Wrap-up of Egypt’s top news July 22:Cassation court to examine Morsi’s appeals in Oct.: judicial source
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Egypt’s navy rescues 3 American tourists aboard sinking yacht off Red Sea’s Hurghada

Egypt’s naval forces rescued three American tourists, two Egyptians and four-member crew aboard a sunken yacht off the Red Sea coast near Hurghada on Friday, military spokesperson Mohamed Samir announced in his Facebook page.

The Red Sea naval bases received a distress signal from the yacht, named ‘Tree Fares,’ and immediately ordered to dispatch a rescue unit, said Samir.

All 9 passengers were provided with first aid, while the drowned yacht was pulled out of the waters for repair, he added.

 

Egypt foils illegal emigration attempt of 39 to Italy

Egypt’s border guards and navy forces foiled an “illegal emigration” attempt and prevented 39 people from boarding a boat and crossing the Mediterranean Ocean to Italy, Youm7 reported Friday.

Twelve Egyptians, Three Sudanese, Three Eritreans, nine Syrians and 11 Somalis in addition to three boat crew members were among those who were arrested at the Mediterranean’s Edko Port before sailing to Italy, security source said.

They confessed to have paid for two anonymous middlemen to arrange for the boat trip.

Egypt has stepped up its efforts to curb illegal migration to Europe recently, partly in response to requests from European nations suffering from mass illegal migration from the Middle East region.

 

Awqaf inaugurates 10 news mosques nationwide

The Religious Endowments (Awqaf) Ministry has inaugurated on Friday 10 new mosques nationwide to accommodate more than 4,500 worshipers, Youm7 reported.

The new mosques are located in several Egyptian governorates including Cairo, Giza, Asyut and Damietta.

The move comes in light of the ministry’s plan to rehabilitate old mosques and build new ones, Awqaf Minister Mohamed Mokhtar Gomma was quoted by Youm7 Friday.

 

Huge fire erupts at paints factory in Giza

A massive fire erupted at a paints factory in an industrial zone in 6 of October district in Giza; at least 20 fire engines were dispatched to put out the blaze.

Youm7 reported that the fire was extinguished and that the engines are carrying out the cooling phase after they prevent fire extension to nearby factories. The first floor of the three-storey factory reportedly collapsed due to the fire.

No casualties have been reported thus far as a result of the blaze.

 

Hep C waiting list to end by July 28: Health Minister

Minister of Health Ahmed Emad el-Din announced that Hepatitis C patient waiting lists will end, and a survey will ensue to determine the number of people infected with the virus.

The minister said, in TV statements, that around 550,000 Hep C patients have been cured on state expenses or through health insurance program with a total cost of 2.5 billion EGP.

Last year, Egypt has partially halted importing U.S. Hepatitis C medicines, which has been in full swing since 2014, and started manufacturing a local version of the drugs.

Officials said that the domestically-produced medicine regimen that has been adopted by the ministry has been meeting demand in markets.

 

PM to announced new governor reshuffle Friday

Prime Minister Sherif Ismail is expected to announce within hours a new governor reshuffle that has been approved by President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, according to Al-Ahram news website.

Anonymous sources told Al-Ahram that governors of Alexandria, Suez, Fayoum and Cairo will be changed. Weak performance of the governors, their inability to cope in with emergency situations and citizens’ complaints are among the reasons for the reshuffle.

 

Politics

 

British expert to argue against extraditing Egypt hijacker

(AP)-A British expert has agreed to testify in a Cyprus court in defense of an Egyptian hijacker fighting an extradition request from his country.

Seif Eddin Mustafa, who hijacked an EgyptAir Airbus 320 plane on March 29 from Alexandria to Cairo and diverted it to Cyprus, claims his opposition to Egypt’s military-backed government would put him at risk of torture if he was extradited back. The hijack ended peacefully after all 72 passengers and crew were released and Mustafa arrested.

Judge Dona Constantinou adjourned proceedings Friday until next month when Emile George Howard Joffe, an international relations expert at London Metropolitan University, is scheduled to testify.

 

Cassation court to examine Morsi’s appeals in Oct.: judicial source

Egypt’s Court of Cassation is set to examine two appeals presented by ousted President Mohamed Morsi in October, judicial source told Youm7 Friday.

The court will look into Morsi’s appeal against a 20 year –sentence he was handed down last year on charges of inciting violence against protesters near a Cairo presidential palace during his tenure.

Meanwhile, the court is set to begin examining  Morsi’s appeal against death sentence handed down to him last year over involvement in mass prison break during the 2011 uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak.

 

British delegation completes Cairo airport security checks

A British civil aviation authority committee has completed inspecting security measures and facilities at Cairo International Airport on Friday, airport source told Youm7.

The committee, which started the inspection process earlier this week, has reviewed security checks for passengers, airplanes, luggage and goods aboard two daily British Airways flights bound for London inside the arrival and departure halls.

The committee will release a final report to evaluate security at the airport soon, the source said.

Delegations from several countries have visited the main Egyptian airports to inspect safety procedures in the aftermath of the crash of a Russian plane over Sinai in October last year.

 

Media gag imposed on bribery accusations against Alexandria Judge

Top prosecutor Nabil Sadiq issued a media gag on investigations into bribery accusations drawn against a judge in Alexandria, Al-Shorouq newspaper reported Thursday.

