Wrap-up of Egypt’s top news July 12: Parliament re-opens Regeni’s case, recommends delegation visit to Italy
FILE -- In this file photo released by the Egyptian Ministry of Interior on Thursday, Mar. 24, 2016, personal belongings of slain Italian graduate student Giulio Regeni, including his passport, are displayed. On Sunday, April 3, 2016 the editor of Egypt's top state newspaper called on Egyptian authorities to seriously deal with the case of an Italian student tortured and killed in Cairo, saying officials who didn't realize the gravity of the case are risking Egyptian-Italian relations. Italian Premier Matteo Renzi has insisted Italy will settle for nothing less than the truth. (Egyptian Interior Ministry via AP, File)
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Hossam Hassan ordered detained for assaulting photographer

Hossam Hassan, the manager of Al-Masry Club in the Egyptian Premier League, was ordered detained Tuesday along with his assistant for four days pending investigations for assaulting photographer of media and public relations center at Ismailia Security directorate, Youm7 reported.

 

Solar Impulse II bound to Cairo, expected to land Wed. morning

The Solar Impulse II, an experimental solar-powered aircraft, has entered the airspace of Malta on Tuesday early morning en route from Spain’s Seville to Cairo via the Libyan territory, Al Ahram reported.

The zero-fuel aircraft departed Seville on Monday at 02:20 a.m. Cairo Local Time. It should take the slow-moving plane 48-72 hours, depending on the weather conditions, to land in Cairo International Airport after a flight of approximately 3,540 kilometers, according to the aircraft’s website.

This is the 16th leg of Solar Impulse II. Abu Dhabi –Muscat was its first leg started on March 9 this year. Its final destination will be also Abu Dhabi.

 

Egypt to allow import of wheat with 0.5% ergot infection

Health Ministry has agreed to allow importing wheat infected with 0.5 percent ergot in accordance with what has been stipulated in the Codex Alimentarius, in which 187 countries in addition to the European Union have signed, Youm7 reported.

The infection percentage also matches that mentioned by the ISO in 2000 and the international standard specifications.

 

Sisi calls on Egyptian expatriates to invest in their country: Minister

Minister of Emigration Nabila Makram said that President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi has called on Egyptian expatriates to invest in their country.

 

Politics:

Officer, 5 policemen sentenced to 3-7yrs in prison for torturing to death man in Luxor

Qena criminal court ruled Tuesday to sentence an officer to seven years in prison and five policemen to three years over torturing to death a citizen at Luxor police station last year.

In November 2015, Talaat Shabib was reportedly beaten to death while in custody; he was arrested from a café over accusations he allegedly possessed drugs.

His family gathered in protest outside Luxor Hospital, accusing police officers for his killing; the officers were referred to prosecution, which charged them with death by beating.

 

4 managers of Delta wheat silos to be investigated over embezzlement

Supply Monitoring body in Sharqiah governorate, Delta, decided to refer officials who are responsible for four wheat silos in three cities to prosecution over charges of embezzlement, waste of public money and lack of safety and health requirements for wheat, Youm7 reported.

The Administrative Control department has launched magnified crackdowns on supply wheat silos, during which it revealed a deficit of almost 9,000 tons worth 25 million EGP.

MP rules out involvement of security agencies in Regeni’s murder

MP Yehia el-Kedwany, undersecretary of Defense sub-committee at the parliament, ruled out that Egyptian security agencies to be involved in the killing of the Italian student Julio Regeni, who was found dead in Cairo earlier this year, according to Youm7.

Three Parliamentary sub-committees have recommended a parliamentary delegation to visit both Italian house of representatives and Senate in order to discuss developments to the student’s investigations.

This comes after the Italian parliament has decided to halt military support to Egypt, in an escalation to the strained relations between both countries. Egypt responded that the halt would have its negative impact on bilateral cooperation to end illegal immigration crisis.

 

Arab league chief urges ‘self control’ by S. Sudan’s warring parties

Arab League (AL) Secretary General has appealed to the warring parties in South Sudan to “exercise self-control” and stop the fighting erupted in the capital Juba since last week, according to AL’s official statement on Monday.

“We urge all conflicting parties to stop aggressive activities and ward off the specter of violence, which might lead to negative percussions on the stability and security of South Sudan,” said the statement.

