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The military announced that embattled President Mohammed Morsi will be replaced. The military announced that embattled President Mohammed Morsi will be replaced.
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African Union To Meet On Egypt Political Crisis
July 4, 2013 at 1:31 p.m.

An African Union official says the continental body will hold a meeting to discuss political events in Egypt, where the country's democratically leader was ousted by the military.
AU commissioner Lamamra Ramtane told the Associated Press on Thursday that the AU's peace and security council will meet Friday to deliberate on Egypt's political crisis.
The AU usually suspends the membership of countries where the military ousts an elected government. Hinting that such a move could be coming, the head of the AU Commission Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma on Wednesday said the body has "a principled position on unconstitutional changes of government." Dlamini-Zuma had urged Egyptians to hold dialogue to end the crisis within the framework of Egyptian law.
Egypt's military toppled President Mohammed Morsi on Wednesday.

Non-essential diplomats pulling out of Egypt
July 4, 2013 at 6:22 a.m.

The supreme justice of Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court has been sworn in as the nation's interim president, replacing the Islamist Mohammed Morsi who was ousted by the military.

The military moved to oust Morsi after millions of Egyptians took to the streets this week to demand his resignation.

Morsi is under house arrest at an undisclosed location.

Adly Mansour was sworn in Thursday at the Constitutional Court in a ceremony broadcast live on state television.

According to military decree, Mansour will serve as Egypt's interim leader until a new president is elected.

A date for that vote has yet to be set.

The Obama administration says it'll have to review the $1.5 billion in annual aid it gives to Egypt after its military ousted the country's first democratically elected leader.

The U.S. State Department is ordering all of its nonessential diplomats and their families to leave Egypt.

Muslim Brotherhood Officials Arrested
July 4, 2013 at 3:13 a.m.

A security official says the head of the Muslim Brotherhood political party and the Brotherhood's deputy chief have been arrested.

The security official said Saad el-Katatni, the head of the Freedom and Justice Party, and Rashad Bayoumi, one of two deputies of the Brotherhood's top leader were arrested early Thursday, in connection with an escape from prison during the 2011 uprising against autocrat Hosni Mubarak.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the press.

The arrest came hours after the head of the armed forces ousted Egypt's first democratically elected President Mohammed Morsi, of the Brotherhood, who is also wanted in the case. More than 30 Brotherhood members escaped from prison during in January 2011.

Assad Praises Egypt Revolt Against President
July 3, 2013 at 8:42 p.m.

Syria's embattled president on Wednesday praised Egypt's protests against their leader and said his overthrow by the military means the end of "political Islam."

President Bashar Assad, who is seeking to crush a revolt against his own rule, said Egyptians have discovered the "lies" of the Muslim Brotherhood.

He spoke in an interview with the state-run Al-Thawra newspaper to be printed in full Thursday. Excerpts were published Wednesday night on the Syrian presidency's Facebook page, coinciding with the Egyptian military's announcement of Morsi's ouster.

"What is happening in Egypt is the fall of so-called political Islam," Assad said. "This is the fate of anyone in the world who tries to use religion for political or factional interests."

Assad is facing an insurgency at home and has refused to step down, calling the revolt an international conspiracy carried out by Islamic extremists and fundamentalist groups such as the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood, a branch of the Egyptian group with the same name to which Morsi belongs.

Earlier Wednesday, Syrian Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi urged Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi to step down in line with his people's wishes.

Al-Zoubi told reporters in Damascus that Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood is a "terrorist" organization and a "U.S. tool."

Last month Morsi enraged Syrian officials by announcing he was severing ties with Damascus and closing its embassy in the Syrian capital.

Assad's father, the late President Hafez Assad, cracked down on a Muslim Brotherhood-led rebellion in the northern city of Hama in 1982. The Syrian forces, led by the president's brother and special forces from their minority Alawite sect, razed much of the city in a three-week air and ground attack, killing between 10,000 and 20,000 people.

"The ruling experience of the Muslim Brotherhood failed before it even started because it goes against the nature of people," Assad said in the interview, charging that the Brotherhood aimed to spread strife in the Arab world.

Egypt Leader's Office Calls Military Measures Coup
July 3, 2013 at 4:02 p.m.

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.

Morsi was quoted as saying those measures "represent a full coup categorically rejected by all the free men of our nation."

Egypt Army Suspends Constitution, Calls Early Vote
July 3, 2013 at 3:19 p.m.

Egypt's military has suspended the Islamist-backed constitution and called early elections.

The military also announced that embattled President Mohammed Morsi will be replaced.

Cheers erupted among millions of protesters nationwide who were demanding Morsi's ouster.

Troops Deploy Near Protest Sites, Morsi Aide Says Coup Is Under Way
July 3, 2013 at 2:57 p.m.

A top adviser to Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi says the country is seeing a military coup.

The military today moved to tighten its control of key institutions. It did so with the passing of a deadline it had set for Morsi to meet the demands of protesters calling for him to leave office. Just before the deadline arrived, Morsi vowed again not to step down. And he criticized the military for "taking only one side."

Troops backed with armored vehicles have been sent to the heart of Cairo. Meanwhile, a travel ban has been imposed on Morsi and his top allies, ahead of an almost certain push to remove the Islamist president.

Soon after the deadline passed, a military helicopter circled over the anti-Morsi crowds in Cairo's central Tahrir square -- which had become a sea of furiously waving Egyptian flags. The crowd chanted for Morsi to "leave." After nightfall, fireworks went off, and green lasers flashed over the crowd.

In the main squares of cities nationwide, millions of people turned out, again demanding Morsi's removal. It's the fourth day of the biggest anti-government rallies Egypt has seen -- even bigger than in the uprising that ousted his predecessor, Hosni Mubarak.

Earlier today, the head of the army met with a leading reform advocate, Mohammed ElBaradei, along with Egypt's top Muslim cleric and others. A spokesman for an opposition group says they met to discuss a political road map.

Pentagon: Hagel Calls Egyptian Defense Minister
July 3, 2013 at 12:52 p.m.

The Pentagon says Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has spoken to the Egyptian defense minister twice in the past week, including a call he made to Defense Minister Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi on Tuesday.

Pentagon press secretary George Little is refusing to release any details about the content of the calls. He says U.S. officials at various levels of government have been very clear that America remains committed to the democratic process in Egypt and hopes the tensions there can be resolved peacefully.

The disclosure came as Egypt's military moved to tighten control of key institutions in the country, ahead of an almost certain push to oust President Mohammed Morsi from office.

Little says the Pentagon did not disclose last week's call until now because of the sensitivities of the situation.

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