The Court for Urgent Matters has upheld the designation of the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist group. The interim government declared the Brotherhood a terrorist group in December but the decision had not been approved of by a court until now. The Brotherhood has been blamed for militant attacks since the ouster of Mohamed Morsi – a longtime member of the group – in July 2013.
The resignation of the Egyptian prime minister and his cabinet is seen as preparation for a presidential bid by defense minister Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, but there may be more to the story.
Egypt’s interim prime minister submitted his cabinet’s resignation today, surprising even some members of the cabinet and fueling speculation over the presidential ambitions of Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who led last July's coup.
The bodies of seven Egyptians, said to be Coptic Christians, have been found on a beach in Benghazi’s Jarhoutha suburb today.
Benghazi Joint Security Spokesman Ibrahim Sharaa told the Libya Herald that several of the men had their hands bound and all had been killed by single shots to the head, execution-style.
A police officer told Reuters the bodies were found with gunshots to the head outside Benghazi in the east, where assassinations, kidnappings and car bombs are common and Islamist militants are active.
A flicker of hope for women across Egypt may have been sparked on Friday, after the first female to head a political party in the country was elected.
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