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  • A little-known jihadist 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 honour is screaming and asking whether there is a man to retaliate or has manhood died?", the video said. [AFP]

  • Canada voices concern on Brotherhood

    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]
  • 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]
  • 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]
  • Cairo rocked by bomb blasts

    Two bomb blasts have wounded at least five people in the Egyptian capital.

    Two police officers and a civilian were wounded in an attack on Tuesday that blew the roof off a shelter manned by traffic police at a busy intersection in the Dokki neighbourhood.

    A second bombing wounded two people in western Cairo, according to a security source, who declined to indicate whether the injured were civilians or members of the security forces.

    Egypt has been rocked by a series of bombings and shootings since July, when the military ousted Hosni Mubarak.

    [AFP]
  • The liberal Constitution Party will hold a press conference on Wednesday to announce its stance regarding Egypt's upcoming presidential elections, state-run Ahram online reported.

    On Monday, a source speaking on the condition of anonymity told Ahram Online that the party will likely announce its support for Hamdeen Sabahi's candidacy during Wednesday's conference.

  • Former Egyptian finance minister Youssef Boutros Ghali was arrested in France this week on an international warrant over corruption charges from his time in Hosni Mubarak's government, the French foreign ministry said on Tuesday.

    Boutros Ghali was sentenced in absentia to 30 years in prison for corruption and abuse of power following the uprising that unseated Mubarak in 2011. He was one of a group of influential economic policymakers close to Mubarak's son Gamal. [Reuters]
  • A court in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria on Tuesday banned members of the Muslim Brotherhood from running in upcoming elections, a lawyer and state media said.

    The court authorities to bar any candidacies from Brotherhood members or former members in presidential and parliamentary elections.

    Egypt's military-installed authorities are engaged in a deadly crackdown against the Islamist movement, which swept elections in Egypt after the overthrow of president Hosni Mubarak in 2011 but is now blacklisted as a "terrorist group." [AFP]

  • State-owned television channels reported that a verdict was issued by Alexandria
    Urgent Matters Court banning Muslim Brotherhood members
     form
    running in upcoming presidential and parliament elections.

     



  • Abdel Fattah el-Sisi gained eight times the number of signatures needed to register as a candidate in Egypt's presidential election, according to his campaign.

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  • Germany's second-biggest airline, Air Berlin, on Monday said it has cancelled flights this month to Egypt's Sharm el-Sheikh resort on the Red Sea because of deteriorating security for foreign tourists on the Sinai Peninsula.

    The suspension will last until April 30 inclusive, a peak period for Europeans seeking a sunny destination during their Easter vacations.

    People who have already bought tickets will be reimbursed or offered places on flights to another Egyptian Red Sea resort, Hurghada, located not on the Sinai Peninsula but across the Gulf of Suez.

    The airline's announcement follows warnings by Belgium, Germany and Switzerland for their nationals to avoid all the Sinai following stepped up unrest and violence there. 

    In February, three South Korean tourists were killed in a bomb attack on a bus claimed by an al-Qaeda-inspired group.

    Scores of Egyptian policemen and soldiers have been killed in attacks claimed by Sinai-based fighters.
    [AFP]
  • Student killed in Egypt university clashes
    [Reuters

    A student was shot dead Monday during clashes between supporters of Egypt's ousted president Mohamed Morsi and police in Cairo University, security officials said.

    Clashes erupted when student supporters of Morsi staged protests on university grounds, the officials said, adding that police fired tear gas at from outside the campus and arrested 13 demonstrators.

    Clashes were also reported in the University of Zagazig, north of Cairo, where three students were wounded and three were arrested.

    Student backers of Morsi have regularly protested on university campuses as a police crackdown on the ousted leader's supporters has weakened their ability to stage large street protests.

    A journalist was wounded while covering the clashes in Cairo University, his employer and witnesses said.

    Youm 7, an independent newspaper, said Khaled Hussein was shot in the chest.
    [AFP]

  • The Egyptian Al Ahram newspaper is reporting that two Egyptian journalists were shot and injured while covering clashes at Cairo University between security forces and students.

    One student was killed during the Monday clashes, local media said. 



