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Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Saudi Defense Minister Mohammed Bin Salman issued what they name the "Cairo Declaration," outlining six facets of cooperation between Egypt and Saudi Arabia,  notably enhancing cooperation in the military, investment, trade, politics, culture, and media sectors.

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The main purpose of the August 2 US-Egypt strategic dialogue in Cairo seems to be to demonstrate that the two countries are settling back into more normal ties after two difficult years.

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The United States will deliver eight F-16 Block 52 aircraft to Egypt within the next two days, the US embassy in Cairo said in a statement on Thursday, part of a military package that had been unfrozen earlier this year.

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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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