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Behind Journos' 7-Year Sentence: Vacation Photos?

Trio of al-Jazeera reporters convicted, sentenced today

(Newser) - Egypt today sentenced three al-Jazeera journalists to at least 7 years in prison on charges of supporting the Muslim Brotherhood, which the country has deemed a terrorist organization—in a case that saw the prosecution provide scant and largely unrelated evidence. The men were also charged with creating false footage... More »

Egypt Condemns 683 to Death

Youth movement that helped bring down Mubarak banned

(Newser) - An Egyptian court has sentenced 683 people—among them the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood —to death after an attack on a police station last year that killed a cop. The verdict was met by an outpouring of grief from crowds outside the court, as well as condemnation from... More »

UK Investigates Muslim Brotherhood

Officials fear London could be used for planning

(Newser) - Concerned that London could serve as a terrorist planning ground, David Cameron has ordered an inquiry into the Muslim Brotherhood's activities in Britain, the New York Times reports. Britain's ambassador to Saudi Arabia will lead the inquiry. In the past, Britain has seen the Brotherhood as a relatively... More »

Egypt Tries 682 More— Plus Brotherhood Leader

Lawyers boycott trial presided over by judge who ordered death of 529

(Newser) - A day after sentencing 529 people to death , Egypt launched another mass trial today, this time accusing 683 Muslim Brotherhood members—including the Brotherhood's top spiritual leader, Mohammed Badie—of crimes including murder and inciting violence in connection with a riot at a police station in Minya. Only 68... More »

Egypt Sentences 529 to Death

'Over the top' sentences handed to Morsi supporters will be appealed

(Newser) - A court in Egypt convicted 529 supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohamed Morsi and sentenced them to death on charges of murdering a policeman and attacking police officers during violence last summer. The majority of the defendants were tried in absentia while more than 150 stood trial in unprecedentedly rushed... More »

29 Killed as Egypt Marks Revolution's Anniversary

Many celebrate, call on army chief to run for president

(Newser) - The anniversary of Egypt's 2011 uprising brought a violent display of the country's furious divisions today, as giant crowds danced at government-backed rallies and security forces crushed demonstrations by rival Islamists and some secular activists. Clashes nationwide killed at least 29 protesters, health officials said. The starkly contrasting... More »

Blasts Shake Cairo on Eve of Uprising Anniversary

At least 4 killed in attack on police HQ

(Newser) - Three bombings hit high-profile areas around Cairo today, including a suicide car bomber who struck the city's police headquarters, killing five people in the first major attack on the Egyptian capital as insurgents step up a campaign of violence following the ouster of the Islamist president. The explosions struck... More »

Egypt: Muslim Brotherhood Is a Terrorist Group

Government signals it's looking to get tough

(Newser) - Egypt's military-backed interim government has declared the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist group, a dramatic escalation that gives authorities more power in cracking down on them. Hossam Eissa, the Minister of Higher Education, read out the Cabinet statement after a long meeting today. Eissa said: "The Cabinet has declared... More »

Morsi Blasts Court as His Trial Adjourns

Deposed leader seen for first time since coup

(Newser) - Mohamed Morsi blasted a court as having no jurisdiction and twice declared that he is Egypt's president in the first day of his trial—which was quickly adjourned until Jan. 8. The BBC describes a highly charged scene: Morsi was flown in from a secret location via helicopter, marking... More »

38 Killed in Egypt Street Clashes

Morsi supporters battle cops, pro-military crowds

(Newser) - Thirty-eight people have been killed in clashes between security forces and supporters of ousted Islamist president Morsi in Egypt today, the country's Health Ministry says. Street battles raged for hours in Cairo, as demonstrators fired birdshot and threw firebombs at police who responded with gunshots and tear gas. The... More »

Egypt Outlaws the Muslim Brotherhood

All of its assets can now be seized

(Newser) - An Egyptian court has banned the Muslim Brotherhood and ordered its assets confiscated in a dramatic escalation of a crackdown by the military-backed government against supporters of the ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, Egypt state TV announced today. The ruling, which can be appealed, opens the door for authorities to... More »

Morsi to Stand Trial for 'Inciting Killing and Thuggery'

During 2012 protests

(Newser) - Ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi is headed to court along with 14 other Muslim Brotherhood members for "committing acts of violence, and inciting killing and thuggery," a state prosecutor decided today. The charges relate to violent protests outside the presidential palace in December last year, after Morsi expanded... More »

US Secretly Halts Egypt Aid; Saudis Publicly Fill Void

US ally steps up as major donor of $12B package

(Newser) - Amid reports that the White House is quietly halting US military aid to Egypt—at least temporarily—Saudi Arabia is taking the bold step of announcing it will fill any financial void. Gulf countries are planning a $12 billion package for Egypt, and Saudi Arabia is the biggest donor, the... More »

Egypt Finds Brotherhood Leader's Hiding Place

Mohamed Badie's arrest leaves vacuum at top of organization

(Newser) - In a move expected to further exacerbate tensions, Egyptian authorities have arrested the Muslim Brotherhood's spiritual leader. Mohamed Badie, 70, had been on the run for more than a month after authorities ordered his arrest for inciting the killing of anti-Brotherhood protesters. Authorities say Badie, whose only son was... More »

Mubarak Free by Week's End: Lawyer

Corruption charges against former Egypt strongman are dissipating

(Newser) - As Egypt continues to melt down, with the death toll from days of unrest nearing 1,000, the longtime strongman overthrown in the nation's bloody 2011 revolt is on the verge of becoming a free man. Hosni Mubarak will be released from jail this week, his lawyer tells Reuters... More »

Citing Snipers, Brotherhood Calls Off Rally

Defense minister says 'we will not stand by'

(Newser) - The Muslim Brotherhood today canceled a massive protest against Egypt's military, saying the move was prompted by "the presence of army snipers" positioned along the planned route in the streets of Cairo. Another protest march to the Supreme Constitutional Court was to go forward, reports al-Jazeera , and security... More »

Egypt PM: We Should Ban Muslim Brotherhood

Gov't considers his idea, as security forces storm mosque

(Newser) - With more than 700 now dead in four days of violence, Egypt's PM has proposed a ban on the Muslim Brotherhood, and the government says it's now looking into the possibility, Reuters reports. "There will be no reconciliation with those whose hands have been stained with blood... More »

Son of Top Muslim Brotherhood Leader Killed

Also: Hundreds of protesters barricaded inside Cairo mosque

(Newser) - Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood says a son of its spiritual leader was killed during fierce clashes in downtown Cairo, as hundreds of Islamists supporters of the country's ousted president remained barricaded inside a mosque. The group's political arm said on its official website today that Mohammed Badie's... More »

Dozens Dead in Egypt's 'Day of Rage'

Civilians battle pro-Morsi protesters in gunfights

(Newser) - Supporters of Mohamed Morsi have turned out in force on the streets of Cairo and elsewhere in Egypt in a "day of rage" to protest this week's crackdown. The usual chaos is evident in attempts to get a count on casualties, but a Reuters correspondent reports seeing 27... More »

2 Signs That Egypt Faces Another Brutal Day

Protesters begin hitting the streets after prayers

(Newser) - Two ominous developments suggest Egypt is in for another brutal day: First, the Muslim Brotherhood's website today declares that "the struggle to overthrow this illegitimate regime is an obligation," reports CNN . Second, the government made a point to authorize the use of live ammunition by security forces,... More »

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