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28 Jan 2016

Egyptian court upholds jail terms for activists

A court in Egypt has upheld two-year prison sentences for five secular opposition activists convicted of joining illegal demonstrations staged in memory of protests that were violently suppressed. According to a court official and a defence lawyer, they were accused of taking part in an event in November 2015 in memory of the violence four years earlier.
A court in Egypt has upheld two-year prison sentences for five secular opposition activists convicted of joining illegal...

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26 Jan 2016

Two years in Egyptian jail for wearing anti-torture T-shirt

The Egyptian government has been slammed for the continued detention of a young student for wearing an anti-torture t-shirt. Mahmoud Hussein has spent more than two years in jail for the t-shirt without being charged, which Amnesty International said on Tuesday was an "utter disgrace" and "flagrant violation of Egyptian and international law". Hussein was just 18-years-old when he was arrested in 2013 for wearing a "Nation Without Torture" t-shirt and a scarf with the logo of "25 January Revolution".
The Egyptian government has been slammed for the continued detention of a young student for wearing an anti-torture...

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1 Jan 2016

Egypt’s president calls for parliament to assemble after three-year hiatus

Egypt s president has called for a new parliament to convene on 10 January, more than three years after the old Islamist-dominated chamber was dissolved. Egyptians held the second phase of parliamentary elections in November but critics said voting was undermined by a heavy security crackdown on Islamist and other opposition groups.
Egypt s president has called for a new parliament to convene on 10 January, more than three years after the old...
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23 Sep 2015

Egypt’s President Pardons Journalists Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed

President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi issued a decree on Wednesday pardoning two imprisoned journalists from the Al Jazeera English news network as well as youth activists convicted of protesting, according to a presidential spokesman. The detainees are among thousands of people arrested by the authorities over the last two years as part of a crackdown on free speech and dissent. Mr. Sisi s government had faced scrutiny in particular over the cases of the Al Jazeera journalists, members of Egypt s international press corps who were arrested on charges that human rights advocates called ludicrous and who were convicted after trials that appeared free of any incriminating evidence.
President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi issued a decree on Wednesday pardoning two imprisoned journalists from the Al Jazeera...

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29 Aug 2015

Egyptian court sentences Al-Jazeera journalists to three years in prison

An Egyptian court has sentenced three Al-Jazeera English journalists to three years in prison, the last twist in a long-running trial criticised worldwide by press freedom advocates and human rights activists. It wasn't immediately clear how the sentence would affect the three men. Greste, who was deported in February, spoke to Al-Jazeera from Sydney and criticised the verdict. Mostefa Souag, Al-Jazeera English acting director-general, said the decision "defies logic and common sense". "The whole case has been heavily politicised and has not been conducted in a free and fair manner," Souag said in a statement.
An Egyptian court has sentenced three Al-Jazeera English journalists to three years in prison, the last twist in a...

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20 Aug 2015

Car Bomb Explodes Near a Security Building in Cairo

A car bomb detonated with a thunderous explosion in front of a security building in Cairo early Thursday morning, the authorities said. It was the latest in a series of attacks in the capital that have unnerved Egyptians and underscored the challenges facing the government of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in its campaign against Islamist militants. The blast occurred in the working class neighborhood of Shubra al-Kheima shortly before 2 a.m., tearing through a local office of the government s national security force and ripping down part of the building s facade.
A car bomb detonated with a thunderous explosion in front of a security building in Cairo early Thursday morning, the...

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18 Aug 2015

Egypt Widens Government Power With New Anti-Terrorism Law

President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt has issued a counterterrorism law that gives state security officers wider immunity from prosecution, expands the government s surveillance powers and penalizes journalists for contradicting official accounts of militant attacks. Egyptian officials say the law is a response to militants stepped-up campaign of violence against Mr. Sisi s government. The attacks have shaken the country s stability and resulted in the deaths of hundreds of police officers and soldiers.
President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt has issued a counterterrorism law that gives state security officers wider...

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17 Aug 2015

Morsi appeals death sentence in Egyptian court

The defence for ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi has filed an appeal against a death sentence and life-in-prison term for the former leader, a lawyer says. An Egyptian court upheld the death sentence against the former leading member of the Muslim Brotherhood in June for the alleged offences during the 2011 uprising against former president, Hosni Mubarak. The court had consulted Egypt's grand mufti, the government interpreter of Islamic law who plays an advisory role.
The defence for ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi has filed an appeal against a death sentence and life-in-prison...
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5 Jul 2015

Egypt journalists face jail for reporting non-government terrorism statistics

Egypt was accused of making a savage assault on free speech on Sunday, after its cabinet drafted a law that criminalises the reporting of terrorism statistics that differ from those the government provides. Under an article in the new terrorism law presented to the president for his final approval, journalists face at least two years in jail if they publish figures that contradict those that state institutions such as the army release.
Egypt was accused of making a savage assault on free speech on Sunday, after its cabinet drafted a law that criminalises...

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29 Jun 2015

Egypt’s Top Prosecutor, Hisham Barakat, Is Killed by Roadside Bomb

Egypt s top prosecutor died on Monday of wounds he sustained when a powerful bomb detonated next to his car as he was driving to work, state news media reported. The prosecutor, Hisham Barakat, is the most senior Egyptian official to be killed since insurgents began a wave of violent attacks against the military-backed government nearly two years ago.
Egypt s top prosecutor died on Monday of wounds he sustained when a powerful bomb detonated next to his car as he was...

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17 May 2015

US ‘deeply concerned’ by Egypt’s death penalty decision for Mohamed Morsi

The US is deeply concerned about an Egyptian court decision to seek the death penalty for the former president Mohamed Morsi, a State Department official said on Sunday. The US criticism follows condemnation from Amnesty International and Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, after the court ruling on Saturday against the deposed leader and 106 supporters of his Muslim Brotherhood in connection with a mass jail break in 2011.
The US is deeply concerned about an Egyptian court decision to seek the death penalty for the former president Mohamed...

