7pm News Wrapup May 15
By THE CAIRO POST

News:

Voting abroad by Egyptian expats began in 124 countries at 141 poll stations across Egyptian embassies and consulates, Al-Watan reported.

Cairo Criminal Court Thursday adjourned the trial of 20 defendants, including four detained Al Jazeera English reporters, to May 22 in the case known in Egyptian media as the “Marriott trial,” to hear witness testimonies and the technical committee responsible for reviewing the seizures.

The lawsuit demanding the suspension of satirist Bassem Youssef’s El Bernameg TV show was adjourned Thursday to May 29 by the Cairo Court for Urgent Matters to review legal documents.

The pro-Muslim Brotherhood National Coalition to Support Legitimacy called for protests to be held in front of Egyptian embassies all over the world against presidential elections, which started abroad on Thursday.

Business:

Suez Canal revenues jumped 10.7 percent, totaling $441.9 million in March and up from $399.4 in February, the Cabinet’s Information and Decision Support Center (IDSC) announced Thursday.

The Egyptian Exchange’s (EGX) indexes boomed Thursday amid high liquidity and investor optimism over strong corporate financial results, boosting market capitalization with 6.1 billion EGP ($857.64 million).

In Depth:

A Maadi effort to trap, neuter,  spay, vaccinate and release stray animals is an initiative launched by a group of residents and animal advocates to raise awareness about animal cruelty and solve the problem of strays in the affluent district.

Editors’ picks:

Laborers at the National Gas Company (NATGAS) are venting their frustration after they say they were pressured to either sign mass resignations or be arbitrarily dismissed.

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