A court in Egypt has sentenced 529 members of the Muslim Brotherhood to death, sparking outrage from relatives and protests in Cairo.
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A policeman has reportedly died following a bomb blast in the Egyptian capital Cairo, the country's state newspaper Al Ahram has reported.
It follows a bomb attack on Tuesday which left three police officers wounded.
Egypt will hold the first round of its presidential election on May 26 and 27, the country's election committee has announced.
Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the general who deposed elected Islamist President Mohamed Mursi in July, is widely expected to win the election.
Two supporters of former Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi have been sentenced to death for committing murder during violence which occurred last year after the army's deposed the Islamist head of state.
The pair were standing trial on charges that included throwing youths from the roof of a building in Alexandria.
The sentences came in the wake of the separate and unprecedented sentencing to death of 529 supporters of Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood last Monday.
Muslim Brotherhood called the sentencing to death of 529 of its supporters by an Egyptian court "inhumane and a clear violation of all norms of humane and legal justice."
A statement from the religious and political party's London office described the sentencing as "shocking and unprecedented".
"The verdict is yet another clear indication that the corrupt judiciary is being utilized by the coup commanders to suppress the Egyptian revolution and install a brutal regime which surpassed decades long of oppression and tyranny in Egypt's history," Muslim Brotherhood said.
The group stressed it will appeal the court ruling "and defend basic rights of Egyptians".
An Egyptian court has sentenced 529 Muslim Brotherhood members to death for charges including murder, a defence lawyer told the Reuters news agency.
"The court has decided to sentence to death 529 defendants and 16 were acquitted," lawyer Ahmed al-Sharif said.
The ruling can be appealed.
Unidentified gunmen opened fire on an army police checkpoint on the outskirts of Cairo, killing six officers, Egyptian state TV reported.
A senior security source told state TV that two bombs found near the checkpoint had also been deactivated. The army blamed the attack on ousted Islamist President Mohamed Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood group, according to a military statement. The Brotherhood was not immediately available to comment.
Egypt's interim president Adly Mansour has asked prime minister Hazem el-Beblawi to run the government's affairs until a new prime minister is selected, the state-run al-Ahram news website has reported.
Egyptian Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi said the government is to resign after the "cabinet took a decision".
In a televised statement, Mr Beblawi said: "Today the cabinet took a decision to offer its resignation to the president of the republic."
He gave no clear reason for the decision. Mr Beblawi was appointed after the army toppled president Mohamed Morsi last July following mass protests against his rule.