Egypt aid cuts coming? US inches closer to a decision after military crackdown

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration is nearing a decision on whether to curtail some U.S. financial aid to Egypt after the Egyptian military's crackdown on supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi.

Top administration officials met at the White House Tuesday to review the possibility of cutting some of America's $1.5 billion in annual aid military and economic aid to Cairo, a longtime U.S. ally.

U.S. officials indicate some cuts are forthcoming. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to talk publicly about the sensitive discussions.

Tensions in Egypt have soared since the army ousted Morsi, who was the nation's first freely elected president. The July 3 coup followed days of protests by millions of Egyptians demanding that Morsi, who hails from the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood, step down. Some 1,000 people have been killed in the violence that's followed.

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