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Bomb blast kills dozens at Cairo Coptic church

A bombing at a chapel adjacent to Egypt’s main Coptic Christian cathedral killed 25 people and wounded another 49 during Sunday Mass, one of the deadliest attacks carried out against the religious minority in recent memory and a grim reminder of Egypt’s difficult struggle to restore security and stability after nearly six years of turmoil. (AP)

Photo credits: Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters/Nariman El-Mofty/AP (3), Nariman El-Mofty/AP

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Egypt | August 16, 2013

1. Soldiers take their positions on top of and next to their armoured vehicles while guarding an entrance to Tahrir Square. (Hassan Ammar/AP)

2. Egyptian army soldiers take their positions on top and next to their armored vehicles while guarding an entrance to Tahrir square. (Hassan Ammar/AP)

3. A woman shouts slogans as supporters of deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi take part in a protest outside Al-Fath Mosque in Ramses Square, in Cairo. (Youssef Boudlal/Reuters)

4. A supporter of Morsi holding an ordinance, march towards downtown Cairo from the Mohandeseen district of Cairo. (Thomas Hartwell/AP)

5. Egyptian Army soldiers stand guard outside the Rabaah al-Adawiya mosque, in the center of the largest protest camp of supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi, that was cleared by security forces, in the district of Nasr City, Cairo. (Hassan Ammar/AP)

6. A  supporter shouts slogans after he is injured in front Azbkya police station during clashes at Ramses Square in Cairo. (Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters)

7. Egyptian government employees clean up outside the Rabaah al-Adawiya mosque. (Hassan Ammar/AP)

8. Supporters of Morsi surround a coffin, covered with national flags, of their colleague who was killed during Wednesday’ clashes in Amr Ibn Al-As mosque before a funeral prayers in Cairo. (Amr Nabil/AP)

9. A military helicopter flies over clouds of smoke after clashes at Azbkya police station in Ramses Square. (Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters)

10. Supporters of deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi gesture at an army helicopter as they shout slogans during a protest outside Al-Fath Mosque in Ramses Square. (Muhammad Hamed/Reuters)

Two men on a scooter ride near soldiers on military vehicles at Abbasiya square near Egypt’s Defence Ministry, in Cairo May 4, 2012. Egypt’s army imposed an overnight curfew around the defence ministry in Cairo on Friday after protesters clashed with troops there during demonstrations against the country’s military rulers, leaving one soldier dead and 373 people wounded.

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Will the World Grow More Authoritarian in 2014?

Judging by 2014’s crowded election calendar, this will be a landmark year for democracy. The Economist estimates that an unprecedented 40 percent of the world’s population will have a chance to vote in national polls in 2014. We’ll see races in populous countries such as Brazil, Indonesia, the United States, and, most notably, India, where 700 million people are expected to cast ballots in what Fareed Zakaria has called the “largest democratic process in human history.”

But here’s the catch: The “biggest year for democracy ever,” as The Economist is billing it, follows a year that in many ways was characterized by the ascent of authoritarianism. In Syria, Bashar al-Assad, with the help of Iran, Russia, and Hezbollah, gained the upper hand in the country’s devastating civil war. In Egypt, the crucible of the Arab Spring, the Egyptian military overthrew the democratically elected Mohammed Morsi and launched a heavy-handed crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood and other pockets of opposition. In Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan silenced political opponents and stifled freedom of expression—at least, that is, until a corruption scandal and plans to redevelop a park sparked a backlash against his increasingly authoritarian governing style.

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