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El Sisi swept in Egypt

As expected, the former Egyptian general Abdel Fatah El Sisi swept in the presidential elections with more than 93% of the votes. A victory shadowed by the low turnout (44%).

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Egyptian court sentences 683 more to death

An Egyptian court has sentenced 683 people to death in another mass trial against alleged rioters accused of murder and attempted murder of several police officers in Minya. Mohammed Badie, the supreme leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, is among them.

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Egyptians vote in constitutional referendum - Middle East - Al Jazeera English

Egyptians vote in constitutional referendum. First ballot since military overthrew President Morsi Likely to spawn presidential bid of General al-Sisi – Al Jazeera.

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Egypt: Christians scapegoated after dispersal of pro-Morsi sit-ins - Amnesty International

A detailed report into the attacks targeting Coptic Christian communities in August reveals the extent of the failure of the security services to protect the minority group, said Amnesty International.

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Egypt, again

At least 53 people were killed during demonstrations of the supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood in the 40th anniversary of Egypt’s war with Israel in Cairo and across the country on Sunday, a health ministry official said.

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Five years blogging!

Five years blogging from this spot! Since my first post about the US presidential campaign, the first one for Obama, to this day, hundreds of stories have found a place in this blog. Comments, links, selected news about topics I considered interesting and I hope my readers and followers too.

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Egypt braces for protests despite crackdown - Middle East - Al Jazeera English

Egypt braces for new protests. The Muslim Brotherhood call will test how much the security crackdown has crippled the group and if they can still mobilize their base – Al Jazeera.

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ElBaradei accused in Egypt of "breaching national trust"

A Cairo court has set a September trial date for Mohamed ElBaradei on charges of “breaching national trust” for resigning as interim vice-president for foreign affairs when the violent crackdown of the pro-Morsi sit-ins began on August 14. The fact that a trial is going to take place because a politician decided to resign for conscience reasons, speaks out about how the political situation stands in Egypt. The order to release Hosni Mubarak contributes to a bad image.

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Egypt PM suggests dissolution of Brotherhood

Egyptian Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi has proposed the legal dissolution of the Muslim Brotherhood and the government is studying the idea. The Muslim Brotherhood was dissolved by Egypt’s military rulers in 1954, but registered itself as a non-governmental organization in March. Also has a legally registered political arm, the Freedom and Justice Party.

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Egypt's Christians face unprecedented attacks - Al Jazeera

Mina Thabet, an activist with Christian rights group the Maspero Youth Union, told Al Jazeera on Friday that at least 32 churches had been “completely destroyed, burned or looted” in eight different governorates over the previous two days in Egypt.

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