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Post by Addie » Sat May 16, 2015 9:37 am

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Court Sentences Egypt's Ousted President to Death



CAIRO — An Egyptian court has sentenced ousted President Mohammed Morsi to death.



The verdict was announced Saturday in Cairo.



As is customary in passing capital punishment, Judge Shaaban el-Shami referred his death sentence on Morsi and more than 20 others to the nation's top Muslim theologian, or mufti, for his non-binding opinion.



Morsi, Egypt's first freely elected president, was ousted by the military in July 2013 following days of mass street protests by Egyptians demanding that he be removed because of his divisive policies.



The ousted leader already is serving a 20-year sentence following his conviction on April 21 on charges linked to the killing of protesters outside a Cairo presidential palace in December 2012.














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WaPohttp://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_eas ... story.html Suicide bombers target Egypt’s famed temple site at LuxorCAIRO — Multiple suicide bombers targeted Egypt’s famed Karnak temple in the ancient city of Luxor on Wednesday, injuring at least four people in an attempt by militants to strike another blow on Egypt’s already fragile tourism industry.Egypt’s Interior Ministry said two attackers were killed and a third was wounded in a foiled “terrorist attack,” which reports said injured four Egyptians but no tourists.Egypt’s state-run MENA said the attackers tried to target a tourist bus before coming under fire from security forces.MENA, citing the Interior Ministry, said at least one attacker breached barricades and detonated explosives inside the temple, part of a complex started 4,000 years ago and built over many centuries. ...There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack in Luxor, about 300 miles south of Cairo on the Nile River.


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Reutershttp://www.reuters.com/article/2015/06/29/us-e ... UA20150629 Car bomb wounds Egypt's public prosecutor in Cairo Egypt's public prosecutor was injured when a car bomb struck his convoy as it was leaving his home in Cairo on Monday, in a high-profile attack against the judiciary, security and judicial sources said.The sources initially said a car bomber had rammed into the convoy but later said it seemed the car bomb had been remotely detonated in an attack which also wounded two civilians and two policemen.Judges and other officials have increasingly been targeted by Islamist militants opposed to President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and apparently angered by hefty prison sentences imposed on members of the now-outlawed Muslim Brotherhood.Assistant public prosecutor Zakariya Abdel Aziz said the attack was an assassination attempt on Hisham Barakat, after a car bomb exploded just as he left his home in the neighborhood of Heliopolis for his office. The extent of his injuries was not reported.


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WSJhttp://www.wsj.com/articles/egypts-top-prosecu ... 1435584617 Egypt’s Top Prosecutor Hisham Barakat Dies After Convoy Is AttackedCAIRO—Egypt’s top prosecutor died Monday from wounds suffered when a bomb exploded near his motorcade as it traveled through an upscale Cairo neighborhood, state television said.Initial reports had said Hisham Barakat was being treated for a dislocated shoulder and other injuries at a hospital near the site of the morning blast in Heliopolis. Six members of Mr. Barakat’s security detail and a bystander also were wounded, a Health Ministry official was quoted as saying.Egypt’s State Information Service said President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi and his cabinet mourned Mr. Barakat.A militant group calling itself the Popular Resistance in Giza claimed responsibility for the attack on Monday afternoon local time. A Twitter account linked to the group later retracted the claim.No other group took immediate responsibility for the attack.


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Al Ahramhttp://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/134242/Egypt/Politics-/Egypt-arrests--over-claiming-responsibility-for-ge.aspx Egypt arrests 20 over claiming responsibility for general prosecutor assassination Twenty people have been arrested by security forces over accusations they are behind the Facebook page dubbed "The Popular Resistance" which claimed responsibility for the assassination of Egypt's top general prosecutor Hisham Barakat on Monday.Al Ahram Arabic website reported on Wednesday that the administrators of the pages were located in different places in Cairo and Giza. Some "criminal research units" affiliated with the ministry of interior are chasing others over the same accusations.Units from the National Security Agency are raiding some alleged terrorist-linked hotbeds in Cairo's outskirts following Barakat's assassination near his home in the upscale district of Heliopolis. ...Meanwhile, security experts doubt that the "The Popular Resistance" Facebook page is behind the attack, as they believe that the technical implementation of the explosion suggested that it might have been conducted by the Islamic State-affiliated jihadist group Sinai Province, previously known as Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis.On Monday, the group released a video that shows their attack on judges in North Sinai's Al-Arish in May. A title at the bottom of the screen reads "Assassination of five of the tyrant's judges."