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10 May 2015

Egyptian Court Upholds Mubarak Verdict

An Egyptian court on Saturday reconfirmed a corruption conviction of former President Hosni Mubarak amid signals from the authorities that he may soon be released. If confirmed, Mr. Mubarak s release would be the latest erosion of the charges, convictions and sentences that the authorities had hurled against him after the 2011 uprising.
An Egyptian court on Saturday reconfirmed a corruption conviction of former President Hosni Mubarak amid signals from...

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1 May 2015

Mohamed Soltan, U.S. Citizen Imprisoned in Egypt, Is Released

Mohamed Soltan, an American citizen who spent nearly two years in an Egyptian prison on charges that he supported an Islamist protest, has been released by the Egyptian authorities and flew back to the United States on Saturday, his family said in a statement.
Mohamed Soltan, an American citizen who spent nearly two years in an Egyptian prison on charges that he supported an...

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22 Apr 2015

Egypt’s Morsi sentenced to 20 years in jail

A Cairo court has sentenced former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and 12 other defendants to 20 years in prison. Morsi was convicted on Tuesday of ordering the arrest and torture of protesters in clashes outside the presidential palace in December 2012. The court acquitted the former president of murder charges that could have seen him face the death penalty.
A Cairo court has sentenced former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and 12 other defendants to 20 years in prison. Morsi...
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1 Apr 2015

Egypt’s “meaningless” rule of law

ON THE afternoon of Jan. 24, a young Egyptian poet and political activist joined other members of the secular Socialist Alliance Party in peacefully attempting to lay flowers in Cairo s Tahrir Square in memory of those killed in the 2011 revolution. According to witnesses and videos, masked police fired birdshot into the group from behind at close range; Shaimaa al-Sabbagh , the mother of a 5-year-old, died in the arms of a friend.
ON THE afternoon of Jan. 24, a young Egyptian poet and political activist joined other members of the secular Socialist...

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1 Apr 2015

US lifts arms embargo on Egypt

The United States has announced it is lifting its hold on the supply of military equipment to Egypt, which was frozen when the military took power in Cairo nearly two years ago. The White House said President Barack Obama was freeing up the equipment and making other changes to military ties with Washington's long-time ally to support US interests while encouraging Egypt's political reforms.
The United States has announced it is lifting its hold on the supply of military equipment to Egypt, which was frozen...

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16 Mar 2015

Egypt to Build a Potemkin Capital

The teeming, maddening, and indescribably charming city of Cairo has served as Egypt's capital for 1,000 years. When it emerged it was perhaps the most important cultural center in the Arab world. But the city's days as Egypt's capital could be numbered. On Friday, the Egyptian government announced that the country will build a new capital from scratch, carving out a piece of the desert between Cairo and the Suez Canal.
The teeming, maddening, and indescribably charming city of Cairo has served as Egypt's capital for 1,000 years. When it...
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4 Mar 2015

Egyptian court suspends parliamentary elections

An Egyptian court has suspended the country's upcoming parliamentary elections, following an earlier Supreme Constitutional Court ruling deeming laws regulating the vote unconstitutional. The decision by Judge Yahia Dakrouri of the Administrative Court on Tuesday was expected after the higher court's ruling last week. The country's election committee later will set a new date for the vote.
An Egyptian court has suspended the country's upcoming parliamentary elections, following an earlier Supreme...

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23 Feb 2015

Egypt sentences leading activist to five years in jail

An Egyptian court has sentenced Alaa Abdel Fattah, a leading figure in the country's 2011 uprising, to five years in jail in a move condemned by human rights observers . Abdel Fattah, 33, was a leading secular figure in the revolt that toppled president Hosni Mubarak. Abdel Fattah is one of several activists to have been jailed since the army overthrew president Mohamed Morsi in mid-2013, and launched a crackdown on his Muslim Brotherhood and other groups, including secular democracy activists.
An Egyptian court has sentenced Alaa Abdel Fattah, a leading figure in the country's 2011 uprising, to five years in...

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23 Feb 2015

Egypt minister ‘recorded discussing protest crackdown’

An audio recording obtained by Al Jazeera appears to reveal Egypt's Interior Minister discussing how the government can crack down on protesters across the country, using everything from water cannon to live rounds. Mohamed Ibrahim is heard presiding over a meeting of Egypt's Central Security Force ahead of a major protest lead by youth groups on November 28, 2014. Hundreds of youth activists were arrested during the protest.
An audio recording obtained by Al Jazeera appears to reveal Egypt's Interior Minister discussing how the government can...

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16 Feb 2015

Egypt ‘bombs IS in Libya’ after beheadings video

Egypt says it has bombed Islamic State targets in Libya, hours after the group published video showing the apparent beheadings of 21 Egyptian Christians. State TV said the dawn strikes had targeted camps, training sites and weapons storage areas. Earlier, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said Egypt had the "right to respond" against IS.
Egypt says it has bombed Islamic State targets in Libya, hours after the group published video showing the apparent...

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12 Feb 2015

Egypt court grants bail to Al Jazeera journalists

An Egyptian court has granted bail to the detained Al Jazeera journalists Baher Mohamed and Mohamed Fahmy. A retrial was ordered by the country's Court of Cassation last month, overturning a lower court's verdict that had falsely found them guilty of helping the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group. The three journalists, along with seven colleagues outside the country, were accused of spreading "false news" during their coverage of demonstrations protesting a military toppling of former president Mohamed Morsi in 2013.
An Egyptian court has granted bail to the detained Al Jazeera journalists Baher Mohamed and Mohamed Fahmy. A retrial was...

