While Press Syndicate leaders await a verdict in their appeal against imprisonment, and a new media law threatens further government control, Egypt sees its worst days for press freedom.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu reportedly turned down an offer from former US Secretary of State John Kerry to make peace with Arab states in return for some concessions to Palestinians.
Omar Abdel-Rahman, an icon for the Egyptian Salafi-jihadi movement, has died in a US prison while serving a life-sentence on conspiracy charges connected to the 1993 World Trade Centre bombing.
Egyptian foreign ministry says the idea has 'never' been a point of discussion, while emphasising Cairo's commitment to a two-state solution.
Canada is expected to settle a $100-million lawsuit launched by three Canadians who were tortured in Syria in the early 2000s.
At least six soldiers including an officer were killed in a roadside bomb attack in North Sinai on Friday, local sources said.
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Three east Libyan cities cancelled their Independence Day celebrations due to pitched battles against Islamist fighters, while large crowds gathered in Misrata and Tripoli.
Washington is pushing for a new military coalition of Sunni Arab nations, involving intelligence sharing with Israel, in a move against the growing regional presence of Iran.
Nadia Saleh, former deputy governor of Beheira province, has been named among President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's new intake of cabinet ministers and governors.