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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.

Nov 20, 2013

U.S.-Arab strains hand Russia chance to regain some Mideast clout

DUBAI/CAIRO (Reuters) – Unfamiliar strains between Washington and its Arab allies have given Russia an opportunity to regain some lost influence in the Middle East, capture arms sales from U.S. competitors and enjoy the unusual spectacle of its old rival looking puny.

No one expects Moscow to challenge the United States as the dominant security guarantor in the Gulf. Nor will Washington cede its place as the main outside player in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, Iran’s nuclear dispute or other regional issues.

Nov 13, 2013

Telecom Egypt hopes to win mobile licence this year

CAIRO, Nov 13 (Reuters) – Landline monopoly Telecom Egypt
is confident the government will grant it a licence to
provide mobile services by the end of the year, its chief
executive said on Wednesday.

“We see a reason to be confident that such a licence would
be issued within 2013,” CEO Mohamed el-Nawawy told Reuters after
third-quarter results were announced.

Nov 3, 2013

Newsmaker: Egypt’s Mursi faces trial after short taste of power

CAIRO (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

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”.