Despite cracking down on fundamentalists, the country's rulers base their support on Islam.
Three journalists detained in Egypt for allegedly aiding a "terrorist organisation" will appear in court on Saturday, World Press Freedom Day.
The UN has lambasted Egypt after it gave 683 death sentences to alleged radicals, including leader of the Muslim Brotherhood Mohamed Badie.
More than 1 200 supporters of Egypt's Mohamed Morsi will face charges in the country's biggest trial since his ousting by the army in July.
Al-Jazeera is only one part of a puzzle of the growing restrictions on the freedom of expression of ordinary Egyptians, writes Azad Essa.
A newly formed militant group has claimed responsibility for an attack on a police checkpoint in Cairo's twin city of Giza that wounded six people.
Clashes in Egypt have led to the death of 49 people during rival rallies on the third anniversary of the 2011 revolt that toppled Hosni Mubarak.
At least 17 people have been killed during clashes between supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and police in Egypt.
Judicial sources have revealed that Egypt's deposed president Mohamed Morsi, alongside some Hamas members, will go on trial on January 28.
One student is dead and scores have been arrested amid clashes between Muslim Brotherhood supporters and Egyptian police at a Cairo university campus.
Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood wants to bring an end to the bloodshed which has plagued the country since the overthrow of President Mohamed Morsi.
Former Egypt president Mohamed Morsi says he was kidnapped by the Republican Guard the day before the army announced his removal.
The trial of ousted Egyptian president Morsi over his alleged involvement in the death of protesters has been adjourned to January.
Calm has returned to the streets of Egypt, following clashes over the weekend in which 53 people have died.
Egypt's state television says its ousted president, Mohamed Morsi, is to stand trial in a criminal court for "incitement to murder".
Three leaders of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood and the movement's former arch-foe Hosni Mubarak faced separate trials on Sunday.
Brotherhood leader Mohammed Badie has been captured in the east Cairo district of Nasr City, say security officials and state television.
Egyptian judiciary officials say former President Hosni Mubarak could be freed from custody this week.
Security forces cleared a Cairo mosque after a gunbattle on Saturday, while Egypt's government considered banning the Muslim Brotherhood.