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Egypt opens new international airport in Giza for trial flights

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CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt opened a new international airport on the outskirts of the capital on Saturday for an initial trial period, in a bid to ease pressure from Cairo’s main airport and help boost tourism.

The Sphinx International Airport, located near the Giza Pyramids and the new Grand Egyptian Museum, is expected to operate 30 flights by early February during its trial run.

The $17 million project comes as part of the Tourism Ministry’s plan to improve accessibility to historical sites from resort areas on the Red sea like Sharm el Sheikh and Hurghada. It will fully open in 2020.

The bombing of a Russian airliner shortly after it took off from Sharm el Sheikh in 2015 hit tourism numbers hard, continuing a downward trend that started with the years of turmoil following the “Arab Spring” protests of 2011.

Tourism revenues had begun to rebound, jumping 77 percent year-on-year in the first half of 2018 to $4.8 billion, before a deadly attack on a bus in December killed three Vietnamese tourists and their Egyptian guide.

The bus attack was the first deadly attack against foreign tourists in Egypt for over a year.

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Sherine Abdel Wahab Banned From Singing after Insulting Egypt

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The Musicians Syndicate announced in a statement released on Thursday, March 21, announcing that Egyptian singer Sherine Abdel Wahab has officially been banned from singing in Egypt after insulting the country in a concert performance in Bahrain.

The singer was banned for questioning the freedom of speech in Egypt, saying that: ‘’ I can talk here with complete freedom, in Egypt anyone who talks freely is going to be jailed’’ said Abdel Wahab, during the concert.

Lawyer Samir Sabry submitted a complaint against the singer to the Egyptian general prosecutor accusing her of insulting Egypt during her latest concert in Bahrain.

Later that day, Sherine interfered in a phone call during a TV interview with Amr Adeeb, in which she apologized once again, claiming that she was only joking, and that she is very upset over everything being said against her.

“I am very tired. I made a mistake. I am sorry. I appeal the president of the Arab Republic of Egypt, who is our father. I feel that I was persecuted. I did nothing. I love Egypt,” she said.

While the incident angered several people, others are standing with the Egyptian singer and a hashtag supporting her is now trending on social media, asking for authorities to forgive the incident.

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شيري فنّانه رفيعة المستوى … طيّبه عفويه لدرجة ، قد لاتُصيبُ بالتّعبير عمّا لاتقصد، وأنا كغيري الكثير ممّن يعرفونها، على ثقة بأنّها ستتريّث فيما لايجب أنّ يحصل ، وثقتنا بالفنّان الكبير الأستاذ هاني شاكر، كبيره بأنّ يكون له طيب الأثر، بوقفة مع مطربة يفخر بها الفنّ ، غذّت المشاعر ، وقوّمت قلوب ، وتغنّت بجميع أنواع المشاعر ، وتألّقت بأغاني الوطن ، وأنّ تمرّ هذه المحنة على خير ، وكلّنا ثقه بأنّها ستزيد تألّقاً ، في عالم يحتاجها ، إنّ شكّ يوماً بولاءها ، حتماً سيرجع يصفح عنها ، لأنّها منه وهو يزهو بها #أصاله #متضامن_مع_شيرين @sherine

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49 Muslims killed in New Zealand Mosque terror attack

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Earlier today, Muslims in New Zealand faced a horrific act of terrorism in which a number of extremists attacked two mosques in Christchurch; resulting in the death of around 49 people and the injury of dozens.

Among the dead is at least a child and a number of female worshipers, in addition to a number of teenagers who were also reported to have been fallen victims of the attack.

It is still not clear what exactly happened, but police reports indicated that 4 people are currently in custody. But investigations are still going on to know whether or not these four were involved in the shootings.

The four people include three men and one woman. Among the men is an Australian citizen, right-wing terrorist by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison. New Zealand police say one male – in his late twenties – has been previously charged with murder.

With investigations still going on, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arden indicated that “this will be one of New Zealand’s darkest days”.

The shooting at Al Noor Mosque, that is located in central Christchurch, happened around Friday prayers, meaning that many Muslims were likely inside at the time.

We are infuriated to have woken up on such horrific news, and our hearts and prayers go to the families of the victims, and all the Muslims in New Zealand.

 

 

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Saudi King and Presidents of Arab countries Send their Condolences to Egypt

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In the light of yesterday’s tragic incident of the Ramses Railway Station, political figures have been sending out their condolences to President El-Sisi, expressing their deep sorrow for what had taken place.

King Salman of Saudi Arabia and Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman sent out a cable of condolences, “We have learned the news about the fire that broke out in Ramses Railway Station in Cairo, and resulted in deaths and injuries,” the Saudi king said, adding: “We send your highness, the families of the deceased and people of the Republic of Egypt, on the behalf of the Saudi people and government and on our behalf, the deepest and sincerest condolences.”

Yemen’s President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi and Sultan Qaboos bin Said of Oman, also mourned the death of innocent victims, and a statement by the Jordanian Press Agency extended the condolences of King Abdullah II.

Pope Tawdros II of Alexandria, sent out his condolences on behalf of the Orthodox Church, “We pray for families of the victims that may god bless their souls and grant the injured full recovery,” an official statement from the church said.

It’s fair to say that the whole country is mourning the horrific deaths of all those innocent people, and everyone is now sending out messages to donate to those who were injured; in the hope for their quick recovery.

President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi said that he has issued order for the government to shift all attention to the incident, and identify whoever is responsible for it. He also added that the injured are provided with the medical help needed, and hopefully will recover soon.

 

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