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Foreign journalists were beaten with sticks and fists by pro-government mobs on Thursday, and dozens were detained by security forces. The U.S. condemned what it called the "systematic targeting" of the reporters, photographers and film crews who have brought searing images of Egyptian protests to the world.
Leading Chinese Christian dissidents blasted the Obama administration Thursday, saying it had done virtually nothing to advance the cause of religious freedom.
President Hosni Mubarak said in an interview with ABC News that he wants to leave office now, but cannot for fear the country will sink deeper into chaos even as protesters and regime supporters skirmished in a second day of rock-throwing battles at a central Cairo square while new lawlessness spread around the city.
Dr. Hawa Abdi has treated sick and wounded Somalis since 1983, through famine and civil war, but Islamist rebels wrecked her life's work in one day in May last year. Within a week, she rediscovered an older, more civil Somali society that has survived despite the horrors that have beset her East African homeland.
An employee of the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad was found guilty Wednesday in federal court in Alexandria of stealing nearly $250,000 that had been intended for the payment of the embassy's shipping and customs services, said Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer, who heads the Justice Department's Criminal Division.
The Obama administration on Tuesday opened talks with a possible successor to embattled Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak as the U.S. ramped up outreach to the hundreds of thousands determined to force their long-time leader out of power.
Relatives of the victims of the 1988 Lockerbie airline bombing denounced the British government Tuesday, after learning more about London's private contacts with Libya over the release of the only man convicted in the terrorist attack over Scotland that killed 190 Americans.
Thousands of foreigners flocked to Cairo's airport, some scuffling with airline staff while others dug deep into their pockets to pay a final bribe before they would be able to contemplate the chaos engulfing Egypt from the safety of an aircraft's window at 30,000 feet.
The United States appeared surprised by Iran's diplomatic and military incursions in Latin America and urgently sought intelligence from all U.S. embassies in the region, according to a secret cable from the State Department in 2009.