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Syrian Dissidents to Form New Coalition at Cairo Meet

A number of Syrian opposition factions will gather in Cairo next month to form a new coalition as an alternative to an exiled West-backed alliance, officials said Saturday.

More than 200 figures from the armed and civilian opposition factions are to attend the June 8-9 gathering and discuss a roadmap aimed at ending the four-year war in Syria.

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Cairo Blasts Strain Egypt's Bomb Squad

Egyptian bomb disposal expert Diaa Fathy had long predicted he would die in a flash, before that fateful day in January when a bomb exploded on a busy road leading to the pyramids.

Fathy's death, captured in graphic video footage that went viral on the Internet, was not the first among the country's bomb disposal squad, which has defended its training program in the face of questions over its professionalism.

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Militants Set Off Bombs outside Egypt Judge's Home

Suspected militants set off three small bombs on Sunday outside the home of an Egyptian judge who sentenced Islamists to death, wounding four people and damaging the building, police said.

Judge Mutaz Khafagi, who had also sentenced Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Badie to life in prison, was in his first-floor apartment in the suburban Cairo building but was not injured in the explosions, a police official said.

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UAE Etihad Flight Diverted over Security Alert

An Etihad Airways flight traveling from Cairo to Abu Dhabi was diverted Sunday to a military base in the United Arab Emirates due to a false security alert, the carrier said.

Flight EY650 landed at al-Minhad airbase in Dubai "due to a security alert," the Abu Dhabi-based carrier said in a statement, adding that the plane was searched "but nothing of a suspicious nature was found."

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Egypt Seizes Shares of pro-Morsi Footballer's Firm

Egyptian authorities have seized share certificates belonging to former star national footballer Mohamed Aboutrika in a company he founded amid allegations it funded the blacklisted Muslim Brotherhood, judicial officials said Thursday.

The authorities have cracked down on members and supporters of the Islamist movement since July 2013, when the army ousted president Mohamed Morsi, Egypt's first freely-elected leader.

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Egypt Sentences Five to Death for Police Killings

An Egyptian court Monday sentenced to death five men convicted of killing 13 policemen in a town near Cairo during a deadly security crackdown on ousted president Mohamed Morsi's supporters in 2013.

The officers were killed in an attack on a police station in Kerdasa, on the outskirts of Cairo, on August 14, 2013 -- the same day that police killed hundreds of demonstrators in clashes as they dismantled two massive pro-Morsi protest camps in the capital.

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Four Egypt Militants Killed Making Bombs

Egyptian police said Saturday that four Islamists were killed in an accidental explosion while preparing bombs south of the capital.

Police said the suspected militants were members of the blacklisted Muslim Brotherhood movement of former Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, whom the army toppled in 2013.

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Report: Qahwaji to Travel to Egypt over Joint Arab Force

Army chief Gen. Jean Qahwaji is expected to attend a meeting for Arab military leaders in Cairo this week following an agreement at an Arab summit to establish a joint force, al-Akhbar daily reported on Tuesday.

Qahwaji will represent Lebanon at Wednesday's meeting which Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi has called for, said the report.

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Arab Army Chiefs to Meet in Cairo on Joint Military Force

Arab military chiefs will meet this week in Cairo to discuss the forming of a joint military force to fight the region's growing extremist threat, an Arab League official said Sunday.

After Arab League leaders agreed to create such a force at a March summit in Egypt, army chiefs from member states will hold talks on Wednesday on details of how the force will be created, its role and its financing, a League source told AFP.

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Egypt Court Sentences 11 to Death over 2012 Football Riot

An Egyptian court Sunday sentenced 11 football fans to death after a retrial over a 2012 stadium riot in the canal city of Port Said that left 74 people dead.

An appeals court had ordered the retrial of 73 defendants in February last year after rejecting a lower court verdict sentencing 21 people to death for being involved in the incident.

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