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Egypt, Morsi

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Why: As Egypt edged closer on Wednesday to a return to rule by the generals, with a military deadline only hours away for President Mohamed Morsi to cede power, the confrontation between the Egytpian leader and army commanders deepened with both sides pledging to spill their blood to achieve their competing aims, propelling the crisis further toward a showdown. [The New York Times]

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