Wednesday, July 3, 2013

3-7-13/Ultimatum: Massive Protests Rock Egypt’s Tahrir Square online. 3 Live Streaming (3 SOURCES)

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Hundreds of thousands of Egyptians continue to protest in Cairo’s Tahrir Square today as a military deadline for the the ouster of Muslim Brotherhood’s President Mohammed Morsi approaches. Violent clashes between Morsi’s Islamist loyalists and their opposition have been reported with Egyptian officials reporting at least 18 deaths and more than 300 injuries at a pro-Morsi rally near Cairo University. 


  1. Egypt awaits army statement after deadline passes.....

    Egyptians are awaiting a televised statement on the political crisis, after a deadline set by the army for a resolution to the turmoil passed.

    President Mohammed Morsi has repeated his offer of a consensus government, but still refuses to step down.

    A spokesman for the Muslim Brotherhood, to which Mr Morsi belongs, tweeted that a "full military coup" was under way.

    Armoured vehicles have been seen moving through the streets.

    There are also reports that Egyptian officials have placed an international travel ban on Mr Morsi and other senior members of the Muslim Brotherhood.

    When the deadline set by the army passed, cheers echoed in Cairo's Tahrir Square, where tens of thousands of protesters had gathered.

    The army had earlier held meetings with political and religious leaders to discuss the crisis.

    But the ruling Freedom and Justice party - the political arm of Mr Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood - stayed away from these talks.......

  2. Turkey's European Union Minister Egemen Bagis expressed hope no undesirable development would take place in Egypt....

    Turkey's European Union Minister and Chief Negotiator Egemen Bagis said, "I hope no undesirable development will take place in Egypt, and democracy will be strengthened."

    Speaking to Anadolu Agency (AA), Bagis underlined that Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi was a democratic leader elected by two-thirds of public.

    "Morsi tried to make very important reforms in Egypt despite his short tenure, and his efforts should be appreciated in a country facing crisis one after another," added Bagis.

    Bagis also called on the international community to support Morsi against pro-coup groups in Egypt.

    Bagis said he was in touch with EU officials including European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Stephan Fule and European Parliament Speaker Martin Schulz, who agreed with him about the solution.

    "I hope no undesirable development will take place in Egypt, and democracy will be strengthened and problems will be solved within democratic ways," added Bagis.
    Turkey ready to enter EU soon if blockades removed
    Egemen Bagis has said Turkey progressed enough to enter the EU soon if obstacles and political blockades were removed.

    Speaking in Turkey's western province of Izmir on Wednesday, Bagis said the EU needed Turkey more now than Turkey's need for the EU.

    "The EU process is raising per capita income from $400 to $11 thousand in Turkey at the same time. It is raising the number of universities to over 200 up from 14. It is increasing the annual tourism revenue to $30 billion from $9 billion. It means that global investments in Turkey boosted employment. It is a process which offers people healthier food, transport facilities, traveling safely. This process is very important not only for Turkey but also the EU," Bagis said.

    Bagis said Turkey's strategic importance was realized by many EU politicians, adding Turkey also needed to take strides.

    "Development and growth of Turkey makesus strong in the EU process", said Bagis ." Those who are opposed to Turkey's EU membership are the ones who have never seen Turkey. The ones who have seen Turkey and hospitality of Turkish people welcome Turkey's EU accession. We need to eliminate people's prejudices."

    Bagis said surveys showed that nearly all Turkish people believed the reforms made in the EU process strengthened Turkey's democracy, economy, human rights standards but when they were asked if Turkey would enter the EU, the figures fell down, adding "Our citizens have begun to lose faith in Turkey's EU membership."

    Bagis underscored Turkey's young population, saying Turkey with average age of 28-29 had Europe's one of youngest populations and would made a huge contribution to Europe.

    He also said Turkey had 75 percent of energy resources in the north and south of the country which Europe needs.

  3. U.S. says 'very concerned' about unrest in Egypt: State Department...

    The United States is 'very concerned' about the situation in Egypt, the U.S. State Department said on Wednesday of the sweeping protests surrounding a stand-off between Egypt's armed forces and Islamist President Mohamed Mursi.

    The situation in Egypt remains fluid, and the United States cannot confirm whether a military coup is underway, department spokesperson Jen Psaki told reporters.

    "We do ... remain very concerned about what we're seeing on the ground," Psaki said at a State Department briefing.

  4. En Egypte, "ce n'est pas encore un coup d'Etat, mais cela y ressemble de plus en plus"....

    Après l'expiration de l'ultimatum fixé par l'armée à Mohamed Morsi, la tension est encore montée d'un cran mercredi soir en Egypte, où une foule toujours plus dense se masse sur la place Tahrir du Caire pour demander le départ du président. Christophe Ayad, journaliste au Monde, analyse les derniers développements de la crise égyptienne

    Comment cette interdiction de quitter le territoire émise contre Mohamed Morsi et plusieurs responsables des Frères Musulmans s'explique-t-elle ?

    L'interdiction de voyager décrétée contre les principaux dirigeants des Frères musulmans, dont le guide suprême, Mohamed Badie, son numéro 2, Khaïrat Al-Chater, et le président Morsi, semble justifiée par l'armée par une affaire d'évasion de prison remontant à 2011........

  5. Al Jazeera, other TV stations forced off air in Egypt....

    Al Jazeera’s Egyptian broadcast has been taken off the air. Both Reuters and Al Jazeera itself reported that security forces raided Cairo offices and detained at least five staff members.

    Karim El-Assiuti has told Reuters his colleagues at the Al Jazeera Mubasher Misr channel were arrested while working at their studio. The station was prevented from broadcasting from a pro-Morsi rally, and a broadcasting crew was detained.

    Ayman Mohyeldin, a Foreign Correspondent for NBC News, reported via Twitter that security personnel entered the broadcaster's offices overlooking Tahrir square looking for Al Jazeera journalists.

  6. Egyptians split between jubilation and rage..

    Celebrations over Morsi’s ouster intermingle with Islamists’ cries of ‘down with military rule’...

  7. Assad: Political Islam in Egypt Fails....

    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said the massive protests against his Egyptian counterpart brought the fall of "political Islam," in statements posted on Wednesday on his official Facebook page....

  8. Umsturz in ÄgyptenDas ist kein Sieg, sondern ein Desaster....

    Millionen Ägypter feiern den Sturz ihres Präsidenten Mursi. Doch der Putsch des Militärs dient niemandem. Denn er ist ein Rückschlag – nicht nur für die Muslimbrüder, auch für die Demokratie. ......

  9. Turkish FM slams military intervention in Egypt ...

    "Whatever the reason is, it is unacceptable that a democratically elected government was overthrown by illegitimate means, even more, with a military coup," the Turkish foreign minister said in Istanbul on Thursday, Turkish daily Hurriyet reported.

    Ahmet Davutoğlu criticized the military intervention in Egypt, saying that the intervention should not overshadow the democratic gains of the January 25 revolution.

    “Our message is clear: The January 25 revolution was the first big revolution of the 21st century. Protecting the gains of this revolution should be the priority of the Egyptian people. We totally reject the assessments that the ‘Arab Spring’ has turned into an ‘Arab Winter,’ or that Muslims cannot be governed by democracy,” Hurriyet quoted Davutoğlu as saying.-

  10. Ο πρόεδρος της Γαλλίας, Φρανσουά Ολάντ κάλεσε να γίνει «ό,τι είναι δυνατόν» για να αποκατασταθεί η δημοκρατική διαδικασία στην Αίγυπτο, την επομένη του πραξικοπήματος του στρατού που ανέτρεψε τον ισλαμιστή πρόεδρο Μοχάμεντ Μόρσι.....

    «Οφείλουμε να πράξουμε το παν προκειμένου (η δημοκρατική διαδικασία) να μπορέσει να επαναληφθεί, στη βάση του πλουραλισμού και της συναίνεσης», επισήμανε ο Ολάντ, ο οποίος επισκέπτεται την Τυνησία, όπου συναντήθηκε τον πρόεδρο της χώρας και συζήτησαν για το ζήτημα της Αιγύπτου.

    Πάντως και ο Ολάντ απέφυγε να αναφερθεί ρητά σε πραξικόπημα, περιοριζόμενος να μιλήσει περί αναστολής της δημοκρατικής διαδικασίας.

  11. Egypt's army announces state of emergency in South Sinai, Suez: Report...

    Egypt's army announced a state of emergency in the provinces of South Sinai and Suez on Friday after Islamist gunmen attacked an airport in the Sinai town of El Arish, state newspaper Al-Ahram reported.

    The report quoted the commander of the Third Field Army Osama Asakar saying that the "state of readiness" had been raised to its highest level in the two provinces due to the attack.

    The attack, the latest of a string of security incidents in the lawless region, came two days after the overthrow of Islamist President Mohamed Mursi. It was not clear if the attacks were coordinated and in reaction to his removal.

  12. Un choque entre manifestantes y Ejército deja al menos tres muertos en El Cairo....
    [Los partidarios del expresidente Morsi invaden las calles de la capital]
    [El Ejército, en alerta tras la muerte de un soldado en Sinaí]

    Un tiroteo en El Cairo entre manifestantes a favor del presidente depuesto, Mohamed Morsi, y el Ejército ha dejado al menos tres muertos y varios heridos en la capital egipcia, según las fuerzas de seguridad. La manifestación se producía cerca del cuartel de la Guardia Republicana, la unidad del Ejército egipcio dedicada a la defensa de los principales edificios de la capital y el lugar donde, supuestamente, Morsi está detenido. Un portavoz del Ejército ha afirmado que sus fuerzas únicamente han utilizado gas lacrimógeno y salvas contra los manifestantes.......

  13. Αίγυπτος: Διαψεύδει ο στρατός ότι άνοιξε πυρ εναντίον των διαδηλωτών...

    Ο αιγυπτιακός στρατός δεν άνοιξε πυρ εναντίον των διαδηλωτών που υποστηρίζουν τον ανατραπέντα πρόεδρο Μοχάμεντ Μόρσι σήμερα, δήλωσε ένας εκπρόσωπος των ένοπλων δυνάμεων λίγη ώρα αφού πηγές των υπηρεσιών ασφαλείας και δημοσιογράφοι ανέφεραν πως τουλάχιστον τρεις διαδηλωτές σκοτώθηκαν κατά την διάρκεια μιας πορείας κοντά στο χώρο όπου κρατείται ο Μόρσι.

    Ο εκπρόσωπος είπε πως οι στρατιώτες χρησιμοποίησαν μόνο άσφαιρα και δακρυγόνα για να απωθήσουν τους διαδηλωτές κοντά στο χώρο της προεδρίας της Αιγύπτου.....

    1. Sources: Two Egyptian police killed in Sinai town ....

      CAIRO - Two Egyptian police officers were shot dead on Friday by unknown gunmen in the Sinai town of El-Arish in front of a government building, medical sources said, the latest of a string of security incidents in the lawless region.

      The police officers were guarding the building when the gunmen shot at them, the sources said.

      Islamist gunmen attacked armed forces guarding the El-Arish airport early on Friday. It was not clear whether the attack, and another on a police station in the nearby town of Rafah, on the Gaza border, were in reaction to the army's overthrow of elected Islamist President Mohamed Morsi on Wednesday.

    2. Homens armados mataram dois polícias no Egito...

      Dois polícias egípcios foram mortos, esta sexta-feira, por homens armados em frente a um edifício governamental na cidade de El-Arish, na península do Sinai, confirmou uma fonte dos serviços de segurança à agência francesa AFP. ....

    3. Egitto, pro Morsi in piazza. L'esercito fa appello all'unità. Spari al Cairo: almeno tre morti....

      L'esercito fa appello all'unità...

