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Egypt's Sisi to visit China CAIRO: Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is to travel to China for the first time since he won a May election, in the wake of European and US tours, his office said Tuesday.Sisi has made several overseas trips as president, aiming to rebuild Egypt's damaged international standing after he toppled his Islamist predecessor Mohamed Morsi last year.The former army chief, who has overseen a deadly crackdown targeting Morsi's supporters, will be in China on December 23-24, his office said.It said Sisi will hold talks on the means to boost economic and tourism ties between the two countries.Several Chinese officials including Foreign Minister Wang Yi have visited Egypt since Sisi's election.Morsi himself visited China in 2012, and he signed agreements to procure Chinese-made police vehicles and a $200 million loan for the National Bank of Egypt.Egypt's trade with China touched $ 8.8 billion in 2011, up 40 percent from 2008.Copyright AFP ...

Egypt court sentences seven jihadists to death in Sinai case CAIRO: An Egyptian court has sentenced to death seven men, including prominent Islamist militant Adel Habara, over the killing of 25 policemen last year in an attack near the border with Israel, judicial sources said on Saturday.The attack took place in August 2013 following the government's violent clearing of two protest camps in Cairo, where supporters of deposed Islamist president Mohamed Mursi had gathered to demand his reinstatement.The court sentenced 25 others on related charges ...
Toll from twin bomb attack in Somalia rises to 15 MOGADISHU: The toll from a twin bomb attack in the central Somali town of Baidoa has risen to 15, police said on Saturday, as the president decried what he called a desperate strike."The number of people who were confirmed dead are fifteen," said Somali police official Osmail Mohamed.Friday's blast was the latest in a string of attacks and saw a suicide bomber detonate his explosives among a crowd of people drinking at a busy teashop ...
UN urges int'l support for recovery of Ebola-affected countries ISLAMABAD: Senior UN officials warned Friday that economies of the Ebola-hit countries have experienced significant setbacks, and called for enhanced and coordinated international support for the recovery efforts."The international response to date has been unprecedented in its speed and generosity, but much more will be asked before this emergency is over," UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told a special meeting of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) on " Ebola: A threat to sustainable development" Xinhua ...
Two Sierra Leone doctors die of Ebola in one day FREETOWN: Two doctors died of Ebola in Sierra Leone on Friday, a government and a hospital source said, bringing to 10 the number of doctors killed in the country by the virus.The worst Ebola outbreak on record has torn through some of West Africa's weakest health systems, killing nearly 350 medical personnel, including 106 in Sierra Leone.The latest figures from the World Health Organisation showed Ebola has killed nearly 6,200 people, mainly in Liberia, Sierra ...
South Africa marks one year since death of Mandela JOHANNESBURG: South Africans on Friday began marking one year since the death of Nelson Mandela with services, blasting of vuvuzelas and a cricket match to honour his enormous legacy as an anti-apartheid icon and global beacon of hope.An interfaith service kicked off the day's events in Pretoria, at the Freedom Park building dedicated to the country's liberation heroes."Twenty years of democracy has been possible because of Mandela," tribal chief Ron Martin said as the sun ...
US health care worker in West Africa brought home for Ebola tests WASHINGTON: A US health care worker who has been assisting efforts in West Africa has been flown to the United States to be tested for Ebola in Atlanta, a spokeswoman said Wednesday.Emory University Hospital will monitor the patient to see if they have been infected, spokeswoman Holly Korschun told AFP."An American health care worker from West Africa who may have been exposed to the Ebola virus is being transferred to Emory University Hospital's Serious Communicable ...


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