Egypt Independent: News-Main news http://www.egyptindependent.com//enhome_channel/News/rss.xml en Policeman kidnapped in South Sinai http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2440302 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2013/05/18/115366/_trk8947.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-26b01312-d6ff-9c8d-d305-193dc3ee02e2"><span style="font-size: 1em; line-height: 1.5em;">On Friday, unknown gunmen kidnapped a policeman who was assigned with securing Feeran Valley post office.</span></p><p dir="ltr">The abduction came in response to a successful raid by South Sinai security department during which 15 tons of marijuana, stolen and vehicles were recovered in Sharm al-Sheikh.</p><p dir="ltr">Security sources said the suspect accused of kidnapping the policeman escaped during the events of the 25 January revolution. He has a criminal record of robbery and murder. Efforts are being made by security elements to release the abducted policeman.</p><p dir="ltr">Senior security sources said the policeman was not hurt, denying news over abduction of another policeman in Ras Sedr.</p><p dir="ltr"><em>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm</em></p> Sat, 22 Nov 2014 10:15:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2440302 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2013/05/18/115366/_trk8947.jpg Russian Foreign Ministry: Egyptian doctors tried to save Kuznetsov to the last moment http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2440280 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2013/01/06/54605/hotel_hurghada.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal;">The Russian Foreign Ministry said on Friday that Egyptian doctors tried until the last minute to save the life of the Russian tourist, 39-year-old Yevgeni Kuznetsov, who fell into a coma and was taken to the hospital in Hurghada on 11 November.</span></p><div><span style="font-size: 14px;">Moscow had sent doctors to conduct surgery for him.</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The Russian TASS news agency on Thursday quoted a source at the Russian Foreign Ministry as saying that the hospital kept Kuznetsov on a ventilator until his death was confirmed.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Some media channels had claimed that the Egyptian doctors removed the ventilator because his relatives were unable to pay the cost of treatment, but a statement by the Russian Foreign Ministry confirmed that the doctors took all necessary action to revive his heart.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The Russian embassy in Egypt said it was in contact with Kuznetsov&rsquo;s relatives and provided them with all necessary assistance.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Edited translation from MENA</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div> Sat, 22 Nov 2014 05:02:00 +0000 MENA 2440280 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2013/01/06/54605/hotel_hurghada.jpg UN condemns acquittal of fatal FGM Egyptian doctor http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2440270 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2013/06/09/16030/photo.aspx_.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p dir="LTR">The United Nations in Egypt is deeply concerned by recent developments in the case of Soheir El-Batei, the victim of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) who died in June 2013, as a result of an illegal procedure, it said in a statement on Thursday.</p><p dir="LTR">&quot;The misdemeanor court in the district of Aga, Dakahlia Governorate, dismissed the case today, following a settlement between the victim&rsquo;s family and the accused,&quot; the statement explained.</p><p dir="LTR">The court acquitted a male doctor&nbsp;Thursday&nbsp;of carrying out female circumcision that killed a teenager, in the first case brought since the procedure was banned in 2008, AFP reported.</p><p dir="LTR">The court also acquitted the 14-year-old&#39;s father who took her to the doctor for the operation.</p><p dir="LTR">This was the first trial since the a law was passed criminalizing FGM in 2008.</p><p dir="LTR">The settlement prevented the court from deciding on the guilt of the accused, U.N. said.&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 1em; line-height: 1.5em;">However, under existing legislation, there is no provision to prohibit such a settlement, resulting in the charges being dropped, it added.</span></p><p dir="LTR">According to the 2008 Demographic and Health survey,&nbsp;at least 91 percent of Egyptian women between the ages of 15-49 have undergone female genital mutilation.</p><p dir="LTR">Despite the ban, FGM is still widespread in Egypt, especially in rural and poor areas and is practised among minority Christians as well as Muslims according to AFP.</p><p dir="LTR">FGM involves the removal of the clitoris and, sometimes, even more extreme mutilation, in a bid to control women&#39;s sexuality , according to AFP.</p><p dir="LTR">The UN pointed out that Thursday marks the 25th&nbsp;anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. The United Nations said it is committed to protecting the rights of all girls and women, including against the practice of FGM.</p><p dir="LTR">&quot;There is no moral, religious or health reason to cut or mutilate any girl or woman. Traditions that demean, dehumanize and injure are human rights violations that must be actively opposed until they are ended.&quot;</p><p dir="LTR">The United Nations encourages the review of current legislation to ensure that it fully protects the rights of women and girls and that the perpetrators of such heinous crimes are brought to justice<span style="font-family: Calibri;">.</span></p> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 19:38:00 +0000 Ibrahim Alsahary 2440270 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2013/06/09/16030/photo.aspx_.jpg 13,600 water bottles seized from two unauthorized companies http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2440269 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2012/07/04/54605/freshwater-gleick-bottled-water_21519_600x450.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p><span style="line-height: normal;">Red Sea Supply police seized 13,600 bottles of drinking water from two companies unauthorized by the Health Ministry to sell their products.</span></p><div>The Interior Ministry said in a statement on Friday morning that the managements of the companies were referred to the prosecution for investigation.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:14:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2440269 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2012/07/04/54605/freshwater-gleick-bottled-water_21519_600x450.jpg