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Niger, dark paradise of uranium 4
Niamey, Niger
By Emmanuel Haddad
05 Sep 2013

A cow lighted up by the headline of a bike in the black night of Niamey. 83,3% of Niger inhabitants live in rural areas, where less than 2% have access to electricity.

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Niamey, Niger
By Emmanuel Haddad
05 Sep 2013

At sunset, the inhabitants of Niamey gather under the unusual light bulbs which break through obscurity.

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Niger, dark paradise of uranium 9
Niamey, Niger
By Emmanuel Haddad
05 Sep 2013

Session hairdressing in the University of Niamey, under the light of a bulb suspended to the branch of an acacia.

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Niger, dark paradise of uranium 2
Niamey, Niger
By Emmanuel Haddad
05 Sep 2013

Bike repairs under the white neon of one of the rare bookshops of the city-center of Niamey.

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Niger, dark paradise of uranium 10
Niamey, Niger
By Emmanuel Haddad
05 Sep 2013

Furtive outline of a young veiled girl in the dark night of Niamey, only lighted on by the headlines of a car. Only 10% of Niger’s inhabitants have access to electricity.

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Niger, dark paradise of uranium 7
Niamey, Niger
By Emmanuel Haddad
05 Sep 2013

A Nigerien makes his ablutions before the night’s prayer in a common courtyard of Niamey. His sun makes out his gestures in the darkness.

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Niger, dark paradise of uranium 6
Niamey, Niger
By Emmanuel Haddad
05 Sep 2013

Prayer, a major event that occurs in the dark in a society where more than 95 percent of the people are Muslims.

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Niger, dark paradise of uranium 5
Niamey, Niger
By Emmanuel Haddad
05 Sep 2013

From afar, itinerary sellers look like huge fireflies. When one comes closer, he can gradually make out the shape of their wheelbarrow carrying cigarettes, drugs imported from Nigeria, China and India… An entire bazaar illuminated by a torch made in China.

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Niamey, Niger
By Emmanuel Haddad
05 Sep 2013

An ice-cream seller below a white neon in Niamey. Without electricity, ice-cream is an utopia and his fridge is empty.

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Niger, dark paradise of uranium
Niamey, Niger
By Emmanuel Haddad
04 Sep 2013

Biba would like to know what happened to her father, who died 40 days after her birth in 1986. He spent 10 years driving trucks in Somair, Areva's uranium mine of Arlit.

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Niger, dark paradise of uranium
Niamey, Niger
By Emmanuel Haddad
04 Sep 2013

Three former workers of Areva's uranium mine in Arlit. On the foreground, Mamane Sani, a quarry worker for twenty years, is today paralyzed down his left side.

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Niger, paradis obscur de l'uranium 2
Niamey, Niger
By Emmanuel Haddad
03 Sep 2013

De loin, les marchands ambulants ressemblent à des lucioles géantes. Plus on se rapproche d’eux, plus on devine les cigarettes et les médicaments importés du Nigéria, d’Inde ou de Chine... Le tout éclairé par une lampe… fabriquée en Chine.

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Niger, paradis obscur de l'uranium 8
Niamey, Niger
By Emmanuel Haddad
03 Sep 2013

A la tombée de la nuit, les habitants de Niamey se concentrent sous les rares ampoules qui percent l’obscurité.

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Niger, paradis obscur de l'uranium 7
Niamey, Niger
By Emmanuel Haddad
03 Sep 2013

Réparation de moto sous les néons de l'une des rares librairies du centre-ville de Niamey.

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Niger, paradis obscur de l'uranium 1
Niamey, Niger
By Emmanuel Haddad
03 Sep 2013

La nuit sans lumière donne à l'existence des Nigériens quelque chose de vulnérable, d’éphémère. Comme si leur vie pesait moins que celle des citoyens bien éclairés sous les lampadaires publics.

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Niger, paradis obscur de l'uranium 5
Niamey, Niger
By Emmanuel Haddad
03 Sep 2013

Une famille attablée sur un chemin de latérite, pour un dîner éclairé par une lampe torche fabriquée en Chine. Quartier Yantala, Niamey.

