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Egypt on edge as death toll rises to 525; injured at 3,717An Egyptian Health Ministry spokesman has again raised the death toll from the previous day’s clashes between police and supporters of the country’s ousted president to 525.The spokesman, Khaled el-Khateeb said on Thursday that the number of injured in the previous day’s violence has also risen and now stood at 3,717.Wednesday’s violence began when police moved to clear two sit-in camps in Cairo by supporters of Mohammed Morsi, ousted in a military coup on July 3.The clashes there later spread to elsewhere in Cairo and a string of other cities. El-Khateeb said 202 of the dead were killed in the larger of the two camps, in Cairo’s eastern Nasr City district. The news came as Egypt’s cities emerged from the first night of a curfew imposed by the army-backed government as it sought to quell violence that spread nationwide. (Photo: AP Photo/Hussein Talla)

Egypt on edge as death toll rises to 525; injured at 3,717
An Egyptian Health Ministry spokesman has again raised the death toll from the previous day’s clashes between police and supporters of the country’s ousted president to 525.

The spokesman, Khaled el-Khateeb said on Thursday that the number of injured in the previous day’s violence has also risen and now stood at 3,717.

Wednesday’s violence began when police moved to clear two sit-in camps in Cairo by supporters of Mohammed Morsi, ousted in a military coup on July 3.

The clashes there later spread to elsewhere in Cairo and a string of other cities. El-Khateeb said 202 of the dead were killed in the larger of the two camps, in Cairo’s eastern Nasr City district. The news came as Egypt’s cities emerged from the first night of a curfew imposed by the army-backed government as it sought to quell violence that spread nationwide. (Photo: AP Photo/Hussein Talla)

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Violent clashes in Egypt — Violent crackdown by Egyptian Security Forces on a pro-Morsi sit-in demonstration at the Rabaa al-Adweya Mosque in the Nasr City district took place on August 14, 2013 in Cairo, Egypt. An unknown number of pro-Morsi protesters were killed in Egypt’s capital today as Egyptian Security Forces undertook a planned operation to clear Morsi supporters from two sit-in demonstrations in Cairo where they have camped for over a month. Egyptian Police and Army forces entered protest sites in the Nasr City and Giza districts at dawn using tear gas, live fire and bulldozers to disperse protesters and destroy the camps. A state of emergency has been declared in Egypt to begin this afternoon and will reportedly last for one month.

Egyptian security forces sweep Morsi supporter camps in bloody battle amid gunfire, tear gas
Egyptian police in riot gear swept in with armoured vehicles and bulldozers Wednesday to clear two sprawling encampments of supporters of the country’s ousted Islamist president in Cairo, showering protesters with tear gas as the sound of gunfire rang out. At least 15 people were killed.

Smoke clogged the sky and fires smouldered on the streets, which were lined with charred poles and tarps after several tents were burned. The smaller camp was cleared relatively quickly, but clashes were ongoing at the main site near a mosque that has served as the epicenter of the pro-Morsi campaign.

The assault came after days of warnings by the military-backed interim administration that replaced President Mohammed Morsi after he was ousted in a July 3 coup. The two sit-in camps at two major intersections on opposite sides of the Egyptian capital began in late June to show support for Morsi. Aftre the coup, protesters there have demanded his reinstatement. (Photos: AP Photo/Ahmed Gomaa; Mohammed Abdel Moneim / AFP / Getty Images; AP Photo / Hassan Ammar)

How a 12-year-old Egyptian boy shocked interviewer with concise, eloquent explanation of his country’s crisis
Egypt’s second-wave revolution has never had quite as eloquent an explanation as it gets from the lips of a 12-year-old boy on the streets of Cairo.

Ali Ahmed was interviewed by the Egyptian newspaper Al Wady at a protest in October 2012. This was after former President Mohammed Morsi had consolidated much of his power as president, but before the controversial (and, in retrospect, regime-ending) constitution had passed.

“I’m here today to help prevent Egypt from becoming a commodity owned by one person,” Ahmed says in a YouTube translation. “And to protest the confiscation of the constitution by one single party.”

The video was uploaded to YouTube in late March — with the title “Egypt : The Next President” — gaining widespread viewership this past week after being shared on Reddit and Facebook.

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Fireworks and clashes in Egypt — A firework fired by opponents of ousted President Mohammed Morsi explodes over the supporters during clashes in downtown Cairo, Egypt, Monday, July 15, 2013. Thousands of supporters of deposed President Mohammed Morsi held mass rallies and marched in the streets Monday to demand his return to office. The protest turned violent in downtown Cairo as police fired tear gas at pro-Morsi protesters who burned tires, threw rocks and blocked traffic flow on a main roadway running through the heart of the capital. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

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Fireworks and clashes in Egypt — A firework fired by opponents of ousted President Mohammed Morsi explodes over the supporters during clashes in downtown Cairo, Egypt, Monday, July 15, 2013. Thousands of supporters of deposed President Mohammed Morsi held mass rallies and marched in the streets Monday to demand his return to office. The protest turned violent in downtown Cairo as police fired tear gas at pro-Morsi protesters who burned tires, threw rocks and blocked traffic flow on a main roadway running through the heart of the capital. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

