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Army chief Sisi, Egypt's new nationalist icon

Egypt's Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who ended months of speculation Wednesday by announcing he would run for the presidency, has emerged as a nationalist icon in the mould of the country's first modern military ruler, Gamal Abdel Nasser. Sisi, 59, became Egypt's most popular political figure and de facto head of state after he led the July 3 ouster of Egypt's first freely elected and civilian president, the Islamist Mohamed Morsi.

Egypt's Sisi says he will run for president

Egypt's army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said Wednesday he had quit the military to run for president, vowing to rid the country of "terrorism" almost nine months after he toppled the elected leader. Sisi, who was also defence minister, faces no serious competition in the election, likely before June, and is expected to win comfortably riding on a wave of popularity for his law and order message. He declared his widely anticipated candidacy in a televised address.

Egypt's Sisi says he will run for president

Egypt's army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said Wednesday he had quit the military to run for president, vowing to rid the country of "terrorism" almost nine months after he toppled the elected leader. Sisi, who was also defence minister, faces no serious competition in the election, likely before June, and is expected to win comfortably riding on a wave of popularity for his law and order message. He declared his widely anticipated candidacy in a televised address.

One killed as Egypt police, students clash

One person was killed and 14 wounded Wednesday when police and student supporters of Egypt's deposed president Mohamed Morsi clashed at Cairo University, the health ministry said. Riot police fired volleys of tear gas from the university's main gate at students who were demonstrating against Monday's sentencing of 529 Morsi supporters to death in the biggest such act in the country's modern judicial history, an AFP correspondent reported. The interior ministry said a law student from Al-Azhar Islamic University in the Nile Delta city of Tanta was killed in the clashes.

Egypt orders 919 Brotherhood members to stand trial

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt's public prosecutor ordered 919 members of the Muslim Brotherhood to stand trial on Wednesday on charges including terrorism and murder, the state news agency reported. They will stand trial in the southern province of Minya, where earlier this week a judge sentenced 529 Brotherhood members to death on various charges including killing.

Egyptian doctor faces life on the run after mass death sentences

By Michael Georgy CAIRO (Reuters) - Hossam Shabib says he has always been a respectable Egyptian doctor who served his community and stayed out of trouble. Now he is hiding abroad, convicted of taking part in the killing of a police officer. On Monday, an Egyptian court sentenced Shabib and 528 other alleged members of the Muslim Brotherhood to death for murder and other offences, signaling a sharp escalation in a crackdown on Islamists.

US urges Egypt against executions in mass sentencing

The United States on Tuesday urged Egypt not to execute 529 supporters of deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi who were given the death penalty in a mass sentencing which has triggered an international outcry. Deputy State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf called the sentencing "shocking." "The imposition of the death penalty for 529 defendants after a two-day summary proceeding cannot be reconciled with Egypt's obligations under international human rights law, and its implementation of these sentences, as I said, would be unconscionable," she stressed.

Brotherhood head, 682 others tried in Egypt after mass death sentence

By Treza Kamal MINYA, Egypt (Reuters) - The leader of Egypt's outlawed Muslim Brotherhood and 682 others went on trial on Tuesday on charges including murder, a day after more than 500 supporters of deposed Islamist president Mohamed Mursi were sentenced to death. The mass trials and death sentences - the biggest in Egypt's modern history - are signs that the crackdown on Mursi's Brotherhood is intensifying ahead of presidential elections that army chief Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is expected to win.

U.S. says carrying out Egypt's death sentences would be 'unconscionable'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Tuesday sharply criticized Egypt's trials of members of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood and said it would be "unconscionable" for the Egyptian government to carry out the death sentences given to 529 members of the Islamist group. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said the death sentences given on Monday by the Egyptian court and the start of another mass trial on Tuesday of the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood and 682 others "represent a flagrant disregard for basic standards of justice."

U.N. says Egyptian death sentences contravene international law

GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations human rights office said on Tuesday an Egyptian court's decision to sentence 529 members of the Muslim Brotherhood to death contravened international law, and voiced concern for others facing the same charges. Rights campaigners and lawyers described Monday's ruling as the biggest mass death penalty handed out in Egypt's modern history. The Muslim Brotherhood's leader and 682 others went on trial on Tuesday in the same court.
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