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Ajnad Misr, claimed a series of attacks
2014.04.19 02:38:42

A little-known armed group, Ajnad Misr, claimed a series of attacks and vowed new ones targeting Egyptian security forces in a video posted on its Twitter account on Thursday.

In the video titled "Retaliation is life", the group said that it had carried out eight attacks in Cairo since November 20, 2013.

It also said it would launch new attacks as revenge against the abuses inflicted by security forces on women protesters supporting ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.

"Our honor is screaming and asking whether there is a man to retaliate or has manhood died?", the video said. [AFP]



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Canada voices concern on Brotherhood
2014.04.18 11:38:06

Canada has expressed concern about the Muslim Brotherhood just months after British Prime Minister, David Cameron, ordered an inquiry in to the group.

"We are tremendously concerned about the Muslim Brotherhood" Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird told a press conference in Cairo.

[AFP]



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The case against Hazem Salah Abu-Ismail
2014.04.18 01:26:12

An Egyptian court convicted an ultraconservative Islamist and ally of ousted President Mohammed Morsi of forging official documents to conceal that his mother was a US citizen, and sentenced him Wednesday to seven years in prison.

The case against Hazem Salah Abu-Ismail, a lawyer turned TV preacher, dates back to his failed 2012 presidential bid. Abu-Ismail was at one point seen as a strong contender in the race, riding in part on his popularity as a preacher.

Allegations about his mother's citizenship ultimately derailed his campaign hopes, but he remained a popular figure, particularly among young Islamists.

The presiding judge has also slapped Abu-Ismail with two additional one-year sentences after twice finding him in contempt of court. [AP]



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Egyptian court sentenced 119
2014.04.17 01:25:52

An Egyptian court sentenced 119 supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood of former president Mohamed Morsi to three years each in prison on Wednesday in connection with protests last October against his overthrow, judicial sources said.

More than 50 people were killed in the October 6 protests called by Morsi supporters.

Judge Hazem Hashad acquitted six people in the case. They faced charged including unlawful assembly and thuggery.

[Reuters]



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Cairo rocked by bomb blasts
2014.04.16 08:44:58

Two bomb blasts have wounded at least five people in the Egyptian capital.

Two police officers and a civilian were wounded in an attack on Tuesday that blew the roof off a shelter manned by traffic police at a busy intersection in the Dokki neighborhood.

A second bombing wounded two people in western Cairo, according to a security source, who declined to indicate whether the injured were civilians or members of the security forces.

Egypt has been rocked by a series of bombings and shootings since July, when the military ousted Hosni Mubarak.

[AFP]



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Constitution Party will hold press conference
2014.04.16 08:44:13

The liberal Constitution Party will hold a press conference on Wednesday to announce its stance regarding Egypt's upcoming presidential elections, state-run Ahram online reported.

On Monday, a source speaking on the condition of anonymity told Ahram Online that the party will likely announce its support for Hamdeen Sabahi's candidacy during Wednesday's conference.



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Ghali arrested in France
2014.04.16 08:42:58

Former Egyptian finance minister Youssef Boutros Ghali was arrested in France this week on an international warrant over corruption charges from his time in Hosni Mubarak's government, the French foreign ministry said on Tuesday.

Boutros Ghali was sentenced in absentia to 30 years in prison for corruption and abuse of power following the uprising that unseated Mubarak in 2011. He was one of a group of influential economic policymakers close to Mubarak's son Gamal. [Reuters]



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Court banned members of the Muslim Brotherhood
2014.04.16 01:49:41

A court in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria on Tuesday banned members of the Muslim Brotherhood from running in upcoming elections, a lawyer and state media said.

The court authorities to bar any candidacies from Brotherhood members or former members in presidential and parliamentary elections.

Egypt's military-installed authorities are engaged in a deadly crackdown against the Islamist movement, which swept elections in Egypt after the overthrow of president Hosni Mubarak in 2011 but is now blacklisted as a "terrorist group." [AFP]



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Muslim Brotherhood
2014.04.16 01:46:00

State-owned television channels reported that a verdict was issued by Alexandria Urgent Matters Court banning Muslim Brotherhood members form running in upcoming presidential and parliament elections.



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Egypt's presidential election
2014.04.16 01:26:34

Abdel Fattah el-Sisi gained eight times the number of signatures needed to register as a candidate in Egypt's presidential election, according to his campaign.

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Air Berlin cancelled flights to Egypt
2014.04.16 01:22:42

Germany's second-biggest airline, Air Berlin, on Monday said it has cancelled flights this month to Egypt's Sharm el-Sheikh resort on the Red Sea because of deteriorating security for foreign tourists on the Sinai Peninsula.

The suspension will last until April 30 inclusive, a peak period for Europeans seeking a sunny destination during their Easter vacations.

People who have already bought tickets will be reimbursed or offered places on flights to another Egyptian Red Sea resort, Hurghada, located not on the Sinai Peninsula but across the Gulf of Suez.

The airline's announcement follows warnings by Belgium, Germany and Switzerland for their nationals to avoid all the Sinai following stepped up unrest and violence there.

In February, three South Korean tourists were killed in a bomb attack on a bus claimed by an al-Qaeda-inspired group.

