7am News Wrapup March 26

Court verdict sentencing 529 Muslim Brotherhood members to death raises controversy. Interim President Adly Mansour presents an Egyptian initiative to counter extremism and illiteracy during the Arab Summit in Kuwait. Minister of Defense Abdel Fatah al-Sisi forms a military special forces unit to combat “terrorism.”

Coming up: Reports spreading widely about the expected resignation of Minister of Defense Abdel Fatah al-Sisi Wednesday in order to run for president.

News & Politics:

Five leaders of the Postal Authority worker strike were arrested in Alexandria from their homes in raids by police officers as authority officials fail to end the strike.

Interim President Adly Mansour calls on Arab nations to unite at Arab Summit.

Attorney General Hisham Barakat ordered a policeman to face trial for the attempted rape of a Russian tourist.

Minister of Defense Abdel Fatah al-Sisi forms a rapid deployment force to confront “terrorism.”


Minister of Tourism Hisham Zaazou revoked the licenses of two Sharm el-Sheikh hotels over allegations of rape and sexual harassment of two British tourists in Red Sea resorts.

Minister of International Cooperation and Planning Ashraf al-Araby said the Suez Canal development project will be ready in 2015 for implementation.

France has signed financing agreements worth 137 million euros with Egypt to develop low-income neighborhoods and small and micro enterprises.


New Heliopolis bar sparks controversy over alleged class-based profiling.

Israel is refusing to release a fourth group of Palestinian prisoners who were expected to be released March 29.

April 6 Youth Movement petition against the protest law draws prominent signatories, reaching 405 signatures on Tuesday.

Editor’s Pick:

Several countries and international organizations issued statements to express deep concern over what many described as an “unprecedented” court ruling that sentenced 529 Muslim Brotherhood supporters to death.

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