With MP approval, Egypt’s space and satellite plans move ahead

With MP approval, Egypt’s space and satellite plans move ahead

Egyptian lawmakers on Monday approved a long-awaited law formally establishing the nation’s space agency, while announcing a planned research satellite launch with partners Japan and China. Khaled Abdel-Ghaffar, Egypt’s Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, showed MPs a model of the satellite and said its components will be built…

China’s foreign minister says 2018 to bring new cooperation with Africa

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi says 2018 will bring more cooperation with African nations, and investments in both African initiatives and the diplomatic relationships that support them. Wang, speaking in Beijing at this weekend’s opening ceremony of the Symposium on International Developments and China’s Diplomacy in 2017, gave a comprehensive review…

Sudan, Egypt send condolences as Iraq-Iran quake toll passes 500

The governments of Egypt and Sudan joined the international community in extending condolences to Iraq and Iran following a devastating 7.3-magnitude earthquake that struck a border region Sunday. Sudan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the country stands in “solidarity and sympathy” with both nations, and “with the people of Iran…

Mahmoud Fikri, WHO regional director in northern Africa, has died

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced Tuesday that Dr. Mahmoud Fikri, the WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean, died suddenly while en route to a global health summit in South America. Fikri had served since February as the regional director of a challenging territory that includes Djibouti, Egypt, Libya,…

Egypt: UN Security Council condemns Sinai attack

The United Nations Security Council issued on Monday a strong condemnation of a terror attack in Egypt that claimed the lives of at least 18 Egyptian policemen. The attack in the Sinai region also left three more injured. The Security Council members expressed their deepest sympathy and condolences to the…

Egypt blocks HRW site after torture report released

Human Rights Watch (HRW) says that Egypt has blocked access to its website from inside the country after the global organization released a report documenting the government’s use of torture. “Egyptian authorities keep insisting that any incidents of torture are isolated crimes by bad officers acting alone, but the Human…