Egypt Thursday sentenced telecommunications engineer Mahmoud Abdel Aziz, an alleged Al-Qaeda bomb maker with ties to the group’s offshoots in Yemen and Somalia, to life in prison.
- During their meeting in New York on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott raised the case of jailed Australian journalist Peter Greste with Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi.
- Renowned television and movie star Khaled Saleh died Thursday following complications from an open heart surgery.
- Kuwait and Ecuador sent humanitarian aid to Gaza through the Rafah border crossing.
The North Cairo Criminal Court will decide Saturday the fate of former President Hosni Mubarak, his former Interior Minister Habib al-Adly and six of his security aides on accusations they were responsible for killing peaceful protesters during the January 25 Revolution.
- Defense Minister Sedki Sobhi Thursday inaugurated an armed forces military hospital in Alexandria.
- The Central Bank of Egypt reported the budget deficit decreased to $2.4 billion in fiscal year 2013-14. It was $6.4 billion the previous year.
The fact-finding committee tasked with investigating the events leading up to the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi and its aftermath will dispatch two of its members to document information on the ground in the Sinai Peninsula without coordination with security services.
The authorities rejected the visit due to instable security conditions in the area, but the committee decided that Sinai is an important part of its investigations and will interview well-known figures in the peninsula.
- The Ministry of Irrigation is studying a project to cover parts of Lake Nasser in Aswan with solar energy panels to generate electricity and reduce evaporation estimated to cause the loss of 10 billion cubic meters of water a year.
During his meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi in New York on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly, U.S. President Barack Obama said Egypt is the cornerstone of American security policy in the Middle East.
- According to Egypt’s Hajj Mission head Maj. Gen. Shaker el-Kayal, 7,850 Egyptian pilgrims have so far arrived in Medina, Saudi Arabia for the beginning of the annual Hajj pilgrimage.
The Shubra Criminal Court commuted death sentences handed to former Al-Azhar University president Ali Barakat and Muslim Brotherhood leader Hossam al-Merghani to life sentences. They are charged with inciting violence with pro-Brotherhood protesters blocking the Qalyub highway south of Greater Cairo.
- A list of economic projects worth 58 billion EGP ($8.1 billion) is ready to be presented to President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi to be later put forward at Egypt’s economic summit in February.