The Supreme Electoral Commission announced it will allow all media outlets—be they print, audio or visual—to cover the procedures of the balloting and counting phases during the upcoming parliamentary elections. The decision includes journalists working for both local and international outlets licensed by the General Authority for Investment for local journalists and the State Information Service (SIS) for foreigners.
- Egypt’s Railway Authority has recommended raising ticket fees for air-conditioned trains by 400 percent.
- Five alleged terrorists were killed and four explosive devices were dismantled by security forces in North Sinai.
Egypt Wednesday signed 30 agreements with Chinese companies in the fields of energy, transport, trade, aviation and industry.
- UNESCO has started an educational program to eradicate illiteracy in the Menoufia governorate.
- The Unification Church-affiliated International Coalition for Religious Freedoms in Seoul, South Korea has chosen Egyptian Grand Mufti Shawqi Allam as the “world’s most prominent patron of peace” in 2014.
The wheat reserve is sufficient to cover the peoples’ needs until April 2015, and is expected to increase, according to a statement by a Supply Ministry spokesperson.
- Giza Governor Ali Abdel Rahman said that 90 million EGP ($12.6 million) was allocated by the Ministry of Health to develop seven hospitals.
- Three fishermen were sentenced to death after they killed an employee in Balteem in the Nile Delta’s Kafr el-Sheikh governorate.
Minister of Petroleum Sherif Ismail said there is a plan to increase gas production to supply factories with electricity with an investment project worth $311 million.
- Eight students at Damietta University in the Nile Delta were suspended for attempting to incite riots at the campus.
- The National Center for Research decided to delay until May 2015 publishing the results of a purported hepatitis C-treatment device the military previously claimed could detect and cure the virus.
Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry Wednesday ratified a decision to appoint 19 appointees from a class of 1,244 to diplomatic attaché posts after they successfully passed the ministry’s foreign service exams.
- The Ministry of Electricity announced there will be an increase in the blackout rate due to increased consumption and a decline in the amount of fuel imported to power stations. As a result, the ministry called on people to ration their power consumption.
- Australia urged Egypt to release imprisoned Australian-Latvian Al Jazeera journalist Peter Greste by Christmas.