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9 Sep 2013

Egypt announces full-scale assault on Sinai militants

Egypt's army has announced a full-scale assault on militant areas in the restive northern Sinai desert, in what a senior Israeli official has approvingly called Egypt's first-ever serious counter-terrorism campaign in the region. Since July, militant Islamist groups in Sinai, the peninsular sandwiched between Egypt and Israel, have killed dozens of police and army officers in an insurgency sparked by anger at ex-president Mohamed Morsi's July overthrow.
Egypt's army has announced a full-scale assault on militant areas in the restive northern Sinai desert, in what a senior...

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31 Aug 2013

Egypt crisis Morsi supporters stage rallies

Thousands of supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi have taken to the streets in their largest protests for two weeks. Clashes between police and Muslim Brotherhood supporters have broken out in several cites and at least six people are said to have been killed. Earlier this month hundreds of protesters died when security forces stormed pro-Morsi camps in the capital. The Brotherhood is demanding the reinstatement of Mr Morsi.
Thousands of supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi have taken to the streets in their largest protests...

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23 Aug 2013

Lockdown Smothers Day of Planned Protest in Egypt

A tight lockdown on Cairo by Egyptian security forces on Friday all but squelched a planned day of protests by the Muslim Brotherhood and its allies, suggesting that the new military government had gained a decisive edge in its battle against supporters of the ousted president, Mohamed Morsi.
A tight lockdown on Cairo by Egyptian security forces on Friday all but squelched a planned day of protests by the...

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22 Aug 2013

Egyptian ex-President Hosni Mubarak released from jail

Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has been released from prison after appealing against his detention. He was flown out of Cairo's Tora prison by helicopter to a hospital, but is now expected to be put under house arrest. Mr Mubarak, 85, still faces charges of corruption and complicity in the killing of demonstrators during the protests that toppled him in 2011.
Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has been released from prison after appealing against his detention. He was...
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17 Aug 2013

Scores dead in Egypt’s ‘day of rage’ clashes

Scores of people have been killed in Egypt after security forces opened fire on anti-coup protesters staging a "day of rage" against the military-led government. In the worst of the violence on Friday, at least 95 people were killed and hundreds injured in Cairo's Ramses Square as anti-coup protesters were fired on by government forces. A correspondent for Al Jazeera described lines of bodies in a makeshift morgue in the nearby Al-Fath mosque.
Scores of people have been killed in Egypt after security forces opened fire on anti-coup protesters staging a "day of...

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16 Aug 2013

Egypt’s Brotherhood calls for ‘day of anger’

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood has called for supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi to partake in a 'day of anger' in the capital, Cairo, after hundreds were killed in a crackdown on their protest camps. The announcement comes a day after hundreds of people were killed when security forces cleared two pro-Morsi protest camps, ending sit-ins that began after the army toppled Morsi on July 3.
Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood has called for supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi to partake in a 'day of anger' in...

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14 Aug 2013

Generals and patrons: The American-Egyptian military

As the situation escalates into a full-fledged confrontation between the Egyptian military and supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood, Washington is once again playing catch-up with its own clients. Happy to see the back of the Islamists, the US administration refrained from referring to the military overthrow of President Morsi as a coup even when influential members of Congress recognised it as such. The Obama administration wanted the coup to work; it did not want blood on its hands. But if they hoped to appease and influence the military, they were wrong.
As the situation escalates into a full-fledged confrontation between the Egyptian military and supporters of the Muslim...

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14 Aug 2013

Death toll soars in Egypt protest crackdown

The official death toll in Egypt has reached 278, after security forces stormed protest sites in Cairo and clashed with supporters of deposed president Mohamed Morsi elsewhere in the country. A curfew was imposed in 14 provinces across the country on Wednesday, along with a month-long state of emergency. The death toll continued to rise throughout the day, with Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood saying the actual number of dead was much higher than the number reported by the Health Ministry.
The official death toll in Egypt has reached 278, after security forces stormed protest sites in Cairo and clashed with...

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13 Aug 2013

Egypt police break up pro-Mohammed Morsi march in Cairo

Egyptian police have fired tear gas to disperse crowds of supporters of detained ex-leader Mohammed Morsi during a march in central Cairo. Morsi supporters went to a government compound to protest at the appointment of army officers as local governors
Egyptian police have fired tear gas to disperse crowds of supporters of detained ex-leader Mohammed Morsi during a march...
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6 Aug 2013

US senators urge Egypt to free political prisoners

Two leading US senators have urged Egypt's military-backed interim government to release all political prisoners during a visit to Cairo. John McCain and Lindsey Graham also called for a national dialogue that included the Muslim Brotherhood of ousted President Mohammed Morsi. Earlier, they held met senior officials as part of a US diplomatic push to help end the political crisis in Egypt.
Two leading US senators have urged Egypt's military-backed interim government to release all political prisoners during...

