7pm News Wrapup July 11
BY THE CAIRO POST

News & Politics:

As the Muslim Brotherhood usually launches its protests on Fridays, today witnessed a number of gatherings in different areas in Cairo and a number of marches protesting against the fuel price hike and Israeli offensive in Gaza.

A total of 26 Egyptians arrived at Cairo International Airport after having been deported by Italian authorities for illegally accessing Italian territory by sea, Youm7 reported. A source at the airport told Youm7 that they boarded an Egyptian plane from Catania in Sicily after they managed to arrive to Italy in a boat provided by brokers.

Despite Egyptian efforts to prevent the auction, the Northampton Sekhemka statue was sold for 15.76 million British pounds ($26.96 million) at the U.K.’s Christie’s Auctions House Thursday evening in London, according to a statement on the auctions house’s official website.

The Student Union of the Faculty of Economics and Political Science at Cairo University will challenge the university’s decision to permanently expel three students over “sabotage” before the Administrative Court next week, according to a union statement Thursday.

Egypt is about to establish a  waterway linking Nile Basin countries, Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation Hossam Moghazi said in Friday phone interview on CBC Extra channel.

Twelve governors will be removed in the reshuffle of governors, finalized by Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab and Minister of Local Development Adel Labib, Al-Masry Al-Youm reported Thursday.

Business:

Egypt Tax Authority (ETA) head Mostafa Abdel-Kader said he will file a criminal misdemeanor complaint against Orascom Construction Industries (OCI) on charges it failed to pay 900 million EGP ($125.84 million) of a 7.1 billion EGP settlement it agreed to pay to the Egyptian government in 2012, Al-Bedaia news website reported Friday.

In-Depth:

Former Deputy Minister of Interior Farouk al-Megrahi accused human rights organizations of bribery and receiving “money under the table.” He demanded organizations have their money under financial control in an interview with 90 Minutes on Al-Mehwar channel Thursday.

Editor’s Pick:

Egypt closed the Rafah border crossing late Thursday, 12 hours after opening it to allow 412 people, 392 of whom were Egyptian, into Egyptian territory.

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