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Nov 24, 2013

Egypt’s government bans protests without police approval

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s president passed a law on Sunday making it illegal to hold demonstrations without the approval of the police and banning protests in places of worship, a move rights groups condemned as a blow to political freedom.

As the law was being announced by state media, thousands of anti-government protesters were on streets in Cairo and other cities, as they have been regularly in the nearly three years since a popular uprising ousted autocrat Hosni Mubarak.

Nov 13, 2013

Telecom Egypt hopes to win mobile licence this year

CAIRO, Nov 13 (Reuters) – Landline monopoly Telecom Egypt
is confident the government will grant it a licence to
provide mobile services by the end of the year, its chief
executive said on Wednesday.

“We see a reason to be confident that such a licence would
be issued within 2013,” CEO Mohamed el-Nawawy told Reuters after
third-quarter results were announced.

Nov 12, 2013

Egypt court rules post-Mursi state of emergency ended

CAIRO (Reuters) – An Egyptian court ruled a three-month state of emergency be lifted on Tuesday, a step that may help the army-backed government restore a semblance of normality after the military ousted President Mohamed Mursi.

But as emergency rule was ordered to end, the government edged a step closer to passing a law on demonstrations that the opposition says could be a new way to curb protests.

Nov 12, 2013

Egypt acts to end post-Mursi state of emergency

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptian authorities acted to end a three-month state of emergency on Tuesday, a step that may help the army-backed government restore a semblance of normalcy after turmoil ignited by the military overthrow of president Mohamed Mursi.

But as the authorities moved to cancel the exceptional powers, the government edged a step closer to passing a law regarded by activists and human rights groups as a threat to the right to protest.

Nov 11, 2013

Egypt plans extra stimulus by year-end, Suez Canal project

CAIRO, Nov 11 (Reuters) – The Egyptian government will
launch a new economic stimulus package by the end of the year,
the finance minister said on Monday, bringing forward spending
plans that will help revive the economy but put even more strain
on state coffers.

Pointing to efforts to attract new investment, the
military-backed government also said it would launch a tender to
draw up plans to develop a corridor around the Suez Canal,
reviving a mega-project tabled by deposed president Mohamed
Mursi.

Nov 4, 2013

In court, defiant Mursi says he still Egypt’s president

CAIRO (Reuters) – Ousted Egyptian leader Mohamed Mursi struck a defiant tone on the first day of his trial on Monday, chanting ‘Down with military rule’, and calling himself the country’s only ‘legitimate’ president.

Mursi, an Islamist who was toppled by the army in July after mass protests against him, appeared angry and interrupted the session repeatedly, prompting a judge to adjourn the case.

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.