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Nov 3, 2013

Egypt’s Mursi faces trial after short taste of power

CAIRO, Nov 4 (Reuters) – When Muslim Brotherhood leader
Mohamed Mursi broke out of an Egyptian jail during Hosni
Mubarak’s final days in office in 2011, he little thought he
would end up behind bars again.

Less than three years later, the deposed president’s trial
for inciting violence, which starts on Monday, could land him in
prison for the rest of his life, or worse.

Nov 3, 2013

Mursi goes on trial as Egypt struggles for democracy

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s first freely elected president, Mohamed Mursi, goes on trial on Monday under a security crackdown that has devastated his Muslim Brotherhood movement and raised concerns that the army-backed government is reimposing a police state.

A popular uprising that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak in 2011 raised hopes that Egyptians would break the military establishment’s longstanding grip on power.

Nov 3, 2013

Egypt to look beyond U.S. for arms: foreign minister

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy said on Saturday that Egypt would look beyond the United States to meet its security needs and warned Washington that it could no longer ignore popular demands in a changed Arab world.

Speaking ahead of a visit by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Fahmy said the United States must take a long-term view of its relations with Egypt and understand that in the wake of the Arab Spring, “it would have to deal now with the Arab peoples, not only with Arab governments”.

Nov 1, 2013

Kerry to visit Egypt, tensions high before Mursi trial

CAIRO (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will visit Egypt a day before deposed Islamist President Mohamed Mursi goes on trial, the next likely flashpoint in the struggle between his Muslim Brotherhood and the army-backed interim government.

Ties between Washington and strategic ally Cairo have deteriorated since the overthrow of Mursi, Egypt’s first democratically elected president.

Oct 29, 2013

Egypt and Brotherhood should pursue reconciliation: minister

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s army-backed government and the Muslim Brotherhood should seek reconciliation because only an inclusive political process, not security crackdowns, can bring stability to the country, a senior minister said on Tuesday.

The most populous Arab state has been shaken by violence since the army toppled President Mohamed Mursi of the Brotherhood in July and announced a plan for new elections.

Oct 28, 2013

As Egypt’s Brotherhood retreats, risk of extremism rises

ALEXANDRIA, Egypt (Reuters) – In Egypt’s second city, medical student Ahmed Nabil lives in fear that the police may come and arrest him any day. As a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, he is part of a movement facing an onslaught by the security forces which toppled Islamist President Mohamed Mursi in July.

“These days we can be picked up at any time,” said Nabil, whose parents are also members of the organisation, Egypt’s oldest Islamist movement and a supporter of Mursi.

Oct 28, 2013

Special Report: As Egypt’s Brotherhood retreats, risk of extremism rises

ALEXANDRIA, Egypt (Reuters) – In Egypt’s second city, medical student Ahmed Nabil lives in fear that the police may come and arrest him any day. As a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, he is part of a movement facing an onslaught by the security forces which toppled Islamist President Mohamed Mursi in July.

“These days we can be picked up at any time,” said Nabil, whose parents are also members of the organization, Egypt’s oldest Islamist movement and a supporter of Mursi.

Oct 24, 2013

Egyptian Islamists call for protests over Mursi trial

CAIRO (Reuters) – Supporters of deposed Islamist President Mohamed Mursi have called on Egyptians to hold mass protests on November 4, the day he goes on trial for inciting murder, raising the prospect of more bloodshed as the country’s political crisis drags on.

The trial could further inflame tensions between Mursi’s Muslim Brotherhood and the army-backed government and deepen the instability that has decimated tourism and investment in the most populous Arab state.

Oct 21, 2013

Student protests at Egypt’s al-Azhar challenge army

CAIRO (Reuters) – Thousands of students from Egypt’s al-Azhar University staged a third day of protests on Monday, security sources said, in one of the boldest challenges to the army since it toppled Islamist President Mohamed Mursi in July.

The demonstrations demanding Mursi’s reinstatement are a delicate matter for the authorities because the administration at al-Azhar, the ancient seat of Sunni Muslim learning, has historically toed the government line.

Oct 20, 2013

Egyptian security forces fire teargas at Islamist protesters

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptian security forces fired bird shot and teargas to prevent supporters of deposed Islamist President Mohamed Mursi from marching on Sunday to the site of a protest camp that was destroyed two months ago, a Reuters witness said.

The crowd of about 100 people were students from Al-Azhar University, the historic seat of Sunni Muslim learning. They threw rocks at riot police stationed outside the gates of the university, and police threw the stones back.