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6 Aug 2013

Morsi vs the military What’s next for Egypt

With every day that passes, the stalemate between supporters of deposed president Mohamed Morsi and the military-backed interim government grows more intense. What's clear is that the sit-ins staged by the pro-Morsi camp - organised predominately by the Muslim Brotherhood - cannot go on indefinitely, as the largest, in Nasr City, has laid siege to the area. It's also clear that the government is unable to simply order the voluntary evacuation of these sit-ins, as participants' desire to stay remains strong.
With every day that passes, the stalemate between supporters of deposed president Mohamed Morsi and the military-backed...

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3 Aug 2013

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood ‘disappointed’ by John Kerry’s remarks

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood on Friday criticised US Secretary of State John Kerry for saying the Egyptian military had been "restoring democracy" when it toppled Islamist president Mohamed Morsi. In the strongest words of US support yet for the new leadership, Kerry said the Egyptian army had been "restoring democracy" when it toppled Morsi.
Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood on Friday criticised US Secretary of State John Kerry for saying the Egyptian military had...

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30 Jul 2013

Egypt restores feared secret police units

Egypt's interim government was accused of attempting to return the country to the Mubarak era on Monday, after the country's interior ministry announced the resurrection of several controversial police units that were nominally shut down following the country's 2011 uprising and the interim prime minister was given the power to place the country in a state of emergency
Egypt's interim government was accused of attempting to return the country to the Mubarak era on Monday, after the...

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27 Jul 2013

Egypt police move on anti-coup protesters

Egyptian police fired tear gas at anti-coup protesters after the government vowed to clear them from the streets of Cairo "in a legal manner". Dozens of people were shown on television on Saturday injured in a field hospital, shortly after the police action near the October 6 bridge in Nasr City according to Al Jazeera's Jamal Elshayyal. State television said that 35 people were injured.
Egyptian police fired tear gas at anti-coup protesters after the government vowed to clear them from the streets of...

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23 Jul 2013

Egypt pre-dawn clashes leave six dead in Cairo

Pre-dawn clashes between supporters and opponents of Egypt's ousted president near the main campus of Cairo University have left six dead, a senior medical official has said. Khaled el-Khateeb, who heads the health ministry's emergency and intensive care department, said on Tuesday that the six died close to the site of a sit-in by supporters of Mohamed Morsi, who was ousted by the military on 3 July after a year in office.
Pre-dawn clashes between supporters and opponents of Egypt's ousted president near the main campus of Cairo University...

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22 Jul 2013

Egypt rival protests turn deadly

Supporters and opponents of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi have clashed in central Cairo and north of the capital, hurling stones at each other as security forces fired tear gas to try to disperse them, witnesses said.
Supporters and opponents of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi have clashed in central Cairo and north of the...

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19 Jul 2013

Rival rallies as Egypt crisis continues

Tens of thousands of people have demonstrated in cities across Egypt, demanding the reinstatement of ousted President Mohamed Morsi, as his opponents also held similar demonstrations in the capital Cairo. The country's military, meanwhile, has warned that it may crack down violently on any future mass protests against the overthrow of the president that it carried out on July 3. A vast pro-Morsi crowd gathered at Cairo's Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque on Friday, where the former president's supporters have camped out since the military overthrew him.
Tens of thousands of people have demonstrated in cities across Egypt, demanding the reinstatement of ousted President...
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11 Jul 2013

Thousands gather for pro-Morsi rally in Cairo

Thousands of supporters of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood have been demonstrating in Cairo's Nasr City district, waving pictures of ousted president Mohamed Morsi, as the anti-Morsi camp planned a mass evening gathering in Tahrir Square. Crowds in Nasr City were chanting anti-military slogans, calling Abdul Fatah al-Sisi, the country's army chief, a traitor for removing of Morsi from office last week.
Thousands of supporters of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood have been demonstrating in Cairo's Nasr City district, waving...
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8 Jul 2013

Massacre in Cairo deepens Egypt crisis

A deadly shooting at the site of a sit-in by Muslim Brotherhood supporters in Cairo, demanding the reinstatement of ousted President Mohamed Morsi, has left dozens of people dead. The Egyptian health ministry said at least 51 people had been killed and more than 300 injured in the incident early on Monday morning.
A deadly shooting at the site of a sit-in by Muslim Brotherhood supporters in Cairo, demanding the reinstatement of...

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5 Jul 2013

Egypt army opens fire on pro-Morsi protesters

At least three supporters of deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi were killed by gunfire as a crowd of several hundred tried to march towards the military barracks in Cairo where he is believed to be held. Al Jazeera's Matthew Cassel, reporting from near the military barracks, said several dozen people were also injured by shotgun pellets fired by the army.
At least three supporters of deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi were killed by gunfire as a crowd of several...

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3 Jul 2013

President Morsi overthrown in Egypt

The Egyptian army has overthrown President Mohamed Morsi, announcing a roadmap for the country s political future that will be implemented by a national reconciliation committee. The head of Egypt's armed forces issued a declaration on Wednesday evening suspending the constitution and appointing the head of the Supreme Constitutional Court, Adly al-Mansour, as interim head of state.
The Egyptian army has overthrown President Mohamed Morsi, announcing a roadmap for the country s political future that...

