Egypt Independent: Egypt-Main news http://www.egyptindependent.com//enhome_channel/News/rss.xml en 8,000 graduated doctors unqualified: minister http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2466273 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2015/10/15/94/health_minister_ahmed_emad-eddin.png" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>Health Minister Ahmed Emad El-Din Rady said 8,000 doctors out of 9,000 graduate nationwide without being qualified, having only the information they obtained from faculties of medicine.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>In an interview with a talk show aired on the Egyptian satellite channel on Saturday, Rady said the reason behind the lack of qualification is the absence of proper educational programs. He added that the ministry adopted a training program for all the graduates to qualify them to work at hospitals.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The minister said a training agreement has been signed with England and doctors who pass the equivalence conditioned by England will be sent for a two-year training program. The presidency will bear the program&#39;s costs, and the first batch of doctors was sent to apply for the equivalence.<br /><br />Only four students passed the test. The second group will be sent within two weeks so that the number would be bigger.</div><div><br />&nbsp;</div><div><em>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm</em></div> Sun, 07 Feb 2016 11:44:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2466273 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2015/10/15/94/health_minister_ahmed_emad-eddin.png Egypt's benchmark index rises by 3.6 pct in trading last week http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2466231 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2014/06/05/484151/201460_0.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>CAIRO, Feb 5 (Aswat Masriya) &ndash; Egypt&rsquo;s stock market main index EGX 30 hiked by 3.6 per cent &nbsp;over the past week, said a stock exchange&#39;s weekly report published Friday.</p><p>While EGX 30 climbed from 5,986 points at the start of the week&nbsp;to reach 6,202 points, the secondary indicators dropped during last week&#39;s trading. &nbsp;</p><p>The report showed the index for small and medium enterprises EGX 70 by 1.8 per cent falling to 349 points compared to 355 at the start of the week.</p><p>The broader EGX 100 also slumped by 0.88 per cent to reach 708 points, down from 714 points recorded before trading kicked off this week.</p><p>The&nbsp;capital market shares of listed companies&nbsp;climbed to&nbsp;EGP 400.69 billion compared to EGP 391.32 billion the week before, said the report</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>This content is from :&nbsp;<a href="http://en.aswatmasriya.com/" target="_blank">Aswat Masriya</a></p> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 12:32:00 +0000 Aswat Masriya 2466231 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2014/06/05/484151/201460_0.jpg Tortured Italian student died 'slow death': Egypt official http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2466219 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2016/02/04/94/italian_student_gulio_regeni_who_was_found_dead_after_being_missing_since_january_25_2016..jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p style="color: rgb(69, 69, 69); font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; font-size: 17px; text-decoration: -webkit-letterpress; margin-bottom: 1.1em;"><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">CAIRO (AP) &mdash; The body of an Italian graduate student who disappeared last month has been found with multiple stab wounds, cigarette burns and other signs of torture and a &quot;slow death&quot; on a roadside on the outskirts of Cairo, an Egyptian prosecutor said Thursday.</span></p><p id="yui_3_18_1_1_1454663640051_1090" style="color: rgb(69, 69, 69); font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; font-size: 17px; text-decoration: -webkit-letterpress; margin-bottom: 1.1em;"><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">Giulio Regeni, a 28-year-old Cambridge University PhD candidate who had been researching labor rights in Egypt, went missing on Jan. 25, the fifth anniversary of the popular uprising that toppled longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak. His body was found Wednesday.</span></p><p id="yui_3_18_1_1_1454663640051_1087" style="color: rgb(69, 69, 69); font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; font-size: 17px; text-decoration: -webkit-letterpress; margin-bottom: 1.1em;"><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">News of the slaying and evidence of torture spurred diplomatic tensions. An Italian government delegation cut short a visit to Cairo and Italy summoned the Egyptian ambassador in Rome, calling for a full investigation with participation by Italian experts.</span></p><p id="yui_3_18_1_1_1454663640051_1094" style="color: rgb(69, 69, 69); font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; font-size: 17px; text-decoration: -webkit-letterpress; margin-bottom: 1.1em;"><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">Regeni&#39;s disappearance came at a time when Egyptian officials and media have often depicted foreigners as plotting against Egypt &mdash; and particularly as seeking to foment unrest surrounding the Jan. 25 anniversary. In the days leading up to the anniversary, police were on high alert, conducting sweeps aimed at preventing any possible protest. Pro-democracy activists were arrested and some foreigners whose visas had expired were deported.</span></p><p style="color: rgb(69, 69, 69); font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; font-size: 17px; text-decoration: -webkit-letterpress; margin-bottom: 1.1em;"><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">Egypt is also battling an insurgency by militants who have sworn allegiance to the Islamic State group. The militants are mainly active in the Sinai Peninsula but have also carried out attacks in Cairo and elsewhere, including kidnapping and beheading a Croatian oil worker last year and setting off a bomb outside the Italian consulate in Cairo.