7am News Wrapup August 1


Six Egyptians were killed at the Ras Jadeer border crossing between Libya and Tunisia Thursday, and others were injured, Sky News Arabia reported.

Howayda Ahmed Abdel Salam, an Egyptian woman residing in Libya, has been shot dead in clashes that took place around Al-Gala hospital in Tripoli, the state owned news agency reported Thursday.

The Tunisian News Agency (TAP) has reported that Libyan security forces opened fire on an Egyptian crowd fleeing to the Ras Jadeer border crossing between Libya and Tunisia Thursday.

As Israel warns more Gaza neighborhoods to evacuate, a top U.N. envoy told the United Nations Security Council on Thursday that Israel would be required under international law to take responsibility for helping Palestinian civilians in any further large-scale displacements.

The World Health Organization is launching a $100 million response plan to combat an “unprecedented” outbreak of Ebola in West Africa that has killed 729 people out of 1,323 infected since February, the U.N. agency said on Thursday.


Australian journalist Peter Greste is “coping well” in jail since his conviction by an Egyptian court, his parents said Thursday, but said the family were devastated by the many months he has already spent behind bars.


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.


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.

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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 the year 2013, where it highlighted the sectarian violence that took place in Egypt throughout the year.

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