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cairo - cairo airport officials say seven u.s.-bound migrants — six from iraq and one from yemen — have been prevented from boarding an egyptair flight to new york’s jfk airport.the officials said the action urday by the airport was the first since president donald trump imposed a three-month ban on refugees from seven muslim-majority countries: iraq, syria, iran, sudan, libya, somalia and yemen.advertisement | advertise on newsdaythe officials said the seven migrants, escorted by officials from the u.n. refugee agency, were stopped from boarding the plane after authorities at cairo airport contacted their counterparts in jfk airport.the officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief the media.






the latest: first would-be migrants to us grounded in cairo


cairo — the latest on u.s. president donald trump and his ban on refugees from muslim-majority countries (all times local):3 p.m.cairo airport officials say seven u.s.-bound migrants — six from iraq and one from yemen — have been prevented from boarding an egyptair flight to new york's jfk airport.the officials said the action urday by the airport was the first since president donald trump imposed a three-month ban on refugees from seven muslim-majority countries: iraq, syria, iran, sudan, libya, somalia and yemen.the officials said the seven migrants, escorted by officials from the u.n. refugee agency, were stopped from boarding the plane after authorities at cairo airport contacted their counterparts in jfk airport.the officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not autho






first would-be migrants on their way to the u.s. are grounded in cairo


captioncurves, craftsmanship and cl | 2017 grand national roadster show in pomonathirteen custom cars will compete for the “america's most beautiful roadster” award, vying for a 9-foot-tall trophy and $10,000 in prize money. (gina ferazzi / los angeles times)thirteen custom cars will compete for the “america's most beautiful roadster” award, vying for a 9-foot-tall trophy and $10,000 in prize money. (gina ferazzi / los angeles times)






first would-be migrants to the u.s. grounded in cairo


captioncurves, craftsmanship and cl | 2017 grand national roadster show in pomonathirteen custom cars will compete for the “america's most beautiful roadster” award, vying for a 9-foot-tall trophy and $10,000 in prize money. (gina ferazzi / los angeles times)thirteen custom cars will compete for the “america's most beautiful roadster” award, vying for a 9-foot-tall trophy and $10,000 in prize money. (gina ferazzi / los angeles times)






first would-be migrants to u.s. grounded in cairo


trump suspends admission of refugees, increases vetting of muslims; vows priority for christianscarol morellopresident donald trump signed an order friday to suspend admission of all refugees for 120 days while a new system is put in place to tighten vetting for those from predominantly muslim countries and give preference to religious minorities. trump said that the goal is to screen out "radical islamic...president donald trump signed an order friday to suspend admission of all refugees for 120 days while a new system is put in place to tighten vetting for those from predominantly muslim countries and give preference to religious minorities. trump said that the goal is to screen out "radical islamic... (carol morello)






men held at jfk, migrants to u.s. grounded in cairo


new york - immigration lawyers sued on urday to block president donald trump’s order halting the entry of refugees and foreign nationals from seven predominantly muslim countries to the united states, saying numerous people have already been unlawfully detained.the lawyers from numerous immigration organizations and the american civil liberties union sued in federal court in brooklyn, new york, on behalf of two iraqi men, one a former u.s. government worker and the other the husband of a former u.s. security contractor.most popular nation storiesthe two men had visas to enter the united states but were detained on friday night at new york’s john f. kennedy international airport, hours after trump’s executive order put a four-month hold on allowing refugees into the united states and tempor






delta u.s. flights grounded due to 'automation issues'


delta flights groundedbranden p / apdelta p engers wait in line at hartsfield-jackson international airport after delta air lines grounded all domestic flights due to automation issues, sunday, jan. 29, 2017, in atlanta. delta p engers wait in line at hartsfield-jackson international airport after delta air lines grounded all domestic flights due to automation issues, sunday, jan. 29, 2017, in atlanta.  (branden p / ap)






