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Jan 25, 2014

Bombing wave hits Egypt amid fear of more violence

CAIRO (Reuters) – A wave of bomb attacks targeting police hit Cairo on Friday, killing six people on the eve of the third anniversary of the uprising that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak and raising fears that an Islamist insurgency is gaining pace in Egypt.

The violence underscored the struggle of authorities to tame militant violence which has increasingly challenged the state since the army toppled Islamist President Mohamed Mursi in July.

Jan 24, 2014

Suicide car bomber kills four in Cairo, two more blasts follow

CAIRO (Reuters) – A suicide car bomber blew himself up in the parking lot of a top security compound in central Cairo on Friday, killing at least four people in one of the most high-profile attacks on the state in months, security sources said.

The early morning explosion damaged the Cairo Security Directorate, which includes police and state security, and sent smoke rising over the capital, raising concerns that an Islamist insurgency is gathering pace.

Jan 24, 2014

Car suicide bomber targets Cairo police HQ, kills at least four – sources

CAIRO (Reuters) – A suicide bomber in a car blew himself up in the parking lot of a top security compound in central Cairo on Friday, killing at least four people in one of the most high-profile attacks on the state in months, security sources said.

The early morning explosion damaged the Cairo Security Directorate, which includes police and state security, and sent smoke rising over the capital, raising concerns that an Islamist insurgency is gathering pace.

Jan 24, 2014

Major blast damages Cairo police HQ, kills at least four

CAIRO (Reuters) – A suspected car bomb damaged a top security compound in central Cairo on Friday, killing at least four people in one of the most high-profile attacks on the state in months, security and medical sources said.

The explosion damaged the face of the Cairo Security Directorate, which includes police and state security, and sent smoke rising over the capital, raising concerns that an Islamist insurgency is gathering pace.

Jan 15, 2014

Army chief Sisi in focus as Egyptians vote on constitution

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptians voted on Tuesday for the first time since the military deposed president Mohamed Mursi on a draft constitution that may set the stage for a presidential bid by army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

At least nine people were killed in confrontations between Muslim Brotherhood supporters and police, official sources said. Two small bombs went off, one in Cairo and one in the Nile Delta city of Mahalla, injuring no one.

Jan 11, 2014

Egypt’s General Sisi signals may run for president

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s army chief General Abdel Fatah al-Sisi gave his clearest signal yet on Saturday of his interest in becoming president, a move that could turn the clock back to the days when the presidency was controlled by men from the military.

Sisi, who ousted Egypt’s first democratically elected leader Mohamed Mursi last July after mass protests against his one-year rule, is widely expected to seek the top job but has not yet announced plans to run.

Dec 31, 2013

Egyptian security forces arrest Brotherhood leaders’ son

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptian security forces have arrested the son of a Muslim Brotherhood leader on charges of inciting violence, the Interior Ministry said, in the latest move in a crackdown against the group now branded a terrorist organization.

Anas Beltagi was arrested on Monday with two others in an apartment in Nasr City, the same district where security forces in August broke up protests calling for the reinstatement of President Mohamed Mursi, a Muslim Brotherhood leader who was ousted by the army in July.

Dec 30, 2013

Egypt likely to change roadmap, hold presidential vote first-sources

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s government is likely to call a presidential election before parliamentary polls, officials said on Monday, rearranging the political timetable in a way that could see army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi elected head of state by April.

Parliamentary elections were supposed to happen first under the roadmap unveiled after the army deposed Islamist President Mohamed Mursi in July after mass protests against his rule.

Dec 30, 2013

Egypt likely to call presidential poll first: sources

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s government will likely call a presidential election ahead of parliamentary polls, two officials said on Monday, rearranging the political timetable in a way that could see army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi elected head of state by April.

Parliamentary elections were supposed to happen first under the roadmap unveiled after the army deposed Islamist President Mohamed Mursi in July.

Dec 16, 2013

Egypt expands economic stimulus plan

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt plans to spend around 30 billion Egyptian pounds ($4.36 billion) in a second stimulus package to be launched in January, the finance minister said on Monday, 25 percent more than previously announced.

It means the army-backed authorities have set aside some $8.5 billion to stimulate the ailing economy since the military deposed Islamist President Mohamed Mursi in July. The first stimulus package, also around 30 billion pounds, was launched in August.