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Aug 15, 2013

Egypt’s Brotherhood struggles to keep grip as anger boils

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood and its allies suffered a heavy blow from the state security crackdown, their central coordination has been lost and the bloodshed means anger is now “beyond control,” the group said on Thursday.

The comments by spokesman Gehad El-Haddad pointed to the depth of the crisis facing the movement that just six weeks ago controlled the presidency but is now struggling to keep a grip over its base with hundreds killed by the police in 24 hours.

Aug 15, 2013

Islamists call Cairo protest march as Egypt death toll mounts

CAIRO, Aug 15 (Reuters) – Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood called
on followers to march in protest in Cairo on Thursday, after at
least 525 people were killed in a security crackdown on the
Islamist movement that has left the most populous Arab nation
polarised and in turmoil.

A Reuters witness counted 228 bodies, most of them wrapped
in white shrouds, arranged in rows on the floor of the Imam
mosque in northeast Cairo, close to the worst of Wednesday’s
violence between police and demonstrators.

Aug 15, 2013

Brotherhood says it will bring down Egypt’s ‘military coup’ peacefully

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood said on Thursday it would bring down the “military coup” but stressed it remained committed to a peaceful struggle, despite the heavy loss of life when government forces broke up its protest camps.

The crackdown on Wednesday defied Western appeals for restraint and a peaceful, negotiated settlement to Egypt’s political crisis following the military’s removal of Islamist President Mohamed Mursi last month, prompting international statements of dismay and condemnation.

Aug 12, 2013

Mursi backers call for marches to foil Egypt crackdown

CAIRO (Reuters) – Supporters of deposed President Mohamed Mursi urged Egyptians to take to the streets on Monday to foil any police crackdown on two Cairo protest camps that Islamists have manned for weeks.

Officials had said police would move at dawn to disperse the camps in what could prove a bloody confrontation with those seeking Mursi’s restitution, but by midday they had not done so.

Aug 7, 2013

Egypt presidency says diplomacy failed to end crisis

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s presidency said on Wednesday that diplomatic efforts to end the country’s political turmoil had failed and warned that the Muslim Brotherhood of ousted President Mohamed Mursi would be held responsible for the consequences.

In a statement, interim President Adly Mansour’s office said the period of international efforts that began more than 10 days ago had “ended today”.

Aug 7, 2013

Qatar urges prisoner release as Egypt mediation hopes fade

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt must release jailed Muslim Brotherhood leaders to help end political turmoil following the overthrow of Islamist President Mohamed Mursi, Qatar’s foreign minister said as international mediation efforts to avert more bloodshed appeared to be fading.

Khaled al-Attiya, who has been trying to mediate an end to the crisis along with envoys from the United States, European Union and United Arab Emirates, returned home on Wednesday after several days in Cairo.

Aug 2, 2013

U.S. declares new push to defuse Egyptian crisis

CAIRO (Reuters) – The United States said on Friday it would work with other nations to resolve Egypt’s crisis peacefully, injecting new energy into a push to end a bloody standoff since the overthrow of Islamist President Mohamed Mursi.

A day after saying the army had restored democracy by removing Mursi, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry urged Egyptian authorities to give demonstrators the space to protest in peace – a warning against dispersing pro-Mursi sit-ins.

Aug 1, 2013

As Egypt turns up heat, Brothers struggle for strategy

CAIRO (Reuters) – Behind sandbags at the Muslim Brotherhood’s protest camp in Cairo, an activist urges supporters to embrace martyrdom.

It is not a call to arms, but a message that they shouldn’t fear death as they demonstrate against the military’s overthrow of Islamist President Mohamed Mursi.

Jul 30, 2013

EU envoy given access to deposed Egypt leader Mursi

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s rulers have allowed an EU envoy to meet Mohamed Mursi, the first time an outsider is known to have had access to the deposed president since the military overthrew him and jailed him a month ago.

European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton held two hours of “in depth” discussions with Mursi late on Monday, her spokeswoman Maja Kocijancic said on Twitter. Kocijancic did not say where the talks had taken place.

Jul 29, 2013

Egypt’s new top general stirs echoes of Nasser

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s army is recasting the country’s political drama, giving a popular general the starring role in a change with echoes of the past that could undermine democracy in the Arab world.

Army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has emerged as a hero to many Egyptians after toppling Islamist President Mohamed Mursi and cracking down hard on his Muslim Brotherhood.