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Egypt can't catch a break: Flight 804 disaster adds to a litany of woes

Egypt can't catch a break: Flight 804 disaster adds to a litany of woes

A troubled economy, a potent Islamist insurgency, mounting concerns over human rights and media freedoms – and now this.

The crash of EgyptAir Flight 804 is the latest calamity in a country that has lurched from crisis to crisis in the five years since the protests that forced longtime President Hosni Mubarak from power.

On top of social and political turmoil, Egypt's tourism sector, which accounts for 12% of the economy, has been battered by two previous incidents involving passenger airliners in the past seven months. The Egyptian currency dived in value as the number of foreign visitors fell off by nearly half at the beginning of this...

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