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Jun 24, 2013

Sectarian killing rattles fearful Egypt

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s president, accused of fuelling sectarian hatred, promised swift justice on Monday for a deadly attack on minority Shi’ites as he tried to quell broader factional fighting to avoid a threatened military intervention.

The army, which handed power to elected Sunni Islamists a year ago after decades of oppression, warned Mohamed Mursi – and his liberal opponents – on Sunday to end an increasingly violent deadlock or see troops back on the streets to impose order.

Jun 23, 2013

Egypt army says may act, urges political truce

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s army issued a sharp warning to rival political factions on Sunday that it may step in to impose order, as clashes ahead of major opposition rallies next weekend saw at least two men shot dead.

The statement by the head of the armed forces was a dramatic reminder of the independent power of the military in Egypt, a year after the generals handed authority to a civilian president – Mohamed Mursi, an Islamist who won the country’s first free elections following the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak in 2011.

Jun 23, 2013
Jun 22, 2013

In Cairo, Egypt’s ‘Jon Stewart’ hosts … Jon Stewart

CAIRO (Reuters) – Jon Stewart took his politically engaged American satire to Cairo on Friday, appearing on a show hosted by the man known as “Egypt’s Jon Stewart”, who has faced investigation for insulting the president and Islam.

Among barbs aimed at Egypt’s ruling Islamists and others, Stewart praised host Bassem Youssef for taking risks to poke fun. “If your regime is not strong enough to handle a joke,” he said, “then you don’t have a regime.”

Jun 22, 2013
Jun 22, 2013

Egypt Islamists warn opponents with huge pro-Mursi rally

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood staged a show of strength in Cairo on Friday, rallying a huge crowd to demonstrate support for President Mohamed Mursi – and warn opponents who hope to force him out.

The opposition called it an attempt to “terrorize” them before mass rallies they plan for just over a week’s time.

Jun 21, 2013
Jun 21, 2013
Jun 21, 2013

Thousands rally for ‘legitimate’ Mursi in Cairo

CAIRO (Reuters) – Thousands of Islamist supporters of Egypt’s President Mohamed Mursi gathered in Cairo after Friday prayers to show support for the elected head of state ahead of protests his opponents hope can force him from office.

Crowds converged on a mosque in the suburb of Nasser City, many waving the national flag, some carrying pictures of the bearded president, in what is intended to demonstrate the Islamists’ strength of numbers ahead of opposition rallies set for June 30, the first anniversary of Mursi’s inauguration.

Jun 20, 2013
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