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Egyptian President Orders Journalist Freed from Jail

Posted August 23rd, 2012 at 5:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi has ordered a newspaper editor accused of insulting him freed from jail. Mr. Morsi Thursday decreed that no journalist shall be jailed for such alleged publishing-related crimes as libel and slander. It was his first presidential decree since taking law-making powers away from the military earlier this month. The president’s decision […]

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Egypt Seeks $4.8 Billion IMF Loan

Posted August 22nd, 2012 at 8:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Egypt has formally asked the International Monetary Fund for a rescue package of up to $4.8 billion, as it struggles with its faltering economy after more than a year of political turmoil triggered by a popular uprising. Egyptian Prime Minister Hisham Qandil, speaking Wednesday, said the loan is aimed at lowering Egypt’s borrowing costs. He […]

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Egyptian Media Call Military Shakeup ‘Revolutionary’

Posted August 13th, 2012 at 4:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Egyptian media outlets are hailing as “revolutionary” a decision by President Mohamed Morsi to dismiss the once-powerful defense minister and curtail the military’s authority. On Sunday, Mr. Morsi ordered Defense Minister Hussein Tantawi — a holdover from ousted President Hosni Mubarak’s rule — to retire along with armed forces chief of staff Sami Enan. The […]

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Egyptian Media Calls Military Shakeup ‘Revolutionary’

Posted August 13th, 2012 at 9:45 am (UTC-5)
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Egyptian media outlets are hailing as “revolutionary” a decision by President Mohamed Morsi to dismiss the once-powerful defense minister and curtail the military’s authority. On Sunday, Mr. Morsi ordered Defense Minister Hussein Tantawi — a holdover from ousted President Hosni Mubarak’s rule — to retire along with armed forces chief of staff Sami Enan. The […]

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Egypt’s Morsi Orders Top Military Officers to Retire

Posted August 12th, 2012 at 2:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has ordered his defense minister and military chief of staff to retire. President Morsi replaced the outgoing defense minister Hussein Tantawi — a holdover from ousted President Hosni Mubarak’s rule — Sunday with Abdel Fattah al-Sissi. He also has appointed a senior judge, Mahmoud Mekki, as vice president. Tantawi had led […]

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Egypt’s Morsi Orders Top Military Officers to Retire

Posted August 12th, 2012 at 11:50 am (UTC-5)
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Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi has ordered his defense minister and military council’s chief of staff to retire. A presidential spokesman also announced Sunday that Mr. Morsi has canceled a constitutional declaration the military approved shortly before his election that granted its top commanders wide powers. President Morsi replaced the outgoing defense minister Hussein Tantawi — […]

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Egyptian Police, Armed Men Clash in Sinai

Posted August 9th, 2012 at 4:55 am (UTC-5)
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Egyptian police have clashed with armed men in the Sinai peninsula, a day after military airstrikes killed 20 suspected militants in the area. State television said the fighting resumed Thursday outside a police station in El-Arish, about 50 kilometers from the border with Israel and the Gaza Strip. There were no immediate reports of casualties. […]

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Egypt’s President Fires Officials After Sinai Killings

Posted August 8th, 2012 at 11:35 am (UTC-5)
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Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi has fired his intelligence chief and the governor of North Sinai in a major reorganization that extends to the commander of the military police. The announcement of Mr. Morsi’s decision Wednesday comes on the heels of a military operation in the Sinai Peninsula, targeting suspected Islamist militants. In a statement read […]

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Officials: Egyptian Airstrikes Kill 20 Militants in Sinai

Posted August 8th, 2012 at 10:05 am (UTC-5)
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Egyptian officials say they killed 20 suspected militants in the Sinai Peninsula Wednesday in airstrikes, escalating the country’s fight against Islamists in the region bordering Israel. In a statement read on state television Wednesday, the military said it has started an operation in Sinai to restore stability and regain control there. The strikes came hours […]

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Egyptian Military Kills 20 Militants After Checkpoint Attacks

Posted August 8th, 2012 at 12:50 am (UTC-5)
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Egyptian security officials say the military has carried out an assault on suspected militants in the Sinai peninsula following new attacks against checkpoints. Officials say the airstrikes Wednesday killed 20 militants. The strikes came hours after an attack against checkpoints in the city of El-Arish, about 50 kilometers from the border with Israel and the […]

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