Egypt in the news on 13 February 2020
The international press is fascinated that there are 100 mn of us: The conversation on Egypt in the foreign press is still largely being led by the population swelling to 100 mn people this week.
Other headlines to skim:
- Egypt’s proposed new cash subsidies system is alarming poorer citizens, who fear it will send product prices soaring and reduce availability, Al Monitor reports.
- Nubian citizens are still hoping to return to their ancestral land near Egypt’s border with Sudan, even after thousands received financial compensation in January for successive displacements, Al Monitor reports.
- Labor activist Kamal Khalil has been granted conditional release after being detained for about five months on charges of disseminating false news and joining an outlawed group, AP reports.
- Charcoal workers in Egypt labor in poor conditions to produce the coal used for the nation’s love of shisha and BBQs, AFP shows with an image gallery of workers in a charcoal factory in Sharkia.