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Egypt police kill 6 militants in the shootout

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CAIRO: Egyptian police killed six suspected Islamist militants in a shootout early Saturday in the country’s south,  the interior ministry said.
The clashes broke out during a police raid on a militant hideout in a mountainous area on the edge of the southern province of Sohag, some 460 kilometers (285 miles) south of Cairo, the ministry said in a
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Police seized weapons and ammunition, it added. The operation is part of “the interior ministry’s efforts to confront terrorist organizations aiming to undermine security and stability” in Egypt, it said.
Egypt has been battling an Islamist insurgency following the 2013 ouster of Islamist President  Mohammed Morsi, who was forced out by the military in the face of mass protests against his rule.
Attacks have largely been concentrated in the turbulent northern Sinai region, but have also taken place elsewhere across the country.
Egypt launched in February a wide-scale operation centered on North Sinai to wipe out jihadists,  including members of the Islamic State group, spearheading the insurgency there.

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Antibiotics prove effective in Niger!

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WASHINGTON: The mass administration of antibiotics to villages in Niger led to a reduction of childhood mortality, without apparently creating resistance to antibiotics so feared by public health experts.
The study published yesterday (Wednesday 5th June 2019) doesn’t provide a final answer to this question, because other research has shown a more mixed impact of such distribution.
A team of researchers at the University of California San Francisco, UC Berkeley and the Carter Center had a few years earlier carried out the first trial in Niger and some other African countries, called MORDOR 1, to confirm whether mass administration of the antibiotic azithromycin to children under five, twice a year, reduced overall mortality.
The antibiotic is effective against several bacteria, including E. coli and trachoma, a serious infectious disease that blinds around two million people a year, according to the World Health Organization.
The WHO runs a huge program which has distributed tens of millions of azithromycin doses to the worst affected countries.
In the MORDOR 1 trial, which was financed by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the researchers found that childhood mortality fell 18 percent across villages in Niger that received the treatment compared with those which did not or with children who received placebos.
But the scientists still had a lot of questions: would continue to give out the medicines year after year see even more gains? Or, could it have the reverse effect of strengthening bacterial resistance?
For the next phase of the trial, MORDOR II, which began in its third year, all children under five in 594 communities received the antibiotic, in an oral suspension, twice in the year.
The results were clear, according to the paper published in the New England Journal of Medicine: though the impact did not grow, there was no evidence of a waning effect.
Resistance was observed in laboratories but did not impact on-the-ground mortality rates.
And the results were almost immediate: whether the villages received the antibiotic for the first time, or whether they were treated for the third consecutive year, mortality was reduced in similar proportions.
It remains to be seen whether resistance could develop in the longer term. The researchers will continue the experiment for another three years, says lead author Tom Lietman of the University of California San Francisco. “We’ll find that out in about a year,” he told the Media.

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Movies: Liazid, a promising Franco-Algerian actor

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BY SAHIBZADA ATEEQ IN PARIS 

PARIS: Karim Liazid, who is emerging as a promising Franco-Algerian actor, commenced his career as a DG for a large international company.

Polyglot Karim Liazid, who speaks French, English, and Arabic, studied Commerce and Accounting before entering the practical life. After working as  Commercial Director for a few years he grasped at a professional opportunity abroad in Algeria and became the DG of a large international company in the computer distribution Hyperdist CIS. A Franco-Lebanese group**.

But after three years of service, he returned to Paris with a determination to transform his dream of becoming a movie actor into reality. Venturing into the unknown terrain he was conscious of the sacrifices he had to offer.

In 1989, he began his two-year training as a comedian “COURS D’ART DRAMATIC” ADA LONATI.  Thereafter, each year, he reinforced his training through various comedian workshops. At ACTORS NATATION in 2013, he was enriched by the method Sandford Meisner*, Construction of the Physical and Mental Character.

Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Alain Delon, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Gerard Depardieu were his inspiration. Now he is striving to get the hang of the method of Constantin Stanislavsky in the art of dramatic art preferred method of the American schools.

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* The interpretation method Sanford Meisner increases the ability of an actor to appear convincing and credible.

** Expression journal publication -> https://www.djazairess.com/en/expression/55558

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37 Bangladeshi migrants drown off Tunisian coast

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DHAKA: Bangladesh has confirmed that a total of its 37 nationals drowned after a migrant boat, which was heading to Europe from Libya, capsized off the coast Tunisia, local media reported today.

According to the United News of Bangladesh news agency, ASM Ashraful Islam, labor counselor of Bangladesh’s Embassy in Tripoli confirmed the figures and said that there were 51 Bangladeshi nationals among others on the boat.

With the help of the Red Crescent, Islam said, the Bangladeshi embassy is trying to reach Tunisia to get further details and conditions of its nationals.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh’s Foreign Ministry said that among the 16 rescued people, 14 are Bangladeshi nationals.

“This is a tragic and terrible reminder of the risks still faced by those who attempt to cross the Mediterranean,” Vincent Cochetel, UNHCR special envoy for the Mediterranean said in a statement.

The International Organization for Migration also termed the incident deadliest since January. At least 164 people have drowned in the first four months of 2019, while crossing the sea from Libya to Europe, according to the UN.

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