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Monday, 19 August 2019

Egypt in the News on 19 August 2019

This morning in the foreign press: AFP reports that Egypt helped China to detain Uighurs after the two countries signed a security memorandum focused on "combating terrorism.” The news agency interviewed several Uigurs who claimed to have been detained during a three-day crackdown in 2017 which came three weeks after the signing of the agreement. China has received widespread criticism for its treatment of Uighur Muslims, who are reportedly being detained in internment camps by the government.

Other headlines that should be on your radar:

  • An Egyptian Uber driver will likely be deported to Egypt after being found guilty of assault in the US, the Associated Press reports.
  • Google’s “more active” role in Egypt is drawing concern from rights activists, who say the expansion and planned reopening of its Cairo office will subject the company to pressure to provide access to personal data, according to the Intercept.
  • Before the Revolution, a “bruising” two-hander play by Ahmed El Attar, “dives into the long lead-up to 2011 in an attempt to determine what causes mass revolt,” says the Guardian in a short review.

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