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Amnesty calls on Sisi Regime to end abuses against political prisoners

The international rights group urged Egyptian authorities in a statement on Wednesday to investigate allegations of torture and other abuses against prisoners at al-Aqrab jail, located on the outskirts of the capital, Cairo, where an estimated 130 detainees have been on hunger strike for more than six weeks. The detention facility, whose name translates as Scorpion in English, has been…

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Egyptian minister faces criticism after threatening to behead dissidents abroad

During a speech in the Canadian city of Toronto this week, Makram draw her finger across her neck in a throat-cutting gesture as she described the punishment for those who criticize Cairo’s military-backed government. “Anyone who says anything about our country, what happens to them?” Makram asked at the event with expatriates. “We cut,” she said during her speech, raising…

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Two Killed in Attack on Egypt Security Forces in Sinai

The attack hit forces stationed near a parking lot in the city of Sheikh Zuweid in North Sinai, the sources told AFP. One member of the security forces was killed and three others were wounded, while a civilian also died in the bombing. There was no immediate comment from Egyptian officials on the attack, which has not yet been claimed…

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HRW slams Kuwait over deportation of 3 Egyptians

Kuwait on Friday announced that the men were detained on charges of being members of a “terrorist” cell linked to the Muslim Brotherhood and that they had been sentenced at home to up to 15 years in jail. Kuwait’s Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled al-Jarallah said on Sunday that the eight people were returned to Egypt. “The deportation of the men…

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Egypt Denies Seizing Iranian Oil Tanker in Suez Canal

“The Suez Canal Authority is bound to the freedom of international shipping in the Canal and permits all ships to cross the Canal except in special conditions,” Mamish was quoted as saying by the Arabic-language Sad al-Balad news website on Wednesday. “No ship can be prevented from crossing the Suez Canal; oil and weapons trade are both legitimate,” he added.…

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Egypt’s NileSat halts broadcast of Press TV, other Iranian channels: Saudi media

The Arabic-language Saudi daily newspaper Okaz, citing an informed source, said Sunday that the regional satellite provider halted the broadcast of Press TV as well as entertainment and movie channels of iFilm in English and Arabic languages. Earlier, some informed sources had reported that Arab satellite companies had agreed to cancel their contracts with Iranian media outlets in the region.…

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Egypt condemns UN call for independent probe into Morsi’s death

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Tuesday called for an “independent and thorough” investigation into the sudden death of Morsi during a trial court session on Monday. Morsi was buried at dawn a day later in the presence of his family members only, said his son Ahmed Morsi, in a burial that analysts…

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Egyptian Paper: Iran’s Ballistic Missiles Deter US from War

Mursi Ataollah, a prominent analyst, wrote in the Arabic-language al-Ahram paper that Pentagon’s doubts about its power to confront Iran’s retaliatory attacks have dissuaded the US from attacking Iran. “It was not pointless that I said from the first day of increased US threats against Iran that the US will be the last country in the world which will think…

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Bomb targets tourists on bus near Giza pyramids in Egypt

Two security sources said at least 17 people, mostly foreign tourists, were injured in the blast on Sunday. South Africans and Egyptians were among those injured when an explosive device went off, hitting the bus, according to the sources. There were no reports of deaths and the injuries were said to be of medium to minor degrees. A witness, Mohamed…

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Egypt might be launching new crackdown against dissent: Amnesty Intl. warns

The UK-based right watchdog said in a statement on Friday that Egyptian authorities had arrested labor rights lawyer Haytham Mohamdeen and former political activist Mostafa Maher, a move that “has raised fears that the Egyptian authorities might be embarking on a fresh crackdown targeting peaceful dissent or individuals with history of activism.” Incumbent President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has mounted a crackdown on…

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