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Sep 19, 2013

Police storm pro-Mursi town near Cairo, officer killed

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptian security forces clashed with gunmen on the outskirts of Cairo on Thursday as the army-backed government moved to reassert control over an Islamist-dominated area where militants staged a bloody attack on a police station last month.

A police general was killed in an exchange of fire during the operation in Kerdasa, a town 14 km (9 miles), from Cairo.

Sep 12, 2013

In sensitive case, Egypt acquits alleged killers of 2011 protesters

CAIRO (Reuters) – An Egyptian court on Thursday acquitted all 14 defendants, including policemen, accused of killing 17 protesters during the bloodiest day of a revolt that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak over two years ago, judicial sources said.

The deaths in Suez City triggered violence across Egypt on what was later called “The Friday of Rage” – January 28, 2011 – that fuelled an 18-day uprising against Mubarak, who had ruled Egypt for 30 years.

Sep 8, 2013

Mubarak-era minister Moussa to head Egypt’s constitution panel

CAIRO (Reuters) – Amr Moussa, a stalwart of the government of Egypt’s veteran autocrat Hosni Mubarak, has been selected to chair the committee entrusted with amending a constitution pushed through by the deposed Islamist president, Mohamed Mursi.

Despite promising an inclusive approach, the army-backed government included only two Islamists on the crucial committee, neither from Mursi’s Muslim Brotherhood, now the target of a sweeping security crackdown after more than a year in power.

Sep 3, 2013

Egypt’s president says road map on track as Islamists protest again

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s interim president, Adly Mansour, said on Tuesday that a plan for a return to civilian government after the army’s removal of Islamist President Mohamed Mursi was on track despite “challenges” and that emergency law should be lifted soon.

His comments were broadcast just after thousands of Islamists took to the streets in towns and cities across Egypt on Tuesday evening to denounce the new military-backed rulers and demand Mursi’s return – their second show of mass support in four days.

Sep 3, 2013

Egypt’s president says road map on track as Islamists protest

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s interim president, Adly Mansour, said on Tuesday that a plan for a return to civilian government after the army’s removal of Islamist President Mohamed Mursi was on track despite “challenges” and that emergency law should be lifted soon.

His comments were broadcast just after thousands of Islamists took to the streets in towns and cities across Egypt on Tuesday evening to denounce the new military-backed rulers and demand Mursi’s return – their second show of mass support in four days.

Sep 1, 2013

Egypt arrests three after gun attack on ship in Suez Canal -source

CAIRO, Sept 1 (Reuters) – Egypt has arrested three people
who opened fire with machine guns on a ship passing through the
Suez Canal, an army source said on Sunday, playing down what the
waterway’s chief described as a terrorist attack.

During Saturday’s unsuccessful attack, the
Panamanian-registered container ship COSCO ASIA came under fire
in a northern section of the canal, a major global trade artery
which is secured by the Egyptian armed forces.

Aug 31, 2013

Leader of Egypt’s Brotherhood in good health in jail: ministry

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s Interior Ministry said on Saturday the top leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, Mohamed Badie, was in good health and denied reports that he had died from a heart attack in prison.

Any severe deterioration in Badie’s health in prison would certainly deepen hostilities between the organization and the army-backed government that deposed the Brotherhood-backed president, Mohamed Mursi, in July.

Aug 20, 2013

Egypt to use Gulf billions to spur economy

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt plans to avoid raising taxes or cutting spending but instead use billions of dollars in aid pledged by Gulf Arab states to spur the economy through new investments, Finance Minister Ahmed Galal said on Tuesday.

After Islamist President Mohamed Mursi was deposed by the army last month, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates promised Egypt a total of $12 billion in loans, grants and fuel shipments. Of that, $5 billion has already arrived.

Aug 19, 2013

Egypt’s Mubarak to be freed from jail, lawyer says

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s disgraced former President Hosni Mubarak will be released from jail soon, after prosecutors cleared him in a corruption case, his lawyer said on Monday, dropping a new bombshell on a nation in turmoil.

The most populous Arab country is already enduring the bloodiest internal conflict in its modern history as the army, which deposed President Mohamed Mursi on July 3 after huge protests against him, cracks down on his Muslim Brotherhood.

Aug 19, 2013

Gunmen kill 24 Egyptian police in Sinai ambush

CAIRO (Reuters) – Suspected Islamist militants killed at least 24 Egyptian policemen on Monday in the Sinai peninsula, where attacks on security forces have multiplied since the army overthrew President Mohamed Mursi on July 3.

Three policemen were also wounded in the grenade and machinegun attack near the north Sinai town of Rafah on the border with Israel, medical and security sources said.