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Sunday, 15 September 2019

Egypt in the news on 15 September 2019

Receiving wide coverage in the foreign press over the weekend: Trump was reported to have called President Abdel Fattah El Sisi his “favorite dictator,” in a quip during last month’s state visit, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Legal system under spotlight by teenage girl: The case of the Egyptian teenager who stabbed to death a micro-bus driver who allegedly attempted to “[redacted] assault her at knife point” in July has brought to life a debate on the country’s judicial system often blaming harassment victims, says the Associated Press. If judges rule in the 15-year-old’s favor, this would challenge what is seen as a “deep-seated misogynistic culture.”

Other headlines to keep on your radar this morning:

  • Ancient Egypt and ancient Nubia were “frenemies,” says the co-curator of a new exhibition, “Ancient Nubia Now,” due to run in Boston from 13 October to 20 January 2020. The exhibition will show 400 objects from roughly 2400 to 300 B.C. and will explore the complex Egypt-Nubia relationship, the Wall Street Journal reports.
  • Egypt’s recent support to Lebanon in the wake of clashes between Hezbollah and the Israeli army is the latest iteration of diplomatic and political assistance that has spanned decades, says this piece in Al Monitor.
  • Over 240 refugees have been resettled in Germany from Egypt under an International Organization for Migration (IOM) initiative with support from the Egyptian and German governments, an IOM report picked up by ReliefWeb states.
  • A Gharbeya-based masseur uses the “fiery towel” technique to provide relief for aching limbs, whereby customers lies under layers of towels, one of which is soaked in alcohol, and set alight for about a minute, this Reuters video shows (watch, runtime: 01:11).

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