In Egypt, Pentagon chief seeks to balance human rights and security

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By Idrees Ali CAIRO (Reuters) – U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin travelled to Egypt on Wednesday to tell Cairo it wanted to deepen security and other ties but was concerned about human rights in country where activists say government critics are regularly rounded up. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who as army chief led the 2013 ouster of Egypt’s first democratically elected president, has cracked down on political dissent, including liberal critics and Islamist opponents. Rights groups say tens of thousands of people have been detained, with many held in pre-trial detention for lo…

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