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Most of the countries that have restored ties with Damascus are motivated by their strong desire to undermine Turkey's objectives in the wider region.

Comment: An open letter from more than 150 personalities from the Arab world, calling for the release of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails and prisoners of conscience in the region.

Egypt's Sisi tests team daily to prevent coronavirus infection

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Egypt's Sisi tests team daily to prevent coronavirus infection

Dozens of people working closely with Egypt's President Sisi are subject to the daily coronavirus testing, said an official Egyptian source.

Egypt's president expands powers, citing virus outbreak

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Egypt's president expands powers, citing virus outbreak

President Sissi approved amendments to the country's state of emergency, granting him and security agencies additional powers.

Death no. 1005: Shady Habash

Ahmed Mefreh

Death no. 1005: Shady Habash

Comment: Appalling detention conditions and deliberate medical negligence are killing thousands in Egyptian jails, writes Ahmed Mefreh.

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Egypt arbitrarily extends pre-trial detention of over 1,600 defendants

Amnesty said Egypt had flouted basic due process guarantees by citing the Covid-19 pandemic to extend the pre-trial detention of over 1,600 detainees without holding proper court hearings.

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Egypt reopens slowly to revive coroanvirus-hit economy

Egypt has loosened a strict coronavirus curfew for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in an effort to kickstart the economy.

Sam Hamad

How jail became a death sentence for Egyptian filmmaker

Comment: Medical negligence for political prisoners means time in Egyptian jail is nothing short of a death sentence, writes Sam Hamad.

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Egyptian director jailed over video critical of Sisi dies

24-year-old Shady Habash died inside the Tora prison, where numerous activists and political detainees are similarly held without trial.

Egypt's Sisi legislates against coronavirus, and his people

Sam Hamad

Egypt's Sisi legislates against coronavirus, and his people

Comment: Sisi is taking advantage of the coronavirus pandemic to expand his already autocratic grip on power, and to protect Egypt's elites, ...

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The Middle East at war with coronavirus: Top stories

An Arab-Israeli doctor is leading the charge against coronavirus in the country, and sad news as Turkey police shoot Syrian refugee dead during ...

Egypt tech firm 3D-prints face shields for health workers

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Egypt tech firm 3D-prints face shields for health workers

A Cairo-based tech company has built face shields and delivered them to thousands of Egyptian medics on the frontlines of the coronavirus ...

A job or a calling? Human rights in Egypt

Bahey el-Din Hassan

A job or a calling? Human rights in Egypt

Comment: Founder of the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies, Bahey el-Din Hassan takes a in-depth look at the personalities and ...

Israel slams Egyptian show predicting destruction of Jewish state

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Israel slams Egyptian show predicting destruction of Jewish state

Israel has slammed as 'unacceptable' the prediction of its demise in an Egyptian television series that has aired despite a peace treaty with ...

Egyptian authorities abduct former child prisoner activist

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Egyptian authorities abduct former child prisoner activist

Marwa had abandoned her past as a political activist a 'long time ago', according to her husband, but she has still been detained by the ...

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Virus measures threaten Egypt's fragile economy

The partial lockdown threatens the livelihoods of many of Egypt’s 100 million residents, one of three of whom were already living in poverty, according to government figures.

Ella Linskens

North Sinai residents see blockade as 'blessing' amid coronavirus

Egypt's imposition of a mandatory "self-isolation" in the North Sinai governorate may allow it to steer clear of a coronavirus outbreak.

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Hundreds of Egypt's medical workers apply for US visa

Egypt's healthcare workers are submitting visa applications to the US embassy after seeing an open call for doctors and health workers by the US ...

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Egypt uses closed schools to distribute social support money

Egypt announces new coronavirus measure, taking load off its social support centres by designating its now-closed schools and youth centres to ...

UAE coronavirus aid to Syrians shouldn't mean rehabilitating Assad

Sam Hamad

UAE coronavirus aid to Syrians shouldn't mean rehabilitating Assad

Comment: Don't be fooled, it's not humanitarian help UAE is offering Assad, its normalisation of his tyrannical regime, writes Sam Hamad

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Egypt frees prominent activist amid calls for prisoner releases

Authorities released Shady el-Ghazaly Harb amid calls for a prisoner releases due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Egypt sentences rights lawyer to prison for BBC interview

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Egypt sentences rights lawyer to prison for BBC interview

Egyptian former lawmaker Zyad el-Elaimy has been sentenced to a year in prison.

Egypt reopens 4,700-year-old step pyramid after renovations

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Egypt reopens 4,700-year-old step pyramid after renovations

The 4,700-year-old pyramid of Djoser has been reopened to the public.

Iconic singer Umm Kulthum to star in hologram concert

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Iconic singer Umm Kulthum to star in hologram concert

A hologram projection of Arab diva Umm Kulthum will be showcased in Cairo next week.

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