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Islamist protests hit cities across Egypt, at least 24 dead

Islamist protests hit cities across Egypt, at least 24 dead

At least 24 people died across  Egypt  on Friday as Islamists opposed to the overthrow of President Mohamed Mursi took to the streets to vent their fury at what they say was a military coup. Fierce clashes in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria left 12 dead and 200 injured,...

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Guardian: Mohamed Morsi's final days – the inside story

Guardian: Mohamed Morsi's final days – the inside story

Egypt's first freely elected president found himself isolated and abandoned by allies as even his guards simply stepped away. The army chief came to President Mohammed Morsi with a simple demand: Step down on your own. "Over my dead body!" Morsi replied to General Abdel Fatah...

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Morsi's ouster fuels debate on U.S. policy on the Mideast

Morsi's ouster fuels debate on U.S. policy on the Mideast

Obama spoke of U.S. allegiance to 'democratic principles' after Egypt President Mohamed Morsi's ouster, but critics say little effort had been made to foster democracy. The military overthrow of the democratically elected government in Egypt, for decades America's most important Arab ally,...

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Gulf countries discuss anti-Hezbollah moves

Gulf countries discuss anti-Hezbollah moves

Senior Gulf Cooperation Council officials met in Riyadh on Thursday to coordinate sanctions in the six member states against Lebanon’s Shiite Hezbollah movement over its support for the Syria regime. The meeting was “to develop mechanisms to monitor movements, financial...

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Anger gives way to gloom at pro-Morsi rally

Anger gives way to gloom at pro-Morsi rally

Anger gave way to gloom on Thursday as Islamists rallied at a Cairo mosque where thousands of supporters of deposed president Mohamed Morsi said they felt under siege and betrayed by the army. Pictures of the ousted leader hung on walls, as protesters chanted against the military that...

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Egypt prepares for backlash as Morsi allies reject new regime

Egypt prepares for backlash as Morsi allies reject new regime

Egypt  is braced for further dramatic events on Friday as the vanquished Muslim Brotherhood  called for a "day of rejection" following a widespread crackdown on its leadership by the country's new interim president, Adly Mansour. Supporters of the ousted president ...

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Egypt army topples president, announces transition

Egypt army topples president, announces transition

Egypt's armed forces overthrew Islamist President Mohamed Mursi on Wednesday, sparking wild rejoicing in the streets at the prospect of new elections as a range of political leaders backed a new political transition. Mursi was sequestered in a Republican Guard barracks after denouncing a...

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Nearly 50 killed in Iraq bombings

Nearly 50 killed in Iraq bombings

At least 45 people were killed in bomb attacks across Iraq on Tuesday, most of them in busy markets and commercial areas of the capital Baghdad, police and medics said. The deadliest assault took place in the predominantly Shi'ite Shaab neighborhood of northern Baghdad, where two car...

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 Egypt's army set to oust Mursi as clock ticks

Egypt's army set to oust Mursi as clock ticks

Egypt's army has plans to push Mohamed Mursi aside and suspend the constitution after an all but impossible ultimatum it has given the Islamist president expires in less than 24 hours, military sources told Reuters on Tuesday. Condemning a coup against their first freely elected leader,...

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Egypt President Mohammed Morsi says he will not step down

Egypt President Mohammed Morsi says he will not step down

Egypt's embattled president says he will not step down and called on the military to withdraw its ultimatum that it will intervene if he does not work out differences with the opposition. Writing Tuesday on his official Twitter account, President Mohammed Morsi says he rejects all...

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Egypt army plan would scrap constitution, parliament - sources

Egypt army plan would scrap constitution, parliament - sources

Egypt's armed forces would suspend the constitution and dissolve an Islamist-dominated parliament under a draft political roadmap to be pursued if Islamist President Mohamed Mursi and his opponents fail to  reach a power-sharing agreement by Wednesday, military sources said. The...

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Gulf Arabs call for U.N. Security Council meeting to prevent Homs massacre

Gulf Arabs call for U.N. Security Council meeting to prevent Homs massacre

Gulf Arab states called on the U.N. Security Council on Monday to meet urgently to prevent a massacre in Homs, as pro-government forces in  Syria  try to wrest the city from rebels fighting to topple President Bashar al-Assad. Assad's army and allied fighters launched an...

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US official denounces Hezbollah's actions in Syria

US official denounces Hezbollah's actions in Syria

A senior U.S. official denounced Hezbollah's involvement in the Syrian civil war Monday and accused the Shiite militant group of putting the interests of Iran and Syria above those of the Lebanese people. Underscoring growing sectarian bitterness, mainly Sunni rebels vowed to "liberate" two...

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 Egypt army gives Mursi 48 hours to share power

Egypt army gives Mursi 48 hours to share power

 Egypt's powerful armed forces gave Islamist President Mohamed Mursi a virtual ultimatum on Monday to share power, urging the nation's feuding politicians to agree on an inclusive roadmap for the country's future within 48 hours. A dramatic military statement broadcast on state...

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Egypt protests set for showdown, violence feared

Egypt protests set for showdown, violence feared

Mass demonstrations across  Egypt  on Sunday may determine its future, two and half years after people power toppled a dictator they called Pharaoh and ushered in a democracy crippled by bitter divisions. The protesters' goal again is to unseat a president, this time their...

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Egypt: Lynching of Shia Follows Months of Hate Speech

Egypt: Lynching of Shia Follows Months of Hate Speech

The lynching of four Shia by a mob apparently led by Salafi sheikhs in the village of Abu Musallim in Greater Cairo on June 23, 2013, came after months of anti-Shia hate speech at times involving the ruling Muslim Brotherhood and its political party, Human Rights Watch said today. The episode...

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 Director-general of al Jazeera satellite news network resigns to take up a post in    government

Director-general of al Jazeera satellite news network resigns to take up a post in government

The director-general of Qatar-based al Jazeera satellite news network has resigned to take up a post in the newly reshuffled government, the station said on Wednesday .   Ahmed bin Jassim al-Thani said in a statement posted on the station's website that he was...

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Mursi offers constitution change before protests

Mursi offers constitution change before protests

President Mohamed Mursi offered opponents a say on Wednesday in amending a controversial new constitution and a forum to seek "national reconciliation", as he sought to avert a violent showdown in the streets. In a televised address lasting more than two and a half hours, the Islamist...

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