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Politics Breaking News: Egyptian Troops Open Fire During Clashes; 40 Dead

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July 08, 2013 AT 11:45 AM
Egyptian soldiers and police have clashed with Islamists protesting the president's ouster, in bloodshed that killed at least 40 people, according to government officials and witnesses. One witness says gunmen loyal to the ousted Mohammed Morsi, including some on the roof of a nearby mosque, opened fire first. Morsi's supporters say the troops fired on protesters as they performed early morning prayers.