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November 23rd, 2011
10:58 AM ET

Mom of detained American student in Egypt says he is safe for now, could be charged

Egyptian authorities expect to once again question three American college students arrested during the uprising in Egypt. 

The three students, Derrik Sweeney, Gregory Porter and Luke Gates, are accused of lobbing Molotov cocktails while demonstrating in Tahrir Square. Police detained them on Monday night. The students were spending the semester in Cairo as part of a study-abroad program.

Today on American Morning, Carol Costello speaks with Joy Sweeney, the mother of Derrik Sweeney, for an update on her son's situation in Egypt. She reports that her husband talked with Roberto Powers, the U.S. consul general in Egypt, who said the three boys are safe and will be further questioned before the attorney general decides if he will file charges against them.

Filed under: Egypt
November 22nd, 2011
02:57 PM ET

New clashes erupt in Egypt's Tahrir square – who will take control of the country?

Fresh violence broke in Tahrir Square for a 4th straight day Tuesday. At least 24 people have been killed and 1,700 injured in four days of clashes. Today's fighting came just a day after Egypt's Cabinet submitted its resignation to the nation's military-led government. Parlimentary elections are scheduled to be held November 28.

Today on American Morning, Fmr. Under Secretary of State Nicholas Burns tells Alina Cho that "the military is losing credibility with the people of Egypt"

Filed under: Arab Spring • Egypt
August 3rd, 2011
11:12 AM ET

Former Egyptian President Mubarak facing trial today – how are Egyptians reacting?

Just months after he was ousted during the Egyptian revolution, former President Hosni Mubarak, his two sons, and several others are facing a public trial in Cairo today.

Mubarak, who appeared at the court this morning in a hospital bed behind a cage, is being charged with three counts including complicity in the murder of more than 800 protestors, corruption in real-estate deals in the Sinai Peninsula, and corruption and abuse of office in a deal to sell Egyptian natural gas to Israel.

If convicted, Mubarak could be sentenced to death.

Mona Eltahawy, a columnist on Arab and Muslim issues, joins Carol Costello today on American Morning to discuss Mubarak's illness and to explain how Egyptians are reacting to the trial.

Filed under: Egypt
February 17th, 2011
08:55 AM ET

High rate of harassment, sexual assault in Egypt and other Arab nations

CBS News correspondent Lara Logan is recovering in a U.S. hospital after being sexually assaulted Friday in Tahrir Square.

Unfortunately, Logan's experience isn't unique; according to a 2008 survey by the Egyptian Center for Women's Rights, 83% of Cairo women and 98% of foreign women in Cairo said they had been harassed. Mona Eltahawy is an Egyptian columnist and, since Logan's attack, has turned her Twitter account into a forum for discussion about women's rights in the Arab world and about the attack on Logan. Eltahawy speaks to American Morning's Kiran Chetry.

Filed under: Egypt • Middle East • Women's Rights
February 16th, 2011
08:41 AM ET

Female news correspondent sexually assaulted, beaten in Cairo

CBS News correspondent Lara Logan was reporting on the protests in Egypt Friday when she was separated from her crew and attacked. She is currently recovering in a U.S. hospital, having been sexually assaulted and beaten.

Judith Matloff is a Professor at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and has known Logan since 1992. She says Logan's story is unusual not because it happened, but because the public is hearing about it. Professor Matloff speaks to American Morning's Kiran Chetry.

Filed under: Egypt • World
February 14th, 2011
08:42 AM ET

What will Egypt's transitional government look like?

Two days following Hosni Mubarak's resignation as president, the Egyptian military announced it would be dissolving the parliament.

In its Sunday announcement, the Egyptian military said it would take over as the ruling power for at least six months or until elections are held. Former Under Secretary of State Nicholas Burns talks about what Egypt's transition period will look like with American Morning's Kiran Chetry.

Filed under: Egypt
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