Egypt Press Review: Dec 19
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Youm7

The Asyut Criminal Court sentenced 41 alleged Islamists to prison terms ranging from one to 15 years on charges of rioting in August 2013.

Also:

  • The death toll from the capsizing of a boat in the Red Sea has risen to 25. Eighteen people were reported injured and seven are still missing.
  • The U.S. State Department has designated the jihadi group Ajnad Misr (Soldiers of Egypt) a global terrorist organization.
  • In a phone call with President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, U.S. President Barack Obama hailed Egypt’s efforts in fighting terrorism.

Al-Ahram

Al-Ahram

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi met Thursday with an Ethiopian delegation headed by Abdulla Gemeda, the speaker of the Ethiopian Parliament.

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  • The electoral constituency law regulating Egypt’s upcoming parliamentary elections was presented to President Abdel-Fatah al-Sisi Thursday for final ratification.
  • Gen. Adel Rifaat, the head of Egypt’s Supreme Police Council, said a first batch of associate security officers will enroll in an inaugural 18-month training course in June.
  • U.K. exports to Egypt grew by approximately 15 percent in 2014, according to the Egyptian-British Chamber of Commerce.

news Al-Akhbar

Al-Akhbar

Defense Minister Sedki Sobhi attended a military funeral held Thursday for four military members from the United Arab Emirates and Egypt killed Wednesday in an aircraft crash during a joint training exercise.

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  • The Trial of Hosni Mubarak-era Interior Minister Habib al-Adly over graft charges has been adjourned to Feb. 7.
  • President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi will visit China next week to discuss bilateral ties with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping.

Al-Masry Al-Youm

Al-Masry Al-Youm

U.S. Ambassador to Egypt Robert Stephen Beecroft arrived in Cairo Thursday to begin his post in Egypt.

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  • Security forces killed nine alleged militants and arrested 12 in raids carried out over the past two days in the restive Sinai Peninsula.
  • The seventh Tahti Festival, a showcase of a modern Egyptian stick-fighting martial art, kicked off in Luxor Thursday.

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Al-Shorouq

Central African Republic President Catherine Samba-Panza met with Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab Thursday to discuss regional issues, including a proposed collaborative project to build a canal linking the Congo River with the Nile River.

Also:

  • Thirty alleged Muslim Brotherhood members were acquitted on charges of violence that occurred outside the MB’s headquarters in June.
  • The Egyptian Exchange stock market lost over $3.8 billion after a significant decrease in oil prices.
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