UPDATE: Egypt’s politics digest Aug. 18: Egypt condemns Turkey terrorist attacks
People rush to the blast scene after a car bomb attack on a police station in the eastern Turkish city of Elazig, Turkey August 18, 2016. Kamilcan Kilic/Ihlas News Agency via REUTERS1/2leftright 2/2leftright 1/2


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Egypt condemns Turkey terrorist attacks

Foreign Ministry spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid condemned the two terrorist attacks that took place in Turkey expressing condolences and support for the families of the victims, the Turkish people and government, Youm7 reported.

“The recent terror attacks confirm that terrorism is a global phenomenon requires consolidation of all efforts,” he continued

Three explosions have rocked Turkey in the past 24 hours killing at least 11 people and injuring more than 290 others, according to Reuters.


Cyprus court rejects testimony in Egyptian hijacker case

Cyprus (AP)-A Cyprus court on Thursday refused to hear testimony from a Cambridge University professor in defense of an Egyptian hijacker fighting an extradition request by his country over fears that he could be tortured or killed.

Emile George Howard Joffe’s testimony was inadmissible because his expertise wasn’t specific to Egypt’s current domestic situation and his academic research pertained to regional foreign relations in general, Judge Dona Constantinou ruled.

State attorney Eleni Loizidou argued that a report Joffe prepared in which he concludes that extraditing admitted hijacker Seif Eddin Mustafa would put him at risk of torture or death was biased because of information he received from the defense team.


Al Azhar Observer blames killing of NY imam, assistant on Trump’s hostile remarks

Hostility is escalating and against the Muslims in the United since the beginning og the U.S. presidential race due to presidential hopeful Donald Trump’s remarks against the Muslims, said Al Azhar Observer Thursday.

According to an analytical report, the observer blamed the responsibility of killing Muslim Imam and his assistant on Saturday in New York’s mosque of Queens, on hatred remarks.


Sisi sends Abbas assurance message on Palestine cause: WAFA

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi has sent a message to his Palestinian counterpart Mahmoud Abbass, assuring his that support of the Palestinian cause always comes on Egypt’s the top of foreign agenda, according to the Palestinian News and Info Agency (WAFA) Thursday.

Sisi’s message was a reply to Abbas’s cable of congratulation in the 64th anniversary of Egyptian Revolution of July 23.


PM updates papers’ editors-in-chief on gov’t’s efforts on economic crisis

Prime Minister Sherif Ismail has met with number of Editors-in Chief of national and independent newspapers Thursday to update the media persons on the government’s ongoing efforts to put an end to the dollar shortage crisis Egypt faces, reported Youm7, one of the invited newspapers.

The meeting also tackled the government’s decisions and actions to face the hike of prices in the domestic markets.


FM discuss cooperation ties with Zimbabwean Minister of Tourism

Foreign Minister Sameh Shourky will meet with Zimbabwean Minister of Tourism Walter Mzembi Thursday to discuss the bilateral cooperation between both countries, Youm7 reported.

Shoukry arrived Wednesday from Beirut where he met with Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam and discussed solutions to end the presidential vacuum in Lebanon, which has been ongoing since 2014.

Lebanon has been without a president since the end of former Lebanese President Michel Suleiman’s term in 2014, which was followed by deep disagreement among Lebanese political powers.


Italy deports 50 Egyptians over illegal migration

The Cairo International Airport received Thursday a total of 50 Egyptian nationals deported back from Italy after being arrested over illegal migration, Youm7 reported.

Italy has deported hundreds of Egyptians over the past months after coast guards arrested them at arrival through the sea. Meanwhile, Egypt has arrested hundreds of Egyptians and foreigners before sailing to Europe illegally.

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