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Sunday, 3 May 2020

Egypt in the news on 3 May 2020

Leading the conversation on Egypt in the foreign press this morning is the death of satirical filmmaker Shady Habash, 23, in Tora Prison, where he had been in pre-trial detention since 2018. The cause of Habash’s death has not yet been disclosed. The story is getting ink in: NY Times | BBC Arabic | Washington Post | France’s AFP | Deutsche Welle | Wall Street Journal | International Business Times | The Guardian.

Other headlines to keep on your radar:

  • Foreign Policy suggests that the covid-19 outbreak could have an impact on politics in Egypt.
  • Reuters looks at the drying-up of remittances from foreign workers, including Egyptians in the Gulf, due to lockdown measures.
  • The harvest must go on: Reuters is out with a feature on curfew-exempt Egyptian farmers during the wheat harvest season, as the country aims to increase its strategic commodity reserves.
  • Ramadan drama spills over into diplomatic ties: Israel’s Foreign Ministry has issued a statement denouncing Egyptian mosalsal “El Nehaya,” which depicts a future absent of the Israeli state, according to the Guardian.
  • Bringing the circus home: The AP and VOA News both look at a sibling duo from a family of lion tamers who are now putting on shows with a circus lion from their homes.

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