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Tuesday, 31 August 2021

Authorities release three public figures held for over a year

Human rights is leading the international press again: Authorities released on Sunday three public figures who had spent over a year in pre-trial detention, the Associated Press reports. YouTuber Shadi Srour, journalist Shaima Sami and activist Ziyad Aboel-Fadel were all freed in the latest spate of releases. The releases came a day before a Cairo court announced it had dropped charges against four NGOs in the longstanding foreign funding of civil society case. Both moves should help ease a perennial pain point for Egypt in its relationship with some of its major Western partners.

From the Dept of “There Goes Your Diet”: Krispy Kreme’s recent expansion into Egypt is getting ink from Bloomberg, which notes “the doughnut-maker expects to open up to 10 stores in Egypt in the next 12 months” as part of its global expansion drive.

Egyptian tennis star Mayar Sherif exited the US Open with her first-round loss to Anhelina Kalinina. You can catch highlights of the match on the US Open’s Youtube channel (watch, runtime: 3:02). Sherif became the first Egyptian woman to qualify for the event’s main draw after a qualifying match against American Clervie Ngounoue, King Fut notes.

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