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After taking numerous steps to secure their own base of power, Egypt's military leaders gave their blessing, and the Muslim Brotherhood's Mohamed Morsi on Sunday was declared winner of the country's presidential elections.Egypt's military leaders gave their blessing, and the Muslim Brotherhood's Mohamed Morsi on Sunday was declared winner of the country's presidential elections.

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Former Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak, whose health has been questionable since thousands of Egyptians took to Tahrir Square in 2011 to demand his removal from power, was reported close to death Tuesday, following a stroke. One report said he was being kept alive only by life support, though this has been disputed.

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U.N. investigators say Syrian troops are armoring their vehicles with children in order to deter enemy fire. A report on children and armed conflict also says Syrian authorities are torturing children and the opposition may be recruiting minors.

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The reaction of Hillary Clinton and some others in the West has been in the full Cold War mode, denouncing the Russians as obstacles to peace. In fact, the Russians could be very useful in finding a settlement and seem to ask simply that their own interests in the Middle East be respected.

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