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Hamas militants and Egyptian police were erecting a chain-link fence reinforced with barbed wire Monday to close a breach in the security wall along the southern Gaza Strip. Despite that effort, Egypt's government said it wanted the border crossing to be under the control of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, with the cooperation of Israel and European Union monitors. Hamas has rejected that option and is expected to send representatives to Cairo later this week to plead its case.

A day of mourning was declared across Lebanon after a protest against the rationing of electricity in Beirut turned violent and seven people died. At least 19 others were hurt. The trouble was confined to mostly Shiite neighborhoods, as Army troops kept it from spreading to Sunni and Christian areas. The rioting was the worst since the aftermath of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri's assassination in February 2005. Above, a soldier keeps the curious away from a burned-out car after the rioting.


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