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RT @SherineT: #egypt army says it will give its version of events and videos to support it in a press conf later. Exactly what they did aft…by Gregg Carlstrom via twitter 7/8/2013 10:54:37 AM
by Al Jazeera News via twitter 7/6/2013 12:15:07 AM
"Maybe they will need to issue a curfew. Maybe the trouble will last a few days. But the army is everything in this country. And they are taking control."-Said Asr, 41Islamist protests hit cities across Egypt, at least 24 dead
Flares are seen as members of the Muslim Brotherhood and supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi clash with anti-Mursi protesters near Maspero, Egypt's state TV and radio station, near Tahrir square in Cairo July 5, 2013. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh
At least 24 dead as Islamist protests hit cities across Egypt
At least 24 people died across Egypt on Friday as Islamists opposed to the overthrow of President Mohamed Mursi took to the streets to vent their fury at what they say was a military coup.
Fierce clashes in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria left 12 dead and 200 injured, while in Cairo, five people were killed as pro- and anti-Mursi protesters ran amok in central areas and armored personnel carriers rumbled among them to restore calm.
Five police officers were gunned down in separate incidents in the North Sinai town of El Arish, and while it was not clear whether the attacks were linked to Mursi's ouster, hardline Islamists there have warned they would fight back.
Full story from Mike Collett-White and Alastair Macdonald
Egypt bank governor says staying in position
Egyptian central bank governor Hisham Ramez said on Saturday he would remain in his position following the overthrow of President Mohamed Mursi, and denied a report he would be named prime minister.
"I will not be the prime minister," he told Reuters. "I am staying on as the governor of the central bank, which is a very important role. I am not a politician."
Since his appointment in January, Ramez has won respect from financiers as he has negotiated on a still to be finalized loan from the International Monetary Fund.
Following the military's removal of Mursi on Wednesday, an interim government of technocrats is expected to be announced in the coming days.
(Reporting by Patrick Werr; Editing by Alastair Macdonald)
by Jim Roberts via twitter 7/5/2013 10:50:25 PM
Twelve killed in clashes in Egyptian city of Alexandria - medicTwelve people were killed in clashes in the Egyptian city of Alexandria on Friday, Amr Nasr, head of emergency services in the city, said.
He also told the state news agency MENA that around 200 were injured. Most of the fatalities were from gunshot wounds.
(Reporting by Haitham Fahmy; Writing by Mike Collett-White)
You don't get classier than @BowenBBCby Aleem Maqbool via twitter 7/5/2013 10:31:00 PM
Egypt Brotherhood deputy leader Shater arrested
A deputy leader of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, former presidential candidate Khairat El-Shater, has been arrested, security sources, his party and state news agency MENA said on Saturday.
Security sources said Shater, a wealthy businessman seen as the movement's main political strategist, was taken into custody on suspicion of incitement to violence. He was arrested at his apartment in Cairo.
Among the Brotherhood's best known public figures, Shater was the latest of several of its leaders to be taken in since President Mohamed Mursi was overthrown by the army on Wednesday.
Mursi was propelled into the presidential campaign last year when Shater was disqualified on the grounds of a past criminal conviction.
