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    Kerry Urges Egyptian Unity

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, shakes hands with Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi at the Presidential Palace in Cairo, Egypt on Sunday, March 3, 2013. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with Egypt's president Sunday, wrapping up a visit to the deeply divided country with an appeal for unity and reform. The U.S. is deeply concerned that continued instability in Egypt will have broader consequences in a region already rocked by unrest. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, Pool)

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    John Kerry is certainly diving right in. On his first trip overseas in his position, the new U.S. secretary of State urged Egyptians to come together to solve their country’s impending economic crisis. On Sunday Kerry will meet with Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, who lately has faced fierce opposition after just one year in office. Kerry met with some key leaders of Morsi’s opposition forces on Saturday, and he reportedly promised he would address the impending elections in a closed-door meeting with the Egyptian president. Meanwhile, former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak’s retrial will begin on April 3, Egypt’s appeals court said on Sunday. Mubarak has been sentenced to life imprisonment after allegedly ordering soldiers to fire on protesters.

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