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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.

Oct 15, 2013

Officials say Egypt arrests Mursi supporter linked to Cairo attack

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptian security officials said on Tuesday that authorities had arrested a supporter of deposed Islamist President Mohamed Mursi suspected of involvement in a rocket-propelled grenade attack on a state-owned satellite station in Cairo.

Any link between the suspect and Mursi in the October 7 attack in the capital is likely to be used to justify tougher measures against Islamists, who authorities have portrayed as terrorists since the army seized power on July 3.

Oct 9, 2013

Liberal leader urges Egyptian army chief not to run for president

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s army chief, who orchestrated the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Mursi in July, should not run for the leadership in elections due to be held next year, the head of the biggest liberal party told Reuters.

General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has said in an interview with an Egyptian newspaper that now was the wrong time to raise the issue of whether he would stand for the presidency.