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Niger, paradis obscur de l'uranium 8
Niamey, Niger
By Emmanuel Haddad
03 Sep 2013

Devant sa boutique de cigarettes et de thé, Ibrahim égrène le temps à lampées de thé sucré.

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Niger, paradis obscur de l'uranium 4
Niamey, Niger
By Emmanuel Haddad
28 Aug 2013

Les inégalités d’accès à l'énergie sont à l’origine des différences de développement entre un Nigérien et un Français. Ce dernier peut surfer sur Internet, prendre le TGV et le métro ; autant de services refusés au Nigérien lambda », dit Moustapha Kadi, président du Coddae.

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Niger, dark paradise of uranium
Niamey, Niger
By Emmanuel Haddad
25 Aug 2013

Nigerien uranium lights up one-third of French bulbs, meanwhile only one-tenth of Nigerien have access to electricity. On September 20, the Sahelien State launched an audit of the uranium mines owned by French company Areva on his soil, so that the ore extraction finally benefits to Nigerien’s development. An initiative backed by its population. Thousands of citizens demonstrated the 12th of October to denounce the "radioactivity contimination" provoked by Areva and its lack of interest for local development. Report.

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Angels at a Pride Parade
Quito
By Austin Mackell
05 Jul 2013

Two young men at a gay pride parade in Quito

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Reclining Venus
Quito
By Austin Mackell
03 Jul 2013

Statue of a reclining female figure outside a cultural center in Downtown Quito

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Hard Face
Quito
By Austin Mackell
03 Jul 2013

Statue of a mans head outside a cultural center in downtown Quito

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Business Breakfast
Quito
By Austin Mackell
01 Jul 2013

Dawn over the northern part of Quito's central business district

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Mad Air
Quito
By Austin Mackell
14 Jun 2013

A skateboarder gets mad air at a skate-park in Quito's central north

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Arab Water Ministers Meeting in Cairo
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
07 Jun 2013

The fifth meeting of the Arab Water Ministers Council held on Thursday, June 6, at the headquarters of the Arab League in Cairo to discuss various issue mainly water security headed by the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The UAE Minister of Environment and Water Dr. Rashid Ahmad Bin Fahad who chaired the meeting, pointed out that the geographical, economical, social and political conditions to the Arab countries have contributed to the diversity of the pressures and challenges faced by the water resources in the Arab countries.

Bin Fahad stressed the importance to enhance joint Arab action in the field of water because of its strategic importance to the countries of the region.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) - UAE Minister of Environment and Water Dr. Rashid Ahmad Bin Fahad:
“We are today in the process of putting the structure of the strategic plan of water security in the Arab region. The council further has played an active and effective role in highlighting the water issues in the Arab region in the 6th World Water Forum - Marseille in France. I hope the council would continue its effective role in calling for coordination and good preparation for the next World Water Forum that will be held in Korea, 2015.”

The Arab League Assistant Secretary General for Economic Affairs Dr. Mohammad bin Ibrahim Al Tuwaijri said that the Arab League’s Technical Committee would discuss a variety of topics, including the follow up of the implementation of the resolutions of the Arab Economic and Social Development Summit, pertaining the strategy of water security in the Arab region to address the challenges and the future requirements for sustainable development.

For his part, the Arab League Chief Nabil al-Arabi, in his speech, said that the major dangers on the Arab water security in particular and the Arab national security in general are the Israeli ambitions in the Arab waters.

He further added that the problem of water in the region has political, legal, and economic and security dimensions that cannot be separated from the nature of the Arab-Israeli conflict which is not over yet.

SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) - Arab League Chief Nabil al-Arabi:
“The challenges that the water sector is facing in the Arab countries are numerous and multifarious particularly in the light of the climate changes and the phenomenon of drought which gripping some areas in the world include the Arab region.”

They also discussed during the meeting the strategy of water security in the Arab region and the preparation for an international conference on Arab water in the Arab occupied territories.

