Egypt Independent: Egypt-Main news http://www.egyptindependent.com//enhome_channel/News/rss.xml en Egypt hosts international conference to discuss regional looting, destruction of antiquities http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2448809 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2015/02/10/1755/antiquities_minister_mamdouh_al-damaty.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>Assistant Foreign Minister for Cultural Relations Olfat Farah said Egypt will host an international conference organized by the Foreign Ministry on May 13 and 14, which is the first of its kind in the world to discuss the deliberate looting and destruction of ancient artifacts in the region by militants, as well as illegal excavations and trade of cultural property, which has steadily increased since 2011.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Farah said on Monday that foreign and antiquities ministers of Arab states will attend the conference, in addition to international organizations concerned with the protection of cultural, including the UNESCO.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>She added that the conference is pivotal for preserving the cultural and civilizational heritage of the region, which is in the end the heritage of humanity as a whole.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>For her part, UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova said that she will participate in this important event in an attempt to coordinate regional and international efforts to find innovative solutions for these problems.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 14:10:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2448809 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2015/02/10/1755/antiquities_minister_mamdouh_al-damaty.jpg Suez military court sentences 8 Brotherhood members to 15-year and life sentences http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2448808 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2015/04/27/1755/justice.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>A military court in Suez on Monday sentenced eight Brotherhood members in absentia to 15 years in prison as well as life imprisonment for inciting riots and violence.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Among the defendants that were sentenced is Ahmed Mahmoud, the secretary of the dissolved Freedom and Justice Party in Suez.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>One of the other defendants had been accused of killing Chief Detective Mohamed Sweilam of the Ganayen Police Department. He was killed while chasing Muslim Brotherhood supporters who had opened fire on the force that was securing the house of the former interior minister&rsquo;s mother.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 13:44:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2448808 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2015/04/27/1755/justice.jpg Cairo residents most drug addicted in Egypt http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2448802 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2014/03/13/484151/1.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>Social Solidarity Minister Ghada Wali has announced that Cairo has the highest rate of addiction in Egypt with 35.1 percent, followed by Giza with 17.3 percent.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Wali added that the Anti-Addiction Fund&#39;s&nbsp;16023&nbsp;hotline received 9,297 phone calls in a two month period, while hospitals cooperating with the line received 13,591 patients.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>She also said that people who call the hotline will be offered free and confidential treatment.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><div>Community efforts in helping addicts have resulted in small, but significant steps in a positive direction. Ninety recovering addicts recently put on a performance on the negative effects of addiction during a celebration at the Maamoura Hospital in Alexandria. The governor, as well as the director of the Anti-Addiction Fund, were in attendance.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>When asked about drugs, the recovering addicts said that drugs are available everywhere and that it takes a strong will to quit.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm</em></div></div><div>&nbsp;</div> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 13:23:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2448802 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2014/03/13/484151/1.jpg Giza Lawyers Syndicate accuses officer of Warraq Police Department of assaulting one of its members http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2448806 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2015/04/27/1755/lawyers_protests.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>The Giza Lawyers Syndicate has filed a complaint to the attorney general of North Giza on Monday, accusing an officer of the Warraq Police Department of assaulting one of its members, Abdel Hamid Abdel Qadir.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Undersecretary Ibrahim Omran said the lawyer complained to the officer about another officer, who had refused to register a complaint he wanted to file, when the officer assaulted him.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 13:07:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2448806 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2015/04/27/1755/lawyers_protests.jpg