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Truce Holds as Cairo Talks Turn to Gaza Blockade

Negotiators in Cairo addressed the thorny issue of the Israeli Gaza blockade on Tuesday night, as the second day of a 72-hour truce neared its end.

As Gaza's residents ventured out to try to piece together their battered lives, Israeli and Palestinian negotiators held a second round of indirect talks aimed at finding a durable end to the five-week confrontation.

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Rights Group Demands Sisi Probed over Egypt Killings

Human Rights Watch on Tuesday demanded that Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and two other officials be investigated for their roles in a brutal crackdown that killed hundreds in likely "crimes against humanity".

Security forces stormed two sit-ins of supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi in Cairo's Rabaa al-Adawiya and Nahda squares on August 14, 2013, resulting in what HRW termed "one of the largest killings of demonstrators in a single day in recent history".

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Israeli Delegation Arrives in Cairo for Truce Talks

An Israeli delegation arrived in Cairo on Monday for indirect negotiations with Palestinians on a durable truce in Gaza, Egypt and Israeli officials said.

The Palestinian delegation meanwhile was already locked in talks with Egyptian intelligence mediators, who will relay their demands to the Israeli negotiators, a Palestinian official said.

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Egypt Army Says 11 Militants Killed in Sinai

Egyptian troops have killed 11 militants in shoot-outs in the restive Sinai Peninsula where security forces have battled an insurgency since president Mohamed Morsi's overthrow, the army said on Monday.

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Israeli Negotiators Land in Cairo for Gaza Talks

An Israeli delegation arrived in Cairo on Wednesday to discuss with Egyptian officials a possible ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, airport officials said.

Cairo, a key mediator in truce negotiations between Israel and Gaza's Hamas rulers, was also expected to host a Palestinian delegation later this week.

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Three Dead in Egypt as Planned Bomb Attack Fails

Three people were killed when two bombs they were carrying in a pick-up truck went off prematurely south of Cairo, Egyptian government and security forces announced on Wednesday.

The three, who were allegedly planning an attack, were killed outright when the truck was completely blown apart in the village of Shurafa.

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Egypt Army Says 14 Jihadists Killed in Sinai

Egyptian troops have killed 14 jihadists in shoot-outs in the restive Sinai Peninsula, scene of an insurgency since the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, the army said Sunday.

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Morsi's Fugitive Son Arrested at Egypt Train Station

A son of ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi, who was sentenced to a year in prison for possession and use of hashish, was arrested early Friday at a train station south of Cairo, security officials said.

Abdullah Morsi, 19, who security officials said was on the run, was arrested while boarding a train heading to Upper Egypt. His arrest was also reported by the official MENA news agency.

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Egypt Road Crash Kills 17

At least 17 people were killed in Egypt on Tuesday when a bus ploughed into a truck south of Cairo, state television reported.

The accident occurred near the town of Safaga, 570 kilometers (about 355 miles) south of Cairo, the report said, adding that 25 other passengers were injured in the crash.

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Cairo Power Pylon Targeted by Bombs

Three small bombs exploded on Sunday in a western Cairo suburb, targeting an electricity transmission pylon and cutting power to the area for nearly an hour, a security official said.

Militants have stepped up attacks in Egypt, mostly against the security forces, since the army ousted Islamist president Mohammed Morsi in July 2013 and the new authorities launched a deadly crackdown on his supporters.

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