(Reporting by Shadia Nasralla; Editing by Alastair Macdonald)
An anti-Mursi protester shows spent shell casings and rubber bullets during clashes with members of the Muslim Brotherhood and supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi near Maspero, Egypt's state TV and radio station, near Tahrir square in Cairo July 5, 2013. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh
RT @RichardEngel: Medics tell us 4 killed from #Morsi supporters in clashes in Nasr City #Egypt. Injuries i saw appear to be from shotgunsby NBC Nightly News via twitter 7/5/2013 3:31:01 PM
Injured protesters, who support former Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi, lie on the ground during clashes outside the Republican Guard building in Cairo July 5, 2013. REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih
We r peaceful protestors asking 4 restoration of #Legitimacy & we r being shot at by live bullets from the Military !! #Police_State #Egyptby Gehad El-Haddad via twitter 7/5/2013 3:29:40 PM
Security forces watch over protesters, who support former Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi, during clashes outside the Republican Guard building in Cairo July 5, 2013. REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih
Protesters, who support former Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi, run during demonstrations outside the Republican Guard building in Cairo July 5, 2013. REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih
Protesters, who support former Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi, run during demonstrations outside the Republican Guard building in Cairo July 5, 2013. REUTERS/Steve Crisp
Protesters, who support former Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi, carry an injured man during clashes outside the Republican Guard building in Cairo July 5, 2013. REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih
Egypt interim head of state dissolves parliament
CAIRO, July 5 (Reuters) - The interim Egyptian head of state who was appointed after the army ousted President Mohamed Mursi dissolved parliament by decree on Friday, state television said.
Only the upper house, the Shura Council, had remained active after the lower house was dissolved by military-led authorities shortly before Mursi was elected a year ago.
State TV also said that Adli Mansour, the constitutional court chief justice sworn in as head of state on Thursday, had appointed Mohamed Ahmed Farid as head of intelligence.
He replaces Mohamed Raafat Shehata, a Mursi appointee, who becomes national security adviser to Mansour.
(Reporting by Tom Perry; Writing by Alastair Macdonald; Editing by Mike Collett-White)
Many family members of imprisoned or missing #MB leaders r all in #Rabaa calling for return to #legitimacy. #Military_Coup #Egyptby Gehad El-Haddad via twitter 7/5/2013 3:06:14 PM
Egypt interim head of state appoints new head of intelligence - state TV
Egypt interim head of state issues decree dissolving upper house of parliament - state TV
Troops and Mursi supporters clash in Sinai and Suez Cities
CAIRO, July 5 (Reuters) - Egyptian troops and Islamist supporters of deposed President Mohamed Mursi clashed in three cities on Friday - El-Arish in North Sinai and Suez and Ismailia on the Suez Canal - witnesses and security sources said.
Protesters tried to enter government buildings in all three towns. Some threw rocks and troops responded by shooting in the air and firing teargas into the crowds, security sources said.
(Reporting By Maggie Fick; Editing by Alastair Macdonald)
apache helicopter gunship making low passes over demoby Jeremy Bowen via twitter 7/5/2013 2:02:18 PM
Much anger at site of killing of MB protestor #cairo. More people arriving from Rabaa al Adawiya direction.by Jeremy Bowen via twitter 7/5/2013 2:01:38 PM
Egyptian forces shoot three dead where Mursi held - security sources
CAIRO, July 5 (Reuters) - At least three demonstrators were shot dead by Egyptian security forces on Friday outside the Republican Guard barracks in Cairo where deposed Islamist President Mohamed Mursi is being held, security sources said.
Mursi supporters had approached the compound.
(Reporting by Tom Perry; Editing by Alastair Macdonald)
At least three demonstrators killed when Egyptian security forces opened fire on Islamist march near where Mursi is held - according to security sources
Suez Canal, Egypt ports operating normally
CAIRO/LONDON - Egypt's ports and its strategic Suez Canal were operating normally on Friday with no disruption to cargo traffic, two shipping sources and a canal official said.
"The movement of ships was not affected by the Sinai attacks," Mohab Mameesh, head of the Suez Canal Authority, said. He said 48 ships had passed through the canal on Friday.
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.
"Ports are open and operating normally. Nothing has been affected at Alexandria, Damietta, Red Sea ports and the Suez canal for now," a shipping source in Egypt said.
"Everything is normal in the Suez canal ... Suez itself is secure, and there is no effect on Port Said, Suez, Ismailia or the east bank of the canal. All have huge troop deployments that have not been seen for a long time. Transit through the canal is also unaffected,” another source said.
