTERS, Staff, United Nations, U.S, Democrats, Public Prosecution Locations: CAIRO, New Cairo, Egypt, Cairo, United States, Canada
Factbox: As mediation calls mount, who has leverage in Ethiopia?
  + stars: | 2020-11-23 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +6 min
NAIROBI (Reuters) - Ethiopia has rebuffed attempts at international mediation since conflict erupted in its northern Tigray region on Nov. 4. The AU fired its own security chief, an ethnic Tigrayan, after the Ethiopian government raised concerns over his loyalty. Regional experts have suggested that Sudan could use its control over key border crossings as leverage to press both sides in Ethiopia to talk. The Ethiopian foreign ministry said Redwan “commended China for understanding Ethiopia’s stance not to internationalize the undergoing operation in Tigray ... Ethiopia summoned the U.S. ambassador to seek clarification after President Donald Trump said Cairo could end up “blowing up that dam”.
Persons: Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah, Redwan Hussein, Abiy Ahmed, Abiy, Redwan “, , Abu Dhabi’s, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Abdullah bin Zayed, Donald Trump, Antony Blinken, Joe Biden, Blinken, Barack Obama, Susan Rice, Gayle Smith, Meles Zenawi, Yoweri Museveni, Addis Ababa, Museveni Organizations: Ethiopian, REUTERS, African Union, Monday, AU, Eritrean, ” UNITED, United Arab Emirates, Reuters, UNITED, United, U.S, USAID, European Union Locations: NAIROBI, Ethiopia, Tigray, Sudan, Hamdayet, Kassala, SUDAN, Sudanese, CHINA, Beijing, Addis Ababa, China, EMIRATES, UAE, Assab, Eritrea, of Africa, Africa, Egypt, U.S, Cairo, United States, Eritrea’s, Asmara, UGANDA, Addis, EUROPE, Oslo
FILE PHOTO: Grounded Boeing 737 MAX aircraft are seen parked at Boeing facilities at Grant County International Airport in Moses Lake, Washington, U.S. November 17, 2020. REUTERS/Lindsey WassonCAIRO (Reuters) - The United Arab Emirates civil aviation regulator said on Sunday it would announce a return schedule for the Boeing 737 MAX in a timely manner after the United States last week lifted a 20-month-old flight ban on the jet, the state news agency WAM reported. “The General Authority of Civil Aviation will issue a safety decision stipulating the technical requirements to ensure the safe return of service for the Boeing 737 ‘Max’ aircraft, and will announce the schedule for the return authorization in a timely manner,” WAM cited the regulator as saying. The regulator said it continued to work with the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) on the process. The UAE carrier flydubai is a major buyer of the narrow-body plane.
Persons: Lindsey Wasson CAIRO, WAM, Max, ” WAM Organizations: MAX, Boeing, Grant County International, REUTERS, United Arab Emirates, United, General Authority of Civil Aviation, U.S . Federal Aviation Administration, FAA, European Union Aviation Safety Agency, flydubai Locations: Moses Lake , Washington , U.S, United States, UAE
FILE PHOTO: French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian speaks during a news conference with Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, the Grand Imam of Egypt's Al-Azhar (not pictured), in Cairo, Egypt November 8, 2020. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El-GhanyPARIS (Reuters) - France’s foreign minister said on Sunday he shares U.S. President-elect Joe Biden’s view that President Donald Trump’s challenge to the Nov. 3 presidential election result is irresponsible. Biden on Thursday called Trump’s efforts to reverse the result “totally irresponsible”. “We are attuned to what Joe Biden said of Donald Trump showing ‘incredible iresponsability’. I share Joe Biden’s view,” Jean-Yves Le Drian told LCI television.
Persons: Jean, Yves Le Drian, Sheikh Ahmed al, Egypt's Al, Azhar, Mohamed Abd El, Joe Biden’s, Donald Trump’s, Biden, Joe Biden, Donald Trump, ” Jean, , Trump Organizations: REUTERS Locations: Egypt's, Cairo, Egypt, PARIS, France
“The sniper kept on firing,” Mohamed Abyad, the uncle of the child also named Mohamed, told NBC News. Mohamed Faisal,10, was killed in a sniper attack last month in Yemen, his uncle said. Mohamed was only 10 when a suspected Houthi sniper killed him. That was in October — the deadliest month for Yemeni children and their families so far this year, according to Save the Children. And as the Yemeni war continues, the chance for respite for Yemeni children feels remote.
