This Week in Egypt: Week 1-2019 ( Dec 31-Jan 6)

Top Headlines

  • Egyptian explosives expert killed while trying to defuse bomb near a church in Cairo
  • Palestinian Authority pulls employees from Egypt-Gaza crossing
  • Sisi says Egypt and Israel cooperate against ISIS in Sinai
  • Egypt’s Court of Cassation upholds acquittal of #Mubarak‘s chief of staff Zakaria Azmy
  • Egyptian cabinet to legalise 80 churches and attached buildings

  Main Headlines


  • Egyptian court imposes jail term over activist Amal Fathy’s harassment video
  • Egyptian cabinet to legalise 80 churches and attached buildings
  • UAE banks invest Dh87 billion in Saudi Arabia and Egypt
  • Belgium Queen Mathilde spent New Year’s Eve in Egypt



  • Egyptian gay couple have been attacked after Media publicized their engagement
  • Navigation at Suez Canalrecords second highest worldwide in terms of vessels and tonnage
  • Al-Azhar Grand Imam visits Pope Tawadros II for Christmas
  • Egyptian universities order disciplinary action against couple who “hugged”on campus


  • Ethiopia’s Renaissance Dam To Be Ready By 2020
  • Egypt’s Supreme Media Regulatory Council d postponed the adoption of a controversial set of bylaws for media violations for one week
  • Head of Old Cairo district is arrested for receiving a bribe


  • Secretary Pompeo’s travel to Amman, Cairo, Manama, Abu Dhabi, Doha, Riyadh, Muscat, and Kuwait City
  • Diplomatic sources rule out imminent restoration of Syrian-Arab relations
  • Germany approves Meko 200 frigate export to Egypt
  • Terminal 2 at Hurghada Airport to be reopened in February




  • House Democrats slash aid to Egypt. Bryant Harris
  • Abdul Fattah al-Sisi: Why did Egypt want CBS interview pulled? BBC
  • On the Egyptian pound, living standards and real estate: An economy forecast for 2019. Mada Masr

Good Read

From Twitter

On Saturday’s terror attack near a Coptic Church 

On President Sisi’s interview with CBS: 


  • Egypt is among CNN’s best ’19 places to visit in 2019
  • Brits are ditching Benidorm for Turkey and Egypt where holidays are much cheaper


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