Even if the opposition is able to organize and consolidate both its policies and parties, there is little hope that it will resonate with the mainly rural, religious populace, experts say.
In the crumbling, graffiti-covered streets surrounding Tahrir Square, teenagers hack away at the pavement, breaking it up for rocks to hurl at police.
An Egyptian court has convicted a Coptic Christian lawyer in the southern province of Assiut on charges of blasphemy and sentenced him to one year in prison with hard labor.
The verdict against Roman Murad Saad was handed down on Saturday. It's the latest in a surge of blasphemy cases following Egypt's 2011 uprising.
Two people suspected of demanding ransom for an Eritrean man held captive in the Sinai peninsula were charged with aggravated attempted blackmail Tuesday in a Swedish court. It was the first instance of alleged associates of kidnapper gangs in the Sinai peninsula being indicted in Europe.
ASSIUT— In one case, an Egyptian Christian man stabs his wife after she converts to Islam with the support of hard-line Islamists. Then after surrendering to police, he dies in mysterious circumstances, falling from a court building window.
Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi submitted to parliament on Wednesday a controversial bill regulating NGOs and human rights groups but said it did not impose restrictions on their activities.
An earlier draft had drawn criticism from activists, Western governments and the United Nations human rights chief, who said it was more stifling than regulations under the deposed President Hosni Mubarak.
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