Wrap-up of Egypt’s top news July 4: Egypt condemns suicide attack at U.S. consulate in Jeddah; Daylight saving timing canceled
General view of security personnel in front of a mosque as police stage a second controlled explosion, after a suicide bomber was killed and two other people wounded in a blast near the U.S. consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, in this still frame taken from video July 4, 2016. REUTERS/REUTERS TV
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EGYPTAIR urges customers to check bookings after cancelation of daylight saving timing

EgyptAir has urged customers to check their bookings after daylight saving timing was cancelled in Egypt per a cabinet decision Monday. The state-run travel agent company provided email, landlines and mobile numbers for inquiries, and requested its customers to be present at the airport four hours prior to the booked timing for international flights, and early two hours for domestic flights.

 

Search vessel recovers human remains at EgyptAir MS804 crash site

(Reuters)- A search vessel contracted by the Egyptian government has recovered all mapped human remains under water at the crash site of EgyptAir flight MS804 in the Mediterranean, Egypt’s aircraft accident investigation committee said on Sunday.

The John Lethbridge, belonging to Mauritius-based Deep Ocean Search, headed to Alexandria port to hand over the remains to coroners and prosecution officials, the committee said in a statement. It will return to the crash site to make further checks for any possible remains there, the statement said.

 

Two people arrested in Cairo over killing Egyptian expat in Kuwait

Two suspects, accused of killing an Egyptian expatriate in Kuwaiti city of Jaber Al-Ahmed, have been arrested in Cairo by Interpol in cooperation with the Egyptian authorities, announced Kuwaiti Ministry of Interior Sunday evening.

The 27-year-old expat, Dhiya Gamal, was stabbed many times in his body; 12 hours later, the two suspects were arrested at the Cairo International Airport.

Officials at the Ministry of Manpower announced that the body of the killed Egyptian will arrive in Cairo Monday.

 

Politics:

Egypt condemns ‘terrorist attack’ at U.S. consulate in Jeddah

Egypt’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has condemned a terrorist attack that took place around the U.S. consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The attack resulted in two members of security personnel injured.

 

Court releases on bail man stripped naked Coptic elderly woman

Minya Misdemeanour Court has ruled to release on bail a man who is accused of setting fire to a number of houses owned by Coptic citizens, attacking an elderly woman and stripping her naked in the street in Upper Egypt’s Minya governorate. The man, who is accused of the said incidents that took place in May, has reportedly appealed his detention and was bailed 10,000 EGP.

 

Parliament’s fact-finding on corruption of wheat supply says 50 mln EGP stolen in one silo

Egypt’s Parliamentarian the fact-finding committee, tasked to investigate into the corruption of the wheat supply, filed a complaint before the General Prosecution over stealing 50 million EGP due to corruption of wheat procurement in only one silo the committee members visited, an anonymous official told Youm7 Sunday. There are allegations of wasting 240 million EGP (about $27 million) of wheat procurement from the silos.

 

MP calls for studying cancelation of death penalty, reduce remand period in Egypt

Member of Parliament Badawy Abdel el-Latif said he hopes the death penalty will be cancelled in Egypt similar to the European Union states. He told Youm7 that the death penalty could be abolished and be applied only in exceptional cases like killing by poison and national security-related cases.

 

Business:

EGX boosted by local purchases, market capitalisation gains $687 M at end of weekly transactions

Egypt’s stock market has achieved a collective gains at the end of this week’s transactions on Monday, pushed by Arab and local purchases, while foreign investors mostly sold. Market capitalisation gained around 6.1 billion EGP ($687 million) and closed at the level of 390,464 EGP. EGX 30 index raised by 2.88 percent; EGX50 index raised by 2.37 percent, while EGX20 raised by 4.17 percent. For medium and small cap eGX70, it raised by 0.18 percent, and EGX100 raised by 0.83 percent.

 

Summer crop planted areas increased to 3.6 M feddan: report

The Ministry of Agriculture stated an increase in areas planted in summer crops by 3.6 million feddan, according to a report.

The report said that all cultivation tools and fertilisers need to complete the area allocated for planting summer crops this year have been made available.

 

Egypt reduces arrears owed to foreign oil companies to $3.4 bln

(Reuters) Egypt has reduced the arrears it owes foreign oil companies to $3.4 billion in 2015/16 from $3.5 billion a year earlier, Petroleum Minister Tarek El Molla told Reuters on Monday.

El Molla also said that Egypt received crude oil and natural gas from the foreign partners’ share during 2015/16 worth $5.4 billion. Egypt paid them $5.5 billion.

 

Culture:

Egypt reclaims ancient relief from Paris

Egypt Embassy in Paris received a limestone relief from the reign of the 30th dynasty King Nectanebo II, after stopping its sale at an auction hall in Paris, Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities said in a statement Sunday.

The relief was stolen during the 1990s from a temple at Saqqara necropolis and has never been found, Shaaban Abdel Gawad, Supervisor General of Antiquities Recuperation Department at the ministry said.

 

Soft drink company to pay debts to release imprisoned 1,000 women debtors

Egyptian famous actress Laila Elwi has gotten a pledge from Corpus of Contemporary American English (COCA) to repay all debts owed by 1,000 women debtor, who are imprisoned over failure to repay back their debts. The Actress, in cooperation with charitable Foundation of Misr El Kheir have launched a company to raise money to release a total of 33,000 women debtors, al-Ahram reported Sunday.

 

NRIAG to see crescent of Shawal month Tuesday

Egypt’s National Research Institute of Astronomy and Geophysics (NRIAG) will see Tuesday the crescent of Shawal, the tenth month of the Islamic Calendar, to be sure whether the Ramadan, the month when all Muslims should fast worldwide, ended or not. The Institute expected that Shawal will start Wednesday when Muslims celebrate Eid al-Fitr.

 

Sports: 

Al Ahly regain Egyptian Premier League title from rivals Zamalek – thenational.com

Cairo giants Al Ahly regained the Egyptian Premier League title officially on Sunday night with a 1-1 draw against Alexandria’s Al Ittihad.

It is their record-extending 38th Egyptian championship, a return to the domestic top for the club after surrendering the title to fierce Cairo rivals Zamalek last season. That runners-up finish broke a string of eight successive titles for Ahly, dating back a decade to 2005 (there were no title winners in 2012 or 2013 as the uprisings against Hosni Mubarak and then Mohamed Morsi ended both campaigns).

 

Ittihad of Alexandria hold Al Ahly to draw – Kingfut.com

Champions Al Ahly drew with Ittihad of Alexandria 1-1 at Borg El-Arab Staduim to move 8 points clear of second-placed Zamalek.

Al Ahly began the game dominating the possession, but couldn’t convert the possession into any clear-cut chances

 

Egypt’s handball team to face Spain in World derby

Egypt’s handball team will face Spain Monday in World derby which holds in Russia,YOUM7 reported

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