07/04/2013 09:03 am ET Updated Sep 03, 2013

Mohammed Morsi, 15 Other Islamists Probed For 'Insulting Judiciary'


CAIRO, July 4 (Reuters) - Egyptian judicial authorities opened an investigation on Thursday into accusations that deposed President Mohammed Morsi and 15 other Islamists had insulted the judiciary, investigating judge Tharwat Hammad said, imposing a travel ban on all of them.

It was second formal order banning Morsi from leaving the country since the military removed the Muslim Brotherhood politician from power on Wednesday.

(Writing by Tom Perry; Editing by Paul Taylor)



07/05/2013 8:40 PM EDT

Photo Purportedly Of Muslim Brotherhood Leader's Arrest Posted To Facebook

Muslim Brotherhood's Khairat El Shater, former presidential candidate and wealthy businessman has been arrested according to security sources, his party and state news agency MENA.

He is seen as Brotherhood's second in command and political strategist. He was taken into custody on suspicion of incitement to violence.

This photo on the Interior Ministry's Facebook page claims this was Shater during moment of arrest.

-- Ahmed Shihab-Eldin

07/05/2013 7:03 PM EDT

Muslim Brotherhood Leader Arrested

From the AP:

CAIRO (AP) — An Interior Ministry spokesman says the deputy head of the Muslim Brotherhood, Khairat el-Shater, considered the most powerful man in the organization has been arrested.

Spokesman Hani Abdel-Latif says el-Shater and his brother were arrested late Friday from an apartment in eastern Cairo on allegations of inciting violence against protesters in recent days.

Read more here.

07/05/2013 6:54 PM EDT

Egyptian Military Briefly Confiscates CNN Camera

A CNN crew filming from the 6th October Bridge in Cairo on Friday night was interrupted by the Egyptian military in the middle of a live report. An officer confiscated the camera, though it was later returned (minus some video footage), according to CNN.

Watch the video here.

07/05/2013 5:31 PM EDT

CNN Crew Briefly Investigated In Cairo

07/05/2013 5:06 PM EDT

Gun Battles Reportedly Continue

07/05/2013 4:31 PM EDT

Health Ministry Says Death Toll Rises To 17

07/05/2013 4:27 PM EDT

Reports: Missiles Fired In El-Arish

07/05/2013 4:22 PM EDT

Curfew In Sinai

Reuters reports that a curfew has been imposed on the towns of Sheikh Zuweid and Rafah, two towns in North Sinai near Egypt's border with Israel.

--Eline Gordts

07/05/2013 4:18 PM EDT

Statement By The House Foreign Relations Committee On Egypt

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and U.S. Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY), the Committee’s Ranking Member, released the following statement in response to ongoing events in Egypt:

"The decision by the Egyptian military to take state authority out of the hands of the ruling Muslim Brotherhood government marks another sharp turning point in Egypt’s incomplete revolution. What the Brotherhood neglected to understand is that democracy means more than simply holding elections. Real democracy requires inclusiveness, compromise, respect for human and minority rights, and a commitment to the rule of law. Morsi and his inner circle did not embrace any of these principles and instead chose to consolidate power and rule by fiat. As a result the Egyptian people and their economy suffered greatly.

"It is now up to the Egyptian military to demonstrate that the new transitional government can and will govern in a transparent manner and work to return the country to democratic rule. We are encouraged that a broad cross-section of Egyptians will gather to rewrite the constitution. All parties in Egypt must show restraint, prevent violence, and prepare to be productive players in the future democratic Egypt. We encourage the military to exercise extreme caution moving forward and support sound democratic institutions through which the people and future governments can flourish."

--Eline Gordts

07/05/2013 4:06 PM EDT

PHOTO: Clashes In Cairo


Supporters and opponents of Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi clash on the 6 October bridge, near Maspero, where Egypt's state tv and radio station is located, in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, July 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)