529 of Muslim Brotherhood to Die

    A riot police holds his weapon during clashes with al-Azhar University students, who are supporting the Muslim Brotherhood and deposed President Mohamed Mursi, on the university campus in Cairo's Nasr City district, March 19, 2014. The protest was held against the military and interior ministry. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh (EGYPT - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST) - RTR3HQXR

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    More than 500 members of the now-illegal Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt have been sentenced to death by an Egyptian court. Among those sentenced are a handful of leaders of the group behind deposed President Mohamed Morsi. They were sentenced Monday on charges ranging from murder of a police officer to attacking police. Since July of 2013 when the army overthrew Morsi and outlawed the Brotherhood, hundreds of its members have died, and thousands have been arrested. The sentence, which came on the second day of the trial, is likely to escalate already tense Islamic-secular tensions.

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