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Egypt has offered to train pro-government forces battling rival armed groups in Libya, stepping up efforts to eradicate what it says is a threat to its own stability from the anarchy engulfing its neighbor.

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In a speech delivered in early August at the opening of an ambitious Suez Canal development project, President Abdel-Fatah al-Sisi said, “I demand that Egyptians should be united, and the media has a great responsibility to help achieve that goal. I envy late leader Gamal Abdel-Nasser because when he spoke, he had all the media on his side.” He added, “We are in a big battle, and the media should help in this battle. They should tackle the issues quietly, avoid sensationalism, enlighten Egyptians and concentrate on national goals.”

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A complaint has been filed against satirist Bassem Youssef for insulting President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi during a conversation with media personality Khaled Abu Bakr, which the latter then published on his Twitter account.

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More than a year has passed since the burning and looting of over forty churches and other Christian property around the country on August 14, 2013. It has also been over a year since a promise was made to rebuild the churches that were damaged or fully destroyed, but in reality, little has been done to fulfill those promises. After the rise of now-President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and his promise to reconstruct the churches, Christians in Egypt were swept by a hope of safety and security.

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Judge Mahmoud al-Rashidi delayed Saturday to November 29 an expected verdict in Hosni Mubarak's retrial on charges of unlawfully killing protesters during the January 25 Revolution, citing that it needs more time to review all the evidence.

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Days after announcing his backing for the US-led regional alliance to fight the Islamic State of Syria and al-Sham (ISIS), President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi issued a legislative amendment that extends the penalty for receiving funds to commit acts that ‘harm national interests’ and ‘disturb public peace’ to a life sentence. The September 22 amendment is decried for its potential targeting of foreign funding for NGOs. The law however covers all forms of transactions, including local funding, using broad terminology that will allow authorities to extend its prosecution of dissent beyond the usual suspects.

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To cheers of “long live Egypt” from the audience and with angry protestors safely kept at bay on the street outside, Egypt’s new President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi delivered his inaugural speech on the world stage on Wednesday at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).  Sisi’s remarks aimed to persuade the international community of his legitimacy, in the wake of his ouster of elected president Mohamed Morsi last July and the vast crackdown on dissent that has followed. He also sought to display for a domestic audience Egypt’s clout on the global scene.  His speech covered four main themes—the “new” Egypt that is committed to democracy; the threat of terrorism he helped Egypt escape; his foreign policy; and Egypt’s move to a market economy.  Even by the grandiose standards of UNGA speeches, Sisi’s discourse veered from the dubious to the surreal.

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Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi met with US President Barack Obama for the first time on Thursday, discussing a range of issues including ISIS, Libya, and the detention of journalists in Egypt.

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Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said in a United Nations speech on Wednesday that he aims to build a state that respects “rights and freedoms” and “ensures the coexistence of its citizens without exclusion or discrimination.”

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President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi has said he supports the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham(ISIS), and called on the United States to send Egypt the military hardware it promised, during an interview on CBS with Charlie Rose.

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