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    Libyan Muslim Brotherhood: current PM needs to be replaced

    Chief of the Muslim Brotherhood in Libya Bashir Al-Kabti suggests that there is a national consensus about Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zaydan no longer fitting into this transitional stage, and revealed that there have been on-going talks to determine his successor. Speaking with a German news agency Al-Kabti said:...
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    Egyptians fear mass home demolitions in Sinai

    Media reports claim that the Egyptian army has deployed tanks, personnel carriers and bulldozers to the east of Salah al-Din Gate in Sinai amid speculation that the move is to demolish dozens of houses along the border with the Gaza Strip. Witnesses on both sides of the border said...
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    Ahmed Shafiq interview reveals UAE’s role in Egypt’s massacres

    Video The failed Egyptian presidential candidate Ahmad Shafiq gave an interview with Dream TV on 8 September in which he made some stunning revelations about the UAE’s role in arming the Egyptian authorities prior to the massacres at Rabaa Al-Adawiyya and Al Nahda squares. MEMO has translated the relevant...
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    The second military trial of anti-coup activists in Suez to be held 17 September

    An Egyptian military court in the Suez Governorate, located in northeast Egypt, has set a court hearing on 17 September to try eight leaders of the Islamic Group, the Muslim Brotherhood, and other supporters of elected President Mohammed Morsi. The defendants are being tried on charges of attacking the...
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    Egyptian Central Bank to offer new treasury bills and bonds

    On behalf of the Egyptian Ministry of Finance, on Thursday the Egyptian Central Bank is set to offer new treasury bills estimated to be worth 6.5 billions of Egyptian pounds. Data shows that the value of the first offering of treasury bills for 182 days is 2.5 billions and...
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    Egyptian authorities close 55,000 mosques

    In the latest measure against pro-democracy supporters in Egypt, the coup authorities have banned 55,000 Imams from delivering the important Friday sermons. The interim Minister of Religious Affairs, Mohamed Mokhtar Jomaa, said that the Imams do not have licences to deliver the sermons and that they are regarded as...
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    Boutafliqa and Al-Ghanouchi hail Algerian and Tunisian relations

    Algerian President Abdul-Aziz Boutafliqa received in the capital on Tuesday the head of the Tunisian Al-Nahda movement, Rashid al-Ghanouchi, an Algerian news agency reported. Both officials expressed their satisfaction with Algerian-Tunisian relations, especially in the economic and security sectors. In the meeting, Boutafliqa and Al-Ghanouchi discussed the situation in...
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    Following Gaddafi’s footsteps: Egypt’s Sabahi agrees to military rule…on condition they do not interfere in politics!

    Hamdeen Sabahi, Egypt’s former presidential candidate, revealed a disturbed sense of reality during an interview with Saudi newspaper Asharq Al Awsat today. Sabahi was quoted as saying: “I do not have any concerns against the military’s rule. The military has earned the people’s respect and appreciation.” Then he added,...
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    Member of “Legitimacy Commission for Rights and Reform’: Shafiq has implicated the army in the biggest scandal

    Dr. Mohamed Hisham Raghib, a member of the “Legitimacy Commission for Rights and Reform’, has said that Ahmad Shafiq’s latest TV interview carries serious consequences for Egypt. According to Dr Raghib, in the interview Shafiq bragged about spying on members of the Muslim Brotherhood before the presidential elections, and...
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    Are UK weapons sold to UAE being used against Egyptian anti-coup protesters?

    In an interview with Dream TV on 8 September, failed Egyptian presidential candidate Ahmad Shafiq revealed that since the coup that deposed elected President Mohammed Morsi, the UAE has been sending weapons to the Egyptian authorities to suppress the anti-coup protests. On Tuesday, a representative of Amnesty International confirmed...
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    Egyptian coup turns against media supporter

    In a surprising turn of events, Egypt’s interim government has ordered Al-Faraein TV Channel to be shut down and its working licence to be revoked. Owned by journalist Tawfiq Okasha, the channel is accused of violating the media code of ethics by “disturbing the social peace and driving a...
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    Al-Jazeera satellite channel sues the Egyptian authorities