</span></p><p id="yui_3_18_1_1_1454663640051_1125" style="color: rgb(69, 69, 69); font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; font-size: 17px; text-decoration: -webkit-letterpress; margin-bottom: 1.1em;"><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">On Thursday, Egyptian media accused &quot;evil hands&quot; of orchestrating Regeni&#39;s killing to damage Egyptian-Italian relations. The term is usually used to refer to Islamists, who have been targeted by a ferocious crackdown since the 2013 military ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi. Authorities justify the campaign by pointing to the fight against the militants, who have killed hundreds of policemen and soldiers over the past four years.</span></p><p style="color: rgb(69, 69, 69); font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; font-size: 17px; text-decoration: -webkit-letterpress; margin-bottom: 1.1em;"><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">The Italian media pointed fingers at the Egyptian security forces.</span></p><p id="yui_3_18_1_1_1454663640051_1123" style="color: rgb(69, 69, 69); font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; font-size: 17px; text-decoration: -webkit-letterpress; margin-bottom: 1.1em;"><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">A business daily, Il Sole 24 Ore, said &quot;the strong suspicion&quot; was that Regeni was &quot;killed by Egypt ... by the system, by the security apparatus.&quot;</span></p><p style="color: rgb(69, 69, 69); font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; font-size: 17px; text-decoration: -webkit-letterpress; margin-bottom: 1.1em;"><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">Regeni had been in Egypt since September conducting research on workers and labor rights &mdash; a sensitive topic, since disgruntled workers were among the forces in the 2011 anti-Mubarak uprising and authorities still worry about worker discontent.</span></p><p style="color: rgb(69, 69, 69); font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; font-size: 17px; text-decoration: -webkit-letterpress; margin-bottom: 1.1em;"><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">The left-wing Italian newspaper il Manifesto said Regeni had been writing for it about labor issues, signing his articles under a pseudonym.</span></p><p id="yui_3_18_1_1_1454663640051_1147" style="color: rgb(69, 69, 69); font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; font-size: 17px; text-decoration: -webkit-letterpress; margin-bottom: 1.1em;"><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">&quot;I imagine it was for security because the articles were about workers and unions,&quot; said foreign desk editor Simone Pieranni. &quot;It&#39;s clear that when you speak about social rights and workers&#39; rights in Egypt you are implicitly denouncing the lack of freedom.&quot;</span></p><p id="yui_3_18_1_1_1454663640051_1158" style="color: rgb(69, 69, 69); font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; font-size: 17px; text-decoration: -webkit-letterpress; margin-bottom: 1.1em;"><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">Pieranni said the newspaper would publish a final piece critical of the lack of press and other freedoms in Egypt under Regeni&#39;s own name on Friday.</span></p><p id="yui_3_18_1_1_1454663640051_1153" style="color: rgb(69, 69, 69); font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; font-size: 17px; text-decoration: -webkit-letterpress; margin-bottom: 1.1em;"><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">Regeni was last seen on Jan. 25 heading from his apartment to meet a friend in downtown Cairo. He entered the subway, which was packed with security personnel scanning bags and checking commuter&#39;s IDs.</span></p><p style="color: rgb(69, 69, 69); font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; font-size: 17px; text-decoration: -webkit-letterpress; margin-bottom: 1.1em;"><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">In the days following his disappearance, friends and colleagues launched a search, circulating Regeni&#39;s picture widely on social media.</span></p><p style="color: rgb(69, 69, 69); font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; font-size: 17px; text-decoration: -webkit-letterpress; margin-bottom: 1.1em;"><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">His body was found Wednesday in an empty lot along a highway in the 6th of October suburb on Cairo&#39;s western outskirts. He was identified by his Egyptian roommate, said prosecutor Ahmed Nagi, who heads the investigation team in the case.</span></p><p id="yui_3_18_1_1_1454663640051_1199" style="color: rgb(69, 69, 69); font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; font-size: 17px; text-decoration: -webkit-letterpress; margin-bottom: 1.1em;"><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">&quot;All of his body, including his face&quot; had bruises, cuts from stabbings and burns from cigarettes, Nagi said, adding Regeni appeared to have suffered a &quot;slow death.&quot;</span></p><p id="yui_3_18_1_1_1454663640051_1188" style="color: rgb(69, 69, 69); font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; font-size: 17px; text-decoration: -webkit-letterpress; margin-bottom: 1.1em;"><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">Later Thursday, Nagi said an autopsy showed the cause of death was a brain hemorrhage. Asked about possible police involvement, he said: &quot;We don&#39;t rule out any possibility.&quot;</span></p><p style="color: rgb(69, 69, 69); font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; font-size: 17px; text-decoration: -webkit-letterpress; margin-bottom: 1.1em;"><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">Earlier, the deputy head of criminal investigations in Cairo&#39;s twin province of Giza, Alaa Azmi, had cited initial findings he said indicated Regeni was killed in a car accident.</span></p><p id="yui_3_18_1_1_1454663640051_1191" style="color: rgb(69, 69, 69); font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; font-size: 17px; text-decoration: -webkit-letterpress; margin-bottom: 1.1em;"><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">For years, rights groups have accused Egyptian police of regularly torturing detainees. Over the past year, they have also accused them of using &quot;forced disappearances&quot; &mdash; detaining suspected activists or Islamists in secret without reporting their arrest.