Egypt Independent: Egypt-Main news http://www.egyptindependent.com//enhome_channel/News/rss.xml en Chinese Embassy launches logo design competition in Egypt http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2469255 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2016/04/11/504802/tourism.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p><span style="font-size: 1em; line-height: 1.5em;">The Embassy of the People&rsquo;s Republic of China announced on its website a competition to design a logo depicting the diplomatic relations between China and Egypt, to mark the 60</span><sup style="line-height: 1.5em;">th</sup><span style="font-size: 1em; line-height: 1.5em;"> anniversary of the revival of relations between the two countries.</span></p><p>The total prize money will be LE75,000 with LE20,000 going to the winner of first place, and LE10,000 to the two winners of second place. There will be five awards for third place, with each contestant claiming LE3,000. There will also be 10 prizes for recognition of effort, worth LE1,000 each.</p><p>The Chinese Embassy announced on its website that throughout May, the republic will be celebrating the 60<sup>th</sup> anniversary of revived relations with Egypt.</p><p>&ldquo;On this historically significant occasion, the Chinese Embassy in Egypt launches its Logo Design Competition, inviting its Egyptian friends to draw up the best possible logo to capture our two countries&rsquo; relations,&rdquo; said the embassy.</p><p>The rules for the competition were laid out on the website, specifying that all designs must be completely original and innovative, with a clear, simple and iconic symbol. Other technical specifications were listed, such as resolution, dimensions and easy printability. &nbsp;</p><p>More details about the competition can be found on the official youtube campaign, which you can watch <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=baEef6ZCGvE" target="_blank">here</a>.&nbsp;</p><p><em>Edited Translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm&nbsp;</em></p> Sun, 01 May 2016 14:58:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2469255 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2016/04/11/504802/tourism.jpg Egyptian squash star El Sherbini bags women's world title http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2469238 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2016/05/01/504802/squash.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>Nour El Sherbini stormed back from a two-game deficit to defeat top seed Laura Massaro and become the youngest-ever women&#39;s squash world champion on Saturday.<br /><br />The 20-year-old Egyptian&#39;s victory at the PSA World Women&rsquo;s Championship in Malaysia also vaults her past Massaro into the sport&#39;s number-one ranking.<br /><br />&quot;I&#39;m dreaming right now, I didn&#39;t imagine I could win this match,&quot; said El Sherbini.<br /><br />She had looked like a champion all week.<br /><br />In the quarterfinals she crushed Nicol David &mdash; the defending world champ who had dominated the sport over the past decade &mdash; ending the Malaysian&#39;s bid for a ninth world title.<br /><br />She then swatted aside her compatriot Nouran Gohar in the semifinals to set up a rematch of the 2013 final that was won by Massaro.<br /><br />Massaro seemed headed for her second world championship as El Sherbini, appearing rattled, committed several unforced errors and questioned the officials&#39; decisions in dropping the first two games 6-11 and 4-11.<br /><br />But she recovered in the third with a series of devastating volleys and held Massaro off 11-3, 11-5, 11-8 in the last three games.<br /><br />&quot;Me and Laura&rsquo;s games have always finished in five games. This time was going to be my turn and I was confident knowing that I was playing good,&quot; El Sherbini said.<br /><br />Massaro paid credit to El Sherbini after the match.<br /><br />&quot;It&#39;s amazing for her to have come back from two games down. I will take this defeat on the chin and return stronger,&quot; she said.<br /><br />El Sherbini&#39;s defeat of David earlier in the week left the Malaysian&#39;s hometown fans stunned and provided further evidence that her decade-long dominance of the game may be over.<br /><br />The Malaysian has a record eight world championships but has suffered a dip in form over the past year. In September she surrendered her phenomenal nine-year stranglehold on the world&#39;s number one ranking.<br /><br />But David expressed confidence that she could stay among the sport&#39;s elite despite falling to a previously unthinkable world number five, and she shot down speculation that she may consider retiring soon.