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Planes and tanks likely to be cut from $1.3bn package in move dismissed as gesture politics by criticsEgypt is facing new strains in its relations with the United States as Barack Obama prepares to withold part of Washington's longstandi...
Planes and tanks likely to be cut from $1.3bn package in move dismissed as gesture politics by criticsEgypt is facing new strains in its relations with the United States as Barack Obama prepares to withold part of Washington's longstanding aid as a signal of American disapproval of the army's security crackdown since the overthrow of Mohamed Morsi in July.US officials have denied reports that the entire $1.3bn aid package is to be suspended. But a distinction looks likely to be made between advanced aircraft and tanks for the Egyptian armed forces and equipment needed for counter-terrorism and border security. An announcement is expected in Washington within days.The Washington Post quoted unnamed officials as referring to "a significant part of non-essential military aid to Egypt" being withheld.In Cairo the Egyptian government said on Wednesday that it had not been informed of plans to reduce assistance. But critics dismissed the impending move as gesture politics or a half-measure by the US that would not alter its basically supportive relationship with Egypt, a linchpin of its wider Middle Eastern security strategy. It also seems likely that Gulf states such as Saudi Arabia and the UAE will step in to help make up any shortfall.The American president's move is in response to a review announced by the US after General Abdel-Fatah al-Sisi, Egypt's defence minister, removed the democratically elected but deeply unpopular Morsi. The coup won huge popular backing but infuriated supporters of the deposed president's Muslim Brotherhood.Hundreds of people, many of them Brotherhood supporters, have been killed by state security forces since then. On Sunday, another bloody day, state media reported 57 people dead in Cairo.It was announced that Morsi and 14 others charged with the killings of protesters outside his palace last December are to stand trial on 4 November. The ministry for social solidarity also said that the Muslim Brotherhood had now been dissolved - a move seen by many as a throwback to the era of Hosni Mubarak, who ruled Egypt for 30 years before he was overthrown in the 2011 revolution.Morsi's removal created a political dilemma for Obama, as US law requires the suspension of aid if a military coup is deemed to have taken place. Washington went to strenuous lengths to avoid using the "C" word. John Kerry, the US secretary of state, even praised the army for "restoring democracy." But pressure for some action became unavoidable.Last month Obama said that since Morsi's removal the government had made decisions "inconsistent with inclusive democracy".Egypt has been among the world's largest recipients of US military and economic aid since its 1979 peace treaty with Israel, under which Israel withdrew from the Sinai peninsula, captured from Egypt in the 1967 war. In recent years the US has given Egypt $1.55bn in annual aid, including $1.3bn in direct military assistance.According to unconfirmed reports, Washington is to withhold the delivery of Apache helicopters and F16 fighters. Exemptions will reportedly apply to aid for counter-terrorism and security. That clearly applies to the escalating insurgency in Sinai — of major concern to Israel as well as Egypt. Israel is reported to have lobbied the US not to cut its assistance.It is unclear what the impact will be. "I worry this partial aid 'cut' is to show we're doing something, without actually accomplishing anything," said analyst Shadi Hamid of the Brookings Institution in Doha "It's foreign policy by gesture. Once again, our Egypt policy is divorced from any broader strategy or vision for the bilateral relationship."Nervana Mahmoud, an Egyptian commentator, called the US debate about cutting aid to Egypt "disappointing, and missing the point".Sisi warned in an interview that Egypt would not tolerate pressure, "whether through actions or hints".Until now the Obama administration has delayed the delivery of four F16 fighters, cancelled an annual joint US-Egyptian mili
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Apple is experiencing shortages of its new iPhones in the U.S., but the iPhone 5C and 5S will hit 30 more countries on Oct. 25, the company said. Among the countries scheduled to get the new smartphones are Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria,...
Apple is experiencing shortages of its new iPhones in the U.S., but the iPhone 5C and 5S will hit 30 more countries on Oct. 25, the company said. Among the countries scheduled to get the new smartphones are Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Slovakia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, and Thailand. More countries, such as India and Saudi Arabia, will get the phones Nov.…
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By the first of November, Apple’s two new iPhones will be available in over 60 countries. The company has just announced the arrival dates of the iPhone 5c and the iPhone 5s for a few dozen countries across four continents. Here&...
By the first of November, Apple’s two new iPhones will be available in over 60 countries. The company has just announced the arrival dates of the iPhone 5c and the iPhone 5s for a few dozen countries across four continents. Here’s the list of countries that are getting the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c on Friday, October 25th: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, French West Indies, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Reunion Island, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan and Thailand. And here are the countries that are getting them on November 1st: Albania, Armenia, Bahrain, Colombia, El Salvador, Guam, Guatemala, India, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Moldova, Montenegro, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and UAE. The iPhone 5s comes in gold, silver and space gray and costs $199 for the 16GB model, $299 for the 32GB model, and $399 for the 64GB model. The cheaper iPhone 5c comes in blue, green, pink, yellow and white and runs $99 for the 16GB model and $199 for the 32GB model (there is no 64GB iPhone 5c). Of course, these prices are only applicable with contracts. Apple reported strong sales for the debut weekend of the two devices – over 9 million units, which Apple CEO Tim Cook called the “best iPhone launch ever.” In other Apple news, Apple will reportedly show off their new iPad and iPad Mini at an event scheduled for October 22nd. Image via Apple
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Last month Apple finally announced its two new smartphones, the iPhone 5s and the iPhone 5c. Both smartphones were initially released in a select number of markets, which included the U.S., China, Japan, Australia, Singapore and a number...
