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Egypt’s Al-Azhar university scraps expulsion of student over hug

Egypt's Al-Azhar university on Monday overturned a decision to expel a female student who was filmed hugging a male colleague, after the country's top Muslim cleric intervened in her favour. In a video widely circulated earlier this month, a man was seen carrying a bouquet of flowers kneeling before a woman and then hugging her in what was to be a marriage proposal. Al-Azhar decided on Saturday to expel the young woman, but two days later the institution's grand imam, Ahmed al-Tayeb, urged the disciplinary board to…

Five Pakistanis under-trial in Egypt to be fully supported: FO

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Muhammed Faisal said the five Pakistanis who were under-trial in Egypt would be fully supported. The Pakistanis were earlier stranded on a ship off the coast of Safaga in Egypt and now have been produced in an Egyptian court. In a statement, the foreign office spokesperson said an officer from Pakistan mission in Cairo was deputed to assist the Pakistani nationals during the court proceedings. He said the crew had been charged with involvement in drug smuggling which was…

Egypt security forces kill 40 suspected militants after tourist bus bombed

CAIRO: Egyptian security forces have killed 40 suspected militants in three separate incidents in North Sinai and Giza, the ministry of interior said on Saturday, a day after a deadly bombing on a Vietnamese tourist bus in Giza killed four people. The ministry did not say whether the suspected militants were connected to Friday’s attack, but said its forces killed 30 people during raids on their hideouts in Giza where it said “terrorist elements” were planning a series of attacks targeting state institutions and the…

Pakistan, Egypt agree to enhance bilateral cooperation in multiple fields

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and Egypt have agreed to enhance bilateral cooperation in multiple fields including joint ventures, defence production, training and intelligence. The agreement came during Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa's interaction with the Egyptian military and political leadership in Cairo. They also agreed to improve cooperation for regional peace and stability. During the meetings, matters of mutual interest, military to military relations, defence and security cooperation were discussed. The…

COAS discusses security cooperation with Egypt’s military leaders

CAIRO: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa called on General Mohamed Zaki, Commander in Chief of Egyptian Armed Forces and Minister of Defence & Military Production and Lt Gen Mohamed Farid Hegazy, Chief of Staff of the Egyptian Armed Forces. During the meetings, matters of mutual interest, military to military relations, defence & security cooperation were discussed, according to a statement issued by the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR). The Egyptian leadership highly appreciated the…

Egypt unearths tomb of ancient high priest

CAIRO: Egyptian archaeologists have discovered the tomb of a priest dating back more than 4,400 years in the pyramid complex of Saqqara south of the capital Cairo, authorities said Saturday. "Today we are announcing the last discovery of the year 2018, it's a new discovery, it's a private tomb," Antiquities Minister Khaled el-Enany told an audience of invited guests including reporters. "It is exceptionally well preserved, coloured, with sculpture inside. It belongs to a high official priest... (and) is more than 4,400…

Egypt unearths eight ancient mummies

CAIRO: Egyptian archaeologists have discovered eight mummies dating back over 2,300 years at a pyramid complex south of Cairo, authorities said Wednesday. "The Egyptian archaeological mission working at the south eastern area of King Amenemhat II's pyramid in Dahshur Necropolis has uncovered a number of ancient burials with eight coffins," the antiquities ministry said in a statement. The mummies, dating from the Late Period of ancient Egypt, are "covered with a layer of painted cartonnage in the form of a human", the…

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince arrives in Egypt on third leg of Arab tour

CAIRO:  Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrived in Egypt on Monday, continuing his first trip abroad since the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi received Prince Mohammed at Cairo airport on what was the third leg of a tour through the Arab world by the prince after visits to Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, Egyptian state news agency MENA said. Prince Mohammed was expected to ways of strengthening bilateral relations…