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Egypt mourns 74 killed in football tragedy

Egypt began three days of mourning on Thursday after 74 people were killed in an eruption of violence at a football match that sparked new anger against the military rulers for failing to ensure security. The rioting Wednesday night in the northern city of Port Said marked one of the…

U.S. lobbyists end contracts with Egypt: report

WASHINGTON — Lobbyists representing the Egyptian government in Washington have ended their contracts with their client following a raid by Egyptian authorities on several US nonprofit organizations, according to The New York Times. The newspaper said the move came after Egyptian authorities slapped a travel ban on several US citizens…

Egypt’s Islamists win parliamentary elections

Egypt’s Islamists led by the once-banned Muslim Brotherhood clinched two thirds of seats in parliament in historic polls after the ouster of strongman Hosni Mubarak, official results showed on Saturday. The Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) won 235 seats in the new People’s Assembly, or 47.18 percent, electoral committee head…

U.S. diplomat to meet Egypt Muslim Brotherhood

The US State Department’s number two is to meet Wednesday with leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood’s party after it claimed a crushing victory in the first parliamentary polls since a popular uprising ousted Hosni Mubarak. William Burns ”will meet leaders of the Freedom and Justice Partyat their headquarters in Cairo,” FJP spokesman Ahmed Sobea told AFP. “It will…

Rights groups urge Egypt to free jailed blogger

GENEVA — Thirty rights groups and activists united on Thursday in a call for Egypt to release a jailed blogger who has been staging a hunger strike since August. A military court sentenced Michael Nabil, 26, to three years in prison in April for insulting the armed forces on his…

UN ‘concerned’ about beatings of women in Egypt

UNITED NATIONS — The UN women’s agency on Thursday expressed “great concern” over the recent attacks on women protesters in Egypt and called on military to respect their civil rights. “Women, along with men and children, have been victims of the excessive use of force against peaceful protesters over this…

U.S. condemns Egyptian ‘Hitler’ remark

WASHINGTON — A US official voiced outrage Tuesday after an adviser to Egypt’s military said that some protesters facing down troops in Cairo should be “thrown into Hitler’s incinerators.” Retired general Abdelmoneim Kato’s “anti-Semitic comments are outrageous, offensive and clearly unacceptable,” Hannah Rosenthal, the US special envoy against anti-Semitism, wrote…

Egypt military ‘regrets’ women beaten in protests

Egypt’s military said on Tuesday it strongly regretted attacks on female demonstrators as footage of soldiers beating women fuelled deadly anti-military protests in Cairo for a fifth straight day. The ruling generals, facing a backlash after footage circulated of soldiers beating female protesters and partly stripping a veiled woman as they dragged her, pledged…

Egypt’s Tahrir clashes rage on for fifth day

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptian police and soldiers fired weapons and used batons and teargas for a fifth day on Tuesday in the latest effort to clear Cairo’s central Tahrir Square of opponents of army rule, amid mounting international concern about the violence. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton condemned as “shocking”…

Clinton says women sidelined in Egypt transition

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Friday that women were being sidelined in the hoped-for transition to democracy in Egypt, including during the current parliamentary elections. “In Egypt, women have been largely excluded from the transition process and even harassed in the street,” Clinton said in prepared remarks for…

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