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    Al-Azhar University postpones start of academic year amid protest fears

    Egypt's Al-Azhar University announced on Wednesday that it is postponing the start of the new academic year until after the Eid Holiday in two weeks' time. This is the second time that the university's administration has made such a change; the year should have started in late September. Although...
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    Egyptians follow Mossad and CIA directions in Sinai

    An Israeli website alleged to be close to the Mossad spy agency has claimed that the leader of the coup in Egypt, General Abdul-Fattah Al-Sisi, receives intelligence on the movements of the Jihadists in Sinai from Mossad and America's CIA. A detailed report about this has revealed detailed information...
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    Egypt's Labour Party leader says leaked video 'uncovers' military's real agenda

    Magdi Ahmed Hussein, the leader of Egypt's new Labour Party, has said that "disagreements among the coup leaders resulting in a leaked video of Minister of Defence General Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi meeting with military officers to discuss controlling the media uncovers the truth about the country's ruling military." Hussein...
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    Pro-coup politician says Ashton is Muslim Brotherhood spokeswoman

    VIDEO Egyptian Salvation Front spokesman, Azzazi Ali Azzazi, has said that the EU foreign policy chief Catharine Ashton is an overseas spokesperson for the Muslim Brotherhood. Speaking to local Egyptian TV, al-Tahrir, Azzazi, whose group has been supporting the military coup, said that "sister Ashton" was a spokesperson for...
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    Muslim Brotherhood describes interim presidency's invitation for talks as 'suspicious'

    The Muslim Brotherhood's General Guide Mahmoud Hussein said that, "the Brotherhood will not back down from demanding an end to the military coup and returning Egypt's elected President Mohamed Morsi to his post." Hussein described the interim presidency's outreach to dissidents from the Brotherhood as "suspicious". According to Al-Masry...
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    Egypt's Salvation Front open to supporting military presidential candidate

    The Egyptian Salvation Front could support a presidential candidate from the military establishment, revealed the group's Secretary General Ahmed Said on Tuesday. Said also called for holding the presidential elections before the parliamentary elections, a move that diverges from the roadmap announced in the wake of the military coup...
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    Anan's candidacy for president confuses Egypt's army

    Egypt's former Chief of Staff General Sami Anan's announcement that he intends to run for president has stirred controversy across Egypt. Military experts think that Anan's announcement is meant to test Egyptians' reaction to the possibility of a military figure as president, while observers believe Annan is expressing his...
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    Judge accuses coup of "deceiving revolutionary forces into restoring ousted regime"

    An Appeal Court judge in Egypt has condemned the revolutionary forces "who abandoned the principles of freedom and democracy" because of their differences with the Muslim Brotherhood. Chancellor Walid El-Shafei said that they had been "deceived" by the coup leaders into restoring the ousted regime of Hosni Mubarak. The...
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    Video reveals army plan to control Egyptian media

    VIDEO Egypt's Rassd network has broadcast a leaked video which it claims shows a meeting between Defence Minister General Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi and army officers in the country's chemical warfare section. The meeting discussed what appeared to be the army's plan to control the media and reinstate the "red...
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    Coup authorities get loan of 3 billion Egyptian pounds

    The Ministry of Finance in Egypt has been given loans totaling 3 billion Egyptian pounds (around £270m) from local banks through selling treasury bonds of three and seven years duration. According to a spokesman for the ministry, the expected average yield on the 3 year bonds will be 12.5...
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    Al-Zayat: 'Morsi had been wise dealing with the Sinai file'

    In an interview with Al-Jazeera Mubashir Misr, Egypt's strategic military expert General Safwat Al-Zayat remarked that, "President Mohammed Morsi dealt wisely with the people of Sinai; therefore, he is very popular among them. Morsi had taken into account the tribal and special nature of that region and did not...
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    Canada calls on Egypt to release two citizens held in custody

    Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has called on Egypt to release two of his country's citizens, a doctor and a company director, who have been detained by the authorities in Cairo for 45 days. Harper said that the Egyptian government should release Dr Tarek Alloubani and Mr John Grayson...
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    Muslim Brotherhood leader refuses to deal with public prosecutor

