Egypt’s anti-graft tsar becomes public enemy number one

Egyptian judge Hisham Geneina estimates the cost of corruption at about 600 billion Egyptian pounds ($66 billion, 60 billion euros)Within three months, Egypt’s anti-corruption chief Hisham Geneina has been fired, charged with spreading false information and tried. “It’s as if uncovering corruption has become a crime,” Geneina, who headed Egypt’s Central Auditing Authority, says in his villa in a plush Cairo suburb. President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who had promised to tackle corruption, abruptly sacked the 62-year-old retired judge in March.

Egyptian judge Hisham Geneina estimates the cost of corruption at about 600 billion Egyptian pounds ($66 billion, 60 billion euros)Within three months, Egypt's anti-corruption chief Hisham Geneina has been fired, charged with spreading false information and tried. "It's as if uncovering corruption has become a crime," Geneina, who headed Egypt's Central Auditing Authority, says in his villa in a plush Cairo suburb. President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who had promised to tackle corruption, abruptly sacked the 62-year-old retired judge in March.


Air France to carry Paris 2024 bid logo on 10,000 flights

PARIS (AP) — Airliner Air France will pledge its support for the Paris bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games by displaying the bid logo on 10,000 flights before next year’s decision.

PARIS (AP) — Airliner Air France will pledge its support for the Paris bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games by displaying the bid logo on 10,000 flights before next year’s decision.

Yemen counter-terrorism mission shows UAE military ambition

UAE soldiers stand guard at the international airport of the southern port city of AdenBy William Maclean, Noah Browning and Yara Bayoumy ABU DHABI/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United Arab Emirates, one of Washington’s closest allies in the Middle East, is deploying its military against al Qaeda in Yemen, and in the process providing what some see as a badly-needed new template for counter-terrorism in Arab lands. UAE special forces are orchestrating the hunt for al Qaeda in remote deserts and mountains, adding the capability of Arab troops seasoned in war zones like Afghanistan and Somalia to a campaign long the preserve of the U.S. and Yemeni militaries. Suicide attacks killing 38 in Mukalla on Monday show the challenge.

UAE soldiers stand guard at the international airport of the southern port city of AdenBy William Maclean, Noah Browning and Yara Bayoumy ABU DHABI/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United Arab Emirates, one of Washington's closest allies in the Middle East, is deploying its military against al Qaeda in Yemen, and in the process providing what some see as a badly-needed new template for counter-terrorism in Arab lands. UAE special forces are orchestrating the hunt for al Qaeda in remote deserts and mountains, adding the capability of Arab troops seasoned in war zones like Afghanistan and Somalia to a campaign long the preserve of the U.S. and Yemeni militaries. Suicide attacks killing 38 in Mukalla on Monday show the challenge.


Turkey, Israel sign deal to normalize ties after six years

Turkish Foreign Minister Feridun Sinirlioglu addresses the media in AnkaraANKARA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Turkey and Israel signed a deal on Tuesday to restore ties after a six-year rift, formalizing an agreement which U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said sent a “hopeful signal” for regional stability. It was formally signed on Tuesday by Turkey’s Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Feridun Sinirlioglu in Ankara and Israel’s Foreign Ministry Director General Dore Gold in Jerusalem, officials said. Relations between Israel and what was once its principal Muslim ally crumbled after Israeli marines stormed an activist ship in May 2010 to enforce a naval blockade of the Hamas-run Gaza Strip and killed 10 Turks on board.

Turkish Foreign Minister Feridun Sinirlioglu addresses the media in AnkaraANKARA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Turkey and Israel signed a deal on Tuesday to restore ties after a six-year rift, formalizing an agreement which U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said sent a "hopeful signal" for regional stability. It was formally signed on Tuesday by Turkey's Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Feridun Sinirlioglu in Ankara and Israel's Foreign Ministry Director General Dore Gold in Jerusalem, officials said. Relations between Israel and what was once its principal Muslim ally crumbled after Israeli marines stormed an activist ship in May 2010 to enforce a naval blockade of the Hamas-run Gaza Strip and killed 10 Turks on board.


Palestinians say Israel caused their summer water shortage

In this Saturday, June 18, 2016 photo, a Palestinian man checks the water tank on the roof of his home after water supply was cut in the village of Salem near the West Bank city of Nablus. Palestinians in the West Bank have long faced shortages of water in the summer months. But this year, as they fast dawn-to-dusk amid scorching heat during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, many villagers in the north of the territory say Israel has intentionally cut the water flow to their taps. (AP Photo/ Majdi Mohammed)SALEM, West Bank (AP) — As Palestinians in the West Bank fast from dawn to dusk in scorching heat during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, tens of thousands of people have been affected by a drought that has greatly reduced the flow to their taps.

In this Saturday, June 18, 2016 photo, a Palestinian man checks the water tank on the roof of his home after water supply was cut in the village of Salem near the West Bank city of Nablus. Palestinians in the West Bank have long faced shortages of water in the summer months. But this year, as they fast dawn-to-dusk amid scorching heat during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, many villagers in the north of the territory say Israel has intentionally cut the water flow to their taps. (AP Photo/ Majdi Mohammed)SALEM, West Bank (AP) — As Palestinians in the West Bank fast from dawn to dusk in scorching heat during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, tens of thousands of people have been affected by a drought that has greatly reduced the flow to their taps.