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Feb 11, 2014

Secular Egyptian detainees complain of police torture

CAIRO (Reuters) – Secular activists arrested last month on the third anniversary of the revolt against Egyptian autocrat Hosni Mubarak say they have been tortured, some with electric shocks, relatives and lawyers who have seen them said.

The Interior Ministry denied any abuses. If independently confirmed, the allegations would suggest police have reverted to some of the practices blamed for stoking the 2011 uprising.

Feb 6, 2014

Egypt army chief Sisi says he will run for president: report

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptian army chief Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who deposed the country’s first freely elected leader, has said he will run for president, a Kuwaiti newspaper reported on Thursday.

The widely expected move is almost certain to increase political tensions and anger Islamist militants who have stepped up attacks on the state since Sisi ousted Islamist president Mohamed Mursi in July after mass protests against him.

Jan 30, 2014

In Egypt, just speaking to Brotherhood is a risk for foreign reporters

CAIRO, Jan 30 (Reuters) – When Hosni Mubarak was in power, a
foreign journalist could spend unlimited time with members of
the opposition Muslim Brotherhood, who roundly condemned the
autocratic leader.

These days the same conversation can land reporters in court
on charges of aiding a terrorist group, a sign of where the
country is headed three years after a popular uprising raised
hopes of greater freedom.

Jan 28, 2014

Gunmen kill senior Egyptian Interior Ministry official

CAIRO (Reuters) – Two gunmen on a motorbike killed a senior Egyptian Interior Ministry official outside his home in Cairo on Tuesday, security officials said, putting pressure on the military-backed government as it struggles to contain an Islamist insurgency.

The death of General Mohamed Saeed, head of the technical office of the minister of interior, suggested militants were stepping up their campaign against the state at a delicate time in Egyptian politics.

Jan 27, 2014

Egypt’s Sisi poised to announce presidency bid

CAIRO (Reuters) – Three years after the “Arab Spring” toppled Hosni Mubarak, a secretive general with a cult-like following is expected to announce his candidacy for the presidency of Egypt ahead of elections which he is expected to win easily.

Army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has come under pressure to run from members of the public who reject the Islamist government he toppled last year, and from the armed forces who want a president who can face down growing political violence.

Jan 21, 2014

Demoted Egyptian editor bemoans lack of press freedom

CAIRO (Reuters) – Journalist Abdelnasser Salama had high hopes for press freedom when Egyptians took to the streets and ended the 30-year rule of president Hosni Mubarak.

Three years later, he has scaled the peak of his profession, with promotion to editor-in-chief of Egypt’s best known paper state-run Al-Ahram, and fallen sharply back down to earth by being relegated to the rank of reporter.

Jan 13, 2014

Egyptians vote in constitutional referendum seen boosting Sisi

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptians vote on Tuesday in a constitutional referendum, the first ballot since the military overthrew Islamist president Mohamed Mursi and an event likely to spawn a presidential bid by army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

Few doubt that Egyptians, who staged mass protests against Mursi’s rule before his ouster, will turn out in big numbers and vote “yes” in the two-day referendum, a milestone in the army-backed government’s political road map.

Nov 28, 2013

The ‘eye sniper’ and the girl protesters: Egypt’s tale of two trials

CAIRO (Reuters) – Two high-profile Egyptian trials, both arising from years of turbulent protests, have delivered sharply contrasting sentences in the space of just a few months.

In March, a policeman was convicted of shooting at protesters, deliberately aiming at their eyes, during demonstrations in November 2011. The man dubbed the ‘eye sniper’ was sentenced to three years in prison.

Nov 27, 2013

Syrian opposition to attend Geneva peace conference

By Michael Georgy

(Reuters) – The Syrian National Coalition opposition group will attend the “Geneva 2″ talks in January aimed at ending the civil war, the group’s president, Ahmad Jarba, said on Wednesday.

In an interview with Reuters and the Associated Press, he also said regional power Iran should only be allowed to attend if it stopped taking part in the bloodshed in Syria and withdrew its forces and proxies.

Nov 25, 2013

Egypt moderates under fire from Mubarak loyalists, Islamists

CAIRO (Reuters) – A leading Egyptian social democrat fears the elite that thrived under former President Hosni Mubarak will once again dominate politics in elections promised by the army after it overthrew Islamist President Mohamed Mursi.

The 2011 popular revolt against Mubarak raised hopes for an end to decades of corruption and nepotism, but political turmoil since then has dimmed aspirations for genuine democracy.