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U.S.-led strikes destroy tanks, air defenses near Syria’s Palmyra

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S.-led coalition battling Islamic State said on Friday it destroyed 14 tanks, an air defense artillery system and other weaponry near the Syrian city of Palmrya after Islamic State seized the city from Syrian and Russian forces this month.

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Libya forces free 13 foreign captives from militants in Sirte battle

TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Libyan pro-government forces fighting Islamic State in Sirte have freed 11 Eritrean female captives, a Turk and an Egyptian after a battle to recapture a part of the city held by Islamic State, a spokesman for the forces said on Saturday.

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UPDATE: Egypt’s political digest Oct. 19: Egypt to take part in Paris international meeting on Mosul

CAIRO: No more browsing from site to site, view the top politics news stories on Oct.18 here: Egypt to take part in Paris international meeting on Mosul Egypt will take part in an international ministerial meeting in Paris later this week to discuss ways to restore peace and stability to the Iraqi city of Mosul after Islamic State has been routed from its Iraqi stronghold, diplomatic sources told Youm7 Wednesday. The consultative meetings will be chaired by French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault and his Iraqi counterpart Ibrahim Jaafari. Ministers from over 20 countries will convene to discuss the protection of Iraqis, delivery of humanitarian assistance and work out a plan to normalize the situation in Mosul and its outskirts. On Monday, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi announced the start of the military operation to retake Iraqi Mosul from the militants from Islamic State (IS) terrorist group. Egyptian parliamentary delegation due in Geneva to take part in IPU meetings on human rights abuses An Egyptian parliamentary delegation, headed by speaker Ali Abdel Al will participate in the 135th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU,) scheduled to be held in Geneva, Switzerland Oct. 24-27. More than 700 lawmakers from 138 countries will convene in Geneva to discuss ways in which parliaments can respond effectively to serious human rights violations and their underlying causes, including human rights situations likely to lead to conflict. More than 67 Speakers of Parliament and 41 Deputy Speakers will attend IPU’s 135th Assembly which marks the 40th anniversary of the Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians, which works to protect or seek redress for MPs whose rights have been abused, and is currently investigating more than 450 cases around the world. Egypt foils illegal migration attempts of 59 people into Libya Egypt’s Armed Forces foiled an attempt by 59 people of different nationalities to cross into neighboring Libya through the western gate of Salloum City, Youm7 reported. The arrested people include 15 Sudanese, Marsa Matrouh security chef Mokhtar al Sinbary told Youm7. Despite the turmoil and growing militant groups including affiliates of the regional Islamic State (IS) group, Libya is an ideal destination for thousands of Egyptian workers. Egypt opens Rafah crossing in both directions for 4 days The Egyptian authorities on Wednesday opened the Rafah border crossing with Gaza Strip in both directions to permit the crossing of humanitarian cases, Youm7 reported. The crossing would remain open for four days, sources at the crossing told Youm7. The crossing was also opened on Saturday for two consecutive days to allow passage for humanitarian cases and “stranded people.” The Palestinian Authority (PA) said in a statement Sunday that 783 Gazans were able to leave the coastal enclave via the crossing since it opened Saturday morning. Rafah is the only major border crossing into Gaza Strip that does not go through Israel, which also blockades the territory. It was closed after Islamist militants in Sinai killed 33 security personnel in October 2013. Egypt’s court revokes death sentences against 15 brotherhood members The Court of Cassation annulled on Wednesday death sentences of a total of 15 convicts, allegedly belong to the banned group of the Muslim Brotherhood, over charges of attempting to storm Giza’s Kerdasa police station in period July 3-5, 2013 after the ouster of former Islamist President Mohamed Morsi, Youm7 reported on Wednesday. The court accepted the legal challenges filed by the convicts on Wednesday, ruled that a re-trial should be held before a different judicial penal. However, the court did not announce the legal grounds on which it accepted the challenges. On April 20, 2015, a Cairo criminal court handed down death sentences against 15 defendants, who were present during the trial, and 13 others in absentia; a minor was sentenced to ten years in jail.Court, militants, Muslim, Brotherhood, security, official, quash, retrials, Reuters, rioting, murder, Sisi forms supreme investment council to boost Egypt’s economy President Abdel Fatah al Sisi on Tuesday issued a presidential decree to establish the Supreme Investment Council in a bid to attract investment needed to restore growth since the 2011 uprising, Youm7 reported. The council will be tasked with following up on the implementation of investment plans, development of major economic projects and projects that partner with the private sector, Investment Minister Dalia Khorshid said. According to the decree, the council is chaired by Sisi with Prime Minister Sherif Ismail and Central Bank of Egypt Governor Tarek Amer among its members.The decisions of the new council are binding on all ministries and public bodies. Its board will meet every two months and the decisions will be made by voting with a majority. FM, UN commissioner talk refugees and illegal migration issues Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met with visiting United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Filippo Grandi and discussed ways to develop a more humane and coordinated approach to address large movements of refugees and migrants, Youm7 reported. The two sides also discussed During the meeting, Shoukry affirmed Egypt’s keenness on enhancing cooperation and consultation with all parties to discuss the rising numbers of refugees and challenges imposed on transit and receiving countries, foreign ministry spokesperson Ahmed Abu Zeid said in a statement Wednesday. The minister highlighted Egypt’s efforts to accommodate the refugees, especially those coming from Syria and help them integrate into society, Abu Zeid added. Egypt has intervened in a number of migration attempts by hundreds of asylum seekers from the Middle East and North Africa, particularly from Egypt Syria, Iraq and Libya, via the Mediterranean Sea to Italy or Greece as gates for other European countries. Up to 4,500 Egyptians have illegally migrated to Europe in 2015, Head of the International Organization for Migration IOM Egypt office Amr Taha was quoted by Youm7 Monday.

