Egypt frees 2011 revolution figure Maher

CAIRO: Egypt has released political activist Ahmed Maher, a leading figure in the 2011 revolt that toppled the government, after he completed his jail term, his lawyer and a security source said on Thursday. Maher, 36, was a founder and spokesman of the April 6 protest movement, one of the main groups that campaigned for more freedom under longtime ruler Hosni Mubarak. A security source told AFP that Maher was released from jail on Wednesday evening. But he must still spend every night at a police station, from six in the evening until six in the morning, for three years, his lawyer Anas Sayed told AFP. His release was welcomed by Nobel peace prize winner Mohamed ElBaradei, a former UN atomic agency chief. “You and your colleagues were at the …

Is Mexico Safe For Tourists? US State Department Updates Travel Warning, Citing Violence ... The State Department warned U.S. citizens Thursday about the risks of travel in Mexico in light of organized crime activity in certain parts of the country, citing homicides, kidnappings, carjackings and robberies in several Mexican states. The updated travel warning said the risk of violence was less in resort areas and tourist destinations than in border areas or along trafficking routes. Mexico enlisted its military, seen as less corrupt than police organizations, to fight organized crime a decade ago but has failed to improve the country’s security substantially, the Mexico Daily News said Tuesday. The situation is complicated by vigilante groups that instead of fighting organized crime have been committing crimes of their own. Homicides increased 900 percent this year compared to 2015, and organized crime has spread...

Disney expected to receive $67 million insurance payout for Carrie Fisher’s death: report Following the death of Carrie fisher, Disney is expected to receive one of the largest personal accident claims in history, according to reports the company took out a $67 million insurance policy on the Princess Leia actress. Disney, which owns the Star Wars franchise, purchased the US$50 million policy from Lloyd’s of London for the event that Fisher was unable to fulfill her three-film contract, according to The Insurance Insider. The claim will likely be triggered by her unexpected death. Fisher, who played Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy, reprised her role as General Organa in the 2015 film Episode VII: The Force Awakens The Force Awakens. She had already wrapped filming for the next Star Wars episode before she died last Tuesday, four days...

Russia Is Pissed Off About A Spongebob Vandal Painting A Gov’t Star To Look Like Patrick Russian media is in an uproar after vandals turned a Soviet star into the character Patrick from Spongebob. The picture went viral on Russia’s version of Facebook, VK, in recent days. The incident reportedly occurred Oct. 25, and will cost the Russian government approximately $1500 to restore. Administrators reportedly told Russian media the vandalism was a “childish prank for mockery.” The incident is the second time the star has been vandalized. Russian authorities had to use a crane in October 2015 to remove a Jolly Rancher left hanging from the top of the tower. The vandals were reportedly captured by authorities, and will be forced to pay the restoration costs. Follow Saagar Enjeti on Twitter Send tips to saagar@dailycallernewsfoundation.org Content created by The Daily Caller News Foundation...

Taiwanese Are Tuning Out As China Squeezes Their Foreign Relations China bought off Sao Tome and Principe, last week to end the African country’s 19-year alliance with Taiwan, according to the government here. Beijing is negotiating now with the Vatican, Taiwan’s most influential of a remaining 21 diplomatic friends who speak for it in the United Nations where it hasn’t had a seat since 1971. Beijing now bars Taiwan from accessing UN agencies. If the Vatican forms official relations with Beijing per the persistent rumors this week, Taiwan would probably lose that ally, too. China is Taiwan’s arch-rival and has more power. The government in Taipei goes through the motions of protesting cases like these, but a lot of foreign policy losses fade fast from public view. Within a day or two, if that, local media quickly go ...

Rob Kardashian is in hospital, Blac Chyna rushes to his side Rob Kardashian is in the hospital, according to reports. Kardashian reportedly checked himself into the hospital Wednesday evening after his diabetes flared up — likely because of the stress from his unstable relationship with fiancée Blac Chyna,TMZ reported. The stresses of the volatile relationship drove the reality TV star to eat excessively and gain an alarming amount of weight,according to the gossip site. His mother Kris Jenner and estranged fiancée Chyna reportedly rushed to the emergency room on Wednesday night to visit him as he went into "medical distress." Rob Kardashian could beat diabetes with diet and exercise Sources close to the familyshot down claims to TMZ that he suffered a mental breakdown. 20 photos view gallery Rob Kardashian through the years The Kardashian-Jenner...

US proposes UNSC to blacklist South Sudan's Machar, Malong United Nations: The United States proposed on Friday that the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) blacklist South Sudan opposition figure Riek Machar, South Sudan army chief Paul Malong and South Sudan Information Minister Michael Makuei.The United States circulated the three names to the 15-member council in an annex, seen by Reuters, to a draft resolution that would place an arms embargo on the world's newest nation amid warnings by a senior UN official of possible genocide.If designated by the council, the men would be subjected to a global asset freeze and travel ban.However, Russia and China, members with council veto powers, have both voiced opposition to an arms embargo and further targeted sanctions. Deputy Russian UN Ambassador Petr Iliichev said on Thursday that sanctions...

The Great Wall beckons Recent reports reveal that Chinese Government scholarships are helping China find better qualified recipients. China Scholarship Council, as part of the university foundation programme, Ministry of Education, administers the scholarships. The programme supports international students in pursuing a bachelor’s programme in the country. Pre-selected candidates have to attend one-year bridging courses. This includes the Chinese language and subjects related to their studies at the universities to prepare them for four years of study in China. After this programme, candidates need to take a completion examination which tests their fluency in the Chinese language and the knowledge of their future majors. Scholarships are awarded to candidates who succeed in the above tests. The Chinese government is giving scholarships as per the Memorandum of Understanding between the...