Italy arrests Morsi’s former Minister of Legal affairs

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Former Minister of State for Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Mohamed Mahsoub wrote that Italian police detained him on Tuesday night, in preparation for handing him over to the Egyptian authorities.

“The Italian police have been holding me for three hours near the city of Catania at the request of the Egyptian authorities to extradite me…and refuse to disclose the charges brought against me,” a post from his Twitter account reads.

Although no official Italian or Egyptian body has announced Mahsoub’s detention, he was sentenced to three years in prison last December for publically insulting the Egyptian judicial authority.

In 2013, Mahsoub was the Minister of State for Legal and Parliamentary Affaris under former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi.

Following the toppling of Morsi that year, Egyptian authorities placed Mahsoub on a list of “terrorist entities”.

That September, the Cairo Criminal Court ordered the confiscation of his wealth, alongside 25 Muslim Brotherhood leaders who faced charges of sabotage, killing and violence.

Then on December 30 2017, the Cairo Criminal Court sentenced Mahsoub in absentia to three years in prison over charges of insulting the Egyptian judicial authority in TV and radio interviews.

24 other politicians and activists were handed the same ruling, including Morsi, political activist Alaa Abdel-Fattah, lawyer Montaser al-Zayat and journalist Abdel Halim Qandil.

 

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

 

Source : Egypt Independent

Situation sociopolitique au Cameroun: Paris soutient les efforts de paix

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Au cours de leur entretien hier au Palais de l’Unité, le président de la République, Paul Biya et l’ambassadeur de France ont passé en revue la situation sociopolitique au Cameroun.

«Unité, solidarité et diversité ». Ce triptyque a constitué la toile de fond de l’audience accordée hier par le président de la République, Paul Biya à l’ambassadeur de France au Cameroun. Le chef de l’Etat et Gilles Thibault ont passé en revue la coopération « très ancienne, intense, diversifiée et fructueuse » qui existe Paris et Yaoundé. La durée de l’audience, près de deux heures, illustre d’ailleurs la densité des sujets abordés et surtout la profondeur et la qualité des liens entre les deux Etats.
Dans une déclaration faite à la presse au sortir de son entrevue avec le président Paul Biya, Gilles Thibault a souligné que le chef de l’Etat camerounais, qui a suivi avec beaucoup d’intérêt le déroulement de la Coupe du monde de football, Russie 2018, lui a présenté à nouveau, ses félicitations et celles du Cameroun pour la victoire de l’équipe nationale française à cette compétition. Pour le diplomate français, l’équipe nationale de son pays, qui était ainsi sur le toit du monde, s’était fondée « sur des valeurs de solidarité, de défense de l’intérêt général, de promotion des valeurs d’engagement ». En célébrant la diversité qui caractérise l’équipe de France, l’ambassadeur Gilles Thibault souligne que « tous les joueurs sans exception, se revendiquaient comme Français sans rejeter leurs origines quelles qu’elles soient ». « Tous ont chanté La Marseillaise. C’est un bel exemple qui montre  que la réussite collective naît de l’union plutôt que des désunions », analyse-t-il.
Le diplomate français utilisera d’ailleurs cette image de diversité qu’incarne l’équipe nationale de football française pour réaffirmer son appréciation à la diversité historique qui caractérise la nation camerounaise. Evoquant la situation sociopolitique dans les régions du Nord-Ouest et du Sud-Ouest,  l’ambassadeur de France a réitéré la constante position de la France sur cette crise. Pour lui, « ce qui fait la force et la qualité du Cameroun, c’est sa diversité acquise de longue date et la capacité de tous les Camerounais à  vivre ensemble ». Ces valeurs, poursuit-il « ne doivent pas être perdues de vue ». Gilles Thibault engage tous les Camerounais à cultiver les valeurs de paix et de dialogue.  Il faut, conclut-il, «  retrouver des conditions de vie décentes pour les populations du Nord-Ouest et du Sud-Ouest et mener un travail de fond et une profonde réflexion».
Le chef de l’Etat et l’ambassadeur de France ont également échangé sur le prochain sommet sur la paix prévu du 12 au 14 novembre 2018 à Paris à l’initiative du président français Emmanuel Macron. Il sera question à cette importante rencontre de jeter des pistes de réflexion sur des  forces  de désunion et des replis identitaires qui remettent aujourd’hui en cause les règles et  les traités internationaux.
Enfin, la situation sécuritaire du Cameroun à l’Extrême-Nord et à l’Est du Cameroun a été au centre des échanges. Malgré d’importants progrès sur le front de la lutte contre Boko Haram, Gilles Thibault souligne qu’il est important de maintenir une vigilance accrue surtout avec le retour de la saison des pluies.

 

Cameroon-Tribune

Sogeri National High School Gets ICT Boost

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600 students and 29 teachers of Sogeri National High School will have access to better Information and Communication Technology (ICT) infrastructure thanks to the joint support of the PNG-Australia partnership in education.

The ICT resources provided to the school include the setup of 40 computers with software installation, wireless internet access and installation of a server and storage.
The support also includes the installation of a digital library commonly known as the E-Granary, which stores up to thirty-two million valuable learning and teaching resources. These can be used at the school to support teaching and learning across all subjects in the curriculum.

National Department of Education First Assistant Secretary, Maxton Essy, and Australian High Commission First Secretary – Education and Leadership, Janelle Denton, officially launched the ICT resources at the school on Wednesday 25 July.

Ms Denton said, “I am very pleased to be here representing the Government of Australia as just one piece of this large and complex puzzle, working together with you all to improve learning across Papua New Guinea.”

Of course, this equipment is only as what you do with it and I encourage you to make the most of these resources to support your studies.”

The new infrastructure is part of a broader partnership between the Governments of Papua New Guinea and Australia in the education sector, which focuses on learning in the early grades, skills and leadership.

Source: http://news.pngfacts.com

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern arrives in Wellington with baby Neve

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Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has arrived in Wellington after six weeks on maternity leave.

Ardern touched down in the capital city about 1pm today with partner Clarke Gayford and baby Neve.

A small crowd of curious onlookers had gathered by the time Ardern arrived.

They cheered and applauded as she came through the gate.

Ardern thanked everyone gathered for the “warm welcome”.

“That’s one flight down, probably a few hundred to go,” she said, holding Neve.

A chorale group from Nayland College were coincidentally at the airport waiting to fly out to Melbourne for a competition, and began singing for Ardern as she left.

She posed for a photo with the group before leaving.

“It’s good to be ready to get stuck in,” she told media.

The couple will spend the rest of their weekend getting Premier House ready for a baby “for, I guess, the first time it’s probably had a little one there”.

She formally took back the reins as Prime Minister on Wednesday night and is now moving into Premier House in Wellington.

Ardern and Gayford will be pulling together secondhand furniture friends have passed onto them for Neve.

When asked whether Premier House had any work done on it to prepare it for Neve’s arrival, Ardern said “not unless you count a second hand cot”.

Ardern was also asked about alt-right speakers Stefan Molyneux and Lauren Southern’s arrival in New Zealand.

She said there were no grounds to block them from being here, but that she was “quite proud” their views were not shared by New Zealand.

Ardern will get back into her role as Prime Minister by covering off cabinet papers and focusing on the government’s top priorities.

Ardern’s absence from Parliament left Acting Prime Minister Winston Peters in charge. In an interview with the Herald, Ardern said he had acted admirably.

Peters took over the role six weeks ago when Ardern became the second Prime Minister in the world to give birth while in office.

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