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Death Toll Tops 600 In Egypt As Crackdown Continues

The Egyptian government has authorized security forces to use live ammunition against anyone attacking state institutions. The order came shortly after a mob assault on a government building in Cairo. The capital was relatively quiet early in the day amid funerals for those killed in yesterday's widespread clashes between security forces and supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi. The government says more than 500 were killed and nearly four thousand wounded in the bloodiest day since the revolution of 2011.

Zoo In China Swaps Lion For Dog, Hopes No One Notices

The People's Park in central Henan province substituted a Tibetan mastiff when its resident African lion went off to a breeding center.

Egypt's Bloody Crackdown Raises Specter Of Prolonged Battle

Analysts are no longer talking about how to build democracy in Egypt. Instead, they are wondering whether the country can avert a protracted, full-scale confrontation between the military and the Muslim Brotherhood.

A Syrian Village Surrounded By Civil War

The village of Taldo was a typical Syrian farming community before the country's civil war. Now it is a flashpoint, controlled by the rebels, surrounded by government forces, with civilians trapped in the middle.

Is Democracy Finished In Egypt?

Hundreds of people are dead and thousands more are injured after the military started cracking down on supporters of ousted President Mohammad Morsi. Guest host Celeste Headlee talks about Egypt's future with Shadid Hamid of the Brookings Doha Center.

Island Reads: Finding Out Ancestors Were Slave Owners

Andrea Stuart found that one of her ancestors owned some of her other relatives. She tells their unheard story in the book Sugar in the Blood. Guest host Celeste Headlee talks with Stuart about her family history, the moral complexity of slavery and finding roots in the past.
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Friday News Roundup - International

The Muslim Brotherhood pledges to bring down military rule as Egypt's death toll climbs. Israeli-Palestinian peace talks resume in Jerusalem. And Secretary of State John Kerry faces questions about NSA spying on his visit to South America.


Obama 'Strongly Condemns' Crackdown In Egypt

While the president did not say the U.S. will cut off aid to Egypt, he did say that joint military exercises scheduled for September have been canceled. He called on Egypt's leaders to lift a state of emergency and to take steps to stop the violence and respect human rights.

James Bond Parachutist At London Olympics Dies In Accident

Mark Sutton doubled for 007 at the London Games, when Bond and "Queen Elizabeth II" parachuted into the stadium. Sutton died Wednesday while wingsuit flying in Switzerland.

After Deaths Of Hundreds, More Bloodshed Feared In Egypt

"It's difficult to see a path out of this crisis, at least not without more people dying," NPR's Leila Fadel reports. Wednesday's crackdown on supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi left hundreds dead and several thousand people wounded.