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Five Egyptians were killed and eight wounded in clashes between Christians and Muslims in a town near Cairo, security sources said on Saturday, in the latest sectarian violence in the most populous Arab state.
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CAIRO — It is the latest Internet phenomenon that has the world laughing, but in Egypt the Harlem Shake has caught the imagination of revolutionaries who are using it as a new way to challenge the country’s new Islamist rulers.
Thousands turned out Monday in Port Said to attend funerals for the seven people killed in the previous day’s violence, which broke out as mourners paid their respects to 33 people who had died in riots the day before.
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Hundreds of youths clashed with Egyptian police in Cairo, Egypt, on Friday in a violent start to the second anniversary of the uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak.
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President Mohamed Morsi on Thursday invited political groups and legal figures to meet for a national dialogue on solutions to Egypt’s political crisis after clashes between his supporters and his foes left seven dead and hundreds wounded.
Updated at 10 a.m. ET: CAIRO — At least 49 people, the vast majority children, were killed when a train crashed into a school bus in a city south of Cairo Saturday, Egyptian police and the governor of the city told NBC News.
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Updated at 11:07 a.m. ET: Protesters in a number of countries across the Muslim world vented anger against the West on Friday as the controversy over an anti-Islamic film raged, with a KFC restaurant torched in Lebanon, violent attacks on U.S. embassies in Sudan and Tunis and fierce protests in Egypt, Jordan and Pakistan.
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Updated at 9:29 a.m. ET: Protesters angry over an obscure film critical of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad stormed the U.S. Embassy in Sanaa, Yemen, on Thursday, as unrest that led to the deaths of a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans in Libya spread to other countries in the region.
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Updated at 10:25 a.m. ET: The U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans were killed after protesters angry over a film that ridiculed Islam’s Prophet Muhammad stormed the U.S. consulate in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi.
President Barack Obama said in Washington that the United States condemned the attack “in the strongest terms” and pledged that the United States would work with the Libyan authorities to bring the killers to justice.
CAIRO - Islamist Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood was elected president of Egypt with 51.7 percent of last weekend’s knife-edge run-off vote, defeating former Mubarak accolyte Ahmed Shafiq, the state election committee said on Sunday.
His victory followed speculation and anxiety about back room deals and suspected interference by the ruling military council in determining the outcome in favor of Shafiq, widely seen as the candidate of pre-revolution Egypt.
In the end, Shafiq polled 48.2 per cent, with 12,347,380 votes against Morsi’s 13,230,131.
Five hundred days after they overthrew Hosni Mubarak, Egyptians will finally have a new president on Sunday, the first they have chosen freely and who may well be from the Muslim Brotherhood, which Mubarak and fellow generals spent a lifetime fighting.
The result of last weekend’s run-off, due in an election committee news conference at 3 p.m. (1300 GMT), will be historic for Egypt and the Middle East. Many think Islamist Mohamed Morsy will become head of state of the biggest Arab nation, reshaping the region after decades of Western-backed military rule, even if the armed forces are not giving up their control just yet.
Charlene Gubash, NBC News — CAIRO — Egypt’s voters, already on edge after more than a year of rebellion and revolution, have been further polarized by Thursday’s supreme court decision to dissolve the new Islamist-dominated parliament and allow a former prime minister to run for president.
Many see the decision - taken by judges appointed by deposed president Hosni Mubarak - to let old regime holdover Ahmed Shafiq run in this weekend’s run-offs as a soft coup by the ruling military government.