Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi takes over as AU chairman

Rwandan President Paul Kagame, who led an active, reformist tenure as African Union chair, passes the baton to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, seen as more likely to focus on security issues than expanding the powers of the body. IMAGES of Kagame passing handing over the chairmanship to el-Sisi

Egyptian president starts official visit in Austria

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz greets Egyptian president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in Vienna at the start of an official visit. IMAGES of the handshake

Putin and Egypt’s Sisi make joint statement

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Egyptian counterpart, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, are holding a joint press conference after their meeting in Cairo.

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Egyptian fighter jets take to skies to conduct strikes against ‘terrorist camps’ in Libya

Egyptian fighter jets have struck militant camps in neighboring Libya following the deadly attack on Egypt’s Coptic Christians, President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi announced on state television.

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VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – October 27, 2014

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The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Lebanese army battles Sunni militants in northern city of Tripoli, Egypt puts off Gaza talks following Sinai violence, Pakistan’s first female superhero fights polio in animated series, and homeless models in the Colombian capital take the runway to raise awareness of the difficulties they face.

LEBANON
Army Fights Militants in Northern City of Tripoli
Clashes intensified after a raid on an apartment in a nearby town where fighters hid weapons and ammunition.

EGYPT
Government Puts Off Gaza Talks After Sinai Violence
President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi is blaming Friday’s attacks, which killed more than 30 soldiers, on ‘foreign hands’.

PAKISTAN
Country’s First Female Superhero Battles the Polio Epidemic
‘Burka Avenger’ seeks to stress to parents the importance of vaccinating their children.

COLOMBIA
Homeless Models on Display at Bogota Shopping Center
Six young, disadvantaged people participate in a fashion show to raise awareness of the plight of the city’s nearly 9,000 homeless people.

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VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – September 8, 2014

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The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: police and protesters clash on anniversary of Chile’s military coup, North Korea announces trial for detained American citizen, mobile lab speeds up ebola testing in Sierra Leone, and Egypt’s president urges calm over massive power outages.

CHILE
Violence at Santiago March on 41st Coup Anniversary
​Demonstration held annually honors the thousands killed or disappeared and the tens of thousands imprisoned and tortured during Augusto Pinochet’s brutal reign.

NORTH KOREA
​U.S. Citizen to be Tried for ‘Hostile Act’ Next Week
​Matthew Todd Miller has been held since he allegedly ripped up his tourist visa and demanded asylum in April.

SIERRA LEONE
Mobile Lab Offers Quicker Ebola Testing in Freetown ​
Equipment flown in from South Africa decreases waiting time for diagnoses from days to hours.​

EGYPT
Leader Calls for Calm Over Widespread Power Outages
​President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi is urging Egyptian citizens to be patient while the country looks into the situation.

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Egyptian Activists Demonstrate Against Sexual Violence

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Mass public uproar has erupted across Egypt following the publication of a video showing a brutal mob sex assault on a woman in Cairo’s Tahrir Square during President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi’s inauguration in early June. Sexual harassment has only recently been criminalized in the country, and the first arrests were made shortly after the video surfaced.

Though it’s been a problem for decades, since the start of the revolution in 2011 there has been a rise of mob sexual assaults on women. There have been a reported 250 cases of “mass sexual rape and mass sexual assaults” between November 2012 and January 2014, according to statement from a coalition of women’s rights groups. And according to UN statistics, 99.3 percent of Egypt’s female population has faced some form of sexual harassment, leaving the country with what has been labeled a sexual harassment “epidemic.” The public and various women’s NGOs have criticized the state for doing little to tackle the issue of sexual violence.

VICE News headed to a demonstration organized on June 14 by various women’s rights activists, who are demanding the Egyptian state build an effective action plan to tackle the issue of sexual violence in the country.

Egypt Needs More Than a Law to Change Its Culture of Sexual Harassment: http://bit.ly/1nHn5Ae

Egyptian Election Amid Political Crisis and Insurgency: http://bit.ly/VolF7k

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Egyptian Election Amid Political Crisis and Insurgency

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Just three and half years after the popular revolution which overthrew longtime ruler Hosni Mubarak, Egyptians returned to the polls in May to participate in their second presidential election in 23 months.

Former President Mohamed Morsi was deposed by army chief Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in July 2013. The months following Morsi’s ouster have been marked by violence, regular anti-regime demonstrations, a crackdown on opposition groups, and insurgency against the country’s security forces.

All the while, Sisi’s popularity grew immensely as he prepared to stand in this election. His lone competitor was Hamdeen Sabahi, who finished third to Morsi in 2012.

VICE News reporter Seif Khirfan spoke to supporters of both candidates and those boycotting the election, discussed military rule, and attended a Sabahi campaign event. He then visited Cairo’s Tahrir Square on results night, focal point of the revolution that removed Mubarak in 2011 and anti-Morsi protests in 2013.

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VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – May, 7 2014

The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Ukraine says troops from Russia and Crimea are fighting alongside separatists in the east of the country, Egyptian presidential candidate Abdel Fattah El-Sisi says the Egyptian people will ‘put an end’ to the Muslim Brotherhood if he is elected, Iran’s hardline Revolutionary Guard says it builds then sinks replica American warships for practice, and French forces release video of their battle with rebels in the Central African Republic.

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UKRAINE
Government Says Russia has Troops in Embattled East
Officials report casualties on both sides as fighting intensifies between government troops and separatists.

EGYPT
Sisi Says Egyptians Will ‘Put an End’ to the Muslim Brotherhood
The former army chief gives his first national television interview since announcing his run for presidential office.

IRAN
Replica U.S. Ships Built and Destroyed for Target Practice
Naval chief’s comments showcase how different the Revolutionary Guard’s tone is from the more moderate President Hassan Rouhani.

C.A.R.
French Army Releases Video Of Fierce Fighting
French forces engaged in an hours-long battle with rebels believed to have killed aid workers and civilians last month.

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