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At least 30 people have died in today’s Port Said clashes sparked by the sentencing to death of 21 local people over football riots in Egypt.

Supporters of the defendants tried to storm the prison holding them and attacked police stations.

The 21 were sentenced over riots which killed 74 people after a football game at Port Said stadium last February.

Saturday’s violence follows a day of unrest on the second anniversary of the uprising that ousted Hosni Mubarak.

Egypt’s national defence council, which is headed by President Mohamed Morsi, has condemned the violence and called for dialogue, saying it would consider declaring a curfew in affected areas if necessary.

Thousands of people had taken to the streets on Friday to voice their opposition to the Islamist president, accusing him of betraying the revolution.

At least seven people were killed and more than 450 wounded in unrest across Egypt.

All 21 defendants sentenced to death on Saturday were fans of Port Said club al-Masry. When the verdicts were announced by a judge in the Cairo court, relatives of victims cheered.

However, the ruling caused supporters of the defendants to go on a rampage in Port Said. Two police officers were shot dead outside the city’s prison and the state security building was reportedly set on fire.

At least another 28 people were killed and about 300 were wounded in further clashes, officials said.

Two footballers were among those killed in Saturday’s clashes, state news agency Mena reported. They are former al-Masry goalkeeper Tamir al-Fahlah and Muhammad al-Dadhawi, a player for a lower-division Port Said club.

At least 30 people have died in today’s Port Said clashes sparked by the sentencing to death of 21 local people over football riots in Egypt

At least 30 people have died in today’s Port Said clashes sparked by the sentencing to death of 21 local people over football riots in Egypt

The violence continued despite the deployment of army units on the city’s streets.

Meanwhile, in Cairo, clashes also broke out between police and protesters near Egypt’s Interior Ministry. Police fired tear gas to try to prevent them from reaching the building.

Last year’s football riots led to the suspension of the league.

They began minutes after the game, when al-Masry fans invaded the pitch, hurling stones and fireworks at visiting supporters from Cairo club al-Ahly.

A section of al-Ahly supporters, known as the “ultras”, played a prominent role in the protests against ex-President Mubarak.

Some accused supporters of the toppled leader of instigating the Port Said violence. They also accused police of doing little to prevent the violence.

Seventy-three people, including nine policemen, were tried over the stadium clashes. None are al-Ahly fans.

The judge said he would announce verdicts for the remaining defendants on March 9.

Friday saw a big anti-government rally in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, with opposition supporters clashing with police.

There was also unrest in 12 out of 27 of Egypt’s provinces. At least six of the deaths occurred in Suez.

In Ismailia, protesters set fire to the headquarters of the Freedom and Justice Party, the political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood. The city’s governorate headquarters was later also stormed.

The liberal opposition accuses Mohamed Morsi of being autocratic and driving through a new constitution that does not protect adequately freedom of expression or religion.

The government is also being blamed for a deepening economic crisis.

One of the demonstrators at Cairo’s Tahrir Square, Momen Asour, said he had come to demand an end to President Mohamed Morsi’s rule.

“We have not seen anything. Neither freedom, nor social justice, or any solution to unemployment, or any investment,” he said.

“On the contrary, the economy has collapsed.”

President Mohamed Morsi and his allies have dismissed the claim, saying they have a democratic mandate following recent elections. The constitution, drawn up by an Islamist-dominated body, was approved by a referendum last month.

Port Said 2012 football deaths

  • 74 people killed in Port Said stadium on February 2, 2012
  • Clashes broke out between rival fans of clubs al-Masry and al-Ahly
  • Fans flooded on to pitch attacking Ahly players and fans as match ended
  • Most died of concussion, cuts and suffocation
  • The largest death toll in Egypt’s football history

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President Barack Obama stripped off for some beach football to round off his Christmas holidays in Hawaii.

While his Republican rivals were deep in preparation for the Iowa caucuses, the pictures show President Barack Obama had his mind on diving headlong for catches and tossing touchdowns to his friends from the Secret Service.

Barack Obama, 50, looked surprisingly lean on New Year’s Day at the Kaneohe Marine Corps Base on Oahu, where he stayed with the first family for their 10-day vacation.

The football game brought to an end a relaxing and fun-filled 10 days for Barack Obama, who arrived in Hawaii a week later than he had hoped.

He would have enjoyed an even longer period away from the White House had there not been a stalemate in Washington D.C. over the payroll tax cut.

Barack Obama certainly made up for lost time as, within an hour of arriving on December 23, he took wife Michelle out for dinner at one of their favorite hotspots, Morimoto Restaurant.

Then, on Christmas Eve, they spent some family time together with daughters Sasha and Malia in the morning.

During the afternoon the couple split their time as President Barack Obama went to play golf and the First Lady answered phone calls from expectant children who called NORAD to see where Santa was on his route.

Like many families, the Obamas spent Christmas morning by themselves, opening presents and singing carols. They then attended church services at a nearby naval base and talked with military families afterwards.

President Barack Obama stripped off for some beach football to round off his Christmas holidays in Hawaii

President Barack Obama stripped off for some beach football to round off his Christmas holidays in Hawaii

President Barack Obama had no public schedule when he arrived in Hawaii but his schedule seemed to fill up quite quickly.

The entire Obama family was joined by their friends, the Nesbitts, as they took a drive from their multi-million dollar rented vacation home to the Sea Life Park marine sanctuary.

While there, the girls were able to release three 18-month-old sea turtles into the wild.

Though Barack Obama tried to keep a low profile throughout the trip, he and his motorcade were seen driving to and from the golf course a number of times.

One of his golfing partners was an old high school buddy Robert “Bobby” Titcomb, who was arrested in a prostitution sting.

After golf that day, the boys were joined by the First Lady and President Obama’s sister Maya Soetoro-Ng at Alan Wong’s, one of Hawaii’s priciest restaurants.

In an act of reflection, Barack and Michelle Obama visited the Pearl Harbor memorial and paid tribute to the thousands who lost their lives there 70 years ago. It was his first visit since 2008, when he was president-elect.

And then on New Year’s Day, Obama family went back to their roots by paying tribute to two different generations.

They first visited the grave of Barack Obama’s maternal grandmother, Stanley Durham, and later they went to an exhibit honoring his mother, Ann Durham, and the work she did overseas in Indonesia.

It was afterwards that Barack Obama managed to squeeze in a game of football – the photographs of which some have compared to Vladimir Putin’s display of masculinity in promotional pictures.

Vladimir Putin is well known for posing with his top off in a bid to demonstrate his power and virility.

Later that night, the Obamas left the girls at home while they joined 10 friends for dinner in the private room at celebrity hotspot Nobu Wakiki. They returned to Washington D.C. on Monday, January 2.