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Egyptian Court Upholds Brotherhood Ban

A supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood and ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi shouts slogans outside the police academy, where Mursi's trial took place, on the outskirts of Cairo, Nov. 4, 2013.
A supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood and ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi shouts slogans outside the police academy, where Mursi's trial took place, on the outskirts of Cairo, Nov. 4, 2013.
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An Egyptian court has upheld a ruling to ban the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood and seize its assets.

The original ruling came last month amid a crackdown on the group that has landed most of its top leadership in custody, including ousted president Mohamed Morsi.

The Brotherhood appealed the case, but the Cairo Court for Urgent Matters ruled Wednesday the ban and asset seizure order will remain in place.

The group was outlawed for most of its existence, which dates back to the 1920s, but formed a political party after the 2011 overthrow of former president Hosni Mubarak. It was an influential force following the revolt, winning parliamentary elections and the presidency, but has faced a backlash since the military ousted Morsi in July.

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