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Alaa Abdel Fattah’s sister to address Human Rights Council as alarm sounded over prison suicide attempts

The sister of imprisoned Egyptian activist Alaa Abdel Fattah will appear before the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on Wednesday to campaign for her brother’s release, as a human rights group warned that inmates at Egypt’s recently constructed Badr prison were suffering “horrific abuses”, with many attempting suicide.

What lies behind the Saudi-Egyptian media war?

The recent eruption of a media war between prominent Saudi and Egyptian figures comes against the backdrop of Cairo’s continuing requests for monetary support and Riyadh’s shifting financial aid policy. Although authorities in Saudi Arabia and Egypt have remained largely silent, the unfolding media battle is being seen as a …