Wrap-up of Egypt’s top news July 28:Egypt receives debris of doomed EgyptAir flight from Israel
The picture was posted May 21 on the Facebook page of the Military Spokesperson Mohamed Samir showing debris of the crashed EgyptAir MS804 plane, life jackets and people belongings. The military announced May 20 that some human remains and parts of the plane were found amid search efforts.
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Politics

 

Sisi receives Pope Tawadros II

President Abdel Fatah al Sisi received Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria and Patriarch of Saint Mark Diocese at the Ittehadya presidential palace on Thursday, Youm7 reported.

A number of members of the Holy Synod and church leaderships also attended the meeting, which tackled recent sectarian violence accidents that took place in Egypt over the past two weeks.

Last week, a Muslim mob in southern Egypt stabbed a Coptic Christian to death over a personal feud, officials told state news agency MENA.

In May, Christian houses were set ablaze and a woman was paraded naked through the streets following rumors of an affair between the son of the elderly woman and a Muslim woman.

 

Libyan factions meet in Cairo to discuss peaceful resolution

Cairo hosts several meetings between the Libyan factions to end the crisis and to come to a resolution that assures the stability in Libya, The Egyptian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Libya’s UN-backed prime minister-designate Fayez al-Sarraj arrived in Cairo Wednesday morning and has met with Aqila Saleh, the head of the Libyan parliament, according to the statement. Saleh is also is scheduled to meet with the head of the Cairo-based Arab League later Thursday.

The meetings aimed at finding appropriate solutions to maintain the interests of the Libyan people and safeguard state institutions in Libya, it added.

Leaders of the both Libyan sides will meet the Egyptian Defense Minister, Sedqy Sobhi, and the Egyptian Foreign Minister, Sameh Shoukry, under the supervision of the Egyptian Prime Minister, who is expected to attend the meeting, a source in the Egyptian Foreign Ministry told Youm7.

 

Sisi, Malawi agriculture minister discuss joint projects

President Abdel Fatah al Sisi met visiting Malawi’s Agriculture Minister George Chaponda to discuss ways to prompt bilateral cooperation in various fields, presidential spokesperson Alaa Youssef said in a statement on Thursday.

Chaponda, who is the envoy of Malawi President Peter Mutharika, has voiced his country’s desire to benefit from Egyptian expertise in the fields of agriculture and to boost joint cooperation, said Youssef.

 

Egypt receives debris of doomed EgyptAir flight from Israel

Debris from EgyptAir doomed flight MS 804, which has washed up on Israel’s coast earlier this week, arrived at Cairo International Airport on Thursday, airport source told Youm7.

The debris was received by representative from the Egyptian state security prosecution and EgyptAir chief engineer, said the source.

Earlier this month, the Egyptian authorities received debris from the flight which crashed on the eastern Mediterranean in May en route from Paris to Cairo, killing all 66 people on board.

The debris appeared on the shore of Israel’s coastal town of Haifa. Egyptian investigators have yet to determine the cause of the incident.

 

No confirmed information about Fethullah Gulen’s political asylum request to Egypt: PM

No confirmed information says that opposition leader and Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen has asked for political asylum in Egypt, stated Egyptian Prime Minister Sherif Ismail Wednesday in a press conference.

“There is no confirmed information about this offer and if he (Gulen) sent a request, we will consider it first,” Youm7 quoted Ismail as saying.

 

Cairo court to say ruling against Geneina over ‘broadcasting false news’

Cairo Misdemeanor Court will say Thursday its ruling against the former Chairperson of the Central Auditing Organization (CAO) Hesham Geneina over “broadcasting false news,” Youm7 reported.

Genena told some media outlets in December 2015 that corruption in 2015 amounted to 600 billion EGP ($75 billion.) President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi has ordered to form a fact-finding committee to investigate Genena’s remarks.

The Committee issued Jan. 12 its report on Genena’s remarks, debunking his claims on corruption. Youm7 newspaper published  a summary of the committee’s report, noting that Genena’s account of corruption includes incidents years before 2015.

