Wrap-up of Egypt’s top news July 1: Egypt’s PM performs Ramadan’s last Friday prayers at al Hussein Mosque
Prime Minister Sherif Ismail performs the last Friday prayers in the fasting month of Ramadan at Cairo's al Hussein Mosque.
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IS claims responsibility for Coptic priest murder

The Islamic State (IS) militants group has claimed responsibility for the yesterday killing a Coptic priest in Egypt’s North Sinai city of Arish.

“Our soldiers successfully targeted the priest Moussa Azmi, known as Rafael, who combats Islam,” the group said in a statement posted on social media Thursday.

Rev Rophael Mousa was shot dead outside the Church of the Martyr of St George Thursday, according to the Interior Ministry statement.

Egypt’s PM performs Ramadan’s last Friday prayers at al Hussein Mosque

Prime Minister Sherif Ismail performed the last Friday prayers in the fasting month of Ramadan at Cairo’s al Hussein Mosque.

Religious Endowment Minister Mohamed Mokhtar Gomaa delivered the Friday sermon focusd on the significance of Laylat al-Qadr; one of the odd nights of the last ten days of Ramadan month and according to Quran, it is better than 1000 months of worship.

Hot weather prevails Sat., Cairo sees 37

Hot and humid weather will prevail Saturday on the Delta through the northern governorates of Upper Egypt, Egyptian Meteorological Authority predicted Friday.

Cairo will see highs of 36 while moderate weather is expected on the Mediterranean coast cities, Alexandria will see highs of 31 C.

10 decomposed bodies washed up on Matrouh beach over past 24 hrs

A total of 10 dead bodies for people who were on board of a migrants’ boat, have been washed up on the beach in the Mediterranean city of Marsa Matrouh over the past 24 hours, Matrouh security director Hisham Lotfy told Youm7.

Bodies of women and children were among the victims. It was reported that the boat was carrying illegal migrants and that it sank in the sea; the dead bodies then began to surface in different parts near the Mediterranean city.

Lotfy said that it was difficult to identify the bodies as they were all completely decomposed, indicating that the deaths took place a while ago amounts to a month.

Egypt imports 5,000 calves to combat high prices

The General Authority for Veterinary Services has received 5,000 calves imported from Sudan, Ukraine and Hungary to combat high prices during Eid el-Fitr (Feast of breaking fast) where the demand on meat is high.

Politics:

Egypt will not conform to UNHRC pro-homosexuality resolutions: delegate

Egypt will not adhere to any pro-homosexuality resolution approved by the United Nations as they “contradict religion and international laws,” Egypt’s permanent delegate to the United Nations Amr Ramadan was quoted by state news agency MENA on Friday.

The remarks came following the UN Human Rights Council adoption to a resolution on the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons, which also condemns violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Sisi orders opening of Rafah crossing until Monday ahead of Eid al Fitr

President Abdel Fatah al Sisi directed to extend the opening of Egypt-Gaza Rafah border crossing for one more day until Monday, Youm7 reported.

The decision came to allow more stranded people from both sides to cross ahead of Eid al Fitr holiday that will start on Wednesday. Last week, the crossing was set to be open for four days; Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday only.

Lifting Sinai from ICAO’s no-fly zone signals ‘success’ for Egypt security: tourism expert

The International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) decision to lift the Sinai Peninsula from the Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) warnings worldwide reflects success of Egyptian armed forces in countering terrorism, Atef Abdel Latif, member of the South Sinai Investors Association was quoted by Al Ahram Friday.

The decision will have a positive impact on number of tourists expected to visit Egypt during the upcoming high season, Abdel Latif added.

Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis leader arrested

The alleged leader of an Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis cell in Beni Suef has been arrested over charges of assassinating an officer from a police station in the governorate and two low-ranking policemen from the Homeland Security.

Beni Suef security directorate had arrested 22 people from the suspected cell and they referred to Abdel Azim M. as their leader and confessed to 23 attacks, Youm7 reported Friday.

Egypt proposes transmitting black boxes’ data during flights at COPUOS

International bodies are studying Egypt’s proposal that data on planes’ black boxes are trasmitted as they fly via satellites because they are sometimes irrecoverable or irrevocably damages when the crafts crash, Egypt’s representative at the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) Alaa al-Nahry told Youm7 in a Friday report.

Nahry spoke to representatives of entities that attend the meetings of COPUOS in the observer capacity, such as the International Telecommunications Union. COPUOS’ 5th session was held in Vienna earlier in June.

