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Nov 29, 2012

Opposition cries foul as Egypt constitution vote proceeds

CAIRO, Nov 30 (Reuters) – Mohamed Mursi’s Muslim Brotherhood
has begun pushing through a new constitution that will transform
Egypt, hoping it will end a crisis which erupted when the
Islamist president gave himself sweeping new powers last week.

Mursi said his decree halting court challenges to his
decisions, which provoked protests and violence from Egyptians
fearing the emergence of a new dictator less than two years
after they ousted Hosni Mubarak, was “for an exceptional stage”.

Nov 29, 2012

Egypt assembly seeks to wrap up constitution

CAIRO (Reuters) – The assembly writing Egypt’s constitution said it could wrap up a final draft later on Wednesday, a move the Muslim Brotherhood sees as a way out of a crisis over a decree by President Mohamed Mursi that protesters say gives him dictatorial powers.

But as Mursi’s opponents staged a sixth day of protests in Tahrir Square, critics said the Islamist-dominated assembly’s bid to finish the constitution quickly could make matters worse.

Nov 28, 2012

Egypt protests continue in crisis over Mursi powers

CAIRO (Reuters) – Hundreds of demonstrators were in Cairo’s Tahrir Square for a sixth day on Wednesday to demand that President Mohamed Mursi rescind a decree they say gives him dictatorial powers, and two of Egypt’s top courts stopped work in protest.

But in a move that one Muslim Brotherhood official said could help resolve the worst crisis of Mursi’s five-month presidency, the assembly drawing up a new constitution said it would complete work on a final draft on Wednesday.

Nov 27, 2012

Egypt town in mourning illustrates national rift

DAMANHOUR, Egypt, Nov 27 (Reuters) – Islam Massoud’s funeral
laid bear the political feud in Egypt that caused his death.

It was mostly Muslim Brotherhood supporters who turned out
to pay their respects to the teenager, killed in the Nile Delta
town of Damanhour when he went out to support President Mohamed
Mursi and the Islamist group that stands behind him.

Nov 26, 2012

Egypt opposition snubs Mursi plan to ease decree crisis

CAIRO (Reuters) – Opponents of Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi will press ahead with a protest on Tuesday to demand the scrapping of a decree extending his powers, rejecting the Islamist’s attempt to defuse a crisis that has brought violence back to Cairo’s streets.

Mursi was accused of giving himself the powers of a modern-day pharaoh when he issued the decree last week that prevents legal challenges to any decision he takes until a new parliament is elected.

Nov 26, 2012

Egypt’s Mursi to meet judges over power grab

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi meets senior judges on Monday to try to ease a crisis over his seizure of new powers which has set off violent protests reminiscent of the revolution last year that brought his Islamist movement to power.

The protesters, some camped in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, have said only retracting his decree will satisfy them, a sign of the deep rift between Islamists and their opponents that is destabilizing Egypt two years after Hosni Mubarak was ousted.

Nov 21, 2012

Hamas-Israel ceasefire takes hold but mistrust runs deep

CAIRO/GAZA, Nov 22 (Reuters) – A ceasefire between Israel
and Gaza’s Hamas rulers took hold on Thursday after eight days
of conflict, although deep mistrust on both sides cast doubt on
how long the Egyptian-sponsored deal can last.

Even after the ceasefire came into force late on Wednesday,
a dozen rockets from the Gaza Strip landed in Israel, all in
open areas, a police spokesman said. In Gaza, witnesses reported
an explosion shortly after the truce took effect at 9 p.m (1900
GMT), but there were no casualties and the cause was unclear.

Nov 21, 2012

Egyptian-brokered Hamas-Israel ceasefire takes hold

CAIRO/GAZA (Reuters) – A ceasefire between Israel and Gaza’s Hamas rulers took hold on Thursday after eight days of conflict, although deep mistrust on both sides cast doubt on how long the Egyptian-sponsored deal can last.

Even after the ceasefire came into force late on Wednesday, a dozen rockets from the Gaza Strip landed in Israel, all in open areas, a police spokesman said. In Gaza, witnesses reported an explosion shortly after the truce took effect at 9 p.m (1900 GMT), but there were no casualties and the cause was unclear.

Nov 20, 2012

Egypt agrees deal for $4.8 billion IMF loan

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt reached a preliminary agreement on Tuesday with the International Monetary Fund for a $4.8 billion loan, a step seen as vital to shoring up the nation’s finances.

Investors who abandoned Egypt during the political turmoil that followed the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak last year have been looking to the IMF to give its seal of approval to the government’s economic program.

Nov 20, 2012

Egypt reaches preliminary deal for $4.8 bln IMF loan

CAIRO, Nov 20 (Reuters) – Egypt reached a preliminary
agreement on Tuesday with the International Monetary Fund for a
$4.8 billion loan, a step seen as vital to shoring up the
nation’s finances.

Investors who abandoned Egypt during the political turmoil
that followed the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak last year have been
looking to the IMF to give its seal of approval to the
government’s economic programme.