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Since the ouster of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohamed Morsi from office in July 2013 by now-President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, extremist attacks on civilians, state institutions, and security personnel have increased within Egypt’s borders. While more than half of the attacks occurred in the Sinai Peninsula (56 percent of the total 599 reported in the press to date), increased attacks within urban centers suggest that extremist groups are shifting tactics. Whereas militants previously intended for these incidents to show Egyptians they meant to fight the injustices of the state, they now send the message that the Egyptian government cannot protect its civilians.

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An official from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah movement suggested Wednesday that Qatar torpedoed Egypt-led peace talks between Gaza and Israel, as negotiations ground to a halt by Wednesday.

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In the many Egyptian talk shows, known for their anti-Muslim Brotherhood rhetoric, shocking videos of Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) fighters are displayed on a near daily basis. The videos show a woman stoned to death after she was convicted of adultery, mass executions, beheadings, or even show people being thrown off a mountain cliff after they have been shot. 

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A US official on Tuesday hit back at Egypt after Cairo took a swipe at US authorities' handling of racially-motivated demonstrations in Ferguson, Missouri, saying Washington would call on countries to deal with their problems as openly and honestly as it does.

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It was a familiar sight: the Grand Sheikh of al-Azhar, Ahmed al-Tayyeb, and the Coptic Pope, Tawadros II, side-by-side as General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi announced the ousting of Mohamed Morsi on July 3, 2013. Front seats were granted to the two grey-bearded clerics who had donned their customary robes for the occasion. Since the founding of the Republic of Egypt in 1952, the Church and al-Azhar have often joined efforts with the state authorities. This time another, pious actor befriended the triad: the-Salafist Nour Party. With Egypt then standing on the verge of entering a new adventure, the formation of this curious alliance suggested that religion as a political instrument would not perish.

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 The Egyptian foreign ministry has said it is closely watching developments in the US city of Ferguson following clashes between security forces and protesters over the murder of African American teenager Mike Brown last week.

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Since the summer of 2013, the public and private media outlets in Egypt has fashioned a trio of Arab profiles: the good Arab, the evil Arab, and the useless, yet harmless, Arab.  These three classifications have been heavily used in an attempt to manipulate public awareness, to legitimize the network of alliances supporting the current regime in Egypt, and to justify the regional roles that Egypt has played since July 3, 2013.

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President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi met with a delegation from the US House of Representatives headed by Congressman Darrell Issa Sunday at the Presidential Palace, state-owned MENA news agency reported.

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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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 At least six people were killed on Thursday, among them two protesters in Matariya and a policeman in Cairo, as security forces moved to suppress small-scale demonstrations organized by Islamists across Egyptian cities to mark the anniversary of last year's killings of protesters, security sources said.

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