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    Tunisia’s political parties begin national talks

    Tunisia’s ruling EnNahda party has started a national dialogue on Friday with the opposition ‘Salvation Front’ to form a caretaker government and prepare for general elections. The dialogue is aimed at ending the political crisis in the country. Most of the country’s secular and leftist parties have decided to...
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    Sinai jihadists releases video of assassination attempt on interior minister

    VIDEO A Sinai-based jihadist-Salafi group has released a 30-minute video which it claims is the attempted assassination of Egypt’s interim interior minister. Ansar Bait Al-Maqdis (Supporters of Jerusalem) said that the attack on General Mohamed Ibrahim was carried out by a former army officer named as Walid Badir on...
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    Algerian president to run for a fourth term

    Algeria’s ruling National Liberation Front Party has announced that President Abdelaziz Bouteflika will run for a fourth presidential term in the elections scheduled to take place next April. Ammar Saadani, the party’s Secretary General, told members, “I announce to you officially that the National Liberation Front will nominate party...
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    Egyptian housewife laments worsening conditions and regrets participating in 30 June demo

    VIDEO Call in Programme, Al-Jazeera Arabic 24 October 2013 A caller tells Al-Jazeera that she took to the street on 30 June and says now she beats herself 100 times with a shoe and 100 times with a slipper out of guilt Below is the translated transcript of that...
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    African Union to continue suspension of Egypt’s membership

    Turkish news agency, Anatolia, has said that the African Union is expected to give the Egyptian issue top priority in the upcoming meeting of its elders committee to be held in Burkina Faso on Monday. The African Union elders committee will discuss crises facing countries in the continent. According...
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    Villagers stage protest to get gas cylinders

    Villagers have staged a protest outside the Betina Agricultural Association in Egypt order to get gas cylinders. The demonstration was part of a series of protests against the incompetence of the coup authorities. A near-riot took place when someone announced that 500 cylinders had arrived in the village as...
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    Most Egyptians favour Morsi return as president

    A poll conducted in Egypt suggests that 68 per cent of a random sample of the population is in favour of the return to office of the deposed President Mohamed Morsi. The percentage of those supporting his ousting has fallen to 18, while 12 per cent support neither Morsi...
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    Al-Sisi recognises the existence of ‘bad’ people in the state’s institutions

    Egyptian coup leader General Abdel Fatah Al-Sisi said that the state institution has received a “strong attack” because of hostility to the police and the interior ministry. In a new recording announced on Friday by Al-Jazeera Mubashir Misr, Al-Sisi said: “The presidential institution was uprooted, the Constitution fell down...
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    One hundred days since the massacre in Rabaa

    24th November marked one hundred days since the demonstrations in Rabaa Al-Adawiya and Al-Nahda Squares were violently dispersed, resulting in what Human Rights Watch described as the largest mass murder in the history of modern Egypt. This action resulted in the death, wounding and detainment of thousands of civilians....
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    The New York Times: Al-Sisi’s allies are turning against him

    In an editorial published on Wednesday, the New York Times newspaper asserted that opposition voices against Egypt’s interim government and Defence Minister General Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi are on the rise, including those who previously supported the coup and the crackdown against the Muslim Brotherhood. But with the Egyptian state...
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    Amnesty International: Egypt must immediately and unconditionally release women protesters

    The conviction and imprisonment of 21 female protesters, including seven girls, after they participated in a peaceful pro-Morsi demonstration in Alexandria shows the Egyptian authorities’ determination to punish dissent, Amnesty International said. “These harsh prison sentences against young women and girls come after the adoption of a draconian protest...
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    Egyptian women send letter of defiance and hope from prison

    Egyptian women who were sentenced to 11 years in prison on Tuesday for taking part in a protest against the coup have sent a letter of defiance and hope from their cells. The anti-coup protesters expressed their pride in being part of the movement to return democracy and freedom...
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    Egyptian army confiscates fuel destined for Gaza

    The Egyptian army has confiscated fuel which was supposed to go to the Gaza Strip. A local activist said that the fuel was being stored in a field ready to be pumped into Gaza when it was seized. Khalil Musa said that the soldiers entered the field near Abu...
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    Libya seeks Saudi assistance on border control

