Turmoil affects Egypt holidays
The chairman of the Egyptian Airports Co. says some flights are arriving nearly empty to Egypt and that passenger traffic in the past week has fallen by half.
Chairman Gad el-Karim Nasr said yesterday that arrivals to the Red Sea resorts of Sharm el-Sheikh and Hurghada – popular with Irish winter sun-lovers – over the past seven days have experienced much of the decline.
Due to the country's violent turmoil, some flights that can carry more than 100 passengers from Europe arrive with just nine and return full from beach resorts.
SONIA GANDHI LEAVES HOSPITAL
India's most powerful politician and the leader of India's ruling Congress Party has been discharged from hospital after falling ill during a debate in Parliament. Gandhi felt unwell during the 9-hour long debate on the food security bill.
Gandhi is the Italian-born widow of slain former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. After his death, she entered politics and has led the Congress party to successive election triumphs in 2004 and 2009.
GREEN PRIZE FOR ACTOR DAMON
The Environmental Media Association is honouring Matt Damon and Hayden Panettiere for their dedication to ecological causes.
Damon will receive the Ongoing Commitment Award for his work with Water.org, which aims to bring safe water and sanitation to people around the world.
Panettiere will accept the Futures Award, which recognises younger entertainers for their potential to be environmental activists.
ISRAELIS SHOOT DEAD THREE
Israeli troops shot dead three Palestinians during an early morning raid in a West Bank refugee camp yesterday, hours before negotiators met for another round of peace talks.
Israeli border police said they entered the Qalandiya camp, near Jerusalem, to arrest a man and were confronted by a crowd throwing firebombs.
Witnesses said the Israeli forces opened fire and hospital officials said three men were killed.