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Egypt, IMF reach agreement on $2b loan instalment

Egypt has reached a staff-level agreement with the International Monetary Fund for an instalment of about $2 billion more from a three-year, $12 billion loan programme, the IMF said in a statement on Friday. The payment, which is still subject to IMF executive board approval, will bring total disbursements under …

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BOOK REVIEW – Akwan: Walking the Razor’s Edge between Western Science Fiction and Egyptian Morality

By Emad El-Din Aysha,PhD     Akwan (2017) or ‘Universes’ is an exceptional novel by Egyptian standards, and for several reasons. One, it’s a science fiction novel and a hard-core sci-fi novel at that, dealing with parallel universes and alternate dimensions. (The Egypt of nowadays, horror and supernatural thrillers count …

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UAE denies hacking Qatar news agency

The United Arab Emirates has denied it was behind the alleged hacking of Qatar’s state news agency in May. The Washington Post cited US intelligence officials as saying the UAE had orchestrated the posting of incendiary quotes attributed to Qatar’s emir that he insisted were fabricated. The incident helped spark …

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Qatar’s Al Jazeera Twitter account back after suspension

The Arabic-language account of Al Jazeera has been restored on Twitter after being suspended due to what the network called “an organised campaign”. The account, with just under 12 million followers, was suspended for an unspecified reason early on Saturday. Al Jazeera is the flagship broadcaster for Qatar, which is …

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Qatar Crisis Spills Into Libya, Tangling Glencore in Oil Dispute

The Qatar crisis is reverberating in Libya, inflaming political divisions in the war-torn oil exporter and dragging commodity-trading giant Glencore Plc into a dispute over crude sales. The row involves competing administrations of the National Oil Corp. that are vying to control crude exports from the OPEC member. In eastern …

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Egyptian president Sisi is set to meet Pope Francis

THE LEVANT EXCLUSIVE – Holy See spokesman Federico Lombardi confirmed this Saturday that Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi will meet with the Pope on Monday on what will be Egypt’s president first visit to the Vatican in eight years. The Vatican also confirmed that President al-Sisi will be accompanied  by …

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The new era of combatting terrorism

The Levant Exclusive – By Dr.Amer Al Sabaileh –   The launch of the airstrikes against IS marks a turning point and a long road ahead for the region, full of new and complex challenges. The focus of the fight against regional terrorism on IS has increased global coverage highlighting …

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Bomb outside Cairo University wounds at least nine

THE LEVANT – A bomb claimed by an Islamist group exploded outside the gates of Cairo University Wednesday, an Egyptian police official said, wounding at least nine people, including a senior officer. Scores of policemen and soldiers have been killed in militant attacks, mainly in the Sinai Peninsula, since the …

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Two Israeli soldiers wounded by gunfire from Egypt

THE LEVANT – Two Israeli soldiers were wounded Wednesday when alleged drug smugglers fired shots and an anti-tank missile from Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula at their vehicle patrolling the border, the army said. Troops responded to the attack, near the border community of Ezuz about 60 kilometres (37 miles) south of …

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Egypt court hands life terms to 25 Morsi backers

THE LEVANT – An Egyptian court handed down life sentences Thursday to 25 supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi over violence in a southern town in August 2013, a judicial source said. The authorities have cracked down on supporters of Morsi since his ouster by the military in July …

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Egypt forces kill top jihadist in Sinai

THE LEVANT – Egyptian soldiers killed Friday a top member of the jihadist group Ansar Beit al-Maqdis who was involved in a deadly attack on security forces in the Sinai Peninsula, the army said. Shahtah Farhan al-Maatqa was killed in a raid in the town of Rafah on the border …

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Egypt to host donor conference for war-hit Gaza

THE LEVANT – Envoys from dozens of countries will gather Sunday for a conference that aims to raise billions of dollars to rebuild conflict-battered Gaza, despite fears of renewed violence and “donor fatigue”. The United Nations’ Palestinian refugee agency has described the financial needs as “unprecedented” ahead of the Cairo …

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Libya PM says Egypt will help train army

THE LEVANT – Libya’s embattled prime minister, Abdullah al-Thani, said on Wednesday Egypt would help to train his army and called on compatriots to fight Islamist led-militias that have overrun the capital. Thani and the majority of an internationally recognised parliament elected in June are in virtual domestic exile in …

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Egypt court jails 68 pro-Morsi protesters

THE LEVANT  – An Egyptian court sentenced 68 people to up to 15 years in prison Tuesday over protest clashes, in the latest mass sentencing of supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi. They were accused of taking part in street violence in October 2013 in which more than 50 …

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El Sissi’s interview

THE LEVANT – Following is a transcript of The Associated Press’s interview with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi. Q: What role will Egypt assume in the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State group? A: Let me assert here that we are fully committed to cooperate in counterterrorism in the region and …

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Six Egyptian policemen killed in Sinai bombing

THE LEVANT – Five Egyptian police conscripts and an officer were killed on Tuesday when a roadside bomb hit an army-police patrol in the restive Sinai Peninsula, the Interior Ministry said. Two other conscripts were injured in the attack on the road between the provincial capital, al-Arish, and the town …

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