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Egypt’s Sisi says he will run for president

CAIRO - Egypt's army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said Wednesday he had quit the military to run for president, vowing to rid the country of "terrorism" almost nine months after he toppled the elected leader. Sisi, who was also defence minister, faces no serious competition in the election, likely before June, and is expected to win comfortably riding on a wave of popularity for his law and order message. He ...

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Egypt: video of student sexually harassed at university goes viral

By Abdelatif Ait Aazi Casablanca- In a video that went viral on social media, a female university student who can be described as having long blond hair, wearing black pants and a pink sweater, was aggressively harassed both verbally and physically by a group of male colleagues who were shown trying to strip her clothes off her.  The woman took refuge in the bathroom from the dozens of male students who wer ...

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Car bomb at Cairo police HQ kills at least one: officials

CAIRO- A car bomb struck Cairo police headquarters, killing at least one person in a blast heard across the capital, Egyptian police and health ministry officials said.  The explosion sent a large plume of smoke billowing above the city and left a deep crater in the street, an AFP correspondent reported. "It was a car bomb," interior ministry spokesman Hany Abdel Latif told AFP. A health ministry official s ...

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Egypt to announce results of constitutional referendum

Cairo — Official results are due Saturday of an Egyptian referendum billed as a popular endorsement of president Mohamed Morsi's overthrow, with tensions high following deadly clashes between his Islamist supporters and police. At least three people were killed in the clashes Friday, as Morsi supporters faced off with tear gas- firing police in several cities, security officials said. The interim authoritie ...

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Egypt Christians hope for peace after months of unrest

 by Jay DESHMUKH, Haitham EL-TABEI CAIRO- Egypt's Christians rang in the new year Wednesday with prayers for peace after months of unrest, but expressed no regrets over backing the military's overthrow of Islamist president Mohammed Morsi. Coptic Christians, who make up about 10 percent of Egypt's 86 million people and constitute the largest Christian community in the Middle East, have long complained of of ...

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Pro-democracy students usher in New Year with fresh protests

CAIRO- Students also inaugurated a new protest campaign, dubbed "12Elsobh" ("12am"), which aims to mark midnight each day with shouts and chants against "military rule." In the early hours of Wednesday, pro-democracy students at Al-Azhar University rang in the New Year with fresh protests outside their dormitory compound in eastern Cairo. According to eyewitnesses, students staged a march in the Nasr City d ...

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Sisi vows to fight terrorism, make Egypt stable

CAIRO - Egypt's army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who led the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, vowed Thursday to fight terrorism and stabilise the deeply polarised country. "Do not worry or fear, the army will sacrifice for Egypt. We will eliminate" terrorism, Sisi said at a military ceremony, in his first comments after Egypt was rocked by two bomb attacks this week. "Do not allow these t ...

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Egypt orders 18 Brotherhood members held on terror charges: media

CAIRO- Egyptian prosecutors ordered at least 18 Muslim Brotherhood members, including an ex-lawmaker, held on accusations of belonging to a terrorist group, a day after the government blacklisted the movement, state media reported. They include the son of a deputy leader of deposed president Mohamed Morsi's movement, which the government declared yesterday a terrorist organization, the official MENA news ag ...

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Egypt declares Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist group

CAIRO - Egypt's military-installed government declared the Muslim Brotherhood of ousted president Mohamed Morsi a "terrorist" group Wednesday, banning all its activities, including demonstrations, ministers said after a cabinet meeting. Deputy prime minister Hossam Eissa said the movement has been declared a "terrorist" group and social solidarity minister Ahmed al-Borei said the government would ban all it ...

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Egypt courts order 21 women, girl protesters freed

CAIRO - Egypt appeals courts Saturday ordered 14 women jailed after a protest to be freed, reducing 11-year prison terms to one-year suspended sentences, as seven girls were also ordered released. The women's supporters in the Alexandria courtroom chanted "God is great" as the judge pronounced the ruling. The girls, who had initially been sentenced to juvenile detention, were ordered freed by a separate cou ...

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Egypt detains prominent secular activist again

CAIRO- An Egyptian prosecutor ordered Monday the detention of a prominent secular activist for taking part in an unauthorised protest, just a day after he was freed over a similar case, state media reported. Ahmed Maher, founder of the April 6 movement which was one of the main groups that spearheaded the revolt against Hosni Mubarak in 2011, had turned himself in on Saturday after an order for his arrest. ...

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One dead in Muslim-Christian clash in Egypt: report

CAIRO - One man was killed when armed groups of Muslims and Christians clashed in central Egypt over a relationship between a Coptic Christian and a Muslim woman, state news agency MENA reported Friday. It said the Muslim man was killed when violence erupted late Thursday in an area called Deir Muwass in Minya province. The fighting stopped during the night but resumed after Friday prayers when a Muslim mob ...

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