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Egypt’s army announces state of emergency in South Sinai, Suez

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s army announced a state of emergency in the provinces of South Sinai and Suez on Friday after Islamist gunmen attacked an airport in the Sinai town of El Arish, state newspaper Al-Ahram reported. The report quoted the commander of the Third Field Army Osama Asakar saying…

Ouster of Egypt’s Morsi creates headache for the U.S.

The military toppling of Egypt’s Mohamed Morsi could have huge implications for key ties with the United States, which had an uneasy relationship with his Islamist-led government during its year-long rule. Analysts and lawmakers have for months sharply criticized the tepid US response to Morsi’s failure to usher in a…

State Department: U.S. ‘very concerned’ about unrest in Egypt

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is ‘very concerned’ about the situation in Egypt, the U.S. State Department said on Wednesday of the sweeping protests surrounding a stand-off between Egypt’s armed forces and Islamist President Mohamed Mursi. The situation in Egypt remains fluid, and the United States cannot confirm whether…

Egypt’s army ‘ready to die’ to protect against ‘any terrorist, radical or fool’

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s high command said on Wednesday the army was ready to die to defend Egypt’s people against terrorists and fools, in a response to Islamist President Mohamed Mursi that was headlined “The Final Hours”. The post on the official Facebook page of the Supreme Council of the…

Morsi rejects army ultimatum but vows ‘path of democratic change’

Egypt’s presidency on Tuesday rejected an army ultimatum threatening to intervene if Islamist President Mohamed Morsi did not meet the demands of the people, raising the stakes in the country’s political crisis. The army statement, read out on television Monday, had given Morsi 48 hours to comply with its call.…

Egypt’s army threatens to ‘intervene’ if unrest continues

Egypt’s defence minister warned on Sunday that the army will intervene if violence breaks out in the country where opponents of President Mohamed Morsi are planning rallies against him this month. “The armed forces have the obligation to intervene to stop Egypt from plunging into a dark tunnel of conflict…

Egypt on high alert as protesters prepare to commemorate Mubarak’s fall

Egypt’s security forces were on high alert Monday ahead of pro-democracy protests to mark the second anniversary of former president Hosni Mubarak’s ouster, a police official told AFP. Authorities have boosted security around the presidential palace, the interior ministry and around Tahrir Square, as well as around key public installations,…

At least 30 dead in Egypt after riots over soccer trial verdict

Street clashes killed at least 30 people in Egypt’s Port Said on Saturday after 21 supporters of a local football club were sentenced to death over a bloody stadium riot in the canal city. The violence comes a day after nine were killed in protests against President Mohamed Morsi on…

Top Egypt Islamist says military seeking to keep power

CAIRO — The powerful Muslim Brotherhood’s Khairat al-Shater, barred from Egypt’s first post-Arab Spring presidential election, accused the country’s military rulers on Wednesday of seeking to stay in power and promised an anti-government protest. He spoke after the electoral commission confirmed that 10 candidates had been barred from standing, rejecting…

Passover, Israel and the heart of a stranger.

The very existence of the Jewish people is predicated on the notion that the arc of the universe bends toward justice. We were slaves in Egypt, we’re told, strangers in a strange land, and then we were freed – and it was only upon being freed that we could receive…

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