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Egypt awaits poll results, Tahrir protest starts

By Marwa Awad and Tamim Elyan /Reuters CAIRO: Egypt will hear the results of elections which Islamist parties expect to win on Friday, and protesters gathered at a rally to remember 42 people killed in clashes with police last month. Islamist success at the polls in the most populous Arab nation would reinforce a trend in …

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Islamists protest across Egypt

By Marwa Al-A’asar CAIRO: Tens of thousands of members of Islamist movements protested nationwide on Friday parallel to a major demonstration in Cairo’s Tahrir Square dubbed “Friday of Unity.” Islamists outnumbered members of other political groups, many of whom retreated after they objected to the slogans they chanted. In Alexandria, thousands, mainly Salafis and Muslim …

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Islamists lead Cairo ‘unity’ rally

By Samer Al-Atrush /AFP CAIRO: Tens of thousands packed Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Friday, with Islamist groups dominating the protest meant to show unity during a fragile transition from ousted president Hosni Mubarak’s regime. The rally was officially to start after the Muslim noon prayer but thousands had already made their way to the square overnight …

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Over 20 political forces to join ‘Friday of Unity’ protest despite differences

By Marwa Al-A’asar CAIRO: Over 20 political forces, including Islamists, have announced their intention to join the planned Friday mass protests in Cairo’s Tahrir Square and other parts of Egypt as disagreements over the goal of the demonstration persist. The Coordination Committee of the Revolutionary Masses, which consists of several groups including the April 6 …

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Islamists, political forces negotiate stance on Friday protest

By Marwa Al-A’Asar CAIRO: Negotiations between several Islamist groups and political forces are currently underway to coordinate their stances ahead of a planned mass protest on Friday. Al-Wasat party will host on Wednesday morning a meeting to bring together representatives of Islamist movements and the Muslim Brotherhood’s (MB) senior members as well as other political forces …

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Egypt protesters dejected, but still out for change

By AFP CAIRO: Hundreds of protesters were still camped out in Cairo’s Tahrir Square Sunday following a night of bloody clashes with rival demonstrators loyal to the ruling military council, an AFP reporter said. Fierce battles erupted in the Abasseya neighborhood after anti-regime protesters were blocked from reaching the headquarters of the ruling Supreme Council …

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Protesters back in Tahrir to push for change

By Samer Al-Atrush /AFP CAIRO: Hundreds of Egyptian protesters gathered in Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Friday to push for reforms, as Islamists held a separate demonstration calling for stability. Pro-democracy activists had called for a rally in Tahrir Square — the epicenter of protests that toppled president Hosni Mubarak — after a cabinet reshuffle failed …

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Brotherhood party denies organizing counter-protest for Friday

By Brett Borkan CAIRO: The head of the Muslim Brotherhood’s political party on Monday denied allegations that his party is planning a counter-demonstration this Friday to protest the country’s continued sit-ins. In a statement posted on the Freedom and Justice Party’s website, secretary general Mohamed Saad El-Katatney “denied that there is any truth behind what was …

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Thousands in Tahrir on ‘Final Warning Friday’

  CAIRO: Thousands of protesters rallied in Tahrir Square Friday dubbed “The Friday of Final Warning,” to reiterate the demands of the revolution, ahead of an immanent cabinet reshuffle. After Friday prayers, protesters collectively chanted “Allah is great,” “the Military Council is illegitimate,” and “Down with Tantawi,” referring to the head of the Supreme Council …

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Nationwide protests on ‘Friday of Final Warning’

By Marwa Al-A’asar CAIRO: Tens of thousands of Egyptians protested nationwide following Friday prayers parallel to a major demonstration in Cairo’s Tahrir Square dubbed “The Final Warning.” Mass protests were mainly held in Suez, Alexandria, Sharm El-Sheikh and Al-Arish. Demonstrations and sit-ins broke out in other parts of the country including Upper Egypt, El-Gharbiya, El-Dakahlia, Port …

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Crowds calling for change again pack Cairo square

By Hamza Hendawi and Maggie Michael / AP CAIRO: The tens of thousands of Egyptians whose chants for faster change are ringing through Cairo’s Tahrir Square months after they brought down Hosni Mubarak have gotten a stern warning from the ruling generals not to disrupt daily life in what some activists are calling a second revolution. …

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Tahrir sit-in continues despite power cut, theft

By Heba Fahmy CAIRO: A few thousand protesters continued their open sit-in in Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Monday, despite a power cut and several reported thefts. Blogger and activist Mahmoud Salem told Daily News Egypt that there were organized thefts reported all over Tahrir Square. Salem added that protesters were concerned that thieves and thugs would …

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Egypt revolution continues for thousands of protesters

By Heba Fahmy CAIRO: Tens of thousands of protesters poured into major squares in cities around Egypt on Friday, reasserting their stance that the revolution continues until demands are met and justice is served for the martyrs. Protesters packed Tahrir Square well into the evening on what was dubbed “Persistence Friday” or “Revolution First Friday,” calling …