  • اشتباكات واطلاق قنابل الغاز امام جامعة القاهرة بعدسة بوابة الاهرام
    by AhramGate via YouTube
    This video uploaded to Youtube by Al Ahram is said to show security forces using tear gas to disperse students protesting at Cairo University. 

  • Egypt's Sisi submits bid for president
    [AFP] 

    Egypt's ex-army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Monday officially submitted his bid to run for president, with his lawyer handing over the required documents to the authorities, a spokesman said.

    The 59-year-old had declared his intention to run for president in late March.

    "Lawyer Abu Shoqa submitted the required documents on behalf of Sisi that include endorsements by citizens, medical reports, and an application for his candidacy," Ahmed Kamel told AFP news agency.

    Under Egyptian law, candidates hoping to run for president need to collect at least 25,000 signatures.

    "Sisi has already received more than 460,000 signatures from citizens across the country endorsing his candidacy," said Kamel.

    The electoral commission is to announce the final field of candidates on May 2, and official campaigning starts a day later.
    [AFP]

  • Protesters call for the release of activists in detention in Cairo [Reuters] 

  • Former Egyptian presidential hopeful leader jailed for one year

    An Egyptian court sentenced a former presidential hopeful to one year in prison on Saturday for insulting the court, state news agency MENA reported.

    Hazem Salah Abu Ismail is on trial for fraud in a case related to presidential elections in 2012 which brought the now ousted President Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood to power.

    Abu Ismail interrupted his court-appointed attorney during Saturday's session and told the judge, "I don't feel like I am before a court," a judicial source told Reuters.

    Abu Ismail, who has links to the Brotherhood, was disqualified from that election after reports that his late mother had held a U.S. passport. Under Egypt's election rules, both a candidate's parents must hold only Egyptian citizenship.

    He was sentenced to a year in prison in January after making a similar statement.
    [Reuters]
  • Prominent activist Mahinour al-Masry, who was detained last night in the coastal city of Alexandria, was released on Saturday, state-owned Al-Ahram newspaper reported.

    In her first tweet after her release, Mahinour urged citizens to help release four other detainees in Alexandria's prisons.

    Al-Masry was arrested on the basis on a two-year prison sentence she has received in absentia last January for breaching a controversial anti-protest law, by taking part in a demonstration demanding its retraction.

    The city's prosecutor has postponed interrogations with al-Masry for lack of evidence, according to the newspaper. 

  • An Egyptian court sentenced a hardline Islamist former presidential hopeful to one year in prison on Saturday for insulting the court, state news agency MENA reported.

    Salafist preacher Hazem Salah Abu Ismail is on trial for fraud in a case related to presidential elections.

    Abu Ismail, who has links to the Brotherhood, was disqualified from that election after reports that his late mother had held a U.S. passport. Under Egypt's election rules, both a candidate's parents must hold only Egyptian citizenship.

    Abu Ismail interrupted his court-appointed attorney during Saturday's session and told the judge, "I don't feel like I am before a court," a judicial source told Reuters.

    He was sentenced to a year in prison in January after making a similar statement. [Reuters]

  • Egypt's minister of electricity and renewable energy said that the government will not be able to prevent power cuts this summer, an acknowledgment of the severe energy crunch facing the most populous Arab country.

    "Eliminating blackouts and reducing loads this summer is impossible," Mohamed Shaker said in comments published on Saturday in the state-run Al-Ahram newspaper.
    [Reuters]
  • A crude bomb exploded on Saturday near a newly built hospital just minutes before it was inaugurated by Egypt's health minister, security officials said, adding that there were no casualties.

    The device went off in the city of Kaft, 630 kilometres (around 390 miles) south of Cairo, before Adel
    al-Adawi arrived for the opening, the officials and
    state television reported.

    The ceremony went ahead as planned. [AFP]

  • Student reported killed in protests

    The spokesman for the Students Anti-Coup Movement, Youssof Salhen,  has posted a picture of a student who was reportedly killed during demonstrations in Tanta yesterday.

    Said Mohammad, who studied at Al Azhar University, is said to have been shot dead by Egyptian police during an anti-coup protest yesterday.



