Thu, 06 May 2021

CAIRO -- Egypt's Public Prosecution has found human errors and gross negligence by railway staff behind last month's deadly two-train collision in Sohag, state-run Ahram newspaper said on Monday.

A train crashed into the back of a standing train on March 26, leaving 20 people killed in the southern province of Sohag.

The prosecution report revealed that the driver's assistant of the moving train and the person in the watchtower who was in charge of changing the train's course at the site of the accident have been under the influence of narcotic substances. A drug test showed the two persons have taken cannabis and tramadol. (Egypt-Train crash)


SANAA -- Yemen's Houthi militia on Monday claimed responsibility for launching 15 explosive-laden drones and two ballistic missiles toward oil refineries and military targets in the southwest and northeast of Saudi Arabia.

"Ten drones targeted Aramco refineries in the cities of Jeddah and Jubail," Houthi military spokesman Yehya Sarea said in a statement aired by the group's al-Masirah TV. (Yemen-Houthi-Drone)


JERUSALEM -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday that Israel will never allow Iran to obtain nuclear weapons.

"We both agree that Iran must never possess nuclear weapons. My policy as prime minister of Israel is clear: I will never allow Iran to obtain the nuclear capability," Netanyahu said in joint statements with visiting U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin. (Israel-Iran)


RIYADH -- The Digital Cooperation Organization (DCO), based in Saudi capital Riyadh, held its first council meeting on Monday and announced Nigeria and Oman as founding members.

Also including Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Pakistan, and Saudi Arabia, the seven countries are an economic bloc of 1.2 trillion U.S. dollars in GDP. The population of the seven nations is close to 480 million, 80 percent of whom are under 35 years old, a DOC statement said on Monday. (Saudi-DCO)

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