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The first clinical trials are slated to begin in the U.S. and Europe while others are stalled.
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CAIRO - 16 December 2017: Jerusalem has been an Arab city for over 6,000 years, Grand Imam of Al Azhar Dr Ahmed el Tayyeb said in a Saturday statement.

El Tayyeb also noted that Jewish presence in the Old City has not exceeded 415 years.

According to the statement, he added that this proves claims about a Jewish right to Jerusalem are false and they know they are falsifying history and facts.
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ABU DHABI - 16 December 2017: UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said in a tweet on Saturday that the Houthi militias have seized control of the Yemeni State`s authorities and their resources in Sanaa and are aiming to seize their funds.

He said that the recent executions of leaders of the General People’s Congress party – allied to slain former president Ali Abdullah Saleh – have exposed alarming realities about the Houthis, Al Arabiya channel reported.

He said in a series of tweets: "The Houthis are holding onto power in Sanaa, and their grip on the State`s income, estimated at 3.5 to 5 billion a year, is money spent only on its supporters and terrorist militias."

"Studies show that despite the war, the importation of cars into the areas of Houthi control and housing construction for its supporters is witnessing a big boom, of course funding is from the looted State treasury," he said in another tweet.
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CAIRO - 16 December 2017: Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry held a meeting on Saturday with European commissioner for migration, home affairs and citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos, currently on a visit to Cairo.

The two sides launched during their meeting the first round of Egypt-EU institutional dialogue on migration.

The meeting held at the foreign ministry headquarters, touched on migration issues and their impact in addition to the major role played by Egypt to confront illegal immigration.
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CAIRO – 16 December 2017: Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi will meet on Saturday with French Defense Minister Florence Parly, to discuss ways of boosting defense and military cooperation between the two countries.

The meeting, which will be held at the presidential palace, aims to intensify coordination between the two states to help face common challenges, atop of which is the threat of terrorism.

The meeting will tackle military and security cooperation between the two countries and recent developments in the region, especially related to Lebanon, Syria and Palestine.

The president will also meet European Union Commissioner for Migration and Home Affairs, Dimitris Avramopoulos.

The meeting is set to discuss ways to deal with illegal migration from the Middle East and to aid in Egyptian cooperation with Europe, to secure its borders and fight terrorism.
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NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India`s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party was in a close fight with the main opposition in an election in Prime Minister Narendra Modi`s home state on Monday, trends from the early vote count showed.
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CAIRO – 16 December 2017:Russia and Egypt are currently discussing the possible the return of Charter flights next spring, The Russian transportation Minister Maxim Sokolov stated today during a press conference.

On the possibility of the return of flights to airports of Hurgada and Sharm El-Sheikh, favorite tourist spots for Russian travelers, Sokolov stated that this will require additional security measures to be applied in these airports and person checks to be in place in the said resorts.

In light of Russia’s flight ban being recently lifted, the Russian-Egyptian parliamentarian friendship group will hold a meeting in the upcoming period to discuss ways to enhance mutual cooperation, parliamentarian Sahar Tal’at Mostafa said on Saturday.

Mostafa further contended that the parliament is cooperating with the government to ensure Egypt’s full readiness to receive greater exposure from Russian tourists in terms of promoting amenities and tourist facilities. She added that talks are currently underway with Russian partners to facilitate the travel of Egyptian people to Russia to attend the 2018 World Cup.

Four days earlier, and on the heels of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s one-day visit to Egypt, a six-member delegation from Russia’s lower house of Parliament landed in Cairo to meet Egyptian parliamentary officials.

Moscow-Cairo flights to resume operating again in February after a two-year hiatus. Moscow suspended operating flights to Egypt after the crash of a Russian plane in 2015; the accident was identified by President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi as a terrorist act.

"We can confidently say the resumption of Cairo-Moscow flights will be restored in the first half of February, unless any negative events or other changes emerge,” Russian Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov said to the press on Friday.
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CAIRO – 16 December 2017: Minister of Civil Aviation Sherif Fathy stated on Saturday that Russia and Egypt will carry out negotiations with private security companies to sign agreements regarding security in Egyptian airports, according to Sputnik news website.

The details of the agreement will be announced soon, Fathy said, adding it is not yet agreed whether they will be Russian or Egyptian companies.

An Egyptian-Russian cooperation protocol in maintaining civil aviation security was signed on Friday after a meeting between Fathy and Russian Transport Minister Maksim Sokolov in Moscow, Egypt’s aviation ministry said in a statement.

The protocol intends to resume flights between Cairo and Moscow for the first time since 2015, starting in February 2018, the statement added.

The Russian Information Agency Novosti reported that the protocol on aviation security will begin working temporarily after 30 days.

Egyptian Aviation Minister Fathy traveled to Moscow on Thursday to discuss and sign the protocol with his Russian counterpart.

“Russian tour operators will be free to resume flights between the two countries starting February 2018,” Aviation Minister Sherif Fathy told Egypt Today.

Last week, Sokolov announced that the Cairo International Airport has to satisfy all Russian requirements for aviation security, which will pave the way for Russian flights to resume their activities in Egypt.

Flights between the two countries were halted in 2015 after a Russian passenger jet crashed in Sinai; following which, 224 people were reported dead.

Shortly after the crash, the Sinai faction of ISIS claimed responsibility for the incident, which occurred in the vicinity of the Sinai insurgency led by ISIS affiliates following the ousting of Islamist president, Mohammed Morsi.

Egypt has exerted strenuous efforts and adopted tighter security measures in airports since the terror attack to keep pace with international aviation security standards.
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Passengers are enduring delays in blacked-out terminals or have had their flights diverted mid-air, after a huge power cut hit Atlanta`s Hartsfield-Jackson international airport on Sunday.

The world`s busiest airport, Hartsfield-Jackson said it had experienced power outages after 1 p.m. on Sunday, according to a statement.

The airport later stated that the airport`s electricity supplier, Georgia Power, believed the outage was caused by extensive fire damage at an underground electrical facility. The fire not only impacted the facility, but substations serving the airport. Read more...

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Amy Wright, who employs 40 people with disabilities at her coffee shop Bitty & Beau`s, was named the 2017 CNN Hero of the Year. She will receive 100,000 to grow her cause.
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CAIRO – 16 December 2017: Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry will take part in a tripartite meeting on Libya in the Tunisian capital of Tunis, on Sunday, according to a statement released by the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on Saturday.

The tripartite meeting frequently convened and organized by foreign ministers from Egypt, Tunisia and Algeria, is expected to tackle recent developments related to Libya, according to Ahmed Abu Zeid, the Foreign Ministry’s spokesperson.