The issue of water is now in the limelight at the regional level due to a decision by Ethiopia to build a dam on the River Nile, promoting Egypt to react alarmingly toward the plan due to concern over volume of water reaching Egypt.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: June 6, 2013
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: June 6, 2013
Length: 00:02:17
Video Size: 113 MB
Language: Arabic
Column:
Organized by:
Correspondent:
Camera: VCS

SHOTLIST:
1. Tilt down shot of the Arab League headquarters in Cairo
2. Medium shot of the logo of the Arab League
3. Various shots of the meeting
4. SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) - UAE Minister of Environment and Water Dr. Rashid Ahmad Bin Fahad:
“We are today in the process of putting the structure of the strategic plan of water security in the Arab region. The council further has played an active and effective role in highlighting the water issues in the Arab region in the 6th World Water Forum - Marseille in France. I hope the council would continue its effective role in calling for coordination and good preparation for the next World Water Forum that will be held in Korea, 2015.” 5. Various shots of the meeting
6. SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) - Arab League Chief Nabil al-Arabi:
“The challenges that the water sector is facing in the Arab countries are numerous and multifarious particularly in the light of the climate changes and the phenomenon of drought which gripping some areas in the world include the Arab region.” 7. Various shots of the meeting
8. Medium shot of the logo of the Arab League
9. Wide shot of the Arab league headquarters with flags of the participant states

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Ankara Protest (20 of 30)
Ankara, Turkey
By Amy Hume
02 Jun 2013

What started as a protest to save Gezi Park, in Istanbul, has turned into countrywide protests. In Turkey's capital city, Ankara, peaceful protestors were met with tear gas and water cannon. The protests have now escalated into a call for PM Tayyip Erdoğan to step down from power.

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Assange is Coming
Quito
By Austin Mackell
29 May 2013

Graffiti in Quito which reads "Assange is coming" with the lights of a police car passing. Julian Assange of Wikileaks has for years taken refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

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Vegies
Quito
By Austin Mackell
29 May 2013

A woman selling vegetables in Quito

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Chancho
Quito
By Austin Mackell
29 May 2013

Pork for sale as street food in Quito

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Urban Soccer Ghosts
Quito
By Austin Mackell
18 May 2013

An amateur game of soccer in Quito's suburbs.

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Suez Canal Development Conference in ...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
14 May 2013

Story: Suez Canal Development Conference in Cairo

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: May 13, 2013
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: May 13, 2013
Length: 00:02:23
Video Size: 117 MB
Language: Arabic
Column:
Organized by:
Correspondent:
Camera: VCS

SHOTLIST:

  1. Pan left shot of the banner of the conference
  2. Various shots of the conference held at Cairo International Conference Centre
  3. Various shots of attendees at the inauguration of the conference
  4. Medium shot a display showing details about the project
  5. SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Egypt’s PM Dr. Hesham Qandil:
    “This project took into account all the criteria of the national security and all the demands and the remarks of the armed forces. I would like to affirm that the security of this country and the safety of its territories take precedence over any other issue and of course this position include the government, opposition and the Egyptian people as well. We all agree upon this issue (Egypt’s security) and there is no difference among us about that.”
  6. Various shots of attendees during the conference
  7. SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – head of International Business & Investment Association (IBIA), Ahmad Galal El-Deen:
    “This conference is not an ordinary event. We are currently in the process of historic event and we hope it would be the development engine in Egypt. We are in the process of international project that will contribute in transferring Egypt to the ranks of the major countries and it will represent a focal point in the international trade.”
  8. SOUNDBITE 3 (Arabic) – Housing Minister Tarek Wafiq:
    “The law of the project is now in the process of developing some amendments and then sending it from the office of the prime minister to the Shura Council to discuss it.”
  9. Various shots of attendees during the conference

STORYLINE:

International Business & Investment Association (IBIA) in cooperation with the technical secretariat of the Suez Canal axis development project organized on Monday, May 13, the first international conference on the development of the Suez Canal.

