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Sunday, 19 December 2021

Last Night’s Talk Shows: Omicron lands in Egypt + commenting on our Arab Cup performance

Omicron’s crash-landing in Egypt over the weekend was at the top of the talking heads’ agendas last night. We have chapter and verse in this morning’s Covid Watch, above.

In a close second place: Commentary on our fourth place finish at the Arab Cup. Pretty much everyone had something to say, from Kelma Akhira’s Lamees El Hadidi (watch, runtime: 1:32) to Al Hayah Al Youm’s Lobna Assal (watch, runtime: 8:57) and, of course, football aficionado El Hekaya’s Amr Adib (watch, runtime: 4:20).

What kind of news day would it be for Egypt if human rights didn’t factor in, one way or another? A statement from Germany’s government ahead of tomorrow’s hearing for lawyer Mohamed El Baqer and rights activist Alaa Abdel Fattah earned a quick response from Egypt’s Foreign Ministry condemning the attempted interference in the judicial process, El Hekaya’s Amr Adib noted (watch, runtime: 3:20).

Also getting airtime: How several days of school closures due to bad weather will affect students’ learning and exam schedules, with Kelma Akhira’s Lamees El Hadidi saying the closures are now becoming excessive at students’ expense (watch, runtime: 1:08). We also have the full rundown on the story in What We’re Tracking Today, above.

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