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“Take care when you are demanding your rights, take care, don’t lead us astray with you.” This was part of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s message to Egyptians earlier this week as he spoke before police officers to mark Police Day, a date which coincides with Egypt’s 2011 uprising.  “Nobody is against human rights…but today Egypt is in an exceptional condition,” he added.

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The Egyptian presidency declared seven days of mourning over the death of Saudi King Abdullah, who passed away at the age of 91 early Friday. President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi praised the king as a just leader who had devotedly defended pan-Arabism and Islam.

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A lawyer for the sons of Egypt's ousted president Hosni Mubarak said a court ordered their release on Thursday pending retrial in a corruption case, but judicial sources said they would not be freed until prosecutors review other legal cases against them. Their lawyer, Farid al-Deeb, however, said his defendants are expected to leave prison later Thursday. 

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A few days ahead of the anniversary of the January 25, 2011 Revolution, all the well known, so-called “revolutionary youth groups” have yet to announce any major events marking the occasion. The Muslim Brotherhood, on the other hand, has repeated its regular, largely ignored, call to protest over the past nineteen months.

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Human Rights Watch accused Egyptian authorities in a statement released on Wednesday of failing to take serious steps to improve conditions in overcrowded prisons which are causing deaths. The government denied the accusations.

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Former president Mohamed Morsi defended himself in court on Sunday for the first time since his ouster, claiming he was innocent of charges of espionage and asserting that he was still Egypt’s president.

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Egyptians will head to the polls for the sixth time in the past four years, casting their ballots in the second parliamentary elections since the 2011 ouster of former president Hosni Mubarak. When will the vote take place? What kind of parliament can expect to be elected? What campaigning rules do candidates have to abide by? Find out more in this Q&A.

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Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab was handed the power to outlaw the distribution of foreign publications in Egypt, as per a decree issued by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Tuesday. The order allows Mahlab to ban publications deemed “offensive to religion or publications promoting erotica in a way that can disturb the public peace.” At the time of writing the law has yet to be published in the official gazette.

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The European Parliament has called on Egypt "to release immediately with no condition" all political detainees, including members of the Muslim Brotherhood. In a statement issued on Wednesday the European Parliament expressed its concerns about the "restrictions" imposed in Egypt on fundamental human rights, citing concerns about freedom of expression, the right to assembly, restrictions on NGOs, and political pluralism.

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The European Union will not send a full mission to monitor Egypt's parliamentary elections, the bloc's top diplomat said Wednesday, while criticizing the country's human rights record.

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