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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Ahmed Abu Zeid. YOUM7 (archive)


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Slain Egyptian requested not to inform consulate in Frankfurt: foreign ministry

The Egyptian national Mohamed Al Naggar, who died in German prison late June, has signed a farewell letter upon his arrest to not inform the Egyptian consulate of his case, the foreign ministry announced in a statement Wednesday.

Al Naggar, 22, was reportedly arrested by German authorities in February over an alleged theft attempt at a store. In his farewell letter written before his alleged attempted suicide in mid June, “he also requested not to send his dead body back to Egypt,” according to the statement.

Naggar asked the German authorities not to notify anybody in cases of emergency and, accordingly, the German authorities finalized all cremation procedures taken in such cases, according to the statement.


Egypt’s cabinet approves draft law to establish space agency

The Egyptian cabinet on Wednesday has approved a draft law to establish a national space agency aims to upgrade the country’s space technology and sciences, Youm7 reported.

In its weekly Wednesday meeting headed by Prime Minister Sherif Ismail, the cabinet announced that the space agency would play a very important role in development at all levels, adding that Egypt will make five small satellites starting from next year.


Sisi supports Al Azhar role in highlighting teachings of Islam

President Abdel Fatah al Sisi on Wednesday received Grand Imam of Al Azhar, Ahmed al Tayyeb and discussed the institution’s efforts to correct the image of Islam and refine incorrect thoughts about the religion and promote its values, Presidential spokesperson Alaa Youssef said in a statement.

During the meeting, Tayyeb reviewed the outcome of his visits to a number of Asian, African and European countries, which targeted explaining the true principles of Islam that reject terrorism and all forms of violence and extremism.

Sisi affirmed the state’s continuous full support for Al-Azhar’s comprehensive role as a religious and educational institution in presenting the true image of Islam in the face of extremism, according to the statement.


Egypt’s Presidency to arrange military funeral for late Noble Laureate Ahmed Zewail

Egyptian Presidency will arrange a military funeral for Egyptian Noble Laureate Ahmed Zewail who passed away Tuesday at the age of 70 in U.S., Youm7 reported Zewail city for Science and Technology spokesperson Sherif Fouad Tuesday.

Fouad added that procedures to transfer his body to Egypt for burial have started as it expected that the dead body could arrive in Egypt on Thursday evening or on Friday.

World and Egyptian figures have offered their condolences for the death of Noble Laureate.


Egyptian fisherman reportedly missing in Italy since 2013

Chairperson of Egyptian Fishermen’s Syndicate in Delta’s Kafr el Sheikh called on the Foreign Ministry to contact with Italian authorities to get any information on an Egyptian expatriate was reportedly disappeared in Italy since 2013.

Fisherman Hassan Aboul Enein’s family has contacted several times with diplomats in the Italian embassy in Cairo to search its missing one, who has lived in Italy for 20 years, Youm7 reported.


Ethiopia completed construction of controversial dam since June 2016: Egypt’s NARSS

Chairperson of Egyptian National Authority for Remote Sensing and Space Sciences (NARSS) has sent a letter to Prime Minister Sherif Ismail, updating him that the latest satellite Images showed that the controversial Ethiopian Renaissance Dam has completely constructed since June 2016, Youm7 reported.

Since May 2011, Cairo has voiced its concern that the dam could reduce the country’s annual share of more than 56 billion cubic meters of Nile water. Addis Ababa, however, has claimed that the dam is necessary for its development, and will not harm downstream countries.


Number of Coptic Diaspora protest outside White House against Minya’s sectarian violence incidents

A number of Coptic Diaspora has protested outside U.S. white House, against violence practices against Coptic Christians in Upper Egypt’s Minya, Youm7 reported. Their protest is an act of defiance against Pope Tawadros II, who called for not staging any protests.

Several sectarian violence-triggered incidents have occurred in Minya during the past few months. Houses of Christian residents of village of Abu Yacoub were set on fire by the defendants following a rumor of turning a nursery into a church.

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.


Saudi Arabia deports back 30 Egyptians over violating residency, work rules

The Cairo International Airport received Wednesday a total of 30 Egyptian expatriates, who were deported back from Saudi Arabia, over violating work and residential rules in the Kingdom, Youm7 reported.

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