 

NGO calls on Italian authorities to probe into killing Egyptian national by Italian police

El Haq International Organization for Human Rights (HIOHR) called on the Italian authorities to investigate into alleged killing of an Egyptian national by Italian police, Youm7 reported HIOHR chairperson deputy Amr Abdel-Salam Thursday.

It was reported that Egyptian Mohamed Abdel-Fatah Suleiman has been arrested and beaten to death by Italian authorities, according to information stated by his father and friends.

Abdel-Salam called on the Egyptian Foreign Ministry to interfere and contact with the Italian counterparts to deport back the Suleiman’s dead body back home.

The HIOHR is an Egyptian non-governmental organization that was established in 2013 to support victims of torture and arbitrary arrest and threatened with imprisonment and extrajudicial executions, enforced disappearances in Egypt and the Arab world.

 

Egypt’s FM meets with UN envoy for Middle East,  Montenegro ‘s candidate for UN Secretary-General post

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry will meet with Cairo-visiting United Nations Special Coordinator for Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov Thursday.

Shoukry will also meet with the Foreign Minister of Montenegro  Igor Lukšić, who runs for the post of UN Secretary-General.

 

Local

 

Court bans pro-Morsi movement

Cairo Court of Urgent Matters on Thursday banned the “Women Against the Coup” movement, which was created following the ouster of former President Mohamed Morsi, Youm7 reported

The ruling came after lawyer Asraf Farahat filed a lawsuit demanding the ban of the movement “over inciting against the state’s institution.”

The group was formed after Morsi’s ouster following a mass protest against his rule in 30 June 2013.

 

Egypt convicts top anti-corruption official of ‘false news’

(AP)-An Egyptian court has convicted the country’s former top anti-corruption official of “spreading false news,” sentencing him to a year in prison and a fine of 20,000 Egyptian pounds ($2,250) which, if paid along with an additional 10,000 pounds, will allow him to avoid incarceration.

Judge Haitham el-Saghair passed the Thursday verdict against former chief auditor Hesham Genena, who had alleged that massive corruption had cost the country billions of dollars.

Genena had led the Central Auditing Organization until he was dismissed by a decree from Egypt’s general-turned politician President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi last March.

Genena alleged last year that corruption had cost the country 600 billion pounds ($67.6 billion).

 

Egypt’s 1st pilgrims batch to depart for Saudi Arabia late August: minister

The first batch of Egyptian pilgrims will leave to Saudi Arabia on August 29, Social Solidarity Minister Ghada Wali was quoted by Youm7 Thursday.

A total of 10,000 Egyptians are scheduled to perform Hajj (pilgrimage) this year over the course of 26 days, said Wali.

Every year, Egypt is granted a certain number if visas for the Hajj to be distributed through tourism companies, the interior and social solidarity ministries.

                                                 

3 “dangerous terrorists” killed in Sinai: interior ministry

Three “dangerous terrorists” were killed in a blast in North Sinai’s town of al-Arish on Wednesday, the Egyptian Interior Ministry announced in a statement.

The three were killed after an explosive device, they planted on the Ring Road, has detonated killed them, said the statement.

Among the three killed was the brother of a terrorist involved in a series of bombings that hit the Red Sea resort cities of Taba in 2006, said the statement, adding that the two others are involved in planting explosives in al-Arish that target police vehicles and the armed forces.

Cairo sees highs of 36°C Thursday

Cairo is expected to see a hot and humid weather on Thursday, with the temperature reaching highs of 36°C and lows of 25°C, Youm7 quoted forecasters.

 

Business

 

IMF delegation arrives in Cairo for $12 b loan talks

An International Monetary Fund (IMF) delegation headed by Christopher Jarvis has arrived in Cairo Thursday to hold talks with Egyptian officials regarding the Funds’s support to the country’s financial program, Youm7 reported.

