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Jul 26, 2013

Egyptians stage rival rallies as Mursi charges fuel tension

CAIRO (Reuters) – Hundreds of thousands of Egyptians took to the streets on Friday in rival mass rallies for and against the army’s overthrow of Islamist president Mohamed Mursi, who state media said was under investigation for charges including murder.

Five people were killed and more than 50 injured during fighting in the second city of Alexandria. A total of more than 200 were hurt in scattered confrontations nationwide, the health ministry said, with fears of more bloodshed as night fell.

Jul 26, 2013

Egypt braces for rival rallies, army signals crackdown

CAIRO (Reuters) – A deeply polarized Egypt braced for bloodshed on Friday in rival mass rallies summoned by the army that ousted the state’s first freely elected president and by the Islamists who back him.

Both sides warned of a decisive struggle for the future of the Arab world’s most populous country, convulsed by political and economic turmoil since the 2011 uprising that ended 30 years of autocratic rule by Hosni Mubarak.

Jul 25, 2013

Egyptian army threatens to shoot violent protesters

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s army threatened on Thursday to turn its guns on those who use violence, its starkest warning yet ahead of what both sides expect will be a bloody showdown in the streets between supporters and opponents of deposed president Mohamed Mursi.

An army official said the military had issued an ultimatum to Mursi’s Muslim Brotherhood, giving the Islamist group until Saturday to sign up to a plan for political reconciliation which it has so far spurned.

Jul 25, 2013

Egypt army issues threats ahead of street confrontation

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s army threatened on Thursday to turn its guns on those who use violence, its starkest warning yet ahead of what both sides expect will be a bloody showdown in the streets between supporters and opponents of deposed president Mohamed Mursi.

An army official said the military had issued an ultimatum to Mursi’s Muslim Brotherhood, giving the Islamist group until Saturday to sign up to a plan for political reconciliation which it has so far spurned.

Jul 20, 2013

New Egyptian PM seeks dialogue, end to divisions

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s interim prime minister appealed on Saturday for an end to the nation’s divisions following the overthrow of Islamist President Mohamed Mursi and said tough measures might be needed to revive the economy.

Appearing relaxed and confident on state television, Hazem el-Beblawi, an international liberal economist, called for dialogue between political parties, adding that security had to be restored to Egypt’s streets after weeks of mass protests.

Jul 20, 2013

New Egyptian Prime Minister seeks dialogue, end to divisions

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s interim prime minister appealed on Saturday for an end to the nation’s divisions following the overthrow of Islamist President Mohamed Mursi and said tough measures might be needed to revive the economy.

Appearing relaxed and confident on state television, Hazem el-Beblawi, an international liberal economist, called for dialogue between political parties, adding that security had to be restored to Egypt’s streets after weeks of mass protests.

Jul 20, 2013

Egypt seeks assertive role, worries about Nile dam

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s new military-backed cabinet made clear on Saturday it wanted to play an assertive role in regional politics, urging Ethiopia to attend talks over a dam on the Nile and stressing it sought change in Syria.

“Egypt’s leadership is inevitable,” said Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy, a member of an interim government sworn into office just four days ago following the ousting of Islamist President Mohamed Mursi on July 3.

Jul 19, 2013

Mursi supporters rally in Egypt, army shows muscle

CAIRO (Reuters) – Thousands of supporters of deposed President Mohamed Mursi took to the streets of several Egyptian cities on Friday to demand that the powerful military reinstate the country’s first freely elected leader.

However, Egypt’s armed forces, which shunted the country’s Islamist ruler from office less than three weeks ago, looked in no mood to make concessions, putting on a show of force in the hazy skies above Cairo.

Jul 15, 2013

U.S. envoy spurned by both sides on Egypt visit

CAIRO (Reuters) – The first senior U.S. official to visit Egypt since the army toppled its elected president was snubbed by both Islamists and their opponents on Monday.

Deputy Secretary of State William Burns arrived in a divided capital where both sides are furious at the United States, the superpower which supports Egypt with $1.5 billion in annual aid, mostly for the army that deposed Islamist President Mohamed Mursi two weeks ago.

Jul 14, 2013

Calm on streets as Egypt assembles a cabinet

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s interim prime minister was assembling his cabinet on Sunday to lead the country under an army-backed “road map” to restore civil rule, with peace having returned to the streets after the military removed President Mohamed Mursi.

Hazem el-Beblawi, a 76-year-old liberal economist appointed interim prime minister last week, is tapping technocrats and liberals for a government to run the country under a temporary constitution until parliamentary elections in about six months.