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Sunday, 13 May 2018

Egypt in the News on 15 May 2018: Cairo Metro, El Sisi, Amal Fathy

Topping coverage in the foreign press this morning were protests of the Cairo Metro ticket price hikes. It was otherwise a mixed bag of nuts from the international media over the weekend, a period in which Egypt was ranked 161 out of 180 countries in Reporters Without Borders 2018 Press Freedom Index.

Forbes magazine has named President Abdel Fattah El Sisi as one of the world’s 75 most powerful figures of 2018. El Sisi came in 45th on the list. Meanwhile, VOA News looks at the challenges El Sisi will faces in his second term in office.

A statement from Amnesty International statement calling for the immediate release of Egyptian activist Amal Fathy received widespread coverage in the foreign press over the weekend. Fathy was arrested on Friday after posting a Facebook video about her personal experience with [redacted] harassment.

Other headlines worth noting in brief include:

  • Some Wilayat Sinai militants received weapons and explosives training in Syria before coming to Egypt, Asharq Al Awsat reports.
  • A four-year-old boy was referred to trial after kissing his female classmate at school, Al Arabiya reports. The court will issue its final ruling in the case on 30 May.

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