Egypt

4:55am

Mon August 19, 2013
The Two-Way

Attacks, Reprisals And Church Burnings As Egypt Teeters

Originally published on Mon August 19, 2013 9:22 am

In Cairo, soldiers have put barbed wire around the constitutional court, one of many government institutions under guard.
Amina Ismail MCT/Landov

The news from Egypt, where more than 900 people have died and thousands more have been wounded since the interim government began cracking down on supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi last Wednesday, remains grim:

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6:07am

Sun August 18, 2013
World

Egypt Tense After Bloody Crackdown On Protests

Originally published on Sun August 18, 2013 11:51 pm

Mourners attend the funeral of Ammar Badie, son of the Muslim Brotherhood's Supreme Guide, at the Katameya cemetery in the New Cairo district on Sunday. Badie was killed in clashes with security forces.
Ed Giles Getty Images

This post was updated 1:00 a.m. ET Monday

The Egyptian government says at least 36 people were killed Sunday — Islamists who had been in custody of security forces, according to a report in The New York Times.

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3:29am

Sun August 18, 2013
Middle East

Obama Struggles To Find Effective Egypt Policy

Originally published on Sun August 18, 2013 5:00 pm

President Obama delivers a statement on Egypt at his vacation home on Martha's Vineyard on Thursday.
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The Obama administration is in a difficult situation with its Egypt policy.

President Obama, who often talks about free speech and human rights, has cancelled joint military exercises with Egypt but has stopped short of cutting off aid to the Egyptian military. As the violence continues in the streets of Cairo and other Egyptian cities, all sides seem unhappy with the U.S. approach.

In 2009, on his first trip to the Middle East as president, in the same year he won the Nobel Peace Prize, Obama spoke of a new approach to relations with the Islamic world.

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12:03am

Sat August 17, 2013
Ecstatic Voices

Sufi Mystics Get A Modern Soundtrack

Originally published on Sun August 18, 2013 5:35 am

Riad Abdel-Gawad creates new Sufi music by translating sacred chants to the violin.
Courtesy of the artist

4:43am

Fri August 16, 2013
World

In Egypt: 'Day Of Rage' Adds To Body Count

Originally published on Fri August 16, 2013 8:55 pm

A man in Cairo who said he had been wounded by a rubber bullet Friday gets help.
Andre Pain EPA/LANDOV
  • From 'Morning Edition': NPR's Peter Kenyon, in Cairo, talks with host David Greene

(We updated the top of this post at 4:50 p.m. ET. For other updates, click here.)

With the Muslim Brotherhood marching in Cairo and other Egyptian cities in a "day of rage" over the deadly crackdown on supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi, this week's alarming body count went higher on Friday.

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