Egyptian president sacks intelligence chief, appoints replacement

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi has fired the country’s chief spy and temporarily assigned his confidante and office director Abbas Kamel as director. (AFP)
Updated 18 January 2018
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Egyptian president sacks intelligence chief, appoints replacement

CAIRO: Egypt’s president has fired the country’s chief spy and assigned a confidante and head of his office to run the General Intelligence Directorate Agency temporarily.
Thursday’s one-line statement from President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi’s office gave no reason why Khaled Fawzi was removed from office. The Egyptian president seldom explains decisions pertaining to national security or foreign relations.
The statement says the president’s confidante and office director Abbas Kamel, a retired army general who works behind the scenes, would run the agency until a new director is found.
Egypt’s General Intelligence Directorate is the country’s equivalent of the US Central Intelligence Agency, but it has also taken tasks that normally fall under the mandate of a domestic security agency.
The agency’s chiefs have traditionally hailed from the military.


Indian oil tanker suffers explosion off Oman, 3 crew missing

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Indian oil tanker suffers explosion off Oman, 3 crew missing

  • Indian shipping company says one of its crude oil tankers suffered an explosion off the coast of Oman
  • The Shipping Corporation of India says the explosion struck the MT Desh Vaibhav on Tuesday in the Gulf of Oman

DUBAI, UAE: An Indian shipping company says one of its crude oil tankers suffered an explosion off the coast of Oman and three of its sailors are missing.
The Shipping Corporation of India says the explosion struck the MT Desh Vaibhav on Tuesday in the Gulf of Oman while it was en route to Fujairah on the eastern coast of the United Arab Emirates.
The shipper says one crew member suffered burns in the blast and was evacuated by helicopter. It says the Omani navy and other ships responded to the fire.
A subsequent stock disclosure filed by the shipper said: “The fire has been extinguished and the ship is fully manned and operational.”
The company did not identify the nationalities of the missing. A company spokesman declined to comment Wednesday.