(Reporting by Yasmine Saleh in Cairo and Julia Payne and Jonathan Saul in London; editing by Jane Baird)
Suez Canal shipping traffic not affected after attacks in Sinai Peninsula - Suez Canal Authority Chief
A man is silhouetted against the sunset as Egyptian military jets fly in formation over Tahrir square in Cairo July 4, 2013. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany
African Union suspends Egypt after army overthrow of president
ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - The African Union on Friday suspended Egypt from all its activities after the Egyptian military overthrew the elected president, Mohamed Mursi, a senior AU official said.
Suspension is the AU's usual response to any interruption of constitutional rule by a member state.
"As mandated by the relevant AU instruments, the African Union Peace and Security Council decides to suspend the participation of Egypt in AU activities until the restoration of constitutional order," Admore Kambudzi, Secretary of the Peace and Security Council, said after a meeting.
(Reporting by Aaron Maasho; Writing by James Macharia; Editing by Mark Heinrich)
Protesters against ousted President Mohamed Mursi wave Egyptian flags in Tahrir Square in Cairo July 4, 2013. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany
Egypt's army announces state of emergency in South Sinai, Suez
CAIRO (Reuters) - 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.
(Reporting By Maggie Fick; editing by Mike Collett-White)
Egypt Islamists call for "Friday of rejection" against coup
CAIRO, July 4 (Reuters) - An Islamist coalition led by the Muslim Brotherhood appealed to Egyptians on Thursday to demonstrate across the nation in a "Friday of Rejection" against a military coup that ousted elected President Mohamed Mursi.
The National Coalition in Support of Legitimacy "calls on the Egyptian people to take to the streets and mobilise peacefully" after Friday prayers "to say 'No' to military detentions, 'No' to the military coup".
The call was issued at a news conference at a mosque in suburban Cairo where Mursi supporters have staged a sit-in since last week. Troops with armoured vehicles have surrounded the area since Wednesday, when Mursi was toppled, but have not intervened to clear the protesters.
(Reporting by Asma Alsharif; Writing by Paul Taylor)
Egypt Islamist coalition calls on followers to demonstrate against coup across nation on Friday
Qatar hails new Egypt leader in apparent policy shift
By Regan Doherty and Amena Bakr
DOHA/DUBA, July 4 (Reuters) - Qatar joined other Gulf Arab states in welcoming Egypt's interim ruler on Thursday in an apparent attempt to salvage diplomatic prestige after the ousting of Cairo's Islamist government which it had backed with billions of dollars in aid.
Qatar has been a regional maverick for its support of Arab Spring revolts and its aid to Muslim Brotherhood rule in Egypt alarmed neighbouring Gulf dynasties who see the Islamist group as a potential threat to their own hereditary authority.
Qatar had extended $7.5 billion in loans or grants to Egypt since a revolution toppled veteran President Hosni Mubarak in 2011, providing much of it during the administration of Mohamed Mursi, an Islamist elected in June 2012.
Egypt shows power only comes from force, Somali militants say
NAIROBI, July 4 (Reuters) - Events in Egypt, where an elected Islamist president was ousted by the army, showed that power only comes from force, not democracy, Somali militant group al Shabaab said on Thursday.
In comments on its Twitter account @HSMPRESS1, al Shabaab said the fate of Egypt's ousted president, Mohamed Mursi, showed Islamists will not be allowed to rule, even if elected.
"It's time to remove those rose-tinted spectacles and see the world as accurately as it is, change comes by the bullet alone; NOT the ballot," the group wrote.
Mursi, of the Muslim Brotherhood, urged his supporters not to respond to his ouster with violence.
Al Shabaab ruled Somalia until African Union troops drove it out of the capital and other centres over the last two years, but it still controls swathes of rural areas and launches regular guerrilla-style bombings and attacks against the government, United Nations and others targets.
The Muslim Brotherhood "should perhaps learn a little from the lessons of history and those 'democratically elected' before them in Algeria or even Hamas," the group said.
It was referring to the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, which controls Gaza after winning an election but has faced international isolation, and Algeria, where the army scrapped an election in 1992 when Islamists were on the verge of victory.
