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US Citizen Dies 'Tragic, Avoidable' Death in Cairo Prison

He was arrested during 2013 upheaval

(Newser) - State Department officials say they will raise concerns with Egypt over the "tragic and avoidable" death of an American citizen who had been detained for more than six years. New York City resident Moustafa Kassem was arrested amid political upheaval in Egypt during a trip to visit family in... More »

After 'Smiles and Winks,' Egypt's Mubarak Is Free

Though it's not clear whether he'll leave the military hospital where he's spent 6 years

(Newser) - Egypt's top appeals court issued a final ruling Thursday that effectively acquits former President Hosni Mubarak on charges of killing protesters during the 2011 uprising that ended his nearly three-decade reign, the AP reports. The Court of Cassation rejected an appeal by prosecutors, allowing an acquittal verdict from 2014... More »

Egypt Hands Out 183 Death Sentences

Assault on police station by Morsi loyalists killed 15 cops

(Newser) - An Egyptian court today sentenced 183 people to death over the ransacking of a police station and the killing of 15 policemen after the 2013 ouster of President Mohamed Morsi. The verdict was the latest in a string of mass death sentences that have sparked local and international condemnation. The... More »

Mubarak to Court: 'My Conscience Is at Rest'

Former Egyptian president's retrial is expected to be decided in a few weeks

(Newser) - With his retrial drawing to a close, former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was wheeled into a courtroom in a hospital bed yesterday to testify about the 2011 killings of protesters, reports Reuters . Not only did the 86-year-old, who wore blue prison garb, say history would vindicate him, he said his... More »

Egypt Throws Book at 9 for Tahrir Square Sex Assaults

Court hands out life sentences in apparent crackdown

(Newser) - Faced with rampant and public sex assaults over the last three years, Egypt today threw out a decisive deterrent and sentenced nine men to hefty jail terms, reports the Guardian . Seven men were given life sentences—three of those received multiple life sentences, notes the AP —while another two... More »

American Jailed in Egypt to Obama: Help Me

Mohamed Soltan was arrested amid protests last year

(Newser) - A 26-year-old Egyptian American was imprisoned in Egypt last summer, and he's calling on President Obama to help him regain his freedom. Mohamed Soltan recorded a video addressed to the president earlier this year; it was smuggled out of prison in Cairo before his sister handed it to the... More »

Leading Reporter on Egypt Uprising Dead at 31

Bassem Sabry was widely respected for even-handed, hopeful coverage

(Newser) - Bassem Sabry, a journalist lauded for his coverage of Egypt's 2011 revolution, has died in an apparent accident at age 31. Sabry wrote for al-Monitor and the Huffington Post, among other publications, and he was widely cited internationally, the Guardian reports. Though he once worked as a strategist for... 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 »

In Blow to Revolution, Egypt Activists Sent to Prison

The nation's old order wants revenge, analysts say

(Newser) - Three Egyptian activists who played key roles in the 2011 uprising were handed prison sentences yesterday—a sign that officials may be retaliating against the pro-democracy movement, the New York Times reports. Ahmed Maher, Mohamed Adel, and Ahmed Douma each received three-year sentences and more than $7,000 in fines.... 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 »

It's Now Illegal to Go Out in Egypt With 10 Other People

Police fire water cannons at protesters

(Newser) - Egyptian police fired water cannons at protesters outside the Interior Ministry today, in the latest application of a new law that forbids any protest not approved by the government at least three days in advance. The law also gives the Interior Ministry the right to forbid any public meeting of... More »

Amid Frosty Relations, Kerry Drops In on Egypt

Unannounced trip comes on eve of Morsi trial

(Newser) - US Secretary of State John Kerry is in Egypt today on an unannounced visit that is the highest-level American trip to the country since the military booted Mohamed Morsi in July, prompting the US to yank hundreds of millions in military aid. Denying that the suspension of aid was punitive,... 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 »

Egypt Mess Is Obama's 'Greatest Failure'

Roger Cohen criticizes policy; Bret Stephens says US must 'hold its nose' and back military

(Newser) - What's happening in Egypt represents President Obama's "greatest failure," writes Roger Cohen in the New York Times . Obama's much-ballyhooed speech in Cairo in 2009, intended to begin healing rifts with the Muslim world, "stands now as a monument to America’s declining influence in... 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 »

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