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Death toll in Egypt crackdown tops 600

The death toll in the military crackdown on protesters in Egypt had reached 638 by Thursday night, the Egyptian health ministry said. Clashes between security forces and protesters including supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi on Wednesday left about 4,000 injured, according to the ministry. The clashes prompted the government to declare a one-month state of emergency for the entire country and impose a curfew in Cairo and elsewhere.

Egypt's ElBaradei: liberal with 'troubled conscience'

Mohamed ElBaradei, who resigned from his post as vice president in Egypt's military-backed interim government in protest at Wednesday's bloodshed, is a respected former UN nuclear watchdog chief. The ex-diplomat, UN executive and Nobel laureate turned liberal political leader stepped down after scores were killed in a crackdown by security forces on loyalists of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi. "It has become too difficult to continue bearing responsibility for decisions I do not agree with and whose consequences I fear," ElBaradei said.

Egypt VP, Nobel laureate ElBaradei announces resignation

Egyptian vice president, Nobel laureate Mohamed ElBaradei, announced his resignation in a letter to the interim president on Wednesday seen by AFP. The resignation comes after scores were killed in a crackdown by security forces on loyalists of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi. "It has become too difficult to continue bearing responsibility for decisions I do not agree with and whose consequences I fear," ElBaradei said. He said his conscience was troubled over the loss of life "particularly as I believe it could have been avoided".

Egypt VP, Nobel laureate ElBaradei announces resignation

Egyptian vice president, Nobel laureate Mohamed ElBaradei, announced his resignation in a letter to the interim president on Wednesday seen by AFP. The resignation comes after scores were killed in a crackdown by security forces on loyalists of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi. sbh-jaz/bpz

ElBaradei quits as Egypt vice president in protest at crackdown

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt's interim vice president, Mohamed ElBaradei, resigned on Wednesday after the security forces violently broke up protest camps set up by supporters of the deposed president, Mohamed Mursi. In a resignation letter to Interim President Adly Mansour, ElBaradei said that "the beneficiaries of what happened today are those who call for violence, terrorism and the most extreme groups".

Morsi backers defy Egyptian police with fresh rallies

Islamist backers of Egypt's deposed president Mohamed Morsi staged defiant rallies Friday and clashed with police in Cairo, after the government ordered their protest camps to be broken up. Police fired tear gas and then birdshot at roughly 1,000 protesters who tried to set up a new protest camp outside a large compound housing television stations. The clashes erupted as US Under Secretary William Burns landed in Cairo, the latest international envoy on a mission to press Morsi's backers and the interim government to resolve the standoff peacefully.

Egypt's Sisi sees need for political solution: ElBaradei

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egyptian army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi understands that there must be a political solution to the crisis in Egypt, Vice President Mohamed ElBaradei said in an interview published on Friday, adding that "the army is on the edge". "He understands that there has to be a political solution. But of course he has a responsibility to protect the country in terms of security. And the army is on the edge," ElBaradei said in an interview with the Washington Post. (Writing by Tom Perry; Editing by Michael Georgy)

European Union to continue Egypt mediation: Ashton

CAIRO (Reuters) - The European Union will continue its efforts to mediate an end to the crisis in Egypt, foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said on Tuesday at the end of a visit to Cairo. Speaking alongside interim Vice President Mohamed ElBaradei, Ashton said EU diplomats would be in Egypt to continue the effort. "I will come back," she said, adding it was up to Egyptian politicians to "make the right decisions".

EU's Ashton holds two-hour meeting with Morsi

EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton held two hours of talks with Egypt's deposed president Mohamed Morsi, in custody since shortly after the July 3 coup, her spokeswoman said Tuesday. Ashton met Morsi "for two hours," her spokeswoman Maja Kocijancic told AFP. In Cairo to discuss the bloody political crisis gripping the Arab world's most populous state, Ashton headed off to meet Morsi during the night. Sources told AFP that she had left Cairo in a military helicopter for the undisclosed location where Morsi is being held.

EU's Ashton holds two-hour meeting with Morsi

EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton held two hours of talks with Egypt's deposed president Mohamed Morsi, in custody since shortly after the July 3 coup, her spokeswoman said Tuesday. Ashton met Morsi "for two hours," her spokeswoman Maja Kocijancic told AFP. In Cairo to discuss the bloody political crisis gripping the Arab world's most populous state,the political stand off, Ashton headed off to meet Morsi during the night. Sources told AFP that she had left Cairo in a military helicopter for the undisclosed location where Morsi is being held.
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