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US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel
2014.04.24 02:33:08

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has informed his Egyptian counterpart of President Obama's decision to deliver 10 Apache helicopters in support of Egypt’s counter-terrorism operations in the Sinai.

A statement from the Department of Defense says the US believes these new helicopters will help the Egyptian government "counter extremists who threaten U.S., Egyptian, and Israeli security.

This is one element of the president’s broader efforts to work with partners across the region to build their capacity to counter terrorist threats, and is the United States’ national security interest."



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State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki
2014.04.24 02:15:38

The email from US State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki has, according to a congressional aide, cleared the way for the release of US Apache helicopters to Egypt and some of its annual $1.3bn military assistance package to the country so it can deal with security and counter-terrorism.

The unnamed congressional aide is cited in a report from the news agency Associated Press.



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Kerry spoke with Egyptian Foreign Minister Fahmy
2014.04.24 01:48:18

US Secretary of State John Kerry spoke with Egyptian Foreign Minister Fahmy on Tuesday.

In a statement from US State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki, Kerry noted that "he is not yet able to certify that Egypt is taking steps to support a democratic transition" and urged Egypt to conduct "free, fair and transparent elections".

The elections are due to take place on May 26 and 27. Retired army chief Abdel Fattah el-Sisi is widely expected to win the vote.



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Al Jazeera English journalists
2014.04.23 01:07:08

Three Al Jazeera English journalists have appeared in a court in Egypt for a sixth time, accused of spreading news and belonging to the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood.

The trial of correspondent Peter Greste and producers Mohammed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed, who have been in jail for more than three months, resumed on Tuesday.

Al Jazeera strongly rejects all the charges and calls for the immediate release of its staff.

To read the full story, click here.



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Sabahi only rival to Sisi in presidential poll
2014.04.21 04:05:37

The former army general who toppled Egypt's first freely elected president will face a leftist politician in next month's presidential election, as they were the only candidates to enter before nominations closed, the committee organizing the vote said .

The committee said on Sunday that it had received paperwork from former army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and former parliamentarian and presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabahi, it said at a news conference several hours after the deadline had passed.

Abdelaziz Salman, secretary-general of the Presidential Elections Committee, said that Sisi had submitted 188,930 signatures endorsing his candidacy to the committee, and Sabahi had submitted 31,555.

The required number was 25,000.

The committee will announce the official list of candidates on May 2 for the vote on May 26-27. Sisi, who deposed Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood last year, is expected to win the vote easily.

[Reuters]



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Egypt's Interior Ministry
2014.04.21 04:02:22

Egypt's Interior Ministry says gunmen have killed a captain from the intelligence services and a policeman on a desert road outside Cairo.

The ministry's media center said the joint security patrol was trying to stop a suspicious vehicle on the road to the canal city of Suez early Sunday when its occupants opened fire.

Captain Ashraf Badeer al-Qazaz was killed in the firefight, along with a policeman from the central security force. The assailants managed to flee.

On Saturday, a militant group called Ajnad Misr, or ``Egypt's Soldiers,'' claimed responsibility for a bombing that killed a police officer late Friday in Cairo. The group said it is waging a campaign of retribution for the killing and detentions of protesters and young Egyptians. [AP]



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Police officer and a conscript were killed
2014.04.21 03:09:23

A police officer and a conscript were killed after armed attackers opened fire on their patrol car, Egypt's interior ministry announced on Sunday, the latest deadly assault against the country's security forces. [AFP]



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Egypt's censorship board
2014.04.21 03:00:46

The head of Egypt's censorship board says he has resigned after the country's prime minister overruled his decision to allow a film starring a sultry Lebanese singer be shown.

Ahmed Awad, undersecretary to the culture minister and head of the censorship authority, told The Associated Press on Saturday that he had submitted his resignation Thursday morning in response to Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab's decision to stop the film from being shown.

Awad says: ``I did this out of respect for myself.'' [AP]



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Youssef off air
2014.04.21 02:43:08

Egypt's TV satirist Bassem Youssef off air until after presidential race to avoid influencing voters. [AP]



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Senior leader of Muslim Brotherhood sentenced
2014.04.20 02:24:12

An Egyptian court sentenced a senior leader of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood to a year in jail for insulting a prosecutor, judicial sources said.

