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Mexico FM Heads to Cairo for Answers on Tourist Killings

Mexico's foreign minister was headed to Cairo Tuesday with relatives of tourists mistakenly killed by Egyptian security forces, after her government demanded an urgent investigation into the "unjustified attack".

Claudia Ruiz Massieu flew out of Mexico City late on Monday vowing to seek answers from Egyptian authorities on the attack that killed 12 people including at least two Mexicans.

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Mexico Says Tourists were Killed in Egyptian Air Strike

Mexico called on Egypt Monday to swiftly investigate why a group of tourists were mistakenly targeted in what witnesses described as an air strike that killed at least two Mexicans.

President Enrique Pena Nieto said 14 Mexicans were among those involved in Sunday's "grave incident" in the Western Desert.

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Warrant Issued against al-Asir over Sleeper Cells, Assassination Plots

A military judge issued on Tuesday an arrest warrant against Ahmed al-Asir for forming sleeper cells and plotting the assassination of known figures, the state-run National News Agency reported.

NNA said Judge Najat Abu Shakra issued the warrant after questioning the Salafist sheikh.

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Bid to Smuggle Narcotics Thwarted at Airport

Authorities at the Rafik Hariri International Airport thwarted an attempt to smuggle narcotics into the country en route from Brazil, through Addis Ababa and Cairo, the state-run National News Agency reported on Thursday.

The scheme was thwarted Thursday when a Swedish national tried to smuggle the ample amounts of narcotics, that almost weigh 18kg, in 12 plastic containers, NNA added.

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Ibrahim Says al-Asir's Cell has Disintegrated

General Security chief Maj. Gen. Abbas Ibrahim has said that the cell of Ahmed al-Asir has disintegrated after the arrest of the Salafist cleric at Beirut's airport last month.

In remarks to several local newspapers published on Tuesday, Ibrahim said al-Asir had been put under surveillance since the end of the battles between his supporters and the Lebanese army in Abra near the southern city of Sidon in June 2013.

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Arab League Delays Meeting on Joint Military Force

The Arab League said it had postponed indefinitely a ministerial meeting set for Thursday to approve the creation of a joint military force to intervene against jihadists.

A meeting of defense and foreign ministers "has been postponed indefinitely and a new date will be set later," the league's secretariat said Wednesday.

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Hamas: Unknown Assailants Snatch Palestinians in Sinai

Gunmen in Egypt boarded a bus carrying Palestinians from Cairo to Gaza and seized four of the passengers before letting the others continue, Hamas officials in the strip said early Thursday.

Interior ministry spokesman Iyad Bezem said in a statement that the kidnapping took place late Wednesday night in the troubled northern Sinai region as the bus headed for the Rafah border crossing into Gaza.

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IS Claims Car Bombing Of Cairo Police Building

A powerful car bomb blast tore through a Cairo police building Thursday injuring at least 29 people in the latest attack claimed by the Islamic State group against Egyptian security forces.

Six policemen were among those wounded in the explosion but officials said none of the injuries were life-threatening.

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U.S. Denounces New Egyptian Counterterrorism Law

The United States denounced Egypt's newly expanded counterterrorism law Tuesday, expressing concern about its potential impact on human rights in the country, a military ally of the U.S.

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi signed a law Sunday that would expand the government's surveillance powers and, according to critics, muzzle dissent and target critics.

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Egypt Rejects HRW Call for U.N. Probe into Protest Deaths

Egypt hit back Saturday at a call by Human Rights Watch for an international investigation into the killing of hundreds of protesters in Cairo by security forces two years ago.

The foreign ministry criticised the New York-based watchdog's report on the deaths of supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in Rabaa al-Adawiya Square as "politicised and lacking objectivity".

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