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Egypt's top prosecution charged Saturday Muslim Brotherhood leader, and Former Morsi-era Minister, Mohamed Ali Bishr, with espionage with the United States and Norway.

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Catch up on the latest out of Egypt every week, with analysis, news updates, photos, videos, and more.

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Just over two weeks after a devastating terrorist attack, which left thirty-one Egyptian soldiers dead, reports surfaced of an unprecedented, mysterious naval attack 40 kilometers north of Damietta. According to official statements, eight sailors are “missing,” likely drowned in the Mediterranean Sea after clashing with unidentified armed terrorists on board of four small boats. Five navy soldiers were wounded in the same attack, according to the Army Spokesman Colonel Mohamed Sameer, and thirty-two people on board of the boats attacking the Army were arrested on the spot.

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Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi urged the United States and Europe on Thursday to help the Libyan army in its fight against Islamist militants now to save the country from requiring intervention on the scale of Iraq and Syria.

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Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said on Thursday a presidential pardon for two of the three Al Jazeera journalists serving seven-year jail sentences in his country was being considered.

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A group of Egyptian human rights organizations issued a press statement November 18, inviting the ministry of social solidarity to participate in a serious and transparent dialogue to discuss the future of civil society in Egypt. The invitation comes a week after the expiration of the ministry’s deadline set for all non-governmental entities engaging in “civic work” to take steps to “legalize their status.” This essentially meant that organizations not registered under the 84/2002 Law on Associations and Foundations, the notoriously restrictive “NGO law” as it is commonly known, were expected to do so if they are to continue to operate.

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Small protests broke out in Downtown Cairo on Wednesday commemorating the third anniversary of Mohamed Mahmoud clashes. Security forces cordoned Talaat Harb Square with armored vehicles, eye-witnesses said.

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Any threat to police facilities “will be met with force and if necessary with live rounds,” ministry of interior spokesman Hany Abdel Latif said in an interview on Sunday.

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Executive authorities in countries around the world clamp down on civil society organizations when they wish to delude citizens about what’s really going on in society.  These authorities find it particularly convenient to suppress civil society when seeking to ensure silence about the ways in which the rule of law is being violated and rights and freedoms abused.

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Egypt’s prosecution referred on Sunday five al-Azhar University students to a military court on charges of attacking a vital state institution, after the Cairo Criminal Court announced that it lacks sufficient jurisdiction to rule in the case.

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