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High Level AU Meeting in Cairo Urges ...
Cairo, Egypt
By U.S. Editor
05 Nov 2012

The African Union 2012 High Level Retreat of Special Envoys and Mediators was held on Monday, November 5, in Cairo, shedding light on the challenges facing Africa and urging peace and security on the continent.

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the first female AU Chief, said that the two-day conference would help find ways to achieve the purposes of a peaceful and conflict-free Africa.

SOUNDBITE 1 (English) – AU Chief Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma:
“As we also prepare for the golden jubilee of the OAU next year, the retreat must help us to find ways to move more speedily towards the objectives of a prosperous, peaceful, democratic and conflict-free Africa.”

Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr said that Egypt supported the AU in activating all its peacemaking efforts on the continent.

For his part, Arab League Chief Nabil al-Araby said the high level meeting was a real chance for exchanging views and visions regarding the challenges facing Africa and the solutions for the ongoing crises.

SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Arab League Secretary-General Nabil al-Araby:
“This meeting has really become a gathering for exchanging views, visions and experiences on the best ways of putting an end to different crises, preventing their renewal and spreading peace, security and stability in our African continent.”

The theme of the conference is “Transforming the African peace and security context in the next decade: appraisal and opportunity.”

The conference included dignitaries and diplomats from different African states.

It is the third consecutive annual African Union retreat of this kind to take place in Egypt.

Egypt’s President Mohamed Morsi also invited a number of participants from the retreat to meet him at the presidential palace.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: November 5, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: November 5, 2012
Language: English and Arabic
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SHOTLIST:

  1. Long shot, the banner of the conference reading “African Union 2012 High Level Retreat of Special Envoys and Mediators”
  2. Close shot, a banner with the AU logo reading “Make Peace Happen”
  3. Wide shot, the conference hall, speakers and attendees
  4. Medium shot, AU Chief Dlamini-Zuma, Arab League Secretary-General Nabil al-Araby and Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr sitting as keynote speakers during the conference
  5. Various shots of the attendees
  6. Various shots of Zuma speaking during the conference
  7. Wide shot, the attendees applauding
  8. SOUNDBITE 1 (English) – AU Chief Dlamini-Zuma:
    “As we also prepare for the golden jubilee of the OAU next year, the retreat must help us to find ways to move more speedily towards the objectives of a prosperous, peaceful, democratic and conflict-free Africa.”
  9. Various shots of the attendees
  10. Arab League Secretary-General Nabil al-Araby and Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr speaking during the conference
  11. Wide shot of the conference
  12. SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Arab League Secretary-General Nabil al-Araby:
    “This meeting has really become a gathering for exchanging views, visions and experiences on the best ways of putting an end to different crises, preventing their renewal and spreading peace, security and stability in our African continent.”
  13. Various shots of the attendees
  14. Various shots of Zuma speaking during the conference
  15. Various shots of Al-Araby speaking during the conference
  16. Various shots of Amr speaking during the conference
  17. Wide shot of the conference
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Arab League Chief: International Effo...
Cairo, Egypt
By New User Account
18 Sep 2012

Arab League Secretary-General Nabil al-Araby held a press conference on Wednesday, September 19, at the Arab League headquarters in Cairo, where he addressed various issues including the ongoing UN General Assembly meetings, the Syrian crisis and the recent anti-Islam film produced in the United States.

Al-Araby told reporters that the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the Arab League, the African Union and the European Union are working on reaching an agreement against religious defamation.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Arab League Secretary-General Nabil al-Araby:
“We’re working on it. Thank God, it’s not only the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and the Arab League but also the European Union and the African Union showing interest in this issue to put together the measures to start preparing an international convention prohibiting defaming or insulting religions.”

As for the Syrian issue, Al-Araby detailed the mission of the new UN-AL envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi and his recent visit to Damascus where he met with President Bashar al-Assad, Syrian officials, opposition members, Syrian Free Army members and representatives of civil society organizations.

He added that the Egyptian and the Arab League positions are clear on the issue, demanding Al-Assad to step down.

SOUNDBITE 2 (English) – Arab League Secretary-General Nabil al-Araby:
“I stick to what the resolution of the Arab League pronounced, that what is needed is the beginning of a transitional period which will entail of course a new government – a coalition government or whatever it is. And also the Arab resolution said or issued an appeal to President Assad to step down.”

Al-Araby stressed in the press conference he held before heading to New York to take part in the UN General Assembly meetings, that the reason for the failure in dealing with the Syrian crisis is the international system established since 1945 and the veto used by China and Russia.

