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EGYPT RE-TESTING RUSSIAN WHEAT AS ERGOT FUNGUS SPAWNS CONTROVERSY AGAIN

Egypt is re-testing a 63,000-tonne Russian wheat cargo for ergot, the common grain fungus, days after rejecting it for excessive levels, official and trade sources said. The samples were sent from the Red Sea port of Safaga to a central laboratory in Cairo. Egypt, the world’s largest wheat importer, said on Thursday the cargo, sold to state grain buyer GASC, ...

Golden age for Kylie as Australia’s pop princess turns 50

SYDNEY — From teenage soap sensation to pop royalty, over Kylie Minogue’s three-decade career she has sold 80 million records, survived breast cancer and become a gay icon whose fanbase spans generations. The pint-sized Aussie superstar celebrates her 50th birthday on Monday, another milestone for the singer who is one of the few celebrities known simply by their first name. ...

Australia completes world’s largest cat-proof fence to protect endangered marsupials

The world’s largest cat-proof fence has been completed in central Australia, creating a 94 square kilometre sanctuary for endangered marsupials. The 44km fence – made of 85,000 pickets, 400km of wire and 130km of netting – surrounds the Newhaven wildlife sanctuary, a former cattle station that has been bought by the Australian Wildlife Conservancy. Endangered species such as the bilby, the burrowing bettong ...

Australia’s high earners will benefit most from tax reforms, says thinktank

The Turnbull government’s plan to pursue billions of dollars in income tax cuts over the next seven years will radically alter Australia’s progressive income tax system, shifting more than 80% of workers to a flat tax, according to analysis. The analysis shows the major beneficiaries of the government’s plan will be Australia’s highest income earners, with the top 10% of ...

China’s GCL signs pact for 5-GW PV factory in Egypt

May 10 (Renewables Now) – China’s Golden Concord Ltd (GCL) has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Egypt’s ministry of military production that outlines a plan to build a 5-GW solar panel factory, state-run news agency MENA said. The pact envisages building the photovoltaic (PV) production facility at a total cost of up to USD 2 billion (EUR ...

Hottest April Day Ever Was Probably Monday in Pakistan: a Record 122.4°F

Even in Pakistan, no stranger to blistering heat, the temperature on Monday stood out: 122.4 degrees Fahrenheit. The reading came from Nawabshah, a city of 1.1 million people in southern Pakistan, and meteorologists say it is the highest temperature ever reliably recorded, anywhere in the world, in the month of April. The World Meteorological Organization keeps global temperature records, but ...

24 Palestinians stranded at Egyptian airports to return to Gaza

CAIRO – 25 April 2018: The Egyptian authorities allowed 24 Palestinian citizens stranded at the Cairo and Borg El Arab international airports to return to the Gaza Strip via three vehicles, Palestinian Ambassador to Egypt Diab al-Loh stated on Wednesday. Loh asserted that the Egyptian and Palestinian authorities are conducting ongoing efforts to open the Rafah border crossing from both ...

Egypt enraged at Netanyahu over Gaza

Hamas’ demonstrations have been taking place along the border fence for over a month now. The number of participants may have dropped, but the violence has intensified, with many Palestinians getting hurt and even killed. The Israeli military is currently investigating the death of a 15-year-old boy who was shot dead April 21. Nevertheless, there is almost universal consensus in Israel surrounding the Israel Defense Forces’ (IDF) ...

Emmanuel Macron urges US: ‘Don’t close door to the world’

French President Emmanuel Macron has called on America to reject policies of isolationism if values of democracy and freedom are to be saved. Speaking to Congress on Wednesday, Mr Macron used words of flattery and friendship to cushion his insistence that the US should dump Donald Trump’s “America First” agenda. Beginning and ending with the lasting historic friendship enjoyed between France ...

Trump’s ‘media-bashing’ style worsens US standing in world press freedom index — again

More and more democratically elected world leaders have openly sought to fuel a climate of hatred toward the media over the last 12 months, according to a study. The latest annual world press freedom index, compiled by Reporters Without Borders (RSF), found a growing sense of “hostility” toward the media was “no longer limited to authoritarian countries.” The index, published Wednesday, ...