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Egypt great Hossam Hassan disagrees with foreign coach search

The Egypt great had been linked with the Pharaohs job before the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) narrowed their search to foreign coaches. Former Egypt international forward Hossam Hassan has expressed anger at the EFA’s decision to overlook local coaches in preference to foreigners in their hunt for Hector Cuper’s replacement. Cuper was fired in the wake of a disastrous World ...

Lebanese demand release of tourist jailed in Egypt over video decrying sexual harassment

Lebanese social media users have called on their government to petition Egyptian authorities to release a tourist jailed for “insulting” Egyptians in an online video. Facebook users in Lebanon took to social media and demanded Beirut take measures to free Lebanese tourist Mona al-Mazbouh, after she was sentenced to eight years in prison on Saturday for “insulting” the country. The users decried ...

Egypt arrests customs chief over alleged bribes

CAIRO – Egypt’s customs chief was arrested on Monday on allegations of taking bribes, said authorities in the North African country where corruption is an endemic problem. Gamal Abdelazim “obtained bribes… in exchange for the smuggling of goods prohibited for import and without payment of required customs duties,” said the administrative control authority, tasked with tracking graft. Abdelazim was also accused of ...

For the first time, U.S. resettles fewer refugees than the rest of the world

The number of refugees resettled in the United States decreased more than in any other country in 2017, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of new data from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). This represents the first time since the adoption of the 1980 U.S. Refugee Act that the U.S. resettled fewer refugees than the rest of the world. The ...

Mental Health of Children in Australian Detention Center Reaches ‘Crisis Point’

SYDNEY, Australia — The Australian government will allow a young girl to leave an offshore detention center on the Pacific island nation of Nauru and seek medical care in Australia, the latest in a series of refugee children who have asked to be let into the country for treatment. The decision came just before a federal court hearing on Wednesday ...

A Road in Australia ‘Melted’ and Destroyed Drivers’ Tires

Australian officials were forced to close a road on Tuesday after heat caused the surface to melt, coating and destroying the tires of about 50 drivers. The Malanda Millaa Millaa Road in North Queensland was resurfaced last week, but wet weather prevented its gravel layer from setting properly, ABC News reports. When hot temperatures followed, the asphalt began to melt, wreaking ...

Egypt pushes population control: ‘Two is Enough’

CAIRO – Egypt’s faltering economy pushed authorities to become explicit about family planning, one of the most private of matters in this traditional, Muslim country. As Egypt’s population hits the milestone of 100 million, President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi is rolling out a campaign called “Two is Enough.” The campaign, supported by the United States and the United Nations, is not like China’s harsh ...

IMF urges Egypt to maintain tight monetary policy to ward off inflation

CAIRO, July 2 (Reuters) – Egypt should maintain tight monetary policy to contain the risk of inflation as a result of fuel and electricity subsidy cuts, the International Monetary Fund said on Monday, in a statement that praised progress on reforms tied to a new $2 billion loan. The IMF’s remark comes days after Egypt’s central bank decided to keep ...

Thailand, World Cup, LeBron James: Your Tuesday Briefing

• Found! Twelve boys and their coach were discovered alive nine days after they were trapped by floodwaters in a cave complex in the northern Thailand. The governor of Chiang Rai Province said rescue workers were providing care. Divers reached the group after enlarging a narrow, submerged passageway that was too small for them to get through while wearing their ...

Bovine blood products illegally smuggled into Australia in international conspiracy

An international conspiracy to profit from bovine blood products illegally smuggled into Australia has been unearthed in a Four Corners investigation. The Department of Agriculture has confirmed it has seized 13,000 litres of foetal bovine serum (FBS) which it says, “pose an unacceptable biosecurity risk”. Much of this material was originally sourced from banned South American countries with a history ...

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