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The US and Egypt sought Tuesday to find an end to two weeks of bloodshed in the Gaza Strip, and officials raised the possibility of restarting stalled peace talks between Israel and Palestinian authorities as a necessary step to avoid sustained violence.

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Catch up on the latest out of Egypt every week, with analysis, news updates, photos, videos, and more.

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Gunmen armed with rocket-propelled grenades attacked a border guard post Saturday in Egypt's western desert in an assault that killed 21 troops deployed in the province along the border with neighboring Libya.

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On Thursday night, the Israel Defense Forces launched a ground offensive on the Gaza Strip following the Israeli Security Cabinet’s approval. The decision came “after Israel agreed to the Egyptian ceasefire proposal, whereas Hamas rejected the ceasefire proposal and continued firing rockets at Israeli cities,” according to a statement from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office.

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Egypt's foreign minister accused Qatar, Turkey, and Hamas on Thursday of conspiring to undermine Cairo's efforts to bring about a ceasefire between the Palestinian militant group and Israel in Gaza, Egypt's state news agency reported.

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An Israeli official said on Thursday that Israeli senior representatives at talks in Cairo had accepted an Egyptian proposal for a comprehensive Gaza ceasefire starting on Friday, but Israel's leaders still had to approve the deal.

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The most significant development in Egypt’s reaction to the latest round of fighting between Israel and Hamas, that left a heavy death toll among Palestinian civilians and forced millions of Israelis to hide in bunkers for a week so far, was how slow and neutral Cairo’s role appears to be.

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An Egyptian court gave nine people sentences ranging from 20 years to life in prison on Wednesday over four separate sexual harassment cases.

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Did you take part in June 30, 2013 as a form of peaceful pressure to achieve early presidential elections within a democratic process? Or to empower the military establishment and the security apparatus to take power and deviate from the democratic transition?

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Amidst the raft of new legislation proposed and passed in the first weeks of Abdel Fatah al-Sisi’s Presidency, a new and restrictive draft law to govern non-governmental organizations (NGOs) is once again on the table. The draft law, submitted by the Ministry of Social Solidarity in late June 2014, introduces a number of legal constraints that would make it extremely difficult for organizations to form and carry out their work. The Ministry’s draft law is clearly in violation of domestic and international laws that protect the right to freedom of association. Indeed, a coalition of 29 Egyptian organizations swiftly denounced the draft as “a flagrant breach of the constitution and Egypt’s international obligations.”

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