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Experts: Egypt Brotherhood Charities May Impact Referendum

A crackdown by Egypt's authorities on the Muslim Brotherhood has left hundreds of Islamic charities struggling for funds, with experts warning the move could impact this week's referendum on a new constitution.

The Tuesday-Wednesday vote has been billed as the first step in Egypt's democratic transition after the military overthrew Islamist president Mohammed Morsi in July following huge protests against his one-year rule.

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Morsi Trial Delayed to Feb. 1 after Court Absence

An Egyptian court on Wednesday adjourned the murder trial of deposed President Mohammed Morsi to February 1, citing "weather conditions" that prevented the Islamist's transport to court from prison.

It had been scheduled as the second hearing in Morsi's trial, after an initial court appearance in November in which he denounced the tribunal and insisted he was still the country's president.

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Egypt's President Visits Coptic Cathedral, Pope 

Egypt's interim president on Sunday made a rare visit to see the pontiff of the nation's Orthodox Christians at St. Mark's Cathedral, the papal seat in central Cairo, according to a brief statement by the church.

The highly symbolic visit to Pope Tawadros II by Adly Mansour was made ahead of the Coptic Christmas, which falls on Tuesday.

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Deadly Clashes Kill 13 as Morsi Backers Rally in Egypt

At least 13 people were killed Friday in clashes across Egypt as police dispersed thousands of protesters demanding the reinstatement of deposed Islamist president Mohammed Morsi, the health ministry said.

The protests came after an Islamist alliance that backs Morsi called for demonstrations ahead of a new hearing on Wednesday in a trial of the ousted president.

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Egypt Christians Hope for Peace after Months of Unrest

- Egypt's Christians rang in the new year Wednesday with prayers for peace after months of unrest, but expressed no regrets over backing the military's overthrow of Islamist president Mohammed Morsi.

Coptic Christians, who make up about 10 percent of Egypt's 86 million people and constitute the largest Christian community in the Middle East, have long complained of official discrimination and feared attacks by radical Islamists.

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Interior Ministry: Egypt Police Arrest Al-Jazeera Journalists

Egyptian secret police have arrested an award-winning Australian journalist and an Egyptian reporter for the Qatar-based Al-Jazeera channel on suspicion of illegally broadcasting news harming "domestic security,” the interior ministry said.

Officers of the National Security service raided their makeshift bureau at a Cairo hotel on Sunday, arresting the two and confiscating their equipment, the ministry said in a statement.

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One Student Killed as Egypt Police Clash with Islamists

A student was killed and more than 100 arrested as police clashed with students who set fire to Cairo university building on Saturday, in an intensifying crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood, officials said.

The unrest followed nationwide repression of Islamist protests on Friday after the military-installed government listed the Brotherhood, the movement of deposed president Mohammed Morsi, as a terrorist organisation.

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Three Dead, 265 Arrested in Egypt Crackdown

Three people were killed in clashes and 265 arrested in Egypt on Friday in a crackdown on Muslim Brotherhood demonstrations after the movement was labelled a terrorist group, police said.

The military-installed government has banned protests by Brotherhood members demanding the reinstatement of deposed president Mohammed Morsi, after listing the movement as a terrorist organisation on Wednesday.

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Five Wounded in Cairo Bomb Attack on Bus

A bomb exploded near a bus in Cairo Thursday injuring five people, a day after the government widened a crackdown on Islamists by declaring the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist group.

The windows of the red and black public transport bus were shattered in the explosion at a busy intersection in the north Cairo neighborhood of Nasr City.

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Police: Egypt Militant Blows Himself up to Evade Arrest

Police in Egypt said an Islamist militant blew himself up in his hideout to escape arrest on Thursday, wounding an officer in the process.

The militant had been holed up in a north Cairo apartment when police raided the building and he set off the explosives when surrounded, police said.

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