8pm News Wrapup Aug. 14
By THE CAIRO POST

News:

Thursday is the first anniversary of the dispersal of sit-ins at Rabaa al-Adaweya and Nahda Squares. Protests and clashes started on Wednesday by supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and ousted President Mohamed Morsi. Here are our live updates.

Activity by Human Rights Watch in Egypt is “illegal,” 17 Egyptian human rights organizations stated in a joint press conference Wednesday, lambasting the content of a report which condemned the Egyptian security forces’ forced dispersal of pro-Muslim Brotherhood sit-ins Aug. 14, 2013, which left hundreds dead.

Algeria has opened its borders with Libya exclusively for Egyptian nationals to flee the violence in Libya; having let over 1521 Egyptians enter its territory through al-Debdab crossing in the past three days, Algerian newspaper Echorouk Online reported Wednesday.

The 5-day truce announced late Wednesday night is still in effect, despite reported shelling from both Israeli and Gazan sides, said a Palestinian diplomat in Cairo Thursday who requested anonymity.

The governor of Iraq’s Sunni heartland Anbar Province said he has asked for and secured U.S. support in the battle against Islamic State militants because opponents of the group may not have the stamina for a long fight.

Alleged Muslim Brotherhood and pro-ousted President Mohamed Morsi supporters caused unrest and clashes on the one-year anniversary of the Rabaa and Nahda sit-in dispersals on Thursday, according to several media reports.

A child was killed and two other people were injured after a shell fell near their house in Rafah city in North Sinai, the origin of the shell is still unknown, Shorouk news website reported on Wednesday, quoting medical sources.

A yearlong exhibition of Egyptian ancient artifacts will be hosted in Japan starting September, Ministry of Antiquities announced Wednesday.

Assistant Minister of Justice for illicit gain affairs Judge Yousef Osman announced Wednesday that the amount of funds smuggled during the era of former president Hosni Mubarak is estimated at $1.5 billion in personal accounts in Britain, Switzerland and Spain.

Politics:

The Cairo Criminal Court headed by Judge Mahmoud Kamel al-Rashidi, adjourned Thursday the trial of former President Hosni Mubarak, his sons Gamal and Alaa, and former Minister of Interior Habib al-Adly in the case of killing peaceful protesters during the January 25 Revolution to a final verdict on Sep. 27, 2014.

The Cairo Criminal Court decided Wednesday to postpone the trial of Ahmed Doma and 269 others on charges related to Cabinet clashes in 2011, until August 20, in order to continue listening to the prosecution witnesses’ testimonials, Youm7 reported Monday.

Business:

The Egyptian Exchange (EGX) surged Thursday and market capitalization gained 3.8 billion EGP ($531.43 million) amid high volume, backed by strong buying tendency among local and foreign institutions.

The Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) is set to auction 6 billion EGP ($839.09 million) in treasury bills Thursday to fill a soaring budget deficit, according to CBE’s official website.

Over the past few days, the Egyptian government has received promises of October financial aid packages from Gulf countries supported by Egypt’s Abdel Fatah al-Sisi’s last visit to Saudi Arabia, well-informed governmental sources told Al-Mal business daily.

The UAE agreed to grant the Egyptian government a new aid package to establish 100 schools, set 50,000 housing units, and utilizing a sewage facility system, UAE Minister of State Sultan Ahmed al-Jaber said, Al-Masry Al-Youm reported Wednesday.

In-Depth:

“Yesterday was the most violent act for the police and the army ever since January 25, I’ve never seen all those people dying anywhere, even those who are not on the defense lines,” wrote Alaa ElKamhawi, a photojournalist at Al-Masry Al-Youm newspaper who documented the 2013 dispersal of pro-Muslim Brotherhood sit-ins, and had been shot in the right thigh, on his Facebook account Aug. 15, 2013.

Editor’s Pick:

The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) issued a statement Wednesday condemning the Minister of Higher Education Al-Sayyed Abdel Khaleq’s decision to ban any political activity on university campuses starting in the next academic year.

A man who spent 8 months in jail without charges is considering demanding compensation from security forces. Assistant Professor at the University of Alexandria’s Faculty of Fine Arts Sherif Farag was released Aug. 3, after spending 247 days behind bars at El-Hadra prison in Alexandria, Youm7 reported.

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