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Bipartisan calls to cut off Egyptian aid emerge after military crackdown

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A growing bipartisan chorus of U.S. lawmakers said on Sunday that the United States should suspend its $1.5 billion in military and economic aid to Egypt following a violent crackdown on protesters that has left nearly 800 dead. Senator John McCain, a top Republican on the Senate…

Islamist protester shot dead by police as Egypt standoff intensifies

By Tom Finn and Tom Perry CAIRO (Reuters) – One Muslim Brotherhood member was shot dead and at least 11 people wounded in Egypt on Tuesday, security sources said, with the Islamist group accusing plain clothes police of firing on their march. The killing could harden the standoff between the…

Egypt’s army announces state of emergency in South Sinai, Suez

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s army announced a state of emergency in the provinces of South Sinai and Suez on Friday after Islamist gunmen attacked an airport in the Sinai town of El Arish, state newspaper Al-Ahram reported. The report quoted the commander of the Third Field Army Osama Asakar saying…

When is a coup not a coup?

By Patricia Zengerle and Warren Strobel WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Egyptian military’s overthrow of elected President Mohamed Mursi left President Barack Obama grappling with a difficult question of diplomacy and language in dealing with the Arab world’s most populous nation: was it a coup? At stake as Obama and his…

Egypt’s army ‘ready to die’ to protect against ‘any terrorist, radical or fool’

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s high command said on Wednesday the army was ready to die to defend Egypt’s people against terrorists and fools, in a response to Islamist President Mohamed Mursi that was headlined “The Final Hours”. The post on the official Facebook page of the Supreme Council of the…

Egyptians flood streets to demand President Mursi’s resignation

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptians poured onto the streets on Sunday, swelling crowds that opposition leaders hope will number into the millions by evening and persuade Islamist President Mohamed Mursi to resign. Waving national flags, tens of thousands gathered on Cairo’s Tahrir Square, seat of the 2011 uprising against his predecessor…

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