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“Violence erupts in Egypt”


By Ben Wedeman and Tom Watkins, CNN

updated 11:02 AM EDT, Fri July 5, 2013

Cairo (CNN) — Violence erupted here Friday as supporters of Mohamed Morsy turned out en masse, calling for his restoration to the presidency two days after his ouster in a military coup.

A number of Morsy supporters were wounded by gunshots as they tried to storm the Republican Guard headquarters in Cairo, state broadcaster Nile TV said Friday.

Morsy was said to be held there, CNN’s Reza Sayah reported from outside the building.

He said he had seen a body around which hundreds of people were huddled, some of them crying. A few feet away, a few thousand pro-Morsy demonstrators faced off across a barbed-wire barricade against a line of soldiers, who then detonated flash grenades and fired tear gas in an apparent attempt to get the demonstrators to move away.

Many of them did just that, though some remained in defiance. Demonstrators could be seen carrying away a wounded man. Some demonstrators waved flags and held pictures of Morsy.

State broadcaster Nile TV, citing a security source, said live ammunition was not used against demonstrators and no one had been hurt or killed outside the Republican Guard headquarters.


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“Egypt prepares for backlash as Morsi allies reject new regime”



Link to video: Egypt: Cameron and Hague uneasy over Morsi ousting

Egypt is braced for further dramatic events on Friday as the vanquishedMuslim Brotherhood called for a “day of rejection” following a widespread crackdown on its leadership by the country’s new interim president, Adly Mansour.

Supporters of the ousted president Mohamed Morsi, still reeling from the military coup that removed their leader from power, are expected to take to the streets after Friday prayers following a series of raids and arrests that decimated the Muslim Brotherhood’s senior ranks and consolidated the miltary’s hold on the country.

In a stark sign of Egypt’s new political reality, the group’s supreme leader, Mohamed al-Badie, who was untouchable under Morsi’s rule, was one of those arrested.

Gehad el-Haddad, a spokesman for the Muslim Brotherhood, said: “We are being headhunted all over the country. We are holding a mass rally after Friday prayers to take all peaceful steps necessary to bring down this coup.” He called for demonstrations to be peaceful, despite fears that anger may spill over into violence.

State prosecutors announced on Thursday that Morsi, who is in military custody, would face an investigation starting next week into claims that he had “insulted the presidency” – a move that would appear to put an end to any hopes of a political resurrection.

At his inauguration on Thursday, Mansour, who was appointed as head of the constitutional court on Sunday, said this week’s protests had “corrected the path of the glorious revolution that took place on 25 January 2011”, and that continued revolution was needed until “we stop producing tyrants.”

He also reached out to members of the Muslim Brotherhood, calling the organisation “part of the fabric of Egyptian society”.

“They are just one of its parties and they are invited to integrate. If they answer the call, they will be welcomed,” he told Channel 4 in his first interview.



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“Could you pass the US citizenship test?”



When immigrants want to become Americans, they must take a civics test as part of their naturalization interview before an immigration officer. Could you pass it?

The questions asked by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) are usually selected from a list of 100 sample questions that prospective citizens can look at ahead of the interview (though the examiner is not limited to those questions). Some are easy, some are not. We have picked some of the more difficult ones.

NOTES: Candidates are not given multiple choices in the naturalization interview — which is conducted orally — and are expected to respond with complete answers. The following questions have been adapted from the sample USCIS questions. The originals can be found here.


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“Mick Jagger’s hair sells for $6,000 at auction”


By Amritha John


LONDON — An anonymous buyer snapped up a lock of Mick Jagger’s hair for $6,000 after bidders pushed the price to double its pre-sale estimate, auction house Bonhams said.

The clump of hair was sold by the Rolling Stone’s former girlfriend Chrissie Shrimpton, who is also the sister of 1960s English model Jean Shrimpton and first met Jagger when he was still an unknown student at the London School of Economics.

The hair, which comes in an envelope bearing the message “Mick Jagger’s hair after being washed + trimmed by Chris at Rose Hill Farm,” was sold on Wednesday to raise money for the Changing Faces charity, which works with people who have suffered facial disfigurements.


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