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Mexico upsets US in Gold Cup

CARSON, Calif. – Mexico beat the United States for the second time ever, getting goals from Lizbeth Ovalle and Mayra Pelayo for a 2-0 victory in the CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup. The US entered the game 40-1-1 against its rival, with its only previous loss a 2-1 decision during Women’s World Cup qualifying in 2010. It was the first loss for the US under interim coach Twila Kilgore, who took over after the team’s dramatic exit from the Women’s World Cup last summer in the round of 16. Emma Hayes will take over for Kilgore this spring. Mexico, which failed to qualify for last year’s World Cup, finished atop Group A in the Gold Cup while the United States finished second. Both teams advanced to the knockout round. “They went out and they were bold they were brave with the dream of playing a good game against the United States,” Mexico coach Pedro Lopez Ramos said according to AP. Ovalle, who plays for Tigres of Monterrey, put Mexico ahead in the 28th minute. US defender Becky Sauerbrunn tried to defend Ovalle but kicked the ball right at her. Ovalle floated a shot over goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher and two US defenders and into the net. It was the first goal conceded by the US to a CONCACAF opponent in 33 matches. “I think it just shows how far the game is coming and there´s no easy games anymore. And if we don´t take care of business and we don´t execute, this is to be expected,” Kilgore said. “We´ll step up and take ownership in that and I think anytime you have a group that is willing to take ownership in things like this, it´s a good thing for the future of the tournament. Everything´s still on the table and we´ll be motivated, that´s for sure.” Mexico nearly scored again in first-half stoppage time but Karla Nieto’s shot from distance hit the crossbar. Kiana Palacios had a good chance to give Mexico a cushion but her shot hit defender Abby Dahlkemper and bounded away. Pelayo scored from distance in stoppage time and Mexico’s players celebrated wildly on the field. “If we lose in the quarterfinals, then the beautiful win is useless,” Lopez Ramos said through a translator. “I hope that this is not an isolated moment.” The United States saw success from its teenagers in the first two games of the tournament. Olivia Moultrie, 18, scored twice in a 5-0 victory over the Dominican Republic and Jaedyn Shaw, 19, scored a pair in a 4-0 victory over Argentina. This is the first-ever Women’s Gold Cup, created to give women’s teams in the CONCACAF region more competitive matches. Twelve teams played group-stage matches across three cities: Carson, San Diego and Houston. Argentina beat Dominican Republic earlier in Group A. Argentina closed out their group matches in the Dignity Health Park stadium in Carson, Los Angeles, with a 3-0 win over the Dominican Republic. It was less comfortable than they were probably expecting but still guarantees them progression to the quarter-finals of the Gold Cup. It is a measure of how much Dominican Republic have improved over their three group games that, if it hadn’t been for a close offside call, they would have been 1-0 up against Argentina after 18 minutes. Argentina came into the match after 4-0 loss to the US who in an 8-minute first half blitz had scored three. That Argentina kept the scoreline to just four was a credit to their defensive tenacity. Dominican Republic came into the game on the back of an 8-0 thrashing by Mexico and a need to find both solidity and confidence. Argentina needed a similar score to Mexico if they were to wrestle the second automatic qualification slot for the quarter finals off them (assuming that the US beat Mexico in the second match of the night). Argentina opened with possession and in the fifth minute had an Eliana Stabile free kick headed over. Yamila Rodriguez, the focal point of the Argentina attack alongside Marianna Larroquette had a shot from distance easily fielded by Paloma Pena in Dominican Republic’s goal.

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Egypt to take part in World Youth Festival in Russia’s Sirius

CAIRO – Russian Ambassador in Cairo said his country welcomes Egyptian youths’ participation in the 20th edition of World Youth Festival 2024 in Russia as they will have a great chance to get acquainted with different cultures. The diplomat expressed appreciation for Egyptian young people’s participation in the event, organised under Russian President Vladimir Putin’s directive to serve as a dynamic platform for global dialogue and cultural exchange. The organising committee from Egypt comprises engineer Ahmed Barani, a member of the Presidential Program for Preparing Youth for Leadership, as head of the Egyptian Preparatory Committee; Abdullah El-Batesh, assistant minister of youth and sports, as a rapporteur; Sherif Gad, president of the Russian and Soviet Universities Alumni Association, as secretary-general; and Head of the Generation Party Nagui El-Shehabi. Representatives of more than 187 countries are taking part in the festival. The Festival will host 20,000 young Russian and foreign leaders in such fields as business, media, international cooperation, culture, science, education, volunteering and charity, sports and various areas of public life. The festival includes discussions, workshops and sports activities.