Zeid added that the meeting will resume talks among the three concerned countries following their last meeting in Cairo on November 15, stressing that this meeting will discuss, “political and security” issues related to Libya.

Egypt’s participation in meetings over Libya reflects the country’s support of all means necessary to achieve stability and order in Libya, Zeid said.

Last week, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi met with Libya’s Chairman of the Presidential Council Fayez al-Sarraj and discussed political accords necessary to preserve Libya’s unity and integrity.

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi meets with Libya’s Presidential Council Chief Fayez al-Sarraj in Cairo on December 10, 2017- Press Photo

The meeting was attended by high-profile leaders from both sides, namely Libyan Foreign Minister Mohamed al-Taher, Libyan Minister of Finance Osama Hammad, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, Egyptian Minister of Finance Amr el-Garhy, Egypt’s Intelligence Chief Khalid Fawzy and the Egyptian ambassador to Libya.

Libya’s Presidential Council Chief Fayez al-Sarraj meets with Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry in Cairo on December 10, 2017- Press Photo

Egypt’s presidential spokesperson Bassam Rady said that Egypt welcomes the frequent meetings of the Libyan military commanders in Cairo; he also stressed that Egypt confronts foreign proposals aimed at intervening in Libya’s domestic affairs.

“Sisi and Sarraj tackled means of cooperation between the two countries in combating terrorism and boosting international endeavors for developing a comprehensive strategy against terrorism,” the statement read.

In December 2015, 22 Libyan parliamentarians signed the Skhirat Agreement, in Morocco, to end the civil war which erupted in Libya in 2014. The Skhirat Agreement was put into practice on April 6, 2016.

The Government of National Accord, led by Fayez al-Sarraj was the first concrete outcome from the Skhirat Agreement. The first meeting of the cabinet of the Government of National Accord took place on January 2, 2016 in Tunis.
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CAIRO – 16 December 2017: Egypt rejects setting up any refugee camp on its lands, Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry stressed in a Saturday statement.

Shoukry made the remarks during his meeting with European commissioner for migration, home affairs and citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos, who is currently on a visit to Cairo.

According to a statement, the meeting aimed to launch the first round of Egypt-EU high-level institutional dialogue on migration, the first forum of its kind between the two sides on constructive dialogue, interaction and exchanging views.

Meanwhile, Shoukry noted that Egypt has a successful experience in dealing with illegal immigration, indicating in this regard that the number of Egyptian illegal migrants in the Mediterranean has lately seen a sharp decline.

No ship was detected leaving the Egyptian coasts for Europe since September 2016, he said.

The European official underlined the European Union`s commitment to cooperating with Egypt in combating illegal immigration, saying that a sum of 60 million has been allocated by the EU for the first phase of this cooperation.
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DENPASAR, Indonesia (Reuters) - Indonesian police have recaptured a U.S. citizen who escaped a week ago from an overcrowded prison on the holiday island of Bali, the jail`s second breakout of foreign inmates this year.
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ASUNCION (Reuters) - Paraguayan Senator Mario Abdo Benitez, a lawmaker with ties to a former Paraguayan dictator, won the ruling Colorado Party`s presidential primary on Sunday in a sharp rebuke for President Horacio Cartes, the party`s flagbearer.
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CAIRO – 16 December 2017: Ministry of Supply and Internal Trade, represented by the Food Industry Holding Company, provided 500 blankets and food subsidies to families in Bir al-Abed city, North Sinai.

Nasr Allah Mohamed, head of Bir al-Abed city, told Egypt Today that the convoy is being distributed to the residents, in cooperation with North Sinai Governorate and the Ministry of Supply.

Mohamed added that the convoy provided 500 boxes that include rice, oil, beans, flour and 500 blankets. The boxes were delivered to families’ homes in Bir al-Abed.

At least 311 people were killed and 121 injured when unidentified militants attacked Al-Rawdah mosque during Friday prayers in the Sinai Peninsula, setting off explosives and spraying worshippers with gunfire.

Rawdah village is located on the international road linking Al-Arish with Bi’r Al-Abd. The village harbored a large number of families who fled from Sheikh Zuweid city following several terrorist attacks that hit the area.
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RAMALLAH – 16 December 2017: Fatah movement said it will continue its public activities against US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

The public activities against the US decision are to continue in all governorates, Fatah said in a Saturday statement.

The movement also declared next Friday “Palestinian day of rage” nationwide in protest against the decision.

On December 6 , Trump officially recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel during a televised speech from the White House. Trump’s decision was met by a barrage of criticism and condemnations from many Arab and world leaders, while protests took place in the Gaza Strip, West Bank and different parts of the Arab world.
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The announcement by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan came as Muslim leaders call for world leaders to recognize East Jerusalem as Palestine’s capital.
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BAUCHI, Nigeria (Reuters) - Four people were killed when a United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) aid convoy was ambushed in northeast Nigeria, a WFP spokeswoman said on Sunday, in the latest attack in the region as the conflict with Boko Haram nears its ninth year.
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Another day, another case of blackface.

French soccer star Antoine Griezmann has been criticised for posting a photo of himself in full blackface online for an "`80s party" online on Sunday.

Dressed as what appears to be a Harlem Globetrotters basketball player, complete with an afro wig and darkened skin, 26-year-old Griezmann received a string of angry comments about the costume.

I`m already stressed out about Griezmann`s inevitable apology saying "a lot of my best friends are black." pic.twitter.com/0UtS3Yb7Yv

— Miriti Murungi (@NutmegRadio) December 17, 2017

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CAIRO - 16 December 2017: Minister of Interior Magdy Abdel Ghaffar met Saturday with EU Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos.

Abdel Ghaffar stressed on the importance of reaching political solutions to conflicts in the world to reduce the flow of migrants and asylum seekers, who cause economic and social pressure for countries hosting them.

The meeting touched on cooperation between the ministry and EU security and anti-illegal immigration agencies in light of security challenges in the Middle East.

The minister welcomed security coordination and cooperation with relevant EU bodies, especially in terms of information exchange in terrorism and illegal immigration issues.

Abdel Ghaffar informed the EU official on the ministry’s strategy to combat crime and illegal immigration.
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CAIRO - 16 December 2017: A raging California wildfire on Saturday became the state`s third largest blaze on record, with more devastation possible from a resurgence of the harsh winds that have fueled the deadly fire`s growth.

The so-called Thomas Fire has destroyed more than 1,000 structures, including about 750 homes, in coastal communities in Southern California since erupting on Dec. 4, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said in a statement.

It has cost 97 million to fight the 259,000-acre (104,813-hectare) blaze, with thousands of firefighters contending with it around the clock and helicopters and airplanes being used to drop retardant on the flames.

