Baton-wielding police threaten protesters as Egypt’s stability teeters

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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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Holiday calendar: O Holy Night!

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This outer-space view from the Suomi NPP satellite gives you much of the Middle East at one glance, with Egypt’s Nile River Valley and Delta shining as the centerpiece.

BREAKING: Egypt and US announce cease fire between Gaza and Israel

BREAKING NEWS: Egypt announces cease-fire between Israel, Hamas effective Wednesday evening at 9pm Cairo time (2pm ET). More details to come on this developing story at www.nbcnews.com

Romney: Risk of conflict higher in Mideast after Obama policies

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Mitt Romney accused President Barack Obama of leading a rudderless foreign policy, saying Monday that the threat of conflict in the Middle East is greater than it was four years ago.

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Explosion outside Syria’s highest court

EDITOR’S NOTE: Images in this report were released by the state-controlled Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA).

Reuters reportsRebel forces attacked Syria’s main court in central Damascus on Thursday, state television said, while Turkey deployed troops and anti-aircraft rocket launchers to the Syrian border, building pressure on President Bashar al-Assad.

There was a loud explosion and a column of black smoke rose over Damascus, an Assad stronghold that until the last few days had seemed largely beyond the reach of rebels. State television described it as a “terrorist” blast.

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