Top news: Egypt's political crisis deepened over the weekend with the killing of at least 65 Muslim Brotherhood supporters during clashes with police in the early hours on Saturday. Despite the latest violence, Brotherhood supporters say they plan to continue their sit-in in East Cairo as the military regime tries to strengthen its hold on power.
Saturday's violence arrived on the heels of massive protests Friday in support of the military, which were called for by the leader of the coup, army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, in order to provide a mandate to "confront terrorism." On Saturday he put that mandate to deadly use as security forces mowed down protesters to deadly effect and set the stage for a head-on confrontation between the government and the brotherhood. "The military needs to be taught a lesson. At this point it's a zero-sum
game: it's either the Brotherhood or the old regime," Gehad el-Haddad, a Brotherhood spokesman, told the Times. "Everyone else is
too small to matter."
So far, the Brotherhood is vowing to remain on the streets of Cairo and tens of thousands of its supports remian at a sit-in east Cairo, which is close to where Saturday's violence took place. "No one's going anywhere," Abdel-Rahman Daour, another spokesperson outside the sit-in, told the Guardian. "We
either have freedom or we die. We're not going to live in a country
Israel/Palestine peace talks: Negotiators for Israel and Palestine will meet in Washington on Monday night to lay the groundwork for peace negotiations between the two countries. It is the first time since 2010 that Israel and Palestine will meet directly, and this initial round of negotiations is expected to focus on procedural issues. The talks come after several months of frenetic shuttle diplomacy by Secretary of State John Kerry and a decision by the Israeli cabinet to release 104 Palestinian prisoners as a gesture of good faith.
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