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I began writing my blog, Haggerston Times over a year ago, and my stats tell me that I have around 120 visitors each day, am on just over 21,000 views in total and that I have made 246 posts to date. Jeez, how did that happen? Given that I always aim to write around 1,000 words per post I work that out to be more than three novels worth of content!

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An Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced to life imprisonment the head of the banned Muslim Brotherhood over the killing of protesters who stormed the group’s Cairo headquarters in 2013.

Three co-defendants of Mohamed Badie — the Islamist movement’s spiritual leader who already faces three other life terms from other cases — were sentenced to death in the same trial.

Fourteen others, including Badie’s deputies Khairat al-Shater and Saad al-Katatni, were handed life terms.

All were convicted on charges of “murder” and “incitement to murder” as well as possessing arms, but can appeal the verdicts.

Badie and the other defendants present in court for the verdict denounced the sentence and shouted: “Down with military rule”.

On June 30, 2013, protesters stormed and torched the Cairo headquarters of the Muslim Brotherhood as millions took to the streets of Egypt demanding the resignation of president Mohamed Morsi.

Morsi, who belongs to the Brotherhood, was ousted just days later by then army chief and now President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi after one year in office.

Prosecutors said 12 protesters were killed when they clashed with Morsi supporters during the storming of the Brotherhood offices, while more than 90 were wounded.

Badie has already been sentenced by three separate courts to three life terms, and he was also handed two death sentences that were later overturned on appeal.

Since Morsi’s overthrow in July 2013, the authorities have launched a brutal crackdown against his supporters leaving hundreds dead and thousands jailed after often speedy mass trials.

Morsi himself is facing several trials on charges that are punishable by death, while his Islamist movement has been designated a “terrorist group”.

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Egyptian Defence Minister Sedki Sobhi started a trip to Russian capital Moscow on Saturday, leading a high-level military delegation, a statement from the Egyptian armed forces said.  

According to the statement, the official visit is due to last “several days” and will involve “important” consultations “with top Russian military officials, with the purpose of increasing the aspects of military and security cooperation.” 

The officials are also due to discuss the “transfer” and “exchange” of military expertise, the statement said.

Meanwhile, Egypt’s state-run news agency reported MENA that Nikolai Patrushev, the Russian secretary of the Kremlin’s Security Council is due to visit Egypt on Sunday, in a visit that will last two days. 

His visit comes in response to an invitation by Egypt’s presidential adviser for national security Faiza Abu el-Naga.

Patrushev reportedly leads a high-level delegation that includes representatives from Russia’s interior and defence ministries. 

These visits come at a time of heightened bi-lateral cooperation between the two countries.

Russian President Vladimir Putin held talks with Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, earlier this month during a visit to Cairo, and the two sides agreed to “reinforce military cooperation”.

They additionally agreed to build a power plant in Egypt to generate electricity using nuclear energy, among several other cooperation agreements. A Russian delegation arrived in Cairo today, in a step to implement the nuclear energy agreement. 

Sisi has visited Russia twice in 2014, once as defence minister in February on a trip that came as follow-up to a visit by Russian defence minister to Cairo in November 2013.   

More recently Sisi visited Russia last August as president.


This content is from :Aswat Masriya


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