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In this Friday, Aug. 16, 2013 photo, Egyptian army soldiers take their positions on top and next to their armored vehicles to guard an entrance of Tahrir square, in Cairo, Egypt. Egypt’s capital has long been proud of its nickname, “Mother of the World” _ a city of 18 million, buzzing and lively, fun-loving and never sleeping. But Cairo’s spirit has been deeply wounded 32 months of turmoil, bloodshed, two “revolutions,” and a military coup. Cairenes now talk of a new callousness and edginess, suspicion of outsiders, bitter divisions between Islamists _ all fueling a longing for normalcy. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)