Egypt

Former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi dies after collapsing in court

Morsi in court in 2015. Photo: Mohamed Jamil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has died at 67 after collapsing while in court Monday on spying charges, the BBC reports, citing state media.

The big picture: Morsi was democratically elected in 2012 following the Arab Spring uprising but deposed and jailed a year later in a coup led by Egypt's current president, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. He is the only Egyptian leader to have come to power through democratic elections.

Egypt, Jordan and Morocco to attend U.S. peace plan conference in Bahrain

Jared Kushner (L) and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Cairo in 2017. Photo: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Egypt and Morocco have informed the White House they will attend the conference in Bahrain at which the Trump administration will launch the economic portion of its Israeli-Palestinian peace plan, U.S. official tells me. This comes after King Abdullah II announced Jordan would also attend.

Why it matters: This is a big achievement for the White House peace team, led by Jared Kushner. The White House has been asking Egypt, Jordan and Morocco to announce their participation for several weeks now but they all stalled due to pressure from the Palestinians, who are boycotting the conference. The Palestinian lobbying efforts appear to have failed.