Update – Egypt’s local news digest Aug. 22: PM meets Pope Tawadros over law on building churches
Pope Tawadros II -YOUM7/Sami Waheeb

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PM meets Pope Tawadros over law on building churches

Prime Minister Sherif Ismail met with Pope Tawadros II to discuss the unified law on building churches Monday, as the government is trying to reach consensus among different parties involved in the law so it can be presented at the parliament for approval, Youm7 reported.

Mother of girl killed in Ring Road accident says no police was present on the highway

Rabab el-Meligy, a mother who lost her daughter to a tragic accident on the Ring Road in Cairo, told Mehwar TV Monday that the driver of a trailer-truck that killed her daughter tried to kill her to escape after the accident, and that there were no police on the road at the time. Meligy has launched a campaign to ban trailer-tucks in the morning and early evenings and to test their drivers for drug abuse.

19 conscripts injured in vehicle turnover

A total of 19 conscripts were slightly wounded after an armored personnel carrier turned over on Cairo-Alexandria agricultural road, according to Youm7.

The injured were hospitalized and later released after their condition became stable.

Many Egyptians die on the road as thousands of fatal traffic accidents take place every year, with the rate is believed to be on the rise. Although official reports highlight human error as the main reason; road experts blame the crashes on lack of safety measures and maintenance.


In pics: 48 rare artifacts seized before smuggled to U.S.

A total of 48 rare artifacts that dates back to Mohamed Ali Pasha Dynasty were seized with a man at Damietta Port on board of a U.S.-bound container, Youm7 reported.


The man called Mohamed was arrested and legal procedures were taken against him.

Similar arrests have taken place at Egyptian airports, borders and ports, where huge amount of drugs, artifacts, sex toys and extra cash have been seized.


Fire in tram carriage in Alexandria; no casualties reported

A tram carriage at Sedi Gaber station in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria has caught on fire due to short circuit, Youm7 reported.

No casualties were reported as a result of the fire, which has been swiftly put out by civil protection forces.


New project aims to employ 22 youth from welfare homes

The Ministry of Solidarity will kick off a project to employ 200 youth from welfare homes in different companies, Youm7 reported.

The to-be-launched project “With you, hand in hand” will witness cooperation between welfare associations and a number of private companies.


1,000 fish basins dug on Suez Canal banks

A total of 1,000 out of 1,380 fish basins have been dug as part of the first phase of the fish farming project on the banks of Suez Canal, Youm7 reported.

Out of the finished aquariums, 587 have been run containing various types of fish species from different European countries.

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