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Egyptian court upholds death sentences for 10 Islamists, sentences 38 others to life

An elderly Egyptian vendor walks past old election posters supporting newly elected President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, July 5, 2014. El-Sissi, elected to office last month, has said he will need to tackle the tough issue of subsidies that eat up nearly a quarter of the state budget and asked every Egyptian to be ready to sacrifice to help the country's battered economy after three years of turmoil. The country's successive leaders have balked at reducing them because half of the country's 85 million people live at or below the poverty line of $2 a day and rely on government subsidies of wheat and fuel for survival. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

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An elderly Egyptian vendor walks past old election posters supporting newly elected President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, July 5, 2014. El-Sissi, elected to office last month, has said he will need to tackle the tough issue of subsidies that eat up nearly a quarter of the state budget and asked every Egyptian to be ready to sacrifice to help the country's battered economy after three years of turmoil. The country's successive leaders have balked at reducing them because half of the country's 85 million people live at or below the poverty line of $2 a day and rely on government subsidies of wheat and fuel for survival. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

CAIRO - Egyptian judicial officials say a Cairo court has upheld death sentences against 10 members of the banned Muslim Brotherhood and sentenced 38 others to life, including the spiritual leader of the Islamist group.

All 10 Brotherhood members whose death sentences were confirmed were tried in absentia.

The 48 were found guilty of inciting violence, attacking security forces and blocking a main road north of Cairo last year, said the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.

Saturday's verdicts are part of an ongoing crackdown against Islamists that began after the military's ouster last year of President Mohammed Morsi, who hails from the Brotherhood. He, together with spiritual leader Mohammed Badie, are in detention and face multiple trials.

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