The conference held under the auspices of Egyptian Prime Minister Dr. Hisham Qandil. He said the draft law of the Suez Canal development took into account all the criteria of the national security and the armed forces.

The Premier also witnessed the signing of a number of contracts of new projects.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Egypt’s PM Dr. Hesham Qandil:
“This project took into account all the criteria of the national security and all the demands and the remarks of the armed forces. I would like to affirm that the security of this country and the safety of its territories take precedence over any other issue and of course this position include the government, opposition and the Egyptian people as well. We all agree upon this issue (Egypt’s security) and there is no difference among us about that.”

The conference was attended by a number of army leaders, Chairman of Suez Canal authority, experts, Minister of Planning and International Cooperation, Minister of Housing and Urban Communities and a large number of Egyptian businessmen and Arab investors.

For his part, Housing Minister Tarek Wafiq confirmed that Suez Canal development authority had stressed in its establishment draft law that neither Egyptian nor foreign investors will have the right of possession in Suez Canal Development Corridor projects, noting that this will happen through usufruct right only.

He added that the Suez Canal axis project is the dreaming of Egypt and all Egyptians, it is the future project for new Egypt thus it won’t be accounted by other party or it won’t be monopolized by any opinion.

SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – head of International Business & Investment Association (IBIA), Ahmad Galal El-Deen:
“This conference is not an ordinary event. We are currently in the process of historic event and we hope it would be the development engine in Egypt. We are in the process of international project that will contribute in transferring Egypt to the ranks of the major countries and it will represent a focal point in the international trade.”

SOUNDBITE 3 (Arabic) – Housing Minister Tarek Wafiq:
“The law of the project is now in the process of developing some amendments and then sending it from the office of the prime minister to the Shura Council to discuss it.”

The Minister added that Suez Canal region is a part of the sustainable development strategy that will make Egypt an international trade point.

Moreover, the Minster has asserted that the draft law which has finalized is currently exist by Cabinet, it will be sent to Shura Council, many various ministries and sovereign authorities and a number of experts law have participated in the project.

President Mohamed Morsi has called for expediting the implementation steps for the Suez Canal Corridor project in view of its positive effect in supporting the Egyptian economy, luring foreign investments, providing thousands of job opportunities for Egyptians in general and Sinai citizens and the Canal region in particular.

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Seminar on “Development and Democracy...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
10 May 2013

An international seminar on the development of democracy in the Arab world held on May 9, at the Arab League headquarters in Cairo.

The event titled “Development and Democracy and Developing the System of Arab Region”.

The seminar was attended by Arab League Chief Nabil al-Araby, a number of prominent figures, headed by former Secretary-General of the United Nations Boutros-Ghali, Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu and Arab parliament chairman Ahmed al-Garwan.

They discussed a number of issues including implementation of good governance in the Arab region and the transition to democracy.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Arab League Chief, Nabil al-Araby:
“The political and partisan pluralism became not only one of the most important features of societal change in recent years but it also has become political and social necessity. Due to the Arab League desire to be at the forefront of the democratic scene, it worked to take advantage of their expertise from its contribution on the monitoring of electoral processes in many countries. The Arab League is monitoring electoral processes not only in Arab countries but also at Europe and Latin America.”

SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Arab parliament chairman Ahmed al-Garwan:
“There is no development without democracy and there is no democracy without the real activation of the real development. The main system of the Arab parliament which was adopted by the Arab summit in its 23th meeting in the Iraqi capital Baghdad on March 26, 2012, emphasized the importance of developing the common system of Arab action, strengthening its components and enhancing its mechanisms.”

The seminar organized by the Arabic Network for Human Rights Institutions (ANHRI) led by Qatar’s NHRC in collaboration with Arab League, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and Arab Organization for Human Rights.

SOUNDBITE 3 (Arabic) – former Secretary-General of the United Nations Boutros-Ghali:
“The civil society is now playing a significant role which sometimes is considered more important that the role of the state, hence we have to enhance the role of the civil society whether scientific associations, universities and political parties.” Several Arab issues including, task of transferring into democracy and its connection with good governance, methods of development, and how to achieve social justice were discussed in the seminar.

