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Nation & World briefs, June 29

egypt

Clashes erupt ahead of weekend protest

Tens of thousands of supporters and opponents of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi rallied yesterday in Cairo, and both sides fought each other in the second-largest city of Alexandria, where two people were killed – including an American – and 85 were injured while at least five offices of Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood were torched, officials said.

The competing camps were trying to show their strength before even bigger nationwide protests planned by the opposition for tomorrow – the first anniversary of Morsi’s inauguration – aimed at forcing his removal.

The opposition says it will bring millions into the streets across Egypt, and more violence is feared. Already, six people have been killed in clashes this week, including yesterday’s deaths.

South Africa

Mandela family
feud goes to court

As Nelson Mandela remained in critical condition in a hospital yesterday, a family feud over where the 94-year-old former president should be buried went to the courts, according to South Africa’s national broadcaster.

Mandela’s oldest daughter, Makaziwe, and 15 other family members have pressed a court application to get Mandela’s grandson to return the bodies of three of Mandela’s children to their original graves in the eastern rural village of Qunu, according to the SABC.

The grandson, Mandla Mandela, acknowledges having reburied the three bodies 13 miles away in the Mvezo village, where he plans to create a Mandela shrine, hotel and soccer stadium, according to the South African Press Association.

Mandla Mandela has until today to respond to the court filing, reports said.

Sears, J.C. Penney sever ties with Deen

Paula Deen’s media and merchandising empire is collapsing.

Sears, J.C. Penney and Walgreens said yesterday that they’re cutting ties with Deen, adding to the growing list of companies severing their relationship following revelations that the Southern celebrity chef used racial slurs in the past.

Meanwhile, Deen’s publisher has canceled a deal with her for multiple books, including an upcoming cookbook that was the No. 1 seller on Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble’s website.

The Associated Press

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