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Monday, 14 May 2018

Hamas delegation in Egypt for talks on containing Gaza’s anti-Israel protests, says the AP

The Palestinian conflict topped coverage of Egypt in an otherwise slow news day for Egypt in the foreign press. Newswires, including the Associated Press, are noting a visit by Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh and other top officials from the group to Cairo yesterdayto discuss ways of keeping a massive anti-Israel rally today from getting out of hand. The rally to protest the opening of a US embassy in Jerusalem is set to take place along the borders separating the Gaza strip from Israeli-controlled territories. Israel, meanwhile, put together a “series of festivities” yesterday to celebrate the new embassy, which was attended by Ivanka Trump and snubbed by a large number of diplomats, according to the newswire.

The international press also took note of an opinion piece suggesting that President Abdel Fattah El Sisi could seek a third term in office. The piece, was written by alleged El Sisi confidant and Al Akhbar Chairman Yasser Rizk. While Rizk did not directly call for constitutional change to allow the president to seek a third term, he did note that time was running out for another strong leader to emerge in the next four years. “Suggestions that El Sisi be allowed to stay in office beyond eight years are not new — they were made last year by loyal lawmakers and media figures before they abruptly ended — but Rizk’s renewal of the topic carries additional weight because of his closeness to the president,” writes the AP’s Hamza Hendawi.

Other stories worth noting in brief this morning:

  • The Cairo Criminal Court acquitted yesterday two police officers of beating to death a detained lawyer in 2015, overturning a previous ruling sentencing them to five years in prison, according to the AP.
  • New malware known as ZooPark is targeting Android device users in Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Lebanon, and Iran, according to research picked up by DNA India.

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