Wrap-up of Egypt’s top news July 18: Egypt doctors disciplined over widely mocked AIDS device; No increase on fuel prices after applying VAT law- Gov’t
Houses, owned by Coptic Christians, in Minya were set on fire by a group of people over allegations of building transporting a house into a church, YOUM7
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Politics:

Muslim mob stabs Christian to death in Egypt over feud

(AP) — A Muslim mob in southern Egypt stabbed a Coptic Christian to death over a personal feud, officials said Monday, stoking anger among Christians amid a spike in assaults on their community.

Bishop Macarious of the southern Minya governorate said the mob attacked the families of two priests with knives and batons in the village of Tahna al-Gabal late Sunday.

A family member, Fam Khalaf, 27, was killed and the father of one of the priests was wounded. Police said they arrested four people in connection to the incident.

On Monday, mourners gathered at a local church for prayers for the dead and protests. Marching to the graveyard, they chanted “with blood and soul, we redeem the cross.”

Christians make up 10 percent of Egypt’s mostly Muslim population. Sectarian violence occasionally erupts, mainly in rural communities in the south. Islamic extremists have also targeted Christians.

On Saturday, a group of Muslims attacked and torched houses of Christians in the village of Abu-Yacoub, also in Minya, following a rumor that a Christian intended to turn a kindergarten into a church. Security forces arrested at least 14 people. Last week, in another Minya village, Kom al-Lufi, a group of hard-liners attacked and torched houses of Christians after a similar rumor.

In May, a Muslim mob stripped an elderly Christian woman of her clothes and paraded her on the streets of another Minya village, following a rumor that her son had an affair with a Muslim woman. The incident sparked public uproar and prompted Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi to publicly vow to bring the attackers to justice.

Egypt’s Orthodox Coptic Christians strongly supported el-Sisi’s ouster of his Islamist predecessor Mohammed Morsi, who hails from the Muslim Brotherhood group. Following Morsi’s toppling, many Islamists claimed that Christians had conspired with the military against them. Attacks on Christian homes, businesses and churches subsequently surged in the south.

 

Egypt doctors disciplined over widely mocked AIDS device

(AP) — Egypt’s doctors union has referred four members to a disciplinary court for taking part in the army’s development of a widely mocked device said to cure AIDS and hepatitis C.

The military’s engineering wing unveiled the device in 2014, saying it could extract the viruses and turn them into “kofta,” or ground meat. The army’s claims were roundly dismissed by medical professionals.

Egypt’s Doctors’ Association said Monday that the four doctors had promoted the device before conducting the “recognized scientific steps,” causing “intentional harm to millions of Egyptian citizens.”

Hepatitis C is widespread in Egypt, where it kills some 40,000 people every year, according to the World Health Organization.

 

AL Secretary General offers reconciliation mediation between Egypt, Qatar

Arab League Secretary General Ahmed Aboul Gheit said Monday that he could go to Qatar to mediate between Doha and Cairo if two sides are ready for reconciliation and healing their differences. His comments came in an interview with al-Arabia channel.

Since the ouster of former Islamist President Mohamed Morsi by the military in July 2013, the relation between Egypt and Qatar, Morsi and banned group of Muslim Brotherhood’s ally, have been strained.

 

 

Local:

3.6K cases of cheating on final exams of 2016 Thanaweya Amma reported: Minister

Minister of Education al-Helali al-Sherbini announced Monday that the ministry has monitored a total of 3,644 cases of cheating on the final exams of Thanaweya Amma (high school diploma), Youm7 reported.

Students who were reportedly committed cheating will be held on accountable, he added. Ministry of Education came under fire since early June over its failure to stop final exams leak on the social media few minutes before the students start their exams.

 

Egypt has 4 HCV cure protocols at reduced prices: liver professor

Egypt has five drug protocols, out of six worldwide, to cure Genotype 4 of Hepatitis C virus (HCV) that exists in the country, Hisham el-Khayat Liver, gastrointestinal tract professor at the Institute of Theodore Bilharz said during a Sunday press conference.

The drugs available in Egypt include: Sovaldi, Olisio, Daklinza, Harvoni, Alzibathier and Abakloza; he added that the medicines are available at reduced prices, attracting foreign patients to seek treatment in Egypt.

 

117 arrested at Sallum border for illegal immigration to Libya

A total of 117 people, including 10 Sudanese, were arrested at Egypt’s western border Sallum while attempting to illegally cross into the Libyan territories through desert routes, Youm7 reported.

The head of Marsa Matrouh security directorate Hisham Lotfy told Youm7 that the arrested unregistered migrants were kept in custody to be referred to specialized prosecution.

 

Business:

No increase on fuel prices after applying VAT law: Gov’t

Egyptian Ministry of Petroleum denied reports claiming that fuel price will increase after applying the law of Value Added Tax (VAT) Monday.

Also the Cabinet announced in a statement that the new law does not include any additional increase on the diesel prices, Youm7 reported.

 

Five- and 10-year yields rise at Egyptian bond auction

(Reuters) – Yields on Egypt’s five-year and 10-year bonds rose at an auction on Monday.

The average yield on the five-year bond rose to 16.777 percent from an average of 16.520 percent at the previous auction on July 4.

The average yield on the 10-year bond rose to 17.699 percent from an average of 17.238 percent at the last auction on July 4.

 

26% decrease in foreign trade balance deficit: CAPMAS

The value of the deficit of the foreign trade Balance reached 23.9 billion EGP during April 2016 versus 32.3 billion pounds for the same month of the previous year with a decrease of 26 percent, said a release by the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS.)

 

 

Culture:

1st Beheira archeological discoveries forum at Egyptian museum Tuesday

The Egyptian museum in Cairo will host Tuesday, July 19 the first forum for archeological discoveries in Delta’s Beheira governorate.

The forum will begin at 10 a.m. and will include a number of science lectures given by heads of Egyptian missions working at different archeological sites in Beheira.

 

Fan of ‘El-Leila el-Kbeira’ Operetta? Check this event

‘El-Leila el-Kbeira’ Operetta will be performed live Friday July 22, at Dandy Mega Mall in 6 of October city in Giza as part of summer celebrations, according to De Cairo website.

The performance is at 8 p.m. and entrance is for free.

 

Sports:

Trabzonspor Turkish club want to join Ramadan Sobhi

Trabzonspor Turkish club announced Monday to join Egyptian player Ramadan Sobhi ,YOUM7 reported .

 

Nigerian striker Utaka rejoins Ismaily SC sunnewsonline.com

NIGERIAN striker John Utaka has rejoined the Daraweesh 15 years after leaving the club in 2001 for Qatari side Al-Sadd.

Nigerian striker had confirmed his return to Egyptian Premier League side, Ismaily SC to King­Fut in June after being offered a pre-contract, after his contract with Turkish side, Sivasspor came to an end.

 

Zamalek suffer shock defeat to Sundowns in CAF Champions League

Zamalek suffered a shock home defeat as they lost 2-1 to Mamelodi Sundowns in the third round of the CAF Champions League Group B fixtures on Sunday.

The South African side put one foot in the semi-final as they now lead the group on six points, three ahead of the Egyptian side, while Enyimba are in the bottom with no points.

 

 

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