Egypt Islamists to rally ahead of Morsi's trial

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FILE - In this Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013 file photo, a poster showing Egyptian Defense Minister Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, center, and former presidents Anwar Sadat, left, and Gamal Abdel-Nasser, right, is taped to an army armored vehicle on a bridge leading to Tahrir Square during celebrations marking the 40th anniversary of Egypt's Oct. 6 crossing of the Suez Canal during the 1973 war with Israel, in Cairo, Egypt. Under President Mohammed Morsi, his Islamist allies pushed through a constitution that alarmed many Egyptians with its new, stronger provisions for implementing Islamic Shariah law and carving out extensive power for the military. Now after Morsi’s ouster, it is the turn of liberal and secular politicians to amend the charter, but they are balking at reversing those changes, caught up in the country’s stormy politics. (AP Photo/Thomas Hartwell, File)
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CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood-led coalition has called for mass demonstrations across the country starting Friday until the trial of the country's ousted president begins.

The trial of toppled President Mohammed Morsi is set to begin Nov. 4. Morsi, ousted in a July 3 coup, faces charges of inciting murder and violence in connection to deadly clashes outside presidential palace in December.

Some fear the trial will mark a new cycle of turmoil in Egypt. Since the coup, Egypt witnessed one of its worst bloodbaths when security forces violently cleared protest camps in Cairo, leaving hundreds dead and sparked weeks of unrest.

Morsi has been detained in undisclosed military facility since the coup. He has spoken twice to his family by telephone.

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