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NBC News Cairo Explosion: Italy's Consulate Struck By Car Bomb, 1 KilledCAIRO — A large car bomb destroyed the building housing Italy's consulate in downtown Cairo on Saturday, killing at least one person and injuring eight more, according to Egyptian officials."Our Cairo consulate has been bombed. There were no Italian victims. We stand close to the people affected and to the staff. Italy will not be intimidated," Italian foreign minister Paolo Gentiloni said in a statement on Twitter.The 6:30 a.m. (12:30 a.m. ET)-blast "resulted in the destruction of the Italian Consulate building, the exterior fence and cracks in facades of surrounding buildings," the Interior Ministry said in a statement.It killed a "passerby" and injured eight people, the ministry's added. One policeman and one civilian were among those injured, an Egyptian security official said earlier. ...The blast tore through underground water pipes, flooding the area, and badly damaged the distinctive consulate building.


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Post by Addie » Thu Aug 20, 2015 8:52 am

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Massive IS Car Bomb Hits Cairo Security Building, Wounds 29

CAIRO — A massive car bomb claimed by Islamic State militants ripped into a national security building in a working class residential neighborhood in Cairo early Thursday, wounding at least 29 people and blowing the facades off nearby buildings.

The blast, which went off around 2 a.m., demolished a wall in front of the government building, smashed its structure and left gaping holes exposing its offices. Of those hurt, 11 were police and soldiers. No deaths were reported. ...

Egypt has been wracked by a wave of attacks since President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi overthrew Morsi and launched a heavy crackdown against his supporters and dissent in general.

Last weekend, he decreed a new anti-terrorism law presented amid a wave of violence and killings this summer. The far-reaching new law sets a sweeping definition for who can face a harsh set of punishments. Journalists can be fined for reporting that contradicts Defense Ministry statements.

Egypt has lacked a legislature for three years, and since being elected a little over a year ago, el-Sissi has single-handedly passed dozens of laws.


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Post by Addie » Sat Sep 12, 2015 10:40 am

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Egypt government resigns amid corruption inquiry

Egypt's government has resigned and the country's oil minister has been asked to form a new cabinet within a week, the office of President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has said.

No official reason was given for the government's resignation. ...

A senior government official quoted by AFP news agency said the reshuffle was to "pump new blood" into the government following the arrest of agriculture minister Salah Helal.

Shortly before his arrest, Mr Helal had resigned on the orders of President Sisi.

Reports said the arrest was in connection with allegations that officials took bribes to help businessmen illegally acquire state land.

Mr Sisi has promised to make the fight against corruption a focus of his administration.


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Post by Addie » Mon Sep 14, 2015 10:14 am

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In Egypt, terrorists used to target tourists. Now the army kills tourists it thinks are terrorists. ...

On Monday, Egypt's Interior Ministry revealed that 12 people, including at least two Mexican citizens, had been killed in an attack on a tourist convoy in the remote western desert. This time, however, the perpetrators weren't terrorists. They were a joint police-military patrol.

In a statement posted on Facebook, the Interior Ministry said that the group had been in a prohibited area during an operation against terrorist groups and that an investigation would be conducted to determine the "justification for the presence of the tour group." An account given by the Egyptian tour operator to the Spanish newspaper El Mundo seemed to contradict this, saying that the tourists had been eating at a rest stop in an unrestricted area when they were targeted by Egyptian warplanes. ...

