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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.

Oct 6, 2013

Egypt issues tough warning against anti-army protests

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptian authorities said on Saturday anyone who protests against the army on Sunday when the country celebrates the anniversary of an attack on Israeli forces during the 1973 war will be regarded as agents of foreign powers.

Presidential spokesman Ahmed al-Muslimani was speaking to the state news agency in anticipation of demonstrations by the Muslim Brotherhood, which has been staging protests against the army’s ouster of Islamist President Mohamed Mursi in July.

Oct 5, 2013

Egypt tightens security, warns Muslim Brotherhood

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptian authorities warned the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood on Saturday against staging violent protests and tightened security in all cities and strategic installations after clashes on Friday killed at least four people.

Supporters of deposed Islamist President Mohamed Mursi on Friday mounted their boldest demonstrations since troops crushed their protest camps demanding his reinstatement on August 14.

Oct 3, 2013

EU’s Ashton says crucial for all to join Egypt political process

CAIRO (Reuters) – European Union Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton said on Thursday it was important for all sides to feel they can take part in a political process in Egypt.

Ashton has been in Cairo this week to encourage reconciliation between the Muslim Brotherhood and the interim government, which was installed after the army removed Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi on July 3 following mass protests against his rule.

Sep 17, 2013

Gunmen kill Egyptian army officer and soldier in Nile Delta

CAIRO (Reuters) – Gunmen killed an Egyptian military officer and a soldier in an attack on an army vehicle northeast of Cairo on Tuesday, security sources said, raising concerns that an Islamist insurgency is taking hold beyond the Sinai.

The number of militant attacks has risen since the army deposed President Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood on July 3, following mass protests against his rule.