Wrap-up of Egypt’s top news July 14: Egypt investigates ‘Pokemon Go’ possible threat to national security; North coast whale not found yet; killers of nun, businessmen ordered detained
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Top prosecutor orders detention of involved in supply wheat violations

Top prosecutor Nabil Sadeq has decided to detain all those involved in the supply wheat violations that have been recently revealed and referred to investigations over the stealing of millions of pounds.

Sadeq ordered to put the names of fugitives in the case on airport watch list.

The names of the accused have not been revealed yet; however, a number of officials were announce detained over reported violations in wheat silos.

 

Ministry of Environment, NIOFA did not find North Coast whale
Egyptian Ministry of Environment, in cooperation with Athens National Institute for Oceanography and Fisheries in Alexandria (NIOFA), conducted a survey in the Mediterranean Sea to find a whale was reportedly found swimming in Merbrllah village beach in North Coast. However, the survey resulted showed no whales in the area.

 

Killers of nun, businessman ordered detained for 4 days

Defendants accused of killing a nun and a businessman in Manshyet el-Qanater district, Cairo in a fire exchange were detained for four days pending investigations.

The bullets mistakenly hit the two victims who happened to be at the fire exchange site, and killed them immediately.

30 football fans arrested in a protest against detention of al-Masry team coach 
A total of 30 football fans of al Maary Sporting Club were arrested Wednesday evening during a protest was staged by hundreds of fans in a protest against the detention of the club team coach Hossam Hassan. The coach was charged Wednesday with assaulting the Ministry of Interior’s photojournalist in Ismailia governorate. He was kept in the custody Wednesday pending Tyne investigations.

 

Politics:

Interior Ministry pardons 112 prisoners, conditionally releases 80 others 

The Interior Ministry has decided to pardon 112 prisoners and conditionally release 80 inmates according to a study conducted by a committee to choose prisoners who deserve amnesty, according to Youm7.

A presidential decree was issued last year to allow pardoning inmates with final sentences and those who served half of their prison terms; hundreds of prisoners have been released upon this decision.

However, the decision excludes those who are accused of endangering public security, weapon possession, drug trading, illicit gain and terror-related charges.

Sisi forms committee to carry out inventory on Ministry of Endowment’s properties

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi has decreed to form a committee, t be chaired by his advisor for the national projects Ibrahim Mahlab, to conduct a comprehensive inventory for all properties and assets that owned by the Ministry of Awqaf (Endowment), Youm7 reported Thursday.

FM: MPs participation Iranian opposition conference ‘not official’

Ministry of Foreign Affairs has stated that the participation of a number of Egyptian parliamentarians in a recent conference for the Iranian opposition in Paris was “not official and did not represent the government,” in a Thursday statement.

The Iranian Foreign Ministry has summoned the Egyptian Chargé d’affaires in Tehran in denouncement to MPs participation in the conference.

Egypt, Russian FMs talk MENA issues 

Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry and his Russian counterpart Sergie Lavrov have discussed the situation in the Middle East, including settlement efforts between Palestinians and Israelis in a phone call, Youm7 quoted a statement by the Russian Foreign Ministry.

Both officials also tackled boosting bilateral cooperation between Cairo and Moscow.

 

 

Business:

 

Domestic currency liquidity up to 2,003 bln EGP: CBE

The size of domestic currency liquidity has increased reaching 2,006 billion EGP by the end of April, with an estimated increase of 241 billion EGP (13.7 percent) during the period from July 2015 to April 2016, according to a report issued Thursday by the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE.)

 

3 Gulf companies offer to buy 4G mobile network license: official

Three gulf companies specialized in telecommunication services have offered to buy the license of the fourth generation (4G) of mobile technology, which is expected to launched soon, an official source at the Ministry of Telecommunications told Youm7. The source said that among the three companies is Zain mobile and data services operator.

BP starts drilling first deep target exploration gas well in El Matariya

The British Petroleum (BP) group has started in May drilling the first drilling of the first deep target exploration gas well (Mocha-1) in El Matariya onshore concession area in the Nile Delta, Youm7 reported an official from the Egyptian Ministry of Petroleum Thursday.

The company drills a large number of exploratory wells, developmental and evaluative processes, in light of implementing a strategic plans in collaboration with the Ministry of Petroleum to expand research and exploration, for 2016, to increase Egypt’s production of crude oil and gas.

 

No increase of imported, domestic cigarette prices: official
President of Smoke Division of the Federation of Egyptian Industries, Ibrahim Imbabi stated that no decision has recently been taken to increase the price of imported and domestic cigarette. He noted that the retail merchants have increased the price in the markets.

Prices of certain kinds of imported cigarette have seen, the last few days, an increase in prices up to 4 EGP.

In February 2015, Egypt raised sales taxes on both local and imported cigarettes by 50 percent per a presidential decree. In July 2014, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi raised taxes on local and imported cigarettes and alcoholic beverages by up to 200 percent.

 

 

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Collection of King Khufu’s papyri exhibited at Egyptian Museum

The Egyptian Museum in downtown hosts Thursday, for the first time, a collection of King Khufu’s papyri discovered in Wadi El-Jarf port, 24 km south of Zaafarana area and 119 km off the town of Suez, the Ministry of Antiquities announced Wednesday in a statement.

“The papyri were discovered in 2013 by a Franco-Egyptian mission led by French Egyptologist Pierre Tallet and Egyptian Egyptologist Sayed Mahfouz. It shows the daily and style of life of workers in this port during the reign of fourth dynasty king Khufu. It also highlights that workers and employees at Wadi El-Jarf port have participated in the construction of the Great pyramid at Giza plateau, which on its turn indicates the highly efficient administrative system in the Khufu’s reign,” the statement read.

 

Egypt investigates into Pokemon Go app’s ‘possible threats on national security’

Egyptian Cabinet Spokesperson Hossam Gawish announced that the Egyptian concerned bodies have launched an investigation into cell-phone apps that “could endanger the Egyptian national security, “ al-Arabia net reported Thursday. His remarks came amid governmental concerns over Pokemon Go app, as they double such app could be used in intelligence and spying.

 

Landslide unearths archeological crypt in Alexandria

A landslide has occurred in western Alexandria, unearthing an archeological crypt beneath the ground, Youm7 reported. A committee from the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities went to the site to inspect the archeological site.

 

Bayt Al-Sinnari organizes four-day violin workshop

Bayt Al-Sinnari, (the Arabic for Sennary House) organizes a four-day workshop for the youth to learn playing violin, state-owned newspaper reported Thursday. The workshop will convene July 24. The workshop will be presented by Opera House violinist Ahmed Hassan at 3:00 p.m. during the four days.

 

Sports:

 

Egypt legend Hossam Hassan on trial for alleged assault on photographer post-match

Egypt’s all-time top goalscorer Hossam Hassan will go on trial Saturday for allegedly assaulting a government photographer during clashes after a match involving his club, a court official said.

 

Mamelodi Sundowns: We have a plan for Zamalek – Kingfut.com
Mamelodi Sundowns manager is unfazed by his side’s injury list ahead of Zamalek clash in the CAF Champions League, while the team’s midfielder believes his side have a plan to deal with the Cairo giants.

 

Omar Gaber’s Basel lose to Zenit in friendly – Kingfut.com
Egypt international Omar Gaber made his fourth friendly appearance for FC Basel, as the Swiss side were downed 4-1 by Russian outfit FC Zenit Saint Petersburg.

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