<br /><br />&quot;Disappointed &mdash; but not even close to retirement,&quot; she tweeted late Thursday after her loss.<br /><br />No world championship was held in 2015 after the event was suddenly called off in December amid controversy, with its previous promoter claiming security concerns in Malaysia prevented it being staged.<br /><br />Malaysian officials denied any security threat and accused the promoters of a ploy to secure more financial support.</p> Sun, 01 May 2016 10:38:00 +0000 AFP 2469238 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2016/05/01/504802/squash.jpg Egypt's top prosecutor demands investigation into killing of Egyptians in Libya http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2469234 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2014/06/06/484151/99b60990-f929-4764-ad58-0a445ab07400.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>Egypt&#39;s public prosecutor demanded on Saturday an investigation into the killing of 13 Egyptians in the Libyan city of Bani Walid earlier in April.<br /><br />Egypt&#39;s foreign ministry said last Wednesday that between 12-and 16 Egyptian illegal immigrants were killed amid clashes with members of smuggling gangs in Libya.<br /><br />According to a statement by the public prosecution, a total of 21 Egyptians were involved in the incident, of whom 13 were killed and is one in a critical condition.<br /><br />The remaining seven, who are in a good condition, are currently being investigated by Libyan prosecutors.<br /><br />The Egyptians entered Libyan territory illegally, &quot;along with 11 Syrians and two Somalis through Sudan&quot;, read the statement.<br /><br />A member of the local council of the Bani Walid city Abdel Hamid al-Shandoury told Aswat Masriya previously that the Egyptians clashed with a number of Libyan nationals and killed three of them; the families of those killed murdered the Egyptians in revenge.<br /><br />Violence has intensified in Libya since 2014, when conflicting parties sought to take control of the country.<br /><br />Egyptians residing in Libya have been caught up in the country&rsquo;s internal conflict, which has recently proliferated.<br /><br />Accordingly, Egypt has warned against travel to Libyan territories and called for Egyptians living in Libya to exercise extreme caution.<br /><br />Last January, Egypt received 20 Egyptian nationals who were held captive by Libyan militia groups.<br /><br />In February 2015, Islamic State fighters in Libya abducted and beheaded 20 Egyptian nationals in the city of Sirte, releasing a video of the beheading afterwards.<br /><br />In response, Egypt launched airstrikes in Libya in the same week of the video&#39;s release. The Egyptian military said in a statement the strikes targeted training sites and weapons and ammunition storage sites belonging to ISIS fighters in the country.</p> Sun, 01 May 2016 10:13:00 +0000 Aswat Masriya 2469234 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2014/06/06/484151/99b60990-f929-4764-ad58-0a445ab07400.jpg Egypt puts 237 activists on trial for anti-government protests http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2469231 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2016/04/16/39/protest.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>Egypt put on trial 237 activists arrested for protesting against President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, judicial sources said on Saturday, the first court cases after demonstrations in April.<br /><br />Thousands angered by Sisi&#39;s decision to hand over two islands to Saudi Arabia called on April 15 for his government to fall in the largest demonstration since the former army general took office in 2014. Security forces dispersed further protests on April 25.<br /><br />Security forces arrested at least 382 people, Human Rights Watch said in a report this week.<br /><br />The 237 appeared in four courts in Cairo and Giza charged with demonstrating without permits, the sources said. The sessions were adjourned. They face jail terms of up to three years if convicted.<br /><br />Sisi faces criticism for a government accord, signed on April 8, placing the uninhabited Red Sea islands of Tiran and Sanafir in Saudi waters.<br /><br />Saudi and Egyptian officials say the islands belong to the kingdom and were only under Egyptian control because Riyadh had asked Cairo in 1950 to protect them.<br /><br />There are no signs that Sisi&#39;s rule is under immediate threat.</p> Sun, 01 May 2016 08:47:00 +0000 Reuters 2469231 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2016/04/16/39/protest.jpg