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Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi has vowed to amend laws in Egypt within days to achieve "rapid justice" against militants a day after the assassination of the country's top public prosecutor.

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In the first assassination of a government official in Egypt since 1990, Prosecutor General Hisham Barakat was killed Monday after a bomb hit his convoy in the Cairo. Barakat, who was injured in the attack, was transferred to the Nozha Hospital where he succumbed to his wounds hours later.

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Egypt's Prosecutor General, Hisham Barakat, died following a bomb attack on his vehicle early Monday, medical sources said. Earlier reports had suggested Barakat was stable.

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When news of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s plan to pardon prisoners convicted on charges of breaking Egypt’s protest law leaked prior to the official announcement, expectations ran high. The official announcement on June 17 revealed that 165 prisoners, mostly young men, would be released, with unconfirmed promises from unnamed presidential sources that more were to follow.

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The US Department of State issued its 2014 Human Rights Report on Thursday. The Egypt report identifies the country’s most significant human rights issues as “excessive use of force by security forces, including unlawful killings and torture; the suppression of civil liberties, including societal and government restrictions on freedoms of expression and the press and the freedom of peaceful assembly and association; and limitations on due process in trials.” Egypt’s Foreign Ministry, in a statement issued on Friday, expressed its rejection of the report.

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A Cairo-based terrorist group, called Revolutionary Punishment published on Wednesday a video depicting the killing of a man in Helwan, who was murdered for cooperating with the security services against protesters.

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There are at least sixteen journalists imprisoned in Egypt in relation to their reporting, according to a special report released Thursday by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). Another two, the report says, have been released pending investigation.

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The crisis unfolding in the Mediterranean has produced a slew of reporting on refugees and irregular migration from Egypt, a country witnessing a complex mix of push and pull factors as well as mixed migration flows, thought to have contributed around 10 percent of total migration flows bound for Europe last year, according to a new International Organization of Migration (IOM) study.

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Saudi diplomatic correspondence published by WikiLeaks shows Saudi officials offered or denied free trips to the kingdom to secure allies in the media or to punish those the government deemed critical, among them several Egyptian journalists.

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A journalist with state-owned newspaper Akhbar al-Youm has been detained at Tora prison over charges of “belonging to an illegal group,” according to the head of Journalists’ Syndicate Yahia al-Qalash.

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