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At least 4,000 doctors gathered in front of the Doctors Syndicate headquarters in downtown Cairo on Friday morning, to attend an emergency general assembly meeting in the wake of a reported police assault on doctors. In a statement distributed at the general assembly, the syndicate said that medical staff at various hospitals had been repeatedly subjected to violations including physical violence.

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With Egypt’s newly elected parliament convening once again after a two-week break—questions loom over the role of the opposition in parliament. The legislative body recently completed its very first task of reviewing all laws issued by the executive branch after the 2014 constitution went into force, and is once again reconvening. 

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Organizers of the World Economic Forum, which holds an annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, have postponed a similar conference planned to take place in Egypt this spring over security concerns.

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An Egyptian criminal court sentenced a police officer in Egypt's eastern city of Ismailia to eight years in jail for beating a man to death in custody and falsifying police records, judicial sources said on Tuesday. The court sentenced officer Mohamed Ibrahim to five years for "torture and beating leading to death" and three years for falsifying police records regarding the case.

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The end of 2015 saw the completion of a new round of negotiations between Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam project (GERD), with all participating countries reaching an agreement on the technical studies to be completed on the dam. As Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan start a fresh round of talks, EgyptSource takes a look back at negotiations and what's at stake for each country. 

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Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said Monday in an interview with Foreign Policy that the circulated figure of 40,000 political prisoners in Egypt is a lie. Shoukry--in Washington since Sunday for a three-day visit--dismissed criticism of arrests made by Egyptian security forces following Morsi's ouster, saying the figure was repeatedly reported until it became regarded as a fact.

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Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry began a three-day trip to Washington on Sunday, where he is set to meet with his American counterpart, US Secretary of State John Kerry, Egypt's Foreign Ministry spokesman said. Shoukry’s visit targets bolstering bilateral ties and will include important meetings, Spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid added in a statement.

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Circumstances surrounding the death of an Italian national in Egypt remain vague, two days after his body was discovered on the outskirts of Cairo. Egyptian Public Prosecutor Ahmed Nagi told AP that Giulio Regeni was found dead on Wednesday in an empty lot in the 6th of October suburb. His body was transferred to Cairo’s Zeinhom Morgue, where he was identified by his Egyptian roommate. Regeni was completing his PhD at Cambridge University, and was a visiting scholar at the American University in Cairo. He had been in Cairo for four months, where he was conducting research on Egypt's independent labor and trade unions. 

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Egypt's top prosecutor ordered the immediate reopening of Matariya Hospital on Thursday so that medical care can resume after doctors launched a strike over an assault by a group of policemen last week.

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On assuming office in June 2014, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi committed to revive the Egyptian economy, which had been in the doldrums for the past several years, and set it on a path of sustained high growth and low unemployment. To achieve this objective he identified a mixture of populist and traditional free-market policies to address the challenges of massive youth unemployment, high internal and external debt, low foreign exchange reserves, and a serious energy crisis.

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