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Former Egypt Brotherhood leader Akef dies aged 89

CAIRO: Former Muslim Brotherhood head Mohammed Mahdi Akef, who helped turn Egypt's Islamist movement into a major opposition force, died on Friday in a Cairo hospital aged 89, his daughter said. Aliya Mahdi Akef made the announcement on Facebook, saying "my father is in the care of Allah (God)". Ten months before his death, Akef had been transferred from jail to the hospital in Cairo for cancer treatment, the group's lawyer Abdel Moneim Abdel Maqsud told AFP. Read More: Egypt gives life sentences to Brotherhood…

Egyptian court confirms death sentences against Brotherhood leader, 200 supporters

CAIRO: An Egyptian court confirmed on Saturday death sentences against the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood and 182 supporters, a strong sign that the crackdown on the group will continue under new President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. Mohamed Badie and other defendants were charged over violence that erupted in the southern Egyptian town of Minya following the ouster, led by former army chief Sisi, of Islamist President Mohamed Mursi, a senior Brotherhood member, last July. One police officer was killed in the violence. The…