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President Abdel Fatah al Sisi meets with a delegation from the U.S. think tank Brookings Institution. Youm7.


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Egypt’s Sisi receives delegation from US think tank Brookings

President Abdel Fatah al Sisi on Wednesday received a delegation from the U.S. think tank Brookings Institution, Youm7 reported.

The delegation, comprised of Martin Indyk, Executive Vice President of Brookings and Stephen Hadley, met with Sisi and discussed lateset development in the political arena as well as security situation in the Middle East and North Africa region.

Based in Washington DC, Brookings is Washington’s oldest think tanks, which conducts research in the social sciences, primarily in economics, metropolitan policy, governance, foreign policy, and global economy and development.


Hurghada airport denies assigning terminal 2 exclusively for Russian tourists

Head of Hurghada International Airport denied media reports on assigning the airport’s entire terminal two exclusively for Russian tourist flights.

“There were no talks on that issue,” head of Hurghada International Airport Sadiq al-Shura was quoted by Russia’s news agency RIA Novosti on Wednesday.

The media reports circulated following the Russian Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov’s visit to Egypt for talks on resumption of direct flights between the two countries, which has been suspended following the Russian plane crash over Sinai that killed 224 passengers late October.


37 sentenced to life over recruiting youth to join ISIS

The Zaqaziq Criminal Court on Wednesday has sentenced 37 people to life imprisonment over alleged links to IS militant group, Youm7 reported.

The defendants were also accused of forming a cell to recruit youth to join the extremists in Syria and Iraq and plotting attacks against the police and Copts.

The court also sentenced three others to three years in jail over the said charges.  Twenty of the suspects were sentenced in absentia.

Egypt has witnessed a significant rise in militancy since the military-backed ouster of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013 following mass protests against his rule. According to the Interior Ministry, militant attacks have killed more than 500 security personnel since then.


Egypt may allocate Hurgada Airport’s Terminal 2 for Russian passengers

The Russian delegation, which is visiting Egypt to check the security measures in Egyptian airports before resuming the Russian flights, has asked to allocate Terminal 2 of Hurghada Airport for only the Russian passengers, Youm7 reported officials at the airport Wednesday.

The first Russian flight to Egypt will resume in October after one-year hiatus following the crash of Russian plane that downed over Central Sinai, leaving lives of more than 220 people.


Sisi inaugurates Gamal Nasser Museum

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi inaugurated Gamal Nasser Museum on Wednesday in the 46th anniversary of the death of Late President Nasser, Youm7 reported.

The Museum has been developed in light of the government’s initiative of “revival of New Egypt’s Heritage”.


3 policemen, civilian killed in North Sinai

Three police conscripts and a civilian were killed when militant group attacked their convoy in Arish city of restive North Sinai.

Eye-witnesses told Youm7 that a group of militants opened fire at the policemen’s car, leaving them dead. The dead bodies were transported to Arish Hospital.


Egypt’s FM meets Syrian opposition delegation in Cairo

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry will meet with a delegation from the Syrian opposition figures on Wednesday in Cairo, according to a statement from the Egyptian Ministry.

The Syrian delegation will discuss the latest development in Syria, particularly after media reports claimed that new round of peace negotiations would be held in Geneva.


Al Azhar Imam meets with Bahraini Monarch

Al Azhar Grand Imam Ahmed al Tayeb met with Bahraini Monarch Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa on Wednesday, discussing the ways and mechanisms to disseminate the peaceful and moderate culture, as well as efforts exerted by the Council of Elders of the Muslims in order to promote a culture of peace and coexistence and acceptance of others, Youm7 reported.

Tayebwill give a speech to the Arab and Islamic nations, emphasizing the need for unity and alignment, renouncing division and discord among people.

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