Investigators from three countries are set to continue the search for what brought down a Russian airliner over Egypt, killing all 224 people on board. At this hour, there are few concrete answers as to what really happened.
Egypt is extending its state of emergency, first imposed following bomb attacks on two churches in April last year. An Islamist insurgency in Sinai has increasingly crept into other parts of Egypt, including Cairo.
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.
Egypt's president has vowed to use the "full range of violence" available to crack down on militants. Fifteen people suspected of carrying out attacks on security forces have been sent to the gallows.
Ahmed Shafiq, the former Egyptian prime minister seen as the major potential opposition in the 2018 election, will not run. Shafiq listed his five years away from Egypt in the UAE as one of the reasons for his decision.
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