Gloves off as Egypt's election race heats up

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Egyptians are facing a blizzard of posters and TV adverts seeking their votes in the first free parliamentary election in decades but some campaigners are turning to tricks like tearing down rival posters in a race where every vote counts.
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Director, actors face fear head-on in Martha Marcy

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