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British trade delegation explores business opportunities in Egypt

The UK Trade Envoy to Egypt, Sir Jeffrey Donaldson, arrived in Cairo on Saturday with a delegation of UK companies seeking to explore various business opportunities in Egypt, the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) announced yesterday. The delegation consists of 14 multi-sector British companies, including infrastructure, defence, healthcare and agriculture. The companies include London International Patient Services, Rolls Royce ...

Egypt’s central bank seen holding interest rates as inflation cools

CAIRO, Sept 25 (Reuters) – Egypt’s central bank is likely to keep key interest rates unchanged in its monetary policy meeting this Thursday, a Reuters poll showed, after a slide in inflation that is expected to continue in the last quarter of 2017. The Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) has raised interest rates by 700 basis points since it floated ...

Flag retirement ceremony in Lebanon sparks discussion about NFL debate

LEBANON, Pa. (WHTM) – Cub Scout Pack 439 in Lebanon held its annual flag retirement ceremony at Kochenderfer United Methodist Church on Monday night. Cubmaster Scott Miller says it has become an important tradition. “We started the ceremony after the September 11th attacks,” said Miller. “We think it helps the scouts understand the importance of what the flag means for ...

Syrian children in Lebanon find music school away from home

Hassan Youssef was 10 years old when a local Syrian composer discovered his talent: a deep powerful voice that was particularly resonant for traditional songs. It wasn’t long, however, before Syria’s grinding civil war nearly shattered Youssef’s hope of polishing his natural gift. He and his family left their home in a suburb of Damascus and traveled to Lebanon’s Bekaa ...

Lebanon, Maine, scooter operator dies in crash

State Police say an 81-year-old Lebanon, Maine, man died Monday afternoon when his moped was struck by a car on Route 202 in Alfred. Russell Faxon died at the scene. The car involved in the collision was operated by 65-year-old Laura Melisi of Acton, Maine, who was attempting to turned left to access an ice cream stand, police said. Troopers ...

Russia airlifts bridging equipment to Syria

Russia has airlifted PMM-2M self-propelled ferry to Syria in an effort to assist government troops to capture the eastern bank of the Euphrates valley from Islamic State militants. Two of the tracked PMM-2M vehicles were filmed being unloaded from a Russian Aerospace Forces Antonov An-124-100 transport aircraft at Humaymim Air Base in Syria in a video released by the pro-government ...

Two other S’poreans in Syria with their families

Apart from Megat Shahdan Abdul Samad, two other Singaporeans are believed to still be in Syria with their familes, the Ministry of Home Affairs said yesterday. The other two were identified as Haja Fakkurudeen Usman Ali and Maimunah Abdul Kadir. Haja was named by Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean in July 2014, when he provided updates to Parliament on ...

Angela Merkel, North Korea, Iraq: Your Tuesday Briefing

 Germany’s election results reverberated across the country’s political spectrum. Alternative for Germany, the far-right party that is now the third-largest group in Parliament, is already mired in a leadership tussle. Frauke Petry, above, the party’s leader, announced that she would not join its caucus in Parliament, prompting calls for her to quit the party. Chancellor Angela Merkel began talks with the Greens ...

Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen to visit SAF forces in Iraq

Defence Minister Dr Ng Eng Hen is leading a delegation to visit the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) troops deployed to Iraq in support of the multinational coalition to defeat the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (IS), the Ministry of Defence (Mindef) said in a statement on Tuesday (Sept 26). Dr Ng had previously announced in November 2014 that the ...

Iran’s border with N. Iraq remains ‘operational’

ERBIL A border, which linked Iran with northern Iraq, remained “operational”, head of Bashmakh border crossing said on Tuesday. “The daily and commercial transitions between Iran and Kurdish Regional Government are quite normal,” Mahmud Ezver, head of Bashmakh border crossing, told Kurdish Regional Government’s official (KRG) website Pukmedia on Tuesday. His remarks came a day after Iran announced that it ...