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It was a familiar sight: the Grand Sheikh of al-Azhar, Ahmed at-Tayyeb, and the Coptic Pope, Tawadros II, side-by-side as General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi announced the ousting of Mohamed Morsi on July 3, 2013. Front seats were granted to the two grey-bearded clerics who had donned their customary robes for the occasion. Since the founding of the Republic of Egypt in 1952, the Church and al-Azhar have often joined efforts with the state authorities. This time another, pious actor befriended the triad: the-Salafist Nour Party. With Egypt then standing on the verge of entering a new adventure, the formation of this curious alliance suggested that religion as a political instrument would not perish.

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 The Egyptian foreign ministry has said it is closely watching developments in the US city of Ferguson following clashes between security forces and protesters over the murder of African American teenager Mike Brown last week.

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Since the summer of 2013, the public and private media outlets in Egypt has fashioned a trio of Arab profiles: the good Arab, the evil Arab, and the useless, yet harmless, Arab.  These three classifications have been heavily used in an attempt to manipulate public awareness, to legitimize the network of alliances supporting the current regime in Egypt, and to justify the regional roles that Egypt has played since July 3, 2013.

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President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi met with a delegation from the US House of Representatives headed by Congressman Darrell Issa Sunday at the Presidential Palace, state-owned MENA news agency reported.

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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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 At least six people were killed on Thursday, among them two protesters in Matariya and a policeman in Cairo, as security forces moved to suppress small-scale demonstrations organized by Islamists across Egyptian cities to mark the anniversary of last year's killings of protesters, security sources said.

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Egyptian security forces firing tear gas quashed small, scattered demonstratons on Thursday by Islamist supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi who tried to commemorate the anniversary of the killing of hundreds of protesters.

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With one year passing since the violent dispersal of the pro-Mohamed Morsi sit-in at Raba'a al-Adaweya Square, Human Rights Watch (HRW) put out an in-depth report detailing what happened on August 14, 2013. While Egyptian authorities placed the death toll at over 600, HRW documented at least 817 deaths, and reviewed evidence of a possible 246 additional deaths At least eight police officers were killed. As Morsi's supporters once again take to the street on the one-year anniversary of the massacre, at least one man has been killed

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The United States, on Tuesday, called on the Egyptian government to investigate the violence that left approximately a thousand people dead, according to a recent Human Rights Watch (HRW) report.

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The killing of hundreds of Egyptian demonstrators at two protest camps last year was systematic, ordered by top officials and probably amounts to crimes against humanity, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Tuesday, calling for a UN inquiry.

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