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9 Feb 2015

Islamic State: Egyptian President Sisi Calls for Help in IS Fight

In a SPIEGEL interview, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi discusses his country's struggles, the forceful overthrow of his predecessor Mohammed Morsi and the threat against Egypt posed by Islamic State and the Muslim Brotherhood.
In a SPIEGEL interview, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi discusses his country's struggles, the forceful...

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4 Feb 2015

Coming to Mourn Tahrir Square’s Dead, and Joining Them Instead

Shaimaa el-Sabbagh, a 31-year-old mother and a poet, was shot by masked riot police officers on Jan. 24 while laying flowers in Tahrir Square. She and other activists had come to mark the fourth anniversary of the start of Egypt s Arab Spring uprising. Attempts by friends and bystanders to save her life failed. Ms. Sabbagh s funeral the next day in Alexandria drew crowds of mourners. Ms. Sabbagh has become a symbol of the Egyptian authorities intolerance of protest.
Shaimaa el-Sabbagh, a 31-year-old mother and a poet, was shot by masked riot police officers on Jan. 24 while laying...

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29 Jan 2015

Bomb Attacks at Security Sites in Sinai Kill at Least 26

A series of simultaneous bombings targeting security facilities in the Sinai killed at least 26 people Thursday night, prompting fears that the Egyptian government s campaign of home demolitions, curfews and sweeping arrests has failed to choke off a budding insurgency there. The wave of bombings was the first major outburst of violence since the main Islamist militant group operating in the Sinai pledged allegiance to the Islamic State in November.
A series of simultaneous bombings targeting security facilities in the Sinai killed at least 26 people Thursday night,...

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25 Jan 2015

Shocking moment female socialist activist is gunned down by police during demonstrations on fourth anniversary of Arab Spring that ousted Hosni Mubarak

A female demonstrator was killed in clashes with Egyptian police during a protest in central Cairo today on the eve of the anniversary of the 2011 uprising against Hosni Mubarak. A health ministry spokesman said Shaima al-Sabbagh died of birdshot wounds, which fellow protesters said were fired by police to disperse the march.
A female demonstrator was killed in clashes with Egyptian police during a protest in central Cairo today on the eve of...

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22 Jan 2015

Egypt orders release of Mubarak Sons

An Egyptian court has ordered the release of the sons of ousted President Hosni Mubarak pending their retrial in a corruption case, their lawyer told the Reuters news agency. Farid el-Deeb said on Thursday this meant that Alaa and Gamal Mubarak should be released because they were not being tried in any other cases.
An Egyptian court has ordered the release of the sons of ousted President Hosni Mubarak pending their retrial in a...

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19 Jan 2015

Mohamed Morsi rails against Sisi ‘coup’ at Egypt espionage trial

Ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi gave evidence in his espionage trial for the first time on Sunday, launching into a tirade against his successor, whom he accused of removing him in a coup. Appearing in a caged dock dressed in white prison uniform, Morsi presented his own defence for the trial in which he stands accused of espionage along with 35 others. "I am the president, and I have not been stripped of this title," Morsi said during his two-hour appearance in which he attacked Sisi several times without mentioning him by name.
Ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi gave evidence in his espionage trial for the first time on Sunday, launching...
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9 Jan 2015

Egypt sets dates for parliamentary polls

The parliamentary election is the final step in a political roadmap the army announced in July 2013 after its removal of Mohamed Morsi, Egypt's first democratically elected president, following mass protests against his rule. The second phase of the poll will be held on April 26-27. Critics say President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who as army chief toppled Morsi, has undermined freedoms gained after the uprising that ended 30 years of autocratic rule under Hosni Mubarak. In the absence of parliament, Sisi has wielded legislative authority used to introduce economic reforms that have impressed investors, while also curtailing political freedoms.
The parliamentary election is the final step in a political roadmap the army announced in July 2013 after its removal of...
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28 Dec 2014

Egypt jails Muslim Brotherhood leader

A senior Muslim Brotherhood leader in Egypt has been sentenced to six years in prison for insulting a panel of judges. Mohamed el-Beltagy, who heads the Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Part, was accused of offending presiding judge Shaaban el-Shami for a case in which he and 130 other defendants are accused of staging prison breaks during the January 2011 uprising that toppled longtime leader Hosni Mubarak.
A senior Muslim Brotherhood leader in Egypt has been sentenced to six years in prison for insulting a panel of judges....

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27 Dec 2014

Egypt Reported to Ban Latest U.S. “Exodus’ Film

"Exodus: Gods and Kings," the $140 million Hollywood film about the biblical escape of the Jews from Egypt, will not be shown there because it asserts historical falsehoods and spreads a "Zionist view," the Egyptian culture minister was quoted as saying on Friday. If confirmed, a ban in Egypt would make it the second Arab country this week to bar "Exodus," after a reported decision by Morocco to bar its distribution in theaters on Christmas just as it was about to be shown.
"Exodus: Gods and Kings," the $140 million Hollywood film about the biblical escape of the Jews from Egypt, will not be...

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30 Nov 2014

Protests erupt in Egypt after Hosni Mubarak charges dropped

Protests erupted at universities across Egypt after a court s decision to drop criminal charges against Hosni Mubarak, the president who was removed from power in the uprising of 2011. Hundreds of demonstrators gathered at Cairo University, waving pictures of Mubarak behind bars and demanding the "fall of the regime", the rallying cry of the Arab Spring uprisings that shook governments across the Middle East three years ago.
Protests erupted at universities across Egypt after a court s decision to drop criminal charges against Hosni Mubarak,...

