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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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First Image for the Black Hole released

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Astronomers have taken the very first image of a black hole, located in a distant galaxy of 40 billion KM, and astronomers have named it ‘A Monster’.

The black hole is 500 million trillion km away, the image was taken by a network of eight telescopes across the world.

Details have been published today in Astrophysical Journal Letters.

Prof Heino Falcke, of Radboud University in the Netherlands, who proposed the experiment, told BBC News that the black hole was found in a galaxy called M87.

“What we see is larger than the size of our entire Solar System,” he said.

“It has a mass 6.5 billion times that of the Sun. And it is one of the heaviest black holes that we think exists. It is an absolute monster, the heavyweight champion of black holes in the Universe.”

The image shows a ‘ring of fire’ as described by Prof Falcke, surrounding a perfectly circular dark hole. The bright halo is caused by super-heated gas. This light is brighter than all of the countless stars combined! That’s why it can be seen from afar distance from Earth.

The picture was revealed at simultaneous press conferences across the world today, including one in Europe that you can watch in the following video.

 

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Uber Plans to buy its rival company in the Middle East ‘Careem’

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Uber is announcing a $3.1 billion acquisition of Careem in a cash and stock deal, that is happening this Tuesday, Bloomberg also reported that Uber intents on paying $1.4 billion in cash and $1.7 billion in convertibles notes for Careem as Uber shares.

The Dubai-based company shareholders that includes Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal’s investment firm and Japanese e-commerce company Rakuten Inc. have until Monday night to study and discuss the offer, and the decision is expected to be made as early as Tuesday.

According to Bloomberg, none of the spokespeople for Uber and Careem gave a comment on the matter, whereas Uber’s spokesperson Matt kallman refused to give out any statements, Careem’s spokesperson Maha Aboul Enein was unavailable for a comment.

This bid is considered to be one of the biggest-ever listings of the New York Stock Exchange, and it has come before an imminent initial public offering.

It is believed that Uber is publicly filing for its IPO in April, meaning that the company’s value is expected to increase to USD 120 billion. And with Careem out of the way, Uber will thus be monopolizing the region; which will make the stock a much more valuable one.

Also, let’s not forget, that on top of all that, Saudi Arabia is one of the company’s largest backers; which increases the chances of receiving more funding due to the wealth fund of the Kingdom.

On the other hand, some problems is expected to surface after this take over happens, problems that both companies have been facing in term of regulations with the Egyptian Competition Authority and the threat they impose on the merger through a potential fine worth USD 28 million.

 

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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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