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  • Investing in a Solution to the Migrant Crisis

    Nations that have taken in refugees must prioritize economic development while seeking political solutions to the crises that have forced migrants to flee their homes.

    Matthew T. McGuire, the US executive director at the World Bank Group, said “one of the biggest indicators for someone returning to their home country is how well they’ve fared economically or how well they’ve been accepted into their host community.” He said that logically, “the only way you go back home and rebuild your house is if you’ve accumulated some wealth.”

    McGuire asserted the need to focus on strategic investment designed to mitigate crises.

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  • Top News: Sources Say Egypt Blocked Facebook Internet Service over Surveillance

    Egypt reportedly blocked Facebook’s Free Basics Internet service at the end of last year, after the US company refused to give the Egyptian government the ability to spy on users, two people familiar with the matter have said. The Egyptian government suspended the service on December 30 and said at the time that the mobile carrier Etisalat had only been granted a temporary permit to offer the service for two months.
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  • Top News: Shoukry Meets with Kerry, Clinton Adviser in Washington

    Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry met Wednesday US Secretary of State John Kerry in Washington. The two discussed a number of issues, foremost among them regional development in Syria, Libya and Yemen, the Egyptian foreign ministry announced.
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  • Top News: Leahy Asked State Department to Investigate Egyptian, Israeli Human Rights 'Violations'

    Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and 10 House members have asked the Obama administration to investigate claims that the Israeli and Egyptian security forces have committed “gross violations of human rights” — allegations that if proven true could affect US military aid to the countries. In a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry dated February 17, the lawmakers list several examples of suspected human rights abuses, including reports of extrajudicial killings by Israeli and Egyptian military forces, as well as forced disappearances in Egypt.
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  • Top News: EgyptAir Hijacking Suspect Arrested in Cyprus

    An EgyptAir plane flying from Alexandria to Cairo was hijacked and forced to land in Cyprus on Tuesday but the passengers and crew were freed unharmed and the hijacker was arrested after giving himself up. Eighty-one people, including 21 foreigners and 15 crew, had been onboard the Airbus 320 flight when it took off, Egypt's Civil Aviation Ministry said in a statement. The suspect was identified by Cypriot and Egyptian officials as dual US-Egyptian citizen Seif Eldin Mustafa, an Egyptian living in Cyprus.
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  • Top News: Italy Rejects Egypt's Claim to Have Found Student's Killers; MOI Backtracks

    Italy rejected on Friday Egypt's claim that it had identified the killers of an Italian graduate student whose tortured body was recovered last month, and Rome vowed to press on with its own murder investigation. Egyptian authorities said a criminal gang that had been killed in a shootout was in possession of Giulio Regeni's bag and passport.  Italian investigators said Friday there was “no definitive element confirming” the claim, and pointed to “inconsistencies” in the latest information in the case provided by Egypt.
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  • Top News: Police Say Murdered Italian Student's Bag Found with Gang

    Egypt's Interior Ministry said in a statement Thursday that security forces had retrieved a bag and passport belonging to murdered Italian student Giulio Regeni that was in the possession of a criminal gang impersonating policemen who had been killed in a shootout. The Interior Ministry said that a red handbag bearing the Italian flag was found, and inside it was Regeni's passport and other items such as a visa card, two cell phones, a "feminine wallet" with the word love on it, and a dark substance resembling hashish.
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  • Top News: Sisi Swears in Ten New Ministers in Cabinet Reshuffle

    Ten new Egyptian ministers were sworn in on Wednesday by President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi as part of a limited cabinet reshuffle. Judge Hossam Abdel Reheem was appointed Justice Minister, replacing sacked minister Ahmed al-Zend. Dalia Khorshed was appointed as Investment Minister, replacing Ashraf Salman, and Amr al-Garhy replaced Finance Minister Hany Kadry Dimian. Ashraf al-Sharqawy was appointed as Business Sector Minister, while Mohamed Saafan replaced Manpower Minister Gamal Sorour.
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  • Top News: Media Gag Imposed on NGO Foreign Funding Case

    Investigating Judge Hisham Abdel Meguid issued Monday evening a gag order on the recently reopened case against local nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) accused of unlawfully accepting foreign funds. The gag order prohibits any type of media outlet from publishing anything on the case other than statements issued by the presiding judges until investigations are complete.
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  • Top News: US Concerned by Egypt's Investigation of Human Rights Groups; Nazra for Feminist Studies Summoned in Investigation

    US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday he was deeply concerned by the deterioration in the human rights situation in Egypt, including Egypt's decision to reopen an investigation of non-governmental organizations. In a statement released by the State Department, Kerry said the decision by the Egyptian government this week to investigate the NGOs, which were documenting human rights abuses, comes against a wider backdrop of arrests and intimidation of the political opposition, journalists, activists and others.
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