Wrap-up of Egypt’s top news June 15
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Media gag on probes into assassination of Attorney-General during trials

The Cairo Criminal Court imposed Wednesday a media gag on the investigations conducted into killing of late Attorney-General Hesham Barakat during the trial of 67 people accused of his assassination, Ahram newspaper reported.

Sisi allocates piece of land for national maritime shipyard in Suez

State-owned land of 3.17 kilometer squares in the coastal city of Suez has been allocated for a national project of building a maritime shipyard per a decree by President Abdel Fatah Al-Sisi.

Muslim Council of Elders condemns Orlando shooting

A council of high-profile Islamic clergymen has denounced “the terrorist attacks” at a gay club in Orlando, Florida that killed 50 people, Al Ahram reported.

“We completely rejected such hateful terrorist attack which contradict the docile teachings of Islam,” Grand Imam of Al Azhar Ahmed al-Tayeb, head of the council, said in a statement.



Proposal to toughen punishment of FGM crime

Egypt’s Ministry of Health has proposed a law to change the act of Female Gentile Mutilation (FGM) from Misdemeanor to a crime to toughen punishment against perpetrators, al-Masry al-Alyoum newspaper reported Minister Deputy Mayssa Shawqi Wednesday.

348 scenes of smoking, drug abuse in Ramadan drama: Anti-addiction fund

A recent report by the anti-addiction fund stated that a total of 348 scenes of smoking and drug abuse, with a total of 10 hours, were spotted in TV series broadcast during the first five days of the holy month of Ramadan. Accordingly, the fund has blacklisted a number of series, adding that drama-makers should evaluate the content they present to viewers, including teenagers and children, to contribute in public awareness against the practice.


Man stood naked on balcony sentenced to six months in jail

A Cairo misdemeanor court sentenced Wednesday a man, who was accused of standing naked on his balcony during the holy month of Ramadan, to six months in jail; prosecution charged him with “debauchery” after his neighbors reported him. Ramadan is the ninth month of Islamic Calendar when the Muslim worldwide fast.



Mobile operators receive letters for 4G licenses

The three mobile service operators in Egypt (Vodafone, Orange, and Etisalat) have received letters concerning the licenses of the Fourth Generation Technology Wednesday. The new license is provided for 22.28 billion EGP ($2.5 billion), Youm7 reported.


Egypt’s illicit currency traders defy crackdown, spread business abroad

CAIRO/RIYADH (Reuters) – Egypt’s efforts to stamp out illicit currency trading is pushing black market dealers to carry out transactions abroad, beyond the reach of the law, robbing the economy of its last vital source of foreign currency.

Dealers say they are scooping up dollars held by expatriate workers and exporters before they ever enter Egypt, exacerbating the dollar shortage at the heart of the currency crisis that has already undermined investment and hit trade and manufacturing.


Areas cultivated by cotton decline by 48 percent: report

The total area cultivated with cotton declined by 48 percent to register 127,149 feddans during this summer season, compared with 248,000 feddans during last summer, Youm7 reported Wednesday citing a report issued by the Agriculture Ministry.

The report said the decline was caused by several reasons including the government’s recent decision to end decades-long policy of subsidizing farmers.



2 tombs to be open for visitors in 15 days at Giza East Field

Two ancient Egyptian tombs of Sheshem-Nefer, the guardian of the king’s secrets during Dynasty 6 of the Old Kingdom, and Senefru-Kha-ef, the treasurer of the King of Lower Egypt during the end of Dynasty 4 and the beginning of Dynasty 5, will be open to visitors in 15 days after renovation at the Giza East Field.


Project to study gold leaves believed to belong to tomb KV55 resumes

The project is funded by the American Research Center in Egypt (ACRE) with $28,500, according to Youm7.

Antiquities Ministry has resumed a project to study about 500 gold leaves found in a wooden box in the Egyptian Museum, believed to belong the mysterious KV55 tomb in Luxor, in hopes to confirm the identity of the body found in the tomb. It has long been speculated it belongs to Pharaoh Akhenaten.

Egypt, Saudi to sign memo on antiquities

Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Enany will leave for Saudi Arabia Wednesday to sign a memorandum of understanding with Saudi Arabia on antiquities, museum, architectural heritage and antiquities trafficking, Youm7 reported.



Hossam Hassan criticises EFA after Al Masry beat Al Ahly – Kingfut.com

Al Masry manager Hossam Hassan criticised the Egyptian Football Association and explained that he had no special plan for his side’s match against Al Ahly.

Al Masry defeated Al Ahly 3-2 in a postponed match from gameweek 24 of the Egyptian Premier League at Borg El-Arab Stadium, a result that helped the Port Said-based club jump to the third position, one point clear of fourth-placed Wadi Degla.

“My plan doesn’t change and I don’t depend on the opposition’s tactics. I have my tactical plan, I have my goals, and I play against all the teams in the same way,” Hassan said in post-match press conference.

Zesco without top scorer Jesse Were for Al Ahly clash – Kingfut.com

Zambian Champions Zesco United will be without their leading scorer Jesse Were and defender Ben Adama when they host Al Ahly in CAF Champions’ League Group A opener.

Zesco are set to kickoff their group stage matches against Egyptian powerhouse Al Ahly at Levy Patrick Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola on Saturday.

The Confederation of African Football communicated to the club to remind them about the suspension of the two players who are accumulating two yellow cards in the tournament.

The Kenyan player is Zesco’s talismanic striker having scored 10 league goals to lead the 2016 Zambia Super League top scorers chart after 15 games.

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