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Thursday, 1 March 2018

Beheira train collision kills 12

Two trains collided in Beheira yesterday, killing 12 and injuring 39, Reuters Arabic reports. “Two passenger carriages separated from one train and collided with a cargo train,” according to a local security official. The incident is topping coverage of Egypt in the foreign press this morning.

Other international stories worth a skim this morning:

  • Egypt is working toward gas self-sufficiency and a return back to being a net exporter of gas with new gas fields, Abdelghani Henni writes for E&P.
  • The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam could result in a significant political shift in northeastern Africa, particularly as Addis Ababa adopts the same confidence that Egypt had while building the Aswan High Dam, Samantha Raphelson writes for NPR.
  • Where’s the ambassador? US foreign policy is suffering, with as many as 40 ambassadors not yet posted to crucial allies including Egypt, according to Think Progress.
  • Egypt has more than doubled the number of soldiers deployed in the Sinai with Israel’s blessing, The Jerusalem Post reports, citing Israel’s Channel 11.
  • Protect women: MENA countries including Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia and Kuwait have to do more to protect women on the legislative front, Heba Kanso writes for Reuters.

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