Latest updates on the political upheaval in Egypt.
“First they stole the valuable things, and then they torched the place. ... Whatever they couldn't carry, they burned.” - Sami Awad, church member at Saint Virgin Mary Church in Al Nazla, Egypt reports to Christian Science Monitor
U.S. troubled by 'suspicious deaths' of Egyptian prisoners
The U.S. State Department voiced deep concern on Monday about the deaths of Muslim Brotherhood prisoners while in custody in Egypt and made clear that it does not believe that the Islamist group should be banned.
"We are also deeply troubled by the suspicious deaths of Muslim Brotherhood prisoners in a purported prison escape attempt near Cairo," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters, referring to some 38 Muslim Brotherhood supporters who died in disputed circumstances at a prison on Sunday.
(Reporting By Arshad Mohammed; Editing by Sandra Maler)
Public Backs Cutoff of Military Aid to Egypt: the Pew Research Center reports that 51% of Americans say it is better for the United States to cut off military aid to Egypt to put pressure on the government. This is nearly double the percentage (26%) saying it is better to continue military aid to the government in order to maintain influence in Egypt.
The AP reports: "Last Wednesday, nearly 600 people were killed throughout Egypt in violence that accompanied the forcible dispersal by security forces of two Cairo protest camps. ... On Monday, five days later, the bodies of dozens of those killed in the Rabaa al-Adawiya protest camp remain at the morgue. ... Among the relatives are those who don't yet know if their loved ones are inside the morgue. Others have identified bodies, but are still waiting for them to be processed."
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MOSCOW Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that Russia would send ideas to Washington within a week to follow up his talks with U.S. President Joe Biden on the Ukraine crisis.