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2 Jul 2013

Morsi Defies Egypt Army’s Ultimatum to Bend to Protest

Brushing aside a military ultimatum and his deepening isolation, President Mohamed Morsi of Egypt declared on Tuesday that he was the legitimate leader of the country and blamed the spiraling and violent national crisis on what he repeatedly called the corrupt "remnants of the former regime" overthrown in the 2011 revolution.
Brushing aside a military ultimatum and his deepening isolation, President Mohamed Morsi of Egypt declared on Tuesday...

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1 Jul 2013

Egypt faces more bloodshed as Muslim Brotherhood offices torched

The headquarters of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood have been burned and ransacked following an all-night siege one day after millions protested on Egypt's streets calling for President Mohamed Morsi's resignation. In an episode reminiscent of the sacking of Hosni Mubarak's political headquarters during Egypt's 2011 uprising, around 50 anti-Brotherhood protesters spent the night attacking the compound - situated on a rocky, isolated outcrop in east Cairo - with molotov cocktails, causing a series of small fires and explosions.
The headquarters of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood have been burned and ransacked following an all-night siege one day after...

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27 Jun 2013

Egypt opposition calls for early elections

Egypt's main opposition coalition has rejected President Mohamed Morsi's offer for dialogue on reconciliation, and said it insisted on holding early presidential elections. A statement by the National Salvation Front - an umbrella of opposition groups - read by reform leader Mohamed ElBaradei said on Thursday that Morsi's two-and-a-hour speech reflected a "clear inability" to acknowledge the difficult conditions in Egypt.
Egypt's main opposition coalition has rejected President Mohamed Morsi's offer for dialogue on reconciliation, and said...
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26 Jun 2013

Egypt’s President Morsi warns unrest risks paralysis

Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi has warned that continuing unrest is "threatening to paralyse the country". In a televised speech marking his first year in office, Mr Morsi said he had made some "mistakes" since becoming president. Troops have been deployed across Egyptian cities ahead of planned weekend protests demanding his removal.
Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi has warned that continuing unrest is "threatening to paralyse the country". In a...
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24 Jun 2013

Egypt’s army to step in if anti-Morsi rallies become violent

Egypt's army has cautioned that it will intervene next weekend if mass rallies against the president descend into violence, in one of its strongest warnings since it handed over to civilian government a year ago. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the defence minister, said he would not allow "attack on the will of the people" and called for political reconciliation in the week before mass rallies against President Mohamed Morsi next Sunday.
Egypt's army has cautioned that it will intervene next weekend if mass rallies against the president descend into...

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6 May 2013

Egypt open to tourists who drink booze and wear bikinis, says tourism minister

Egypt is open to visitors who drink alcohol and wear bikinis, the tourism minister has said, as the Islamist-ruled country sets out to boost numbers by at least a fifth this year. Tourism is a pillar of the Egyptian economy but has suffered since a popular uprising toppled President Hosni Mubarak in 2011 and set off two years of periodic rioting and instability.
Egypt is open to visitors who drink alcohol and wear bikinis, the tourism minister has said, as the Islamist-ruled...

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3 May 2013

As Egypt Birthrate Rises, Population Policy Vanishes

More than two years after the Egyptian uprising, the country s new Islamist government has struggled to confront a drop in tourism and the faltering economy. But the leadership has remained silent about another crucial indicator that has surged to a 20-year high: the country s birthrate.
More than two years after the Egyptian uprising, the country s new Islamist government has struggled to confront a drop...

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15 Mar 2013

Egypt report on protest deaths blames police

An inquiry into the deaths of nearly 900 protesters during Egypt's revolution has concluded that the police were behind nearly all the killings. The report, parts of which were obtained by The Associated Press on Thursday, said the police force used snipers on rooftops overlooking Cairo's Tahrir Square to shoot into the crowds.
An inquiry into the deaths of nearly 900 protesters during Egypt's revolution has concluded that the police were behind...

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24 Feb 2013

Morsi brings forward Egypt general election

President Mohamed Morsi has brought forward the start of the country's parliamentary elections to April 22 after members of the Coptic Christian minority criticised the planned timing of the polls. The first round of voting in Cairo and four other provinces had been scheduled for 27 April, which would have seen some voting take place during the Easter holiday.
President Mohamed Morsi has brought forward the start of the country's parliamentary elections to April 22 after members...
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22 Feb 2013

Egypt’s President Morsi calls elections

Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi has called parliamentary elections, starting on 27 April and end in June. A presidential decree said voting would take place in four regional stages, due to a shortage of election supervisors. Mr Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood movement hope the election will put an end to increasingly vocal opposition and street protests, analysts say.
Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi has called parliamentary elections, starting on 27 April and end in June. A...
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29 Jan 2013

Egypt’s armed forces chief warns unrest could cause collapse of state

In an ominous warning, the head of Egypt's armed forces has said that continuing civil unrest may soon cause the collapse of the Egyptian state. Parts of Egypt are in turmoil following five days of rioting in which 52 people have been killed and more than 1,000 injured after protests against President Mohamed Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood and police brutality turned violent. The unrest comes two years after the start of the 2011 revolution that toppled the former dictator Hosni Mubarak.
In an ominous warning, the head of Egypt's armed forces has said that continuing civil unrest may soon cause the...

