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Monday, 13 August 2018

Monk’s arrest over bishop’s murder tops foreign headlines on Egypt

Monk’s arrest over bishop’s murders tops foreign headlines on Egypt: The arrest of ex-monk Ash’eyaa El Makary for the murder of Bishop Epiphanius at the St. Macarius monastery in Wadi El Natroun is making top headlines on Egypt in the int’l press on what is otherwise a blessedly slow news day. The Guardian and Irish Times are among the many outlets that picked up the story yesterday.

Coming in at a close second is wire pickups of the Interior Ministry’s arrest of seven people responsible for the failed attack on a Qalyubiyah church on Saturday. The suicide bomber was identified as 29-year-old Omar Mohamed Mostafa, but he has not been linked to any terrorist group, according to Reuters. The six other detainees, who include two women, were reportedly found with explosives and ammunition in their possession upon their arrest, Ahram Online reports.

Meanwhile, The Economist joins in on the choir of commentary on Into the Hands of the Soldiers, former NYT bureau chief David Kirkpatrick’s recently-released book on Egypt.

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