Scores of Egyptian policemen and soldiers have been killed in attacks claimed by Sinai-based fighters.

[AFP]



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Student shot dead
2014.04.15 01:10:13

A student was shot dead Monday during clashes between supporters of Egypt's ousted president Mohamed Morsi and police in Cairo University, security officials said.

Clashes erupted when student supporters of Morsi staged protests on university grounds, the officials said, adding that police fired tear gas at from outside the campus and arrested 13 demonstrators.

Clashes were also reported in the University of Zagazig, north of Cairo, where three students were wounded and three were arrested.

Student backers of Morsi have regularly protested on university campuses as a police crackdown on the ousted leader's supporters has weakened their ability to stage large street protests.

A journalist was wounded while covering the clashes in Cairo University, his employer and witnesses said.

Youm 7, an independent newspaper, said Khaled Hussein was shot in the chest.

[AFP]



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Egyptian journalists shot
2014.04.15 01:08:10

The Egyptian Al Ahram newspaper is reporting that two Egyptian journalists were shot and injured while covering clashes at Cairo University between security forces and students.

One student was killed during the Monday clashes, local media said.



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Sisi submitted his bid to run for president
2014.04.15 00:51:01

Egypt's ex-army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Monday officially submitted his bid to run for president, with his lawyer handing over the required documents to the authorities, a spokesman said.

The 59-year-old had declared his intention to run for president in late March.

"Lawyer Abu Shoqa submitted the required documents on behalf of Sisi that include endorsements by citizens, medical reports, and an application for his candidacy," Ahmed Kamel told AFP news agency.

Under Egyptian law, candidates hoping to run for president need to collect at least 25,000 signatures.

"Sisi has already received more than 460,000 signatures from citizens across the country endorsing his candidacy," said Kamel.

The electoral commission is to announce the final field of candidates on May 2, and official campaigning starts a day later
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[AFP]



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Former Egyptian presidential hopeful leader jailed
2014.04.13 11:42:55

An Egyptian court sentenced a former presidential hopeful to one year in prison on Saturday for insulting the court, state news agency MENA reported.

Hazem Salah Abu Ismail is on trial for fraud in a case related to presidential elections in 2012 which brought the now ousted President Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood to power.

Abu Ismail interrupted his court-appointed attorney during Saturday's session and told the judge, "I don't feel like I am before a court," a judicial source told Reuters.

Abu Ismail, who has links to the Brotherhood, was disqualified from that election after reports that his late mother had held a U.S. passport. Under Egypt's election rules, both a candidate's parents must hold only Egyptian citizenship.

He was sentenced to a year in prison in January after making a similar statement.

[Reuters]



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Activist released
2014.04.13 11:39:50

Prominent activist Mahinour al-Masry, who was detained last night in the coastal city of Alexandria, was released on Saturday, state-owned Al-Ahram newspaper reported.

In her first tweet after her release, Mahinour urged citizens to help release four other detainees in Alexandria's prisons.

Al-Masry was arrested on the basis on a two-year prison sentence she has received in absentia last January for breaching a controversial anti-protest law, by taking part in a demonstration demanding its retraction.

The city's prosecutor has postponed interrogations with al-Masry for lack of evidence, according to the newspaper.



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Islamist former presidential hopeful
2014.04.13 03:14:21

An Egyptian court sentenced a hardline Islamist former presidential hopeful to one year in prison on Saturday for insulting the court, state news agency MENA reported.

Salafist preacher Hazem Salah Abu Ismail is on trial for fraud in a case related to presidential elections.

Abu Ismail, who has links to the Brotherhood, was disqualified from that election after reports that his late mother had held a U.S. passport. Under Egypt's election rules, both a candidate's parents must hold only Egyptian citizenship.

Abu Ismail interrupted his court-appointed attorney during Saturday's session and told the judge, "I don't feel like I am before a court," a judicial source told Reuters.

He was sentenced to a year in prison in January after making a similar statement. [Reuters]



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Egypt's minister of electricity
2014.04.13 03:11:05

Egypt's minister of electricity and renewable energy said that the government will not be able to prevent power cuts this summer, an acknowledgment of the severe energy crunch facing the most populous Arab country.

"Eliminating blackouts and reducing loads this summer is impossible," Mohamed Shaker said in comments published on Saturday in the state-run Al-Ahram newspaper.

[Reuters]



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Crude bomb exploded
2014.04.13 03:08:35

A crude bomb exploded on Saturday near a newly built hospital just minutes before it was inaugurated by Egypt's health minister, security officials said, adding that there were no casualties.

The device went off in the city of Kaft, 630 kilometers (around 390 miles) south of Cairo, before Adel al-Adawi arrived for the opening, the officials and state television reported.

The ceremony went ahead as planned. [AFP]



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Student reported killed in protests
2014.04.13 03:03:43

The spokesman for the Students Anti-Coup Movement, Youssof Salhen,  has posted a picture of a student who was reportedly killed during demonstrations in Tanta yesterday.

Said Mohammad, who studied at Al Azhar University, is said to have been shot dead by Egyptian police during an anti-coup protest yesterday.



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