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Egypt's First Lady at the National Bank of Egypt donating for the Long Live Egypt (Tahya Masr) Fund, Youm7.


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Egypt’s first lady launches donation campaign for ”Long Live Egypt” fund

Egypt’s First Lady Entisar Amer on Sunday launched a donation campaign for Long Live Egypt (Tahya Masr) Fund, Youm7 reported.

Video footages published in several media outlets Sunday showed Amer along with female ministers and spouses of ministers heading to headquarters of the National Bank of Egypt (NBE)to donate to the fund, which was founded by President Abdel Fatah al Sisi in 2014.

The fund aims to help the funding of social projects including mobile clinics, long-term hepatitis C medication schemes, and development the country’s slums.

The fund has collected EGP 7.5 billion EGP so far, the fund’s executive manager, Mohamed Ashmawy  was quoted by Al Ahram in October.


292 suspect militants referred to military trial over forming terrorist cells

Egypt’s Attorney General Nabil Sadek referred on Sunday to military court 292 suspect terrorists who are accused of forming terrorist cells, the Aswat Masriya news website reported, citing a statement issued by the Attorney General.

The defendants, reportedly members of Sinai Province militant group, are accused of “carrying out several suicide bomb attacks mostly in North Sinai, and planning to assassinate President Abdel Fatah al Sisi,” according to the statement.

158 defendants had already been arrested and interrogated by the Supreme State Security Prosecution over the past year, while the rest will be tried in absentia, the statement added.

In November 2014, the militant group changed its name to Wilayat Sinai (Sinai State) before it pledged its allegiance to IS. It had claimed responsibility for most of the anti-government terrorist attacks over the past a few years.

Civilian perpetrators of attacks on Egyptian state institutions, military installations or personnel are tried before military courts, according to a presidential decree issued in 2014.


Sisi calls for forming international coalition to fight ISIS

President Abdel Fatah al Sisi on Sunday has called for forming an international coalition to combat Islamic State (IS) terrorist group and offer all kinds of support for countries waging war against terrorism, Youm7 reported.

In his interview with the Portuguese LUSA news agency on Saturday, Sisi said, “terrorism is the true enemy we face and it is not present only in Iraq, Syria or Libya, thus the whole world must come together to fight terrorism.”

Sisi arrived Sunday in the Portuguese capital Lisbon for his first official visit to the country following the inauguration of Marcelo De Souza as president in March.

The international community needs to develop a comprehensive strategy to fight against terrorism, said Sisi, adding that the strategy “should operate not only on the military level, but must also involve using cultural and economic tools.”


Another group of 100 detained youth to be pardoned: official

The second group of the Egyptian detained youth who will be released per a presidential pardon will be announced soon, Youm7 reported an anonymous security official on Sunday.

The second group includes names of 100 detained persons, mostly from youth, the official added.

A total of 82 detained youth were released on Wednesday per the pardon decree issued by President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi. The released youth includes T.V. anchorman Islam El Beheiri, who serves one-year prison sentence over charges of insulting religion.

Most f youth released were academic students who were arrested over breaching the protest law. Government has formed a committee to examine the youth inmates’ legal situations before their release.

A total of 203 prisoners would be released per a presidential pardon on the occasion of the October War Victory, after Prison Sector Committee reviewed the prisoners’ conditions, Youm7 reported on Thursday. Only 94 inmates will be released under certain conditions.


Three pro-Morsi T.V. anchors sentenced to three years in jail

An Egyptian court sentenced three pro-former President Mohamed Morsi T.V. anchorpersons to three year in jail on Saturday over charges of inciting violence and disturbing the public order, Youm7 reported.

The three verdicts charged with publishing false news inciting violence in Egypt in their talk shows that aired in Turkey.

Following the dispersal of the pro-Muslim brotherhood sit-ins in Rabaa and Nahdah squares on Aug.14, 2013, hundreds of the Muslim Brotherhood members and supporters fled to foreign countries, including Turkey, Qatar, and London.


Sisi heads to Portugal in a 2-day visit

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi headed to Portugal on Monday in a two-day to discuss the bilateral relations with his counterpart Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa who took assume of power since March 2016, Youom7 reported.

“President Sisi’s visit to Portugal will come as part of the two countries’ keenness on enhancing bilateral ties in the coming period.  During the visit, President Sisi will also tackle ways of promoting political and diplomatic ties along with promoting cooperation in economy, scientific research and defense spheres,” a statement on the State Information Service.


Parliamentary delegation flies to India

A delegation from the Egyptian House of Representatives will pay a visit to India Sunday to participate in an international conference on small and medium sized enterprises for three days, Youm7 reported.

The delegation’s visit is being organized by the Federation of the Egyptian Industries (FEI), delegation member Hala Abu Seeda told Youm7, noting that the conference will include a session on the Egyptian industries.

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