Egypt Independent: Egypt-Main news en Egyptian media unwittingly harms the national interest: Sisi <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has accused Egyptian media outlets of unintentionally causing harm to Egypt&#39;s interests and relations with other nations.<br /><br />&quot;You do severe harm to Egypt unintentionally. I am talking to you as state officials, not just media personnel... Our relations with a friendly country have been influended by published talk,&quot; Sisi said, addressing journalists.<br /><br />The president made the comments on Wednesday during a presentation at the first National Youth Conference in Sharm el-Sheikh. He was addressing the audience at a debate sesssion titled &quot;The impact of media on youth public opinion making&quot;.<br /><br />His comments reflect ongoing official concern over media coverage of sensitive topics, from the unsolved murder of Italian student Giulio Regeni to the handling of Egypt&#39;s economy and relations with allies.<br /><br />Government officials have occasionally criticised both foreign and domestic journalists for allegedly inaccurate or biased reporting. Last week, Egypt&#39;s ambassador to London slammed The Guardian for &quot;factual mistakes&quot; in an article on Egypt&#39;s relations with Saudi Arabia and delayed deliveries of petroleum products from Saudi Aramco.<br /><br />Speaking at another session in Sharm el-Sheikh, titled &quot;The relation between public freedoms and political participation&quot;, Sisi said that a monthly session would be held to discuss various initiatives put forward by representatives of Egypt&#39;s youth.<br /><br />While the effort to include young people in official decision-making processes has been welcomed by many, there were also calls for more dramatic changes to allow young people a means of expression.<br /><br />&quot;They youth have gone astray, Mr President, and they cannot find a channel to express themselves,&quot; said MP Tarek al-Khouly.<br /><br />The MP called for changes to the law regulating protests, saying the current law was developed after mass violence in June 2013, a period of unusual turmoil in Egypt.<br /><br />Khouly said he had submitted a bill to parliament on reguating protests, saying the bill balances the right to protest with the needs of national security.<br /><br />Meanwhile, Mohamed Abdel Aziz, a member of the National Council for Human Rights, welcomed Sisi&#39;s decision to form a committee to examine the cases of young people detained on political charges.<br /><br />Aziz also called for the amendment of the law regulating street protests.<br />&nbsp;</p> Thu, 27 Oct 2016 12:10:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2473820 at sites/default/files/photo/2016/10/26/504802/youth_conference.jpg Floods hit Red Sea governorate, traffic blocked on some roads <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>Flooding caused traffic disruption on some roads in the Red Sea governorate on Wednesday as metorologists warned that heavy rain would cause floods over the next 48 hours.<br /><br />A state of emergency was declared in the governorate as local authorities and emergency services prepared for flood-related accidents. Flooding was reported in Marsa Alam, Camels Valley, Halayeb, Shalateen and Abu Ramad.<br /><br />Authorities halted the flow of traffic at kilometer 20 on the Marsa Alam-Edfu Road and at kilometer 67 on the Marsa Alam-Qoseir Road, seeking to prevent any risk to life due to flood waters.<br /><br />Meanwhile, floods hit several areas on the Qoseir-Qaft Desert Road, with traffic blocked after a truck overturned.<br /><br />Several eyewitnesses said the flood water slowed traffic and caused damage to the roads.<br /><br />In related news, the municipality of Safaga opened the Safaga-Qena Road on Thursday after traffic was halted for several hours due flooding.<br /><br /><em>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm</em><br /><br />&nbsp;</p> Thu, 27 Oct 2016 09:42:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2473815 at sites/default/files/photo/2015/09/13/94/floods_hit_south_sinai.jpg Married couples detained over alleged wife-swapping Facebook page <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>South Cairo Prosecution has renewed the detention of several people on charges of running a Facebook account promoting wife-swapping activities.<br /><br />Two men and their wives were detained for a further 15 days on Wednesday pending investigations into the case.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Prosecutors previously detained the four defendants for four days pending investigations on charges of prostitution and facilitating prostitution.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The prosecutors say they have found pornographic video clips on the defendants&#39; cell phones. They say the clips are currently being examined by experts.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm</em></div> Thu, 27 Oct 2016 09:30:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2473813 at sites/default/files/photo/2016/10/27/16030/image.jpeg Rain expected on Thursday, possible flooding in Sinai and Red Sea <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>Heavy rain is expected in Sinai and the Red Sea mountains on Thursday, with possibly flooding.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Rain clouds are expected in most parts of Egypt, with rain likely along northern coasts and in Lower Egypt and Cairo.</div><div><br />Cairo will see a high of 29 degrees centigrade, while Alexandria will be a mild 25 degrees.<br /><br />Visibility will be reduced in Lower Egypt, Cairo and the Canal provinces, and there will be a moderate northeasterly wind.<br /><br />Waves on the Red Sea will reach between 2 to 2.5 meters, with a southeasterly wind.<br /><br />On the Mediterranean Sea, waves will reach between 1.5 and 2 meters, with a northwesterly wind.<br /><br />Warm weather will prevail in the south, with highs of 29 degrees in Qena, 32 degrees in Luxor and Aswan.<br /><br /><em>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm </em></div> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 12:36:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2473803 at sites/default/files/photo/2014/03/10/484151/190289_0.jpg