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The Antiquities Ministry's decision to demolish a Hellenistic-era archaeological site in Alexandria was carried out on Thursday, destroying the ancient ruins and leveling the area into a flat lot. The site of al-Abd Theater in Camp Shizar, which was discovered in 2013, dates back to the Roman and Hellenistic eras 323 BC and lies in a residential neighborhood just a block inland from the Mediterranean coast. 

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Since the fourth anniversary of January 25 uprising, Egypt has seen an uptick in terror attacks. According to Daily News Egypt, over 1,000 violent incidents took place in the first quarter of 2015, claiming the lives of at least 174 Egyptians and leaving more than 600 injured. In addition to attacks targeting security personnel, an increase in attacks on infrastructure and government buildings, have become a near daily occurrence. The electricity ministry announced that 778 attacks have been carried out on electricity-related infrastructure during that same period. The attacks have caused power outages and have cost the ministry millions of pounds.

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Egypt’s cabinet approved the amended electoral districts law after the committee tasked with amending the parliamentary law under the supervision of Minister of Transitional Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Ibrahim al-Heneidy presented its final draft on Wednesday. Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab presented the amendments to President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, prior to approving the law. The law is to be sent to State Council for revision.

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Ahmed al-Araby, 60, is a pensioner from Matariya – a low-income suburb in Cairo that recently witnessed an increase in clashes between Islamist supporters of former president Mohamed Morsi and state security forces. On the four-year anniversary of the January 25 uprising, twelve people were killed in the Cairo district alone, while at least forty-three were arrested. Araby’s 19-year-old son, Mohamed, is one of the many victims of this continued standoff. Police officers stormed into Araby’s home in December 2014 arresting his son charges of spreading false news about the Armed Forces.

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Egypt's Administrative Court issued a ruling on Tuesday allowing the Interior Ministry to deport homosexual foreigners and deny them entry into the country. The decision follows a court ruling which upheld an interior ministry decision to ban a Libyan student accused of being a homosexual from entering the country. 

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Egypt’s military has said that it has not deployed ground troops to war-torn Yemen as part of the Saudi-led military offensive against Houthi rebels there.

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Egypt's oldest Islamic establishment, Al-Azhar, came out in full force this week against what it claims is an organized plan to undermine its historic role in representing “moderate Islam.” After an initial complaint to the Free Media Zone Authority asking it to ban a controversial television talk show critical of traditional Islamic schools of thought failed, Al-Azhar filed official charges on Monday with the Prosecutor General against its presenter, Islam al-Beheiri, claiming that he insulted Islam, ridiculed revered religious figures, and undermined Al-Azhar’s constitutional role protecting and promoting Islamic teachings.

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The Cairo Criminal Court ratified on Saturday death sentences served to Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie and thirteen other Brotherhood leaders. Thirty-seven other defendants were sentenced to life in prison, including Egyptian-American Mohamed Soltan.

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In his annual report before the latest session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein criticized the flagrant human rights violations in Egypt, particularly the trials of dozens of political activists and human rights advocates.

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Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab has rejected claims the state is promoting candidates or groups ahead of the upcoming parliamentary election. "The government swore an oath not to talk about the election and has not asked anyone to nominate themselves nor backed anyone, this is a definitive decision," he said in comments to state news agency MENA

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