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Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Egypt back on int’l press’ radar after an unusually quiet week

Egypt is back on the international press’ radar after an unusually quiet week. The homecoming of Irish-Egyptian national Ibrahim Halawa topped coverage of Egypt in international headlines this morning. Halawa arrived in Dublin yesterday, accompanied by his sister Nosayba and Irish Ambassador to Egypt Seán O’Regan, following his release from prison after four years of waiting for a verdict in a mass trial, reported The Irish Times. Reuters, RTE, BBC, and other Irish and UK news agencies also have the story.

Coming in at a close second was President Abdel Fattah El Sisi’s meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron. Coverage of the Paris meeting focused heavily on the human rights angle, with “burgeoning military ties” and counterterrorism also making appearances. Bloomberg, ANSAMED, AFP, Xinhua, and the Kuwait News Agency all have coverage.

News of the arrest of 12 suspected Hasm terrorists in Fayoum was also making the rounds. Police reportedly seized 13 weapons and two explosive devices, according the Associated Press. Xinhua also has the story.

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