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29 Nov 2014

Egyptian Court Dismisses All Charges Against Mubarak

An Egyptian court on Saturday dismissed all remaining criminal charges against former President Hosni Mubarak, raising the possibility that Mr. Mubarak could go free for the first time since he was removed from office in the 2011 uprising that defined the Arab Spring.
An Egyptian court on Saturday dismissed all remaining criminal charges against former President Hosni Mubarak, raising...
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28 Nov 2014

Four dead in Egypt anti-government protest

At least four protesters have been killed and scores of others injured in the Egyptian capital as thousands took to the streets of Cairo against the government of President Abdel Fatah al-Sissi, heeding to a call by the opposition Salafist Front. The protesters were killed after security forces opened fire in the district of Matrya in eastern Cairo, witnesses told Al Jazeera.
At least four protesters have been killed and scores of others injured in the Egyptian capital as thousands took to the...

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17 Nov 2014

Torture taint in Egypt custody death

An Egyptian student has died in police custody in Cairo, triggering allegations that he was tortured to death. Mohamed Ramadan Yehia, who was a law student at the Ain Shams University, died late on Sunday inside a Cairo police station, state-run newspaper Al-Ahram reported on Monday. Aswat Masriya, an affiliate of Reuters news agency, quoted an unnamed security source as saying that Yehia died of breathing difficulties.
An Egyptian student has died in police custody in Cairo, triggering allegations that he was tortured to death. Mohamed...

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29 Oct 2014

Egypt to clear residents from Gaza border

Egyptian authorities have ordered residents living along the country's eastern border with the Gaza Strip to evacuate their homes prior to their demolishing because the army plans to set up a buffer zone. The measure comes four days after armed men attacked an army post, killing at least 31 soldiers in the restive area in the northeastern corner of the Sinai Peninsula.
Egyptian authorities have ordered residents living along the country's eastern border with the Gaza Strip to evacuate...
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25 Oct 2014

Attack on Egyptian military checkpoint kills dozens

The attack occurred in Sheikh Zuweid, a few kilometres from Gaza, and is the single-largest strike on Egyptian security forces since the army ousted the Islamist president, Mohamed Morsi, last July. The death toll is higher than the 25 police conscripts shot in cold-blood in Sinai last August, and is expected to rise further, with 28 more people critically injured, the health ministry said. The attack follows militant strikes on Israeli soldiers near a more southerly point on the Egyptian border on Wednesday. Jihadist extremists have carried out strikes in Sinai for over a decade, but their attacks increased significantly following Morsi s overthrow.
The attack occurred in Sheikh Zuweid, a few kilometres from Gaza, and is the single-largest strike on Egyptian security...

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17 Oct 2014

Egypt’s U.S-Backed Military Regime is Brutalizing Student Protestors

Just a few short months after John Kerry disingenuously congratulated Egypt s military junta for 'transitioning to democracy', the young students who helped galvanize the 2011 Egyptian Revolution are back protesting its increasingly draconian rule. Campus protests have broken out in several major cities calling for the release of imprisoned student activists and for the removal of new limits on academic freedom imposed by the regime.
Just a few short months after John Kerry disingenuously congratulated Egypt s military junta for 'transitioning to...

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1 Oct 2014

Egypt Seizes Newspapers to Censor an Article

The Egyptian authorities on Wednesday confiscated all the copies of one of the country s largest private newspapers in order to censor an article, just days after President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi vowed in an American television interview that there was "no limitation on freedom of expression in Egypt."
The Egyptian authorities on Wednesday confiscated all the copies of one of the country s largest private newspapers in...
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25 Sep 2014

Egypt says Erdogan’s UNGA speech ‘full of lies and fabrications’

Egypt on Thursday slammed Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's comments at the UN General Assembly, in which he said that President Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi came to power in a coup. Speaking to representatives of 193 countries at the annual high-level UN meeting on Wednesday, Erdogan said, "If we are going to defend people who come to power through coups, then I ask the question why we exist as the United Nations."
Egypt on Thursday slammed Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's comments at the UN General Assembly, in which he said...

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13 Sep 2014

Muslim Brotherhood Says Qatar Ousted Its Members

An Egyptian leader of the Muslim Brotherhood said Saturday that several of the group's prominent members had been asked to leave Qatar, in an apparent concession to a campaign by other Persian Gulf monarchies to pressure Qatar away from its support for the group.
An Egyptian leader of the Muslim Brotherhood said Saturday that several of the group's prominent members had been asked...

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12 Aug 2014

Egypt massacre was premeditated, says Human Rights Watch

Egyptian security forces intentionally killed at least 817 protesters during last August's Rabaa massacre, in a premeditated attack equal to or worse than China's Tiananmen Square killings in 1989, Human Rights Watch (HRW) has argued in a report. The 195-page investigation based on interviews with 122 survivors and witnesses has found Egypt's police and army "systematically and deliberately killed largely unarmed protesters on political grounds" in actions that "likely amounted to crimes against humanity".
Egyptian security forces intentionally killed at least 817 protesters during last August's Rabaa massacre, in a...

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9 Aug 2014

Egypt court dissolves Muslim Brotherhood’s political wing

An Egyptian court has dissolved the Freedom and Justice party, the political wing of the banned Muslim Brotherhood. A court banned the Muslim Brotherhood itself in September, but that ruling did not cover its political wing, leaving open the possibility that it could be allowed to run in parliamentary elections. But the latest ruling, made on Saturday, effectively bans the Brotherhood from formal participation in electoral politics.
An Egyptian court has dissolved the Freedom and Justice party, the political wing of the banned Muslim Brotherhood. A...

