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February 25, 2014 | By Amro Hassan
CAIRO -- A day after the sudden resignation of Prime Minister Hazem Beblawi, Egypt's interim president has named a former housing minister to head a new government. The new prime minister, Ibrahim Mehlib, is a former construction contractor who was asked by President Adly Mansour to form a new Cabinet. The formation of a new government has been widely seen as part of an effort to free up the country's de facto ruler, Field Marshal Abdel Fattah Sisi, to run in presidential elections that are expected this spring.
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February 20, 2014 | By Amro Hassan
CAIRO - Twenty journalists, including four foreigners, went on trial Thursday in Egypt on charges of aiding a terrorist organization, but the proceedings were quickly adjourned until March 5. Only eight of the defendants, including Australian reporter Peter Greste, stood before the Giza governorate's criminal court. The rest remain at large and are being tried in absentia. Greste was joined in the defendants' cage by Egyptian Canadian news producer Mohamed Fahmy and journalist Baher Mohamed.
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February 20, 2014 | By Amro Hassan
CAIRO -- Egypt is set to put 20 journalists, including four foreigners, on trial Thursday on terror-related charges in a case with ominous implications for freedom of expression under the military-backed interim government. Many rights groups describe the case as the latest episode of oppression against journalists criticizing the military and the interim Cabinet in general and those allegedly sympathizing with the Muslim Brotherhood in particular. Eight of the 20 reporters are currently detained.
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February 16, 2014 | By Amro Hassan
CAIRO -- Egypt's deposed president Mohamed Morsi appeared in court on Sunday for the first hearing of the case in which he is accused of spying and conspiring to commit acts of terrorism. In what prosecutors called "the biggest conspiracy case in Egypt's history," Morsi and 35 other Muslim Brotherhood leaders are charged with cooperating with Palestine's Hamas, the Lebanese Hezbollah and the Iranian Revolutionary Guard to execute terror attacks in Egypt. Defendants are also accused of disclosing military secrets to a foreign state.
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February 16, 2014 | By Amro Hassan and Kate Linthicum
CAIRO - A bomb blast ripped through a bus packed with tourists Sunday, killing at least four people near Egypt's border with Israel, security officials said, in an attack that threatened to damage the tourist economies of both countries. Three South Korean tourists and the Egyptian bus driver were killed, according to a statement from Egypt's Interior Ministry. No one has claimed responsibility, but several Israeli security experts said the location of the attack suggests it was directed at least in part at Israel.
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February 13, 2014 | By Laura King
CAIRO -- An archaeological team in Egypt has unearthed a rare find: an ornately carved, 3,600-year-old sarcophagus with a well-preserved mummy inside, the country's minister of antiquities said Thursday. The discovery came as welcome news for antiquities authorities, who have been struggling to protect and preserve Egypt's cultural treasures amid three years of nonstop political turmoil. Last month, Cairo's Museum of Islamic Art was badly damaged in a bombing, and poor security conditions have led to looting at sites across the country.
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February 13, 2014 | By Carol J. Williams
MOSCOW -- De facto Egyptian leader Field Marshal Abdel Fattah Sisi on Thursday got an endorsement from Russian President Vladimir Putin for his as-yet undeclared candidacy for president, but there was no immediate indication that a previously discussed $2-billion arms deal has been completed. Sisi and Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy made a rare high-level visit to Moscow in an apparent bid to “diversify” Cairo's diplomatic allegiances. Egypt enjoyed close ties with the Soviet Union during the 1950s and '60s, but for the last four decades has been dependent on U.S. aid and collaboration in developing its defense capabilities.
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February 12, 2014 | By Laura King
CAIRO -- An Egyptian employee of the U.S. Embassy has been detained by police since Jan. 25, an embassy spokesman said Wednesday. The jailed staffer was identified as Ahmed Eleiba. Associates said his work involved monitoring developments concerning political Islam in Egypt -- a sensitive subject in the wake of the popularly supported military coup that deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July. The incident reflected an increasingly aggressive stance by the Egyptian police and judiciary toward anyone suspected of even a tangential connection with the Muslim Brotherhood or any other Islamist group.
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February 8, 2014 | By Amro Hassan
CAIRO -- The retrial of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak resumed Saturday, but was briefly interrupted when the toppled leader reported feeling low blood pressure and medics were called in to assist. Mubarak, along with his two sons, former interior minister Habib El Adly and six security officers stand accused in the death of protesters during January 2011 demonstrations. The court hearing, which journalists and television cameras were barred from attending by a court order citing “national security,” was the second of four sessions where Judge Mahmoud El Rashidi is listening to testimony.
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February 6, 2014 | By Laura King
CAIRO -- Egypt's army on Thursday denied that Field Marshal Abdel Fattah Sisi had told a Kuwaiti newspaper that he was running for president, saying any declaration of his candidacy would be made directly and unequivocally to “the great Egyptian people.” Nonetheless, the story appeared to fit with a drawn-out unveiling of Sisi's intentions, characterized by ever stronger hints. The field marshal, who led the coup that deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi more than seven months ago, would have to relinquish his post as defense minister before formally stating he would run, and a Cabinet reshuffle is thought to be imminent.
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