CAIRO: High school diploma exam leaks, nuclear cooperation with Russia, counter-terrorism efforts, the search for the EgyptAir black boxes, and the operation of the desalination water plant are some of the top issues in Egypt over the past 12 hours. Read the news wrap-up here.
- Facebook leaks VS Education Ministry: who will win in the end?
At least three students were arrested over leaking high school diploma exams on social media amid efforts by the Education Ministry to stop the practice. However, dedicated pages on Facebook continue to publish Thanaweya Amma (High school diploma) tests with model answers before the exam.
Meanwhile, the leaks created a backlash among students who called for protests against what they described as an “injustice” and lack of “equal opportunities.”
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- Sisi directs to accelerate draft contracts with Russia on Dabba NPP
President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi directed Minister of Electricity Mohamed Shaker Monday to accelerate writing the final draft contracts with Russia on the construction of Egypt’s first nuclear power plant (NPP) on the Mediterranean city of Dabaa, a Presidential officer said in a statement.
- Second French vessel to join search for EgyptAir black boxes on Thursday
On Thursday a second French naval search vessel will join the search for the black boxes of EgyptAir flight MS 804 that crashed into the Mediterranean last month, an official from the Egyptian committee tasked to investigate the crash told Youm7 Monday.
- 55 related-violence suspects in Sinai released
A total of 55 suspects, who were arrested in Sinai pending investigations over related-violence charges and military and security personnel, were released Monday after it was proved they are not guilty, Youm7 reported an official spokesperson on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to brief the media.
- Desalination water plant operates in Egypt amid water shortage crisis
A desalination water plant began operating Monday in the coastal city of Masra Matrouh to produce 24,000 cubic meters of water per day for the city inhabitants; the plant is the second one constructed by the Military Engineering Authority in the Mediterranean city. Each year Egypt sees a water shortage in the months of June, July and August. The Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation Mohamed Abdel-Atti said in his speech at parliament last week that the drought Egypt is experiencing could continue into next year.
- Sisi updated on domestic efforts on counter-terrorism, French military ties
President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and the Minister of Defense Sedki Sobhi discussed Monday the latest security and military developments, particularly counter-terrorism efforts, along Egypt’s borders; the meeting also tackled the outcomes of the Minister’s latest visit to France where Egypt has officially received a French Mistral-class helicopter carrier, said Presidential Spokesperson Alaa Youssef in a statement.
- Armed people open fire on Delta’s Dakahlia Security director
Unknown armed people opened fire on Delta’s Dakahlia Security director Hesham Selim while he was in his car outside al-Nasr Mosque in Mansoura city. The police general was in good condition but the driver and his bodyguard were injured and hospitalized Monday evening, Youm7 reported.
- Korea asks for friendly match with Egyptian national team
Argentinean Hector Cooper, football coach of the Egyptian national team, is studying a South Korean offer to play a friendly match between August 27 and September 9, Youm7 reported Monday.