    Qatari-owned satellite channel Al-Jazeera has filed a lawsuit against the Egyptian authorities. The channel’s London-based lawyers have accused the regime of arresting some of the channel’s reporters without any reason.   The network said that it has commissioned Carter-Ruck, a legal firm that specialises in international law, to initiate...
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    Foreign Minister on Hamas and its confrontational relationship

    Egypt’s interim foreign minister has launched a scathing attack on the Islamic Resistance Movement in Palestine. Nabil Fahmy said that Hamas, which controls the political and security affairs of the Gaza Strip, “moves without responsibility and lacks vision”. In a local media interview, Fahmy said that Hamas has realised...
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    Brotherhood’s peaceful approach will bring victory, says El-Erian

    Video A leading member of the Muslim Brotherhood has said that the movement’s peaceful approach will bring victory for the revolution in Egypt. Dr Essam El-Erian called on all “honourable” Egyptians to tell the coup authorities to abandon violence and take the peaceful path to political and social stability....
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    Passenger numbers down at Egyptian airports

    The Chairman of the Egypt Airports Company, Jad El-Karim Nasr, has said that passenger numbers at the premier tourist airports of Sharm el-Sheikh and Hurghada have plummeted. Both airports show a drop of 60 per cent in tourists passing through last week compared with the same week last year....
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    Brotherhood to continue struggle against the coup

    The Muslim Brotherhood released a statement on Saturday committing the movement to continue the struggle against the coup authorities in Egypt. The statement pointed out that the massacres committed by the security services since the coup shall “disgrace those who committed them in this world and the hereafter”. Released...
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    Egyptian army expands operations in Sinai

    The Egyptian army has announced the expansion of its military operations in the Sinai Peninsula, saying that the results are satisfactory but that it will continue until it achieves its objectives. “We will be more proactive,” said spokesman Colonel Ahmed Mohammed Ali. He displayed some of the equipment and...
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    Saudi and UAE offered ransom for Mubarak release

    A close confidante of the president of Egypt overthrown by the January 25th Revolution has revealed that the government of Saudi Arabia offered the then military chief Field Marshal Hussain Tantawi a massive ransom to release him. Hosni Mubarak was eventually released from custody on bail following the coup...
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    Egypt’s interim government recognises Morsi’s economic achievements

    The military backed-interim government has recognized Egypt’s economic achievements during the rule of President Mohammed Morsi. The recognition follows a period of public attacks against Morsi’s government, including accusations of mishandling the Egyptian economy. However the interim government has now recognised that Morsi’s economic decisions lowered the trade deficit...
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    International legal team to prosecute Emirati officials for involvement in Egyptian atrocities

    Former Egyptian presidential candidate Ahmed Shafiq has publically admitted, for the first time, that the United Arab Emirates provided Egyptian security agencies and the Ministry of Interior with weapons and equipment in order to suppress protestors supporting President Mohammed Morsi. This revelation drove a source close to an international...
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    Nour Party withdraws from Committee of 50

    Dr. Bassam Al-Zarka, the Nour Party’s representative in the 50-member board charged with amending Egypt’s constitution, walked out of a meeting on Monday for a sub-committee on the basic components of the state, according to media sources. Al-Zarka reportedly walked out of the session after other members of the...
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    Egypt prepares for a new gas crisis following halted talks with Qatar

    Egypt prepares for a new gas crisis after talks with Qatar to send more supplies of natural gas have halted. During preliminary talks in May, Doha had agreed to donate five shipments of liquefied natural gas to Egypt while the latter was proposing to buy at least 13 additional...
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    Court backs freeze orders on Brotherhood funds

    Cairo Criminal Court has backed four orders issued by the attorney general to freeze the funds of the Muslim Brotherhood. Hisham Barakat filed the requests to the Court to freeze the funds of Brotherhood leaders including General Guide Mohammed Badi and his deputy Khairat Al-Shater; Mahmoud Ezzat Ibrahim, Mahdi...
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    Egyptian military bulldozers raze fields searching for tunnels to Gaza

    Fierce clashes erupted on Tuesday morning between Egyptian army forces and Egyptian Bedouins in the Sinai Peninsula along the border with the Gaza Strip, Palestinian witnesses reported. The witnesses said that the clashes started after Egyptian army forces began razing fields planted with several kinds of vegetables and trees...
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    Egyptian army besieges village for the second day running