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7 Jul 2014

Egypt’s president says al-Jazeera journalists should never have been tried

Egypt's president has acknowledged for the first time that the heavy sentences handed down to three al-Jazeera journalists had a "very negative" impact on his country's reputation, saying he wished they had never been put on trial. The comments by Abdel Fatah al-Sisi to Egyptian media editors, published late on Sunday, are the first public recognition by Egyptian officials that the case has damaged the country's international relations
Egypt's president has acknowledged for the first time that the heavy sentences handed down to three al-Jazeera...

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6 Jul 2014

Egypt’s Sisi defends fuel price rise of 78% as taxi drivers stage protests

Cairo's taxi and microbus drivers have staged impromptu protests in anger at a surprise rise in fuel prices, providing an early test of the popularity of Egypt's new president, Abdel Fatah al-Sisi. In several Cairo neighbourhoods roads were temporarily blocked as fleets of the city's distinctive white taxis came to a standstill, while in the canal cities of Suez and Ismailia police used tear gas to disperse a small gathering of microbus drivers
Cairo's taxi and microbus drivers have staged impromptu protests in anger at a surprise rise in fuel prices, providing...
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6 Jul 2014

Egypt’s Sisi defends fuel price rise of 78% as taxi drivers stage protests

Cairo's taxi and microbus drivers have staged impromptu protests in anger at a surprise rise in fuel prices, providing an early test of the popularity of Egypt's new president, Abdel Fatah al-Sisi. In several Cairo neighbourhoods roads were temporarily blocked as fleets of the city's distinctive white taxis came to a standstill, while in the canal cities of Suez and Ismailia police used tear gas to disperse a small gathering of microbus drivers
Cairo's taxi and microbus drivers have staged impromptu protests in anger at a surprise rise in fuel prices, providing...
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5 Jul 2014

Egyptian court sentences Muslim Brotherhood leader to life in prison

The leader of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, Mohamed Badie, was sentenced on Saturday to life in prison for inciting violence in street protests last year, an Egyptian television channel reported. Egypt's ONTV reported that the presiding judge, Hassan Farid, said the 70-year-old incited violence "to achieve terrorist goals after the army removed the Brotherhood's Mohamed Morsi from the presidency in July 2013.
The leader of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, Mohamed Badie, was sentenced on Saturday to life in prison for inciting...

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24 Jun 2014

Al-Jazeera journalists’ stiff sentences prompt international outrage at Egypt

International outrage at Egypt's brutal crackdown on dissent intensified on Monday after three journalists for Al-Jazeera English were sentenced to up to a decade in jail for endangering Egypt's national security in a verdict that dealt both a shocking blow to Egyptian free speech and a humiliating rebuke to American attempts to moderate the worst excesses of Egypt's security state
International outrage at Egypt's brutal crackdown on dissent intensified on Monday after three journalists for...

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23 Jun 2014

John Kerry meets Egyptian president and foreign minister in Cairo

US-Egyptian ties have inched closer to normality as America's top diplomat, John Kerry, held talks in Cairo with Egypt's new president. Kerry met Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, the former general who was elected president last month, and his foreign minister, Sameh Shoukry, on Sunday, hours after it was announced that the US had resumed almost all of its suspended aid to Egypt.
US-Egyptian ties have inched closer to normality as America's top diplomat, John Kerry, held talks in Cairo with Egypt's...

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10 Jun 2014

Egyptian Government Criticized Anew Over Response to Sexual Assaults

Rape victims and women s rights advocates lashed out on Tuesday at the escalating attempts by the Egyptian government and news media to dismiss a plague of sexual assaults more than three years after the Arab Spring uprising began to expose the scale of the problem.
Rape victims and women s rights advocates lashed out on Tuesday at the escalating attempts by the Egyptian government...

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6 Jun 2014

Three al-Jazeera journalists could be jailed for up to 15 years

Prosecutors sought the highest possible jail terms for three al-Jazeera English journalists on trial in Egypt, after accusing them, in their closing statements on Thursday, of making "a devilish pact" with the ousted Muslim Brotherhood.
Prosecutors sought the highest possible jail terms for three al-Jazeera English journalists on trial in Egypt, after...

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30 May 2014

Divided Egypt disputes strength of Sisi’s mandate

Everyone knew Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, Egypt's former army chief, would win the country's presidential election this week. The question was how many Egyptians would turn out to validate his coronation. Preliminary results suggest over 46% of the electorate took part, the vast majority of them voting for the former field marshal. Predictably, the ensuing debate has revolved around two questions. Is the turnout figure believable? And if it is, how much legitimacy does it grant Sisi?
Everyone knew Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, Egypt's former army chief, would win the country's presidential election this week....

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28 May 2014

Egyptian election extension harms vote’s credibility, says poll observer

The decision to extend Egypt's presidential runoff into a third day has seriously harmed the credibility of the poll, one of the election's main international observers has claimed. The election was scheduled to end on Tuesday night but officials extended it by 24 hours amid concerns about a lower-than-expected turnout.
The decision to extend Egypt's presidential runoff into a third day has seriously harmed the credibility of the poll,...

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28 May 2014

Egyptian Presidential Challenger Withdraws Monitors

The lone challenger in Egypt's presidential election withdrew all his monitors from the polls early Wednesday, complaining that many were arrested or assaulted by the police for attempting to keep an eye on the ballots. Then, after two days of growing alarm about the conspicuous absence of voters, the flagship state newspaper abruptly shifted to reporting "heavy turnout" in its banner headline even as private newspapers continued to report the opposite. The state searches for a vote, declared Al Masry Al Youm. "The ballot boxes searching for voters," declared Al Shorouk.
The lone challenger in Egypt's presidential election withdrew all his monitors from the polls early Wednesday,...