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Israel’s war cabinet agrees to send a negotiating team to Paris for hostage talks

Israel’s war cabinet has agreed to send a negotiating team, led by Mossad Director David Barnea, to Paris on Friday to pursue talks over a potential ceasefire and hostage release deal, an Israeli official said. The negotiating team is expected to be empowered to engage in substantive negotiations rather than simply listening to proposals as they did during meetings in Cairo last week, the official said. The full Israeli cabinet is expected to vote on the matter overnight to give final approval for the trip. CIA Director Bill Burns and his Egyptian and Qatari counterparts were expected to be in Paris on Friday for talks, two sources familiar with the plans told CNN on Wednesday. The Israeli government had yet to confirm its attendance. The decision came during a war cabinet meeting Thursday night, at the end of a day that saw US President Joe Biden’s Middle East coordinator Brett McGurk meet with top Israeli officials, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The Israeli official said the Israeli government had been waiting for confirmation that medication had reached the hostages in Gaza before agreeing to return to the negotiating table. That proof, combined with positive indications from talks in Cairo on Wednesday and prodding from US officials, ultimately triggered the Israeli agreement to send a negotiating team to Paris. This comes after CNN reported that the Biden administration is racing against the clock to secure a ceasefire in the Israel-Hamas war before Ramadan next month, with senior US officials believing the release of more than 100 Israeli hostages from Gaza is the only plausible way to bring the first pause to the deadly conflict since a seven-day truce in late November. Looming over the hostage deal discussions is the threat by Israel to launch an offensive into Rafah in southern Gaza, where more than a million displaced Palestinians have fled. US officials have pointedly warned Israel against pushing farther south without guaranteeing the safety of those civilians. Hamas leaders have been in Cairo this week, meeting with Egyptian officials to try to move the deal forward after Netanyahu dismissed the most recent series of the militant group’s proposals as “delusional.” Among the biggest sticking points, people familiar with the talks say, were Hamas’ demands for the release of some 1,500 prisoners in the first phase, for Israeli troops to leave Gaza and discussions that would lead to a formal end to the war. Hamas’ political leader Ismail Haniyeh on Thursday concluded his three-day trip to Egypt, where he met with the head of Egyptian intelligence Maj. Gen. Abbas Kamel. They discussed the situation in Gaza and a potential hostage-prisoner exchange, according to a Hamas statement Friday. The first hostage deal in late November saw the return of dozens of hostages taken captive by Hamas on October 7 and a week-long truce. Since the end of that truce three months ago, civilian casualties have soared in Gaza, as has global condemnation of Israel’s military operation and the political pressure on the Biden administration to call for a permanent end to the war. High stakes Israel has warned that if a hostage deal is not reached by the start of Ramadan on March 10, the Israeli military will press ahead with its planned offensive in Rafah, despite increasing international calls for restraint. During a meeting at the Ministry of Defense headquarters in Tel Aviv Thursday, Defense Minister Yoav Gallant said Israel is “expanding” the authority held by hostage negotiators, and that the Israel Defense Forces were “preparing the continuation of intense ground operations,” according to a statement from his office. Rafah is the last refuge for Palestinians fleeing Israel’s bombardment and more than 1.5 million people are crammed into a sprawling tent city packed against the Egyptian border, with families living with severe shortages of food, water, medicine and shelter. In recent weeks, the Israeli military has ramped up aerial attacks on parts of central and northern Gaza. Entire families have been erased and displacement shelters flattened. Hundreds of thousands of displaced civilians who once found refuge in hospitals are now on the run again – as medical facilities across the enclave are crushed by bombardment or besieged. On Thursday evening, at least 23 people died following Israeli airstrikes in central Gaza, according to the Ministry of Health in Hamas-run Gaza. The ministry did not provide further details but said the death toll could rise. CNN cannot independently verify the number of casualties on the ground and has reached out to the Israeli military for comment on the strikes. It follows Israeli attacks throughout the week that killed at least 118 Palestinians in a 24-hour period Wednesday, according to the Ministry of Health. Among the dead was a prominent doctor and his daughter, a human rights lawyer, and an international soccer referee. One of the last doctors at Nasser hospital in Khan Younis, southern Gaza, has described a “desperate and catastrophic” situation with no “electricity, oxygen, heating, barely any food or water” after Israeli forces raided the complex last week. Israel launched its military offensive after the Hamas-led October 7 attacks in southern Israel, which killed about 1,200 people. Israeli attacks on Gaza have since killed at least 29,313 Palestinians and injured at least 69,333 others, according to the Ministry of Health in Gaza.

