Egypt Independent: Egypt-Main news en No change to Schengen visa rules <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>Assistant Foreign Minister for Consular Affairs Hisham el Naqib has stressed that no changes occurred to rules regulating the issuance of the Schengen visa.</p><p>Naqib&#39;s remarks Tuesday followed repeated complaints by Egyptian passengers who had been deported from or stopped at airports in the Schengen region for unjustified reasons.</p><p>Naqib urged citizens to take a look at rules regulating the issuance of the Schengen visa on the internet.</p> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 18:03:00 +0000 MENA 2462152 at sites/default/files/photo/2015/02/19/1755/egyptian_foreign_ministry.jpg Young Egyptian genius tells his story <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>&quot;I received certificates for assessing my intelligence from government agencies (in Egypt),&quot; an Egyptian teenager in the field of computer science Mahmoud Wael, 16, told host Nagwa Ibrahim during the Beit al-Eila talk show on the TV channel al-Nahar Monday evening.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Wael took an IQ test about 10 years ago, which showed he could memorize numbers and do complex calculations in his mind.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>He received 151 points on his IQ test, well within the genius range. The teenager pointed out that the average human being can score anywhere between 90 to 110 on the same test. Geniuses score over 120 points, he said. Wael mentioned that he scored 155 points when he was retested.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>But being a genius has nothing to do with what you eat, Wael said, pointing out that he loves to eat pizza and pasta.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Egyptian Nobel prize winner Ahmed Zewail had advised Wael to focus on one field that he loves to study, the teenager said, adding that he followed Zewail&#39;s advice and chose computer programming.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Wael dreams of being the youngest Nobel prize winner in the world in the field of computers.</div><div>&nbsp;</div> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 14:43:00 +0000 Egypt Independent 2462134 at sites/default/files/photo/2013/04/24/54605/mahmoud_wael_genius.jpg Director Khaled Youssef wins House of Representatives seat <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>Director Khaled Youssef announced on Monday evening that he won a House of Representatives seat as an individual candidate for his hometown, Kafr Shokr, in Qalyubiya, garnering nearly 30,000 votes.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Youssef is among a select few candidates who will not have to participate in the runoff elections due to the large number of votes he received.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>A controversial director who is known for his bold movies, 51-year-old Youssef has nonetheless been involved in politics, on and off, since the 1980s. As a student of engineering at Zagazig University, from which he graduated in 1990, Youssef was one of the leaders of the student movement during that time.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>His political activism put him in contact with several intellectuals, including renowned director Youssef Shahin, who advised him to go into cinema. As a result, in 1992, Youssef co-directed his first movie with Shahin. Then, in 2000, he wrote and directed his first solo movie, &quot;al-Asefa&quot; (The Storm). He went on to obtain&nbsp;many awards from the Cairo International Film Festival and the Egyptian National Film Festival, and in 2013 the Dubai International Film Festival announced that his films &quot;Heya Fawda&quot; and &quot;Hina Maysara&quot; were considered among the 100 best Arab films of all time.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Though Youssef made several movies, such as &quot;Gwaz Biqarar Gomhury&quot;, &quot;Enta Omry&quot;, &quot;Wija&quot;, &quot;Khiyana Mashroua&quot;, &quot;al-Rayis Omar Harb&quot;, &quot;Dokan Shehata&quot;, &quot;Kalemny Shokran&quot; and &quot;Kaff al-Qamar&quot;, his interest in politics remained.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Youssef supported the January 25 revolution which toppled President Hosni Mubarak in 2011 and later opposed the Muslim Brotherhood and former President Mohamed Morsi&#39;s rule.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>As part of his resistance towards Morsi&#39;s presidency, Youssef staged a sit-in, along with other intellectuals and artists, at the headquarters of the Culture Ministry to prevent the entry of a culture minister appointed by Morsi. The sit-in succeeded in preventing the minister from entering the ministry for over a month.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Youssef later supported the June 30 protests and the Tamarod campaign that toppled Morsi. He reportedly filmed the June 30 protests from a military aircraft. &nbsp;A few years later, Youssef was active in supporting the trial of Morsi and Muslim Brotherhood leaders, but opposed the withdrawal of their Egyptian nationality.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>In 2012, Youssef supported leftist politician Hamdeen Sabbahi for president in the presidential elections. In the same year, he&nbsp;headed the Film Commission of the Supreme Council of Culture and was a member of the 50-member constituent assembly that drafted the 2013 Constitution. He opposed the amendment of the Constitution, however.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;(This move) would be an opportunity for the Muslim Brotherhood criminals and terrorist organizations to undermine the legitimacy of the regime, which we elected with our free will, and would be a favorable opportunity for spreading doubt and confusion,&quot; Youssef wrote on his Facebook account.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>In 2013, however, Youssef backed President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, instead of his good friend Sabbahi, during that year&#39;s presidential elections and was later appointed Sisi&#39;s adviser.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>This year, Youssef was vocal in his condemnation of the government for the killing of Socialist People&#39;s Alliance Party activist Shaimaa al-Sabbagh during a peaceful protest in January. He did, however, back the Egyptian military strike in Libya against the Islamic State, in February, following the killing of 21 Coptic Christians.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Youssef also voiced his criticism of the discrimination aimed towards law students whose parents do not hold university degrees, which had been a decision made by the Supreme Council of the Judiciary.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Youssef also backed the Syrian revolution against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, but later changed his mind following the start of the Syrian civil war and the military interference of foreign countries in Syria.&nbsp;</div> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 14:34:00 +0000 Mai Mohsen 2462129 at sites/default/files/photo/2015/02/08/1755/khaled_yousef.jpg Egyptian judges once again become the target of militants <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>Egyptian judges have once again become the victims of militant attacks.<br /><br />A judge supervising parliamentary elections was killed and two other judges were wounded following an attack by armed militants in Al-Arish on Tuesday, which was later claimed by Islamic State affiliates in Sinai.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The tragedy is not the first to see judicial figures targeted by militants, with several having taken place since the ouster of former President Mohamed Morsi in 2013.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>In September 2014, unknown assailants shot dead the son of a Cairo Appeals Court judge, Mahmoud al-Sayyed, while he was leaving his home in Mansoura, Daqahlia. The judge was waiting for his son inside his car at the time of the shooting.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>In January 2015, three masked attackers attempted to assassinate Youssef Nassef, president of al-Khanka Court in Qalyubiya, on his way to the courtroom. The judge sustained mild injuries from the shooting, which mainly affected his vehicle.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>In the same month, Khaled al-Mahgoub, a member at the General Prosecutor&rsquo;s technical office, was the target of a bombing which exploded inside his Helwan villa, causing its outer walls to sustain damages. Mahgoub, who presided over a jailbreak trial involving Morsi, was not at home at the time of the attack.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Another judge, who was part of the court that acquitted former Interior Minister Habib al-Adly of corruption, was also the target of a bombing attempt in March. A bomb was planted outside the residence of Fathi al-Bayoumi in Awseem, northwest of Cairo, smashing the building&rsquo;s windows and dislocating its metal gate. &ldquo;This is our present for Adly&rsquo;s acquittal,&rdquo; read phrases painted on the judge&rsquo;s house that were discovered following the attack.<br />&nbsp;</div><div>In May 2015, the Sinai Province, IS&rsquo;s Egypt arm, claimed responsibility for the fatal shooting of three judges in Arish, later posting videos of the operation.</div><div><br />&nbsp;</div><div><em>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm</em></div> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 14:00:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2462130 at sites/default/files/photo/2015/04/21/499612/a_judge_sentenced_mursi_to_20_years_in_jail.jpg