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en shafaqna BEIJING IS LAUNCHING A MINI-MARSHALL PLAN FOR THE MIDDLE EAST

Beijing is launching a mini-Marshall Plan for the Middle East

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SHAFAQNA- As President Xi Jinping impels China to take a more active role internationally, the Middle East is becoming one of its key staging grounds. Beijing is launching a mini-Marshall Plan for the Middle East and North Africa. China and…

Egypt’s foreign exchange reserves rose to $44.46bn in September

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SHAFAQNA- Egypt’s net foreign reserves rose to 44.46 billion U.S. dollars in September, the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) announced in a statement. The country’s net foreign reserves rose to $44.459 billion at the end of September 2018,…

2018 Nansen Refugee Award dedicated to South Sudanese Surgeon

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SHAFAQNA- The only functional hospital in South Sudan’s Upper Nile State runs by Dr. Evan Atar Adaha, serving more than 200,000 people, including 144,000 refugees. Evan Atar Adaha, head surgeon and medical director at a remote hospital…

An Egyptian woman activist jailed for speaking out on sexual harassment

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SHAFAQNA- An Egyptian woman human rights defender, Amal Fathy, who has already spent 141 days in prison, has been convicted for posting a Facebook video decrying sexual harassment and criticizing the Egyptian to two-year jail sentence. Amal…

'Arab NATO' is A Destructive Plan for Arab Countries

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SHAFAQNA- US President Donald Trump will split Arab countries with an effort to make a new coalition, Raialyoum newspaper wrote in an analysis of US plan to make an ‘Arab NATO’ in the Middle East. Arabian author and analyst Abdel Bari…

Photos: Raas Al-Hussein (P) Mosque in Cairo

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SHAFAQNA - The Al Hussein Mosque is one of the most sacred Islamic sites in Egypt and famously known for it’s housing the oldest complete manuscript of the Holy Qu’ran. It’s location is also in an immensely popular street of Cairo…

You need to try Egyptian halal street-food startups now

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SHAFAQNA - My Salaam | by Ahmed Gabr: In the Middle East and Africa region, Egypt is the second only to Saudi Arabia  for consumer spending on eating out, with almost 12 per cent of the total value of the food-and-beverage industry in 2016.…

Al-Azhar: harassment of women is religiously forbidden and should be punished

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SHAFAQNA- Egypt’s top Sunni Muslim authority, Al-Azhar, has issued a statement expressing harassment of women is religiously forbidden and should be punished 'regardless of the context or conditions'. Al-Azhar, which has huge influence…

Egypt's Plan to build Mosques with Contemporary Islamic Architecture

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SHAFAQNA- IQNA: The country is building new mosques and restoring some old ones based on the contemporary Islamic architecture, Egypt’s Awqaf minister said. According to al-Ahram daily, Mohamed Mokhtar Goma said the ministry is also planning…

How different countries celebrate Eid al-Adha?

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SHAFAQNA - Eid al-Adha, also known as "Feast of Sacrifice" or "Big Eid", is an Islamic religious festival to commemorate the willingness of Ibrahim to follow God's command to sacrifice his son. Muslims around the world observe this event. This…

Egypt tourism surge in 2018

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SHAFAQNA - Tourism is showing rise again in Egypt, with 50 percent surge in bookings during the first half of 2018, following several years violence in the country in the aftermath of the 2011 Revolution. Egypt started to become a premier…

Climbing Mountains: A Quest to Find the Truth

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SHAFAQNA- This is the story of British born Dr Kate Godfrey-Faucett and her incredible journey from Christianity to Shia Islam via Sunnism.Kate is a Chartered psychologist & psychotherapist with specialist training and experience in working…

Women challenge social standards in Egypt by practicing Parkour on the streets

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SHAFAQNA - A group of women in Egypt collect at a park in a Cairo once a week , climbing up wall surfaces and jumping about in the strenous physical technique known as Parkour to form the first professional Parkour team in Egypt, while also…

