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Egyptian Aak 2015 – Week 3 ( Jan 12 – 18)

(Egypt’s best known actress. May 27, 1931 – January 17, 2015) Main Headlines  Monday A Libya affiliate of ISIS has claimed the abduction of 21 Coptic Christians Court acquits 26 men in “gay bathhouse” case Egyptian security  arrests ISIS cell that … Continue reading

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Egypt and the Jewish Rabbi Abu-Hasira

Yacoub or Jacob Abu Hasira. (photo:Wikimedia Commons) Egypt – A court in Alexandria has canceled an annual Jewish festival commemorating the birthday of Abu-Hasira, a leading 19th-century Moroccan Rabbi (1805-1880). The festival was due to take place on January 9 … Continue reading

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Egyptian Aak 2014 – Week 52 ( Dec 22- 28 )

(Activist Sanaa Seif, and rights activist and lawyer Yara Sallam (Photo: Courtesy of Free Sanaa Facebook page) Main Headlines  Monday Al-Jazeera shuts down its Egypt channel Egypt extends opening of Rafah border crossing Appeals court adjourns FGM victim case to … Continue reading

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Egyptian Aak 2014 – Week 49 ( Dec 1-7)

Main Headlines  Monday Prosecutor-general will issue a decision on Mubarak’s release within 48 hours Rival groups ‪to protest Mubarak’s verdict this week Egypt’s Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis claims killing of US citizen in Western Desert Egyptian fighting for Islamic State dies … Continue reading

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Egyptian Aak 2014 – Week 48 ( Nov 24 – 30)

  (Mubarak’s lawyer following the acquittal verdict) (Photo via al-Masry al-Youm )  Main Headlines  Monday Pope urges Sisi to ensure peace during Egypt transition Schools in North Sinai to reopen soon, says minister Egypt military court upholds jail terms for … Continue reading

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Egyptian Aak 2014 – Week 44 ( Oct 27- Nov 2)

(A house was blown up during a military operation to create a buffer zone in Rafah) (via AFP) Main Headlines  Monday New law refers crimes against “vital” facilities to military prosecution Alaa Abdel-Fattah, 23 others have been detained on the … Continue reading

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Egyptian Aak 2014 – Week 40 ( Sept 29 – Oct 5)

  ( Images of detained activists spread in Cairo during Eid, via twitter) Main Headlines Monday Sisi warns Egypt students against “malicious” activates Russia, Egypt to discus MiG-fighter jets deal in October Terrorist cell in touch with ISIS arrested in … Continue reading

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Egyptian Aak 2014 – Week 39 ( Sept 22- 28)

(Egypt’s El-Sisi speaks at the United Nation General Assembly, photo via AP) Main Headline  Monday President El-Sisi is consolidating his regime, says Western diplomats UN chief flags rights abuses during meeting with Sisi in New York Islamic State urges attacks … Continue reading

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Egyptian Aak 2014 – Week 34 ( Aug 18-24)

 Main Headlines Monday Policeman was killed in an attack at checkpoint in northern Egypt Leftist and liberal parties form parliamentary coalition Egyptian interior minister says Rabaa will be remembered for police martyrs Egypt, Norway to co-host Gaza conference Ministry of … Continue reading

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Egyptian Aak 2014 – Week 33 ( August 11-17) Rabaa Anniversary

( Photo of Cairo clashes in the anniversary of Rabaa via AP) Main Headlines  Monday HRW to release report on Rabaa, despite denial of staff’s entry into Egypt  – Egypt, Saudi Arabia seek united front against Islamist militancy across the Middle … Continue reading

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