The vast landscape charred by the blaze, which is centered less than 100 miles (161 km) northwest of downtown Los Angeles, reached 259,000 acres (104,813 hectares) early on Saturday, surpassing the 257,314 acres (104,131 hectares) destroyed by California`s Rim Fire in 2013, authorities said. The Rim Fire had been the third-largest blaze on record in the state.

The Thomas Fire is only 40 percent contained and it threatens 18,000 structures, officials said, including some in the wealthy enclave of Montecito just outside the city of Santa Barbara. The blaze is chewing up tall grass and brush as it expands along the scenic Pacific Coast.

The hot Santa Ana winds that have helped the fire grow, at times sending embers far ahead of its main flank, were forecast to remain strong through Saturday evening in the Santa Barbara County mountains, the National Weather Service warned. Gusts of up to 40 miles per hour (64 km/h) were expected.

From Saturday night through Sunday evening, the winds could lash neighboring Ventura County, the Weather Service said. That is where the Thomas Fire first began due to unknown causes, and where it was still burning.

Cal Fire engineer Cory Iverson, 32, died on Thursday while battling the flames near the Ventura County community of Fillmore. Fire officials said Iverson, the blaze`s first fatality, left behind a pregnant wife and 2-year-old daughter.

The Thomas Fire was one of several major blazes that broke out in Southern California this month, although the others have been contained.

The blazes forced many schools to close for days, shut roads and drove hundreds of thousands from their homes. The fires were also responsible for poor air quality throughout Southern California.
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  • The Disney-21st Century Fox deal has been announced, and some media analysts expect a flurry of deals to follow.
  • The first may be for independent Hollywood studios, as content clout suddenly becomes in high demand.
  • Some experts see Viacom as a natural acquisition target.
  • What will really be interesting is whether tech giants like Amazon, Google, and Netflix feel motivated to get acquisitive.

Now that Disney has announced a 52.4 billion deal for slew of assets from 21st Century Fox, it`s hard to imagine that other media titans will stand pat.

In fact, many in the business expect a frenzy of acquisitions as the industry grapples with the specter of Silicon Valley, with its powerful platforms and deep pockets, not to mention rapidly changing consumer media habits.

"It`s an all-out war on the content front," said Peter Csathy, the founder of the media-consulting firm Creatv Media. "Conference rooms are buzzing, and everybody is talking to everybody."

Who knows what`s next? Here are a handful of possible moves at a time when almost anything seems possible.

Everyone needs to get bigger, starting with the studios

If Disney is indeed buying Fox assets to hoard content for its coming streaming service (and to make movies featuring the X-Men and other Marvel characters it didn`t already have access to), do other media giants need to load up on content?

As Business Insider`s Nathan McAlone recently noted, the concentration of power is only growing. So staying small is getting tougher.

"Scale matters when you negotiate," said Michael Goodman, the director of digital media strategies and digital consumer practice at Strategy Analytics. "This is sort of a continuation of a reaction to AT&T-Time Warner."

Here are some potential studio targets:

  • Lionsgate ("Saw" franchise, shows like "Orange is the New Black" and "Mad Men")
  • MGM (James Bond)
  • Sony ("Spider-Man" and "Better Call Saul," though observers say any deal would be complicated)

Potential studio buyers:

Comcast: As the digital-ad veteran Jay Sampson, who has logged long stints at Microsoft and Adobe, sees it, AT&T may soon have Time Warner in-house. Thus, Comcast may need to match that combo by adding a studio with a deep back-end catalog. "They`d get efficiencies in production cost, marketing, and distribution and maybe vault ahead of Time Warner," he said.

Amazon: The company is looking for the next "Game of Thrones," Variety reported recently. "I can imagine an Amazon getting into the game," Csathy said. "Their underlying strategy is to drive Prime membership." And the more reasons people have to subscribe to Amazon`s Prime service (like, say, 20-plus Bond movies on demand), the more shoppers are locked into the Amazon ecosystem.

Netflix: It has already bought a comic book producer, which provided the streaming juggernaut with its own IP. If Disney plans to choke off its library, maybe Netflix buys an MGM to fill out its library while continuing to invest in originals.


Viacom has its challenges, but is it suddenly a big target?

There`s no doubt the media conglomerate has its obstacles. Viacom`s core business is cable networks aimed at young people (Nickelodeon, MTV) when young people are running from cable. Still, it has tentpole events like the Video Music Awards and kids` franchises like "Paw Patrol."

Plus, Viacom owns the movie studio Paramount.

Would-be buyers:

  • Viacom could recombine with CBS (they were part of the same company through 2006).
  • Viacom could look to connect with its fellow cable stalwarts Discovery/Scripps.
  • Or the likes of Comcast, Netflix, Amazon, or even Google could be interested. Maybe Google sees Viacom as a way to jump-start its move into TV ads?

The latter possibility is doubtful in the view of Brian Wiser, a research analyst for Pivotal. "I think the answer to pursuing TV advertisers` budgets is ongoing investment in video content," he said. "I don`t think Google necessarily buys anyone to do that."

The Justice Department waiting game

Is the AT&T/Time Warner deal actually going to happen? It`s uncertain, as the Justice Department has sued to block the deal, while the parties remain confident. It looks as if a decision won`t happen until well into 2018.

The way this court case plays out could affect the appetite and parameters of lots of potential deals.

In the meantime, Goodman sees more consolidation among independent, regional cable distributors, such as Altice USA`s recent purchases of Cablevision and Suddenlink Communications. "It`s getting harder and harder for small operators," he said.

Is Verizon a buyer?

The wireless company was reportedly also kicking the tires on Fox. While Verizon has moved aggressively in online ads by purchasing AOL and Yahoo over the past few years, it is way behind when it comes to the TV screen.

But Verizon may be waiting to see what happens with AT&T and Time Warner. In fact, lots of people may be waiting for a decision on that deal.

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If net neutrality goes away, then things might get crazy

The Federal Communications Commission is likely to end so-called net-neutrality rules. Sampson thinks that suddenly makes controlling the pipes into people homes — i.e., the broadband service that delivers people the internet —paramount, since, theoretically, an end to net neutrality would mean broadband companies could favor certain web content over others. That`s when things get interesting.

For example, what if Amazon (or Google or even Facebook) bought Comcast?

"They`ve made big inroads into the home" with devices like the Amazon Echo, Sampson said. "Amazon to sell you stuff and Google and Facebook to sell you ads. Long term, they don’t want to be relying upon a cable operator or wireless carrier to get them there."

Plus, Sampson theorized, whoever controls broadband access would be able to start charging companies like Netflix a toll to get their content to people`s home — or could choke those companies off. Lots of Netflix rivals would seem to be interested in that.

