Egypt Independent: News-Main news http://www.egyptindependent.com//enhome_channel/News/rss.xml en New US ambassador to take office late September http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2438249 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2014/09/01/94/us_ambassador_to_cairo_robert_stephen_beecroft.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>The new United States ambassador to Cairo, Robert Stephen Beecroft, will arrive in Egypt late September, succeeding Anne Patterson who left in August 2013 after 26 years in the position, according to an official at the US embassy.</p><div><div><p>Beecroft was a former ambassador to Jordan (2008-2011) and was selected by the Senate in April 2012 as an ambassador to Iraq and then as an ambassador to Egypt in June 2014.</p></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 13:55:00 +0000 MENA 2438249 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2014/09/01/94/us_ambassador_to_cairo_robert_stephen_beecroft.jpg Cairo University deans support chairman's plans to disband student organizations http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2438242 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2014/04/24/484151/image_2.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p><span style="font-size: 1em; line-height: 1.5em;">Sev</span><span style="font-size: 1em; line-height: 1.5em;">eral faculty deans have supported Cairo University President Gaber Nassar&#39;s intention to dissolve student groups of political nature.</span></p><p dir="ltr">Universities, which witnessed a crackdown on students&#39; political activities under the rule of toppled president Hosni Mubarak, turned to a battlefield between police and students affiliated to the Muslim Brotherhood upon the ouster of deposed president Mohamed Morsy.</p><p dir="ltr">Dar al-Uloom Faculty Dean Mohamed Saleh Tawfiq said he supports the university president&rsquo;s decision to disband groups with political or religious orientations. He said that the university is a place for sciences.</p><p dir="ltr">&quot;Such groups should be prevented on campus,&quot; he added.&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 1em; line-height: 1.5em;">&ldquo;Let students who want knowledge come to study, but others financed by unknown external agencies should be out of the university.&rdquo;</span></p><p dir="ltr">Faculty of Commerce Dean Saeed al-Daw told <em>Al-Masry Al-Youm</em> that the decision has been a tradition in universities for years. &quot;Groups of religious backgrounds were banned,&quot; he said, adding that political activities should take place outside campus.</p><p dir="ltr">&quot;If the university turns into a partisan venue, this will negatively affect education,&quot; he added.</p><p dir="ltr"><span style="font-size: 1em; line-height: 1.5em;">Faculty of Law Dean Omar Salem said on Sunday that the university should tackle political and economic issues without getting engaged in it on campus.</span></p><p dir="ltr">Salem added that the decision would let the students and faculty members pay more attention to the educational process only.</p><p dir="ltr"><em>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm</em></p> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 10:57:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2438242 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2014/04/24/484151/image_2.jpg Minister orders investigating wrong estimate of judicial fees http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2438233 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2014/07/10/484151/226649_0.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>Justice Ministry has confirmed a huge accounting error when it estimated the judicial fee, previously estimated at LE23 billion while the correct fee was a mere LE7,906, in&nbsp;a legal dispute over the rent of an apartment.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>News reports pounced on the gross exaggeration by the Giza Court of First Instance in applying the judicial fees, and the ministry admitted the fault only after investigations pointed to the grievous mistake.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The court&rsquo;s department of revising the fees was addressed to consider the correct fees. Justice Minister Mahfouz Saber ordered investigating the issue.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Edited translation from MENA</em></div> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 17:37:00 +0000 MENA 2438233 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2014/07/10/484151/226649_0.jpg Three army, police officers injured in Sinai confrontations http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2438228 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2013/05/23/115366/_trk0132.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>Three army and police officers were injured in clashes with gunmen during a raid in Masaeed neighborhood in Arish City in North Sinai Sunday.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>They were transferred to the military hospital and more reinforcements were deployed in the area.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The influence of extremist groups has grown in the Sinai Peninsula following the ouster of President Mohamed Morsy in 2013. The security forces conduct operations against extremists involved in a number of bloody attacks against security forces.</div><div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm</em></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 16:58:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2438228 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2013/05/23/115366/_trk0132.jpg