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Sunday, 1 November 2020

Egypt in the News on 1 November 2020

Reactions from President Abdel Fattah El Sisi and Al Azhar to French magazine Charlie Hebdo republishing its controversial comics of Prophet Mohamed earned some digital ink in the foreign press over the weekend. El Sisi said that freedom of expression should not offend over 1.5 bn people, reports Reuters, while Al Azhar called on the international community to criminalize “anti-Muslim” actions. Bloomberg also has the story.

Also getting attention in the foreign press this morning:

  • Egypt is looking to edge Turkish products out of Saudi Arabia and take over the market as a rising campaign in the kingdom calls for the boycott of Turkish products, Al Monitor says.
  • The New York Times spoke to the TikTok star known as Mena AbdelAziz about her [redacted] assault case and the subsequent debate it ignited on social mores and social media. The trial of her accused attacker is set to begin in December.
  • The Guardian is out with a review of the newly-released Netflix documentary Secrets of the Saqqara Tomb, which it says “asserts Egyptian ownership of the country’s heritage and history.”
  • Reuters profiles an Egyptian who has collected vintage cars for over 50 years.

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