the latest: at cairo, 33 migrants board flights for the us


washington — the latest on the reaction to u.s. president donald trump's ban on travelers and immigrants from seven predominantly muslim countries (all times eastern):7:30 a.m.cairo airport officials say a total of 33 u.s.-bound migrants have boarded flights on their way to the united states, taking a ntage of a u.s. court's decision to block president donald trump's travel ban on citizens of seven muslim majority nations.they said the 33 e from yemen, syria and iraq and were on flights sunday to new york's jfk airport as well as istanbul, frankfurt and paris where they will then fly to the united states.the officials said the 33 had not previously tried to travel to the united states and been turned back, but rather they are migrants who are rushing to take a ntage of the window offered b






police: boat with 93 migrants lands on cyprus' north coast


nicosia, cyprus — cyprus police say a boat loaded with 93 migrants —including 42 children and 17 women — has landed in the island's northeastern coast.a police official, speaking on condition of anonymity in line with police rules, told the ociated press that the boat was spotted some 15 kilometers (9 miles) off the coast before landing near the village of kato pyrgos.the official said police officers found the migrants at the landing point shortly after midnight urday. there was no immediate report on the migrants' nationality is or where their voyage began.the migrants were given medical check-ups and will be transferred later urday at a reception center near the capital, nicosia.






airlines turning away p engers following trump travel ban


qatar airways is advising p engers bound for the united states from seven newly banned majority muslim countries that they need to have either a u.s. green card or diplomatic visa to travel.a statement on the company’s website says: “nationals of the following countries: sudan, libya, somalia, syria, iran, iraq, yemen ... may travel to the u.s. only if they are in possession of a permanent resident card (green card) or any of the below visas.”it listed foreign government, united nations, international organization and nato visas.playvideocbsnlawyer explains why he works to help muslims in u.s. one day after president trump signed an executive order banning people from seven muslim-majority countries from crossing u.s borders, several mi... dutch airline klm confirmed to cbs news that it ha






delta operations returning to normal after systems outage


delta flights groundedbranden p / apdelta p engers sits on the floor while waiting in line at hartsfield-jackson international airport after delta air lines grounded all domestic flights due to automation issues on jan. 29, 2017, in atlanta. delta p engers sits on the floor while waiting in line at hartsfield-jackson international airport after delta air lines grounded all domestic flights due to automation issues on jan. 29, 2017, in atlanta.  (branden p / ap)






french farmer convicted for helping migrants


paris — a french activist farmer has been convicted of helping migrants enter, travel and stay in france and given a suspended, 3,000-euro fine.the case has called attention to those who have resisted europe's anti-migrant sentiment and are offering food, lodging or other aid to people from impoverished or war-torn countries.there has notably been an outpouring of support in the roya valley in the alps, where cedric herrou has taken in dozens of migrants over the past year.herrou has called it an act of humanity and not a crime, and says it is his civic duty to keep helping the migrants.on friday, he still had teenagers from sudan and eritrea staying in caravans on his farm.






the latest: spain probes if boy's body from migrant drowning


rome — the latest on europe's migrant influx (all times local):1:30 p.m.authorities in southern spain are investigating whether a boy's body that washed up on a beach last week is linked to a group of sub-saharan migrants that drowned in mid-january as they tried to cross the strait of gibraltar.the corpse of a boy that appeared to be around 6 years old was found by a local villager on friday on a beach in cadiz, said agustin munoz, a representative of the central government in the southern spanish province.the state of the body's decomposition led police to link it to a group of six migrants who appeared dead on beaches on jan. 14 and 15 after their boat capsized. munoz said officials were trying to reach relatives in various african countries to confirm whether a minor was traveling on t






the latest: eu official says migrant deal will protect lives


valletta, malta — the latest on the flow of migrants into europe (all times local):10:55 a.m.a top european union official says a summit in malta aims for a deal to better manage migrant flows from libya across the central mediterranean sea toward italy while still protecting lives.u.n. and human rights officials have voiced concern that any such deal could include sending migrants, now kept in dangerous, overcrowded conditions in libyan ps, back to the very dire circumstances they were trying to flee. but eu foreign affairs chief federica mogherini says the aim is to "'decrease loss of life at sea and in the desert" of southern libya along smugglers' routes.she told reporters as she arrived at friday's gathering that the summit would also provide "strong support" support to italy, which h






