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After Turmoil at Home, Egypt Struggles to Revive Power Abroad

CAIRO (Reuters) – When Saudi Arabia’s Mohammed bin Salman chose Egypt for his first official trip abroad since becoming crown prince, Cairo draped its streets with banners declaring the two countries to be “the beating heart” of the Middle East. The prince paid tribute to Cairo’s importance, saying “when Egypt rises, so can the whole region”. “I prayed to God ...

Australian Official Calls for Emergency Visas for White South African Farmers

HONG KONG — A top Australian official said this week that white farmers from South Africa should be granted emergency visas, saying they needed protection in a “civilized country” amid a debate over redistribution of their lands to black citizens. On Thursday, South Africa’s Foreign Ministry fired back, characterizing the remarks made by Peter Dutton, Australia’s home affairs minister, as ...

Indonesia says it would be a ‘good idea’ for Australia to join Asean

Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo has indicated his support for Australia to join the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, ahead of a special summit in Sydney. “I think it’s a good idea,” he told Fairfax Media in an interview published on Friday. The president said it would be better for “stability, economic stability, and also political stability. Sure, it will be ...

‘China influence’ book proves divisive in Australia debate

A controversial new book asserts that the Chinese government is undermining Australia’s sovereignty through a network of local agents. Silent Invasion: How China is Turning Australia into a Puppet State has fuelled debate – some have welcomed discussion about China’s influence, while others say it could fuel xenophobia. The book, by Australian academic Clive Hamilton, argues that Beijing’s reach has ...

Sudan ambassador in Egypt: Negotiations would resolve Halaib issue

Dr. Abdel Mahmoud Abdel Halim, ambassador of Sudan in Cairo, said that the coming period will witness an Egyptian-Sudanese initiative to resolve the outstanding issues between the two countries and establish relations based on mutual respect and common interests both regionally and internationally. He said in an interview with the Egyptian media on Thursday at the Sudanese embassy in Cairo, ...

Egypt’s election is coming soon. The real battle begins afterward.

As Egypt approaches its presidential election this month, its allies and critics have largely reconciledthemselves to the inevitable reelection of President Abdel Fatah al-Sissi. The regime has aggressively culled the field of potential competitors through intimidation, harassment, prosecution and detention. The real struggle for Egypt’s fate will come after the election, when the regime will seek to amend the constitution to extend presidential terms and abolish term limits. ...

World Indoor Athletics Championships: Christian Coleman wins 60m gold

American Christian Coleman set a championship record as he claimed gold over 60m at the World Indoor Athletics Championships in Birmingham. The 21-year-old, who set a world record of 6.34 seconds in February, led from the start in the final, clocking 6.37. He saw off China’s Su Bingtian (6.42), with USA’s Ronnie Baker third (6.44), but Britain’s CJ Ujah was ...

Australia has lost its compass for the world, while Jacinda Ardern shows the way

of all the Generation X world leaders elected in the last few years – think Justin Trudeau in Canada, Emmanuel Macron in France, and even the 31-year-old Sebastian Kurz in Austria – it is New Zealand’s Jacinda Ardern who has the firmest sense of what kind of country she wants to lead on the world stage. Just four months since taking office ...

Josh Freed: Canada back in world news and this time it’s not Quebec’s fault!

Justin Trudeau’s Not-So-Excellent India Adventure has finally put Canada back in the world news, after a long absence — even if it wasn’t good news for Trudeau His Bollywood-style masquerade costumes and other India trip blunders took a huge beating in the world press — where for the moment, he’s gone from hot to not, from cool to near-fool. What’s ...

Egypt detains two journalists reporting on historic tramway

CAIRO — Egyptian prosecutors have ordered the detention of two journalists for 15 days pending an investigation after their arrest while preparing a report on the historic Alexandria tramway. Defense attorney Mohammed Hafez said Friday’s decision regarding free-lance journalists May al-Sabbagh and Ahmed Moustafa came after their arrest Wednesday. He said the two were working on a report for the ...

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