7am News Wrapup April 20
By THE CAIRO POST

A wave of bad weather hit Egypt in recent days, causing damage to buildings and homes in Upper Egypt.

A Police officer and soldier were killed during a shootout with unidentified men riding a car along the Cairo-Suez road.

Coming up: Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri gave his blessings to armed operations conducted by terrorist groups in Egypt against military and police forces.

News & Politics:

The April 6 Youth Movement condemned the explosion that occurred in Mohandessin’s Lebanon Square, leading to the death of one police officer and the injury of another.

Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed al-Beltagy was sentenced to one year of labor for contempt of court at the Cairo Criminal Court.

Pope Francis has appointed Father Yoannis Lahzi Gaid as his personal secretary, marking the first time in Vatican history for an Egyptian priest to be designated to such a position.

Security forces have intensified their presence around churches in Alexandria to secure Coptic festivals on Easter and to avoid any potential attacks.

In-Depth:

The Egyptian Association for Assistance of Juveniles and Human Rights announced that an operations room has been formed to observe any political exploitation of children during the presidential election.

Hundreds of Egyptian Christians left for Israel in the past few days to celebrate Easter and to initiate a pilgrimage to Jerusalem.

Editor’s Pick:

Qatar, the Muslim Brotherhood’s strongest ally in the region, seems inclined towards dropping its support for the organization amid Gulf States pressure on Doha.

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