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29 Jan 2013

Egypt’s transition to democracy put in doubt as ‘militias’ add to polarisation

Hopes for a swift end to Egypt's impasse faded on Monday as opposition leaders rebuffed a call by President Mohamed Morsi for a "national dialogue" amid violence that cast a long shadow over the second anniversary of the revolution that overthrew Hosni Mubarak. Fifty dead, hundreds of arrests, curfews and a state of emergency in three provinces were stark reminders of the volatile standoff between Morsi's Islamist and conservative supporters and secularists, liberals, left-wingers and Copts.
Hopes for a swift end to Egypt's impasse faded on Monday as opposition leaders rebuffed a call by President Mohamed...

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28 Jan 2013

Egypt’s Morsi Declares State of Emergency

Egypt's president declared a state of emergency and curfew in three Suez Canal provinces hit hardest by a weekend wave of unrest that left more than 50 dead, using tactics of the ousted regime to get a grip on discontent over his Islamist policies and the slow pace of change.
Egypt's president declared a state of emergency and curfew in three Suez Canal provinces hit hardest by a weekend wave...

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26 Jan 2013

At Least 30 Die in Egyptian Riots After Soccer Verdict

The Egyptian government appeared to have lost control of the major city of Port Said on Saturday after a court sentenced 21 fans to death for their role in a deadly soccer riot, and their supporters attacked the prison where they were being held, as well as the police and court buildings.
The Egyptian government appeared to have lost control of the major city of Port Said on Saturday after a court sentenced...

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22 Jan 2013

In Egypt, coalition of groups opposed to Islamists is fracturing

Egypt's disparate opposition groups remain so divided that analysts and activists say they risk losing the last major decision-making body in the country to Islamists when the country votes in upcoming parliamentary elections.
Egypt's disparate opposition groups remain so divided that analysts and activists say they risk losing the last major...

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22 Jan 2013

In Egypt, coalition of groups opposed to Islamists is fracturing

Egypt's disparate opposition groups remain so divided that analysts and activists say they risk losing the last major decision-making body in the country to Islamists when the country votes in upcoming parliamentary elections.
Egypt's disparate opposition groups remain so divided that analysts and activists say they risk losing the last major...

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14 Jan 2013

Egypt’s Leader, Morsi, Made Anti-Jewish Slurs

Nearly three years ago, a leader of the Muslim Brotherhood delivered a speech urging Egyptians to "nurse our children and our grandchildren on hatred" for Jews and Zionists. In a television interview months later, the same leader described Zionists as "these bloodsuckers who attack the Palestinians, these warmongers, the descendants of apes and pigs."
Nearly three years ago, a leader of the Muslim Brotherhood delivered a speech urging Egyptians to "nurse our children...

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31 Dec 2012

No winners from Egypt’s constitution vote

The vote has ended, but the controversy and the national divide live on. Although two-thirds of Egyptians who voted chose to endorse the controversial constitution, the 33 percent turnout was the worst in any key vote since the revolution in 2011. The opposition feels emboldened by that, saying it backs their arguments against the legitimacy of the constitution and goes to show that the majority of Egyptians were not happy with it.
The vote has ended, but the controversy and the national divide live on. Although two-thirds of Egyptians who voted...

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30 Dec 2012

In the new Egypt, many remnants of the Mubarak order lead comfortable lives

Farouk Hosni leads a quiet life these days. He listens to classical music. He paints. He follows politics closely but he doesn t dare get involved. And many Egyptians say he doesn t have the right to. Hosni served as culture minister for 23 of the nearly 30 years that Hosni Mubarak ruled Egypt. When Egyptians rose up to overthrow Mubarak two years ago, many said they expected men like Hosni to land behind bars. And what irks so many now is not just that many of the "felool," or remnants of the old regime, have evaded jail time but that they continue to lead extremely comfortable lives
Farouk Hosni leads a quiet life these days. He listens to classical music. He paints. He follows politics closely but he...

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28 Dec 2012

Egypt probes alleged incitement to oust Morsi

Egypt's chief prosecutor has ordered an investigation into allegations that opposition leaders committed treason by inciting supporters to overthrow President Mohammed Morsi. The probe, launched on Thursday, targets opposition leaders Mohammed El-Baradei, a Nobel Peace laureate and former head of the UN nuclear agency, former Foreign Minister Amr Moussa, and Hamdeen Sabahi. Both Moussa and Sabahi were presidential candidates who competed against Morsi in the last election.
Egypt's chief prosecutor has ordered an investigation into allegations that opposition leaders committed treason by...

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26 Dec 2012

Egypt Constitution Passes, Economic Crunch Looms

The official approval of Egypt's disputed, Islamist-backed constitution Tuesday held out little hope of stabilizing the country after two years of turmoil and Islamist President Mohammed Morsi may now face a more immediate crisis with the economy falling deeper into distress.
The official approval of Egypt's disputed, Islamist-backed constitution Tuesday held out little hope of stabilizing the...