    Egyptian army and police officers have imposed a strict siege on the small village of Dalja for the second day running. The village is in the Al-Minya Governorate south of Cairo. Officers prevented movement into and out of the village on the pretext that a “huge number of terrorists”...
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    The second Israeli envoy arrives in Cairo within seven days

    An Israeli security envoy arrived in Cairo on Tuesday for a short visit that only lasted for several hours. This is the second visit of an Israeli envoy to Cairo within seven days. A security official at Cairo International Airport said that the Israeli envoy arrived with a delegation...
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    Egyptian and Israeli aircraft fly over Rafah

    Egyptian Apache attack helicopters and Israeli reconnaissance aircraft flew over the city of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on Tuesday, before heading for the Egyptian city of the same name on the other side of the border. The border crossing at Rafah was also scrutinised closely by the...
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    Egyptian official is happy that Gaza electricity plant stopped working

    Former Egyptian Electricity Minister Osama Kamal has appeared happy on a local Egyptian television network, rejoicing: “We succeeded in closing the only electricity plant in Gaza.” Speaking to a talk show on Egyptian Al-Hayat TV, Kamal attributed the news to “the great successful efforts of the Egyptian army...
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    Coup has failed, says military analyst

    A respected military analyst has said that the coup in Egypt “has failed” just two months after the overthrow of elected President Mohammed Morsi. General Safwat El-Zayat noted that anti-coup demonstrations around the country suggest that the coup authorities have not been able to persuade the Egyptian people of...
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    French citizen killed by inmates while in Egyptian prison

    A French citizen, who had been imprisoned after breaking curfew in Cairo, was killed by inmates in an Egyptian prison earlier this week. Egyptian security sources said that the Frenchman had a dispute with six Egyptians who were placed in the same prison cell. He was waiting to be...
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    Are Gaza’s tunnels and the situation in Sinai really a matter of Egyptian national security?

    In what is being billed as a “national security operation”, the Egyptian army is busy demolishing tunnels underneath the border with the Gaza Strip. Bulldozers are also demolishing buildings to create a buffer zone up to 1km wider along the border; many homes are being lost in the process....
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    Anadolu: Muslim Brotherhood expresses reservations to Heikal’s proposal to resolve Egypt crisis

    Sources in the Muslim Brotherhood said that leading Egyptian journalist Mohamed Hassanein Heikal described his “vision” to resolve the political crisis in Egypt during a meeting with prominent Muslim Brotherhood leaders in his office in Cairo this morning. According to the sources, the Brotherhood leaders who attended the meeting...
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    Egypt loses billions in tourist revenues

    Egypt’s Minister of Tourism has said that the Egyptian tourism sector has lost more than 20 billion Egyptian pounds ($2.9 billion) over the past year. In a statement to local media, Hisham Zaazou blamed the political developments for the drop which has seen hotel occupancy rates fall by 85...
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    Al-Nour Party supports a military candidate for presidency

    Egypt’s leading Salafist party would be satisfied if the next Egyptian President had a military background. Dr. Younis Makhyon, a senior member of the Al-Nour Party, has revealed that the party does not oppose the candidacy of a former military official during the upcoming presidential elections, providing that the...
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    Egypt detains dozens of Palestinian refugees from Syria

    Dozens of Palestinian refugees fleeing from the violence in Syria have been detained by the Egyptian authorities. The conditions in which the refugees are being held have been described by informed sources as “very bad”. Speaking to Al-Quds Al-Arabi newspaper, the sources estimate that there are more than 100...
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    Tawakkol Karman: Egypt’s opposition leaders resorted to military coup after the people rejected them

    Yemeni activist and Nobel Prize Laureate Tawakkol Karman has described the events in Egypt since 30 June as a complete military coup to overthrow the will of the Egyptian people that was expressed by the January revolution. Furthermore, she believes the coup is a cover up for the military’s...
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    Retired general criticises Egyptian government for resorting to military option

    A retired army general has said that the coup government’s use of security forces to try to solve every problem indicates that it is failing to manage the country’s affairs. Speaking to Al-Jazeera Mubasher Misr, Major-General Adel Sulaiman said that Egypt’s many problems require political initiatives based on social...
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    Sudanese president faces calls for arrest at UN General Assembly

