A year after three Al-Jezerra journalists were arrested for allegedly aiding the Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt's reconciliation with Qatar is raising speculation that negotiations for their release could be in the works.
On Saturday, an Egyptian court acquitted former President Hosni Mubarak, his two sons, his security chief, and six top security commanders in the killing of hundreds of protesters in the 2011 Arab Spring uprising.
Egypt's 'Champions of Jerusalem' group claimed responsibility for an assault on an army post last month which killed 31. The group also pledged allegiance to the leader of the Islamic State and vowed, 'this is just the beginning.'
Egypt's media have swung decisively behind President Sisi and promised to support government policy on national security. Hundreds of journalists have warned of a 'new fascism' under the guise of fighting terrorism.
Eight men were convicted for 'inciting debauchery' after appearing in a video showing an alleged same-sex wedding. The verdict is the latest in a crackdown by Egyptian authorities agains homosexuals and atheists.
Egypt's Coptic Church threw its support to President Sisi after the overthrow of Mohamed Morsi. But the military has been slow to deliver on its pledge to repair churches damaged in Islamist reprisals.