But many observers had serious doubts about how much net-neutrality rule changes would affect the way media companies operate.

"I think Amazon makes decisions based on what drives prices down or otherwise adds value to its retail and e-commerce consumers," Wieser said. " I don`t know that owning pipes or distribution to consumers is necessarily that important."

A new presidential administration could also bring net neutrality back. "What if Trump is gone in a few years, and you`ve shifted your whole business and the laws go back?" Goodman said.


Does Apple do anything?

Csathy predicts that Apple will launch a Netflix competitor as a place to launch its own shows (Apple wants to spend 1 billion on content). That`s why buying a studio could make a lot of sense, he said.

Others have resurfaced a popular theory: Apple could buy Netflix and put its shows there.

Apple isn`t known for making such large acquisitions, Csathy noted. But it could look to grab a dark-horse content contender.

"Apple wont be able to stand on sideline," he said.

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JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Battle lines were drawn for South Africa`s ANC on Monday as voting began to elect a new leader to succeed President Jacob Zuma as head of a party that has ruled since the end of apartheid but faced scandals and corruption allegations.
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TEGUCIGALPA (Reuters) - Honduras` electoral tribunal on Sunday declared conservative President Juan Orlando Hernandez the official winner of the Nov. 26 presidential election, sparking calls for renewed street protests after a bitterly disputed contest.
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CAIRO - 16 December 2017: Egypt has delivered a shipment of medicine to Somalia, the foreign ministry`s spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid said in a Saturday statement.

The ministry’s Egyptian Agency of Partnership for Development (EAPD), in cooperation with the Ministry of Social Solidarity and the Egyptian Red Crescent, arranged the delivery of the shipment, added Abu Zeid.

The step, part of Egypt’s support to Somalia, has been appreciated by Somali officials.
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ADEN – 16 December 2017:The Yemeni army and allied fighters on Friday drove Houthi militants from a town that was one of the last positions they held in the country’s south, military sources and local officials said.

The forces advanced into Bayhan, about 300 km (190 miles) southeast of the Houthi-held capital Sanaa, killing dozens of the militants in clashes, the sources said.

Bayhan is important in Yemen’s war because it is located on a major road linking Shabwa province with Marib province, part of which is held by the Houthis, to the north. The army’s advance means that the Houthis have been expelled from most of Shabwa, sources said.

Yemen’s more than two-year-old war pits the Iran-allied Houthis, who control Sanaa, against a Saudi-led military alliance that backs the government now based in the southern port of Aden. The conflict has killed more than 10,000 people and triggered a humanitarian crisis.

The government-run Sabanew agency said the remaining Houthis had fled after battles for strategic positions in the Bayhan area which had left hundreds of them dead and wounded.

The agency said the army also seized other positions in the area, where the movement of heavy artillery had been difficult because of sand dunes.

This month the Saudi-led coalition, which is backed by U.S. and British weapons and intelligence, intensified air strikes after the Houthis killed former president Ali Abdullah Saleh when he switched sides in the civil war. There has been relatively little change in positions on the ground around the capital.
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SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Conservative Sebastian Pinera won Chile`s presidential election by a wider-than-forecast margin on Sunday, pledging to jump-start economic growth in the world`s top copper exporter and opt for more business-friendly policies than his center-left predecessor.
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TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Gunmen fatally shot the mayor of Libya`s third-largest city, Misrata, late on Sunday, ambushing his car inside the city, security officials said.
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Atlanta Airport

  • Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport suffered a catastrophic power outage on Sunday.
  • The outage is believed to have been caused by a fire at an underground Georgia Power facility.
  • Power is expected to be restored by midnight local time.
  • More than 700 flights have been canceled as a result of the outage. 

Flight operations at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport have grounded to a halt after a suffering a massive power outage around 1 pm local time on Sunday. 

The bustling airport that handles an average of more than 280,000 travelers a day has been plunged into pitch black darkness.

Footage captured by WSB-TV in Atlanta show airport officials making their way through darkened terminal buildings with only flashlights to guide them.

Georgia Power, the airport`s utility provider, is on the scene and working to restore power by midnight tonight, the company said in a statement.

The company believes the outage was the result of a fire that caused extensive damage to one of its underground electrical facilities. No employees or passengers were in danger at any time, Georgia Power said.

Consequently, the Federal Aviation Administration has issued a ground stop for all aircraft bound for Atlanta. This means that planes headed for the airport will be held at their point of origination. While the control tower in Atlanta is operational, departing flights are delayed due to the power outage in the terminal, the FAA said in a statement.

Flights already en route to Atlanta has been diverted to alternate airports.

Delta Air Lines has, thus far, canceled more than 450 flights as a result of the outage and is working to deplane those stuck on board its aircraft at the airport. Atlanta is Delta`s home base from which it operates more than 1,000 departures a day to more than 200 destinations.

In a statement, the airline said:

"A power outage at the Atlanta Airport affecting all concourses and terminal buildings started at approximately 1 p.m. ET Sunday and is ongoing. Due to the power outage, more than 450 Delta mainline and regional flights have been canceled today. A ground stop is in effect for all flights into the airport, resulting in flight diversions. Delta is working to deplane customers from aircraft that have not been able to park at a gate due to the outage.

Delta customers are encouraged to check the status of their flight via the Fly Delta mobile app or delta.com before heading to the airport. A travel waiver has been issued for Delta customers flying to, from or through Atlanta allowing customers to make one-time changes to their travel plans. Details are available at delta.com."

Southwest, Atlanta`s second largest tenant, has canceled all of its remaining flights into and out of the airport on Sunday. American, United, and JetBlue have also canceled all inbound and outbound Atlanta flights, WSB-TV reported.

Channel 2`s @NefertitiWSB reports no guarantees being given by airport officials as to when the power will come back on at @ATLairport https://t.co/lLjqMm04OK pic.twitter.com/TiGs1wDI10

— WSB-TV (@wsbtv) December 17, 2017

For passengers affected by the power outage, Delta, Southwest, JetBlue, and United are offering travel waivers that will allow you to rebook on a later flight.

According to Flightaware.com, a total of 776 flights to or from Atlanta have been canceled today with another 525 flights delayed more than 15 minutes.

