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What initially started out as a call to protest that not many took notice of, the Salafi Front’s plans for mass protests on November 28, has slowly attracted more attention. This is in some part due to official warnings and vows of forceful confrontations, and is fueling concerns about violence on Egypt’s streets on Friday.

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A fact-finding committee formed to investigate events in Egypt since the ouster of president Mohamed Morsi announced on Wednesday that a total of 693 civilians and ten policemen died when security forces dispersed pro-Morsi sit-ins in greater Cairo on August 14, 2013.

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While the military trials of civilians are nothing new in Egypt, the circumstances in which Egyptians can be brought before these courts have seen a worrying expansion. From January to September 2011 alone, estimates place the number of Egyptians who faced military trials under the Supreme Council of Armed Forces (SCAF) at 12,000. A new law issued by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in October could likely lead to a significant rise in this figure, and raises more concerns about a further clampdown on freedoms.

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Egypt's interior minister has warned that his forces can use deadly force to counter any assault against public facilities in a message coming just ahead of a planned protest by Islamist group, the Salafi Front, on November 28. Interior Minister Mohammed Ibrahim said Tuesday, forces will use "all means," including the use of firearms, in the face of "incitement ... by terrorist factions."

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The events of July 3, 2013 that ended with former President Mohamed Morsi’s ouster, brought with them a concerted effort to remove Islamists not just from rule but from political life altogether. This stands in stark contrast with the opening of Egypt’s political space to many new political currents and groups in 2011, arguably the greatest achievement of the January 25 uprising. This flourishing of political participation resulted in the creation of many new parties reflecting the diversity of Egyptian political life.

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Egypt's top prosecution charged Saturday Muslim Brotherhood leader, and Former Morsi-era Minister, Mohamed Ali Bishr, with espionage with the United States and Norway.

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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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Just over two weeks after a devastating terrorist attack, which left thirty-one Egyptian soldiers dead, reports surfaced of an unprecedented, mysterious naval attack 40 kilometers north of Damietta. According to official statements, eight sailors are “missing,” likely drowned in the Mediterranean Sea after clashing with unidentified armed terrorists on board of four small boats. Five navy soldiers were wounded in the same attack, according to the Army Spokesman Colonel Mohamed Sameer, and thirty-two people on board of the boats attacking the Army were arrested on the spot.

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Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi urged the United States and Europe on Thursday to help the Libyan army in its fight against Islamist militants now to save the country from requiring intervention on the scale of Iraq and Syria.

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Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said on Thursday a presidential pardon for two of the three Al Jazeera journalists serving seven-year jail sentences in his country was being considered.

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