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Tourism Min. Inaugurates Ramla, Al-Haddad Towers at Cairo Citadel

Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Ahmed Issa opened, on Sunday 18 February 2024, Ramla and Al-Haddad Towers at Cairo Citadel following the completion of restoration operations. The opening of these unique archaeological sites at the Citadel will promote the cultural product of Greater Cairo, make Cairo an independent tourist destination, up the average number of tourist nights and increase one-day trips. The restoration of the two towers came within the framework of implementing one of the axis of the National Strategy for Developing Tourism the minister of tourism and antiquities has launched namely, improving tourism experience for tourists. Ramla Tower, built during the era of Sultan Al-Nasser Saladin Al-Ayyubi (1174-1193) is in the shape of a three-quarter circle and consists of two floors. Each floor has a base on which three cubits are perpendicular, with each cubit having an arrowslit. The tower was expanded during the era of Sultan Al-Adil Al-Ayyubi (1200-1218), so the arrowslits were turned into door openings leading to rectangular rooms covered with vaults, each room ending with an arrowslit opening. Al-Haddad Tower, one of the largest towers of the Citadel, is also in the shape of a three-quarter circle. It consists of a perpendicular base with a shield in the middle covered by a crossed vault. It has three cubits that end with embellished openings. Then two embellished openings turn into two doors that lead to a corridor in the form of a semicircle covered with intersecting vaults. The citadel has 12 additional towers, but they are currently closed. The two towers include cleaning the stones, replacing damaged stones, maintaining the stone stairs, establishing balustrades to protect visitors, as well as maintaining the stone floors in preparation for including them in the Citadel’s itinerary.

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Hamas chief blames Israel for lack of progress towards Gaza truce, statement says

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World record holder Pan takes 100m freestyle gold

DOHA — China’s Pan Zhanle backed up his men’s 100 metres freestyle world record by winning the world title in Doha in a warning to rivals for the Paris Olympics gold medal. The 19-year-old did not threaten the stunning 46.80 seconds mark he set with the leadoff swim in Sunday’s relay at the World Championships but 47.53 was enough to secure his first individual world gold at the Aspire Dome pool. He had to fight for it, though, with Italian runner-up Alessandro Miressi and Hungary’s bronze medallist Nandor Nemeth threatening to upset the Chinese favourite in a furious finish. “I was a bit nervous because this is my first individual final at the World Championships,” Pan said according to Reuters. “My time was just so-so. I tried my best but my level was not that strong. I know it’s only the beginning. Let’s meet in Paris.” Pan was strong favourite for the blue riband title but Canadian Finlay Knox’s 200 metres individual medley gold was something of a surprise. The United States’ Fukuoka runner-up Carson Foster had bigger claims but Knox took him down from lane seven in the final freestyle leg to win in 1:56.64, improving on his Canadian record. Italy’s Alberto Razzetti claimed bronze. “Historically, I’m pretty slow with backstroke (but) the last 50 everyone knows you just have to dig deep and go for it,” said Knox. In a modest field lacking all of the Fukuoka medallists, Briton Laura Stephens won the women’s 200m butterfly title in 2:07.35, pipping Denmark’s Helena Bach by less than a tenth of a second. Bosnia’s 18-year-old Lana Pudar took bronze and enjoyed the biggest cheers of the night from a rowdy pocket of Bosnian fans. American Claire Curzan continued her fruitful campaign by winning the non-Olympic 50m breaststroke in 27.43 seconds, pipping Australian surprise package Iona Anderson by 0.02 seconds. Having missed out on a spot in the United States’ World Championships team to Fukuoka last July, Curzan now has four medals, including golds in the 100m backstroke and mixed medley relay. Buoyed by Pan’s world title, China’s women capped a successful night for the nation by claiming the 4x200m freestyle relay gold ahead of Britain and a second-string Australian team. Olympic silver medallist Siobhan Haughey will bid for the 100m world title on Friday, having become Hong Kong’s first swimming world champion with her 200m win. Haughey, runner-up behind Mollie O’Callaghan in the 100m at last year’s event in Fukuoka, qualified second behind the Netherlands’ Marrit Steenbergen. World record holder Sarah Sjostrom was entered in the 100m but did not swim. The Swedish veteran told home media this month she is not planning to compete in the event at Paris. With world champion Tatjana Schoenmaker skipping Doha, American Kate Douglass is on track for a second title at the meet.

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Perez says he still has a lot to give and achieve

