Egyptian army chief Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi claims the recent military crackdown is necessary to prevent the country sliding into civil war.
Seventeen people have been sentenced to life for their involvement in deadly unrest when then-General el-Sissi announced his presidential bid. Now Egypt's president, he has warned against challenging his grasp on power.
Experts from Egypt and Germany have found an ancient necropolis, containing more than 1,000 statues and eight tombs. It's the fourth major discovery in a year, and could eventually prove a much-needed boon to tourism.
Egyptian voters may be heading to the polls early this year to pick their president. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi's re-election seems likely, but the opposition is preparing to put up a tough fight.
For the first time in a decade — and for just three days — the Rafah border crossing is open under the auspices of the Palestinian Authority. It's an important step in the reconciliation deal between Hamas and Fatah.
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