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Jul 6, 2013

Mubarak trial drags on, impervious to Egypt upheaval

CAIRO (Reuters) – The slow-motion retrial of former Egyptian autocrat Hosni Mubarak dragged on at snail’s pace on Saturday, impervious to the latest upheaval in the country he ruled for 30 years – the military overthrow of his elected successor.

The presiding judge adjourned the case on charges of conspiracy to murder hundreds of demonstrators in 2011 until August 17, after the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, to allow the defense more time to review recently presented evidence.

Jul 6, 2013

Egypt counts dead after Islamist protest violence

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt counted its dead on Saturday after Islamists enraged by the overthrow of President Mohamed Mursi took to the streets in an explosion of violence against what they denounced as a military coup.

At least 30 people died and more than 1,000 were wounded after Mursi’s Muslim Brotherhood movement called “Friday of Rejection” protests across the country and tried to march on the military compound where the ousted president is held.

Jul 5, 2013

Brotherhood leader arrested, Egypt’s Islamists call protests

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptian security forces arrested the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood on Thursday, security sources said, in a crackdown against the Islamist movement after the army ousted the country’s first democratically elected president.

The dramatic exit of President Mohamed Mursi was greeted with delight by millions of jubilant people on the streets of Cairo and other cities overnight, but there was simmering resentment among Egyptians who opposed military intervention.

Jul 4, 2013

Brotherhood leader arrested as Egypt interim leader sworn in

CAIRO, July 4 (Reuters) – The leader of the Muslim
Brotherhood was arrested by Egyptian security forces on Thursday
in a crackdown against the Islamist movement after the army
ousted the country’s first democratically elected president.

The dramatic exit of President Mohamed Mursi was greeted
with delight by millions of people on the streets of Cairo and
other cities overnight, but there was simmering resentment among
Egyptians who opposed military intervention.

Jul 3, 2013

Egypt’s Mursi defies army as it plots future without him

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi vowed to stay in power and defend constitutional legitimacy on Wednesday as generals worked on plans to push the Islamist aside within the day and suspend the constitution.

In a defiant midnight television address responding to military demands that he share power with his opponents or see the army impose its own solution, Mursi warned that any deviation from the democratic order approved in a series of votes last year would lead Egypt down a dangerous path.

Jul 2, 2013

Egypt army plan would sideline Mursi if no deal in 24 hours

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s army has plans to push President Mohamed Mursi aside and suspend the constitution if he fails to strike a power-sharing deal with his opponents within 24 hours, military sources told Reuters on Tuesday.

Egypt’s first freely elected leader was still clinging to power with tens of thousands of people on the streets from rival factions. There were some clashes between Mursi’s Islamist supporters and those who want him forced out after only a year in office.

Jul 2, 2013

Egypt army plan would scrap constitution, parliament: sources

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s armed forces would suspend the constitution and dissolve an Islamist-dominated parliament under a draft political roadmap to be pursued if Islamist President Mohamed Mursi and his opponents fail to reach a power-sharing agreement by Wednesday, military sources said.

The sources told Reuters the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) was still discussing details of the plan, intended to resolve a political crisis that has brought millions of protesters into the streets. The roadmap could be changed based on political developments and consultations.

Jul 2, 2013

Exclusive: Egypt army plan would scrap constitution, parliament – sources

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s armed forces would suspend the constitution and dissolve an Islamist-dominated parliament under a draft political roadmap to be pursued if Islamist President Mohamed Mursi and his opponents fail to reach a power-sharing agreement by Wednesday, military sources said.

The sources told Reuters the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) was still discussing details of the plan, intended to resolve a political crisis that has brought millions of protesters into the streets. The roadmap could be changed based on political developments and consultations.

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.