</span></p><p id="yui_3_18_1_1_1454663640051_1195" style="color: rgb(69, 69, 69); font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; font-size: 17px; text-decoration: -webkit-letterpress; margin-bottom: 1.1em;"><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">The Egyptian Association for Rights and Freedoms documented 314 cases of forced disappearances in 2015, said lawyer Halem Henish. Most later turned up in prison, but at least five were found at the morgue, including one with signs of torture like burns and electric shocks.</span></p><p style="color: rgb(69, 69, 69); font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; font-size: 17px; text-decoration: -webkit-letterpress; margin-bottom: 1.1em;"><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">He said the group has documented 35 disappearances so far in 2016, including at least two of whom died.</span></p><p id="yui_3_18_1_1_1454663640051_1259" style="color: rgb(69, 69, 69); font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; font-size: 17px; text-decoration: -webkit-letterpress; margin-bottom: 1.1em;"><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">Meanwhile, in Regeni&#39;s hometown of Fiumicello in northeastern Italy, townspeople were &quot;destroyed&quot; by the news of his death, said Mayor Ennio Scridel. The town of 5,000 declared Sunday a day of mourning.</span></p><p style="color: rgb(69, 69, 69); font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; font-size: 17px; text-decoration: -webkit-letterpress; margin-bottom: 1.1em;"><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">&quot;If you go into a bar, you see dark faces, silences, looks that let escape all the sadness of a small community like ours,&quot; Scridel told Sky Tg24. He described Regeni as &quot;an extraordinary person, who comes from a good family.&quot;</span></p><p id="yui_3_18_1_1_1454663640051_1267" style="color: rgb(69, 69, 69); font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; font-size: 17px; text-decoration: -webkit-letterpress; margin-bottom: 1.1em;"><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">News of Regeni&#39;s death prompted Italy&#39;s economic development minister, Federica Guidi, to cut short a visit to Cairo and head home. Guidi had been heading a delegation of 60 business people to help companies set up business in Egypt.</span></p><p id="yui_3_18_1_1_1454663640051_1251" style="color: rgb(69, 69, 69); font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; font-size: 17px; text-decoration: -webkit-letterpress; margin-bottom: 1.1em;"><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">Italian Premier Matteo Renzi spoke with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi by telephone and pledged to coordinate efforts with Italian authorities to &quot;unravel the mystery&quot; surrounding Regini&#39;s death, el-Sissi&#39;s office said.</span></p><p style="color: rgb(69, 69, 69); font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; font-size: 17px; text-decoration: -webkit-letterpress; margin-bottom: 1.1em;"><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">The Italian news agency ANSA said a seven-person team of Italian and Interpol investigators was heading to Cairo on Friday to participate in the inquiry.</span></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p id="yui_3_18_1_1_1454663640051_1238" style="color: rgb(69, 69, 69); font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; font-size: 17px; text-decoration: -webkit-letterpress; margin-bottom: 1.1em;"><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">Egyptian authorities have come under criticism for lack of transparency in several investigations, particularly the Oct. 31 crash of a Russian passenger jet over the Sinai Peninsula and the September killing of eight Mexican tourists and four Egyptian guides by a security forces helicopter that opened fire on their desert safari. In both cases, authorities banned media reports on the investigations.</span></p> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 09:18:00 +0000 AP 2466219 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2016/02/04/94/italian_student_gulio_regeni_who_was_found_dead_after_being_missing_since_january_25_2016..jpg Luxor hotel occupancy rate stands at 64%: official statistics http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2466209 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2015/06/10/501271/karnak.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>The occupancy rates in Luxor hotels rose to 64 percent, Luxor tourism police announced Thursday.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The increase comes in conjunction with the mid-school year vacation, which will extend until mid-February.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The total number of guests in Luxor hotels stands at 2,505, including 523 foreigners and 1,982 Egyptians. The occupancy rate by foreigners stands at 13 percent, compared to 51 percent by Egyptians, according to the statistics of the Luxor Tourism and Antiquities Police Department.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The number of rooms occupied reached 1,488.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Chinese tourists recorded the highest number this week, compared to other nationalities in Luxor.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>According to tourism police statistics, 208 Chinese tourists visited Luxor this week, followed by 114 British, 34 Germans and 25 Americans.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The Luxor Airport received 356 foreigners this week, while 463 tourists left through the airport. Thirteen tourists arrived in Luxor by train and 15 others left the governorate by train.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Serbia&#39;s ambassador to Cairo arrived in Luxor on Thursday for a 3-day visit, <em>Al-Masry Al-Youm</em> reported.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm</em></div> Thu, 04 Feb 2016 15:16:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2466209 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2015/06/10/501271/karnak.jpg