updated 7:33 AM MST, Nov 17, 2017

Egypt court suspends Mohamed Morsi's trial

Cairo, Nov 4 (IANS) A Cairo court Monday suspended the trial of Egypt's deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi after the Muslim Brotherhood defendants chanted slogans against the army for the July "military coup".

Morsi arrived in the courthouse in his private clothes having refused to wear the uniform worn by those in preventive detention, reports Xinhua.

Sources inside the courthouse said the presiding judge asked Morsi to wear the uniform, but he refused.

Morsi is accused along with 14 top Muslim Brotherhood officials of inciting violence and the murder of protestors outside the presidential palace in December 2012.

Egypt is on high alert for the trial and nearly 20,000 policemen have been deployed to deal with any outbreak of violence.

It was Morsi's first public appearance since he was toppled July 3 by the military in response to nationwide protests against his one-year rule. He has been kept at an undisclosed location after his arrest.

In November 2012, Morsi issued a decree giving himself sweeping powers, prompting opponents to accuse him of betraying the ideals of the anti-Mubarak revolution.

A month later, deadly clashes erupted outside the presidential palace between the supporters and the opponents of the president. Morsi is facing allegations of inciting the violence.

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John Kerry's first Egypt trip since Morsi

Kerry's first Egypt trip since Morsi
US Secretary of State John Kerry has arrived in Cairo to push Egypt's military-installed rulers for democratic progress, on his first visit since the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.

On the eve of the opening of Morsi's trial, Kerry landed in Cairo, seeking to shore up ties with a key regional ally and ensure Egypt moves ahead on plans to restore democracy just weeks after Washington suspended part of its $US1.5 billion ($A1.59 billion) in annual aid.

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US holds out possibility of restoring aid to Egypt


By DEB RIECHMANN — Associated Press
 

WASHINGTON — While dissatisfied with Egypt's progress toward reinstating a democratic government, the U.S. is holding out the possibility of restoring hundreds of millions of dollars in aid if its Mideast ally moves toward free and fair elections.

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Gunmen kill five Egyptian soldiers near Suez Canal, two people die in blast

Shadia Nasralla

Reuters
CAIRO (Reuters) - Gunmen killed five Egyptian soldiers near the Suez Canal city of Ismailia on Monday, security sources said, in a series of attacks that highlight growing insecurity since the army ousted Islamist President Mohamed Mursi.

 In an interview published on Monday, Egypt's army chief said he had told Mursi as long ago as February that the president had failed, about five months before the military removed him.

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