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Sunday, 5 July 2020

Egypt in the News on 5 July 2020

Egypt’s gradual economic and touristic reopening following a three-month closure is getting some digital ink in the foreign press this morning, including Euronews and France’s AFP (which focused on the return of trips to the Pyramids) and Voice of America (which published an image gallery of the cautious return of life to Cairo).

Also from Planet Economy: The IMF should impose more conditions on its funding to Egypt to reduce the role of enterprises run by state entities in the economy and increase auditory oversight, AUC’s Amy Austin Holmes writes for Foreign Policy.

From Planet Politics: The US “must cut a path [out] of alliances with Turkey, Israel, Egypt and Saudi Arabia,” Hisham Melhem of Washington’s Gulf States Institutes writes for the Financial Times. Meanwhile, the Economist argues that “Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan must learn how to share the Nile river” or else “squabble over water could turn nastier.”

LGBT groups are urging Facebook to take action on hate speech in the MENA region in response to a surge in hateful content following the death of LGBT activist Sarah Hegazy last month, Reuters reports.

Court upholds 15-year jail term for 2011 activist: The Court of Cassation yesterday upheld the 15-year jail sentence handed to Ahmed Douma, one of the leading opposition activists during the 2011 revolution, in 2015. The Associated Press and Xinhua noted the story.

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