UPDATE: Egypt’s local news Nov. 18: Egyptian Museum to open at evening twice a week: minister
Facade of the Egyptian Museum in Cairo's Tahrir Square.


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Egyptian Museum to open at evening twice a week: minister

Antiquities Minister Khaled al Anany announced that Cairo’s famed Egyptian Museum will open for evening visits twice a week.

The remarks came during a Thursday celebration organized to mark the landmark’s 114th anniversary of its opening.

“The museum will open on Thursdays and Sundays from 05:30 p.m. to 09:00 p.m.” said Anany.

Khedive Ismail laid the foundation stone of the museum in 1897 before it was opened to public in 1902. It contains the world’s most extensive collection of artifacts dating from the prehistoric through the Roman periods, with the majority of the collection focused on the Pharaonic era.

It houses approximately 160,000 objects covering 5,000 years of Egypt’s history.

Many of the museum’s masterpieces, including the treasures of Pharaoh Tutankhamen, are being transported and will be displayed at the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) scheduled to open in 2018.

A new museum being built near the Pyramids, known as The Grand Egyptian Museum, will partially open in May 2018. It will house the full collection of King Tutankhamen’s treasures, as well as other artifacts that have been kept in storage because of lack of display space.


Press syndicate head says he “might not” attend sentencing hearing

Egypt’s Press Syndicate chairman Yehia Kallash said he “most likely will not” be present at the Saturday session set by the court to announce verdict against him and two other board members on charges of sheltering fugitives inside the syndicate’s headquarters, Youm7 reported Friday.

On Oct. 29, the Qasr el Nil Misdemeanor court has set Nov. 19 to announce verdict against Kallash, the syndicate’s secretary-general Gamal Abdel Reheem and undersecretary Khaled El-Balshy for sheltering journalists Mahmoud al Sakka and Amr Badr who were staging a sit-in to protest warrants issued for their arrest.


Medicine shortage crisis will be solved in 10 days: minister

The Health Ministry announced in a statement Friday that the current crisis of acute shortage of major drugs will be solved within 10 days, Youm7 reported.

“A total of 146 items of medicines, vaccines and chemicals will be imported and distributed to local markets, with the state paying the difference in the value between the old and new exchange rate of the US dollar,” Health Minister Ahmed Emad was quoted by Youm7.

The decision comes after meeting with Prime Minister Sherif Ismail, who directed concerned bodies to provide the US dollar liquidity necessary for the importing process, he added.

Shortage in several medicines has recently increased in Egypt after the country floated its currency as part of an economic reform package linked to a $12-billion IMF loan.

The Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) said Thursday that banks have provided more than $97 million for the purchase of medicines since the exchange rate was liberalized earlier this month.


Fathers who submit daughters to FGM procedure to face 15yr jail term: Health Min.

A newly ratified anti-FGM law will punish fathers who take their daughters to the doctor to undergo the illegal practice will sentenced to 15 years in prison, stated Minister of Health Ahmed Emad el-Din.

The minister said in his TV statements that ratifying the law “was a dream since a long period.”


Cairo to see warm weather Friday: forecasters

Forecasters expected a warm weather to prevail Friday after a sharp decline had witnessed in temperature over the past two days, Youm7 reported.

According to the meteorological authority, Cairo will see highs of 23 and lows of 15 on Friday.


2 dead, 9 injured in car accident on road to Alexandria

Two people were killed, and nine others were injured after a vehicle turned over on the International Coastal Road leading to the Mediterranean City of Alexandria, Youm7 reported.

Thousands of Egyptians die every year on the road as a result of fatal crashes. Although official reports cite human error as the main cause behind the accidents, experts blame them on the lack of safety measures and regular maintenance of the roads in Egypt.

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