Nationalism and development are basic factors for social justice, empowerment of women in Arab region and upgrading them in the Arab League was also in the list of discussion.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: May 9, 2013
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: May 9, 2013
Length: 00:02:47
Video Size: 137 MB
Language: Arabic
Column:
Organized by:
Correspondent:
Camera: VCS

SHOTLIST:

  1. Medium shot of the logo of the Arab League
  2. Medium shot of flags of participant states at the meeting
  3. Various shots of attendees during the seminar
  4. SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Arab League Chief, Nabil al-Araby:
    “The political and partisan pluralism became not only one of the most important features of societal change in recent years but it also has become political and social necessity. Due to the Arab League desire to be at the forefront of the democratic scene, it worked to take advantage of their expertise from its contribution on the monitoring of electoral processes in many countries. The Arab League is monitoring electoral processes not only in Arab countries but also at Europe and Latin America.”
  5. SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Arab parliament chairman Ahmed al-Garwan:
    “There is no development without democracy and there is no democracy without the real activation of the real development. The main system of the Arab parliament which was adopted by the Arab summit in its 23th meeting in the Iraqi capital Baghdad on March 26, 2012, emphasized the importance of developing the common system of Arab action, strengthening its components and enhancing its mechanisms.”
  6. Various shots of attendees during the seminar
  7. SOUNDBITE 3 (Arabic) – former Secretary-General of the United Nations Boutros-Ghali:
    “The civil society is now playing a significant role which sometimes is considered more important that the role of the state, hence we have to enhance the role of the civil society whether scientific associations, universities and political parties.”
  8. Various shots of attendees during the seminar
  9. Various shots of attendees leaving after the seminar
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Prince Charles Imparts Royal Advice t...
Amman, Jordan
By Amy Hybels
12 Mar 2013

The lack of job opportunities for young people is a serious problem in Jordan where the Labor Ministry reported an unemployment rate of 21.3% among 18-to-30 year olds.
During a recent visit to the Kingdom, Prince Charles took time to attend a business enterprise conference where he imparted some royal advice to young entrepreneurs. Amy Hybels has the story.

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Prince Charles, Duchess of Cornwall a...
Amman, Jordan
By hamzaeqab
12 Mar 2013

Their Majesties King Abdullah and Queen Rania on Monday held a dinner banquet in honour of Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, who started their visit to Jordan on Monday as part of a regional tour.

Prince Charles and the duchess will meet with King Abdullah and Queen Rania for discussions on bilateral ties and prospects for further cooperation, according to a Royal Court statement.

During the three-day visit, the Prince of Wales and the duchess of attend functions and activities aimed to increase Jordan-UK cooperation in the economic, environment, education and entrepreneurship fields.

The British royal couple were received upon arrival by HRH Prince Ghazi, the King’s adviser for religious and cultural affairs and the King’s personal envoy, along with other officials and diplomats from both sides.

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Japan Marks 2nd Anniversary Of Tsunam...
Miyagi, Japan
By satoruniwa
11 Mar 2013

An apartment destroyed by the tusnami and a green cover shielding a new apartment under construction . Minamisanriku, Miyagi, Japan. 11 Mar. 2013

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Costumed protesters at an anti-nuclea...
Taipei, Taiwan
By CraigFergusonImages
10 Mar 2013

Tens of thousands took to the streets of Taipei in an anti-nuclear protest. Timed to coincide with the second anniversary of Japan's Fukushima disaster, the rally called for a halt to the under-construction fourth nuclear plant as well as the shutdown of the three operating plants. The rally came just days after the government announced that a referendum would be held over halting construction on the fourth power plant.

