CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s leading religious scholars spurned the ruling Muslim Brotherhood’s choice and picked an apolitical Islamic law professor on Monday to be the country’s top cleric.
The post of grand mufti of Egypt carries wide influence over legislation and social affairs.
CAIRO (Reuters) – Syria’s main opposition leader signaled on Monday that his offer of talks with the government to end the country’s 22-month-old civil war was still open, a day after a deadline he had set passed without a response.
Syrian National Coalition leader Moaz Alkhatib, speaking after talks with the head of the Arab League in Cairo, said President Bashar al-Assad’s government had not responded by Sunday to his initiative to discuss a transition of power.
CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s ruling Muslim Brotherhood has nominated one of its senior leaders for the influential position of grand mufti, the nation’s top cleric, defying critics who accuse the Islamist group of seeking to dominate all institutions.
Islamic scholars chaired by the head of the ancient seat of learning, Al-Azhar, are due to pick a new mufti on Monday from a shortlist of three candidates and send their choice to President Mohamed Mursi to approve.
CAIRO (Reuters) – Leaders of Muslim nations called on Thursday for a “serious dialogue” between Syria’s government and an opposition coalition on a political transition to put an end to nearly two years of devastating civil war.
A two-day summit of the 57-member Organisation of Islamic Cooperation backed an initiative by Egypt, Turkey, Iran and Saudi Arabia to broker negotiations to stop the bloodshed in which at least 60,000 people have died.
CAIRO (Reuters) – Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was both kissed and scolded on Tuesday when he began the first visit to Egypt by an Iranian president since Tehran’s 1979 Islamic revolution.
The trip was meant to underline a thaw in relations since Egyptians elected an Islamist head of state, President Mohamed Mursi, last June. But it also highlighted deep theological and geopolitical differences.
CAIRO/PORT SAID, Egypt (Reuters) – At least one protester was shot dead and dozens wounded on Friday when riot police clashed with demonstrators demanding the overthrow of Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi.
Youths threw petrol bombs and shot fireworks at the outer wall of Mursi’s Cairo presidential compound as night fell. Police responded by firing water cannon and teargas leading to skirmishes in the surrounding streets.
CAIRO/PORT SAID, Egypt (Reuters) – Opponents of Islamist President Mohamed Mursi hurled petrol bombs at his palace on Friday as protesters returned to the streets of Egypt demanding his overthrow after the deadliest violence of his seven months in power.
Youths threw about two dozen petrol bombs and launched fireworks at the outer wall of the presidential compound in Cairo as night fell and thousands of peaceful demonstrators had dispersed.
CAIRO (Reuters) – Opponents of Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi have called mass demonstrations on Friday, raising the prospect of more bloodshed despite a pledge by politicians to back off after the deadliest week of his seven months in office.
Protests marking the second anniversary of the uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak have killed nearly 60 people since January 25. It prompted the head of the army – the institution that effectively ran Egypt for six decades until Mursi’s election – to warn that the state was on the verge of collapse.
CAIRO/ISMAILIA, Egypt (Reuters) – Egyptian protesters defied an overnight curfew in restive towns along the Suez Canal, attacking police stations after Islamist President Mohamed Mursi imposed emergency rule to end days of clashes that have left at least 52 people dead.
At least two men died in overnight fighting in the canal city of Port Said, the latest unrest in a wave of violence unleashed last week on the eve of the anniversary of the 2011 revolt that brought down autocrat Hosni Mubarak.
CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi declared a month-long state of emergency in three cities on the Suez Canal, where dozens of people have been killed in protests that have swept the nation and deepened a political crisis facing the Islamist leader.
Hundreds of demonstrators in Port Said, Suez and Ismailia turned out against the decision within moments of Mursi’s announcement late on Sunday that came after the death toll from protests and violence that erupted last week hit 49 people.