Wrap-up of Egypt’s top news Aug. 2: Sisi expresses condolences to family of Nobel laureate Ahmed Zewail
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Sisi expresses condolences to family of Nobel laureate Ahmed Zewail

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi expressed his condolences to the family of Nobel laureate Ahmed Zewail , who died at 70 years old in the U.S. Tuesday. Procedures to transfer his body to Egypt for burial have started, Youm7 reported.

Egypt’s 3 Coptic denominations agree on building churches draft bill: minister

Leaders of Egypt’s Orthodox, Catholic and Evangelical churches have agreed on the final draft of the long-awaited church construction and restoration law, Youm7 quoted Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Magdy al-Agaty as saying in a press statement on Tuesday.

The draft law, which includes seven articles, will be delivered to the Cabinet for discussion and then submitted to the State Council and to parliament for final approval, said Agaty.

Politics

Copts in US protest “discrimination” in Egypt

A number of Copts in the U.S. staged a demonstration outside the White House to protest “discrimination” against Copts in Egypt after violent clashes in Minya, Upper Egypt, denouncing “customary reconciliation” that they deem unfair, Youm7 reported. Pope Tawadros II had requested that Egyptian Christians refrain from protesting.

EU should bear responsibility towards Palestinian state: Arab League 

Secretary-General of the Arab League Ahmed Aboul Gheit said in a meeting with the European Union’s Special Representative for the Middle East peace process Fernando Gentilini the European Union should bear responsibility in the struggle of Palestinians to establish their own state by urging Israel to get involved in a serious political process with clear dimensions and time frame, Youm7 reported.

Business

Cabinet submits draft law on investors’ naturalization

The Cabinet submitted a draft law to the State Council on allowing foreign investors to apply for a residency in Egypt for five years in exchange for a deposit in a hard currency to facilitate the investors’ stay. An investors may also apply for the Egyptian citizenship after five years.

Egypt’s external debts to rise to $53.4 b with IMF loan: finmin

Egypt’s external debt would reach $53.4 billion if his country receives an International Monetary Fund (IMF) loan, finance minister Amr al Garhy announced on Monday.

The figure correlates with data released by the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) which shows that the country’s external debt had already reached $53.4 billion in the third quarter of fiscal year 2015-2016.

An International Monetary Fund (IMF) mission arrived in Cairo on July 30 to negotiate a loan package worth $12 billion.

Culture

Egypt launches website to promote ailing tourism sector

Egypt’s Tourism Minister Yehia Rashed will launch the first phase of a multilingual website aims to promote the country’s tourism sector, which has been struggling since the 2011 uprising, Youm7 reported.

“The new website will be created in 14 languages covering Egypt’s most important tourism markets and will dispel negative impression of tourism in Egypt,” Rashid was quoted by Youm7.

Egypt has been striving to overcome the negative effects of the recent crash of a Russian jetliner over the Sinai Peninsula, which killed all 224 people on board, leading to the banning of flights to Sharm al-Sheikh by Russia, Turkey and U.K.

Online vote kicks off to select the Egyptian Museum’s “piece of the month”

The Ministry of Antiquities has posted on its Facebook page photos of 13 ancient Egyptian artifacts from the collection of the Egyptian Museum to select the “Piece of the Month” for August.

In July, the ministry began a new trend to share with the community the selection of the Egyptian Museum’s Piece of the Month through Voting on a group of artifacts carefully chosen from the museum in an attempt to raise people’s archaeological awareness and to share in the ministry’s decision making.

Elham Salah, Head of Museums Sector said that the selected pieces of this month are 13 artifacts from different ancient Egyptian eras.  They include Ra-Hotep and Nofert double statue and wall reliefs decorated with hunting scenes as well as a collection of cosmetic pots.

Sports

 

Al Ahly cruise past Smouha to reach Egypt Cup semi-final

A goal from defender Saad Samir took Al Ahly into Egypt Cup semi-final after a 1-0 victory over Smouha in the quarter-final on Monday, Kingfut reported.

The Red Devils will face ENPPI in the semi-final on Thursday.

 

Basketball: Egypt settle for silver at Africa U18 Championship

Egypt settled for a silver medal at the FIBA Africa U18 Championship held in Kigali, Rwanda after losing 82-86 to Angola in the final on Sunday, according to Kingfut.

The Angolan side finished the first quarter with a 25-16 lead, before the Egyptians reduced the deficit to 41-40 at half time.

The Egyptians led by three points in the third quarter while the fourth quarter tied at 77, which forced a five-minute extra-time to determine the winner.

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