some u.s.-bound p engers prevented from boarding flights in wake of trump order


some u.s.-bound p engers have been prevented from boarding flights in the wake of president donald trump’s order to ban entry for people from certain muslim-majority countries, prompting airlines to scramble to react to the new policy.officials at cairo airport in egypt said urday that seven u.s.-bound migrants—six from iraq and one from yemen—had been stopped from boarding an egyptair flight to new york’s jfk airport, the...






migrants take public transport to calais


every day scores are migrants are using public buses to travel to the port of calais from the only official p near dunkirk, the has discovered. many say they are hoping to stow away in lorries and enter the uk via dover.






the latest: charity challenges uk over child migrant program


the hague, netherlands — the latest on migrants and refugees entering europe and member countries' response to the inflow (all times local):3:10 p.m.a charity is taking the british government to court over its decision to close a program bringing unaccompanied child migrants to the u.k. from europe.the government has announced it will close the scheme after 350 children e to britain — far fewer than the 3,000 originally expected under a law p ed to help some of the tens of thousands of migrant children across europe.help refugees is asking the high court in london to overturn the decision. lawyer rosa curling says the number of children helped was "woefully low" and it was unlawful to limit it to 350.judge james holman said friday he would aim to hear the case in may.u.n. refugee agency sp






israeli envoy to cairo ordered to stay home due to threats


jerusalem — israel's shin bet agency says the country's ambassador to egypt has been ordered to remain in israel for the time being due to security concerns.ambassador david govrin and his staff have not traveled to cairo since mid-december amid concerns that they could be the targets of militants.last month, israel ordered all of its citizens in egypt's sinai peninsula to leave immediately due to security threats.tuesday's statement by the shin bet says that govrin would remain in israel indefinitely. it says that "due to security considerations, the return of the foreign ministry's embassy team to cairo has been curbed."israel and egypt signed a historic peace agreement in 1979. they maintain quiet, but close security ties in a joint struggle against islamic militants.






delta us flights grounded due to "automation issues"


washington — delta air lines has grounded its domestic flights because of "automation issues."that's according to an advisory sunday by the federal aviation administration.delta spokesman morgan durrant said the airline was facing a "systems outage" but flights already in the air were unaffected.the atlanta-based airline is responding to customer complaints on twitter by saying it is experiencing technical issues and is "working hard to get them fixed quickly to minimize the impact to our customers."the faa says international flights are exempt from the grounding.in august, delta suffered a computer breakdown after a power outage in its operations center. the airline canceled more than 2,000 flights over three days.






serbia introduces lockdown for migrants in belgrade center


belgrade, serbia (ap) — serbia on wednesday introduced a lockdown for migrants in their refugee center outside belgrade after an alleged attack against a woman walking with her children.officials said the migrants staying in the center on the outskirts of the capital will need special permissions to leave and need to be back by 10 p.m. each night.the measure has been introduced after a woman claimed she was attacked by migrants near the p while walking with her three children. she said they wanted to take away the stroller with her baby inside.officials said police are investigating her claim.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.“we are establishing tougher control, meaning that only with certain permissions they would be allowed to leave the p, to return at a certain






the latest: egypt's airlines told to suspend us travel ban


the latest on reaction to a court order blocking u.s. president donald trump's ban on travelers and immigrants from seven predominantly muslim countries (all times local urday):4 p.m.in egypt, cairo airport and airlines officials say they have received instructions from the u.s. customs and border protection to suspend president trump's executive order to ban travel to the united states by migrants from seven muslim-majority countries: somalia, iraq, syria, iran, sudan, libya and yemen.they say on urday there have not been any u.s.-bound migrants from those countries going through egyptian airports since a federal judge on friday blocked president donald trump's ban on admitting travelers from the seven countries or any refugees.___7:30 a.m. washingtonpresident donald trump isn't happy tha