Persons: ” Mohamed Abyad, Mohamed, Mohamed Faisal, Abyad, Mohamed’s, , Houthi, , , Jamal Khashoggi, Xavier Joubert, Mohammed Huwais, ” Michael Page, Charlene Gubash, Saphora Smith Organizations: NBC News, NBC, , Saudi, Associated Press, United, United Arab Emirates, Getty, International Committee, Human Rights Watch, Reuters Locations: Saudi, Iran, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Sanaa, Riyadh, Dali province, New York City, London, United Arab, AFP, York, Cairo
LONDON/ATHENS (Reuters) - Greek lender Alpha Bank ACBr.AT has selected U.S. investment fund Davidson Kempner as its preferred bidder to buy a $12 billion portfolio of non-performing loans in what will be Greece's largest-ever sale of bad debt, sources told Reuters. Alpha Bank declined to comment while Davidson Kempner and PIMCO were not immediately available. But only Davidson Kempner and PIMCO made binding offers and advanced to the final stages of the auction, with Alpha’s board selecting Davidson Kempner as its preferred bidder after a board meeting on Friday. Cepal, with a headcount of about 900, will be servicing the portfolio of bad loans that Davidson Kempner is expected to buy, in addition to non-performing loans of other parties. The decision to negotiate a deal with Davidson Kempner could be announced early next week, the sources said.
Persons: Alpha Bank ACBr.AT, Davidson, Davidson Kempner, Banks, Cerved, Credito Fondiario, PIMCO, Cepal, Davidson Kempner’s, Greece's Eurobank, doValue Organizations: Alpha Bank, REUTERS, Galaxy, U.S, Pacific Investment Management Company, European Union, Alpha Locations: ATHENS, Athens, Greece, Centerbridge, Cairo
CAIRO (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia’s King Salman called Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan to coordinate efforts exerted within the work of the G20 summit, ahead of the summit which will take place on Nov. 21 and 22, state news agency SPA reported on Friday. Reporting by Hesham Abdul Khalek Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman, Tayyip Erdogan, Hesham Abdul Organizations: Thomson Locations: CAIRO, Saudi
Saudi-Led coalition destroyed Houthi drone launched towards kingdom: state tv
  + stars: | 2020-11-20 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: 1 min
CAIRO (Reuters) - Saudi-Led coalition said it destroyed an explosive-laden drone launched by Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi group towards the kingdom, Saudi state TV reported on Friday. Reporting by Hesham Abdul Khalek and Ahmed Tolba; editing by Diane Craft Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Hesham Abdul Khalek, Ahmed Tolba, Diane Craft Organizations: Yemen’s, Thomson Locations: CAIRO, Saudi, Yemen’s Iran
Egypt arrests executive director of prominent rights group in latest crackdown
  + stars: | 2020-11-19 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
CAIRO (Reuters) - A prominent Egyptian rights group said security agents arrested its executive director on Thursday, days after two other senior members were detained under charges including joining a terrorist group. “Gasser Abdel Razek was detained by security sources from his home in Maadi and taken to an unknown location,” the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) tweeted late on Thursday. The arrests come after senior diplomats visited EIPR for a briefing on the human rights situation on Nov. 3. National Security service agents arrested Karim Ennarah, EIPR’s criminal justice unit director, early on Wednesday afternoon while he was on holiday in the Red Sea resort of Dahab and took him to an unknown location, the group said. Another member of staff, administrative manager Mohamed Basheer, has been ordered detained for 15 days on charges of joining a terrorist group, spreading false information and funding terrorism after being arrested at his home in the early hours of Sunday, according to the group.
Persons: “ Gasser Abdel Razek, Karim Ennarah, Mohamed Basheer Organizations: Egyptian, Personal Rights, National Security Locations: CAIRO, Maadi, Red, Dahab
CAIRO (Reuters) - Islamic state claimed responsibility for the gas pipeline blast between Egypt and Israel on Thursday, without giving evidence, a statement on their telegram channel read. Reporting by Hesham Abdul Khalek; Editing by Chris Reese Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Hesham Abdul Khalek, Chris Reese Organizations: Thomson Locations: CAIRO, Egypt, Israel
Egypt arrests leading human rights group's employees
  + stars: | 2020-11-19 | by ( Sarah El Sirgany | Ruba Alhenawi | ) edition.cnn.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: 1 min
(CNN) Egypt has arrested three employees of a leading domestic human rights group, the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR). The crackdown came after EIPR staff met with Western ambassadors in Cairo, the rights group said on Wednesday. Egyptian Security Forces arrested the group's executive director Gasser Abdel-Razek from his home in Maadi, a suburb of Cairo, on Thursday. EIPR said in a tweet Thursday that the forces had taken Abdel-Razek to an unknown location. His detention comes after Egyptian security forces detained two other EIPR employees on Wednesday.
