Egypt arrests 34 Muslim Brotherhood members ahead of elections

Egypt arrested 34 members of the Muslim Brotherhood Friday, including a top decision maker, continuing the government's crackdown against the country's most powerful opposition group ahead of this month's municipal elections. State security forces stormed the houses of the Brotherhood members in several northern and southern cities during a dawn raid, the group said in a statement. Muhammad Badie, a member of the group's decision making body, was among those arrested, it said. The Brotherhood said the crackdown was aimed at preventing the group's members from running in municipal elections on April 8. Hundreds of Brotherhood members have been arrested, and thousands of candidates from the group have been prevented from registering for the upcoming contests.