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Egypt Expels Journalist Working for French Catholic Daily

France expressed its "deepest regret" Wednesday at a decision by the Egyptian authorities to expel a journalist working for the French Catholic daily La Croix.

Correspondent Remy Pigaglio was put on a plane out of the country "for no reason", the newspaper's publication director Guillaume Goubert told AFP.

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Egypt Quashes Jail Terms for 47 Protesters

An Egyptian appeals court has overturned five-year prison sentences for 47 people for participating in unauthorized protests, but upheld fines of more than $11,000 each, judicial officials said Wednesday.

The defendants were among more than 150 people jailed in mid-May in connection with demonstrations on April 25 against Egypt's decision to hand over two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia.

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EU Arms Exports to Egypt Fuel Killings, Torture, Says Amnesty

Amnesty International has accused nearly half of the European Union's members of fueling killings and torture among other abuses in Egypt through arms exports, in a report issued on Wednesday.

International organizations have accused Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi of running an ultra-authoritarian and repressive regime since he deposed his democratically elected Islamist predecessor Mohamed Morsi in 2013.

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Azhar Grand Imam Seeks to Balance Tradition and Modernity

Al-Azhar's Grand Imam Ahmed al-Tayeb, who had a historic meeting with Pope Francis on Monday, has been on a mission to update Islamic thought while championing classical scholarship against jihadist ideologues.

The 70-year old Tayeb was appointed by ousted president Hosni Mubarak in 2010, and as a senior member of the strongman's National Democratic Party, was widely viewed as possibly another compliant cleric of the state.

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'Smoke on Board' EgyptAir Plane before Crash

Smoke was detected inside an EgyptAir plane shortly before it plunged into the Mediterranean with 66 people on board, investigators said Saturday, offering clues but no answers about why it crashed.

The Airbus A320 had been flying from Paris to Cairo early Thursday when it plummeted and turned full circle before vanishing from radar screens, without its crew sending a distress signal.

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Egypt Police Face Trial for Alleged Assault on Doctors

Egyptian prosecutors on Wednesday referred nine policemen to trial for allegedly using violence against two doctors at a public hospital when they refused to falsify a medical report, officials said.

January's incident in Cairo's northern district of Matareya caused a major backlash, with thousands of doctors later demonstrating outside their union headquarters in the city.

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Egypt's Sisi Sees 'Real Opportunity' for Israel-Palestinian Deal

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said Tuesday there is now a "real opportunity" for an Israeli-Palestinian peace settlement that would also lead to warmer ties between Egypt and the Jewish state.

In a live televised speech also addressed to the Palestinians and Israelis, Sisi urged them to draw hope from the "real and stable peace" between Israel and Egypt.

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Egypt Jails 152 over Anti-Government Protests

Egyptian courts have handed out jail sentences on the weekend to 152 people for taking part in unlicensed anti-government protests, judicial officials and lawyers said on Sunday.

The rulings were issued on Saturday by separate courts, with a first group of 51 people sentenced to two years in jail and later in the evening 151 others given five-year sentences for the same reasons.

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Egypt Pledges to Uphold Palestinian Cause at U.N.

Egypt will use its influence as chair of the U.N. Security Council in May to defend the interests of the Palestinian people, the presidency said on Monday.

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Egypt Court Recommends Death for 6 codefendants but not Morsi

An Egyptian court recommended death sentences on Saturday for six codefendants of Mohamed Morsi but not for the ousted Islamist president in their trial on espionage charges.

The presiding judge in the trial asked the mufti -- the country's official interpreter of Islamic law -- to consider death sentences for the six codefendants, saying the court would convene again on June 18 after the mufti's response.

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