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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.

Jul 28, 2013

Egypt minister wants Brothers in politics, not arms

CAIRO (Reuters) – The Muslim Brotherhood should be part of Egypt’s political future and must stop inciting violence, the country’s foreign minister said on Sunday, a day after the group accused security forces of killing 72 of its supporters in the streets.

Nabil Fahmy warned that deepening political divisions would lead “ultimately to more tragedies” and accused the Brotherhood of igniting bloodshed that is posing a security threat to Egypt and hindering efforts to revive the fragile economy.

May 12, 2013

Newsmaker: Nawaz Sharif poised to lead Pakistan again after long wait

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – After 14 years out of power, Nawaz Sharif is poised to become prime minister again, and he is a man in a hurry to clean up what he calls Pakistan’s mess.

Sharif said on Saturday his Pakistan Muslim League Party-Nawaz (PMLN) was the clear winner in general elections and that he hoped for a majority to avoid a coalition.

May 12, 2013

Nawaz Sharif stages comeback in landmark Pakistan election

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Toppled in a 1999 coup, jailed and exiled, Nawaz Sharif has made a triumphant election comeback and was heading for a third term as Pakistan’s prime minister.

The polls were a landmark, marking the first time one elected government will replace another. But the vote failed to realise the hopes of many that dynastic politics would end after years of misrule and corruption.