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Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi gives an address after the gunmen attack in Minya, accompanied by leaders of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces and the Supreme Council for Police (unseen), at the Ittihadiya presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt, May 26, 2017 in this handout picture courtesy of the Egyptian Presidency. The Egyptian Presidency/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

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CAIRO (Reuters) - Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi signed into law a controversial bill regulating the work of non-governmental organisations, a presidential decree showed on Monday.

Human rights groups and activists say the law effectively bans their work and makes it harder for charities to operate.

The bill restricts NGO activity to developmental and social work and introduces jail terms of up to five years for non- compliance. [nL8N1DU59P]

(Reporting by Ahmed Aboulenein; Writing by Eric Knecht; Editing by Giles Elgood)

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