7 pm News Wrapup May 11
By THE CAIRO POST

News:

Last week’s dialogue sessions between Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and show hosts Ibrahim Eissa and Lamis al-Hadidy were not tampered with, Hadidy said Friday, adding that the presidential candidate did not interfere in the questions posed to him during the session.

Pope Tawadros II’s Friday visit to the UAE was met with controversy; he is scheduled to stay for five days. While the church said the visit came to provide religious services to followers in the Arab state, others claimed the visit was politically motivated.

Politics:

The Libyan government denied its intention to build a barrier on its border with Egypt, Badr Abdel Atty, Egypt’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson, told The Cairo Post Sunday.

A total of 36 Al-Azhar University students were sentenced Sunday to four years in prison with labor, and a journalist was acquitted over charges related to violence outside the university in December, when Azhar students blocked roads, attacked bystanders and damaged private cars and stores, according to El-Watan News.

Business:

The Egyptian Exchange indexes (EGX) ended on a mixed note Sunday amid sideways movement and market capitalization, gaining 400 million EGP ($56.77 million) powered by the positive performance of some blue chips, including OTMT and Amer Group.

The newly approved five percent tax hike on high-income Egyptians will last for three years and the first payment will be due starting January 2015, the Ministry of Finance announced in a statement late Saturday.

In Depth:

The Oklahoma City Museum of Art announced that world-renowned Egyptian archaeologist and former Minister of Antiquities Zahi Hawass will deliver a lecture “The Pyramids, Mummies and Cleopatra: Recent Discoveries” about Egypt’s recent archaeological discoveries on May 14.

A war of statements between the supporters of former army chief Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and Hamdeen Sabbahi erupted as presidential elections scheduled for May 26-27 approach.

Egypt’s Heritage Task Force (EHTF) launched a petition calling on the Obama administration to impose restrictions on the import and illicit trade of Egyptian antiquities in the United States, according to an EHTF Saturday statement.

Editors’ picks:

About 458 minors were detained over political incidents in Egypt since October 2013 and have been treated as criminals instead of victims of exploitation, Secretary-General of the Egyptian Coalition of Children Rights Hani Helal said.

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