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Ahmed Alaa, shown here in Cairo, spent three months in prison for raising a rainbow flag at the concert of a Lebanese band in Cairo last year. Jane Arraf/NPR hide caption

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After Crackdown, Egypt's LGBT Community Contemplates 'Dark Future'

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Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi leads an Arab foreign ministers meeting in 2015. Sissi's widely expected victory in the March 26-28 polls is seen both as an endorsement by many Egyptians of his hard-line security policies and economic aims, and the effective crushing by state security institutions of almost all dissent. Thomas Harwell/AP hide caption

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With Little Choice, Egyptians Head To The Polls In Presidential Election

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Egyptian singer Sherine Abdel Wahhab has been sentenced to six months in prison for spreading "false news." Anwar Amro/Getty Images hide caption

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Egyptian Singers Jailed For 'Inciting Debauchery'

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Boats sail on the Nile River in Cairo, Egypt, last October. Tensions between Egypt and upstream Nile basin countries, Sudan and Ethiopia, have flared up again over the construction and effects of a massive dam being built by Ethiopia on the Nile River. Amr Nabil/AP hide caption

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Sulieman Awad receives medical treatment at the Suez Canal University hospital in Ismailia, Egypt, a day after he was injured during an attack on a mosque. Militants attacked a crowded mosque during Friday prayers in the Sinai Peninsula, setting off explosives, spraying worshippers with gunfire and killing more than 300 people. Amr Nabil/AP hide caption

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A picture taken on October 21, 2017 shows an Egyptian Health Ministry ambulance parked in the desert near the site of an attack that left dozens of police officers killed in an ambush by Islamist fighters. MOHAMED EL-SHAHED/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Drivers maneuver through floodwater after a torrential rain in Alexandria, Egypt. Ibrahim Ramadan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images hide caption

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In Egypt, A Rising Sea — And Growing Worries About Climate Change's Effects

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Suad Thabet sits with her granddaughter Sandy at home in Abu Qarqas, Egypt. Thabet was attacked by a mob last year after one of her sons was accused of having an affair with a Muslim woman. Jane Arraf/NPR hide caption

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After 2016 Assault, A Coptic Christian Grandmother In Egypt Fights For Justice

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Gunmen fired on a bus carrying Coptic Christians in Minya, where many Christians live in Egypt. Here, a photo from 2015 shows Coptic Christians walking outside St. Markos Church in Minya. Roger Anis/AP hide caption

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attends the combined fire demonstration of the services of the Korean People's Army in celebration of its 85th founding anniversary in a photo released on April 26. KCNA via KNS /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Egyptian-American aid worker Aya Hijazi was held for nearly three years without a verdict, in what human rights groups have called an "arbitrary detention." Mohamed el Raai/AP hide caption

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