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Egypt busts organ trafficking network

The Egyptian Interior Ministry shocked the public Aug. 22 by announcing it had arrested 12 people who had formed an organ trafficking network in Giza governorate, south of Cairo. The revelation sparked the public’s fear of a rise in such trafficking in the country, as did media reports this week …

20.1% of Egyptians are illiterate, says new report

Some 20.1 per cent of Egypt’s total population are illiterate, the state-run Central Agency for Public ‎Mobilisation and Statistics (CAPMAS) announced yesterday in a new report. Marking International Literacy Day, CAPMAS said that in 2016 some 14.3 million Egyptians above the age of ten years could not read and write; …

Egypt blocks Human Rights Watch website

Egypt has blocked the website of Human Rights Watch just a day after the organisation released a report on systematic torture in the country’s jails. The report, titled “We Do Unreasonable Things Here” and based on the accounts of 19 former detainees and the family of another, claimed Egyptian authorities …

Human remains found in Upper Egypt renew organ trade fears

Heaps of unidentified human bones and remains were found by locals on several sites on a desert road near Egypt’s southern province of Asyut, reported Egyptian media earlier this week.

Switzerland halts ‘mutual legal assistance’ with Egypt in Mubarak family funds case

Swiss judicial authorities have decided to halt mutual legal assistance to the Egyptian government in the investigations into the funds of former President Hosni Mubarak, his family and others, as the investigations have not yielded any tangible results, according to a statement issued by the Swiss Embassy in Cairo on …

Shock and confusion in Egypt over US aid cut

When Donald Trump was elected US president in November 2016, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi was the first world leader to congratulate him on his win amid rife speculation that the Trump era would herald warmer ties with Egypt. After all, this was the man who as a presidential candidate had called Sisi …