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Protests flare up in Suez, Alex, Arish and Sinai

By Marwa Al-A’asar CAIRO: Tens of thousands of Egyptians protested nationwide following Friday prayers parallel to a major demonstration in Cairo’s Tahrir Square dubbed “the Revolution First” and “The Friday of Persistence.” In Suez, thousands protested in the main El-Arbaein Square, including men, women and children from an array of backgrounds and political groups, demanding justice …

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As Egypt change drags on, some praise Mubarak

By Sherine El Madany / Reuters CAIRO: Five months ago, the world watched in awe as hundreds of thousands of Egyptians demonstrated in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, demanding the departure of longtime ruler Hosni Mubarak. Now, in groups numbering in the hundreds, Mubarak supporters gather, as they did late last month in a wealthy Cairo suburb, to …

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Tens of thousands of protesters say Egypt’s revolution not over

By Heba Fahmy and Mai Shams El Din / Writing by Amira Salah-Ahmed CAIRO: Tens of thousands of protesters poured into major squares in cities around Egypt on Friday, reasserting their stance that the revolution continues until demands are met and justice is served for the martyrs. In scenes reminiscent of the early days of the …

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Political powers set differences aside to participate in Friday protests

By Heba Fahmy CAIRO: Over 30 of Egypt’s political powers including the Muslim Brotherhood agreed to set differences aside and participate in the Tahrir protests on Friday, in a bid to save the revolution. “The differences between Egypt’s political powers led to tensions and overshadowed more essential issues,” Mohamed Abbas, member of the Coalition of …

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Thousands demonstrate on ‘Friday of Retribution’

By Omnia Al Desoukie CAIRO: Thousands demonstrated in Cairo, Alexandria and Suez Friday in solidarity with martyrs’ families, demanding swift trials for the culprits and protesting police brutality following clashes on June 28-29. Over 1,000 were injured in clashes with police in and around Tahrir this week. Eyewitnesses and officials gave conflicting reports about how …

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Politicians condemn interior ministry’s use of violence in Tahrir clashes

By Tamim Elyan CAIRO: Political powers condemned the use of force by the interior ministry and said that clashes in Tahrir were related to the disbanding of municipal councils Tuesday. They called for the continuation of the sit-in in Tahrir Square until their demands are met. Protesters and police clashed on Tuesday and Wednesday. An attempt …

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American, Briton among those held in Tahrir clashes

CAIRO: An American and a Briton were among those arrested in overnight clashes between police and protesters in Cairo, the official MENA news agency said, without identifying either of them. A military source said the two were not among 50 protesters who had been referred to the military prosecution earlier on Wednesday. The disturbances that …

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Activists say revolution must go ‘back to basics’

By Jailan Zayan /AFP CAIRO: Egyptian activists are calling for a massive rally on July 8 to “save the revolution” that toppled Hosni Mubarak, urging politicians to drop debates on the timing of elections and focus on restoring basic freedoms. On a Facebook page entitled “The 2nd revolution of anger,” activists say the fundamental demands of …

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Mixed demands mark Friday protest in Tahrir

CAIRO: In what was named by some Facebook groups as the “Friday of Work,” Tahrir Square witnessed a diminutive presence compared to previous weeks, marked by disjointed demands. The square, which last week saw tens of thousands on what was dubbed the “Second Friday of Anger,” was relatively empty as traffic flowed throughout the day …

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Tahrir protesters call for national unity, show solidarity with Palestine

CAIRO: Tens of thousands of protesters gathered in Tahrir Square on Friday in support of the Palestinian cause and to advocate national unity, following the Imbaba clashes which left 12 dead and 240 injured. Sheikh Mazhar Shahin, the imam of the Omar Makram mosque, gave a moving Friday sermon stressing the importance of national unity. …

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Popular committees for protecting the revolution make Tahrir debut

By Tamim Elyan CAIRO: Tens of protesters gathered in Tahrir Square Friday to witness the first meeting of the popular committees for protecting the revolution, demanding the disbanding of local councils, speeding up trials of ousted regime figures and establishing a civilian presidential council. Many also gathered to protest civilian trials in military courts. The committees, …

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Egypt army enters Cairo square after 5-day protest

By Asmae Waguih /Reuters CAIRO: Soldiers and police moved into Cairo’s main square on Tuesday to end a five-day sit-in by protesters demanding civilian rule and swifter prosecution of Egypt’s former president and his allies. A Reuters photographer saw hundreds of soldiers in the middle of Tahrir Square and in military vehicles at every entrance to …

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Tahrir protestors say sit-in will continue, brawl with army

By Tamim Elyan CAIRO: Hundreds of protestors in Tahrir Square said Monday that they will continue their sit-in until their demands of prosecuting ousted president Mubarak and his family and appointing a civil presidential council are met. The protestors also demanded the discharge of Field Marshall Hussein Tantawy, chief army commander, disbanding the Supreme Council of …

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