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Egyptian Copt Gets Life over Sectarian Killings

An Egyptian Copt was sentenced Saturday to life in prison as 10 others got jail terms from six months to 15 years over sectarian deaths in April, judicial sources said.

Seven people -- five Christians, one Muslim and an unidentified man -- were killed when sectarian violence erupted in Al-Khusus, north of Cairo, after a Muslim objected to children drawing a swastika on a religious institute.

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Brotherhood-linked Cleric Qaradawi Quits Cairo's al-Azhar

Muslim Brotherhood-linked theologian Yusuf al-Qaradawi has resigned from the governing body of Cairo's Al-Azhar, accusing the top Sunni seat of learning of supporting Egypt's military-installed government.

"I submit my resignation," Qaradawi wrote on Twitter and his Facebook page on Monday, accusing the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayyeb, of "abusing the authority of the office to support the military coup."

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Turkey's Envoy to Cairo Returns Home Amid Spat

Turkey's ambassador to Cairo has returned home after being expelled in a diplomatic spat over Ankara's support for Egypt's ousted Islamist president, the foreign ministry said Thursday.

The row erupted at the weekend after Turkish Prime Minister Prime Recep Tayyip Erdogan again criticized the military "coup" in Egypt that ousted president Mohamed Morsi in July.

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At Least One Dead as Egypt Police Storm Tahrir Protest

At least one person was killed when Egyptian riot police stormed Cairo's Tahrir Square late Tuesday to disperse stone-throwing protesters, a health ministry official said.

Police backed by armored vehicles fired tear gas and shots after clashes in the square to scatter protesters who had gathered to mark the anniversary of deadly 2011 demonstrations.

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Mansour to Attend Arab Foreign Ministers Meeting in Cairo on Sunday

Caretaker Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour will head to the Egyptian capital on Sunday to attend a meeting for the Arab Foreign ministers.

Arab Foreign Ministers will hold an emergency meeting on Sunday to discuss the Syrian conflict and the Geneva ll peace conference, in addition to the efforts exerted by U.N. Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi who is currently in Beirut as part of a regional tour to garner support for the U.S.-Russian peace initiative.

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Shots Fired at Cairo Hotel in Apparent Labor Dispute

Gunmen opened fire on a five-star hotel in Cairo near the famed Giza pyramids on Friday, an Egyptian police general said, in what appeared to be a labor dispute.

Interior ministry spokesman General Hany Abdel Latif said the attack was carried out by laid off hotel workers, and that there were no casualties.

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Tear Gas Fired to Disperse pro-Morsi Demo in Egypt

Egyptian security forces on Monday fired tear gas to disperse students protesting in support of ousted Islamist president Mohmamed Morsi, security officials said.

The protesters marched outside the campus of Al-Azhar University in Cairo and blocked a main road as they chanted against the military that overthrew Morsi in July amid massive protests against his rule.

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U.S. Condemns 'Heinous' Egypt Church Attack

The United States condemned Monday an attack on a Cairo church in which four Coptic Christians were killed, and backed Egyptian calls for those behind the shootings to be brought to justice.

"We strongly condemn the heinous attack on the Al-Adra church in Cairo," State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf said.

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Egypt Hunts for Cairo Church Wedding Attacker

Police were hunting Monday for those behind a shooting spree at a church wedding that killed four people, in the first attack targeting Christians in Cairo since the ouster of Egypt's Islamist president.

An eight-year-old girl was among those shot dead at the Church of the Virgin in Cairo's working class neighborhood of Al-Warrak, while 17 others were wounded in the late Sunday attack, officials said.

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Police Fire Teargas as Islamist Students Protest in Cairo

Egyptian police fired teargas at Islamist students who pelted them with rocks during an anti-army protest in Cairo's Al-Azhar university on Sunday, an Agence France Presse reporter and the interior ministry said.

About 3,000 students initially blocked the main Nasr road leading to the Islamic university's campus, and clashed with police who arrived to persuade them to leave, the ministry said in a statement.

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