Trending In Our News Feeds –Egyptian military removes President Morsi from power. The Egyptian military detained President Mohamed Morsi and at least a dozen of his aides on Wednesday as massive protests culminated in a transition of power. The chief judge of the Supreme Constitutional Court, Adli Mansour, was sworn in as interim president on Thursday. The military dissolved Egypt’s parliament and constitution and have issued a wanted list for more than 200 Islamist leaders. Morsi has been taken to an undisclosed location and could face charges for the deaths of protesters during his presidency. The interim government aims to restore democracy: “I look forward to parliamentary and presidential elections held with the genuine and authentic will of the people,” Mansour said.
The question of the moment is whether or not events in Egypt constitute a military coup or a popular uprising. The distinction could have a huge impact on U.S. aid to Egypt. Under the Foreign Assistance Act, the U.S. is not allowed to give aid to countries after a coup. The Washington Post says the Obama administration will try to maintain aid to Egypt. The aid is seen as a way of stabilizing the region and protecting American security.
Egypt’s most prominent liberal, the Nobel Prize-winning diplomat Mohamed ElBaradei, defended Morsi’s ousting in an interview on Thursday. ElBaradei said Morsi needed to be removed from power because he had botched Egypt’s transition to democracy. He said the attorney general has cleared the arrest of all detained members of the Muslim Brotherhood; simply belonging to the party is not a crime.
Al Jazeera reports three pro-Morsi protesters have been killed, and dozens injured, in a march today towards the barracks where Morsi is believed to be held.
French data-mining program revealed. Well, we can’t say we’re that surprised: A French paper has revealed France has its own massive data-mining surveillance program. The paper Le Monde says France’s foreign intelligence agency, the Directorate-General for External Security, collects metadata from phone calls and internet communication both within France and abroad. The paper says the agency uses satellites to collect data and stores it in a three-floor underground bunker. French politician Patricia Adams says the agency is “line fishing, not trawling” the vast reserves of internet data.
Nelson Mandela on life support. Former South African leader Nelson Mandela has been on life support for at least a week according to a report by CNN. A court document released yesterday shows Mandela’s health deteriorated last week to the point where his family considered taking him off life-preserving kidney dialysis. Fortunately, Mandela’s condition quickly improved. The NY Times goes inside a feud between Mandela’s family and his political party. The Mandela clan is furious the African National Congress has continued to use Mandela’s image as his health declines.
Joey Chestnut wins seventh consecutive hot dog championship. Professional eater Joey Chestnut wolfed down 69 hot dogs in 10 minutes on Thursday to win his seventh consecutive Nathan’s Hog Dog Eating Contest. With the victory, Chestnut set his third world record in the past six years. The 69 hot dogs Chestnut shoved down his throat come to about 20,000 calories, leading Forbes to wonder, do competitive eaters need to be protected from themselves?
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