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Mar 26, 2014

Hero to many, Egypt’s Sisi faces formidable task

CAIRO (Reuters) – Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who announced on Wednesday he would run for president in a vote he is expected to win easily, has gained cult-like adulation since he toppled Egypt’s first freely elected leader in July.

Supporters see Sisi as a savior who can end the political turmoil dogging Egypt since a popular uprising ended Hosni Mubarak’s three decades of one-man rule in 2011.

Mar 26, 2014

Egyptian doctor faces life on the run after mass death sentences

CAIRO (Reuters) – Hossam Shabib says he has always been a respectable Egyptian doctor who served his community and stayed out of trouble. Now he is hiding abroad, convicted of taking part in the killing of a police officer.

On Monday, an Egyptian court sentenced Shabib and 528 other alleged members of the Muslim Brotherhood to death for murder and other offences, signaling a sharp escalation in a crackdown on Islamists.

Mar 19, 2014

Two army officers, teenager killed in violence in Egypt

CAIRO (Reuters) – Ten people were killed in violence across Egypt on Wednesday, months ahead of a presidential vote meant to put Egypt back on a democratic path after last July’s army takeover.

In Qalubiya province, north of Cairo, two soldiers were killed in a shootout with Islamist militants, the Interior Ministry said, adding that six militants were killed and eight arrested in a raid on a weapons storage facility.

Mar 19, 2014

Teenager, army officers killed in violence in Egypt

CAIRO (Reuters) – A 13-year-old boy was shot dead on Wednesday in southern Egypt in clashes between police and supporters of deposed President Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood, a health official said.

And in Qalubiya province, north of Cairo, two Egyptian soldiers were killed in a shootout with Islamist militants, the Interior Ministry said, adding six militants were killed and eight arrested in a raid on a weapons storage facility.

Mar 19, 2014

Two Egyptian army officers killed in shootout with militants

CAIRO (Reuters) – Two Egyptian army officers were killed on Wednesday in a shootout with members of a Sinai-based Islamist militant group, the Interior Ministry said.

It said five militants were killed and four arrested when the military and police raided a bomb and weapons storage facility. The fighters belonged to Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, one of Egypt’s most active militant organizations, the ministry said.

Mar 18, 2014

Egyptian court jails policeman linked to Islamist deaths

CAIRO (Reuters) – A Cairo court sentenced a police officer to 10 years in prison with labor on Tuesday in connection with the deaths of 37 Muslim Brotherhood members and supporters last year, judicial sources and the state news agency said.

Three other policemen were given one-year suspended sentences, they said.

The Interior Ministry said at the time that the Islamists had died during an attempted prison break after being suffocated by tear gas. However, a legal source said the men had died from asphyxiation in the back of a crammed police van while they were being moved to a jail on the outskirts of Cairo.

Mar 13, 2014

Egyptian candidate questions Sisi’s commitment to democracy

CAIRO (Reuters) – Leftist presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabahi says he doubts Egypt’s army chief will bring democracy if elected, citing alleged rights abuses since he toppled the country’s first democratically chosen leader.

Sabahi endorsed Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Mursi last July, but argues that the repression Egypt suffered under autocrat Hosni Mubarak still taints the political landscape three years after his fall.

Mar 12, 2014

Telecom Egypt expects mobile licence in March or April

CAIRO, March 12 (Reuters) – Egypt’s landline monopoly
Telecom Egypt expects a newly-formed government to
grant it a licence to provide mobile services this month or
next, the state-controlled company’s chief executive said on

Telecom Egypt has been relying on its data business to boost
revenue and has been waiting to launch a new mobile operation
that would complement its existing joint venture with Vodafone
and rival the sector’s two other players.

Mar 11, 2014

Egypt’s Moussa: political future possible for Brotherhood

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptian leaders should leave the door open for the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood to re-enter politics if the group accepts the constitution, former foreign minister and presidential candidate Amr Moussa said in a rare call for reconciliation.

Moderation has not exactly been in style in Egyptian politics since army chief Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ousted president Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood in July after mass protests against his rule.

Mar 4, 2014

Egypt’s Sisi signals he will run for president

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s armed forces chief Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi signalled on Tuesday that he will run for president, saying he cannot ignore the “majority” of Egyptians who want him to do so, state news agency MENA reported.

Sisi, who ousted Egypt’s first freely elected president, Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood, in July, said “official procedures” concerning his candidacy were expected in coming days.