      IL CAIRO - In Egitto è il giorno delle manifestazioni dei sostenitori del presidente deposto Mohamed Morsi, che denunciano il golpe militare e l'ondata di arresti dei dirigenti dei Fratelli musulmani. Scoppia di nuovo la violenza: almeno tre persone sono rimaste uccise in una sparatoria davanti al quartier generale al Cairo della Guardia Repubblicana. Si trattava di sostenitori di Morsi. Riunite nel «Fronte nazionale di difesa della legittimità», le principali forze islamiche hanno chiesto ai loro sostenitori di manifestare in massa e «pacificamente» per un «Venerdì del rifiuto» contro «il colpo di stato militare»......

  14. Ägypten nach Mursi... Ministerium meldet 17 Tote...

    Im Zentrum von Kairo prallen Befürworter und Gegner des Ex-Präsidenten Mursi aufeinander, Pflastersteine fliegen. Zuvor hatte der Anführer der Muslimbrüder seine Leute zum Widerstand aufgefordert. .....,7151782,23613254.html

  15. Egypte : 25 morts vendredi, nouvelles manifestations en vue...

    Partisans et adversaires du président déchu Mohammed Morsi se sont affrontés tout au long de la journée d'hier. Les Frères Musulmans entendent rester «dans les rues par millions».
    Par AFP

    Les islamistes ont appelé tôt samedi à de nouvelles manifestations «pacifiques» en soutien au président Mohamed Morsi renversé par l’armée, au lendemain d’une journée de violences en Egypte au cours de laquelle 25 personnes ont péri, dont 19 en marge de manifestations. Alors que la tension est extrême entre pro et anti-Morsi, cinq policiers et un soldat ont été tués dans la péninsule du Sinaï (nord), dans des attaques de militants islamistes qui n’ont pas été revendiquées. Dans la nuit, des islamistes ont attaqué le gouvernorat du Nord-Sinaï et y ont hissé leur drapeau.

    Galvanisés par leur Guide suprême Mohamed Badie, les partisans de l’ex-chef d’Etat islamiste ont multiplié les manifestations vendredi. Devant le siège de la Garde républicaine, ils ont tenté d’accrocher la photo de M. Morsi sur les fils barbelés qui entourent le bâtiment proche du palais présidentiel, bravant les avertissements des forces de l’ordre. Quatre de leurs militants sont morts, de source officielle, dans les échanges de tirs qui ont suivi et déclenché des scènes de panique. Une partie des islamistes est restée sur place pour un sit-in illimité devant le bâtiment militaire......

  16. Egypt on alert as Muslim Brotherhood calls for 'day of rejection' protests...

    Organizers call for non-violent demonstrations, but violent confrontations erupt; Egyptian health ministry record 30 deaths in clashes nationwide.....Live Blog.....

  17. US slams Egypt clashes, urges army to protect right to peaceful assembly ...

    The United States condemned clashes across Egypt on July 5 and urged all leaders including the army to stop the violence after dozens were killed following the toppling of elected President Mohamed Morsi.

    "We condemn the violence that has taken place today in Egypt. We call on all Egyptian leaders to condemn the use of force and to prevent further violence among their supporters," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement.

    "We expect the military to ensure that the rights of all Egyptians are protected, including the right to peaceful assembly, and we call on all who are protesting to do so peacefully," Psaki said.

    "The Egyptian people must come together to resolve their differences peacefully, without recourse to violence or the use of force." Washington is increasingly caught in a dilemma, not wishing to condone what could be seen as a military coup, while recognizing that the democratically elected Morsi had failed to bring in an inclusive government......

  18. 'First step in Egypt is to include Morsi in politics,' Davutoğlu says, revealing intense diplomacy. Turkey would defend ElBaradei if he had been elected....
    Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu called on Egypt to let deposed President Mohamed Morsi participate in politics once again, while revealing the details of the intense diplomatic traffic prior to and after the Egyptian army's intervention.

    "The first step that should be made in Egypt after the army toppled the elected president is to integrate him back into the political system as a legitimate political actor, along with the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party [FJP]," Ahmet Davutoğlu said today during an interview on public broadcaster TRT.......

  19. Los islamistas de Egipto lanzan una nueva jornada de protestas...El viernes murieron 30 personas y 1.100 resultaron heridas...

    Envalentonados por la demostración de fuerza del viernes, en la que reunieron a decenas de miles de personas en las calles de El Cairo, paralizando la ciudad y enfrentándose a las fuerzas armadas, los partidarios islamistas del presidente depuesto Mohamed Morsi lanzaron este sábado una nueva jornada de concentraciones de protesta contra el golpe de Estado consumado el miércoles. Pidieron, como ayer, que las fuerzas armadas liberen a Morsi, a quien mantienen bajo arresto, junto a su núcleo más cercano de colaboradores, en el cuartel de la Guardia Republicana en la capital de Egipto. Las protestas comenzaron a primera hora de la tarde.

    “Las masas volverán a salir a las calles con sus protestas cívicas y sentadas pacíficas en El Cairo hasta que el golpe militar sea anulado y el presidente legítimo reinstaurado”, dijo en un comunicado la Alianza Nacional de Defensa de la Legitimidad, una amalgama de 11 grupos islamistas creada para defender a Morsi. Tras una noche de violencia, El Cairo había amanecido este sábado en tensa calma. Los vehículos acorazados habían dejado libres de nuevo los accesos a la plaza de Tahrir, foco de las revueltas que en 2011 derrocaron el régimen de Hosni Mubarak, pero aún guardaban varios accesos a las zonas en las que han acampado los partidarios del anterior régimen......

  20. Egyptian interim president meets with army chief...Following outburst of violence between supporters and opponents of ousted president Morsi, Adly Mansour meets leaders...

    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s interim president held talks Saturday with the army chief and interior minister following an outburst of violence between supporters and opponents of ousted leader Mohammed Morsi that killed at least 36 people across the country and deepened the battle lines in the divided nation.

    Three days after the military pushed out Morsi, Egypt’s first democratically elected leader, the country appears to be careening toward further conflict and turmoil. Morsi’s supporters have vowed to take to the streets until the toppled Islamist leader is reinstated, while his opponents have called for more mass rallies to defend what they call the “gains of June 30,” a reference to the start of massive protests to call for the ouster of the president. .....

  21. Egypt Islamists vow new demos after day of deadly clashes...

    Islamists vowed further protests on Saturday to demand the military restore Egypt's first democratically elected leader, after a night of ferocious clashes that killed 30 people and injured more than 1,100 nationwide.

    "The masses will continue their civilised protests and peaceful sit-ins in Cairo until the military coup is reversed and the legitimate president is restored," a coalition of Islamist groups said in a statement.

    Despite the talk of peaceful demonstrations, residents in parts of Cairo reported seeing dozens of bearded Islamists armed with machineguns, machetes and sticks on Friday night before the deadly clashes broke out.

    Snipers were spotted on rooftops, and medics told AFP they treated some residents of the normally quiet middle-class neighbourhood of Manial for bullet wounds with a downward trajectory.

    The backlash came two days after the army toppled Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, underlining the determination of his Muslim Brotherhood to disrupt the military's plan for a political transition until new elections.

    Ahead of Saturday's new round of protests, central Cairo was already tense......

  22. Unruhen in Ägypten: Die Fanatiker werden verlieren...

    Trotz der Gewalt in Kairo dürfen wir nicht vergessen: Der Sturz von Mursi durch die Armee war alternativlos, weil der Präsident und seine Muslimbrüder das Land in Geiselhaft gehalten haben. Mehr noch, das Militär hat auch die Freiheit im Westen vor den Islamisten verteidigt.

    Wann immer die Islamisten nach der Macht griffen, gab es zwei Szenarien: Gelang ihnen die Machtergreifung, so regierten sie mit eiserner Hand und verwandelten ihre Gesellschaften in Freiluftgefängnisse wie Iran, Afghanistan, Somalia oder Sudan. Wurden sie von der Macht verdrängt wie in Algerien Ende der achtziger Jahre, verwandelten sie sich in terroristische Organisationen und richteten Blutbäder auch in der Zivilbevölkerung an.

    Gerade wurde in Ägypten das erste Szenario durch die Intervention der Armee abgewendet, gleichzeitig wächst die Befürchtung vor dem Eintreten der zweiten Variante. Jetzt schicken die Muslimbrüder ihre Milizen auf der Straße, schießen wild um sich und versuchen, die Bevölkerung in Angst und Schrecken zu versetzen, um ihren gestürzten Präsidenten zurück an die Macht zu bringen.

    Doch die Muslimbrüder haben den Zeitgeist nicht verstanden. Sie konnten nicht begreifen, dass sie im Zeitalter der globalen Kommunikation keine neue Diktatur aufbauen können. Sie nutzten die Demokratie als Trojanisches Pferd, um an die Macht zu kommen, dann versuchten sie, die Demokratie von innen zu zerstören. Wie Mubarak wollten sie in rasantem Tempo die Kontrolle über alle Institutionen des Landes erlangen. Ihre Allianz mit der Hamas war eine Bedrohung für die Sicherheit auf der Halbinsel Sinai und kostete 16 ägyptische Soldaten das Leben. Ihre amateurhafte Wirtschaftspolitik führte das Land in den Ruin.

    Ägypten drohte auszubluten ....

  23. Egitto nel caos, ucciso prete copto nel Sinai. Nascono milizie armate pro Morsi....Oltre 25 morti e più di mille feriti negli scontri. Arrestato il numero due dei Fratelli musulmani...

    IL CAIRO - In Egitto la tensione resta altissima: un sacerdote cristiano copto è stato ucciso a colpi di arma da fuoco nella provincia egiziana del Sinai, nella città di El Arish. Lo riferiscono fonti della sicurezza. Il prelato, Mina Abud Sharobim, è stato colpito da uomini in moto mentre si trovava in macchina davanti alla sua chiesa a el Massaid, nei pressi di al Arish. Sulla situazione nel paese nordafricano il premier Enrico Letta ha tenuto un vertice d'urgenza a Palazzo Chigi con il ministro degli Esteri Emma Bonino.

    Bonino. «Siamo sull'orlo di un non ritorno». Ed è questo il messaggio «da far passare», ha detto Bonino precisando che «il movimento molto composito sceso in piazza è un movimento abbastanza acefalo e comunque con moltissime componenti. Non c'è moltissimo che si possa fare, ne dobbiamo essere consapevoli, salvo tentare di tenere i contatti anche con altri esponenti della Regione. È indubbio che la situazione è preoccupante. Non è nelle mani di nessun altro salvo un tentativo di messaggi ripetuti di moderazione da una parte e dall'altra e di una transizione quanto più inclusiva e rapida possibile».

    Emergenza Sinai. La tensione è alta soprattutto nel Sinai del Nord. L'uccisione del sacerdote arriva dopo una serie di attacchi ieri contro posti di polizia e l'aeroporto di el Arish nei quale sono morti sei poliziotti. Il valico di Rafah con la striscia di Gaza è chiuso per il secondo giorno consecutivo e in nottata ci sono stati tiri di arma di fuoco contro i check point lungo la frontiera con la Striscia. Nel frattempo, riferiscono fonti locali, la sede del governatorato a el Ariash, presa d'assalto ieri da sostenitori del deposto presidente Mohamed Morsi, è stata evacuata dalle forze di sicurezza che hanno anche tolto dal pennone la bandiera nera di al Qaida e la foto di Morsi, convincendo i manifestanti a lasciare l'edificio. I servizi di sicurezza hanno lanciato un'allerta per questa sera a Sheikh Zuayed, invitando i commercianti a chiudere i negozi e gli abitanti a restare a casa per il timore di nuovi attacchi armati........

  24. Egypt’s interim president retreats from naming ElBaradei Prime Minister...

    The appointment of former IAEA chief Mohamed Elbaradei for the post of Egypt’s interim prime minister has been placed on hold as consultations with various political parties over the selection of an interim PM continue.

