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One dead, hundreds injured in iconic Egypt protest hub

A demonstrator was killed and hundreds of people injured on Saturday as Egyptian police fired rubber bullets and tear gas to break up a sit-in organised by some of the driving forces behind the Arab Spring revolt. The dead man sustained a bullet wound to the chest, a doctor on the scene…

Pentagon chief in bid to defuse Egypt-Israel tensions

US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta was headed to Cairo from Tel Aviv on Tuesday in an effort to defuse tensions between Egypt andIsrael that have mounted since the end of Hosni Mubarak’s rule. Before flying out after a one-day visit to Israel, Panetta said he will seek to encourage both sides to ease friction…

Egypt ‘committed to free market’ after investor fears

CAIRO — Egypt’s deputy prime minister said on Sunday that his country was committed to a free market economy, after the ownership of three companies was returned to the state, sparking fears among investors. “The government will not backtrack on a free market economy,” said Hazem al-Beblawi, who is also…

Egypt military rulers agree to amend election law

CAIRO — Egypt’s military rulers agreed on Saturday to amend a controversial electoral law following threats of a poll boycott by dozens of political parties and a rally in Cairo’s Tahrir Square for reforms. The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, which took power when president Hosni Mubarak was ousted…

Egyptian state TV announces Mubarak in coma

Egypt’s former president Hosni Mubarak, who is in custody in a hospital in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, is in a coma, state television reported on Sunday, quoting his lawyer. “The former president is in a full coma after his health suddenly deteriorated,” the channel reported.…

Egypt protesters to stay in Tahrir Square despite concessions

CAIRO — Protesters who spent their second night in Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Sunday vowed to keep up their sit-in despite a series of concessions by the Egyptian prime minister. Pro-democracy activists had camped out on the square — the focus of protests that ousted president Hosni Mubarak in February…

Police clash with protesters in Cairo

CAIRO, Egypt — Egyptian security forces have fired tear gas on protesters in central Cairo after violent clashes that left several injured, an AFP photographer said. Tahrir Square, the epicentre of protests that toppled president Hosni Mubarak, was sealed off and authorities cut off electricity in the area. Police continued…

Clashes erupt outside Egyptian court trying ex-minister

CAIRO — Hundreds of Egyptians angry with the delays in the trial of ex-interior minister Habib Adly clashed on Sunday with anti-riot police outside the courtroom, an AFP reporter witnessed. Adly, once one of ousted leader Hosni Mubarak’s most trusted ministers, and six other defendants are accused of ordering the…

Egypt’s former president Mubarak has cancer: lawyer

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s former President Hosni Mubarak is suffering from cancer, his defense lawyer said on Monday, citing a medical report to assess whether the former leader is fit enough to stand trial. “Mubarak has cancer and this was included in the last medical report,” said lawyer Farid el-Deeb.…

Egypt president, sons to be tried on August 3: sources

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s former President Hosni Mubarak and his two sons have been ordered to face trial starting on August 3 in a Cairo criminal court for their role in killing protesters and for graft, judicial sources said. Mubarak, ousted on February 11 after mass demonstrations demanding he end…

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