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Egypt Update: Curfew Again Shortened; 'Spy Swan" Detained; Al-Qaida Wants Uprising

By: AP
By: AP
Egypt shortens curfew as violence eases... Egyptian authorities detain suspected

FILE - In this file photo taken Friday, Aug. 16, 2013, Egyptian Army soldiers stand guard outside the Rabaah al-Adawiya mosque, in the center of the largest protest camp of supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi, that was cleared by security forces, in the district of Nasr City, Cairo, Egypt. Israel is carefully watching events in Egypt and keeping in touch with the Egyptian army through the Arab nation's latest turmoil, officials say, working together in the common battle against Islamic militants. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File)

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CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt's government has once again shortened a military-imposed evening curfew as violence and protests over the coup that toppled the country's president subside.
The Cabinet said in a statement Saturday the decision comes in response to popular demand. It rolls back the start of the curfew to 11 p.m. local time (2100 GMT).
The Cabinet said its decision takes effect immediately. However, the full 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew will remain in place for Fridays, when supporters of the ousted President Mohammed Morsi usually organize large rally.
Since the July 3 military coup, Morsi supporters have organized near daily protests that have often turned violent. A security crackdown that led to the arrest of hundreds of his supporters, including leading Brotherhood members, have caused protests to wane.

CAIRO (AP) -- In a case that's ruffling feathers in Egypt, authorities have detained a swan that a citizen suspected of being a spy.
Officials say a man brought the suspected winged infiltrator to a police station Friday in the Qena governorate, some 450 kilometers (280 miles) southeast of Cairo. Officials say the man suspected the bird was an undercover agent because it carried an electronic device.
The head of security in Qena said Saturday that officials examined the bird and the device. Mohammed Kamal said the device was neither an explosive nor a spying device. It likely could be a wildlife tracker.
With turmoil gripping Egypt, authorities and citizens remain suspicious of anything foreign. Earlier this year, a security guard filed a police report after capturing a pigeon he said carried microfilm.

CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt's Interior Ministry says gunmen have killed a police officer in the country's restive Sinai peninsula.
In a statement Saturday, the ministry said the riot police officer was shot in the chest Friday while on patrol in the city of El-Arish.
Attacks against security forces in the Sinai Peninsula have increased since a July 3 military coup ousted President Mohammed Morsi. Since then, his supporters have been organizing regular protests calling for his return.
On Saturday, the Health Ministry raised the toll in Friday's violence to eight killed and 221 injured -- most of them in clashes between Morsi supporters and local residents. Those killed included two police officers shot dead in a drive-by shooting targeting their police station in Cairo.

CAIRO (AP) -- A leader of al-Qaida's Iraqi branch is calling on Egyptians to fight their army and deriding the Muslim Brotherhood for seeking power through democracy.
The official spokesman of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, Abu Mohammed al-Adnani, said in an audio message posted on the Internet on Saturday that the Egyptian army should be targeted for trying to "prevent God's rule."
In a 32-minute audio, al-Adnani said the Brotherhood is "a secular party with an Islamic cloak, worshipping power and parliaments, and their jihad is for democracy and not for God's sake."
The audio could not be independently verified but appeared on a website commonly used by militants.
The Egyptian military ousted President Mohammed Morsi, who hails from the Brotherhood, in a July 3 coup.


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