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Egypt’s secret police revived and back on the streets

With Egypt already under a nationwide state of emergency in the aftermath of two deadly attacks that targeted churches in Tanta and Alexandria, Interior Minister Magdy Abdel Ghafar issued instructions for secret police to be deployed in Egypt’s streets and public squares to monitor and curtail any instances of criminal …

Sectarian violence renewed in Minya as Christians brace for Easter celebrations

A group of residents from Koum al-Loufy, Minya, threw stones at Coptic Christians after Maundy Thursday prayers, an eyewitness told Mada Masr on Friday.

Europe’s unfortunate return to pragmatism over Egypt

A visit by German Chancellor Angela Merkel to Egypt in early March was the latest example of how major European countries have once again relapsed to a decades-old foreign policy that favours pragmatism and hard interests over values and democracy when dealing with the most populous Arab nation.

Egypt and Sudan schedule talks following escalation of Halayeb dispute

Egypt and Sudan are scheduled to hold discussions in Khartoum in the first two weeks of April, according to a statement released on Tuesday by Egypt’s Foreign Ministry, two days after Sudan made moves on disputed territory on the Egypt-Sudan border.

Egypt: the deep state’s war on journalism

“Listen only to me” – Even if he had tried, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi could not have described his authoritarian military reign better. Exactly one year since he demanded the people not believe the “enemies of the nation”, the margin for freedom of speech and expression has progressively …

The Heavy Civilian Toll in Sinai

As the Egyptian military struggles to contain the Islamic State (IS) affiliate in Sinai, Wilayat Sinai, its already forceful response is becoming more heavy-handed. Increased reliance on heavy weaponry and air power is contributing to a rise in civilian causalities and inflaming anti-government sentiment.

Police kill young militant affiliated to Muslim Brotherhood

The Interior Ministry announced on Tuesday evening that it killed a young militant affiliated to the Muslim Brotherhood (MB), who is studying at Al-Azhar University when they attempted to arrest him, according to an official statement issued from the ministry.

Why is IS targeting Copts in Sinai?

On Feb. 24, hundreds of Christians escaped the city of el-Arish in the northern Sinai Peninsula to Ismailia governorate, 110 kilometers (68 miles) to the east of Cairo, after the Islamic State (IS) and its branch in Egypt, Wilayat Sinai, focused their operations on targeting them. This sparked questions about the …