Wrap-up of Egypt’s top news July 13: Egypt buys 9 Boeing planes in $864M deal; Al-Masry Coach referred to trial over assaulting Ministry of Interior photojournalist
Al Masry's coach Hossam Hassan reacts during their Egyptian Premier League soccer match against Al-Ahly at Borg El Arab "Army Stadium", west of the Mediterranean city of Alexandria, Egypt, February 23, 2016. The match was played without spectators due to security reasons. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh
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Politics:

Sisi, Arab League Secretary General talk 27th Arab Summit in Nouakchott

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi met Wednesday with Secretary General of the Arab League Ahmed Aboul Gheit, who reviewed ongoing preparations for the 27th Arab Summit in Nouakchott due to be held on July 25 and 26. Egypt will chair the summit which will focus on how to enhance the role of the Arab League in Arab, regional and international arenas as well as ways to support the joint Arab action at the political, economic and social levels, according to a statement from the Egyptian Presidential office.

Egypt buys 9 Boeing planes in $864M deal

(AP)- EgyptAir says it has purchased nine Boeing planes in an $864 million deal mostly financed by the United Arab Emirates.

The airline said in a statement Wednesday that Dubai Aerospace Enterprise, which is partly owned by the investment arm of the Dubai government, will finance eight of the new planes. It did not provide further details.

EgyptAir chief Safwat Musallam says the “next generation 700-800s” have “an excellent reputation for reliability, performance and cost efficiency.”

EgyptAir suffered a tragic loss in May when Flight 804, an Airbus A320 flying from Paris to Cairo, plunged into the Mediterranean Sea, killing all 66 people on board. The cause of the crash remains unknown.

Egypt denounces Amnesty International “biased” report

Egypt’s Foreign Ministry on Wednesday has denounced Amnesty International’s recent report on human rights practices in the North African country, Youm7 reported.

“Egypt has repeatedly announced its rejection to the biased reports issued by the non-neutral organization that is driven by its political orientation, therefore it does not require any additional comment,” Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Ahmed Abu Zeid said in a statement Wednesday.

On Tuesday, Amnesty International issued a report accusing Egyptian authorities of kidnapping, torturing and “forcibly disappearing people in an effort to intimidate opponents and wipe out peaceful dissent.”

Amnesty has ignored the fact that Egypt’s judicial system has already addressed the various cases mentioned in the report, on the bases of law and constitution, said Abu Zeid.

The report also claimed the Egyptian authorities are involved in the killing of Italian student Giulio Regeni.

“Amnesty International’s report found that the similarities between his injuries and those of Egyptians who died in custody suggests that his death is just the tip of the iceberg,” said the report.

Egypt’s FM participates in AU ordinary session of executive council

Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry headed to Rwanda Tuesday to participate in the African Union (AU) Member States’ 29th Ordinary Session of the Executive Council, scheduled to start Wednesday, the foreign ministry said in a statement.

Meanwhile, Egypt’s President Abdel Fatah al Sisi is expected to take part in the 27th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the Heads of State and Government of the AU is scheduled to take place on July 17 and 18 in Rwanda’s capital city of Kigali.

This year’s summit is held under the theme: “2016: Year of Human Rights with a particular focus on the Rights of Women.”

 

Local:

Al-Masry Coach referred to trial over assaulting Ministry of Interior photojournalist

Football Coach of Al-Masry Sports Club team, Hossam Hassam, and two aides were referred Wednesday to a trial over charges of assaulting Ministry of Interior photojournalist and breaking his camera in the Mediterranean city of Port Said, Youm7 reported. Security forces jailed Hassan Wednesday in Torah prison for four days pending the investigations.

PM discusses plan of removing subsidy on electricity

Egyptian Prime Minister Sherif Ismail held a closed meeting with the Ministry of Electricity Mohamed Shaker Wednesday at the Cabinet headquarters to discuss the government’s plan to remove he subsidy on electricity. The government will announced the subsidy abolishment in coming few weeks.

The draft plan was submitted to the cabinet in June by Electricity Minister Mohamed Shaker. It involves a complete lifting of subsidies on electricity rates by gradually raising the prices of electricity consumption within a period of seven-ten years to curb the growing state budget deficit.

