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Morsi Detained Over Murder, Kidnapping, Conspiring With Hamas



CAIRO – Ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi is being detained over alleged ties with the Palestinian militant group Hamas, and questioned on related charges of murder and kidnapping.

A top Cairo court has ordered that Morsi be questioned on whether he collaborated with Hamas for his escape – along with other top Muslim Brotherhood leaders – from a prison in early 2011 during the 18-day revolt that toppled Hosni Mubarak, the Egyptian publicly-funded news agency MENA reports.

It is one of the first official reports of the fate of the former Egyptian President who was ousted on July 3. State accusations against Morsi include killing prisoners and officers as well as kidnapping soldiers.

Morsi had been kept in an undisclosed location since being deposed. His detention can be extended as the inquiry continues, according to AP. The news comes as supporters and opponents of Morsi prepare for potentially tense national protests on Friday.

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Anti-Morsi protest in Cairo on July 7 - Photo: S. Behn

Meanwhile, RT reports that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has decided to abandon its plan to restart negotiations about a $4.8 billion loan to Egypt – on the grounds that the country needs to first regain political stability.

However, aid from the United States will continue to reach Egypt: By deciding not to offer a declaration on whether the July 3 overthrow was indeed a coup d"état, the Obama administration has allowed for the funneling of $1.5 billion in annual American aid to Egypt to continue, according to the New York Times.

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Putin In The Middle East, A Chilling Reminder Of The Power He Still Holds

Defying an ICC arrest warrant, Russian President Vladimir Putin is on a one-day foray to UAE and Saudi Arabia to display his role in shaping the geopolitical and energy landscape — and to make the world forget about the Ukraine war just a little bit more.

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Vladimir Putin met with UAE President Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan

Pierre Haski


PARIS — There are several remarkable aspects to Vladimir Putin's trip to the Middle East: firstly, the fact that it is taking place at all. The Russian president has been facing an International Criminal Court arrest warrant since March: since then, he has only traveled to countries that are safe for him, such as former Soviet Republics and China.

This is his first foray outside his own world: he's showing to Russians back home that he's not a global outcast.

His destinations are also interesting: the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, in a whirlwind one-day trip. He arrived in the Emirates in the middle of COP28, making sure to go after the Western leaders that had left. French President Emmanuel Macron and U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris were there last week, making the choreography perfect for Putin — and for the UAE, which has positioned itself as a hub for circumventing international sanctions.

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