7pm News Wrapup Aug. 6
By THE CAIRO POST

News:

The family of Tamer Allam, a civilian currently facing charges in a military court, says their son and brother is being tried only for getting in an argument with a high-ranking military member over a long line at a gas station.

Dozens of journalists, including Press Syndicate head Diaa Rashwan, gathered Tuesday on the steps of the syndicate to protest Israel’s military offensive in Gaza.

Four policemen and an officer were killed Tuesday in an armed attack on a police vehicle at Marina El Alamein in Marsa Matrouh governorate.

Concern spread in Menoufia governorate Tuesday after eight people suspected of being infected with the Ebola virus were put under medical observation after arriving from Sierra Leone, Equatorial Guinea and Guinea.

A convoy carrying 40 tons of food and medical supplies worth 3 million EGP ($420,000) from Al-Azhar departed for the Gaza Strip Wednesday morning.

Politics:

Quartet Envoy to the Middle East Tony Blair arrived in Cairo Wednesday morning to discuss with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry negotiations for an end to the current Israeli- Palestinian conflict.

A high-level Israeli delegation arrived in Cairo Tuesday to hold talks with Egyptian officials on a permanent truce in the latest offensive in the Gaza Strip.

Manpower and Immigration directorates in all of Egypt’s governorates have begun receiving applications from Egyptians returning from Libya seeking compensation for losses incurred due to escalating violence there.

All Egyptians stuck on the Libyan-Tunisian border will be evacuated within two days and flights will be increased to transport the largest possible number of Egyptians.

Egyptians across the political spectrum have welcomed the government’s decision to establish the Suez Canal Axis project, which will create a second canal branch parallel to the current canal.

Business:

The Egyptian Exchange (EGX) ended in the green Wednesday amid sideways performance, getting support from a foreign trader buying spree a day after two mega projects were launched in the Suez Canal zone.

A property of 110 million square meters in Giza governorate (or what is known as El Ayyat Land) was given Tuesday to the Egyptian Kuwaiti Company for Development, Investment and Land Reclamation by the Egyptian government after settling disputes.

Egyptian joint-stock company Mashreq Petroleum is set to implement its first refueling station for ships on the Suez Canal Axis with an investment of $500 million.

Editors’ Pick:

Political analysts and religious thinkers have warned against the expansion of extremist and “takfiri” ideologies, which many youth have had a recent tendency to follow and fight along with, namely the forces of the Islamic State (IS).

High Parliamentary Elections Committee head Judge Ayman Abbas ordered Tuesday the establishment of the committee’s secretariat-general in preparation for upcoming parliamentary elections.

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