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.