Egypt Independent: Egypt-Main news en Alexandria taxi driver dies after self-immolation prompted by robbery allegations <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>A taxi driver who set himself on fire in Alexandria last week has died in hospital as a result of his unjuries, according to health officials.<br /><br />Mostafa Kamel Hospital in Alexandria said he on Saturday that Ashraf Shahin died as the result of burns covering 85 percent of his body.<br /><br />Shahin set himself on fire in the Sidi Gaber district after a police report was filed against him, accusing him of robbery.<br /><br />His family claimed the report was fabricated and blamed his suicide on his feeling of injustice.<br /><br />Montazah Misdemeanor Court cleared Shahin of the robbery charge, a verdict that was reached two days after Shahin set himself on fire.<br /><br />Yasser Shahin, the dead man&#39;s brother, told Al-Masry Al-Youm that the hospital informed them about the death, saying they would collect the body and conduct a burial service.<br /><br />&ldquo;My brother died of injustice,&rdquo; he said.<br /><br />Eyewitnesses said Shahin doused himself in gasoline outside the entrance of The Coast Club and then set fire to himself. Passersby were able to put out the flames, and he was taken to hospital.<br /><br />A video showing the man trying to set himself ablaze went viral on Facebook.<br /><br /><em>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm</em><br /><br />&nbsp;</p> Sun, 23 Oct 2016 08:11:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2473679 at sites/default/files/photo/2016/10/17/505446/the_man_setting_himself_on_fire_due_to_soaring_prices_in_alexandria.jpg New administrative capital to provide thousands of jobs: minister <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>Housing Minister Mostafa Madbouly has said that the new administrative capital project will provide jobs to thousands of Egyptians.<br /><br />&ldquo;All Egyptians will work on this project,&rdquo; he said on Saturday, adding that his ministry will evaluate the performance of contracting companies working on the project, with a view to either increasing the tasks given to them or contracting new companies.<br /><br />The minister toured various sites for the project, inspecting the work done so far and encouraging the workers. Among the sites he visited were housing units under construction.<br /><br />Officials of the New Urban Communities Authority said it had received 20 requests for new sites to be opened so that construction could begin.</p><p>The minister said that the requests should be considered, since the ministry is keen to start work in various locations as part of the first phase of the project, in addition to areas where work is already underway.<br /><br />Madbouly said construction companies have been asked to speed up work in order to make swift progress in the project.</p><p>&ldquo;If any problems crop up, we will solve them,&quot; said. &quot;We will overcome all challenges. All delayed payments will be disbursed.&rdquo;<br /><br />In March 2015, Egypt launched a project to build a new administrative capital east of Cairo at a cost of US$45 billion.<br /><br />The new capital will be located between Cairo and the Suez Canal region. It will include 490 kilometres square of land available for urban development, providing 1.1 million housing units and housing 5 million citizens.<br /><br />It will also include 10,000 roads and a new airport.<br /><br /><em>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm</em><br />&nbsp;</p> Sat, 22 Oct 2016 15:01:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2473680 at sites/default/files/photo/2015/03/15/94/a_maquette_of_egypts_planned_new_administrative_capital.jpg Russia denies Polish claim that Egypt sold warships for $1 <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>Poland&#39;s defense minister said he thinks Egypt has sold two French-made Mistral warships to Russia for the symbolic price of US$1 &ndash; a claim Russia on Friday dismissed as &quot;nonsense&quot;.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Antoni Macierewicz made the assertion during a parliamentary debate on Thursday. He later told reporters he had the information &quot;from good sources,&quot; but did not reveal any other details.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>On Friday, Macierewicz added that &quot;if Egypt would now withdraw from this operation, it would be a gain for world peace&quot; and a good lesson for Russia.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>France had originally built the two ships for Russia, but the sale was canceled after Russia&#39;s annexation of Ukraine&#39;s Crimean Peninsula. France refunded the 950 million euros ($1 billion) already paid by Russia and sold the ships to Egypt.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Macierewicz&#39;s comment comes amid strained ties between Warsaw and Paris due to Poland&#39;s cancellation of a $3.5 billion deal to buy French-made military helicopters.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>In Moscow, President Vladimir Putin&#39;s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, rejected Macierewicz&#39;s claim as &quot;complete nonsense&quot;.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov also dismissed Macierewicz&#39;s statements as &quot;silliness&quot; and &quot;self-promotion&quot;.</div><div>&nbsp;</div> Sat, 22 Oct 2016 12:15:00 +0000 AP 2473672 at sites/default/files/photo/2016/06/15/43/477484_0.jpg Ramses II statue illuminated in Abu Simbel sun-alignment <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>Egyptian officials and tourists celebrated the alignment of the sun on King Ramses II&#39;s face, a phenomenon that occurs twice a year, marking key dates in the pharaoh&#39;s life.</p><p>The first alignment takes place this year on February 22, marking his assumption to the throne, and the second on October 22, marking his birthday<span dir="RTL">.</span></p><p>Folk artists and performers were present on Saturday to help with the celebrations, which included singing and dancing.</p><p>Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Anani attended the event at Abu Simbel temple at Aswan on Saturday morning, along with Moushira Khattab, Egypt&rsquo;s nominee for the next UNESCO director-general.<br /><br />Anani explained the sun-alignment phenomomen, saying that the sun&#39;s rays penetrate the halls of the Abu Simbel Temple and illuminate the head of a Ramses II statue, 60 meters within the building. The Ramses statue is surrounded by others of Ptah, Amun-Ra, and Ra Harakhte.</p><p>Anani said the 3,300-year-old phenomenon is unique, embodying the scientific progress made by ancient Egyptians, particularly in the fields of astrology, sculpture, engineering and planning, as demonstrated by the buildings they erected everywhere.</p> Sat, 22 Oct 2016 10:39:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2473667 at sites/default/files/photo/2014/02/22/94/abu_simbel_solar_phemomenon_2.jpg