7pm News Wrapup Aug. 29

News:

The Rafah border crossing opened on Friday to allow more injured Palestinians to pass from Gaza Strip into Egypt after Israel and Hamas reached an open-ended cease-fire, Youm7 reported Friday.

A total of 90 percent of nature reserves in Egypt have been looted in the period following the January 25 Revolution in 2011, the Ministry of Environment announced in an official report Friday.

Politics:

Egyptian Defense Minister Col. Gen. Sedki Sobhi met Friday with a visiting U.S. congressional delegation led by Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas), the ranking member of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, Youm7 reported Friday.

‏The late Ahmed Seif al-Islam’s detained daughter Sanaa Seif announced Thursday an open hunger strike following her father’s death, Sanaa’s sister Mona Seif said in a statement on Facebook Friday.

Mona said her sister decided to start the hunger strike while she was visiting her father along with her detained brother, Alaa Abdel Fatah, on Aug. 17.

Business:

The Egyptian Exchange (EGX) indexes went up this week despite a significant decline in trading volume and value driven from heavy selling pressures in early sessions.

Editor’s Pick:

Waste water from a pump in the Abu-Minqar village flows bright orange as locals joke and call it mango juice; it carries iron and other heavy metals like manganese that were filtered out using a solar-powered pump.

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