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Daybreak: Deadly Cairo Clash Tests Gov’t

Plus Obama’s new ambassador, and more in the news

Marc Tracy
March 10, 2011
Coptic Christians protesting yesterday.(-/AFP/Getty Images)
Coptic Christians protesting yesterday.(-/AFP/Getty Images)

• Coptic Christians and Muslims fought in a Cairo slum, killing 13 and raising questions about whether Egypt’s new government will protect minorities. [LAT]

• Mohammed ElBaradei announced he will run for president. He has roughly as much a chance as Newt. [JPost]

• As Laura Rozen first reported he would, President Obama tapped top Mideast adviser Dan Shapiro as his next ambassador to Israel. [LAT]

• With Libya’s spot on the U.N. Human Rights Council about to come open, what better country to take its place than Syria? [Ynet]

• Tablet Magazine contributor Yossi Melman reports that Israel is finally working to get serious about enforcing laws against working with companies that do business with Iran (yes, amazingly, it is currently rather lax about this). [Haaretz]

• Iran, generally eager to project its power and influence in the region, has conspicuously sat on the sidelines during the wave of Arab unrest, even when most of the protesters have been Shia. [WP]

Marc Tracy is a staff writer at The New Republic, and was previously a staff writer at Tablet. He tweets @marcatracy.