the latest: 500 migrants on way to europe rescued off libya


athens, greece — the latest on europe's migration influx (all times local):4:30 p.m.spain's defense ministry says one of its frigates has rescued almost 500 people from a wooden boat off the libyan coast as it headed slowly north toward europe.authorities say that among the 494 rescued sunday were 18 women and eight children.a defense ministry statement on monday says that the frigate provided those rescued with food and medical treatment before spanish sailors destroyed the boat to stop it being used by human traffickers.the frigate is patrolling the mediterranean as part of a european operation to capture and destroy vessels used by migrant smugglers or traffickers.___12:45 p.m.greek and refugee protesters have confronted the country's migration minister at the entrance of a sprawling mi






the latest: italy: deal with libya will cut migrant influx


valletta, malta — the latest on europe's migration influx (all times local):8:40 p.m.italy's leader says he has reached a deal with libya to try to stop migrants from setting out from libyan shores in huge numbers for europe.premier paolo gentiloni told reporters thursday night after meeting libyan premier fayez serraj in rome that the two sides signed a memo of understanding to step up cooperation and, with italian istance, help fight the migrant trafficking.a european union summit in malta on friday is focused on finding ways to reduce the number of migrants leaving from libya. italy's coast guard has coordinated the rescue in the mediterranean near libya of hundreds of thousands of migrants in the last few years.gentiloni called the deal "just a piece" of a wider plan that will be discu






egypt chief-of-staff mediates between libyan rivals in cairo


cairo — egypt's chief-of-staff has mediated between two libyan rivals who refused to meet face to face in cairo but later agreed to form a committee to renegotiate a u.n. peace deal.col. tamer el-rifai, an egyptian army spokesman, says the two — the head of libya's u.n.-backed government, fayez serraj, and khalifa hifter, the country's most powerful army commander — met separately with egypt's chief-of-staff, lt. gen. mahmoud hegazy late on tuesday.he says they agreed to form a joint committee that would make key changes to the 2015 u.n.-brokered peace deal.once the parliament, based in eastern libya, endorses the changes, it would pave the way for parliamentary and presidential elections next year.libya's east-based parliament does not recognize the u.n.-backed government set up in the co






police: boat with 93 migrants lands on cyprus' north coast


nicosia, cyprus — a boat carrying 93 migrants believed to be syrians —including 42 children and 17 women — e ashore on cyprus' northeastern coast cypriot officials said urday. they believe the voyage started from mersin, turkey.a police official who spoke on condition of anonymity in line with police rules told the ociated press that the boat was spotted some 15 kilometers (9 miles) off the coast before landing near the village of kato pyrgos.police officers found the migrants at the landing point shortly after midnight urday.cyprus' civil defense acting commander loukas hadjimichael told the ociated press that all 93 migrants are in good health and are being transferred to a reception center near the capital, nicosia.hadjimichael said this is the 11th group which traveled to the eastern m






austrian official defends closing borders to deter migrants


skopje, macedonia — austria's foreign minister says closing the so-called "balkan route" to migrants seeking to reach central and northern europe was the right move.foreign minister sebastian kurz held talks with his macedonian counterpart, nikola poposki, on sunday. he told reporters afterward that closing borders to deter migrants has become an accepted practice despite initial criticism.earlier, kurz visited a refugee camp in the town of gevgelija, on macedonia's southern border with greece. he praised macedonia's role in securing european borders.on monday, he is scheduled to tour a similar camp in the country's northern border with serbia.before the balkan route was shut in march 2016, over 1 million refugees and other migrants had traveled through macedonia on their way to wealthier






almost 500 migrants smash through border fence into spain


madrid — almost 500 migrants forced their way into spanish territory in north africa early friday by breaking through gates in the 20-foot (6-meter) high fence that separates morocco from spain's ceuta enclave.the ceuta regional government gave the figures, with officials saying it was believed to be the biggest border invasion in recent years. ceuta is separated from the rest of spain by the strait of gibraltar.some 700 migrants attempted to smash through several gates simultaneously at about 6 a.m., a ceuta government official told the associated press. he refused to be identified, in accordance with government rules.he said 498 migrants made it into spanish territory, with two hospitalized due to injuries they sustained in the assault. he said 11 spanish police were also hurt.a civil gu






