UPDATE: Egypt’s Politics digest July 26: Egypt condemns France church deadly attack
Members of French special police forces of Research and Intervention Brigade (BRI) are seen during a raid after a hostage-taking in the church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray near Rouen in Normandy, France, July 26, 2016. A priest was killed with a knife and another hostage seriously wounded in an attack on a church that was carried out by assailants linked to Islamic State. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

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Egypt condemns France church deadly attack

Egypt’s Foreign Ministry condemned “in the strongest terms” the deadly church attack that took place in north-western France.

“We express our condolences to the French people and the families of the victims,” foreign ministry spokesperson Ahmed Abu Zeid said in a statement late on Tuesday.

A deadly hostage-taking occurred Tuesday at a Catholic church of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray in France’s Normandy in which a priest was killed and another person seriously wounded.

The ministry reiterated Egypt’s position that asserts that “brutal terrorism does not differentiate between religion or race, and knows no boundaries,” said Abu Zeid.


Sisi ratifies decision to cancel daylight saving time

President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi on Tuesday has ratified a parliamentary decision to cancel DayLight Saving Time this year, Youm7 reported.

The move for a 2016 daylight savings time was ultimately canceled after Egypt’s parliament voted against it. DST was scheduled to be applied starting 7 July.

Also recently, the cabinet has agreed on cancelling the summer timing in Egypt.


Mubarak era minister, family referred to criminal court over “illicit profiteering”

The Illicit Gains Authority on Tuesday has referred Mubarak-era tourism minister Zuhair Garana, his wife, son and daughter to the criminal court on corruption-related charges, Youm7 reported.

The court set Sep. 17 as date for the first session.

In April 2013, Garana, 52, was released in accordance with Egyptian law which states that the maximum amount of time for detention pending trial is 180 days, a period which Garana has fulfilled.

In 2011, he was sentenced to three years in prison on charges of issuing licenses to tourism companies, despite being stripped of that authority.

He was also sentenced to five years in prison over corruption charges and violations of Egypt’s auction law.


Sisi, Pakistani chief of staff talk military coop

President Abdel Fatah al Sisi on Tuesday met with visiting Pakistan’s army chief of staff General Raheel Sharif for talks on prompting military cooperation between the two countries, a presidential statement said.

During the meeting, the two sides agreed to strengthen security cooperation and exchange military experience in combating terrorism.

Sharif, who arrived in Cairo Monday, has met with Defense Minister Sedk Sobhy and his Egyptian counterpart Mahmoud Hegazy.


High-profile delegation flies to Moscow to discuss probe results of crashed Russian plane

An Egyptian delegation headed Tuesday to Moscow to discuss the Egyptian investigations into the Russian passenger plane that crashed in Central Sinai in late October 2015, Youm7 reported official from the Cairo International Airport.

The delegation includes Minister of Aviation Sherif Fathy, Attorney-General Nabil Sadek, and chairperson of Egyptian investigative committee Ayman al-Moqadem.

Fathy has visited Russia last week to preview the security measures in the Egyptian airports in light of Egyptian efforts to resume the suspended Russian flights to Egypt.

On Oct., 31, the Airbus A321, operated by the Russian airline Kogalymavia, crashed a few minutes after it took off from Sharm el-Sheikh airport killing all 224 people on board. Following the incident, Russia imposed a travel ban on Egypt and banned EgyptAir flights go Enter is airspace; other European countries including Britain imposed travel ban on flights going to Sharm el-Sheikh.


Delegation of UK House of Commons visits Egypt’s Parliament Tuesday

The Egyptian House of Representatives will receive Tuesday a delegation of U.K House of Commons, Egyptian parliamentarian Dalia Youssef told Youm7.

The delegation will also meet with Egyptian Ministers of Tourism, Defense, Interior, International Cooperation, and Justice, She added. Then the delegation will visit Sharm el-Sheikh this Friday.



Cases of violations against state-owned lands may be referred to military prosecution

A housing fact-finding committee of the Parliament could refer its report on all violations and encroachments on state-owned lands to the military prosecution to investigate into such violations, Youm7 reported committee member Mamdouh Ali Monday. The referral, which has been suggested by a number of lawmakers, aims to toughen the punishment against the violator.


Cairo Court considers trial of 23 people over ‘killing, inciting violence’

The South Cairo Criminal Court will consider Tuesday the trial of 23 defendants accused of inciting violence, killing, disturbing the public order, possessing unlicensed weapons, and sabotaging public institutions, Youm7 reported.

The incidents took place in the vicinity of Cairo-based U.S. embassy on July 22, 2013, after the ouster of former Islamist President Moahmed Morsi on July 3, 2013 by the military.


Egyptian parliamentarians sign draft law criminalizes Armenian Genocide

Egyptian parliamentarians are signing a draft law criminalizes Armenian Genocide during the Ottoman Empire in Turkey.  The Signature came in light of Egypt’s actions against Turkey as two countries have strained relations since the ouster of former President Morsi, Turkey’s ally.

“The high turnout of representatives to sign a draft law is an attempt to stop Turkey from intervening in the internal affairs of our country,” Youm7 reported lawmaker Fayza Barakat Monday.

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