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Egypt Policeman Sentenced to 15 Years for Killing Detainee

An Egyptian court sentenced a policeman on Monday to 15 years in prison for shooting dead a man in detention, judicial sources said.

The low-ranking policeman shot dead the detainee in April inside a Cairo police station.

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Egypt Policeman Killed, Another Wounded in Shooting Attack

A policeman was killed and another seriously wounded in northern Egypt on Monday when gunmen in a parked car fired at patrolling officers, a security official said.

The two policemen were on patrol in the Nile Delta province of Gharbiya when they approached a car parked at the side of a road, the official said.

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Norway: Donor Conference in Cairo Once Lasting Gaza Truce

International donors will meet in Cairo to pledge funds for the reconstruction of Gaza as soon as a lasting ceasefire is reached between Israel and the Palestinians, Norway announced Monday.

The funds raised under the aegis of Egypt and Norway will be released to Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas, said Norwegian Foreign Minister Boerge Brende, whose country heads the international coordination committee for aid to the Palestinians.

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Israel Warns on Security as Gaza Truce Talks Resume

Israel warned Sunday it would not countenance any long-term truce deal that did not answer its security needs as Gaza ceasefire talks were set to resume in Cairo.

Egyptian-brokered indirect negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians are taking place during a five-day lull in the fighting which is due to expire at midnight (2100 GMT) on Monday.

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Israelis, Palestinians Poised to Resume Cairo Talks

Israeli and Palestinian negotiators are poised to resume indirect talks with Egyptian mediators on reaching a more permanent ceasefire before a current truce expires at midnight on Monday.

The Egyptian government persuaded both sides late Wednesday to adhere to a new five-day ceasefire, extending an earlier three-day agreement in order to allow more time to thrash out a longer-term truce.

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Three Killed in Cairo as Morsi Backers Clash with Opponents

Three people were killed as supporters and opponents of Egypt's ousted Islamist president Mohammed Morsi clashed after Friday prayers, security officials said, a day after five people died in sporadic violence.

Supporters of Morsi have attempted to stage rallies since Thursday, the first anniversary of a deadly police crackdown in Cairo that left hundreds dead, but security forces have swiftly quashed them.

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5 Dead in Egypt as pro-Islamists Mark Rabaa Anniversary

At least five people were killed in sporadic violence in Egypt on Thursday after Islamists called protests to mark the first anniversary of a police crackdown that cost the lives of hundreds of demonstrators.

On August 14, 2013, after then army chief and now President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi had removed Egypt's first freely elected Islamist president Mohammed Morsi, police set upon thousands of Morsi supporters at protest camps in Cairo's Rabaa al-Adawiya and Nahda squares, leaving hundreds of people dead.

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Mummies in Egypt Began Long before Age of Pharoahs

The earliest evidence of mummification in Egypt suggests that the practice of wrapping bodies to preserve them after death began around 1,000 years earlier than thought, said a study Wednesday.

The study in the journal PLOS ONE is the first to describe resins and linens used as funeral wrappings dating back as far as 3350 to 4500 BC.

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Rocket Hits Israel, Gaza Truce on Brink of Collapse

A 72-hour truce between Israel and Hamas teetered on the brink of collapse Wednesday with a rocket hitting the Jewish state just hours before it expired at midnight.

Shortly before the rocket hit, an official told Agence France Presse Israel was willing to extend the lull by another three days as the Palestinians expressed hope they could reach a deal in indirect talks brokered by Egypt.

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Egypt's Mubarak Gives Passionate Defense, Verdict Due Sept 27

An Egyptian court said it will deliver its verdict in the murder trial of Hosni Mubarak on September 27, in a session Wednesday in which the ousted strongman passionately defended his 30-year rule.

Mubarak and seven security aides are accused of involvement in the deaths of hundreds of protesters during the 18-day uprising that toppled him in 2011. A previous sentence of life in prison was overturned on technical grounds.

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