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Egyptian riot police fired teargas and water cannon to disperse hundreds of pro-Islamist protesters demonstrating near the headquarters of the ministry of defense in Cairo on Thursday, security sources said. Egypt has been witnessing almost daily protests by supporters of elected Islamist president Mohamed Mursi since the army removed him in July after mass protests against his rule. The United States said Egypt should uphold international standards when it dealt with such unrest. Mursi's removal opened the bloodiest chapter in Egypt's modern history.
Seoul (South Korea) (AFP) - North Korea has executed the uncle of its leader Kim Jong-Un after a shock purge, state news agency KCNA said Friday, branding the once-powerful Jang Song-Thaek "despicable human scum" and a "traitor for all ages". Jang was executed on Thursday shortly after a special military trial, KCNA reported, after committing such a "hideous crime as attempting to overthrow the state by all sorts of intrigues and despicable methods with a wild ambition to grab the supreme power of our party and state". In a viciously-worded attack, the regime accused Jang of betraying the trust of both Kim Jong-Un and his father Kim Jong-Il, saying he had received "deeper trust" from the younger leader in particular.