    Speaking at an impromptu press conference held at Cairo's Ittihadiya presidential palace, spokesman for interim President Adly Mansour, Ahmed Musilamani, told reporters the presidency had to take account opposition to ElBaradei and denied that the nomination of the Nobel Peace laureate was ever certain.

    Earlier, the Tamarod movement that organized the mass protests that lead to the overthrow of Morsi on Wednesday, made the announcement after consultations with Adly Mansour, that Mohamed ElBaradei was appointed to be Egypt's interim Prime Minister.

    The announcement was greeted with cheers from thousands of Tamarod supporters outside the presidential palace. They waited there for most of the day as ElBaradei spent Saturday in discussions with other chiefs of Egypt’s new coalition, involving army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi at the Ministry of Defense.

    Opposition from the country’s most prominent Islamist parties greeted the news reports ElBaradei would be appointed. The Nour Party, Egypt's second biggest Islamist group made its objections known.

    "The nomination of ElBaradei violates the roadmap that the political and national powers had agreed on with General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi," its deputy leader Ahmed Khalil told Al Ahram.

    The Muslim Brotherhood, the country’s largest Islamic party and supporters of former President Morsi also voiced their anger over ElBaradei’s nomination, calling it “Washington’s choice” and urged more protests on Sunday. .....

  25. Turkish PM Erdoğan calls UN chief to discuss Egypt...

    Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan discussed the political crisis in Egypt with U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in a phone conversation late July 6.

    The prime minister voiced his concern to the U.N. chief over the “stall of the democratic process by the military coup, which ignores the civil will, and urged all sides to act with good sense,” according to a statement from the Prime Ministry Press Center.

    He also stressed the importance of staying away from all kinds of violence, clashes and incitement, emphasizing the restoration of the civil administration as soon as possible through elections.


  26. Uncertainty persists over Egypt PM nomination...

    Reports of Mohamed ElBaradei being picked are denied, highlighting challenges new leaders face in finding consensus.....

  27. Splits in Egyptian leadership amid new protests...

    Fresh demonstrations from both camps keep tensions high both inside the temporary government and out on the streets....

  28. Hermanos Musulmanes acusan al Ejército de matar a tiros a 34 de sus seguidores....

    Los Hermanos Musulmanes han denunciado que 34 de sus seguidores han sido asesinados a tiros en El Cairo y 40 han resultado heridos en el ataque del Ejército egipcio a su acampada, según ha asegurado uno de sus portavoces. Fuentes médicas cifran el número de muertos en 15.

    Murad Ali, de la Libertad de la Hermandad y la Justicia, afirmó que el asalto se produjo de madrugada mientras los islamistas organizaban una sentada ante el cuartel de la Guardia Republicana.

    Sin embargo, militares contradicen esta versión y aseguran que "grupos terroristas" intentaron asaltar el cuartel ante lo que las autoridades reaccionaron para defender el centro militar. El Ejército ha informado del fallecimiento de un soldado......

  29. Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood calls for ‘uprising’ after at least 42 killed....Salafis withdraw from talks...

    Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood called for an "uprising" on Monday after dozens of supporters were killed outside an elite army headquarters in Cairo, and urged international intervention to prevent a "new Syria."

    The Islamist group's political arm, the Freedom and Justice Party, called for "an uprising by the great people of Egypt against those trying to steal their revolution with tanks." It urged "the international community and international groups and all the free people of the world to intervene to stop further massacres ... and prevent a new Syria in the Arab world."

    The death toll in violence on Monday at the Cairo headquarters of the Republican Guard rose to 42, Egyptian state television said, after the Muslim Brotherhood accused the security forces of attacking protesters there.

    The Egyptian military said "a terrorist group" had tried to storm the building. One army officer was killed and 40 wounded, the military said. State television reported that an additional 322 people had been wounded in what it described as an attempt to storm the Republican Guard's headquarters.

    Earlier, Egypt’s armed forces said that “armed terrorists” had tried to storm the headquarters of the elite Republican Guard, leaving one security officer dead, in a statement quoted by the website of state-owned daily Al-Ahram. “At dawn, an armed terrorist group tried to storm the Republican Guard (building)..., attacking army troops and police, which led to the death of one officer and left several conscripts injured, including six in critical condition,” the statement said.

    The Brotherhood’s official spokesman, Gehad El-Haddad, who is at a pro-Morsi sit-in at a mosque near the scene, said 37 Morsi supporters had been killed. He said shooting broke out in the early morning while Islamists were praying and staging a peaceful sit-in outside the Republican Guard barracks.

    Salafis withdraw from talks

    As an immediate consequence, Salafist Al-Nour party said that it had withdrawn from talks on the formation of a new government in response to the killing of protesters. “We have decided to withdraw immediately from all negotiations in response to the massacre outside the Republican Guard” headquarters, Al-Nour spokesman Nadder Bakkar said on Twitter.

    Supporters of Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood have mobilized in large numbers in different parts of Cairo in recent days, vowing to defend Morsi, who was ousted by the military on Wednesday after mass protests calling for him to be removed from power


  30. ‘The way forward is for Egypt to declare its independence from the US’....

    The US gives $1.5 billion a year to the Egyptian government, and if it refused this money they would be able to follow an independent economic policy, supported by the majority of Egyptians, British journalist Neil Clark told RT.

    RT: How do you foresee this violence affecting the situation and stability in Egypt?

    Neil Clark: It is a very dangerous escalation I think, because whether we take the lie from the army where they say five people were killed or there were 42 people killed or more than that. It’s obviously a very dangerous situation and what the Muslim Brotherhood really has got the keys to this situation how to solve it, what would they do next? They’ve called for an uprising against the government. The Salafists groups have also called that and we are in a very dangerous situation where we could see Egypt break out into civil war. Let’s hope that doesn’t happen. And I think it is very important now for the army to offer an olive branch to the opposition, perhaps, in this state of affairs at the moment.

    RT: You say the Muslim Brotherhood has the key to the situation here, but it seems, frankly, that it’s really the military that has the key to the ongoing unrest. If, as reported, it is the military that has opened fire, this is setting the country up for a massive clash. How do you see that being resolved?

    NC: The Morsi supporters have to decide what they really want. They don’t have the strength to actually take power. They don’t have the numbers, they don’t have the majority support. The army has got the guns to put it simply. ....

  31. Presidente interino de Egipto crea comisión judicial para investigar masacre...

    La formación política Hermanos Musulmanes presentaron este lunes durante una rueda de prensa evidencias de presuntos ataques militares perpetrados este lunes contra los seguidores de Mohamed Mursi. Señalaron que las acciones de violencia se llevaron a cabo durante el rezo del alba.

    El presidente interino de Egipto, Adli Mansur, ha creado una comisión judicial para investigar las acciones de violencia registradas este lunes frente al cuartel general de la Guardia Republicana, en El Cairo (capital), donde murieron al menos 42 personas.

    A través de un comunicado, Mansur instó a la población a "controlarse" para que la seguridad nacional sea la "prioridad".

    Asimismo, pidió a los manifestantes a que se alejen de "los centros vitales y las instalaciones militares" del país. ....

  32. Army closes roads leading to pro-Morsi supporters...

    Army troops have closed roads leading to protest areas where thousands are camping to demand the return of ousted President Mohammad Morsi to power.


    Army troops have closed roads leading to protest areas where thousands are camping to demand the return of ousted President Mohammad Morsi to power.

    Witnesses said troops closed the 6th October Bridge leading to Nasr City, where thousands of Morsi's loyalists have been camping at Rabaa Al-Adawiya in eastern Cairo.

    A bridge leading to Nahda square near the Cairo University in Giza has also been closed.

    Army tanks were deployed at the entry points to the two squares.

    The security measures came shortly after tens of Morsi supporters were killed outside the Republican Guards compound near Rabaa Al-Adawiya.

    The Egyptian Ambulance Authority (EAO) said 42 people were killed and 322 were wounded outside the Republican Guards HQ......

  33. Egypt Nour Party: We accept ex-FinMin as interim PM ...

    CAIRO - Egypt's Nour Party, the country's second-biggest Islamist movement after the Muslim Brotherhood, said on Tuesday it would accept the choice of former finance minister Samir Radwan as interim prime minister.

    Nour Party spokesman Nader Bakkar told Reuters the party would accept Radwan because he met the party's criteria for an interim prime minister. Political sources said on Monday that Radwan had emerged as the favourite for the post.

    The military-backed transitional administration is keen to win Nour's support for a new government to show it is acceptable to Islamists after the army toppled the Brotherhood's Mohamed Morsi last week.

  34. Egipto: ordenan la detención del jefe de los Hermanos Musulmanes ....

    Está acusado, junto a otros nueve dirigentes, de incitación a la violencia en los disturbios ocurridos frente a la sede de la Guardia Republicana en los que murieron más de 50 personas...

    El fiscal general egipcio ordenó este miércoles la detención del jefe de los Hermanos Musulmanes, Mohamed Badie, y de otros nueve dirigentes a raíz de los enfrentamientos que se saldaron con más de 50 muertos el lunes, informó una fuente judicial.
    Según la misma fuente, todos ellos están acusados de incitación a la violencia en los disturbios ocurridos frente a la sede de la Guardia Republicana de El Cairo, durante una manifestación de partidarios del presidente islamista derrocado Mohamed Mursi en la que murieron al menos 51 personas.

    Los Hermanos Musulmanes, sin embargo, acusan a las fuerzas del orden de disparar a manifestantes pacíficos que rezaban ante la sede de la Guardia Republicana, mientras el Ejército y el Ministerio de Interior afirman que sus hombres se limitaron a responder a un ataque armado contra el cuartel.......

  35. Egypt orders arrest of Muslim Brotherhood leader ...

    CAIRO — Egypt’s prosecutor’s office ordered the arrest today (July 10) of Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Badie on charges of inciting violence outside the Republican Guard headquarters where 55 people were killed on Monday, state news agency MENA reported.

    Other senior Brotherhood officials were also ordered held, including Badie’s deputy Mahmoud Ezzat and party leaders Essam El-Erian and Mohamed El-Beltagi.

    Thousands of Brotherhood followers have been maintaining a vigil near a mosque in northeast Cairo demanding the reinstatement of Mohamed Morsi, toppled as president by the army last week. REUTERS

  36. Οι ΗΠΑ «εξετάζουν» εάν η αποπομπή του Μόρσι ήταν πραξικόπημα....«Θέλει χρόνο», λέει ο Λευκός Οίκος...

    «Μελετούμε το πώς οι αρχές αντιδρούν και χειρίζονται την τρέχουσα κατάσταση», ανέφερε ο εκπρόσωπος της αμερικανικής προεδρίας
    «Θα χρειαστεί χρόνο για να κρίνει εάν και κατά πόσον η απομάκρυνση του ισλαμιστή εκλεγμένου προέδρου Μοχάμεντ Μόρσι από το στρατό στην Αίγυπτο αποτελεί ή όχι πραξικόπημα», αναφέρει ο Λευκός Οίκος σε ανακοίνωσή του, ενώ παράλληλα κάλεσε τις αιγυπτιακές ένοπλες δυνάμεις να ασκήσουν αυτοσυγκράτηση.

    «Μελετούμε το πώς οι αρχές αντιδρούν και χειρίζονται την τρέχουσα κατάσταση», ανέφερε ο εκπρόσωπος της αμερικανικής προεδρίας Τζέι Κάρνεϊ, ερωτηθείς εάν η κυβέρνηση των ΗΠΑ βρίσκεται πιο κοντά στο να λάβει μια απόφαση σχετικά με το εάν θα χαρακτηρίσει την αποπομπή Μόρσι πραξικόπημα, κάτι που θα είχε συνέπεια βάσει του ισχύοντος νόμου στις Ηνωμένες Πολιτείες την άμεση διακοπή των προγραμμάτων βοήθειας προς τον αιγυπτιακό στρατό και μια σειρά άλλων μέτρων.

