7pm News Wrapup Aug. 1
By THE CAIRO POST

News:

Egypt delayed cease-fire negotiations after Israel revealed that one of its soldiers had been captured, Islamic Jihad Secretary-General Ziad al-Nakhala told AFP Friday.

A number of alleged Muslim Brotherhood supporters attacked a bus driver in Mataryia, Cairo Friday after he tried to stop them from painting graffiti on the bus, Youm7 reported.

A series of airstrikes in Gaza near the Egyptian border crossing at Rafah have Egyptian authorities on high alert, an unnamed security source in North Sinai told Youm7 Friday.

Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met with prominent figures in Cairo to follow up on the latest developments on the Palestinian situation in light of continued Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip and the “continued killing of innocent civilians,” according to a statement issued by the ministry.

Tunisian guards shot into the air and fired tear gas on Friday to stop a group of Egyptians from storming across the border with Libya after fleeing violence in Tripoli, Reuters reported.

At least six people died after a magnitude 5.5 earthquake hit southeast of the Algerian capital on Friday, shaking buildings and sending panicked families rushing into the streets of Algiers, authorities said.

The Ministry of Transportation will not increase the ticket prices of buses and the Heliopolis tram line, Cairo Public Transport Authority (CPTA) head Hisham Atteya told Youm7 Saturday.

Politics:

Security forces intensified their presence in Tahrir and Mostafa Mahmoud squares, and also around the Qatar Embassy in Mohandiseen, in preparation for Muslim Brotherhood demonstrations Friday.

Business:

The Ministry of Finance is scheduled to auction 64.5 billion EGP ($9 billion) in treasury bills and bonds in August.

“Haneqder” (We Can) initiative officials agreed late Wednesday to create the National Holding Company in order to restructure public sector companies, Mubasher reported Thursday.

In-Depth:

The Middle East and Africa region contains the highest percentage of victims of human trafficking in the world at 68 percent, according to a Wednesday statement by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

 

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