Jailing Islamists and sentencing them to die, Egypt's judiciary often seems to be an arm of the authoritarian regime. But the giant bureaucracy acts in its own interest, sometimes at odds with Sisi's.
Shaimaa al-Sabbagh's shooting death at a protest in January has convinced many Egyptians it's time to do something about police brutality, even supporters of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.
The Islamist movement publicly espouses a nonviolent path to power. But amid a withering crackdown by President Sisi, its followers may be turning to armed struggle, cheered on by allied TV stations.
Current and former Al Jazeera employees accuse the network of a cavalier attitude toward their safety amid political tensions between Egypt and Qatar, whose royal family bankrolls the network.
President Sisi launched airstrikes against militants in Libya, Egypt was already battling an IS affiliate in the Sinai. The two fronts may overextend Egypt's military.
Dozens of late 19th and early 20th century villas are giving way to high-rise apartment blocks. Egyptian preservationists are fighting an uphill battle to save buildings that reflect the city's cosmopolitan past.
The coordinated attack by Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis in the northern Sinai, the worst in decades against Egypt's military, appeared to expose flaws in the country's counterterrorism strategy.
Convicted last year of corruption, Alaa and Gamal Mubarak walked out of jail Thursday in Cairo after a court overturned the verdict. Former President Hosni Mubarak, who was overthrown in 2011, has also been cleared for release.
President Abdel Fattah al Sisi recently called on Muslim clerics to eschew intolerant teachings as a counterweight to extremism. But Egypt's show of solidarity with Charlie Hebdo is offset by a new decree on press freedom.
Debauchery charges brought against 26 men arrested at a Cairo bathhouse spurred international condemnation. In Egypt, a reporter's presence during the police raid raised a storm of criticism.
Rights advocates say the raid on a Cairo bath house is part of the military-backed regime’s attempt to portray itself as a guardian of morality after the ouster of a Muslim Brotherhood-led government.
Novelist and poet Omar Hazek is just one of 41,000 people arrested since a July 2013 coup in Egypt.
Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis’s claim that it killed an American serves Islamic State goals. But it may undermine the Sinai militants at home in Egypt.
Egypt has been providing support to a renegade general fighting Islamist militias in Libya including, some say, planes to conduct air strikes.
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.
Egypt's president has accused foreign powers of abetting a deadly attack last week on security forces near the Rafah crossing to Gaza. A militant group in Sinai is suspected of involvement.
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.
In antigovernment demonstrations last year at Egypt's universities, more than 800 students were arrested and 16 were killed. In response, Egypt has clamped down on security and tightened control over faculties.
Ansar Bayt el-Maqdis, the deadliest of Egypt's jihadist groups, is said to be in touch with the Islamic State. It has been largely hemmed in by the army in the Sinai, where the army says it recently killed one of its commanders.
Egypt has seen a ten-fold increase in illegal boat crossings as migrants avoid Libya and other transit points to Europe. Cyprus said Thursday it had received a distress signal from a fishing boat carrying hundreds of Syrians off its coast.
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