He clarified that the Arab League and the United Nations were unable to resolve the Syrian crisis due to the non-cooperation of Al-Assad and his regime and their rejection of all previous initiatives over the past few months.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: September 19, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: September 19, 2012
Length: 0:01:59
Video Size: 97.7 MB
Language: Arabic and English
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SHOTLIST:
1. Pan left shot, the entrance of the Arab League headquarters in Cairo
2. Various shots of Arab League Secretary-General Nabil al-Araby entering the press conference
3. Various shots of Al-Araby speaking during the press conference
4. SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Arab League Secretary-General Nabil al-Araby:
5. “We’re working on it. Thank God, it’s not only the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and the Arab League but also the European Union and the African Union showing interest in this issue to put together the measures to start preparing an international convention prohibiting defaming or insulting religions.”
6. Various shots of the press conference
7. Medium shot, a cameraman shooting
8. SOUNDBITE 2 (English) – Arab League Secretary-General Nabil al-Araby:
“I stick to what the resolution of the Arab League pronounced, that what is needed is the beginning of a transitional period which will entail of course a new government – a coalition government or whatever it is. And also the Arab resolution said or issued an appeal to President Assad to step down.” 9. Wide shot, of Al-Araby speaking during the press conference
10. Wide shot/low angle, the Arab League headquarters in Cairo

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SPEAKING OF SYRIA - Editor's Picks 1...
Syria
By Editor's Picks
17 Sep 2012

In meetings and press conferences, everyone is talking about Syria and discussing possible solutions to the ongoing crisis. Egyptian President Morsi, along with Foreign Minister Kamel Amr, held talks with the Iranian, Turkish and French Foreign Ministers, touching on the increasing number of refugees, the fate of Bashar Al Assad and the "contact group," consisting of Egypt, Iran, Turkey and Saudi Arabia who have both influence and interest in the outcome of the crisis in Syria. Talks also gravitated toward the recent film on youtube that insulted the Prophet Mohammed and sparked massive protests among enraged Muslim communities.

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Editor's Picks 17 September 2012
Middle East
By Editor's Picks
16 Sep 2012

Nasrallah appears in public to encourage protests against the controversial film insulting Islam that sparked protests throughout Muslim communities worldwide.

New UN Arab League Envoy returns from Syria and meets with the Arab League Chief in Cairo.

Busses and rails provided only the minimal services as employees went on strike in protest against wage cuts and budget reforms.

Lake Katwe salt mine is a source of livelihood to over three thousand people who earn about five dollars a day, laboring in the hyper-saline environment that leaches moisture from their bodies, exposing them to toxic chemicals and creating severe health complications.

Footage from in front of the US Embassay in Yemen where protesters rallied against the film by burning flags, breaking windows and setting fire in the embassy, until security forces pushed them back with gunfire and water trucks.

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Editor's Picks 12 September 2012
Cairo, Egypt
By Editor's Picks
11 Sep 2012

Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in Cairo Tuesday, September 11, 2012, shouting anti-American and anti-Israeli slogans along with "there is no God but Allah," and scaling the US Embassy's walls to pull down the American flag. The protests come in response to an inflammatory trailer to a film called "The Innocence of Islam," posted on youtube, which reportedly depicts the prophet Mohammed as a homosexual pedophile. While people's anger in Egypt propelled them to protest at the US embassy in Cairo, in Libya, enraged mobs attacked the US consulate in Benghazi. The US Ambassador to Libya and three staff members were killed during the attack. In this exclusive video, interviews with local Egyptians and protesters illustrate their religious sentiment, for a full transcription click here.

8:15: "I am Sabir Shartout from Giza, and when I heard about the protest I was one of the first people to confirm my attendance-- it's the least one can do. It is a protest to express the people's anger. This situation is in need of investigation. To those who insulted the prophet: he is the greatest symbol of Islam and he is the root of existence for all Muslims, for all Muslims are alive to love their God and their Prophet. It is really hard and painful for our people and people like us to have to go through those situations. Do we, as people, really deserve this insult? As Muslim, do we really deserve this humiliation? Someone has insulted a symbol, a great symbol that gives meaning to my whole life, and that is the Prophet Mohamed (PBUH). Why are they doing this?"

After the Tunisian Minister of Education Abdul Latif Obaid deducted 100 dinars (63$) from the wages of junior high school teachers who protested in May, the General Union of Tunisian Workers organized a demonstration with many of the teachers and trade unionists from different parts of the Republic.

Massive Demonstration For Independence of Catalonia

Angelina Jolie Meets With PM Mikati & Visits Syrian Refugees In Lebanon

Kandil: Egypt's Budget Deficit Higher Than Anticipated

Discussing Syria:
Arab League Chief Meets With Britain's Hague
& Arab League Chief and Envoy Meet With Qatari PM

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Editor's Picks 10 September 2012
Middle East
By Editor's Picks
09 Sep 2012

New UN Arab League Envoy To Syria;
Spain Foreign Minister Discusses Economic Projects with Morsi;
Candid Shots of the Ambrosetti Forum;
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