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U.S. President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau discussed their countries` efforts to monitor, contain, and mitigate the rapidly spreading new coronavirus in a phone call on Friday, the White House said.
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A Japanese destroyer left for the Gulf of Oman on Sunday amid simmering Middle East tension to guard sea lanes that supply nearly all the oil that powers the world`s third-biggest economy.
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Australia`s capital, Canberra, was on high alert on Sunday as bushfires burned nearby, while smoke and dust covered large parts of the country`s east, prompting warnings from health authorities.
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Hours ticked by on Saturday as 50-year-old Lu Yuejin struggled to get past the police checkpoint on the bridge over the Yangtze river and out of Hubei province, which is on virtual lockdown as China scrambles to control a coronavirus outbreak.
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A Japanese warship left its port near Tokyo on Sunday on a mission to protect merchant ships and oil tankers passing through the Gulf of Oman that supply 90% of Japan`s oil, as tension in the Middle East simmers.
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Mexican authorities said on Saturday they are investigating the possible murder of a tour guide working at a famous butterfly reserve in the western state of Michoacan, just two days after its former environmental activist was buried.
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China`s new confirmed infections from the coronavirus outbreak increased by a daily record, up by 2,590 cases on Saturday to top 14,000, as the quickly growing epidemic prompted global travel restrictions and evacuations.
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U.S. ride-hailing application Uber Technologies Inc. said on Saturday that it suspended 240 accounts of users in Mexico who may recently have come in contact with someone possibly infected with the new coronavirus.
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The death toll from a coronavirus epidemic in China had reached 304 as of the end of Saturday, up by 45 from the previous day, state broadcaster CCTV said on Sunday, citing the country`s National Health Commission.
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Irish nationalists Sinn Fein passed the governing Fine Gael party to draw level at the top of an opinion poll a week before an election that looks set to be a major breakthrough for the former political wing of the Irish Republican Army.
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Do you want to cuddle pigs? This animal sanctuary needs your help.

Give back with cuddles!

On Tuesday, Cotton Branch Farm Sanctuary, a South Carolina-based volunteer organization dedicated to helping animals in need, put out an open call for volunteers. Specifically, the group is seeking participants eager to rub noses with pigs in need of socialization. 

Once properly cuddled, the pigs will be one step closer to finding their forever families through adoption. According to the sanctuary`s website, pot belly/mini pigs are the most in need of placement. 

Sound like the dream gig? Well, Twitter thought so. Although the original post received limited likes and retweets, one look at the volunteer calendar and you`ll see all of the "Pig Socialization" slots are full until March — and even those are going fast.  Read more...

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The number of deaths in China`s central Hubei province from the new coronavirus outbreak had risen by 45 to 294 as of the end of Feb. 1, Chinese state television reported on Sunday.
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Britain will evacuate more citizens from the center of the new coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, China, on Sunday, according to a message sent to staff at the hospital in northwest England where the first 83 evacuees are being quarantined.
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Syrian insurgents carried out two suicide car bomb attacks in an assault on pro-government forces in Aleppo on Saturday and opened a new front northeast of the city, an attempted fightback after territorial gains for President Bashar al-Assad.
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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson would consider a looser trade agreement with the European Union, similar to the bloc`s ties with Australia, rather than follow EU rules to reach a closer deal, a government source said on Saturday.
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Amazon`s Ring will now allow users to opt out of all police video requests

After a wave of bad press involving police partnerships, hacking, and other privacy violations, Amazon`s Ring doorbell has released an update. 

On Friday, the smart device`s mobile app rolled out a new control center that grants users more authority over their privacy and security settings. You`ll now be able to add and remove shared users on an account, restrict third-party access, view two-factor authentication settings, and (perhaps, most importantly) opt out of all video request notifications from law enforcement.

Uncovered in reporting by Motherboard and Gizmodo in 2019, the scale of Amazon`s Neighbor Portal program is much larger than originally believed — and its various affiliations with law enforcement has raised alarming ethical questions.  Read more...