    Sources in Libya have claimed that the government in Tripoli is seeking assistance from Saudi Arabia to prevent armed groups infiltrating its borders. Saudi Arabia has expertise in blocking such groups as well as illegal immigrants trying to cross its borders from Yemen. Libyan Defence Minister Abdullah Al-Thini said...
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    Palestinian and Syrian refugees on hunger strike in Egypt

    Fifty-two Palestinian and Syrian refugees detained in Egypt are on hunger strike in protest at the conditions in which they are being held. As the group’s health deteriorates after 5 days without food, five have been fainting. Some of the refugees are now hospitalised and one is said to...
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    Nobel Prize Laureate condemns Egypt’s decision to imprison women

    Yemeni Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Tawakkol Karman has condemned an Egyptian court’s decision to imprison female minors for 11 years, pointing out how the decision coincides with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and is thus reflective of the coup’s ugliness and barbarism. Karaman said...
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    Natural gas negotiations with Israel confirm Al-Sisi is quite the opposite of Nasser

    Middle East Monitor’s report published today on Egypt negotiating Israeli gas via Cyprus highlights how the role of Egypt and Israel, and their supply of gas, has been reversed. Read more on this 13 Dec – News Conflicting Egyptian statements about procuring gas from Israel 13 Dec – News Negotiations...
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    Egyptian newspaper misquotes EU ambassador

    The European Union’s Delegation to Cairo has issued a statement noting that the EU’s Ambassador to Egypt, James Moran, was misquoted in an interview with the Al-Masry Al-Youm newspaper, pointing out that there was an error in both the citation and the translation. The Middle East News Agency has...
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    Natural gas a possible factor in Morsi’s overthrow

    A special report released today by Middle East Monitor on negotiations by the Egyptian military backed government to purchase Israeli gas through Cyprus has raised a number of important questions regarding what motivated Al-Sisi to lead a coup against the democratically elected leader Mohammed Morsi. Read more on this...
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    Political unrest costs Egypt’s Stock Market millions in losses

    Egypt’s Stock Market has incurred at least 5.4 billion Egyptian pounds in losses due to a new law which bans demonstrations without police approval that sparked anger across Egypt forcing many foreign investors to sell their shares and to liquidate their financial assets fearing a new wave of political...
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    Sheikh Ali Gomaa, former mufti of Egypt, cancels London visit for fear of prosecution

    Informed sources from the Egyptian community in Britain have revealed that Sheikh Ali Gomaa, the former mufti of Egypt, cancelled a scheduled visit to London for fear of being legally prosecuted for his support for the coup and the killing of demonstrators in Egypt. In an exclusive interview with...
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    Ennahda accuses opposition of undermining national dialogue in Tunisia

    Tunisia’s ruling Islamist party Ennahda has accused the opposition, particularly the Popular Front, of creating obstacles to undermine the national dialogue. During a conference on Thursday in the capital Tunis, Ennahda’s spokesperson Ziad Laadhari said: “the most important political forces in the ruling coalition and the opposition have already...
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    World leaders pay tribute to Nelson Mandela

    Leaders around the world have paid tribute to Nelson Mandela, who died on Thursday in Johannesburg, South Africa, aged 95. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon described Mandela as a “source of inspiration” to the world. He told reporters at the UN’s headquarters in New York that Mandela was “an inspiration...
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    Founder of 6 April Movement faces trial for protesting without permission

    Egypt’s public prosecutor has referred the founder of the 6 April Movement, Ahmed Maher, along with two other activists, for trial on charges that include protesting without permission. This is the first case to be referred for trial under the provisions of a new law that has been criticised...
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    Egypt: Palestinian and Jordanian workers are a threat to national security

    Egypt has suddenly decided that Jordanian and Palestinian employees in the telecommunications and petrol sectors pose a threat to Egypt’s national security. A number of Jordanian and Palestinians employees expressed their anger after Egyptian companies decided not to renew their work permits without any warning. Telecom Misr Company summoned...
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    Egyptian Satirist applauds freedom of expression during Morsi’s era

