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July 19, 2012 | By David Horsey
This has been a week in which someone at the Republican National Committee must have said, "Send in the clowns!" Michele Bachmann, Rush Limbaugh and lesser jesters in the GOP circus were just a few fake noses and a seltzer bottle short of performances worthy of Ringling Bros. Bachmann was the premier buffoon. The Minnesota congresswoman alleged that a top aide to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Huma Abedin, may be a spy for the Muslim Brotherhood. Savvy readers will recall that Abedin is the wife of ex-New York Congressman Anthony Weiner, the twit who got caught tweeting photos of his nether regions.
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April 6, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
Nine months after Egypt's armed forces overthrew the country's democratically elected president, the leader of that coup has announced that he will seek the presidency in elections next month. But even if army chief Gen. Abdel Fattah Sisi receives an overwhelming mandate from voters, he won't be able to restore prosperity and stability to the country if the government continues to repress and imprison political opponents. The United States should use its limited but real influence with Egypt to press Sisi to abandon his siege mentality and open a dialogue with opposition groups.
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July 7, 2013 | By Edmund Sanders, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
CAIRO - A night of largely peaceful protests in Cairo ended early Monday in a bloody clash between Muslim Brotherhood supporters and Egyptian soldiers, according to Muslim Brotherhood officials and Egyptian media. Muslim Brotherhood officials, who are supporting ousted Islamist President Mohamed Morsi, said security forces raided their encampment outside the Republican Guard compound with tear gas and gunfire about 4 a.m.  Supporters of Morsi have been camped there for days demanding the release of the ousted leader, who has been under arrest since a military coup last week.
WORLD
March 26, 2014 | By Laura King and Amro Hassan
CAIRO - Like an Arabian fable, it was the candidacy of a thousand and one hints. After months of carefully choreographed suggestions that he would seek the presidency, Field Marshal Abdel Fattah Sisi, the man who toppled Egypt's first democratically elected president, told the nation Wednesday that he was leaving his military post and embarking on his long-expected campaign. More than three years after the dizzying uprising against dictator Hosni Mubarak, a former air force commander, Sisi's announcement sets the country back on the path to which it hewed for decades: strongman leaders drawn from the ranks of the military.
WORLD
December 25, 2013 | By Laura King and Amro Hassan
CAIRO -- In a sharp escalation of the confrontation between Egypt's military-backed administration and the Muslim Brotherhood, the interim government on Wednesday declared the Islamist movement a terrorist organization. The step gives Egyptian authorities even broader authority to move against the Brotherhood, which already has been the target of a harsh and sustained campaign by security forces and the judicial system. It has been nearly six months since Islamist President Mohamed Morsi was booted out of office by the Egyptian army, following massive nationwide demonstrations demanding his removal.
WORLD
August 20, 2013 | By Jeffrey Fleishman
CAIRO -- Egyptian authorities early Tuesday arrested the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, another demoralizing blow to the Islamist organization amid a crackdown by the military to silence dissent and build support for its control of the nation. Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie was arrested in a Cairo apartment. Dressed in a gray tunic, the 70-year-old spiritual leader looked shaken, sitting next to a bottle of water in police custody. The image distilled the desperation the world's most influential Islamist organization faces against an army that appears determined to crush it. Most of the Brotherhood's top leaders, including Khairat Shater, its chief strategist and financier, and former Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi, who was overthrown in a coup last month, are in detention or have gone underground.
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July 8, 2013 | By Jeffrey Fleishman
CAIRO -- The political wing of the Muslim Brotherhood called for a national uprising in retaliation for an attack by Egyptian security forces Monday that killed at least 42 anti-military protesters during morning prayers. The Freedom and Justice Party “calls on the great Egyptian people to rise up against those who want to steal their revolution with tanks and armored vehicles, even over the dead bodies of the people," it said in a statement. The announcement was a chilling indication of how polarized and dangerous the nation has become in a power struggle between the armed forces and the supporters of former President Mohamed Morsi, a Brotherhood member who last week was deposed in a military coup.
WORLD
January 21, 2014 | By Carol J. Williams
The highest court in the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday convicted 30 Islamists of establishing an "international branch" of the banned Muslim Brotherhood in the wealthy Persian Gulf federation, a case slammed by rights advocates as politically motivated and marred by a catalog of legal abuses. Ten Emiratis and 20 Egyptians were given sentences ranging from three months to five years. There is no right to appeal. Charges included allegations that the men stole classified documents, operated a secret organization and collected aid and donations without government permission, according to the charge list and sentencing details published by Gulf News.
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July 10, 2013 | By Jeffrey Fleishman
CAIRO -- Egyptian prosecutors Wednesday ordered the arrest of Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Badie in an escalating crackdown on the Islamist organization as the new military-installed government prepares the troubled nation for elections in six months. The move against Badie, who is wanted for inciting violence, will further provoke thousands of Brotherhood supporters camped in front of one of Cairo's main mosques. Badie was reportedly arrested last week but appeared at a rally Friday, urging followers to protest until deposed President Mohamed Morsi is reinstated.
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July 4, 2013 | By Edmund Sanders and Rushdi abu Alouf
CAIRO -- As the sudden fall of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood reverberates through the Middle East, perhaps nowhere are events being watched more anxiously than in Gaza Strip, the seaside enclave controlled by the Islamist group's Palestinian spinoff, Hamas. Seeing its Egyptian mentor swept from power after only one year has unnerved many Hamas leaders, despite the group's tight political and security control over Gaza. Hamas leaders so far have said little publicly. "The movement does not interfere in Egyptian affairs," Hamas lawmaker Yahia Moussa said Thursday.
WORLD
March 19, 2014 | By Laura King
CAIRO - Heavily armed Egyptian forces swooped down Wednesday on a suspected militant arms cache and bomb factory, triggering a firefight that left two high-ranking military officers dead, officials and state media said. At least five insurgents were also killed in the hours-long shootout north of Cairo and four others were arrested, the Interior Ministry said. Officials said the hideout belonged to Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, or Partisans of Jerusalem, an armed Islamist group that has carried out a number of sophisticated attacks in recent months.
WORLD
March 5, 2014 | By Laura King and Amro Hassan
CAIRO - Prosecutors in Egypt on Wednesday displayed seized items such as cameras, cables and microphones as evidence in the trial of 20 journalists on terrorism-related charges. Defendants in white prison uniforms looked on from inside a metal cage at a high-security Cairo prison. The case has drawn sharp criticism from media advocacy groups, human rights organizations and Western governments. Four of the accused are Westerners, but only one of them, Australian correspondent Peter Greste, is in Egyptian custody.
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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.
WORLD
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.
WORLD
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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September 23, 2013 | By Laura King and Ingy Hassieb
CAIRO -- An Egyptian court on Monday banned the Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamist group that was the chief supporter of deposed president Mohamed Morsi, and ordered all of the organization's assets confiscated. The interim government has been steadily escalating a crackdown on the group since the July 3 coup that toppled Morsi, but this represents by far the most drastic step against it to date. Most of the Brotherhood's leadership is imprisoned, including Morsi, and those who are not in jail have gone into hiding.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 13, 2014 | By Jeffrey Fleishman
Egypt's revolution of three years ago - an incandescent burst of defiance that brought down a dictator and astonished the world - died in the early hours of its birth. The nation, like a man ambling through the dark, tumbled through a façade of democracy. The military and the Muslim Brotherhood, the state's ultimate and diametrically opposed powers, sabotaged the spirit for change that embodied the flags and faces of their countrymen. The revolution, if it can even be called that now, has become a dangerous hope for idealists.
WORLD
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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