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European Working Group on Egypt open letter ahead of parliamentary elections

The following is an open letter from the European Working Group on Egypt to European leaders:

ISIL Expansion in Middle East Prompts Arab League to Hold Emergency Session

The Arab League is convening an emergency session on Thursday in connection with the July 1 attacks by Islamic State militants on military checkpoints in North Sinai; the simultaneous assaults on more than fifteen military checkpoints killed scores of people, including seventeen soldiers.

Foreign Affairs: Sisi using supposed fight against corruption as cover for it

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is using a supposed fight against corruption as a cover for it and many of Egypt’s anti-corruption agencies are tangled in the same problem they claim to be combating, according to an analysis report published by Foreign Affairs, an American journal of international relations and foreign …

Egypt says commenting on judiciary’s decisions is ‘inappropriate’

Egypt said on Wednesday that describing the trials of ousted president Mohamed Mursi as “political” is a “deliberate” attempt to mislead, stressing that he and others were convicted in “fair and impartial” trials. 

Morsi verdict may fuel an endless cycle of violence

A Cairo Court on Tuesday upheld the death sentence against deposed President Mohamed Morsi over jailbreaks that occurred during the 2011 uprising. Death sentences were also confirmed for five Muslim Brotherhood leaders, including the group’s supreme guide Mohamed Badie, and 94 others in absentia. The court also upheld life sentences …