Young Egyptians trudge through mud to clean up Nile

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Dr. Yasmine Fouad, Egypt's Environment Minister, carries bags of plastic waste during a campaign to clean up the Nile River sponsored by Egypt's environment ministry in cooperation with VeryNile and Greenish, in Cairo, Egypt February 10, 2019. Picture taken February 10, 2019. (Reuters)
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A volunteer collects waste and plastic as part of a campaign to clean up the Nile River sponsored by Egypt's environment ministry in cooperation with VeryNile and Greenish, in Cairo, Egypt February 10, 2019. Picture taken February 10, 2019. (Reuters)
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Egyptian youth volunteers collect waste and plastic as part of a campaign to clean up the Nile River sponsored by Egypt's environment ministry in cooperation with VeryNile and Greenish, in Cairo, Egypt February 10, 2019. Picture taken February 10, 2019. (Reuters)
Updated 11 February 2019
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Young Egyptians trudge through mud to clean up Nile

  • The teens and twenty-somethings also climbed into boats to reach trash floating through the center of Cairo

CAIRO: Hundreds of young Egyptians, including actress Mai El Gheity, trudged through the mud on the banks of the River Nile to collect tons of old plastic bags, bottles and other rubbish.
The teens and twenty-somethings also climbed into boats to reach trash floating through the center of Cairo during the “Youth for the Nile” clean-up — a program backed by the government and other groups to raise awareness of pollution.
Volunteer Dai Soliman worked on as people watched from a bridge.
“Those people above looking at us must have thought that they threw something in, and now there are some people who are collecting their garbage. So this is awareness, it is direct awareness in action,” she said.
The teams, most wearing the scheme’s white boots and blue and yellow gloves, collected three to four tons of waste on Saturday, the environment ministry said.
A report issued last year by government’s Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency said 150 million tons of industrial waste end up in the Nile every year.
Similar clean-ups are scheduled in Luxor, Aswan, Assiut and other provinces through the rest of the year.


Trump spoke with Abu Dhabi crown prince on Thursday: White House

Updated 19 April 2019
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Trump spoke with Abu Dhabi crown prince on Thursday: White House

  • The two leaders discussed Washington’s continued support for the UAE

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump spoke by phone on Thursday with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates, the White House said in a statement.
The two leaders discussed Washington’s “continued support for the United Arab Emirates’ national defense, strengthening alliances in the region, and the impact of the Administration’s crippling sanctions on Iran,” the statement said.
“They also spoke about UAE’s contributions to the global energy markets as a reliable supplier of oil,” it said.