The visit comes days after Finance Minister Amr Garhy said Egypt is seeking three loan installments of $4 billion each over the next three years, with an interest rate of 1 to 1.5 percent.

“The loan will help boost international confidence in the economy,” President Abdel Fatah al Sisi said during a meeting with members of the government’s ministerial economic committee on Tuesday.

“We welcome this request, and look forward to discussing policies which can help Egypt meet its economic challenges,” Masood Ahmed, the IMF’s Middle East director, was quoted by Bloomberg on Tuesday.

 

EGX rebounds on Thursday closing, gains 2 b EGP

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

Market capitalization gained 2 billion EGP ($214 million), to record 415.836 billion EGP during the closing session of Thursday.

The benchmark index EGX30 inched up 1.47 percent to 8030.85 points, while the small- and medium-sized enterprises (SME) index EGX-70 tumbled 0.38 percent, to 362.49 points.

 

Egypt’s rally may cool, blue chips to weigh on Gulf – Reuters

Egypt’s stock market may stall on Thursday after Wednesday’s leap in response to news that Cairo is close to obtaining an IMF loan, while weak earnings at some blue chips could weigh on Gulf markets.

The main Egyptian equities index climbed 5.0 percent to 7,915 points on Wednesday, its biggest daily gain since mid-March, in the market’s heaviest trade since mid-April.

 

11.7% increase in manufacturing industries during May: CAPMAS

A Wednesday report issued by the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) showed an 11.7 percent increase in the total manufacturing industries, without crude oil and petroleum products, during May 2016.

 

$119 mln deal to finance East Port Said’s water treatment plant: source

The Ministry of International Cooperation is set to sign Thursday an agreement with the Kuwaiti Fund for Development to finance the first phase of the establishment of a water treatment plant in East Port Said district with a total cost 35 million Kuwaiti Dinar ($119 million,) Youm7 quoted anonymous source at the ministry.

 

Social

 

2 Japanese cities to host exhibition of replicas of Tutankhamen artifacts

The Ministry of Antiquities will organize an exhibition for 150 replicas of King Tutankhamen artifacts in Japan, per a cooperation protocol between both countries, Youm7 reported Thursday.

It is scheduled that the exhibition will held for 18 days in Tokyo and Osaka city in the period between October to December 2016.

 

Egypt’s inbound tourism rate drops by 59.9% in June 2016: CAPMAS

The number of tourists visiting Egypt in June 2016 decreased by 59.9 percent compared to the same month last year, according to the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS,) Egypt’s official statistical agency.

In its monthly report for tourism statistics issued Thursday, CAPMAS indicated that 328,600 tourists visited Egypt in June 2016, compared to 820,000 in the same period last year “due to the ongoing decline in the number of Russian tourists.”

 

Ministry of Antiquities waiting to put Qasr al-Nile four lion statues on archeological list

Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities stated that it did not receive a request to list the four famous large stone lion statues at Qasr al-Nile Bridge as archeological monuments, Youm7 reported Thursday.

The Permanent Committee of Islamic and Coptic Antiquities issued in May a decision to put the four statues on the Ministry’s Archeological List. They were establshied during the era of Khedive  Ismail Pasha in the period between 1896 and 1871.

 

Sports

 

Ahly set $2 mln as condition to sell Player Mohamed Hany

Al-Ahly Club administration has set a condition to sell Player Mohamed Hany for $2 million or receive $600,000 in case Hany got a secondment abroad.

 

Al-Ahly paid 6 mln EGP for Ismaili striker Marwan Mohsen

Al-Ahly Club has paid 6 million EGP to Ismailia Club as part of a deal to buy Striker Marwan Mohsen, Youm7 reported.

 

Egypt’s Ihab Abdel Rahman officially excluded from Rio’s Olympics

The Egyptian Olympic Committee has officially excluded the World Javelin silver medalist, Egyptian Ihab Abdel Rahman, from next months’ Rio Olympics after testing positive to drugs.

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