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Sudan agrees deal with US Treasury and World Bank

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The Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning in Khartoum has signed an agreement with the US Treasury Department to settle Sudan’s debts at the World Bank. Finance Minister Heba Ahmed signed the agreement on behalf of Sudan along with US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

According to a statement issued by the ministry, a memorandum of understanding was signed to facilitate Sudan’s payment of its arrears and to enable it to receive more than $1 billion annually from the World Bank for the first time in 27 years.

The ministry added that it sees the restoration of Sudan’s ability to obtain funds from international financial organisations as an important step towards funding major infrastructure and development projects.

READ: Sudan army thwarted 2 attacks on border with Ethiopia

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Covid vaccine access will draw migrant to the EU, official says

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The number of refugees heading to Europe will increase this year due to the repercussions of the coronavirus pandemic, the Director-General of the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD), Michael Spindelegger, said on Monday.

Handelsblatt newspaper quoted Spindelegger as saying that the availability of vaccines and health care in Europe and the global economic crisis caused by the pandemic is expected to increase immigration levels.

READ: ‘Pandemic raised economic burden on migrants, refugees’

“People receive the vaccine for free in the European Union, and this is something that significantly attracts refugees from Africa, Latin America, and Asia, therefore we expect an increase in illegal immigration,” he said.

The centre’s experts indicated that they noticed new migration routes to Europe, for example through Lebanon to Cyprus or from Mauritania to the Canary Islands.

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CEO of EgyptAir official dies during TV interview

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The CEO of Egypt’s national air carrier, EgyptAir, died while he was being interviewed on TV, local media reported yesterday.

TV presenter at local ExtraNews, Aya Abdel Rahman, said that the late company president, Abu Taleb Tawfik, died “while recording an interview with him in his office,” adding that his death was a result of a “sudden heart attack.”

Abdel Rahman pointed out that the deceased had asked her to interview his workers at Cairo airport, adding that he “unexpectedly had fallen on the ground as we walked towards the workers.” She described the incident as the “most difficult throughout my entire career.”

“Life is worthless, you can die any second,” Abdel Rahamn stressed.

The funeral was said to have taken place in the Giza governorate’s southern village of Al-Marazeeq.

Tawfik, 55, was reported to have been appointed to carry out the duties of the chairman of the Board of Directors of EgyptAir one day earlier.

READ: US-Egypt citizen Moustafa Kassem survived Abu Zabaal death van

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Eastern-based Libya authorities free kidnapped Egyptians

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Libya’s Eastern-based authorities in Tobruk have freed 32 Egyptians who were kidnapped by criminal gangs, Egyptian newspaper Al Youm Al Sabei reported citing a Libyan security source.

The freed Egyptians had crossed the border into Libya illegally.

The Libyan source said that security forces arrested and are currently questioning a number of suspects who are believed to have been involved in the kidnapping and blackmailing of foreigners, especially Egyptians.

Seven Libyans are accused of kidnapping and killing three Egyptian nationals whose bodies were found bearing signs of torture, the source added.

READ: At least 43 dead after shipwreck off Libya coast

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