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27 May 2014

Egypt’s anointing of Sisi will lay bare west’s battle between interest and values

In private, western government ministers and officials admit that Sisi's "road-map" cannot include the aspirations that accompanied the fall of Hosni Mubarak. But in the battle between interests and values, interests win hands down: these include fighting jihadis in Sinai, keeping the peace with Israel, and economics. The UK is Egypt's biggest source of foreign direct investment. Huge Egyptian debts to British companies are unlikely to be paid if London is at loggerheads with Cairo for the foreseeable future. The US defence industry needs pragmatic engagement, not principles. Counter-terrorism may turn out be Sisi's trump card - just as it was for Mubarak.
In private, western government ministers and officials admit that Sisi's "road-map" cannot include the aspirations that...

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26 May 2014

Massacre of Muslim Brotherhood enables Sister to emerge from shadows

On the campaign trail, Egypt's next president, Abdel-Fatah al-Sisi, has aimed much of his attention at women. They are "the calm, soft and rational voice in the house", he said in one interview. "I'm asking you now to preserve our bigger house: Egypt." On Monday, women at several polling stations in north Cairo appeared to respond to his call, vastly outnumbering male voters. But one women's group stayed home - the female wing of the Muslim Brotherhood, which boycotted the election.
On the campaign trail, Egypt's next president, Abdel-Fatah al-Sisi, has aimed much of his attention at women. They are...

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21 May 2014

Egyptian Court Convicts Mubarak of Embezzlement

A criminal court here convicted former President Hosni Mubarak on Wednesday of diverting millions of dollars in public money for his personal use in a case that rights advocates say could also now implicate the current prime minister and spy chief in a cover-up. The court sentenced Mr. Mubarak, 86 and living under house arrest in a military hospital overlooking the Nile, to three years in prison. His sons Gamal and Alaa were each sentenced to four years for their role in the scheme. The court ordered the three to pay penalties and make repayments totaling more than $20 million.
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12 May 2014

Egypt’s Sisi says he will step down as president if people rise against him

Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, the former army chief most likely to become Egypt's next president, has said he will resign if his presidency sparks mass protests. "If people go down to protest, I will say: I am at your service," Sisi told Sky News Arabia in an interview broadcast on Sunday. "I can't wait until the army asks me to [resign]." Sisi has one opponent in the runoff, which culminates in a two-day poll on 26-27 May, and is expected to win
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3 May 2014

More than 100 Muslim Brotherhood supporters sentenced in Egypt

More than 100 supporters of Egypt's deposed Islamist President Mohamed Morsi were sentenced to 10 years in jail on Saturday on charges of murder and inciting violence, judicial sources said. Violence has increased in the country since last July, when the army toppled Morsi and authorities launched a crackdown on his supporters in the Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt s oldest Islamist group. Thousands of its supporters have been arrested and hundreds killed, and its leaders are on trial.
More than 100 supporters of Egypt's deposed Islamist President Mohamed Morsi were sentenced to 10 years in jail on...

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3 May 2014

AJ staff denied bail on press freedom day

An Egyptian court has denied bail to three Al Jazeera journalists, and extended the imprisonment of a fourth for 45 days in hearings that coincided with World Press Freedom Day. The judge on Saturday adjourned the case of Mohamed Fahmy, Peter Greste and Baher Mohamed until May 15, after hearing Fahmy repeat his request for bail. The first bail request was rejected on March 31.
An Egyptian court has denied bail to three Al Jazeera journalists, and extended the imprisonment of a fourth for 45 days...

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29 Apr 2014

Political Executions in Egypt

An out-of-control government in Egypt has now sentenced more than 680 people to death in a mass trial that lasted a few minutes and is part of an organized effort not just to crush its political opponents but to eliminate them. Last month, a court delivered a similar sentence on 529 others. The sentences further demonstrate that the military-led government s ruthless disregard for the law and its contrary political views go far beyond anything that former President Mohamed Morsi was accused of doing when he was deposed by the army in July.
An out-of-control government in Egypt has now sentenced more than 680 people to death in a mass trial that lasted a few...

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28 Apr 2014

Egypt court to pass final judgment on 529 protesters facing death

An Egyptian court on Monday will pass final judgment on 529 Muslim Brotherhood supporters sentenced to death last month in a case that has provoked outrage among rights groups. The same judge will issue verdicts against another 683 accused of violence, including Mohamed Badie the Muslim Brotherhood s top leader
An Egyptian court on Monday will pass final judgment on 529 Muslim Brotherhood supporters sentenced to death last month...

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11 Apr 2014

Egypt’s Tahrir Square dream fades as Sisi builds power

Mubarak's army-backed dictatorship, the continuation of a police state established by Gamal Abdel Nasser with the ousting of the monarchy in 1952, had faced down an Islamist insurgency that targeted him, his ministers and tourists in the 1990s. In 30 years of Mubarak rule, military tribunals with scant respect for civil law sentenced 90 Islamist militants to death, of whom 68 were executed. In nine months of Sisi's army-led government, courts have condemned 529 Islamists to death.
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10 Apr 2014

Egypt Freed Activist Alaa Abdel Fattah on Regime’s Repression and State of the Revolution

Long-time activist Alaa Abdel Fattah was released from his latest detention last week, bailed after 115 days behind bars. He spoke to Democracy Now! on Sunday about his latest arrest, the July 2013 coup, the regime's crackdown on dissent and opposition, and the state of the Revolution, more than three years after the fall of Hosni Mubarak:  They are on a sentencing frenzy. This is not just about me. It's almost as if it s a war on a whole generation.
Long-time activist Alaa Abdel Fattah was released from his latest detention last week, bailed after 115 days behind...

