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Israel Says to Join Cairo Truce Talks Tuesday

Israel said on Sunday it would send a delegation to attend indirect Gaza truce talks with Hamas in Cairo next week, although a minister said they would likely achieve nothing. 

Confirmation that Israel would return to the Egyptian capital on Tuesday to resume negotiations on cementing an August 26 ceasefire agreement which halted 50 days of bloodshed in Gaza, came from a senior Israeli official, who refused to give further details. 

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Deadly Shipwreck Fails to Deter Migrants in Egypt

A twist of fate stopped Abu Fahd boarding a doomed migrant boat that sank off Malta with hundreds aboard, but the Syrian and his family are already plotting another perilous voyage.

Abu Fahd, his wife and five children were supposed to take a vessel from a beach on the outskirts of Egypt's Mediterranean city of Damietta but they missed it and were arrested by the military.

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Egypt Accused of Using Detention to Silence Opponents

In his white prison uniform, Sherif Farag was forced to present his thesis behind bars where he spent months without trial, a procedure Egypt's government is accused of using to silence its opponents.

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Top Egypt Activist Demands Lifting of Protest Law

A leading activist of Egypt's 2011 revolution, Alaa Abdel Fattah, demanded on Wednesday the scrapping of a disputed protest law that the authorities imposed last year to crush opposition rallies.

Abdel Fattah, a symbol of the uprising that toppled former autocratic president Hosni Mubarak, was released on bail Monday during a retrial after being sentenced to 15 years in jail.

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Egypt Blames Organized Crime after Migrant Shipwreck Deaths

Egypt on Wednesday blamed organized criminal gangs of people traffickers operating on its territory after a boat carrying 500 illegal migrants was intentionally capsized off Malta.

The migrants, including up to 100 children, drowned after smugglers sank their ship when the passengers refused to change to a smaller vessel, survivors said.

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Jihadists Claim Bomb that Killed Six Egypt Police

Egypt's deadliest militant group has claimed the killing of six policemen in a roadside bomb in the Sinai Peninsula, where security forces frequently clash with jihadists.

Ansar Beit al-Maqdis (Partisans of Jerusalem) has orchestrated a string of attacks to avenge a deadly government crackdown on supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.

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Nine Killed in Tourist Bus Crash in Egypt

At least nine Egyptians were killed and 30 people injured, including an American and a Russian, in a tourist bus accident in southern Egypt on Tuesday, officials said.

The bus collided with another vehicle near the city of Beni Suef, about 120 kilometers (75 miles) south of Cairo, while traveling along a desert road from the temple city of Luxor to the Egyptian capital.

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Sinai Bomb Kills Six Egypt Policemen

A bomb hit an Egyptian security force convoy in the Sinai Peninsula on Tuesday, killing six policemen in the restive region where jihadists launch regular attacks.

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Egypt Brotherhood Chief Given Third Life Term

A court in Egypt on Monday jailed Muslim Brotherhood chief Mohamed Badie to life in prison for inciting clashes that killed six people, in his third such sentence.

The 71-year-old has already been sentenced to life terms in two other separate cases, as well as being handed down a death sentence along with 182 others for inciting violence in which two policemen were killed last August.

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Egypt Court Bails Top 2011 Revolt Activist Abdel Fattah

An Egyptian court Monday ordered the release on bail of Alaa Abdel Fattah, a top activist of the revolt against ex-President Hosni Mubarak, at his retrial in a case where he had been sentenced to 15 years.

Abdel Fattah, one of the most prominent faces of the 2011 uprising, is being retried after he was sentenced to 15 years in prison on charges of assaulting a policeman at an illegal protest.

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