Here`s what it looks like at the airport:

WSBTV reports Due to power outage, FAA orders ground stop for flights headed to Atlanta airport https://t.co/2LmIgskCiv pic.twitter.com/zP594Zk7dz

— 🔴Channel 1 Atlanta (@channel1atlanta) December 17, 2017

Atlanta Airport power outage: See photos and videos of passengers stranded in the dark https://t.co/UAKA3U1LOS pic.twitter.com/eZACwHMUZU

— Newsweek (@Newsweek) December 17, 2017

All flights canceled after fire causes power outage at Atlanta airport; power to return by midnight https://t.co/2ZQX9AwS3Q pic.twitter.com/i4vqdi7ZfX

— AJC (@ajc) December 17, 2017


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  • Many associate startup founders with young 20-somethings.
  • A presentation from researchers at The National Bureau of Economic Research found the average exit age of successful silicon valley startup founders was 47.

When you think of successful Silicon Valley entrepreneurs who sell their startup or take it public, you`d be forgiven if you thought they were typically in their 30s, or even their 20s.

The average exit age of successful Silicon Valley startup founders between 2007 and 2014 was actually 47. That`s according to to a post from July on Digitopoly by entrepreneurship professor Joshua Gans citing a paper from the NBER Summer Institute.

Gans also quoted investor Paul Graham in a 2013 interview with The New York Times, who said, "The cutoff in investors` heads is 32 … after 32 they tend to be a little skeptical."

With that mindset, investors could be missing out on golden opportunities. Indeed, the bright star of youth is certainly alluring, but nothing beats experience.

Gans says the finding is from basic data results and the research is still developing, but it`s still worth the consideration of Silicon Valley investors who tend to gravitate toward younger entrepreneurs.

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CAIRO – 16 December 2017: The pilot operation of the four Suez Canal tunnels in Ismailia and Port Said started and will launch in a matter of days, after President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi gives the signal to start, according to Akhbar el-Yom newspaper Saturday.

Canal Authority chairman Mohab Mamesh witnessed the pilot operation of the floating bridge that connects the two banks of the Suez Canal. A number of additional floating bridges over the Suez Canal will also open soon.

Chairman of the Armed Forces’ Engineering Authority Kamel el-Wazir said that the Suez Canal tunnel is the second most important project in the region, according to Egypt’s State Information Service (SIS).

The Suez Canal tunnels project aims to ease congestion in the area due to industrial development and population growth.

According to SIS, Wazir explained that the four tunnels underneath the Suez Canal will operate as following:

The first tunnel in southern Port Said will connect Salloum on the western border with Rafah in the east through the international coastal road in the canal region.

The second set of tunnels in northern Ismailia will connect the international western border with northern Cairo through the Regional Ring Road.

The third set in Sarabium should serve the northern part of the Regional Ring Road, which will be connected to Taba through the Sarabium tunnel, Wazir said.

The fourth set of tunnels will extend from Ahmed Hamdy tunnel to connect the western international border with the southern part of the international regional road.

The length of each tunnel is about 2,850 meters with a maximum of 3,850 meters. The distance between the northern and southern tunnels is 13 meters. The tunnels also have emergency passages for individuals. Each tunnel has a height of 5.5 meters and serves one traffic direction with two traffic lanes. The establishment of the tunnels came at a cost of LE 18 billion (1 billion), according to Akhbar el-Yom.
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CAIRO – 16 November 2017: Over 25 Palestinians crossed into the Egyptian territories from Gaza Strip on Wednesday to receive treatment at Egyptian hospitals, according to a source at the Rafah border crossing.

“Authorities have summoned ambulances to transport the patients to hospitals to receive the necessary treatment,” the source told Egypt Today, stating that the movement on both sides of the crossing is occurring smoothly.

Egyptian authorities opened the Rafah crossing with Gaza for four days, starting from Saturday, in both directions, to allow the passage of stuck travelers.

The crossing has been opened within the framework of the efforts made by Egypt’s leadership, headed by President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, to ease the burden on Palestinians, according to the statement.

In October, the rival Palestinian movements Fatah and Hamas signed a reconciliation agreement in Cairo under Egypt’s auspices. The Palestinian National Authority is due to resume control of the Gaza Strip by December 1, as per the reconciliation agreement.
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TEGUCIGALPA (Reuters) - The electoral tribunal of Honduras on Sunday declared incumbent President Juan Orlando Hernandez as the official winner of the Nov. 26 presidential vote, an outcome that sparked calls for renewed street protests after a bitterly disputed election.
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump will lay out a new U.S. national security strategy on Monday based on his "America First" policy and will, among other items, make clear that China is a competitor, two senior U.S. officials said on Saturday.
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Although marriage equality is now legal in Australia, most LGBTQ couples need to wait until Jan. 9 before they can do so.

Amy Laker and Lauren Price jumped the gun by being one of the first same sex couples to be married in the country, with the pair getting hitched in Sydney on Saturday.

Price and Laker received an exemption as their families had travelled from Wales to be there for the ceremony, according to SBS News.

The couple planned to marry at the British consulate, which used to be one of the only legal options for LGBTQ couples if they wanted to marry in Australia.  Read more...

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JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa`s ANC delegates started voting early on Monday to elect a leader to succeed President Jacob Zuma as head of a party that has ruled since the end of apartheid but has faced scandals and corruption allegations.
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TEGUCIGALPA (Reuters) - "Serious questions" still surround the results of Honduras` presidential elections last month, the secretary general of the Organization of American States, Luis Almagro, said on Twitter on Sunday.
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CAIRO – 16 December 2017: Sharqia Governor Khaled Saied said in a press statement on Saturday that they will continue in December to provide training sessions for Syrian women in Egypt to create handicrafts. The sessions are organized in cooperation with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Central Administration for Youth Training.

The statement also said that the aim of such activities is to integrate Syrian women into the Egyptian community, exchange culture and skills, and encourage the mastery of handicrafts, which will prepare the trainees for the labor market.

Wael el-Alfi, director of the Youth and Sports Directorate, said that the training sessions, which take place at the sports centers of Al-Zohor, Al-Yasmin and 10th of Ramdan, include many areas, such as basic skills for handicrafts, glass painting, knitting, accessories and other general information about reproductive health.

He added that these training sessions show Egypt’s support for all refugees and its help for them to integrate in different activities and solve any problems they may face.
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CAIRO – 18 December 2017: The Administrative Control Authority (ACA) arrested the president of one of the major pharmaceutical corporations over the latest penicillin shortage crisis, which has erupted five months ago, according to an ACA statement released on Sunday.

The arrest followed a wide investigation launched by the authority to determine the culprits behind the disappearance of penicillin from pharmacy shelves, which proved that the defendant’s corporation was monopolizing importing the vaccine to Egypt.

Penicillin is one of the most widely used antibiotic agents and can be used to help fight diabetes.

“Investigations revealed that the defendant was involved in importing the vaccine for his own interest to make profits at the expense of citizens’ interests,” the statement read. “The monopolization resulted in the shortage of penicillin in the country, as well as committing financial violations,” the statement added, affirming that the defendant’s case is currently under investigation by the General Prosecution.

