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President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi met with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin for the fourth time during his third visit to Russia as head of the Egyptian state, for talks that focused on economic and nuclear developments, and international conflicts.

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In a meeting Wednesday with the media delegation accompanying President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on his visit to Russia, spokesman Alaa Youssef said that the Egyptian presidency believes it is too early to judge the nuclear deal signed by six leading world powers and Iran.

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Dar al-Ifta, Egypt's major authority on religious edicts, said the now-banned Muslim Brotherhood group has sought to "legitimize violence" after a document affiliated to the group urged what Dar al-Ifta called "terrorist acts" and the killing of police and military personnel.

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I face up to it, this fear that day in, day out curses my family – our security, stability, and happiness – and my own wellbeing. This fear might silence my outspoken opposition to the increasing injustice holding us under siege on all fronts. It might compel me to disregard the moral and social imperative to stand in solidarity with the victims and the triumph of their rights. Or it might drive me to take on these injustices with an unwavering sense of purpose, in the pursuit of full disclosure and to salvage some credibility. Above all, my goal is to release this burden of fear.

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Egyptian police have arrested, under a new anti-terrorism law, three individuals who are accused of spreading Islamic State (ISIS or ISIL) propaganda through Facebook.

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Khalid Sultan, head of the Solidarity Ministry’s Central Administration of NGOs, said that forty-five NGOs received approvals to monitor the parliamentary elections after they fulfilled conditions set by the ministry.

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The Egyptian government issued a decree in July placing regulatory and independent agencies under the auspices of the president of the country, authorizing President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to replace the agencies’ leaders. This move effectively puts an end to the agencies’ independent regulatory role by threatening their ability to both ensure the executive authority does not interfere with authorities and to hold public office holders to account. The bodies said to be affected by the new law are the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE), the Administrative Control Authority (ACA), the Accountability State Authority - the country's central auditing agency (ASA), and the Egyptian Financial Supervisory Authority (EFSA).

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Islamic State's (ISIS or ISIL) Egypt affiliate said it was behind a car bombing that wounded twenty-nine people near a state security building and courthouse in Qalyubiya’s Shubra al-Kheima district early on Thursday.

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Since his 2013 arrest, shortly after the army's removal of former president Mohamed Morsi, Abul Ela Madi’s name has topped the lists of people whose release has been called for, even by critics of political Islamic groups. Two long years later, and Madi finally walked free from a police station on August 12, two days after a court ordered his release.

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The United States denounced Egypt's newly expanded counterterrorism law Tuesday, expressing concern about its potential impact on human rights in the country, a military ally of the United States.

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