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Looting, Arson, Freed Inmates Plague Streets of Egypt

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(CAIRO) -- Cairo and other Egyptian cities appeared to be descending into anarchy Sunday as gangs of young men were free to loot and commit arson amid a vanishing police presence.

Egyptian police, especially in Cairo, virtually disappeared from the streets late Friday, leaving a huge vacuum in security that was taken advantage of by looters and vandals.

Across Egypt, buildings were set on fire and clashes continued between anti-government protesters and the police.

Egyptians woke up Sunday with several government buildings still smoldering and thousands of anti-government protesters remaining camped out in the main square.

Law and order broke down completely as gangs of looters and vandals stormed government buildings, stealing electronic equipment and office supplies, breaking precious artifacts in the Egyptian Museum and attempting to rob luxury homes.

Gangs attacked at least four jails across Egypt before dawn, helping free hundreds of Muslim militants and thousands of other inmates as security forces disappeared.  Cairo residents boarded up homes and vigilante groups have sprung up, arming themselves with guns and bats to protect their neighborhoods.

Some police forces could be seen returning Monday to Cairo's neighborhoods, where fearful residents remain huddled in their homes.

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US Begins Handing Over Control of Prison to Afghans

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(KABUL, Afghanistan) -- The U.S. began transferring part of its new $60 million detention facility to Afghan control Monday, the first step in a year-long process to give Afghans control over a jail critics call “the next Guantanamo.”

The Parwan Detention Facility is one of the most modern on the planet, offering Afghan detainees extensive medical, dental, and even psychological care.  Inmates can meet their families and learn gardening, English, and sewing.

The idea is that an improved and transparent prison helps end the war.  It’s designed to stop the Taliban’s use of U.S. jails as a source of propaganda, to make it easier for the military to get intelligence from inmates and to help prisoners reintegrate back into society.

It’s a long way from the United States' Bagram prison, where two inmates died and the media was forbidden.

But the picture is not all rosy.  There are non-Afghan prisoners in Parwan, whom non-governmental organizations and the media aren’t allowed to see, leaving no way to know how they’re being treated.   U.S. officials say the non-Afghan prisoners provide a lot of the intelligence used to attack militant groups in eastern Afghanistan.

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