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A bomb exploded near the foreign ministry in downtown Cairo on Sunday morning, killing two police personnel and injuring several others.

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When US Secretary of State John Kerry visited Cairo following the beginning of the war on Gaza, Egypt seized the opportunity for self-aggrandizement, flaunting its importance to the United States and magnifying its position as a regional leader. In fact, Kerry was searched before he was allowed to meet Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi; the search procedures were recorded and the video then broadcast as a “victory” for Egypt and a “strategic shift” within US-Egypt relations. In the months following, Egypt’s foreign policy under Sisi has slowly begun to take shape.

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Residents in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula said they found a beheaded corpse of a young man on Friday.

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Egypt has contacted a sister company of a US-based online security firm to monitor the country's cyber communications a few months after authorities unveiled a new campaign to keep  social networking sites under surveillance

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Ten seconds into a video showing over a dozen men armed with assault rifles threatening to target the police in south of Cairo, a man’s voice can be heard in the background instructing the men to ‘hold up [the] Rab’a [sign].’ Promptly, the men hold up four fingers as the main speaker continues to deliver threats to the police and army. A couple of them fidget, whispering to other masked men throughout the video. The men in the video were dubbed the Helwan Brigades.

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The Salafi Watan Party announced it is withdrawing from the pro-Morsi National Alliance to Support Legitimacy (NASL), in a statement posted on its official Facebook page. 

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The Egyptian regime is currently ruling the country via strategies of increased repression, which is exercised both directly and indirectly. This is seen in its attempts to improve the economic and social conditions in the country, and in its populist rhetoric based on the myth of the “saving hero,” and the reinstatement of autocracy as the only way to save the state and society from the conspiracies and dangers which threaten them. 

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The Higher Election Committee (HEC), a seven-member judicial body in charge of overseeing parliamentary polls, is expected to complete all measures necessary for parliamentary polls to be held before the end of this year.

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Taking an in-depth look at what role Egypt can play in the current crisis in Libya reveals that a full military intervention, a limited military incursion, or a ‘surgical operation,’ are wrought with negative repercussions. But what of a collective Arab or international military intervention?  What of an indirect intervention to provide intelligence or logistical assistance to a particular party within Libya?

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A Cairo criminal court has ordered prominent activists Alaa Abdel-Fattah, Mohamed Abdel-Rahman (Nubi), and Wael Metwally released on EGP5,000 bail each.

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