Mild weather expected on Tuesday

Mild weather is expected to prevail on Tuesday on all parts, turning cool over the night, meteorologists said. Highs of 26 degrees centigrade will be reached in Cairo and 23 degrees in Alexandria. Visibility will be reduced in the morning due to mist on northern coasts, the Delta, Cairo, canal provinces and northern Upper Egypt. Moderate northwesterly winds will blow in the west whipping up sand and dust. The height of Mediterranean and Red Sea waves will range between 1.5 to two meters, with northwesterly winds blowing on both seas.

March 27, 2017 17:48 UTC

Largest on location restoration lab to be inaugurated Wednesday at Khufu vessel

The Ministry of Antiquities plans to inaugurate the largest temporary restoration laboratory on Wednesday morning at the site of the Egyptian-Japanese expedition operating at the second Khufu vessel in the Giza Pyramids area. The project is the first and largest temporary restoration lab to be located within the work site of an archaeological expedition. The lab took from mid-January 2017 until mid-March 2017 to be constructed, said Eissa Zidan, the restoration manager of the project. He added that the lab was equipped with high tech devices that will be used in the restoration of the long and large wooden pieces of the second Khufu ship. The longest wooden part of the Khufu vessel, 26 meters long, will undergo a restoration process at the lab once it is inaugurated, said one member of the Egyptian archaeological team contributing to the project, Mamdouh Taha.

March 27, 2017 14:48 UTC

France supports Cairo militarily to confront terrorists, immigrants: Foreign Affairs

France eyes Egypt as an important military partner to counter the threats of terrorist groups against the Mediterranean trade movement, as well as to tackle the crisis of immigrants, Foreign Affairs journal said. Foreign Affairs journal said that France is interested in supporting Egypt to become a major military force in the region, and pointed out the great military deals and the joint exercises between the two countries. Cairo has now become an important player in the Mediterranean region. The journal noted that for a long time, the Egyptian navy was fully dependent on old Soviet ships, and that the deals made by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi aimed to change this. The Foreign affairs journal also referred to the Egyptian military partnership with Berlin.

March 27, 2017 13:07 UTC

Court remands toddler rape suspect into custody for 15 days

Dekernes Court of First Instance ordered on Monday remanding the suspect Ibrahim Mahmoud Ibrahim el-Refai, accused of kidnapping and raping a toddler in Demlash village, into custody for 15 days pending investigations. Daqahliya security services transferred the suspect to Dekernes Court instead of Belqas Court fearing the angry villagers, while dozens of the 20-month old toddler’s relatives gathered outside Belqas Court amid high security presence. The girl was taken to Belqas hospital for medical care and surgery, as she was in a bad health condition. He was remanded into custody for four days on Saturday. Investigations showed that the suspect was known to police, as he was badly behaved and had frequent conflicts with his brothers.

March 27, 2017 12:22 UTC

Kremlin critic Navalny in court after protests

Top Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny appeared in court on Monday after he and more than 1,000 other people were arrested at an anti-corruption protest in Moscow. A haggard-looking Navalny arrived at a Moscow district court in a police van, posting on Twitter a selfie taken in the courtroom. Protests swept Russia on Sunday after a report was published accusing Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev of controlling a property empire through a murky network of nonprofit organisations (Olga Maltseva / AFP). Despite the large scale of the protests, Russian state television news did not cover them, broadcasting soap operas and nature films instead. The Russian constitution allows public gatherings, but recent laws have criminalised protests unauthorised by city authorities, which frequently refuse to grant permission for rallies by Kremlin critics.

March 27, 2017 11:48 UTC

Sahar Nasr in 2016 most influential Arab govt officials: Arabian Magazine

Arabian Business magazine included Egypt's Minister of Investment and International Cooperation Sahar Nasr in the list of 100 most influential figures in the Arab world during 2016 in the government work category. According to data obtained by Al-Masry Al-Youm, the minister was able to hold more than 100 meetings inside and outside Egypt in the first three weeks of her appointment as minister. Nasr received an international honor in February 2016, when the United Nations Development Program selected her as one of its "Pioneer Ministers" as part of the program's celebration of the 50th anniversary since its foundation. Nasr was appointed as the international cooperation minister in 2015. In March 2016, Prime Minister Sherif Ismail issued a decision appointing her as Egypt’s representative at five international institutions, namely the World Bank, the Arab Bank for Development in Africa, the African Development Bank, the Arab Fund for Social and Economic Development, and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

March 27, 2017 11:03 UTC

Sisi orders instructions on allocating more expenditure for health, education

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi held on Sunday a meeting with Prime Minister Sherif Ismail, Finance Minister Amr al-Garhy and Planning Minister Hala al-Saeed, in which he gave instructions on allocating more expenditure in the sectors of social development, especially health and education services in the coming budget. Sisi highlighted the necessity of promoting social security and economic development over the coming years through prioritizing the government's spending on services that impact citizens' daily lives, including health and education services. During the meeting, Finance Minister Amr al-Garhy reviewed the new budget of the coming fiscal year, ahead of submitting it to parliament. He said the new budget aims at achieving financial control and reducing the budget deficit and debt through rationalizing expenditure and stimulating an increase in economic growth rates. The finance minister also highlighted the government's continued commitment to subsidizing food commodities and expanding programs of direct cash subsidy.