Earlier on Sunday, head of the ACA Mohamed Erfan stated that the authority has uncovered the reasons for the shortage of both penicillin and insulin from the market, adding that whoever is responsible for the crisis will be brought to quick justice.

During an interview with Sada al-Balad TV channel, Erfan told the host of Salet el-Tahrir (Newsroom) program, Azza Mostafa, that the ACA is investigating the crisis along with the General Attorney and that the culprits’ names will be announced within hours.

“ACA has formed a committee to pursue the medication with all parties responsible for providing it at the meantime,” Erfan told Sada al-Balad, affirming that whoever made the mistake will be held accountable.

Egypt has been suffering from a penicillin shortage for the past five months, which caused a controversy because of the importance of the medication for millions of Egyptians.

In 2011, the International Diabetes Federation estimated that approximately 7 million people were living with diabetes in Egypt. By 2013, the number had increased to 7.5 million, making Egypt the world’s 9th highest country in terms of the number of people with diabetes, with an average daily mortality rate of 237 caused by diabetes since 2013, according to the statistics on the official website of the leading global healthcare company in diabetes care, Novo Nordisk.

Spokesman of the Ministry of Health Khaled Mujahid announced on December 14 that the ministry stepped in to address the penicillin shortage through a raft of measures.

A total of 200,000 packs of penicillin were pumped in the market on Sunday, according to Rasha Ziadeh, the head of the Central Administration of Pharmacy Affairs at the Ministry of Health.

Ziadeh asserted that the Ministry of Health will conduct regular inspections of the pharmacies across Egypt on a daily basis, ensuring that there is an adequate amount of the medicine for all patients. Around 84,000 inspections of pharmacies took place between January and October this year, in an attempt to combat black market activities, according to Moustafa al-Sayed, the director of the Health Ministry`s Pharmaceutical Inspection Department.

Al-Sayed added that the department has prepared different committees, in cooperation with the Ministry of Supply, to control those who phase out and monopolize medicines.

To face the penicillin shortage, the department monitored the distribution of penicillin daily from Egyptian pharmaceutical trading companies to markets. Al-Sayed also referred to a recent report that revealed a penicillin surplus in many pharmacies, which means the recent crisis is being resolved.
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Perfectly timing your New Year`s Eve midnight song is an art that requires intense track analysis (if you`re that obsessive over it).

Luckily, Twitter`s doing it for you.  

Folks are tweeting the perfect time to play a song in order to land on a prime moment at midnight on New Year`s Eve, using the words "if you play."

If you play “Skyline To” by Frank Ocean at 11:59:31 on December 31st, Frank will say “that’s a pretty fucking fast year flew by” just as 2017 ends.

— Blonded. (@blondedocean) December 15, 2017

if you play “...ready for it” at exactly 11:58:50pm on december 31st, taylor swift will declare her iconic "...are you ready for it?" line right as the clock strikes midnight. enter 2018 the right way.

— 𝖆𝖚𝖘𝖙𝖎𝖓 (@feelthefIames) December 17, 2017

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Rose McGowan is not interested in your symbolic protests, Hollywood.

On Saturday, McGowan turned her attention to Meryl Streep and others who reportedly support a rising push for female actors to attend the upcoming Golden Globes awards show clad in all black. The gesture is intended as a protest of the sexual misconduct that`s run rampant through Hollywood for decades.

An incensed McGowan lashed out on Twitter at "actresses, like Meryl Streep," for planning a silent protest. 

"YOUR SILENCE is THE problem," McGowan wrote. "You’ll accept a fake award breathlessly & affect no real change. I despise your hypocrisy."  Read more...

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LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May will pitch her plan for a Brexit transition period with unchanged access to European Union markets when she briefs lawmakers on Monday about her latest negotiating trip to Brussels.
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GENEVA (Reuters) - The top U.N. human rights official has said he would not be surprised if a court one day ruled that acts of genocide had been committed against the Rohingya Muslim minority in Myanmar, according to a television interview to be shown on Monday.
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WASHINGTON - 17 December 2017: U.S. Representative Ruben Kihuen announced on Saturday that he will not seek re-election, becoming the latest member of Congress to end his legislative career in the face of sexual harassment allegations.

The first-term Nevada Democrat, who is the subject of an ethics investigation in the House of Representatives, denied the allegations against him but concluded that the charges would distract from "a fair and thorough discussion of the issues" on the campaign trail.

"It is in the best interests of my family and my constituents to complete my term in Congress and not seek reelection," Kihuen, 37, said in a statement issued by his campaign committee.

The news website BuzzFeed has reported allegations that Kihuen sexually harassed a staff member of his 2016 political campaign. This week, there were also multiple reports of an anonymous lobbyist`s description of his unwanted advances. Reuters has not independently confirmed the reports.

Kihuen is the latest in a growing roster of male lawmakers in Congress who have been accused of sexual misconduct amid a wave of such allegations against powerful men in entertainment, politics and the media.

Lawmakers are working on legislation to update the body`s rules on sexual harassment.

On Friday, Democratic Representative Bobby Scott of Virginia was accused of touching a former aide without permission and offering to advance her career in exchange for sex. The aide also said she was wrongfully dismissed from her job. Scott denied the charges.

Republican Representative Blake Farenthold also said this week that he would not seek re-election after accounts surfaced that he created a hostile work environment. He denied allegations of sexual harassment but admitted allowing an unprofessional culture in his Capitol Hill office.

Last week, Democratic Representative John Conyers and Republican Representative Trent Franks resigned, while Democratic Senator Al Franken said he would step down in the coming weeks.
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VENTURA, Calif. - 17 December 2017: A raging California wildfire became the state`s third-largest on record on Saturday as fresh evacuations were ordered amid a resurgence of the harsh winds that have fueled the deadly blaze threatening to scorch 18,000 structures.

The so-called Thomas Fire has already destroyed more than 1,000 structures, including about 750 homes, in Southern California communities since erupting on Dec. 4, state fire officials said.

More than 8,000 personnel using nearly 1,000 engines and 32 helicopters were fighting the blaze that has become the seventh most destructive in the state`s history, they said.

"This fire isn`t letting up," the California Governor`s Office for Emergency Management said on its Twitter feed. "Tough terrain, dry conditions, single-digit humidity, ripping winds make for difficult conditions this weekend."

A new evacuation order was issued for parts of Santa Barbara County on Saturday as high winds whipped the fire through bone-dry terrain. The blaze is chewing up tall grass and brush as it spreads along the scenic Pacific Coast.