IMF warns of wider unrest across the Middle East due to job crisis

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SHAFAQNA - The International Monetary Fund has warned of unemployment crisis among young people in The Middle East and North Africa risks fuelling wider unrest across the region, so countries in the region must accelerate economic reforms to…

Egypt wants to impose taxes on tech giants' profits

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SHAFAQNA - The Egypt unveiled plan to impose taxes on profits of tech giants including Facebook and Google. The Egyptian parliament last month approved the organisation of the press and information draft law, which states that no website…

Sale of France arms to the Middle East doubled

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SHAFAQNA - According to a government report, French arms sales to the Middle East doubled in 2017, despite pressure from lawmakers and rights groups on President Emmanuel Macron to prevent weapons from entering the countries conducting a bloody…

Egypt to construct Middle East’s largest petrochemical complex

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SHAFAQNA - Egypt government said to sign a deal to build the largest petrochemical complex in the Middle East , worth $11 billion. Head of the General Authority for Suez Canal Economic Zone (SCZone) Mohab Mamish (representing the government)…

10 Muslim World Cup facts you should know

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SHAFAQNA - My Salaam | by Tharik Hussain : Russia 2018 is a record-breaking World Cup for the Muslim world, with seven Muslim-majority nations taking part this year, the most since the start of the games in 1930. To celebrate this, here are…

Egypt’s present account narrows to $5.3 bln as tourism rises

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SHAFAQNA - According to data from the Egyptian Central Bank, Egypt’s present account deficit narrowed to $1.93 billion from $3.1 billion for the third quarter of the 2017-18 fiscal year as as tourism revenues improved. According to Egypt…

Egyptian parliament Plans to Investigate national team's failure at 2018 FIFA World Cup

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SHAFAQNA - The Egyptian Parliament's Committee of Youth Affairs and Sports has demanded to create a commission for  investigation national team's failure at the World Cup in Russia. According to Middle East Monitor, The intended committee…

Trump Wants to end Persian Gulf crisis because it Only Benefits Iran

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SHAFAQNA - U.S Foreign Minister during the meeting with Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, Qatari counterpart, emphasised that President Donald Trump wants dispute between Qatar and Persian Gulf nations to be ended because it only benefits…

400 refugees based in Egypt to be received by Portugal

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SHAFAQNA- Egypt welcomed an offer by Portugal to host 400 refugees who currently are in the country, as a part of the cooperation between the EU and Egypt on the migration, because of its own economic problems. According to Middle East Monitor,…

Trump claims a lot of progress has been made in Middle East

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SHAFAQNA - US President Donald Trump claimed that a lot of progress had been made in the Middle East during a meeting with King Abdullah of Jordan on Monday in their third summit since Mr Trump took office and the first since US pulled out…

Abe will visit Saudi Arabia and Egypt

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SHAFAQNA - During to his European and Middle Eastern countries tour next month, Shinzo Abe will visit Saudi Arabia and Egypt. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is planning to visit Belgium, France, Saudi Arabia and Egypt countries next…

A power struggle between Persian Gulf states

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Shafaqnq- A power struggle has grown more intense among the Persian Gulf States. A case in point is the current conflict between Saudi Arabia (and the UAE) and Qatar.  "The European Union (EU) supports Kuwait efforts to mediate between…

World Cup 2018: Salah returns but Russia beat Egypt 3-1

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SHAFAQNA - Egypt lost on Tuesday to the Russians and so Arab teams in the World Cup are left with zero points from five games. Egypt lost to World Cup hosts Russia on Tuesday, minimising the The Pharaohs' chances of reaching the knockout…

How tensions in the Middle East overshadow 2018 World Cup

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SHAFAQNA- Political tensions in this soccer-crazy part of the world overshadow the current World Cup. From the sanction of Nike against Iranian players to Saudi-UAE moves to gain the control of global soccer governance, 2018 World Cup is maybe…

Top US official eyes Israel's Egypt border for Trump wall ideas

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SHAFAQNA - Middle East Eye : US homeland security secretary visited Israel's southern border for ideas on wall project along US southern border US Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen inspected Israel's fenced-off border with Egypt…