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U.S. concerned at ‘climate of impunity’ in Egypt

The United States expressed concern on Tuesday about growing political polarization in its major ally Egypt and a “climate of impunity” over abuses by police and security forces in the most populous Arab nation. At a news conference after a four-day visit, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights, Democracy and Labour Michael Posner avoided direct criticism of the Muslim Brotherhood-led government of President Mohamed Mursi. But he said young people’s economic and political concerns, which had led to recent violent protests, should be addressed, and the government should “reach out widely” to other political and social forces and hold consultations on concerns about the Islamist-tinged constitution it pushed through … Continue reading

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Shoes hurled at Iranian President Ahmadinejad during Cairo trip

During a historic trip to Egypt, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was greeted by a group of men who hurled shoes at him, a major insult in the Muslim world. A video posted by the Anadolu news agency shows a smiling Ahmadinejad shaking hands with a crowd of supporters in Cairo late Tuesday when at least one man threw a shoe toward him. Other men also threw shoes at Ahmadinejad, the Egyptian public prosecutor’s office said. “You killed our brothers!” one of the assailants shouted, according to Anadolu. The agency said the man’s shoe struck a security guard. The men behind the attack were four Salafis, the prosecutor’s office said. Salafis … Continue reading

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Obama thanks Egypt for protecting US embassy in Cairo

U.S. President Barack Obama has thanked the Egyptian president for securing the U.S. Embassy during protests against a film made in the United States that mocked Prophet Mohammad and sparked worldwide demonstrations and violence. Obama’s rival in the U.S. presidential race, Mitt Romney, called for a tougher line with Egypt after protesters scaled the compound wall and tore down the U.S. flag on September 11. Police clashed with demonstrators for four days after that incident and barriers were erected to stop them getting near the compound. In a letter, Obama repeated Washington’s condemnation of the film and said he looked forward to working with President Mohamed Morsi to build on … Continue reading

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