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The transgender flag, women wearing tuxedos, bottle-feeding parents and a gender-neutral Santa are part of of the new 2020 emoji update from the Unicode Consortium, a nonprofit organization that sets the standards for emoji compatibility and releases new symbols.
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Oh, the Super Bowl. For football fans, it`s the most important day of the season, the culmination of five months of National Football League competition. And for those less interested in the sport, there`s the halftime show, when the world`s most famous performers deliver 15 minutes of high-voltage entertainment.
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The daughter of Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman married another offspring of a drug empire in a lavish ceremony held in the cathedral of Sinaloa`s state capital Culiacan, Mexican media reported, in a new display of her family`s prominence.
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Russia said on Saturday it was suspending visa-free travel for tourists to and from China to help contain the outbreak of a new coronavirus that emerged in China.
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Representation of an ancient pandemic. Deriv: ‘Plague in Rome.’ 1869. Paris Orsay. (jean louis mazieres/CC BY NC SA 2.0) Woman in a mask worried about novel coronavirus. (Yasser Alghofily/CC BY 2.0)

The world is asking “are we on the edge of the next pandemic?” as the new coronavirus looks set to go global and case numbers rise. But looking back at ancient pandemics

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A custom Xbox add-on turns your power wheelchair into a controller

It`s time to re-purpose Nintendo`s old "Now you`re playing with power!" tagline.

There`s a new custom-made add-on for the Xbox Adaptive Controller that allows people to use their power wheelchair controls to play games. This so-called "Freedom Wing Adapter" came out of a partnership between the AbleGamers charity organization and ATMakers.

That latter group, founded by a man named Bill Binko, describes itself as "an experiment in solving problems in Assistive Technology using the skills and tools of the Maker community." AbleGamers, meanwhile, has been working since 2004 to make games more accessible for people with disabilities. Read more...

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China faced mounting isolation in the face of increasing international travel curbs and flight suspensions on Saturday, as the death toll from a spreading coronavirus outbreak rose to 259.
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The Palestinian Authority has cut all ties with the United States and Israel, including those relating to security, after rejecting a Middle East peace plan presented by U.S. President Donald Trump, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Saturday.
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Anti-government demonstrations have been raging since October, demanding an end to political corruption.
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Watch Dr. Doofenshmirtz of `Phineas and Ferb` sing the hell out of `Bad Guy`

It`s the song taking over the Tri-State Area.

On Friday, a Phineas and Ferb fan shared video of show co-creator Dan Povenmire belting out Billie Eilish`s smash hit "Bad Guy" for Twitter. 

Povenmire, who voices series villain Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz, rewrote the song to fit his character`s treacherous ways and later performed it at the Disney Channel Holiday Party. Fans just catching on to Doofenshmirtz`s burgeoning music career were elated.

Take a listen:

The lyrics, as Povenmire has written them, are: 

Lab coat, now red my bloody nose
When you visit we come to blows
But first I get caught up in prose
I’m too vociferous.  
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CAIRO – 1 February 2020: The state-owned flag carrier of Egypt, EgyptAir, said that a private plane was sent on Sunday to China to repatriate Egyptians residing in Wuhan, the epicentre of coronavirus outbreak.

EgyptAir’s officials said in press statements that the plane has on board a comprehensive medical team picked by the Egyptian ministry of health, and will be expected by Cairo International Airport’s quarantine upon arriving.

The plane can have 300 passengers along with the crew.

Egyptian cabinet’s spokesperson, Nader Sa’ad, said on Saturday day that the repatriation of Egyptians living in China has been discussed during the latest cabinet’s meetings. He added that no Egyptian living in China has been reported to have coronavirus.

Sa’ad pointed out that the returning Egyptians will be quarantined for up to 14 days- believed to be the virus incubation period- also those who dealt with them since they entered the private plane will be subject to a medical examination.

The Chinese authorities announced on Saturday that the virus death toll has jumped to 259, while other countries such as Australia and the United States imposed restrictions on the entry of foreigners who have visited China lately.

China`s Hubei provincial government has extended the Lunar New Year holiday break to Feb. 13 as it seeks to curb the coronavirus outbreak that emerged from the province`s capital of Wuhan, the Hubei Daily reported on Saturday.

