#AFCON2017: Egypt names 27 man squad

Egypt coach Hector Cuper has named a provisional 27-man for the Total Africa Cup of Nations Gabon 2017.

The biggest casualties were veteran midfielder Hossam Ghaly and Zamalek forward Bassem Morsi, who were both overlooked by the Argentine. Morsi’s exclusion comes as a huge surprise having played in the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Ghana last November in Alexandria.

Cuper handed surprise call ups to Ismaily goalie, Mohamed Awad, Al Masry forward Ahmed Gomaa and Zamalek midfielder, Mohamed Ibrahim, for the Pharaohs’ first appearance at the biennial championship since 2010.

The Pharaohs will wrap up their preparations with a friendly against Tunisia on Sunday, 8 January 2017 in Cairo, after which four players will be dropped.

Egypt are housed in Group B alongside Ghana, Mali and Uganda.     

Full Squad
Goalkeepers: Ahmed El-Shennawy (Zamalek), Essam El-Hadary (Wadi Degla), Sherif Ekramy (Al Ahly), Mohamed Awad (Ismaily)


China stock market surges in volatile session

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Mainland Chinese shares rebounded on Thursday after regulators took further steps to try to calm the stock market.
The Shanghai Composite index reversed earlier losses to close up 5.76%, its biggest percentage gain since 2009.
A move to ban big investors from selling stocks may have helped to support the market, analysts said.
Meanwhile, the state-run news agency Xinhua said police were investigating "vicious short-selling" on the country's stock market.
Xinhua said authorities would "crack down" on operations that had broken the laws and regulations related to trading.
The benchmark Shanghai index closed up 202.14 points at 3,709.33.


India: Open defecation linked to adverse pregnancies

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New research suggests pregnant women who defecate in the open are more likely to have a premature delivery or give birth to a baby with low weight than those who use toilets.
Researchers studied some 670 pregnant women in India's eastern Orissa state.
Along with neighbouring Jharkhand state, Orissa has the highest number of households in India without toilets.
More than half a billion people in India still continue to defecate in the open, according to WHO.
Among the rural and tribal women studied, almost 60% said they had no access to toilets when questioned during the first three months of their pregnancy, while of the 40% who did live in a household with one installed, more than half reported using it rarely or a few times a week.


China security law tightens control of cyber security

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China's legislature has passed a wide-ranging and controversial national security law which tightens government control over many areas of life.
The law broadly defines national security as covering everything from finance and cyber security to religion.
State media said it would "protect people's fundamental interests".
It is part of a raft of policies by President Xi Jinping that have drawn criticism from foreign governments, businesses and rights groups.


Indonesia transport plane crash: More than 100 feared dead

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More than 100 people are feared dead after a military transport plane crashed in a residential area of the Indonesian city of Medan.
The Hercules C-130 plane hit two houses and a hotel before bursting into flames, creating a huge fireball.
Air Force head Agus Supriatna visited the crash site and told the AFP news agency that there were no survivors among the 113 people on board.
Around 50 bodies have been taken to hospital - others are being recovered.
A major rescue operation is under way at the site which was covered in flames and thick black smoke.
The BBC's Alice Budisatrijo in Jakarta says that only the tail of the aircraft is still recognisable; the rest has been reduced to debris.
Our correspondent says that there are reports that people are trapped inside wrecked buildings and the nearest hospital is continuing to receive bodies arriving from the crash site.


Thousands of Indians swallow live fish to cure breathing problems in Hyderabad

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Thousands of Indians lined up in Hyderabad to swallow live fish in an attempt to treat asthma.
The fish measuring up to 5cm is stuffed in a yellow herbal paste, forced down the mouth of the ‘patient’ and swallowed whole. The rancid fish smell requires noses to be pinched to ensure the mixture is not spat out.
The treatment is administered by the Bathini Gould family who claim to use a secret formula of herbs that was originally passed down by a Hindu sage in 1845.
The procedure takes place once a year over a two-day period, the specific dates of which are determined by astrology.


North Korea faces famine if worst drought in years continues, says South Korea

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North Korea faces famine if the country’s drought continues, South Korea’s Ministry of Unification said this week.


China corruption: Life term for ex-security chief Zhou

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China's ex-security chief Zhou Yongkang has been jailed for life - the most senior politician to face corruption charges under Communist rule.
He was found guilty of bribery, abuse of power and "intentionally disclosing national secrets", China's official Xinhua news agency reports.
Until his retirement in 2012, Zhou was one of China's most powerful men.
He was put under investigation one year later as part of President Xi Jinping's major anti-corruption campaign.
State TV showed a clip of Zhou, 72, pleading guilty at a closed-door trial in the northern city of Tianjin. When responding to the judge, he said he would not launch an appeal.
"I've realised the harm I've caused to the party and the people. I plead guilty and I regret my crimes," he said.


Chinese ship capsizes on Yangtze with hundreds missing

Five people have died and hundreds are missing after a cruise ship carrying 458 people capsized on the Yangtze River in China's Hubei province.
Officials say at least 15 people survived, with some found alive inside the submerged hull of the Eastern Star.
The captain and the chief engineer, who both survived, have been detained. They say the boat was caught in a cyclone.
The boat sent no emergency signal, with the alarm reportedly raised by those who had swum to shore.
Other reports said the crew of another vessel alerted the authorities after rescuing the captain from the water.
Chinese media quoted the captain as saying the vessel sank within minutes, while many people were asleep. BBC weather forecaster Peter Gibbs says there were severe thunderstorms in the area.


Beijing public smoking ban begins

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Public smoking in China's capital, Beijing, is now banned after the introduction of a new law.
China has over 300 million smokers and more than a million Chinese die from smoking-related illnesses every year.
Smoking bans already existed in China, but have largely failed to crack down on the habit.
These tougher regulations, enforced by thousands of inspectors, ban lighting up in restaurants, offices and on public transport in Beijing.


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