Four schools suspended classes near Sohag in Upper Egypt following renewed armed clashes between two nearby villages that killed four and injured 13. The conflict started over the debated ownership of seven feddans (7.27 acres) of cultivated land in September. Security forces deployed six armored vehicles to the area to control the situation.
- The Ministry of Health is considering increasing from 26 to 50 the number of national liver health centers assigned to sell the new American hepatitis C medication Sovaldi.
- An alleged associate of alleged imprisoned terrorist Mohamed al-Zawahri has been arrested. Mohamed al-Zawahri is the brother of Al-Qaeda leader and cofounder Ayman al-Zawahri, and was accused of forming a terrorist group and possessing bombs and weapons.
- The Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) reported unemployment had dropped to 13.1 percent during the third quarter of this year.
Mohamed el-Beltagy, the imprisoned secretary-general of the dissolved Freedom and Justice Party of former President Mohamed Morsi, requested Saturday that President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi come forward with his testimony in Beltagy’s espionage case, as Sisi was the head of military intelligence at the time of the alleged incident. Beltagy, Morsi and 34 others are accused in the case.
- Security sources told Al-Shorouq that preliminary information indicates a recently released Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis video was uploaded from outside Egypt, and that some of the militants who appeared in the video are foreign.
- The Administrative Court postponed a case demanding the dissolution of the Salafist Nour Party to Jan. 17. The plaintiff claims that the Nour Party is unconstitutional because it was founded on religious grounds.
- Minister of Defense Sedki Sobhy Saturday visited troops preparing to be deployed among U.N. peacekeeping forces in the Central African Republic.
Minister of Religious Endowment Mohamed Mokhtar granted 100 “arrest” cards to ministry officials allowing them to use the “judicial arrest power” Saturday. This authority will enable officials to arrest any person unauthorized by Al-Azhar who preaches at mosques. Mokhtar said that “unemployed” people with fundamentalist affiliation deliver sermons at mosques to “radicalize citizens.”
- Security sources told Al-Masry Al-Youm that some of the terrorists who appeared in the recently released 30-minute Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis video were previously killed in security raids.
- The Egyptian navy is conducting an investigation of Lt. Ahmed Amer, one of its own officers who is now missing, and who the navy says may have collaborated in a militant attack on his own ship off the Mediterranean town of Damietta on Nov. 12. Amer is one of eight sailors declared missing following the attack.
The military continued its Sinai operations for a second week after a series of coordinated militant attacks on Oct. 24 killed at least 33 soldiers in North Sinai. Security forces have started using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs, often called drones) for reconnaissance, according to military spokesperson Mohamed Samir in a statement.
- The Press Syndicate issued seven statements against the head of the Zamalek Football Club to Attorney General Hisham Barakat claiming the FC head had slandered journalists.