Netanyahu cancels Colombia trip, citing Gaza situation

The border had been opened briefly to allow aid through. (Gali Tibbon/Pool via Reuters)
Updated 02 August 2018

Netanyahu cancels Colombia trip, citing Gaza situation

  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has canceled a trip to Colombia
  • Tensions have been high in recent weeks along the border between Israel and Gaza

JERUSALEM: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has canceled a trip to Colombia planned for next week due to the situation around the Gaza Strip, an Israeli official said on Thursday.
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, did not give further details. Netanyahu was due to travel to the Latin American country from Aug. 6-9.
Tensions have been high in recent weeks along the border between Israel and Gaza, an Islamist-controlled Palestinian territory.


Egypt’s iconic Tahrir Square to be renovated

Updated 21 August 2019

Egypt’s iconic Tahrir Square to be renovated

CAIRO: Egypt’s iconic Tahrir Square in downtown Cairo is about to receive a facelift as part of a project aimed at revitalizing several locations across the country’s vast capital and building on their appeal to the tourism market.

The square was the center of the 2011 uprising that toppled the country’s long-serving autocrat Hosni Mubarak. In 2013, protesters again took to the streets around the square when they called for the ousting of former President Mohammad Mursi.    

Now Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly has called for the historic site to be turned into a tourist destination.

The historic square was created in the 19th century, when it was initially named Ismailia Square. 

In 1952, a military-led revolution abolished the Egyptian monarchy and the square was renamed Tahrir Square, meaning liberation.