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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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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’s Mussa urges reconciliation before constitution vote

CAIRO- The head of a panel which has drafted a new Egyptian constitution urged the government and its Islamist opponents Sunday to reconcile ahead of January's referendum on the charter. The two-day referendum starting on January 14 is expected to ratify the new constitution and usher in elections for a parliament and president to replace president Mohamed Morsi, ousted by the military in July. Morsi's Musl ...

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Islamists reject Kerry charge they ‘stole’ Egypt revolt

CAIRO: Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood on Friday dismissed comments by US Secretary of State John Kerry accusing them of stealing the revolution, saying Washington backed the ouster of Islamist president Mohammad Morsi. Unrest has spiked in Egypt since the military overthrew Morsi in July following popular protests against his one-year rule and accusations that he concentrated too much power in the hands of the ...

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Jihadists claim murder of Egypt investigator of Islamists

CAIRO- An Al-Qaeda-linked group claimed responsibility on Tuesday for the assassination of an Egyptian officer involved in a crackdown on Islamists following the military's overthrow of president Mohamed Morsi. Ansar Beit al-Maqdis said its militants gunned down Lieutenant Colonel Mohamed Mabruk on Sunday, vowing to carry out more assassinations of officers it accused of imprisoning female protesters. Mabru ...

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Two police officers injured in Egypt church attack

CAIRO- Two police officers were injured late Monday in an attack on a church in Egypt's Gharbiya province, a security source said. Two men on a motorbike opened fire on Abu Sefein Church in Kafr al-Zayat, leaving two police officers manning the church injured with birdshot wounds, the source told Anadolu Agency. Security agencies have launched a manhunt for the attackers, he added. The attack is very simila ...

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22 women, girls on trial for Egypt clashes: prosecutor

CAIRO- Fifteen women and seven girls who back Egypt's ousted president Mohamed Morsi will stand trial for participating in clashes in Alexandria, the general prosecutor's office said on Monday. The girls, all under the age of 18, will be prosecuted in a juvenile court, a statement said. The trial of all the accused will start on Wednesday, the prosecutor's office said, adding that the 22 were accused of fig ...

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Egypt train crashes into vehicles, kills 22

 CAIRO- At least 22 people were killed in Egypt when a train crashed into a mini-bus and other vehicles south of Cairo early Monday, a health ministry official said. State television said the train crashed into three vehicles, including a mini-bus, at a crossing. "Twenty two people have been killed," the ministry's Ahmed al-Ansari told state television, adding the final toll was not likely to increase by mu ...

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Egyptian Doctor Refuses to Examine a Baby Named after General Sisi

Casablanca- Doctors practice one of the noblest professions. It is their duty to ensure the wellbeing of their patients despite their origins, class, age or beliefs, just as lawyers’ duty is to defend their clients regardless of how dreadful their crimes are. Yet, some doctors seem to have a blurry conception of the nobility of their work.    According to Al Arabiya News, an alleged Islamist Egyptian doctor ...

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Muslim Brotherhood leader sues al-Sisi for ‘coup,’ violence

CAIRO– Al-Sisi is widely seen as the chief architect of Morsi's July 3 ouster by Egypt's military establishment following mass protests against his presidency. Senior Muslim Brotherhood leader Essam al-Erian has filed a legal complaint accusing Egyptian Defense Minister Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi of staging a "coup" against elected president Mohamed Morsi and of being responsible for the subsequent political viol ...

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Russia, Egypt locked in talks on military collaboration

 CAIRO- The defence ministers of Russia and Egypt are locked in discussions on military collaboration between their countries, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Thursday during a landmark visit to Cairo. Lavrov and Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu are leading a high level Russian delegation to Cairo on a visit that comes in the wake of a diplomatic spat between Egypt and the United States. S ...

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Egypt recovers 90 ancient artefacts on auction in Jerusalem

CAIRO - Egypt said Sunday that it has recovered 90 ancient artefacts that were put on sale by a Jerusalem auction house, and has asked Israel to find other antiquities and return them to Cairo. The ministry of antiquities said it had asked Israeli authorities to intervene after "spotting in recent weeks a sale of 110 ancient Egyptian artefacts on the website of an auction house in Jerusalem". The auction ho ...

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