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Wednesday, 18 January 2017

El Hadary makes international headlines for being AFCON’s oldest player in history

A Reuters story on the addition of retired football star Mohamed Aboutrika to Egypt’s terror list is setting the tone on coverage of Egypt in the international press this morning. Aboutrika is in Gabon, where he’s calling games for the African Cup of Nations tourney, the newswire says. An Egyptian court added Aboutrika to a terror list on Tuesday for his alleged affiliation with the Muslim Brotherhood. His lawyer says it’s unclear when the former footballer would be coming back from Gabon.

Speaking of the African Cup: Egypt’s draw with Mali made international headlines overnight, as did goalkeeper Essam El Hadary’s new title as the oldest player to ever compete in the AFCON. El Hadary replaced an injured Ahmed El-Shenawy midway through the first half, according to ESPN. Australia’s SBS, The Guardian, and Fox Sports have all picked up the story.

Echoing the line of a Daily News Egypt piece with which we could not disagree more, Russian state-owned outlet Sputnik speculates “current hard economic conditions” are behind the imminent cabinet shuffle promised by President Abdel Fattah El Sisi. Reuters also took note of the shuffle story, noting economic challenges only as background.

Halawa trial adjourned after witnesses fail to identify defendants: The trial of Irish-Egyptian Ibrahim Halawa, who was arrested for protesting in Cairo, was adjourned after ten witnesses, including nine police officers, failed to identify any protesters from among the defendants, reports The Irish Times. Halawa and three sisters were arrested in 2013 in connection with protests over the ouster of then-president Mohamed Morsi.

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