7 killed, hundreds wounded in Cairo riots over Morsi's power grab

Perhaps more ominously, the Egyptian army has warned all demonstrators to clear the streets. Reuters: Egypt's Republican Guard restored order around the presidential palace on Thursday after fierce overnight clashes killed seven people, but passions ran high in a struggle over the country's future. The Islamist president, Mohamed Mursi, criticized by his opponents for his silence in the last few days, was due to address the nation later in the day, state television said. Hundreds of his supporters who had camped out near the palace overnight withdrew before a mid-afternoon deadline set by the Republican Guard. Dozens of Mursi's foes remained, but were kept away by a barbed wire barricade guarded by tanks. The military played a big role in removing President Hosni Mubarak during last year's popular revolt, taking over to manage a transitional period, but had stayed out of the latest crisis. Mursi's Islamist partisans fought opposition protesters well into the early ...(Read Full Post)

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