Persons: EIPR, Gasser Abdel, Razek, Abdel, Read Organizations: CNN, Egyptian, Personal Rights, Egyptian Security Forces Locations: Egypt, Cairo, Maadi
CAIRO - (Reuters) - The Saudi-Led coalition said on Wednesday that it destroyed an explosive-laden drone launched by Yemen’s Houthis towards the kingdom, according to state TV. The Saudis have accused the Houthis of using drones and missiles to attack Saudi Arabia.
Persons: Yemen’s Houthis Organizations: Saudi Locations: CAIRO, Saudi Arabia
Saudi-led coalition says destroyed five drones fired by Houthis
  + stars: | 2020-11-13 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.98   time to read: 1 min
CAIRO (Reuters) - The Saudi-led coalition said on Friday it had intercepted and destroyed five explosive-laden drones launched towards Saudi Arabia by Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthis on Thursday. The Saudis have regularly accused the Houthis of using drones and missiles to attack Saudi Arabia. Yemen has been locked in conflict since 2014 when the Houthis seized Sanaa, the capital, and then much of the country’s north. Fighting escalated in March 2015 when the Saudi-led coalition intervened to restore the government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.
Persons: Sanaa, Abd, Rabbu Mansour Hadi Organizations: Yemen’s Locations: CAIRO, Saudi, Saudi Arabia, Yemen’s Iran, Yemen
(CNN) Liverpool and Egypt star Mohamed Salah has tested positive for coronavirus, the Egyptian Football Association said in a statement on Friday. The news comes the day before Egypt is due to face Togo in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Cairo. "The coronavirus test taken by our national team has shown that our international player Mohamed Salah, the star of Liverpool, has been infected with coronavirus after receiving a positive test result, although he is not suffering from any symptoms," the statement, posted by the governing body on social media, read. "Our international star has been subject to undergo medical protocol after our national team's doctor, Mohamed Abou Elela,, liaised with his English club, Liverpool. In addition, he was requested to self isolate in his room and not make any contact with anyone."
Persons: Mohamed Salah, Mohamed Abou Elela Organizations: CNN, Egyptian Football Association, Africa, Nations Locations: Liverpool, Egypt, Togo, Cairo
A man talks on his mobile phone in front of a currency exchange bureau showing images of the U.S. dollar in Cairo, Egypt, December 17, 2019. The U.S. dollar slumped Tuesday and was weaker against a range of developed and emerging market currencies, a pattern that would likely persist if former Vice President Joe Biden is elected president. The greenback was weaker against the euro and yen and also against emerging market currencies, like the Mexican peso. The dollar also fell against the Canadian dollar and Australian and New Zealand dollars. My guess is we get follow-through," said Marc Chandler, chief market strategist at Bannockburn Global Forex.
Persons: Joe Biden, Marc Chandler Organizations: U.S, Canadian, New, Bannockburn Global Locations: Cairo, Egypt, New Zealand, Bannockburn, Bannockburn Global Forex
The Latest: Pope Ends Public Audiences Amid Virus Surge
  + stars: | 2020-10-29 | by ( Oct. | At A.M. | ) www.usnews.com   time to read: +17 min
By The Associated PressVATICAN CITY — The Vatican is ending Pope Francis’ general audiences with the public amid a surge in coronavirus cases in Italy and a confirmed infection at last week’s encounter. ___WARSAW, Poland — Poland has registered another sharp spike in confirmed coronavirus cases and reported a new daily record of over 20,100. The 54-nation continent now has over 1.7 million confirmed virus cases - an increase of less than 1% from the previous week - and more than 42,000 virus-related deaths. The British government, which is responsible for public health in England, has set out a three-tiered approach to the virus’ resurgence. The small Pacific nation had been among the last places in the world to have no reported cases of the virus.
