Egyptian stock market dives after President grabs powers

Egypt's stock market plunged yesterday in its first day open since Islamist President Mohamed Morsi's seizure of new powers set off street violence and a political crisis, unravelling efforts to restore stability after last year's revolution.

Mohamed Morsi addresses crowds in Cairo on Friday

Egyptian courts speak against president's assumption of power

Egypt's association of judges called Saturday for the judicial system to come to a halt to fight an assertion of near-absolute power by the nation's first democratically elected president, setting the stage for a confrontation between the courts and a man who has said his will is not subject to appeal.

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Mohammed Morsi's backers and opponents clash across Egypt after president grants himself sweeping powers

Opponents and supporters of Mohammed Morsi have clashed across Egypt, the day after the president granted himself sweeping new powers that critics fear can allow him to be a virtual dictator. At least 15 were reported injured.

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The arrival of Turkish and Qatari officials in Cairo to help mediate peace talks between Hamas and Israel illustrates the pivotal role that Egypt has played since the overthrow of strongman Hosni Mubarak last year.

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For 30 years, Egyptians simmered with anger toward Israel, frustrated that their longtime leader Hosni Mubarak wasn't aggressive enough toward their hated neighbour. But under Mubarak's successor, few in Egypt seem to be spoiling for a fight.

Egyptians rally in support of Palestinians in Gaza

Thousands of Egyptians gathered outside mosques and in squares across the country on Friday to call on Egypt and the Arab world to back the Palestinians in their conflict with Israel.

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Even as the international community's calls for "de-escalation" are becoming more urgent, the fighting in Gaza is only intensifying. Following Wednesday's killing of the head of Hamas's military wing, the air strikes on Gaza and the rocket attacks into Israel have been steadily increasing, and the death toll with them.

Protesters wave Egyptian and Palestinian flags during a protest in solidarity with Gaza in Cairo yesterday

Egypt’s Islamist president condemns shelling of Gaza

Egypt’s Islamist president today denounced Israel’s shelling of Gaza as an “unacceptable aggression,” ordering his prime minister to visit the Hamas-governed enclave in what could emerge as the first major test for the country’s leader.

‘Destroy the sphinx and the pyramids’, says Egyptian jihadist

An Egyptian Islamist leader with ties to the Taliban has called for the "destruction of the Sphinx and Giza pyramids", suggesting these "idols" contravene the laws of Islam, reports Al Arabiya.

The acting Coptic Pope, Bishop Pachomius, blindfolds Bishoy Massad, the eight-year-old selected to draw the name of the next patriarch at St Mark’s Cathedral in Cairo

Egypt's ancient Coptic Christian church chooses a new pope in elaborate ceremony

Altar boy Bishoy Massad looked a little awestruck as he stepped up to the podium at the front of the Coptic Orthodox cathedral in Cairo today.

Anti-President Mohamed Morsi demo ends in violence

Opponents of President Mohamed Morsi scuffled with his supporters yesterday during a demonstration that posed the first test of the Islamist leader's popularity on the street.

The IMF's Christine Lagarde has been in Cairo this week, discussing the possibility of a loan package worth up to $4.8 billion

Egypt's leaders under strain as fuel shortage adds to economic misery

Egypt's leaders were under increasing strain last night as a fuel shortage heaped pressure on the battered economy and officials met with world finance chiefs to discuss a multi-billion dollar development loan.

Field Marshal Tantawi was seen as part of the Egyptian old guard

Egypt's President culls his military top brass

Egypt's Islamist President, Mohamed Morsi, dismissed two senior generals yesterday and cancelled a military order that curbed his powers, in a move that could free him of some of the restrictions of military rule.

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