Mandatory evacuations were already in place in several Santa Barbara County communities, including Carpinteria and Montecito, and parts of Ventura County. An evacuation order for the city of Ventura, which was hit hard in the first days of the fire, was lifted on Saturday morning.

The Thomas Fire is only 40 percent contained, officials said. Among the places being threatened include the wealthy enclave of Montecito just outside the coastal city of Santa Barbara.


The 13 days of shifting winds and evacuations have taken their toll on a weary population.

Paul Pineda, who lives in Fillmore, about 55 miles (90 kms)northwest of Los Angeles and on the eastern flank of the fire, said he will flee if the blaze gets too close.

"It`s pretty crazy. Went to sleep last night about midnight and then woke up to the roar of this fire coming through about 3 a.m." Pineda said.

The wildfires forced many schools to close for days, shut roads and drove hundreds of thousands from their homes. They were also responsible for poor air quality throughout Southern California.

The cost of fighting the blaze that was about 40 miles (65 km) wide and 20 miles long has already reached 104 million, authorities said.

For California, this year has been unprecedented in terms of structures lost and the size of the wildfires, officials said. Five of 20 most destructive fires in recorded history ravaged the state in 2017, according to Cal Fire.

The vast landscape charred by the blaze, centered fewer than 100 miles (160 km) northwest of downtown Los Angeles, reached 259,000 acres (104,800 hectares) early on Saturday. That surpassed the 257,314 acres (104,131 hectares) that California`s Rim Fire, which had been the state`s third-largest on record, destroyed in 2013, authorities said.

The hot Santa Ana winds have propelled the fire`s expansion, at times sending embers far ahead of its main flank. They were forecast to remain strong through Saturday evening in the Santa Barbara County mountains, the National Weather Service warned. Gusts of up to 40 miles per hour (64 km/h) were expected.

From Saturday night through Sunday evening, the winds could lash neighboring Ventura County, the Weather Service said.

Cal Fire engineer Cory Iverson, 32, died on Thursday while battling the flames near the Ventura County community of Fillmore. Fire officials said Iverson, the blaze`s first fatality, left behind a pregnant wife and 2-year-old daughter.

The Thomas Fire was one of several major blazes that broke out in Southern California this month, although the others have been contained.
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WASHINGTON - 17 December 2017: President Donald Trump will lay out a new U.S. national security strategy on Monday based on his "America First" policy and will, among other items, make clear that China is a competitor, two senior U.S. officials said on Saturday.

Trump has praised Chinese President Xi Jinping while also demanding that Beijing increase pressure on North Korea over its nuclear program and to change trade practices to make them more favorable to the United States.

The national security strategy, to be rolled out in a speech by Trump, should not be seen as an attempt to contain China but rather to offer a clear-eyed look at the challenges China poses, said the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The strategy, which was still being drafted, may also reverse Democratic President Barack Obama`s declaration in September 2016 that climate change is a threat to security, one official said.

Trump, a Republican, is to lay out his foreign policy priorities, and will emphasize his commitment to "America First" policies such as building up the U.S. military, confronting Islamist militants and realigning trade relationships to make the United States more competitive, the officials said.
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CAIRO - 17 December 2017: ‘In Support of Egypt’ Coalition welcomed the visit of Ethiopia’s Prime Minister; Haili Miriam Desaline, to deliver a speech in the Egyptian Parliament.

The parliamentary majority bloc controlling 350 seats at the Egyptian Parliament deemed this visit as an opportunity to improve relations between Egypt and Ethiopia in view of the issue of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam. Simultaneously, some opposing parliamentarians have refused the visit and continued to collect signatures in refusal to receive Desalegn.

The spokesman for the coalition, Parliamentarian Salah Hasballah, said that the role of parliament and popular diplomacy must be activated to improve the situation regarding the Renaissance Dam file and that the rejection of the visit to address the Egyptian parliament undermines those efforts.

Hasballah added that the attitude of those who reject the visit represents “a fake heroism” and that the real heroism is to take responsibility and conduct extensive and high-level dialogues with the Ethiopian side, in order to preserve Egypt’s rights in the waters of the Nile and not to deal with the stalemate of the Ethiopian position as a final decision.

Earlier as last November, the Ethiopian prime minister has met with the chairman of the African Affairs Committee; Professor Elsayed Felyfel, who said that the visit aimed to discuss cooperation between the Ethiopian and Egyptian parliaments.

“Ethiopia is keen to resume negotiations with Egypt and to continue the construction of the Renaissance Dam while taking the significant harm of the dam’s effect on Egypt’s share of the Nile water into account,” noted the chairman.

Since May 2011, Cairo has voiced its concern over how the dam can reduce the country’s annual share of more than 56 billion cubic meters of Nile water. Egypt’s average water per-capita is expected to drop from 663 cubic meters per year to 582 cubic meters by 2025, according to the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS). Addis Ababa, however, claimed that the dam is necessary for Ethiopia’s development and will not harm downstream countries.
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iPhone X

  • I took my new iPhone X with me on a weeks-long vacation to Italy, forgoing a laptop or tablet.
  • The phone`s camera and the battery life made it an amazing travel buddy, and I never felt like I needed a "real" digital camera.
  • But the experience wasn`t perfect. Among other things, the nearly borderless screen on its front made the phone unwieldy to use at times.

Every November when my partner and I take our big annual vacation, I take along some kind of computer, just in case I need it.

Typically I bring along a laptop, and last year, I tried using a hybrid tablet-notebook. On this year`s journey — a whirlwind three-week tour of Italy — I decided to travel even lighter. The only computer I took along was my iPhone X.

I had just replaced my trusty old iPhone 6S, and I was eager to see how far my fancy new 999 smartphone could take me. The answer: Pretty darn far!

Here`s what I liked and didn`t like about having the iPhone X as my travel companion.

The iPhone X`s camera is amazing, and I never wished I had a "real" camera

The iPhone X`s camera is really, really good. I`m not a camera expert, so I don`t know how it stacks up against, say, that of the Google Pixel 2. All I know is that it`s amazing, and I never for a second wished I had brought a "real" digital camera with me. Instead, the iPhone X makes for a perfect vacation point-and-shoot camera.

I mean, check this out:

sorrento iphone x

I`m biased because I took that picture, but it`s pretty good, right? 

And the iPhone X`s Portrait Mode, which blurs the background to create professional-looking photos, is extra-fun when you have busy Italian scenes in the background, like so:

naples iphone x portrait mode

Better yet, it turns out that Portrait Mode was the ideal way to capture every noodle and dollop of sauce in the pasta we ate across Italy:

naples gniocchi iphone x

I won`t bore you with another vacation photo, but I particularly loved the iPhone X`s second rear camera, which has a zoom lens. Its 2X optical zoom allows you to focus in on objects without losing image quality. It`s really helpful for getting that perfect photo.

