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Sunday, 23 February 2020

Demonstrations were held across several cities in Italy following the detention of Egyptian researcher and Bologna Graduate student, Patrick Zaki,

The acquittal of defendants in the Al Watany Bank case is dominating the conversation in the foreign press this morning, with the Associated Press, Reuters, and AFP all taking note. Predictably, the international media has taken a “Gamal-and-Alaa” angle on the story. We recap the story in Speed Round, above.

Also getting digital ink: The prosecutor’s office extended Patrick Zaki’s detention yesterday amid an ongoing investigation into the Egyptian researcher, who was detained earlier this month on charges of inciting against the state, says the AP. The decision to uphold Zaki’s detention comes as students across Italy held demonstrations calling for his release, the New York Times reports. Human Rights Watch also issued a letter urging the European Council on Human Rights in Egypt to push for Zaki’s release.

Among the stories to keep on your radar:

  • A synagogue is restored, but will the Jews follow? The Economist suggests Egypt is “sending mixed signals” to the Jewish community by spending USD mns on restoring a historic synagogue in Alexandria but keeping the inauguration under tight security.
  • Zahi wants our temple back from the Spaniards: Egyptian archaeologist Zahi Hawass has called on Spain to return the 2,000-year-old Temple of Debod to Egypt, claiming that Madrid is not taking proper care of the monument, according to The Times.
  • ABC News took note of the Musicians’ Syndicate’s decision to ban mahraganat (electronic folk) music.
  • Egypt’s proposal to establish a joint African military force is meant to curb Turkish intervention in the continent, Al Monitor says.
  • Radar survey revives theories behind location of Nefertiti’s burial tomb: Theories that the burial place of Ancient Egypt’s Queen Nefertiti is behind Tutankhamun’s tomb in the Valley of the Kings have been revived thanks to a new radar survey of the tomb, according to The Times.

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