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December 23, 2013 | By Laura King
CAIRO -- Under Egypt's military-backed government, even some distinguished jurists have found it hard to keep from running afoul of the law. Half a dozen leading members of the reformist group Judges for Egypt have been summoned before a judge looking into allegations the jurists formed an illegal organization, the state-owned Ahram website reported Monday. The group, which advocates judicial independence, includes two former justice ministers and a former head of the appeals court, the website said, as well as others prominent members of the legal community.
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December 23, 2013 | By Amro Hassan
CAIRO -- To many of those who took part in Egypt's 2011 revolution against Hosni Mubarak, the death of Bassem Mohsen epitomized that era's dashed hopes. Mohsen, 25, was shot in the head last week during an anti-government protest in his native city of Suez. On Sunday, he was confirmed dead. On Monday, friends and family gathered outside the hospital where the body lay, waiting for official permission for an autopsy to be carried out. The young activist was a veteran of protests against not only Mubarak, but the military administration that followed him, the Islamist rule of Mohamed Morsi, and most recently, the military-backed interim government.
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December 23, 2013 | By Laura King
CAIRO -- A powerful explosion tore through a security headquarters in a city about 75 miles northeast of the capital early Tuesday, killing at least 14 people and injuring more than 100 others, state media reports said. Egyptian authorities described the attack in the Nile Delta city of Mansoura as the most serious of its kind since the military-backed government took power almost six months ago. There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but Egypt's interim prime minister, Hazem Beblawi, called it a terrorist act. Officials swiftly cast blame on Islamist groups, and called the attack an attempt to derail next month's scheduled referendum on the country's new constitution.
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December 23, 2013 | By Amro Hassan and Laura King
CAIRO - To many of those who took part in Egypt's 2011 uprising against Hosni Mubarak, the death of Bassem Mohsen epitomizes the revolution's dashed hopes. Mohsen, 25, was shot in the head last week during an antigovernment protest in his native city of Suez. On Sunday, his death was confirmed. On Monday, friends and family gathered outside the hospital where his body lay, waiting for official permission for an autopsy. The young activist was a veteran of protests against not only Mubarak, but also the military administration that followed, the Islamist rule of Mohamed Morsi and the current authoritarian-minded interim government.
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December 21, 2013 | By Laura King
CAIRO - For the second time in a week, prosecutors have brought new charges against deposed Islamist President Mohamed Morsi, suggesting that Egyptian authorities want to be certain he will be convicted of one offense or another. Morsi, toppled in July by a popularly supported military coup, already faces trial in two other cases  - one on charges of inciting the killing of protesters, and the other on charges of aiding terrorism and espionage. If found guilty, he could face the death penalty.
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December 19, 2013 | By Amro Hassan
CAIRO - In a move that heightened concerns over freedom of expression and other individual rights in Egypt, special police forces raided a human rights center's office in Cairo. Six people were arrested and three computers confiscated in the raid late Wednesday on the Egyptian Center for Economic and Social Rights. Five of those detained were later released, the group said Thursday. "What is currently happening is a clear scenario of suppressing any voice trying to oppose the abuses being practiced" by the Egyptian authorities, said a statement jointly released by 10 Egyptian rights organizations.
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December 19, 2013 | By Laura King and Amro Hassan
CAIRO -- Two sons of ousted autocratic leader Hosni Mubarak, along with his last prime minister, were acquitted Thursday on corruption charges in a case that suggested a reversal of fortune for members of the government overthrown in the so-called Arab Spring of 2011. The acquittal of Mubarak's two sons Gamal and Alaa, together with Ahmed Shafiq, the last prime minister to serve under Mubarak , was a reminder of the near-total power once enjoyed by the president and his inner circle.
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December 18, 2013 | By Amro Hassan
CAIRO -- What's in a word? A lot, if it's a last-minute change to the draft of Egypt's new constitution. Two members of the panel appointed by the government to rewrite the national charter said an alteration was made after the final draft had been voted on by the committee. The document is to be put to a nationwide referendum next month. The change -- amending the phrase “civilian rule” to “civilian government.” -- might not seem like much. But that wording has been contentious in the past.
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December 18, 2013 | By Laura King and Amro Hassan
CAIRO - Egypt's interim government and the Muslim Brotherhood traded fresh blows Wednesday, with the prosecutor general announcing serious new charges against deposed Islamist President Mohamed Morsi and the Brotherhood declaring a boycott of next month's vote on a new constitution. The developments appeared to harden the months-long standoff between the army-backed administration and followers of Morsi, a confrontation that has left thousands of Brotherhood members dead or in jail and harmed the international standing of the government that supplanted his rule.
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December 16, 2013 | By Amro Hassan
CAIRO -- The pictures were supposed to depict a cross-section of Egyptian society. But they somehow didn't look quite right -- and as it turned out, they weren't. A massive banner that was displayed Sunday during a nationally televised news conference kicking off the campaign to win popular approval for a rewritten version of Egypt's constitution showed five people, at least three of whom turned out to be non-Egyptians . Facebook and Twitter users swiftly posted links to stock photographs of the three, depicting a doctor, a businesswoman and a young man.  The doctor appeared in an advertisement on a website that sells treatments for stretch marks.
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