CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s political crisis entered a tense phase on Wednesday after international mediation efforts collapsed and the army-installed government repeated its threat to take action against supporters of deposed President Mohamed Mursi.
Both sides called their supporters on to the streets on Thursday, while Mursi supporters in two protest camps in Cairo strengthened sandbag-and-brick barricades in readiness for any action by security forces.
CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s political crisis entered a tense new phase on Wednesday after international mediation efforts collapsed and the army-installed government repeated its threat to take action against supporters of deposed President Mohamed Mursi.
Both sides called their supporters on to the streets on Thursday and in two protest camps in Cairo, Mursi supporters strengthened sandbag-and brick barricades in readiness for any action by security forces.
CAIRO (Reuters) – The Muslim Brotherhood has rejected pleas from international envoys to “swallow the reality” that Mohamed Mursi will not return as Egypt’s president, the Brotherhood spokesman said on Monday.
The envoys, trying to resolve a political crisis brought on by the army’s overthrow of the Islamist Mursi a month ago, had visited jailed Brotherhood deputy leader Khairat El-Shater in the early hours of Monday.
CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s army-installed government said on Sunday it would give a chance for mediation to resolve the crisis brought on by the overthrow of Islamist President Mohamed Mursi, but warned that time was limited.
At the same time, a Cairo court announced that the leader of Mursi’s Muslim Brotherhood and his deputy will face trial in three weeks’ time for crimes including incitement to murder during protests in the days before he was toppled.
CAIRO (Reuters) – Senior U.S. and European envoys met the foreign minister of Egypt’s army-installed government on Saturday in a push to resolve the political crisis brought on by the overthrow of President Mohamed Mursi and to head off more bloodshed.
At the same time, the new government promised Mursi’s supporters a safe exit from their protest camps and urged them to rejoin the political process.
CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptian police will blockade a Muslim Brotherhood protest camp set up by supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Mursi but hold off from storming the site, state TV said on Friday.
The decision should lessen the chance of a bloody showdown between protestors and security forces and follows diplomatic efforts and international appeals to the new army-installed government to avoid further violence in the political crisis.
CAIRO (Reuters) – Supporters of deposed Egyptian president Mohamed Mursi prepared for confrontation on Friday, and the United States said Egypt’s military had been “restoring democracy” when it drove him from office.
Thousands were gathered in two Muslim Brotherhood camps in Cairo, defying warnings from the new army-backed government to abandon their protest or face action from security forces.
LONDON (Reuters) – Bruce Springsteen treated his fans to a complete performance of “Born in the USA”, the 1984 album which shot him to global superstardom, as the centerpiece of a three-hour show in London on Sunday night.
The Boss and his E Street Band played the 12 songs in the same order as the original, kicking off with the Vietnam veteran’s lament of the title track and serving up rollicking versions of “Glory Days”, “No Surrender,” and other favorites.
LONDON (Reuters) – When Henry Buckley crossed the Pyrenees in 1939 with the remnants of the defeated Spanish Republican forces, he had reported on Spain for 10 years, witnessed the great battles of the civil war, and won a reputation as the most informed of all the foreign correspondents who had covered it.
The next year, he had written his account of the turbulent years leading up to the war and the conflict itself, “The Life and Death of the Spanish Republic”, just as the wider fight against fascism that he had predicted engulfed Europe.
LONDON (Reuters) – African diva Angelique Kidjo was named Best Artist in Songlines magazine’s annual world music awards on Friday, lauded for her high-energy shows and her championing of social causes.
French veterans Lo’jo, who mix French folk with African and Arabic sounds, picked up the Best Group award and the young Zimbabwean band Mokoomba was chosen as top Newcomer.