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    Senior Fatah member accused of destabilising Sinai

    Egypt's Freedom and Justice Party has accused senior Fatah member Mohammed Dahlan of working to "destabilise" security in the Sinai Peninsula. According to the Deputy Head of the FJP, Issam Al-Aryan, the moves are supported by the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Speaking to London-based Al-Hayat newspaper, Mr Al-Aryan said...
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    Egyptians make arrests over Sinai kidnapping

    The Egyptian army has arrested a number of suspects believed to have been involved in the kidnapping of soldiers in the Sinai Peninsula, a senior official said on Monday morning. Some of the men wanted for questioning fled the scene and are being pursued by the authorities, having been...
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    Egyptian Speaker says Bahrain's security is Egypt's security

    The Speaker of the Egyptian Shura Council, parliament's upper house, said on Monday that Bahrain's security is part and parcel of Egypt's national security. Dr Ahmad Fahmy made his statement as he arrived in the Bahraini capital Manama to participate in a conference of the Association of Senates, Shura...
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    Ethiopian decision to divert Nile expected to anger Egypt and Sudan

    The Ethiopian government announced on Monday that it will start work soon on diverting the Blue Nile, a move that is expected to spark the anger of the two downstream countries, Sudan and Egypt. The governments in Khartoum and Cairo fear that Ethiopia's construction of the Renaissance Dam will...
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    Morsi has the right to choose governors, says human rights chief

    Changing governors is the right of the state president, the Secretary General of the Egyptian National Council for Human Rights Abdullah Al-Ashaal has affirmed. They are, he added, chosen by President Mohammed Morsi solely on their qualifications and ability to carry out the role. Mr Al-Ashaal said that the...
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    Egypt says that targeting its water resources is a red line

    The Egyptian presidency affirmed on Thursday that it would not allow anything to affect Egypt's portion of the River Nile, nor would it accept any criticism concerning such a significant issue. An International Tripartite Commission about the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam will be issued on Saturday. The presidency said it...
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    Ethiopia prepared to discuss Al-Nahdah Dam with Egypt

    Ethiopia announced on Wednesday that it is ready to discuss the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam with Egypt, noting that Egypt's portion of water would not be affected. The Ethiopian Minister of Water and Energy, Olmito Tejano, said: "There is no reason for Egypt to worry about building the Ethiopian Renaissance...
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    South African organisations call for Israel to be excluded from diamond processing

    Human rights groups, trade unions and several other major civil society organisations have called for the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme to exclude Israel. The international diamond regulatory body is meeting in South Africa and is chaired currently by Pretoria's former ambassador to Washington, Mr Welile Nhlapo. Organisations including South...
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    Harmony between political groups is the solution for Al-Ghannouchi

    Rashid Al-Ghannouchi, the leader of Tunisia's ruling Al-Nahda Party has said that harmony between the ruling party and the other political parties is essential to get through the transitional phase and reach an open democracy. Speaking during a meeting with writers and journalists at Al-Ahram Institute in Cairo, Al-Ghannouchi...
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    Egyptian opposition leader calls for integration of members of the ousted regime

    The founder of the Egypt's al-Dostour party Mohamed al-Baradee has called for the "merging of former members of the old National Party, which ruled during the reign of Hosni Mubarak," the London based newspaper al-Hayat reported on Thursday. Al-Baradee called for the "prosecution of the criminals ,...
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    Ghannouchi: Demonstrations to overturn ballot box results are unacceptable

    Shaikh Rashid Ghannouchi, the head of Tunisia's ruling Islamic Renaissance Movement, Al-Nahda, has said that trying to overthrow the elected government through violent means is unacceptable. The people, he insisted, have to respect the results of democratic ballots. Speaking to Cairo-based Al-Masry Al-Youm newspaper, Shaikh Ghannouchi confirmed that he...
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    Nile water dispute tops list of priorities for Morsi

    President Mohammed Morsi said on Monday that the Nile water dispute is at the top of his priority list. The Egyptian leader was speaking at a conference organised to discuss the issues related to Ethiopia's decision to build the Renaissance Dam on the River Nile. Morsi called for all...
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    Egypt denies purchasing military equipment from Israel