    The lawyer of the Supreme Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood, Mohamed Badie, has said that he is refusing to deal with the investigators, who tried to question him for more than eight hours. Speaking to Al-Jazeera Mubashir Misr, Badie's lawyer Mohamed Gharib said that the public prosecutor is accusing...
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    Nour to Lawyers Syndicate: Dropping my membership is political

    The leader of the Egyptian Ghad Al-Thawra Party, Ayman Nour, has said that the Lawyers Syndicate's recent decision to drop his membership is based on political motivations and not because he has stopped working as a lawyer. He explained that violating the freedom of the syndicate's work based on...
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    Tourism Minister recognises sharp decrease in visitors

    Egypt's Tourism Minister Hisham Zazou has publicly recognised a huge decrease in the numbers of tourists visiting Egypt after the military coup on 3 July. Speaking to a talk show aired on an Egyptian TV channel aligned with the coup, Zazou said that the tourism rate had fallen by...
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    El-Erian calls on the coup leaders to recognize their 'mistakes'

    Essam El-Erian, the Vice Chairman of the Freedom and Justice Party and a leader of the Alliance to Support Legitimacy, has urged Egypt's coup leaders to recognize their mistakes in order to start serious political dialogue on the basis of the original roadmap proposed by Egypt's ousted President Mohammed...
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    Egyptian Air Force officer exposes the military coup leaders

    VIDEO An Egyptian Air Force officer has made serious allegations against Egypt's military establishment for the first time. These allegations include: Israeli aircrafts were previously allowed to photograph Egypt, including the Aswan Dam. These operations were only stopped during the rule of President Morsi. The Egyptian army has both...
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    Al-Ghannouchi: Current government will not resign unless alternative is ready

    The head of Tunisia's Islamic movement Al-Nahdah, Sheikh Rashid Al-Ghannouchi, affirmed on Monday that, "the current government will not resign unless an alternative is ready." Al-Ghannouchi also denied a deal with former Prime Minister Al-Baji Qa'ed Al-Sebsi to become the next president in return for Al-Nahda continuing as head...
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    Court upholds one-year prison sentence for former Egyptian PM Qandil

    Al-Dokki Misdemeanour Court has upheld a one-year prison sentence against the former Egyptian prime minister who headed deposed President Mohamed Morsi's government. Hisham Qandil was convicted for his failure to implement a judicial ruling in favour of workers at Tanta Flax and Oils. The textile company was supposed to...
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    El-Baradei tweets stir up controversy in Egypt

    Former interim Vice President Mohamed El-Baradei has stirred up controversy in Egypt with a series of tweets which followed a period of silence since his resignation in protest at the coup authorities' violence against pro-democracy demonstrators. The security option to disperse the sits in, claimed El-baradei, could have been...
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    Warm welcome for Tunisian president after Morsi release demand

    Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki has received a warm welcome on his return from the UN General Assembly in New York. Crowds at Carthage International Airport carried him shoulder-high for his speech at the UN in which he called for the release of Egypt's elected President Mohammed Morsi along with...
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    Security services dismiss workers for political affiliation

    An Egyptian activist has claimed that the state security agencies have made sure that employees in government institutions have been fired because of their political affiliation with the Islamic movement. Writing on his "Egyptian Awareness" blog, Wael Abbas claims that he also has a list of oil company employees...
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    Egyptian soldiers "chant for Morsi inside a military base"

    Video Egyptian activists have broadcast a video showing a number of Egyptian soldiers chanting slogans in support of the ousted President Mohammed Morsi and against the military rule of the coup-led government. The video, the contents of which cannot be verified, shows the soldiers in uniform chanting while clearly...
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    Interim authorities continue Morsi's energy policies, but claim credit

    Egypt's interim government continues to take over projects designed by Dr Hisham Qandil's government under elected President Mohammed Morsi and claim them to be its own. For example, the interim Electricity Minister and the Industry Minister have both recently announced that Egypt is taking steps to switch to coal...
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    Al-Nahda to engage in national dialogue to end crisis in Tunisia

    The leader of Tunisia's Al-Nahda (Renaissance) Party, has praised the political dialogue in the country and the general consensus about the resumption of discussions this week. Sheikh Rashid Ghannouchi expressed his hope that this will lead to a comprehensive agreement and elections in which all parties will be involved....
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    Egypt's railways lose 190 million pounds

