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Wednesday, 12 February 2020

Egypt in the news on 12 February 2020

Egypt’s population hitting the 100 mn mark is leading coverage in the foreign press this morning. The New York Times’ Declan Walsh says that the milestone is “an uneasy moment” as Egypt continues to grapple with population density and poverty, while family planning projects struggle to have a lasting effect on curbing the rising birth rate. The Associated Press also had the story.

Other headlines to skim this morning:

  • Improving macroeconomic indicators have yet to translate into better living conditions for the majority of Egyptians, pundit Timothy Kaldas writes for Bloomberg Opinion.
  • Egypt’s doctors rally against FGM: Egyptian doctors have started a campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of FGM after the death of a 12-year-old girl in Assiut, reports Reuters.
  • Cairo’s loss of green space: At least 390k sqm of green space has been razed in four months as six new highways worth some EGP 7.5 bn are being built between Heliopolis and the New Administrative Capital, AFP reports.
  • Not a bird, not a plane — just a donkey on a passenger train: A man has been ordered to pay a fine of EGP 500 after boarding a Qena to Luxor train with his donkey, in violation of rules, Gulf News reports.

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