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July 26, 2014 | NPR · Hezbollah has been a longtime ally of Hamas, but during this most recent conflict between Israel and Gaza they've taken a sideline role. NPR's Scott Simon talks to the BBC's Kim Ghattas in Beirut.
 

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Egypt unrest

Aug 18, 2013 — Egyptians are no longer talking about how to build a democracy. The fear now is that the country could be flirting with civil war.
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Aug 17, 2013 — Police and military forces clad in riot gear had surrounded the area in an hours-long siege of the compound in Cairo.
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Aug 14, 2013 — The security forces reasserted their authority on several fronts and gave every appearance that they would press ahead with a crackdown against the Muslim Brotherhood.
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Jun 16, 2013 — The director of Cairo's Opera House has been sacked, sparking protests and a sit-in at the Culture Ministry. Egyptian artists say there's a culture war underway, pitting secularists against the Islamist administration of President Mohamed Morsi.
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Jan 29, 2013 — After Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi imposes a 30-day state of emergency, thousands of protesters take to the street; the army chief warns the political instability could threaten the country's future.
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Nov 26, 2012 — The decree, which granted the Egyptian president sweeping power, unleashed mass protests. Today, Mohammed Morsi softened his language, but stood his ground, saying the decree will not change.
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May 9, 2011 — The Mississippi river is expected to crest in Memphis Tuesday near record levels; the average price for regular gas reaches $4 a gallon; 12 people died in religious fighting in Cairo this weekend; tens of thousands of people turned out in Mexico City Sunday to protest drug violence
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Feb 24, 2011 — When Egypt's army asserted itself during the country's recent unrest, a main goal was to protect historical sites. But when it came to the Library of Alexandria, the demonstrators protected the building themselves — by forming a human chain around it.
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Feb 11, 2011 — After weeks of protest, millions of Egyptians celebrate the country's first transition of power in 30 years.
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