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Egypt Votes on Final Day, With All Eyes on Turnout

Egyptian authorities have warned people to vote or risk paying a fine, as they look to boost turnout in a lackluster election that is virtually guaranteed to hand President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi a second four-year term.

El-Sissi faces only a token opponent in the vote, which resembles the referendums held by autocrats for decades before the Arab Spring uprisings of 2011 briefly raised hopes of democratic change.

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Cairo Voters Back Native Son Sisi despite Economic Woes

In Cairo's El-Gamaleya neighborhood where Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi grew up, residents reeling from rising prices plan to support the incumbent in this month's presidential election despite economic woes.

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Egypt Arrests Ex-Presidential Candidate Abul Fotouh

Egyptian police arrested on Wednesday a leading government critic and party leader Abdel Moneim Abul Fotouh, security officials said, while prosecutors remanded into custody another leading dissident.

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Egypt Presidential Poll Not 'Free or Fair', Rights Groups Say

Egyptian presidential elections expected to be dominated by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi next month will be "neither free nor fair", more than a dozen human rights groups said Tuesday.

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Egypt Building Huge Water Treatment Plant amid Supply Concerns

Egypt is building a major water treatment and desalination plant, the president said Monday, as the Nile-dependent nation plans for any fallout from an upstream dam being built by Ethiopia.

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Egypt Presidential Hopeful Says Will Reconsider Election Bid

Former Egyptian premier and presidential hopeful Ahmed Shafiq said on Sunday he was reconsidering his intention to run in the 2018 presidential elections, after relatives said his whereabouts were unknown for around 24 hours.

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Egypt Detains 29 People who Allegedly Spied for Turkey

Egypt's public prosecutor ordered 29 people to be detained for 15 days pending an investigation into accusations they spied for Turkey and joined a "terrorist" group, his office said Wednesday.

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Egypt Criticizes U.S. Decision to Cut Aid

Egypt on Wednesday criticized a U.S. decision to reduce financial aid and withhold some military assistance as a "misjudgment" of strategic ties between the two allies.

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Gulf Foreign Ministers to Discuss Qatar Crisis in Cairo

Egypt will host the foreign ministers of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain on Wednesday to discuss the crisis with Qatar, Cairo's foreign ministry said. 

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Egyptians Brace for Austere Ramadan after Reforms

Ramadan is a time for daytime fasting and lavish evening feasts, but Egyptians are scaling back preparations for the Muslim holy month this year after austerity measures fueled decades-high inflation.

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