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11 Dec 2012

Egypt’s IMF loan deal postponed after Mohamed Morsi scraps tax increases

An International Monetary Fund loan to Egypt has been delayed until next month, intensifying the political crisis gripping the country, it was announced on Tuesday. The announcement of the delay came as judges voted decisively against overseeing Saturday's referendum on a controversial new constitution. In a further sign of the seriousness of the country's political stalemate the defence minister in charge of Egypt's military, Abdel-Fatah el-Sissi, called for a "national dialogue meeting" on Wednesday to try to find consensus between the Muslim Brotherhood and opposition groups.
An International Monetary Fund loan to Egypt has been delayed until next month, intensifying the political crisis...

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11 Dec 2012

To protect the revolution, overcome the false secular-Islamist divide

There are two evidently opportunistic events that have come together to signal a dreadful attempt by the Muslim Brotherhood to claim the entirety of the Egyptian revolution for themselves, pretty much on the same model that the Shia clerics hijacked the Iranian revolution of 1977-1979 - with the crucial difference that Egyptians in their tens of thousands have poured into their streets and are far more alert and vigilant to protect the totality of their revolution than Iranians were more than thirty years ago.
There are two evidently opportunistic events that have come together to signal a dreadful attempt by the Muslim...

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11 Dec 2012

Egypt braces for protests over constitution

Opponents and supporters of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi's plans to proceed with a referendum on a draft constitution have vowed to take to the streets in Cairo, risking more violent confrontation after last week's deadly clashes.
Opponents and supporters of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi's plans to proceed with a referendum on a draft...

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11 Dec 2012

Allies of Egypt’s Morsi Beat Protesters Outside Palace

Islamist supporters of President Mohamed Morsi captured, detained and beat dozens of his political opponents last week, holding them for hours with their hands bound on the pavement outside the presidential palace while pressuring them to confess that they had accepted money to use violence in protests against him.
Islamist supporters of President Mohamed Morsi captured, detained and beat dozens of his political opponents last week,...

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10 Dec 2012

Egypt opposition rejects planned referendum

A major Egyptian opposition group has said that President Mohamed Morsi's decision only to rescind a decree that gave him sweeping powers and not scrap a referendum on a controversial draft constitution has "fallen short of expectations" required to defuse tensions in the country
A major Egyptian opposition group has said that President Mohamed Morsi's decision only to rescind a decree that gave...

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9 Dec 2012

Morsi government ‘pressuring media’

In an exclusive interview with the BBC, the former head of the Egyptian State Television network has claimed he resigned in protest against the new government's "mis-handling" of demonstrations and at its "interference in state media". Essam El Amir is one of a number of high profile state television figures to resign in protest over government pressure to broadcast pro-Muslim Brotherhood propaganda. He believes the interference is greater under the new administration than under President Mubarak.
In an exclusive interview with the BBC, the former head of the Egyptian State Television network has claimed he resigned...

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9 Dec 2012

Egyptian military warns Morsi of “disastrous” consequences

Egypt's powerful military, sidelined last summer by the newly elected Islamist president, edged back Saturday into a political fray boiling over with tensions between secular forces and a government determined to pass a constitution enshrining a central role for religion.
Egypt's powerful military, sidelined last summer by the newly elected Islamist president, edged back Saturday into a...

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9 Dec 2012

Egypt’s Morsi rescinds controversial decree

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has annulled a decree he issued last month expanding his powers, an official told a Cairo news conference. A referendum on a draft constitution would, however, still go ahead as planned on December 15, said Selim al-Awa, an official acting as spokesman of a meeting Morsi held earlier on Saturday with other political leaders.
Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has annulled a decree he issued last month expanding his powers, an official told a...
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7 Dec 2012

Egypt opposition rejects Morsi dialogue offer

Thousands of Egyptians have marched towards the presidential palace in Cairo for another day of demonstrations against the government, while thousands of his backers gathered for a funeral of two men killed in recent clashes. As many as 10,000 protesters who were penned behind a barrier at the palace broke through barricades on Friday evening, climbing onto army tanks and waving flags as they chanted slogans against President Mohamed Morsi.
Thousands of Egyptians have marched towards the presidential palace in Cairo for another day of demonstrations against...

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6 Dec 2012

Resignations Continue in Egypt as Tanks Deploy Around Presidential Palace

Resignations rocked the government of President Mohamed Morsi on Thursday as tanks from the special presidential guard took up positions around his palace and the state television headquarters after a night of street fighting between his Islamist supporters and their secular opponents that left at least 6 dead and 450 wounded.
Resignations rocked the government of President Mohamed Morsi on Thursday as tanks from the special presidential guard...

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6 Dec 2012

Several killed in Egypt clashes

At least four people have been killed in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, as supporters and opponents of President Mohamed Morsi clashed near the presidential palace, the health ministry says. Fighting continued into the early morning on Thursday with fires burning in the streets where the opposing sides threw stones and petrol bombs at each other.
At least four people have been killed in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, as supporters and opponents of President Mohamed...

