Wrap-up of Egypt’s top news July 16:Al Ahly icon Tarek Selim dies aged 79
Tarek Selim. Al Ahly facebook page.


Student sentenced to 1 year imprisonment for leaking Thanawya Amma exams

Al Warraq Misdemeanor court on Saturday sentenced a student to one year in jail for launching and running a Facebook page that leaked Thanawya Amma exam questions, Youm7 reported.

The court also ordered the 19 year old convict to pay 20,000 EGP (about$2,200) fine on charges of leaking model answers of this year’s Thanawya Amma exams through “Chao Ming leaks general secondary certificate exams” facebook page.


Solar Impulse II leaves Cairo airport for Abu Dhabi Sunday morning

The Solar Impulse II, an experimental solar-powered aircraft, is scheduled to depart Cairo International Airport on Sunday morning bound for Abu Dhabi in its final leg after a four-month-long trip, Youm7 reported.

The zero-fuel aircraft departed Seville on Monday at 02:20 a.m. Cairo Local Time and landed in Cairo International Airport on Wednesday after a flight of approximately 3,540 kilometers, according to the aircraft’s website.

Cairo-Abu Dhabi is the plane’s 17th and final leg. Abu Dhabi –Muscat was its first leg started on March 9 this year.

The aircraft has 17,000 solar cells on its wings, which recharge the plane’s batteries throughout the day. The wings are 72 meters long.


Officer shot dead by armed men in Arish

A police officer was shot dead by armed men in Arish early Saturday morning, Youm7 reported security sources.

Sources said that a group of armed men opened fire at the police officer Ashraf Hasouna while he was crossing Al-Obour district, south Arish in North Sinai; he was reported dead of his injuries and his body was transferred to Arish Hospital.


Al Ahly icon Tarek Selim dies aged 79

Al Ahly SC legendary footballer Tareq Selim has died on Saturday at the age of 79, Youm7 reported.

Selim, who was born in 1937, played for Al Ahly for 13 years during which the team secured seven Egyptian Premier League titles and three local cup titles.

The younger brother of former Al Ahly president Saleh Selim was the director of football position at Al Ahly between 1987 and 1993.


41.94% success rate in Al-Azhar secondary certificate

Deputy to Egypt’s Al Azhar Grand Imam, Abbas Shouman announced Saturday that the success rate in Al Azhar secondary certificate reached 41.94 percent in this year’s nationwide exams, Youm7 reported.

A total of 64,745 students have passed the exams this year, said Shouman.

This year’s success rate is over 13 percent higher than the previous year, which achieved a rate of 28 percent.

Grand Imam of Al Azhar Sheikh Ahmed al Tayeb has congratulated top ten students through the phone on Saturday.



Foreign ministry closely follows up status of Egyptian citizens in Turkey: statement

The Foreign Ministry announced in a statement it is closely following up the situation in Turkey to ensure the safety of the Egyptian citizens there following the Friday unfolded coup attempt, Youm7 reported.

The ministry is in a constant contact with officials at the Egyptian embassy in Ankara and the consulate general in Istanbul to follow up the latest development and the status of the Egyptian citizens following Friday incidents, Hesham Al-Naqib, the assistant foreign minister for consular and expatriate affairs was quoted by Youm7.

“We call on Egyptian nationals in Turkey to abide by the curfew regulations and always hold their passports while in the streets,” Naqib said.

He added that no casualties have been reported so far among the Egyptian community in Turkey.


No Egyptians among Nice attack victims: foreign ministry

Egypt’s Foreign Ministry announced in a statement there were no Egyptian victims among those killed in the Thursday terror attack in the French city of Nice, which has killed at least 84 people, Youm7 reported.

“Initial indicators confirm there were no Egyptians among the victims. Egypt’s consulate general in Marseille in coordination with the French authorities is closely following the situation and spares no efforts to reassure the Egyptian community in France,” Hesham Al-Naqib, the assistant foreign minister for consular and expatriate affairs was quoted by Youm7.

Naqib urged members of the Egyptian community in France “to display caution and show attention and care for their own security,”


EgyptAir cancels Saturday’s 2 Istanbul bound flights over ‘unrest’ at Ataturk airport

EgyptAir has cancelled its two flights to Istanbul scheduled for Saturday in the wake of the Friday unfolded coup attempt; Youm7 quoted a statement from Egypt’s national carrier.

MS737 and MS735 flights, scheduled to take off at 9:50 a.m. and 2:20 p.m. Cairo local time, have been cancelled due to “the latest events witnessed in Turkey on Friday night and the unrest that followed in Istanbul’s Atatürk Airport,” said the statement.

An attempt by a faction of the Turkish armed forces to seize power using tanks and attack helicopters has reportedly failed after crowds answered President Tayyip Erdogan’s call to take to the streets on Friday night.


Egypt parliament approves 5 agreements with Saudi Arabia

The legislative and constitutional affairs committee at Egypt’s House of Representatives on Saturday has endorsed five agreement signed with Saudi Arabia in different fields, Youm7 reported.

The committee approved an agreement worth $120 million to renovate Cairo’s Qasr al Aini hospital and another to avoid double taxation and prevent tax evasion.

The committee also endorsed an agreement to launch West Cairo Power Station project.

