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Egyptian military keeps an eye on referendum for a new constitution

Egypt on Wednesday wrapped up a two-day referendum on a new constitution that could set up a presidential bid by the army chief who toppled Islamist president Mohamed Morsi. There was little doubt the vote would back the new charter, which the military-installed authorities say provides greater protection for freedom…

Egyptians vote ‘yes’ on constitution as Islamists boycott

Egyptians queued outside polling stations on Tuesday to vote on a new constitution many said they had not read but would approve anyway in support of the army’s ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi. The referendum has been billed by authorities as the first in a series of polls that…

U.S. to suspend most of its military aid to Egypt: officials

The United States is poised to suspend much of its military aid to Egypt due to Cairo’s sweeping crackdown against supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi, US officials said Wednesday. The decision would hold up the delivery of major weapons, including Apache helicopters, F-16 fighter jets and M1A1 Abrams tanks,…

Morsi rejects army ultimatum but vows ‘path of democratic change’

Egypt’s presidency on Tuesday rejected an army ultimatum threatening to intervene if Islamist President Mohamed Morsi did not meet the demands of the people, raising the stakes in the country’s political crisis. The army statement, read out on television Monday, had given Morsi 48 hours to comply with its call.…

Egypt’s army threatens to ‘intervene’ if unrest continues

Egypt’s defence minister warned on Sunday that the army will intervene if violence breaks out in the country where opponents of President Mohamed Morsi are planning rallies against him this month. “The armed forces have the obligation to intervene to stop Egypt from plunging into a dark tunnel of conflict…

Egyptian doctors ordered to operate on wounded protesters ‘without anesthetic’

The Egyptian military ordered senior doctors to operate without anaesthetic on protesters injured during demonstrations against military rule, according to extracts of a leaked report published in the Guardian newspaper on Friday. The report into military and police malpractice since 2011, commissioned by President Mohamed Morsi, also found evidence that…

Outrage in Egypt over video of naked man beaten by police

Video footage of a man beaten and dragged naked by policemen in Cairo triggered an outrage in Egypt on Saturday and prompted calls for Interior Minister Mohammed Ibrahim to resign. But hours after the presidency expressed disappointment over the incident and Ibrahim offered to resign, the man told state television…

Egypt protests galvanized by video of police beating naked man

Opponents of Mohamed Morsi say the footage proves that the president has chosen to order a brutal crackdown A video of a protester being beaten and stripped naked has galvanised protests against the police and government in Egypt. Hamada Saber, a middle-aged man, remained in a police hospital on Saturday,…

At least 30 dead in Egypt after riots over soccer trial verdict

Street clashes killed at least 30 people in Egypt’s Port Said on Saturday after 21 supporters of a local football club were sentenced to death over a bloody stadium riot in the canal city. The violence comes a day after nine were killed in protests against President Mohamed Morsi on…

Egyptian protesters set fire to Muslim Brotherhood headquarters

Egyptian protesters on Friday set fire to the Muslim Brotherhood party headquarters in the canal city of Ismailiya, an AFP reporter said. Black smoke could be seen coming out of the windows of the apartment housing the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) offices, as Egyptians staged nationwide rallies against President…

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