• Egypt Independent

    FIFA bribe allegations raise more questions over Qatar World Cup

    (Reuters) – The 2022 World Cup in Qatar, the only major scheduled football event left unchanged after this year's calendar was wrecked by the coronavirus, has become the focus of fresh FIFA corruption allegations after the release of a new US Department of Justice indictment. Suspicion and rumors have long surrounded the 2010 vote by FIFA's executive to hand the 2018 World Cup to Russia and the 2022 tournament to Qatar. But on Monday, for the first time, prosecutors set direct, formal allegations down in print. According to the prosecutors, representatives working for Russia and Qatar bribed FIFA executive committee officials to swing votes in the crucial decision of world football's governing

  • Egypt Independent

    Renowned Egyptian businessman Mansour al-Gammal dies

    Businessman Mansour al-Gammal died on Monday, his son Yahya announced. Sources said that he died of coronavirus. His death came a few days after his son announced that his case was worsening and that he had been placed on ventilator. Gammal was a renowned businessman with economic projects on multiple continents. He graduated from the Faculty of Law and obtained his PhD in Economics from the Sorbonne. Gammal began his career as a diplomat in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, then was appointed to the Arab League and promoted to the position of Head of Mission at the age of 28. The main reason for his resignation from the Arab League was the transfer of its headquarters to Tunisia after the Arab

  • Al Jazeera

    'Trump more dangerous than coronavirus': Iranian admiral

    An Iranian official has called US President Donald Trump "more dangerous than coronavirus" saying moves to block vital medical supplies to fight coronavirus from reaching Iran was tantamount to crimes against humanity. Rear Admiral Ali Shamkhani, secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, accused the American government of opposing efforts by the International Monetary Fund to assist Iran during the pandemic. "The sanction on health items is an illegal and inhumane act and a symbol of Trump's open hostility to the Iranian people," Shamkhani wrote in a tweet on Sunday. More: Biden joins fellow US Democrats in call for easing Iran sanctions US could rethink sanctions on Iran to help

  • english.alarabiya.net

    Coronavirus: Can it spread through air conditioning?

    As winter in the northern hemisphere turns to summer, air conditioning units begin to rattle into life as people begin to feel the heat. COVID-19 is from the same family as SARS, known as coronaviruses, and the two share many similarities. A study conducted in China earlier in the year on a cluster of coronavirus cases all originating from the same restaurant suggested that the virus did not spread through the air conditioning system.

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    US for first time designates white supremacists as foreign terrorist organization

    The United States on Monday branded a Russian far-right group as a foreign terrorist organization, the first time it has targeted white supremacists with tools regularly used against extremists. The State Department said that the Russian Imperial Movement runs paramilitary training camps in St. Petersburg and has drawn neo-Nazis from across the Western world.

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    US should stop preventing Iran from selling oil, says Iran FM Zarif

    The United States should stop preventing Iran from selling oil, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted on Tuesday. “What we want is for (US President Donald Trump) to STOPpreventing Iran from selling oil & other products, buying its needs & making & receiving payments,” he wrote on Twitter. Last Update: 12:50 KSA 15:50 - GMT 12:50

  • Al Jazeera

    The desperate final days of a domestic worker in Lebanon

    Beirut, Lebanon - On the morning of March 13, Faustina Tay sent a final desperate message to an activist group she had contacted about the abuse she was suffering at the hands of her Lebanese employers. "God please help me," the 23-year-old Ghanaian domestic worker wrote. About 18 hours later, she was found dead. More: The Lebanese revolution must abolish the kafala system Amnesty calls on Lebanon to end 'abusive' sponsorship system 'This Is Lebanon' webpage shames employers accused of maid abuse Tay's body was discovered in a car park under her employers' fourth-storey home in Beirut's southern suburbs, between 3 and 4am on March 14. A forensic doctor who examined her body found that her death