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Hussein Salem, a fugitive Egyptian businessman - YOUM7 (Archive)


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Egypt notifies Interpol to remove Mubarak-era figure from red notice list following reconciliation

The Interpol has been notified to remove name of Mubarak-era business tycoon Hussein Salem from its Red Notice lists, security source told Youm7 Wednesday.

The move comes after Illicit Gains Authority Chairman Adel al-Saeed has announced on a reconciliation deal agreed between the authority and Salem and his family members following a deal in return for 5.3 billion EGP ($0.58 b.)

The current freeze on his Egyptian properties will be removed as a part of the deal, said Saeed.


Azhar Grand Imam, Awqaf minister discuss pre-written sermon decision

Grand Imam of Al Azhar Sheikh Ahmed al Tayyeb met with senior officials and clergymen on Wednesday to discuss the Awqaf Ministry’s recent decision to unify the Friday sermon throughout Egypt’s mosques, Youm7 reported.

Al Tayyeb’s meeting with Awqaf Minister and the Grand Mufti came following and earlier meeting with President Abdel Fatah al Sisi during which the president hailed Al Azhar’s efforts to correct the image of Islam and refine incorrect thoughts about the religion and promote its values.

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.

Last week, 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.

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.”


FAA to inspect Egyptair maintenance co. for annual accreditation

A delegation from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is currently inspecting Egyptair maintenance & engineering company for annual renewal of accreditation purposes, according to Youm7

The FFA mission started on Sunday and will finish in mid-August.

Egyptair maintenance & engineering is provides aircraft base maintenance services in the Middle East region. The 75 year-old Company owns base maintenance facility located at Cairo international Airport.

In Jan., the security sector at EgyptAir has successfully passed the U.S.-based Transportation Security Administration (TSA) testing program, EgyptAir Holding Company Chairman Sherif Fathy told state-owned Al Ahram.


Egypt to offer tender for Japanese companies to construct 1st phase of Cairo Metro’s 4th line

The National Authority For Tunnels will offer an international tender for Japanese companies to construct the first phase of the Cairo Metro’s fourth line which will extend to Giza’s Haram district soon, as a way to alleviate the traffic jam there, Youm7 reported.

Egypt and Japan have signed an agreement, per which Japan will carry out the first phase at a value of $1.2 billion in soft loans.


Local Development Ministry Headquarters to be transported from Giza to New Cairo

The headquarters of Ministry of Local Development will be transported from Giza to New Cairo’s Fifth Settlement at a cost of 295 million EGP, Youm7 reported an anonymous official in the ministry Wednesday.

Dozens of employees at the ministry have protested against transporting the headquarters as it will locate so far from their houses amid the ministry’s inability to burden the costs of their transportation to the new building.


Faisal Bridge to be partially closed for maintenance works

Egypt’s General Administration of Traffic has decided to partially close Giza’s bridge of Faisal for a whole month to start Thursday for maintenance works, Youm7 reported Wednesday.

The maintenance works came in light of the governorate’s efforts to develop the network of roads and bridges.


PM chairs weekly meeting to talk governmental projects

Egyptian Prime Minister Sherif Ismail will chair Wednesday a cabinet meeting to discuss certain projects and governmental issues, Youm7 cited a statement from the Cabinet.

The ministerial meeting came a day after Ismail’s meeting with President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi who was updated on the government’s latest efforts to provide the people the subsidized commodities to control the market’s high price, according to a statement from Presidential office Tuesday.


Hot weather to prevail throughout Egypt on Wednesday

Hot weather is to prevail Tuesday in Cairo and Lower Egypt, where the capital will see highs of 37°C, according to a statement from the Egyptian Meteorological Authority.

Moderate weather is expected along the north coast, with highs of 32 degrees in Alexandria, while the Upper Egyptian governorates will see warmer weather with 41 degrees in Qena and Luxor, and 42 in Aswan.

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