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News Wrap: Egyptian Court Shuts Down TV Media Outlets for Alleged Morsi Bias

September 3, 2013 at 12:00 AM EST
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KWAME HOLMAN: The sporadic violence in Baghdad surged again today. At least 67 Iraqis died in a series of bombings in the early evening. Some of the targets were in Shiite areas. Others were largely Sunni. More than 4,000 people have been killed in Iraq during a period of sectarian violence spanning the last five months.

Al-Jazeera television’s affiliate in Egypt and three other stations were blacked out today. An Egyptian court ordered them shut down for siding with ousted President Mohammed Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood. That brought divided reactions from those who favored and opposed the ruling.

REDA BARAKAWI, attorney (through interpreter): I filed this case against the Al-Jazeera channel because it is not objective and it’s transmitting a picture that doesn’t reflect the truth about the protest, which is inciting violence against the regime.

MAHMOUD MOHSEN, Egypt (through interpreter): This is not the democracy we have been waiting for. Back during the revolution, Al-Jazeera was the one showing the truth, while other Egyptian channels were not. And now they say it opposes the revolution because it shows the truth and the people who got killed. That’s not right.

KWAME HOLMAN: Meanwhile, Egyptian helicopter gunships struck militants in the northern Sinai Peninsula today. At least eight were killed and 15 injured as part of a campaign to control Islamic radicals in the region.

In economic news, new data showed U.S. manufacturing grew in August by the most in more than two years. And on Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrial average gained 23 points to close near 14,834. The Nasdaq rose more than 22 points to close at 3,612.

The largest self-anchored suspension bridge in the world opened for business in San Francisco today. Vehicles began crossing the new section of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, some six years behind schedule. The span cost $6 billion, five times more than its original budget. A section of the previous bridge collapsed in the 1989 earthquake.

Those are some of the day’s major stories.