UPDATE: Egypt’s local news digest Sept. 18: Paralympics 2016: Egypt’s sitting volleyball team wins bronze
Egypt's volleyball sitting team. Rio 2016 Paralympics.


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Paralympics 2016: Egypt’s sitting volleyball team wins bronze

Egypt’s sitting volleyball team won the bronze medal at the 2016 Rio Paralympic games after a 3-2 victory over hosting Brazil.

The volleyball team’s victory brings the total number of medals obtained by Egypt to 12, including three gold, five silver and four bronze medals.


Trial of policeman who killed street vendor over cup of tea adjourned to Oct. 10

Cairo Criminal Court on Sunday adjourned the trial of a low-ranking police officer over charges of killing a street vendor over the price of a cup of tea to Oct. 10.

Zenihom Abdel Razek, face charges of unpremeditated deliberate murder.

Investigations into the incident, which took place in New Cairo district in April, revealed that the victim refused to serve the policemen for free, which caused verbal altercations led to Abdel-Razek firing shots in the air, and killing one of the street vendors.

The interior ministry confirmed the incident saying that such incidents are “isolated.”


Death toll among Egyptian pilgrims rises to 45

The death toll among Egyptian pilgrims has climbed to 45, Executive Chairperson of the Egyptian Hajj Mission Sayed Maher was quoted by Youm7 on Sunday.

All the cases died of natural causes, including heat exhaustion, high blood pressure and hypertension, he said, adding that their ages ranged from 57 to 86.

The first flights of lottery pilgrims will arrive home Monday, said Maher, while Egyptair announced an airlift to ferry pilgrims back started on Saturday.


Coptic Church will sue producers of a documentary film on late Pope Shenouda’s life

Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox Church lawyer Munsif Naguib Suleiman said that he will sue those who are shooting or producing a documentary film on the life of Late Pope Shenouda III without getting a prior permission from the church, Youm7 reported Saturday.

Any possible ideological or technical errors in a work about the Pope’s life, without the church’s intervention may cause strife and anger among the Coptic People, he added.

Archbishops of the Monastery of Saint Pishoy, where the dead body of Pope Shenouda buried, has produced a documentary film on the Pope’s life although warnings from the Church.

Egypt sacks heads of silos company, internal trade development

(Reuters) – Egypt’s new supply minister has sacked the chairman of the Egyptian Holding Company for Silos and Storage and the head of the country’s internal trade development agency, the official MENA news agency said on Sunday.

The minister, Major General Mohamed El-Sheikh, said the changes were intended to bring in new blood to develop and drive forward the ministry’s companies and departments.

Sheikh was appointed earlier this month after his predecessor Khaled Hanafi stepped down under pressure from parliament, which has launched an investigation into allegations that millions of dollars intended to subsidise farmers were used to purchase more wheat on paper than was found in silos.


Minister of Electricity returns back home after holding bilateral talks in UK

Minister of Electricity and Energy Mohamed Shaker arrived in the Cairo International Airport on Saturday evening after paying a visit for several days for bilateral cooperation, Youm7 reported.

The Minister has chaired a delegation of Egyptian officials and businesspersons in the field renewable energy resources to discuss with several of UK companies the new modern technology of electricity and ways of bring it to Egypt.


471 Palestinian pilgrims cross Rafah border crossing to Gaza Sunday

A total of 471 pilgrims have crossed Rafah broder crossing from Egyptian side to Gaza Strip Sunday morning after arriving in the Cairo International Airport coming from Saudi Arabia, Youm7 reported.

The border was exceptionally re-opened for the return of the Palestinian pilgrims on Sunday, per directions from President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi; it is scheduled that it will re-open also on Wednesday and Thursday for returning of other groups of pilgrims.


Yemeni airway cancels flight from Cairo due to political turmoil

Yamani Airways Co. has cancelled a flight #603 that due to depart from the Cairo International Airport Saturday due to the ongoing violence acts in Yemen, an official at the Cairo Airport told Youm7.

Yemeni ongoing political and military turmoil started a round two years ago between internationally-recognized President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi’s military forces and Iran-backed Shiite Houthis, who are loyal to the former President Ali Abdulla Saleh.

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