Topic: Egypt
TERRORISM & SECURITY
Egypt deports journalist Peter Greste. Will it free his Al Jazeera colleagues?
Peter Greste, an Australian reporter, was convicted last year in a widely criticized trial that underscored authorities' determination to crack down on dissent after a 2013 coup. Many other journalists and activists have been detained. 
Deadly Sinai attack undercuts Egyptian army claims of anti-IS success
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.
CHANGE AGENT
Africa could end hunger in next decade
Despite challenges Africa countries are making significant progress toward ending hunger, a UN official says.
Islamic State claims responsibility for major attack on Egypt's Sinai Peninsula
After suffering one of the worst attacks in recent memory, Egypt is left reeling.
THE MONITOR'S VIEW
Remodeling democracy, 800 years on
Global surveys show rising distrust of traditional democracy, and many institutions. Yet other indicators suggest young people want different types of civic engagement. The media must probe beyond the politics of conflict.
BACKCHANNELS
Jordan would swap a mass murderer for its ISIS-held pilot. Is that a mistake?
Not necessarily.
In Hamas leader’s exit from Qatar, signs of growing Saudi-Egyptian influence
With the strengthening of an Egyptian-Saudi axis in the Gulf that is hostile to the Muslim Brotherhood, Qatar could no longer serve as a base of political operations for Hamas leader Khaled Meshal.
Mubarak sons walk free in Egypt. Will the former dictator be next?
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. 
King Tut's beard snaps off, is hastily glued back on
The famed 3,000-year-old mask of Tutankhamun has been damaged, after conservators attempted to glue the ancient Egyptian pharaoh's distinctive blue beard back on with epoxy.
BACKCHANNELS
Egypt's President Sisi declares freedom of speech sacrosanct
Meanwhile, protesters, journalists, and political opponents continue to go to jail.
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