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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…

Major tourist destination Luxor transformed into ghost town by Egypt turmoil

Tourists once flocked to Luxor for its ancient treasures, but as Egypt witnesses sweeping political upheavals, the visitors have simply vanished from this famed temple city. Christmas used to be particularly busy, as tens of thousands of visitors thronged Luxor’s famous temples, but fresh unrest that followed the army’s ouster…

Egypt’s highest-profile secular activists threatened with arrest

Arrest warrants were issued for two of Egypt’s highest-profile activists on Wednesday, a day after 79 other secular campaigners were detained in Cairo in the largest crackdown on non-Islamist dissent since the fall of Mohamed Morsi. It was the first use of a draconian new protest law that was enacted…

Murder trial of Egypt’s Morsi to start November 4

The trial of Egypt’s deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi on charges of inciting the murder of protesters will start on November 4, the official MENA news agency reported Wednesday. Morsi will stand trial with 14 other defendants over the killings of protesters outside his presidential palace in December 2012, almost…

Clashes between Islamists and police in Egypt leaves 57 dead

The death toll from weekend clashes between Islamists and police has reached 57, a senior Egyptian health ministry official told AFP on Tuesday. Khaled al-Khatib said that 48 people died in Cairo and nine in other parts of the country. Authorities had previously given a toll of 51. Khatib said…

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