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Mursi Seeks to Contain Turmoil as Sectarian Toll Climbs

Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi sought to contain growing sectarian turmoil as the death toll from days of Muslim-Christian clashes climbed to eight and the opposition seized on it as another example of his failures.

The worst sectarian violence in months has added to the chaos that has convulsed Egypt since Mursi’s election in June. The president is under assault from an array of critics frustrated by political instability and a stalled economy.