7pm News Wrapup March 20
By ANAS HABIB

Prosecution witness Hisham al-Shazly testified Thursday he was offered a bribe of 20,000 EGP ($2,873) by presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabbahi. He was asked to change his testimony against activist Ahmed Doma during the 2012 investigations of setting fire to Institut d’Egypte in December 2011, Youm7 reported from Shazly’s testimony.

News & Politics

Most of the political powers accepted the Lawyers Syndicate Chief and Chairman of the Arab Lawyers Union Sameh Ashour’s initiative issued on March 16 to abolish the protest law.

The students’ union of the Faculty of Engineering, Cairo University, is striking on Thursday in protest of the violence against students during Wednesday’s clashes and demanding the release of detained colleagues.

The Cairo Court for urgent matters will hear Thursday the case demanding interim President Adly Mansour reopen the closed metro stations Sadat and Giza, reported Youm7.

Business:

Italy intends to inject new investments worth $1.3 billion in Egypt, to launch new projects related to energy and infrastructure in April, according to a statement released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Thursday.

Indexes of the Egyptian Exchange (EGX) ended Thursday’s mid-session on a mixed note, with the benchmark index EGX30 soaring 1.19 percent to 8,385 points, amid upbeat investor sentiment over the presidential elections.

The Ministry of Tourism announced Sunday a 27 percent decline in foreign tourists visiting Egypt in Feburary, citing the Feb. 16 bombing of a bus that killed three Korean tourists and the Egyptian driver in city of Taba, next to the Israeli border.

In-Depth:

57 students suffered from food poisoning after ingesting unsound school meals at Nagaa Al- Damoky Primary School in Nagaa al-Nagar, Sohag on Wednesday.

Two military officers, six Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis militants were killed, and eight others were detained in a security crackdown in a weaponry storehouse in Qalyoub Wednesday, according to a Facebook statement by the Ministry of Interior.

Editor’s Pick:

Egyptian activists created a hashtag on Twitter called “The first time I was harassed” (#اول_محاولة_تحرش_كان_عمري) two days ago, inspiring hundreds to tweet their first experience of being sexually harassed in Egypt.

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