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Egypt: UN office tries to politicize Morsi's courtroom death

Egypt: UN office tries to politicize Morsi's courtroom deathEgypt said Wednesday that the U.N. human rights office was trying to politicize the death of former Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi, who collapsed inside a Cairo courtroom during his trial this week. Morsi, Egypt’s first democratically elected president who hailed from the now outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group, was buried under heavy security early on Tuesday, a day after his dramatic collapse and death inside a Cairo courtroom. Rupert Colville, spokesman for the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, called Tuesday for a “prompt, impartial, thorough and transparent investigation” into Morsi’s death on Monday.



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The Latest: Amnesty urges Egypt to investigate Morsi's death

The Latest: Amnesty urges Egypt to investigate Morsi's deathA leading human right group is urging Egypt to investigate the death of former President Mohammed Morsi. Morsi, a Muslim Brotherhood leader who rose to office in the country’s first free elections in 2012 and was ousted a year later by the military, has collapsed during a court session on Monday and died. The militant Hamas group has praised former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi for his stance toward the Gaza Strip, following his sudden death.



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The Latest: Egypt begins vote on extending el-Sissi's rule

The Latest: Egypt begins vote on extending el-Sissi's ruleCAIRO (AP) — The Latest on Egypt's vote on a referendum potentially extending President el-Sissi's rule to 2030 (all times local):



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Hamas backs Egypt proposal for calm on Israel border: officials

Hamas backs Egypt proposal for calm on Israel border: officialsThe Gaza Strip’s Islamist rulers Hamas have backed an Egyptian proposal to foster calm on the Israel border ahead of major expected protests, two Hamas officials said Friday. There was no immediate comment from the Israeli side on the potential agreement. Tens of thousands of Palestinians are expected to gather Saturday for the first anniversary of the often violent protests along the border, which Hamas has strongly backed.



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Turkish President Erdogan lashes out at Sisi over Egypt executions

Turkish President Erdogan lashes out at Sisi over Egypt executionsTurkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sharply criticised his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah al-Sisi after the recent execution of nine people in Egypt, saying he refused to talk to “someone like him”. This is not something we can accept,” Erdogan said Saturday in an interview with Turkish TV channels CNN-Turk and Kanal D, referring to the execution Wednesday of nine men sentenced for the murder of the Egyptian prosecutor general in 2015. There is an authoritarian system, even totalitarian,” Erdogan added.



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Hamas say Egypt to fully reopen Gaza border despite PA pullout

Hamas say Egypt to fully reopen Gaza border despite PA pulloutGaza’s Islamist rulers Hamas said Thursday that Egypt plans to fully reopen its border crossing with the enclave, days after partially closing it amid infighting between Palestinian factions. Forces loyal to Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas withdrew on Sunday from the Rafah border crossing, accusing rivals Hamas of interference.



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Egypt limits Gaza passage after Palestinian Authority quits border crossing

Egypt limits Gaza passage after Palestinian Authority quits border crossingThe dispute over the border stems from a rift between the Western-backed PA and Hamas Islamists who took control of Gaza more than a decade ago in a brief civil war. Human rights groups say Rafah has been the sole exit point from Gaza for an estimated 95 percent of its population of 2 million. Citing security concerns, Israel maintains tight restrictions on Palestinian movement at its border crossings.



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Egypt border closed to Gazans leaving amid Palestinian feuding

Egypt border closed to Gazans leaving amid Palestinian feudingThe Egyptian border crossing was closed for Palestinians seeking to leave Gaza on Tuesday, a border official said, as infighting between Palestinian factions increases. Gazans seeking to return from Egypt would still be allowed through but no one would be able to leave the Palestinian enclave, a spokesman for the Hamas-run authority in charge of the border crossing said. “For now, it is just for one day, it is not clear if it will be extended,” spokesman Wael Abu Omar told AFP.



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Hamas denies Mubarak claim it sent militants to Egypt in 2011

Hamas denies Mubarak claim it sent militants to Egypt in 2011Gaza’s Islamist rulers Hamas on Saturday denied an allegation by Egypt’s deposed president Hosni Mubarak that it infiltrated hundreds of men across the border during the 2011 uprising. Mubarak took to the witness stand in a Cairo court Wednesday to testify about jailbreaks allegedly orchestrated by his successor Mohamed Morsi and members of the Muslim Brotherhood.



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Tourists throng Egypt pyramids after bombing, but future clouded

Tourists throng Egypt pyramids after bombing, but future cloudedCrowds of tourists stared in awe at the towering pyramids of Giza near Cairo Saturday undaunted by a nearby bomb attack a day earlier that killed holidaymakers from Vietnam. A roadside bombing claimed the lives of three tourists and their Egyptian guide Friday when it ripped through the bus they were on as it travelled near the world-famous attraction. The attack comes as Egypt’s vital tourism sector has begun to recover after years of instability and jihadist violence that scared visitors away.



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