Cyprus bomb suspect linked to Hezbollah

Updated 29 May 2015

Cyprus bomb suspect linked to Hezbollah

NICOSIA: A Lebanese-Canadian man detained in Cyprus after two tons of potential bomb-making material was found in his home was reported by media Friday to be a member of the militant group Hezbollah.
The Phileleftheros newspaper said the 26-year-old man, who was remanded in custody Thursday, belonged to the Lebanese organization’s military wing and had personal links to Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah.
The daily said the man, who has not been named, arrived in Cyprus last week for what he described as a holiday. He was arrested on Wednesday following a period of surveillance and more than 400 boxes of ammonium nitrate — a fertilizer that when mixed with other substances can be used to make explosives — was discovered at his home in Larnaca.
The suspect reportedly told police he knew the material was in his basement but claimed it was not his.
The Politis daily said authorities had not ruled out that the suspect was planning an attack on Israeli targets on the Mediterranean resort island, which attracts thousands of visitors from nearby Israel each year.
“We are investigating every possibility and any links to extremism, if they exist, will be investigated and evaluated,” said Justice Minister Ionas Nicolaou.
Police sources say the man faces possible charges of conspiracy to commit a crime, membership of a terrorist organization and illegal possession and transfer of explosive materials.


Egyptian ministry launches mobile app

Egyptian police guard in front of the new government district in the New Administrative Capital (NAC) east of Cairo, Egypt May 2, 2019. (REUTERS)
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Egyptian ministry launches mobile app

  • The app is available for Android users, and officials are working on making it available for iOS users as well, communications expert Ashraf El-Wardany told Arab News

CIARO: The Ministry of Immigration and Egyptian Expatriates Affairs has launched Kallem Masr (Call Egypt), a mobile app to facilitate communication with citizens living abroad.
Nabila Makram, minister of immigration and Egyptian expatriates affairs, said the free app includes a monthly electronic magazine issued by the ministry in both Arabic and English.
The app is available for Android users, and officials are working on making it available for iOS users as well, communications expert Ashraf El-Wardany told Arab News.
Android users can download the app from Google Play. Its sections include questions and answers, contact us, complaints, an interactive map of locations of embassies and consulates, and a news section on the ministry’s activities.

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Android users can download the app from Google Play. Its sections include questions and answers, contact us, complaints, an interactive map of locations of embassies and consulates, and a news section on the ministry’s activities.

Islam El-Souissi, an Egyptian community leader in Rome, praised the app, saying “all Egyptians living abroad are expressing their great happiness” about it.
But some Egyptians who visited the app’s page on Google Play said it is not available in some countries such as Sweden. Others complained that they had problems logging in.