Kerry: Egyptians need to find political, economic consensus

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CAIRO (AP) -Secretary of State John Kerry is telling Egyptian leaders that if their economy is going to get back on its feet, they need to create a sense of security and political stability.

On a visit to Cairo, Kerry stressed to business leaders the importance of Egyptians coming together around human rights, freedom of speech and religious tolerance. Kerry is expected to press all sides to come to a basic agreement on Egypt's direction ahead of parliamentary elections that begin next month. Talks with President Mohammed Morsi are set for tomorrow.

U.S. officials say Kerry is particularly concerned that Egypt takes the reforms necessary to qualify for a $4.5 billion IMF loan package.

Meanwhile, activists in two Egyptian cities continue to push civil disobedience campaigns aimed at bringing down President Mohammed Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood. Protesters and opposition parties accuse Morsi and the Brotherhood of trying to monopolize power and of reneging on promises of political reform. 

Today, activists are accusing the police of using excessive force, including running down a protester with an armored vehicle, crushing him to death.

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