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Egypt Drops Sexual Harassment Case against Ecuador Envoy

Prosecutors in Egypt have dismissed a sexual harassment complaint against Ecuador's ambassador because of insufficient evidence, the foreign ministry in Quito said Monday.

An unidentified woman working as a consultant to Ecuadoran diplomatic staff in Cairo made the allegation against German Espinoza last month, a ministry statement said.

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26 Men Acquitted of 'Debauchery' in Cairo Bathhouse Trial

An Egyptian court on Monday acquitted 26 men accused of "debauchery" after their night-time arrest from a Cairo bathhouse for suspected homosexual activity, in a case which triggered international concern.

The men were arrested in the December 7 raid on a hamam in the Azbakeya district of the capital, amid fears of a widening police crackdown on gays in Egypt.

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Iraq PM Criticizes 'Slowness' of Coalition Support for Army

Iraq's Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi Sunday criticized the "slowness" of the U.S.-led international coalition against Islamic State jihadists in providing military support to his army.

The IS group last year took control of large swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria. 

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Amal Clooney Disputes Egypt Arrest Warning Story

British human rights lawyer Amal Clooney has disputed a story reporting how Egyptian officials warned her she risked arrest last year if she released a report in Cairo critical of the judiciary.

In an article for the Huffington Post, Clooney said it was "experts in Egyptian affairs" who issued the warning over a February 2014 report for the International Bar Association, not the authorities, as was reported in The Guardian.

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Gunmen Shoot Dead Two Egyptian Policemen

Gunmen shot dead two Egyptian policemen in a pre-dawn attack while they were on patrol Tuesday in the southern city of Minya, the interior ministry said.

Policemen and soldiers have faced regular militant attacks since the army ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013.

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Egypt Reports 10th Bird Flu Death this Year

Egyptian health authorities on Monday reported the country's 10th death this year from bird flu, as well as the first case of H5N1 infection in the capital.

The death occurred last week in the southern province of Aswan, health ministry spokesman Hossam Abdel Ghaffar said.

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Gunmen Kill Policeman in Egypt's Alexandria

Gunmen killed a policeman and wounded three others in a drive-by attack on a patrol in Egypt's second city Alexandria on Sunday, a security official told Agence France Presse.

"Armed men aboard a minibus opened fire on them and then made off," the official said.

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Policeman Shot Dead in Cairo

Gunmen on a motorbike killed a policeman and wounded another in a drive-by shooting in the Egyptian capital on Saturday, the interior ministry said.

"Armed men on a motorcycle opened fire on the police before fleeing," ministry spokesman Hani Abdel Latif told AFP.

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Two 'Jihadists' Shot Dead at Cairo Checkpoint

Police on Friday shot dead two members of Egypt's most active jihadist group Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, the interior ministry announced.

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438 Egypt Islamists Face Military Trial over Violence

Egypt's authorities referred 438 supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi to military courts Saturday over violence that followed the bloody dispersal of Cairo sit-ins last year, judiciary sources said.

Since ex-army chief and now President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi deposed Morsi in July 2013, his followers have been the target of a relentless crackdown by the authorities, who are also accused of exploiting the judiciary in their fight against the Islamist opposition.

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