The ultra-conservative Muslims, whose influence has grown since the Arab Spring, aspire to a society ruled entirely by Islamic law. But to their critics, the Salafis are religious fanatics who are trying to drag the region back to 7th-century Arabia.
Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi on Sunday declared a state of emergency in the three cities most disrupted by clashes with protesters. Weekends on All Things Considered host Robert Smith speaks with NPR's Leila Fadel about the situation.
At least three people are reported dead. The funerals were being held for 35 people killed Saturday in anti-government rioting. The violence erupted after an Egyptian court sentenced 21 people to death for their role in a deadly soccer riot last year.
At least 232 people are dead and 100 injured in the fire that broke out during a college party at Kiss, a nightclub in Santa Maria, Rio Grande do Sul state. The toll could make it one of the deadliest nightclub fires in more than a decade.
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