Wrap-up of Egypt’s top news July 26: Egyptian court adjourns lawsuit calling to expel Qatari ambassador
Qatari Ambassador to Egypt, Saif bin Muqaddam Al Buainain.
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Egyptian court adjourns lawsuit calling to expel Qatari ambassador

Egypt’s Administrative Court on Tuesday adjourned a lawsuit seeking to expel Qatar’s ambassador to Cairo to Sep. 3, Youm7 reported.

The lawsuit was filed after Cairo Criminal Court in June sentenced ousted president Mohamed Morsi to life in prison and an additional 15-year prison sentence on charges of using his post to leak classified documents to Qatar with the help of secretaries and Muslim Brotherhood figures.

 

Initial forensic report on EgyptAir flight victims finalized: source

The Forensic medicine department has finalized the initial report after applying the DNA tests to the remains of the victims of the crashed EgyptAir flight, Sources told Youm7.

A final report on what happened with 66 victims who died after the jet crashed into the Mediterranean Sea, is almost finished, added the source.

 

Al Azhar rejects pre-written sermon during Friday prayers

Al-Azhar Senior Scholars Authority has unanimously denounced the Ministry of Religious Endowments decision to unify the Friday sermon throughout Egypt’s mosques, Youm7 reported.

“In accordance with Al Azhar role stated in the constitution, the senior scholars authority unanimously rejects the uniform pre-written sermon; a move that could freeze and fanatic the religious speech,” Al Azhar said in a statement Tuesday.

Earlier this month, the Religious Endowment Minister Mohamed Mukhtar Gomaa said that clergymen will be required to deliver identical pre-written weekly sermons as of Friday July 15. The decision, which drew criticism among preachers and clerics, aims to curb extremism.

The statement called on concerned authorities to develop advanced programs to rehabilitate Imams, who “are in a dire need of serious training and education so that they can cope with extreme ideologies.”

 

4 bodies on board Ras Sudr capsized boat found

Egypt naval forces have pulled out bodies of four people, who went missing at sea after their boat capsized in the waters of the Red Sea resort of Ras Sudr on Saturday, Youm7 reported.

Naval forces rescued two of the people onboard of the boat, which according to fishermen syndicate head Bakary Abu el Hassan, has capsized “due to a hole in the hull which allowed water to flood in.”

Last week, naval forces rescued five tourists, including two Americans, and four crew members from drowning after a tourist boat capsized in the waters of the Red Sea resort town of Hurghada.

 

Politics

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Business

 

IMF delegation due in Cairo Fri. for loan talks: source

An International Monetary Fund (IMF) delegation will visit Egypt on Friday to negotiate a multi-billion dollar loan, a well-informed source told Youm7 on Tuesday.

“The IMF delegation would meet Tarek Amer, Governor of the Central Bank of Egypt, to discuss the terms of the loan, which would be announced after an agreement is reached,” said the source.

The loan, which comes amid the country’s dollar crisis aims to alleviate the pressure on the state budget, said the source without pointing out the interest rate.

 

EGX rebounds on Tuesday closing, gains 1.5 b

The Egyptian Exchange (EGX) rebounded on Tuesday closing boosted by local institutions as well as Arab and foreign buying appetite, Youm7 reported.

Market capitalization gained 1.5 billion EGP to record 403.844 billion EGP during the closing session on Tuesday.

The benchmark index EGX30 inched up 0.30 percent, while the small- and medium-sized enterprises (SME) index EGX-70 dipped 0.62 percent.

 

Egypt tenders to import 3-4 LNG cargoes monthly: official

The Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Co (EGAS) will soon offer an international tender to import a number of cargoes of liquefied natural gas (LNG), Youm7 reported official from Egyptian Ministry of Petroleum.

He added that the tender terms include sending 3-4 cargoes monthly to feed the third re-gas compound in Ain Sokhna for electricity.