  • IMF: Egypt need's more financial support

    Egypt will need further international assistance to put its economy back on track despite receiving huge loans from Gulf Arab states, the IMF said Friday.

    "Egypt will need financial support which could come from its partners in the Gulf or, if the government wants that, from the IMF and from other international financial institutions," Christopher Jarvis, the International Monetary Fund's Egypt mission chief, told reporters.

    The IMF had been in talks on a $4.8 billion bailout package for Egypt, which has been coping with violence and economic woes since the 2011 overthrow of president Hosni Mubarak.

    Saudi Arabia recently announced a $5 billion support package for Egypt before the country holds May 26-27 elections in which Abdel Fatah el-Sisi is seeking to be president. 

    Two fellow oil-exporting Gulf monarchies, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates, have together promised $7 billion.
    [AFP]
  • Egyptian army: Troops kill top Sinai militant

    Egyptian troops killed an alleged militant in the restive Sinai Peninsula where fighters have increasingly targeted security forces since last year's ouster of president  Mohamed Morsi.

    Nour al-Hamdeen was "one of the most prominent and dangerous extremists", military spokesman Colonel Ahmed Ali said in a statement.

    Hamdeen was ambushed by troops on a road to Al-Tuma village in the northern Sinai, and was killed in the ensuing firefight.

    The army has poured troops into the mountainous and underdeveloped Sinai bordering the Palestinian Gaza Strip and Israel, to combat growing militancy.
    [AFP]


  • Amnesty International urged Egypt's interim President Adly Mansour to reject "flawed anti-terrorism laws. 

    In a statement issued on Friday, the organisation said "new counter-terrorism legislation set to be approved by Egypt’s president is deeply flawed and must be scrapped or fundamentally revised."


    It said the the draft bill "would give the Egyptian authorities increased powers to muzzle freedom of expression and imprison opponents and critics.

    Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Deputy Director, Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui, said according to the statement that these deeply flawed draft laws "can be abused because they include an increasingly broad and vague definition of terrorism."

  • Soldiers in Egypt ambush, kill man they describe as a leader of
    al-Qaida 
    inspired group. [AP]
  • Egyptian state TV is reporting two people killed in a shoot out with security forces in the Nile Delta area. It described those killed as Muslim Brotherhood "elements". [Reuters]

  • Anti-coup protesters in El-Reyad, north of Cairo, on Friday morning 


  • Al Jazeera journalist's letters to fellow detainee

    The correspondence was given to Al Jazeera by al-Shami's wife Gehad Khaled 

    Al Jazeera has obtained letters from Abdullah al-Shami to fellow prisoner Mohamed Soltan.
    The Al Jazeera Arabic journalist has been held by Egypt's military appointed authorities since August without charge.

    In the letter al-Shami talks about attempts by his friends, family and fellow prisoners to end his 81-day hunger strike, which he says is taking a toll on his health. 

    I can barely stand on my legs. Yet, I know battles aren't won by good wishes and hopes

    A-Shami is one of four Al Jazeera journalists held by Egypt's government. Peter Greste, Mohamed Fahmy, and Baher Mohamed from the network's English channel are falsely accused of providing information to the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood.

    Their trial has been adjourned until April 22.


  • An al-Qaida inspired group in Egypt has posted a video online showing a suicide bomber attacking a security headquarters in the Nile Delta city of Mansoura, an assault that killed 16 people in December.

    The video by Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, or the Champions of Jerusalem, also said the suicide bomber previously was injured in Islamist demonstrations against the ouster of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi by Egypt's military.

    The comment marks the first time a suicide bomber in the widening campaign of militant attacks striking Egypt has been directly linked to demonstrating Morsi supporters.

    The 16-minute video named the bomber as Imam Mahfouz or Abu Mariam. It showed footage of him, wearing a white robe sitting next to Kalashnikov assault rifles, criticizing the Egyptian military for protecting Israeli and helping Syrian President Bashar Assad in his civil war.

    "Those of the military are who are killing Muslims... must be killed," he says. "We kill as they killed."
    [Associated Press]
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  • A number of Egyptian liberal and secular opposition movements have declared they will start a sit-in in front of the presidential palace to denounce a court ruling sentencing three 2011 prominent activists to 3 years in prison.