    The spokesman of the Egyptian Army, Staff Colonel Ahmed Mohamed Ali, on Wednesday denied that his country had bought military wares from Israel. An Israeli newspaper reported early this week that Israel had sold military wares to Pakistan and another four Arab countries, including Egypt. The Harretz report was...
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    Morsi discusses Egyptian initiatives to solve Syrian crisis

    President Mohammed Morsi has discussed a number of Egyptian initiatives to solve the Syrian crisis with a delegation of senior Muslim scholars who were in Cairo to take part in a conference on the issue. Morsi told the scholars that Egypt's position is based on a number of factors...
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    Egypt and Ethiopia agree to tone down propaganda war over water crisis

    Egypt and Ethiopia have reached an agreement to halt their propaganda campaign and to dedicate themselves to political discussions toward resolving the crisis of the Renaissance Dam. Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr said that discussions with his Ethiopian counterpart regarding the dam were constructive. The two parties have...
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    Mass rally in Egypt under "No to violence" banner

    More than 30 revolutionary, youth, political and Islamist parties are holding a mass rally today, Friday, under the banner of "No to violence". The event is being held at the Rabaa Al-Adawiyya Mosque in Cairo's Nasr City. Participants will be calling for Egyptians to express their opinions on the...
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    Muslim Brotherhood will protect its offices during June 30 demo

    The Muslim Brotherhood will protect the movement's offices across Egypt using its own members during the June 30 demonstrations by political opponents. Gamal Heshmat of the Freedom and Justice Party said that the Brotherhood will not be using private security companies to provide protection. The offices, he added, will...
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    El Al aircraft with "offensive missile capabilities" banned from landing in Egypt

    Egypt's Minister of Civil Aviation has said that Israeli passenger aircraft armed with offensive missiles will not be allowed to land at Cairo or other airports in the country. Engineer Wael El-Ma'dawi made his announcement after Israel's El Al Airline said that it plans to equip its aircraft with...
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    El-Erian warns of increasing polarisation in Egypt

    Deputy Chief of the Freedom and Justice party Esam El-Erian said on Thursday that Egyptians are worried about political division, media polarisation and an increasing crisis in living standards. El-Erian wrote on his facebook page that Egyptians have strong faith that the revolution which ousted former president Hosni Mubarak...
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    Opposition campaigners reject call for dialogue: 'No alternative but overthrowing Morsi'

    A senior member of the Egyptian opposition campaign group behind the planned June 30 Demonstrations has rejected a call for dialogue. Mohamed Abdel Nasser of the campaign's central committee rejected Minister of Defence Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi's call for the opposition to reach out to the presidency through dialogue.  ...
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    Foreign Ministry denies Israeli connection to spy network in Egypt

    The Israeli Foreign Ministry has insisted that it had no knowledge of the spy network which has been broken in Cairo. In a brief statement published in Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth the ministry said that it rejects allegations made to the contrary but is following developments in this matter...
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    Egyptian president outlines national agenda to mark first anniversary

    To mark his first anniversary as Egyptian president, on Wednesday evening Mohamed Morsi delivered a long speech to the Egyptian nation. The first message of Morsi's speech was directed toward Christians, "We are partners of the same country, we work to reinforce citizenship," he said. "However, we do not...
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    Egypt condemns new Israeli settlement units in Occupied Jerusalem

    The Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has condemned the decision to build new housing units in an illegal settlement south of Occupied Jerusalem. Spokesman Badr Abdel Atti said that the decision by the Israeli-led Jerusalem Municipality's Local Planning Committee to build 65 housing units in the Har Homa settlement...
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    Freedom and Justice Party members killed by anti-Morsi protesters

    Three members of the Freedom and Justice Party have been killed in protests against President Mohammed Morsi. The FJP is the political wing of the Muslim Brotherhood. One of those killed was a student who was shot in Zagazig in the north-east of Cairo on Thursday. Two others were...
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    Morsi calls for dialogue and vows reforms

    President Mohammed Morsi has called on opposition leaders to start a dialogue and let him know what their political aspirations and vision are. In a statement on Monday, the Egyptian president's spokesman also affirmed the right of people to demonstrate peacefully. Omer Amer told journalists that Morsi vowed to...
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    Morsi is ready to sacrifice himself for constitutional legitimacy

