UPDATE: Egypt’s local digest June 25: Trial of press syndicate head, 2 board members adjourned to July 2
Egyptians shout slogans against Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi during a protest against the decision to hand over control of two strategic Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia in front of the Press Syndicate, in Cairo, Egypt. Egyptian security forces have rounded up dozens of activists, journalists, and lawyers ahead of demonstrations called for April 25 against President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi's policies, including the transfer of two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia, lawyers and witnesses said Friday, April 22. 2016. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)
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Trial of press syndicate head, 2 board members adjourned to July 2

Qasr el Nil Misdemeanor Court adjourned to July 2 the trial of Journalists Syndicate head and two other board members on charges of harboring fugitives inside the syndicate’s headquarters.

Two Policemen along with syndicate security personnel are scheduled to testify during the July 2 session.

Applicants for Presidential Leadership Program 2nd batch take tests

Thousands of Egyptian youth, who applied for the Presidential Leadership Program, took a preliminary test in Cairo Saturday; weeks after the first batch graduated, Youm7 reported.

The tests were carried out simultaneously in six different venues in Cairo.

The program aims to prepare youths to leadership posts according to modern management techniques. Sisi said the program aims to qualify 2,500 youths annually in the first stage.

11 Egyptians stranded in Syria to return home: Embassy

The Egyptian diplomatic mission in Damascus rescued and managed to finalize measures to deport 11 Egyptian nationals stranded along with their families in Syria, according to Youm7.

The Egyptians escaped from some of Syria’s more dangerous governorates including Rif Dimashq (Damascus Countryside,) Latakia and Hama, the Chargé d’affaires of Egypt in Damascus Mohamed Tharwat Selim was quoted as saying by Youm7.

318 Egyptians return from war-torn Libya via Sallum crossing: official

A total of 318 Egyptian citizens have returned from Libya via the Sallum border crossing over the past 24 hours, Matrouh Security chief Hisham Lotfy told Youm7 Saturday.

244 of the returnees have left Egypt in legal ways, he said.

Cairo contacts Saudi Arabia to stop deportation of 5,167 Egyptian families

Minister of Emigration Nabila Makram said that she is contacting Saudi authorities to stop the deportation of 5,167 Egyptian families for violating residency conditions during Hajj (Pilgrimage.)

The Saudi deportation decision ruled that the Egyptian nationals will be banned to visit the Kingdom for ten years, in accordance with the Kingdom’s law.

According to her statements to Youm7, Makram added that she has appealed to Saudi authorities to issue a royal decree to pardon them and stop the deportation decision within the framework of coherence between Egypt and Saudi Arabia.

55K housing units for middle-incomers to be built: official

The establishment of a total of 55,000 new housing units for middle-income people will begin within a month, Undersecretary of Housing Ministry Mohamed Nabeeh told Youm7.

The new units will be built in more than eight new cities. The project will be built in cooperation with the Egyptian Military Engineering Authority (MEA).

In January, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi directed the ministry to increase the number of housing units for middle-income people from 150,000 to 250, 000 units.

Cairo University launches free medical examinations of Hep C students

Cairo University has launched a campaign called “Cairo University completely free of Hepatitis C” in coordination with Pharmaceutical companies and civil society organizations.

President of the University, Gaber Nassar announced on his Facebook page that the university will “carry out free of charge medical examinations to students and faculty staff who contracted the virus, and provide them with health and psychological support.”

80 hospitals to be renewed during FY 2016/2016

Hisham Atta, the head of Therapeutic Medicine at the Health Minister, told Youm7 that a total of 80 hospitals will be renewed during the financial year of 2016/2017 at the cost of 6 billion EGP.

He added that renewal works of 25 hospitals in Cairo and other governorates will finalized by the end of this year at a cost of 1.5 billion EGP.

‘Shawmeng’ challenges gov’t, promises university exam leak 2017

‘Shawmeng helps Thanaweya Amma cheats’ Facebook, which is famous for leaking high school diploma exams for four years, has challenged government “failure” in curbing the page and promised it will begin leaking universities’ exams as of 2017, according to a post on the page.  

Cairo sees highs of 39 Saturday

Forecasters expected a hot weather Saturday on most parts of the country, with Cairo recording highs of 39 and lows of 25.

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