7pm News Wrapup April 16

Coming up: The Supreme Presidential Elections Committee is expected to meet on Monday to discuss the Presidential Elections Law and to determine the dates to register for presidential candidacy.

News & Politics:
Pro-Muslim Brotherhood students set fire to a police vehicle while demonstrating Wednesday in front of the Faculty of Languages ​​and Translation at Al-Azhar University.

Former presidential candidate Hazem Salah Abu Ismail was sentenced to seven years in prison by the Cairo Criminal Court for forging documents to conceal his mother’s dual nationality.

Head of Al-Wasat Party Abou el-Ela Mady was released on a 10,000 EGP (U.S. $1,400) bail Wednesday pending investigations into his case.

Presidential hopeful Mortada Mansour has accused Hamdeen Sabbahi, founder of the Popular Current and another presidential hopeful, of receiving funding from political figures affiliated with former President Hosni Mubarak’s regime.

Cairo Criminal Court adjourned on Wednesday the trial of former President Mohamed Morsi and 35 Muslim Brotherhood leaders to April 22 over charges of espionage with foreign organizations.



The Egyptian Exchange indexes ended up Wednesday, boosted by positive performance of blue chips topped by Hermes and Talaat Moustafa, while CIB and Global Telecom kept the benchmark index EGX30 moving in sideways.

Minister of Communication and Information Technology (CIT) Atef Helmy broke ground for a new smart village, in Upper Egypt’s Asyut Wednesday, with an investment cost worth 4 billion EGP ($574.7 million).



Sexual violence against women has been rife since the 2011 uprising in Egypt, where hundreds of female protesters have been the target of attack with apparent impunity, rights groups said Wednesday.


Editor’s Pick:

Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Sheikh Ahmed el-Tayeb was invited to speak during the opening ceremony of the 2014 World Cup scheduled to be held June 12-13 in Brazil.

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