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Egypt blogger gets 3 years for criticising military

CAIRO — An Egyptian military court on Monday jailed a blogger for three years for criticising the armed forces, the country’s rulers since president Hosni Mubarak’s ouster in February, his lawyer told AFP. “Regrettably, the Nasr City military court sentenced Maikel Nabil to three years in prison,” Gamal Eid said.…

More than 1,000 defy Egyptian army’s order to leave Tahrir Square

CAIRO (Reuters) – More than 1,000 protesters ignored an army order to leave Cairo’s main square on Sunday, extending into a third day their calls for a quick move to civilian rule and a deeper purge of corrupt officials. Barbed wire blocked roads intoTahrir Square, the center of the protests that…

Mubarak summoned for questioning by public prosecutor

CAIRO (AFP) – Egypt’s public prosecutor on Sunday ordered ousted president Hosni Mubarak and his sons to be questioned over violence against protesters and alleged corruption, MENA state news agency reported. “The public prosecutor Abdel Magid Mahmud decided today to ask for the questioning of former president Hosni Mubarak and…

Mubarak says he’s victim of defamation

CAIRO – Former Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak said he was a victim of defamation and threatened lawsuits in his first comments since he was ousted in a popular uprising, aired Sunday on Al-Arabiya television. The former president said he was prepared to assist any investigations into his family’s alleged assets…

Egypt freezes assets of three former Mubarak aides

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s army rulers froze assets belonging to three former aides of deposed President Hosni Mubarak, meeting a demand of reformers seeking tough action against figures of the past administration. The decision Monday applies to Fathi Sorour, the former speaker of the lower house of parliament, Safwat el-Sherif, a senior member of…

Angry Birds topple Middle East leaders

WASHINGTON – A cartoon video which recounts the unrest in the Middle East using the characters in the popular Angry Birds game and the children’s story Three Little Pigs is racking up the views on YouTube. The video, which has been posted on the YouTube channel of a Russian named…

Mubarak and family under house arrest in Egypt, Army says

CAIRO (Reuters) – Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and his family are not allowed to leave the country, the military council to which he handed power on February 11 said on Monday. The military denied reports that Mubarak had left to Saudi Arabia, adding: “He and his family are subject to…

US hails Egypt vote as ‘important step’

CAIRO – The United States said Sunday that a weekend vote in Egypt that drew millions to the polls was an “important step” towards achieving the goals of the protesters who ended decades of authoritarian rule. US ambassador Margaret Scobey hailed the huge turnout for the referendum on constitutional changes…

Egyptian crowd attacks ElBaradei at voting station

CAIRO (Reuters) – A crowd of people blocked Mohamed ElBaradei from entering a polling station in Cairo on Saturday to cast a vote in Egypt’s constitutional referendum, shoving him and smashing his car window with rocks as he left. “We don’t want you, we don’t want you,” a crowd of youths chanted at…

El Baradei: Egypt must vote ‘no’ on military’s plans for future

By Ben Sheppard NEW DELHI — Egyptian presidential contender Mohamed ElBaradei said on Friday that the “miracle” of his country’s revolution must be cemented by a rejection of changes being offered by the army in a referendum. Egyptians will vote Saturday on the military’s plans for the future after Hosni…

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