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Egypt’s General Prosecution on Monday referred the case of late Prosecutor General Hisham Barakat's assassination to the country’s High State Security Prosecution to continue its investigation.

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Egypt's highest judicial authority, the Supreme Judicial Council, on Sunday approved a draft anti-terror law that will impose harsher punishments on those convicted of terrorism charges.

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Nine Muslim Brotherhood leaders were killed by police on Wednesday, with conflicting reports on the conditions of their death.The Interior Ministry said in a statement that Brotherhood leader Abdel Fattah Ibrahim was leading a meeting, held in Cairo's October 6 suburb, to discuss "plots" to carry out "terrorist" attacks.

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In one of the worst militant attacks in Egypt's recent history, Egypt's security forces battled with militants belonging to the Islamic State affiliated Sinai State, previously known as Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis. The Sinai State laid siege to the town of Sheikh Zuweid, with additional attacks in Arish, carrying out a series of coordinated attacks.

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Egypt's front pages on Tuesday mourned Prosecutor General Hisham Barakat, describing him as the "attorney of the people," in the wake of his assassination on Monday. Appointed in the aftermath of the ouster of Mohamed Morsi, Barakat, 65, referred many high profile names to court. Included in this list are Morsi himself, as well as Muslim Brotherhood leaders, of which many have been sentenced to death or life in prison.

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Islamic militants on Wednesday unleashed a wave of simultaneous attacks, including suicide car bombings, on Egyptian army checkpoints in the restive northern Sinai Peninsula, killing at least fifty soldiers, a security source said.

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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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