Egypt Independent: News-Main news http://www.egyptindependent.com//enhome_channel/News/rss.xml en Former minister recommends dividing Egypt into 10 regions http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2437690 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2014/07/24/484151/9688.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p><span style="line-height: normal;">Hasaballah al-Kafrawy, former housing minister and leading figure of the &ldquo;Who Loves Egypt&rdquo; campaign to eliminate slums, has recommended that Egypt should be carefully divided into 10 regions.</span></p><div>&ldquo;The laws of the Urban Communities Authority and all laws related to local administration should be amended,&rdquo; he said at a meeting to discuss ways to eliminate slums on Wednesday. &ldquo;They haven&rsquo;t been changed in more than 20 years.&rdquo;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>But Kafrawy warned of selling land cheap in the new division as happened in Toshka and Sinai under Mubarak. &ldquo;They sold to the Gulf princes for 50 pounds per acre in Toshka,&rdquo; he said.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Hussein al-Borai of the campaign&rsquo;s legal matters committee said Egypt should be divided into 32 governorates instead of 27. &ldquo;We need to build 400 new cities and expand the living area from 5.7 percent to 11 percent and get out of the narrow valley,&rdquo; he said.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:15:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2437690 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2014/07/24/484151/9688.jpg EgyptAir to expand flights to Hurghada and Sharm al-Sheikh during Bairam http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2437685 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2014/03/22/484151/f1fo2.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p><span style="line-height: normal;">Sameh Hefny, head of the EgyptAir Holding Company, said on Thursday that the airline is operating 61 additional flights to Hurghada and Sharm al-Sheikh during the Islamic period of Bairam from 25 July to 25 August, after Ramadan.</span></p><div>Additionally, Helmi Rezq, chairman of Express domestic airlines, said they will add 30 more flights during that period.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm</em></div> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:58:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2437685 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2014/03/22/484151/f1fo2.jpg Teaching assistant interrogated over offensive photos in morgue http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2437677 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2014/07/24/484151/003_copy.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p><span style="line-height: normal;">Deputy Dean of Faculty of Medicine at Alexandria University Fatehy al-Seiwy referred on Thursday morning a teaching assistant with the Department of Anatomy to interrogations over offensive photos of him and his fiancée in the faculty&#39;s morgue.</span></p><div>The TA, named Wasim A., had allegedly taken photos with his fiancee inside the morgue of the Faculty of Medicine using skulls and surgical equipment and published the photos on social networking sites, sparking public anger as a violation of the sanctity of the dead bodies.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Siewy told <i>Al-Masry Al-Youm</i> on Thursday that head of the Anatomy Department Amal Abdel Monsef filed a formal complaint against the TA to the dean of the Faculty of Medicine over the incident.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The TA allegedly brought a photographer to capture photos of him and his fiancée inside the morgue at 2 pm, after the official working hours when none of the administrative supervisors of the building were there, Siewy quoted&nbsp;Abdel Monsef as saying.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><i>Edited translation of Al-Masry Al-Youm</i></div> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:25:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2437677 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2014/07/24/484151/003_copy.jpg Army spokesperson: Three militants killed in Sinai operations http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2437675 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2014/05/14/484151/thqyq_n_kmyn_lrys_blrysh_tswyr_thsyn_bkr023.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>Egypt&rsquo;s military said Thursday that three jihadist militants were killed and sixteen others arrested in an army operation in North Sinai, which has been witnessing mounting attacks against army and police since the ouster of former president Mohamed Morsy in 2013.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>On his facebook page, army spokesperson, Colonel Mohamed Samir, said army raids resulted in detonating eight IEDs and two booby-trapped cars in the regions of Zawaraa and Sheikh Zuwayed.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Three militants on board of one of the booby-trapped cars, which had been heading to border areas, were killed, Samir said, adding that 15 houses and 35 huts used to shelter terrorist elements had been demolished. Twenty-one unlicensed motorbikes were also destroyed.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Two of the arrested militants were injured in a shootout with the forces, according to the statement.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm</em></div> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:48:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2437675 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2014/05/14/484151/thqyq_n_kmyn_lrys_blrysh_tswyr_thsyn_bkr023.jpg