    Egypt's president is ready to sacrifice himself to defend his constitutional legitimacy. Mohammed Morsi told television viewers on Tuesday night that "respect for legitimacy is the sole guarantee to avoid bloodshed". He repeated the word "legitimacy" several times during the broadcast. "If the price of protecting this legitimacy is...
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    Mubarak ally says coup has already started in Egypt as civil war looms

    A member of the Israeli parliament, the Knesset, has said that the coup against Egypt's President Mohammed Morsi "has already started". Benjamin Ben-Eliezer added that he thinks "civil war is looming" as the country reaches "the point of no return". Ben-Eliezer is regarded as a strong friend of ousted...
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    National Assembly opens discussions on draft constitution

    Tunisia's National Constituent Assembly opened its debate on the draft constitution on Monday. The ruling Islamist Al-Nahda Party has been criticised by its opponents for the delay in drafting the proposed document. It is ironic, therefore, that the public debate began about an hour later than its scheduled start...
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    After visiting Morsi, Ashton refuses to describe his detention conditions

    EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton completed a two-hour visit to the deposed Egyptian president, Mohammed Morsi, on Monday afternoon at an unknown location.   Ashton, who met Egyptian military officials before visiting Morsi, told reporters that she had seen his facilities and confirmed that he was aware of...
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    El-Erian to al-Shoroukh: reconciliation is linked to respecting the presidential election results

    Dr. Essam El-Erian, deputy head of the Freedom and Justice Party, said on Monday that everything that has been said about the Muslim Brotherhood over the last 65 years is mostly lies pumped by the international media machine against the Muslim Brotherhood. He demanded the results of the presidential...
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    Attorney General to disperse pro-Morsi protest

    Egypt's Interior Ministry has announced that Attorney General Hisham Barakat is due to issue the order to disperse the pro-Morsi protest in Cairo "within hours". The ministry released the news on its official Facebook page. Hundreds of thousands of President Mohammed Morsi's supporters have been participating in a sit-in...
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    South Africa rejects military coup in Egypt

    South Africa's Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation has confirmed the government's rejection of what has taken place in Egypt recently, including the ouster of the elected president and the disabling of the constitution. Such actions, said the ministry in a press statement, violate the charter and norms of...
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    Egyptian economy hit by £11.5 billion losses since the coup

    The military coup has resulted in a massive loss to the Egyptian economy estimated at about 120 billion Egyptian pounds (around £11.5 billion/ $17.1 billion), economic experts have calculated. The economy was paralysed after the removal of elected president Mohamed Morsi by a military coup. The losses reflect the...
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    Senior African delegation visits Morsi

    A delegation of senior African officials headed by former Mali president Alpha Oumar Konaré has met the ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi at the secret location where he is being detained, Egypt's Middle East news agency said on Wednesday morning. No details were reported about the meeting, which lasted...
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    Ghannouchi says dissolution of Constituent Assembly is a red line

    The head of Tunisia's Al-Nahda Party has said that the dissolution of the National Constituent Assembly is a red line that cannot be crossed. Shaikh Rashid Ghannouchi added that he left the door open for dialogue with the opposition over other contested issues. "We consider the National Constituent Assembly...
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    Amnesty International warns against the use of 'lethal force' to disperse Morsi supporters

    Amnesty International has criticised the decision by the military appointed government in Egypt to forcibly disperse pro-Morsi sit-ins from Rabaa Al-Adawiyya, Al-Nahda and other Egyptians squares. The organisation, warned that if this plan is adopted it would lead to more bloodshed. Deputy Middle East director in the organisation Hasiba...
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    Belhadj warns against repeat of Algerian scenario in Egypt and Tunisia

    A senior official of Algeria's Islamic Salvation Front (FIS), Ali Belhadj, has called on the Egyptian and Tunisian leaders to "learn from the Algerian experience and prevent it from happening in their own countries, under the pretext of a war on terror." In an exclusive interview with Al-Quds on...
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    Former justice minister reveals dangerous information about the coup

