7pm News Wrapup August 8
By THE CAIRO POST

News:

U.S. military aircraft conducted an airstrike on Friday against Islamic State artillery used against Kurdish forces defending the city of Arbil, Iraq, near U.S. personnel, a Pentagon spokesman said.

Officials in Aswan managed to save 16 mummies and four coffins from theft, Youm7 reported Thursday.

Seven EgyptAir flights will take off on Friday for Qabes Airport in Tunisia to bring home Egyptians fleeing unrest in Libya, Civil Aviation Minister Captain Hossam Kamal said in a Friday statement.

West Africa’s Ebola epidemic is an “extraordinary event” and now constitutes an international health risk, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered the Israeli military to retaliate after rocket attacks by Gaza Palestinian militants followed the end of a three-day truce on Friday, an official said.

Unknown militants in Minya threw Molotov Cocktails into two power stations Friday morning, causing power outage in 18 villages, Youm7 reported.

A large fire broke out at a food produce factory in Alexandria Friday, leaving its components burnt and seven workers injured after suffering mild suffocation, Youm7 reported.

“The Ministry of Agriculture has reported an increase in the number of areas reportedly infected with the bird flu (H5N1) to 138 in rural areas since the beginning of 2014,” head of the preventive medicine at the General Authority for Veterinary Services at the Ministry of Agriculture Soheir Abdel Kader said Friday.

Politics:

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi met with the heads of Egyptian Orthodox, Catholic, and Evangelical Churches at the Ithadeya Presidential Palace on Thursday, Al-Omah news reported.

Head of Evangelical Church in Egypt Safwat al-Bayadi demanded Sisi to make Egypt host Christian Iraqis, he said in a Thursday statement: “Let us welcome our Christian Iraqi brothers who were displaced based on their religion like we did with our Sudanese brothers.”

Business:

Minister of Agriculture and Land Reclamation Adel al-Beltagy discussed with the World Bank (WB) delegation Thursday the participation in reclaiming 1.8 million acres in Sinai, Upper Egyptian governorates, and the western desert regions, Al-Mal Business daily reported Thursday.

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi is scheduled to discuss the continuation of Saudi petroleum aid to Egypt during his visit to Saudi Arabia scheduled for next Sunday, an official source inside the Petroleum Ministry told Youm7 Friday.

Minister of Finance Hani Kadry announced in a statement the allocation of 3.9 billion EGP ($ 550 million) to provide the required primary subsidized commodities, Mubasher reported Thursday.

In-Depth:

Justice Organization for Development and Human Rights (JODHR) issued a report of leaked documents from the Rescue Childhood Association confirming the existence of sexual assault on the children there, Youm7 reported Friday.

Editor’s Pick:

After a relative of Hisham Kharma spent a period hospitalized, an unexpected hassle for the family was securing blood donations for the patient’s surgeries.

Kharma founded Law 3andak Dam (translating literally to “If you have blood,” and figuratively to “If you have a conscience”) in 2011, a free donor matching service, coinciding with the Mohamed Mahmoud andTahrir Square clashes since January 2011.

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