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A prominent Maltese businessman suspected of involvement in the killing of a journalist went to court on Friday and accused the prime minister`s right-hand man of being implicated in the plot.
A court in Suriname on Friday convicted President Desi Bouterse of murder for the execution of 15 opponents in 1982 following a violent coup to seize power.
The stunning temple of Seti I in Abydos - Egypt

Seti I is one of the lesser-known pharaohs of the New Kingdom period of ancient Egypt. However, his temple in Abydos is among the most famous, cited by many as the most impressive religious structure still standing in Egypt.

Seti I’s place in history was overshadowed by that of his son, Ramesses II, arguably one of the greatest pharaohs in Egyptian history. Yet, Seti was an important character in his own right, as he was one of the pharaohs who had to bring order back to Egypt and re-establish Egyptian sovereignty over its eastern neighbors (Syria and the Levant) following the social disruption caused of Akhenaten’s religious reforms. Seti was also responsible for commissioning the construction of a grand temple in Abydos, often referred to as the Temple of Seti I or the Great Temple of Abydos.

Two members of the public were killed and three injured in Friday`s stabbing rampage by a lone knifeman near London Bridge, police confirmed.
Notorious for leaks and chastened by previous security lapses, the White House went to unusual lengths to keep President Donald Trump`s Thanksgiving trip to Afghanistan under wraps, devising a cover story for his movements that included posting scripted tweets while he was in the air, administration officials said.
Two families from Uzbekistan died when a single-engine aircraft crashed in a wooded area on the outskirts of Kingston, Ontario, killing all seven people aboard, the Uzbekistan ambassador said in a tweet on Friday.
Dutch police said on Friday several people had been wounded in a stabbing on a shopping street in The Hague.
British police on Friday shot dead a man wearing a fake suicide vest who had stabbed several people near London Bridge before being wrestled to the ground by bystanders.
A U.S. congressional panel on Friday gave President Donald Trump a Dec. 6 deadline to say whether his legal counsel intends to introduce evidence and call witnesses in upcoming impeachment proceedings that could lead to formal charges of misconduct within a few weeks.
Police shot dead a man on London Bridge on Friday in what they said was a terrorism incident. Here is a summary of what we know and do not know about it.
The White House condemned an attack that took place in the area of the London Bridge on Friday, and pledged "full support to our ally, the United Kingdom," said White House spokesperson Judd Deere.
Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi announced his resignation on Friday after the country`s senior Shi`ite Muslim cleric urged lawmakers to reconsider their support for a government rocked by weeks of deadly anti-establishment unrest.
British police on Friday shot dead a man who had strapped a fake bomb to his body and stabbed a number of people in what they said was a terrorism incident in the London Bridge area of the capital.
President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Friday Mexico had not been invaded for more than a century and he would not permit another foreign intervention, reflecting tensions over U.S. President Donald Trump`s plan to designate drug cartels based in Mexico as terrorist groups.
Ordinary Londoners demonstrated "breath-taking heroism" in disarming a knife-wielding attacker who injured several people in Friday`s incident at London Bridge, mayor Sadiq Khan said.
British police on Friday shot dead a knife man wearing a fake suicide vest who had gone on the rampage and stabbed a number of people, describing the attack in central London as a terrorism incident.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the incident at London Bridge on Friday where a knifeman man went on the rampage, stabbing several people before being shot dead by police, appeared to have been contained.
It`s possible there`s no better place than Budapest to while away an afternoon in a coffee house with a cake -- or three.
Budapest is fast becoming one of Europe`s leading travel destinations, especially in winter when Hungary`s capital city truly comes to life.
British police shot dead a man on London Bridge on Friday in a terrorism incident, the UK`s top counter-terrorism officer said.
Tens of thousands of Algerian protesters marched on Friday to demand that a presidential election next month be canceled until the old ruling guard step aside and the army quit politics.
British police shot a man on Friday after a number of people were stabbed in the London Bridge area of the city.
The man shot dead on London Bridge on Friday was wearing what police now believe was a hoax explosive device, the UK`s top counter-terrorism officer Neil Basu said.
France is bracing for nationwide public sector strikes on Dec. 5 against President Emmanuel Macron`s drive to overhaul the country`s unwieldy and costly pension system.
President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Friday Mexico had not been invaded for more than a century and he would not permit another foreign intervention, reflecting tensions over a Trump administration plan to designate drug cartels based in Mexico as terrorist groups.
Tugboat captain Jean-Yves Lagarde should be only 10 years from retiring thanks to special benefits for mariners that date back to the 17th century. But President Emmanuel Macron`s ambition to simplify France`s Byzantine pension system may scuttle his plan.
British police shot a man on Friday after a stabbing in the London Bridge area in the center of the city.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday that Emmanuel Macron`s warning that NATO was dying reflects a "sick and shallow" understanding, telling the French president "you should check whether you are brain dead".
Sunbathers in the Canary Islands joined forces with emergency workers to give water, food and clothes to migrants who arrived unexpectedly on a beach in the Spanish archipelago on Friday.
The announcement comes after demonstrators set fire to the Iranian Consulate and the death of hundreds in violent antigovernment unrest.
British police said on Friday that a man appeared to have been shot in an incident at London Bridge in the heart of the British capital.
Malta`s Prime Minister Joseph Muscat has told associates he plans to resign over the political and legal crisis stemming from the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, the Times of Malta reported on Friday.
Malta`s Prime Minister Joseph Muscat has told associates he plans to resign imminently, the Times of Malta reported on Friday.
On his final day in the office, Britain`s commissioner to the European Union said he would miss the occasional kiss from his boss Jean-Claude Juncker.
CAIRO – 29 November 2019: Joe Kaeser, CEO of Siemens AG, hailed President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi as an "extraordinary leader" and one of the "toughest" negotiators he has met around the world, in an interview with DMC published on Thursday.

