Egypt releases seven, including journalist, researcher

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Egypt released seven people on Saturday, including a journalist and a researcher serving prison sentences on terror-related charges, the latest steps by the government to reach out to the opposition amid a grinding economic crisis. President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi’s administration is grappling with the crisis and spiraling economy, spawned by Russia’s war on Ukraine. Egypt, the Arab world’s most populous nation, imports most of its wheat from the two Slavic countries. Saturday’s freeing of journalist Hisham Fouad and anthropology researcher Ahmed Samir came a day after El-Sisi pardoned them, alo…

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