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Egyptian Parliament Extends Emergency Law

Egypt’s parliament agreed Sunday to extend an emergency law President Hosni Mubarak imposed on the country after he took power in 1981, ignoring a growing chorus of opposition both inside and outside the country. The emergency law, put in place after Islamic extremists killed Mubarak’s predecessor Anwar Sadat during a Cairo military parade, gives security forces broad powers to arrest and detain suspects. The United States last year called on Mubarak to lift the law, which human rights organizations and Egypt’s opposition say is subject to abuse. Full Story

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