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    Funerals turn to protests against state violence

    Egypt witnessed a new wave of demonstrations on Saturday as the funerals of the victims of the security forces turned to mass protests calling for those responsible to be punished. Almost two dozen people were killed by security officers during Friday’s anti-coup demonstrations. Protests and sit-ins have swept across...
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    19 killed in anti-coup demonstrations in Egypt

    On Friday the Egyptian National Alliance announced that security forces killed 19 ‘martyrs’ during the anti-coup demonstrations. The Alliance called the first Friday of 2014 ‘The Population Ignite their Revolution.’ It said in a statement issued on Friday evening that the ‘martyrs’ were killed in Cairo, Alexandria, Ismailia, Al-Fayoum...
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    Egyptian cabinet upholds Brotherhood asset freeze

    A ministerial committee formed by the interim government in Egypt announced on Friday the preliminary list of Muslim Brotherhood figures whose assets have been frozen in accordance with a recent court decision. The list includes the movement’s leader Mohammed Badie and his deputies Mahmoud Ezzat, Khairat Al-Shater, Rashad Bayoumi...
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    New leak: Al-Sisi had warned against military intervention in politics

    VIDEO In a new leak aired by the Qatar-based Al-Jazeera Mubashir Misr on Thursday, Egyptian Minister of Defence Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, during a meeting in an army club on December 20, 2012, warned that there could be a potential civil war in Egypt if the military intervened in politics....
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    Abu Zuhri: Egyptian interior minister’s accusations are unfounded

    The Islamic resistance movement Hamas has strongly denied the accusations of Egyptian Interior Minister Mohammad Ibrahim, who is claiming that Hamas provided military training in the Gaza Strip for members of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood. Dr Sami Abu Zuhri, a spokesperson for Hamas, issued a written statement that was...
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    Egypt accuses international mobile phone operator of inciting terror via a puppet

    In yet another twist to the Egyptian authorities ongoing “anti-terror” campaign, international media are reporting that Egyptian prosecutors have summoned Vodafone Egypt, the nation’s largest mobile carrier and majority owned by the UK-based holding company, over accusations that one of its advertisements is inciting terror. According to the British...
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    Cairo rejects US concerns over Brotherhood terrorist designation

    The foreign ministry in Cairo has rejected US concerns over the political situation in Egypt, including the designation of the Muslim Brotherhood as a “terrorist organisation”. Spokesperson Bader Abdul-Ati described Washington’s position as “unacceptable”. The US Department of Defence had expressed President Barak Obama’s concerns about the wave of...
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    Statistics reveal casualties since military coup in Egypt

    Statistics released in Egypt have revealed the details of the casualties sustained since the military coup at the beginning of July 2013. Figures from the Egyptian Centre for Economic and Social Rights (ECESR) show 2,665 violent deaths and almost 16,000 people wounded since the ousting of elected President Mohamed...
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    Ennahda Party to step down after deal on election commission

    Tunisia’s Ennahda-led government is set to resign in the next few days to make way for an interim administration once government and opposition parties agree on the makeup of the election commission, mediators said on Tuesday. The Ennahda Party agreed last year to hand over power to a transitional...
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    Pro-Morsi protests sweep Egypt as trial resumes

    Supporters of Egypt’s ousted democratically-elected president have organised dozens of protests and human chains across the country as his trial resumes today, Wednesday. Mohamed Morsi is charged with inciting the killing of protestors in what are known as the “Federal Palace events” in Cairo. Turkey’s Anadolu news agency said...
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    Case against Morsi and his aides adjourned for three weeks

    The second hearing of the trial against Egypt’s ousted President Mohamed Morsi and his aides, scheduled to take place today at the National Police Academy’s court in the east of Cairo, has been adjourned after officials announced that poor weather conditions had stopped Morsi’s helicopter from taking off. Morsi...
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    Ahmed Maher of 6 April Movement: We made a mistake on 30/6. The brutal regime is back

    VIDEO Below is a transcript of the video: We took part in the 30 June (demonstration), and that turned out to be a big mistake, and we took part in what was called the correction revolution of 30 June. We went to Al-Ittihadiyyah (presidential palace) and we went down...
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    Tunisia’s draft constitution criminalises “takfir” and enshrines army “impartiality”

