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Feb 17, 2014

Suspected Egyptian militants raise stakes in insurgency

CAIRO (Reuters) – The bombing of a tourist bus in Egypt by suspected Muslim militants marks a strategic shift to soft targets that could devastate an economy already reeling from political turmoil.

The assailants, who killed two South Koreans and an Egyptian on Sunday, chose their area of operation shrewdly – a poorly guarded buffer zone in the south Sinai between Egypt and Israel.

Feb 16, 2014

Two Koreans, Egyptian driver killed in Sinai tourist bus blast

CAIRO (Reuters) – A bomb on a tourist bus in Egypt’s Sinai peninsula killed at least two Koreans and the Egyptian driver on Sunday, army and security sources said, an apparent turning point in an Islamist insurgency that has gained pace since an army takeover in July.

The Interior Ministry said the bus was travelling from St. Catherine’s Monastery, a popular tourist destination in the south Sinai, to nearby Israel when it was attacked.

Feb 11, 2014

Former presidential hopeful predicts new Egypt revolt

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptians will rise up against military rule because of widespread human rights abuses and economic hardships, former presidential candidate Abdel Moneim Abol Fotouh said on Tuesday.

Egypt’s political transition and its economy have stumbled since the 2011 uprising that ousted autocrat Hosni Mubarak.

Feb 9, 2014

Former presidential hopeful says Egypt is now ‘republic of fear’

CAIRO (Reuters) – A moderate Islamist who came fourth in Egypt’s 2012 presidential election won by the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohamed Mursi, accused the army-backed authorities on Sunday of creating a “republic of fear”.

Abdel Moneim Abol Fotouh, 62, one of the few Islamists left in public life after a crackdown on the Brotherhood and its Islamist allies after Mursi was ousted by the army, said Egypt was not on a path to democracy as the government says.

Jan 27, 2014

Egypt’s generals give Sisi green light to run for president

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s military council has given the army chief, Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, a green light to run for president, a security source told Reuters.

Sisi deposed elected Islamist President Mohamed Mursi in July after mass unrest against his increasingly arbitrary rule, triggering political upheaval and further street violence in the Arab world’s most populous nation.

Jan 14, 2014

Exclusive: With Muslim Brotherhood crushed, Egypt sets sights on Hamas

CAIRO (Reuters) – After crushing the Muslim Brotherhood at home, Egypt’s military rulers plan to undermine the Palestinian militant group Hamas, which runs the neighboring Gaza Strip, senior Egyptian security officials told Reuters.

The aim, which the officials say could take years to pull off, includes working with Hamas’s political rivals Fatah and supporting popular anti-Hamas activities in Gaza, four security and diplomatic officials said.

Jan 14, 2014

With Muslim Brotherhood crushed, Egypt sets sights on Hamas

CAIRO (Reuters) – After crushing the Muslim Brotherhood at home, Egypt’s military rulers plan to undermine the Palestinian militant group Hamas, which runs the neighbouring Gaza Strip, senior Egyptian security officials told Reuters.

The aim, which the officials say could take years to pull off, includes working with Hamas’s political rivals Fatah and supporting popular anti-Hamas activities in Gaza, four security and diplomatic officials said.

Jan 8, 2014

Mursi absence halts trial, Egypt officials cite weather

CAIRO (Reuters) – The trial of deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi on charges of inciting murder was postponed until February 1 on Wednesday after officials said bad weather had stopped him from being flown to court.

Another Islamist politician, Essam el-Erian, on trial in the same case cast doubt on the explanation, telling reporters Mursi had refused to attend “because this court is unconstitutional”. He did not say how he knew this was the case.

Jan 6, 2014

Egypt’s army chief Sisi seen edging closer to presidential bid

CAIRO (Reuters) – In Egypt, it no longer appears to be a question of if, but when army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi will declare his candidacy for president. For the second time in three days, local media reported on Monday that Sisi had finally made up his mind.

With no other obvious candidates for the post, the general who deposed Islamist President Mohamed Mursi in July has kept Egyptians guessing about his intentions as the clock ticks down to the presidential vote that could happen as soon as April.

Dec 30, 2013

Egypt likely to change roadmap, hold presidential vote first-sources

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s government is likely to call a presidential election before parliamentary polls, officials said on Monday, rearranging the political timetable in a way that could see army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi elected head of state by April.

Parliamentary elections were supposed to happen first under the roadmap unveiled after the army deposed Islamist President Mohamed Mursi in July after mass protests against his rule.