June 14, 2011 |
JERUSALEM - Friends and relatives of a U.S.-born Israeli arrested in Egypt on spy charges said Monday that he is a law student in Atlanta with an avid interest in the Mideast - and not a Mossad agent out to sabotage Egypt's revolution, as Egyptian authorities allege. His mother and a fellow student said Ilan Grapel, 27, arrived in Cairo only in May. Late Monday, the official Egyptian News Agency said the investigation showed he arrived in Egypt just before the protests began Jan. 25 and was in Tahrir Square every day, "inciting sedition, spreading rumors, and urging protesters toward friction with the armed forces and to commit acts of violence.
September 9, 2011 |
CAIRO - A former high-ranking security official testified Thursday that forces loyal to Hosni Mubarak were ordered to use excessive force to crush protests in the early days of a revolution that would later topple the president. The police general's testimony said the order came from then-Interior Minister Habib Adli, an accusation that suggests the highest levels of the Mubarak government plotted the crackdown that killed more than 800 people between Jan. 25 and Feb. 11. It was unclear whether Adli called for firing live ammunition.
October 12, 2011 |
CAIRO - Egyptian Finance Minister Hazem Beblawi resigned in protest over the military-led government's crackdown on Christian Coptic protesters this week that deepened sectarian tensions and left 25 people dead and more than 300 injured. Although "there might not be direct responsibility on the government's part, the responsibility lies, ultimately, on its shoulders," the official state news agency MENA quoted Beblawi as saying. "The current circumstances are very difficult and require a new and different way of thinking and working.
July 18, 2011 |
CAIRO - Egyptian Prime Minister Essam Sharaf made sweeping changes to his cabinet Sunday in a move to calm nine days of protests in Tahrir Square against the nation's ruling military council and the slow pace of political reform. Sharaf promised last week to reshuffle his government and purge the Interior Ministry of police officers and top officials accused of murder in the deaths of more than 800 protesters during the crackdown on the revolution that toppled President Hosni Mubarak in February.
July 2, 2013 |
CAIRO - Hundreds of thousands of antigovernment protesters armed with flags, banners, and deafening waves of chants for President Mohammed Morsi's downfall packed into Tahrir Square and flooded the streets around Egypt's presidential palace Sunday, in the largest showing of opposition to the Islamist leader since he took office one year ago Sunday. Thousands of Morsi supporters, many of them from his Muslim Brotherhood party, filled another Cairo thoroughfare with their own chants of support.
November 28, 2011 |
GREG PORTER, the Drexel University sophomore arrested last week during protests in Cairo, returned to Philadelphia this weekend. A family member standing outside Porter's Glenside, Montgomery County, home told a reporter yesterday that Porter would not be available for comment but that the family is grateful that he is home. The 19-year-old La Salle College High School graduate was met Saturday evening by his parents and other family members at Philadelphia International Airport.
July 1, 2013 |
CAIRO - Organizers of a mass protest against Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi claimed Saturday that more than 22 million people have signed their petition demanding the Islamist leader step down. The announcement adds to a sense of foreboding on the eve of opposition-led mass demonstrations that many fear could turn deadly and spin out of control, dragging the country into a dangerous round of political violence. The demonstrations planned for Sunday reflect the growing polarization of the nation since Morsi took power, with the president and his Islamist allies in one camp and seculars, liberals, moderate Muslims, and Christians on the other.
July 24, 2013 |
CAIRO - The family of Mohammed Morsi furiously denounced the military Monday, accusing it of "kidnapping" him, and European diplomats urged that Egypt's first freely elected leader be released after being held incommunicado for nearly three weeks since being deposed by the army. The fate of Morsi, who has been held without charge, has become a focus of the political battle between his Muslim Brotherhood and the new military-backed government. The Brotherhood has tried to use Morsi's detention to rally the country to its side.
February 1, 2013 |
CAIRO - With near impunity and the backing of the Islamist president, Egyptian police have been accused of firing wildly at protesters, beating them, and lashing out with deadly force in clashes across much of the country in the last week, regaining their Hosni Mubarak-era notoriety as a tool of repression. In the process, nearly 60 people have been killed and hundreds injured, and the security forces have reemerged as a significant political player after spending the two years since Mubarak's ouster on the sidelines, sulking or unwilling to fully take back the streets.
January 29, 2013 |
CAIRO - An unpredictable new element has entered Egypt's wave of political unrest: a mysterious group of masked young men called the Black Bloc who present themselves as the defenders of protesters opposed to the Islamist president's rule. They boast that they're willing to use force to fight back against Islamists who have attacked protesters in the past - or against police who crack down on demonstrations. The youths with faces hidden under black wrestlers' masks have appeared among stone-throwing protesters in clashes with police around Egypt the past five days in the wave of political violence that has shaken the country.