Nahry also said he will propose the idea at the meetings of COPUOS’ scientific subcommittee and technical subcommittee in February 2017.

The ill-fated EgyptAir plane’s black boxes were recovered damaged, and while French investigators have repaired the flight data recorder, the voice recorder is still being fixed.

Business:

Egypt’s Finance ministry to issue t-bills, bonds worth 97.75b EGP in July

The Finance Ministry plans to put forward treasury bills and bonds worth 97.750 billion EGP in July, state news agency MENA reported on Friday.

In the short term, the ministry will offer three-month, six-month, nine-month and one-year treasury bills, while as for the long-term debt tools, the ministry intends to sell three-year, five-year, seven-year and ten-year treasury bonds, data from the ministry showed.

Cairo seen improving bid for RCS by end of Friday – source

Italy’s Cairo Communication plans to improve its all-share takeover offer for RCS MediaGroup by the end of Friday, a source close to the matter told Reuters, in a move bound to intensify the battle for control of the influential publisher.

Friday is the last day for Cairo to sweeten its offer.

Egypt repays $1bln owed to Qatar: CBE governor

Egypt returned a $1 billion deposit to Qatar, the last of the Qatari deposits at the central bank on Friday, the bank’s Governor Tarek Amer was quoted by Al Ahram.

Qatar gave Egypt $7.5 billion in loans and grants during the one-year tenure of former President Mohamed Morsi but relations between the two countries tensed due to Qatari opposition to Morsi’s ouster in 2013.

Egypt also repaid $800 million of debt to the Paris Club of creditor countries next July, Amer said.

Investment Ministry seeks independent legislation for economic zones

The Investment Ministry has contacted the Finance Ministry to put the special economic zones under the jurisdiction of the law of incentives and investment guarantees so these zones can enjoy their own legislation, executive director of the General Authority for Investment Mohamed Khodeir told Youm7 Friday.

Telecommunications ranks first at EGX last week

The telecommunications sector ranked first among the rest at the Egyptian Stock Exchange last week with a trade volume of 169.7 million shares worth 255.6 million EGP, followed by financial services sector.

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Kafr el-Sheikh hosts biggest Iftar gathering Friday

Metoubus city in Delta’s Kafr el-Sheikh is preparing to host the biggest Iftar (breaking the fast) gathering in the governorate Friday, which will be attended by more than 2,5000 people.

The Iftar will be held on the Nile banks in Metoubus and Edfena cities.

Rouh el-Mobadra” or “Spirit of Initiative” youth group, has proposed the idea of the collective Iftar party to bring families and youths in the governorate together during the holy month of Ramadan, according to Youm7.

Helwan Observatory to be inscribed among Egypt’s Islamic, Coptic monuments: Min.

The Ministry of Antiquities is examining the contents of Helwan Observatory in preparation to inscribe it within its Islamic and Coptic antiquities record.

The Observatory, located south of Cairo, is the oldest and the most important astronomy observatory in the Arab region; it is important in Egypt as it is used in determining astronomical matters related to Islam like moon sighting, according to Youm7. It was inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage list in 2011.

July 3: Room Art Space & Café screens ‘Attila Marcel’

Room Art Space & Café in Garden City district, Cairo, will screen the French comedy film Attila Marcel at 9 p.m. on Sunday, according to De Cairo event planner website.

The film is directed by writer-director Sylvain Chomet, who is known for Paris, je t’aime and the two Oscar nominated animations “The Triplets of Belleville” and “The Illusionist.”

Minimum order: 25 EGP ($2.8.)

Sports:

Al-Masry to remain in 3rd place after 0-0 draw with Tala’a el-Gaish – Kingfut

Al-Masry will remain in third place of the premier league after a Thursday match with Tala’a el-Gaish ended in draw without goals, according to Kingfut website.

Al-Ahly VS Ittihad of Alexandria in Borg el-Arab Sunday – Filgoal

Al-Ahly and Ittihad of Alexandria are scheduled to play a match at El-Geish Stadium in Borg el-Arab, Alexandria on Sunday, according to Filgoal website.

Al-Ahly has won Egypt’s premier league and secure the title after winning over El-Ismaili.

Egypt’s women handball team participates in qualification tournament for 2017 championship

Egyptian women’s handball team will participate in a qualification tournament for 2017 World Women’s Championship that is scheduled to take place December 2-11, according to Kingfut website.

Egypt’s team was placed in Group B along with Kenya, Congo, Algeria and Tunisia. The website explained that the top three teams will secure their places in Germany next year.

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