Egypt Press Review: Dec 20

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The tripartite committee of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam will meet in mid-January to choose an international firm to conduct studies on the dam’s impact on Egypt.


  • Egypt asked France to remove a statue showing famed French philologist Jean-François Champollion—who deciphered the famous Rosetta Stone in the 1820s—standing with his left foot on the head of an Egyptian pharaoh.
  • The Health Ministry said 7.5 million people in a four-year period will benefit from the social health insurance program.


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An Egyptian military delegation headed by Defense Minister Sedki Sobhi travelled to Italy Friday for bilateral talks.


  • State air carrier EgyptAir contracted a U.S. technology company to implement a transformation strategy to increase its revenues.
  • Thirty-four children tested positive for measles in Upper Egypt’s governorate of Beni Suef.


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The ministers of transportation, international cooperation and trade headed to China in preparation for President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi’s visit there next week.


  • International credit rating agency Standard & Poor’s Friday raised its sovereign currency credit rating for Egypt from B- to B with a “stable” outlook.
  • Egypt’s General Authority for Supply Commodities (GASC) set a tender Friday to buy cargos of wheat from global suppliers for shipment in January.


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The Israeli military bombed an alleged Hamas militant base in the Gaza Strip Friday in response to a rocket landing in Israel earlier in the day.


  • The Ministry of Interior said it will reinforce its presence near Coptic churches during Christmas celebrations.


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Al-Masry Al-Youm

An Egyptian airplane detained at Sweden’s Malmö Airport Wednesday for reportedly carrying Syrian nationals with false entry visas returned to Cairo Friday along with its Egyptian crew.


  • Two Egyptian police conscripts were injured in an attack on police vehicles in Alexandria Friday.
  • Seven protesters were arrested in Alexandria during Friday protests.
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