    The protesters said in a press conference on Thursday that sit-ins, marches, protests and other forms of peaceful demonstrating will be staged until Ahmed Maher, Mohamed Adel and Ahmed Douma are released, and until the government rescinds and anti-protest law the trio are punished for allegedly breaching.
  • Egypt's cabinet approved a draft investment law on Thursday that prevents third parties from challenging contracts made between the government and an investor, two government officials said, a move that could boost the struggling economy.

    Hobbled by political turmoil since a popular uprising toppled autocratic president Hosni Mubarak in 2011, Egypt badly needs foreign investors, who have been unnerved by legal challenges to deals. [Reuters]
  • An Egyptian policeman was wounded by a bomb in a Cairo suburb on Thursday, a security official told AFP.

    The blast, caused by a "primitive bomb," occurred near a police checkpoint in the October 6 suburb, the official said.

    Earlier this month, a police brigadier general was killed when two bombs exploded in quich succession at a security post in central Cairo.

    Ajnad Misr, a shadowy Islamist militant group, claimed responsibility for the attack.

    The bombings were the latest in a spate of attacks against the security forces since the army overthrew elected Islamist president Mohamed Morsi last July. [AFP]
  • An Egyptian military court on Thursday  sentenced a member of a pro-Islamist information website to one year in jail over leaks involving ex-army chief Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, security officials said.

    Islam al-Homosi was found guilty of "harming the armed forces" after the leak of private conversations between Sisi and military officers on the Rassd information site, the officials said.

    Rassd made headlines for publishing videos of private meetings between Sisi and military officers and audio leaks of media interviews with Sisi, who retired in March to stand in Egypt's May 26-27 presidential election.

    Another Rassd member, Amr Salama al-Qazzaz, was acquitted, the officials said.

    Homosi is expected to be able to appeal the verdict after a February presidential decree authorised a higher court to review verdicts handed down by military courts.

    Egypt's new constitution adopted in January stipulates that civilians can face military trials in cases involving attacks on military personnel or military installations. [AFP]

  • Egyptian government exerts influence on mosques

    The Egyptian government has stepped up a campaign to influence the message preachers deliver in mosques.

    A report by Reuters news agency said the state had given licenses to more than 17,000 clerics to give Friday sermons in order to curb suspected Muslim Brotherhood influence in places of worship.

    The military-appointed interim government has been trying to bring mosques under tighter control since the overthrow of former President Mohamed Morsi last July.

    All of the newly-approved clerics had been trained at Al Azhar University, which a government statement said is a respected centre of Sunni Islamic learning and insitutions run by the ministry of religious endowments.

    The statement added that the move would "strengthen" the ministry's supervision of mosques so that they would not "fall in to the hands of extremists and the unqualified".

    Around 12,000 clerics not approved by the state have been removed from service and the minister of religious endowments said he aims to bar 55,000 unlicensed preachers.

    [Reuters]


  • الأمن يطلق قنابل غاز وخرطوش على طلاب كلية طب بالقصر العيني
    by AlMasry AlYoum via YouTube

    This video uploaded to Youtube by privately owned Egyptian newspaper Al Masry Al Youm is said to show Egyptian forces firing tear gas and birdshot at protesters outside Cairo University.


  • Amnesty International urged Egypt on Wednesday to end the "vindictive" detention of Al Jazeera's journalists ahead of the trio’s latest trial hearing.

    Al Jazeera English staff Mohamed Fahmy, Peter Greste and Baher Mohamed, along with five Egyptian students, stand accused of belonging to or assisting a banned terrorist organization -in reference to the Muslim Brotherhood. Their trial resumes on 10 April.

    “What the Egyptian authorities are doing is vindictive persecution of journalists for merely doing their jobs,” said Amnesty International’s Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui, Middle East and North Africa Programme Deputy Director.

    “So far, the Prosecution has failed to produce any convincing evidence and the journalists appear to be pawns in the hands of the authorities in their ongoing dispute with Qatar. The truth is that Mohamed Fahmy, Peter Greste and Baher Mohamed are prisoners of conscience who must be
    released immediately and unconditionally.


