7 am news Wrap-up May 17


Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Badr Abdel Atty said they are monitoring the Egyptian truck drivers taken hostage in Libya situation Thursday. They are in contact with tribe leaders in Eastern Libya to resolve the crisis quickly and release the drivers, according to the ministry’s Facebook page.

Minister of Housing and Urban Development Mostafa Madbouly met with his Equatorial Guinean counterpart Juan Nko Mbula at the Cairo Minister of Public works to discuss cooperation between both ministries.


Presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabbahi’s electoral campaign announced Friday that its overseas representatives monitored a “string of violations” on the first day of Egypt’s expat presidential voting in 124 countries.

Muslim Brotherhood supporters continued their Friday demonstrations in different areas of Egypt. Demonstrations were mainly focused in Cairo and Giza and participants called to boycott the presidential elections slated to be held in 10 days.


Egypt will launch a licensing system for fourth generation (4G) mobile telecommunication technology next year as a step to increase state revenues and shrink the budget deficit, Minister of Finance Hani Kadry said Friday.

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At least two defense lawyers for Al-Jazeera journalists being tried on charges of inciting violence against Egypt have abruptly quit, accusing the Qatar-based news agency of putting its desire to take revenge against Egypt ahead of the journalists’ freedom.

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