Diplomats from Egypt and Turkey concluded two days of talks in Cairo on May 6 to explore ways of normalizing relations between the two countries after eight years of political tension.

The discussions were the first high-level public talks between the two regional heavyweights since Egypt deposed Turkey’s Muslim Brotherhood ally Mohammed Morsi in 2013, a move that angered Ankara and led to a disruption in Egyptian-Turkish relations.

Both Cairo and Ankara expelled ambassadors in 2013 and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan launched several verbal attacks on his Egyptian counterpart.

Turkey also gave refuge to hundreds of members of the…

U.S. President Joe Biden will join a virtual summit of eastern European NATO states held in the Romanian capital Bucharest on Monday, Romanian President Klaus Iohannis said, with a focus on security in the Black Sea region and Ukraine.

The summit of the Bucharest Nine, a group of European countries on the eastern edge of NATO, will be jointly hosted by Iohannis and Poland’s President Andrzej Duda and aims at coordinating the security positions of countries in the region

Earlier this month, Washington said it could increase security help for Kyiv after Russia moved troops near its border with Ukraine’s eastern Donbass region, where Ukrainian troops are in conflict with Moscow-backed separatists.

In a surprising move, the Muslim Brotherhood in Libya announced that it had transformed into an association called “Renaissance and Renewal,” .

The step comes as a prelude to the Brotherhood’s running in the upcoming presidential and parliamentary elections. The Brotherhood said that the Renaissance and Renewal Association will fulfill its mission in the Libyan society through tireless work in various fields.

Munir Adeeb, an expert on extremist movements and international terrorism, said that the aim of the Muslim Brotherhood’s decision in Libya is to try to bring themselves back into the political scene after the Libyan people discovered that the group’s agenda was against the state.

Countries worldwide wrestling with new coronavirus surges are trying to ensure they aren’t hit by an India-style disaster. They face many of the same risks, including large populations that have shirked restrictions and fragile health systems shaken under the strain.

In a province along the Nile in southern Egypt, hospitals have been flooded with COVID-19 patients, a main hot spot in a third spike swelling across the country. Doctors in Sohag province warn the health system there could collapse, even as the government rushes in new supplies.

India has been hit by a catastrophic surge of COVID-19 infections after its…

The Secretary of the Egyptian Parliament’s Manpower Committee, MP Abdel Fattah Mohamed, said he has submitted a bill requiring the dismissal of public sector employees with links to the Muslim Brotherhood, local media reported.

The lawmaker said the draft law stipulates that if “following investigations” a civil servant is found to be a member of the Muslim Brotherhood “terrorist group” or to sympathise with it, he/she will be permanently dismissed from duty, the Al-Shorouk newspaper reported.

Egypt has classified the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist group, after overthrowing the country’s first democratically elected president, the late Mohamed Morsi who stemmed from the movement, in a bloody military coup in 2013.

Turkey and Egypt will try to improve strained ties at talks starting in Cairo on Wednesday after an eight-year rift which led them to back rival factions in Libya’s war and put them at odds in a dispute over east Mediterranean waters.

Relations between the regional powers have been tense since Egypt’s army toppled a democratically elected Muslim Brotherhood president close to Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan in 2013.

Both countries expelled ambassadors and Erdogan described Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi as a tyrant.

Afghan security forces fought back a huge Taliban offensive in southern Helmand province in the last 24 hours, officials and residents said on Tuesday, as militants launched assaults around the country following a missed U.S. deadline to withdraw troops.

Although the United States did not meet the May 1 withdrawal deadline agreed in talks with the Taliban last year, its pull-out has begun, with President Joe Biden announcing all troops will out by Sept. 11. Critics of the decision to withdraw say the militants will try to sweep back into power

The May 1 deadline for U.S. troops to pull out was agreed last year under former President Donald Trump. The Taliban rejected Biden’s announcement that troops would stay on past it but withdraw over the next four-and-a-half months.

As a recent surge in coronavirus cases continues to ravage India and batter its healthcare system, countries around the world have stepped in to support the Indian government in its battle against the Covid pandemic. Over 40 countries — including major powers like the US, Russia and France — have vowed to provide India with crucial Covid relief material over the next few weeks.

While the United Kingdom has already started sending ventilators and oxygen concentrators, the US has lifted a ban on the export of raw materials, which will help India produce more Covishield vaccines.

Several other countries are expected to send shipments of Covid relief material over the next few weeks.

Over 40 people were killed on Thursday night after a stampede broke out as massive crowds gathered at the Mount Meron religious gathering for the holiday of Lag Ba’omer, in what Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called a “heavy disaster”.

Tens of thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews had thronged to the Mount Meron tomb of 2nd-century sage Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai for annual Lag Baomer commemorations that include all-night prayer, mystical songs and dance. Most of the dead were said to be from the Toldot Aharon hassidic sect, based in Jerusalem.

Denmark has stripped at least 380 Syrian refugees of their residency permits after claiming that some parts of Syria are safe. Denmark claims to be one of the most equal countries in the world, but because the government recognizes that men are at risk of forced conscription into the Syrian army, women have been disproportionately targeted for case reviews by the immigration service. This means women are more likely to be told to return to Assad’s Syria, and elderly people are also at risk.

This comes after the Danish government decided that Damascus and its surrounding area are safe for…


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