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Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Disappearance of Giulio Regeni’s lawyer tops coverage of Egypt in the international press

The alleged disappearance of the lawyer investigating the murder of Italian PhD student Giulio Regeni is dominating an otherwise very slow news day for Egypt in the foreign press this morning. Ibrahim Metwaly, who founded the Stop Enforced Disappearances group and has been representing Regeni’s family since his murder last year, was scheduled to attend a UN meeting in Geneva, the Telegraph reports. He was last heard from on Sunday morning; reports suggest he may have been arrested at Cairo International before boarding the plane to Switzerland. The AP has picked up the story.

Also getting extensive play: A report that Egypt has effectively cut ties with North Korea, as the Associated Press’ take on a piece originally by South Korea’s Yonhap news agency got wide circulation.

Elsewhere: Egypt’s bid to take part inthe reconstruction of Syria got coverage in Al Monitor. Egypt had already made a pitch for its public and private sectors to participate in Syria’s reconstruction. A delegation from the Federation of Egyptian Chambers of Commerce met with Syrian Deputy Prime Minister Walid Moallem. Moallem praised the relationship between Egypt and Syria in his interview with Syria’s state news agency, SANA. “There is a sincere desire to enhance bilateral relations between the two countries,” he said.

In other news, Amnesty International is calling on Egyptian authorities to release the 24Nubian activists arrested last week for protesting without a license for the return to their ancestral homeland.

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