- Egypt Independent
As part of the “Cairo Days for Drama” event currently running in Paris, acclaimed Egyptian actress Yousra and late actor Farid Shawky have been honored by the Arab World Institute on Monday for their distinguished contributions to Egyptian cinema. To celebrate his 100th birthday Rania Farid Shawky, the actor's daughter and an accomplished actress on her right, attended the ceremony to accept the award on behalf of her father. Shawky's contribution to Egyptian cinema covered 361 movies, 12 theatrical plays and 12 TV series, according to IMDB. Some of his best known roles are Cemile (1968), al fatawa (1957) and Amir al-Inteqam (1950). Set to run from February 16 until February 19 and organized
- Egypt Independent
DUBAI (Reuters) - Confrontation with America, economic hardship and an airline tragedy have battered Iranians' confidence in their leaders, posing a potential problem for the authorities in a parliamentary election this week. As the Feb. 21 vote nears, Iranians are in a gloomy mood, exhausted by a succession of crises that have helped to shred the hopes for a better life they harbored only four years ago. That does not bode well for leaders seeking a big turnout at the ballot box: In their view, crowded polling stations would signal to arch-foe Washington that Iran is unbowed by sanctions and the killing of a prominent general in a U.S. strike. Allies of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
Fearing a low turnout in the parliamentary elections scheduled for Friday, President Hassan Rouhani urged Iranians once more on Sunday to vote. “Anyone who goes to the polls will be complicit in the regime's killing of the revolutionary youth and would be endorsing the regime and its crimes,” said 12 female activists, imprisoned in Tehran's notorious Evin prison, in a joint statement published on Monday.
- Arabian Business
Emirates airline has launched a spring holiday sale, urging UAE travellers to see the world at cheaper prices. Return flights to New York start from AED3,995, with business class AED18,995; there's also London Heathrow (AED2,275, AED11,985); Male (AED2,945, AED6,525); Mumbai (AED885, AED3,025); Barcelona (AED2,495, AED6,525); Moscow (AED1,995, AED10,995); Los Angeles (AED4,795, AED21,995); and Oslo (AED2,595, AED12,995). Travellers looking to stay in the Middle East can take advantage of flights to Jeddah (AED1,195, AED5,315); and Amman (AED1,695, AED5,985). The offer is valid for tickets bought until February 29, for travel until June 15. A statement from the company said: “Customers across
A US Senator held secret meetings with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif last week, according to an unnamed source briefed by the French delegation to the Munich Security Conference, reported the Federalist. Democratic Senator Chris Murphy is the latest Western official to meet Iranian regime officials in the months after Iran shot down a Ukrainian passenger plane that killed all 176 people on board. Last week, Zarif met with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, sparking criticism online.
NMC Health Plc, an operator of hospitals in the United Arab Emirates targeted by short seller Muddy Waters, said founder and co-Chairman Bavaguthu Raghuram Shetty resigned after he was excluded from board discussions for possibly misrepresenting his holdings in the company. Shetty stepped down with immediate effect, along with Chief Investment Officer Hani Buttikhi and board member Abdulrahman Basaddiq, the company said Monday.
- Egypt Independent
Egyptian security services arrested members of a criminal ring involved in human trafficking and facilitating the illegal harvesting, sale, and transplantation of human organs. A statement from Egypt's Interior Ministry on Tuesday said that three people had formed an organized criminal group involved in crimes related to human trafficking, according to investigations conducted by the Department for Combating Illegal Migration and Human Trafficking. One of the gang members created an account on Facebook to attract individuals wishing to transfer kidneys illegally to the group. The group was in communication with others wishing to sell one of their kidneys, taking advantage of their desperation