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At least thirty-two people, including civilians, were killed, and more than 100 wounded Thursday when a series of militant attacks struck North Sinai. In a Twitter account linked to the Islamic State group's Egyptian affiliate, Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, claimed the simultaneous attacks. According to initial reports, car bombs and mortar rounds targeted an army base, eight checkpoints, an army-owned hotel, and a police club. 

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Two days before the fourth anniversary of the January 25, 2011 Revolution on Sunday, several Egyptian news websites reported alleged secret recordings of statements made by two senior Muslim Brotherhood members, Mohamed al-Beltagi and Azza al-Garf. In them, they were highly critical of ousted president and Brotherhood leader, Mohamed Morsi.  

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 The Socialist Popular Alliance Party decided to suspend participation in the upcoming parliamentary elections, until five "urgent" demands are met. These demands include the dismissal of Minister of Interior Mohamed Ibrahim, the rebuilding and restructuring of the police forces, the modification of the protest law, the release of all political prisoners, and guarantees that the upcoming parliamentary elections will be free and fair.

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Human rights groups and NGOs condemned the lack of transparency and violations related to the illegal detention of protesters, and restrictions on lawyers who tried to represent them. The Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression (AFTE) issued a report Tuesday criticizing the lack of clarity on the number of arrests on January 25, and the whereabouts of arrested protesters. 

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The High Elections Committee (HEC) announced Monday that five international organizations have been approved to monitor Egypt’s upcoming parliamentary elections in March.

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The Democratic Trend Alliance, which includes the Dostour Party, the Social Popular Alliance Party, the Popular Current, the Karama Party, the Socialist Party, and the Egyptian Social Democratic Party, will reconsider participating in the upcoming parliamentary elections in protest over a female activist's death on Saturday.

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In the days leading up to the four year anniversary of Egypt’s January 25 uprising, at least two protesters were killed, among them activist Shaimaa al-Sabbagh. The death toll spiked on the anniversary itself, with over twenty killed and close to 100 injured. Violence was also witnessed in parts of the country in the form of attacks on police officers, electricity pylons, and railway lines. Below is a rundown of the violence Egypt witnessed over the January 25 weekend.

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The success of the popular uprisings and revolutions which peacefully demanded dignity, freedom, and social justice will be measured by the extent to which they are able to build new legislative, executive, and judicial institutions and political parties to manage the affairs of citizens, the society, and the state. Their success will also be judged based on whether they can push existing institutions to leave behind their authoritarian ways, abide by the rule of law, protect the rights and freedoms of the people, and exercise rotation of power – and thus gradually allow for the creation of a democratic system of governance.

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Twenty-three people were killed and ninety-seven injured at protests around the country on the fourth anniversary of the 2011 revolution, the health ministry announced on Monday. Most of the deaths occurred in Cairo and Alexandria during violent clashes, with most civilians killed in Cairo’s Matariya district.

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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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