7pm News Wrapup May 17
By THE CAIRO POST

News:

Cairo Criminal Court adjourned on Saturday the trial of Muslim Brotherhood leaders Mohamed al-Beltagy and Safwat Hegazy to June 3 over accusations of torturing two police officers Mohamed Farouk and Hani Eid during the Rabaa al-Adaweya.

The same court decided Saturday to postpone the espionage with foreign organizations trial of former President Mohamed Morsi and other Muslim Brotherhood leaders to June 2.

In an escalation of official statements between Egypt and Ethiopia, Ethiopian National Defense Forces Chief of Staff Samora Yunis said they are able to defend and protect the Renaissance Dam from any foreign threat, according to Anadul news agency on Saturday

The Islamist-dominated National Conscience Front (NCF) made contact with a number of independent public figures to launch a reconciliation initiative between the Egyptian people and the Muslim Brotherhood after presidential elections, Ibrahim Youssri, chairperson of the front announced Saturday, reported Youm7.

Business:

Minister of Agriculture Ayman Abu Hadid offered 20,000 acres to his Sudanese counterpart Ibrahim Hamed Friday to start applying an agricultural cooperation project between both countries, Mubasher news reported.

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.

In-Depth:

Frustrated laborers at the National Gas Company (NATGAS) decided to boycott the upcoming presidential elections over the continuing crisis of their “arbitrary” dismissal.

Editor’s pick:

The National Council for Childhood and Motherhood (NCCM) received complaints on its child helpline that minors at Al-Sayeda Zeinab orphanage were being tortured, Azza al-Ashmawy, the council’s head, told Youm7 Thursday.

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