    Νωρίτερα, Αμερικανοί αξιωματούχοι δήλωσαν ότι δεν έχουν μεταβληθεί τα σχέδια της Ουάσινγκτον να παραδώσει άλλα τέσσερα μαχητικά αεροσκάφη F-16 τις επόμενες εβδομάδες στην αιγυπτιακή πολεμική αεροπορία.

    «Δεν υφίσταται ουδεμία αλλαγή στους σχεδιασμούς να παραδοθούν F-16 στις αιγυπτιακές ένοπλες δυνάμεις», δήλωσε ένας αξιωματούχος της κυβέρνησης των ΗΠΑ ο οποίος ζήτησε να μην κατονομαστεί. Ένας δεύτερος Αμερικανός αξιωματούχος δήλωσε ότι η παράδοση των μαχητικών αυτών είναι ενδεχόμενο να προχωρήσει τον Αύγουστο. Άλλα οκτώ μαχητικά F-16 είναι προγραμματισμένο να παραδοθούν τον Δεκέμβριο.

    Για το οικονομικό έτος 2013, που λήγει τον Σεπτέμβριο, οι ΗΠΑ έχουν ήδη παραδώσει οικονομική βοήθεια ύψους 650 εκατ. δολαρίων, ενώ απομένει να χορηγηθεί βοήθεια αξίας ακόμη 585 εκατ. δολαρίων, είπε ο δεύτερος Αμερικανός αξιωματούχος.

    1. Russian MP questions legitimacy of Egyptian president's ouster ...

      MOSCOW, July 10 (Xinhua) -- The Egyptian military's overthrow of President Mohamed Morsi could hardly be described as legitimate, a Russian parliament deputy said Wednesday.

      "The events in Egypt are actually the denial of the results of the democratic elections," Alexei Pushkov, head of the international affairs committee in the Russian lower house of parliament, told reporters.

      Pushkov said this cast "serious doubt" on his ouster's legitimacy.

      He also said the events in Egypt could have been orchestrated by forces outside that country.

      "This is not a democratic response but serious political manipulation," the Interfax news agency quoted Pushkov as saying, adding Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates were politically and financially supporting the new regime in Cairo, allocating 8 billion U.S. dollars for that purpose.

      He said these countries' support for the anti-Morsi coup was based on worries the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt could potentially undermine the Gulf monarchies.

      Egypt's new prosecution issued arrest warrants Wednesday for the Muslim Brotherhood and two other Islamists parties' leaders.

  37. Egypt kills 32 Hamas fighters in Sinai campaign, daily reports....

    The Egyptian army has killed some 200 gunmen in Sinai, including 32 Hamas members, and arrested 45 others over the past several days, an Egyptian security source told London-based Arab daily Al-Hayat on Thursday.

    The unnamed official accused Hamas of intentionally escalating the security situation in Sinai following the ouster of president Mohammed Morsi. The official claimed that Egyptian military forces have observed Hamas activists operating in Sinai in cooperation with local jihadists.....

  38. Ban Ki-moon expressed his uneasiness about ongoing custodies of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood (Ikhwan) leaders....

    UNITED NATIONS (AA) - Secretary General of United Nations (UN) Ban Ki-moon expressed concern about ongoing custodies of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood (Ikhwan) leaders.

    Ban spoke on the phone with Egypt's Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohamed Kemal Amr, and said that he was also worried about warrants of arrest about some other Ikhwan members.

    According to the statement of spokesperson for the Secretary-General, Ban reminded Amr to take his international responsibilities, and wanted respect on freedom of speech and the rallies.

    Ban stressed that revenge and the discrimination of important groups were irrelevant, adding,"I support the will of public in Egypt."

    Ban also made a call for peaceful dialog and participation of all parties, stressing, "Egyptian government is responsible for the public."

  39. Την απελευθέρωση του Μόρσι ζητά από την Αίγυπτο η κυβέρνηση των ΗΠΑ...

    Οι Ηνωμένες Πολιτείες κάλεσαν σήμερα τον αιγυπτιακό στρατό και τη μεταβατική κυβέρνηση της Αιγύπτου να απελευθερώσουν τον ανατραπέντα πρόεδρο Μοχάμεντ Μόρσι, ο οποίος βρίσκεται υπό κράτηση από τις 3 Ιουλίου.

    Η Ουάσινγκτον συμφωνεί με την έκκληση της Γερμανίας για την απελευθέρωση του Μόρσι και καταθέτει το ίδιο αίτημα, δήλωσε η εκπρόσωπος του Στέιτ Ντιπάρτμεντ Τζεν Πσάκι.

    Η εκπρόσωπος σημείωσε ότι οι Αμερικανοί αξιωματούχοι βρίσκονται σε τακτική επαφή με όλους τους εκπροσώπους της αιγυπτιακής κοινωνίας.

    Τις τελευταίες ημέρες η Πσάκι είχε καταδικάσει κατ΄ επανάληψη τις "αυθαίρετες συλλήψεις" αλλά δεν είχε διευκρινίσει εάν η αμερικανική κυβέρνηση ζητά την απελευθέρωση του Μόρσι.

    Νωρίτερα σήμερα η Γερμανία είχε ζητήσει από την Αίγυπτο "να άρει τα μέτρα που περιορίζουν την ελευθερία των κινήσεων" του ανατραπέντος ισλαμιστή προέδρου.

    Ο εκπρόσωπος του υπουργείου Εξωτερικών της Αιγύπτου, Μπαντρ Αμπντελάτι είχε δηλώσει την Τετάρτη ότι ο Μόρσι βρίσκεται "σε ασφαλές σημείο, για τη δική του ασφάλεια" και ότι προς το παρόν δεν διώκεται ποινικά.

    Πηγή: ΑΠΕ - ΜΠΕ

    1. US calls for release of Morsi...

      US State Department publicly reiterated Germany's request for the release of Egypt's first democratically elected president Morsi
      WASHINGTON (AA) - US State Department announced on Friday that the United States agreed on the earlier call of Germany for release of Egypt's first democratically elected president Mohammad Morsi who was unseated by a military coup in Egypt.

      Speaking at the press conference, US State Department Spokeswoman Jen Psaki said they agreed Germany's call for release of Morsi.

      German Foreign Ministry Spokesman Martin Schaefer said earlier on Friday that they waited for the release of Egypt's ousted president Mohammad Morsi.

      Stressing that any type of political distortion in Egypt would harm the future of the country, he also called on all pro-Morsi protesters to avoid violence and wanted impartial and reliable organizations to be allowed to enter the country.

  40. Islamists take to streets of Cairo, but protests peaceful ....

    CAIRO- Tens of thousands of Egyptians marched on Cairo's streets in the early hours of Saturday to demand ousted Islamist President Mohamed Morsi be reinstated, but there were none of the deadly clashes that swept Egypt a week ago.

    Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood called on Friday for "a day of marching on", and 10 days after the military overthrew Egypt's first freely elected president, large crowds descended on the capital waving flags and chanting slogans.

    A week earlier similar scenes of protest turned violent when pro- and anti-Morsi demonstrators clashed in cities and towns across the country, killing 35 people and widening the rift between Egyptians on different sides of the political divide.

    Three days after that, Egypt was left reeling again when soldiers opened fire on a group of pro-Morsi demonstrators outside the Republican Guard compound in Cairo where he is being held, killing 53. Four soldiers also died.

  41. Egypt: Islamist lawmakers demand Morsi’s return...Ousted president’s supporters call on legislatures around the world not to recognize new army-backed leadership...

    CAIRO (AP) — Islamist lawmakers in Egypt’s disbanded upper house of parliament demanded Saturday the army reinstate ousted president Mohammed Morsi, and called on other legislatures around the world not to recognize the country’s new military-backed leadership.

    Morsi’s supporters, including his Islamist allies, remain steadfast in their rejection of the popularly supported military coup that toppled Morsi nearly two weeks ago. They have staged a series of mass protests in Cairo to push their demands, and are vowing to stay in the streets until Morsi is returned to office.

    Speaking at a mass rally staged by Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood in Cairo, the two dozen former parliamentarians, all Islamist members of the Shura Council that was dissolved by court order, accused the military of attempting to restore a “corrupt and dictatorial” regime.....

  42. ElBaradei sworn in as Egypt's interim VP...

    CAIRO, July 14 (Xinhua) -- Prominent liberal politician Mohamed ElBaradei was sworn in on Sunday as Egypt's vice president for international relations in the interim government, official news agency MENA reported.

    Leading the main opposition bloc during the rule of ousted President Mohamed Morsi, ElBaradei was nominated last week as prime minister in the transitional period, but his choice was opposed by Islamists.

    ElBaradei served as director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) from 1997 to 2009 and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005 jointly with the IAEA.

    Earlier on Sunday, the Egyptian presidency said interim Prime Minister Hazem al-Beblawi has started consultations with a number of nominees for various ministerial portfolios.

    It said that former ambassador to Washington Nabil Fahmy has accepted the post of interim foreign minister.

    Local media said the cabinet line-up will be announced Tuesday.

  43. Turkey's Erdogan says Morsi 'my president' in Egypt....

    ANKARA: Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Sunday that ousted Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Morsi was the only legitimate president of Egypt in an interview with a Turkish newspaper.

    "Currently, my president in Egypt is Morsi because he was elected by the people," he told the pro-government Today's Zaman. "If we don't judge the situation like that it is tantamount to ignoring the Egyptian people," he added.

    Erdogan, who is also leader of the Islamic-rooted Justice and Development party (AKP), which hold close ties with Morsi's party, had already declared the ousting of the president in early July a "coup".

    Read more:
    (The Daily Star :: Lebanon News ::

  44. German Chancellor Merkel calls for release of Egypt's Morsi...

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel called today for the release of Egypt's former president Mohamed Morsi, who was arrested on July 3 after being deposed by the army.

    She said she agreed with her Foreign Affairs Minister Guido Westerwelle "that Mr. Morsi should be released" and called for "an inclusive (political) process involving all groups of the Egyptian population", speaking with public broadcaster ARD.

    "Everything must be done to find a common path" in Egypt, she said.

    Egypt's first freely elected president was overthrown in a military coup on July 3 after millions took to the streets calling on him to step down.

    Since then, Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood movement has led demonstrations against the ouster, urging an "uprising" after accusing troops and police of "massacring" its supporters during dawn prayers on Monday when 51 people were killed.

    Westerwelle had also urged Morsi's release two days ago and demanded that a "neutral institution" immediately be granted access to him. The United States also called for Morsi's release and again condemned a wave of arbitrary arrests of members of his Muslim Brotherhood.

    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who maintains a very strong stance against the military takeover, had also called for Morsi's release last week.

  45. Turkey sees Morsi as Egypt’s President, Turkish FM says...

    Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said that Turkey still recognized Mohamed Morsi as the Egyptian President.

    “We see Morsi still has been holding his post,” Davutoğlu told private broadcaster NTV today.

    He also said that in case of the marginalization of political elements after the coup in Egypt, violence could spiral across the Middle East.

    Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has recently said that ousted President Mohamed Morsi was the only legitimate president of Egypt. “Currently, my president in Egypt is Morsi because he was elected by the people,” he said.

  46. Egypt's interim president meets senior US diplomat...

    The US diplomat had met earlier with premier-designate Hazem al-Beblawi and is scheduled to meet military chief and Defense Minister Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi later today...


    Egypt's interim President Adly Mansour met Monday with visiting US Deputy Secretary of State William Burns to discuss latest developments in Egypt.

    The meeting was also attended by US Ambassador Anne Patterson and Mansour's adviser for political affairs, Mostafa Hegazi.

    Burns, who arrived in Cairo Sunday on the first visit by a senior American official since Egypt's military ousted elected president Mohammad Morsi on July 3, gave no statements after the meeting.

