1. EGYPT

    Morsi Orders Army Chief Out

    In this Sunday, Aug. 6, 2012 image released by the Egyptian President, Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, center, and Field Marshal Gen. Hussein Tantawi, right, visit soldiers in El Arish, Egypt's northern Sinai Peninsula. Egypt vows to take on Islamist militants who have turned the Sinai peninsula bordering Israel into a lawless haven and are suspected of killing 16 Egyptian troops as the fighters were en route to a failed assault on the Jewish state. Morsi pledged that now, Egypt's military will go after the militants in the Sinai, a move that could reinforce Gaza's isolation. (AP Photo/Egyptian Presidency)

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    The Egyptian military’s top officer is out Sunday, stripped of his powers by President Mohamed Morsi in the latest development as the country’s political and military leaders jostle for power. No explanation was given Sunday for Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi’s dismissal. Morsi also announced Sunday that he was canceling amendments to the country’s Constitution that gave significant scope and power to military leaders. Just how much control army brass have over the administration and government of Egypt has been central to debate about the country’s future since dictator Hosni Mubarak was tossed from power. That argument has only heated up since Morsi, backed by the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood, was voted into office.

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