    Egyptian satirist, Bassem Yousef, has said that he had tried to convince himself that his country’s ruling regime had not intervened to suspend his show but failed. Yousef said, during his first televised appearance since November when CBC Channel suspended his satirical show el Bernameg, “the Program”, “I honestly...
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    Scepticism over sudden death of two army officers in Egypt

    Egypt has announced the death of two pillars of the military coup, Major General Rida Hafiz and Mohamed Hamid. Media reports also claim that Field Marshal Mohamed Tantawi has been taken to hospital, as have other senior officers. Coup-supporting Grand Sheikh Ahmed Al-Tayyeb of Al-Azhar University has just undergone...
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    Egypt prepares to deport 290 Palestinian refugees who fled from Syria

    The Egyptian authorities have launched a campaign for detaining and prosecuting Palestinian and Syrian refugees fleeing from Syria to Egypt over the past three days. The Working Group for Palestinians in Syria revealed that the campaign is centred in various parts of Cairo, including Nasr City, 6 of October...
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    Prominent youth activist arrested at his home in Cairo

    Egyptian blogger and activist Ahmed Doma announced on Tuesday that he had been arrested by the police while he was at his home in Cairo. “I am now in the Al-Pasateen police station,” Doma wrote on his Facebook page. “I do not know why I have been arrested or...
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    Egypt to receive $30 billion in aid

    Egypt’s interim Prime Minister Hazem Beblawi has revealed that some “sisterly” countries have pledged an additional aid package worth $30 billion to his government. Details of the payment dates were not provided. Beblawi told Egyptian state television on Monday that it is essential to restore security and to improve...
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    The youngest nuclear scientist in Egypt is behind bars

    “I have a graduation party I would like to attend.” That was 22-year old Rawdah Shalabi’s response when she was told of the 11 year and 1 month prison sentence passed on her and the other 21 girls and young women known collectively as “Free Alexandria”. She knows now...
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    Pro-Morsi demonstrations in Tahrir Square for the first time since the military coup

    Dozens of Cairo University students managed to stage a protest in Tahrir Square for the first time since President Mohamed Morsi was ousted in a military coup on 3 July. The protest lasted for two hours before Egyptian security forces dispersed the protesters by attacking them with tear gas...
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    Egyptian ambassador says links with Hamas are bigger than any dispute

    Egypt’s ambassador to the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah, Yasser Othman, has said that the common goals and interests between Cairo and Hamas are much bigger than any disagreements the two may have. He repeated his call for the Islamic Resistance Movement to remain neutral on Egypt’s internal crisis and...
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    Hamas calls to probe sexual abuse of Palestinians in Egypt

    A member of the Hamas Political Bureau, Izzat Al-Reshiq, has called for clarifications from the Egyptian government regarding the allegations of sexual harassment and rape of Palestinians refugees in Egyptian prisons. On his Facebook page, Al-Reshiq wrote: “I am surprised and wondering how Egypt’s authorities could arrest Palestinian families...
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    Egypt arrests chief lawyer of the 7 am Movement

    Egyptian security forces have arrested advocate Ahmed Al-Hamraoui, the chief lawyer of the legal team defending the 21 female members of the “7 am Movement”, which opposes the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi. Mr Al-Hamraoui is reported to have been taken to Alexandria’s Security Directorate only days before an...
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    Egyptian university professors to resign in protest of army raids on campuses

    About 1,600 Egyptian professors at Al-Azhar University are planning to resign in protest of the recent raids on university campuses that resulted in Egyptian security forces entering classrooms and offending not only the students, but also the professors. Earlier this week, security forces attacked students at Al-Azhar as they...
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    Cairo criminal court steps down from trial against MB leaders

    Cairo’s criminal court, headed by Judge Mustafa Salamah Mohamed, decided on Wednesday 11 December to step down from presiding over the trial of 17 Muslim Brotherhood (MB) leaders and members. The state prosecution charges them with premeditated murder and incitement against peaceful protesters in front of the organisation’s headquarters...
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    Egypt in severe economic crisis as minister calls for austerity measures

