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July 9th, 2013
05:57 AM ET

Dispute between gov't forces and protesters – Reza Sayah reports

The chaos is ongoing this morning in Egypt, where both sides continue to argue over who was responsible for Monday's deadly shooting outside the Republican Guard headquarters.

More than 50 are now dead, and hundreds injured.

The question at large: Did the military open fire without warning? Or was it stopping a terror attack?

The interim president is launching an investigation, at the same time also outlining a timetable for new elections.

Reza Sayah is live in Cairo with details.


Filed under: Diplomacy • Protests • World
July 4th, 2013
08:51 AM ET

White House calls for democracy in Egypt – Athena Jones reports

The Obama Administration is closely watching the developments in Egypt.

The president released a statement urging the Egyptian people to be responsible for determining the country's future.

His statement read in part: “I now call on the Egyptian military to move quickly and responsibly to return full authority back to a democratically elected civilian government as soon as possible...”

CNN's Athena Jones is covering the implications of that live in Washington.

Morsy was Egypt's first democratically elected president, “and this administration has stressed the importance of the democratic process in Egypt,” she reports.

“What's notable here in the president’s statement is, he did not say the democratically elected government, but a democratically elected one, which doesn't mean Morsy's government.”

The president also refrained from calling the situation in Egypt a coup. Jones explains the legal reasons.

Follow along on CNN.com as the story develops.

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Filed under: Diplomacy • Egypt • White House • World
June 28th, 2013
06:22 AM ET
June 26th, 2013
07:00 AM ET

President heads to Senegal, Tanzania, and South Africa in diplomatic trip

President Obama heads overseas to Africa today. His trip will take him to Senegal, Tanzania, and South Africa, making it his second visit to sub-Saharan Africa since taking office.

CNN reporters around the globe are following the agenda.

The president will spend seven days on the continent as he plans to meet with the leaders of those countries to focus on diplomacy and bridge building. But he has no plans, for now, to see ailing former South African President Nelson Mandela.

June 19th, 2013
06:25 AM ET

Obama to deliver speech at Brandenburg Gate in Berlin – Brianna Keilar has the latest

This morning President Obama is in Germany, where he'll make a speech at the Brandenburg Gate.

The president spent the last two days involved in high-level diplomacy with world leaders at the G-8 Summit in Ireland.

Brianna Keilar is in Berlin with details.

June 3rd, 2013
07:59 AM ET

Seagal with U.S. Congressional Delegation in Russia – Phil Black reports

American film star Steven Seagal joined a congressional delegation in a press conference aimed at counter-terrorism and intelligence cooperation in Moscow Sunday night. CNN's Phil Black reports that the delegation has been meeting with Russian officials to try and determine what lessons can be learned about cooperation between the two countries in the aftermath of the Boston bombings.

The head of the delegation said that it was actually Seagal who was instrumental in setting up some of their meetings. Black says Seagal received “overwhelming praise about the role that he played” and was credited with “setting up very high level meetings within the Russian establishment, particularly with one of Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister’s.”

Seagal himself credited the U.S. Embassy with playing a large role in making the meetings possible. But the actor, who shares an interest in martial arts with Russian President Valdimir Putin, has said in his own words that he is “friends with many presidents in many countries.”

February 25th, 2013
06:22 AM ET

Kerry faces challenges on his first trip as Secretary of State – CNN's Jill Dougherty reports

FROM CNN'S POLITICAL TICKER:

(CNN) – John Kerry's first international trip as secretary of state is right out of diplomatic "central casting" – at least the first half, designed to avoid diplomatic pitfalls. But that may end up being impossible.

The 11-day, nine-country sojourn – to England, Germany, France, Italy, Turkey, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar – begins with a warm embrace for America's traditional European allies.

This morning on "Early Start," CNN's Jill Dougherty explains the challenges Sec. Kerry faces on his first trip.

READ MORE: Kerry's first trip: trying to sidestep the pitfalls


Filed under: Diplomacy