    Hussein Zakaria, Chairman of Egypt's National Railways Authority revealed that its losses have amounted to 190 million Egyptian pounds as a result of the stoppage of services since the 3 July coup. Zakaria said in a telephone interview with CBC TV channel yesterday that the trains will only resume...
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    59 university professors detained in Egypt since military coup

    Egyptian activists have published through social media networks a list of university professors who have been detained since the military coup which ousted the country's first elected civilian president, Mohamed Morsi. Since the beginning of the coup, professionals of various disciplines including; lawyers, engineers, doctors, journalists and technicians have...
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    Another detainee dies in Egyptian military jail; family suspects torture

    Egypt's interim Interior Ministry has reported the death of Abdel Wahab Mohamed Abdel Wahab Falah; 44 years old in Al-Minya military prison from a diabetic coma. However, the deceased family questions whether he died of a diabetic coma; pointing out that he was subjected to torture and medical neglect,...
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    Egyptian authorities agree to resume minimal train service

    After 45 days off duty, security officials have permitted 14 out of 1,100 Egyptian trains to return to work, taking only two tracks. The head of the Egyptian national train network, Hussein Zakariya, told Egyptian newspaper Al-Shorouk that the decision was taken after deliberate monitoring of the work of...
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    Egyptian authorities detain former deputy public prosecutor

    Egyptian coup authorities detained on Monday the veteran judicial activist and former parliamentarian Mahmoud Al-Khudairi. The first deputy of the Egyptian Interior Ministry, Brigadier Ameen Ezzidin, issued the detention order against the lawyer Al-Khudairi. He was reported by Egyptian mass media as saying that the detention order was issued...
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    Al-Sisi warns army of coup failure

    Egyptian coup leader General Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi has called for his supporters to unite in order to protect the coup roadmap for the future. He warned them of its failure if they don't do so.   Speaking to army officers in a closed forum, Al-Sisi recognised that the future...
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    Orthodox Church in Egypt threatens to withdraw from Constitution Committee

    The Orthodox Church representative on the so-called Committee of 50 charged with drafting Egypt's new constitution has threatened to withdraw for the second time in protest at the drafting process. His Grace Bishop Paula said that he was surprised that the words "civil country" were dropped without consultation. "This...
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    Coup coalition party criticises new protest law

    The deputy leader of Egypt's Al-Nour Party has criticised the new protest law approved on Sunday by Interim President Adly Mansour. Tal'at Marzouq, the party's legal advisor, said that the new law gives legal cover for an official crackdown on public demonstrations. Al-Nour Party is a partner in the...
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    6 April Movement condemns new protest law

    The 6 April Youth Movement has condemned a new law restricting public protests that was signed by interim President Adly Mansour on Sunday. According to the movement, the "police" government only issues new laws that strengthen the repressive, dictator police state. The movement issued the following statement on its...
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    Egypt-Turkey Business Council calls to keep politics separate from economic relations

    A senior member of the Egypt-Turkey Business Council has called to keep political disagreements separate from economic relations following the Egyptian foreign ministry's decision on Saturday to expel the Turkish ambassador from Cairo and Ankara's subsequent designation of the Egyptian ambassador as a "persona non grata". Adel Lamei, the...
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    Egyptian students apply to Israel's Institute of Technology

    Despite Egyptian official denial of all forms of normalization with Israel, Israel's Institute of Technology (Technion) announced that thousands of Arab students; including 600 Egyptians have applied to join an online course in the field of nanotechnology and micro sensors at the Institute. Israel's Maariv newspaper said the course...
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    Egypt's political forces denounce military trials in draft constitution

    Egypt's National Salvation Front (NSF) and Coalition of the Youth of the Revolution have denounced a new constitutional article which allows civilians to be tried before martial courts. Egypt's Committee of 50 mandated by the interim government to amend Egypt's constitution voted on Wednesday, 20 November, in favour of...
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    Detained Palestinian and Syrian refugees begin hunger strike in Egypt

    About 50 Palestinian and Syrian refugees in Egyptian prisons started a hunger strike on Friday in protest against the inhuman conditions of their detention, an official for the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) said. The refugees were arrested while trying to "illegally" travel from Egypt to Europe by...
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    Egypt expels Turkish ambassador

