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Egypt’s new supply minister to take the oath Wednesday: PM

Prime Minister Sherif Ismail announced that Mohamed Aly el Sheikh will take the republican oath as Egypt’s minister of supply and internal trade on Wednesday, Youm7 reported.

The remarks came after the House of Representatives on Tuesday approved by landslide majority the nomination of el Sheikh to the new post by President Abdel Fatah al Sisi.

El Sheikh, who was head of the armed forces’ public services division, will succeed Khaled Hanafy, who announced his resignation last week amid criticism from several lawmakers over recent wheat procurement fraud.

Ismail also announced a governors’ reshuffle to be revealed on Wednesday.


2,881 people cross Rafah border in 2 days: official source

A total of 2,881 people have crossed the Rafah border between Egypt and Gaza over the past two days, Youm7 quoted an official source at the crossing on Tuesday.

For the third time in less than 10 days, the Egyptian authorities have announced the opening of the Rafah border crossing as of Tuesday for two days in both directions upon directives of President Abdel Fattah El Sisi in order to “alleviate the suffering of the Palestinian people ahead of Eid al Adha holiday,” a presidential statement said on Sunday.

Hundreds of trucks laden with 2,645 tons of building materials have crossed from Egypt’s North Sinai into Gaza Strip, according to the source.

The crossing was opened on Saturday for three days.

The Rafah crossing is the only exit point for Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip.


1st phase of examining debris of crashed Russian plane completed: committee

The technical committee investigating the crash of a Russian plane over North Sinai last year has concluded the 1st phase of examining the plane debris, Youm7 reported.

The study of the plane wreckage was carried out in the presence of representatives of the countries participating in the investigations and Airbus Company, the committee said in a statement on Tuesday.

The statement added a final report on the cause of the crash will be disclosed after the completion of other two phases.

Sinai Province, a branch of Islamic State (IS), said in a statement on 31 October that it had destroyed the plane because of Russian air strikes in Syria.

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Sisi returns back home after participating in China-held G20 Summit

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi left China’s Hangzhou heading to homeland early Tuesday after participating in the G20 Summit, during which he stressed the importance of dealing firmly with parties supporting terrorism politically, financially and militarily, violating international values.

President Sisi met with Chinese President Xi Jinping, a number of leaders including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President François Hollande, Russian President Vladimir Putin, South African President Jacob Zuma, Deputy Crown Prince of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Prince Mohammed bin Salman, in addition to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki- Moon, said Egyptian Presidential Spokesperson Alaa Youssef in a statement Sunday.


Yemeni PM arrives in Cairo for bilateral talks

Yemeni Prime Minister Ahmed Obeid bin Daghr with a high-profile delegation arrived Tuesday in Cairo, Youm7 reported an official at the Cairo International Airport.

Daghr and his accompanying delegation will meet with the Egyptian counterparts to enhance the bilateral relations, the official added.

On August 15, the Prime Minister met with President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, who confirmed Egypt’s support to President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi’s government.


EU Counter-Terrorism Coordinator arrives in Cairo

EU Counter-Terrorism Coordinator Gilles de Kerchove arrived Tuesday in Cairo where he will meet with the Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shouky and other high-profile Egyptian politicians.

The meeting will tackle the counter-terrorism efforts in the region and the whole world, Youm7 reported an official from the Cairo International Airport.



Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia initially agreed to sign contract of study on Renaissance dam Sept. 19, 20

Egypt, Sudan, and Ethiopian initially agreed to sign a contract with two European consultant companies, which have been chosen to conduct studies on the impacts of the under-construction Ethiopian Renaissance dam on the downstream countries of the Nile, on September 19 and 20, Youm7 reported an official in the Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation spoke on condition anonymity as he was not authorized to brief the media Tuesday.

Signing of the contract was scheduled to be made on Sept. 5 and 6, but differences among the three countries impeded the signature.

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.



Cairo Court see case of stripping Egyptian nationality of Muslim Brotherhood member over ‘assassinating’ attorney general

An Administrative Court at the State Council will consider a legal suit calling for withdrawing the Egyptian nationality from a Muslim brotherhood member over plotting for assassination of the later Attorney General Hesham Barakat, Youm7 reported.

Lawyer Samir Sabry has filed a lawsuit against former spokesperson of the Ministry of Health during former Islamist President Mohamed Morsi’s one-year tenure Yehia al-Sayed Ibrahim, who are fled Egypt to Turkey following the ouster of Morsi in 2013, over charges of plotting and implementing the assassination of the former Attorney General.

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