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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”.

Oct 10, 2013

Egypt criticizes U.S. decision to halt aid

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt on Thursday criticized the U.S. decision to halt some aid to the army-backed government following a crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood that has plunged the country into a violent political crisis.

Washington faces a dilemma in dealing with a major regional ally that controls the strategic Suez Canal and borders Israel but whose army overthrew the first freely elected president, Mohamed Mursi, after mass protests against his rule.

Oct 10, 2013

Special Report: The real force behind Egypt’s ‘revolution of the state’

CAIRO (Reuters) – In Hosni Mubarak’s final days in office in 2011, the world’s gaze focused on Cairo, where hundreds of thousands of protesters demanded the resignation of one of the Arab world’s longest serving autocrats.

Little attention was paid when a group of Muslim Brotherhood leaders broke free from their cells in a prison in the far off Wadi el-Natroun desert. But the incident, which triggered a series of prison breaks by members of the Islamist group around the country, caused panic among police officers fast losing their grip on Egypt.

Oct 9, 2013

Liberal leader urges Egyptian army chief not to run for president

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s army chief, who orchestrated the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Mursi in July, should not run for the leadership in elections due to be held next year, the head of the biggest liberal party told Reuters.

General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has said in an interview with an Egyptian newspaper that now was the wrong time to raise the issue of whether he would stand for the presidency.

Sep 19, 2013

Egypt police storm area near Cairo, officer killed

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptian security forces clashed with gunmen on the outskirts of Cairo on Thursday as the army-backed government moved to reassert control over an Islamist-dominated area where political violence broke out last month.

A police general was killed in an exchange of gunfire outside the town of Kerdasa, 14 km (9 miles), from the capital.

Sep 19, 2013

Police storm pro-Mursi town near Cairo, officer killed

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptian security forces clashed with gunmen on the outskirts of Cairo on Thursday as the army-backed government moved to reassert control over an Islamist-dominated area where militants staged a bloody attack on a police station last month.

A police general was killed in an exchange of fire during the operation in Kerdasa, a town 14 km (9 miles), from Cairo.

Sep 16, 2013

Islamist Nour party walks out of Egypt’s constitution talks

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s second biggest Islamist party on Monday walked out of a committee amending the constitution, to protest against moves to curb the influence of Islam in state affairs.

The Salafist al-Nour party, which backed the army’s overthrow of the more moderate Islamist Mohamed Mursi from the presidency in July, said it was not quitting the committee but wanted to show its anger.

Sep 11, 2013
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Egypt bans unlicensed mosque preachers in crackdown on Islamists

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(Birds fly over mosques during sunset in Old Cairo December 22, 2012. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh)

Egyptian authorities will bar 55,000 unlicensed clerics from preaching in mosques in the latest move against sympathizers of deposed Islamist President Mohamed Mursi, the minister of religious endowments said on Tuesday.

Sep 10, 2013

Egypt bans mosque preachers in crackdown on Islamists

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptian authorities will bar 55,000 unlicensed clerics from preaching in mosques in the latest move against sympathizers of deposed Islamist President Mohamed Mursi, the minister of religious endowments said on Tuesday.

Egyptian authorities have been cracking down on Mursi’s Muslim Brotherhood since the army toppled him on July 3 following mass protests against his rule.

Sep 8, 2013

Sinai Islamists claim responsibility for attack on Egypt minister

CAIRO (Reuters) – The Sinai-based Islamist militant group Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis claimed responsibility on Sunday for an attempt last week to kill the Egyptian interior minister in Cairo, and promised more attacks in revenge for a crackdown on Egypt’s Islamists.

Islamist militancy has risen sharply in the relatively lawless region adjoining Israel and the Gaza Strip and elsewhere in Egypt since the army deposed Islamist president Mohamed Mursi two months ago, following mass protests.