Egyptian singer Suha Mohamed Ali performs in a music video. She was recently sentenced to six months in jail for inciting debauchery. YouTube hide caption

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A television journalist, behind bars inside Tora Prison — also called "Scorpion" — in Cairo. The Egyptian government has drawn criticism, and scorn, for allegedly whitewashing brutal conditions there. Asmaa Waguih/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Cairo's ornate buildings are a mix of 19th century European and Middle Eastern architecture. A massive project is designed to restore their glory, but street vendors and river boat drivers say they are being displaced by the effort. Courtesy Soheir Zaki Hawas hide caption

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Mohamed Hashem, one of Saudi Arabia's best known musicians, plays the oud, a Middle Eastern lute. Leila Fadel/NPR hide caption

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Egyptians carry the coffin of 1st Lt. Mohammed Adel Abdel Azeem, one of more than 20 Egyptian military personnel killed by militants in the Sinai on July 1. Hassan Ammar/AP hide caption

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Pictured here in a protest sign, Egyptian photojournalist Mahmoud Abou Zeid has been held without charge since his arrest on August 14, 2013. He was taken into custody by Egyptian police while he was taking pictures during a chaotic protest in Cairo. Amr Nabil/AP hide caption

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