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Jul 1, 2013

Egypt ruling Brotherhood HQ overrun, ransacked

CAIRO (Reuters) – The headquarters of Egypt’s ruling Muslim Brotherhood was overrun by youths who ransacked the building after those inside were evacuated on Monday following a night of violence that killed eight people.

By far the bloodiest incident of Sunday’s mammoth and mostly peaceful protests against the Brotherhood and President Mohamed Mursi, it began after dark and continued for hours, with guards inside firing on youths hurling fire bombs and rocks.

Jul 1, 2013

Egypt streets quiet, political standoff goes on

CAIRO (Reuters) – An outpouring of popular anger that put millions of Egyptians on the streets subsided on Monday but the country’s leaders seem no closer to ending a political stalemate that has left some looking to the army to break the deadlock.

Literally under fire overnight, as its national headquarters were set alight, President Mohamed Mursi’s Muslim Brotherhood remains besieged by liberals and others who want Mursi to resign. Even some fellow Islamists say he must make concessions.

Jun 30, 2013

In Egypt, many complain – but don’t protest

CAIRO (Reuters) – Politics is all very well, reckons Zeeka, but it doesn’t sell tomatoes and it doesn’t pay the rent.

“It’s nothing to do with me,” said the 23-year-old vegetable seller, in an eerily quiet downtown Cairo. “I’m the tomato guy.”

Jun 30, 2013

Egypt braces for storm of protest

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptians and their security forces prepared for demonstrations on Sunday that may determine their future, two years after people power toppled a dictator and ushered in a democracy crippled by bitter divisions.

“The longest day,” headlined government newspaper Al-Gomhuriya above pictures of two rival camps in Cairo. One was of Islamist supporters of President Mohamed Mursi, the other of protesters in Tahrir Square who said they wanted him out by day’s end or they would sit there until he goes, like Hosni Mubarak in 2011.

Jun 27, 2013

Battle intensifies between Egyptian state and broadcasters

CAIRO (Reuters) – The owner of an Egyptian TV channel that satirizes Islamist president Mohamed Mursi was banned from leaving the country on Thursday, hours after Mursi attacked him by name, authorities shut down another channel and a state TV anchor resigned on air.

“This is dictatorship,” a lawyer for business tycoon Mohamed al-Amin told Reuters. Amin’s CBC channel has had legal run-ins before over its ridicule of President Mursi on a hit satirical program modeled on American comic Jon Stewart’s “Daily Show”.

Jun 27, 2013

Egyptian media tycoon investigated after criticism from Mursi

CAIRO (Reuters) – The owner of an Egyptian TV channel that satirizes the Islamist president was accused of tax evasion and banned from leaving the country on Thursday, hours after Mohamed Mursi attacked him by name in a keynote speech.

“This is dictatorship,” a lawyer for business tycoon Mohamed al-Amin told Reuters. Amin’s CBC channel has had legal run-ins before over its ridicule of President Mursi on a hit satirical program modeled on American comic Jon Stewart’s “Daily Show”.

Jun 27, 2013

Egypt braced for protests as Mursi stands ground

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt faces a showdown in the streets after President Mohamed Mursi failed, in an address to the nation, to satisfy the demands of opponents who want the Islamist to step down after a year in office.

Days of brawling between his supporters and their rivals have already left several dead and scores injured and the camps now plan mass rallies, raising the risk of bigger clashes that the army warns could prompt it to take command again.

Jun 25, 2013

Egyptian city on edge before anti-Mursi protests

EL-MAHALLA EL-KUBRA, Egypt, June 25 (Reuters) – Fuel is in
short supply in El-Mahalla El-Kubra. So is patience.

Egyptian riot police marshal motorists who can spend much of
the day in line. While some drivers blame each other and fights
are common, most in the industrial city agree on the underlying
cause: President Mohamed Mursi.

Jun 18, 2013

Islamist governor promises safety for Luxor tourists

CAIRO (Reuters) – Sixteen years ago, Adel Mohamed al-Khayat was a member of the militant group blamed for slaughtering 58 tourists in Egypt’s Valley of the Queens; today he’s promising to keep visitors safe.

Khayat’s appointment by President Mohamed Mursi as governor of the city of Luxor has triggered howls of protest, with demonstrators protesting for a second day on Tuesday and one critic calling it ‘the last nail in the coffin of tourism’.

Jun 17, 2013

Poll finds Egyptians divided, many disappointed

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptians are deeply divided and many have no faith in any of the main political groups, creating a crisis for the state to build on the revolution of 2011, a new poll by Zogby Research Services found on Monday.

Only 28 percent saw the election of Islamist Mohamed Mursi as president in June 2012 as positive or at least the result of a democratic vote they respected – a figure down by half from a 57-percent majority who were positive or respectful a year ago.