Among commentators online, there were widespread doubts about Egypt's explanation as to why forces fired upon the western desert convoy, with some noting that the Egyptian government had killed more tourists recently than the insurgency it fights: a brutal irony, given Egypt's history of terrorist attacks against tourists, as Egyptian-born writer Mona Eltahawy noted on Twitter. ...

Perhaps the most damning comment came on Facebook from Mahmoud Salem, a blogger and activist. "The tourists are to blame," he wrote. "They did venture into an 'unsafe zone.' It's called Egypt."

"Don't come here," Salem concluded.


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Mexican tourists killed by Egyptian security forces

The tourists were travelling in four vehicles that entered a restricted zone in the Wahat area of the Western Desert, the ministry said. Sources said eight of those killed were Mexicans.

Ten Mexicans and Egyptians were also injured. ...

Egypt's interior ministry said the four vehicles the tourists were travelling in were "mistakenly dealt with" during a joint military police and armed forces operation.

It said the incident happened on Sunday in an area that "was off limits to foreign tourists", but it did not give an exact location.

Survivors said they suffered an "aerial attack" after stopping for a meal, according to Mexican Foreign Minister Claudia Ruiz Massieu. She could only confirm that two Mexican nationals had been killed. ...

Another local source - who claims to have spoken to a driver who survived the incident - told the BBC the tourists even had a police escort.

He said the safari was organised by a local hotel which co-ordinated with the security forces.


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Post by Addie » Fri Oct 23, 2015 11:11 am

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Egypt police arrest senior Muslim Brotherhood leader

CAIRO — Egypt’s interior ministry says authorities have arrested a senior leader and financier of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, the latest in the country’s security crackdown on Islamists.

Friday’s statement says businessman Hassan Malik was arrested Thursday in his Cairo home for “exacerbating the instability of the dollar exchange rate.”

The Brotherhood was banned after the 2013 military overthrow of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi, who hailed from the group. Malik was one of the few prominent Brotherhood members to remain in Cairo and out of prison. ...

Egypt’s economy is still reeling from years of turmoil following the 2011 toppling of longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak.


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Post by Addie » Fri Dec 25, 2015 9:46 am

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Egypt’s President Sisi Urges Islamic Scholars to Send Christmas Greetings, Calls for Reform

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi has urged reform of Islamic discourse and called on Islamic scholars to send Christmas greetings to Christians.

In a speech marking Mulid El-Nabi, the anniversary of Prophet Muhammad’s birth, President Sisi said that everyone should have the freedom to choose what religion and belief to follow without fear. President Sisi said that Islam calls for peaceful unity between different religions and beliefs and condemns violence.

“We talk a lot about the importance of reforming religious discourse,” said President Sisi in a televised speech to Islamic scholars. ...

“God did not create the world for the ‘ummah’ [Arabic for ‘nation’ or ‘community’] to be alone. [He didn’t create it] for one community, but for communities. [He didn’t create it] for one religion, but for religions,” added President Sisi.


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Post by Flatpointhigh » Fri Dec 25, 2015 2:12 pm

Well, Sisi just put a yooooooge target on his back.



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Post by Addie » Fri Jan 08, 2016 2:42 pm

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Gunmen open fire at Egyptian hotel popular with tourists

Gunmen opened fire at the entrance of a hotel in the Egyptian Red Sea resort city of Hurghada on Friday, wounding two foreign tourists, security sources said.

The assailants had arrived by sea to launch the assault, the sources said.

The Islamic State militant group said on Friday an attack on Israeli tourists in Cairo on Thursday was carried out by its fighters, in response to a call by the group's leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, to target Jews "everywhere."

Security sources said those tourists were Israeli Arabs. None were hurt and Egyptian authorities said the attack was aimed at security forces.
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Gunmen attempt to storm hotel in Egyptian coastal city

(CNN)Two gunmen attempted to storm a hotel and take guests hostage in the Egyptian coastal city of Hurghada, according to state run al-Ahram news agency.

There are reports of some injuries, al-Ahram reported.

The news agency is also reporting that police have the assailants surrounded and shut down all the streets in the vicinity of the hotel.

