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29 Apr 2017

Tackle religious extremism by addressing migrant crisis, Egypt conference hears

Religious fundamentalism will continue to flourish if poverty, disease and the needs of refugees are not addressed, the audience at the International Peace Conference in Cairo was told.

The gathering, co-organised"...

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29 Apr 2017

Germany passes controversial security agreement with Egypt

Germany's Parliament has approved a measure for closer cooperation with Egypt on security issues to fight terrorism, which rights organizations say could make Germany complicit in Egyptian human rights abuses.

The"...

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29 Apr 2017

South Sudan army gains control of rebel headquarters in Upper Nile

South Sudanese government army (SPLA) Friday has gained control of the headquarters of armed opposition forces, displacing over 25,000 civilians without humanitarian assistance.

The SPLA spokesperson, Colonel Santo"...

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29 Apr 2017

MSF Evacuates International Staff in South Sudan's Upper Nile

Doctors Without Borders said it has evacuated international staff from two towns in South Sudan because of intense fighting between the army and rebel groups.

The medical aid group, known by its French acronym MSF, said Thursday it removed foreign staff from the towns of Aburoc"...

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29 Apr 2017

New bill giving Egypt's Sisi more powers 'unconstitutional'

Aly el-Kabbany, an author and journalist, describes as “unconstitutional” the amendments endorsed by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to the Judicial Authority Law which would enable him to pick the most senior members of the country’s judicial system, adding that"...

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29 Apr 2017

Egypt issues law allowing president to appoint judges

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has ratified legal amendments that allow the president to make judicial appointments to its top courts, a move judges said would erode the independence of the judicial system.

Parliament"...

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29 Apr 2017

The Latest: Pope, Coptic patriarch to try to heal schism

The Latest on Pope Francis' visit to Egypt (all times local): 8:10 p.m. Pope Francis and the Coptic Orthodox pope, Tawadros II, are pledging they won't require faithful who switch churches to get re-baptized. The two popes signed a joint declaration on Friday, at the end of their meeting at the Orthodox Patriarchate in Cairo on the first day of Francis' two-day visit. In the declaration, they pledged to continue working to heal their schism and praised steps taken so far. In a new initiative, they say that they 'will seek......

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29 Apr 2017

Egypt trade deficit down 46 pct y/y in Q1 2017

Egypt's trade deficit fell to $6.59 billion in the first quarter of 2017, a 46 percent drop from the same period last year, state news agency MENA reported on Friday.

Import-dependent Egypt has seen its exports"...

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29 Apr 2017

Cairo: Azhar’s World Peace Forum Absolves Heavenly Religions from Terrorism

Cairo- Social and religious figures partaking in al Azhar’s peace forum in Cairo, Egypt denounced all damaging actions made by extremist groups in the name of self-styled religion.

Forum attendees urged swift"...

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29 Apr 2017

Emaar to strengthen luxury portfolio with six new hotel openings

Dubai-based Emaar Hospitality Group, the hospitality and leisure arm of Emaar Properties, has announced plans to open six new hotels in the Middle East.

The new properties in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Egypt will be operated"...

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