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Egypt parliament approves island transfer to Saudi Arabia: state TV

CAIRO: Egypt's parliament on Wednesday approved a controversial maritime accord with Saudi Arabia that transfers two strategic Red Sea islands to the kingdom, state television and a lawmaker said. The deal, which is still being challenged in an Egyptian court, sparked rare protests last year, with the opposition accusing the government of selling Egyptian territory to its Saudi benefactors. The vote came after days of heated debate in parliament with opponents even interrupting one committee session with chanting.…

Egypt says it backs Trump’s media criticism

CAIRO: Egypt on Tuesday applauded US President Donald Trump's claims that Western media outlets have deliberately not reported on "terrorist" attacks. Trump accused the media on Monday of disregarding attacks by radical militants, in a provocative statement for which he provided no evidence. In Cairo, a statement by foreign ministry spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid "hailed the US administration stance" criticising "the Western media's coverage of some terrorist attacks around the world". He said his statement addressed "the…