The phone`s battery life is pretty great

The battery in my iPhone 6S left a lot to be desired. Wherever I took it, I had to bring along at least one external battery pack. Heck, I`d routinely run down 25% of the battery just on my normal commute.

It was even worse when I was traveling. I typically rely on the battery-intensive Google Maps to get around. And I`m the annoying tourist who takes photos of everything, which curtailed my battery life even more.

So my iPhone X was a wonderful change. I still carried around my external battery pack out of habit, but I didn`t need to use it once on our all-day journeys. My phone got close to running out of battery life a few times, thanks to long days or late nights, but every single time it held out until we got back to our room.

I haven`t done any scientific testing on the iPhone X`s battery versus those of other smartphones. But I do know that for my purposes, my new phone`s battery life was great. 

But the iPhone X isn`t perfect

My colleague Dennis Green sold his iPhone X because he hated how hard it was for him to use with one hand. I don`t feel as strongly as he did, but he had a point.

I`m a fan of the iPhone X`s big, nearly borderless screen. But its design can make the phone hard to use at times. For example, it can be difficult with one hand to access the control panel to adjust the volume or the screen`s brightness, in part because Apple relocated it to the top-right corner of the display.

The result of such design decisions was that instead of paying attention to my surroundings, I had to worry about how I was holding my phone. They also made it more likely I would drop it when I was trying to take in the sights, such as Michelangelo`s David.

I`ve also been underwhelmed by Apple`s FaceID facial recognition system that you use to unlock the iPhone X. It works OK for the most part. But when I was on a bouncing coastal bus, a poorly lit train, or was just speed-walking to dinner, it frequently required multiple tries to recognize me.

Getting rid of the headphone jack still stinks

Much as I like the iPhone X, I`m still not happy Apple decided to get rid of the headphone jack in it and the other new iPhones. Most of the time, the lack of a headphone jack isn`t a big problem. But when you`re on an airplane and you can`t charge your phone at the same time that you`re listening on your headphones to the movie you`re watching? Sheesh. That`s frustrating.

SEE ALSO: I`ve been using my iPhone X for nearly a month, and I`ve decided I hate it

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A couple of months ago, I tried the intense diet and fitness regimens that 40-year-old NFL quarterback Tom Brady touts in his new book "The TB 12 Method." A combination of workouts focus on "pliability," or adding flexibility to muscles through a series of workouts with resistance bands.

Some, have questioned the legitimacy of the pliability concept. In an interview with the New York Times, one muscle physiology expert called it "balderdash."

Recently, I was invited to visit the TB12 sports therapy center located in the shadow of Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts to get a one-on-one workout with Alex Guerrero. He`s the creator of the TB12 method and has worked with Brady as a personal trainer and body coach since 2004. I also asked Guerrero to respond to some of the criticism the TB12 method has received. The following is a transcript of the video. 

Graham Flanagan: We`re here in the TB12 sports therapy center here in Foxborough with Alex Guerrero, creator of the TB12 method. 

Guerrero and Brady have worked together since 2004. They opened the TB12 center in 2013

Flanagan: I want you to take me through a circuit that you might go through with Tom Brady. 

Alex Guerrero: We`ll do some things to get you warmed up here and then get your core activated, and then we`ll get going.

So, we`re gonna get him on the X-ciser. Let`s go, Graham. Hold tight. Arms straight! Gotta engage that core. Engage those glutes. There you go. Breathe, Graham. Breathe. There we go. Let`s pick up the pace. So, don`t move those knees.

Flanagan: Don`t bend the knees?

Guerrero: Nope, you`re right here. So always — right, so full ranges, right?

Flanagan: So all the way here?

Guerrero: That`s a bad exercise for him, right? You`re not ready for that one yet. 

One of the main principles of the TB12 method is "muscle pliability"

Guerrero: Pliability is simply a way to maintain, you know, your muscles long and lean and soft, and it allows the joints in your body to move efficiently and correctly without putting loads on your tendons or your structure. 

Some have questioned the scientific validity of pliability. One muscle physiology expert called it "balderdash"

Guerrero: You know, to sit there and say there`s no such real thing as pliability – that, to me, is balderdash!  We have a lot of laypeople that come here every day. We`ve had a lot of really elite athletes that have come from all over the world to come here. And I would say, you can`t unknow what you know, right? Like, once you experience it and you feel it and you realize the differences it`s making in your life – like, that guy who said it was balderdash, he`s never gonna be able to convince these people that it didn`t work. 

Push. Bring that arm out. Punch. Punch hard with the arm and kick back with that leg. There we go. Stay on those toes. 

Flanagan: So, what`s your sort of takeaway. What`s the verdict on me after that little session? 

Guerrero: So, we definitely do have some issues, right? You have, you know, hip-instability issues. You have no glute-facilitation, right? Your core is not as strong as it should be, because as you age and get older, those loads are gonna go somewhere, Graham. So, at some point you`re gonna be like, "Wow, you know, I`m starting to get neck pain, or "I`m starting to get some nerve impingement" or "I`ve some cervical compression."

Simple piece of advice would be: work on core-stabilization, glute facilitation. 

Flanagan: Cool!

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CAIRO – 17 December 2017: Italian Interior Minister Marco Minetti visit to Egypt on Sunday indicates the positive development of relations between Egypt and Italy, said Egyptian Ambassador to Rome Hisham Badr said to ON Live channel.

Badr added that this visit confirming the normalization of bilateral relations in a way reflects the depth and partnership of relations and cooperation in all fields.

Marco Minetti is one of the prominent figures in political community in Italy who has a main role in returning the diplomatic relations, pointed out Badr.

The Egyptian Ambassador explained that Italian tourism was one of the biggest tourism to Egypt all over the world which reached 1,200,000 Italian tourists, then declined to 50,000 tourists but now rose to more 200,000 tourists.

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi received Italian Interior Minister Marco Minetti on Sunday to discuss ways of boosting relations between the two countries.

The meeting covered international and regional issues of common concern, presidency spokesperson Bassam Radi said, stressing the importance of enhancing cooperation between Egypt and Italy at various levels.

Radi added that Egypt seeks to achieve a strong partnership between the two friendly countries.

Consensus between the two countries is necessary in order to solve the Libyan crisis and rebuild state institutions especially the national army, parliament and government, which are all important for elections to take place in 2018, Radi added.

Cooperation between the two countries is expected, especially in the field of combating illegal immigration, terrorism and economic relations by increasing Italian investments in Egypt, Minetti added.
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