The tripartite committee of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam will meet in mid-January to choose an international firm to conduct studies on the dam’s impact on Egypt.
- Egypt asked France to remove a statue showing famed French philologist Jean-François Champollion—who deciphered the famous Rosetta Stone in the 1820s—standing with his left foot on the head of an Egyptian pharaoh.
- The Health Ministry said 7.5 million people in a four-year period will benefit from the social health insurance program.
An Egyptian military delegation headed by Defense Minister Sedki Sobhi travelled to Italy Friday for bilateral talks.
- State air carrier EgyptAir contracted a U.S. technology company to implement a transformation strategy to increase its revenues.
- Thirty-four children tested positive for measles in Upper Egypt’s governorate of Beni Suef.
The ministers of transportation, international cooperation and trade headed to China in preparation for President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi’s visit there next week.
- International credit rating agency Standard & Poor’s Friday raised its sovereign currency credit rating for Egypt from B- to B with a “stable” outlook.
- Egypt’s General Authority for Supply Commodities (GASC) set a tender Friday to buy cargos of wheat from global suppliers for shipment in January.
The Israeli military bombed an alleged Hamas militant base in the Gaza Strip Friday in response to a rocket landing in Israel earlier in the day.
- The Ministry of Interior said it will reinforce its presence near Coptic churches during Christmas celebrations.
An Egyptian airplane detained at Sweden’s Malmö Airport Wednesday for reportedly carrying Syrian nationals with false entry visas returned to Cairo Friday along with its Egyptian crew.
- Two Egyptian police conscripts were injured in an attack on police vehicles in Alexandria Friday.
- Seven protesters were arrested in Alexandria during Friday protests.