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Jun 25, 2013

How to oust a president, Egyptian-style: Part Two

CAIRO (Reuters) – Hearing their bright-eyed talk around a cafe table of a peaceful new Egyptian revolution, you might dismiss Mahmoud Badr and the other young instigators of a petition asking for a new president as hopeless dreamers.

Except they managed it once before – Cairo twentysomethings just like these, in their deck shoes and Tommy Hilfiger T-shirts, checking iPads and puffing on low-tar Marlboros over Turkish coffee, a few blocks from Tahrir Square.

Jun 25, 2013
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Sunni-on-Shi’ite sectarian killing rattles a fearful Egypt


(Egyptians carry the coffin of a Shi’ite victim, who was killed in sectarian violence, before funeral prayers in El Sayeda Nafisa Mosque in Cairo, June 24, 2013. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh)

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 conflict to avoid a threatened military intervention.

Jun 25, 2013
Jun 25, 2013
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.

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