Egypt in the news on 11 February 2020
The detention of Bologna University Graduate student Patrick Zaky is still getting digital ink this morning. Amnesty International issued a statement calling on Egyptian authorities to “immediately and unconditionally release Patrick, who is detained solely for his human rights work and opinions.” Italy, meanwhile, has asked the EU to monitor the case.
Other stories to skim this morning:
- A British MP has called for the Ikhwan to be officially designated a terrorist organization and legally banned because of its intolerance towards other faiths, the National reports.
- Mohamed Salah tops the Transfermarkt list of football’s most valuable players for the first time, knocking fellow right winger Lionel Messi off the top spot.
- Egyptian to become oldest football pro in history: Reuters took note of the story of 75-year-old Ezz El Din Bahader, who was recently accepted into a third division football team in Egypt and only has to play two 90-minute matches to officially become the oldest pro the world has ever known.