Govt, UN to Expand Food Aid in Fight Against Child Labour
[Thomson Reuters Foundation]Rome -The World Food Programme pledged on Tuesday to expand an aid programme in Egypt that helps poor families keep their children in school and out of the workforce.
Govt Reopens Gaza Crossing for First Time Since October Bombing
[Deutsche Welle]The Rafah border crossing to Gaza will be opened temporarily, Egyptian officials have said. More than 3,500 Palestinians have been stranded in Egypt since the crossing was closed following a suicide attack in October.
Incommunicado Detention and Torture of Sabri Ahmed Mehdi
[Alkarama]On 6 November 2014, Alkarama sent an urgent appeal to the Special Rapporteur on Torture (SRT) concerning the case of Sabri Ahmed Mehdi, a father of six detained and tortured since his arrest by the Egyptian authorities on 22 July 2014.
Abdel Fattah Al-Sissi in Paris - Open Letter to Fran├žois Hollande
[RSF]Dear President Hollande,
Hollande Calls for Democratic Transition
[RFI]French President Fran├žois Hollande called on Egypt to pursue its "democratic transition" after lunching with Egyptian leader Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Wednesday. France has won arms and transport contracts from Cairo, despite NGO's complaints about press freedom and other rights in the military-ruled country.
78 Minors Belonging to the Brotherhood Sentenced to Prison
[Aswat Masriya]Cairo -The Alexandria Juvenile Misdemeanor court sentenced Wednesday 78 minors belonging to Egypt's banned Muslim Brotherhood to prison, with sentences ranging from two to five years.
Nine 'Terrorists' Killed in North Sinai - Army Spokesman
[Aswat Masriya]Cairo -Nine "terrorists" were killed Wednesday in North Sinai, Army Spokesman Mohamed Samir said.
Three Policemen Shot and Killed in Sinai - Ministry of Interior
[Aswat Masriya]Cairo -Two police officers and a conscript were gunned down by unknown assailants while driving near al-Arish Police Station in North Sinai on Wednesday, the ministry of interior announced.
June 30 Fact-Finding Committee Announces Final Report
[Aswat Masriya]Cairo -The June 30 fact-finding committee said on Wednesday that the first party to open fire during the forcible dispersal of a pro-Mohamed Mursi camp in August 2013 was that of the protesters.
Lebanese Artist Sabah Dies At 87
[Aswat Masriya]Cairo -Lebanese actress and singer Sabah was died in her sleep in Beirut early Wednesday at the age of 87, reported the Lebanese news agency.
IMF Staff Concludes 2014 Article IV Mission to Egypt
[IMF]End-of-mission press releases include statements of IMF staff teams that convey preliminary findings after a visit to a country.
Almost 40 Percent of Bridges in Egypt On the Verge of Collapse - Roads Authority Head
[Aswat Masriya]Cairo -Nearly 700 bridges out of the 1706 bridges in Egypt are on the verge of collapse, head of the General Authority For Roads, Bridges & Land Transport said Wednesday, adding that 75% of the roads need maintenance.
Cairo Building Collapse Death Toll Rises to 15 - Mena
[Aswat Masriya]Cairo -The death toll from a building which collapsed north of Cairo earlier on Tuesday rose to 15, reported state-run news agency MENA.
Suspended Azhar Preacher Arrested for 'Inciting Violence' - Source
[Aswat Masriya]Cairo -Security forces arrested late Monday Mahmoud Shaaban, a recently suspended preacher at al-Azhar University, accusing him of "inciting violence", a security source said.
WFP Executive Director Meets Egyptian President in Rome
[WFP]Cousin briefed the Egyptian President on WFP operations worldwide and its programmes in Egypt. WFP, which has its headquarters in Rome, has worked in Egypt since 1968, running innovative projects targeting the most vulnerable who need additional support beyond the Government's safety net programmes for the poor.
Court Revokes Decision Confiscating Assets of Allegedly Brotherhood-Affiliated Schools
[Aswat Masriya]Cairo -An administrative court in Cairo revoked on Tuesday a decision by the minister of justice ordering the confiscation of the assets of nine schools and firms allegedly affiliated with Egypt's banned Muslim Brotherhood.
Seven 'Extremists' Killed in North Sinai - Sources
[Aswat Masriya]North Sinai -Two "extremists" were killed in an explosion in Sinai's Sheikh Zuweid Friday night, while five others were killed during security raids south of al-Arish and Sheikh Zuweid, security sources said.
Court Sentences 15 Brotherhood Supporters to Life in Absentia
[Aswat Masriya]Cairo -The Beheira Criminal Court sentenced Tuesday 15 Muslim Brotherhood supporters, accused of violence and vandalism, to life in absentia.
Mubarak-Era Ezz's Fine for Steel Monopoly Reduced
[Aswat Masriya]Cairo -The Court of Cassation reduced on Tuesday a fine Mubarak-era's steel tycoon Ahmed Ezz was ordered to pay for steel monopoly from 100 million to 10 million Egyptian pounds.
Court to Rule in Gas Exportation to Israel On Feb. 21
[Aswat Masriya]Cairo -The Cairo Criminal Court is set to rule in a corruption case involving Mubarak-era petroleum minister accused of exporting gas to Israel on February 21, it announced on Tuesday.