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‘Fire’ heard on EgyptAir cockpit voice recorder before crash: probe committee
The Egyptian Aircraft Accident Investigation Committee announced that data downloaded from the cockpit voice recorder of the EgyptAir jet which crashed in the Mediterranean Sea in May suggested a “fire had occurred on board shortly before the crash.”
“The cockpit voice recorder mentioned a “fire” before the occurrence of the accident but it is still too early to determine the reason or the place where that fire occurred,” the committee said in a report on Sunday.
The flight recorders were recovered from the plane’s wreckage, about 290km north of the Egyptian coast last month. In May, the passenger plane plunged into the eastern Mediterranean en route from Paris to Cairo killing all 66 people on board.
New Israeli ambassador arrives in Cairo
Israel’s new ambassador to Egypt David Govrin arrived in Cairo Sunday to assume his new post in succession of his predecessor Haim Koren, Youm7 reported.
The Israeli cabinet has approved Govrin’s appointment in April after his predecessor resigned, after only two years, citing personal reasons, according to Haaretz.
Govrin was the head of the Jordan desk at the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem until February this year. He also has served in a series of positions throughout the Middle East over the years, including at the embassy in Cairo, according to Haaretz, Govrin speaks Arabic and is a doctor of Middle East history.
Egypt’s parliament approves abolishing daylight saving time system
Egypt’s House of Representatives on Sunday approved a bill to abolish daylight saving time, Youm7 reported.
In late May, the parliament approved the then draft bill submitted by 110 lawmakers and sent it to the State Council for review. The lawmakers’ request was based on that the daylight saving time system didn’t reduce electricity consumption and would have negative impact on aviation system.
US Navy Commander Visits Egypt
Vice Admiral Kevin M. Donegan, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, arrived in Cairo Sunday to meet with senior Egyptian officials and discuss shared security interests, the U.S. Embassy in Cairo announced in a statement.
Donegan plans to discuss U.S.-Egypt collaboration and the long-standing partnership between the two countries in fighting terrorism and promoting security and stability in the region, said the statement.
The U.S. Naval Forces Central Command’s mission is to conduct maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts, and strengthen partner nations’ maritime capabilities in order to promote security and stability in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations.
Parliament fails to approve amendments to trade unions law
Egypt’s House of Representatives on Sunday failed, for the fifth consecutive time, to take a decision on amendments to the law regulating the performance of trade unions due to incomplete quorum, Youm7 reported.
Parliament Speaker Ali Abdel Aal said the house would determine the fate of the law during later sessions. A 296-member quorum (two thirds) out of 596 lawmakers is required for valid meetings and the passage of law.
Egypt blocks UN call to respect ‘democratically elected’ govt in Turkey
(Reuters)- The United Nations Security Council failed on Saturday to condemn the violence and unrest in Turkey after Egypt objected to a statement that called on all parties to “respect the democratically elected government of Turkey,” diplomats said.
The U.S.-drafted statement, seen by Reuters, also expressed grave concern over the situation in Turkey, urged the parties to show restraint, avoid any violence or bloodshed, and called for an urgent end to the crisis and return to rule of law. Statements by the 15-member Security council have to be agreed by consensus.
“We proposed different language that respects democratic and constitutional principles but the Americans refused to engage,” Egypt’s U.N. Ambassador Amr Aboulatta told Reuters.
Diplomats said Egypt asked for a call for all parties to “respect the democratically elected government of Turkey” to be removed from the draft statement, saying the council is “in no position to qualify, or label that government – or any other government for that matter – as democratically elected or not.”
After the United States and Britain objected to the proposed change to the text, Egypt proposed that the council call on the parties in Turkey to “respect the democratic and constitutional principles and the rule of law,” diplomats said. Negotiations on the text ended at this point, diplomats said.
The Egyptian Foreign Ministry said that it was “surprised that its proposed amendment was not taken up, and with the claim that it is obstructing the release of the statement.”
Turkish forces loyal to President Tayyip Erdogan largely crushed an attempted military coup on Saturday after crowds answered his call to take to the streets in support of the government and dozens of rebels abandoned their tanks.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is a former general who overthrew elected President Mohamed Mursi, of the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood, in 2013 after mass protests against Mursi. Turkey provided support for the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.
Sisi discusses funding sources for African Union activities in the 27th AU Summit
President Abdel Fatah Al-Sisi arrived Saturday in Kigali where he participated in the 27th African Union Summit, said Presidential spokesperson Alaa Youssef in a statement Saturday.
Sisi took part in a closed door session for heads of state organized by the AU Commission to discuss funding sources for AU activities, Youssef continued.
“In his remarks, President Sisi stressed the importance of looking into increasing the sources available for implementing the ambitious projects and programs endorsed in previous summits in a sustainable manner, particularly the first 10 year plan of the 2063 Agenda, which embodies Africa’s strategic vision for sustainable development,” the statement red.
Sisi also discussed the gradual increase of member states contribution to funding AU activities, while taking into consideration the economic conditions of each country, Youssef continued.
15 fans of al-Ahly SC arrested over accusations of ‘inciting riots’
Alexandria security forces arrested Saturday evening on 15 fans of Al-Ahly SC over accusations of inciting riots and chaos, after football game between Al-Ahly club and its Moroccan counterpart Wydad at Borg al-Arab Stadium as part of the third round of the African Champions League, Youm7 reported.
The Alexandria Security Directorate said that some fans threw stones at the Central Security soldiers, and damaged a police car, after the end of the football game that ended with 0-0 draw.
John Lethbridge vessel arrives in Alexandria
French John Lethbridge vessel arrived Saturday Alexandria port after finishing its task in recovering all human remains of victims of EgyptAir MS804 flight that crashed into the Mediterranean Sea on May 19, Youm7 reported.
Egypt had extended the period of its tasks in the Mediterranean twice to be sure that all human remains have been recovered at the crash location. It is scheduled that the remains will be transported to forensic body for DNA tests.
Administrative Court sets July 26 for first trial of expelling Qatari ambassador from Egypt
An Administrative court has set July 26 to consider the first trial calls for expelling the Qatari ambassador from Egypt, Youm7 reported Saturday.
Controversial Lawyer Samir Sabri has filed a lawsuit calls for expelling the ambassador after the former Islamist President Mohamed Morsi received a sentence of 40 years in jail in a trial known as “spying for Qatar’. However, Youm7 reported Judges that Morsi was sentenced over charges of ‘forming terrorist cell and belonging to a banned group”, although he was acquitted in the same trial of the charge of spying for Qatar.