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President El Sisi Presides Over National Defense Council Meeting

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi presided Sunday over a meeting of the National Defense Council (NDC). The meeting was attended by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Prime Minister, the Ministers of Defense, Foreign Affairs, Interior and Finance, as well as the Chief of Staff of the Armed …

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From a young activist, a show of anger at Egypt’s courts

Egyptian activist Sanaa Seif decided she had had enough of Egypt’s justice system. When the 22-year-old was summoned for questioning on accusations of inciting protests, she refused to answer the investigating judge’s questions. She told him she would not participate in the “charade” and said the courts and prosecutors all …

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Prosecution orders detention of advisor to health minister on corruption charges

CAIRO, May 31 (Aswat Masriya) – Egyptian prosecution ordered on Tuesday the detention of an advisor to health minister for four days on charges of receiving a bribe worth EGP 4.5 million. Officers from the administrative control authority arrested Doctor Ahmed Aziz last Sunday while receiving the bribe in the …

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Muslim Brotherhood supreme guide sentenced to life over 2013 clashes

CAIRO, May 30 (Aswat Masriya) – An Egyptian court sentenced on Monday the supreme guide of the now-banned Muslim Brotherhood and 35 alleged members of the group to life in prison over clashes that took place in the Ismailia province in 2013.

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3 police jailed, 5 released on bail over death of detainee in Abbasseya

Egypt’s prosecutor ordered the continued detention of three police officers and release on bail of five others late Saturday night in connection with the Thursday death of a citizen in police custody. The charges concern Abbasseya resident Hussein Farghaly, who died following an altercation with police. Prosecutors are investigating accusations that …

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Two-time presidential candidate says Egypt losing its role in region

On May 17, former presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabahi decided to stage a sit-in at the Karama Party headquarters in Cairo against the border demarcation agreement between Egypt and Saudi Arabia, under which Egypt transferred ownership of the Red Sea islands of Tiran and Sanafir to Saudi Arabia. The sit-in was …

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Social Solidarity Ministry closes 75 NGOs, 121 childcare centers in Beheira

The Ministry of Social Solidarity has closed 75 NGOs and 121 childcare centers and nurseries in the Nile Delta Governorate of Beheira this week. Mohamed al-Deeb, a senior official from the Ministry of Social Solidarity, told the state-owned Al-Ahram news portal that the “75 NGOs were ordered to be shut …

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What does it mean to be a political prisoner in Egypt?

“We have spoken a great deal about our own experience with democracy,” said Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi to Lyse Doucet of the BBC last November. “I’m not denying people’s right to protest even against me,” he continued, “but you should know that we’re different from the West.” He added: …

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