Wrap-up of Egypt’s top news June 24:Hoax bomb threat delays EgyptAir plane to Turkey
This is a April 2014 image of an EgyptAir Airbus A320 with the registration SU-GCC taking off from Istanbul Atatürk Airport, Turkey. Egyptian aviation officials said on Thursday May 19, 2016 that an EgyptAir flight MS804 with the registration SU-GCC, travelling from Paris to Cairo with 66 passengers and crew on board has crashed. The officials say the search is now underway for the debris. (AP Photo/ Ahmet Akin Diler)
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Politics

EgyptAir MS804 data recorders damaged, sent to France’s BEA for repair

The memory units of the two flight recorders from EgyptAir Flight MS804 were damaged and will be sent to France next week for repairs, a statement by Egyptian investigative committee said.

France’s aviation accident bureau BEA will repair the memory devices and remove accumulated salt from the memory chips before they return to the Civil Aviation Ministry for further scrutiny, according to the statement.

Egypt wins UN Human Rights Council membership at mid-term election

Egypt became a member at the UN Human Rights Council after securing a seat in the mid-term elections carried out Thursday, Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Ambassador Ahmed Fateh Allah will be Egypt’s representative at the UNHRC during the period 2017-2021, according to the statement.

Fair distribution of Nile water will resolve conflicts: S. Sudan amb.

Fair distribution of Nile water according to their needs and conservative consumption of it will end conflicts on the resource, ambassador of South Sudan to Cairo Anthony Kon told Youm7 Thursday.

Local

Local council elections to take place by end of 2017: PM

Local council elections will be held before the end of 2017, Prime Minister Sherif Ismail said in a statement Thursday.

The elections will be held after draft local administration law gets discussed in the parliament, according to Ismail.

Hoax bomb threat delays EgyptAir plane to Turkey

An EgyptAir flight delayed Friday evening after a false bomb threat was reported; Youm7 quoted an official statement from EgyptAir.

The flight, scheduled to depart Cairo International Airport for Istanbul was delayed after a three-hour security inspection, according to the statement.

UNICEF Egypt launches campaign against child abuse

UNICEF Egypt has launched campaign to combat at reducing physical and psychological abuse against Egyptian children, Al Masry Al Youm7 reported.

The campaign calls on parents to develop quiet, gentle and kind ways to bring up their children.

Suspected murderer, drug dealer escape from Alexandria police station

Two detainees escaped from al-Raml police station in Alexandria Thursday while policemen were having iftar at dusk using copies of the keys of their cell, Youm7 reported. One of them is charged with murder and the other with drug dealing.

Business

British investments in Egypt won’t be affected after Britain voted to leave EU: minister

British investments in Egypt will not be affected by the recent vote to leave the European Union, Youm7 quoted Trade and Industry Ministry Khaled Qabil Friday.

He noted that British investments in Egypt, estimated at $5 billion, are concentrated at the private sector.

Egypt gold prices reach all time high after Britain vote to leave EU

Egypt gold prices have reached all time high on local markets Friday with a gram of 21-carat gold reaching 410 EGP ($45) following Britain’s vote to leave the European Union, Youm7 reported.

A gram of 18-carat gold reached 351 EGP, Ihab Wassef, member of Gold Division of the General Union Chamber of Commerce told Youm7.

Apache Corp extends Western Desert oil drilling for 5 years

The U.S.- based oil and gas exploration firm Apache Corporation has renewed its Khalda-2 drilling concession in Egypt’s western desert for five more years, according to Youm7.

Signing the agreement, which involves adding new 10 wells, was attended by Egypt’s Petroleum Minister Tarek al Mulla.

Culture

Indian Amb. hold iftar in Zamalek home

Indian Ambassador to Cairo Sanjay Bhattacharyya held an iftar in his home in Zamalek Wednesday, where celebrities and other figures of the Egyptian society attended. In a statement by the embassy, Bhattacharyya said Islam has had an impact on India for centuries and that there is a large number of non-Arab Muslims living outside the Arab region.

Children with special needs to enjoy events at Cultural Garden of Fustat

A department for children with special needs has been opened at the Cultural Garden of al-Fustat to hold art and cultural events for them, Secretary-General of the Supreme Culture Council Amal al-Sabban said during the Thursday inauguration.

Islamic recitation at National Library Sunday

An Islamic recitation event will be held June 26 at the seminar hall of the Egyptian National Library and Archives in Bab el-Khalq by famous performer Mahmoud al-Tohamy.

State of emergency in Giza to mark Eid al-Fitr

A state of emergency at all service sectors and utilities was announced by Giza Governor Mohamed al-Daly to prepare for Eid al-Fitr July 6, where millions of Muslims in Egypt gather to perform the Eid prayer then flock to parks and recreational venues to celebrate.

Sports

Cuper awaits draw for African nations qualifying for 2018 World Cup

Hector Cuper, coach of Egypt’s national football team, awaits today’s draw for the African nations qualifying for the 2018 World Cup at 5 p.m. Friday in Marriott Hotel.

Samir Zaher plans not to run for football association

Head of the Egyptian Football Association Samir Zaher plans to not run for the same position in the next election, he told Youm7 Friday.

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