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CAIRO, June 5, 2018 - Prime Minister Sherif Ismail filed the resignation of his government to President Abdel Fattah El Sisi on Tuesday evening, two days after President Abdel Fattah El Sisi was officially sworn in for a second term until 2022, Presidency Spokesman Bassam Rady said Tuesday.

The spokesman said that President Sisi instructed the old government to continue its regular work until a new government is formed.



CAIRO, June 5, 2018 (MENA) - The Egyptian government has decided to import needed quantities of rice to meet market demands and match the same high quality of the locally produced rice.

The move aims to control the market and increase the supply.

The decision was taken at a meeting that Prime Minister Sherif Ismail held on Tuesday, in the presence of the ministers of supply and agriculture along with representatives of several competent bodies.

During the meeting, the prime minister asserted that all needed measures will be taken to boost the supply of rice products in the market and prevent bottlenecks in the coming phase.

The prime minister has assigned the Finance Ministry to make needed studies for the establishment of a special crisis management unit to address price fluctuations at the global markets, especially when it comes to importing basic strategic commodities including petroleum, crude oil and wheat products.

HAVANA, May 25, 2018 (News Wires) - One of the survivors of the plane crash just outside Havana airport last week died early on Friday, state-run media cited the Cuban government as saying, raising the death toll from one of Cuba's worst air disasters to 112.

Emiley Sanchez, a 40-year old Cuban from the eastern city of Holguin where the Boeing 737 had been heading, died in a hospital in the capital due to “severe traumatic lesions and burns” suffered in the accident.

“Her state was extremely critical with a unfavorable prognostic and on a progressive downwards path that we could not reverse,” the Health Ministry said in a statement read on state-run radio station Radio Reloj.

Three Cuban women had originally survived when the Boeing 737 crashed shortly after takeoff and burst into flames. Two of them have now died, leaving one survivor fighting for her life.

The plane had been leased by the little-known Mexican company, Damojh, to Cuba's flagship carrier Cubana, and all but 11 of 113 passengers on board were Cuban.

The foreigners were seven Mexicans including the crew, two Argentine tourists, and two Sahrawis from a disputed area in the Western Sahara who were resident in Cuba.

Cuba is leading the probe into the crash, together with Mexican and US investigators, and has retrieved the black box with flight data and voice recordings from the cockpit.


ROME, May 21, 2018 (Reuters) - Italy's anti-establishment 5-Star Movement and the far-right League party will meet with President Sergio Mattarella on Monday, when they are expected to seek his backing for their prime minister candidate.

Mattarella must sign off on their premier pick before the two parties can begin to put together a coalition government that could face confidence votes in parliament later this week.

The 5-Star delegation will meet Mattarella at his palace at 5:30pm (15:30GMT), with the League group going in half-an-hour later, a statement from Mattarella's office said.

ROME, May 7, 2018 (Reuters) - The leader of Italy's anti-establishment 5-Star Movement said on Monday his party would not back any stop-gap, technocrat government put together to end two months of political deadlock.

Speaking to reporters after meeting with President Sergio Mattarella, Luigi Di Maio said if it is not possible to put together a government based on a political deal between 5-Star and the far-right League, then a snap repeat election should be held.

BUDAPEST, May 7, 2018 (Reuters) - Hungary's President Janos Ader has asked Viktor Orban to form his new government and proposed on Monday that parliament should elect Orban prime minister for a new four-year term.

Orban, 54, who was reelected for a third straight term in elections last month, told a news conference that his government's main task would be "to preserve Hungary's security and Christian culture".

Parliament will hold its first session on Tuesday. Orban's right-wing nationalist Fidesz party holds 133 of 199 seats.

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