    The US diplomat had met earlier with premier-designate Hazem al-Beblawi and is scheduled to meet military chief and Defense Minister Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi later today.

    A diplomatic source told the Anadolu Agency that, during his meeting with al-Beblawi, Burns had stressed Washington's desire to see a civilian government in Egypt that met the aspirations of the Egyptian people.

    While countries like Turkey and Tunisia have described what happened on July 3 as a military coup, the Obama administration has avoided using the term, since, under US law, that would mean an automatic halt of the $1.3 billion Egypt receives every year in US military aid.

    Washington has, however, called for the release of Morsi, who has not been seen in public since his ouster. The deposed president's whereabouts, meanwhile, remain unknown.

  47. U.S. calls on Egypt military to avoid political arrests as thousands of Morsi supporters take to the streets....

    Deputy Secretary of State William Burns, the first U.S. official to meet new Egypt leadership, gets snubbed by both Islamists and Morsi opponents; U.S. refuses to say whether it views Morsi's removal as a coup, which would require it to halt aid.....

  48. Bagis criticized EU for its attitude on Egypt...

    EU Minister said that the incidents in Egypt were not military intervention but a coup


    Turkish EU Minister and Chief Negotiator Egemen Bagis criticized the EU on Monday, saying, " EU described the incident inEgypt as 'intervention'; however, this was not an intervention, this was clearly a 'coup'."

    Bagis said that (EU) countries, which could not describe the incident in Egypt as a coup, could not describe the savagery as savagery.

    "Some countries wanted to open the way of the pro-coups, but they understood that this was not correct. Because, one of the most important value of EU is democracy," said Bagis.

    Bagis stressed that to make a coup against a democratically elected president and repeal the constitution approved by the public were not compatible with EU values.

    Bagis pointed out that Turkey had given a principal reaction to incidents in Egypt after the coup, saying, "We have been waiting for EU to give the same principle reaction to the coup."

  49. EU calls for release of Egypt's Morsi...Crowds continue a vigil for deposed President Morsi's reinstatement as the new government met with Catherine Ashton....

    EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton has said that she regretted not having been able to meet Egypt's ousted president Mohamed Morsi on a visit to Cairo.

    She called for his immediate release on Wednesday from the custody he has been kept in since just hours after the military toppled him on July 3.

    "I believe he should be released. I was assured he is well. I would have liked to see him," Ashton told reporters.

    A senior figure in ousted President Mohamed Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood met with Ashton and said Brussels had offered no proposal that could resolve Egypt's political crisis.....

  50. Thousands of Morsi supporters rally across Egypt...Demonstrators demand reinstatement of Islamist president ousted by the army earlier this month...

    CAIRO (AP) — Thousands of protesters are holding rallies across Egypt to demand the reinstatement of ousted President Mohammed Morsi.

    The Muslim Brotherhood, from which Morsi hails, is mobilizing followers to march in Cairo and elsewhere Friday for a protest they’re dubbing “Breaking the Coup.”

    Youth activists who launched the massive protests that led to Morsi’s ouster by the military also plan a mass demonstration in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, raising fears of clashes in the capital between the two sides and authorities.

    The military has warned it will act swiftly to prevent violence.

    The protests come days after an interim administration was appointed.

    Egypt’s interim President Adly Mansour has pledged to protect his country against those who seek chaos and violence in the aftermath of the popularly backed military coup.

  51. Morsi's supporters to march on Defense Ministry, National Security HQs...

    The rally will kick off from Rabaa al-Adawiya Square after the nightly Ramadan prayers of Taraweeh


    Supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi plan to organize two marches later Friday to the headquarters of both the Defense Ministry and the National Security, according to a statement issued by a coalition of largely Islamist parties and groups.

    A march will kick off from Rabaa al-Adawiya Square after the nightly Ramadan prayers of Taraweeh to the Defense Ministry HQ in Kobri al-Qubba and another to the National Security premises in Nasr City, eastern Cairo, the National Alliance for the Defense of Legitimacy said in the statement.

    Thousands of pro-Morsi supporters have been camping out in Rabaa since the elected president was ousted by the powerful army on July 3 following mass protests against his regime.

    Speaking to reporters in Rabaa senior Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed al-Beltagi lauded mass protests organized today in response to a call by the Alliance.

    "After the iftar, the crowds would come in more numbers, and we would determine the peaceful means to reserve the bloody coup without resorting to violence as some might claim," he asserted.

    "We will not clash, we will not storm institutions or throw stone. We will continue our peaceful protests.".....

  52. Egypte: trois femmes tuées dans des affrontements entre factions rivales..

    Trois femmes ont été tuées vendredi à Mansura en Egypte, lors d'affrontements entre factions rivales alors que des dizaines de milliers de pro-Morsi se sont rassemblés dans le pays pour réclamer le retour du président déchu. ....

  53. Confrontos entre apoiantes e opositores de Morsi fazem três mortos...

    Confrontos entre apoiantes e opositores do derrubado presidente islamita egípcio Mohamed Morsi causaram, sexta-feira, a morte a três pessoas na cidade de Mansura, no delta do Nilo.

    "Três pessoas foram mortas e sete outras feridas por tiros de caçadeira e ataques com facas durante confrontos entre apoiantes de Morsi e os seus opositores", disse Adel Said, dirigente do hospital de Mansura, à agência noticiosa AFP.

  54. Deaths as political rivals rally across Egypt....

    Thousands rally in support of ousted President Morsi in Cairo and elsewhere, while opponents also hold demonstrations.

    At least three people have died after clashes between loyalists and opponents of ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi, as tens of thousands of people have demonstrated in cities across Egypt.

    The three people were killed during clashes between rival demonstrators in the Nile Delta town of Mansoura, Al Jazeera's Rawya Rageh reported from Cairo, the capital. At least six others were injured in those clashes.

    The country's military, meanwhile, has warned that it may crack down violently on any future mass protests against the overthrow of the president that it carried out on July 3.

    A vast pro-Morsi crowd gathered at Cairo's Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque on Friday, where the former president's supporters have camped out since the military overthrew him.

    About 10,000 protesters then set off in the direction of an elite military compound, scene of the deadliest violence since Morsi's overthrow, carrying pictures of the deposed president and chanting slogans......

  55. Neighbors tire of pro-Morsi sit-in in Egypt....

    With garbage piling up and speeches blaring into the night, some Cairenes are saying ‘enough’ to the Muslim Brotherhood’s nonstop protests outside a mosque.

    CAIRO (AP) — After three weeks, some local residents have started to have enough with Islamist supporters of Egypt’s ousted President Mohammed Morsi camped out outside a Cairo mosque in their neighborhood to demand he be restored to office.

    Residents are complaining that the sit-in camp is blocking the roads leading to their homes, garbage has piled up on side streets and parks have been trashed. Speeches from the stage blare late into the night in the neighborhood around Rabaah al-Adawiya Mosque.

    At the same time, the complaints have been sucked into Egypt’s bitter polarization over the military’s removal of Morsi on July 3. Anti-Islamist media have taken up the residents’ backlash as evidence the country has turned against the protesters, who vow to continue their street campaign......

  56. Islamic extremists reportedly attacking Egypt's Christian community over Morsi ouster....

    The Muslim Brotherhood reportedly is attempting to blame Egypt’s Coptic Christian community for the recent ousting of President Mohammed Morsi and even resorting to violent tactics in an effort to gain back power.

    Reports have surfaced out of Egypt that sectarian attacks against Copts by Islamic extremists are on the rise since Morsi was ousted July 3. Copts, who make up about 9% of Egypt's population, have said they consistently have been targeted by Islamic radicals for campaigning against the Muslim Brotherhood-backed president.

    “The Muslim Brotherhood’s regime caused a split in Egyptian unity on the basis of religious affiliations,” Nabil Abdel Fattah, political analyst and researcher for the Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies said in a recent interview with Mid-East Christian news....Read more:

  57. Egypte : la famille de Morsi va poursuivre le chef de l'armée pour "enlèvement"...

    Dénonçant un "enlèvement", la famille de Mohamed Morsi va poursuivre devant les juridictions nationales et internationales le chef de l'armée, le général Abdel Fattah Al-Sissi, a annoncé lundi 22 juillet la fille du président égyptien destitué, Chaïmaa Morsi, lors d'une conférence de presse au siège du Syndicat des ingénieurs.

    "Nous tenons le chef du coup d'Etat et son groupe pour pleinement responsables de la santé et de l'intégrité du président Morsi", a-t-elle ajouté, sans faire état de contact de la famille avec M. Morsi, tenu au secret par l'armée depuis sa destitution le 3 juillet.


    Plusieurs pays, dont les Etats-Unis et l'Allemagne, ont exigé sa libération ; une demande également exprimée par la chef de la diplomatie européenne, Catherine Ashton, en visite en Egypte le 17 juillet.

    Les nouvelles autorités ont repoussé ces demandes, mais affirmé le 10 juillet qu'il était "en lieu sûr" et "traité dignement". "Mohamed Morsi n'est pas techniquement détenu. Il n'est pas inculpé. L'armée le protège dans ce climat de grande instabilité", a également tenu à rassurer, mardi 16 juillet le porte-parole de l'armée, Ahmed Ali, sur la chaîne Al-Arabiya.....

  58. Egypt army chief calls for nationwide rallies ... Abdel Fattah al-Sisi says all Egyptians should protest on Friday to confront 'violence and terrorism'....

    Egypt's army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has called for nationwide rallies to give the military a mandate to confront what he termed violence and terrorism following the removal of President Mohamed Morsi.

    In a speech on Wednesday at a military graduation ceremony, Sisi called for the protests to be held on Friday, and denied accusations that he had betrayed Morsi.

    "I ask ... that next [upcoming] Friday all honest and trustworthy Egyptians must come out," Sisi said in remarks broadcast live by state media. "Why come out? They come out to give me the mandate and order that I confront violence and potential terrorism."....

  59. Egypt army gives Brotherhood 48 hours to join roadmap...

    CAIRO - Egypt's army gave the Muslim Brotherhood until Saturday afternoon to sign up to political reconciliation, a military official said on Thursday, after the army issued a veiled threat to use tougher tactics against the group.

    "We will not initiate any move, but will definitely react harshly against any calls for violence or black terrorism from Brotherhood leaders or their supporters. We pledge to protect peaceful protesters regardless of their affiliation," the official said, saying they had 48-hours to comply.

    The army deposed President Mohamed Morsi, a Brotherhood politician, on July 3 and installed an interim administration that has set out a roadmap for a new political transition leading to parliamentary elections in about six months.

    Earlier, the army signaled it would change its strategy for dealing with "violence and terrorism" after protests it has called on Friday. In a statement posted on a Facebook page affiliated to the army command, the military said it was ready to turn its guns on anyone involved in either.

  60. Ägypten...Staatsanwalt erlässt Haftbefehl gegen Mursi...

    Kurz vor neuen Massendemonstrationen provoziert die Armee Mursis Anhänger. Ermittler verdächtigen den Expräsidenten verbotener Kontakte zur radikalislamischen Hamas.

    Die ägyptische Staatsanwaltschaft hat einen Haftbefehl gegen Expräsident Mohammed Mursi erlassen. Das berichtet die staatliche Nachrichtenagentur Mena. Den Angaben zufolge wird Mursi des Kontakts zur radikalislamischen Hamas beschuldigt.

    Mursi soll demnach die kommenden 15 Tage in Haft bleiben. Die Ermittler verdächtigen ihn des Mordes an Soldaten. Sie wollen ihn zudem dazu befragen, ob er bei der Planung von Anschlägen auf Polizeistationen mit der Hamas zusammengearbeitet hat. Die palästinensische Gruppierung soll ihm im Januar 2011 auch bei der Flucht aus einem Gefängnis geholfen haben......

