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Egypt: Sisi asks oil minister to form new cabinet after government resigns

September 13, 2015
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Reuters    

"Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Saturday asked Oil Minister Sherif Ismail to form a new cabinet within one week after the government submitted its resignation, a statement from the presidency said. It was not immediately clear why the government resigned but officials told Reuters on condition of anonymity that Sisi had been unhappy with the performance of several ministries. The announcement comes almost one week after the authorities arrested Egypt's agriculture minister over corruption allegations." (09/12/15)

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Egypt: Regime summons British ambassador over al-Jazeera political prisoner comments

September 1, 2015
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Philadelphia Tribune    

"Egypt's Foreign Ministry summoned the British ambassador in Cairo on Sunday to protest comments he made after a judge sentenced three Al-Jazeera English journalists to three years prison each for reporting 'false news.' The ministry said in a statement that John Casson's comments were 'unacceptable interference' in the country's judiciary, and 'incompatible with diplomatic norms and practices.' In a post on Twitter, spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid said Egypt 'rejects any foreign criticism of judicial verdicts.'" (08/31/15)

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Egypt: Two policemen killed, 24 injured in bombing

August 24, 2015
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Business Standard [India]    

"Two Egyptian policemen were killed and 24 injured today when a bomb struck their vehicle north of Cairo, the latest in a series of attacks against the country's security forces being targeted by Islamic State terror group. The blast hit the bus carrying the policemen to work posts in a village in the northern Nile Delta province of Baheira, some 160 kilometres north of Cairo, Interior Ministry said." (08/24/15)

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Egypt: Six wounded in Cairo explosion

August 20, 2015
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Fox News    

"A large bomb exploded early Thursday near a national security building in the Shubra neighborhood of Cairo, wounding at least six people, Egyptian security officials said. There were no immediate reports of deaths from the explosion, which tore the facade off of the government building. For blocks around the blast site in the popular residential neighborhood, glass from blown-out windows could be seen on the street." (08/19/15)

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Islamic State militants target Egyptian navy ship off Sinai coast

July 17, 2015
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CBS News CBS News    

"An Egyptian navy vessel was targeted on Thursday by militants affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), who said they destroyed it with a rocket while it was anchored off the Sinai peninsula's Mediterranean coast. Egyptian military spokesman Brig. Gen. Mohammed Samir said the vessel caught fire in an exchange of fire with 'terrorists' on the shore and that there were no fatalities among its crew members. He did not say how much damage the vessel suffered and gave no details on the type of ship or the size of its crew." ()7/16/15)

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Egypt: Islamic State bombs Italian consulate

July 11, 2015
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Sky News Australia [Australia]    

"The Islamic State group says it was behind a deadly car bomb attack on Italy's consulate in the Egyptian capital, and has warned Muslims to stay away from such places. 'Soldiers of the Islamic State in Cairo were able to detonate a parked booby-trapped vehicle laden with 450 kg (990 pounds) of explosives at the headquarters of the Italian consulate,' the SITE Intelligence Group quoted an IS tweet as saying on Saturday. ... Health ministry spokesman Hossam Abdel Ghaffar said the blast killed a civilian and wounded nine people, including policemen and passers-by. It was the first attack on a foreign mission in Egypt since jihadists began a campaign against the country's security forces two years ago following a crackdown on Islamists." (07/12/15)

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Egypt: Regime troops hit militant positions in Sinai, killing 23

July 2, 2015
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Westfield Republican    

"The Egyptian military pounded Islamic militant positions and killed 23 extremists in dawn raids in Sinai on Thursday, a day after an unprecedented assault by Islamic State-linked extremists in the restive peninsula that undermined government efforts to stem an insurgency in the area despite a two-year crackdown. The fighting -- the bloodiest in the Sinai Peninsula in decades -- heightened tensions across Egypt following the assassination this week of the country's chief prosecutor in a car bombing in Cairo." (07/02/15)

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Is there anything left to celebrate about the Egyptian revolution?

