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Egypt’s parliament approves sending troops abroad to protect ‘national security’

Egypt’s parliament has approved the deployment of troops outside the country to protect “national security”, days after politicians allied to eastern commander Khalifa Haftar urged Cairo to intervene militarily in the country’s war.

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HRW: Egypt’s Security Forces Disappear, Torture Children

Egyptian police, National Security Agency, and military officials arbitrarily arrested, forcibly disappeared, and tortured children as young as 12 while prosecutors and judges turned a blind eye, Human Rights Watch and the rights group Belady: An Island For Humanity said in a report released today.

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Egypt: 8 executed in one day

Eight men were executed yesterday in Egypt in what is thought to be the first death sentences carried out in the country so far in 2020. The defendants were among 17 men who had been sentenced to death in a military court in May 2019 and accused of attacking three …

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Mubarak dies at 91 but his legacy lives on: Corruption, impunity, brutality

When former President Hosni Mubarak was acquitted of corruption in January 2015, analysts had already predicted it as a foregone conclusion. For many it was evidence that the deep state existed. The deep state is a phrase that would regularly become associated with Egyptian politics after the 2011 revolution. Sadat, …

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Egypt: media denies execution of Hisham Al-Ashmawy

Egyptian media denied yesterday what was published about implementing the death sentence against a former army officer Hisham Al-Ashmawy after a military court convicted him of carrying out “terrorist attacks” against Egyptian police and army forces. Yesterday morning, Saudi Arabian channel Al-Arabiya in addition to Egyptian media including the online website of the …

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Contrary to expectations, Egypt rejects new IMF loan

Does Egypt need to borrow more money? That’s the billion-dollar question preoccupying citizens and economists. At the Egypt Petroleum Show on Feb. 11 in Cairo, Tarek Amer, the Central Bank of Egypt governor, said Egypt and the International Monetary Fund are discussing possible IMF technical support for the government’s structural reform program aimed at …

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Amnesty: Egypt’s State Security prosecution operating as a ‘sinister tool of repression’

A new report published by Amnesty International exposes how Egypt’s Supreme State Security Prosecution (SSSP) is routinely misusing counter-terror legislation to prosecute thousands of peaceful critics and suspend guarantees to fair trial.

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