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Women’s empowerment shouldn’t come at cost to men, says Australian PM … on International Women’s Day

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has provoked outrage on International Women’s Day by saying that men should not have to make way for women’s empowerment. “We’re not about setting Australians against each other, trying to push some down to lift others up,” Morrison told a function organized by Australia’s mining industry on March 8. “We want to see women rise. But we ...

Sydney’s quantum play: Can Australia host the world’s quantum Silicon Valley?

Inside a plain white cylinder a bit bigger than a beer keg at the University of Sydney is one of the coldest places in the universe. It sits at about a hundredth of a degree above absolute zero. Within the cylinder is a piece of technology forged in a silicon furnace, which aims to revolutionise everything from medicine, to our ...

WA’s plan to curb emissions ‘unworkable’, says Morrison

The Morrison government has criticised as “unworkable” a plan by Western Australia’s environment watchdog to impose tougher measures to curb greenhouse gas emissions from large projects. The state’s environmental protection authority, which works independently as an adviser to the WA government on environmental approvals, published new guidelines this week that would require developers of projects with direct emissions of more ...

Accor investigates ‘Aboriginal segregation’ at Australia hotel

Global hotel chain Accor is investigating claims that staff at one of its Australian hotels have been racially segregating guests. Aboriginal guests at the Ibis Styles hotel in Alice Springs were purposely put in inferior rooms after a directive last June, the ABC reported on Friday. They were charged the same price as guests placed in better rooms. Accor said ...

SHECAN19: ‘GeoTravel’ Opens Doors to Egypt’s Rarely Accessed Sites

Egypt is a vast country with multi-faceted extant tourism: thousands of global visitors, and local tourists from all over the country flock to its corners in order to indulge in activities suiting specific interests. From adventure based tourism to history-focused tours, there are still numerous sites and attractions that are not easily accessed. This is where GeoTravel, the first company ...

Fatah suspicious after Egypt releases Hamas members

Four Hamas members who were abducted en route to the Cairo airport more than three years ago arrived Feb. 28, unannounced, back at the Gaza Strip. Neither Hamas nor Egyptian authorities had mentioned anything about the matter ahead of time. For years, Egypt repeatedly denied any connection to the disappearance of the men, who were taken by unidentified gunmen in Sinai on Aug. 19, 2015. ...

Germans are passionate with visiting Egypt’s tourist destinations: DRV head

CAIRO – 8 March 2019: During the second day of participating at ITB Berlin (Internationale Tourismus-Börse Berlin), Tourism Minister Rania el Mashat met with Norbert Fiebig, the president of the Deutscher Reise Verband (DRV), also known as German Travel Association. In a Thursday statement, Mashat said her meeting with Fiebig tackled several issues regarding Egypt and Germany’s relations on many ...

UAE slams Brotherhood violence in Egypt

Cairo: Egypt’s outlawed Muslim Brotherhood is facing “existential challenge” after the Islamist group has plunged Egypt into violence, Emirati Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said Friday. In late 2013, Egyptian authorities designated the Brotherhood as a terrorist group, blaming it for a series of deadly attacks in the country after the army’s ouster of president Mohammad Mursi, ...

IFRC Jordan Country Program Overview 2019

The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan has long provided a safe haven to refugees from neighbouring countries. As a result of prolonged conflict in the Middle East, Jordan has hosted several waves of refugees and displaced people (Palestine, Iraq and Syria). This has had a significant impact on the population growth rate, leading to pressure on natural resources, growing income disparities ...

Arabic press review: Investors flee Jordan as economic situation deteriorates

Investors hustle to escape from Jordan Investors are fleeing Jordan as the kingdom continues to struggle economically, reports online news site Arabi21. Jordan’s Prime Minister Omar Razzaz, who replaced Hani Mulki after he resigned last June because of massive protests, told Reuters this week that the economy is back on track. Over the past three years, Jordan has lost $1.8bn in real estate investment, which has gone instead to ...