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Nov 4, 2013

Mursi faces trial in Egypt in test of democracy

CAIRO, Nov 4 (Reuters) – Ousted Egyptian president Mohamed
Mursi arrived at a Cairo police academy on Monday to face trial
in what opponents of the army-backed government say is part of a
campaign to crush his Muslim Brotherhood and revive a police
state.

It is the second time in just over two years that an
overthrown president has been in court in Egypt, a nation some
fear is sliding back into autocratic rule.

Nov 3, 2013

Syria opposition lays preconditions for peace talks

CAIRO (Reuters) – The Syrian opposition set terms on Sunday for attending peace talks to end the Syrian civil war, in a move that throws the proposed conference into further confusion after the international envoy said there should be no preconditions.

The long-delayed talks – known as Geneva 2 – are meant to bring Syria’s warring sides to the negotiating table, but have been repeatedly delayed because of disputes between world powers, divisions among the opposition and irreconcilable positions of Assad and the rebels.

Nov 1, 2013

Egypt pulls satirist who poked fun at army chief off airwaves

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s top TV satirist was pulled off the air on Friday, a week after he poked fun at the army chief who ousted Islamist President Mohamed Mursi in July.

The move is likely to raise further questions about authorities’ commitment to freedom in a country stumbling in its political transition since autocrat Hosni Mubarak was ousted in a popular uprising in 2011.

Oct 23, 2013

Egypt military officers back army chief for president

CAIRO (Reuters) – After months of turmoil in Egypt, military officers are pushing popular army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to run for president, after the 2011 uprising had inspired hopes for democratic change in a country long dominated by generals.

Sisi ousted Egypt’s first freely-elected president, Mohamed Mursi, the man who appointed him, in July after mass protests against the Islamist leader’s rule.

Oct 22, 2013

Egypt orders trial of four policemen over killing of Islamist detainees

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s prosecutor general on Tuesday ordered the trial of four police officers charged with killing 39 Muslim Brotherhood members in August after they were picked up in the crackdown that followed the military overthrow of President Mohamed Mursi.

The Islamists died after teargas was fired into the back of the police van in which they were being held. The four policemen have been arrested and charged with murder and unintended injury, a security source said.

Oct 22, 2013
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Egyptian Christians fear chaos after Cairo wedding attack

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(Relatives of four victims killed in an attack at a wedding on Sunday, attend their funerals at Virgin Church in Cairo October 21, 2013. REUTERS/ Mohamed Abd El Ghany)

Egyptian Coptic Christians joyfully waited outside the Virgin Church in Cairo for the bride to arrive to join the groom for their wedding.

Oct 21, 2013

Egyptian Christians fear chaos after wedding bloodshed

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptian Coptic Christians joyfully waited outside the Virgin Church in Cairo for the bride to arrive to join the groom for their wedding.

Instead bearded men on a motorcycle pulled up and fired on the crowd, deepening the fears of many Christians that their minority community will pay the bloodiest price for the ouster of elected Islamist President Mohamed Mursi.

Oct 11, 2013

From Egypt, the message is “Obama keep your aid”

CAIRO, Oct 11 (Reuters) – A U.S. decision to curtail
military and economic aid to Egypt to promote democracy may
ultimately backfire, pushing Cairo to seek assistance elsewhere
and giving Washington less leverage to stabilise a country in
the heart of the Middle East.

Washington faces a dilemma in dealing with its major
regional ally: Egypt controls the Suez Canal and has a peace
treaty with neighbouring Israel but its army overthrew the first
freely elected president, Islamist Mohamed Mursi, in July.

Oct 11, 2013

From Egypt, the message is “Obama keep your aid”

CAIRO, Oct 11 (Reuters) – A U.S. decision to curtail
military and economic aid to Egypt to promote democracy may
ultimately backfire, pushing Cairo to seek assistance elsewhere
and giving Washington less leverage to stabilise a country in
the heart of the Middle East.

Washington faces a dilemma in dealing with its major
regional ally: Egypt controls the Suez Canal and has a peace
treaty with neighbouring Israel but its army overthrew the first
freely elected president, Islamist Mohamed Mursi, in July.

Oct 10, 2013

Egypt criticizes U.S. aid cuts, Washington says not severing ties

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt criticized on Thursday a U.S. decision to curtail military and economic aid to Cairo after a crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood, although Washington stressed it was not severing ties with its long-standing ally.

The army-backed government insisted Egypt would not bow to U.S. pressure, with the cabinet saying it found the decision strange at a time when the country was “facing a war against terrorism”.