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Sunday, 28 July 2019

Egypt in the news on 28 July 2019

Still driving the conversation on Egypt in the foreign press: Emigration Minister Nabila Makram’s “throat-cutting” snafu. Makram said that people have taken out of context comments she made last week that anyone who speaks badly about Egypt should be “chopped.” Makram was speaking to a crowd of Egyptian expats in Canada when she made the remarks. A video was uploaded onto the internet which quickly went viral and drew significant criticism on social media. She has since posted on the ministry’s Facebook page that her intentions were not to promote violence. Reuters and the BBC have more.

Other headlines worth a skim:

  • Egyptians are apparently the kings of golf croquet, a sport which has evolved into something more exciting than the game first introduced by the British in the early 20th century, the Economist says.
  • Egyptian authorities are taking “concrete steps” to put an end to animal abuse at Cairo’s Birqash camel market, says Voice of America.

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