March 27, 2017 10:41 UTC

Muslim Brotherhood issues "Coexistence Document" in Britain

The international organization of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) published on Sunday a document entitled the "Coexistence Document" with others, four days after the terrorist attack in London that killed four people. The organization said in a statement issued by the Muslim Brotherhood office in London that the group aims at peaceful coexistence within a pluralistic society; and does not seek to impose its control or ideas. A dissident front from the Muslim Brotherhood group, mostly from MB youth, announced earlier this year that it will be issuing reviews examining mistakes made by the group and that it will be announcing the results to the public. Other leaders within organization announced solidarity with the initiative. However the Brotherhood leader Hamza Zobaa announced his support for the intellectual reviews published by the Brotherhood's youth on social networking sites.

March 27, 2017 10:07 UTC

Sudan's al-Bashir to attend Jordan summit despite warrant

Sudan's official news agency says President Omar al-Bashir will attend Wednesday's Arab Summit in Jordan, despite a long-standing warrant for his arrest by the International Criminal Court on charges of war crimes and genocide. The international group Human Rights Watch urged Jordan to deny entry to al-Bashir or arrest him, citing its obligations as an ICC member. Jordan says that as an Arab League member, Sudan has the right to attend the annual meeting of Arab leaders. Al-Bashir was charged in connection with alleged atrocities in the country's Darfur region. Sudan's news agency SUNA reported Sunday that he would attend the summit.

March 27, 2017 09:56 UTC

Greek investment in Egypt adds up to one bln euros: Ambassador

The Ambassador of Greece to Cairo, Michel Christos Diamisis, said that Egypt is a close partner and a friendly neighboring country to Greece, pointing out that the volume of Greek investments in Egypt is about one billion euros for the last fiscal year. He stressed that bilateral relations have greatly developed in the last ten years. Diamisis added that the close cooperation between Egypt and Greece is clear and continuous, and that Greek investments in Egypt have now reached about one billion euros; adding that these investments play a prominent role in backing Egypt's national economy and providing employment opportunities for Egyptians. He referred to the great role of the Egyptian and Greek expatriate communities in boosting bilateral relations. He pointed out that his country is now an attractive destination for foreign investment, saying that the number of tourists to Greece reached 27.5 million individuals in 2016.

March 27, 2017 09:33 UTC

US-backed forces capture Islamic State-held airport near Euphrates dam

The SDF has been battling the militants near the Tabqa dam and air base west of the Syrian city of Raqqa in an accelerating campaign to capture Islamic State's stronghold. A media representative for the US-led coalition fighting Islamic State said it was looking into the Observatory's assertion. Dam at RiskThe Pentagon said last Wednesday it had for the first time airdropped local ground forces behind enemy lines near Tabqa in a move aimed at retaking the major dam. IS said on its social media channels that Tabqa dam had been put out of service and all flood gates were closed. It said the dam was at risk of collapse because of air strikes and increased water levels.

March 27, 2017 09:11 UTC

Suspect detained in Daqahliya over abducting, raping toddler

Daqahliya prosecution remanded a suspect into custody for four days pending investigation on Saturday over kidnapping and raping a female toddler. The 20-month old kid was medically examined at Belqas public hospital and found to be in a bad health condition. Daqahliya Security Chief Ayman al-Mallah was notified by the mother of the toddler, that a 35-year old man abducted and raped her daughter, causing her severe vaginal bleeding. I looked for her everywhere.”“One of the neighbors said she saw Ibrahim Mahmoud [the suspect] carrying her and going to his house. Dozens of Demlash angry villagers gathered outside the hospital and called for sentencing the suspect to death, while another group of people gathered outside the suspect’s house and hurled stoned smashing the windows, then set it on fire.

March 26, 2017 16:52 UTC

EgyptAir obtains highest aviation safety rates

The chairman of EgyptAir, Safwat Mesallam, has declared that the fleet of EgyptAir airlines, EgyptAir Express and EgyptAir Cargo reached the highest aviation safety rates with a 0.42 Ratio. A press release by EgyptAir Holding Company said that when the program was applied in the European Union, the ratio surpassed 2.6, which indicates a critical rate 'at meantime' according to the Safety Assessment for Foreign Aircraft (SAFA) agency. The current ratio was achieved as a result of the strict system of safety and quality imposed by a team from the company to check the airplanes, guaranteeing they would not get any remarks. Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

March 26, 2017 14:48 UTC

Mubarak’s lawyer denies that his client owns assets outside Egypt

Farid al-Deeb, the lawyer of former president Mohamed Hosni Mubarak, said that his client does not have any assets or property of any kind outside Egypt. Deeb said, in a press release, that some media outlets have been publishing "false news" about Mubarak's possession of money and assets outside Egypt, and that these media continued to repeat "lies" without any evidence. Mubarak returned to his home in Heliopolis on Friday, after Attorney General Nabil Sadeq approved on Monday a prosecutor's decision to release him. Mubarak has been in custody since the January 25 Revolution that toppled him in 2011. He has been charged in several cases and acquitted in all of these except the 'presidential palaces' case.

March 26, 2017 14:26 UTC

BP makes third gas discovery in Egypt's North Damietta Concession

BP has made a gas discovery in the North Damietta Offshore Concession in Egypt's East Nile Delta, its third in the block, it said on Sunday. The Qattameya Shallow-1 exploration well was drilled to a total depth of 1,961 metres in water depth of around 108 metres, the company said. "This latest discovery confirms our belief that the Nile Delta is a world-class basin," BP Chief Executive Bob Dudley said in a statement. The well is 60 kilometres (37 miles) north of Damietta city in northern Egypt. BP produces around 40 percent of Egypt's total gas.

March 26, 2017 12:56 UTC

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