July 2, 2015
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Alessandra Bajec  

"This 30 June anniversary wasn't an occasion to celebrate the mass protests that led to the ouster of President Morsi. Not just because Egypt's top prosecutor was killed in a bomb attack in Cairo a day earlier. There was little for Egyptians to celebrate except -- for many -- the removal of the Muslim Brotherhood from power." (07/02/15)

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Egypt: Militants kill 30 in attacks on regime forces’ checkpoints

July 1, 2015
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ABC News ABC News    

"Islamic militants on Wednesday unleashed a wave of simultaneous attacks, including a suicide car bombing, on Egyptian army checkpoints in the restive north of the Sinai Peninsula, killing at least 30 soldiers, security and military officials said. The attacks took place just south of the town of Sheikh Zuweid and targeted at least six military checkpoints, the officials said. The militants also took soldiers captive and seized several armored vehicles, they added, speaking on condition of anonymity in line with regulations." (07/01/15)

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Egypt: Sisi warns of crackdown against regime’s opponents

June 30, 2015
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Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Times    

"President Abdel Fattah Sisi, paying tribute to his assassinated top prosecutor, on Tuesday signaled the start of an even harsher security crackdown targeting 'enemies' of his government. At the funeral of Hisham Barakat, the prosecutor general who was killed Monday by a massive car bomb, the Egyptian president vowed to take unspecified steps to strengthen the hand of authorities, who already wield extraordinary powers to crush dissent." (06/30/15)

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Germany should release courageous al Jazeera journalist Ahmed Mansour

June 23, 2015
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James Bovard JimBovard.com
by Jim Bovard  

"The German government seized one of Al Jazeera's best known and most courageous journalists, Ahmed Mansour, this weekend at the behest of the Egyptian government. Al Jazeera has done some of the best work of any media organization in the world exposing the abuses and oppression of the Egyptian government. It is appalling that a western government would even consider becoming complicit in Egypt's growing tyranny." (06/22/15)

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Germany: Court to consider handing journalist over to Egyptian regime

June 22, 2015
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"A German court will consider an extradition request from Egypt concerning a senior journalist from the al-Jazeera channel. Ahmed Mansour, who works for the network's Arabic-language service, was detained as he tried to board a flight from Berlin to Qatar. A court in Egypt's capital Cairo sentenced him to 15 years in prison in absentia last year on torture charges. ... Al-Jazeera says the claims made against Mr Mansour, who has dual British and Egyptian citizenship, are absurd and false." (06/21/15)

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Egypt: Morsi sentenced to life

June 16, 2015
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Times of India    

"An Egyptian court sentenced ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi to life in prison on Tuesday on charges of spying for Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, and Iran. The court also confirmed death sentences against 16 other defendants on charges of delivering secret documents abroad between 2005 and 2013." (06/16/15)

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Egypt: Policeman sentenced to 15 years in protester’s death

June 11, 2015
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Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Times    

"Over the last two years, hundreds of protesters have died at the hands of Egypt's security forces. But from the beginning, Shaimaa Sabbagh's case was different. She was a young mother. A poet. The circumstances of her death were poignant: Nearly five months ago, she and a small group of activist colleagues were on their way to lay flowers in Cairo’s Tahrir Square in tribute to slain Arab Spring protesters when, those with her testified, police opened fire without warning. And in an age of social media, her dying moments in the arms of another activist, captured in graphic video images and still photos, ricocheted around the Internet, shocking even Egyptians who had become inured to the spectacle of bloodshed in the streets. On Thursday, in a rare such conviction, an Egyptian court found a police officer guilty in Sabbagh’s death and sentenced him to 15 years in prison." (06/11/15)

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Egypt: Mubarak to stand trial again over killing of protesters

June 4, 2015
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swissinfo [Switzerland]    

"Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak will face a second and final retrial over the killing of protesters during the 2011 uprising that ended his 30-year rule, a high court said on Thursday. Mubarak, 87, was originally sentenced to life in prison in 2012 for conspiring to murder 239 demonstrators, sowing chaos and creating a security vacuum during the 18-day revolt, but an appeals court ordered a retrial. In that retrial, an Egyptian court in November dropped its case against him but the public prosecution appealed that." (06/04/15)

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Egypt: Gunmen kill two cops in attack near pyramids

June 3, 2015
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Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Times    

"Unidentified gunmen shot and killed two members of Egypt's tourism police Wednesday in a drive-by attack not far from the country's most iconic tourist attraction, the pyramids of Giza, official reports said. The state news agency MENA said the two motorcycle-borne assailants escaped and that security forces were scouring the Haram district, to the west of Cairo. The Reuters news agency cited a security source as saying the shooting took place about 30 yards from a security checkpoint leading to the Giza plateau, the site of the pyramids and the Sphinx." (06/03/15)

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Egypt: Two Brotherhood leaders arrested ahead of Morsi ruling

June 2, 2015
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The Age [Australia]    

"Egyptian security services have arrested two Muslim Brotherhood leaders, security sources said, a day before a court is expected to give a final ruling on a death sentence recommendation against Mohamed Morsi, Egypt's former Islamist president. The arrests of Mahmoud Ghozlan and Abdul Rahman al-Barr followed the government's announcement on Monday that security forces had disrupted a Brotherhood cell which authorities said was gathering intelligence about state institutions and sending it abroad to foreign parties." (06/02/15)