Last month Apple finally announced its two new smartphones, the iPhone 5s and the iPhone 5c. Both smartphones were initially released in a select number of markets, which included the U.S., China, Japan, Australia, Singapore and a number of countries in Europe. With the initial launch frenzy taken care of in these markets, the company has now decided to detail launch plans for the new iPhones in other markets. Come October 25th, the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c will be available in 30 additional countries. Quite a lot of these new countries are located in Europe, while Taiwan, Thailand and Macau make the list as well. South Korea is on it as well, it will be interesting to see how both smartphones perform there, given the fact that it is the home turf of Apple’s biggest rival, Samsung. Expansion of international availability doesn’t stop after October 25th. On November 1st, the new iPhones will become available in as many as 16 countries, including the UAE, India, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Mexico and Malaysia. Pricing will obviously vary in different countries, though it can be said without a doubt that iPhone aficionados in those countries will be stoked about the official launch of iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c in their respective nations. Follow: Apple, CellPhones, iPhone 5C, iPhone 5S, Apple Details Availability Of New iPhones Beyond Launch Markets original content from Ubergizmo.
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iPhone 5s Arriving in Over 50 More Countries Starting Later This Month is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.Starting later this month, Apple will be launching the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c in over 50 more countries, including Ital...
iPhone 5s Arriving in Over 50 More Countries Starting Later This Month is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.Starting later this month, Apple will be launching the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c in over 50 more countries, including Italy, Russia and Spain, with several more countries getting the new devices at the beginning of November, including India and Mexico. This will be the first big post-launch release of the new iPhones since they were initially launched last month on September 20. On October 25, the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c will arrive in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, French West Indies, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Reunion Island, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan and Thailand. On November 1, the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c will launch in Albania, Armenia, Bahrain, Colombia, El Salvador, Guam, Guatemala, India, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Moldova, Montenegro, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and UAE. This will put Apple in line for reaching its target of 100 countries by the end of the year. Currently, both new iPhones are available in the US, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the UK. This expansion of iPhone availability certainly isn’t surprising, and the timeline is comparable to last year’s rollout of the iPhone 5. Apple hasn’t announced pricing for the new iPhones in these additional countries, so you’ll have to check with your local Apple store in your country to find out how much a new iPhone will cost you. In the US, the iPhone 5s starts at $199, with the iPhone 5c starting at $99 when you sign a new two-year contract. However, if you’re okay with buying the new devices from a third-party, many retailers and carriers are discounting the new iPhones, with the iPhone 5c getting the most attention. Best Buy, RadioShack and Walmart have all chopped $50 off the price of the iPhone 5c, letting customers get the new phone for as low as $45; that’s pocket change to a lot of consumers. During opening weekend alone, Apple claims to have sold nine million iPhones during the three-day period, almost doubling sales of the iPhone 5. Of course, there are two new iPhones this time around, and Apple hasn’t disclosed which model sold how many units, and we’ll most likely never know officially. However, many analysts are arguing that these numbers are inflated, saying that Apple is counting the units that were shipped to retailers and carrier stores, but perhaps weren’t actually sold to consumers. Nonetheless, more people will be able to get a hold of the new iPhones come later this month, resulting in even more sales for the Cupertino-based company. It’ll be making its quarterly earnings call on October 28, but we’re not sure if the company will include sales of the October 25 launch.iPhone 5s Arriving in Over 50 More Countries Starting Later This Month is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.
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Apple's new iPhones, the 5s and the 5c, posted record sales in the first weekend of availability, with the Cupertino, Calif.-based corporation shifting 9 million units in just three days. And the company is gearing towards boosting that ...
