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At Least 79 Dead After Egypt Riots

The death toll has climbed to at least 79 people after riots at a soccer match in Egypt yesterday. There is currently an investigation into whether it was spurred on by intense sports rivalry or for political reasons. The country recently celebrated the first anniversary of its uprising, which ousted President Hosni Mubarak.

According to the CNN article:

In Cairo’s Tahrir Square, somber protesters, many dressed in popular Al-Ahly club attire, decried Egypt’s Supreme Council of the Armed Forces even though Field Marshall Mohamed Tantawi had tried to allay their fears.

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“This period, I assure you, will be peaceful. Egypt will be stable again,” Tantawi said in a statement released to Egyptian media. “The military council is executing a road map to transfer the authority to an elected civilian entity. … Whoever has any plot against Egypt will not succeed.”

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