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Monday, 20 November 2017

A quiet Monday morning for Egypt in the foreign press

It was a blessedly quiet morning for Egypt in the foreign press, with the Rafah border crossing being handed over to Palestinian Authority administration for the first time in a decade contending closely for the top spot with news of an Egyptian pop singer who was arrested for forgetting to put pants on (and, uhm, eating a banana) in her latest music video.

Also making the rounds this morning:

  • The Egyptian Museum turned 115 over the weekend since becoming the first purpose-built public museum in the Middle East and Africa. To celebrate the occasion Cairobserver published excerpts from Revival of the Egyptian Museum Initiative, initially published by Germany’s embassy in Cairo.
  • Saudi Arabia is set to open driving schools for women in March, with an all-female team of driving instructors from Egypt and Jordan, Gulf News says.
  • The “enormity” of late president Anwar Sadat’s 1977 address to the Knesset “cannot be overstated” as it “effectively removed an existential threat” to Israel’s borders, The Media Line says.
  • The UN voted in favor of the Olympic Truce Resolution prohibiting LGBTQ-based discrimination despite Egypt and Russia’s attempts to block it, NewNowNext says.
  • Egypt’s Coptic heritage is in danger because of lack of funding and poor marketing to tourism, George Mikhail writes for Al Monitor.

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