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ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey’s leader said on Wednesday that Western countries mocking Islam wanted to “relaunch the Crusades”, heightening a confrontation with France over cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad that have stirred anger in Muslim-majority countries. The row with France flared after a French teacher who showed pupils cartoons of the Prophet published in the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo was beheaded in France this month. In a sign of spreading anger at France’s defence of the right to publish the cartoons, demonstrators denounced France in street protests in several Muslim-majority countries. Erdogan sharply criticised Macron at the weekend, saying the French leader needed a mental health check, prompting France to recall its ambassador from Ankara. They were responding to calls by clerics in various Somali regions to come out and condemn France and boycott French products.
Persons: Islam, Prophet Mohammad, Tayyip Erdogan, Murat Cetinmuhurdar, Charlie Hebdo, , Erdogan, Macron, Macron’s, Charlie Hebdo’s, Samuel Paty, Abdel, Fattah, Sisi, Egypt’s, Mohamed Ahmed, France ”, , Mohamed Ahmed Organizations: AK Party, Presidential, REUTERS, Turkey’s Communications, Azhar, Reuters, , ‘ Boycott, , France, Embassy, Turkey, France down, Bangladesh, In Cairo Locations: ANKARA, France, Turkish, Ankara, Turkey, “ France, Somali, Mogadishu, Africa, SOMALIA, MALI, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Iraq, Mauritania, Cairo, Somalia, Dhaka, Dhaka ”, Muslim-majority, Ankara, Africa, Indonesia
ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey’s leader said on Wednesday that Western countries mocking Islam wanted to “relaunch the Crusades”, heightening a confrontation with France over cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad that have stirred anger in Muslim-majority countries. The row with France flared after a French teacher who showed pupils cartoons of the Prophet published in the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo was beheaded in France this month. In a sign of spreading anger at France’s defence of the right to publish the cartoons, demonstrators denounced France in street protests in several Muslim-majority countries. Erdogan sharply criticised Macron at the weekend, saying the French leader needed a mental health check, prompting France to recall its ambassador from Ankara. They were responding to calls by clerics in various Somali regions to come out and condemn France and boycott French products.
Persons: Islam, Prophet Mohammad, Tayyip Erdogan, Murat Cetinmuhurdar, Charlie Hebdo, , Erdogan, Macron, Macron’s, Charlie Hebdo’s, Samuel Paty, Abdel, Fattah, Sisi, Egypt’s, Mohamed Ahmed, France ”, , Mohamed Ahmed Organizations: AK Party, Presidential, REUTERS, Turkey’s Communications, Azhar, Reuters, , ‘ Boycott, , France, Embassy, Turkey, France down, Bangladesh, In Cairo Locations: ANKARA, France, Turkish, Ankara, Turkey, “ France, Somali, Mogadishu, Africa, SOMALIA, MALI, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Iraq, Mauritania, Cairo, Somalia, Dhaka, Dhaka ”, Muslim-majority, Ankara, Africa, Indonesia
ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey’s leader said on Wednesday that Western countries mocking Islam wanted to “relaunch the Crusades”, heightening a confrontation with France over cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad that have stirred anger in Muslim-majority countries. The row with France flared after a French teacher who showed pupils cartoons of the Prophet published in the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo was beheaded in France this month. In a sign of spreading anger at France’s defence of the right to publish the cartoons, demonstrators denounced France in street protests in several Muslim-majority countries. Erdogan sharply criticised Macron at the weekend, saying the French leader needed a mental health check, prompting France to recall its ambassador from Ankara. They were responding to calls by clerics in various Somali regions to come out and condemn France and boycott French products.
Persons: Islam, Prophet Mohammad, Tayyip Erdogan, Murat Cetinmuhurdar, Charlie Hebdo, , Erdogan, Macron, Macron’s, Charlie Hebdo’s, Samuel Paty, Abdel, Fattah, Sisi, Egypt’s, Mohamed Ahmed, France ”, , Mohamed Ahmed Organizations: AK Party, Presidential, REUTERS, Turkey’s Communications, Azhar, Reuters, , ‘ Boycott, , France, Embassy, Turkey, France down, Bangladesh, In Cairo Locations: ANKARA, France, Turkish, Ankara, Turkey, “ France, Somali, Mogadishu, Africa, SOMALIA, MALI, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Iraq, Mauritania, Cairo, Somalia, Dhaka, Dhaka ”, Muslim-majority, Ankara, Africa, Indonesia
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