Wrap-up of Egypt’s top news Aug. 9:Canadian civil aviation committee inspects security measures at Cairo airport
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PM, candidate for UNESCO director post review support campaign

Prime Minister Sherif Ismail met on Tuesday with Egypt’s candidate for UNESCO director general post Ambassador Moushira Khattab, according to a cabinet statement.

The two sides discussed plan developed by a government committee to support Khattab’s candidacy to the post, Cabinet spokesperson Hossam al Qaweesh said.

In July 20, Egypt has officially announced the nomination of Khattab for the post. The UNESCO Executive Board will elect a new Director General in 2017.

 

Canadian civil aviation committee inspects security measures at Cairo airport

A Canadian Civil Aviation committee has commenced inspecting security measures at Cairo International Airport on Tuesday, Youm7 reported.

The committee, which arrived Monday in a five-day visit, has inspected security measures  taken to secure passengers, cargo and passenger planes departing Cairo airport at Cairo airport, especially those heading for Toronto.

The Egyptian authorities have recently permitted several aviation experts committees from various countries to check security measures at the Egypt’s airports following the Russian plane crashed over the eastern Mediterranean last October that killed all 224 passengers on board.

 

Egypt’s premier, Cypriot FM discuss bilateral cooperation

Prime Minister Sherif Ismail met on Tuesday with visiting Cypriot Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides and discussed ways to enhance bilateral cooperation in the various fields, a cabinet statement said.

Egypt’s foreign minister Sameh Shoukry was present during the meeting. The two foreign ministers will hold a joint press conference on Tuesday to brief the media about ongoing preparations for the Egypt-Greece-Cyprus trilateral Summit, scheduled to be held in Egypt in October.

 

Egypt strongly condemns Monday terrorist attack in Pakistan

Ahmed Abu Zeid, spokesperson for Ministry of Foreign Affairs, strongly condemned the terrorist attack that took place Monday morning at a hospital in Quetta, Pakistan, and left at least 70 dead and several people wounded.

In a statement, he added that Egypt stands with the Pakistani people and government against “the vicious terrorism,” expressing his sincere condolences to the families of the victims.

 

Interrogation session for Supply Min. Tuesday over wheat corruption case

Minister of Supply Khaled Hanafy will attend an interrogation session Tuesday at the parliament around wheat import corruption and subsequent public money waste.

 

 

Local

Trial of Mubarak-era interior minister, 12 co-defendants over illicit gains postponed to Oct. 18

Cairo Criminal Court on Tuesday postponed the trial of former Mubarak-era interior minister Habib el Adly and 12 other co-defendants over corruption charges to October 18, Youm7 reported.

The defendants are accused of seizing around 2.4 billion EGP during Adly’s tenure.

In February, the same court had ordered the freezing of the assets of the 13 defendants and put their names on the countries no-fly list pending trial.

 

Egypt foils Illegal immigration attempts by 266: military spox

Egypt’s border guards have thwarted two illegal immigration attempts and prevented 266 people of various nationalities from boarding a boat and crossing the Mediterranean Ocean to Italy, military spokesperson Mohamed Samir said in a statement Tuesday.

The forces suspected a fishing boat off the Mediterranean coast nearby a military zone of trafficking, and after searching the boat, discovered13 Egyptians, 21 Sudanese and 15 Somalis among others.

They, along with the boat crew, were arrested over attempting to illegally leave the country, according to the statement.

During the past two year, Egypt has intervened in a number of migration attempts by hundreds of asylum seekers from the Middle East and North Africa, particularly from Egypt Syria, Iraq and Libya, via the Mediterranean Sea to Italy or Greece as gates for other European countries.

 

Civilian, 5 policemen injured in bomb blast in North Sinai’s Arish

A civilian and five police conscripts were injured on Tuesday early morning after an improvised explosive device (IED) detonated in North Sinai’s town of Arish, security sources told Youm7.

The device was planted by “unknown assailants” in Ghernata area, north of Arish, said the source.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet.

Several roadside bombs have detonated in passing armored vehicles amid a series of attacks that resulted in hundreds of deaths among the armed forces and the police personnel in the restive North Sinai.

The attacks, mostly claimed by the self-proclaimed Sinai Province, have resulted in casualties among citizens.

 

Cairo kills 30 stray dogs after residents’ complaints

More than 30 street dogs in Matariya district have been killed in a Monday crackdown by Cairo governorate to eliminate stray, violent animals, according to Youm7.

The governorate has received a series of complaints by Matariya residents of repeated attacks by stray dogs.

Many stray dogs have been seen over the past months lying dead in the street as the government tends to handle stray animals crisis by poison.

The government has been slammed by animal rights activists of adopting “unmerciful” ways to deal with the problem.

