File - In this Dec. 4, 2014 file photo, Mahienour al-Masry, left, a prominent activist and rights lawyer, takes notes during a trial of activists, in Cairo, Egypt. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty, File)
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Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi Wednesday pardoned more than 330 young people, most of whom had been convicted and jailed for their participation in illegal protests. Egypt's president has the authority to pardon those who have been convicted and cannot appeal their sentences. Egypt has waged a massive crackdown on dissent since Sisi led the military overthrow of Islamist President Mohammad Morsi in 2013 amid mass protests against his yearlong rule.Those measures have virtually eliminated street activism in Egypt, where mass protests in 2011 ended President Hosni Mubarak's nearly 30-year rule. Wednesday, an Egyptian court added the names of 241 suspected Islamist militants to the country's terrorism watch list for five years.
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