24 states have reported cases of the growing virus, however, most of the infected are in China.

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FCC confirms wireless carriers broke federal law by selling location data

The other shoe is about to drop for wireless carriers that violated customer privacy. 

On Friday, the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission Ajit Pai, a Donald Trump appointee, informed the House of Representatives that an investigation into the unauthorized sale of users` real-time location data had concluded. The inquiry, which began in early 2019 following numerous investigative reports into the matter, found at least one carrier broke federal law.

“Following our longstanding calls to take action, the FCC finally informed the Committee today that one or more wireless carriers apparently violated federal privacy protections by turning a blind eye to the widespread disclosure of consumers’ real-time location data," said Representative Frank Pallone (D-NJ), Chairman to the Energy and Commerce Committee, in a statement. Read more...

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Quibi debuts a tense teaser for the fake news-ified reboot of  `The Fugitive`

The Fugitive is back with a modern twist. Though the trailer for Quibi`s upcoming series looks like a present-day reboot of the Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones movie (and the 1960s TV series that inspired it), stars Boyd Holbrook and Kiefer Sutherland will play all-new characters engaged in a similar game of cat-and-mouse... with a 21st century twist.

Holbrook plays Mike, a father and husband suspected of bombing the Los Angeles subway system who then has to fight for his life, family, and innocence while evading capture by Detective Clay Bryce (Sutherland). 

But the real villain in Quibi`s adaptation might be more nefarious: Social media. A Dec. 2019 report from Deadline suggests that the chase at the heart of the show is fueled by social media misinformation and sloppy reporting. Read more...

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New Prime Minister Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi appealed to downtrodden Iraqis for their support on Saturday hours after his appointment by President Barham Salih, but protesters were already rejecting the head of government as a stooge of the political elite.
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Louis Vuitton jumped into the restaurant business Saturday with the opening of Le Café V and Sugalabo V inside its new flagship store in Osaka, Japan.
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Syrian insurgents carried out two suicide car bomb attacks in an assault on pro-government forces in Aleppo on Saturday and opened a new front northeast of the city, an attempted fightback after territorial gains for President Bashar al-Assad.
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Malaysia`s anti-graft agency is investigating allegations by Britain`s Serious Fraud Office that Airbus paid a bribe of 50 million to win plane orders from Asia’s largest budget airline group, Malaysia-based AirAsia, it said on Saturday.
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American embassies appeared to sympathize with an Iranian woman who feared returning to Iran after an image of her looking like she was not wearing a hijab circulated online.
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Eritrea denounced a U.S. ban on immigrant visas for its citizens as "unacceptable" on Saturday, while Nigeria`s government said it had created a committee to address the issues that prompted U.S. President Donald Trump to add the country to the ban.
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Iraqi President Barham Salih appointed Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi as prime minister on Saturday, state television reported, after squabbling parties failed to name a candidate in the two months since Adel Abdul-Mahdi was ousted by mass protests.
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Lyft will offer free rides for voters during the 2020 primaries

Voters struggling to get to the polls can look to Lyft.

On Friday, the ride share service announced that it would be expanding its free and discounted ride program throughout the primary calendar and general election. Part of the company`s LyftUp initiative — a charitable effort that helps in-need riders of all kinds — the Voting Access Program will start with the Iowa caucus on Monday. 

"Every citizen who wants to exercise their fundamental right to vote should have reliable, affordable access to the polls — regardless of income, age, zip code, or political affiliation," Lyft said in a statement on their company blog. "Yet in the last presidential election, it’s estimated that more than 15 million eligible voters didn’t go to the polls in large part because they lacked a way to get there." Read more...

