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There he goes, now in his forties, returning to the university he once attended, to the city that gave him a love for life, for beauty, and for freedom. He wants to relive that “new beginning” the city gave him in his twenties. But it doesn’t work.

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A Justice Ministry panel tasked with tracking the assets and funding of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood has frozen the assets and properties of seventy-eight new group members.

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US Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, along with Senators John McCain (R-AZ), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Chris Coons (D-DE), Mark Kirk (R-IL), and Bob Casey (D-PA) wrote to Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday, ahead of the upcoming US-Egypt Strategic Dialogue on August 2, urging that “political reform, human rights, and fundamental freedoms” are made a central element of the agenda.

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The outrage over the draft anti-terror law, particularly articles relating to access to information and freedom of the press, is unlikely to come an end soon. Journalist Syndicate board members expressed dissatisfaction with the government’s recent compromise regarding an article criminalizing the publication of information on terror attacks and counterterror operations that contradict official statements. The government’s suggestion—replacing a two year jail term with an extremely hefty fine ranging from EGP 200,000 ($25,000) to EGP 500,000 ($ 62,500)—was described by the syndicate as a farce. Journalists, they explained, would not be able to pay the fine, and as a result would still end up in jail.

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Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab has extended for three months a curfew in North Sinai, according to a decree issued in the government’s official gazette on Saturday.

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On the evening of July 3, 2013, then Minister of Defense Abdel Fattah al-Sisi delivered the speech that would permanently change the trajectory of Egypt. Egyptian satellite channel Misr25 broadcast the speech along with all channels in the country.

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The Italian Defense Minister told visiting Egyptian Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab on Friday that her country would support Cairo in its battle with terrorism. "

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Since the rapid expansion of the Islamic State (ISIS or ISIL) into Syria and Iraq, global leaders have struggled to understand the nature of support for extremist groups from local and international youth. ISIS affiliates have sprung up across the Middle East, including in Egypt where the government has waged a low intensity war with terrorist groups—particularly in the Sinai Peninsula. Egypt's National Council for Human Rights reported that, since the ouster of ex-president Mohamed Morsi until the end of 2014, 700 members of the security forces have died.

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An Egyptian criminal court has sentenced former prime minister under ousted president Hosni Mubarak, Ahmed Nazif, to five years jail over graft charges, toughening an earlier three-year sentence in a retrial. Nazif was also given a EGP 53.3 million fine in the corruption case dating to his tenure under Mubarak.

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Last month, Egypt swore in twenty-six new female judges, in the largest appointment of women to the judiciary since 2007. This brings the total number of female judges in Egypt to around eighty. Shortly after his own swearing in, Justice Minister Ahmed al-Zend had announced his intention to appoint a group of female judges in an attempt to “eliminate all hurdles facing women’s work in the judiciary.” He added that, for the first time, women would also be appointed as deputies to the Minister of Justice. The latest batch of appointments, together with other appointments in the judiciary, are a positive development for Egyptian women in a field dominated by men.

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