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Egypt’s Economy grew only 2.2% in 2nd...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
22 Feb 2013

Story: Egypt’s Economy grew only 2.2% in 2nd quarter of 2012/13

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: February 21, 2013
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: February 21, 2013
Length: 0:02:03
Video Size: 101 MB
Language: Arabic
Column:
Organized by:
Correspondent:
Camera: VCS

SHOTLIST:
1- Various shots of attendees during the press conference of Egypt’s Planning Minister and International Cooperation held at the headquarters of the ministry
2- SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) - Egypt’s Planning and International Cooperation Minister Ashraf al-Araby:
“We are targeting at the end of the current fiscal year 2012/13 an economical growth of no less than 3 percent. We need to meet this target to achieve economic growth rate that exceeds 3 percent in the second half of the year.” 3- Various shots of attendees during the conference
4- SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) - Egypt’s Planning and International Cooperation Minister Ashraf al-Araby:
“Actually, the current economic situation is much more difficult even than it was after the revolution hence, we need to put all our political disputes aside. We need to reach a political consensus to overcome this difficult phase that the Egyptian economy is facing and to move forward.” 5- Various shots of the press conference
6- SOUNDBITE 3 (Arabic) - Egypt’s Planning and International Cooperation Minister Ashraf al-Araby:
“God willing, we expect to invite the IMF technical delegation within days and we will show you in details of the axes which the national program include that we will present to the IMF.” 7- Various shots of the press conference

STORYLINE:

Egypt’s Planning and International Cooperation Minister Ashraf al-Araby said on Thursday, February 21, in a press conference that the Egyptian economy grew only 2.2 percent in 2nd quarter of 2012/13, representing a 15.3 percent decrease on the previous quarter.

Al-Araby said that the first half of fiscal year 2012/13 (July-December) saw economic growth of 2.4 percent, which had been 0.1 percent lower than expected.

He said that the government is targeting economic growth of no less than 3 percent in the current fiscal year.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) - Egypt’s Planning and International Cooperation Minister Ashraf al-Araby:
“We are targeting at the end of the current fiscal year 2012/13 an economical growth of no less than 3 percent. We need to meet this target to achieve economic growth rate that exceeds 3 percent in the second half of the year.”

He said that foreign investment in Egypt was almost non-existent in the six months to the end of December, illustrating the depth of the economic crisis that Egypt is facing.

He added that the country needed strong investment to reach the 7 percent annual economic growth rate commonly cited by economists as the level needed to lower unemployment and soak up new entrants to the labour market.

SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) - Egypt’s Planning and International Cooperation Minister Ashraf al-Araby:
“Actually, the current economic situation is much more difficult even than it was after the revolution hence, we need to put all our political disputes aside. We need to reach a political consensus to overcome this difficult phase that the Egyptian economy is facing and to move forward.”

The Egyptian government plans within one week to invite an International Monetary Fund mission for talks, al-Araby said on Thursday.

SOUNDBITE 3 (Arabic) - Egypt’s Planning and International Cooperation Minister Ashraf al-Araby:
“God willing, we expect to invite the IMF technical delegation within days and we will show you in details of the axes which the national program include that we will present to the IMF.”

Egypt reached an initial agreement with the IMF on the loan agreement in November but postponed final ratification in December because of political unrest at the time.

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Construction Of Makeshift Shelter
Dalhamiye, Lebanon
By Docphot
13 Feb 2013

On arrival at the camps, refugees construct makeshift wooden framed shelters.

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Men Construct A Shelter
Dalhamiye, Lebanon
By Docphot
13 Feb 2013

New arrivals from Syria build shelters in the Bekaa Valley, Lebanon.

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Health in Uganda (1 o...
Kampala, Uganda
By Papillon
10 Feb 2013

Kampala, Uganda - March 10, 2013
Involvement in the promotion of better health is central in the development of Uganda as a better nation. This includes clean hospitals and health centers, schools, wells and effective community outreach programs in which people receive free medication, health services and mosquito nets. But even with the strong government efforts in reducing mortality rates, the situation is still serious and dangerous in some areas of Uganda. Children are at especially high risk of vector borne diseases including malaria, as well as water-borne diseases including bacterial diarrhea. Maternal mortality is high in Uganda, and pregnancy is still the leading cause of death for young women ages 15 through 19. The picture shows a catholic nun, checking a pregnant woman, just before delivering.