Egypt Independent: Egypt-Main news http://www.egyptindependent.com//enhome_channel/News/rss.xml en Private school fees increased by ministerial decree, new rates charged retroactively http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2473119 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2016/09/30/505446/rtspblh.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p dir="ltr">Education Minister Al-Helaly al-Sherbiny has announced an increase in fees for private schools, both Arabic-language and foreign-language.</p><p dir="ltr">The move came in a ministerial decree on Thursday, and applies to the next four academic years, until the 2020/2021 school year. However, the new rates also apply to the 2015/2016 school year, with the fees collected retroactively.<br /><br />The increase in fees will be fixed and won&rsquo;t be subject to increase, according to the decree.</p><p><span style="font-size: 1em;">The increase has been set at 11 percent annually for schools whose fees are less than LE2,000, 8 percent for schools whose fees are from LE2,000 and 3,000, 6 percent for schools whose fees are between LE3,000 and 4,000, 4 percent for schools charging from LE4,000 to LE7,000 and 3 percent for schools with fees exceeding LE7,000.<br /><br />Exceptional students, that is students who have a 95 percent average or higher, will be exempted from the increase in fees.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: 1em;">The decree coincides with peaceful protests by parents of government school students, particularly in Giza, outside the Ministry of Education building. The parents are objecting to an increase in the age requirement for Empirical Schools, a change that has removed the kindergarten level from such schools.<br /><br /><em>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm</em></span><br />&nbsp;</p><div>&nbsp;</div> Sat, 01 Oct 2016 08:17:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2473119 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2016/09/30/505446/rtspblh.jpg Cyprus court orders extradition of Egyptian hijacker http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2473112 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2016/03/30/504802/hijacker.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>A court in Cyprus on Friday ordered the extradition of an Egyptian who hijacked an aircraft with a fake explosive belt, diverting it to the island in March.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Seif Eldin Mustafa, 59, failed to convince the Nicosia district court that he could not get a fair trial in his home country, the semi-official Cyprus News Agency reported.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Mustafa commandeered a domestic Alexandria-Cairo flight with 72 passengers and crew on board on March 29, ordering the pilot to divert to Larnaca airport on the Mediterranean island.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>He surrendered about six hours later, after gradually releasing all passengers and crew unharmed. One passenger took &#39;selfies&#39; with Mustafa which were posted on social media.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Mustafa had taken charge of the early morning flight by showing flight attendants what appeared to be a belt stuffed with plastic wires and a remote control. After directing the flight to Cyprus, he asked for the release of female prisoners in Egypt, and to come in contact with his Cypriot ex-wife.</div><p>&nbsp;</p><div>&nbsp;</div> Fri, 30 Sep 2016 09:41:00 +0000 Reuters 2473112 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2016/03/30/504802/hijacker.jpg Egypt's divorce rate at its highest in two decades: CAPMAS http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2473051 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2012/12/08/36/9102_fmt.jpeg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>Egypt witnessed its highest devorce rate in two decades during 2015, the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) said on Wednesday.<br /><br />The rate reached 2.2 cases per 1,000 people in 2015, which represents an 83 percent rise compared to the beginning of the period 1996-2015, according to CAPMAS.<br /><br />Divorce was more common in urban areas than in rural areas during the 1996-2015 period, with urban areas showing a rise of approximately 50 percent over that time.<br /><br />In urban areas, there were three cases per 1,000 people in 2015, compared to 1.7 cases per 1,000 in rural areas.<br /><br />For males, the highest rate for divorce was in the age group 20-34 during the period 1996-2005, making up 49.7 percent of all cases.<br /><br />The lowest rate for males was among the under-20 years category, representing just 0.4 percent of cases.<br /><br />Among females, the age group 20-34 showed the highest divorce rate, making up 60.7 percent of cases.<br /><br />However, CAPMAS said there are almost no divorces recorded among couples who have university degrees, according to the current data.</p> Fri, 30 Sep 2016 08:24:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2473051 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2012/12/08/36/9102_fmt.jpeg Egypt asks Interpol to take Mubarak-era businessman off watchlist http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2473103 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2014/01/12/484151/179250_0.png" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>Egypt gave the green light on Thursday for Interpol and the European Union to drop charges against Hussein Salem, a businessman ally of deposed president Hosni Mubarak, a senior justice ministry official said.</p><div>Salem and his family gave up 75 percent of their wealth in August in a deal that allowed them to return to Egypt without facing prosecution.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Salem, who also holds Spanish citizenship, was arrested under an international warrant in 2011 in Spain, where he fled after the popular uprising that ended Mubarak&#39;s 30-year rule.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;The prosecution had sent instructions to take Salem and his family members off airport watchlists on Sept. 27 and asked the Interpol to take him off its Red Notice Wanted list today,&quot; justice ministry spokesman Judge Khaled al-Nashar told Reuters.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) is an intergovernmental agency designed to promote international cooperation in criminal investigations.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Nashar said Egypt also sent notice to Spain, Switzerland, and Hong Kong to take Salem off their watchlists and that of the European Union.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The actions will allow Salem and family members to return to Egypt.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>An Egyptian court had sentenced Salem in absentia to seven years in jail and fines totalling more than $4 billion in 2011 after convicting him of money laundering and profiteering.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>He later faced graft-related charges associated with gas exports to Israel but was cleared in 2014.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Salem was a major shareholder in East Mediterranean Gas (EMG). Egyptian opposition groups had long complained that EMG was selling gas at preferential prices to Israel and other countries, depriving Egypt of potential revenues.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Egypt&#39;s Illicit Gains Authority recovered 5.3 billion Egyptian pounds (US$596.85 million) in the reconciliation deal with the Salem family.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The deal was part of a wider reconciliation effort with wealthy businessmen who fled Egypt after the uprising.</div> Thu, 29 Sep 2016 22:43:00 +0000 Reuters 2473103 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2014/01/12/484151/179250_0.png