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COPENHAGEN, June 25, 2018 (MENA) - The Egyptian national handball team will be in Group D of the IHF Men’s Handball World Championship alongside with Sweden, Angola, Argentina, Hungry and Qatar, according to the results of the championship's draw, held in Copenhagen on Monday.

The national squad qualified to the tournament after coming in second place in the African Men's Handball Championship, as Tunisia achieved the first place.

The results of the draw came as follows:

- Group A: France - Russia - Germany - Serbia - Brazil - Korea

- Group B: Spain - Croatia - Macedonia - Iceland - Bahrain - Japan

- Group C: Denmark - Norway - Austria - Tunisia - Chile - Saudi Arabia

- Group D: Egypt - Sweden - Hungary - Argentina - Angola - Qatar

The 26th edition of the IHF Men’s Handball World Championship will take place from 10 to 27 January 2019 in Denmark and Germany.

In Germany the competition will take place across all four points of the compass – in the north, in Hamburg, in the east, in Berlin, in the west, in Cologne and in the far south, in Munich. In Denmark, matches will be played at the Jyske Bank Boxen in Herning and in Copenhagen, at the Royal Arena.

CAIRO, June 25, 2018 (MENA) - EgyptAir Cargo signed on Monday an agreement with Aeroflot airlines of Russia on serving and handling goods of Aeroflot.

President of EgyptAir Cargo company Bassem Gohar said that the step came withing a framework of promoting the national economy by opening new markets.

Aeroflot operates three flights to Cairo weekly. The Egyptian carrier expressed its readiness for providing full service for the Russian company to be a prelude to inking trade partnerships agreement between the both companies.

VOLGOGRAD, June 25, 2018 (News Wires) - Essam El Hadary, the oldest player ever to appear at a World Cup, marked his record achievement with one outstanding penalty save for Egypt but was powerless to stop a second in a 2-1 defeat by Saudi Arabia on Monday.

The 45-year-old goalkeeper flew to his right to make a spectacular stop in the 39th minute from Fahad Al-Muwallad’s spot-kick, awarded for handball, at the Volgograd Arena.

But Saudi Arabia scored deep into stoppage time in both halves, with Salem Al-Dawsari’s last-gasp winner securing their first World Cup victory since a run to the last 16 in 1994.

Mohamed Salah’s Egypt still have not recorded a World Cup finals win in three appearances, despite the Liverpool talisman’s superb opening goal.

El Hadary was 45 years and 161 days old when he took to the field as the two already-eliminated teams in Group A played only for pride.

He smashed the age record set by Colombia goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon, who was aged 43 years and three days when he played against Japan in Brazil in 2014.

Salah was named in the starting line-up as expected and thrilled an Egyptian-dominated crowd of 36,823 by opening the scoring in trademark fashion after 22 minutes.

The 26-year-old controlled a long ball over the top with one touch of his left boot at pace and did not break stride before lobbing a deft finish with the same foot over the onrushing goalkeeper Yasser Al-Mosailem.

The Egyptians were still clinging onto their lead when the Saudis were awarded a controversial second penalty deep into first-half stoppage time as Fahad appeared to pull the shirt of the covering Ali Gabr before going down in a heap.

But after a VAR-induced review that took almost five minutes to complete, Colombian referee Wilmar Roldan decided to stick with his original decision.

It was second time lucky from the spot as Salman Al-Faraj took responsibilty from 12 yards and El Hadary could not repeat his heroics as the first-half clock ticked past 51 minutes.

El Hadary made his debut for Egypt in 1996, a year before his Egyptian teammate Ramadan Sobhi was born.

He is older than three coaches at Russia 2018 - Roberto Martinez of Belgium, Serbia’s Mladen Krstajic and Aliou Cisse of Senegal.

The Pharoahs captain lived up to his nickname of “High Dam” with two stunning saves from headers in the second half.

But in the fifth minute of second-half injury-time, Al-Dawsari popped up in the box to beat El Hadary with the last kick of the match and secure a famous Saudi win.

CAIRO, June 25, 2018 (MENA) - Egypt's Planning Minister Hala el Saeed will participate in a forum on the future of economic relations between Egypt and France organized by the Arab World Institute and is set to kick off Monday with the participation of more than 200 prominent figures including senior government officials and businessmen.

Saeed has already headed for Paris within a framework of the importance of Egypt's presence on the international level to introduce the Egyptian economic reforms and exchange opinions and expertise, said a statement by the Planning Ministry on Monday.

The minister will partake in a round-table, titled by "The Economic Situation in Egypt: Challenges and Opportunities", on the macroeconomics situation in Egypt, added the statement.

The forum is held within the framework of the Egyptian season event, held by the institute, which also includes the exhibition "The epic of the Suez Canal, from Pharaohs era to the 21st century", marking the 150th anniversary of digging the canal.

It will also discuss topics relevant to the future of the Egyptian-French ties as four round-tables will be held for economic talks, read the statement.

CAIRO, June 25, 2018 (MENA) - Egypt's Culture Minister Enas Abdel-Dayem said that cultural events play key role in bringing various peoples together, terming them as “bridge for communication” between societies and individuals.

The culture minister made the remarks while inaugurating the Egyptian-Italian cultural activities taking place at the medieval Palazzo dei Papi, in the Italian city of Viterbo, according to a statement released by the ministry on Monday.

The minister asserted that strong and unique relations are binding Egypt and Italy, mainly in cultural and artistic domains, citing the great Italian cultural contribution to the artistic performances being given at Cairo Opera House as evidence.

The coming phase will witness further joint cultural activities, a move that stems from the great importance that Italian people attach to the Egyptian civilization and culture, Abdel-Dayem said.

For his part, the president of the Benedetti Cultural Foundation that is organizing the event, expressed appreciation for Abdel-Dayem and her ministry for accepting the invitation and calls by the Italians to intensify activities which reflect the Egyptian bright intellectual and artistic side.

He pointed out to the huge numbers of Italian and tourist audience who have flocked to the the medieval Palazzo dei Papi premises to attend the launching ceremony.

VOLGOGRAD, Russia, June 25, 2018 (MENA) - Egypt's goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary breaks the record and becomes the oldest player to participate at a World Cup at the age of 45.

The move comes after he was chosen to participate in Egypt's final match in Group A with Saudi Arabia at the age of 45 years and five months, beating the record of former Colombian goalkeeper Faryd Mondragón.

The Colombian goalkeeper was 43 years and three days when he played against Japan in 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

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