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Monday, 6 March 2017

Other news on Egypt making headlines this morning

Other news on Egypt making headlines this morning include:

  • The National is running a piece by Arabic News Digest compiling a number of reactions and opinions to Mubarak’s acquittal of charges of involvement in the killing of protesters in 2011, most of which look favorably on the ruling.
  • In keeping with the theme of Trump as galactic overlord Xenu, the Associated Press is running a story on the ill-treatment of journalists across the world including Egypt — which takes a grim view of the El Sisi administration’s policies towards dissident journalists.
  • Haaretz is running a piece on how Cairo would have been a setting for a joint declaration on peace between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and opposition leader Yitzak Herzog proposed six months ago, which would have involved an Israeli unity government and land concessions for a wider peace. A crisis over the Amona outpost tanked the proposal.
  • On a related note, Palestinian news agency Maan is reporting that Egypt will open the Rafah border crossing from today until Wednesday.
  • The opening of Mall of Egypt is being celebrated by the Emirati press, with both The National and Khaleej Times running favorable pieces on the USD 708 mn “Dubai-style” development and its indoor ski slope.
  • Egypt is apparently deporting 104 Malaysian students in Egypt for not having student visas, Malaysia’s New Straits Times reports. Most of the students were apparently receiving religious schooling.

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