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Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Egypt in the News on 12 June 2019.

Leading the conversation again this morning: Egypt’s attempts to prevent Christie’s from auctioning a 3,000 year-old bust of Tutankhamun (which authorities believe was illegally taken from Karnak Temple). Wire coverage in the Associated Press is being widely picked up in the western press, including in Bloomberg, the New York Times and the Washington Post. Bloomberg is also out with a short video featuring an interview with Mostafa Waziri, secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities.

Also of note: Trump should put pressure on Egypt to block Iranian oil tankers from accessing the Suez Canal, foreign policy hawk David Adesnik writes in an opinion piece for the Wall Street Journal.

Also worth your time this morning:

  • LGBTQ rights: In an article examining the recent pro-LGBT court ruling in Botswana, The New York Times lists Egypt as one of Africa’s most hostile countries for the LGBT community.
  • More 2013 protest sentences: An Egyptian court upheld 25-year prison sentences for 22 defendants convicted in the 2013 protests, including Ikhwan mufti Abdul Rahman Al Barr, Asharq Al Awsat reports.
  • Ikhwan and Sudan: Egypt is anxious to ensure that the Muslim Brotherhood does not gain a foothold in Sudan, political analysts tell Al Monitor.

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