"It`s always a pleasure to meet the president. He is an extraordinary leader for Egypt and, I believe, the African world," he stated. "He is surely the toughest negotiator if it comes … to the benefit of his people."

Kaeser referred to the president`s interest in the infrastructure and energy projects and health care, saying that these projects all focus on serving people and society.

He also hailed the president`s "legitimate interest to get the best deal for the Egyptian people and that`s exactly how he overtly has been negotiating."

Earlier in November, Sisi met with Kaeser and expressed his appreciation to the German company`s achievements concerning the implementation of developmental projects in Egypt, including the three power plants in Beni Suef, south of Cairo; the New Administrative Capital, east of Cairo; and in Kafr Al-Sheikh`s Burullus in northern Egypt.

Sisi said that Siemens is considered an important partner for Egypt in the latter`s development path.

The president expressed aspiration to continue and develop the existing partnership with Siemens in many areas related to the company`s experience and activity, including rapid transit, rail development and renewable energy. He also expressed hope for the country to benefit from the company`s capabilities in terms of the technical training.

Siemens has been one of Egypt`s key partners since President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi took post in 2014.

In July 2018, Sisi arrived in the New Administrative Capital to inaugurate four national megaprojects in the electricity sector.

The projects include three giant power plants carried out by Siemens, in the new capital, Beni Suef, and Burullus with a total capacity of 14400 megawatts, or about 50 percent of the electricity grid, in addition to the world’s biggest Gabal al-Zeit wind station.

The wind power plant in Gabal El-Zeit consists of three projects, including 390 wind turbines, with a capacity of 580 megawatts (MW).

As per Beni Suef station, it’s built on an area of 500,000 cubic meters. The project consists of four blocks (cycle vehicle) and each cycle produces 1200 MW, bringing the total output of the plant 4800 MW, each block contains 2 gas turbines and 2 boilers to restore energy and steam turbine.

Beni Suef station contributes by around 20 percent of the total electricity bound to the national network of electricity, especially as it operates with the highest generation efficiency of the world up to 60 percent.

Egypt’s national strategy targets to bring the contribution of electricity from renewable energy to 20 percent by the year 2022.

Moreover, Burullus station, which exists on a land of 250 feddans, will pump 4800 megawatts on Egypt’s electricity grid.
CAIRO – 29 November 2019: Egyptian authorities arrested six illegal migrants and three people for forming a migrant trafficking gang, announced the Egyptian Ministry of Interior in a statement on Friday.

The three migrant traffickers are belonging to a six-member migrant smuggling gang luring youngsters to travel abroad via the Mediterranean Sea for paying a sum of money that could range between LE 50,000 and 150,000 LE, the statement said.

According to the initial investigations, two members of the gang were working on attracting young people and asking for money, while two other members were responsible for getting forged travel documents. The rest of the gang is living abroad to receive the migrants in transit countries then to their final destinations, the statement added.

The authorities also confiscated a total of 35 forged passports, dozens of IDs and university certificates with different names and huge amount of money, the statement said.

On July 20, 2019, Public Prosecutor Nabil Sadeq referred six defendants in the lawsuit publicly known as “The Illegal Migration Gang” to urgent criminal trial.

The Public Prosecution revealed that the six defendants formed with others a criminal group for migrant smuggling and were preparing to smuggle a group of Egyptian youths to Italy, including minors.

In February, the Administrative Control Authority (ACA) and the Ministry of Interior collaborated to arrest 71 suspects affiliated with four gangs involved in migrant smuggling in Cairo, Giza, Beheira, Kafr al-Sheikh, and Gharbeya.

