UPDATE: Egypt’s Local News Digest June 28:’Sovereign body’ will print question papers of rescheduled Thanawya Amma leaked exams
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‘Sovereign body’ will print question papers of rescheduled Thanawya Amma leaked exams

A Sovereign body will supervise printing question papers of the Thanawya Amma standardized exams which were rescheduled following online leaks, Prime Minister Sherif Ismail announced Tuesday.

The statement came during Ismail’s meeting with heads of parliament committees. However, the premier has not named the body concerned. On Sunday, the Education Ministry said exams leaked earlier this week will be rescheduled.

Egypt receives data files from crashed EgyptAir MS 804

Data files from the black box of EgyptAir plane that crashed over the Mediterranean in May were sent to Egypt on Tuesday after one of the plane’s black box flight recorders was repaired in France, according to a statement from the Egyptian committee investigating the crash.

The Data Recorder was repaired in laboratories belonging to France’s BEA aircraft accident investigation agency. The analysis of the data will take a few days, according to the statement.

ICAO cancels safety warning over Egypt’s Sinai

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has cancelled its three year-old safety warning for its civilian pilots for flying over Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, according to Al Masry al Youm7.

Egypt has been listed in the ICAO’s list of area’s of conflict since the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013.

Detention of 2 journalists extended for 15 days

The pre-trial detention of journalists Amr Badr and Mahmoud al Sakka was extended for 15 days pending investigations over charges including spreading false news, state TV reported Tuesday.

The duo faces accusations of protesting against the transfer of two Red Sea Islands to Saudi Arabia, and joining an outlawed group, according to Rights Lawyer Khaled Ali Facebook page.

Aqrab prison closure case adjourned to July 2

The Administrative Court on Tuesday adjourned to July 2 a case demanding the closure of Al Aqrab prison, state TV reported.

The lawsuit was filed by several human rights organizations to compel the president and ministers of justice and interior to close Aqrab Prison for violating prison requirements stated in international agreements signed by the Egyptian government.

HarassMap launches campaign to end workplace sexual harassment

The volunteer-based initiative HarassMap has launched a campaign called “Ask Before you work to guarantee your right in a safe job,” aiming to end workplace sexual harassment. The initiative said that the campaign raises women’s awareness to ask if the companies they are applying to work for have a policy devoted to sexual harassment, which should not tolerate such crime, investigate harassment complaints and conduct training sessions for employees, supervisors and managers about the right of employees to a workplace free of sexual harassment.

Mentally-challenged woman got pregnant after rape: NCDA

The National Council for Disability Affairs (NCDA) stated that it is following up closely on the case of a mentally-challenged woman who got pregnant after she was raped by a worker in Hawamdeyya city in Giza; the rapist was detained.

Japan cooperates with Egypt in developing education system at 14K nurseries

Egypt will apply Japanese education system on 200 schools as part of Egypt-Japan cooperation to develop early childhood care and provide training for Egyptian experts. The decision was announced by the Minister of Social Solidarity Ghada Waly during her meeting with the Ambassador of Japan in Cairo Takahiro Kagawa.

Kagawa stated that the embassy is ready to cooperate with the Ministry to develop education system of 14,000 nurseries.

186K Egyptians returned from Libya since Feb. 2015

The number of Egyptian returnees who fled Libya since February 2015 has reached 186, 206, Youm7 quoted security sources at Sallum Crossing Border.

A video emerged last year showing the brutal killing of 20 Egyptian Copts who were announced kidnapped in Libya by members of the Islamic State (IS) group. Egyptian army launched retaliatory airstrikes, claiming to have killed dozens of the IS militants and destroying weapons stores.

Meanwhile, the border authorities have finalized travel and arrival papers for 824 Egyptians and Libyans in both directions over the past 24 hours.

British Travel Agency Thomas Cook extends ban on flights to Sharm el-Sheikh

British Travel Agency Thomas Cook extended its ban on direct flights to Sharm el-Sheikh city ntil February 2017.

Britain has advised its nationals not to travel to Egypt’s famous Red Sea resort following the Russian plane crash in October 2015 shortly after it departed Sharm el-Sheikh Airport, causing the death of 224 passengers and crew.

Facebook page claims leaking high school exams

A Facebook page called “We Gathered to Cheat,” notorious for leaking high school exams, has posted pictures claiming they are for question papers of algebra, geometry, geology and history exams that are scheduled on July 2 and July 4, according to Youm7.

The Education Ministry has cancelled at least two high school exams after they were leaked on social media, and accordingly postponed them to be held next month.

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