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Muslim Brotherhood calls on Egyptians to rise up against army after clashes kill 40The Muslim Brotherhood’s political arm has called on Egyptians to rise up against the army after clashes between troops and supporters of the ousted president left 40 people killed.The Freedom and Justice party also called on Monday on the international community to stop what it called the massacres in Egypt.Egyptian soldiers and police have clashed with Islamists protesting the president’s ouster, in bloodshed that killed at least 40 people, according to government officials and witnesses. (Photo: AFP PHOTO/MAHMOUD KHALEDMAHMOUD KHALED/AFP/Getty Image)

Muslim Brotherhood calls on Egyptians to rise up against army after clashes kill 40
The Muslim Brotherhood’s political arm has called on Egyptians to rise up against the army after clashes between troops and supporters of the ousted president left 40 people killed.

The Freedom and Justice party also called on Monday on the international community to stop what it called the massacres in Egypt.

Egyptian soldiers and police have clashed with Islamists protesting the president’s ouster, in bloodshed that killed at least 40 people, according to government officials and witnesses. (Photo: AFP PHOTO/MAHMOUD KHALEDMAHMOUD KHALED/AFP/Getty Image)

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Tahrir Square alights with fireworks — Fireworks light the sky opponents of Egypt’s Islamist President Mohammed Morsi celebrate in Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, July 3, 2013. A statement on the Egyptian president’s office’s Twitter account has quoted Mohammed Morsi as calling military measures “a full coup.” The denouncement was posted shortly after the Egyptian military announced it was ousting Morsi, who was Egypt’s first freely elected leader but drew ire with his Islamist leanings. The military says it has replaced him with the chief justice of the Supreme constitutional Court, called for early presidential election and suspended the Islamist-backed constitution.(AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

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Tahrir Square alights with fireworks — Fireworks light the sky opponents of Egypt’s Islamist President Mohammed Morsi celebrate in Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, July 3, 2013. A statement on the Egyptian president’s office’s Twitter account has quoted Mohammed Morsi as calling military measures “a full coup.” The denouncement was posted shortly after the Egyptian military announced it was ousting Morsi, who was Egypt’s first freely elected leader but drew ire with his Islamist leanings. The military says it has replaced him with the chief justice of the Supreme constitutional Court, called for early presidential election and suspended the Islamist-backed constitution.(AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

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Egypt in crisis: First ever democratically elected president ousted by militaryThe Egyptian military announced to the cheers of hundreds of thousands that it has ousted Mohammed Morsi, appointed a new head of state, and temporarily suspended the country’s constitution.Egypt’s military chief says Morsi has been replaced by the chief justice of constitutional court. The military also called for early elections.Morsi’s aide said he has been moved to an undisclosed location. The military also said it would react “decisively” toward any violence.Morsi’s party, the Muslim Brotherhood, described the situation as a “military coup.” (AFP PHOTO/EGYPTIAN TV)

Egypt in crisis: First ever democratically elected president ousted by military
The Egyptian military announced to the cheers of hundreds of thousands that it has ousted Mohammed Morsi, appointed a new head of state, and temporarily suspended the country’s constitution.

Egypt’s military chief says Morsi has been replaced by the chief justice of constitutional court. The military also called for early elections.

Morsi’s aide said he has been moved to an undisclosed location. The military also said it would react “decisively” toward any violence.

Morsi’s party, the Muslim Brotherhood, described the situation as a “military coup.” (AFP PHOTO/EGYPTIAN TV)

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'Full military coup' underway, Muslim Brotherhood says as Egyptian army's deadline passesWhile Egypt awaits the army’s statement after its ultimatum to President Mohammed Morsi expired Wednesday, the Muslim Brotherhood claims there is a “full military coup” underway.A spokesperson for the Brotherhood, to which Morsi belonged, tweeted the statement.Giant cheering crowds of Morsi’s opponents have been gathered in Cairo’s Tahrir Square and other locations nationwide, waving flags furiously in expection that the military will act to remove the Islamist president after the deadline ends.The military has not said it would act immediately at the stroke of the deadline’s expiration. But it has said it will impose its own political plan if Morsi failed to satisfy the protesters’ demands. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

'Full military coup' underway, Muslim Brotherhood says as Egyptian army's deadline passes
While Egypt awaits the army’s statement after its ultimatum to President Mohammed Morsi expired Wednesday, the Muslim Brotherhood claims there is a “full military coup” underway.

A spokesperson for the Brotherhood, to which Morsi belonged, tweeted the statement.

Giant cheering crowds of Morsi’s opponents have been gathered in Cairo’s Tahrir Square and other locations nationwide, waving flags furiously in expection that the military will act to remove the Islamist president after the deadline ends.