rights concerns loom over plan to block migrants in libya


valletta, malta — human rights concerns are looming over a proposed eu plan to block migrants in libya.a one-day eu summit in malta friday is discussing how to stop the so-far relentless flow of people fleeing poverty and conflicts in africa and elsewhere setting out in smugglers' boats launched from libyan shores. eu leaders want to close down that route across the central mediterranean, likely through naval and economic istance to the beleaguered government in libya.advocates for refugees cite inhumane conditions in libyan detention ps where the migrants are kept.doctors without borders general director arjan hehenkamp says in a statement that "the european union and its member states need a reality check." the official calls the ps "dangerously overcrowded."






the latest: eu nations to keep balkan migrant route shut


vienna — the latest on europe's response to the influx of migrants and refugees to the continent (all times local):2:30 p.m.interior and defense ministers from 15 european countries have agreed to come up with new measures to ensure that the overland route from greece remains shut for migrants seeking new lives in other eu nations.austrian interior minister wolfgang sobotka and defense minister hans peter doskozil say the officials decided to draw up a plan by april for the so-called west balkans route.wednesday's meeting included counterparts from the czech republic, croatia, hungary, poland, romania, slovakia, slovenia, albania, macedonia, bulgaria, serbia, bosnia-herzegovina, ovo and greece.some of the countries be e arrival or transit points for the influx of hundreds of thousands of m






13 european nations meet about possible migration uptick


vienna — the interior and defense ministers of 13 european nations are meeting in vienna on ways to prepare for a possible uptick in migrant flows once winter is over.convened by austria's interior and defense ministers, wednesday's meeting includes counterparts from the czech republic, croatia, hungary, poland, romania, slovakia, slovenia, albania, macedonia, serbia, ovo and greece.some of the countries be e arrival or transit points along the now-closed west balkans route for the influx of hundreds of thousands of migrants looking for better lives. others oppose resettling migrants already in the eu on their territories.austria was instrumental in coordinating last year's shutdown of the migrants' path into prosperous eu countries that began in greece and wound through the western balkan






migrants reap a bitter harvest in italy’s orange fields


rosarno, italy—in italy’s orange belt, a crash in citrus prices is colliding with europe’s migration crisis.thousands of young migrants are getting stuck in italy, and turning to orange farms for work. the problem: container ships full of cheap foreign oranges are also coming in, driving the price of the fruit so low that farmers aren’t...






3 held for attacks targeting migrants, left-wing office


stockholm — the swedish security service says two more people have been arrested as suspects in recent attacks in southern sweden targeting newly arrived migrants and a left-wing group.the sapo agency says one is suspected in a case where a device "that could have caused severe damage" was found jan. 25 near a psite accommodating migrants. the bomb didn't go off.sapo said thursday the other was suspected of attempted murder when a bomb went off jan. 5, seriously injuring a person outside a nearby asylum center. the person also is suspected in a november 2016 blast outside a left-wing group's offices in sweden's second largest city, goteborg, and in the psite incident.a person arrested earlier was also suspected of involvement in last two cases. no more details were available.






french farmer faces risk of prison for helping migrants


paris — cedric herrou remains defiant ahead of a court ruling that could see him jailed for sheltering illegal migrants.the french activist who was put on trial for helping migrants without authorization to enter, travel through and remain in france had more people from africa staying on his farm thursday."the more they pressure us, the stronger we are," herrou told the ociated press as he prepared for the verdict expected friday.herrou's case has brought attention to europeans who have resisted the anti-migrant sentiment stewing on the continent and are offering food, lodging or other aid to people arriving illegally from impoverished or war-torn countries.there has been a notable outpouring of support in the roya valley in the french alps, where herrou has taken in dozens of migrants ove






delta u.s. flights grounded due to “automation issues”


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delta us flights grounded due to “automation issues”