  • The US Department of State has announced the designation of Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) , according to a statement it posted on its website on Wednesday.

    Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis is an al-Qaeda-inspired armed group based in the eastern Sinai penensula, and has claimed responsibility for most of the attacks that have rocked Egypt since the 2011 revolution, and spiked following the military-led coup.
  • Al Badil newspaper, a Cairo-based private-owned publication, reported on Wednesday that members of presidential hopeful Abdel Fattah's el-Sisi's electoral campaign will launch a party called "Democratic Dawn" in support of the former defence minister and the country's army. 



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    Activists on Twitter claim that police forces are demolishing the house of an activist who goes by the name @Baho_egypt on the online messaging service. No further information was made available, and Al Jazeera was unable to independently clarify the accuracy of these claims.
  • An Egyptian appeals court rejected Wednesday a request that new judges be appointed for two trials involving ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, judicial officials said.

    The trials are part of a sweeping crackdown waged against Morsi and his
    Muslim Brotherhood since the army overthrew him in July, and the former president could face the death penalty if convicted.

    The court is now expected to set a date for the resumption of each of the two trials involving jailbreak and espionage charges, the officials said.

    Defence lawyers had requested that a new panel of judges examine both cases
    involving Morsi and Brotherhood figures, complaining about a soundproof glass cage in which the accused are held when the court is in session. [AFP]
  • Egypt's private-run newspaper Egypt Independent reported on Wednesday that the cabinet will submit the new counter-terrorism draft law to the president for approval after it has been revised by the state council.

    According to the publication, the draft bill's 86th article defines the  terrorist act as the use of force, violence, threats, or intimidation in order to disturb public order or endanger the safety, interests and security of the society, harming individuals, intimidating them, putting their lives, freedoms or security at risk, harming the national security, harming the environment, monuments, natural resources, money, buildings, public and private properties, occupying or seizing public and private properties, hindering the work of, activities or some of the activities of public authorities, judicial bodies, local units, houses of worship, hospitals, education institutions and institutes, regional and international bodies in Egypt, and diplomatic and consular missions.
  • Security officials in Egypt say they shut down telephone and Internet networks to the southern province of Aswan for several hours, as authorities moved to try to end a bloody tribal feud that killed 25 people the past week.

    The officials say the shutdown Tuesday was part of a plan aimed at preventing contacts while security forces prepare operations to disarm the two feuding sides, an Arab clan and a Nubian family. 

    The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to speak to reporters.

    The shutdown lasted about three hours, during which attempts to reach Aswan residents by phone were unsuccessful. By the afternoon, communications at least partially returned.

    One of the officials said the fighting, which began Friday, had become a "national security issue."
    [AP]






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    يسقط يسقط حكم العسكر ،، يسقط كل كلاب العسكر
    by badawypepo via Instagram
    Instagram user badawpepo posted an image which he alleges was taken at a sit-in called for on Monday after a court rejected an appeal by prominent activists Ahmed Douma, Ahmed Maher and Mohamed Adel, endorsing a previous verdict of three years in jail for each.
  • Egyptian security officials say police have arrested a top aide to al-Qaida chief Ayman al-Zawahri in a Nile Delta city and are interrogating him.

    The officials say Tharwat Salah Shehata was caught in an apartment in the 10th of Ramadan district of the city of Sharqiya. Officials said he has been training militants in eastern Libya, a hub of extremist Islamist militia
    groups. Officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the press.

    Shehata, a member of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad group that assassinated former President Anwar Sadat in 1981, was sentenced to death for an assassination attempt on a former prime minister in the 1990s. In 2001, his
    group merged with al-Qaida.

    Shehata is listed by the United Nations as an al-Qaida affiliate. [AP]

  • Activists have called for a women's sit-in at the presidential palace to demand the retracting of the anti-protest law, and the release of 2011 activists who were sentenced to 3 years in jail for staging unauthorised rallies. 



  • Pictures circulated social media, especially twitter, of alleged sit-in against the anti-protest law and release of prominent activists detained because of it.


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