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Mada Masr journalist subjected to extralegal security measures at Cairo airport, passport confiscated

Over the last several days, Mada Masr journalist Rana Mamdouh was subjected to a series of arbitrary security measures by Egyptian authorities, which Mada Masr’s lawyers and members of the Journalists Syndicate board have characterized as “illegal” and “unconstitutional.”

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Egypt’s new political order in the making

Plans to amend Egypt’s Constitution — including those that would extend President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s term in office — are underway, with changes to be introduced in the first half of 2019, according to three different sources in the president’s office, the General Intelligence Service (GIS) and Parliament who have …

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Egypt proves itself a reliable mediator to Palestinians

Maj. Gen. Ahmed Abdel Khalek, the Egyptian intelligence officer in charge of his government’s Palestinian portfolio, made his first visit to Gaza, arriving Nov. 15, and while there he attended a Nov. 16 funeral procession organized by the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas’ armed wing, to mourn recently slain fighters. Seven Hamas members, including Nour Baraka, a brigade leader, …

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Source: Italian FM warns Egypt of ‘escalation,’ demands trial in Regeni case within 6 months

The Italian Foreign Ministry has warned Egypt that Italy will “consider escalation” unless judicial proceedings against a list of Egyptian security officials suspected of involvement in the 2016 torture and murder of Italian PhD student Giulio Regeni take place before the end of this year, an Egyptian official tells Mada …

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Cairo, Khartoum discuss end to proxy fighting in Libya in bilateral meeting

Egypt’s defense minister concluded a meeting on security cooperation with his Sudanese counterpart in Khartoum on Sunday, with sources close to the talks saying that Libya was slated to be the primary focus of the meeting.

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