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Mohammed Morsi trial delayed after chaotic start

CAIRO – The chaotic scenes and defiant shouts that marked the opening of Mohammed Morsi’s trial Monday suggest that Egypt’s military-backed government may face a long struggle to bring the deposed Islamist president and his Muslim Brotherhood to heel. Emerging from four months in captivity at a secret location – later revealed to have been a military base near the Mediterranean city of Alexandria – Morsi, on trial for inciting murder, faced the judge from inside a specially constructed defendants’ cage, loudly declaring that he did not accept the legitimacy of the court proceedings. The judge adjourned the case until Jan. 8.

In Egypt, at least 51 die amid protests

CAIRO – Security forces and Islamist protesters clashed around the country Sunday, leaving 51 dead, as a national holiday celebrating the military turned to mayhem. Crowds from Egypt’s two rival camps – supporters of the ousted Islamist president, Mohammed Morsi, and backers of the military that deposed him – poured into the streets and turned on each other. Several neighborhoods of the capital, Cairo, resembled combat zones after street battles that raged for hours. Morsi supporters fired birdshot and threw firebombs at police who responded with gunshots and tear gas. Streets were left strewn with debris, and the air was thick with tear gas and smoke from burning fires, as the crack of gunfire rang out.

Con: Contributions only hinder the peace process in the Middle East

When Congress reconvenes in September, aid to Egypt will be a hot-button issue. The Obama administration has asserted with a straight face that the July 3 removal from power in Cairo of elected President Mohammed Morsi – and his detention – is not a military coup. That assertion evades congressional restrictions on aid to countries that thwart democracy.

Policy: Should U.S. cut aid?

WASHINGTON – A compelling case for cutting off aid to Egypt could have been made before President Mohammed Morsi was bounced from office. After all, Morsi was well on his way to placing the country under an Islamist regime – forever. That’s why he shut down foreign non-governmental organizations, curtailed civil rights and decreed the presidency superior to the courts. When the military stepped in, Morsi was in the process putting Muslim Brotherhood functionaries into 12 provincial governorships and more than 40 ambassadorships. A permanent Islamist takeover was well underway.

Clash with Egypt army kills at least 42 protesters

CAIRO — Egyptian soldiers and police clashed with Islamists protesting the military’s ouster of the president in bloodshed that left at least 42 protesters dead, officials and witnesses said, and plunged the divided country deeper into crisis with calls by the Muslim Brotherhood’s political party for all-out rebellion against the army.

Egypt army ousts Morsi, who decries ’coup’

CAIRO — The armed forces ousted Egypt’s first democratically elected president Wednesday after just a year in power, installing a temporary civilian government, suspending the constitution and calling for new elections. Islamist President Mohammed Morsi denounced it as a “full coup” by the military.

Egypt’s new President Morsi debuts at UN

UNITED NATIONS — Egypt’s new President Mohammed Morsi debuts at the United Nations today with a speech that will be closely watched by world leaders for clues about his democratic intentions and plans for lifting his country out of crippling poverty.

Convergence of factors seen in turmoil

The violent protests in North Africa and the Middle East may be the result of a “perfect storm” of politics, religion and anti-Western sentiment in newly emerging governments, a longtime diplomat speculated. Ryan Crocker, who served in embassies throughout the Middle East and most recently was ambassador to Afghanistan, said protests over slights to Islam, whether real or imagined, are not a new phenomenon in the Muslim world. They aren’t strictly anti-American, he added; they’re anti-Western.

Mubarak’s health deteriorating rapidly

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak was moved out of prison to a military hospital Tuesday after the 84-year-old ousted leader suffered a stroke and his condition rapidly deteriorated, officials said, adding a new element of uncertainty just as a potentially explosive fight opened over who will succeed him, with both candidates claiming to have won last weekend’s presidential election.

Campaign: Mubarak’s ex-pm won president vote

CAIRO — A campaign spokesman for Hosni Mubarak’s ex-prime minister says Ahmed Shafiq has won the Egyptian presidential election, countering the Muslim Brotherhood’s claims that its candidate was the winner.

Mubarak trial

Former President Hosni Mubarak is sentenced to life in prison on Saturday, June 2, for failing to stop the killing of protesters during the Egyptian uprising that ousted him. But he and his two sons are acquitted of corruption, sparking a large protest in Cairo's Tahrir Square.

State Dept: Americans take refuge at Cairo embassy

CAIRO — Three American democracy advocates barred by Egyptian authorities from leaving the country have sought refuge at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, officials said Monday, as tensions between the two allied nations sharply escalated over a probe into foreign-funded organizations.

Egyptian Cabinet resigns

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s state television says the Cabinet has submitted its resignation to the ruling military council but will stay on to run the nation’s day-to-day affairs until a decision is made.

Family endures ultra adventure in Sahara

T  he Sahara Desert was a high point for the Lowe  family, led by a father with a weakness for  challenging his endurance. In the past year, Ted Lowe of Colbert exposed himself to minus 30 temperatures on a multiday ski trek, pulling a sled with gear up Athabasca Pass in the Canadian Rockies to celebrate the centennial of David Thompson’s crossing.

Hazards of desert trek paled to Cairo taxi

“Cairo was a dump,” Ted Lowe said, recalling the day he arrived in Egypt with his daughter and son to race an ultramarathon in the Sahara Desert. They bought all the bottled water they could carry and avoided local cuisine because they couldn’t take a chance on getting sick before heading into the desert.

Shawn Vestal: Photographer focuses on human impact

Think you’ve had a crazy year? Try Holly Pickett’s nerve-rattling 2011: A bombing in Alexandria, Egypt. Revolution in Tunisia. Revolution in Egypt. A detour to Oman. More revolution in Cairo and Morocco. Then a couple of stretches in Libya, running for her life with the overmatched rebels. “I’m here at a really incredible time in history,” said Pickett, a former Spokesman-Review photojournalist whose arresting images have appeared all over the world. “I never thought I would see what I’ve seen in the past few months. From that standpoint, I’m really thankful and glad to be doing the job I’m doing – so yeah, I love it.”