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July 6, 2013 | By Edmund Sanders
CAIRO - As rival camps of Egyptians protest for and against the toppling of President Mohamed Morsi, there is a rare point of agreement: America is to blame. Anti-Americanism, which has long been an undercurrent here, is erupting again as Egyptians battle over the future of their country. Each side accuses the United States of backing the other and alleges conspiracies in which the Obama administration is secretly fostering dissent in an attempt to weaken Egypt. It's a damned if you do, damned if you don't quagmire in which the U.S. appears to have alienated both sides, underscoring waning American influence and credibility as it attempts to navigate the turmoil.
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July 5, 2013 | By Shashank Bengali and Amro Hassan
CAIRO - At least 10 people were killed in street battles and clashes with security forces as supporters of Egypt's deposed Islamist president rallied in Cairo and elsewhere Friday in the first major show of defiance against what they termed an illegal military coup. As night fell and military helicopters circled the capital, supporters and opponents of ousted President Mohamed Morsi clashed on the bridges and overpasses leading to Tahrir Square, the heart of the protests that forced Morsi's removal Wednesday.
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July 5, 2013 | By Shashank Bengali and Amro Hassan
CAIRO - Egyptian troops opened fire Friday on supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi as they demonstrated outside the headquarters of the Republican Guard, where Morsi was reported to be under military arrest, witnesses reported. Witnesses said the troops fired on the demonstration when Morsi's supporters tried to hang a picture of the deposed leader on a barbed-wire fence surrounding the facility. The Associated Press reported that one person was severely wounded in the head and that several other demonstrators fell to the ground, bloodied.
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July 5, 2013 | By Shashank Bengali, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
CAIRO -- Egypt braced for more unrest Friday as supporters of ousted former President Mohamed Morsi rallied to protest his arrest by the military while Morsi's opponents planned to stage their own demonstration in Cairo's Tahrir Square. On what they dubbed a “Friday of Rejection,” members of Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood organization pledged they would demonstrate peacefully. “Any violence is rejected,” Gehad El-Haddad, spokesman for the brotherhood, posted on Twitter. Morsi supporters said the protest in the Nasr City section of Cairo would swell following the weekly afternoon prayer.
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July 4, 2013 | Jeffrey Fleishman and Ingy Hassieb
The army pushed Egypt's first democratically elected president from power after days of massive street protests, acting swiftly to remove the Islamist leader in favor of a coalition government and calling for new elections to bring stability to this deeply polarized nation. President Mohamed Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood party, in power just a year, remained defiant, insisting that they continued to be Egypt's legitimate authority. Some of Morsi's supporters threatened violent retaliation, but the Islamists appeared to be overwhelmed by tanks in the boulevards and hundreds of thousands of protesters streaming through villages and cities.
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July 3, 2013 | By Ingy Hassieb
CAIRO -- Opponents of Egypt's ousted president, Mohamed Morsi, celebrated into the night Wednesday after the military removed him from office, filling the streets in parts of the capital and in other cities and towns. Revelers danced and cheered in Cairo's Tahrir Square and outside the presidential palace, waiving flags and flashing green-colored lasers. Fireworks lighted up the sky. "We want a better future, a better economy,” said Riham Adel, a 28-year-old secretary who joined the throngs in Tahrir Square, epicenter of the 2011 uprising that toppled longtime strongman Hosni Mubarak.
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June 30, 2013 | By Jeffrey Fleishman and Ingy Hassieb
CAIRO - Scattered violence was reported late Sunday as hundreds of thousands of protesters swelled through the streets of Egyptian cities and towns in mostly peaceful demonstrations against President Mohamed Morsi. The state news agency said about 500 young men hurling stones and Molotov cocktails attacked the Muslim Brotherhood headquarters in Cairo. One protester was killed in clashes in Upper Egypt and more than 220 were injured throughout the country, according to security officials.
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June 30, 2013 | By Jeffrey Fleishman and Ingy Hassieb
CAIRO - Hundreds of thousands of protesters swelled through villages and cities Sunday, denouncing Egypt's Islamist president and raising fears of a new revolution that could divide the nation, threaten its young democracy and sink its troubled economy. Protesters against President Mohamed Morsi filled streets and squares, yelling "Leave, leave!" on the first anniversary of his inauguration. The chants echoed against distant cheers of support from Islamists who held rival rallies in what has become a dangerously polarized nation.
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February 26, 2013 | By Jeffrey Fleishman
CAIRO -- A hot-air balloon exploded over the ancient city of Luxor on Tuesday, killing at least 18 people and adding fresh turmoil to Egypt's beleaguered tourism industry, which has been struggling since the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak two years ago. Authorities said the balloon was drifting at about 1,000 feet when it caught fire and the basket plummeted into sugar cane fields outside a village shortly after dawn. Officials said the dead included nine passengers from Hong Kong, four from Japan, two from France, two from Britain and one from Belgium.
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