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5 Dec 2012

Egyptian security forces clash with anti-Mohamed Morsi protesters

Egyptian security forces have clashed with opponents of Mohamed Morsi who gathered outside the presidential palace in Cairo to protest against his assumption of new powers. The march came amid rising anger over decrees Morsi has passed that give him sweeping powers. Opponents say the drafting of a new constitution has been rushed and is a move towards dictatorial rule. Morsi has called for a referendum on the draft constitution on 15 December.
Egyptian security forces have clashed with opponents of Mohamed Morsi who gathered outside the presidential palace in...

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2 Dec 2012

Egypt’s top court suspends work after Morsi supporters surround building

Egypt's highest court suspended its sessions indefinitely on Sunday after Islamist protesters surrounded the building before a ruling on the fate of the panel that drafted the country's constitution. In a statement, the supreme constitutional court (SCC) called it a "dark day" in the history of the judiciary and expressed sadness at the "psychological assassination" of the court
Egypt's highest court suspended its sessions indefinitely on Sunday after Islamist protesters surrounded the building...

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2 Dec 2012

Egypt to hold December referendum on new constitution

President Mohammed Morsi has said Egypt's new draft constitution will be put to a referendum on 15 December. He made the announcement before the Islamist-dominated constituent assembly, which rushed to approve the document earlier in the week. Both the draft constitution and a recent decree giving Mr Morsi sweeping new powers have prompted widespread protests by opponents of the president.
President Mohammed Morsi has said Egypt's new draft constitution will be put to a referendum on 15 December. He made the...

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30 Nov 2012

Thousands rally in Cairo against constitution

Tens of thousands of protesters have rallied in central Cairo, continuing more than a week of demonstrations against new powers assumed by the president and the drafting of a constitution seen by many as undermining basic freedoms.
Tens of thousands of protesters have rallied in central Cairo, continuing more than a week of demonstrations against new...

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28 Nov 2012

Egyptians stage mass anti-Morsi rally

Tens of thousands of people are staging a protest in the Egyptian capital against President Mohamed Morsi, who last week granted himself sweeping new powers. "The people want the regime to fall," the crowds chanted. Protesters and riot police clashed in Cairo on Tuesday near Tahrir Square, the birthplace of the uprising that toppled former President Hosni Mubarak nearly two years ago.
Tens of thousands of people are staging a protest in the Egyptian capital against President Mohamed Morsi, who last week...

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27 Nov 2012

Mass rally held against Mohammed Mursi

Tens of thousands of people have held protests in Cairo against Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi, who last week granted himself sweeping new powers. Flag-waving demonstrators chanted slogans accusing the president and the Muslim Brotherhood of betraying last year's revolution.
Tens of thousands of people have held protests in Cairo against Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi, who last week granted...

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26 Nov 2012

Mohamed Morsi decree only applies to ‘sovereign matters’

Egypt's president has agreed that only his decisions related to "sovereign matters" would be protected from judicial review, his spokesman has said, indicating he had accepted a judiciary-proposed compromise to try to defuse a crisis
Egypt's president has agreed that only his decisions related to "sovereign matters" would be protected from judicial...

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26 Nov 2012

Egypt Islamists call off protest

Egypt's main Islamist party has called off a demonstration in Cairo, amid a crisis over the extent of President Mohammed Mursi's powers. The Muslim Brotherhood said it would not hold the protest on Tuesday, as originally planned, "to avoid clashes". Opponents of President Mursi and of the Brotherhood have said they would hold their own protest against a decree giving the president sweeping powers.
Egypt's main Islamist party has called off a demonstration in Cairo, amid a crisis over the extent of President Mohammed...

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17 Nov 2012

Cairo Under Pressure As Israeli Palestinian Violence Escalates

The outbreak of Israeli-Palestinian violence poses a delicate diplomatic challenge for the Egyptian government. While the powerful Muslim Brotherhood is sympathetic to Hamas and public anger is swelling in Egypt against the Israeli military operation in Gaza, President Morsi is also under international pressure to help broker a ceasefire and safeguard peace in the region.
The outbreak of Israeli-Palestinian violence poses a delicate diplomatic challenge for the Egyptian government. While...

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19 Oct 2012

Crowds rally against Islamists in Egypt

A large crowd estimated to range between a few hundred to a few thousand people rallied in Cairo on Friday to protest against Islamist influence in the drafting of Egypt's new constitution. Shouting slogans against the Muslim Brotherhood, which controls the country's presidency and the constituent assembly, the crowd marched from several points and assembled in Tahrir Square, the scene of violent clashes during a similar protest last week.
A large crowd estimated to range between a few hundred to a few thousand people rallied in Cairo on Friday to protest...

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13 Oct 2012

Egypt leader Mursi backs down in row with prosecutor

President Mohammed Mursi of Egypt has agreed to allow the Mubarak-era chief prosecutor to keep his job after an embarrassing public row. Spokesmen for Mr Mursi and the prosecutor, Abdel Maguid Mahmoud, confirmed an agreement had been reached at talks in the capital, Cairo. Mr Mahmoud earlier returned to work, escorted by judges and lawyers. He has been criticised for acquitting officials accused of attacking protesters under Hosni Mubarak.
President Mohammed Mursi of Egypt has agreed to allow the Mubarak-era chief prosecutor to keep his job after an...

