New Hosni Mubarak photo emerges weeks after the last one sparked Twitter row

The image is just one of few that have emerged of the former Egyptian leader since he was cleared in court of killing protesters. (Facebook)
Updated 09 September 2018
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New Hosni Mubarak photo emerges weeks after the last one sparked Twitter row

CAIRO: A new image of Hosni Mubarak circulated on social media just weeks after a rare photo emerged that sparked furious speculation about the former Egyptian  president.

The latest picture was originally posted on an unofficial Facebook account bearing his name that publishes pictures and memories of the former leader, who ruled Egypt for three decades before being forced from power in 2011 during Arab Spring protests.

The picture has been shared more than 400 times, with comments in the hundreds showing a mostly positive reaction to the former president.

The reaction was a contrast to a picture that emerged in late August, which showed Mubarak with a woman who claimed the photo was stolen from her personal mobile.

Many of the comments focussed on how Mubarak looked older and was carrying more weight. 

One newspaper commented on the price of the chair he was sitting on which led to backlash from many including Alaa Mubarak, the former president's son.

The new, perhaps more flattering image, shows him sat next to a table with what appears to be family pictures on it.

There have been few images of the 90-year-old since he was cleared of charges of killing protesters during the uprising. 

 


Ports deal is chance for Yemen peace talks, says UN envoy

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Ports deal is chance for Yemen peace talks, says UN envoy

  • Forces will initially be withdrawn from the smaller ports of Salif and Ras Issa
  • The second phase a withdrawal of 18 to 30 kilometers, depending on the location and fighters

NEW YORK: The expected pullout of forces from three key ports in Yemen provides an opportunity to move to the major goal of ending the four-year conflict that has created the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, the UN envoy for the war-battered country said on Tuesday.

Martin Griffiths told the UN Security Council that Yemen’s government and Houthi militias demonstrated that they are able to deliver on commitments they made in December in Stockholm by agreeing on the first phase of redeployment from the ports.

He said forces will initially be withdrawn from the smaller ports of Salif and Ras Issa, beginning “possibly” on Tuesday or Wednesday. This will be followed by a pullout from the major port of Hodeidah and critical parts of the city that will allow access to the Red Sea Mills, a major UN storage facility holding enough grain to feed 3.7 million people for a month, he said.

Griffiths called on the parties to fully implement the first phase and to agree on details of the second phase of the redeployment of forces, “which we hope will lead to the demilitarization” of Hodeidah, whose port handles about 70 percent of Yemen’s commercial and humanitarian imports.

A UN official said the first phase involves pulling back several kilometers, and the second phase a withdrawal of 18 to 30 kilometers, depending on the location and fighters. In some places in Hodeidah city, the opposing forces are facing each other about 100 meters apart, the official said.

The UN is appealing for more than $4 billion to assist 15 million Yemenis this year and UN Under-Secretary-General and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock implored donors to pledge generously at a conference next week in Geneva.