MILTON KEYNES, England — Sergio Perez took a pounding as Max Verstappen’s Red Bull team mate last season but the Mexican has used the winter break to reset and recharge for another 24 rounds against the dominant world champion. Verstappen won a record 19 of 22 races last year on his way to a third successive Formula One title while Perez started strongly with two wins from the first four races before suffering a sudden slump. The 34-year-old finished second overall but struggled to get on the podium as Verstappen reeled off an unprecedented 10 successive wins. Former Ferrari racer Eddie Irvine once said driving in the same team as Michael Schumacher was like being hit over the head with a cricket bat every two weeks but Perez said his situation was less painful. “It´s not as bad,” he told reporters according to Reuters at the launch of the team’s new car for what will be the longest ever season starting in Bahrain on March 2. “Obviously, people are aware of the challenge that I´m facing and it is right. I think it’s a massive challenge; Max is a driver that really takes the maximum out of you so it’s a great challenge and one I´m looking forward to massively. “It´s my fourth season with the team and I´m sure it’s going to be the best one.” Perez is out of contract at the end of the season; with plenty of candidates to replace him including Australian Daniel Ricciardo at sister team Visa Cash App RB and seats available elsewhere. The Mexican said he was not finished yet. “If we are performing well on track, there will be plenty of opportunities out there. So that’s my main target and my main motivation for this year to really perform well,” he said. “I still think that I’m at my best, I still have a lot to give, being part of the Red Bull family for four years. It’s a massive bonus. It’s a great opportunity. “I’m still young, and still motivated. So there’s still a long way ahead.”

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Klopp denies quick returns caused Liverpool injuries

LONDON — Jurgen Klopp has rejected suggestions that Liverpool rushed players back too soon after Trent Alexander-Arnold, Thiago Alcantara and Dominik Szoboszlai all suffered setbacks after returning to action. Alexander-Arnold will miss the League Cup final against Chelsea later this month because of a knee problem that recurred in last week’s win over Burnley for the Premier League leaders. Thiago faces another spell on the sidelines after picking up an injury following an appearance as a late substitute in the defeat against Arsenal, while Szoboszlai has hurt his hamstring again. “I got the news that there was a discussion we might have forced Trent back,” Liverpool manager Klopp said according to AFP. “He had two setbacks and it is really unfortunate, no one wants that. “But different cases, different scenarios and as long as I’m here we never forced anyone back and we will never do. “We work in a high-performance area and if you have the same injury you are fit after three days and another guy after four weeks.” Klopp, whose team travel to Brentford on Saturday, said the players had been ready when they were passed fit to play. “We can never know if it would have happened anyway or whether it was something before,” he added. “Very unlucky and unfortunate. “It is not great but it says nothing about the quality of anyone. The world we are living in it is always immediately ‘Medical department? I’m not sure about that’ but it is nothing to do with that. “We have to bring the boys as back as soon as possible but never sooner than they are ready from our point of view.”

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Enrique refuses to comment on Mbappe leaving PSG

PARIS — Paris Saint-Germain coach Luis Enrique refused to comment on Kylian Mbappe’s decision to leave the club at the end of the season. A source close to PSG told AFP that Mbappe has told the club he intends to leave when his contract expires at the end of the season, a source close to the Ligue 1 champions said recently. He is widely expected to move to Real Madrid and, according to the same source, has already entered negotiations with the Spanish giants. “I have no information to give you,” Luis Enrique told reporters at a press conference before the visit to Nantes on Saturday. “I am going to avoid talking about this subject until the parties involved speak about it,” the Spaniard said. “Kylian Mbappe has not said anything publicly and neither has the club. I am the coach and when the other parties have spoken, I’ll give my opinion.” Mbappe, 25, who arrived in Paris from Monaco in 2017, had extended his contract in 2022 until 2024 but last summer declined to activate a clause allowing him to stay another year at PSG. “The terms of the departure have yet to be fully agreed,” the source said, adding that the club and Mbappe will make an official statement “when everything is finalised in the next few months”. It is understood that the departure of the captain of France will be formally announced in a few months’ time. Mbappe is the top scorer in Ligue 1 this season with 20 goals and scored the opener when PSG beat Real Sociedad 2-0 in the first leg of their last 16 Champions League tie on Wednesday. He emerged on the global stage when France won the 2018 World Cup in Russia and he scored a hat-trick in the 2022 World Cup final in Qatar but finished on the losing side as Argentina won on penalties.

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Egypt, UAE sign complementary protocol to avoid double taxation

Finance Minister Mohamed Maait said Sunday that a complementary protocol signed with the UAE to avoid double taxation and prevent income tax evasion is meant to boost opportunities of investment cooperation in all fields. The protocol was inked in Dubai today on the sidelines of the eighth Annual Arab Fiscal Forum. It comes amid global challenges that entail coordinated Arab efforts to handle the negative repercussions for supply and import chains, the minister said. This should be done through encouraging investment and deepening the private sector’s contribution to the course of development and economic activities, he added. “We are keen on providing all facilitation and easing any tax or customs obstacles that might face the UAE investors and companies in Egypt in a way that would contribute to expanding the base of their businesses and investment and production activities, and increase trade exchange between the two countries,” Maait said. He called on the UAE business community to benefit from such measures to promote production and exports in all fields. The minister cited the “Golden License” and the “State Ownership Policy Document”. He touched upon non-stop efforts to automate the tax and customs systems, benefiting from advanced electronic systems and artificial intelligence.

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