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Tuesday, 2 November 2021

Arrests after almost 50 tourists hospitalized with food poisoning

Leading the conversation on Egypt in the foreign press this morning: Three workers from a hotel in Hurghada have been detained after almost 50 tourists were hospitalized with food poisoning last month, the Public Prosecutor said in several statements (here and here) last night. Two hotel managers and the head chef are accused of endangering lives after 29 Russians, 14 Estonians and four Czech tourists ended up in hospital following a dinner at the undisclosed hotel last month. Most have recovered and have been discharged from the hospital, the statement said. The workers deny the accusations. (Associated Press | CNN | Euronews | Daily Mail)

New military powers as state of emergency lifted: Special powers afforded to the military that were extended indefinitely in a series of amendments passed by the House this week are similar to those held under the emergency law, which was lifted for the first time since 2017 last month, the New York Times says. The amendments indefinitely give the military increased powers over public infrastructure and introduce harsher penalties for people convicted of leaking state secrets.

Another archaeological discovery: CNN picks up news that local archaeologists have excavated the Saqqara tomb of Ptah-m-Wia, who served as chief treasurer for King Ramses II.

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