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Thursday, 12 September 2019

Egypt in the news on 12 September 2019

Topping coverage of Egypt in the foreign press this morning is eleven senior members of the Ikhwan being sentenced to life in prison on Wednesday on charges of spying for Hamas, according to a judicial source. The group includes supreme guide Mohamed Badie and his deputy Khairat Al Shater, both of whom were given life sentences. Five others were handed jail terms ranging from seven to 10 years, while six members were acquitted, AFP reports.

Still getting international attention: Vice picks up the story of the former Egyptian military contractor who’s posting daily online video updates accusing the government of corruption.

And human rights are of course getting a look-in: Security forces on Tuesday detained the son of journalist Magdi Shandi,when Shandi himself was not home during a raid of his house, says the Committee to Protect Journalists, who are calling for his release. This came on the same day that Egypt’s Permanent Representative to the UN told the UN Human Rights Council that Egypt has stepped up its efforts to improve its human rights situation.

Other stories getting traction in the foreign press:

  • Saving ancient Cairo: Architects fighting to preserve and restore old buildings in Islamic Cairo have the odds stacked against them as they face bureaucracy, corruption and laws that do little to protect Egypt’s architectural heritage, Reuters reports.
  • There are now 196 countries in the world (sort of): An “unclaimed” territory between Egypt and Sudan’s borders has been “declared” Kingdom of Yellow Mountain, a “new nation” by its supposed prime minister, American-Lebanese Nadera Awad Nasif speaking on behalf of an unnamed monarch, according to the National.
  • Textile fragments from Medieval Egypt: The Wall Street Journal has a piece on curators of Medieval Egyptian tapestries woven between the fourth and 10th centuries, revealing a “a wide array of influences in the region.”

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