  61. Επισήμως υπό 15νθήμερη κράτηση ο Μόρσι...

    Σήμερα τέθηκε επισήμως υπό κράτηση ο αποπεμφθείς πρόεδρος της Αιγύπτου Μοχάμεντ Μόρσι, που από τις 3 Ιουλίου κρατείται σε μυστική τοποθεσία από το στρατό.

    Δικαστήριο του Καΐρου διέταξε τη 15νθήμερη παράταση της κράτησης του Μόρσι, στο πλαίσιο των περαιτέρω ερευνών για τη φερόμενη εμπλοκή του σε επιθέσεις κατά της αστυνομίας στις αρχές του 2011, οι οποίες αποδόθηκαν στην ισλαμιστική Χαμάς και για την απόδρασή του από τη φυλακή Ουάντι Νατρούν την ίδια εποχή, μετέδωσε το αιγυπτιακό πρακτορείο ειδήσεων ΜΕΝΑ.

    Η εντολή δόθηκε από τον αρμόδιο για την έρευνα δικαστή που απήγγειλε στον Μόρσι κατηγορία για συνωμοσία με τη Χαμάς που είχε στόχο την πραγματοποίηση "εχθρικών ενεργειών" στη χώρα κατά την κλιμάκωση των διαδηλώσεων εναντίον του καθεστώτος του Χόσνι Μουμπάρακ, αναφέρει στην ιστοσελίδα της η εφημερίδα αλ Αχράμ.

    Οι φερόμενες αυτές "εχθρικές ενέργειες" περιλαμβάνουν επιθέσεις σε κτίρια των υπηρεσιών ασφαλείας, αποδράσεις από φυλακή, προσχεδιασμένες δολοφονίες αστυνομικών και απαγωγή άλλων.

    "Οι κατηγορίες σε βάρος του Μοχάμεντ Μόρσι ηχούν σαν μια εκδίκηση του πρώην καθεστώτος που λέει ότι επιστρέφει στη βία", δήλωσε ο εκπρόσωπος της Μουσουλμανικής Αδελφότητας Γκέχαντ ελ Χαντάντ, χαρακτηρίζοντας τις κατηγορίες "γελοίες". "Δεν λαμβάνονται διόλου σοβαρά υπόψη. Συνεχίζουμε τις διαμαρτυρίες μας στους δρόμους. Στην πραγματικότητα πιστεύουμε ότι περισσότερος κόσμος θα συνειδητοποιήσει τι αντιπροσωπεύει στην ουσία αυτό το καθεστώς: επιστροφή στο παλιό κράτος του Μουμπάρακ, με ωμή βία".

    (Πληροφορίες ΑΜΠΕ)

  62. Los egipcios toman la calle divididos entre partidarios y detractores del golpe...

    1.Los Hermanos Musulmanes protestan por la detención de Morsi a 24 horas del fin del ultimátum
    2. Las Fuerzas Armadas exigen que el sábado cesen las protestas contra el Gobierno

    Un viernes más, decenas de miles de partidarios y detractores del derrocado presidente egipcio, Mohamed Morsi, han salido a las calles de El Cairo para mostrar su aplauso o su repulsa al golpe de Estado militar que expulsó a los Hermanos Musulmanes del poder, hace ya 20 días. La diferencia es que esta vez la manifestación a favor del Ejército, en su lugar tradicional de la plaza Tahrir, está organizada directamente por los militares, que el miércoles solicitaron a sus partidarios manifestarse "contra el terrorismo", en palabras del jefe del Ejército y auténtico hombre fuerte del país, Abdel Fatah al Sisi. Por otra parte, los defensores de Morsi y de los Hermanos Musulmanes se han vuelto a reunir en su bastión, el barrio de Ciudad Nasser, a pesar de que quedan 24 horas para que termine el ultimátum del Ejército que los incita a acabar con las protestas callejeras.

    El calor (34 grados) y la fecha (17 de Ramadán, a doce días del fin del ayuno) hacen que las tensiones están a flor de piel. En el barrio de Chubra, al este de la capital egipcia, partidarios y defensores del expresidente se han lanzado piedras y botellas, según informa France Presse.

    Igual que hiciera el pasado 1 de julio, el ejército egipcio dio el jueves un ultimátum de 48 horas a los líderes de los Hermanos Musulmanes. En aquella ocasión, les instaba a llegar a un acuerdo con la oposición. Ahora, a poner fin a las movilizaciones diarias de protesta que han organizado desde el golpe de Estado que depuso a Mohamed Morsi el 3 de julio. En caso de que los islamistas no cumplan, los uniformados amenazan con adoptar medidas más contundentes.....

  63. Enfrentamiento entre manifestantes en Alejandría deja dos muertos...

    Funcionarios de los servicios de seguridad egipcios informaron este viernes que murieron dos manifestantes en choque entre seguidores y detractores de Mohamed Mursi. La cifra fue confirmada por el director del hospital universitario de Alejandría quien también informó de 19 heridos.....

    1. Fünf Tote bei Protesten – Militär setzt Tränengas ein...

      Explosive Lage am Nil: Der Haftbefehl gegen Ex-Präsident Mursi lässt die Emotionen hochkochen. Die Zusammenstöße zwischen seinen Anhängern und Gegnern eskaliert – in Alexandria sterben zwei Menschen.

      Bei Straßenkämpfen zwischen Anhängern und Gegnern des gestürzten ägyptischen Präsidenten Mohammed Mursi sind in der Hafenstadt Alexandria mindestens fünf Menschen getötet worden. Weitere 72 Menschen hätten am Freitag Verletzungen erlitten, sagte ein Vertreter der Sicherheitskräfte der amtlichen Nachrichtenagentur Mena. Zuvor war von drei Toten und rund 50 Verletzten die Rede gewesen.

      Auch in Schubra, einem Bezirk im Osten der Hauptstadt Kairo, wurden nach Angaben von Ärzten rund ein Dutzend Menschen verletzt. Ebenso viele waren es demnach in der Hafenstadt Damiette am Nildelta.....

    2. At least 31 killed in Cairo clashes – Muslim Brotherhood...

      Clashes have left at least 31 people dead in Cairo after security forces attacked supporters of ousted President Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood has said. The Islamist party warned the death toll is likely to rise as over 100 people were injured.

      The casualties were taking part in a pro-Morsi rally when they were attacked by members of the security forces, allege the Brotherhood.

      "They are not shooting to wound, they are shooting to kill," Muslim Brotherhood spokesman Gehad El-Haddad said to Reuters, adding that demonstrators had been hit by gunshot in the head and chest. At least 175 people had been injured when law enforcement opened fire.

      The death toll has not been independently confirmed.

      During Friday night massive rallies were held in the Egyptian capital by Morsi supporters and his opponents. Egypt’s military has urged Brotherhood supporters to get behind their new plans for new elections.

      On Saturday morning Interior Minister Mohammed Ibrahim stated that pro-Morsi protesters who had organized a sit-in at Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque in Cairo would be "brought to an end soon and in a legal manner.” ....

  64. Huge rival rallies as Morsi is accused ....

    Huge rallies by supporters and opponents of Egypt's ousted president have continued through the night with five people killed in Alexandria.

    In what is seen as a trial of strength, supporters of Mohammed Morsi filled the streets around a mosque in Cairo to condemn his removal by the army.

    Army supporters converged on Tahrir Square, just a few miles away.

    The detained ex-leader has been formally accused of conspiring with the Palestinian militant group Hamas.....

  65. Reaction from Turkish state officials to Egyptian army's recent attack on Egyptian people...

    Turkish state officials harshly condemned the Egyptian army firing at anti-coup protesters, killing hundreds


    Turkish state officials on Saturday harshly condemned the Egyptian army opening fire at anti-coup protesters in Cairo's Rab'a Al-Adaweya Square, killing hundreds and wounding thousands on Friday.

    Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag urged the whole international community and all civilized people to take a certain stance against such an atrocity, on behalf of human rights and democracy and draw a line to the recent incidents in Egypt.

    "Otherwise, it will be written down in history as a sign of the insincerity of the supporters of human rights, democracy and law, revealing that their will and word is comprised of just a simple statement," he said.

    Speaking on the Egyptian army's attack on the anti-coup protesters late Friday, Turkish Development Minister Cevdet Yilmaz stated that "As Turkey and the Turkish people, we always took sides with Egypt and the Egyptian people and will always do so."

    He congratulated the Egyptian people displaying their reaction against the military coup without involving any violence despite the army's attack on people and the following deaths....

  66. Egypt’s interim leader gives green light for civilian arrests....

    Egypt's interim President Adly Mansour has signed a decree giving the military the right to arrest civilians. The move has sparked fears of a further escalation of violence throughout the country.

    The death toll from Saturday clashes between security forces and supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi has risen to at least 80, unnamed officials from Egypt’s health ministry told AP.

    Two more people were killed on Sunday as violence broke out during the funerals for those who had lost their lives in the preceding days.

    The deaths occurred in two separate incidents: one in the Suez Canal city of Port Said, where 28 people also reportedly sustained injuries, and the other in the town of Kafr el-Zayat in northern Egypt.

    The figures have made Saturday the bloodiest day in Egypt since Morsi’s deposal, with the interim president’s office stating that it was "saddened" by the loss of life on such a large scale. The office added that any action taken by the military is carried out in the "context of terrorism."

    President Mansour’s decree, which allows Prime Minister Hazem El-Beblawi to give the military power to arrest civilians, was announced in the government's official gazette on Sunday. The decision could lead to a major crackdown on both Brotherhood supporters and militants who have been attacking security forces in the Sinai Peninsula with renewed vigor, government officials say. .....

  67. Egypt arrests two pro-Morsi party leaders...

    CAIRO, July 29 (Xinhua)
    -- Egyptian police on Monday arrested two leaders of an Islamist party affiliated with ousted president Mohamed Morsi, a security source said.

    Wasat Party leader Aboul-Ela Madi and his deputy Essam Sultan, both already wanted by prosecutors, were arrested in an apartment in Cairo's Moqattam district and transferred to Tora Prison, where ex-president Hosni Mubarak, his two sons and some of his men are being detained, the source told the official news agency MENA.

    The police also found a large amount of money in U.S. dollars and euros in their possession, MENA said.

    Wasat Party is a moderate Islamist party and a strong defender of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) group from which Morsi hails.

  68. Egypt's ElBaradei meets EU foreign policy chief...

    CAIRO, July 29 (Xinhua) -- Egypt's Vice President for foreign affairs Mohamed ElBaradei met on Monday with European Union (EU) foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton to discuss ways of ending the current political crisis in the country, said a presidential statement.

    During the meeting, Baradei said that any solutions must be reached within the framework of respecting the rule of law and state institutions without threatening the country's security.

    Baradei also emphasized the importance of "all" political forces' participation in the roadmap announced on July 3.

    On Monday, Ashton also met with Egypt's Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmi to discuss the latest developments in Egypt.

    Fahmi stressed the importance of a "national reconciliation" among all political forces, while Ashton underlined the necessity of a comprehensive transitional process comprising all political forces, including the Muslim Brotherhood (MB).

    Ashton arrived in Egypt's capital of Cairo late Sunday, marking her second visit to Egypt in less than two weeks after the fall of the Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated president Mohamed Morsi on July 3.....

  69. Catherine Ashton a rencontré Morsi et assure qu'il "va bien"...

    Après avoir rencontré Mohamed Morsi sur son lieu de détention au Caire pendant deux heures, la chef de la diplomatie de l'Union européenne, Catherine Ashton, a affirmé, mardi 30 juillet : "M. Morsi va bien" et il a "accès aux informations". "Nous avons eu une discussion amicale, ouverte et directe, a assuré Mme Ashton, se refusant à divulguer le contenu de ces discussions. Nous avons discuté en profondeur"
    M. Morsi n'est pas apparu en public depuis sa destitution le 3 juillet par l'armée après des manifestations monstres réclamant son départ. Depuis, il a été officiellement mis en détention et doit être transféré à la prison Torah.....