Hurghada is a resort town along Egypt's Red Sea coast, located about 280 miles (451km) from Cairo.


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Egypt attack: Three tourists stabbed at Hurghada hotel

Three foreign tourists have been injured after attackers stormed into a hotel in the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Hurghada.

The two attackers were killed by security forces at the four-star Bella Vista hotel.

The tourists - whose nationalities are not yet known - were stabbed but their wounds are not serious.

The assailants were aiming to kidnap tourists and one wore an explosive belt, Egyptian officials told the BBC.

The BBC's Sally Nabil in Cairo says Hurghada remains on high alert with all roads in and out closed off. Police forces are still searching for possible further attackers, she says.


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Egypt jails Coptic Christians for insulting Islam

An Egyptian court has sentenced three Coptic Christian teenagers to five years in prison for insulting Islam after they appeared in a video apparently mocking Muslim prayers.

A fourth defendant was sent to a juvenile detention centre by the court in the central province of Minya.

The teenagers argued they were mocking beheadings by the Islamic State group. ...

The video was published online last April - shortly after IS jihadists beheaded dozens of Egyptian Christians in Libya. ...

Under Egyptian law, a person can be jailed for up to five years and fined for religious blasphemy.


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Post by Addie » Sun Mar 20, 2016 11:33 am

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Egyptian police die in mortar attack

(CNN)Thirteen Egyptian policemen were killed in a mortar attack in Sinai, the country's Interior Ministry said via Facebook on Saturday.

The mortar round targeted a checkpoint in al-Arish, according to the ministry. In a statement posted online, ISIS claimed responsibility.

Egyptian state media reported that "security forces are currently undertaking operations to catch the armed men, who launched mortar shells at the checkpoint in the El-Safa neighborhood of the city."


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Egypt: Court Refers Six Defendants to Grand Mufti in 'Qatar Espionage' Case

Cairo — A Cairo criminal court referred on Saturday six defendants to the Grand Mufti in the 'Qatar espionage' case to give his religious opinion after the court handed them death sentences.

The case involves 11 defendants including former president Mohamed Mursi.

The ruling for the rest of the defendants in the case, including Mursi, has been postponed to June 18.

Mursi, who was ousted in July 2013, and the rest of the defendants, including two of his aides, are accused of leaking classified national intelligence to the Qatari intelligence.

The six defendants who received death sentences include a documentary filmmaker Ahmed Afifi, a flight attendant Mohamed Kilany and a teaching assistant in the Misr University for Sciences and Technology Ahmed Ismail.

Asmaa al-Khatb. reporter for RASSD news network, along with Alaa Sablan and Ibrahim Helal, who both work for Qatari Al Jazeera channel, also received death sentences.


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Post by Addie » Thu May 26, 2016 12:08 pm

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Muslim Mob Attacked Christian Homes in Egyptian Province

A Muslim mob stripped an elderly Christian woman and paraded her naked on the streets in an attack last week in which seven Christian homes were also ransacked and torched in a province south of the Egyptian capital.

According to the local Orthodox Coptic church and security officials, the assault in the Minya province village of Karama on Friday began after rumors spread that the elderly woman's son had an affair with a Muslim woman — a taboo in conservative Egypt.

Police have arrested six men suspected of taking part in the violence and are looking for 12 more, the security officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.

Anba Makarios, Minya's top Christian cleric, told a talk show host on the private Dream TV network that the 70-year-old woman was dragged out of her home by the mob who beat her and insulted her before they stripped her off her clothes and forced her to walk through the streets as they chanted Allahu Akbar, or "God is great." ...

Criminal gangs have often targeted wealthy Christian families south of Cairo in recent years, kidnapping their children for ransom. There have also been scores of cases in recent years of underage Christian girls lured away from their families by Muslim men who force them to convert and keep them in hiding until they reach adulthood. Christians often complain that police don't do enough to pursue the Muslim perpetrators.


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Egyptian ex-president Mohamed Morsy's death sentence overturned

(CNN)An Egyptian court on Tuesday overturned the death sentence handed to ousted President Mohamed Morsy.

