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US President Barack Obama on Tuesday released military aid to Egypt that was suspended after the ouster of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013, in an effort to boost Cairo's ability to combat the extremist threat in the region. 

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With Egypt spearheading the creation of a unified pan-Arab military force and lending air and naval support to efforts by the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, it appears that the current government is making strides to restore Egypt’s image as a regional leader. The country’s role in the Middle East Peace Process has, however, been impacted by a concerted campaign against the Islamist Palestinian group, Hamas, over the past year and a half, culminating in a court verdict designating the group as a terror organization. With relations between Hamas and Egypt reaching an all-time low, it would appear that Egypt is now in the process of backtracking, with the government’s State Lawsuits Authority appealing the verdict.

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Egyptian warships shelled a column of Houthi fighters and troops loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh as they tried to advance on the southern port city of Aden on Monday, according to reports.

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Arab leaders at a summit in Egypt have agreed to the formation of a unified military force to counter growing security threats from Yemen to Libya, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi announced on Sunday.

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Arab foreign ministers agreed on Thursday to form a joint Arab military force to counter growing security threats in the region, the Arab League's chief Nabil al-Araby has said. A related draft resolution is to be submitted to Arab leaders for endorsement at an Arab League summit to be held in Sharm al-Sheikh next week.

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Last week, local authorities in Luxor honored an Egyptian woman for dressing as a man for four decades to support her family. Days later, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi presented Sisa Abu Daooh with an award for being an exemplary mother. There is no discounting the burden and pressures Abu Daooh faced and awarding her is a noble and good thing. But the real award would be to ensure that other women in her position do not have to go to the same lengths to find work, and to avoid sexual harassment.

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Egypt participated in the Saudi-led campaign against Shia Houthis militias in Yemen with its naval and air forces, an Egyptian military source said on Thursday. Warplanes from Saudi Arabia and Arab allies struck the Shia Muslim rebels fighting to oust Yemen's president on Thursday. 

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Yemen’s Foreign Minister Riad Yassin has said that Egypt and Gulf countries had approved a military intervention in the country following a request it made to the Arab League. Yassin told Sky News Arabia that his country had submitted a request to the Arab League which was approved by Egypt and Gulf states. Foreign Ministry Spokesman Badr Abdel Atty, however, denied the reports.

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In recent weeks, Egypt has witnessed a series of charges brought against security personnel. Recently, Prosecutor Hisham Barakat announced the decision to charge a police officer with the killing of peaceful protester and Socialist Popular Alliance Party (SPAP) member—Shaimaa al-Sabbagh. A day later, a police general and conscript were also charged with concealing evidence in the case. In a similar development, Barakat also referred to trial a low ranking policeman for the fatal shooting of an injured man in hospital after he was arrested for allegedly planting a homemade bomb. While on the surface it may appear that a long called for demand—accountability for police violence—is becoming a priority, a reality of scapegoating and insufficient punishment is likely to continue.

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Egypt’s Forensic Medicine Authority removed its spokesperson, Hisham Abdel Hamid, from his post on Tuesday, over televised remarks he made concerning the death of the activist Shaimaa al-Sabbagh. 

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