    Human rights activists and International Criminal Court judges have asked the US to arrest Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir when he arrives in New York to attend the UN General Assembly later this month, the New York Times has reported. It is no secret that Al-Bashir has applied for a...
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    Witnesses in Kerdasa: Security forces burn houses to terrorise residents

    Residents of the Kerdasa neighbourhood in the Giza Governorate say that Egyptian security forces have burned residential areas in the neighbourhood under the pretext of searching for residents who are wanted by the law, according to an Al-Jazeera report. The witnesses broadcast amateur videos showing a burning house, which...
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    Egypt’s justice minister dismisses chairwoman of forensics over published report

    Egypt’s Justice Minister Counsellor Adel Abdul Hamid has ruled to dismiss the Chairwoman of Forensic Doctors, Dr Magda Al-Qaradawi, from her current position following the publishing of an autopsy report by Deputy Director of Giza’s Police Department General Nabil Faraj, who was murdered in Kerdasa two days ago. The...
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    Eyewitness denies claim that besieged town is Islamist stronghold

    Video A lawyer from one of the Egyptian towns brutally attacked by the coup authority’s security forces has denied claims that it has been held by armed Islamists or is in any way an ideologically-driven local population. Speaking on live television last Tuesday, Ali Mehana was in the process...
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    Official reveals Egypt receiving US supplies to destroy tunnels with Gaza

    Spokesman of the Egyptian military forces Ahmed Ali has recognized that the US is helping the Egyptian army to destroy the tunnels between Egypt and the Gaza Strip. Speaking to the Saudi based Al-Arabia TV channel, Ali said: “The United States supplied us with sets that helped us in...
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    El-Erian calls for Egypt’s students to work against ‘fascist’ coup

    A prominent leader of the Muslim Brotherhood has called for Egyptian students to put their differences aside and to work together to confront the “fascist military coup”. Dr Essam El-Erian appeared in a video broadcast by Al-Jazeera TV on Sunday evening as university students are set to begin the...
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    MEMO exclusive: UAE weapons to Egypt sparks legal inquiry

    MEMO EXCLUSIVE It is almost two weeks since MEMO published news of the video recording in which the failed Egyptian presidential candidate, Ahmad Shafiq, confirmed his contact with Egypt’s incumbent Minister of Interior General Mohammad Ibrahim, thanking him for his support for the 30th June revolution. In the video...
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    Egypt negotiates with Saudi, Kuwait and the UAE over petroleum needs

    An official from Egypt’s General Petroleum Authority announced that negotiations are currently taking place between Egyptian government officials and their counterparts from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the UAE to arrange for the three countries to provide Egypt with petroleum products starting from next month until the end of next...
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    Guidance Council member Ibrahim Munir: No force on earth can end the presence of the Muslim Brotherhood

    Ibrahim Munir, a member of the Guidance Council of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, has stressed that Monday’s court ruling to disband the group and ban all its activities is not unexpected because it had been ready since the 3 July military coup against legitimacy. In a phone conversation with Al...
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    Coup supporter Heikal to be honoured with statue

    The Arab Defence Association is raising funds through Egyptian media organisations to pay for the building of a statute honouring Egyptian journalist Mohamed Hassanein Heikal for his efforts in supporting the removal of President Mohammed Morsi. The statue is to be built in one of the elite residential areas...
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    Most Egyptians prefer civilian president in future

    The Ibn Khaldun Centre for Development Studies has announced the results of a poll it recently conducted to measure Egyptian public opinion on the preferred background of the next potential president. According to the poll, 61 per cent of the people who took part preferred a president with a...
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    Tunisian president hopes Iran can adopt objective role as mediator in Syria

    Tunisian President Al-Moncef Al-Marzouki said on Monday that Iran would get respect from the Arab world if it adopted the role as an objective mediator to achieve peace in Syria. Al-Marzouki also renewed his offer to grant political asylum to Bashar Al-Assad. Speaking to AP, the Tunisian president also...
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    Al-Jazeera poll: 91.4% feel no confidence in Egyptian roadmap

    An overwhelming majority of Al-Jazeera’s viewers has predicted that the roadmap adopted by the Egyptian army would fail.   The poll revealed that 91.4 per cent of those polled expressed no confidence in the roadmap, announced on July 3 by Egyptian Defence Minister Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi. They also predicted...