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Released on July 28, the US State Department’s 2013 International Religious Freedom Report documents the status of religious minorities and religious freedom in Egypt over the course of the year, whether under former president Mohamed Morsi, or under the interim government after his removal.

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As both Hamas and Israel agreed to another humanitarian 24-hour ceasefire on Sunday, Qatari Foreign Minister Khaled Attiya denied in statements to Al Jazeera that Qatar objects to Egypt’s cease-fire initiative.

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In front of the High Court building, this scene unfolds:  Poor and low-income women, children, and men wait for prisoner transport vehicles to arrive carrying their husbands, fathers, brothers, sons and daughters, who are scheduled to appear before the courts.  They wait to reassure themselves that their loved ones are well.  They wait to be allowed to pass through the iron gate and to be with their loved ones in the courtrooms until the “hearings” come to an end.  They wait to exchange hasty good-byes and steal final glimpses of their loved ones as they are once again taken away.

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An Egyptian aid convoy bound for Gaza was able to successfully deliver medical supplies to Palestine after reaching the Rafah border crossing on Friday morning.

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Twenty-three Egyptian human rights organizations submitted a memo to Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab on Thursday criticizing recent steps taken by the Ministry of Social Solidarity against non-governmental organizations (NGOs). The statement condemned a new draft bill regulating civil society in Egypt, as well as a recent notification giving NGOs a 45 day deadline to register with the ministry.

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Egypt's army prevented an aid convoy of medical supplies from crossing the border to the Palestinian Gaza Strip on Thursday, the popular campaign to support Gaza has said in a statement. Meanwhile, the Egyptian military intelligence services allowed another aid convoy to support Gaza to pass through one of the checkpoints en route to the Palestinian strip, after it was halted briefly at Ismailia.

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As the deadliest conflict seen in Gaza in the past five years rages on, Egypt has made attempts to resume its role as mediator between the Israeli and Palestinian authorities. A ceasefire proposal was announced on July 14, which was consequently accepted by Israel but rejected by Hamas. While the Egyptian initiative has received international backing from the United States, the United Nations, and other Middle Eastern and European nations, Hamas has continued to cling to its demands, which include the opening of the Rafah border crossing. Turkey and Qatar have also been working on a ceasefire initiative of their own, one that will cater more to Hamas’ demands, but one that will also not likely be accepted by the Israelis.

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Military spokesperson Mohamed Samir revealed in a statement on Tuesday the details of primary investigations into the killing of 22 Egyptian border guards in a deadly attack last Saturday.

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Contrary to regimes in other Arab states in the Levant and the Gulf, the Egyptian government has never undermined Arab identity by spreading ideas of a dichotomy between Sunni and Shiite, of a conflict between Sunni-dominated areas and those living in the Shiite crescent, or of a conflict between Arabs and non-Arabs living in the region. The Egyptian government has never approached regional conflicts and crises along sectarian, ideological, racial, or tribal lines. It has never marginalized the national ties which hold the community together in the “nation state” in favor of sectarian, ideological, racial, or tribal loyalties.

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The US and Egypt sought Tuesday to find an end to two weeks of bloodshed in the Gaza Strip, and officials raised the possibility of restarting stalled peace talks between Israel and Palestinian authorities as a necessary step to avoid sustained violence.

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