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Wednesday, 20 July 2022

Bus crash kills 23 in Minya

Yesterday’s deadly bus crash is leading the conversation on Egypt in the foreign press this morning: A passenger bus collided with a truck in Minya yesterday, leaving 23 dead and 30 injured. Separately, 16 others were injured after a truck overturned on the western desert road in Upper Egypt. The Associated Press, the National, and CBS News all covered the news.

A US executive order just signed by Biden could have implications for Egypt: US President Joe Biden yesterday signed an executive order that allows federal agencies to impose sanctions on foreign governments that arbitrarily detain US citizens, Reuters and the Washington Post report. It will also introduce new travel warnings for countries the administration says carry higher risks of wrongful detention, which will be applied immediately to Venezuela, China, Iran, Russia and North Korea. There’s no indication that Egypt is in line for sanctions, but both stories cite our pre-trial detention practices.

Speaking of prisons: The Economist asks how the Egyptian judicial system designates terrorists as terrorists.

MEANWHILE- Developments in our tourism and antiquities sector are the subject of this photo essay in the WSJ Magazine.

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