 

Money waste revealed in property taxes in Minya

The Central Auditing Organization in Upper Egypt’s Minya governorate revealed a money waste in property taxes estimated at 100 million EGP, according to Al-Shorouq news website.

The waste as announced by the organization was as a result of not modifying rental value of some agricultural arable land and lack of link between factories, tourist hotels, quarries and mobile networks, which deprived the general budget a part of its resources.

 

Business

 

Egypt gold prices reach all time high, 21-k sold at 440 EGP per gram

Egypt gold prices have reached all time high on local markets on Friday with a gram of 21-carat gold reaching 440 EGP (about$50) a day after the Egyptian pound dropped on the black market reaching 12 EGP against the U.S dollar, Youm7 reported.

A gram of 18-carat gold reached 377 EGP, Ihab Wassef, member of Gold Division of the General Union Chamber of Commerce told Youm7.

The drop, which represents a 35 percent of the CBE’s official rate, came a day after CBE governor Tarek Amer announced a potential devaluation of the pound.

 

Matrouh businessmen offer 6 m EGP to Tahya Masr Fund

Businessmen and tribal chiefs at Egypt’s Mediterranean governorate of Marsa Matrouh have made a six million EGP donation to the Tahya Masr Fund on Tuesday, Youm7 quoted the city governor Alaa Abu Zeid on Thursday.

The donation, which will be directed to support development projects carried out by the fund at the governorate, came during a Thursday meeting attended by an array of lawmakers and media and public figures.

The donation is the second in less than a year, said Abu Zeid. The first was during the Egyptian International Economic Conference “Matrouh the Future of Investment” that took place in October 2015, he added.

 

Egypt, Spain sign letters of intent worth 125 euros

International Cooperation Minister Sahar Nasr and Spain Ambassador to Cairo Arturo Avello Diez del Corral signed letters of intent to boost financial cooperation between the two countries with an amount of 125 million Euros, Al Ahram reported on Friday.

The signing of the letters, extended to Dec., 2018, took place in the Spanish embassy headquarters in Cairo.

The funds will be allocated to development projects in the fields of power plants, infrastructure, airports, railways and antiquities, the Egyptian ministry of international cooperation announced on Thursday.

$2.4 mln grant to boost private sector developmental projects: source

A grant of $2.4 million provided by the MENA Transition Fund will be allocated for boosting private sector projects in developing fundamental public services in Egypt, Youm7 quoted anonymous source at the Ministry of International Cooperation.

 

Egypt’s exports to EU decline by $130 mln: CBE

Egypt’s total exports to EU member states declined reaching $1.47 billion by the second quarter of the last fiscal year 2015-2016, compared to the first quarter; the decline is estimated at $130 million, according to the latest report by the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE.)

 

Drilling of new exploration well in Mansoura began in May: official

Mansoura Petroleum Company started drilling a new exploration well in May; Youm7 quoted an official source at the Holding Company for Natural Gas (Egas.)

 

Area cultivated in corn crop increases to 720K feddan: report

Total area cultivated in corn crop has increased to 720,000 feddan, a report by the Ministry of Agriculture said.

 

Social

 

61% of girls aged 15-17yrs experience FGM: official

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) rate among girls who fall in the age group of 15 to 17 years old has reached 61 percent; Youm7 quoted Mona Amin, the executive director of the National Program for eliminating FGM.

Amin said that the new FGM draft law protects Egyptian women against one of the worst practices violating their rights in human dignity, aiming to toughen punishment of circumcision to be considered as a felony instead of a misdemeanor, saying that the “current penalty is not deterrent.”

 

Egyptians slam education system in trending hashtag

A hashtag asking Egyptians about what “The Egyptian Education [system] needs” has been among top trending hashtags in the country, where most tweets carried negative messages to officials, as respondents suggest restructuring is the only solution.

Among the responding tweets were: “Is there an education in Egypt in the first place?” “It needs to be demolished and re-established again” and another one wrote “we should spend money on [developing education] like we spend on Ramadan drama.”

 

Divorce expenses per year in Egypt reach 17.8 bln

Prosecutions specialized in considering family lawsuits receive around 42,000 cases each month; divorce expenses throughout the year in Egypt reached 17.8 billion EGP, Youm7 reported.

 

Sports

 

Sports Ministry adopts 833K EGP to fund 3 clubs

Minister of Sports Khaled Abdel Aziz adopted a total of 833,434 EGP to fund three clubs; rowing, Mostorod and Mit Ghamr, Youm7 reported.

 

1st match between Egypt, Benin in African Basket Championship Friday

Egypt’s national Basket Team for juniors U18 is scheduled to meet Friday night its counterpart from Benin for the first time confrontations of the African Championship that is held in Rwanda.

 

Ismaily Striker Marwan Mohsen officially signs for Al-Ahly

Marwan Mohsen, the 27-year old striker has ended his contract with Ismaily Football Club and signed for Al-Ahly on Thursday, Youm7 reported.

 

Ahly choose 24 players to head to match Vs Wydad

Martin Jol, Al-Ahly’s Coach, decided to choose 24 players to be participate in the coming match against the Moroccan Club Wydad as part of the African Championship, according to Youm7.

 

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