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chemical factory blast


At least 12 people were injured and taken to hospital after an explosion on Thursday night in a chemicals factory outside Egypt’s main airport in Cairo.

A plume of smoke could be seen rising from at the scene of the explosion:

Egyptian army spokesman said the blast was caused by high temperatures in a storage facility belonging to a local petrochemicals company.

Aviation Minister Younis al-Masri said air traffic at the airport was unaffected by the explosion, which could be heard across the area.

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Fifa boss ‘sad Africa is out of the World Cup’


Fifa boss Gianni Infantino has told the BBC that he is sad no African team made it to the knock-out stages of the World Cup.

All five African teams – Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal and Tunisia – exited this year’s competition in the group stages.

“The World Cup is for the whole world and the African teams were very, very close at the end.

An Asian [team] made it – an African not – but I think they will be ready soon for the next one.”

With regard to criticism over fair play rulings, the Fifa president said there would be a debrief after the tournament to see if anything could be done better.

After Japan and Senegal finished level on points, goals scored and goal difference, the Africans became the first team to exit a World Cup because of their disciplinary record.

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Salah scores but Egypt lose to Saudis


Mohamed Salah scored his second goal of the World Cup but Egypt ended their campaign pointless with defeat by Saudi Arabia at Volgograd Arena.

The Liverpool forward gave Egypt the lead with a brilliant lob over keeper Yasser Al-Mosailem in the 22nd minute.

Egypt’s Essam El Hadary, 45, became the oldest player to feature at a World Cup and saved Fahad Al Muwallad’s penalty.

However, he could not stop Salman Al Faraj’s spot-kick and was beaten again by Salem Al Dawsari with seconds left.

A fantastic penalty save and two good reaction saves from second-half headers – he might have ended up on the losing side but both he and his country will remember his World Cup debut for years to come

By ZTF

Egypt to import rice for first time in decades


Egypt will start importing rice, a crop it has exported for decades.

The government has recently decided to reduce local cultivation of water-intensive crops and imposed hefty fines for illegal rice growing.

Cairo is worried that its share of the Nile water will be reduced by the Renaissance Dam, which Ethiopia is constructing upstream.

Prime Minister Sherif Ismail said his government would increase rice supplies in order to avoid any shortages in the market.

By Emmanuel Emeaba

Egyptian cinema icon dies aged 97


Tributes have been paid after one of the icons of Arab cinema – Madiha Yousry – died in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, aged 97.

During a career spanning seven decades, Yousry starred in more than 90 films and a dozen soap operas.

Nicknamed The Dusky Lady of the Nile, Youssry’s first role was in the 1942 film No Love and her last was in the movie The Terrorist in 1994.

She played alongside some of the greatest names of her time, including Omar Sharif.

In 1998 she became a member of the upper chamber of the Egyptian parliament.

Yousry married four times and had one son, who died in a car crash at the age of 26.

Source: Tarama Chahin

Sisi orders Gaza border opened


Egypt’s president, Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, has ordered the opening of the border with Gaza for the whole month of Ramadan.

President al-Sisi said the measure was aimed at alleviating the burdens of the population of Gaza.

Egypt opens the Rafah border with the Palestinian territory at regular intervals but this would be the longest single opening in several years.

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Top 10 richest countries in Africa 2018 Edition rated


Africa is home to some of the richest countries in the world, in part due to its oil-rich soil and human capital. With GDPs going up as high as $594.257 Billion.
According to statistics provided by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), these are currently, according to the figures provided at the time, the Top 10 richest countries in Africa.

1. Nigeria: GDP: $594.257 billion

The most populous country in Africa is a major contender on this list, its manufacturing sector being the third largest in Africa while it contributes a considerable share of the world’s oil. Taking into account this country’s population of 170 million, Nigeria is on track to becoming one of the 20 largest economies in the world by 2020, make i hear.

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2. South Africa: GDP: $341.216 billion

South Africa is popularly known for its mineral resources such as gold and diamond but the Gold Rush ended back in the 19th century. There are more things to look forward to in South Africa besides its jewels. Major cities like Johannesburg and Cape Town offer a unique experiences that can offer scenic routes to mountain ranges by the ocean.

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3. Egypt: GDP: $284.860 billion

Egypt has one of the longest histories of any modern country, arising in the tenth millennium BCE as one of the world’s first nation states.

4. Algeria: GDP: $227.802 billion

Oil and gas exports have placed Algeria on this list. Much of its wealth is received from oil deposits deep within the North African soil. Also rich in natural minerals, it is suggested that the ancient Romans collected stones and marbles from quarries in what is now known as Algeria. You can find onyx, red and white marbles, iron, lead, and zinc in large quantities. It’s capital city, Algiers offers rare beauty in the intricate architecture of its most famous buildings.

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5. Morocco: GDP: $112.552 billion

Morocco was named the first most competitive economy in North Africa. Tourism, telecoms, textiles and agriculture are Morocco’s biggest biggest money pullers.

6. Sudan: GDP: $112.552 billion

More than once, we have mentioned oil and gas as the main source of income for countries on this list. Sudan also falls into that category but in a more diverse way. It depends on oil but with a third of its GDP contributed by agriculture. Cotton and peanuts constitute its major agricultural exports. You may not notice a “Made in Sudan” tag on the shirt you buy in Khartoum but cotton from Sudan has fueled the textile industry in many parts of the world.

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7. Kenya: GDP: $53.40 billion

The capital, Nairobi, is a regional commercial hub. The economy of Kenya is the largest by GDP in Southeast and Central Africa. Agriculture is a major employer; the country traditionally exports tea and coffee and has more recently begun to export fresh flowers to Europe. The service industry is also a major economic driver. Kenya is a member of the East African Community. Compared to other African countries, Kenya enjoys relatively high political and social stability.

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8. Angola: GDP: $49.857 billion

Angola has a large deposit of oil and gas resources, diamonds, and bountiful agricultural land. Still recovering from the 27-year civil war that lasted from 1975-2002, Angola has made efforts to revive its economy with heavy oil and agricultural exports. Cities like Luanda are undergoing major reconstruction to make Angola a top African destination.

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9. Libya: GDP: $49.341 billion

The Libyan economy depends primarily upon revenues from the oil sector, which accounts for 80% of GDP and 97% of exports. Libya holds the largest proven oil reserves in Africa and is an important contributor to the global supply of light, sweet crude.Apart from petroleum, the other natural resources are natural gas and gypsum.The International Monetary Fund estimated Libya’s real GDP growth at 122% in 2012 and 16.7% in 2013, after a 60% plunge in 2011.

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10. Tunisia: GDP: $49.122 billion

Oil, tourism and car manufacturing parts are the name of the game in Tunisia. It is one of the wealthiest countries in Africa so you won’t wander too far into its cities like Tunis before finding a pleasant spot to relax. The city is covered with bits of opulence from as far back as the 12th century. Year-round sunshine and the affordable Tunisian lifestyle have drawn tourists here who now call this place home.

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