Egypt to raise Metro prices by 100%

Egypt is to increase the price of tickets for the Cairo Metro by 100 per cent in 2018, the Transport Minister, Hisham Arafat, revealed yesterday. According to AlMasry Alyoum newspaper, the ticket prices will range from two to four Egyptian pounds ($0.11-$0.22) depending on the number of stations travelled. Ticket prices were increased by 100 per cent in March, rising from one Egyptian pound ($0.06) to two. Read: Egypt taxes gifts brought in by travellers The announcement comes days after the government of Prime Minister, Sherif Ismail, raised the price of all petroleum materials as well as electricity and a number of services. Egypt’s economy has been struggling since a 2011 uprising drove foreign investors and tourists away.

UK court: Arms sales to Saudi Arabia can continue despite fears of war crimes

The British High Court ruled today that the UK can continue to sell arms to Saudi Arabia after a campaign group lost its legal bid to have the lucrative weapons’ deal suspended. Lawyers for Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) took their case to the high court alleging that weapons sold by the UK to Saudi Arabia are being used in bombing campaigns in Yemen which the UN and various human rights organisations contend was violating international law. They allege that there is “overwhelming evidence” that UK-made weapons are being used in violations of International Humanitarian Law, including bombing of hospitals”, but judges ruled that the $3.5 billion of arms deal, thought to be Britain’s largest, can continue as normal. Read: US, […]

Bahrain’s Al-Islah: Ongoing campaign to discredit us

Al-Islah Society in Bahrain yesterday condemned “media fabrications” against it as well as attempts to smear its reputation. The association, which has links with the Muslim Brotherhood, said it was and remains a national Islamic association which “serves the supreme interests of the kingdom and its legitimate leadership”, adding that it works within the framework of the system and the law to serve the people and has no links to any external bodies. The head of the organisation, Abdullatif Al-Sheikh said: “It is regrettable that some parties accuse our Society, which is known for its sincere and balanced national positions.” Read: Bahrain shuts down prominent newspaper amid opposition crackdown He added that the association retains its legitimate right to prosecute […]

US lifts laptop ban on Royal Jordanian flights

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has permitted passengers travelling on Royal Jordanian airlines to take their laptops and other electronic devices aboard all its direct flights from the Jordanian capital, Amman. “All travellers from Queen Alia International Airport heading to the US can take their laptops, tablets, cameras and other electronic devices on board flights,” Royal Jordanian President and CEO, Stefan Pichler, said in a statement. Last March, the US banned laptops and other large electronic devices on direct flights departing from ten airports in eight Middle Eastern countries – Egypt, Morocco, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and Turkey – over fears that bombs could be concealed in electronic devices taken aboard the aircrafts. Read: US […]

Israel buys $424m worth of weapons to protect gas fields

The Israeli defence ministry plans to buy weapons systems worth 1.5 million shekels ($424 million) to defend its offshore natural gas facilities, they announced yesterday. According to the Ynet News, the Israeli defence ministry will buy the weapons systems from Israeli defence contractors, noting that deals will be finalised by the end of 2017 and will be delivered in 2019. The deal includes a variety of systems for interception, cyber warfare, control and command, communications, navigations and more. Read: Revealing Israel’s arms exports to perpetrators of genocide is a moral obligation Ynet News said that these systems would be installed on four patrol ships purchased from Germany in 2015 to secure the gas fields. “The defence ministry and the defence industries […]

Saudi attempts to encourage Iraq to join Qatar boycott

Saudi Arabia exerted pressure on Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar Al-Abadi in order to force him to join the boycott of Qatar, a source close to the Iraqi leader revealed to Arabi21. The leader of the Dawa Party, Jassem Al-Bayati, told the news site: “Prime Minister Al-Abadi is under pressure from Saudi Arabia which used reconstruction of areas which have recently been freed from Daesh control as bargaining tools in exchange for standing against Qatar.” Al-Bayati clarified that “Saudi Arabia pressed Al-Abadi to visit it on 14 June, but Al-Abadi refused and made his visit on 19 June since Riyadh wanted to manipulate the trip to serve its position against Qatar.” Read: Qatar seeks compensation following Saudi-led siege The Iraqi Member […]

Saudi attempts to encourage Iraq to join Qatar boycott

Saudi Arabia exerted pressure on Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar Al-Abadi in order to force him to join the boycott of Qatar, a source close to the Iraqi leader revealed to Arabi21. The leader of the Dawa Party, Jassem Al-Bayati, told the news site: “Prime Minister Al-Abadi is under pressure from Saudi Arabia which used reconstruction of areas which have recently been freed from Daesh control as bargaining tools in exchange for standing against Qatar.” Al-Bayati clarified that “Saudi Arabia pressed Al-Abadi to visit it on 14 June, but Al-Abadi refused and made his visit on 19 June since Riyadh wanted to manipulate the trip to serve its position against Qatar.” Read: Qatar seeks compensation following Saudi-led siege The Iraqi Member […]

Lieberman denies Hamas-Israel prisoner swap

Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman has denied media reports about a “breakthrough” in the prisoner swap it is negotiating with Hamas, Ynet News reported yesterday. According to the deal Hamas would provide information over missing Israelis in return for the release of Palestinian prisoners. “There is no contact with Hamas,” he said. Over the past several days Israeli media widely republished news about a close prisoner swap reported by the Lebanese newspaper Al-Akhbar. However, Liebermann said: “There is an ongoing effort to achieve the release of our soldiers and civilians held in captivity by Hamas. There is no breakthrough.” Read: Lieberman accuses Abbas of sparking Hamas-Israel war Lieberman added: “We do not negotiate with terrorist organisations, there are various parties that […]

Lieberman denies Hamas-Israel prisoner swap

Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman has denied media reports about a “breakthrough” in the prisoner swap it is negotiating with Hamas, Ynet News reported yesterday. According to the deal Hamas would provide information over missing Israelis in return for the release of Palestinian prisoners. “There is no contact with Hamas,” he said. Over the past several days Israeli media widely republished news about a close prisoner swap reported by the Lebanese newspaper Al-Akhbar. However, Liebermann said: “There is an ongoing effort to achieve the release of our soldiers and civilians held in captivity by Hamas. There is no breakthrough.” Read: Lieberman accuses Abbas of sparking Hamas-Israel war Lieberman added: “We do not negotiate with terrorist organisations, there are various parties that […]