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Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood chief given new death sentence

An Egyptian court sentenced Muslim Brotherhood chief Mohamed Badie and 13 others to death Thursday over violence that killed 10 people in Cairo last summer. Since the army ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July, hundreds of his supporters and Badie himself have been sentenced to death in speedy mass…

Egypt court sentences 12 Morsi supporters to death over shooting of police general

An Egyptian court sentenced 12 supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi to death on Wednesday on charges connected to the fatal shooting of a police general last year. Eight of them, including the man convicted of firing the fatal bullet, are in custody, while the other four are on…

Ex-army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to be sworn in as Egypt’s new president

Ex-army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is to be sworn in Sunday as Egypt‘s new president, confirming the de facto status of head of state which he has already held for nearly a year. Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas, Arab royals from the Gulf and African leaders are to attend the 0730…

Qatar-based cleric urged Egyptians to boycott the upcoming presidential election

Influential Egypt-born cleric Yusef al-Qaradawi, who is based in Qatar, on Sunday urged Egyptians to boycott the upcoming presidential election, saying ex-army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi took power “unfairly”. The then head of the Egyptian military, Sisi toppled Islamist president Mohamed Morsi last July, and is widely expected to win…

Gaza cops save money by trading in bullets for makeshift laser guns

Security forces in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip are using technology to practice shooting on laser simulators, saving money spent on ammunition in the cash-strapped Palestinian territory. In a converted gym, four uniformed officers aim at targets with Kalashnikov assault rifles converted to fire beams of laser light, whose path is…

Egyptian court rejects new judges for Morsi trials

An Egyptian appeals court rejected Wednesday a request that new judges be appointed for two trials involving ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, judicial officials said. The trials are part of a sweeping crackdown waged against Morsi and his Muslim……

Death penalties for 529 people highlight Egypt’s legal war on Islamists

An Egyptian court’s sentencing of 529 people to death for rioting has fixed the spotlight on a massive legal war on the Islamist opposition, with thousands in prison and hundreds more convicted in mass trials. Many of an estimated 15,000 suspects in prison are languishing without charges in overcrowded and…

Egyptian court orders 529 Morsi supporters put to death

A court ordered the execution of 529 supporters of deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi after only two hearings on Monday, in the largest such sentencing in Egypt’s modern history. The unprecedented verdict, amid an extensive crackdown on Morsi supporters, is likely to be overturned on appeal, legal experts said. The…

Egypt’s deposed president Mohamed Morsi back on trial — this time over jailbreak

Egypt's deposed president Mohamed Morsi went on trial Tuesday on charges of breaking out of prison during the 2011 uprising against veteran strongman Hosni Mubarak. Morsi, ousted by the army in July, is already on trial for inciting the killings of……

At least 6 killed as Muslim Brotherhood supporters rally in Egypt

At least six people were killed on Friday in clashes across Egypt as police dispersed thousands of protesters demanding deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi be reinstated, officials said. The protests came after an Islamist alliance that backs Morsi called for demonstrations ahead of a new hearing on Wednesday in a…

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