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Jun 24, 2015

Iraqi Shi’ite special forces take lead in Baiji fight

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq’s most powerful Shi’ite force said it is relying more heavily on elite units who fought in Syria in the battle against Islamic State for control of a critical Iraqi refinery and is now well placed to counter the militant’s guerilla warfare.

Iraq’s biggest refinery complex near the town of Baiji north of Baghdad has changed hands several times over many months of fighting and is one of the main fronts in Iraq’s bid to retake the third of its territory held by the Sunni insurgents.

May 30, 2015

U.S.-Egyptian released from Egypt jail: family

CAIRO (Reuters) – An Egyptian-American jailed in Egypt for nearly two years for involvement in the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood has been released and is headed for the United States, his family said on Saturday.

Mohamed Soltan was among thousands detained after Islamist president Mohamed Mursi was toppled in 2013 by the military under Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who is now president.

May 20, 2015

Islamic State’s Egypt affiliate urges attacks on judges: recording

CAIRO (Reuters) – Islamic State’s Egypt affiliate on Wednesday urged followers to attack judges, declaring a new front in an Islamist militant insurgency in the world’s most populous Arab state.

The leader of the group, Sinai Province, called for violence against judges in an audio statement posted on a prominent jihadist website on Wednesday.

May 19, 2015

Egypt security forces step up sexual violence – human rights group

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptian security forces have stepped up sexual violence since the military overthrew the country’s first freely elected president in 2013, a human rights group alleged on Tuesday.

Victims include members of NGOs, students, women and those perceived as “endangering the moral order,” the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) said in a report.

May 19, 2015

Egypt security forces step up sexual violence since Mursi’s ouster-human rights group

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptian security forces have stepped up sexual violence since the military overthrew the country’s first freely elected president in 2013, a human rights group alleged on Tuesday.

Victims include members of NGOs, students, women and those perceived as “endangering the moral order,” the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) said in a report.

May 17, 2015

Egypt executes six militants for attack on soldiers

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt has executed six members of a Sinai-based militant group with links to Islamic State for carrying out an attack on soldiers near Cairo last year, their lawyer said on Sunday.

The group, Sinai Province, has killed hundreds of policemen and soldiers since the army toppled Islamist President Mohamed Mursi in 2013 after mass protests against his rule.

May 16, 2015

Egypt’s Mursi defiant as court seeks death penalty

CAIRO (Reuters) – Standing in a metal cage wearing a blue prison uniform, ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Mursi punched his fists in the air and smiled on Saturday just before a court announced it would seek the death penalty against him.

But the defiance of the country’s first freely elected president, who dreamed of creating an “Egyptian renaissance with an Islamic foundation”, appears increasingly irrelevant amid the toughest crackdown on Islamists in Egypt’s history.

May 13, 2015

Egypt media criticism of Sisi raises questions on allies’ support

CAIRO (Reuters) – Unprecedented media criticism of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi suggests he may no longer enjoy unquestioning support from the diverse groups that helped him to stage an army takeover two years ago.

But diplomats and analysts say there is no immediate danger to Sisi’s presidency, and he may even by the victim of his own success in crushing Islamism and stabilizing the economy.

May 10, 2015

Egyptian court sentences Mubarak and sons to three years in jail for corruption

CAIRO (Reuters) – An Egyptian court sentenced former president Hosni Mubarak and his two sons to three years in jail without parole on Saturday in the retrial of a corruption case, although the trio is unlikely to go to jail again.

Mubarak, who ruled Egypt with an iron fist for 30 years, and his sons Gamal and Alaa already spent at least three years each in prison for other cases, so will probably not have to serve out the sentence.

May 9, 2015

Egyptian court sentences Mubarak, sons to 3 years in jail

CAIRO (Reuters) – An Egyptian court sentenced former president Hosni Mubarak and his two sons to three years in jail without parole on Saturday in the retrial of a corruption case.

Mubarak, who ruled Egypt with an iron fist for 30 years, and his sons Gamal and Alaa may not have to serve any jail time for those corruption charges because they already spent that amount of time in prison in other cases.