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Concerned about misuse, Germany cancels security training for Egypt

October 18, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

German police have cancelled a scheduled workshop with Egyptian security officials on how to monitor extremist websites for fear they would use the skills acquired to target other groups in the country, according to a report by the Associated Press. German security authorities have collaborated with their Egyptian counterparts on numerous occasions, providing material and technical aid on combatting extremist groups and people smugglers. However, heightened concerns about Egypt’s human rights abuses have prompted German officials to suspend training on web monitoring for fear that the information could facilitate the ongoing crackdown “on other groups” in the country. Read: Arab states conceal security cooperation with Israel Egypt’s clampdown on freedom of expression has extended to social media and other communication […]

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Qatar to host 11th Syria donor meeting

October 18, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

The 11th meeting of Syria Major Donors will be held in Qatar today under the chairmanship of the UN Secretary-General’s Humanitarian Envoy, Dr Ahmed Bin Mohammed Al Meraikhi. This is the second time that Doha hosts the meeting. The meeting aims to strengthen dialogue among Syria donors on the humanitarian crisis affecting the country, assess efforts in the humanitarian response to the crisis and strengthen international efforts in this regard. The Major Donors Group was established following the Second International Humanitarian Pledging Conference which took place in 2014 in Kuwait with the aim of establishing a platform for major donors to discuss issues related to ensuring disbursement of pledges and strengthening humanitarian dialogue among donors. Over the past three years, […]

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Palestinian student champion of Arab Reading Challenge

October 18, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

A Palestinian student was crowned champion of the Arab Reading Challenge today. Now in its second year, the competition saw seven million entrants vie for the awards in Dubai, UAE, which saw Palestinian Afaf Sharif from Al-Bireh Secondary School for Girls come top. Palestinian Minister of Education Sabri Saydam stressed that this victory will illuminate the path for other Palestinian children during “their hard work and perseverance to be at the forefront of children of the world”. Last year, the Nablus-based Talai Al-Amal School won the competition and was named best Arab school of the year. It was awarded $1 million. OPINION: Education is a right being denied to Palestinian children, and Israel is the culprit

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Kurdish leader accuses rivals of helping Iraqi army to control Kirkuk

October 18, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

The President of Iraq’s autonomous Kurdistan Region, Masoud Barzani, accused certain parties among the Kurds on Tuesday of paving the way ahead of Iraqi government forces taking control of the oil-rich city of Kirkuk. The Iraqi army went into the city on Monday as the Kurdish leader claimed that his political rivals had ordered the withdrawal of the Peshmerga forces from the city, which the Kurds have held since 2014. “Some people from a certain political party had unilaterally paved the way for such an attack,” said Barzani in a media statement, his first since the Iraqi forces took control of Kirkuk. The Kurds, he pointed out, had been exposed to several forms of “genocide” and “atrocities” throughout their history. […]

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Initial Coalition Talks in Germany “Constructive”

October 18, 2017 Craig Erlam 0

Exploratory talks on building a coalition between German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative bloc and the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP) were constructive, the two groups said on Wednesday.“Today was a first, very constructive, good discussion that will of course be followed by more discussions,” Peter Tauber, General Secretary of Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CSU) told reporters after […]

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Sisi meets head of World Jewish Congress in Egypt

October 18, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi yesterday met with the head of the World Jewish Congress (WJC) Ronald Lauder in Cairo where they discussed the Middle East peace process and other regional issues, according to a statement issued by the Egyptian president’s office. The meeting was also attended by the Egypt’s intelligence chief Khaled Fawzy and WJC’s Advisor for Middle East Affairs, Thaer Mukbel. During the meeting, Al-Sisi and Lauder discussed “developments in the Middle East peace process, pushing forward the efforts to revive negotiations and reaching a just and comprehensive resolution for the Palestinian cause,” according to the official statement. Al-Sisi stressed his country’s keenness on the materialisation of Palestinian reconciliation, and that legitimate authority return to taking up its […]

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Crude oil and petroleum product exports reach record levels in the first half of 2017

October 18, 2017 Today in Energy 0

Crude oil exports in the first half of 2017 increased by more than 300,000 barrels per day (b/d) from the first half of 2016 to 784,000 b/d, a 57% increase. Petroleum product exports also grew over the same period. Crude oil and propane exports each re…

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Younger UK Consumers Feeling the Squeeze

October 18, 2017 Craig Erlam 0

Over four million people in Britain are having difficulties paying their monthly bills, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) said on Wednesday, at a time when inflation is rising and interest rates may follow.The financial regulator said that younger consumers and renters were among the most financially stretched, with those in difficulty defined as having failed […]

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