According to media reports, at least 300 people have been killed in the fighting that broke out on Thursday between armed forces loyal to South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir and Vice-President, Riek Machar. However, senior officials and military officers from each side blame each other for causing the fighting.

 

Business:

 

Russia expects to invest $4.6 bln in East Port Said by 2035 – MENA

The capital money invested in the Russian industrial zone in eastern Port Said project is expected to reach $4.6 billion by 2035, state-run MENA quoted Russian Ministry of Industry.

Counterfeit coins circulated in Egyptian market

Youm7 has got a counterfeit coin for the Egyptian pound valuable in the market; the Egyptian Mint Authority (EMA) chairperson Mohamed al-Sobki has confirmed that the coin that Youm7 got is fake. Sobki said such coins could be entered into the country before the outbreak of the January 25 Revolution in 2011.

Egyptians consume 5.8 mln tons of petroleum, gas products in February: CAPMAS

Egypt’s domestic consumption of petroleum and gas products amounted to 5.8 million tons in February 2016, comparing with 2,6 million tons in the same month,  Youm7 reported a report issued by the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics Tuesday.

Saudi Arabia has sent the third petroleum shipment; including petrol and diesel, to Egypt as part of a deal signed between Saudi ARAMCO Company and the Egyptian Ministry of Petroleum, Youm7 quoted anonymous sources at the Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation.

The deal stipulates that the Kingdom provides petroleum supplies to Egypt for a period of five years to meet Egypt’s needs of fuel.

USD exchange rate up 11.46 EGP at black markets

The dollar exchange rate against the Egyptian pound at the unofficial markets (black markets) has raised to 11.46 EGP for sale and 11.25 for purchase, Youm7 quoted the owner of an exchange company.

The owner who was quoted anonymously said that the demand on the dollar has been on the rise since Monday amid purchases by traders, importers and citizens, which are prompted by devaluation bets of the EGP.

 

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King Khufu Papyruses exhibited at Egyptian Museum for the 1st time

Egyptian Minister of Antiquities Khaled al-Anani will inaugurate Tuesday a Papyrus exhibition about ancient Egyptian pharaoh Khufu at the Egyptian Museum, Youm7 reported.  The exhibition will runs from July 14 to 29.

The collection of the papyruses, found in Wadi al-Jarf on the Red Sea coast of Egypt where the oldest known official harbor had been established and date back to the Fourth Dynasty, will be shown for the first time.

King Khufu Papyruses

King Khufu Papyruses

 

Egypt’s inbound tourism declines by 51.7 % in May: CAPMAS

The number of tourists visiting Egypt sharply declined by 51.7 percent in May 2016 compared with the same period last year, according to the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS), Egypt’s official statistical agency.

“The number of arriving tourists from all over the world reached 431,800 tourists during May 2016 compared to 894,600 tourists during May 2015,” the report said.

 

40 mln EGP allocated to develop Aten Museum in Minya 

The Ministry of Antiquities has allocated 40 million EGP to conduct inner development for the Aten Museum in Minya, Youm7 reported Tuesday. The pyramid-shaped Museum will be inaugurated in 2017.

 

Sports:

 

Zamalek announce squad to face Ittihad El-Shorta in Egypt Cup – Kingfut.com

Mohamed Helmy has announced an 18-man squad to face Ittihad El-Shorta in the round of 16 of on Tuesday.
Helmy’s only change to the Zamalek squad in the Cairo derby has been the exclusion of Mahmoud Abdel-Moneim ‘Kahraba’, who has been suspended by the club and referred to investigations following his clash with Mohamed Helmy.

 

Malick Evouna moves to Chinese side Tianjin Teda – Kingfut.com

Al Ahly and Gabon striker Malick Evouna has completed his move to Chinese outfit Tianjin Teda, signing a three and half year contract.
The 23-year-old spent only one season with Egyptian champions Al Ahly, after joining last summer from Wydad Casablanca.

 

Stoke City: Mark Hughes closes in on Ramadan Sobhi swoop – but it’s not a done deal yet – stokesentinel.com

STOKE City are hoping to close a summer-long chase and clinch the signing of teenage Egypt winger Ramadan Sobhi.
The Potters are in the final stages of negotiations for the 19-year-old Al Ahly winger, who has burst onto the domestic and international scene over the last 12 months.

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