In a few hours, the World Cup 2014 carnival kicks off. The 32-team extravaganza gets under way in Sao Paulo, where Brazil faces Croatia at 5 p.m. (2000 GMT) before 61,600 supporters and a worldwide television audience of several hundred million, AFP reported.
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South Cairo Court at the Police Academy acquitted former Minister of Interior Habib al-Adly of money laundering and making illicit gains of 5 million EGP ($700,000) in a retrial, Youm7 reported. Giza Criminal Court in May 2011 issued a 12-year imprisonment verdict against Adly, and fined him 4.8 million EGP. The court also confiscated 4.5 million EGP from Adly it found to be laundered.
Rapid Intervention Forces (RIF) deployed Thursday to restore order in Cairo’s streets and major squares, security sources at Cairo security department said. A video of women being sexually harassed and forcibly stripped in Tahrir Square, went viral. The victim, Ikram, 43, was attending a public celebration of the inauguration of Egypt’s newly-elected President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi with her daughter.
President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi welcomed a U.K. offer to train Egyptian officers in the field of human rights, saying it would enhance Egypt’s ability to ensure the rights enshrined in the new constitution, presidential spokesperson Ihab Badawy said in a Wednesday statement.
Upper Egypt’s Luxor governorate celebrated Wednesday the closing ceremony of its annual festival of Moulid Abu el-Haggag. Ministry of Endowment set up a huge marquee/pavilion near Abu el-Haggag Mosque to house locals that participated in the religious festivity which was attended by Luxor governorate Major General Tarek Saad el-Din along with public figures and representatives from Al-Azhar institution.
The Federation of Egyptian Banks (FEB) allocated funding worth EGP 300 million ($42 million) to develop slums in about 15 regions throughout Egypt, said deputy chairman of FEB, Hesham Okasha Wednesday during the annual People and Banks Conference running from June 11-13.
The ministers of irrigation, antiquities, culture and information are likely to be changed in Mahlab’s new Cabinet.
The 15-year jail sentence handed down Wednesday to activist Alaa Abdel Fatah and 24 others for violating the protest law will “further chill the climate for free expression in Egypt,” said the Committee to Protect Journalists in a Wednesday statement.