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Sunday, 9 February 2020

Egypt in the News on 9 February 2020

It’s a relatively quiet morning for Egypt in the foreign press, with no single story leading the conversation.

Among the headlines to keep on your radar:

  • Activist Ramy Sayed was released last week after spending four years in prison, with his pardon part of the customary prisoner release that marks Police Day, AP reports.
  • FGM doctor released: Authorities have released on bail a doctor arrested for performing an operation on a 12-year-old girl that led to her death last month, CGTN Africa reports.
  • Western politicians turn a blind eye to human rights concerns in Egypt in favor of “myopic” support based on short-term interests of keeping African refugees from its shores, writes the Frankfurt Allgemeine Zeitung’s Rainer Hermann in an op-ed for Deutsche Welle.
  • An expert believes he has found a rare example of the ancient Egyptian board game Senet, which is among the first to show its depiction of the soul’s journey to paradise, the Daily Mail reports. Senet, which is similar to Ludo, was very popular from its emergence 5k years ago until about 2.5k years later.

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