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24 Mar 2014

529 Egyptians Sentenced to Death in Killing of a Police Officer

A criminal court here sentenced 529 people to death on Monday after a single session of their mass trial, convicting them of murder for the killing of a police officer in the city of Minya during riots after the ouster of former President Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood, state media reported. The swift conviction of so many in one stroke was a sudden acceleration of the sweeping crackdown against Mr. Morsi s Islamist supporters and against other dissenters that has unfolded since his removal last summer.
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22 Mar 2014

Morsi supporters face mass trial in Egypt

More than 1,200 supporters of Egypt's ousted president Mohamed Morsi face charges in the country's biggest trial since an August police crackdown, judicial sources have said. Among the defendants in Saturday's trial, to be held south of Cairo n Minya, will be the spiritual leader of Morsi's now-banned Muslim Brotherhood, Mohamed Badie, the sources said.
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14 Mar 2014

Former Egyptian General Calls Promise of Free Elections a ‘Farce’

Critics of the military takeover here often say the generals promise of free elections is little more than a bad joke. Now a prominent former military man who cheered the takeover seems to agree: Ahmed Shafik, a former general and prime minister and the runner-up in the last presidential election, has called it a "farce."
Critics of the military takeover here often say the generals promise of free elections is little more than a bad joke....

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24 Feb 2014

Mohamed Morsi accused of passing state secrets to Iran

An Egyptian prosecutor on Sunday accused the ousted Islamist president of passing state secrets to Iran's Revolutionary Guard, the first such explicit detail in an ongoing espionage trial. If convicted, Mohamed Morsi could face capital punishment. He already stands accused of a string of other charges, some of which also carry the death penalty, levelled as part of a crackdown on his Muslim Brotherhood group after the military deposed him last summer.
An Egyptian prosecutor on Sunday accused the ousted Islamist president of passing state secrets to Iran's Revolutionary...
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6 Feb 2014

Egypt army chief Abdel Fatah al-Sisi will run for president, report says

Egypt's army chief, Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, has finally confirmed his intention to run for Egypt's presidency, a Kuwaiti newspaper has claimed. In an interview, Sisi was quoted as saying: "Yes, it has been decided, I have no choice but to meet the demands of the Egyptian people. I will not refuse this request."
Egypt's army chief, Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, has finally confirmed his intention to run for Egypt's presidency, a Kuwaiti...

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28 Jan 2014

Egypt’s Ruler Eyes Riskier Role The Presidency

When Egypt s first freely elected president, Mohamed Morsi, named General Abdul-Fattah el-Sisi defense minister, the officer pledged to keep the military out of politics and make way for civilian democracy. A year later, General Sisi ousted Mr. Morsi, insisting the military was answering the people s call to secure their revolution. Just three weeks later, he once again said he was turning to the people when he urged them to take to the streets to give him a personal mandate to crush Mr. Morsi s base of support in the Muslim Brotherhood.
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27 Jan 2014

Militants Down Egyptian Helicopter, Killing 5 Soldiers

Islamist militants shot down an Egyptian military helicopter in the Sinai Peninsula with a surface-to-air missile over the weekend, raising new alarms about the terrorist insurgency that developed there in response to the military takeover last summer
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26 Jan 2014

Clashes Kill 49 Egyptians on Uprising’s Anniversary

Thousands of Egyptians celebrated the third anniversary of their revolt against autocracy on Saturday by holding a rally for the military leader who ousted the country s first democratically elected president. Elsewhere, at least 49 people died in clashes with security forces at rival antigovernment protests organized by Islamists and left-leaning activists.
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20 Jan 2014

Egypt Says Twitter Post by Liberal Was Crime

A prosecutor on Sunday charged one of Egypt s most prominent liberal intellectuals with insulting the judiciary because he posted a message on Twitter criticizing a court ruling against three American nonprofits that promote democracy.
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19 Jan 2014

Overwhelming Vote for Egypt’s Constitution Raises Concern

Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday raised concerns about the fairness of a referendum on Egypt s revised Constitution after the military-led government announced that it had passed with an extraordinary 98.1 percent of the vote.
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17 Jan 2014

Egypt’s Crackdown Belies Constitution as It Nears Approval

A new constitution revised after the military takeover was headed to ratification by more than 95 percent of the votes cast, official Egyptian news media said Thursday, even as the authorities stepped up a crackdown on journalists and dissenters that human rights advocates said belied the charter s promises of free speech.
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30 Dec 2013

Al Jazeera demands Egypt release journalists

The Al Jazeera Media Network has condemned the arrest of four of its journalists held by Egyptian authorities since Sunday night, and has demanded their immediate release. Award-winning Nairobi-based correspondent Peter Greste, Al Jazeera English bureau chief Mohamed Fahmy, Cairo-based producer Baher Mohamed and a fourth staff journalist have been held in custody since their arrest by security forces on Sunday evening. Greste is a veteran journalist who over the past two decades has worked for Reuters, CNN and the BBC.
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27 Dec 2013

Egypt Broadens New Crackdown on Brotherhood

Just a day after Egypt s military-backed government declared the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist group, a more aggressive crackdown was already emerging Thursday, as the authorities announced dozens of arrests across the country, and the seizure of land, stocks and vehicles belonging to the Islamist movement s members.
Just a day after Egypt s military-backed government declared the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist group, a more aggressive...

