Egypt Independent: Egypt-Main news http://www.egyptindependent.com//enhome_channel/News/rss.xml en Five bodies recovered, 20 arrested in illegal immigration in Borollos http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2450814 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2013/09/27/80371/42-17164699.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>Five victims were recovered from the Mediterranean on Monday while 20 others were arrested attempting to illegally immigrate to Italy.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Residents of Al-Amaira village in Borollos city found the bodies floating and called the police and border guards. They were revealed that they were illegally immigrate to Italy.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Ahmed al-Ganzoury, head of ambulance department of Kafr al-Sheikh province, said on Monday &ldquo;five ambulances headed to the scene of the incident. The bodies were taken to Balteem central hospital&rsquo;s morgue.&rdquo;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Investigations are being conducted with those arrested to reach the smugglers who helped them.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Edited translation from MENA</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div> Mon, 25 May 2015 16:10:00 +0000 MENA 2450814 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2013/09/27/80371/42-17164699.jpg Nour Party warns police violations increase opposition to Sisi and govt http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2450863 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2013/01/10/8771/_5186.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>Younis Makhyoun, Chairman of the Salafi Nour Party, said police officers who tarnish the image of the Interior Ministry with their human rights violations are inadvertently encouraging the opposition to President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and the government.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>He posted on Facebook on Monday evening: &ldquo;At the time when the police are subject to criminal attacks while doing their duty to restore security, which needs the backing of the citizens, some of them violate the Constitution and human rights with oppression and torture.&rdquo;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>He added: &ldquo;Security is achieved only with justice and respect for human dignity. We want the police to regain prestige only under the umbrella of the law.&rdquo;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div> Mon, 25 May 2015 15:58:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2450863 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2013/01/10/8771/_5186.jpg Farmers decry farmlands illegally seized by state http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2450808 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2015/02/24/16030/farmers_at_the.png" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>Several farmers have decried the seizure of their lands by the state and businessmen, urging Egypt&rsquo;s presidency to intervene.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Wael Tawfiq, coordinator for peasants&#39; affairs at the Socialist Popular Alliance Party, said a number of farmers from various provinces, including Alexandria, Fayoum, Daqahlia and Kafr al-Sheikh are decrying infringements by some state institutions on their farmlands.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>He added that encroachers are denying peasants titles to their lands, which they won as part of agricultural reform laws introduced after the 1952 Revolution. He explained that the peasants had obtained the disputed lands as a reward for their sons&rsquo; participation in the war in Yemen back in the 1960s.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Tawfiq, speaking during a party conference on Sunday, said past Administrative Court verdicts had ruled that businessmen&#39;s ownerships of lands in some governorates were rigged.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Tawfiq voiced his party&rsquo;s solidarity with the farmers&rsquo; demands.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div> Mon, 25 May 2015 14:30:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2450808 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2015/02/24/16030/farmers_at_the.png Nine agreements to be signed between Egypt, Jordan http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2450822 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2013/12/06/484151/jordan.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>Undersecretary of the International Cooperation&nbsp;Ministry Fathy Mahmoud Abdel Azim said that the joint Egyptian-Jordanian Higher Committee has reached nine agreements that will be signed between the two sides. The number is expected to increase Tuesday when meetings will be held at the ministerial level.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Abdel Azim, who heads the Egyptian side of the committee, said in a press statement Monday that the agreements reached so far include memorandums of understandings, protocols and executive programs in irrigation and water resources, radio and television, civil service and the protection of competition.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The agreements also include cooperation agreements in the protection and recovery of stolen cultural property and the illegal trafficking in antiquities, a cooperation program between the Egyptian and Jordanian news agencies, a memorandum of understanding between the diplomatic institutes of the two countries and a protocol on cooperation in the field of electricity.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The two sides discussed the obstacles they face in trade and investments with each other, Abdel Azim said. They also discussed the problems facing Egyptian laborers in Jordan.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Edited translation from MENA</em></div> Mon, 25 May 2015 14:21:00 +0000 MENA 2450822 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2013/12/06/484151/jordan.jpg