    Egypt's former justice minister, Counsellor Ahmed Mekky, has claimed that handing over power to Mohammed Morsi in January 2012 was "just for show" and that there was a "premeditated intent" to make his government fail. The proof, said Mekky, is the fact that people were storming the palace and...
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    Pro-Morsi protesters in Al-Nahda Square swell

    The number of pro-Morsi protesters in Al-Nahda Square has been increasing since the horrific news of the massacre near Rabaa Al-Adawiyya Square. Protesters say that this is a response to the massacre committed in Rabaa Al-Adawiyya by the Egyptian police and army. They chanted slogans saying they would continue...
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    Qandil expects news that Morsi committed suicide

    Prominent writer and journalist Wael Qandil said on Saturday that Egypt is living through a period of time that could be called "the stage of eliminating the effects of January 25 revolution." He said that efforts have been made to replace the 25 January revolution with the military coup...
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    Second statement by the Coalition of Officers against Politicisation

    In the name of Allah the Most Gracious the Most Compassionate We have monitored the reactions to our first statement; some hailed it, some were critical and some were fearful. However, all of the reactions doubted our credibility, power and actual existence. As such, we issue this statement including...
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    Egyptian police detain prominent anti-coup politicians

    Two prominent anti-coup politicians have been arrested by the interim authorities in Egypt. Former parliamentarian Essam Sultan and Abul Ela Madi were detained, it is believed, for articulating their opposition to the military coup. A police spokesman said that both men have been taken to Tora Prison near Hilwan....
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    Secularists and liberals conspire against Islamic identity on live TV

    A new scandal for coup supporters in Egypt has emerged after Egyptian ON TV, which is backed by Coptic businessman Naguib Sawiris, accidently aired a discussion between the billionaire and other secularists and liberals colluding against the Islamic identity of Egypt. One of those involved, Helmi al-Nimnim said: "I...
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    Last statement by Essam Sultan before his detention

    In his last tweet before his detention, former parliamentarian Essam Sultan reflected on the past as he wrote about the American and British occupations who had their own ways of dealing with countries around the world, especially those in the Middle East. Al-Wasat party's deputy leader, Essam Sultan, was...
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    Fatah leader colluded with Egyptian media against Hamas

    Citing what it described as an official source, the Egyptian newspaper, Al-Dustour, has published an account of how the Palestinian Authority colluded with the Egyptian media in the propaganda campaign against Hamas. According to the source, Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas himself followed up the 'cooperation' efforts as he submitted...
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    Tunis starts three-day mourning over the assassination of six soldiers

    The Tunisian presidency has announced three days of mourning in the country over the death of nine Tunisian soldiers in Al-Shaanbi neighbourhood at the Tunisian-Algerian border. The soldiers were killed in what was described as a "terrorist attack," when they were patrolling the neighbourhood in Al-Qasreen Governorate to the...
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    Nilesat attacks pro-legitimacy television channels

    Egypt's satellite communication company, Nilesat, has continued to attack television stations that had been covering events during the military coup against President Mohammed Morsi. Political and religious channels have been the main targets of the military-led campaign to stifle dissent. Al-Yarmouk television station's broadcasting was stopped yesterday after over...
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    Egyptian army dismisses detained politician's son from service

    The Egyptian army has dismissed the son of detained head of Al-Wasat Party, Abul Ela Madi, for security reasons. Ahmed Abul Ela wrote on his Facebook wall that, "the leader of the bloody coup General Abdul-Fatah al-Sisi has approved the dismissal of my brother, Hamza, from the great Egyptian...
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    Defamation campaign in Egypt targets Al-Jazeera Network

    Al-Jazeera network has accused the Egyptian authorities of enforcing strict measures on their employees in Egypt and denied siding with Islamists in its coverage of the Egyptian crisis. Egyptian security forces broke into Al-Jazeera Mubasher Misr offices in Cairo just hours after the elected president, Mohammed Morsi, was removed...
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    Leader of third field army will not allow military to be drawn into violence

    In response to General Abdul-Fattah Al-Sisi's call for authorisation to wipe out "terrorism," the leader of the third field army, Brigadier Usama Askar, said that his brigade would not allow the army to be implicated in violence. He said he had issued orders to prevent division and clashes between...