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Israeli Arabs Rally against Morsi Death Sentence

Thousands of Arabs marched in northern Israel on Saturday to protest against the death sentence issued in Egypt against ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.

Organisers said 5,000 people took part in the demonstration led by Sheikh Raed Salah, a firebrand preacher who heads the Islamist Movement's radical northern wing.

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Syrian Dissidents to Form New Coalition at Cairo Meet

A number of Syrian opposition factions will gather in Cairo next month to form a new coalition as an alternative to an exiled West-backed alliance, officials said Saturday.

More than 200 figures from the armed and civilian opposition factions are to attend the June 8-9 gathering and discuss a roadmap aimed at ending the four-year war in Syria.

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Morsi, Secular Camp in Dock for 'Insulting' Egypt Judiciary

Ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi and several secular figures behind Egypt's 2011 uprising went on trial on Saturday, as the authorities kept a crackdown on all forms of dissent.

The trial for "insulting the judiciary" is the fifth for Morsi, who was sentenced to death last week on charges connected with a mass prison break during the uprising that toppled longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak.

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Sudan Islamists Protest against Morsi Death Sentence

Hundreds of Sudanese Islamists protested outside a U.N. office in central Khartoum Friday against the death sentence handed down to Egypt's ousted president Mohamed Morsi by a court last week.

Morsi was among more than 100 defendants ordered by an Egyptian court on Saturday to face the death penalty for their role in a mass jailbreak during the 2011 uprising.

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IS-linked Militants Call for Attacks on Egypt Judges

Islamic State group jihadists in Egypt have called for attacks on judges in retaliation for the hanging of six convicted militants and a crackdown on Islamists.

The audio message, posted online on Wednesday night, comes days after militants in the Sinai Peninsula gunned down two judges, a prosecutor and their driver, in the first such attack in Egypt.

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Merkel to Meet Egyptian President amid Rights Criticism

German Chancellor Angela Merkel still plans to meet Egypt's president when he visits next month, her spokesman said Wednesday, after Germany's parliament speaker called off his talks citing rights violations.

The parliament speaker, Norbert Lammert, said on Tuesday that he had written to the Egyptian ambassador in Berlin canceling his meeting with President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi due to human rights abuses.

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Egypt Swears in New Justice Minister Accused of Elitism

Egypt swore in a new justice minister Wednesday whom critics accuse of "elitism" and who is known for his anti-Islamist views, nine days after his predecessor resigned over controversial comments.

"Ahmed al-Zind was sworn in in front of the president and in the presence of the prime minister," a statement from President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's office said.

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Convicted Academic Denounces Egypt 'Reign of Terror'

Egyptian authorities have unleashed a "reign of terror" against opponents of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, a prominent academic who was recently sentenced to death told AFP in an interview.

Emad Shahin, who fled Egypt in January 2014 and is a visiting professor at Washington-based Georgetown University, was handed the death penalty on Saturday in his absence with 15 others on charges of espionage.

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Egypt Using Sexual Attacks to Crush Opposition, Says Rights Group

Egyptian security forces have stepped up sexual attacks against detainees since the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi, using them as a "cynical political strategy" to crush opposition, a rights group charged Tuesday.

Morsi, Egypt's first freely elected leader, was deposed in July 2013 by then army chief and now President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi after mass protests against his sole year in office.

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U.N. Chief Concerned at Morsi's Death Sentence

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed serious concern on Monday after an Egyptian court sentenced ousted president Mohamed Morsi to death.

Morsi was among more than 100 defendants given the death penalty Saturday for their role in a mass jailbreak during the 2011 uprising.

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