The Court of Cassation overturned the May 2015 sentence and ordered a new trial.

Morsy had been sentenced to death over a jailbreak during the chaos of the 2011 Arab Spring protests.

Morsy and the political wing of the Muslim Brotherhood movement were voted into power in 2012 following the uprising, but were ousted in 2013 in a military coup.

He was tried en mass with Mohamed Badie -- the spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood -- as well as more than 100 alleged members of the outlawed group, according to state media. Their sentences were also overturned.


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LL poster wrote:ISIS Destroys Several Historic Graveyards In Egypt

(Uploaded purely as documentation of this crime against humanity) Video confirmation of recently circulating rumors about ISIS flattening several historic graveyards that have been in use to this day. Filmed in the many ISIS held locations in the Sinai Desert.
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Bombings at Egyptian Coptic churches kill 36, injure more than 100

At least 36 people were killed and more than 100 injured in bomb attacks on two Coptic churches on Palm Sunday, in the latest assault on a religious minority increasingly targeted by Islamist militants.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attacks, which come a week before Coptic Easter and in the same month that Pope Francis is scheduled to visit Egypt.

The first bombing, in Tanta, a Nile Delta city less than 100 kilometers outside Cairo, killed at least 25 and injured at least 78, Egypt's Ministry of Health said.

The second, carried out just a few hours later by a suicide bomber in Alexandria, hit the historic seat of the Coptic Pope, killing 11, including three police officers, and injuring 35, the ministry added. ...

The bombings come as Islamic State's branch in Egypt appears to be stepping up attacks and threats against Christians.


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Egypt's President Sisi orders troop deployment after church bombings

Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ordered military troops be deployed across the country on Sunday, his office said in a statement, after 43 people were killed in bomb attacks on two churches.

"President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces has ordered units from the military to immediately deploy and assist the civilian police in securing vital facilities in all provinces of the republic," his office said in a statement.
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CNN: ISIS claims responsibility for Egypt's Palm Sunday church bombings


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Bombings at Egyptian Coptic churches kill 36, injure more than 100

At least 36 people were killed and more than 100 injured in bomb attacks on two Coptic churches on Palm Sunday, in the latest assault on a religious minority increasingly targeted by Islamist militants.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attacks, which come a week before Coptic Easter and in the same month that Pope Francis is scheduled to visit Egypt.

The first bombing, in Tanta, a Nile Delta city less than 100 kilometers outside Cairo, killed at least 25 and injured at least 78, Egypt's Ministry of Health said.

The second, carried out just a few hours later by a suicide bomber in Alexandria, hit the historic seat of the Coptic Pope, killing 11, including three police officers, and injuring 35, the ministry added. ...

The bombings come as Islamic State's branch in Egypt appears to be stepping up attacks and threats against Christians.
I guess that is this cam clip, a guy tries to pass a checkpoint, is ordered back to pass a metal detector, likely triggering an alert, rather than seeing him turn back within a couple of seconds, BOOM!

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Egypt: 26 dead as gunmen fire on bus carrying Coptic Christians
By Nagwa el-Hamzawi, Housam Ahmed and Angela Dewan, CNN
Updated 1436 GMT (2236 HKT) May 26, 2017

25 others are injured, some of them in critical condition
Men, women and children are among the dead and injured


Cairo, Egypt (CNN)Twenty-six people have been killed in Egypt after unidentified gunmen opened fire on a bus carrying Coptic Christians in what officials are calling a terror attack.

Ten assailants wearing fatigues and face masks fired on the passengers from three four-wheel drive vehicles, Egypt's Interior Ministry told CNN.
The Christians were traveling Friday to a monastery, St. Samuel the Confessor, around 100 km (62 miles) northwest of the city of Minya when they came under fire, the ministry said.

Twenty-five others were also injured, some of whom are now in critical condition, Health Ministry spokesman Khaled Mugahed told state-run TV al-Masriya. Men, women and children are among the dead and injured, and 50 ambulances are now at the scene, he said.
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