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As Egypt's economy flounders, some look to informal entrepreneurs as engine for recovery

CAIRO - In Egypt's newest reality television show, contestants sold fruit juice from push carts in Cairo's busiest market and later organized a desert safari for tourists, hustling to make sales in the capital's crowded streets. The program, called "The Project" in Arabic, highlights entrepreneurship and small business acumen — something experts say is more crucial than ever as Egypt tries to claw its way out of tough economic times.

Egypt trial of Jazeera journalists resumes amid outcry

The Egyptian trial resumes Wednesday for Al-Jazeera journalists accused of supporting ousted president Mohamed Morsi's banned Muslim Brotherhood, a case that has sparked a global outcry over muzzling of the press. The high-profile trial is seen as a test of whether Egypt's military-installed authorities will allow freedom of the press, with activists expressing concern about a return to autocratic rule three years after the Arab Spring uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak.

First woman to head Egypt party worried over military

The first woman to head an Egyptian political party has expressed concern that a return to military rule could threaten democracy in a country roiled by three years of turbulence. Hala Shukrallah, a Copt who now leads the liberal Al-Dostour Party, told AFP the failure of democratic groups to throw up a civilian leadership was benefitting the military, and could also help the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood make a comeback.

First woman to head Egypt party worried over military

The first woman to head an Egyptian political party has expressed concern that a return to military rule could threaten democracy in a country roiled by three years of turbulence. Hala Shukrallah, a Copt who now leads the liberal Al-Dostour Party, told AFP the failure of democratic groups to throw up a civilian leadership was benefitting the military, and could also help the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood make a comeback.

Egypt's Sisi signals he will run for president

By Michael Georgy CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt's armed forces chief Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi signaled on Tuesday that he will run for president, saying he cannot ignore the "majority" of Egyptians who want him to do so, state news agency MENA reported. Sisi, who ousted Egypt's first freely elected president, Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood, in July, said "official procedures" concerning his candidacy were expected in coming days.

Egypt jails policemen for activist's death that triggered Mubarak uprising

By Abdel Rahman Youssef ALEXANDRIA (Reuters) - Two Egyptian policemen were sentenced to 10 years in prison on Monday for torturing an activist to death in 2010 in an incident that became one of the triggers for the uprising that toppled veteran autocrat Hosni Mubarak. Witnesses and rights groups said that 28-year-old Khaled Said died after police dragged him out of an Internet cafe in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria and beat him to death.

Egypt policemen sentenced to 10 years for blogger death

Two Egyptian policemen were sentenced to 10 years in jail Monday for the killing of a blogger whose death rallied protesters in the 2011 revolt that toppled Hosni Mubarak. The two were sentenced following a retrial for the manslaughter and torture of Khaled Said in June 2010, when they had unlawfully arrested him at an Internet cafe in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria. The two police, Mahmoud Salah Mahmoud and Awad Ismail Suleiman, had initially been sentenced to seven years in October 2011 for excessive brutality.

Egypt policemen sentenced to 10 years for blogger death

Two Egyptian policemen were sentenced to 10 years in jail Monday for the killing of a blogger, whose death rallied protesters in the 2011 revolt that toppled Hosni Mubarak. The two were sentenced following a retrial for the manslaughter and torture of Khaled Said in June 2010, when they had unlawfully arrested him at an Internet cafe in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria. The two police, Mahmoud Salah Mahmoud and Awad Ismail Suleiman, had initially been sentenced to seven years in October 2011 for excessive brutality.

Egypt policemen sentenced to 10 years for blogger death

Two Egyptian policemen were sentenced to 10 years in jail Monday for the killing of a blogger, whose death rallied protesters in the 2011 revolt that toppled Hosni Mubarak. The two were sentenced following a retrial for the manslaughter and torture of Khaled Said in June 2010, when they had unlawfully arrested him at an Internet cafe in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria. The two police, Mahmoud Salah Mahmoud and Awad Ismail Suleiman, had initially been sentenced to seven years in October 2011 for excessive brutality.

Security top priority for new Egypt government

Egypt's new military-installed prime minister said Sunday that security was his top priority, with police and soldiers facing near daily attacks since the July ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi. In his first address to the nation, Ibrahim Mahlab, a former member of the party of toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak, said Egypt faced "challenges that are like mountains", but vowed to confront them with transparency and firmness.
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