France's Le Pen launches campaign with anti-EU message
France's far-right leader Marine Le Pen launched her presidential campaign on Saturday, hoping her anti-establishment message will carry her to power later this year. Le Pen published a list of 144 “commitments” to the nation, which include pulling …
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'A Dog's Purpose' investigation finds no mistreatment of dogs
If you have a shred of human decency, you'll agree that "a dog's purpose" is not to get abused just to help Hollywood make a buck. Thankfully, it looks like a previously released video that appeared to show a dog on the set of the film A Dog's Purpose …
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Abu Dhabi – His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, received Sameh Shoukry, Foreign Minister of the Arab Republic of Egypt, who is currently visiting the country, at Qasr Al-Shati (Beach Palace) on Saturday.
Shoukry conveyed a verbal message from Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
His Highness Sheikh Mohamed welcomed the Egyptian Foreign Minister and discussed with him the ways to strengthen the close relations between the two Arab countries, to achieve their common interests.
During the meeting, which was attended by H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation, they also tackled the latest Arab developments, as well as the efforts being exerted to overcome the current crises in Libya, Syria, and Yemen.
Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed and Egypt s Foreign Minister also reviewed the Arab position on the challenges facing the region, the importance of co-ordination and co-operation, as well as Arab solidarity in order to maintain the region s security and stability.
The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi stressed the pivotal role of Egypt in the Arab world, and the Arab stance to overcome the violent crises facing the region.
“Egypt is the important strategic dimension to the Arab world, which is confident about its abilities, and rejects intervention in its affairs,” he noted. Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed commended the continuous communication and consultation between the two countries for the best interest of Arab nations.
The Egyptian Foreign Minister praised UAE’s stances in support of Egypt and its people. He said the leadership, and people of Egypt appreciate the strong relations with the UAE, under the wise leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and looking forward to furthering cooperation and cooperation to overcome the challenges facing the Arab world.
The meeting also dealt with a number of regional and international issues of common interest.
Mohammed Mubarak Al Mazrouei, Under-Secretary of Abu Dhabi Crown Prince’s Court; Wael Mohamed Gad, Ambassador of Egypt to the UAE and an accompanying delegation to the Egyptian Foreign Minister were also present.
Iowa State rallies to stun No. 2 Kansas 92-89 in OT
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) Deonte Burton hit seven 3-pointers and scored 29 points, Monte Morris added 25 and Iowa State rallied from a big halftime deficit to beat No. 2 Kansas 92-89 in overtime Saturday, ending the Jayhawks' 51-game winning streak at Allen …
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Romania to scrap corruption decree that sparked mass protests
(CNN) Following days of street protests, Romania will repeal a decree that would have essentially decriminalized some acts of corruption, Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu said Saturday. Grindeanu said he will call a Sunday Cabinet meeting to scrap the …
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Juba – The South Sudanese army (SPLA) denied on Saturday reports the Egyptian force was used to bomb rebel-controlled areas north of Upper Nile state.
The acting SPLA spokesman, Col. Santo Dominic dismissed the report as “false”, adding that South Sudan government had not received any form of military support from Egypt.
“There are no Sudanese rebels in the republic of South Sudan and it is not true the Egyptian air force bombed places in South Sudan. It is a propaganda”, said Dominic.
The SPLA official’s remarks was in reaction to the armed opposition spokesperson’s claims that government forces attacked them using Sudanese and Egyptian air forces.
“At around 8:00am yesterday Thursday February 02, 2017 the brutal and ruthless Juba regime allowed and sneaked into South Sudan from Angathna base in Blue Nile a 70-vehicle convoy of four battalions of heavily armed Sudanese rebels of the SPLM-North (SPLM-N) and the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) to attack and retake Mustakbal, Wadekona and Detang which the gallant SPLA-IO forces had taken full control of after defeating a combination of Juba regime solders and other Sudanese rebels late last month,” said the armed opposition spokesman, William Gatjiath Deng.
Clashes between the rival forces, he further claimed, left so many dead bodies and 43 PKMs and 300 AK-47s were captured.
“This devastating and catastrophic defeat of the Juba regime soldiers and mercenaries by the gallant SPLA-IO forces forced the remaining JEM and SPLM-N elements to Makal (Malakal), Renk and Palouch. At around 8:00am this morning Friday February 03, 2017, the Juba regime Sudanese mercenaries once again attacked SPLA-IO positions at Detang,” said Deng in a statement extended to Sudan Tribune.
It added, “The gallant SPLA-IO forces repulsed the attack and pursued the Juba regime aggression to Lelo”.
According to the armed opposition spokesperson, the Egyptian air force dropped more than nine bombs and explosions in rebel-held territories around Kaka on Friday.
“In the fighting at Ataam, the gallant SPLA-IO of the Special Division captured one Juba regime soldier alive and he is being held as Prisoner of War at the SPLA-IO Special division Ataam headquarters,” further stated the armed opposition spokesperson.
“In that of Mayom road, the gallant SPLA-IO forces captured eight (8) regime soldiers alive and four (4) Juba regime military vehicles were destroyed. The continuous involvement of the Sudanese rebels and the escalation of the Egyptian participation in the ongoing war in South Sudan are clear indications to the people of South Sudan, the African Union (AU), the United Nations (UN) and the international community that the Juba regime is provoking the region and tilting South Sudan for a regional war”, he added.
Tens of thousands of people have been killed and nearly two million displaced in the country’s worst ever outbreak of violence since it got independence from Sudan.
Cairo – The father of a man shot by a French soldier as he carried out a machete attack at the Louvre museum in Paris says his son is not a terrorist.
Retired Egyptian police general Reda al-Hamamy accused the soldier who shot him of “using brute force with a poor young man”.
The French authorities say his son Abdullah, 29, was shot when he attacked the soldiers, injuring one of them.
They say he shouted the Islamic phrase “Allahu Akbar” (“God is greatest”).
He claimed the French were accusing his son of terrorism as a “cover up” to excuse the level of force employed to stop him.
Mr Al Refaai, who spoke to Reuters in Egypt, said he had learned of his son’s case from Facebook and was still not aware of his fate.
He said: “Is he alive? Is he dead? Was it really him?
“For them to say in the end that he is a terrorist is nonsense. This is a cover up so they don’t have to apologise or justify the acts of this soldier who used brute force with a poor young man of 29.”
The father added: “I find it incomprehensible that a young man on his way to commit a terrorist act only has a knife with him.
President Trump made clear Saturday that the White House will fight a recent judge’s ruling that effectively stops his immigration ban. A federal judge in Seattle late Friday imposed a nationwide hold on Trump’s temporary ban on travelers and immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim countries. “The Constitution prevailed today,” Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson […]