Egypt extends state of emergency for another 3 months

President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi’s latest renewal of the state of emergency was published in the official gazette on Tuesday. (AFP)
Updated 16 October 2018
0

Egypt extends state of emergency for another 3 months

CAIRO: Egypt has extended its state of emergency for another three months.
The government declared a state of emergency after a Daesh affiliate bombed two Coptic churches in April 2017, killing at least 44 people, and it has been renewed once before.
President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi’s latest renewal was published in the official gazette on Tuesday. Parliament is expected to approve it within seven days, and it has already taken effect.
Egypt has been battling militants for years, mainly in the restive northern Sinai, but the insurgency gained strength after the 2013 overthrow of an elected but divisive president. The militants have mainly targeted security forces and Christians.
In February, Egypt launched a massive nationwide security operation.


Pompeo: Hezbollah stands in the way of Lebanese people’s dreams

Updated 19 min 19 sec ago
0

Pompeo: Hezbollah stands in the way of Lebanese people’s dreams

BEIRUT: Hezbollah stands in the way of Lebanese people’s dreams and defies the state, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said during a press conference on Friday.  

He addded that the group puts Lebanon on the front lines of Iran’s proxy campaigns, and that it will take courage for Lebanon to stand up to Hezbollah’s criminality, terror and threats. 

Top US diplomat Mike Pompeo warned on Friday of Shiite militant group Hezbollah's "destabilising activities" as he visited Lebanon on a regional tour to build a united front against Iran.
He flew in from Israel a day after he became the first high-ranking American official to visit the Western Wall in annexed east Jerusalem with an Israeli prime minister.
His visit also came just hours after US President Donald Trump said Washington should recognise Israel's annexation of the Golan Heights, breaking with the policy of successive administrations as well as UN Security Council resolutions.