A total of 21 agreements and Memorandum of Understandings were initially signed between President Abdel Fatah al Sisi and Saudi King Salman during the latter’s visit to Egypt in April.


Parliament general session to tackle high school exam leaks

Member of Parliament Hussein Abu el-Wafa told Youm7 that the general session scheduled to be held Sunday will tackle different issues, including high school exam leaks, where the Minister of Education will be questioned.

He also said that the session will include briefings on sanitation crisis and the hike in prices of essential commodities.


Anger over police assault of MP; calls for rapid investigations

Member of Parliament Margret Azer said she will file a police report before top prosecutor against police assault of MP Zeinab Salem at Nasr City police station, calling for rapid investigation into the incident.

Azer said that she supports all actions that will be taken by the Parliament Speaker against the Interior Minister over the assault incident.



GASC receives 12 offers to buy 60k wheat tons

The General Authority for Supply Commodities (GASC) announced on Saturday it has received offers from a total of 12 trading firms for wheat tender, Youm7 reported.

The lowest offer for GASC’s second tender this week stood at $166.90 per ton for a total amount of 60,000 tons of Romanian wheat. The tender is seeking wheat for Aug. 21-30 shipment.


44 tax evasion cases, valued at $3.5m detected in Red Sea ports in June: statement

The General Directorate of Taxes Investigations announced it has tracked and identified 44 commercial and business-related tax evasion cases in the Red Sea ports in June, Youm7 reported Saturday.

The value of transactions in the cases is estimated at 32 million EGP (about $3.5 million,) legal actions have been taken separately for each case.

In December 2013, former President Adly Mansour has issued a new law permitting reconciliation in disputes between taxpayers and the government.


International coop minister participates in UN forum on sustainable development

Egypt’s International Cooperation Minister Sahar Nasr travelled to New York Saturday to take part in the United Nation’s High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, Youm7 reported.

The forum aims to follow up the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals, adopted at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit on Sep. last year.

The forum will include reviews of 22 countries and thematic reviews of progress on the Sustainable Development Goals.  It is expected to provide political leadership, guidance and recommendations on the 2030 Agenda’s implementation and follow-up.


$2.5 mln grant to support housing projects in Egypt: source

The Ministry of International Cooperation will allocate a $2.5 million grant from the Middle East and North Africa Transition Fund to support social housing projects, Youm7 quoted an official source at the ministry.

This comes as part of a cooperation protocol signed between both ministries of International Cooperation and Housing.


13.8 K foreign workers in Egypt in 2015: CAPMAS

The total number of foreign workers in the private and investment sector in Egypt has risen by three percent to reach 13,896 of different nationalities during 2015, compared to 13,486 workers in 2014, according to the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS.)



Environment Min. resumes search for Marina whale for 11th day in row

Environment Ministry continues its search for a fin whale that recently appeared in Marina town in North Coast, saying a team resumes search efforts in the area Saturday for the 11th day in a row, Youm7 reported.

Mohamed el-Essawy, director of northern district Protectorates, told Youm7 that the team has not received any reports from citizens spotting the whale over the past few days.


“My Beautiful Country” cleaning campaign launches in Kafr el-Sheikh  

A cleaning campaign called “My Beautiful Country” has launched in Fooh city in Delta’s Kafr el-Sheikh governorate to clean streets, paint school fences, and afforesting around government facilities buildings, reported Youm7.


Farmers fear locusts outbreak

A number of famers in El-Naqra Village in Aswan, south of Cairo, voiced their concerns after locusts plague appeared in Toshka area and Nasser Lake in south of Aswan, according to Youm7.

The farmers called for swift response by the government to prevent any damages to their crops.

However, the General Director of Aswan Agricultural directorate Mohamed Gamal re-assured farmers Friday saying that the locusts impose no dangers on Toshka plantations, noting that an agricultural team is expected to end these swarms within hours.


Interested in learning caricature? Check this event

El-Sennary Archaeological House in Cairo’s Sayeda Zeinab district will organize Sunday, July 24 a workshop to teach youth how draw caricature.

The workshop is scheduled to take place at 6 p.m.



Al Ahly to host Morrocian team Wydad in African Champions League – YOUM7

Al-Ahly club is scheduled to face its Moroccan counterpart Wydad Saturday at Borg al-Arab Stadium as part of the third round of the African Champions League, according to Youm7.

Al-Ahly have gained zero points in this champion and in desperate need to win this match, which will begin at 07:30 p.m. local Cairo time.


Stoke City: A five-minute guide to the club for Ramadan Sobhi – and his ONE MILLION fans – Stokesentinel.com

STOKE City have not always been a headline act while Ramadan Sobhi has been growing up in Egypt so here is a quick guide to the club he is joining.

It can work to for the legion of fans he has built up back home in North Africa and will be following his every move in the Premier League.


Ismaily chairman Abou El-Soud: Al Ahly offering 10 million for Mohsen – Kingfut.com

Ismaily chairman Mohamed Abou El-Soud revealed the presence of a 10 million EGP offer from Al Ahly to sign striker Marwan Mohsen.

Marwan Mohsen, 27, joined Ismaily on a free transfer from Primeira Liga side Gil Vicente last summerbefore producing his finest season in the Egyptian Premier League, scoring 14 goals and assisting eight in 32 appearances with El Daraweesh.

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