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UPDATE: Egypt’s politics digest Aug. 13: Prominent activist Mahinour, journalist released; 130 referred to military trial for joining ISIS; parliament agrees reduced working hours for disabled people

CAIRO: No more browsing from site to site, view the top political news stories on August 13 here: Mahinour, journalist released after serving jail term Prominent activist Mahinour el-Masry and Journalist Youssef Shaaban were released after serving their jail term; one year and 3 months over charges of storming El-Raml Police station in Alexandria. Both El-Masry and Shaaban also faced charges of assaulting police personnel along with other activists. After her release, the prominent activist Al-Masry said “we will not give up defending the right of our colleagues and full rights of citizens.” More than 130 referred to military trials over joining ISIS State security prosecution has ordered to refer more than 130 defendants to military judiciary over charges of joining the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group. Among charges drawn against the defendants are: planning for terrorist attacks and targeting judges and security forces. Parliament agrees to 1 working hour/day for disabled A parliamentary committee concerned with social solidarity affairs agreed Saturday to reduce working hours of people with disabilities to one hour per day. The committee is currently discussing a draft law of disability affairs. It also approved to halve the metro ticket fees for disabled people. Egypt abstains from vote for expanding UN peacekeeping mission in S.Sudan Egypt has abstained from voting for authorizing a 4,000-strong regional protection force within the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) during U.N. Security Council session Friday, according to a statement from the UN Security Council official website. The new resolution that aimed to expand the UN mission until on December 15, 2016 has received three other abstentions from Russia, China, and Venezuela. However, the resolution was approved after 11 countries voted in favor. Egypt’s abstention came in light of its reservations over ‘encroachment” on the governing rules of UN peacekeeping missions, Youm7 reported, noting that the Security Council has approved to deploy a number of UN police forces in Burundi without the approval from the Burundi government. Yemen PM arrives in Egypt Sunday for regional, bilateral issues Yemeni Prime Minister Ahmed Obeid bin Daghr and a high-profiled delegation will arrive in Egypt Sunday to discuss ways of enhancing the bilateral relations and the latest developments in his country, youm7 reported Saturday. Daghr will meet with Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi to convoy him a message from Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi. Parliamentarian aks NGOs to increase public awareness over risks in Libya Parliament member in the African Affairs Committee, Mona Rezk, has called on civil society organizations to increase awareness among the people over the risks they could face in Libya, Youm7 reported Saturday. Her call came following the release of 23 Egyptian laborers freed in Libya. The Libyan Special Forces handed over the Egyptians at the crossing after they were kidnapped by armed groups near Libya’s town of Brega. Cairo Court resumes trial of 4 people accused of linking to Daesh A Cairo Criminal Court will hold Saturday the fourth hearing session of a trial against four people accused of “joining a terrorist group” in Helwan city, Southern Cairo, Youm7 reported. The defendants face charges of linking to the militant Islamic State group (Daesh) and attacking security and police forces. Parliament to discuss IMF loan in few days The Economic Committee of the House of Representatives will hold a meeting in the coming few days to discuss the $21 billion loan, on which Egypt negotiates the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Youm7 reported Saturday.

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UPDATE: Egypt’s politics digest Aug. 8: Travel ban against Mubarak’s PM overturned; Street performance band’s detention renewed; Assistant Interior Minister says ‘no forced disappearance in Egypt’

