UPDATE: Egypt’s political digest June 16: Black box of crashed EgyptAir jet found, pulled out of sea
Recovered debris of the EgyptAir jet that crashed in the Mediterranean Sea is seen in this handout image released May 21, 2016 by Egypt's military. Egyptian Military/Handout via Reuters/File photo
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CAIRO: No more browsing from site to site, view the top political stories in Egypt on June 16.

Black box of crashed EgyptAir jet found, pulled out of sea

The cockpit voice recorder of the ill-fated EgyptAir plane has been found and pulled out of the Mediterranean Sea, Egypt’s investigation committee announced in a statement Thursday.

The recorder has been damaged but the vessel searching for the wreckage has managed to safely pull the “memory unit which is the most important in the recorder,” according to the statement.

Egypt, Cyprus sign MoU on cross border crime

Egypt’s Attorney General Nabil Sadek and his Cypriot counterpart Costas Clerides signed a memorandum of understanding to boost cooperation on combating cross border crime and terrorism.

Egypt granted observer status at Pacific Alliance

Egypt has been officially accepted as an observer member at the Pacific Alliance bloc, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry announced in a statement Thursday.

The acceptance means Egypt is authorized to attend the meetings of the bloc.

Attorney general in Cyprus for talks on extradition of Egyptair jet hijacker

Attorney General Nabil Sadek headed to Cyprus on Tuesday to follow up on investigations carried out with Egyptian national Seif el Din Mostafa on charges of hijacking EgyptAir passenger flight in March, according to Youm7.

Sadek, who headed an Egyptian judicial delegation, will meet with Cypriot officials and discuss a possible extradition of Mostafa to Cairo.

Egypt’s Parliament to discuss EP’s visit to Egypt over killing of Regeni

Foreign Relations Committee at the Egyptian House of Representatives will discuss Thursday an expected visit by a delegation of the European Parliament to Egypt to investigate the killing of Italian researcher Guilio Regeni, who was found killed on Feb. 2 in Cairo.

Parliamentary Agriculture Committee chairperson deputy Raef Tamraz sent the Minister of Health a notification letter, complaining from the absence of doctors in a number of well-equipped clinics and medical units in Sharqia governorate, Youm7 reported.

National Editors-in-Chief’s presidency terms extended until passing press law

Egypt’s High Press Council has temporarily extended presidency of the national newspaper editors-in-chief until passing the new press law. The editors-in-chief’s terms should end by July 28, Youm7 reported the council member Mohamed Nour Farahat Thursday.

Lawmakers threaten to stage sit-in against water outages in30 villages in Beheira

A number of Parliament members from Beheira governorates threatened to stage an opne-ended sit-in in protest at the continuous water outages in a total of 30 villages in the governorate, said lawmaker Saad Tamaraz, adding that the local residents are using now the waste and agriculture irrigation water.

Egypt rejects to unfreeze Hussein Salem’s assets

Egypt’s General Prosecution rejected to unfreeze Egyptian-Spanish fugitive business tycoon Hussein Salem’s assets until re-paying the government 50 million EGP, the final amount of money he should repay to reach reconciliation with the government. In October, the Egyptian government passed new amendments, by which the state could reconcile with statesmen charged with smuggling public money abroad by repaying the government money smuggled in exchange for dropping the charges he faces.

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