August 13, 2013 |
CAIRO -- Egyptian security forces firing tear gas moved early Wednesday to break up anti-government protests as supporters of deposed president Mohamed Morsi fired slingshots and hurled rocks at advancing police while military helicopters skimmed the Cairo skyline. State TV carried images of black smoke and chaos as security forces, clad in riot gear, pushed toward a sit-in at Cairo University. At a second operation across the Nile, police fired tear gas and bulldozers rolled toward barricades to disperse thousands of pro-Morsi loyalists outside the Rabaa al Adawiya mosque.
August 10, 2013 |
CAIRO - When Hosni Mubarak ruled Egypt, Ahmed Helal was locked up four times in Tora prison, officials' favorite detention facility for perceived enemies of the state. Each time, he was arrested in the middle of the night and thrown in with scores of others whose only offense, they believed, was being Shiite Muslims. But Egypt's Shiite community - a small, reticent minority in a country dominated by Sunni Muslims - would come to view Mubarak's three-decade reign almost as the good old days.
August 4, 2013 |
Yemen's Nobel Peace Prize winner, Tawakul Karman, was turned away at Cairo's airport Sunday when she arrived with the intention of joining protests against the military coup that toppled President Mohamed Morsi. According to various news accounts, Karman was sent back to the United Arab Emirates, where her flight to Egypt had originated. The Associated Press said the move by Egyptian authorities "underlined the government's resolve in dealing with the protests - now in their second month.
July 27, 2013 |
CAIRO -- At least 40 supporters of deposed President Mohamed Morsi were killed by police and other gunmen early Saturday as security forces moved to break up a monthlong demonstration by thousands of Islamists camped outside a Cairo mosque. The death toll could rise. Al Jazeera reported that at least 75 people had been killed and thousands injured in predawn clashes that followed warnings from the army for Morsi's backers, including his Muslim Brotherhood movement, to disperse from the Rabaa al Adawiya mosque.
July 26, 2013 |
CAIRO -- The policemen in their white uniforms and tilted berets are back, patrolling neighborhoods, protecting schools, writing tickets and, when the summer heat reaches its pitch, napping in the clamorous shade along the Nile. Once the reviled face of a repressive state, Egypt's police, like many politicians and public institutions here, are in the midst of reinvention. The reemergence of security forces comes after months of their lying low to create a security vacuum to undermine the government of President Mohamed Morsi.
July 25, 2013 |
The Hollywood Brazilian Film Festival, which focuses on new Brazilian independent fiction films, documentaries and shorts, opens July 31 at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood with the international premiere of guest-of-honor Anna Muylaert's family drama "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" and Rafael Aidar's short film "The Package. " The festival closes Aug. 4 with Muylaert's debut film, "Durval Records. " Muylaert is also one of the jurors for the narrative films competition. Highlights of the festival, which will feature more than 30 L.A. premieres, include Allan Ribeiro's "This Love That Consumes," Joel Pizzini's "Mr. Sganzerla," Felippe Schultz Mussel's "A Place to Take Away" and Marcos Pimental's "Breath.
July 18, 2013
The Tarkovsky classic "Solaris" is one of the great sci-fi mind-benders of our time, but it's also a heartfelt and philosophical series of glimpses into humanity. In it, scientists discover a new planet and try to unlock its mysteries, but in time they learn all too much about themselves. Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., L.A. 7:30 p.m. Fri. $11. Americancinemathequecalendar.com .
July 16, 2013 |
JERUSALEM -- Egypt is sending more troops into Sinai to quell militant activity in the demilitarized area, according to Israeli officials who have veto power over such troop movements under the peace treaty between the two countries. According to Israeli reports , the additional forces include two infantry battalions to be deployed near the towns of Arish and Raffah in the peninsula's northern tip. The move followed a recent attack in Sinai, where militants fired rocket-propelled grenades at a bus carrying workers, killing three people.
July 12, 2013 |
CAIRO - The Obama administration called Friday for Egypt's ousted Islamist president to be released from military detention, as his supporters vowed to continue a massive sit-in until he is returned to power. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the deposed president, Mohamed Morsi, and other leaders of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood have been subject to "politically motivated arrests" since a coup nine days ago. The comments marked the first time the U.S. has publicly called for Morsi's release, but they also reflected the difficult balance the Obama administration is trying to strike.
July 12, 2013 |
CAIRO -- Militants armed with rocket-propelled grenades attacked an Egyptian police checkpoint in the Sinai Peninsula, killing an officer, authorities said Friday. It was the latest in a string of deadly attacks in the lawless northern peninsula, along Egypt's border with Israel, where militants and criminal networks have taken advantage of a security vacuum since the authoritarian Hosni Mubarak regime fell in early 2011. The attacks have escalated since the Egyptian military ousted the Islamist president, Mohamed Morsi, in a coup last week.