CAIRO: No more browsing from site to site, view the top political news stories on August 8 here: Court overturns travel ban against Mubarak’s PM Giza Criminal Court ruled Monday to overturn a travel ban issued against Mubarak’s Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif and his family, Youm7 reported. Egypt’s highest court has previously ruled to acquit Nazif of illicit gain charges. Nazif’s lawyer then demanded to lift a travel ban against his client and his family. Members of ‘Street Children’ band given 15-day detention pending investigation The detention of members of ‘Street Children’ band has been extended by 15 days pending investigations over charges of broadcasting state abusive videos, and calling for protests. The band is a satirical performance troupe that used to post videos that mock societal norms and government’s decisions; the troupe’s members have been in custody since May. No forced disappearance in Egypt: Assistant Interior Minister Interior Ministry’s representative at the parliament denied presence of enforced disappearances in Egypt, adding that the country has ended “the reign of political detentions.” Assistant Interior Minister Aly Abdel Mola said that such arrests are void in terms of procedures, adding that the ministry is examining all complaints objectively. Ministry of Interior has repeatedly denied presence of enforced disappearance, and claimed reported cases to be rumors promoted by the banned group Muslim Brotherhood. In most cases, the whereabouts of the missing people remain unknown until they appear before prosecution, accused of charges. Parliamentary committee approves monthly pension for disabled children A parliamentary committee tasked with deciding on recommendations and complaints, approved Monday a recommendation to grant disabled children a monthly pension of at least 500 EGP, and to receive extra 100 EGP at the age of 21 years old. Egyptian national in YPG killed by IS group in Syria An Egyptian national, called Badin Al-Imam, was announced killed in confrontations against the Islamic State group in Syria on August 3, Youm7 reported a statement from the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) which he joined to combat against IS group in Syria. The statement added that Imam was combating with the units forces in Manbij, city in the Aleppo Governorate, where he killed by the Islamic State militants. UK not obliged to consider asylum claims to Egyptian members of Muslim Brotherhood UK Home Office replied on reports claimed that the member of Muslim Brotherhood could claim asylum in the UK per the new guidance from immigration authorities, saying “We are not obliged to consider asylum claims from those outside the UK and there is no provision in our immigration rules for someone to obtain a visa for the purposes of claiming asylum. A Home Office spokesperson added in a statement “all claims for asylum lodged in the UK are considered on their individual merits in accordance with our international obligations. However, we will refuse protection to those who have committed serious crimes and those who represent a danger to national security or the community.” Foreign Ministry follows case of kidnapping 27 Egyptians in Libya Egyptian Foreign Ministry is contacting with the Libyan officials to confirm that 27 Egyptian nationals were kidnapped by militants in northern city of Tripoli, Ministry Spokesperson Ahmed Abu Zeid in a phone call to talk show “On Egypt’s Air” on Sunday evening. Youm7 quoted early Sunday Libyan local media outlets as saying that the Egyptian workers were kidnapped by a group of militants on their way to the Libyan-Egyptian border. Italian Parliamentarian asks Egypt to shed more light on Regeni’s case Italian Parliamentary leader of the Popular and Liberal Alliance for local Autonomy (ALA) Lucio Barani said that he will hold a press conference in Rome to talk about case of Italian slain student Giulio Regeni, who was tortured to death in Cairo early February, Youm7 cited him Sunday during an interview with T.V. host Ahmed Mousa. He added that the incident aimed to strain the relations between both countries. In a press conference held in Cairo Sunday at the headquarters of the Egyptian-European Business Council, Barani said that Egyptian government should spot more light on the case of Regeni’s death, noting that Cambridge professors declined to provide Italy information about Regeni’s studies. Cyprus FM arrives in Egypt Cyprus Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides arrived Sunday evening in the Cairo International Airport, Youm7 reported an official in the airport. Kasoulides will meet his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry and number of officials and diplomats to discuss and review a number of issues of common interest between the two countries.

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U.S. envoy says liberation of Mosul from Islamic State ‘now in sight’

BERLIN (Reuters) - Brett McGurk, the United States' envoy to the coalition against Islamic State, on Thursday said the liberation of the northern Iraqi city of Mosul from Islamic State was now an achievable goal and had to be prepared carefully.

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IS Syria stronghold Raqqa next after Manbij operation is completed: U.S. official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Once the operation against the Islamic State-held city of Manbij in northern Syria is completed, that creates the conditions to move on the militant group's main stronghold of Raqqa, Brett McGurk, U.S. President Barack Obama's special envoy in the fight against Islamic State said on Tuesday.

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IS Syria stronghold Raqqa next after Manbij operation is completed – U.S. official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Once the operation against the Islamic State-held city of Manbij in northern Syria is completed, that creates the conditions to move on the militant group's main stronghold of Raqqa, Brett McGurk, U.S. President Barack Obama's special envoy in the fight against Islamic State said on Tuesday.

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U.S., Iraqi officials can’t confirm report Islamic State leader Baghdadi wounded

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - U.S. and Iraqi officials fighting Islamic State said on Friday they could not confirm a report by an Iraqi TV channel that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi had been wounded in an air strike in northern Iraq.

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U.S, Iraqi officials can’t confirm report Islamic State leader Baghdadi wounded

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - U.S. and Iraqi officials fighting Islamic State said on Friday they could not confirm a report by an Iraqi TV channel that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi had been wounded in an air strike in northern Iraq.

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