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January 28, 2014 | By Laura King
CAIRO - It was difficult not to read the courtroom scene Tuesday as political metaphor, or perhaps as political theater: Mohamed Morsi, Egypt's ousted Islamist president, pacing and shouting ineffectually in a glassed-in and largely soundproofed defendant's cage. Morsi, the country's first democratically elected president, made his second court appearance since being deposed by the army in July. This time he was appearing on charges of orchestrating a prison break in 2011 amid the chaos of the revolution that toppled longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak.
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January 28, 2014 | By Laura King
CAIRO -- Deposed Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi was put on trial Tuesday on charges of orchestrating a prison break in 2011, state media reported. Morsi, who was ousted nearly seven months ago by the army, is facing four separate court proceedings. Although he has been jailed since early July, Tuesday was just his second court appearance. Two earlier sessions of his separate trials were brief and disorderly. In the first, in November, Morsi and his co-defendants on trial on charges of inciting murder shouted angry slogans at the judge, and the session was adjourned after only a few moments.
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January 27, 2014 | By Laura King
CAIRO--Egypt's top generals gave their blessing to a presidential run by Abdel Fattah Sisi on Monday, the same day he was also promoted to field marshal. Both actions were viewed as indicators of a near-certain candidacy by Egypt's most powerful figure. Sisi, who led a popularly supported coup nearly seven months ago against the country's first democratically elected president, has not declared his political intentions, but even before Monday's endorsement by the top military council, there were growing signs he would do so soon.
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January 26, 2014 | By Laura King
CAIRO - Egypt's military-backed government on Sunday declared its intention to hold presidential elections by mid-April, in what authorities described as a milestone on the path to democracy. The move came amid one of the most sustained crackdowns in decades on political opponents of a sitting Egyptian government. The timing of the vote - now formally set to be held before parliamentary elections - was seen as likely to help key figures in the current administration, particularly army chief Abdel Fattah Sisi, cement their hold on power.
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January 26, 2014 | By Laura King
CAIRO -- A young Los Angeles man working in Egypt as a freelance translator and journalist was freed four days after being detained by Egyptian authorities, the U.S. Embassy said Sunday. Jeremy Hodge, 26, had been picked up on Wednesday at his Cairo apartment by police who also detained his Egyptian roommate, Hossam Meneai, a filmmaker. Meneai was still being held, according to friends of the two. A U.S. Embassy official confirmed Hodge's release, but had no further comment on the case because of privacy considerations.
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January 18, 2014 | By Laura King and Amro Hassan
CAIRO - Setting the stage for a potential presidential run by the country's military chief, Egyptian election authorities declared Saturday that more than 90% of voters had approved a new constitution, according to final official results. Results of the referendum held Tuesday and Wednesday were depicted by the military-backed interim government as a resounding public repudiation of the Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamist movement that Egyptian authorities have spent the last six months trying to crush.
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January 16, 2014 | By Laura King, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
CAIRO -- In a lopsided margin reminiscent of elections held during ex-dictator Hosni Mubarak's decades of rule, unofficial results on Thursday indicated that Egypt's new constitution was approved by nearly 98% of voters. The military-backed interim government had campaigned vigorously for approval of the rewritten charter, casting it as a mandate on its six months in power. The Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamist movement of deposed President Mohamed Morsi, had called for a boycott of the two-day vote.
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January 16, 2014 | By Laura King, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
CAIRO -- Unofficial results Thursday indicated that Egypt's new constitution was approved by about 98% of voters, a lopsided margin reminiscent of elections that were held prior to the uprising against Hosni Mubarak three years ago. The military-backed interim government had campaigned vigorously for approval of the rewritten charter, while the Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamist movement of deposed president Mohamed Morsi, had called for a boycott of...
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January 16, 2014 | By Laura King and Amro Hassan
CAIRO -- An acclaimed documentary tracing the dramatic arc of Egypt's uprising against Hosni Mubarak and the tumultuous events that followed received an Oscar nomination on Thursday -- but most Egyptians haven't had the chance to see it. “The Square,” Egyptian American director Jehane Noujaim's depiction of the 2011 revolution and its aftermath, has yet to have a public showing in this country, although some Egyptians have watched it on DVD...
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January 9, 2014 | By Laura King
CAIRO -- Qatar-based broadcaster Al Jazeera said Thursday that three of its journalists, detained by Egyptian authorities on Dec. 29, had been remanded to an additional 15 days in custody. The three, two of whom hold foreign passports, have been accused of harming Egypt's state security and having links with the Muslim Brotherhood. All work for Al Jazeera's English-language service. The broadcaster, in statements posted on its website, has denied any wrongdoing on the journalists' part and demanded their release.
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