7pm News Wrapup March 17
By THE CAIRO POST

The UN Human Rights Council has repeated its call to Egyptian and Sudanese authorities to address the issue of Eritreans refugees being held hostage and tortured by human trafficking groups in North Sinai.

Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab is set to discuss methods to counter the smuggling of government subsidized foodstuffs.

Coming Up: The National Alliance for Supporting Legitimacy is scheduled to hold a press conference Tuesday in reaction of the National Council for Human Rights report on Rabaa.

News & Politics:

More than half of Egyptians will vote for Defense Minister Abdel Fatah al-Sisi if he runs for president.

The UN Human Rights Council repeated its call to Egyptian and Sudanese authorities to address the issue of Eritreans refugees being held hostage and tortured by human trafficking groups in North Sinai.

Presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabbahi respects Khaled Ali’s decision to withdraw from the elections and hopes that Ali’s supporters back him in the race.

Business:

Vodafone International and state officials to discuss problems in the communication sector, new investments and Vodafone’s development plans for Egypt.

In-Depth:

The National Council for Human Rights issued its final report on the security forces’ dispersal of the Rabaa al-Adaweya sit-in.

The videotaped confession of Ibrahim Azab was made after he was tortured by police.

Minister of Defense Abdel Fatah al-Sisi reshuffled  major generals in the Armed Forces and the Supreme Council of Armed Forces (SCAF).

Editor’s Pick:

Importing coal: Who pays the price?

Egypt’s ongoing energy crisis has manifested itself in a battle over the use of coal. While the Ministry of Environment has largely protested the import of coal as an energy source for cement companies, it faces opposition from other ministries, in particular the Ministry of Industry.

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