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12 Oct 2012

Egypt tensions spark clashes in Cairo’s Tahrir Square

Fresh clashes have broken out in the Egyptian capital Cairo in the worst violence since President Mohammed Mursi took office at the end of June. Scores of people were reported injured as supporters and opponents of Mr Mursi fought in Tahrir Square. Tensions are high after Egyptian judges criticised Mr Mursi's attempt to remove the country's top prosecutor.
Fresh clashes have broken out in the Egyptian capital Cairo in the worst violence since President Mohammed Mursi took...

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11 Oct 2012

Egypt prosecutor-general rejects removal

Abdel Maguid Mahmoud, Egypt's prosecutor-general, has rejected a move by President Mohamed Morsi to remove him from his post, a day after all 24 defendants in the Cairo "Camel Battle" case were acquitted, state media reports. Mahmoud told Egyptian state media on Thursday that he would remain in post, saying that Morsi' move to remove him was beyond the mandate of the president's powers.
Abdel Maguid Mahmoud, Egypt's prosecutor-general, has rejected a move by President Mohamed Morsi to remove him from his...

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8 Oct 2012

Egypt president pardons political prisoners

Egypt's President Mohamed Morsi has pardoned all political prisoners detained since the start of protests that toppled Hosni Mubarak last year. The pardon covers citizens facing trial and those serving jail sentences except for those convicted of murder, the presidential spokesman said, but did not give a specific number for the pardoned prisoners.
Egypt's President Mohamed Morsi has pardoned all political prisoners detained since the start of protests that toppled...

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28 Sep 2012

White House Move to Give Egypt $450 Million in Aid Meets Resistance

The Obama administration notified Congress on Friday that it intends to give Egypt's new government an emergency cash infusion of $450 million, but the move immediately encountered resistance from lawmakers wary of foreign aid in general and of Egypt s new course under the leadership of the Muslim Brotherhood.
The Obama administration notified Congress on Friday that it intends to give Egypt's new government an emergency cash...

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23 Sep 2012

Egypt’s New Leader Spells Out Terms for U.S.-Arab Ties

A former leader of the Muslim Brotherhood and Egypt s first democratically elected president, Mr. Morsi sought in a 90-minute interview with The New York Times to introduce himself to the American public and to revise the terms of relations between his country and the United States after the ouster of Hosni Mubarak, an autocratic but reliable ally.
A former leader of the Muslim Brotherhood and Egypt s first democratically elected president, Mr. Morsi sought in a...

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7 Sep 2012

Family Life According to the Brotherhood

Women are erratic and emotional, and they make good wives and mothers but never leaders or rulers. That, at least, is what Osama Abou Salama, a professor of botany at Cairo University and a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, told young men and women during a recent premarital counseling class.
Women are erratic and emotional, and they make good wives and mothers but never leaders or rulers. That, at least, is...

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3 Sep 2012

Egypt state TV lifts ban on veiled presenters

Egyptian state television has lifted a decades-long ban on veiled female news presenters whom successive secular-leaning regimes have barred from going on air. In a cream-colored headscarf and a dark suit, Fatma Nabil appeared on Sunday and read the 12pm news bulletin. State TV said this was the first such appearance by a woman with her hair covered since it was established a half century ago.
Egyptian state television has lifted a decades-long ban on veiled female news presenters whom successive secular-leaning...

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2 Sep 2012

Drama in Iran wins Egypt president a bold image

Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi s international debut made its biggest splash at home. After he publicly denounced Syria s regime while being hosted by Damascus top ally Iran, Egyptian supporters and even some critics are lauding him as a new Arab leader that speaks truth to power.
Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi s international debut made its biggest splash at home. After he publicly denounced...
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30 Aug 2012

Egyptian attack on ‘oppressive’ Syria sparks walkout

Egypt's president has told a summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (Nam) that the Syrian uprising is a "revolution against an oppressive regime". Mohammed Mursi, making the first visit to Iran by an Egyptian leader since 1979, said the movement had an "ethical duty" to support the uprising. His comments sparked a walkout by the Syrian delegation.
Egypt's president has told a summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (Nam) that the Syrian uprising is a "revolution against...
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13 Aug 2012

In Upheaval for Egypt, Morsi Forces Out Military Chiefs

President Mohamed Morsi of Egypt forced the retirement on Sunday of his powerful defense minister, the army chief of staff and other senior generals, moving more aggressively than ever before to reclaim political power that the military had seized since the fall of Hosni Mubarak last year.
President Mohamed Morsi of Egypt forced the retirement on Sunday of his powerful defense minister, the army chief of...

