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Egypt court sentences 683 to death including Muslim Brotherhood leader

An Egyptian court sentenced 682 alleged Islamists and Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Badie to death on Monday, a lawyer and prosecutor said, after two brief sessions the defence partly boycotted. The same court in the southern province of Minya also reversed 492 of 529 death sentences it passed in March,…

Egypt death toll soars as Obama leads muted international condemnation

Egyptian security forces clashed with supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood for a second day on Thursday as muted international condemnation led by Barack Obama failed to quell violence now said to have killed at least 638 people and wounded many thousands more. The death toll from the ongoing crackdown is…

Muslim Brotherhood supporters to intensify protests against ‘military tyranny’ in Egypt

Supporters of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood stormed and torched a government building in Cairo on Thursday, while families tried to identify hundreds of mutilated bodies piled in a Cairo mosque a day after they were shot dead by the security forces. Egypt’s government says 525 people were killed and thousands wounded…

Islamists pursue gains in Egypt’s phased election

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s rival Islamist groups sought more gains in the second round of a parliamentary election on Wednesday, with liberals also fighting for a voice in an army-led transition that began with the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak. Egypt’s first free election in six decades is unfolding in three stages…

Muslim Brotherhood to expel Egyptian presidential candidates

CAIRO — A senior official of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood said on Thursday that the group would expel any member who runs for president, after a leading Brotherhood reformer was quoted as saying he might stand. Abdel Moneim Abolfotouh, a former member of the Islamist group’s politburo, told the Al-Shorouk newspaper…

Muslim Brotherhood: U.S. troops should now quit Iraq, Afghan

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood said on Monday that U.S. soldiers should be withdrawn from Afghanistan and Iraq after the killing of Osama bin Laden, the mastermind of the September 11 attacks that led to two U.S.-led wars. Al Qaeda leader was killed in a firefight with U.S. forces…

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood set up new party

CAIRO, Egypt — The formerly banned Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt’s best-organised movement, announced on Saturday that it has formed a non-theocratic party that will contest up to half of parliament’s seats in September elections. Mohammed Hussein, the group’s secretary general, told a news conference the movement’s council had decided to form…

US wants women on Egypt’s constitutional committee

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The United States voiced regret Saturday at the absence of women on a committee tasked with proposing amendments to Egypt’s constitution despite their participation in protests that ousted Hosni Mubarak. “Women in #Egypt protested for change. It is a concern that women are excluded from the constitutional…

Egypt junta names panel to reform constitution

CAIRO – Egypt’s military regime warned on Tuesday that a wave of strikes sweeping the country was “disastrous,” as it gave a panel of civilian experts 10 days to revise the constitution. Against a backdrop of persistent nationwide walk-walkouts and street protests, the junta promised to rapidly restore constitutional rule…

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood rejects ‘religious state,’ won’t seek presidency

Representatives of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt said the opposition group would work to promote democracy and does not intend to field a candidate for the presidency, CNN reported Wednesday. “The Muslim Brotherhood are not seeking power,” a member of the group’s media office, Mohammed Morsi, said at a news…

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