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Egypt court declares Hamas a terrorist group
February 28, 2015
The Cairo Court for Urgent Matters ruled Saturday that the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas is a terrorist organization. The decision was based on lawsuits alleging that Hamas is responsible for multiple attacks against Egyptian security forces, which have resulted in casualties and deaths. Ham....... [more]

Egypt detains 2 police officers over lawyer's death
February 27, 2015
Egyptian authorities on Thursday detained two police officers over allegations that they tortured a lawyer to death inside a Cairo police station. The detentions came after Prosecutor Mohammed Abdel-Shafi summoned seven police officers from the station where the event took place. Five were released....... [more]

Amnesty: Egypt military strike against Libya may amount to war crime
February 24, 2015
Amnesty International (AI) claimed Monday that the Egyptian military failed to take adequate precautionary measures to avoid civilian casualties in an attack on the Libyan city of Derna last week. The airstrikes occurred in the early morning hours of February 16, and AI argues that indiscriminate at....... [more]

Egypt court clears Mubarak officials of corruption
February 24, 2015
The Cairo Criminal Court on Tuesday acquitted Mubarak-era prime minister Ahmed Nazif and former minister of interior Habib el-Adly of all charges. Both defendants were charged with "squandering public funds and profiteering" after allegedly making an illegal deal with German Company UTSCH to sell li....... [more]

Retrial of Al Jazeera journalists postponed to March 8
February 23, 2015
The retrial of two Al Jazeera journalists accused of links to the Muslim Brotherhood has been postponed to March 8 after a brief hearing in Cairo, Egypt, on Monday. The retrial, which was set to commence Monday, has been adjourned for two weeks due to lack of eyewitnesses. Baher Mohamed and Mohamed....... [more]

Egypt activist sentenced to 5 years in retrial
February 23, 2015
An Egyptian court on Monday sentenced activist Alaa Abdel-Fattah to five years in prison in a retrial on charges stemming from the 2011 uprising. Abdel-Fattah, a secular activist, was initially charged in November 2013 and later sentenced to 15 years in prison under the country's law criminalizing u....... [more]

Islamic State kills 40 in suicide bombing
February 21, 2015
The Islamic State (IS) on Friday led suicide bombings in eastern Libya, killing at least 40 people and injuring 70 more. IS said this was the group's way of retaliating against Egyptian airstrikes protesting the IS presence in Northern Africa. The bombings occurred in the Syrian-controlled town of Q....... [more]

UN rights chief condemns Libya killings
February 18, 2015
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein on Tuesday condemned extremists for the beheading of 21 Coptic Christian men in Libya, characterizing the acts as "vile crimetargeting people on the basis of their religion." The Egyptian Christians were abducted from the Libyan city of Sir....... [more]

Copt murders in Libya are war crimes: AI
February 17, 2015
The beheadings of 21 Coptic Christians by members of the Islamic State (IS) are war crimes, Amnesty International (AI) said Tuesday. The Egyptian Christians were abducted from the Libyan city of Sirte in two separate incidents in December 2014 and January 2015. Video released on Sunday showed member....... [more]

Morsi goes on trial over espionage allegations
February 15, 2015
An Egyptian court on Sunday put ex-president Mohammed Morsi on trial over accusations of spying and leaking information to Qatar. Prosecutors, as part of the country's continued crack down on Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood, allege that Morsi endangered national security by leaking to Qatar state secret....... [more]

UN SG welcomes Egypt release of Al Jazeera journalists
February 14, 2015
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday welcomed the decision by Egyptian authorities to release on bail two Al Jazeera journalists awaiting retrial on terror charges. Baher Mohammed and Mohammed Fahmy spent more than 400 days in jail after a court found them guilty for falsifying news reports....... [more]




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