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U.S. shocked by Egypt's death sentences but still talking to government

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States said on Monday it was shocked by death sentences handed down on 529 members of Egypt's outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, but said it was still talking to the Egyptian government. "We're certainly raising it with the Egyptian government ... it's a pretty shocking number," State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf told a regular news briefing. "It defies logic that over 529 defendants could be tried in a two-day period in accordance with international standards," she said.

529 Morsi supporters sentenced to death in Egypt

An Egyptian court sentenced 529 supporters of deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi to death on Monday after just two hearings, in the largest mass death sentencing in the country's modern history. The shock verdict by the court in the southern province of Minya, which is subject to appeal, came amid a sweeping crackdown on Morsi's supporters since his overthrow by the army last July. Washington said it was deeply concerned by the death sentences, questioning the fairness of proceedings against so many defendants lasting just two days.

529 Morsi supporters sentenced to death in Egypt

An Egyptian court sentenced 529 supporters of deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi to death on Monday after just two hearings, in the largest mass sentencing in the country's modern history. The shock verdict by the court in the southern province of Minya came amid a sweeping crackdown on Morsi's supporters since his overthrow by the army last July. Washington said it was deeply concerned by the death sentences, questioning the fairness of proceedings against so many defendants lasting just two days.

529 Morsi backers sentenced to death in Egypt

A court ordered the execution of 529 supporters of deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi after only two hearings on Monday, in the largest such sentencing in Egypt's modern history. The unprecedented verdict, amid an extensive crackdown on Morsi supporters, is likely to be overturned on appeal, legal experts said. The military-installed authorities have arrested thousands of Morsi supporters and put many of them on trial since the army deposed the Islamist on July 3.

Egyptian president writes to family of Canadian journalist imprisoned in Cairo

In an unexpected gesture, Egypt's interim president assured the family of an imprisoned Egyptian-Canadian journalist that the man would get a fair, speedy trial and necessary medical treatment while his case was dealt with. The guarantees came in the form of a letter received by Mohamed Fahmy's family on Sunday — a day before his trial was set to resume in Cairo. "I want to reaffirm in this regard the independence of the Egyptian judiciary and my confidence that your son will get all his legal rights," wrote President Adly Mansour.

Egypt's stock market reaches new, 5-year high despite ongoing unrest and clashes

CAIRO - Egypt's stock market reached a new, 5-year high Thursday, pushing to levels unseen since the 2008 global economic crisis despite ongoing political turmoil and unrest in the country.

Egypt president orders probe into August carnage

Egypt's interim president Adly Mansour ordered a judicial inquiry Wednesday into the dispersal of an Islamist protest camp by security forces in August that left hundreds killed. The day-long clashes as police and soldiers moved in to break up the sprawling Cairo tent city set up by supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi led to the worst peacetime bloodshed in modern Egyptian history.

Egypt policeman gets 10 years for Islamist prisoner deaths

An Egyptian court sentenced a policeman to 10 years Tuesday for the deaths of 37 prisoners who suffocated on tear gas in one of the most brutal incidents in a crackdown on Islamists. The court verdict, which also saw three other police officers handed one year suspended jail terms, was the first against policemen for violations during the crackdown on supporters of president Mohamed Morsi since his ouster by the army in July.

Egypt probe blames security, armed protesters for August carnage

Egypt's official human rights body on Monday blamed security forces and "armed elements" among protesters for the death of hundreds during the dispersal of a massive Islamist sit-in last August. The National Council for Human Rights said 632 people, including 8 policemen, were killed on August 14 when security forces dispersed Cairo's Rabaa al-Adaweya sit-in, organised by supporters of deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.

10 Egyptians jailed over anti-constitution vote protest

Ten Egyptians, including a journalist working for a Muslim Brotherhood newspaper, were each sentenced on Monday to a year in jail for protesting against a constitutional referendum, judicial sources said. Egypt adopted in January a new constitution after the previous one, approved during the presidency of Mohamed Morsi, was suspended when he was ousted last July. The 10 defendants were found guilty of "attempts to derail the constitutional referendum" held on January 14 and 15, and "disturbing public order," the sources said.
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