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8 Aug 2012

Egypt launches deadly air strikes in Sinai

Egypt has launched air strikes in the Sinai region close to the border with Gaza, killing more than 20 people, in response to a deadly attack on Sunday on a police station, the state-run Ahram news website has reported. The air strikes on positions in the town of Sheikh Zouaid on Wednesday followed the deaths of 16 border guards at the weekend in an attack by gunmen whose identities are yet to be determined.
Egypt has launched air strikes in the Sinai region close to the border with Gaza, killing more than 20 people, in...

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15 Jul 2012

Clinton urges democratic transition in Egypt

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has held talks with Egypt's top military leaders in Cairo, after calling for them to help smooth the country's full transition to democracy. The top US diplomat met Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, the head of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), on Sunday, a day after arriving in Egypt amid a complex power struggle being played out between the army and newly-elected president, Mohamed Morsi.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has held talks with Egypt's top military leaders in Cairo, after calling for them...

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10 Jul 2012

Egyptian Court Affirms Ruling to Disband Parliament

Egypt s highest court and its most senior generals on Monday dismissed President Mohamed Morsi s order to restore the dissolved Parliament as an affront to the rule of law, escalating a raw contest for supremacy between the competing camps.
Egypt s highest court and its most senior generals on Monday dismissed President Mohamed Morsi s order to restore the...

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8 Jul 2012

Egypt’s president orders return of parliament

President Mohamed Morsi has defied Egypt's top court and its powerful military council by ordering the country's dissolved parliament back to work. Morsi issued a decree on Sunday withdrawing the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces decision last month to dissolve parliament, which came after the Supreme Constitutional Court found that the legislature had been elected using an unconstitutional method.
President Mohamed Morsi has defied Egypt's top court and its powerful military council by ordering the country's...

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30 Jun 2012

Mohamed Morsi sworn in as Egypt’s president

Mohamed Morsi has been sworn in by Egypt's highest court as the country's first freely elected president, succeeding Hosni Mubarak who was toppled 16 months ago. He took the oath on Saturday before the Supreme Constitutional Court in their courthouse near the Nile River built to resemble an ancient Egyptian temple.
Mohamed Morsi has been sworn in by Egypt's highest court as the country's first freely elected president, succeeding...

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25 Jun 2012

Egypt’s echoes of Algeria

What we now see being played out in Egypt, for all the differences, is eerily reminiscent of what I saw at close hand in Algeria just over 20 years ago. Like the Algerian army before it, the Egyptian military has never had any intention of subordinating itself or making itself accountable to a genuinely democratic government - still less one dominated by the Muslim Brothers and the Salafis. And like the FLN regime before them, the power behind Mubarak-era repression has found that subtle political manipulation and intimidation is not sufficient to control a genuine democratic tide once unleashed.
What we now see being played out in Egypt, for all the differences, is eerily reminiscent of what I saw at close hand in...

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25 Jun 2012

Egypt’s president-elect Mursi calls for national unity

The Muslim Brotherhood's Mohammed Mursi has called for national unity following his victory in Egypt's presidential elections. Mr Mursi, an Islamist and Egypt's first democratically elected leader, said he would be president for all Egyptians. He won 51.73% of the vote in last-week's run-off, beating former Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq.
The Muslim Brotherhood's Mohammed Mursi has called for national unity following his victory in Egypt's presidential...

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23 Jun 2012

Anti-military crowds mass in Cairo’s Tahrir

Tens of thousands of Egyptians have returned to Cairo s Tahrir Square to demand the rollback of what they see as politically biased court decisions and military power grabs designed to throttle last year's revolution and steal the presidential election.
Tens of thousands of Egyptians have returned to Cairo s Tahrir Square to demand the rollback of what they see as...

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19 Jun 2012

Muslim Brotherhood urges marches against Egypt military

The Muslim Brotherhood has called for mass protests across Egypt to demonstrate against sweeping new powers taken by the ruling military council. Over the weekend, the generals issued two decrees dissolving the Islamist-dominated parliament and claiming all legislative power for themselves.
The Muslim Brotherhood has called for mass protests across Egypt to demonstrate against sweeping new powers taken by the...

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18 Jun 2012

As Egypt voted, Al Qaeda leader urged Islamists to unite

As Egyptians voted in a landmark presidential election pitting Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohamed Morsi against Hosni Mubarak's last prime minister, Ahmed Shafik, Al Qaeda s leader urged Islamists to unite and revoke Egypt s 1979 peace treaty with Israel. Although Al Qaeda's influence has diminished over the years, Ayman Zawahiri sent out the message during a pivotal time as Egyptian voters faced the choice between an Islamist and a secular holdover from the former regime. The election has left Egyptians deeply divided.
As Egyptians voted in a landmark presidential election pitting Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohamed Morsi against Hosni...

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18 Jun 2012

Egypt’s Military Cements Its Powers as Voting Ends

The Muslim Brotherhood early Monday projected its candidate, an Islamist, as the winner of Egypt s first competitive presidential election, hours after the ruling military council issued an interim constitution granting itself broad power over the future government, all but eliminating the president s authority in an apparent effort to guard against just such a victory.
The Muslim Brotherhood early Monday projected its candidate, an Islamist, as the winner of Egypt s first competitive...
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