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Daryan Calls for Muslim, Christian Unity against 'Dark Forces'

Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Latif Daryan called on Muslims and Christians to confront a common enemy that is committing atrocities against nations and religious beliefs under the name of Islam.

“Coexistence between Muslims and Christians calls for equality in rights and duties without any discrimination,” Daryan said in his a speech at a two-day international conference in Cairo on fighting extremism.

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Head of Egypt's al-Azhar Condemns IS 'Barbarity'

The head of Al-Azhar, one of the most prestigious centers of Sunni Islam learning, on Wednesday condemned "barbaric crimes" committed by the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria.

Militants are acting "under the guise of this holy religion and have given themselves the name 'Islamic State' in an attempt to export their false Islam," Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb told the opening session of a two-day international conference in Cairo on fighting extremism.

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Daryan in Egypt for Anti-Terrorism Conference

Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Latif Daryan traveled to Cairo on Tuesday to attend an international conference on ways to confront terrorism and extremism.

Christian and Muslim representatives from around 130 countries are expected to attend the two-day conference organized by Grand Sheikh of al-Azhar.

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Egypt Police Tear-Gas Protesters Denouncing Mubarak Verdict

Egyptian police fired tear gas Saturday at more than 1,000 protesters in central Cairo who gathered to denounce a court's decision to drop a murder charge against ousted president Hosni Mubarak.

An Agence France-Presse correspondent said police also used water cannons and chased protesters in side streets near Tahrir Square, the hub of the uprising that forced Mubarak to step down in early 2011.

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Mubarak Says 'Did Nothing Wrong' as Court Drops Murder Charge against Him

An Egyptian court dismissed Saturday a murder charge against Hosni Mubarak over the deaths of protesters during the 2011 uprising against him, sparking celebrations among supporters but fury from the former president's opponents.

Mubarak, who ruled for three decades until he was driven from office, was also acquitted of a corruption charge but will remain in jail on a three-year sentence in a separate graft case. 

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15 Trapped in Deadly Cairo Apartment Block Collapse

Rescue teams battled to free 15 people trapped in the rubble of a Cairo apartment block early Tuesday after it collapsed during the night, killing at least 10 others.

The Egyptian capital's emergency services chief General Mamduh Abdelkader said that investigators were still probing the cause of the collapse in the poor eastern neighbourhood of Matariya but that illegal construction work was suspected.

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Egypt to Offer Projects to Domestic, Foreign Investors

Egypt will offer a slew of projects to domestic and foreign investors at a conference in March aimed at kick-starting an economy battered by years of political unrest, the prime minister said Saturday.

Falling tourist revenues and slowing investments have left Egypt's economy in ruins after nearly four years of turmoil that saw two presidents ousted following mass street protests.

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Sisi to visit France, Italy in First EU Trip

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi visits France and Italy next week in his first European trip since ousting his Islamist predecessor and overseeing a crackdown that damaged Egypt's international standing.

Sisi, who was then army chief, overthrew president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013, prompting a wave of violence between Morsi supporters and security forces that drew rebukes from the U.S. and Europe. 

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Sinai Militants Kill Five as Egypt Probes Sea Attack

Militants shot dead five Egyptian conscripts in the Sinai Peninsula on Thursday, as the army searched for eight servicemen missing after an attack on a navy boat in the Mediterranean.

The military carried out air strikes in Sinai, killing three members of the Islamist militant group Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, security officials said.

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Mashnouq to Cairo to Purchase Egyptian-Made Military Equipment

Interior Minister Nouhad al-Mashnouq headed a security delegation to Egypt on Sunday to purchase military equipment as part of the Saudi grant to the Lebanese army, the al-Joumhouria daily reported.

"The visit aims to purchase military equipment made in Egypt," for the benefit of the army "and to put efforts together in a bid to combat the spread of terrorism," the daily said on Monday.

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