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CAIRO (AP) — They tirelessly hold rallies, whether at night or under cold rain, chanting for the return of Egypt's ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi. They clash with police, hurling back fuming tear gas canisters and getting dragged by their veils and thrown behind bars. At protests in universities, they get into fistfights with rival female students.
Government forces were battling rebels to keep a foothold in a flashpoint town on Thursday, in a widening conflict that may split South Sudan along ethnic lines and has prompted an east African bid to mediate. Five days of fighting between soldiers loyal to former vice president Riek Machar, from the Nuer group, and troops backing President Salva Kiir, a Dinka, has killed up to 500 people in the two-year-old nation but has not hurt vital oil production. Violence that began in the capital Juba on Sunday evening has spread to the town of Bor, north of the capital. A group of East African foreign ministers will travel to South Sudan on Thursday to meet officials.