Kuwait, Bahrain lift ban on Egyptian agricultural exports

21/10/2017 (Egypt Indipendent – Egypt): Minister of Agriculture, Abdel Moneim al-Banna, announced the temporary lifting of the ban on Egyptian agricultural exports of peppers, lettuce, guava and onions to Kuwait and Bahrain. He added that he will coordinate with the Kuwaiti trade minister next week to completely lift the ban on Egyptian agricultural exports to Kuwait. An Egyptian Agriculture Ministry delegation held a number of meetings in Kuwait and Bahrain, during which the Egyptian new control system on pesticide residue in agricultural crops has been displayed, said the minister on Thursday…




Saudi female officers to attend to women involved in road accidents

21/10/2017 (Arab News – KSA): RIYADH: Arrangements are being made by the General Traffic Department to deploy women officials to attend to Saudi women drivers involved in road accidents. The arrangements are being made in view of the recent royal order issued by King Salman on issuing driving licenses to men and women alike. In a statement to Arab News, Najm for Insurance Services Co. announced its readiness to support the implementation of the royal decree by initiating a customized program that highlights the role of Saudi women in managing traffic accidents. As per the directions of the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA), the General Traffic Department and Najm will develop a process of accommodating and serving Saudi females involved in road accidents and helping them finalize the required legal procedures…



‘A number of police’ killed in shootout with militants in Egypt’s Western Desert – Ministry

Egypt21/10/2017 (Ahram Online – Egypt): Egypt’s interior ministry has said “a number of policemen” were killed during a shootout following a raid on “a terrorist elements’ hideout” in Egypt’s Western Desert on Friday. The raid took place after the police national security unit was informed of the hideout, located in Bahariya Oasis, a large area of 135 square kilometres, approximately 370 km from the capital. According to the statement, the shootout took place when the forces were attempting to raid the hideout, leading to an exchange of fire initiated by the militants. The police said a number of militants were also killed during the shootout, but didn’t release any figures about the deaths either of militants or of police. However, a security source told Al-Ahram Arabic news website earlier on Friday that at least 14 policemen were killed in the incident, while eight others were injured…



Finance Minister: Italian Firms Interested in All-Out Cooperation with Iran

Finance Minister: Italian Firms Interested in All-Out Cooperation with Iran14/10/2017 (Farsnews – Iran): Padoan made the remarks in a meeting with his Iranian counterpart Massoud Karbasian on the sidelines of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) meeting in Washington on Friday. During the meeting, he also stressed the necessity for the expansion of financial cooperation between the two countries to develop mutual technical ties and cooperation. Karbasian, for his part, referred to the increased volume of exchanges between the two countries in the first half of 2017, and underscored the need for the further broadening of bilateral economic relations. In relevant remarks in June, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni in a meeting in Rome discussed ways of broadening mutual cooperation…



Sharjah Ruler visits Frankfurt Book Fair

14/10/2017 (Emirates 24/7 – UAE): H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, visited the Frankfurt Book Fair 2017 on Wednesday evening, in the presence of Sheikha Bodour bint Sultan Al Qasimi, Founder and President of the Emirates Publishers Association, EPA.  During the visit, H.H. Sheikh Sultan visited Sharjah’s pavilion, set up by the Sharjah Book Authority, SBA. While touring the Sharjah pavilion, Sheikh Sultan went through the participants’ books showcased under the umbrella of the SBA and was briefed on the main exhibits, including the latest versions of the Al Qasimi Publications. Brigadier Saif Al Ziri Al Shamsi, Commander-in-Chief of Sharjah Police, briefed H.H. Sheikh Sultan on the most significant publications of the Sharjah Police being exhibited at the pavilion…



Woman named to head sports federation in Saudi first

14/10/2017 (Arab News – KSA): RIYADH: A princess has been named to head a Saudi multi-sports federation, in a first for women in the conservative Muslim kingdom where men dominate all sports, an official said Saturday. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told AFP that Princess Reema bint Bandar bin Sultan has become “the first woman to lead a federation” covering sporting activities for men and women. In August 2016, the princess scored another first for women in Saudi Arabia when she was named by the cabinet to a senior post in the Kingdom’s equivalent of a sports ministry…



Corruption nears religious symbols in Iraq

14/10/2017 (Al Arabiya News – UAE by Adnan Hussain*): Corruption, it is always corruption, because the consequences of corruption are far more destructive than terrorism and war. What we suffered from unbridled terrorism and catastrophic war over the past three years in Iraq has been the legitimate spawn of the corruption of previous governments. Here is a new story of corruption, which is one of thousands; a pervasive form of corruption, in which the ruling (Islamic) parties that practiced, nurtured and protected it did not consider the sanctity of the father of imams, Ali bin Abi Talib. The corrupt persons in this story practiced their corruption and protected not far from the tomb of Al-Imam, who they claim to defend the doctrine of..


*Adnan Hussein is the executive editor-in-chief of Al-Mada newspaper and head of the National Union of Iraqi journalists. 


Egypt’s army thwarts attack in North Sinai’s Al-Arish

 Tamer El-Refaie14/10/2017 (Ahram Online – Egypt): Egypt’s army said Saturday that it thwarted an attack Friday on a security checkpoint in North Sinai’s Al-Arish. In an official statement, military spokesman Tamer El-Refaie said the army was able to foil an attack by “extremist elements wearing army uniforms and carrying improvised explosive devices (IEDs), hand grenades, and firearms.” According to the statement, the militants were killed after their IEDs detonated as armed forces were combating them. The number of the militants killed was not provided, with El-Refaie posting pictures of the militants’ corpses on the official page of the Egyptian armed forces…