Egypt

1:13am

Thu August 8, 2013
Planet Money

Egypt May Not Need Fighter Jets, But The U.S. Keeps Sending Them Anyway

Originally published on Thu August 8, 2013 11:51 am

An American F-16 fighter plane arrives at an airbase in Egypt on March 27, 1982.
Foley AP

Every year, the U.S. Congress appropriates more than $1 billion in military aid to Egypt. But that money never gets to Egypt. It goes to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, then to a trust fund at the Treasury and, finally, out to U.S. military contractors that make the tanks and fighter jets that ultimately get sent to Egypt.

The U.S. started sending M1A1 Abrams tanks to Egypt in the late '80s. In all, the U.S. sent more than 1,000 tanks to Egypt since then — valued at some $3.9 billion — which Egypt maintains along with several thousand Soviet-era tanks.

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2:28pm

Fri August 2, 2013
Political Crisis In Egypt

In Egypt, 'Third Square' Protesters Seek Middle Road

Originally published on Fri August 2, 2013 5:05 pm

Activists from a group called "Third Square," which promotes a middle way in the rift between the Muslim Brotherhood and supporters of the army's overthrow of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, shout slogans as they gather to oppose both parties at Sphinx Square in Giza on July 30.
Asmaa Waguih Reuters/Landov

6:45am

Tue July 30, 2013
The Two-Way

Egypt's Ousted President Morsi Is 'Well,' Says EU Official

Originally published on Tue July 30, 2013 8:33 am

Egyptian supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi demonstrate against the military-backed government in Cairo. Morsi, who has been detained since July 3, is in good health, a European official says.
Fayez Nureldine AFP/Getty Images

After a long talk with ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, European Union Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton says Morsi, who has been detained for nearly a month, is in good health.

"We talked for two hours; we talked in-depth. He has access to information, in terms of TV, newspapers — so, we were able to talk about the situation," Ashton tells the BBC. "And we were able to talk about the need to move forward."

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6:56am

Sun July 28, 2013
The Two-Way

Egypt Warns Of Wider Crackdown On Protesters

Originally published on Sun July 28, 2013 8:45 am

A general view shows brick barricades erected by protesters along Nasr City's main street in eastern Cairo on Sunday.
Fayez Nureldine AFP/Getty Images

Egypt is ramping up threats of a wider crackdown on supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi, who have refused to end a sit-in a day after at least 80 anti-government protesters were killed in two cities in street clashes with security forces.

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5:42am

Sat July 27, 2013
The Two-Way

Scores Killed As Egypt Demonstrations Turn Deadly

Originally published on Sat July 27, 2013 7:58 pm

Supporters of Egypt's ousted President Mohammed Morsi carry an injured man to a field hospital following clashes with security forces at Nasr City.
Khalil Hamra AP

The top of this post was last updated at 9:45 p.m. ET:

About 80 people have been killed and hundreds injured in bloody clashes overnight in and around Cairo after protests escalated into violence, with supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi saying police shot at demonstrators.

NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson reports that Egypt's Ministry of Health has updated the number of dead to 80, with 792 injured.

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