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Tuesday, 14 January 2020

Egypt in the News on 14 January 2020

The death of American citizen Moustafa Kassem yesterday after a hunger strike in prison is dominating the conversation on Egypt in the international press this morning. Kassem, 54, was arrested in Downtown Cairo in August 2013 and insisted he had no political connections and had been wrongfully charged before being sentenced to 15 years in prison in September 2018. Reuters quotes US Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs David Shenker as saying Kassem’s death was “needless, tragic and avoidable.” The story is getting wide pickup in the US press: CNN | New York Times | Washington Post | NPR | ABC News.

Other headlines to skim this morning:

  • Alexandria’s historic synagogue re-opened this past Friday after “a yearslong government renovation,” earning plenty of ink in the western press, of which this widely picked up report by the Associated Press is typical.
  • The “Tutankhamun: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh” exhibition at London’s Saatchi Gallery continues to be a hit, according to the Arab Weekly, which says the crowds are even detracting from other pieces on display.

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