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Wednesday, 15 January 2020

Egypt in the News on 15 January 2020

The death of imprisoned American-Egyptian Moustafa Kassem and the resulting hunger strike by 300 more prisoners is still making headlines in the foreign press, with this piece in the Wall Street Journal representative of the coverage. Aya Hijazi, an American citizen previously jailed in Egypt for three years, told the Associated Press that Kassem was the fifth person to have died in prison in the last month alone. Reuters has also picked up the story, as has the UK press.

Cairo is getting good press that could translate into a spike in visitors this year, courtesy of the BBC. Quoting resident expats, they cite the “energetic pulse” and heady mix of the modern, old and rural as irresistible and compelling. The food scene, laid back atmosphere and affordability of getting around also get favorable mention, as does the soon-to-open Grand Egyptian Museum which will be a huge draw for tourists.

Egyptian fighter jet crash during exercises: AFP has picked up an Armed Forces statement announcing that an aircraft pilot died yesterday after a fighter jet crashed during training.

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