Former Deputy Head of the Veterinarian Services Authority Hassan Shafiq previously told The Cairo Post that thousands of animals are poisoned across Egypt every year using a deadly pesticide called strychnine.

 

Protocol signed to support children’s cochlea implants

The General Authority for Medical Insurance has signed a cooperation protocol with a coalition of civil associations to support cochlear implant operations for children.

The protocol aims to coordinate to solve problems facing children who need cochlea implant like huge gap between diagnose and the implementation of the surgery.

 

Business

Egypt sets jail as punishment for black market forex trading

(Reuters)-Egypt’s parliament on Tuesday set prison sentences to up three years and fines to up to 5 million pounds ($563,000) for traders selling foreign currency on the black market.

The central bank has in recent weeks revoked the licenses of dozens of foreign exchange offices that it says were selling dollars at rates far wide of the official one.

But the gap between the official and black market rates continues to widen after a March devaluation failed to ease an acute dollar shortage.

“Egypt currency exchange bureaus are like cancer and I call on parliamentarians to draft a legislation that abolishes and eliminates them completely,” parliament speaker Ali Abdelaal said.

 

Egyptian bourse main index down by 0.89 on Tuesday closing,

The Egyptian Exchange (EGX) indices closed Tuesday’s session collectively down over amid Arab and foreign institutions’ selling wave.

The main index (EGX30) dropped by 0.89 percent to 8199.65 points, while the mid- and small-cap index EGX70 slid by 0.49 percent to 360.89 points.

Market Capitalization lost 2.2 billion EGP to close at 416.9 billion EGP down from 419.1 billion EGP a day earlier.

 

Egyptian pound stable at Tuesday’s dollar sale, weaker on black market

Egypt’s central bank kept the pound steady at 8.78 to the dollar on Tuesday at its weekly foreign exchange auction, as the currency continued to weaken on the black market.

Egypt is struggling with an acute dollar shortage that has hampered trade and business confidence. A widening gap between the official dollar rate and the black market rate has increased pressure to devalue the currency.

 

Exported meat price increases by 25%; flour and tea by 6%

The price of exported meat has increased by 15 EGP, reaching 60 EGP for 1 kg instead of 45 EGP, Youm7 reported.

The price of the local meat varies between 80 and 100 EGP for Kg.

For tea and flour, prices increased by 6 percent, Youm7 quoted Emad Abdeen, secretary of the Food division at the Chamber of Commerce.

 

EGX begins Tuesday session at slight increase

The Egyptian stock market has begun Tuesday trading sessions at a slight increase to all indices, except for the main index EGX30 that decreased by 0.02 percent.

 

Social

Underground bands perform concert Saturday

Underground music bands of Kairokee, Sharmoofers and Singer Zap Tharwat will perform a concert together on Saturday at a Marina beach in North Coast.

 

Regional Festival for Theatre clubs kicks off Tuesday

Regional Festival for Theatre clubs will kick off Tuesday and is expected to last until August 15 at Ismailia Cultural Palace, reported Youm7.

A total of 14 performances from Canal governorates and Sinai will participate in the events.

 

1st Polish flight lands in Sharm el-Sheikh since Oct. 2015

A flight coming from Poland arrived in Sharm el-Sheikh Tuesday, carrying 180 tourists; this is the first Polish flight since the Russian plane crash accident in the Red Sea resort city last October.

 

Sports

Parliament discusses Egyptians’ mistakes at Rio Olympics

A parliamentary committee has discussed with the head of the Egyptian mission to the Rio Olympics “mistakes and non honorable appearances” that took place by some players.

An Egyptian shooter called Hamada Talaat has raised the Saudi flag, causing a dispute and angry on social media, and the shirt of a Judo player did not have Egypt’s flag, which resulted in the dismissal of his coach.

 

Egypt’s embassy in Brazil celebrates Olympic mission

The Egyptian embassy in Brazil held a party celebrating the Egyptian Olympic mission participating in 2016 Rio Olympics; the ceremony was attended by Minister of Sports Khaled Abdel Aziz and the head of the mission Hisham Katab.

 

Al-Ahly lost 1.8 mln EGP after Cairo derby loss

Al-Ahly has lost 1,860,000 EGP after losing the Cairo derby to Zamalek SC Monday, Youm7 reported.

Zamalek SC won the Cairo Derby after beating Al-Ahly 3-1.

The winner will receive 1.5 million EGP from the Egyptian Football Federation.

Al-Ahly would have received $30K from Sporta Store, the sponsor for Ahly shirts, if it won the match.

 

Martin Jol to submit detailed report on Ahly loss in Cairo derby

The board of directors of Al-Ahly Club requested a detailed report from Coach Martin Jol including the reasons of the team’s loss in Cairo derby Monday.

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