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Wednesday, 19 May 2021

Egypt in the News on 19 May 2021

Egypt’s bid to mediate a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas is topping coverage in the foreign press this morning. The Biden administration’s reluctance to get involved in the process of brokering a truce means that Egypt is left with the burden of doing most of the work — but that this is also a window for Egypt to reaffirm its “centrality to the major matters of contention in the Middle East,” Bobby Ghosh writes for Bloomberg Opinion.

Also making headlines:

  • Expats on living + working in Egypt: Expats ranked Egypt 55th out of 59 countries in a survey measuring their satisfaction with cost of living, job security, and quality of life. (Bloomberg)
  • Human rights: Human Rights Watch is urging Egyptian authorities to release Hoda Abdel Hamid, who was reportedly detained after posting to Facebook a letter from her imprisoned son alleging he was subject to abuse behind bars. (Associated Press)

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