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Pietraperzia, an example of one of the pyramids in Sicily. Source: Università degli studi di Catania

There is a fascinating architectural structure that comes to us from the distant past. It is found almost everywhere on Earth and many independent researchers propose a unique cultural origin for its presence over the millennia

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More than 100 Germans and family members landed in Frankfurt on Saturday after being evacuated from the Chinese city Wuhan for checks for the fast-spreading coronavirus and two weeks` quarantine, prompting the health minister to call for calm.
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Delta Air Lines said on Saturday it will accelerate the suspension of flights in and out of China from the United States after the White House said it was imposing new restrictions on visitors due to the fast-spreading coronavirus outbreak in the country.
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Watch this very smart dog climb over a freaking fence

Most animals might be deterred by a chain link fence, but not the scrappy dog in this new video. The pup in question comes up against a fence, and instead of turning around and heading home with his tail between his legs, our intrepid explorer scales the fence

Not only does the dog skillfully climb all the way to the top, but he lands successfully after leaping/falling several feet (are we sure this dog isn`t part-cat?). This is either the smartest, best pup, or the beginning of some kind of dog zombie apocalypse movie.

We`ll let you decide. Read more...

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China faced mounting isolation from international travel curbs and flight suspensions on Saturday, with Russia to start pulling out its citizens next week, as the death toll from a spreading coronavirus outbreak rose to 259.
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Airlines are suspending flights to China in the wake of the new coronavirus outbreak.
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CAIRO – 1 February 2020: Cairo Criminal Court on Tuesday sentenced to death Egyptian terrorist Hesham Ashmawy and 36 members of Ansar Bait al-Maqdes terror group over multiple crimes including assassinations of policemen.

The case is referred to the Grand Mufti for religious advisory and the final verdict will be announced on March 2. Referring cases to Grand Mufti is a standard procedure that seeks the religious authority’s approval on sentencing a defendant to death, although his decision is not binding.

In this case, there are 208 defendants who are charged with 54 crimes that consist of assassinations of policemen, attempted murder of former Minister of Interior Mohamed Ibrahim, and bombings of security institutions’ buildings.

The Public Prosecution’s arraignment states the following crimes: founding, leading, and joining a terrorist group aiming at suspending the constitution, laws, and prohibiting the state’s institutions from fulfilling their responsibilities; violating the citizens’ rights and freedoms and jeopardizing national unity and social peace; espionage with a foreign organization embodied in Hamas, the military branch of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood; vandalism of state buildings; deliberate and attempted murder; and, acquisition of firearms, ammunition, and explosives.

The 54 crimes drawn against the defendants included 49 murder case of police officers and citizens, including Lieutenant Colonel Mohamed Mabrouk, and Major General Mohamed el-Saeed. They are also accused of orchestrating explosions that targeted three security directorates, destroying 25 public facilities, including mosques and churches, and stealing a post office, and a vehicle transferring money.

This is the second death sentence handed to Ashmawy after he was extradited from Libya to Egypt. Last November, Ashmawy was handed the first death penalty by the Military Criminal Court over committing 14 crimes pertinent to the Farafra Terror Attack against a Border Guard ambush five years ago killing 28 officers and soldiers.

The handing over of Hisham Ashmawy, the ex-military officer and the mastermind behind several high profile attacks in Egypt, was seen as a revenge for dozens of terror victims among army and police forces over the past years.

From military to militancy

Born in 1978 in Giza, Ashmawy or Abu Omar al-Muhajir, 41, was an officer in the Egyptian Commandos as a member of Sa‘ka Forces or Thunderbolt Forces.

He was transferred to an administrative post in 2007 after a change in his behavior as he promoted for political Islam through spreading banned books. He was suspended from the army in 2009 after he stood a military trial; then he traveled to Syria via Turkey.

In 2013, Ashmawy moved to Sinai where he became in charge of the military wing of Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis. He started to develop the performance of the group and improve their militancy skills.

Following the June 30 Uprising, he was accused of failed assassination of former Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim, and the killing of a colonel and brigadier general during a firefight in the Qaliubiya village of Arab Sharkas.

Defected from Islamic State (IS) terror group, Ashmawy went to Derna, 250 km far from Egypt’s western borders, where he announced in a voice recording his leadership of the al-Qaeda-aligned militant group al-Mourabitoun in the Islamic Maghreb.

Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis announced in November 2014 its allegiance to the Islamic State (ISIS), Ashmawy refused to pledge allegiance to ISIS.