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trump tells united ceo, other airline execs he wants to rebuild u.s. airports


besides being major domestic airlines that serve the chicago market, what else do united, american, southwest and delta have in common?one troubling answer: in recent years, each has suffered major computer technology meltdowns that grounded flights, inconvenienced and frustrated the flying public...besides being major domestic airlines that serve the chicago market, what else do united, american, southwest and delta have in common?one troubling answer: in recent years, each has suffered major computer technology meltdowns that grounded flights, inconvenienced and frustrated the flying public... (robert reed)






faa: delta grounds domestic flights due to tech failure


advertisement | advertise on newsdaya delta p enger sits on the floor while waiting in line at hartsfield-jackson international airport in atlanta after delta air lines grounded all domestic flights due to automation issues, sunday, jan. 29, 2017. (credit: ap / branden p) delta air lines has grounded all of its domestic flights due to a technology failure, causing delays at airports, including laguardia, officials said. delta issued the grounding at 7:55 p.m. sunday due to “automation issues,” according to an advisory from the federal aviation administration.the delta issue was described as a “reservation system outage” in tweets from kennedy airport,...






hundreds of migrants cross spanish border, clash with police


madrid (ap) — more than 300 migrants forced their way into spanish territory in northern africa early friday by breaking through a gate in the fence that separates morocco from the ceuta enclave, a spokesman from spain’s civil guard said.three civil guard agents and two migrants were sent to the hospital for treatment as a result of the clashes at the tarajal area of the fence, a spokesman said. he declined to disclose his identity in line with internal policy. at least 10 members of the moroccan armed forces were also injured, he said.more than 30 migrants were treated at a migrant center for bone fractures and other injuries. some were also cut trying to scale the 6 meter (20 foot)-high fence, which is topped with barbed wire, said clemen nunez, director of ceuta’s red cross emergency re






the latest on u.s. president donald trump and his ban on refugees


cairo (ap) — the latest on u.s. president donald trump and his ban on refugees from muslim-majority countries (all times local):8 p.m.cairo airport officials say five u.s.-bound iraqi migrants from one family who have been prevented from boarding an egyptair flight to new york’s jkf airport would return to iraq.they said the five will spend urday night at cairo airport and leave for irbil, capital of iraq’s kurdish region, sunday morning.they added that the sixth u.s.-bound migrant, a yemeni national, left the airport to return to cairo, where he resides.the officials said urday’s action by the airport was the first since president donald trump imposed a three-month ban on refugees from seven muslim-majority countries: iraq, syria, iran, sudan, libya, somalia and yemen.the officials said t






hundreds of migrants cross spanish border, clash with police


madrid (ap) — more than 300 migrants entered spanish territory in north africa early friday when they forced their way through a gate in the fence that separates morocco from the ceuta enclave, a spokesman from spain’s civil guard said.three civil guard agents and two migrants were sent to the hospital for treatment as a result of the clashes at the tarajal area of the fence, a spokesman said. he declined to disclose his identity in line with internal policy. at least 10 members of the moroccan armed forces were also injured, he said.more than 30 migrants were treated at a migrant center for bone fractures and other injuries. some were also cut trying to scale the 6 meter (20 foot)-high fence, which is topped with barbed wire, said clemen nunez, director of ceuta’s red cross emergency resp






the latest: macedonia returns 49 people to greece


stockholm — the latest on the flow of migrants into europe (all times local):3:30 p.m.authorities in macedonia say they have returned 49 refugees and migrants to greece from a refugee p near its border with serbia as part of a readmission agreement with the european union.a police official told the ociated press the refugees were transported by bus to greece from the tabanovce refugee p. the officials asked not to be identified, citing lack of authorization to speak to the news media.the local office of the united nations refugee agency said most of those transported were syrian and they included several infants.about 200 refugees and other migrants remain stranded in macedonia since balkan border closures last year, while greece says more than 60,000 remain stranded there.—by stantin test