  70. Egypte:"La répression va renforcer la ligne la plus dure parmi les Frères musulmans"...

    Après la mort de 72 personnes samedi au Caire, les partisans de Mohamed Morsi appellent à de nouvelles manifestations massives mardi pour réclamer son retour. Sophie Pommier, spécialiste de L'Egypte, analyse l'impasse politique dans laquelle se trouve l'Égypte.

    L'Égypte s'enfonce un peu plus dans la crise et le chaos, deux jours après les violences qui ont fait au moins 72 morts au Caire parmi les partisans du président déchu Mohamed Morsi. Le pouvoir, dominé par l'armée, a annoncé sa volonté de mettre un terme à la contestation islamiste. Celle-ci refuse de s'effacer. Les partisans du président renversé il y a près d'un mois à la suite de vastes manifestations encouragées par les militaires et certains partisans de ' régime, ont appelé à de nouvelles manifestations massives, mardi, pour réclamer son retour. De retour du Caire, Sophie Pommier, professeur à Sciences-Po et spécialiste de L'Egypte, analyse l'impasse politique dans laquelle se trouve ce pays.

    La répression contre les Frères musulmans risque-t-elle de les pousser à la radicalisation?....

  71. Obama to send senators Graham, McCain to Egypt...

    Senior statesmen to fly to Cairo to urge interim government to hold new elections following military coup.

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Two US senators said Tuesday that President Barack Obama has asked them to travel to Egypt next week to urge the military to move ahead on new elections. ....

  72. Morsi rejected Ashton's pressure to step down and recognize coup....

    Morsi told Ashton that he would not abandon his constitutional legitimacy as Egypt's first democratically elected president in exchange for a "safe exit"
    CAIRO (AA) – Deposed president Mohamed Morsi rejected pressure by EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton to tender his resignation, Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed al-Beltagi told Anadolu Agency on Tuesday.

    "President Morsi rejected Ashton's attempts to pressure him into stepping down, resigning or accepting proposals that would have amounted to recognition of the military coup," he added.

    Earlier on Tuesday, Ashton said she had met with Morsi, asserting that the ousted president was in good health and was being treated well.

    The EU's top diplomat described the meeting as "frank, open and warm," adding that Morsi had access to newspapers and television.

    Asked by AA if she felt Morsi was ready to accept the military-imposed status quo, Ashton declined to answer.

    "I will not put words in his mouth," she said.

    Ashton said she did not know where the deposed president was being held, adding that she had been flown to the meeting venue by a military helicopter.

    According to al-Beltagi, Ashton spent two hours with Morsi.....

  73. German FM on mediation mission in Egypt...

    CAIRO, July 31 (Xinhua) -- German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle on Wednesday arrived in Cairo for a three-day visit, stepping up diplomatic efforts to resolve the political deadlock amid looming fresh bloodshed in the country.

    According to state-run MENA news agency, Westerwelle is expected to discuss with Egyptian officials about the latest developments in Egypt and issues of mutual interest. He is also to meet Muslim Brotherhood leaders.

    Westerwelle's visit comes in the framework of the European mediation efforts to bring all Egyptian political factions to the negotiation table.

    Al-Ahrame, a semi-official newspaper, reported that Westerwelle has received no response from the Egyptian authorities to his request for a meeting with ousted President Mohamed Morsi, who has been held incommunicado since his overthrow by the military on July 3....

  74. Journée à haut risque en vue en Egypte...

    Les partisans du président déchu Mohamed Morsi prévoient de poursuivre leurs manifestations ce vendredi, malgré les appels de la police à se disperser et la promesse de fermeté des autorités.
    Par AFP

    Une nouvelle mobilisation massive des pro-Morsi était attendue vendredi en Egypte, où la police se préparait ostensiblement à intervenir malgré les appels au calme de la communauté internationale qui redoute un bain de sang.

    Les manifestants islamistes qui exigent le retour du président Mohamed Morsi déposé par l’armée ont refusé jeudi d’évacuer les deux places qu’ils occupent depuis un mois dans la capitale. «Nous allons poursuivre nos sit-in et nos manifestations pacifiques», a déclaré à l’AFP une de leur porte-paroles Ala Mostafa, son mouvement appelant même à une nouvelle mobilisation massive vendredi «contre le coup d’Etat».....

  75. Egypte: Amnesty International demande une enquête sur des tortures par des partisans de Morsi...

    Amnesty International a appelé à l'ouverture immédiate d'une enquête sur des allégations selon lesquelles des partisans du président égyptien évincé Mohamed Morsi ont torturé des opposants au Caire. ....

  76. Neues Ultimatum in Ägypten Militär will Mursi-Anhänger einkesseln...

    Die befürchtete Eskalation der Gewalt in Ägypten ist vorerst ausgeblieben. Menschenrechtler befürchten dennoch ein "Blutbad": Denn das Militär droht nun, die Lager der Mursi-Anhänger einzukesseln.

    In Ägypten geben die Islamisten weiterhin keinen Fingerbreit nach: Tausende Anhänger des vom Militär geschassten Staatschefs Mohammed Mursi sind am Freitag erneut auf die Straße gegangen. In Kairo errichteten Islamisten und Muslimbrüder ein drittes Protestlager in der Nähe des Flughafens. Im Süden der Hauptstadt gab es heftige Zusammenstöße mit der Polizei, die Tränengas einsetzte. 23 Menschen wurden verletzt. Die Polizei meldete zudem Dutzende Festnahmen. Binnen 48 Stunden wollen die Sicherheitskräfte nun zwei Anfang Juli errichtete Protestlagers einkesseln.....

  77. Gespräche in Kairo: US-Vermittler erreicht erste Entspannung in Ägypten...

    Der Einsatz von William Burns scheint die Blockade in Kairo zu lösen. Die Protestcamps dürfen vorerst bleiben. Pro-Mursi-Allianz und ElBaradei sind bereit zu verhandeln.

    In Ägypten gibt es Anzeichen einer leichten Entspannung. Unter dem Druck westlicher Vermittler signalisierten die Anhänger des gestürzten Präsidenten Mohammed Mursi erstmals Mäßigung und Kompromissbereitschaft. Die vom Militär eingesetzte Übergangsregierung machte im Gegenzug deutlich, dass sie derzeit keine Stürmung der Protestcamps in Kairo plant. Beide Seiten hatten zuvor mit dem Gesandten der USA, dem Vize-Außenminister William Burns, über konkrete Schritte zur Auflösung der politischen Blockade verhandelt.

    Die Pro-Mursi-Allianz erkannte erstmals an, dass Millionen Menschen aus Unzufriedenheit mit den Muslimbrüdern gegen die schleichende Islamisierung und die Wirtschaftsmisere in Ägypten protestiert hatten. "Ich respektiere und halte die Forderungen der Massen in Ehren, die am 30. Juni auf die Straße gegangen sind", sagte ein Sprecher der Allianz. Nötig sei eine Lösung, die alle Wünsche des Volkes respektiere. Die Allianz sei bereit zu Verhandlungen mit der Nationalen Heilsfront, in der die weltlichen Parteien der Übergangsregierung zusammengeschlossen sind.

    Die Regierungsgegner halten nicht mehr zwingend daran fest, dass Mursi, der an einem unbekannten Ort festgehalten wird, als Präsident wieder eingesetzt wird. Das sei ein Detail für künftige Gespräche, sagte der Sprecher der Pro-Mursi-Allianz – und damit nur noch Verhandlungsmasse, vermuten westliche Diplomaten. Doch die Allianz hält an zwei Forderungen fest: Die vom Militär ausgesetzte Verfassung müsse wieder in Kraft gesetzt werden und Armeechef Abdel Fattah al-Sissi dürfe nicht am Dialog beteiligt werden.....

  78. Αίγυπτος: «Σκουπίζουν» από αύριο τους οπαδούς του Μόρσι...

    Μόλις προ ολίγων λεπτών, η Αιγυπτιακή Αστυνομία ανακοίνωσε πως από αύριο το πρωί της Δευτέρας, πρόκειται να ξεκινήσει επιχειρήσεις εκκαθάρισης στα μόνιμα καταλύματα που έχουν στηθεί στις πόλεις, μέσα στα οποία εδώ και πολλές μέρες διαμένουν πολλοί από τους οπαδούς του προέδρου Μοχάμεντ Μόρσι και μετέχουν στις διαμαρτυρίες για την ανατροπή του.

    Επιμέλεια: Παύλος Κιρκασίδης

  79. Pro-Morsi protest camps in Cairo being cleared...

    Egyptian security forces have begun clearing two protest camps in Cairo occupied by supporters of deposed President Mohammed Morsi.

    Reports say 15 people have been killed as police cut off side streets and bursts of gunfire were heard.

    Teargas is being fired and helicopters flew overhead as security forces moved on the camps in the east and west of the city.

    The protesters want Mr Morsi, deposed by the military on 3 July, reinstated.

    The interior ministry issued a statement saying security forces were taking "necessary measures" against the protest at the Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque in the east of Cairo and the protest in Nahda Square in the east.

    The statement said a safe exit would be provided for protesters and they would not be pursued, "except those who are wanted by the prosecution".

    The interior ministry is keen "not to shed any Egyptian blood", the statement went on.

    Muslim Brotherhood TV, which is allied to the ousted president, called for people to send cars to the sit-ins to take casualties to hospital.

    Protesters have been camped outside the mosque, and at Nahda Square for the past six weeks.

    More than 250 people have been killed in clashes since then.

    On Tuesday, one person was killed in a confrontation between supporters and opponents of Mr Morsi in Giza after people marched from Nahda Square to a nearby complex of government buildings to protest against the appointment of several military officers as provincial governors.

  80. Several dead as Egypt storms pro-Morsi camps...At least 15 people reportedly killed as security forces launch operation to remove supporters of former president....

    Several people were reportedly killed as security forces started an operation to clear pro-Morsi protesters who have been camped out on the streets of Cairo since the Egyptian president was deposed by the military last month.

    On Wednesday, live footage from Cairo showed smoke engulfing Nahda square and there were reports of tear gas and birdshot being used on supporters of the ex-president Mohamed Morsi, who was removed from power on July 3.

    Bulldozers were said to have been used to uproot the camps, and the army sealed off roads leading to Nahda.

    Meanwhile, security forces also stormed Nasr City, and there were reports that snipers opened fire on protesters at Rabaa al-Adawiya square....

  81. Ägypten Viele Tote bei Räumung von Protestlagern in Kairo...

    Bei der Räumung der Protestlager von Mursi-Anhängern in Kairo sind nach Angaben der Muslimbruderschaft mehr als hundert Menschen getötet worden. Behördenangaben zufolge feuerten Islamisten mit Schusswaffen auf Polizisten.....

  82. Egypte : l'Union européenne appelle à la retenue...

    L'Union européenne a jugé "extrêmement préoccupantes", mercredi 14 août, les informations faisant état de la mort de manifestants au Caire dans l'assaut de la police contre les camps des soutiens à Mohamed Morsi. "Nous réaffirmons que la violence ne mènera à aucune solution et nous exhortons les autorités égyptiennes à procéder avec la plus grande retenue", a déclaré Michael Mann, porte-parole de la diplomatie européenne.

    Le ministre des affaires étrangères allemand, Guido Westerwelle, a aussi appelé "toutes les forces politiques" en Egypte "à empêcher une escalade de la violence". "Nous demandons à toutes les parties de retourner immédiatement à un processus politique", a ajouté M. Westerwelle, à Berlin.

