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Monday, 11 November 2019

Egypt in the News on 11 November 2019

Human rights are back in the international press as Egyptian representatives travel to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva: The UN has said that there is “credible evidence” that prison conditions could have led to the death of former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and warns that other detainees could be at risk of a similar fate.

Also getting traction in the foreign press:

  • Sinai attack: Two security officials were killed in a roadside bomb in Sinai, according to the Associated Press.
  • Combating water scarcity: The Egyptian government has “ambitious” plans to use modern irrigation systems to address the pressing issue of water scarcity, Agriculture minister Ezzedin Abu Steit told reporters on Saturday, Xinhua reports.
  • Water wars: Pan-African publication Face2Face Africa dives into the history behind the current tensions between Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.
  • Israeli spy in 1954 Egypt dies: Marcelle Ninio — the only woman in a small Egyptian espionage ring that took part in a bungled Israeli operation in 1954, for which she was arrested — died on 23 October aged 89, the New York Times reports.
  • Sinai hiking routes get good press: The Sinai Trail and the Red Sea Mountain Trail offer the best way to connect with nature and understand the region’s Bedouin people, allowing visitors the chance to see parts of Egypt rarely visited by tourists, CNN says.

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