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Wednesday, 30 January 2019

Arrest of 54 planning to protest on revolution anniversary tops coverage of Egypt

Topping coverage of Egypt in the foreign press is the arrest of 54 people suspected of planning to take part in violent protests on the anniversary of the 25 January revolution.The Interior Ministry said the group was being directed by a Turkey-based Ikhwan member. The statement did not provide details on the identity of those who were arrested, but said “legal measures” were being taken in coordination with homeland security. The story has been picked up by Reuters and the Associated Press, among others.

Other stories worth noting in brief include:

  • UK tourist Laura Plummer has spoken of her relief at being released after serving 14 months of a 3 year sentence at Qanater women’s prison, reports the Guardian.
  • The art of khayamiya, or tentmaking, is at risk of extinction in Egypt,as slowing demand due to dwindling tourism drives prospective artisans to more stable sources of income, The Japan News reports.

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