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Oct 10, 2012

Egypt’s radical preachers enjoying freedom of airwaves

CAIRO (Reuters) – When Islamic scholar Zaghloul el-Naggar recommended the consumption of camel urine, describing it as an Islamic remedy for incurable diseases on a television show last month, the channel’s switchboard was bombarded with angry phone calls within minutes.

“Medicine is based on evidence … Surely I don’t need to be teaching you this?” well-known doctor Khaled Montassir told Naggar on the show, barely concealing his frustration. “I am not happy with what’s happening to Muslims because of your ideas.”

Sep 30, 2012

Egyptian leftist leader eyes parliament majority

CAIRO (Reuters) – Popular Egyptian leftist politician and former presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabahy said on Saturday he is confident a coalition of leftist groups he is working to unite will be strong enough to defeat Islamists and win a parliament majority.

Sabahy, in an unexpected outcome, came in third place in the first round of the presidential vote last May, behind well-known army commander and politician Ahmed Shafik and current president Mohamed Mursi, who was the candidate of the state’s most organized Muslim Brotherhood group.

Sep 19, 2012

Muslim leaders decry Mohammad cartoons, urge peaceful protest

CAIRO, Sept 19 (Reuters) – Muslim and Arab leaders on
Wednesday denounced cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad in a French
magazine as another insult to their faith but urged people to
shun a violent reaction and to protest peacefully.

The cartoons, featured in the French satirical weekly
Charlie Hebdo, showed an Orthodox Jew pushing a turbaned figure
in a wheelchair on its cover. Several caricatures of the Prophet
were included on its inside pages, including some of him naked.

Sep 17, 2012

Saudi Arabia stays out of regional talks on Syria

CAIRO (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia stayed away from a meeting on the Syria crisis convened by regional powers on Monday, setting back a forum grouping Iran – President Bashar al-Assad’s main Middle East ally – and his leading opponents in the region.

The “contact group” of Egypt, Iran, Turkey and Saudi Arabia arose from an initiative by Cairo, whose new president is looking to make his mark with what he has described as a balanced Egyptian foreign policy.

Aug 14, 2012

Egypt’s Mursi seizes early chance to take on army

CAIRO, Aug 14 (Reuters) – A blunder by the Egyptian army
that left 16 border guards dead at the hands of Islamist
militants gave President Mohamed Mursi an unexpectedly early
chance to claw back powers from a military whose political
influence he had always wanted to restrict.

A week after the raid on Egypt’s Sinai border that outraged
ordinary Egyptians and some soldiers, angry at what they saw as
a failure in military leadership, Mursi on Sunday dismissed the
country’s two top generals and tore up an army decree that had
curbed his powers.

Aug 2, 2012

Prominent judge to be Egypt’s new justice minister

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptian appeals court judge Ahmed Mekky said he has accepted the post of justice minister in Egypt’s first cabinet in the government of newly elected President Mohamed Mursi, and is to be sworn in with other cabinet officers on Thursday.

Prime Minister Hisham Kandil, who had himself been a little known technocrat in the irrigation ministry until tapped by Mursi, formed the cabinet with career bureaucrats and at least three Islamist politicians, including the education minister.

Jul 31, 2012

New alliance further fractures Syria opposition

CAIRO (Reuters) – Exiled Syrian politicians unveiled a new opposition alliance on Tuesday and asked one of its members to form a transitional government in a challenge to the Syrian National Council, another group that has said it will do the same.

The launch of the “Council for the Syrian Revolution” marks the latest effort by an opposition plagued by divisions to forge a political alternative to President Bashar al-Assad, whose forces are trying to put down a 16-month armed uprising.

Jul 11, 2012

Egypt court overrules president over parliament

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s Islamist-led parliament reconvened on Tuesday in an open challenge to the generals who dissolved it last month.

The supreme court swiftly ruled the newly elected, Islamist president had acted illegally in summoning the assembly, heightening a confrontation between the newly elected head of state and an establishment that once served Hosni Mubarak.

Jul 10, 2012

Egypt’s Islamist parliament reconvenes, defying army

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s Islamist-led parliament reconvened on Tuesday after being summoned by new President Mohamed Mursi in an open challenge to the generals who dissolved it last month.

The assembly, dominated by Mursi’s Muslim Brotherhood and allies, was dismissed by the army in line with a court ruling issued days before Mursi’s election. Mursi took office on June 30 ago, the first civilian leader after six decades of military men in power, and recalled the parliament in a decree on Sunday.

Jul 9, 2012

Egypt parliament set to meet, defying army

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s parliamentary speaker said the chamber would reconvene on Tuesday after the new, Islamist president risked a showdown with the generals by quashing their decision to dissolve the assembly last month.

Quoted by the state news agency on Monday, Saad al-Katatni, who like President Mohamed Mursi hails from the long-suppressed Muslim Brotherhood, said the lower house would sit from noon (0600 EDT) on Tuesday, defying the army’s order to dismiss parliament a month ago, based on a court ruling.