    The Egyptian coup authorities have today ordered the Turkish ambassador to leave the country saying that Turkey has blatantly interfered in Egypt's internal affairs, a foreign ministry statement said. The statement affirmed that the coup government has informed the Turkish ambassador that "his presence in Egypt is no longer...
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    Egypt's coup leaders call for end to subsidies on basic goods

    VIDEO In a new leaked audio tape, the Egyptian coup leader Gen. Abdul-Fattah al-Sisi has called for an end to subsidies on bread and energy in Egypt, as well as a 50 per cent reduction of public sector salaries. Gen. Al-Sisi described the measure as "austerity" and pointed to...
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    Misr Al-Qawiya party says constitutional amendments make army supreme ruler

    Fekri Nabil, a member of the Misr Al-Qawiya party, said the Committee of 50 to rewrite Egypt's constitution has drafted articles about the armed forces' mandate that signal a turning against democracy and demonstrate a lack of understanding of the country's needs and the people's demands, especially all those...
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    Muslim Brotherhood leader: We refuse to recognise the coup in exchange for our release

    A senior member of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, Saad Al-Husseini, revealed in court that the coup leaders have offered to release Muslim Brotherhood leaders and members of Egypt's Anti-coup alliance from prison in exchange for recognising the coup. Husseini, who is currently imprisoned along with a number of senior members...
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    Muslim Brotherhood accuses US of supporting Egypt's coup

    The Secretary General of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, Dr Mahmoud Hussein, has denounced the recent statements by US Secretary of State John Kerry, who described the Muslim Brotherhood as the most organised group in Egypt to hijack the 2011 revolution that toppled Mubarak. Hussein said in a press release on...
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    Egyptian court refuses appeal to release Muslim Brotherhood leaders

    Cairo's Criminal Court refused on Monday the appeal filed by Muslim Brotherhood leaders against their detention on charges of violence, a judicial source told mass media. The defendants who appealed against their detention included the Brotherhood lawyer Ahmed Abu Baraka, spokespersons Ahmed Aref and Sa'ad Al-Hosseini, university lecturer Salah...
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    Senior Hamas official disappointed with Arab-African Summit stance on Palestine

    A senior leader of the Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas, Salah Bardawil, said he was disappointed with the third Arab-African Summit in Kuwait and the Arab Peace Initiative Committee which endorsed the Palestinian-Israeli negotiations, believing they represent "concrete proof of the Arab regimes' intention to escape their responsibilities towards Palestine."...
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    Egyptian court refuses appeal to release Muslim Brotherhood leaders

    Cairo's Criminal Court refused on Monday the appeal filed by Muslim Brotherhood leaders against their detention on charges of violence, a judicial source told mass media. The defendants who appealed against their detention included the Brotherhood lawyer Ahmed Abu Baraka, spokespersons Ahmed Aref and Sa'ad Al-Hosseini, university lecturer Salah...
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    Egyptian police injure 300 during student protest dispersal

    Around 320 students are reported to have been wounded by the Egyptian police and army when they broke into the halls of residence at Cairo's famed Al-Azhar University and forcefully dispersed a students' protest on Wednesday, the General Students Union (GSU) said on its Facebook page. Among those wounded...
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    Tourism declines dramatically since coup

    Official statistics in Egypt have revealed that the number of tourists who visited the country in September is down by 69.7% over the previous year, when ousted President Mohamed Morsi was heading the government. Almost a million tourists visited Egypt in September 2012, compared with just 201,000 in September...
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    Committee of Fifty member protests against military court's proposed authority

    The Sinai representative of the Committee of Fifty for amending the Egyptian Constitution, Musa'ad Abu-Fajr, has withdrawn his support for a motion after members insisted on prosecuting civilians before military courts. Speaking to CNN, Abu-Fajr said: "I will escalate the issue and will do what satisfies my conscious in...
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    Anti-coup alliance in Egypt will not talk with coup leaders

    A senior leader of the National Alliance against the Coup in Egypt has said that its dialogue proposal does not include "coup leaders" and "those who have blood on their hands," Turkey's Anadolu news agency reported on Sunday. "We have not extended the dialogue invitation to the coup government...