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Sunday, 22 August 2021

Second time lucky

You may now breathe: The Ever Given returned to the Suez Canal at the weekend and managed to avoid sending the global trading system into anaphylactic shock. The massive ship — which famously blocked the canal for six days in March — managed to transit the waterway on Friday without hitting anything, the Suez Canal Authority said in a statement. (Reuters | BBC | The Guardian | The National)

Also making headlines:

  • Desalination is getting more attention, this time in the Financial Times, which mentions the Sovereign Fund of Egypt’s plan to channel USD 2.5 bn into new facilities.
  • Egyptian cinema in the news: Souad — Egyptian director Ayten Amin’s latest film — explores the lives of teenage girls online through the portrayal of two sisters enthralled in virtual love stories. The movie was selected for screening at the 2020 Cannes Film Festival, which was cancelled due to the pandemic, and instead premiered at the Tribeca film festival in New York in June. (The Guardian)
  • Building collapse leaves five dead: Authorities are investigating the reasons behind the collapse of a five-storey building in Damanhour city Friday, which left an additional two residents injured. exposition. (Xinhua | Gulf News)
  • A disability friendly beach in Alexandria: The construction of a concrete ramp at Alexandria's al-Mandara beach has allowed wheelchair users to access the shoreline.
  • The Palestine-Israel conflict: Egyptian intelligence chief Abbas Kamel’s latest visit to Jersulem is a significant leap in Egypt’s efforts to reach a permanent ceasefire between Palestine and Israel, especially after Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett was invited to Cairo, politicians say. (Xinhua)

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