Egypt Independent: Egypt-Main news http://www.egyptindependent.com//enhome_channel/News/rss.xml en Journalist Amr Badr released on bail: lawyers Khaled Ali and Tarek al-Awady http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2472166 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2016/08/10/16030/sakka.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>Shoubra el-Kheima Criminal Court has ordered the release of journalist Amr Badr, allegedly linked to mass anti-government protests in April, on LE5,000 bail, wrote lawyers Khaled Ali and Tarek al-Awady on social media.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><p>The news, published by the lawyers on the social network, Facebook on Sunday, has not been confirmed by official sources yet.</p><div>Earlier in August, Shubra al-Kheima court extended Badr&#39;s detention in custody for 15 more days on remand and set a date of August 24 to decide whether they would be released from jail or placed on remand again.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Badr and fellow journalist Mahmoud al-Sakka have been remanded into custody five times since April over charges of publishing false news, inciting protests and attempting to bring down the administration of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>On May 1, a group of armed security officers entered the journalists&#39; syndicate headquarters, where the two were taking shelter, and seized Badr, editor-in-chief of yanair.net, and Sakka, who was working for the same news website. The two were arrested on a warrant from the General Prosecution on suspicion of inciting anti-government protests.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The arrests came as a part of a broader police crackdown on journalists since April 25, when mass anti-government protests had been planned in response to the transfer of two Red Sea islands from Egyptian control to that of Saudi Arabia. Protests had been building since April 8, when an agreement redrawing maritime borders was signed between the Egyptian president and Saudi King Salman bin Abdel Aziz.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div> Sun, 28 Aug 2016 10:47:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2472166 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2016/08/10/16030/sakka.jpg Twelve killed, two injured in Sohag car accident http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2472165 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2012/10/02/228/2887.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p dir="ltr">12 people were killed and two injured in a car accident on the Sohag international airport road on Sunday morning.</p><p dir="ltr">Post-crash investigations indicated that the accident happened when a microbus and a car collided at a turning point in the middle of the high speed road just before the airport, killing 12 and injury another two.</p><p dir="ltr">The Deputy Health Minister for Sohag province, Youssry Bayyoumy, said that the victims&#39; bodies were taken to Al-Mansha&rsquo;a central hospital and Gerga public hospital, and the injured passengers were transferred to a public hospital and the Univerisity Hospital in Sohag.</p><p dir="ltr">Major General Mostafa Mokbel, Sohag security chief, was notified about the accident.</p><div>Egypt has one of the world&rsquo;s highest traffic-accident mortality rates.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>In December, the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) said the number of car accidents during the first half of 2015 rose by 3.5 percent to a total of 6,916 accidents, compared with 6,685 accidents during the same period in 2014.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The number of deaths, however, decreased by 2.7 percent, from 3,025 to 2,808 deaths in the first half of 2015.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><p dir="ltr"><em>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm</em></p><div>&nbsp;</div> Sun, 28 Aug 2016 09:16:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2472165 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2012/10/02/228/2887.jpg Armed man arrested for possession of marijuana in Sharqiya http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2472160 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2014/04/13/484151/pot.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p dir="ltr">Sharqiya security services arrested on Saturday a man found to be in possession of a weapon and 10 kilograms of marijuana.</p><p dir="ltr">The man, believed to have the intention of selling the illegal substance, was found to be unemployed and already holding a criminal record.</p><p dir="ltr">Sharqiya security chief Reda Tabliya was notified about the arrest, and prosecution will conduct further questioning of the offender.</p><p>Egyptian security forces periodically intercept attempts to traffic large amounts of marijuana into Egypt, and navy patrols remain on the lookout for hauls of the illegal substance being smuggled within and across Egypt&#39;s borders.</p><p>In September, the navy interrupted an attempt to smuggle five tons of the drug, which was found in 95 sacks on a boat near Hurghada.</p><p dir="ltr"><em>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm</em></p><div>&nbsp;</div> Sun, 28 Aug 2016 08:36:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2472160 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2014/04/13/484151/pot.jpg Sunday's Weather Forecast http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2472140 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2016/07/20/504802/woman_looking_at_the_sea.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p><span style="font-size: 1em; line-height: 1.5em;">The weather this Sunday is expected to be&nbsp;</span>hot and fairly humid in Cairo and Egypt&rsquo;s northern cities, and&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 1em; line-height: 1.5em;">moderate on the north coast. Upper Egypt will experience very high temperatures during the day that will ease off into a cooler evening.</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 1em; line-height: 1.5em;">Cairo will see a temperature range of 25-35 degrees Celsius between night and day, while the range for Alexandria will be 22-32, Qena 26-42, Luxor 26-42 and Aswan 29-43.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 1em; line-height: 1.5em;">A fog will descend in the morning on the north coast and the northern region in general, moving in over Cairo and cities on the Suez Canal. Low-riding clouds are expected over the North Coast.</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 1em; line-height: 1.5em;">The prevailing wind will be northwesterly and moderate on Sunday, but could cause sand and dust storms that will blow over Suez and the Red Sea.</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 1em; line-height: 1.5em;">The Mediterranean will be relatively peaceful this Sunday, with waves reaching heights from one to 1.5 meters, while the Red Sea is expected to be more tumultuous with waves reaching between two and 3 meters with surface winds blowing in a northwesterly direction.</span></p><p><em>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm&nbsp;</em></p><p>&nbsp;</p> Sat, 27 Aug 2016 10:24:00 +0000 Egypt Independent 2472140 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2016/07/20/504802/woman_looking_at_the_sea.jpg