Egypt Independent: News-Main news http://www.egyptindependent.com//enhome_channel/News/rss.xml en Wednesday weather to be mild at day, relatively cold at night http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2439065 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2014/10/10/484151/257577_0.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>The Meteorological Authority experts expected Wednesday mild weather temperatures during the day and relatively cold at night.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Low and medium clouds will show on the northwestern coast and mist will affect visibility on parts of the Lower Egypt and Cairo. Wind will be northwesterly mostly mild to moderate.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Waves in the the Mediterranean and Red seas will range between one to two meters. Wind on the Mediterranean will be southwest, and northwest on the Red Sea.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The health risk from pollution will be average in Lower Egypt, Cairo and higher in north Upper Egypt. It is expected to reach a high degree of risk in the evening. Wind speed and direction change the concentration of pollutants due to burning agricultural and industrial waste.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 13:01:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2439065 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2014/10/10/484151/257577_0.jpg 60 judges referred to disciplinary board over signing pro-Brotherhood statement http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2439027 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2014/10/08/484151/csc_7995.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>Mohamed Sherine Fahmy, a judge delegated from Cairo Appeal Court, has referred 60 judges to disciplinary board, demanding their dismissal after investigations showed their support for the Muslim Brotherhood through signing on a statement on 24 July 2013 during the Rabaa al-Adaweya sit-in.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Investigators say other figures like Central Auditing Organization Hesham Geneina, former Justice Minister Ahmed Mekki and his brother Mahmoud Mekki, former vice-president, held a meeting where they planned the drafting of the statement.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Fahmy will order investigations to be resumed into the non-justice figures within the coming few days after end of investigations with the judges.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 13:32:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2439027 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2014/10/08/484151/csc_7995.jpg Six countries consider navigational linking between Nile basin countries, Europe http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2439025 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2012/01/15/72636/nile_basin_countries.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>Egypt, Sudan, South Sudan, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi will have a joint meeting at the end of the year to evaluate studies over navigational linking between Victoria Lake and the Mediterranean at Alexandria seaport.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The project will link the Nile Basin countries and increase volume of the intra-regional trade.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Ahmed Bahaa, head of the Nile Water sector, said arrangements are being made to carry out the project in cooperation among the basin countries. The navigational linking will be a strategic project that has many goals over the long-run that increase the economic and political value of the river as well as cooperation and trade exchange among the countries.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>During the opening of Egyptian-Sudanese Nile water technical committee meetings on Sunday, Bahaa Eddin said a meeting will be held before the end of the year to review pre-feasibility studies documents and finish the required data. Several regional and continental agencies showed interest in the project. The first steering committee was held in Cairo last month, sponsored by the COMESA, in attendance of six Nile basin countries.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Egypt contributed to bilateral development cooperation projects that yield direct and rapid return to Nile Basin countries, he said.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Bahaa stressed Egypt&rsquo;s respect to all treaties with all other countries, especially Sudan. He also added that Egypt sticks to 1959 treaty that draws steps of the two countries in issues related to the water, adding that the two countries should be committed to the agreement regarding coordination in development projects that will be carried out at Nile Basin countries out of borders of Egypt and Sudan.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The ongoing meetings ponder 15 terms including methods to reduce the losses at Upper Nile, cooperation with basin countries, mechanisms to revive Jonglei canal project in South Sudan for the sake of Egypt, Sudan and South Sudan interests and others.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Egypt respects rights of the Nile basin countries to carry out projects without harming interests of the downstream countries, Bahaa reiterated.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 13:16:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2439025 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2012/01/15/72636/nile_basin_countries.jpg Brotherhood students escalate confrontations with police, Falcon http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2439019 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2014/05/01/484151/198234_0.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>University students affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood and supporters of deposed president Mohamed Morsy escalated their protests against police and private campus security on Monday to demand the release of detained colleagues and the reinstatement of dismissed ones.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>┘ŹSince the start of the new academic year on 11 October, Egyptian universities have seen assaults by pro-Morsy students against Falcon Group, the private security company tasked with securing 11 Egyptian universities. Falcon has defended its operations against critics who accused it of failing to face the the demonstrations.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>In Daqahlia, dozens of Brotherhood students invaded the the Faculty of Pharmaceutics, reportedly over claims that Falcon had assaulted a female colleague. The protesters smashed electronic gates and a motorbike owned by the company before destroying reception offices.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Security arrested 43 students following the incident. Wael Khafaga, head of Mansoura&rsquo;s emergency hospital said 11 students were hospitalized, including six campus security agents and five students</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>At Cairo University, violent clashes erupted between the residents of Manyal and police, on one side, and students on the other side after the students blocked the road outside the Faculty of Dentistry.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>In Minya, pro-Brotherhood protesters besieged the office of the university&rsquo;s president, while the university&rsquo;s medical complex in Tanta witnessed hand fights and altercations between students and university security.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm</em></div> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 11:09:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2439019 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2014/05/01/484151/198234_0.jpg