    Tunisia’s National Constituent Assembly (NCA) approved on Tuesday chapters of the new constitution which guarantees the “republican” nature of the security apparatus and the army and their “full impartiality” in politics. The assembly passed an amendment to Chapter 6 of the draft, criminalising takfir (accusing others of apostasy) and...
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    Khartoum and Juba hold consultations to secure oil sites

    The Sudanese minister of foreign affairs, Ali Karti, announced on Monday that there are ongoing consultations between Khartoum and Juba to deploy joint forces to secure oil sites in South Sudan. Karti, who accompanied President Omar El-Bashir on his visit to South Sudan, noted that Juba is the party...
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    Youth movement accuses Egyptian government of trying to fix referendum

    The April 6 Youth Movement has accused the interim president of Egypt of exploiting his legislative authority to pass a law “that opens the door to the manipulation of the referendum on the constitution”. The movement made the accusation on its Facebook page. The group said that Adly Mansour,...
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    Iraqi delegation arrives in Cairo to discuss security cooperation

    A delegation of Iraqi security officials has arrived in Cairo for a four-day visit to discuss cooperation with Egypt in”the fight against terrorism and organised crime”, it has been reported. Egypt’s Al-Ahram newspaper quoted an informed source among those receiving the delegation at the airport.”Five senior Iraqi security officials...
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    Muslim Brotherhood condemns ban on lawyers meeting Morsi

    The Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt has condemned the continued “enforced disappearance” of ousted President Mohamed Morsi and the ongoing ban on visits by his lawyers. The movement accused the authorities of “abducting” Morsi on July 3 and holding him incommunicado ever since in an attempt to put pressure on...
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    Jordan concerned over prolonged crisis in Egypt

    According to a report by the London-based Al-Hayat newspaper, Jordanian decision makers are becoming increasingly concerned about the ongoing political crisis in Egypt and the prospect that the country may be heading towards imminent chaos or a new revolution. Security officials recently warned that a prolonged and unresolved political...
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    Muslim Brotherhood raises concerns about delay of Morsi’s hearing

    The Muslim Brotherhood condemned on Wednesday the adjournment of ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi’s hearing under the pretext that bad weather hindered bringing him to court in Cairo from his prison in Alexandria. In a statement, the MB said, “Egyptian people have long waited to see their legal president,...
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    Egypt’s vote on new constitution sees low turnout among expatriates

    Egyptian embassies in the Gulf countries and Europe have seen a low turnout of Egyptian expatriates during the first day of voting on Egypt’s new constitution, leaving the military backed government in Cairo in a tight zone. The constitution was prepared by the Committee of 50, a group appointed...
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    Investigated Egyptian judge: majority of Egyptian judges are against current authority

    VIDEO The coordinator of the Judges for the Sake of Egypt movement, Waleed Shorrabi said on Wednesday that more than 80 per cent of judges in Egypt are against the military action currently taking place in Egypt. Speaking to Ahmed Mansour on Al-Jazeera TV, Shorrabi said, “Judges in Egypt...
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    Ethiopia rejects Egypt’s demand to guarantee its water allocation of the River Nile

    The Bloomberg website reported on Wednesday that during tripartite negotiations between Cairo, Khartoum and Addis Ababa in Khartoum, Ethiopia refused to guarantee Egypt’s water allocation from the River Nile. Ethiopia has begun building the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on Ethiopia’s Blue Nile, the main tributary of the Nile. The...
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    Egyptian police arrest Palestinians “for Hamas membership”

    A number of Palestinians have been arrested by Egyptian police while travelling through Cairo. The men have been charged with “membership of Hamas”. A spokesman for the Islamic Resistance Movement, Dr Sami Abu Zuhri, said that one of those arrested was picked up while heading for Turkey to visit...
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    Egyptian security forces release young woman in a wheelchair

    Egypt’s security forces have released Jihad Al-Khayat, a first year student in the Faculty of Islamic Studies at Al-Azhar University in Cairo. Jihad arrived at her home in a wheelchair due to poor state of health as a result of what is alleged to have been brutal torture by...
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    Tunisian constitution embraces gender party

