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Egypt’s activists gather for mass rally against army

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptian protesters gathered in Cairo for a mass rally they called for on Friday against the military’s handling of protests that killed 17 people and have drawn international criticism of the ruling generals. Protesters who fought soldiers and police in the capital for five days until calm…

Egypt’s economic woes mount

CAIRO — The success of Islamist parties in Egypt’s elections could aggravate an already serious economic crisis in the Arab world’s most populous nation, analysts say. Since an uprising in January and February that toppled the 30-year regime of Hosni Mubarak, attention has mostly focused on the political upheaval in…

Egypt wraps up first round of post-Mubarak poll

Egypt on Tuesday wrapped up the opening round of the firstparliamentary elections since Hosni Mubarak’s fall, with Islamistswinning a landslide victory at the expense of weakened and divided liberals. Turnout was low for the final day of run-off elections between individual candidates standing for the new parliament, which is to be chosen in a further…

Egypt’s Christians worried by Islamist surge

CAIRO — Egyptian Copts, the Middle East’s biggest Christian community, headed to mass on Sunday fearful of what an Islamist landslide in the country’s election will mean for their community. In churches across the capital, the community gathered for its first Sunday service since the opening stage of the country’s…

Egypt hails election as successful ‘democracy test’

Egypt on Tuesday hailed the start of its first post-revolution election as a triumph for democracy as more voters headed to the polls, boosting turn-out for a vote that had looked in doubt last week. “The birth of the new Egypt,” declared the state-owned Al-Akhbar newspaper on Tuesday, the second…

Divided Egypt votes in first post-Mubarak poll

Post-revolution Egypt headed to the polls Monday for a chaotic election clouded by violence and a political crisis, the start of a long process to bring democracy to the Arab world’s most populous nation. Ten months after the end of 30 years of autocratic rule by Hosni Mubarak, ousted by popular protests in one…

Egypt braces for protests on eve of elections

Egypt braced for fresh demonstrations on Sunday amid a tense standoff between the country’s military rulers and pro-democracy protesters on the eve of the first elections since the January revolution. Egyptians go to the polls on Monday to cast their first votes for a new parliament after the end of…

Uncertainty surrounds Egypt military’s democracy pledge

CAIRO — Reasons behind a sudden proposal by Egypt’s military authority to swiftly transfer power to civilian rule are far from clear and could be an attempt to undermine the protesters, analysts said. Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, who took power when Hosni Mubarak was ousted in February, pledged in a…

Egypt’s government abruptly resigns as deadly clashes rock Tahrir Square

Egypt’s cabinet said on Monday it had resigned as clashes raged inTahrir Square between police and protesters demanding democratic change in the country’s biggest crisis since Hosni Mubarak’s ouster. State television quoted a military source as saying the ruling military council had rejected the resignation, but Information Minister Osama Heikal told the official…

Two dead, 100s hurt in Egypt anti-regime protests

Two people were killed and hundreds injured in Egypt this weekend as police fired rubber bullets and tear gas at protesters in a violent countdown to the first elections since the ouster of Hosni Mubarak. “Down with Tantawi,” hundreds of demonstrators cried in Cairo’s iconic Tahrir Square, referring to the…

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