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26 Dec 2013

Egyptian govt threatens Brotherhood leaders with death sentences

Cairo has seen several homemade bomb attacks in recent months, though they have typically targeted security forces. Thursday's blast appeared to be the first targeting civilians. Last month Mohamed Mabrouk, a lieutenant colonel in the state security service, was killed near his home in Nasr City. Interior Minister Mohammed Ibrahim survived an assassination attempt in the neighborhood in September. Thursday's blast came hours after the interim government labeled the Muslim Brotherhood a "terrorist organization" and froze the assets of charities linked to the group. Egyptian authorities have arrested 23 Muslim Brotherhood supporters Thursday on accusations of belonging to a terrorist organization.
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26 Dec 2013

Bomb blast hits bus in Cairo

Five people were injured on Thursday when a bomb exploded near a bus at a busy intersection in Cairo, one day after the interim government classified the Muslim Brotherhood a "terrorist organization" and two days after a blast at a police station in the Nile Delta city of Mansoura killed 14 people. The bomb detonated in the Nasr City neighborhood, in front of Al-Azhar University. Ambulance workers said one of the injured passengers was in critical condition.
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24 Dec 2013

Egypt police HQ explosion spokesman blames Muslim Brotherhood

Mohamed Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood has been called a terrorist group by a spokesman for Egypt's cabinet, according to a state-run news agency, after the group was blamed for an explosion at a police headquarters 80 miles (130km) north of Cairo that killed at least 14 people early on Tuesday morning.
Mohamed Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood has been called a terrorist group by a spokesman for Egypt's cabinet, according to a...

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23 Dec 2013

Egyptian prisoners go on hunger strike to protest conditions

More than 300 prisoners in Egypt, including Al Jazeera reporter Abdulla Al Shami, have gone on hunger strike to protest against "ill-treatment" and the conditions they're being held in. The prisoners, who announced the strike on Monday, claim their prison cells are full of insects and that they are allowed to go outside for just half an hour a day. They also said that prisoners are housed in small cells with as many as 60 people.
More than 300 prisoners in Egypt, including Al Jazeera reporter Abdulla Al Shami, have gone on hunger strike to protest...

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23 Dec 2013

Egyptian court jails three secular leaders of 2011 uprising

Three of the figureheads of Egypt's 2011 uprising have been jailed for three years, the first secular activists to be sentenced in a crackdown that has previously centred on Islamist supporters of the former president Mohamed Morsi.
Three of the figureheads of Egypt's 2011 uprising have been jailed for three years, the first secular activists to be...

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21 Dec 2013

Ousted Egypt president Mohamed Morsi to face third trial

Egypt has announced that 130 people who escaped from jail during the uprising against the former president Hosni Mubarak including former president Mohamed Morsi will face trial. These are the third set of charges brought against Morsi since he was removed by the army in July and they intensify the relentless repression of his Muslim Brotherhood group in the months that followed.
Egypt has announced that 130 people who escaped from jail during the uprising against the former president Hosni Mubarak...

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21 Dec 2013

Mohammed Morsi faces Egypt terrorism charges

Egypt's ousted President Mohammed Morsi is to stand trial on charges including conspiring with foreign organisations to commit terrorist acts. Prosecutors said Mr Morsi had formed an alliance with the Palestinian militant group Hamas and Lebanon's Hezbollah. Thirty-five others, including former aides and leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood, have also been charged.
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19 Dec 2013

Hosni Mubarak sons and ex-PM acquitted in corruption trial

An Egyptian court has acquitted the former president Hosni Mubarak's two sons and his last prime minister of corruption charges. The Cairo criminal court found Gamal and Alaa Mubarak and Ahmed Shafiq innocent in a case that arose from the sale in 1995 of a plot of land to the then president's sons by an association led at the time by the former prime minister, judicial officials said.
An Egyptian court has acquitted the former president Hosni Mubarak's two sons and his last prime minister of corruption...

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19 Dec 2013

Hosni Mubarak sons and ex-PM acquitted in corruption trial

An Egyptian court has acquitted the former president Hosni Mubarak's two sons and his last prime minister of corruption charges. The Cairo criminal court found Gamal and Alaa Mubarak and Ahmed Shafiq innocent in a case that arose from the sale in 1995 of a plot of land to the then president's sons by an association led at the time by the former prime minister, judicial officials said.
An Egyptian court has acquitted the former president Hosni Mubarak's two sons and his last prime minister of corruption...

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1 Nov 2013

Brotherhood protests erupt in Egypt ahead of Morsi trial

Thousands of Muslim Brotherhood supporters demonstrated across Egypt on Friday, responding to a call from a pro-Mohamed Morsi alliance for daily protests until the ousted president stands trial on Monday.
Thousands of Muslim Brotherhood supporters demonstrated across Egypt on Friday, responding to a call from a pro-Mohamed...

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9 Oct 2013

US to cut military and economic aid to Egypt in shift of policy after ‘coup’

The Obama administration is poised to slash hundreds of millions of dollars in military and economic assistance to Egypt, US officials have said. An announcement is expected this week. The US has been considering such a move since the Egyptian military removed the country's first democratically elected leader in June. It would be a dramatic shift for the Obama administration, which has declined to label President Mohamed Morsi's ousting a coup and has argued it is in US national security interests to keep aid flowing.
The Obama administration is poised to slash hundreds of millions of dollars in military and economic assistance to...

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23 Sep 2013

Egypt court bans Muslim Brotherhood ‘activities’

A court in Egypt has banned "all activities" by the Muslim Brotherhood. The Cairo Court for Urgent Matters said the ruling applied to the Islamist movement, its non-governmental organisation and any affiliated groups. It also ordered the interim government to seize the Brotherhood's funds and form a panel to administer its frozen assets until any appeal had been heard.
A court in Egypt has banned "all activities" by the Muslim Brotherhood. The Cairo Court for Urgent Matters said the...

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13 Sep 2013

Egypt extends Morsi’s detainment

Egypt's prosecution ordered a 30-day extension for former president Mohamed Morsi's detainment on Friday. Thousands of his supporters to to the streets to protest the move, and some of the demonstrations turned violent. Morsi is accused of conspiring with Hamas to break into prisons and attack state institutions, as well as involvement in murder and attempted murder during the January 2011 revolt against Hosni Mubarak's regime.
Egypt's prosecution ordered a 30-day extension for former president Mohamed Morsi's detainment on Friday. Thousands of...
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