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Thursday, 6 April 2017

Other coverage in the international press

Other coverage worth noting in brief:

  • The cement industry in Egypt played a pivotal role in the return of coal imports to compensate for energy shortages, Mongabay says, detailing the timeline of the shortages and the coal issue it says is the “most public cabinet-level political battle.”
  • Egyptian footballer Ramadan Sobhi has been getting mad props from the foreign press, most recently from Bleacher Report, which calls him “a legend in the making.”
  • “Hosni Mubarak’s freedom is legal. However, it was never supposed to be a purely judicial matter and should never have been an acceptable path to resolution after the January 2011 uprising in Egypt,” writes Mohamed El Meshad in TRT World.
  • Last week’s Arab League summit revealed some “interesting shifts” in regional dynamics, particularly with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi’s closed meeting with Saudi’s King Salman Bin Abdulaziz, Francis Matthew writes for Gulf News.
  • The Egyptian electricity line that supplies the southern Gaza Strip with power will be coming back online soon after a near two-year pause, says Middle East Monitor.
  • Senior British Imam Ibrahim Mogra is urging the Vatican’s Pope Francis to shed light on the “plight of persecuted Christians in Egypt,” during his April visit, Christopher Lamb writes for The Tablet.
  • A British national trying to board a flight home was detained and held in an Egyptian cell for three days after airport security forces “mistook his homemade iPod amplifier for a bomb,” Daily Mail says.

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