UPDATE: Egypt’s politics digest Aug. 19: Sisi congratulates Egypt’s medalists at 2016 Rio Olympics
Egypt's weightlifter Sara Ahmed holds bronze medal at 2016 Rio Olympics.
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Sisi congratulates Egypt’s medalists at 2016 Rio Olympics

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi on Friday congratulated Egypt’s three medalists at the 2016 Rio Olympics, Youm7 reported.

In a statement on his official Facebook page, Sisi said “I would like to express my appreciation and pride of Egyptian youth who earned medals in the Olympic Games.”

Egypt’s weightlifters Sara Ahmed and Mohamed Ihab won bronze medals at 2016 Rio Olympics, while Malak Hedaya, Egypt’s  taekwondo icon, has also won a bronze medal.

“I am proud to have stood by you at the launch of the ‘Year of Egyptian Youth’ in January 2016,” the president added.

 

Resumption of direct flights between Egypt and Russia “a matter of time”: minister

Civil Aviation Minister Sherif Fathy announced that the resumption of tourism and direct flights between Egypt and Russia is “matter of time.”

In a press statement on Friday, Fathy reviewed the outcome of the latest visits by Russian aviation delegations to inspect security measures at Egyptian airports including those of Sharm al Sheikh and Cairo.

Cairo had implemented more than 90 percent of the Russia-proposed recommendations on the safe stay of Russian tourists in Egypt, said Fathy.

On October 31, Airbus A321, heading from Sharm al Sheikh Airport to St. Petersburg, has crashed over Sinai, killing all 224 passengers on board.

Russia’s Investigative Committee has officially classified the plane crash as a terrorist attack.

 

Conscript killed, 5 policemen Injured in Sinai explosion

A police conscript was killed and five other policemen were injured on Friday after an improvised explosive device (IED) detonated in Egypt’s North Sinai, Youm7 reported.

The device was planted by “unknown assailants” in a populous area, west of Arish, security source told Youm7.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet, he added.

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.

 

Coptic Church at odd with government over draft law of Building Churches

Egyptian Coptic Orthodox Church has issued a bold statement against the government over “unacceptable” amendments to a draft law regulates building churches without the Church’s representatives’ Knowledge, Youm7 reported Thursday.

The Church’s statement added that “the amendments could cause threat on the Egyptian national unity…and did not care Egyptians Copts’ sentiment of citizenship rights.”

In July 2015, the Church and the Minister of Legal Affairs Magdi al Agati have reached an agreement on the final formula of the draft law, which should be referred to the Parliament.

The statement continued that negotiations will be resumed cover these amendments. The statement did not mention the amendments.

However, Agati told Youm7 that the draft law has no any changes could represent threats on the Egyptian national unity.

 

Bashir: trust among Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia should be restored over Renaissance dam

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Sudanese President Omar Al Basehir said that it is significant to restore the trust among the three countries of Sudan, Egypt and Ethiopia regarding the controversial Ethiopian dam of Renaissance.

In an interview with an Egyptian magazine published Friday, Bashir the trust has been lost during the former Islamist President Mohamed Morsi’s one-year tenure when he threatened openly to striking the under-construction Ethiopian dam in 2012.

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.

 

1st Forum of Muslim- Christian Youth kicks off Friday in Al Azhar

The first three-day forum of Muslim- Christian Youth will kick off Friday in Al Azhar Sheikhdom, in cooperation with the World Council of Churches. The forum will be participated by 40 Muslim and Christian youths from 14 countries, Youm7 reported.

The forum will focus on renewal of religious discourse to combat the hardliners domestically and globally.

 

3 Egyptian children suffocated to death in Kuwait

Three Egyptian children, aged between 10 and 3 years old, were suffocated to death after short circuit caused fire in n air-condition at their apartment in Sulaibikhat, north of Kuwait city, Al Rai newspaper reported Friday.

The initial investigations showed that the two parents have gone out, leaving the three children at home and there was no adults with them.

 

Egypt arrests on 29 unregistered emigrants before entering into Libya

Egyptian security forces have foiled an illegal emigration attempt by 29 nationals before infiltration into the Libyan territories via western ground border crossing Sallum, Youm7 reported Friday.

Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has warned against illegal travel to Libya which witnesses security and political turmoil since 2011; hundreds of Egyptian have been abducted by militants, particularly in the northern cities of Libya.

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