    Egypt’s Commerce and Industry Minister said on Wednesday that his country is in the middle of a “severe economic crisis” and that it needs some serious “austerity measures”. Moneer Abdel-Nour was speaking at a meeting with the Labourers’ Union. “Egypt’s expenses are far greater than its income,” he said....
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    Coup minister dismissed and sentenced to two years in prison

    A court in Cairo has sentenced the coup government’s Minister of the Interior to two years in prison and ordered his dismissal from office. Mohamed Ibrahim was found guilty of failing to implement a court ruling in favour of detainees, reported Egypt’s official newspaper Al-Ahram. A bail sum of...
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    Egyptian court postpones trial of former Brotherhood leader

    An Egyptian criminal court has postponed the hearing of former Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide Mohammed Mahdi Akef until February 11 next year. Akef had been in detention on remand for, it is alleged, insulting Egypt’s judiciary, judicial system and judges. Judge Tharwat Hammad, appointed by the justice minister to...
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    Egypt accused of violating media rights

    The coup government in Egypt has been accused by the International Press Institute of violating journalists’ rights. Executive Director Alison McKenzie has asked the military-backed government in Cairo to respect freedom of the press. McKenzie told Al Jazeera Mubashir Misr that it has become very difficult to rank Egypt...
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    Egyptian army storms Al-Azhar University, injuring many

    Egyptian security forces have raided Al-Azhar University in Cairo again today, Monday, injuring dozens of students. Meanwhile, the National Alliance to Support Legitimacy called for a million-man march tomorrow, Tuesday, in support of the student protests. The students said that security forces used firearms to disperse students who were...
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    Egypt’s Freedom and Justice Party: No retreat from demanding Morsi’s return

    A senior member of Egypt’s Freedom and Justice party has suggested that the popular revolution would never have been able to continue if it had not been for the legitimately elected President Dr Mohammed Morsi. Azza Al-Garf, a former member of Egypt’s dissolved parliament, wrote on her Facebook page:...
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    Telephone interview with Rawdah Shalabi, the youngest nuclear scientist in Egypt

    Video Below is a transcript of the interview broadcast on the Al Jazeera TV Channel, published on Youtube on 7 December 2013 Presenter: World public opinion would like to know, how did you manage to remain steadfast and keep smiling as you stood behind bars? Rawdah Shalabi: First, of...
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    Egypt’s policemen breach anti-protest law demanding incentives

    In defiance of Egypt’s anti-protest law which bans demonstrations without police approval; Egypt’s policemen have demonstrated in Cairo demanding higher salaries and incentives in an unprecedented incidence since the government passed the notorious law in November. A judicial source said that about a hundred Police officers have received a...
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    Sudan’s Vice President resigns

    Sudan’s state media has reported the resignation of the country’s First Vice President, Ali Osman Taha. The announcement comes amid reports that President Omar Hassan Al Bashir is now preparing to form a new government. According to local reports, the regime’s old guard would not be included in the...
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    Al-Sisi claims the US is keen on supporting Egypt

    Egypt’s Defence Minister General Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi has said that the US administration is keen to continue its financial aid to Egypt but the problem is to legitimise Egypt’s coup. Al-Sisi said in his most recent leaked recording; “The US administration faces a legal problem. The Americans need to...
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    Freed Alexandria women vow to continue anti-coup protests

    In their first public statement after their release from detention, the seven minor members of 7am movement have vowed to continue their anti-coup protests to restore Egypt’s legitimacy. The Sidi Gabir Misdemeanour Court of Appeals in Alexandria acquitted the movement’s seven minor members and handed down one year suspended...
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    Egyptian human rights organization: Court’s ruling undermines freedom of expression

    PHOTOS A prominent Egyptian human rights official; Ahmad Mufreh, has criticised the Sidi Gaber Misdemeanour Court of Appeal’s decision to issue a one year suspended sentence against 14 members of the 7 AM Movement. Mufreh said the decision undermines freedom of expression and freedom to assembly in the country...
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    Former army official: army leadership cannot be independent from America

    A retired Egyptian major general and strategic expert, Adel Suleiman, has said that America recognises and is working on legalising the military coup, and that Morsi tried to build a strong Egypt based on the will of the Egyptian people. Suleiman was commenting on a recent leaked recording of...