Additional reporting by Mohamed Abdel Maguid
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India sought to boost growth in a federal budget on Saturday that raised spending on farms and expressways and offered cuts in personal taxes, but the measures fell short of market expectations and battered stocks.
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The Nigerian government has created a committee to address the issues that led to a suspension of U.S. immigrant visas to its citizens, the president`s office said on Saturday.
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Yes, you`ll be able to watch the Super Bowl on your Roku

Shortly after Roku warned its customers that Fox channels would stop streaming right before Super Bowl LIV, an updated agreement has kept the deal between the two companies going. What that means for Roku users is that the Super Bowl will once again be streaming.

Roku tweeted the update Friday night:

We are delighted that we reached an agreement with FOX to distribute FOX channels on the Roku platform

Roku customers can stream the Super Bowl through FOX Now, Fox Sports and NFL in addition to other ways.

— Roku (@Roku) February 1, 2020

Roku, like AppleTV, allows users with cable or streaming subscriptions to access their favorite platforms through apps on the device. Not all TV platforms have a live viewing option, but Fox has had it for years and been a reliable streamer on a day like Super Bowl Sunday. Read more...

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LeBron James, L.A. Lakers pay tribute to Kobe and Gianna Bryant

Less than a week after the helicopter crash that resulted in the deaths of Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna, the Los Angeles Lakers played again at the Staples Center, where Bryant played in and attended so many games over the years. Friday`s game between the Lakers and the Portland Trail Blazers began with a pre-game tribute to Bryant, Gianna, and fellow victims Alyssa Altobelli, John Altobelli, Keri Altobelli, Payton Chester, Sarah Chester, Christina Mauser, and Ara Zobayan.

The Lakers all appeared on the court wearing Bryant`s numbers 8 and 24, and every seat was draped in his signature jerseys. The tribute included performances by Usher and Boyz II Men, as well as a speech from LeBron James.  Read more...

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CAIRO – 1 February 2020: Many Egyptians, businessmen and media professionals mourned the death of the CEO of Orascom Development Egypt (ODE) Khaled Bichara, 48, in a car accident on the Ring Road during the early hours of Friday.

Preliminary investigations showed that Bichara’s car turned over on the road, and hit an iron fence on the side of the road, causing his immediate death.

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Bichara giving a TEDXTalk in Rome - Bichara`s Facebook page

Images of Bichara’s damaged car circulated on social media following the collision. Officials opened an investigation into the incident to reveal circumstances leading to the death.

The funeral activities of Bichara will be held on Sunday at St. Mark Cleopatra Church at 12 p.m.

Many social media users expressed sorrow for the loss of Bichara’s family, saying his death is a loss to the business field in Egypt as he was called “Egypt’s Bill Gates.” Praisal posts flooded social media speaking about Bichara’s role in encouraging entrepreneurs to start their projects out of his belief in the powerful role of start-ups in boosting Egypt’s economy.

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Bichara with his wife and two sons - Bichara`s Facebook page


Bichara was born in 1971 ,and he earned his B.Sc degree from The American University in Cairo in 1993 with a major in Computer Science and a Minor in Business Administration.

He was the Group Chief Executive Officer of Orascom Telecom Holding, as well as the Chief Executive Officer of Weather Investments. He was also a board member of WIND Italy, and various telecom and IT companies, according to an Orascom Telecom Holding report.

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Bichara announcing the groundbreaking of SUPERNAP Italia - Bichara`s Facebook page

Bichara headed the fixed line and portal business unit at WIND Telecommunicazioni from 3005 until he was promoted to Chief Operating Officer of the company. At Wind, he played a key and instrumental role in restructuring the company’s organization, which led to the successful turnaround of WIND from a continuously loss making company to one of the best performing mobile, fixed line and broadband integrated operators in Europe within a record time span of three years. Prior to joining WIND, he was the cofounder, Chairman and CEO of LINKdotNET (LDN), the largest private Internet Service Provider in the Middle East.

Bichara was awarded by Business Today Egypt as one of the best executive officers below 40 years old.
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Iraqi President Barham Salih appointed on Saturday Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi as new prime minister, State TV reported, after squabbling political parties failed to name a candidate in the two months since the former premier was ousted by popular protests.
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