Egypt Independent: News-Main news en Political movements hold conference to respond to "random arrests" on Mohamed Mahmoud anniversary <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div><p>&nbsp;A number of political parties and movements are scheduled to hold a conference on Thursday at al-Dostour party headquarters, to respond to what they called &quot;random arrests&#39; campaigns&quot; that took place on Wednesday, during the commemoration of Mohamed Mahmoud clashes&#39; third anniversary.</p><p>All&nbsp;protesters&nbsp;who&nbsp;were arrested&nbsp;during&nbsp;the third anniversary of&nbsp;Mohamed Mahmoud&nbsp;clashes&nbsp;were&nbsp;released,&nbsp;except for&nbsp;three&nbsp;people&nbsp;who&nbsp;were detained&nbsp;atAbdeen&nbsp;police station, and a girl&nbsp;who was&nbsp;detained&nbsp;at&nbsp;Qasr al-Nil&nbsp;police station, Ragia Omran, member of&nbsp;the Front to Defend Egyptian Protesters, said.</p><p>Human rights lawyer Mahienour el-Massry was also released Wednesday, after she was arrested&nbsp;on the same day in Alexandria&nbsp;alongside three others&nbsp;and sent to Raml police station.</p><p>Police forces arrested 52 protesters who took to the streets on Wednesday to commemorate the third anniversary of Mohamed Mahmoud clashes.</p><p>Security forces cordoned Talaat Harb Square with armoured vehicles, eye-witnesses said. Police fired warning shots and dispersed protests around the square, a security source, who preferred to remain anonymous, told Aswat Masriya.</p><p>Protesters arrested belong to youth political movements including the April 6 Youth Movement and the Revolutionary Socialists, the source added.</p><p>The Mohamed Mahmoud clashes erupted on November 19, 2011, stretching for five days. The clashes between security forces and protesters opposing the then-ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) were the deadliest since the January 2011 uprising which toppled President Hosni Mubarak. The clashes left almost 50 killed.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></div><div>This c</div> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 06:58:00 +0000 Aswat Masriya 2440263 at sites/default/files/photo/2012/11/20/4886/___________83_17.jpg Meteorologists warn against declining temperatures <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>Egyptian Meteorological Authority urged citizens on Thursday to wear heavy clothes and stay away from maritime activities, especially near the Mediterranean starting Saturday, which will see significant decline in temperatures by 4 to 5 degrees celsius lower than the normal.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Meteorologists also called on other authorities to take precautionary measures in order to reduce the impact of results of the bad weather conditions.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Ahmed abdel Aal, chairman of the authority, said the decreasing temperature will be accompanied by low- and medium-level clouds nationwide, which will lead to heavy rains on northern coasts, especially central and north of Sinai at Rafah and Arish cities as well as Halayeb and Shalateen at the south and Delta governorates. Lighter rains will fall on Cairo on Sunday and Monday.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Wind will blow stronger, which will disturb maritime navigation at the Red Sea and Mediterranean.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Temperatures during the coming few day are expected to reach 19 to 20 degrees celsius on the northern coasts, 18 to 19 degrees at Cairo and Delta, 20 to 21 degrees at north of Upper Egypt and 23 to 24 degrees at South of Upper Egypt.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Edited translation from MENA</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 06:37:00 +0000 MENA 2440247 at sites/default/files/photo/2013/01/09/4886/_______________2_0.jpg Egypt acquits doctor of fatal genital mutilation of girl <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>An Egyptian court acquitted a male doctor Thursday of carrying out a female circumcision that killed a teenager, in the first case brought since the procedure was banned in 2008.</p><p>The court also acquitted the 14-year-old&#39;s father who took her to the doctor for the operation.</p><p>Despite the ban, female genital mutilation (FGM) is still widespread in Egypt, especially in rural areas, and is practised among minority Christians as well as Muslims.</p><p>The court acquitted the doctor of all charges, which included &quot;manslaughter, negligence, endangering the child&#39;s life, and performing FGM&quot;.</p><p>The operation at the centre of the trial was performed at a private clinic in the Nile Delta city of Mansura in June 2013.</p><p>FGM involves the removal of the clitoris and, sometimes, even more extreme mutilation, in a bid to control women&#39;s sexuality.</p><p>The procedure can cause lifelong pain and serious complications during childbirth.</p><p>A 2000 survey found that 97 percent of married women in Egypt had undergone the procedure.</p><p>Activists say the campaign to end the practice suffered a setback with the 2011 overthrow of president Hosni Mubarak, whose regime imposed the ban.</p><p>Some Islamists argued that the ban was a legacy of his autocratic rule which should not be enforced.</p><p>FGM is also practised in a number of other African countries as well as parts of the Middle East, and is usually carried out by other women.</p><p>The World Health Organization estimates that up to 140 million women have been victims of genital mutilation worldwide.</p> Thu, 20 Nov 2014 20:40:00 +0000 AFP 2440253 at sites/default/files/photo/2013/03/04/143861/cairo_criminal_court.jpg Bushra prepares new album <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>Egyptian actor and singer Bushra said she misses singing and is now working on a new album.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Bushra promises her fans the new album will be different, adding she now plans to focus on singing and theatrical performances, especially for children.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Bushra pointed out she knows nothing about singer Amr Diab&#39;s TV series &ldquo;Al-Shohra&rdquo; (Fame).</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Bushra, who is a goodwill ambassador for children, plans to attend the celebration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, on 25 November at Al-Sawy Culture Wheel, along with other actors.</div> Thu, 20 Nov 2014 20:24:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2440225 at sites/default/files/photo/2014/11/20/484151/snapshot20101228185135.jpg