The government plans to reduce the electricity subsidy bill by 6.4 percent to reach 29 billion EGP in 2016/17 fiscal year, Finance Minister Amr eL Garhy announced in May.

Zero-fuel Solar Impulse II aircraft lands in Cairo airport

The Solar Impulse II, an experimental solar-powered aircraft, has successfully landed in Cairo International Airport Wednesday morning after over 48-hour flight, Youm7 reported.

Operated by pilot André Borscherg, the aircraft departed Seville on Monday at 02:20 a.m. Cairo Local Time. It landed in Cairo airport at around 08:00 a.m. on Wednesday.

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. This first round-the-world solar flight was launched with the aim of promoting clean technology.

 

Business:

Kuwaiti investment delegation to visit Egypt next week for establishing water treatment plant in East of Port Said

A delegation of Kuwaiti Fund for Development will visit Egypt on July 16 to 29 to discuss financing a project of establishing water treatment plant in East of Port Said at a cost of $211 million, an official from the Egyptian Ministry of International Cooperation told Youm7 on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to speak to the media.

Egypt’s EGAS purchases 11 LNG cargos

Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company (EGAS) has recently imported 11 cargos of liquefied natural gas, sources at the petroleum ministry told Youm7 Wednesday.

The cargos, estimated at 6.7 billion cubic meters, arrived to the gasification ship at Ain ​​Sokhna Port.

EGAS announced it aims to import between 110 and 120 cargos of liquefied natural gas in 2017, to meet the growing demand for natural gas mainly used to operate power stations.

Egypt’s value of Industrial commodity production increases by 3% in 2014/2015: CAPMAS

Egypt’s value of Industrial commodity production reached 144.1 billion EGP in 2014/2015 compared to 148.4 billion EGP in 2013/2014, with an increase of 3.0 percent due to a decrease in the value of industrial commodity production for some activities as food, textile, and coke ovens products, according to an annual report by the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) Wednesday.

 

Culture:

‘Primitive machine’ technique used to protect Great Pyramid from robbery: Egyptologist

A simple and elaborate system of blocks and grooves has been used in building the Great Pyramid of Giza in order to protect the Pharaoh’s burial chamber from tomb robbers, Egyptologist Mark Lehner told Live Science on Tuesday.

Lehner, who has been excavating the Great Pyramid for about three decades, said the system involves concealing the pharaoh’s tomb using ‘very primitive machine’ that held massive stone blocks up inside the pyramid’s walls until Pharaoh Khufu body was finally laid to rest.

Egyptian museum hosts exhibit features replicas of ancient Egyptian artifacts

An exhibition features hundreds of replicas of ancient Egyptian artifacts will be inaugurated at the Egyptian Museum in downtown Cairo on Thursday, Youm7 reported.

The Antiquities Ministry announced it will offer a 20 percent discount on the displayed replicas. The exhibit will run until July 29.

CIFF films to be screened at Cairo opera house, downtown cinemas  

Films participating in the 38th round of Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF) will be screened at Cairo Opera House and several cinemas at the city center, Magda Wassef, President of the CIFF was quoted by al Ahram Wednesday.

The films will be screened simultaneously with the opening of festival scheduled for November, 16 this year, Wassef said.

The move comes five years after screening the CIFF films at downtown Cairo cinemas was restricted over security concerns.

 

Sports:

Al Ahly cruise past Haras El-Hodood in Egypt Cup – Kingfut.com

Goals by Emad Meteb and Amr El-Sulaya secured the win necessary for Al Ahly to continue their Egypt Cup route towards the title through a 2-1 win. Al Ahly needed to prepare well for their upcoming

Egyptian Giant Al-Ahly Pushing To Sign Nigeria U-23 Forward -owngoalNigeria.com

According to respected Egyptian sport news website Kingfut.com, Al-Ahly have approached Tunisian side CS Sfaxien for the transfer of Nigeria U-23 forward Junior Ajayi.

Al-Ahly are currently in the market for a striker following the departure of top striker Malik Evouna to Chinese club Tianjin Teda and according to Kingfut they are eyeing Ajayi as a replacement for the Gabonese International.

Omar Gaber: Reaching the World Cup must be our minimum target – Kingfut.com

Egypt international Omar Gaber spoke about his goals with the national team, the possibility of qualifying to the World Cup, and discussed his move to Basel.

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