  83. Egyptian Health Ministry says 95 dead in nationwide clashes ...

    Egypt's Health Ministry said on Wednesday that 95 people had been killed on Wednesday in a police raid on supporters of deposed President Mohamed Morsi at a Cairo protest camp and clashes nationwide.

    "The dead are both from police and civilians. We are waiting to get more details," said the ministry's spokesman, Hamdi Abdel Karim, adding that 874 people had been wounded.

  84. Egypt declares month-long state of emergency...

    CAIRO - Egypt declared a month-long state of emergency Wednesday as violence raged across the country following a crackdown on supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi.

    The nationwide state of emergency will begin at 4pm (1400 GMT), the presidency said in a statement read out on state television.

    The exceptional measures came as "the security and order of the nation face danger due to deliberate sabotage, and attacks on public and private buildings and the loss of life by extremist groups," the presidency said.

    Interim president Adly Mansour "has tasked the armed forces, in cooperation with the police, to take all necessary measures to maintain security and order and to protect public and private property and the lives of citizens."

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  86. Report: Egypt government dissolves Brotherhood NGO...

    CAIRO - The Egyptian government has decided to dissolve the Muslim Brotherhood as a registered non-governmental organisation, the state-run Al-Akhbar newspaper reported on Friday, adding that the decision would be announced next week.

    "The minister's decision has in fact been issued but it will be announced at the start of next week in a press conference," Al-Akhbar quoted Hany Mahana, spokesman for the minister of social solidarity, as saying.

    The decision applies to the NGO that was formally registered by the Brotherhood in March in response to a lawsuit that argued the movement had no legal status. The Brotherhood was founded in 1928 and formally dissolved by Egypt's army rulers in 1954.

  87. 15 killed, over 80 wounded as Egypt protests turn violent – state TV...

    Egyptian celebrations of the 40th anniversary of the Arab-Israeli War were marred by a fresh wave of violence, with 15 people killed and dozens wounded in clashes between police and supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi.

    Egypt’s Health Ministry says at least 15 people were killed on Sunday across the nation. Most of the dead had gunshot wounds, security sources told Reuters. Eighty-six others sustained injuries, according to state TV.

    In Cairo, Egyptian police fired tear gas to disperse pro-Morsi demonstrators as they marched towards Tahrir Square, where pro-army supporters gathered to celebrate the 1973 war anniversary. The tear gas and birdshots reportedly sent protesters running towards western Cairo’s Dokki neighborhood. Police chased demonstrators and beat them up before detaining them, a witness told AFP.

    Clashes also erupted in the Garden City district in the center of the capital, where police fired tear gas and chased protesters along the Nile Corniche, forcing some demonstrators to jump into the water. Police boats were sent to retrieve protesters.

    Unrest was reported in other parts of Cairo and in several other cities, including Alexandria, Aswan, and Suez. Earlier on Sunday, a pro-Morsi supporter was killed and at least two people were injured after clashes with police erupted during a protest march in the town of Delga, located 300 kilometers south of the capital.....

  88. Egypt clashes leave at least 44 dead and 246 injured...

    Al Arabiya

    At least 44 people were killed and more than 246 wounded on Sunday as Egyptian security forces clashed with supporters of ousted former President Mohammad Mursi, security and television sources said.

    Supporters of Mursi and his Muslim Brotherhood were protesting in several cities to show their displeasure of the military’s overthrow of the former president, while thousands celebrated the country’s military victory on the anniversary of the 1973 Arab-Israeli war.

    Most of those killed had been shot, security sources said, according to Reuters.

    One eyewitness claimed that military vehicles were firing live rounds at Muslim Brotherhood supporters near Cairo’s Tahrir Square, according to Reuters.

    In central Cairo, policemen fired shots and tear gas to disperse stone-throwing protesters.

    Around 335 protesters have been arrested, a source from the ministry of interior told the Egyptian daily Youm 7......

  89. Cinco soldados mueren al norte del país....Los islamistas anuncian más protestas y llaman a tomar Tahrir el viernes...

    Tras la tempestad que dejó ayer al menos 53 muertos y más de 200 heridos, una calma relativa se ha instalado este lunes en El Cairo. La violencia sigue instalada en otras zonas de Egipto. Al menos cinco soldados han muerto en la ciudad de Ismailia, en el norte del país, en un ataque de hombres armados. A su vez, dos personas han fallecido y otras 48 han resultado heridas en una explosión a las puertas de un edificio de la seguridad en el sur de la península del Sinaí.

    Entretanto, los islamistas lloran a sus mártires y reclaman una investigación internacional de "los crímenes" cometidos por el líder del ejército y presidente 'de facto' del país Abdelfatah al Sisi. El general prometió ayer que seguirá cumpliendo "el mandato popular de luchar contra el terrorismo".

    El baño de sangre que tiñó ayer las calles de El Cairo durante la fiesta nacional que conmemora la guerra árabe-israelí de 1973 demostró que los partidarios de Mohamed Mursi, derrocado el pasado 3 de julio, han recuperado el aliento. "El aumento de los manifestantes indica la resistencia y la perseverancia frente a las fuerzas golpistas. La mayoría del pueblo está decidido a recuperar la legitimidad perdida", señaló la ex parlamentaria de la Hermandad Azza el Garf.

    Crecida por el éxito de participación de ayer, la Alianza Nacional en Defensa de la Legitimidad -que reúne a los defensores de Mursi- ha anunciado este lunes una nueva semana de movilizaciones bajo el lema de 'El pueblo recupera el espíritu de Octubre'. Este lunes ya se han registrado pequeñas protestas a las puertas de la Universidad de El Cairo y en distintas provincias del país.

    Y aunque ayer no lo lograron, los islamistas han llamado a tomar el próximo viernes la simbólica plaza Tahrir. "Tahrir pertenece a todos los egipcios y nadie nos impedirá manifestarnos allí a pesar de los sacrificios", agrega. "Mientras los golpistas tienen celebraciones festivas para una facción de la nación en la que bailan sobre los cadáveres de sus compatriotas que se oponen al golpe, envían a sus fuerzas para matar, mutilar y arrestar a los egipcios pacíficos", denuncia el bloque en un comunicado.

    Entretanto, Al Sisi -honrado como un salvador por la multitud que ayer acudió a Tahrir- manifestó anoche que seguirá con la represión. "Somos responsables antes de Dios de seguir cumpliendo con el mandato popular y proteger a Egipto y los egipcios", declaró en el discurso del cuadragésimo aniversario de la guerra árabe-israelí que allanó el camino a la devolución de la península del Sinaí. "El ejército es tan fuerte como las pirámides gracias al pueblo", insistió antes de reconocer que "las fuerzas armadas están dispuesta a sacrificar la vida de sus miembros por el bien del pueblo".

  90. Egypte: 20 journalistes accusés de diffuser de "fausses nouvelles"....

    Vingt journalistes du réseau satellitaire Al-Jazeera vont être jugés en Egypte. Parmi eux, on compte notamment quatre étrangers accusés d'avoir diffusé "de fausses nouvelles", a indiqué mercredi le ministère public.

    Seize d'entre eux, des Egyptiens, ont été accusés d'appartenance à une "organisation terroriste" et d'avoir "porté atteinte à l'unité nationale et la paix sociale", a indiqué le parquet dans un communiqué.

    Les quatre étrangers -deux Britanniques, un Australien et un Néerlandais-- ont été accusés de "collaboration avec (ces) Egyptiens en leur fournissant de l'argent, des équipements, des informations (...) et d'avoir diffusé de fausses nouvelles visant à informer le monde extérieur que le pays était en guerre civile".

    Sur les 20 accusés, seuls huit sont détenus, les autres étant recherchés par les autorités.

    Le parquet n'a pas révélé l'identité de ceux qui sont derrière les barreaux.

    Mais trois journalistes d'Al-Jazeera, l'Australien Peter Greste, l'Egypto-Canadien Mohamed Adel Fahmy et l'Egyptien Baher Mohamed, avaient été arrêtés le 29 décembre dans un hôtel du Caire.

    Le parquet les avait accusés d'entretenir des liens avec les Frères musulmans, considérés par les autorités, dirigées de facto par l'armée, comme une organisation terroriste.


  91. L'organisation internationale de défense des droits de l'Homme basée à New York qualifie notamment de "probables crimes contre l'Humanité" la dispersion sanglante par la police et l'armée le 14 août 2013 de deux rassemblements de partisans de M. Morsi, qui ont fait officiellement quelque 700 morts en une journée parmi les manifestants...

    Le directeur exécutif de HRW, Kenneth Roth, ainsi que la directrice de l'organisation pour le Moyen Orient Sarah Leah Whitson, ont été retenus dimanche soir 12 heures durant à leur arrivée à l'aéroport du Caire, avant de se voir refuser un visa d'entrée pour "raisons de sécurité", écrit Mme Whitson sur son compte Twitter.

    Ils devaient présenter mardi à la presse au Caire un rapport de 195 pages pour marquer le premier anniversaire du "massacre de Rabaa al-Adawiya et des tueries de masse de manifestants en Egypte". "Le bilan du massacre de Rabaa est comparable à ceux de Tiananmen et Andijan", la répression sanglante en 2005 dans cette ville d'Ouzbékistan, écrit lundi matin Kenneth Roth dans un tweet.

    Les Etats-Unis, qui entretiennent des liens de coopération avec le gouvernement égyptien soutenu par l'armée ont indiqué être "déçus" de l'exclusion du responsable de HRW. "Nous continuons à avoir de sérieuses inquiétudes à propos des évènements d'août de l'année dernière et encourageons le gouvernement d'Egypte à mener des enquêtes transparentes", a souligné la porte-parole du département d'Etat américain Marie Harf à Washington.

    "Une société civile forte et vivante est importante pour le succès de la transition en cours en Egypte et nous allons continuer à persuader l'Egypte de cela", a-t-elle ajouté.

    La mort des manifestants de Rabaa et Nahda, tués par balles en août 2013 pour l'immense majorité, a été le principal point de départ d'une impitoyable répression qui a fait, depuis, au moins 1400 morts parmi les manifestants pro-Morsi, en particulier la confrérie islamiste des Frères musulmans. Les dispersions des rassemblements des places Rabaa al-Adawiya et Nahda, en plein coeur du Caire, sont survenues un peu plus d'un mois après que le chef de l'armée, Abdel Fattah al-Sissi, eut destitué et fait arrêter M. Morsi, le premier président jamais élu démocratiquement en Egypte, un an et demi après la chute de Hosni Moubarak.........................

  92. Egypt's Rabaa deaths 'crime against humanity'.....Human Rights Watch says killings were planned at highest levels of government and calls for senior leaders to be probed....

    A new report has alleged that the Egyptian security forces' killings of at least 1,000 protesters at the Rabaa al-Adawiya Square sit-in last year in Cairo "most likely amount to crimes against humanity".

    The 195-page Human Rights Watch (HRW) report released on Tuesday found that Egyptian security forces "gunned down hundreds of unarmed protesters" when they moved in to disperse the sit-in on August 14.

    The killings were "part of a policy to use lethal force against largely unarmed protesters on political grounds," HRW found, and resulted in "one of the world's largest killings of demonstrators in a single day in recent history".

    HRW said that over a dozen senior Egyptian leaders should be investigated for their parts in the protesters' deaths, including Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim and current President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, who was defence minister at the time.

    "This wasn’t merely a case of excessive force or poor training. It was a violent crackdown planned at the highest levels of the Egyptian government. Many of the same officials are still in power in Egypt, and have a lot to answer for," said Kenneth Roth, HRW’s executive director, in a statement.

    Roth was denied entry into Egypt on Monday, along with another senior staff member, after being held at Cairo's international airport for 12 hours. They were on their way to Egypt to release the report.

    Badr Abdel Atty, the Egyptian ministry of foreign affairs spokesperson, told Al Jazeera on Monday that the government would not comment on the report until it was officially released...................


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