Mohamed Beltagi and Morsi were both in court Saturday accused of inciting the killing of opposition protesters outside the presidential palace in Cairo in December 2012.

Their trial is part of a relentless crackdown targeting Morsi and the Brotherhood since the military ousted him in a military coup in July 2013.

The sources said Beltagi, who is currently in custody along with scores of  other Brotherhood leaders, was condemned for "insulting" a prosecutor during  Saturday's hearing, but without elaborating.

It is the first time a senior member of the Brotherhood has been given a jail sentence since Morsi's ouster.

Beltagi's lawyer Mohammed Abu Leila told AFP news agency that such sentences cannot be appealed.

Both Morsi and Beltagi are also on trial in two other cases on jailbreak and espionage charges.

If found guilty, the defendants could face the death penalty.

[AFP]



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Egyptian militant group Ajnad Misr
2014.04.20 02:21:38

The Egyptian militant group Ajnad Misr has claimed responsibility for a blast that killed one police officer in Cairo.

The bomb exploded in Cairo's Lebanon Square on Friday night, killing the officer and wounding another.

Ajnad Misr, or Soldiers of Egypt, said in a statement on an Islamist website that its militants had monitored a police checkpoint in the square before detonating the bomb.

The group formally announced itself in January saying it would target "criminal elements" in the military-backed government.

It has claimed at least six attacks since then, including explosions outside Cairo University which killed a police brigadier-general and one other person earlier this month.

[Reuters]



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Al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahri
2014.04.20 02:20:05

Al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahri has given his blessing to attacks of Egyptian jihadis on the police and army, but said they should avoid harming civilians.

In an audio interview with al-Qaida media arm as-Sahab posted early Saturday on a militant website, al-Zawahri advised jihadis that any armed confrontation should be popularly supported and that victory cannot be achieved without this support.

Al-Zawahri said the jihadis should choose their targets very carefully and explain the aims of each operation to the people.

He also harshly criticized Egypt's ultraconservative Islamist al-Nour Party, accusing it of deceit and deception by supporting the military backed interim government and secular constitution, which he considers void. [AP]



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Leftist presidential hopeful Hamdeen Sabahi
2014.04.20 02:18:11

Today; Leftist presidential hopeful Hamdeen Sabahi has officially submitted about 33000 signatories “ statements of support” to run for president.

Sabahi is one of several public figures who have recently announced their bids. He is a former presidential contender, came third in the 2012 presidential elections.

Sunday; April 20th  is the final day for any candidate hoping to run for president to submit 25000 signatures backing his presidential run from at least 15 of the country’s governorates out of Egypt's 27 provinces. [Reuters]



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Cairo Criminal Court will resume Sunday
2014.04.20 01:29:59

On Sunday; Cairo Criminal Court will resume an eyewitness hearing session in the trial of deposed president Mohamed Morsi and 14 other defendants including several top Muslim Brotherhood leaders over charges of inciting the killing of protesters outside Ittihadiya presidential palace in December 2012.

Seven of the defendants are being tried in absentia.

In December 2012, clashes between Morsi supporters and opponents had broken out outside Ittihadiya Palace when Morsi issued a controversial constitutional declaration immunizing his decisions against challenge.

While a total of 11 people – including eight Morsi supporters – were killed in clashes between pro- and anti-Morsi protesters, the trial only addresses the death of one reporter and two anti-Morsi protesters.



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Clashes between Muslims and Coptics
2014.04.20 01:28:48

Clashes erupted during the early hours of Saturday between Muslim and Coptic residents in Khosous residents, as fire arms were used in an outbreak of violence near Mary Girgis Church in Qalyubia governorate (North Egypt in The Nile Delta region), state-run television reported.

The clashes resulted in several injuries and at least one death. Ambulances arrived to the site of the incident to transport the injured to Matariya Hospital, Youm7 reported.



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Egyptian police officer killed
2014.04.20 01:25:17

An Egyptian police officer was killed on Friday evening when a bomb targeting a traffic police kiosk in Cairo exploded, security officials said, the latest of such attacks.

A policeman and a civilian were also wounded when assailants threw the bomb from a nearby bridge onto the kiosk, located on a main square of the Egyptian capital, the officials said. [AFP]



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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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