UPDATE: Egypt’s Politics news digest July 24:Egypt cleric says too much pokemon go could be dangerous
Pokemon Go fever is sweeping the US - and angering some CREDIT: AP

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Egypt cleric says too much pokemon go could be dangerous

(AP)-A leading Egyptian Sunni Muslim cleric has warned against the dangers of playing too much of the wildly popular mobile phone application “Pokemon Go,” adding to Mideast religious voices that have sometimes been sterner in their critique of the game.

Abbas Shumman, the deputy sheikh of Egypt’s Al-Azhar institute, told The Associated Press that the game “makes people busy with it, ignoring their main work and it might also put them in danger,” but says there is no problem with people playing it in moderation if they are at home or in a safe place.

He adds, “if someone is busy reading the Quran while he is walking in the street, this might make him have an accident so we would tell him not to read it this way.”


Parliament okays draft bill to raise military pension by 10%

Egypt’s parliamentary defense and national security committee on Sunday has approved a draft bill of a 10 percent raise on military pensions, Youm7 reported.

Halal Amer, head of the committee, said the raise comes into effect starting this month, adding that its minimum and maximum caps are 125 EGP (about $14) and 323 EGP per month.

Last week, the parliament approved a similar draft bill for civilians.

Finance Minister Amr al Garhy said earlier that pensions for the fiscal year 2016/2017 amounted to around 170 billion EGP.

He added that this year’s 10 per cent raise will amount to around 15 billion EGP, noting that the rise will increase the government’s budget deficit.


Egypt’s delegation to UN celebrates 23rd July revolution anniversary

Egypt’s permanent delegation to the United Nations (UN) on Saturday held a reception marking the 64th anniversary of the July 23 Revolution, Youm7 reported.

The celebration, which was held at the mission’s headquarters in New York, was attended by high-level officials including UN chief Ban Ki-moon, the Foreign Ministry announced in statement on Sunday.

“This year’s celebration has a unique significance as it coincides with Egypt’s membership in the UN Security Council (UNSC) through which Egypt seeks enhancing its regional and international role for serving Arab and African issues,” Ambassador Amr Abu El Atta, Egypt’s Permanent Representative to the UN was quoted by state news agency MENA.


Egypt’s border guards arrest 848 ‘illegal emigrants’

Egypt’s border guards arrested a total of 848 people of different nationalities over illegal emigration attempts through the country’s borders, military spokesperson Mohamed Samir announced in a statement on Sunday.

The border guards and navy forces arrested 388 illegal emigrants at Egypt’s Mediterranean cities of Alexanria, Al Alamein and Rosetta, said Samir, adding that the forces also seized a total of 37 kilograms of drugs.

The armed forces also arrested a total of 446 illegal emigrants at Egypt-Libya border town of Sallum, he added.

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.


Head of Japan’s parliament committee on security visits Egypt

Head of Japan’s upper house special committee on security Masahisa Sato visited the Cairo Center for Conflict Resolution and Peacekeeping in Africa (CCCPA) on Sunday, Al Ahram reported.

The visit aims to enhance cooperation between Egypt and Japan as members of the UN Security Council over threats facing peace and security in the African continent.


18 arrested over involvement in inciting Beni Suef sectarian violence

A total of 18 people were arrested over alleged involvement in inciting sectarian violence in Beni Suef, the head of the media office at the Interior Ministry Khaled Fawzy told El-Asema TV Channel.

The incidents took place on Friday when a number of Muslims hurled stones at a house owned by a Coptic man, where he was hosting religious rituals.


Parliament discusses applying Hep C examination to travelers abroad

Member of Parliament Samah Saad, said that the Health sub-committee will discuss Sunday the possibility of applying Hepatitis C examinations for those traveling abroad.


Last branch of medical center belongs to MB confiscated: committee

The Committee handling confiscated Muslim Brotherhood assets has seized the last branch of “Ro’ya Center for ophthalmology” that is believed to be owned by the banned Islamist group.

The group was officially designated as a terrorist organization in 2013, since then, hundreds of its assets and facilities, including: schools, associations, pharmacies and hospitals have been confiscated. Many of its leaders and supporters are either facing jail in Egypt or at large.


EGP’s large depreciation against USD is “alarming, discourage foreign investment”: MP

Member of Parliament Ibrahim Hegazy said that the depreciation of the Egyptian Pound against the dollar exceeding 12 EGP is “alarming and does not encourage foreign direct investment.”


Parliament discusses national road project, finalizes Civil Servant Law

Manpower sub-committee at the parliament will finalize Sunday redrafting Civil Servant Law, which enter into action in August, according to Parlmany website.

Another sub-committee concerned with transport affairs is also scheduled to discuss operational plans for the national road project launched by President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi.

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