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Police state Egypt: NGOs under attack

The latest passing of Egypt’s new repressive NGO law is another crushing blow for non-governmental groups amid an ongoing, broad clampdown on civil society by the regime.

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While a bad year for civil society, all vow to find ways to continue

2016 was the first time that Karim-Yassin Goessinger felt paranoid and threatened. Goessinger set up the Cairo Institute for Liberal Arts and Sciences in 2013 with a small personal investment. Three years on, CILAS has grown to become a key learning space that provides a yearlong theoretical, discussion-based and practical …

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19 police officers sentenced to 1-2 years in prison over Ismailia jailbreak case

The Abusir Misdemeanour Court in Ismailia on Saturday handed down prison sentences ranging from one to two years to 19 police officers that were assigned to secure Ismailia Future Prison during the jailbreak in October.

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US ambassador to UN calls for release of Egyptian prisoner Omar Mohamed

US Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power called for the release of Egyptian prisoner Omar Mohamed on Sunday, as part of the international #FreeToBeHome campaign, launched in support of political prisoners across the world.

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Egypt promises to repatriate French victims of EgyptAir MS804 on receipt of investigation results

After withholding the remains of victims from crashed EgyptAir MS804 for seven months, Egypt’s General Prosecutor Nabil Sadek announced on Saturday that they would be returned to their families upon the State Security Agency’s receipt of investigation results.

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Al-Sisi calls for an intensive security presence all over Egypt during meeting with high-ranking officials

President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi held on Saturday morning a meeting with Prime Minister Sherif Ismail, Minister of Defence Sedki Sobhi, Foreign Minister Samih Shoukry, and the head of Al-Mukhabarat (Egyptian intelligence), according to a statement issued by the presidency.

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What we know about the man Sisi named the St. Peter and St. Paul Church bomber

Mahmoud Shafiq Mohamed Mostafa, the man identified by Egyptian authorities as the perpetrator of the St. Peter and St. Paul church bombing was reportedly arrested in 2014 in Hawatem Square in Fayoum along with a colleague, according to lawyer Yasmine Hossam al-Din, who represented him at the time.

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