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Egypt cracks down on satirist


Dissent crackdown targets TV satirist

CAIRO — Egypt’s state prosecutors ordered the arrest Saturday of a popular television satirist for allegedly insulting Islam and the country’s leader, in a move that government opponents say is aimed at silencing critics of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi. The warrant for Bassem Youssef, known as Egypt’s Jon Stewart, followed an earlier order for the arrest of five prominent prodemocracy activists. (AP)

South Africa

Breathing eases for ailing Mandela

JOHANNESBURG — Nelson Mandela, 94, is breathing ‘‘without difficulty’’ after having a procedure to clear fluid in his lung area, a spokesman for South Africa’s president said Saturday. Mandela, the former president and antiapartheid leader, had a recurrence of pneumonia, the spokesman said. He was admitted to a Pretoria hospital Wednesday. (AP)

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Gunman kills one in attack on school

KARACHI — A man armed with a gun and grenades attacked a school in southern Pakistan during an awards ceremony Saturday, killing its principal and wounding six children before fleeing. Police said the attacker struck as dozens of children ages 8 to 10 were gathered outside at their private school in Karachi to receive exam results. (AP)

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