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US unlocks aid as Kerry presses Egypt on democracy

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US Secretary of State John Kerry pressed Egypt's leaders to allow greater political freedoms Sunday, as Washington unlocked some $572 million in military aid for Cairo and hurried the dispatch of 10 Apache helicopters. 

Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Hassan Shoukry (R) listens while US Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a joint press conference on June 22, 2014 in Cairo

Kerry became the highest-ranking US official to meet President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi since he came to power earlier this month amid Egypt's rocky transition to democracy since the ousting of long-time leader Hosni Mubarak in 2011.

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