Egypt Independent: News-Main news http://www.egyptindependent.com//enhome_channel/News/rss.xml en Three killed as electric transformer explodes http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2440411 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2014/10/27/484151/229751_0.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>Three people were killed on Monday when an electricity transformer exploded in the Hikestep area due to the heavy rains, a security source told <em>Al-Masry Al-Youm</em>.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>No details yet have been provided on the incident.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm</em></div> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 17:10:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2440411 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2014/10/27/484151/229751_0.jpg Egypt, Emirates holds conference on final planning for joint training http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2440397 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2013/09/29/16030/kerdasa.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>Committees of Egyptian-Emirati military cooperation held a conference on the final planning for the joint training exercise dubbed &ldquo;Arrows of Righteousness,&rdquo;&nbsp;which started few days ago in the Emirati military city of Sheikh Zayed.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The training is the third joint training this year between Egypt and Emirates, after trainings&nbsp;&ldquo;Zayed I&rdquo;&nbsp;in Emirates and&nbsp;&ldquo;Khalifa I&rdquo;&nbsp;in Egypt.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The training aims to exchange expertise, boost fields of military cooperation as well as readiness of troops to carry out all missions required under all circumstances.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 13:45:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2440397 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2013/09/29/16030/kerdasa.jpg Churches convene over personal status law http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2440387 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2013/08/13/459151/chu_1.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>Egyptian church representatives will convene on Monday at the Coptic Cathedral in Abbassiya to draft its notes on the personal status law, which currently does not allow Egypt&#39;s Coptic Christians to legally divorce and remarry.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>A source from church told <em>Al-Masry Al-Youm</em> that the meeting came upon a call from the Orthodox Church. He revealed consensus among the three churches to reject terms of civil marriage laws.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The source added that Egypt&#39;s Constitution grants Christians the right to stick to their own religious bylaws when it comes to the personal status and selection of religious leaders.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Meanwhile, Romany Michael, lawyer, submitted memorandum to Pope Tawadros II, Egypt&rsquo;s Copts leader, including a proposal to form a committee from the clerical council priests to work under title of &lsquo;experts of the Orthodox Church&#39;s Clerical Council&rsquo;.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm</em></div> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 12:06:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2440387 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2013/08/13/459151/chu_1.jpg Fire breaks out in forest next to Hurghada airport http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2440385 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2014/11/24/39/fire.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>A large fire broke out in the forest in front of Hurghada International Airport on Monday.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Three fire engines headed to the forest to extinguish the fire while traffic on the road was at a complete standstill.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Investigators have yet to determine the causes behind the fire.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Major General Hamdy al-Gazzar, Red Sea governor, was notified of the incident&nbsp;by police.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm</em></div> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 10:29:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2440385 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2014/11/24/39/fire.jpg