7pm News Wrapup June 24
By THE CAIRO POST

News:

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi announced Tuesday during a commencement speech at the Military Academy that he will take a 50 percent pay cut.

The first stage of a campaign aiming to promote Egyptian tourism in the Arab world was launched in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates, Al-Ahram reported Tuesday.

Sustainable funding for African Union activities is a “must” said Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry at the Agriculture and Food Security Summit held in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea Monday.

Security forces thwarted a jail break attempt at al-Moskki Police Station Tuesday morning, several media outlets reported.

The presidency has instructed the Cabinet to universally apply the minimum wage for all state employees, Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab said Monday.

A new system for food subsidies will be initiated next month and will include 20 new food products both from the public and private sector, Supply Minister Khaled Hanafy said Monday, Al Mal newspaper reported.

Politics:

Gamaa Islamiyya criticized Tuesday an article written by Abbud al-Zumar published on Monday calling for national reconciliation.

Business:

The Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy signed a contract for a project controlling energy in the southern region worth 265 million EGP ($27.5 million) to mitigate power outages caused by fuel shortages.

Minister of Industry and Trade Mounir Fakhry Abdel Nour said he would impose fees on imported crude phosphate to encourage domestic production, EgyNews reported Monday.

In-Depth:

Underwater archaeological excavations in Alexandria revealed firearms that belonged to the navy fleet of Napoleon’s mission to Egypt (1798-1801), Tourism Minister Mamdouh el-Damaty told Youm7 Sunday.

Several rights organizations condemned the renewed detention period of 23 activists arrested Saturday on charges of violating the 2013 Protest Law, inciting chaos and resisting authorities.

Editor’s Pick:

Bruised and bloodied teenagers met with lawyer Mohamed Hafez June 6; their arrests had taken place over the past six months for various charges including illegally participating in protests.

The lawyer asked to examine 20 out of 48 detained minors, ranging from 14- to 17-years-old, in the Koum el-Dekka juvenile facility, where “security forces physically assaulted the [detained minors], tied their hands to their back, walked on their backs and slashed them with belts and sticks,” according to a joint statement published by the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights on June 16.

Torture in Egyptian prisons is officially denied as a systematic practice; however the Ministry of Interior has often settled out of court with alleged victims, without admitting culpability.

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