The military has not said it would act immediately at the stroke of the deadline’s expiration. But it has said it will impose its own political plan if Morsi failed to satisfy the protesters’ demands. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

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Hundreds of hands move in unison — Egyptian protesters wave their hands and hold national flags during anti-President Mohammed Morsi demonstration in Tahrir Square, the focal point of Egyptian uprising in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, June 28, 2013. Tens of thousands of backers and opponents of Egypt’s Islamist president held competing rallies in the capital Friday and new clashes erupted between the two sides in the countryís second largest city, Alexandria, in a prelude to massive nationwide protests planned by the opposition this weekend demanding Mohammed Morsiís removal.(AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

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Hundreds of hands move in unison — Egyptian protesters wave their hands and hold national flags during anti-President Mohammed Morsi demonstration in Tahrir Square, the focal point of Egyptian uprising in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, June 28, 2013. Tens of thousands of backers and opponents of Egypt’s Islamist president held competing rallies in the capital Friday and new clashes erupted between the two sides in the countryís second largest city, Alexandria, in a prelude to massive nationwide protests planned by the opposition this weekend demanding Mohammed Morsiís removal.(AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

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'Ding Jinhao was here:' Chinese boy sparks storm with 'shameful' graffiti on 3,500-year-old Egyptian relicA social media storm has erupted after a photo of “shameful” graffiti etched on a 3,500-year-old Egyptian relic by a Chinese boy was posted on the Internet.A blogger called ”Kongyouwuyi” posted the photo on Weibo, China’s equivalent of Twitter, after noticing the  message “Ding Jinhao was here” while visiting Egypt.“The sentence means Ding Jinhao has visited this place,” Kongyouwuyi wrote. “This was the saddest and most shameful moment I had in Egypt. I apologized to our local tour guide, who comforted me instead, saying this was not our fault, and that it should be the local guide’s responsibility to stop such behaviour.”

'Ding Jinhao was here:' Chinese boy sparks storm with 'shameful' graffiti on 3,500-year-old Egyptian relic
A social media storm has erupted after a photo of “shameful” graffiti etched on a 3,500-year-old Egyptian relic by a Chinese boy was posted on the Internet.

A blogger called ”Kongyouwuyi” posted the photo on Weibo, China’s equivalent of Twitter, after noticing the  message “Ding Jinhao was here” while visiting Egypt.

“The sentence means Ding Jinhao has visited this place,” Kongyouwuyi wrote. “This was the saddest and most shameful moment I had in Egypt. I apologized to our local tour guide, who comforted me instead, saying this was not our fault, and that it should be the local guide’s responsibility to stop such behaviour.”

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Man goes undercover as a woman to investigate deep-rooted sexual harassment and abuse in EgyptWaleed Hammad dressed conservatively for his secret mission into the world of sexual harassment and abuse on the streets of Cairo, donning a long tan skirt and sleeved shirt, and at times covering his head like many Egyptian women.The 24-year-old actor walked the sidewalks, hidden cameras in tow, for an investigative television report, hoping the broadcast would enlighten national debate about how to combat deep-rooted day-to-day sexual harassment and abuse in this patriarchal society.As he strolled, Hammad, who wore light makeup to conceal hints of facial hair and accentuate his eyes, was hissed at and verbally abused. In one instance — when he was wearing a head veil — he was taken for a prostitute and offered up to $580 for one night.“I can go wherever I want, do whatever I want very simply, very easily, very casually,” Hammad said. “For a woman, it boils down to her having to focus on how she breathes while she is walking. It is not just the walk. It is not just the clothes. It is not what she says or how she looks.” As a woman walking down the street, “you have to be in a constant state of alertness.” (AP Photo / Courtesy of Awel el Kheit)

Man goes undercover as a woman to investigate deep-rooted sexual harassment and abuse in Egypt
Waleed Hammad dressed conservatively for his secret mission into the world of sexual harassment and abuse on the streets of Cairo, donning a long tan skirt and sleeved shirt, and at times covering his head like many Egyptian women.

The 24-year-old actor walked the sidewalks, hidden cameras in tow, for an investigative television report, hoping the broadcast would enlighten national debate about how to combat deep-rooted day-to-day sexual harassment and abuse in this patriarchal society.

As he strolled, Hammad, who wore light makeup to conceal hints of facial hair and accentuate his eyes, was hissed at and verbally abused. In one instance — when he was wearing a head veil — he was taken for a prostitute and offered up to $580 for one night.

“I can go wherever I want, do whatever I want very simply, very easily, very casually,” Hammad said. “For a woman, it boils down to her having to focus on how she breathes while she is walking. It is not just the walk. It is not just the clothes. It is not what she says or how she looks.” As a woman walking down the street, “you have to be in a constant state of alertness.” (AP Photo / Courtesy of Awel el Kheit)

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Violent protests erupt in Tahrir Square as Mohammed Morsi’s decree threatens new turmoil at heart of Arab Spring
Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi’s decree that put his decisions above legal challenge until a new parliament was elected caused fury amongst his opponents on Friday who accused him of being the new Hosni Mubarak and hijacking the revolution.

Police fired tear gas in a street leading to Cairo’s Tahrir Square, heart of the 2011 anti-Mubarak uprising, where thousands demanded Mursi quit and accused him of launching a “coup”. There were violent protests in Alexandria, Port Said and Suez.

“The people want to bring down the regime,” shouted protesters in Tahrir, echoing a chant used in the uprising that forced Mubarak to step down. “Get out, Mursi,” they chanted. (Reuters; AP Photos)