    Tunisia’s Constituent Assembly ratified on Thursday an article stipulating that all male and female citizens have the same rights and duties and are equal before the law without discrimination. The assembly’s general rapporteur, Khader Habib, explained that the new article of the draft Tunisian Constitution guarantees equality between men...
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    Friday prayer banned in small mosques in Egypt

    Egyptian minister for religious affairs in the coup government, Mohamed Mokhtar Jomaa, has banned the Friday prayer in mosques with an area of less than 80 Sqm in Egypt. The ban has already taken effect in several governorates in the country. It started five weeks ago in the city...
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    Freedom and Justice party warns of human rights violations inside Egypt’s prisons

    On Friday the Freedom and Justice party warned of the “hideous,” aggressive treatment of prisoners inside the coup government jails, a statement has said. “The fascist, bloody coup has been incredibly destructive to the rights, guaranteed by heaven and earth laws, of the prisoners,” the statement said. It pointed...
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    Algeria detains Moroccan citizen over spying accusations

    Algerian authorities have detained a Moroccan citizen, accusing him of spying for his country, the online publication Opinion Today said on Friday. The detention has sparked a wave of ironic criticism in the Moroccan media as it comes at a time of difficult relations between both countries. There is...
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    World’s oldest man dies in Algeria at the age of 140

    An Algerian man, Mubarak Rahmani Messe, believed to be the world’s oldest, passed away on Saturday evening at the age of 140 years. He was treated in hospital two years ago for the first time in his life to cure a stomach illness. Messe, it is believed, was born...
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    Mansour: After the constitution the country will have an elected president and parliament

    Egypt’s interim President Adly Mansour suggested that if Egyptians approve the new constitution in the referendum being held on Tuesday and Wednesday, then this will pave the way for the election of a president and a parliament. During a speech on Sunday in commemoration of the Prophet’s birthday, Mansour...
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    Egypt terminates contracts of 65 foreign travel agencies

    The Egyptian Chamber of Travel Agencies announced Sunday it had terminated business dealings with 65 foreign travel agencies by the end of last year; albeit for failing to pay dues to their Egyptian partners. Adel Zaki, the chairman of foreign tourism committee at the chamber, stated that debts amounted...
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    Egypt: detained female students subjected to pregnancy tests

    The family of Amena Yaser, a 17 year old high school student, said Sunday that Amena and four other students detained with her since the December 17 protests in front of Al-Azhar University have been subjected to pregnancy tests at Naser City security directorate where they were being held...
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    Egypt: appeal from a Swedish citizen on hunger strike at a Cairo prison

    A Swedish citizen imprisoned at a Cairo prison called on the Swedish prime minister and Cairo’s ambassador to intervene to free him from his unjust imprisonment. In a leaked message from Wadi al-Natron prison north of Cairo published by Al Jazeera website and dated December 6, Ahmad Fouad, a...
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    Egypt’s military general feels ‘compelled’ to run for presidency

    Egypt’s minister of defense and leader of the July 3 military coup Abdel Fatah al-Sisi said he may bow to public pressure and run for presidency if the people mandated him to nominate himself. Al-Sisi made the remarks during a seminar hosted by the military’s public relations unit. The...
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    Saudi religious scholars accuse Egyptian Salafist Al-Nour party of obstructing sharia

    A group of 34 prominent religious scholars in Saudi Arabia affiliated to the Salafist movement issued a statement on Sunday condemning the position of the Salafist Al-Nour party in Egypt regarding the current political situation. “The position of party has caused damage to the interests of Islam and...
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    ‘Don’t leave polling stations!’ Pro-coup journalist urges Egyptian voters

    VIDEO Below is a transcript of the video: Then, we have to be present in the committees. He whom his vote they put (in the box) should not walk away. Let him take with him a sandwich and (drinking) water. And we (should) sit (down) so as for all...
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    Libyan politician survives assassination attempt

    The head of the semi-autonomous Barqa Province (Cyrenaica), in the east of Libya, Abedrabu Al-Bar’asi survived an assassination attempt on Sunday. A source close to Al-Bar’asi said that his bodyguards caught the armed attacker and arrested him. He is under investigation in order to find out who was behind...
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    Algeria seizes Libyan arms shipment

