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Late drama as Egypt’s closes registration for presidency

CAIRO — Registration for candidacy in Egypt’s first post-uprising presidential election closed on Sunday, amid last-minute twists and turns that have shaken the political race. Around 20 people have registered so far, each hoping to lead the Arab world’s most populous nation through a fragile transition following an uprising that…

Thousands of Copts crush into cathedral after pope’s death

The bells tolled on Saturday as tearful Christians crushed past the Cairo cathedral’s gate hours after Pope Shenuda III’s death, to get a glimpse of the man they called “father” in an uncertain time for the Egyptian minority. Within an hour of the announcement of his death, traffic was jammed…

U.S. praises Egypt’s decision to lift state of emergency

WASHINGTON — The United States Tuesday praised Egypt’s decision to lift a decades-old state of emergency and hand power to the parliament as “major steps toward the normalization of political life.” But Washington was still seeking clarification of “a little footnote” to the announcement by Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi who…

ElBaradei will not run for Egypt’s presidency

The ex-head of the UN nuclear watchdog and Nobel laureate Mohamed ElBaradei said on Saturday he would not run for the Egyptian presidency, saying there is still no real democracy in the country. “My conscience does not allow me to run for the presidency or any other official position unless…

Egypt police raid NGOs in foreign funds probe

Egyptian police raided more than a dozen offices belonging to local and foreign rights groups on Thursday, as part of an investigation into alleged illicit foreign funding, an official statement said. At least two US rights groups — the National Democratic Institute (NDI) and the International Republican Institute (IRI) —…

Egypt’s Tahrir clashes rage on for fifth day

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptian police and soldiers fired weapons and used batons and teargas for a fifth day on Tuesday in the latest effort to clear Cairo’s central Tahrir Square of opponents of army rule, amid mounting international concern about the violence. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton condemned as “shocking”…

Clinton blasts Egypt’s ‘shocking’ treatment of women

WASHINGTON — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Monday denounced Egypt’s treatment of women as “shocking” and a “disgrace” to the state after troops were shown ripping off a female protester’s clothes. In unusually strong remarks, Clinton accused Egyptian authorities of failing the country’s women since the revolution that…

Violence rocks Cairo for third straight day

CAIRO — Clashes between Egyptian troops and protesters rocked central Cairo Sunday in a third straight day of violence that has left 10 people dead and damaged a world-famous historic library. Some 500 people have also been wounded in the street battles outside parliament and the government’s offices where protesters…

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…

Dozens hurt as Christian march attacked in Cairo

CAIRO — Hundreds of Coptic Christians marching in Cairo on Thursday came under attack by assailants throwing stones and bottles and 25 people were lightly injured in subsequent clashes, a security official said. They were marching to demand justice for the Christian victims of a clash with soldiers in October…

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