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Egypt: Ousted President Morsi To Face Trial
The trial of ousted President Mohamed Morsi on charges of inciting the murder of protesters is due to start on November 4.
Morsi will stand trial with 14 other members of his Muslim Brotherhood over the killings of at least 10 protesters outside his presidential palace in December 2012, according to state news agency MENA.
The deadly clashes broke out after the Brotherhood dispersed a sit-in by secular-leaning opponents.
They had gathered to oppose a temporary decree passed by Morsi placing his decisions beyond judicial review.
The deaths came almost six months before Morsi was deposed in a military coup in July.
Morsi, who became Egypt's first democratically elected president, has been detained in a secret location since.
Following his departure, security forces launched an extensive crackdown on his supporters that has resulted in more than 1,000 deaths. The Muslim Brotherhood has also been banned.
Hundreds of Islamist loyalists were killed on August 14 when security forces broke up two protest camps set up by Morsi supporters in Cairo.
Many of the Brotherhood's leadership, including Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie, are standing trial on other charges.
Western mediators including EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton had demanded Morsi's release as a goodwill gesture, but were rebuffed by the government which accuses the Brotherhood of "terrorism".
The movement has called for more marches on Friday to head to Tahrir Square in central Cairo, in a repeat of Sunday's protests that turned violent.
Morsi is the second Egyptian president to be charged over the killings of protesters.
His predecessor, Hosni Mubarak, is on trial for complicity in the deaths of protesters during the 18-day uprising that forced him to resign in 2011.
:: US officials say the Obama administration is poised to slash hundreds of millions of dollars in military and economic assistance to Egypt following the military coup.