The Zagazig Criminal Court referred 12 defendants to Egypt's Grand Mufti on Thursday to issue an opinion over sentencing them to death for forming an "Islamic State-affiliated terrorist cell."
Egypt's stock market bounced back on Thursday after recording heavy losses at the start of the week.
The Suez Military Court sentenced 40 defendants to prison terms ranging from 6 to 15 years for vandalism charges on Thursday.
Egypt's state buyer, the General Authority for Supply Commodities, confirmed on Thursday it bought 60,000 tonnes of Russian wheat from Olam.
A case involving a bomb attack targeting a tourist site in Egypt's Upper Egyptian city of Luxor was referred to military court on Thursday, the prosecution said in a statement.
Egypt's Supreme Elections Commission (SEC) will announce next Sunday the schedule of and procedures for the coming parliamentary elections, it said on Thursday.
A string of coordinated attacks on military checkpoints and a police station in North Sinai's Sheikh Zuweid is "moving in the same direction" as that of Islamic State fighters, an analyst said.
A year into his rule, one of the most challenging files on the president's in-tray was militancy, which in Egypt has taken the Sinai Peninsula as its base.
Egypt's central bank is expected to keep interest rates on hold on Thursday, choosing not to cut borrowing costs to boost a slowing economy after inflation hit a five-month high in March.
Egypt's return to the international debt market after a five-year gap is set to attract heavy demand - so heavy that the new bonds risk pricing at precariously high levels.
When President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said people should not moan about Egypt because it was not like war-ravaged Iraq or Syria, his remark gave birth to a joke: New Egyptian passports should read "The Country not like Iraq or Syria."
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