Thousands of people in Asia and Europe joined rallies demanding more action on climate change on Friday, aiming to force political leaders to come up with urgent solutions at a United Nations conference next week.
Malta turned down a request on Friday to pardon a businessman over the murder of a journalist, in return for testimony his lawyers said would implicate senior government figures.
Malta freed the businessman at the centre of the investigation into the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia on police bail on Friday, and police sources said he would continue to be closely monitored to ensure he does not flee.
Rescue workers sifted through the rubble of a hotel by the Adriatic Sea for possible survivors on Friday, three days after a 6.4-magnitude destroyed the six-storey building and many others in the Albanian port of Durres and surrounding areas.
TIRANA - 29 November 2019: The operation to find survivors and recover bodies from Albania`s deadly earthquake was winding down Friday, with rescue crews limiting their efforts to a collapsed beachfront hotel in the port town of Durres as the death toll climbed to 49, ABC news reported.

About 2,000 people were injured in Tuesday’s 6.4-magnitude pre-dawn quake, said Health Minister Ogerta Manastirliu, after information was collected from hospitals, small health centers, homes and those now staying in tents.

Hundreds of aftershocks, with at least three of magnitudes greater than 5, have rattled the country and complicated rescue efforts.
CAIRO - 29 November 2019: The cabinet media center dismissed reports circulated about a large number of school students in Assiut governorate getting infected by Hepatitis C.

The media center said in a report Friday that it has contacted the Ministry of Health, which denied these reports, stressing that the health situation in all Egyptian schools is completely safe.

The ministry highlighted the state’s keenness to eradicate Hepatitis C in line with the national plan to confront this disease, pointing out to the 100 Million Health presidential initiative.

It also called on media outlets and social media users to be careful and verify the accuracy of any information before being published.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Friday he wanted to keep in place preparations the government has made for the possibility of a no-deal Brexit.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson`s Conservative Party has seen its lead over the opposition Labour Party narrow to eight points from 10 a week ago, according to a poll by Panelbase, the latest of several polls to show a slight tightening of the race.

In a bid towards women empowerment, Sudan abolished its ‘Public Order’ law – a law that dictated how women dress and act in public -which was put in place by ousted President Omar Al Bashir.

The ‘Public Order Act’ was instated in 1996 in Khartoum, seven years after the Islamist backed party of Bashir took power through a military coup. It punishes the violators through flogging, heavy fines and up to five years imprisonment.

According to human rights organizations, the Bashir regime used the Public Order Act as a weapon against women in particular. Security forces arrested women for “the most insignificant reasons”, such as attending private parties, wearing trousers, not wearing hijab in public, or mingling with men.

Sudan’s state news agency SUNA said that after a 14-hour session on Thursday, the decree was abolished alongside the National Congress Party – Bashir’s ruling regime.

On his official Twitter account, Prime Minister Abdalla Hamadok described the law as “notorious for being used as a tool of exploitation, humiliation & violation of rights. Many have used this law for financial & psychological exploitation.”

He added that “Along the way a lot of women and youth endured confiscation of their belongings and unforgettable harm… I pay tribute to the women and youth of my country who have endured the atrocities that resulted from the implementation of this law.”

The law also imposed heavy penalties on alcohol drinkers and their makers, and was also used to hunt down “tea ladies” who sell tea and food on the sidewalks.

Since the formulation of a transitional government, Sudanese women – who have been on the forefronts of the revolution – have seen major power. Four Sudanese women were appointed as ministers out of eighteen positions formed on the 5th of September: Asma’a Mohammed Abdullah will assume the role of Foreign Minister, Intisar al-Zain Saghirun as Minister of Higher Education, Lina al-Shaikh Mahjoub as Minister of Labor and Human Resources Development, and Wala’a Essam al-Boushi as Minister of Youth and Sports.

In 30 June 1989, the ousted Sudanese president Omar El Bashir was sworn in to power  in a coup. 30 years later he was toppled after 4 months of protests and a mass sit-in.

The protests were triggered by recent economic hardships leaving civilians hopeless. Prices of bread have doubled to three pound per piece of bread. The limited supply of petrol has queued citizens for hours at gas stations across the country and empty ATMs have left people cashless. The highest price for 1 USD equals SDG 72 in the black market as of April 2019, up from around SDG 20 in last January 2018.

The chants “zanagat, zanagat”, which roughly translates to it got too tight, took over the streets of Atbara where they burned down the National Council Party headquarters in December 2018.

A growing geopolitical rivalry in the Arctic between the United States, China and Russia is increasing tensions in the area, Denmark`s Defence Intelligence Service said on Friday.
Hong Kong police on Friday withdrew from the wreckage of a university campus damaged in weeks of clashes, as pro-democracy activists canvassed social media for support for more rallies at the weekend.
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