Mohamed Morsi

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Egypt's Morsi Gets 20 Years

Ousted leader flashes 4-finger sign of defiance

(Newser) - In the first verdict to be issued against Egypt's first freely elected leader, ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi has been sentenced to 20 years in prison over the killing of protesters in 2012. As the sentence was issued, Morsi and other defendants in the case—mostly Muslim Brotherhood leaders—... More »

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 Military Chief Seeks Presidency

Al-Sisi expected to win easily

(Newser) - The most powerful man in Egypt has thrown his military fatigues aside to run for president. Field Marshal Abdul-Fattah al-Sisi, who led the overthrow of elected President Mohamed Morsi last summer, announced on TV late yesterday that he was stepping down as military chief to answer "the demand of... More »

Egypt Sentences 21 Women, Then Arrests Their Lawyer

14 of the women were sentenced to 11 years in prison on Wednesday

(Newser) - As protests rage on in Egypt, the lawyer at the helm of the defense team representing 21 young female protesters was today arrested at home for "incitement of violence," CNN reports. On Wednesday, 14 of the women—mostly aged 18 to 22, the AP notes—were sentenced 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 »

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 »

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 »

Obama Cancels Military Exercises With Egypt

President condemns new violence

(Newser) - President Obama interrupted his vacation today to condemn the violence in Egypt and announce that the US is canceling joint military exercises with the nation, reports CNN . "Our traditional cooperation cannot continue as usual while civilians are being killed in the streets," said Obama in his brief address... More »

278 Dead in Egypt Clashes

John Kerry delivers warning in surprise appearance at State Dept.

(Newser) - At least 278 people died in vicious battles between Egyptian security forces and supporters of former President Mohamed Morsi, and 235 of them were civilians, according to state TV. Interim Interior Minister Gen. Mohammed Ibrahim said 43 of the dead are police officers. "It's an open war,"... More »

Egypt Unravels: VP ElBaradei Quits in Protest

Security forces stage deadly raids; toll hits 149

(Newser) - It's been a bloody, chaotic day in Egypt:
  • Security forces raided two pro-Mohamed Morsi protest camps in Cairo, and reports of casualties are rising quickly. The country's health ministry now says 149 are dead and about 1,400 injured in Cairo and elsewhere, reports AP . The Muslim Brotherhood
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Egypt Sets Trial for Brotherhood Bosses

McCain, Graham head to Cairo as demonstrations continue

(Newser) - A month after Mohamed Morsi was driven from power in Egypt, three leading Muslim Brotherhood figures face an impending trial. A Cairo court ruling yesterday will send Brotherhood supreme guide Mohammed Badie, deputy Khairat al-Shater, and top official Mohamed Bayoumi to court on Aug. 25 for allegedly inciting the killing... More »

Morsi Meets EU Envoy at Midnight, in Secret Location

First outsider to meet ousted president says he is well

(Newser) - Under circumstances that sound straight out of a Le Carre novel, Mohamed Morsi has met with an outsider for the first time since being dumped by Egypt's military, holding a midnight meeting with the European Union's top diplomat at an "undisclosed location" last night, the Wall Street ... More »

Dozens Dead in Egypt Protests

Military opens fire on supporters of Muslim Brotherhood

(Newser) - Those slim hopes that Egypt would get through the ouster of Mohamed Morsi without anymore major violence came to a quick end overnight. The military opened fired on Morsi supporters in Cairo before dawn, leaving dozens dead, reports Reuters . Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood estimates at least 70 people were killed.... More »

Egypt to Investigate Morsi for Spying, Ruining Economy

Criminal investigation announced

(Newser) - Ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has been detained for over a week now, but hasn't actually been charged with any crimes. That could soon change, with an announcement by the public prosecutor's office that it is opening a criminal investigation into Morsi and eight other Islamist leaders and... More »

US to Egypt: Release Morsi

Echoes Germany's calls to Egyptian military

(Newser) - The US has joined in calls for the release of deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi. Earlier today, Germany called for "an end to the restrictions on Mr Morsi's whereabouts," reports GlobalPost . When asked if the US supports Germany's position, a US State Department spokesperson said it... More »

Life Just Got Suspiciously Good in Egypt

Muslim Brotherhood remains defiant as Ramadan begins

(Newser) - Apart from all the political unrest and mass killings , Egypt has suddenly become a much better place to live—to a degree that the New York Times thinks is frankly suspicious. No sooner had Mohamed Morsi been ousted than the country's energy crisis seemed to vanish, with long lines... More »

Egypt Erupts After Teen Thrown From Roof, Killed

Hamada Badr may have been mistaken for a sniper

(Newser) - Hamada Badr, 17, and three friends ran on Friday to the top of a six-story apartment building in Alexandria, Egypt, hoping for a better look at the chaos below, where Muslim Brotherhood supporters and opponents were clashing violently. Reports differ—some say the teens threw rocks at the Brotherhood supporters,... More »

10 Dead in Egypt Clashes

Security forces shot into crowd: sources

(Newser) - At least three people are dead in Cairo after security forces opened fire on supporters of the freshly-ousted president Mohamed Morsi, security sources tell Reuters . While an army spokesman says the military did not use live rounds, the BBC reports that forces fired at a crowd of Muslim Brotherhood supporters... More »

Brotherhood Leader Arrested Amidst Sweep in Egypt

Military cracking down on former ruling party

(Newser) - The leader of the Muslim Brotherhood has been arrested, as have many of ousted president Mohamed Morsi's aides, in a nationwide roundup of Egypt's former ruling party. The Brotherhood's supreme guide, Mohamed Badie, was arrested in a town near the Libyan border, although security forces don't... More »

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