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August 14th, 2013
08:00 AM ET

Violence in Cairo as Police Try to Break up Sit-Ins

A promised crackdown operation on protesters in Cairo this morning turned violent.

Police moved in on the two sit-ins around dawn, firing warning shots in the air and demanding the supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsy leave.

But they refused to go. Now, after hours of fighting, Egyptian officials say at least one demonstration camp has been cleared.

“This place looks like a warzone,” CNN’s Reza Sayah reports from East Cairo, in the midst of the main sit-in that’s been underway for more than six weeks.

There are conflicting claims over just how many people were killed and injured.

The Muslim Brotherhood says hundreds are dead. Egyptian officials say only sixwere killed, dozens more injured.

“It’s not clear who’s doing the shooting,” Sayah says. “It’s a highly charged atmosphere, a lot of people emotional.”

Sayah says protesters are defiant, telling him they are not leaving, "and we are prepared to die."

Stay tuned for live updates on CNN and follow along at CNN.com for developments.

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Filed under: Crisis • Egypt • Protests • World
July 18th, 2013
05:57 AM ET

Fallout Over Zimmerman Verdict Continues

It’s been four days since a jury declared George Zimmerman a free man, but the calls to action continue.

The fallout is widespread with rallies and protests across major U.S. cities demanding a change after a jury acquitted the former neighborhood watch volunteer in the killing of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin.

“'Justice for Trayvon rallies'” are scheduled in 100 cities Saturday, to urge civil rights charges against George Zimmerman,” reports CNN’s Victor Blackwell.

And just days after Anderson Cooper’s exclusive interview with one of the jurors in the Zimmerman trial first aired, we're learning more about how the Zimmerman jury spent their 22 days sequestered when they weren’t in court.

“The six female jurors occasionally left the hotel – with court approval – going bowling, shopping, and to the movies," Blackwell says. "Seminole County officials estimate sequestration cost the county $33 thousand, all to isolate them from the controversy surrounding the trial.”

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Filed under: Jury • Justice • Protests • Stand Your Ground • Trayvon Martin • Trial • Zimmerman
July 17th, 2013
05:59 AM ET

Protests continue days after Zimmerman acquitted – Miguel Marquez reports

The fallout continues over the acquittal of George Zimmerman since the neighborhood watch volunteer was found not guilty of all charges Saturday.

Frustration at that decision has turned to protest and calls for action.

Miguel Marquez is covering that story.

“These protesters have come to police headquarters to make the point that the death of Trayvon Martin has now prompted – they hope – a national movement,” Marquez reports.

“Frustration over the verdict in a few places has turned violent.” A photographer and reporter were even assaulted in LA.

Follow along at CNN.com for developments.

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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 8th, 2013
06:08 AM ET

Shooting outside Republican Guard HQ – Reza Sayah reports

CNN is reporting breaking news from Cairo where deadly protests erupted early this morning.

Egyptian security forces opened fire on protesters outside the Republican Guard Headquarters, where deposed former President Mohammed Morsy is reportedly being held.

Health officials say at least 42 people are dead and hundreds wounded.

CNN’s Reza Sayah is monitoring developments live from Cairo.

Follow along on CNN.com as the story develops.

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

Clashes, confusion after Morsy removed from office – Reza Sayah reports

CNN is following a country in chaos this morning.

Events in Egypt are moving swiftly after the military ousted Mohamed Morsy from power Wednesday night and reportedly placed him under house arrest.

A new leader was sworn in just moments ago. General Abdel-Fatah El-Sisi, Chief of Egypt's Armed Forces announced that Adly Mansour, the head of Egypt's highest court will replace Morsy as interim president.

But clashes followed the announcement of a coup. Egyptian state television reports that at least 32 people were killed and more than 340 wounded.

CNN's Reza Sayah
is in Cairo following the developments on the ground.

“Droves of military convoys flooded the streets of Egypt's capital, propelling the nation on a road toward change,” Sayah reports.

“While the military's coup was met with cheers in Tahrir square, across the Nile River supporters of the deposed president chanted ‘down with the military’ and ‘the square has a million martyrs’…denouncing his ouster.”

Follow along on CNN.com as the story develops.

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June 12th, 2013
05:56 AM ET

Protests reach fever pitch in Taksim Square – Arwa Damon reports

The situation intensifies in Turkey where protest leaders are now scheduled to sit down face-to-face with the very man they've been rallying against: The prime minister.

Protests reached a fever pitch in Taksim Square last night when demonstrators fended off tear gas, water cannons and stun grenades. And, at times, they themselves set off fireworks in celebration and protest. There was cleanup this morning, but riot police are back out in the square.

Senior International Corresponent Arwa Damon joins us live from Istanbul overlooking Taksim Square with the latest developments.

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June 11th, 2013
06:12 AM ET

Police move into Istanbul's Taksim Square in day 12 of protests – Nick Paton Walsh reports

CNN is reporting breaking news from Turkey this morning.

Police in riot gear have moved into Istanbul's Taksim Square where they have been facing off with protesters using tear gas and water cannons. Turkey's Prime Minister spoke with lawmakers about the situation just moments ago and plans to meet with protest organizers tomorrow.

CNN's Nick Paton Walsh is live with the latest on the riots and discontent in Istanbul.

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June 5th, 2013
10:44 AM ET

Turks clash with police despite top official's apology – Nick Paton Walsh has the latest

A top Turkish official's apology over "police aggression" during the initial demonstration at an Istanbul Park did little to calm nerves. Overnight, there were more clashes in Istanbul and police used tear gas and water cannons against rock-throwing protesters in eastern turkey.

Nick Paton Walsh has the latest from Turkey's capital, Ankara, where protests are also going on.

Filed under: Protest • Protests • Turkey
December 6th, 2012
07:28 AM ET

Tensions in Egypt turn deadly; CNN’s Ian Lee reports an 'uneasy calm in Cairo' now

Violence erupted in Cairo last night when supporters and opponents of President Mohamed Morsy clashed around the presidential palace in reaction to Morsy’s perceived grab for power. Demonstrators hurled rocks and Molotov cocktails at each other. At least 5 were killed in the violence and hundreds were injured.

Tanks and armored personnel carriers are guarding the palace this morning. CNN’s Ian Lee has more for us live from Cairo. He joins us by phone. “Right now there’s kind of an uneasy calm in Cairo,” Lee says.

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