 

Egypt signs 2 agreements to explore gas, oil in Upper Egypt

Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources Tariq Al-Mulla signed Tuesday two new agreements for oil and gas exploration in Upper Egypt’s El Baraka field of Aswan, Youm7 reported the Ministry’s statement.

The Ministry’s Ganoub El Wadi Petroleum Holding Co signed the agreements with the U.S. Energy Business Review (EBR) and a Cypriot company to explore three wells in the area.

 

Egyptian pound held steady at auction, firms on black market

(Reuters) – The Egyptian pound was held stable at 8.78 to the dollar at the central bank’s weekly foreign exchange auction on Tuesday but strengthened marginally on the black market.

The bank said it sold $116 million at the current rate, confirming earlier comments from bankers.

 

Social

 

Prominent director Mohamed Khan dies at 73

Prominent director Mohamed Khan, aged 73, passed away early on Tuesday suffering a health crisis in a Maadi hospital. The funeral services will be held at the Kuwaiti Mosque at noon Tuesday.

Khan was born in Egypt in 1942; his mother was Egyptian and his father was Pakistani.

After long years of applying for the Egyptian citizenship, he received it in 2014 per a decision by the former President Adly Mansour.

Khan began his career in an art school in London in 1963; his first movie was “Sun Stroke” starred by the late Actor Nour el-Sherif in 1973.

Among his famous movies is “Sadat days” featuring the biography of assassinated president Anwar el-Sadat; “Downtown girls” in 2005; “In Heliopolis Apartment” and “The Factory Girl” that was premiered at the Dubai International Film Festival in December 2013.

 

July 28: Youssef Chahine’s ‘Destiny’ to be screened at Bibliotheca Alexandrina

The Arts and Multimedia Library at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina will screen the “Destiny” movie (1997) directed by Youssef Chahine. The film centers on the life of Averroes (Ibn Rushd,) the Andalusian philosopher who lived in the 12th century.

The movie will screened at the Group Show room (1;) attendants require to have a ticket from the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, without previous reservation.

 

Sports

 

Egypt’s javelin hopeful banned after doping test

(Reuters)- Egypt’s Olympic hopeful Ihab Abdelrahman, a silver medalist in the men’s javelin at last year’s world championship, has been suspended for failing a doping test.

“We received news that Ihab has failed a doping test. We have asked for sample B to be tested. We hope the result is negative,” Egyptian Olympic Committee president Hisham Hatab told Reuters. Abdelrahman has protested his innocence in a television interview.

“I am a million percent innocent,” he said. “I have been taking food supplements since 2013 and passed every previous test.

“I feel I’m in a nightmare. It’s impossible I have put myself in this situation.

“I did urine and blood tests in February and the results were negative. I was also tested in May and the result was negative. Why is this the only positive result? Why did this happen at this time.”

Egypt’s anti-doping authority NADO said Abdelrahman was tested in April and his A sample gave a positive reading at a lab in Barcelona.

The 27-year-old secured Egypt’s first medal at a major athletic championship in Beijing last year and was the country’s biggest hope for a medal at next month’s Rio Games.

 

Egypt face Tunisia in FIBA Africa U18 Championship 2016 Tuesday

Egyptian national U-18 basketball team, led by Coach Amr Abu el-Kheir, will face its Tunisian counterpart Tuesday in the FIBA Africa U18 Championship 2016 that takes place in Rwanda, Youm7 reported.

Egyptian team comes in the second group of the tournament, which also includes Tunisia, Angola, Benin, Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo.

The team has won the Arab Club Basketball Championship that held in Alexandria last week, after beating Lebanon, Iraq, Algeria, Tunisia and Libya.

 

Iran defeats Egypt in Championship of William Jones Cup 2016

Egyptian national basket team was defeated Monday by Iranian counterpart in Chinese Taipei -held William Jones Cup 2016 with 73/65 scores, Youm8 reported.

The Egyptian team in the first round against South Korea, while began losing its matches against Chinese Taipei, Japan, and finally against Iran.

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