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Thursday, 21 March 2019

Egypt in the news on 21 March 2019

Still topping coverage of Egypt in the foreign press is author Alaa Al Aswany being sued by military prosecutors for insulting the president, armed forces and judiciary. The story is being picked up by the BBC, AP, and L’Orient Le Jour.

Otherwise, it really is slim pickings this morning:

  • Egypt’s multi-bn dollar military buildup is designed to serve as a deterrent to potential adversaries, writes The National.
  • Egypt, Sudan, and Ethiopia should agree on a framework for resource sharing as construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam continues to foment tensions, the International Crisis Group said in a report on the issue.
  • Egypt-Hamas relations: Egyptian talks with Hamas prompted the release of four Hamas members who had been held since August 2015 after entering through the Rafah border crossing between Gaza and Egypt, according to Al Monitor. Egyptian intervention over Hamas’s crackdown on protests in Gaza over new taxes and price hikes helped to ease the situation, reports Al Sharq Al Awsat.
  • McDonald’s portions in Egypt are even bigger than those in the US, but for the discerning traveler, finding a McFalafel may not be as easy as you think. Nothing but hard-hitting news from Insider.
  • Meditate: This profile of Bawabat, a space for meditation and stress-relief some 60 km outside of Cairo, features in TRT World.

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