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WH won't call Morsi's ouster coup; Morsi's followers urge uprising

Written by  |  Tuesday, 09 July 2013 21:09  |  Published in WORLD

 CAIRO, July 8 (UPI) -- The White House didn't call the military ouster of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi a coup as Morsi's followers urged a popular uprising against the military.

 "This is an incredibly complex and difficult situation," White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters Monday "President Obama made clear our deep concern about the decision made by the Egyptian armed forces to remove President Morsi from power and to suspend the constitution. It is also important to acknowledge that tens of millions of Egyptians have legitimate grievances with President Morsi's undemocratic form of governance and they do not believe that this was a coup."

Michelle Obama, Laura Bush compare first lady notes

Written by  |  Tuesday, 09 July 2013 20:02  |  Published in WORLD

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, July 2 (UPI) -- Michelle Obama said being first lady can be confining "but it's a really nice prison," and former first lady Laura Bush said at least the prison has "a chef."

Obama and Bush appeared together Tuesday at the African First Ladies Summit in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, where Obama was asked about past comments U.S. first ladies are able to draw attention to important issues that ordinarily might be overlooked.

Mandela hospitalized for recurring lung infection

Written by  |  Saturday, 08 June 2013 21:18  |  Published in WORLD

Nelson MandelaPRETORIA, South Africa, June 8 (UPI) -- Former South African President Nelson Mandela has been hospitalized for a recurrence of a lung infection, the government said Saturday.

Mandela, 94, remains in "serious but stable condition" in a Pretoria hospital, the office of President Jacob Zuma said in a statement.



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