"When will the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) wake up from their deep slumber and realise the futility of their efforts at instituting change," al Shabaab said.
"After a year of stumbling on the hurdles, the MB horse is finally off to the knacker's yard, never to see the light of day again."
The Brotherhood spent much of its eight-decade history as a secretive organisation facing repression from Egypt's rulers, but emerged as the most organised political force after President Hosni Mubarak was ousted in 2011.
Mursi was only in office a year before mass rallies that began on June 30 prompted the army, the power behind Mubarak's rule, to topple him and outline a political "road map" for Egypt.
(Reporting by Drazen Jorgic; Writing by Edmund Blair; Editing by George Obulutsa and Robin Pomeroy)
Muslim Brotherhood will not take up arms, but does not accept a "military regime" - senior leader Beltagy
Egypt pound strengthens on black market - trader
CAIRO, July 4 (Reuters) - Egypt's pound strengthened suddenly on the black market on Thursday to 7.30/35 to the U.S. dollar from 7.60/65 earlier in the day, a trader said.
Other markets have improved a day after the military pushed the country's Muslim Brotherhood president out of power, including the stock market, whose main index shot up by 7.3 percent.
The pound had earlier strengthened marginally on the official market after a central bank auction, its first such increase since a currency crisis in December.
Traders said prices of Egypt's international bonds were quoted sharply higher, by several cents on the dollar.
More detail on the Turkish reaction:
Turkey calls Mursi's removal "unacceptable coup"
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ISTANBUL, July 4 (Reuters) - Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Thursday said the army's overthrow of Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi was a "military coup", and "unacceptable".
"The removal of President Mohamed Mursi, who came to power through a democratic election, by the intervention of the Egyptian army is an extremely worrying situation," Davutoglu told reporters in Istanbul.
"Leaders who come to power with open and transparent elections reflecting the will of the people can only be removed by elections, that is, the will of the nation," he said.
"It is unacceptable for a government that has come to power through democratic elections to be toppled through illicit means and, even more, a military coup."
The response by Turkey's government, which like Mursi's Muslim Brotherhood has Islamist roots, appeared to be the strongest foreign reaction so far to Mursi's overthrow.
The United Nations, the United States and other powers have stopped short of denouncing the move as a military coup; to do so might trigger automatic sanctions.
Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said the coup had destroyed Egypt's fledgling democracy and national will, and hit out at the responses from Western capitals.
"There are no opposing statements from the West ... which always advocates democracy, national will, human honour and freedoms. Where is the sincerity?" Bozdag tweeted.
Turkey was rocked by weeks of its own protests last month when a small effort to save an Istanbul park from redevelopment mushroomed into a mass demonstration by tens of thousands of people opposed to what they see as Erdogan's authoritarian rule.
While those protests were dwarfed by the millions of people who have taken to the streets in Egypt this week, they were the biggest public challenge to Erdogan's 10-year rule.
Erdogan, who has so far remained silent over the recent unrest in Egypt, has dismissed protesters at home as pawns of Turkey's enemies and said they were manipulated by "terrorists".
Erdogan was due to discuss Egypt with Davutoglu and other officials later on Thursday.
Turkey's response is at least partly shaped by its own history of having experienced military coups in 1960, 1971 and 1980.
In 1997, Turkey's first Islamist government, led by Necmettin Erbakan was also pushed from power by the army in what was widely dubbed a "post-modern coup".
Erdogan's AK Party, founded in part by members of Erbakan's Welfare Party after it was outlawed, has sharply curbed the influence of the military since coming to power in 2002.
Last month, Ankara moved to amend an article of the armed forces charter cited by generals in the past to justify coups.
(Reporting by Ayla Jean Yackley; Writing by Humeyra Pamuk; Editing by Jonathon Burch)
BALTIMORE (Reuters) -The United States would come to Taiwan's defense and has a commitment to defend the island China claims as its own, U.S. President Joe Biden said on Thursday, though the White House said later there was no change in policy towards the island.