Egypt Independent: News-Main news http://www.egyptindependent.com//enhome_channel/News/rss.xml en Nasr City terrorist cell defendants sentenced to life, prison http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2439104 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2014/07/02/484151/223092_0.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>Cairo Criminal Court sentenced 26 suspects&nbsp;on Wednesday to prison in the case known as &lsquo;Nasr City terrorist cell.&rsquo;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Some of the defendants were sentenced to life, while others were sentenced to seven years of hard labor in prison.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The defendants were accused of planning terrorist attacks, targeting ships and oil vessels at Suez Canal as well as police, armed forces establishments, citizens, Copts and their places of worship.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The case includes 18 detained defendants and eight fugitives, all charged with illegally forming a group with extremist ideas that encourages violent opposition to state institutions and public authorities, which it considers &#39;infidels.&#39; They are also charged with possessing unlicensed firearms and ammunition, attacking the personal freedom of citizens and harming national unity and social peace.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>They were simultaneously arrested in several places while preparing for terrorist operations during Eid al-Adha of last year. One such place was in Nasr City where group member Karim Badawy was killed in an exchange of fire that ignited the explosives that were hidden there.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Edited translation from MENA</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:43:00 +0000 MENA 2439104 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2014/07/02/484151/223092_0.jpg Mehleb says government trying to control universities http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2439112 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2014/09/29/484151/245812_0.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>The government is trying to provide a safe environment for universities to prevent access of weapons, said Prime Minister Ibrahim Mehleb, urging public support in order to be able to fulfill its duty.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>In a press conference at cabinet on Wednesday, Mehleb said that anyone who cannot carry out duties, should leave the position.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Regarding the two accidents at schools, Mehleb wondered, &ldquo;How could the minister have a direct responsibility for 48,000 schools?&rdquo;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Two students died in their schools when an iron gate fell on one of them, while the other fell into the cesspool.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Mehleb also said that the government seeks to preserve the educational process, adding that a specific group is targeting the work of police by stirring up unrest between police and students.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:42:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2439112 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2014/09/29/484151/245812_0.jpg At least eight dead in Alexandria microbus accident http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2439109 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2013/03/28/36/microbus.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-531c2081-37c7-7a9d-cdf6-876deb3ed6ca"><span style="font-size: 1em; line-height: 1.5em;">At least eight people were killed in a microbus accident on Wednesday, a security source from Alexandria security department said.</span></p><p dir="ltr"><span style="font-size: 1em; line-height: 1.5em;">Ambulances transferred the injured to a local hospital, the source told <em>Al-Masry Al-Youm, </em>adding that the death toll may rise.</span></p><p dir="ltr">According to eyewitnesses, a taxi rear-ended the microbus, causing it to fall from above Al-Awayed bridge.</p><p dir="ltr"><span style="font-size: 1em; line-height: 1.5em;">The incident is now under investigation.</span></p><p dir="ltr"><em>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm</em></p> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:14:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2439109 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2013/03/28/36/microbus.jpg WHO: New Ebola treatment may be ready in two weeks http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2439106 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2014/10/22/495070/ebola.png" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>The World Heath Organization said that a new serum treatment made from the blood of survivors may be ready for use in Liberia in two weeks.</p><p>Meanwhile, drugmakers will work together to accelerate development of an Ebola vaccine and Johnson &amp; Johnson and GlaxSmithKline, both of which have experimental vaccine candidates, have already discussed collaboration.</p><p>J&amp;J, which aims to have at least one million doses of its two-step vaccine available next year, said on Wednesday that vaccine makers would work together to maximise production of which ever vaccine proved successful in clinical trials.</p><p>Paul Stoffels, head of research at J&amp;J, told reporters it was also possible that rival vaccines being developed by J&amp;J and GSK could potentially be combined, if that looked like the most promising approach.&nbsp;</p><p>The epidemic has killed more than 4,500 people so far, mostly in&nbsp;Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.</p> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:06:00 +0000 Reuters 2439106 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2014/10/22/495070/ebola.png