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Civil society organizations and nongovernmental organization (NGOs) in Egypt are in a crisis. In late June, the Ministry of Solidarity presented a restrictive new NGO draft law that would severely restrict the formation, activities, and funding of NGOs. Egypt’s repressive climate for NGOs, however, is not new. In December 2011, the Egyptian authorities, objecting to foreign (mainly US) funding of international democracy NGOs operating in Egypt, raided 10 NGO offices, including four American organizations: Freedom House, the International Republican Institute (IRI), the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), and the National Democratic Institute (NDI).

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An Israeli delegation arrived in Cairo on Wednesday to discuss with Egyptian officials a possible ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, airport officials said.

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A bomb-laden car exploded in Giza, killing three suspected militants, a security source told state news agency MENA.

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A nine year-old girl was killed on Monday when a rocket hit the ground outside a house in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, in an apparent attack targeting soldiers, security officials said.

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Released on July 28, the US State Department’s 2013 International Religious Freedom Report documents the status of religious minorities and religious freedom in Egypt over the course of the year, whether under former president Mohamed Morsi, or under the interim government after his removal.

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As both Hamas and Israel agreed to another humanitarian 24-hour ceasefire on Sunday, Qatari Foreign Minister Khaled Attiya denied in statements to Al Jazeera that Qatar objects to Egypt’s cease-fire initiative.

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In front of the High Court building, this scene unfolds:  Poor and low-income women, children, and men wait for prisoner transport vehicles to arrive carrying their husbands, fathers, brothers, sons and daughters, who are scheduled to appear before the courts.  They wait to reassure themselves that their loved ones are well.  They wait to be allowed to pass through the iron gate and to be with their loved ones in the courtrooms until the “hearings” come to an end.  They wait to exchange hasty good-byes and steal final glimpses of their loved ones as they are once again taken away.

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An Egyptian aid convoy bound for Gaza was able to successfully deliver medical supplies to Palestine after reaching the Rafah border crossing on Friday morning.

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Twenty-three Egyptian human rights organizations submitted a memo to Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab on Thursday criticizing recent steps taken by the Ministry of Social Solidarity against non-governmental organizations (NGOs). The statement condemned a new draft bill regulating civil society in Egypt, as well as a recent notification giving NGOs a 45 day deadline to register with the ministry.

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Egypt's army prevented an aid convoy of medical supplies from crossing the border to the Palestinian Gaza Strip on Thursday, the popular campaign to support Gaza has said in a statement. Meanwhile, the Egyptian military intelligence services allowed another aid convoy to support Gaza to pass through one of the checkpoints en route to the Palestinian strip, after it was halted briefly at Ismailia.

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