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Prominent Egypt activist arrested

Security forces in Egypt have arrested a prominent political activist for allegedly inciting people to protest in defiance of a newly passed law requiring demonstrations to receive prior approval from authorities.

The family of Alaa Abdel-Fattah said he was arrested at his home in the capital, Cairo.

His father, Ahmed Seif al-Islam, a prominent lawyer, said police beat up his son's wife and confiscated laptops during the raid.

Mr Abdel-Fattah's wife, Manal Bahy Eldin, wrote on Twitter: "If police beat me up while I am in my home, what would they do with Alaa? I am very worried about him."

Mr Abdel-Fattah rose to prominence in the 2011 revolution which forced long-time president Hosni Mubarak out of power.

AP

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