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Egypt: Foreign NGO staff face trial as clashes continue

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Egypt: Foreign NGO staff face trial as clashes continue


Cairo continues to resemble a war zone near the Egyptian Interior Ministry amid a fifth day of clashes between demonstrators and police.

Anger boiled over after last week’s football violence, with security forces accused of failing to prevent the deaths of 74 people in Port Said. Protesters also want an early handover of power by the army and a swift presidential election.

In an apparent concession to critics of the old regime, the army-backed government said that ousted President Hosni Mubarak was being moved from a military to a prison hospital, seen as a greater humiliation.

News that Egypt is to put more than 40 people on trial, including foreigners, in a crackdown on the funding of NGOs has raised tensions internationally.

With 19 Americans facing charges, Washington says it is “deeply concerned.”

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