    The Algerian army intercepted a shipment of arms believed to be coming from Libya, Algeria’s Al-Nahar Al-Jadid newspaper reported on Monday. The shipment in question was reportedly travelling through Algeria when the army intercepted it near the Illizi desert, which is in the south-eastern part of the country near...
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    Egypt: Activists Arrested for ‘No’ Campaign

    At least seven peaceful activists from the Strong Egypt party face criminal charges, apparently for hanging posters calling for a “no” vote in the forthcoming constitutional referendum. During interrogations with prosecutors and police, questions fixated on the posters and the men’s political views. The constitutional referendum will be held...
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    Israeli report expects Egyptians to thwart military coup

    Amos Yadlin, the former head of Israel’s Military Intelligence Directorate, also known as Aman, is expecting for Egyptians to thwart the military dictatorship of Egypt’s Defence Minister Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi. On account of Egyptians’ growing awareness of their rights and desire to be liberated from a state of fear,...
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    Article on judicial powers sparks controversy in Tunisia’s Constitutional Assembly

    Tunisia’s National Constitutional Assembly (NCA) was scheduled on Monday to complete the vote on the new chapter of the Constitution related to judicial powers, but heated discussion took place that ended the first session without an agreement on one of the articles. Two of the articles, one regarding the...
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    Anti-Morsi party boycotts constitutional referendum

    The Strong Egypt Party announced on Monday that it would boycott the referendum of the proposed new Constitution. The party is not a supporter of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi. The party had decided to take part in the referendum and advised people to vote “no” to the Constitution....
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    International election observer will not monitor Egyptian referendum

    The Carter Centre for International Election Observation has announced that it will not send field observers to monitor the referendum on Egypt’s Constitutional amendments which started today. The voting process will last for two days, although Egyptian expatriates around the world have been voting since last week. The director...
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    Egypt bans 20 people from travel on charges of ‘insulting the judiciary’

    Egypt’s judicial investigation authority appointed by Cairo’s Court of Appeal and headed by Judge Tharwat Hammad decided on Wednesday to ban 20 Egyptians from travel pending investigations into allegations of “insulting the judiciary”. Those banned include judges, journalists, lawyers, former MPs and activists from a variety of political affiliations...
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    Turnout in Egypt’s 2014 referendum 11.3%, says NGO

    The Arab Observatory for Rights and Freedoms published its report on the turnout in Egypt’s 2014 constitutional referendum based on attendance sheets in polling stations and the documentation by local and international observers. The turnout reached an average of 11.3% in all governorates. In 2012, the turnout was approximately...
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    Coptic Pope meets ex-Fatah leader Dahlan

    An Egyptian newspaper has reported that Coptic Pope Tawadros met with former Palestinian leader Mohamad Dahlan in Cairo on Thursday. Elshaab suggested that the meeting may be a prelude to civil strife in Egypt orchestrated by Dahlan. The ex-Fatah man is known for his sponsorship of a number of...
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    Ghannouchi: We are no longer in government but we are still in power

    The veteran leader of Tunisia’s Ennahda Party, Rashid Ghannouchi, has returned to his humble home in Tunisia to have some rest and receive guests after the end of the deliberations over the resignation of the coalition cabinet led by the party under Prime Minister Ali Larayedh. “We are no...
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    The Egyptian government borrows $3 billion in only one week

    Egyptian Finance Ministry statements indicate that the government has borrowed about 21 billion Egyptian pounds (equivalent to $3 billion) in the past week alone through domestic tools such as treasury bills and bonds that are due to be paid back according to different deadlines. According to statements published on...
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    Official: US will not support action on Goldstone report at UNSC

    Washington will not support any potential action by the UN Security Council on the Goldstone report on war crimes in Gaza, Former US Permanent Representative to the United Nations Alejandro Wolff has declared. Wolff said the US believes that the appropriate platform to discuss the report is the UN...
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    U.S. to Egypt: Fatah-Hamas deal undermines Israel-PA talks

    The United States sent a message to Egypt stating it does not support the proposed reconciliation agreement between Fatah and Hamas as it would undermine negotiations with Israel, Haaretz has learned. George Mitchell, the U.S. envoy to the Middle East, met on Saturday night in Cairo with the chief...