Wrap-up of Egypt’s top news June 18: Ex-Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi sentenced to life over spying for Qatar
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Ex-Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi sentenced to life over spying for Qatar

Cairo Criminal Court on Saturday sentenced ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi and two other Islamist co-defendants to life in prison on charges of spying and leaking classified documents to Qatar.

Egypt’s Parliament welcomes Turkish PM’s remarks on end of enmities with Egypt  

Head of the Foreign Relations Committee at the Parliament  Mohamed al-Orabi praised Friday that Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim’s remarks on putting an end to the enmities between Ankara and Egypt, Syria, and Israe.

Eu seeks talks with Cairo as migrants depart Egyptian coast

The deputy director of the European Commission’s migration and home affairs department, Olivier Onidi, called on European Union (EU) lawmakers to cooperate with Egyptian authorities to curb illegal immigration phenomenon, according to the Associated Press on Saturday.

Italy slams Cambridge University for not cooperating in Giulio Regeni’s murder

The Italian government has accused Cambridge University of stone-walling an investigation into the torture and murder of a PhD student whose horrifically mutilated body was dumped in a ditch on the outskirts of Cairo, the Telegraph reported Saturday.


Illegal immigration attempt of 154 people foiled off Alexandria

Egypt’s naval forces thwarted an illegal immigration attempt of 154 people off Alexandria coast near by the city of Rosetta Saturday.

Actor Ahmed Ezz given 3-year sentence for libel, slander

A Cairo court on Saturday has sentenced Egyptian actor Ahmed Ezz to three years in prison on charges of libel and slander

The ruling came after defense of actress Zeina filed complain against Ezz accusing him of insulting, defaming, and disclosing untrue facts about her.

Trial of Journalists Syndicate head, 2 board members adjourned to June 25

Qasr al-Nil Misdemeanors Court adjourned to June 25 the case against Journalist Syndicate head Yehia Qallash and board members Khaled al-Balshy and Gamal Abdel Rehim on charges of harboring fugitives inside the syndicate’s headquarters.

Thursday marks Egypt’s longest fasting hours in Ramadan

Hatem Ouda, the head of the National Institute for Astronomy and Geophysics, told Youm7 that Thursday will be the longest day of Ramadan fasting this year at 15 hours and 52 minutes. Ouda said that the total fasting hours of the holy month of Ramadan this year in Egypt will reach 475 hrs; Muslims abstain from food and drink from dawn to dusk during Ramadan.


Egypt, South Korea sign letter of intent in SMEs

International Cooperation Minister Sahar Nasr signed a letter of intent with South Korean Minister of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) Young-Sup Joo to cooperate in joint SMEs projects.

Egypt imported 20.8 billion cubic feet of liquefied gas since May

The Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company (EGAS) announced importing around 20.8 billion cubic feet of liquefied gas to meet electricity needs, according to Youm7. Egypt has received the said amount of gas over four consignments that began arriving at Ain el-Sokhna port since May; each shipment had 5.2 million cubic feet of gas.

Egypt’s debts to Paris Club increases to $3.6 b

Egypt’s debts to the Paris Club Countries have increased into $3.6 billion by the end of March, compared to the country’s debts in December 2015 that were estimated at $2.6 billion.

In previous statements to Youm7, the head of the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) Tariq Amer said that Egypt paid in January a new installment to Paris Club worth $700 million.

The Paris Club is a voluntary, informal group of creditor nations that work to provide debt relief to developing countries.


First Motorcycle taxi service operates in Alexandria

For the first time, motorcycle taxi service has been provided in Egypt as Cabi Service Company, which is a part of El Nemr group for Projects and Trading, has operated this service in Alexandrian people to facilitate the traffic jam in the rush hours, Youm7 reported.

Coptic Christian prepares mass Iftar for Msulims in Kafr el Sheikh

A Coptic Christian will prepare a mass iftar (breakfast) for Muslims in Bela city at Delta’s Kafr al-Sheikh governorate on Monday, Youm7 reported. The Iftar is being organized under the slogan ‘take care of your country.”

Egyptian Grand Museum receives set of 2,500 artifacts

The under-construction Egyptian Grand Museum will receive Monday a total of 2,500 antiquities sating back to different historical eras. The construction of the three-phase project, which includes the construction of the museum’s main building and implementation of the master plan, landscape parks and surrounding site infrastructure, began in March 2012. Two phases have currently been completed.


Al Ahly 2-3 Zambia’s Zesco in CAF Champions League group A opener

Cairo giants Al Ahly SC lost to Zambia’s Zesco 3-2 in the CAF Champions League Group A opener on Saturday.

The game took place at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola.

Egypt volley ball team beats Czech Republic 3-2 in 2016 FIVB World League

The Egyptian volley ball team won their first match against Czech Republic 3-2 Saturday in the first round of the 2016 FIVB World League in Poland.

Newly joined FC Basel right-back Omar Gaber has expressed his delight at joining the Swiss champions, in an interview after his first training session – Kingfut.com

Omar Gaber joined Basel in May after becoming a Zamalek legend in his six year spell at the White Knights.

Gaber, who will wear number 4 at Basel was happy with his first training session. He said, “Today the first training with me at FC Basel. I am really happy because I’m here now. Maybe the weather is completely different from Egypt so I hope I will adapt quick.”

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