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Egypt police 'inflict pain like it's an art'

MINYA, Egypt — Inside a police station in Upper Egypt, Mohamed Farouk writhes in pain on the floor. As a plain-clothed officer whips his torso, a colleague films the screams. What the grainy footage reveals is not an isolated incident, according to lawyers and human rights groups. They say that Mohamed Farouk’s ordeal is just one example of escalating levels of abuse in police custody. 

Egypt and the US: Everything is just fine

CAIRO — Less than a month after Egypt publicly condemned an American decision to suspend portions of its annual military aid package, relations between the allies are back on track. While the cooling of relations in recent months had caused the interim Egyptian authorities to look elsewhere for funding, recent efforts to win support on Capitol Hill suggest that Egypt’s current leadership still sees American support as crucial.

US military aid freeze to Egypt is a symbol, not a blow

CAIRO — The US decision to suspend a substantial chunk of military aid to Egypt may have prompted a defiant response from the Egyptian government, but it is not the blow that it seems.

Terror in the Sinai: 3 Questions with GlobalPost's Cairo correspondent

CAIRO — Anxious about an Al Qaeda-backed insurgency growing more active by the day, the Obama administration will keep funding Egyptian army operations in the Sinai Peninsula, although the US is suspending much of the rest of its military aid to Egypt. But will Egypt's fresh war on the peninsula be enough to control extremism fostered by years of state neglect? GlobalPost's correspondent explains why fighting terror in the Sinai matters to the region and the world.

US withholds some military aid for Egypt: State Department

The US State Department announced Wednesday that "certain large-scale military systems and cash assistance" to Egypt would remain on hold, pending progress toward an "inclusive, democratically elected civilian government." The announcement came Wednesday afternoon, though the White House earlier denied that it was planning to cut all aid to Egypt.

Egypt's 'war on terror' throwing political transition off course

CAIRO — After jihadists rocked Egypt with triple dawn attacks on Monday, a resurgence of violence is jeopardizing the country’s transition to fresh parliamentary and presidential elections.

In Egypt, the kids are not alright. In fact, they're in prison

ABU ZAABAL, Egypt — On the outskirts of Cairo in the hot August sun, families waited for hours outside the Abu Zaabal prison. 'I think my son is inside,' says the mother of 15-year-old Mohamed.  She says he was arrested with his father at an anti-government protest in central Cairo on Aug. 16 — and now faces charges of murder and heavy weapons possession. 'But no one will tell me anything,' she said. 

Is a violent insurgency taking root in Egypt?

CAIRO — Today, army officials said two suicide car bombs killed at least six conscripts at the military intelligence headquarters in the North Sinai town of Rafah, bordering the Gaza Strip, raising fears that a repressive security crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood and its Islamist allies has pushed some groups to revive an insurgency that mimics the violence of the 1990s here.

Why many Egyptians aren't angry about Mubarak's release

CAIRO — Hosni Mubarak ruled Egypt with an iron fist for three decades, and when he was sentenced to life in prison last year for failing to prevent police forces from killing demonstrators in the 2011 uprising, there were celebrations in the streets.

Top Brotherhood official tells GlobalPost: Egyptians won't accept old regime

CAIRO — GlobalPost speaks to Mohamed Morsi’s former investment minister and presidential campaign spokesman, Yahia Hamed. 
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