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Egypt: Islamic State vows attacks against regime judges after state employees kill six

May 21, 2015
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Fox News    

"The leader of an Islamic State affiliate in Egypt has vowed to kill judges and security forces in retaliation for the execution of six suspected militants earlier this week. Abu Osama el-Masri, the leader of the group calling itself the Sinai Province, made his threat in an audio message posted Thursday on social networking sites." (05/21/15)

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Morsi death sentence: A judgment on western liberals

May 19, 2015
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spiked spiked
by Tim Black  

"In June 2012, Mohamed Morsi, a leading figure in the Muslim Brotherhood and then chairman of the Freedom and Justice Party, became Egypt's first freely elected president. The significance of this moment shouldn't be downplayed. If the Egyptian uprising in early 2011 brought an end to decades of often brutal military dictatorship, then the presidential elections the following year were meant to be the start of a freer, more democratic future. Morsi may have been far from a universally popular candidate, but, with 52 per cent of the vote, there was no doubt he was the legitimate victor. Now, less than three years on from what was meant to be Egypt's democratic dawn, Morsi has been sentenced to death." (05/18/15)

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Morsi’s death sentence reminds us of our system

May 18, 2015
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Jacob G Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger  

"It would be difficult to find a better example of tyranny than the U.S.-supported military dictatorship that has ruled Egypt for decades. In many ways, it mirrors the brutal U.S.-supported military dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet in Chile. No legislature. No independent judiciary. No due process of law. And lots of round-ups, kidnappings, torture, and execution of people who protest or who just hold the 'wrong' beliefs. What was the specific crime for which Morsi has received the death penalty? His crime was that he escaped from prison during the Arab Spring uprising against this same brutal military dictatorship, when it was headed was military strongman Hosni Mubarak." (05/18/15)

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Egypt: Regime court sentences Morsi, others to death

May 18, 2015
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"A Cairo court sentenced ousted president Mohamed Morsi to death Saturday on charges of conspiring with foreign militants to break out of prison during Egypt's uprising four years ago. The verdict, which can be appealed, marks a stunning blow to the pro-democracy revolt that saw thousands of Egyptians rise up against an increasingly corrupt police state. ... More than 100 other defendants, most of whom were tried in absentia, were also sentenced to death on the same charges. In a separate case, 16 defendants were given the death penalty for allegedly leaking state secrets to Iran while Morsi was in power." (05/16/15)

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Egypt: Court sentences Morsi to 20 years

April 21, 2015
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"A court in Egypt has sentenced former President Mohammed Morsi to 20 years in prison over the killing of protesters while he was still in power. It is the first ruling he has faced since his ousting and is one of several upcoming trials he faces. Mr Morsi was deposed by the army in July 2013 following mass street protests against his rule. Since then, the authorities have banned his Muslim Brotherhood party and arrested thousands of his supporters." (04/21/15)

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Egypt: Court sentences belly dancer for “insulting” flag

April 20, 2015
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Houston Chronicle Houston Chronicle    

"An Egyptian court has sentenced a popular Armenian belly dancer to six months in prison for 'insulting the Egyptian flag' after she allegedly wore a tight dress in its red, white and black color scheme. ... Insulting the flag was made illegal by decree under Egyptian President Adly Mansour who ruled for a year after the army overthrew an elected but divisive Islamist president in 2013." (04/20/15)

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Egypt: Six regime troops killed in Sinai attack

April 12, 2015
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Reuters    

"Egypt's military said a bomb detonated by militants killed six soldiers and wounded two others in Egypt's North Sinai on Sunday, a region beset by Islamist insurgents. The army said in a statement that 'terrorist and extremist elements' were behind the roadside attack on an armored military vehicle in the town of Sheikh Zuweid. Two of those killed were officers, it said. A Twitter feed that describes itself as the official account for Sinai Province, a militant group that has pledged allegiance to Islamic State, claimed responsibility for the attack." (04/12/15)

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Egypt: Bomb blast on central Cairo bridge kills at least one

April 6, 2015
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Tacoma News Tribune    

"A bomb blast on a bridge leading to an upscale neighborhood in central Cairo killed a policeman and wounded at least two passers-by on Sunday, police said. ... Police spoke on condition of anonymity as they weren't authorized to brief journalists. Attacks mainly targeting Egyptian security forces have spiked since the 2013 military overthrow of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi following massive protests against his divisive rule. The bombings in Cairo have mainly consisted of small, homemade explosives that cause few casualties." (04/05/15)

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