7pm News Wrapup July 31
By THE CAIRO POST

News:

About 7,000 Egyptian workers residing in Libya fled to Salloum border crossing after escalated violence in Libyan cities, a security source at the crossing told Youm7 Thursday.

Bishop Bishoy of Damietta issued new instructions to be applied on all churches in the archbishopric banning women and girls from going to communion while wearing trousers and blouses or wearing makeup, Youm7 reported Thursday.

Minister of Interior Mohamed Ibrahim Thursday signed a mass promotion warrant to replace 518 major generals, brigadier generals and colonels, Al-Tahrir reported.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday that Israel was determined, regardless of cease-fire efforts, to complete the destruction of tunnels that Palestinian militants have built under the Gaza-Israel border.

Militants fired gunshots Thursday on a checkpoint outside the National Security building in Suez governorate, Youm7 reported.

Egypt’s Daylight Savings Time (DST) will be restored in Egypt starting Wednesday morning at midnight after it was suspended during Ramadan, Youm7 reported Thursday. Clocks will be set one hour ahead.

EgyptAir sent a flight to Djerba Zarzis International Airport Wednesday in Tunisia to evacuate hundreds of Egyptians escaping from violence in Libya, according to Minister of Civil Aviation Hossam Kamal, Youm7 reported Wednesday.

Business:

The Egyptian Exchange (EGX) indexes rallied Thursday, and the benchmark index EGX30 recorded its highest daily close since Aug. 10, 2008, amid intensive purchases by foreign institutions and local retail traders.

The 2013 trade deficit in the Railway Authority is estimated at 2 billion EGP ($280 million) with an increase of about 450 million EGP compared to 2012, a report issued by the Central Auditing Organization stated.

Egypt is expected to receive $50 billion from leaders of Arab and Islamic countries that will participate in an international donor conference, planned to be held by November, CNBC Arabia reported.

In-Depth:

Arab Women’s Union Secretary-General Hoda Badran says that some strict scholars misunderstand religion and therefore explain it in the wrong way to others. She said this negatively affects women in the Arab world, and described the current situation as an “apostasy” that enhances the masculine role in culture.

Editor’s Pick:

A United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) annual report was issued to discuss the state of freedom of religion around the world during 2013. It highlighted the sectarian violence that took place in Egypt throughout the year.

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