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4:51am

Fri June 15, 2012
Europe

Crisis Exposes Gaps In Greek Electorate

Originally published on Fri June 15, 2012 5:35 pm

Torn Greek (left) and European Union flags fly at the entrance of an abandoned factory in the industrial zone of Komotini about 500 miles from Athens. Sunday's parliamentary election will go a long way toward determining whether Greece stays in the EU.
Petros Giannakouris AP

Greeks are headed back to the polls Sunday after last month's inconclusive parliamentary election left the country without a governing coalition. And like the last time, people are polarized over harsh austerity measures imposed on Greece as part of a large European economic bailout.

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4:51am

Fri June 15, 2012
Africa

Battle For Power Coming To A Head In Egypt

Originally published on Fri June 15, 2012 8:56 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm David Greene.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And I'm Renee Montagne. Egypt's transition to democracy has taken a blow, one so serious that opposition forces are calling it a coup. The country's Supreme Constitutional Court yesterday issued two rulings. One dissolved Egypt's first freely elected parliament, now filled mostly with Islamists. The other threw out a law that forbade members of ousted president Hosni Mubarak's regime from running for high office.

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3:51am

Fri June 15, 2012
The Two-Way

Egypt's 'Smooth Military Coup' Protested

Originally published on Fri June 15, 2012 9:36 am

Egyptian anti-military protesters waved their shoes — a way of showing their extreme anger — as they demonstrated in Cairo's Tahrir Square on Thursday. More protests are planned for today.
Mohammed Abed AFP/Getty Images

People around the world are watching anxiously to see the reaction in the streets of Cairo and other Egyptian cities to Thursday's "smooth military coup."

"Leftist and liberal Egyptian activists" have called for demonstrations, al-Jazeera reports, starting after midday prayers in that Muslim nation (Egypt is six hours ahead of the U.S. East Coast).

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4:12pm

Thu June 14, 2012
The Two-Way

From Our Readers: Germany's Forest Boy, A Second Act?

"Joseph Erhardt" writes that the appearance and enigmatic identity of Germany's "Forest Boy" reminds him of the tale of Kaspar Hauser, who appeared in Nuremberg in the spring of 1828 with a very odd story as to his origins.

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3:18pm

Thu June 14, 2012
The Two-Way

Now In A Political Crisis, What's Next For Egypt?

Originally published on Thu June 14, 2012 3:54 pm

Egyptian protesters chant slogans against the country's military ruling council and presidential candidate Ahmed Shafiq in Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt on Thursday.
Manu Brabo AP

Egypt's presidential runoff election on Saturday and Sunday was supposed to bring some badly needed stability to a country that's been unsettled since the revolution that toppled Hosni Mubarak.

But two days before the election, Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court plunged the country into a full-blown political crisis by ruling Thursday that parliament must be dissolved because part of it was elected illegally.

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