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After a midnight visit to his father, lying in critical condition at hospital, well-known jailed activist, Alaa Abdel-Fattah announced on August 19 his hunger strike, bringing attention to his demand for release while on trial over charges of organizing an unauthorized protest. His decision renewed a relatively stalled effort calling for the release of dozens of young men and women held on charges of breaking a controversial Demonstration Law. Other jailed activists were quick to join the hunger strike, including Abdel-Fattah’s sister, Sanaa, who has been in prison for over two months in a separate case. 

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Egyptian authorities are probing allegations of police abuse after a video circulated online showing three policemen taunting a nearly naked corpse, a senior police official said on Thursday.

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Ousted president Mohamed Morsi's detention was extended Wednesday by order of the prosecutor general for 15 days pending investigations into allegations that he smuggled top secret documents to Qatar.

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With reports emerging on a possible airstrike carried out by the UAE and Egypt on Islamist positions inside the Libyan border, the story remains murky. The United States has issued contradictory statements in response to the reports, and it remains unclear whether or not the airstrikes were carried out without its prior knowledge.

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The war in Gaza ended on Tuesday after Israel and the Palestinians agreed to halt fighting indefinitely, putting an end to seven weeks of catastrophic loss of life and destruction.

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You can reject practices which contravene democracy, the domination of the military and security components of the state over public and private life, violations against rights and freedoms, the violent dispersal of sit-ins and demonstrations, the use of excessive force by the state, and the promulgation of the fascism of collective punishment through executions, imprisonment, and repression.  At the same time, you can also reject the involvement of some right-wing religious groups and others who are affiliated with or sympathetic to the Muslim Brotherhood or other groups in inciting and perpetrating violence, and you can demand swift, effective accountability according to the law for all who are proven to have been involved in such violence.

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US officials said on Monday that Egypt and the United Arab Emirates were responsible for carrying out two series of air strikes in the past week on armed Islamist factions in Tripoli, Libya.

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Relations between Cairo and Tripoli went through bouts of political volatility at the beginning of ousted president Hosni Mubarak’s rule before improving and taking on a more conciliatory nature during the last two decades under Mubarak and Muammar Qaddafi. With the exception of Qaddafi’s 1977 attempted incursion on the border between the two countries, the Libyan state has not represented any real danger for Egypt up until the dictator’s death. With US reports of Egyptian airstrikes already taking place over Libya, and President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi denying Cairo’s involvement, the question remains over what Egypt can or should do to safeguard its borders.

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Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met early Monday with his Libyan, Algerian, and Tunisian counterparts for talks on the situation in Libya.

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