Apple's new iPhones, the 5s and the 5c, posted record sales in the first weekend of availability, with the Cupertino, Calif.-based corporation shifting 9 million units in just three days. And the company is gearing towards boosting that number even further as, today, it announces that the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c will soon reach an additional 51 markets. The iPhone 5s and the iPhone 5c will be available in 35 more markets a little over two weeks from today, on October 25, with the two devices to arrive in the 16 remaining markets a week later, on November 1. On October 25, the iPhone 5s and the iPhone 5c will reach: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, French West Indies, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Reunion Island, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan and Thailand. Starting November 1, the two smartphones will also be available in: Albania, Armenia, Bahrain, Colombia, El Salvador, Guam, Guatemala, India, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Moldova, Montenegro, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and UAE. Apple has not revealed the off-contract pricing for either of the two new iPhones, nor what prospective buyers should expect to shell out when purchasing the iPhone 5s or the iPhone 5c at the mobile operators' stores in their respective market. The highlights of the iPhone 5s include: 4-inch "Retina" display with a resolution of 1,136 by 640; 64-bit A7 processor; 8 MP iSight back-facing camera with 1080p video recording; 1.2 MP FaceTime HD front-facing camera with 720p video recording; 16 GB, 32 GB or 64 GB of internal storage; fingerprint sensor; 4G LTE; Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n; Bluetooth 4.0 and GPS with Glonass support. The iPhone 5s runs iOS 7 and comes in at 123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm and 112 grams. The highlights of the iPhone 5c include: 4-inch "Retina" display with a resolution of 1,136 by 640; 32-bit A6 processor; 8 MP iSight back-facing camera with 1080p video recording; 1.2 MP FaceTime HD front-facing camera with 720p video recording; 16 GB or 32 GB of internal storage; 4G LTE; Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n; Bluetooth 4.0 and GPS with Glonass support. The iPhone 5c also runs iOS 7 and comes in at 124.4 x 59.2 x 8.97 mm and 132 grams.
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In response to a question by an engineering graduate who wanted to follow his passion for photography, Darul Uloom, India’s leading Islamic seminary, issued a fatwa declaring photography and that particular career path “unlaw...
In response to a question by an engineering graduate who wanted to follow his passion for photography, Darul Uloom, India’s leading Islamic seminary, issued a fatwa declaring photography and that particular career path “unlawful and a sin.” According to the Hindustan Times, the fatwa — a technical term defined as “a ruling on a point of Islamic law given by a recognized authority” — was posted on the school’s website. In response to the engineer and photo enthusiast’s question, the fatwa reads: Photography is unlawful and sin. Hadith (recorded Islamic tradition) warns sternly against it. Do not do this course. You should search any suitable job based on your engineering course. Many high-ranking members of India’s Islamic community have come out in support of the fatwa, agreeing that photography should not be allowed, and that anybody who practices a career involving it will be “answerable to God.” “Photography is un-Islamic,” Vice Chancellor of Darul Uloom, Mufti Abdul Qasim Nomani, told the Times. “Muslims are not allowed to get their photos clicked unless it is for an identity card or for making a passport.” When asked about the fact that Saudi Arabia allows photography in the holiest of Islamic cities, Mecca, going so far as to beam live coverage through the year, Nomani stuck to his guns saying, “Let them do it. We do not allow it. Not everything they do is correct.” “Just because they are richer than us doesn’t mean they are also correct,” added All India Muslim Law Personal Board member Mufti Abul Irfan Qadri Razzaqi. “If they are allowing photography they will be answerable on the Day of Judgement in the court of God.” (via Hindustan Times) Image credit: Jama Masjid by Shashwat_Nagpal and Sayyida Ruqayya mosque in Damascus by Evgeni Zotov Thanks for sending in the tip, Sam!
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Air India on Wednesday completed its Haj operations, flying about 46,700 pilgrims to Madina and Jeddah in Saudi Arabia recording the highest ever on-time performance of over 97 per cent.
Air India on Wednesday completed its Haj operations, flying about 46,700 pilgrims to Madina and Jeddah in Saudi Arabia recording the highest ever on-time performance of over 97 per cent.
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You, too, will soon be able to purchase a phone in "space gray." Andrew Cunningham People living in the US, UK, Canada, China, France, Germany, Australia, Japan, Hong Kong, and Singapore have all been able to buy Apple's new iPhone 5...
You, too, will soon be able to purchase a phone in "space gray." Andrew Cunningham People living in the US, UK, Canada, China, France, Germany, Australia, Japan, Hong Kong, and Singapore have all been able to buy Apple's new iPhone 5C and 5S since the phones launched on September 20, but the rest of the world has been left waiting. The wait is almost over—Apple has announced its plans to roll the new iPhones out to the rest of the world. The following countries will be getting the new phones on October 25: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, French West Indies, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Reunion Island, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, and Thailand. If the place you call home isn't on that list, you may be getting the phones on November 1. That list of countries includes Albania, Armenia, Bahrain, Colombia, El Salvador, Guam, Guatemala, India, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Moldova, Montenegro, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates. Read 1 remaining paragraphs | Comments
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Apple has announced that the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c will be available in 35 additional countries starting October 25, including Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, French West Indies, Greece, ...
Apple has announced that the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c will be available in 35 additional countries starting October 25, including Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, French West Indies, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Reunion Island, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan and Thailand. In addition, iPhone 5s and 5c will debut in the following countries on Friday, November 1: Albania, Armenia, Bahrain, Colombia, El Salvador, Guam, Guatemala, India, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Moldova, Montenegro, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and UAE. Happy shopping, folks. We look forward to your stories and photos from the Apple Store near you.iPhone 5s and 5c will be available in more countries on Oct. 25 originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Wed, 09 Oct 2013 09:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Source | Permalink | Email this | Comments
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