the latest: iran says us oil companies face no ban by iran


cairo — the latest on president donald trump, his travel ban on seven muslim-majority countries and other immigration actions (all times local):10:35 a.m.iran's oil minister says there is no ban on american companies working in iran's oil industry.the semi-official ilna news agency on tuesday is quoting bijan zanganeh as saying: "american companies face no ban for entering our oil industry."however, zanganeh said american companies "have not directly applied" to work in iran's oil industry, so far.this is the first such remark by iran after an executive order by u.s. president donald trump on friday banned immigration and visa processing for iranians alongside six other muslim countries.in january, iran's oil ministry published a list of 29 international companies qualified to bid for oil






the latest: israel's netanyahu endorses trump plan for wall


cairo — the latest on u.s. president donald trump and his ban on refugees from muslim-majority countries (all times local):6:35 p.m.israel's leader has endorsed president donald trump's plan to build a wall along the mexican border.prime minister benjamin netanyahu tweeted urday that israel's wall along its border with egypt has been successful in stopping a swell of african migrants."president trump is right. i built a wall along israel's southern border. it stopped all illegal immigration. great success. great idea," he wrote, with images of the israeli and american flag.the tweet marked a rare public foray for the israeli leader into a charged american domestic affair. the two leaders spoke earlier this week and netanyahu is planning to visit trump in the white house next month.after re






egypt extends detention of prominent activist


cairo — an egyptian court has ordered the detention of an activist for failing to report to a police station because he had been detained elsewhere.abdel azim fahmy, a senior member of the secular april 6 movement known as zizo abdo, was detained for several hours last wednesday, causing him to miss the court-ordered visit to a different police station. he was detained again on saturday.his lawyer, mokhtar mounir, said the cairo criminal court ordered abdo returned to pre-trial detention tuesday on charges of inciting protests and belonging to an outlawed group, which date back to last may. mounir said he would appeal the order, calling it "inhumane and irrational."april 6 played a leading role in the 2011 uprising that toppled longtime autocrat hosni mubarak.






nyc gallery displays migrants' backpacks, belongings


new york — a manhattan gallery is displaying a wall of 700 backpacks and belongings of migrants who illegally crossed the u.s. border. some of them died in the arizona desert."now, more than ever, in the aftermath of a presidential paign that fed off anti-immigrant and xenophobic rhetoric, it is absolutely critical to look deeper into the migrant experience and raise questions as to what the future may hold for the thousands of people fleeing dire poverty, drug cartel violence, and political instability to the south," said a statement from the curators of the exhibit that opened recently in the sheila c. johnson design center of the new school.president donald trump has repeatedly promised to build a wall along the u.s. border with mexico."we built this wall of backpacks," said artist and






libya rivals in cairo to discuss political settlement


cairo — the head of libya's u.n.-brokered government and the country's most powerful army commander, who is allied with rival authorities, are expected to meet to discuss a political settlement.a spokesman for the unity government said tuesday that fayez serraj's meeting with field marshal khalifa hifter could lead to a "180-degree turn." the spokesman, ashraf al-tulty, said he hoped the egyptian government will help bridge the gap. egypt strongly supports hifter.serraj's government has failed over the past year in unifying libya, which slid into chaos after the 2011 uprising that toppled and killed moammar gadhafi.hifter is allied with the libyan parliament, which meets in the east of the country and has rejected the u.n.-backed government, in part because of a dispute over his future rol






comedy pet p og hy awards open for entries: digital p og hy review


looking to kickstart your pet's career as an internet sen ion? the organizers behind the comedy wildlife awards have a new competition that's a little closer to home. entries are now being accepted for the inaugural comedy pet p og hy awards, and the winner will be awarded £2000 for their funniest p o of a domestic animal. p os can be submitted online through may 31st. the competition is presented with the animal welfare society, and entries will be judged by a panel of nature and wildlife p og hers. the terms and conditions lay out all guidelines for qualifying entries, and they're refreshingly written in plain and simple english.tuesday 24th januaryfor immediate releaseinaugural comedy pets p og hy award has been launched following success of comedy wildlife p og hy awardslaunched by ren