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16,000 said jailed since Morsi’s ouster

Posted: March 17, 2014 at 4 a.m.

CAIRO — Egypt’s crackdown on Islamists has jailed 16,000 people in the past eight months in the country’s biggest roundup in nearly two decades, according to previously unreleased figures from security officials. Rights activists say reports of abuses in prisons are mounting, with prisoners describing systematic beatings and miserable conditions for dozens packed into tiny cells.

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Russia past Crimea line

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Syrian government forces walk after being deployed in Yabroud town, Syria, Sunday, March 16, 2014. Syrian troops backed by Hezbollah fighters seized a key rebel supply town on the Lebanese border on Sunday, driving them from the area and scoring a major blow against them in the three-year-old-conflict. The fall of Yabroud immediately emboldened government forces to attack nearby rebel-held towns, pressing forward in what has been nearly a yearlong advance against rebels fighting to overthrow President Bashar Assad. (AP Photo)

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